Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beauty news: Bobbi Brown opens at Farmers NorthWest

In huge news for beauty lovers, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will be opening tomorrow at the brand new Farmers NorthWest!
It will be the exclusive line developed by celebrated makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s first Studio in West Auckland, joining the existing five existing Bobbi Brown Studios in Auckland. It is the second Studio to launch this year in New Zealand and comes with some major celebrations.
To celebrate Bobbi Brown arriving at NorthWest, the brand will be running an opening promotion that I heartily recommend you take them up on! Simply book a complimentary ‘Bobbi’s Ultimate Makeup Lesson’ and receive a free full-size Lip Color valued at RRP$54. To continue the opening celebrations, you will also receive a free deluxe sample of Smokey Eye Mascara (one sample per customer) when you book any Makeup Lesson at Bobbi Brown Farmers NorthWest.
Appointments are limited and available on 1-5 October 2015, and the offer is available until 6-31 October 2015 only, or while supplies last. During peak periods (excluding 1-5 October 2015) the 45 minute lessons may incur a $90 booking fee, but as always it’s redeemable on Bobbi Brown product purchased on the day of the appointment.
Teaching is a key component of Bobbi’s philosophy and her professional makeup artists teach women to be their own beauty experts. Bobbi Brown has always been a makeup brand associated with real life, unabashedly pretty looks, and a lesson with one of their artists is a true audit of what you’re wearing right now (and possibly shouldn’t be). Before applying any makeup, each artist takes into account a woman’s personal style, her lifestyle and her preferences. Every makeup lesson concludes with the creation of a personalised face chart to help recreate the look at home.
The perfect way to kick off the new season, really!
And the best thing about Bobbi Brown’s make-up lessons is that you’ll always leave the store with natural-looking make-up - unlike some beauty ­counter makeovers, when you just want to go home and scrub it all off.
The Bobbi Brown Studio will be located in Farmers NorthWest:
1-5 Fernhill Drive
Waitakere 0657
Telephone: (09) 831 0200

Daily delight: Mariah Carey for M.A.C Cosmetics

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hair how to: Dolce & Gabbana S/S 16 by Guido for Redken

If last season’s Dolce & Gabbana show was all about the great tradition of Italian mammas, then for SS16, it was all about the glamorous tourists. Domenico and Stefano sent out an ode to all cheesiest bits of their homeland, alongside a collection that was a riot of curve hugging and feminine shapes in bright and beautiful prints.
Fifties silhouettes ruled, smothered in rich laces, floral prints and gorgeous red, white and green stripes. Postcard prints splashed across silk dresses for the much-loved finale, accessorised with Riviera headscarves and enormous cat-eye shades. Just gorgeous!
The hair look for the show was created by long-time Dolce & Gabbana collaborator Guido, Redken’s Global Creative Director.
"The look at Dolce this season is very soft and romantic,” he said after the show. “It's very easy, almost like you were an American on holiday in Italy and you just threw your hair up for the evening. I used Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 to get that gorgeous texture, and then gathered the hair up into a high ponytail, twisting it into a messy chignon. It's very soft around the hairline with the little baby hairs pulled out, and I added just a bit of height at the crown to soften the silhouette. I finished the look by placing different types of crowns, scarves and beautiful hairpieces throughout the hair to enhance the charm."
To create the look at home:
1. Start by spraying Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer all over damp hair and comb through.
2. Use a round natural-bristle brush to blow-dry hair straight.
3. Lightly spray Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray all over hair to enhance natural texture.
4. Create a short centre part with fingers.
5. Use fingers to gather hair into a high ponytail at the crown of the head and secure with an elastic, leaving some baby hairs and random pieces out in the front.
6. Twist the length of the ponytail into a messy chignon and secure with hair pins.

