Saturday, 26 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas...

I hope you've all had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones and that Santa was good to each and every one of you.

I know every single beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogger will be doing this post in the coming days, but this time it's okay not to be original! 


My "main present" was some money towards my lovely new 40 inch TV! No photos at the moment because the TV is in my flat in Belfast and I'm typing this from my parents house in Bangor! It is beautiful though, take my word for it!




In terms of "beauty" items, I got two perfume gift sets which were Michael Kors "Glam Jasmine" and Firetrap, both gorgeous. I got two Avon gel nail varnishes in red and pink, a black eyeliner, Urban Decay "Perversion" mascara, a leather make-up bag and the Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette (see previous post for a full review!)




My "miscellaneous" presents were a heat compress (I heart back pain, not), a hot chocolate scented candle, an adult colouring book and pencils, Minions on DVD, hand cream, a fluffy keyring, Shonda Rhimes' book "Year of Yes" and a set of Betsy Johnson socks. 



I also got this Minnie Mouse lego set. It took FOREVER to build because the pieces were tiny and the design was so intricate. I swear I am never taking it apart!


As usual, I got loads of sweets and chocolate. Especially excited about the huge jar of jelly beans (36 flavours man, it's like Harry Potter!)



I also got this cute sign for my flat and a scented lamp (I'm not quite sure how it works either but I'm excited to find out!)


Obviously this has just been a very brief overview so if anyone wants to know more about a specific item or product, leave a comment below or tweet me @MsMegan91 !



Thursday, 24 December 2015

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette - Review

I got some money for Christmas from my Grandad so naturally I headed straight for Debenhams. Urban Decay isn't my usual go-to brand but this absolute beauty caught my eye and I couldn't leave it in the shop.

As I don't own any of the other Vice palettes, I can't compare them so this is going to be a stand-alone review. If you've used any of them, let me know what you think by commenting below.




Oh my goodness where do I start?! As you can see, even the cardboard box it comes in is gorgeous.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to look like a web or shattered glass, either way it is truly beautiful. The case is made of plastic with a double-layer to give a 3-d effect to the iridescent web/glass. It's slim without being flimsy

It also comes with this travel bag which is an absolute Godsend as I spend a lot of time out and about and dragging my make-up everywhere with me. I would be devastated if any of my eyeshadows shattered. (RIP Naked 3)







Top Row - Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat Down and Pandemonium

2nd Row - Framed, Fast-Ball, 1985, Underhand and Harlot
3rd Row - Discreet, Grasshopper, C-Note, Artic and Robbery
Bottom Row - Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, Delete


There are 20 eyeshadows in total, 15 shimmers and 5 mattes/neutrals. The names of the shadows are clearly displayed underneath. All of the eyeshadows are exclusive to the Vice 4 palette, so you won't be able to buy them separately or find them in any other Urban Decay palettes.

The mirror is huge, so again, ideal for travel.

The palette comes with a purple double ended brush, one eyeshadow brush and one for blending. As with all Urban Decay brushes, the quality is excellent.

The palette cost £43.00, which is quite pricey compared to the make-up that I usually buy but as it's Christmas I decided to treat myself. I have a few products from Urban Decay and I've always found that quality DOES reflect the price you pay. And if you need further convincing, there's 20 shadows in the palette, which works out at 50p per shadow - not so bad now, right?

My favourite shadows in the palette are Bitter (matte, crease colour), Harlot (sparkly purple) and Flame (sparkly orange) . They are highly pigmented and easy to blend. Some of the shades do produce a bit of fallout but if you apply your eye make-up before your foundation etc, this can be sorted out. 

I would describe it as a "going out" or "holiday" palette, perhaps not so much for day-to-day use.  Also, this palette probably isn't for you if you're not into shimmers or bright colours, but if they're your thing, this palette is the perfect investment. Like all the Vice palettes, it's limited edition so grab it while you can!




Monday, 7 December 2015

Winter Mini-Haul ft Pia Rossini

It's December, Winter is officially here. It's freezing, it's raining most of the time and of course, I have the world's worst cold. But what better way to make myself feel better than to buy some lovely new winter accessories to make sure that I beat the elements and stay warm(ish!). 

