3 Beauty Products You Need This Party Season🎄💄

Hello everyone!! Welcome back once again to another blog post hope you’re enjoying December so far, for today’s post I wanted to share a few products that have become some of my favourtie things in my make up collection over time. There’s 2 which have been there for a while but then the other I’m going to be talking about is something that’s just recently been added to my list. As it is the season of giving I’m all about that “treat yo self girl” so if I was you I’d buy yourself a present after all we’ve got to have a treat at some point right? So without me rambling on lets get right into it…

The first thing I want to speak about is this Kat Von D – Shade And Light Contour Pallet I know this is a little pricey but it’s worth the extra for the quality of this.

This retails for £37 so when I say treat yourself this really is a treat haha! The pigment on this is incredible and a little goes a long way. You get 3 highlight shades and 3 contour colours, I believe there’s also a cream version but I’m not a huge fan of cream products hence I bought this one.

 As you can see above on the top row we have 3 matte highlight shades and from left to right the shades are levitation which is more of a pink undertone colour, we then have lyric which is inbetween shades of yellow and transparent I wanna say, then the last of the 3 is lucid which is a shade for darker skin tones and more on the peachy side of colours.

Underneath we have the 3 contour shades and from left to right once again we have subcontious which is has a cool undertone, then there’s the shade shadowplay which is a gorgeous bronze colour and would work amazing on any skin tone, last but not least we have sombre which is a contour shade for darker skin tones. The shades in this pallet i use are lyric to give me a base of matte highlight ready for the shimmer highlight later on, I then use subcontious to contour, and to finish off I bronze with shadowplay. Now I cannot praise this pallet enough, when I first bought it back in June and then I used it I was really surprised at how pigmented it was and how much little product you need to complete your look, these powders are literally like butter they just melt into the skin and blend effortlessly.


 

The next product which is a must have for all year round! is what I have wanted to try for so long and I finally got my hands on it a few weeks back and that is the Sleek – Solstice Palette and considering this is only £9.99 its an absolute bargain! So in this we get 2 baked powders, one luxurious cream formula and one silky shimmer powder. 

 

This packaging is insane!!😍 it closes on a magnetic clip and it feels so luxurious for a drugstore brand they really have amazing packaging. I recently tried out some sleek eyeshadows as well so no doubt they’ll be a little review coming up at some point, the highlight is absolutely stunning and blinding!! 20171201_125631.jpg

My favourtie shade in the palette is the bottom shade on the image below, it gives you a nice champagne colour and would work amazing on any skin tones. 20171201_125718.jpg



 

Last but not least something that my look would not be complete without it is the Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray 

Now if you’ve been here a while and read my other posts you’ll know how much I rave about this product and how much i tell you guys that if you’re going to buy a high end product that is worth all of the money this is the one! I’ve been using this setting spray for about 2 years now and I’ve tried other sprays and none of them work like this one I promise you, this costs £23.50 so it’s pricey but not going to break the bank. It’s super refreshing and make up does not move at all this is the one thing I absolutely cannot do my make up without.

 

 


That’s all I have for you in this post I do hope you’ve enjoyed it, I seriously cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner its came so quickly and I’m super excited for it, what are you all thinking of the Christmas make over on here? Are you liking it or is there anything you would change or do better? I’ll take ideas so don’t be worried to let me know your true thoughts 😂 over the next couple weeks I’ve got some gift guides to come out I’m going to try posting on Wednesdays and Sunday’s whilst on the lead up until Christmas as I just have so much to share with you all. But for now I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post if you have don’t forget to give it a like and follow my page so you don’t miss the next post!!

See you all soon,

Meghan 😊 x

 

 

 

A Cure For Insomnia?

Hiii everyone! Before we get started I just wanted to apologise for not uploading on Sunday I’ve had a few things on and it’s been a little hectic. Also last week I picked up a product which as soon as I tried it I knew instantly I had to share it with you guys and knew that it was worth waiting a few extra days for a new post for you all to read. If you’re anything like myself, as soon as you get into bed and put your head on the pillow to sleep every thought pop’s into your head and boom…It’s 2am and you’re wondering why on one side of a spoon your reflection is the normal way up but on the other its upside down? Why do I think this?? I haven’t a clue 😂

So recently I went into LUSH which I’m sure everyone has heard of, they do amazing products and the shop always smells incredible. All products are 100% cruelty free which is absolutely amazing, I’ve been a huge fan of this shop ever since I was little and I used to go in every now and then to pick out a bath bomb and stuff like that. when I visited last week there was a lovely woman who helped me out as the store was absolutely packed (more than usual) and I did originally go in for one thing which is my all time favourite product from lush and it only comes around once a year and that’s the famous Snow Fairy Shower Gel but as I was informed she told me all about the other products which have the Snow Fairy formula in so obviously I had to check them out, I ended up purchasing the Snow Fairy Shower Gel and the Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap  but I’ll probably speak about these n another post. The main product I wanted to speak about today is the Sleepy Body Lotion which I had heard youtubers speak about a while back, so when I saw this in store I picked it up immediately this cost me £7.95 for the 95g tub which is the smallest I believe you can buy it in.

I seem to have tried so many products to help with sleep, from balms to spray nothing has ever worked for me, so you can understand the first night I tested out the cream I was a little sceptical of it. The main ingredients are lavender oil and oatmeal and I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of lavender myself but I’m at the point that ill try anything to help me have a decent nights sleep, so I applied the lotion on each wrist and the smell was really sweet I don’t want to say strong because I feel like the oatmeal cancels out the strong scent of lavender. To my surprise I was actually asleep within 10-15 minutes which FYI never happens! I was confused as to whether on not I had just had a long day or this had actually worked, so again the following night I applied the lotion once again and guess what…IT WORKED AGAIN!! I have no idea how lush have pulled this off but my god what an amazing product. and the best thing about it, it has a sprinkle of shimmer when you first open the pot. 20171129_163650.jpg

as you can see it is very subtle (and yes I have used product around it as its so pretty to look at haha!) and you all know I love a bit of sparkle guys!

