Sunday, 29 June 2014

BOBBI BROWN SPF50 PROTECTIVE FACE BASE


As I will be going on my travels abroad very soon *crosses fingers for a tan*, I thought it was about time that I ventured into the world of facial SPFs. The one I chose to try was the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base, which is £28. I've tried less than a handful of items from Bobbi Brown, but whilst in a CCO I came across this and managed to justify parting with my cash, and although I haven't used it that much yet, I'm pleased I did already.

I suppose over the next few days I'll know whether its love or not, but after the first few uses I can report that it was non-oily, very light, I didn't at all get burnt and makeup sat just like normal on top. I had a Superdrug's own SPF last year, and it was so oily it looked like you could fry a chip on my face. Not good. It also smells very vacation-y, and I'm sure it will be a nostalgic scent for me when I get back from Spain. I've never really noticed Bobbi Brown for skincare before, but the cleansers do look great. So far, so good.

What SPF are you using/going to use?

Megan x


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

STYLING MOM SHORTS - Pt.4




Shirt - Next
Shorts - River Island
Belt - Unknown
Shoes - New Look
Necklace - Dorothy Perkins

Megan x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

THE STAPLE SHOE

For the longest time, I've really wanted to own a pair of Vans. It seems my brother goes through endless styles, so I just felt like it was time I had some of my own. I decided on the all black Authentic Shoes (£47.00), as I thought they'd go with everything and apparently the white soles of the other colours get dirty quickly, so that swayed me to go for these. I got them in an 8 (I'm sure you've all heard my foot size woes before) and they surprisingly make my feet look a lot smaller than they are. I've got plenty of room in them in case (let's hope not) my tootsies grow any more, and they're very comfortable to wear. My only problem is the sock situation, as I love how they look without but then again, I'd rather not have blisters and sweaty shoes. Although kind of overpriced, I love my new Vans. If only I was still in kids sizes I could pick up some more in different colours - I've got my eye on the all white pair!

Do you own any Vans?

Megan x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

KILLER NUDE NAILS


Whilst in Superdrug with my friends a week or so ago (and in a rather spendy mood may I add) I found myself paying more attention than usual to the L'Oreal stand. It was 3 for 2, and being as I was going to try out some of the new eyeshadows, I completed the trio by adding these falsies to my basket.

These beauties are called the L'Oreal Nails รก Porter Press On Nails in Killer Nude, and they were £7.99 for 24. Pricey, I know. It's so unlike me to buy false nails because usually mine can pass for that, but recently I've bitten them ridiculously so they were in need of a little glamour. In a pack there was 24, as I mentioned, and I justified the purchase for that reason, as I thought that because they had sticky tabs, I could reuse them and just replace the adhesive bits. I was wrong, as they certainly show wear and tear after a few days and do not retain their shape when pulled off, but I know I can at least get two manis from one packet.

Each nail is numbered and has a corresponding adhesive pad. It was a little time consuming sorting them to my nails, writing it down, and figuring out how to apply them but I do think they were worth the effort. They looked so elegant and classic, and lasted a good 4 days which isn't bad considering the packet says 5. I even wore them to Alton Towers, and I can report they stayed firmly put on the Smiler!

Overall, I really love these nails. I was so surprised at their longevity, how they looked and actually, the price isn't too detrimental. I think I'll be trying some of the other designs!

What do you think? Any other false nails you can recommend me?

Megan x

Monday, 16 June 2014

THE HAIR ACCESSORY OBSESSION

On a recent shopping trip, I managed to pick up three hair accessories and apparently I've developed a slight obsession for them. Therefore, I thought I'd do a little show and tell.
The first one I purchased was £2.00 from Primark. It's a band of sunflowers, which looks especially nice over a bun (made with a donut of course) for a real 'ooerr I'm a festival girl' vibe. I look forward to working with this a little more and finding out how else it looks good, any suggestions?
The second I got was from Topshop at £4.00. This was a mad till purchase, and I don't feel any regret so far. I don't know how to describe it, but it has wire under the ear-esque bits which means you can manipulate them to look good. I think it also looks nice against my hair colour and would be perfect for school, when you can't be bothered to do anything but a messy ponytail. I'll let you know how I get on.
Lastly, another crazy impulse buy was from River Island. This huge black scrunchie was a fiver (ouch, I know) so I hope to get my moneys worth as this will go well with everything. It's kind of striped/textured as well - I can't get enough of 90s fashion right now.

Which one is your favourite? Any hair accesories you can recommend?

Megan x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

ORIGINS CLEAN ENERGY CLEANSING OIL


Upon my trip to the nearest CCO, I returned with a rather intriguing bottle of Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil. The reason I purchased this was becasue I remember using a DHC sample oil, and I alwasy look back and think how amazing my skin looked then. So, I couldn't leave without giving another ago, in an attempt to rectify those good skin days.

This cleansing oil is formulated without all the supposed nasties, like parabens and mineral oil which I love. I feel like what I'm rubbing into my skin will be beneficial, not harmful. The consistency of this oil is not too thin and not too thick. It's a nice medium texture, and I'd say I use a good ten pence sized amount morning and night to cleanse, and boy does this stuff do well at that. It tackles waterproof mascara easily, and certainly makes my skin feel fresh but not stripped. It's like it has added a touch of moisture while it has got rid of daily grime.

