Xenca Perfection Eyeshadow Cappuccino Review

Monday, 20 October 2014

Cappuccino Eyeshadow Duo - Xenca - £11.95*
Xenca is a natural beauty and skincare brand that I was introduced to at #NottsMeetSep14. Suzie (a part owner of Xenca) gave an excellent talk about the brand, which you can find out more about in this post and was also kind enough to let us choose a product to take home.

After thinking I'd go for one of the other Pefection Eyeshadow Duos, 'Mink' I soon changed my mind when Cappuccino was passed around to swatch. I fell in love with the peachy pink shade in particular, which has a subtle, warm golden shimmer running through it. I love eyeshadow duos like this because they are so versatile. You can wear the shades alone, blended together or have the pink shade as the base and run the brown through the crease. So many options!

Not only is Cappuccino a beautiful eyeshadow duo with great wear time, but it is also made from completely organic ingredients, which you can find a list of here. Xenca is a cruelty free brand that strives to create natural, effective and sensibly priced products that are kind to the body. As someone with fairly sensitive eyelids, I am pleased to say that I've not had any reactions from using this product.

Suzie really made me think during her presentation at the event, as it's so easy to forget that all of the products you put on your skin are being absorbed into the bloodstream and it's quite scary when you think about it! At least with Xenca's beauty and skincare products, you can have the peace of mind that they're not doing any harm.

Something else that makes Xenca's makeup products so unique is the fact they come in recyclable cardboard packaging. I really like this idea, however you do need to be a little more careful than usual, to ensure the lid doesn't fall off the eyeshadow.

If you are interested in using more natural and organic beauty and skincare products or simply want to support a British beauty brand, I highly recommend having a browse of the Xenca website and trying a few of their products out. I think my next purchase will have to be the lipgloss I had my eye on at the event - it was so pretty!

Have you tried anything from Xenca?
If you want to find out more about the brand, be sure to follow Suzie on Twitter as I'm sure she'll be happy to answer any questions you have.


*Sample received at blogger event.

Sunday Scribbles #3

Sunday, 19 October 2014

It’s Sunday and for the first time ever (I think) I can actually say I’ve managed to blog every day. I didn’t really plan to post every day it sort of just happened, but I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. Whether I’ll be able to keep it up is a whole other thing entirely, but fingers crossed as I’m feeling quite inspired at the moment!

This week was pretty busy in terms of work, so I haven’t really been out to do anything exciting, however I did clean both my bedroom and office yesterday so they’re now looking rather lovely. A tidy room makes for a tidy mind after all…or something like that. I even swapped over the clothes in my wardrobe so it’s all autumn / winter wear now. I’m actually excited for the colder weather because it gives me plenty of chances to wear my new pink faux fur jacket from Next! 

I thought I’d do something a little different in these Sunday Scribbles posts from now on, I’m going to share some of my favourite things this week, so here goes… 

  • Anna and Lily’s Pamper Chat – Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles’ beauty chat videos are the ones I look forward to seeing in my YouTube subscription box most of all each month. When they’re chatting about their favourite beauty (or in this case pamper) products and giggling away, I almost feel like I’m sat there in the same room as them joining in with the fun! 
  • The Blacklist– Although I already watch way too may TV shows, I’d heard so many good things about The Blacklist that I had to give it a go myself and eeek it’s amazing! I’m half way through season one and I’m well and truly hooked. No spoilers please.
  • Hello Giggles  - I’ve long been a fan of Hello Giggles and always read the articles that interest me when they pop up in my Facebook feed. It’s basically like an online magazine for us ‘grown up’ gals and there’s plenty of material there for when you’re procrastinating.  

I hope you have a lovely Sunday! 
Why not share your favourite post from your blog or someone else’s blog this week?  I’d love to read them! 

PS - I've been featured on Joshua James Jewellery's blog this week a long with some fabulous bloggers. Check it out here.

Making a memory box

Saturday, 18 October 2014

On my 18th birthday, my best friend Hannah bought me a box full of gifts and told me she wanted me to use the gift box as a memory box so I could collect little things from special days to look back on. It's such a lovely idea and I've collected so many things over the years (I'm now 24) that I've actually had to start a second box!

Here I've shared a few items in my memory box, so you can get an idea of the things to collect if you want to make your own box  (or one for your children). I love how in ten, twenty, thirty years' time I will be able to look back at this box and remember all the things that happened in my late teens and early twenties.


Something I love to collect is tickets from special days out and events. Whether it's a trip I've taken with my boyfriend James, an event I've been to with my best friends or a show I've been to with my mum, I'll keep the tickets safe in my memory box.

Blogger event badges
I also like to collect little keepsakes from the blogger and press events I've been to, usually in the form of blogger name badges!

I'm a real hoarder when it comes to special cards - they're just so beautiful and always contain such lovely messages that I like to re-read from time to time.

Random little trinkets
In my memory box you'll also find a collection of little items I've collected over the years, including a cork from the champagne we drank on my 18th birthday, a keyring from my Grandma and little shells from the beach in Devon.

I love that every little thing in my memory box has it's own story. It means so much to me, so thank you to Hannah for inspiring me to start one all those years ago!

