Friday, January 29, 2016

All about: Les Mills' newest experience, THE TRIP

“THE TRIP is a cycle class, but not as anyone knows it…”

So says that ever-growing Les Mills Tribe, who recently unleashed the all new THE TRIP fitness class to their incredible range of fitness friendly options.
I am a HUGE fan of spin classes, especially if the instructor and the music are so top notch that I don’t notice my legs turning to jelly. So when I was invited to try Les Mills’ new cycle-centric class THE TRIP featuring virtual reality technology that takes you to a whole other place, I was intrigued. And post-class? Most definitely impressed!
Based around the idea of “immersive fitness”, the concept is the brainchild of Les Mills Jr (pictured above), grandson of Olympian and founder of the world's largest provider of choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness classes, Les Mills International. Les Jnr. Was on hand to chat to the class beforehand, and explained how the new programme was created in response to a Future of Fitness paper, which along with themes of connection, personalisation and convergence, explored the blending of technology into fitness and activity as a game.
Mills Jr says this new concept ‘exergaming’ highlighted the blurring lines between the real and the virtual and he and friend Adam Lazarus saw an opportunity to create a fitness experience that would appeal to the dynamic needs of the millennial generation. They drew inspiration for the concept from immersive tents at music festivals and the video innovations brought to life at big name concerts, which can alter your mood when done well and make your experience that much sweeter. It was also a direct response to the younger generation’s entry into gyms all over the world, and the way that those establishments have to adapt to compete.
“Younger consumers - or millennials - now represent almost 50 per cent of the global fitness market,” says Mills. “This demographic thrives on technology rich experiences - many already bringing their own devices and customised content to the gym with them, integrating it into their fitness routine.
“We know they thrive on technology rich experiences and we wanted to create something that met this need by combining exercise with social connections and entertainment,” he says. “We wanted to reinvent everything people expect from exercise and create a place without time, one that’s removed from the day-to-day, where people can feel inspired.”
I know I left inspired, and totally energised – and well distracted! – by the visuals throughout the 45 minute class, which were the handy work of a team of Kiwi audio and visual creatives and a local animation team. You ride through futuristic cities, new galaxies and virtual worlds, guided by an instructor encouraging you to power through those hill climbs and let loose on the sprints. The room is dark with the focus not on the instructor, but rather on the visual wonder before you.
 The time goes by so quickly that I hardly knew I’d done a full 45 minutes on the bike, but MAN can I feel it today! You enter several “worlds” along the way and when I go again I’ll be keen to ask if these worlds change with each month or season, along with the soundtrack.
Mills says the company goal is to have 20 million people enjoying a live Les Mills experience every week by the year 2020, and I don’t doubt that they will hit that.
The world’s first permanent Immersive Fitness studios have opened internationally and The Trip is a permanent fixture in Santa Monica, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Stockholm. New Zealanders can experience the technology at the beautiful new Les Mills Newmarket, Auckland for now, at $2.50 per ride, and bookings are essential. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Daily delight: Olga Kurylenko for Glamour Italy

Love it: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Lip

As anyone who dips in here regularly would know, I’m always on the search for a bright shiny new lipstick love. Sometimes I’m all about the nude and sometimes I’m all about the pop, with a distinct preference for matte and a love of luxurious.
I must have tried almost every brand under the sun - and often have around 15-20 ‘favourites’ on the go - but one formula I hadn’t tried and was lucky enough to this week is L'Oreal Paris’ incredible new Infallible Matte Lip.
It’s a powdery, long-lasting matte look in high impact colour that just won’t quit, and has a super unusual applicator that actually lets you “design” your matte i.e. gradient to full bright, from ombre to sombre and much more.
These are not your classical lipstick, nor are they even in liquid form. What they are more like is some of the eye shadow pens I have used of late, created out of a powder product texture. You press a button and the lipstick comes forward, the soft sponge at the end helping you apply it on. This means super high pigment with just a few strokes and a velvety finish that you would not get with a classical tube. Furthermore, the oils in the product leave the lips hydrated for over 8 hours, soft and supple to the touch – no chalky, flaky dry smackers round here!
The experts at L’Oreal say to create the appearance of fuller lips in an instant, use two tones to highlight and give depth. As in, apply your favourite shade to the outer edges of your lip and blend gradually into the centre, creating a gradient from dark to light. Leave the inner cushion of your lips lighter or bare to reflect where light would naturally hit for a true ombre effect. Amazing! Another hint is to apply concealer onto your lips before applying Infallible Matte Max for an ombre look with a stronger gradient effect. I am obsessed!
They arrive in store next week with an RRP of $23.99, and come in six shades:
001 Silencio – pale pink
002 Virgin – pink
004 OOPS! I Pink it Again – hot pink
006 Disturbia – orange-based coral
007 Say My Name – red
008 I Gotta Feeling – purple
I want them all! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Daily delight: Penelope Cruz for Harper’s Bazaar Spain

