Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Twenty and New Adventures!

elsie de wolfe quote

I don't think I've ever done a little update post, I've always thought that it would bore the hell out of you all. But, I actually enjoy reading these type of blog posts so I thought I'd do one myself and it might even interest you. I turned twenty on Saturday which is absolutely crazy to say because time has FLOWN!

So, today I got a offered a new job! I'm feeling ecstatic and I can't wait to start. For the past year I have been working full time at Boux Avenue, it's honestly the best place to work in retail. All my colleagues are lovely and it's such great pay with amazing benefits! I'm sad to be leaving but I hate working in retail with a passion, the girls at work are the only thing keeping me going. You may or may not know that I am a fully qualified hairdresser, so I have decided to go back into a hair salon. Yayyyyy. I'm so excited but nervous for the new start.

You may have seen through social media that I have someone very new in my life, well not very new, we've known eachother since we were young. I love him and his family with all of my heart, they mean everything to me and I'm so excited for many memories ahead.

Also, I've recently decided to become a distributor for a company called Nu Skin. They're quite well known for their AP24 whitening toothpaste. As well as their toothpaste, they stock cosmetics, facial products and body products. Each product is absolutely amazing! I've set up a separate Instagram page for my new little business, if you would like to follow me on my journey, feel free to check me out at megselizabethbeauty.

So, I am super excited to start my new little adventures! Cheers to new beginnings!


Thursday, 8 June 2017

My Experience with Individual Eyelash Extensions!

I originally booked in to get individual eyelashes done for a weeks holiday back in March. I was excited as much as I was nervous; I didn't know what I would look like with them, how they'd feel or even if they'd suit me. I had a mini consultation with the lash technician beforehand and told her exactly how I wanted them to look.

individual lashes experiences

Little did I know that I'd end up absolutely loving them and that I'd become addicted to the easy morning routine of not applying any mascara. Having lashes makes your life 100x easier; you can have that extra ten minutes in bed and you can go on holiday/swimming without wearing mascara, the list could go on. Prices vary quite a bit for a full set of lashes, I paid £60 for mine but it's definitely worth every penny! Mine lasts around two and a half weeks before I need to get them infilled. The price for my lash infills start from £18 depending on how many lashes are missing, I haven't paid any more than £20 for infills.

Most people that have had eyelash extensions before say that they have lost their natural lashes or that their natural lashes are really short. This isn't the case for everyone if you take good care of them. I own up to picking a few out whilst the individuals were growing out which caused some of my lashes to come out and shorten. I have actually taken my individual lashes off now after three months to give my natural lashes a break from the glue. I'm happy to say that my natural lashes are still in perfect condition, some are a little shorter than others but there's no gaps at all. I am also using an eyelash treatment to keep them from breaking and to keep them in a healthy condition.

These mink lashes aren't irritating in any way, they are really comfortable. I really recommend getting them done if you've been thinking about it or if you have a really busy lifestyle and can't live without your mascara.

Have you ever had individual eyelash extensions?

Friday, 2 June 2017

NYX On the Spot Makeup Brush Cleaner Spray

nyx on the spot makeup brush cleaner spray

Tell me if I'm wrong but it's always such a chore giving your makeup brushes a good deep clean. I recently bought a makeup brush cleaner spray from NYX for when your brushes need a quick cleanse and you don't have the time. I have used a product before which is similar from No7 and I was really impressed by it so I thought I'd give this one from NYX a go.

All you do is simply spritz the product on some paper towel and gently swirl your makeup brushes around. It obviously doesn't give them a thorough deep clean but it does give them a minimal cleanse. The spray itself smells really nice which is great as it also makes your brushes smell amazing too! This cleansing spray is perfect if you don't have the time to give your brushes a deep clean or if you want to cleanse your eyeshadow brush to get rid of the old colour. The product dries within minutes too so you don't have to wait overnight or for a few hours for your brushes to dry. The spray is gentle on the bristles and leave them feeling soft and as good as new.
For £10, this is definitely worth it!


