Thursday, September 30, 2010

Daily delight: Jane Birkin, Paris Vogue 1969

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum - it maybe well be Olay's best yet

When people ask me if there is an affordable skincare line out there that actually works as well as the pricier options I always say Olay, whose products have even been known to outshine some of the most expensive brands in the world. Their newest anti-ageing offering is Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, which is both high performance and kind on the bank account (RRP NZD$49.99). Launched following the massive global success of their Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, the new kid on the block is infused with the highest concentration of Regenerist’s signature amino-peptide complex. The product is the most powerful in the Olay Regenerist range to date and targets the three hardest to treat areas - the eye area, jaw line and neck.
Quickly absorbed into the skin because of its ultra light-weight silky texture, the super serum contains a concentrated amount of amino-peptide and vitamin B3 complex to help visibly regenerate your skin’s surface appearance and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, so you get dramatically younger-looking skin pretty damn fast. It works even quicker when you’re using it with Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, reportedly offering an amazing 70 per cent more hydration for your skin. Are you ready for the best part? It apparently improves your skin’s fitness in just five days!
Use the serum in the morning and at nighttime, massaging it in with your fingertips in an upward circular motion. Focus on the neck, jaw line and eye areas, then if you like, follow with use of the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.

Daily delight: Naomi Campbell for Interview

So softly retro-beautiful: Marisa Berenson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Daily delight: Kevin Murphy’s POWDER.PUFF

One of the coolest new hair styling products I’ve got my hands on in a long, long while is Kevin Murphy’s POWDER.PUFF. As well as coming in a super cute, round pink container, it is one very clever little beast. It effortlessly gives you the look of having just had a roll in the hay, but in the most stylish possible way. To create a messy casual volume (as per the beautiful pic above), gently tap a few shakes on the hair that you want body on, and the powder morphs into a product that holds all day long. Or, just add it to the roots – wet or dry – and when you need a little extra lift just push it back into place for even more volume and texture. This is definitely going in my suitcase for my upcoming trip, it will be invaluable for a post-flight pick-me-up!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dick Page does fresh & cool for Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

After finally having some sunny, ever-so-warm days in a row down under and gearing up for some late Summer goodness in the South of France, I’m all about fresh, fruity make up looks right now. I fell in love with the look that Shiseido maestro Dick Page created for the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 collection, which was about as pretty as it gets, whilst still maintaining an edge. To begin, Page applied a full face of foundation followed by loose translucent powder all over to mattify and give the “rich skin” look we’ve been hearing so much about. As he's often been known to do backstage, Page individualized the blush colour for each model, but the overall look was classic, healthy, rosy cheeks. He placed the blush on the tops of the cheeks' apples, "which makes the models look even more alive," he told Allure. The lids had a gentle, shimmery shine, which he created using a dab of Shiseido Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment, in other words, a lip balm. He used this due to its pearl finish, then lined the top and bottom lashes with Shiseido Makeup Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil in Black, making the lines "sketchy" so they looked like hatch marks. The effect, he said, was that the makeup looked as if it were "melting into the eyes." He skipped mascara – a practice common amongst backstage beauty leaders these days – to keep things even more natural. Finally, on the lips he used Shiseido Makeup Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Day Lily – a true orange - with a loose orange powder brushed on top of the lipstick to make it really matte.
* On another note, even the models’ fingernails were a thoroughly modern, matte, semi-sheer nude. The polish was a mix of CND’s soon-to-be-relesaed Barely There, and a few drops of the company's matte topcoat, applied simultaneously.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Garnier Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinted Eye Roll On

