Sunday, 15 October 2017

Beauty Advent Calendar

You know what I've always wanted to do for Christmas ever since I started watching beauty videos on YouTube. A beauty advent calendar.

I've always grown up with a chocolate advent calendar every year and I never saw any different until I watched beuaty videos now I did look into it before but they were always so expensive. I didn't really think about this year until I saw that Make Up Revolution were doing one. Now I love Make Up Revolution products. I love their products that they make so the thought of having one of their beauty advent calendars made me excited. Now originally it was about £50 on Superdrug but then they brought the price down to £30 which is quite reasonable considering you get 25 of their products. That's what drew me more to it because some calendars were only doing twelve days of Christmas and they were way too expensive. I was sure I would be getting my moneys worth if I paid for one which was about £50. That's why I was tempted to buy the Makeup Revolution one because it was £30 which is still quite expensive however you are getting your money's worth and your getting products for your face, eyes and lips so I just thought why not get it while it's on offer for £30.

Long story short. I got it and here is what it looks like.

I know it's way to early to be thinking about Christmas but this is honestly the best thing ever and I'm so glad I got it. I ordered it online and it came in like three days. The packaging is so pretty. It makes me so happy because this is my first beauty advent calendar and the fact that it is by one of my favourite make up brands makes me so happy. I can't wait for Christmas where I'll be getting not just chocolate every morning but a new make up item. How cool is that? I just have to keep it in a safe spot in my room until December 1st but honestly it's so tempting to just open all the doors now. I know I'll regret it so I'll just keep it in hiding until December 1st. I was actually thinking for the build up to Christmas that I'll make a post everyday on each of the products I get each day and do a little review. I'll make other blog posts in Decmber besides these reviews but I just thought it would be an interesting idea to do. I may even just do a round up each week or every five days and show you the five products and my review of them. Let me know if you'd like that. You have plenty of time until Decmeber 1st to decide.

Anyway, that's all I have to say now. This will be probably my only Christmas related post for at least a month as it's too early to start thinking of Christmas. We still have Halloween to go. If you are considering getting a beauty advent calendar then I suggest you start looking now as the prices will probably go up the closer we get to December so try and see if any are on special offer now.

That's all I have to say for now. I'll be back again soon with another post. See you then.

Megan x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Thank You!

Something happened yesterday which I did not expect but it honestly made me feel so happy and it involved this blog.

I was looking at my blogging stats and I saw that my most popular post was my Dissertation Tips post. Now I knew that already because last week it had about 100 page views (which by the way made me super happy to see that so many people viewed it). I thought that itself was an achievement. I've never gotten up to 100 page views on a post before but it made me so happy that people were taking the time to view that particular post and maybe some even took on board some of my advice. I mean it helped me a bit that my own university promoted the post so that boosted views.

Anyway, back to yesterday I was looking at the stats of this blog and I found that the Dissertation Tips post had over 2000 page views. I was in complete shock. That is crazy. I never thought any of my posts would ever get to a 1000 page views let alone 2000. It just means a lot that people actually take the time out of their day even if it's just for a minute to view a post which I have created and potentially read through it. It just means a lot. I know I'm just a little blogger who just writes these posts because it's a fun hobby to do and I like how people can read what I say. Normally, I get a sense of an achievement when over 20 people have viewed my blog post but to have 2000 people view it is just unbelievable.

I just wanted to make this post today just to say thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to actually read a blog post of mine or just check out my blog. Whether you've been around for a while or have just arrived. Thank you so much. This just makes me want to continue making more blog posts for you all. Maybe I won't get as high page views as my Dissertation Tips post but getting at least 20 page views means a lot to me so thank you. I really appreciate it.


Megan x

Friday, 13 October 2017

Simple Make Up Routine

Believe it or not you can have a very simple make up routine in only six steps. It's very simple and minimalistic. You can use it for work or school or just days when you're not feeling like putting on so much make up but you still want some make up. It's also so quick and easy to do.

Here we go:

Step 1 - Concealer. Use the concealer under the eyes and any spots and blemishes that you may have. You don't even need foundation and this is more of a natural make up look. Sometimes I find it's too obvious you have make up on when you have foundation but with concealer you're just putting it on the parts which really need it. My favourite concealer to use is Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade Fair 1. I absolutely love this concealer and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Step 2 - Powder. I like to use powder to set my concealer but also it feels like a little base but not an overwhelming base like a foundation might be. Your face can still breathe but it still feels like you're in a way airbrushing your face of all the spots and blemishes but you'll still look natural. A powder I've been loving recently is another by collection and it's thei Lasting Perfection Powder in the shade Fair. I actually really like this powder as it gives that little bit extra rather than it being a setting powder. It just works well with the concealer and would recommend it.

