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Luxe Lashes: Lash Kandy

It’s long been said our eyes are the windows to the soul and if this is true, then lashes certainly make the most beautiful of window dressings. When it comes to enhancing them and making them ‘pop’, then Lash Kandy’s Rangiora premises is where you want to be.



Headed by lash expert Keren Clayton, who has been trained in the UK by internationally recognised Eyelash Excellence, Lash Kandy is a high-end, bespoke lash boutique at 135 High Street with services available by appointment only.

The beautiful and relaxing upstairs space has been designed with the same attention to detail that goes into every set of bespoke lashes applied. You’ll find the discreet entrance on Transport Lane, where parking is plentiful.

Lash Kandy also provides packages for high school formals, complete with non-alcoholic bubbles for the whole glam experience, and eyelashes for men are an increasingly popular service, with both natural and flamboyant options available by preference.

The team is currently trialling magnetic eyelashes. A premium product from the US, they attach to magnetised eyeliner, making them ideal for those with no natural lashes due to alopecia or chemotherapy, with Keren’s understanding of lash shape and curvature ensuring she is sourcing only the best. This includes a new glue arriving from the US next month suitable for those who react to cyanaoacrylate glues and want a vegan-friendly product.

Keren also stocks the highest quality supplementary products, including Nanolash serums to encourage growth, mascaras and a specialised cloth which removes eye makeup without causing any damage.

Phone 021 655 308 or email



Age Defying

Fine lines, dark circles, age spots, dry skin and thinning hair are just a few of the unavoidable aspects of getting older that keep us up at night. There are some clever tricks of the trade that make it possible to bring back that youthful glow.




Vitamin C
Beauty bloggers and dermatologists are raving about Vitamin C for anti-aging. It can improve the appearance and texture of your skin by decreasing the sun’s harmful effect on the skin and preventing future damage. It also encourages collagen production to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, this miracle antioxidant targets stubborn skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness and under-eye circles. Serums are one of the best ways to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine.

Dermal Fillers
These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume. When injected into the skin, it causes a smoothing, filling effect where lost volume needs to be restored. The effects of hyaluronic acid last between six and 12 months. An experienced injector who understands facial anatomy can give you the natural results you want.

As the name suggests, microneedling involves pricking the skin with tiny needles, creating microscopic channels for anti-aging products, like hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C, to penetrate the deep layers of the skin. The tiny injuries caused by the needles promote collagen production and build new elastin. The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Just as your hair thins with age, your eyebrows may start to look sparse as you get older. Microblading is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can give you the appearance of thick, lush brows to lift your face and make you look younger. The technique involves using a hand-controlled device with ultrafine needles to make microscopic strokes which are filled in with semi-permanent pigment that resembles your natural eyebrow hair, creating a defined shape and fuller look. Results last between one and three years, depending on skin type.

Vitamin A (Retinol)
The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labelled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. And these are just the creams and serums you can get over the counter. Prescription-strength retinoid can actually renew the skin by treating acne, reducing the appearance of fine lines and evening out skin tone. Not only can retinol boost collagen production and treat the signs of aging that are already there but also it can potentially prevent future sun damage.

Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular. It is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralysing the underlying muscles, which stops the overlying skin from creasing. The anti-aging effects last between three and six months. It is important to note that BOTOX® will not treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, but, when paired with another treatment like microneedling, BOTOX® can produce fantastic anti-aging results.

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
A radiofrequency (RF) treatment involves heating the deepest layers of the skin to encourage new collagen production and cell turnover to help the skin become firmer, thicker and younger-looking. While lasers work to improve the skin’s surface, radiofrequency treatments use a lower frequency to safely penetrate to a deeper level. This helps improve skin tone and structure, and it can even lift tissue. Radiofrequency treatments can be performed in tandem with injectables, microneedling and other minimally invasive treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

Makeup can transform your appearance and minimise the physical signs of aging. Primer helps minimise fine lines and large pores by filling them in. For fuller lips, lightly draw over the border on your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone and top with a sheer gloss. Bold and defined eyebrows can also make you look younger. A brow pencil that is a cross between a pencil and a powder will create the illusion of fuller brows. For your eyes, use a cream eye shadow in a neutral shade and apply powder illuminator to the inner corner of your eyes. Cream and silicone-based cosmetics work best for aging complexions because they ‘melt’ into the skin and offer a flawless, natural-looking finish, while powder settles into fine lines and can make the signs of aging more apparent.

Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing as it smooths out your skin for a complexion that not only looks younger, but actually is younger. A series of treatments are best for long-lasting results.

This article first appeared on Aedition. Visit



Winter Warmers: Beauty Sense

On point winter looks from Youngblood Mineral Makeup.



From the perfect pout to the radiance of a dewy complexion, there’s something for everyone in the Youngblood Mineral Makeup collection. We’ve checked out some of our favourites.

    Get up close and personal with comfortable matte perfection. Intimatte Mineral Lipsticks glide on with full-coverage matte pigments and natural emollients so lips feel hydrated and look sophisticated. These velvety, precious oil-infused lipsticks deliver luxurious, high-pigment mineral colour while moisturising the lips with light notes of creamy vanilla. In 23 trend-worthy shades including luscious nudes, bold pinks, sensual plums and daring reds.
    The effortless answer to looking ‘off duty flawless’, this lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturiser leaves skin comfortably hydrated while providing sheer coverage and protecting the skin from environmental damage. The nourishing formula delivers a surge of marine nutrients with a youthful, dewy finish and fresh California orange fragrance. Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is available in six skin-perfecting shades, including a universal, golden-toned bronzer in the shade Golden Sun.



An award-winning oasis: Lotus at Siam

Just a 15-minute drive from the heart of the Christchurch CBD in peaceful Cashmere is Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa, owned by Duncan and Jeerana Laing, a motivated couple passionate about luxury and relaxation. A quiet city oasis, the award-winning day spa features a private lake, majestic swans and award-winning gardens bordering Ernle Clark Reserve, with its large established trees and the sound of bellbirds.



Recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Spas and Wellness in Christchurch for the third year in a row, and shortlisted as a finalist in the 5th Annual World Spa Awards in Oceania’s Best Spa category, the team are thrilled. “To be shortlisted for this award, and to have our spa recognised as one of Oceania’s Best Spas is fantastic for our hard-working team,” owner Duncan Laing says.

Spoil your loved one and relax in one of their luxuriously appointed couple’s therapy rooms and enjoy a wonderful pampering experience, perhaps starting with a spa bath together. Alternatively, treat your special someone to a gift voucher for one of Lotus at Siam’s decadent treatments to enjoy on their own. Lotus at Siam makes treating your special someone easy – just purchase your gift voucher at the spa or online and the team will send them straight to your inbox.

Open from 9am until late seven days a week, visit to peruse the exquisite treatments or call 03 980 5400 today and treat yourself and your loved ones to the ultimate in world-class, award-winning, holistic pampering.

Winter’s the perfect time for some indulgence. Check out our top picks for luxury at Lotus at Siam.

  1. Couple’s Heavenly Heat
    Are you starting to feel the cold? Escape and enjoy some ‘Heavenly Heat’ in luxury with your loved one! Soak together for 30 minutes in an oil infused spa bath with decadent ELEMIS oil, then relax and enjoy a two-hour Hot Stone Massage in one of Lotus at Siam’s luxurious couple’s treatment rooms.

  2. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial
    Lotus at Siam’s No. 1 selling facial is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by up to 97% and improve skin firmness by up to 93% after just 1 treatment*. Specialised lifting massage, combined with proven marine extract, Padina Pavonica, helps re-energise cell communication and rejuvenate skin.* *Independent Clinical trials 2015

  3. ELEMIS Hydrating Duo
    Treat your winter skin to a moisture boost with these super hydrating (and vegan friendly) day and night moisturisers for a replenished complexion. Includes: Hydra-Boost Day Cream and Hydra-Nourish Night Cream 50ml. Winter special only $199 (June, July and August only).



