22 August 2016

Beauty | theBalm Do Lip Liners!

theBalm PickUp Liners
theBalm PickUp Liners
theBalm PickUp Liners
theBalm PickUp Liners
Lip products are massive in my makeup collection, I own far too many. So what's one more or maybe eight more? Eh?

When I can be bothered and am putting a full face of makeup on (usually the weekend) I love a good three-product lip. I am talking a full lip of liner, followed by lipstick and topped with a gloss. But for the most of the time, during the working week, I'll settle for a swipe of lipstick, or even a lip liner by itself, if it's good enough. Are theBalm's Pickup Liners (£14) good enough? Yes, yes they are. & I am bloody thrilled about it.

When I opened up this gem of a package, I squealed at the range of colours! From neutral browns to baby pinks to vibrant reds, as long as you are not into purple (none of that - sorry!), these lip liners have you sorted. They are wind-up crayon style pencils, so no sharpening needed - just make sure you don't wind it up too much when you use it as there is a possibility of snapping! Upon first application, I recognised just how creamy the pencils were, they apply so softly whilst still being precise. The colour is almost identical to the coloured nib on the packaging, which is often rare with lip products as they can often be a bit off! The pigmentation is great and the product lasts relatively well, you only need to top up after a few hours if you're not eating and drinking - ideal for days in the office. They are a great base for lipsticks to accentuate the colour and are all round trooper lip product!

Are you a fan of lip liners? Or do you just go solo with your lippy and go? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know what youse use!

Megan. xo

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19 August 2016

Blogging | A Huge Thank You

Megan Lillie from Thumbelina Lillie
I am here today with a blog post that I am buzzing to write, honestly, it feels like my fingers are going ten to the dozen...

First and foremost, I want to say a huge thank you to the most important person, Hayley. Hayley once dreamt up the Bloggers Blog Awards and for the second year in the row, that dream has become a reality and the awards are back and bigger than ever. The past two years she has worked countless days and had many-a-sleepless night for the awards to be as kick-ass as they are. From finding category judges to scheduling tweets to organising the event itself and getting so many amazing brands on board, this girl is the definition of GIRLBOSS. What she has done for the blogging community is insane, and I salute her for it.

Secondly, thank you to you guys, the readers of Thumbelina Lillie. Being shortlisted last year was incredible, but to be going into these awards with two shortlists feels pretty surreal. Blogging is at my very core and is a huge part of me, so to be involved in something that's created by bloggers for bloggers is great. The entire blogging community is full to the brim of wonderful and inspiring bloggers, I could spend hours listing them all. This blog awards is not about cliques and being glossy, it's about real blogs with real, raw people behind them, a complete and utter mix of talent and it's a sheer privilege to be a part of it.

I'm not gonna ask you to vote for me, that's your decision. But vote here for your favourite bloggers and give them a big internet hug will you? It'll make their day.

Megan. xo

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17 August 2016

Beauty | Eyebrows with Eylure

Eyebrow Products with Eylure
Eyebrow Products with Eylure
Eyebrow Products with Eylure
Eyebrow Products with Eylure
If your eyes are the window to the soul, your eyebrows must be the curtains or something, they need to be fabulous.

Eylure is known for their fabulous false lashes, mostly. I have used them myself for years as they've always been a fail safe brand for when I need my peepers to flutter more. When an email popped into my inbox telling me of their venture into eyebrow products, I was so intrigued. When you are so set in your market, how will it work out when you branch further up the face, so to speak? I take my brow products very seriously as they frame your entire face so I need them to be as fleeky as possible. As long as it's not warm-toned, can give me a killer arch and a pointy ass tale, I'm a happy makeup lover.

First up, we have their Pomade (£8.95), which I was super keen to see how it played out due to being such a huge lover of the cult Dip Brow! The first thing I noticed was the scent, a minty little tingle which I noticed is a feature of all the products, I'm not complaining like - they smell fresh! The product is insanely creamy, which I did not expect, an almost softer gel eyeliner consistency. This can be a bit of a pain if you want clean lines, but they are easily put right! The product has a lot of pigment, meaning you only need the teeniest amount before you go full on intense brow. I think in small doses, that'll be great! The Brush and Wand Duo (£6.50) I used with the pomade wasn't as sturdy as I'd hoped, but it's a great size if you have larger eyebrows as you can cover so much space.

The Brow Contour (£8.95) is a product to go for if you prefer a softer, more natural brow. The pencil is easy to use and perfect for filling in any gaps that you may have. I have a scar at the front of one of my brows which makes it shorter than it's sister, but with this, I can easy create the illusion that they are the same. The opposite end of the brow colour is great for cleaning up the brow and any mishaps you may have, it doesn't 'highlight' as such but conceals to create sharp looking edges. Finally, we have the Brow Amplifier (£8.95), a coloured brow gel. This one is hella pigmented, so can easily be worn by itself to add an extra dosage of colour to an already full brow and it shapes the brows into place to keep them at bay. One thing, though, make sure your wipe the brush before you first use it, otherwise, you'll end up with it everywhere. 

So there's my two-pence piece on the new products from Eylure. What are your go-to brands when it comes to your furry buggers? Let me know in the comments!

Megan. xo

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15 August 2016

Event | Blogosphere Summer Party

Blogosphere Summer Party
Blogosphere Summer Party
Blogosphere Summer Party
Blogosphere Summer Party
Blogosphere Summer Party
Blogosphere Summer Party
The magazine made for bloggers, Blogosphere, hosted a Summer Party and it was wonderful. It made the trip to London so worthwhile...

I remember purchasing an online copy of the first Issue of Blogosphere magazine, Estee was on the cover and I read it front to back and instantly fell in love. So when asked if I wanted to come down to London for their #BlogosphereSummerParty, I texted my gal Carli, and we booked our train tickets immediately for a weekend in the capital. Getting off at Southwark tube station, we strolled around in the sunshine for ten minutes and reached the super cool apartment the event was hosted in. A huge space decorated in bloggers, brands and huge armchairs - when can I move in?

The event was essentially a meet up for bloggers alike, three hours of chit-chat, giggles and gossip (the good kind!) and brands for us to mingle in-between. The London Tea Company supplied some refreshing ice tea and discussed all of their stunning flavours, look at that packaging! Next to them was a wondrous supply of cakes, which were absolutely insane in flavour as they were in appearance! I opted for the mint chocolate and as expected, it was spot on. At the opposite side of the room was Jewellery Box, a brand that I've worked with (see post here) and truly love, their pieces are just stunning, so affordable and don't make your fingers go green - what a winner!

We were given an ice-breaker card which was an absolutely fabulous idea. You essentially had to speak to new bloggers and find out their genre in a sort of bingo-style way. It was a fantastic way to initiate conversation with new people, I'm sure I spoke to 10/12 bloggers that it was my first time coming across, so amazing! The room was full to the brim with smiles and good vibes, it warmed my heart SO much. I have been to a fair few large events and I often come away really upset, not because I didn't enjoy the event, I just often worry about how I come across and if people like me. Which is pretty friggin' silly. But this event, I came away absolutely buzzing and thrilled to have had conversations with so many lovely people... AND I FINALLY GOT TO MEET VIX.

Megan. xo

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