Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New Years Resolutions and Goals

Hello friends :)

I've been having a think about the New Year and things I would like to achieve within the next 12 months. This is quite a big list (some more achievable than others!) and I don't expect to achieve them all but I will consider the year a success if I manage at least a few!

I'm also going to try and get photo proof of every one that I achieve and this time next year I will re-visit this list and see how many I did!


1. Dedicate more time to blogging

I'm going to try to post once per week plus posting my monthly playlist in the last week of each month. I'm not going to "theme" my posts. One week I might be writing about a topical issue and the next week I could be reviewing beauty products. I know myself that if I try to box myself in with themes, it's easy to hit a brick wall and run out of ideas so I'd rather just go with the flow and see what's exciting me that particular week.

2. Do a make-up course

I am actually doing one at the end of February and I will be blogging about what I learn so stay tuned for that either next month or the beginning of March.

3. Buy less make-up

Anyone who has been in my bedroom will know just how much make-up I have. In my defence, I did a clear-out at the end of November and gave away items that I didn't use and I do have a lot less now than I did then. I'm going to really try to focus on using up what I have and only replace the absolute essentials.

4. Go to the Dentist


I absolutely hate the dentist, it's one of my biggest fears and I've been putting off going for nearly a year so I really need to do it. Argh!

5. Get another tattoo

(Stop reading now Mum!) I know exactly what I want, and if I do bite the bullet and get it, I'll post a photo but not until then!


6. Go and see one of my favourite bands live

Obviously this will be dependent on who comes to Belfast/Dublin but there's still a huge lists of artists I want to see.


7. Meditate more

Meditation and breathing exercises really help with my anxiety so I want to dedicate some time each night to being present in the room and focusing on my breathing.


8.  Read more books

My girlfriend is a big reader and she's inspired me to read more too, as I loved reading when I was younger. I've started a Goodreads profile so I can keep track of all the books I've read and the ones that I'm going to read this year.

9. Learn to cook something new

Self-explanatory but I get extra points if it's something reasonably healthy


10. Stop eating gluten

I'm not meant to eat it anyway because I have an intolerance but I've let it slide a bit recently because I miss so many foods. But I do end up suffering for it and I definitely don't come out of the situation feeling better.


11. Visit a new city

12. Go to a workshop or class in something I'm interested in

13. Shake hands with a sea otter

If you know where I can find one - please let me know. This is a big one.


14. Go to Comic-Con (or a similar event)

Extra points for dressing up!

15. Visit the Crumlin Road Gaol

16. Win a competition

17. Contribute an article to another blog/website


18. Discover some new bands


Let me know your goals and resolutions for 2017 by commenting below or tweet me at @MsMegan91 !

xo

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Post-Summer Playlisting

Now that summer is well and truly over, and we're nearly at the end of September, I thought I would share some of the amazing songs and artists I've discovered in recent months. Thanks to the iOS 10 update, my Apple Music is finally starting to recommend songs that aren't already in my library and most of them have been pretty darn good recommendations. These aren't all "new" songs but they're what I'm listening to at the moment.

Free - Broods



It was so hard to pick just one Broods song as their whole discography is excellent. I chose Free because the chorus is one of my favourite pieces of music ever. It's so good I haven't even got words to describe it. You just have to listen.



The Great Divide (Crash Cove Remix) - Rebecca Black



For this one I need you to press play, close your eyes and forget that this is the same person responsible for "Friday." This song shows that she really does have good vocals. The original version of this song is epic too - I just like the beat drop in this one! Rebecca is a YouTuber as well as a singer, and her channel is really good for song recommendations, a lot of my new music comes from her "Songs That Will Change Your Life" segment!


Fell in the Sun - Big Grams



Although summer is gone for another year, we all need a nice reminder of happy sunny days every now and again and this is exactly what this song is. This song is from the collaborative album by Big Boi and Phantogram, if you're a fan of either artist, it's worth listening to.


Castle - Halsey



I must've been hiding under a rock for a while, because I've only just discovered Halsey. And what a discovery it has been.This track is dark, moody and it features in The Huntsman Winter's War. Not to mention it has a choir chorus, and I love me a choir chorus. Her album "Badlands" will be on a loop for a while yet.


Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On) - Cheat Codes and Dante Klein



This track is an up-cycled version of "Turn Me On" by Kevin Lyttle which came out way back in 2003 and it's just as good the second time around. 


Oceans by Coasts




I feel like this song is what would happen if Two Door Cinema Club had a baby with Bastille. I'm absolutely dying to hear this live, so if they're touring, let me know. 


Ultraviolet - Dagny


Dagny's Ultraviolet EP is bursting with energy and amazing indie-pop moments so once again picking just one track has been so hard. This particular track is about meeting someone new, liking them and having the fear because you think they're too good to be true. I can't listen to this song without wanting to get up and dance.


California Bound - Carolina Liar




This song wouldn't have been out of place on The OC soundtrack, it's another guitar-heavy summer beachy song and I'm not even sorry. 


Seeing Stars - BØRNS



I accidently stumbled upon this track while I was trapped in a YouTube blackhole a few nights ago and I'm so glad I did. This one is a feel-good catchy number and I promise it'll be stuck in your head after the first listen.


Somebody Else - Verite



My favourite thing about this song is that the chorus is really upbeat, but when you listen to the lyrics, they're actually quite heartbreaking and sad. Such deception. 


Gossip - XYLØ


I think everyone has been in the situation where they've been the subject of some kind of untrue story or gossip, and this is basically what this song is about. I love love love the beat in this track and I can't wait to download everything else that XYLO have ever released. I haven't been able to find a link to embed but the song is on iTunes and Apple Music so go check it out!

Superdope - Will.I.Am ft CL

I am absolutely at a loss with this song. I've loved it since the minute I heard the snippit of it in the EE advert but I haven't been able to download it anywhere. The closest I've got so far is this link, but I can't find a way to actually download or save it. Let me know if you're a whizz at this. It's catchy as hell and I need it in my ears.


Starving - Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft Zedd



This one is no surprise because I've loved every single song that Hailee Steinfeld has put out. Starving isn't quite the upbeat party anthem that "Love Myself" was, but it's still pretty damn good.  This song starts quite chilled and vibe-y but when the beat drops I can't help but smile every time I hear it.

As always, if you know any songs or artists that you think I'd like, PLEASE share in the comments below or tweet me @MsMegan91  I will listen to every single suggestion.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

GDL Clothing - Genderless Clothing Mini-Haul

Well folks, once again it's been a while. I'm going to make some changes to my blog. I'll still be posting about make-up and beauty etc but I'd also like to include some opinion pieces and some posts about places I've been and experiences I've had etc etc. I know this is going to make for a bit of a mish-mash but I fancied a change.

 I wanted to share with you a really awesome company that I've recently ordered from. This is not a sponsored post, I bought all of these clothes myself, I just loved them so much that I wanted to share them with you. 




They're a UK-based company called GDL Clothing and they make "unisex fashion based on style not gender." I really dislike the idea of boxing ANYTHING off based on gender. I like shopping at Topshop, I like shopping at Topman and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Being able to buy anything on the site without having to follow gender-specific signage really appealed to me and I hope that more companies and brands start to follow suit. 




 I first heard about this brand through singer Lucy Spraggan. She wore their clothes on tour and posted about them on Instagram (and I used her discount code when I was buying these, cheeky!) I actually ended up buying the same long-sleeved top that she's wearing in this photo. I'm not even sorry. It was £18.00 and I bought the size Extra Small.


I also got these two tank tops which I think I'm going to alternative between day and night at Belfast Pride next weekend and also when I go to Santa Ponsa in a few weeks time. These were £17.00 each, I got them both in the size Small and they're a perfect comfy fit.



All of the clothes I bought are extremely versatile 
and they'll look great with leggings, jeans, shorts and pretty much anything else.

My products arrived in less than a week and in perfect condition. The quality of all of the clothes are excellent and definitely worth every penny. I can't wait to try out some of the accessories in their range and their new lines of "basics" which launched very recently.

