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Making up for summer

We get it – your social calendar is heating up as fast as the temperatures. So how do you get the hottest looks to sizzle through summer? We’ve got the lowdown!



More is more when it comes to eyes this season! Contrasting eyeshadows are catching our eye. And forget the barely there mascara of previous years. This season it’s all about the fan. It’s also the season to let your lower lashes join in on the fun, with coloured eyeliner on the lash line.

This summer expect to see plenty of ‘soap brows’; a brushed-up look achieved using soap in place of eyebrow gel. The pared-back brow is also back. Just match your brow pencil to your natural brow colour or better yet, use eyeshadow for a natural look. .

Pink equals perfection this season and everything pink goes, from pastel perfection to dusky rose. Want to go bold? Hot pink is the new red lip. Satin lipsticks and stains are a thing right now. Less likely to melt and smear, they’re just what you want in the summer sun!

Soft, pastel pink blush is summer’s best friend. It adds a bit of playful colour to your cheeks, without overshadowing the eyes which are playing the starring role this summer. All it takes is a couple swipes of powder blush on top of your foundation to perfect this pretty look..


In your beach bag

A day (or longer) at the beach, lake, bush and pool is a Kiwi summer ritual. As such, our beauty rituals must change to incorporate products and practices which protect and nourish our summer skin. Here’s Metropol’s round up of products to include in your beach bag this sunshine season.




Obviously. But investing in the growing breed of modern facial sunscreens can have added skincare benefits. Australian brand Ultra Violette is getting some serious attention for its hardworking SPFs which not only protect from UVA and UVB, but also hydrate and can even act as the perfect primer under your makeup.

Cool down with a cool facial mist. Preferably, one which packs a punchy list of ingredients to not only refresh, but hydrate and even give a little glow. Cult brands like Tatcha, Olay, Glossier and Kiehl’s all have options which come highly recommended. One spritz and you’re transported straight to the spa.

Nourish and protect those kissers with a reliable lip balm to stave off chapping and keep things plump and luscious. Options abound from every brand under the sun (ha), but you needn’t necessarily splash on this summer staple. You’ll get change from a tenner with Lucas Papaw Ointment and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.


On the shelf

What simpler pleasure can there be than getting stuck into a riveting holiday read. Whether you’re stretched out on a beach towel or sun lounger, or snuggled up in your favourite chair at the bach or at home, here are Metropol’s page-turning picks to take with you on your summer break, or to gift the bookworms in your life this Christmas.


Jehan Casinder
Harper Collins, $17.99


This award-winning Kiwi journalist chronicles how the power of storytelling helped him to survive depression. A gritty, vulnerable and compelling book which challenges our understanding of mental distress, and gives tools and hope to reshape our life stories. Told against a backdrop of the biggest news stories of recent years.


Rutger Bregman Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $34.99


This international bestseller provides a new perspective on the wide-held belief that humans are inherently bad. Unpicking famous sociological experiments, historical events and philosophical arguments, Bregman shows us the reality of humanity’s kindness – that it is a powerful force for change


Trent Dalton
Harper Collins, $45


From the international bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, this Australian novel is set in World War II and weaves a story of love, danger and secrets. Beautifully written, this adventure tale of unlikely companions is brimming with warmth, wit and wonder.


Jessica Dettmann
Harper Collins, $34.99


A story about growing up, giving in, and family. Molly is about to have her first child. Her mother, Annie, is about to re-start her dreams of musical stardom when she is asked to step into childcare duties. For fans of Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty.


Lisa Jewell Penguin NZ, $26


A gripping psychological thriller to keep you tethered to your reading nook, this novel is set a decade after the disappearance of Ellie. Her mother, Laurel, has never given up hope of finding Ellie, and a new man in her life – or more specifically, his daughter – reignites her quest for answers.


A snoozy summer

The temperatures are rising, and so too is our penchant for a deliciously snuggly pyjama to carry us from bed, to lounge and back again

Deiji Studios The 02 Robe in Mustard

Whiling away a summer morning in sleepwear is a defining feature of the holiday period and the perfect accompaniment to a pot of coffee and a book in the sunshine.

