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November 9, 2015

Be in to win with She Loves Golf: Lydia Ko, Toni Street, Laura McGoldrick, Jamie Curry, Amber Peebles promote the sport

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New Zealand is promoting women’s golf during November, in the wake of Kiwi Lydia Ko regaining her world number-one position after winning the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, with a month of activities—while Lucire readers can get a fantastic giveaway as part of the She Loves Golf campaign (hashtagged #shelovesgolf).
   The campaign, with Ko, Toni Street, Laura McGoldrick, Jamie Curry, and former Lucire contributor Amber Peebles as the five spokeswomen, will be showcasing their golf experiences around the country. Each woman will document them through their social media channels.
   There are pop-up events to take place in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington on November 13, 22 and 26 respectively. The website at shows what activities women can participate in nationally, as well as gear they can buy and prizes they can win. Clubs are running their own events and offers, all of which can be found on the website.
   All you need to do to be in to win the following prize pack is to like our Facebook page and the post where we mention #shelovesgolf: on top of the golf introductory lessons, there are plenty of goodies. We’re only shipping to New Zealand addresses, and we’ll take entries till the end of November. We’ll draw one name from the likers. Enter now—and enjoy your next round of golf on us!

2 × Whittaker’s chocolate
2 × L’Affarè coffee packs and keep cup
Neutrogena sunscreen
Vita Coco, 1 litre
Faby nail varnish
5 × Schwarzkopf products
IOG 30-minute intro to golf voucher x 2 (value NZ$180)

November 3, 2015

Samala Cosmetics: part of the magic behind the scenes at Miss Universe New Zealand 2015

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Alan Raga

The Miss Universe New Zealand Grand Final at Skycity Theatre, Auckland, on October 24 saw the return of two winning teams behind the scenes: Samala Robinson Academy and Premier Hairdressing Academy, both of which went all out to make sure the 20 finalists, as well as some of the VIPs, looked as stunning as they could be on stage. There was the added bonus this year of Samala Cosmetics, Robinson’s own line of make-up that meant organizers didn’t have the additional burden of organizing a range from another cosmetics’ company. The SRA team was familiar with what was on offer, and worked their magic accordingly.
   Robinson herself is an international make-up artist who worked around the world before returning to New Zealand and setting up her academy in 2000. Like Premier, SRA is very well known for its professionalism and high standards of training. She established her cosmetics’ line more recently and her current focus is steering her new brand’s direction.
   On the night, Samantha McClung took the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2015. McClung coincidentally is a trained make-up artist, which should serve her well when she competes for the Miss Universe title alongside other national delegates in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the end of the year.

Alan Raga

Bhikhu Bhula

October 29, 2015

Maraca launches new luxury candle, Roseraie, with rich, floral, fruity scent

Lucire staff/12.20

Malaysian-born Chris Lim, who has worked with luxury brands including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Versace and Gucci, has created his own fragrance and body care brand, Maraca, in New Zealand.
   Roseraie, the latest fragrance in the Maraca candle range, has a blend of rose, violet and blackcurrant in its top notes, white tea and green leaves in its mid-notes, and base notes of musk, jasmine and cedarwood.
   The candle has a lead-free cotton wick and a total burning time of up to 45 hours. It retails for NZ$54¡95, while other scents range from NZ$49¡95 to NZ$54¡95, at selected retailers nationally and online at A stockists’ list can be found on the website.
   Lim has had a life-long love of fragrance since his childhood and his first foray with Maraca saw a collection of candles, diffusers and body care products. He created the scents, which are formulated in France, while the candles are made in New Zealand using natural soy wax.

October 24, 2015

Samantha McClung crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 at Skycity Theatre

Lucire staff/13.29

Alan Raga

Bhikhu Bhula

Alan Raga

Top The newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung. Centre Crowning moment: Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Rachel Millns crowns her successor. Above Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung is flanked by runner-up Hannah Henderson (left) and second runner-up Gabrielle Manaloto (right), in gowns by Golden Gowns.

