Just perfect! Old fashioned teacups and plates. High tea.
51 B, Ranfurly Road, Epsom, Auckland

7 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Fri), 8 AM to 3:30 PM (Saturday), Sunday Closed

A Herald reviewer from a few days ago said “Absolutely charming. Lovely decor and chatty and pleasant staff.  A smallish menu but excellent nonetheless. The display food is superior to the usual fare in most cafes.”



Bluebells Cakery,  161A Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough

Bluebells Cakery specialises in beautifully hand-iced cupcakes, celebration cakes, wedding cakes and other baked treats. Their cupcakes come in a range of popular flavours and are all lovingly hand-iced with our signature butter-cream swirl. They make everything from scratch daily, using only premium quality ingredients, and all in a traditional home-baking style.

The perfect spot for a break in-between shopping – or at the start or end!

Shopping trips need a coffee stop to re-charge the energy levels and think about what you’ve bought and what you still need.

Check out a favourite: Petit Bocal,  177 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham

Located at 177 Sandringhan Road, Sandringham. Open from 7am-10pm everyday of the week. Serving delicious breakfast, lunch and sharing plates for dinner, as well as three to four mains on evening specials board. Just a stone’s throw from Eden Park, so a perfect place for your pre-match meeting.


By Terry  is my favoured foundation at the moment… love the convenience of the all-in-one brush and foundation,  ‘Light Expert‘  – easy to take in your handbag and perfect for touch ups and for summer.  For a little more coverage, I like the ‘Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation‘ – can be applied with brush or sponge.  The egg shaped sponge by QVS (available from most pharmacies) is great and can be used wet or dry.  Using the sponge dry gives more coverage and a wet sponge makes the foundation more sheer.  Better not to use your fingers as fingers warm up the skin and add oil to the face.

To prime or not to prime that is the question.  I have always believed that less is more and that we’re all too busy to layer lots of  products on our skin, but I do think that primer is a useful, almost essential, part of makeup.  It smooths the skin and gives the foundation a good base to glide over. The By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer is a great product.  The By Terry range is sold in NZ  through Mecca stores. www.meccacosmetica.co.nz


MAC  new mascara  –  Studio Sculpt Lash  – this is a great product – the brush is more like a comb and  it separates the lashes so you get full and lustrous lashes.

An innovative brush design uniquely crafted to capture and separate each lash for instant definition, length and curl. Produces maximum fullness and thickness for a strong, dramatic look with effortless precision. Creamy, velvety formula in a shade of Sculpted Black.

Studio Sculpt Lash - MAC Cosmetics

Studio Sculpt Lash – MAC Cosmetics

Environ (known for its high effective doses of Vitamin A)  is still my favourite skincare – I like the fact that it is sold only by beauty therapists so you are guaranteed to get the right product for your skin.  There are different strengths of creams and your skin graduates from one strength to the next, so you are always getting the perfect balance for your complexion.

For stockists near you check the website www.psb.net.nz.

The Environ AVST™ range is a series of products that provides for a complete skin care programme.

The Dermapen treatment is advanced skin needling technology – using multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin with an automatic vibrating function.  

Not as scary as it sounds as your face is covered with a numbing cream first and you just feel a slight tingling effect.  The treatment stimulates natural collagen reproduction, whilst allowing fine channels to be created in the skin. These channels can carry up to 80% more topical nutrients, so you get far better results from your face products.  Dermapen is said to be more effective than microdermabrasion and chemical peels and is the ideal treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, smokers lines around the lips, skin tightening, scars.


One of my favourite beauty therapists,  Colleen Francis, offers Dermapen treatments at her clinic, Vital Skin in Remuera  (09) 523-2051 info@vitalskin.co.nz


New ‘Your Style’ On-Line Service…

Email me your favourite online websites and I will select the garments that will work for you.  To make this service effective, you will need to have had your colours and styles analysed – this doesn’t need to have been done by Your Style, but you need to know your colours and the silhouettes that work for your body shape.