We clear up the collagen powder confusion with Two Islands founder Julia Matthews

Ingestible beauty is hardly a new concept — powders, supplements and gummies have been around for quite some time now, with many coming and going as fast as they burst onto the scene. However, there’s one supplement, in particular, that seems to be delivering on its claims — collagen. But probably, like us, you’re a little confused about how it actually works, if it does work, who can take it and how to take it. Clinically proven to deliver results — think stronger nails, rejuvenated hair and plump skin (increased dermal thickness by 83 percent and skin hydration by up to 91 percent) —  it’s also a common misconception that all collagens are created equal. To clear up the confusion, we speak with Julia Matthews, founder of Two Islands — a New Zealand company that produces a very popular range of Protein Powders and Collagen Beauty Powders.

Julia Matthews, founder of Two Islands

What exactly is collagen?
It’s the most abundant protein found in the human body. Think of it as a type of ‘glue’ that holds our skin, hair, nails, ligaments, cartilage and tendons together, providing it with the support, strength and flexibility that it needs. As we age, our bodies have less ability to produce collagen – with production dropping by 1% each year — and a total 30-50% total loss in women post-menopause. Additional factors such as smoking, stress, sun exposure and poor diet can also contribute to a loss of collagen and essentially speed up the appearance of ageing. Two Islands collagen is sustainably sourced French marine collagen that is a by-product of the fishing industry and would otherwise go to waste.

How does it work?
Hydrolysed collagen, also known as collagen peptides (what Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder is made from) is bioavailable and simply absorbed into the bloodstream upon digestion. Hydrolyzed means that the amino acid chains have been broken down into smaller units, a process that allows the powder to dissolve in both hot and cold liquids.

What benefits can we expect to see when taking Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder?
Many clinical studies have shown that supplementing with collagen can significantly improve the appearance of skin by improving hydration, elasticity, density and decreasing fine lines and wrinkle formation. Regular users of Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder have commented on their stronger nails, improved hair growth (especially postpartum) and improved skin appearances such as smoothed fine lines — some even noting a vast improvement in skin issues such as eczema or acne. Other benefits are less joint pain and improved gut health.

Who benefits the most from taking collagen?
Males and females from early 20s onwards — especially those who suffer from dry skin, increase in fine lines, eczema, breakouts, brittle nails and thinning hair. There are no harmful ingredients in the collagen –— so it’s safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding women, and is particularly good for those experiencing postpartum hair loss. We do recommend checking with your GP first though, just to be safe.

How quickly can we expect to start seeing results?
Some see results in as little as one week, while others may take up to one to two months. It really depends on your age, your lifestyle, and also the type of results you’re looking for — nails and skin tend to see results faster than hair.

How do you recommend we take Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder?
Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder dissolves easily, and so it can be mixed into a variety of liquids: your morning coffee or herbal tea (it’s heat-stable), smoothie or juice. It can be added to oats and even into baking. The Pineapple & Coconut flavour is a delicious way to spice up your morning water, and, lately, we’ve been making iced coffees and adding a scoop of either Vanilla or Unflavoured collagen powder to the mix. It’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Collagen is an internal moisturiser so is as important — if not more — than slapping on your facial moisturiser.

How much Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder should we be taking?
We recommend taking one 10g serving every day – consistency is key in order to see results.

What makes Two Islands different from other collagen brands?
We are high dose — each 10g serve contains over 9g of high-quality marine collagen — so you don’t have to use as much of it or wait as long to see desired results, as you would with other collagen brands. We have no unnecessary fillers — for example, the ingredients in our unflavoured Collagen Beauty Powder are simply collagen peptides and Vitamin C (to help with absorption).

We’re giving away a three-month subscription of Two Islands Collagen Beauty Powder, so that you can witness the magic yourself. For more information and entry, click here.

