Monday, September 30, 2013

How to: Issey Miyake S/S ’14, hair by Eugene Souleiman for Wella

One of the freshest and most beautiful Paris Fashion Week shows was the Issey Miyake collection for S/S ’14, which had a totally unique hair look that was both beautiful and bold to match. Created by Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director, Wella Professionals, it was called the “Minimal Mohawk” and despite the name could definitely translate from the runway to “real way” with aplomb.
“When is a Mohawk, not a Mohawk?” asked Souleiman, and the answer was clearly, “when it sits between two beautifully crafted French Pleats, to form a hair look that is both sophisticated yet at the same time, deeply cool”. He said that he wanted to create a look that was strong and tough but at the same time elegant and chic - “something that utilised old hairdressing techniques but applied in a more contemporary way”.
The resulting hair look mirrored the play on light within the collection and looked incredible from every angle.
To get the look:
1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, to ensure hair is in perfect condition
2. Spray the hair with Wella Professionals Perfect Setting Blow Dry Lotion, and dry back away from the face, creating a clean silhouette
3. Section off the hair on both sides of the head, leaving a panel of hair through the middle section
4. One side at a time, gently backcomb the hair section by section, back-combing only the first 10-15cm, spraying with Wella Professionals Stay Styled Hairspray as you go
5. With a soft brush, brush this side section of hair, spraying with more Wella Professionals Stay Styled hairspray, and pulling it back to create a clean, sharp side section
6.  Twist the hair into a French pleat and pin in place with hair grips
7.  Repeat this process on the opposite side of the head
8. To style the middle section, spray Wella Professionals Stay Styled Hairspray into the roots of the front of the hair and brush backwards to create a smooth clean finish at the front
9. Gently brush the middle section of hair backwards, positioning the ‘mohawk’ between the two French Pleats
10. Finally, spritz Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray lightly through the ends of the hair to create a dry, slightly static quality to the hair which contrasts against the clean shine of the side sections

Daily delight: Sam Rollinson for i-D magazine

Friday, September 27, 2013

How to: James Pecis for Moroccanoil at Blumarine SS14

For Spring/Summer 2014 the always-ethereal Blumarine got dreamy on the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week with an outing of ultra-feminine looks embellished with flowers and butterflies. Moroccanoil’s James Pecis was on hand to create an equally gorgeous hair look, which is exactly how many women I know want their own locks to look - every day of the year.
Pecis created loosely waved, natural-looking styles that were romantic yet also a little bit rock n’ roll - classic Blumarine girl if ever I saw it. Unparted hair was pulled off the face, drawn close to the sides, and casually released to flow down the back. “We did looks that emphasized moving, rich, beautiful hair that was glamorous and sexy as well as cool,” said Pecis, to which I immediately asked, "how can I do that too please Mr. Pecis?"
The answer is:
1. “I started by dampening the hair with water and added Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream at the roots.”
2. “I brushed the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through to create a smooth, healthy-looking hold, then continued with a classic blowdry, using the Moroccanoil XL-PRO Paddle Brush and new Moroccanoil 2000 Professional Series Hair Dryer.”
3. “Next, I used a 1-inch curling iron, alternating directions to create loose, natural waves, and pinned each curl into place for a light, classic set.”
4. “Once the hair had set, I brushed it out with the Moroccanoil XL-PRO Paddle Brush and sprayed Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray onto my hands. Then I finger-combed it through to prevent any static or flyaways.”
5. “To give the hair a more lived-in look, I used the Moroccanoil 2000 Professional Series Hair Dryer and Moroccanoil XL-PRO Paddle Brush to "stretch" out the curl. I then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium on my fingertips and pushed them through the sides of the hair for a tougher-feeling to the look.”
6. “I then stitched an elastic thread vertically down the middle of the back of the hair to hold it together and contain it. This allowed movement with control. An easy alternate way to achieve this same effect would be to use pins underneath the hair.”
7. “Finally, minutes before the girls walked, I lightly sprayed on Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium after I adjusted last minute details and placement.”