I’ve used this for just over a week now and I can say its really helping me have a better nights sleep and the aroma makes you feel so relaxed, I’ll definitely be repurchasing this is in the bigger tub when I’ve used all of this one.

 

 

 

That’s all I have for you guys for this post, I do hope you’ve enjoyed it make sure you’re following so you get a notification when I next post! what’s your favourite product from lush? let me know in the comments down below. Also this weekend its finally December!! look out for the Christmas make over on the blog and some festive posts coming up!

see you soon,

Meghan 🙂 X

 

My Everyday 10 Minute Make-Up 💋

In the voice of RuPaul, Hello Hello Hello!! Welcome back to my blog, it honestly doesn’t feel like 5 minutes since I posted the last one, this year is going in so quickly. Something I’ve wanted to share with you all since I started doing this blog is what my every day make up routine is, it’s only fair after all make up is the main reason I’m sharing my thoughts with you all so it’s about time I told you guys what kind of products I use on a daily basis. Before I do get into the post I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s supported me so far in this journey, I’ve found so many amazing blogs and people who are on the same journey I am. Each time I post my follower count just seems to increase and that’s what keeps making me want to write more knowing you guys truly like what I’m posting about, and it does mean a lot. So before we get the tissues out and become emotional 😂 without further ado lets get into the post…
Okay so the first thing I use in my make up routine (after I’ve moisturised and all that) is Primer and recently I remembered I had one in my draw that I was yet to try, up until lately I was using my trustworthy Smashbox Photo Finish and then I tried out my current one which is the Stila One Step Correct 

 I’m still undecided about this being a holy grail product as I have only used it a few times so there isn’t a lot I can say, the consistency isn’t runny or thick it’s like somewhere in between and it doesn’t have a scent to it I personally don’t think. This is the travel size which I purchased for £8 I think it was? I bought this a while back so, I will keep using it to see if I can class this as a holy grail and if the full size product which retails for £24 is worth the splurge, after applying this the redness on my face doesn’t seem to have calmed down but my skin looks more glowing.

 

 


The next thing I do, is apply foundation and for this I use the DHC Q10 Liquid Base Make-Up which I actually wrote a review on a while back (I’ll leave the link below If you want to see my full review on this) and I seriously cannot praise this product enough!! I can honestly tell you that this has changed my full make up routine.

20171102_135117.jpgI have not used any of my other foundations ever since I tried this, for me I like to look for something with medium coverage and is long wearing. The coverage is medium/full but still looks so natural on the skin and if you’re pale like myself you know the struggle to get a decent foundation that matches the colour of your neck without using a full compact of bronzer!! 😂 I have this in the shade  Natural Ocher 00 which is the lightest shade you can get this in I believe, the consistency is quite liquidy if you get me and a little bit goes a long way. Before I found this I did use foundations from Bare Minerals and Revlon. Which I still love but I haven’t reached for them since I received this one, this is hard to get your hands on I have found but I believe it retails for $29 Which works out about £22 in the UK. It lasts so long and makes the rest of your products go on so much smoother and really gives you that flawless base to make your make up last and look incredible!


After doing that I use my NYX Colour Correcting Pallet, which retails for £10.50 over here. Now for everyday I do just like a little bit of coverage and something to try make me look at least half decent, my pallet is really messy with using the colours so I’ll show you a spare one that I take with me if I travel anywhere so it’s only been used a little and looks a lot better haha!

As you can see on the image above I use the shade middle on the right. This product is really good and it does a reasonable job to hide those places where you want a bit more coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

I then go in with my concealer and for this I use the urban decay naked skin in the shade fair neutral 

I absolutely love this product, it’s very lightweight on the skin and the coverage is amazing! I can use this around my nose area (without the colour corrector) where I have a bit more redness and It covers it absolutely perfect. It really brightens the under eye as well. This retails for £19 in the UK so it is a little pricey but definitely worth the splurge.

 

 

 

 


 

After applying my base i set everything in place with powder. Now I do tend to switch up which product I use, if I’m in a rush I like to use the Soap and Glory one heck of a blot translucent setting powder  

This leaves the face looking smooth and matte and we know the struggle of getting a powder what doesn’t flash back in photographs but in my opinion this has NO FLASH BACK yes you heard me right!! I love soap and glory products but I think this is my favourtie thing ever from the brand, it’s definitely a great everyday wear and great to take with you for touch ups throughout the day. This retails for £12 so it’s a bit more pricey for a drugstore powder but it’s definitely one worth spending that little extra pounds on.

 

Or when I’m spending a bit more time on my make up and making a bit more of an effort I like to use the RCMA No Colour Powder 

Which is around the £13 price mark, I heard one of my favourtie youtubers Michael Finch speak about this so long ago and he was raving about it and I knew instantly I wanted to try this, few months later this appeared on beauty bay and it went straight in the basket. Let me tell you… OH MY GOD I never knew I could be so in love with a powder!!😍 you’re probably thinking I’m crazy talking like this about a powder but this really is the shit, a little bit goes a long way, it’s not got flashback, it makes you look airbrushed without looking fake if that makes sense?😂 and it makes the skin so much smoother and velvety it’s insane!!

 


Time to add a little bit of colour back into the face which only means one thing…Bronzer. Now for this I use the urban decay beached bronzer in the shade sunkissed. 

And I’m not gonna lie this is the best bronzer I seem to have found for pale skin, it’s not orange but it’s not cool toned I can’t explain it but just know it’s somewhere in-between if that makes sense?😂 sadly I have hardly any of this left which does break my heart but I can see myself definitely purchasing again, I feel like it’s got a little bit of a scent and it kind of reminds me of fake tan?? I love the smell of fake tan don’t get me wrong, but am I the only one? Let me know if you like the smell of it too and that I’m not the only one hahaha! This retails for £19 but again it’s urban decay and worth the money. Also for a day to day wear I like to run this through the crease of my eye and add a little bit of highlighter later on to make me look a bit more awake.

