In the spirit of it being winter, & in the spirit of continuing the ‘favourites’ post tradition - I present to you the Mid-Winter MUO Awards for AW16 must haves. Read on to find out what all my favourite things are right now - and don’t forget to check out the AMAZING giveaway at the end!
Bomber jackets are HUGE right now, and come in numerous fabrics & textures. They’re versatile, & they suit EVERYONE. I mean, look at this beauty! It’s pink...it’s satin...it’s thickly lined with the softest velvet, & you can dress it up or dress it down with ease. I’m in love, & I have been living in it. Channel your inner Grease Lightning, and join the Pink Ladies in this!
Award for the most happy, girly & most colourful range of clothing to wear out:
Augustine Spring Collection 2016
I’ve been a fan of Kelly Coe and her designs for sometime now, and the latest collection for Augustine which hits stores on the 22nd of July has to be my favourite yet! Called The Colour Fiesta and it’s exactly that - the perfect pops and splashes of colour that are sure to brighten up any winter day. Her other lines Charlo (slightly more casual), & Stella Royal (for curvaceous ladies) are equally amazing - check them all out here.
Award for the most chic, understated, and ridiculously cool jewellery:
I am ridiculously fussy when it comes to jewellery - it all comes down to personal taste - but some of the latest collections from Meadowlark really caught my eye & I couldn’t help but buy a couple of pieces. The Dagger Endless Hoop Earring is simply gorgeous, & will go with any outfit, any time. These come in sterling silver, and 9ct yellow gold & are sold singularly. The perfect gift for the coolest person you know (and this can include yourself!)
YSL Neon Orange
For some reason, I just LOVE orange lip shades - far more so than red. I get a bit nervous with super bright lipsticks, but I find that an orange-based product is far more wearable than red. This lipstick is the YSL Rouge Volupte #15 Extreme Coral & I’ve been wearing it like crazy! It looks amazing with either fair skin or tanned, teamed with a gel liner wing & lashings of mascara. Here’s a pic of me wearing it…& you can buy it here!
Award for the skincare product to use before you go out for the night:
Estee Lauder New Dimension Sculpt & Glow Mask
Ahhhh, this product is magical & exactly what winter skin needs! You can use it before you go to bed...or even better, to prep your skin before putting on your going-out makeup! It works in 5 minutes (really) to plump your skin, firm it up, & gives you an instant glow. Honestly, I LOVE it, & that’s why it deserves this award.
Award for the one product that will keep your makeup intact all night:
L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist
I haven’t really tried very many makeup-setting sprays, mainly because it’s relatively rare to find them on shelves in NZ. Thankfully L’Oreal Paris has changed that with the introduction of the Infallible Fixing Mist, a oil-free makeup setting spray. The mist is super fine, very lightweight & is a must-have in your getting-ready-to-go-out routine!
Long White Vodka
I’m a creature of habit, and one of my favourite things to do while I get ready to go out for the night (e.g. put my makeup on, do my hair, choose my outfit) is sip on a tasty beverage. You guys know that the Long White Vodka range has been my go-to drink choice for months & so of course it wins this award! My favourite flavour is Lemon & Lime, but you can opt for Raspberry or Passionfruit. They’re all sweetened naturally with apple juice - YUM - and did I mention they contain no added table sugar? Award-winning worthy indeed.
Award for the place to go where you’re guaranteed to see at least one NZ celebrity:
SPQR Restaurant & Bar
Look, perhaps I’m biased because I’ve been frequenting SPQR for over 16 years, & I also worked there briefly...but this is just a really fun place to go. The food is out of this world (try the vegetarian linguine & thank me later), the service is HILARIOUS (but professional), & the vibe is wonderful. You’ll more than likely see someone from Shortland Street, the Bravo channel, or The Bachelor trying to be invisible in one of the many dark corners. Don’t trip, chocolate chip!
Award for the strangest (but most unique) place to go to when it’s freezing outside:
Minus 5 Ice Bar, Queenstown
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Queenstown over winter, a visit to the Minus 5 Ice Bar is an absolute must! The entire interior (including all seating & the bar top) is made from solid ice & kept at a constant temperature range of -5° TO – 10°. You even drink out of glasses made of ice - cool huh?! Pun intended. They do supply you with huge warm jackets, boots & gloves - so go along & have a unique wintry experience!
So there you have it- my awards for AW16! I would LOVE to hear what your favourites from this season are in the comment section below. You’ll automatically go in the draw to win a $250 gift voucher for Mecca Cosmetica- so you can get ALL the makeup you need for a night out! For an extra entry, make sure to check out my other Long White Vodka post here! Terms & conditions below- good luck little loves!!!
Thank you so much to the awesome team at Long White Vodka for collaborating with me on this post!
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- The promotion is open to New Zealand residents aged 18 years or over. Employees of the Promoter and any agency involved with this promotion, and the immediate families of such employees, are not eligible to enter.
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- Comment below telling me what Long White Vodka flavour would be your go-to, & tell me what your favourite thing is about going out!
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