Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Daily delight: Margot Robbie for Vogue Australia

Love it: the RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad

Celebrity makeup artist and the organic beauty mogul behind RMS Beauty, Rose-Marie Swift has been a make-up artist for over 35 years, so when I was given the chance to get up close and personal with her a few months’ ago I was beyond excited. 
Swift’s work has been featured in Vogue (French, Italian, American, Nippon, China, Russian) W, Harper's Bazaar, I.D., Self Service, V, Allure, Numéro, Marie Claire, Glamour, Interview, and Elle. Her make-up has appeared in ads for the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton, and her photographic partners over the years include Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, David Simms, Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, and Patrick Demarchelier. The words “industry legend” have been bandied about, and with good reason.
She was visiting New Zealand for the first time when we met as a guest of Mecca Cosmetica, who stock her products exclusively Down Under. I’d used a few of the pieces from her collection (like the amazing Un-powder) since its arrival in New Zealand, but it was Rose-Marie who really introduced me to the powers of the brand’s Living Luminizer, which I have worn religiously ever since. 
Ask any international beauty editor their favourite highlighter, and you can bet you will hear RMS Beauty Living Luminizer come up more than once. The perfect every day highlighter for those that don’t do the Full Kardashian, the coconut-oil based beauty is the minimalist's solution to the blinding strobing trend, and it really does give the seemingly elusive glow-y goodness to pretty much any skin tone. If you haven't tried it then I urge you to do so, and ASAP.
However.... dropping just before the end of the year in New Zealand is the RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad, in which the all-natural brand offers up four freshly minted shades nestled inside a super sleek, compact palette.  An innovative twist on the cult-classic, these four high-impact luminizers can be worn alone, blended for a custom glow or mixed into any product for a boost of super duper luminosity.
The palette is made up of:
LUMINIZER X: an Xtreme version of the Living Luminizer 
LUMINIZER NUDE: a subtle, radiant copper 
CHAMPAGNE ROSÉ: a warm blush champagne 
CHAMPAGNE FIZZ: a glam opalescent shimmer 
You can easily layer shades for a custom glow or wear individually to highlight cheekbones, inner corners of eyes and cupid's bow. A light application will give you a dewy highlight, while a more layered application is perfect for even the fullest face of makeup. Because they're cream, you can even pop your favourite powder highlighter over them, using them as a base that will last and last. 
This is a palette that's worth getting, no matter how many highlighters you own. Every shade will come in handy, and  the compact white palette is perfect for on-the-go use. RMS Beauty, you’ve done it again!
The RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad has an RRP of $76, and arrives just in time for New Year’s on 26th December, exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica and online at

Monday, November 27, 2017

Daily delight: Karlie Kloss for Calvin Klein X Amazon Fashion

All about: YSL Beauté Dazzling Lights Collection

Every Christmas, YSL Beauté releases an immediately covetable, exquisitely designed limited edition collection for the holidays, and this year is no different. Called the Dazzling Lights Collection, YSL Beauté’s offering for December 2017 just may be the year’s most gorgeous holiday release, with an explosion of fireworks on each and every super wearable piece.
Each year the brand creates a travel-friendly multi-use palette in limited edition packaging, and the Dazzling Lights Collector Palette is guaranteed to be my go-to over the silly season. With four sparkling eye shades, a rosy pink blush and two lip shades with a subtle shimmer, it is a pretty universal palette with a party-friendly appeal thanks to the aforementioned shimmer and some pearlescent effects.
The four shades of Dazzling Lights Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Lipstick are also gorgeous, and each shade as wearable as the next. You’ll want one of each just because of the packaging! With dazzling fireworks on every barrel, they are simply too cute to stay in your makeup kit, and I think No. 13 Le Orange – a fiery orange – will be the pick of the bunch for showing off a subtly bronzed tan. It’s the same great, satiny finish lipstick that you know and love, but all dressed up for Christmas.
As this year has been all about the YSL glow, the cult Touche Éclat Pen also returns in a limited edition design. It is available in the two usual shades – #1 Rose Lumiere and #2 Ivoire Lumiere – and destined to become collector’s items as per.
There are also two limited edition La Laque Couture nail polishes in the collection, all of which is in store now and looking fabulous. So what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily delight: Gwen Stefani for Marie Claire US

