Thursday, February 28, 2013

Love it: Dr. Hauschka's magic After-Sun Lotion


This long, hot summer I’ve been incredibly diligent about applying sunscreen, both to myself and pretty much anyone lucky enough to be within arm’s reach. There is nothing good about sunburn – and all of those people who claim, “but it just turns brown so what’s the problem?” are seriously kidding themselves.
We all slip up at some point though, even if it’s a band of red around a strap or the back of an ear, and damn it hurts (and usually, peels).
Even with the use of a sunscreen the skin can overheat and become irritated after a day in the sun as well, making it feel taut and dry and just not right. The weapon I’ve been using all summer – and a must in every bathroom cabinet or traveller’s bag - is Dr.Hauschka’s beautiful After-Sun Lotion A rich, ultra cooling lotion, it helps skin to recover and can help to prolong your tan after your holiday too. It has a lovely smooth and milky consistency that refreshes and makes it super easily absorbed, and with an ingredient list that includes carrot and rosehip as well as the moisture-rich extracts of ice plant and quince seed it is like a long, cool bath for the skin.
Particularly suitable for delicate and sensitive skin, it is designed to be liberally applied to both the body and the face and can even be used as body lotion all the year round. Just gorgeous, wouldn’t be without it!

Milan Fashion Week How to: Bottega Veneta F/W 13, by Guido for Redken




Actress Jodie Foster’s (barely) teenage turn in 1976 film Taxi Driver is one of my favourite silver screen beauty ‘moments’, and a key inspiration for Redken Global Styling Director Guido when creating a hair look for the beautiful Bottega Veneta Fall 2013 collection shown yesterday in Milan.
Guido said designer Tomas Maier wanted the girls to have a "real hairstyle" for the show, and that his point of reference was actresses in both the 40s and 70's. “I think specifically of a young Jodie Foster in the 1976 film Taxi Driver,” he said after the show, “and the key to these soft, voluminous curls is first the amount of product you use - if I'd used less product, it would have meant less volume when I brushed the curls out at the end. You should also focus on using a small curling iron, like the 1/2 inch irons were using today, and curling small sections of hair."
It is definitely my favourite hair look for the season thus far, and is the perfect way to amp up the glamour factor once the mercury falls.
To get the look at home:
* Apply Redken guts 10 root targeted volumizing spray foam from roots to ends to create volume and a base for styling and rough blow-dry hair.
* When dry, make a deep side part and then mist hair all over with iron shape 11 thermal setting mist to protect hair from the heat and help the curls hold their shape.
* Start to pin curl hair in small sections with a 13mm (1/2-inch) curling iron, making sure to leave the top 2-3 inches on the drown uncurled. Pin each curl to the  head with setting pins as you curl.
* When finished curling the whole head, leave to set and when then when hair has cooled unpin each curl. 
* When finished unpinning each curl, run fingers lightly through curls and then gently brush out with a boar bristle brush for more volume.
* Backbrush the top front section and then sweep the section across the forehead and secure in place with a bobby pin. 
 A bit of work… but SO worth it!

Daily delight: Irina Shayk for CR Fashion Book


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to: glow like Salma on the 2013 Oscars red carpet


In a year that in my opinion was pretty ho-hum on the Oscars red carpet, the vivacious Salma Hayek was like a breath of fresh air. Her look was pure glamour – including her to-die-for Alexander McQueen gown – and her golden girl glow was courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Jo Strettell and the always-amazing St Tropez.
The brief was “Modern Regal Glamour” and that was certainly achieved, with Strettell using the St Tropez Applicator Mitt to “buff Salma's body with the St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming Body Lotion to enhance to a radiant glow on the day.” To achieve what she describes as “a very glowy, bronzed skin tone” she applied the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse with an applicator mitt the day before, to get a great base tan and even flawless color.
Both two of my favourite St Tropez prods ever, applied to perfection!

