Friday, November 29, 2019

Daily delight: Charlize Theron for Dior J’adore

All about: the new Aleph Beauty Serum / Primer

About this time last year I was first introduced to the Aleph Beauty brand by its creator, the truly passionate and inspiring Emma Peters. Precisely created from powerful active, natural ingredients, Aleph products work in harmony with skin at the cellular level - and they look and feel amazing, which is often a rarity in the all-natural colour category.
Founded by professional and natural makeup artist Emma, Aleph Beauty is a what she likes to call a ‘conscious’ cosmetics brand – aware and considerate of its impact on people, the planet and animals. Add to that Emma’s many years in the film, television and fashion industries and formulas that seriously deliver, and you have a brand that can only go global in time – it really is THAT good.
With shades that are customisable to all skin types, tones and shades and incredible coverage and staying power, Aleph is one of the fastest growing cosmetic brands in New Zealand’s market with good reason. Less than a year after debuting their natural cosmetics collection, the brand was nominated for Best Natural Makeup at 2019’s Best in Beauty Awards, and if you haven’t tried their beautiful concealer/foundation then you are definitely missing out. 
But enough raving, and onto some great news for Aleph Beauty fans like me. In the works for quite some time now, Aleph Beauty has finally launched its eagerly-awaited Serum / Primer, which Emma believes is “the skincare companion every complexion has been waiting for”. 
It is formulated with the naturally anti-inflammatory Tsubaki Oil, a long-time favourite of both Japanese and Chinese medicinal traditions and a huge benefit for sensitive/rosacea skin types like me. This treasured ingredient is reportedly the secret behind the ancient Geisha’s flawless skin texture, known for promoting a healthy, natural collagen synthesis and improving skin’s elasticity. It is also infused with Bluebird hibiscus plant extracts, macadamia oil and oil-free jojoba, milk thistle extract, Kakadu Plum seed oil and East Indian sandalwood, and works at a cellular level to counter the natural weakening of your skin’s metabolism. A definite player in the skincare as well as makeup category, I have been using it for the past few days and fell instantly for its charms.
The milk thistle extract strengthens the skin barrier, naturally protecting it from external free radicals but also retaining optimum levels of moisture to keep it as healthy looking as possible, for a longer time. It also makes this supercharged primer an excellent prep option, as it absorbs instantly and its benefits last and last. The Northern Australian fruit wonder, Kakadu Plum seed oil is included for its skin brightening properties and for boosting radiance, whilst the delicate yet subtle scent of East Indian sandalwood soothes the skin as much as the mind. 
Finding a formula that is sustainable, stable and performant at the same time hasn’t been an easy task says Emma, and the development of this skincare hero took months of research and testing to ensure the comprehensive formula delivers on many levels. “We crafted the Serum / Primer to be as multi-functional as our other products,” she says, “so no matter where you intend to use it in your beauty regime, it works as a natural collagen production booster, a performant skin cell metaboliser, a deeply nourishing moisturiser, a powerful skin barrier protector, a vitamin C-powered natural antioxidant and a supercharged primer.”
With the brand’s ethos of caring about the world we live in, and sustainability being at the core of everything Aleph Beauty does, the serum contains no water. A real time saver, there is no waiting time before application of make-up and the staying power of the pigments layered on top is strengthened, saving you touch-ups on-the-go later in the day.
Aleph Beauty Serum / Primer has an RRP of $69.00, and a little really does go a long way with this marvel, which I think you’ll love as much as I do x
For more information, or to purchase online, visit

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Daily delight: Evan Rachel Wood for Number One magazine