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Adding a pop of colour onto the cheeks its time for Blusher. For this my all time favourite is definitely the NYX Baked Blush in the shade 06 wanderlust 

 

I think I paid around £7.50 for this? I’m not 100% sure but it wasn’t anything crazy, I feel like blusher is something you never ever run out of, like you could buy a blush and still be using it in 50 years time (don’t do that btw guys)😂 this has a lovely shimmer to it, nothing over the top its just something that gives you a healthy glow.


I then like to do my favourite step which is Highlight I absolutely love doing this and sometimes I go a little over board but I would bathe in it if I could haha! My go to highlighter is definitely Mary-lou’manizer’ from The Balm. 

I’ve used this so many times and as you can see on the image above it still looks like new!! This is a golden champagne highlight and the texture is very creamy and easy to blend. It looks amazing on the skin and it’s really easy to build up, this retails for £19 but I did manage to get my hands on this whilst it was on sale so I only paid £13 for this which is an absolute bargain! As I said earlier I like to put a little highlight on the middle of my eye lid and on the inner corner as it makes you look more awake. 


The mascara I use is the MAC False Lash Waterproof and this was hard to get a photo of as I’ve used it that much the writing is fading from the packaging so I’ve just got one off Google to show you which one it is

 I absolutely swear by this mascara, the price is £19 and worth every penny!! I’ve tried drugstore ones and don’t get me wrong I’ve liked them but in the end I always come back to this one. It’s super long wearing and does not move all day, but what makes it even better is that it’s the only waterproof mascara I’ve found that lasts all day but is easy to remove at the end of the day when taking the rest of your make up off. It’s honestly like magic, I tend to find that after a while my eyes can become irritated for some reason I think I may have a bit of sensitivity when it comes to products such as this but this mac one seems to be the only one which doesn’t affect me.

 


Now I know you’re probably thinking “wait where is the brow step in this” and you might be shocked but I actually don’t do anything to my brows apart from brush them that’s one thing I love about my eyebrows, they’ve always been quite dark and they’re thick so all I do is brush them to make sure there’s no make up that’s gotten into them but apart from that I don’t do anything.


Almost to the end of my routine and it’s time for lips so before we apply lipstick I like to use some Lip Balm as I find when wearing this underneath it helps the staying power. So my all time favourite is the Palmers Cocoa Butter formula Lip Balm 20171102_134926.jpg

I frigging love love loveeeee this! Palmers is definitely a brand that never fails to amaze me, I have other products from them as well which I might mention more sometime in the future if you guys wanted? But I think you can pick this up from anywhere, i got mine from Superdrug and I paid £1.99 for it, it’s definitely my all time favourite lip balm! It’s lightweight and feels extremely moisturising. And the scent of this is insane😍 I love the smell of the all the Palmers products though so😂

After applying the lip balm its time for lipstick and I tend to switch between 2 at the minute, the first one is my all time favourite which is velvet teddy by mac 

This my go to nude, I know there was a huge hype around this a while back and it sort of died down but I’m still obsessed with it now! Again there’s something about the scent of mac lipsticks that I absolutely love, I can’t explain it but if you get me then you know what I’m saying. This retails for £16.50 and it’s one of those shades what i think is my lips but better colours.

 

 

 

 

 

The other lipstick which I bought like a week ago what is great for a day to day use is the Rimmel London Kate in the shade boho nude 

I found this in the sale when I was in my local asda recently, and when I looked at the price it was only £3.80 and for that price I couldn’t resist, I mean come on?? It’s a bargain! I’ve only used this a couple times hence why it still looks like new but even when I first tried it on I knew instantly I loved it. I would describe this as a pale nude which is very natural for everyday.


Last but not least I seal in my Make-Up with setting spray and for this I use the same product I have for the past 2 or 3 years (Don’t worry I’ve repurchased 😂) and that is the Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray 

20171102_134638.jpgIf you’re looking for a new setting spray this is my holy grail product, if this wasn’t in my collection I don’t know how I would be living! I first tried this when it was my prom in high school and at the end of the night my make up literally looked the same I was shook. From then on I’ve never looked back, I’ve tried other sprays from drugstore and again I’ve always gone back to this one, it’s super cooling and very hydrating. I’ve recommended this to so many people or when I’ve done make up for close friend/family member I’ve used this on them and always had great feedback from it saying how the make up lasted all night and things. The price of this is £23.50 So again its pricey, but it’s something I can’t see myself living without now.


 

And that guys is my everyday 10 Minute Make-Up its nothing glamourous, its simple and quick to get me through the day. I know some products are a little pricey but I am I sucker for high end make up and love the luxury of it! I might do a full glam look in the future if that’s something you guys would want to see? Anyways I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post, what is your favourite everyday product? Let me know in the comments! From next week the blog will be getting its Christmas make over which I’m really excited for not gonna lie, and I’ll be posting gift guides and maybe even some Christmas craft ideas? So keep your eyes peeled for those! Don’t forget if you enjoyed this post make sure to give it a like and follow the blog so you get a notification next time I post! ❤

Thank you all so much for reading, and I’ll see you again next week with another post! 😘

Meghan x 😊

DHC Liquid Base Make-Up (full review) – https://glittergemini.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/dhc-q10-liquid-base-make-up-and-face-colour-palette-review/

Krispy Kreme Cosmetics?! 

