Friday, May 17, 2019

Daily delight: Indya Moore for Calvin Klein #mycalvins campaign

Hair how to: Alice McCall at 2019 MBFWA using EIMI by Wella Professionals and ghd

This season marked a 15-year milestone for the Alice McCall brand, and the highly respected Australian designer created a show for 2019 MBFWA that referenced the heart of all that her iconic label embodies. 
The unashamedly pretty collection, called Cosmia, had all the flirt, drama and flair that one has come to expect from McCall, but with a super cool futuristic twist. There was the soft, feminine detailing like frills, feathers and fluted-sleeves that are so McCall, but also a bold use of metallics in the form of lustworthy cocktail dresses. 
The vibe of range had a definite nod towards the sixties, and Wella Professionals Guest Artist, Keiren Street created a hair look with a mod-style wink towards the sixties using full fringes and sectioned hair. “The Alice girl this year was a nod to the 60’s with a teddy girl vibe,” said Street. “She’s a cool girl and knows what she wants. A slight grunge vibe with the hair having a little sweaty edge.”
The look was lived-in without compromising on glamour; a sixties eye with a slept-in touch. The texture in the back channelled a playful sixties vibe, and the choppy fringe added a doll-like finish to the fresh, porcelain faces of the models.
To Get the Look using EIMI by Wella Professionals:
 1. Prep hair with EIMI Perfect Me from mid-length to ends, avoiding any product at the root to ensure the hair appears healthy and hydrated
2. Apply EIMI Body Crafter just below the crown (avoiding the root) to create 60’s inspired lift at the base
3. Use EIMI Perfect Setting from mid-lengths to ends (avoiding the root at all times) to create texture in the main bulk of the hair. Flat blow dry, over directing forwards on each side
4. Keep at it until the hair appears thick, dry and almost wig-like to create the ‘bedded’ effect at the crown.
5. Take vertical sections in the same pattern as the blow dry and tong. Over-direct down, staying away from the root, and prep each section with EIMI Mistify Me 
6. Section the front of the hair into a ‘fringe’ section. Part down the middle and create a small braid on either side to anchor the fringe hair piece (if adding).
7. Take a ghd platinum+ styler and straighten random pieces to create a ‘grungy’ look amongst previous the tong-wave sections
8. Whilst keeping the hair flat (using slide-clips) diffuse both the fringe and sides.
9. Finish the look with EIMI Glam Mist to add hydration and a finishing gloss.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Burberry Monogram

Love it: COSMEDIX amazing Enhance Lip Plumping Mask

Lip balm is a must-have in every beauty junkie’s makeup bag – I always have at least three on the go, which I select from depending on my needs. A great balm helps you deal with the drying out effects of some matte lipsticks, and the richest ones really come into their own come winter or mid-flight.
A lip mask takes things to the next level however, usually plumping as well as healing and really going the distance when it comes to repair. One I took with me to Japan recently that I was super impressed by is COSMEDIX Enhance Lip Plumping Mask, which is an ultra-nourishing, lip-plumping mask designed to “help deliver immediate comfort and moisture” using a unique blend of high-performance oils and natural emollients. Enhance works to improve the skin’s appearance for visibly fuller, more defined looking lips, while creating a moisture barrier for intense hydration. 
The perfect overnight treatment for total moisture restoration or just slathered on during the day, its key ingredients are a botanical Bio-Polymer that conditions and creates a moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration, and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 – a powerful peptide that improves the appearance of skin for the look of fuller and more defined lips. It also has Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter for instant relief from dryness, and it is light enough to wear on its own or under lipstick after allowing a few minutes for it to sink in. For optimal results, apply a thick layer before bed as an overnight treatment and watch this beauty work its magic! I also love the fact that the applicator makes it super hygienic - no fingers landing in tubs over and over again around here.
COSMEDIX Enhance Lip Plumping Mask has an RRP of $59.80, for New Zealand stockists call 0800 238 754. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Daily delight: Kendall Jenner for Penshoppe DenimLab

