Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for A|X Armani Exchange

All about: Weleda's new 24hr Roll-On Deodorants

I’m lucky that I’ve never been a particularly ‘sweaty’ person (even after a spin class I just have a little shine), so I’ve never had cause to use some of the more heavy-duty deodorants and anti-perspirants out there. They are known to contain all manner of nasties in the quest to stop sweat and smell, and have been linked to many disorders by the wellness community.
Sweating is our body’s natural and necessary thermoregulation process. Many mainstream of the aforementioned deodorants and ‘antiperspirants’ use chemicals such as aluminium salts to block sweat glands and pores, reduce or even stop the essential sweating process completely. Instead of blocking sweat, Weleda's collection of new 24hr Roll-On Deodorants naturally protect the wearer by inhibiting bacterial enzymes that decompose sweat and consequently prevents the formation of any unpleasant body odour. Body odour comes from the destruction of sweat by skin bacteria and depends on the substances in your sweat, the special flora of bacteria in the area, and by metabolites of food or medicines. It also differs by gender. By halting the work of these bacterial enzymes that decompose sweat but not the act of sweating itself, Weleda's new 24hr Roll-On Deodorants let your body do its thing, and smell good too!
Instead of aluminium salts, Weleda uses clever ingredients like Liquorice Root, for its antioxidant, calming and antimicrobial effects, combined with Witch Hazel, to calm, tone, and nourish skin. Together with essential oils, like Litsea Cubeba, for natural fresh fragrance, the new roll-on deodorants have been dermatologically proven to protect against body odour for an amazing 24-hours. Plus, Weleda’s Roll-On Deodorants can be used directly after all kinds of hair removal, something that deodorants with aluminium salts are not recommended for (ouch!).
100% certified natural by NATRUE, they come in a Citrus or Men’s version, and have a very reasonable RRP of $15.90 for a 50ml tube. The brand has also reformulated and repackaged their super popular 100ml deodorant sprays. Wild Rose, Citrus and Sage have been reformulated to improve protection from body odour from 4-6 hours to 12-24 hours, and come in smart new modern packaging. They remain the same great price, still in glass bottles, still with no aluminium salts and are also perfect as a room spray, to uplift your mood, or to disguise unwanted household smells.
Weleda products are available from weleda.co.nz, selected online retailers, health stores and pharmacies nationwide.  To locate your nearest stockist or for further information visit www.weleda.co.nz.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily delight: Jessica Biel for Marie Claire US

Beauty news: here comes the new MECCA MAX

The makeup edit at any MECCA store is always so perfectly curated, with amazing brands being added all the time that you pretty much fall in love with at first sight. It comes as no surprise that being surrounded by all of that mastery has rubbed off on MECCA founder Jo Horgan and her talented team, who are set to launch a new signature brand of makeup, MECCA MAX.
On August 1, the super exciting new brand will launch with an INSANE 206-strong product line-up across skin, complexion, eyes, lips, nails, lashes and beauty tools, and from what I have seen it will be mind-blowing. And let’s not forget that being made by beauty junkies, for beauty junkies, every product is designed for experimentation, personalisation and play.
The first drop will include a collection of 25 ‘MAXimiser’ products that hero the range, with stand-outs including eye and skin primers, a strobing stick, an artistry palette and a double-ended mascara. Plus the absolutely nuts, entry-level price point means items range from just $5 to $45, making MECCA MAX accessible to beauty novices and devotees alike. Go forth and play!
MECCA Brands founder and CEO Horgan says MECCA Max underscores MECCA’s commitment to delivering the ultimate beauty experience to its customers. “The launch of this new signature line is one of the most important milestones in our business and has been three years in the making. MECCA MAX was born out of our community of in-store hosts and MECCA beauty junkies who delivered their ideas, inspiration, expertise and passion to create this collection.”
MECCA Brands Creative Director Marita Burke says the new MECCA MAX brand is a game-changer in the beauty retail space. “MECCA MAX has been created for the girl who is as obsessed with beauty as we are. Our innovative products are smarter, work harder and will do more for your look than anything else in your beauty arsenal. Think the perfect nude, the best lash, the boldest lip, the brightest illuminator and everything in between. It’s MECCA’s beauty obsession, bottled.”
I for one, cannot wait.
MECCA MAX launches exclusively into Mecca Maxima stores and at meccabeauty.co.nz on August 1, 2017.

