Thursday, September 12, 2019

Daily delight: Gigi Hadid for Vogue Brazil

Love it: Neutral territory – find the nude for you

A swipe of nude lipstick is the perfect companion to a smoky eye, and also one of the quickest and easiest beauty tools to master. Pretty much foolproof to apply, the only challenge that comes with wearing a nude lip is finding the right shade for you.
There is definitely a nude shade out there for everyone, but it’s not quite as simple as just finding the hue closest to your nipples à la Kim Kardashian-West. Even her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic says he always has multiple formulas on hand to get that pout just right, be they glossy or matte, super sheer or slightly pink.
There are plenty of perfectly pigmented products out there, but as a rule nude lips look best when the colour is one shade lighter or darker than your complexion rather than an exact match. For fairer skins, dusky pinks and rose-tinted beiges will add some much-needed warmth, while sheer formulas and glosses will keep things looking natural. Olive complexions are best matched to deep honey and caramel tones, and in summer a shimmering finish will bring out the sun-kissed look of your skin. And if you’ve got darker skin, your complexion is usually best suited to warm toffee and berry-toned hues, or a swipe of beautiful bronze.
Now for some great nudes, the first being from the Liquid lipstick category. It feels like Liquid lipsticks are everywhere at the moment, and the little tubes of pigment have become a rather polarising beauty pick, depending on who you ask. People either love a good matte liquid lipstick regardless of how much it dries out their lips, and then there are those who prefer to not have their lips feel like day old bread. That has always seemed to be the trade off – you either get long-wear super-pigmented matte or you have comfortable lips – but not any longer. All hail the indomitable NARS, and their most perfect Powermatte Lip Pigment. These matte liquid lipsticks have upset all the aforementioned theories and created one hell of a long lasting AND comfortable matte lip. Upon first application I loved the fact that the texture is verrrry light, and very liquid. It is thin but powerful and swipes on very quickly with the narrow doe-foot applicator, which softly pointed to make edging more precise. It feels as though it sinks into your lips in a very natural way, as opposed to just sitting atop the skin — which lends itself quite nicely to a more natural-looking wear. And some great looking natural shades. Each of the 20 PowerMatte Lip Pigments are named after classic rock songs, and a flawless nude can be found in the form of the tan rose ‘Get It On’ shade, named after the iconic T. Rex hit.
From M.A.C stable, Velvet Teddy was always one of the beauty world’s best-kept secrets until Kylie Jenner outed it as her matte nude of choice, and the brand’s Stripped - a light, dirty, peachy beige matte – is another much-loved option. I have worn Velvet Teddy for nigh on 20 years I reckon, and it’s still the nude I reach for when I’m heading out the door with a clean face – it really does warm up the complexion and then some.
For a light-to-medium nude with hints of coral pink and warm undertones, Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect has a creamy, matte texture that makes it super-wearable and well worth the investment, whilst Pillow Talk from Tilbury’s Matte Revolution offering sold out almost as soon as it was released. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita is a great pick if you like your nudes on the pale, pinky side, just prep well beforehand with Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Pencil in So Mod for a clean, polished lip look that doesn’t fade or feather.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Daily delight: Kendall Jenner for Stuart Weitzman FW19

