GLAMOUR x Tanya Burr

28 November 2015

Years ago, I was watching a Pixiwoo tutorial on YouTube and despite not speaking much, the young lady who was having her makeup done was simply magnetic. Naturally stunning and with a sweet smile that made you instantly warm to her, she left you wanting to know more - along with how she did her hair and what lipstick she was wearing! I came back to the video at a later date and scrolled down to the comments, instantly focusing on one in particular - Tanya has her own channel now too, it's called pixi2woo" - and that was it, that was how I first discovered Miss Burr and her videos.

Now she's a Mrs and over the years that I've been watching her on YouTube, Tanya has grown into the most amazing woman and the huge achievements she's accomplished since have been a pleasure to witness. One of which is that she's currently the cover star of my favourite magazine, GLAMOUR, and holding her glossy article in my hands having been a viewer since forever left me feeling quite emotional in the best possible way - proud!

Earlier this year I was interviewed by the BBC for a piece about vloggers from Norwich. They brought up Tanya and asked if I was a fan of her videos, to which I replied, "I'm wearing her individual false lashes, have three of her lipglosses in my handbag and am eagerly awaiting the release of her book!" They also asked why I think she's so popular, and the answer was easy; she's like a best friend. Tanya is authentically herself and you can't help but smile when you turn on one of her videos, her positive outlook on life is just infectious and she's so 'real', you know? You can relate to her in so many ways and I feel like I've definitely become more confident and happier in my own skin since I was a young teenager who'd just found Tanya's channel, and for that I'm so grateful.

If you watched my Tanya Burr Cosmetics haul here and saw my review of her Christmas range here - as well as a few monthly favourites videos where I rave about her eyeshadows as they're simply the best! - you'll know how much I think that the intelligent, humble and beautiful Tanya deserves every good thing for all of her hard work.

Reading her GLAMOUR article reinforced how highly I think of her as a person, and instead of rambling on about how far Tanya has come since the yellow sunflower wallpaper days (anyone else remember those?!) I'll just let you go out and get the magazine, as it speaks for itself and I for one can't wait to see what she does next.

Wishing You A Warm Welcome To Meg Says 2.0...

26 November 2015

Well, hi there! Things are looking pretty different over here, aren't they? Sometimes change is good for the soul and I've been longing for a good re-shuffle around these parts for around a year now, so it feels very good to finally be able to unveil it to you all.

What do you reckon? We've completely switched up my previous white and mint theme for a brand new style featuring custom illustrations, we've added categories - seriously, how did I manage to write a blog without categories for so long?! - and hopefully made it easier for you to navigate and enjoy Meg Says. I really hope you like it as much as I do!

I knew I wanted to incorporate illustration into the new blog design and my brain was giving me one name and one name only - Polly Fern. Polly and I have been friends since high school - we used to sit together in Science and she got me through many a snooze-worthy lesson! - and it was clear since our early teens what a talent she had for art. Since leaving school it has been a pleasure to see her grow as an artist, she's built such a reputable name for herself and I feel like I could burst with pride when I see her work in magazines! Her website demonstrates her skill as an illustrator and ceramicist, and I'm always browsing her shop - when my friends start having children I think the custom illustrated letters would make the most beautiful gift to be framed in a nursery. Do make sure you also check out her Instagram as her posts always make my day, whether they're of her stunning artwork or her adorable canary family! I couldn't be happier with the illustrations, Polly did such a fantastic job of making them very 'Meg' and it feels so special to have had a friend create them for me.

I found that it was quite tricky to portray who you are as a person through 'things', but I thought long and hard (with your guys' help, also!) and think we did a pretty great job. We've got a lipstick, as anyone who knows me knows that a nice lippy makes me a very happy lady and along with my signature Chanel perfume, both show my love for all things beauty and generally being a little product junkie. I couldn't not have a cup of tea, as I live off the stuff and it's such a comforting, enjoyable part of my daily routine. As you might've noticed it's actually a cup of coffee, simply because what looks better - plain, tan-coloured liquid or pretty, intricate latte art? I thought the latter so we went with coffee, but it signifies all of the hot beverages that get me through the day. Then we come to the camera which stands for pretty much everything I do online - capturing photos for my blog, filming myself chatting away for my YouTube videos, snapping images for Instagram and basically sharing my life with you all. It brings me so much happiness and I couldn't do any of it without cameras.

Every detail of the illustrations was given a lot of thought and we incorporated references to different aspects of my life that maybe aren't immediately clear. For example, M.E is a huge part of my life but I couldn't figure out how to represent it - medication seemed too 'in your face', and little sleeping Z's was an idea that I toyed with but I felt it was 'too cute' to represent a disease. Then, my very good friend Ali suggested that I have a spoon, as in the chronic illness community many refer to themselves as 'spoonies' because of The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino - here. Something clicked and suddenly it all made sense; I already had the coffee cup, and all it needed was a silver spoon resting on the saucer as a subtle nod to my disability that isn't obvious but represents my illness and sends a big hug to all of my fellow spoonies. There are also a few other meaningful touches that I'll be keeping to myself, and I love how personal that makes it.