All about: what’s new and fresh from Linden Leaves

Linden Leaves are a bit of a legend when it comes to New Zealand beauty brands, real pioneers in their field and makers of some damn gorgeous products.
The Linden Leaves story began in 1995 with the founding of the company in the South Island by Brigit Blair. A well-travelled mother of three, who previously held entrepreneurial roles within the Asia-New Zealand market, Brigit established the Linden Leaves brand and launched immediately internationally to share with the rest of the world her passion for the quality ingredients, clever aromatic combinations and the vast array of natural botanical bounty that our wonderful little country offers.
Just over twenty years on, Linden Leaves produced many of their products by hand, and their super popular, unique body oils contain hand harvested natural botanicals. They says “we create our products with love and a sense of pride, without animal testing, and in accordance with our sustainability policy, and a sense of guardianship of our pure New Zealand environment.” Nice!
Which brings me to what’s new for the iconic brand, in the form of three new skincare products recently to their Natrue Certified line
The first is the Intensive Repair Eye Cream with Organic White Tea and Melon, which is apparently as gentle as it is effective. I haven’t popped the lid on my sample yet, but it’s basically a delicious-sounding “gentle formulation of powerful, natural ingredients for intensive repair and redefinition of the eye area”, and is enriched with certified organic white tea - high in antioxidants to help reduce the visible signs of ageing - and melon extract, a naturally rich source of skin loving vitamins, to promote healthy cell renewal. It also has aloe vera in there to hydrate and minimise irritation, and echium seed oil, which is new to me but apparently rich in essential fatty acids and omegas for youthful, healthy skin.
Next up is the Regenerating Night Cream with Organic White Tea and Goji Berry, in which you’ll also find echium, meadowfoam and sweet almond oils to deeply nourish and firm the skin and mulberry to brighten and revive the complexion. It’s suitable for all skin types which is a bonus, particularly mature or dry skin.
Last up is the Skin Refining Cream Cleanser with Organic White Tea and Jojoba (above), which I have been using and love. It is insanely soft and gentle to use, but also refines due to the inclusion of  natural exfoliant enzymes from papaya and pineapple, helping to prevent blocked pores and reveal radiance. I’ve been using it just in the mornings as a perfect wake up call, but it is reportedly also great at taking off makeup as part of a double cleanse routine.
So there you have it – these babies are available from stockists nationwide and from February 1st 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Daily delight: Alessandra Ambrosio and Cristiano Ronaldo for GQ

