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Best buys for that summer glow

Claudia Renford showcases beauty buys that will help create a bright, summery glow.


Feminine, floral, soft and sensual are words that best describe the hot fragrances for summer 2015. However, we are no longer choosing signature scents on aroma alone – we’re also coveting the ornate bottles that look like pretty, sculptured pieces of art. Far from hiding in the bathroom cabinet, these beauties are out on display.

Valentino Donna Eau de Parfum, 30ml, $120, Montblanc Lady Emblem, 30ml, $70, Chloé Eau de Toilette, 30ml, $89, Valeur Absolue Vitalité, 45ml, $115.


Love a little lux for less? Bourjois, one of the world’s oldest and most affordable cosmetic brands, has hit New Zealand. Famous for their little pastel blush pots with a rose and vanilla scent, this cult classic is available to Kiwis in time to pretty up spring.

Bourjois Blush in Golden Rose, $25. Watch for the full range coming soon.


There’s nothing quite like lovely bouncy curls during the warmer months. “The most beautiful curls have shine and definition, but still look natural,” says hairstylist Kevin Murphy.

  • Kevin Murphy Killer Curls, $70. For medium to coarse wavy hair, this has fruit extracts to strengthen and moisturise.

  • Joico Curl Refreshed Reanimating Mist, $34. Perfect handbag size for girls who want style on the go – use to reactivate curls between washes.

  • Kérastase Résistance Masque Thérapiste, $67. Treat from the core with a mask designed to leaves tresses revitalised and stronger, with more bounce.

From left to right: Kevin Murphy Killer Curls, $70, Joico Curl Refreshed Reanimating Mist, $34, Kérastase Résistance Masque Thérapiste, $67.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could rub away cellulite? We might not be there yet but beauty companies are getting close. Mia Calnea CeluStoper ProEffect, $22, reduces the visible signs of cellulite by exfoliating while stimulating blood flow. Use on wet skin in a circular motion with your anti-cellulite cream.


If you love your skincare products but feel they could be a little more potent, Elizabeth Arden has come to the rescue. Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $107, is designed to improve the effectiveness of your serum and moisturiser by strengthening and hydrating the skin’s outer layer. Apply after cleansing and toning, but before your serum.

From left to right: Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil, $40, Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil-Cream, $40, Mia Calnea CeluStoper ProEffect, $22, Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $107.


Rosehip and argan oil mixed with rosemary and lavender are powerful, nourishing antioxidants that help promote smooth, younger-looking skin. L’Oréal have introduced an oil-rich skincare range with micro-pearls of the essential oils to help reduce the signs of age and fatigue.

Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil, $40, and Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil-Cream, $40.

From left to right: Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara, $34, Guerlain Abeille Royale Gold Eyetech Serum, $204. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector, $80.


Suffer from dark circles under the eyes? These are often caused by age, as skin becomes thin and blood vessels more visible. Correct, conceal, widen, lift and lengthen the look of dull, tired eyes with these brightening beauty buys.

Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara, $34, Guerlain Abeille Royale Gold Eyetech Serum, $204. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector, $80.

Words by Claudia Renford

Photos by Bauer Studio (NZ)

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