All about: the Redken Clean Maniac Micellar collection

Summer for me usually means oilier roots, which are then smothered in dry shampoo and all kinds of styling products after hours. It’s when I look for detoxifying shampoos and the like, but we all know they can’t be used ALL the time.
The same goes for skin, but again, you can’t strip the skin every time you wear a face full of makeup, which is where micellar water waters come in. Whether removing waterproof makeup or quickly refreshing the skin, these gentle cleansers do it all. 
All of which brings me to Redken’s latest clean-touch haircare range, which is one of the first to hit the market calling upon the cult-like popularity of micellar water. Called the Redken Clean Maniac Micellar range, it brings removing-dirt-magnet technology into the world of haircare and by golly, does it do it well. 
Both formulas are sulphate and silicone-free but powered by micellar technology, which brings a new type of hair cleansing experience that gently washes away dirt, grit, pollution, product build up and excess oils, leaving hair ultra clean. It also makes them safe if you’ve had a keratin or straightening treatment, and safe for colour.
Unlike a typical clarifying shampoo, Clean Maniac Micellar can be used each time you wash your hair, making that out-of-the-shower fresh hair feeling a more regular option that I am so behind now the temperature is rising.
In addition to micellar technology, Clean Maniac Micellar showcases Redken’s first neutralising scent, Neofresh, to enhance purified freshness in any environment. The optimising neutralising scent repels odours like cigarette smoke, car exhaust fumes and other environmental pollutants to keep your hair feeling and smelling fresh all day long. 
In salon right now, Clean Maniac Micellar Clean-Touch Shampoo (RRP$35.00) and Clean Maniac Micellar Clean-Touch Conditioner (RRP$35.00) are a warm weather must have.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Daily delight: Kate Moss for Vogue China

All about: the Earth, Wind & Indigo collection

I am mad for crystals, and have been since I was a little girl. Before they were mainstream they were big news in the slightly-hippy community that my parents ran in, and as long as I can remember I’ve always had some on hand.
Inspired by the unmistakable energy and beauty of one of nature’s most precious resources, the first collection of wearable crystals from Earth, Wind & Indigo was unveiled a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to see the lineup. Was I impressed? You bet, not just with the stones but also with the love behind the brand.
Earth, Wind & Indigo is the brainchild of Megan Sanders, former advertising executive turned entrepreneur who just exudes great energy. The collection is reportedly the realisation of Megan’s own belief in the life-altering potential of crystals to help centre, revitalise and realign an individual’s everyday living, and if I can even get half of the sparkle in my eye that woman has, I’m winning!
“From ancient Eastern medicine and Cleopatra’s crushed crystal eyeliner used for empowerment, to crystals being used to build technology and improve scientific space exploration, crystals can hold the key to really improving everyday living,” said Megan. “I have surrounded myself with crystals for a long time and witnessed the incredible power and beauty of them to make my own life better.”
“Women in particular are excellent at giving energy out but not great at bringing energy back in to their lives. Earth, Wind & Indigo is all about recognising where you need a bit of help and simply adding something small but powerful to your life to realign where your energy is out of whack.”
An avid student of internationally acclaimed crystal gurus Robert Simmons and Judy Hall, Megan has launched Earth, Wind & Indigo with seven beautifully crafted ‘Power Packs’ and 22 energy bracelets that feature crystals sourced from the world’s best mines in Brazil. Free from uniformity or over-processing, each crystal is a totally unique shape and size, just like the wearer, and finished by hand to preserve the integrity of the crystal.
The Power Packs contain a wearable crystal on a chain, accompanied by a pocket-sized Buddha crafted in Bali and an affirmation card. Presented in the most beautiful box (hint: perfect Christmas gift alert) they are available as:
Bright Eyes: a Lapis Lazuli for the third eye chakra to boost mental clarity and ability to reflect.
Time of Your Life: an Amethyst for the crown chakra to improve physical energy and mental drive.
Let’s Hear It: a Blue Lace Agate for the throat chakra to reboot the nervous system and self-expression.
Every Beat of Your Heart: a Rose Quartz for the heart chakra, to get the love flowing in and out.
You Got This: a Yellow Citrine for the solar plexus chakra to realign self-confidence and willpower. 
Bring Your Sexy Back: an Orange Calcite for the sacral chakra, to nurture sex drive and fertility.
Find Your Feet: a Red Garnet for the root chakra to help you slow down your pace and stay grounded.
The Earth, Wind & Indigo collection also features occasional limited edition pieces, including clear quartz on leather necklace exclusively for men, available at launch. 
Absolutely unique and totally up my alley, Earth, Wind & Indigo pieces are available exclusively online at 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Marie Claire China

