now browsing by tag
Remember last year when I went to Wellington Fashion Week and wrote those really long, detailed posts about the shows? Well, it’s WFW again but this time I’m taking a slightly different approach. Firstly: let’s talk about goodie bags.
Once again, I was surprisingly cool and waited until I had left the shows to dig through the bags. Sidebar: I hope that when I eventually leave this mortal coil, someone writes that in my obituary. “Megan was surprisingly cool”.
As you can see, goodie bags involve a large number of vouchers. Some of these are actually handy, while some will require me to get a shellac pedicure in order to get a free shellac manicure. Probably not going to use that one.
The Kathryn Wilson goodie bag (top left) was by far my favorite, chock-full of lovely skincare treats and a voucher for lovely Dyrberg Kern goodies – I’ve been considering a purchase from them so I am looking forward to using that up!
To kick off our WFW coverage properly, I’m doing (another) giveaway. Simply leave a comment below with your favourite NZ designer and you’ll go in to win a selection of goodie bag goodies (and a surprise treat!). The winner will be drawn on Monday 8 April, so get in quick!
Keep your eyes peeled over the weekend for brief show summaries and images of my favourite outfits and pieces from the shows this year.
It would be one of the greatest understatements of our time to say I like having my nails painted. I own [undisclosed number] of nail polishes. I coordinate my outfits with my nail polish. It’s intense.
However, even with the magic of fast-drying top coat it can be a time-consuming task and gals, I got stuff to get done. So you can imagine my excitement when I learnt of the existence of nail polish that comes as a sticker – that is, already dry.
The first one I tried was from Sally Hansen (the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips), and I really liked it a lot. The strips were easy to apply and looked neat. It’s particularly cool to be able to try patterns on your nails that wouldn’t otherwise be within the grasp of your/my nail art skills. However, the price was way too high – on par with the price of a bottle of polish but for a single application.
I also tried Butter London’s take on this product and it was terrible.
I had resigned myself to only using nail polish strips for special occasions and when I felt particularly richy-rich. But then…Japan City came through for me again.
This version cost me $3.99. But would it be on par with the much more expensive Sally Hansen experience?
I really didn’t expect much, so I only bought one. Mistake. These were really good – easy to apply, they stand up well to wear, and of course far less time-consuming than real nail polish.
You just stick them onto your nail like a sticker, then fold them gently over the nail tip and then file off the excess. EASY.
Here’s what I achieved (on both hands) in less than 10 minutes:
Not perfect, but pretty amazing for $3.99 and ten minutes. Unfortunately, the colour/pattern range was somewhat limited, but there’s definitely enough scope for some fun patterns to slap onto your nails on a Saturday morning for some weekend fun.
I’m heading back to pick up a few packets for a GIVEAWAY. In order to be in the running for three different patterns of mysterious Japanese nail strips, leave a comment below with your best ever beauty bargain. Each bargain constitutes one entry; winner will
be selected at random; winner will be drawn on Friday 8 March 2013; and the competition is open internationally.
Remember when I said I was collecting up some nice things for a birthday giveaway? Well, I’m now officially another year older so here it is: The Great Birthday Giveaway 2012.
I am not exaggerating when I say that this afternoon I looked at the g
oodies, and thought about stealing them all and running away (although technically I don’t think it’s stealing if you have actually bought the things yourself?). Instead I was strong and took a little picture and packed them away in their fun stripey bag.
Without further ado, here’s the swag:
In no particular order, it includes:
- Sally Hansen nail polish strips in Raise A Glass
- e.l.f. studio blush in Tickled Pink
- a packet of Rainbow Nerds
- O.P.I. Avojuice handcream in Mango
- lovely pink berry scented candle
- Maybelline Shine Sensational lipgloss in Freshly Sliced
- 12 silicon cupcake baking cups (I
have these exact ones)
- Australis Lash Length Extensions Mascara
- Natio Advanced Lifting and Firming Serum
- “Make Cleansing Pad” which is essentially a little face exfoliator/massager
That, my friends, is over $100 worth of prize goodness. I like to think there’s a little bit of something for everyone in that prize too. I’ve chosen these things because they are things I have used or currently own, and like. Particular faves are the handcream, the silicon baking cups, and the cleansing pad.
Of course, there have to be Rules. The rules here are simple: leave a comment below with a suggestion for a product we could review, or a place we could visit, or something else we could write about here at PPP that would float your boat, and you get an entry.
The contest is open to everyone (including any international chums). You can enter multiple times (as long as you make different suggestions each time). I will be quality-controlling for stupid or redundant suggestions e.g. “you should go to the moon and eat a cupcake LOLZ!!!1!!!!11!!” will not be counted. Although I would love to go to the moon and eat some red
velvet deliciousness, I cannot.
The contest will close on 31 May 2012 at which time I will use a random number generator courtesy of the internet to choose a winner. All outcomes are final and we won’t enter into correspondence blah blah etc.
Yay! Get suggesting below!
You know how all kinds of deodorants and other beauty products release special pink editions in October to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation? Turns out it’s not just about getting you clean, but also your dishes.