Laing Billie Cotton Pyjama Set in Navy


Citta Billie Linen Camisole and Pants


Citta Billie Linen Camisole and Pants

This summer, we’re eyeing up luxuriously soft and breathable natural fibres of linen, cotton and silk to aid our much-needed rest and relaxation.

By Natalie V Neck Night Dress Pink


Modern Rituals Work My Light Bath Soak

From short and tee sets, to camis and pants and nighties – a lightweight robe is a non-negotiable throw-over to ward off cooler mornings and the summer breeze.

Wallace Cotton Juliet Nightie


Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask in Rose



Dealing with stress and finding joy: Dr Libby Weaver

Dr Libby Weaver is an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker, and has just released wellness cards to educate and inspire. She chatted with Metropol about her secrets to de-stress, what brings her joy and a new way we can all make health a daily priority.


With the silly season fast approaching, do you get stressed?
“There are always going to be stressful situations in our lives that we can’t avoid. But a lot of the daily stress we experience comes from our perceptions and thoughts, so there is a lot of unnecessary suffering and it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve had a period in my life where I was a ‘Rushing Woman’ and that showed me that I had to make some changes – practically, but also exploring where I was creating stress for myself through perceptions of pressure and urgency. That’s where the gold really is.”

What do you do to relax?
“Having some time to myself early in the morning outside, watering trees and vegies, and watching the chickens, is a joy and brings me a sense of spaciousness, even if my day ahead is incredibly full. I also really love to watch the light changing in the sky. I made a decision a while back that I wanted to see more sunsets so even if my work day hasn’t ended by that time, I do my best to take a break to watch it.”

Why is prioritising health and wellness so important – and in particular this year?
“Collectively, I think there has been a realisation of just how important our health is, yet it’s so easy for self-care to sink to the bottom of the priority list, unless there is a health crisis. I think that for many who have slowed down this year, there’s also been a realisation that they don’t necessarily want to go back to how they were living previously.
“Ultimately, if we don’t prioritise our own health and wellbeing eventually it’s going to catch up with us and we won’t be able to contribute and care for others in the way we really want to. Taking great care of the immune system has become a focus this year, and how we eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe and perceive really does matter—not just to immune system function but to every cell in the body.”

What can we all do to prioritise our health and wellbeing on a daily basis?
“Many people share with me that they struggle to consistently take great care of themselves so I wanted to do something different this year that would help. That’s why I created my new Wellness Cards – I wanted to offer a simple way for health to become a consistent priority in your day or week, even if you feel time-poor. The cards are divided across the three pillars that I focus on – biochemical, nutritional and emotional.”


Face the freckles

You’re not imagining it, freckles have become a trending beauty look recently. While once these cute lil’ spots were covered, they are now showcased (and faux-cased) loud and proud. We all know these wee guys have a tendency to present themselves after some sun exposure – but please, don’t let your skin guard down in the name of freckle fashion. Instead, here’s expert tips on how to protect your freckle-prone skin this summer.


Sunscreen – This is a non-negotiable daily skincare product. Choose a UVA/UVB 50+ for everyday wear.

Niacinamide – A form of vitamin B3, this is a pigment inhibitor which helps to reduce the formation of pigment.

Vitamin C – Not only does vit C help to target pigment and increase light protection, it can also stimulate collagen and elastin and fight free radicals.


Asian style lettuce cups: Beef + Lamb NZ

Delicious and bursting with flavour, these Asian style lettuce cups are perfect served as a healthy lighter meal. We also like to use smaller lettuce cups to create bite sized tasty morsels and serve on a large platter at the next summer barbecue gathering. If you like to add a bit of heat be plentiful with the chilli.




1 Tbsp cooking oil
500g Quality Mark lamb mince
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp ginger, finely grated
½ tsp chilli flakes/chilli powder
230g can water chestnuts, drained
and finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
¼ Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
100g bean sprouts

½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
12 romaine/iceberg lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 radish, finely sliced
2 red cabbage leaves, finely sliced
2 spring onions, chopped
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, finely sliced

1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chilli flakes
1 Tbsp brown sugar



Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the lamb mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli flakes and cook until fragrant.
Add the water chestnuts and carrot to the mince and cook, stirring for one minute or until combined. Add the oyster and soy sauces and cook, stirring for two minutes or until well combined and heated through. Remove from heat and add the bean sprouts and stir until just wilted. Taste and season if necessary.

