Saturday, January 31, 2015

Love it: ModelCo's essential Replenishing Rose Mist



I have long loved the ModelCo brand – an effortless mix of smart beauty, quality and innovation – and have been using their products over the years now with more than a little regularity.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited (but not surprised) when ModelCo launched its natural skincare collection last year, which is an affordable, high performance, quality ange full of all manner of delights.
The Australian-based brand is now in its 13th year, and CEO and Founder Shelley Barrett has never been one to rest on her laurels. She says that she was driven to enter the skincare beauty category when the results from a recent survey showed more than 89 per cent of the 8000 respondents wanted to see skincare products added to the ModelCo range – again, no surprise.
“Based on the research I felt confident that skincare would be a huge success for the brand,” she said at the time. “We know for a fact that Australian women requested quality skincare from their favourite trusted brand. When asked what was the most important decision when purchasing skincare between cosmeceutical, organic or natural, over 75 per cent said natural skincare was most important and I always deliver what my customers need in their daily beauty regime.”
An already pretty damn comprehensive offering considering its youth, ModelCo natural skincare uses antioxidant rich Pomegranate and Acai Fruit Extract across all products. They are ingredients that are known to rejuvenate, calm and protect the skin, whilst essential oils Damask Rose, Rose
Geranium, Lavender and Lemon Myrtle also feature heavily in the range, providing anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits – as well as smelling absolutely delicious. I love the fact that the collection is free from chemicals, synthetic ingredients, parabens, sulfates, silicones, PEGs and synthetic colours too, which is amazing considering its killer price point.
The collection landed with 12 key skincare products including cleansers, moisturisers, facial oils, an exfoliator, a toner, facial wipes and a true hero product, the beautiful Instant Miracle Booster. “I believe that by investing in the best quality natural ingredients the products will deliver outstanding results and will drive cut through over the more traditional brands,” Barrett says.
I’ve been slowly working my way through a trial of a select few products, and one I fell in love with at first use is the Replenishing Rose Mist. An absolute joy to spritz on, it is a nourishing facial mist designed to replenish, tone and revitalise the skin. The formula uses Damask Rose for its super moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties, Glycerin to ramp up hydration and lock in moisture, Castor Oil to help fight lines by stimulating collagen production, antioxidant-rich Acai fruit to fight free radicals and Vitamin C-packed Pomegranate, to help prevent cell damage and assist in the rapid healing of wounds. Pretty amazing lineup huh? And it smells incredible too.
It’s the perfect addition to your handbag or carry on when you want to pep your skin up throughout the day or mid-flight, and does everything from eliminate surface shine and excess oil to soothing and calming. I’ve just come back from a week at the beach with a bottle in tow and can’t believe how good it made my skin feel when things were getting wind-blown and a little tight, and it was the best mid-roadie pick me up too!
Check it out at www.modelcocosmetics.com

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love it: limited edition Trilogy X Hailwood Botanical Body Wash


One of my absolute favourite designers is Hailwood and one of my absolute ways to wake up Trilogy Botanical Body Wash, so the fact that the two have joined forces makes me a very happy person indeed.
The limited edition Trilogy X Hailwood Botanical Body Wash sees the talented and gorgeous Adrian Hailwood lend his creative flair to the hugely popular certified natural body product, and the results are pretty damn gorgeous.
“Trilogy brings a little extra luxury to my mornings with their fantastic Botanical Body Wash; it was only fair I return the favour with this limited edition design,” said Adrian, and the fact that the product now looks as good as it feels and smells makes it a winner hands down,
Formulated from a delicate blend of aroma-therapeutic oils, non-drying cleansers and invigorating pure plant extracts, Trilogy Botanical Body Wash combines kawakawa, the native New Zealand pepper tree, and antioxidant-rich amla fruit to invigorate and rejuvenate, whilst soothing French lavender oil, cooling cucumber and calming chamomile make for a heady mix.
It has won numerous awards around the world for its efficacy and mix of affordability and luxury, and this new, limited edition release is destined to be snapped up far and wide. Only available in New Zealand for a limited time, this gorgeous Hailwood collaboration makes Trilogy Botanical Body Wash a super-stylish addition to any bathroom.
 “As long-time Hailwood fans, we’re absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Adrian. His unique and fashion-forward style is matched perfectly to Trilogy’s innovative approach to high-performance skincare,” said Corinne Morley, Trilogy Global Sales and Marketing Manager, and I couldn’t agree more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Talking to an expert: Jackie Ashley of Ashley & Co on candle care



Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I have a veritable fetish for scented candles, and they are the perfect accompaniment to winter days and nights spent indoors. I have a “wardrobe” of candles that I like to choose from, dependant on mood and time of day, and am constantly on the hunt for new additions.
I am known to drop major coin on my candles at times (shhhhhh), and so take caring for them pretty seriously. I’ve invested in the likes of a candle snuffer and wick trimmer, and always follow instructions when burning a new brand.
No one likes soot blackened glass and uneven mounds of wax, and Jackie Ashley, founder and co-owner of Ashley & Co, has happily shared some of her tops tips for getting the most out of your candle every time. 
  1. First, equip yourself. Candle care isn’t rocket science, but you will need a few items to get the job done including a wick trimmer and long matches. 
  2. Trim your wick to the ideal length—6mm—ensuring none of the trimmings remain in the wax. 
  3. That pesky black soot on the inside edge of the glass is caused by the flame flickering too high, usually as a result of debris left in the glass.
  4. Starting right – The initial burn of a candle is crucial and often overlooked. Wax has a memory, so it’s important to let the wax pool to the edge on the initial burn, then it should burn evenly for the rest of its delicious smelling life. It also pays keep the waxed perfume away from airstreams like heap pumps, windows, or fans. 
  5. If it doesn’t burn to the edges on the first burn, it will begin to tunnel and won’t burn evenly each time. But never fear – if help didn't arrive in time and you’re already suffering from ‘tunnelling’, Jackie has a few suggestions to even out your beautiful waxed perfume.. If the tunnelling isn’t too bad, lay the candle on its side, use your lighter to melt the wax away from the wick and pour it into the trash. Next, chisel out the wax that is above level of the wick with a butter knife. Use a cotton ball or paper towel to remove the wax after its melted.
  6. In a perfect world, candles should be burned for four hours each time, and not more than once every 24 hours. This prolongs the life of the waxed perfume.  
  7. If you ever see smoke or soot burning off your candle, it’s likely happened because a small carbon deposit – like a mushroom on the tip of the wick – has formed from it being burnt for more than four hours.
  8. Old stockings work perfectly to give your candle a general clean as they catch all of the dust and leave no residue behind – who knew?
 For more about Ashley & Co head to www.ashleyandco.co.nz and go forth and burn, baby burn!

Daily delight: Jennifer Aniston for The Hollywood Reporter




Thursday, January 22, 2015

What a steal: Maybelline Color Sensational Color Drama Lip Pencils



The mighty Maybelline has some major launches landing this month, the majority of them major steals when it comes to price. It is still one of the most wallet-friendly and reliable brands on the block, and their innovation knows no bounds.
My pick of the bunch – hands down – thus far is the Maybelline Color Sensational Color Drama Lip Pencil collection, which is just as good (if not better) than some of the more luxe versions already out there in the beauty marketplace.
At an insanely good $9.99, Color Sensational’s newest drama queen comes in the form of an easy to wield, slim pencil that packs double the pigments of an ordinary lipstick, while the nourishing oils enrich the formula for a smooth semi-matte velvet finish. Available in ten wearable, high impact shades, -Color Drama Lip Pencil is an absolute dream to apply and wear and the colour lasts and lasts.
I was actually surprised the - Color Drama Lip Pencil 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, Maybelline has created an entirely new formula and it comes at a price pretty much everyone can afford.
They give lips great colour 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 shades that covers everything from bright corals to soft, rosy pinks and natural nudes. One is quite simply, not enough, and at less than ten bucks a unit you simply have no excuse for not stocking up!

Daily delight: Dakota Johnson for Vogue US



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giveaway: a bottle of new fragrance DKNY MYNY and matching wristlet!