I’ve always been cursed with dark under eye circles, which I think are at least 80 per cent genetic. I had them even as a toddler - which is well before I started burning the candle at both ends – and as a teenager suffered the fools gladly who asked if someone had bopped me one carefully in each eye. Add genuine tiredness to the mix and I’m reaching for quite literally anything to help cancel them out. They can be covered up with the right concealer, but I’m always on the hunt for a newer, lighter formula that will do the trick well. I recently heard about Garnier’s Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinted Eye Roll On, which sounds like it will kill two birds with one stone. They say that it’s for when “a basic eye cream is no longer enough to refresh your tired appearance, and you are looking for an immediate solution to correct your dark circles”. It is an anti dark circles roll on, which combines a moisturiser enriched with natural ingredients, with an long lasting tinted concealer for instant coverage. This formula, combined with the massaging roller-ball, provides a complete solution for dark circles and tired eyes. Even better? It comes in two colours, light to medium and medium to dark, and contains a sunscreen for those days when dark glasses just aren’t enough. If you have extremely dry skin or are at an age where you’re concerned about fine lines I recommend popping your usual eye cream or gel underneath, but this baby sounds like a real treat. And at an RRP of under NZ$18.00, is worth a go at the very least. I like.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Loving: Leighton Denny’s ‘The Iconic Collection’

When I interviewed UK celebrity manicurist and generally fabulous guy Leighton Denny a few years back, I was struck by just how passionate the ex-truck driver was about making women’s hand look as gorgeous as possible with his to-kill-for products. Each collection he releases is as on trend as they come, and his formulations last longer than any other nail name I’ve tried. This Summer I’m all over his brand new ‘The Iconic Collection’, which has beautifully captured the glamour and glitz of the 1940s in a collection of six high performance nail colours for Spring/Summer 2010. Inspired by famous femme fatales and iconic silver screen movies of the 40s, the collection of iconic shades encompasses both the soft and show stopping looks that once dominated Hollywood. The collection is inspired shade-wise by the colourful catwalk looks of British designers such as John Galliano and Burberry with the ultimate in playful sexiness and unabashed fun. Love that! My favourites are the shades above, namely:
Brief Encounter - A new take on taupe, caramel beige with a sophisticated shimmer
Notorious - A daring deep teal
The Heiress - A blue-belle purple
If I had to pick, that is! I’d also like to add that the great man’s hand cream is the best I’ve tried, hands down (pun intended). It’s a must for Summer as it’s got a decent SPF thrown into its high performance formula, and the fact that I’ve just run out has meant that I’m totally gutted on this unexpectedly sunny day!

Daily delight: Gucci SS11 girls, Milan

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stephen Marr & M.A.C for Hailwood A/W11

*another glorious pic by Olivia Hemus*

Stephen Marr & M.A.C for Cybele A/W11

*gorgeous photo by Olivia Hemus*

Daily delight: M.A.C for Kathryn Wilson NZFW10

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daily delight: getting me through the week

I’m off to New Zealand Fashion Week soon, for a few days of chaos, champagne and canapés amidst some of the worst weather Auckland has seen in years. This doesn’t bode well on the beauty front, but I think I’ve assembled the appropriate arsenal to get me through the week:
First up is my dainty set of Cloud Nine Micro Irons, which have all the technology of a large format iron but in micro size. Lightweight, with cushioned plates, they are ideal for fringes like mine and fit conveniently in a handbag. This means they are also the iron of choice for my upcoming trip to France, and even come with universal voltage – bonus! They are available in New Zealand at Servilles salons, along with their larger brothers and sisters.
Second must-have of the week is my can of Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR dry cleaning spray (pictured), which will make my Stephen Marr blow wave last through the long days and even longer nights.
And last but not least, my pot of the all new bareMinerals MATTE foundation, which will keep the shine at bay for as long as I need it to and comes with an inbuilt locking system so spillage is kept to a minimum.
Love these babies, and I’m sure you will too!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Daily delight: Smashbox's Creamy Cheek Colour & Brush

One of the busiest teams backstage at this week’s New Zealand Fashion Week will be the Smashbox crew headed by Neisha Henry. They are working on a huge bunch of shows by anyone’s standards, and will have their toolkits packed with the brand’s legendary primers to get things started right. The LA-based make up giant has just released its newest colour collection too, and I can pretty much guarantee that more than a few of the brand new goodies in the Masquerade collection will be getting a decent workout, too. My favourite so far is the double-ended Creamy Cheek Colour and Brush, which has a luscious, creamy cheek product formula on one side with a built-in blending brush on the other. It gives a gorgeous rose glow with its ultra-luxurious, long-wearing creamy formula, and its on-the-go friendly packaging makes it perfect for make up artists and mere mortal like ourselves as it is just so damn portable. I’m off to France in a few weeks’ time and this baby will definitely be in my make up bag both in flight and on the ground.