This week I was lucky enough to visit Pia Rossini HQ and I got some lovely new bits and pieces for Winter! 


The first thing I got was this beautiful beige pom pom hat. It's really cosy and I've found that beige really compliments my red hair AND it matches with nearly all of my clothes as well.

Pom pom hats seem to be really "in" at the moment (and for guys too!) 

I actually ended up buying another one in a different colour as a Christmas present for a friend, but I can't say too much about that yet in case she's reading this


The next thing I got was these lovely deep purple gloves. I really love the little leather bow details with the fur around the wrists. 


I know you can't see from the picture but the gloves are fur-lined which means they're really toasty and soft. 

Everything I bought from Pia Rossini is really high quality and I've been very impressed.


I also got this long knitted scarf. It's ideal for those days where it's so cold that you don't want to go out....but you will purely because you have a nice scarf.

It's going to match with pretty much anything I wear so I can see it becoming a staple.

Also my mum pointed out that it's actually called a "Megan scarf"  so clearly it was meant to be and fate brought us together.




Finally I bought this multi-coloured wrap-around scarf. I picked this up partly because I loved the colours and partly because I can wear this in the office as an "indoor" scarf as well as an outdoor one. My office tends to end up like an igloo in the winter so having this to keep me toasty is a God-send.

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

Also - keeping checking back over the next few days - I'll be posting some of my favourite Winter lip colours, Winter playlists and loads more in the run-up to Christmas!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Benefit Cosmetics Appreciation Post

I had a really good shopping experience last weekend at the Benefit Cosmetics counter in Menarys, Bangor. I hadn't had a lot of experience with Benefit products beyond the "They're Real" mascara which I had tried when it was first released.

My friend bought me the "Real Cheeky Party" palette/make-up kit (which I'll talk about later) and I was super impressed with it so I thought I'd try something else from their range.

I went into the store looking for a new foundation. The girls at the counter were so lovely and offered to do my foundation in full so they could match up my skin to a shade. I've got to say, they did my makeup beautifully and while they were applying it they were talking to me in detail about each of the products they were using and I was really impressed with how much they knew about each one. 



We had been talking a bit about eyebrows and the sales assistant offered to show me one of their eyebrow kits. Not only did she do my brows amazingly well, she took the time to show me her technique so I could re-create the look at home.


 


I ended up buying the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in the shade " I'm Pure 4 Sure Ivory"
and Brow Zings in the shade "Light."  For someone who isn't really into brows, I LOVE Brow Zings. Initially I was put off by the price (£24.50) but after first use, it becomes clear that it's worth the price tag. It comes with a shaping/tinting wax which you apply first and then a powder to fill in the gaps. Also included in the kit is a mini hard-angled brush for shaping, a mini blending brush to apply the powder and some adorable little tweezers to get rid of any stray hairs. 

The girls at the counter were in no way "pushy" and I didn't feel obliged to buy the products, which I have found to happen at other counters. Basically, I had a great experience at Benefit in Bangor and I would recommend them to anyone.


Mini Review - "A Real Cheeky Party"




This a limited edition kit for the Holiday Season 2015. The set contains 4 of their best selling blushes: Dandelion, Rockateur, Sugarbomb and Coralista together with their uber-famous Hoola bronzer and Watts Up cream highlighter. I've found the bronzer really great for contouring and the variety of different blush tones means that there's one for every look. 

As per all Benefit products, the packaging is gorgeous and extremely sturdy (strong tin with magnetic closure) so I wouldn't be worried about taking this one on the go. As I said earlier, this was bought for me as gift but the retail value is £29.50. All of the blushes and the bronzer are full-sized so this kit is well worth the money as to buy a blush or the Hoola bronzer individually, it's £23.50!

As a bonus, this kit comes with a sample-sized They're Real Mascara and their famous Push-Up Liner, both of which I would be tempted to buy after using them in this kit.

As you know, I'm normally a MAC girl but I think after recent purchases, I'm really glad I was able to branch out and try a different higher end brand!