Photos by Carlos Manuel Gasparotto for Moroccanoil

All about: Neutrogena's new Beach Defence Sunscreen

Finally we’re seeing a little sun today, which for me is a reminder that summer is - maybe? - on its way and new sunscreen needs to go on the shopping list. Most last twelve months max after being opened, so if you’re still got some sitting around in your beach bag from this time last year then chuck it - ASAP!
That also means I get a few new sunscreen formulas coming across my desk, and one that I can tell is a winner is Neutrogena’s new Beach Defence from the dermatologist recommended suncare brand. With SPF 50 it is high enough to really make a difference, and works to combat the effect of prolonged exposure to water and the sun, both of which affect the permeability of the skin’s barrier and make us more susceptible to UV rays. It’s formulated with the brand’s famous Helioplex Technology - which harnesses the power of two sunscreens, Azovenzone and Oxybenxzone - so forms a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protective barrier that has been clinically proven time and time again to help skin defend against summer elements. It not only protects skin against photodamage (yes!), premature aging (double yes!), and sunburn (essential); but even reduces the amount of free radicals released into the skin - amazing.
From an initial play it’s also lightweight on the skin and fast absorbing, and has a 4-hour sweat and water-resistant formula. It’s also available in two family sized formulations – a convenient and easy to use spray for effective sun protection on the go, or the sizeable lotion that is perfect to have on hand for sharing. The fact that it’s hypoallergenic, oil-free and PABA free makes it even more kid friendly too.
Both retail for $24.99 and are in store now.

Daily delight: Gabby Westbrook-Patrick for Elle Australia

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beauty news: ghd celebrates National Good Hair Day, tomorrow!

Many women out there hadn’t even experienced a good hair day before the arrival of the now-legendary ghd, now the brand is synonymous with luscious, kick ass locks.
The hair styling superbrand ghd has declared tomorrow - Friday 27th September - as the second annual National Good Hair Day (NGHD), which is a day they created for “uniting ghd fans to celebrate the confidence that a good hair day brings.” Can’t argue with that!
In honour of National Good Hair Day, ghd and its salon partners have a number of ways for devotees to get on board, including a nationwide Instagram competition encouraging ghd fans to have their 15 seconds of ghd fame by following @ghdnz on Instagram and uploading a video showing (and telling) what a ‘good hair day’ feels like with the hash tag #NGHD.
The top five videos will win the ultimate ghd styling pack including a ghd eclipse styler, ghd air professional hairdryer and a selection of ghd styling products and brushes - so get ‘gramming!
The famous ghd styler exchange is also back by popular demand offering $40 off selected ghd stylers when trading in any old electrical hair styling appliances at participating ghd salons until September 30.
Follow ghd New Zealand on Facebook, Twitter (@ghd_nz) or
Instagram (@ghdnz) for all the latest #NGHD updates.

Love it: Karen Murrell’s new shade Scarlett Blaze

The first thing I fell in love with when it comes to Karen Murrell’s new lipstick colour Scarlett Blaze was the packaging - pure, unadulterated retro gorgeousness! She was inspired by the “total opulence, glitz and glamour of the 1920’s,” but to me it looks like a seriously fabulous Studio 54 era babe, and I guess women of both scenes spent time at endless parties, had luxurious lifestyles and drank, danced and slicked on rich and vividly coloured lipstick.
It’s definitely a ‘statement’ shade rather than a neutral, a velvety deep cerise/plum colour that is richer than any of the reds that Karen has designed before, and absolutely beautiful. It would be perfect worn alone over summer with just bronzer and mascara, or teamed with a smokey eye after hours at any time of year. And like all Karen Murrell lipsticks, it contains no animal based materials  - thumbs up to that! What it does contain is yummy stuff like Avocado Oil to provide moisture, nourishment and hydration, Cinnamon for fuller, plumper lips, Omega 6-rich Evening Primrose Oil and Carnauba Wax; meaning it’s hard-wearing in even the roughest handbag.
Scarlett Blaze is in store October 1, I highly recommend that you check it out!