Daily delight: Caroline Trentini for Testino's 'Towel Series'

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wellness news: the Be Kind To Yourself SUP Yoga and Mindfulness event

As the weather warms up many of us start to see the ocean as a playground in earnest, and checking out the upcoming Be Kind To Yourself event is a great way to kick of a summer of wellness and fun in the great outdoors.
Pod: Be Kind To Yourself is a day of SUP, SUP Yoga, and Mindfulness workshops with organic raw food by SIP Kitchen, massage, and SUP Prehab Q&A with Pinc and Steel cancer rehab physios.  It is aimed at all levels of paddler - from 'terrified (never paddled before, i.e. me)' to 'ready to turn pro’, and takes place at Auckland’s beautiful Castor Bay Beach on Sunday 18th October.
There are limited spaces available (total 48) and the earlybird ticket price is $169 - before 30 September, or $199 after.
Special guests at the event include:
* Pyschologist Anna Friis, who will be introducing the day with a Mindfulness and Self Compassion workshop
* Tim Seuter, from YogaFire - a yoga teacher and fireman who specialises in SUP Yoga -
* Natalie Stettler, from The Floating Mat - a yoga teacher and Lululemon ambassador who will be leading the mindfulness and goal-setting workshops -
* Victoria Stuart - PaddleFit Level 3 Coach and Starboard ambassador, who will be teaching the beginner and Intermediate SUP -
* Armie Armstrong - Incredible Waterman and SUPer Sessions Coach, who will be teaching the Advanced SUP
* Lou James - Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust Founder and PaddleOn SUP Rehabilitation Program developer, with PaddleOn physios Megan Schmidt, Kath Broad, and Kate Corbett 
Natalie and Victoria are organising the event, which is the third in a popular and successful series that included “Keep Calm and PaddleOn” last year and the “Pod Wellness Retreat” the previous summer. "We wanted to hold the event in October as a way of supporting Pink October, International breast cancer awareness month, because we truly believe that stress and exercise play a critical role in your overall health and wellbeing, as well as regular breast checks,” says Victoria.
A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust for the PaddleOn program, which kicks off again 2 November for men and women with all types of cancer.
To register visit

Daily delight: Marion Cotillard for PORTER magazine

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fragrance Friday: a Q&A with Jason Morgan, face of Armani Acqua di Giò Profumo

When I was in Sydney a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a seriously fabulous lunch with GQ Australia at my all-time favourite Sydney dining spot, Bondi’s incredible Icebergs. We were there to celebrate the release of Armani’s newest men’s fragrance, Acqua di Giò Profumo and the setting could not have been more perfect.
Armani first presented its popular masculine aquatic fragrance Acqua di Giò back in 1996. Nearly 20 years later, the new version - Acqua di Giò Profumo - is elegant, airy and deep and I have to say I’ve loved it so much that I’ve been wearing it myself! The fragrance “symbolises the merging of sea waves with black rocks”, hence the Icebergs setting for our lunch.
The face  - and body, hello! – of the fragrance is model Jason Morgan, and here’s a little insight into what makes him tick and why he’s all about Armani…

When did you first discover Acqua di Giò?
I remember seeing the first ads for Acqua di Giò years ago at the mall (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania) with my mom when I was a teenager. lt was a really special ad. I wasn't involved in the industry back then and didn't pay as much attention to advertising as I do now, but that's one of the ads I remember. It was, and still is, a scent that I enjoy; it's so clean and refreshing. The fragrance has such a classic and iconic feel to it.

What comes to mind when you hear the name Giorgio Armani?
When I hear the name Giorgio Armani I think of a truly iconic, legendary man who has influenced the world with his style and vision. The brand commands respect.

How does it feel to be the face of Acqua di Giò? How was your experience on set?
When I was told that I was chosen for Acqua di Giò it was a dream come true. To represent Armani and this fragrance is the best job someone in this business can get. The ads are always so well done and impactful. I feel extremely proud and grateful to be chosen for this - I still really can't believe it happened.
Modelling underwater was a new experience for me and I had never used a breathing tank before either - It was challenging at times when I had to swim past the camera and perform a certain motion when I couldn't see anything, but it was a lot of fun to be able to hang out under water for 20 minutes at a time. Overall it has been a great experience.

Is taking care of yourself a pleasure or a duty?
Taking care of myself is part of my job so yes, I do see it as my duty. With that being said, I have always taken pleasure in staying fit and healthy. When you look good and feel good, your life is improved and your mood is elevated. Your health is more important than anything. It’s number one.

What are your secrets for staying healthy?
I really don't think there are any hidden secrets for living a healthy lifestyle. We all know that exercise and eating healthy, natural foods and drinking a lot of water are the most important things to do to stay healthy. It's just a matter of making it a priority and a habit.