*This competition has now closed. Congratulations Jade Hurst*

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Find a gift for that special someone with Hartfield’s helpful guide

Carrying lauded brands like Chaumet and Pasquale Bruni, Hartfield Jewellers has long been a go-to when it comes to finding a meaningful gift for that special someone. And while getting there is a good first step, when it comes to actually choosing a piece, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Lucky then, that Hartfield has put together a guide of its own, to help its customers navigate the various styles on offer and really get that all-important Christmas gift right. From delicate earrings to stackable rings and beautiful necklaces, the line-up is all-encompassing and will prove helpful for anyone feeling a bit lost.

These are some of our picks.

Clockwise from top left: Pasquale Bruni Petite Garden earrings, Pasquale Bruni Bon Ton white quartz ring, Chaumet Liens Seduction necklace, Pasquale Bruni Figlia Dei Fiori pink chalcedony earrings, Pasquale Bruni Fioremi earrings, Pasquale Bruni Petite Garden diamond ring, Chaumet Bee My Love earrings, Chaumet Liens Seduction earrings, Chaumet Jeux de Liens pink gold diamond bracelet, all included in Hartfield Jewellers’ Gift Guide.

Hartfield Jewellers

327 Parnell Road
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 373 2472

www.hartfield.co.nz

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The Cab

Apartment complex The CAB is set to revolutionise inner-city living

Auckland is on the up and up, fast becoming a city whose presence belies its size and now, the city which was once synonymous with family abodes on sprawling plots of land has come of age with modern luxury apartment living now available in the inner city. The CAB is a preeminent example of this new trend and is well under construction, with completion scheduled for 2021. It is changing the face of Auckland living and redefining the inner city experience. The anticipation for its opening is palpable, and it’s hardly surprising, given the calibre of the residences that are housed within.

Each are anchored by spacious bedrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow light to flood in and those inside to enjoy the stellar views — either uninterrupted panoramas of the historic Town Hall and beyond or, from the western side, the Sky Tower and the iconic Harbour Bridge. Much of the residential development’s allure lies with its location. Situated adjacent to Auckland’s bustling Aotea Square and a moments walk from Federal Street, The CAB will give residents direct access to an unprecedented urban lifestyle.

Not only has the major refurbishment of the Aotea Centre seen the space transform into a world-class events centre, but there’s also a plethora of enticing restaurants, cafes and bars within mere walking distance. What’s more, Auckland’s new City Rail Link will boast a dedicated Aotea Station, giving The CAB’s residents easy access to state-of-the-art public transport. With over 50 percent of the apartments already sold, those who are hoping to secure an iconic freehold residence will need to move quickly. The CAB will be one of Auckland’s most sought after addresses, and by virtue of its location will always be uniquely desirable. 

1 Greys Avenue
Auckland CBD

www.civicquarter.com

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Embrace nostalgia with Denizen’s sprawling summer issue — out now

Here to guide you through the long hot summer months ahead is the latest issue of Denizen, Golden Days, on sale today. Inspired by the phenomenon of summer nostalgia, in this issue you can expect to find a number of standout pieces that incite warm reflection on years gone by — from The New Classics, a visual essay of nostalgic gastronomical delights, to Those Were The Days, a sprawling thinkpiece that celebrates the decades of yore, and the fashion, cultural happenings and design elements of these decades that are just a prevalent today — if not more.

Weaved throughout the reflection pieces are Denizen’s usual suspects; inspirational trend pages in the Coveted section, compelling interviews in the Design section, first-hand travel pieces in the Navigator section — this time on Tel Aviv — and an amalgamation of ways to up your cultural intake via our Culture section — in which, you can thumb your way through every book, TV series, film, experience and event we think you should be gorging on this summer. So pick yourself up a copy of Denizen, a Goody Goody Gumdrops ice cream, and head to the nearest sun-drenched space — our golden summer tome makes for some exceptional beachside reading.

Pick a copy from a decent newsagent near you, or click here to subscribe. 

