M.A.C VIVA GLAM fund to donate $10,000,000 USD to help fight the COVID-19

Since 1994 M.A.C’s VIVA GLAM campaign has raised over $500,000,000 USD to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. 

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, M.A.C VIVA GLAM will donate $10,000,000 to 250 organisations around the world helping people who are at higher risk during the health crisis. 

The additional support from this donation will provide M·A·C Cosmetics’ new and existing partners with emergency COVID-19 relief funds to continue providing vital services, particularly to those who are immunocompromised.

M.A.C’s local New Zealand partner, Positive Women Inc., will also benefit from this donation as they continue to support women and families living with and affected by HIV.

“The VIVA GLAM grant this year is more significant than ever before as we manoeuvre through lockdowns, health concerns, and job insecurity due to COVID-19,” says Jane Bruning, National Coordinator of Positive Women Inc. “The fact that the VIVA GLAM Fund has removed
restrictions around what the grant needs to be used for is so important as it will enable us to focus on keeping our staff employed and supporting women and families living with and affected by HIV as needs develop during this very unsettling time.”

Additionally, VIVA GLAM will continue to raise money to support at-risk communities among women and girls, LGBTQ+ and those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. “VIVA GLAM has never been about one cause, but about support to vulnerable communities. It was created many years ago simply as a hardship fund for people who needed safety nets,” said John Demsey, Chairman of the M•A•C VIVA GLAM FUND & Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

“To leverage this 100% giving model to help people affected by COVID-19 is a continuation of the principles VIVA GLAM was founded on.”

To show your support, purchase any of the current shade of VIVA GLAM – you can purchase them online right here – or send a message of solidarity on Instagram by using #MACKissOfGratiftude. 


9 of the Best New Beauty Buys

Whether your skin’s in need of some hydration, protection from the sun or some radiance, we have rounded up some of the best new beauty buys that will solve all your beauty dilemmas.

For the every-day routine

Forget about sunscreens that leave skin with a ghostly white film – Dermalogica’s all-skin-type-friendly Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 ($103) has landed. The game-changing weightless formulation glides onto skin and blends easily onto all skin tones, protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as providing added blue-light protection. “We’re really excited to have a physical sunscreen that will suit the diverse cultural makeup of New Zealand – meaning it will be invisible on all skin colours and is soothing enough for all skin types, and ages from six months,” says head of education for Dermalogica New Zealand, Caroline Parker.

For even skin tone

As much as we love warm and sultry summer days, spending too much time soaking up the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on our complexions. Sisley Phyto-Blanc Le Concentré Pure Bright Activating Serum ($580) is the perfect post-summer skin solution as an innovative combination of pigmentation-fighting ingredients works to restore clarity and radiance to skin. With repeated use, skin is visibly brighter, dark spots are less apparent and skin is well protected from further damage.

For make-up lovers

Creating the perfect base can be all the difference between a foundation that stays put and one that doesn’t. Primer queen Laura Mercier has just launched the Pure Canvas primer collection (from $65 from Mecca) – five new skincare-focused primers that guarantee a flawless base every time. And because no two skin types are the same Mercier has created five unique formulations that talk to various skin needs such as radiance, hydrating and pore perfection.

Four BB cream fans

Imagine if your favourite BB cream was formulated with your unique skin concerns in mind. The clever skincare scientists at Clinique did just that and the end result is Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel ($75). The lightweight, sheer BB-Gel does a whole lot more than simply provide skin with a subtle hint of radiant colour. The formulation has been designed to be combined with Clinque’s Active Cartridge Concentrates. Just pick the cartridge which is best for you – there’s six of them that target everything from fatigue to uneven skin tone and lines and wrinkles – combine with the BB-Gel, and you have a bespoke formulation that combines the best of both worlds.

For serious hydration

A change in seasons can disrupt skin causing it to become unbalanced and in need of a little extra love. Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial ($89 from Mecca) features a blend of moisturising and barrier-replenishing ingredients that work to restore hydration and suppleness. Use the nourishing formulation as an overnight mask to ensure you rise and shine with hydrated, happy skin.

For smooth, healthy hair

Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs an extra burst of hydration as the season changes; summer often leaves our tresses frazzled and parched too. Joico’s new HydraSplash Collection (from $38) restores lustre, hydration and volume to hair just in time for autumn. With a shampoo, conditioner, masque and leave-in treatment that all provide round-the-clock hydration, once dry and brittle locks are transformed into soft and shiny tresses in no time at all.

For your nighttime serum

New Night Reboot Serum ($120) is the star of YSL’s recently launched Pure Shots skincare collection which features skin health-restoring botanical ingredients in their purest forms. The unique exfoliator-in-oil has been designed to help you make the most of your beauty sleep. Moonlight cactus extract enhances the skin’s barrier, protecting skin cells, whilst glycolic acid gently sloughs away dead cells so you rise and shine with smoother, glowing skin.

For the best beauty sleep

It’s been five years in the making, but Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque ($170) is finally here and is set to redefine the meaning of beauty sleep. Packed with nourishing vitamins – B, C, E and F – the soothing lightweight gel-cream formula helps repairs and rejuvenates skin as you get much-needed shut-eye. “‘Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is ideal for nurturing skin when a life well-lived has taken a toll,” explains Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop’s Innovation Director. “Parched skin will relish the immediate and sustained hydration it provides while skin-nourishing vitamins help to even and brighten the appearance of skin dulled or fatigued by life’s excesses.”

For the delicate eye area

The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is often the first place to reveal the signs of ageing. However, it’s not always an easy area to care for when it comes to skincare – dark circles and discolouration that plagues the area is stubborn and calls for innovative skincare science to really see results. La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire ($865) is enriched with a game-changing illuminating molecule called Lumidose. By targetting chromatic disturbances that dull the skin, the clever formulation is able to enhance skin luminosity, while golden caviar extract boosts collagen production strengthening the skin surrounding the eye.