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Beauty for the big day


Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.

 

 

Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.


 

Hair today, gone tomorrow


Laser hair removal is a pretty smooth way to sail hair-free through summer.

 

 

Who doesn’t wish for silky smooth skin every single day without having to worry about regrowth ever again?

Technology and science have come a long way and the process is generally a fast, safe, painless and permanent one – and definitely not as scary as its light-zapping title suggests.

However, it is vital to choose a well-trained, highly qualified professional that uses a medical-grade machine.

While the initial outlay maybe costlier than waxing, the savings in the longer term make it an affordable and far more lucrative beauty investment.

It also saves so much precious time!

No more maintenance. Another bonus is no ingrown hairs, or having to put up with regrowth in between waxes, just when you need it the least.

And as for the daily grind of shaving – need we say more?

A laser treatment is often over a series of 6-12 sessions, during the cyclic hair-growth phase, with breaks in between.

Some people notice a finer regrowth right from the beginning. Both men and women have seen the light and chosen a laser treatment to de-fuzz all sorts of body parts.

Laser uses a concentrated light beam which penetrates directly and deep into the hair follicle.

It is not to be confused with an IPL treatment, which uses a broad spectrum of light. The two procedures are very different.

The professionals will be happy to explain all the facts, debunk the myths, and recommend the best treatment for your skin and hair type.

Hairless summer days, here we come!


 

From bathroom to spa


With a little imagination, bathrooms and ensuites can elevate to spa-resort status. We look at how to create a spa holiday experience without leaving home.

 

 

  1. The fluffy towel treatment
    Invest in the softest, oversized white spa-towels and a basket of rolled-up flannels. A plush new bath mat, the kind to sink your toes into, is a must. White robes and slippers complete the pamper package.
  2. Plant purity
    Aloe vera, bamboo plants, orchids and peace lilies imitate exotic spa locations with the healing vibes of nature. Fresh, fragrant flowers will fill the smallest room of the house with their sultry scent.
  3. Peaceful hues
    Whites, soft neutrals and eggshell pastels are synonymous with serenity – and spa sanctuaries. Rather than bold and bright décor, choose shades that slow the pulse. If the bathroom is already black, just twist the theme to exotic.
  4. Under a waterfall
    Install a rain-head shower attachment for an under-a-waterfall feeling or a massaging showerhead for relaxing bliss. Let water be the beauty therapist.
  5. On display
    Fill glass bowls with bath bombs and pretty soaps, and adorn shelving with beauty products that look too lovely to use. Whisk away those much-less romantic everyday items to the top drawer. Streamlining equals stress less.
  6. Heaven scent
    Have a fragrant diffuser in a calming scent such as lotus flower or ylang ylang, or tie a bunch of lavender or lemon myrtle under the bath tap or shower head.
  7. Heat and light
    Add a dimmer switch to lights, or bathe by scented candlelight. Natural sunlight upon water is therapeutic daytime decadence. Warm the room beforehand to avoid noisy fan heaters spoiling the mood.
  8. Do not disturb
    Lastly, lock the door and switch your phone to the soothing sounds of a relaxing, lyric-free playlist.

 

Botanical beauty


Nature is undeniably beautiful. Therefore, adorning ourselves in leafy glade renditions or the magical mystique of a lush green forest reflects our free-spirited feminine wiles.

 

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Karen Walker has her own take on the botanical twist. Her ‘Runaway Girl’ pendant has turned woodland nymph, now dangling an adorable oversized acorn as a change from her trademark knapsack.

And for earrings, the elegant silhouette of dragonflies are seen hovering under earlobes.

 

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Green is serene, calm and cool. It’s the big shade for 2020 fashion.

So botanical-inspired prints are a natural flow, branching out in all directions from mint to emerald.

Florals part the way for tropical jungle palm leaves to reign on summer dresses.

Lush rainforests through to sweeter daisy-dotted meadows glam up the green palette.

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Foliage set on a white background is crisp, fresh couture, while retro botanical prints give classic vintage detailing.

Nature provides enough individuality to inspire designs from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and timeless icons like Dior who have been down the botanical path before.

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This time it’s not for shrinking violets, as larger-than-life fronds adorn jumpsuits, summer trench coats and floaty skirts, through to bags, hair accessories and sunglasses.


 

The case for doing nothing


Out of our ‘the busier the better’ bustling world arises a welcome rebellion that is switching off phones, brains and the eternal to-do list.