Love it: the Kelsey Montague X Dermalogica Holiday Collection

Each year, the Dermalogica brand creates truly beautiful holiday gift sets – in fact, they look after their loyal fans with pretty amazing add-ons all year round, which is why they keep on coming back for more!
This year, they have unleashed some gorgeous offerings featuring the work of street artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey creates with her hands, and began creating her unique interactive murals as a way to help inspire communities and turn art into a social, uplifting daily experience. Each of Kelsey’s pieces invites members of the community to step into the art, become a part of the picture, and share their experiences on social media – making her work a perfect match for Dermlogica, who formulate #skincarethatliftsyou on a regular basis.
The Dermalogica X Kelsey Montague Holiday Collection is made up of six beautiful kits to choose from, each feature unique packaging artwork derived from the artist’s murals . The sets themselves include a mix of bestselling hero products and new innovations in both travel and retail sizes, and are very reasonably priced from RRP $31 to $159, ensuring there is something for everyone this Christmas. 
#skincarethatliftsyou holiday kit collection is:
be bright $31 RRP : this year’s holiday ornament features a 13g Daily Microfoliant with a super cute, cut-out wing design
get glowing $37 RRP: everything you need to Double Cleanse - their legendary PreCleanse Balm  in a 15 mL travel-friendly size and Special Cleansing Gel in a 50 mL travel-friendly size 
brighten & defend $60 RRP: the brand’s #1 serum and #1 moisturiser to  brighten skin and provide comprehensive broad spectrum protection - BioLumin-C Serum (10 mL) travel-friendly size  and Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 (12 mL) travel-friendly size 
phyto replenish body oil $93 RRP  : part of the new Dermalogica Body collection and an instant fave of mine, this skin-replenishing oil’s unique holiday packaging features a removable sleeve designed by Kelsey. 
the ultimate cleanse & glow trio $150 RRP : a trio of top sellers’ that cleanse, exfoliate and brighten for healthy, glowing skin. - PreCleanse (150 mL) full retail size, Special Cleansing Gel (250 mL) full retail size and Daily Microfoliant® (74 g) full retail size 
be radiant $159 RRP (see, above) : this brightening, firming duo delivers professional-grade results - Rapid Reveal Peel (3mL) 3 individual peels and BioLumin-C Serum (30mL) full retail size 
Dermalogica x Kelsey Montague is available from authorised Dermalogica skin centres, department stores, Life Pharmacies and online at until 31 December 2019 (or while stocks last)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Daily delight: Arizona Muse for Grazia UK

Fragrance news: Acqua di Parma unveils a fresh new offering

This Christmas sees a wonderful world of new offerings for beauty lovers and those that hold them dear, with luxury fragrance brands putting their best foot forward when it comes to creating extra special must-haves to surprise and delight. Some old favourites come wearing beautiful new attire, whilst the multitude of stunning and unique new fragrance releases mean that there really is a scent out there for everyone. 
Just in time for our own long, hot summer, the iconic Acqua di Parma has added to its much-loved Blu Mediterraneo universe with a new fragrance: Cipresso di Toscana, a new home collection, and much more. The Med is a paradise for the senses, a place where nature’s wonder can be seen in all its glory. It’s the place where Acqua di Parma selects the most precious ingredients and transforms them with master craftsmanship into the fragrances of the Blu Mediterraneo collection, each fragrance transporting you to a sun-kissed Garden of Eden. Cipresso di Toscana is what the brand calls “a fragrance as energising as a walk among the Tuscan hills”, which sounds pretty damn good to me. Acqua di Parma’s newest embodies all the sensorial wonder of a walk in the Tuscan nature parks, where the Cypress tree, with its slender shape and aromatic, balsamic, energy-giving scent, a tree so quintessential and symbolic of the Tuscan landscape, reigns supreme. 
A classic fougère, the fragrance opens with refreshing star anise and elemi, illuminated by sparkling notes of orange and petit grain. It has an aromatic heart of sage and lavender, while woody balsamic base notes of cypress and pine evoke the peace of time spent in nature. The fragrance is available in the 150 ml format and also in the handy 75 ml and 30 ml versions that can be easily carried around. Experience the beauty of the Tuscan landscapes wherever you go. Cipresso di Toscana is enclosed inside the iconic Acqua di Parma Art Deco bottle, this time in a bright blue shade that calls to mind the shimmering clarity of the Mediterranean Sea. It is way too gorgeous to be hidden away, and mine has been on high rotate since I was sent a sample.  
In other news for the brand, the Blu Mediterraneo offering has some exciting new additions.  In 2018, Acqua di Parma enhanced the Blu Mediterraneo universe with hand creams and lip balms. In 2019, the range welcomes body lotion sprays to complete the line-up, which are perfect for travel and available in five scents. You can also trip among the most picturesque landscapes of the Italian Mediterranean without leaving home via five new fragranced candles - Arancia di Capri, Fico di Amalfi, Chinotto di Liguria, Bergamotto di Calabria and Mirto di Panarea - all inspired by the Blu Mediterraneo line.
I recommend a trip to Smith & Caughey in Auckland’s Queen Street to try all of the above x

