Monday, April 23, 2018

Daily delight: Pamela Anderson for Intimately

All about: Witchery's latest White Shirt campaign for the OCRF




The Witchery and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s annual White Shirt campaign is now in its tenth year, and both are celebrating with a very special collection – and campaign – that is in store now.
To commemorate the milestone year and the partnership officially raising $10 million, Witchery have release a collection of 10 white shirts, with the winning design of the ‘White Shirt Design Competition’ from the Whitehouse Institute of Design and the most loved shirt design as voted by the community from previous collections.
Promising to be its biggest year yet, the ‘OCRF White Shirt Campaign’ hinges on the power and importance of the enigmatic number 10: 10 influential female ambassadors, a 10-year partnership working towards vital research and a collection of 10 white shirts.
“Statistics show that one Australian women dies of ovarian cancer every ten hours. Without an early detection test for ovarian cancer, ten remains a number without hope” OCRF, CEO, Lucinda Nolan said.
Bringing their support to Australia’s élite philanthropic fashion cause are model Samantha Harris, actress Jodi Gordon, Network Ten presenter Jessica Rowe, E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich, actress Maddison Brown; Ovarian Cancer patients Letitia Linke, Leane Flynn, Helen Powel, Jemima Leydon; and OCRF research fellow Dr Caroline Ford.
“With the generosity of our partners, and through the purchase of a white shirt, we can together work to further vital research and ensure that every woman, everywhere – is free from the threat of ovarian cancer” said Nolan.
Nicky Briger, Marie Claire Editor and OCRF media partner announced, “We’re thrilled that Marie Claire can partner with this incredible initiative for its 10-year anniversary. As a fierce advocate of women’s issues, Marie Claire has supported the OCRF over the years and we will continue to do whatever we can to raise funds to help eradicate this insidious disease.”
The life-saving white shirts are being sold online and in store right now, with 100% of sale proceeds minus GST being donated to the OCRF. The ‘White Capsule’ – a premium collection of prestigious clothing and accessories to be styled with the ten OCRF shirts, is also available. In addition to purchasing the shirts, the community can register to host a ‘White Shirt Day’ event or donate directly to OCRF at www.whiteshirtcampaign.com.au
The OCRF White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer day is Tuesday 8th May, marking the conclusion of this important and key Australian campaign. Have you got yours yet?


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Vogue Japan

Beauty news: Estée Lauder signs Karlie Kloss



In a week of serious beauty industry spokesmodel signing coups, this one has got to be the biggest Estée Lauder has signed Karlie Kloss – modern day supermodel, entrepreneur and philanthropist - as its newest Global Spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador. Karlie joins the current roster of Estée Lauder spokesmodels that include original super Carolyn Murphy, Fei Fei Sun, Gabriella Wilde, Hilary Rhoda, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Misty Copeland and Yang Mi. 
Karlie’s first campaigns will debut beginning in July 2018 across digital, social, TV, in-store and print to support Estée Lauder’s iconic products including Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup and Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme. 
Because we all know that Kloss is not just a beautiful face (and endless legs), her production company, Klossy productions will also partner with Lauder to create the model’s own beauty content to share with over 16 million followers across her social and digital platforms. Karlie’s first video launched yesterday, featuring founder Estée Lauder’s great granddaughter, actress Danielle Lauder. 
To leverage Karlie’s commitment to educating and building confidence in the next generation of young women, Estée Lauder will also support Kloss’ amazing Kode With Klossy initiative through coding camp scholarships and events. Kode With Klossy is a philanthropic organisation founded by the models back in 2015 that hosts free, two-week coding summer camps for girls aged 13-18 and fosters a national community focused on furthering career opportunities for girls in tech.
“Karlie is the modern-day Estée and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Estée Lauder brand,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Karlie has achieved tremendous success in her career through hard work, first taking the fashion world by storm, then becoming a media and television personality, and now empowering young women to become future leaders in tech. Her passion for beauty, unique voice and global social media presence will help us continue to inspire and connect with women around the world.”
“Karlie is perfect for Estée Lauder,” said Aerin Lauder, Style and Image Director, Estée Lauder. “As a successful model, entrepreneur and founder of Kode With Klossy, Karlie is both beautiful and accomplished. I am so excited she is joining the brand.”
"It is a dream come true to join the Estée Lauder family,” said Kloss herself. “I am so inspired by the brand’s legacy and values —from the entrepreneurial spirit of Estée herself to the company’s unparalleled commitment to creating best in class products for women around the world. I could not be more proud and honored to be part of such an iconic brand.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Daily delight: Dua Lipa for GQ UK