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Urban Decays All Nighter Foundation Review

 urban decay foundation review

I have been meaning to get my hands on this foundation for absolutely ages. I've been using it for around a month now, why the hell didn't I buy it sooner?
The packaging of the foundation is uniquely beautiful and super lightweight. I was expecting it to have a little bit of weight like all other foundations I've owned. When I first held it, my initial thought was "is there actually any product in here? It feels empty". At least it's great for travelling. I also love how the barrel containing the foundation inside moves up every time you pump product out. At least you'll get every drop of foundation when you're almost out of it. Talk about getting your moneys worth, ey?

urban decay all nighter foundation review

I was actually matched in store as a 1.0. I didn't want to be buying the wrong shade for something this expensive. I'm not used to buying hella expensive foundations, I usually stick to drugstore. You don't even need to use a full pump of product to apply this for a full face. A little goes a long way with this foundation, about half a pump will do. It buffs in easily and evenly with both a beauty blender and a foundation brush. It has a slight yellow undertone which is what I prefer instead of pink and it matches my skin perfectly. It is also a really lightweight foundation and my face has a soft touch to it compared to my usual drugstore foundations which always still felt quite dewy. It didn't seem to crease or sit in my smile lines at all either.

It definitely controls my oily skin and gives my skin the demi-matte look. It does last a good six hours but from there on, I find that it does go a little bit patchy on my t-zone. Although, that's not a huge problem as I just pat over my t-zone with a damp, clean beauty blender and it looks fresh again. Overall, this foundation is amazing and I'm so glad that I finally purchased it, I just wish it lasted a few hours longer.

Have you tried the all nighter foundation?


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Fake Kylie Lip Kits: How to Spot a Fake

fake kylie cosmetics

Wow, it's been a month since I last blogged. It's weird being back but I've missed it terribly! So much has happened in my life recently; loved ones have left and new people have come in. I just needed a break from everything and working full time makes it harder to fit things in which I enjoy doing alongside. Anyway, I'm back with a post which you may find pretty pointless or very helpful, I've definitely learnt my lesson. A few months ago, silly ol' me saw a suggested page come up on my Facebook called Blingtrend. It was advertising 'discounted' Kylie lip kits at the time. I was going to buy one for my sisters birthday after weeks of her begging. Obviously, Kylies lip kits aren't the cheapest so when I saw this deal, I thought why the hell not!?

The website was clean and had the 'secure payment' and '100% satisfaction' labels. I was a little unsure at the time what to think of the whole 'discounted lip kits' situation but I ended up buying the one she wanted anyway. It had been three weeks since I bought the Koko K lip kit and I didn't have any confirmation email. I emailed them numerous times asking when it would be delivered and I heard nothing. I ended up doing a little bit of research about this website and there's SO many bad reviews and everyone saying that it's fake. Why didn't I do this research before making payment? Arrhh.

difference between a fake and real kylie lip kit

I ended up buying the real deal from Kylie Cosmetics. Luckily, it arrived just in time for her birthday. After a month of purchasing the Koko K lip kit from this dodgy site, it arrived at my door. Obviously, I could tell that it was fake straight away when my sister had the genuine one.

The real Koko K is on the left whereas the fake one is on the right. The colour is completely off. The fake lipstick is darker but is more of a pinky/purple colour compared to the real Koko K which is more of a dark nude. The tubes are very similar but the real one is a little bit wider. The text on the fake lipstick is bolder and quite jaggedy.

fake kylie lip kits blog

kylie cosmetics koko k

The colour of the design on the fake box is completely different to the colour of the fake lipstick. It's purple compared to what it actually looks like. Packaging is a massive giveaway with fake cosmetics - especially when it looks and feels cheap too. Let's also talk about the smell; like every fake cosmetic it smells of chemicals, ew. Although, the real Koko K smells really sweet so that's positive.