Milan Fashion Week How to: Dolce & Gabbana F/W 13, by Guido for Redken




Dolce & Gabbana always put on some of my favourite shows at fashion weeks around the world – you can pretty much guarantee that the collections will be beautiful, sexy and unabashedly feminine, and that the beauty look will be as covetable as it gets.
Their recent showing at Milan Fashion Week was no different, with a Byzantine themed collection complimented by a soft, romantic Sicilian up-do created by Redken Global Styling Director, Guido.
"This elegant style is another variation of the Dolce & Gabbana woman this season,” he explained after the show, “playing on that Sicilian idea of softness, romance, and a certain cinematic, womanly beauty. I took inspiration from the idea of an iconic woman with a kind of natural Italian allure- think the actress Sofia Loren or the women in the 1960 film la Dolce Vita. There's a natural ease to her beauty, she's sexy but in a conservative way. It's not at all a messy look, and it's all about the details - I wanted it to have shine, but to not at all look greasy - just a soft, glossy finish."
It apparently wasn't supposed to look like a perfectly coiffed, straight-from-the-hairdresser's ‘do, rather one created by “the kind of woman with inherently beautiful style, who does her hair herself”. Some of the models also wore gold, jewel-covered crowns in the show, but in my opinion it was ALL about the hair.

To create the look at home:
* Apply Redken’s guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam to damp hair from roots to ends and blow-dry with a round brush. 
* Add Redken’s quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to the crown section by section, holding each section for a few seconds to let it dry before moving onto the next.
* After the quick tease 15 has dried completely, backcomb hair with an oval boar bristle brush for light, airy volume throughout the crown. 
*  Create a very small (1 inch) part that's slightly off centre and then gently brush hair from front to back starting behind the 1-inch parted section in front, folding into a chignon flat against the head at the nape of the neck and securing with pins. 
* Spray with Redken’s shine flash 02 glistening mist for a glossy finish.

Daily delight: Jessica Stam for Oysho Spring 13



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In love with: Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder


That thoroughly modern makeup master Ms. Bobbi Brown has gone and done it again – as in, creating something that I am blown away by and will undoubtedly be buying again and again! She time around she and her team have reinvented the corrective powders of makeup’s past, giving them an updated look and feel for the future.
Called simply Retouching Powder, it is a collection of six shades that instantly make your skin look better – and is completely undetectable. Depending on the shade you choose, you can correct colour, add warmth, hide redness, or brighten dullness. It’s like having your very own art director following you around, making sure your skin looks flawless. Magic!
Developed with a sheer, light-transmitting base, it also reduces excess oil and is formulated to soothe skin, and thus far on my skin never looks cakey or powdery. For light coverage, apply it using Bobbi’s Sheer Powder Brush, and for a more polished look, use the Full Coverage Face Brush.
The shade line up and their associated magical effect is:
Pink - Counteracts sallow undertones in alabaster in medium skin tones
Brown - Warms up medium to rich skin tones
Peach - Warms up light skin tones and evens out tanned and medium to dark skin tones.
White - Brightens and illuminates alabaster to light skin tones.
Rose - Gives light to deep skin tones a healthy flush of colour.
Yellow (which I’m using) - Tones down redness in light to medium skin tones.

** These little pots of goodness are on counter now **

Daily delight: Jennifer Lawrence for Miss Dior


Monday, February 25, 2013

Wellness news: The Ralston Method takes yoga - and you - to the Tropics


“Sometimes you need to get away from it all to connect back with who you really are…”

Yoga teacher Nikki Ralston (above) and her self-developed Ralston Method have been described as “true life changers”, and now the health and wellbeing powerhouse is applying her talents to a tropical yoga retreat in Rarotonga this June.
Happening from June 21-28, it will involve daily morning and sunset yoga sessions, massage and bodywork, along with “delicious smoothies, swimming, activities like fishing and paddle boarding, yummy food, giggles and sleep.”
I for one am a huge fan of both Nikki – who I can honestly say is the ultimate petite dynamo – and The Ralston Method, which was born from observing clients over the years and “identifying gaps in the cohesiveness of their self care,” Nikki told me. “I saw a need for a unified approach to wellness - it’s yoga and it’s massage and it’s skincare. It’s about making yourself a priority and having the tools to be able to do that.”
The retreat is a direct reflection of the need for some quality “time out”, and something Nikki has wanting to do for the last 5 years. “I know as a busy working mum how much I crave a getaway just for myself, to not only chill out but also come back refreshed, focussed and having learnt a whole lot too.”
All levels of experience are welcome at the retreat, with Nikki explaining that it would be a “great place to establish a grounded practise, up your focus or come as an experienced yogi and deepen your practise with optional advanced asana workshops”.
The cost for attending the retreat is $3345, which includes return economy airfares with Air New Zealand, transfers, seven nights’ accommodation (twin share) at Crown Beach Resort, meals, twice daily yoga, massage and activities. For a little extra you can get a single room (I’m saving up as I type!) and you need to book as soon as you can to reserve your space with a $100 deposit, then the next payment of $1500 is due 1st May and a final payment of $1745 on 31st May.
“My aim is to have my guests return home feeling their best selves,” Nikki tells me, “and take away tools and knowledge on how to maintain unified wellness at home.”
Namaste to that!