 

Beauty news: Maybelline New York appoints Josephine Skriver as global spokesmodel



In one very clever beauty coup, Maybelline New York has announced that model-meets-philanthropist Josephine Skriver is the brand’s newest global spokesmodel. 
A well-known international model with a super loyal fan base and chameleonic look, Josephine is recognised for her philanthropic work, down to earth personality and immense success in her modelling career on the runway and in notable campaigns.
“Being a part of the Maybelline New York family is a dream come true,” says Josephine. “I have been wearing Maybelline since I was a little girl.”  She adds she is “honoured to represent not only Maybelline, but all of the girls who are wearing Maybelline, because these young girls are the future. They are powerful and beautiful and that to me is what Maybelline stands for. I could not be prouder to represent them and make it happen.”
Josephine grew up in Denmark and was first approached about modelling when she visited NYC on a trip with her soccer team as a teenager. Years later in February 2011, Josephine’s connection to New York came full circle when she made her debut at New York Fashion Week, walking for designers like Calvin Klein and Rag & Bone. The same year she appeared in Milan and Paris shows, walking for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and most notably closed Prada’s show. 
Since her successful career launch, Josephine has modelled in campaigns for the likes of Bulgari, Gucci, Max Mara, Michael Kors, and Tom Ford. She has collaborated with top photographers including Steven Meisel and Mikael Jansson, while her editorial accolades include American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Germany, V, Dazed, W, and Interview. In 2013, Josephine walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and was given the coveted title of Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2016.
Josephine joins an impressive line up of global spokesmodels who have helped shape the identity of the iconic Maybelline New York brand including Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Herieth Paul, Jourdan Dunn, Cris Urena, I-Hua Wu, Emily DiDonato, and Christy Turlington. 
“Josephine embodies the determination, energy and dream of making it happen in New York City,” says Leonardo Chavez, Global Brand President, Maybelline New York.
And New Zealand make-up lovers will be more than delighted to see Josephine fronting campaigns locally says Maybelline NZ group marketing manager, Anna Thompson: “Kiwis love a strong female figure and Josephine is sure to resonate with consumers around the country. She’s not only beautiful, but down to earth, hardworking and incredibly charitable. This exactly the vitality the brand encompasses.” 
Maybelline New Zealand make-up director Gee Pikinga is just as thrilled about the new addition to the global Maybelline family. “Skriver is nothing short of amazing and a great fit for Maybelline,” says Pikinga. “She perfectly embodies the brand’s ethos and I have long admired her beauty and demeanour. I would love nothing more than to create a Maybelline beauty look just for her.”
In addition to her modelling career, Josephine is notable for being an advocate for global LGBTQ rights and is involved with organizations like Family Equality Council and COLAGE as well as to Keep A Child Alive.
Josephine will appear in her first campaign for the brand in May 2018, and I for one cannot wait to see what rolls out!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen for Vivara



Love it: Curionoir’s beguiling new scent, Pablo



We all have different reasons for stopping to add that spritz of perfume before leaving the house – it’s a tool for seduction, can evoke happy memories and just add an extra element of individualism to the way you approach your day.
The new season doesn't just invite the opportunity to overhaul your wardrobe. With a bounty of new fragrance releases, it's also a good time to reconsider your scent. From the bottles to the base notes, winter's best new fragrances are a celebration of the bold, and I am all for a statement scent.
Coco Chanel once said that a woman should apply perfume in the areas where she would like to be kissed, but the experts generally agree that the "pulse points" are the optimal spot. These are locations on the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin, and as these spots emanate heat, they help fragrance to travel from your skin into the air.
Experts say to apply your perfume to these points - namely, the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, in the cleavage, behind knees, and the inner elbows – and this is where I am wearing my latest favourite, the truly enchanting and beguiling Pablo, from Curionoir.
Curionoir’s latest Extrait de Parfum and Glass Candle (next on my list) fragrance, Pablo, was reportedly inspired by a thought-provoking image of the great Pablo Picasso himself. It is fresh, spicy and powdery, with a definitely sexy undertone that will appeal to all ages and all sexes.
Available from the Curionoir Ponsonby Road f flagship store, exclusive boutiques and
curionoir.com as of Monday, it includes notes of Lemon, Frankincense, Cuban Tobacco Leaves, Freesia, Mimosa, Coriander, Patchouli, Aniseed, Vanilla Absolute and Tonka Beans. I’ve been wearing it by night whilst the weather has been sticky but with the downturn in mercury will be pulling it out by day as well, and I definitely have one eye on that beautiful candle for winter nights indoors. 
“An image of Picasso sitting, smoking in his studio with the clearest mesmeric eyes, alluring skin, the lines on his f ace telling many stories, is the inspiration behind t his fragrance and candle scent, ” says Tiffany Jeans, Curionoir Creative Director and Founder. “The artist influenced so many with his work, but do we know enough about his life, the forbidden, and the forgotten. This fragrance is a journey, an exploration, somewhat magnetic, much like Pablo.”
As a Parfum, Pablo is available in a 4ml ‘Pocket’ size for $50, a 50ml bottle for $265, or at the flagship store only, customers can select t heir own bespoke hand-blown refillable glass bottle, from $490.
In t he CN Glass candle range, Pablo is poured into amber hand-blown glass vessels in two sizes, the Classic Glass 390 grams, $195, and the Demi Glass 85 grams for $105.
Explore Curionoir at exclusive New Zealand and international boutiques, the Curionoir flagship store, 76a Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, and curionoir.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Daily delight: Karlie Kloss for Porter magazine

