12 February 2016

Beauty | Vichy Dermablend For A Fuller Coverage

A high coverage, matte base is something that I never usually go for. I prefer my skin to look dewy and, well, skin-like. So trying out this little duo was a complete new venture for me…

When I had seen the Vichy Dermablend range in my local Boots store before, for some reason I had always associated it with those who wished to cover acne. With their main selling point of being able to provide a high coverage to those who wanted it, it personally had never really appealed to me. After using these products on my face in these pictures and getting complimented on my skin I decided to report back to you with my thoughts.

The Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation (£18) is a lot different to my usual Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, but I have loved using it for very different reasons. I noticed the high pigmentation immediately once I applied it, which made it clear which areas needed more coverage or if there were any spots that I had missed. I did find however, that you have to work quite quickly with the product as it does begin to dry into the skin due its matte formula. Despite the full coverage however, the product is comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel drying and doesn’t leave a cakey look to the skin. It also has SPF 35, so extra protection against harmful rays is fabulous – but please – no flash photography!

Although the foundation is super long lasting on its own, for maximum wear time I finished my base with the Dermablend Setting Powder (£17). It’s kind of going along with this whole ‘baking’ trend as you apply it to your face, leave it for a couple of minutes and then brush away the excess. The powder is white, so no extra colour is added to the skin, it simply adds an extra layer of invisible coverage. It is said to act as a super barrier to extreme conditions when applied over the foundation, becoming resistant to the likes of sweat and water. I haven’t tried this because I don’t wear make-up underwater or when exercising so I can’t vouch for it in that respect. If you love a super matte finish – then you’ll love this powder.

Although matte isn’t my favourite finish and not one I often go for, it was a lovely change and I will definitely be reaching for this combo when I need/fancy a fuller coverage! Let me know in the comments below what type of coverage you go for and if you have tried the Vichy Dermablend range – I would love to know your thoughts!
Megan. xo
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10 February 2016

Beauty | A UK Beauty Map

UK Beauty Trends
UK Beauty Trends
Makeup is loved by many; in every city, in every country, on every continent. We all embrace different traits, different trends and ensure that we make makeup our own. So what are the UK trends looking like right now?

We are often met on television and in films by many different stereotypes in regards to the beauty world. According to the media, Scousers are known for walking about their every day life with rollers in their hair, the Scottish embrace their natural skin and freckles whilst the Essex girls strive for tanned skin and the whitest teeth. The recent Beauty Map created by Beauty Bay tells us many things and surprisingly, they somewhat go against those media stereotypes.

Starting the furthest up North we can go, the lovely ladies of Scotland in fact wear the most foundation out of any area in the UK. Their ways of going au natural has now descended down to the West Midlands. Maybe the cold, harsh weather that we have suffered has taken a toll on their skin so they feel the need to cover it up. The North East have taken the trophy of the most tanned region from the Essex predecessors, lapping up any tanning opportunity they can get regardless of time of the year. Being a North Eastern gal myself – I can totally vouch for this as I walk down the high street of my town. 

A region that has kept in with the localised stereotypes is the infamous ‘Scouse Brow’ of Liverpool. The area seems to empty their pockets at the smallest inkling of a new brow product as the study shows they spend most of their money on them. Brows on fleek Liverpool, brows-on-fleek. Despite me thinking that lipstick was kind of a big thing everywhere, the people of the South West region have taken that crown. Somerset and the surrounding areas spend 4% more than the national average when it comes to dousing their lips in colour. To finish it off, London – you guys spend the most. It must be that new Charlotte Tilbury store, mustn’t it? 

It is so interesting to see it broken down and to visually see who is spending what on which products in different areas. I guess the media aren’t right all the time with their stereotypes now, are they? Let me know in the comments below what products you think you spend the mot money on and if there are any trends in your area! Teessider’s seem to be loving that under-eye highlight these days… 
Megan. xo
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8 February 2016

Blogging | Let's Talk... About Blogging Up North

Let's Talk About Blogging Up North
I started blogging pretty clueless. I knew nothing about the blogging community, nothing about press samples, nothing about blogging events. Nothing. So is it hard to blog up North?

