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March 19, 2015

Redken’s Guido on Christian Dior and Balenciaga’s autumn–winter 2015–16 hair looks

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Redken has released details of the hairstyles at Paris Fashion Week that it contributed to, namely the autumn–winter 2015–16 collections of Christian Dior and Balenciaga.
   Guido, its global creative director, gave Christian Dior a science fiction-inspired ponytail look. In a release, Guido said, ‘I created this very long, asymmetrical side ponytail at Christian Dior this season, but it’s not your standard, fun, side pony. There’s something sinister and almost strange about it. It’s sophisticated, but very sci-fi and has somewhat of a child-like quality. First, I prepped and blow dried the hair with Redken’s Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, so it’s super-straight and smooth. Then, I created a deep, exaggerated side part and gathered the hair into this smooth, low side ponytail, getting a
clean finish with Redken’s Fashion Work 12 hairspray. It has a strange sense to it because it’s so asymmetrical and has such extreme length. It’s really a continuation of the woman we’ve been seeing this season, who is more done with a very modern, futuristic feeling.’
   For Balenciaga, ‘At Balenciaga, I created this very chic, sculpted chignon on the top of the crown that really accentuates the long neck and gives you a beautiful, elegant silhouette. It’s kind of futuristic-feeling in the way it’s moulded to the head, but it’s still very polished and stylized, which makes the style look very new to the eye again. I used Redken’s Guts 10 to blow dry the hair straight, pulled it up into a high ponytail right on the crown and then moulded it into a flat chignon with Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength hair spray. I left out two pieces of hair on either side of the head to create the illusion of little sideburns. Though the shape is based on something classic, the shiny, lacquer-like finish gives it a new, modern feeling,’ said Guido.
   Lola Cristall’s fashion week summary will be published online shortly.

The look at Christian Dior

1. After shampooing, apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Extreme Length Primer (NZ$35, available in New Zealand from April 2015) to wet hair and rinse out.
2. Brush Redken Extreme Length Sealer (NZ$33, from April) on damp hair from mid-lengths to ends.
3. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair.
4. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion (NZ$36) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
5. Use a comb to create a deep side part and blow-dry smooth using a round brush.
6. Gather hair into a low side ponytail, ensuring the sides are super smooth, and secure with an elastic.
7. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to hide it.
8. Spray Redken Fashion Work 12 (NZ$36) versatile working spray all over to get a smooth, clean finish.

The look at Balenciaga

1. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair and comb through.
2. Apply a quarter-size amount of Redken Guts 10 volumizing spray-foam mousse (NZ$38) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
3. Blow-dry hair straight using a flat brush.
4. Gather hair into a high ponytail, leaving two small pieces out on each side, and secure with an elastic at the crown of the head.
5. Twist ponytail into a wide, flat chignon that’s moulded to the head, and secure with U-shaped pins.
6. Thoroughly spray Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray (NZ$36) and Redken Shine Flash 02 (NZ$38) for a lacquer-like finish.
7. Flat iron the two small pieces of hair on each side of the head to create the illusion of sideburns.

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March 18, 2015

Fruity additions to the Body Shop: vineyard peach and early-harvest raspberry

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Some beauty highlights from issue 34 of Lucire: the Body Shop often seduces us with its scents, alongside its ethical commitments, and the latest special-edition vineyard peach range is another delicious addition. Think of the peach smell and dial it up by a factor of ten. The vineyard peach body butter (NZ$36·95) moisturizes for 24 hours with peach kernel oil, and the shower gel (NZ$16·50) contains peach extract and vineyard peach fragrance.
   We’ve also tested the early-harvest raspberry body scrub (NZ$35·50), which smells edible, while the eau de toilette (NZ$28·75) has a lighter, but still noticeable scent. The early harvesting means the antioxidant properties remain intact for the body scrub, helping keep skin softer and shinier. There are sugar granules for exfoliation and makes your skin feel delicious—it’s not that inaccurate a term given the scent. The eau de toilette, meanwhile, doesn’t complicate its offering with different notes: it’s a straight raspberry, using Community Fair Trade organic alcohol sourced from Ecuador.
   The latest from the Body Shop appears in New Zealand stores on March 30.