What a steal: Goodness Every Week Face Scrub

I’m not a huge user of manual exfoliants, mainly due to my sensitive skin and adherence to the rule that “skin is like delicate fabric, and should be treated as such”. Having said that, I have come across a few scrubs in my time that do just that, and are super delicate as well as pretty damn effective.
Goodness Every Week Face Scrub is the latest to push my buttons, and has a local find as its key ingredient – pumice. Apparently they ground it up and found they had the perfect natural scrubbing powder for scratch-free exfoliation.  Goodness also added some other marvels from Mother Nature, including avocado, coconut oils, apple extract and the crème de la crème of all Goodness Natural Beauty Lab ingredients – Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil. It feels light and delicious on the skin, and I have been using it once a week without fail. You just wet your face, apply, buff, rinse, pat dry and moisturise. Too easy!
If you haven’t heard of it before, Goodness Natural Beauty Lab is a new range of natural skincare that uses Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil as its main ingredient. Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil has the perfect 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids. A whopping dose of omega 3 with a small dash of omega 6 means the essential fatty acids are delivered in just the right quantities for general skin goodness and healthiness. Goodness is the first in New Zealand to bring out a range based on this wonder ingredient.
All of their products are free from artificial fragrance and have no colourants added. They would never test their products on animals, always use recyclable packaging and when you use the biodegradable products, the waterways will be left clean.
Oh and Goodness Every Week Face Scrub is just RRP $15.99 for a 50ml tube, which is most definitely a ‘steal’ in my books.
Goodness products are available in selected Countdown, Farmers and New World stores nationwide. For more information or to locate your nearest stockist visit 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Daily delight: Demi Lovato for Allure magazine

Love it: M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Of the newest addition to their permanent collection, the wonderful people at M.A.C Cosmetics say:
“For those who prefer timeless glamour to all-out flash, matte reigns supreme. M.A.C has created an innovation on this classic texture with 15 robustly saturated shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor. Whether you choose the intense fire truck red of Fashion Legacy, the vivid fuchsia of Tailored to Tease or the tantalizing nude of Lady-Be-Good, all these piccolos promise one thing: a big splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that transforms lips instantly and lingers, impossible to forget…”
In other words: give me them ALL right now, as I am immediately obsessed! I’m mad for matte – as any regular reader here will know – and have been waiting for this collection for whet feels like a lifetime, maybe two. And now its here does it deliver? Hell yes, I am an instant fan.
First up, I am rejoicing in the fact that they are CRAZY pigmented. Definitely no subtlety at play here, what you see in the tube is what you get on your lips and it’s glorious. They’re liquid mattes, which means they can be a little drying, but with good lip prep beforehand, you should be fine. I always do the latter and have found the couple of shades I have had to play with totally user-friendly and they last and last… beyond belief. I also haven't needed a liner, just a steady hand a little practice time - bonus!
The shades are amazing, but personally I’m leaning more towards the dark and popping shades rather than creamier nude tones, mainly due to my complexion and age. These sorts of shades when too matte can look chalky on me, but that definitely won’t be the case with everyone and I encourage you all to have a good damn play.
The full shade lineup is:
Fashion Legacy - Intense fire truck red
Feels So Grand - Deep true red
High Drama - Deep dark plum
Dance With Me - Deep cranberry red
Lady-Be-Good - Warm mid-tone nude
Tailored to Tease - Bright fuchsia
Oh, Lady - Deep wine
Recollection - Intense bright violet
Quite the Standout - Bright orange-red
To Matte with Love - Bright raspberry
Personal Statement - Shocking pink
Divine-Divine - Light creamy pink
Mademoiselle Bright - creamy coral
Back in Vogue - Peachy nude
Rich & Restless - Mid-tone pinky salmon

These beauties are available right now at all M.A.C locations, RRP $50.00

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Daily delight: Kendall Jenner's new campaign for Mango

