Monday, July 30, 2018

Daily delight: Nicki Minaj for Harper's Bazaar Russia

What a steal: new Schwarzkopf Extra Care Oil Elixirs

A few weeks ago I took the plunge and lightened my hair – a lot. After years of being super blonde and then taking my hair as dark as it gets a few years ago, I was a little freaked – not about the colour (which I love) but about the shiny tresses I thought I’d waved bye-bye to after submitting to highlights. Turns out I was wrong – I can have my cake and eat it too, thanks to an arsenal of great products designed to keep hair in tip top shape, whatever you throw at it.
It’s safe to say that most of the products I’ve used that have been created specifically to treat damaged hair have been pretty pricey, and I’ve found that cheaper versions just don’t have the grunt to make any real change. Until now that is, and the arrival of Schwarzkopf’s brand new Extra Care Oil Elixirs.
Schwarzkopf – reportedly New Zealand’s must trusted hair care brand - has you covered with the sub-$20 little wonders known as Extra Care Oil Elixir Grape Seed and Extra Care Oil Elixir Rose Hip. Both offer a lightweight repair serum for any hair type, and despite the word “oil” in the name they won’t leave a greasy residue or weigh down your silky tresses. Simply apply a few pumps to wet or dry hair, massage gently, and leave in for beautiful soft locks. 
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Rose Hip Oil Elixir has been my go-to since it came across my desk, winning me over with the small alone. Rose Hip Oil is known for its regenerative properties and the fact that it is packed full of antioxidants, and this non-greasy formula is easily absorbed and gives major shine. Designed for normal to damaged hair, it provides incredible nourishment and protection, and the vitamins A, C and E present in the bottle means it repairs in the long term too.
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Grape Seed Hip Oil Elixir is for normal to dry hair, and as Grape Seed Oil is known for its large vitamin E content it contains a fat-soluble antioxidant which helps to protect your cells from damage.  Designed to help lock in moisture, prevent frizz, split ends and brittle hair, it is another great option if you’re looking for repair.
With an RRP of just $18.99, these beauties are available in all leading department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide right now. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Daily delight: Margot Robbie for ES magazine

All about: Bondi Sands' new GLO collection

It’s THAT time of the year when holidays to warmer climes start being planned, so if you’re not working with some kind of tanning product now then I suggest you get to it – stat! I’m off to Europe in just over two weeks’ and my pasty skin needs all the help it can get, and I’m guessing that I’m not alone in needing a quick fix. Fast.
I’m a confessed connoisseur of the faux glow, and have tried pretty much every formulation out there - with varying degrees of success. It is still the safest tan out there for tanning at any time of year, and with New Zealand skin cancer rates constantly on the rise it’s time to pick a formula that works for you rather than baking under what are some pretty damn dangerous rays.
If you’re a fake tan newbie or just reticent about applying them yourself, rest assured there are some excellent new releases about to hit the shelves courtesy of those kind people at Bondi Sands. 
Blurring the lines between self-tan and makeup, the Australia-based company’s brand-new GLO range (above) provides instant colour and texture with lasting effects – and it’s pretty much foolproof. Think skin perfecting shimmering colour and high shine luminosity that smooths out imperfections, and it’s easily customisable for the ultimate in bespoke tanning. 
Bondi Sands co-founder, Blair James says GLO highlights the company’s pledge to “shakeup the perception” of sunless tanning, while delivering a fully rounded beauty experience to its fanbase. “Makeup provides an outlet for creativity and self-expression,” says James, “and with so many products and techniques to create abundant beauty looks, we thought why not apply the same to self-tan? Dipping our toes into the wider cosmetic category, GLO offers three multi-purpose, mix and match products that result in an instant colour boost, yet can be washed off at the end of day (or night).” 
Each product in the GLO range has been designed to enhance a natural tan, work in conjunction with Bondi Sands’ existing range, or be worn alone. The line up is made up of:
GLO MATTE ONE DAY TAN: this provides instant lustre and matte colour to skin. The skin perfecting formula can be used to top up natural or self-tans, or to contour the face and body with a bronzing brush. 
GLO SHIMMER ONE DAY TAN is designed for that lit from within glow, and is infused with innovative light reflecting particles to highlight, giving a glistening bronzed finish. It can be buffed across the collarbone, cheekbones, eyelids and more, and even mixed in with foundation to give an all over, super delicate sheen to skin. 
GLO GLOSS FINISHING GLOW can be worn on top of GLO Shimmer, GLO Matte or alone, and delivers both colour and texture to create a bronzed dewy-look. 
Thus far I’ve tried applying GLO on my legs and arms using my Bondi Sands Tanning Mitt to make sure I get an even, streak-free finish, but when used on the face, the formulas are best applied with a makeup brush (although I haven't tried a Beauty Blender as yet). And like any faux glow, be sure to allow a few minutes for the product to absorb into skin before getting dressed. To remove, simply wash off with soap and water. Pretty cool, huh?
Bondi Sands brand-new GLO Matte One Day Tan, Shimmer One Day Tan and Gloss Finishing Glow, have an RRP of $22.99, and will be available at Unichem, Life Pharmacy and Farmers stores from August 2018. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Karl Lagerfeld AW18