** Nikki also recently opened her Urban Ashram at 2/49 Brown Street, Ponsonby, where she takes two group classes a week on Monday and Wednesday evenings and sees private clients. For more details visit www.theralstonmethod.com **

Daily delight: Isabeli Fontana for Vogue Latin America


Milan Fashion Week how to: Alberta Ferretti A/W 13 by Guido




Redken Global Styling Director Guido shook up the hair look at Alberta Ferretti’s A/W 13 show at Milan Fashion Week with the perfect mix of modern and classically romantic in the form of a French Twist.
The style was reportedly a direct reflection of the collection itself: the clothes were pretty and feminine yet exuded more strength and structure than we usually see from Ferretti, while Guido played with a new texture for the hair, giving a traditional French twist more shape and sass in a similar way. 
 "I really used quite a lot of product to help me create the style for this look,” said the super stylist, “as I wanted to ensure it wasn't too soft or too pretty of a French twist. By first drenching wet hair in Redken's full frame 07 mousse I created a different texture- and the texture is what gives the look another dimension.” He also added the new high hold Redken control addict 28 hairspray, layering it on as the style dried to keep it stiff, strong, and wet looking. “You see then that the hair really becomes almost a different substance; it's romantic yet also modern and more 'nighttime', even a little tougher, and cooler."
To get the look at home:
* Starting with damp hair, create a middle part and then saturate with full frame 07 mousse working section by section and adding most on the crown. 
 * Begin to rake hair back and wrap up into a French twist, but leave two front sections on either side of the part out before you start to twist up. 
* Pin the twist into place and then sculpt the shape of the front of the style by pulling back the sections you left out with your fingers, keeping the center part visible. 
* Pin the sections back into the twist, leaving the ends out to create a few wisps and ensure it's not "too perfect."
* Spray a generous amount of control addict 28 high control hairspray all over finished style as it dries for extra hold. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Daily delight Cameron Diaz for Interview Russia


LFW How to: Christopher Kane F/W 13 by Guido



Redken Global Styling Director Guido made a stop in London on his way to Milan – as you do! - to style over 50 models for the Fall 2013 Christopher Kane show that happened yesterday. Refreshingly low key and just plain beautiful, the hair was essentially each model's own personal style and as natural as possible; nothing that felt forced so that the beauty of the clothes and the space were the focus. This is the look that most women I know want to achieve on a daily basis for sure – just like you, but better!
After having seen the complete look once paired with the bold colours and myriad of materials used in the highly designed collection, it became clear that Guido's modern vision of individuality for the hair was perfectly on point. Since chopping off my hair I constantly get people saying how good it looks, despite the lack of time I’m spending on it – the sign of a good cut for sure, but also one that clearly “works” for me as these girls’ hair worked perfectly for them.

