Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Beauty Loop Box

I've been a member of Mecca's Beauty Loop for a couple of years now and it was after a purchase of one of the Hourglass blushes recently that I came away with this box as well. Beauty Loop is Mecca's alternative to the Sephora Beauty Insider service or Space NK's N.dulge rewards. It works similarly to these but it isn't identical. Some of the perks you'll get as a Beauty Loop member include free product samples, the opportunity to preview+buy products before they officially launch and receive Beauty Loop boxes like the ones pictured above. I do love a good sample box but they can be very hit and miss. I had high hopes for Mecca's box though and decided to do mini reviews of what I tried for you. 

Note: The sample sizes were small so these reviews aren't meant to be in depth. Think of them as my first impressions, and verdicts on whether I'd go out and buy the products.

Bare Minerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener-This is what I'd imagine a more luxe version of the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer to be like. It's lightweight and is easy to blend. I'm not sure whether I received Shade 1 or 2 in my box but it definitely did have a brightening effect. It didn't crease on me either which is a bonus.

Purchase? Probably, I'm just waiting for my Origins Plantscription concealer to run out first.

Eve Lom Cleanser-This sample packet notes that Vogue once declared this the best cleanser in the world. Bold claims but it certainly delivered. One thing I will get out of the way now is I really didn't like the scent. It's not exactly overpowering but it is quite herbal which won't be for everyone.  It has quite a balmy texture and it gets rid of all your makeup. My skin felt so clean after using this and the next day it was incredibly soft. 

Purchase? If you can get past the scent of this cleanser you'll probably really enjoy it. I can understand why Vogue and Lisa Eldridge are fans. Since trying this I've found out this cleanser contains mineral oil, which is an ingredient I tend to steer clear of so I'm not sure I'd buy this. It is also incredibly expensive *sad face*.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Shop Style Conquer

Before I started blogging I used to love reading fashion blogs, in particular Tavi's and Phoebe's. I still do actually. They're a nice refresher and a break from words like 'pigmentation', 'formula' and other beauty phrases. One of my current favourite fashion blogs is Shop Style Conquer, written by Tara and Ellen. As well as sharing their covetable outfits, they also post about beauty, nails and the happenings in their lives. Go check their blog out if you haven't already because it is awesome. 

A few months back I sent Tara and Ellen these questionnaires to fill in so you could learn a bit more about them. There's even some cute drawings to look at. Sorry the scans are a bit shabby but if you click them you'll be able to read them better. 

Monday, 21 April 2014 Haul

Aside from talking about skincare more on NW I wanted to also feature+try to include a wider variety of drugstore/budget-friendly beauty items on the blog this year. I think drugstore brands have come a long way in the last ten or so years and many of them are bringing out products that perform just as well as their higher end counterparts. They just have a not so hefty price tag, and sometimes less luxurious packaging attached. As we all know, what's on the inside counts. That was certainly the case when it came to my little hauling.

Now you may be wondering how I shopped with, given I'm not based in America. I actually used YouShop, a service run by nzpost. It means you can order from American sites like Sephora or British sites like Boots and enter your YouShop address at checkout to get items we otherwise wouldn't be able to. They charge a fee of $12.50 for international postage and then $4.75 per 500 grams. In short, the more you order and the heavier it is, the more it'll cost. Note that if they can, YouShop will repackage your order for you to reduce the cost of postage. Once you've paid for your items they'll be shipped to New Zealand.

This YouShop order arrived within 5-6 working days which is pretty good and cost $22 to ship here. I recommend spending the minimum amount to qualify for free shipping on the British or American sites to avoid incurring shipping costs from them on top of the YouShop fees. It will save you money but it is entirely up to you.

Now on with the haul..

L'Oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadows-These are two shades I've seen doing the rounds on a few beauty blogs, and they're something I have wanted to try for a long time. I picked up the shades Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe. Their formula reminds me of Mac's Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows, shimmery but not overly glittery. They are also super easy to blend. If you're in America or have a friend going over on holiday then you should get these shades. 

EOS Spring Lip Balms-This may seem a bit of a random purchase (it was). I wanted to bring my order total up so that I could get free shipping from This is the limited edition set EOS have bought out for Spring. It contains a Passionfruit lip balm and Strawberry Sorbet, the latter which has been passed on to Hannah. I really like the EOS lip balms. They're hydrating, deliciously scented and won't dry your lips out. 

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.