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La Prairie Collaborates with Artist Pablo Valbuena at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Luxurious Swiss skincare brand, La Prairie, has continued its partnership with Art Basel by bringing the philosophy behind its coveted  White Caviar Collection life recently at Miami Beach.

The luxury house commissioned renowned artist Pablo Valbuena to create a unique light sculpture on Miami Beach’s waterfront to coincide with the 2019 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

“We strive to select artists who share La Prairie’s values. Contemporary Art is intrinsic to the La Prairie identity, and we see it as a prism through which to express our story. The artists with whom we collaborate bring their unique perspective and artistic vocabulary to this story, elevating it further,” explained Greg Prodromides, Chief Marketing Officer of La Prairie.

“For this edition, we wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary – extraordinary, if you will – by placing the commissioned art piece outside the Art Basel venue, where it can be experienced by the public at large. At La Prairie, we feel very strongly about sharing art in order to elevate culture as a whole, a vision I know we share with Pablo,” Prodromides added.

Wave on display at Art Basel Miami Beach.

To bring the collaboration with La Prairie to life, Valbuena designed Wave – a light installation on the beachfront that was inspired by his signature Array series. The immersive installation invited guests to explore the Shape of Light – a concept that perfectly articulates La Prairie’s brand values of precision, aesthetics and innovation.

“Wave depicts a sculptural volume unfolding over time – the Shape of Light seized in perpetual movement,” explained Valbuena. “It uses ephemeral and intangible materials – light and environmental sounds – and can be traversed by the observer, immersing them into the shapes cast by the undulating light columns. The work creates a malleable experience of scale: it shifts between object and environment depending on the observer’s position inside, outside, or at the boundary of the installation,” he added.

“I’m pleased to collaborate with La Prairie on this project in which the transformation of light is engendered by the fundamental element of the work itself. Bringing the shape of light to the wide-open space of Miami Beach allows me to superpose the virtual and the real in the same element,” said Valbuena.

An interpretation of the Shape of Light was also on display as part of the La Prairie Lounge at Art Basel located in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The La Prairie Lounge at Art Basel located in the Miami Beach Convention Center, where an interpretation of the Shape of Light was on display.

The Best Beauty Products of 2019

We’ve rounded up the best beauty products of 2019.

Each year a plethora of new beauty products hit the market with all of them vying for a spot in our beauty routines. Given the sheer number of new launches each year brings, it can be hard to work out which ones you really need to try. To make things easier – and to help you get your summer beauty regimen sorted – we have rounded up our favourite beauty products of 2019.

Read on to discover the best beauty products of 2019. 


Best Beauty Products of 2019

Sisley might be known best-known for its luxurious skincare offerings, but the arrival of the Parisian brand in the haircare world did not disappoint.  You won’t regret passing on the post-shampoo hair mask in favour of Sisley’s  Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask with White Clay ($130). Think of it as a way to push reset for damaged, unhappy tresses as the innovative formulation eliminates pollution and impurities from your hair and scalp.

Best Beauty Products of 2019

Long gone are the days of reaching for a harsh, gritty exfoliator in the quest for luminous skin. In 2019 chemical exfoliators became the holy grail for those after radiant skin.  Unlike other peels that can irritate the skin, Murad’s clever bi-phase Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel ($145 from Murad.co.nz and Caci nationwide) features a luminosity-restoring blend of glycolic, lactic, malic, salicylic and tranexamic acids alongside apoptogenic holy basil that helps counteract irritation. Plus, it accelerates the cell renewal process by 33 per cent in just seven days.

 

Tom Ford has already amassed a cult-like following within the beauty world thanks to his inimitable fragrances and luxurious make-up offerings.  In 2019 Ford set about changing the skincare game, launching his own science-driven line: Tom Ford Research. To formulate the range, Ford teamed with Estée Lauder to assemble his own team of top scientists to create a line that blends cutting-edge skincare science with luxury. The first two products, which launched the collection – Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate and Crème Concentrate – have been three years in the making. Both have been formulated with white porcelain cacao, caffeine and gyokuro – a unique variety of Japanese green tea – and are said to support the skin’s natural energy for a more radiant, even-toned, youthful complexion.

If you’re yet to be convinced you need to be investing in standalone skincare for the eye area – this game-changing serum for the purveyor of luxury skincare, La Prairie, is guaranteed to change your mind. Dual-chamber La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift ($705) features two formulations –  one encapsulated in La Prairie’s iconic caviar beads and the other in an innovative gel-cream emulsion – that when combined work to restore youthfulness to the eye area. The serum has been designed to be used on the entire eye area including the brows which means with daily use the eye area is revitalised, lifted and redefined.

Best Beauty Products of 2019

Over the years matte lip colours have gained a bit of a reputation for drying out lips. Chanel‘s clever Rouge Allure Ink Fusion ($64) however, shook up the make-up world with its second-skin-like formulation. The richly pigmented matte shades glide on to provide lips with a serious hit of colour while keeping them comfortable and nourished right around the clock. 

 

At-home beauty treatments gave in-salon treatments a run for their money in 2019 and  Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment ($299) was the one that stood out from the crowd.  The gradual, four-step peel system contains Polyhydroxy Acids – which are less irritating than traditional AHAs – that work to slough away dull, dead skin cells and enhance cell turnover. By the end of the four-week treatment, skin is radiant, fine lines and pores are less visible and skin tone is refined.

It took quite some time for the acclaimed Dyson hair tools to finally touch down on New Zealand shores but it was well worth the wait. It was the Dyson Airwrap Styler ($849) that really revolutionised the way we style our hair in 2019. Unlike other styling tools that use high temperatures to style tresses, the Airwrap Styler uses advanced technology to dry and style hair quicker than before while preventing hair from heat damage.

There was certainly no shortage of new fragrances to spritz this year but it was Van Cleef & Arpels Santal Blanc that really bewitched our senses. It’s the perfect summer scent with its intoxicating heart of sandalwood, zesty mandarin and tonka bean which really come to life on warm, sun-kissed skin. You can take a look at some of our other favourite fragrances for summer right here

 

An essence might seem like an unnecessary addition to an already packed skincare routine but Dior’s Capture Youth New Skin Effect Enzyme Solution really does improve the overall health of skin. Powered with exfoliating papaya enzymes, the resurfacing water gently clarifies and hydrates skin. Rumour has it that it’s also a favourite for celebrity make-up artist Daniel Martin – the man behind Megan Markle’s wedding-day beauty.