Above: Semifinalist Mia Hofsteede and finalists Seresa Lapaz and Elizabeth Lorimer with some of the products Miss Universe New Zealand contestants received.
Have you ever wanted to embody the flair and confidence of a Miss Universe contestant? Well now you can as we have access to some of the beauty products given to the 2016 New Zealand semi-finalists. The finalists, meanwhile, enjoyed the products while on retreat and they’ll be using them as they near the Grand Final on September 3 at Auckland’s Skycity Theatre. All the stress and drama of pageants need not be fretted over when you are gifted with a range of products to rejuvenate the body and the soul.
Of course all the smiling and speaking will eventually dry out your mouth, so it makes sense to use the Living Nature Lip Hydrator. It is an advanced lip balm in a stick to make it practical and easy to apply to the lips. The Lip Hydrator contains the active ingredient of manuka honey, along with an infusion ofÂ butters and oils to deeply hydrate and condition the lips while mica gives lips a healthy sheen, along with natural sun protection. If you want universal nourishment then give the lip hydrator a go.
Do you desire the luscious locks of the contestants? Then why not try the Juuce Reviva Cream, in Argan Shimmer and Knot Knotty. These products are bound to nourish the scalp and give your hair some flair.
The skin of a contestant needs to be primed and ready for the cameras, so it makes sense for them to use the Body Shop’s Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion (60 ml). It is light and easily absorbed into the skin, with a zesty citrus scent to revitalize the senses.
They also received products from the Samala Cosmetics line, from one of New Zealand’s most respected make-up artists and educators, Samala Robinson, bottles of 1Aboveâ€”the Flight Drink, which helped finalists stay refreshed on their return flight to the Philippines for their retreat, and coconut water from UFC Refresh, a natural drink that helps keep skin looking good from the inside.
TheyÂ relax and unwind with Lipidol oils, designed to purify the skin with natural herbs. After a hard day’s work, it makes sense for the girls to use Lipidol products.
There you have it, the secret to looking good. When in doubt give these products a go to give yourself a glamour boost.â€”Bhavana Bhim
Above: Semifinalist Mia Hofsteede and Casey Pattinson, and finalists Tania Dawson, Seresa Lapaz, Elizabeth Lorimer with some of the products Miss Universe New Zealand contestants received.
Can you have a wine lighter in alcohol yet still with the sumptuous flavours that the original is known for? Stoneleigh has cracked it with its Stoneleigh Lighter range, with grapes from the Rapuara vineyards, yet it has content that’s 25 per cent lower in alcohol compared with the original Stoneleigh range.
The secret is in the sunstones at the vineyards, coupled with the sunlight and low rainfallâ€”these allow grapes to develop their full flavour while their sugar content is lower. The wines retain the lifted aromatics and vibrant flavours that Stoneleigh is known for.
â€˜To create these new wines, we looked at how we could best capture the characteristics of early ripening grapes in the Rapaura subregion. We identified grapes with the fullest flavour profile and harvested them early in the season to capture each varietalâ€™s signature characteristics in the final wine,’ said Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh’s winemaker (below).
The Stoneleigh Lighter Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 has an ABV of 9Â·6 per cent, with pink grapefruit and capsicum notes with hints of passionfruit on the nose, and a palate of fresh citrus, stonefruit and passionfruit. Stoneleigh Lighter Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 has an ABV of 9Â·8 per cent, with aromas of apple and nashi pear, complemented by tropical guava and pineapple notes. Finally, Stoneleigh Lighter Marlborough RosÃ© 2016 has an ABV of 9Â·9 per cent, with notes of wild strawberry, yellow flesh plum and summer berries.
The range is available now in New Zealand through leading liquor retailers with an RRP of NZ$17Â·29.
International Swedish retailer, Hennes & Mauritz, will open in New Zealand on October 1.
The new store will be located at Sylvia Park, Auckland, and span two storeys and 2,300 mÂ². The new store will have men, women, youth and children’s apparel and accessories. The H&M Studio collection for autumnâ€“winter 2016â€“17 (above) will appear at the store, as well as the Modern Essentials by David Beckham collection.
â€˜We are excited to be making progress on our arrival in New Zealand and look forward to welcoming customers through the doors of H&M at Sylvia Park on the 1st of October,’ said Hans Andersson, Country Manager for H&M Australia and New Zealand in a release.