Step 3 - Blusher. Now after you've set your face you will want to add a bit of colour to it just so you don't look like a ghost. I prefer to use a blusher rather than a contour as it looks more natural if you add a bit of colour to your cheeks. I like to use the Miss Sporty Insta Glow blusher in the shade luminious beige because it's a natural blush colour. It's not too pink but it's pigmented that you can see a colour in your cheeks.

Step 4 - Eye Shadow. For the eye shadow I like to keep it very simple and natural. I love using a brown with a white nude colour to go with it and I just keep it simple really. I don't hassle with the whole blend it into the crease stuff. I just put the brown over the eye lid then then blend the white nude colour on top. It's just quick and easy sometimes especially if you're in a rush. My most used eyeshadow duo is the Natural Collection eye shadow duo in the shade Mocha/Latte. It's so pigmented and so affordable as well. You can get it from Boots and I would highly recommend. I used this for school but I recently purchased it in the summer and I have not stopped using it since. Definetly check it out if you're in to your nude eyeshadows.

Step 5 - Mascara. With masacara I prefer to use a waterproof mascara because it lasts a lot longer and it doesn't smudge as much. The mascara I use is one which I never really used before until this year because I know a lot of people were talking about it and it costs about £8 and I wasn't really keen to spend that much on a mascara but now I understand why people get it and it is amazing. It's the Maybelline Waterproof Lash Sensational and it is the best. I have quite long lashes but this mascara just makes them more volumising. It actually looks like I have fake lashes on. It's that amazing. It's also buildable so you can keep it more natural with one or two strokes but you can build it up to make it more volumous which is why I love it so much.

Step 6 - Lips. For lips I tend to only ever use nude lipsticks because I find over colours don't suit me plus I like some of lip products I use. I'll give you two options which I have been loving recently which I would highly suggest you check out. The first one is Makeup Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in the shade chauffeur. If you're looking for a natural nude lip which is not to OTT but still makes a difference to your lips then this is the one for you. I have been loving this lipstick and the colour. It also feels moisturising and just looks so good on. It's only £3 as well so it is a bargain. The next one I would recommend is the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in the shade caramel. If you're looking for something a bit extra but still quite natural lip colour then this is perfect. It's a mattefying lip cream and I've found it dries really quickly on your lips. It's just perfect for that little bit extra on your lips. Again this is about £3 so it is a bargain. Would definetly recommend these lip products.

I hope you enjoyed this very simple make up routine. This is something I tend to do on a daily basis so I'm happy to share it with you guys. Let me know if you use any of these make up products or maybe you have a better alternative. I wanna know.

Anyway, I'll be back again soon with another blog post.

See you then.

Megan x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Twenty One Years Old

I'm officially an adult.

I can't believe that I am now 21 years old today. It's crazy how life just goes by in a flash. I still remember when I turned 18 that I thought that's when I was an adult but really it's this moment right now. A twenty one year old. I know last year I was twenty but for some reason that's not really a special birthday. It's all about being 21 years old. I suppose it's because in some places that's the legal drinking age but in the UK the legal drinking age is 18 years old. I suppose in a way it makes sense that this is my step into adult hood because this is my final year of university so in the summer I will no longer be a student. I'll be a young adult who shouldn't be relying on her parents anymore.

Being 21 means the start of my life. I need to start making the life I want to live without the reliance of anyone. I need to stand on my own two feet and just start living.

I thought I would share with you 21 things I've learned as a 21 year old. Here we go:

1. It's okay to make mistakes

2. It's okay that you haven't found love yet

3. Not everyone will like you

4. Some times you're going to have a bad day or week or maybe even a month

5. You can do things on your own

6. Forgive but don't forget

7. Try to message first because at least you tried

8. Being yourself is better than being someone you're not

9. Stop caring about what other people think

10. Stop overthinking situations

11. Stop blaming yourself

12. Do what makes you happy

13. Nobody is perfect

14. Being single is great

15. Stop looking back and look forward

16. Mums know best

17. Coffee is an essential

18. Stop chasing people

19. Impulse decisions are the best

20. Colouring is definetly relaxing and fun

21. It's my birthday. I'm going to celebrate it how I want to celebrate it.

Anyway, that's all I have to say about my 21st Birthday. I'm going to stop typing and actually go celebrate it now. As my blog is a part of my life I just kind of wanted to let you know that today is my birthday. I hope you all have a great day whether it's your birthday or not. Just have a great day. I have a favourite photo which I love posting on my birthday but honestly I should really start living my life by this quote which I am going to share with you guys.

