Wednesday, June 29, 2016
It goes without saying that 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 collection to be unleashed by the prolific yet considered brand is the Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink 2016 Summer Collection, which is all about sunset colours, getting that elusive tawny glow and the gorgeous luminous light created by the late afternoon sun. It’s the golden hour and I don’t know about you, but I want to look like I’m right there in the thick of it! That golden hour lighting is where everyone looks more beautiful, and Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink is all about recreating that beautiful light as the sun is going down wherever you are.
Bobbi herself says, “this collection is inspired by the incredible twilight glow of Telluride skies at sunset,” reportedly Bobbi’s favourite place.
As usual the new collection is full of Limited Edition products you will quite likely fall in love with on sight, and at the heart of it is the most gorgeous compact. No eye palette here, but Bobbi’s second favourite thing, a compact powder that is key to that “glow” and then some. The lovely Highlighting Powder (above, top) is high-impact, light reflective and will create a luminous, flattering glow, and it comes in three shades to suit most skin types. I have been pairing mine with the brand’s equally lovely Sheer Color Cheek Tint (above, bottom) for a little depth on grey days, and I love it.
The full line up is:
Highlighting Powder – Limited Edition
02 Sunset Glow
03 Afternoon Glow
Sheer Color Cheek Tint
01 Sheer Lilac
02 Sheer Pink
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
01 Bronze Shimmer Ink
02 Sapphire Shimmer Ink
03 Twilight Night Shimmer Ink
04 Steel Ink
Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow
02 Nude Beach
03 Stone Pink
04 Velvet Plum
All are absolutely gorgeous in my humble opinion, and available 11 July 2016 at all Bobbi Brown counters and at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz/BobbiBrown.Tweet
Monday, June 27, 2016
I don’t think gender-fluid/anyone can wear it makeup has ever looked as good as M.A.C Cosmetics's killer new product line created in collaboration with the fabulous Brant Brothers, Peter and Harry. The pair of pretty much flawless on the regular NYC socialites – and sons of the legendary supermodel, Stephanie Seymour - first teamed up with the beauty giant last year for an initial line of products meant to be worn by anyone, gender identity be damned. Now that line has expanded, and I for one have fallen in love with more than a few of the offerings hitting counters in New Zealand on August 8.
In an interview with M.A.C about their debut collection, the boys revealed they first began playing with make-up when they were teenagers, having a damn good time rifling through their famous mother's cosmetics case whenever they got the chance. “We would always help her get ready and watch her make herself up so beautifully,” they said, adding: “it was something fun we did together, and some of our favourite memories as kids were in her dressing room.” The boys say they want their make-up line to give people – all people - confidence in their appearances, with Harry adding: “the point of the whole collection is that it’s for you. It’s not about doing it for anyone else, to please anyone else, it’s just because you like the way it alters your appearance. It's hot."
New additions to the unisex makeup selection this year include lip stains, brow gels, neutral eye shadows and more. And in a key difference between the brothers' line and many other makeup brands, the collection’s packaging features the Brant Brothers’ signatures in modern matte black on glossy black background for a totally gender-neutral vibe. "Most makeup is packaged for women, which is why men feel embarrassed about owning it," Peter told Allure about the line's black matte cases. "There's no difference between makeup for men or women—it's all packaging."
M.A.C’s newest creations along with the young bon vivants of New York society are:
Smolder - intense black
Paragon - champagne gold
El Dorado - bold gold
FLUIDLINE BROW GEL CREME
Neanderthal - deep, rich brown
208 Angled Brow
163 Flat Contour
PRO SCULPTING CREAM DUO
Tryphaena and Cleopatra
Climax - light white highlight
Crevasse - taupe contour
PRO LONGWEAR LIPSTAIN MARKER
Boysenberry Blush - berry plum red
Bitten Lip - dirty coral red
Sunset Boulevard - coral brown
The Jamie - mid-tone red blue
EYE SHADOW X 4:4 PILLARS
Mother’s Milk - soft matte beige (satin)
Sandstone - soft matte taupe (matte)
Mystery - muted plum-brown (veluxe pearl)
Carbon - intense black (matte)
Available New Zealand August 8, 2016 at select M∙A∙C locations
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I recently read that although best known as a top makeup artist and the organic beauty mogul behind RMS Beauty, Rose-Marie Swift (above) has a secret side hobby: astrological readings. She told the New York Times she gives one-hour readings to clients and friends in the fashion and beauty industry, including the incredible Linda Rodin. “Usually people come to me when there’s a drama that they can’t answer,” said Swift, who believes astrology can explain almost everything. “I’m an Aquarian; therefore, I’m a future thinker,” ergo her beauty line. “My rising sign is Libra, which rules the beauty industry,” she said. “My moon is Sagittarius, so I’m a truth seeker — this is why I mouth off; my Mars in Aries makes me feisty.” How cool is that?
Clearly one smart cookie, she also gives some great insight into natural and organic beauty solutions, stressing that we mustn’t be affected by marketing, product claims and brand names: “just get cleaner makeup”. There are a lot of brands out there now that don’t have all those chemicals in there, and she recommends you do your research on sites like EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, which has a list of safer sunscreens and toxicities of brands (the people behind it are chemists and scientists).