Friday, September 17, 2010

15 minutes with Bettjeman's Sasha Lenski

I recently interviewed the charming Sasha Lenski from Bettjeman’s salon about the work he’s doing next week at New Zealand Fashion Week, hair trends in general and his backstage must haves. Arriving from Russia just over nine years ago, Sasha is already a New Zealand backstage veteran. He has been a senior stylist at Bettjeman’s for almost six years, and relishes any chance he can get to work backstage on shows and get creative. Before he worked at Bettjeman’s he worked on New Zealand Fashion Week shows as a key member of the L’Oreal Professionel artistic team, “which was amazing as I didn’t speak English back then but already was involved in such a great creative event”. Since he started working for Grant he has been working on designer Trelise Cooper’s mammoth NZFW extravaganzas each year, as well as backstage at the shows she has throughout the rest of the year for her VIP customers and sponsors. A personal highlight for him was working on the “outrageous” hair for the designer’s show on board the Queen Mary 2 earlier this year, “which was just insane but totally beautiful and sexy”. For Trelise’s often back to back, action packed shows the salon has a team of around ten on the floor, including both stylists and support staff. “We have people there to hold curlers and hairspray, heating up irons,” he explains, “basically anything that makes our job easier as it’s such a crazy time backstage.”
He explains that Trelise always favours hair that looks “done” – as opposed to the loose, easy looks that some designers love that can look almost just out of bed – and that is what makes the pairing with Bettjeman’s so perfect. They are a salon that prides itself on creating red carpet looks with amped up glamour for their clients every day, and are known for their Rich List regulars. The last couple of years have been particularly advantageous for the Bettjeman’s team as Trelise has let them have relative free rein when it comes to creating the hair looks that will work with her collections on the catwalk. “We bought some ideas to her and she loved them,” he explains, “which let us really own what we were doing backstage.” They share a passion for hair that is “dramatic and sexy”, and it really is a match made in heaven. “I love working on Trelise’s shows as they are so emotional and dynamic, and the models are all so stunning and having so much fun,” he says, “and Trelise herself is just amazing to watch in action, her attention to every little detail is incredible!”

Daily delight: Anja Rubik for Quazi

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Daily delight: Marc Jacobs' pretty at NYFW

Natura Bissé’s Diamond Facial– most definitely a girl’s best friend

Every time someone asks me the spa I most recommend for a very special treat for themselves, friends or loved ones, I always start with Chuan Spa at the Langham hotel. Chuan isn’t just a spa to me but an experience – and it’s definitely one that lingers. They’ve just taken the luxury bar one step higher as well, with the arrival of Spanish beauty brand Natura Bissé to their treatment menu and as a retail range. Now a worldwide beauty phenomenon that is synonymous with sheer indulgence, Natura Bissé was founded over 25 years ago in Barcelona and is still a proudly family-owned brand. It began with a skincare product line of just five creams; expending over the years to more than 300 products within the 12 product lines. Natura Bissé is available in 35 different countries, with New Zealand the latest to be added to the lucky line up.
Last week I popped into Chuan to experience the jewel in the Natura Bissé crown – the Diamond Facial. So super fabulous that it even features in a song by the divalicious Beyonce herself, this treatment is pure luxury for the skin. A multi-faceted facial that lasts for a blissful 90 minutes, it uses a combination of aromatherapy, cryotherapy, shiatsu and a Diamond sensory massage to stave off ageing and promote a healthy, nourished glow. During the 90 minutes of total relaxation, a pressure point fork increases facial circulation and a peeling exfoliant mask will smooth fine lines while therapists massage the hands and feet - there's not one minute when skin doesn't feel utterly pampered, or at very least invigorated. The cryotherapy element creates a cold lifting effect, redefining the face shape and bringing intense hydration and regeneration to your skin, acting deeper to repair damaged DNA. And as for the general, feelgood factor of the whole thing? I can honestly say that my 90 minutes tucked up on a bed in the depths of the womb-like Chuan Spa were a treat like you wouldn’t believe, and I seriously didn’t want to leave (when it comes to the Langham, I never do). Sure the peeling element had that all-too-familiar tingle to it, but the Natura Bissé formula has a ph the same as your skin, so although it’s doing stuff as it should, you won’t be left feeling like you’ve been lying out in the sun for the day. When I finally got up the courage to return to the real world via their opulent lobby, even the valet wished me “an enchanting afternoon” as I jumped into my car, and after that I most certainly did! And the results are built to last – plump, gorgeously hydrated skin for a long while after is a very welcome side effect.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daily delight: Michelle Williams for W mag

