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In brief: Longines auctions Kate Winslet Flagship Heritage watches; Trilogy supports Beat the Microbead


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 15, 2017/11.19


Longines is auctioning three limited-edition Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet watches to benefit her charity, the Golden Hat Foundation. The auction is open online from June 10 to 30, and the successful bidder will receive their watch from Winslet herself at her next public appearance for Longines.
   There are five of these watches, the first owned by the Longines museum and the fifth by Winslet. The middle three are up for auction, with bidding already in the five figures.
   The dial, case and strap have been chosen by Winslet.
   Meanwhile, New Zealand beauty brand Trilogy is supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign by donating NZ$2 for every product sold worldwide to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust. Trilogy stresses that it doesn’t use plastic microbeads in its products, preferring natural, biodegradable jojoba wax microspheres for its Gentle Facial Exfoliant, and ground rosehip seed powder for its Exfoliating Body Balm.
   Trilogy has been involved with the campaign since 2013. Beat the Microbead has an app to help consumers check if their exfoliant contains natural or synthetic microbeads.

Prince Harry, Karen Gillan, Gemma Chan, Joanne Froggatt attend Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Singapore


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 5, 2017/23.08




Chris Jackson

HRH Prince Harry, British actresses Karen Gillan, Gemma Chan and Joanne Froggatt (with husband James Cannon), former New Zealand prime minister Sir John Key, polo players Nacho Figueras, Malcolm Borwick and J. B. Lee, nez Barnabé Fillion, blogger Chris Burt-Allan, and Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll were among the celebrities and VIPs attending the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup held at the Singapore Polo Club on Monday.
   Sentebale is a charity cofounded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, helping children and young people affected by HIV–Aids in Lesotho, and, as announced in 2016, Botswana. The polo event is a regular fund-raiser for the charity. To date, it has raised over £4·5 million and supported over 2,000 children and adolescents.
   Guests observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the London terrorist attacks that happened on Saturday evening.
   Prince Harry’s ISPS Handa team defeated the St Regis team, captained by Nacho Figueras, with a score of 5–2. The best playing pony was awarded to Caldera, played by Nacho Figueras.
   Borwick, who serves as the Royal Salute world polo ambassador, also played. Figueras is a Sentebale and St Regis ambassador.
   Both the newly knighted Sir John and Gillan handed out bottles of Royal Salute Polo Edition to the team, and Gillan presented the winner’s trophy.
   At the post-match dinner at the St Regis Singapore, Prince Harry said Sentebale’s Let Youth Lead programme aims to have all youth in sub-Saharan Africa know and manage their HIV status by 2020.
   Peter Moore of Royal Salute and Sentebale CEO Cathy Ferrier were also present. Royal Salute itself has donated over £1·5 million.
   A Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition whisky, donated by Royal Salute’s director of blending Sandy Hyslop, in a hand-illustrated wrap by artist Natalie Reid, is being auctioned online with a reserve of £7,000. Netizens can bid on the entire auction lot until June 14 at www.royalsaluteauction.com.
   ‘Through youth-led campaigning, training and advocacy, the initiative allows young people affected by HIV–Aids to be heard. We hope this will create a platform where the needs of young people in the region are listened to, from the need for adolescent-friendly health services, more trained counsellors in rural areas and better sexual reproductive health education in schools. Young people know what works for them and their friends, so we must listen and take note,’ he said.
   Both the Prince’s father and paternal grandfather, HRH Prince Charles and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, have played at the Club.
   Other sponsors of the event were ISPS Handa, St Regis Hotels & Resorts, BMW, and British Airways.
































Chris Jackson

The Body Shop, Cruelty Free International call for global ban on animal testing for cosmetics


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 2, 2017/2.08

The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International have called for the end of animal testing for cosmetics, and wants the United Nations to create an international convention supporting a ban. Customers are encouraged to lend their voices online to the campaign, as well as in any of the Body Shop’s 3,000 stores, where they can sign a petition.
   It’s a call that’s in line with growing consumer demands, as detailed in Nathalia Archila’s ‘A Guide to Cruelty-Free Cosmetics’ in the latest issue of Lucire.
   Eighty per cent of countries still have no laws banning animal testing for cosmetics, says the Body Shop, while Cruelty Free International estimates 500,000 animals continue to suffer for the cosmetics’ industry annually. A global ban, they believe, is the most effective way to stop the practice.
   Animal testing has never been that reliable, says the Body Shop, and a more accurate modern alternative is the use of artificially grown human skin, which has been validated by authorities.
   The Body Shop’s CSR manager Jessie Macneil-Brown said, ‘The Body Shop passionately believes that no animal should be harmed in the name of cosmetics and that animal testing on products and ingredients is outdated, cruel and unnecessary. This is why the Body Shop and Cruelty Free International have partnered to deliver the largest and most ambitious campaign ever to seek a global ban on the use of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients.
   ‘This campaign will finish what we both started back in the 1980s. We are calling on at least 8 million people from every corner of the globe who care about animal welfare to join our cause and sign our petition. We will take this petition to the United Nations to call on them to support a global ban on animal testing in cosmetic products and ingredients. With an international convention enforced, consumers would finally be confident that any cosmetics they buy are cruelty-free. It’s time to end animal testing for cosmetics’ purposes once and for all. Join us to make it happen.’
   As well as signing the petition, consumers can use the hashtag #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting to raise awareness.