Beauty news: Kiehl’s ‘Daily Revival’ Hub hits Britomart this Friday

This Friday (22 January 2016) Kiehl’s invites health and beauty lovers to drop into their Revival Hub in Britomart from 11am – 4pm to re-energise and revive at the end of your week. The iconic US skincare and beauty brand will be creating a pop up hub for shoppers on the lawn outside Britomart’s atrium to celebrate the newly launched – and pretty damn gorgeous - Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate.
The new Daily Reviving Concentrate features a specifically selected, highly concentrated blend of 100 per cent natural origin ingredients including Ginger Root essential oils and Tamanu and Sunflower Seed botanical oils. Designed to reduce daily environmentally-induced oxidation and already a hit internationally, it is non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, mineral oil free and paraben-free, and the formula is lightweight, quickly absorbing and helps strengthen and protect the skin barrier to help skin feel fresh and look energized morning to night. Sounds pretty good to me!
The revival hub at Britomart is designed to energise Friday’s shoppers by nodding to the key ingredients of this new essential day time oil. Expect to see a sun canopy made entirely of sunflowers as well as food, music and drinks to help demonstrate how you can revive and re-energize with Kiehl’s.
Local eateries are generously supplying visitors with healthy guilt-free treats; passionfruit macaroons and cold-pressed juices from Little Bird Organics as well as White’s & Co’s freshly made frozen yoghurts with the finest toppings in the land. All can be relished while making the most of the Kiehl’s Daily Revival Hub.
They will also be running a huge giveaway for one lucky person who will win $2,000 worth of Kiehl’s products as a part of the #DailyRevival Hub. Customers can enter by uploading a photo of themselves or their friends at The Hub at Britomart – and using the hashtags #KiehlsNZ and #DailyRevival - and by tagging the Kiehl’s NZ Instagram page @KiehlsNZ.
So to re-cap, the Kiehl’s Daily Revival Hub is at Takutai Square in Britomart located at 43 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland this Friday, so get ready to take some time out on our picnic blankets, lie beneath the sunflowers and chill out with Kiehl’s!
In addition, the Kiehl’s Britomart store will have 15 per cent off all products in store on Friday between 11am and 4pm as part of the Revival Hub Pop Up. Terms and conditions apply – see in store for details. 

Daily delight: Julia Restoin Roitfeld for Charlotte Olympia X Agent Provocateur

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

All about: FABY’s clever new nail care treatments

At the beginning of December I had to go into hospital for surgery, and plum done forgot that I could not do so with nail polish on – in my case, gel nail polish of the very durable but hella difficult to remove alone type! I get mine applied and removed by the amazingly talented Kiely at Leah Light Nails & Beauty in Parnell, who naturally in the lead up to Christmas were jam packed with bookings. As a last resort I had someone else remove my gels, which was a necessary but HUGE mistake. Damaged beyond belief, they looked as crappy as I felt.
On the upside, around the same time I was sent a bottle of one of FABY’s new nail care treatments to try, and the timing could not have been better. They are now looking so good that I have been going au natrel ever since, and loving every minute of it (I’m still seeing Kiely for pedicures of course, it is summer!).
FABY already had a line of nail care treatments, but recently added two new, revolutionary nail care products to it designed to strengthen and rehabilitate brittle nails and, for the first time, hydrate and restore the structure of ageing nails.
The first is FABY Nail Refix, which is a healing treatment for brittle nails that split and show what the company cutely calls “little vigour”. It’s like rehab for nails, as in a 3-week daily application regimen so nails will become consistently strong and resistant to breakage. It uses a combination of Vitamin-E, Vitamin B5 and a 5-Mineral Complex to empower the growth of more resilient nails, along with streaks and white spots getting the heave ho. Apply it just once to clean nails and notice immediate hardening, apply once daily and get ready for your strongest nails yet.
FABY Nail Renew is the other formula, a unique anti-ageing treatment that combines technology and nature to contrast imperfections, plus restore and hydrate nails. A multi-performing product, it delivers seven benefits in one touch. It is formulated with Hexanal, a powerful technological agent that regenerates nail structure and works with the Keratin-like peptides that bind to the natural keratin of nails to prevent them from future breakage. Argan and baobab oils nourish the nail bed while Vitamin-E with Violet Extract are included for their anti-oxidizing and hydrating properties.
For a tru healing treatment, apply two coats of Nail Renew everyday for three to four weeks. When Nails are restored to a healthy state, apply once or twice a week as maintenance therapy and a base coat for your favourite polish. Amazing! Now I’m dying to try their cuticle treatments to keep mine looking fresh – if they are anywhere near as good as these I am on to a winner!
These babies are available at selected salons nationwide and RRP $32.00 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Daily delight: Zöe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet for Calvin Klein

