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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Models Own Scented Fizzy Cola Bottles | nail polish review

Coming back from a fun holiday away is always hard, but something that cheered me up massively was the prize sent me for my festival blog post. One of the prizes was this cute and quirky scented Fizzy Cola Bottles nail polish by Models Own.

Now I know what you're thinking, this probably isn't a colour that I would think to pick up if I saw it in Superdrug, but my oh my is it beautiful! The light brown creme shade looks so lovely on the nails (especially with my hands being quite tanned at the moment) and I love that the gold glitter and silver shimmer running through it gives it a subtle 'glammed-up' finish.

Although I was seriously impressed with the colour, my favourite thing about the nail polish is the fact it actually smells like fizzy cola bottles! I'm a sucker for a novelty nail polish. Even though the scented nail polish label should have given it away, I really didn't expect the scent to linger on the nails! If I remember rightly my 'scented' Blueberry Muffin polish from Models Own didn't smell of anything! It was definitely a good surprise, especially with the scent being so true to that of the penny sweets.

The fizzy cola bottles scent stuck around for about a day, which I don't think is too bad to say I did apply a top coat to my nails. Oh and a word of advice, you can scratch and sniff the top of the polish or smell it on your nails dry, but don't try and sniff the actual polish. You'll just get a headache...

The nail polish is really easy to apply, though two coats is a definite must as it'll be too sheer with just one. I also recommend using a top coat like Seche Vite as glitter polishes are always a little less smooth on the nails.

I love this polish so much that I'm definitely tempted by some of the other polishes in the Models Own scented Sweet Shop collection, which include:

  • Pear Drops - a bright coral-red polish with silver and red shimmer
  • Liquorice Allsorts - a plain black creme polish
  • Gumballs - a bright pink creme polish
  • Rhubarb and Custard - a bright red polish with silver glitter

Models Own's Fizzy Cola Bottles nail polish is available at the purse-friendly price of £4.99 from the brand's website and Superdrug where you can currently pick up two polishes for £7.99.

Have you tried any of the Models Own scented nail polishes?
Is Fizzy Cola Bottles a polish you'd like to try?

*A big thank you to for sending me this nail polish as part of my prize!*

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream review - Not just for nappy rash!

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream - £1.99*

Although Sudocrem has long been used to treat nappy rash, it is actually a multipurpose cream that can be used to tackle other conditions like acne and dry skin too. In fact a number of celebrities swear by Sudocrem and use it as part of their skincare routines including Cheryl Cole, Kimberly Walsh and Jessica Lowndes.

Same great cream, different packaging
We always have a tub of the Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream in the bathroom cabinet, so it's not a product I've recently discovered however until a month or so ago, I had no idea that it came in these handy 30ml squeezy tubes too. I have to say I much prefer the tube as it is much more hygienic (no finger dipping) and far less messy to use. It’s also the perfect size for popping in your handbag or hand luggage if you are travelling.

Whilst Sudocrem have renamed this a Skin Care Cream, it is basically the same thick white antiseptic cream in different packaging. I have no problem with this though, as I always thought the original Antiseptic Healing Cream was great for reducing redness and calming minor skin rashes anyway.

Calming flare ups and reducing redness
I use Sudocrem from time to time to reduce the redness and soreness of spot flare ups on my face but more commonly I use it to get rid of the small skin rashes on the backs of my legs that I get quite regularly. I find that after it has sunk into the skin (which can take a little while) it leaves it feeling much softer, smoother and far more presentable for no tights days!

Tips for using Sudocrem
What I will say is that when it comes to using Sudocrem a little goes a long way. Try to apply just a thin layer to the skin - any more and you’ll be trying to rub it in for hours! It is also a pain to wash off your hands if you squeeze out too much, so do be careful.

Sudocrem for acne
As an acne treatment, I can’t really say whether the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is a great product or not as *touch wood* my skin has been pretty good recently. However as a multipurpose cream for soothing the skin on other body parts and treating dry patches, I definitely give Sudocrem the thumbs up.

The Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is a very budget friendly at just £1.99 (Boots) and is sold in most UK pharmacies and beauty stores.

Have you tried Sudocrem before? What do you use it for?


*PR sample sent in exchange for honest review.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Holiday Makeup Favourites

I didn't do an August favourites at the end of last month as there weren't any products that really stood out to me, so instead I thought I'd share my holiday makeup favourites. Whilst I didn't bother with makeup in the day time, I did enjoy using these products every evening when we went out for dinner and cocktails in Pefkos.

Balance Me BB cream
First up we have the wonderful Balance Me BB Cream. If you've read my review of this product, you'll already know how much I loved it. My skin was so good on holiday (it's crappy again now I'm back in the UK) so I didn't need a lot of this, I just used it to even out my skin tone a little.

HD Brows kit
I love, love, love the HD brows kit. I tend to get my Real Techniques brow brush and create my own blend with the two brown shades and sometimes add a little of the darkest shade for extra definition. My friend Liz also used the brown shades as eyeshadows, so this proved to be a very versatile little palette on holiday!

Miss Sporty clear mascara
This is one of my makeup bag staples on holiday and in the UK. It's perfect for setting your brows with.

Benefit They're Real mascara
My sample of Benefit's They're Real mascara has finally run out! I used the last of it on holiday. It is a great mascara, particularly for lengthening the lashes. I'm tempted to buy it in full size, but for a couple of pounds extra I could get the Yves Saint Laurent False Lash Effect mascara - another of my favourites, so it's a tough decision! 

