The landscape of beauty is vast and varied, and can oftentimes be confusing for anyone who isn’t on the inside. This is why it is so important to speak to professionals, those who can help us to cut through the trendy jargon and social media buzzwords to gain a deeper understanding of what our skin actually needs (and more importantly, what it doesn’t).
It is in this spirit that Viaduct Harbour decided to bring together some of the most respected practitioners and business owners in the local beauty space, for a luxurious and accessible event that everyone could enjoy. As such, on Saturday the 22nd of October, Sofitel Auckland will host the inaugural Viaduct Harbour Beauty Brunch, a morning dedicated to delivering professional advice, practical tools and some simple tips and tricks for anyone looking to shake up their beauty routine or take things back to basics.
Hosted by gua sha master Farihah Joubert and produced by Yordanos Berhane of Looped, the Beauty Brunch will see guests treated to presentations from two other respected industry insiders. Sandy Chen, skincare expert and founder of Bare Beauty Studio, will be sharing valuable insights on striking the balance between western and eastern beauty routines, and why a bespoke approach is key for healthy, glowing skin. Katey Mandy, founder of local brand Raaie, will give direction on what to look for in a sunscreen, skin antioxidants and how to decipher ingredient lists. For her part, Joubert will demonstrate her significant, face-sculpting skills, offering an essential gua sha masterclass that will work as a step-by-step guide on how to get this ancient skincare technique right at home. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure that every attendee leaves the Beauty Brunch with a comprehensive understanding of how to build and maintain an effective skincare regime, and how to employ key gua sha techniques that will make a profound difference to their skin.
“Through our work in the beauty industry, Yordi and I have worked one-on-one with a number of different women,” says Joubert, “and we have noticed a massive knowledge gap between brands and their consumers.” For Joubert and Berhane, this event is an effective, direct-to-consumer way of cutting through the noise and helping beauty consumers to understand the true benefits of their products, and how to use them in a way that will actually make a significant difference. Continuing, Joubert tells us, “we wanted to plan an event to empower women to navigate and explore their own skin and learn more about the fundamentals of skincare. At the end of the day, it’s not about what brand you use, but more about how you use your products, what ingredients are in them and consistency.”
Tickets (available here) are $80 per person and include all necessary products provided on the day, glasses of G.H.Mumm Champagne and freshly-made coffee, as well as a goodie bag (each including its very own Raaie product valued at $149). And while the event is tipped to be a sellout, we have a double pass to give to one lucky Denizen (see below for details) that will see them heading along with a friend for a fun, informative morning. So whether you’re a beauty fanatic or simply want to understand more in a relaxed, welcoming environment, the Viaduct Harbour Beauty Brunch is one event you don’t want to miss.