MEET PINK LADY TERRI: Our New Pukekohe Manager!

Meet Terri! Pink Lady Terri has taken over management of our gorgeous Pukekohe store. She has beauty experience and knowledge and is super passionate about beauty! We are 100% confident that you will love her as much as we do!
Hi, Terri! Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into makeup and how did you end up working at Phoenix Cosmetics?   
Hey! I’m Terri and have recently become the Pukekohe store manager. I always enjoyed playing around with makeup when I was younger. During my high school years, I became the go-to girl when my friends and I were going out or someone needed their makeup done. I began working at Phoenix Cosmetics as my dad saw the job advertised (thanks, dad I owe you!) and became the new face of the Pukekohe store!

Q: What are you looking forward to most, being the new manager of our Pukekohe store? What are you hoping to bring to Phoenix customers?   
I am looking forward to bringing a fun and inviting atmosphere for both customers and colleagues to be a part of.

Q: What are your predictions for upcoming makeup trends for Summer 2017?  
I feel that warmer tones are coming into fashion again with a strong lip, to go with our floral season clothing.

Q: If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you do?  
If I wasn’t a makeup artist, I would currently be taking a internship to become a personal trainer.

Q: What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?  
Common mistakes that are made by women of all ages is forgetting to make sure they comb or fill in their eyebrows. Especially when people are first starting out wearing makeup.

Q: What is your favourite makeup brush?
My favourite brush of all time would have to be the concealer brush! Due to the fact that you can use it for many different purposes and it can really get into the smaller areas around your eyes.

Meet the new face of our Takapuna Store: Patricia!

Meet the new face of our Takapuna Store!

Exciting times in Takapuna! We have inspiring new talent & artistry joining our talented team, including our new manager, Patricia. We sat down with her to ask a few questions about herself and her new job with us :)

Q: Hi Patricia! Tell us a little bit about yourself! When did you discover your passion for make-up?  

Hi There! I came to New Zealand 2 years ago, I’ve been travelling and meeting people for a while now but have recently started working for Phoenix Cosmetics! I’ve been in love with makeup for a long time now. I used to do costumes for theatre have been wanting to explore the makeup world ever since. This year my wish came true and I’m now doing makeup as my full-time job!

Q: What was it that made you so keen to work for Phoenix Cosmetics?
I love Phoenix! PINK has always been my favourite colour! Working for an NZ Cosmetics brand gives me the full kiwi experience. Also, I really like the fact that we use cruelty-free makeup, we have great techniques for perfect brows and we do personalized lashes for every client. I just love my job!

 Q: What are you looking forward to most, being the new manager of our Takapuna store?
Our store is perfect already! I just want to continue with the fabulous job of our last manager and keep giving the amazing service that we are known for.

 Q: What are your biggest goals and plans for the Takapuna store?
I want the clients to have fun, to come to our store and relax, share a nice moment with us and go out loving themselves! I believe in natural beauty, what we do here is help show how beautiful you are.

Q: You’re originally from Argentina! Did you notice any big differences between the way Argentineans approach beauty and makeup, vs the way Kiwis do?
I left Argentina 3 years ago, beauty trends have changes so much since then! In New Zealand, I do see that people love do full-on glam makeup looks! Lashes for days and perfect brows, the Kiwi woman is really coquette, AND I LOVE IT!

 Q: Based on your experience and observation, what does “beauty” mean to Argentinean women?
We are simple, we love to look pretty during the weekends but during the week we like to be more relaxed and natural.

 Q: Which product are you loving this season?
Highlighters are my faves! They give glow to the face on colder days and make you shine like a diamond on the sunny ones!

Q: Do you have any words of advice for the young, aspiring makeup artists out there?
Go for your passions! It’s never too late to start doing what you love. Once you get into this beautiful world of makeup you will be able to play and have fun every day! Explore, try and always do YOU! There is a lot of different ways to do make up, find your way and be AMAZING!

Germany’s Beauty Secrets Revealed by Pink Lady Tash

For this week’s blog post, we sat down with Pink Lady Tash from our Grey Lynn store to have a chat! She has lived in Germany for a really long period of time and we wanted to know all of the German beauty secrets… so we grilled her to find out!

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Pink Lady, Tash on the left. With Pink Lady, Valene, in our Grey Lynn store.

1.) How long did you live in Germany and what made you move to Auckland NZ?
I’ve lived in Germany on three different occasions and spent about 9.5 years there altogether. I moved back to Germany when I was 18 to further my independence and see what it was like living there as an “adult”; 3 years in I felt very homesick and it was a lot more challenging than I had originally thought it would be, I then made the decision to move back to New Zealand where my parents live. I made the call to move down to the big smoke because there are not a lot of opportunities in Kerikeri when you’re a makeup artist and I am more of a city person than a small town gal.

2.) Did you notice any big differences between the way Germans approach beauty and makeup, vs the way Kiwis do? 
I think German beauty is definitely not as highly regarded as it is here in New Zealand because Germans are quite conventional people with their day to day lives, so the less effort you have to put into your daily routine the better. Kiwis also take a lot more notice of makeup brands that they are purchasing than German women do.

3. Based on your experience and observation, what does “beauty” mean to German women?
The meaning of beauty to German women is more of a personality thing that it is a physical thing, I’m pretty sure if I asked all my friends their answers would all be “beauty is in the character of a person”, being beautiful means being a strong independent woman.

4. What is the most commonly-seen makeup look in Germany?
I have to admit Germans in my opinion don’t have a crazy amount of makeup knowledge. They are somewhat stuck in the 90’s, a classic coal liner on the waterline,  a little bit of mascara and a darkish lip colour on the lips – that’s probably one of the more common looks you’ll find on the German streets.

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5. What would you say is Germany’s best-kept beauty secret?
Germans are amazing at skincare! Everyone has a full on routine and they love it. Germans LOVE moisturising. That was something my grandma always told me: “moisturise morning and night to keep your skin hydrated healthy and youthful looking”.

6. Were there any crazy makeup trends happening while you lived there?
A dark red lip was definitely a must have around mid to end of 2015. The only crazy trend in general that I can recall passing through Germany like wildfire was Neon everything! Clothing, hair highlight, shoes anything neon was goals!

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7. What do you think German women could teach Kiwi women about beauty? And vice versa?
I think because of the different temperatures, it’s quite hard to elaborate on each countries’ beauty routines. I guess if I had to choose one thing for each country it would be; German woman should just, in general, find a somewhat up to date makeup look and keep it dewy and fresh like a lot of New Zealand women. New Zealand women could take onboard that after the makeup comes off to have a solid routine for your skin to ensure that the heat doesn’t cause premature aging.

8. What is your best beauty advice that all women could use?
The best beauty advice I could give would be: treat yourself once fortnightly to an at-home facial and a hair mask. Get your nails done, have a healthy day, go for walks, drink lots of water, eat healthy, enjoy the beautiful scenery and go makeup free for at least one day a week. You will look fresh, feel rejuvenated and your skin will thank you for it – basically if your skin looks amazing without makeup, imagine how great it will look with makeup on.