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Daily delight: Stella Maxwell for Versace Watches FW19

Holiday gifting: NARS Velvet Rope Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

Every holiday season, one of my first ports of call when it comes to both gifting and gifts to self is my local MECCA store, where there is just far too much gorgeousness under one roof to handle. This year is no different, and one of my favourite picks comes from the iconic NARS. Full disclosure: I’m a NARS obsessive, and this year their holiday offering has absolutely knocked one out of the park!
Studio 54 For NARS Is the ‘70s-inspired, glam-tastic holiday offering that you’ve been waiting for, a limited edition collection inspired by the iconic nightclub’s unabashedly fabulous, super decadent vibe. NARS has interpreted this with “shimmering finishes and unexpected formulas”, and the collection includes lipsticks, eye and cheek palettes, and amazing accessories.
My favourite of the bunch thus far is the Velvet Rope Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, a shimmering, limited edition box of amazingness that features four of the brand’s iconic Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in travel-size, set in a special-edition glittering pencil case with built-in sharpener. The ultimate travel gift for lovers of the legendary fan favourite lip formula, it has a curated set of best-selling shades ranging from soft nudes to daring bolds, featuring dusty pink Bad Girl, dusty rose Dolce Vita, vivid siren red Dragon Girl, and pink mauve Sex Machine.
Studio 54 was a riot of glitter, glamour, excess and expression, and this stellar gift set is this your VIP ticket beyond the velvet rope. Once you’re in, anything goes.
This beauty is in store and online now, with an incredibly well-priced RRP of $67.00. Get in there and get yours ASAP before they’re all gone!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Daily delight: Alison Brie for InStyle Russia

Beauty news: YSL X ZOË KRAVITZ has landed

Back in 2017, the very clever team at YSL Beauté named the preternaturally stylish actor, musician and model Zoë Kravitz as their newest global makeup and fragrance ambassador. In the years since, Kravitz has become a muse for the brand and, apparently, vice versa, as Kravitz has taken her experience with YSL and turned it into her very own lipstick range: YSL Beauté x Zoë, which is on counter now.
A small but perfectly formed collection of just six shades, the The Big Little Lies star worked on each until they were absolutely perfect, and named them all after important people in her life.
"I think I just wanted to start simple and classic, and to me red and nudes are the lipsticks I go to the most,” she told Elle. “The idea behind this was creating shades that people can wear on a daily basis, not that you can't wear black or blue, or whatever every day, you can but I wanted to make sure there was something there for everybody."
Each lipstick dries down to either a matte or shimmery satin finish, and arrives in black glittery packaging, inspired by the packaging of Zoe's favourite perfume, YSL Black Opium (she is also the face of its campaign).
The actress had complete freedom to design whatever colours she wanted, but wanted to create a line that accurately represents the colours she uses on herself the most, and colours that look flattering on all skin tones. She extensively tested her shades on herself, her friends and family members first, and says she loves them all.
I haven’t had a chance to play with any shades from the collection myself, but love the sound - and the names - of the nudes first and foremost. The shimmery, soft-pink "Honey's Nude" is a nod to the nickname of her godmother, Cree Summer, whilst "Arlene's Nude" is a rosy hue with a satin sheen, named after her grandmother. The third, "Maris' Nude," is a warm brown shade with a matte finish named after another godmother. I also can’t get past mentioned “Wolf’s Red”, which is named after her brother Wolf, who shares a name with my son!
These babies are available now at selected Farmers, department stores and pharmacies, with an RRP of $76. I want them all!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Daily delight: Emma Stone for Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant

Fragrance Friday: the elegant new Mademoiselle Rochas Couture

Launched in 2017, the Mademoiselle Rochas fragrance was designed to embody the ultimate French woman: simple, elegant and preternaturally chic. I was lucky enough to attend the launch and it was all that and more, and I fell in love with the scent.
Just in time for the party season, the original Mademoiselle has been reinvented in Couture: a refined, elegant Eau de Parfum. And like a true Parisienne, she mixes elegant  basics effortlessly with weapons of seduction: a slinky black sheath perhaps, barely covered by a camel-coloured trench. Destined to grab attention wherever you go, the new Mademoiselle Rochas Couture Eau de Parfum Spray is that attitude in a bottle: a sexy, sparkling floral-woody-musk fragrance that encourages fun long after the sun goes down. Top notes of pear, pink pepper and bergamot wash over the senses with a captivating freshness. Next, in the heart, a floral bouquet of orange blossom, lily of the valley and heliotrope put femininity at centre stage, before a dry-down of tonka bean, musk and sandalwood turn up the heat with a lingering warmth.
The fragrance composition of this beauty is the work of Anne Flipo, a perfumer I have followed for a few years now that always creates scents that are unabashedly feminine for the most part, and always surprising. An award-winning nose, Flipo has been with International Flavours & Fragrances since 2004 and a perfumer for over thirty years. Her creations have included fragrant superstars like Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, Jo Malone Star Magnolia , Lancôme La Vie est Belle, Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto and many more. She has created top men’s offerings too, but I think that it is in the area of women’s scent that she really shines.
Mademoiselle Rochas Couture is no different, and since I received a bottle it has been worn on the regular and is just perfect for the silly season and amped up social activity. Sexy and sleek, it’s an unapologetically Gallic treat, and I love it.
Mademoiselle Rochas Couture is available on counter now and would make the perfect gift – or gift to self.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Daily delight: Rihanna for Savage x Fenty Xtra VIP

Love it: Kiehl’s Holiday 2019 collection

Each year US skincare brand and modern beauty icon Kiehl’s unveil limited edition versions of some of their best sellers as reinterpreted by some of the world’s most unique and innovative artists. Over the years they have become collectables, and are always far too awesome looking to hide away in the bathroom cabinet!
This year is no different, with the release of the super colourful, whimsical and fun new collaboration with world- renowned graphic artist, Janine Rewell. Rewell is a Finnish designer living and working in Helsinki. Interested in organic geometry and the unexpected perfection of nature, Rewell blends imagination with reality through illustration and installation. Abstraction of forms and the fantastical animal kingdom inspire her work, which can definitely be seen in this year’s super cute Kiehl’s holiday collection.
The collection showcases six limited edition products as well as a selection of gift boxes and tote bags, each one a result of Janine Rewell’s and Kiehl’s love of art, colour, and beauty. The product offerings include classics like Kiehl’s Crème de Corps (always a fave of mine in all its incarnations), Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Butterstick Lip Treatment (the best!), Ultra Facial Cream, Scented Body Soap, and Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner. For something even more special, there is a one-of-a-kind advent calendar, sending out a daily dose of Kiehl’s joy.
The full Kiehl’s x Janine Rewell Collection line up is:
Crème de Corps, RRP$59 (250ml), Crème de Corps body lotion RRP$59.00 (250ml)  and Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter, RRP$62.00
Bedecked with ornaments, no holiday season would be complete without the original Crème, the body lotion version and their luxurious, air-whipped sister. Delicately scented hydration for 24-hours, leaving skin supremely soft, nourished and protected. 
Midnight Recovery Concentrate, RRP$95.00 (50ml)
A few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate replenishes skin with distilled botanicals and blissful essential oils. Just for the holidays, it comes decorated with charming ornaments. 
Ultra Facial Cream, RRP$54.00 (50ml) 
Top off your holiday with the brand’s beloved 24-hour moisturiser, this season featuring vibrant accents on the jar and lid. Kiehl’s best-selling face cream is uniquely formulated to continuously hydrate skin throughout the day, reducing moisture loss by drawing moisture from the air. 
Butterstick Lip Treatment (Untinted and Simply Rose), RRP$38.00 
Wrapped in the holiday spirit, my personal fave hydrating lip treats are swirling with joyful illustrations. A supremely hydrating, melt-on-the-mouth treatment that calls upon the nourishing powers of coconut oil as well as antioxidants to repair and protect winter-worn lips. 
Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, RRP$59.00 
This alcohol-free cult classic contains handpicked Calendula flower petals and Great Burdock Root Extract to gently cleanse and instantly invigorate any skin type. 
Scented Body Soap (Lavender, Grapefruit), RRP$35.00 
Just for the season, these beauties are wrapped and ready to give in limited edition packaging. This skin staple, which contains apricot seed particles gently buff away dead surface skin cells, while the rich emollients smooth and soothe skin. 
Advent Calendar, RRP$125 
Countdown to the holidays with Kiehl’s! Treat yourself or someone you love to a month of customer-favourite  formulas in a limited edition advent calendar. Illustrations feature the iconic Mr. Bones as he journeys home to Kiehl’s original apothecary in NYC for the holidays. 
Kiehl’s Holiday 2019 is on counter right now, and makes perfect gifting or gifts to self x 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Daily delight: Kylie Jenner for Kylie Cosmetics Holiday 2019