If you have a memory box  (or are inspired to start one) and decide to do a little blog post about it, I'd love it if you came back to share it here below.


Handirest Review

Friday, 17 October 2014

Handirest - £9.99

As much as I love nail polish, I find painting my nails to be such a chore! It’s probably because even after years of practice I’m still a clumsy nail painter. Oh and I usually leave it until the very last minute before I need to go out, which usually results in my trying to paint my nails at my desk, on my knee or on whatever surface I can find – a dangerous game when you’re prone to getting nail polish everywhere!

So when I received the Handirest manicure cushion in my #NottsMeetSep14 goody bag it was a very welcomed surprise! This cushion has been specially designed with recesses so you can use it to paint the nails on each hand. It is extremely light weight (making it easy to carry around with you) and it is also really comfortable to rest your hands on, allowing for a much steadier nail painting session.

Not only that, but now I have the Handirest I don’t have to worry about getting nail polish on my outfits or my lovely furniture! You can also use it to rest your hands on when you are applying false nails or doing nail art.

The Handirest is a great product and it is certainly something I will be continuing to use when I need to paint my nails at home or on-the-go! It is priced affordably at £9.99 and I personally think it would make a great stocking filler this Christmas (yes I said the C word) for women of all ages who like to paint their nails.


*Item gifted in event goody bag

Fall in love Tag

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Autumn is probably my favourite season of all and not just because of my birthday! The colours, the fashion, the leaves, there’s little I don’t like about this season. The lovely Leah picked me to do the ‘Fall in love’ tag, so here are my answers…

What is your favourite fall scent? 
I don’t really think I have a favourite autumn scent as such. I tend to stick to burning vanilla and berry scented candles, so I’ll go with those scents!

What is your favourite fall drink? 
Again I don’t think I have a favourite drink that I only drink in the autumn time, but I do drink soup out of big mugs in the autumn, does that count?

What fall trend are you most excited about? 
Ripped knee jeans! They look so lovely with a big chunky knit and ankle boots.

What is your favourite fall beauty product? 
So far it’s been the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencil in the shade ‘Keep it Classy’ which I reviewed in yesterday’s blog post.

What is your fall guilty pleasure? 
Wearing ridiculous outfits around the house to keep warm. My typical autumn outfits usually consist of leggings, HUGE fluffy socks and Mickey Mouse / Batman / Cookie Monster jumpers.

What do you like to do most in fall?
Run huge baths with lots of bubbles (Lush bubble bars are the best) and relax with a good book.

What is you favourite fall song?
One of the songs I’ve been playing a lot recently is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out loud.’ Have you seen the video? It’s amazing!

What is you favourite fall food?
Jacket Potatoes! I never eat them in the summer as I associate them with being more of an autumn / winter food. Toppings of cheese and beans or cheese and coleslaw will do me just nicely!

What is your favourite fall holiday? 
Bonfire night! I love pretty fireworks and mushy peas mmm!

A big thank you to Leah for tagging me! I tag:

Charlotte Rose from RoseCharli
Amy from A Little Boat Sailing
Hayley from Frock Me I'm Famous
Annabel from Mascara & Maltesers 

Before I go I just want to let you know that Palladium Boots are hosting an event in Nottingham this Friday (17th October) at the Bodega. See the poster below for more information!


Keep It Classy Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil Review

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

For me this season is all about gorgeous plum and berry lipsticks and I think I have found a beautiful autumnal shade in Maybelline’s ‘Keep it Classy.’

After seeing the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils on a few of my favourite beauty blogs, I knew I had to try them out myself. There were a number of shades that caught my eye, but none stood out to me as much as ‘Keep it Classy.’ Although it looked more of a nudey pink shade under the store lights, I was pleasantly surprised to find that upon swatching, it was actually a gorgeous deep reddy-plum shade.

 I was initially worried that the lip pencil would be really drying on the lips, but it was actually much the opposite! The Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils have a lovely creamy formula, allowing the product to glide onto the lips effortlessly. The product is also really lightweight on the lips, so you can't even feel it's there.

Wear time is pretty good, though for me it doesn’t last all day. Re-application is super easy though, thanks to the shape of the pencil that makes lining the lips and filling in the middle a doddle, even for clumsy folk like me.

Something else I really like about the Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils is the packaging. The black and white looks so chic and I love the fact it has the shade colour at the bottom, making it easy to find in your makeup bag.

At £4.99 the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils are a real steal and I’ll definitely be going back to pick up another shade. Some people are comparing them to the NARS lip pencils and whilst I cannot compare them having not tried the NARS offering myself, with a £12.00 price difference, I'll happily stick with Maybelline!


5 quotes I love

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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One of my favourite things to 'pin' on Pinterest (aside from future home decor inspiration) is quotes. They don't have to inspirational or about anything particular, but if I like it or can relate to it, I'll pin it! These are five quotes that I truly love and think the messages behind them are wonderful. 

You may have noticed that I now have a little Pinterest board at the side of my blog. Be sure to check it our from time to time as the images will change and it will definitely be featuring some of my other favourite quotes.

Are there any particular quotes you love or live by?


Megan Jane