You can also notice the difference by the suction when you pull the brush out, the genuine one comes out smoothly whereas, the fake one stops before getting all the way out. Don't even get me started on the difference of the brushes! So, the real Koko K is on the right of this picture; the brush is shorter and fatter compared to the fake one which looks like any regular lipgloss you bought when you were 10. The stick is wider and clear unlike the fake one which is thinner and white coloured.

fake vs real kylie lip kit

I decided to do a swatch on a piece of paper. I'm sure you can tell which one is real before I even explain. The real Koko K is thicker and goes on smoother. The fake Koko K is a really thin product and it never dries, it stays tacky all day. Your lips are always sticking together, it's so annoying. The real Koko K dried in minutes with no smudging. Just look at the colour and consistency between the two products. It's mad!

If you see a cosmetic like this selling for a ridiculous price, don't think twice. Who knows what chemicals fake cosmetics have in them? Don't fall for it! Have you ever bought a fake product before?

koko k lipstick real and fake

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque

dr botanicals overnight face mask

night face mask dr botanicals

You may remember that I worked with Dr Botanicals a few months back sharing their gorgeous Moroccan Rose range. So, when they contacted me again and asked if I'd like to try out their advanced purifying overnight masque* to honour National Bed Month, I couldn't say no.

The smell of this product is beautiful which is probably down to the natural ingredients contained in the masque; which is:

-Papaya which is rich in minerals and Vitamin C, this regenerates cells to make the skin look younger and brighter.
-Jojoba Oil which enhances the skins elasticity.
-Sweet Almond Oil which softens, soothes and moisturises all at once.

dr botanicals advanced purifying overnight masque

It's a thin, runny product which makes it easier to apply to your face. You need to apply a thin layer anyway and the runniness of the product makes it easy to glide over the face. So, a little goes a long way with this, you don't need much product. There's a little bit of a firm feeling after it being on for around ten minutes or so, (like one of those peel off masks when it gets really tight, although this masque isn't as severe).

dr botanicals

It's soothing and refreshing once applied. It's also really lightweight too which is perfect as there's nothing I hate more than a overnight face product which is heavy whilst I'm trying to wind down and get to sleep. I use this product every night and the next morning, I wake up with brighter, softer and healthier looking skin every time. I'm also going to mention that it's sensitive skin friendly, like all of their other products!

Throughout this month, you can buy this masque for £19.99 instead of the original selling price of £67. Enter the code 'MEGSBLOG' at checkout.

Have you tried an overnight product before?

*This post features a product which I was sent for a review. As always, my review and opinions are completely honest and my own.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Two Newest Additions to my Skincare Routine

olay skin care products

olay serum review

olay regenerist review

I really wanted to try out some new skin care, so as Superdrug was doing a 2 for 1 offer on Olay skin care products, I obviously went ahead with the offer.

I've never used a facial serum or any anti-aging product before. This serum comes in a small red bottle with an easy to use pump which you twist to open or lock. The product is shimmery white in colour and it absorbs really quickly. You can see the difference within about two weeks - t3he skin is firmer and the visibility of my fine lines under my eyes is reduced. I like to use this before I apply my moisturiser.

olay featherweight moisturiser review

I was expecting the bottle of this moisturiser to be bigger but it's no big deal. The bottle has a golden tone colour to it and again, it has the same style of pump as the serum. You don't need much product to cover your face as it spreads quite evenly. It definitely is light on the face and it absorbs quick too. This moisturiser is perfect for all skin types. I do find it to be quite an oily product, but I have oily skin and it hasn't made it any worse than it was before. My skin looks brighter and feels so much softer.

Have you tried any Olay products before?

Saturday, 25 February 2017

My Current Drugstore Makeup Favourites

 my current makeup favourites

drugstore makeup reviews

Makeup Obsession Highlighter - 'Moon'
Need an amazing affordable highlighter? Look no further! After seeing a few British YouTubers rave about this, I just had to get it and try it out for myself. This shimmery white highlight is so pigmented and it's only £3! I find that it's long-lasting too, which is a bonus for such a cheap highlight.