Summer's coming... and so is Summer Tan

As a beauty fanatic, you know summer is on its way when the self tanning products start rolling across your desk, and new ones are always exciting. What you really want is a summery-looking tan (a la Rosie, above), and the latest offering to hit our shores is called quite simply, Summer Tan. New to New Zealand, Summer Tan is Australia’s leading sunless tanning range, and a rather impressive one at that. Their formulas are quad action (a unique combination of instant bronzers and DHA), and create a natural, healthy, sun-kissed glow that can last up to five days on most skin types. They have variety of tanning products on offer, so you can choose what you need depending on your preferred mode of application, and your skill set:
Summer Tan Lotion is available in Light or Dark and is designed to be used all over the body for a very natural looking tan. A super easy to use, almost sheer lotion, it lets you build to your desired colour, applying as often as you like until you reach your perfect shade. Daily application will then maintain your tan.
Light and fluffy in texture, the Summer Tan Mousse has a ‘light as air’ application feel to it and is extremely quick drying. It glides effortlessly over large areas and gives an instant medium tan effect, and doesn’t smell half bad either.
Summer Tan Aerosol gives you a spray tan in a can and is also designed to be layered up until you’re as tan as you want to be, whilst the
Summer Tan Extender can be used with any of the tanning products to intensify or extend the life of your tan, whilst nourishing and toning your skin.
If you just want a tan for the day or a night out, go for Summer Tan Bronzing Lotion, which creates a beautiful, golden tan instantly and washes off with soap and water.
And we all know that a great fake bake is all in the preparation, so they have kindly included Summer Tan Body Polish in their range, which has been developed with instant tanning use in mind. The walnut shell exfoliant removes dead skin cells so you’re ready for a tan application, and has a beautiful lemon lime fragrance.
All of the Summer Tan products come with very appealing prices attached too, so if you’re in the market for a new self tanner as you start to bare this Spring, give them a whirl.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

INIKA goes to New Zealand Fashion Week

One of the many make up brands popping up next week at New Zealand Fashion Week is Inika, a mineral-based that brand I’ve grown rather fond of in a very short space of time. Inika brands itself as “Luxury Natural Cosmetics”, and is the make up choice of the likes of Stella McCartney (pictured) and her fellow conscious celebs as it’s 100 per cent certified organic or vegan (or both) and also 100 per cent certified Halal and cruelty free. Add to this longwearing formulas and pigments to die for, and you have a beauty brand that is most definitely to be reckoned with. At NZFW Miranda Bond, Founder and CEO of Inika Cosmetics, will be on site sharing her story and introducing the brand at a seminar at 3:00pm in Shed One on Saturday 25th September (part of Fashion WeekEND, where the event is open to the public), and the first 200 people through the door will be given a gorgeous Inika gift pack. In it you’ll find:
2X Eyeshadows
1X Angler Brush
1X Shadow Brush
1X Black Cavier Eyeliner
1X Gold Purse
1X Eye Crystals
It is Inika’s mission to introduce the world to a new era in cosmetics where eco and chic combine to offer luxury, performance, style, and a natural choice in beauty, and the seminar promises to be a goodie. If you’re in Auckland then don’t miss this opportunity to see Miranda as she presents her inspiring story and the award winning mineral and certified organic make-up range. I also have two passes available to Fashion Weekend, so you can check out some shows, indulge yourself at the Garage Sale and then hit the Inika Seminar at 3pm. If that doesn’t bode for a right treat I don’t know what does! Email me at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spending time with Trilogy's Sarah Gibbs

