Thursday, September 27, 2018

Daily delight: Gisele Bundchen for Arezzo

Beauty news: RevitaLash NZ goes Pink for October

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 RevitaLash Cosmetics, who are proud supporters year-round of breast cancer initiatives, doing amazing things at a grass roots level for women enduring some of the toughest times of their lives. This year, RevitaLash Cosmetics will debut its annual Pink promotion in New Zealand on the 1st of October to support and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. Through this campaign, RevitaLash Cosmetics Founder and CEO, Michael Brinkenhoff, M.D. honors and carries on the legacy of his late wife, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 32. 
This year, New Zealand has the honour of being one of five countries chosen to give back globally. Selected by RevitaLash Cosmetics US, for every Pink RevitaLash and RevitaBrow sold, RevitaLash New Zealand will donate a months’ supply of RevitaLash Advanced to the Look Good Feel Better Trust. 
The Look Good Feel Better Trust has helped over 50,000 New Zealanders face any cancer diagnosis with confidence since the early 1990’s. Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that focuses on problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment; the Trust aims to help New Zealanders to literally look good and feel better, year round. The Look Good Feel Better Trust will be receiving the generosity of RevitaLash to be gifted to all who are navigating their cancer journey with Look Good Feel Better and in need of eyelash treatment. 
For New Zealand Distributor, Annemarie Mason, the commitment that RevitaLash shows towards breast cancer awareness is extremely important. “This is a deeply personal cause. After recently watching a friend go through her own cancer journey, I really learned the importance of eyelashes that many of us take for granted. Having lashes and brows after being so sick can be a huge confidence boost, but they also keep dust and dirt out of our eyes. Chemotherapy robs people of the option to deal with their illness privately. We want to give men and women the chance to restore their lashes and brows to full health as quickly as possible, which is why we have chosen Look Good Feel Better as our 2018 October charity partner.” Annemarie explains. 
The limited-edition collection will consist of the award-winning RevitaLash Advanced (3.5mL) or RevitaBrow Advanced (3.0 mL) housed in a luxury, white cosmetic bag with the celebrated pink ribbon. And as RevitaLash New Zealand strives to raise awareness of early breast cancer detection, all orders and purchases will be accompanied by one of 5000 bespoke RevitaLash business cards with a checklist of symptoms. 
I tried RevitaLash for the first time this year and have had truly INCREDIBLE results, and knowing that they are a company with heart makes me want to support them all the more. If you haven’t tried their products then I highly recommend that you do – and come this October, the timing couldn’t better.
There are 800 limited edition sets available nationwide across all stockists, made up of RevitaLash Advanced RRP$120.00 (2ml), $185.00 (3.5ml) and RevitaBrow Advanced RRP$157.00. Find out more here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Daily delight: Amber Valetta for ELLE France

Beauty news: Moroccanoil celebrates ten years

It is crazy to think that Moroccanoil, they of the much sought after oil-infused beauty products, is celebrating ten years of oil-infused innovation. Before they arrived the average person was absolutely terrified to put oil anywhere near their hair, and now it’s pretty much a given. It feels like every beauty brand – across hair, skin and even makeup – has at least one oil-based product in their offering, and with good reason.
To celebrate this milestone, the lovely people at Moroccanoil are offering a special promotion in the form of a very special duo: the Ten Year Edition Moroccanoil Treatment and an exclusive Moroccanoil Body product, Moroccanoil Body Dry Body Oil. The limited edition duo is now available at professional salons, luxury retailers and online at for $79.95 while supplies last.
A must-have in every bathroom cabinet, the Moroccanoil Treatment is the brand’s award winning signature product, an all-encompassing treatment that is the original foundation for hairstyling and can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, the completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine, leaving hair nourished, manageable and smooth with each use. Seriously, you can’t live without it.
The second part of the special edition duo is Moroccanoil Body Dry Body Oil, which infuses skin with the anti-oxidant rich, powerfully nourishing properties of argan, olive and avocado oils for soft, silky results. The weightless formula instantly absorbs into skin and locks in moisture, while essential fatty acids soothe dry areas and improve overall skin texture and tone. Suitable for all skin types, just spray a thin layer of this oil blend directly onto skin immediately after showering, and lightly massage in an upward circular motion. Your skin will love you for it – especially come summer when that hint of a tan looks a whole lot better with a subtly sexy sheen.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Daily delight: Lily-Rose Depp for Vogue Korea

