Friday, 29 August 2014

S&G SMOOTHIE STAR BREAKFAST SCRUB

If there's one area of body care I lack in, it's exfoliation. It just seems to slip my mind and then when I feel like a spot of fake tanning, an exfoliating glove is all I need. Because of this, I decided I needed to purchase a good scrub one day. Of course, Soap and Glory is where I turn first, and I'm so glad I smelt this one. It was love at first whiff.

I'm sure Zoella had mentioned this scrub before, but it never really appealed to me until recently. if there's one thing you remember from this review, let me tell you IT SMELLS GOOD. And not just good as in 'hmmm... pleasant', GOOD as in 'I want to live the rest of my life with this by my side'. I promise you, I'm not *that* weird.

This scrub is perfection. It doesn't fall apart in the shower (you know when some break apart and are useless?) and you really can get your buff on. I love using this on my legs post shaving, to keep everything smooth and soft, as well as all over my body really. I'm not sure what else to say... try it for yourself I suppose, or at least give it a whiff next time you're in Boots. It smells mighty fine I tell you.

I seriously recommend this to everyone -I even think it's a holy grail for me now.

Megan x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

MY MANNEQUIN HANDS SHADE

 Despite owning my fair share of nude nail polishes, I've never really found one that is my perfect mannequin hands shade, which basically means it is the exact colour of your skin tone. I picked up the Rimmel Let's Get Nude nail polish from the Rita Ora collection a few days ago, and I literally cannot stop staring at my nails - it looks beautiful.

I think what sets this apart from all my other nude polishes is its warm undertone. It's almost a peachy tan shade, something I never thought would be flattering on me. When I applied the first coat to my thumb, I was really disappointed. I thought it would be a French manicure sheer, but after three  coats I got an almost opaque finish, that looks so elegant and glossy. I'm not Rita Ora's biggest fan, but I'm definitely waving the flag for this shade.

Megan x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

SHIRTS THAT MAKE ME FEEL LIKE KYLIE JENNER

Since spending my evenings on the instagrams of every member of the Kardashian clan, I got a tad inspired by Kylie. To me her fashion sense is on point, and recently I've been trying to find items of clothing that can help me gain a little of her style. I've fallen head over heels for three shirts recently, all of which look perfect chucked on over cropped or plain tees and shorts, or tied around the waist.

My favourite and first shirt is the one pictured in the middle, which was £16 from Next in the Sale. It's perfect - slightly oversized, monochrome and very soft. It looks great worn and tied around my waist (as they all do really), and works in both summer and winter.

The second one I purchased is the red and blue plaid one from H&M, which was £14.99 and got it in a size 14 for it to be oversized. It's your typical shirt really, and I love that it was so cheap and from the high street. I wasn't really expecting to find such a gem in H&M (or for that sentence to rhyme).

The newest edition to my trio of shirts is a vintage find, and it cost me a mere £4.00. It's quite fitted but also very long, and I'm trying to find ways to style it up. I'm not sure where it was from originally, but I purchased it a vintage store called Daisy Rain in Redruth, Cornwall whilst on holiday. I just love finding vintage additions - I always like to think who it might have belonged to before and where it has come from!

Have you jumped on the plaid shirt band wagon?

Megan x


Sunday, 24 August 2014

ALL MATTE EVERYTHING - FOTD#1

Never do I usually stray from my typical everyday makeup routine, but last weekend I decided to do something a little different and make everything matte. I had purchased a few new products, so this look was a great way for me to try them out.
I'm not sure whether I'm happy with the look or the pictures, but here I am typing it up anyway.

Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Mayebelline Fit Me Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
NYX Taupe Blush
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer

Eyes:
Smashbox Eye Primer
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Trespassing Taupe
Urban Decay Naked Basics
L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim
Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Precision Eyeliner
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Waterproof

Lips:
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Antique Rose

What do you think?

Megan x

Friday, 22 August 2014

A LAZY GIRL'S SKINCARE ROUTINE

Usually I take my skincare very seriously and put oodles of time and effort into it everyday, but recently I really haven't been bothered enough to do so. With being on holiday and the weather being a tad warmer, I've just come to realise there's been 4 products that have kept my skin in tip top condition. I call it my 'lazy' routine.

For the mornings, I cleanse with a swipe of the Pixi Glow Tonic on a cotton pad. This is a beautiful no frills toner, which keeps my skin looking radiant, as well as removes residue from the night before. I'm quite lucky my skin is on the normal side so I can get away with something as simple and light in the mornings. This has certainly reached holy grail status.

For moisturiser at both morning and night, I use the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. I loved Hydraluron (the one you put under moisturiser) anyway, but this just takes things to a whole new level. It's lightweight but still provides enough for moisture for my skin to look healthy and flake-free. If using Hydraluron in the tube bothered you as it's an extra step, this is perfect. It gives the same glowing effect but less products are needed.