The super popular collection of perfumes by Donna Karan DKNY, after numerous editions of DNKY Be Delicious and limited fragrances of DNKY Summer, has launched a new heart-shaped edition which aims to express the contemporary urban spirit of the designer’s beloved city. Called DKNY MYNY, the advertising campaign features babein’ singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora, who is holding the flacon made of glass and metal of which the upper part creates a heart shape and suggests New York skyscrapers.
Karan has said that vivacious Ora called the new fragrance "pure energy in a bottle” on first sniff, and I love its depth as well as unabashed freshness. It’s a winner, really! The scent was developed by Trudi Loren in collaboration with IFF, and has top notes that are a blend of raspberry, pink pepper and galbanum, followed by Egyptian jasmine, freesia and orris in the heart. The base encompasses patchouli Heart LMR, vanilla absolute, musk and ambergris. I also love the campaign, featuring a red-lipped Ora shot by photographer Francesco Carrozzini.
To celebrate the release and upcoming Valentine’s Day, I’m giving you the chance to win your own bottle along with a matching designer wristlet bag. The bags are part of a cute Valentine’s Day gift-with-purchase promotion and are a definite win-win for any accessories fan.
To go into the draw for a bottle of DKNY MYNY perfume valued at $99 and red wrist bag, simply email helene@mshelene.com with your name and courier address by January 30, 2015 at 5pm and you’re in to win!

Daily delight: Karolin Wolter for Alexander McQueen



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Talking to the experts: Skin Institute's Dr. Sarah Hart



Grey Lynn resident Sarah Hart can be seen dropping her children off at the local primary school, and also at Remuera and Ponsonby's Skin Institute, where she works alongside other highly respected doctors in the field of appearance medicine. What this woman knows about how to transform and take years off your visage is just not worth knowing, and when I met her I was immediately struck by her incredible knowledge base and her approachability. When it comes to the kind of patients Sarah sees discretion and a caring approach is key, and she has both in spades.
A Fellow of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine, Sarah is one of only two New Zealand doctors on the international Botox Advisory Board and trains other doctors around the country in facial rejuvenation techniques. At the Palm Clinic she treats patients for varicose veins, liposuction, appearance medicine and laser treatments, and says that she was attracted to the area after years in hospitals due to the “artistic side of it. I see each face as my canvas and needles as my paintbrushes. I can sculpt beautiful cheeks or lips and make serious difference to the way a person feels about themselves, but in a safe, non-invasive way”.
No stranger to the media and an absolute pro to interview, Sarah is well known to viewers of TV’s “Ten Years Younger” after three seasons working on the show and has been involved in the area of appearance medicine since 2002. “It was before even Botox was approved for cosmetic use,” she tells me, “and the early days for fillers too. It’s quite incredible when I think about it, even the way we injected both were so different to the way we do it now. It is an area that grows and changes more than any other area of medicine that I have been in, and it is so essential that you keep training and attending overseas conferences every year or you can so easily be left behind.”
She adds that the companies creating new products in the industry are very proactive and very competitive, “which benefits everyone all round as they pump more money into R&D and the range of options gets better every year. It’s the Holy Grail really as it is getting more affordable to try treatments out and so much of the population wants to look better or younger if they possibly can.”
Our conversation turns to who you should see when you are considering going down the appearance medicine path, and if my belief that a doctor is the only option for this sort of treatment rings true with her as well. “Well, I think that you should see someone that is extremely well trained,” she says, “and has had a decent amount of formal education in the area of appearance medicine. In New Zealand the best training scheme is held by NZSCM, where the formalities and training take two years and all doctors who take part have to be GPs first.” She elaborates that this is because they must have full knowledge of the correct consultation process, “as a lot of we do is communicating patients and listening to them and finding out what it is that they really want and what their goals are. It’s not about us doing what we think, it’s about meeting the patient in the middle - are they after subtle facial rejuvenation or a really big ‘wow’? And what is the purpose for this?” She adds that there is currently no training schemes like this for nurses, “although there are some very good nurses around, just do your research first”.
She goes on to stress the importance of having an “aesthetic eye” when dealing with changes to a patient’s appearance, “and always doing a full face assessment as if you come in wanting your lips done and your treatment provider only looks that those and nothing else, that’s when it can start to look weird. A bigger lip can alter the relationship with the chin, it has to fit in with the eyes…” She says she often undoes the lips of older women, “as the worst thing is spotting that someone has had their lips done, for me it’s a failure as a doctor”.
Two of the newest products she is using that she is very impressed by are Juvéderm VOLBELLA and Juvéderm VOLIFT, which are injectable gels used to restore volume and treat fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The former can be used to enhance the lips and surrounding area and can also work on fine lines and wrinkles with results lasting up to 12 months. VOLIFT is  for the treatment of deep wrinkles, facial contouring and volume restoration, and can also be used for lips. Both are formulated with a local anaesthetic to reduce pain during treatment and give the softest, most natural look I have ever seen. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have most definitely evolved as a mainstay for lip augmentation over the past few years. In fact, in Europe, there are around 70 or more of them on offer, yet only a few top brands you should care about. But the disconnect about lip enhancement is the dreaded trout pout, bee sting and duck lips look that gets pointed out on the red carpet all too often (think Courtney Love circa 2007, Lisa Rinna anytime), which is a shame because done well, it can be transformative in the very best sense of the word. 

