REAL BEAUTY: MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
Three mums and daughters reveal their secret to looking good and the products they love best.
We asked three pairs of stylish women to share their favourite tips and products
ANNA HARVEY (68) RUNS FASHION BOUTIQUE MILOU IN PONSONBY, AUCKLAND. DAUGHTER CLARE VAN DEN BERG (36) IS THE CO-OWNER OF ODETTE’S EATERY & HUGO’S BISTRO, BOTH IN THE CITY’S CBD.
ANNA: My skincare routine consists of cleanse, tone and nourish, which I’ve done since I was 15. I cleanse with Pears soap and water, morning and night. I’ll wear a bit of Bio Oil and always apply an eye cream – Clarins is my current favourite. Then I apply Clinique BB Cream. At night, I use Nivea Q10 Night Cream and Clarins Eye Cream. I’ve always been happy with my skin, but six years ago I started noticing some lines; I think this came with the shock of losing my husband.
From 15, I’ve always taken a multivitamin and mineral capsule daily. As for beauty regrets,
I wish I hadn’t plucked my eyebrows out years ago! So now I resort to pencilling them in.
Too much make-up ages me. A tinted blusher, moisturiser, mascara and a coral and pink lipstick always does the trick. One of my favourites is
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Fiore 07.
CLARE: I drink as much water as I can – two litres or more a day – and find my skin just glows. My current regime consists of Bioderma Cleanser and lots of moisturiser and oils. After my shower I use Lucy Marr’s gorgeous Sans Activator 7
Body + Hair + Face Oil, followed with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser. At night, I use La Mer Miracle Broth, La Mer Moisturising Soft Cream and Kiehl’s Eye Cream or Argan Oil. I always wear lots of moisturiser and I apply Clarins Baume Beauté Eclair under my tinted BB Cream (Curtis Collection is the best).
I love a good facial; Amelia at Room 9 is amazing and it’s always such a treat. Manicured brows are important to me and I regularly go to Spring Spa. I also eat whole foods – I guess I’m very lucky with where I can go to eat!
I think my look is very natural, maybe too natural. I love a great mascara – Chanel is the best (I put Mum onto it) – and a good lip: I like NARS or Chantecaille. MAC bronzers are best and NARS ‘Orgasm’ has many uses. Less is more for me. Whenever I travel I use plenty of Rose Mist from Kora to keep my skin hydrated.
SARAH GEORGE (45), MOTHER OF THREE AND OWNER OF HOME AND GIFTWARE STORE HEDGEROW IN REMUERA. RUBY GEORGE (18), LAW AND COMMERCE STUDENT AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, AND PART-TIME WORKER AT SUPERETTE.
SARAH: In the morning I use Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Cleanser and Advanced Time Zone Day Cream. In the evening I use the
Drunk Elephant TLC Night Serum and Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Night Cream and Girl Undiscovered Face Oil. I’m not unhappy with my skin – I guess if I could change anything it would be to reverse time!
I love to have occasional facials at About Face. I also regularly go to Cherry Navas (Cherry Nails) in Remuera for my brows and nails – she is the best. Sid at Servilles in Newmarket does my hair.
My biggest advice I give to Ruby is to always take her make-up off before bed – no exceptions. And to always wear a hat in the sun.
I don’t wear a lot of make-up – on an average day I wear BB cream, mascara, eyeliner and lipstick. For a special night out I can’t go past a good smokey eye. For a really special event I would have my make-up done at the MAC counter. I’m all about being well groomed; I believe that first impressions count.
RUBY: In the morning I use Girl Undiscovered Cleansing Water followed by Clarins Toner and Mario Badescu Vitamin C Moisturiser. I love the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. In the evening I use Clarins Cleansing Milk. I have occasional breakouts on my forehead and around my nose which is why I’m using Mario Badescu – it’s really good for acne-prone skin.
I go to Cherry for lash tints, brow shapes and nails. Mum and I love to see Ashley at
Golden Glow tan salon before special events and holidays. Every six months or so I go to Stephen Marr to have a Cezanne hair-smoothing treatment; it’s expensive but amazing and worth every cent! For people with curly hair I couldn’t recommend it more.
I don’t wear a lot of make-up on a day-to-day basis, although it depends how I am feeling about my skin. BB cream and mascara would be the most I would wear for a normal day.
Mum likes to say, “Pretty is as pretty does.” I think it means you are as pretty as your actions. Good actions make a beautiful person; beauty on the inside shines through to the outside.
“Mum likes to say, ‘Pretty is as pretty does.’ I think it means you are as pretty as your actions. Good actions make a beautiful person; beauty on the inside shines through to the outside.”