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May 18, 2015

Refreshing: the Body Shop’s limited-edition vitamin E range, in stores now

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In stores now, the Body Shop’s vitamin E special edition skin care collection has novel takes on two wonderful favourites plus a new release.
   The new range has the added bonus of wheatgerm oil, which is the highest source of vitamin E found in nature. The body doesn’t produce vitamin E, but it helps protect the skin and gets rid of free radicals.
   We’ve been in love with the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (NZ$37·50 for 50 ml), which was perfect for the summer: it hydrates and refreshes and the package almost felt like a small ice-cream tub. The Body Shop says there are two million moisture-releasing aquaspheres in each jar; we just know it feels great on the skin and we’re happy to see its return this winter. It offers 24-hour hydration for the skin.
   Along similar lines is the vitamin E moisture cream, with the same floral scent. It’s not as fruity as some of the Body Shop’s other releases, but there’s a sense of substance when you open the jar. However, when applied, it’s light and fresh, and works particularly well. The bonus this season: the jar is now a larger 100 ml, and retails for NZ$45, for a limited time.
   The brand-new offering from the Body Shop is the Vitamin E Eyes Cube (we love the pun), a stick which you apply to the eye area to help you feel refreshed. It feels very cool on the skin when applied, and the effect lasts very long, helping with fatigue. It’s been one of our favourites in our tests and retails for NZ$34·95.

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April 21, 2015

Coachella west: rocking at Debbie Durkin’s Rock ’n’ Rolla Ecoluxe Lounge at the Avalon

Elyse Glickman/7.13

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The Emmy Awards kick off the protracted fall—winter “award show season”, and of course, Emmys’ week would never be a true pre-party without the presence of Debbie Durkin (@producerdeb on Twitter), noted sustainable TV–film product-placement professional. However, as the MTV Movie Awards and the internationally covered Coachella music festival outside Palm Springs, Calif. mark the unofficial but “may-as-well” start of Hollywood’s protracted summer, Durkin was not going to let an opportunity to throw a memorable party pass.
   Though there were many sideshows at Coachella 2015 on the concert grounds and in nearby hotels and restaurants, Durkin wisely decided to stage her rock-themed Rock ’n’ Rolla Ecoluxe Lounge (hashtag #EcoLuxeLounge) at the Avalon in Hollywood in advance of the maddening crowds headed east to the Coachella Valley.
   Choices Recovery was the headlining charity, while DJ Mike Shay of Superbox Music and Vanderpump Rules provided the ambient sounds. Celebs and VIPs indulged in sweets from Sugar and Spyked, tattoos by Adam Daniel and a motorcycle display courtesy of Nash Motorcycles, make-up touches by celebrity make-up artist Victoria Rowe and hairstyling from Stephanie Martinez. Durkin’s guests enjoyed a spread that would be right at home at Coachella, including burgers from Fresh & Meaty and award-winning beer from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, served in sustainable tableware from Repurpose Compostables.
   Hopeful festival-goers picked up Brazilian yoga jumpsuits from Shama Jade, jewellery from Stage Men’s Collection and Glamarella Junk, glamping vacations to Moab and Glacier National Forest from Under Canvas, played with Custos in the celebrity pet lounge from Camp Run-a-Mutt and Letters to The Universe teens-on-tour collected letters from celebrities to generate a connection with self, others and the universe!
   Refreshing drinks were served from Icebox Water, True Toniqs, and Slim Chiller (cocktails and popsicles), and attendees took home a gift bag filled with items from Modern Oats, Barefoot Athletic Company, Fullips, Santa Fe Soul and more!
   Chase Masterson (The Flash, Star Trek) and Herman Moore (retired NFL wide receiver, Detroit Lions) helped spread word about Choices Recovery and create awareness about addiction in Hollywood while interviewing red carpet arrivals and enjoying their Sweet Choices candy bar, courtesy of Infiniti Sweets.
   Film and Television personalities and notables from the cast of Vanderpump Rules, Kendra on Top, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Goldbergs and more stopped by Ecoluxe Lounge for an unforgettable day. Notable attendees included: Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, and Mama June Shannon (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo); Scheana Marie Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Kristen Doute, James Kennedy, Tom Schwartz and Peter Madrigal (Vanderpump Rules); Jessica Hall (Kendra on Top); Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan); Sabina Gadecki (Entourage: the Movie); Scott Bailey (The Bay); Dexter Darden (The Maze Runner); Lexi Ainsworth (Emmy nominee, General Hospital); Ken Davitian (Borat); Monty Greer (MTV’s Awkward); Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill) with daughters Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), Alyvia Alyn Lind (The Young and the Restless) and Emily Alyn Lind (Revenge).
   The encore set for the festival-like gathering was staged at hot Hollywood nightspot Bardot, which kept guests fuelled with passed appetizers from the Avalon Hollywood and Snowater, and posing for pictures in the Party Life photo booth.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, Correspondent





















































