Love it: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Sometimes all you – and your skin – really want is an easy to use, does what it says, honest to good moisturiser. But they are often the hardest to find. Many have a bunch of actives added in or are all talk with little to back it up, but none of that applies to the really rather wonderful Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer.
Drop the word "watermelon" into any beauty or skincare conversation and talk will immediately jump to Korean beauty and skincare brand Glow Recipe. With good reason. Founded by two former L'Oréal execs in 2014, Glow Recipe set out to make K-beauty more accessible to consumers and in a case of right time, right place, they seriously went global. Glow Recipe's mission, Lee has said, is "to break down what K-beauty [is] all about, educate consumers on the unique trends coming out of Korea, bring them best-in-class skincare offerings, and make them accessible to consumers through repositioning and education." The fact that their products are also insanely cute and well priced helps hugely, and thankfully, their cult-favourite Watermelon family is exclusively available here at MECCA and via
Which brings me back to the marvellous, 100 per cent oil-free Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer. A cooling gel-emulsion that absorbs instantly to seal in hydration and prep skin for the day ahead, it is my pick for a great summer option or tropical holidays due to its immediately chilly (in a good way) feel. It is packed full of yummy ingredients that your skin will love, such as
amino-rich watermelon extract to intensely hydrate, soothe and fight free radical damage to ward off fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Watermelon also diminishes the appearance of pores and gently sloughs away dead skin cells, whilst Hyaluronic Acid instantly quenches thirsty skin. This Holy Grail hydrator retains 1000 times its weight in water to breathe new life to dry, rough skin, whilst antioxidant-rich jasmine and peony extracts complete the picture.
Oh and while all this goodness is going into Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, what you WON’T find are Parabens, Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Silicones, Phthalates, Alcohol and Synthetic Dyes. It’s also vegan, and cruelty-free.
So, how do you use this puppy to elicit plump, juicy and hydrated skin? Well if you have oily or combination skin, simply use it as your key moisturiser after any treatment products have sunk on in. Dispense one pump onto fingertips and pat onto skin until absorbed. For dry skin types, it makes a great hydrating serum before layering on a thicker moisturiser, which is what I have been doing but will probably sub out for purely Pink Juice once summer hits. When you squirt a pump of it onto your hand, you'll notice it has a jelly-like consistency that melts to a watery serum as you rub it in. This makes it perfect for use under makeup to make everything look more glowy, and it doesn’t pill under foundation AT all.
Oh and last up, does it have a fragrance? Yes, but Glow Recipe products are never formulated with more than 0.5% synthetic fragrance so even if you’re a bit freaked by fragrance like me, you can rest easy. Glow Recipe uses the minimum amount of fragrance, when necessary, to create a sensorial experience, and all fragrances they use are tested and free of pcm and linalool.  
This beauty is available right now at Mecca stores and online here

Monday, September 9, 2019

Daily delight: Irina Shayk for Calvin Klein Unlocked

All about: WASO Eye Opening Essence

An off shoot of the iconic Shiseido brand, WASO skincare is such a joy to behold – and to use – due to its totally unique take on beauty and the way it presents itself. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Washoku (which is usually applied to simple yet nourishing food), WASO skincare is crafted with the utmost respect for nature, using simple, pure ingredients, and working with zero regard for worlds, genders and styles. It draws inspiration from its distinct Japanese heritage and harnesses the power of natural ingredients that are extracted using Shiseido’s unique Whole Cell Release System W. This gathers up the raw actives in each hero botanical to work their magic on skin, and the end result is some pretty gorgeous products. And as for the brand name? WASO derives from two Japanese words, “WA” meaning gentleness and harmony, and “SO”, which stands for inspiration.
Which brings me to their latest release – the simply gorgeous Eye Opening Essence. An icy eye essence inspired by Japanese momiji oroshi, a vitamin-packed daikon condiment, it is moisture-rich and goes to work straight away to lessen the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Little jelly droplets and an odd – but pleasing! - snow-like texture deliver an instant cooling sensation that improves the look of tired eyes. It also has ingredients like Carrot Root Protoplast in there to add an extra boost of health to the skin, and a pearly, colour correcting agent to address the bluish dark circles that so many of us have around the eyes. It’s also great for reducing puffiness, so is perfect before AND after a big night out.
To use this little marvel, apply a small amount (the size of a grain of rice) to the eye area and gently massage. You can use it as many times as you like during the day, and I’ve found it’s perfect for no-makeup days when you forgo concealer but still need a little something-something around the eyes. I think it’ll be a great travel companion going forward as well, for an ideal pre-landing pick-me-up on the plane.
This J-beauty baby is available on counter now with an RRP of $45 for a 20ml tube, and comes highly recommended.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily delight: Kaia Gerber for Vogue UK

