Friday, May 25, 2018

Daily delight Alessandra Ambrosio for Swarovski 'Luminous Fairy'

NYFW hair how to: Moroccanoil X Oscar de la Renta Resort 2019

According to Vogue, back in January, Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia received a call from Meghan Markle about a wedding day look for her mother Doria Ragland. “She knew she wanted a pistachio or melon look for her mom,” Garcia told the magazine, and just a few days after Ragland looked stunning in the label on her daughter’s big day, the pair presented a Resort collection at New York Fashion Week that featured similar pastel hues and white floral embroidery as the royal mother of the bride. The runway lineup was ladylike and pretty, and Moroccanoil Artistic Director Kevin Hughes created a perfectly effortless-looking hair look to match. 
To re-create the careful study in simplicity at home, try the following:
1. On damp hair, use a dime size amount of Moroccanoil Treatment –or Moroccanoil Treatment Light for finer tones— from mid-length to the ends to provide the perfect foundation for styling.
2. Next, apply the Moroccanoil Root Boost to root area of the hair for control and body.
3. Apply Moroccanoil Thickening Lotion to the mid-lengths through ends for instant fullness and long-lasting body.
4. Then create a center part and blow dry the hair using the Moroccanoil Ceramic 55 MM Round Brush and Moroccanoil Professional Series Ceramic Hair Dryer until dry.
5. Separate hair into 1.5 inch sections, spray sections with Moroccanoil Perfect Defense to protect hair from heat styling.
6. Use a 1.5 inch flat iron to create subtle waves throughout the hair and seal the ends using Moroccanoil Mending Infusion.
7. Finish the look with a dusting Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to keep the hair away from face.   

Photography: Jason Carter Rinaldi for Moroccanoil

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Daily delight: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper's Bazaar Australia

Love it: Bobbi Brown's new Long-Wear Sparkle Stick

Bobbi Brown’s long wear shadow sticks are modern beauty icons, and with good reason. Super easy to use and incredibly quick to apply even for an impatient sort like me, they apply and blend effortlessly, and last all day. Their colour payoff is also major, so they last and eternity and need zero touch ups. Sold? Let’s just say I usually have about six on the go, they are THAT good.
In more good news, there is now a brand new sparkle version in the lineup and yes, it’s also a winner! Called the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Sparkle Stick, they are a stay-put shadow that shines bright thanks to multidimensional pearls that give a prismatic finish, delivering a sparkle effect to the eyes. I was recently told by an international celebrity MUA to embrace the shine on my lids as I age due to its super flattering effect, and these beauties sparkle in just the right way to keep things on the chic side as well as being fun.
The new formula is available in nine Limited-Edition shades - Aurora Pink, Prosecco, Molten Bronze, Gilded, Rose Quartz, Galactic, Moonstone, Sapphire Blue, Tanzanite – and they can be used together or alone. Each specific shade has a custom blend of pearls that enhances the colour payoff and packs an intense sparkle finish. A unique water-based gel technology is behind the sticks’ staying power, which also helps the shades remains fade proof throughout the day.
They are also Dermatologist tested and Ophthalmologist tested for contact lens wearers like myself, and the fact that they dry quickly is a bonus if you’re time poor or just a little lazy like me! Last but not least, the ‘gellified’ water base system - consisting of an amazing 40 per cent water –makes the stick cool upon application, which I think helps with puffiness first thing after a big night.
These beauties are on counter now with an RRP of $60.00 x