Daily delight: Lara Stone for Vogue China



Monday, January 19, 2015

Beauty news: the arrival of M.A.C Viva Glam Miley Cyrus



At the end of last year the inimitable Ms. Miley Cyrus was unveiled as the new spokesperson for M.A.C's Viva Glam collection, and given the task of creating two lip products with the brand from which 100 per cent of profits will go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
Previous Viva Glam spokesmodels have included Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, who have all put their own stamp on the brand's cult Lipglass and Lipstick formulas. Cyrus has, true to form, transformed the two products into sparkling pink - accompanied by a campaign with make-up by Lucia Pieroni. 
"Going #VIVAGLAM with @MACcosmetics. Look for my lipstick in early 2015," Cyrus tweeted last year. "Every cent from the sales of my #VIVAGLAM shade will go to @MACAIDSFund to help people affected by HIV."
I was sent some samples to play with just before Christmas, my opinions on which were strictly embargoes until this week… and my verdict? Absolutely killer – another great Viva Glam collab and one that is guaranteed to sell like wildfire and benefit people living with or effected by HIV in our community. Both products are universally flattering and as impactful as you want them to be as well, so will appeal to M.A.C and Miley fans everywhere.
Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick is a Hot Pink (Amplified) and Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass is a Hot Pink With Sparkling Pearl Shimmer. Both are available February 12, 2015 at all authorized M.A.C locations.

Daily delight: Lizzy Caplan for Elle US


Friday, January 16, 2015

Beauty news: Maybelline New York adds Gigi Hadid to the team



Maybelline New York announced today that American model of the moment Gigi Hadid is its newest spokesperson. Gigi joins an extremely good looking team which includes Christy Turlington, Adriana Lima, Jourdan Dunn, Emily DiDonato, Marloes Horst and Kemp Muhl.
“Being a Maybelline New York spokesperson means more to me than anyone can imagine; it doesn’t seem real,” said Gigi. “It’s the most incredible feeling and is a dream come true. I feel so honoured and humbled to be a part of the iconic brand I grew up with and I am very excited by this opportunity.”
Still in her teens and gracing covers and runways all over the world, Gigi has worked with big names like Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, and Chanel. She also landed the much-coveted cover of the fourth installment of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and under the respected fashion editor’s tutelage has sat for renowned photographers like Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon, Sebastian Faena, and Ellen Von Unwerth. The girl has done good – to put it mildly.
"We are thrilled to welcome Gigi Hadid to Maybelline New York,” said Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President. "As the fashion industry's newest ‘it’ girl, Gigi is known for her confident, fun, seductive spirit. She reflects our brand values and represents Maybelline New York women all over the world who are smart, sexy, optimistic and full of life."
As well as the obvious benefits for the brand, Gigi has a killer international social media presence, clocking in at more than 1.4 million Instagram followers and 193,000 Twitter devotees.
Gigi will make her Maybelline New York debut in advertising campaigns later this year and I for one can’t wait to see what they cook up.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beauty news: Maison Lancôme announces Lisa Eldridge as Make-up Creative Director