Well here’s a post i never ever imagined writing, hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post! Yes you read the title right, today we are going to be talking about the new collection from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts they have released a different product range from their mouth watering treats…cosmetics!! When I first heard the news I was literally shook, I googled it as I thought *what this cannot be right?* but to my surprise this was true, I saw online that there was products ranging from lip balms to nail varnish sets and instantly I knew I needed to get my hands on at least 1 product from this range. I was able to get the Lip Balm Trio Set which retails for £7 here in the UK which for 3 products is quite a good deal. So this is what the packaging looks like

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It literally looks like your packaging what you get your doughnut in, I think the tins are a little bit plain but I can’t see what else they could’ve done without the classic images of the doughnuts, Each tin has 10g of product so it’s going to last a while.

So the flavours of these are strawberry glaze, original glaze and chocolate sprinkles. To me the strawberry and chocolate smell very similar if not the same and the original does have a slight different scent to it, they all have a shimmer look in the tin but when applied to the lips this does not show up it doesn’t look like you have anything on and to me personally I can’t see any colour pigment coming from them.

 

On Boots UK website the description says “Give your lips a treat with this yummy Krispy Kreme Lip Balm Trio! This Christmas gift includes 3 x delicious smelling lip balms in 3 delicious tins! Including Strawberry Gloss, Original Glazed and Chocolate Sprinkles. They are perfectly sized to fit in your handbag or on your dressing table.
These lustrous Strawberry, Chocolate & Vanilla lip balms will make your lips shine. Apply a small amount to lips to get a sweet smile.
Read more at http://www.boots.com/krispy-kreme-lip-balm-10232501#kp6HpvT8o0oR5Sq5.99”

20171104_174923.jpgSo this is what the product looks like inside of the tin, as you can see there is a slight shimmer but nothing too dramatic. also please excuse the dent in the far left one the lid was a bitch to get off and I caught my nail in it *sighs* I feel you need to have a few swipes of this to pick up a reasonable amount of product as well.

my favourite one out of the trio is definitely the Strawberry Glaze just because of the colour mainly, I wouldn’t buy these products as an everyday lip balm but if you’re like me and enjoy quirky things like this then I definitely recommend, and especially for £7 you can’t grumble really. If you want to check these out click here http://www.boots.com/krispy-kreme-lip-balm-10232501 unfortunately I haven’t saw these stocked in other stores in the UK but if you have seen them anywhere else definitely let me know! and also make sure you check out the other products from the new range.

That’s all I have for you guys this week, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you have don’t forget to follow the blog so you get a notification when I post the next one. These next few weeks I will be giving the blog a little Christmas make over so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that! some gift guides coming your way soon too. I’ll see you again next week with another blog post,

Meghan 🙂 x

Real Techniques Brush Crush Review 

Hello! I’ve been wanting to post about these for quite some time now, and finally sitting here writing this I’m excited to share these with you. A few weeks back I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across these new brushes from Real Techniques. This is a brand by the twin sisters Sam and Nic Chapman who make up the YouTube channel Pixiwoo. Now I’ve been a fan of their brushes ever since I got into make up properly a few years back, they’re such good quality and quite a cheap price. They have lots of different sets that you can buy and they are the creators of the famous Complexion Sponge what every one loves! I’ll talk a little bit more about the other products further on but I’m bursting with excitement to tell you about these new brushes so I’m just going to get straight into it! The image I came across was this one 


And instantly I knew that I needed these in my collection, I mean anything with glitter has my attention right away. When I was finally able to draw my attention away from the glitter I realised this collection was limited edition which made me want them even more! On Superdrug there was an offer on ‘3 for 2’ which basically gets you a brush for free, I was able to get the 301 Foundation, 300 Powder and the 304 Fan Brush. When I opened the delivery I could not believe how luxurious these brushes felt, the bristles are so soft and the handles have a smooth texture almost like a gel coat over the glitter. 

The bristles also have an ombre shade of white and purple, and as you can see the foundation (far left) has a different colour wand and I believe the eye shadow one is also purple but I don’t have my hands on it. 

These retail from £9.99 – £12.99 So it’s roughly the same price you would pay for a standard brush from Real Techniques which for these being limited edition that’s an extremely good price! Here’s some individual photographs of the products below 

 

 

 

 

I’m not sure when these are on sale to in the future I’m guessing it’s just whilst stocks last? So if you are wanting some of these gorgeous brushes make sure you grab them quickly as I can’t see them being on shelves for much longer!!  Read More

Let’s have a chat…

Hello everyone and welcome back to another post! I do apologise for not posting these last few days I’ve been busy with personal things so, I did have a post scheduled to go up on Sunday evening but just my luck it somehow managed to disappear 😑 so I am very sorry about that. I have some post ideas which I’ll be doing over the next few weeks and then its my favourite time of the year… CHRISTMAS!! But for today I wanted to sit down have a little chat with you all as I don’t feel I have done this properly, so without further ado lets get into the post. 

The first thing I want to talk to you guys about is how frigging quick this year has gone 😱 I can’t believe that we’re in November already, when I was younger I used to wait all year round for Christmas and it seemed to go so slow but now I’m getting older I feel like you blink and the year has gone!! I went shopping a few weeks ago and walked into The Range *if you have one of those near you I reccomend going in they’re amazing* and the staff were starting to put the Christmas collection out and every time I see Christmas things in shops I always get excited. I think I get more excited now then what I did when I was a child if I’m being honest, I know we all love a bit of mulled wine at the Christmas markets don’t we? 😉 but seriously I feel like the end of the year you look back and realise time has went so quickly, a lot could have changed for some people and it does make you realise you shouldn’t hold back on things you want to do/say. I’ve been thinking about posting some gift guides from the end of this month as one thing I do love doing is searching for gifts to give my family and friends so I thought why not share my ideas with you guys? If that’s something you would like to see definitely let me know! 

