Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Daily delight: Gigi & Bella Hadid for Vogue UK

Beauty news: Lancôme celebrates Year of the Dog

For the Chinese zodiac, February 16, 2018 begins the Year of the Dog, the zodiac animal that best embodies loyalty. The 11th sign of the Chinese zodiac, a person born under the sign of the Dog is sympathetic and intelligent. If you benefit from their friendship or love, a Dog will never disappoint you. How gorgeous is that? Honest, faithful and a little bit jealous, the Dog is also irascible in nature whenever he or she lets themselves be won over by anguish and pessimism, or when their habits are upset. In the professional world, the Dog is often a lawyer, judge, police officer, teacher, educator, priest, doctor, philosopher, critic or writer.
But back to beauty. This year Lancôme is celebrating Chinese New Year with some very special, limited edition versions of a few of their star products. Two shades in the famous L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick line come packaged in red, with a red lacquered cap adorned with a dog to remind us of loyalty. The two shades available wearing this opulent costume are the classic 178 Rouge Vintage (a perfect matte) and 368 Rose Lancôme (a statement cream), RRP $60.00.
There is also the gorgeous, super sized 100ml Chinese New Year Genifique Serum, which sees the iconic must have’s bottle and outerbox dressed up in red and starring the Lancôme dog. Suggested retail for this beauty is $295.00, and I predict that fans will go mad for it.
Also pictured in the festive visual above featuring spokesmodel Taylor Hill and the CUTEST puppy is a limited edition cushion, but alas, that’s not available in New Zealand. Shopping trip to Shanghai, anyone?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Daily delight: Kate Moss for The Guardian

Beauty news: Revlon launches LIVE BOLDLY Campaign

In HUGE news for beauty lovers everywhere, today Revlon launches its new Live Boldly Campaign in New York City and introduces four new Global Ambassadors, who join iconic actress Gal Gadot, whose appointment was announced almost two weeks’ ago. Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmermann were chosen to represent the new campaign platform because they embody what it is to “Live Boldly”, and are seriously powerful women.
As a top model and body positive advocate, the unabashedly sexy Graham has used her celebrity and voice to challenge conventional perceptions and inspire women everywhere. Her optimism, compassion and strength have changed the industry’s perspective by creating a more inclusive definition of beauty. “I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking, campaign with different types of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” says Graham, who is believed to be the first ever ‘real size’ model to land a major beauty campaign.  “Live boldly is the mantra of my life.  Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”
UK Vogue covergirland activist Aboah was recently named Model of the Year and founded Gurls Talk, an online community dedicated to providing girls a platform to share their stories, empowering them through a broader community. “Revlon has given us a platform that allows us to be accessible to all different types of women,” says Aboah.  “To me, living boldly means being unapologetic, knowing no boundaries, being vulnerable, strong, authentic and yourself.”
As a top African-Arabic model, Hammam has graced countless magazine covers and has become a fixture on fashion runways around the world. Brazilian-born cover and runway model and environmentalist, Zimmermann was discovered at the age of 14, and named by VOGUE Paris as one of the ‘30 models of the 2000s.’
The Live Boldly multi-media platform leverages social, digital and in-person interactions to engage, support and empower women through community building, catalytic experiences and inspiring conversations. It begins today.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Daily delight: Selena Gomez for PUMA Phenom Satin

All about: the all new, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Extra Glow Collection

A product I never knew I needed and then tried and found I couldn’t live without, Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is a creamy moisturising formula that is perfect for dry or older skins. It has a very fine, pearlised pale gold shimmer to give skin an illuminated, radiant, healthy effect, and it can be used as a highlighter or in any number of other ways depending on your skin type and desired end result.
The texture gives skin a bit of a hydration boost whenever its needed, and it makes mine feel so soft and supple too. I use the clever formula under my chosen foundation to add a subtle glow, and notice within minutes if I forget to apply it. If you have dry skin like me you can apply a full face under a thin layer of foundation for a your-skin-but-better look, or even to perk up a more mattifying base. Don’t forget your usual moisturiser though as this isn’t a substitute, just a little something extra! The subtle sheen almost tricks the eye into seeing healthy, radiant skin without seeing “shimmer” as such, so don’t be afraid to play with this if you’re usually averse to a little shine. Last up, I really like the packaging – and not just for its sleek, minimalist style. The pump twists up and is easy to control, so you can dispense just the right amount
Having said all of this, I was super excited to hear that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has just introduced the Extra Glow Collection - a beauty dream team of products for creating fresh, glowing skin that includes my beloved Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm in new radiance-reviving shades! You can now get an illuminating pink and bronze glow with the same great moisturising, plumping and instant radiance benefits of the original, and I am thus far loving Golden Glow for a summery boost. They come with an RRP of $120 but a little definitely goes a long way (especially when the air is humid), and I pretty much guarantee you’ll fall in love with the formula from the get go.
As well as a highlighting powder and a handy, portable skincare palette that features Extra Face Oil, Remedies Skin Salve No. 57 and Extra Soothing Balm, the Extra Glow Collection also features a line up of Extra Lip Tint ultra-moisturising lip stains that have all the benefits of a balm. This season, the classic Bare Pink shade comes with a slight twist in the form of Bare Pink Sparkle - a limited edition pearl version that blends with the natural tone of your lips to enhance and offer an extra soft summer glow, creating the perfect just-for-you shade. With an RRP of $65 this is next on my wish list, and should be on yours too!
The Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Extra Glow Collection is on counter now.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Dior Lip Glow

