Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tired of looking tired? Well thank the Sweet Lord of Great Skin then that the caring people at Lancôme have created the rather amazing Énergie de Vie. A super simple, efficacious routine that works to reawaken tired, dull skin, it has been specifically formulated for younger women’s skin to get that elusive glow – and keep it well into the next ten or years or more.
We all know that today's signs of fatigue could turn into tomorrow's visible signs of aging, and then you’re in an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff situation reaching for every expensive Hope In A Jar you can get your hands on. Using Énergie de Vie however, means that you go into the fight with all guns blazing against the likes of lack of sleep, high stress, pollution and daily life excesses. All these environmental factors alter the appearance of the skin over time, and as the years go on can’t be corrected by just a big glass of water and an early night!
Key to the routine is Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturizer, which has been designed to wake up your skin with a burst of what they like to call “anti-fatigue hydration”. The soft, hydrating liquid moisturizer fuels your skin for a refined texture, renewed bounce, and gorgeous glow. Its unique formula is hydrating like a cream but concentrated like a serum, and feels light like an essence when applied to the skin.
Reportedly inspired by Korean skincare routines and beauty technology, the water-infused moisturizer works to address the aforementioned first visible signs of aging and is formulated with goji berry, lemon balm, and vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection against free radicals. With a powerhouse of hydration in every drop, it is ultra hydrating and anti-fatigue, leaving your skin feeling smoother and softer a perfectly prepped for make-up application. It’s been called “a post-gym glow in a bottle” - which I love - and its suitability for all skin types will make it a huge hit for the brand in my humble opinion.
It’s also super easy to use in place of your normal daily moisturiser – just apply one or two drops to clean skin, and blend in circular motions. Shortly after, you’ll see the texture transform to a fresher, smoother finish literally before your eyes. Pretty amazing, huh?
Last up, it is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates, and even the production processes used to create it are super gentle to ensure the active ingredients’ efficacy. Very, very cool and a great move for such a major brand.
This beauty is in store now alongside the rest of the Énergie de Vie collection, with an RRP of $70.00.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
September sees the Father’s Day celebration dominate the first Sunday of the month, but I reckon dads deserve a round of applause all year round. In light of both of those statements I have rounded up my favourite men’s fragrance releases of late, which are as unique as the line up of dads out there.
First up, a cologne from one of my favourite brands – Jo Malone London. If you've ever been into a Jo Malone London fragrance boutique (and if you haven’t then I sincerely recommend that you do, and ASAP), then you'll have noticed that the much-loved company is keen not to label its fragrances by gender. A new Jo Malone beauty that is suitable for both genders is the heady Black Cedarwood & Juniper, a once-limited edition fragrance - from 2014’s Rain Collection - that has just been added to the main line. Designed to be evocative of “midnight rain”, it is spicy and seductive with what the brand calls the “carnal” touch of cumin and chilli leaves (I love that). The fragrance’s base note is Black Cedarwood, and it is Jo Malone London at it most urban in my humble opinion.
I love that Jo Malone London fragrances can be layered up with bath and body products or another of the brand’s fragrances to create something a little more complex and unique to the wearer. Black Cedarwood & Juniper can be combined with Lime Basil & Mandarin to give it a fresher feel - it gives the dark wood a herby, citrus twist - and it can also be combined with Wood Sage & Sea Salt to give the heavy wood a really aromatic, just-blown-in-off-the-sea vibe.
Next up is a very new fragrance from Giorgio Armani, Armani Code PROFUMO. The latest addition to the Armani Code range of scents for men, it is reportedly inspired by the “impeccable excellence of a Giorgio Armani tuxedo” and the bottle even comes with its own metal tuxedo-style belt inspired by the Armani Tuxedo Cummerbund - one of the iconic elements of Armani’s style and a nod to the brand’s heritage. As far as a men’s fragrance goes, it smells pretty damn good to me. Alluring, powerful and fiery, it has the classic Code base of tonka bean but amplified by a sensual woody fragrance and notes of cardamom and a woody amber accord.
