A fuss-free Mother’s Day gift

A fuss-free Mother’s Day gift

Want to sort out a fuss-free Mother’s Day gift in a flash? Whether you’re looking for a gift for a fashion lover or beauty queen we’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide

1.The Mint Republic – Boh Runga Feather Stud Rose Gold (RRP $289.00) –  Boh Runga’s incredible knack for creating simple and stunning pieces of jewellery makes her Feather Collection the ultimate gift for Mum – this pair of Rose-Gold Feather Studs being the best little gift to express your love. 
2.The Mint Republic – Gala Darling Spirit and Courage Slim Silver Cuff (RRP $179.00) – Gift her something really special and heartfelt this mothers day, in the form of a Gala Darling bracelet with words of love and courage to take with her everywhere she goes. 
3.The Mint Republic – Lindi Kingi Halo Topaz and Diamond Drop Pendant Necklace (RRP $189.00) – Treat Mum to something timeless this Mother’s Day, this gorgeous Lindi Kingi necklace will make the perfect addition to any ensemble.
4.Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Masks (RRP $24.99) – Encourage Mum to indulge in some “Her Time” with a box of Neutrogena’s ultra-luxurious, ultra-hydrating Hydro Boost Face Masks.
5.Smashbox #ShapemattersPalette (RRP $170.00) – Sure to make you Mum’s favourite, this palette has everything she needs to create the perfect look, every time.
A fuss-free Mother's Day gift6. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (RRP $164.00) – Give the gift of beautiful, hydrated, more youthful-looking skin thanks to Murad’s NEW Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence – it’ll be the Mother’s Day gift that just keeps on giving!
7. FABY Where Is My Head (RRP $20.00) – In a warm wintery shade of purple form the Faby’s latest illusion Collection, she’ll be wearing this versatile shade for many months to come!
8. COLLECTION Cosmetics Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze (RRP $22.99) – This palette by COLLECTION Cosmetics is perfect for the Mum who loves to keep things neutral, but always glam.
9.  Timothy Oulton Severn Tote available from Dawson & Co (RRP $489.00) – Update Mum’s bag-of-everything with a beautiful leather tote from luxury British designer Timothy Oulton – style and practicality all in one!
10. LASHEMLash & Brow Enhancing Serum (RRP $85.00) – Pamper Mum by gifting her a tube of LASHEM – sure to help her achieve her most luscious lashes and beautiful brows yet   
WIN … head HERE to see how you can win some of these stunning products to kick-start your Mother’s Day shopping!

Kester Black and O&M Collaboration

Kester Black and O&M Collaboration

Kester BlackKester Black and O&M Collaboration is the perfect way to brighten your style this spring.

Kester Black have collaborated with Australian brand O&M to release a unique range of 12 new colours.

O&M, also known as Original & Mineral, are an Australian hair care company that produces a luxury range of natural hair care products.

One of O&M’s innovations is their Clean Colour Technology (CCT) hair dyes that offer a gentle alternative to the harsh ammonia based products that dominate the market.

Kester Black and O&M have combined their expertise in sustainability and colour development to create a range of 12 new nail polish colours.

The new range offers a selection of rich earthy tones and vibrant colours inspired by nature. The collaboration was a natural choice for the two companies, who share a commitment to producing high quality products that are ethically manufactured.

Kester Black and O&M prove that you do not need harsh chemicals to create professional quality beauty and cosmetics products.

The 12 colours are available for a limited time only.



Bad Hair Day Leaves Kiwi Women Angry at the World

Bad Hair Day Leaves Kiwi Women Angry at the World

New Zealand women say a bad hair day makes them feel angry at the world, want to stay home and hide, and that shampoo companies don’t keep their promises, according to new research.

The study of 1005 New Zealand women was commissioned by leading hair care brand Pantene to investigate Kiwi women’s attitudes towards their hair and their perception of hair care companies.

And while it’s no secret that hair can make a difference to how a woman feels about herself, few would have guessed the heavy toll it can have on an individual’s self-worth.

Just over one in ten Kiwi women said a bad hair day would leave them feeling “frustrated and angry at the world”, while 13% of us would actively avoid eye contact with people if our hair wasn’t up to scratch.

