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Beauty from the inside, out


For the longest time, we’ve thought beauty was something we created externally. From lotions to potions, we would put it all on our skin in the hunt for that beautiful glow.

But local company QT is revolutionising the cosmetics industry; QT is about beauty from the inside, out. Welcome to the world of internal cosmetics, for both him and her.

Each of the innovative products has been developed with the perfect mix of world-class research, technological innovations, dedication, persistence, passion, family and commitment.

They utilise only the finest ingredients, that are 100 percent natural, ethically sourced and GMO Free – synergistically engineered for the most effective absorption into the body to deliver optimum results.

With QT, you can experience the magical transformation of a youthful, even skin tone. Restore elasticity, heal imperfections, and holistically support your metabolism and digestion, so you feel more energised with every scoop.

It’s youthful, flawless skin naturally.


 

Cosmetic tattooing: a beauty must have


Cosmetic tattooing has come a long way in technology and technique – it’s now the must-have beauty boost of the future.

 

Angela Millar has a rewarding career in micropigmentation, framing faces with youthful semi-permanent eyebrows and eyeliner.

Feathered, powdered or a combination of the two they are now more natural and flattering than ever before.

“They don’t look like they’re tattooed at all,” says Angela, who has 30 years in the beauty industry.

“They used to be quite heavily applied with ink. Now the treatment sits a lot higher on the skin, and looks more natural. They just fade beautifully over time, lasting from one to three years.

“No micro-blading is involved, just a superfine nano needle barely scratching the skin’s top layer in the gentlest way, I pre-map and draw them on first, and take time talking things through. Eye liner can be either fine or dramatic, it’s up to each client.”

Angela is part of the KM Surgical and Dermatology specialist medical facility in The Avenue Health building on Bealey Avenue, with the advantage of working in a day-stay accredited facility.

Scrupulous in her pre-consolation, she travels regularly to the latest training and conferences, and has invested in quality machines from America and Germany.

“After the first treatment, they only need to be refreshed. I love a day doing this, as everyone always walks in smiling! You wake up in the morning, exercise or swim and still look great with no makeup. And it really does make you look younger.”


 

Say goodbye to summer sun damage


It’s been a hot season full of sunny beach days, barbeques and time outdoors, but along with happy memories, summer is also known for leaving us with skin pigmentation and signs of ageing

 

Even with sunscreen use, UVA and UVB rays can cause freckles, dark sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermapen microneedling treatments are highly effective for treating sun damage, working by creating microscopic channels in the skin which stimulate your skin’s natural repair process to regenerate, with the help of active skin-boosting solutions containing vitamins, minerals and peptides.

As melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are directly targeted, this process creates a more even skin tone. Dermapen treatments are also a safe and natural way to fight the ageing process, by using the skin’s natural healing response to kickstart elastin and collagen production, rejuvenating and plumping the skin without surgery or injectables.

Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa is a Gold Authorised Treatment provider for Dermapen, using only the latest model device and protocol Dermapen skin products.

To find out more about Dermapen Microneedling and the SkinFit ‘buy three get one free’ promotion, ending 31 March, visit: www.quinnbeautyspa.co.nz/get-skin-fit



 

Super Supplements: Hair Art & Beauty


For our hair and skin to be in the best condition possible, there are certain nutrients we need. Many factors in today’s modern lifestyle contribute to a nutritional deficiency – stress, environmental pollution, pregnancy hormones, poor sleep, lifestyle choices and diet all cause various nutrients to degrade quickly within our bodies. On top of this, some vitamins and trace minerals are unable to be stored in the body and must be consumed regularly, so getting the correct balance through diet alone can be difficult.

 

That’s where the La Biosthetique Fanelan Synergie nutritional supplements come in!

The Fanelan Synergie capsules contain a balanced blend of trace elements and vitamins which the body needs to create new, healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss.

They also increase the amount of collagen the body naturally produces, minimising the visible signs of aging.

Taken regularly for general wellness, they improve the quality of the hair, skin and nails, as well as having an overall positive effect on the body.

They are also incredibly effective at treating thinning hair and hair loss when used in combination with the Methode Regenerante Ergines Plus Vital ampoules – treating the problem both internally and externally.