Stronger & healthier skin: H&B

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 does require you to 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 or visit, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.



Crushing on Vitamin C

Vitamin C’s the hottest thing to hit skincare since sliced bread. We’ve got a big dose of everything you need to know about this antioxidant and why we’re crushing on it right now.



As the new ‘it’ ingredient in skincare, Vitamin C has been adding muscle to our beauty regime over recent years with its antioxidant super powers. We up the vitamin internally in the winter, so externally, it’s logical to utilise the superhero’s properties to help fight those unavoidable free radicals in the environment – these arch enemies of our skin.

Winter especially ravishes our faces with free radicals such as pollution, and the drying effects of cold winds and moisture-zapping home heating. We need plenty of collagen in our skin and neutralising antioxidants to be able to fight back – Vitamin C does both.

The vitamin’s role in collagen is essential. It is the structural protein our bodies need to create the connective tissues for our entire body. This building-block protein plumps skin with firm elasticity and luminosity. Collagen synthesis sadly decreases with age in our bodies, so the more help we can get from both inside and out to infuse the powerful C into the skin’s structural matrix, the better.  By incorporating the vitamin in a form that is readily bioavailable to our skin, quality beauty products can now help heal, nourish and protect from the outside.

And the science does stack up quite nicely. From serums to creams, the new age in skincare claims, in many cases, to help prevent and even reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots. Vitamin C as an antioxidant helps regulate skin tone. In a multitude of game-changing new products, it works in effective synergy with other antioxidant skin savers. Packaging and storage is also important to protect the vitamin’s effectiveness from light, heat and air.

Yet another little trick up its beauty sleeve, Vitamin C neutralises chlorine, which can dry the skin. So for a bath that doesn’t smell like a swimming pool, add around 1000mg of Vitamin C in powder or effervescent tablet form to counteract chlorine tap water.  It’s really a wonder that Vitamin C only comes third in the alphabet – but it comes first in our toiletry bags this winter.



Head-turning deals: V for Hair and Beauty Merivale

As the temperatures start their downward descent, it’s the ultimate opportunity to give your skin some love because, for all the upcoming seasonal highlights, the downside of the cooler temperatures is the drying effect they have on our skin.



A 60-minute Exfoliation and Hydration Facial with a Dilo Oil infusion with the experts at V for Hair and Beauty Merivale, can not only keep your skin in tip-top condition, but with a double cleanse, double steam exfoliation, prescribed face mask to infuse and plump the skin, Dilo infusion massage, it’s also just bliss!

The Exfoliation and Hydration Facial is just one of the ‘Hot Deals’ you’ll find at, where the hottest hair, beauty and barber deals are regularly updated. Perhaps you’re ready to embrace winter with a ‘cool’ new colour palette or you’re yearning for some warmth – either way, this talented team can create a head-turning new look just for you. After all, they don’t just do hair, they do beautiful.



The masters of massage: Beauty Progress

“Your body is your temple; it’s your home and you must decorate it,” said Gabourey Sidibe. A temple to self-ease and beauty itself, Beauty Progress Thai Massage and Spa is the place to visit to ensure the body your soul calls home is relaxed, toned and free from muscular aches and pains.



Massage is their specialty and there is an extensive menu of massage types to leave you feeling wonderful. Along with Sports Massage and Swedish Massage, there is Traditional Thai, Herbal Thai, Therapeutic Thai, Aromatherapy Thai and Four Hands Thai, all available as full body or specific body area options. Owner and Therapist Wendy Barker can talk you through the options and advise on the massage style that would be most beneficial.

Authenticity defines your experience when you visit Beauty Progress for your Thai massage, because specialist masseurs Anne and Orn are Thailand born and trained. Anne herself became an expert in Thai massage after discovering its therapeutic effects when she felt sore and movement was impaired. “I had a Thai massage and I discovered how incredibly effective it is and that was that,” she says. “I had to learn how to do it.”

Orn says getting massages regularly makes a huge difference to your comfort and movement, and both Anne and Orn ensure they receive regular massages themselves. “It strengthens your body and it really revives you when you are tired,” Orn says.

