I think its safe to say that the British summer is failing quite miserably this year isn’t it? We had a few very hot days and not much else since, apart from grey cloud, some rain and miserable ol’ wind. I must admit, I am quite the sun worshipper so when the sun disappears I get very sad and don’t want to face the colder weather. Trust me when I say if I could live in a hot climate all year round, I really would.

This year in particular I just seem to crave sun and the glow that comes with it all the time. As the British sun is hiding away, I’ve been having to make and fake that sun kissed glow myself and I’ve managed to pull through so far with a little help from some Too Faced goodies.

Too Faced really are a saving grace when it comes to feel good makeup. Many of my daily makeup picks are from Too Faced and I have indeed made a few new favourites over the past month or so. When the summer hit, (well, those very few days we did get treated to) I knew it wasn’t going to last forever, so I’ve added these products into my routine so I never have to let go of that summer makeup feel.

Admittedly, I am a bit of a bronzer fiend. I love tanned skin all throughout the year and the Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Bronzer really ticks all of the boxes for my sun kissed cravings. This has the perfect warm bronze hue to it that I love to wear all over the face, sometimes even on my chest, which really makes you feel like you’ve been away somewhere hot. Its pigment is quite perfect and I like to apply it with a large fluffy brush to make it appear more natural, like I have a bronzed buy priligy generic flush. I’m also a huge fan of the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer when I like to add a bit of contour as that has slightly greyer undertones. The 16 Hour Long-Wear is a lot warmer toned, which gives me that glow that I crave.

Adding to the ‘not willing to let go of summer’ theme, one I’ve been obsessed with is the Waterproof Better Sex Mascara. I am a huge fan of the original Better Than Sex, so I was very intrigued by what this version could offer. To be quite honest, I don’t usually get on with waterproof mascaras as they can be so difficult to remove, but this one has worked a dream. It performs in the same way the original does (which is bloody brilliant in my books), in that it gives long fluffy full natural lashes AND its super easy to remove. The only difference is, the waterproof version obviously doesn’t budge when your lashes get wet (very suitable to this wet weather we’re having here in the UK). See what I mean? I just need products to let this summer even feel present!

For the summer, there’s nothing I love more than a juicy glossy lip and for that I’ve been using their Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Gloss Oil in Papa Don’t Peach. This is a medium copper toned peach gloss. If you love brown lips then I highly recommend this to you. These lip-gloss oils are so comfortable to wear, highly pigmented and incredibly long lasting. I love that these feel hydrating instead of sticky and irritating, especially for when the wind gets up!

Guys and girls, I’m really not willing to let go of summer, are you?!

Megan ?

 

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Hello lovelies and welcome back to a new post. Gosh it feels so weird having a little break from it all but it was much needed. After I came back from holiday I started job hunting and trying to get back on track, and with daily blogging straight for over 6 and a half months, I think I just needed a little time away. It’s helped me find my motivation and mojo again, so it was all worth it.

I’m back with a new travel/fashion post. Whilst I was away and during the past weeks off, I’ve thought a lot about switching up my content more and sharing more about me and what I love as well as beauty. Fashion and travel are becoming huge passions of mine to and I have so many ideas it’s quite motivating. Changing up my content is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I hope you enjoy it. Now, let’s get into it.

A few weeks back I embarked on my first ever trip to the Caribbean. It’s a destination I always thought I was far off from being able to travel to, but when we found the perfect trip to the Dominican Republic it just had to be ours. We stayed at Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana, a 5-star luxury resort that was far away from everything, which in my opinion is pure paradise. When I travel I like to get lost in myself and relax, explore and soak it all up. Since finishing University in May I’ve needed an escape from it all and this was my treat for surviving the past 3 years and coming out with a degree!

Our hotel was located right on a private beach, so to my liking much of the trip was spent relaxing by the ocean or the pool.

However, as I said I do love to explore. For a day trip we decided to head out and visit Samana, a mountainous buy cheap ventolin online terrain located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of the island. In this part of the island, we spent the morning travelling to Samana on a Catamaran, visiting a local plantation farm and trekking through the jungle on horseback to a beautiful waterfall – all of which I’ll be writing a separate post on as it was an experience I HAVE to share in great detail. It was just insane. I never thought i’d horseback in the Caribbean let alone through a jungle?!

From there on we headed to Bacardi Island, also known as Cayo Levantado, a teeny tiny remote island with stunning turquoise waters and white sand beaches. When we hopped off the Catamaran and stepped foot on the island I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The island was so quiet and unpopulated it really was true paradise. After dipping into the blue waters and soaking up the sun we decided to fly the drone and take a look at the surroundings, which by the way totally blew my mind. Once the drone had flown up just a few seconds the entire island was in shot, putting into perspective how remote it really is.

I could honestly live on a remote island like Cayo Levantado as I was seriously in my element and didn’t want to leave. Fresh coconuts and constant sunshine? Yes please. Living in swimwear wouldn’t be too bad either, better than having to wear jumpers and sweats throughout our British summer ay?