The Body Shop, Botanicals Fresh Care, Ultra Doux: L’Oréal advances natural beauty and environmental initiatives


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/May 9, 2017/23.32



Top: Shidong Yan, director of the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications of Ministry of Environmental Protection; Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and global CEO; Haoran Liu; Zhenzhen Lan, Vice President, L’Oréal (China). Above: The Body Shop British Rose Premium Selection (NZ$95·50), and the British Rose collection.

It’s nice that the Body Shop can also source from its home country of the UK, and the British Rose collection ensures that its origins—as well as one of botany’s most celebrated flowers—are in the name.
   The collection is made with organic, hand-picked and air-dried roses, used to create a youthful and fresh scent. These products are rich in vitamin C to give the skin a gentle, soft and silky effect. The British Rose collection includes the Instant Glow Body Essence (NZ$47·25), a body lotion with a lightweight and lasting formula that hydrates the skin over 24 hours, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The British Rose shower gel (NZ$17·50) is perfumed with essences of hand-picked rose; the Petal Soft hand cream (NZ$9·95) is lightweight, won’t grease the skin, and is absorbed immediately. The British Rose Instant Glow body butter (NZ$38·95) is a velvet-soft moisturizer that is light to the touch but rich on moisture, providing 24-hour hydration; and the exfoliating gel body scrub (NZ$42), with real rose petals, helps reveal smoother, fresher skin. The Beauty Bag (NZ$39·50) includes the shower gel, body butter and hand cream (in 60 ml, 50 ml and 30 ml respectively), and the Premium Selection (NZ$95·50) has the shower gel and body butter but in larger quantities (250 ml and 200 ml respectively), the same hand cream, and a 250 ml bath foam.
   Parent company L’Oréal is getting into the natural beauty market with a second line specifically for hair, called Botanicals Fresh Care. Now available in New Zealand, the new hair care line sources from Egyptian geranium leaves, Cretian safflower, Bulgarian coriander seed oil, and French camelina flowers, from the most sustainable producers.
   Geranium essential oil is an antioxidant rich in fatty acid; safflower oil is rich in lipids; coriander seed oil has Omega 6 properties; and camelina oil is rich in Omega 6 and Omega 9.
   The Botanicals Fresh Care range is divided into four: Botanicals Geranium Colour Radiance for coloured hair, Botanicals Safflower Rich Nourishment for dry hair, Botanicals Coriander Revitalizing Strength for fragile hair and Botanicals Camelina Smooth Ritual for frizzy hair. The products are vegan, free of silicone, parabens, and colourants, retailing at NZ$17·99 each.
   Finally, Ultra Doux—which occidental readers might be more familiar with as a Garnier range—is a separate L’Oréal line in China, aimed at the mass market who wants natural hair care. The brand has teamed up with TerraCycle, a specialist in recycling hard-to-recycle consumer waste. At an event in Shanghai, L’Oréal China VP Zhenzhen Lan, Chinese government rep Shidong Yan, TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, and Ultra Doux spokesman Haoran Liu launched the partnership, which is claimed to be the first comprehensive solution for hair care packaging waste in China.
   Individuals or communities can sign up to a recycling programme, and collect the packaging, to be shipped free to charge to TerraCycle. The organizations expect that millions of pieces will be collected, so they do not wind up in landfills or incinerators. For every unit of waste collected, the programme will contribute 1元 to the individual’s charity of choice. All plastic waste collected through the programme will be made into desks and chairs and donated to a school in China.
   Ultra Doux has also opted for renewable, bio-derived plastics and sustainably sourced cardboard for its packaging, as well as more naturally derived ingredients.—Nathalia Archila and Lucire staff



News in brief: bags from Maison 203 and Deadly Ponies; Bird and Knoll shows resort collection


