Friday, October 31, 2014

Beauty news: M.A.C X Miley Cyrus for Viva Glam

It was with great excitement that M.A.C Cosmetics officially announced the truly controversial but absolutely lovable Miley Cyrus as the 2015 spokesperson for the M.A.C Viva Glam campaign.The star will collaborate on a hot pink lipstick and matching lipglass with a pearl shimmer for the cosmetics brand, and if the just-released hero image is anything to by, it will be a hit.
Long before it was de rigueur to do so, global make up giant M.A.C were heavily involved in the fight against AIDS, through the sale of their Viva Glam lipsticks and other less high profile support like staff collections and helping out at various HIV/AIDS-related organisations. To say that the brand has made one hell of a difference for those living with HIV and AIDS would be an understatement - they are awesome and totally committed.
The VIVA GLAM campaign is the heart and soul of M.A.C’s fundraising efforts for the cause, and has also spawned a collection of seriously fabulous lipsticks and glosses to boot.
The Miley Cyrus x M.A.C Cosmetics Viva Glam line will debut in early 2015.

Daily delight: Suki Waterhouse for Vogue Russia

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beauty news: The Clarisonic officially arrives in New Zealand

The cleansing brush has been a big deal internationally for beauty lovers for a few years now, and several stellar versions’ recent arrival on the local market is big news for those that like to add a high tech tool to their usual skincare routine.
The first name that really hit the market and is now synonymous with cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. Developed by a team of engineers and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Clarisonic set out to “combine proprietary technology with a revolutionary vision to redefine skin care” and it was a true pioneer in the field. The Clarisonic Pro Sonic Skin Cleansing System was initially developed for skin care professionals to use in treatment due to its clever combination of gentleness and effectiveness. Unlike the spinning devices that were on the market in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments. This enhanced product penetration aspect means you get more from your usual skincare regime, which gets a big tick from me. Clinical results have shown the likes of increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone. Magic.
I had been obsessing about getting a Clarisonic Mia for some time when I was invited to the brand’s “official” launch into the New Zealand market just a couple of weeks’ ago. I hadn’t previously had the opportunity to give one a whirl but always heard rave reviews from therapists and make up artists in particular i.e. people who study skin for a living. It was great news therefore to hear that they had arrived in the country along with the original Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush (RRP $335), which can be customised with three different speeds for facial cleansing, a three-minute body setting with two distinct modes and unique body brush head to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. A little more on the compact side, the Clarisonic Mia 2 RRP $225) is the convenient choice for beautiful skin on the go as it’s small enough for travel and light enough to throw in your bag en route to the gym. Utilising the same Sonic Method as the Plus, Mia 2 comes equipped with two speeds, a one minute pulsing T-Timer and portable travel-friendly case. Both are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, and the whole shebang truly leaves me with skin like velvet – even the day after!
I highly recommend you get yours now before the hot weather and silly season hits: your skin will definitely thank you for it.
*The Clarisonic in all its glory is available at selected Farmers stores and Forme Spas right now*

Love it: Rose & Thorne’s essential “Little Black Bra” collection

Every woman needs the perfect black bra - or in fact, a wardrobe of the little beauties to call on depending on outfit choice, mood and occasion. I have a bunch on hand that I wear in some shape or form every single day - under colours, sheers, blacks and whites - and am always on the hunt for another one to add to the family.
Thus I was rather pleased when I heard that Rose & Thorne were all set to release their “Little Black Bra Story” collection next month into The Warehouse nationwide and also online. The line up includes the convertible strapless bra and gorgeously soft lace bra pictured, and the price point is at the level where one is simply not enough. The bras are an amazing $25.00 each and the knickers $12.00, so IMHO the idea is to get in quick and stock up in time for the summer party season when there are far more interesting things to do than stay in at night handwashing your delicates!  Keep an eye out online at and instore at The Warehouse nationwide for these babies to officially land.

