Bespoke Cosmetic owner Nicky Blue has had a fascinating career, touring with some of the biggest names in music as a wardrobe mistress.
Watching makeup artists work their magic built the foundation for a love of makeup and great skin that has proved a common theme throughout her career and she worked locally as a makeup artist on commercial photo shoots before retraining in cosmetic tattoo and skin needling.
For Nicky, it’s about so much more than making women look good; it’s equally about making them feel good. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing women, but what I’ve found is that no matter how extraordinary these women are, we’re all the same; we all have the same concerns and worries,” she says.
“Everyone I’ve ever met, it doesn’t matter how much money or fame they’ve accomplished, they’re still searching for the comfort that comes with looking and feeling good.” An important part of the business for Nicky is the supply of Cane + Austin products, developed by board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. Craig Austin; a range that she passionately believes in.
“It’s a range that women can understand, use and get results from,” Nicky says. “Women want skincare to be simple and straightforward or we don’t do it. These products slip into existing regimes nicely.”
She is also the New Zealand distributor of Freedom natural deodorant and stocks her favourites from the Youngblood makeup range, providing simple lessons in makeup. “It’s a satisfying mix of creative work, sales, marketing and distribution, while getting to meet wonderful people.”
H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in-salon today. Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin; secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.
Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes. The treatment is minimally invasive however, it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!
Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin. As every client is different, H&B requires you have a quick consultation with one of their amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.
Contact H&B on 03 381 8939, email@example.com, www.hairart.co.nz, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.
H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in salon today. Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin; secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.
Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes.
The treatment is minimally invasive however, it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!
Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin.
As every client is different, we do require you have a quick consultation with one of the amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.
Contact H&B on 03 381 8939, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hairart.co.nz, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.
The choice of treatments offered for skin aging can be baffling. Dr Philip Frost at Face Value is finding his clients are seeing great results from two specialist treatments in particular.
The new kid on the block is the MINT Thread Lift®. Unlike the invasive permanent threads of the past, the MINT Lift® is a minimally invasive procedure that uses absorbable threads to redefine and restore lost elasticity and volume in the face.
It does two things; firstly, the threads cause tension in the skin giving an immediate lifting effect. Secondly, they stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which creates firmer skin. While results can be seen immediately, improvements continue with full results seen after 6-12 weeks and lasting around 12 months.
The treatment is great for men and women who are showing signs of aging but do not want to undergo a surgical face lift. Put simply, it’s a non-surgical facelift that can create beautiful, natural looking results. If it is natural you are seeking, then nothing could be more so than using your own platelets to accelerate tissue regeneration and repair. This is where PRP comes in. Standing for Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP involves taking a sample of your blood, concentrating the platelets from that sample and reinjecting those concentrated platelets back into the body. The platelets contain numerous growth factors which will stimulate collagen synthesis and skin rejuvenation.
It is great for tired and dry skin, skin laxity, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and overall texture and tone improvement. The usually difficult to treat areas such as neck and décolletage do particularly well with this treatment. Face Value uses the RegenLab PRP system which offers the Cellular Matrix option of combining hyaluronic acid with the platelets to give added immediate hydration. Both the MINT Lift® and PRP are fabulous options for rejuvenating the face and neck, and can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and skin needling to keep you looking your best, at any age.
Phone 03 363 8810 to book an initial consultation with Dr Frost at no charge.
In a beautiful, calm oasis on busy Papanui Road, brides and bridal parties can be pampered from tip to toe by the expert team at LaBella Nails and Lashes.
Offering a group booking option for up to 12 people, owner Bella Tran recommends coming in two to three days before the wedding to allow for any touch-up appointments. “We understand it’s a very important day and we want to make it perfect for the bride.” With a strong focus on using organic, vegan and toxin-free products, a lovely range of different manicure and pedicure options are available. LaBella is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, a healthier alternative to acrylic, with 500 powder-coated shades to choose from. “We also have over 200 colours in our gel collection and 200 in standard polish,” Bella says. “Nude is the most popular choice for brides and we have many beautiful shades.”
Two exciting new treatments have recently been added to the list of beauty services – lash lifts and henna brows. Perfect for brides, a lashlift is a popular 45-minute treatment that creates a gorgeous natural curve to open up the eyes, lasting for 6-8 weeks. The treatment is ideal for those with straight lashes or who are allergic to the glue used in lash extensions. The new generation henna brow provides the same effect as eyebrow tattooing and uses 100 percent natural ingredients that also stimulates hair growth – and lasts up to three weeks.
Book online at www.labella.co.nz or phone 03 352 9789.