Monday, May 21, 2018

Daily delight: Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber for Omega

Talk with an expert: Swisse’s Di Mitchelmore

Early last month vitamin powerhouse Swisse Wellness launched its new, extended beauty range, which calls on consumers to re-think the traditional beauty model by integrating skincare with supplements to support yourself ‘ínside and out’.
Over a delicious breakfast in the private room above Britomart’s Amano, beauty insiders like myself were introduced to the four new skincare and four new supplement products, some of which contain breakthrough ingredient Sicilian blood orange, sourced from the volcanic surrounds of Mt Etna in Italy.
 “Swisse is leading the industry towards a holistic approach that is more in keeping with current thinking around wellness and caring for the whole self,” said Swisse Marketing Manager, Tineke Vlooswyk. “In line with this, we think it’s time to reconsider the traditional beauty régime and adopt approaches that treat the self both inside and out,” 
All natural products that are free from toxic ingredients, the range has taken pure ingredients from nature to create luxurious, nutrient-enriched skincare products, including an Intensive Hydration range (Hyaluro-Natural Moisturising Facial Serum, Hyaluro-Natural Hydrating Facial Mask and Hyaluronic Acid Firming Eye Serum) as well as a Blood Orange Brightening Serum.
 Specifically-tailored supplement formulas with a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs designed to support healthy hair, collagen formation and skin radiance include Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails+, Swisse Ultiboost Radiant Skin, Swisse Ultiboost Hair Nutrition for Women and Swisse Ultiboost Age Protect complement the skincare range.
My personal fave from the supplements is Swisse Ultiboost Age Protect, which is a premium beauty formula that helps support the skin’s firmness and elasticity as we age. It’s jam packed with ingredients like Cacao, vitamins A, C and E, Green Tea and Co Enzyme Q10 to keep skin strong, supple and at its best. From the skincare lineup I’ve become obsessed by the Hyaluro Natural Hydrating Facia Mask, which is like a tsunami of moisture for your skin and great for use overnight whenever you need it.
After the launch I spoke to Di Mitchelmore, who has Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Nutritional Biochemistry (Bsc) and is also Swisse’s Australian training manager. She was a wealth of information – no surprises there – and didn’t shy from answering some of my curlier q’s…

What is Swisse’s top selling supplement, and why do you think that is?
Without question, Swisse Men’s and Women’s Ultivites are the top selling supplements in our range.  They’re also the No.1 selling Multivitamin range in New Zealand pharmacy, which is a testament to their success!  The Ultivites have been Swisse’s flagship products for over 20 years, and have a unique blend of premium quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs designed to support men’s and women’s health, unsurpassed in our eyes by any other multivitamin in the market.

The brand has just introduced products that help with the skin, hair and nails in earnest, such as the Age Protect one. What makes them different from say, the various beauty powders and oils and whatnot on the market like Bestow Beauty Oil and The Beauty Chef?
Swisse are experts at sourcing and formulating the best quality ingredients for therapeutic effects on the body. Nutrient rich superfoods are a great way to supplement a healthy diet, and it’s so wonderful to see more natural options aimed at internal support of our skin and health. Our products like Hair Skin and Nails liquid, Radiant skin and Age Protect take the impact on a healthy skin barrier to the next level as they contain registered therapeutic herbal and vitamin ingredients at potent doses!

How long do you have to be taking them before you see a difference?
That varies so much from person to person, the state of their overall health, their lifestyle and diet and it also depends on what natural ingredient you are taking. B vitamins for example, have been shown in research to have quite a quick positive effect on energy levels, however minerals and herbs for hair and skin health may take some months as the new cells regenerate and new hair and skin appears.

The companies mentioned above are great, but pricey. Is that fancy marketing do you think? Swisse seems to be able to keep costs affordable.
Thank you, yes, we believe that our products need to be accessible to most people as we have a vision to make billions around the world healthier and happier!  It’s our global buying power of high volumes of premium ingredients for both our vitamin supplements as well as our skincare, that keep our products affordable. We invest in our relationships and support our valued suppliers, so that we can produce quality premium products that include precious ingredients from nature and pass on those benefits to the customer.  Our global mission is to make millions of people around the world healthier and happier, and part of fulfilling that mission is to make our products accessible.

