The best party season mascaras


With our diaries looking jam-packed with festivities at this time of the year, not all of have hours to primp and preen. Fret not, these lengthening, volumising, head-turning mascaras can transform your lashes in just one stroke. 1. Benefit They’re Real mascara ($42). 2. Clinique Lash Power Flutter-To-Full mascara ($63). 3. Dior Show Mascara. 4. Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($68). 5. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara ($30) 6. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara ($60) 7. Ciaté London Triple Shot Mascara ($34) 8. Shiseido Full Lash Volume mascara ($51).

The best quick and easy spa treatments

Sometimes a lunch break is all you need to switch-off, and get glowing, youthful skin and a calm mind and soul.

Eyes Wide Open
It is often hard for the delicate area around our eyes to hide the wear and tear of a hectic schedule; that’s why Spring Spa developed a quick pick me up for the peepers. The vitamin-C packed Eyes and Shine treatment includes a dark-circle diminishing massage and de-puffing, oxygenating masks, making it the ideal way to rejuvenate your eyes during a tough working week. The eye area is left smooth, hydrated and wide awake.
Eyes and Shine ($25 for 15 minutes) available at Spring Spa Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown,

Skin Gym
Ashleigh Scott, founder and director of The Facialist, takes a hands-on approach to facials and her Yoga Facial is no exception. Scott designed the quick-yet-effective facial as a boot camp for to rev up the facial muscles that can start to sag when they’re not regularly stimulated. The intensive toning facial lifts and firms, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags, congestion and dullness. For the best results, Scott recommends a course of six treatments done once or twice weekly.
Yoga Facial ($110 for 30 minutes or $590 for a course of six) available at The Facialist, Shed 16 – City Works Depot, Auckland,

Smooth Diamond
The Ultaceuticals Vita Brasion treatment has been created to target a number of skincare concerns including pigmentation, dullness and large pores, proving that achieving real skincare results doesn’t always take hours. A gentle diamond-encrusted dermabrasion wand is used to slough away dead skin cells and unblock pores, before sonophoresis is used to deliver active vitamin A and C into the deeper layers of the skin. Skin is instantly plumper, radiant and hydrated.
Ultraceuticals Vita Brasion treatment (from $85 for 45 to 60 minutes), visit to find your nearest therapist

Head Space
There’s nothing more relaxing than a de-stressing head massage and the Shirobhyanga Indian head massage is not only the perfect way to take some time out for yourself, it’s also the ideal introduction to award-winning Spa Ayurda’s offerings. Throughout the massage therapists use a combination of invigorating oils to awaken the senses and restore balance to mind, body and soul. Try it alone when you need a moment of escapism or add it onto a Spa Ayurda facial.
Shirobhyanga Indian head massage ($55 for 30 minutes) available at Spa Ayurda, 213 Ponsonby Road, Auckland,