Friday, June 15, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for DSquared2

Beauty news: Revlon’s new Global Brand Ambassador is Mette Towley

Global beauty giant Revlon has announced that the very fierce Ms. Mette Towley, renowned dancer and performance artist, is joining the Revlon family as a new Global Brand Ambassador. Towley, known for her impressive solo performance in N.E.R.D’s "Lemon" video, is the latest amongst the iconic and bold women to represent the brand’s new Live Boldly campaign launched earlier this year.
“As we evolve Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign, we want to continue to celebrate and champion strong, talented and inspirational women,” said Silvia Galfo, Global Brand President of Revlon.  “Mette’s passion is present in everything she touches and she truly embodies the Revlon woman today.  We are thrilled to have her join as a new Global Brand Ambassador.”
Towley grew up in rural Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles, where for the last four years she has toured internationally as a dancer with the inimitable Pharrell Williams. She has appeared on stage with some of music’s award-winning performers and has leveraged her education and professional career to expand her role behind the camera. The super-inspiring Towley also works as a creative consultant and movement coach for artists on the rise to help them discover their path and passion. She has said that she aspires to broaden the spectrum of her expression into music and acting, and I don’t doubt that she will.
 “I’m very grateful and excited to have received this opportunity to partner with Revlon, a brand that supports my passion for beauty and the arts,” said Towley.  “I look forward to our partnership being a great catalyst to inspire others to embrace their individuality and live boldly.”

Towley’s first campaign will support the new Revlon Volumazing Mascara that launched in US stores in May 2018 and I’m predicting, will be as dynamic as she is.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Daily delight: Nicki Minaj for Elle US

All about M.A.C x Caroline Daur's Oh, Sweetie Lip Colour

It’s safe to say that M.A.C’s latest launch will give you some serious sugar cravings… Called Oh, Sweetie Lip Colour, it not only comes with names like Funfetti Cake, Sugar Cookies, Banana Muffins and Coconut Macaroon, but an accompanying mouth watering flavour to boot!
Destined to appeal to younger customers and anyone who was addicted to Lip Smackers back in the day, the line is headed up by model and influencer Caroline Daur, whose favourite flavours are reportedly Death by Chocolate and Panna Cotta. The formula is described as "whipped for mousse-like texture" and promises to serve up "funfetti-bright, frosted opaque hues for lips,". It comes in a cupcake sprinkle range of fifteen gorgeous colours, including a blue called Wild Berry Frosting and a green called Key Lime Truffle. YUM.
The patisserie-inspired line was first teased by MAC global makeup artist Dominic Skinner back in April when he used them on models during Fashion Month. He said in Instagram posts that the lip treats are both scented and flavourful - “because you want the full experience”. Who would argue with that?
My pick of shades thus far are the aforementioned Daur fave, Death By Chocolate (a beautiful burgundy), Coconut Macaroon (a very wearable Pinky Beige) and chocolate brown hued Caramel Sugar. Oh, Sweetie Lip Colour is on counter right now at all M.A.C locations – and won’t go straight to your waistline!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Daily delight: Katherine Langford for Glamour Mexico

