Monday, 26 May 2014

NSPA MELTING CLEANSING GEL


As I saw myself getting to the end of my Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser, I decided I needed a restock of something different. I cam across this Melting Gel Cleanser in Asda for £4.05, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I was a little aprehensive of this at first, because it is a gel consistency which I've never tried before apart from the awful foaming washes I used to use. This doesn't lather at all, it does exactly what the tube describes and really does melt, almost turning into a light oil consistency and then kind of milky as it is washed off. It removes my makeup well, and even stands strong against waterproof mascara, but I do tend to use a separate remover for that as this does sting the eyes slightly. In short, it is a brilliant makeup remover that doesn't bother my skin or leave it feeling stripped in the slightest.

If you're after a good budget cleanser, I do recommend this highly. I also love the squeezy tube - makes finishing every last bit easy!

Megan x

ps. if my posting becomes sporadic all will be back to normal in two weeks. I have another exam I'm determined to nail.

STYLING MOM SHORTS - Pt.3

Top - River Island
Shorts - River Island
Shoes - Next
Bracelets - Primark

This take on mom shorts is classic spring/summer to me. I love how the cropped frilly striped top can occasionally show some midriff, and the shoes have been a favourite of mine for a long time now. They brighten up every boring monochrome outfit I wear!

What do you think?

Megan x

Friday, 23 May 2014

L'ORÉAL SELF TANNING ELIXIR


I'm quite luckily that I actually tan very easily, that is if of course I ever have long enough in the sun. Sadly, I don't think I'm jetting off anywhere this year to get myself a natural olive tone, so I called in my faux glow. I recently discovered this L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir and it's definitely the best tan I've ever tried.

It is advised on the bottle to apply this to the body, one coat each day for 3 days and you should have a tan that lasts 2 weeks. I haven't tried it like that yet, as two coats was more than enough for me but even with one light layer there's such a noticeable difference to the skin. I use a mitt to apply this (as I do with every tanning product) all over, and it applies beautifully - a really silky smooth serum formula, that smells like holidays (and a teeny bit biscuity but that was expected) and is fast drying. The colour starts to develop after a few hours, and that's when I fell in love. It looks so natural, (certainly not orange) is totally transfer proof and doesn't wash off in the shower. I'd say mine stayed put for about 5 days, fading evenly. It also doesn't do that annoying thing that I have found others to do, where the tan tends to gather in hair follicles in my legs (yuck). The only negative I have is that it *may* have broken me out on my face. However, it is worth noting I've also started using Indeed Labs Pepta Bright so it could be that instead.

I think I can safely say this has been the tan to change my opinions on the DIY glow world. What's you favourite? Have you tried this?

Megan x

Monday, 19 May 2014

CURRENT WISHLIST


It's been a while since I've done a wishlist post, but recently as I keep spending my money I thought I'd try and curb the cravings by doing a post on what I'm lusting after right now. It's my birthday fairly soon, so I'm definitely going to keep these items in mind when shopping then.

1. Zara High Heel Sandal with Wide Straps - £39.99
Oh my are these gorgeous. They reminded my of the Alexandra Wang Petra shoes (very remotely) and the chunky heel looks quite easy to walk in too. They'd go with everything also, and don't even get me started on how incredible they'd look with everything in my wardrobe. These are certainly at the top of my radar right now, even if they would make me about 7 feet tall.

2. Missguided Zabby Nude Slink Strappy Mini Dress - £19.99
I don't think this is really 'age appropriate for me', but it was so Kylie Jenner I had to include it anyway. I don't know where I would wear it, as it is quite low cut and revealing (perhaps to a fancy restaurant if that ever pops up) . The shade is really pretty though, and I love the uber thin spaghetti straps.

3. Zara Faux Leather Skirt with Zips - £25.99
If you have read my haul post, you would have seen that I got a really nice nude faux leather skirtf rom H&M. White is so popular in summer, that I thought I needed one in this shade too. With those shoes before hand too - ugh pretty.

4. Clarins Colours of Brazil' Summer Bronzing Compact - £30.00
I've been going bronzer cray these past few days, so as I only own three I thought I'd go scouting for a new love. Lots of people have been talking about this bronzer recently, so the hype combined with the packaging has made me itching to add it to my basket.

5. Sheinside Grey Short Sleeve Striped Loose T-Shirt - £9.27 (US$15.60)
I instantly fell in love with this when I saw it on Sheinside (I really want to order there, if you've done so before how long does shipping take?). It looked so Parisian to me, and with a pair of oversized sunnies and perhaps some Birkenstock-esque footwear, I think it would work really well.