Guido’s guide to get the look at home:
* Cleanse the hair with new Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. 
"I wanted to see what each girls' hair was like in its natural state, and I wanted the hair clean and soft to the touch," Guido said. 
* Allow hair to air-dry and then create a natural, messy centre part with fingers, allowing hair to fall naturally from there and being sure not to force the part.
* Smooth out the crown with fingers, and for girls with very naturally straight hair, Guido touched through the ends with a curling iron to add a hint of movement, brushing through with fingers to loosen to ensure there was no set curl shape.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

All about: Bestow's brand new Be Cleansed powder


I’m a major fan of the Bestow brand of beauty ‘supplements’ – for want of a better word! – and my skin goes into crisis mode when it doesn’t get its daily fix of Bestow Beauty Oil (the stuff is magical). Needless to say I was very excited to hear that creator Janine Tait and her team have just unleashed another fabulous new product, Bestow Be Cleansed detox powder.
A gentle blend of nature’s super foods and herbs, it is designed to “naturally detoxify, purify and beautify your skin from the inside out” and takes the form of a pleasant-tasting powder that includes organic flax fibre, sunflower seeds, slippery elm, almonds, citrus pectin, ginger and liquorice. It naturally detoxifies the bowel and liver, gently eliminates toxins, soothes the intestinal tract and promotes healing of the gut lining. The end result: clearer, more radiant skin.
I’ve been using it for about a week now and it’s insanely easy to include into your daily routine. Simply add it to filtered water, fruit juice, or blend into yoghurt, smoothies (my choice) or shakes, and come winter I’ll be cooking it into my porridge – apparently this works really well as it’s virtually undetectable for those with delicate palates. 
The team at Bestow has also developed three great detox programmes to choose from depending on how much time and energy you can dedicate to your detox using their powder, which are thus:
Be lightly cleansed - add a tablespoon of Be Cleansed into your diet for 2-3 weeks

Be moderately cleansed - add a tablespoon of Be Cleansed and Beauty Oil into your diet and remove the 'liver loaders' (alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and processed food) for 2-3 weeks.


Be fully cleansed - as above with a full detox diet (fully explained in the brochure that comes with your Be Cleansed).
For anyone experiencing ongoing bowel problems such as constipation, Bestow Be Cleansed can be taken on a regular basis, but as it is high in both soluble and insoluble fibre it’s really important to keep your water intake up over the day to keep everything ‘flowing’. 
And if that’s not enough to get you thinking, for a limited time every container of Bestow Be Cleansed will include a natural bristle, dry body brush for you to brush those toxins away! 

Daily delight: Liu Wen for Vogue Australia


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Love it: Jo Malone's limited edition Sugar & Spice collection



This March sees the always-wonderful Jo Malone unveil their latest limited edition collection – the delightfully named Sugar & Spice – in the form of a quintet inspired by “quintessential British pudding” flavours. It is the perfect follow up to 2011s Tea Fragrance Blends collection, and is the work of perfumer Christine Nagel of Mane, who spent time with the Jo Malone Creative Studio eating cake in Fortnum and Masons, Claridges and various other fine cake establishments to familiarise herself with the local sweet treats. A nice job if you can get it, huh?
The line up is: Redcurrant & Cream, Ginger Biscuit, Lemon Tart, Bitter Orange & Chocolate and Elderflower & Gooseberry, each as gorgeous as the next.
Redcurrant & Cream is inspired by summer puddings, and for Ginger Biscuit Nagel “wanted to recreate the equivalent deliciousness of a just baked biscuit enlivened with grated ginger. Texture was important in this fragrance; the sharp natural note of ginger is set against the sensation of a baked, crumbly biscuit.” Lemon Tart is sharp and fresh and so perfect for wearing right now, whilst Bitter Orange & Chocolate – my personal favourite – is warm and unusual, with chocolate lending a dark, powdery and creamy feel. Last but not least, Elderflower & Gooseberry was the ultimate challenge for Nagel, as "elderflower and gooseberry are two ingredients that do not exist in perfumery so I had to recreate these notes."
The message here is clearly in the vein of “let them eat cake!”, and I for one couldn’t agree more.
The Limited Edition Sugar & Spice collection arrives in store at Jo Malone mid-March.

