28 February 2015


I'm not really one for doing 'Favourites' because I don't often switch up my beauty products, when I find something I like, I stick to it. However a lot happened this February (I went to a country with a very different climate to the UK and I bought so much newness) so I did mix it up a little...

1. Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Travelling lightly is not my forte, i'm that person who takes a different pair of shoes for each day of the week and a new outfit to match and my make-up bag isn't exempt from this either. But I was quite good this time and tried to pack small palettes rather than a separate item for every step make-up application. The Naked Flushed palette was perfect, the bronzer was great at transforming me from  sunburnt to sun kissed. It goes on fairly sheer which was great because I could also use it as a powder to rid me of awkward shine without making me look like an oompa-loompa. The highlighter is shimmery like fairy dust which was perfect to add a beam to my look but I used it as eye shadow most nights because it's a beautiful pale pink shade which complimented the tan well!

2. Soap and Glory - Archery Pencil

Possibly my product of the month. Before february my brows weren't anything to be proud of and don't get me wrong they're still not perfect but this pencil transformed them. It comes with a brush on the end which is small and compact, it also has a lid so you don't have to pull out stray hairs every time you want to use it. It's a retractable pencil which is great, no sharpener needed. The nib is small so you can get super close and precise which I find 10 times better than the larger S&G Archery pencil.

3. Urban Decay - Perversion Mascara and Subversion Primer

George surprised me with this for Valentines day which actually was quite the shock because I've wanted it forever but can't recall me mentioning it to him at all. The primer isn't great, I like the fact it's white and not clear like most Mascara primers because you can see where you have applied to and where needs more coats. However I found the application difficult, slow and a little clumpy. The Mascara on the other hand is worth the hype, it definitely extends my lashes but the magic is in the thickness and definition of them when finished.

4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Shadow

I love eyeshadow, i'm an eyeshadow addict. But my biggest problem is getting it to stay put all day. I picked up the shade 'On and on Bronze' which I have used every day this month both as a single colour and the base to other colours. It has solved my problem for sliding shadow and i'll be picking a few more shades up next time i'm in Boots.

5. Benefit - Porefessional

I'm not a huge Benefit fan - I know gasp. Don't get me wrong the packaging is beautiful but all of the products I have tried so far have been hugely disappointing. But I wanted to give it another go because the hype never dies when Benefit is concerned. I picked up a tester set from Boots which included Porefessional, Bad Gal Lash and High Beam. I didn't like the mascara at all, High beam was ok but I wasn't impressed by the applicator but Porefessional was a game changer. I have very visible pores and fairly uneven skin under my eyes but the tinted primer works to smooth out the skin and conceal my dark circles in one go. It lasts most of the day too with little reapplication of my concealer so it'll be a repurchase, my first ever re-purchase from benefit.

I'd be interested if there were any Benefit products you'd swear by because i've tried a few but would love to fall in love with them again.

Love always,
Melissa



25 February 2015


When it comes to make-up, living in the UK is a blessing and a curse, all in the same. We are lucky enough to have a host of amazing beauty brands at our fingertips but also some that you can't yet get over here. Fortunately, my boyfriends sister visited New York over Valentines day weekend so I took the opportunity to get her to pick me up some items which aren't as easy to find over here!

The Stila - Eyes are the Window Palette's have recently made a huge mark on the beauty blogosphere so I picked up mine in 'Soul'. The packaging is beautiful; metallic gold on the outside, rose gold on the inside and a cute little quote to make you smile. You get nude 12 nude shades in the palette, which range from matte creams to sultry, glitter-tastic browns. I love a bit of glitter on the eyes because it adds sparkle to the most enigmatic part of the face.

The Forumla X nail polish I have been dying to try for so long now, but I will be the first one to tell you I really don't need any more to add to my collection. However I did need a good top coat, and the formula X ones have great reviews so i'm looking to try it out!

If you've been part of the beauty blogging scene for the past year, chances are you know about the brand Tarte. The Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation is probably one of the most blogged about products I've seen and it is on my lists of things to try, unfortunately i'm not good at guessing my shade as per website descriptions and at £23 a pot I thought it best not to risk it. So asked for the Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless which is a pretty, muted barbie pink. I'm not normally one for pinks that are that bright and jarring but it looks so beautiful on the skin and you can build it up to be as sheer or bold as you like.