Freedom Brow Promade - 'Soft Brown'
This has also been known as a dupe of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow promade. This is a very creamy product and a little goes a long way, you don't need much product on your brush to fill in your brows. It's soft and easy to blend and work with. The product lasts all day and keeps the brow hairs in place. I've never found this product to smudge or move at all. For just £5, I think it should be worth more.

drugstore makeup favourites

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick - 'Bedtime Flirt'
I had been bursting to try out the Lingerie lipsticks for absolutely ages! This shade is a nude pink/mauve colour. I would suggest that you exfoliate your lips before applying this as you can get that horrible 'dry, cracked lips look'. It glides on smoothly but it's quite tacky whilst waiting for it to dry. I have found it to be long-lasting and stay on whilst eating and drinking although it goes quite patchy after around 4-5 hours. It doesn't dry my lips out at all like some people say it does - the only reason I have in mind is because I don't wear it every day. This is the perfect matte nude every day lip colour.

Ardell Demi Wispies
I'm sure everyone has heard of these famous lashes. I had seen so many people rave about these, I finally tried them out for the first time last month. I love every thing about them - they're not too long, they look natural but also give that 'glam' look, very lightweight, full, soft and feathery. They blend beautifully with your own natural lashes. The glue is great, although it's in a tube so it can get quite messy. These lashes last all day and night - they are quite tricky to get off. But these are by far my favourite lashes of all time!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Lush Sex Bomb Review

lush sex bomb review

lush bath bomb review

Ok, so I am a little late to try out this bath bomb, as always. I swear I'm always the last one jumping on the bandwagon to try out Lush products. Anyway, I've been super excited to throw this in the bath and jump in. Just look at how pretty it is! Sex bomb has just two colours involved, the girly pink and purple. There's also an adorable pink rose sitting in the middle of it which makes it a hundred times prettier. I love floral scents anyway, so smelling this made me love it even more. It smells so sweet and florally and it lingers around the bathroom and on the skin for a good few hours after.

lush sex bomb review blog

Lush states: "The fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage will soon have you relaxed and feeling in the mood. Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, whilst ylang ylang is known for soothing worries." Knowing about this description, I instantly felt satisfied as I suffer with anxiety and I have been feeling quite stressed and worried at the moment.

lush sex bomb review blog post

lush bath bombs review

The bomb fizzed out pink and purple but turned my bath water to just a pretty pink colour. It was very relaxing and moisturising for my skin. I'd definitely buy this again, it has to be one of my favourite products from Lush. Buy it here for £3.50.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Naked 2 vs Naked 3: Which One to Buy...

naked 2 vs naked 3

I have only recently begun to properly love Urban Decay. The Naked 3 palette was the first UD product I owned and I used it near enough every day. As I loved it so much, I decided that I wanted the Naked 2 palette for Christmas. I think I will eventually end up owning every palette. The smoky palette is actually next on my list, hah!

naked 3 palette review

naked 3 palette review blog

Maybe I should've cleaned the palette before taking pictures of it, oops, I'm sure you don't mind. Everything about this palette is so pretty. Like all of Urban Decays palettes, they're so pigmented. Although, I do find that some shades are a little more pigmented than others. I also find that some shades are more loose than pressed. For example, you only need to dip your brush in once for 'dust' and 'blackheart' as it picks up so much product. Whereas, you have to brush multiple times on 'trick' and 'burnout' to get the colour you want. If you love pink and shimmery shades, then this will soon be your new bff.

naked 3 palette swatches

naked palettes comparison

naked 2 palette review

As you can see, this palette is a lot cleaner than the Naked 3 palette. There's a mixture of warm and cool tones in this palette compared to Naked 3 which is just full of warm tones. Again, some shades are more pigmented than others and there's some that are loose and pressed. It was so hard choosing my favourite palette as I love both of them the same. I think Naked 2 has to be my favourite though as there's more of a range of colours and I'd wear these colours more than the ones in Naked 3.

