Friday, May 30, 2014

Daily delight: Christy Turlington for Vogue UK


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Love it: Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime BB Crème


In the beauty world it has seemed like its BB cream madness right now. Pretty much every brand has released a BB Cream, and as a beauty writer who often shuns foundation by day I feel the need to try them all! My key finding is that they most definitely are not created equal, with many thick and goopy in consistency whilst others feel like seriously watered down foundation. I found my favourites over time, and have even thrown some CC creams into the mix of late - the best ones are new ‘must haves’ for sure.
It comes as no surprise that the hair industry was going to hop on the BB bandwagon eventually too, with several key brands launching hair versions of the major multitasking beauty trend that they claim as “the first on the market”. I’m not qualified to comment on who exactly WAS the first to release a hair-focused BB, but the most luxe thus far must be the truly delicious Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime BB Crème - a definite first for the French brand.
It is suitable for all hair types - love that! - and delivers the nutritional values of a hair oil in the soft, luscious consistency of a cream. It can be used daily for hair nourishment and protection and
Is a clever combo of two ingredients renowned for their regenerating and nourishing properties - Tahitian White Flower and pomegranate. The former is famous in the South Pacific for its soothing, repairing and hydrating properties found in its oil. It instantly nourishes the hair from root to tip, whilst pomegranate - famed for its super anti-oxidant properties - gives the beautifully blended crème a killer kick. Kérastase has cleverly incorporated the fruit’s extracts to protect hair against external influencers, preserve its colour vibrancy and increase its shine for a flawless finish. Add to that a UV filter to defend your tresses against sun damage and you have a definite haircare essential - and one of my new fave multitaskers. It can be applied as a pre-cleanse to prepare the hair before shampooing, as a leave-in conditioner applied pre blow-dry on damp hair, as a finishing touch on dry hair after blow wave, or at any time during the day when your hair needs a little love. I fell in love with at on first application, and think it will be definitely on high rotate come the warmer months when I’m less inclined to want to use an oil on my fine-but-thick locks.
Elixir Ultime BB Crème is available from all Kérastase salons right now with an RRP of $50.00. So what are you waiting for?

Daily delight: Amber Heard for W magazine


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Love it: Guinot Longue Vie Pieds foot cream



I always have various foot cream formulas on hand to massage in post-bath and pre-bed, usually when I’m glued to the couch watching rubbish tele, glass of pinot noir in hand. It is amazing the difference that the - healthy - habit has made to my tootsies, and it is a ritual that really amps up over winter when cashmere socks come into the equation - pure heaven!
As well as a right treat, regularly using a quality foot cream makes beauty sense: because I figure when you’re shelling out $$ for a professional to ensure your toes look great every few weeks, why let the side down with manky old heels?
One of the latest - and most luxurious - versions I’ve tried of late comes from Guinot in the form of Longue Vie Pieds foot cream - the legendary French brand’s first beauty cream made to protect, soften, and soothe feet. 
The amazing formula contains an incredible 56 biological active ingredients that deeply penetrate the skin to help stimulate cell renewal and repair cracked, dry, and blistered feet, and it smells like pure heaven. It also leaves no greasy residue, making it easy to get in bed or put on shoes immediately after use. From what I’ve experienced it leaves feet looking and feeling better after just one application too, which gets two thumbs up from me.
Its key ingredients are Liposkin to nourish and rebuild the skin’s hydrolipidic film (the foot’s natural protective barrier),while D-Panthenol strengthens nails and a combination of sweet almond oil and shea butter nourish and hydrate. Last up, Microcidine deodorises and sanitizes, and Allantoin relieves blistered feet. Magnifique!
Keep up the good work over winter and just in time for sandal season you’ll be sporting the best pair of pieds in town… or when you hit some tropical locale during the winter months you’ll go sneaker free with pride!