Another thing I want to talk to you guys about is confidence yes that’s a scary word, well I think it is anyways. I think everyone has or had an issue with confidence some point in their life and its a big thing for some people to speak out about, it’s all good and well getting compliments and people telling you how great you’re doing but if you dont feel it and see it for yourself then nothing is going to seem to work right? Confidence can stop you doing so many things in life, even the smallest of things. Even though I post often, I still get nervous posting thinking that no one is going to read it or someone won’t like it but then I remember we all don’t like the same things and if we did it would be boring right? Sorry for the random bit in this post but I feel like I hardly see people speaking out about their confidence anymore and if people do then it might help others? I don’t know how to keep going on about this without rambling on 😂 if you guys want me to have more chatty subjects like this one I will try my hardest but remember I’m no agony aunt hahaha! 

Another thing I wanted to ask is if you would want more special fx posts? I know not everyone is interested in stuff like that but I had such a good response from the last post I did before Halloween, I was wanting to focus more on that side of things if that’s what you guys want? If not please tell me, like they wouldn’t be every week as they are extremely hard work to write the step by step guides but I know if you would read them I’d be willing to do more. It’s definitely something i would love to share more of with you all. 

Thank you for reading this post I do hope you’ve enjoyed it, sorry it’s so short and not really interesting I just wanted to update you all why I’ve been a bit absent and thought i would ask what you want from this blog, I’m going to be back to posting as normal from this weekend so make sure you’re all following so you get a notification next time I post! 

See you soon 😊 

Meghan x 

Clinique Great Skin 1-2-3 Intro Kit

Hello everyone welcome back to another blog post, I hope you’re all doing wonderful! I’m going to be telling you guys all about my new skin care routine which I’ve been using for about a week now so I feel it’s a good time for my opinion. I’ve never really had an issue with my skin even going through my teen years (even though I’m only 18) I did however have a huge break out when I was about 13 or 14 and I think everyone goes through the stages of acne, it’s normal and everyone had or has acne. I recently noticed that my skin felt really bumpy in certain places and I wasn’t sure what was going on, so me being that person who Google’s everything (bad thing to do) and I searched online for something that I could test out which would help me. I’ve always used the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, as my skin is super sensitive and this was the only one I found that didn’t irritate me. Along side this I also used the Simple Soothing Toner and up until recently they’ve done me good I’m not gonna deny that, but about 6 or 7 weeks ago I realised I was using these products and my skin seemed to be getting worse. So I decided that I was going to read up on different products as I feel you need to have something that can help with all of your skin care needs to get that healthy glow back. I done quizzes and everything and then I actually came across a website which for some reason I completely forgot about and that is clinique. I went onto their website and their products are a little pricey so I was a little bit inbetween thoughts whether or not to purchase something, but then I found a little quiz where you just enter a few details about yourself  and it comes up with products that is recommended for your skin type, and the best thing about this is there is 4 different skin type collections! It’s a simple and quick quiz that takes no more than 5 minutes and if you’re just curious you don’t even have to enter your email or sign up to get the results which is hassle free, the skin types are :

  • Very Dry To Dry
  • Dry Combination 
  • Combination Oily 
  • Oily 

The skin type I got was dry combination and I agreed with that, I’ve always suffered from really bad dry skin especially on my nose. When I was scrolling through the recommended products that came up I saw this little kit which was only £10 and not gonna lie I was quite shocked that the intro kit was so cheap, I know clinique is a very luxurious brand and I had heard of so many good reviews of their skin care so I thought why not? 

As soon as my kit arrived I was so excited to try it out, also as well as it only costing £10 I also got a free sample of my choice at the checkout and FREE DELIVERY WOOOOO it keeps getting better and better!! 😂 When i opened the box I was surprised to see that the 3 products were a decent size as well. In the kit you get : 

    • * Liquid Facial Soap Mild, 1.0 fl. oz. / 30ml

 

    • * Clarifying Lotion Twice A Day Exfoliator 2, 2.0 fl. oz. / 60ml

 

    • * Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™, 1.0 fl. oz. / 30ml

 

They advise you to use these products 2 times a day and takes 3 minutes, so use these morning and night but if you forget or only use once a day don’t worry it’s not the end of the world! 

Step 1 –  

20171021_171810.jpgSo first we are staring with the liquid facial soap, to me this hasn’t got any scent to it and it’s really refreshing. I dampen my face before and then I put a small amount of this on my hands and then gentley rub all around my face, then I rinse off the product. This is my favourtie from the trio so far as I feel it’s the most refreshing product and especially in the morning when I look like something from the walking dead its a god send! 

STEP 2 – 

20171021_171827.jpgI’m still not 100% sure on this one just yet, I do feel like it makes my skin feel more nourished after using the soap before hand but the smell on this thing to me is far to chemically, you know the hand sanitizer that’s in hospitals? That’s what this stuff smells like to me not gonna lie. But besides that it feels very cooling and refreshing and I’m still going to keep using it and hopefully I can get used to the smell, i only place a small amount of this onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the face.

Step 3 –

20171021_171835.jpgI have to admit this was the step I was most excited for, I’ve heard so many good things about the moisturiser from clinique so I was looking forward to finally trying this for myself. With this a little bit goes a long way which makes me think this little tube will last a while! *bonus* It’s so moisturizing and again doesn’t have a scent to it just like the soap. When I first started to rub it in I was a little bit shocked because it seemed to be really thick and didn’t look like it was rubbing in so I had one of those “oh shit” moments but then I realised it was sinking into the skin and I was very relieved haha! I’ve also reason to believe you can buy this product in gel form which sounds interesting. 

Overall I think these products have been improving my skin, the redness has gone down and I’ve noticed nearly all the little bumps have calmed down and more or less gone. For £10 it’s an absolute bargain and I’m so glad to have come across it, If you’re looking for new skin care products or just fancy a change head on over to their website here ➡️ https://m.clinique.co.uk/blue_ocean/intro_choose.tmpl and take the skin diagnosis quiz see what products are recommended for you and then maybe treat yourself to a little kit! I’m super impressed with the outcome so far and such little product goes a very long way, its definitely worth checking out. 