I am always on the search for a new liquid liner and i'd heard a few good things about Tattoo Liner by Kat Von D. The colour is black as black can get which is something I struggle to find with a liquid liner, especially those with felt tips. But this one is perfect and a great colour dupe to the MAC Fluidline plus much easier application. The point on the nib is amazing, making it so easy to get a perfect sharp flick on your cat eye.

And finally I picked out a couple MAC products because I am truly addicted and I couldn't help myself. 'Dark Side' Lip Lustre Lipstick and another Fluidline Gel Liner in Waveline (Navy). There is a strong possibility that I need to go to some sort of Cosmetic addiction rehab because since George's sister has returned i've been searching flights to New York for myself! I can dream.

Love always,
Melissa


21 February 2015


"Music is the strongest form of magic" - Marilyn Manson

Music is so important in our lives because it helps us to understand emotion, to cope with and express our feelings. When you connect with a particular musician or artist, more often than not you want to go see them in concert. For me it's one of my favourite things to do and i've been lucky enough to see such a diverse range of music live, from Taylor Swift to Greenday, Foals to Nina Nesbitt, Kesha to Arctic Monkeys. I could go on like that for a while. I enjoy seeing live music so much because you gain a greater connection with the band/artist and it's interesting to see how they interpret their music. So I thought i'd put together a short list of 5 musical talents that you should see live if you have the chance this year!


1. MUSE


When MUSE tour you know you are going to get a damn good show. They are incredible live, true rock hero's. Their music is by far the most flawless form of creativity i've seen live and the atmosphere that goes along with it makes you screaming the words in unison to the person next to you. Their songs are made to fill stadiums and fill the stadiums is exactly what they do.

2. Katy Perry


I've seen Katy Perry twice and both times were completely different experiences. She sounds just like she does on her albums, which is a huge positive in an era where music is dominated by electronically edited vocals. Katy gives her audience a spectacle like no other, with costume changes in the dozens and opulent stage and choreography design. In short, Katy Perry gives you the whole package, music and million dollar production that you won't see anywhere else.

3. Metronomy


Metronomy in terms of popularity and scale of their shows are not comparable to MUSE or Katy Perry but their music and live sound most certainly is. It's retro synth put together with just so much love and affection. Each member has a different personality and it shows when their on stage, they're  just so much fun. I'm hopefully going to see them alongside MUSE in Portugal later on this year.

4. Hurts


Hurts are power ballads with intense lighting and instrumentals to match. They're a two piece set that might just possibly sweat cool. They perform these songs which have so much emotion and feeling you can't help but belt out the lyrics whilst fist bumping the smoggy air. They are the epitome of intense cool.

5. Ed Sheeran


The man is a musical masterpiece, no doubt about it. The fact that a single artist with no back up musicians or singers what so ever can perform to a sold our arena of 15,000 people for two hours is beyond me. Ed Sheeran has so much talent i'm surprised he knows what to do with himself, but he knows exactly what to do and does it seamlessly. His shows, unlike the previous four i've mentioned, are of the laid back sing-a-long type, with a friday night pub atmosphere to them. So contrasting to what you expect for a concert! I'm gutted I didn't jump at the chance to see him at one of his 3 up coming shows at Wembley Stadium.

If you're going to see any live music this year, let me know in the comments below. I'm seeing Taylor Swift in June, alongside Ellie Goulding and Haim and British Summertime Festival which i'm really looking forward too. Obviously, Taylor duh! I'd also love to know if there is anyone i've missed off of the list that you thing deserves a place...


Love always,
Melissa


18 February 2015


As soon as March roles around Winter is over and Spring is in it's footfall. For me the winter is dragging, i'm over the coldness and can't wait for the temperatures to rise so it's easier to pretend i'm back in Thailand again. I'm not even joking. But with the seasons changing it gives us the perfect opportunity to mix up our make-up bag staples. I've picked out a few items which I think are going to be my favourites this Spring...


1. Maybelline Anti-Aging Concealer

This is my favourite concealer all year round, but i'll be picking up a new one as soon as March hits in a lighter colour. Having a concealer in one shade lighter adds subtle brightness to the underneath of your eyes, which is a necessity for me because of the horrendous dark circles I was born with. Adding this into your make-up routine is a fab way to welcome in the warmer temperatures and show of healthier and dewy looking skin.

2. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Speak Louder

I picked this up around Christmas because I was after a pink toned shade that was dark enough it would suit my skin tone but light enough to still be pink! 'Speak Louder' has a peachy undertone to it which is perfect for Spring. It's slightly brighter than the deep berry tones we tend to gravitate towards in the autumnal and winter months and will look so pretty in Spring!

