For many things in life, quality is subjective and beauty immeasurable. At Petersens Jewellers in the Bush Inn Centre, quality is neither subjective nor immeasurable. It is clearly at the heart of this store.
This is perhaps best encapsulated in the store’s latest diamond range, Divine Solitaires. With a stringent grading system, this range comprises only the very best in colour, clarity and cut, and Petersens is the only Christchurch stockist. Known for their triple excellence cut, they can be purchased as loose diamonds or already made up, ready to impress. Owner/operator Brent Morrison takes pride in sourcing the very best diamonds from a global resource pool; attention to detail which goes as far as travelling to Antwerp – the diamond capital of the world.
This ensures the highest quality stones and the most sparkles in the bespoke range of diamond rings and necklaces. Petersens is also synonymous with high quality brands of jewellery and watches, making it the ultimate Christmas gift destination store. You’ll find the latest range of watches from globally renowned Seiko and Citizen brands, and a wide range of jewellery including Coeur de Lion, Thomas Sabo and the latest limited edition Mickey Mouse range by Karen Walker x Disney.
The team is also seeing a big uptake in gold jewellery and, with a beautiful range of pendants, rings and necklaces in store, it’s the perfect time to get in for your Christmas gifts. Gift exchange makes it ideal for men and friendly staff are always on hand to provide gift ideas.
For all the Christmas sparkles, head to Petersens Jewellers at the Bush Inn Centre, corner of Waimairi and Riccarton Roads or www.petersensjewellerschristchurch.co.nz.
The festive season has arrived and the team at Champs-Elysées Day Spa understands the importance of offering a thoughtful gift from the heart. What could be more meaningful than a voucher treating your loved one to an unforgettable experience that is all about making them feel truly special?
The beautifully packaged vouchers can be purchased at the spa or online at
www.champs-elysees.co.nz and sent directly to you or a loved one. Every purchase before 22 December goes into the draw to win a luxury prize package from Pure Fiji valued over $200!
The Exotic Island Spa Retreat is the newest luxury pamper package featuring Pure Fiji products. Choose your favourite Pure Fiji infusion, then surrender to pure pampering designed to transport you to blissful tropical paradise. Treatments include a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage, rejuvenating foot soak, scrub and massage, and a luxurious exotic island facial for just $199!
The Champs-Elysées Diamond Club ensures 12 months of ultimate luxurious pampering with exclusive benefits such as a luxury spa party, and invitations to VIP events. A delightful range of beautifully packaged retail gifts at an equally delightful price is also available.
Champs-Elysées Day Spa are counting down the 12 days to Christmas with an assortment of 12 glorious skin care and beauty products, as well as a luxury Champs-Elysées gift voucher, that one lucky person will win on Christmas Eve.
Keep an eye on their social media for your chance to win! Phone 03 365 3630 for further information.
With Cup Day and Show Week almost here, planning your look becomes a priority.
Dress, shoes, hat and handbag; it all comes together nicely. So what about your hair? Relax lovely ladies and book yourself an appointment at Kudos Hairdressers and let the magic begin! Sip a coffee and browse a magazine as your scalp and hair are treated to a spa-like indulgence, courtesy of its new Wella Invigo range, or marvel at the texture and volume of your luxurious locks, thanks to latest Sebastian products – Sebastian Effortless.
Because no head of hair is the same, System Professional offers a consultation that includes a hair profile and diagnosis, followed by advice on which correct products to use; it’s the ultimate personalised hair-care programme. Another new product is the GHD Platinum +, the world’s first smart straightener that predicts your hair’s needs. The GHD Platinum + recognises the thickness of your hair and speed at which you are styling and adjusts the heat accordingly.
“It’s so intelligent it protects your hair – it’s very exciting!” salon owner Michelle Farmer says. Michelle and her dedicated, fully qualified team pride themselves on their customer service. “That’s our point of difference; here you’re always greeted with a smile and made to feel you’re our top priority. And now, with the newly revamped Merivale Mall, we’re saying to our clients, come on in and get a fabulous new colour and style, then cross the road and rock that look! You’ll feel a million dollars!”