Daily delight: Kate Moss for Zoo magazine

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Love it: heavenly Temple Tonic organic body oils

I love nothing better than discovering a new product range that I fall hopelessly head over heels for, and always get an extra surge of amour when it is a) ‘clean’ of all nasties and b) made in New Zealand!
The latest to knock me off my feet is Temple Tonic organic body oils, a collection of luxurious, organic body oils made in New Zealand. If the season  - and the formula - is right I’ll always choose an oil over any other method of moisturising my body, and these contain antioxidant rich natural extracts that are not often found body care products, along with carefully selected base oils and essential oils that feel and smell incredible.
The Temple Tonic oil I’ve been using is a warm Vanilla & Cocoa, and has been just the ticket for smoothing on after a shower in the morning for a brilliant pick me up. It would also make a great massage oil and the hydration levels last all day - a total bonus if you have dry skin like me.
All Temple Tonic Body Oils are suitable for all skin types and not tested on animals, and are made up of natural and organic ingredients that are kind on your system and the planet. They even come packaged in recyclable frosted glass bottles so look as gorgeous in the bathroom as they feel on the skin!
Scents available right now are the aforementioned Vanilla & Cocoa, Pink Lotus & White Tea, May Chang, Mandarin & Goji (my pick for summer!) and Lavender & Rose Geranium. They also have Temple Tonic Organic Baby Oil with sweet almond oil and calendula to “nourish and protect your precious little temple” - so cute!
To find out more and where to buy visit their site here.

Daily delight: Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I try: a Priori Coffeeberry Yoga Power Facial at Lissy Hunter

When I first started driving from my home in Ponsonby to Lissy Hunter Body, Nail and Skincare - a beautiful boutique beauty therapy salon located in Kohimarama - for regular treatments people looked at me like I was mad. The average Aucklander hates traveling beyond their suburb at the best of times, but for a pedicure? For a facial?
Some commented that to drive all that way she must be very good at what she does and she most definitely is - and even came recommended by long time key player in industry. When she took on another therapist this year it was a big deal as Lissy is so key to her business, but I was pretty excited to find out why when I was invited along to have a facial with Sarah a couple of weeks ago.
The facial in question was a Priori Coffeeberry Yoga Power Facial, which also came along with a lot of recommendations. Made up of over 90 per cent natural ingredients including Coffeeberry itself, Priori’s CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals range is bliss to use, and the facials will help you look and feel good naturally, with benefits that include tightening, toning and releasing tension. The synergetic effects of detoxification, massage, lifting techniques and increased circulation aims to leave your skin with a natural lift and smoother lines, and the process includes everything from massage to exfoliation, tightening and more. It’s suitable for most skin types too, and Coffeeberry is packed with 10 times more potent antioxidants than green tea so you know it’s going to make a difference.
The treatment began with a gentle opening massage to align the body and induce relaxation, then
Papaya and Pumpkin Enzymes were used to gently slough dead skin cells whilst Coffeeberry Extract lightened, tightened and brightened the skin. Priori’s Tightening Serum was layered on to give an instant lift to the skin, then Brightening Facial Complex was added to fight dark spots whilst to finish, the Day Complex nourishes and protects.
The facial had a huge massage element that I love, and I find my skin reacts really well to just a big boost of TLC. I also left feeling almost heady with relaxation, and definitely of the mindset that when she’s out of the clinic and Sarah is in charge, it is most definitely in good hands.
To book in with Lissy or Sarah for any number of beautiful treatments, find their contact details here.