Cleansing for me is the most important. I cannot stand the thought of makeup remaining on my skin at night, but I know I get a good cleanse with the Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil. This product takes off everything (even waterproof products) with ease, and doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or dry in the slightest. It's a pleasure to use and I know I'll be repurchasing! As a second cleanse, I just use the same product again. This may sound boring, but my other cleansers seem to have been breaking me out recently so back to basics I went. Sometimes a detox is good though, right?

Lastly, as I'm an avid waterproof mascara wearer, I have to use a separate eye makeup remover. This mini Sephora one has had me covered, and usually I use this before the cleansing oil to get rid of the bulk of my eye makeup. It works wonders, I just wish I'd purchased a full size.

After surviving on these 4 products for the last two months or so, I have to say I'm starting to think excess serums and oils and fancy eye creams aren't really necessary. Honestly, my skin has never looked better.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have a lazy skincare routine?

Megan x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

MY VINTAGE LEVI SHORTS

On my holidays in Cornwall (let me know if you'd like a post on it), I spent a day in Falmouth. Falmouth is a beautiful harbour town, with a street of shops that really aren't what I'm used to. It's full of cute vintage places, small boutiques and more expensive surf shops - I love it there! In a vintage boutique called Wild Pony (perfection in a shop I promise you), I found a whole rack full of vintage denim. (I wonder how many more times vintage will be said in this post... VINTAGE VINTAGE BLIMMIN' VINTAGE.) I had been looking for a pair of Levi shorts for a while now, but never really thought I'd find any that fitted and that I loved. However, I scored the jackpot with these beauties. They're high waisted, perfectly distressed, fit without showing my arse cheeks, and were rather reasonably priced at £28.00. What more could a girl want? These are a waist 30" I think and used to be 501 jeans, but the lady in the store said to go up a size on vintage denim. I'm so in love with them, I'm just sad I didn't find them at the start of summer. Luckily for me, a good pair of denim shorts are very timeless.

Have you got your perfect pair of vintage Levi's?

Megan x

Monday, 18 August 2014

THE ULTIMATE DUO FOR YOUR PINS

Of all methods of hair removal, shaving has been what I've stuck with. Normally I make do with cheap BIC razors, but recently I decided to treat myself to an upgrade. Boots had a half price offer on these Venus & Olay products (the Sugarberry Scent Razor and Sensitive Shave Gel), so of course I had to investigate whether a fancy razor works better or just as well as the kind you buy in a pack of 12 for two quid.

The razor has 5 blades, which is quite a lot compared to the usual two or three in the ones I used to use, as well as two Olay moisture bars either side. These definitely help when shaving, as they offer an added skin boost when your legs feel a little dry. In terms of how well it performs, I'm not too sure what to say. It gets rid of hair easily (I only really do my legs and underarms) and I rarely have to go over an area twice. The biggest difference I've noticed is under my arms. Usually, other razors leave some yucky stubble that's still visible, but with this one it shaves very close to the skin and hair is almost unnoticeable. Thumbs up really!

For the shave gel, this was less than £2 at half price. Never do I usually bother with shaving gel (foam from my body wash does the job), so I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to what defines a good shaving gel from a bad. However, this certainly does foam and protect my skin from the awful shaving rash. Another thumbs up.

Since making the switch to a more expensive duo of hair removal products, I don't think I'll look back. My legs are one of my favourite features, so of course I don't mind treating them to some extra tlc.

What's your favourite method of hair removal?

Megan x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

SMALL BEAUTY SPLURGE


Because for me summer is almost over and the sad thought of going back to school is replaying in my mind, I just *had* to have an obligatory splurge to ease the pain. A stupid justification I know, but don't tell me you've never done it, eh? I purchased some beauty bits from Superdrug, Boots, Asda and Next, so of course, here's the haul.

Firstly in Superdrug (purchased in Falmouth, Cornwall... how I wish I was still there) I got two Fudge hair items. My mum seems to have been using the Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hair Spray, and she seems to be enjoying it so far. I think I'd best go and reclaim it now before it's all gone. I also bought the 3 in 1 Miracle Moisture Stuff, as the sea and the heat had dried out my hair whilst near the coast. Both products were half price, which was mainly why I picked them up. Never hurts to try more from a brand!

For Boots, I had nothing in mind when I went in. It was a bit of a 'I've got money so I WILL find something to spend it on' trip. An offer on Rimmel caught my eye (ooh no pun intended) and I ended up leaving the store with a new eyeliner and shadow pencil. The eyeliner in question was only £3.99, and it's called the Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner. I'm very loyal to my favourite Blink pen from Barry M, but I thought a drugstore liner edit might be appreciated as a post, and if I'm honest I thought it was a blimming good price. Also from Rimmel, I got another Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Trespassing Taupe. This was £3.49, and I know this is going to be a favourite after only two uses. Lastly for Boots, I came across a flavour of the Nivea Lip Butter in Blueberry Blush (£2.10). I'm not sure whether I love or hate the scent, but I needed a new lip balm anyway so I suppose all is not lost.

