Friday, August 26, 2016
New Zealand made, natural skincare brand Linden Leaves has announced they are now stocked in Shanghai, China – a first for the local natural pioneers. Linden Leaves - along with many other New Zealand skincare brands - have had to forgo the Chinese market up until now due to the long-time animal testing policy that the Chinese Government have imposed.
"We're thrilled to finally be able to meet the huge demand for Linden Leaves in this market without having to go through animal testing procedures like so many other brands have done," says Linden Leaves Founder Brigit Blair.
"I feel so proud that we did not bend our own company ethics and policy for the greater lure of the Chinese dollar due to their animal testing policy. It is so exciting that we have managed to enter the market in a way that means we are able to stay true to what we stand for, not only as a company, but also as a cruelty free nation".
The brand was able to enter the market without going through the lengthy registration process (which includes submitting their product for rigorous animal testing) as they have been granted exclusive authorisation by the Chinese government. This means for the first time ever their skincare and body care ranges will be represented in a Chinese domestic store, with a plan for further expansion into additional Duty Free stores in China.
The range was launched into Shanghai’s largest Duty Free Downtown store with great success and over 2000 people attended the opening event for their new counter.Tweet
Thursday, August 25, 2016
This year’s New Zealand Fashion Week kicked off for me with the Miss Crabb show on Tuesday night. An off-schedule show filled with pieces that just made my heart go BOOM, it all happened on Auckland’s Karangahape Road after models alighted from a Link Bus and strutted their stuff along a 25m red carpet. Perfection.
Kristine Crabb, the glorious woman behind the brand, said she originally planned to throw a small party, but they wanted to celebrate Fashion Week in a unique way. Unique it was, and beautiful to boot.
Kiekie Stanners, Senior Artist M.A.C Cosmetics, New Zealand was tasked with creating a totally Miss Crabb makeup look to complement the clothes, with the inspiration being: “PJ Harvey beauties with a pop of Andy Warhol”. Colourful and unique whilst also being incredibly wearable (that lip!), it can be recreated using the following M.A.C Cosmetics marvels:
Face: Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation was applied and then Cream Colour Base in Pearl used to highlight skin. Cream Colour Base in Vintage Rose was then applied to cheeks for a natural flush.
Eyes: Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater was buffed out over the eyelid before a combination of PRO Acrylic Paints in Hi Def Cyan, Pure White and Landscape Green were pressed on top. Fluidline in Blacktrack completed the look.
Lips: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Fashion Legacy.
Nails: Studio Nail Lacquer in Erogenous.
Photos: Olivia Hemus for M.A.C Cosmetics
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
In what must be the dream collab, two of my absolute favourite brands have come together to create something very special.
Luxe scarf brand Bird & Knoll has collaborated with fellow luxury brand Zoe & Morgan, to bring you three lightweight travel scarves that are the perfect accessory for your own adventures.
Anyone that follows me on Instagram (mshelene99) would know that I am a huge fan of Bird & Knoll - their scarves are the ultimate in highly practical, beautifully affordable luxe, and I have begun a collection that I know I’ll still be head over heels in love with for years to come.
A truly Trans-Tasman duo, Bird and Knoll are Natalie Knoll and Macayla Chapman, an old work mate of mine from many years ago. The pair is a match made in heaven, and has created some truly original and coveted pieces that seem deceptive in their simplicity.
I’m also obsessed by the preternaturally fabulous Zoe & Morgan jewellery collection, and own more pieces of their work than I’d care to name (sorry bank manager lady!). Their latest collection is inspired by a recent trip by two of the siblings behind the label – Ruth and Zoe – to Morocco, which is top of my bucket list and the most lust-worthy travel destination. The end result is sheer perfection, and yep, I already have a piece from it.
But back to the collab. A true meeting of creative minds, the Bird & Knoll X Zoe & Morgan capsule collection features the intricate ethnic shapes that inspire Zoe & Morgan’s jewellery, captured through the lens of Bird & Knoll’s own personal Moroccan travel archives.
“We loved the idea of using our images to work alongside the divine jewellery created by Zoe & Morgan, with a Moroccan connection in a functional yet playful way. We decided that beautiful 100 per cent organic cotton was the best ‘canvas’ for this fun and fashionable visual storytelling,” explains Bird & Knoll’s Macayla. The versatile scarves present a myriad of wearable options, from bohemian headscarf to sarong, summer neck scarf to beach cover up.
Zoe & Morgan shot their latest campaign, ‘Castles Made of Sand’ in the exotic mecca that is Marrakesh, using the collaboration scarves as turbans and headscarves to accompany the inspired jewellery. “Poetic Moroccan doorways have been translated into ring stackers, and tile patterns have been reimagined as earrings,” explains Zoe of Zoe & Morgan on how the landscape and intricacies of Morocco hinspired her latest collection.