All about: Shiseido SYNCHRO SKIN Tinted Gel Cream



Describing itself as “less like makeup” and more like “skin itself,”, Shiseido’s new  SYNCHRO SKIN Tinted Gel Cream became my weekend cover go-to from pretty much the first time I popped the lid and smoothed that baby on.
An absolute joy to apply – and to wear! – it’s revolutionary tinted gel-meets-cream formula that really does deliver a fresh, healthy complexion. A skincare-inspired formulation, it is rich in natural spring water from the Kirishima mountains, an ingredient reportedly used in day spas across Japan for its mineral-rich properties such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. The water is then blended with black tea and wild thyme extracts for their antioxidant benefits, while hyaluronic acid and glycerin enhance the formula’s moisturising and plumping powers. How great is that?
Created without oil, fragrance or parabens, it is a perfect match for sensitised skin like mine, and it also comes with an all-important SPF30 for use at any time of year. Even on some of late summer’s hottest and most humid days it has feel pretty much weightless on my skin, and the colour and finish stay true for around eight hours.
Shiseido SYNCHRO SKIN Tinted Gel Cream comes in five shades from Very Light to Dark, but it has celevr colour adjusting pigments that make it suitable for so much more than just five single skin shades.
It is designed to be applied evenly to the face, neck and collarbone for an overall dewy glow, or to specified areas of the face such as eyes to add more definition and clarity. I have been using a beauty blender to really work mine into the skin, but fingers are also an option as the formulation is so deliciously light.
On counter now with an RRP of $70.00, this beauty is what good skin days are made of.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for Inamorata Swim




What a steal: Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Crème




Revlon are known for their high performing makeup releases, which more often than not also come with a very wallet-friendly price point.
This is definitely the case for one of their latest offerings, the truly awesome Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Crème. Coming in super portable little tubes this May, these amazing new lip colours have been formulated with Volulip, an ingredient designed to deliver instantly fuller, smoother looking lips and visibly enhance the size of lips over time. How clever is that?
The slim squeeze tube has a handy slanted tip applicator, and the colour payoff is major. Just squeeze and product will flow into the applicator for easy application. You can easily clean the applicator off after application, unlike sponge tips that can get messy over time.
Available in ten nude shades that make them perfect for a wide range of skin tones, they come with a super flattering creamy shine finish and boy, do they last. They also give your lips a cooling sensation that is great, but I’m not sure what it’s there for! Either way, these beauties are a great product, and with an RRP of $22.00 definitely won’t break the bank. They are like a luxe, creamy mid-point between a matte and a gloss, and I love it. 
Revlon recommends that you pair each lip crème with a matching Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner colour for longwearing definition and for an ultimately full pout.

