Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas countdown: go forth and tan!

No I’m not talking a weeklong fry in the sun, but rather a fake bake at the hands of a trained professional. This makes even the greyest of days – I’m talking to you, Auckland city – feel festive and summery, and does wonders when it’s time to peel the layers off. Not only do you look like you’ve just had a week in Fiji, you also have a beautiful even skintone and don’t even need a smidgen of make up – although a matte coral lip looks pretty damn perfect if you’re like me and just can’t leave the house with a slash of lippy (I love Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in OR418). In my opinion, Auckland’s best place for a tan is Beauty Within, where the spray gun is wielded with great dexterity by the lovely Wai. The product used is St. Tropez, which always guarantees a beautiful natural shade with zero hint of the Oompa Loompa about it. Beauty Within recently moved to a stylish new home at 88 Franklin Road and Wai is in the process of rebranding and unveiling some beautiful new treatments and product ranges - watch this space!
For at home bronzing, I’m currently trialling St. Tropez Everyday Perfect Legs (pictured) for a summer of bare legs that won’t blind the family picnicking near me on the beach. The packaging of this ultra-rich, innovative tanning duo is quite unique, and combines a nourishing gradual self-tan and a flawless finish of instant bronze especially for the legs in one sleek tube. Formulated with soothing Aloe Vera and Aromaguard fragrance technology, Perfect Legs will leave your legs with a gorgeous, sun-kissed tan that lasts. With two separate pumps in one bottle, you can achieve the tan you desire – whether it be a soft, gradual tan that builds up each day, or an instant, immediate colour that provides a flawless finish for that special night out. I’m talking to you, New Year’s Eve! To use, apply the smoothing gradual tan lotion (white pump), sweeping it from toes to upper thighs in light, even strokes. For immediate colour, follow with the instant tan (black pump), sweeping again from toes to upper thighs. And as with any instant tanner, wash hands after use. Get out there and get glowing – and Merry Christmas xxox

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas countdown: Argania hair oil

Okay, so this is in fact a Christmas gift for your hair… but what’s wrong with that? I can guarantee that your crowning glory will love you for it, and will be a very good girl all of next year! Made in New Zealand, newly released Argania hair oil is created using the now familiar – thanks to the worldwide popularity of Moroccanoil - fruit of the Moroccan Argan tree. This antioxidant rich oil is harvested using traditional methods and formulated in New Zealand to create a beautiful hair treatment that creates brilliant shine whilst smoothing and nourishing even the most tortured of hair. Argania hair oil can be used either as a leave in treatment or as a styler. To use as a treatment, simply massage a small amount into your palms and work through damp hair, starting at the tips and working towards the roots. For best results do this before blow-drying. Alternatively, applying Argania to dry hair will instantly create smoother, shinier hair. But beware: because of the concentration a small amount will go a long way, so start light and build up the product if need be. I have oily roots – especially when the humidity is peaking as per today – so only use this baby on my mid-lengths and ends, who happily drink it up. Argania hair oil is available now from selected pharmacies and Farmers stores nationwide.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas countdown: BECCA’s Fallen Angel collection

