personal

103 is the Magic Number!

8:17 pm


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
You guys are awesome.

Thank you for making me want to continue with this part of my life. 
103 of you. 
Crikey.
M x

lifestyle

Sunday #1

3:12 pm




I've never done a Sunday post before, but as I looked at the piles of horrible dissertation books around me and the green tea that looks like wee I thought it'd make the perfect photo. As you can see I'm not actually getting any work done, but listening to Meat Loaf.

What are you all up to this sunny Sunday?
M x

beauty

Probably The Best Haul I'll Ever Do A.K.A. That Time I Actually Won Something

9:00 am


As very few of you may know a few weeks ago I was the incredibly lucky winner of Nouvelle Daily's 1st birthday giveaway. I won £100 to spend on lookfantastic.com and, naturally, I blew it all at once on one darn gorgeous beauty haul. It's my birthday in a few weeks so I felt treating myself all in one go was the best way to do things. My face when these goodies arrived was definitely something I wish had been recorded, the lovely lady delivering the parcels looked rather taken aback. 


Haircare wise, I splashed out on the Bumble & bumble, picking up my first of their products. I like a fair bit of texture in my hair, the undone look is one I highly condone and relish in on a daily basis. Low fuss = happy Megan. I picked up their Tousled Two-Step gift set which contained Bb. Texture and Bb. Thickening Hairspray for £27 to give my hair the oomph it needs, and then their ever-popular Sunday Shampoo to get rid of all the build up from the week, leaving me squeaking clean for Sunday bedtime. Finally for haircare I picked up a new Tangle Teezer as I've had mine for YEARS and it's in very poor shape. 


On the bodycare front I only purchased one item, but from a company I absolutely adore. Korres have such a gorgeous ethic and use the most wonderfully scented ingredients in their products. Having already been a fan of their Jasmine range and their lip balms, I thought I'd give the delicious-sounding Mint Tea scrub a try. 


Yes, I picked up 'that' lip balm (Nuxe Baume Levres Reve de Miel), and upon the first few uses I can happily confirm that this product is THE HOLY GRAIL of all lip balms. Holy moly, this stuff smells, tastes, and feels gorgeous. I'm never going back, I promise. 


Of all the Naked palettes to choose, I know a lot of you might be wondering why I didn't pick up their latest, greatest offering. Honestly, I liked the look of Naked Basics better from the very beginning of my beauty education. The mattes are absolutely beautiful and I just love the selection of colours you're given in this lovely little palette. It's so adorable, I may never get over it.


No online order is complete without a candle, so I picked up this jasmine, ginger and sandalwood number from Neom Organics. This is their 'Restore' candle and it smells like bliss. I can put it on the other side of the room unlit and the whole floor of the house will smell within a few minutes, stunning.


Finally are the two  brushes I picked up to add to my ever-growing collection. These are the Real Techniques Stippling and Shading brushes. Please excuse the mess on the shading brush, I was having a whale of a time trying out my Naked palette. Boy, does that brush pick up the perfect amount and pack it on. I'm yet to try the stippling brush but I've heard nothing but amazing things about it. I'll keep you posted!

I hope you enjoyed my little (pah!) haul and are having a lovely week, you deserve it.
Lots of love,
M x

music

A Cure for the Nearly-Friday Blues

10:00 am

If you're feeling the nearly-Friday blues, listen to this and try not to dance around like a crazy fool. I can guarantee you will fail.


And back to the dissertation now...
M x

poetry appreciation

Poetry Appreciation #1 - Helen Hoyt

12:00 pm

Recently as part of my final year of my degree I've been reading  a lot of poetry, and I thought I'd share this one with you today for International Women's Day. This poem is 'Cheap' by Helen Hoyt and the satire of war used really drew me to the poem as something to write about in one of my final assignments. Even if you're not really into poetry, it's worth the few minutes it'll take to read as to me it wasn't really like anything I'd read before.



You can read more about Helen Hoyt here
Let me know what you think and whether you'd be interested in me featuring more poetry on my blog. I hope you're having a lovely weekend. M x

film

February Cinema - Her and The Book Thief

9:00 am

Last month I saw two films at the cinema which is quite a lot for me considering how few films there usually are that I'm wanting to see on the big screen. I normally have the patience to wait for the DVD release date, but in the case of these two films I wanted to see them the moment I heard about them.


I want to see Her once more before saying this statement with 100%  truth, but I honestly think this is my favourite film of all time. To summarise: smart operating systems are invented that the user can speak to and the system grows with the more it learns into something that can be identified as a human consciousness. It's a brilliant story for a time where everyone walking down the street is involved in something in their hand or pocket or headphones. It's rare to see someone just walking.

Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett's voice, the pastel clothes, the gorgeous world they live in, the music (Arcade Fire, love), and most importantly, the story. Everything was absolutely wonderful and I couldn't have wished for more from this film. I don't want to spoil anything about this film for you but it wasn't what I expected at all, and I was expecting a brilliant, smart, and witty film in the first place. Go and see Her, it won an original screenplay Oscar for a reason.

10/10 - Perfect.



I read The Book Thief over the summer, as I mentioned in a previous post, and fell in love with it. So when I heard there was a film coming out, oh boy, was I excited. To summarise: a girl is adopted by new parents during the Second World War and her world is taken over by the war, her papa's accordian, a mysterious visitor, and the power of reading.

This was a very, very faithful adaptation of the book which made me incredibly happy, however unfortunately parts of it felt very Hollywood. Some of the charm was lost in making the film, but it was still a brilliant film aside from that. I cried, not as much as I did reading the book, but still a substantial amount. It's such a beautiful story and they really have picked the perfect actors to take on such wonderful, real characters. Bonus points to Emily Watson for being the perfect Mama, and the casting director for picking such cute kids.

7/10 - Faithful, beautiful, but cliche in its directing.

What films did you see in the cinema in February?
M x

advice

Dealing With Criticism: The Ballad of a Final Year Literature Student

5:00 pm


In my final year of university I hear a lot of criticism. Everyone is being pushed to get the final grades they want and deserve, but the journey isn't ever going to be a pleasant one. To progress is to be criticised and sometimes it's hard to want to carry on or feel you're good enough when you're constantly being told to improve. I've been doing a lot of reading on the subject of dealing with criticism as a way to want to carry on with my final year and not fear the future, and here are a few things I've learned along the way.

Do

  • Accept the fact you're not perfect and never will be.
  • Make sure you're putting in your all, not doing a half-assed job because you think it'll be poorly received.
  • Listen to what you're being told and make sense of it otherwise you'll keep making the same mistakes.
  • Try to agree with one aspect of the criticism and feel better for this acceptance, knowing they're not criticising you unreasonably.
  • Let the person know how you feel about this criticism in a respectful manner. People want to help you and you don't want to seem rude by appearing to ignore their help.




Don't

  • Take it personally.
  • Hold a grudge, it won't get you anywhere.
  • Ignore the criticism and assume the person's thoughts are wrong because they're not your own.
  • Let it bring you down, we're all humans and humans make mistakes.




What do you do to use criticism constructively?
M x