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik for US Vogue

Beauty news: Trilogy’s unveils new and improved Sensitive range

Skin sensitivity has become a bit of a catch-all term for three distinct types of skin problems: rosacea, contact dermatitis and skin that burns and stings. The common link is inflammation, which is often worsened by chemicals and yep, fragrance. That beautiful, possibly all-natural range awash with essential oils that you love could be the reason your skin is reacting, and the environment also plays a major role. 
The US-based Environmental Working Group recently revealed that modern women are exposed to a daily average of 126 chemicals from cosmetics, cleaning supplies, pollution and even the food they eat. The list of potential skin irritants is a long one, and we are exposed to more and more of these with our changing lifestyles and environments. 
Sensitive skin needs specialised care to help provide relief and reduce redness and inflammation, and Trilogy have thoughtfully considered the sensitive types among us and our changing needs by reformulating their newly repackaged Trilogy Sensitive range. The introduction of three new innovative products completes the regime of certified natural, dermatologically tested skincare especially crafted for highly reactive and sensitive skin types. 
Trilogy Sensitive is designed to bring comfort to even the most fragile, intolerant and reactive complexions, and the new formulations include skin-rewarding maqui berry and sea buckthorn which are combined with the current range hero ingredient SyriCalm® to offer added repair, nourishment and protection. 
“The goal with sensitive skin is to protect the weakened skin barrier and rebuild the skin’s own natural protective defence function,” says Trilogy beauty guru, Corinne Morley. “It’s important to choose products rich in gentle moisturising and emollient ingredients, and free from essential oils, fragrances and irritating alcohols and chemicals. Trilogy Sensitive is a great natural alternative to traditional synthetic skincare, allowing you to care for sensitive skin while also protecting from some of the more unwanted signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.”
So, what more can be revealed about the ingredients included in the newly reformulated Trilogy Sensitive range?
Maqui Berry: this is a new super-oil high in antioxidants that helps to target free radicals which can cause skin irritation. With 80 per cent essential fatty acids to protect and reduce cell damage and disintegration, it naturally helps reduce redness and inflammation. 
• _Sea Buckthorn: containing nature’s richest source of Omega-7, this beauty is vital for collagen production, healthy skin and to protect against oxidative damage. It restores skin cells and helps reduce fine lines and winkles for smooth, soft and comfortable feeling skin. 
• _SyriCalm®, a natural active that contains a blend of two naturally occurring ingredients (phragmites kharka, a reed extract, and poria cocos, a pine tree derived fungus). SyriCalm® has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin’s barrier, making it more resilient all round. 
My pick so far of the new releases is Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil, which is a deeply nourishing and restoring pure plant oil that has gone straight to work on my Winter weather-battered skin.  Combining essential fatty acid and antioxidant-rich new super-oil maqui berry and Omega-7 rich sea buckthorn, the certified organic beauty oil is especially formulated to help nourish, repair and protect even the most fragile and intolerant skin against free radical and oxidative damage. Apricot oil containing vitamin A and E is also in there to soothe the skin and help slow the signs of ageing. Perfectly suited to sensitive and highly reactive skin, Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil is fragrance-free and dermatologically tested. 
Also new is the Very Gentle Hydra-Mask that I’m going to try this weekend, and Very Gentle Eye Cream, a lightweight and easily absorbed formulation that contains antioxidant-rich maqui berry to target free radicals and reduce redness and inflammation, SyriCalm® to strengthen the natural skin barrier function and provide relief and comfort to stressed skin, and aloe vera to help maintain moisture balance while soothing sensitivity and irritation. 
The new range is available right now from selected Farmers, pharmacies, department and health stores nationwide. For more information, visit trilogyproducts.com. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily delight: Miranda Kerr for ELLE France