 

 

“I’ve done nothing today” is often a statement of shame-ridden guilt.

However, that very nothingness can be a productive, even lucrative, something. It’s just in disguise. A new movement to purposely slow us all down is fast taking over the globe.

Busyness has been attributed to success and worthiness – while doing ‘stuff all’ often holds the stigma of being lazy, unmotivated or unproductive.

If only we could see the measurable physiological anti-anxiety benefits that our mind and bodies get from gazing glassy-eyed out the window in the midst of a hectic day.

There is a good reason that many of the best inventions, songs and ideas are born in the middle of the night. The mind is empty, quiet and still. We are just lying there in the dark – doing nothing. Enter creativity.

Some cultures are better than others at embracing the health-enhancing art of nothingness.

The Dutch have a catchy succinct word for the concept – Miksen. It is a verb, a.k.a a doing word, that means to ‘do nothing’.

The Italians indulge in a concept known as ‘la dolce far neinte’ translated as ‘the sweetness of doing nothing.’

The Chinese have mastered the concept of ‘wu wei’, meaning inaction, which is seen as central to living a life harmoniously.

Mid-afternoon snoozes are a time-honoured tradition in the heat of the Mediterranean, but we shouldn’t need global warming to nudge us to nod off.

The concept of allowing 40 winks in the middle of a work day is being discussed as a productivity-boosting bonus in the office – to recharge batteries and counterbalance chaos.

Our minds need to empty out the old in order to refill.

Enjoying doing nothing doesn’t mean checking emails, chatting or watching TV while flopped catatonically on the couch.

That’s cheating. It can take a while for wound-up minds to wind-down and get comfortable with the habit.

We innately know when to switch off. It just takes a little neuron rewiring to make it easier, with practise, to tap into our inner timetables.

This sweet neutral state of ‘effortless being’ is a natural trait to all living things.

Observe animals both in the wild, and the ones chillaxing on our carpets or wandering nonchalantly in the garden – they have it sussed!

The nothing experience needs to be guilt-free to be of real benefit.

Imagine not achieving everything, or indeed anything, on your daily agenda.

Are there any adverse consequences? Doing zilch and zoning out can create momentum, motivation and more energy for the hours and days to follow.

When a person stops and does absolutely nothing for a moment, or two, or three, the benefits can be empowering and enlightening. Add in some nature – and that equals bliss.


 

Out with perfection


Have you ever swooped in with a coaster, just in the nick of time before your guest puts a coffee cup down on your – eeeek – shiny new coffee table? Relax, and put your feet up – it doesn’t matter so much anymore.

 

 

Perfection in the home is out of vogue for 2020. After all, we are now being less wasteful and slowing our unsustainable consumer appetite.

Invest in quality and hang on to those timeless treasures – no matter their age spots.

Unravelled threads of a hand-crafted throw, artwork with a chunk missing or a brazen watermark, a brass fireside piece with a little harmless rust – it all adds to the charm!

Use your imagination and creativity. A case in point: a time-faded pale blue carpet that’s seen better days.

Take a look at the floaty frescos of the Italian paintings – there’s a similarity in the ethereal wish-wash of subtle shade.

Instead of replacing the carpet, work with it – and play up the Latin romance.

Patina is the new perfect. Just think of a time-stencilled, olde worlde tabletop, buffed in French polish to show off its battle scars.

Our modern pieces can equally enjoy the same freedom.

From wallpaper to wall units, you can also buy what will age well anyway and function throughout the tumbles of family life – sticky-pawed infants, bull-in-a-china-shop teenagers and cats who see couches as claw-sharpening stations.

A quality leather lounge suite, for example, can take a lot of battering and will look beautiful for generations, aging like a fine wine – and won’t be harmed by a glass or two being spilled on it either.

Tip-toeing around the edges of a precious new rug defeats its purpose.

Our abodes are for living in – really living. Visitors enjoy a place where they can feel at home – not just admire.

Wear and tear is also a memory diary in a way. If the gouge on the sideboard reminds you of a rollicking New Year’s Eve party, then surely that must be a good thing!


 

Designer delectables for the garden


Parsley, sage rosemary and thyme, as the Simon and Garfunkel song goes, reminds us of our cherished common garden-variety herbs. However, here are a bunch of some quirkier edibles to grow, that once savoured will become seasoning staples. Hunt them out at garden centres and farmers’ markets this summer.

