See Miss Universe NZ using Samala Cosmetics March 17, 2017 12:51

Miss Universe NZ using Samala CosmeticsSamala Cosmetics is a proud sponsor of Miss Universe New Zealand. Our trainee artists from Samala Robinson Academy get to work alongside the beautiful contestants!

Here is a video of Miss Universe New Zealand 2016 Tania Pauline Dawson recreating this stunning look on runner up Seresa Lapaz using Samala Cosmetics - the ombre lip was Tania's go to look during her  Miss Universe journey earlier this year!

Famous faces raise funds for brain cancer research December 14, 2015 17:04

Kiwi makeup adorns famous faces in charity photo book

New Zealand cosmetics brand Samala Cosmetics was chosen as the official makeup for The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer Edition 2, which launched on 3rd December 2015.

The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer Edition 2 is a collection of celebrity portraits by well-known Australian photographer Darren Tieste and features some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Olivia Wilde (who graces the cover), Susan Sarandon, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Nina Dobrev, Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Hyland, Kylie Jenner, Julie Bowen and Vanessa Hudgens.

All money raised from sales of the book will go to brain cancer research and all those involved in the project donated their time to take a stand against brain cancer.

The book has been available from 3rd of December 2015 when it was launched at a star-studded event in Los Angeles.

Having some of the world’s most famous stars wear their products in such a high-profile project is a prestigious achievement for a small New Zealand brand like Samala Cosmetics.

Samala Cosmetics was created by well-known New Zealand professional makeup artist, Samala Robinson. The range has been used by professionals for several years and is now available to the general public.

Samala joined the stars on the red carpet at the launch of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer in LA and is available to talk about what being involved in this project means for the emerging company.

Says Samala: “We are absolutely thrilled and humbled to be involved in The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer. This project offers our brand global exposure, and is also a chance to support a worthy cause that lies close to all of our hearts.”


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Jimmy Choo - a true inspiration November 18, 2015 16:25

This week I had the immense privilege of meeting one of my personal heroes and fashion icon, Professor Jimmy Choo, at a lunch hosted by Westpac.

Choo has long been an inspiration to me, and getting to see him in person was both humbling and moving.

At the event, Choo shared the story of how he created his business from humble beginnings in his family shoe shop in the back streets of Malaysia to develop into an iconic brand.

What really resonated with me was his message that if you did what you loved, you will never be poor. If you do something you really love, money will come from that.

He also shared how if you love your customers and do what makes them happy, you will create a wonderful business.

By following his passion for his work and his customers, Choo went from making his first pair of shoes at the age of 11 to the becoming a global icon at the top of the fashion world.

I also loved how Choo now devotes much of his time to training up-and-coming designers – it is amazing to see someone of his stature willing to pass on his knowledge to the next generation.

I felt a very personal connection with Choo’s story and philosophy as my own business career evolved in very much the same way. I did not set out to run a professional makeup academy or cosmetics brand – I just followed my passions and it grew organically into something I love.

Choo’s story clearly also struck a chord with other guests at the event. I shared a table with Tim Phin, publisher of Remix Magazine, and his own success building Remix into a globally-recognised brand is another great example of what can be achieved if you follow your passion.

So do what you love and the rest will follow!

 - Samala x

In the media – Darren Tieste and The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer September 10, 2015 16:03

Stunning portraits of some of the world’s most famous celebrities are at the heart of a moving new project to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research.

Over 120 actors, models and musicians have posed for intimate and touching portraits taken by top professional photographer Darren Tieste for inclusion in the second edition of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer.

The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer is a collectible coffee table book featuring beautiful images and personal thoughts of some of the biggest names in film, fashion and music – including Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Zac Efron, Jon Hamm, Jessica Biel, Sofia Vergara, Drake and Susan Sarandon.