Halloween MakeUp - Dead Doll

I have a much longer post for you all going live later this week but I thought I'd share my Halloween make-up in the meantime! 


Face 


MakeUp Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in "I'm Pure 4 Sure Ivory"
Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit
MAC Blush in Dollymix

 

Brows, Stitches and Tears


MakeUp Revolution Awesome Double Flick Liquid eyeliner

Lips 


Avon Eye Brightener Stick
MUA Liquid Lipstick in Kooky

 

Eyes


MAC Paintpot in "Painterly"
MakeUp Revolution "Give Them Nightmares" palette - Friday 13th (Crease) and I Am Watching You (Lids)
Seventeen HD Falsifeye Mascara
Girls Aloud 10 Year Anniversary eyelashes for Eyelure


Let me see your Halloween MakeUp looks and/or costumes by tweeting me @MsMegan91 !



Monday, 19 October 2015

When you don't look gay enough to go to a gay club...

This isn't the usual type of content I post on here, and I was in two minds whether or not to publish this post. However, it's something that has really affected and annoyed me so I think if something evokes that kind of feeling, it should be talked about.

I'm talking about an incident that I was involved in last weekend at the Kremlin Nightclub in Belfast. I'll set the scene...

I was out with a group of 6 friends to celebrate my 24th birthday. We had been planning to head to the Kremlin as it was one of my favourite clubs in Belfast and I've had lots of really good nights there. After a round of drinks in Union Street,we approached the club and showed the door staff our entry stamps which we had been given from members of their Promo Team further up the road.

The door staff advised that we couldn't come in because it's "Regulars Only". If it was a Regulars Only night, why were the promo team out trying to bring people in and giving out stamps? There had to be more to it than "Regulars Only."

I asked the doorman outright if this had anything to do with the way I looked. He wasn't even able to look me in the face, never mind answer my question.

The Kremlin advertises itself as a "Safe Space" for the LGBTQ community and a place which represents equality, tolerance and acceptance.Why then, do they feel that they have the right to decide if someone is "gay enough" to attend based on how they dress, speak or behave?

For someone who identifies as LGBTQ, this can be extremely damaging and isolating. It is difficult enough to understand and accept your own sexuality without facing further discrimination from within the LGBTQ community itself because you don't conform to stereotypes. Your identity is YOUR identity. No-one has the right to undermine that because you don't look the way society assumes that you should.

I know that door policies in gay venues are a contentious issue but there is a word for door policies that exclude people from a venue for no other reason than for who they are or are perceived to be, and that word is discrimination. Something that the LGBTQ community, especially here in Northern Ireland, have been trying to fight against for years and years.

As I've spoken with other people about this incident, I've been stunned by the number of people who said straight away "That happened to me too" and "I've seen that happen before." This clearly hasn't been an isolated incident and it needs to stop. I've also had a look at some of the reviews on the Kremlin Facebook page, which listed a number of incidents similar to mine and also people who had gone to the club after seeing their events advertised around the city, only to be told they're "Regulars Only" at the door. Again, why advertise these events if they're not open to the public?

I think that it's a real shame that the "premier gay venue" in Ireland have started to partake in the discrimination that they claim to be fighting against and I, for one, will not be back.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Cohorted Beauty Box - October 2015



This month I got my first ever beauty box by Cohorted. I've been trying to get my hands on one of these for months but the box has been sold out by the time I’ve got my pre-order in. This one isn't a subscription service, you literally have to fight for your box each month! Cohorted has become extremely popular over the last year due to the price of the box and the fact that you get 5 full sized, high end products in each one. Beauty boxes are a great way to add some higher end products to your collection without breaking the bank.




My box cost £19.99 and holds a retail value of £65.99 so you're only paying about 1/3 of the price of buying each product individually. The packaging is beautiful. The box is tied by a ribbon and full of black paper shreddings which the products are ever so slightly buried under. I'm a sucker for packaging so this ticked all the boxes for me.


I really like this card that comes with it, it explains everything that's in the box and outlines the retail value of each products. I was really impressed that a few of the products on their own nearly cost the same as the box itself!

