THE LIFE: Leo women are fearless and powerful – just like their spirit animal, the lion. A fire sign, Leo #Gems are bold, determined, courageous and magnetic. The softer side of Leo sees her as a fiercely loyal and protective friend or partner who would do anything for loved ones.
THE LOOK: Big hair and bold, feline flicked eyeliner work in synergy with Leo’s cat-like energy and they wear fiery shades of orange and red on lips and nails to perfection.
Issada may have been born in Brisbane but believe it or not – our brand grew up in Hollywood! It was on A-list film and TV sets (when the mineral makeup colour collection was but a twinkle in our CEO/Founder Fiona’s eye!) that Issada’s Couture Brush Set really started to command global attention, being used on celebrities like Beyonce, J-Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and many others.
Our very own marketing coordinator/LA tour guide Alex has been working abroad from the City of Angels, so she knows her way around town – but not before she was put through her paces. Someone had to take on the tough job of eating, drinking, swimming, shopping, staying and playing their way around one of the world’s most glamorous cities to bring you the best of the best!
Over the next couple of months, Alex will bring you her must-visit hot spots from different areas around Los Angeles, this time – Malibu.
Not many places exemplify California-living more than Malibu – the famous haven for A-list celebrities who crave ocean views, privacy and an escape from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
The scenery is postcard-perfect: the rocky Malibu hills provide a dramatic contrast against the Pacific Ocean and are dotted with some of the most luxurious properties in Los Angeles.
Cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and visit any one of the beautiful beaches, restaurants, and attractions Malibu has to offer, or drive up into the hills and find local wineries and incredible views.
ISSADA APPROVES: Nobu
The best sushi in LA, right on the Pacific Ocean. It’s rare to visit Nobu and NOT spot a celebrity. Ultra sleek and exclusive, Nobu’s frequent VIPs include The Kardashians, Harry Styles, Drake and more. Outside tables on the ocean deck get snapped up quickly, so make a reservation a few days in advance to secure a comfy lounge area right on the water.
Nobu: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
ISSADA APPROVES: Mastro’s Ocean Club
It’s a fabulous steak restaurant, but the food is almost outshone by the phenomenal cocktail list – our pick is the Dream Berry, which comes out smoking with dry ice (Mastro’s sell 19,000 of these a year, so they must be doing something right)! Another must-try is the signature Mastro’s butter cake – just trust us. The carpark, bordered by a picturesque rocky cliff into the ocean, can be easily converted with the addition of some cabanas, lounges and marquees, into an adjoining outdoor function space perfect for 4th July parties and exclusive invite-only soirees. The position of Mastro’s is ideal for a sunset – to the left you can see towards Santa Monica and to the right, along the coast of Malibu.
Maestros Ocean Club: 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
ISSADA APPROVES: Zuma Beach
One of the cleanest beaches in LA, Zuma’s wide sands, excellent surf, volleyball courts, surfers, kiteboarders and quintessential Californian lifeguard towers has made it a favourite location of Baywatch and countless other TV shows and movies. Come to Zuma for the classic Malibu beach experience.
Zuma Beach: 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
ISSADA APPROVES: Malibu Country Mart
Just a stones throw from the ocean is Malibu Country Mart, where you’ll find upscale boutiques, art galleries and great dining. Find some hot new specs or sunnies at uber trendy Oliver Peoples, or the perfect Malibu coast-chic outfit from Planet Blue, Gypsy05, Ralph Lauren or Wildfox. Find some flawlessly curated treasures, new and old, at Malibu Vintage – including fine jewellery celeb-fave Mary Millicent.
Malibu Country Mart: 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
ISSADA APPROVES: Malibu Beach Inn
A boutique luxury hotel with only 47 rooms, Malibu Beach Inn is right in the middle of Malibu’s famous strip of waterfront real estate known as ‘Billionaire’s Beach’ – you can imagine why. Beautifully appointed, with amazing views and sunsets, gourmet dining and fabulous onsite spa services.
Malibu Beach Inn: 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
ISSADA APPROVES: Malibu Wine Safaris
A vineyard nestled in the scenic Malibu Hills – with one big difference: its on a 1000 acre ranch inhabited by zebras, camels, giraffes, alpacas and bison which guests can meet and even hand-feed! Where else could you enjoy an animal safari, gastrononmic delights and wine tasting, all in the same place?!
Malibu Wine Safaris: 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA
ISSADA APPROVES: Getty Villa / Getty Museum
When his personal home gallery ran out of space, oil magnate John Paul Getty built The Getty Villa, just down the hill from the Pacific Palisades estate he shared with wife Talitha, a bohemian style icon of the 1960s. The Getty Villa houses an amazing collection of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities – but relics aside, exploring the house and grounds alone is a visual treat – so many photo ops!
The Getty Museum is perched high on a hill (you can only access it by a cute cliffside tram) a little more inland from the coastline, but its panoramic 360 views from Malibu all the way around to Hollywood and beyond make it a must-see on the way back from Malibu into Los Angeles. Once you’ve finished marvelling at the sweeping views, check out several wings of gallery heaven – find everything from Italian Renaissance, French Impressionist to modern photographic works.
Getty Villa: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Getty Museum: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
We’re thrilled to present to you our final campaign image (above) from the Polo Los Loosa 2016 photoshoot, shot by Dave Blake. As Official Makeup Partner of Polo Los Loosa – Issada will be seeing you on the green in 2016! And check out our behind the scenes snaps from the shoot below!