I've been using this for around two weeks, so although I haven't exactly tested it for a fair amount of time, I can already see a difference in my skin. It looks brighter, more radiant and the scars of past blemishes on my cheeks have faded ever so slightly. The only negative point I have is that you have to buy a pump separately, which I might do because I want to ensure I get the most out of every last drop in the bottle.

Megan x

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

RIVER ISLAND NEW SHOES


As I mentioned in a previous post, this week saw my birthday come and go. I very gratefully received some money for the occasion, and along with a whole host of other items, I purchased these new shoes from River Island for £30.00.

I had had my eye on these for a long time, as they looked so comfortable and were reasonably priced for a pair of wardrobe summer staples. I got these in an 8 if you're wondering, which is my usual size and I love them. I've pictured a variety of outfits featuring them, including with adorable summer dresses, shorts and jeans (I need some new jeans, which Topshop ones do you recommend?). Most of my shoes are either black or white, so I think a tan pair was just what I needed to conclude my sandal purchases for this year.

That's all really, I just wanted to share my new pair of shoes, as I usually do. I can't wait to get styling and hopefully you'll see them in some outfit posts here soon.

Megan x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

BURT'S BEES LEMON BUTTER CUTICLE CREAM


Burt's Bees has always been a brand I considered for lip balms, and not much else. However, my opinion was totally changed when Lauren gifted me this Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream for my birthday. I don't think I've ever loved the scent of something so much!

I think we all understand that 'winter fingers' look. You know, cuticles and nails that have been a little nibbled and a tad dry but still tried to be salvaged with some polish? Yeah, that was me. I always bite the skin around my fingers and I know it's an awful habit, but sometimes I don't even realise I'm doing it until I'm bleeding. Nice Megan, nice.

Bleeding fingers aside, this product is incredible. The cream is more of a lightweight balm that you simply apply to the desired area, which for me is generally all over the skin around and the base of my nail. It works its magic and I have noticed a considerable difference in that area since using this. I'm gradually swapping the winter finger look for the summer alternative, and I'm loving it. I'd also like to have a moment for the scent of this product. It is DIVINE. It's lemon-y but not artificial, slightly sweet and generally delicious. I could eat the pot but I don't think it would taste as good as it smells.

So, in short, if you're after a nifty little tub to solve your nail skin woes then look now further than this. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Megan x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

CCO HAUL #2

* I really do want to apologise for abandoning my blog this past week or so. Once my exam is done I'll be back on a role with no excuses!*


In my last CCO haul I'm sure I mentioned I'd be returning. So, for my birthday with Lauren in tow I took another visit to my new favourite place. I'm telling you, if it was closer I'd be there every day.

As I had some birthday money I spend a little more in the CCO. Lauren and I browsed for about an hour, carefully making sure we hadn't missed any gems. I came away with six things, and I think I spent around £80... eeek. But, it was a birthday trip, so I can *almost* justify the madness.

The first item I knew I had to have was the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base. I'm off on holiday in a few weeks so I certainly purchased this with sunny weather in mind. This was £21 instead of £28, which I thought was very reasonable as most SPFs will set you back a good £30 at full price. I've used this once and I did like it, it smells like summer and wasn't greasy on the skin.

The second item that went straight in my basket and didn't move from there was the Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray. I got the smaller 125ml size for £7.50 instead of £10.00, but the larger was there for £13.00 and I kind of wish I had got that one -ah well. This size is really travel friendly and should enjoy coming with me abroad. I've given this a whirl and although it doesn't smell the best, there's no crisp to be seen anywhere. It's a good 'un.

I got a second item from Bobbi Brown, which is the Tinted Eye Brightener in Porcelain Peach for £13.75, down from £19.00. I cannot believe they actually had a shade that was perfect for me, in one of my favourite products  - a concealer! I've used this already and boyyy... it's good. I'm so pleased with this bargain!

The last three items were serious impulse buys. I hadn't noticed the Mac Mineralise Blush in Autoerotique the first time round, but on my last scour of the shelves I gave it a swatch and decided I needed it because the sheen is incredible. This was £13.50 from £19.00 and I think it may be my favourite item that I purchased. It's beautiful.

Second from last is the Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil for £15.75 from £21. A long time ago I had a DHC Cleansing Oil sample, and I remember back then I thought my skin looked better than it ever had done before. So, in an attempt to revive the glow I popped this in my basket right as I went to pay - naughty me. I've been using this daily since I got it, and I must say I am impressed. A full review will follow soon.

Lastly, a lipstick. I own hardly any lippies so I thought I'd return (I went back in a second time because I refused to leave without it) to get this Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Latte for £11 from £15.50. I don't normally 'do' nudes, as they always leave me looking a little wishy washy. However, this one is a perfect shade for me and I cannot believe I am actually going to say that I like the matte finish. What has happened to me?!

Have you tried any of these products? Have you picked up anything from a CCO recently?

Megan x