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen gets naked for Lui




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All about: the little bird Alkalising & Nourishing Winter Wellness Pack




Years ago I first came across the Little Bird brand when I bought - far too many times - bags of their highly addictive macaroons from a little stand in my yoga teacher’s studio. I loved the fact that they were a delicious treat without many of the negatives usually involved with a little indulgence, and their creator, Megan May was truly inspiring.
Fast forward a few years and on a more-than-regular basis you’ll find me sitting in Megan’s newly opened Little Bird Unbakery at 1a Summer Street - the second in the stable after she opened the first in Kinglsland not too long ago. To say the latter was a runaway success is putting it mildly, and seats are at a premium at all times of the day. The extremely clever and rather fabulous Megan also developed a cleanse last spring that got major props from all those who embarked on it - no surprise there! - including myself, I was once again hooked.
For many years I stuck to a juice fast each and every Monday, and cleansing systems like this remind me why I should get back into it and start doing exactly that right now. It’s great to give your body a rest from putting so much work into digesting heavy winter foods, as well as a shot of high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to strengthen the immune system, increase energy and leave you with a clearer mind and cleaner insides. If you eat well and maintain a healthy body and mind most of the time then a one day clean out is all that’s needed, but it’s great that little bird have a five day option available for when you really need a full body re-set of sorts.
The new Alkalising & Nourishing Winter Wellness Pack consists of six drinks that are made up of a combo of juices, elixirs and smoothies, and an absolutely stellar salad. They are:
1. Morning Lemonade with Coconut Kefir – Alkalising
2. Detoxifying - Cold Pressed Green Juice with seasonal greens, lemon and ginger - Detoxifying
3. Antioxidant & Immunity Boosting Berries & Bee Pollen Drink - Potent Antioxidants
4. Cacao, Almond & Reishi Milk protein drink - Energising
5. Cold Pressed Beetroot Juice with carrot, apple lemon and ginger – Blood Cleansing
6.· Green Smoothie with coriander, manho, parsley and spirulina – Cleansing & Nourishing
What a lineup!
I particularly love that they provide you with a salad to wrap up your day - both on an emotional and physical level.  A light kale and greens salad with avocado, beetroot noodles, cleansing sea vegetables and fermented vegetables, it provides you with a good amount of fibre and nutrients to help keep things in the body moving and leaves you satisfied to sleep easy - as well as a feeling of getting a little ‘reward’ for lasting the day.  
This clever winter wellness package is designed to help you function at a high level while cleansing the body and revitalising your cells. The high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found in our drinks will strengthen the immune system, increase energy and leave you with a clearer mind and cleaner insides. How great is that?
And while the little bird team suggest there is enough nutrition in our pack that you should be left satisfied (when we are hungry we are often hungry for nutrients rather than simply calories), it is not an exercise in deprivation so if you are feeling ravenous at any point and have finished all your drinks they suggest you eat some whole raw vegetables and fruits - with an emphasis on the vegetables or low sugar fruits like green apples, kiwi or berries.
So there you go - if you want to order one all of your own visit the little bird website here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Love it: Linden Leaves Miraculous Facial Oil


Anyone that checks in here regularly will know that I’m a huge fan of oils - body oils, hair oils and facials oils - and love the fact that nine times out of ten, they are brilliant multitaskers and can be used on the whole family.
One I’d like to give a shout out today has been called a “miracle in a bottle” by its creators, and it smells and feels like pure heaven. This little gem is Linden Leaves’ Miraculous Facial Oil, which is a high performance and delicious smelling blend of organic white tea, rosehip, evening primrose and tonka bean for an immediate result. An instant facial in a bottle even!
Organic white tea protects and aids skin regeneration, whilst Tonka bean softens and brightens the skin and organic rosehip oil helps minimise visible signs of ageing. Last up the New Zealand-based skincare company has added the now-legendary organic evening primrose oil for its effective healing properties, making for an essential for every beauty arsenal.
Suitable for all skin types, it gives your skin a real boost when it’s needed most and hydration levels are dropping. It can be used directly on the skin undiluted for very dry skin, or try adding 1-2 drops to your moisturiser every evening before bed for a richer moisturiser that can seriously go to work while you sleep.
Sound like a bit of you? To grab a bottle ASAP, head here.