How to: Gigi Hadid at the 2018 CFDA Awards

Earlier this month, Maybelline New York spokesmodel Gigi Hadid hit the 2018 CFDA Awards Red Carpet wearing not just eye-catching Versace, but also a Maybelline New York’s fan-favourite in the form of Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, in Heroine.
Her footed, multicoloured Versace jumpsuit and siren red stilettos were reportedly the inspiration behind Gigi’s makeup look, with makeup artist Erin Parsons focusing on a vivid lip to perfectly match her supermodel style. The rich matte lip paired with her glowing skin was a modern take on a classic look, and lashes were defined but not overdone for an effortlessly glam effect. 
To get the look using all Maybelline New York:
1. Erin began by prepping the skin with Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Prime Primer. 
2. Following this, she applied the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer over blemishes and under eyes to brighten up the area. 
3. Skin was set with the Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in Light for a flawless finish. 
4. To start contouring, Erin contoured and bronzed the skin all over lightly using the Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Blush Color and Highlight Kit. She highlighted the top of cheekbones, inner corners of eyes, Cupid's bow and nose using the Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in Light Iridescent and Medium Nude Glow by combining both shades. 
5. As the first step for eyes, Erin swooshed a light touch of eyeshadow onto the crease using the Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Tastefully Taupe. 
6. Next, Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Sleek Onyx was applied to the inner rim at the upper lash line for extra definition. 
7. For top and bottom lashes, Erin used the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black for extra volume. 
8. To feather and define brows, Erin used the Maybelline New York Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil, which is available in New Zealand come July. As a pro tip to keep the eyes looking meticulous, keep every brow hair in place using the Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Eyebrow Gel in Clear. 
9. On lips, Erin applied the Maybelline New York Master Glaze Lip Scrub Stick first and then a touch of the new Maybelline New York Prime It Up Multi-Benefit Lip Primer to ensure that lips were smooth for lipstick application. 
10. Finally, she precisely applied the Maybelline New York Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Heroine for a pop of bright colour.

Daily delight: Cindy Crawford for Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan

Beauty destination: the new Aesop Wellington store

Today in news of Beautiful New Things, revered skin and bodycare brand Aesop has opened the doors of its inaugural Wellington signature store, which is situated within the historic Change House.
The local is a veritable Wellington landmark that bears the influence of the Art Deco era and the early skyscrapers of the Chicago and New York schools. Designed in collaboration with New Zealand practice Knight Associates, the new 88-square metre space—once occupied by law offices—makes abundant use of natural timber to create a stunning juxtaposition with the structure’s imposing 1930s exterior. 
Upon entry, alabaster-painted walls offer immediate contrast to this façade, investing the space with a sense of depth and softness. The large street-facing windows, set deep into the thick masonry, allow a muted light to filter through, effecting a play between light and dark materiality; in particular, between the existing walls and the timber parquetry of the flooring. 
Oiled timber wraps the point-of-sale counter and shelving, which curves gently along the rear wall. Here, a capacious sink fitted with aged brass tapware offers a place for product demonstrations; the space beyond houses the Aesop New Zealand Head Office and online retail store. 
Like every immaculately presented Aesop store, clients can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer advice about products best suited to individual needs, and a trip in store comes highly recommended.
The new Aesop store is at 150 Featherston Street, Wellington.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Daily delight: Margot Robbie for Chanel 'Coco Neige'

All about: Plantae skincare's ‘extra love’ for winter

When the temperature drops, it’s a good idea to bring out the big guns when it comes to skincare. And if you’ve got skin that’s on the dry side all year round, boost yourself up with some serious serums and a nourishing foundation to keep your largest organ looking and feeling as hydrated as possible.
It’s always a good idea to track down a richer, heavier cleanser when the temperature plummets, it can definitely help address the dryness that comes with the cooler air and when used correctly can make a real difference to your skin’s health and wellbeing.
With that in mind, I would like to give a shout out to  Plantae’s  gentle yet effective Pacific Blue Lavender Rich Cream Cleanser. I’ve used several of the New Zealand skincare company’s products in the past and have loved them, and like the rest of their collection the entirely plant based cleanser includes only the finest natural extracts packed full of phytonutrients, to deliver healthy, great skin. And although it may be filled with goodness, it is also grunty enough so that it melts away all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara. Suitable for those with dry or damaged skin in particular, it includes a bounty of natural ingredients rich in antioxidants to rejuvenate dry, tired, or dehydrated skin and repair skin damaged by the stresses of daily life. New Zealand Pacific Blue True Lavender essential oil, Auvergne Pine Bark and Blackcurrant Leaf Complex make it smell like pure heaven, while softening Shea Butter and cold pressed Sunflower Seed Oil condition even super dry skin and help makeup and impurities melt away. 
As well as this beauty, Plantae has created a new ‘Extra Love’ range, which is designed to let you know what products to select to give your skin a little bit of tender loving care when it needs it the most. In this group is their Sea Buckthorn Berry Night Cream, which is suitable for all skin types. It maximises the skin’s ‘radiance potential’, reducing the signs of damage and ageing and making skin look and feel it’s very best. Sea Buckthorn Berry Night Cream has even been scientifically shown to boost fibroblast production by an amazing 272 per cent, promoting the production of collagen and elastin production and helping with the skin’s natural repair process. 
My pick from this bunch though is Plantae Rosehip Fruit and Seed Serum (above), which is a joy to use all year round. The nourishing yet non-greasy serum increases overall skin health and provides an easy to absorb source of vitamins A, B, C and E, also increasing fibroblast production by 272 per cent. Plantae believes in a holistic approach to skincare, and that when you unnecessarily break down botanical and plant extracts they lose their full potency and their true ability to treat skin to its fullest extent. Which is why this baby includes both the Rosehip fruit and the seed extract – making the formula more potently efficacious. Suited to drier skin types for use daily or those looking for an extra hydration boost once or twice weekly, it is super soothing, nourishing and just damn gorgeous to use. If you haven’t discovered it yet then I highly recommend that you do.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Daily delight: Nicole Kidman for Tatler UK

