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GHD releases limited-edition Pink Blush range to support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ


NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 5, 2017/9.18



GHD has released its limited-edition Pink Blush range to support the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand, on sale both in stores and online from today.
   GHD has raised over A$20 million globally to date in partnership with breast cancer charities around the world.
   Products include the Pink Blush Platinum styler and roll bag (NZ$370, with NZ$20 donated to BCFNZ), the Pink Blush V styler and roll bag (NZ$320, with NZ$20 donated), the Pink Blush Air hair-drier (NZ$250, with NZ$20 donated), and the Pink Blush paddle brush (NZ$39, NZ$2 donated).
   Further information, including more ways to support the initiative, can be found at ghdhair.com/anz/pink. In New Zealand, products can be purchased online at ghdhair.com/nz.

Game of Thrones’ and X-Men’s Sophie Turner named Wella Professionals’ brand ambassador


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 21, 2017/21.24

Sophie Turner, the 21-year-old actress who rose to fame in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, is the new brand ambassador for Wella Professionals.
   Turner boasts a five million following on Instagram, as well as having a profile through Game of Thrones and the X-Men film series.
   The company says she was chosen because she pushed ‘style boundaries, , making fearless and bold hair-colour transformations.’
   Turner said, ‘I’m honoured to be named the face of Wella Professionals, an iconic beauty brand that encourages women like me to be bold in their choices. Working with them is a great creative collaboration because it gives life to my on-screen characters and allows me to express my personality off-screen, as well.’
   Kicking off next month, she will appear in Wella Professionals’ summer and autumn campaigns. Wella Professionals’ global artist, Sonya Dove, worked with celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood on the campaign. Turner will also appear in global marketing, print and digital advertising, in-store displays, and social media (hashtag #sophiexwella).
   Wella Professionals is targeted at the trade, focusing on salon hair products, professional hair colours and beauty services.
   Laura Simpson, chief marketing officer for Coty Professional Beauty, said, ‘She’s an exceptionally talented artist who represents a generation of women which like to express themselves by wearing premium-looking, sophisticated hair colour. Exceptional hair colour results are only possible in the salon and using the best products and services, something which Wella Professionals proudly offers Sophie as well as millions of women and men around the world.’
   Previously part of Procter & Gamble, Wella was sold to Coty, Inc. in 2015, alongside Max Factor, Cover Girl, Clairol, and P&G’s fragrance business.
   The brand itself dates back to 1880.

ISPA: to live and chill in LA


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 10, 2017/0.21




Courtesy ISPA; Elyse Glickman

While we pick and choose what invitations we accept (especially during the summer), the annual International Spa Association (ISPA) invitation is one we welcome wholeheartedly. While the Montage Beverly Hills hotel has one of the best spas in our area, we truly enjoyed the ‘Trailblazer’-themed event where its ballroom transformed into an international summit of wellness, new product sampling, mini-treatments, and light bites followed with one of our favourite care packages handed to us at the end.
   Like any all-American summer camp, you had interesting arts and crafts projects (BodyBliss’s customized, crystal-filled fragrant essential oil roll-ons for every interesting guest), water activities (massages offered by event regular Kohler Waters Spas), mountain adventures (acupuncture and meditation with Red Mountain Resort Utah staff), beach time (Spa at the Del, Hotel del Coronado manicures and fitness chats); and snack time (Telluride’s the Spa at the Peaks’ Vitality Tasting bar with Naturopathica products).
   There were also interesting people among the “counsellors” at hand, from Los Angeles-based chef Matthew Kinney’s programme in Aventura, Florida (Âme Spa & Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle Miami Resort), to the wonderful UK-bred staff doing mini-treatments with Elemis at Maryland-based Relâche Spa, to the experts from HydroPeptide demoing the new Nimni line at the Spa at Four Seasons and Biltmore Santa Barbara.
   While we loved the care packages—samples and full-sized goodies in a sharp Dakine backpack—there were plenty of wonderful things to discover during the scavenger hunt. We will start with a few of the resorts. The Villagio Inn & Spa, in the lush landscape of Napa Valley, is serenity personified, especially with its recently completed multi-million-dollar makeover. Event guests were invited to experience a mini-facial using the spa’s exclusive imported Espa products.
   The Spa at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs, meanwhile, will transport you to the ultimate desert oasis Bohemian-chic spa. An historic building, mud cabañas, outdoor showers and rock alcoves set the mood for down-to-earth healing therapies designed to free the mind and awaken the spirit. Just past the México border in Tecate, Rancho La Puerta expands out into a sprawling and comprehensive retreat with a round-the-clock health and wellness schedule full of classes and workshops tailored to every fitness level and interest.
   The Boulder, Colorado-based line Sanitas is filled with progressive, nature-based products that has become a fave for boutique spas and discerning buyers. To celebrate the launch of their sleek new packaging and website, guests received a generous gift of the niche brand’s favourite products, including the best-selling Vita C Serum and Brightening Peel Pads. While there have been new additions to the Elemis skin care line, the upscale UK-based brand’s breakthrough Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with Padina Pavonicamarine extract continues to be the must-have anti-ageing regimen for women around the globe.
   As mentioned above, Nimni Cream is positioned as HydroPeptide’s prescription for the Fountain of Youth. Formulated by Dr Marcel Nimni, the patented collagen support complex is among the most advanced on the market. Espa, a new UK entry in the world of prestige skin care, features Tri-Active Instant Facial, an age-defying serum, essence and oil wrapped into one dynamic frosted glass bottle. Microalgæ cell extract, white truffle and pampering oils are the star ingredients in this silky smooth elixir.
   A leader in the world of botanical-based skin care and wellness, Bio-Energy Lift serum packs a powerful plant-infused punch, formulated with a copper and amino acid complex that targets skin laxity by improving cell respiration to restore density and firmness.
   No one can top Natura Bissé when it comes to unbridled luxury. The Barcelona line treated guests to a trio of their favourite products which included their triple enzyme exfoliating superstar Glyco Extreme Peel.
   Although the treatments, as usual, filled up weeks before the big day, we found many of the stations were gracious and not only offered some walk-ups, but managed to squeeze us in for extra pampering.