Daily delight: Charlotte Casiraghi for Gucci


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Giveaway: the perfect match, S.Pellegrino + Pinot Noir


They are calling it the “taste of terroir”, and yep, where it comes from is just as important for water as it is for wine.
The oenophiles amongst us have long appreciated the importance of terroir in the creation of their favourite wines. Climate, soil and topography give grapes - and the wines they are used to create - a unique “sense of place” depending on region, as well as determines the quality of the end result. What many don’t realise is that terroir is just as important for the water that’s served alongside the wine.
A water’s character depends on the site of its source and the aquifer, the porous rock through which the water trickles. Famous (or perhaps infamous) bon vivants, the ancient Romans were as discerning about water as they were about wine, judging the water from each of their aqueducts by transparency and taste. They also imported “bottled” water at vast expense. Travellers between Florence and Bologna would refresh themselves at the Acqua Panna spring, renowned for the purity of its water. Fast forward to 2014 and that spring is the source of Acqua Panna mineral water, which reflects its own unique terroir in its perfectly balanced, limpid, light-bodied taste and smooth, velvety mouth feel.
S.Pellegrino is another special water displaying the characteristics of the rather glamorous region from which it hails, with the source located deep in the Orobie Alps. During the Middle Ages the water was renowned for promoting health and wellbeing, and today it tastes just the same - think lively and long‐lived bubbles that feel creamy on the palate. The slightly salty taste is well balanced with acidity, and the rich minerality gives it a lovely thirst-quenching feel.
But onto the giveaway mentioned in the title - the perfect match of water and wine! Due to their unique organoleptic (love that word) properties, specific mineral content and refined taste, both Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino enhance the enjoyment of good food - and fine wine.  The official water of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, Acqua Panna should be served with softer wines with moderate alcohol content, whilst high mineral sparkling like S.Pellegrino complements spicy Syrahs and other full-bodied reds like Pinot Noir.
To celebrate this momentous match I have three packs made up of a six-pack of S.Pellegrino and a bottle of Mission Martinborough Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir to giveaway! Simply email helene@mshelene.com with your name, date of birth and courier address and “Water and wine” in the subject line before May 30 to go in the draw… oh and this competition is only valid for those over 18 years of age, so pop your date of birth in there too.

Daily delight: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for V Magazine



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beauty news: Crème de La Mer for World Oceans Day



Crème de la Mer is one of the most well-regarded - and luxurious - skin creams in the world, thanks to its unique use of sea kelp, eco-friendly processing and above all, the astonishing results the cream yields. To celebrate World Oceans Day today, the skin care brand has once agaib released a very special version of their famous moisturising cream; happily, the Limited Edition Crème de la Mer 100ml ($660) will look just as good sitting pretty on your bathroom sink as it will feel on your face and conscience!
In their quest to improve the health of our oceans, La Mer, which uses only sustainable hand harvesting to gather their sea kelp, threw their weight behind two highly-esteemed conservation organisations: the National Georgraphic Society and Oceana. To date, La Mer has donated over $1 million to Oceana in support of World Oceans Day, and now, they've collaborated with National Geographic's underwater explorers to create a breathtaking short film, led by legendary explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle.
If you’re looking for a way to support World Oceans Day, celebrated annually on 8 June, this is definitely the most stylish option. The limited edition 100ml World Oceans Day Crème de la Mer is available throughout May and June. It comes in a specially designed, ocean-inspired jar that is almost too good to open, and I’ve even been told of fans of the brand who collect these most beautiful limited editions religiously each year.
The cream was created to honour La Mer founder Dr Max Huber’s love for the sea, and its ability to regenerate and heal the skin. It is hoped that the campaign will also encourage awareness around the necessity to preserve the oceans, and also its fragility and importance as a restorative resource to us all.
World Oceans Day was made official by the United Nations in 2009 and recognises the importance of protecting the ocean and its habitats. To date, Oceana has already made a big contribution by reducing over-fishing and nurturing several ‘threatened marine habitats with its science-based policies’. Save our oceans AND save your skin - what a glorious combo.

