In stores now, the Body Shopâ€™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 doesnâ€™t produce vitamin E, but it helps protect the skin and gets rid of free radicals.
Weâ€™ve been in love with the Body Shopâ€™s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (NZ$37Â·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 weâ€™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. Itâ€™s not as fruity as some of the Body Shopâ€™s other releases, but thereâ€™s a sense of substance when you open the jar. However, when applied, itâ€™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. Itâ€™s been one of our favourites in our tests and retails for NZ$34Â·95.
Top The nine Jaguars taking place in this year’s Mille Miglia. Above Almost Bondian: the 1930 Bentley 4Â½-litre with a Vanden Plas Open Sports four-seat body and a supercharger by Amherst Villiers competing in the 2015 Mille Miglia.
British car makers are taking this year’s Mille Miglia seriously. Jaguar is taking part with a large heritage line-up, and has enlisted, once again, the help of model and motorhead David Gandy, who competes in an XK120 as he did two years ago along with Jodie Kidd, who must equal Gandy both in the modelling and motorhead stakes. Bentley will field an original 1930 4Â½-litre Blower, in an attempt to complete what it could not do back then: complete the race.
Jaguar’s fleet consists of nine, including three C-types, three D-types, an XK120, an XK140, and, the most unusual of this group, a Mark VIIâ€”although one had won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. One of the C-types is NDU 289, which competed in the original Mille Miglia in 1953, driven that time by Mario Tadini and Franco Cortese. Jaguar engineer Mike Cross drives the car in the 2015 event.
Other C-types are PUG 676, which was raced by Ian Appleyard, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’s son-in-law, this time driven by RAC motoring committee chairman Ben Cussons; and KSF 182, formerly raced by Jimmy Stewart and Jackie Stewart between 1953 and 1955, and owned now by Adam Lindemann, driven this time by five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. The D-types are the ex-Ralph Lauren NCV 260, which had competed in the original Mille Miglias, driven by current owner Simon Kidston; RSF 303, the Ecurie Ecosse car that was second in Le Mans in 1957 and competed in the Mille Miglia in 1957 and 1958, driven by Jaguar design director Ian Callum and enthusiast Clive Beecham; 393 RW, the Reims winner for 1956 and the sixth-place-getter at Le Mans that year, setting the lap record, will be driven by Saturday Kitchenâ€™s James Martin.
One XK120, nicknamed Betsey, will be driven by Jodie Kidd and David Gandy, as noted: she had driven the car in the 2014 trial. The XK140, TAC 743, was once raced by David Hobbs; it will be driven by Elliot Gleave, a.k.a. Example, and his father Michael. The Mark VII will be driven by Charley Boorman.
Bentley, meanwhile, will field a 1930 British racing green 4Â½-litre Blower with a Vanden Plas Open Sports four-seat body and a supercharger by Amherst Villiersâ€”not unlike the one driven by James Bond. The Bentley Boys, the Hon Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and Bentley chairman Woolf Barnato (right, at Le Mans in 1929), were the first British drivers to compete in the Mille Miglia, using the No. 2 Birkin Blower, a 4Â½-litre supercharged model. However, they were unable to complete the race.
Bentley is aiming to do what it could not 85 years ago, using an equivalent model and seeing if its director of royal and VIP relations, Richard Charlesworth can complete the race in the 2015 event. It is the Blower’s fifth entry.
Between May 14 and 17, 2015, racers will depart from Brescia and drive 1,000 miles, including through Roma, and return to Brescia.
Top The XK120 to be driven by Jodie Kidd and David Gandy. Above The famed 393 RW Jaguar D-type, which set the lap record at Le Mans in 1956.
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 emotionsâ€”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. Itâ€™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 Â£35; the Dreaming of Ibiza bracelet, available at this price, is pictured. 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.
Top Neil Ieremia’s Passchendaele with RNZB dancer William Fitzgerald. Above Kirby Selchow dances Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet has revealed more about Salute, its commemoration of World War I, that premiÃ¨res in Wellington on May 22, with a nationwide tour after its stint there. As revealed in Lucire earlier this month, two of the specially commissioned pieces having their world premiÃ¨re in Wellington will also be seen abroad, with the Royal Ballet hosting the RNZB in November 2015 at the Royal Opera House. Leeds, Canterbury and Roma are on the list of stops for the tour, Francesco Ventriglia, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s artistic director revealed today.
The two premiÃ¨res, both commissions by the RNZB, are from choreographers Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, set to scores by Dwayne Bloomfield and Gareth Farr, respectively. The world-class New Zealand Army Band will also collaborate on Salute, touring to each of the seven centres on the national tour.
Ieremia’s Passchendaele, with the Bloomfield score, will also feature works by Auckland artist Geoff Tune, inspired by his artist grandfather’s World War I diaries and recent visits to Gallipoli and Passchendaele.
Ieremia said in a release, ‘The grotesque and brutal nature of war robs humans of humanityâ€”my intention is to do what little I can to remind us of our own. From the haunting journey through the music, to the refined expression in the dancersâ€™ bodies, encapsulating the very human impact of warâ€”this creative process has already left an indelible mark on my spirit. I feel I have grasped a very, very small insight into something that should never be forgotten.’