Do you use any grooming products?
Since I did the shoot and the Giorgio Armani team gave me a bottle of Acqua dl Giò, I have been using it every day. I will usually spray a little on my neck after a shower and a spray or two on whatever shirt I am wearing. It's so light and refreshing, it is perfect for me because I don't like to smell too strong. I really like the balance of Acqua di Giò. It's subtler.
Otherwise I use Cerave face wash and moisturizer SPF30. In my hair I use a Paul Mitchell shampoo and mousse - it keeps my hair from falling in my face all day but doesn't make it stiff or greasy. For my skin I use a Kiehl’s facial mask once a week and a Biotherm body moisturizer.

Have you ever used fragrance to attract a woman?
I will usually wear scents that I find pleasant, it’s important for me to wear what I like so I feel comfortable. I think when you feel good and you're comfortable in your own skin you will attract more than trying figure out what you think women want.

What is your first olfactory memory?
My first olfactory memory is the smell of the ocean. I always spent my summers at the beach (Avalon, New Jersey) as a kid and it's my favorite place to be. Nothing brings me back to a happy place faster than the smell of the ocean. My father just bought a house there last month so I am really excited about spending time there again in the future.

You live in New York City, what are some of your favourite destinations?
Living in NYC is really amazing; it has so much to offer. I have been here for over seven years and I still discover new things daily. I really enjoy going to the museums - MOMA, MET, The Guggenheim etc. When it's nice out it's also a great place to just hop on a bike and explore. One of my favorite things to do is ride along the West Side Highway and then onto the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn.

What is your favourite travel destination?
I still love getting out of the city and travelling. My favourite place I have ever visited in all my travels is Maui, Hawaii. It’s so different from the life I live here and l'm definitely a beach person.

Last up, your pet peeve?
I have a lot of pet peeves, actually, and flying as often as I do has only made that list bigger. For example, people bringing their own food or someone kicking your seat. I would say my most valuable possession right now is my noise cancelling headphones. I don't travel without them.

Daily delight: Mariacarla Boscono, Ricardo Tisci and Naomi Campbell for Vogue Brazil

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Love it: COOLA SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray

Vogue named it as one of their top six “Supercharged Facial Mist Formulas That Prime, Soothe, and Protect”, and COOLA’s SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray is definitely up there with the best when it comes to multitasking and performance plus.
It’s the ideal protect-as-you-set product that will ensure you keep your sunscreen happening all year round, and smells and feels like heaven. Essentially, it’s a weightless, matte finish mist that protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. In other words: makeup meltdown be gone! The highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh hot skin, as well as our good friend Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. So, it reduces the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays with broad spectrum SPF30 protection. Hurrah for that!
For use after makeup applications, touchups and reapplications, it doesn’t require any touching after application, and is made up of  70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients to boot. Oh and it also won the ‪ICMAD 2015 City Awards for Facial Skincare Cosmetic Innovator of the Year, which is no mean feat!
Like all COOLA products it’s Paraben, Sulfate and Phthalate free, and is not tested on animals.
Love it.

Daily delight: Kate Upton for W Korea

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beauty news M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia

In a retro dream come true, M.A.C Cosmetics has announced a collaboration with the rather heavenly Charlotte Olympia Dellal, accesoories designer and major babe on all fronts. Olympia is the latest designer to join the beauty powerhouse's long history of collaborators, and one of its most exciting yet for lovers of red lipstick and a sharp cat’s eye like me. The British accessories brand is known for its whimsical, charming shoes and perfectly cool bags, and knowing the designer, references to old Hollywood and the ladies of the silver screen will be rife (some predict a red lipstick that will rival the legendary Ruby Woo). 
M.A.C  Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director James Gager says, “Charlotte Olympia Dellal is not only a true talent in the design and fashion world, but also a timeless beauty whose products - infused with whimsy, colour and fun - speak perfectly to the M.A.C  aesthetic. Her playful and stylish accessories are the ultimate inspiration for makeup; the playfulness and variety in the M.A.C Charlotte Olympia collection is one we can’t wait to share with the world.
Olympia herself call the collab “my dream collection! The inspiration for the collection comes from my love of a bygone era that manifests itself in my day-to-day beauty look as well as featuring my design aesthetic. I have always enjoyed the ritual of dressing up and wanted to unleash my inner movie star!”
I cannot wait!