 

 

 

Vietnamese mint
Not your common garden-variety mint – this unmistakable and quite addictive flavour will wow the tastebuds of Vietnamese foodie fans.

Rocket
Move over lettuce, wild rocket will really take off in the garden. Keep picking it so it doesn’t go to seed.

The delicate summery leaves will add pizazz to a salad, or a peppery twist piled upon a pizza or any savoury dish.

Borage
The gorgeous blue flowers are beloved by bees, and these delicately flavoured blooms will take plating presentation to the next level.

Add to ice cubes for star-shaped cool colour.

French tarragon
This requires a little tender loving care, but the unmistakable elegant flavour transports a dish straight to the South of France.

Lemongrass
No need to rush out for Thai takeaways if there is lemongrass in the garden. This is piquancy plus.

Add boiling water to the stems for a healthy herbal tea – refreshing either hot or iced.

Horopito
This native bush’s red-tinged leaves have medicinal and tongue-tingling culinary uses.

Dry them and sprinkle on dishes for some zing – a great chilli alternative.


 

A brave new you for 2020


The first thing we think of when reminiscing on decades past, is what people wore.

 

Photo from Meraki www.merakiofficial.com.au

The ’20s will have a definably different vibe. Seize this exciting time in space to reinvent and trademark the new era.

We have new looks for each season – but for the new decade why not dare yourself? It’s a brave new world out there, and we can still be totally true to ourselves while turning heads with a courageous new look.

  1. A little help from my friends
    A good friend is an honest one. They see the 360 degree version of their favourite person the most.Ask all your friends their advice and see if there’s a common thread. Be the influencer and lead the way amongst your peers. Have a blast trying on new styles together.

    Perhaps experiment with new looks, shapes and colours at affordable pre-loved fashion outlets such as Nurse Maude Hospice stores.

    “That’s so you!” is what we love to hear. But imagine the squeals of glee as their demure, minimalist mate rocks up in a ruffled frock in lime green.

2. Savvy advice from a retail expert
An experienced consultant will often coax the shopper to have a try on of something that’s not their usual pick. Humour them.

It might be a pleasant surprise, a game-changer even. They’ve seen all shapes squeeze into styles – and are in the know when it comes to what fits and flatters.

3. From head to toe
We can cling to hairstyles in habitual comfort – however, the new energy of a complete change in hairstyle is empowering.

If you haven’t got any colourful or shimmery sandals, lay safe blacks to rest, and walk on sunshine for the summer of 2020.

For those firmly grounded in flatties, there’s high heels that still feel like slippers, and conversely, flats with chunky platforms for high-heel confidence.

4.You deserve it
Buy that outfit you adore – the one you can’t really afford or see as too glamorous, but can’t stop thinking about.

That’s not an impulse buy; it’s fate! Instead of drooling over fashion pages with wishful admiration, imagine yourself there, and recreate a completely new look to suit your budget.

5. Embrace the future
Metallics will be synonymous with the sci-fi-sounding 2020s – so have some fun with futuristic fabrics. Leggings have been synonymous with the 2010’s, so leg it out of this last decade and try on hot pants, suits, or high-waisted loose-fitting pants.

We’re going to be time-travelling in fashion to both past decades and futuristic times – fasten your belts!

6. Rule out old rules
Fashion is now delectably ageless. Fabrics are flattering, trends are flexible, and boundaries keep on blurring.

You can still wear a maxi skirt if you’re pint-sized, out-there colours and cut-out styles if you’re over 50, sportswear if you can’t run a mile – and plus-sized models remind us to love our bodies.

Let the world know that leopards can change their spots – however we hear that rich yellows and polka dots are on the catwalks for 2020!


 

Fabulous Face-Framers


Prescription glasses have come a long way, from library to catwalk – these fabulous face-framers can be a true reflection of personality.

 

 

 

Being short-sighted has been a big bonus for celebrity cook Jax Hamilton. She has a designated drawer for her 36 pairs of spectacular spectacles and eight pairs of prescription sunglasses. “No one bats an eye-lid that I have 60 pairs of shoes,” she says. “So why not have loads of glasses – and they don’t have to break the bank.”

