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STYLE List: Dreamy spring dresses to add to your wishlist

Spring has arrived and we’ve rounded up joyful dresses to lift our spirits. 

If you’re like us, you may be distracting yourself this lockdown by browsing your favourite designer’s spring collections.

Donning a spring dress is the perfect way to say goodbye to winter and celebrate the arrival of the warmer weather. From floaty and ethereal to bold pops of colour, these are the dreamy dresses the STYLE team is coveting this season.

Ramie ‘Teddy’ Dress by Zimmermann

“Everyone needs a white dress for spring and I love the relaxed shape of this Zimmermann midi dress. The length makes it great for all occasions, sandals or white sneakers for during the day, or throw on a strappy sandal or espadrilles for those warm spring nights.” – Lillian McHugh, Integration Director

Marianne Dress by Penny Sage

“I love the colours and shape of this dress. It’s a really versatile design – ideal to wear either to the office with sneakers (when we get back to the office!) or dressed up with heels going out to dinner. The fabric is cotton seersucker, so it should also be easy to take care of – always a plus!” – Aimee McHugh, Administrator

 

Zero Waste Dress by Molly Perkinsons

“I’ve had my eye on this dreamy made-to-order piece from Mount Maunganui-based designer Molly Perkinsons for a while. I love the sleeves and low back, and the fact that there is zero fabric wastage is an extra bonus!” – Kathryn Chung, Concierge Editor

 

Solitude Cutout Mini Dress by Aje

“In my dreams I’ll have a spring soiree to wear this playful little number to, but for now I’m just admiring from afar. Obsessed with this soft pastel lilac and statement sleeves are definitely going to be a thing for summer.” – Megan Bedford, Beauty Editor

 

Concert Spliced Shirt Midi by Zimmermann

“I love the hemline, the long sleeves and the neck tie on this dress. Plus, I can never go past pink and this dress has it in just about every shade.” – Ashley Wallace, Culture Editor

Hope Tiered Midi Dress by Ulla Johnson
“Midi dresses are definitely my go-to. I am also working on introducing more colour into my wardrobe, so this Ulla Johnson tiered dress in earthy tones is perfect. I absolutely love the bows on the shoulders, adding a feminine touch to an already classic shape.” – Lillian McHugh, Integration Director

Cover Girl Dress 2.0 by Maggie Marilyn

“The light, bright azure colour of this dress feels like a breath of fresh air for spring. The strappy detail on the back of the dress is amazing. This is definitely a fancy dress for the season, perfect for wearing to a wedding or a special date night dinner. I also love with the Maggie Marilyn x Nelson Made shoes they’ve been styled with.” – Aimee McHugh, Administrator

 

Tilda Dress by Morton Mac

“This oversized smock dress is ideal for those relaxed spring days.” – Kathryn Chung, Concierge Editor

 

Forever Tunic by Juliette Hogan

“I bought a similar style last summer from Juliette Hogan and lived in it, so I have my eye on this dress. Its relaxed ease will be perfect for the low key season I’m expecting and it will be perfect to throw on with chunky sandals and be done!” – Megan Bedford, Beauty Editor

 

Aimee Silk Dress by Ruby

“This Ruby number is so pretty and made in sizes 4-20 which is very cool.” – Aimee McHugh, Administrator

Florine Mini Dress by Les Coyotes de Paris
“I get Emily in Paris vibes from this dress – or maybe that’s just because the label is Les Coyotes de Paris? Either way I want it for my next European holiday, whenever that may be.” – Ashley Wallace, Culture Editor

Put to the test: The new brightening concealer that’s a true multi-tasker

When was the last time you bought a concealer that really delivered on what everything you were after?

In general concealers are intended to even out skin-tone and disguise imperfections. In reality, concealers come in different consistencies that are often good only for one approach. For example: a thicker pomade-type concealer in a pot is useful for disguising blemishes because it has more opaque pigment that blocks out redness and won’t wear off, while a thinner, more liquid concealer is necessary for covering dark circles under the eyes, where skin is delicate and moves more, so a lighter product is less likely to crease or bunch in fine lines.

It means you may need to have more than one to hand as it’s rarely possible to find a concealer that does it all. If you’re more of a beauty minimalist or want to get your routine done quickly so you can get out the door faster in the morning, juggling multiple concealers is not always an option.

It’s why we’re excited about the arrival of Revlon’s new ColorStay 24 Hour Skin Awaken Concealer. A true combination of concealer talents, it’s not only designed to cover and perfect by erasing imperfections in different areas of your face, it also helps brighten and minimise dark circles. Simple and fast to use, the concealer contains the skincare benefits of vitamin C for that brightening boost and caffeine to help depuff your under eye area.