Simmons’ Dear Horizon is a new commission and his fifth for the company, and features a specially commissioned score by Farr, written for the New Zealand Army Band and cellist Rolf Gjelsten of the New Zealand String Quartet.
Simmons said, ‘It is a very special honour to have been asked to create something for the company as part of this commemorative programme. War cannot really be celebrated and fÃªted, however the human aspect and participation should always be remembered. I wanted to create a work that reflects upon emotions of those affected by conflict.’
The set and costumes for Dear Horizon have been designed by Tracy Grant Lord, who also designed the RNZB’s Cinderella (2007) and Romeo and Juliet (2004). As detailed last month, the Salute programme also features Johan Kobborg’s Salute and JiÅ™Ã KyliÃ¡nâ€™s Soldiers’ Mass. Salute has been supported by the Lottery Grants Board, New Zealand Defence Force, Qantas, the GÃ¶the-Institut, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, national sponsor Vodafone, and Pub Charity.
Dates for Salute are May 22â€“4 in Wellington; May 28â€“30 in Christchurch; June 3 in Dunedin; June 10 in Hamilton; June 13 in Takapuna; June 17â€“20 in Auckland; and June 24â€“5 in Napier.
Further information can be found on the Royal New Zealand Balletâ€™s website at rnzb.org.nz.
Nivea has never forgotten Mothersâ€™ Day. Each year, thereâ€™s an inspiring promotion, and even though most of us will think of our Mum constantly, itâ€™s nice to have the one day where we celebrate motherhood.
Because of the different dates of Mothersâ€™ Day, Nivea UK had already put out a touching I Love You Mum promotion in March, telling a story through the eyes of a child. However, for countries celebrating Mothersâ€™ Day in Mayâ€”and there are a lot of themâ€”thereâ€™s a new campaign called Mum Was Right, with, of course, a slight variation called Mom Was Right as well as plenty of linguistic differences.
The idea: who is the best life coach, ever? Itâ€™s your Mum: the one person who gave you great advice, not that you always listened. But when you did, you discovered that in the long run, usually when you are an adult, that she was right all along.
The promotion shows women from all over the world recounting the times that their Mums were right, from a woman recalling how her mother gave her advice during her pregnancy; to a cellist whose mother encouraged her to continue her lessons; and an illustrator whose mother told her to follow her dreams, and now it is her career. Fully subtitled, it shows how the love for your mother is universal, and how Mums always have great advice.
Nivea encourages people to head to their website and share a picture quote with their mothersâ€™ best piece of advice. Or, just head to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post these words with the hashtag #MumWasRight. Itâ€™s a great way to celebrate Mothersâ€™ Day, or any day you want to tell your Mum that she was right.
EON Productions Ltd. has shown off the cars of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie to be released later this year, including brief footage from the Roma car chase.
Neil Layton, technical coordinator for the action vehicles on the film, explains that the Aston Martin DB10 cars in Spectre are bespoke. As revealed earlier in Lucire, the DB10 is not a model on sale to the public but was designed by Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman, in collaboration with Spectre director Sam Mendes.
While the DB10 is not on sale, it does preview Aston Martin’s future design direction.
Special effects’ wizard Chris Corbould, who has been part of the James Bond family since 1977â€™s The Spy Who Loved Me, explains there is one “hero” DB10 used for close-ups, while the rest are being used for stunts, including some with roll cages.
The Aston is complemented by a Jaguar C-X75, driven by the Mr Hinx character, played by Dave Bautista. Hinx is a henchman working for SPECTRE, the shadowy organization that appeared in the Ian Fleming novels and some of the early EON films. The C-X75 is another car that is not on sale, and was displayed on the motor show circuit.
The chase itself is expected to be a car enthusiast’s dream given the rarity of the models. Bautista expects the sequence to be ‘iconic’.
A limited-edition Lagonda saloon can also be seen in the background of the Roma sequences.
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 Kajalsâ€”the Body Shop has opted for the Hindi termâ€”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$27Â·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 Womenâ€™s Cooperative in Namibia, an initiative that helps 1,750 women in the region.
The company is also releasing its Velvet Gel Pen (NZ$19Â·95), Skinny Thin Felt Liner (NZ$22Â·95) and Bold Oversized Felt Liner (NZ$22Â·95).
Gillian Anderson on the red carpet at the Olivier Awards, April 2015. Photograph courtesy the Olivier Awards.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo springâ€“summer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk crÃ¨pe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.
Birdy during a private dinner hosted by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry at Brasilea Foundation on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images.
Taeyang at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Blake Lively at her Allure magazine cover party, New York, NY, April 22, 2015, wearing look 16 from the Ralph & Russo springâ€“summer 2015 couture collection. The white, off-the-shoulder creation features monochrome and cornflower blue silk flowers, meticulously handcrafted by the maisonâ€™s expert couturiers. Photographed by Startraks Photo/Rex Shutterstock (4700425a).
Alma Jodorowsky at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premiÃ¨re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Nicole Warne attends the Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry booth at Baselworld 2015 on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images.
Nicole Warne at a private dinner hosted by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry at Brasilea Foundation on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images.