As for the genius behind the design of the blog, it's all down to the lovely Serena from Pretty Wild Things. I seriously can't tell you what a pleasure she has been to work with - she's professional, talented, thoughtful and generally just a very kind, thoroughly lovely person! I really could sing her praises all day however we're going to be running an exciting giveaway together in the near future, so I'll talk you through how brilliant she's been and let her introduce herself to you then - and whilst you're waiting for that post, definitely check out Serena's YouTube channel, vlog channeldesign website and blog.

I'm so happy with how it has all turned out and can't tell you how enthused I feel - I've gotten my blogging mojo back, I've fallen in love with writing again and I'm really passionate about improving my photography skills to make Meg Says the best it can possibly be. Bloggers always describe their websites as "their little corner of the web" and I completely understand why - it's homely, which sounds funny when you strip it back to the basics and know that you're talking about a virtual location on the world wide web, but it is. It's your space to be yourself and talk about the things you love, and if that wasn't already fab enough, add to the mixture the fact that you get to share that love with your Internet family. Magical stuff.

So, this post is a communal 'CHEERS!' to the brand new, a heartfelt thank you Polly and Serena for making my blogging dreams come true and a group hug to everyone who takes the time out of their day to see what I have to say.

I would honestly love to hear your thoughts on redesign so do feel free to leave me a comment if you'd like to, and I hope you have the best day.

25k Thank you & Giveaway: Tanya Burr Cosmetics & Zoella Beauty

19 November 2015

As I'm sitting here, with my cup of tea on one side and Will's lovely border terrier Holly on the other, I feel pretty darn lucky. Lucky to have over 25,000 people who for one reason or another care, and I really feel the need to stress how much that care is reciprocated. I wish I could meet each of you individually and spend the day doing whatever you'd like to do so I'd have the pleasure of getting to know you, in the same way that you've been getting to know me through my videos. Thank you so very, very much!

It truly means the world that you care, so thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Until we can meet for a chat over a hot chocolate in a cosy little café, I thought I'd put together a giveaway to give back and say thank you for your continuous support. I'll never quite be able to express how happy it makes me to natter with you in the comments section or reply to a heartfelt letter you've sent, you really are the best friends a person could wish for!


The giveaway is open internationally - you can enter wherever you are in the world. The giveaway ends at 12am on Sunday 6th December 2015. If you are under 16 years of age, please ask a parent/guardian for permission before entering. Good luck!

Main Prize -
A selection of Tanya Burr Cosmetics and Zoella Beauty Limited Edition Christmas Range, with a thank you card from me

How to enter to win the Main Prize:

You must use the Rafflecopter form below - simply log in and follow the instructions!

Please make sure you're following my blog on BlogLovin' here and you're subscribed to my YouTube channel here - your entry won't be counted if not.

A winner will be chosen from the Rafflecopter entries when the giveaway closes and contacted via email. Please be aware of fake accounts - I will only contact you from my account.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to keep an eye on my social media, as I'll most likely be doing a couple of other giveaways for anyone who missed out on the main prize. They'll be on my Twitter - @megsaystweet - and my Instagram - @megsays_ - yay!

And that's everything! I think it's time for a fresh cup of tea, a Holly cuddle and another thank you. Thank you for all you do, it's so appreciated and I couldn't hope for anything more. If you have any questions about the giveaway feel free to leave me a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you, and I'm wishing you all the luck in the world.

All my love,

October Favourites

6 November 2015

We all seem to say it a lot but seriously, can the calendar just slow down a little, please? This time of year is my favourite - the cosy autumnal evenings have arrived, the leaves have fallen and Christmas is right around the corner! I enjoy October a lot and aside from turning a year older and wearing ALL of the knitwear, I also discovered quite a few lovely products - here are my top picks from the past month.

I seem to have had quite the moment with palettes in October as not one, not two, but three made it into my favourites! The Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette* in 'Nude Bronze' answers all of my drugstore eyeshadow dreams. With a good mix of warm and cool shades that are buttery soft, finely milled and without a speck of chunky glitter in sight I can't recommend it any more highly, especially for £3.99. The quality is on par with another heavily-used palette, the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2*, which is now a firm staple in my makeup bag and gives the eyes a whole lotta definition. You've got a subtle highlight in the shade 'Skimp', 'Undone' is gorgeous when used as a soft liner and the combination of 'Frisk' and 'Primal' are great brow colours. I used both palettes in a recent autumnal makeup tutorial - here - and never want to be without either! 

Another goodie from UD is their Naked Flushed* bronzer, highlight and blush palette, which is fabulous for throwing in your handbag with a multitasking brush and resting safe in the knowledge that all your bases are covered. Whilst the bronzer and highlight are perfectly good, the blush is the real star for me - a warm rose that lifts the complexion and gives you that 'just been for a brisk walk along the seafront' glow.