So reads the press release I just received about cult make up brand BECCA’s newest make up collection, Fallen Angel, and the image (above) that accompanied it truly is heaven sent. How beautiful is it? Definitely the best make up campaign image I’ve seen this year, and the range is definitely a stunner too.
An exclusive to Glamorpuss’ Cosmetics’ Nuffield St store in New Zealand, Fallen Angel is in stock just in time for the holiday season and would make a fabulous Christmas pressie or New Year’s Eve look. “The people at BECCA call the collection ‘unmistakably wicked, indisputably beautiful’,” says Glamorpuss co-owner Rachel McNaughton. “These colours are heavenly, romantic and seductive at the same time. They’re ideal for holiday festivities.” She adds that the secret is the combination of romantic tawny peach and honeyed pink for the cheeks with dark, brooding, smokey eyes. “The look combines two BECCA palettes: the Enigma palette for eyes, featuring powerful pewter, mushroom and fawn colours, and the Fallen Angel palette for soft lips and lightly sculpted cheeks. It’s the contrast between innocent and wicked, light and dark, which makes this combination work so well.”
How to get the look:
Eyes – Swirl Eye Tint in Pewter onto the lids as a base then from the Enigma Palette apply eye colour powder demi matt in Armure all over the eye, extending colour to just below the brow bone. Swipe eye colour powder in Surah from the same palette over the eyelids beginning at the lash line and stopping at the crease. Dust eye colour powder in Silesia into the crease, blending so the colour transcends from dark to light. Rim the top and bottom lash-line with the dark side of Line & Illuminate Pencil in Santorini or Belize then smudge some Eye Colour Powder in Surah along the bottom lash line for additional smoulder factor. Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with the opposite side of the pencil.
Cheeks – Contour the cheeks with Lip & Cheek Cream in Nectar by swirling colour in a circular motion into the hollows of the cheeks.
Add a slick of your favourite sheer tint or gloss to your lips and you have one seriously heavenly look!
And if that isn’t enough to get you running screaming into the store before the collection sells out, as a special offer spend $120 or more on BECCA at Glamorpuss and receive an exclusive dual-ended retractable eye shadow brush valued at $65 as your special free gift.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spending time with: Blaze's Mana Dave

Last month, 81 finalists from 53 countries came together in Paris and competed for this year’s Young Talent and Colour Awards in Wella Professionals´ renowned International Trend Vision Award (ITVA). For this 8th Annual ITVA, La Halle Freyssinet was transformed into a Wella wonderland and finalists showcased their Trend Vision looks to a 2000-strong, global industry crowd with our neighbours across the ditch taking home the Gold award.
Seen representing New Zealand at ITVA above were Kylie Hayes from Moha Morrison Hayes Hairdressing in Dunedin (Young Talent) and Mana Dave from Blaze Hair Salon in Auckland (Colour), both of whom had super strong entries and were seriously fabulous ambassadors for the local industry.
As well as being a bloody nice bloke, Mana is an award-winning hair stylist, the Creative Director at Auckland hair salon, Blaze, and an international platform artist for Redken. I always love catching up with him – especially when his stellar blow-drying skills are involved! – and didn’t hesitate to take him up on the offer of a chat and a ‘do a not long ago. He was still buzzing after his trip to Paris, talking about the easy chic of the average Parisienne and how many examples of global style he saw during his time at La Halle. He said that once again he was struck by how strong the Kiwi aesthetic is in comparison to many other countries, and how influenced our beauty style is by the “darkness of New Zealand fashion in general, which creates some interesting undertones and some exciting shapes”. His own entry in the ITVA was light in shade but still super sculptural, and he says that it’s interesting tone exemplified the trend “colour for a good time, not a long time”. He says that this is a pivotal trend for summer “as it allows you to have a blonde story, but also to have a bit more fun with it that will eventually fade with time”.
He says that no matter if you’re a natural-looking caramel blonde like me or “a power blonde like Marilyn Monroe”, you have to be careful with your colour and your hair in general to keep it looking hot. “Going blonde removes all of the goodness in your hair so it’s your job to put it back in” he explains, “and the main thing you need to do that is protein – and lots of it. It’ll take care of the structural integrity of your hair and keep it from breaking and getting fluffy on the ends.” He loves Redken’s Anti-Snap to keep your locks looking lush, “and invest in a home care system especially for blondes that will help neutralise any unwanted gold tones that’ll leave it looking brassy”. He recommends Redken’s Blonde Glam range, which activates brilliance, clarifies colour and reinforces strength on all types of blonde hair. When it comes to brunettes this summer he says that the Balayage trend is still huge, as it allows for a little interest added judiciously to your natural colour and doesn’t requite too much commitment.
We all trash our hair over summer and Mana can’t recommend having in-salon treatments as often as you can enough to keep things in tip top shape. At very least, invest in a great at home treatment and actually USE it! Mana’s Blaze salon also operates the fabulous Pony Xpress blow dry bar in the Newmarket Glassons superstore, and they offer in salon treatments in combination with some seriously cool ‘do’s, “so why not just pop in and get both at the same time – you definitely won’t regret it!” And I can totally vouch for that - they do a wickedly good job, and it lasts!

