Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for ELLE Russia



Love it: M.A.C Rollerwheel Liquid Liner

Your average, run of the mill eyeliner typically comes in one of five forms: pencil, felt-tip, brush-tip, potted, and pen. It’s a category that hasn’t been revitalised in a while but why bother? If you can nail a liner you can nail it, and if you can’t? Get better at mascara.
Then those clever folks at M.A.C Cosmetics come along with what I believe is the world’s first the rollerwheel liquid liner, created with those that find the liner thing tough in mind. The brand spanking new product – on counter in New Zealand right now – was originally introduced to the world by makeup artist Michael Patterson, who used it backstage at New York Fashion Week and put it on Insta. Since that day in February there’s been a whole lot of hype around the perfecting qualities of this innovative beauty product, which I have been lucky enough to be trialling over the past week.
There are three different shades to pick from: the matte ‘On A Roll Black’, royal blue ‘Roller Royale’ and warm brown ‘Rollerwheel Brown’, and they are quite the marvel. While the tip of the liner looks like a pizza cutter, it has none of the actual danger factor of one at acts like “training wheels” for liquid lining. The terribly clever, groundbreaking spinning disk applicator absorbs the perfect amount of product to provide a continuous, smooth, even stroke of colour. Every time. Skinny-lined and defined, a winged effect or a bold geometric look – let the rolling applicator do all the work for the perfect liquid line.
The wheel helps create the sharpest line possible with as little effort possible, and it’s completely unlike anything else on the market right now. With three shades for all your eye-lining needs and an ability to be mastered after just a couple of goes, this little marvel is a revelation. It creates the nice, super nice crisp lines that I love, and if you stay near the lash line and go steady you can create a truly beautiful look. Trust M.A.C to – literally – reinvent the wheel.
But be warned - this beauty is on counter now with an RRP of $42.00, but only for a limited time. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Hudson Jeans




Love it: Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer


I’ve been forgoing concealer of late, mainly due to the fact that the majority of formulas I've tried settle most unattractively into the fine lines under my eyes, and I’m lucky enough (*touching wood*) not to be prone to blemishes. However, since having a decent play with it, I can officially declare Benefit’s brand spanking new Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer my cover of choice.
Benefit's original Boi-ing Concealer has always been a great option when my eye area isn’t too dry, but the new Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer is a super user-friendly and lighter version for those days you want a no-makeup makeup look.
It blurs, smoothes, and conceals using a soft-focus formula that covers uneven texture and some dark under eye circles, while reducing the look of fine lines. It literally melts on seamlessly – I apply with my ring finger, and blend - and doesn’t crease, cake, or crack. In addition, the flawless, natural-looking finish has been designed to last up to 10 hours, which gets a major thumbs up from me.
What I love most about this new concealer is how it goes on smoothly under my eyes (even without using a primer), and doesn't settle into those pesky fine lines. It won't cover massively dark circles but it will make them less noticeable, and it is also my pick for concealing minor redness.
In addition to launching the new Airbrush Concealer, those lovely people at Benefit have repackaged the rest of the concealer line in the sweetest boxes that definitely have a strong “back to school” vibe that I love. It’s totally, unashamedly Benefit, and the colourful packaging means that products can be found easily in your bathroom drawer or makeup bag. Other options include the Brightening Concealer (which is more full coverage), Industrial Strength Concealer (most definitely full coverage), and Hydrating Concealer (a sheer coverage).
The whole Boi-ing collection is in store now, so head to your nearest Benefit counter and have a play.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Daily delight: Taylor Hill for Russh magazine