Daily delight: Sophia Loren for Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren N°1

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Love it: Berlei's The Sensation Contour bra

In the weekend I bought a bra, which in itself isn’t that amazing. Hardly breaking news, in fact! What is amazing is that it is the same bra I now have four of as I am completely obsessed by how incredibly comfy and versatile they are.
Trying not to sound like an infomercial – and no, I am not being paid to write this – I just want to send major props to the creator of Berlei’s The Sensation Contour bra. When their PR company y sent me two to try with the kicker that they wanted to me to take the “Berlei Seven Day Challenge”, I was dubious. A bra so good I’d wear it for seven days? Not likely, but how wrong was I.
After being diagnosed with - and successfully treated for - breast cancer three years ago, I have been on a constant search for truly great, underwire-free/comfortably soft bras that actually work as an “undergarment” too. Seriously, they are hide to find - that perfect mix of good looking, comfy and supportive of my girls? Harder than you think!
I still wear some of my underwires for short periods of time and can’t give up some of my favourites, but one that meets all of the criteria above is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Lonely lingerie do some superb versions (all of which I own) but until I tried The Sensation from Berlei I was doubting the existence of an everyday, t shirt style bra that I wouldn’t want to tear off the minute I walked through the door of the house after a long day.
So what makes it so different? Well the feel, mainly. Crafted from plush suede for the ultimate in luxurious comfort and support, The Sensation is reportedly Berlei’s “softest bra ever” and you have to feel it to believe it!
Finer, stretchy shoulder straps that move with your body and are fully adjustable for the perfect lift are also a factor, and the size range is impressive too.
So, there you go  - an underwear rave from me like such as not been heard in a long time. Now to try the lace version… my obsession continues.

Daily delight: Sarah Jessica Parker for Harper's Bazaar

Monday, September 21, 2015

Get the Look: DKNY SS’16 NYFW, makeup by Yadim for Maybelline New York

I am mad for nineties supermodel style – then and now – so I fell in love with the look created for the DKNY SS’16 collection at New York Fashion Week pretty much at first sight.
The makeup inspiration for DKNY SS '16 is models of the 90’s, old Peter Lindbergh photographs, and the original DKNY sensibility we all know and love, but with a modern twist. To achieve the show's updated look, Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist Yadim started by hiding blemishes and imperfections with Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Concealer (RRP$22.99).
Around the eyes, he used Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer (RRP$19.99) to brighten darkness and circles, before contouring the edges of the eye with a taupe hue from The Nudes palette (RRP$29.99) near the upper and lower lash line. He retraced that line just at the outer corners of the eye with the darker brown eye shadow in the same palette for a soft eyeliner-like effect.
He defined the natural bone structure of the face with Maybelline New York Face Studio Master
Sculpt (RRP$19.99), then used the highlighter in the same kit on the high planes of the face - the bridge of the nose, temples, forehead, chin, cheekbones. He next filled in the brows using Maybelline New York Brow Satin (RRP$14.99).
And finally, in true 90’s fashion and my personal fave option, he opted for a bold matte red lip. The lips were first moisturised with Baby Lips Balm (RRP$4.29 – an essential) then coated with Lip
Studio Color Blur in Cherry Cherry Bang Bang (launching in NZ 2016). Over that, he applied Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Rebel Red  (launching in NZ 2016).

Daily delight: Christy Turlington for Vogue Paris

Beauty news: Lancôme all stars for Advanced Génifique

It has to be said that the Lancôme name is synonymous with some of the most fabulous faces out there. Their ambassadors are always as unique and ground breaking in nature as they are beautiful, and the brand has long been celebrated for its love of women across all ages and races.
This has come together is a seriously beautiful campaign, AKA the Lancôme all stars for Advanced Génifique.
In 2009, Lancôme introduced the world Génifique, the first serum inspired by the fabulous field of gene science. I remember the launch and being blinded by the science, which involves the use of transcriptomics, which studies gene expression, along with proteomics, which demonstrates their activity via skin protein synthesis, to identify the signature proteins of young skin.
The success of the little black bottle was immediate, incredible and lasting. Génifique was applauded all around the world and an amazing 150 international awards later, 15 million bottles have been sold worldwide. In other words, four every minute. In Asia, its glass and mirror amphora-shaped bottle even has a code name amongst women in the know, the aforementioned “Little Black Bottle”. Fabulous.
For the last 80 years, Lancôme has often talked about “the aura: the indefinable quality that makes women more beautiful, expressed by each woman in her own unique way”. They decided to capture this aura in a series of portraits that has united four of its current ambassadresses in a single advertising campaign.
Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins made the final cut, as the four actresses each embody a facet of the happy beauty that Lancôme aims to offer to all women.
What unites the fab four? A “form of radiance, the light that emanates from them, a light that seems to come from within and that transcends notions of age and ethnicity”.
Lancôme asked three artists to capture the special aura of each of these women by uniting them in the campaign: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott - whose talent has been behind most of the Lancôme visuals for the last two year - took photographs, whilst the legendary Peter Lindbergh staged the Lancôme ambassadresses in an advertising film.
Too perfect, and a wonderful way to kick off the week!