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Meet the new retail spaces you should pay a visit to before Christmas

Maggie Marilyn
Taking over the front part of Maggie Marilyn’s new Newmarket HQ, the designer’s sleek new store (conceived with the help of Katie Lockhart studio) is festooned in soft, feminine tones reflective of the clothes it displays. Maggie Marilyn’s retail space is now open on weekdays from 9am until 5pm and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm.
4 Roxburgh Street, Newmarket

Paris Georgia
Setting up shop in the space that once housed Miss Crabb, beloved womenswear label Paris Georgia has popped up to provide all the party-season sartorial solutions we need in the lead up to Christmas. Drop into the simple, elegant space to pick up a piece from the lauded Resort 2020 collection, or something from the brand’s recent handbag and shoe collaboration with By Far. But be quick, the space will only be open until 31st December.
41 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Jervois Market
A pop-up store that showcases a collective of New Zealand brands, Jervois Market is the perfect place to go for seasonally-appropriate pieces — from Harris Tapper’s sleek, tailored womenswear to Jasmin Sparrow’s understated jewellery to Yu Mei’s luxurious leather handbags. Only open until Christmas Eve, we suggest you pay this pop-up a visit pronto.
14 Jervois Road, Ponsonby

Fourth St Home
Having established itself as a go-to for beautiful homewares and objets d’art, online design store Fourth St Home has curated a physical space in the lead up to Christmas, and it’s the perfect place to go to find your gifts this year. Located above Muse’s Ponsonby boutique (simply walk through the store and turn right up the stairs just before the changing rooms) the tonal space is bathed in light and is filled with books, vases, ceramics, luxurious beach towels and more. Open on Fridays from 9am until 6pm and Saturdays from 10am until 3pm, or by appointment, Fourth St’s pop-up will only be available until Christmas and is another one you don’t want to miss out on.
Corner of Tole Street and Ponsonby Road – Enter through Muse Boutique

Hedleys x Karen Walker Bookstore
Based in Masterton, Hedleys is a family-run bookstore and boutique publisher, known for its limited and special editions. Recently it has teamed up with Karen Walker to establish a pop-up concept store in Britomart, and has curated the space with a raft of beautiful books, perfect for sinking your teeth into over the summer months. Hedleys is also using the pop-up as an opportunity to sell the final 600 copies of the limited-edition Blinds & Shutters by renowned photographer Michael Cooper — famously the man responsible for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Featuring over 600 photos of the most iconic cultural figures from the 1960s and having only had a print run of 5,000, this incredible book will prove the perfect gift for anyone who gets nostalgic for the era of Warhol, Twiggy and The Rolling Stones. Open until Christmas.
52 Tyler Street, Britomart

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Try your hand at our recipe for the ultimate pumpkin pie — perfect for the holidays

Although our country doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving as an official public holiday, we can still get festive and take this as an opportunity to gather around a table and give thanks with our loved ones while feasting on some delicious food. One dish that you can’t do Thanksgiving without is the classic pumpkin pie and we have the ultimate recipe that will leave your guests lost for words. It’s creamy and sweet with a touch of spice and will prove impossible to fault. 

Ingredients
For the crust

190 grams of standard flour
115 grams of Lewis Road Creamery’s unsalted butter, cut into 1.5cm pieces
1 tbsp of white sugar
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp. ice water (or more, if needed)
For the filling
1 can (425 grams) pumpkin purêe
1 ¼ cups of Lewis Road Creamery’s double cream
150 grams of brown sugar
3 free-range eggs (beaten)
1 tbsp of standard flour
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of allspice
1 tsp of ginger
1 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
¼ tsp of salt
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
Whipped cream, for serving