In big news for the always-exciting beauty world, Maison Lancôme has announced the amazing Lisa Eldridge as its new Make-up Creative Director.
An incredibly talented and super approachable artist who uses her outstanding technical virtuosity to express her highly modern sensibility, Eldridge has rapidly become an essential name in make-up. She is regularly sought out by the world’s greatest photographers (think Sølve Sundsbø and Mert & Marcus) and luxury fashion brands, and her credit can be seen in a slew of the most prestigious mags.
After spending her early years in New Zealand, Lisa moved to England and soon became the first member of the closed circle of international make-up artists to become a popular figure, adulated by millions of women across the world who truly trust her opinion and insider knowledge. The reason? Inspired on New Year’s Day 2009, she began work on a genre-breaking blog that women lapped up. In the site’s inaugural video, the beauty appears barefaced, sharing her secrets to erase the reminders of a festive ‘night before’, with pragmatism, generosity and humour. She’s now an industry heavyweight whose makeup blog and tutorial videos have taken the world by storm and schooled millions of women around the globe on makeup application techniques.
Lisa’s talents have also landed her collaboration deals with brands like CHANEL, Chloé, Prada, Pucci and more, and now that she’s on board Team Lancôme, Lisa will be creating products and collections that embody her signature ‘effortless chic’ beauty style. She’ll also be creating more tutorials that’ll make your life easier, accentuate your best features and show you how to bring out your natural beauty in a few easy steps.
Whether natural or creative, her use of make-up is always designed to make women look and feel beautiful. She is not interested in outdated beauty precepts: she prefers common sense. Except perhaps three golden rules: choose between eyes OR lips, buy products that illuminate your face after trying them out in natural light and, first and foremost, a beautiful complexion is key. Love it.

Daily delight: Kate Moss unretouched for Vogue Italia



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to: Kiehl’s and Emily Blunt at the Golden Globes



It must be said that for the 2015 Golden Globes English beauty Emily Blunt really bought her ‘A’ game. Leave it to the Into the Woods actress to add a little boho vibe to her look in the form of a braided updo (that will undoubtedly be copied mercilessly from here on in), and her makeup was perfectly on point and let her skin’s own natural fabulousness shine on through.
Makeup artist Jenn Streicher reportedly used several Kiehl’s products on Emily, carefully layered to best effect. She said, “Emily is wearing a gorgeous white Michael Kors dress with to-die-for jewels by Lorraine Schwartz – both the dress and jewels were custom made just for Emily. I can't remember the last time Emily wore white on the red carpet! Because she just returned from a sunny get-away, her skin was perfectly bronzed for a white gown. And because we decided to have her hair loosely back I wanted her makeup to be soft and ethereal and just a pop of color on the lips to bring out the jewels.”
She emphasised that “the first and most important step is prepping the skin. I started with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. And because I knew Emily would wear a matte lip, I slathered her lips in the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. I then started on Emily's eye makeup so her skin treatments could properly absorb.”
Before she started on the foundation, “I used a bit of the Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector in the T-zone” to create the perfect canvas for the star’s neutral-with-an-edge makeup look. Love it.

