24 May 2016

Beauty | A Cream Eye Shadow Obsession

Cream Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise and Colour Chameleon, theBalm Batter Up Sticks and Maybelline Colour Tattoo
Cream Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise and Colour Chameleon, theBalm Batter Up Sticks and Maybelline Colour Tattoo
Cream Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise and Colour Chameleon, theBalm Batter Up Sticks and Maybelline Colour Tattoo
Cream Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise and Colour Chameleon, theBalm Batter Up Sticks and Maybelline Colour Tattoo
For sheer ease of application, I kind of have a love affair for cream eye shadows, whether in a pot or a stick form, I am in love…

Cream eye shadow pots remain on top for me, they are little pots of glory that create a whole look with simply one product. I find the best way to apply these is by first using a finger as it seems to get the best pigmentation onto the immediate lid, I find that patting the colour into the centre gives a really intense finish. I’ll then take a fluffy brush and work some more of the product into the crease and to diffuse the colour in the centre, creating a seamless finish. I love using Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerize in ‘Jean’ to brighten the eyes as it’s a stunning champagne-gold shade, whilst the famous Maybelline Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’ creates an effortless smoky eye. 

I am also in love with eye shadow sticks as they are great for when you are on the go and need to top up if you are going from day-to-night. You can apply straight from the bullet, meaning no messy fingers, and the colours are usually buildable. Whether you are after a simple wash of colour, or something really popping on your lids, sticks are a great option. I usually use a dense brush to blend the pigmentation out, as sticks can be a little trickier to get that seamless edge. I’ve loved using the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in ‘Amber Haze’ for a great light golden sweep of colour. But for something intense, I love theBalm’s Batter Up Sticks – the pigmentation is insane and they beautifully last all day long – obsessed!

As much as I love my powder palettes like my Urban Decay Naked ones, I’m opting for a cream version as of late! Let me know in the comments below what type of formula is your favourite, and if you have tried any of these beauties out!

Megan. xo
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22 May 2016

Lifestyle | Newcastle Diaries - Cocktails @ The Botanist

The Botanist, Newcastle.
The Botanist, Newcastle.
The Botanist, Newcastle.
The Botanist, Newcastle.

The Botanist and Botanist Martini at The Botanist, Newcastle.
The Botanist and Botanist Martini at The Botanist, Newcastle.
The Botanist and Botanist Martini at The Botanist, Newcastle.
On a girl’s trip away, cocktails are always a must-have necessity. When chatting away, I just had to take Carli to The Botanist for a round of drinks…

The Botanist in Newcastle gives me all kinds of ‘feels’. As soon as I walk up those flights of stairs and into their main seating area, I just can’t help but sigh in awe of its beauty. Overlooking Grey’s Monument and the hustle and bustle of the centre, it is the perfect place to sip your cares away, whilst watching the world pass you by from a height. Everything is so detailed, from the exposed scaffolding to the quirky light fittings, to the big and beautiful tree turned tree house turned cocktail bar in the heart of the restaurant.

It was a Newcastle match day so it was rather busy when we first arrived but managed to swipe some high tables that were available for around an hour – all the time we needed! After looking the menu up and down several times, we decided to go for cocktails that were not our usual choices, their signature Botanist mix with a Botanist Pornstar on the side, thank you very much! If there is one thing I love about cocktails, it’s watching the process behind them and The Botanist put hard work into each and every one of their masterpieces, with the presentation being key. 

We started off by halving the shot of prosecco (lol) and sipping away on our Pornstar Martini. You could certainly tell fresh fruit had been used due to the thick texture, which totally means it was a little bit healthy right? The Passionfruit taste exploded with a blend of strawberries and pineapple to balance out the vodka – perfecto. The Botanist cocktail has fewer ingredients, with vodka, rum and elderflower liqueur, but its beauty lies in the presentation – just look at those flowers sitting between the misty concoction, an Instagrammer’s dream. 