All of which bring me to her line, RMS Beauty. It is essentially an original, pure, organic colour cosmetic line that performs and then some. Based on living and organic principles, each product is created to hydrate and illuminate vital, radiant skin and is the perfect choice for the best ever ‘natural’ look. RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, creating a product that is not only non-toxic, but actually heals and nourishes skin. Consider it skincare with mineral colour - giving make-up a whole new meaning.
I have been lucky enough to have a play with the brand’s "un" powder – which they like to call “the one and only powder you will ever need”. Available Down Under at Mecca Cosmetica, it is an ultra ULTRA fine, light reflective powder designed as the ultimate finish for perfect looking skin. It looks virtually invisible powder but dramatically minimises the appearance of pores, softens the skin and absorbs oil. Amazing!
Talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free, it works with pretty much every skin tone as far as I can tell, and importantly it leaves behind no white residue. I’ve been applying it with both a soft makeup brush and the supplied powder puff just on my T-zone area, and so far so in love. The included puff is recommended by the brand for a better controlled application as it tends to deposit less powder onto the skin, making a small pot of powder go a long way.
So, are you ready to look radiant? This baby will set you back $60.00 and is available in Mecca Cosmetica right now. Head to http://www.meccacosmetica.co.nz/ for more.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Maybelline New York spokesmodel and next level ‘it’ girl Gigi Hadid looked stunning on the red carpet at the recent Much Music Awards in Canada, pretty much killing it as per. Her makeup was the work of Patrick Ta, and is surprisingly easy to re-create when you know how.
Ta said after the event, “I was excited Gigi and I got to do this awards show together this year as she was the lead host. Gigi loves a fresh and natural look, but still glam at the same time. The inspiration for her look this year came from Gigi herself, which I was able to execute and make it my own. She wanted a bronze and beautiful eye with a bold aspect to it which was the red lip”. It’s a look I wholeheartedly get behind on a regular basis, and it’s pretty transseasonal and timeless as a look to boot.
When it comes to face, contour, and cheeks, Ta applied a moisturising oil to give Gigi’s complexion a luminous and smooth base. Any extra hydration allows the makeup to lie beautifully on the skin. To ensure her skin appeared flawless, he then applied Maybelline New York Baby Skin Pore Eraser (RRP$16.99). Ta wanted her complexion to look clean and bright without looking too heavy, so he applied the new Maybelline New York Dream Velvet Foundation (RRP$24.99). Using a dark shade in the same foundation, he lightly contoured the hollows of the cheeks and added Maybelline New York Fit Me! Bronzer (RRP$19.99) to really accentuate the cheekbones. To highlight, Ta applied a concealer two shades lighter than the base foundation under the eyes. For this, he used the superstar Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer (RRP$22.99). He then added a highlight similar to Maybelline New York Master Hi-Light (RRP$19.99) to the high points of the cheekbones for extra glow. To make the skin dewy in all the right places, Ta lightly powdered the t-zone with a powder like Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Waterproof Powder (RRP$25.99). Finally, he applied a bronze blush to the apples of the cheeks and sprayed the face with Maybelline New York Master Fix Setting Spray (RRP$19.99) to give her skin a natural and luminous finish.
Gigi wanted the eyes to look bright and clean, but boy did they pop. To get the look, Ta used Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette (RRP$29.99), which is one of my personal faves. He applied a light brown color in the crease and a skin tone color on the lid, and then added in a gold shade to finish off the look. He curled the lashes and coated twice with mascara. To recreate a similar look use Maybelline New York Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara (RRP$24.99). To create a thicker, more defined brow, Ta applied a product like Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Precise (RRP$18.99).
To complete the look, Ta applied a flesh colored lipstick to compliment the colour on her cheeks. He used shades similar to Craving Coral (685) and Siren in Scarlet (690) from the Maybelline New Color Sensational Creamy Mattes range (RRP$19.99) to create the perfect hue. I haven’t tried either but now seriously want to!
So there you go, too easy yes? Get to it!Tweet
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Now over thirteen years old, the Skinfood brand was one of the first in New Zealand to offer locally made skincare that was paraben free and used natural-based ingredients at an affordable price that often had to be seen to be believed. I fell immediately in love with it for all of those reasons, and the fact that the products worked was an added bonus.
The skincare experts behind the brand announced a long overdue makeover for Skinfood back in 2013, which was still around but had been swamped by the influx of similar products from overseas and a slew of eco-friendly beauty options. They took the makeover pretty seriously with all that in mind, re-launching with new look packaging alongside updated recipes and some exciting new developments. They took inspiration from the fantastic innovations and resources in natural skincare that the industry has welcomed over the past decade, with the end result being even more premium quality, yet affordable skincare inspired by nature, and made with the finest food and natural-based ingredients.
Now they have unveiled their latest innovation, which will see the baby care aisle of your supermarket get a whole lot greener. The highly praised, sustainable and cruelty-free beauty brand has just released its first ever range for babies and young children, which will be stocked in all good supermarkets nationwide.