Daily delight: Lizzy and Georgia May Jagger for Sonia Rykiel SS15



Monday, January 12, 2015

Love it M.A.C's glorious Red, Red, Red collection



Red - in all its glory - has long been my favourite lip colour, so when I first saw the gorgeousness that is M.A.C’s Red, Red, Red collection my heart jumped for joy! What a stunner, all round. And it doesn’t just feature lip-related prods - it goes to nails, cheeks and eyes for a smoking-hot collection of red, red and more red.
Eyes flit the gamut from soft pink to fiery red, while lips run rampant from yellow-tinged tomato to soft orange and unabashed raspberry. The multitasking Casual Colour brings warmth to lips and cheeks in hues from coral to soft rose, while the nail lacquer options cover bright pink, creamy orange-red or ruby frost with sparkles.
The lipsticks are absolutely flawless, and are satin and lustre formulas so are never too obvious or retro.  Toxic Tale is the most beautiful, bright coral, whilst 5-Alarm is the softest orange-red that is perfect for day. Gloss lovers will fall in love with Night is Young – a bright red cream and Love Alert Dazzleglass, a raspberry red with red pearl.
Strike While Haute is a statement making, true red, matte colour for eyes, and Red Alert a rusty red mid-tone copper (veluxe pearl finish) that is a little less challenging. The Beauty Powder for the collection is Hot Sensation, a sheer pale peach highlighter that I am dying to have a play with, and I also have my eye on the Rouge Combustion nail lacquer, a pink red with sparkle that will work on nails or toes.
So there you have it – just gorgeous and in store at the beginning of February at all M.A.C counters.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beauty news: MitoQ wins Product of the Year on anti-aging site, Truth in Aging


I first became aware of New Zealand skin solution MitoQ when it was first in its development stages several years ago, and it’s been exciting to watch its progress since. As well as the antioxidant-rich supplement that I have been popping over the last couple of months it’s also a super serum that targets the mitochondria in our cells. Over $50 million has been invested globally researching MitoQ since it was discovered at the University of Otago a decade ago, and now the MitoQ Moisturising Anti-Aging Serum has proved its worth by being awarded ‘Product of the Year’ on New York-based anti-aging site, Truth in Aging www.truthinaging.com.
To blind you a little with science (apologies in advance), the serum delivers antioxidant protection to your mitochondria, your ‘cellular batteries’, and is reprtedly an amazing 847 times more effective than any other CoQ10 formula. The serum has just one active ingredient: mitoquinol mesylate, a unique turbo-charged form of ubiquinone (the antioxidant in Coenzyme Q10) that reduces mitochondrial oxidative damage and boosts collagen and elastin production. In contrast to other antioxidants, which distribute evenly throughout the cell, MitoQ's form of ubiquinone is positively charged and is accumulated selectively and extensively by negatively charged mitochondria. By targeting mitochondria to support healthy cell function, MitoQ Serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhance skin's firmness and fade age spots. It has long been discussed that mitochondria are the key to anti-aging as they are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell activity. If mitochondria are not working properly, cells cannot get enough energy and organs and skin can develop major problems and diseases. Free radicals form in the mitochondria (which are sometimes described as “cellular power plants”) where they wreak havoc on lipids, proteins and mitochondrial DNA, contributing to the aging process. So there you go – pretty impressive stuff. But back to the award…
Founded in 2008, Truth in Aging is a community forum with a mission to offer truthful and unbiased guidance to people seeking to improve their physical health and appearance through skin care, hair care, health and beauty products, salon and clinical treatments. The highly respected website reviews anti-aging serums, moisturizers, eye creams and more. To find the best skincare, consumers test products for 30 days and share their experiences in completely objective reviews.
MitoQ Serum was announced as the supreme winner in the anti-aging skincare category. Consumer feedback from the trials was extremely positive with the moisturising skin serum being declared a “powerful new weapon in our anti-aging arsenal.”
Reviewers and forum members were reprtedly “amazed by noticeable improvement in lip lines, large pores, crepe-like texture, skin tone, crow's feet, the appearance of fine lines, neck wrinkles and dark spots”, and the product was declared an important and potent new product in our quest to turn back the clock.
Think MitoQ sounds like a bit of you? You can check it out yourself here.

