Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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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!

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!

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!)
And Ode to Little Ondine

I touched on the fact that I received 6 little Ondine polishes (totalling 7 in my collection now! Including a top coat) for my birthday last month (thanks, Harry!) and have now successfully worn all of them. I can safely say I love them all! Some colours need a third coat, but that's not really an issue, they all last equally well and just as long as normal nail polish. AND you get to peel it off when your finished wearing it, which is unbelieeeeeevably satisfying. They're all cruelty free and chemical free, so I've found my nails are in much better condition now than they were when I was using normal nail polish. I still can't believe that some polishes have formaldehyde in them?!? Insanity. Anyway, here is my collection so far on my nails. I've used their "Secret" base and top coat on all of these, too, and would definitely recommend using it;

Karma is a dark blue toned green, this one needs 3 coats to achieve completely opaque colour. Red Red Wine is a dark, well, wine colour! This one needs two coats and I will probably get the most wear out of this one, too. Wine red is my go to nail colour for Autumn/winter. This one looks a little untidy because I had been wearing it for a couple days at this point, but it gives you an idea of how it wears, right?! Fusion is a nice true red and a real pop of colour on what I would imagine any skin tone. It's insanely bright on a sunny day and is a perfect summer colour. This one needs 2 coats. (Also look how well it goes with my new vintage top! Weeee! ...It's the little things) Blossom is a warm toned pastel pink. I find cool toned pinks look weird on my neutral leaning yellow skin tone so I've always avoided pinks in nail colour and clothing, but this one is pretty sweet and really Spring/Summery. It also needs 3 coats. Midnight is a greyish toned creamy dark blue but it's somehow still kinda warm?? I have no idea if that makes ANY sense, but it's great, really good for an evening out or when you want something a little moodier. This one needs 2 coats. And finally, Golden Eye. This is a yellow toned metallic gold. It's another one that seems to just change to a completely different level of bright when worn on a sunny day, it actually made Harry go "WOAH!" When he saw it, ha! 1, 2 or 3 coats, depending on how opaque you want it to be. It looks like a nice wash of colour with 1, and then builds up to completely opaque with 3. I'm wearing 3 in this photo.

So far, so good! I've completely stopped using normal nail polish for now. Next on my wish list is the box set of Little Ondine X Sophy Robson colours. Mmmm, space nails.