The store will open at 10 a.m. on October 1. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. all days, except for Thursday and Friday, when it will close at 9 p.m.
Lucire has been covering the growth of the retailer since 1998, and noted its pioneering programmes in corporate social responsibility and designer collaborations.
Every opportunity to see the Royal New Zealand Balletâ€™s Giselle is a renewed pleasure. First performed in 2012, and garnering a great review from this publication for its outstanding choreography and production. Conceived in Wellington four years ago by then RNZB artistic director Ethan Stiefel, with Johan Kobborg, Giselle has become one of the companyâ€™s signature ballets, performed in China, the US, the UK, and Italy.
What was astonishing was being able to enjoy Giselle as though we had never seen the 2012 premiÃ¨re: there was a freshness about the latest performance, despite our being familiar with the story. On opening night, Qi Huan, who had retired from the RNZB to teach at the New Zealand School of Dance, returned to take up the role of Albrecht, which we saw him perform in 2012. The years since his 2014 departure havenâ€™t diminished his skills one iota: the ballerino still has a star quality that places him a cut above so many, and his entrechats in the second act showed the power and grace that we have come to expect from someone who has mastered his craft. Also performing Albrecht on other occasions is Daniel Gaudiello, former principal dancer of the Australian Ballet, who is similarly acclaimed.
Lucy Green took the title role on opening night and it was her youthfulness that gave Giselle a fresh take; the drama of Giselle descending into madness in the first act was so well done that one couldnâ€™t help but sympathize with her characterâ€™s pain. Her pas de deux with Huan were exquisite and romantic.
Also of note was the extensive pointe work by the Wilis in the second act, which demonstrated that the RNZB remains on top of its game.
Jacob Chownâ€™s Hilarion and Mayu Tanigaitoâ€™s Myrtha deserve mention in supporting roles: the dancing by both performers was integral to the story and Chownâ€™s battle with the Wilis was emotionally done; Tanigaito kept the pace of the less plot-driven second act going with intricate skill till we saw what had happened to Giselle and Albrecht. Tanigaito also plays Giselle in performances where Gaudiello is Albrecht, and itâ€™s not hard to see her take on the role with aplomb.
Stiefel returned to Wellington to fine-tune the production, working with his successor, Francesco Ventriglia, who was responsible for the casting of Huan and Gaudiello.
Marc Taddei conducted Orchestra Wellington, also giving the performance a new energy, performing the full-length score by Adolphe Adam. He will also conduct the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra when Giselle reaches those cities.
Giselle opened in Wellington on August 11, before touring to Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland, Rotorua, and Palmerston North, where the season concludes on September 9. Full details are at the Royal New Zealand Balletâ€™s website, rnzb.org.nz.â€”Jack Yan, Publisher
EstÃ©e Lauder and GHD have teamed up to offer a special line of Pink Products supporting the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NZBCF) Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2016.
EstÃ©e Lauder is supporting the campaign with, first, its Bobbi Brown Art Stick Duo, blending lipstick and liner, in two pink shades (neutral and bright), retailing at NZ$92, with 20 per cent of the retail price donated to NZBCF. The Duo are available at Bobbi Brown studios nationwide and at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz/BobbiBrown.
It also offers its Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus, in a limited-edition bottle with a special keyring featuring four charms, including a Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon. The 200 ml lotion is retailing for NZ$100, with 10 per cent of the price being donated to the campaign. It is available at Clinique counters nationally, and online at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz and www.farmers.co.nz.
Under the parent brand, there is the EstÃ©e Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II with an enamel pink ribbon pin, retailing at NZ$184 for 50 ml; 20 per cent will go to the Foundation. It is available at EstÃ©e Lauder counters nationwide and online at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz and www.farmers.co.nz. EstÃ©e Lauder is also offering its Pink Perfection Color Collection of four Pure Color Envy eye-shadows, one pure Color Envy blush, and one full-size Pure Color Envy lipstick. The palette comes in a pink zip around fabric case, with a mirror on the inside, selling for NZ$79, with 20 per cent going to the Foundation.
La Mer’s the Lip Balm, with limited-edition packaging, is also offered as part of the October campaign, retailing at NZ$120, with 20 per cent being donated. It is available at La Mer counters and online at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz.