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April 19, 2015

It’s all about the eyes with the Body Shop’s latest releases

Lucire staff/5.19

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The Body Shop focuses on the eyes with its latest releases. It has launched two Matte Kajal eyeliners, in white and black. One complaint we often see at Lucire with kohl eyeliners is the difficult application, especially as some need three or four passes before getting any colour. The Body Shop’s Italian-made Matte Kajals—the Body Shop has opted for the Hindi term—don’t suffer from that problem: they are easy to apply and smudge, and enriched with Community Fair Trade beeswax from Cameroon. Each retails for NZ$25 and appear at the Body Shop’s New Zealand retail outlets and online from Monday, April 20.
   The Body Shop suggests that the white can come in handy to counteract redness and help make the eye look larger, and it can enhance eye-shadow colours. It can also be used under the brow, blending downards to create an eye-lift, while defining the brow.
   The look can be completed with the new Super Volume Mascara from the Body Shop, retailing at NZ$27·50. Like the Matte Kajals, the pigmentation is good and smudge-free, and stays on well during the day, though care is needed with the brush. The Body Shop adds that contact lens wearers won’t have any trouble with it. Knowing that it hasn’t been tested on animals is a huge bonus for our times, and it features Community Fair Trade marula oil from the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative in Namibia, an initiative that helps 1,750 women in the region.
   The company is also releasing its Velvet Gel Pen (NZ$19·95), Skinny Thin Felt Liner (NZ$22·95) and Bold Oversized Felt Liner (NZ$22·95).

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April 16, 2015

The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea range: satisfying at every level, from bath tea to cologne

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Top The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea range. Above The pièce de rĂ©sistance of the range: the bath tea. Below left The huge bargain of them all: an eau de cologne that’s comparable to something twice the price.

The Body Shop’s latest Fuji Green Tea range, on sale in New Zealand from Monday, April 20, is one of the best the company has offered, and we’re not exaggerating. For starters, the full, fruity smells that we’ve become accustomed to with its earlier special editions is gone, replaced by a pure, healthy, subtler green tea scent. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the fruity and even chocolatey approaches of the Body Shop, but it’s great to see they have more secrets up their sleeves that they are gradually showing off to the public. Secondly, the methods the Body Shop has taken with the Fuji Green Tea range are very different: it has taken a uniquely eastern approach, combining tradition and authenticity with the Body Shop’s socially responsible aims.
   Green tea has antioxidant qualities, and we’re used to drinking it for its health benefits, but the Body Shop takes this idea further. Going into Japanese tradition, it found that women even bathed in it, and it’s believed to tighten pores help skin retain moisture, and have anti-ageing qualities.
   Sourcing authentic green tea from Mt Fuji, the Body Shop has developed an entire range featuring just what its customers expect: body scrub (250 ml, NZ$44·95); body butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95); body lotion (250 ml, NZ$24·95); body wash (250 ml, NZ$16·50); eau de cologne (100 ml, NZ$39·95); and exfoliating soap (100 g, NZ$19). However, the pièce de rĂ©sistance has to be the bath tea, 300 g of goodness for detoxing and cleansing for NZ$64, allowing you soak those stresses away in Japanese fashion.
   With a metal container evoking a traditional tea tin, the bath tea comes with an infuser. Pour in the mixture of crystals and tea leaves, and let the water run over it. The water turns a nice green hue, and it smells great. A soak is indeed calming and soothing, leaving skin feeling healthy. You know the ritual—as fun as it is going through it—has a practical side, too.
   We sampled the body scrub as well, which is particularly effective, and only requires small quantities to work its magic.
   That feeling continues afterwards with the body butter for 24-hour hydration—the Body Shop suggests that the body lotion would be ideal for lighter hydration, and the Body Sorbet (200 ml, NZ$26) is a fresh alternative.
   The bath tea may be the pièce de rĂ©sistance, but the surprises don’t stop: the eau de cologne is the icing on the proverbial cake. It’s actually a light, fruity floral, although you can detect the green tea mixed in among the top notes; the floral heart is very memorable and fresh. The Body Shop says it’s bergamot, lemon and mandarin that we detect there, and camellia, jasmine and violet in the middle. It’s actually a very elegant scent, something you would expect wearing a far more expensive label, and, like the rest of the Green Tea line, it’s a bargain. It’s not often a $40 scent smells like something that’s commonly twice or thrice the price.
   As a range, it’s one of the most complete and satisfying the Body Shop has offered.
   The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea range will be available online and at New Zealand retail outlets from next week.