The idea to collaborate came about when Zoe and Macayla were introduced by a mutual friend who felt that the synergy between the brands and the personalities was too great to ignore and thus a friendship started. After a coffee date and exercise class the pair dreamed up a way to merge their passions and create pieces to be worn to the beach or yoga class that tell a tale of travel and inspiration.
A celebration of wanderlust, creativity and collaboration, the Bird & Knoll X Zoe & Morgan capsule collection represents the ultimate travel and adventure accessory, and comes in three exquisite forms:
new zealand | aotearoa to marrakech – The inspiration starts early - An image of clouds from above on a journey from New Zealand to Morocco
morocco | luna lantern – The beauty is in the details - An image of the intricate craftsmanship of a lantern in the Medina in Marrakesh
medina | architectural inspiration – Focusing on the local characteristics - An image of the architectural details and patterns of an archway in Morocco, jeweled tones and adorned beauty.
Needless to say, I want them ALL.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The flashiest week in New Zealand fashion has just kicked off in Auckland with last night's opening of New Zealand Fashion Week, and opening proceedings were new generation superstars, Harman Grubiša.
The dynamic design duo's show was a hit as was expected, and Kiekie Stanners, Senior Artist M.A.C Cosmetics, New Zealand created the perfect makeup look to complement the label’s "a little louche and a lot glam", super sexy charm.
Kiekie said that the makeup was inspired by “the elegance and ornateness of the Baroque period… Super luxurious with delicate touches on the face,” and for me it was a look to die for. Super wearable too for most, in my humble opinion.
It can be re-created using the following products:
Face: Strobe Cream with Cream Colour Base in Pearl as a base, with Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation and Cream Colour Base in Tint and Improper Copper to contour.
Eyes: Paint in Bamboom applied to eyelids, before pigment in Tan was buffed over the lids with Rose Gold pigment (one of my favourites) used as a liner over the lash line. InstaCurl Lash completed the look.
Lips: Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Ms Diva with Lipstick in Sin, topped with Clear Lipglass.
Nails: M.A.C Studio Nail Lacquer in Sour Cherry.
PHOTO CREDIT: Olivia Hemus for M·A·C Cosmetics @oliviahemusphoto @maccosmetics
Monday, August 22, 2016
A few weeks’ ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the official New Zealand launch of Jo Malone London’s latest fragrance, which involved a carefully curated lunch at Auckland’s Seafarer’s private members club and a riot of highly covetable scent.
Now, the scent being celebrated on the day is almost set to land: arriving in September 2016 is the absolutely flawless Basil & Neroli. After Lime Basil & Mandarin from 1999, this is the first fragrance from the collection that contains basil as the main ingredient and it is destined to be a runaway success for the beautiful brand.
Master perfumer Anne Flipo calls the latest offering “a fresh, sophisticated, sensual floral with green facets - stunning in its simplicity,” and I can’t help but agree wholeheartedly. Dubbed the “London Lark” by the brand, the Basil & Neroli cologne is concocted with the fashion forward youth and fun of good old London town in mind. It’s a scent that is fresh, playful, and — most importantly — quintessentially British.
Basil & Neroli was born through a working collaboration between Fragrance Director Céline Roux and Master Perfumer Flipo. Roux says the inspiration behind the fragrance was the chance to “celebrate our heritage. To create a fragrance anchored in London’s vibrant spirit and inspired by the botanical gardens and leafy squares hidden within the urban spaces”. She adds that it “felt right to return to a signature ingredient basil, a fragrance rule breaker when we included it in Lime Basil & Mandarin”. Basil & Neroli was created with some of the iconic brand’s most-loved ingredients, “which have become an integral part of our olfactive signature,” said Roux, “and I have to give credit to our Master Perfumer, Anne Flipo – it was her idea to combine it with neroli.”
The new scent comes as a cologne, hand and body wash, body crème and home candle, and like all Jo Malone London scents, is built to be played with. Flipo says her picks for Fragrance Combining with Basil & Neroli are English Pear & Freesia Body Crème for a sparkling floral fragrance that is mellow with touches of fruit, and Black Cedarwood & Juniper, “as the combination creates a fresh woody scent, green with fresh basil and resinous juniper”. I have been playing with the latter and have to say I once again agree – it has anchored Basil & Neroli’s freshness firmly into a deeper, slightly woodier zone for winter, which I highly recommend.
Friday, August 19, 2016
“I created these products to make skin look retouched - naturally”
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown, both the woman and the brand. Both are beautiful yet practical, with the end goal being making every woman look the best she can be. The latest highly covetable releases from BB most definitely do that, and incredibly effortlessly.