Love it: Wella SP Luxe Oil

The first thing I noticed about Wella Luxe Oil was the smell - when stylist Ivan Leong from Stephen Marr first massaged it into my hair my heart soared! Like fresh cherries and then some, it also came with some kick ass hair benefits, some of which I’ll outline below.
A totally luxurious hair oil created to “transform and condition damaged hair”, the SP Luxe Oil gets to work with results after just one application, leaving your hair texture reportedly up to 10 times smoother. Think healthy, natural and beautiful hair that is manageable to style every day… and then some.
Ingredients include Argan, Jojoba and Almond Oils, and it works just as efficiently on curls  - to add definition - as fine hair, when it controls flyaways like you wouldn’t believe. You can also use it wet or dry, meaning it’s up there with the best multitaskers when used correctly.
To use on wet hair, after shampooing apply 2–3 drops through the mid-lengths and ends. Hair quality feels instantly improved as it protects Keratin and provides long-lasting smoothness on curls or finer locks. It also creates an invisible hair shield if you work a small amount through damp hair, use a wide-toothed comb to gently remove any tangles, and dry.
You can use it on dry hair as a pre-shampoo treatment left in for 5–10 minutes and combed through before shampooing, or to control dry, frizzy hair, apply a few drops of SP LUXE OIL after blowdrying. Last up, you can use it to treat hair overnight. Apply evenly through the hair before going to bed then in the morning, either leave in or rinse out. Amazing stuff.

Daily delight: Lina Zhang for Elle Vietnam

Monday, September 23, 2013

Love it: Givenchy Photo’Perfexion fluid foundation SPF20

I believe that if there is one make up product you should invest seriously in, it has got to be foundation... Of course having good skin to begin with is an added bonus (a lot of my peers would attest to that!) but because not everyone is blessed with perfect skin every day, having the right foundation is an absolute essential.
When I was in London recently I picked up a bottle of Givenchy Photo’Perfexion fluid foundation SPF20, which came highly recommended by a friend in the know and accompanied by the claim that it gives you the ‘perfect skin quality obtained with digital touch ups’. Who doesn’t want that?
Essentially, it is a beautiful to use formula that works like a concealer to correct imperfections, smooth the skin's texture, and even out the complexion - but without the feeling or the look of having caked it on. Photo'Perfexion conceals dark shadows and sallow complexions with ease, and goes on smooth and velvety every time with a flawless finish.
What impressed me the most is that not only does it blend like a dream, but its finish gives you a dewy glow without being really er, dewy. It absorbs super quickly but continues to look like a fresh application all day, with all the luminosity that comes with. It felt so light on my skin that it almost reminded me of a tinted moisturiser or BB sans the greasy feeling many of them bring with them, and the SPF is a total bonus. Love this stuff! I’ve just been playing with Givenchy’s new Teint Couture foundation as well, so will update you soon…

Giveaway: Hailwood vanity bags from Redken

Around this time last year super duper talented - and extremely dashing! - New Zealand designer Adrian Hailwood collaborated with Redken to create a killer limited edition vanity bag, and low and behold - he’s done it again!
Following the huge success of last year’s collaboration Hailwood has designed a limited edition vanity bag inspired by his latest jewellery collection. The vanity case comes in classic black and features mesh detailing and a luxe gold chain, which also doubles as a hanging hook for those regulars travelers amongst us (and by god, Mr. Hailwood is one of those!).
The exotic logo showcased on the bag is inspired by Hailwood’s Egypt collection - his first Northern Hemisphere collection that was sold into Japan for the SS 2013 season this year. He says that he “wanted to design something that was a little more Rock’n’Roll this season, and it has come out just as I envisioned. I love it.”
Hailwood for Redken vanity bags are available from September 30th - for a limited time - from all Rodney Wayne and Shampoo’n’Things stores nationwide. Each bag is complimentary with the purchase of any Redken shampoo and conditioner, and as an added bonus, those that who receive the limited edition vanity bag this year also get the chance to win 1 of 10 Hailwood necklaces valued at $330 each. 
Last up, I have two of these beauties to give away to some lucky Hailwood fans out there… just email with your name and courier address by this Friday at 5pm and you’re in the draw!