This bikini I managed to get my hands on was a lifesaver for this trip. Not only was it a complete bargain, it felt so luxurious and complimenting. I’ve never felt so comfortable in swimwear as I have with this. You can find it (and similar pieces) below.

Want to see and hear more about my tropical vacation? Stay tuned!

What is paradise to you?

Megan ?

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I’m not going to lie, when it comes to packing my makeup bag I used to be uber obsessive. I used to take endless amounts of makeup products that I didn’t need. Three foundations, ten lipsticks, three different eyeshadow palettes – a bit excessive, right? Then, after the first day of being there, my foundation no longer matches and I want to be as minimal with my makeup as possible in the heat. This time around I’m changing the game and taking as little as possible. So if you’re an over packer to, then my new minimal makeup bag packing tips might sway you to take only what you’ll need.

I only ever wear makeup in the evening, as I like to be barefaced during the day, so here’s what I’m taking with me this year.

First. If you’re going somewhere super hot and you’re gonna get sticky, I’d suggest to either not take a foundation or take a BB cream. It’s unbelievable how many times I’ve taken foundations away with me and not used them, so this year I’m not taking one. To prep the skin I’ll be using a dewy primer as I love a true glow on holiday, and I’ll be taking a the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer as I recently rediscovered this and am obsessed again. It adds instant glow and also looks so pretty worn alone. I generally stick to using a bit of concealer to hide any spots or blemishes and that’s the base done. My favourite for this is the Urban Decay Naked Concealer as it’s so lightweight and becomes invisible to the eye. Two products and that’s the base done.

When you’re on holiday there’s nothing quite like a bronze glow. For that I tend to stick with my trusty MAC Gimme Sun Bronzer as it’s dark enough to bronze up my skin no matter what tan I achieve. It also sits so well on bare skin and doesn’t feel powdery. To get that ultimate glow I’ll of course be taking a blinding highlight duo, consisting of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight and Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlight in So Hollywood – this is my go to for a golden glow! For a pop of added colour on the cheeks I’ll use my favourite Benefit GALifornia Blush, a pretty peach shade that is beautiful with sunkissed skin. Then to finish the face you can’t forget the setting spray, especially in the heat, and I’ll be taking the Urban Decay All Nighter away with me as it does wonders for locking your makeup into place all evening.

Instead of taking a heap of palettes that really never even make it out of the suitcase, I’m taking just one. Yes you read it right, one! I’ve chose to take the trusty Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, as burnt orange and chocolate shades are my go to for holiday. With the matte shades are some beautiful shimmers and you can really create so many looks from this one palette. You can go for a subtle gold shimmery eye to a smoky deep brown, so I really do trust buy accutane 10mg this to get me through the two weeks. When I got this I used it for weeks without using anything else, so I’m pretty sure it’ll do me justice. To prime the lids I’ll use my concealer as I always do and set it with the Nars Translucent Powder, which will be used for the face sometimes to (this powder is so versatile and is great for light packing).

I don’t actually wear liquid or kohl liner at the minute, so I can skip that part and it’s straight onto the lashes. For more minimal days I’ll stick by the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as it adds amazing length and volume so fast. When I want to dress my face up a bit more I’ll be using my favourite Ardell Wispies.

I’ll be keeping it quite simple for the lips with a nude liner and lipstick, probably MAC Spice and Tarte’s Matte Lip Paint in Bestie. For a brighter lip I’ll be using the oh so beautiful Sydney Amaryllis matte liquid lipstick from The Body Shop, which is a bright coral that looks so pretty with bronzed skin. For a bit of sass I’ll be throwing in Jouer’s Lip Topper in St Tropez that is super pigmented and leaves your lips a shimmering champagne shade.

How many products was that, 15? As opposed to the 30+ I used to take, I think I’ve done pretty well. This all fits into my cute Skinny Dip Peach makeup bag WITH lots of room for other stuff (as opposed to the huge bag double this size that I used to take).

Along with the makeup, you can’t forget all the essential makeup brushes and tools, but for those I’m also taking as little as I can. Of course my priority is my Beautyblender as I can’t go anywhere with it and for the bronze and glow I’ll use a fluffy bronzer brush and Zoeva Fan Brush.

My eye brushes will consist of a large fluffy blender, small crease brush and inner corner highlight. I love to pack on the lid colour with my finger as it picks up more pigment and also means one less brush! I pack all of my brushes along with the other tools in my Blank Canvas Cosmetics Compact Upright Pouch, a super handy storage tool for any makeup kit. You can read all about it here.

I also ALWAYS pack a few tools, as you never know what you might need whilst you’re away. This includes:

Tweezers – for those flyaway brows / Small scissors – can be used for anything & A Spoolie Brush – to comb through the brows and lashes.

That’s my holiday makeup bag done! Honestly, that’s a quarter of the makeup I used to take. Why did I feel the need to take half my collection for one face? I really have no idea. If you’re an over packer I hope this little list of product I’m taking away with me inspires you to pack less!