One of New Zealand’s most iconic household brands, Sunlight, has turned pink and joined the fight against breast cancer with the release of its new limited edition Pink Grapefruit Dishwashing Liquid. Not only does Sunlight Pink Grapefruit Dishwashing Liquid have a gorgeous fresh and lingering citrus fragrance, it gets your dishes squeaky clean at an affordable price.
Now Sunlight has joined forces with The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) with proceeds of every bottle sold going to the Foundation. So what are you waiting for? Pull on your rubber gloves, pink your sink by purchasing limited edition Sunlight Pink Grapefruit Dishwashing Liquid today and support the NZBCF.
Sunlight is proudly made in New Zealand and is available in supermarkets nationally, for around $2.89 for 500ml.
And now that we have quoted the press release, it’s time for you to do the washing up. We’ve got three Sunlight ‘Pink Your Sink’ prize packs valued at $75 to give away.
- Sunlight Pink Grapefruit Dishwashing Liquid 500ml x 3
- Sunlight Lemon Dishwashing Liquid 500ml x 2
- Sunlight Apple & Baking Soda Dishwashing Liquid 500ml x 2
- Huggie Ultra Fabric Softener 500ml x 2
- This great prize also comes with a bundle of beautiful pink cotton tea towels, 2x pink dish cloths and a pair of fun washing up gloves.
Fun washing-up gloves! They’d probably bring in a whole new element of colour to cavity search games too. So in order to win, what I want you to do is leave me a colour pun in the comments. If you can pink your sink, what else can you do? You have from now til next Sunday to win.
Because this is a big heavy box worth of goodness, the competition is only open to Wellington residents, sorry.
Let me make up for radio silence on my part by offering up a chance to win some lovely prizes, thanks to the always-generous Linden Leaves. We’ve got gift sets of the Aromatherapy Synergy range up for grabs:
Four unique fragrances compile the Aromatherapy Synergy range using natural blends and each with their own characteristics:Memories – a blend of rose, geranium and ylang ylang; in love again- a sensual blend of neroli, vanilla and sandalwood, pick me up – a rejuvenating blend of mandarin, petitgrain, rosemary and lavender and absolute dreams – a mellow blend of lavender, sandalwood, cedarwood and orange.Each set contains a body lotion which is easily absorbed and formulated with sweet almond oil for pure hydration, and keeps skin feeling soft and nourished. A gentle vegetable soap enriched with certified organic rosehip and avocado oils, each variant has its own unique scented blends and is packaged in a beautifully artworked soap box.
Okay, so you know how we totally dug on the Nature’s Essence Body Scrub? Well, thanks to the lovely Karen, now you can get your hands on some and give it a go yourself! We have six, count ‘em, SIX full-size scrubs to give away, so you and your shower will be smelling divine pretty soon. In order to win, all you gotta do is leave us a comment telling us what’s rough in your life right now that you would like to metaphorically scrub away. Entries close on Friday 18, and we’ll draw six winners at random. Get to it!
(And if you’re not lucky enough to win, you can of course buy some for yourself at Farmer’s or online at Gracie Lou. )
Here’s the word from GLou:
Simply join My Gracie Lou Facebook Fan Page and you will be in the draw to win a gorgeous Vera Wang fragrance courtesy of Gracie Lou Ltd. Vera Wang Eau De Parfum is one of my favourite perfumes so I have decided to put a 100ml Eau De Parfum valued at $230 up for grabs.
Click on the link below to take you to the Gracie Lou Facebook Fan page:
Competition closes 5pm 26th February.
To celebrate stocking Living Nature, all purchases of Living Nature products in February 2010 will go in the draw to win a Living Nature Body Essentials Pack, a gorgeous set of 100% natural haircare and body care.
The set comes in a Living Nature fabric tote and contains: 50ml Nourishing Body Wash, 50ml Nourishing Hand and Body Cream, 50ml Balancing Shampoo, 50ml Balancing Conditioner.
We’ve written about the lovely Sue Tyler and her gorgeous jewellery before, but with Christmas coming up, we thought it might be a good idea to talk about her again. In fact, it’s really excellent timing because all this week she’s offering items at super special prices, and to celebrate, we’ve got one of
her gorgeous sugar skull necklaces to give away!
To make this a happy holiday for everyone, if you want to win it, we’ll make it real simple. Just leave us a comment before December 15 telling us what you’d like to see more of on PPP next year, and we’ll draw the winner that day so you’ll get your skull in time for Xmas.
Pretty Pretty Pretty is obviously a beauty blog, but it’s also a site on which we can write about the awesome women who inspire us, and our friends who are doing great work. One such family who exemplify all that we find fascinating are the ladies behind Durvillea Wines.
You might have met Meg at one of our Pretty Pretty Parties, and tried the Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio she so generously brought along for us. I decided it was time to have a chat to her to find out all about her family. Doing that involved drinking more of the sav, which is of course a difficult thing to do on a sunny afternoon with tasty snacks and good company, but for the sake of you dear reader, I suffered through that horror…
Read the rest of this page »
Read the rest of this page »
I have this Pretty Makeup Compact to give away to one of our beloved readers. (It costs about $17 on strawberrynet.com). It includes:
- 2x Powder Compact
- 2x Blush
- 20x Eyeshadow
- 5x Lip Color
- 3x Applicator