Beauty destination: Tonic Room, for facials and so much more

Before I was lucky enough to visit, I was well aware of Tonic Room, a modern day apothecary, beauty and wellness clinic and home to an elite family of Auckland's’ leading natural health practitioners. In the heart of Kingsland village, their reputation has always been one of beautiful brands, holistic solutions and a super knowledgeable team, and I knew that they were one of the few places in New Zealand where you could buy two of my favourite brands: Tata Harper and Agent Nateur.
Inside their doors you’ll find the most heavenly space, as well as practitioner-only supplements, customised blended herbal tonics and teas, and even more premium organic beauty brands. To say the space is flawlessly curated would be an understatement – it’s a veritable wonderland for the likes of me, and I fell instantly under its spell.
Owner Heidi Billington was behind the counter when I stopped in for what was to be a very special beauty experience in the form of an MV Organics facial. It is abundantly clear that she is extremely passionate about the brands and treatments that Tonic Room offer, which have to meet her strict criteria. “The brands we choose to showcase are the best in their categories and we require they must be fully transparent in their ethos and ingredients,” she says. “We are constantly searching for the best products from both around the world and from within our home shores. Our products must be clean, honest and respectful to the people who buy them and the beautiful planet we live on. New brands are thoroughly trialled and tested by all practitioners”.
Clients seek out Tonic Room services for help with both physical or emotional challenges, to transition to a more natural, toxin-free lifestyle or to simply find a quality organic beauty product or range that doesn’t muck around. I was there to submit to the hands of Tonic Room's holistic facialist Milly Hart, who is one of only 5 MV Master Facialists in the world and has been trained exclusively under the guidance of Sharon McGlinchey, founder of MV Skincare. With ten years of experience in the beauty industry, Milly’s own skin journey and background in holistic philosophy has developed her practice into becoming one of Auckland’s top Holistic Facialists. Also a qualified yoga teacher, she has a mindful approach to her treatments and definitely took me beyond having ‘just a facial’, and further towards a truly restorative experience at the end of a super busy week.
It has been said that MV Radiance Therapy is ‘so much more than a facial’, and as aforementioned, this is definitely the case. Harnessing the power of essential oils and their incredible products, the beautifully aromatic experience left my skin radiant and dewy, whilst a massage mid-treatment helped support my body’s own healing response. Tonic Room say that this particular facial treatment is perfect for those who find it difficult to relax or are suffering from stress or fatigue, and it’s ideal if you’re recovering from illness. If I’d known about it back when I was having treatment for cancer I would have been there in a heartbeat – it would have been just what the doctor ordered! It’s also meant to be good for those suffering from rosacea, PCOS, acne or eczema, possibly due to healing responses being so perfectly stimulated.
At $160 for a 60 minute treatment, MV Radiance Therapy is definitely not a cheap experience, but it is a thoroughly amazing one with so many benefits. I loved that it didn’t end with someone telling me I had to spend hundreds on loads of products, though given how unique and beautiful MV Organics is, I possibly will! I’m also keen to head back for a naturopathic consultation as my system still needs a lot of support, and it seems like a wonderful excuse.
To find out more and book in for yourself (highly recommended!) visit here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Daily delight: Liu Wen for ELLE China

