Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month – these 5 ‘The Ordinary’ products only cost Β£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??

Brighton for the Night


I was going to vlog my little trip to Brighton this Monday, but found that I was enjoying myself too much to film everything. I find that happens quite often, maybe I need to work on that… It was a JAM PACKED couple of days, and my feet are definitely feeling it right now. It was so worth it though, just wish we could have stayed a little longer!

These are just a few places I’d recommend going to if you ever visit:

Workshop living – They stock very minimal, Scandinavian and Japanese designed homeware. I’m a sucker for Japanese design, so I love it in there. It does smell very strongly of incense though, so if you aren’t a lover of it (like myself), be prepared!


Redroaster – Very good coffee, which you can actually buy (queue Harry the fancy coffee fiend getting very excited), and an interesting menu. Feels cool, but not intimidating. Plus, marble and brass everywhere – Instagrams best friends, hah!


Lucky Beach Cafe – Right on the seafront – if it’s a warm day, go sit outside! Eating breakfast by the beach is the best. Really yummy breakfast menu, and I want all of their serveware. (I need to cool it with the stripes…)


Other great places that I didn’t photograph:
Tidy Street General Store‘ – full of Soeur and Rachel Comey, I walked in and it was all honestly my ultimate dream wardrobe. One day it will be mine, ONE DAYYY. Plus some cute ceramics and homeware accessories.
Magazine‘ – full to the brim with magazines on everything and anything
Family Store‘ – Stocks Stay Home Club; Forever supporting my fellow Canadian illustrators/designers!


Our main reason for visiting Brighton was to see Kishi Bashi at the Hope & Ruin. I have a real soft spot for Kishi Bashi, he is one of my favourite musicians of all time. I can honestly say that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was his last day of tour, so I think he was suffering from a bit of hysteria, but it just seemed to make it all the more personal. There were only 150-ish people there, so it felt more like a party than a gig. His voice was impeccable, and Harry and I can safely say that whenever he is in the UK (or Europe; I’d travel pretty far to see him again!), we’re going to see him again. And again. Aaaaaand again. Listen to him – nowww!

 

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!

Stationery Week!

Out of all of the thoooousands of national days that plaster themselves all over social media on a weekly basis – this is one I can get behind! Having had a stationery addiction for most of my life, my home is constantly scattered with different stationery items that I use daily. In recent years I have toned it down a bit… I look for well designed and good quality items, I now ACTUALLY FINISH the notebooks that I buy before purchasing a new one, and wait until things have run out before spending hours on websites like Present & Correct. Okay fine, I do spend time on there even when I’m not buying things… but I have to fuel my addiction somehow, right?!

So here are my current most favourite/most used stationery items, as well as a lil’ Wishlist to finish things off (my birthday is in June, hinthintwinkyface).

Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, used as a bullet journal. I was going to buy their actual bulletΒ journal, but the colour I wanted was sold out at the time, so I went for this instead! It also means that I can customise it a bit more to my needs as the weeks and months go by. It matches my Leuchtturm sketchbook as well which is always a bonus, but to tell the truth I’m not that impressed with the paper. It’s very thin, so you can see what you’ve written on the previous page a little too clearly for my liking. It’s especially bad if you use markers/highlighters. When I’ve finished this I’m going to search for a bullet journal with thicker pages! If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to know.

A purchase from Amsterdam last summer; the Kaweco Classic Sport clutch pencil. Kaweco is one of my favourite pen/pencil brands. They are all just so prettttyyyyy *insert crying emoji*. Harry bought the black and I got the white. It’s short and chubby and I tend to use it in my sketchbook for the occasional expressive line. Harry uses his whenever there is DIY going on in the house, to mark where shelves/pictures will go etc. It’s an all round lovely thing to use! Definitely makes me want to start a Kaweco collection. Perhaps I’ll try one of their gel roller pens next…

A few things from the HAY shop in Bath. I was in Bath quite regularly over the past year and a bit up until recently, doing an interior design project. So of course I couldn’t help but have a wander round HAY on more than one occasion! One of the last times I was there I bought their own brand ruler and pen, a Pentel “Colour Pen Fine Point” in a greenish grey colour, some washi tape (I can never resist washi tape), and a really handy DUX pencil sharpener. I’m super lazy with pencil shavings, so this keeps my workspace nice and tidy!

Muji pens! I used to have a green one but it leaked everywhere and got all over my Apple Pencil (now THAT was a drama) …granted, it was a few years old, as these are. I tend to use these either in my bullet journal or to write in greetings cards with. They are nice and smooth and apparently, never run out!