Shades available this May are:
Cashmere Crème 
Apricot Silk
Nude Honey
Fresh Petal
Peony Buff
Almond Suede
Barely Blush
Spiced Berry
Velvet Mink
Rich Bordeaux

Friday, April 6, 2018

Daily delight: Cindy Crawford for Town & Country magazine





Love it Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask



Sheet masks are no long just the domain of Korean beauty fanatics, with some major names offering their own stellar versions for us all to get our hands on, upcoming trip to Seoul or not.
The clever Kiehl’s chemists have been working on their own for the brand, which has just touched down on counter and is AMAZING. 
Called Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, it is a delicate little wonder infused with an exotic blend of three plant-derived cold-pressed oils from the Brazilian Amazon. It offers immediate, dewy hydration and softer feeling, smoother looking skin over time, and due to customer demand
for a sheet mask that fits all face shapes, it comes as a handy two-piece design that comfortably adheres to any face shape. It also features unique hydrogel-biocellulose technology, which means no drips and no mess, plus quick absorption and instant, dewy hydration. “The most common sheet masks in the market are either paper or cotton, which are known to have low adherence and absorption, and messy application,” says Dr. Geoff Genesky, Scientific Director. “Unlike traditional sheet masks, our formula is infused directly into the hybrid hydrogel-biocellulose material” 
But back to the ingredients, which come straight from the Brazilian Amazon and were selected in part due to the area’s unique conditions. Because of the incessant rain that beats down on the Amazon rainforest, soils are generally poor in nutrients. In such harsh environments, plants cannot afford the additional threat of being devoured by voracious insects. To defend themselves, plants have evolved an amazing range of strategies and tools. These include production of resins such as Copaiba Resin Oil, which plants produce in response to injury to protect themselves from invading insects and pathogens. Some plants produce unique oily components, such as Pracaxi and Andiroba Oils, which can also help protect them in harsh conditions. 
Kiehl’s identified and formulated with the all of the above, which all bring their own unique capabilities to the skin-loving formula. I particularly love the idea of Andiroba Oil, which instantly replenishes skin and helps to reinforce its protective barrier over time. 
Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin reportedly used this specific mask to prep Emma Stone's skin for the 2018 Oscars, which was more than enough of a reason for me to give it a whirl. You apply the mask to clean skin after toner (if you use one), taking care to unfold the mask remove the clear backing. If you have long nails really do take care here as the Instant Renewal Concentrate Sheet Mask isn’t as robust as cotton and foil versions due to its special make up. Gently apply the top layer by smoothing from the centre of your face outward, then apply bottom layer and repeat. You can leave this beauty on for 10 minutes and after removal, massage any remaining formula into skin until it is absorbed. I’ve been using just once a week – usually on a Sunday night – and the feeling of my skin the next day has been just delicious. The perfect way to kick of a new week in my humble opinion, so if this sounds like a bit of you then I recommend you grab a pack now!
Kiehl's Instant Renewal Concentrate Sheet Mask is on counter now, RRP $60.00 for a pack of four.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Daily delight: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia




Love it: Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick



The amazing Hourglass is the brand that delivered unto us one of the world’s most covetable powder highlighters in the form of the Ambient Lighting Palettes, and now they have gone and dropped yet another innovative highlighter to get me all overexcited again! This time it’s a kick ass formula that comes in a creamy stick form and five of the most flattering shades on the planet: Champagne Flash, Pink Flash, Rose Gold Flash, Gold Flash, and Bronze Flash. 
Giving what is most definitely an ‘instant’ flash of light to the skin, they have the same weightless texture of the brand’s Vanish foundation as well as being super blendable and long lasting. The stick also makes them super portable for highlighting on the go, whilst soft-focus technology means they are incredibly flattering from the get go.
The longwearing, innovative formula adjusts to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into the skin, and the various shades can even be layered to create custom shades and looks. Like most highlighters they can be used on the high points of the cheeks, brow bone, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow, and they are also great applied on the eyelids as a base of glow, or alone for lustrous colour. You can also pat them onto the lips for a subtle metallic finish on top of lipstick, or alone for a wash of shimmer whenever you damn well feel like it.
The shade I was lucky enough to be sent to play with is Gold Flash, which is a light gold with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It has a ‘cool’ feel to it so is great for beginner’s that are scared of overdoing things, and I think it will be a great trans seasonal highlighting for keeping a little of my summer glow long after the sun has gone into hiding.
It is designed to be applied directly from the tube, but I also started using my fingertips to pat it on and diffuse along the edges. It is really easy to apply, and I found that the creaminess of the stick meant that it didn’t drag or displace any other products already on my skin.  Amazing.
Available in New Zealand in all five shades and with an RRP of $67.00, to grab one of your own head into your nearest Mecca Cosmetica store or online here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Daily delight: Christina Aguilera for PAPER magazine