3. The Body Shop, All-in-one BB Cream

When the weather starts to get warmer I like to ditch the heavy duty foundations for a good coverage concealer and tinted moisturiser/cream combination. I discovered this BB cream last summer and loved the fact that it comes out speckled white and then adapts to your skin tone as you blend it into the skin. It has light coverage but paired with a good concealer is lighter and easier to wear in warmer months.

4. Soap and Glory, Sexy Mother Blusher - 'Pinker Beller'

Like a rosier, peachy lip is more welcome as the months turn slightly warmer and the daffodils bloom, so is the blusher. The chubby stick form is so popular at the moment and I think makes application so easy and great for make-up on the go or beginners looking to experiment with blush. The colour is build able and adds a warm, pinky glow to your cheeks which is so pretty and a welcome change from the pale skinned, muted toned blusher days of winter.

5. Benefit, High Beam

Like I mentioned before of using a lighter shade of concealer under the eyes this time of year, a highlighted cheekbone is perfect to make you're skin look dewy and healthy. High Beam is subtle which I like in spring because I think it's much more subdued month compared to summer and winter, or is that just me? It gives a beautiful glow to your complexion like you're a little fairy whose bathed in the morning dew on the grass, which is two thumbs up for me!

6. Kiehls, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Whilst this isn't strictly make-up it's party of my daily skin routine before making myself look presentable. My skin occasionally gets dry particularly under the eyes where it's thiner and more prone to imperfections. As the weather perks up the drier the air will gets and this makes my skin worse! I picked up this cream in duty free on the way to Thailand and it worked a dream in keeping my under eyes moisturised.

Have you got any staples you bring out at Spring? Or anything you plan on picking up ready for when March roles around?

Love always,
Melissa


14 February 2015



I handed in the single most important piece of graded writing I will ever do last Friday and now have less that 4 months before i'm propelled into the big wide world of adulthood. I've spent the past 4 years working towards a degree in Art because it's something that I enjoy. I like to create things whether it be with paint, a camera or with words. I always have.

During my entire University experience I guess I had it in my head that I was going to graduate and immediately become this photographer who made money creating work that I wanted to create, not what somebody told me to make. And now that i'm about to jump off the diving board into a pool where everyone wants to be someone, i'm not so sure.

I haven't enjoyed uni that much, that's not a secret and it had definitely changed my outlook on wanting to be an artist. I mean, I still want to create things but not necessarily the same things I wanted to create when I started 4 years ago. In a dream world I would love to blog for a living. Just travel and talk about it after. That would be great but right now i'm so uncertain about everything. I guess, whatever I end up doing i'm just trying to work out whether it was worth the past flur years. Will I end up working in retail for the next 10 years? Or will by so incredible twist of fate be typing on this blog for the next 50 years? If so, was studying for a degree in art worth it?

There is nothing written in stone about my future, apart from the fact I am going to Taylor Swift live in June. I don't even know what i'm having for dinner, or what flavour pancakes to have for breakfast. I guess, in a way it's kind of exciting. I don't know what i'm going to be doing after university and that scares me more than anything. But I guess the idea that anything is possible is even more exciting and that's what gets me through.


Love always,
Melissa

P.S. Happy Valentines Day



11 February 2015



- I wrote this in-between states of sleeplessness on the plane home at about 4am last week, but I still wanted to share it with you because even now completely rested I stand by everything I said -

So in my last couple of days in Thailand I got to thinking about how important it is to do the things that make you inexcusably and irrevocably happy. I don't know whether it was the sun or the fact that Thailand is just a place of incredible people with incredible smiles which got me thinking, but i'm so glad it did. It was a welcome break from the real world that is dissertation writing and bra fits and a chance to screw my head back on and figure out what in life is important to me. I feel so appreciative that I had this opportunity because it's made me realise that I really do need to work harder to be able to indulge in the things I love. 

Being able to close my second trip to Thailand was a dream. Being able to photograph and experience such incredible things and share them with you after is such a blessing. Whether there is 100 people or just 1 person reading my words and my stories, whoever you are I just want you to know that I appreciate your time.

Maybe it's the tiredness or the fact I'm typing this from 37,000 feet above the clouds somewhere over northern Germany, but I felt an overwhelming gravitational pull to write to you. 


Love always,
Melissa