Love it: James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm

A few years ago when I was visiting London, a very respected makeup artist friend gave me some sample bottles of his favourite self-tanning products – James Read Tan. He's an incredibly fussy sort so I knew they would be good, just how good pretty much blew my mind.
James Read himself is a self made "tantrepreneur" whose products now regularly sell out on Net-a-Porter and whose skill at creating honey hued limbs is legendary. The go-to guy whenever a celebrity or model needs to take the pallor out of her skin, Read’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of the red carpet, from Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga and Lara Stone. It was inevitable that he would go on to create his own self tanning range, and in 2012 it launched in the UK and in 2015 Down Under thanks to Mecca Cosmetica. Hurrah! 
"I have dreamed of having my own product range from the very first day I started working in the self-tanning industry 11 years ago," he told UK Vogue back at the time of the James Read Tan collection’s release. "I wanted to create a range of luxury products that give the skin a natural, healthy-looking colour, but also protect the wellbeing of the skin by using anti-ageing ingredients in the formulations."
Read worked on the range - which includes fragrance-free liquid, gradual and wash-off tans, as well as an innovative gradual tanning pen - for two years, with the help of former Vogue beauty director Anna-Marie Solowij and her business partner Simon Turnbull. The end result is a carefully curated collection of essentials that are beautifully formulated, highly effective and – most importantly – super easy to use. Read has formulated his products with conditioning ingredients to suit every skin tone in one universal shade, and the possibilities really are endless.
The company is always revealing incredible new innovations, the latest of which is a deliciously moisturising Coconut Melting Tanning Balm. The first of its kind, the balm melts upon contact with the skin to create a natural golden tan. Enriched with 100 per cent organic coconut oil, it is the company’s most natural tan yet, and an absolute winner for those with drier skin like me. There is no need to moisturise like mad and then wash it all off prior to application as the organic coconut oil in the formula gives your skin all the nourishment it needs, and the patented Tantone Technology™ ensures the most natural result for your skin tone. 
As with any self tanner, it is recommended that you exfoliate thoroughly prior to application, and wear the gloves supplied to avoid any staining on the palms. Open the pot and using the spatula provided, give the balm a really good stir to soften. Continue stirring until the balm is smooth, thick and creamy. Then, carefully scoop a little of the creamy balm into the palm of the hand and apply to the skin. Starting at the ankles and working your way up, apply to the body in circular motions. The balm will transform into a super-hydrating oil upon contact with the skin, then leave it to develop for 6-8 hours. 
Over summer it is recommended that you keep the product in the fridge, and if it’s too firm to use let it soften in a bowl of warm water before you get your stir on. Easy, and the end result is subtle but really quite magnificent! 
James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm has an RRP of $58.00 and is available at

Monday, November 13, 2017

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Jimmy Choo Resort 2018

All about: INIKA Certified Organic Lip Serum

Most of you would have heard me rave about all organic, mineral make up range INIKA in the past, both for its high performance colour (rare in the field) and its kindness to your skin and the planet. A favourite with the likes of Stella McCartney and her fellow advocates of eco luxe, it’s one of the best on offer in the natural market today as well as 100 per cent certified organic or vegan (or both) and also 100 per cent certified Halal and cruelty free. Major round of applause!
One of the latest additions to the brand’s line up is especially for the lips, which are oft-ignored until one day your lipstick starts feathering and you run screaming for something to sort them out. I’m all for looking after them all day long, and the new INIKA Certified Organic Lip Serum is a great little product for exactly that.
Created with an incredible 91 per cent Certified Organic ingredients, the new Lip Serum has been specially developed to detoxify, heal and condition lips for long-lasting and natural softness. The perfect pick for popping in your handbag over party season, it is packed with high performance ingredients like Vitamin E, Certified Organic Jojoba, sunflower and rosehip oils. Sea Buckthorn, one of the beauty world’s biggest buzzes, has also been added because of its high-nutrient, phytonutrient and vitamin content. It is also formulated with Certified Organic mandarin extract and orange essential oil to detoxify, as well as to add a yummy citrus scent. 
The Lip Serum has no added colour but does add shine and seals in moisture when applied alone or on top of your favourite lip colours, and is the ideal remedy for sore, chapped lips, morning and night. Love it.
INIKA Certified Organic Lip Serum has an RRP of $45.00, and is in store now. Check out where you can pick one up here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Daily delight: Gal Gadot for ELLE magazine