Daily delight: Erin Wasson for Low Luv

Christmas countdown: from TK Store

One of the best ways to protect your skin over summer is by having a wardrobe of beautiful throws on hand to wear during the hottest hours and as day sinks into night. Some like the look of a caftan or oversized tee, but in my opinion a beautiful throw is the ideal piece, and they don’t come much better than the sexy pieces found at TK Store. My absolute favourite is the Sunrise Catpower throw, which is one of TK Store owner Turet Kneufermann’s own designs and one of THE most flattering pieces I’ve seen this summer. It is the perfect choice when teamed with a bikini during the day or with a singlet dress and heels at night, or even as I dream of wearing it – with Turet’s expertly cut neo-leather pants dy or night! This throw is a serious beauty item without question, and makes a fabulous gift due to its one-size-fits-all nature. Check it out in store or head here for a list of Turet’s New Zealand and international stockists and a peek at her entire range.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas countdown: a treat from Verdo Nails

The small-but-perfectly-formed nail salon known as Verdo Nails on Auckland’s Parnell Road is one of the best in the business, sending out some of the smartest manicures and pedicures I’ve ever seen. Owner and director Amber McIver is an absolute charm to spend an hour with, and proud of the super consistent service that she gives each of her clients. She calls herself a “true believer in creating experiences”, and with the latest down turn in the standard of nail salons, she says that she saw an opportunity to provide women with an experience that “makes you feel welcome, where you do not have to question the quality of our staff or products and you know that you will get the same standard every time you visit”. I can definitely vouch for all of the above, so if you’re thinking of treating one of your loved ones to a mani or pedi this Christmas then I totally recommend a trip to Verdo. You can also buy beautifully presented vouchers online, which is a godsend for time-poor last minute shoppers - and there seem to be a hell of a lot of you out there! Verdo also do private functions out of hours, so if you’re looking at a season packed with weddings next year then think about Verdo as a great venue for a pre-party place to get together or hen party.
Verdo Nails is located at 211A Parnell Road, Parnell, call 09 303 3732 or email You won’t be disappointed!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas countdown: Kevin Murphy’s ‘The Showgirl Must Go On’

I adore Kevin Murphy products, and the man himself is pretty fabulous, too. I interviewed him when his haircare range was just released, and found him to be super passionate about hair, the planet and making women beautiful. He isn’t called one of Australasia’s best session stylists for nothing, and his products are all carefully honed on the job and are just as effective at home or on set. One of his cutest packs on offer right now is the fabulously named “The Showgirl Must Go On” gift set, which is made up of three of his much loved products:
Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash
Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Rinse
Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair
… all in one sexy package. The shampoo and conditioner are ideal for normal to dry hair - or hair that lives in a very dry climate - and are super rich and luxurious in texture. Lastly, Fresh Hair is Murphy’s answer to a dry shampoo, and feels and smells so much less toxic than the majority on the market. All of Murphy's products are sulfate and paraben free, and are made up of super lush, natural or organic ingredients - but never compromise on performance. This is the perfect purchase for the showgirl in your life – or at very least the woman whose life is a non-stop party!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas countdown: Shiseido goes bronze

This is another gift idea for yourself, but dammit, you deserve it! It's two products that will help give you the perfect summer face, which can also be easily added to for night if you're heading from the beach to the bar. Both are by make up experts Shiseido, and created by their ridiculously clever artistic director, Dick Page (pictured). The first is Shiseido's oil-free bronzing powder, which creates a beautifully sunkissed look without feeling at all heavy on the skin. The perfect answer for the high humidity summer predicted for Down Under this summer, it is also super translucent in nature so can be layered until you reach the perfect match for your skin tone (and it comes in three shades) without looking cakey. Oh and the pigment is longwearing, so it stays looking fresh all day long - and possibly even into the evening! The ideal accompaniment for this wonderful little number is a slick or two of Shiseido's new lip formulation, Shimmering Rouge. Sheer and flattering but with enough pigment not to look like you're trying to emulate a teenager, it's longwearing once again as well as ultra moisturising, and gives the kind of "plumped" effect that we all love. My picks for summer are the shades "Ingenue" - a delicate golden beige - and "Grace", a deep golden brown that takes things just that little bit further into the realm of drama. Beautiful stuff!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas countdown: Kérastase’s Nutri-Thermique