Twenty-three percent of women surveyed said if they were unhappy with their hair they’d rather stay at home than venture outside, with more than half of all respondents saying a bad hair day leaves them feeling embarrassed and self-conscious.

Having hair that looks good had widespread social benefits for respondents with 57% of women saying they are more likely to go out, and one-third claiming they are more likely to take a ‘selfie’ or have a photo with friends.

Good hair was also significant for Kiwi women when it came to the dating game with 6% of respondents saying they were more likely to ask someone out on a date and 15% saying they’re more likely to talk to a complete stranger.

Nearly 90% of women say they are unhappy with their current hair care regime, with two thirds of respondents saying they fall short or completely fail to deliver on what they promise.

Plus, 50% of all Kiwi women said damage is their number one concern when it comes to the condition of their hair.

Psychologist Sara Chatwin says the research clearly shows the importance we place on our appearance in our everyday lives.

“Whether this comes from within and is related to our own sense of self-worth; whether we have been conditioned by all the glamorous images we see of women with beautiful hair, or a combination of them both, who knows? The reality is that women are having ‘bad hair days’ and this is affecting how they perceive themselves and how they respond to different situations at home, socially and the workplace.”

Chatwin says hair can be a significant factor in self-definition for some women and men. “Even in Biblical times long, luxurious air was viewed as a sign of strength and virility for men and beauty for women, as an example Sampson lost his strength when his hair was cut. Today men often grow facial hair to appear rugged and virile while women pour a great deal of money into hair colour, cuts and products,” she says.

Jane Wecker, Pantene brand manager, says the company commissioned the study to understand the needs of New Zealand women and deliver a product line-up that truly meets what they are looking for. “We have taken on board the feedback from Kiwi women and have launched the Pantene Promise, a breakthrough formulation in hair care, in response,” she says. “We are confident the new formulation promises up to 100% damage protection with a lightweight feel so women no longer have to compromise.”




Kester Black – nail polish Part 1

Kester Black – nail polish Part 1

Part 1 – Kester Black

Part 1 of the annual colour collection by Kester Black has officially been released, and it showcases a 4-piece range of unique and inspiring nail polish shades.

Each colour as intricate and versatile as the next, Kester Black introduces the new range with an unspecified theme and with individual names. Perennial, Rust, Petra and Quartz are now a part of the permanent nail polish collection by the cruelty-free brand.

Staying true to their reputation for exciting collaborations, The Part 1 campaign images are designed by Copenhagen Spatial Designer and Visual Artist Anny Wang.

Part 1 - Kester BlackAnny’s work has effortlessly amplified the emotional impact of the colours, and once again, have Kester Black products blurring the lines between cosmetics, beauty, and creative design.

These colours are available now on the Kester Black online store and at selected stockists for the RRP of $20

Kester Black nail polish is professional quality, high shine and chip-resistant. Our colours follow the “Five Free Formula” meaning it contains no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor.


Delayed honeymoons – the new trend

Delayed honeymoons – the new trend

by Anita Gatley, a regular contributor to My Wedding, who is a honeymoon and wedding travel specialist.

I’m not sure why, but 2015 seems to be the year for ‘delayed’ honeymoons.

I’ve had several bookings from couples who either never had a honeymoon straight after their wedding, or who have waited several years to go on that special trip.

Whether you are honeymooning after months or years of marriage, it is still a momentous occasion. A time for you to push the boat out and make it a really exceptional holiday!

Let’s face it, if you are honeymooning immediately after the wedding you need something to look forward to! Often a honeymoon is the ‘icing on the cake’. It is a time for you to relax together alone and get over what is often an emotional few months. You may have had a fantastic wedding day, but once that is over, it can be a bit of an anti-climax. This is why as a Wedding Travel Specialist I recommend including the honeymoon in your overall wedding budget. This ensures it is not an after-thought and you have something to look forward to.

Don’t think of your honeymoon as a normal holiday – it is not. If you’ve always wanted to stay in a beachfront room, have a massage or spa, or go on a romantic picnic cruise for two … this is the holiday during which to make these wishes a priority. Use a Wedding Travel Specialist – they will try and get as many inclusions for you as they can!