Beauty news: Estée Lauder signs Anok Yai as new Global Spokesmodel

It feels like almost every other day that the world’s beauty brands are signing up new spokesmodels, with many a savvy decision being made. Estée Lauder is a brand up there in the top five when it comes to most killer stables, and the beauty mega brand announced yesterday that stellar up and comer Anok Yai is their newest face.
One of the fashion world’s newest and brightest stars, Anok will feature in makeup and skincare campaigns across digital, TV, in-store and print. Anok’s first campaign will be for the brand’s number one foundation, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, debuting August. She joins the current roster of Lauder spokesmodels, which includes Misty Copeland, Grace Elizabeth, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Yang Mi, Carolyn Murphy, Hilary Rhoda, Joan Smalls and Fei Fei Sun.
For those that don’t know her – and that glorious face – Anok was responsible for a history-marking moment when she was the first black model to open the Prada runway show (see below) in 20 years (Naomi Campbell was the first, back in 1997). Discovered after Instagram images of her at college homecoming celebrations in Washington, DC went viral, Anok became hot property whilst still at school after she was contacted by several top modelling agencies. The Egyptian born beauty eventually found home at NEXT Model Management, where she is signed globally. Just one week later, she confirmed the leading role in Prada’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign photographed by Willy Vanderperre and shortly afterwards became the face of the Riccardo Tisci x Nike collaboration. Anok appears on the cover of DAZED’s Summer 2018 issue and has also been photographed for American Vogue, V Magazine, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, POP Magazine, AnOther Magazine and Self Service to name just a few. The daughter of Sudanese refugee parents, Anok moved to the United States in 2000.  She has plans to become a doctor and empower young girls to pursue STEM fields. 
“We are thrilled to welcome Anok to the brand,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Estée Lauder has always chosen women who represent our vision of global beauty. With the addition of Anok to our current line-up of diverse spokesmodels, we continue the brand’s legacy of celebrating women from different backgrounds, ethnicities and ages.”
“I am so excited to be a part of the Estée Lauder family,” said Anok i. “To be a woman of colour representing an iconic brand that has continuously been at the forefront of beauty, is an honour. I hope to be an inspiration to young girls and women and encourage them to feel undeniably beautiful.”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Daily delight: Adwoa Aboah for Fendi FW 18 campaign

