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.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Daily delight: Kylie Minogue for Vogue Australia

Love it: Trilogy's all new Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil

Anyone that checks in here regularly will know that I’m a huge fan of oils - body oils, hair oils and facials oils - and love the fact that nine times out of ten, they are brilliant multitaskers and are great travel companions too.
Cleansing your face with one is a given with me, but for many oil may seem counterintuitive, especially for those who associate it with breakouts and the like. Well it just ain’t true, and there are more and more great oil-based cleansers arriving on the market all the time that are making their way into bathroom cabinets across the globe.
Cleansing your skin is one of the most important parts of the skincare regimen, and it’s always a good idea to track down a richer, heavier cleanser when the temperature plummets. It can definitely help address the dryness that comes with the cooler air and when used correctly can make a real difference to your skin’s health and wellbeing. Cleansing removes makeup, dirt and debris from the skin. It also helps to cleanse pores (hair follicles actually) of dead skin cells and sebum to help prevent acne. For aging skin, a cleansing oil can be a great way to help remove makeup, dirt and debris and also to help fight off free radicals that actually cause skin to age quicker. 
The latest to join the line-up of cleansing oils currently adorning my bathroom sink is Trilogy’s beautiful new Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, a NATRUE certified marvel from the creators of well-priced, botanically-based natural skincare. Suitable for all skin types, it comes with a powerful combination of high performance pure plant oils, and like many of my favourite oil-based cleansers it instantly transforms from an oil to a cleansing milk when mixed with water and, once applied to the skin, goes straight to work. I’ve found it super effective on even really tough-to-remove waterproof formulas, and it leaves the skin feeling super soft and dewy afterwards.
The formula includes Trilogy’s famous Rosehip oil, which is extracted from the seeds of organically grown rosehips and is a superfood for the skin. High in essential fatty acid content, it helps repair, hydrate, and strengthen. Sweet almond oil is the next of its kind in there, a highly emollient oil that helps regulate moisture levels and stabilise the natural pH of the skin. Grapeseed oil is in there to offer a gentle emollient action to cleanse, whilst Papaya seed oil, rich in antioxidant vitamins A, C and E and phytochemicals, provides natural antibacterial and skin healing benefits.
Super charged and designed to be used daily, this little wonder is one of the most exciting new goodies to have come across my desk in a while.
NEW Trilogy Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, RRP $34.99 (110ml).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Daily delight: Kourtney Kardashian for V magazine

All about: Katherine Daniels Essential Miracle Cleansing Jelly

Although mostly known for its cool girl make up names, the UK beauty industry has also given us some great skincare, hair and bodycare brands that are delightfully no nonsense - and work. One that hit New Zealand recently is the Katherine Daniels Cosmetics range, which comes with the tagline: “beautifully British concepts”.
Developed by sisters Kirsti Shuba and Donna Tait, the Katherine Daniels range encompasses what they call “the best of British skincare”, and can be found in salons throughout the UK and now, also in New Zealand. Having over 60 years of beauty therapy experience between them, the sisters were inspired to create a range of products that could proudly be stocked in leading salons and that work for the most common skin types and conditions. The sisters wanted to de-mystify the skin, so when they created the Katherine Daniels range they ensured that the results would be outstanding without complicated products, too many serums for this and that and generally confusing, off-putting regimes. All of the products in their collection are results-driven, and they use active ingredients extracted from plant, marine, collagen and biotechnology sources to achieve them. 
After going to a beautiful ‘official’ launch of the brand into New Zealand at The Northern Club a few weeks ago – complete with an appearance by the sisters – I have been playing with some stellar products from the range, including the brand new Katherine Daniels Essential Miracle Cleansing Jelly (RRP$45.00). A concentrated, 2-in-1 make-up remover and face cleanser, it takes the Korean love of jelly-like cleansers and gives it a very British spin, with a luxurious feel and amazing performance from the moment you pop the tube. The jelly-like formula transforms into a delicate oil after being lightly warmed between the hands and applied to the face, lifting impurities and make-up - including waterproof eye make-up – with minimal agitation to the skin. It then miraculously changes into a gentle milk when mixed with water to aid removal, leaving the skin perfectly cleansed and feeling still-supple and never tight. I love it.
I’ve been using it both with a muslin cloth and the Katherine Daniels Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenating System (right, RRP$129.00), a cleverly little tool that I have been adding to my regime a couple of times a week. Combining ultra-high frequency vibrations with 1500 soft silicone massage points, it cleanses deeply but super gently, and the creators say that with daily use, skin congestion and superficial imperfections can be greatly reduced. I’ve been going easy with it due to my sensitivity and rosacea, but once that clears (crossing all fingers and toes!) I will most definitely be putting that claim to the test.
Katherine Daniels products are available in New Zealand at selected professional beauty therapists nationwide, and I highly recommend you give them a whirl for both their simplicity, and their efficacy… it doesn’t get much better than that. 
To locate your nearest stockist go to  or phone (09) 415 9180.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Valentino Pre-Fall