We know we should all be eating better, but taking supplements really helps fill in the gaps on those less-than-great days! What are some of the ingredients in the likes of Age Protect that we may not really be able to get at therapeutic doses ourselves?
I love the convenience of bringing these amazing ingredients into our daily routine.  100mg of Green tea extract would take a lot of cups of green tea a day, which may not be practice in our busy lives.  Potent antioxidant like Co-enzyme Q10, which naturally decreases as we age and Alpha Lipoic acid, the King of antioxidants support skin firmness, elasticity and collagen formation. 

What are some foods we can eat more of for great skin?
Colourful vegetables!  For breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks! Bright colours of red, orange and green are packed with potent antioxidants that support our collagen formation, hydration and skin renewal! We also need to add more healthy oils. My favourite is Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil – buy small bottles so it’s always fresh!

What supplements are your favourites from the range?
Our Hair Skin and Nails Liquid is a favourite as it contains our precious and potent blood orange from the volcanic soils of Mt Etna in Sicily Italy as well as a high dose of Silica. It has a broad action so is suitable for all women even in pregnancy.  If you are seeking more specific skin support, especially if you are getting older like me, then I love to use and recommend Age Protect as the combination of potent antioxidants support my skin’s firmness and elasticity. Perfect!

And what are your ‘essential’ picks from the skincare range?
Our Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum contains anthocyanins and vitamin C that helps to slow down pigmentation and age spots so this is an essential for me! I’d add our Hyaluronic acid firming eye serum for the sensitive area around the eyes where fine lines first appear.

The company was bought by a much larger group based in China. Will that effect the supply chain for ingredients at all? There has been talks of Chinese buy outs resulting in magnesium sourced from areas with heavy metals present and the like. Should Swisse customers be worried? (I hope not, I love your products!).
No not at all!  By expanding our products to more people worldwide we only strengthen our buying power and relationships with suppliers. Swisse have always been committed to the best quality ingredients and have rigorous standards in place around testing for contaminants like heavy metals. It’s clear cut safety and health first!

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for PUMA's Muse Cut-Out

Beauty news: Giorgio Armani Beauty arrives in New Zealand

“I believe that beauty comes from within. My creations are made not to disguise or hide an individual’s personality, but to reveal it.”
Giorgio Armani
Tailored to perfection and offered in sleek and luxurious containers and packaging, Giorgio Armani Beauty is one of those brands that have been coveted, bought in a frenzy by fans in duty free and much loved for years now, but unavailable in New Zealand. That is all about to change come July, when the first Giorgio Armani Fragrances & Beauty counter will finally be unveiled in Auckland – and not a moment too soon! 
Inspired by the most beautiful fabrics and textures, the brand’s the innovative makeup formulas, skincare and divine fragrance offering will be carefully looked after by leading department store Smith & Caughey’s in Auckland. The new counter will showcase the new Armani Beauty retail design, which will involve a boutique featuring open architecture and curved lines, and includes touches of red, inspired by the iconic lipstick colour “Rouge #400”. The space is designed to allow clients to “live a playful experience and to freely try Giorgio Armani makeup, skincare and fragrances”, which sounds pretty fun to me. For those who prefer a more personal approach, Giorgio Armani Face Designers will also be on hand and available for expert, made-to-measure advice.
The makeup offering will include the iconic, much obsessed over Luminous Silk and Power Fabric in foundation, as well as Lip Maestro in lip colour. In terms of skincare the range will include Crema Nera Extrema and Armani Prima, which is the brand’s answer to the most demanding skin. 
Armani/Privé Haute Couture fragrances will also be available for the ultimate in sensorial delight.
So New Zealand, are you ready? Giorgio Armani Fragrances & Beauty lands in store in Smith & Caughey’s this July, and I’m excited! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for Kérastase

