Sunday, 8 December 2013
I've spent the majority of the week snuggled up in my duvet with just a hot water bottle and a tiny Jack Russell Terrier to comfort me - the Winter blues hit me hard. Constant headaches, sneezes and aching legs, my immune system leaves a lot to be desired. When I fancied a break from feeling sorry for myself, I continued to tackle the uni essay that I have due in on Tuesday - comparing the traditional use of corsetry to the modern day use of cosmetic surgery... bustles v Kim Kardashian/Nicki Minaj-esque bum implants, anyone?
On Friday I dragged myself out of bed to spend a day shopping with one of my best friends. I managed to break a personal record and buy four nail polishes in less than an hour, and ended up purchasing about half of the stock in Lush. I start my Christmas break on Thursday, and subsequently that day has been named as the day I intend to begin my Christmas shopping, not as last minute as previous years, but still a tad overdue.
I've also rejoined Tumblr after not using the website for about 4 years, I'm using my 'blog' (am I the only one who finds referring to Tumblr users as 'bloggers' incredibly annoying? Using Tumblr doesn't make you a blogger if all you do is 'reblog' images) as a mood/inspiration board kind of thing. If you'd like to follow me over there, click here!
Best in Beauty: I haven't used much makeup this week due to being unwell, but when I have attempted to put some effort into my appearance, I've been reaching for my MUA Heaven and Earth palette. I've been combining the third shade from the left on the top row with the second shade from the left on the bottom row to create a wash of colour over the lid.
Favourite Purchase: After seeing Estee from Essiebutton apply the Knitted Gold Maybelline ColorShow Brocades nail polish in one of her Vlogmas videos, I knew I just had to have it. A golden glitter with large rose gold particles, I couldn't love the stuff more if I tried.
Favourite YouTube Channel of the Week: I've been loving Estee and Aslan's Vlogmas videos. I look forward to the vlogs every single day and just adore their life aesthetic. Although their home is different to my personal style, I love how their furniture is put together and think they might just be my new favourite couple on YouTube (aside from Charles and Alli from CTFxC, of course, who I've been watching for almost 3 years)!
I hope you're all well!
Thursday, 5 December 2013
I've spoken of my love for the UD Naked Basics palette many times before, in fact, in my 'The Naked Debate' blog post, I declared that the palette was my favourite of the Naked trio. If 'desert island eyeshadow palettes' were a thing, Naked Basics would undoubtably be mine.
I didn't buy the palette the instant that it was released, I was actually adamant that I didn't need it! It took one miserable, drizzly day in February to make me succumb to the hype; I'm the kind of person that needs to have the 'complete set', and I could no longer deprive my Naked 1 and 2 palettes of their little baby Basics.
Since buying Naked Basics 10 months ago, I have used it every single time that I have worn makeup. I use the palette for everything; eyebrows, eyeshadow, contour and highlight, setting powder...literally the works.
I use a mixture of 'Naked 2' and 'Faint' to fill in my eyebrows, I also occasionally use 'Naked 2' as contour and pop 'Venus' along the tops of my cheekbones as highlight, I've even started using a mixture of 'Foxy' and 'W.O.S' ('Walk Of Shame') as setting powder. On the days where I'm going for a dewy, fresh faced look, I tend to avoid powdering my whole face, and instead use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (usually a MAC 217) to dust either of the shades over certain areas. 'Foxy' comes in handy to set the concealer which I apply over blemishes, as the yellow tone in the powder helps further counteract the stark redness of the blemish. I like to lightly dust 'W.O.S' over my under-eye concealer, as I find under-eye shine to be rather unflattering and the pink tone in 'W.O.S' helps banish my dark circles just that little bit further.
I genuinely couldn't be without Naked Basics in my makeup collection. I've never found a palette to be so versatile whilst still maintaining a high level of quality. I feel as though Basics is the underdog of the Naked collection, it's understandable to see why it would be disregarded in favour of the other, sparklier, more aesthetically pleasing palettes, but in my makeup stash, Naked 1 and 2 don't even get a look in over Basics. Quality over quantity, right?
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Another Lush product in the Winter Warmers spotlight today! I picked up Christmas Eve Bubble Bar on somewhat of a whim last week, I absolutely adore the standard Bubble Bars (The Comforter being my all time favourite) but had never tried one of the special Christmas editions.