Beauty news: MECCA Maxima to open in Auckland

MECCA Cosmetica founder Joanna Horgan once told me that every day feels like walk into what can only be termed a “beauty wonderland” for her and her team, and she’s not kidding! Her vision for a retail beauty experience that  “brings together under one roof, the most comprehensive and unique selection of cutting edge brand names in colour cosmetics, skincare, haircare, fragrance and body care, paired with the in-depth expertise of resident makeup artists and skincare specialists” now occupies numerous amazing stores across two countries, and its progress shows no sign of slowing down in a hurry. I for one can’t walk through the door of a MECCA without discovering something new and unusual that I simply must have, and when the first New Zealand store opened many years ago just minutes’ from my house, I knew I was in trouble!
Now its time for Auckland to get it’s own MECCA Maxima store - a beauty superstore that already has glamorous incarnations in Wellington (pictured below) and Christchurch. It’s been a long time coming but as they say, good things come to those who wait, and patient beauty junkies in Auckland will soon be rewarded when the one-stop-beauty-shop opens at 191 Queen Street on Thursday, August 3.
Filled with over 50 of the best global beauty brands, the 263 square metre beauty emporium will be New Zealand’s biggest store yet, offering all the latest lust-have products and trends in makeup, skin, hair and fragrance. First Christchurch, then Wellington and now Auckland, the opening is highly anticipated by upper North Island beauty junkies far and wide, and boasts 12 stations for makeup applications and skin consultations.
These beauty lovers will for the first time will be able to get their perfectly manicured hands on MECCA Maxima exclusive brands such as Urban Decay, Too Faced, Mario Badescu and Drunk Elephant, plus well-acquainted favourites from NARS, By Terry, Stila, Hourglass and GlamGlow. K-beauty staples Mizon, Chosungah22 and 16Brand will also be available to lovers of something different.
Horgan says it will be the first of many to open in the region. “New Zealand, you have embraced us with open arms. I have been nothing but humbled by your response to MECCA Maxima and I am very much looking forward to opening more of our stores in this beautiful part of the world and delivering more of our inimitable beauty experiences to you,” says Jo.
Taking wake up and make up to a whole new level, from 9am on opening day there will be celebrations aplenty with offerings for all to enjoy, including the iconic MECCA-mazing Envelope Wall that sees shoppers who spend $90 or more reveal a beauty surprise.
MECCA Maxima Auckland is the sixth in New Zealand’s MECCA store network of Cosmetica and Maxima beauty destinations, with the company planning on significantly expanding its footprint over the coming years.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Daily delight: Robyn Lawley for Cosmopolitan Lithuania

All about: Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Serum

I recently had to have the gel polish removed from my nails prior to surgery and damn, they were in a bit of a state. Despite daily – and nightly – cuticle oiling they weren’t very happy with me at all, and the cooler weather didn’t help. They looked shocking, to put it mildly!
So I chopped them all as short as still aesthetically pleasing and then started applying a clever new product that had come across my desk that works as a bedtime boost designed to treat nails and cuticles to hydration with nutrient-rich actives, all in one luxe formula. 
Overnight moisturising treatments work wonders for skin and hair, and now nails and cuticles can benefit from the rejuvenating results over a little night time love with Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab, the brand’s our first overnight nail serum that contains moisture and nutrient rich extracts for intense nail and cuticle restoration. 
This treatment gave me visible results after just one week of use and I was pretty much immediately sold. My nails were extremely dry and brittle, and then the dryness leads straight to peeling and breaking, and this has absolutely turned them around. According to Sally Hansen, the formula contains a blend of black orchid, açai and algae actives and humectants and  "helps hydrate and rejuvenate severely dry or weak nails". Sound like you? It certainly sounded like me, and it worked.
“Based on my expertise, Moisture Rehab is a great product for delivering moisturisation overnight to address issues of dryness and dehydration,” says Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador. “This improves the overall manicure, enhancing smooth colour laydown, increasing nail flexibility to avoid chipping and making the finished product more beautiful,” Despite its super nourishing properties the brush-on, luxurious formula is a lightweight serum, and absorbs super fast whether you’re applying it to bare or coloured nails. It sinks straight in so no messy pillowcase etc, and goes to work pretty much immediately.
To use, apply the serum to bare fingers and toenails or over a dried manicure and gently massage. I apply a good amount to each nail, let it soak in for a minute, and then massage the rest into my nails. It really sinks in and provides immediate relief. Amazing!
Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Overnight Nail Serum is available now at Farmers, The Warehouse and selected pharmacies. RRP: $18.99. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Glamour