Daily delight: Vanessa Paradis for Violet Grey



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Giveaway: a gorgeous MOR Destination Pantone 504 set


I make no secret of the fact that I’m huge fan of MOR, the Australian beauty and lifestyle company founded by designers Dianna Burmas and Deon St.Mor. Motivated by a desire to develop desirable products, the creative energies joined forces to open their first design studio on a cobblestone Melbourne laneway in 1998 and since then, they’ve filled the world with absolutely beautiful products that look – and smell - as wonderful as they feel.
Blending time old ingredients with modern technologies, MOR is all about an awakening of the senses with an innovative twist in the creation of every product. Each collection is inspired by the stories of ancient civilisations, by-gone eras, travel, art, cuisine and future technology allowing the creation of a unique story - from the finely blended formulation inside, to the hand finished detail on every product. And, as well as creating beautiful products they create incredible beauty-related accessories, a set of which I have to giveaway!
The set is a trio of luxurious travel-related essentials in a limited edition faux croc plum Pantone
504 that looks almost too gorgeous to use. You will most certainly travel in luxury with the whole Destination Cosmetic Bag Collection, which features the New York Pencil Case, Melbourne Cosmetic Bag Trio and beautiful Barcelona Train Case - my personal fave! They are all finished with gold hardware and built for the road - or the skies - without a doubt.
To go into the draw for the entire set (how amazing is that?) email helene@mshelene.com with your name and courier address and “MOR” in the subject line and you’re in to win… Competition closes Monday, May 26 at 5pm.


Daily delight: Kate Moss for Rimmel London



Monday, May 19, 2014

All about: Lifestream’s new Vitamin D3 1000iu


Calling itself a “little ray of sunshine”, Lifestream’s new Vitamin D3 1000iu is going to be an essential throughout the darker months to keep your immunity - and happy factor! - in check.
I’ve had a severe Vitamin D deficiency in the past and know how debilitating it can be, and this highly effective, easily absorbable and user-friendly little number is definitely a good way to avoid getting into that situation.
Lifestream have formulated a powerful all natural vitamin D3 that is non-synthetic, vegan friendly and provides the optimal 1000IU of vitamin D3 in every dose. Too many people are exhibiting deficiencies of the essential vitamin due to concerns about skin cancer and crazy busy work lives reducing the amount of time we spend in the sun. Add to that rainy and grey days during the winter months and you have a hell of a lot of time spent indoors, which is never ideal.
As well as contributing to conditions such as the Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD), recent research has revealed that inadequate levels of Vitamin D3 in the body can also be associated with the likes of osteoporosis and lowered immunity to infections, autoimmune diseases and neoplasias. It definitely isn’t a coincidence that we are more prone to viral infection during autumn and winter, as well as more likely to get a dose of the blues.
So grab yourself a wee bottle of Lifestream’s Vitamin D3 1000iu before the dark days hit, and it even comes as a coconut and pineapple lump flavoured spray it is suitable - and palatable enough - for the whole family.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Giveaway: a bottle of magical Osmosis Yellow Diamonds



A day doesn’t go by when I don’t dip religiously into my arsenal of Osmosis Skincare, and I never leave home without a bottle of Yellow Diamonds, the brand’s now legendary supplement.
Reportedly the capsule you need – three times a day – to dump toxins, burn fat and boost energy, they work to improve your blood circulation and are especially beneficial to those with high cholesterol, poor circulation, insomnia and migraines. Often called a “wonder pill”, Yellow Diamonds also curb your appetite by stabilizing blood sugar while allowing your adrenals to rest.
It does all of the above by combining a proprietary blend of beneficial nutrients that activate your cells to stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the fuel for our metabolism and all cellular activity. Yellow Diamonds take free fatty acids (fat) and converts them into energy while allowing your adrenals to rest. Think consistent, healthy energy without stressing the adrenals, which is pretty much how I started to feel about a week after I started popping the little devils a long time ago. I’m taking two tablets once a day with food, but for an added boost and increased stamina during fitness training I have been taking another two capsules 30 minutes prior to exercise.
Some people are affected by a “niacin flush” and itching for around 15-30 minutes after taking them on an empty tummy this dissipates quickly, and am in love with how much extra energy they are giving me.
I’ve also recently learned the role that they can play in getting your skin glowing, which makes perfect sense. Our skin cells have a big job to do. And to do that job effectively, their energy levels have to be up for it. To create elastin and collagen - the secrets underlying beautiful skin - the cells have to be firing. Circulation in the skin is vital. Capillaries (small vein-like vessels) carry the food supplies to the skin and enhance collagen and elastin production - the support structures of the skin. They open and flush the nutrients feeding the skin, and if they aren’t in tip top shape it shows. Yellow Diamonds cause a catalyst (helping) effect to fire up the cells to generate ATP - energy currency that makes every cell more effective in its job. As you get older, cellular turnover gets slower. Yellow Diamonds help with natural exfoliation (from the inside!) giving cells the building blocks they need to keep cellular turnover at its peak. Magic stuff!
Anyway, this all brings me to a giveaway of the little marvels… Just email helene@mshelene.com with your name and postal address before 5pm on May 21, 2014 and you’re in the draw!