As a product entitled 'Christmas Eve', I expected the Bubble Bar to have a spicy, festive scent - it was somewhat of a surprise to find that the product smelled rather sweet and powdery. Although Christmas Eve has a pleasant scent, I prefer my bath time smells to be warming and relaxing. The product description on the Lush website is somewhat misleading, the Bubble Bar is initially described as something which will 'relax you and leave your mind and body soothed', however further down the page reads 'this product is to be used to refresh and wake you up' - total juxtaposition!
Strange descriptions and scents aside, Christmas Eve filled the bath with ample amounts of rich bubbles and infused the water with nourishing properties. When I got out of the bath, my skin felt moisturised and I didn't feel as though I needed to follow up with any form of body butter or lotion - something I definitely welcome! If, like me, you suffer from dry skin in the winter, I'd recommend this Bubble Bar for some bath time nourishment.
Although I'm not sure if I'd purchase Christmas Eve again, I think this product would be a good option for those who find that their body needs a tad more TLC in the colder months.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Instagrammin': 01. I have become utterly obsessed with The US Office, I regard it as the 'second best comedy TV show I've ever seen' (second to Friends, obviously) and I'm also a little bit in love with Jim | 02 .'Voldemort with a lion's mane' - my pathetic attempt at an 'artsy' Instagram photo | 03. My beautiful baby girl | 04. Hettie reserves Sundays for snoozing | 05. Selfie central ft. my new favourite bold lip | 06. The 'Princess' nail combo - Essie Fiji with Rimmel Disco Ball.
Pinch, punch, first of the month! I am so excited that it is finally December; I no longer have to withhold my festive thoughts and no longer have to resist cracking into my advent calendar a few days early (Note: I may or may not have eaten an entire advent calendar in one sitting earlier this week...currently on my second festive Cadbury installment). I've also decided that I'm going to decorate my bedroom in the New Year, I'm thinking 'bright and airy' with a proper dressing table/desk. I've spent a grand total of 3 hours browsing roomspiration boards on Pinterest today and am currently coming up blank, so if you have any good roomspiration recommendations, please leave them below!
I've also made the decision to not blog every day in December, I will however be blogging every other day! It would be unrealistic for me to promise a new blog post every single day, as I study at University full time and also write articles for Fashion North. I used to blog every other day before starting the new academic year, but once my University work started taking priority I had to remove myself from a schedule. It'll be exciting yet challenging to be posting every other day again, please let me know what kind of posts you'd like to see! I can assure you that I won't be clogging up any Bloglovin' feeds with more 'Gift Guide' posts.
Best in Beauty: I'll take a short moment here to express my utter love for the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formulation before dedicating an entire post to the stunner later in the week. I'm wearing the 'Red Square' shade in the above Instagram pic. This stuff literally does. not. budge. Incredible pigment, incredible formula, phenomenal lipstick. I want every single shade.
Favourite Purchase: The Seventeen Skin Wow primer is a welcome addition to my collection. I find that the primer/highlighter hybrid adds a glow to my lacklustre skin and prolongs the wear of my makeup for a couple of hours. Blog post coming this week!
Blog Post of the Week: I've mentioned before that LLYMLRS was the first blog that I ever read. I look to Lily for style inspiration on the daily and was totally besotted with this outfit that she posted on Saturday.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
From L to R: L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Dating Coral, L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlet // both £7.99, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 12 Corail Incadescent //£24 , Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me //£2.99.
Although I love to sport a statement lip in the colder months, sometimes I can't be bothered to maintain such a bold look during the day. This is where the sheer lip comes in. With the sheer lip, you can sip on your red cup Starbucks until your heart is content without having to worry about smearing a berry shade all over your chin. With the sheer lip, you needn't be ever so careful when taking off your scarf or coat, as to not anger your intricately stencilled red pout. Even though A/W is the time of the year to crack out the darker lipstick shades, don't go neglecting your sheerer offerings!
My favourite sheer lipstick formulation comes in the form of the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse line, my top shades are Dating Coral and Aphrodite Scarlet. The former is a sheer coral shade which leans more pink toned (not quite my beloved MAC Cut A Caper), whereas the latter is a blue toned pink, which is something I'd usually steer clear of, but when Aphrodite Scarlet is lightly patted into the lips it leaves a gorgeous rosy stain.
If you're looking for a luxury option, the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Shade 12 could be for you. A bright pink/coral, this is the most pigmented lipstick of the bunch. Although not the sheerest option, I find that this lipstick is suited to the 'no fuss' category due to its ease of application and impressive lasting power. I would definitely recommend taking a look at the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine range if you're in the market for a high end lipstick. You can see the lipstick in action in this old, cringeworthy post.
