I went to Auckland recently for a weekend getaway and obviously I had to do some shopping. There isn’t much diversity in shopping across New Zealand cities, but I managed to find a few stores we don’t have down in Wellington. Read on to see what I picked up!
This is the only New Zealand based shop I’ve come across that stocks premium organic brands. It stocks brands such as Bite Beauty, MV Organics, May Lindstrom, Tata Harper, and Sodashi. I went in wanting to pick up a Tata Harper cleanser and see what all the fuss was about with May Lindstrom’s products. May’s products looked and felt lovely – but the scent of her products was just far too overwhelming. I would definitely suggest checking them out in store before you buy! I’ve had samples of most of Tata’s products before via Naturisimo, so I knew I wanted to get the Regenerating Cleanser ($130.00). Tata’s products are available online a little cheaper, but I was so impressed a NZ store was stocking these brands I had to make a purchase to support them. Plus there was the added bonus of not having to wait for shipping! I am loving the Regenerating cleanser so far, and hoping to pick up the Refreshing cleanser next.
H&M and Sunglass Style
My eyes are terrible in any sort of bright light or glare. Unless it’s the dead of winter, if I leave the house without a pair of sunglasses I’m in trouble. I wanted to get a few cheap pairs to leave in the car and in handbags. The top two pairs are from Sunglass Style at Dress-Smart in Onehunga (two for $30.00), and the bottom pair is from H&M ($14.99). I like that they are a departure from my more reserved black Ray Ban Clubmasters.
Zara (along with Topshop) is probably my favourite of the international brick and mortar brands. I visited both in Auckland, and Having been to both overseas was a bit disappointed at the NZ offering. Zara’s stock was heavily influenced by the bohemian trend, and nothing at Topshop was really tickling my fancy. Perhaps it was because when I’ve visited overseas it has been in the cooler months, and winter fashion tends to be more about textures and fabrics (my kind of style) than bright patterns and garish embroidery(barf). I did enjoy the Zara basics line, however, and picked up a mid weight, long white shirt (I finally found one that isn’t see-through!) and my first pair of boyfriend jeans. The boyfriend jeans are revolutionary for me. Even though they are not as flattering as tight jeans they are a lot more comfortable and forgiving, and dare I say cooler (in my mind anyway).
I know Lush is available all over NZ, but I thought I’d throw in this purchase since it was technically made in Auckland. I was in the mood to try something a bit different in terms of cleansing – so I headed over to Lush knowing that I they had unique formulations like Angels on Bare Skin and Ultrabland which I had enjoyed in the past. I passed on a few, more abrasive offerings to pick up Aqua Marina. It has a slightly slimey texture and comes with what looks like a piece of seaweed on top to stop it from drying out. I hadn’t realised at the time, but it’s more of a clay type cleanser (traditionally not my bag as I don’t find they do much for me). Despite that I’m enjoying this new find and it seems to be helping to keep my skin less congested. This one has an earlier “use by” date than Ultrabland.