Okay so this is more of a pressy for yourself than a loved one, but it is the season for giving so why the hell not! Nutri-Thermique is Kérastase’s first nourishing collection with heat-reactive ingredients for intense, long-lasting effects and is the perfect answer to hair destroyed by sun, salt and chlorine this summer. Dry hair is sensitized hair and like senstive skin, it needs a little extra love on a regular basis to keep it in tip top condition. Previously, even after intense nourishment, very dry and sensitised hair returned to a dehydrated state after not too long and displayed the visible signs of dry hair. Until now, that is. The clever clogs at L’Oreal have developed a new technology that, thanks to heat, selectively and lastingly nourishes very dry hair while providing high-level protection against dryness - Nutri-Thermique. The collection is small but perfeclty formed, and includes Bain Nutri-Thermique shampoo (pictured), Fondant Nutri-Thermique intensive conditioner and Masque Nutri-Thermique, a treatment for super dry hair or when you need an extra boost.

Daily delight: January Jones for Versace

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas countdown: The Perfect Eight

“Make up made easy” is the tagline that accompanies The Perfect 8, a set of high quality make up brushes that are the perfect gift for the aspiring make up professional in your life – or pretty much any woman that wants an at home make up application that looks seriously good and lasts. The brainchild of Wendy Nowell-Usticke – the make up artist behind the Thin Lizzy mineral make up phenomenon and general all-round beauty expert - the set contains eight carefully selected brushes that let anyone apply their makeup like a professional. They come cleverly stored in a make up proof carry bag (how much do we love a wipe clean surface?) that means you can take The Perfect Eight with you everywhere, and the all black, zip up baby also has a detachable, handbag-sized pouch that is perfect for storing travel sizes of your favourite skincare for weekends away. 
Step by step instructions are also included to ensure that you use the right brush for the job every time, such as a synthetic one for the likes of primer and foundation (natural bristles will soak up pricey product) and the softest goat hair for blending that old favourite, the smoky eye. At $139.99 this is seriously good value for a kit of its calibre so if you’re in the market for a great set of brushes then get in there now!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas countdown: words of wisdom from Lorraine Downes

Ex-Miss Universe and generally wonderful presence around town Lorraine Downes was announced as the official ambassador for all-good New Zealand brand Living Nature some months back, and is the epitome of a beautiful woman who has lived life well. She’s passionate about keeping beauty as pure as possible, and was a fantastic fit for the brand’s recent Authentic Beauty tour of New Zealand that saw women all over the country come to hear her and other Living Nature representatives speak. I went to the Auckland event and found the most inspirational aspect to be how knowledgeable the audience were about the hows and whys of caring for your skin naturally – there’s some smart women out there spreading the word!
But back to Lorraine, who recently travelled to the exquisitely gorgeous Hokianga to shoot some new images for Living Nature’s lipstick line – exclusive behind-the-scenes shot above – and took the time to answer some questions for me about how she’s keeping cool over this silliest of seasons. She’s also debuting her natural curl in this shot – coiffed with nothing but Sea Water as applied by Aimee Fiebig with a little help from Living Nature Hydrating Mist to keep those tendrils hydrated. And her lipstick shade? Summer Rain.

How are you surviving the lead up to Christmas, are there any products giving your skin - and mind - a helping hand?
Yes it is such a hectic time work wise, both socially and being a mother! The most important thing for me is to start the day with a drink consisting of a squeezed lemon in warm water, which is the kindest thing you can do to your liver. Something I do to not get too stressed is to make myself stay present in each day and concentrate on just what needs to be done that day, rather than jumping ahead worrying about what I need to do in the coming days! Otherwise I find myself getting anxious and suddenly stressed.