All about: KMS Style Primers in salon and at home

You know how great your hair feels after an add-on treatment at a salon, but then fades after a wash? Well haircare giants KMS feel your pain, and have introduced a very cool new initiative that gives you a stellar, tailored in-salon service that is then combined with a cutting-edge at home application for a result that lasts… and then some. Up to seven washes in fact, making it the perfect addition to a blow wave.
Called the KMS Style Primer service, it separates the process into an internal and external approach to ensure optimum results that endure. The internal process focuses on plumping and restructuring damaged hair from the inside out, while the formulations focusing on external results – called ADDVOLUME, TAMEFRIZZ and MOISTREPAIR - allow the treatment to be tailored to each individual’s hair needs. How cool is that?
I love the fact that KMS Style Primers can be used separately or intermixed for completely bespoke results depending on your hair type, which is especially great for balayage clients and those with combination hair like me. The service takes just five extra minutes once applied to towel-dried hair, and each service includes a 75ml take-home Style Primer to prolong the results even further.
So how does it work? Well it starts with AHA - found in many anti-ageing skincare products - which also has several benefits for hair such as conditioning, moisturising and strengthening each strand to enhance overall manageability. This super ingredient can tackle the most damaged or bleached hair, adding a lubricity that allows for easier detangling and even protection against heated styling tools. Next up is Polyquarternium 37, which is known for its excellent body and volume enhancing effects and works by providing a positive charge to counteract the negative charge often found in shampoos and other haircare products. This positive charge helps ionically bond the VA/VP Copolymers to the hair, the special ingredient that adds texture and volume.
On the naturally derived side of things, Babassu Oil is also in the formula, an ingredient that comes from a palm fruit and is often compared to Coconut Oil. Boasting a more lightweight, non-greasy texture however, Babassu Oil gives a shot of intense nourishment without weighing down locks for instant smooth results.
Last up, 18-MEA is an important fatty acid naturally found in abundance on the surface of virgin hair and is often referred to as the protective lipid layer as it prevents moisture loss. Chemical services in particular can break down 18-MEA, leaving cuticles exposed to further damage, so replacing this in the hair structure will aid in maintaining a nourished and glossy mane.
Blinded a little by science? Me too, but after having this service and taking home a tube of TAMEFRIZZ that I use every second or so wash instead of conditioned, I have to say that it works a treat!
Stockist: To find your nearest KMS Salon and discuss what kind of service would suit you, head here.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

All about: the ghd x Lulu Guinness collection

As a two-time breast cancer survivor, I always appreciate it when a beauty brand decides to “go pink” for the cause and actually commits to it year after year. A lot don’t, believe me! Many a brand will jump on the bandwagon to leverage a few sales, then disappear the following year when a newer, shinier charity takes their eye.
This is vastly unlike ghd, who have been in it for the long haul. This is the thirteenth year that ghd New Zealand has served up an amazing fundraising initiative for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand, having already donated an amazing $1,000,000 to the charity through sales of their annual, highly coveted ghd pink stylers. The work done by the BCFNZ is vital for people like me, and their services that I have accessed over the years have made an incredible impact at a very difficult time.
But on to this year’s limited edition styling tools at hand, which were unveiled to media a few weeks’ ago at a beautiful event at Ponsonby salon Kindred Human + Earth. This season, the limited edition pink range is even more covetable, having undergone an absolutely gorgeous vintage makeover thanks to a collaboration with UK designer Lulu Guinness. The limited edition ghd x Lulu Guinness collection features Lulu’s iconic lip print on the new ghd gold straightener and ghd air hairdryer, with $20 from every pink straightener and $10 from every pink hairdryer going to the Breast Cancer Foundation of NZ. “The ghd annual pink collection is so iconic and has raised an incredible amount of money for breast cancer charities globally,” says Guinness, “over $20 million! I am thrilled to be a part of the campaign this year and hope that my design helps to raise even more valuable money for charity.”  The ghd gold by Lulu Guinness comes with with Lulu Guinness’ cult lip print design and an exclusive Lulu Guinness heat-resistant bag. $20 donated to BCFNZ, whilst the GHD air by Lulu Guinness features limited edition pink accents and a beautiful dust bag. Want them both!
Evangelia Henderson, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Foundation NZ says, "Since 2006, ghd has continued to raise much needed funds for the foundation. "Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women and the third most common overall. The ongoing partnership with ghd helps Breast Cancer Foundation NZ continue its vital work: improving early detection, investing in research and supporting patients," says Mrs Henderson. ghd Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Ludovic Dellazzeri says, "we're very proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Foundation for the 14th year running. We're hoping Kiwis will get on board and help us achieve the charity's vision of zero deaths from breast cancer, so we can finally #KissCancerGoodbye.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Daily delight: Taylor Swift for Harper’s Bazaar US

