By: Josie Steenhart
Photography: Charlie Mckay
Styling: Emma Gleason of Rag Pony
Makeup: Abby Jayne Black for Mecca Cosmetica
Nails: Magic Tan & Beauty
Hair: Anouska Brockbank - Oblique hair spa
Models: N model management
Beauty. It means different things to all of us, but Fixy has the whole lot covered.
What we know for sure is that the fastest way to feel fabulous can be as simple as a beauty fix from
one of Auckland's top spas or salons. Whether you indulge in a massage, treat your hair to a deep
conditioning and a sharp new cut, or tap the latest fashion trend through a colourful manicure, we've
made it super simple.
We use our hands about a million times each day, and they can tell people a lot about us - so how
they look shouldn't be underestimated.
If natural nails are your thing, a nourishing treatment, a stimulating mini massage and a sweep of
natural polish ensures a beautifully understated but put-together look.
Here at Fixy though, we're not shy about getting really creative with our nails. Once they're
perfectly shaped and buffed by an expert, the sky's the limit - prints, patterns and glitter in frosted,
matte or glossy finishes, and a kaleidoscopic palette of any colour imaginable.
“It's about pushing boundaries and tempting people to have a bit of vision,” says Petrina Martin,
director at Magic Tan and Beauty in Remuera and our nail artist on the shoot. “We've seen a huge
demand for nail art. Even women in their 50's are asking for glitter feature fingers. People come
in wanting classic pale pink and leave with a dark, modern blue! There are really no limits when
putting colour or images on our nails - if they make you happy then do it!”
Petrina's inspiration for our shoot “came from the French Renaissance, where nail art was popular.
The upper class wore dark colours and the lower class wore paler colours. Length exuded luxury
Abby Jayne Black, makeup artist for the shoot, took her own inspiration from the striking nails
created by Petrina and from the range of products now available in New Zealand. Having lived
overseas for six years, on her return was excited to see new stores like Mecca had arrived, bringing
the cult beauty brands, trends and innovations with them and taking “the focus off the mainstream
“The new Nars 'Larger Than Life' eyeliners are an amazing formulation thats stays for hours in the
waterline, says Abby. “These have changed my makeup life! I'm also loving the return to a pop of
bright colour on the lip. And pastel nail colours - so much fun!”
Use your nails to set off an outfit or accessories, tap a fashion trend, or really make a statement by
trying out the latest innovations like shellac or gel finishes that stay fantastic for weeks at a time.
Quick, easy and super affordable, a manicure is a brilliant way to instantly lift your look, and your