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April 13, 2016

The Body Shop’s British Rose body care and make-up an ideal line for Mothers’ Day

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The rose is often associated with England, and the Body Shop’s new range plays on that—though to be inclusive, it’s dubbed the British Rose range, with a full line of body care and cosmetics that plays on the love of a rosy scent.
   The roses are grown in Herefordshire, without the use of chemicals. The whole process respects the biodiversity of the area and the balance of nature, providing a home for the mammals and insects, especially bees, there.
   We’ve sampled the Instant Glow body butter (NZ$36·95), which is silky smooth to apply, and quickly absorbed to start doing its job. There’s no stickiness, and has promises 24 hours’ moisturizing. We love the scent, which is more noticeable in the container, and subtler after application.
   The second Instant Glow product we’ve tested, the Body Essence (NZ$45), is a body lotion that’s light, also quickly absorbed, feels nice on the skin, and gives it a subtle shimmer. The shower gel (NZ$16·50) is soap-free and the scent is more noticeable—which makes the showering experience quite a delight!
   There’s also an eau de toilette (NZ$39·95), bath foam (NZ$29·95), hand cream (NZ$23·95) and exfoliating soap (NZ$15) which we didn’t test.
   In the make-up range, the Body Shop offers nine shades for the British Rose Lip & Cheek Stains. We checked out Pink Hibiscus and Deep Berry, both of which give 12 hours of hydration with a blend of Community Trade honey and organic alÅ“ vera, retailing at NZ$35·50 each. They are gorgeous shades that suit different skin tones, and are right on trend. There’s only a single shade for the British Rose nail colour—a mid-pink—giving a nice finish for only NZ$12·95.
   The remaining item in the range which we didn’t check out is the eye and cheek palette, retailing for NZ$59·50, with a variety of shades suiting casual and formal looks.
   For Mothers’ Day, the Body Shop has three gift packs: the British Rose Treats at NZ$30, with the shower gel, body butter and a Mini Bath, in Lily in Pink; the Essential Gift Collection (NZ$82), with the shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter and hand cream; and the Deluxe Gift Collection (NZ$152), with shower gel, vitamin E moisture cream, body butter, Body Essence and eau de toilette.
   The British Rose range hits stores in New Zealand on April 18.





March 20, 2016

Paris editor’s diary: Pevonia and Pacifica’s beauty releases in the US

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Franck Rocco Photography

On the US east coast, Pevonia launched its flawless LipRenew Plump and De-age Treatment formula, made with natural ingredients. Aside from smooth skin, it works to eliminate folds, reduces wrinkles and lines, and accentuates plumped lips for a puckered-up look.
   With the concept of natural and environmentally friendly items popping up on the market, Target’s Made to Matter programme launched in 2014, dedicated to serving consumers with organically reduced sugar foods, and anti-irritant kitchen and beauty products, with many presented in recyclable packages. In 2015, Pacifica Natural Skincare became one of the 31 brands selected by Target for the programme. Pacifica’s Dream Big Mascara underlines voluminous eyelashes, with exclusive 100 per cent vegan ingredients. For a well moisturized, invigoratingly revitalized look, Shea Moisture, founded by Richelieu Dennis and inspired by his grandmother, Sofi Tucker, released its fresh Peace Rose collection. An intense whiff of roses in full bloom is incorporated in its liquid hand soap, skin crème body wash, skin crème body lotion, mud mask, facial moisturizer, facial cleansing ointment, silken conditioner and shampoo.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor




Franck Rocco Photography

March 2, 2016

Porsche announces limited-edition 911R: the lightweight and most engaging model in the line

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Among the débutantes at the Salon de Genève, one of the most important car shows of the year, is the Porsche 911R, a lightweight version of the standard 911, limited to 991 units worldwide.
   The 911R, named for the 1967 homologation special—which was entered in the Targa Florio and other competitions—weighs 1,370 kg, yet its four-litre, flat-six produces 500 PS. Porsche aimed to produce the purest, most engaging member of the 911 family, which is why the R is offered only with a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine is also naturally aspirated: there’s no room for turbocharging here.
   Optional stripes running over the centre of the car and Porsche logos on the side hark back to the 1967 original.
   It shares some components from the already potent 911 GT3 RS, including a carbonfibre bonnet, magnesium roof, and a titanium exhaust system, yet weighs less than the latter by 50 kg thanks to items such as a plastic rear screen and rear windows, the omission of the rear bench, and less interior insulation. Depending on the market, air conditioning and the audio system are optional.
   Despite the weight saving, the R reaches 100 km/h in 3·7 s, 0·4 s behind the RS, but it can hit a maximum of 323 km/h.
   The US launch price is US$184,900, while the UK launch price is £136,901. It reaches US dealers in the late summer.



Filed under: design, living, Lucire
February 28, 2016

News in brief: discovering Aztech Mountain; Chanel’s Coco Case; Louis Vuitton to open in Queenstown

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Top: A close-up from an Aztech Mountain design. Above: An artist’s impression of how the new Marine Parade–Church Street, Queenstown building will look.