Basically, no. It's not hard to blog up north, but it is just a completely different kettle of fish. I would go as far to say that really, it is not 'hard' to blog anywhere. All you need is some type of internet access, a head full of content and ideas then whoosh, away you go. At first I didn't notice a thing, I typed my little heart away at my laptop on my bed, snapped products on top of my dresser and squealed with giggly delight when my first ever brand got in touch to collaborate! Little did I know, this blog would take off as it did and become a little business for myself... But OMG, I NEED TO MOVE TO LONDON.

I don't. There are some absolute fantastic reasons for blogging up North, especially in the North East. First and foremost, the community is second to none. Northerners are renowned for being super-friendly, welcoming and light-hearted people (most of us, anyway!); & well, the community is just that. The North East Bloggers Facebook group I made now has almost 250 members and is a great place for bloggers alike to meet and connect with one another. Events do occasionally happen and when they do they are fantastic, they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside being able to meet and chat with such fantastic people.

But am I limited? Does living up here hinder my blogging experience?

I get emails on a weekly basis asking if I'm available to 'pop down' to a product launch in central London, or come for Afternoon Tea with a brand to chat about what's new with them. 95% of the time, I have to politely decline, wrap up in my dressing gown and sob in the corner. Unless a brand offers to subsidise travel, or I feel like it is something I will hugely benefit from, I can't afford to fork out £100+ for a return train ticket to London. Poor student and all that jazz. I can't help but watch via social media, bloggers meeting up constantly, becoming best friends and have a grand ol' whale of a time. I'm genuinely jealous and I'm not afraid to admit that.

I often think of the future, and whether I will make the big move or not. If you had asked me a few years ago whether I wanted to live in London I would have said yes in an instant, but now the times have changed slightly. The ever-rising prices of living in London completely puts a spin on my mindset, what you can get up North for an average monthly rent down South is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. If I'm honest, I'd love to make it successful as a blogger and still live up North, who knows - it may even give me an edge?

So there are definitely pros and cons of living up North as a blogger. As I grow I am determined to make it work and help in growing and interacting with the whole community. Are you a Northern or Southern blogger? Do you notice a difference? Let me know in the comments below - I'd love to know your thoughts on the matter!
Megan. xo
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6 February 2016

Fragrance | Feeling Euphoric for Valentines

Calvin Klein Euphoria Fragrance
Calvin Klein Euphoria Fragrance
With Valentines Day around the corner, it is time to get our flirt on. Whether that be with your other half or a fictional character in your dreams. A date with your lover, or your mate, it is always nice to smell good...

Euphoria means being in a state of intense happiness & excitement and that is something that we should all feel this Valentines Day. Although I am not the biggest advocate of the holiday, it is nice to feel loved this February. Smelling attractive can sometimes make you feel a lot more confident. Calvin Klein's Euphoria (£52) can do just that. The notes that are included are a total mix of lots of lovely things. The inclusion of pomegranate gives me a reminder of the famous Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, whilst the black orchid reminds me of that Tom Ford scent. It seems a like a dream combination of some absolutely fabulous fragrances all rolled into one.

Debenhams have put together a great selection of their finest perfumes and aftershaves all ready for the big V-Day. What is even better is that they also have £10 off them to - the perfect time to pick something up if you've had your eye on it! You can pick up one of my all time favourites, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb for only £48, or one of my newer favourites, Paco Rabanne's Olympia for £44 - such a bargain!

What are your plans for this Valentines Day? I'm working the evening but I'm sure me and my other half will find some other time in the week to go out for some food. We don't 'celebrate' it as such, we just really like food! Let me know what scent you'll be wearing too!
Megan. xo
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