Method
1.
Freeze the flour and the butter for half an hour before you start making the crust.
2. In a blender or food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt until combined.
3. Add in the cold cubes of butter and blend until they start to break down.
4. Add in the vinegar and slowly add the ice water one tablespoon at a time. When the dough begins to come together and is moist but not wet or sticky — stop. It’s alright if the mixture is slightly crumbly.
5. Take some flour and spread it on a clean bench surface. Place your dough on the floured, flat surface and manipulate it to form a little ball. Then flatten the ball into a small disk shape, ensuring as few cracks as possible.
6. Cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate it for at least three hours or until it’s cold to the touch — preferably, leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight. 
7. When the dough has been adequately chilled, remove from the fridge and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it into a 12-inch circle. Carefully drape it over a pie dish and delicately press it in to fit the dish. Don’t stretch. Take a fork and use to prick the base a few times.
8. Trim the pie, one inch away from the edge of the dish and pinch the edges.
9. Preheat the oven to 220ºC and grease a 9” x 1.5” pie dish with butter.
10. Refrigerate the crust for another half an hour before covering it with baking paper and dried beans or uncooked rice. These will weigh the pie crust down so that it remains flat while baking.
11. Put the crust into the oven for 10 minutes before removing it and reducing the heat to 175ºC. Take the baking paper with the rice/beans off the crust, and allow it to cool on the bench. Ensure the oven remains on.
12. Now, for the filling, in a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, cream, brown sugar, beaten eggs, flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, chilli powder, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
13. Pour pumpkin mixture into the partly-baked crust and then put it back in the oven. Allow it to bake for approximately 1 hour or until the filling is slightly jiggly in the middle and crust is golden.
14. Turn off your oven but don’t take the pie out just yet. Let it cool in the turned-off oven for an hour. Taking the pie out straight away can result in it not setting properly, or setting with cracks. After about an hour, take the pie out of the oven and allow it to cool completely on a rack.
15. While the pie cools, whip some fresh cream to serve on the side.

Slice and enjoy!

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This renowned fried chicken food truck opens a bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Panmure

In 2017, Alex and Olivia George took the streets of Auckland with a food truck to serve some seriously good fried chicken, using the recipes of Alex’s Tennessee family. A humble concept, Peach’s Hot Chicken fast became one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets — a delicious destination reserved for those in the know. After a year of growing its culinary profile, the Peach’s Hot Chicken truck underwent a makeover and its eye-catching new pink colour ensured that it wouldn’t remain a secret much longer.

Peach’s Hot Chicken food truck

As more people discovered Peach’s, its cult following grew and by the end of 2018, it was clear that demand was outstripping the truck’s supply. In search of a permanent space, the couple returned to their roots and found themselves back in Panmure — the suburb they first flatted in when they moved to New Zealand. Feeling drawn to the suburb they once called home and intrigued by the untouched aspect of the Eastern suburbs, Alex and Olivia set up Peach’s Hot Chicken’s permanent Panmure outpost.

The 39-seater restaurant was designed by Millé’s Gerrick Numan (the same person behind the fit-out of Williams Eatery and UMU in Kingsland) whose simplistic style was combined with the quirky and distinct branding of Peach’s to create a space reflective of the business. Boasting the signature baby pink palette along with a ‘Holy Cluck’ mural by Marcus Watson, the space is fresh and modern and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The Baller sandwich

Although the shift from a food truck to a restaurant has brought a number of changes for Peach’s, the food itself has remained more or less the same. The infamous fried chicken burger is still on the menu and in our opinion is one of the tastiest chicken sangas in town. Crispy Nashville-style fried chicken is packed between two buttery brioche buns with pickles and creamy aioli — it’s virtually impossible to fault.

Fried chicken burger

Another one of our favourites is the fried chicken on waffles which sees thick waffles slathered with garlic and herb butter and piled high with crispy chicken. The drizzle of maple syrup enriches the entire dish while adding a sweet and savoury combination that tantalises the tastebuds. The basket of wings, side of mac and cheese and tater tots also remain on the menu, as well as new additions to celebrate new beginnings, from more sandwiches to extra sides, as well as a dessert menu of delightful house-made pies.

Fried chicken and waffles

Be sure to check out the new Baller sandwich which takes the original chicken burger and incorporates melted cheese, coleslaw and a special Nashville Comeback sauce. This condiment is an explosion of flavours, combining mayonnaise, chilli, ketchup, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and mustard, to name a few.

Peach’s Hot Chicken is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunch until dinner and assures us that their truck will be back up and running early next year, once the queues for its Panmure restaurant start to settle down.