Get the look: Sara Sampaio at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards

In tiered tulle J. Mendel, model and Moroccanoil Beauty Ambassador Sara Sampaio shone at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards earlier this week with hair courtesy of Moroccanoil Artistic Director Kevin Hughes.
For the evening, the Portuguese beauty opted for a nude make up look and sleek braided hair, which complemented her deep V-neck gown lined with rose gold fabric. With delicate and natural eye shadow shades and a low-key, pink lip, the 26 year-old model definitely stood out and made more than a few ‘best of’ lists before the night was out.
To recreate the hair look created by Kevin Hughes for Moroccanoil, follow the below step-by-step instructions using some of the brand’s key products:
1. On damp hair, use a two dollar coin size amount of Moroccanoil Treatment to provide the perfect foundation for styling.
2. Next, spray the hair with Moroccanoil Perfect Defense to protect hair from heat styling.
3. Then, apply Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream from mid-length to ends to add definition and control frizz.  
4. Blow dry hair smooth using the Moroccanoil Professional Series Ceramic Hair Dryer and Moroccanoil Ceramic 55 MM Round Brush.
5. Next, use a 1 ¼” curling iron and spray Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray for added texture.  
6. Create a Dutch braid (inverted French braid) starting at crown all the way to the ends of the hair, pulling some hair at the top to create a fuller look. 
7. Finish the look with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong.