Love it: Kevin Murphy LEAVE-IN.REPAIR

One of my absolute favourite beauty names to interview over the years has been Australian hair legend – and the creator of many of my must have hair products – Kevin Murphy. The affable super stylist always has a tip or two to impart and when he releases a new product, you know it’s been tried and tested by the man himself until absolute perfection has been achieved.
One of my favourite haircare launches over the last twelve months or so was Murphy's REPAIR.ME line (pictured above). The Kevin Murphy brand is founded on a philosophy that you should treat your hair with the same care that you treat your skin, and the original REPAIR.ME trio, consisting of WASH (shampoo), RINSE (conditioner), and RE.STORE (repairing treatment), was very aptly named and designed to repair dry, damaged strands with nourishing superfood proteins and unique natural ingredients that bind to the hair.
The WASH and RINSE are used together anytime you would normally shampoo and condition your hair, then perhaps once a week, swap out the duo for RE.STORE to give your locks a bit of a break. Now he’s added to the line with LEAVE-IN.REPAIR (below), which is nourishing leave-in treatment to repair and restore damage where it is most needed. It has been designed for all hair types, and I have been using it mainly on my mid-lengths and ends where my hair is a little more damaged due to its length. The results? Amazing, and I have even been able to go without any sort of styling products to smooth out frizz afterwards, which is definitely kind on the wallet.
Key ingredients in the super luxe formula include Hydrolysed Keratin to promote strength and re-build the hair, Jojoba Seed Oil for its moisturising properties, Hydrolysed Green Pea Protein to repair, strengthen and moisturise and Rose Geranium, which contains antioxidant benefits and enhances the fragrance. Beautiful!
So how do you use it? Just apply to damp or towel-dried hair and either leave to dry naturally or style as desired.
LEAVE-IN.REPAIR is in salons now, RRP $70.00 and yep, worth every cent.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily delight: Hailey Baldwin for ELLE UK

Giveaway: Dermalogica’s latest award winning duo

Dermalogica are all about creating serious skincare with no mucking around involved, and the popularity of their products speaks for itself.
A huge number of their product releases are award winners to boot, the latest being Daily Microfoliant and Charcoal Rescue Masque, which were named winning products as voted by New Zealanders at the recent Bauer Best in Beauty Awards.  These two cult products really are so good, they're skin-changing, and Dermalogica fans aren’t afraid to shout their success from the rooftops. 
Daily Microfoliant (RRP $102) is a global best seller for a reason! If you haven’t tried it yet you’re mad, as it's a uniquely formulated, all round wonderful rice-based powder exfoliant that brightens and smooths skin, and also helps balance uneven skin pigmentation. It is gentle enough to use daily and suits all skin conditions, and although the initial outlay for a full sized one isn’t cheap, a little goes a long way.
Charcoal Rescue Masque (RRP $89) has been designed to help tired, lacklustre or dull skin get its groove back, and – as the name suggests – contains one of the beauty world’s hottest ingredients right now. The activated, detoxifying masque contains Activated Binchotan Charcoal, which has been utilised to powerfully absorb impurities while sulphur promotes cell turnover for dramatically brighter skin. It’s one of those “instant gratification”-type products that I love, and has been a huge success since its release. Dermalogica was one of the first skincare names to harness the power of charcoal, and they have done it well.
And now for the really good part… I have two Dermalogica sets comprised of full sized versions of this dynamic duo to giveaway, and entering is about as easy as it gets. Just email helene@mshelene.com with your full name and delivery address by 5pm, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and you’re in the draw!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily delight: Halima Aden for Allure magazine