A pair of scissors that I’ve had for years. These were a gift, and I think they are supposed to be fabric scissors. I did use them for fabric for the first few years of their life, but they were accidentally used for paper a couple of times and thats what they’ve been used for ever since! I’m sure if I sharpened them they would be fine for fabric again, but I like having them out in my pencil pot because they are so preeeetty.

And finally, my stationery Wishlist. Collected from two of my favourite stationery websites:

  1. Red Kaweco classic rollerball pen, Choosing Keeping
  2. Quitterie pencil case, Present and Correct
  3. Pen holder band, Present and Correct
  4. Clamp tray, Present and Correct
  5. Enamel stationery pins, Present and Correct
  6. Stamp wall planner, Present and Correct
  7. Large red koi celluloid pen case, Choosing Keeping

Do you have any favourite stationery or stationery websites/shops? Let me know so I can go and drool at more things!

Favourite Things; Colours

1. Legion. I meeeeean…!
I know this word gets thrown around a lot in the blogging/youtube world (and quite frankly, it grates on me), but I can’t think of another word to describe it: I am OBSESSED with this show. AHHHH. The futuristic retro, clean, abstract, dark, colourfulness of it all has me completely hooked. It’s all I think about. I’m not exaggerating. The amount I talk about it I’m surprised Harry hasn’t told me I’m crazy. It’s really making me want to up my photography game and implement lighting more. Plus, Aubrey Plaza is INSANE and I love it.

2. I see a theme forming… This colour combination:

(Can we just ignore that this was taken on my phone?)

3. This lipstick from Urban Decay:

I missed out on the Nars limited edition satin lipstick in ‘Kiss Me Stupid’ (shakes fist), but learned that this is the closest thing I’m going to get to it on Tempatlia. It’s (comfort) matte, which isn’t something I usually like, being a dry skinned person, but as the name suggests; its comfortable. And I think it rather suits my freshly red-ed hair!

Little Lick of Life: February


VERY slowly going through this book, both for myself and Stark & Goodwin. It asks such basic questions that you kind of naturally think about, but never write down. This forces you to get everything down on paper and really look at it all. Saving my head from swimming with branding ideas!

I’ll be making a blog post about an Etsy update in the next few days – this has been made in to an A3 print!

Lil teacake-head


Harry got me some of my favourite flowers for Valentines Day. We don’t normally do anything out of the ordinary on this day, but colourful flowers are always appreciated!

I visited Bath again this month for work – finally started to see some amazing progress with the apartments. If you’d like, you can see more of my interior photography on my (temporary) portfolio site: meggieamey.tumblr.com


I really like this teeny face I quickly sketched up out of nowhere a little while ago. The eyes are really different to my normal “style” – but I kinda love it.

What did you do in February? Are you planning anything interesting for March? I’m hoping for brighter, warmer days. A girl can dream!

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 resistantΒ 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!

DIY Festive Door Hanging

This afternoon we walked Milo and foraged a few festive looking leafy and twiggy things for me to make into a door hanging, and picked up the teeniest tree(!!!!so cute).

I am by no means an authority on floristry, but if you would like to give it a go, this is what you’ll need/I used:

1. Sturdy twig
2. Foraged twigs, leafy branches, maybe some holly – anything you can find that looks vaguely festive!
3. Pine/yew branch. I bought mine from Waitrose
4. Twine
5. Ribbon in colour of your own choosing. Mine came from Tiger last Christmas. Gold or silver would definitely look good. Or navy…or pink. Okay I’ll stop.
6. Anything sparkly that is easily attached. You could use baubles, glitter, wired beads like mine, anything you fancy.

I started off by attaching a length of twine to both ends of a sturdy twig

Then I trimmed a pine branch to my desired length and tied it to one end of the twig, and the centre of the twig so that it didn’t droop too much. I left the ribbon hanging in the centre as I thought it looked pretty and acted as another layer to the whole thing (I bought these pine branches, as apparently they are impossible to find where I live, I’ve never noticed it before!)

Next up was attaching some other foraged twigs and ivy and wrapping some red ribbon around the ends of all the branches for a bit more colour.

And finally I attached some wired beads that I had left over from a present that was beautifully wrapped for me from last year, to add a bit of sparkle, and wrapped more ribbon around the ends to neaten it up – finished by tying a simple bow.
TA-DA!

So simple, and super quick, but I’m liking it! If you make your own, make sure to show me on instagram; tag me with @cestmegnifique

Visiting London – A Vlog

Harry and I visited London yesterday to eats lots of food and watch Dr. Strange at the IMAX in 3d! (it was SO GOOD! Tilda Swinton just makes everything betterπŸ’•)This month marks 5 years together and 2 years engaged, so thought we’d treat ourselves a lil’.
I had planned on speaking in this vlog, but I chickened out! Not sure if I’m ever going to get over that shyness, no matter how much I’d like to…