Opening hours:
Tuesday — Friday: 11:30am until 9pm
Saturday & Sunday:  12pm until 9pm

Peach’s Hot Chicken

1/100 Queens Rd,
Panmure

www.peachshotchicken.com

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Shake up your summer takeaways with our list of what to eat and where to enjoy it

Taking a parcel of fish and chips to a scenic spot is one of life’s simple pleasures (see our favourite fish and chips here). But while it’s an undeniable Kiwi classic, fish and chips can become somewhat repetitive. So, we’ve decided to round up some other delicious takeaways that will still deliver the quintessential, summer experience in a more unique way.

Azabu at Auckland Fish Market eat at Silo Park, Auckland CBD
Serving fish minus the batter and oil, Azabu at Auckland Fish Market is the place to go for fresh summer takeaways. It’s offering includes numerous types of sushi and sashimi alongside slightly more indulgent options like soft-shell crab bao and karaage chicken. Either sit out in the Auckland Fish Market courtyard or take your tasty meal to one of the benches facing the water along Silo Park.

Azabu at Auckland Fish Market

Café Hung Viet eat up Mt. Victoria, Devonport
Located in the heart of Devonport, Café Hung Viet is a local favourite, renowned for its authentic flavours of Hanoi, Vietnam. The takeaway menu features a varied range of fresh summer rolls, banh mi sandwiches and larger dishes like salt and pepper lamb shoulder. This is a Café Hung Viet staple which tastes even better when enjoyed from the pinnacle of Mt Victoria looking out over Devonport and beyond.

Andiamo eat on Sentinel Beach, Herne Bay
This Herne Bay local is renowned for serving some of the best Italian in town and being one of the best restaurants at which to enjoy a sundowner. But, due to its popularity, its ambience usually comes with a boisterous and busy crowd. If you’re after a dining experience that’s more relaxed, ask for your food to-go (our favourite dishes include the fried calamari and the spicy salami pizza) and take it down to peaceful Sentinel Beach to enjoy by the water.

Andiamo

Mission by the Beach eat on Mission Bay Beach
Despite the fact that this bar and eatery boasts one of the best beachside settings in Auckland, Mission by the Beach still allows its customers to get their food to takeaway, for anyone who wants to sit quietly on the beach and dig their toes into the sand. And while Mission’s fish and chips are undeniably delicious, don’t go past the tacos — the charred prawn version is basically summer wrapped in a tortilla and is one of our favourite go-tos.

Happy Boy eat up One Tree Hill, Epsom
If you’re adamant on eating fried fish but still want to try something new, head to Happy Boy and get the turmeric fried fish bao-ger. The soft steamed buns contrast to the crispiness of the fried fish, while the added shallots, tamarind chilli, herbs and smokey chilli mayo, pack this morsel with punchy flavour. Order one to take away and head up One Tree Hill for a romantic landscape in which to enjoy it.

Happy Boy

Dante’s Pizzeria eat on Browns Bay Beach
There are pizza restaurants and then there’s Dante’s Pizzeria, an Italian restaurant that remains true to Napoli flavours. Over the years, Dante’s has grown and expanded all around Auckland, but the Browns Bay location is one of our favourites, not least because of it’s location, right by the beach. Order a quattro formaggio to-go and pick a spot on the sand for dinner with a view.

Gerome eat at Judges Bay, Parnell
The fried kataifi prawns at Gerome might be one of Auckland’s best renditions of the seafood and is one of the dishes that has us constantly returning to this modern Greek restaurant. And while Gerome boasts a beautiful interior space, we like to request the prawns to takeaway before heading down the road to find a scenic spot at Judges Bay — especially as the weather gets warmer.

Gerome

Mr. Zhou’s eat up Mt. Eden Summit
Tucking into a mountain of noodles and dumplings on top of a mountain is something everyone should do once in a while and considering that Mt. Eden spot Mr Zhou’s offers some of the tastiest Asian takeaways in town, it only makes sense to enjoy some of its delicious dishes up the nearby Mt. Eden Summit. Whether it’s the pork and chive dumplings, the combination fried noodles or the spring onion pancake, it’s hard to go wrong with this Mt. Eden staple.