All about: Katherine Daniels' amazing Instant Effect Eye Masks

Whenever I travel – especially long haul, and when I’m heading somewhere with a major temperature difference to home – I start amassing a travel beauty arsenal of goodies to hopefully steer clear of having to deal with less-than-clear skin when I’m enjoying myself. One clever little product that I’ll now never travel without is the salon strength Katherine Daniels Instant Effect Eye Mask, which comes in a pack of four sets and is a real no-brainer if you’re a frequent flyer or gearing up for a big event.
With concentrated Sea Kelp and Mineral Complex and saturated with hydra-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, they recently won the award for ‘Best Eye Mask’ at the Beauty Shortlist Awards, which is no mean feat. Renowned for being the biggest, most independent, non-sponsored beauty awards in the UK and going onto their 8th year, the Beauty Shortlist Awards are recognised globally. The judging panel is comprised of 10 independent beauty experts from Australia, the UK and USA, and this year’s lineup included red carpet, cruelty free makeup artist Justine Jenkins, Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot and eco-luxe beauty blogger Shahrzad of the Beauty Spot.
The Katherine Daniels Instant Effect Eye Masks were a clear winner in their category, with stats like a 70 per cent reduction in wrinkles and 85 per cent revitalised skin reported after just one use. Their power is partly down to the fact that each mask is activated right before you use it, which means the skin around the delicate eye area will get a powerhouse of fresh ingredients that helps it look visibly luminous, plumped and smooth and feeling hydrated, firm and revitalised. The superior anti-ageing eye mask delivers instant visible results after just one use, and sustained visible effectiveness if used two times per week. I took a pack to Japan recently and used them both during my flight and upon arrival at my destination, and will be taking some to Los Angeles as well when I travel there next month. They are super easy to use as well – just apply them to clean, dry skin as directed on the back of the eye mask pack, leave in place for at least 20 minutes, remove and gently press the remainder of the product into the skin around the eye area. Too easy and the results are INCREDIBLE.
At RRP $99.95 for a four pack the Katherine Daniels Instant Effect Eye Masks aren’t cheap, but if you can afford them then do splurge- they come highly recommended.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Daily delight: Jennifer Aniston for Harper's Bazaar

Beauty news: New Zealand, here comes Sephora at last!

It has only been a matter of time for beauty freaks all Aotearoa before Sephora announced its official bricks and mortar arrival into this country, but finally we have a definite statement from the global beauty juggernaut as to where and when.
Founded in France by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1970, Sephora was first beauty retailer to really offer the-then revolutionary concept of offering clients a hands-on relationship with an ever-changing array of carefully curated brand partners, featuring trusted classics, indie darlings, emerging favourites and the critically acclaimed SEPHORA COLLECTION. 
Now owned by LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury goods group, Sephora’s excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit have made it a beauty trailblazer in 34 countries and online, providing a diverse range of clients with the perfect environment in which to experiment and learn. Sephora has operated in the Asia Pacific region since 2005, and today announced plans for its first New Zealand retail store to open in Auckland in 2019. With over 3,000 stores globally, Sephora Asia currently operates in twelve countries including Australia, Singapore and Thailand, adding NewZealand, Hong Kong and Korea to that list this year. It’s a testament to the appetite for international beauty in the region, an appetite that appears to know no bounds.
Having launched the New Zealand e-commerce store in November 2015, this first bricks-and-mortar location is an exciting new venture for the brand. It’s also exciting for local lovers of the brand, who often found the online representation a little frustrating (I for one had nothing but mishaps when ordering, but loved their offering so tried to persevere!).
Opening its doors on one of Auckland's most renowned retail strips, the new location is set to become “the home of beauty on Queen Street”, which is no mean feat. The CBD-based store’s design will pay homage to the retailer’s global brand by incorporating its iconic black and white striped calepinage, while staying true to the rich heritage of the building.
Of the opening, Benjamin Vuchot, President of Sephora Asia said, “We believe that New Zealand will be a key market in building Sephora as the most loved beauty community in Asia, and the world. This expansion to a new market will allow Sephora to continue to amplify global beauty trends locally, elevate what our clients expect of the in-store experience and bring fresh, digital touch points to the retail environment to create a virtual, client-centric cycle.” I think all of that is marketing speak for a seriously amazing, super interactive store, and I can’t wait!
Pedro Coutinho, Interim General Manager Sephora Australia & NewZealand adds, “Sephora Auckland will be a beauty destination like no other. We are so excited to introduce our renowned service offering, a suite of the most sought after beauty brands from around the world and a fun place for our clients to experience and explore their own beauty journey. The Sephora client is the future – our customers are ahead of the trends, up to date with the latest brands and they want new products, now, ”said Coutinho. “We’ve listened to what our online clients want from Sephora, and this new Auckland location will help us deliver it.”
Stay tuned for a definite date and address of the destination, and start saving your pennies for an instant splurge!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Daily delight: Rihanna for Savage X Fenty SS19

