Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Urban Outfitters Miami Nail Polish - NOTD

Hello everybody!
You will have seen this nail polish in my previous haul post, and I think I'm in love. It's called 'Miami', and it's an eye-sizzlingly neon yellow (sometimes lime) shade which I got so many compliments (and a few weary looks) on. It took two coats of OPI Alpine Snow to give the perfect base, then two coats of Miami and I must admit, I was shocked at how bright it was straight away! It dried to a semi-matte finish but a slick of Essie Good to Go topcoat left it super glossy and helped it last around 4 days, which isn't too bad! I did start to pick it off though - I must stop doing that haha!
The picture is pretty true to life, perhaps even brighter so if you can imagine, people knew when I was coming! It did chip because I found myself biting the side of my nails before I took the picture, but I was so in awe of this colour I had to share!
If you'd like to grab a bottle of your own, head over to Urban Outfitters, where they are £6 or two for £10 which is reasonable.
Thank you for reading!
Megan x

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Big Boots Haul

Hello everyone!
I went to Boots today, as you do, and spent some money on some bits and bobs I was interested in. They also had a points event, so I got 220 points instead of 84 I think, which was really nice to see!
I thought I'd show you as haul posts are always nice ones to write and you seem to enjoy them!
I got these bits in two separate stores, but I'm just writing as the pictures are ordered haha. This hand sanitizer was a steal at 86p, usually £1.30. It's my second bottle as I'm running low on the first, so I'm pleased I restocked my bag as I use this at school before and after I've eaten, even when I just go to my locker throughout the day. I won't say too much more because I'll write a review soon.
This was really the first thing I purchased, the Sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox mask. I was always curious of this and it's the first tube packaged mask I've got, the others I usually get are sachets which are so unpractical! This was £6.99 down from £10.50 I believe so I cannot wait to try this tonight and I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts.
These were £1.89 I think, and they're oval cotton pads which different textures on each side. After opening them, I realised they weren't so much exfoliating on one side and soft on the pther, more like fluffy then standard. They're bigger than the usual circle ones so I will hopefully only be using one. The downside is, I have a cotton pad holder which I store them in, however these are oval and that is circular. Next time I'll think a little more before buying!
Another necessity, nail polish remover pads. I prefer the pre-soaked pads to ones you have to soak yourself. These were £1.50.
I went a bit eye crazy it seems, so to start with here is the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. I don't know if this is new or not, but it was £4.99 and something that my eyes failed to notice on previous occasions therefore I thought I'd try it. The only shade left was medium brown, so that's what I ended up with. It's too light for me but my mum loves it!
 The majority of 17 mascaras were £4, and as I'm in need of a new one (maybe I'm not... I just fancied one haha) I chose the Va Va Voom Waterproof Volume Mascara. The scribble-like packaging reminds me of the new Lancôme ones which are way out of my budget!

I noticed a clearance stand in the first Boots I went to, so of course I couldn't help but have a rummage around. I've heard incredible things about the L'Oreal Super Liner in Carbon Gloss, which I believe has sadly been discontinued, but for £3, I found one in Black Amethyst. I'm no eyeliner expert so I'm not sure if they're the same formula but different colours, but all the same I welcomed it to my basket!
The penultimate item of this haul is a Barry M Blink Black Waterproof Precision Eyeliner. This was £4.59 I believe, and so far, it's amazing! If you'd like a review then I can certainly do one once I've tried it out for a longer time period.
 To conclude this haul, I purchased the Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush. The price of this was £2.50, normally £3.19 if I'm correct, and if swatches on the back of my hand are anything to go buy, this could be a winner...!
There we have it, yet again another haul.
In the comment section, leave me a message on what you thought!
Thank you very much for reading today!
Megan x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Oxford Street/ Westfield London Beauty Haul!

Hello everyone!

At the weekend I went to London, and honestly, coming back I felt a bit down in the dumps as it was so lovely there. I had the best time ever, purchased some gorgeous things and spent some well loved time with family. It's great to see things in person, and to browse shops that are so hard to reach where I live.

I did a spot of shopping and this evening I'll be showing you the beauty aspect of things.
Firstly, I purchased some nail polishes from Urban Outfitters. They were two for £10, so I took up that offer and got a neon yellow in 'Miami' and a shimmery/glittery/iridescent top coat called 'Ice cream'. It was my first time in an Urban Outfitters and I loved it! I've been looking for a neon polish like the one I got for a very long time, and I'm wearing it now. I had to use white base coat but it was all worthwhile as I've already had so compliments on my mani, I'm in love, even if I might have to pop on some sunnies every time I stare at my nails haha! I know it's nearly Autumn but I'm not ready to give up on Summer yet!

Secondly, House of Fraser. I loved this store so much, especially the makeup counters and whilst my mum got her whole face done by Urban Decay, I had a wonder around.
I purchased two things there, the first being a creaseless cream eyeshadow from Benefit in Bikini-tini. It's a beautiful shimmering nude shade, and I must say the packaging swayed me to buy it. It's so cute! The lady there was also really lovely. She wasn't overly pushy or intimidating, and while she was trying out the shadow on me she made a nice funny conversation. It's the little things I suppose, but it was great to not be pounced on!