All of the shades in both of the palettes are long-lasting and true to how they look in the palette. They're also really lightweight and easy to blend.
Overall, the quality of the palettes are exactly the same, the colour themes are just different. Do you own any of the Naked palettes? If you don't which one out of these two would you choose to buy?

naked 2 palette swatches


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Freedom Makeup - My New Favourite Drugstore Makeup Brand?

freedom makeup review

After hearing a positive review on Freedoms pro brow pomade, I headed straight to the Superdrug website. There's a huge range of colours to choose from. I bought 'soft brown' and I'm so glad I did because it's the perfect colour! I haven't personally tried ABH brow pomade but this could definitely be a dupe and I think every other person that has tried this would say the same.
 It's a very creamy product and a little goes a long way, you really don't need a lot of product on your brush to fill in your brows. I can't see myself running out of this anytime soon. It's soft, long-lasting, easy to blend and work with. Honestly, I won't go back to any other brow product now I've tried this and for only £5, I think it should be worth more.

freedom brow pomade review

I had never tried the Freedom brand before and as the Freedom products were on a 3 for 2 offer, I decided to go with the offer. As I had never tried colour correcting before, I decided to buy this palette. Again, this was £5. I didn't realise how good this palette would be. I'll never apply my makeup without colour correcting ever again, it really does make a difference! You can't see any redness and it hides the dark circles under your eyes.

freedom colour correct palette

freedom contour stick review

I usually stick to using powder for contouring as I find it a lot easier to use than cream contours. I bought this in the colour 'medium'. I still don't know why I bought medium instead of light, I'm so confused haha. Anyway, this is totally the wrong colour for me. It's way too dark for my skin tone and it's quite orange undertoned too. The highlighter doesn't even do anything either.
It is a good creamy consistency for how cheap it looks. Although, it's a nightmare to blend out. I'm disappointed with this product, it's mainly my fault as I bought the wrong colour. But even if it was the right colour, it would still be hard to blend out, look cheap and the highlight would still be useless. Good thing this was £5. Have you tried Freedom makeup?


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Boux Avenue's Backless & Strapless Bra!

boux avenue backless and strapless bra review blog

Had enough of questioning yourself and googling whether or not this 'magic' bra works? I have just the answer you're looking for!
After buying a dress which was completely backless, I had limited options. I either buy boob tape and nipple covers or I buy a backless and strapless bra and hope for the best that it works. As it was a night out in the city, I really wanted something to support me but wouldn't unstick halfway through the night, (how awks would that be!). So I went for both options and bought the bra, boob tape and nipple petals just to be on the safe side.

The bra is already moulded into shape and it has clear, flimsy wings either side. It comes with two sets of replacement tape which you stick on the wings so you can wear the bra twice. You can buy some more replacement tape for the wings so you can make use of your bra again. It surprised me how sticky this tape is, it really works! Once the bra is on, you can't see the clear wings at all.

After a few hours, it had moved itself a little so I had to do a little bit of adjusting. By the end of the night, my bra was starting to unstick. Luckily I bought the boob tape and just stuck that vertically over the wings. I guess this happened because I got all sweaty after dancing all night. Boux Avenue also suggests to not wear moisturiser as the bra won't stick to your skin.

If you need a backless and strapless bra for a few hours, hell yeah go for it! The support from this bra was perfect for my size but if you have a bigger bust, I personally wouldn't purchase this. If you're thinking about buying one of these, I advise you to buy a size smaller than you usually wear, just because it'll fit and stick better. This bra comes in the colours nude and black and you have the option to buy it as a boost or as a normal bra. All items mentioned and pictured are from Boux Avenue.

backless and strapless bra review blog


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette Review

maybelline the rock nudes palette review

maybelline the rock nudes palette review blog

After falling in love with the shades in this palette, I decided to ask for it for Christmas. I don't use drugstore palettes that often, but I always love to try them out and see if they're any good for such an affordable price. This palette includes twelve eyeshadows; six shimmers and six mattes.

I'm disappointed that the shades don't have individual names, does anyone else like to know the shades by names? Haha. All of the shades are very soft and powdery which can sometimes cause a little bit of fallout - make sure you're wearing your best eye primer! The majority of shades are more pigmented than others. The only two shades that aren't very pigmented are the second and fourth on the bottom row.

the rock nudes palette swatches
These swatches are in the order of the palette. Top row - top picture. Bottom row - bottom picture.
Hardly any of the shades are true to the colour they look in the palette. A good example is the electric blue colour in the palette, on the top row. When I swatched this, it was more of a dark grey, brownish colour with blue sparkles in it. This shade was a huge disappointment as I was so excited to wear this and I was expecting more of it. Whereas, the first and last shades on the top row are extremely true to colour.