If you like what you see, check out their website:  http://www.genderless-clothing.com/

Or check out their social media:

Twitter: @gdl_clothing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gdlclothing


Instagram:   @gdl_clothing


As I mentioned earlier, I'm really looking forward to Belfast Pride next Saturday (6th August) I'm hoping to attend as many other Pride events this week as possible, starting with Pride Talks Back at the MAC Theatre on Monday night. If you see me, come say hi :)

Until next time...


x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

My Recent Favourites

It's been a while since I've done a favourites post so instead of doing "April favourites" or "May favourites" I've put everything in together this time around. Let me know what your current faves are by tweeting me @MsMegan91 or by leaving a comment below!


MakeUp Products




This one is probably no surprise. Beauty YouTubers have been going crazy over this for a while now but I only just bought it last weekend when I ran out of my usual primer. I have found that it's definitely worth the hype. The only thing I don't like about this is the "man smell" but it goes away within a few seconds. When you apply this to the skin it becomes tacky and your make-up sticks to it all day. I particularly like this version as it's for sensitive skin and doesn't cause breakouts!



I've wanted a Kylie lip-kit for so long but I always miss them and they sell out. I managed to get this one on Depop. Quite a few people are selling them on there, at a first glance it looks like you're paying way more for them but don't forget that shipping from America makes them cost a lot more than the $18 price tag! I bought "King K" because I've never seen another lip colour like it. It's definitely not one that I would wear on a day-to-day basis but it's amazing for a night out. It lasts a long time too, so you don't need to constantly top it up. I've been wearing it with a nude lip liner (make sure it matches your skin as closely as possible!) I will hopefully be getting more of these lip kits soon - Reign is next on my list!



Another liquid lipstick that I've been loving is the shade "16" by Inglot. Inglot recently opened a stand in Castle Court in Belfast and I'm SO excited about it. Their products are very high quality and I'm so glad I won't have to trek down to Dublin to get it anymore! Again, I wear this shade with a nude lipliner and then put the liquid lipstick OVER it to make my lips look fuller. Unlike King K, this one is perfect to wear to work, uni, college etc.


Hair Product



You'll see in my picture later on in this post, I recently got my hair dyed dark red. My hairdresser always uses this Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hair Mousse on my hair to keep my curls tight and under control.If you're in the Bangor (Northern Ireland) area I would definitely recommend Karin at Central Cutz, she's been doing my hair since I was no age. I apply this while my hair is still damp - so it dries into tight curls.I found this product quite hard to get hold of though, most drugstores don't have it but I managed to get it in Sally's.


Body Product




I managed to get this Victoria's Secret body lotion in Pure Seduction at TK Maxx recently. As with most Victoria's Secret products, the scent is TO DIE FOR and it leaves your skin feeling really soft and refreshed.


Outfit



I wore this on a night out with my friends earlier this month. The waistcoat is Fleur East for Lipsy and the leather leggings are also by Lipsy. My white top is actually borrowed from my mum's wardrobe (oops!) and my wedge trainers were from Internationale.


TV Series

I am obsessed with the new ITV series, The Secret. It's a four-part series, the first two episodes have already been shown but, fear not, they're available on catch-up through the ITV/UTV player depending on where you live. It's based on a real-life murder case and if it doesn't make your skin crawl, there's something very wrong. I don't want to spoil it too much for people who haven't been watching but I would 100% recommend it. It's always nice to see TV series from Northern Ireland doing well.



Candle



I picked up this Rhubarb and Plum scented candle by The Elemental Company at a vintage fair recently. It smells absolutely amazing and I've already burnt over half of it. I will definitely be repurchasing this along with some of their other scents. Check out their Facebook page here.




Monday, 18 April 2016

The Make-Up Tag!

I am back! It's been a while but I thought I would do The Make-Up Tag to get things kick-started again.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
I don't remember my first specific item but everything from my first "make-up bag" were bits and pieces from Avon that my mum didn't want anymore!
 
2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
I struggle with mascara but I have to say my favourite of all time is the L'Oreal Telescopic mascara. I love the Younique 3D Fibre Lash as well but it requires more effort than a regular mascara. 

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?
I like full coverage,  I have a mis-matched skin tone and I'm prone to spots/acne so full coverage is my preference. 

4. Favorite high end brand?
Urban Decay for eyeshadow and MAC for everything else!

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't? 
MakeUp Forever and Charlotte Tillbury.

