7 Elegant Black and Gold Beauty Products
Strike it rich with the elegant assurance offered by black and gold
WORTH THE WAIT
It’s taken 10 years since its creation to reach a New Zealand retailer, but Black Orchid, the first fragrance under designer Tom Ford’s name, will soon be on sale here. The opulent scent is emblematic of Ford’s impactful style and we’re counting down until his fragrances and makeup are on counter, first at the new David Jones department store in Wellington which opens on July 28 and then, come September, at Smith & Caughey’s, Auckland. Tom Ford Black Orchid 100ml edp for $290; also in smaller sizes.
OH LA LA
The Atelier des Ors French fragrance house was set up just a year ago and has five fragrances designed to have unisex appeal by nose Marie Salamagne. We think the bottles need to be on display with backlighting to show off the gold flakes within. Lune Feline is a spicy musky mix with vanilla. $499, exclusive to World Beauty, visit worldbrand.co.nz
THE BEE’S KNEES
Royal Jelly and Black Bee Honey from the Channel island of Ouessant (Ushant) enrich the Abeille Royale line from French prestige beauty house Guerlain. The range now boasts two new products, a skin nectar lotion and this Honey Smile Lift Lip Contour Sculpting Treatment, $136, designed to not only nourish with beeswax butter, but also to smooth and firm. The silky formula glides on easily in a honey-toned shade. From Smith & Caughey’s Queen St.
Sort you skin with a two-step spa-inspired beauty ritual of a dry brush facial massage followed by the application of a nourishing mask laden with extracts of black diamond truffle. Pearl and 24ct gold add radiance, while bamboo charcoal helps purify skin. The Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir, $458, is an addition to Estee Lauder’s top-of-the-line Re-Nutriv range. From selected department stores and pharmacies.
Makeup maven Bobbi Brown says luxury is all about things that are timeless and of the best quality. Her Luxe Lip Colour, $62, is a sumptuous lipstick that meets the definition. It comes in a chic crest-embossed gold tube in an impressive 30 shades, including this Neutral Rose. Glides on easily, depositing soft nourishing shine in one swipe. From Bobbi Brown counters.
With winter biting, the allure of warmth is irresistible and just looking at this Yves Saint Laurent next-generation bronzer makes us think of desert sands and tropical getaways. If you’re stuck at home, fake the bake with YSL Sahariennes Bronzing Stones, $105. This near weightless powder imparts glow without shine and comes in three subtle shades. From selected department stores and pharmacies.
BODY AND SOUL
Live in the moment, with the sensorial pleasure of this body oil which is designed to more than moisturise. Shiseido’s premier Future Solution range helps protects skin against ageing environmental stress. Its LX Replenishing Treatment Oil, $220, is a multi-tasker with a cosseting delicate fragrance drawn from yuzu, one of six oils within. It absorbs readily to anoint the body, but can also be used on the face, hands, nails and even hair to impart a silky feel. From Shiseido counters, where Future Solution’s Total Regenerating Body Cream is another indulgent option.