** the above behind the scenes images are by Stefan Rappo for Lancôme © 2015 **

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

All about: the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign

As a breast cancer survivor I always appreciate it when a beauty brand decides to “go pink” for the cause and actually commits to it year after year. A lot don’t, believe me!
The Estée Lauder Companies set the benchmark for support of the charitable initiative, and that support carries across all of their brands with some beautiful – and worthy – results. See above for some of my favourites being released this year, which I will possibly have to have in multiples!
Over the past two decades, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign has brought together women, men and families in more than 70 countries to help defeat breast cancer in their own unique ways—from sharing their powerful stories about their experiences with the disease to participating in fundraising and awareness activities. Together, these actions have sparked a global movement, enhancing awareness and raising more than NZD$58 million to support global research, education and medical services.
The 2015 BCA Campaign celebrates all the things they do, big or small, in the fight against breast cancer and unites and empowers the global community to take action throughout the year.
Action can mean different things to different people. Whether a person proudly wears a Pink Ribbon in honour of a friend, reminds a loved one to schedule her yearly appointments, donates to research or volunteers, every effort truly has meaning and when we join together, we can achieve significantly greater impact.
This year’s global BCA Campaign print ad artfully showcases the authentic ways that people around the world are taking action to support The Estée Lauder Companies’ BCA Campaign and their collective power. This global mosaic is designed to inspire people everywhere to continue joining together to defeat this disease.
The 2015 BCA Campaign encourages you to share with us all the meaningful ways you take action throughout the year to bring us closer to a world without breast cancer.Each of our actions—big or small—counts in the fight against breast cancer. The 2015 BCA Campaign invites people around the world to join our global digital community and share how they are taking action to bring us closer to a world without breast cancer.
Share how you take action in the fight against breast cancer by posting a photo, video or message on or on Instagram or Twitter using #BCAstrength. For every action submitted on or unique post on Instagram or Twitter with #BCAstrength between October 1, 2015 and World Cancer Day on February 4, 2016, The Estée Lauder Companies will donate $35 NZD to fund a half-hour of breast cancer research through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), with the goal of funding up to 500 research hours (USD$25,000) through the support of our global digital community. This is just one part of our global fundraising efforts to raise $8.4 million in support of breast cancer research, education and medical services this year. Each and every dollar, and hour, can make a difference.
Even the simplest actions can make an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the year, actions submitted via BCAcampaign. com and on Instagram or Twitter using #BCAstrength will be curated and featured in a feed on, showcasing that when we join together, We’re Stronger Together, and can defeat breast cancer.
In New Zealand, The Estée Lauder Companies support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) and have supported the foundation for 20 years and will sponsor the Estée Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk for a third year. Join them to help raise funds by registering for the walk in Wellington on October 3, Auckland on October 17 and November 7 in Christchurch.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Love it: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer

I recently had the most amazing, super luxe, whirlwind trip to Sydney with YSL Beauty, visiting their Studio Lumiere at Vogue’s VFNO and then spending a night in the gorgeous The Langham Sydney hotel. Believe me I felt very lucky, and had a right whale of a time!
Prior to leaving Yves Saint Laurent Beauty’s very thoughtful PR woman, Rachel sent me a wee bag of YSL essentials in travel sizes. Some I had tried (and loved) but a new one on my radar was the Touche Éclat Blur Primer, which I am now officially in love with.
The Touche Éclat Blur Primer is a new illuminating primer that promises to blur the appearance of imperfections while boosting the radiance of your foundation, and it does. This is by combining the light of the original Touche Éclat and the perfecting effect of blur, and it looks just heavenly with swirls of gold flecks. Formulated with four nourishing oils (corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil), it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft without greasy residue, and it makes makeup application a total breeze. Free of dulling opaque fillers, the transparent texture is available in one universal shade with the aforementioned subtle sparkles of golden light for maximum luminosity. Pores seriously seem to be minimised, skin texture feels like velvet – Holy Grail of primers or what?
Mine was just a travel size with an applicator but the full size comes housed in the most gorgeous clear glass pump (above) to fully showcase the clear primer base and tiny flecks of gold. Beautiful! You really need the smallest amount to do your entire face, so it will go a long way too.
It can be applied under foundation to create a perfect canvas or worn alone for a natural glow-y look, and is easy to use with a brush or fingers. Apply with gentle sweeping motions from the centre of the face outward, then leave to melt into skin for 10 seconds before applying foundation.
Truly magical.

Daily delight Ming Xi for Kenzo Flower L'elixir

Friday, September 11, 2015

Beauty news: join the Maybelline team at NZ’s biggest night of music

Maybelline New Zealand has just announced it is the official makeup sponsor for the 2015 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 19 November at Auckland’s Vector Arena – huge news. To celebrate the collaboration the beauty giant is offering 10 lucky makeup artists the opportunity to be part of the Makeup Artist Team on NZ music’s night of nights. The makeup team will be responsible for ensuring all the stars and presenters have the red carpet look for the event.
To apply, artists are invited to create a YouTube video showcasing their best makeup artistry skills on a model of their choice. Finalists will then be selected to compete at a live trial on 10 October. 
The 10 best participants not only win the chance to be a part of the Maybelline New Zealand VNZMA Makeup Artist Team - they also get a Maybelline make-up kit and are treated to a Swedish massage at the award winning Pullman Spa. One lucky video entrant also wins the opportunity with a friend to go behind the scenes and have a walk-on role on New Zealand’s favourite show, Shortland Street.
Applicants can simply enter online at by filling in the entry form and linking to their video hosted on YouTube. Competition closes 5:00pm on 27 September 2015.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Beauty news: meet Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips

Along with the neck and hands, the lips are one of the major hot spots for showing your age and emphasising when your skin is suffering from dryness or dehydration. I’m a freak for bright lipstick and that means that a soft, smooth pout is a must, so I’m always on the look out for serious lip care in any form.
The latest I’ve been having a jolly good play with is Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips, a brand new treatment that the brand says “allows you to smile without fear of deepening fine lines and wrinkles around your pout”. That’s a big call but it’s seriously high performance product, formulated with specialised ingredients proven to reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines and wrinkles, increase volume and provide long-lasting hydration to lips. This multi-pronged approach means that this treatment delivers both immediate and long-term results, to which I say “bring it on!”
At its heart is a fast-acting formula features an anti-aging peptide blend that delivers micronized collagen amino acids to plump fine lines and wrinkles. The translucent serum promotes natural collagen and elastin production for lasting resilience, with 77 per cent of users reportedly seeing visible improvement of fine lines and wrinkles around the lips and 81 per cent of users noticing plumper and more youthful looking lips after just one week.
Mushroom Sprout Extracts are in there to encourage micro-circulation to enhance volume and make lips appear plump, whilst Apple Extracts impart skin with long-lasting hydration. Next up Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid balance moisture levels to provide superior absorption and application, leaving you with nourished lips that seriously feel incredible.
Designed for use directly on the lips as well as around the entire mouth area, the non-sticky formula goes on clear and can be worn alone, underneath lip colour or other makeup products. It can be reapplied throughout the day, but I’ve found it is the perfect prep before a bright lipstick application in particular, helping to lock moisture in as well as keep colour true. I love that!
Murad products are available exclusively through Caci nationwide, or online at RRP $55.00