Daily delight: Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen for Coach

Friday, September 20, 2013

How to: Burberry SS14, hair by Neil Moodie for Moroccanoil

London Fashion Week is always famous for designers who like to push the boat out a little, and the hair and beauty looks that go with the collections are often equally as extreme. I love a good mad ‘do, but I love a wearable, beautiful one more - and that’s exactly how I’d describe the ones Neil Moodie for Moroccanoil created at Burberry.
“The name of the collection is English Rose,” explained the Lead Stylist, “and this is why I decided to blow dry the hair in a classic sleek but not poker straight style, as would be expected of an English Rose but then I texturized and mattified it with Moroccanoil products to give it an edgy, distressed look.”
For a how to at home try the following:
1. Start by preparing wet hair with Moroccanoil Treatment as the essential foundation for styling and then apply Moroccanoil Frizz Control to ensure a smooth blow dry.
2.Apply Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream before blow-drying the hair to ensure the movement created by the blow dry holds and to give it a more luxurious finish.
3. Blow dry with a natural centre parting, creating some movement by flicking the ends under in a natural way. Moodie achieved this classic blow dry style using various sizes of the Moroccanoil Ionic Ceramic Round Brushes, for a hold that retained the natural movement.
4. When the body of the hair is complete, use a Moroccanoil Ionic Ceramic Round Brush to blend stray hairs along the hairline into the rest of the style.
5. Once the hair is dry, divide it into sections and finish with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium and Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse to add texture and create a matte finish.

Photography: Piers Macdonald for Moroccanoil

Giveaway: Wella SP Silver Blond shampoo

As someone who has played the blonde field on and off quite a few times over the years I know that brass is most definitely the enemy. It’s an enemy that sneaks up on you when you least it expect it, and it can turn a glossy mane into a dulled mess before you know it.
The brassy tones that arrive after lightening hair are caused by the chemicals ‘processing’ the hair and removing its natural pigment, taking it through a number of colour changes before reaching the desired blonde shade. Depending on the darkness of your hair to start with, bleaching will first turn the hair red, orange and then yellow, before reaching blonde and platinum tones. If the bleach is not left on the hair long enough to process all the way to a light blonde (which in most cases is not recommended as this can damage and dry out the hair), the hair may be left with some orange or yellow deposits, known as brassiness.
But help is at hand - in the form of clever technique known as colour neutralisation. To neutralise something means to ‘cancel it out’. Hair colour neutralization works by incorporating colours opposite to one another on the colour wheel to cancel out that colour in the hair.
Red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange and yellow are all warm and brassy tones that are left in the hair as a result of bleaching. Opposite these colours on the colour wheel are green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet and violet. These are all classed as cool tones and will neutralise or ‘cancel out’ the warm tones in the hair. Got it?
As well as toning your hair in salon you can get some great products that will help enormously at home such as Wella SP Silver Blond. Using this just a few times will dull down brassiness in the hair significantly and used on a regular basis, once or twice a week, will continuously freshen up your blonde shade and stop brassiness from reoccurring. It also works a treat on grey/white hair, leaving strands gently cleansed and with brilliant shine.
Luckily I have two bottles of Wella SP Silver Blond (RRP $34.00) to giveaway to some blonde friends out there. Just email me with your name and courier address before Thursday, September 26 at 5:00pm and you’re in the draw… say bye bye to brass!

Daily delight: Marta Dyks for Elle Poland

Thursday, September 19, 2013

How to: Guido for Redken at Ralph Lauren SS14

The last New York Fashion Week hair look that I seriously fell in love with was created once again by Redken Creative Consultant Guido, and came in the form of the sleek, sexy lengths at Ralph Lauren SS14.

He kept the hair free flowing and down this season to reinforce the ultra-glam style of the collection, and to keep the highly wearable look soft and light, Guido prepped the hair with satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion and finished with a drop of diamond oil shatterproof shine to add richness and shine to the ends. "There was a departure this season from the tradition low-ponytail that one has come to expect at this show,” said the modern hair legend. “This season, I wanted to incorporate the 60s style icons that have been so influential to Ralph Lauren throughout his fashion career. I supposed the best descriptors for the hair would be nonchalant glamour."
Create the look yourself in an easy four steps:
1.Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair
2.Create an off-centre, clean part
3.Apply diamond oil shatterproof shine from mid-lengths to ends
4.Using a round brush, blow dry hair straight for a rich and sexy luxe finish 

