My Fashion Week wrap up & Smashbox make-up artist tips

Fabrik 2

If you have been following my social media pages recently, you will see that I was fortunate enough to get along to a few fabulous hair and make-up events that were being held as part of NZFW last week.  I know this is a little late, but some of you know, and will relate that  I struggle with the juggle like a lot of mums, so kids and work come first, then sadly the poor little blog is when I can squeeze in time, so I hope you will forgive me!

First up was Exhibit Hair show on Monday night, I was anticipating a bit of an extravaganza with some real show stoppers and it didn’t disappoint.  D&M, Toni & Guy, Servilles, Ryder, Fabrik all showcased some spectacular looks on the catwalk.  I was impressed with all the creativity but there were are few stand outs for me,

I have been a fan of Danny & Michael’s work for years and as expected their show, Fallen Raven, was equal bits whimsical and quirky. It was inspired by a cultural blend of dance, cinema and fashion: A dark ballet stage. Combining hard and soft, classical and new wave. Black on black. Villains from the ballet ruses. Loved the oversized rollers as a nod to the industry.
D&M 2 D&M
Toni & Guy:
This promised to be a high energy, inspirational show, there was some interesting hair wefts and styling on the runway for sure!
toni & guy
The runway was a shock of oversized afro in pops of colour, with a surprising reveal at the completion.  The 70’s couture version of afros were removed to reveal some quirky fashion focused braids.
Fabrik is synonomous with sustainability therefore this show was something derived from nature. You couldn’t miss the shots of neon colour intricately weaved through the hair, such a treat to see at the show!
One of the my favourite shows of the night was by the Ryder team, with skull caps providing the illusion of shaved heads with extreme proportions.  “Redux” was bold and theatrical and ultimately an examination of perceptions of feminine beauty ideals and was certainly quite confronting.


The Exhibit show was the first of it’s kind to open fashion week, in my opionon there certainly isn’t enough of these shows for the industry and I hope they continue.  Look forward to the next one.

Smashbox VIP Masterclass

The next beauty event I was lucky enough to attend was the Smashbox VIP master class where we leant some handy professional tips.

smashbox masterclass

Well now this was my favourite event of the week.  Honestly, where has Smashbox been all my life?  It is such a quality, professional product that really delivers on it’s claims.   I haven’t tired loads of Smashbox products, but the few I have tried are seriously stellar.  The format of this event was a Q&A, with four professional make-up artists discussing the four different looks they were creating, one a strobing, another contouring, the infamous Kylie Jenner overdrawn lip look and an evening look. It was an opportunity to watch the experts up-close and find out some clever trade tips which of course I am going to share with you!


  • Use white eyeliner on your waterline any time of year as it is a great way to make your eye look whiter and freshen your overall look.  This is an especially good tip if your eyes are red and tired.  In summer white eyeliner (pencil or gel) is great on top of the lid line for a fresh, bright look.
  • If you want your lipstick to last longer and not bleed, apply a lipliner across the whole lip first, then cover with lipstick.
  • Contour Sticks are going to be big news!!! Something that caught my eye and I am keen to try is the very handy contouring sticks available in a three pack, to include a highlight, bronzer & contour pen.  These are soon to be released in NZ and I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on some.  The artist we worked with the contour stick under the cheekbones for the hollowed out look, then she just rubbed in in with fingers to blend it out or alternatively you could use a beauty blender.  Such an easy way to create definition, add colour and mimic the perfect lighting that professional studios provide.
  • The last take-away for me was prime, prime, prime.  I know this, I have done this before but have been on the hunt for some good primers for a while.   I was clearly so taken with some of this advice that I decided to take up the Primer offer and walked away with not one by three different primers…. sheesh!   I picked up the photo finish foundation primer which just melts in to the skin and provides a perfect base for your foundation. I have been after a specific eye shadow primer for a while and was excited to learn this one stops creasing and smudging. The 24 hour photo finish shadow primer lives up to its name with my shadow still going strong after 12 hours!! To finish off my new primer obsession, I now also the proud owner the hydrating under eye primer (which I totally didn’t really need) but am so glad I now own, as it has helped to reduce the look of fine lines and dark circles.

Well that is my little wrap up on the two of the hair and beauty events at 2015 NZFW.  There has been some talk of the future of NZFW and the search for potential buyers has been slow.  For me the festival gets better ever year, it would be a real shame if it wasn’t able to continue at this level.  My fashion week fingers are crossed for a return as I can’t wait to see what next year brings!