Editor’s Picks: Burberry, Snowberry, Discovering Your Inner-Indie & More…
It’s been a while since my last ‘Editor’s Picks’, but its been a busy ol time with the official opening of NZFW at the Designer Showcase Luncheon, spring/summer media showrooms and beauty product launches, however, Editor’s Picks is back and it’s back with a whole lot fabulous new must-haves…
CANDLE LOVE – Curtis & Clarke
I’m actually thinking about seeking help for my scented-candle-burning addiction. I’m now at the point where I have completely lost the willpower to leave a store that stocks scented candles without buying one! Every time I see a new scented candle in a fabulous glass jar, housed in some kind of luxurious looking box, I’m convinced I must own it (I’m gonna throw it out there, I very rarely have buyers remorse!). So you can imagine my elation when I saw a candle that promised to fill my house with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, right? I mean I love my tried and true candle aromas – vanilla, french pear, fresh linen, peony, well you get the picture… So with tragically weak candle-resisting willpower, here I am – the proud owner of said gingerbread scented candle and I absolutely ADORE IT! It’s by Curtis & Clarke, based here in New Zealand and I swear – my house smells like I’ve just baked a batch of gingerbread, cinnamony (now a word) treats. Check out www.curtisandclarke.com
BURBERRY SPARK CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES – NUDE ROSE (Mirrored Lens)
First spotted at the BeatPR Media Showroom day – I have obsessed over these sunnies, from the Sunglass Hut & OPSM SS 13/14 Collection ever since. They are the Burberry Spark Cat-Eye Nude Rose Sunglasses. Crafted in nude acetate, the cat-eye sunglasses are finished with contrast metallic nickel arms and feature scratch-resistant lenses in light mirrored silver. I swear I even dreamt that I owned them and woke up severely disappointed when I realised that alas, I do not own these lovelies! They are by far the nicest pair of sunglasses I’ve seen in, well, forever! PLUS they suit me – no easy feat let me tell you! I find it so hard to find a pair that fit and suit me; and these do. The nude-rose colouring compliments my skin colour, I love the mirrored lens and the metallic finish on the arms is perfection personified! If I do not own this pair of Burberry sunglasses there could be tears – REAL TEARS! Until these are mine I very much doubt I will be seeing the world through ‘nude-rose’ tinted glasses.
MAYBELLINE AGE REWIND ‘THE LIFTER’ FOUNDATION
Whilst I’m willing to try a myriad of brands when it comes to beauty products (in fact I love trying all the different brands) I have until now pretty much stuck to the ‘big-name-brands’ when choosing my foundation, however recently I was gifted one of the new Maybelline New York ‘The Lifter’ Foundation’s, so I decided ‘what the hell – I’ll give it a whirl’. Upon first glance I thought it looked quite cool with its swirly spiral like appearance in the container, but worried that maybe it would just be a bit gimmicky. The reason for the spiral effect is that it has a built-in primer – great time saver if it works. Well, as it turns out – there’s nothing gimmicky about this foundation – it’s bloody brilliant! Sadly the colour I was given wasn’t quite the right shade for me, but regardless, it went on flawlessly, you can feel the primer as you apply it and it looks and feels velvety smooth. The fact that Maybelline has mastered a primer and foundation in one is genius! Seriously guys – this is a fabulous foundation and one that I intend to find my colour-match in.
Even the name invokes delight! Made in New Zealand using solely sustainably harvested ingredients (from the Snowberry Gardens) and packaged with biodegradable, recyclable materials, Snowberry is certified carbon zero. But as we all know, it’s all about the actual product. Is it good enough to rave about? Heck it wouldn’t be on here if it wasn’t newsworthy. The items I’ve been using from this delightful range: the Simply Delicious Moisturiser, Starbright Moisturiser and New Radiance Face Serum.
Simply Delicious Moisturiser: Imagine a delectable blend of cupuacu fruit, snow-loving lingonberry, macadamia seed oil and rare NZ forest honey – well this is what Simply Delicious is all about. Lets say – decadent moisture meets healthy superfruits if you will. It’s been an elixir for my dry skin (dry tends to be the state of my skin in winter) as it’s an amazing hydrator. This wee gem even helps to even out skin tone – LOVE!
Starbright Moisturiser: Designed for combination skin (which is how my skin normally is when it’s not the dead of winter) this moisturiser is the perfect daily hydrator and contains a cascade of natural herbal anti-oxidants including grape seed, rosemary, tomato, apple and sunflower extracts that, combined with powerful Ubiquinone (coEnzyme), help to neutralise free radial activity. In layman’s terms – plays a critical role in age prevention!
New Radiance Face Serum: Everyone wants more radiant skin that glows like a hollywood star right? Well then you can see why I just had to try this serum out. because that’s exactly what ‘New Radiance’ promises to deliver (ok I may have added the hollywood star part, but still). Containing natural copper peptide – this serum helps strengthen and smooth the skin’s barrier function, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Yup – I’m all about combating fine lines and wrinkles. Copper peptides are essential for stimulating the immune system when the skin is damaged and it also aids with skin healing (including the replacement of scar tissue). This is one of those rare beauty products that people don’t wanna tell you about, because they don’t want to share their best skincare secrets. Not me – I’m happy to rave about it! This has been a nighttime essential for my skin and I’m loving the results. Super hydrated, even-toned, glowing skin! These few products I’ve tried have got me hooked and I want to own the entire Snowberry range.
ORLY – HOPE & FREEDOM FEST
Inspired by carefree festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, Hope and Freedom Fest is the latest drop from ORLY to hit our shores. The collection features six hippie-chic colours ranging from creamy pastels and shimmering shades to show stopping glitter. With super-cute names such as Elation Generation, Melodious Utopia, High On Hope and Coachella Dweller, these little beauties will be sure to bring out your inner-indie. I love these itty bitty bottles of nail lacquer, they apply perfectly, they fit in your pocket or purse (see: OCD dream) so you don’t have to put up with chipped nails when you’re on the go and this colour collection is making me yearn for spring, summer and music festivals.
Till next time…
A Girl Interrupted By Fashion, Beauty & Anything Pretty That Catches My Eye