Love it: Avène Hydrance Optimale Aqua cream-in-gel

A few weeks’ ago I was invited to the most beautiful dinner at a super chic, inner city location that was held on what truly felt like the beginning of summer. The sun shone and the Perrier-Jouët flowed, and the cause for celebration was the release of a new moisturiser by French brand Avène that is destined to be a true go-to as the days heat up.
Called Hydrance Optimale Aqua cream-in-gel, it is a new addition to the Hydrance Optimale collection that absolutely nails hydrating multi-benefit care for the skin. Its exclusive, melty and aqua-gel texture texture hydrates like a cream, but feels super light and refreshing like a gel, and its multitude of benefits includes protection for the skin against the daily environmental aggressions that come with city life.
At the new moisturiser’s heart is the famous Avène Thermal Spring Water, and you’ll also find ingredients like squalene, Vitamin E, pumpkin seed, and avocado oil. Meiboserine and Lipomucine – two ingredients that have been patented by the legendary brand – help with distribution of the famous water and to ensure its goodness doesn’t escape.
Tested on the most sensitive skin, the formula was reportedly specially formulated in Japan for Asian sensitive skin, but its ability to fight environmental aggressors coupled with a unique texture adapted to humid weather makes it absolutely perfect for the New Zealand summer. I love that it absorbs almost instantly, making it a brilliant base for makeup as well as sleeping on hot, steamy nights.
For an added moisture boost or to use it at any time of year, layer this new beauty over Avène’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum. Maximum moisture and plumped up, perfect skin!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Daily delight: Zendaya for FASHION magazine


I try: a Kérastase Diagnostic Camera and Specifique Masquargil

Key to getting the most out of what can be an expensive haul of hair products is the correct diagnosis for your hair type. You need the right prescription for hair and scalp, and Kérastase has taken out the guesswork by offering their technologically-advanced Diagnostic Camera (above) to get things right, every time. 
I was lucky enough to make a visit to the wonderfully serene Oblique hair spa in Auckland’s Birkenhead a few weeks’ ago, where Senior Stylist Elise worked all manner of wonders on my slightly droopy locks. First up she bought out the aforementioned camera, to see exactly what was going on with my hair and scalp. Zooming into the scalp and hair up to 600 times, the camera enables the consultant to create an ultra-precise prescription based on what they find, and it was fascinating – and admittedly, a little gross – to get a really good look. The camera identifies haircare concerns such as excessive oiliness, dandruff and dry scalp, and has the ability to save and compare the clients results to track improvements over time, reinforcing the fact that bespoke hair care really does work. My hair seemed to be in pretty decent shape, but I could see a product build up that Elise set to sorting out using the next step in my appointment.
That involved trying a Kérastase Specifique Masquargil before my next blow wave, a treatment that purifies the scalp, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate and perform at the highest level. The salon-only clay mask removes impurities, unclogs pores, eliminates oil and polluting particles and is suitable for all hair types, and as an add on is a definite must-do if you have the time.
The end result was an even bouncier than usual blow wave, which last a decent four days and just wouldn’t quit! Part of that was Elise’s natural talent, but a large part as well must be attributed to having totally “de-greased” (for wont of a better phrase) hair that took products and direction even better than before.
Check out for more about the camera and the treatment, and I highly recommend a visit to Oblique - - before your next event.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Burberry Holiday 2017

