Sunday, 31 May 2015

My May Favourites

This is a post I've been wanting to do for a while, not all of the products are new releases - just ones that I have been using a lot this month. As always if you have any suggestions for products I might like or if you have any more questions about products I've already reviewed - leave a comment below or tweet me @MsMegan91 .

1. FRAGRANCE : Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist in "Mango Temptation"




Mango is my all-time favourite scent so I fell in love with this right away. I picked this up in the Amsterdam Victoria's Secret for around €14.00 . The thing I love most about this spray is that you only really need a little bit to get a really strong scent - so this product lasts FOREVER. Which is great when you live in the UK and don't have Victoria's Secret on your doorstep. A top tip is to hang up your clothes while they're still damp and spray - the smell clings to the fabric so you will smell even more amazing for longer. I will definitely re-purchase when mine eventually runs out. 


2. BODY PRODUCT  - Soap and Glory "The Righteous Body Butter"




I got this as part of a "Soap and Glory" set that I got for Christmas. It makes your skin feel amazing and super soft. I use this in the evenings right after a shower and when I wake up, I can still smell it. I've seen a lot of people complain that the scent is too strong - but if you're like me and love florals, it's great. I go through a tub very quickly and it costs £10.50 to buy on its own which makes me a bit reluctant to repurchase frequently.



3. MOISTURISER - Possibility "Raspberry Pavlova" Hand Cream





I got this for 79p in Savers because I couldn't resist the smell. It lingers for quite a while so you don't have to keep constantly reapplying. I love that the packaging has the recipe for a real Raspberry Pavlova on the front. Granted it's not the best moisturiser in the world but given the price - it can't be expected. 

4. MAKEUP PRODUCT - MAC "Candy Yum Yum" Lipstick



Anyone who knows me will know I'm obsessed with MAC lipsticks so it has pained me to choose just one to feature but this is the one I wear most often. This lipstick is best teamed up with the specially made "Candy Yum Yum" lipliner - it's such a bright shade it would be near to impossible to find another one to go with it. As you can see it's very matte - which I love but I would recommend moisturising your lips before application as matter lipsticks can be quite drying. I put on my lipstick at about 7:45 every morning and when I get home from work it's still on and even for a few hours after that. Like with Ruby Woo, it has blue undertones which make your teeth look white where other pinks might make them look a bit discoloured. I would 100% recommend this shade to anyone who loves long-lasting bright lip colour! 

5.  CLOTHING WEBSITE - everything5pounds.com

Me and my mum are obsessed with this site at the moment - because it does exactly what it says on the tin, everything costs £5.00.  I love that for £25.00 you can get 5 items whereas on the high street you could be paying that much for one. The clothes are surprisingly good quality but we've learn to always order one size up as the sizes tend to be small. You can get anything from dresses, tops, trousers, shoes, bags, accessories - you name it, they've got it! Postage goes by weight so it works out more worthwhile to buy a few things and everything I have ordered has come within a few days. Updated daily so definitely worth checking out.


6. CLOTHING ITEM - Pink Top £5.99 at NV (Rushmere Store, Craigavon)





This top may not look like much but I bought it a couple of weeks ago and I've already got my wear out of it. It's a beautiful pastel pink which is perfect for summer. I've been wearing it with skirts and huge statement necklaces but I think it could look amazing with trousers and a blazer. I especially love the cloud-like trimming around all the edges. I actually ended up going back to the shop last weekend and bought the same top in mint.


7. ALBUM  - We Are by Lucy Spraggan



Photo from Lucy's Twitter (@LSpraggan)

I went to see Lucy live in the Limelight (Belfast) last week and ended up buying a copy of her new album after the show. She is still on tour so if she's going to be near you in the next few weeks, it's an unmissable gig. She's got such a gift for songwriting from the heartbreaking story told in "The Postman" to the very funny "IOU" (which apparently was about a very clingy girl she met on Tinder!)  It's a more mature sound than her previous album "Join the Club" but it's distinctively Lucy. 


