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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

Monday, 25 August 2014

8 things you might not know about me

There are so many bloggers I adore and some of my favourite posts have to be the ones where I get to know them a little better. Call me nosey, but I sure love getting to know the people behind the blogs I read day in, day out. With this in mind, I thought I'd write a little post sharing eight things you might not know about me.

1. I am the world's biggest worrier
I worry a lot, so I over-plan and when things don't look like they're going to plan, I worry some more. I'm trying to learn to be a little bit more laid back!

2. I have been with my boyfriend for nearly six years
This Autumn, James and I will have been together six years! I don't share too much about him on here, but let's just say he's a good egg.

3. I can't drive
I'm scared of driving! I took my test years ago and unfortunately failed for forgetting to look over my shoulder during a manoeuvre. I'll get round to doing it again one day...

4. I still live with my parents
I moved back to my parents' house after uni with my boyfriend in tow. I wasn't sure what my money situation would be like when I first started freelancing and didn't want to risk it. A couple of years on and things are really looking up, so who knows, maybe we'll be able to have our own place again soon!

5. I haven't had many jobs
Most people decide to start a business after working for other people. I have only ever had three part time jobs. I worked in a pharmacy, in a cafe and then in a restaurant. I've always known I wanted to work for myself.

6. I have hypothyrodism
I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid when I was nine. Apparently it was quite rare for someone so young to have hypothyroidism.

7. I really want to write a book
I write articles and blog posts for a living, but one day I would love to write a novel.

8. I hardly own any luxury / high end beauty products
Shock horror! As much as I love makeup, I don't like parting with my money to buy it. This is why the majority of reviews here on Seek My Scribbles feature budget friendly beauty products.

I hope you enjoyed this little post!
If you have done one too, feel free to share your link in the comments below.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Autumn Fashion Wishlist

Black faux fur coat - F&F // Authentic ripped skinny jeans - Topshop // Brown cut out boots - New Look // Embellished heel boots - New Look // Grey necklace jumper - New Look

I know it's a tad early to be thinking about autumn fashion, especially since I haven't been on my summer holiday yet, but I've spotted so many lovely items that I can't wait to wear next season, so lovely in fact that I simply had to share!

For me there is nothing better than heading out on a cold autumn day in a snuggly faux fur coat. My last one had to be thrown out because I'd worn it so much and it had got tatty. Although I was sad to let it go, it has provided me with the perfect excuse to treat myself to this one from F&F when it goes on sale in October!

I also can't wait to go shopping for a new pair of boots. I love both of the pairs featured above! The tan cut-out boots would be ideal for daywear (paired with the jeans and jumper) and the embellished heeled boots perfect for evenings out.

A statement scarf is also a must-have for autumn / winter and I love this aztec print one from River Island. Last year I missed out on getting the tartan one from Zara that everyone and their mother was buying, so I'm going to make sure I get in early and treat myself to a new scarf this year!

Have you been eyeing up any autumn wear or accessories yet?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Summer holiday personality quiz with New Look

I don't know about you but I feel like this summer is really flying by! It's already the 20th August and I feel like all I've done is work, work and work some more - oh the joys of being an adult. Luckily I'm off on holiday in a couple of weeks and can't wait to make the most of my time in sunny Rhodes! I'm going with some of my bestest friends and we're planning on spending most of the time chilling in the sunshine, taking trips to the old town and giggling over cocktails. My idea of a perfect holiday!

Speaking of perfect holidays, New Look currently has a fun quiz on their website which is all about matching your personality to a particular type of holiday or festival. I took the Summer holiday personality quiz and the results were spot on...

Relaxing on a beautiful secluded beach in Barbados with a cocktail in hand sounds blissful! New Look also suggested some of the items you could wear on this type of holiday which included a geometric print swimsuit, aztec print wedges and a tasseled kimono.

I'm really loving all of the aztec print on the high street at the moment and will definitely be treating myself to one of New Look's kimonos before I head off on holiday. They're great for throwing on over everything from a pretty sun dress to your bikini. Deciding between all of the lovely choices has been difficult, but I've narrowed it down to this one or this one. What do you think? A pair of statement wedges for summer is also a must-have in my opinion. They instantly dress-up an outfit and are also great for lengthening the legs and making them look more toned! I always feel more confident in a pair of heels or wedges - how about you?

I tag the lovely Charlotte Rose to do the quiz next, but if you fancy having a go at the Holiday vs. Festival Personality quiz yourself and getting a little summer holiday outfit inspiration click here. Let me know what results you get and whether you think that type of holiday suits your personality!


Produced in collaboration with New Look. All words are my own!

Monday, 18 August 2014

6 Skincare Staples

Like many other beauty bloggers, I enjoy trying out new skincare products, but when I find something that really works, I'm very reluctant to replace it with anything else. I almost daren't say that my skin has massively improved over the last couple of weeks, in fear that I'm cursing myself, but it really has and I believe it's down to some of the products featured above!

