Saturday, 28 September 2013

Autumn Eyes w/ Nails

This morning, I though to myself 'Megan, try that green eyeliner you got a few days ago'. And I did just that. And I happened to like it. A lot.
I primed my eyes with the Avon Eye Primer, then applied a layer of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, with my ring finger. I then took a simple No.7 blending brush and softened the edges, before using a flat shader brush to pat on  a 17 eyeshadow in Walnut Pearl. In terms of the crease, I used the contour colour in the Sleek Face Form palette, a perfect matte warm brown. Once again, I picked up my blending brush and used window screen wiper/ circular movements to ensure there were no harsh lines. Now the fun part! I used the Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in Emerald Glow to create quite a thick line underneath my lower lashes. This happened to be quite blue toned, instead of the olive shade I was expecting, so to solve that I used a shadow from a Frontcover palette I got donkeys years ago... sorry! Using my shader brush once again, I patted this on top of the eyeliner and squished a blending brush between my fingers and wiggled it on my lower lashline, a more careful way of blending without poking yourself in the eye. Ouch. I must say, the green is more noticeable and vibrant behind the camera.
To top it off, I applied a thin line of the Barry M Blink Precision Eyeliner Pen, which is a new favourite product of mine and something I do hope to review in the future. I avoided a wing because the applicator isn't too good at that.
Lastly for the eyes, a coat of mascara was in order. This time I used Max Factor Clump Defy Waterproof, which again, is a new favourite!
I never do anything to my brows, as they always look too harsh being as they are already quite prominent. They do need plucking though, so excuse my little stragglers!
I adore Autumnal tones like bronzes, olives, navys and plums, so for the nails I opted for the latter by Avon, called 'Midnight Plum' I believe (which can only be found on EBay it seems). This took 3 coats but it's so beautiful I can look past that!
The colder months are definitely my favourite in terms of trends and colours! What's yours?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Shampoo & Conditioner

Haircare is the one area that I haven't ever been that adventurous with. On my hair, I use whatever shampoo and conditioner my mum chucked in the trolley that week. As long as my hair was relatively soft, that was good enough for me. However, when I was kindly given these mini Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce items to try, it reminded me that I need to explore the possibilities of new products!
Something that's always caught my eye with Charles Worthington products is the bottle shape. It's quite thin and wide, which I actually like. It's nice to see something different to the standard cylindrical packaging most brands tend to churn out! I find them easier to store, and to travel with. I do have the grumble that it's quite hard to use up every smidge though, as it's quite hard to squeeze out the remains once it's almost gone. It appears that with a quick glance at the Boots website, the full sizes are in tubes so I can't complain!
I also adore how the colours of both the shampoo and conditioner compliment each other. Yes, this is nothing new, but who doesn't love a bit of pink and white?
Despite having the mini sizes of both products, they lasted me around 7 washes which was way more than I expected. My hair is thin, but I have quite a lot of it I suppose. It can sometimes look weighed down, and a bit drab, but I found when using these my flat mop felt weightless and dare I say it, slightly volumised. Volume for me is almost impossible, like the chance of me ever meeting the Kardashians *sighs*.
It's fair to say, I really enjoyed using these. Once I've finished saving for my holiday trip (we all know how duty frees can get to us sometimes) I'll definitely look into purchasing the full sizes.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I think we all know of some products that are so hyped, you question whether the rumours are true and it is the holy grail, superman item you've been searching for all of your life. Perhaps slightly dramatized, but there's one product for me that springs to mind, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

The shade pictured above is 'Fair' which is a decent match on my very pale skin. At £4.19 each, if one shade isn't right for you, there's always the possibility of mixing and matching because of the uber cheap price.

I'll get the negatives out of the way first, as it's not something I'd recommend for use on the delicated eye area. Being such a thick consistency, it has a tendency to appear cakey which is where I prefer Mac Moisturecover. Continuing with that, it does enhance dryness so that is something to consider if you're prone to flaky areas.

As with any other concealer, I pop a little on wherever I feel needs a higher coverage, and then I blend it out using a ring finger. Sometimes I have to run a stippling brush or powder brush over the top to soften harsh, cakey edges which can occur.
Ultimately, I want my concealer to do what it says, and give high coverage and decent longevity. This item does just that and I would highly recommend it if you haven't found your perfect concealer yet.

Megan x 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Sachets of masks were all I used to buy. After realising how much you waste and the savings of buying a full size tube, I caved and purchased my first ever of the kind - Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask.

The actual product is described as a 'warming charcoal treatment', which you can clearly see and feel when you squeeze some out and rub it in. The texture is thick and luxurious, a grey shade with smaller dark grey bits. The scent is quite earthy and natural, which I don't mind to be honest. Despite the mask being so heavy (not in a negative context though), it washes off as a milk. Genius!

The 'thermal' part of this product was what caught my attention. I'd used a self heating mask before which gives you a surge of warmth that is like heaven on your skin as nights get colder. It claims that 'this self heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaoli clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin'. Now, I'm no scientist, so I don't know whether that's correct, but I've not had one new blemish since using this. My skin isn't exactly acne prone, but I can suffer from the odd pesky spot from time to time. I know I'm lucky in that sense, but my skin scars so easily that past imperfections can look like new ones, which is so frustrating and hard to cover with concealer.

