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November 17, 2015

MAC Cosmetics’ three December launches: Rebel lipstick, Fluidline eyeliner, and more Huggable lip shades

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MAC Cosmetics has three débutants for the New Zealand market in December, beginning with MAC Rebel Eyes, hitting counters on the 17th. MAC Rebel lipstick has already been a hit in beauty circles, so this line of gel liners, liners, and an eye pencil is particularly welcome, with prices ranging from NZ$36 to NZ$50 for the Pro Longwear eyeliner.

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   Right after Christmas, on December 26, MAC Fluidline eyeliner, part of its Fluidity range, launches. It combines a pigmented liner with a pen, and MAC describes it as ‘calligraphy for your eyes’. We haven’t tested it yet, but the promotional image suggests that it is a very precise tool and dries very rapidly, and at NZ$40 it hardly breaks the bank. Four shades are on offer: Retro Black, Vintage Brown (a deep, dark shade), Indelibly Blue (navy) and Privet (sea green).

   Finally, on December 31, MAC’s Huggable Lipcolour will be released with even more shades. There are 15 shades that will remain luminous for up to six hours. Plus MAC is releasing Huggable Glass, featuring 12 funkier, long-lasting creamy colours. Retail price is NZ$50.

November 14, 2015

Kryolan works its magic at Bambis: Heidi Klum, Marie Nasemann, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe among celebs

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Isa Foltin

The Bambi Awards for 2015, held on Thursday at the Berliner Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz, partnered this year with family-run cosmetics’ company Kryolan, which created unique looks for attending celebrities.
   Among the celebrities were Heidi Klum, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe, Marie Nasemann, Oliver Pocher, Lena Gercke, Regina Halmich, Alexa Volquarts, Sabine Lisicki, Hilary Swank, Petra Döhler, Toni Garrn, Rita Ora, Pamela Anderson, Til Schweiger, Eva Padberg, Wolfgang Joop, Alexander Fehling, Nina Ruge, Jessica Schwarz, footballer Mesut Özil and Mandy Capristo, Stefanie Giesinger, Peter Weck, Judith Rakers, Uschi Glas and Dieter Hermann, and Hannah Herzsprung. Representing Kryolan were CEO Wolfram Langer and director Dominik Langer.
   With its origins in theatre make-up, Kryolan has since expanded into other cosmetics, and partners regularly with high-profile events in Germany and abroad. However, it remains the choice for many film and TV productions, and its make-up artists worked on the Bambi celebrities in styling lounges at the venue. ‘Glamorous make-up with a harmonious complexion and accentuated lips or eyes is ideal for an evening event like the Bambi Awards,’ said Dominik Langer in a release. ‘We are pleased to contribute to Bambi with our many years of experience as professional make-up artists.’ As part of the partnership, Kryolan offered two looks for customers, products for which they could get at Kryolan retailers.

Andreas Rentz

Isa Foltin

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 31, 2015

Trilogy reformulates firming serum and day cream with new breakthrough ingredient

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Trilogy has reformulated its Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum and Line Smoothing day cream with new botanical actives, designed to firm and nourish the skin. Glycablend, Trilogy’s new breakthrough ingredient, is a plant oil blend of pomegranate, blueberry, strawberry and chia seed oils. Trinity Bioactives, an independent science lab, has found that Glycablend reduces the breakdown of collagen by up to 88·9 per cent.
   Trilogy has also included botanical hydroxyproline, a natural amino acid that stimulates the contraction of collagen fibres, strengthens the skin barrier, and protects against free radical damage; while hyaluronic acid helps draw moisture to the skin.
   The Trilogy Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum has the above ingredients, but adds antioxidant-rich licorice and mulberry root for soothing and brightening the skin, marula oil for skin health, and evening primrose for nourishment and condition. It retails at NZ$48·90. The day cream, meanwhile, retails for NZ$55·90 and includes melon extract for conditioning and strengthening in addition to Glycablend, botanical hydroxyproline and hyaluronic acid.
   They are available nationally in New Zealand from selected Farmers, health and department stores, and pharmacies. For further information, visit

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Schwarzkopf releases four new products in its Bonacure BC Oil Miracle range

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Schwarzkopf Professional has added four new products to its BC Bonacure Oil Miracle range: Oil Mists for either thick or fine hair, a light oil shampoo, and a warming treatment, exclusive to hair salons.
   This collection uses nourishing oils to bring life back into dull hair. While other oil-based treatments can leave hair feeling heavy and damp, the Oil Miracle range revives hair and gives it an instantly dry feeling with a lighter, livelier texture.
   The Oil Mists feature marula oil for light hair and argan oil for normal to thick hair, and with their micro-dispersion technology, the hair dries faster.
   Some treatments strip hair of their natural oils to remove the greasy shine it can sometimes have. Schwarzkopf, on the other hand, uses healthy oils to revitalize damaged hair and to give it the natural shine it needs. Give yourself and your hair the love it needs with this luxurious new range.
   The Oil Mists (A$34·90) and shampoo (A$34·90) are in stores now. For stockist information in Australia, call 1 800 251-887.—Alex Barrow

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October 29, 2015

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

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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 28, 2015

MAC announces Ariana Grande as the next face of its Viva Glam campaign

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MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
   Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
   One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
   Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS … I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
   MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.

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October 24, 2015

Samantha McClung crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 at Skycity Theatre

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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.

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