Beauty

Heavenly Haven

Heavenly Haven

Situ­ated right in the heart of Wel­ling­ton city is Body­haven Spa, a tran­quil and exot­ic urb­an escape. An award-win­n­ing boutique spa with an impress­ive range of treat­ments and ser­vices, Body­haven offers an over­whelm­ingly relax­ing envir­on­ment of reju­ven­a­tion and recov­ery. Tucked away on the mezzan­ine floor of the Amora Hotel on Wake­field Street, the spa has […]

A vintage look for both on stage and off

A vintage look for both on stage and off

Fanci­for­ia Fox­glove may be adorned with diamantes, feath­ers and lashes, but she still doesn’t throw her cre­at­or, Bailey McCor­mack, into the shade. Bailey and her alter ego have been cut­ting a swathe through the Wel­ling­ton burlesque/pinup/vintage scene for five years, and she will be one of 10 final­ists in Miss Pinup New Zea­l­and at The Very […]

Less is more

Less is more

On a warm, wind­less Wel­ling­ton morn­ing, I walked down Cour­tenay Place on the search for Mar­garet Hema’s salon. A search is required. For­tu­nately, I was fore­warned. I’d met Mar­garet for a facial pre­vi­ously, and I found myself, again, up two flights of stairs, through a door, then anoth­er, before find­ing her in the clas­sic heritage […]

Red Alert

Red Alert

Red lips should no longer be ban­ished to black tie events. Red lip­stick, once reserved solely for ‘that even­ing look’, can abso­lutely be worn — whenev­er you damn well feel like it. While it has to be said that although red lip­stick has stood the test of time as a glam­our staple, it can be an […]

A Christmas present for yourself

A Christmas present for yourself

I knew a trip to the day spa was likely to be more than, shall we say, tol­er­able, how­ever I didn’t expect to leave feel­ing so edu­cated. But, as I dis­covered, the Ella Baché Skin Care Salon is no ordin­ary spa. Ella Baché, loc­ated in the James Cook Hotel, is the brand’s flag­ship salon in […]

After Glow

After Glow

The tal­en­ted con­tem­por­ary dan­cer is now based in Lon­don, with fest­ivals across Europe on her plate for the rest of the year — includ­ing two weeks in Bar­celona, work­ing with cho­reo­graph­ers from around the world. “I’m anxious at the moment, because I’ve only ever lived in Wel­ling­ton, so it’s mov­ing my entire life!” the 24-year-old told […]

Katie Bradford

Katie Bradford

As a mem­ber of TVNZ’s Par­lia­ment­ary press gal­lery team, 32-year-old Katie Brad­ford has a per­fectly powdered nose for news that takes her around the coun­try and the globe as stor­ies break. This fre­quent fly­er always looks glam­or­ous under pres­sure, and always has a bag at the ready, in case of urgent travel to anoth­er city […]

Abigail’s allegro

Abigail’s allegro

When the lights go up, and the cur­tain lifts, Abi­gail Boyle takes centre stage with full makeup, slicked hair and tutu as a dan­cer in the Roy­al New Zea­l­and Bal­let. Yet des­pite the stress of con­stantly apply­ing and remov­ing makeup — not to men­tion the dan­cing in between — her skin pos­it­ively glows. The dan­cer, who’s […]

Restoring Balance

Restoring Balance

If you’re exper­i­en­cing a mid­winter (or long-term) break-out, pig­ment­a­tion prob­lem or oth­er skin woe, and have tried everything but failed to find a solu­tion that works, then make Thorndon’s Skin Ther­apy your next des­tin­a­tion. Treat­ing skin from below the sur­face, and find­ing the under­ly­ing cause for prob­lems, is the focus for Skin Ther­apy own­er, Rachel […]

Beauty Bloggers

Beauty Bloggers

Why can’t nail­ing winged eye­liner, achiev­ing per­fect glowy skin, or dis­cuss­ing MAC’s latest and greatest cre­ations be classed as an ‘interest’? It’s a ques­tion pondered by Wel­ling­ton friends Mor­gan Ash­worth (24) and Har­riet Pud­ney (23) — one that led them to launch beauty blog Hyacinth Girl, to prove that a love of beauty isn’t vap­id. The […]