Another new release from a major fashion house, YSL’s L’Homme Ultime is beauty of a scent that has definitely been designed to make a statement. A flanker to 2006's L’Homme – which has been a bestseller ever since its release – the new eau de parfum was the work of perfumers Anne Flipo, Dominique Ropion and Juliette Karagueuzoglou. Notes include ginger, cardamom, grapefruit, rose, geranium, clary sage, cedar and vetiver, making for quite the modern scent and surprisingly fresh (for an EDP) to boot.
Last up, Ralph Lauren has introduced a new intensity into the popular world of Polo fragrances with the arrival of Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Parfum. Another great pick for gifting, this was inspired by the classic Polo Blue fragrance but is longer lasting, more sophisticated and intense. The addition of bergamot in the top notes brings a fresh, uplifting and energising burst, whilst the heart notes are enhanced with Blue Orris Accord, a powerful aromatic scent that brings a sweet sensuality to proceedings. Finally the base notes are intensified with notes of Vetiver for an enveloping, sophisticated dry down. The new bottle is sleek, stylish and luxurious too, and inspired by a modern sterling hip flask with polished silver metal surrounding the bottle.
So, where to start? Rest easy, I think dads will love them all.Tweet
Monday, August 29, 2016
When I mention the names “TK Store” and the label Turet Knuefermann to most women, the first thing that comes to mind is sexy. Elegant yet sensual styles that can work for any woman, and quality that lasts. And lasts.
Designer Turet crafts clothes that make a woman feel sexy and powerful for sure, but they are also completely effortless to wear – and the two don’t usually go to easily together. They are always the first pieces I go to in my wardrobe when I am heading overseas due to their insane portability and power to repel creases no matter how long the flight time, and most of her styles can be dressed down for day and then waaaaaay up at night depending on the way you want your getaway to roll out. Dresses worn multiple ways are another concept that has been on the Knuefermann menu for a while too - some of her styles even come with instructions and yep, the possibilities are endless.
At the end of last year the designer celebrated 10 years’ in the business of running her own, highly successful standalone stores, including her iconic Brown Street store under the TK Store banner that opened way back in 2005. Her newest boutique, called just Knuefermann, extends her brand even further. You’ll find it in the historic Kauri Timber building on Fanshawe Street, and it is a true joy to behold. Architecture firm Fearon Hay created a space there that reflects a luxury consumer experience along with European style and the clean lines that the brand is known for, and it's a completely unique shopping destination.
The sparkling new concept store was also the venue to the Knuefermann show during last week’s New Zealand Fashion Week, and it goes without saying that the collection was absolutely flawless. Want it all, and ASAP.
Athena Pessione for M.A.C Cosmetics created the makeup look to work with the sexy, minimalist style, with the inspiration described by the talented artist as “raw, refined textures embracing luxe femininity”. It was joyously wearable, and I got the low down on how to recreate the look at home:
Face: M.A.C Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation was used as a base, with Cream Colour Base in Tint buffed onto the lower cheekbone. Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder was then used to set.
Eyes: Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Groundwork and Quite Natural were buffed on to the lid, before Eye Kohl in Teddy was used along the waterline. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Quite Natural was then applied underneath the eye, mixed wih with Lipglass in Clear. Pro Longwear Brow Set in Brown Ebony was used to keep brows perfectly in line.
Lips: Lipstick in Retro was used with Lipmix in Deep Tone Nude applied over top.
Nails: Studio Nail Lacquer in Skin with Studio Matte Overlacquer.
Photos by Olivia Hemus for M.A.C Cosmetics
Friday, August 26, 2016
New Zealand made, natural skincare brand Linden Leaves has announced they are now stocked in Shanghai, China – a first for the local natural pioneers. Linden Leaves - along with many other New Zealand skincare brands - have had to forgo the Chinese market up until now due to the long-time animal testing policy that the Chinese Government have imposed.
