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September 28, 2015

Kagi adds charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, supporting Child Cancer Foundation

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Top The Kagi Hope Acorn charm. Above The new NZ$79 charm along with the Kagi Steel Me bracelet, which retails for NZ$139.

Kagi has added a new charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, a collaboration with the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF), with NZ$5 from each purchase going to the charity to support families and children going through cancer treatment.
   The Hope Acorn charm, priced at NZ$79, will be available from November. It joins the Hope Acorn earring charms (NZ$79 per pair) and Hope Acorn pendant (NZ$135).
   Designer Kat Gee noted, ‘I had a lot of Mums contact me directly saying they loved the large Hope acorn and wanted smaller charm to give to their children as a symbol of love and protection. It was a such a sweet concept that I felt we just had to do it! I also had all of my Kagi girls wanting them for themselves too there was no choice, really.’
   ‘Our team is supporting more than 500 families at any one time across the country, aiming to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their journey,’ said CCF commercial manager, Jo Rodgers. ‘We receive no direct government funding, so [we] rely on the generosity of New Zealanders and on innovative businesses like Kagi to provide practical and meaningful support to families when they need it.’
   The collection has already raised over NZ$20,000 for the CCF and Kids with Cancer Australia charities, according to Kagi. They can be bought online at; retailers are also listed at the website.

September 23, 2015

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

Lucire staff/11.27

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World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   ‘Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

September 21, 2015

Revved up for fall: Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

Elyse Glickman/13.16

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Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at West Hollywood Fig & Olive offered many of her familiar hallmarks, from a freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired lunch (Cæsar salad, penne with shrimp, chicken with couscous) to ice cold Hint water to a bevy of respected talent (Emmy nominee Khandi Alexander [Scandal], Steven Bauer [Ray Donovan], Eric Roberts, Doris Roberts, Esai Morales, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Rénée Taylor, Dot Marie Jones) and some of our favourite beauty, fashion and lifestyle products from Los Angeles and beyond.
   However, there were two new A-listers invited to the party that proved to be real showstoppers: the Maserati Ghibli and a bespoke, advanced McLaren 570S Coupe (not yet available to the public), escorted by the Auto Gallery. The regal purple 570S was as curve-hugging as the sublime Sue Wong dresses inside the restaurant courtyard, with both men and women clamouring to try the car on for size. While male celebs could consult with Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers for their Emmy look, the car’s tailoring, according to Car and Driver, includes a twin-turbo 3·8-liter V8, making 562 hp and 443 lb ft, mounted behind the driver, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 3·2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Ceramic brakes, sequential seven-speed gearbox and an adaptive suspension round out the list of essential goodies.
   Local Fox 11 news presenter Christine Divine was also back to shine a spotlight on Wednesday’s Child, focused on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. True to form, Bergman once again invited two lucky teens to experience her unique brand of the VIP treatment, in one of the most welcoming venues of pre-Emmys week.
   ‘In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,’ points out social worker, Professor William Wong. ‘Gifts and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive [at this event] was overwhelming. Most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow, giving the public permission to embrace our kids.’
   Single Dress and Roadkill Boutique offered casual attire for pre- and post-party lounging, while Twisted Silver offered lovely new pieces with a refined and ladylike ’50s–’60s look inspired by repurposed faux pearls, crystals and findings from the era. We also liked the new hair roots touch-up make-up from ColorWow, and were thrilled to see Kelley Weaver’s latest Purse Case designs be a hit with a crowd that could be as critical as the Shark Tank judges. Tekeen, new on the scene, is a tequila spirit infused with fresh fruit flavours such as pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
   Even with all of that star power, author Lacretia Palmer was the break-out star of the event, thanks to her charming-but-powerful children’s book Billy the Bully. While a variety of authors, including young adult novelist Judy Blume, have taken on the topic of bullying, what makes Billy the Bully effective is the fact that the bully himself is the story’s protagonist and his transformation from bully to conscientious individual is told from a first-person perspective. His steps towards redemption also shine a light on other issues, such as childhood hunger. Twiistii Hair Accessories, which have built-in wires for better staying power, were adorable, especially those with sports team prints.
   Other returning sponsors included NuBra, Personal Touch, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, My Saint–My Hero, Radar Watches, Model in a Bottle, My Dog Nose It and Timmy Woods Handbags.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

