Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beauty destination: a list of Ponsonby's beauty best



Mecca Cosmetica - one of the first stores to truly put Ponsonby on the map as a bonafide beauty destination, the incredible Mecca Cosmetica is the perfect place to get lost for an afternoon sniffing and testing brands like NARS, Stila, Byredo and Serge Lutens. The in house makeup artists are both knowledgeable and damn charming, and a regular makeover there is more than worth it.
M.A.C’s first Ponsonby location boasts the latest New York designed M.A.C fit-out and is home to well-trained M.A.C Artists and M.A.C’s lineup of trendsetting colour collections, tools, brushes and skincare.
Stephen Marr - one of the first truly innovative hair salons to hit the Ponsonby strip, Stephen Marr - headed by the inimitable Stephen and Lucy - is still one of the busiest, most loved and creative spaces around. Loved by loyal clients, the media and the New Zealand fashion cognoscenti, and their ‘healthy’ approach to the business of hair has never wavered.
D&M hair design - a huge success from the minute it opened its doors, the always fun and always most definitely fabulous D&M on Redmond Street is like a glimpse into another world: one where everyone has way too much fun and the best hair on the block.
WORLD Beauty - a veritable treasure trove of unique perfumes and beauty finds - as well as Australian cult skincare brand, Aesop - WORLD’s beauty store is always a great place to while away the time with the wonderful Mary Castles, discovering a new scent that you never knew you needed but now absolutely must have.
Bianka at Mollie’s Spa - Since therapist Bianka Seputich took the helm this beautiful destination has become a force to be reckoned with. She does the best St. Tropez tans in town and a fine line in dreamy massage.
Smashbox - the local home of the iconic LA-based beauty brand and manned by clever makeup artists seven days a week.
Aroha Healing - whether you book in for reiki, an organic Phyt’s facial or a Kahuna massage, time spent with Rosanna and Benton at Aroha Healing is always time spent well cared for.
Loxy’s - the only place in New Zealand (in my humble opinion) offering truly beautiful and wearable hair extensions, Loxy’s also do a brilliant blow wave that I can personally vouch for being one of the best around.
Room Nine - although technically in “Outer Ponsonby” (AKA the Surrey Crescent end of Grey Lynn), Amelia Story at Room Nine beauty therapy is who I visit for regular Osmosis Vitamin A Infusions beyond compare.
Harvest Wholefoods - for their extensive range of high performance, organic and/or 100 per cent natural skincare, including brands like the iconic Dr. Hauschka.
Little Bird Unbakery - for creating food that is the perfect choice for nourishing skin from within and tastes pretty damn fine too!
Kirsty Gregg Studio - situated within re:ab on Selbourne Street, the charmingly tough Kirsty is my personal trainer of choice, and will have you whipped into summer  - or year round - shape in no time.
Olivia at Enrich Massage Therapy - for massages that will leave you feeling - and looking - like you can take on the world.
The Urban Ashram - the Brown Street yoga studio headed up by wellness powerhouse Nikki Ralston is a beauty destination due to leaving with the best post-workout glow.
SPQR - because their carefully considered lighting makes everyone look their best!

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