The Game-Changing Guerlain Foundation you Need to Try

Once upon a time foundation was simply for covering up blemishes and imperfections. As a result, our skin would often be left feeling heavy and weighed down. As the boundaries between skincare and make-up have started to blur, more of us are searching for a foundation that not only gives us a flawless, natural-looking complexion but also cares for the skin.

Enter Guerlain‘s new L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation which is much more than meets the eye – though we do admit it’s easily the prettiest foundation bottle we’ve ever seen. Drawing on the Maison’s make-up and skincare prowess, the game-changing formulation combines the best of both worlds. “Skin must appear flawless, luminous and translucent, and only foundation – if it is in perfect harmony with skin – gives this effect,” says Guerlain creative director. “A good foundation should also make you forget you are even wearing it. Skin should look as natural as possible without being overloaded. L’Essentiel has these qualities: its silky smooth texture is easily applied with a buildable level of coverage.”

Formulated with 97 per cent naturally derived ingredients, the foundation hydrates, balances and protects the skin from pollution. An effective blend of red algae and tara gums fend off damage from pollution, while white cocoa bean extract protects skin from blue light. 

And you can forget all about the formulations of yesteryear that covered up complexions rather than enhanced them. L’Essentiel Foundation acts as a second skin to boost skin health and radiance; each day skin tone is more even, imperfections are diminished and a youthful glow is more visible. Better still, it comes with 16-hour staying power which ensures skin looks flawless right around the clock. 

Guerlain L’Essentiel Foundation is available now in 10 shades at Smith & Caughey’s, David Jones and Ballantynes department stores (L’Essentiel Foundation, $102, and L’Essentiel Foundation Brush, $91).



The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report is Here

The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report, launched today by Tearfund New Zealand, shows some Kiwi companies are leading the charge in ethical fashion, with top performers such as Icebreaker and Kowtow outranking global brands. However, it’s not all good news for New Zealand fashion, with a high number of NZ companies also represented in the D and F grades.

Tearfund’s Ethical Fashion Report, compiled in partnership with Baptist World Aid Australia, has been released for another year revealing that a handful of Kiwi brands, such as Icebreaker and Kowtow, are leading the way as far as ethical fashion is concerned.

“All participating New Zealand companies, except one, have held or improved their grade in the last 12 months,” he says. “We commend all these companies for their consistent efforts to protect workers in their supply chain,” says Tearfund’s CEO, Ian McInnes.The report includes 29 New Zealand companies, 11 of which are new additions for 2019.

While seven New Zealand companies were graded in the A range – Icebreaker, Kowtow, Kathmandu, Nature Baby and AS Colour were among the top Kiwi performers – a total of 10 local companies received grades of D or lower. 

“The fashion industry is moving in a particular direction and that is towards ethical practices, transparency and care for the planet,” says Claire Hart, education and advocacy manager for Tearfund. “Companies that are choosing not to disclose information about what they’re doing to combat this systemic issues are the ones that are receiving Dand F grades in theEthical Fashion Report. Ultimately these companies risk their bottom line if they fall much further behind the international trend because public demand for transparency and supply chains free of exploitation is only growing,”

Apart from Ruby, all local companies at the high end of the market that were approached to participate in the report declined.  These brands included Trelise Cooper, WORLD, Kate Sylvester and Karen Walker. Karen Walker rated the highest with a B grade, while Trelise Cooper rated the poorest with an F grade.

Although local low grades are disappointing, McInnes points to the fact that there is positive progressive being made close to home through initiatives such as Mindful Fashion New Zealand, which is being spearheaded by Kate Sylvester and Emily Miller-Sharma from Ruby. Brands on board with the initiative include Juliette Hogan, Maggie Marilyn, Zambesi, Paris Georgia and Kowtow. “I’m thrilled to these designers take the necessary steps and come up with a creative solution to ensure workers are not exploited in their supply chains,” he says. “The sort of positive change that will take place because of Mindful Fashion is exactly what we are seeking to achieve with the Ethical Fashion Report and we are in full support of these brands’ efforts.”

In addition to the four established key areas of grading (policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships and worker employment), Tearfund has added a fifth grading criteria for environmental management in 2019. “The fashion industry causes significant environmental degradation, which affects the wellbeing of workers, the community and their natural environment,” explains Hart. “Through assessing their materials and facilities, brands can take informed steps to reduce their environmental impact from the farm to the the final product. For these reasons, we’ve chosen to expand the ethical Fashion Report’s focus beyond labour rights into environmental sustainability.”

To find out how your favourite fashion brands fared download a copy of the full Ethical Fashion Report by clicking here