Training for five years in Thailand, Anne and Orn have called Christchurch home for eleven years now, but they travel back to Thailand regularly to learn about the latest developments in massage. A combined approach to massage styles is available and customers love to mix traditional Thai massage with sports massage.

“A great massage can leave you feeling so great – it can become addictive and we have customers who never go a week without a massage,” Anne says. “We can improve aches and pains anywhere on the body and it’s really helpful if customers are specific about the areas that need improvement,” Orn says.

At Beauty Progress, the full range of facials, body treatments and spa packages are available. “They combine so well with massage as a gift to yourself or someone special,” Wendy says. Discover more at


Winter skin

You know how your grandma said to take care of your possessions so they last a lifetime? Well your skin is no different. For all of winter’s seasonal highlights – hitting the slopes, snuggling by the fire, chunky knit throws and spiced mulled wine – the downside is the drying effect it has on our skin. So, while winter is the time to update your wardrobe, it’s also the time to update your skincare regime. We’ve pulled together some top tips for looking after your skin throughout the cool months of winter.



1. Our skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of our bodies. When it is dry and cold, that water is able to evaporate off the surface faster and easier. So throwing back an extra glass or two of water each day over the cooler months can help restore the moisture in your skin.

2. It may seem like common sense, but moisturising is the first step to keeping skin hydrated throughout winter. So invest in the best. This is one time when quality really does trump quantity. Body oils are also a great option, as they can create a barrier before having a warm bath to prevent skin from drying out.

3. While it’s tempting to get home on a cold day and jump into a hot shower, taking hot showers and not immediately moisturising after can result in small cracks in the surface of the skin which expose the skin nerves to air, creating what’s known as ‘winter’s itch’; dry, itchy and irritated skin that can feel like eczema. If you do have a hot shower, lather on the moisturiser while the room is still nice and steamy.

4. This is one time of the year when it’s OK to chill on the exfoliation routine. Too much exfoliating during the winter months when it is cold and dry can compromise your skin’s barrier.

5. Cleanse gently. Harsh cleansers can strip away natural oils, leaving your skin exposed. Cream-based cleansers, preferably with moisturising attributes, will remove the day’s dirt and makeup while keeping the moisture in.

6. Slapping on sunscreen in winter may seem like the last thing on your mind, but sunscreen is just as important during winter to protect skin from those harmful UV rays – especially in New Zealand. Opt for a sunscreen with at least SPF30 and if you’re heading up the slopes, make sure you reapply every two hours – or immediately after heavily sweating.


Naturally beautiful: Natural Zest Skincare

Most of us would love to tread more lightly on this earth, reduce waste and pesticide use while supporting local, ethically sourced and organic products, but time is the great limiter – time to shop around, time to research, time to experiment.



When it comes to choosing skincare, Christchurch local Amanda Grindrod makes it easy. Her online range – Natural Zest Skincare – is all natural, made in accordance with cosmetic regulations following ‘Good Manufacturing Practice’. Made from organic ingredients where possible, they are sustainably and ethically sourced and cruelty free, and the packaging (apart from lids) is recyclable and glass, rather than plastic.

There are five moisturisers, a revitalising facial oil that improves elasticity, a foaming cleanser, a toner, and a facial scrub is in the making. The products are affordably priced and handmade in small batches. Unlike in most products the first ingredient is not water but flower water – the end product of the distillation of making essential oils, meaning that 100 percent of each product is therapeutically beneficial.

The scent of the natural oils used, such as manuka, sweet orange blossom and ylang ylang, have proved irresistible, and “positive feedback about the brand through word of mouth from existing customers has created steady growth for the business,” Amanda says. A practicing nurse with Diplomas in Aromatherapy, Organic Skincare Formulation, and working towards a Certificate in Herbal Medicine, Amanda loves the process, “starting from the beginning with the basics, to create something beautiful, natural and beneficial”.

Spend $80 or more in June and receive a free travel-sized moisturiser. Visit to contact Amanda for guidance on the products best suited to your skin.