Visit www.kudosmerivale.co.nz, or phone 03 355 4734.
While the balding process is entrenched in our psyche as a common rite of passage for men of a certain age, female pattern thinning is almost as common, but much less known, let alone discussed.
Dr Padmaja Redekar, of Hairmantra Trichology Clinic says because women rarely develop bald patches, their hair can thin by a full 50 percent before they become aware of it. “Some discover they no longer have enough hair for styles such as a bun, or they can see more of their scalp, or the hair recedes at the temples,” she says.
“Clues that point to possible hair loss are developing acne, or new hair growth on other parts of the face and body.” Dr Padmaja says some people are genetically susceptible to the hormone DHT, a hair loss-linked androgen present in both men and women. Simple aging, or physical or mental stress can trigger a sensitivity to DHT.
“Life stages such as puberty and menopause, or hysterectomy and medical issues such as endometriosis or anaemia can also be a trigger.” Unlike hair fall, hair thinning does not resolve itself and the earlier treatment starts the better.
Dr Padmaja treats both internally and externally with her organic range by Apteka and offers low-level laser therapy which is also effective.
Dr Padmaja says we need to become as educated on our hair health and aging as we are for our skin. “You don’t have to put up with hair loss, and once you are over 50 regular check-ups are a great idea.”
Walk into Salon Parlour on the corner of Westminster and Cranford Streets and it’s buzzing. It looks like any other high end salon; the hairdressers are busy and motivated and it is a vibrant and beautiful space.
However, there is a key difference; these stylists are working in their own businesses, mentored and assisted by Salon Parlour co-owners Susie Chisnall and Becs Taulango. The stylists rent a chair and are responsible for their own clients and for developing their own business, with the benefit of lots of support from Susie and Becs.
With 30 years of experience in the hair and beauty industry between them, this talented duo knows how best to help the contracting stylists. “It takes a fair bit of confidence to go out on your own,” Becs says. “And there is more to it than just being a good stylist. We help them with advice about business management and marketing, and eventually they are well-prepared to take that next step.”
Susie believes the support from the salon and the shared vision make for a co-operative and pleasant team environment where stylists benefit, not only from Becs’ and Susie’s support, but also from each other’s different experiences, and from the group of experts the salon can call on for specific training and advice should it be needed.
They have great brand support from their haircare partner MATRIX and are the first (and only) R.A.W Concept Salon in NZ.
Currently there are opportunities for two hairdressing professionals to join the team.
Contact 03 355 1108, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.salonparlour.co.nz.
Ascending the stairs at Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa is to rise physically and metaphorically above the hurly burly, arriving at an elevated feeling of wellbeing. Ascending the stairs at Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa is to rise physically and metaphorically above the hurly burly, arriving at an elevated feeling of wellbeing.
There is a grace combined with purity in the design up there, created by the elegant whitewashed floor tiles and exquisite English wallpaper, which serve to accelerate your journey to calm. Owner Prue Macdonald loves “working with women, making them feel better about themselves”. It’s a lifetime love affair, for while Prue has been running clinics for 14 years, she has been intrigued from childhood with this industry that is progressive and constantly evolving. The Medi Spa aspect of the clinic is a passion, and along with micro-dermabrasion, dermal needling for collagen replacement is becoming very popular.
Prue is delighted that she can now offer pain-free IPL hair removal. It is available for all parts of the body, and Prue is offering 25 per cent discount from the website price for each part of the body treated until Christmas, and with special events on the radar, a full-body flawless Argan Oil Moroccan Tan is only $29 for all of Cup and Show Week. IPL hair removal is also available for men. Prue finds that back treatments are popular and also legs for those involved in multi-sport.
Prue says the movement to anti-aging is huge and she and her team of three offer a selection of Image facials using Image Products, a range of high-potency results-driven skincare that comes from the United States, to rejuvenate skin.
Find Beckenham Beauty and Medi Spa at
Salon staff at V for Hair and Beauty, Merivale, are adept at administering increasingly popular keratin smoothing treatments. Some clients find these keratin interventions life-changing.