Daily delight: Jessica Chastain for YSL Manifesto L’Eclat EDT



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Love it: the M.A.C Cosmetics Maleficent collection




M.A.C Cosmetics’ marvellous Maleficent-inspired collection has finally been unveiled, and it's just as wickedly covetable as expected. Seriously, I am in love - and I don’t usually get this excited about limited edition collections! It’s everything that I love: blood-red glosses, sweeping lashes and skin-perfecting powders and highlighters, all offering the beautiful drama and colour pay-off required by a Disney villain. Honestly, if Angelina Jolie's make-up in teasers for the film is anything to go by, nothing but flawless precision with a large dose of villainy will do.
"Everyone is familiar with the look of the original Maleficent cartoon character. It's intimidating and hard to bring a cartoon character to life. Therefore, we chose to rethink the look rather than redesign it," said Rick Baker, who worked on the special-effects make-up for the film and has previously created his own M.A.C collection. "Since this title role was played by Angie, I thought the look of the character should reflect mostly her own overall look. She had specific ideas about it and I worked with her to bring them to life - for example, it was actually her idea to add prosthetics to the face."
Mysterious, magnificent and much misunderstood – Disney’s most iconic villain, brought to life this summer in the epic new film, inspired a seriously great limited-edition colour collection in specially designed packaging to delight the most demanding of dark sorceresses. Intensely admired for her evil elegance, this lady is what we all want to look like in our darkest moments - and then some.
The centrepiece of the collection comes in the form of the True Love's Kiss - a bold, highly-pigmented red lipstick that looks set to sell out almost as it launches and is already on high rotate in my kit. I love it. The equivalent Pro-longwear lip glass is Anthurium, whilst the matching nail lacquer in Flaming Rose is seriously beautiful and perfectly blood red. The eye palette in Ground Brown, Concrete, Carbon, and Goldmine is super user-friendly, and perfect for many skin tones.
Available May 29, 2014 this collection is one of my favourite M.A.C outings yet.


Daily delight: Jessica Hart for Harper's Bazaar Australia



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Love it: Goldwell StyleSign Satin Guard


Humidity is always - like seriously, always - a factor when you live in Auckland, no matter what time of the year. It’s also the enemy of great hair, and very few ‘anti humidity” products that I’ve tried have actually done much to help - until now.
That’s because I’ve discovered Goldwell’s StyleSign Satin Guard, which I was given to try after having a Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment (highly recommend) at the Goldwell New Zealand HQ a few weeks ago. Since then it has become a trusty ‘must use’ for a variety of reasons. Satin Guard is basically a weightless protective spray that blocks the effect of humidity for up to an amazing 72 hours. It also has an anti-static effect and added colour protection ingredients, whilst being suitable for all hair types - hurrah!
You know I love a two-in-one, and the incredible Goldwell StyleSign Satin Guard works to hold weightlessly as well as protecting against humidity and the above extra bonus factors, making it an everyday and travel essential.
To use this little beauty, spray lightly on and into your finished style post-blow dry and gently work-in by hand. Too easy.