All about: YSL Beauty's new Tatouage Couture The Metallics

When YSL Beauty’s Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain hit counters around the world last year, it was an instant global phenomenon. Helped by a verrrrry rock n’ roll campaign featuring Zoe Kravitz, the lightweight lip stain with a revolutionary formula for ultra-matte, high-impact colour and a lightweight, naked-lip feel really could do no wrong.
One of my personal go-to’s when I want to go matte, the formula gives lips an almost tattoo-like colour (hence the name) that is lightweight and non-drying. You get colour payoff with comfort, and the ease of application is another huge bonus. The high-pigment colour dries instantly, stays fresh, and moves with your lips for up to eight hours of wear. The stain’s liner-like applicator allows for precision outlining and filling in, so you really can get perfectly defined lips every time. 
The shade offering was pretty considerable from the get go, but now the team at YSL Beauty have unleashed a whole new take on Tatouage in the form of Tatouage Couture The Metallics, an “edgy yet demure” liquid metallic that once again leaves flawless pigment with a single stroke.
Available in six shades - including two collectors editions - the original Tatouage Couture formula has been re-imagined for this season in the following lustrous metal sheens:
No 101 Chrome Red Clash
No 102 Iron Pink Spirit
No 103 Tribal Copper (below)
No 104 Rose Gold Riot
No 105 Magnetic Prune Temper
No 106 Gilded Fuchsia Rivals
They are metallic for sure but also incredibly wearable, especially by day with a nude face and just a quick flash of mascara. Party season-friendly? You bet, especially given the super easy application, instant pop of colour and long lasting wear.
These beauties are on counter now with an RRP of $69.00.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Vogue Brazil

Beauty news: MECCA Auckland opens its doors

MECCA Cosmetica founder Joanna Horgan once told me that every day feels like walk into what can only be termed a “beauty wonderland” for her and her team, and she’s not kidding! Her vision for a retail beauty experience that  “brings together under one roof, the most comprehensive and unique selection of cutting edge brand names in colour cosmetics, skincare, haircare, fragrance and body care, paired with the in-depth expertise of resident makeup artists and skincare specialists” now occupies numerous amazing stores across two countries, and its progress shows no sign of slowing down in a hurry. I for one can’t walk through the door of a MECCA without discovering something new and unusual that I simply must have, and when the first New Zealand store opened many years ago just minutes’ from my house, I knew I was in trouble!
Two years ago Auckland got it’s very own MECCA Maxima store - a beauty superstore that already had glamorous incarnations in Wellington and Christchurch - at 191 Queen Street, and now, the all-encompassing beauty destination simply known as MECCA Auckland has opened its very glamorous doors just a few metres away at 203 Queen Street. If MECCA Maxima is the dancefloor then MECCA Auckland is the very fabulous dinner party beforehand, and what a party it is.
The new 500+ square metre space on Queen Street (formerly the site of Topshop) melds MECCA’s existing Cosmetica and Maxima concepts into one large-format standalone beauty bazaar that had me entranced from the moment I stepped through the door. MECCA Auckland delivers some of the world’s most luxurious and coveted beauty finds, as well as blockbuster brands customers know and love. “Housing over 100 brands that are exclusive to New Zealand in one shopping destination is a dream come true for a beauty fanatic like myself, and I am thrilled to offer up this concept to our Auckland shoppers too,” said Jo Horgan of the new space. I personally love that it encompasses several “zones” that you can happily lose yourself in, and covers off so many of the niche brands I follow and love.
The makeup offering includes MECCA-exclusive cult-classic brands including NARS, Hourglass, Chantecaille and Stila, alongside Maxima favourites Urban Decay, Too Faced, Smashbox and MECCA MAX. Skincare lovers can explore a dedicated skin area with a compelling line-up of revered brands including Eve Lom, Drunk Elephant, Tatcha and Kate Somerville, whilst the MECCA Perfumeria,is a space devoted to the world’s most remarkable fragrance brands like Le Labo, Byredo and Diptyque. Lastly, the amazing MECCA Trove lets you discover the most sought-after new brands like skincare and rose gold rollers (WANT!!!) from leading Hollywood facialist, Angela Caglia.
MECCA’s dedicated Fragrance, Skin and Colour specialists are available to shoppers looking to
unearth new beauty favourites, and the inclusion of MECCA’s Beauty Lab and Play Bar concepts will provide customers with spaces to experiment with the latest products and learn new techniques. The MECCA Beauty Lab provides customers with the opportunity to book a seat and participate in complimentary scheduled beauty workshops hosted by MECCA experts from Thursday–Sunday, and outside of the scheduled workshops, customers can book in for a one-on-one 15 minute “flash” appointment with a MECCA expert to answer all of their beauty questions.
An additional 10 makeup stations are available for makeup appointments, alongside a dedicated space for skincare consultations and treatments. That means room to move and then some, which is so appreciated by beauty freaks like me!
The new MECCA Auckland is open now at 203 Queen Street.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Daily delight: Rihanna for Garage magazine