"We're thrilled to finally be able to meet the huge demand for Linden Leaves in this market without having to go through animal testing procedures like so many other brands have done," says Linden Leaves Founder Brigit Blair.
"I feel so proud that we did not bend our own company ethics and policy for the greater lure of the Chinese dollar due to their animal testing policy. It is so exciting that we have managed to enter the market in a way that means we are able to stay true to what we stand for, not only as a company, but also as a cruelty free nation".
The brand was able to enter the market without going through the lengthy registration process (which includes submitting their product for rigorous animal testing) as they have been granted exclusive authorisation by the Chinese government. This means for the first time ever their skincare and body care ranges will be represented in a Chinese domestic store, with a plan for further expansion into additional Duty Free stores in China.
The range was launched into Shanghai’s largest Duty Free Downtown store with great success and over 2000 people attended the opening event for their new counter.Tweet
Thursday, August 25, 2016
This year’s New Zealand Fashion Week kicked off for me with the Miss Crabb show on Tuesday night. An off-schedule show filled with pieces that just made my heart go BOOM, it all happened on Auckland’s Karangahape Road after models alighted from a Link Bus and strutted their stuff along a 25m red carpet. Perfection.
Kristine Crabb, the glorious woman behind the brand, said she originally planned to throw a small party, but they wanted to celebrate Fashion Week in a unique way. Unique it was, and beautiful to boot.
Kiekie Stanners, Senior Artist M.A.C Cosmetics, New Zealand was tasked with creating a totally Miss Crabb makeup look to complement the clothes, with the inspiration being: “PJ Harvey beauties with a pop of Andy Warhol”. Colourful and unique whilst also being incredibly wearable (that lip!), it can be recreated using the following M.A.C Cosmetics marvels:
Face: Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation was applied and then Cream Colour Base in Pearl used to highlight skin. Cream Colour Base in Vintage Rose was then applied to cheeks for a natural flush.
Eyes: Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater was buffed out over the eyelid before a combination of PRO Acrylic Paints in Hi Def Cyan, Pure White and Landscape Green were pressed on top. Fluidline in Blacktrack completed the look.
Lips: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Fashion Legacy.
Nails: Studio Nail Lacquer in Erogenous.
Photos: Olivia Hemus for M.A.C Cosmetics
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
In what must be the dream collab, two of my absolute favourite brands have come together to create something very special.
Luxe scarf brand Bird & Knoll has collaborated with fellow luxury brand Zoe & Morgan, to bring you three lightweight travel scarves that are the perfect accessory for your own adventures.
Anyone that follows me on Instagram (mshelene99) would know that I am a huge fan of Bird & Knoll - their scarves are the ultimate in highly practical, beautifully affordable luxe, and I have begun a collection that I know I’ll still be head over heels in love with for years to come.
A truly Trans-Tasman duo, Bird and Knoll are Natalie Knoll and Macayla Chapman, an old work mate of mine from many years ago. The pair is a match made in heaven, and has created some truly original and coveted pieces that seem deceptive in their simplicity.
I’m also obsessed by the preternaturally fabulous Zoe & Morgan jewellery collection, and own more pieces of their work than I’d care to name (sorry bank manager lady!). Their latest collection is inspired by a recent trip by two of the siblings behind the label – Ruth and Zoe – to Morocco, which is top of my bucket list and the most lust-worthy travel destination. The end result is sheer perfection, and yep, I already have a piece from it.
But back to the collab. A true meeting of creative minds, the Bird & Knoll X Zoe & Morgan capsule collection features the intricate ethnic shapes that inspire Zoe & Morgan’s jewellery, captured through the lens of Bird & Knoll’s own personal Moroccan travel archives.
“We loved the idea of using our images to work alongside the divine jewellery created by Zoe & Morgan, with a Moroccan connection in a functional yet playful way. We decided that beautiful 100 per cent organic cotton was the best ‘canvas’ for this fun and fashionable visual storytelling,” explains Bird & Knoll’s Macayla. The versatile scarves present a myriad of wearable options, from bohemian headscarf to sarong, summer neck scarf to beach cover up.