Daily delight: Kate Upton for Vogue UK



Monday, May 12, 2014

All about: the arrival of Forage & Graze




A lot of people I know who have made a few attempts over the year to eat ‘well’ and failed dismally have complained to me that it’s usually because snack time is when they are hit hard the most. When 3pm rolls around and the healthy salad lunch just isn’t making its presence felt anymore… and they are straight into the cookie jar, chip packet or vending machine! I have the luxury of freelancing so come prepared if I’m off site and have a well-stocked pantry for when I’m on, leading to virtuous snacking decisions all round.
Well all that has begun to change of late with the arrival of ‘clean’ treats that taste great as well being good for you hit the shelves, the latest being the Gluten free and Paleo friendly Forange & Graze range.
A year in the making, Forage & Graze came to life after creator Cara struggled to find Gluten free and Paleo friendly snack food options - like many other people I know. She says that she was “sick of processed ‘non food’ items cluttering store shelves and masquerading as ‘healthy’, I embarked on a journey to develop a range of snack foods that is nothing more than unrefined, nutrient-dense whole foods packed full of pure goodness for today's busy lifestyle”.
Based on the Paleo principle of whole food ingredients, all Forage & Graze products are free from grains, refined sugar and dairy.  There is nothing processed or artificial in any of their goodies, “and you certainly won't see numbers or ingredients you can't pronounce in our food labels. All you'll find is whole foods that your body instinctively knows how to process,” says Cara.
Thus far the range is made up of the most heavenly granola (you have NO idea how good it is), biltong, trail mix and a unique product they have created called Wild Mix - a blend of New Zealand grass fed biltong, raw nuts and organic dried fruit. The granola comes in two flavours - Berry Good and Maple Pecan Perfection - and I’ve been making breakfast with it and carrying it as a snack, and apparently it’s great in baking too.
Available in Original & Chilli, their biltong is naturally seasoned and completely Gluten free, whilst their Wild Mix is available in their flavours: Mac n Mango, Supercharged Superfruit and Cheeky Chilli & Mango.
All in all, totally delicious and seriously impressive - long may their product offering grow!
Forage & Graze products are currently available online at www.forageandgraze.co.nz, with retail distribution coming soon.

Daily delight: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Vogue Germany


Friday, May 9, 2014

Beauty news: Osmosis Skincare’s Catalyst DNA Repair serums receive essential patent

Everyone who knows me - and my skin - well knows that I am obsessed with the transformative powers of Osmosis Skincare. To put it simply - the stuff works. And goes on working the longer you use its incredible range of formulas.
It is top notch when it comes to anti-ageing - or as the company prefers to call their work, “age reversal” - but now it is honoured to announce the brand has secured an official patent on their Catalyst products, the first ever DNA repair serums on the market. Catalyst Plus and Catalyst AC-11 are now patented for "Systems and methods for preventing cancer and treating skin lesions." (Patent # 8,642,655)
I’m a huge user of the Catalyst serums, which offer acceleration in skin rejuvenation and repair, using patented formulations with leading scientific findings that positively impact the recovery of damaged DNA. These formulations can build collagen and elastin in the skin, while improving scarring, skin tags, actinic keratosis (some actinic keratoses may develop into a type of skin cancer) and other skin disturbances that relate to DNA damage. The end result is overall even, radiant skin. Flawless even.
The Catalyst family uses what Osmosis creator Dr. Ben Johnson has called Zinc Finger Technology™ (ZFT) to repair DNA damage and assist in the production of proteins and antioxidants within the cell. A combination of amino acids and key co-factors improve wound healing, lighten pigmentation, reduce visible capillaries, and stimulate collagen and elastin production through a revolutionary process.
Along with amazing feats like rebuilding collagen, Catalyst provides actual sun protection with regular use. Never before has DNA repair been so effective that it actually prevents UV damage to the skin better than any sunscreen. Catalyst can provide the equivalent to an SPF 14 - pretty amazing stuff. It also heals capillaries, prevents scarring and more, making it an absolute essential in my skincare arsenal if ever there was one.

