Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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Recent Makeup & Skincare

Okay, so I went a bit crazy on makeup and skincare recently... I received my first "proper" pay check in a little while and had no idea what to do with myself! (but my savings account is looking the healthiest it has in years, so I'm pretty proud of that!) There were things that I ran out of and replaced, and things I've wanted to try for a long time, so over the last couple of months I picked up these babies:

Everyone says this, but I'm a sucker for travel sized things. A) They are cute B) They are the perfect "I want to try this but I don't want to commit to the full size product because I might be allergic/not like it" C) They CUTE.

Luckily, I like both of these items from Urban Decay. The mascara is the perfect size  - I wish more brands would stock mascaras this small normally! I have never been through an entire mascara before I have to throw it away at the recommended 2-3 month mark. I'm much more likely to make a decent dent in this (or even finish it???) and not feel bad for throwing it away after a couple of months. Also its not clumpy, separates, makes my eyelashes look SUPER long and because its shorter, I can get closer to the mirror(I have to be really close because I can't see a damn thing without my glasses). New favourite! Definitely going to carry on buying it in this size. The All Nighter setting spray is a pretty cult Urban Decay product and has been around for years. They've recently had a bit of a rebrand with this range and added more options for different skin types, which is fantastic. I was originally looking for a travel size "Chill" hydrating setting spray because I have dry skin, but they don't do it, so I went with the original. It was 30°, I was melting, my makeup was melting and I had a hen party to go to that evening without going home first, so I was counting on this stuff! I'm impressed. I've never used a setting spray before, so I didn't really know what to expect, but even my blush was still visible at the end of the evening! I didn't look in the mirror all night in fear of what I might look like - but my makeup was all still in the right places when I got home. Thumbs up! I think I've spoken about the Pixi Glow Tonic and FAB Ultra repair face moisturiser on the blog before, so I won't go too much in to them, but will say that I've lost count of how many of these I have bought over the past few years. They are staples in my skincare routine. I'm pretty dry, and so suffer from flaky skin quite regularly. The Glow Tonic takes away all of the gross flakiness and the moisturiser soothes and calms any redness I may have thanks to the colloidal oatmeal it has in it. I will probably carry on buying these forever and ever. I've tried lots of facial sunscreens over the past few years and all of them make me break out and irritate my skin. I'll still have a tiny spot or two at the end of the day after wearing this Pixi one, but it doesn't make my skin itchy or irritated. I'd LOVE to try the Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen, buuuut, I have to be patient and wait until they come to the UK. The last time I ordered from them I ended up spending more on tax than what I actually bought. Sigh. And finally, I don't understand why I haven't seen anyone else talking about this Palmers face mask?? I really like face masks, but they never seem to actually do anything. I had been on the hunt for a budget enzyme mask for a while now (woah some of them are crazy money!), and I really feel like this one delivers. My face definitely feels smoother, there is no irritation, it feels quite "purifying" without making my face freak out. Plus, my skin seems to prefer exfoliation that isn't physical, so this ticks that box. I've not tried any of their skincare before this, but I might have to now!

Have you tried any of these lately? Or any new skincare products that you think are great? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month - these 5 'The Ordinary' products only cost £26.00 in total, though! I'm a sucker for their packaging - so minimal and apothecary/"sciency". Mmmm.They are incredibly popular right now, so it took almost a month to get to me. Which kind of sucks, but they sent such a heartfelt apology out to everyone who was waiting that I couldn't get annoyed!

I've been testing everything out for the last week, so I feel I can't make the best judgement on them yet, but so far...and I'm cringing saying this because everyone LOVES The Ordinary so much right now; I'm not really that impressed! Ultimately, they are incredibly inexpensive products, that work okay for the price, but they didn't knock my socks off as much as they have some people on the internet.

- The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0N and 1.1N: There are rave reviews about the new foundations, saying that they feel equivalent to 'high end' products. I've never tried a high end foundation, but I would honestly hope that if/ when I do, it would be better than this? The Bourgeois Healthy Mix foundation (and the serum version, too) that I used to use, is my baseline when trying new foundations/base products, because its the best I've used for my dry skin type so far. I assumed that having "serum" in the title of this one would mean it would be suited to my dry skin, but I found that it is actually quite matte, higher coverage than I thought it was going to be (this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted a lighter coverage for summer), and it clung on to every dry patch I have. I will probably carry on using it because I don't like wasting things, but I won't be repurchasing it. Perhaps mixing in a drop of oil will give a more hydrating finish?

- The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Niacinimide 10% and Zinc 1%, High Adherence Silicone Primer: Even though my skin is dry, I do get the occasional breakout/congestion about a week before my period. I've been using the Niacinimade & Zinc before bed, and I think I'm beginning to see a slight difference, but it is quite drying. I'm going to carry on using this only on the bad patches and not my entire face, and maybe update this post once I have a better idea.

