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June 24, 2015

Mila Kunis celebrates with Gemfields in London on its new find in Mozambique

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As its brand ambassador, actress Mila Kunis attended Gemfields’ ruby launch party in London on Tuesday night.
   Kunis wore two pieces from Fabergé’s Devotion collection: a pair of earrings set with diamonds, 10 oval Mozambican rubies totalling 9·32 ct, and a ring set with diamonds and one 5 ct oval Mozambican ruby. She also wore Fabergé’s Regalia diamond and ruby bracelet set with 176 Mozambican rubies totalling over 17 ct.
   This party celebrated the launch of Gemfields’ newly found ruby deposit in Montepuez, Mozambique, one of the most significant of its type in the world. Gemfields has previously specialized in high quality emeralds and amethysts from Zambia, until finding this deposit in Mozambique.
   Gemfields is a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and has experts on hand to make sure that they are not harming the environment or its people. ‘It’s really a luxury to own jewellery and gemstones. If you’re in the position to do so, you’re fortunate. Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from,’ said Kunis, who has been the brand ambassador for Gemfields since 2013.
   The actress looked positively glowing, only nine months after giving birth, accompanying the jewellery with a white dress, a pair of white stilettos and a pop of red lipstick to match the rubies.—Fenella Clarke







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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

June 19, 2015

Phoenix Organics’ Love Project helps clean up New Zealand’s polluted rivers

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Top Phoenix Organics’ promotional image for its latest venture to tackle river pollution. Above The sites for the Love Project’s tree-planting between June and September. Below left A #loveyourwater promotional card, with wildflower seeds embedded within.

On June 5, Phoenix Organics started planting native plants along polluted rivers for the Love Project, a venture which started last year with the company helping to remove 5,000 â„“ of rubbish from New Zealand beaches.
   When figures were released by regional councils last month revealing that more than half of New Zealand rivers were unsafe to swim in and that Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Northland were the worst, Phoenix knew it had to help.
   Co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd, said, ‘Working with Phoenix Organics, we’re helping communities to stop pollution at its source by setting up riparian planting events—these help reduce pollutants entering rivers by reestablishing native vegetation.’
   Phoenix is hoping that through the Love Project, its customers will feel inspired to make a real difference in New Zealand’s coastal areas.
   â€˜We’ve been committed to sustainability since day one and believe New Zealand should continue to build on its clean, green image through involving communities in projects like this,’ said Steve Cook, marketing manager for Phoenix Organics.
   The Love Project is also partnering with environmental artist Martin Hill, based in Wanaka, to create a sculpture during the project, with more information about being released late July.
   Auckland saw the first planting day on June 5 at Wakaaranga Creek; Wellington follows on June 26 at Owhiro Stream. Christchurch’s day is on July 31 at Travis Wetland, while Nelson’s is on August 21 at Corder Park. Northland and Waikato are in September.
   To find out more, you can look at Phoenix Organics’ Facebook and Instagram as well as the hashtag #loveyourwater.—Fenella Clarke


Above Phoenix Organics has planted one tree on behalf of Lucire publisher Jack Yan.

June 10, 2015

New Zealand Eco Fashion Week launches with mayoral reception

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Lucire is UNEP's first fashion industry partnerThe third New Zealand Eco Fashion Week had its launch last night, hosted by the Mayor of Hutt City, Ray Wallace.
   The Dowse Art Centre played host to the mayoral reception. Denise Anglesey, the founder and director of the event, introduced her team, and it was apparent from the very swish launch that feedback from the 2014 week on how to take things to the next level had been taken on board. It also demonstrated a growing confidence from the Mayor and council in the event.
   Anglesey had secured Miranda Brown, one of New Zealand’s best known socially responsible designers, to headline for the Saturday show, and tickets to the event were selling faster than in previous years.
   Peruvian Fair Trade shoe brand Inkkas, jewellery label Sylver & Shackel, Gem Chérie, Ron Tekawa, Dane Dagger, Julia May, Undivided and others showed that Angelsey’s event attracted designers from well beyond the region, and the 2016 event, she noted, could include a name from the US.
   The Hutt City Council had come on board as the premier partner for New Zealand Eco Fashion Week, with Mayor Wallace noting his concern about the disposable culture that had emerged in recent times. He believed that this was extremely harmful for the environment, and praised the eco-fashion movement.
   The Mayor also believed Hutt City to be a thriving, creative hub, with a growing part of the economy participating in its Technology Valley. He saw New Zealand Eco Fashion Week playing a strong part in the city’s creativity.
   German-made Sante, a natural, organic make-up brand with a 100 per cent plant base, will be used on all 45 models at the event, and is a gold sponsor. The Hodge Group and Coffee News are the event’s other two gold sponsors.
   Also present were Panache Model Agency, Salon Revue, and Peter Yealands Wines, which provided the alcohol at the launch.
   The programme extends beyond the Saturday show; full details are at its website. There are talks from Brown on Thursday, a pop-up shop at 127 Jackson Street, Petone, a make-up demonstration, and a wardrobe swap.—Jack Yan, Publisher


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Top Model Allie O’Regan is made up using Sante natural cosmetics at New Zealand Eco Fashion Week. Above Inkkas’ Fair Trade, eco-friendly shoes made by Peruvian artisans.