Zoe & Morgan shot their latest campaign, ‘Castles Made of Sand’ in the exotic mecca that is Marrakesh, using the collaboration scarves as turbans and headscarves to accompany the inspired jewellery. “Poetic Moroccan doorways have been translated into ring stackers, and tile patterns have been reimagined as earrings,” explains Zoe of Zoe & Morgan on how the landscape and intricacies of Morocco hinspired her latest collection.
The idea to collaborate came about when Zoe and Macayla were introduced by a mutual friend who felt that the synergy between the brands and the personalities was too great to ignore and thus a friendship started. After a coffee date and exercise class the pair dreamed up a way to merge their passions and create pieces to be worn to the beach or yoga class that tell a tale of travel and inspiration.
A celebration of wanderlust, creativity and collaboration, the Bird & Knoll X Zoe & Morgan capsule collection represents the ultimate travel and adventure accessory, and comes in three exquisite forms:
new zealand | aotearoa to marrakech – The inspiration starts early - An image of clouds from above on a journey from New Zealand to Morocco
morocco | luna lantern – The beauty is in the details - An image of the intricate craftsmanship of a lantern in the Medina in Marrakesh
medina | architectural inspiration – Focusing on the local characteristics - An image of the architectural details and patterns of an archway in Morocco, jeweled tones and adorned beauty.
Needless to say, I want them ALL.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The flashiest week in New Zealand fashion has just kicked off in Auckland with last night's opening of New Zealand Fashion Week, and opening proceedings were new generation superstars, Harman Grubiša.
The dynamic design duo's show was a hit as was expected, and Kiekie Stanners, Senior Artist M.A.C Cosmetics, New Zealand created the perfect makeup look to complement the label’s "a little louche and a lot glam", super sexy charm.
Kiekie said that the makeup was inspired by “the elegance and ornateness of the Baroque period… Super luxurious with delicate touches on the face,” and for me it was a look to die for. Super wearable too for most, in my humble opinion.
It can be re-created using the following products:
Face: Strobe Cream with Cream Colour Base in Pearl as a base, with Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation and Cream Colour Base in Tint and Improper Copper to contour.
Eyes: Paint in Bamboom applied to eyelids, before pigment in Tan was buffed over the lids with Rose Gold pigment (one of my favourites) used as a liner over the lash line. InstaCurl Lash completed the look.
Lips: Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Ms Diva with Lipstick in Sin, topped with Clear Lipglass.
Nails: M.A.C Studio Nail Lacquer in Sour Cherry.
PHOTO CREDIT: Olivia Hemus for M·A·C Cosmetics @oliviahemusphoto @maccosmetics
Monday, August 22, 2016
A few weeks’ ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the official New Zealand launch of Jo Malone London’s latest fragrance, which involved a carefully curated lunch at Auckland’s Seafarer’s private members club and a riot of highly covetable scent.
Now, the scent being celebrated on the day is almost set to land: arriving in September 2016 is the absolutely flawless Basil & Neroli. After Lime Basil & Mandarin from 1999, this is the first fragrance from the collection that contains basil as the main ingredient and it is destined to be a runaway success for the beautiful brand.
Master perfumer Anne Flipo calls the latest offering “a fresh, sophisticated, sensual floral with green facets - stunning in its simplicity,” and I can’t help but agree wholeheartedly. Dubbed the “London Lark” by the brand, the Basil & Neroli cologne is concocted with the fashion forward youth and fun of good old London town in mind. It’s a scent that is fresh, playful, and — most importantly — quintessentially British.
