Enlightened Beauty

New beauty brand Aleph is a trifecta of things I love and celebrate on The New: design-led, category-disrupting New Zealand brands, visionary New Zealand women at the helm of said brands, and – of course – modern, minimalist packaging and aesthetic.

In founding Aleph Beauty, Auckland makeup artist Emma Peters is realising a long-held dream. A dream to create a multi-functional makeup line, made here in New Zealand, that acts as much like skincare as it does cosmetics, without harming the planet, animals or the people wearing it.


My minimalist heart beats for simple stylish packaging. 

Debossed glass jars for the win

The Aleph range is a capsule collection, for those of us who want less products, that do more. The Foundation (in four shades – more coming) self-adjusts and is also a full-coverage concealer; the Radiance cream can be mixed with your foundation to give an ethereal glow, used as an eyeshadow, or applied to the high points of the face as a highlighter; and there’s a dual Lip/Cheek Tint. All the products are vegan (including the Diffuser Brush), and contain active skincare ingredients for antioxidant, anti-aging benefits, like algae extract, co-Q10 and an extract from NZ’s native Totara tree.

And at the risk of this sounding like an infomercial (which it is not – I came for the packaging and identity design, I stayed for the beauty info), when you buy your Aleph foundation, you also get sent a sample of the colour you have selected, so you can try it on your skin before opening the full product. You also get to choose a second sample (lighter or darker) to test alongside the colour you have selected. Then, if the full-size colour you ordered isn’t right, Aleph let you send it back, and they send out your new colour choice at no charge.

Congratulations Emma, there’s so much to love here.

Aleph Beauty online store  /  Aleph Beauty Instagram


Perfect Match – Together Journal X An Organised Life

When an editor of an international wedding publication meets a boutique stationery designer and organisation expert, what do you get? The most stylish, well-considered wedding planner, that’s what.

Greta Kenyon (celebrated wedding photographer, turned founder and editor of Together Journal) and Beck Wadworth (founder and designer of An Organised Life) first got together over a year ago to discuss creating something that would help lovers plan their big day with maximum sophistication but minimum stress. They pushed each other creatively, refining and pushing and refining their concept some more, ultimately producing a wedding planner of both style and substance.


The planner is split into tabbed sections, including: Important Info, Checklists & Calendar; Dream Plan; Budget; Guests (includes seating plan pages) Venues; Food & Drink; Music; Photo & Video; Flowers & Styling; Attire & Rings; Beauty & Grooming; Wedding Party; Our Big Day (one place for all the details of the wedding day – key contacts, information, vows, speeches, pack in/pack out info pages, run sheet pages and more.) Reflect, and Notes.

At the start of each section, there’s a full page with tips and tricks dedicated to organising that part of your wedding, and there’s also a back pocket for keepsakes and loose notes. Rest assured, Greta and Beck have thought of everything.

The Wedding Planner is available in two classic colours – black or ecru – and comes in a gold-embossed box, with the intention that you can preserve it as a keepsake, to look back on in years to come. You can also have your names or initials (or anything you want, actually – maybe the wedding date itself) monogrammed on the front, in a choice of five foil finishes. So lovely.

Pre-Order here.



The Curator – Wedding Planner

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today… to introduce you to The Curator.

Over a year in the making and launched this month, The Curator is a free online app that helps guide you through the wedding planning process. It’s New Zealand’s very first virtual wedding planner – with everything you need to plan your perfect wedding – streamlined, and in one place.


The Curator helps you:

Discover high-quality vendors from a comprehensive but well-curated Vendor Directory
– including big names, boutique names, and brand new names, and encompassing current wedding trends, bespoke touches and non-traditional elements.

Keep complete track of your budget.

Manage your guest list.

Keep track of your (slightly-longer-than-expected) To Do list.

…  all from your phone, or any computer.

Search the comprehensive directory of incredible New Zealand vendors, and save to your Faves

Founder Marica Frost says the idea stemmed from seeing her newly-engaged friends attempt to balance work, house-hunting and everyday life with planning their upcoming wedding. “I wanted to create a space to solve wedding challenges, restructure the planning process and modernise the way we approach weddings – a space for every style, every stage and every love. Social media is driving such a change in the wedding industry. With endless access to inspiration and the desire to share their creativity – couples are no longer settling for the easiest option. It was crucial to acknowledge this and give people access to a range of vendors from all across the country.”

If aesthetic is any indication (and I absolutely believe it is – especially when it comes to UI), I think you’ll find The Curator to be a contemporary and forward-thinking yet super easy-to-use tool.

Manage your Guest List (who’s coming, who’s vegan, who hasn’t even received your invite yet) with multi-layered RSVP manager, and organise the overwhelm with a customisable To Do List.

Manage your overall budget, and clearly see your deposits and balances, payment due dates and more

Find out more about The Curator here – or sign up, free

(You might also like to follow The Curator on Instagram
 for good wedding inspo in your feed)


This is a sponsored post. However, we only ever work with brands and businesses we think you will love and get value from – and The Curator absolutely fits that criteria!


Uh Huh Honey

Photography by Marie Valencia


25 year old graduate scientist and Nutritionist Emily White has beekeeper for a partner, so she was already using Manuka Honey in errrrting from baking to natural skin remedies when she thought to use it in a natural hair oil.

The market’s full of with hair oils that have a laundry list of synthetic ingredients, including silicones (coats your hair for superficial shine) which aren’t great for the hair or the environment.

After just shy of 6 months of development, formula refinement and testing (on all different hair types and conditions – people not animals), Comb was launched.

The result is a 100% natural, moisturising and nourishing hair oil, with a formulation of all good things, including Broccoli Seed Oil (boosts shine), Coconut Oil to penetrate the hair follicle and prevent breakage and Jojoba Oil for deep hydration. Of course, Manuka Honey’s the queen bee (sorry) here, because it’s a natural humectant – meaning it attracts and traps moisture, to hydrate without greasiness. The Manuka Honey in Comb is delivered to your hair via Extra Virgin Olive Oil – they infuse the honey in the EVOO over an extended period, to draw out the aroma and the beneficial properties of the honey. Comb also contains pure Manuka Oil sourced from New Zealand’s East Cape, where it’s known for especially high levels of antimicrobial triketone compounds to soothe and nourish hair.

Of course, it was the packaging that first grabbed my superficial interests – I love the glass bottle with its minimalist-but-modern form and style. But after Em sent me a bottle to try on my own uncooperative Beetlejuice frizz-fest, I can report back that it’s as good as it looks. Also, disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (I’d always tell you if it was) – its just awesome.


Like to win yourself some Comb? A bottle for you and one for a friend? Uh huh honey!

Just head here to our Instagram, and tag a friend in a comment, and you’re in the draw
Enter as many times as you like .


Comb online store  /  Comb Instagram

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