Sadly, this mask hasn't helped scarring massively in the time I've used it (around a month or so now), however it does make my skin feel very soft after use. It feels 'purified', in that my face doesn't feel tight or irritated; just fresh, clean and supple.
The price is £10.50 from Boots, which is about the middle ground in terms of price on the highstreet/drugstore.
Once my tube has run out, I will definitely repurchase this. I look forward to the weekends and Wednesdays when I use this!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Bikini-Tini

You know when you are simply waltzing through House of Fraser, a little bit of cash in your pocket but no idea what to spend it on? That's how I came to buy this. A complete impulse, but definitely not a mistake.

The packaging drew me in like a magpie to gold in this case. An adorable cardboard box, which houses a glass pot that dons the most adorable scalloped edges. I cannot handle how blinking cute this is! Benefit - your packaging is amazing!
The shade Bikini-Tini is a perfect shimmery nude, not to pink nor too beige or white. I've always wanted Mac Bare Study but it looked too silvery in the store, but I blame that on the lighting. It swatches well and isn't too greasy or too dry, but I can't really explain the texture. It's slightly thinner than the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, for reference. To apply, I sometimes wear only this on the lid by using my ring finger to gently pat away, then take an eyeshadow brush to blend the edges. It's fool proof. If I was to do a 'no-makeup' makeup look, I would be sure to use this as it has such a delicate, pretty effect.
For £15.50, you get 4.5g of cream eyeshadow which is a fair amount. It's rapidly becoming a favourite product in my (rather jumbled) makeup bag and no doubt it could be a staple of yours too.
PS. I would also like to mention how lovely the lady at the counter was! After hearing such negative experiences dealing with staff at counters, she was absolutely lovely and even applied the product to my lid so it was essentially 'try before you buy'. We shared a conversation too which was nice, and not about the products for once!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

One cosmetic item I'm not partial to hoarding is foundation. I own two, which includes the one you'll hear about further today, Revlon Nearly Naked, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. I've learnt that research is key when buying a new base item, and I'm pleased to report that both foundations are used often and take pride of place in my makeup bag.
Some days, I have more imperfections than I care to cover with concealer, which is when I whip out my bottle of this stuff. For £8.99, it's hardly bank breaking but it is fair to say that for drugstore, that's of the higher end. The bottle is a thick, clunky glass which adds a couple of pounds onto the visual value of the product. I must admit I love it when something looks more expensive than it is - who doesn't?
I would have much preferred a black cap over white purely so that it doesn't get as dirty as quickly whilst hovering in my makeup bag. We all know that a grubby orange cap isn't exactly glamorous. Fom looking at the packaging, I instantly connote purity, and definitely nearly-nakedness.
Although I love Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum for the all-round glow factor, this is much more suited for when I need more coverage and a longevity which will see me out from the beginning of the day to the end. For my skin, it does a fabulous job of covering bits and bobs I'd rather not have glaring in peoples faces, and evening skin tone. Sufficiently, I find that it keeps my skin looking more flawless for around 8-9 hours. I say 'more' because this isn't a photo-ready, blank canvas type of base. It's sheerer and more natural than that, which is all I ask for when on the hunt for a school-suitable product.

Monday, 9 September 2013

My Favourite Wearable Pinks/Purples

As I'm sure the majority of you out there are, I am a neutral eyeshadow hoarder. As much as I'd love to apply blue eyeliner and step out of the house with it on, I just can't. I do have so much respect and confidence jealously in the people that do! Strange enough, I've fallen head over heels for pinks and purples in warmer tones, which is what I will be showing the best of today.

Dior Duo Matte Purple, Dior Duo Shimmery Pink, Maybelline Colour Tattoo Pink Gold, Collection Eyeshadow Stick Vintage Blush, MUA Shade 24, Mac Neo Nebula.

My favourite place to do some makeup shopping is by far the drugstore, being as there is no pushing sales assistants and the prices are great. What you see above ranges from £1, to around £20. Therefore you can be certain there's something to suit your budget.

Starting with the cheapest and the first purple shade I purchased, it's a MUA single eyeshadow in the Shade . The packaging on these isn't exactly sturdy but colour wise, it's a firm winner. For a very strange unknown reason, it swatches very pigmented with a finger, but not so easily with a brush. However, the colour is a beautiful shimmery purple leaning cranberry that gets heads turning when applied on the lashline or in the crease.

The Dior Duo is a favourite of mine for sure. I cannot get over the luxurious packaging, beautiful pigmentation and the fact I got it for £2 at a boot sale! The deep aubergine is the only matte shade featured, the perfect option for deepening the crease for something more sultry.
The second colour is a beautiful, light reflecting shimmering baby pink. The pigment in this is so crazy! I'm glad to say that this is a versatile shade as well, looking equally amazing with taupes and browns.