All about: the Eau Thermale Avène XeraCalm AD range

Eau Thermale Avène is a legendary French skincare brand that creates of some of most gentle and calming products out there. It is centred around the use of thermal spring water for its soothing properties, and all Avène products are created to heal and soothe even the most sensitive of skin types, including babies and kids.
A pharmacy-only brand that often flies a little under the radar, it is one of the most recommended skincare brands by French dermatologists and works to fight against irritated skin, intolerant skin and allergic skin. Its most famous offering is its Thermal Spring Water, which has calmed my skin over the years even when it’s been at its most eczema-afflicted. A naturally soothing source for sensitive skin since 1743, Avène’s Thermal Spring Water's unique composition is clinically shown by over 150 studies to calm, soothe and soften the skin. Ideal for red, sensitive or irritated skin and perfect for post-workout, travel, outdoor activities or to freshen up makeup, it is incredibly reasonably priced and a must in every bathroom.
With the colder weather meaning skin is getting a bit of a hammering at the moment, I have added two more of Avène’s products to my arsenal with some amazing results. The first is Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, and you know how much I love an oil! This one won Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty 2014 award for Best Breakthrough product in the bodycare category, and was also voted Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin by the US National Eczema Association. A daily cleansing oil that can be used in the shower or the bath, it calms, soothes and alleviates itching associated with atopic dermatitis and eczema, and is generally a brilliant choice for winter skin of any type. And although it is an oil it gently lathers up well, working the whole time to seal in moisture and restore the skin's barrier. Suitable for infants, children and adults, its ingredient list includes I-Modulia, a complex derived from Avène Thermal Spring Water that calms itching while helping to support the skin's own defense system, and Cer-Omega, which is derived from evening primrose and rich in omega-6 and ceramides to provide exceptional hydration and help restore the skin's epidermal barrier. Amazing.
After that I have been lathering on XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream when I feel my skin needs it, which is another Allure Best of Beauty Winner – 2016’s Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. A replenishing cream that directly targets itching, redness and irritation for skin prone to atopic dermatitis and eczema, it is formulated without any preservatives, parabens or fragrances, and its clever delivery system keeps the cream completely sterile and safe for its entire use. Suitable for infants, children and adults, it has a super rich texture that feels beautiful on the skin, and also contains the aforementioned I-Modulia and Cer-Omega for their super restorative properties.
So if sensitivity is your issue then I highly recommend that you check these two wonders out. Both come in at around the NZD $40 mark, and as a little goes a long way are a more than justifiable gift to self.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen for Loewe FW17