Beauty news: Prescription Skin Care and SkinBetter Science

I’m embarrassed to say that I’d never set foot in Prescription Skin Care’s super chic clinic at 197 Ponsonby Road until earlier this year, when I was lucky enough to be invited there for the launch of the SkinBetter Science skincare brand into the local market. I was hugely impressed - both by the research behind the beautiful, high performance new brand and by the work of the team at Prescription.
Prescription Skin Care has actually been helping people “look younger and feel confident about their skin” since it was founded in Remuera back in 1993. The Ponsonby location opened in December 2016, offering a state of the art clinic with the same technologically advanced equipment, facilities and highly trained personnel as Remuera, but for clients over this side of town. Both utilise the knowledge of Dr. Stephen Gilbert as Medical Director, a man who comes with a wealth of experience under his belt. He is experienced in all kinds of plastic surgery including facial enhancements such as rhinoplasty, breast surgery and liposuction, and was a founding co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Stephen’s daughter Georgina Robertson co-owns the Prescription Skin Care clinics with her mother Margaret Gilbert, so the passion for great skin solutions definitely runs in the family. 
The Ponsonby clinic is known for its proficiency in less invasive procedures like IPL, Laser Genesis and Laser Vein Treatments, as well as its stellar results with injectables. Angela Frazer (above) is the Senior Skin Care Nurse Consultant and Clinic Co-ordinator at Ponsonby and Remuera, and is largely responsible for the clinic’s fantastic reputation as a highly respected location for non-invasive work and skincare advice. She is also one of the most knowledgeable people in the beauty field that I have been lucky enough to meet in quite some time, and I could seriously listen to her talk for hours! And clearly I’m not the only one, as over the years Angela has contributed to health and fashion publications and spoken at a number of industry seminars, including the Australasian Plastic Surgical training weekend for doctors and the national Plastic Surgical Nurses Symposium. After qualifying as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand, Angela moved to London and worked for two years in the world-renowned dermatology unit at St Thomas’s hospital. During this time she not only gained extensive specialised knowledge in the field of dermatology but also developed a keen interest in the skin and associated treatments.
This was followed by seven years in the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Auckland’s Middlemore hospital, before she was able to combine her experience in Dermatology and Plastic Surgical Nursing in private practice. She started at Prescription Skin Care in 1997 and has never looked back. Initially training and qualifying as a specialist collagen injector, Angela is now an expert in the areas of new generation dermal fillers and Botox, and she attends seminars, advanced workshops and conferences all over the world.
I returned to Prescription Skin Care a few weeks after the launch to meet with Angela one-on-one to learn more about the SkinBetter Science brand, which set out in 2016 to create a “new paradigm in skincare”, not only for patients, but for the physicians, nurses, aestheticians and surgeons who help patients achieve great skin. I was pleased to find out that the products are so well formulated that they don’t require a tedious multi-step process of application in the morning and evening, something that has turned me off so many brands. They say that one SkinBetter Science product can deliver remarkable results; and just two to three can change how you feel about your skin. I love that, and so does my bank account.
The one product that I’m excited to be playing with first is SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum, which is being applauded all over the world for its work on free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable, electron-stealing molecules that harm our cells as we age. The resultant damage, if unaddressed or repaired imperfectly, accumulates over time giving rise to wrinkles, brown spots, and even skin cancers. There are a myriad of antioxidants to counter free radicals, but individual ones generally do not protect against all free radicals — some only impact one type. And while both our bodies and our skin are smartly outfitted with innate antioxidant networks, they can easily get overwhelmed by the barrage of environmental assaults most of us suffer every day purely as a consequence of modern living. And when the hits start stacking up, we begin to look older than our years.
Which brings me back to Alto Defense Serum. What makes it remarkable, setting it apart from even the gold standards dermatologists have long lauded, is its impressive medley of antioxidants - vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, cocoa, tumeric, green tea, coffee, superoxide dismutase, and more — that work in synergy to provide skin with a sort of blanket protection. What also stood out during recent testing was the apparent reduction in redness and wrinkles in subjects’ skin after just four weeks’ of use. There was also continued improvement over time, and the serum’ is highly tolerable even for those with rosacea like me. I generally can’t use products containing multiple actives, but thus far, this beauty is seriously performing.
If you want to learn more then I highly recommend a trip to Prescription Skin Care, a great local resource if ever there was one.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Daily delight: Naomi Campbell for Vogue Japan