One of New Zealand’s most high profile beauty brands – and a conscious, good for you one at that – Trilogy was founded in 2002 by the super sisterly duo of Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot.
In just eight years the sisters have built their business from a boutique local skincare operation into a recognised and admired international brand sold in 15 markets worldwide, and they are still as passionate about it today as they were all of those years ago.
From the outset Sarah and Catherine set out to create skincare products that not only perform better, but are better ethically, aesthetically and environmentally. This is now a given with many new organic ranges launching today, but back in 2002 they were real pioneers. Their creed of ‘maximum effect on your skin, minimum effect on our environment’ is right in line with the way that I like to view my time spent in front of the bathroom mirror, and talking to Sarah one windy Ponsonby afternoon was a rather inspirational time.
Trilogy launched with just five products, and today the range has over 40 for face, body and hair. Collections on offer include the Age Proof range to combat the signs of ageing, Natural Actives For Men and Sensitive Skin for intolerant complexions – one of the few on the market that has been given the thumbs up by pretty much everyone who tries it. My personal favourite is their multi-purpose Everything Balm, of which there are no less than four pots scattered around our house! The idea for the Trilogy range came to Sarah and Catherine after they fell in love with Rosehip Oil, a truly magical little number that Sarah discovered after setting up a company to manufacture ingredients from plants for the natural supplement and cosmetic industries. Knowing the oil extracted from rosehip seeds was rich in skin-loving nutrients and that it had been used for centuries to heal and rejuvenate skin, Sarah developed a new way to extract the purest elements from this oil and the sisters knew they had discovered a future cosmetic star. Their still-fast selling Rosehip Oil was born, and they’ve never looked back. When I ask Sarah if all those years ago she envisioned the company expanding to be a global beauty force, she says, “in hindsight I think we did. We were quite strategic in that those first few products we launched came with packaging that conformed to international standards and had formulations that were ready to export at any time”.
New Zealand is known internationally for the quality of its all-natural and organic beauty brands, which are popping up on more than regular basis. Why does she think that we do it so well? “I think it’s a lot about our New Zealand-ness, our go getting nature. We like to think globally and we also have some amazing manufacturers here that we can partner up with to bring our projects to life. Our natural supplements brands are revolutionary, too.”
After all of these years, do she and Catherine still take the time to test each and every new product themselves? “We do, and all of our staff use Trilogy as well,” says the statuesque blonde, “our testing process is long and its rigorous, and we work with as many people to trial the product as we can.” So, does she have a personal favourite product? “That is such a hard question to answer!” she laughs, “and it really depends on the time of year. At the moment I’m really into the booster serum from our Age Proof range, and I use the Botanical Body Wash all year round. It’s just too hard to pick!”

Have Murad exfoliating mask, will travel!

With a trip planned for early October, I’m all about travel related products right now, and those that are portable and – most importantly – leak free. My latest find is from Murad, and it’s a little box filled with six individual sachets of their Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask. This weekly treatment frees skin of dull, dry surface cells to restore brightness and smooth texture while Pomegranate Extract provides powerful antioxidant protection, fighting free radicals and inflammation. There are also natural fruit enzymes and AHAs working to exfoliate to keep skin clear and smooth, which is exactly what I’ll need after flying for over 24 hours. Each little sachet contains enough product to cover your face, neck, décolletage and hands too, so there will be no excuse to miss any essential spots. So how do you use it? After cleansing, apply the contents of one sachet to face, neck et al. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. For optimal results, use 1 to 2 times weekly and follow with moisturizer, and if you’re out for the day don’t forget to lather on the sunblock to keep your skin looking as it good as it feels.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Daily delight: Natio’s easy new natural style