Bare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser

 


I had never used Bare Minerals products before so I was very excited to try this one out. And I was not disappointed! This cleanser is so gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling soft and hydrated. It's really good for taking off excess make-up too. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with dry or sensitive skin as my skin always acts out with new skincare products but with this one, so far so good!


Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Hypnotist 



At first glance, this lipgloss looks super-scary. It leaves a peachy tint to your lips and because it's holographic, it shifts to slightly gold in the right light. It's quite long-lasting too. I don't usually wear lipgloss on its own, so I paired it with MAC's Candy Yum Yum lipstick (matte hot pink shade) and it looked amazing. It has a tingly feel which ever so slightly plumps your lips and it has a minty taste. 


Ciate Nail Varnish in Serendipity



I love this because it's so Christmassy. It takes about 3 coats to get full nail coverage but once it's on, it's on. It can equally be used as a top coat, especially against black varnish to give a look a bit of sparkle!



Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin



I was dubious about this one, because it looks like it has the same texture as my least favourite skincare product, Nivea Creme. However, once this is on your skin, it sinks in like a dream and leaves your skin feeling really soft. I thought it was a bit risky putting a product for dry skin in a beauty box, as obviously that doesn't cater for everyone, I just struck lucky because I do tend to have dry skin!



Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Mascara


I was really pleased to receive this product because mascara is something that you're always going to need. I know you shouldn't open mascara before you intend to use it in case it dries out, but curiosity got the better of me this time as this is a brand that I had never heard of, let alone used before. I found this mascara lengthens and separates my lashes really well, no clumping here! It lasts all day and has a brush similar to my trusty Seventeen Falsifeye mascara. It's long-wearing, smudge-proof AND it gives a lovely curl to your lashes.



Overall, I think I will get use of all the products in my box. Personally, I would've liked 5 items from 5 different brands (as you can see, 3 of the products were from Bare Minerals) and perhaps just one skincare item. But for that price, I can't be too picky.

Unfortunately, this was the last non-subscription box from Cohorted. They have now launched a number of new subscription boxes including specific hair and skin care boxes. These are going to cost £35.99 which is pretty pricey but it would appear that they're going to increase the retail value of each box to semi-compensate. I'm going to wait and see what products are in the first few boxes before I commit to such a large monthly spend. 

If you have any beauty box recommendations, please leave a comment below or tweet me @MsMegan91 . Also let me know what you think of the Cohorted October box if you got it and if you're going to be joining their subscription service.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My September Favourites and a BIG announcement!

I have neglected this blog so much lately but I have a decent excuse this time! Follow through to the end of this post to find out what's been going on! But before that, September is nearly over (no idea where it went!) so I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite beauty products for this month!


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water




First up is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. All of the big skincare brands seem to be bringing out their own Micellar Water products at the moment. I've been using this as my main make-up remover for a good few weeks now and as you can see, I've used up hardly any of it, so a little bit goes a long way! Unlike some make-up wipes and make-up removers, the Micellar Water leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. And it's perfume free, so those of you with sensitive skin should be able to use it without irritation! Talking percentages, I'd say it removes about 95% of my makeup, I only have to go in quickly with an eye-makeup remover to take off the last of my mascara so this is definitely something that I would recommend and will be repurchasing !


MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer



Next I have my MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in the shade NW15. I love this concealer because when I'm doing my make-up for nights out and weekends, I LOVE to have a really light under-eye - practically white- and this is perfect. I also use concealer as a highlight on my forehead, nose and chin. I find it really hard to find a concealer that doesn't go cakey around my eyes and make my skin look dry but I think I've found my holy grail product in this. I would be quite prone to getting dark circles under my eyes and they're barely visible after a dab of this!


Stormflower Noir



The next product I'm going to talk about is my new perfume Stormflower Noir by Cheryl. Stormflower is the third fragrance in her collection. I've mentioned the original Stormflower in one of my previous blog posts. This one more musky than sweet and has a distinctly grapefruit-y scent. Apparently there's actually no grapefruit in it, but that's what it smells like to me! I think this one is more "me" than the original and I think if I'm going to re-purchase any of the Stormflower range, it'll be this one.