With products that are 100 per cent natural and certified organic by ECOCERT, looking after your little ones – and yourself, as some of the products are definitely mama friendly - using the best ingredients is now not only easier, but also more affordable.
“The idea for Little Skinfood came about after members of the Skinfood team had babies over the past two years, says Skinfood General Manager and Little Skinfood collection founder, Alex Gage-Brown. “We quickly realised there was nothing out there that we felt comfortable putting on baby’s skin at an accessible price point. And after talking to our Skinfood consumers we realised they felt the same, as many of them are mothers themselves.
“Skinfood is already renowned for its efficacious, natural and organic formulas so when we uncovered this gap in the market, it was a no brainer for us to find a way to fill it and broaden our offerings in this new area.”
As little skin is thinner, more delicate and more permeable than our own, it was imperative that Little Skinfood products, like their adult Skinfood counterparts, be hypoallergenic, and free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colours. “We wanted all the goodies - and zero baddies - to be found when you turned over to look at the ingredient list,” says Gage-Brown.
Little Skinfood’s beautiful new products care for little bodies top to toe, and their collection comprises six products including Little Body Wash, Little Head Shampoo, Little Body Oil, Little Body Lotion, Little Body Powder, and Little Bottom Balm. My seven-year-old son Wolf has been all over using their ECOCERT Organic Certified Little Body Wash, which has an RRP of just $14.99. Also ECOCERT Organic Certified is the Little Head Shampoo at the same price point, which is plant based and super safe for little scalps, skin and hair.
My mama friendly favourite is the heavenly Little Body Oil, made up of sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E help to nourish any skin. It has been the perfect, nourishing and neutrally scented body oil now the temperature has dropped, and I am definitely going back for more!
Last but not least, the packaging is goddamn adorable - check it out above.
So, if you have little ones - or hey, even if you don't! - I highly recommend you check this offering out.Tweet
Friday, June 17, 2016
Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf is a major modern fragrance icon, and to call it a success of epic proportions would be putting it SO mildly! Women all over the world absolutely love it, and it is one of the fragrances I hear constantly named as a signature scent by women from all walks of life.
Landing on Monday is Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose, the Northern Hemisphere summer version of Flowerbomb fragrance that comes out every year as a limited edition in a different bottle. That isn’t to say it can’t be worn in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere winter – it has me already dreaming about spring!
The fragrance is a sparkling floral bouquet that has been best described as “opening with accords of bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, green tea and grapefruit”. The heart is a bouquet of rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, red berries and orchid, laid on the base of amber, cashmere and patchouli. In other words, delicious.
Available as a 50 ml Eau de Toilette, the newest incarnation of the fragrance is a slightly spicier version of the original sweet floral; giving Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf fans an alternative to their favourite scent that I can pretty much guarantee they will love.
It starts off with a refreshing fruity, lightly floral scent, then after a little while the elements of pink pepper settle down into a floral bouquet while the scent of rose rises up on the skin. By the end of the day it has a distinctly woody fragrance on my skin, which I absolutely love.
So to wrap it up, I reckon Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose EDT differs from the original in that it is naturally lighter and less sweet, but still has a true Flowerbomb feel about it at heart. For those that haven’t worn the original but have heard about its intoxicating qualities, I think the spicy, woody after-hit will be a real surprise.
The lighter scent allows Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose eau de toilette to be worn anywhere as well – no chance of flooding the room with your signature scent if you work in a closed office, but plenty of sexy subtlety when people get up close. I love that!
As aforementioned, this beauty is on counter June 20, with an RRP of $143.00 for 50ml. Enjoy.Tweet
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Redken 5th Avenue has announced the heavenly model, actress and producer Lizzy Jagger as their newest brand muse – a major coup if ever there was one.
Jagger joins the impressive Redken collective of muses and trend creators that includes actress Suki Waterhouse, Lea T., Soo Joo Park and Redken Global Creative Director Guido.
Born Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger in NYC, Lizzy is the eldest daughter of 1970s supermodel Jerry Hall and Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. Her statuesque beauty and gorgeous red hair make her a perfect choice for Redken, who have her seriously challenging her fabulous mum in this super hot shot.
"Lizzy’s signature, striking red hair and unique style epitomize the Redken spirit,” says Shane Wolf, Global General Manager of Redken 5th Avenue. “She represents a modern approach to beauty that’s confident and enviable.”
“I am so honored and excited to be joining the Redken family. I had such an amazing time shooting with them and absolutely love any time I get to work with Guido,” says Lizzy.
The contract is far from the 32-year-old’s first serious outinh. She made her runway debut at Thierry Mugler in 1998 and also has starred in campaigns for Lancome's LCM range, Mango, and Marks and Spencer.
Lizzy makes her Redken 5th Avenue debut in September 2016 appearing in print and digital campaigns for the launch of New Heatcure Professional, an exclusive salon service that instantly restores the look and feel of damaged hair for up to 10 washes. She also features in the re-launch of Redken’s Heat Styling collection.Tweet