Whether you want to reach the far-away beaches of Asia or Hawaii, or are looking for a honeymoon a little closer to home in the South Pacific, there are a number of unforgettable options available. We are so lucky to live in this part of the world, and destinations such as Fiji and The Cook Islands will always be popular. With more and more islands being developed every year, there is always somewhere new to discover.

Over 330 islands make up the Fiji archipelago ,and barely 100 are inhabited, so it is still possible to stumble across deserted beaches, discover tumbling waterfalls in the jungle, dive off pristine coral reefs and visit local villages where you can interact with the lovely Fijian people.

Rarotonga is always popular, too. A trip out to Aitutaki to swim and snorkel in the breathtaking azure-blue water is highly recommended. There are some fantastic internationally renowned resorts which offer exceptional quality and award-winning restaurants and spas so you can be truly indulgent!

Samoa is my unsung destination for 2015. A number of resorts have been built in the past few years and the beaches are to die for. Grab a car and drive around the island, swim with turtles, dive in the waterfalls, do a fishing trip or catch a ferry to Savai’i to see the blow holes. Samoa is a destination where you can be active or relax … and there aren’t hoards of people – yet.

For those who dream of paradise on earth, it is French Polynesia. There aren’t too many destinations I want to return to, but Tahiti (and Bora Bora in particular) is definitely one of them! Photos just cannot do it justice. If you are looking for the ultimate in a luxury honeymoon, this is it! I won’t lie – it isn’t a ‘cheap’ holiday, but your honeymoon is not just another holiday – it should be something special, and this place absolutely delivers. From stunning scenery to luxurious accommodation and exceptional food, French Polynesia does not disappoint.

Also on my radar for 2015 are the ever-popular honeymoon destinations like Thailand, Hawaii, the East Coast islands of Australia and The Maldives. The Maldives are an idyllic place to escape the stresses of modern life without having to forego any creature comforts. They really are the perfect choice for those looking for a sumptuous and lavish honeymoon experience. With a myriad of tiny islands and atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean, the azure waters of the lagoons and swaying palm trees lining the beach fulfill most honeymooners’ image of a tropical paradise.

So, if you are honeymooning this year, be sure to work with a specialist. A Wedding Travel Specialist has a different focus and researches products with a specific target market in mind. They have access to special rates and have relationships with key resorts and destinations, ensuring you receive premium packages and services when arranging your dream honeymoon or romantic escape.


Sugar and daily life

Sugar and daily life

Do you battle to manage your sugar cravings?

Sugar is certainly something we all loathe to love – it may be bad for us, but it tastes so darn good. Then there’s the issue of hidden sugars in much of what we consider everyday food!

“We tend to think of sugar as treats, supplied in foods such as sweets, cakes and slices. But you will be surprised how much sugar is hidden in foods and beverages that we consume on a daily basis. New Zealanders are consuming an excess amount of sugar. This can lead to unbalanced blood sugar levels, and can leave us feeling fatigued, unable to focus, experiencing low mood, hungry, craving sugars and carbohdyrates. GO Sugar Block could be the answer! It contains key ingredients to support balanced blood sugar levels, and lessen the amount of sugar the body absorbs” – Janeen Howard, GO Healthy NZ


Refined sugar has a fast rate of metabolism, little to no nutritional value, and leaves you feeling hungry and wanting more. When we consume refined sugar, it is quickly broken down in the body, driving insulin and blood sugar levels up and causing a quick surge of energy. If not used immediately, this energy is converted into fat by the body.

High sugar consumption is linked with obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. In New Zealand, 29% of adults and 9% of children obese, the highest rate in Australasia[i], and it is estimated that over 200,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes (predominantly type 2)[ii].

New Zealanders are consuming an excess amount of sugar on a daily basis, far exceeding the recommended amount for adults of nine teaspoons per day.

High levels of sugar consumption are becoming a concern world-wide with the World Health Organisation announcing earlier this year their intentions to draft new guidelines proposing sugars be reduced to less than 10% of total energy intake per day.