Elyse Glickman

September 14, 2015

The Body Shop’s Oils of Life range brings radiance back to skin

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The Body Shop’s new Oils of Life range encompasses the natural radiance that oils bring to our complexions. Derived from three core oils—black cumin oil from Egypt, rosehip oil from Chile, and camellia oil from China—the Oils of Life range revitalizes skin with beneficial nutrients, enhancing youthful radiance, and rejuvenating soft, smooth skin.
   The Body Shop have released four new products as part of the Oils of Life range. The Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion provides a formula used after cleansing which leaves skin feeling instantly smooth, and provides all of the supple benefits of oils without the greasy feeling. Secondly, the Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil furthers this step, and is absorbed easily by the skin, leaving it feeling replenished and healthy. Made from 99 per cent natural oils, this product is sure to leave skin feeling youthful and smooth. The Intensely Revitalizing Cream and Gel Cream are made of fatty acids, provided by the natural oils, which work together to leave skin completely moisturized without the heavy weight of other moisturizers. The Gel Cream is an even lighter moisturizer that provides the same benefits as an intensive hydrating lotion.
   With the demands of everyday life, the Oils of Life range brings radiance back into your skin. With its lightweight feel and natural benefits, what’s not to love? They are in store from September 14.—Alex Barrow

September 10, 2015

News in brief: British GQ hosts Men of the Year Awards; Proof eyewear arrives in New Zealand

Lucire staff/14.24

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Middle photograph by David M. Benett

British GQ hosted its 18th annual Men of the Year awards, in association with Hugo Boss, with Diageo’s Cîroc Vodka providing the cocktails and prizes of magnum bottles at the Royal Opera House event on Tuesday. Cîroc also sponsored the Solo Artist award, won by singer Sam Smith, on the same day it was announced that he would perform the next James Bond theme song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for Spectre. Other guests at the event included David Gandy, Jourdan Dunn, Lewis Hamilton, James Bay, Keith Richards, Lionel Richie, Samuel L. Jackson, Elton John, Will Ferrell, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Ella Catliff, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Blur, Jason Atherton, Marc Newson, Jodie Kidd, Daisy Lowe, Erin O’Connor, Naomie Harris, Henry Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Paul Rudd and Oliver Cheshire. As well as the Cîroc cocktails (Cîroc Blue Stone, Cîroc Men of the Year and Cîroc Thyme Sour), dinner consisted of pickled beets, truffle ricotta, baby gem lettuce and pine nuts, followed by bream fillet with potato cake, marinated squid and heritage potato salsa, ending with a lemon and thyme cheesecake.
   Sustainable eyewear is in vogue now, and Idaho-based Proof eyewear is launching into the New Zealand market in time for summer. The Wood collection features sustainably sourced wood, including mahogany, walnut and bamboo; the Eco collection uses cotton-based acetate and sustainably sourced wood; and the Skate collection uses recycled Canadian maple skateboards. A portion of each sale goes to Proof’s socially responsible Do Good programme, which has provided tsunami relief in Japan, child soldier rehabilitation in Africa, and reforestation in Haïti. In 2013, Proof donated funds to build two eye clinics in India, and this year, they donated over US$12,000 in El Salvador toward community projects, and another US$12,000 went to the Nature Conservancy in Idaho. Proof’s New Zealand website is at

David M. Benett; JAB Promotions; courtesy Diageo

August 21, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates 12 years of its Tea Tree range with super-sized additions