Courtesy ISPA; Elyse Glickman

   A suite at the London Hotel West Hollywood, meanwhile, served as a showcase for the new travel-sized edition of the Dafni Hair straightening ceramic brush. The original, co-invented by Israeli-born engineer Sharon Rabi, 29, caused a sensation so monumental that it’s now available more than 25 countries and has spawned a few imitators. Although straight styles dominated fashion magazine pages and airwaves, Rabi invented the Dafni (named for her younger sister) for a more practical reason—a bob haircut that did not work with her naturally wavy hair. As she had to straighten her locks with a flat iron daily, she realized there had to be a better, faster way to get her strands in place.
   With an assist from her fellow engineer father, using the aerodynamic principles from a well-designed boat as a starting point, she went through five prototypes before launching the product in 2015. The reaction to the brush on its initial release caused the first generation of its website to crash. Today, with a smaller brush, the Dafni Go, ready to hit the waves, it should be smooth sailing for the inventor.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Jody Miller, LA Correspondent

Filed under: beauty, hair, Los Angeles, Lucire

GHD celebrates 16th anniversary with limited-edition purple straightener


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 6, 2017/23.54



Is it really 16 years since GHD (Good Hair Day, and officially styled all in lowercase) launched its first styler?
   From Yorkshire to the world, GHD is one of the 21st century’s great hair industry successes. To commemorate its anniversary, it is launching a limited-edition version of the original GHD styler. This time, it’s in purple.
   The styler works for all hair types and lengths, and the straightening remains as easy as ever. It has ceramic heaters, a sleep mode (it switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity), a round barrel, and a 2·8 m swivel cord. It works with any voltage around the world.
   Founded by hairstylist and salon owner Robert Powls and investors Martin Penny and Gary Douglas, GHD’s reputation spread without any above-the-line advertising initially. The original styler was invented by Kim Tae-Cheol, who had sent Powls a sample of his design. Powls approached Penny and Douglas and suggested they purchase the production and distribution rights. They each put in £15,000—by the second year they profited £4 million on sales of £12 million. By the third year sales were £37 million. Today, four GHD stylers are sold every minute.
   The term GHD has entered the vernacular, and earned itself fans such as Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba, Ella Eyre, girl group Little Mix, and Millie Mackintosh.

Filed under: beauty, hair, history, London, Lucire

News in brief: Redken appoints Mana Dave artistic director; PangeaBed’s mattress focuses on ‘sleep fitness’


NEWS  by Lola Cristall/May 31, 2017/0.30

Mana Dave of Auckland, New Zealand salons Blaze and Pony Professional, is now Redken’s artistic director for New Zealand.
   Dave’s role will see him direct the growth of Redken’s New Zealand team, shape the salon creative programme, and offer creative direction for New Zealand Fashion Week shows and seasonal fashion trends.
   He already facilitates classes at Redken Fifth Avenue in New York, and has worked alongside colourist Tracy Cunningham and Redken artistic education director Sam Villa.
   ‘Within New Zealand I have the vision for our team to be seen by the industry as the lead team for high-impact education and fashion-forward hair trends,’ he said. ‘Our artistic team is working with some of New Zealand’s premier fashion partners like Stolen Girlfriends’ Club, Zambesi, Knüfermann and Huffer on a variety of projects and ultimately I want to see more of them on the international stage showcasing their amazing work.’