Love it: O Cosmedics 1SKIN Treatment Foundation

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, O Cosmedics is a medical-grade, professional skincare line, which “utilises highly concentrated active ingredients to rejuvenate your complexion and achieve optimum skin health”. Like the sound of that? Me too. They have created some pretty great – and proven – products over the years, and their Youth Activating Oil Balm has been a favourite of mine for some time now. Essentially a corrective treatment serum, it utilises super rich vitamins and fatty acids to increase skin’s lipid levels and restore skin barrier protection whilst continuously treating, nourishing and repairing skin from the appearance of ageing. To me this means that it’s perfect for times of seasonal change and travel, as well as post-procedure if you’re someone who loves to use lasers and peels.
But enough about the balm, because today I’m here to talk about the brand’s foray into makeup, foundation in fact. Called 1SKIN Treatment Foundation, it’s a high performing, almost beyond natural foundation that has replaced the use of silicones with natural texturisers, designed to hydrate and protect the skin with a velvety finish. Intrigued to know more? I was, and when I finally got to try it DAMN was I impressed.
Its key ingredient is a functional active called Green Pea Polypeptide, which is a multi-functional, anti-ageing whirlwind that repairs the skin and helps with firmness and elasticity. It also supports collagen and elastin synthesis and prevents the degredation of protein abundant in the Extra Cellular Matrix, making it one smart cookie.
The formulation is enhanced by the likes of white cocoa butter and desert date oil, which is known for its hydrating, nourishing and purifying benefits. In addition, 20 per cent of the formula is made by an organic fruit extract, to help fight environmental stress as well as repair skin and support firmness and elasticity, collagen and elastin synthesis.
It is blissfully free from Talc, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Nano-Ingredients, Silicones, Alcohol, Fragrance, Petrochemicals and GMOs, and is currently available in five shades, with more rumoured to be on the way.
So how does it perform? Very well in fact, and I loved the creamy texture from the get-go. The coverage is medium but buildable, and the finish velvety as described, rather than matte. I was super impressed with its staying power for a 98 per cent natural formula, and my skin felt super nourished all through the wear. Awesome!
Made it Italy and Australian owned, this beauty is available now here and from approved clinics.

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for GQ UK




Beauty news: YSL Beauté announces Zoe Kravitz as new Global Ambassador


When she appeared last year in the YSL Beauté project, ‘Before the light’, which showcases up-and-coming music talents from around the world, modern beauty Zoe Kravitz used the power of great make-up to help prepare and reveal her personality on the stage. It was a flawless performance by all accounts, and clearly a taste of things to come.
The singer, model, celebrity offspring and star of the HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies has just been announced as YSL Beauté’s newest Global Makeup Ambassador, and I can’t think of a better woman for the job!
As a muse for YSL in the United States, Zoe has already been bringing us her effortless brand of cool makeup pics and on-the go style tips via social media, and she will reportedly be kick-starting her new international role with the first of several ground-breaking campaigns – Tatouage Couture – launching internationally in August 2017 (in NewZealand, 2018). She is a perfect match for YSL’s mix of ultra modern, edgy vibe and elegant heritage, and I predict that the end result will be groundbreaking for the beauty industry.
“YSL Beauty has always been one of my favourite brands,” says the star. “Their ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge has always been to me one of the best ways to express yourself through fashion and beauty. Nothing is forced, nothing is fake, but everything is bold, strong and unafraid. I’m very excited to work with this legendary and timeless company.”
In between modelling part-time and making music, the 28-year-old creative is one very busy bee. She is currently in the process of filming the Fantastic Beasts sequel, joined by the likes of Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne. Simultaneously, the Hollywood it-girl who’s currently rocking a bleach blonde pixie cut, is featured in Tiffany & Co’s latest ads. Other gigs on Kravitz’s modelling resume include a 2010 Alexander Wang campaign, two Vera Wang fragrances, plus two Calvin Klein ad campaigns (one of which she shot alongside her beautiful mother).
YSL Beauté say they are proud to welcome the actor and recording artist to the family as new Global Makeup Ambassador, in one heck of a coup.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daily delight: Chrissy Teigen for Harpers Bazaar Singapore