Grouped under the name “Retouching Franchise”, the two new marvels are instant skin-perfecting formulas: Retouching Face Pencil (above) and Retouching Wand (below) . As the story goes, as an aspiring makeup artist, Bobbi studied magazines to learn how to recreate the look of retouched skin using makeup. This technique set the foundation of her beauty philosophy and inspired a new generation of retouching products. As a result, these artistry-inspired tools naturally retouch skin, creating a flawless, even complexion with a natural skin finish. No fierce contouring and crazy shading here – just beautiful, you-but-better skin. Designed for all skin tones, they are most definitely in the category of quick-fix sticks and transform skin with undetectable, all-day coverage. As the brand says: no filter required!
The Retouching Face Pencil is the first to land in New Zealand, and the one that I have had the most fun playing with. Multi-use – I love that! – it can be used to highlight favourite features and retouch imperfections. Available in 9 skin-tone correct shades, the creamy-matte formula blends seamlessly into the skin with ease, and is used to cover redness, dark spots and dark shadows. The lineup also includes universally flattering Illuminate Pencil to highlight your favourite features, and it’s also perfect for areas like the brow bone, cupid’s bow and inner corner of the eyes. You can use them on bare skin as an all-in-one skin perfector on weekends, or layer them over foundation for added coverage where needed. Magic!
Now, how to use…
* To highlight and enhance: apply the Illuminate shade on the top of cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes and on brow bones.
* To brighten dark, recessed areas: use a pencil 1-2 shades lighter than skin tone. Apply on recessed parts of the face like the inner corners of eyes, around the nose and corners of mouth.
* To erase sun spots and age spots: choose a pencil 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone, then layer with a pencil that matches your skin tone.
* To correct redness and discolouration: use a pencil that matches your skin tone, applied before or after foundation wherever redness is seen.
The Retouching Wand lands in September in nine shades, and is a unique cover-up and foundation hybrid that erases imperfections, neutralises redness and evens out skin for a retouched yet natural finish. Sounds pretty good to me! It comes as a weightless, liquid formula that comes in a clickable pen with a sponge tip applicator that dispenses only what you need—whether you’re touching up or applying all over the face. I haven’t had a chance to have a good play with this yet but think it will be an absolute must have for travel, leak proof and effective to boot!
Now, how to use…
* To even out bare skin: apply around the nose and mouth - where redness is usually seen - and blend outwards with fingers.
* To get a nude glow: apply tinted moisturiser all over the face, then use the wand for added coverage over redness or unevenness.
* To perfect your foundation: after applying foundation, lightly sweep the wand over skin to smooth, enhance and create the most polished look.
Just gorgeous. The Retouching Face Pencil has an RRP of $60.00 and the Retouching Wand, $76.00
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I am all about a quick fix in the name of beauty, but unfortunately they are few and far between. Lots of promises are made with very little follow through, but a few stars pop out every now and then that really do what they say on the box – and pretty damn quick smart!
The latest I have been lucky enough to play with comes from the Murad Professional range, a collection of highly concentrated, professional-strength formulas originally developed exclusively for use in the venerable Dr. Murad’s dermatology office. With the highest levels of performance ingredients and the most advanced proprietary anti-aging technologies, Murad Professional formulas give the likes of you and me a powerful alternative to in-salon procedures for dramatically more youthful skin. Love that!
The first formula to launch in this professional-strength collection is Murad’s Eye Lift Firming Treatment, and by golly she’s good. It is one of Dr. Murad’s most sought after anti-aging treatments and features highly efficacious concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid, one of the most popular skincare ingredients out there that really delivers.
Thetreatment infuses the delicate eye area with an exclusive, proprietary surface-filling and firming technology that instantly lifts, firms and tightens and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Like, really does. In a Murad study, users instantly saw 2 x visibly firmer skin and 93 per cent noticed their skin was smoother – and I second that. To say this will be my go to over New Zealand Fashion Week and beyond is putting it mildly – it is a lifesaver.
Formulated with a potent blend of maximum strength ingredients that are safe enough to use at home, just one go will see a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The aforementioned Hyaluronic Acid is a big reason for this, and it is an important ingredient in many high-end moisturisers for its ability to provide lasting hydration. Murad creates a proprietary blend of this all-important Hyaluronic Acid, plus firming polymers and oak kernel extract to lift and tighten, rounding out the mix with myrtle extract, Vitamin E, Zinc and various amino acids to also contribute to plump, healthy skin around the eye. Vitamin E, Zinc and Amino Acids in particular enhance resilience and condition the skin for a more youthful appearance – and who doesn’t want that?
To use this eye treatment the instructions say to apply 3 pumps of product under each eye. However, I've found this is a little too much product for me so I only use 2 pumps. Then you lightly press in one of the supplied, crescent shaped eye pads and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The use of the eye pads helps to boost the penetration of the powerful ingredients for optimal performance and results. After the time is up, you pat in any residual product.
This beauty can be used 2-3 times per week and I would highly recommend it for a quick fix that works. Oh and it’s available right now for $140, so what are you waiting for?Tweet