Hair how to: Mila Kunis at the premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful


Mila Kunis is getting known for her girl-next-door-with-an-edge style, and the hair look she sported for the world premiere of her upcoming film Oz the Great and Powerful was exactly that. Created by Celebrity Hairstylist Mara Roszak for Moroccanoil, it was the perfect pick to work with her classic lace Dolce e Gabbana dress and looked as effortless as it did polished.
“I wanted her hair to be up and back to showcase the graceful neckline of her dress,” said Roszak, “and to have a soft, whimsical feeling with a gentle, natural texture.”
How to get the look:
* After starting with a touch of Moroccanoil Treatment, apply Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse to damp ends and roughly dry. “This created a soft, natural hold, and helped to seal in moisture and prevent frizz.”
* Then, using a 1” curling iron, Roszak touched up Kunis’ natural wave by choosing random sections and rotating the direction of the waves.
* Next, spray with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium to hold the texture before pulling the hair up.
* Leaving the front pieces around the face out, pull the hair back and wrap it into a bun-like shape, pinning as you twist. “I loosely formed the front pieces of her hair to drape gently across her forehead, creating an effortless loose shape, and secured it with bobby pins.”
* To finish the look, spray Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong for a shiny, long-lasting hold.

Daily delight: Suki Waterhouse for Caterina Gatta


Monday, February 18, 2013

Beauty news and giveaway: Blink Boutique Lash and Beauty Bar’s D curl lashes


We all secretly want gorgeous, fat and delicately curled lashes like Anouska here, so it’s great news that then lovelies at Blink Boutique Lash and Beauty Bar have just introduced B, C and now D curl lash extensions to their beauty menu!
Jess and her team of qualified lash technicians at 77 The Strand in Parnell know great lashes, and are doing a marvellous job of restoring faith in lash extensions after a few dodgy operators damaged the rep of one of beauty’s most transformative tools.
The Blink team use top quality, individual silk and synthetic blend lashes that come in many different lengths, curls and thicknesses depending on the look the client wants to achieve. Lash extensions, when applied by qualified technicians last for a full two weeks before an infill is required to replace any lashes that have naturally fallen out. Individual lashes are applied to your own lashes, not your eye lid so they’re very comfortable. The lashes ashes are applied one extension per lash, and are kept apart whilst drying so lashes don’t clump and dry together.
Their Individual Eyelash Extensions now also come in four curl types which lets the Blink lasses choose the curl type for you according to eye shape, personal preference and technician recommendation. Blink lash technicians primarily chose either B or C curl lashes, with the C curl lashes becoming increasingly the most popular lash type with the majority of their clients.
Very Dramatic Curl – AKA the ‘D’ Curl- has just been introduced to the salon and has been gaining popularity in USA and Australia. The D Curl is definitely not for those wanting a natural look as they are very curled and glamorous, and the Blink team envisages they will become popular with their slightly younger clientele, and clients who have had extensions on for a while and who want more!
Lash extensions of all curl levels can be worn as a one off for a special occasion and cost $150 for a full set, which take 90 minutes to apply. Should you wish to maintain your gorgeous new lashes, an infill is recommended once every 2 – 4 weeks, which takes 60 minutes and costs $60.
I have one full set of luscious lashes to give away to one very lucky wee reader. Just email me - helene@mshelene.com - your name and contact details and you’re in the draw! Entries close Friday, February 22nd at 5pm.

Beauty news: when Kérastase meets Kate Moss



In major beauty news – even for such a prestigious brand - Kérastase has just announced that mega model Kate Moss will be the face (and hair) of it’s first ever styling collection.
It will be the British model’s first foray into fronting a campaign for a luxury hair-care brand, and all of the images that have been released thus far point to the partnership as being a type of collaboration, with La Moss’ trademark tousled, sexy hair look playing a major role.
On the advertising set and in the hands of her friend Luigi Murenu, studio hairdresser and Artistic Director of this new range, Kate’s locks were sculpted, waved and curled, with lots of oversized volume and a free flowing feel that is pure Moss.
The advertising campaign shot by Solve Sundbo will be released in May of this year.