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 3, 2017/23.29




Federico Marin

Maison 203’s new clutches for spring–summer 2017 have a funky, modernist æsthetic with a dash of futurism to them. Designed by Odo Fioravanti, the clutches take inspiration from architecture, and have up-to-the-minute metallic shades for summer, as well as gold and bronze.
   The new clutches, dubbed Bern, Armure and Ivy, are available on the Maison 203 website, or at its store in Venezia (Via Cartizze 5, 31049 Valdobbiadene (TV)). A new store will open in Zaragoza on May 20.
   Deadly PoniesPearlies collection, launching May 5, takes a very different inspiration: that of Henry Croft, a road sweeper who donned a “pearly suit”, clothing decorated with mother of pearl buttons, to charity events. The Pearly Kings and Queens, a charity which arose from Croft’s efforts, still exist today, helping communities in London.
   There are totes and clutches in the pearly tradition, but the highlight is on the wool felt Lucky Charm, an NZ$89·95 piece that can be used as an accessory to one of its bags or as a key holder. All proceeds from Lucky Charm sales will go to Lifewise, an Auckland-based community social development agency dedicated to ending youth homelessness.
   Deadly Ponies’ creative director Liam Bowden said, ‘In New Zealand, our homelessness problem is increasing at an alarming rate. Everyone deserves to have a place they can call home, and this project gives us an opportunity to pitch in and help to house New Zealanders in need.’
   Lifewise’s Victoria Hearn said, ‘Access to housing is a basic human right. Without a safe place to live, it is difficult for young people to access education, gain employment and be independent. I love that Deadly Ponies are acknowledging the very real issue of homelessness in New Zealand and that they’re using their new Pearlies collection to do their bit to help improve outcomes for vulnerable Kiwi youth.’
   Finally, Bird and Knoll has released its Days Like These resort collection for spring–summer 2017, inspired by travels through México, described by the company as one ‘of luxe simplicity with a bohemian edge—perfect for “days like these”.’ There’s no mention of the Matt Monro song ‘On Days Like These’, but the designs convey that same sense of la dolce vita, even if the inspiration is Mexican and not Italian.



Dev Patel honoured for Lionheart charity work at Chivas Icons event


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 2, 2017/23.22




François Nel

English actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) was the guest of honour at the Chivas Icons event on May 2 at Play at the H Hotel in Dubai, UAE.
   Patel was honoured by the Scotch brand for his work in the Lionheart campaign, which helps vulnerable children in India.
   The campaign was in part inspired by the BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated film Lion, the adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home. Patel, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, starred in the film, with Nicole Kidman playing his adoptive mother.
   Each year, 80,000 children go missing in India, and 11 million live on the streets. The campaign supports three Indian charities: Magic Bus, Childline India, and Railway Children India.
   Patel said in a release, ‘I am grateful for my life and the success I have enjoyed. I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to sleep; when I’m going to eat or how I’m going to protect myself. I have the freedom to make my own choices and choose my path in life. Unfortunately, this is not the case for millions of children in India and around the world. For this reason, I want to help others by telling culturally diverse stories that educate and shed light on the human condition. True success means using your own to help others who don’t have a voice or the freedom we take for granted. This is what [the Chivas Regal campaign] Win the Right Way means to me. It shows that success is better shared and is a force for good.’
   Chivas Icons was launched in October 2016 to recognize and celebrate individuals in the Gulf who not only find success, but benefit those around them on their journey. Previous winners were: Dubai restaurateur Silvena Rowe; Dubai-based industrialist and founder of Petrochem, Yogesh Mehta; and Charles Blaschke of Taka Solutions.
   Win the Right Way is supported by celebrities including Javier Bardem, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle and Oscar Isaac.












François Nel

Vegan and cruelty-free pampering from the Body Shop this season


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/April 28, 2017/13.20


For this upcoming season, we have a list of must-haves from the Body Shop. They are products that we’ve selected and love from one of our favourite brands, with high-quality cruelty–free products and accessible prices.
   For those who loved the classic Down to Earth palettes, the Body Shop brings a new product: customization eye-shadow palettes. These are 100 per cent vegan, contain babasusu and sesame oil, have no added parabens, mineral oils or petroleum, and are suitable for sensitive eyes. This versatile idea will allow you to mix your favourite colours to create your look, and easily go from day to night. They are priced at NZ$12·92 per shadow.
   The Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (NZ$32·50) and the Luxury Facial Flannel (NZ$10·25) are perfect for the end of the day when you want clean and fresh skin. The camomile cleanser is a perfect make-up remover that gently and effective melts away the make-up and lets your skin feeling pampered, clean and soft. The camomile is sourced from Norfolk, England, and the butter works on all types of make-up. The flannel, on the other hand, is super-soft, perfect for facial washes and leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother.
   Finally, we are obsessed with the Body Shop’s new range of cruelty-free brushes. They feel really soft on the skin and give you a natural and professional make-up look. Prices range from NZ$22·95 for the pointed liner brush, to NZ$34·95 for the foundation-buffing, slanted contouring and angled blush brushes. There are also the eye-shadow crease and flat shader brushes (NZ$23·75 each), pointed highlighter brush (NZ$32·95), and fan blush brush (NZ$26·95).—Nathalia Archila