Place the lettuce leaves, cup-side up on a serving platter and serve immediately with the mince mixture. Garnish with thinly sliced carrot and red cabbage, spring onion, chopped peanuts and coriander. Serve alongside sliced avocado, radishes and Asian dipping sauce. Asian dipping sauce can be made by simply combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking.


Big moves, little café : Little River Cafe

Covid-19 has been the unavoidable buzzword of 2020, especially so for hospitality hotshots like Cameron Gordon at Little Rive Café and store. Metropol caught up with the café owner to see what a “Covid-19 summer” will entail.


“Our summer days are generally dominated with international travellers who aren’t coming this year, so it will be interesting to see whether domestic travel will offset this. We are entering an unknown chapter… and that’s a bit exciting,” he says.

But it seems as if the unknown chapter was a perfect place in the novel to make some adjustments to the café, something that has been on the cards for over four years.

With renovations already underway, the interior will be spruced up with new tables, seating, artwork, plants and paint.

So, why make the short drive out there? Only 35-minutes from Christchurch, the café is a perfect halfway stop on the way to Akaroa and surrounding bays – it is even short enough to make a round trip for lunch. Add a walk, visit to the beach or trek along the rail trail and you’ve got yourself a great day out.

The ever-increasing range of homemade keto low carb options are what’s helping put the little café on the map. With popular items such as filled keto bagels and keto cheesecake selling out most days of the week.

For more information, contact the café and store at


Edible summer garden

The cold is (meant to be) behind us, which means in the garden, it’s time to look forward. Look forward to our homegrown fruit and vegetables, that is. From basil to beetroot, lettuce and zucchini – it’s all happening in the fruit and veggie patch this December.




The end of the cold means it’s finally time to sow veges from seed. In particular, basil, beans, beetroot, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, parsnip, pumpkin, radish and zucchini can all be popped straight into the soil as seeds.

All summer gardeners know how important it is to conserve water during these hot months, as we all must do our part. So gardening becomes smarter. Enter mulch, it keeps the soil damp for no-water days.

If you prefer petals over produce, or want to produce something ornamental alongside your edibles, sow seeds of ageratum, cosmos, cyclamen, rudbeckia, salpiglossis, and zinnia. Or, visit your local garden centre for some already-flowering options.
If you are a Kiwi gardener in possession of a warm, sunny fence – you must consider planting it with passionfruit. It’s also a great time to plant subtropical fruit like natal plums and tamarillos – don’t forget compost and sheep pellets, or to keep well-watered.

Prepare now for citrus season by planting citrus trees throughout summer. Or, add instant tang to your summer menu by planting an already flowering, large-grade lemon or lime tree. Your 5pm G&T will thank you for it.

Don’t sacrifice the fruits of your labour by letting the bugs, or poor care, compromise your crops. There’s plenty of organic options for keeping summer slimeys, like caterpillars, or fungus at bay – as well as nets to dissuade birds. Water – and mulch – will prevent fruit drop.


Hat tricks

Protecting your precious skin from those harmful rays is an important, but not exclusive, benefit of a summer hat. There are serious sartorial gains to be had when adding headwear to your summertime style.


Seafolly Relaxo Hat *


While classic straw hats will always have a place in our hearts – and on our heads – this year, the popularity of bucket-inspired styles endures, and we’re enjoying the more mature interpretations like Seafolly’s Relaxo Hat (pictured). Here’s Metropol’s pick of summer hats which deserve a moment in the sun.

Marle Nonna Hat in Black Ivory


Avenue the Label Azzurra Black Sunhat


Seed Heritage Cutwork Visor


Lack of Color The Cove Hat


Karen Walker Wide Brim Sunhat


Marle Oma Hat in Tan Ivory


Image: Seafolly Australia
Model: Elyse Knowles Photographer: Nicole Bentley
Producer: Artboxblack
Hair: Sophie Roberts
Makeup: Peter Beard
Stylist: Emma Kalfus