The Botanist is another place I’ll go back to, especially for one of their Sunday Roasts that Carli and I were so obviously drooling at as they came out. Yorkshire puddings for days! Let me know your favourite cocktails, I’d love to know what your go-to is!

Megan. xo
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20 May 2016

Beauty | Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look

Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Look
A few weeks back I met the only and only Charlotte Tilbury (post here) and managed to get my hands on one of her ‘Get The Look’ boxes…

I’ve tried a few Charlotte Tilbury products in my time, but I still would love to have every single item in Charlotte’s ‘makeup wardrobe’, as she calls it. When at the Fenwicks event a few weeks back, we were very kindly given a ‘Get The Look’ box of our choice, of which includes several products that you will need to get one of 10 of Charlotte’s iconic looks. I’ve tried a few of the Dolce Vita’ products and The Sophisticate, so I went a little bit different and opted for The Bombshell look, because who doesn’t wanna be a bombshell at some point in their life?

In the box you get a handful of products, some more than others, but there is always enough of the basics of what you need to create your look. The Bombshell is all about red carpet glamour with a red carpet pout to match. The style icons for this look are obviously the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, your classic Hollywood icons. With a golden eye, a typical cat flick for seduction and a show-stopping red lip, this look is legit me in a bottle. Here’s the full list of products:

- Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil in ‘Amber Haze
- The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Panther
- Full Fat Lashes Mascara in ‘Glossy Black
- Cheek to Chic Blusher in ‘Sex on Fire
- Lip Cheat Lip Liner in ‘Kiss ‘n’ Tell
- K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in ‘So Marilyn’ 
- Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in ‘Red Vixen

All in all, it’s a great gift for someone and something I certainly am going to treasure, as CT products are such a treat for me! Let me know your thoughts on Charlotte’s looks, and which one you would resonate with the most! I’m tempted by 'The Vintage Vamp' next!

Megan. xo
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18 May 2016

Food | Newcastle Diaries - Breakfast @ Olive & Bean

Champagne at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Bacon Ciabatta at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Avocado and Bacon on Toast at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Bacon Ciabatta at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Oreo Brownie at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Treats at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Mars Bar Crunch at Olive and Bean, Newcastle.
Newcastle is a city that’s close by, and close to my heart. It is full of bustling bodies and life, so here is a mini-series of where to stop by…

It was 9:30 on a Sunday morning and Carli and I were aboard the train, cocktail-in-a-can in hand and ready to see our babes, Busted. We had a fun-filled two-day adventure planned, as we wanted to make the most out of the beautiful city that is Newcastle. We dropped our bags off at our cheap and cheerful hotel and made our way through the sunny city centre to find a spot of breakfast because you don’t count cocktails as a breakfast, do you?

I have stopped at Olive and Bean a handful of times, but mostly for one of their absolutely gorgeous slices of goodness with a cuppa. Their caramel, crispy, or brownie slices are huge and totally tasty (insert heart eye emoji here!), I wish we had one here in the old ’ Boro! We were just in time, 10 minutes in fact, for the breakfast menu to still be available to us so we quickly decided on some scran to fill our tummies for the day.

I wasn’t overly hungry so I opted for your standard bacon buttie, or ciabatta, to be a little bit more up-market. It was so nice to have a bacon sandwich that was actually FULL of bacon, because some places can be a little bit stingy can’t they? One slice? What’s that all about! Not here at Olive and Bean, you definitely get what you pay for. Carli was a little bit more adventurous and opted for bacon and avocado, which looked stunning on the plate with all the shades of green. With a glass of prosecco each (because, when in Newcastle!), we were loving life at our first pit-stop.

Olive and Bean are situated just on the outside of Grainger market and is two floors of food and treat heaven. Everything is freshly prepared and sourced throughout Britain to ensure they are giving you only the best produce. With a homely atmosphere, large bright windows and sharing wooden benches, it’ll always be a place I’ll stop by at time and time again. Give me all the cake!

Megan. xo
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