What is a tip for staying looking and feeling good when the bubbles are flowing and the canapes are simply too delicious to turn down?
Okay so drinking the lemon in warm water each morning for starters! Also drinking lots of water during the day, and making sure I still get to my spin class twice a week.

What is the one Living Nature product that you simply cannot live without?
Vitalising Cleanser.

And what's your pick from the range for a beautiful Christmas gift?
Radiance Night Oil.

At the end of your Authentic Beauty Tour what was the one thing that stuck in your mind about the Living Nature fans that you met?
I met a lot of women who had a beautiful inner spirit and that beauty shone out. I also loved the way they were concerned about only using safe products on their skin and how much they cared about our environment and their desire to look after that, too.

And lastly, how will you be spending the holidays?
Resting, relaxing, beaching, reading, taking long walks, eating delicious food, drinking, laughing, taking afternoon naps (yes please!) and just spending lazy days with my loved ones and not being governed by the clock! Yay!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas countdown: M.A.C & Marcel Wanders

Hitting stores in New Zealand on Monday is the latest M.A.C collaboration, which in my humble opinion is their most stylish and covetable yet. This time around the make up masters have collaborated with renowned architecture and interior designer, Marcel Wanders to create some incredible collectibles as part of their luxe line. This line usually consists of higher-priced, more luxury themed designs and products with too die for packaging, and this line up is no exception.
Marcel Wanders is a native of the Netherlands and as a designer has become quite legendary because of his keen sense of detail and luxury. A right clever clogs (pardon the Dutch pun) he has been the architect behind some very important government embassies globally but is mainly an interior designer who has partnered with the likes of Target, Puma and Swarovski, to name but a few. These partnerships allowed for easy access to more affordable versions of Wanders' renowned work. Wanders was also one of the first designers to design for the Dutch 'conceptual design' company called Droog. This brand has stores in some of the high-end, metropolitan cities you can think of around the world, but still, it remains very selective and incredibly high-end. The pieces Wanders and Droog create are considered art, so it goes without saying that some of these pieces have been featured in world famous museums and galleries and have really taken his name to the world.
But on to the range, his first foray into the world of cosmetics. Both beauty and design sophisticates will be bonkers for these limited-edition lipsticks, glosses, Sheer Mystery Powder, Air of Style Scent Concentrate and his signature brush and clutch creations, not least of all for their arresting packaging – fine collectors’ items all! The rich palette is inspired by 17th Century Flemish painting, and particularly Vermeer’s – a la “Girl With a Pearl Earring” – and the idea of an artist painting a portrait, and falling in love. “ My picks of the bunch are the Gesina lippy (a creamy red with slight pinkish undertones), the False Lashes mascara in False Black and the incredible brush – a rather fabulous, tarted up version of the popular M.A.C 187 brush. Any of these would make brilliant presents for those that love beautiful makeup and great design, and are almost too gorgeous to use! Love that.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New to re:ab: beauty spot House of Angel

I’m passionate about the time I spend at re:ab in Grey Lynn’s Selbourne Street, a one stop shop for fitness and wellbeing that is the best I’ve found in Auckland and the one place that has truly got me hooked on exercise. Since I’ve joined it’s unveiled several new additions to its stable of physios, Pilates instructors, breathing specialists, massage therapists and the like, and now they’ve added beauty to the mix.
Known as the House of Angel, it’s owned by internationally qualified cosmetologist Dora, who combines the European traditions of her homeland with advanced, high-grade treatments. Dora offers traditional beauty treatments like waxing, tinting, facials, pedicures, manicures, body treatments and make-up, and fits with re:ab's philosophy very well by using the highly respected all-organic skincare range Ilcsi from Hungary (pictured), natural Environ products and Jane Iredale mineral make-up. Reportedly the best waxer in the business according to several of my fellow Pilates devotees, she also offers student, prepay and gift packages, male treatments, vouchers and specials. My pick from her list of summer specials is the Angel of Summer Bliss - a full body exfoliation and hydrating organic facial from head to toe. Starting with a pampering footbath, exfoliation and massage, and finishing with an Indian scalp massage. And the best value must be the Angel Toes special – book in for a basic pedicure (a steal at $50.00) and get a mini manicure for free!
To contact Dora call re:ab on 09-360-2929.