At Earth Organic Hairdressing, mindfulness and beauty are inseparable. Their ethos is outward-looking and concerns the salon’s global impact on the environment and treatment of animals. However, when you walk through the salon doors, you know you’ll get that one-on-one attention from your hairstylist you’ve always wanted.
With biodegradable packaging, plant-based and cruelty-free hair products, you might think that this salon is too focused on the big picture to notice your specific needs. On the contrary, intentionality saturates Earth Organic Hairdressing. When you arrive for your free consultation, your stylist will discuss your unique hair needs and find natural and organic solutions for you. The stylist you meet at your consultation is the same stylist who will guide you to your desired result – no rush, no surprises, just a naturally beautiful you.
Traci Aylmer, salon owner and stylist, loves to share new natural, organic and cruelty-free products with her clients. Along those lines, Traci affirms, “People trust their hairstylist. I’ve tried everything we sell at the salon, so when you spend ages trying to find a product that works it’s nice to spread the word.” Traci and her team of stylists are excited to share a new skincare line which shares the same values – and as a bonus, it’s made in New Zealand!
Follow Earth Organic Hairdressing on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on natural haircare news. To book an appointment phone 03 365 7393 or visit earthorganichairdressing.co.nz.
Going grey gracefully and letting yourself go… there is an enormous difference! In fact, according to Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee from V For Hair & Beauty Merivale as seen on TV, you don’t have to be on the far side of 65 to be a ‘silver siren’!
Getting tired of the time and expense of getting hair coloured as soon as the greys show? Want to avoid the chemicals used to colour your hair? Perhaps you’re travelling more and don’t want to find a new hairdresser in every port you visit or maybe you’re ready to embrace your maturity and its natural beauty, now’s the time to rock your silver locks.
“Social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram feature women of all ages proudly wearing silver-grey hair with blending tones, soft shades, and beautiful hues like sand, iris, silver, dove, lilac and silver ash – at all lengths too,” Vicki says.
“Get inspired, search the net, talk to your stylist and have a change!”
Red Laser & Beauty’s aim is to indulge you so you leave their salon feeling thoroughly relaxed, refreshed and totally rejuvenated. With therapists who are experienced and internationally qualified, Red Laser & Beauty is able to offer a great selection of different treatments.
A specialty is laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation with IPL or Intense Pulsed Light (e-Light). By using this IPL system, the unwanted hair can be painlessly removed from all parts of the body. IPL also helps to regenerate new collagen and elastin, enhance skin elasticity and firmness and to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
The Red Laser & Beauty team are also specialists in teeth whitening with Cool Light LED. Depending on your teeth shade and condition, Cool Light LED teeth whitening can whiten teeth from two to six shades. The procedure usually lasts about 20 to 50 minutes and the results can be seen immediately after.
Really popular with clients is the slimming treatment with Cryolipolesis. This is a one hour treatment designed to lose fat from small stubborn areas. The experts at Red Beauty explain that the method involves controlled application of cooling to localised areas to break down the fat.
Cosmetic tattoo or permanent makeup is a beneficial treatment for permanent eyeliner or eyebrows. There are two methods – microblading for a feathered look or powder finish for a fuller look. It’s a virtually painless procedure and the results last for years.
Red Laser and Beauty has just the treatment to give you back your body confidence. Call 385 8600 to book.
While it’s known as Makeup Artistry, the creative process of applying colour to face and body can also be big business and Kristen Stewart School of Makeup (KSSM) here in Christchurch is the go-to school to bring your talent to the market.
With 23 years in makeup artistry behind her and 10 years as Director of KSSM, Kristen Stewart is thrilled with the diverse places her training has taken school alumni. Lochie Stonehouse is currently National Makeup Artist for Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani, and was Events Artist for M.A.C. cosmetics. Hawaii-based Natalie Bruce went freelance with Nike, Adidas and Roxy as clients, plus Disney movies and Jurassic World, Discovery Channel and Hawaii Five-0 to her credit.
Capped at 10 students, KSSM Diploma Courses provide work experience that you will not find at any other school. KSSM is constantly approached to bring students to work on real shoots and shows – the Ronald McDonald House annual fashion show event is a regular, plus this is the only school in New Zealand that brings students along with the core team of qualified artists to work at New Zealand Fashion Week!
The sole New Zealand school with fashion photography as their specialty, KSSM has a gorgeous new studio on Peterborough Street, where parking is easy.
Kristen loves seeing students flourish and become supremely skilled. “By the end of the course when they have access to the full makeup cupboard, I get to see who they have become as artists. Then they go into the world and find success – they’re like my babies.”