Rimmel eyeshadow stick in Rose Gold
When I was filling my makeup bag to take to Greece, I knew there was only one eye shadow I needed - the Rimmel London eyeshadow stick in Rose Gold. This is the easiest eyeshadow product to use and it has excellent staying power. The shade is so pretty and so, so versatile. I'm just in desperate need of a bigger sharpener as unfortunately it's not a wind up product!

Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner
My go to eye makeup always involves eyeliner flicks and I find the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner one of the easiest liquid eyeliners to use. I know there are so many different eyeliner products on the market that claim to make cat flicks easier, but sometimes I think it's best to just stick to the basics and go for a good old liquid liner and brush.

Mac See Sheer
I think Mac See Sheer is one of the most versatile lipsticks I own. It literally went with all of my holiday outfits. On my lips it produces the most perfect orangey red shade, great for brightening up makeup looks. It is a lustre, so it glides on smoothly and feels lovely on the lips. It isn't sheer, but it isn't opaque and that's just how I like my lipsticks, especially in the summer time.

Bourjois cream blush in Nude Velvet
Like with the Mac lipstick, the Bourjois cream blush in Nude Velvet is so versatile that I ended up wearing it all week! It adds a subtle wash of colour to the cheeks to give you a healthy glow. I like how it has a cream to powder formula, as I find it applies easily and has great lasting power. 

So there we have my holiday makeup favourites! Have you used any of these products before?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Greece with the gals

I'm back! Did you miss me?

I had an absolutely wonderful time in Greece with my best friends! The weather was stunning all week and the scenery was picturesque. I really want to do a few little posts on some of the places we visited but for now I thought I'd share a few holiday snaps!

St. Paul's Bay - The most beautiful place I've ever seen!

View of Rhodes Town from the Bell Tower

Floral dress - New Look

If you are already thinking about your summer holiday next year, I highly recommend Rhodes! It has something to offer everyone and it is so, so beautiful. I'm so glad I conquered my fear of flying and swimming in the sea (haha) because it was so, so worth the experience.

If you want to find out more about some of the places we visited, look out for posts over the next couple of weeks. I'll be dotting them in between my usual fashion and beauty content.

A BIG BIG thank you to Sian and my mum, Jane for guest posting whilst I was away. I hope you enjoyed the posts. If you've not had chance to read them yet, you can find Sian's Benefit Dupe post here and my mum's Hush, Hush book review post here.

I'm off to unpack - the worst part of coming home!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hush, Hush Book Review

I'm Jane Hunt an author, blogger, book reviewer and Megan's mum. :-)
Megan invited me to review a book we've both read - 'hush, hush', the first in the bestselling 'Hush, Hush' saga.

Here's a little about the book: Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick.


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

My Review
My initial impression of 'Hush, Hush' is that it shares many elements found in other popular paranormal/young adult series like Stephanie Myers  'Twilight Collection' and LJ Smith's 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Night World' series. Happily the story's unique setting and paranormal characters made it worth reading.

The story's pacing was slow initially with much of the first half spent inside Nora's head. I was tempted not to read further than the first few chapters but I'm glad I read on. There is faster pacing and great imagery in the second half.

Told from the first person (Nora's point of view), in common with many stories in this genre, the reader wonders whether Nora is actually experiencing the incidents or thinks she is because of her fragile emotional state. This conflict makes you keep turning the pages to find out whether this is a frightening reality or a terrifying self induced illusion.

Nora's is likeable and has the conflicting mix of courage and vulnerability essential for a teenage heroine. Patch seen from Nora's perspective is mysterious, ageless and a little bit frightening.  

A well written, suspenseful ending leads the reader into Crescendo - the next chapter of Nora and Patch's relationship, which I look forward to reading.
I hope you enjoyed my mum's book review! 
Be sure to let me know if you have read or are planning on reading Hush, Hush!
This is a scheduled guest post. I am currently on holiday.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Benefit Dupe?

Hello there;
Firstly let me introduce myself, I am Sian Marie from Sian Marie Beauty! I love blogging about make up, hair care and general life. Please feel free to pop on over and say hello!

Now the self promotion is out of the way, let's get down to business. I have known Megan quite a while now, we go way back to the MySpace days. We lost contact but have found each other since through Twitter and the rest is history. She asked me to do a guest post on her blog whilst she was on holiday. I hope you are having a good time! 

I am here talking to you today about a Benefit dupe! Benetint. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Holiday Time.

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I'm off to Greece tomorrow so I've been madly trying to get all of my work finished before I go. I am so, so excited but so nervous at the same time (mostly about flying!) I've packed my Kindle so I can continue reading the Hush, Hush saga on the plane and I've also downloaded a relaxation app on my iPhone, though if that doesn't work, I'm sure listening to Ed Sheeran's album will.

Any last minute tips for nervous flyers are welcomed! Nerves aside I can't wait to be in sunny Rhodes with my best friends Emily, Hannah and Liz!

Seeing as I've been so busy this week, I've asked my lovely friend Sian and my wonderful mum Jane to do a guest post each whilst I'm away. Sian's will be up on Tuesday and my mum's will be up on Thursday. They're both really great posts so I hope you enjoy reading them! Be sure to show them some love and visit their blogs.

Thanks for sticking around - I will no doubt be refreshed and ready to get back to blogging regularly when I'm back from Greece! 

Lots of love,

Megan Jane xo

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