Beauty news: Gucci Makeup is coming to New Zealand

Raw, punk and totally anti-beauty, it was a campaign that was instantly iconic – and drove luxury beauty fans wild. It heralded the fact that Gucci Makeup by Alessandro Michele was officially here, and in just over a month, it will be making its way to New Zealand at long last.
Ever since Gucci launched an Instagram feed for beauty last year, the industry has been gagging to see what Creative Director  Michele's vision for the Italian house's cosmetics range would look like. After months focusing on fragrance, he finally turned his attention to makeup, with a 58-piece lipstick collection featuring three different formulations that dropped in major markets in May this year. 
It came with the aforementioned beauty campaign, photographed by Martin Parr. The images feature Dani Miller, the lead singer of punk band Surfbort, as well as models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak and Ellia Sophia Coggins. The '80s-inspired campaign is meant to communicate that "makeup should not mask, but rather exalt, flaws and make them part of the language of beauty,” and it was a hit (and naturally generated a LOT of conversation).
Michele’s vision disrupted the Italian house’s narrative in fashion from the moment he arrived on the scene four years ago.  A champion of expressing the self as much as possible, the creative director also sees makeup as a way to show one’s true character inside. “Defects should be evidenced and not hidden away,” says the makeup brand’s first press release, “and within this language everyone should be able to wear makeup how they want to, whether to reveal your true self, allowing you to be yourself, or as a means to transform, allowing you to be who you want to be”. 
A lipstick is the ultimate makeup tool, and was a fitting place for Michele to start. Gucci’s three lipstick collections are diverse formulations: Rouge à Lèvres Satin with a satin finish, Rouge à Lèvres Voile with a sheer finish, and Baume à Lèvres, a lip balm with a translucent finish.  Ehen creating these formulas, Michele was reportedly inspired by the lips of Hollywood stars from the Golden Age, which expressed sensuality, charm and influence—sometimes within the same look. 
Imbued with the House’s philosophy of transforming the past into the absolutely contemporary, the lipsticks are full of colour and come in a broad palette. The names of the shades are inspired by iconic Hollywood movies and characters from the gilded era, played by the likes of Jean Harlow, and other famous actresses – Maureen O’Hara, Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and their peers. The themes of the legendary films embodying the glamour and folly of the time also inspire the lipsticks, including titles such as ‘Love Before Breakfast’ ‘Three Wise Girls’ and ‘A Royal Scandal’. 
The Rouge à Lèvres Satin formula is creamy and high pigment, delivering a perfect and long-lasting satin finish. It leaves lips smooth and soft, and is lightweight with a comfortable feel. The 36 shades sweep from nudes to reds to pinks and even an unexpected black hue, ‘Crystal Black’. 
Rouge à Lèvres Voile is a more sheer formula that gives a luminous finish in a pop colour palette of 18 shades, whilst the Baume à Lèvres is a lip balm that bestows the wearer with a soft glow of colour in three shades and one transparent. The collection’s Colour Star is 25* Goldie Red, an emblematic red shade formulated in satin and sheer finishes that recalls the red lipstick the Creative Director saw on the lips of women when he was a child in the 80s. The starred 25 on the label is a reference to his lucky number. 
The packaging is naturally also quite fabulous, and instantly recognisable as pure Gucci.
Packaged in a gold tube, Rouge à Lèvres Satin is etched with a decorative style that borrows its flair from Art Deco inspirations. Rouge à Lèvres Voile makes a feminine statement in a pink rosebud print on ivory with a gold base as if they came from a 1940s dressing table. Baume à Lèvres is contained in a turquoise coloured tube, a hybrid shade of blue and green chosen specifically by because it represents an attention to colour. 
Gucci’s three lipstick collections will be available from David Jones Newmarket from 1 November, 2019. All three formulas will have an RRP of $67 and yep, I want them all. New products for the other elements of the face will reportedly also debut soon, so keep an eye out.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Daily delight: Zendaya for Lancôme Idôle

Hair how to: the Zambesi Retrospective at NZFW 2019, hair by Michael Beel, L’Oréal Professionnel

Zambesi’s 40-year retrospective show on Friday night at New Zealand Fashion Week was an absolute joy to behold – and one I was lucky enough to play a part in! It had a mix of models and longtime #ZamFam like me walking, with a total of 52 models in all. That was one hell of a lot of work for the hair and makeup teams backstage, but I have to say that they excelled. When I put a photo of my final look on Instagram I had so many comments about what an amazing job they’d done, and I have to say I wish I looked like that every day!
The makeup was the work of the legendary Kiekie Stanners from M.A.C, whilst L’Oréal Professionnel Artist, Michael Beel created the killer hair look to match.
Beel says that he and his team took references from the label’s archives of 40 years of incredible beauty looks and worked out what is the “quintessential Zambesi vibe”. The end result was a lived-in oily root with dry beach texture placed at the ends, and surprisingly easy to recreate with the right product lineup. A few organic looking fishtail and conventional plaits were placed sporadically around the head to give it some structure while looking effortless, and it was called one of the winning runway styles of the week.
To get the look at home using L’Oréal Professionnel:
1. Prep the hair with lots of Tecni.Art Pli Modelling Spray and Tecni.Art Beach Waves. Dry in encouraging any natural movement but keep the roots flat.
2. Go back in and enhance texture with a curling tong to get a beach wave type of texture (if needed).
3. Apply Tecni.Art Liss Control liberally at the roots throughout the whole head till about 10cms down the hair - this will make the roots look oily and lived in.
4. Work with the natural parting, nothing too forced.  Taking random sections add in a multitude of plaits and fishtail braids, keeping it organic and lived in.
6. Finish with a good spray of Tecni.Art Savage Panache.
*all photography by Pikdat*