Get the look: Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o at Cannes

Vogue called it her “Major Prada Princess Moment”, and it’s safe to say it was one of those moments when actor and Lancôme Ambassadress, Lupita Nyong’o came to Cannes 2018 and literally slayed.
Although she’d favoured Dior Haute Couture and Miu Miu on previous days, when she arrived at Chopard’s Secret Night at Chateau de la Croix des Gardes on May 11 she was sporting pure Prada princess perfection. 
Make-up artist Nick Barose created a stand out beauty look to compliment the prettiness of the gown and Nyong’o’s drop dead beautiful face, with quirky accents to keep things modern and fresh. “For tonight, her peach tone gown looked playful so I wanted the make up to be playful too,” said the celebrity MUA. “I played with a bit of 60s influence to give the eyes some fun quirks by adding bold green in the crease to play it up and add a bit of drama.”
To recreate the look at home:
Prep well with Lancôme Hydra Zen Gel cream, which Barose describes as “light, hydrating without being greasy, and perfect for warmer Cannes weather”.
Under eyes, apply Lancôme Energie De vie Eyes before prepping the T Zone with La Base Pro Oil free.
The iconic Teint Idole Liquid Foundation in 550 was applied all over, with Teint Idole Concealer in 510 Suede C. 
A dusting of Translucence Pressed Powder in 550 was brushed across the T Zone set the look, before Blush Subtil Palette in Rum Raisin was applied to the apples of the cheeks.
Liquid highlighter Bronze Glow was dotted on top of the cheekbones to catch the light.

Brush brows up using brow gel Sourcils Styler in Clear, then fill in the shape without making things too dark using Sourcils Gel in 06 Noir.
Line the upper lash lines with Grandiose Eyeliner in Noir, “tracing it along lash lines and winging it out a little bit”.
Prep the lids using Lancôme Eye Makeup Primer Aquatique in Sienne (a product I am gagging to get my hands on!) then set with powder so it creates the perfect canvas for the colorful creases.
Play up the crease of the eyes to get that 60’s graphic look uisng Le Stylo Waterproof in Vert Tuileries. Start from the inner corners and curve it out by tracing it slightly above the creases (see below). That way, when your eyes open, it really shows.
Adds two coats of black mascara in the form of the seriously amazing Monsieur Big in Noir.

Prep lips well with Absolue Lip Balm, another beauty I’m dying to try.
Trace along lip lines and fill in the lips using Lancôme Lip Liner in Vermillon, before applying L’Absolu Rouge Fini Brillant in 011 Rose Nature.

Add glow to the body using the brand’s iconic Nutrix Royal body cream.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Daily delight: Marion Cotillard for Grazia France

Love it: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Available now at Mecca Cosmetica, NARS’s incredible new Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is one of the smartest of the longwear bunch that I have been lucky enough to play with and a definite must-try. 
Unlike many of its ilk, this nourishing longwear has a beautifully velvet finish and is a cinch to apply, blending easily with fingers or my trusty Rae Morris Radiance brush (another Mecca find that I now can’t live without) and settling perfectly onto my skin. A little also goes a long way, so start small and build up depending on your desired end result.
It is actually formulated to improve the skin hour by hour with its skin optimising complex -a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts that helps support skin elastic fibres to smooth and improve skin texture (often needed in winter), while specialised pigments recognise and fuse with your skin for your closest match yet.
With a 16-hour, fade-resistant wear along with full-powered radiance, its medium-to-full buildable coverage stays vibrant and fresh, as if just applied, all day long.  The staying power is enhanced by a patent pending technology that delivers a uniquely weightless texture with superior blendability for an imperceptible effect that really, truly looks like skin. I have never had more compliments than I do when sporting this formula, and that’s despite my fluctuating rosacea and drier skin from the constant changes in weather. I’m finding I don’t need any additional powder to set the formula, but that may change in humid weather or if you have an oilier skin type.
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is available in New Zealand exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima and online at, with an RRP of $78.00. Available in 33 skin-matching shades - ranging from deep espresso to the fairest tones – I think this relative newbie is a bit of a game changer, and I just can’t get enough. Highly recommended and worth every cent!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Daily delight: Elle Fanning for Tiffany & Co.'s ‘Believe in Dreams’

