Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for ELLE Mexico

Love it: Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid

I feel like every day I’m looking for a new soothing eye mask, de-puffer or workhorse concealer to disguise the shadows under my eyes, one that won’t settle into creases and make the whole area look older, as well as way tired-er. I am the owner of hereditary dark circles and was happy to conceal away with anything I could get my hands on when I was younger but now? I just want to look fresh, damn it!
In all honesty, I’ve been mostly forgoing concealer of late due to the fact that most formulas settle most unattractively into the fine lines under my eyes, so it was with great excitement that I greeted the arrival of Hourglass’ Veil Retouching Fluid at Mecca Cosmetica – a wonder product that harnesses the power of the brand's popular Ambient Lighting Powder in a new fluid formula. 
The light to the touch, serum-like formula instantly illuminates wherever you dot it on, working overtime to refresh, revive and retouch the complexion. The weightless fluid is designed to be used in a multitude of ways, taking care of everything from refreshing any parts of the face that need a touch of hydration to reviving the aforementioned under eye without caking or creasing, and retouching the complexion for no-makeup days.
The formula is rich in skin nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, plant water extract and grapefruit extract, and the sheer formula can be used anywhere on the face that needs instant radiance and light coverage. I love that it can be used anytime during the day to touch up and perfect the complexion on the go, all the while not disturbing the makeup underneath. 
Easy to use for even a novice like me, it’s a lovely sheer product that adds coverage without being cake-y or heavy. It has a luminous quality but no shimmer, so it’s kind to all skin types, ages and textures and has a super flattering, truly skin-like finish. For best results I have been dotting it on with the doe foot applicator and then gently patting it into the skin with my fingers, watching it work its magic just seconds after application.
Hourglass’ Veil Retouching Fluid come in six very flexible shades:
• Vanilla - very fair to fair
• Fair - fair to light
• Natural - light to light medium
• Sand - light medium to medium
• Honey - medium to medium deep
• Almond - medium deep to deep
And is available right now at Mecca Beauty stores now and online here for RRP $54.00. Highly recommended, multi use and one heck of a must have!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Daily delight: Lily-Rose Depp for Vogue Russia

Beauty news: Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash sizes up

It’s safe to say that Australian brand Aesop is not your regular high-end skincare, haircare, home fragrance and more company. There are no big promises, no celebrity endorsements, no glossy packaging and no advertising. As a brand, they are committed to celebrating science by integrating both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and the efficacy of their product formulations is world-renowned. An interview with Aesop General Manager of Retail and Customer Relations Suzanne Santos told us “you need a blend of well-chosen man-made ingredients with exceptional botanical ingredients to make remarkable products”, and I personally have never met an Aesop product I didn’t like. I first encountered the brand many years ago on a trip to one of their Sydney boutiques, and after washing my hands with their premier luxury soap, I was irrevocably hooked.  Their less-is-more approach appeals to the type of consumer who doesn’t need fruity surroundings and overbearing retail staff to tell them what is wrong with their skin or what their home should smell like, but those who are happy to pay slightly higher prices for authentic top-quality products that just make you feel good – and work.
Aesop’s founder Dennis Paphitis has famously been quoted as saying: “Luxury is an attitude, a spirit, a celebration of the everyday; it is certainly not an overpriced, monogrammed handbag that’s distributed as widely as fast food,” and their stores around the world reflect this value.
Their home offering is really quite flawless, and encompasses everything from room sprays to hand and body wash and more. Their evaporative gel formula, Rinse-Free Hand Wash has long been a handbag staple of mine, so the fact that Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is now available in a 500ml pump bottle is fabulous news. 
For those that are unfamiliar with this little wonder, the moisturising agents in its formula – including extracts of Mandarin, Rosemary and Cedar – ensure hands are not stripped of moisture regardless of frequency of use. The formula’s botanical aroma also makes it an appealing alternative to many other gel-based hand sanitisers, hence its everyday appearance in my bag.
The new, super sized Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand makes it ideal for bolstering hand hygiene in the office, bathroom or kitchen, and an absolute essential during flu season in particular. 
Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is available right now from stores, counters in selected department stores globally, and at Aesop Online with an RRP of $10 for 50ml and $59 for 500ml.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daily delight: Paris Jackson for Rag & Bone denim

All about: Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (AKA ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make the sunny-hued little beauty a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have even shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. To break the news gently: you NEED the stuff on your face, as well as in your diet. Lucky for us there’s some clever skincare brands doing unique things with it, and formulas to suit every skin.
The latest I’ve been lucky enough to hear about it is Dermalogica’s new BioLumin-C Serum (RRP $159), which arrived on counters this week. A super stable and bioavailable, potent Vitamin C formula to help both reduce and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and loss of elasticity, its end goal is ‘giving you brighter skin from within’. So what does ‘bioavailable mean?’ you may ask? Well, many topical Vitamin C products contain unstable ingredients that lose efficacy before they're even applied to the skin, or on application. BioLumin-C Serum doesn't talk about the percentage of Vitamin C within the formula, as this doesn't mean anything if it isn't stable or bioavailable.
So how does it do its thing? Well, the high-performance serum works with skin’s own defences to brighten and firm. Advanced bio-technology – the kind of innovation we’ve come to associate with the brand - fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, helping to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Delivering more Vitamin C into skin, it aims to out perform other Vitamin C products (including those formulated at higher concentrations) due to its clever make up.
Other key ingredients in the heady mix include Vitamin C Complex for brighter, firmer skin, Lactic Acid to accelerate cell turnover, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract to help return skin to a calm state after experiencing oxidative stress, and Salvia Hispanica (AKA Chia Seed) Oil to hydrate and help quench free radicals.
Smooth this baby over a cleansed face and neck morning and night, after toning and before moisturising, and be ready to see a real change in areas like pigmentation and fine lines. I’ve been using it every second day due to my rosacea issues that seem to have reared their ugly head once again, but once that’s left the building I’ll be upping my dose for sure.
Dermalogica's super stable, bioavailable BioLumin-C Serum is available right now from authorised Dermalogica stockists and

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen for Vogue US

Love it: Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Powder

Powder is one of those beauty products that have a lot of people divided – do you really need it, and why? It’s safe to say however that not all powder is created equal, and the plethora of formulas – and price points – that are all over the marketplace means that there is plenty to choose from, no matter what your skin type.
A new addition to their super popular Healthy Mix range, Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Powder calls itself an “anti-fatigue powder”, which is a first for me! It claims to reveal the skin’s radiance while providing an even and matte complexion, a factor that initially made me stop and think. Does an ‘even and matte complexion’ mean it won’t work for a dry skin like mine? How wrong I could be!
Clocking in at a super reasonable RRP $36.00, it is a very clever and unique formula in that it comes enriched with Asian fruit ingredients like yuzu that help give your skin a matte and balanced finish without overloading or drying it out. 
A lot of matte powders tend to give me a dull, dry-looking complexion so I usually steer clear, but this one is just so, so different. It’s also a cinch to use as it's quicker than having to shake out loose powder when you’re in a rush, which probably only requires a few more seconds, but time is of the essence in the mornings! It also means less mess in the bathroom, and the slim compact is great to travel with and pop in my handbag for touch ups on the go.
Highly recommended even if your skin is on the dry side, Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Powder is available right now in Vanilla, Light Beige, Dark Beige and Light Bronze.

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.