All about: the delicious Kerzon at The Luxe Edit

Kerzon is a family-owned, always inspiring French company that creates subtle yet beautiful, fragranced products for the home, laundry, and body. Available exclusively in New Zealand at The Luxe Edit in Auckland’s Orakei Bay Village, it’s a brand that begs to be explored, so if you haven’t experienced it then I highly recommend a trip in store, and ASAP!
The Kerzon adventure began in 2013 when two brothers, Étienne and Pierre-Alexis Delaplace, decided to transpose the memories, travels, family moments that left an olfactory trail in their minds, into a collection of scented mists for textiles, or scented sachets to leave in a drawer or a handbag. Now their collection includes liquid soaps, detergents, mists, and boxes of matches, each of which offers a new and exciting sensorial experience.
The fragrances are both subtle, familiar and mesmerising. You’ll find scents of mint tea, waxed wooden floors and clean linen in their line up, and all the Kerzon products are handmade in France. Each collection is created using quality natural ingredients and employs environmentally conscious French production methods without any animal testing. Composed in Grasse by one of France’s oldest living heritage companies, their scents are an effortless mix of inspiring stories and the patience of its craftsmen, and if you’re ever in Paris you must drop by their boutique to see all of their fragrant creations in situ.
In store now at The Luxe Edit, Kerzon’s newest collection is called Traces of Summer and is so perfect for right now. Inspired by the brothers’ favourite memories of family holidays, it is made up of fragranced mists L’EAU (WATER), LA PLAGE (BEACH), and LE SOLEIL (SUN), as well as the intriguing and delicious LA WAX. The latter picks you up and drops you straight onto a surfboard, whilst LE SOLEIL is a warm blend of coconut and frangipani that sends you straight to the tropics. L’EAU takes inspiration from a vintage cologne, embodying
a fresh take on the nostalgic pairing of violet and orange blossom, and LA PLAGE is subtly smoky and invigorating, capturing the unforgettable sensation of warm sand beneath your feet on a summer’s day. 
The four fragrances in this collection are also available as yummy natural soaps, which are created using coconut and olive oils and are guaranteed to keep your skin super silky smooth. Their natural almond oil base cleans and soothes hands and bods, and they make gorgeous Christmas gifts, too (hint, hint). 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Daily delight: Daisy Ridley for Marie Claire US

Love it: RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation

Celebrity makeup artist and the organic beauty mogul behind rms beauty, Rose-Marie Swift (pictured above, centre) has been a make-up artist for over 35 years, so when I was given the chance to get up close and personal with her a couple of years ago I was beyond excited. 
Swift’s work has been featured in Vogue (French, Italian, American, Japan China, Russian) W, Harper's Bazaar, I.D., Self Service, V, Allure, Numéro, Marie Claire, Glamour, Interview, and Elle. Her make-up has appeared in ads for the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton, and her photographic partners over the years include Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, David Simms, Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, and Patrick Demarchelier. The words “industry legend” have been bandied about, and with good reason.
She visited New Zealand for the first time when we met as a guest of Mecca Cosmetica, who stock her products exclusively Down Under. After us she was flying to Australia and then on to Los Angeles, where she was to be a guest at supermodel Miranda Kerr’s wedding to tech mogul Evan Spiegel. I spent a morning speaking to her about her unique approach to makeup, which has that ever-elusive “glow” as its end goal, and came away with so many beauty hacks I felt like my brain was going to explode!
Clearly one smart cookie, the ageless beauty also gives some great insight into natural and organic beauty solutions, stressing that we mustn’t be so affected by marketing, product claims and brand names: “just get cleaner makeup”. All of which bring me to her line, rms beauty. It is essentially an original, pure, organic colour cosmetic line that performs and then some. Based on living and organic principles, each product is created to hydrate and illuminate vital, radiant skin and is the perfect choice for your best ever ‘natural’ look. rms beauty  is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, creating a product that is not only non-toxic, but actually heals and nourishes skin. Consider it skincare with mineral colour - giving make-up a whole new meaning.
RMS beauty already makes the most beauty editor-approved highlighter on the planet in the form of the legendary Living Luminiser, which I have been using in various shades since meeting its creator and absolutely adore. A subtle and shimmery highlighter, it  has reached cult status among beauty freaks, editors, and celebrities, thanks to the supremely dewy effect that it lends to the skin. Since then, I've used many products from the collection and have loved them all, so  when news reached me that RMS Beauty was launching its first designated foundation, called the "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation, I was immediately intrigued. This is the second "Un" Cover Up product; the first being the original "Un" Cover Up  concealer and foundation hybrid that I have ploughed through numerous pots of. Would this new "Un" Cover Up Foundation be better, or different, and in what way? 
Well it’s safe to say that it is a winner in my books, a long-wearing cream foundation that offers the kind of light but buildable coverage with a luminous finish that so many of us desire. Suitable for all skin types, the formula features a blend of cold-pressed oils like Buriti, Jojoba and Meadowfoam Seed to improve skin tone, texture and overall hydration levels, and it has been an absolute godsend for my trans seasonal, unhappy skin that has been plagued by rosacea and dryness. 
The new foundation is much bigger than the original "Un" Cover Up, which makes sense, considering it's a true foundation. I love that a sleek little silver spatula comes with it, which is the perfect tool for scooping the perfect amount of product out of the jar. It keeps the formula bacteria free, and is small enough to pack in the tiniest kit.
My first impression of the new formula was how creamy it is, which as aforementioned, is amazing for drier skin. It offers a similar medium-to-full coverage finish to the concealer, and a little most definitely goes a long way. I have used a blending brush and a sponge to apply it, the latter delivering a more subtle finish that I think will be amazing for summer. I recommend that oilier skin types use a dusting of the brand’s “Un” Powder over the top for all day wear, and it also helps minimises the appearance of pores and reduces any unwanted shine on more humid days.
Being RMS Beauty, the new foundation formula is free of alcohol, gluten, sulphates, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, GMOs, nano-particles and soy, and most definitely gets the ‘clean beauty’ tick of approval.
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation is available right now in store at MECCA and online at, with an RRP of $89.00.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Daily delight: Adriana Lima for Vogue Arabia