NYFW Hair how to: Moroccanoil for Veronica Beard Spring 2019

For the New York Fashion Week outing of the Spring 2019 collection, sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard or Veronica Beard presented another ode to a more-than-slightly 80’s style, but is was a sleek and elegant one that truly captured hearts. The most popular looks touched on the decade’s softer, sultrier side, and the hair look created by Moroccanoil Artistic Director Kevin Hughes was the perfect match. 
“The hair look is inspired by a young lady who just returned from a tropical island vacation and is back in the concrete jungle,” said Hughes, “she’s strong and confident with that vacation glow.” It’s the perfect look for our own (hopefully) long, hot summer ahead, and I’ve got the lowdown on how to recreate it yourself at home.   
To get the look:
1. On damp hair, use a dollar coin size amount of Moroccanoil Treatment – or Moroccanoil Treatment Light for finer tones — to provide the perfect foundation for styling.
2. Next, take sections of the hair, starting at the low crown, and apply Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse generously about two inches down. Diffuse using your hair dryer to hold the hair in place.
3. Then separate hair into one-inch sections and apply a generous amount of the Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse throughout each section.
4. Next, take pin curl clips and place in the hair to create movement, volume and separation throughout. Spray the entire top and sides of the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong.
5. Diffuse the hair again with clips in place, then apply Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream throughout the rest hair all the way to the ends.
6. Once the hair is dry, remove the pin curl clips for final look. 

Photo Credit: Jason Carter Rinaldi for Moroccanoil

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Messika jewelry

Love it: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama Mattes


I have worn matte lipstick for as long as I can remember; even when it was devastatingly uncool for the average beauty nerd I was still all over it like a rash. I just like the way it feels and love the way it looks, and call me a little too fond of the nineties - many do! - but I have always been a flag flying fan of a seriously matte lip. I’ve been wearing one with pride since I first started slicking on lipstick (no gloss for me) and so when I heard about Lancôme’s heavenly looking new L’Absolu Rouge Drama Mattes formula I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
You could safely say that 2017 was definitely the year of the Return of the Matte Lip as a trend, and its power and popularity just continue to grow into 2018 and (hopefully) beyond. This new formula from one of the strongest brands in the lip category is an absolute winner, and the fact that it was created by Lancôme’s Creative Director of Makeup, the amazing Lisa Eldridge is no surprise. 
L’Absolu Rouge Drama Mattes are ultra matte and clearly created for women who love playing with colour and extreme finishes, as it combines extreme matteness (is that a word? It is now) with bold, luminous colours and a highly comfortable texture. Since its creation, L’Absolu Rouge has been centered around three values: treating colour as an art, providing a sophisticated French touch, and combining luxury with pleasure. Does this new formula tick all of those boxes? You bet.
Incendiary reds, flamboyant oranges, supercharged pinks and piercing browns are amongst the 18 high impact shades on offer, and I love them all. Three of them that stand out are the orangey red 157 Obsessive Red, the magenta 388 Rose Lancôme and the purple 507 Dram’Atic, all of which I have been having a good old play with. All ultra matte and need little in the way of application for a serious pigment punch, and the comfort factor is next level. L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte is formulated based on a “soft complex” that combines spherical powders and silky oils; that’s what makes its texture rich, soft, and so easy to apply. Even better: the spherical powders smooth small wrinkles and fine lines as they go. The formula is enriched with emollient agents and nourishing oils - like jojoba oil – so lips don’t dry out, and you can guarantee that the colour will stay true hour after hour.
Actress and sublime beauty Penelope Cruz, Lancôme’s legendary ambassador, shows off L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in the above shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott. Her shade? Adoration 505 red, an echo of the Lancôme rose that she holds in her hand. Just perfection!
These beauties are available from today in 18 shades from selected pharmacies, Farmers and department stores for $64.00 each. The three hero shades I mentioned above are also offered in Limited Edition Drama Matte packaging, for the collectors out there. So what are you waiting for?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Daily delight: Jennifer Lawrence for ELLE France