[i] New Zealand Herald (May 29,2014) www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11263969

[ii] New Zealand Ministry of Health (2014) www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes

Sugar and daily lifeThanks to GO Sugar Block you can now get help with both managing those cravings and reducing the effects of sugar on the body! Can also help with supporting healthy blood sugar levels! GO Healthy GO Sugar Block provides advanced support for the body to manage sugar and sugar cravings, with a potent combination of three key ingredients:

  • WHITE MULBERRY – contains an active compound DNJ (Deoxynojirimycin). DNJ is responsible for blocking the enzymes that break down sugars, meaning less is absorbed and more is excreted out of the body as waste.
  • CHROMIUM – GO Healthy GO Sugar Block contains two easily absorbed forms of Chromium, Picolinate and Nicolinate, which help to support healthy blood sugar levels and manage sugar cravings.
  • GYMNEMA – contains substances that help to decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine to support healthy blood sugars. Gymnema also has the added benefit of helping to manage sugar.

GO Healthy GO Sugar Block is available in GO Healthy VegeCapsules, made from non-GMO vegetable cellulose and 100% free from animal products such as gelatine. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, VegeCaps are easily digested.

STOCKIST DETAILS: GO Healthy products are available at major pharmacies and Health stores nationwide. For further information or to locate your nearest stockist visit, www.gohealthynz.co.nz or call GO Healthy’s toll free information line to speak to a GO practitioner; PH 0508 466 9327

What’s in your lipstick?

What’s in your lipstick?

Did you know that every time you lick your lips when wearing lippie, you’re ingesting that lipstick?

I was just reading an Inika Cosmetics press release and was horrified to discover that the average woman ingests nearly 22 grams of lippie a year!

The same release pointed that that some 10,500 industrial chemicals are used in cosmetics – including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxics, endocrine disrupters, plasticisers, degreasers and surfactants!

Considering that it only takes something like 26 seconds to absorb cosmetic chemicals into the bloodstream, I found the above rather alarming!

It seems chemicals are rife in everything from lipstick to shampoo, body washes and moisturisers.

We’ve all heard of parabens, but have you checked your perfume or nail polish for Phthalates, exposure to which has been linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life breast cancer?

And we all know about the dangers of lead having gone through the task of ensuring our paint no longer contained it. Lead may also be a contaminant in over 650 cosmetic products, including sunscreens, foundation, nail colors, lipsticks and whitening toothpaste. Lead is a proven neurotoxin, linked to learning, language and behavioral problems. It has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delays in puberty onset in girls.

This report by the Huffington Post makes for interesting reading on a recent study on a range of lipsticks bought over the counter.

It’s bad enough when a possibly toxic ingredient IS listed on the label – what about when it’s not? 1,4-dioxane is one of those you won’t find on the back of your product. It is a petroleum-derived contaminant formed in the manufacture of shampoos, body wash, children’s bath products and other sudsing cosmetics. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has ranked it as a possible carcinogen.

Do you use anti-bacterial soaps and deodorants? Have you checked for Triclosan which is used in soaps, deodorants and toothpastes to limit the growth of bacteria and mold. The chemical, which is classified as a pesticide, can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.

PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. One of the more common PAHs is naphthalene. Some cosmetics and shampoos are made with coal tar and therefore may contain PAHs. They have been shown to increase risk for breast cancer.

If you’re at all concerned about what’s in your favourite lippie or other personal care products, head to the Cosmetics Database where there are thousands of products you can search. But, be warned, it might frighten you off your favourite brands for life!

Gayle xx


Cosmetics Database, Breast Cancer Fund, Compound Interest


Why are Women Crabby?

Why are Women Crabby?

Why are Women Crabby?


The source of this piece is unknown – it’s one of those beauties that lands in your email inbox and you just know you have to share it. I laughed my socks off – and then realised the only step they’d missed in a woman’s excruciating journey was planning a wedding!

We started to ‘bud’ in our blouses at 9 or 10 years old only to find that anything that came in contact with those tender, blooming buds hurt so bad it brought us to tears. So came the ridiculously uncomfortable training bra contraption that the boys in school would snap until we had calluses on our backs.

Next, we get our periods in our early to mid-teens (or sooner). Along with those budding boobs, we bloated, we cramped, we got the hormone crankies, had to wear little mattresses between our legs or insert tubular, packed cotton rods in places we didn’t even know we had.

Our next little rite of passage was having sex for the first time which was about as much fun as having a ramrod push your uterus through your nostrils (IF he did it right and didn’t end up with his little cart before his horse), leaving us to wonder what all the fuss was about.

