Take a romp through spring…

Couture houses  synonymous with elegance and wealth have been dressing the rich and famous  for decades but for most of us a puff of fragrance will be the only moment we’ll share with some of the world’s most creative. 

Here in the Antipodes our very own New Zealand Fashion Week is underway and in celebration of both fashion and fragrance I hit the beauty counters this week to capture a whiff of spring.

It was love at first spray with… 

Marc Jacobs Dot…  This guy is seriously cool and his latest fragrance, brings his obessesion with this season’s hot dot, to the masses . If you are fan of Lola then you will love the man’s version of a dotty ladybird landing on a flower. The bottle could take centre stage but the fragrance, a  blend of honeysuckle, vanilla, musk and jasmine still remains the star.

L’Eau de Chloe… With it’s soft green trademark bow and light green tint, I spritzed L’Eau de Chloe on a wet and windy morning and it was instant love – light and modern, it took me back to a time of innocence of ages past –  hallelujah to spring.

L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney … Epitomising Brit cool, everything Stella touches turns to gold (we will forgive her the GB Olympic uniform!) and this lily of the valley inspired perfume, dedicated to her late mother Linda, is no exception. Described as like taking a romp through a spring field and arriving much later in a mossy forest, for this writer my journey of the senses lasted throughout the day. My Christmas wish-list just got bigger!!

Pleats Please by Issey Miyake … Paying homage to this Japanese designers runaway “Pleats Please”  success,  this combo of some of my favourite fruits and flowers, nashi, peony, sweet pea, vanilla and patchouli made for me an OMG moment – take a bow Mr Miyake.

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia…Loving both gardenia and frangipani in equal amounts, I didn’t need much enticing to wear this for a day.  Add a dollop of berry, pear and brown sugar and spring is looking blooming good.


Damn rosacea

Perfect skin was something that a few of my genetically blessed friends possessed..the rest of us battled through the minefield that constitutes the teenage years, wearing with pride bright blue eyeshadow, enough rouge to look like we were auditioning for the circus and to wipeout the wicked pimples, foundation, foundation and more foundation!!

The more settled thirties and a  pared back approach to beauty then heralded the arrival of the dreaded wrinkle and the beginning of my cosmeceutical obsession. But it was in my late forties while lying back and relishing my good fortune to be enjoying a weekend at a luxury resort, that the rather serious therapist  announced that my lovely red flushed face was in fact rosacea.   Being told to swap wine for water, science for nature and that there was no cure put this beauty obsessive into cyber-space. Google rosacea and sufferers the world over, all sharing and caring, have loads of advice. My quest began with a visit to a derm and a three month prescription of doxy. My skin cleared but make-up free,  still looked like I was having a bad-blusher day!!

And so my decade journey with cosmeceuticals came to an abrupt end and I started navigating  the natural route.

Baby steps…

Changing my cleansing lotion and scrub to comfort zone’sacred nature has made a huge improvement. With  homage to high-end luxury (big tick) this eco-certified Italian spa brand promises protection with results.

Currently in my bathroom…

sacred nature bio-certified cleansing milk.

Smelling like almonds this delicate cleansing milk with buriti oil for antioxidant defence, butterfly bush extract for DNA cellular protection and shea butter and jojoba oils for nourishing, does a splendid job of taking off my makeup and leaving my skin soft and balanced.

Twice-weekly treat…

sacred nature bio-certified gommage

A creamy delicate scrub with jojoba particles – the hardest thing about this is sticking to my twice-weekly date. Instantly smoothing this is the first scrub in a long while  not to leave me red and irritated.

sacred nature

Flirting with….

Trilogy rosehip oil antioxidant+

This cult kiwi-brand product just got better with the addition of super-duper antioxidants.  As I have an oily t-zone are limiting to after dark , both alone and combined with my fav nightcream (more on that later). Early days but the future is looking bright (maybe not the right word for a rosacea sufferer).  Will up-date later.

Trilogy Rosehip


eyelash extensionsI have been a big fan of the blogging phenonomen for a while now and have flirted with the idea of my own Antipodes based blog but like alot of wannabee writers wonderered if a. I was any good? and b. what would I blog about?  And more to the point is there anyone out there that would want to read it!!????

It was with the visit of my much younger and talented sister from Melbourne, herself a theatre writer and blogger, that mybeautyobsessions became a reality and so it is to Rock that I dedicate my first review.


In just over an hour I am transformed by my fablashes therapist from a genetic lash volume deficit to possessing full and flirty peepers.  And that’s no mean feat, as not being possessed with the largest of eyes, I much prefer au natural to disco queen. Lightwight synthetic lashes are bonded on a ‘lash by lash’ basis to my natural lashes and are definately not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment. Allow at least an hour to two for the first treatment and then follow-up infills every 2-3 weeks. My morning make-up routine now just a dab of foundation, blusher and lippie and I’m good to go. The final effect on my 50+ eyes – the closest I can come to winning the lash jackpot!!!

Pros –  My quest  to find the perfect mascara over, no more poking oneself in the eye with said mascara, morning panda eyes gone and an extra 10min lie-in!

Cons – Having to learn not to have a gool ol rub of the eyes first thing in the morning.

A few of my favourite things

Like a lot of good ideas this one came about over a nice bottle of wine and plenty of wit and wisdom shared between four friends. After working for a wonderful non-profit organisation for six years I had decided it was time for a change. The idea of a summer spent by the pool appealed but aside from the fact that I would have to share space with offspring and friends and the very real threat of melanoma I knew my holiday was but a temporary one.

What were some of my favourite things? Aside from my family and friends, in no particular order, a list was underway. Magazines – from my first subscription at a tender age, a lifetime love. My first lipgloss purchase – the beginning of an infatuation, and with love from mum, the skill to tell a story.

And so from a weekend in Wellington and a push from friends my writing career was born. I can’t promise to change lives but I hope to keep you up to date with the constantly changing, but always fascinating world of beauty.


Princess Tina Magazine beauty blog

My first obsession – Princess Tina Magazine.