Daily delight: backstage at Marc Jacobs F/W 13


Friday, February 15, 2013

Beauty destination: Kokomo salon's new Dry Bar


The first dedicated dry bar - that I know of – to arrive in the Ponsonby area can be found in Kokomo hair salon, a popular spot that has been a Ponsonby beauty staple for 16 years. Owner Richelle Gott decided to add the Kokomo Dry Bar service to the salon after seeing the international trend for express styling go through the roof over the past year, and put a lot of thought into getting her own salon’s version just right. She has added the trademark Kokomo quirky retro personality to proceedings throughout, and even pays homage to the surrounding Ponsonby community by featuring styles named after popular cocktails, all presented beautifully within a leather bound folder. “It’s given us a fun theme to play with and we’ve really gone to town with it,” says Richelle. They even have branded coasters placed in nearby bars and cafes (you can’t miss them) together with a ‘bar tab’ whereby clients receive a free style after five visits. You can also ‘pre pay’ your bar tab and save, making it an even more attractive option or a superb gift idea for a loved one.
If you fancy a Manhattan or a Mojito or want to embrace your curls with a Shirley Temple, there’s something on the list to please even the most discerning of clients, or you are welcome to come in with an idea of your own. Styles are priced from $40.00 upwards, and the very cute menu covers everything from classic looks to the latest trends.  The options change out every six months too in order to keep the looks fresh and modern, which I for one think is a great idea. “While the listed looks help clients decide what look they want to opt for, it’s not limited to what’s on the menu.  The options are endless and as long as it fits within the timeframe, we’ll do it,” explains Richelle. You can also opt for a shampoo and treatment beforehand if you have time and a little extra cash to invest, with the salon also offering Steam Pod, Repair and Anti-Frizz treatments that have some serious power to transform tortured locks in one hit and in a relatively short amount of time.
The addition to the salon lets stylists get as creative as is required and encourages clients to pop in for a quick hair fix before an event or an important meeting, and the big, bouncy waves I left with after a visit there before Christmas lasted several days (and a couple of Christmas parties).
If you have something special on or just feel like spending some time treating yourself then I highly recommend you pay the lovely stylists at Kokomo a visit – get adventurous and go dry this Summer!
** This is an abridged version of a story I wrote for the latest issue of the fabulous Ponsonby News. You can read it online here **

Daily delight: Kim Kardashian for US ELLE


Thursday, February 14, 2013

NYFW How to: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 13, hair by Guido for Redken



To say that the beauty look at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show at NYFW this past week set the beauty world on fire would be an understatement – it damn near exploded! The combination of a perfect bright lip and big, beautiful head of curls was a match made in heaven with the bold prints and bright gem tones in the collection.
"The inspiration for this look was a 1940's-era woman, an uptown girl, but then we made it more fun, and thus more Marc by Marc,” said Guido Paulo, Redken Global Styling Director and creator of the aforementioned seriously gorgeous hair look. “We didn't want it to feel symmetrical or too perfect, the backbrushing gives a teased effect, a little crazy."
To get the look:
* Apply guts 10 root targeted volumizing spray foam from roots to ends to create volume and a base for styling, then blow-dry hair.
* When dry, make a deep side part and then pin curl hair in small sections, alternating with a 1-inch curling iron and 1 1/4 inch iron, pinning each curl to the head with setting pins.
*  When finished curling the whole head, leave to set and when then when hair has cooled unpin each curl. 
*  When finished unpinning each curl, run fingers lightly through curls and then gently brush out with a boar bristle brush for more volume.
* Backbrush the top front section and then sweep the section across the forehead and secure in place with a bobby pin. 
* Finish by spraying the entire style with fashion work 12 versatile working spray to smooth the surface and hold the style.