Make-Up Revolution Awesome Double Flick Thick and Thin Eyeliner



Next is my Make-Up Revolution Awesome Double Flick Thick and Thin Eyeliner. It's a double ended pen which allows you to create thick or thin lines. I've said before on this blog that I am TERRIBLE at applying eyeliner but even I can do a decent attempt at a cat eye with this product! It's long lasting but it comes off pretty easily with a decent make-up remover (unlike the Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Liner I had been using previously - nightmare!) It's another total bargain from Make-Up Revolution coming in at a cheap as chips £3.50.



Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit



The penultimate product in my list for this month is the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. It consists of two powders designed to create the perfect contour. Confession time, I only use the dark powder as I prefer to use concealer to highlight my face but the dark colour is enough to carry it into my favourites. The light one doesn't have any "highlighting" qualities, it's basically a setting powder. Nonetheless, it's a really good for those who are just starting out with contouring!


MAC Blusher - Dollymix



Last but not least I have my MAC blusher in the shade Dollymix. This is the first MAC blusher I ever bought but it's the one I keep going back to. It's a lot less scary than it looks - whilst its pigmented it's not as intense as it is at first glace. It gives a lovely pink flush to your cheeks (obviously when applied with a light hand) and even a bit of a glow. You get 6 grams of product and I swear it will last forever. I've had mine for months and with almost daily use I'm not even close to hitting pan.



ANDDDD MY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT IS....


And now the bit everyone has been waiting for... (and probably the reason a lot of you have clicked on this post - let's be honest!) I'M STARTING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL! I've been watching beauty vloggers for years and I've finally decided to try it myself. I've spent the last couple of weeks and all my spare time learning about my camera, how to shoot and edit videos in a semi-professional way. At the moment I can't give a date as to when my channel is going to go live because I quite simply don't know. I'm really excited to get started properly but at the same time I don't want to put out half-arsed videos for the sake of it. But please know that I am working on it, I've done a few test videos and I'm currently trying to iron out any film/sound issues I'm coming up against.

Until then, I'll still  be posting on here as much as I can so bear with me and I'll try and make it worth the wait!  As always, let me know your favourite products for this month by leaving a comment below or tweeting me at @MsMegan91 !

xo

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Newcastle Fashion/Beauty Haul

Hello! I've just come back from a week in Newcastle - I had such a brilliant time and I think I've come back loving the city and Geordies even more than I did before! While I was there I seized the opportunity to do some shopping at the biggest mall in Europe (the Metrocentre is ridiculously huge!) so I thought I'd post my haul anyway!

These first three items were all from the Supply and Demand range at JD Sports. I have always loved the streetwear from JD Sports and this brand is amazing.




These leggings cost £18.00 which is more than what I would normally pay for leggings but the quality is excellent and they're really slimming. I'm one of those people with a very small waist and larger hips so it's hard to find leggings which don't draw huge attention to that. I especially love the elasticated waistband on these.





This t-shirt also cost £18.00. I was attracted to the bright colours and I really like the "basketball jersey" material.




The final thing I got from Supply and Demand was this hoody which cost £25.00. I bought this in quite a small size as I feel that it looks better when it's tight fitting as opposed to baggy. The sleeves have a lovely floral print, not unlike the ones on my leggings and I can't wait to wear them both together.

The next shop I bought things in was Primark (I know, travelling all the way to Newcastle and end up shopping at Primark) In my defence, the store was MASSIVE and it had a lot of things that I didn't see in the Belfast store.




I bought this necklace (£5.00) and matching bracelet (£2.00) because I love to wear statement jewellery with "basics" such as plain t-shirts to give them a bit more character. I imagine the colours will fade as I wear them but at that price - it's completely fine.




These pyjamas were £8.00 and I just couldn't leave them behind. I love My Little Pony (especially G1 and G4) these are so comfortable and perfect for the warmer weather.




I got these black pumps for £6.00 because I had brought heels to wear on nights out while I was away - but no-one told me that Newcastle was built on a hill with lots of cobbled streets! I'm pretty bad at walking in heels at the best of times - so emergency pumps were a necessity! I feel like I've already got my £6.00 worth of wear out of them. They're quite good quality considering the price and I'm going to keep wearing them until they give up as they go with everything!