Jax even has her own name for signature eyewear. “I don’t call them glasses, I call them face furniture. I see them as an integral part of my face, just like a couch is integral to the living room. They are a part of who I am – it’s my dreads, glasses, and Cockney accent!”

Preferring her accessories large and loud, she wears big square or hexagonal shapes when she’s out and about. However, at home in Christchurch, Jax will be relaxing in her PJs with a smaller, comfortable, round Harry Potter-esque pair. The colourful character is attracted to bright, bold colours like reds and blues, and her newest pair is always her fave – her latest being black bat-winged prescription sunnies with wide tortoiseshell arms.

“I feel like a diva,” she laughs. “I love them.”

Jax always has four pairs with her when she goes out, and at least six when travelling. “As for me, it’s always how I feel at the time. I buy my glasses locally from Bailey Nelson, and it literally takes about 40 seconds to choose a pair.”

The trends to try on next year for 2020 vision are bejewelled, oversized, funky cat-eye, brow bar, and big, bold geometric shapes – so Jax will be in her element.

“It’s not if they suit me, it’s more about having the confidence to wear them. Most of mine are out-there – I just put them on and rock it.’

 

 


 

Organising your house for Christmas


Having a home that is well-prepared for Christmas partying is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Something you have forgotten to do, buy or organise can easily chomp away at your sanity.

 

So we’ve put together some fail-safe tips to get you through the silly season.

Prepare the festivities

It’s time to free up the freezer and make space for those holiday goodies. Pack in plenty of party ice. Stock up on artisan canapés and satiating savouries to pop in the oven for hungry

Pre-freeze what Christmas fare you can. Christmas-coloured frozen berries make instant smoothies, sorbets, desserts, and cool off a glass of bubbly fast. 

Borrow or buy a handy bar fridge. Fill up the pantry with extra food – it is better to have unperishable surplus than to run out. Ensure your herb garden is abundant.

Snap up the home baking with Christmas bows from the farmers markets and fairs. These Christmas treats can double up as last minute gifts for surprise visitors, or someone you’ve forgotten.

Thoughtfully have the likes of gluten free, vegan and low-carb supplies on hand. Bowls of cherries top the list!

Double up

Rolls of cellotape; slippery little things… they go missing just when you’re wrapping that extra parcel – so plant some around the house.

The same goes for scissors, gift tags, bows, pens and other such items that grow legs and play hide and seek.

Make sure you know where the spare sets of keys are hidden. The silly season rush catches up with the most organised among us – and Murphy’s Law often rules.

There’s just no time to hunt. Have extras – like batteries, cell phone chargers, top-up medication, bottled water, or any essentials that you often run out of, or misplace – on hand.

Last minute dashes to the store battling the queues, only interferes with the tick tock of the to-do list.

Reminders

Post-it notes – they can blend in with the Christmas decorations quite easily, especially if you choose the creative variety.

No amount of technology can replace these bright, cheery, in-your-face reminders, especially when our holiday brains are jumping around like reindeers.

Keep lists on your phone, on the fridge, beside the bed, anywhere. Just be sure to check them twice!

Fun-filled festivities

Drag out any fun-filled activities, games and silly season Christmas-themed anything. ‘Tis the season for lights, bells and whistles of a frivolous, festive nature.

Dedicate an area of the home for crazy chaos, and forget the vacuuming here. Remember the playful pets too – or your decorations may be toast.

Take stock

Are there enough glasses, crockery, water jugs and other utensils for an extended family visit?

Invest in plenty of festive serviettes – they add to the occasion as well as save on washing up for that nibble or slice of cake.

Wine glass tags are a savvy additional to banish that ‘is this glass mine?’ mix-up for good.

Savvy seating

Organise extra seating for the dining table or lounge if you need to, and be prepared for indoors and outdoors.

There might be a few spills among the thrills, so enrobe the new couch with a colourful throw.

Make more room for gatherings, and store away any extraneous items that clutter the festive home, or block the runway for excited little elves.

Health and safety

As the party season sizzles, so does the summer heat. Give the pets extra large bowls for their water.

Remove any fire hazards from the property, such as trimming trees away from the house. Check the first-aid kit and have extra suntan lotion on hand.

Double check the wiring on last season’s fairy lights.

The more organised the home is for Christmas, the extra warmth it will exude – and it will spell vamoose to any stressful vibes. Create an organised haven for relaxing merriment and there’ll be extra time to spend with those that are lonely during this joyful time.