Before I end this post I just wanted to tell you guys about a brand I recently came across called ” Infinity Of London ” which has some amazing jewellery pieces at great prices, I was recently contacted from them letting me know there is a sale on for new customers when you get to the checkout use the code “new20″ and you get 20% off your order! Also check them out here on Twitter: Take a look at INFINITY LONDON (@infintyoflondon): https://twitter.com/infintyoflondon?s=09 and their website is https://www.infinitybracelets.co.uk/

Thank you so much for reading this post I do hope you’ve enjoyed it, let me know if you use any clinique products in the comments down below or what products work best for you. I thought I would try posting mid week as well as the weekend just to see how I get on with it so yeah, that’s all I have for you guys in the post, thank you so much for reading if you’ve enjoyed it don’t forget to follow the blog so you get a notification next time I post and I’ll see you again soon! 😊

Meghan x 

SEVERED HAND SPECIAL FX STEP BY STEP GUIDE 

Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now, I have to admit I’m so nervous to post this one as it’s something I’m not 100% confident on but I didn’t want to keep putting it off so I thought, why the hell not?? Halloween is coming up and if you read my last post then you’ll know how much I love it, and special effects make up is definitely something I want to make a career out of. I first started getting into prosthetics back in secondary school when studying media (creative arts) and any way i could include the make up side of things I would. Also a few youtubers I like to watch who post videos on the special effects are Elliemacs, Goldiestarling, GlamAndGore. These girls are insanely talented at what they do I’ll leave the links to their channels and social media down below make sure you check them out. I do also apologize for my fat hands 😂

Okay so we’re going to get into the post but before we do I just want to remind you of the little disclaimer i did put at the start of this post, everything is make up and is FAKE. This is an illusion what makes it look like my fingers are missing from my hand, if you feel uneasy about gore and blood I do advise you skip this post but it’s entirely your choice. I am in no way shape or form a make up artist nor do I consider myself to be great, I’ve got a long way I need to go before I feel confident in my work but this is just a little fun for you guys and see how simple it is to create something gruesome for Halloween. 

Okay so first off you’re going to want to get all your essentials out to create your wound, you will need : 

  1. Liquid Latex 
  2. A foundation in your skin colour 
  3. Cotton wool balls 
  4. Black face paint or eyeshadow 
  5. Red/purple face paint or eyeshadows 
  6. Cotton String or any string you have
  7. Powder (translucent works best)
  8. Fake blood 
  9. Brushes – either small paint brushes which I tend to go for or some eyeshadow brushes.

 

 

STEP 1 PREP : grab some hand cream or any lotion make sure you moisturise those hands so it makes the removal process a bit easier later on. 

STEP 2Liquid Latexnow you can buy liquid latex from just about anywhere at this time of year. You can get it in little kits from ASDA like this one https://direct.asda.com/george/fancy-dress/womens/fx-zombie-make-up-kit/001839461,default,pd.html or your local fancy dress shop.  The one I’m going to be using is from GRIMAS which is a stage and film make up company,LIQUID LATEX IS BASICALLY LIKE SUPERGLUE BUT FOR YOUR SKIN, first you’re going to want to grab a brush from one of your selections. Make a clenched fist with your hand and spread the liquid latex right across your knuckles so it looks like the picture below ⬇️


STEP 3 x MOULDING THE WOUND :  As soon as you have done this, you want to grab some cotton balls and stretch them out so it becomes in the shape of a line so we can place this over the latex. 

When you have stretched it out it should start to look something like this ⬇️

 Then you’re going to want to wait about 5 minutes to let this dry into the latex so it doesn’t move when we get into the next step.

 

STEP 4 x SETTING THE MOULD : Right, now the cotton wool should be secure your gonna go back to the liquid latex you have left and use one of your brushes to apply this around the edges to make sure it’s all stuck down, focus more on the back of your hand as this is where the main focus on blending needs to be. Also apply it over the top of the cotton wool to make a smooth base for us to apply the foundation on the next step. When you’ve completed this you should have something that looks like this ⬇️ (please ignore the red on the cotton wool there was still some cream paint that i couldn’t get off my brush from another make up I did before this one)

20171014_154049.jpg                 again you are going to want to wait around 10 minutes for this to dry. 

 

STEP 5 x MATCHING YOUR SKIN TONE : grab your foundation and pump some out onto a flat surface, you’re going to want to use about 4/5 pumps as this does sink into the cotton. Get your brush and cover the whole cotton area in the foundation also blending it into the back of your hand so there is no harsh lines. You are going to want to do this is small sections so you don’t use more than you need to. Then you should have something like this ⬇️ (also I know this looks orange, this is a random one I keep in my sfx kit because it’s a bit to dark for my day to day pale ass) 

Dust a little bit of powder either translucent or in your shade. Then it should be set and we are now ready to move on to the super fun part!! 

 

STEP 6 x SHADING THE WOUND : okay so for this part you’re going to need a deep red or purple shade and we are going to use this on the back of our hand by the wound so it looks like the skin is irritated, the product I’m going to be using is the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel 

 

I’m going to take the red colour on my brush and blend this around the edges to make it look irritated, after applying with the brush I used my other hand to rub the cream in to give it that more of a realistic look.       

This is what it’s looking like so far, 

You’re also going to want to add this on the front of your hand to create a shadow making the “missing fingers” seem more realistic when we complete the look. When you have done this, start to rip bits of the cotton wool on the front of your hand to give off that ripped skin effect and then go back to your dark red colours and shade in about 3/4 way up your fingers and get right into the wound areas with your brush making sure there is no gaps. 