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April 15, 2015

Adriana Lima opens library at Pequeno Principe children’s hospital, funded by IWC watch auction

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Last November, IWC Schaffhausen announced that it would auction a rare pilot’s watch, called ‘The Last Flight’, in platinum, with the entire proceeds going to the Fondation Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry pour la Jeunesse, which will use them to help a children’s hospital in Brazil. That project has now been realized at the Pequeno Principe children’s hospital in Curitiba, Brazil, and IWC Schaffhausen ambassador and model Adriana Lima went there on Tuesday to declare its new library and recreation centres open.
   Lima was joined by the hospital’s director, Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, its CEO, Jose Alvaro Carneiro, Olivier d’Agay, great-nephew of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry and director of the Fondation Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, Fabiele Fortes, one of its current patients, IWC regional director Michel Cheval and marketing director StĂ©phanie Aubry, in inaugurating the new spaces.
   Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry was not only an aviation pioneer, but the author of The Little Prince, Southern Mail and Night Flight, known to many children worldwide.
   IWC Schaffhausen has partnered with the Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry foundation, which helps keep the French aviator and author’s legacy alive, for the last 10 years.
   Pequeno Principe is the largest public children’s hospital in the country.
   The foundation netted SFr 40,000 from the Important Watches auction held by Sotheby’s in Genève. The Last Flight, a chronograph, was a limited-edition watch produced to commemorate Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry’s last flight 70 years ago. Only 17 were made.

















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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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February 27, 2015

Debbie does glamping

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Igor Spektor

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 fĂĽr 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 19, 2015

To the Oscars with love: Doris Bergman’s 2015 Valentine Romance style lounge

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KVR Creative/courtesy Doris Bergman

Even if seasoned Hollywood PR pro and impresario Doris Bergman asks for feedback on her events, the truth is that with her Oscar-Valentine and Emmy events, she consistently “knocks them out of the park” (as we say in the baseball-crazy USA). Once again, West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive restaurant played host to the Seventh Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party, and the vibe was friendly, appetizing (lots of fresh-from-the-oven goodies from F&O’s kitchen) and quite stylish for both the celebrities and attending press.
   Seven, however, proved to be particularly charming for Doris, not only with her mix of guests and products, but also lots of surprises. While her roster of talent (including Rosa Blasi, Sofia Milos, Deidre Hall, James Kyson Lee, Lisa Vidal, Lisa Ann Walter, Kelsey Scott, Carolyn Hennesy, RĂ©nĂ©e Taylor, Joe Bologna, and Greg Grunberg) enjoyed this favourite family reunion of sorts, the icing on the Valentine’s Day cupcake was a visit from LA’s enduring designer Sue Wong. While her selection of dresses for the A-listers dazzled, it was a whole other matter when the belle of the ball strolled in to witness for herself celebrities falling in love with her artistry all over again.
   As Sue and Doris greeted each other, it suddenly hit me that both women have a lot in common, including making every invited guest to their soirĂ©es feel welcome, accepted, well fed and fashionable. The motherly love exuded at the event provided a perfect backdrop for official charity Wednesday’s Child. KTTV Fox 11 News’s Los Angeles presenter Christine Devine was present to support and answer questions about her signature cause beyond her weekly local broadcasts. Celebrities were encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts, including clothing, accessories, electronics, sporting equipment, monetary donations, etc., for a post-holiday gift drive for teens currently living in foster care.
   The returning and still fabulous perennials filling out the Fig & Olive garden included MDSun USA skin care, Silvana K Designs jewellery, Arbonne Essentials’ nutrition products, Spongelle bath products, Kama Sutra, Twisted Silver by Debra Mitchell, Single by Galina Sobolev, Telic (with new bling accessories), and Model in a Bottle (now with a sensitive skin formula).
   Although Samiah appeared at a certain Golden Globes event a few weeks ago, and in spite of the fact that the mercury hit 30°C (86°F), the bespoke coat designer showed her presence could stand up to a seasoned veteran like Sue Wong in both her artistry with fabric and her ease with guests from all walks of life. Shangri-La of Luxury helped clear the air for prosperity with delicious home and body fragrances, as did candles from the new Burbank boutique Shoppe 815. Beauty mavens could rejoice with an opportunity to test out all-natural hair care from Pura d’Or and the Kelley West Microderm360° Dermabrasion Tool and skin care line. Another motherly touch: the rep encouraged guests to use it responsibly and check out special demos at microderm360.com/ before putting this Home Shopping Network best seller to work.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor



































































KVR Creative/courtesy Doris Bergman

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