Basil & Neroli was born through a working collaboration between Fragrance Director Céline Roux and Master Perfumer Flipo. Roux says the inspiration behind the fragrance was the chance to “celebrate our heritage. To create a fragrance anchored in London’s vibrant spirit and inspired by the botanical gardens and leafy squares hidden within the urban spaces”. She adds that it “felt right to return to a signature ingredient basil, a fragrance rule breaker when we included it in Lime Basil & Mandarin”. Basil & Neroli was created with some of the iconic brand’s most-loved ingredients, “which have become an integral part of our olfactive signature,” said Roux, “and I have to give credit to our Master Perfumer, Anne Flipo – it was her idea to combine it with neroli.”
The new scent comes as a cologne, hand and body wash, body crème and home candle, and like all Jo Malone London scents, is built to be played with. Flipo says her picks for Fragrance Combining with Basil & Neroli are English Pear & Freesia Body Crème for a sparkling floral fragrance that is mellow with touches of fruit, and Black Cedarwood & Juniper, “as the combination creates a fresh woody scent, green with fresh basil and resinous juniper”. I have been playing with the latter and have to say I once again agree – it has anchored Basil & Neroli’s freshness firmly into a deeper, slightly woodier zone for winter, which I highly recommend.
Friday, August 19, 2016
“I created these products to make skin look retouched - naturally”
I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown, both the woman and the brand. Both are beautiful yet practical, with the end goal being making every woman look the best she can be. The latest highly covetable releases from BB most definitely do that, and incredibly effortlessly.
Grouped under the name “Retouching Franchise”, the two new marvels are instant skin-perfecting formulas: Retouching Face Pencil (above) and Retouching Wand (below) . As the story goes, as an aspiring makeup artist, Bobbi studied magazines to learn how to recreate the look of retouched skin using makeup. This technique set the foundation of her beauty philosophy and inspired a new generation of retouching products. As a result, these artistry-inspired tools naturally retouch skin, creating a flawless, even complexion with a natural skin finish. No fierce contouring and crazy shading here – just beautiful, you-but-better skin. Designed for all skin tones, they are most definitely in the category of quick-fix sticks and transform skin with undetectable, all-day coverage. As the brand says: no filter required!
The Retouching Face Pencil is the first to land in New Zealand, and the one that I have had the most fun playing with. Multi-use – I love that! – it can be used to highlight favourite features and retouch imperfections. Available in 9 skin-tone correct shades, the creamy-matte formula blends seamlessly into the skin with ease, and is used to cover redness, dark spots and dark shadows. The lineup also includes universally flattering Illuminate Pencil to highlight your favourite features, and it’s also perfect for areas like the brow bone, cupid’s bow and inner corner of the eyes. You can use them on bare skin as an all-in-one skin perfector on weekends, or layer them over foundation for added coverage where needed. Magic!
Now, how to use…
* To highlight and enhance: apply the Illuminate shade on the top of cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes and on brow bones.
* To brighten dark, recessed areas: use a pencil 1-2 shades lighter than skin tone. Apply on recessed parts of the face like the inner corners of eyes, around the nose and corners of mouth.
* To erase sun spots and age spots: choose a pencil 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone, then layer with a pencil that matches your skin tone.
* To correct redness and discolouration: use a pencil that matches your skin tone, applied before or after foundation wherever redness is seen.
The Retouching Wand lands in September in nine shades, and is a unique cover-up and foundation hybrid that erases imperfections, neutralises redness and evens out skin for a retouched yet natural finish. Sounds pretty good to me! It comes as a weightless, liquid formula that comes in a clickable pen with a sponge tip applicator that dispenses only what you need—whether you’re touching up or applying all over the face. I haven’t had a chance to have a good play with this yet but think it will be an absolute must have for travel, leak proof and effective to boot!
Now, how to use…
* To even out bare skin: apply around the nose and mouth - where redness is usually seen - and blend outwards with fingers.
* To get a nude glow: apply tinted moisturiser all over the face, then use the wand for added coverage over redness or unevenness.
* To perfect your foundation: after applying foundation, lightly sweep the wand over skin to smooth, enhance and create the most polished look.
Just gorgeous. The Retouching Face Pencil has an RRP of $60.00 and the Retouching Wand, $76.00