Finally I got this grey t-shirt with a Mickey Mouse floral logo for £6.00. I'm a big fan of Disney and couldn't leave the shop without buying this!




In H&M I got this floral street-style t-shirt. I've always worn it on a night out with a black leather skirt but it can be dressed down with a simple pair of jeans as well. This was £7.99.



Believe it or not, the only make-up product I bought when I was away was the Maybelline 24 hour Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Pink Gold. I had been eyeing this one up for a while and for £4.99 - who could resist? I have had a play with this and they aren't lying when they say that it's long-wearing. I found to get the full effect of the colour - you do need to pack it on a bit but once it's on - it looks great.

I hope you've all had a great few weeks - I have a couple of new posts lined up to go live in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that!

x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Review - I Heart Chocolate Palette by MakeUp Revolution


The Chocolate Bar palette by TooFaced has been on my wishlist for the longest time but the price tag was putting me off. So naturally when MakeUp Revolution's sister brand "I Heart MakeUp" released this dupe which has been getting rave reviews on a number of beauty blogs - I simply had to try it out. I must say - having played with this palette, this is the most excited I've ever been about a product!

Packaging


This palette is shaped like a giant melting chocolate bar. I hugely appreciate the effort that has gone into this packaging as it really stands out from the classic MakeUp Revolution palettes . It's sturdy and shuts tightly so there's little chance of damage if you're carrying it around in your bag.




Layout

The palette has 16 eyeshadows - all almost identical to their TooFaced counterparts. The only difference from first glance is the placing of the first two shadows which have been reversed. There is a decent mix of mattes and shimmers - perfect for creating both neutral and smoky looks. I have been YouTubing make-up tutorials for the Chocolate Bar palette and using the shades from I Heart Chocolate to create them. The results are identical.

As per most Make-Up Revolution/ I Heart Make-Up palettes - it comes with a huge mirror which comes in really handy when you're on the go.



Swatches


Top Row - You Need Love, Piece Me Together, One More Piece, Love Torn and Stolen Chocolate


Middle Row - Thank Friday , More!, Pleasure Girl, Meet Chocolate, Unforgivable, Love Divine.



Bottom Row - Smooth Criminal, Chocolate Love, You Need More, What A Way To Go, and Endorphins Ready!

As you can see - all of the shadows (except maybe Meet Chocolate) are highly pigmented and fall-out is minimal. I honestly squealed a little bit as I was swatching these - the quality is just unbelievable.


I have swatched the colours on top of BeautyUK Eye Prime FX. When using the eyeshadow on my eyes I normally use MAC's Pro-Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer but it was so expensive and I don't want to waste it on swatches!

Applicators

The I Heart Chocolate palette comes with a double sided sponge applicator - we all know I hate those but the Chocolate Bar palette doesn't come with any brushes or applicators so for once the horrible little sponges win!


Names

Like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - all of the eyeshadows have their own name on a plastic sheet. Obviously this isn't a necessity but it makes talking about each shadow a lot easier. 


Price

No doubt one of the biggest appealing factors for this palette is the price tag. It costs a mere £7.99 and for 16 eyeshadows that works out at just 49p each! The TooFaced palette comes in at £39.00 - can you see why I opted for the I Heart MakeUp one?! 


Availability 

The I Heart Chocolate palette is available from the MakeUp Revolution website (www.makeuprevolutionstore.com) and from some Superdrug outlets. My local Superdrug doesn't stock it yet - but the website is extremely reliable and I usually receive the products within a few days of my order. 


Scent

One of the biggest selling points of TooFaced's Chocolate Bar palette is that it actually smells like chocolate. Unfortunately - the I Heart Chocolate one isn't scented but I think I'll cope.


Overall Opinion

Overall - I absolutely love this palette and I would recommend it to anyone who has been put off by the price tag of the Chocolate Bar palette.

The only real difference between the two palettes is the scent. The quality of the eyeshadows is just as good and you can create the same looks for a fraction of the price.