The Fanelan Synergie tablets are 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and safe for pregnant and nursing mothers.

If you have any worries about hair loss or the general health of your hair, chat to the H&B team who can recommend the best action for you!

Pop in and see the team at 96 Cranford Street, visit www.hairart.co.nz, phone 03 381 8939 or email info@hairart.co.nz.


 

Nature knows best


For 25 years, Canterbury born and bred Linden Leaves has been transforming New Zealand’s natural plant-based goodness into goodness for our skin. We caught up with founder Brigit Blair about why we should nurture beautiful.

Brigit Blair with daughter Juliet Blair, photo by BeautyEQ

Can you tell us about how the Linden Leaves story came about?
It came from a mother desperate to help two of her children who had endless days and nights of being uncomfortable with allergies, rashes, eczema, asthma and extremely sensitive skin.

I thought a lot about the huge use of steroid creams and highly chemical prescriptive medicines they were using on a daily basis. It inspired me to think back to my granny, who was born and raised on the Chathams with no doctor and a healthy, natural lifestyle.

I thought how nature often knows best and how we have lost that deep connection to simplicity, a more gentle way of caring for ourselves and a healthier way of living.

I became interested in plant-based ingredients and the natural goodness when oils and extracts are taken from them carefully.

Plants also have a natural beauty and often a delightful fragrance – so different from the acrid smell of coal tar cream!

I wanted to develop the beneficial feeling that I find in beautiful nature and fragrance, and our freeze dried botanicals and bespoke fragrances add to the sensory experience of our products.

While not being a miracle cure, my children’s skin improved and the use of synthetic, chemical ingredients was drastically reduced, making me feel much more comfortable as a mother.

Over time the story has continued to evolve.

My daughter Juliet joined me in the business along the way and she has now taken the reins, driving the creative direction of the company and our beautiful new branding and new product ranges.

A passion for natural products, strong ethics, pride in New Zealand and a nurturing family-oriented approach have remained our guiding values.


You’re celebrating an incredible 25 years this year! Why do you think people have connected so strongly with Linden Leaves and your products?
I think many people believe in our quality ingredients and their benefits, in our integrity and honesty and in our story of caring not only for the skin, health and welfare of our customers and our team, but also for our planet.

We are staunchly Kiwi-made and have upheld our principles; we have not put profit before standing against animal testing, microbead use, mineral oils and plastic wrap.

We use recyclable containers and packaging and embrace a no waste and no excess philosophy.

I cherish the holistic approach of our company, creating a lifetime of value, care, respect and gratitude.


Your skin looks incredible! What does your beauty regime look like and what are your own favourite products?
Oh thank you! I think I am like all mothers and grandmothers – too busy and time poor! I think a beauty regime has to have simplicity and flexibility otherwise it will not work.

That’s the philosophy I had in mind when creating our natural skincare range – I wanted something simple to use that women could tailor to their age and skin type.

For my face and neck, I make a custom blend of essential facial moisture, miraculous facial oil and porcelain brightening serum, depending how dry, thirsty or nourished my skin is – every day can be different.

At night, I cleanse with the skin refining cream cleanser and use our beautiful marshmallow regenerating night cream.

As for my body, I have been using the same daily routine for 25 years – applying Linden Leaves natural body oil after my shower!

My skin has always stayed hydrated until the next morning.


What does 2020 have in store for Linden Leaves?
To celebrate 25 years we are rolling out a fresh new look for the brand with beautiful crisp navy, white and rose gold accents.

We have always used the best quality natural ingredients, but as the choices in this area explode, we are slowly but surely moving all our products to be 100 percent natural, which is why we had to say goodbye to our much loved Bathtime range.

Our Miraculous Facial Oil was the first New Zealand made NATRUE certified organic cosmetic last year and our skincare range is 100 percent certified NATRUE natural.

What’s more we launched two 100 percent natural home fragrance ranges this Christmas.

We want to provide women with a luxurious yet natural choice of lifestyle and skincare products.

I believe beauty comes from within, so it’s important we present a positive approach to beauty.