NYFW hair how to: Guido for Redken at Longchamp SS 19

The Longchamp SS 19 show at New York Fashion Week was definitely one of my favourite runway outings to have been unveiled in the last little while, and the hair look was to die for as much as the clothes.
Sophie Delafontaine, Longchamp’s creative director, described the collection an ode to the original rock chicks, iconic, free-spirited, leggy beauties from the 60’s and 70’s like the divinely wicked Anita Pallenberg and legendary Veruschka. Redken Global Creative Director Guido Palau was responsible for the hair look that accompanied the collection of tasselled minis and the like, saying he capitalised on “luxe individuality” at the Longchamp show.
 “Every brand has a personality,” he said, “and to me, Longchamp is very French, rich, and cool, with a touch of individuality. This look is all about bringing out the best hair each girl has. I’m slightly blowing their hair out with a tiny bit of Redken Satinwear 04 to seal the cuticle, then I’m allowing it to dry on its own to look effortlessly chic. I’m using very light products at this show to keep the look slightly unfinished – if needed, I can always add more, but it’s harder to take product away if you use too much.”
To get the look at home, get started with the following steps:
1. Start with clean, freshly washed hair using Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Towel dry the hair until just slightly damp and use your fingers to enhance the natural personality of your hair.
3. Apply a small amount of Redken Satinwear 04 to add polish to your blowout and heat protect your hair.
4. Blow-dry your hair using your fingers.
5. If needed, use a large barrel tong throughout your lengths to encourage a natural wave.
6. Add a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Oil throughout your mid-lengths and ends to calm down any flyaways and break up the texture to make it a little more rock n’ roll.
7. Run your fingers through your hair to add a bit of softness and you’re good to go!

** all images are courtesy of Redken **

Daily delight: Nicki Minaj for Vogue Arabia

Beauty news: WE-AR welcomes award-winning nail brand NAILBERRY!

I have been a huge fan of super ethical – and beautiful - New Zealand fashion brand WE-AR since its inception, sporting their yoga-designed pieces and their everyday life-designed pieces on the regular. It makes sense that they only stock brands that are aligned in ethos, so when I arrived home from Europe I was pretty excited to hear that WE-AR is now UK award-winning, non-toxic nail care brand NAILBERRY’s New Zealand exclusive stockist. 
Founded in 2012 by Sonia Hully, the NAILBERRY brand started life as a luxury Nail Bar based in Chelsea, London and swiftly transitioned into a range of multi-award winning premium polishes. When Sonia noted her high profile clientele were continuing to experience dry and damaged nails whether it was the result of lifestyle, pollution, or from the semi-permanent gel manicures, she went about developing her own range of polishes that would help combat their concerns. The result was the award winning L’Oxygéné range, and the rest as they say, is history.
The multi-award winning, luxury nail polish brand uses patented technology to “deliver a healthier nail care and colour option without compromise”, and their shades are as fashion-forward as their rather more toxic brethren. It’s no secret that many nail polish products contain an array of chemicals but NAILBERRY is proudly different, with polishes and specialty nailcare products formulated to be free from Phthalates including DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl Phosphate, Alcohol, Parabens, Animal Derivatives and Gluten. The L’Oxygéné range is also certified by PETA as Cruelty Free and Vegan, and uses the latest technology to deliver a colour film that allows air and water vapour to pass through it, ensuring your nails are able to breathe and stay at their healthiest. 
Twenty of the brand’s pigment rich, beautiful shades (see, above) are available right now exclusively at the WE-AR Ponsonby store and online at, with an RRP of $42.00. Four nailcare products are also available at RRP $45.00 each. I for one am going to support this new endeavour by WE_AR wholeheartedly – here’s to many more kick ass, healthy beauty brands arriving in store soon.