Christmas countdown: The Cloud Nine Gift of Christmas Volume

The name Cloud Nine was relatively unheard of this time last year, but fast forward twelve months and it’s synonymous with seriously amazing styling tools giving ridiculously great hair. Every salon worth its salt is now armed with Cloud Nine irons, and their all new TheO brings old school rollers flying into the future with some incredible technology coming into play. For those that haven’t heard of it, TheO from Cloud Nine is a four-second heated soft grip roller system that's taking the styling world by storm. It uses unique heat induction technology that heats each roller to 130 degrees in less than four seconds, providing head-turning volume in record time. The ideal gift for those that love big hair, Cloud Nine’s ‘Gift of Volume’ bag is available across New Zealand in leading hair salons and includes:
1 x TheO Pod
4 x 30mm rollers
4 x 40mm rollers
4 x 50mm rollers
1 x Sectioning comb
1 x Limited edition, really rather gorgeous case
It retails for NZD $489.00 (NZD $590 value), which is great value for a BIG result. Definitely the perfect choice for the diva in your life!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas countdown: BECCA Anti-Bacterial Sharpener

This one is perfect buying either for yourself or the beauty junkie in your life – an Anti-Bacterial Sharpener from cult beauty name BECCA. These anti-bacterial sharpeners come in two sizes for slim or jumbo lip and eye pencils; effortlessly keeping them clean while simultaneously sharpening them to your desired point. They use a very clever double- blade system to professionally sharpen dual-ended pencils to a rounded or pointed tip, so can choose between a razor sharp point for precision application or a rounded point for softer edges. They keep things clean thanks to the fact that the metal blade hardware has been treated with a silver and zinc based anti-bacterial additive, which sanitises as you sharpen. This is effective for two years after first use and is a bonus for contact lens wearers like me who need to keep their eye pencils fastidiously clean or risk some nasty infections. This new professional tool is exclusive in New Zealand to Newmarket beauty mecca Glamourpuss – one of my most-loved stores, naturally! - and a key addition to any makeup bag this Christmas. The recommended retail price for the BECCA Slim Sharpener is $14 and BECCA Jumbo Sharpener is $28 and both are in stock now.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas countdown: SANS Luxury Skin Kit

It’s day two of my Christmas countdown and today I bring you a wee giftie that’s already on my wishlist for Santa: a SANS Luxury Skin Kit. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a passionate supporter of this brand and adore everything that they do, and this is a gorgeous introduction to it for someone who hasn’t tried it and a bound-to-be-loved present idea for someone who has. It comprises a full size pH Perfect Body Wash (brand new to SANS and one I’m gagging to try), full size Baobab Regenerative Body Cream and a Lemon Verbena Candle, all sitting pretty in a Deadly Ponies for SANS Sponge Bag. This fabulous kit will set you back just $119.00, and is available from The Marr Lab and Lucy & the Powder Room at The Department Store. My only wish is that it be accompanied by a large bottle of their Activator 7 Body Oil – my favourite body treatment product EVER! Get in and grab one now x

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas countdown: A Servilles makeover