6. Sheinside Yellow Sunflower Print Pockets Shorts - £16.84 (US$28.33)
When I was younger, my nan used to always have a sun lounger cover in this print, so these shorts almost made me feel nostalgic! I think they'd make a very unique addition to my wardrobe, and although styling them may be a little challenging I still really want them.

7. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - £19.00-£39.00
This one I know will forever remain on a wishlist and will never reach my hair obsessed hands, as I really cannot justify such an amount on a product like this. However, I saw heyclaire use it in a video of hers and it made such a difference to how her hair looked, I didn't think it was possible! It's such a shame about the high price.

8. River Island White High Neck Ribbed Crop Top - £10.00
I've seen this for certain in my local store, so I'm sure it's only a matter of days before I insist on returning to pick one up. With my mom shorts and beachy hair, I think this could look really simple and very nineties (I'm loving that at the moment). You could also pop a kimono over that combo... oooh the possibilites!

So that's all I've been wanting recently. I know I'm going to a CCO near my birthday to do some serious damage that I couldn't afford before, so I'm looking forward to that and spending some pennies on new wardrobe additions. I think you could call me a shopaholic...

Megan x


Saturday, 17 May 2014

MID MONTH HAUL


Today is just a 'I fancy a rambly haul post' day for me. So that's what it's going to be! There's not too much to show as I'm learning to save my money and spend it on quality items, but I hope you enjoy anyway.

My mum picked up a Dorothy Perkins 25% off discount card from work, so it was obligatory for me to find something in there, right? Some of the clothes in there I must admit, aren't to my taste (do you ever look at an item of clothing, and think 'I'd love you but those gems' or 'that embroidery?!) but for £10.00 (£7.50 with discount) I got this adorable, simple vest top. It is white with a wavy black trim, and I thought it would be a real staple piece and something that would mingle nicely with my mainly monochrome wardrobe at current.

In the same trip, I popped into H&M. I always seem to find things I like in there, but it's actually quite rare I buy them. I spotted this beige faux leather mini skirt on a bottom hanger, and picked it up expecting to see a price of around £35. However, it was only £19.99 so of course, I added it to my pile of try-ons for the changing rooms and ended up loving it. It's out of my comfort zone but I I'm so glad I got it.

The other skirt I purchased was from Primark. I used to spend my life in that shop, rooting for bargains and gleefully coming home with a top for a quid, but now it's not really on my radar. I did go on there on a whim and found this skirt though, a pencil length 'denim' material piece that was only £7. I wanted to get a denim skirt, so I'm pleased I found this for so cheap to try the trend. I wasn't really impressed with much else in Primark though.

The sunnies I purchased are from River Island (I LOVE that place at the moment). These were £13, which isn't bad at all. They're very simple, ever so slightly cat-eyed black frames with gold details on the arms (I have a feeling that's not what they're called...). Quite standard really, but they suited me and I just hope these ones won't break on me like previous high street pairs have!

Lastly, there had to be a cosmetic item in there somewhere. I went for lunch with my friends a few days ago, and of course that meant a little meander around shops too. I went into what seemed like the smallest Boots in the world, and instantly my bargain hunter qualities were drawn to the clearance. I was with Lauren (hey Lauren, I know you're reading eh) and she pointed out Pepta Bright from Indeed Labs (you know, the Hydraluron folk?). I originally bypassed it, but then I had a quick google, literally checked the price and the first few words of a Caroline Hirons review, and I was sold. £8.50 was what I paid for this, with an RRP of £29.99. 

What have your recent purchases been? Any bargains or investment pieces?

Megan x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

SMASHBOX CREAM EYESHADOW - GEMSTONE


When I went on my travels to an outlet village, Smashbox was a brand I really wanted to get into. There was such a huge range of products there, but in the end I came away with three things; one of which is this gorgeous Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Gemstone.

This caught my eye because the shade was so unique - somewhere inbetween mauve, taupe, pink and bronze. (Aren't I fab at describing shades.) It's quite cool, and with my brown eyes the hints of purple make them pop. There are some small silver sparkles in there too, which give a wet-look effect to the lid. I've never seen a shade like it!

The formula of this is great, quite thin yet incredibly pigmented and long wearing. 15 hours is slight hyperbole in my books, but it does withstand the day well and remains in place until I need to remove it. The packaging is also a winner for me, a sleek matte black glass pot which although won't be the best for travel, looks so professional. In general, Smashbox product packaging is a favourite of mine.

My favourite way to wear this is all over the lid, blended out slightly with a matte brown like Urban Decay Faint in the crease, and some brown pencil liner smudged into the lashes with a tad more cream eyeshadow on top for depth. I've tried so hard to photograph it, but since I've changed cameras I'm still finding my feet in that area.

Overall, I am in love with this cream eyeshadow. This type of eyeshadow across the board is my favourite anyway, but the colour of this combined with the packaging and the reasonable price of £10.25 at outlet (£15 usually) has made my heart skip a beat. I am definitely returning to the CCO in the next few weeks for round two. I know there was a bronze there I'd love.