Then it was off to Motherhood where we learned to live on dry crackers and water for a few months so we didn’t spend the entire day leaning over Brother John. Of course, amazing creatures that we are (and we are), we learned to live with the growing little angels inside us steadily kicking our innards night and day making us wonder if we were preparing to have Rosemary’s Baby.

Our once flat bellies looked like we swallowed a whole watermelon and we pee’d our pants every time we sneezed. When the big moment arrived, the dam in our blessed Nether Regions invariably burst right in the middle of the mall and we had to waddle, with our big cartoon feet, moaning in pain, all the way to the ER.

Then it was huff and puff and beg to die while the OB says, ‘Please stop screaming, Mrs. Hear-me-roar. Calm down and push. ‘Just one more good push’ (more like 10), warranting a strong, well-deserved impulse to punch the %$#*@*#!* hubby and doctor square in the nose for making us cram a wiggling, mushroom-headed 10 pound bowling ball through a keyhole.

After that, it was time to raise those angels, only to find that when all that ‘cute’ wears off, the beautiful little darlings morphed into walking, jabbering, wet, gooey, snot-blowing, life-sucking little poop machines.

Then come their ‘Teen Years.’ Need I say more?

When the kids are almost grown, we women hit our voracious sexual prime in our early 40’s – while hubby had his somewhere around his 18th birthday.

So we progress into the grand finale: ‘The Menopause,’ the Grandmother of all womanhood. It’s either take HRT and chance cancer in those now seasoned ‘buds’ or the aforementioned Nether Regions, or sweat like a hog in July, wash your sheets and pillowcases daily and bite the head off anything that moves.

Now, you ask WHY women seem to be more spiteful than men, when men get off so easy, INCLUDING the icing on life’s cake: Being able to pee in the woods without soaking their socks…

So, while I love being a woman, ‘Womanhood’ would make the Great Gandhi a tad crabby. You think women are the ‘weaker sex?’ Yeah right!


Shoes you can live in …

Shoes you can live in …

Renee and I were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Ziera Shoes’ brand new concept store in Newmarket yesterday.

The location is perfect, at the quieter Remuera end of Newmarket and there’s off street parking right outside!

We enjoyed some divine nibbles and ice cold homemade lemonade while watching a fashion show featuring Sable & Minx’s AW14 Collection tied in with Ziera shoes.

Many of us consider comfortable shoes to be something grandma or mum would wear – flat, unattractive and plain old boring … think again!

There were heels, great colours, fab styles, and oodles of class! I tried on the boots and … oh my … it was very tempting not to leave them on and just keep on walking right out the door!

Ziera’s ethos is “Inspired by Fashion, Driven by Comfort” .. and they’re living up to that.

Pop into the store and check out the website! There’s a good range of slippers for the upcoming Winter months, as well as the most divine handbags at incredible prices!




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Your guide to drama-free denim

Your guide to drama-free denim

Choosing the right pair of denim jeans can be difficult. Once you get past the colour decision, you need to decide on a style and navigate the changing room rush for a place in front of the mirror. But something’s not quite right: the “skinny jeans” you’ve been longing for don’t look all that skinny; the high-waisted style makes your figure seem flat; or the boyfriend fit just looks like an oversized mess.

To take the stress out of picking jeans, EziBuy has developed a Drama Free Denim Guide, so that you get what you want out of your purchase. When you find the right fit, a great pair of jeans can be your wardrobe’s greatest asset so you can make the most of yours!

To Balance the Bumps…

If your aim is to tame those wild bits, choose denim with a light wash down the centre to trim thighs and a high waist to keep the tummy in check.

Denim 1

To Boost your Booty…

Fancy a booty-full behind? Boost your backside with a high yoke (the v- shaped section at the back of your jeans) and small angled back pockets for a perky rear.

Denim 2

Ride those Curves… 

If you fancy flaunting your curves, head for a light wash, bootleg and super stretch fabric to show everything off!

Denim 3

For Pins a Plenty…

Fancy the pins of an Amazonian supermodel? Create the illusion of endless legs with a straight and narrow fit and/or a high rise waist.

Denim 4

For the full range of EziBuy jeans visit www.EziBuy.co.nz.