Love it: Bobbi Brown’s Nude on Nude palettes

It goes without saying that I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown, both the hugely inspirational woman and the stellar brand. Both are beautiful yet practical, with the end goal being making every woman look the best she can be. Bobbi Brown is all about making the most of your standout features for a beauty that is all your own – how great is that?
Inspired by the natural colours in a woman’s face, the brand’s approach to nude enhances features and “lets the real you shine through”, and a product duo dropping next week designed to do exactly that is the Nude on Nude palette collection. All about shades that flatter skin tone and create a healthy glow, it aims to deliver the perfect statement eye, and I am already obsessed. Nude on Nude celebrates the “nude makeup” originator’s aesthetic—a simple yet natural look, but one that can be as subtle or dramatic as you please. 
The palette comes in two editions - Bronzed Nudes and Rosy Nudes - each with an amazing TEN eye shadow formulas that make it pretty much all you need this season and perfect for travel. The official line up – including some brand new shades - is:
• Bronzed Nudes Edition: Bone Eye Shadow, NEW Golden Glow Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Frappe Eye Shadow, Pink Copper Sparkle Eye Shadow, NEW Burnt Amber Metallic Eye Shadow, NEW Buff Eye Shadow, NEW Copper Chocolate, Sparkle Eye Shadow, Chocolate Truffle Metallic Eye Shadow, Milk Chocolate Eye Shadow, andBlack Chocolate Eye Shadow
• Rosy Nudes Edition: NEW White Smoke Eye Shadow, Watercolor Pink Metallic Eye Shadow, NEW Nudest Eye Shadow, NEW Sunrise Glow Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Nude Eye Shadow, Dusk Metallic Eye Shadow, Milk Chocolate Eye Shadow, Tan Eye Shadow, NEW Chocolate Smoke Sparkle Eye Shadow and Rich Caviar Eye Shadow.
Finishes range from silky, matte powder shadows that blend easily to rich shimmers and shamelessly sheer sparkles for a fabulous combo that really does cover all of the bases. I’ve been playing with the Bronzed Nudes Edition non-stop since I received a sample a few weeks’ ago and I have to say that I have been reaching for little else – it really IS that versatile. It will definitely be coming with me to Europe in a month too – the ultimate travel palette this just may be!
The Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude palettes - RRP $140 - are available: July 16th at all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Counters and at and

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Daily delight: Helena Christensen for InStyle magazine