Enjoying a “beauty rest” at the Mondrian; and hair revival in Beverly Hills


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/April 24, 2017/13.03




Elyse Glickman

Award show season may be over, and the Coachella fashion parade has run its course. However, Los Angeles’ first heatwave provided a convenient excuse to play hooky from pressing writing assignments to hit Charmed PR’s friendly little showcase of beauty products and a pick-me-up pedicure or manicure. The backdrop of the Mondrian Hotel’s ever-so fashionable and busy rooftop pool provided extra incentive to try out the goodies to prep hair and skin (feet in particular) for sandals, swimsuits, and shorter skirts.
   The Better Skin Cream Company not only came armed with its multitasking Mirakle Cream, but also its new, triple-threat Lava Magik (cleanser, exfoliating scrub and revitalizing mask). Volcanic lava from France is enriched with calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for radiant clean that goes a little more skin deep, with its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-yeast properties.
   Hair La Vie’s continued the multipurpose beauty theme with a less-is-more line developed by hairstylist and cancer survivor Carla Rivas. She introduced media and web influencers to her philosophy with travel sizes of the shampoo and conditioner, and full-size hair serum and vitamins, all formulated without harmful chemicals or additives. Greater value is added to customer purchases with users knowing 10 per cent of profits will go to charities such as Save the Children, Heifer International, National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Global Fund For Women.
   Even the smiles on people’s faces got a little extra love, not just from Lucy B’s lip glosses, but with Popwhite dental products. This simple system of toothpaste and mouth rinse works along the same lines as colour-correcting foundations and make-up. FDA-approved purple pigments sourced from plants and herbs cancel out yellow residue on teeth for a whiter smile naturally. Coconut oil and xylatol make the process pleasant tasting, to boot.
   Schique Skin Care by Jacqueline Schaffer, MD showcased her beauty how-to book, Irresistible You, as well as her anti-ageing product line built on sulfate and paraben-free formulas, integrating elements from daisy plants known their natural sun protection and vitamin complexes. This back-to-basics line includes a refreshing mist, colour-changing specialty beads, face mask, eye cream, sumptuous moisturizer and creamy firming serum.
   The centrepiece of the festivities was a trio of foot-beautifying items, including LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer, Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel and an anklet from Sterling Forever. LVX lives up to its branding, thanks in part to its gel-like formula that’s seven-free, vegan and cruelty free. Many of the fashion-forward shades have their origins with past collaborations with designers such as Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji, Tracy Reese, Rodebjer and others. I was particularly excited about Baby Foot, as Leyla Messian and Jody Miller raved about the effectiveness of this product, which was featured at Charmed’s beauty event a year ago. A formula of 17 natural extracts makes one’s feet look scary at first, but this is an assurance the product works. Glycolic acid and citric acid peel away dead skin cells softened by alcohol. Salicylic acid, lactic acid and isopropyl stimulate a flaking effect, and although your feet temporarily look haggard, healthy skin is ultimately undamaged and a fresh layer beneath reveals itself.

A couple of weeks ago, Biolage launched its new RAW collection at Beverly Hills’ Brighton Salon. Although reality television personality Ali Fedotowsky was crowned the face of the brand, the concept behind the products is pretty stellar: a sustainable, green hair care line packaged in fresh-pressed juice bottles that are themselves made of sustainable materials. While the salon itself has all the earmarks of a Beverly Hills salon, from luxury brands (Kérastase, Shu Uemura, and Oribe), it is an oasis of neighbourhood salon friendliness and sanity, amid designer labels and celebrity stylists. The laid-back, multicultural staff are more committed to steering clients towards flattering styles than of-the-minute colour and cut trends. Veteran cutter Dani Faraj and colorist Walid Chaya took a less-is-more approach with me that looked fresh and current without leaving me shorn and shell-shocked—no small feat.
   This tiny salon that could offers hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, bikini-wax and everything else needed for a fresh look. However, they are also big on community outreach, including a wig bank sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Brighton Salon supports the cause by giving a 50 per cent discount to customers who commit to donating their hair for the cause. They also offered a sneak peak at the recently opened Prestige Skin Care (9435 Brighton Way) a few doors down, featuring locally produced luxury lines and an owner who worked at such prestige salons as Christophe before going the “friendly neighbourhood” route.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor








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