If this palette is not for you - check out the "Death By Chocolate" and the "Naked Chocolate" palettes. Death by Chocolate is a dupe for the "Semi-Sweet" palette from TooFaced and as far as I'm aware, Naked Chocolate is just one of their own original creations. 


Monday, 3 August 2015

My Summer Playlist 2015

As we're now around halfway through the summer (although you wouldn't think it by looking outside!) I thought I'd share my Summer playlist. This is a mixture of new tracks and classics but they're getting me through the day! Let me know if there's a song that you think should be on there by commenting below or tweeting me @MsMegan91 !



1. Do It Again - Pia Mia ft Chris Brown and Tyga. I've been loving Pia Mia's music for a long while now but this is easily the best song she's released.



2. Black Magic - Little Mix. I don't even care how cheesy Little Mix are. You can't not like this.



3. Classic - MKTO. This one is a few years old now but I love listening to this in the car.


4. Timber - Pitbull ft Ke$ha. Same with this one, a few years old but it's one of my "straight to the dancefloor" songs.



5. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynn. Perhaps slightly overplayed at this stage but I still love it.



6. Right Place, Right Time - Olly Murs.  I have been totally in love with Olly's music recently, this is my favourite.



7. Threads - Sarah Harding - No introduction needed, my girl delivered.



8.  What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction. CLASSIC.



9. Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon. My favourite song in the charts at the moment. This reminds me of something I would've liked at Uni, just a few years too late.



10. Comeback - Ella Eyre - It's really hard to just pick one Ella Eyre song but the lyrics to this one are just oh-so-relatable at the moment.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

My Beauty Wishlist

This collage was made by me using the "Polyvore" app. You can see my other collages and moodboards by following me on Polyvore "MsMegan91"


1. Make-Up Forever HD Foundation - I've always wanted to try this foundation but never found anywhere near me that sells it. I've only ever heard good things so hopefully it will be available near me soon.

2. NARS blush in "Orgasm" - I've seen so many beauty tutorials using this product and one of my style icons, Sarah Harding, said in a recent interview that this is the one she uses so I really want to try it.

3. Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette - I love Too Faced products and I've wanted this palette for ages. I've never seen or used a colour like Blue Raspberry before so I'm super excited to try it. There are so many tutorials online using this product that I want to copy but unfortunately my local Too Faced stockist have never got this palette in stock. If you're in Northern Ireland, let me know if you've seen it anywhere!

4. MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in "Smoky Mauve"  - I have the shade "Amorous Alloy" already and I'm obsessed with how pigmented it is. Everytime I've been in the MAC store lately this one has been sold out but I'm determined to get my hands on it someday. Purple eyeshadows go really well with green eyes so I'm hoping this will suit me.

5. Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara - This is another Too Faced product that I have seen people rave about. I'm quite picky when it comes to mascara but I've been drawn in by the big brush and rave reviews so I want to see if it lives up to the hype.

6. Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in "Queen Supreme"  - These are so hard to get hold of in the UK but I'm keeping an eye out because the matte finish they create is so perfect. The colours are so unusual and I'm a sucker for standing out. 

7. Urban Decay's "Naked Smoky" palette - This palette hasn't been released in the UK yet but I'm curious to try it. It's hard to avoid the hype surrounding these palettes although I'm not normally a massive fan of the Urban Decay eyeshadows . I mean, they're alright but there are other brands I prefer. However, the colours in the palette look like they'd be great for a night out so I'm willing to give them a go.

8. Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Perfume - I first tried this when I was out shopping with my friend in Debenhams. It is THE most gorgeous floral scent and I've been obsessed ever since. The only downside is the price tag at £79.99. If anyone knows a good dupe for this - please let me know!

9. Too Faced "Melted" in "Coral" - I normally wear the MakeUp Revolution dupes for these having heard that they were identical but I would love to try the real deal - if only out of curiosity. I've chosen this particular shade because Coral is one of those colours which only a few brands use and I'm not one to shy away from something unique. 