Love it: Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Dry Tanning Oil

I have been having laser hair removal over the last couple of months at OFF Wax (cannot recommend it enough, life changer!) and one of the stipulations of the treatment is that I’m not allowed to tan my legs. At first I was all, “damn bad timing with summer most firmly here to stay!” then I realised that the simple answer is sticking to the safest tan of all, a faux glow.
I’m a bit of a fake bake connoisseur, and am always up for trying the newest and easiest to use formulas on the market. The latest to have crossed my desk right as I was despairing about a summer in jeans was the really quite Insta-famous Liquid Gold by Bondi Sands.
A dry tanning oil that requires no wash off or walking around with no clothes on while you dry off, I had heard so much about this formula before giving it a go and definitely had high expectations.
The self-tanner has been feted for “gliding on with ease”, being dry to the touch within seconds, developing over eight hours and lasting for a week, which got me excited just for starters. It also requires no washing off, doesn’t leave a sticky feeling or a tanning smell - just the trademark Bondi Sands’ coconut scent. I was intrigued… and quick to try.
The verdict? A winner, but one that needs a teeny tiny bit of getting used to. When you initially apply the ‘dry oil’ it is colourless, which I think will either be a massive hit or miss for some people. When I first gave it a go I had a few streaks on my legs and my ankles went a bit patchy, but overall I was seriously impressed. I feel like practice will definitely make perfect for anyone that tries it over time, and it definitely did for me. I also love the fact that the formula is enriched with Argan oil to hydrate and nourish the skin, meaning it really does last and last with just a few extra top ups of moisturiser every morning.
So yep, highly recommend – and this baby is available right now, with a very reasonable RRP of $24.99. Love it.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Daily delight: Taraji P. Henson for Elle magazine

Hair how to: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, Shanghai

It has been amazing watching UK actor Daisy Ridley absolutely nailing the red carpet thing whilst on the promo tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and her beauty look as been as on point as her stylist’s outfit choices. To put it simply: she has looked  - and no doubt will continue to look – incredible at premieres all around the world.
The star of Star Wars star has also been winning praise for her role in the box office record-breaking film, and captivated on-lookers with her look at the Shanghai, China premiere of the movie just days before the New Year. Wearing an absolutely breathtaking royal purple Jason Wu dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Tyler Alexandra clutch, celebrity hairstylist Robert Vetica created a feminine up do for her that fitted perfectly.
Here’s how to get the look at home, using Joico:
1. To begin, spritz Joico’s Flip Turn Volumising Spray from roots to tips to get a long-lasting style.
2. For extra volume, blow dry your hair ensuring you get underneath each section of hair and lift it up and away from the head.
3. Flip your head and focus on the roots for about 10 minutes on a low to almost no-heat setting. As the hair got more shape and body, put in Joico’s Hair Shake for added texture and volume.
4. For a solid base, divide and clip the hair into three sections - top, middle and nape - and loosely tease each section at the root. If you‘re going for volume and for sleekness, use a boar bristle brush and then a paddle brush to ensure it doesn’t look frizzy.
5. Use a 1/2 barrel curling iron and hold it in an asymmetrical pattern to get a more natural looking style.
6. Roll the hair outward, away from your face, and begin pinning to create a bun. When pinning the hair always aim for it to hit the crown of her head, so that it can sit in place and take the desired shape.
7. Once the bun is fully set, begin pulling out a few strands from the twists in the bun so that they aren’t so tight, and have more body to get a more modern, youthful appearance. Also pull some to frame your face.
8. Apply Joico’s K-Pak Colour Therapy Dry Oil Spray onto a teasing comb and go over any fly-aways around the face and smooth out certain areas of the bun.
9. Once the style is complete, mist the Joico Flip Turn Volumising Spray all over to set the hair. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daily delight: Freja Beha Erichsen for Missoni SS 2016

