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.