Do you have any Smashbox favourites you could recommend me? Please do so in the comments, I want to find some more gems!

Megan x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

THE DAILY LINERS


I've always been a fan of liners, since my first Natural Collection one when I was about ten. It gave me major panda eyes and others before that were so stiff I had to scratch them on. I think it's a good thing that I've now determined what a brilliant liner performs like, and I've found four that fit the bill for me perfectly and never leave my makeup bag.

The first is the cult classic, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude. I didn't think a £3.99 eyeliner could ever be this amazing, until I gave it a go. It makes such a difference when applied, brightening the eye area and making any redness seem slim. The others in the range are equally as incredible, especially Taupe and Bronze. They are the definition of creamy and do not budge once they are on.

Secondly, the Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Truly Brown. These are so underrated, I cannot explain how beautifully they apply and last. I originally got sent Renaissance Gold* to review and loved it (give it a swatch next time you're in Superdrug) so I decided to test out a few others. This is a standard deep brown, a little less harsh than black. The packaging on these is so sleek, and the formula is intensely pigmented, smooth and long lasting too. Daily, I love to smudge this into my upper lashline for a little definition. It looks so natural.They're £4.99, so only a pound more expensive than the Rimmel offerings, but more often than not there is a £2 off of Gosh offer in Superdrug that makes them £2.99 Bargain.

The lip liner in the quad featured is also from Gosh, which is the Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp. I adore the lip look Kylie Jenner has been sporting, and this was exactly the shade I was looking for. Something a little pink, a little brown, a little nude. These also do not budge, and apply flawlessly. Again, these are £4.99 a piece and there's a bright orange I have my eye on next. I like to lightly apply this on a day to day basis, very gently on the cupids bow and the bottom of my lip to define but certainly not gain that awful naked lips and dark outline look. It's just perfect.

Lastly, the Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Blackest Black. I love the Avon range of eyeliners, and this black is great for tightlining with. If I'm wearing gel eyeliner, I always make sure to use this in the spaces between the lashes the gel missed. This once again does not budge, and although it isn't as creamy as the rest, it is still brilliant quality. I love that it is twist up too, makes life a tad easier!

What eyeliners would you recommend? I definitely have to say you must check out the Gosh Velvet Touch range. Incredible.

Megan x

Sunday, 11 May 2014

STYLING MOM SHORTS - Pt.2


Hey everyone, how's your weekend going? I never normally start posts like this but today I'm feeling particularly chatty. How about a nice, relaxed post for your Sunday? (Well, I have nothing beauty to post.)

This is the second outfit including my 'mom' shorts from River Island. Once again, this outfit consists of many staple pieces that could be styled whichever way you liked.

Cardigan - New Look
Top - Monki
Belt - Unknown
Shorts - River Island
Shoes - New Look

I think a nice necklace would have completed this look well, but unfortunately I forgot my whole jewellery stash when I went to Lauren's to take these pictures. *sighs* The shoes haven't left my feet recently, as they're comfortable yet versatile and don't make my tootsies look like boats. (Tall girl problems, eh?)

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Megan x

Thursday, 8 May 2014

THE EXTRA STEPS WORTH THE TIME


For the most part, when it comes to beauty routines I like to keep it as quick and concise as possible, which includes skipping some steps that I probably shouldn't. However, there's a small selection of products I think are worth the extra time.

Mac Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel - This illuminating liquid is a fairly new purchase of mine, but I've been loving adding it to foundation, popping it on the cheek bones and underneath virtually everything. The glow it gives is absolutely beautiful, so whenever I can I make sure to use this.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - I've given this a rather ranty review before, but I've decided to make amends with this primer and I've realised it's actually brilliant. When I use this, everything put on top appears so much smoother and longevity increases too.

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener - Another new buy, that really I had no idea to use. I think you just kind of pat it on under concealer, and it gives that extra bit of life to the under eye area. I also find it increases longevity once again and gives a dewy glow. I don't know of any product like it!

Bobbi Brown Corrector - Putting this on before your concealer also works wonders. The pink tones counteract the shades of dark circles, giving you that added coverage if you had a late night the day before.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets - I think you'll already know I love these. Take them everywhere with you, but most importantly blot before powder. These basically remove the oil on your face and leave you naturally matte. They're also rather fun/disgusting to use.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - This is the most adorable mascara designed for your bottom lashes, as the name suggests. If you've had problems with smudging before, try this and you will be amazed - it does not budge.

Rimmel Nude Scandaleyes Eyeliner - Putting this on your waterline makes all the difference. If you're one for red or tired eyes, this is certainly worth trying to brighten the area. It's a product you have to try to understand!