Then for Asda, they had and still have an event on where all mascaras are £5 and under. This even included the L'Oreal ones, that were over £10. Therefore, I just had to get a couple at least. The two I got were the Maybelline The Falsies, and the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Waterproof. I feel giddy just writing about these., can you believe how cheap they were?!

Finally, my local Next had a new stand of NYX. The blushes were £6 each, so I decided to give Taupe a go, as it is a very coveted contour shade. I thought this would be great for a cool, winter shadow as the seasons changed.

What have your recent purchases been? Have you tried or seen any of these products?

Megan x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

ORIGINAL SOURCE SKIN QUENCHERS

Original Source is a brand I've loved for a long time now. Their standard shower gels are incredible as well as budget friendly, so when I saw they were now selling 'Skin Quench' variations described as an 'all in one moisturising' product, I had to buy a couple. The two I have are 'Pineapple & Coconut Oil' and 'Peach & Apricot Oil', and they were £2.70 in Boots.

I was expecting these to be super duper moisturising, when to be honest, they're not. I must admit they're more caring on the skin than the standard range, but a substitute to body lotion they certainly aren't. The Pineapple & Coconut Oil is my favourite, mainly due to the scent. The Peach & Apricot Oil isn't my cup of tea, although I was expecting to like it better. I just found out they also have one featuring watermelon, so I'll definitely be picking that up to try at a later date.

Although these weren't what I was expecting them to be, they do the job of body washing and smell good at the same time. I can't really complain.

Have you tried these shower gels?

Megan x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

L'OREAL COLOR RICHE MONO EYESHADOWS

 
Although I'm not a daily eyeshadow wearer, something about these (rather) new L'Oreal eyeshadows caught my eye. I don't know whether it was the packaging, the hype or the fact L'Oreal is a brand I'm a little unfamiliar with, but I ended up with two of these beauties, and I think they've made a cosy little home in my makeup bag.
 
On the Boots website, these shadows are described as having a 'delicate, creamy texture' and I must agree there. They swatch beautifully, are intensely pigmented and certainly are creamy. A nice change from the typically chalky, sheer shades seen at the drugstore. As you probably all predicted, I picked up two nudes, one shimmer in 200 Over the Taupe, and a matte in 106 named Breaking Nude. If you didn't already know, they're £5.49, so a fairly reasonable mark for L'Oreal which I usually associate with being overpriced - or maybe that's just me being cheap haha.
 
Anyway, on the eye they're a little bit disappointing. I mean they're not unworkable, but they're also not the best. The shimmer shade is not as pigmented on the lid as it is when swatched, although I do think using it wet could recitify it as most of the problem is that brushes tend to not pick up enough of the shade. In terms of the matte, it's a bit better but definitely not UD Naked Basics standard. Although saying that, Urban Decay do set the standard very high so maybe I'm being a bit cruel comparing the two.
 
I'm kind of undecided about these. I mean, they're gorgeous packaging wise and swatched, but I'm a little confused about how to make them work.
 
Have you tried these out? What do you think?
 
Megan x
 
 


Monday, 4 August 2014

NAILS INC PORCHESTER SQUARE

If there's one nail polish shade I can never ignore, it's a good nude. I've got a nice selection of the kind but when I saw this one in a Madrid Sephora, I still had to pick it up (and for the bargainous price of 6 euro).
 
I know Anna adores this, so of course I had that in my head when I saw it in the store. The shade is a cool, pale taupe with lilac undertones and boy is it sophisticated. I'm only 15 so of course I'm not too educated on the world of work, but I can imagine this would be a great job interview shade. Something elegant, and rather understated.
 
When I applied this, I was surprised to see it was rather opaque, and two thin coats were needed to reach full opacity. It glided onto the nail flawlessly, and this may be a big statement but I think it was one of the best formulas I've ever encountered. Seriously, it was THAT good. It also had a great longevity, and with top coat lasted the most part of a busy week. I really cannot believe I haven't used more Nails Inc before. If you've ever been hesitant to spend £11.00 on a nail polish, take my advice and just do it. For a staple colour like this, I wouldn't mind paying extra and I'm sure this is a bottle I'll be scraping clean in months to come.
 
Megan x
 

Friday, 1 August 2014

MY LOVE FOR VASELINE SPRAY & GO


As it is Summer and things get a little hot and sticky, I like to recruit a lighter, fast absorbing moisturiser. Last year I gave the Aloe Vera version of the Vaseline Spray & Go moisturiser a try, and this time round I purchased the Cocoa Radiant variation. I don't like the scent as much as the former, but it's definitely a good un'.

My review of this will be pretty similar to the last; it's a great moisturiser in a nifty spray on dispenser. What I love most is the light texture, and ease of use. It's literally the most simple wonder product ever, and I don't get the ew - my legs are sticking together - moments with this body product. It also makes my legs ( I say legs because they're the only body parts I actually bother with - naughty I know) feel soft and does a good job at moisturising, without going overboard.

I know this is a rather brief review, but I seriously recommend you get this product. The only downside is that it runs out really quick.

Megan x