Why you need: GO Magnesium 1-A-Day


I’ve always been one of those lucky people who sleep like a baby no matter where I am or what the weather is doing, but last year stress hit my usual sleep pattern like a brick after I had surgery. To say the general anaesthetic didn’t help matters would be putting it mildly, and the five weeks of daily radiation therapy I started not long after simply threw my usual routine even more. Not ideal!
I was reluctant to take prescription sleeping tablets at first but realised they were a necessity for a short while, then a seriously wonderful product came across my desk that put those out to pasture for good: GO Healthy GO Magnesium 1-A-Day capsules.
Medical professionals reportedly often refer to Magnesium as the ‘miracle mineral’, and it was the one thing I saw handed out to participants mid-way through detox at Gwinganna lifestyle retreat so clearly gets the thumbs up from the alternative health community too. It is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies everyday, helping maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeping our heart rhythm steady, supporting a healthy immune system, and keeping our bones strong. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and metabolises energy – two factors that are key to feeling good.
But, like many nutrients, when the body is under stress due to poor dietary intake, alcohol, excessive exercise or stressful lifestyles we can become deficient. Add to that the fact that as we age our Magnesium requirements increase, and we can only get so many servings of dark, leafy, green vegetables, soy products, whole grains, nuts, bananas and beans crammed into the average 24 hours.
Enter the good work of GO Magnesium 1-A-Day, which is a high strength supplement that contains 500mg of elemental Magnesium per capsule. Sourced from seawater, this natural marine Magnesium contains no Magnesium oxide, giving it superior absorption to the body, as well as being gentle on the digestive tract. As it soothes muscle tension and tightness and supports relaxation both physically and mentally it’s the perfect half-an-hour-before-bed tonic for a great sleep,

To locate your nearest stockist visit, www.gohealthynz.co.nz or call a GO Medical herbalist and Naturopath on 0508 466 9327 

Daily delight: Miranda Kerr for Purple magazine


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

All about: Dermalogica's MultiVitamin Power Serum


Landing in March will be the latest addition to Dermalogica’s high performance, no nonsense anti-ageing line AGE Smart – the Multivitamin Power Serum.
Dermalogica pull no punches when it comes to their commitment to creating serious skincare, and this serum is packed full of vitamins that have a proven track record when it comes to taking action against the ageing process.
It combines two forms of Vitamin A for starters - Retinyl Palmitate and a new retinoic acid ester called Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) – that work together to deliver powerful benefits to aging skin.
HPR enhances the effectiveness of the serum without side effects or irritation, meaning that it can be used by a number of skin types as it is such a skin-friendly retinoid ester. The new technology in this little tube of goodness dramatically differentiates it from past eras of liposomes, with the delivery of more stable actives and the placement of the increased dosage of vitamins deeper into the skin, where they can do the most good.


There is also Vitamin E - a great anti-oxidant for your skin – in there along with Vitamin C and Magnesium, both of which help stimulate collagen and diminish hyperpigmentation whilst protecting against UV rays. Lastly Vitamin F works to help repair tissue and fight dullness by encouraging skin cell growth, whilst Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14 aids with collagen, firmness and elasticity.
The MultiVitamin Power Serum is a little thicker than a regular serum and has an almost creamy consistency that I like - you can control how much you use and a little definitely goes a long way.  
MultiVitamin Power Serum is designed for daytime use as a counterpart to the highly regarded – and beautiful to use - Overnight Repair Serum, and will have a RRP of $125.00.

Daily delight: Kendra Spears for Escada


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NYFW How to: Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 13, hair by Guido for Redken



The stellar hair looks that Redken Global Styling Director Guido has created for designer Alexander Wang in the past has been quite polarising. Often saturated with product and a little severe, it has been great for bringing Wang’s vision to life on the runway, but hasn’t been all that wearable for us out there in the ‘real way’.
That all changed this Fall/Winter collection though, when Guido created a shiny, two-toned ponytail for the Fall 2013 Alexander Wang show that was dramatic but also user-friendly. Its sleek lines complemented the modern fur and leather filled collection, and worked perfectly both on it's own and under the mohair hoods that some of the models wore down the runway. 
 "The almost fakeness of this look is part of the appeal,” said Guido, “it's very cosmetic, and you see the complete vision when you see how it works with the clothes. There's an extreme difference in colour from the crown and the ponytail, and the colour of the extensions,” which Guido aptly named ‘Cognac’. This colour was based on the shade currently sported by of one of his new favourite models, Irena Kravchenko. 
“By pulling the hair all back in such an extreme way you're almost taking away the girls' personalities in a sense,” he continued, explaining “it really unifies them and looks almost clone-like and very futuristic when they're all together. It's very exposing, and while many women don't often pull their hair back this dramatically, it's amazing how elegant it can look and how effective it can be as a dramatic look for a night out."
To get the look:
* Start with hair blow-dried straight, then wet the crown and apply a generous amount of hardwear 16 super strong gel throughout the area.
* After applying the gel, comb the crown straight back for a clean, sleek shape with no part and pull into a very low ponytail at the base of the neck.
* Pull a thick section of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic (this was also where Guido attached hair extensions at the show, and he wrapped a section of the hair extensions around the elastic.)
* Flatiron the entire ponytail in sections until stick straight.
* Finally, emulsify Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense in your palms and apply all over the crown of the head for extra shine.