Love it: NUXE's iconic Huile Prodigieuse



It has often been said that where French pharmacies lead, the beauty world follows, and if you check in here regularly you’ll know I’m a big fan of  a good pharmacy find. More and more of them are available in New Zealand of late, and a big part of that is thanks to the presence of Inesstore.com.
Sarah Jackson is one of the co-founders of the website, which offers some of French pharmacy’s greatest hits that were previously unavailable here without a return ticket to Paris. Their edit is made up of products that have been widely used in Europe for years – with good reason. Their best sellers include the incredible Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water (often awarded the title of world’s best in its category), Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse and Leonor Greyl Huile De Leonor Greyl. When I ask her why people love them so much, she says: “French pharmacy hair and skin products have achieved their worldwide cult status due to their highly effective formulas that are dermatologically led and developed with specific concerns in mind. They also have fewer fragrances and colourants, allowing them to effectively treat the most sensitive skin types.” She adds that quite simply, “our hero products are functional and utilitarian. They create the foundation of a good skincare and haircare routine”.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse in particular is one of my absolute favourites, a marvellous multitasker that can be used as everything from a post-bath moisturiser to enhance and add sheen to a nourishing hair oil. It’s a multi-award winner, and is formulated with nourishing Vitamin E to rehabilitate stressed skin and maintain its optimal hydration levels. I love that over 98 per cent of the ingredients are nature-derived and Nuxe’s founder – Aliza Jabès – is firm in her belief that plants hold the key to great skin and hair.  
Suitable for nourishing face, body and hair, the lightweight, heavenly scented blend is made up of six skin-restorative plant oils – Borage, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia. It transforms skin, seals split ends, highlights pins and collarbones and can even be mixed with your usual moisturiser or foundation to deliver an extra shot of moisture when needed.
Hair-wise, it can be sprayed on a natural bristle hairbrush for radiantly shiny hair or used directly on the hair (from a distance of around 20 cm) as a pre-shampoo mask. Massage it well into your hair and scalp, then wrap your head in a warm towel and leave for 15 to 20 minutes to allow Huile Prodigieuse  to penetrate before shampooing. Just magic.
It’s also non-greasy, preservative-free, silicone-free and mineral oil-free, which gets a major thumbs up in my books. Get some of your own by visiting Ines, today. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Daily delight: Priyanka Chopra for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia




All about: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic electric toothbrush



Many of us these days use electric toothbrushes to keep our pearly whites clean and our mouths fresh, including myself. I’ve had a few over the years and have to say that my teeth have never been in better shape, despite a diagnosis of gum disease at an early age. Both my dentist and hygienist love to jokingly say that people like me will put them out of business, and I definitely attribute much of my teeth’s tiptop shape to the move from a manual brush to electric.
Yet simply purchasing an electric toothbrush doesn't guarantee great results. You also need to make sure you brush at least twice daily, spend at least two minutes a session brushing and use the proper brushing technique (yes, there's a technique to it). You also need to use a good brush, and not all are created equal.
Before you rush out to buy an electric toothbrush, do a little research. First, electric toothbrushes aren't the same as battery-powered toothbrushes, which are similar to manual brushes but use a AA battery to make the bristles vibrate a little, thus providing some extra cleaning. True electric toothbrushes are rechargeable units that plug into the wall. You change the brush heads every three months or so and keep the handle, which receives the charge. The heads comes in different shapes and sizes and work differently. They may oscillate, vibrate, rotate or use sonic technology, which is the case with my new love affair: the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic electric toothbrush.
As well as being ridiculously good-looking, this next level toothbrush is quite the marvel – as are its brush heads. The DiamondClean brush head has been proven to whiten your teeth in just over a week due to its densely packed central stain removal bristles, and your gums will also become healthier in two weeks. Removing up to seven times more plaque along the gum line than a manual toothbrush, it also offers modes including Gum Care, Polish and Sensitive. You reportedly get a month's worth of manual brushing in just two minutes, which just blows my mind!
The brush heads are a real step up from my previous ones in so many ways – they are not only super effective and a great size for getting into the nooks and crannies, but also super hygienic and easy to clean. When you’re only swapping them out every few months or so this is super important – the old school brushes were a breeding ground for the kind of nasties you don’t even want to think about!
Last but by no means least, I have to give a major shout out to the DiamondClean’s deluxe USB travel case, which doubles as a charger so you stay topped up on the go. You just place your toothbrush in the case and connect to your laptop or plug into a wall socket, again keeping things clean as a whistle. As for charging at home, the sleek charger glass gives you two weeks’ worth of brushing with a single full charge, and doubles as a glass for rinsing after brushing. Too cute.
The sonic technology in this beauty is suitable for use with braces, fillings, crowns and veneers, and can even be used in the daily treatment of gum disease, so even though it comes with a price tag of RRP $399 if you can afford it, it’s a fantastic investment in the future of your teeth.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Daily delight: Angelina Jolie for Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale




Love it: Aesop’s sophisticated new Roll-on Deodorants



As cult beauty items go, your average deodorant wouldn’t usually shoot to the top of the list. That is unless it's a deodorant created by Aesop, whose original spray deodorant has drawn quite the following since its release eight years ago. 
As well as coming with the cachet of Aesop’s sleek and sophisticated aesthetic, it actually works – unlike many naturally derived, aluminum-free formulas on the market. This is due to its key active ingredient, zinc ricinoleate (a zinc salt that inhibits bacterial proliferation without blocking sweat glands like aluminum). Add to that a blend of essential oils chosen for the way they neutralize odours and you have something really quite special. The scent is a heady blend of vetiver and coriander, whilst their Herbal Deodorant – launched at a later date - offers a lighter alternative to the original.
Fast forward a few years and the Aesop brand has now introduced its first Roll-On Deodorants, which also come packed with high-quality botanical ingredients to help reduce and mask body odour.  The new Déodorant Roll-On and Herbal Deodorant Roll-On offer an aluminium- and alcohol-free alternative for those whose skin may be irritated by conventional deodorants, or those that just prefer the roll-on form. “Our Roll-On Deodorants feature a unique blend of essential oils to impart a refreshing fragrance and effectively inhibit the growth of odour producing underarm bacteria,” says Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation & Research Manager, and yes, they also do a top job when it comes to eliminating smell.
Both formulations have a smooth, creamy texture and contain Zinc Ricinoleate and Wasabi Extract, which work in tandem with essential oils to reduce the development of body odour. Naturally, each Roll-On is packaged in an elegant 50mL amber glass bottle, making them quite simply too gorgeous to hide in your bathroom cabinet. As a two-time breast cancer survivor who avoids aluminium like the plague and has tried every ‘natural’ formula out there, I can confidently say these are the best out there – and they smell fantastic.
All four options are available at signature stores, counters in select department stores, and at Aesop Online. The new roll-ons have an RRP of $39 for a 50ml bottle, but are worth every cent.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Penshoppe SS18




Beauty news: M.A.C widens its NZ reach, and introduces Nicopanda



M.A.C Cosmetics in New Zealand has just announced that they are set to launch their full line-up of cosmetics through Smith & Caughey’s online store.  Officially launching this Thursday, the online partnership with Smith & Caughey’s will offer the iconic brand’s full range of core products for face, lips, eyes and cheeks as well as brushes and accessories.  Select limited edition collections will also be available through this channel.
“M.A.C Cosmetics and Smith & Caughey’s have a retail partnership that spans almost two decades.  Our first counter in New Zealand was opened with Smith & Caughey’s at their Newmarket location and this is a natural progression of our relationship.  We are delighted we can offer beauty lovers more accessibility to M.A.C Cosmetics” says Hayley Williams, Brand General Manager, M.A.C Cosmetics, New Zealand.  
To celebrate the launch onto smithandcaugheys.co.nz, the brand will be offering beauty lovers the opportunity to pre-purchase products from the collaboration collection with fashion idol and major Gaga collaborator, Nicola Formichetti: M.A.C x Nicopanda.  This limited edition collection bridges punk with kawaii-cute funk complete with panda-imprinted eye and cheek palettes and bear-topped lipsticks, lipglass and brushes.  It is possibly the brand’s cutest collection yet!  The pre-sale will be available from both www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz and Smith & Caughey’s Queen St from March 22nd until stocks last.  The collection will then launch in other select doors around the country on April 5th. 
For those unfamiliar with his name, Formichetti is the creative force behind some of the world’s most influential brands, publications, and pop stars. Nicola has created some of the most memorable and celebrated images of the decade. Italian-Japanese, Formichetti has been at the creative helm of some of the world’s most exciting brands: Mugler, Diesel, and Uniqlo.  Most notably and groundbreaking was his work with Lady Gaga as her Fashion Director, where the dynamic duo created her most iconic and talked about fashion looks of recent times.
NICOPANDA is Nicola’s most personal creative project. Launched in 2015, the New York based street-brand is best known for its edgy and playful approach to fashion and accessories. Always innovating, NICOPANDA is at the forefront of the fashion world with its hyper-creative philosophy and unique collaborations- true to its creator’s ideology. 
Here’s a little Q&A with Nicolabthat will enlighten you a bit more about this excitring new creative collab…