Daily delight: Karlie Kloss for Vogue China

Monday, September 7, 2015

Giveaway: Two double passes to see Miss You Already

I hate Mondays, and any way to make them sweeter well… bring it on! I’d like to do that for you in the form of a movie ticket giveaway to a flick opening in October, Miss You Already. Starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, Miss You Already tells the story of Jess and Milly, life-long best friends who have shared everything since childhood and are still thick as thieves. Now, Milly has a high-flying job, a rock-star husband and two gorgeous children. Jess has dedicated herself to environmental work, and lives with her boyfriend in a bohemian houseboat on the London canals. The best friends are as close as ever. But their relationship is put to the test when Milly discovers she has breast cancer, at the same point that Jess faces motherhood for the first time. It’s about that moment when life falls apart but friends keep it together, and sounds like a great best buds night out (with a box of tissues and lashings of wine afterwards).
I have two double passes to give away, just email with your postal address before this Friday, September 11 at 5pm and you’re in the draw.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hair how to: Redken X Kate Sylvester, NZFW 2015

The Kate Sylvester show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 was one of the most praised of the week, with a killer collection and hair and beauty looks to match.
In charge of the locks was Richard Kavanagh, Redken Artist, who created a Romeo and Juliet inspired look.
“We had a really androgynous feel happening with our Romeos and a very soft feminine look for the Juliets,” said Kavanagh, adding that “Romeo needed to feel a little bit nineties but very rock n roll, kind of like Baz Luhrmann’s rendition - but still feminine in a way and that’s where the androgyny comes in. Romeo’s look was about great prep - then that last tiny touch for a rock n’ roll, tough-guy edge.”
Sylvester’s Juliets were a picture of feminine romanticism, and hair was blow dried with Redken’s secret for beautiful hair - Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine - and given a slight bend with the trusty curling iron.
To create the look for Romeo (middle):
1. To recreate the Kate Sylvester look for Romeo, strengthen the hair by adding Redken Rootful 06.
2. Work with Redken Rough Paste 12 to create cool effortless and easygoing texture.
3. Push back the sides and then lock into place with Redken Forceful 23
To create the look for Juliet (top and bottom):
1. To recreate the Kate Sylvester look for Juliet, blow dry in a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine for a really luxurious shine.
2. Create a slight bend with curling irons before centre parting the hair.
3. Twist back front sections and pin (the team used bespoke barrettes from MPNT) 

** all photos by Pikdat Productions **

Daily delight: Suki Waterhouse for Vogue Thailand

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Why you need: the Nike Tech Pack Collection right now

I ventured out onto the streets for the first time today in a while, having spent the last few days fighting off multiple deadline and New Zealand Fashion Week exhaustion and a flu I am hoping that I have nailed on the head. It wasn’t the ideal day to exercise however, because despite being the first day of Spring it was raining cats and dogs and damn chilly to boot!
What I should have had on was this delicious cape pictured above from the Nike Tech Pack Collection, which has re-imagined classic Nike silhouettes using the innovative Nike Tech Fleece since it debut in 2013. It was perfect timing that it was released on the first day of Spring this year, and I should have just waited one more day to grab a piece and then got my hustle on.
So, what is the deal with Nike Tech Fleece? Well it is legendary for its pliable, lightweight layer of plush foam situated between soft cotton jersey (feels amazing) that traps air to provide warmth, breathability, insulation and articulation. World star athletes like Francis Hougaard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Martin Hernandez, Ayumu Hirano, Wu Haiyan, Teddy Thomas and Skylar Diggins (also pictured above, incred!) rely on Tech Pack for their off the field/court style.
Inspired by sport and fashion, the 2015 women’s line is a riot of vivid colours and bold new silhouettes that are built to layer and look killer doing it. The modern, streamlined styles are slightly slimmer than previous collections, with flattering overlay tape, smooth jersey facing and finished necklines. The Nike Tech Fleece Cape – my pick of the bunch – has a dramatic, feminine silhouette that includes a cocoon-like hood, while the Nike Tech Fleece Camo Crew presents a seasonal woodland camo print.
The menswear proposition has similarly evolved and also features woodland camp camouflage and new proportions — along with elevated details, like multi-faceted zippered pockets. The Nike
Tech Fleece Varsity Jacket updates a classic style with the engineered fleece and an ergonomic design, whereas the Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie extends its rear hem for more coverage and protects its wearer's face with a taller enveloping hood. I’d wear the collection for the boys as much as the girls as it all looks so damn good and perfect for the up and down weather ahead as we bowl on towards Christmas.

The 2015 Nike Tech Pack Collection featuring Nike Tech Fleece is available right now at Nike stores, Fridge Freezer Icebox, Good as Gold, Loaded, Stirling and Platinum, so what are you waiting for?