Love it: Weleda's beautiful Wild Rose Body Oil

I’m mad for body oil and pretty much certified when it comes to the scent of rose, so a marriage of the two is most definitely my favourite body product at the moment!
It comes in the form of Weleda’s Wild Rose Body Oil, which is a riot of wild rose and fair bursting with a subtle composition of antioxidant rich plant oils including organic Macadamia Oil and Jojoba Oil. Commonly referred to as the Musk Rose or Rosehip, the Wild Rose plant is made up of thorny branches, white or pink blossoms and orange fruits (haws) containing the precious Rosehip Seed Oil. Rich in antioxidants, it is comprised of Vitamins A and E, helping to fight free radical damage and promote new cell growth. Rosehip Seed Oil is also known for an exceptionally high amount of Linoleic and Linolenic essential fatty acids, supporting the skin’s elasticity and keeping it well nourished and happy.
Wild Rose Body Oil is subtle enough for everyday use but potent enough to make a difference, and it’s the perfect choice if you’re starting to shed the layers and get your bod ready for summer. You don’t need much if you pop it on straight after a shower or bath, and the results will linger all day. Love it. 

Daily delight: Hilary Rhoda and Lauren Hutton for Muse

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Love it: Rihanna’s RiRi Hearts M.A.C collection

Her debut collection for the brand sold out in what felt like - and probably was - five seconds flat, so I’m guessing that when it hits in a few weeks the RiRi Hearts M.A.C offering will go through the roof! And with good reason as it’s a seriously wearable, covetable and totally damn delicious lineup of prods all round.

Rihanna calls it her perfect “palette of lavish fall colour”, and although it will be landing in the Southern Hemisphere during Spring time it will fit right on in with what you will probably want to be wearing over the silly season. It’s made up of a bunch of slightly cheeky yet classically gorgeous shades, finishes and tools, all encased in the metallic warmth of celebratory rose gold packaging. Lipsticks come in deep raisin-y plum (Talk That Talk), orange frost (Who’s That Chick), creamy matte nude (the divine Nude, which I need to get ASAP) and the vivid red of RiRi Woo (which I wore a lot during the recent NZFW with minimal need for touch ups).  
Eyes come in contrasting soft and smoky cocoas, whilst the skin is all about rich luminosity highlighted with Diamonds Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush in the absolutely beautifulBad Girl Gone Good for a warm coppery, satin-finish. Powder Blush Duo Hibiscus Kiss is another winner that may be more suited to those of porcelain complexions, made up of a cool coral and matte neutral bronze.
Rihanna herself launched RiRi Hearts M.A.C in Hong Kong, where all eyes were on her er, stylish cat’s eye! Word is it that it was the work of M.A.C Liquid Eyeliner in Boot Black, which always goes on super-smoothly, so you can make the ends of your liner winged as much as you want. To do just that, pull your eyelid taut while you apply the liner along your lashline and past the top outer corner of your eye, and follow the curve going upward with the liner. If you want a super mega-winged look, draw the liner farther out, like Miss Riri. Then, start at the outer corner to go back in, and draw a thin line all the way to the inner corner. She kept things chic and simple with gold shadow and multiple coats of mascara. Beautiful.
Last up, the collection hits stores in October - so not many sleeps left at all!

Daily delight: Miley Cyrus for Harper’s Bazaar US

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Get the look: Eugene Souleiman for Wella at Antonio Berardi S/S 14