Daily delight Justin Bieber + Lara Stone for Calvin Klein


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

All about: the battle of the high tech beauty tools



The cleansing brush has been a big deal internationally for beauty lovers for a few years now, and several stellar versions’ recent arrival on the local market is big news for those that like to add a high tech tool to their usual skincare routine.
The first name that really hit the market and is now synonymous with cleansing brushes is Clarisonic. Developed by a team of engineers and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Clarisonic set out to “combine proprietary technology with a revolutionary vision to redefine skin care” and it was a true pioneer in the field. The Clarisonic Pro Sonic Skin Cleansing System was initially developed for skin care professionals to use in treatment due to its clever combination of gentleness and effectiveness. Unlike the spinning devices that were on the market in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments. This enhanced product penetration aspect means you get more from your usual skincare regime, which gets a big tick from me. Clinical results have shown the likes of increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone. Magic.
I had been obsessing about getting a Clarisonic Mia for some time when I was invited to the brand’s “official” launch into the New Zealand market just a couple of weeks’ ago. I hadn’t previously had the opportunity to give one a whirl but always heard rave reviews from therapists and make up artists in particular i.e. people who study skin for a living. It was great news therefore to hear that they had arrived in the country along with the original Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush (RRP $335), which can be customised with three different speeds for facial cleansing, a three-minute body setting with two distinct modes and unique body brush head to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. A little more on the compact side, the Clarisonic Mia 2 RRP $225) is the convenient choice for beautiful skin on the go as it’s small enough for travel and light enough to throw in your bag en route to the gym. Utilising the same Sonic Method as the Plus, Mia 2 comes equipped with two speeds, a one minute pulsing T-Timer and portable travel-friendly case. Both are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, and the whole scenario truly did leave me with skin like velvet – even the day after!
Earlier this year, Clinique unveiled their own Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush. It’s not often that you hear beauty editors gasp when a product is revealed but gasp they did - before jaws hit the floor. Described as a “skin-changer” by the highly respected brand, the new brush has been designed to work in tandem with Clinique’s best-selling 3-Step cleanse/exfoliate/moisturise system. The brush was developed in partnership with dermatologists from the Orentreich Medical Group – which helped to develop the brand’s original 3-Step system – and a leading Swiss toothbrush manufacturer, well versed in the field of sonic technology. The result, claims Clinique, is a gentle yet effective cleansing innovation that will transform skin and leave it better prepped and primed for subsequent treatment products. To say I wanted one immediately would be putting it mildly, and having now used one can say that it is a life-changer.
The oval-shaped, angled brush head incorporates two strengths of rounded bristles: the green brushes are stiffer, shorter and denser, for cleansing the T-Zone, whilst the white brushes are softer and less dense, for the more delicate cheek area. Each brush contains around 35,000 fibres, with domed tips, to gently dislodge dirt from skin without any scratching. The device delivers around 10,000 sonic movements per 60 seconds, and an integral timer automatically turns it off after 30 seconds. The brush fibres have also been mixed with silver, which acts as an anti-microbial, and it’s recommended that you replace the brush head every three months. Lastly, it has a super light, compact, portable design, complete with an ergonomic handle that allows the brush to lay flat to dry and is so gentle it can be used on the petals of a flower with zero damage, for instance. The Clinique Sonic Cleansing System Purifying Brush has an RRP of $165.00 and $31.00 for a replacement brush head. 
Last but by no means least, Osmosis Skin Care have unveiled their own 2co Sonic Cleansing Brush, which you can pick up direct through their website (www.OsmosisSkin.co.nz) for $140.00. Osmosis New Zealand’s Kay Roby (a woman who is a walking billboard for her brand - she never ages!) says that she doesn’t often need to use one due to her use of active serums like Osmosis Correct and Rescue, “as my natural exfoliation is flicking off any dead skin cells with perfect timing, so I don’t have a lot of redundant cells to remove. If you have skin that does require help with cellular turnover, or enjoy a really clean sweep without having to revert AHA’s and aggressive exfoliating scrubs, the 2co Sonic Cleansing Brush used a couple of times a week to shift any redundant cells and deep clean the skin is a safe and effective alternative.” It has four speeds, is induction charged and works with over 15,000 rotation-oscillations per minute to really deep clean and get you glowing.