Beauty news: Susan Sarandon announced as latest ambassador for L’Oréal Paris

A Hollywood legend, totally sassy broad and one of the most respected actors of our time, Susan Sarandon has been announced as the latest ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. How great is that?
An Oscar winner, mother, activist, entrepreneur, fighter, and a beautiful example of what it means to age with style, Sarandon is living proof that age is just a number and that happiness is the ultimate beauty tool.
“Susan is a cinematic icon. She is strong, charismatic and talented and has a compelling sense of self. Her outspoken activism, captivating film work and authentic charm continues to inspire women to be fearless and believe in their convictions,” says Cyril Chapuy, L’Oréal Paris Brand Global President. “She is a real woman of worth inside and out. We are honoured to have Susan as a new L’Oréalista.”
Born in Manhattan, she landed her first role in the film Joe at the age of 20 when she accompanied her husband to New York City for a role in a Broadway musical. This was the beginning of her journey toward becoming one of Hollywood’s most esteemed leading ladies, recognized for playing strong, sexy, multifaceted characters. Many of her films have become instant classics, such as Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham and the campy cult hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Her distinguished acting career has spanned over four decades, and has garnered her five Academy Award nominations and a well-deserved win for Best Actress for the 1995 film Dead Man Walking.
As a passionate social and political activist, Sarandon has supported progressive causes as diverse as LGBT rights, environmental issues, and the fight against racism. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and works globally to protect children’s rights. In 2006, she received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award and in 2013 she became the first celebrity face of the “100 Good Deeds Bracelet,” a non-profit organization providing economic and educational opportunities to women and girls across Africa and elsewhere.
When asked about her passions, Sarandon consistently refers to global issues and demonstrates on a daily basis that it’s empowering to volunteer. “When you are engaged in the bigger picture, you can’t afford the space to become so self-involved that everything is a crisis for you.”
“When L’Oréal Paris and Cyril first approached me, I was so flattered,” she adds. “The brand has always been a leader in helping in the empowerment and development of women. The very first time I heard ‘Because I’m Worth It’, it definitely was a shift in the framing of why you should look good. It had to do with women becoming the master of their own lives and decisions. It’s an extremely powerful statement that has transcended time. Beauty comes from the inside; it’s a state of mind. I’m proud to be a part of their message and to represent the L’Oréal Paris women.”
At 69 years old and as fiercely beautiful as ever, she says, “I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you ARE is the point.”
As a new international spokesperson, Sarandon will be the ambassador of Age Perfect skincare and hair colour, joining the glamorous L’Oréal family along that includes Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Natasha Poly, Liya Kebede, and Doutzen Kroes.
A major appointment and super savvy move byL’Oreal Paris  - I love this.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Daily delight: Kate Moss and Daria Werbowy for Equipment

Love it: Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara

I was once asked by a magazine to name the one beauty product that I had been given at that time that I instantly fell for - hard - and didn’t hesitate before naming Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara. It gives you thicker, fuller, bolder lashes in a single super-saturated stroke, and is as kind as it gets on sensitive, contact lens-sporting peepers like mine. It is super quick to apply - a bonus for crazy busy women like me - and just one coats gives you major colour payoff, mainly due to the fact that the kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high drama thanks to its ability to build volume lash by lash. It has a thicker brush base that evenly combs through eyelashes from roots to ends, while a tapered tip grabs those small, hard-to-reach lashes. The result is dramatically dark, doll-like lashes in - quite literally - the blink of an eye, and it lasts and lasts. I was an instant convert and still am today. I can’t get enough of the stuff.
Having said that, just before Christmas I was sent Bobbi’s latest lash loving release, which comes in the form of Eye Opening Mascara (I do love a no nonsense name, seriously). It is high impact and high drama for sure, and I was an instant fan. The blackest of carbon black and with a formula that lasts, Brown describes it as “OMG, wow”, and I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Key to its effect is a seriously jumbo brush that carefully fans and pushes lashes up and out, while the rich, formula intensely thickens, curls and lifts lashes all day for the ultimate eye opening effect. Your lashes are pretty much doubled, and then some! Pigment enhancing Polymeric Resins and Acacia Senegal Gum (a natural binding agent) are in there to maintain your lashes’ heightened curl effect, and also prevent flaking and smudging for up to eight hours (and I’ve tested it, on New Year’s Eve no less).
And despite all of this major product pay off, it is super easily removed with warm water and cleanser. Magic!
This beauty is on counter a week today for RRP$57.00, and I say definitely don’t delay. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Daily delight: Cindy, Claudia and Naomi for Balmain 2016