Alex Barrow/11.05

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range is celebrating its 12th year in production with a limited-edition super-sized collection of natural, skin-friendly products.
   From its launch in 1993, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, the demand for the little bottle that packs a punch allowed for wider global distribution one year later. Now, as one of the best sellers, the Body Shop sells one bottle of Tea Tree Oil every eight seconds globally!
   The tea tree leaves are sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya and, in line with the Body Shop’s ethics and values, are harvested and distilled through Fair Trade-approved farm work. From this comes the concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The oil itself targets blemishes, without any nasty chemicals, and leaves your skin feeling and looking clearer. Now, as part of a limited-edition collection, Tea Tree Oil comes in a 20 ml bottle, and the Tea Tree facial wash and Tea Tree toner are now available in larger 400 ml sizes. The range is in store from August 24.—Alex Barrow

August 13, 2015

Trilogy launches Raha perfume, benefiting So They Can to empower Tanzanian women and children

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Trilogy has introduced a second perfume called Raha, following its limited-edition Jua Natural Perfume last year. The Raha Natural Perfume, again in partnership with So They Can, is another limited edition, which sees NZ$2 from every sale donated to the charity to educate and empower Kenyan and Tanzanian communities.
   Raha, developed in conjunction with perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, is a natural perfume with Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced by one of So They Can’s projects. Its top notes are green galbanum, citrus, bergamot and black pepper, mid-notes are composed of blue iris, marine accord, rose and frankincense, and the basenotes are warm vanilla with subtle spice. All are natural ingredients.
   The name Raha translates to joy in Swahili, and the fragrance was inspired by the warn African rain which ‘brings joy, growth and survival. It cools the thirsty land, sharpens the crisp aromas of the bush, and brings life to plants, animals and people,’ says the company.
   The 7·5 ml roll-on applicator perfume oil retails for NZ$24·90 and hits stores on August 15 in New Zealand.
   Two hundred and fifty bottles are donated to So They Can for their own fundraising as well.
   Jua raised NZ$20,000, enough to provide an annual income for 50 women sunflower farmers and harvesters in Tanzania, according to Trilogy. The target this year is NZ$30,000, providing for 50 Tanzanian women and a full year’s education for 500 children.

Top Women farmers in Tanzania during the harvest. Above A sunflower field in Tanzania.

June 22, 2015

The Body Shop’s winter essentials help protect the skin: special promotion begins June 29

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With the winter season in full swing, our skin isn’t feeling so good. This is where the Body Shop comes in, with their winter essentials, a few of their best products for the chilly months.
   We at Lucire have trialled four of these, but there are plenty more in store: the Hemp Hand Protector (100 ml, NZ$23·95), Shea Body Butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95), Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath (250 ml, NZ$29·95) and, for men, the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100 ml, NZ$37·50).
   Each active ingredient is Community Fair Trade from different places around the world.
   The hemp seed oil in the Hand Protector has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, promoting healthy cell production and potentially improving very dry skin conditions.
   Meanwhile, the maca root in the Face Protector is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well has having calcium, iron and amino acids. These can promote energy levels and improve acne and blemishes. It is less thick than you might expect, but has a pleasant, masculine musky scent that emerges and subtly stays for the next few hours.
   The shea butter used in the Body Butter is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin protector. It helps with UV protection and is also good for dryness as it coats the skin and protects it from harm.
   The Wild Bubbling Bath’s argon oil, commonly used on hair, is also very moisturizing, making skin smoother and more radiant. It can also heal scars and, because of its high levels of vitamin E, it is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
   Notice a pattern? All of these are here to moisturize and protect the skin from the chilly, windy weather out there. Three of the products have quite earthy scents to them as well, meaning they have more of a unisex aroma. The exception is the Bubbling Bath, which has more of a beachy summertime smell, bringing me back to the days of lying on the beach without a care in the world.
   For a limited time you can get 20 per cent off the products in the winter essentials’ range if you buy two or more! The special runs from June 29 to July 19, 2015.—Fenella Clarke

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