The other item I got was a Nails Inc Autumn/Winter set for £12.00 from £22.00. It has 6 mini colours which are all up my alley so I'm looking forward to using them! I'm not sure on the names... but if there's a particular shade you'd like to know the name of just leave me a comment... I'm too lazy to run upstairs and type them all out as I'm writing this haha!
Then, I went to New Look. I purchased a Kelly Brook Natural Eyes Palette for £2.99, because the colours looked interesting. The pigmentation isn't very good, but hey ho that wasn't too much money wasted!
Technically my mum purchased this Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Compleion Prep Spray, but I've been sneakily using it too so I thought it was worth including. I think this is around the £21.50 mark for reference.
Lastly was a mini Avéne Eau Thermale Spring Water. It's a funny story you see, because last weekend I purchased a 'cooling mist' for 99p in B&M. I expected it to be quite fancy, until my dad said 'Megan, what's the ingredients on that? It's water!' and he was right. I had gotten a 'cooling mist' which was just 'de-ironised aqua'. Idiot Megan. I'm laughing while I'm writing this because I've done it again, this time for £3.12. 'Spring Water'. Idiot Megan. I'm using it all the same, but I suppose the lesson I've learnt is to LOOK at ingredients and realise what you're paying for!
Something I should have included earlier to round up this post, is a sample the lady at Benefit gave me as well. It's called 'Triple Performing Facial Emulsion' so that was a nice addition!
Thank you very much for reading today, perhaps you'd like to leave me a comment telling me what you like to do whilst in London? I know for me, the answer is SHOP!
If you'd like a clothing part, then I could certain do that if you'd like me too!
Megan x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Prolonging That Summer Feeling with E45!

Hello everyone!

With the advice from E45, today's post is on how to continue that summer feeling as we progress into Autumn and the back to school time. I know I don't want to let it go just yet so here are a few ways, along with a few products, giving you tips on how to keep it going!
 Firstly, keep injecting that colour! Match your lips and tips (I love that saying!) with similar colours, such as bright pinks or corals to keep that spirit high. Above you can see a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick, a gorgeous bright pink which is my lip product of choice currently. An amazing coordinating colour for your nails is Gosh Flamingo, a blue toned pink super duper shiny shade.
Did you forget about your lips in the sun? Give them some care by using a scrub such as Lush Bubblegum lip scrub, and slap on that lip balm to rekindle the moisture and avoid the dreaded chapped lips in the colder months. Why not try the Balmi Lip Balm in Raspberry, one of my personal favourites!
Also, perfume! This can really lighten your mood, and my current favourite is from Next, and 'Eau Bloom' is only around £6!
Perhaps you haven't been on holiday this year like me, but you want to kid your classmates and create a faux glow? If you're after a light sun kissed look, to top up what you've already had, then the Garnier Summer body lotion in light is amazing! Or, if you want to go all out, try the Garnier Ambre Solaire Self Tan Gel which I have been road testing. It goes on clear so you have to be weary that you get everywhere, but it looks so natural and fades evenly. Lastly for glow, use the Bourjois Bronzing Primer on your face. It's been a firm favourite for me all summer, over the face, so ease yourself in to the cold months and pop it onto the cheek bones and temples under foundation.
Finally, have you been naughty and not worn sun cream? If so, try out the E45 Nourish and Restore Lotion for dry skin or the Intense Recovery Lotion for very dry skin. They're super moisturising and leave your skin feeling silky soft, no more flaky dry skin patches! Start using it now to keep your skin supple all winter. They're very effective at repairing arms and legs which need some care.
If you're after something a little lighter, the other two featured by Garnier and Vaseline are very light moisturisers for the lazier of us all.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post, all items are linked where applicable so you can buy them for yourself!
Thank you so much for reading today :-)
Megan x

Thursday, 15 August 2013

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Hello everyone!

There was one time where I was obsessed with olive oil. It still has a well deserved place in my skincare draw as a multi use item. However, when I got the chance to go to Graduate Fashion Week a few months ago, I got a goody bag from the Company stand which included a sample of the DHC cleansing oil. At first I thought I didn't like it, but after using it again this past week I'm here to review it for you!

What I like the most about this product, is that it is water-soluble. This means there is no sticky residue that olive oil leaves behind, and you can easily remove it from your face. It does its job and removes my makeup effortlessly, (even waterproof mascara) but I tend to use a separate eye makeup remover for that as I have gotten it in my eye before, which isn't fun as it clouds your vision for a while!

As directed on the bottle, I just put a small amount in my hands and massage it into a dry face, covering all areas. It's quite a thin consistency, and a little goes a long way. Then I take a damp, warm flannel and wash it off, and occasionally I'll cleanse once again with a foaming face wash.

I think my skin looks a little more radiant from using this, and I definitely agree it is moisturising as well.