Mac is a brand that I rarely buy from, unless it is discounted. A bargainous blog sale buy, this eyeshadow in Neo Nebula was a steal at £5, from the Heavenly Creatures collection. Although it isn't exactly readily available, I would recommend considering buying if you do come across it as this thing is a whole look in one pan!

The only pencil product up there is one from Collection. I'm sure you've heard about their concealers, but boy you should open your eyes, and give the eyeshadow sticks some spotlight! The shade is Vintage Blush, a creamy, pigmented pale pink. Once these are set you can expect some 10 hours plus wear... seriously!

Lastly, no eyeshadow post would be complete without a Maybelline Colour Tattoo of some specification. This time, it's Pink Gold, which is nowhere near a gold tone but a staple pink. Using a ring finger, slick this onto your lids, give it a blend and that's it. I'm serious! Their longevity is incredible too, so it doubles as a priming base.
Next time I wear pinks or purples, I'll snap away with my camera and share it with you.
Megan x

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Cuticura Passion Flower & Mango Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel

Being a British citizen, I've always envied the lucky ladies stateside who have access to Bath & Body Works, along with their numerous (I think there's 75 on the website) adorable scents of PocketBac. It seems the solution of Boots and Superdrug is the Cuticura Passion Flower and Mango item!

About twice the size of normal hand sanitizers, this big bottle is my second. I must admit that the pretty pink liquid is a plus. What's more girly than a pink hand sanitizer?

If you're a public transport user, stair banister toucher, messy eater... or just a germaphobe, this will become so handy. Truth be told, I'm not an obsessive hand washer, but sometimes I do look at people and think 'Ew. You just touched that and now I'm going to touch that. Where have your hands been?'
This gives me the reassurance that my hands are squeaky clean, and one way I like to know that is with a nice fragrance. Gone are the days where hand sanitizers smelt of surgical stuff, I'm all over this fruity, fresh scent!

The best part is that this is £1.30! If I was you, I'd hop, skip and jump down to Boots and buy 5 or more... one for your car, your locker at school, in the bathroom, next to your makeup stand (we all know bacteria can start off those pesky blemishes), one for your bag... the list could go on forever. Such a useful essential that should never slip our minds!

Megan x

Monday, 2 September 2013

Avéne Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water

If you're a regular tube user or a sports person, or just want to see what the fuss is about, you might want to try out the Avéne Eau Thermale Spring Water.

Available in 3 sizes ranging from £3.12 to £10.00, I have the 50 ml which will be your perfect hand bag companion, which also happens to have some very nice refreshing qualities. Like a friend that cools you down!
Be warned, once you try this you will become addicted. I'll list you the 3 ways I've been enjoying it, but there are many, many more...

 1. Although this shouldn't be mistaken for a setting spray as it is just water, I find a quick even spritz after your daily makeup is complete softens the occasionally harsh powder look and aids the foundation you're wearing into looking more like skin.

2. Whilst travelling or after sports activity. Okay, I'm kidding myself into thinking I'm some kind of Olympic athlete, but this stuff is like a breath of fresh air when you're feeling hot. The mist is so fine the water droplets are gone in seconds, so there's no need to worry about looking like you're perspiring even more than you were before.

3. After hair removal. Whether it's shaving, waxing, plucking, epilating, you can use this to calm red or irritated skin. I can tell you it's a god send on sore eyebrows!

Despite that I've listed only 3 ways I've used this product, there are many more which are written in the description on the Boots website. I must admit, I had very low expectations for this due to the fact that it is just water, but it's surprising what putting it in a spray can will do!

Megan x


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Car Boot Sale Haul #2

As car boot sale season is coming to a close soon (around October I'm lead to believe) I've been making the most of the events local to me. I must admit, 90% of the stuff sellers have on their stalls is complete and utter junk. However, recently the car boot sale bargain fairy has been on my side as you will see in the second hall from such trips.

For a teeny tiny 50p, I stumbled across a shimmery, nude single shadow from No7 in Wheatsheaf. An apparent dupe of Mac Naked Lunch, there was no doubt that this would be joining my many other similar shades in my makeup storage. A quick sanitize, and it's looking brand new.
Secondly, a Lancôme 7 colour eyeshadow palette for £1. Come the Autumn season, I am anticipating wearing the beautifully pigmented copper in the top left. The only let down is that the matte brown is so unpigmented, it's useless.
The huge Kiehls item you can see above is the Washable Cleansing Milk. As was the No7 shadow, I parted with 50p for this which is actually brand new and in brilliant condition.

For my mum, I found a bath sign with individual black and white letters for £1. She adores this so I'm glad that it looks lovely in our bathroom!
To conclude, I purchased a dainty, flower accent white wooden clock for £1. I have taken the batteries out of this because the ticking was driving me up the walls, nonetheless it takes pride of place on top of my makeup drawers.
I've adored browsing car boots these past few weeks, and although this is last weeks haul, I did go today only to queue for 30 minutes and find nothing at all. I suppose that's what keeps people like myself going back, if you don't go you might miss something. You never know what you'll find!
Megan x