Monday, April 30, 2018

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Valentino Pre-Fall

Talking to Rae Morris, Makeup Artist about her Jishaku brush range

One of my favourite beauty talents to follow – and interview – over the years, Australian makeup artist Rae Morris is an absolute superstar in the industry and has been for many years. I have her books and watch her tutorials, and now I’ve also been lucky enough to play with some of the elements of her stunning Jishaku Brush Range, which is available locally at Mecca Cosmetica. 
Made in Japan, the collection sees Rae’s original brush designs more refined, with lighter handles and optimizing her world first, magnetic functionality. Using the best brush makers in the world as her manufacturing partner, Rae’s Jishaku range takes traditional Japanese brush making techniques and applies them to her modern designs to create the ultimate makeup brush range. Designed for efficiency and precision, the fact that they can stand upright anywhere means they take up less space, are super easy to organise and find, and are the ultimate in hygiene because the heads touch nothing but your face! Plus, you can secure the brushes upside down for drying after cleaning, how amazing is that?
I asked the amazing Rae a few questions about the lust-worthy new range… 

You have said: “To me, makeup is all about brushes. You can do more with minimal product and an incredible brush range than you can with cotton buds and drawers full of makeup”. Has that always been your philosophy?
Absolutely. I’d say, show me a MUA who doesn’t have a lot of brushes, it’s the one thing we all have in common. 

Is that hard to emphasise to young MUAs, many of whom are product junkies wedded to their Beauty Blenders and use brushes as an afterthought?
It is a little bit because blenders have their place and are good at placing foundation, but I like to polish and buff foundation and make it look undetectable on the skin, even with coverage. You need to buff and polish with something like my Radiance Brush to make that happen so I find that once they try it, they are often converted. 

Consumers too, often think of a highly priced brush as an extravagance, how do you ‘sell’ them on the idea of investing in great accessories?
I always say that makeup is an art, it’s like asking a painter not to buy paint brushes. You can’t do a beautiful fine eyeliner or feathered brow with a thick brush, so once you use a great brush, experience the blending and see the result, you can see how important they are. Cheaper brushes have courser hair and they often leave eyes irritated and scratched. You’re using them on your face so it’s important to invest in something that will be gentle and ultimately make you feel good. Brushes will also outlive most of your makeup – you don’t need to buy a new lip brush every time you buy a new lipstick!

I read that you made a personal pilgrimage to Japan to find the best brush makers to make your new brush designs happen – how did you find the company that you worked with?
I found my brush maker through a client of mine in Switzerland, who only buys bespoke brushes that are in the realm of $5-$10K per brush. She has a personal collection valued at around $500K and only buys Japanese made brushes so I knew that she would be the best person to speak with. After I spent time researching the tradition and found that he was one of the only two remaining Masters of Craft living in the world, I asked her to introduce me. What got it across the line was that I wanted to keep the standard of my brushes high and keep it in line with the technology and principles of the calligraphy brush. He liked my character and after a few trips, we managed to lock it all in. 

How do you define the concept of a ‘magnetic’ brush to someone who knows nothing about them? It is such a cool idea!
It’s a great way to display your brushes at home in the bathroom without them getting dirty. It means they are easy to see and reach for if you’re in a hurry and you need minimal bench space for them. When buying luxury brushes, it’s important to keep the shape of the brush and make sure they aren’t touching each other – you don’t want a clean powder brush leaning against a lip brush covered in red lipstick. I find it’s really a great organisational tool, it looks beautiful and also keeps them protected when travelling, more than a canister or brush roll. 

You have been a makeup artist for a super impressive amount of time, what do you think about the hyped-up contour trend, is it just that – a trend?
Yes, but it’s a trend that I think some girls will never not do. Contouring has always been around, it’s just the heaviness that is newer and I personally don’t think it will stick around. Everyone thinks they need to contour but it’s actually not for everyone – if you’re aging it can make your face look more hollow and gaunt. 

And what about the proliferation of MUAs on Instagram in particular, how does a normal makeup lover know what is skill or product, and what is just crazy filtering skills?
I always think it’s best to cross-reference. If someone is posting about a product that you’re interested in from their photo or video, research it and see how other makeup artists are using it and read reviews on the product. If you can, go in-store and trial the product, walk around and see how it works on you before deciding. 

If someone is looking to invest in a few great brushes from your collection, what sort should they look for? There are so many to choose from...
I would look for something that fits your face perfectly. If you have small eyes, get a small pointed brush like the #9 Detail Point Shader Brush and a small oval brush like the #11 Medium Oval Shader Brush. If you have bigger eyes, #10 Deluxe Oval Shader Brush and the #8 Medium Point Shader Brush will work well for you. I’d also recommend a great eyeliner brush for those who can’t go passed it. We have two essentials - one to achieve a fine line (#14 Perfect Eyeliner Brush) or for a thicker, Audrey Hepburn-esque eyeliner use the #15 Precision Bent Liner Brush. I would also recommend either Kabuki brush (#1 or #2) for blush and powder and the #26 Radiance Brush for use with all types of foundation. 

Your favourite brush is the Radiance Brush, why?
It cuts your foundation application time by half, can be used with liquid, cream or powder foundations and it polishes the product so well that the skin looks as close to airbrushing as possible. A sponge pushes the product into the skin, whereas the brush buffs it in beautifully. 

Lastly, you have released some amazing books. Any plans for a new one?
No, not at the moment. I poured my heart into the last one and the three hours of video content on the app as well. The book is timeless, the looks in it are timeless and it has everything I know about anti-aging so I think it will still be relevant in 10 years time. 

Rae Morris’ Jishaku brush collection is available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica and at 

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
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 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

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.