We have introduced the strapline ‘Nurture Beautiful’ representing caring for yourself, one another and the environment.


 

You glow girl!


This year ‘luminous’ is the hottest buzzword in the beauty world and we’re all about getting our glow on. Check out four ways to get your glow on.

  1. Healthy, luminous skin is more than just, well, skin deep. You’ve heard it before and it cannot be over-emphasised – water is your skin’s best friend… but plastic is not, so ditch the traditional water bottle and opt for glass or BPA-free plastic, at the very least.
  2. Maintaining a good skincare regime is key to fresh, glowing skin. Skincare experts recommend double cleansing before bed to ensure all makeup and dirt is removed. Don’t forget to tone, moisturise (AM and PM) and exfoliate too! Exfoliating two to three times per week helps to get rid of blackheads, dead skin cells and other skin impurities.
  3. Investing in a quality retinol serum will help banish breakouts, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen and promote cellular turnover – all the tricks in the book to get the glow of your dreams! Just remember to apply sunscreen daily (though you should do anyway) as retinoids increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
  4. Ahh, the trusty makeup product invented solely for glowing skin – highlighter! Liquid highlighters are picking up the pace in 2020 and it’s no longer just about the cheekbones… now highlighting begins with the base. Radiance drops and tinted moisturisers with a glowing finish are two such products that can be applied before makeup to give you the glow you’re lusting after.

 

Beauty trends for 2020


As a new decade dawns, the beauty industry is set to shift and evolve once more. So what are the beauty trends for 2020?

 

 

A healthy, glowing complexion is the new black when it comes to looking good – and not just for women!

In 2020 Skin Rejuvenation has more technology and knowledge than ever to help attain beautiful, healthy, luminous skin.

They can even improve fine lines or lift and tighten an ageing face.

Most importantly, this can all be done over a series of visits with little to no down-time, so you can continue with your busy life.

We’re also seeing more sustainable products and treatments on the market, something Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has embraced wholeheartedly.

All of the skin products at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic are made from natural ingredients and even have a vegan tick of approval.

The treatments are also natural, using light, radio-frequency, water, ultrasound and cold temperatures to achieve impressive results.

Intense pulsed light is used to remove sun-damage and broken capillaries.

Radio-frequency lifts and tightens the skin (fabulous around the eyes).

Sterile saline water removes the surface dead cells and leaves the skin looking hydrated and fresh.

Focused ultrasound tightens up deep tissue – great for jowls and necks.

Cryolipolysis (cold) freezes fat causing the fat cell to die – great for mummy tummies, muffin tops, double chins and inner thighs.

Even Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is a natural product, along with dermal fillers (used for lifting and plumping the face and skin), which are made from chains of Hyaluronic Acid that are present in our skin naturally.


 

2020: Your year of better skin!


If boosting your confidence is on your list for the New Year, take time to set some goals for your skin

 

 

Most of us would love skin that feels and looks a bit younger and, thanks to advances in technology throughout the past decades, there are plenty of treatments to boost your complexion, improve texture and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (without going under the knife!).

Viora Skin Tightening is one of the most popular anti-ageing treatments at Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa.

It can help with tightening the skin on the face, particularly around the eyes and jawline, as well as on the body, such as loose ‘mummy tummy’ skin and cellulite.

The treatment works by using radio frequency to stimulate new collagen formation and facilitate the reduction of fat cell volume, resulting in improved and tighter skin texture.

Viora Skin Tightening is completely safe, painless and clinically proven, with no danger of skin response (unlike with laser treatments), and each treatment takes just 30 to 60 minutes.


 

New Year, new you!


It’s not only a New Year, but it’s a new decade, making makes 2020 the ultimate time to turn heads with a courageous new look.

 

 

What could be more courageous – and exciting – than being a silver siren?

Because today, going grey doesn’t mean letting yourself go, V For Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more.”

The V For Hair and Beauty team ‘gets’ silver grey hair and has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, with ongoing training keeping them at the top of their silver grey hair game.

Rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look and easy maintenance regimes will keep your silver grey hair looking amazing.

Head in for a complimentary consultation and seize this exciting time to reinvent and trademark the new era.


 

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.