H&M Eyebrow Fix - If you've been doing your eyebrows but not setting them, I highly recommend you do. With my unruly pair, I find it keeps the little stragglers in place and gives a beautiful yet naturally defined shape.

Ciaté Speed Coat Pro Top Coat - I never used to finish my nails with a slick of gloss, but for about two years now I've never failed to miss the step. It decreases drying time, adds shine, increases longevity and without it, I always wake up with duvet print of my nails. It's a must for me.

What extra (but probably unnecessary) steps do you think are worth the time?

Megan x

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

STYLING MOM SHORTS - Pt. 1

Top - River Island
Leather Jacket - Dorothy Perkins
Clutch - H&M (old)
Belt - Unknown
Necklace - Primark (old)

Very recently I purchased some shorts from River Island (these ones). Denim from the 90s is super fashionable right now, so I thought I'd do a series of posts on how to style 'mom' shorts. I'll try and get them up every week for four weeks, so here's the first instalment.

I've found these shorts are incredibly versatile, so this outfit is a slightly more dressy way to style them. The top from River Island is a gorgeous light weight fabric (but it does crease easily) that tucked in nicely to the shorts. I decided to pop some 40 denier tights on and a leather jacket for this look because I just felt it tied everything together a little better, but by all means adjust this how you wish and go bare legged. The shoes are slightly edgy, but still very comfortable and surprisingly are from New Look, and the spiked necklace worked wonders with the v-neck of the top. I think this could also be turned casual if you ditched the jacket and changed the shoes, or removed the tights and pop on some trainers of some sort (I'm lusting after the Nike Free Runs).

So, I hope you enjoyed this post. I know it was fun to photograph with Lauren!

Megan x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

LEG TLC


I'm sure you're all aware that with warmer weather comes summer clothes, and with summer clothes there is more skin on show, particularly legs. If like me, yours have been suffocated in jeans for the past six months then hopefully you'll find this post helpful.

Whether you prefer to shave, wax, use hair removal cream or any other method, for me the first step is to get rid of hair. (I'm trying to word this so I don't sound like a complete gorilla). Do whatever you need to do for this step, or miss it out completely if you like. I'm not an extreme feminist who disagrees with hair removal, but for me I just prefer to have ultra-smooth fuzz free pins. In my case this does take a while to do though - being tall has disadvantages.

Next I like to go in with a good ol' exfoliant to buff dead skin away and keep things radiant. Recently I've preferred to use the Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Body Treatment, which also doubles up as a body mask although I'm yet to try that. It's uber expensive so I try and use it sparingly, but you can really get a good scrub on with this. It feels so luxurious and it's something I love to use around twice a week.

So once you've done shaving, exfoliating (fun times) and you're out of the bath/shower, it's time to moisture. Because I am lacking some tan on my legs, I love to get a little faux glow on. I've fallen in love with the Garnier Summerbody Moisturising Lotion in Light Sun Kissed Look, a gradual tan/body lotion. The idea behind this is that you use it daily to moisturise, but it also adds a subtle tan which will build to a deeper colour as you continue to use it. In other words, it's for fake tan dummies like me. I also treat the rest of my body to a coat of this because you really cannot go wrong when applying.

Now that I've got a basic leg routine in place I think I'm ready for the shorts-appropriate weather. That is of course, if we even get any in Britain.

Megan x





Friday, 2 May 2014

BOOTS BOTANICS HYDRATING DAY/NIGHT CREAM


It's very rare for me that I use day and night creams from the same brand, but recently Boots had a 2 for £6 offer on the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream Spf 15 and Night Cream, so I decided to give them a whirl and it turns out I may have found a new set of favourites.

The Hydrating Day Cream has an SPF of 15, which is always something I look out for in day moisturisers as you can never be too careful with sun protection. It has a lovely fresh scent, and the texture is quite thin and a little on the tacky side but it does soon sink in. If I'm honest, it's just a good all-round moisturiser. It is hydrating, doesn't cause havoc with makeup that is placed on top, makes skin feel soft and is dirt cheap too.

The Night Cream is my favourite of the two, due to its thicker consistency. I've never owned a dedicated night cream before, but I do think my skin looks more awake now that I've got my backside in gear and began to use it. It smells divine, feels really luxurious and moisturises my dry skin just right. It doesn't sting the eyes or cause any breakouts for me either.

My only complaint is the packaging, because I can never distinguish which is which on my dressing table unless I pick them up and have a read. The white tubs are pretty standard, but they do the job and at least they'd be travel friendly!

I feel like that was such a boring review (sorry!) but I don't think there's much more to say than these are brilliant. So affordable, from a great brand and they do what they say on the tin. It will be a definite repurchase from me!

Megan x