Aztech Mountain, founded in 2013 in Aspen, Colorado by David Roth and Heifara Rutgers, made its début at Project Las Vegas, a fashion event that exhibits menswear and womenswear twice a year at the Mandalay Convention Centre. The label focuses on designs and creations for ‘active men’. Their high-quality materials and simple designs are easy to wear; their well constructed insulated jackets have different patterns and designs to choose from.
   Louis Vuitton has announced it will open in Queenstown, New Zealand, at Skyline Investments’ Marine Parade building. It will join World, which will reside on the Church Street side of the building, while Eichardt’s Private Hotel restaurant–café is the third tenant on the ground floor.
   Chanel has shown off its Coco Case again, since its original showing at the spring–summer 2016 collections. Presented by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, the new cabin case has appeared briefly on the French company’s Instagram, with the video below.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor, and Lucire staff





February 6, 2016

Indulge yourself with the Body Shop’s Spa of the World range

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If there’s a brand you already trust and admire, then it makes perfect sense for it to extend itself further into other areas. In the case of the Body Shop, it’s going into a more lavish, indulgent market, with the release of its Spa of the World line.
   Sampling the Hawai‘ian Kukui Cream (NZ$79·95), the Polynesian Monoï Radiance Oil (for body and hair, NZ$42·95) and the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay mask (NZ$42·95), you already get the feeling that this is something more special and more premium than the other Fair Trade offerings from the company. The gold labels suggest this is the Body Shop, but with a difference.
   The cream takes its formula from Hawai‘ian tradition itself, using kukui nut oil to nurture and hydrate skin. There’s a pleasant, light scent and the oil itself is easily absorbed by the skin. It has a soft, butter-like texture (thanks to the use of cacao seed butter in the ingredients) when applied to the skin, and it’s a great first step in the Body Shop’s Spa of the World pampering.
   The monoï oil, which traditionally hails from Tahiti, is made from tiaré flowers soaked in coconut oil and follows a formula that has been in French Polynesia for centuries. This version of the monoï oil differs from the Body Shop’s existing Miracle Oil, with the addition of sesame seed oil for skin conditioning, more fragrances (though it still smells light and doesn’t overwhelm at all), and sunflower seed oil as an emollient. There’s a trace of gardenia extract for the scent. It works well in hair, provided you use a small quantity, and, with a larger quantity, leaves a pleasant, healthy glow on skin.
   Finally, the mask uses charcoal powder, giving a dark grey colour, and the 200 ml size, with its fairly thick consistency, means it will last. All you need is a thin layer on skin, focusing on tired areas, and after it’s dried (10 minutes or so), you can rinse it off. The skin feels softer and calmer.
   To complete the ritual experience, the Body Shop offers a twin-ball massager, made by a Fair Trade manufacturer in India that has funded two schools for 700 children, and the luxury facial flannel is soft and a great cleanser.

February 5, 2016

GHD releases Advanced Split End Therapy, for instant repair of split ends

Lucire staff/13.03



GHD has released Advanced Split End Therapy (retailing for NZ$38), a product that nourishes and fortifies damaged ends with what it calls ‘a blend of nutrient-rich ingredients’.
   Activated by the heat of a styler, GHD’s Thermo-Marine Bonding System binds broken hair fibres together, with the company claiming instant repair of split ends. The nutrients contained in the product then prevent future breakage by coating each hair strand.
   With as little as 10 ml, you massage the product through your hair down to the ends, concentrating on areas that show signs of damage. Section the hair, then blow-dry it using a GHD hair-drier, then divide the hair into small sections, passing a GHD styler over each section to seal the product.
   The company recommends its own GHD Platinum styler for best results, and advises you not to condition your hair prior to treatment. Hair should be dried using the lowest heat setting on a GHD Air hair-drier.
   The product is available from this month at GHD salons or, in New Zealand, via ghdhair.com/nz. For stockist information, call 0800 880-2019.

January 20, 2016

Bang on trend, Karen Walker’s summer ’16 eyewear blasts off into space

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Above Karen Walker Eyewear’s Cosmonaut, One Orbit and Star Sailor—which we’re choosing as the picks of the season in the wake of David Bowie’s passing.

Karen Walker Eyewear’s Arrowed by Karen summer 2016 collection hits stores today (January 20), with new shapes dubbed Moon Disco, Moonwalk, Star City, and Lunar Flowerpatch, joining Harvest, Super Duper Strength, and Number One. Super Spaceship, One Orbit, One Astronaut and Cosmonaut are the futuristic entries, with super-flat lenses. There are new finishes in rose pink and soft grey, plus a finish called Crazy Tort (with brown and gold shades). Her acetate frames have gold, silver and rose gold metal detail, and champagne and silver mirror lenses.
   Our pick of the bunch: the thin-framed look of Cosmonaut, which leaves others in no doubt that you’re ahead of the style game, and that you’re wearing Karen Walker. Star Sailor and One Orbit are the next on our list. These space-themed ones seem right on the Zeitgeist in the wake of icon David Bowie’s passing: there’s that sense of other-worldliness and futurism to them, and we’re picking that as a style this season.







January 19, 2016

Montblanc launches Great Characters Andy Warhol range of writing instruments

Lucire staff/14.23



Montblanc honoured Grace Kelly a few years ago with a limited-edition collection, and now it has turned its attention to pop artist Andy Warhol.
   Its Great Characters line, which has already offered items based on the legacies of Leonardo da Vinci, Alfred Hitchcock and John F. Kennedy over the last seven years, sees a new range that pays tribute to Warhol. The Montblanc Andy Warhol Special Edition pens feature a cap that shows four images of tomato soup cans—a reference to Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Series of 1965—worked into stainless steel. The cap ring on the fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen has Warhol’s signature alongside an engraving of ‘©/®/TM AWF’, and the cap top is engraved with one of the artist’s quotes: ‘Art is what you can get away with’. The rhodium-plated 585 gold nib on the fountain pen has a dollar sign from his Dollar Sign series.
   The Limited Edition 1928, referencing Warhol’s birth and inspired by his Flowers (1964), has another quotation on the cap, ‘You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you’, and is accompanied by an abridged version of his 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and back Again).
   The Montblanc Great Characters Andy Warhol Special Edition is available in New Zealand from Montblanc Boutique at 87 Queen Street, Auckland. For more information, visit www.montblanc.com.




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