Expert tip: Guido used Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense on all models to create a super wet, slick look for dramatic effect on the runway. Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense is for thick hair, whilst Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine is for medium hair textures.

Valentine’s Day love: Mission Estate Fête cuvée


I love a great tasting, affordable sparkling cuvée when the weather heats up and there is a reason to pop a cork or two, and a nice pick for this Valentine’s Day is Mission Estate Fête, which is an absolute steal at around $24.00.
94.5 per cent Pinot Gris and 5.5 per cent Chardonnay, the grapes that make up this wee bottle of joy were hand harvested and sourced from Mission’s vineyards at Greenmeadows in Taradale, where they have cultivated grapes for wine production for 100 years.
The wine has a softness and lightness with creamy characteristics, and there is a delicate pear aroma with a hint of almond and biscuit that would make it perfect for a glass with canapes whilst the sun is still shining come Thursday afternoon. “Fête” is French for party or celebration and was crafted to celebrate 160 years of Mission's winemaking and pioneering heritage, and I think it's also a great way to start one of your own! 
Learn more about Mission Estate here.

Daily delight: Michelle Williams for Another magazine


Monday, February 11, 2013

NYFW How to: Rag and Bone Fall/Winter 13, by Guido for Redken



“Aviation is where it started—from uniforms and Pan Am to modern military aviation,” Rag and Bone designer Marcus Wainwright said backstage after the label’s show achieved liftoff at New York Fashion Week.
Wainwright and co-designer David Neville produced a mod, thoroughly sexy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, and Redken Global Styling Director Guido was only too happy to create a beautiful hair look to complement the structured yet soft, menswear-inspired pieces.
"This look is really very fitting for the Rag and Bone girl, it's a little bit Edie-Sedgwick inspired but it's not too exaggerated,” said Guido, who created a highly wearable loose chignon for the show with an emphasis on texture and a nod to the sixties. “It's got a tomboy feeling, but it also has a certain softness to it... Creating the low side part and then sweeping the hair over the forehead ultimately gives it a feminine feel." 
To Get the Look:
* Apply Redken guts 10 root targeted volumizing foam to damp hair from roots to ends.
* Create a deep, clean low side part.
* Roughly blow dry with fingers to create a very natural texture.
* When fully dry, add Redken powder refresh 01 aerosol hair powder/dry shampoo throughout to add texture and a matte effect.
* Drag hair together into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with elastic.
* Apply Redken quick tease 15 backcoming finishing spray to the ponytail and twist into a loose knot, securing with pins and letting a the "wispy" ends come out.
* "Soften" the whole look by pulling the hair up a bit at the crown, not too exaggerated but to add a little height.

** Photos Courtesy of Charles Sykes for Redken **

Valentine’s Day: I Love... Strawberries & Milkshake


On Valentine’s Day gestures come in all sizes, as do treats that you spring for in order to remind yourself to keep a smile on your face if you’re coupled up or not. One range that is insanely good for the latter is I Love…, which is priced to enjoy on a more than daily basis and doesn’t test on animals.
They have a crazy amount of yummy fragrance variations to choose from, but one that I think would be perfect for the upcoming big day o’ love is Strawberries & Milkshake, which face it – we all love to indulge in when the time is right! It has a thick creamy aroma and a burst of fresh strawberries that pops in every so often, and comes in the form of everything from a Lip Shine (RRP $9.95!) to Nourishing Body Butter and a Super Soft Hand Crème (RRP $11.95!). My pick would be the Bubble Bath and Shower Crème ($18.95) for the perfect way to kick off Val’s Day morning with a real mood boost.
I Love… is exclusive to selected Life, Unichem, Amcal and Radius Pharmacies country wide, so pop into your nearest branch and treat yourself. It’s a little bit of yumminess that definitely won’t break the bank.