Daily delight: Angelina Jolie for ELLE US



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Love it: ModelCo’s EYEBROWS Designer Brow Kit



I am all about a) great brows and b) making this as easy as possible for my lazy ass self. I like to keep things low maintenance whenever I can, and any new tools I can add to my arsenal to achieve just that are more than welcome!
My latest love affair is with ModelCo’s magical EYEBROWS Designer Brow Kit, which is basically an all in one compact that gives you everything you need to keep brows sharp, polished and looking good. It features three finely pressed powders, a one-shade-suits-all soft wax; two angled head brushes for defined application; a spoolie brush for easy blending; and precision slant tweezers for last minute touch ups all in one chic compact. Amazing.
It’s the most handbag and travel-friendly brow kit I think I have ever had the pleasure of using, and the modern marvels at ModelCo have even included details of the perfect three-step process for great brows:
STEP 1. Make sure your eyebrows are clean and dry, and use the Designer Brow Kit precision slant tweezers to remove any stray hairs.
STEP 2. Shape and define brows using the complimenting soft wax, then fill in sparse areas with the powder that is closest to your hair colour, or mix them together to create your own custom shade.
STEP 3. Using the Spoolie Brush, comb your brows in place.
If you’re a brow novice you can head to the company’s amazingly helpful website for tutorials on how to get fuller or better groomed brows, and with this in your pocket you’ll be a veritable Arch Angel in no time at all. Love it.

Daily delight: Emma Roberts for Elle Canada



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Love it: the M.A.C PatentPolish Lip Pencil collection



Feast your eyes on the beautiful new M.A.C PatentPolish Lip Pencil collection. A hybrid product, they combine the ease of a gloss with the creaminess of a lipstick and yep, I love them!
I was actually surprised the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20) Collection didn’t launch sooner since the chubby lip pencil trend has been well and truly fizzing for a while now! However, as is true to the brand, M.A.C has created an entirely new formula with their Patentpolish Lip Pencils. They aren’t a duplicate formula and are quite unique in their texture.
Each is a swivel up design featuring a domed tip and I, for one, LOVE the dome tip. It fits the contour of my lips perfectly, and is a unique shape for a lip pencil considering most brands prefer a more precise point. They don’t require sharpening as you may have guessed and have the faint, subtle vanilla taste that M.A.C uses for many of its lip formulas.
They give lips a luscious shine with just a couple of swipes, and are about as handbag-friendly as they get. I love that application may not necessarily need a mirror, and they are available in a range of 12 new shades - from bright corals to soft, rosy pinks and natural nudes. One is quite simply, not enough!
These land in just under two weeks’ at M.A.C locations everywhere and have an RRP or $44.00.


Daily delight: Frida Gustavsson for Elle Canada




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beauty destination: CHANEL beauty boutique, Emporium Melbourne



CHANEL has continued the national expansion of its beauty boutique network, unveiling a 90m sq footprint in Emporium Melbourne on Saturday 3rd May. Emporium Melbourne is a fresh new retail destination covering seven floors and 48,000 square metres from Lonsdale to Bourke streets, and yet another reason to visit the beautiful and unique city.
Home to some of the world’s brightest and most successful brands, it is the location of Zoo York’s first flagship store outside of the US as well as the home of Japanese retail giant UNIQLO, also making its Australian debut. Topshop’s new flagship will spread itself out into three floors, and for the first time, Melbourne shoppers won’t have to travel to Sydney to visit Victoria’s Secret.
Managing Director of CHANEL Australia & New Zealand David Blakeley said of the move, “CHANEL Australia is delighted to be opening our fourth Victorian beauty boutique in Emporium, Melbourne. Our first beauty boutique opened in Queensland in November 2011 and we have been very pleased with the results. This new boutique will allow the Melbourne customer to discover first-hand the total luxury beauty shopping experience.”
In a nod to the founder of the House, Mademoiselle Chanel, the new boutique sets out its offerings in pairs: two fragrance bars (for men and women) utilise the incredibly clever - and naturally, CHANEL-patented - Ceramic Blotting system to help diminish fragrance fatigue. A makeup playstation featuring the latest makeup creations fast-tracked from the CHANEL runway shows, mirrors a skincare bar at the opposite side, showcasing the incredible brand’s exceptional textures and tailored offerings for every complexion.
As an anchor to the space, the Espace Parfum, with matching tweed sofa chairs, provides an intimate environment for customers to explore the entire CHANEL fragrance universe, including the rare and precious Les Exclusifs de CHANEL collection.
Take me! Take me now!