Samantha McClung was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015, before a packed crowd at the Skycity Theatre, and an international audience watching the live stream at
   McClung, 20, lives in Christchurch but spent many years of her childhood in the Marlborough Sounds. She is a qualified make-up artist who has worked in both Australia—McClung lived in Perth for 18 months—and New Zealand.
   McClung was overjoyed by the crowning but admitted it hadn’t fully sunk in.
   The title was decided by both an international judging panel and the voting public, with 50 per cent determined by each group.
   Special guest judges Ben Chan of Bench, one of the Philippines’ premier fashion labels, and MJ Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014, flew in to Auckland to spend several days with the 20 finalists, in interviews and watching them perform live on stage. Both had the advantage of having met the finalists as part of their overseas retreat, which this year took place in the Philippines with the generous support of Bench, the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions’ Board.
   They joined New Zealanders Megan Alatini, Steve Broad and Evana Patterson on the judging panel, whose scores were tallied alongside those of the voting public, who had been sending their votes since August. A sixth judge, Areena Deshpande, was unable to attend after giving birth last week.
   In addition to the crown, McClung drives away with the premier prize of a Honda Jazz RS Sport Limited, which is hers for the duration of her reign, as well as prizes from Bike Barn, New Face Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, Lipidol, Beau Joie champagne, and others.
   Presently McClung is spending the night at the Skycity Grand Hotel as part of her prize.
   She beat surf instructor Hannah Henderson, originally from the Bay of Plenty and now resident in Wellington, and mental-health nurse Gabrielle Manaloto from Auckland, who came second and third.
   McClung will now go on to represent New Zealand at Miss Universe in the United States later this year.

October 12, 2015

Kathryn Wilson and Auckland’s Soul Bar team up again for Sole to Soul, showcasing spring–summer collection

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Above Sole to Soul in 2014 proved to be a great success for both Kathryn Wilson and Soul Bar and Bistro.

What happens when two of our favourite brands get together? Kathryn Wilson has teamed up with Soul Bar and Bistro in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour for Sole to Soul, a fashion event where attendees can get a preview of her latest collection.
   Wilson’s spring–summer 2015–16 collection is themed around a European journey, featuring cork heels, wedges, block heels, stilettos and loafers, all ideal for the beach, the deck of a yacht, or Monte Carlo itself.
   The event takes place on November 11 from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m., and is limited to 200 tickets at $79 each. Ten dollars from each ticket will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.
   Soul Bar and Bistro owner and restaurateur Judith Tabron says that the show is one of the most popular events on her property’s calendar.
   Tickets are available from Soul Bar and Bistro, 64 9 356-7249.

October 11, 2015

Icebreaker releases spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, starring Vinnie Woolston

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Model and actor Vinnie Woolston stars in Icebreaker’s spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, photographed at Pakiri Beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
   Icebreaker says Woolston ‘exudes a rebellious and confronting sense of energy,’ fitting in with the campaign’s theme of an urban adventurer who seeks to explore, challenged by the unknown. The imagery sees Woolston on the sandy shores of Pakiri as well as rural paths and bushlands.
   Icebreaker says the new collection features its Corespun (a lightweight, hard-wearing fabric with a nylon core and merino wool) and Cool-Lite (a mixture between merino wool and Tencel) fabrics, which give comfort with durability. The season’s look sees more nature-inspired prints and stripes, and casual wear.
   The spring–summer 2015–16 collection hits stores in New Zealand on October 15.

September 23, 2015

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

Lucire staff/11.27

World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   â€˜Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

August 28, 2015

Richard Kavanagh and Redken reveal the secrets of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s New Zealand Fashion Week look

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Pikdat Productions

One of our favourite shows so far at New Zealand Fashion Week (check out our Instagram for regular updates from fashion editor Sopheak Seng) has been that of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club, with its Township Rebellion collection. International hairstylist Richard Kavanagh and Redken worked behind the scenes to give the collection—inspired by the supermodels of the 1990s—its look.
   Kavanagh notes, ‘The hair for Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s show was luxe, alive, easy and free. Embellished with an oversized gold hairclip, the hair is centre parted with a soft bend and easy bounce.
   â€˜For the boys we had a range of different hairstyles so it was important to make them feel like they belonged to the same crew. There was long unkempt hair, crew cuts, and post punk rocker looks. All kept in place with a combination of Redken for Men styling products.
   â€˜Key products to create the look for the girls are Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine [RRP NZ$45], Redken Rootful 06 [NZ$36] and Redken Pillow Proof [NZ$36].’
   Kavanagh’s tips to re-create the look are below.

   1. To recreate the Stolen Girlfriends’ Club hair look, start with dry hair, put a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine through the ends of the hair and a few pumps of Redken Rootful 06 misted on to the roots and mid-lengths.
   2. Blow-dry on highest setting with boar bristle round brush.
   3. Finish with Redken Pillow Proof Two-Day Extender and, finally, pin just above the right ear with a gold barrette.

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