Makeup how to: Penélope Cruz at the Golden Globes, 2018

I was away in Wanaka last week and used it as an excuse for a digital detox of sorts, so I’ve only just now taken the time to check out some of the looks from the 75th Golden Globe Awards. SO much black, and so much of it worn so well! It takes a great beauty look to pull off an all black ensemble and really stand out from the crowd, and the incredible Penélope Cruz, Lancôme Ambassadress and Golden Globes presenter, did just that.
Global Celebrity Makeup Artist, Charlotte Tilbury was the woman responsible for Cruz’s perfect glow, saying “Penélope was wearing a mesmerizing Mediterranean Dolce Vita-inspired fitted black dress by Ralph and Russo couture. I wanted to create her signature, hypnotising, bronze smoky eye with a fuller, wider nude-y pink lip.”
Thanks to Lancôme I got Tilbury’s full beauty report on the look, which can be recreated at home thus:
1. First, I like to multi-mask with a clay mask and a sheet mask. I then drench the skin with moisture massaging the Rénergie Day Cream using my angel wing technique and Tilbury-tapping in eye cream around the delicate eye area to ensure the makeup goes on like magic. 
2. Then I use La Base Pro as a glow primer before foundation as it soft focuses pores and lines, redirects day-light and camera light to more flattering angles of the face to give a dewy, youthful radiance and makes everyone’s skin look lit-from-within. 
3. On Penélope I created a foundation base using Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation that minimized shine in the right places, mattified the T-zone and gave her cheeks a healthy, youth-boosted glow. 
4. I then lined the eyes with the Grandiôse Liner in Matte Noir to lift, creating Penélope's signature feline flick.  
5. I then used Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Amour to prime the eye with a champagne shade back and forth across the eyelid. I then used bronze shade, followed by the copper shade around the outer corner of the eyes. I finished off with the chocolate brown shade along the lash-line. (please note this product is not available in NZ).
6. I completed her eyes with lashings and lashings of the Grandiôse Mascara.
7. I lined the lips with an incredible iconic pillow-y lip liner, and then filled in the lips using L’Absolu Rogue Lipstick in Crème de Marron.
8. I swished and popped the golden-flecked Blush Subtil in Aplum onto her cheeks.
9. For a finishing touch, we added a spritz of Trésor Eau de Parfum before Penélope stepped onto the red carpet.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Daily delight: Carey Mulligan for Vogue Australia


Beauty news: Revlon appoints Gal Gadot as Global Brand Ambassador

In one heck of a major coup, Revlon has announced the amazing, real life Wonder Woman Gal Gadot as their new Global Brand Ambassador. She was chosen for both her astonishing looks and inspiring spirit, which is the embodiment of what it means to Live Boldly, Revlon’s new campaign designed to inspire women to express themselves with passion, optimism, strength and style.  Revlon’s new Live Boldly campaign will launch later in the month and come with a new multi-media campaign that will be brought to life through a series of experiential activations and cultural immersions designed to bring women together around powerful conversations, shared experiences and a celebration of diverse beauty. 
Gadot – actress, wife, mother, former soldier, former Miss Israel, and advocate for women – will be joined by four additional brand ambassadors, to be announced later in the month, who powerfully represent the ethos of living boldly and will be featured as part of the Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign.  
“Revlon is such an iconic and groundbreaking brand, a champion of women, and I am so happy to be part of this family now,” said the statuesque brunette beauty of the appointment. “There’s a cultural shift happening, which Revlon celebrates, where feminine power is recognised, and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.”
“Revlon has always celebrated and championed strong, independent women in its iconic campaigns and in its philanthropic initiatives. Gal captures the beauty, strength, modernity and boldness that Revlon represents,” said Fabian Garcia, President & CEO of Revlon.  “Gal, and all the new Revlon brand ambassadors are emblematic of the beauty, determination and attitude that reflect what it is for women to live boldly in today’s world,” said Garcia.  
Gadot will begin appearing on behalf of Revlon across all media platforms as of now - expect something truly special.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Giuseppe Zanotti

All about: NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick

One of the first foundation formulas that I fell in love with – and used slavishly for years – was a stick, and I swear I went through hundreds of them. As liquid foundation improved with the addition of serums and the like and then cushions arrived, I somehow forgot about my old favourite… until now.
I am officially obsessed with the new NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, and since having one to play with, have barely worn anything else. The versatility of a stick is one of its major pluses, and the portability when it comes to travel and touch ups on the go is equally as awesome. The fact that this versatile stick has a creamy, velvet texture - allowing you to stay matte, not flat all day long. – means that it’s a great choice for summer days and nights, and the built-in, Touch-Up Blender for all over coverage or touch-ups on-the-go makes it my road trip cover up of choice.
The all-in-one matte foundation stick and pro tool has a beautifully creamy, blendable texture that layers easily for medium to buildable coverage. Matte Rebound Powders are included in the formula to enhance the glide and comfort of wear, while mattifying – but never caking - the look of skin. Elastomer micro beads provide extreme flexibility and elasticity to help prevent creasing by adapting to movement without settling into lines or wrinkles, whilst ginger root extract and vitamins A, C, and E are in there to support natural antioxidant protection and defend skin from environmental damage. 
I love that the foundation can be applied multiple ways: with your fingertips, directly from the stick, or with the included removable Touch-Up Blender, to create various effects depending on your mood (and skill set). You can use the Touch-Up Blender to stipple or buff foundation in targeted areas, and to sculpt the face with a lighter shade for highlighting and a deeper shade for contouring. Anti-bacterial, the wee blender can also be washed with warm water and mild soap or shampoo. Just blot away excess water and allow to air dry before using again – too easy.
NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick is in store now at Mecca Cosmetica and online in New Zealand at, and has a very reasonable RRP of $66 so you can build up a wardrobe of shades over time. Go on, you know you want to!