6. Favorite drugstore brand?
L'Oreal, Make-Up Revolution and Freedom MakeUp.

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
Only for nights out and special occasions. 

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without?
Foundation, mascara and lipstick. 

9. What is your most cherised beauty product?
My Urban Decay Vice 4 palette and my ColorPop Lippie Stick in the shade Tootsi.

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?
I'm always shopping for make-up. Everytime I'm in town I'm always picking up new bits and pieces. I feel less bad getting one or two things at a time.

11. Do you have a "beauty budget" or you spend freely? 
I used to spend freely but now my collection is getting a bit crazy so I'm trying to rein it in.

12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
I have Boots Rewards card and a Superdrug BeautyCard. Make-Up Revolution do amazing coupon codes as well so they're well worth looking out for.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Eyeshadows - I have a ridiculous amount of eyeshadows!

14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can't stand?
I can't think of one that I "can't stand"  - it's usually individual products that I don't like - not the brands as a whole.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?
It’s always a plus when something doesn’t have these ingredients, but I don’t avoid them as long as I like the product.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?
Superdrug!

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?I'm so bad at skincare I don't even have a routine

18. Favorite bath and body brand?
Victoria's Secret 

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
MAC!

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
Benefit - hands down!

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Kylie Jenner.

22Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
Yes I'm a member of Blended !

23. 5 Favorite Beauty Gurus

24. Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
No - I don't trust things with more than one purpose!

25. Are you clumsy in putting makeup?
Not usually, it's mainly my eyeliner that lets me down.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Yes! I recently tried the Urban Decay Primer Potion and I don't understand how I ever used anything else.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
Shampoo and conditioner....and then my Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hair Mousse to keep my curls in place.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Foundation always.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Yes, I would love to but they're pretty pricey -  I will do a course eventually but right now I'm sticking with YouTube.

30. What do you love about makeup?
Everything - I love being able to be creative and if I want to, make myself look like a totally different person. I love learning new techniques, trying new products and finding out what works for me.

Friday, 26 February 2016

US Product Haul




Before we all get too excited, I haven’t been to the States (yet!). I used a company called GoSend to import all of these products to the UK for a cheaper price. A full post about GoSend and how to use it will be up in a few days time!

I absolutely love getting my hands on products that are hard to come by. I mainly got beauty products in this haul but I’ve included my non-beauty items at the bottom of this post.

The first place I shopped at was Ulta, and from there I bought 2 items from NYX. I know you can buy NYX in the UK now through the Boots website but it’s still cheaper in America.  And at the time, ULTA had a buy-one-get-one –half-price offer on all NYX products so it worked out even cheaper.



I got the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro palette which I’ve been lusting over for a long time for $24.99 (£16.77). I’ve seen so many YouTubers and bloggers raving about this, and it works out much cheaper than the coveted Anastasia contour palette.  You get a huge amount of product for the price you pay, so I can see this palette lasting a very long time. Even if you do run out of your favourite shade, the pans in this palette can be popped in and out, so  they're all replaceable. So far I’m loving this, the pale shade in the top left is a great highlight and the banana colour is perfect for setting my concealer under my eyes.  At the moment I’m using the bottom left for contouring my own face, but the three other ones I’m going to use for doing other people’s make-up so I’ll have a use for them all.



I also got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade “Milk”. I’ve seen lots of people use this as a base for eyeshadow and it really does make colours "pop" and appear more pigmented. These retail at $5.99 (around £4.19) but as I said, I got it as part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal so I got it for $3.00.

The next place I shopped at was Beauty Joint. They sell products by lots of well-known drugstore and not-quite-high –end brands.


The first thing I got from Beauty Joint is the LA Girl Concealer in Porcelain. One of my favourite YouTubers, DramaticMAC uses this concealer and loves it so I wanted to give it a go myself.  I got it for $2.99. If anyone knows where I can get this in the UK, please let me know. I’m an official convert. As I've said before, I love really light under-eyes and this is as light as it gets!