May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in Québec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, EverclÄ“n and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor








May 11, 2015

News in brief: Karma Feeling bracelets; Rose & Willard’s eco-friendly fish-skin fashion; Black Robin gin scoops top award

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There’s always been an interest in the energy of crystals, and Karma Feeling’s bracelets use natural crystals, each embodying what the company believes to be healing energies. At the very least, you can choose something to fit your own emotions—Karma Feeling’s website guides you through it. Its owner, Gaynor Osborne-Lawn, explains: ‘The gemstones are used to create a unique look and to create energies that benefit the wearer. The healing properties of our crystals have been tried and tested and we encourage our customers to give themselves and others the powerful gift of Karma Feeling. It’s not only about how stylish our bracelets look but how incredible they make you feel.’ They are available at karmafeeling.co.uk with prices beginning at £35; the Dreaming of Ibiza bracelet, available at this price, is pictured.
Lucire is the United Nations Environment Programme's first fashion industry partner   Rose & Willard has shown a new collection using fish skin from a sustainable producer in Iceland. The designs are machine-washable and environmentally friendly, and has anti-tear and anti-scratch properties, according to the company. Rose & Willard has attacted the likes of Michelle Dockery and Charlotte Riley, as well as two Bond girls, Naomie Harris and Gemma Arterton.
   Finally, online guide The Fifty Best has awarded New Zealand’s Black Robin Rare Gin (left) a Double Gold medal in its Best Gin Awards for 2015. After blind-tasting 57 gins from around the world, Black Robin gained a Double Gold, which meant it received top points across the board. Black Robin notes that it was inspired by the endangered black robin, and a percentage of profits goes to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. It is described as a spicy, citrus gin, with a soft floral note and a dry finish.




Above, from top From Rose & Willard, the Qasida panel leather dress. The Niella salmon leather skirt. The Zitella fish leather top.

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 résistance 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 résistance 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 résistance, 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.

News in brief: Living Nature revives skin; Desigual, Alexa Meade team up; Cole Haan searches for the American Dream

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From issue 34: Living Nature’s Skin Revive Exfoliant is a wonderful addition to the range that’s known for its 100 per cent certified natural ingredients (by BDIH in Germany), its safety on skin, and its ban on animal testing. There’s a nice scent here—as with Living Nature’s products, it’s not overbearing—along with gentle jojoba and candelilla beads that lift dead cells from the skin, stimulating renewal. Being natural, there will not be any damage to the skin and they’re biodegradable, unlike the plastic microbeads that make their way into the oceans. The hero ingredient, kumerahou, is rich in phytosaporins and provides antimicrobial protection. More at www.livingnature.com.
   Celebrating World Art Day on Wednesday, Desigual teamed up with artist Alexa Meade, who has painted on to the set of a photo shoot, including the models and the bags themselves. The company says it chose Meade as a collaborator because of her unconventional, edgy approach. She has painted on three scenarios as part of the collaboration.
   Another recent collaboration has been between Cole Haan and Happy Marshall Productions, on a film production called The American Dream Project. It partnered with FilmBuff to première the series on April 15, with Amazon, Dailymotion, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Ora TV, Vessel, Vimeo and YouTube, examining whether the American Dream still exists across the US and what it looks like today.
   British-born, New York-based filmmaker James Marshall and American photographer Todd Williams were armed with $250, travelling from New York to California through 15 states on Indian motorcycles, exchanging their work for food and shelter, and getting to know the people on the way. They stopped in eight towns and cities en route. ‘The generosity and kindness of the complete strangers I met has stuck with me the most. We are constantly told how dangerous it is out there and how different we are from each other. My experience was that people are mostly generous, kind and we have more in common than not,’ said Marshall.
   The trailer can be found at ColeHaan.com/americandream; the entire series can be found here and each episode also appears embedded below.

Episode 1: Braddock, Pa.

Braddock: Courage & Rebuilding from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 2: Rendville, Ohio

Rendville: Working Together from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 3: St Louis, Mo.

St Louis: Equality, Appreciation from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 4: Iowa, part 1

Iowa: Part 1, Live to Fight Another Day from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 5: Iowa, part 2

Iowa: Part 2, American-made, American Pride from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 6: Wyoming

Wyoming: Faith & Resilience from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 7: Taos, NM

Taos: Innovation from FilmBuff on Vimeo

Episode 8: Los Angeles, Calif.

Los Angeles: Life Philosophy from FilmBuff on Vimeo

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