Known officially as “crafted chaos” and inspired by the hair metal giants of the ‘80s (awesome), the hair look at the Antonio Berardi, SS14 show crafted by Eugene Souleiman was seriously covetable. “Antonio’s collection is incredibly chic with beautiful textured fabrics in body conscious and diaphanous silhouettes,” explained Souleiman, Global Creative Director, Wella Professionals. “At the fitting, I spotted some chic biker jackets which to me epitomised the play between opulence and something a little rawer and this inspired me to create a hair look that mixed beautifully crafted braids with a harder, rawer, organic texture.”
 The resulting hair loo, had an urban chic feel to it, and was grounded more in music than fashion. “This look is about making festival hair look chic, and takes its cues from popular culture, yet at the same time the braids give the look an air of sophistication” added Eugene.
To Get the Look:
1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, to ensure hair is in perfect condition
2. Blow dry hair straight using a soft bristle brush pulling the hair backwards away from the face
3. When hair is dry, section off the top and front sections, leaving an ‘under section’
4. Divide the under section in two down the middle and spray Wella Professionals Perfect Setting to each section to add control when you come to braid.  Create two braids; starting flat to the scalp but pulling the braid out so that it sits away from the ear
5. When the braids are complete, spray with a little Wella Professionals Stay Styled Finishing Spray to the braids to keep them looking sharp
6.  Release the sectioned off hair and run straightening irons through the hair, clamping the ends to prevent it from looking too soft, then section by section starting at the underneath, pat Wella Professionals Extra Volume Styling Mousse in to the roots of the hair, combing each section through with a fine tooth comb
7. Continue this process all the way through to the front section of hair – the mousse should give a feeling of separation and create a ‘satin wetness’ to the hair. Take a wide toothed comb and rake hair back, creating a ‘rocker’ style effect
8. Pin the hair above the braid above each ear and dry the mousse using a blow dryer diffuser, when ‘set’ release the pins, pulling one braid forward and leaving the other to hang behind the shoulder
A bit of work but well worth it!

All about: the ghd air diffuser

When I travelled to Europe recently my only real regret - and associated moments of stress! - is that I decided against making room in my suitcase for my ghd air. Most definitely ‘not just a hair dryer’, it is a killer tool that has axed so much off my dry time and added so much more bounce to my locks and now I know that I pretty much can’t live without it. Seriously.
Now I’m back home it’s getting full use once again, and I just received news that ghd has launched its first professional diffuser to fit the now-legendary air. Just in time for summer too, when we all are in the mood for perfectly formed, frizz-free curls and beachy waves, but don’t always have the time to spend hours trying to create them
Developed in conjunction with top stylists in the ghd family, it is reportedly super easy to attach and features long, contoured fingers to lift and separate the hair whilst maintaining a constant airflow to create maximum volume and body. Per-fection.
The ghd air professional diffuser is available right now from ghd salons or for a very reasonable NZD$30.00, and from now until 11 October it will be offered as a complimentary gift with any ghd air purchase. If you don't have one yet then I highly recommend that you check one out - ASAP.

Daily delight: Edita Vilkeviciute for Vogue Paris

Monday, September 16, 2013

How to: Guido for Redken for Alexander Wang SS14

As well as being one hell of a highlight collection-wise when it came to the recent New York Fashion Week shows, I fell in love with the hair created for Alexander Wang SS14 by Guido, Redken Creative Consultant and general hair genius.
The look was amongst the most wearable of the week but still stood out, and the stylist truly fused glamour with grunge to create a nonchalant, yet sexy runway look that was totally Guido and also - importantly - totally Wang. By adding thickening lotions and texturizers to the hair, Guido created volume without altering the model's natural texture with teasing or heat styling. "Overall it's a very sexy look this season,” he said, “and I wanted the hair to reflect the cool, low-key Alexander Wang type girl. I suppose there are equal parts grunge and glamour, in that the hair is voluminous, yet natural."
Either way, I love it - and to get the look (you know you want to) follow these simple steps:
1. Towel dry your hair
2. Create a messy centre part with your fingers
3. Apply Redken’s rootful 06 root lifting spray body builder from roots to ends, concentrating product on the roots first and foremost
4. Start drying hair with a diffuser to keep the natural wave
5. Once the hair is 75 per cent dry, allow the hair to dry naturally
6. Add Redken’s powder refresh 01 aerosol hair powder/dry shampoo (one of my all time favourite products) to mid lengths and ends to give more texture.
7. Apply Redken quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to mid lengths and ends to hold in the texture.