Overall, this palette is touch and go. I'd personally only use a few of the shades out of the twelve.
Is it worth buying? For £9.99, yes as I'd still use the shades. If you're thinking to yourself that you wouldn't use them then don't purchase it.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Spectrum Brushes: The Glam Clam Review

spectrum glam clam review

the glam clam review blog post

 After browsing the Spectrum website admiring their brushes throughout 2016, I asked for the glam clam for Christmas. How gorgeous is the packaging though?! I like to keep my makeup brushes in a holder as it's easier and less messy than keeping them in my makeup bag. Obviously I can't throw this cute lilac clam away though. Great, more unused clutter for my room. But, this is great for travel purposes and sleeping out, so, it does come in useful.

the glam clam review

spectrum brushes review blog
L to R: B04, ,A17, A01, A06, B06
The brushes remind me of mermaids and unicorns. I love the contrast of the two purple colours with the coppery gold and turquoise coloured handle. I feel like the brushes don't pick up as much product as I'd have liked, probably because I'm used to using my Real Techniques brushes, they literally pick up everything. But, these mermaid brushes still do the job and pick up just enough product. All of the eye brushes apply and blend incredibly well. The set contains:

-B01 Flat top buffer
-A01 Large domed powder
-A05 Precision blush
-B03 Buffing concealer
-A06 Large fluffy shader
-B06 Tall tapered blender
-B04 Small angled blender
-A17 Angled brow
-A15 Lip liner
-A09 Angled eyeliner

spectrum brushes review
L to R: A05, B03, A09, A15, B01
I usually use my fingers to pat in my concealer but I thought I'd give the concealer buffer brush a go. It's fantastic at buffing in my concealer, it doesn't leave any streaks and it doesn't take away any concealer from my face, like some brushes do. I'm not going to go into much detail about every single brush as they all do the same good job. They're all super soft, they all apply and blend well, they don't leave any streaks, they're easy to clean and I haven't had any bristles fall out.

If you're looking for some new, pretty, long-lasting makeup brushes, these are the ones for you! Buy the set for just £59.99 here.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2016

First of all, happy new year! I've been blogging for just over two years and seriously, where has the time gone? I have started to see a few of the annual 'what I got for Christmas' posts floating about and thought that it's about time I wrote mine up. I didn't really know what I wanted for Christmas this year, I find it harder and harder to give people ideas every year but I was extremely happy and grateful with everything I received.

what i got for christmas 2016

I really wasn't expecting a new handbag as I have SO many, but everything about this Ted Baker bag is beautiful! I also got a black Ted Baker clutch and mini purse for when I need a smaller bag for nights out. My boyfriend bought tickets to go and see Olly Murs in April at the O2 along with this t-shirt I have to wear, haha. Honestly, I wish he recorded my reaction, I was so happy! I wanted some new makeup brushes and after hearing that the Spectrum brushes were amazing, I asked my nan to buy them for me for Christmas. I picked out the glam clam, the colours of the brushes are so pretty and super soft too!

what i got for christmas 2016 blog post

After so many people have raved about this book, I asked for it for Christmas. I haven't yet read it but I'm super excited to get my head in it. Along with my 2017 diary, I got a Swarovski pen. Yes, it's everything a girl could wish for... rose gold, crystals and pink! It also comes with a replaceable ink cartridge, so when your pen runs out, you don't have to throw it away. I got a few pieces of jewellery for crimbo too; choker from Lovisa, bracelet from Swarovski, both rings from Pandora and earrings from Warren James.

what i got for christmas blog

what i got for christmas 2016 blog

My mum bought me these knee high boots for Christmas back in October, they're so lush and they look amazing on! Like every year, I got multiple bath products. I'm not going to lie, I've still got some leftover from last Christmas and my birthday. I think I may have to share my products with my mum and sister so I can get through my stash a little quicker. And of course, I got the random bits and bobs like money, gift cards, chocolate, jelly beans, socks, deodorant etc.

What did you get for Christmas?