10. Victoria's Secret "Pure Love" - I absolutely love Victoria's Secret scents and I'm really attracted to this packaging. This is a scent that I've only heard amazing things about and it sounds right up my street. Again, it's hard to get Victoria's Secret products here in Northern Ireland as we don't have any stores and all of their products have to be imported from America and I'm not about that postage bill. 



Don't forget to tag me in your wish-lists - I love to see what you guys are lusting after!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

7 Scentsational Scents !

I am crazy about things that smell nice - whether that's a perfume, body spray or just a nice smelling moisturiser! I'm also a firm believer that when it comes to fragrances, cost doesn't always reflect quality. You'll see from my recommendations that I prefer fruity-floral scents but there's a few others thrown in there as well.  Here's 7 of my favourites!

1. Juicy Couture Royal Body Creme moisturiser


This is my go-to moisturiser and I use it every single day after showering. I usually put it on at night and by morning and into the next day, I can still smell it on my skin. It's very long-lasting but not overpowering. It's listed as a mixture of "watermelon, passionfruit, vanilla creme brulee, wood and patchouli" and I am OBSESSED with it. I got mine for £4.99 in TK Maxx which was a total steal and I really hope I can find it again before this one runs out. The packaging is pretty sleek and reminds me of Jack Wills.

2. Paris Hilton Signature body spray


All of my friends used to wear this perfume at high school and all of a sudden we couldn't get our hands on it anywhere and we thought it had been discontinued. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw that it had been made into this HUGE body spray for Superdrug. It cost £10.00 which is well worth it considering you get 236ml of product. The scent itself is fruity-floral and it's a throwback to my youth! Please let me know if you ever see it in perfume form - it's the same bottle but smaller.



3. Stormflower by Cheryl



Before anyone says anything - I am not being biased as a Girls Aloud fan. This perfume is genuinely TO DIE FOR and my favourite celebrity scent. It even won an award through The Perfume Shop so I'm not the only one who loves it. The scent is another floral fruity one but I've never smelled another perfume like it. According to her website it's "Luscious mandarin and nectarine" mixed with Freesia and peach blossom, vanilla, white musk and sandalwood." Granted this means very little to me but the variety of ingredients used in this perfume shows how unique the scent really is. As you can see, I've nearly used up the whole bottle but I've already re-purchased so I never run out. The packaging is beautiful and really unique. She has brought an Eau De Toilette version as well but I find that they don't stay on as long so I've resisted temptation to buy it so far!


4. Blissful Mistful by Zoella



I had been wanting to get my hands on this one for such a long time. It costs £8.00 and is exclusive to Superdrug. This one smells really fresh and it lasts around 2 hours - which is roughly what I would expect for a body mist. . The only thing I will say is that I think I'll run out of this pretty quickly as regular re-sprays are needed. I would absolutely love it if Zoella brought out a perfume version of this spray so that it would last longer but I can't wait to try the new sprays from her Tutti Frutti collection.



5. Little Pink Dress 



This is another absolute bargain from Avon at £13.00 - it was a total impulse buy as I REALLY don't need more perfume but it was worth it.  You can also try Little Black Dress which is a bit more "sophisticated" but this one is my favourite. It's long lasting, extremely girly and comes in a small enough bottle that you can carry it around easily in case you need to top up. The main scents in this perfume are lemon and peony (again with the fruity-floral theme!) I'm not sure yet whether I'll re-purchase once it's done, the jury is still out but at the moment I like it.


6. Equivalenza "Dreaming Hawaii" hand cream




My friend from work gave me this - my first ever Equivalenza product. This leaves my hands feeling really super soft and the scent is beautiful, very exotic. It is made with shea butter, Asiatic Centella and Sweet Almond oil. I will definitely be re-purchasing and I'll probably try some of the other four scents in this collection as well.


7. Passionfruit and Peony body spray




This is another lovely Avon scent  from their "Avon Naturals" collection - I got it at the introductory price of 99p but I think at full price it's about £3.00-£3.50 which is still a bargain. It's very fruity and extremely long-lasting for a body spray. The 100ml is just the right size to carry around in my handbag and it's the perfect scent for summer.


So there we have it! What are your favourite scents? Leave me a comment below or send me a tweet @MsMegan91 !