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Why Mahsa’s new pieces are exactly what you’ll want to wear over summer

Four years ago, Mahsa launched to provide timeless, versatile pieces (then mostly shirting) to women who valued longevity. And it quickly established itself as a brand that advocated for a slower approach to fashion. Really, it was right at the forefront of what has now become a collective move away from fast, throwaway fashion and towards careful sartorial curation — one of the first local labels that built its identity on simple, well-made pieces that would transcend the fickle seasonal model.

As such, it was rare for Mahsa to herald the arrival of new styles to its collection with fanfare. Instead, pieces would usually land quietly and in their own time, in line with the brand’s process of continuously refining, redefining and reimagining its vision.

Last night, however, Mahsa revealed a line-up of new pieces that are not only extending its core collection but that speak to its natural maturation as a brand. Falling under Mahsa Mood 3: A Single Woman Part II, the new pieces (available from today) present as both a considered expression of the label’s renowned aesthetic and a progression of its overarching narrative.

Infused with a light, coastal feeling, Mahsa’s new mood sees colours like heady sangria red and luscious plum combine with its signature loose-fitting tops, flowing O’Keeffe dresses and gentleman shirting. New styles also come to the fore with mini baby doll dresses, linen safari suiting, impossibly soft silk-cotton shirting and a staple singlet in grey, cream and black cashmere.

Boasting luxurious, tactile fabrics and designed in a way that makes them destined to hang languidly off the female form, Mahsa’s new pieces are an ode to summer without feeling exclusive to the season, making them perfect for the modern woman due to their ability to fit in with her new set of requirements.

Versatile, universally flattering and ultimately sustainable, Mahsa’s new pieces are putting us in the mood for the season ahead and ensuring we have something beautiful to wear when we get there.

Mahsa is available locally from Simon James.

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Time to book your beauty appointments for silly season at the best places in town

The silly season is upon us, and so now begins the time where everyone is throwing events that you simply cannot miss: alfresco long lunches, sun-drenched barbecues, Christmas soirées and New Year’s Eve antics. It’s all fun and games, that is, until you realise at the 11th hour you’ve fallen short on the prerequisite preening. To prepare you for the festivities we’ve compiled a list of the best places to rectify your visage before the invites start rolling in.

The Lashes — East Day Spa
Eschewing obnoxious oversized falsies in favour of helping you boost what you were born with, East Day Spa’s Yumi Lashes treatment uses premium French keratin to separate, open and curl each lash upwards. The result is a natural but sufficiently doe-eyed aesthetic.

The Nails — Forme Spa
Whether you’ve got calluses on your calluses or you’re simply in need of a shape and polish, Forme Spa’s impeccable service, blissful environment and quality, clean products — all polishes boast a seven-free, non-toxic formula— ensure your digits will leave suitably embellished.

The Tan — Spring Spa
Armed with a tanning gun full of fast-drying Black Magic Argan Tan, the beauty maestros at Spring Spa are capable of creating a deceptively natural colour in no time. Give it approximately two hours and you’ll have people wondering if you’ve just returned from the Caribbean.

The Brows — Tyler Drader
Tyler Drader is the best in the arch-defining business, but its her uber-friendly approach and willingness to share her wealth of brow knowledge that really makes her treatments an unparalleled affair. Be sure to book well in advance, this brow genius comes with a long waitlist.

The Makeup — Ruth Baron
If your attempts at a smokey eye leave you looking more dishevelled than daring, we suggest engaging the talents of freelance makeup artist Ruth Baron — from eye-catching editorial looks to flawless natural beauty, she’s the expert we trust for festive faces. Her incredibly warm and convivial personality is just a mere bonus.

The Hair — Kristle Sullivan at M11 Studio
Whether you’re hoping for a complete hairstyle overhaul — she’s regarded as the go-to blonde colourist for those in the know, fyi — or a simple styling session before a big event, the magic hands of Kristle Sullivan from M11 Studio will ensure you leave the salon looking spectacular every single time.

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