Talking to Rae Morris, Makeup Artist about her Jishaku brush range

One of my favourite beauty talents to follow – and interview – over the years, Australian makeup artist Rae Morris is an absolute superstar in the industry and has been for many years. I have her books and watch her tutorials, and now I’ve also been lucky enough to play with some of the elements of her stunning Jishaku Brush Range, which is available locally at Mecca Cosmetica. 
Made in Japan, the collection sees Rae’s original brush designs more refined, with lighter handles and optimizing her world first, magnetic functionality. Using the best brush makers in the world as her manufacturing partner, Rae’s Jishaku range takes traditional Japanese brush making techniques and applies them to her modern designs to create the ultimate makeup brush range. Designed for efficiency and precision, the fact that they can stand upright anywhere means they take up less space, are super easy to organise and find, and are the ultimate in hygiene because the heads touch nothing but your face! Plus, you can secure the brushes upside down for drying after cleaning, how amazing is that?
I asked the amazing Rae a few questions about the lust-worthy new range… 

You have said: “To me, makeup is all about brushes. You can do more with minimal product and an incredible brush range than you can with cotton buds and drawers full of makeup”. Has that always been your philosophy?
Absolutely. I’d say, show me a MUA who doesn’t have a lot of brushes, it’s the one thing we all have in common. 

Is that hard to emphasise to young MUAs, many of whom are product junkies wedded to their Beauty Blenders and use brushes as an afterthought?
It is a little bit because blenders have their place and are good at placing foundation, but I like to polish and buff foundation and make it look undetectable on the skin, even with coverage. You need to buff and polish with something like my Radiance Brush to make that happen so I find that once they try it, they are often converted. 

Consumers too, often think of a highly priced brush as an extravagance, how do you ‘sell’ them on the idea of investing in great accessories?
I always say that makeup is an art, it’s like asking a painter not to buy paint brushes. You can’t do a beautiful fine eyeliner or feathered brow with a thick brush, so once you use a great brush, experience the blending and see the result, you can see how important they are. Cheaper brushes have courser hair and they often leave eyes irritated and scratched. You’re using them on your face so it’s important to invest in something that will be gentle and ultimately make you feel good. Brushes will also outlive most of your makeup – you don’t need to buy a new lip brush every time you buy a new lipstick!

I read that you made a personal pilgrimage to Japan to find the best brush makers to make your new brush designs happen – how did you find the company that you worked with?
I found my brush maker through a client of mine in Switzerland, who only buys bespoke brushes that are in the realm of $5-$10K per brush. She has a personal collection valued at around $500K and only buys Japanese made brushes so I knew that she would be the best person to speak with. After I spent time researching the tradition and found that he was one of the only two remaining Masters of Craft living in the world, I asked her to introduce me. What got it across the line was that I wanted to keep the standard of my brushes high and keep it in line with the technology and principles of the calligraphy brush. He liked my character and after a few trips, we managed to lock it all in. 

How do you define the concept of a ‘magnetic’ brush to someone who knows nothing about them? It is such a cool idea!
It’s a great way to display your brushes at home in the bathroom without them getting dirty. It means they are easy to see and reach for if you’re in a hurry and you need minimal bench space for them. When buying luxury brushes, it’s important to keep the shape of the brush and make sure they aren’t touching each other – you don’t want a clean powder brush leaning against a lip brush covered in red lipstick. I find it’s really a great organisational tool, it looks beautiful and also keeps them protected when travelling, more than a canister or brush roll. 