A brand that always seem to turn out some top notch products at ridiculously good prices, Natio’s new Art of Makeup collection is full of cute, user friendly bits and bobs that will fit easily into any kit. Their aesthetic is always super natural and highlighting the best of what you’ve got as per Ms. Erin Wasson here, and my picks of the new bunch are the Mineral Cheek Bone Enhancer and the Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer & Enhancer. The former is designed to define and contour cheekbones, and comes as a delicate creamy formula that glides on for a gentle, illuminating finish that is beyond pretty. It contains clever little light reflecting minerals that give the effect of lifted cheekbones – love that! – and is easy as to apply with your fingertips. The Bronzer & Enhancer takes things a step further, and is designed to be swept onto the face and décolletage for a soft glow. It’s great for contouring without being too obvious, and is great for those transition months going into summer when a little bit of colour goes a long way. And just like the rest of Natio’s product offering, both are a total steal at $19.50 and $21.50 respectively.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Daily delight: Dermalogica ULTRACALMING

Last week I went to the wonderful re:ab studio not just for a gut busting Pilates class or two, but also to hear more about Dermalogica’s exciting new release – the UltraCalming collection. Serious relief for sensitised skin, it’s a must for people like me that suffer from the aforementioned condition, especially at times of seasonal change like right now. I’ve been using their Barrier Repair for a few months now – i.e. over Winter and the early morning starts I have as a boot camp attendee – and can’t rave enough about its ability to “toughen up” my skin (for want of a better phrase) when I’m going from a warm house to a freezing park and back again. But back to the new goodies – and good they are. True to Dermalogica formulation standards, all of the UltraCalming products are free of known sensitisers like artificial fragrances and dyes, and tackle the challenges of treating sensitised, highly reactive and recently resurfaced skin. Dermalogica have recognised that there is often more than one contributing factor behind sensitised skin, and this is a complete system to help manage the multiple causes, which can stem from a genetic predisposition towards sensitivity or as a result from environmental assaults. “It’s a hostile world,” they say, “and the effects of stress, pollution, climatic extremes, medical procedures and even the foods we eat reflect on our skin.” These inflammatory responses can include:
Immunogenic inflammation: When skin is under assault, localised skin cells are alerted and activated to fight off the “invader.” This allergic reaction in skin triggers redness, soreness, and itchiness.
Neurogenic inflammation: Whereas immunogenic inflammation is triggered by the immune system, neurogenic inflammation is triggered by the nervous system. When an irritant chemical activates nerve sensors, it results in the release of substances that also trigger the inflammatory cascade, resulting in redness, soreness and itchiness.
Whatever the case, inflammation is never good! Luckily for us, all five of the UltraCalming products feature Dermalogica’s all new and highly effective UltraCalmingComplex. This multi-benefit complex includes active ingredients that mediate immunogenic and neurogenic inflammatory triggers for immediate and long-term relief of inflamed, sensitised skin. It also includes botanicals and peptides that help mimic skin’s natural protective barrier, helping to strengthen skin cell structure against water loss and defend against dehydration-induced sensitisation.
As well as a cleanser, super serum and masque, the range also includes a re-formulated version of my darling Barrier Repair, which I’m now loving even more. My second favourite so far must be the UltraCalming Mist, a highly active formula that soothes and protects whenever you need an added boost. It can be used over make up and is reportedly the perfect thing to have on board when you travel, which I’m going to be doing in just a few weeks. It was first on my list for the long haul until I realised one vital thing – at 177ml it’s 77ml OVER what you’re allowed to take on a plane!
UltraCalming launches in New Zealand 20th October 2010.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Spending time with Shiseido's Ken Matsuda

Shiseido make up maestro extraordinaire Ken Matsuda began his career in Tokyo, taking his talents to Sydney in 1999. Since then, his career as a freelance makeup artist has gone from strength to strength, and this year he’ll be travelling to New Zealand Fashion Week to head the Shiseido team as Artistic Makeup Director for the WORLD show. I had a chat to him about his illustrious career, favourite products and what we’ll be seeing on the runway at WORLD.

You began your career in Tokyo and you now work in Australia. What is the main difference between the kinds of make up asked for in Tokyo and Sydney?
In general, Japanese women uses makeup to ‘balance out’ features and prefer a more natural make up finish. In Tokyo, there is an obsession with lashes, and women are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest mascara.
Women in Sydney wear makeup to feel sexy and gorgeous. They are not afraid to be different and try the latest make up trends and wear more dramatic looks.