Daily delight: Doutzen Kroes for Telegraph Fashion

Friday, September 13, 2013

Get the look: Moroccanoil’s Peter Gray for Badgley Mischka S/S 14

Chic seaside glamour, above and below the water, captured the imagination of Badgley Mischka at New York Fashion Week this year and Moroccanoil runway stylist Peter Gray was given the job of creating a killer hair look to match this brief. Jacque Henri Lartigue's black and white seaside photography of the 20s and 30s met the designer's pastel take on evening looks inspired by modern mermaids, and Gray lent an equally clear modern vision to proceedings. The elegant styles highlight smoother, softer waves, flattering textured hair rolls across the nape of the neck, and a sophisticated contrast of glossy (top and side waves) and dry/semi-matte textures (on the hair rolls).

How the Look Was Created:
1. “I started with a small hidden horizontal braid at the nape of the neck to serve as a base for pinning the rolled hair in place.”
2. “I then applied a small amount of Moroccanoil Treatment Light mid length to ends as the foundation for styling, and followed with the new Moroccanoil Root Boost (available in 2014) sprayed in and combed through section by section. Moroccanoil Treatment helps condition and smooth the hair and protect it from the heat of the curling irons.
3. "Next I used Moroccanoil Root Boost (available in 2014) to push the hair away from the scalp to ensure a three dimensional wave. It creates a semi-matte look and helps to create texture on the ends.”
4. “After rough drying the hair, I used Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong and set the hair using a 1-1/2” curling iron from nape to above the ear and pinned the curls vertically in opposite directions to create a soft textured movement. The hair through the front and sides was set vertically in the same direction and clipped.”
5. “I then combed out each section followed by a skinny brush, to create a smooth, glossy surface through the top and front wave area.”
6. “I rolled the hair lengths into a small, loose horizontal roll at the nape of the neck and used u-pins to attach the length of roll to the braided base underneath.”
7. “Finally, I sprayed a bit of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray on my palms and applied to the surface of the hair for a glossy finish on the top and sides.”

Photo by David Webber for Moroccanoil

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Vogue Australia

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Beauty news: Maybelline NY appoints Maribeth Madron as Global Eyebrow Expert

I love a good job title, and one of the best I’ve heard lately is Maybelline New York’s latest appointment - Maribeth Madron (pictured) for the role of ‘Global Eyebrow Expert’.
The lady comes with some serious credentials - a veritable Arch Angel if ever there was one - and over twenty years in the business of building better brows. Maribeth is consistently ranked at the top of her field – Allure magazine has singled her out as being the “Best of Brows” seven times in a row and she’s been included twice in Vogue magazine’s prestigious beauty listing “The Guide” for her eyebrow expertise.
Her work has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Access Hollywood, the Grammy Awards and the Tony Awards to name just a few, and in the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire (UK) and Harper’s Bazaar (HK). Lady knows her stuff - nice work Maybelline, can’t wait to see what magic they cook up together! 

Recipe love: Cucumber and C Coconut Water Salad

Despite the fact that it’s hosing down outside, I’m already dreaming of summer its associated fare like salads, fresh fruit and long, cool drinks in the sun. Coconut water will inevitably play a big role too, and my absolute fave is still C. I swear I get through bucketloads of the stuff and love finding new ways to use it in the likes of salads and smoothies.
So… in honour of all of the above, here is a summery, deliciously good recipe to get you feeling the tropical vibe - Cucumber and C Coconut Water Salad.

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise (about 1/2 cup)
4 Persian cucumbers or 1 English cucumber, cut into thirds crosswise
1 cup unsweetened large-flaked coconut
2 tablespoons C Coconut Water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
2 teaspoons sugar, plus more for seasoning
Coarse salt

1. Place onion in a bowl of ice water. Let onion stand 10 minutes, then drain.
2. Thinly slice cucumbers lengthwise with a handheld slicer or peeler and place in a large bowl.
3. Add onion and coconut and gently toss to combine.
4. Add C Coconut Water, lime juice, sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and gently toss again to combine.
5. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
6. Before serving, season with salt and sugar.