Love it: M.A.C Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30

When it comes to foundations, it's fair to say that M.A.C is all about that base, and its latest launch raises the bar that much higher. M.A.C Studio Waterweight Foundation was the cover up of choice in the kit bags of many a makeup artist during the past season's Fashion Weeks, and with good reason. As legendary makeup artist Terry Barber so wonderfully puts it, “the product is especially perfect for those who want perfect skin but don’t feel comfortable wearing a lot of foundation”. It’s now my little airbrush in a bottle for days when my skin needs a bit of a pep talk, offering natural looking, lightweight coverage that makes it look even, radiant and well-rested.
It is an excellent addition to their foundation lineup for those that like to mix it up depending on event and season, and fans of the brand's iconic Face & Body Foundation will likely love this right out of the gate. This water-like formula sets to a satin finish that is neither matte nor moisturising—striking a balance that makes this an option for nearly any skin type, including the sensitive and acne-prone. I love that it has the added benefits of an SPF 30 + a decent array of beneficial ingredients, something many foundations lack.
The iconic beauty company has used a mix of mineral and non-mineral actives in there (as in, a blend of octinoxate, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) to give it the broad-spectrum rating that makes it a bonus when it comes to being sun smart. This blend likely helps the formula retain its fluid, serum-like texture, as a pure mineral sunscreen tends to feel gloopier (for want of a better word) on the skin.
Also included antioxidants and reparative ingredients, from vitamin E, lecithin, apple and watermelon extract, and sodium hyaluronate, just to name a few. It's a nice mix, and proves a winner if your skin is on the dry side.
Last up, due to its fluid nature, you may be surprised by how little you need to cover your whole face. I find that just a few drops are more than sufficient for a full face during the day, and it blends particularly well if you use a brush.
So, there you have it. One of the best new gen foundations out there, and naturally it’s M.A.C.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Daily delight: Bianca Brandolini for Emirates Woman magazine

Love it: Dr.Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream

I used to be an avid user of Dr. Hauschka products, and still have some in my skincare regime that continue to perform and perform. Just before Christmas I was contacted by the brand and asked if I’d like to have a play with some of their extensive range again, and one of my old favourites that I had completely forgotten about was in the high performance Regenerating mini kit I was sent. Its name is Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream and I had forgotten how much I missed it!
The neck and décolleté are two of the most neglected areas on the bodies of a lot of women I know yet they are also two of the first spots to really give away your age (but clearly not on Ange, above). So many of us stop our skincare at the jawline and treat the legs and the arms with a body moisturiser and be done with it, then face the possibility of laser treatment or similar to hopefully “fix” any damage once it becomes impossible to ignore.
Thankfully for us then that the internationally acclaimed team of scientists at Dr. Hauschka  created Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream, which is a key element of Dr. Hauschka’s hugely successful Regenerating range, which was launched in 2008. I started using this beautifully rich cream again and can honestly say that the results are already starting to show. Despite the fact that I’m a religious user of sunscreen on the neck and décolleté the dehydration after several months in the sun was starting to show, and it was the perfect time to get things healing.
The luxurious cream works by unleashing a potent and unique combination of precious natural ingredients to help retain moisture and firm the specific neck and décolleté area, which loses elasticity and becomes prone to wrinkles and discolouring as the skin matures. The super rich, creamy moisturising texture includes Field Horsetail containing silica, which quickly absorbs into the skin and has a firming effect on the neck and décolleté connective tissue without leaving behind a greasy feel. Add to that moisture-balancing Marshmallow, Birch Leaves and isoflavone-rich Red Clover extracts to help enrich the skin with moisture, while eight plant oils, including Macadamia Nut oil and Argan oil, also provide an extra boost to help counteract the signs of aging. After just a few days’ use my neck and décolleté looked and felt softer and firmer, and any crepiness (horror!) that was starting to creep in had totally disappeared. If that sounds like your concern then I recommend you grab a tube of this magic stuff, and it goes without saying that its formula is all natural and good for the planet too.
Dr.Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream is best suited for mature skin and is also suitable for sensitive skin types, and you can go here for more information about the rest of the brand’s beautiful Regenerating Skin Care range.