What was your inspiration for this collection and how did you bring it to life?
The inspiration for me was to create something that was new and different and focuses on creativity and diversity all the while being playful and fun. That’s kind of the inspiration for everything I do. I wanted to develop something that was personal to my brand and something that was special to celebrate my longstanding relationship with M.A.C. 
Together we desired something fresh, new and contemporary for this new generation of makeup users. I’m half Asian and half European, so it was important to me that this collection delivered a little bit of east and a little west. There’s a touch of street culture and high fashion. 
Ultimately, the panda was a big part of this inspiration. I originally created this character to represent a symbol of creativity and diversity. It was very important to bring the panda into the design and creative process. The packaging is clearly inspired by the panda, which is custom made and the first time M·A·C has launched something like this. It’s visually so exciting, elegant, fun, unisex, and everything we wanted to accomplish.  

Where do you find your inspirations for your designs? 
I actually look at everything! Seems very broad, but nature, the everyday, and music often inspire me. I love listening to classical music, Korean K Pop, Rock, and Hip Hop. Music is an emotional thing that can inspire colours, shapes, and designs. 
I also look a lot at the digital world. Social media is very interesting to me, you get to see what’s going on in Asia, America, Europe, and India it’s incredible. You’re able to be taken through this journey to all of these different places. On addition to Instagram, I look at Tumblr and Pinterest and use these forums to create inspiration boards. 
Another great inspiration is talking to people like my friends and my family, or even those I’ve never met before. I’m very outgoing and take every opportunity to get inspired by people which I’m able to do through travelling. 

You have been working with M.A.C for quite some time, backstage at your shows, how did this collaboration come about?
I started working as a stylist for M.A.C campaigns about 10 or 15 years ago. I’ve worked so closely with M.A.C ‘s Creative team and I always understood their visions. We would go from a super couture-esque type shoot to a sci fi like shoot, or a renaissance type movie. It was so much fun to be a part of this process. My favourite shoots and those I will never forget were those for M.A.C VIVA GLAM. They were always so glam and in the end, support a great cause so was always an honour to see this come to life.

The colours and the packaging are so unique – how did you come up with this concept?
The theme was diversity. To create something that was very feminine but also masculine. For the packaging, we wanted this to show polar opposite colours that worked together, just like a panda. 
With the actual products, I desired to create something that could go from day to night. Something that was fun and funky for the person who wants to take their makeup to the next level, but something that also works for someone who wears minimal makeup. The mix of colours is so couture. In the Full Face Kits, the pink, purple, and dark blues are a little more pop. The lipgloss, eye lashes, and face adornment add a light, fun, playfulness. We also did this gorgeous mint lipstick, Lipstick in Galactic Mint, which completes the collection so well. By mixing all of these colours, we were able to create something that is modern for today. We even created a makeup bag that’s a statement on its own.

What are the similarities and differences in creating a makeup collection and a fashion line?
The whole process is very similar! I love the diversity of both of our visions and ideas and mixing it all together. The way I designed this collection is very similar to how I create fashion. From sourcing my inspiration to the very end. 
Like any collaboration, I would first become very close to the brand that I am working with. In this case, M·A·C and I have a beautiful long term relationship so it was an authentic partnership and natural for us to collaborate together. It’s about finding out what each key player is good at and how we can work as a couple to create beautiful things. We are already in this very pleasant place as a pair so putting forth a collection based off of our views of beauty and fashion was so fulfilling. For this collection, we started with the panda itself and built the collection around that. It’s truly about polar opposites; that black and white contrast. 

How did the name Nicopanda come about?
Nicopanda is me - it’s my avatar. I love Japanese cartons so I wanted to create one of my own! The panda grew and became a piece of me that served as a symbol of playfulness and creativity. 

Who is the Nicopanda customer and what do you hope for them to find in this collection with M.A.C?
The Nicopanda customer for me is someone who wants to play and isn’t scared of trying new things. I desired to give them the materials to inspire their creativity and encourage that playfulness. My consumers don’t take things too seriously and are super young spirited. Not necessarily in age, but they exude a young energy. This collection is so in sync with that; sophisticated yet light hearted. 