Now you should have something like this ⬇️

 

 

STEP 7 x EXTRA DETAIL : for this step we are going to take our string and cut off a small amount about 5cm 

And cut it into 4 little pieces like I have in the image shown, this is just going to make it look more as though the fingers have been ripped off. Dot the one end of the string in some left over latex and just place them anywhere on the wound and 1 or 2 under a flap of ‘skin’ what will be ripped up from step 6. When placed on your wound go back to your dark red colours and paint over the string to make it blend in with the look. 

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STEP 8 x BLOOD : Have you heard the term less is more? Keep this in mind as you place the blood along the front of the wound and onto the edges of the part we ripped up earlier on. Then take another brush and smear blood in small sections around the rest of the wound to make it have more affect.  

FINAL LOOK : 

Now we’re here at the end of our creation, you should have something that looks like what I created below, over all this took me about 20 – 30 minutes. If your’s doesn’t look like this don’t worry, you can have your own spin on things and make it your own. I understand that some might not think this is good, compared to what you see online from other artists but like I said earlier I do not consider myself to be a “professional” I’ve never had any training in SFX make up it’s all self-taught, and watching a few tutorials on YouTube. This isn’t something I’m fully confident in yet but I’m aiming to be in the future, as like I said before this is something I want to make a career out of.

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We have now reached the end of this post, I do hope you have enjoyed it and definitely let me know if you create your own of this or even any other Halloween make up if you guys are trying it out! If there is any other special fx make up looks you want to see do let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you guys. I want to say a huge thank you to the people who are following my blog posts, I know I’m a bit all over the place with them and sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not but I’m completely new to this whole blogging world but I’ll get there soon. As I promised earlier on I would leave the links to some of my favourite FX artists so definitely check them out here :

https://www.instagram.com/ellimacssfx/

 

 

Make sure you head on over and check out their work, they are insanely talented!  I hope you’re all looking forward to Halloween coming up, whether you’re staying in and watching something spooky or going out to a party I hope you all have an amazing time and stay safe. I’ll see you again just before Halloween but I know most people will be going out celebrating this coming weekend, if you enjoyed this post don’t forget to follow me so you get a notification next time I post.

see you soon 🙂

Meghan x

Halloween Attractions I Want To Visit 🎃👻

Hi everyone welcome back! I cannot believe we are coming to the end of October already, this year has absolutely flew in. I’m not complaining though as October through till December are my most favourite months of the year. Halloween and Christmas are my favourite times of the year, I find it a bit of a shame that over here in the UK we don’t really celebrate Halloween as much as the USA don’t get me wrong we have some great places to visit and things but where I live there is literally nothing 😭 all I want is a good horror night and to be chased with a chainsaw, is that difficult thing to ask? Now I know you’ve probably just read that and thought “wtf is wrong with you” but trust me I  have a good explanation…i’m obsessed with special FX make up! The gore, guts and blood is what I’m all about when it comes to creating a chatacter. I’ve been a huge fan of special fx make up for a few years now and it all started back when I studied media (creative arts) in secondary school, whatever the topic was for my final piece I always found a way to include a little bit of make up into my work. I was actually thinking of doing a Fx tutorial here on my blog, basically a step by step but I’m not sure yet if that’s something you would want to see make sure you let me know!

But anyways as i was saying halloween is one of my favourite times of the year and something ive always wanted to do is visit a fright night or a scare maze, don’t get me wrong put me in cinema to watch a jumpy horror movie and I will shit my pants, I often do wonder what makes me want to attend one of  these fright nights but again I think it’s the whole character make up and adrenaline what gets me. Clowns are definitely a no go for me they’re creepy af and I’ve been petrified of them ever since I was about 6 and went to Disneyland Paris of all places!! And also horror movies involving dolls or children…absolutely not!! Besides that I wanted to share a couple places that really jump out (sorry for the pun, even though I know you laughed 😉) at me so let’s get right into it…


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS ~ ORLANDO 

     The first place I want to talk about is universal studios horror nights, this is at the very top of places I want to visit even when it’s not Halloween because they have a life size Harry Potter area and the thought of that makes me so excited (I’m a huge potter head if you didn’t know) but yeah every year I see youtubers talking about this and I get so excited for their opening night vlogs, they always pull off a great event and have amazing things to check out including 9 haunted houses, live scare zones and shows. This year a few of the attractions they have is American Horror Story, Saw : The Games Of Jigsaw and The Purge. The horror nights run from September 15th – November 4th so you have plenty time to check things out, they do recommend that it’s not suitable for people under the age of 13. If you have a look at some videos of It on YouTube you’ll understand why. The effort that goes into this event is unreal, the one that grabs my attention the most is the purge nights they have, from what I’ve saw you get people in costumes running about with chainsaws and it’s all Smokey, don’t get me wrong I’d probably be shit scared if I was there but it would be a good laugh! 😂 so if you’re anywhere near universal studios this Halloween and looking for a good scare make sure to check this out!


THORPE PARK FRIGHT NIGHTS ~ UK

Again Thorpe park is definitely a place I want to visit at any time of the year, but this is actually the main place I look forward to hearing what they’re pulling out the bag each year. This year’s main theme is The Walking Dead which is super exciting, personally I don’t watch the show but I have a few close friends who do and they praise it a lot. They have the live action horror mazes and a new ride which I believe opened earlier this year, and it’s all part of an illusion from the amazing Derren Brown. I’ve heard people talk about this and it’s definitely one that will mess with your head and if you’ve seen some of Derren’s work you will know what I mean. This is definitely somewhere I need to visit!! 


Tulleys Shocktober Fest ~ UK 

I always get so excited to see some of my favourite youtubers such as Zoella, Marcus Butler etc. Talk about this, they all go together as a big group and every year I want to join them 😂 again they have scare mazes and things but the hay ride I think it’s called? Looks insane every year, sitting on the back of a truck going round in the dark and live actors coming out from everywhere. If you do watch youtubers I’m sure their vlogs will be coming soon so definitely watch out for them. 