Owner, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee describes her keratin smoothing treatment as distinguishable from a chemical straightening process that’s found in some countries, in that the former doesn’t involve potentially dangerous chemicals.
Instead, keratin smoothing is natural and gentle. It relaxes, curls, strengthens and repairs damaged hair. A beautiful side-effect is the sheen it adds to dull, dry hair. The blow wave takes frizz out of curly or wavy hair and bulk out of unmanageable, rebellious hair.
In short, keratin smoothing could be dubbed the ultimate treatment for salon-perfect hair every day. Included in this are targeted treatments for differing hair types. The results of a keratin-smooth will last for up to four months. Plus, these gorgeous effects are cumulative, with repeated smoothing applications.
The H&B Hair Art & Beauty team is on hand to help you flirt and flutter your way through one of the most eagerly anticipated fashion and social events of the year.
H&B offers an extensive range of hair, beauty and make-up services to meet your every need. Complimentary consultations are available to discuss ideas on hair and make-up to suit that stunning outfit you have just purchased. The highly experienced internationally trained team at H&B excel in gorgeous hair-ups, luscious curls, sleek blow-waves, as well as amazing cuts and colours, using the latest international trends and techniques.
The team of makeup artists are also on hand to create your desired look from the natural to the dramatic. No look would be complete without a flutter of lashes and luckily the lovely Maureen is on hand to apply those lash extensions, from a full set to a flirt set. Hair and make-up work best on skin and hair that has been carefully nourished and conditioned. It offers an extensive range of colour and conditioning treatments for hair as well as facials, peels, microdermabrasion and exfoliation treatments for skin. Get your hair and skin primed to perfection and don’t forget the obligatory spray tan.
Full or half body tans will ensure you emerge as a bronzed goddess. Ladies, it’s all about you! The hair, the make-up, the lashes, the nails, waxed, exfoliated, pampered and bronzed… Cup & Show week awaits.
H&B Hair Art & Beauty is conveniently located at 96 Cranford Street, and bookings can be made on 03 381 8939 or online at
Combining quality with everyday luxury, finding a stunning Cup Day outfit amongst the beautiful, handpicked collection at Treasure Box by Biani is easy.
From glamourous garments to stylish shoes and accessories, the welcoming and experienced staff can dress you from head to toe, says owner Andrea Bailey. “The girls will look after you and personally advise on which colours and shapes are best for you. They love sharing their knowledge.”
Amongst beautiful floaty dresses and cute jumpsuits, the Luxe Deluxe clothing will have you standing out in the crowd. Paired with beautiful headwear and fascinators – whether you choose a floral headpiece with subtle netting or a stunning structured hat – the range of beautiful bags and European shoes will complete your outfit. The unique selection of jewellery at the store includes a stunning range of statement earrings by Four Corners.
Now’s the time to give your hair a little consideration. We’re often told gorgeous hair is a matter of health and good diet, which makes sense.
So foods high in good fats and proteins are the way forward. Salmon, chicken, cheeses, olive oil, avocados, nuts… all feed hair volume and gloss from within. Add at least one egg a day, plus one brazil nut, to be selenium-safe.
Then there’s the question of how to style your healthy hair for the fun days ahead, for Cup Day, and all the other seasonal dress-ups. Elaborate up-do, or a certain cut and stylised treatment?
As with dressing, retro looks are still conquering all, such as ‘80s rock-star perms, conferring luscious heads of curls, or the dead-straight and glossy, with the middle-part. Then there’s the kinked, balayaged ombre long-bob, fringed or not.
Two things are worth considering. The first is to make a hair appointment for the ideal time, so that you’ll look beautiful, no matter which style you choose.
The second is to play devil’s advocate with your tresses. Essentially this is the law of opposites. Be contrary. If your dress is very tailored or fitted, go loose, flowing and more natural on the hair front. Conversely, if you’re in a sharp-looking yet oversized double-breasted jacket (left swinging open), a close-groomed-cut and architectural sunglasses could look fab.
If a hat or fascinator is in the mix, take it to the hairdresser and, a tad of back-combing later, your best look will materialise.