8. TV SHOW - Faking It (MTV)


I managed to binge-watch the whole first season in one night - that's how good it is. Every episode is about 22 minutes long which is perfect for someone like me with a short attention span! It covers such a wide range of issues faced by young people that it almost reminds me of South of Nowhere (RIP - brilliant show, google it!)  The show centres around a high school in Texas. After many failed attempts to stand out, Karma and her best friend Amy Raudenfeld are invited to a house party by a friend who is under the impression that the girls are a lesbian couple. At the party they are subsequently outed as the school's first lesbian couple and accidently end up nominated for homecoming Queens. They decided to carry on "Faking It" as their new found social status is helping Karma to attracts the attention of her crush Liam Booker but Amy becomes aware of her growing romantic feelings for Karma. she might not be "faking it" after all.

Something I absolutely love about this show is that it touches upon the issue of being born intersex - which is not something I've ever seen in a TV show before. Kudos MTV - long may it be renewed.





So that was my favourites for the month of May! Share with me some of yours on Twitter  @MsMegan91 or leave me a comment below! 


Monday, 18 May 2015

Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" Music Video Review

Taylor Swift "broke the Internet" last night by relearning her much anticipated video for "Bad Blood", the 4th single release from the 1989 album.  The concept of the video involves Taylor suffering from a betrayal by a friend (played by Selena Gomez, although the song is allegedly about Katy Perry) and results in Swift  going into battle with an army of her famous pals.

It's essentially Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar and everyone in the known universe. Take a moment to watch the video for yourself if you haven't seen it already:



The Good Bits


Hype - The promotional campaign around this video has been brilliant - I have to say - I was checking Instagram every day to see the new poster going up and new cast members being announced. The posters looked like legit movie posters and everyone involved kept the excitement going right up until the video was released.

Cast - I don't think she could have piled more celebrities into this video if she tried. It says a lot for her character - that she was able to enlist so many of her friends for the video and it was a good move in terms of appealing to a wide audience. You can expect to see Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Jessica Alba, Serayah, Lena Dunham, Haylee Steinfield, Hayley Williams, Ellie Goulding, Mariska Hargitay, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delavigne, Zendaya, Lily Aldridge, Cindy Crawford, Selena Gomez and one of my favourites, Ellen Pompeo.

Production - The quality of this video is extremely high and very unlike anything Taylor has done before. There was evidently a lot of money spent and it's been well worth it judging by the reviews and reactions online. If you were to watch this as a stand-alone clip and not as a Taylor Swift music video, it could serve as a kickass movie trailer.

The Not So Good Bits


Length - This was the perfect opportunity for a Beyonce/Lady GaGa "Telephone" style feature but it only lasts 4 minutes. This has meant that most of characters in the video have a "blink and you'll miss it" appearance and it took me to watch it a good few times before I was able to spot everyone. There is a bit too much squeezed into a short space of time and this took away from the overall appeal of the video.

Track -  I absolutely love the original version of this track on the 1989 album and was disappointed that all of the verses have been edited out in favour of Kendrick Lamar rapping. He does a great job but it seems very un-Taylor-like for her own personal lyrics to be taken out of the final cut.

Overall

Great production and brilliant cast, but could do with more time and less Kendrick Lamar.

What did you all think? Leave a comment below or tweet @MsMegan91 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Product Review - Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection



I have been wanting to try a lip plumping product for a long time but I've been put off by people saying that it feels like your lips are being burnt off but when I saw Too Faced Color Bomb Lip Injection in TK Maxx for a mere £5.99, I couldn't leave it behind.

The only shade they had was Eastwood Red but there seems to be a few more pink and nude shades in the collection.

The product itself is like a lip crayon. It says on the box that it should not be applied on the skin around the lips and that you will experience "intense tingling" for the first 10 minutes.

When I first applied the product - I felt nothing for the first 2 minutes and then all of a sudden the "tingling" (see: burning) sensation started. It wasn't THAT painful but it was pretty irritating, thankfully it does only last for the 10 minutes.


These are my before and after photos - I think you can clearly see the difference so it does work. The red colour is very bright too so you can wear this on its own. Next time I am going to try putting the Lip Injection over my Ruby Woo MAC lipstick and Cherry lip liner to see what happens there.

Overall I think I would definitely re-purchase this and also get it in a few other pink shades as well. The usual price of this product is £15.00 which is three times more expensive than I got it for BUT still cheaper than other popular lip plumping treatments such as Lip Voltage.

Let me know what you thought of Too Faced's Lip Injection in the comment box or let me know if you've tried any other lip plumping products!