All about: making more Conscious haircare choices

When I first started writing about beauty, finding natural products was near impossible, especially at a time when online shopping for green goodies wasn’t that easy and New Zealand was woefully under resourced. Since then, the genre has grown leaps and bounds, and that includes conscious, eco-friendly products for your hair.
One of the first brands that I fell in love with both for its philosophy and its effectiveness was Sans [ceuticals], which was founded by stylist and eco mama Lucy Vincent and is still made in New Zealand today. In French, sans means without, and all Sans [ceuticals] ingredients are pure and sustainable, with no harmful additives. Made fresh in small batches, their entire collection is 100 per cent naturally derived, using 100 per cent biodegradable ingredients
that come in 100 per cent recyclable packaging. They even use vegetable ink for all of their print materials, and on a purely aesthetic level, their goodies look luscious in your bathroom. Sans [ceuticals] products are also a holy grail for minimalists in that they are largely multi-use, meaning fewer items in your bathroom that are used more frequently. This reduces clutter and softens their environmental footprint, while also being kinder on the wallet. My favourites from their haircare offering are the beautiful Balancing Hair Wash and locks loving Nourishing Hair Hydratant Ultra +, a conditioner that really cares.
A name from farther afield that is above reproach when it comes to caring for the planet and its humans is Italian beauty brand, Davines. The environmentally conscious house offers a fantastic colour service in the form of A New Colour, which utilises the likes of melanin, carotenoids, Vitamin C, quartz powder and vegetable vaseline to provide velvety, intense, multifaceted results. Add to that maximum comfort for customers and full respect for the hair's structure and you have a seriously inspired product, and unlike many organic and natural colour systems in the past it can deliver some dramatic results. Lately I’ve been using their range of foolproof scalp and hair masks known as The Circle Chronicles (see, above). Each mask is unique and dedicated to a specific hair and/or scalp issue and you can even use them to “multi mask” according to where your hair is at on any given day. Formulated with a high percentage of natural ingredients such as clays, charcoal and seed oils, they are created using 100 per cent renewable energy sources and feel and smell incredible. Vegan, silicone-free and without parabens, they also contain no artificial colours – it is the natural-origin active ingredients that give each mask its own unique hue. They come in cute little packets that are single-use and highly portable, and the packaging is CO2 neutral, fighting climate change by offsetting 100 per cent of their carbon emissions through reforestation. My favourite is The Spotlight Circle, which delivers serious shine and is perfect if you’re preparing for a party or important event.
At Stephen Marr salon on Ponsonby Road they offer another, strong, conscious haircare brand in the form of Original + Mineral. The Australian-founded, but globally respected name created CØR.colour, which took their original ammonia-free colour offering and dialled things up. Way up. Designed for salons “dedicated to giving their clients and stylists the cleanest, healthiest colour experience”, it is gluten and soy-free so more people can safely experience a hair colour session without the itching and tingling, and has no animal-derived ingredients. Free of PPD and Resorcinol, CØR.colour is kind on people and also on the drains that its excess is washed down, which is a win-win for us - and the planet. The brand’s home care and styling products are also incredible, with my favourite being Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray, which delivers that effortlessly sexy, tousled look without drying out your hair.
Last up, I’d like to talk about Kindred Human + Earth (see, below), a salon with lots of soul that appeared gently on the local landscape earlier this year in the space originally known as Good One at 42 Douglas Street. Owner Cat Frost told me that when she first began thinking about the salon – the location of which took three years to find – she set out to create a “new salon model”, one that would nurture the soul and reduce the chemical load on clients and the environment. One of their main product offerings is the aforementioned Davines, a brand that Cat trusts implicitly. “You know they take the nurturing aspect very seriously,” she says, “and their products are leeching nothing from the earth.” 
Alongside salon services, Kindred also has a brow taming offering and beauty therapy, and is soon to begin yoga and meditation sessions developed with Auckland yoga identity, Yogamani Saraswati. Cat is passionate about caring for the whole human as opposed to just their hair, and key to this is her commitment to what she likes to call the “green glamour movement” that is driving consumers to question brands about their integrity. By the time this comes out Cat will be almost ready to open a café space adjacent to the salon, which will be called Next of Kin. Serving Allpress coffee and vegan treats, it is set to be a neighourhood favourite – much like the salon itself.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Daily delight: Alison Brie for FASHION magazine

Love it: Moroccanoil Mending Infusion

I was absolutely mad for Moroccanoil when it arrived on the scene all those years ago, it really was the perfect product for my ever-so-slightly –tortured hair at the time and the best multitasker I’d met in a while.
Since then more than a few pretenders have made their way onto the shelves, and the Moroccanoil range has answered this with serious expansion into a collection of amazing products. The one I’d like to sing the praises of today is Moroccanoil Mending Infusion, which despite the deceptively simple name is waaaaay more than just a solid repairer of split ends. In actuality, Moroccanoil Mending Infusion is a vitamin-fuelled, quinoa protein-packed formula that nourishes, conditions and strengthens for a ‘silky, fresh-cut appearance’. 
An instant-fix styling agent if ever there was one, the ultra-lightweight, Argan oil-based formula reduces visible signs of damaged hair-such as frayed ends, dryness and colour damage, all the while taming frizz and even preventing further damage – how great is that?
Key ingredients in the mix are the aforementioned Argan Oil - rich in tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it deeply nourishes – Galactoarabinan (a polysaccharide that is core to a proprietary blend of split end-sealing ingredients) and Baobab extract to help provide damage recovery and leave hair looking and feeling softer and smoother. Last up, Hydrolyzed Quinoa is included as it is super rich in amino acids so helps exponentially with hair nourishment and conditioning.
So how do you use it? Apply a dollar coin-sized amount to your palms and warm it a little before working through dry hair, focusing on the ends after styling. Reapply as needed. You can also use it whilst blow drying if you hair really needs some extra love, and the formula is so lightweight and fast-absorbing that you’ll hardly feel its there. Magic.
Moroccanoil Mending Infusion is in salon and at luxury retailers now, RRP $71.50