Beauty news: Estée Lauder signs major MUA Violette as Global Beauty Director

One of the first people I followed when I joined Instagram was beautiful, talented and super creative makeup artist Violette, not just for her skills but also for her personal style. Girlfriend has it ALL, and in spades.
It was only a matter of time before the big guns in the beauty industry began to take notice of the super chic Parisienne - who likes to think of what she does as like “fashion design for the face” – and last night Estée Lauder announced it had officially signed Violette as its Global Beauty Director. What a coup, and what a match made in heaven.
Violette will collaborate with the beauty giant’s team on product development, digital content creation, education and training, and public relations initiatives. Content created through this partnership will be leveraged across Estée Lauder's digital and social channels as well as Violette's You Tube channel violette _fr and Instagram handle @violette_fr. Violette will also star in how-to videos for the brand, sharing her point-of-view on her favourite makeup looks and beauty products. I for one will be watching them like a hawk!
“We are thrilled to welcome Violette to the Estée Lauder brand and look forward to an exciting collaborative partnership,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “As a talented makeup artist and lifestyle influencer with a passion for art and colour, Violette brings a unique voice and perspective to beauty. We are excited to partner with Violette on innovative new product ideas and engaging digital content that creates a dynamic new beauty conversation with women around the world across all touch points.” 
“I am so honoured to work with the Estée Lauder brand,” said Violette. “Estée was such a visionary and is still an inspiration for women today. She understood beauty is a way of expressing yourself, a way to celebrate femininity. And that is also my philosophy. I can’t wait to connect with women everywhere as part of this brand and take them on this journey with me.” 
It would be all too easy to describe the effortless beauty as chic and French and simply leave it at, she is so much more, that. One of the most creatively inclined MUAs working today, her CV includes gigs with Dior, Sephora and, La Mer, plus experience in editorial and runway makeup working alongside names like Patrick Demarchelier, Camilla Akrans, Mario Sorrenti and Mert & Marcus.
She began painting and studying art at the age of three, and, since childhood, has connected with others through the use of colour. After grade school, she enrolled in the prestigious École du Louvre in her native Paris, and also studied fashion and costume design. Her YouTube channel, where she shares French girl beauty secrets and helps women connect to aspirational beauty in an accessible way, was an instant success and is the perfect place to start learning more about this extraordinary woman. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daily delight: Paris Jackson for Vogue Australia

Love it: PREVAGE City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask

There is nothing better than a beauty product that delivers instant gratification, a role usually reserved for makeup rather than skincare for its transformative properties. Every so often though, an amazing game changer comes along from the world of high performance skincare, and the latest to land is from the might PREVAGE.
Called PREVAGE City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask and landing on counter in New Zealand next week, it is a skin resurfacing mask that instantly lifts and removes impurities and promotes skin’s natural detoxification system for a brighter, smoother, virtually poreless complexion. Like the rest of the PREVAGE collection it is formulated with the power of Idebenone, and also like its other family members: it works. And then some.
The “City Smart” and “Detox” part of its name comes down to its focus on fighting the effects of pollution, an unfortunate side effect of modern life living in a big city. Pollution’s dirty little secret is that it can enter every pore, every day. Some pollutants can even be 20 times smaller than the average human pore, and with thousands of them exposed on your face alone, your skin is incredibly susceptible to its harmful effects. To date, 80 per cent of the world’s population is exposed to particulate matter that exceeds the World Health Organization’s recommended level. Add to that the fact that age impacts the rate in which your skin can naturally combat the impact of pollution and you see how much of a difference products targeting that can make. In your 20’s skin cell turnover is happening at a rate of about every 20 days, but by age 45 those same cells are taking an average of 40 days to renew themselves. In other words: you need a little extra help, and that’s where this tube of amazingness steps in.
Using powerful ingredients including antioxidants, a smart polymer and a botanical blend, the super easy to apply mask helps to perfect your complexion by removing accumulated surface toxins, peeling away dirt, oil and pollutants from the skin – supporting skin’s natural detoxification system by gentle exfoliation. The smooth, super lightweight, gel formula delivers both immediate and long term detoxifying results, and after just one use, 95 per cent of women tested agreed skin looked clearer and 91 per cent agreed pores were visibly reduced.
I’ve used it only twice since it arrived across my desk last week and already I have noticed a new clarity to my skin - it works that fast, no exaggerration! The brand recommends that you use it twice a week, and that feels about right to me. You apply a generous layer to cleansed skin - avoiding eyebrows and hairline - and wait twenty minutes while it does its work. When it is completely dry, gently peel off from edges to reveal your brightest complexion yet. The first time I used it I didn’t apply a thick enough layer and found removal a bit of hassle, but second time round it came off like a charm!
For the ultimate PREVAGE detox and defend ritual, the brand recommends that you pair PREVAGE City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask with their City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield. PREVAGE City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask will be available at all Elizabeth Arden counters next week, for RRP$126 (75ml tube). If you can afford it then I say go forth and grab one - it’s that good.