You have worked with Kanye West and Dita Von Teese, how on earth did that come about?
I worked with Kanye for a concert at the Sydney Opera House. And met Dita Von Teese at a charity event. I was very lucky to have had those opportunities.

Is doing celebrity make up very different to what you would do for a woman on the street?
Basically I tackle both with the same mindset, which is to make every woman feel and look more beautiful. I always do my best to make a woman feel more beautiful after she leaves my makeup chair. With celebrity make up, it is usually for an event or a show, so it is more time consuming, with more details to consider like prepping the skin to ensure foundation stays on well under harsh studio lighting, or if we are shooting on location. Whatever makeup look I am creating, I always use Shiseido’s Refining Make up Primer under foundation.

Do you have a signature make up style – like a dramatic eye, lashes, contouring?
I enjoy creating soft and natural makeup with natural shades. Since having a play with Shiseido’s new eyeshadow trios, I have recently enjoyed creating more dramatic makeup with these bold, beautiful colours. Contouring is something that I try to teach every woman I come across. It is used to balance out facial features and to emphasise or downplay features. It is a makeup artist’s secret weapon that is so easy to create if you understand the principles. Use highlighters to emphasise features, a darker, more matte shade to downplay features.

This year at NZFW you’ll be working with WORLD, have you worked with them before?
It is the first time I am working on a WORLD show. I am really looking forward to it as WORLD is known both in NZ and Sydney for their bold collections.

They have a super theatrical style, does that fit with your own make up aesthetic?
The WORLD show is about the theatre, it is all about uplifting and inspiring the audience. The make up will match this theatrical style perfectly.

What are some make up trends that you think we’ll see on the catwalk at the WORLD show?
The makeup will be used to frame the picture, in this case, the picture will be the beautiful collection. The models will all have a beautiful flawless finish, almost mannequin-like. Skin is very sculptured, lashings of colours in unexpected ways. The most dramatic part of the look will be the eyes.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Clever! When Kiehl’s met the Açaí berry...

The has been one of those buzz ingredients kicking around the traps for quite some time now, both as a food and as a key contributor to many a skincare formulation. I throw a handful of the sharp-tasting little guys on my granola every morning, and their use always points to good things. In addition to possessing many health benefits due to its exceptional concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, the Açaí Berry also offers significant skincare benefits. This super antioxidant is shown to help neutralise oxidative stress and protect skin against signs of sun damage. In addition, it is known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, increase luminosity and renew skin vitality.
The latest name to harness the berry’s incredible properties is Kiehl’s, who have just released the Açaí Damage-Repairing Skincare collection, which is proudly 100 per cent natural and Ecocert Certified Organic. It’s a four product collection of highly-efficacious skincare clinically proven to help combat environmental aggressors and stimulate skin’s natural renewal process to improve and maintain the look of healthy, glowing skin. The clever people at Kiehl’s developed this breakthrough formula utilising a high concentration of super-antioxidant Organic Açaí Berry from the Brazilian Amazon, in combination with Aloe Vera, Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils to help skin repair the visible effects of both physical and environmental damage. The line up includes Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, Açaí Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, Açaí Damage-Repairing Serum, and Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer. The ultra-concentrated Açaí Damage-Repairing Serum contains 10 per cent extract of Açaí berry, an unusually high level of antioxidant protection that with daily use helps to restore skin’s tone, texture, and tightness due to environmental oxidation, sun exposure and other external skin stressors.
What really impressed me was the fact that all four products within the Acai-Damage Repairing Skincare line are certified as an organic product by Ecocert, the French organic and natural certification company which specialises in the certification of personal care products and cosmetics. An Ecocert International Certification guarantees that a product is made with a required minimum level of natural or organic ingredients, and they are super strict when it comes to their testing process. Equally cool is the fact that this collection is the first facial skincare collection in the beauty industry to achieve Cradle to Cradle certification, at the gold level for the formula, a distinction that ensures all four products in the collection have been formulated for minimal environmental impact and maximum reuse, thus creating an “eco-effective” product. Eco-effective design means that after a product’s useful life, it will provide nourishment for something new. How cool is that?