The Best Stuff
- colour lover
- Contributed Stories
- creative business
- creative hq
- emerging designer
- fly the coop
- for the home
- Gift Ideas
- graphic design
- guest blogger
- interior design
- make up
- new zealand
- product design
- REAL WORLD
- sponsored post
- store front
- student work
- studio home
- Studio Home Interview
Category Archives: beauty
Do you think its something to do with getting older? This intense attraction I am slowly building for deliciously scented soaps and creams? My mum covets floral smelling handcreams like its nobody’s business and this has just spread to expensive body scrubs and oils which is way outside her normally frugal character!
Anyway…I’ll be happy to embrace this rite of passage if it means I can collection beautiful handmade products like these from Vice and Velvet!
Dreamed and cooked up by hand in Melbourne by clever creator; Mei Ong , the collection has grown to include bar soaps, bathing whip, body mousse and polishes….sounds pretty lush right?
All products are made entirely from scratch and include no nasties, using only all natural ingredients.
I welcome you to browse here!
Imagery supplied by and posted with permission of Vice and Velvet
Bashful Garter might be a new kids on the “down under internet block” BUT they have arrived in a cloud of creativity and packing some seriously fresh ideas on how to represent and share their brands with YOU!
They stock a carefully curated stable of labels that manufacture in Australia and New Zealand and a growing number from further a field that also champion fairtrade, organic cloth, organic dyes and fair conditions for offshore garment workers.
Taking great pride in their seasonal shoots, I was excited to share their latest one with you here. If you love the vibe, aesthetic and underlying values of what Bashful Garter are up to then please take a click stroll through their vibrant collections.
Imagery courtesy of Bashful Garter
Photographery by Petter Karlstrom and styling by Leigh Karlstrom
Hair and Make up by Veronika Moreira
Model Hanna Rundlof from London Mgt Group, Sydney
Kiwi Anna Ross has come a long way from her jewellery design roots to be the leader of exciting independent, “bad stuff ” free nail colour brand; Kester Black. Never one to be following the bunch, Kester Black has grown a fan base in love with not only their colour palettes and quality of polish, but fun their collaborations, ethical business focus AND the brands quest for creativity in what has traditionally been a pretty commercial and glossy part of the beauty industry.
Pictured in this AMAZING imagery you can see the first 4 colours released as part of Kester Blacks annual collection. The art direction is all thanks to Copenhagan based Spatial Designer and Visual Artist Anny Wang. Staggering….Imagery courtesy of Kester Black
Art Direction by Anny Wang ……
It was actually while out Christmas shopping that I spotted, then swiped a passing whiff of the beautiful Vetyver Begamot fragrance by NZ brand; Ingrid Starnes.
Primarily making their mark in the local fashion world, it has been an exciting development to watch the team build on their debut all natural fine fragrance with a now growing collection of skincare, soap and scented candles.
Vetyver and bergamot perfume oils have been essential ingredients in skincare for centuries. Here they are paired with healing organic manuka honey, soothing organic goat’s milk and the best in modern, all natural clinical practice to create versatile skincare for sensitive and demanding skin types.
Explore the whole, beautifully packaged collection online here.Imagery courtesy of Ingrid Starnes
Top campaign image by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel.
Make-up by Shirley Simpson.
Product photography by Duncan Innes with styling and remaining ingredient imagery by Victoria Spicer
Something TOTALLY different today!
We are lucky enough to debut one of the awesome Sans [ceuticals] How-To tutorials. Based on the core values of ‘the three P’s’: Purity, Potency and Performance, Sans [ceuticals] products for your body and hair are chemical-free and highly active, designed to renew the texture and appearance of your skin and hair. Sounds pretty good to me…and the best bit? Their new arrival to the world of online retailing.
Enjoy the The Low and Lazy Pony tutorial by Matt Benns of Stephen Marr and scroll to the bottom to learn how to win a beautiful Skin & Hair Salve Kit valued at $112 !
THE LOW AND LAZY PONY
Wash and nourish hair with Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Hair Wash and Volumising Hair Hydratant
Side part hair with a tail comb.
Back comb hair in small horizontal sections, working from the back of your natural parting downwards. Smooth over to remove surface backcombing.
Apply a pea sized drop of Volumising Hydratant to palm of hand, work through and smooth through hair.
Gather hair at the nape of neck.
Tie off with an elastic band.
An effortless and elegant look that can take you from a day at work to an afternoon at the beach – ideal for those busy summer days ahead!
See more Sans Style HERE!Images courtesy of Sans [ceuticals]
Hair by Matt Benns of Stephen Marr
Photography by Oliver Rose
ENTER TO WIN THE SANS [CEUTICALS] SKIN + HAIR SALVE KIT
AND OUR LUCKY WINNER IS GEM HARPER!
- Sans [ceuticals] Nourishing Hair Wash
- Sans [ceuticals] Volumising Hair Hydratant
- Sans [ceuticals] pH perfect Body Wash
– subscribe to the Sans [ceuticals] newsletter
– in the comments below confirm that you have and let me know your favourite product!
Winner drawn at random on Thursday
Imagery courtesy of Drugstore
Photography by Emma Byrnes of Heartland
The name might have you guessing a little but Drugstore is a new Australian based online haven offering premium, artisan products for the mind, body, soul and home. In addition to the goodies like wooden tooth brushes, charcoal face puffs and exotic toothpaste, owner Pooja Sharma has also developed an in house brand featuring a black soap and beauty/beard oil. Good things to come here I think!
Definitely worth a look for your discerning gift giving!