Christmas gifting: the Hourglass Confession Lipstick Archive

Part of the Mecca brand’s Holiday 2017 offering and an instant sellout when it hit Net a Porter, Hourglass' beauty immaculate, limited edition Confession Lipstick Archive is a lipstick lover's dream. 
Packed with covetable, wearable colours ranging from deep plum to the perfect nude, the archive is filled with 30 highly pigmented shades from the brand's iconic 'Confessions' collection and is only available online for those of us in New Zealand. 
For those unfamiliar with the seriously amazing formula, Ultra Slim Lipsticks are creamy, saturated and long-wearing with an always-flattering satin finish that won’t smudge or feather. Each ultra-slim lipstick in the archive is designed to be used with the two sleek gold applicators to provide the ultimate control and precisely accentuate, contour, and define the lips. The two gold applicators can be used interchangeably with the full collection, which is made up of:
I Wish, One Day, The First Time, I Lust For, I’ll Never Stop, I’ve Never, I Want, I Woke Up, If Only, I’m Addicted, No One Knows, I’ve Kissed, My Favorite, You Can Find Me, I Always, I Believe, I Can’t Wait, I Live For, I Desire, I Crave, My Icon Is, Secretly, I Can’t Live Without, At Night, I’ve Been, One Time, When I’m With You, When I’m Alone, If I Could, and I Hide My.
Like all Hourglass products, the collection is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates, and is a joy to behold. This beauty retails for NZD$1038 and is available from November 9 at along with the rest of the limited edition holiday collections and own-brand goodness. Get saving and get gifting!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Daily delight: Nicki Minaj for T magazine

Love it: all new Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

Bobbi Brown has always killed it when it comes to lipstick formulas, with a huge shade range that caters to a vast number or skin colours and undertones. I’ve long been a fan of their matte formulas, but have recently fallen in love with a whole new category – the stain/lipstick/balm hybrid that is Crushed Lip Color.
The brand calls Crushed Lip Color a “stain-lipstick”, and it definitely leaves a stained flush of colour that doesn’t dry out and feels almost balm-like at first swipe. Inspired by the effortlessly cool and easy beauty routines of the company’s girl crushes, it pairs a beautiful soft, matte pigment with a blotted down finish for a lived-in look that lasts all day.
The perfect weekender, the new formula glides on comfortably, and leaves lips hydrated, soft and smooth with Vitamins E and C and beeswax. As it’s super-pigmented, the balmy texture easily covers lips in a single swipe, and it comes with the promise of eight hours of “feather-free, fade-proof” wear. I have found that fading – or at least, a little diffusing - does happen after a long day going about my business, but it fades evenly and beautifully in time for another swipe.
This beauty is in store now with an RRP of $58.00, and in twenty beautiful shades like Bitten, Crush, Blackberry and Grenadine. Just gorgeous. 
You can pick up your own Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color at all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Counters and online at and

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Glamour magazine

Beauty news: Hourglass pledges to go 100% vegan

Yesterday, in celebration of World Vegan Day, high-performance cosmetics brand Hourglass Cosmetics announced its goal to become fully vegan by the year 2020. 
If you’ve been hiding under a rock, Hourglass – available in New Zealand at Mecca stores and online at - was established in 2004 when founder and CEO, Carisa Janes, set about developing a luxury cosmetics brand that had a true focus on active ingredients, modern design and exceptional functionality. Debuting first at Barneys New York, the brand has since expanded into Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Space NK in the US and more than 500 stores worldwide including its flagship in Venice, California. Hourglass products are free from parabens and sulfates and never tested on animals, which always gets a big tick from me.
But back to yesterday’s news, which will be pretty damn exciting for fans of ethical beauty everywhere. Hourglass already has a predominantly vegan beauty offering, but have launched plans to source alternative ingredients – free of animal by-products – to replace frequently used animal-derived cosmetic ingredients such as beeswax and carmine. This commitment aligns with its existing 100 per cent cruelty-free platform and dedication to the protection of animal rights. 
The amazing Carisa Janes, founder and CEO of Hourglass, has been instrumental in creating trends through ongoing innovation and scientific discovery. From creating the lighting powder category by transforming photographic lighting into the cult favourite – and must have for every kit - Ambient Lighting Powder, to completely revolutionising complexion products with Veil Mineral Primer, Hourglass has quietly become a true force to be reckoned with in the industry. 
“At Hourglass, we believe that luxury is a combination of innovation and integrity,” says Janes. “This begins with our commitment to creating cruelty-free products and ultimately being the first completely vegan luxury cosmetics brand in the world. It is not a simple solution, but we are dedicated to putting in the time and effort it will take to find vegan alternatives for our product formulas.” 
In addition, Hourglass is calling upon other beauty brands to join in their commitment to finding vegan-alternative cosmetic ingredients and cruelty-free testing methods. Inspired by emerging technologies and a growing demand for vegan products, Hourglass hopes to spark a movement of beauty professionals that support replacing animal-derived ingredients as a new, industry-wide standard.