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March 16, 2015

Jerry Hall leads L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s It Looks for autumn–winter 2015

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L’OrĂ©al Professionnel has released its looks for autumn–winter 2015 in New Zealand, with Jerry Hall leading the campaign, alongside model Helena Bordon and actress Loan Chabanol.
   They are adapted from the company’s It Looks for autumn–winter 2014–15 in the northern hemisphere.
   Hall’s signature long blonde locks are gone as she adopts the Golden Lob look, which remains ‘chic and yet playful like Jerry Hall herself,’ says L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s stylist Seb Bascle. Meanwhile, Bordon sports tousled waves and bangs and ash blonde tones, and Chabonol wears a new take on the pixie cut, with a copper shade which L’OrĂ©al Professionnel says enhances bone structure and features.
   The Golden Lob works with naturally wavy hair and the blonde hue can be adapted to different skin tones. Bordon’s style helps refresh a blonde look, while the copper pixie is low-maintenance and highly adaptable.
   Stylist Rebecca Brent of Willis York says, ‘The nice thing about this season’s It Looks is they are different but not too different from the spring–summer collection. ‘If a client wants to reinvent her pixie cut to the longer fringe and two tone block colour, it’s super-easy to update.
   â€˜The long bob is such a versatile hairstyle it suits everyone. You can transform it to suit your mood—wavy, sleek, side part, ponytail—the styles are endless.’
   To find the nearest L’OrĂ©al Professionnel salon, visit www.lorealprofessionnel.co.nz.

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March 7, 2015

Top of the world and top of the Beverly Hilton: the TMG luxury suite

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So many suites, so little time. However, one that was literally head, shoulders and eight storeys above the rest was the TMG International Red Carpet Ready Luxury Suite, which was very international in its products and its welcoming vibe for a carefully curated guest list of celebrities, VIPs and media. The set up atop the Beverly Hilton Hotel had a funhouse feel—albeit a most glamorous funhouse for sophisticated fashionistas—with each room having its own set of surprises that popped out at you.
   TMG International’s pre-Oscar thrill ride started off in a front room of a penthouse suite set up almost like a velvet-lined jewellery box focused on the dazzling and highly covetable gold accented sterling silver pieces from Ariva, a Rhode Island-based company focused on reconciling the look and craftsmanship of fine jewellery with the price points of silver “investment” pieces that could be worn every day. Though these precious items were there for the trying and the borrowing, the company’s representatives couldn’t have been nicer or more genuine about the enthusiasm about their collection.
   You could say the second room was the “family room”. Moms and moms-to-be received a lovely care package from Rockabye Mommy, a “mommy concierge” that puts together personal and customized shopping for the selective prospective parent. Their nifty package was geared toward girly glam, with baby jewellery, barrettes and bib for baby, and leggings, camera strap and organic fruit and vegetable wash for Mom. The affiliation from Kitson brought more Hollywood mommy-and-me street cred to the charming bundle.
   Grown-up men and women could protect and accentuate their personal bundles with shapewear by Rounderbum. Made in MĂ©xico, these underpinnings feel cotton-soft on the skin, with some pieces adding stylish flair while holding the essentials in place. Adding extra ambiance was LifeNSoul’s candy-coloured line of high-performance earphones, high-tech ear buds and speakers.
   Although we were breezed past the hair salon room, which was packed to the rafters with VIPs hoping to salvage their rain-soaked tresses, our lovely escort led us to the next room, which took the form of a luxury day spa with Montana-based skin care line Sevique prominently featured. As celebrities were pampered with treatments such as the Eye Relaxation with Anti Ageing Benefits; Facial Massage with Deep Cleansing & Protection; Neck & DĂ©colletĂ© Hydration & Anti Ageing Massage, Sevique’s founder Susan Nickell and other reps highlighted step- by-step benefits of their natural, cruelty-free products while focusing on guest’s red-carpet ready concerns such as close-up interviews and strapless gowns.
   From the serenity of the Sevique spa, we then thought we landed in Barbie’s Dream House, awash in pink. However, it was a showcase for Cocoa Brown Tanning, devised by Irish inventor Marissa Carter, who, with her doting mother, showed how her three products used together could add a very convincing and realistic glow even to the fairest Irish rose (as opposed to US House Speaker John Boehner orange).
   A short passage to India concluded our journey, with a room that featured the Icandy Salon from San Francisco, and SHAPES Brow Bar, which brings Indian threading to many locations through southern California, including Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. The teams in that room would not rest, or let us get up, until we were looking our very best (at least under rainy circumstances).—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor









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March 5, 2015

Truly, madly and deeply WOWed at the Luxe Hotel

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When we arrived at the WOW Creations Celebrity Gifting Suite at the Luxe Hotel Beverly Hills and checked in (and handed a particularly delicious box of chocolates), Matthew and Mark Harris took particular pride in telling us that they do their suites just a bit differently from their competitors. It’s as much about the friendly, relaxed tone they set as it is about the right mix of sponsors and innovative products.
   We have to say the real stars of the show, as the intrepid twin impresarios promised, were the entrepreneurs and inventors. As we sipped on Five Wives Vodka’s decadent vanilla custard flavour and Donkey Piss Tequila (don’t let the name fool you—it’s premium stuff and makes a solid margarita) and snacked on Pop chips, Confetti sweets, new flavours of Cottage Kitchen crackers and Sarah’s Skinny Sweets, we found ourselves very inspired about the products we were surrounded with. We were looking forward to trying out the Ponderosa coffee, whose aroma alone gave us a welcome jolt of energy, as well as dried fruits and preserves from Burkhart Organics. It was also nice to receive several boxed of Daily Body Restore Probiotics, created by a woman-owned company.
   Inspyered Creations does a most timely and accessible spin on the steampunk ĂŠsthetic, upcycling the remains of watches and other elements in to impressively graceful cufflinks, necklaces, rings and earrings. Manitoba-born artist Meagan Brown’s designs are informed by her 100-year-old childhood home, which imbued her with a reverence for antiques and a desire to create a line where no two pieces are the same.
   Beverly Hills-based Gem Mountain Studios, meanwhile, bridges the gap between fine jewellery and wearable wire-wrapping style. In the hands of designing brothers Isaac and Baruch Kaufman, rare coins, minerals, stones and precious gems are shaped into sterling silver and 14 ct gold musically inspired shapes. Fans include Jack Black, Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, EDM DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold, Jason Isaacs, and Kiwi Daniel Logan. The collection, exclusively made in-house, run the gamut from everyday pieces to investment estate pieces and can be found at their Beverly Hills boutique and website.
   Beautiful and environmentally friendly accents for the home included deliciously plush hand towel sets from Grande Maison Linens, richly aromatic candles and long-lasting wax from Rosalinde Blake, to Bedol Water Clocks’ candy-coloured table and wall clocks whose digital mechanisms are powered by water (via ionization). Artist Sonya Paz added a wonderful swath of colour to the day with watches and business card cases emblazoned with her lively prints. IndieExhibit, an independent collective of artists and creators, was back with a new assortment of artistic creations running the gamut from jewellery and art prints to kitchen hand towels with zany cat prints and decorative ceramics.
   Innovative skin care abounded, and we were introduced to RX Clinical, Pure Premium Karite Butter, Under the Sun Shampoo, and EMK Beverly Hills plant placenta-based skin care. The best beauty tip of the Oscar season was dispensed by the rep from Rx Clinical while discussing their new cleanser: always wash off your make-up, as one night of sleeping in it ages you seven days.
   With swimwear season around the corner in southern California, Neha Assar provided charming and tasteful temporary body art ideas for those who dare to take their fashion statements beyond jewellery. We love their tag line (‘Life is too short not to wear gold’), and think these will look very good paired with tanned skin and a pearl bracelet, or a lightweight button-down shirt and faded jeans. While a gel called Non F Monster by McCoy promises to reduce the appearance of cellulite as well as alleviate stressed muscles, the fact that it is first Japanese company to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival is pretty interesting.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, Correspondent



















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March 2, 2015

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar endorses Proactiv Plus

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Above Publicity photos of Sarah Michelle Gellar for Proactiv Plus.

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has netted another celebrity endorsement deal, a year after her first Specsavers appearance.
   Endorsing Proactiv Plus (officially styled Proactiv+), the Emmy Award-winning actress says she originally used Proactiv as a teenager. She discovered that as an adult, she continued to have some acne breakouts, and spotted an infomercial for Proactiv Plus one night.
   â€˜I experienced great results with the original Proactiv three-step system so after seeing an infomercial for Proactiv Plus, I decided to give the new system a try. And it works! The first thing I noticed was how much cleaner and brighter my skin looked and felt,’ she said in a release.
   Gellar’s promotions commence this week. The company has used social media to spread its message further, with exclusive content on its Facebook (note that this may redirect to a national site, which could lack any information on the Gellar campaign; a non-redirect page can be found here), Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, using the hashtag #SMGforProactiv.