It’s impossible to avoid – Christmas is on its way! Joining in on the spirit of things I’ve decided to do a bit of a Christmas countdown detailing some seriously fabulous, beauty-related gift ideas. And I’m kicking off with a bang by presenting the all new ‘I Love Summer at Servilles’ special makeover offer – the perfect gift for someone in need of a boost or stuck in a bit of a beauty rut.
For a value-packed $350, the ‘I Love Summer at Servilles’ makeover package includes a full range of products and services: a brand new summer cut and style; stunning new-season hair colour; replenishing Kérastase in-salon hair treatment; prescribed Kérastase home haircare shampoo and conditioner (full size); and an essential Kérastase Soleil Sun Protection Spray (full size). Total value? Up to $560.00, so an absolute steal at this price.
A luxury treat for yourself after a long year, or the perfect gift for a stylish loved one, it’s only available for a limited time, until the “official” end of summer, 28 February 2011. It has a few other T&C’s to take into account as well, which are:
Offer only redeemable Monday to Friday.
Not available 13–26 December 2010 inclusive and must be redeemed by 28 February 2011.
Offer not available at Servilles Ponsonby or Servilles Academy Salon.
Selected stylists only.
Colours must be the selected ‘new season’ colours.
Package not valid for clients with extremely damaged hair (to be advised on consultation) and only one package per client.

When purchased as a gift, the offer is detailed on a voucher in a chic, Servilles voucher holder (pictured above) and envelope – perfect for the stocking or under the Christmas tree. Go to for more info, this is definitely a gift that will NOT disappoint!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Daily delight: let's get partying with matte

Christmas is a-comin’ – as if you didn’t know – and for most of us, the invites to celebrate the glitziest of seasons are rolling in. Party season means longwearing lippy in my opinion – leave the gloss to the under-20’s and bring a clean, strong lip out to the fiesta nearest you. I’ve been playing around with some beautiful colours and formulas lately that both stay the distance and keep your lips feeling fresh. Many women I know baulk at the concept of longwear and/or matte finish lippys because of the drying out factor, but my favourites of late have been carefully developed to keep lips moisturized and looking lush.
NARS Pure Matte Lip shades are absolutely beautiful, which comes as no surprise. All of this brand’s lip formulas come highly recommended by me, and there’s a colour and a texture to suit pretty much everyone. I’m a huge fan of NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils – a chubby stick of sheer pigment – for a more casual look, but the Pure Matte offerings absolutely slay me for longevity and feelgood factor. Terre de Feu is a great rich, berry red that would make an awesome choice for New Year’s Eve, whilst the likes of Tashkent and Bangkok are brilliant neutrals. The perfectly blended formula of this lippy strikes a perfect harmony between optimal colour, an ultra-matte finish and hydration. It glides on effortlessly, without drag or resistance, and Wild Mango Butter’s moisturizing properties work to repair lips from dryness and scaling, leaving lips supple and soft. Stila’s Long Wear Liquid Lip Colour is another long-lasting lip color formula that glides on lips and stays put, delivering hours of intense moisture and rich, bold colour with an on-trend matte, creamy finish. Vitamin E and avocado oil work together to keep your lips soft, and the colour range is just gorgeous. Both NARS and Stila are available from your nearest Mecca Cosmetica store in New Zealand, including the newly opened Newmarket branch which I’m yet to check out.
And last but not least, for a an absolute steal of an option check out UK make up giant Rimmel’s Colour Show Off Lasting Finish Lipstick, which retails at just $17.99. Think high-definition colour fix pigments with a Satin Matte Finish for saturated full-bodied colour that lasts and lasts. Get yours now.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Love: a tub of Coconut Citrus Body Souffle

I love a beautiful body oil at any time of year, but on some of New Zealand’s high humidity days they do feel just that little bit too rich even for me. I just discovered a very attractive alternative however, an oil-filled crème by The Jojoba Company that goes by the good-enough-to-eat name of Coconut Citrus Body Souffle. A heavenly crème rich in organic coconut oil, jojoba, shea, mango and cocoa butters, it deeply nourishes and hydrates your skin as well as firms it thanks to a nutritious blend of gotukola, green tea extract and Vitamin E. Add to that pure organic lemon myrtle and grapefruit oil and you have one rather decadent mix that would be perfect after a day at the beach this summer. It also has a super subtle fragrance that won’t interfere with your chosen summer scent, which is a bonus during the party-slash-silly season. Very pressie-friendly box too, which is handy if you want to share the love!

Daily delight: Reese W. for Glamour mag