* Photograph by Kevin Mazur *

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for ELLE Australia

All about: the RevitaLash Cosmetics collection

I’ve seen a plethora of lash-enhancing products flooding the beauty market over the past few years, and have tried a few with varying degrees of success. Some definitely help nature along a little, but one that I’ve tried and can honestly say makes a serious difference is RevitaLash.
As you get older you definitely notice a change in your lashes. Maybe they have lost their fullness or appear shorter? Or lighter in colour? If it’s something that you want to address then RevitaLash actually does what it says – although it doesn’t happen overnight.
RevitaLash Advanced lash conditioning solution works gradually - with full results at around week 12 – so it’s a product you definitely have to commit to once you start brushing it on. Once you begin, you must continue applying the topical solution each night and follow the directions for best results, and I found that just adding it as another step in my nightly routine was absolutely no hassle at all. If you stop using it at any time, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
You'll first begin to see changes in length. Then, gradually, you'll notice more thickness and darkness in your lashes. If you're satisfied with your results by week 8, don't stop there. Stick with the treatment. After week 12, you'll see the full effect and boy, what an effect it is!
I was lucky enough to meet two of the inspirational women behind the company several weeks ago, one of whom as Dariel Sidney, daughter of the woman whose battle with breast cancer led her ophthalmologist husband to create the first cosmetic restorative lash conditioner. RevitaLash Cosmetics was founded in 2006 with that one product, but the range now includes RevitaLash Advanced, RevitaBrow Advanced, RevitaLash Volumizing Mascara, RevitaLash Volumizing Primer, RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel, RevitaLash Defining Liner and the RevitaLash Micellar Water Lash Wash.  
The original formula was developed by Dr. Michael Brinkenhoff, originally an ophthalmologist who still heads the company today. He developed the formula after his wife Gayle was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32Gayle spent over a decade fighting metastatic breast cancer before she discovered the underlying reason for her disease, which was the BRCA mutation. Her husband wanted to support Gayle by providing a boost after she lost her lashes due to chemotherapy. Gayle taught her husband, through her 12-year journey that ‘it’s not just what you look like, it’s how you feel’. As someone who has gone through two breast cancer diagnoses I have to agree – anything that makes you feel like you can take on the world when it feels like its crashing down around you is a true gift.
But back to the product, which actually came highly recommended to me by members of a closed Facebook group I belong to for young women with cancer. Since meeting Dariel I’ve been using the original Revitalash Advanced, which after four weeks is already making a huge difference. It is designed to enhance the look of lashes and protect against breakage, while improving health, flexibility and strength, and I can’t wait to see what happens next! 
I’ve also been trialling the handy, dual-ended RevitaLash Volumizing Mascara and Primer, a super two-in-one tube that is seriously one of the best mascara formulas I have ever used. I love that the primer is blue as opposed to white, so blends seamlessly.
The brand has also unleashed a new Micellar Water Lash Wash that is brilliant for contact lens wearers like me, and those who wear lash extensions. A residue-free, gentle cleanser for lashes, brows and lids it is ophthalmologist reviewed, hypoallergenic, vegan friendly and cruelty free plus. Love that! Next on my wish list is RevitaBrow Advanced brow enhancing conditioner to give a bit of a boost to my rapidly thinning brows – it’s an award winner and promises to deliver just as effectively as the rest of the collection. 
If you haven’t checked out any of RevitaLash’s products then I highly recommend that you do. You’ll find them all here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Daily delight: Ariana Grande for Vogue UK

All about: Jo Malone London Hot Blossoms

In an exciting move for the always-innovating brand, Jo Malone London has unleashed upon the fragrance world their first fruit-inspired Blossom Cologne, and what a beauty she is!
They have left the English countryside to travel to the beach, and the end result is a new limited edition duo: the aforementioned Tropical Cherimoya Cologne and Cattleya Flower Body Mist. Together they comprise the Hot Blossoms collection, which is in store now and couldn’t land at a better time as the temperature drops and we all start dreaming of sunnier locales.
Inspired by “Dancing through the streets of Brazil. Laughing. Drumming. Soaked in sunshine. Streaked with colour. Tropical fruits. Flamboyant flowers”, each element in the duo is perfect when used alone but even more so when they are used together. Cattleya has been called the “queen of orchids”, and as the key ingredient in Jo Malone London’s first ever body mist it is an absolute joy. Unabashedly fresh and exotically floral, it comes with a dash of sparkling citrus fruit and bitter gentian, and stays grounded and sensual courtesy of intoxicating vetiver. 
Tropical Cherimoya, their first fruit-inspired Blossom Cologne, has green cherimoya fruit as its heart, topped with juicy pear. The sun-filled notes of passion flower are also present and accounted for, whilst Brazilian copahu resin and creamy tonka bean keep things warm and inviting.
Celine Roux, Jo Malone London Head of Fragrance Development says of the pair: “The inspiration came when I was travelling around Brazil. We loved the flamboyant vibrancy of the flowers and the sumptuous textures of the fruits there, so we thought why not create two fragrances instead of one?” And really, why the heck not?
Available for a limited time, Tropical Cherimoya Cologne 30ml (RRP $116, 100ml RRP $232) and Tropical Catteleya Orchid Body Mist (100ml RRP $118) are on counter now at:
Jo Malone London Atrium on Takutai, 37 Te Ara Tahuhu, Britomart, Auckland 1010
Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street, Ground Floor 253-261 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket, 225 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023
Westfield Albany, Level 2, 219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632
David Jones, 165-177 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011
Ballantynes 43 Lichfield Street, Christchurch 8011

