Cohorted Beauty Box Giveaway

20 May 2016

I practically get excited when the postman rings the bell when he's delivering a replacement part for our lawnmower, so you can imagine my elation when he comes to the door with a beauty box in tow. I really love the idea of them - a round-up of carefully selected products from brands you adore and brands you may have never tried before, all prettily packaged and with a 'you know what, that's pretty darn good!' price tag. What's not to love?

I've teamed up with Cohorted to talk you through The Black Edition Beauty Box (£35) from April and May, as well as give you the chance to win the April box for yourself as well as a full-size 100ml bottle of the Guerlain Eau De Shamilar Eau De Toilette perfume and three HJ Manicure Nail Polishes. All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below and you'll be in the running!

The Black Edition Beauty Box (April)
An item that I truly love from this box and one that you'll no doubt be seeing on my channel in the near future in a favourites video is the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in 'Kittenish' (£17.50), which adds the prettiest flush of moisturising pink colour and reminds me of my beloved Revlon ColorBurst Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey'. If you're more a bright lip lover, the MDM Flow Lipstick in 'Panther' (£18) packs a seriously hot Barbie-like punch and I find the scent addictive! You all know I like my nails to feel as strong and healthy as possible, so the inclusion of the Gold Elements Nail Care Kit (£29.49) was a welcome addition and I've been using the cuticle oil religiously. Possibly one of the prettiest bath products I've ever seen, the Miss Patisserie Bath Melt (£3.99) definitely brings a whole lot of cute to this box and the milk, almond and honey scent is right up my street. Does anyone else remember the White Musk fragrance from The Body Shop? Well, they've added a modern twist with the White Musk Libertine Eau De Parfum (£24) which has been taking me back a decade with its sensual musky blend.

The Black Edition Beauty Box (May)
You know when you get a beauty box and you think 'this box is worth it simply for this one product?' I had the exact reaction when I opened the May edition and saw theBalm Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Palette (£30). With nine of the most gorgeous shades (I was literally ooh-ing and ahh-ing out loud) as well as a bronzer, two blushes, a highlighter (you all know how much I love Mary-Lou Manizer!) and two lipsticks. I can't deal. The box also contains another gem that I've fallen completely in love with, and that's the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (£23) in 'Canvas'. A little on the drying side, but it does stay put for hours on end and the colour is a perfect Kylie J dark pink 90s nude. The HJ Manicure Nail Polish (£9.50) in 'Lavender' isn't quite my colour, but if you love purples or want to up the amp for spring I think this would look really pretty on fingers or toes. I find little perfume samples so useful for my handbag and so I was really happy to see the glamorous and beautiful scent Jimmy Choo Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum (£41) - especially as it's a teeny mini version of the actual perfume!

Wishing you all the best of luck with the giveaway! A winner will be chosen when the giveaway officially ends, and I will contact them via email on the same day - please be wary of fake accounts, I will only email you from my megsaysemailme@gmail.com account. The giveaway is open internationally, and if you're under 16 years of age please ask a parent/guardian for permission before entering. Thank you, lovelies!

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Pretty, Fresh Spring Makeup On A Budget

16 May 2016

As well as being one of my favourite seasons for the sunny days and cloudless blue skies, spring brings a whole lot of good makeup with it. I always feel like my look is fresher and whilst I do love the deep vampy shades of berry in winter, it's always a nice change to start adding a pop of baby pink or bright coral to your look. Partly inspired by the complete gem of a product that is the KIKO Water Eyeshadow in 'Champagne - 200' that goes perfectly with any lip, this is my go-to makeup for this time of year and can also be seen in video tutorial form on YouTube here.

Starting with L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer to add extra glow to the skin by applying it after my morning skincare routine, I like to switch out my heavier winter base for something lighter. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in 'Vanille - 10', as the name would suggest, gives a healthy semi-dewy finish and is brilliant for gliding over any dry patches thanks to its serum/gel formulation. Any blemishes or dark circles are eradicated with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'True Beige', and I forgo powder by using a bronzer all over instead. Tanya Burr Cosmetics Cheek Palette in 'Rosy Flush' contains a brilliant shade called 'Beach Bronze', and I love taking that on a tapered brush under my cheekbones, on my temples and under my jaw to add warmth and a subtle sculpting effect.

As you know I love cream products, especially when they come in a stick which means the take all of five seconds to apply, so the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Highlight & Sculpt Stick in 'Ice Shimmer' is right up my street and beautifully highlights without disrupting your base. I'm a big fan of the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush and the aptly named shade 'Lovely Pink' brings a flush of pale pink to the cheeks, and brings out your cheekbones with its pretty gold veining.

To give my eyes a little more depth I blend the shades 'Calm Before The Storm' and 'Eye Of The Storm' from my well-loved Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in 'Storm' into the crease with a couple of fluffy brushes, and use the shimmery pale white/golden shade 'Snow Storm' to highlight the inner corners and brow-bone. On my ring finger I take the star of the show, the KIKO Water Eyeshadow in 'Champagne - 200', all over my lid and under the lower lashes, running my blending brush over the edges as I go. The affordable and utterly brilliant Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara finishes the eyes with separated, fluttery lashes and then we're ready for lipstick!

The new Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip in 'Pretty Muted' is a lovely everyday shade that really compliments the rest of the makeup, and if you're a coral girl rather than a pink one I love the Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick in 'Backstage' for a bright that's surprisingly easy to wear and not 'too much'. I've also included an absolutely gorgeous cherry red as I love bright, zingy colours like L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Color Riche Lipstick in 'Julianne's Red' this time of year - especially when paired with white or stripes.