Daily delight: Liu Wen for Grazia China

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I try: Thalgo’s Heart of the Ocean Ritual Facial at Chuan Spa

When I heard that a new ocean-inspired facial had just launched at the Langham Auckland’s award-winning Chuan Spa I was intrigued from the get go - summer doesn’t seem to be arriving here in a hurry, so it would be the closest I’d get to a dip in the sea for a while and I was most definitely in.
Simply called the ‘Heart of the Ocean Ritual Facial’, the little slice of bliss is a moisture boosting delight for all skin types but particularly dehydrated.  It’s is a 100 per cent marine-inspired facial that concentrates the “vital force and benefits of the ocean” to help restore perfect skin quality, delivering intense and lasting hydration, and clocking in at 55 minutes of pure heaven it’s a wonderful way to take some ‘me’ time whilst showing a little love to your skin at the same time.
The creation of marine-based beauty experts Thalgo, it uses elements from their new Source Marine skincare range made up of some beautiful new offerings honouring the wonders of the sea.
It begins with a relaxing welcome massage, after which your skin is gently cleansed and exfoliated using a  Melt-In Scrub with Marine Crystals that uses enzymatic and mechanical elements to get you glowing. A deepl hydrating serum is then applied with Thalgo's signature Heart of the Ocean massage, which is also inspired by the movements of the sea, with enveloping wave movements and a cascade of soothing strokes. Next up a moisturising dual mask delivers intense and lasting hydration to get things feeling ultra plumped up and silky. An application of Thalgo’s Hydra Marine 24H Gel Cream completes the treatment and leaves the skin rehydrated, its texture smooth, plump and radiant. Just perfection.
I need absolutely no excuse to visit Chuan Spa at Auckland’s Langham Hotel, a veritable oasis in the inner city that never fails to make me smile. It also usually leaves me with a bright new outlook as well as some seriously great skin, and I always make sure that I arrive early to experience their Tri-bathing ritual, which makes things even that more gorgeous and I highly recommend as well.
So what are you waiting for? To book or for more information on Chua Spa treatments and membership, please phone 09 300 2960 or email

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen for Vivara

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beauty News: Nikki Phillips joins Team Michael Hill

Kiwi-born beauty Nikki Phillips just signed on as the latest international ambassador for Team Michael Hill’s ‘Emma & Roe’ line of jewellery. As a top Australian celebrity-model and TV presenter, Nikki has become the face for Michael Hill. She is currently hosting ‘Emma & Roe’ Michael Hill events around the world. Additionally, Nikki appears in the autumn issues of ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly,’ ‘Elle Australia,’ and ‘Cosmopolitan,’ each presented by their respective editorial team.
As comfortable in front of the camera as off, Nikki’s relaxed professionalism and beauty make her a natural in every type of setting… advertising, television, advertisements, and international expositions. As a television host and announcer for popular reality shows such as ‘30 Days of Fashion and Beauty’ (August 2008), her innate sense for fashion has earned her international recognition as a model and television commentator. In the past years, she has hosted TV shows and been the spokesperson for several well-known brands. Nikki is excited to add the ‘Emma & Roe’ line to her exclusive list. She recently remarked that Michael Hill charms remind her of her childhood.
 “I always remember reminiscing over my charms when I was in my teens, as all of them held dreams. Like my Eiffel tower charm and having dreams of one day visiting, as well as a horse charm which held memories of achievements as a competitive horse rider in my day.” She adds, “Emma and Roe charms are far more fashionable than the ones I used to wear. Being able to remove and change them up, they make for a stylish accessory to take you from day to night.”
You can catch a glimpse of Nikki on location with “Elle Australia’s’ fashion editor, Emma Read, on YouTube. Moreover, you can follow her on the ‘Emma & Roe by Michael Hill’ Facebook page for the most recent updates and news.
Article written in partnership with Julie Abrams.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beauty news: M.A.C X Nasty Gal, coming soon

One of my favourite reads this year has been the founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso's biography #GIRLBOSS. The lady has style and sass to burn, so when I heard that Amoruso has teamed up with M.A.C Cosmetics for a line of three lipsticks and a nail lacquer I was pretty excited! The teaser image features the lip colour shades with some futuristic effects, and word on the street is to look out for the collaboration on December 4th.