PangeaBed is all about quality, creativity and luxury. Bobby Shamsian, president, and co-founder Martin Regueiro, seek to provide customers with stable and highly well constructed pieces intended to deliver both restful nights and elegance to a room. The copper-infused 100 per cent pure Talalay Latex offers a comfortable sleep, directly adapting to the body. Each layered material aims to target a certain element, increasing a peaceful state of mind while decreasing considerable strain and tension brought about from stress. The Latex creates a cooling effect with an antibacterial factor; the cool gel dramatically decreases heat, reducing the tossing and turning throughout the night, the quilted cover is luxuriously lavish for a cozy and snug sleep. The overall concept intends to create a night of ease, relaxation and absolute tranquillity.
   Presented in an elongated box, the mattress easily unravels and inflates to the proper size. The brand stands by its motto, ‘The world at rest.’—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor





Michael Beel scoops top honour at Industry New Zealand Hair Awards; Derek Elvy inducted into Hall of Fame


NEWS  by Sopheak Seng/May 29, 2017/23.54




Guy Coombes

Talented hairstylist and regular Lucire contributor Michael Beel of Buoy Hairdressing has taken out the top prize at this year’s Industry New Zealand Hair Awards in Auckland.
   His collection is a major departure from his usual work, which sees him focus on big volume and luxury hair. This collection recalled that glamour but in a more ’80s grunge vibe, with short choppy bobs and chic mullets. This was pieced together with bold colouring in chunky panels to create texture and visual interest.
   As part of the prize for winning New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Beel has also won a trip sponsored by Wella to work backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
   While the competition was tough this year with many stand-out and strong collections from all over the country, Beel’s collection stood out for his artistry and direction, in being able to predict and read the Zeitgeist of fashion hair trends.
   Beel was not the only winner of the night from the Buoy salon team. Derek Elvy, who founded the acclaimed salon was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his long, outstanding career in hairdressing.
   Creator of the industry awards, Sara Allsop, said that Elvy being this year’s choice was an easy one.
   ‘His photographic work was ground-breaking in the ’90s. He paved the way and set the standard in production and creativity which showed New Zealand hairdressers what could be achieved when you collaborated with other creatives. At the time no one else was doing anything close to what he produced.’
   In the 21st century, Elvy continued to be awarded for his creative photographic collections.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor



Photographed by Guy Coombes
Hair by Michael Beel
Colour by Chinney Yeap
Styled by Sopheak Seng
Make-up by Hil Cook
Models from Kirsty Bunny Management and street cast

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



Kérastase enters natural hair care market with Aura Botanica range; Toni Garrn spokesmodel


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/April 20, 2017/3.49

Kérastase has introduced its Aura Botanica line in New Zealand, featuring a shampoo (Bain Micellaire), retailing at NZ$48, a conditioner (Soin Fondamental), NZ$52, a treatment (Concentre Essentiel), NZ$79, and an oil mist (Essence d’Éclat), NZ$70. The collection is, on average, 98 per cent natural in origin—a first for this L’Oréal brand—and includes pure hand-pressed Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils.
   Kérastase says the Aura Botanica coconut oil has proven to penetrate deeply into the hair, leaving it soft, hydrated and strong. The argan oil, meanwhile, lasts longest on the hair’s surface, nourishing it and keeping hair soft and shiny. Development of the range began in 2013.
   The products have a fragrance with top notes of grapefruit and crushed mint leaves, mid-notes of black pepper, coriander and jasmine, and base notes of rich vanilla and warm amber.
   The products are (again on average) 97 per cent biodegradable, and its packaging is similarly friendly to the environment, with the Bain Micellaire in a 100 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) bottle, and the Concentre Essentiel bottle is made with 25 per cent recycled glass.
   With interest in natural hair care growing, Kérastase expects a sizeable number of customers will chose Aura Botanica.
   As revealed in January, model Toni Garrn is the face of the Kérastase Aura Botanica range. Twenty-four-year-old Garrn, with 581,000 Instagram followers and a fresh, healthy face, is involved in humanitarian work, her image working well with the natural angle of Aura Botanica.—Nathalia Archila

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