Get the look: Lancôme ambassador, Penélope Cruz at Cannes 2018

Wearing vintage Chanel, earrings from her Atelier Swarovski by Penélope Cruz Fine Jewelry Collection and with her hair unfussy yet tucked behind her ears just so, Lancôme ambassador Penélope Cruz attended the opening of 71ème Festival de Cannes in Cannes earlier this week looking like a dream. 
Key to this was looking like well, herself, and although it’s a red carpet look that she favours, makeup artist Pablo Iglesias created a smoky-eye-and-nude-lip with a twist using all Lancôme to create something pretty special.
How to Get Penélope’s classic Cannes look:
Iglesias prepped the star’s skin with Lancôme Génifique Cream on the face and Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye under the eyes, followed by Skin Feel Good on the whole face.
He then applied Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Liquid Foundation in 04 Nature, fixed with Lancôme Belle de Teint in 03 Belle de Jour.
Lancôme Blush Stick in Vibrant Coral was dusted on ‘to add freshness’, before the MUA added some glow with Bronze & Glow Powder and Custom Glow Drops. 
Brows were emphasised using Brown Densify Powder in Light Brown, before Lancôme Hypnôse Palette Matte in Brun Au Naturel was applied expertly on the eyes.
Next, he traced a beautiful line along the upper lashline with Grandiose Liner in black, and under the eyes with Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black.
Finish with Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara onto the lashes. 
Firstly, draw the lip line with Lancôme Lip Liner in Bronzelle, then apply Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Fini Satiné in Au Naturel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Get the look: Zoe Kravitz at the Met Gala 2018, beauty by YSL

From the minute that actor and musician – and Yves Saint Laurent beauty ambassador - Zoë Kravitz put one dainty foot onto the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala, is was pure perfection from the ground up. Wearing a Saint Laurent dress and shoes and Jacob & Co. jewellery a carrying a Guiseppe Zanotti bag, her arrival at “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” was topped off by a flawless beauty look that although relatively simple, emphasised that incredible bone structure and so much more.
The Big Little Lies actress had makeup artist Nina Park to perfect her complexion, and the creative said that the beauty look for the night was inspired by ‘bare skin’, opting for monochromatic dusty beiges and subdued rose for the eyes, cheeks and lips. The muted colour tone was designed to accentuate the lace and shine of Kravitz’s dress, which was the perfect mix of sexy and chic.
Here’s the run down on ‘how to’ with YSL Beauty:
After cleansing, Nina prepped Zoe’s skin with Or Rouge Face Cream, before Touche Éclat Glow Show #3 Sunset was used to create a lit-from-within glow from under makeup, concentrating on the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and the sides of the forehead.
Next Touche Éclat All In One Glow in B40 Sand was blended out with fingers. Touche Éclat N 4.5 was used to brighten under the eyes and around the mouth, chin and tops of the cheeks.
Nina set the makeup using the Poudre Compact Radiance Perfect Universelle across the T zone to keep Zoe’s complexion flawless. 
Using small strokes, Nina elongated and exaggerated the shape of the actress’ brows using Dessin Des Sourcils Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, before combing them through with Couture Brow N. 1 Brundore.
Within a medium synthetic brush, Nina placed a wash of Kiss & Blush Duo Stick N. 6 across Zoe’s lids and under her bottom lash line. She then swept a sheer layer of The Couture Contouring Palette in Rosy Contouring to deepen the crease and set.
The darker colour was used on the crease and bottom lash line, the lighter on the brow bone.
Touche Éclat All In One Glow in B50 was used as a contour to warm up the skin, before Kiss & Blush Duo Stick N. 6 was pressed onto the apples of the cheeks and blended into the contour.
Dessin Des Levres Lip Liner #14 Rose Fume was used to shape Zoe’s lips, then blurred lightly with a Q-Tip to give the finish a more lived in feel. Using the Kiss & Blush Duo Stick N. 6, she pressed the neutral colour into the lips before adding Rouge Pur Couture N. 10 Beige Tribute to create dimension.