Daily delight: Candice Swanepoel for “Very Sexy Scandalous” by Victoria’s Secret

All about: Osmosis Rescue Epidermal Repair serum

One skincare product that I always have on hand and treat almost like medicine for my skin is Osmosis Rescue Epidermal Repair serum, which soothes and calms pretty much everything that ails your body’s largest organ.
Previously known as Restore Topical Immune Repair Serum before a bit of a re-package, it contains a pretty damn amazing, patented, new ingredient that combines modern technology and an ancient Oriental medicinal herb. Trioxolane, a specialized extract of sweet wormwood, has a remarkable ability to neutralise all manner of toxins, calm inflammation, activate epidermal wound repair, minimise the appearance of pores and age spots (an effect that lasts even after use is discontinued), and dramatically improves your skin’s texture over time. It works to heal the cause of inflammation and hyperpigmentation (dark spots and/or patches) on all skin types, and once the cell is healed it allows the melanocyte to produce normal amounts of protective melanin. It is super effective for diminishing the appearance of most melasma (making the cells more resilient and strengthening the skin) and yet is gentle enough to use on all skin types including children’s. Pretty cool, huh?
I use it to treat everything from a compromised barrier during seasonal change to flushed cheeks after a bit of a night out, and recently used to it to address a post-facial reaction that had left my skin looking pretty damn horrible. It went to work overnight and by morning my skin was back to normal - an absolute bonus if you have a special occasion in the diary in particular.
You can apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening and in combination with other serums, or just to spot treat blemishes, age spots and other forms of inflammation if and when you need.
It has an RRP of $246.30 which some may see as a little steep, but a little goes a long way and I see it as like having a well-stocked medical kit on hand for whatever life throws at my poor old skin! Magical stuff IMHO. Love it.
You can find out more and buy this baby here

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All about: Nike’s new Breathe Collection

One of the best motivators to exercise is a kick ass kit, and I often say to people feeling less than up to a fitness commitment in their life to just buy some great shoes and work your way up! I swear having something fresh to wear gets me all excited about exercise again when my mood falters, and the newest offerings from Nike are designed and built with the summer months in mind - so no excuse not to indulge, really!
I’m talking about the new Breathe Collection, which the global brand describes as bringing “summer-focused performance benefits to sport classics”. To combat the heat of the summer months, it features breathable, lightweight sneakers that are comfortable enough to keep up with any warm-weather activities. In other words: sneakers for the spirit of summer.
Reportedly inspired by Brasil’s hot and humid conditions and the on-the-go lifestyle that switches from the beach one minute, to running and training the next, it features some favourites in beautiful new shades and with clever new construction. The collection starts by deconstructing two of Nike’s iconic silhouettes, transforming classic Nike Air Max and Nike Roshe Run sneakers into ultra-breathable, lightweight shoes. Both have been stripped to their essentials - layers of reinforcement removed and heavy materials eliminated - making them lighter than air and ready for the heat to hit. Spacer mesh creates pockets of air between the upper materials to allow for increased airflow too, and yep, it looks pretty damn fancy to boot.
The Nike Breathe Collection's Air Max Lunar1 styles are infused with Nike Lunarlon foam technology, which refines cushioning by taking comfort and support with a responsive foam ride, whilst I love the Roshe’s bright colours. The women's colourways have white outsoles supporting vibrant uppers and accented with a white Swoosh logo as in the pic above, and I have already added then to my list of must-have-right-nows. In store now, these will go fast so be quick and be prepared for the summer months ahead. Sun, heat? Bring it!

Daily delight: Taylor Swift Harper’s Bazaar Germany