Daily delight: Kate Moss for Matchless SS15



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

All about: Osmosis Clear Plus+ Activating Hydration Mist


Over the past year or so I’ve had more compliments about my skin than I have had in a long time, and the fact that I’m certainly no spring chicken makes that fact even more impressive! The first thing I tell people is that I’ve swapped almost all my daily regime to Osmosis, and it’s showing no sign of changing in the future.
Osmosis has a different focus than most skincare lines, and creator Dr. Johnson believes in building a “partnership with the skin”, which is a philosophy that I love. This partnership includes utilising ingredients that the skin recognizes, maintaining the epidermal barrier while focusing most of the attention on the dermis, virtually eliminating inflammation during repair and feeding the skin through increasing blood flow. The combination of these strategies and the ability of the products to penetrate the skin without harming it make this line one of the best in the world at restoring skin health and restoring its youthful verve.
Most skin care goes only about 5 per cent into the deeper layers of the skin, where signs of aging originate. Osmosis' liposomes are proven to increase penetration by 1000 per cent (yep, that’s one THOUSAND times more) as well as protect against sun damage and environmental toxins. Rather than the traumatic exfoliation common to many high performance skincare ranges, Osmosis stimulates and feeds the skin from the bottom up to “restore a more youthful appearance” by naturally nourishing and stimulating the skin. Osmosis products are also all natural with no artificial colours, preservatives, fragrances or other artificial irritants, no sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol. Hallelujah!
They are always improving their formulas and releasing a select few new ones as well, the latest that has been touching my skin being a reformulation of their amazing Clear, called Clear Plus+ Activating Hydration Mist.
Clear is one of the key products in the collection, a hydrating mist that is applied after the serums have been rubbed in to the skin. What it does is add slip or ‘wet’ the serums all over again so you can massage them into the skin a second time to help the ingredients better penetrate the epidermis. It is a very important step when using the serums as it enhances product penetration of all of the facial serums to allow them to get to the dermal layer - where they need to be in order to create change! You can use Osmosis Clear to freshen up the skin whenever you feel like you need a boost during the heat or the cold, and it’s a lifesaver if you’ve just had any form of treatment like a peel that needs quick healing or mid-travel and your skin is in need of some love.
To create the new Clear Plus+, Ben and his team have taken the beneficial frequencies of Clear and added active ingredients to firm, hydrate, soothe and nourish the skin all with a light citrus scent. Like the original, the formula contains the Osmosis Harmonized Water, enhanced with the following proprietary frequencies: epidermal growth factor, keratinocyte growth factor, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. A little bottle of magic if ever there was one!
Clear Plus+ Activating Hydration Mist is suitable for all skin types, RRP $64.40.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Love it: Jo Malone’s My Wanderlust home collection



Available from today for a very limited time is Jo Malone’s newest collection – and the perfect way to kick off the year – entitled My Wanderlust.
Curated by Charlotte Stockdale, Jo Malone’s style editor, the My Wanderlust home collection is jam packed with luxurious essentials that will have you browsing the airline websites and planning your next overseas jaunt before you know it.
Each scent from the collection was crafted out of Stockdale’s love for travel and the places she has explored, and the stellar line up includes a candle, home scent, linen spray, soap and a diffuser.
I’ve been burning the Cardamom & Moroccan Rose home candle throughout the holidays, which has to be sniffed to be believed. Reportedly inspired by the vast foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the scent has dominant notes of aromatic cardamom, sweet Moroccan rose and honeyed spice with hints of fresh ginger and chamomile - resulting in expansive yet luscious floral facets with a truly exotic result. Morocco has long been on the top of my bucket list and this wee treat has got my own wanderlust peaking – it really is that good.
Next up, the Box Hedge Square Scent has notes of fresh cypress, fruity cassis and galbanum, whilst the Night Jasmine & Oregano Linen Spray was created to capture the warmth of a dusky Meditterranean evening using jasmine and oregano combined with thyme and pink pepper.
The scent of the Acacia & Honey soap has been designed to encapsulate the hazy warmth of an Australian beach, and last up, the exotic scent of the Lime Basil & Mandarin diffuser is made up of notes of revitalising citrus, tart mandarin and zesty grapefruit — all wrapped up in amber wood with surprise hints of basil and white thyme, paying tribute to the pleasant Caribbean breeze.
Oh and as well as smelling quite heavenly, the ‘My Wanderlust’ collection comes in beautifully abstract, atmospheric packaging inspired by British watercolour paintings. Love it – love all of it. Get into store now, this is one limited edition offering that you will NOT want to miss.