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February 27, 2015

Debbie does glamping

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In a very friendly, relaxed and airy Stardust Penthouse atop the Beverly Hilton, guests of Debbie Durkin’s 2015 edition of the Eco Luxe Oscar Style Lounge could receive posh perk-ups, including blow-drys, organic spray tans and make-up touch-ups by OC Hair & Makeup. Celebrity pets were treated to eco-friendly goodies from Canadog and other vendors.
   Choices Recovery was the very timely charitable focus of the event, and reps from the organization were on hand to educate and raise awareness of the options that exist for those struggling with substance abuse. To set the mood, Durkin’s team joined forces with innovative company Under Canvas, known for its retreat packages to such healing destinations in the US as Moab, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The hotel penthouse was transformed into a glamorous camping-style escape (hence ‘glamping’) with stylish hunting lodge-chic dĂ©cor. Élan Event Rentals, LBPS Events and Frances Lynn Creative Florals provided beautiful assistance in setting the mood for both the day- and night-time festivities (hosted by Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Gretchen Christine Rossi and Chris Booker of AMP Radio).
   Attendees included nominees and winners from the crews of films such as American Sniper, The Theory of Everything, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit and Whiplash. They included Ben Wilkins (Oscar winner, Whiplash, for best sound mixing), Elise Robertson (Oscar nominee, American Sniper), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar nominee, Guardians of the Galaxy, for make-up and hairstyling), Jason Canovas (Oscar nominee, The Hobbit, for sound editing), Lisa Bruce (producer of The Theory of Everything), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), philanthropist Nancy Davis (Race to Erase MS), Carolyn Hennesy (Revenge), Ken Davitian (Borat), Christian Oliver (Alarm fĂŒr Cobra 11: die Autobahnpolizei), Amanda Adrienne, Claudia Wells, Kelly Perine, Jillian Murray, Craig Scime, Cassandra Michaels, Daisy Jacobs, Suzan Brittan, Adina Porter, May Wang, Andrea Bogart, and our friends Donna Spangler and Richie Benveniste.
   Daytime guests stopped by for make-up, spray tans and hair touch-ups from nationwide mobile company OC Hair & Make-up, stocked up on pet gear from CanaDog and KD Pet Protector, and canine babysitting services from Gardena-based Camp Run-a-Mutt. VIPs left with gift bags containing gift certificates for dog collars by Let There Be Collars and complimentary services at Animal Healing & Wellness. Humans got certificates for free candles at Sugar Mint Candle Co. and complimentary sessions at Body & Brain Yoga in Burbank.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent







































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February 26, 2015

All in good taste: the Secret Room’s 2015 Oscar lounge

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Depending on how you see it, an Oscar event staged in a small courtyard and an adjoining room can either read as “exclusive”, “intimate” or “scaled down”. While the roving day spa-and-boutique complexes staged on sprawling estates of 2005 have found their place in Hollywood lore, in 2015, they are pretty much replaced with self-contained pocket-sized lounges whose live vendors support the theme of an event’s charity of choice. And sometimes, less really can be more.
   This go round, Rita Branch and Amy Boatwright’s Secret Room Beauty Bar & Luxury Lounge trumpeted the organization Fashionomics Live!, which offers high school students an engaging career exploring process behind the scenes at businesses and events. The group’s Tour Stop and Pop-Up internship programme helps students embrace the process of exploring multiple professions and careers in fashion and other industries with the intention of helping them become better prepared for their college years.
   Tony & Guy took over one corner of the W Hotel Westwood’s courtyard (where Red Carpet Events staged their pre-Grammy celebration), treating VIPs to with spa, beauty, massage and hair services, while those waiting could sip on new branded coffees from Guy Fieri and the Cake Boss and snack on decadent ice-cream-flavoured yoghurt from German company MĂŒller or sip BrainToniq energy drinks. Ancestry.com was also on hand to provide a perspective on the unique things that made the guests (literally) what they are today.
   After those nifty touch-ups press and celebrities could stock up on fat blockers by Calorease, vitamin gummies from Fiber Choice for immunity and metabolism boosts, heartburn relief from Gutsy Chewy, brow boosters from Revitalash, and fantastic wine from Argentine and Chilean producers. Silver Jewelry by Night Fox by Kate Finley was the fashion highlight of the event, with its rough hewn elegance offset by semiprecious and precious stones. Kate’s pieces are hand-crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold using techniques such as Torch fusion (connecting metal without solder) reticulation (surface of the metal is heated to melting point and then quickly cooled) and lost wax casting.
   Bags reserved exclusively for celebrity guests included vouchers for vacations at some of the world’s great resorts (including Anantara, Waiakea, Old Bahama Bay, West Glow Resort & Spa and the Aria Hotel in Budapest) as well as fashion and accessories from LeTarte, Elizabeth Jane, Huit, Paula Callejas and Uzurii Swarovski-encrusted flip-flops.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor



Above Night Fox by Kate Finley was the jewellery stand-out at the Oscar edition of the Secret Room Beauty Bar & Luxury Lounge this year.












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