I used the brushes from the Spectrum Collections Marbelous 12-Piece Set to create this look and am really impressed so far, so let me know if you'd like a full review of those either on here or on my channel! What's your favourite go-to look for spring?

Effortless & Natural Spring Makeup Look with Pixi Beauty

7 May 2016



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Designed for the "woman on the go" by a working mother of four and makeup artist of over twenty years, Petra Strand, I've been a fan of the brand since my teenage years and am incredibly impressed by their new releases, which include a lengthening fibre mascara and a glow-enhancing day cream. Using the range, I've created this neutral everyday look that takes less than ten minutes and stays looking pretty all day long.

I'm all about making my skin look fresh and awake, and the new Pixi Glowtion Day Dew Brightening Lotion goes above and beyond to do just that. With lavender oil to calm and soothe, mica to brighten and glycerin to retain moisture, it works like a dream when applied under foundation to deliver a lightweight shot of hydration as well as illuminating pigments to boost the radiance and dewiness of your skin. It's one of those products that you swatch then can't stop admiring as the pink pearly sheen is just so pretty, and trust me - it looks a lot prettier on the tops of your cheekbones than it does on the back of your hand!

After applying foundation and a little powder I added colour and definition to my cheeks, forehead and jawline using the Pixi Quick Fix Bronzer. Pixi describe the shade 'Velvet Bronze' as a "soft medium bronze" which gives a gorgeous sunkissed look with the very subtlest of shimmers. It'd work beautifully on olive to deep skintones, however I've used a light hand on my fairer skin and it adds just adds the right amount of warmth!

Moving onto my favourite part of this look, the eyes, I've prepped my eyelids with a primer before using my favourite Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in 'Copper Peach'. I've used the creamy pale gold, the shimmery peach and the chocolate brown, and thanks to the silky-smooth formula they blend together seamlessly to create this sultry neutral eye. I've also been using the copper russet shade with a wet brush all over the lid and it makes my eyes look impossibly blue! To give the eyes more dimension, one of my most-used products of 2016 so far has been the Pixi Crayon Combo in 'Super Natural' and here I've taken the golden tan along my lower lashline and the matte brown on my upper lashline, which takes seconds and is so effective. If you like a subtle pop of colour, the award-winning and bestselling Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil now comes in a new shade 'Cobalt Blue' and looks stunning in the waterline or as winged liner with an edge.

To complete the eyes, the new Pixi Lengthy Fiber Mascara gives an "effortlessly extended effect" to the point where my dad asked if I was wearing false lashes, which I couldn't believe! If you like natural-looking mascaras with minimal clumping and prefer length over volume, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this as it gives a flirtatiously fluttery and wide-eyed look that doesn't feel as if you're wearing anything at all.

I finished the look with a quick swipe of the Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in 'Peach Blossom', a "sunkissed mango peach" that perfectly pulls together the copper warm-toned eyes and naturally bronzed cheeks. With Vitamin C & Vitamin E, peptides and hyaluronic acid, the conditioning formula glides over lips leaving them looking plumper and smoother with a demi-matte finish. I topped it with a lighter peachy gloss, and can see myself wearing this combination so much during summer!

Inspired by Pixi's "flawless in a few fuss-free minutes" approach to beauty and makeup for those of us who want to look polished and put-together with prestige products that are easy to use and effective, I've been wearing this look daily and love how it can be be dialled up for nighttime in no time at all.

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This post is sponsored by Pixi Beauty. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. Affiliate links have been used. For more information, please see my disclaimer here

April Favourites

3 May 2016






















April was such a lovely month as I feel like I managed to strike the balance between work, play and rest which doesn't often happen. I enjoyed a few really nice days with brands at events whilst catching up with PR and blogging friends, had some cute date nights with Will (including seeing The Jungle Book, which has been one of favourite things of 2016 so far let alone April!) and spent quality time with my family when my brother came home to visit.

I'm on track with work-related things and have been putting my all into creating lots of exciting new blog posts for you, planning upcoming videos and re-branding some of my content. I also celebrating hitting 40,000 subscribers on YouTube - thank you so much! - have finally started doing Pilates again, which was one of five of my New Year's Resolutions, and booked flights for a summer holiday with Will and friends. In April I've felt notably more content and positive, and am so excited for May. How was April for you?

My favourites of the month include the Jo Malone London Nashi Blossom Cologne, the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Cheek Palette in 'Rosy Flush', the Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 'Great Fruit', the Eylure Fleur De Force Couture Fleur Individual Lashes, the Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder & Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush, the new Soap & Glory Shower Jelly in 'Clean On Me' & 'Sugar Crush', the Phyto PhytoNeutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo and the Balanced Guru 'Scrub Me' Nice & Gritty Body Scrub (from the Nourish Beauty Box, a cruelty-free, GMO-free and paraben-free beauty box company).

This Petit Bateau Iconic Marinière Heavy Jersey Top has definitely been my most-worn item of clothing as it's a gorgeously thick material and I love how I can throw it on at the weekend with jeans, and I finally got a new pair of prescription glasses from Firmoo, the tortoiseshell #DBSN62225, which I've been wearing every day and adore so much!

If you'd like to see me talk about these products in more detail along with my lifestyle picks of the month, here's my April Favourites video on YouTube!
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