I'll be back again soon with another post.

Here's to being 21!

Megan x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Dissertation Tips

I know I said in my last post that I'd make a post after my lecture at two but you know I had some thoughts and feelings as well as talks with my friends about this year. Mostly about this looming dissertation which I was freaking out about. However, I've figured out a way to make less stressful and more easier than what I was originally anticipating. I thought I'd share the advice I've learned with you guys to help you as well as a reminder to myself on how to get through the dreaded dissertation.

1. Break It Down
I know a dissertation is a lot of words. In my uni, the minimum word count is 8,000 words and the maximum word count is 10,000. That is a lot of words to write and it just seems like so much. However, if you break the word count down month by month, section by section then you'll realise that it might be easier than you originally thought. For example I set a goal to get 4,500 words done by Christmas. How I broke that down is by splitting the word count for the three months. That'll be 1500 words each month. However if you split it down again for the 4 weeks and then again by the days you plan to work on it. For me I have planned to work on my dissertation three days a week. I have planned to write 375 words a week which if you split that into three days is 125 words per day. That's a pretty reasonable target if you think about it. Plus you can have days where you can write more than that so you'll be closer and closer to completing the word count. If you just break the word count up a bit it doesn't seem so bad.

2. Choose a topic you'll enjoy writing about
You're going to be spending a lot of time writing about this particular topic so you may as well make it about something you enjoy. Although once you're finished with your dissertation you may hate the topic at the end. However, just try to find a topic which you are interested in. I know you can make a dissertation about anything but honestly make it a bit relevent to your course because it'll look good knowing you're doing your dissertation which is something relevent to your course.

3. Make a schedule
Like I said earlier about breaking it down. Set yourself some goals to achieve. Like I've put write 1500 words per month and 375 words a week. I know it may seem like a lot but it's really not and you may as well do it. The deadline may be in 6 months time but it'll go by in a flash and suddenly the deadline is a week away. Just work at it and soon that word count will be going up. It's better to be one step ahead and prepared because things can happen so just get a head start. Also don't forget you have other assignments so try to fit them into your schedule.

4. Plan
Make yourself a little plan before your first meeting with your dissertation supervisor and have a plan. Maybe give them a list of topics you're thinking of doing and have a list of all the things you can research and develop. If you go to that first meeting with ideas then your supervisior can help you decide what topic to do and what direction to go in then you're already one step ahead because you can already start working on it and doing some research.

5. Make as much use of your supervisior as you can
Your supervisor is there to help you and they will offer you some guidance as well as look at your work. If you keep showing your supervisor that you are making progress every week then that shows them that you care about this dissertation and want to get a good grade at the end of it. Another thing is to talk to other people. Talk to your friends, family. Don't struggle alone. I know there's probably going to be a moment in this process where you'll have a mental breakdown but just remember you are not alone. There are plenty of other students who are in the same boat as you doing dissertations but also your friends and family will support you too. They don't want to see you stressed out and miserable. They will help you if you ask. Don't go at this alone because you won't get very far.

6. Hit the books
Not literally but seriously you need to get some books out on how to actually do a dissertation. These books can help you with the layout as well as some research methods which could be useful to you. Also get some books about the topic you're doing because you're going to need to know some background information plus it'll be useful to you. I know these days everything is easy accessible online but you're going to need a variety of sources so if I was you. I'd go to the library.

7. Reward yourself
It's all very well to lock yourself in your bedroom and work flatout on this dissertation but seriously it won't get it done any faster. Take breaks. Work for two hours then take a ten to fifteen minute break. Give yourself a reward like if I get 200 words written today I can go hang out with my friends or go shopping or watch an episode of the TV show I'm watching. Just give yourself little rewards as it's some motivation for you to work on your dissertation. Just do it.

Anyway, that's all the tips I have for a dissertation. Good luck to anyone who does have to a dissertation this year. We can get through this together. However, this tips can be applied to other assignments so I hope they were helpful to you reading this.

I'll be back again on Wednesday with a very exciting post as it's my 21st birthday and I've prepared a little post to publish on that day so stay tuned for that.

All I have to say now though is see you soon.

Megan x