Much as the name suggests, the concealer offers five key talents:

  1. ERASE: The soft tube applicator with an antibacterial sponge tip is designed to deliver a high-pigment formula just where you need it, going on with a featherweight consistency.  There’s no need for extra brushes, and it quickly adds coverage that has a natural finish. However if you keep dabbing, it quickly builds to full-coverage to banish blemishes without appearing obvious or caking around dry areas or flaky patches. 
  2. PERFECT: The light and creamy formula feels weightless and fresh and blends seamlessly into skin with the tip or your fingers. Once it’s on, the concealer flexes with skin but wont slide around or settle into pores, wrinkles or fine lines so it’s ideal to perfect and brighten dark circles under your eyes. 
  3. BRIGHTEN: While its pigments deliver a quick-fix for dull skin and dark areas, the concealer is also infused with skincare ingredients caffeine, that quickly deals to puffiness, and vitamin C to help promote healthy and resilient skin, even skin tone and brighten, even after the concealer is washed away. 
  4. HYDRATE: Added emollients and skin-loving ingredients in the formula leave skin feeling moisturised all day. It’s also free from added parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and fragrance to ensure skin stays in great shape. 
  5. REFRESH: The concealer moves with skin and feels fresh rather than exacerbating dryness like some other options do, and promises to remain that way even while remaining transfer-proof and offering up to 24-hours of wear. 

With so many talents, we wanted to see how Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Skin Awaken Concealer would perform on different people with different lifestyles and skin types. We asked six women how they usually use concealer and how they found Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Skin Awaken Concealer after trialing their shade for two weeks or more. Here’s what they said:

Aimee M, 30s
My skin is generally dry and I usually use concealer around my eyes and areas of redness on my nose and chin, as well as blemishes and to even out skin tone. I applied the Revlon concealer in the morning before work, along with a tinted moisturiser and then cleansed before bed. My skin looked really bright and glowy after applying the concealer and a tinted moisturiser – I looked really fresh and awake, especially around my eyes.  This concealer worked really well for me. I particularly liked that it evened out my skin tone and removed redness without covering up my freckles. It worked in really well with the tinted moisturiser I normally use, and added an extra glow and brightness that I really liked. I also really liked the soft applicator sponge, it was really gentle applying the product – especially around my eyes – and didn’t tug on the skin. 

Megan B, 40s
I have quite dry, reactive skin, with lots of annoying redness, so I need something that’s going to minimise that without looking caked on! I usually like quite a hydrating foundation and only use concealer sparingly where I need to boost the coverage but I found this worked really well alongside my usual products, especially under the eyes where it can be tricky to layer coverage.  I love that it has skincare in it because while I’m good at using serums and other products at night, in the morning it’s always a rush! So I feel like I will take any extra skincare help – like here with the vitamin C – that I can get! This will easily complement my daily routine going forward. 

Ashley W, 20s
My preference is a concealer with a wand, and I usually only use it to cover pimples, so I was pleasantly surprised after trying this in my eye area, how well it improved the appearance of my dark circles. Some of the trial period was when I was working from home so I didn’t have foundation on and I liked how well it blended into my skin and gave coverage while still making it look as though I wasn’t wearing makeup. The applicator was useful for blending it too. With lockdown depriving me of my daily coffee, I appreciated getting a caffeine hit as well as a skin-pick-me up through my concealer!

Shona S, 60s
I use concealer to cover dark eye circles sometimes, as well as sun spots on my cheeks and to even out slightly red skin tone. I found the Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Skin Awaken Concealer easy to use and I liked that I didn’t need to use my fingers or a separate applicator. It has light but concealing coverage, not noticeable on my skin, didn’t feel clogged or thick. I don’t think anyone realised I had a concealer on which is always my goal! I also liked the smaller size of the tube – I often worry about makeup sitting and not being good for my skin if not used frequently. 

Kathryn C, 20s
I don’t usually use concealer, but was looking for one to help with the dark circles under my eyes. I wore this all day at work and touched it up slightly if I was going out in the evening. The colour matching worked really well for my skin tone. I opted for the slightly lighter shade because I wanted to use it as a brightener for my dark circles. The texture was smooth and lightweight and felt nourishing for my skin and the sponge made it really easy to apply evenly. 

Jan G, 50s
I am currently dealing with rosacea so I need a concealer that will cover redness, plus for a polished look when I am wearing full makeup,  I use it under my eyes to cover any dark areas. During the work week I wore this new Revlon concealer all day with no need to touch up. Had I been going out in the evening, I would have touched up a little, especially under my eyes for that caffeine hit! I liked that it didn’t irritate my skin (it had no fragrance) and the foam ball tip was soft and gentle. I also liked that I could build up in particularly red areas, without it looking heavy or overdone. Even with the build up, it didn’t settle into any wrinkle lines which gave a smooth look. Really appreciated that it had Vitamin C in the formula. Especially for my problem skin. I can see myself using this concealer all the time, I only wish the tube was bigger, but it’s great for the price!

  • The new Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Skin Awaken Concealer, $28, comes in six shades including one universal brightening shade and one neutralising shade that counteracts redness. Try now at Chemist Warehouse stores or shop online

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