Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites

Welcome to the last day of July folks! It's been quite a crazy life changing few weeks for me (August now looks beyond exciting) and this month's favourites have all been life savers in getting me to look half decent whilst running around like a headless and very hot chicken...

My ultimate time savers have definitely been the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in 'Streak' and Seche Vite Fast Dry Topcoat. The palette has been shaving several minutes off my morning make up routine as I can do bronzer, blush and highlighter with one brush and one product and the effect is seriously stunning too. Bravo to Urban Decay for picking such perfect shades and also making beauty packing less hassle! The topcoat may not look as pretty but it's just as fabulous at speeding up the pampering process, drying tacky polishes in seconds and making even the cheapest varnish and shoddiest paint job look gelled to perfection. 

The delightful duo of sunshine and stress decided to wreak havoc with my complexion this month (how kind of it), causing me to reach for some serious de-slickers and blemish pickers I usually neglect. I really shouldn't neglect the Una Brennan Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask however, because it detoxes congested skin in no time at all, visibly drawing out all those nasty impurities from pesky pores and keeping breakouts under control. In the daytime I've been covering the mayhem with Benefit Big Easy, which is genuinely summer base perfection. The cream to powder formula blends effortlessly into the skin with  a great coverage and natural matte finish that helps to keep shine at bay without the cake.

On the brighter end of the spectrum we have the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Ole Flamingo'. Already an all time favourite lip product, this is flawless- it lasts ALL day long, never transfers, fades evenly and looks absolutely fabulous with it's matte finish and hot pink shade. Long live the liquid lipstick! Another colourful item and my last favourite of the day are PopBands. I randomly picked up a packet of these in Topshop recently and will never look back. They are super cute as hair or arm candy and somehow don't leave kinks in your barnett so you can throw it into a top knot at will without fearing the kinky repercussions. There's something a little '50 shades' about that...

What have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cute & Casual Get Ready With Me

Holaaa ladies! Hope your week is going well. If you fancy a little outfit/beauty inspiration for the next few days you may want to check out my latest 'Get Ready With Me' video. It's a cute, casual one perfect for summery workdays and weekends and there's a surprise appearance from a little furry friend who may or may not give me a bop on the nose... I've had some really lovely blog/vlog feedback lately and a wonderful subscriber called Amy even came to visit me in the Gabbi's Head on Sunday (pinch me moment), so I'm going to work even harder to get lots more content out there for you lovely folk who read and watch it! I also hit a very exciting 10K followers on Instagram a couple of days ago so if you want a daily stream of Meg's Boutique head on over and say hello :) It seems like everything is just really rather exciting at the moment and me and Dave are booking a last minute holiday this weekend too which I'm using as a great excuse to book a Brazilian blow dry and stock up on all things summer. Oh, and the Great British Bake Off is back tomorrow. Now that's something to get giddy about.

Have a fabulous night & let me know videos/posts you want to see next!
Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Things #1 | The Topshop Trio

A late night post from me today (I've just got back from being all egg and spooned out at the Benewealth Games!) to show you a few new things I've acquired lately. As much as I love big make up/fashion hauls, I also think it's nice to show those random bits and bobs you pick up along the way and I managed to pick up three random purchases on my way to the till at Oxford Circus Topshop last week. That place is lethal... Seeing as my Cath Kidston phone case had got rather worse for wear, I knew this super summery watermelon wonder had to come home with me. It's really good quality, was only £8, reminds me of Dirty Dancing and may even encourage healthy eating. Winning! Another summer inspired purchase was the Models Own polish from their 'for tans' collection in the shade 'bikini'. I'd wanted a proper party neon for ages and this certainly doesn't disappoint as it's easily the brightest beauty product I own, has a great formula and looks simply fabulous against tanned talons and tootsies. The new addition I was most chuffed to get hold of has to be the colourful hair/arm candy, popbands. I've been despairing over the havoc bobbles wreak in my already unruly hair and these have completely solved my issues because they don't leave kinks- I can tie my hair right up and still wear it down afterwards without attacking it with ghd's first! They also look super cute both in the hair and on the wrists. God bless Topshop for stocking so many random things.  

What new things have you picked up lately?

Monday, 21 July 2014

OOTD | Sports Luxe

New Look Tee // Zara Skort // Nike Free Runs // Michael Kors Watch // Models Own 'Bikini'

I thought I'd do something a bit different tonight with a literal 'outfit of the day'. When you live in a first floor flat and work full time it's hard to find the time/location for proper outfit shoots, let alone a makeshift photographer so I think I'm going to do more 'in the moment selfie snapping' which will give you nice little snippets of what I wear day to day. Work's pretty flexible on dress code so I quite like to mix things up a bit and today I went for a look I've never even thought about before, the sports luxe, aka sports day chic! Now I have a gorgeous pair of Nike Free Runs courtesy of SportsShoes (probably the first pair of trainers I've ever worn outside of a gym) I get to do the whole comfy and on trend thing and because they're monochrome they look quite smart still too. I kept the actual outfit short but slouchy with my Zara leather skort -potentially my favourite item of clothing ever- and a new neon yellow boyfriend tee to make things a little more colourful. This was actually a perfect match for my Models Own 'bikini' nails, so I was certainly safe crossing the road... Add a high pony quiff and some rose gold bling and you've got a sporty chic look not half bad for a girl who runs the other way when a ball comes towards her. Don't judge. 

Do you like this style of outfit post?

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