Overall although it's nothing too special, it's quite nice actually for an expensive cleansing treat, at £21.50 for 200ml, £11.00 for 70ml or for the mini I have, £4.50.
If you have the time please let me know whether you prefer collage images or lots of single images (in the comments) as of course you're the ones reading my posts haha! I won't be offended either way :)
Thank you for reading today!
Megan x

Monday, 12 August 2013

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser Aloe Fresh

Hello everyone!
I'm on a roll with my posts recently, and I must say I'm rather proud of myself!
It was around 3 weeks ago I purchased this Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser in Aloe Fresh when the heat wave was well and truly on Britain! I wanted to moisturise my body still, but I found it hard to get to sleep with my legs sticking together because of thick lotions - not fun, and on top of the humid nights. These spray moisturisers are quite new to the beauty world and although they're not the cheapest at £4.99 (that's quite expensive in my opinion for a drugstore moisturiser!) I have to agree with every other raver, and say yes, it's so worth it!
As you can tell, I got a bit fancy with picmonkey collages... let me know if you like it, I could do it more often if that's preferred!
I really like the packaging to start with. It's a large green spray bottle with green text and the Vaseline logo - different but actually quite nice. It does the job which is ultimately what matters, and on the lid you can twist it so the hole is covered and there will be no accidental sprayage... yup that's now a word.
The texture is very thin and the scent is really fresh and soothing, great for sunburnt skin I can imagine! I find that spraying two lines on my limbs is enough to cover them sufficiently. I don't really have dry skin as such, but I do want to keep my arms and legs moisturised because I love the soft feeling!
To summarise, this has become my new favourite moisturiser. It is so quick and easy to use, refreshing and it smells incredible.
If you're a lazy person like me, I urge you to try this!
Thank you for reading!
Megan x
PS. Completely irrelevant to the post, but I'm considering buying a domain name and revamping my blog. I've thought of a name I prefer which is 'Megan Elizabeth' (I'm the kind of person who thinks it would look amazing in calligraphy style writing on a logo) but is taken so firstly, I'd like to ask, could you think of any words or letters to add on so it has a better chance of being available? Also, if you've changed your blog name, please let me know how it went as I've heard horror stories about how people can't find your blog...
Thanks again!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Please give me some advice!

Hello everyone!

So I was talking to Lauren, and I think I want to change my blog name and domain. I'm considering it, but I wanted I ask you all if you have done it, how it went for you?  I've heard horror stories on how disastrous it turns out, so please let me know!

Megan x

My First Car Boot Sale Haul!

Hello again!
Sunday is the day of car boots for most places, and this morning my nan and I had a lovely time browsing the most local one to us. I didn't want to expect much, because, of course, you never know what's going to be there that day. I must have had some beginners luck, because I got some complete bargains!
I got 3 things, all of which are beauty. I personally don't mind too much if the makeup has been used, I know with the eyeshadows I can easily disinfect them and pigments I'm not too sure, perhaps let me know in the comments?
I was overwhelmed by the amount of Avon that was there, it must be a favourite brand of a lot of people!
There was a bit of Estee Lauder as well, but it was a little bit old and not really my thing. The clothes side was a bit disappointing, I think you either don't buy anything from a stall, or you buy the whole thing haha!

The first thing I purchased was a Mac pigment! It was on the stall turned the wrong way around, but I could have spotted the little pot from a mile away and I quickly rushed over to the table it was on. The lady seemed very lovely and glamorous, and she actually had a nice selection of bits and bobs including Clinique and Dior. She had a Clinique eye cream as well but it was in a pot, which isn't too hygienic if someone else had used it so although it looked very interesting, I didn't get it. I paid £2 for this huge pot of pigment called Old Gold! The colour is a brown with lime green duochrome - amazing!
I've taken lots of photos, so if you could tell me if it looks genuine of not that would be lovely as you can never be sure I suppose! The RRP according to the Mac website is £17.00, so I saved £15.00 on that deal!

Next, we were down a different row and another younger lady had a basket full of cosmetic bits and bobs. I paid £1 for these unused, brand new Essie nail wraps! I think I'll be keeping these for the Chrtistmas season as they're red and gold dotted but still lovely. They're called 'So Haute' and on the Boots website, they're £11.99! So, I saved £10.99 on that item.
I'd remember how great the first lady's stall was and I decided to find it again as I knew I'd saw some other things but it was my first time, and I was a little shy to ask about prices! I spotted an eyeshadow duo, which had the lid up and when I pushed it down, I realised it was Dior! The shade is 'Purple Look' and there is a matt purple and shimmery pink inside. This was also £2 so I was very happy, and I handed the money so fast before she could change her mind haha! I can't find it anywhere else but on Amazon, and even there it's £22.50 so if I go by that, that's a saving of £20.50!

In total I spent £5 on the three items. It would have cost £51.49 so overall I saved £46.49!
I know you can't guarantee to buy the exact same items at the same price at another car boot, but the purpose of this post is to persuade you beauty addicts to get up a few hours earlier and attend a car boot sale! You'll be surprised what you'll find!
Thank you very much for reading, perhaps you could let me know in the comments what your best makeup bargain is?
Megan x