Finally, GHD has a range of products raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: its GHD Platinum Styler (NZ$360), GHD V Styler (NZ$310), and GHD Air hair-drier (NZ$250). For every styler sold, NZ$20 will go to the Foundation, and for every hair-drier, NZ$10 will be donated. They are available at approved GHD salons and online at www.ghdhair.com/nz. For more information, telephone 0800 880-209 in New Zealand.
Raf Simons, formerly of Jil Sander and Christian Dior, has been appointed chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, including all its sub-brands.
Calvin Klein, Inc. said in a release it wished to unify all its brands (Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home) under a single creative vision.
Simons’ first collections will appear for the fall 2017 season. He will oversee all aspects of design, global marketing, communications, and what the company calls ‘Visual Creative Services’.
Pieter Mulier was appointed as creative director, working under Simons. Mulier will execute Simons’ creative and design vision for the ready-to-wear ranges, and manage all men’s and women’s design teams under the Calvin Klein brand.
The company is targeting US$10,000 million in global retail sales. Bringing Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear back under the Calvin Klein, Inc. umbrella in 2013 was part of this strategy.
â€˜The arrival of Raf Simons as chief creative officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,’ said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. ‘Not since Mr Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Rafâ€™s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.’
Mathias Te Moananui of Buoy Salon and Spa in Wellington has taken the top title, New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, at the Lâ€™OrÃ©al Style and Colour Trophy Awards, held at St Matthew’s in the City, Auckland. Te Moananui will represent New Zealand as he seeks to take out the international title at the Lâ€™OrÃ©al Colour Trophy awards in Lisboa in October.
Judge Stephen Marr said of the winning look, ‘Mathiasâ€™s look captured my attention because it is directional and relevant, but also a look that someone could see in a magazine and be inspired to try themselves.’
Tracey Hughes, judging with Marr, noted, ‘As a judge I look for something thatâ€™s got a bit of uniqueness whilst still being something thatâ€™s commercial and wearable. Being on trend and progressive is important, but it still needs to have that element of classic beauty.’
â€˜Tracey and I were looking for an entry with a contemporary and effortless feel, and we found it in Mathiasâ€™s look. Itâ€™s editorial, itâ€™s fresh, and it shows evidence of technical skill,’ added Marr.
â€˜I feel shocked!’, said Te Moananui. ‘Iâ€™m very very humbled and very thankful to win this award.’
His inspiration was to create something beautiful from something traditionally unconventional. ‘I chose [hair] colours that most people would shy away fromâ€”golden tones, yellows, oranges and greensâ€”in the hope that people could love it, and be like, “Actually, I could imagine myself with that colour,”â€™ said Te Moananui.
Second place went to Sara Allsop from Dharma, Auckland, and third place to Sean Mahoney of Vada, Auckland.
Andrew Cobeldick of Rodney Wayne on Manners Street, Wellington, won the Young Talent Award, while Mana Dave of Blaze, Auckland, won the Men’s Image Award. Blaze also took out the Salon of the Year accolade.
Until September 30, the HÃ´tel de Paris in Monaco has the ideal suite for lovers of the Maserati marque: suite 321 to 322 has become a space which pays tribute to the fabled Italian brand.
Maserati’s racing heritage and its status today as a maker of luxury cars are a perfect subject for some of the top interior designers, creating a pop-up suite in honour of the marque.
On May 19, 1957, Juan Manuel Fangio won the Monaco Grand Prix in a Maserati, forging a link between the brand and the principality.
The pop-up suite is the work of Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of L+R Palomba, featuring touches such as an Ermenegildo Zegna fabric headboard, and grain leather armchairs that recall the interior of Maserati’s latest saloons. The suite has a view of the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
The Monte-Carlo SociÃ©tÃ© des Bains de Mer currently offers a package that includes the suite, and transfers to and from Nice airport, the use of a Maserati Gran Cabrio during their stay (conditions apply), breakfast, a cocktail buffet of Modena-style dishes with Laurent Perrier CuvÃ©e RosÃ© champagne, and, for those staying three nights or more, a free cryotherapy session at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. Rates begin at â‚¬3,500 for two adults, based on a package rate for three nights. Reservations can be booked on 377 98-06-41-58; email email@example.com.