Now there isn’t much more I can say about Halloween events, in some ways they’re mostly the same but each place has their own unique style that makes it that bit different from the other if that makes sense. I get that some people might not like Halloween but for me it’s about creating characters and feeling the adrenaline rush through your body. Everything about Halloween makes me so excited and I do miss being a little kid going out trick or treating, these days I feel like kids don’t really do that anymore where I live I’m not sure if this is everywhere but I feel like it could be. I’m that person who’s thinking of their Halloween costume in February not gonna lie. Again I think it’s because of my love for prosthetics and special effects make up, I would give anything to be behind the scenes of these events and see everyone getting into their costumes and seeing their characters come to life. Let me know down below if you’ve been to one of these events or what your plans for this spooky season are. Next week I’m looking at posting a step by step guide for an easy special fx wound that you guys could maybe give a go, I’m nervous to post it but I’m hoping you will all like. 

That’s it for this week guys I’m sorry it wasn’t much, I hope you enjoyed it and if you did don’t forget to give it a like and follow my page so you don’t miss the next post! Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you all again next week.

Meghan x 

DHC Q10 Liquid Base Make Up And Face Colour Palette Review.

Hello everyone! welcome back to another blog post. I hope you’re doing well and had a great few days since I last posted, for today’s post I thought I would tell you guys about a couple of products I recently came across from the Japanese skin care brand DHC. Back in July I was very kindly gifted these incredible products by an amazing woman called Faye who is head of the hair and make up department on a TV show  here in the UK, when I was on set chatting with her she kindly gave me these products to bring home and try. When I see new make up and brands I’ve never tried before I’m like a kid in a toy shop…IN HEAVEN!! on the way home I was googling and searching trying to find reviews from other people and I was quite shocked that there was basically nothing came up, which makes me think that not many people have tried this brand? they also have a skin care range which I’m hoping to get my hands on a few things soon to try them out, after the results from the make up I have very high hopes. Anyways let’s get in to this review…

DHC Q10 BASE MAKE-UP ~ £25 20171006_185629.jpg

Now this for me is so far my holy grail product, I’m a huge fan of bare minerals complexion rescue and the Revlon colour stay but since the day I tried this I’ve picked it up every time I’ve gone to do my make up. Being pale skinned always makes me weary when I use new products (especially ones I’ve never heard of) but I use this in the shade Natural Ocher 00 which I’m guessing is the palest shade, and honestly I can say this is the best match I’ve had to my skin colour. Since the day I tried this I’ve never looked back! I can’t even remember the last time I used my other face products. When I searched online for this product I found that it said “To Be Discontinued” my heart literally sunk, so me being the obsessive person I am I went on a huge hunt to find some bottles of this (I haven’t run out yet but you can never be too sure right? 😉 ) and little did I know they have recently brought out a newer updated version of this, how it can be updated I don’t know because this is already I N C R E D I B L E trust me.

I found that the newer version of this was only available in the US so I’m going to wait and see if it comes to the UK any time soon. If you want to check out the newer version I’ll leave the link here http://www.dhccare.com/q10-moisture-care-liquid-foundation-ex

whilst searching i finally found a few remaining products on a website here in the uk https://www.escentual.com/dhc/dhc060/?utm_term=1100611741367&utm_content=All%20Products which I am over the moon with!! i know for a foundation you might never have heard of it is a bit pricey but its worth every single penny you spend, not only does it do the job for coverage but this is packed with ingredients to improve your skin such as Collagen, Elastin etc. I’m not too sure how people with oily skin will find this as it is described more for dry skin types. The staying power of this is phenomenal, with me having the anxiety obviously there comes panic attacks which involves sweating so for me when looking for products I need something that claims to be longwearing and I didn’t really see this on the bottle but when I tried it along with my urban decay setting spray this did not move from my face at all, even by my glasses it hadn’t rubbed off and still looked as fresh as it did when I first put it on, which actually came as a shock to me because no matter what every other product seemed to come off where my glasses had been. The coverage is also amazing I suffer from a bit of redness on my cheeks and this covers it no bother and it feels so lightweight and natural and just gives you that fresh glow. if you live here in the UK you can purchase this product on the link up above, the only downside to this is there is only 3 shades which is actually a shame because I feel if there were to be more shades more people would be using this product, so hopefully they com out with more in the future! 

 

DHC FACE COLOUR PALETTE

There isn’t much I can say about a blush, I think everyone knows that it helps give you that pop of colour back into your cheeks and just helps make your skin look more healthier and glowing. this for me isn’t my favourite blusher and unlike the foundation this isn’t something I reach for every day, I feel the colour has to be built up for it to actually look okay but it is great for that every day casual no make up look, and again it’s full of great ingredients for the skin. For me my absolute favourite is the NYX baked blushes which I will probably talk about in another post, but I can’t see myself purchasing this blush in the future. again I could not find this anywhere on sale but I do know they have other blushes available so check them out here https://www.escentual.com/dhc/make-up/face/dhc039/

 

And that’s it for today’s post guys! I hope you have enjoyed it I do apologise for it being short. I’m so glad that I’ve come across this brand because it’s now one of my favourites and hopefully in the future I’ll try out more of their products and skin care range. What makes this brand more interesting for me is the face that everything they create is full of things that help nourish your skin and improve appearance of that natural glow. If you have enjoyed this post please don’t forget to give it a like and follow my blog so you get a notification next time I post, the next few weeks I’m going to be posting Halloween things so make sure you stay tuned! leave a comment below if you have tried any of the DHC products and let me know your thoughts on them.

Also before I do sign out I just want to leave a link here for a friend of mine who recently started YouTube and can I just say he is doing incredible, he uploads daily and it would mean a lot if you guys could go over and check his channel out, subscribe and like to his videos. The link to the channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMsFm308dLtAckLainJXA5A and it’s definitely worth subscribing too!

Thank you guys for reading and I’ll see you again soon with another blog post,

Meghan x