Soft & Smooth
Redken Frizz Dismiss is New Zealand’s top-selling range for a reason. Helping to tame the mane in our humid climate, the Mask, $47.50, contains sustainably sourced Babassu Oil to smoothen frizz and nourish dry hair. Follow with the new Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother, $55, as the ultimate multi-tasking styling cream. For a lightweight option, Schwarzkopf Leave-In Treatment, $11.99, provides an extra layer of nourishment after your conditioner
Go for Glass
Dubbed ‘glass skin,’ this long-standing Korean beauty goal of having luminous, clean and clear skin, is now making waves in the West. Medik8 caters for this demand with their latest launch – Clarity Peptides, $107. Niacinamide, zinc PCA, peptides and hyaluronic acid blend to promote blemish free, ultra-smooth skin. For a solution with extra strength to help melasmas and hyperpigmentation, Swissforce Age Spot & Skin Brightening White Serum, $34.90 , contains Swiss garden cress sprouts and black mulberry leaf extract to inhibit multiple stages of pigmentation in the skin and neutralise oxidation.
Once again, La Prairie combines art and science to culminate two new luxurious products in the Skin Caviar complexion line – Powder Foundation, $315; Brush, $190; and Loose Powder Foundation, $315 – delivering that desirable luminous matte effect with an easy sweep.
Splash of Kisses
The wet look is in – and it doesn’t stop at the lips. Ramping up the gloss factor with an impressive long-lasting tint formula is YSL Vernis A Levres Water Stain, $69. Urban Decay have followed suit to create their high-shine Vice Lip Chemistry, $40, that adapts its shade according to the skin’s unique pH and tone. For a more saturated and intense pigment, MAC Shot of Colour Lip Oil, $50, delivers a wet-shine effect with a single swipe while the balm-based Clarins Joli Rouge Lacquer, $50, offers bold colour in a melting stick format.
Shiseido brings to you the new Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Collection – a pioneering formula that can work in sync with the environment. Humidity, sweat, smudge, crease and transfer -resistant, this new complexion range is also responsive to heat and facial movement, setting a new benchmark for what it means to be ‘second-skin.’
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation, $69; Concealer, $56; GelStick Concealer, $59; Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder, $79; Invisible Silk Pressed Powder, $79 Available; Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush, $87; Tsutsu Fude Concealer Brush, $40
Reach for Rosehip
There’s been many exotic oils surfacing in the skincare market, but did you know that good ol’ rosehip oil is the one that most closely resembles our skin’s fatty acid profile? When in doubt, reach for rosehip oil as your moisturiser as its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to retain hydration is phenomenal, not to mention its superior talent in improving acne and scars.
Essano Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $22.99 ; Biologi Br Organic Rosehip Oil, $29; Sukin Rosehip Facial Scrub, $14.99; Trilogy Jelly mask, $37.99
Just the Goods
Ditch the plastic packaging and keep your bodycare naked. Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Rose Petal Body Bar, $16.50, lathers into a blooming aromatherapeutic experience. The sweet combo of raspberry and vanilla in Lush Conga Shower Jelly, $12.50, is a an all-family favourite. To scrub up, Skinfood Exfoliating Body Bar, $3.99, has macadamia shell, sweet almond and orange oils that softens the skin effectively.
Clear & Bright
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects many fair-skinned individuals, especially women. Dilated blood vessels show as bright red capillaries on the skin and can present itself in many different ways and intensities.
Swissforce Couperose Thread and Spider Veins Balm , $34.90, causes a vascoconstriction effect to dramatically reduce the concentration of red blood cells on the face and in turn, improve the appearance of red skin. Calming, soothing and smoothing, the balm also evens skin tone and prevents photo-aging.
Bobbi Brown simplifies eye artistry with 5x colour combos of The Essentials Multicolor Eyeshadow Palette, $80. Providing an approachable step-by-step system to brighten, blend and define the eyes with a mix of mattes, shimmers and metallics, these fool-proof palettes are absolute must haves.
This spring, the world is serving up a wide variety of scents under a singular theme of celebrating what makes us unique. Whether you’re keeping with the traditional florals for the blooming season, or in search of something extra experimental to honour the months that bring new life, there’ll be something that will pique your interest and resonate with you.
The empowerment of individuality is a focus in the new Kenzo World Power, EDP, 50ml, $153. Skipping the floral accords completely, sea salt is mixed with fiery tonka bean to create an unexpected and optimistic fragrance that’s genderless for everyone.
In the lighter eau de toilette version of Givenchy L’Interdit, 50ml, $146, the pavot flower is introduced to create a dark olfactory edge to the orange blossom and tuberose composition.
The dichotomy of flamboyant elegance is bottled in Azzaro Wanted Girl, EDP, 50ml, $140. Fresh pomegranate and ginger flower opens the floriental gourmand, soon to be enveloped in the addictive datura flower, Haitian vetiver and the sweet vanilla tonka bean powder.
A fiery fruity floral, mandarin and bergamot in Boucheron Quatre, 50ml, $110, leads the nose into sophisticated orris oil before leaving a lingering trail of patchouli musk. The sweet and crunchy juice is encased in a faceted red jewel bottle that is nods to their iconic Quatre ring.
Issey Miyake Rose&Rose EDP, 50ml, $164, is an ode to two roses – Centifolia and Bulgarian. Combined with sparkling pink pepper, raspberry and pear, the opulent base notes of ambrox and cashmeran provides a strong sillage
At fashion week this year, the beauty looks were pared back and classic, focusing on luminous skin-like complexion and one bold feature. For Kate Sylvester’s show, M.A.C. Senior Makeup Artist Kiekie Stanners designed a 1950’s romantic red lip look inspired by Kate’s mum on her wedding day. To create the tomato red shade, Redd lip pencil, $38 , was used as a base all over the lip, layered with Mandarin O Powder Kiss, $40, and Dangerous Retro Matte Lip, $40, applied on the centre and blended out.
For a care-boosted formula to pamper your pout, Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid, $63, is blended with cameline and sweet almond oils and shea butter to create an airy, velvet whipped mousse formula that’s weightless and comfortable. The finish is a petal-soft matte finish with a pearl micro-shimmer that’s uber modern and chic.
If you’re loyal to natural alternatives, Karen Murrell has a core selection of reds with different undertones, $32 each – Rymba Rhythm, is a striking orange-based matte lipstick; Fiery Ruby, a terracotta red; and True Love, a blue-based statement red
If you’re prone to getting oily throughout the day, touch up on the go by opting for an applicator-inclusive compact. With a natural-matte finish that’s lightweight, the latest compact powders to grace the shelves are easily buildable without getting cakey.
Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Powder, $56; Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Compact, $59
Environ’s Sensational Facial is a double serum infusion facial that’s ideal for all skin types needing revitalisation, especially those presenting with sun damage and uneven skin tone. The combination of advanced peptides, vitamin A and vitamin C helps to support the skin’s regeneration, promoting a healthy, hydrated, youthful appearance with a radiant glow. Find out about the Sensational Facial offers at participating stockists at www.psb.net.nz