Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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Some New Makeup & Skincare Things

It's been a little while since I spoke about makeup on here. I went through a stage of being really openly interested in specifically cruelty free/vegan makeup & skincare, and then went a bit quiet about it! I can tell you I'm still only using cruelty free makeup and skincare, but ended up feeling a little weird about sharing the products I enjoy because I am not a professional in this field, and therefore felt like I wasn't authorised to be telling people what I thought was good or not. But then I realised... I'm not an "authority" on anything really, so why not just post about things that I enjoy. I'm SO GOOD at limiting myself, guys! Anyway, I'M OVER IT and back with a few new things I've been enjoying over the past few months.

1. Zoeva Graphic Eyes waterproof eyeliner in Nude Reflection. This eyeliner is soooo creamy and soft, blends out really well, has some sparkle, which is always welcomed in my book, and stays put on my somewhat oily eyelids. I'd really like to eventually buy the colours After the Disco (gold), Taupe (erm...taupe.) and Good Karma (jewel green).

2. Eyeko Black Magic mascara for "drama and curl" I'm not usually one for water resistant/proof formulas, ultimately because I am a lazy-bean, but I'm liking this one. Because its water resistant I don't seem to be having that much trouble getting it off, it separates all of my lashes and looks nice a wispy, and so far, isn't a clump-fest. Thumbs up!

3. L'Occitane Delightful Rose lip balm. I bought this on a whim while in Bury St Edmunds for work last week and I've been smooshing it on my lips like a maniac every day since. I'm a sucker for a rose scent, so I kind of wish this was a bit punchier in the perfume department, but because its 5% shea butter its making my dry wintery lips feel better. I like it more than the Burts Bees Ultra conditioning lip balm, but I still feel like I haven't found my favourite yet.

4. Nyx Butter lipstick in Rootbeer Float. I think this colour used to be called 'Pops' but it's since been renamed. Apparently its a good dupe for the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita, which I have been drooling over for a good couple of years now but its never in stock when I can justify buying it. The lipstick gods are saying NO! So I bought this instead. Its meant to be a warmish toned natural-rosey colour, but it sometimes looks a little mauve on me. I think thats because my skin is quite warm-toned so can turn anything like this mauve-y? I still like it though, and works well if I don't want to wear my usual red lips, but don't want to look pale as a ghost sans lipstick.

5. Milani baked blush in Luminoso. This is an oldie in the beauty blogging world, and I've only just discovered it! I looooove it. I haven't used another blush since I bought it last month. Its the lightest blush I've ever owned in terms of colour, but because its a warm-peach it gives my pale skin a healthy glow.

6. Neals Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose daily moister. I'm having a moment with my skin right now. I came off the pill, then went back on it a couple of months later (don't ask!) and now my face hates my guts. I have no idea what its doing, so to top it off I thought I'd try a new moisturiser as well. You know, just overload it a little bit more, thats a good idea right? Right?? Probably not. But it's happened, so.... I've only been using this for a few days, so I'm going to give it a little time before I give my verdict on it, but so far I like it more than the "Nourishing Orange Flower" moisturiser I've tried from them before. That was meant to be for dry skin, but after 15/20 mins of applying it, I felt like I needed more because my face felt tight again. This one is for normal/dehydrated skin, and feels more "nourishing" somehow. Weird!

And thats it! I really cannot wait for it to be lighter for longer, I prefer taking photos in natural light and these winter months make it nigh on impossible for product photos.

Lip balm brand on my radar: Malin+Goetz - have you tried their lip balms? Are they any good? Please let me know!

Mwah! My Everday Makeup

I was really scared to do a "beauty" post. I'm quite harsh on myself, and I feel like people I know are probably going to be like "ugh she's so shallow/boring/self indulgent/this is what every other lifestyle/fashion blogger does UGH" but you know what? I'm not sure I really care anymore... And that's beside the fact that it's probably all in my lil' head. I'm treating this as a kind of "learning to love myself" exercise. I really like makeup. My skin isn't the greatest and sometimes I beat myself up about it. I spend hardly anything on makeup/skincare and generally only replace what I run out of and didn't until recently research in to what I was buying (irresponsible!). I'd really like to change all that and try more things, so,  I'm going to take photos of experimental (I am not a pro by any stretch of the imagination) looks every time I get some new makeup, or see something I like on YouTube. They might also be inspired by favourite films, people etc and will always have a prominent spotlight on cruelty free and vegan cosmetics (more about the reason for this in a post at the end of the month). Anna Karena in "A Woman is a Woman" is probably next!

I'm going to start off with what I wear almost daily (well, when I know I'm leaving the house for anything other than buying food!);

Black liquid eyeliner cateye, mascara, and red lips. I have used collection 2000 liquid eyeliner since I was 18, but recently I've changed to Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and I will not be going back! I use some Bourjois right now and I have a lot of Revlon nail polish, but I want to find and use more brands that are cruelty free & vegan and eventually, once what I have has been used up, only support brands that are.

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I've taken these without glasses, as you couldn't really see what I was wearing behind them! The trials and tribulations of glasses wearing...

  • Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream in Ivory
  • Sleek Makeup blush in Flushed CF
  • Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper CF
  • Bourjois Push Up mascara
  • Art Deco eyeshadow in a transparent white with glitter (I can't find the colour name! Had it for a while now...) CF
  • Studio 10 Beauty brow lift perfecting liner, universal shade (from my first Glossybox) CF
  • Bésame lipstick in Cherry Red CF*

*CF stands for Cruelty Free