What is your favourite product in the collection? Does it remind you or is it connected to any of your past designs?
It keeps changing! The whole collection is so unique and different and really fits with any mood or occasion. Initially, I was so impressed with the face adornments and now that I finally have these products to play with, the Lipstick in Galactic Mint has exceeded my expectations.
It definitely is linked back to my designs because it’s so on par with my vibe. There is this strong Asian influence and there is something so futuristic about the lineup that also feels very today and modern. 

The models you choose seem to be very unique and diverse. What does diversity and individuality mean to you in beauty and fashion? How significantly the industry has changed?
I really hope it is changing and I truly do think it is. People are talking about it so that’s a great move in the right direction – now we have to have more and more people scream and shout about it. 
The reality is, it’s hard to include everyone in the world when designing products, but we try to send a message to as many as we can when developing both my designs and this collection. Because of social media, we get to see a lot of different things than ever before. There are so many incredible things happening in the fashion industry, it’s great to be a part of this community and to push the envelope in my own ways. It’s not just about creating a product that people will buy but to send a message of inclusivity. 


Friday, March 16, 2018

Daily delight: Anja Rubik for Saint Laurent

All about: Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon



A few weeks ago I received a (quite literally) dreamy media kit from Dermalogica that featured their newest, shiniest thing. It’s a skincare product that harnesses one of life’s most precious essentials – sleep – for the promotion of great skin.
While we sleep our skin actively works to repair damage that has accumulated through the day, while also absorbing more actives. Chronic poor sleep is associated with accelerated skin ageing and less effective barrier function. In short, sleep is crucial to overall skin health - but sometimes falling asleep is the hardest part.
But back to this nifty new beauty from Dermalogica, and how that can help with your sleep. Called Sound Sleep Cocoon, it is an all-new, nighttime-only, gel-cream treatment formulated with motion-activated essential oils. The scent of each of these oils – activated by massage - is associated with getting a great night’s sleep, which is vital for healthy, happy skin. Other key ingredients include Persian Silk Tree Extract, which reduces signs of skin fatigue and restores vitality, and Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract, which provides visibly radiant skin by the a.m.
Part of the genius behind this product is that rested skin equals happy skin. The better and deeper you are able to sleep at night, the better your skin is able to regenerate and restore itself from daily free radical and environmental impurity damage. As you sleep, Sound Sleep Cocoon works to reduce fatigued skin and restore vitality, and its heavenly texture is a joy unto itself.
In addition, Dermalogica has partnered with NuCalm to put a restorative night's sleep at your fingertips with the new Sound Sleep App that is available here. It includes a unique musical track that uses patented technology to help induce relaxing, restorative sleep, a DIY Deep Sleep Massage video, information on how sleep benefits your skin and loads more. Use it in conjunction with the new Sound Sleep Cocoon treatment and you’re well on the way to the land of nod! 
To use, smooth Sound Sleep Cocoon all over your face and neck as the last step of your nighttime regimen, and allow it to melt into skin overnight. You can also apply Sound Sleep Cocoon you're your preferred Dermalogica moisturiser to further enhance overnight hydration.
New Zealand sleep specialist Dr Alex Bartle from Sleep Well Clinics says, "Good quality sleep will result in healthier skin. Growth hormone is produced in our sleep that repairs and rehydrates our skin leaving it looking clearer in the morning." If that’s not enough reason to embrace all of the above then I don’t know what is.
This baby is available from today, on counter and here, RRP $143.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daily delight: Kate Upton for Yamamay Lingerie




Hair how to: Guido for Redken at Valentino FW18



Often described as “whimsically beautiful” but also totally modern, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s designs for Valentino just get more and more desirable. For the FW18 collection at Paris Fashion Week, Piccioli looked to florals for inspiration, requiring a beauty look that was pared back and elegant to accompany it.
What Guido, Redken Global Creative Director created for the hair look was exactly that, and ably demonstrates just how gorgeous a simple pony can be. “Here at Valentino, what I’ve done is another ponytail… but unlike other shows, there is a lightness in this hair,” said the style maestro.” I’ve cut soft pieces around the face for a little romance, a little disheveled, especially around the ears that gives femininity to the ponytail and makes it less severe.” 
To get the look using all-Redken products:
1. Prep hair by washing with Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner and blow dry. 
2. With clean, dry hair, create a middle part with fingers and pull hair back into a soft ponytail. 
3. Secure pony with an elastic. Wrap a piece of hair from the pony around the base to conceal the elastic, securing the wrapped strand by saturating with Redken Fashion Work 12. 
4. Pull wispy pieces out from the pony, focusing around the hairline and the ears, and finish the look with a light spritz of Redken Fashion Work 12.