I don't know if its just because I'm slowly heading towards 30 now, but I have noticed that my forever present purple under-eyes are getting a lot worse recently. I thought I'd give the Caffeine solution a go - but I haven't noticed anything in terms of pigmentation or my occasional slight puffiness in the morning. Honestly though - I don't think anything will help. I've been dark under my eyes my entire life. If anyone has any sort of miracle eye skincare, PLEEEAAASE let me know!

Lastly from The Ordinary; I've never tried a primer before, so I have no idea how this is performing, really. It doesn't blur anything, and doesn't seem to make my makeup last any longer than usual. I'm using it around my nose, as thats where my pores are largest, and I've noticed its actually breaking me out. *shrug*

- NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Auburn, Barry M Coconut Infusions nail polish in Storm:

The NYX eyebrow pencil Veeerrryy similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I will probably carry on buying it as it is a lot less expensive, and easy to get hold of in Boots. I do prefer the ABH Auburn colour, though. This one is slightly lighter. Fellow copper haired people, real or wannabe real (like me!); what do you use on your eyebrows? Do you just go for a warm toned brown? or Blonde? Or do you try to find the perfect copper colour for you?

Barry M. Yes. Love it. It's super cheap and cruelty free. Beautiful colour, I've never had a grey nail polish before, lasts as long as normal nail polish does (that is 3 or 4 days on me before looking scruffy) - great!

If anyone has any recommendations or suggestions for skincare and makeup - please throw them my way! I always love trying new things. Right now I'm especially low on cleanser and face masks - anyone tried anything great recently??

Glossier!!!

I couldn't handle the hype anymore, so I caved and bought some Glossier pretties. Note to self: Never buy anything from America that doesn't ship to the UK ever again! I had it delivered to some lovely friends in New Albany who posted it for me, and then I had a customs charge. And, After all that, I found out that Glossier is coming to the UK later this year. WHAAA! Turns out it was totally worth it though, because now I'm desperate to try more of the range! I've been having some issues with skin redness/itchiness (I'm guessing caused by hayfever), and I'm super pale and unhealthy looking right now (blame that on working from home...), but the Cloud Paint is somehow managing to make me look healthy! Especially in the colour Beam. It's a peachy-orangy colour that suits my yellow undertones really well. I usually use a powder blush, but this paint-like textured stain is so much better for my dry skin type. Plus, once it sets it doesn't budge aaalllll day. The concealer deeeefinitely isn't for blemishes, it just isn't high enough coverage, but under the eyes its great! I do suffer from dark purply under eyes, but I've used it for a few days of very minimal makeup now, and I kinda like it. Also, somehow it doesn't crease?? I guess its called 'Stretch" Concealer for a reason! I'd love to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Moisturising Moon Mask and the Generation G lipstick! Can't wait for Glossier to come to the UK!

Berry & Gold Eyes

I used my Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette in 3 colours for this look. 'Warm notes' all over the lid and under the eye, 'Pure Ganache' on the middle of the eyelid and underneath the eye, and 'Sweeter End' in the inner corners.Not exactly a summer look, but every time I go outside I see more and more leaves on the floor, conkers in the trees and warmer bronzed tones everywhere so I was inspired to create a fiery eye

  1. NYX matte but not flat foundation
  2. NYX HD concealer
  3. Besame brightening violet powder
  4. Sleek blush in Flushed
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Auburn
  6. Kiko pearly eye base
  7. Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette
  8. Revlon volume + length mascara (still looking for a good cruelty free one!)
Some New Things

  1. Pacifica Persian Rose body butter
  2. Pixi Glow Tonic
  3. Urban Decay Vice cream lipstick in Bang

It's funny how everything always runs out at once, isn't it? I hadn't had a good body moisturiser in a while, I've been rationing my Pixi glow tonic for WEEKS now, and well, I kinda just fancied a new lipstick from a brand that I haven't tried before (I know this is blasphemy to some! "She hasn't tried Urban Decay?! Whaaa?!")

The Pacifia body butter is vegan and smells beautiful. It's really different to other rose scents I've smelled before, and trust me, I've smelled a lot of roses in my time so far. No matter how cliche it is, it's still one of my favourite scents. This is so heavily scented though, that I'm worried how my sensitive skin will react to it. Fingers crossed it will be fine! I'd also really like to try their Dream Big mascara, does anyone know where I could get hold of it in the UK? Pixi glow tonic is kind of self explanatory, just about every beauty and lifestyle blogger out there goes on about this stuff. I find it really helps my flaky (mmm, lovely) dry skin and definitely helps to create a better, less flaky, environment for makeup and just generally.

Oooogh I'm excited about this lipstick. It's an orange-red that kind of looks like an obnoxiously bright coral on me. It's nice and creamy, which is perfect for my on-the-dry-side lips. Obviously it's not going to last as long as the matte liquid lipsticks everyone seems to be wearing right now, but I don't mind re applying if it means my lips don't look like the surface of Mars by the end of the day. Nooooow I kinda want their new Moondust palette, or their Moondust single eyeshadow in Solstice. Uh oh.

And that concludes my...mini...haul? Did I just do a haul post?