All about: Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Youth Biome

They say what you put on your skin is only half the story, and ingestible beauty products are huge right now. Part of that is due to the endless flogging of them on Instagram by Women In Stretchy Pants, and part is due to the fact that for some people, they really do work. When it comes to healthy skin, what you put inside the body really can be as important as what you apply topically.
“Great skincare starts from within” is one of the main catchphrases used by UK-based Advanced Nutrition Programme, who are the creators of an amazing professional-only nutritional supplements range that is thankfully available in New Zealand. I was lucky enough to meet Lorraine Perretta, a nutritional consultant at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing and brand manager for the Advanced Nutrition Programme range of supplements, a couple of years ago, and damn – she was inspiring. Over breakfast she shared a few of her insights with myself and several other beauty editors, as well as giving us all more than a few good reasons why a quality  - emphasis on the word quality here – can make a wealth of difference when it comes to the kind of result you want from your skin.
The Advanced Nutrition Programme is a cutting edge nutritional system that has been designed to support a topical skincare regimen recommended by professionals. The premium range of nutraceuticals is designed to provide optimum daily amounts of vitamins, minerals and other vital elements to support a healthy lifestyle and to help maintain a glowing complexion. 
Problems like dryness, excess oil, congested skin and the signs of premature ageing may benefit from targeted supplements from their Skin range, and client feedback proves it gets results. Research from the British Journal of Nutrition in 2006 concluded that taking oral supplements has many benefits over topical application. It supports the importance of supplements that feed skin over the entire body, in an easily absorbable form and which can nourish even the deeper layers of the skin. In an industry that focuses so much attention on treating skin topically, it’s easy to forget that cells are made deep within the skin where creams never reach. Beginning a skincare regime by feeding the body with the necessary nutrients to make perfectly formed cells is the foundation to a flawless complexion.
Which brings me to their newest release – a probiotic skincare supplement called Skin Youth Biome. Amazingly, it’s formulated with an incredible five billion active cultures of four scientifically studied strains of bacteria, and is quite the marvel. These four unique strains have been found to provide antioxidant protection, support immunity and anti-ageing. In addition, Skin Youth Biome has added Vitamin C to support collagen formation. This combination of live cultures and vitamin C not only helps support and maintain a normal healthy intestinal flora, but also works in synergy to give you a “smoother, more youthful looking” complexion.  The beneficial bacteria counteract the intrinsic and extrinsic causes of ageing by reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals. 
In addition, the good stuff comes packaged using advanced microencapsulation technology to ensure that the bacteria survive stomach acid and easily pass through to the intestine, where they are needed. The formula is also gluten and yeast free, contains no artificial colours and flavourings and does not require refrigeration, unlike many of its peers. I’ve been using them now for a few weeks and the difference is clear – and I’m obsessed. 
Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Youth Biome is available right now, RRP $115 for 60 vegetable capsules. It comes highly recommended!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Daily delight: Christy Turlington for Vogue Mexico

All about: Ultraceuticals Retexturising Treatment

Despite the negative publicity that emerged following their initial arrival in the general beauty realm over ten years ago, I think that peels are an absolute essential for healthy, happy skin. They are no longer the scary numbers that caused all those shocking ‘after’ pics that once littered the internet, and high performance formulas from tried and tested brands are the ideal skin refreshing treatment, and able to treat all skin types and concerns. They deliver instant results, with very little irritation or stress to the skin. A consultation is essential, but I’m sure you can find a peel that will work for you.
A few weeks ago I visited About Face in Ponsonby to try an Ultraceuticals Retexturising Treatment under the watchful eye of Laura, one of their talented team. Carefully formulated to clear away dull, uneven surface texture and best suited to oilier skin than mine, it involves a Mandelic Acid Peel and is a great lunchtime treatment due to its speedy nature and lack of downtime.
Mandelic is a clever AHA that has been used in the treatment due to its ability to quickly decongest, clarify and help control an overflow of oil production. A newly born member of the AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) family, mandelic is much more slowly absorbing and therefore much more sensitive on your skin. An Alpha Hydroxy found in its natural form in almonds, it is a potent ingredient for reducing the dead cells on our skin’s surface and can also help tminimise pores and alleviate acne symptoms, as well as targeting skin discolouration. Pretty great, huh?
So, what happens during a treatment like the one I experienced with Laura? The peel will be applied to the skin for a set time (treatments are general 30 minutes) and then easily removed with water. During the treatment itself, you may feel a slight tingling, but no pain. This type of treatment has a minimal physical peeling effect but this doesn’t mean it’s not working hard for you. Rather than producing a lot of physical peeling, Mandelic Acid encourages the skin’s own regenerative functions, which makes it suitable for use on most skin types, and safe for women during pregnancy. It definitely didn’t have any negative effect on my drier skin, and a little pinkness (totally normal for me) was easily covered with mineral makeup. 
Like any other facial treatment, the effects of a Mandelic Acid Peel can be enhanced through proper aftercare, usually through the use of skincare products recommended by your skin technician. Adhere to the usual peel rule of no exfoliation or Vitamin A for five days and you should be seeing fresh, beautiful skin within days!
Ultraceuticals recommends that you boost the results achieved in clinic by using the their brand new Ultra Smoothing Pore Refiner, which is a fast absorbing, non-greasy cream based exfoliant which gently, yet effectively removes dead surface cells and assists in improving skin clarity and overall radiance. Its time-released delivery of Mandelic acid allows for a gentle exfoliating action on the skin to helps reduce excess oil and dead cell build-up in the follicle, as well as visually refine pore size for a generally clearer complexion. Love that!
If this treatment and fresh new product drop sounds like a bit of you, head to and for more information.