I also got this 12-piece Morphe Brushes Travel Kit for $24.99. I am always on the go and spend most of my weekends gallivanting elsewhere so the fact that these brushes come in a case is so handy. I’m really impressed with the quality of these brushes and would definitely consider buying more from Morphe. 


The next thing I got was on the recommendation of another YouTuber I love, SophDoesNails.  She listed the NYC Loose Translucent Powder as one of her holy grail products in one of her recent videos and I'm really looking forward to trying this out.



My final beauty stop is COLORPOP! I couldn't do a US haul without checking these folk out because they're all over YouTube and Instagram. I got a "Lippie Stick" in the shade "Tootsi" with the matching lip pencil. I also got one of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks in the shade "LAX". Their website recommended the "Creature" lip pencil to match it, and I think it's a pretty good combination. Finally I got this beautiful eyeshadow "Porter". 



As you can see from my swatches, all of these products are hyper-pigmented and they're SO cheap. I really hope they start shipping to the UK soon because I want the whole collection!



The lovely folk at Colorpop also sent me this adorable thank-you card and a little booklet showing you how best to use all of their best-selling products, which I think is a really great idea, especially for beginners.



At Victoria’s Secret I got this beautiful stripy jumper. I ordered this in their Semi-Annual Sale and thanks to GoSend, I also had a further 20% off coupon to use, so I managed to get this reduced from RRP and even further with my coupon. It looks massive in the photo, and that's because it's the baggiest slumpiest jumper I own and I'm totally in love with it.


Finally I got a three-wick candle from Bath and Body Works. I’ve heard so much about that shop that I just HAD to get something. My favourite Yankee Candles are Pink Dragonfruit and Mango-Peach Salsa, so when I saw this Mango and Dragonfruit candle, I couldn’t not buy it. As soon as I took it out of the box, before I even lit it, my whole room smelled like this candle. It's amazing.

Let me know what your favourite international products are by tweeting @MsMegan91 or leaving a comment below!

Monday, 22 February 2016

My February Favourites

As we draw to the end of February (where the heck did that go?!)  I decided to share the things I’ve been loving this month, beauty and otherwise!

Beauty - Beauty Blender




I picked one of these up in Space NK to see what all the fuss is about. I was skeptical, how can a little sponge be so expensive and so hyped.  I had previously bought the Real Techniques sponge because it was way cheaper, but this is one product where you’re better to invest and buy the original. By applying your foundation using a “bouncing” motion on a damp Beauty Blender, it leaves your skin looking airbrushed. For me, foundation brushes are now a thing of the past. And it comes with a special soap to keep it clean.

Perfume - Michael Kors "Glam Jasmine"



My favourite one this month is Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors. I got it for Christmas from my friend and I’ve been keeping it as my “evenings and weekends” scent because I don’t think I’ll be able to afford to replace it when it’s done!


Jewellery



I got this Harry Potter necklace from the KawaiiCandyCouture stand at St Georges Market in Belfast for £7.00, but you can order from their Etsy Store here.


This is partly my favourite because it’s Harry Potter and partly because I’ve had some awesome conversations with total strangers, starting with them commenting on my necklace.

TV Show – Private Practice




As a hardcore Greys Anatomy fan, it’s not surprising that I love the spin-off. The series follows Addison after she leaves Seattle for LA and her journey in her new practice. I’m currently binge-watching Season 3 out of 6 and  I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life once it’s over. While it’s nice to see Grey’s characters and actors dropping in from time to time, it’s definitely not essential to have watch Greys Anatomy first. Some of the storylines in Private Practice are even more shocking than the ones in Greys, I would definitely recommend it.  



Song – Exes and Ohs by Elle King



I haven ‘t much to say about this song other than it’s been stuck in my head all month!


Coffee Shop – Sinnamon




I’ve been going here for a while now because it’s so near my house. The food is amazing and the staff in there are really pleasant. I would highly recommend the Pizza Panini, it’s life-changing!



Candle - Our Own Candle Company "Hot Chocolate"



I got this for Christmas from my parents. It's probably one of the nicest candles I've ever had, and the smell lasts for hours. I know you can get these in Creative Gardens in a range of scents but this is my favourite one.


Let me know what your February favourites are by sending me a tweet @MsMegan91 or leaving a comment below!