Beauty news: get yourself prepped for party season

For some of us with more energy – and time! – than others, party season appears to last all year long, but for most of us, it really starts to kick in about now. Your first day or night out could be at one of the city’s many racing-related affairs, a simple catch up with friends now the weather is warming up, or the annual work Christmas party. Whatever your reason for celebration, it’s good to be prepared for whatever invites might swing your way.

If you’re a beauty freak like me, more excuses for nights out means more chances to play with some seriously fun makeup looks, and new product lines are arriving in stores like MECCA just in time for summer. At this time of year I love makeup that goes the distance, mainly because I’m not the type to be bothered lugging around a kit for touch ups on the go. Exclusively available at MECCA and is the NARS brand, one of my absolute favourite celebrity MUA brands from way back. François Nars is quite simply a master of transformation, and his products are as premium as it gets. The brand’s holiday collection for 2019 is all about having a great night out, as evidenced in its name – Studio 54 – referencing the legendary New York nightclub. Think disco, decadence and some seriously glittering packaging, of which the Inferno palette is most definitely my favourite. It offers multiple looks and the chance to get as fruity or as fresh as you like, and just looking at it brings a little extra disco ball shimmer into your day. Westman Atelier Eye Love You mascara is my pick for your lashes after hours, for a number of reasons. Makeup artist Gucci Westman created her 'Eye Love You' mascara because she struggled to find a non-synthetic option that looked natural and didn't smudge or crumble. Consciously made using 96 per cent natural ingredients, it has a dense brush that volumises, defines and curls in one sweep, and it lasts, and lasts. Pair all of the above with a nourishing, longwearing base and gloss or lip stain in a nude shade for the ultimate low maintenance option, and avoid having to find a mirror all night long.
When it comes to hair over the silly season, in an ideal world there would be a professional on hand to take care of your ‘do every single time. Not an option for most, but often springing for an in-salon blow wave and then dragging it out for a few days with clever use of a dry shampoo and texture spray can make it a little more justifiable. Commune is a new salon on Westmoreland Street West in Grey Lynn that has been opened by much loved stylist and creative director, Leigh Keepa. Years of working on editorial shoots both here and in the UK has meant that Leigh has every trick in the book down pat when it comes to creating something pretty special in the shortest time possible, and he’s offering a service that does exactly that in his new location. Updos, waves, braids and more are what you’ll get when you book in for their Express Service, which involves turning up with clean, dry hair and letting the pros do their work.