You have been a makeup artist for a super impressive amount of time, what do you think about the hyped-up contour trend, is it just that – a trend?
Yes, but it’s a trend that I think some girls will never not do. Contouring has always been around, it’s just the heaviness that is newer and I personally don’t think it will stick around. Everyone thinks they need to contour but it’s actually not for everyone – if you’re aging it can make your face look more hollow and gaunt. 

And what about the proliferation of MUAs on Instagram in particular, how does a normal makeup lover know what is skill or product, and what is just crazy filtering skills?
I always think it’s best to cross-reference. If someone is posting about a product that you’re interested in from their photo or video, research it and see how other makeup artists are using it and read reviews on the product. If you can, go in-store and trial the product, walk around and see how it works on you before deciding. 

If someone is looking to invest in a few great brushes from your collection, what sort should they look for? There are so many to choose from...
I would look for something that fits your face perfectly. If you have small eyes, get a small pointed brush like the #9 Detail Point Shader Brush and a small oval brush like the #11 Medium Oval Shader Brush. If you have bigger eyes, #10 Deluxe Oval Shader Brush and the #8 Medium Point Shader Brush will work well for you. I’d also recommend a great eyeliner brush for those who can’t go passed it. We have two essentials - one to achieve a fine line (#14 Perfect Eyeliner Brush) or for a thicker, Audrey Hepburn-esque eyeliner use the #15 Precision Bent Liner Brush. I would also recommend either Kabuki brush (#1 or #2) for blush and powder and the #26 Radiance Brush for use with all types of foundation. 

Your favourite brush is the Radiance Brush, why?
It cuts your foundation application time by half, can be used with liquid, cream or powder foundations and it polishes the product so well that the skin looks as close to airbrushing as possible. A sponge pushes the product into the skin, whereas the brush buffs it in beautifully. 

Lastly, you have released some amazing books. Any plans for a new one?
No, not at the moment. I poured my heart into the last one and the three hours of video content on the app as well. The book is timeless, the looks in it are timeless and it has everything I know about anti-aging so I think it will still be relevant in 10 years time. 

Rae Morris’ Jishaku brush collection is available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica and at 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Daily delight: Pamela Anderson for Intimately

All about: Witchery's latest White Shirt campaign for the OCRF

The Witchery and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s annual White Shirt campaign is now in its tenth year, and both are celebrating with a very special collection – and campaign – that is in store now.
To commemorate the milestone year and the partnership officially raising $10 million, Witchery have release a collection of 10 white shirts, with the winning design of the ‘White Shirt Design Competition’ from the Whitehouse Institute of Design and the most loved shirt design as voted by the community from previous collections.
Promising to be its biggest year yet, the ‘OCRF White Shirt Campaign’ hinges on the power and importance of the enigmatic number 10: 10 influential female ambassadors, a 10-year partnership working towards vital research and a collection of 10 white shirts.
“Statistics show that one Australian women dies of ovarian cancer every ten hours. Without an early detection test for ovarian cancer, ten remains a number without hope” OCRF, CEO, Lucinda Nolan said.
Bringing their support to Australia’s élite philanthropic fashion cause are model Samantha Harris, actress Jodi Gordon, Network Ten presenter Jessica Rowe, E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich, actress Maddison Brown; Ovarian Cancer patients Letitia Linke, Leane Flynn, Helen Powel, Jemima Leydon; and OCRF research fellow Dr Caroline Ford.
“With the generosity of our partners, and through the purchase of a white shirt, we can together work to further vital research and ensure that every woman, everywhere – is free from the threat of ovarian cancer” said Nolan.
Nicky Briger, Marie Claire Editor and OCRF media partner announced, “We’re thrilled that Marie Claire can partner with this incredible initiative for its 10-year anniversary. As a fierce advocate of women’s issues, Marie Claire has supported the OCRF over the years and we will continue to do whatever we can to raise funds to help eradicate this insidious disease.”
The life-saving white shirts are being sold online and in store right now, with 100% of sale proceeds minus GST being donated to the OCRF. The ‘White Capsule’ – a premium collection of prestigious clothing and accessories to be styled with the ten OCRF shirts, is also available. In addition to purchasing the shirts, the community can register to host a ‘White Shirt Day’ event or donate directly to OCRF at
The OCRF White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer day is Tuesday 8th May, marking the conclusion of this important and key Australian campaign. Have you got yours yet?