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for Douglas Cosmetics

Hair how to: Guido for Redken at Dior Cruise 2019

For the Dior Cruise 2019 show, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri went heavy on the equestrian theme, even bringing a dash of Latin American showmanship to the royal stables of the Domaine de Chantilly by kicking off proceedings with a display by a team of female Mexican rodeo riders.
The name – Diorodeo – certainly set the tone, and the show even took place in the middle of the historic Chantilly Castle’s stables, now home to a museum dedicated to man's noblest companion.
Backstage,  Grazia Chiuri told press: “Chantilly is the city of lace, and we wanted to remain connected to our heritage, to the Dior tradition. But Chantilly is also the city of horses, and that is why we decided to show here.”
Redken Global Creative Director, Guido Palau capitalised on the equestrian theme, saying: “The inspiration for the show is very equestrian, so the hair look was inspired by a horse’s tail, which is why you’re seeing this very exaggerated, long ponytail. The hair is bound at the nape of the neck with a bit of extra hair to recreate that binding you see on horses.”
To get the look at home:
1. Start by prepping the hair well by washing with Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Towel-dry.
3. Start with a clean, centre part using a tail comb to get a straight, clean line.
4. Apply a $2 coin-sized amount of Redken Satinwear 04 throughout your lengths and ends.
5. Blow dry your hair using a round brush for a smooth, soft texture.
6. Add in hair extensions – if needed - to create an exaggerated, long length.
7. Using your fingers, clean up your hairline and gather your hair up into a low ponytail while leaving your ears covered.
8. Tie your hair with a hair tie, and then take a section of hair to wrap around then down the length of the ponytail. Secure with a bobby pin.
9. Spritz hair with Redken Forceful 23 Hairspray to hold the look, using a little extra at the crown for added hold.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Daily delight: Sandra Bullock for InStyle magazine

All about: Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil

It is clear from the weather of late that summer – and autumn! – are most definitely over. I’m a bit of a fake bake connoisseur right through both seasons, and also like to keep a little glow on even when the layers aren’t dropping off. You never know when you might book that tropical holiday on a whim and hey, I think I look better with a bit of a tan anyway. So sue me!
This is when I like to make friends with a gradual tanning formula, and one that I’ve been playing with lately that also keeps my winter skin nourished is an absolute wonder by the Insta-famous (with good reason) Bondi Sands.
Called Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Dry Oil, it’s a lovely, skin-loving product enriched with Argan Oil that cares for your skin while giving you a beautiful skin-kissed glow that lasts and lasts. It is ideal for anyone who wants a great tan with minimum fuss and effort - no rinsing required! – and also for anyone who is a faux glow novice and might be a little nervous about slips ups on the coverage front.
I love that Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold dries super quickly so you're ready to dress in just a few moments, and it is now a regular part of my morning routine. It develops into a beautiful light to medium tan that you can build up as you see fit. It’s also a great way to prolong any gruntier tanning products that you may have applied a few days earlier, to avoid any telltale patchiness and whatnot.
Super easy to use, you simply exfoliate in the shower and clean and dry your skin well before applying Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Dry Oil evenly onto the skin in circular motions. Wait until it's dry to the touch before getting dressed, and you’re good to go. Use it every day or as often as needed to maintain your tan – I’m finding that application every other day is definitely doing the trick for me.
Oh, and did I mention it also come scented with coconut, for the ultimate almost-in-Fiji feel? Highly recommended and super affordable at RRP $24.99, it’s in store at Life Pharmacy, Faremers and Unichem. Get yours now!