When Tanya announced she was launching a range of lipglosses and nail polishes at the end of January, the beauty and twitter-spheres collided in an excitable buzz. The results? A stunning collection of colours and names that were carefully chosen by Tanya herself. You can get the glosses here on Feel Unique but unfortunately the nail polishes won't ship internationally. Choosing just one lipgloss was not easy-the shades are all stunning. In the end I settled on Afternoon Tea but after seeing how gorgeous Aurora was in person I imagine I'll be back for that in the future. Anyway, here's what I thought..
Monday, 10 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
The Week in Instagrams @nanawintour: *I have some brand new, un-Sophie like shoes! I mainly bought these for exercise but also for Round The Bays on Sunday. *Saturday night I went to the Bruce Springsteen concert. Despite not knowing all of his songs I still found it very enjoyable. He is a legendary performer and barely stopped during his three hour set. *Bedtime essentials. Sleep Spray from This Works has been a saviour this week. *Gimme Brow from Benefit arrived in the mail on Wednesday. It's early days but I am very impressed so far. *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush discussion was happening on the blog. *Reminiscing on my days as an English Literature student with some Jane Austen.
Must Watch of the Week: Harry Potter fans, or just anyone in need of a laugh-you need to watch this. A mashup of Harry Potter footage and a catchy Taylor Swift song. I'm watching it again as I write this. Beauty lovers, Fleur shared her top blush picks from the drugstore selection. Not all of them are available here, but there are some you can find on ASOS. I really want to try the Milani baked blushes now as they were the ones the Hourglass blushes have been likened to.
Product of the Week: Mood Exposure by Hourglass. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have noticed this appearing in a few photos recently and that's because I love it. I've been wearing this blush every day this week actually. Not only does this act as a blush but it also adds a subtle highlight, or radiance if you will to the complexion. This shade also has a sculpting effect. Love, Love, Love.
Must-Read of the Week: Frankie Magazine, the latest issue. I definitely don't buy as many magazines as I used to but Frankie is one of the exceptions. Fun fact: I accidentally discovered Frankie back in '09 and have been reading it ever since. Anyway, as Frankie lovers will know a new issue is usually a good time. The highlight so far (I'm still reading) was a series of Agony Aunt letters answered by John Waters. Hilarity ensues.
Added to the Wishlist: This week I've been using the Soap and Glory products I own and realising how much I love the Sugar Crush scent. Sweet, but not overpowering-it's the perfect wakeup scent in the mornings. So now I'm eyeing up the Body Wash and Body Butter Cream, because one can never have enough Sugar Crush. Ever since spritzing Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede cologne I've been obsessed with it. It's a floral fragrance, but it's more of a sophisticated scent than the likes of Marc Jacobs Daisy offerings. It really is beautiful and if you're walking past Jo Malone go have a spritz of this, you will thank me later.
*As always, have an amazing weekend everyone! I don't think mine will be overly exciting-there's University homework (yes, homework) to be done and in between that I will be hopefully sleeping in(!!). Oh and I am doing Round The Bays on Sunday among the 40,000 odd people who are taking part so that will be fun. I've done it before and usually lose the ability to walk normally for a few days afterwards, but it's all worth it of course. xo
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Last month I went along to a Mac Trends Presentation*. As well as the new beauty tricks I learnt, we were also presented with some of Mac's Fashion Week essentials. None of the products we received were ones that I owned or had tried so last month I put these three to the test. Here's what I thought..
Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork-I do already own two other paint pots from Mac but they're either metallic or glittery, so not the best for neutral bases. Bring in Groundwork, a mid-toned neutral taupe. This is the perfect neutral base, it adds a bit of colour to the lids without canceling out any eyeshadow colours you apply over the top. If you're primer-less, paint pots give your shadows something to stick to and help them stay in place longer. Groundwork is my go-to for days when there's not enough time to faff around with eyeshadow. Sweep some bronzer through your crease for some definition, apply mascara and you are good to go.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Over the past year Hourglass has had the world under a spell. Their Ambient Lighting powders were one of the most popular releases of the year with powders that brighten a dull complexion, blur imperfections and add a soft-focus, pixel-perfect glow to the skin. It was one winning formula. Now they've introduced a collection of six Ambient Lighting powders and they are stunning. Sleek metallic packaging encases a marbellised powder. Photos really don't do them justice so if you can, go in to Mecca Cosmetica or a store near you that sells Hourglass products to look at them in person.
Choosing just one blush was difficult, they're all so pretty. They're also unique too, as each blush is handmade with an equal balance of pigment and powder. No two blushes are alike. I choose the shade Mood Exposure, which is a combination of the Mood Light powder with a blush pigment swirled in. The colour itself is a soft plum which awakens the complexion. The radiant quality to this blush gives it a subtle glow meaning you can skip highlighter if you wish. Mood Exposure also slightly sculpts the cheekbones as well which I love.
Friday, 28 February 2014
February was a busy month on Nana Wintour so I decided to gather up some of the most popular posts this month for your perusal. If you didn't catch any of these the first time around, now's your chance to catch up!
1. The Best Of The Fashion Instagrammers-So it turns out that I actually follow more fashion-centred accounts on Instagram than I do beauty. These fashion accounts are all inspiring, and have me reaching for the heart button on the daily.
2. A Skincare Update-A few new skincare items made their way into the stash over the last month and they're all brilliant. I'm particularly loving the Bobbi Brown eye cream for dark circles and the Dior lip balm for saving damaged lips.
3. Surfs Up-Tousled, beachy waves without having to enter the ocean-it sounds ideal right? Here's how you can cheat beach hair with three of my favourite surf sprays from Bumble and Bumble, Wella Professional and Lush.
4. Novel Style-Fashion books are one of the first things I scout out in any bookstore. This post featured my most-recommended and the books that deserve a place on your coffee table for everyone to see.
5. Candle Discoveries-Who said candles are just for Winter? These ones are brilliant and have been burnt regularly this month. I highly recommend that Bath and Body Works one. It smells divine.