On the opposite end of the price spectrum, the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me is perfect for on-the-go application and is one of my handbag staples. The sheer red tone is perfect for this time of year and compliments any makeup look. I don't find this product to be particularly moisturising but I love the shade it produces and couldn't be without it at this time of year.
A 'Celebrating the Bold Lip' post will be winging your way next week but in the meantime, let me know your favourite sheer lipsticks in the comments below!
Monday, 25 November 2013
I think Luxury Pud wins the award for 'prettiest Lush bath bomb of all time'. I used to be such a Lush fangirl back in the day, I couldn't walk past one of the stores without popping in and spending at least half of my weekly allowance. 15 year old Megan would eagerly anticipate Saturday evenings, because that was always Lush night - my one night of the week dedicated to spending some time with my old favourites Think Pink and Waving Not Drowning.
Three years down the line, I don't visit Lush as religiously as I used to, but I still adore their products. When I decided to introduce a 'Winter Warmers' series to Talking About M, I knew that I just had to include some of the Lush Christmas range.
My first Lush dedicated post goes to the beautiful Luxury Pud bath bomb. Luxury Pud shares the same scent as the Twilight bath bomb, with notes of lavendar and ylang ylang. If you're a fan of the Luxury Pud scent and aren't fussed about the special Christmas decoration, pick up Twilight instead and save yourself 15p!
When dropped into the bath, Luxury Pud turns the water an incredible Ribena purple shade. The brightly coloured polka dots of the bath bomb add swirls of multicoloured goodness to the water, and the entire bathroom is engulfed in a gorgeous lavender scent. I found Luxury Pud to be moisturising, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the scent lingered on my skin.
If you're searching for a bath time product that manages to be fun and relaxing, Luxury Pud is for you. Luxury Pud would make a great stocking filler, it is also included in the gorgeous Pudding gift set which Lush have released this year - with adorable complimentary cotton gift wrap.
Which product from this years Lush Christmas line is your favourite?
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Firstly, let me apologise for my absence this week! I hadn't intended on being so quiet on the blog front, but the past week has been a manic one. On Thursday evening at around 7pm I made a rather spur of the moment decision to join some of my classmates from university on a trip to London to attend a masterclass. Now, this wasn't any old masterclass. The panel included celebrity interviewer Louise Gannon, Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers (!!!!), Grazia Senior Features Writer Zoe Beaty and the incredible Victoria White, Editor of Company Magazine. I don't know if 'starstruck' is the correct word to use in this instance, but at the end of the masterclass we all had the opportunity to speak personally to the panel, and when I spoke to Victoria White I was literally shaking. Combine her presence with that of the phenomenal Lucinda Chambers, I don't think I've ever been in such awe of two people in my entire life.
The masterclass itself was on the topic of Fashion Journalism and the tools and traits which a budding writer needs to 'make it' in the industry. I can honestly say that I've never felt more inspired in my life as I did when I walked out of that lecture hall. The four women were so poetic in the way they spoke about journalism.
I spent the rest of my time doing work for university. I received my first three assignments back this week and was beyond thrilled to find that I had achieved two Firsts and a 2:1. I didn't do particularly brilliantly in my A Levels so it was lovely to be reunited with that 'proud of myself' feeling, it also made me determined to sustain that quality of work throughout this academic year. I know I'm only a Fresher and first year doesn't really account to anything - but it's good to make a great first impression!
Best in Beauty: I've rekindled my love for the Sleek Rose Gold blush this week. This product is like the Marmite in my collection - sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it. However during the past 7 days, it has definitely fallen under the latter category. Eliminating the need for highlighter, Sleek Rose Gold is perfect for adding a glow to dull skin.
Favourite Purchase: Definitely the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square...I think I've found my new favourite lipstick formulation. Blog post coming soon!
YouTube Video of the Week: I've recently had a bit of an overhaul of my subscription list, unsubscribing to all of the YouTubers who address their audience as though they're infants, and streamlining my subscriptions to (what I think are) the best channels that YouTube has to offer. One woman who I utterly adore is Lisa Eldridge. Every single thing that she does is so chic and timeless, she's an incredible inspiration to me and she's such a credit to the fashion industry. This week I loved watching the 'My Life, My Style with Lisa Eldridge' video which she filmed with Harper's Bazaar. Lisa's house is just as fabulous as she is herself. If you're in the mood to marvel at an exquisitely decorated home, click here.
That's my 'Sunday Summary' wrapped up for this week, I'm now off to plan Blogmas blog posts!