What’s your go to evening holiday makeup look?

Megan ?

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Living in different parts of the world means we have access to various beauty brands, and there are many we want but can’t have. I know the excitement of going to America and having access to so many brands that we don’t have available here in the UK. It’s an overwhelming experience to say the least, and my bank account hated my after, but oh my, was it an amazing feeling. It’s a whole other story when an American beauty brand comes to the UK, as it means we can have access to it as and when we wish – dangerous but fun!

E.L.F Cosmetics* is a brand I tested out quite a few years ago now and not used since as it was quite hard to get hold off. However, they have finally made their way to the UK. The beauty brand was established over 13 years ago, so it has been a long time coming, but is now available to buy online on the Superdrug site. The products will be released to Superdrug stores from June 1st.

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to go to the launch party, held in London, where the products were there for us to indulge in and drool over. Overal,l there is a huge selection of 123 products, a lot to take in, but there were so many that stood out to me. The range consists of everything you’d need from foundations to palettes and brushes. E.L.F are a brand that makes luxurious beauty products for such an affordable price, starting from just £3, for all women to play beautifully. Want to see more of the collection?

My absolute favourite product from the range is the Natural Glow Face Palette and I had my eye on this the entire time at the event. The beautiful silver mirrored packaging just caught my eye straight away, and the products inside are even more beautiful. It comes with one bronzer, one highlight and two blushes, all of which are so weightless and incredibly soft. They feel super luxurious when you apply them to your skin as well, and this retails for just £9. All 4 shades are quite buy priligy online generic neutral so they would be suitable for many skin tones and needs. Another product for the face that I’ve been testing out is their Baked Highlighter & Blush Duo, which I love to use now for ‘quick makeup’. It makes highlighter and blush application super easy as sometimes I just dip one brush in, apply and then I’m good to go. To apply the blush, bronzer and the duo, I used their Precise Powder Brush as it’s so large and fluffy and gets the job done so fast. Also a tip I use for contouring is to pinch the bristles together and you get a narrower head, perfect for chiselling the cheekbones.

They have a whole range of beautiful lip products, including prep products, tints and lipsticks. Their Lip Scrub Exfoliator in Sweet Cherry has been an essential for when I’m on the go and need to scrub off any dryness from a matte lipstick. It’s super handy to pop into your bag and use on the move. I always apply a balm after to rehydrate my lips. Another product at the event I had my eye on was their Lip Tints, the packaging is so sleek and colourful. Mine is in the shade Dewy Berry, a really pretty medium hot pink that brings life to the lips and makes them so juicy. This is really comfortable to wear if you’re not into lipsticks and glosses but crave a bit of colour.

Last but not least I finally got to try one of their Eye Shadow Palettes. I was literally drooling over some of the shades both online and at the event. They are so incredible for the price, as they retail at just £12.50 and all of the shades are so pigmented and creamy. The palette I have here is Nude Rose Gold, a beautiful array of 10 shades including both mattes and shimmers. I find this a great dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, with very similar pink and purple hues. It’s so pretty for the springtime!

You can shop the entire range here now, or in Superdrug stores from June 1st.

Have you tried any products from the range?

Megan ?

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A lipstick companion that a girl can confide in is pretty much like a best friend. You can rely on it and trust it just the same, right? Maybe I love lipsticks a little too much. Anyhow, I have a new lipstick ‘bestie’ and I really need to share it with you.

I am an avid nude lipstick wearer, and there have been many I have confided in but there’s a newbie in town. It’s the Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, and my favourite shade is Bestie. I do actually have a few of these lipsticks, but this one for sure stands out from the rest. My nude lipstick preference is a deep nude, more on the brown side than anything else, which is exactly what Bestie is. On my skin tone it’s a medium brown nude with slight pinky undertones, which I find really flattering and feminine.

This shade would work well with many skin tones as it’s in the middle of the ‘nude’ shade spectrum. I also find that it compliments so many different makeup looks. I’ve worn it with golden eyes, purples, cranberries, and mattes, shimmers and metallics – I haven’t yet found a look it doesn’t go with! Here, I’m wearing it with the Tarte Pro Amazonian amoxil online order Clay Eye Palette on the eyes and Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Kit on the face. I’ve honeslty been so into Tarte lately, can you tell? I just find there products so easy to work with and so worth every penny.

The Matte Lip Paint come with a precision wand that helps you apply the product with ease and is quite fool proof. I use the tip of the wand to contour and line the lips, then use the wider part of the applicator to fill in the rest. I never go wrong with these lip paints, even with the brighter shades that I usually use a liner with. The quick dry formula adheres to the lips within seconds and stays put for a good 6-8 hours. Although it dries matte, I find it a really comfortable matte and even when it wears away I find it doesn’t crack or crumble, it fades away all together and doesn’t leave me looking like a hot mess.

You can purchase the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints on the Tarte and Sephora websites, and I hope one day they’ll come to QVC so they’re easily accessible to us here in the UK!

Do you have any new lipstick companions?

Megan ?

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