Friday, 18 April 2014

The Week #101

The Week in Instagrams @nanawintour: *Saving Mr Banks watching. Note the mandatory tissues. *The Beauty Scenario Tag. *A Back 2 Mac lipstick in the shade Syrup. *A Fall pinboard update. *Bluebells Cakery deliciousness on Sunday with Mandy. *Looking at the Warm palette in Mac the other day. The colours in this palette are so pretty!

Must-Watch of the Week: If you saw my Beauty Scenario Tag post you may have noticed I tagged Tara and Ellen from Shop Style Conquer. They filmed this video in response and you should go watch it, just because. It's very entertaining. Oh and go hit the subscribe button while you're there. I know they'd appreciate it.

Product(s) of the Week: NYX Blush in Taupe-If your complexion errs more on the paler side of things then you'll like this blush from NYX. I don't use it as a blush as such, but it is great for subtly sculpting your face, adding shadows in the right places, creating the illusion of cheekbones-whatever you want to call it. It's super cheap too which gets it bonus points. Another purse-friendly find this week is the Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé. Firstly it smells delicious, like cake frosting. Secondly, these are so moisturising. This new one doesn't seem to have as thick a texture as some of the other lip butters from Nivea which I don't mind. Throw one in your trolley when you're supermarket shopping. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Where To Find Nana Wintour

Today I thought I'd do a round-up of all my social media links. Whether you're new to Nana Wintour or visit frequently, this guide will let you know where else you can find me online. I'm in the process of making a YouTube channel too so once that's live I'll update this list+tweet out a link. 

Facebook-All my blog post updates go live here first which then link on over to Twitter. I tend to post once a day on my page at the moment so if you're not hearing about a new post, there's bound to be something else fashion or beauty related appearing on there.

Bloggers Club-nzgirl have recently established a sister site for bloggers which essentially acts as a platform for other brands+people to find us and see our work. Here you'll find posts I have written for nzgirl along with links to some of my social media profiles. I often write about topics that I don't cover on Nana Wintour (e.g. recipes) so give me a follow, if you want to.

Pinterest-I love pinboards and creating visual collages so it's hardly surprising that I love Pinterest as well. You'll find a bit of everything on my boards; recipes, fashion, more beauty, wise words and interior inspiration just to name a few.

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Extras: A Moisture Boost

Some of you may remember that one of my goals for 2014 was to pay more attention to skincare and in turn feature it more on Nana Wintour. So far things aren't looking too shabby but it was about time a brand a little bit closer to home was shown some love. Antipodes are a New Zealand skincare brand who are known for their use of natural ingredients. Many of their products are in fact 100% organic so you know you're not putting anything nasty on your skin. Recently they released this mini duo of two of their fan favourites and, in a moment of dry-skinned despair last week, I promptly added this to my basket..

In this set you'll find the Divine Face Oil and the Vanilla Pod Day Cream. Now I'll be honest, I always find the thought of putting anything oil-based near my face quite frightful, and I still do. This oil however is so lightweight. It doesn't feel greasy or have that oily feel that I am not a fan of. It really does rehydrate and it's great to use if your skin's looking particularly dehydrated. The day cream is as Antipodes puts it, light but intensive. Again, this is incredibly nourishing and your skin feels so much softer afterwards. You can wear both these products under makeup and they won't interfere with its staying power. Both these products work well together but I've been alternating between them, depending on what my skin's condition is like each morning. 

If you're new to the Antipodes brand or your skin's in need of some TLC, this Moisture Boost duo is sure to be just what the skincare doctor ordered. The Moisture Boost Kit is limited edition so be quick if you want one!

*Have you tried any products from Antipodes?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Beauty Scenario Tag

The Beauty Scenario tag was created by Lily Pebbles and it's one I have always wanted to do but never got around to until now. Typically this would be a video but I didn't have time to film this. I also currently look like a tired mess so I didn't think you would want to see that.

Anyway, here's how I'd solve the following beauty scenarios..

You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore. Which do you keep? I don't actually own many foundations and bases mainly because I struggle to find colours that don't make me look overly orange. The ones I do own are not my favourites either. I'd probably get rid of them and replace them with something else, like the new Chanel Perfection Lumiere-Velvet foundation or Jouer's Matte Moisture Tint.

You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely? Ignore it completely, because then it might just make the rest of the interview awkward.

You're not feeling your best and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful? Impassioned by Mac. It's a vibrant, raspberry pink and it always makes me feel happy and beautiful when I'm wearing it. Magic lipstick perhaps?

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Week #100

The Week in Instagrams @nanawintour: *More Friday fun. That Lush bath melt was so luxurious, an Easter treat without the guilt-factor. *Harry Potter stamps on a surprise letter from my friend Hannah. *Sometimes I go into shops just to spritz fragrances I love but don't own. This week's candidate was Miss Dior. *Recycling a box that housed PR samples. It now holds the products I am trialling this month. It's early days but I am loving a fair bit of what you can see in there. *Miranda Sings videos never fail to make a below average day better. *Essie Fall Fingertips. Currently After School Boy Blazer is my favourite from the new colour range.

Must-Watch of the Week: The 7 Seconds Challenge With Miranda Sings. Zoe and Miranda collaborated and the internet exploded, well at least it did in my corner. Just go watch it, it'll make you laugh. On a more serious note, Anna shared her latest 5 Minute Face, inspiration for the mornings you're in a rush. It's also proof that you don't need the standard 20+ minutes to look half decent.

Product of the Week: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe. These are definitely some of the best eyeshadows on the market at a more budget-friendly price point. They're similar to pressed pigments in terms of the foiled finish when you apply them damp but I prefer them just as they are. Both these colours are beautiful, they're easy to blend and with eyeshadow primer underneath they're pretty longwearing as well. Side note-You cannot get these shades outside America but you can buy them online.