All about: Pureology’s fresh, new Clean Volume range


It doesn’t take much for me to have a rave about the Pureology haircare and styling range, mainly because it’s so damn great as well as being good for you and the planet. Their high performance products are quite simply amongst the best on the market for those that like their beauty with a conscience. 
Jim Markham created the Pureology haircare line in Irvine, California in 2001. The very clever chap revolutionized colour care and gave it a moral compass, launching the first 100 per cent Vegan formulas and ZeroSulfate shampoos for colour-treated hair to an eager audience of consumers much like myself. Jim identified a need among professional colourists and their clients for gentle, naturally based products that deliver superior performance and keep your colour looking great for longer, and today, Pureology is the number one colour care brand in the USA. And as an added bonus, the company are committed to delivering superior hair colour care through the most indulgent products and services, while preserving and promoting environmental sustainability.
The core values of Jim and his team have led the company to become one of the first prestigious haircare brands that embraces and pioneers sustainability. “We continuously strive to achieve the most decadent experience while preserving our environment with sustainable practices,” they say, which is about as eco luxe as it gets!
They have several systems on offer depending on your hair type, the latest release being for those in pursuit of lightweight, bouncy volume i.e. probably most people I know! Called the Clean Volume range, it has been formulated to give fine, colour-treated hair exactly what it needs – light, airy fullness, flexible movement and shine. 
Entirely free of sulfates and parabens like all of Pureology’s offerings, Clean Volume is infused with super charged natural ingredients to help boost volume when and where it’s needed. Aloe water helps hair retain moisture, provides body and absorbs oil, while soy protein fortifies the hair adding lustre and protecting against environmental aggressors. Instead of the commonly used silicones that can feel heavy on fine hair, Clean Volume instead uses sunflower seed oil and Brassicacae plant extract to condition, enhance manageability and shine, smooth the hair’s cuticle and reduce frizz.
And for those already familiar with the brand, the new Pureology Clean Volume range replaces Pure Volume, providing amplified volume that’s ideal for fine, colour-treated hair too. T
he system includes four products: 
Clean Volume Shampoo (RRP$41.00): a concentrated, volumising, ZeroSulfate® formula  thatgently cleanses fine hair without stripping colour. Provides light, airy fullness.
Clean Volume Conditioner (RRP$44.00): a daily volumising conditioner that detangles and infuses hair with lightweight volume and shine.
Clean Volume Instant Levitation Mist (RRP$44.00): the same great formula as Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist, this menthol-infused formula elevates the hair with 24 hours of magnificent volume and provides exceptional root lift.
Clean Volume Weightless Mousse (RRP$44.00): a conditioning mousse that provides all-over weightless volume and leaves hair soft and shiny.
I have been using the shampoo, conditioner and mousse since I was lucky enough to be sent a set, and can’t rave enough. My hair isn’t as oily as it is during summer time at the moment, but it can do with all of the added volume it can get – and this definitely delivers. Another win for Pureology – yes! 
Pureology’s Clean Volume range is available right at all Pureology salons and stockists – and comes highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Daily delight: Carolyn Murphy for Vogue Mexico



Love it: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment perfection


It feels like Liquid lipsticks are everywhere at the moment, and the little tubes of pigment have become a rather polarising beauty pick, depending on who you ask. People either love a good matte liquid lipstick regardless of how much it dries out their lips, and those who prefer to not have their lips feel like day old bread. That has always seemed to be the trade off – you either get long-wear super-pigmented matte or you have comfortable lips – but not any longer. All hail the indomitable NARS, and their most perfect Powermatte Lip Pigment
These matte liquid lipsticks have upset all the aforementioned theories and created one hell of a long lasting AND comfortable matte lip. Upon first application I loved the fact that the texture is verrrry light, and very liquid. It is thin but powerful and swipes on very quickly with the narrow doe-foot applicator, which softly pointed to make edging more precise. It feels as though it sinks into your lips in a very natural way, as opposed to just sitting atop the skin — which lends itself quite nicely to a more natural-looking wear.
I was lucky enough to receive a few samples of this beauty that I took to Fiji last week with me, where I definitely tried them out in all manner of situations! I only needed a single swipe to coat my entire lips, I didn't have to touch it up during the day, and this was after doing the likes of hiking, swimming off a boat to a remote island and drinking a LOT of fruity cocktails. Pretty damn impressive. What was most surprising is how comfortable this matte is – the lightweight formula literally moves with your lips to the point where you forget it’s on until you look in the mirror! This also makes it perfect for touch ups – which are rarely required – as you aren’t loading thick product upon think product.
It goes without saying that I love the choice of Bella Hadid modelling the campaign, reportedly hand-picked by François Nars himself. "I love Bella. She has a very strong and powerful look that I think is very well-suited to a bold product, like Powermatte,” said the founder and creative director of Nars. Since the collection is inspired by the rebellious nature of rock n’ roll - each of the 20 PowerMatte Lip Pigments are named after classic rock songs – the sultry imagery to support it is a match made in heaven.
With colours that range from nudes, pinks, violets, reds (five reds, to be exact), and deeper gothic-leaning shades like a deep mahogany and pitch black, NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment really does have something for everyone, and at RRP $41 will definitely not break the bank too much. They are quite honestly, awesome.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is available come August 29 from Mecca Maxima, Mecca Cosmetica and at  meccabeauty.co.nz. Get saving, as one is simply not enough!