Workshop backstage @ Marr Factory 2014

Workshop’s show for Marr Factory 2014 walked a sexily laid-back line, with artfully rebellious suiting and casuals.

For hair, Matt Benns – new creative director at Stephen Marr – said they were going for something a little more sexy than has been shown so far, with braiding pulled back to expose the face. “It has a little bit of a punkish edge because the styling for the clothing is very rock and roll,” says Benns.

To create the look, Benns and his team prepped the hair with OriginalMinearal Sea Salt Spray, and blow-dried it in. They created a tight panel of braiding down one side of the head, then left the other side loose with an un-done texture. The top was blow-dried to create a smooth finish, and given a swipe of shine with OriginalMineral Frizzy Logic Shine Serum.




For makeup, M.A.C’s Caitlin Lomas pared back the makeup and focused on hyper hydrated skin. Key products used to achieve this were M.A.C Strobe Cream and Cream Colour Base highlighters.

Brows were left full and scruffy, allowing the attention to be “all about the lashes.” Lomas and her team applied M.A.C 33 Lash, natural falsies with a slight peak in the middle section. “I chose these lashes because I don’t want them to look obviously fake, so they emphasise the lash without it being too much.”

To add an extra layer, the team finished with new M.A.C Studio Sculpt Lash. “It’s great because it has a one-sided brush so you can be more targeted with where you put the product. It’s really lengthening with no clumps.”

Nails were taken back with two coats of M.A.C Quiet Time – a gorgeously cold nude shade that’s neutral without being namby-pamby.



All photography by Olivia Hemus

Good Enough To Eat

Beauty and food have a very close relationship. The majority of beauty products contain foodie ingredients, and our skin, hair and nails are directly affected by the foods we consume.

Here we share our favourite recipes for healthy skin and hair, along with some concoct-at-home beauty preparations.



This recipe comes from one of my favourite organisations, Herbal Health Waiheke, who allowed me to take part in one of their wonderful Herbal Workshops, which include collecting wild ingredients.

Anti-wrinkle Facial Serum

10ml jojoba oil
1 x Vitamin E capsule
1-2 drops each of rose geranium, petigrain, neroli and lavender

Pour the jojoba oil into a dropper bottle.
Break open the Vitamin E capsule and add it to the bottle along with the essential oils. Tailor the number of drops according to your scent preferences.
Makes 15ml; use within 6 months.
Add apricot kernel oil for dehydrated and mature skins; avocado oil for a nourishing serum; or boronia for sensitive skin.



British ethnobotanist James Wong is the guru of homemade beauty products. This recipe comes from his bestselling book and BBC programme Grow Your Own Drugs (Collins).

Lavender Bath Bomb

5-6 fresh lavender sprigs
1 tbsp citric acid powder
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp plant-based oil (vegetable or almond oil)

1. Heat the oven to 180degrees centigrade. Once it has reached that temperature, turn it off and place the lavender, hanging upside down, in the oven to dry for about 2 hours. When dry, remove the flowers from the stalks and set aside.
2. For the next stage you need to make sure that the bowl you are using, and your hands, are completely dry – otherwise the bomb will start fizzing. In a glass bowl, mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together. Add a few drops of lavender oil and 1 tsp dried lavender flowers, along with the vegetable or almond oil. Mix everything together with a metal spoon.
3. Place a biscuit cutter on top of a sheet of baking paper. Put the mixture into the biscuit cutter and press down with the back of the spoon. The oil now needs to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block – leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.
4. Store in tin foil to keep out moisture.



Natural beauty gurus Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley include lots of homemade beauty recipes in their latest book, The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible (Kyle Books)

Strawberry Smile Brightener

1 ripe strawberry
½ teaspoon baking powder

Crush the strawberry to a pulp, and then mix with the baking powder. Paint the mixture onto teeth and allow to set for five minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to lighten and brighten teeth. To remove the mixture, be sure to brush thoroughly with your normal toothpaste. Rinse with plenty of clear water.


RADIANCE DRINK (this one you can eat!)

This recipe is taken from the wonderful book Younger Skin in 28 Days by Karen Fischer (Exisle Publishing). Fischer says this alkalizing drink is designed to promote a healthy skin glow.

Cucumber And Mint Juice

2 medium or large cucumbers
4 celery stalks
1 knob ginger
½ bunch fresh mint
filtered water
½ lemon, juiced

Soak the cucumbers, celery, ginger and mint in water with a splash of apple cider vinegar for 3-5 minutes then remove and drain.

Scrub the celery and ginger if needed. For a stronger ginger flavor, leave the skin on; for a milder taste, peel off the ginger skin. Trim approximately 1cm (1/3inch) of the stalks from the mint.

Using a juicing machine, juice the cucumber, celery, mint and ginger, ending by adding a splash of filtered water.

Remove from the machine then add the lemon juice and stir.