1. Garnier Micellar Water - £3.99 (down from £4.99) - Boots
I'm not going to lie, I've been really lazy recently and have been mostly using this micellar water to take off my makeup. It removes all makeup (even pesky mascara and eyeliner) really easily and I find it to be really gentle on the skin. It's the best micellar water I've tried and it's great value for money.

2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ - £15.50 - Boots
I've spoken about how much I like La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ numerous times, but once more won't hurt right? I find this product great for calming down breakouts and it's also supposed to prevent scarring too so that's a bonus! It says to apply it to the whole face, but I tend to just use it a long my chin where I get blemishes.

3. Aloe Calming Toner - £8.50 - The Body Shop
I always like to use a toner after I have cleansed my skin and the Aloe Calming Toner has long been my product of choice. This alcohol-free toner is designed for sensitive skin. It is great for removing any traces of makeup that your cleanser has missed and also primes the skin ready for your moisturiser. Aloe has calming and soothing properties, making this a very gentle toner.

4. Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll on - £4.49 (down from £8.99) - Boots
This is a gel-based eye product, designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness. It has a rolly-ball-thing which makes it easy and in my opinion fun to apply (no need to tell me - I know I'm weird). The eye roll on contains hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin and hibiscus which is great for making the skin appear brighter.

5. Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser - £24.00 (50ml) - Balance Me
When I first tried this moisturiser sample, I really didn't like it but after loving the Balance Me BB cream so much, I decided to give it another go and now I actually really like it! If you can get over the overly floral scent that all Balance Me products seem to have, you'll find this moisturiser great for smoothing and hydrating the skin. One of the things I like most about Balance Me is that the majority of their products contain 99% natural ingredients.

6. Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask - £13.00 - The Body Shop
This lovely hydrating mask is like a thick, jelly-like moisturiser. Simply pop it onto dry skin for ten minutes, wipe it away and your skin will be left feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. I like the fact that this isn't a messy-mask and that it is really cooling on the skin. If you want to try it out you can pick up a sample sachet for £2.00.

So there we have my six of my skincare staples, what are yours?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder - A fine haired girl's dream product!

Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder - £7.49 @ Boots
It's not the first time I've mentioned my troublesome fine hair here on Seek My Scribbles and it probably won't be the last. Not only does it get terribly knotty (at least it did when it was longer) but it also lacks volume and texture. Having been on the look out for an effective volumising product for a long while, I think I've finally found it in the form of the Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder!

Toni & Guy claim their Sculpting Powder 'combats grease and creates volume and shape with a matte finish.' To use it, you simply twist the lid and shake a little powder directly onto the roots of your hair. You can then work your fingers through it and back comb your hair (if you wish to) to give it volume and extra body.

Giving the hair 'umph'
As a volumising and texturising hair product, it's a real dream! Although it feels a little odd when you first work it into your hair, it definitely does the job of giving it 'umph' and offering a light, natural hold. From using this dust-like powder, I've found that a little goes a long way, which is a good job since I've caught my boyfriend using it to style his hair too!

Combatting Grease
Where I'm still a little on the fence is when it comes to combating grease. It's definitely not on par with a dry shampoo, though it does somewhat mattify the hair. I have the sort of hair that gets greasy after one day (I'm never happy with day 2 hair) and I couldn't use this product to get it to a state where I'd be happy going out without washing it, like I can with dry shampoo.

It definitely gives clean hair a more desirable 'lived in' texturised look and is great for adding volume, but for tackling grease, there are far better (and cheaper) products available. 

If you have fine hair or simply want to give your hair a more volumised look, I highly recommend giving the sculpting powder a go! Seeing as I only purchased this product for it's volumising and texturising qualities, I've been more than satisfied with the results and will definitely repurchase.

Can you recommend any other volumising hair products?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

5 bad beauty habits

1. Touching my face
Touching your own face isn't a crime, but it is often the cause of blemishes and breakouts. Every time you touch your face, you're transferring the germs and oils on your hands onto your skin. I'm so guilty of this bad beauty habit. Whenever I'm reading something on my laptop, I'll sit with my hand over my chin - the area of my face most prone to breakouts!

2. Peeling off my nail polish
I love peeling off my nail polish! It's so satisfying when it comes off in one go. It doesn't look too great when you go out leaving your nail polish half-peeled though.

3. Picking & squeezing my skin
I pick at my skin and it's not at all nice, but it's one of those habits that I'm still trying to break after years and years of doing it. I'm not just talking about spots on my face, but any little bumps on my arms too. Sometimes I find myself searching for something to squeeze, it's gross. As much as I tell myself I shouldn't do it because of scarring, trying to break this habit is easier said than done!

4. Not heat protecting my hair
Thanks to the hundreds of products out there, protecting your hair from heat damage is easy, however this is something that I forget to do all too often. All I need to do is go out and pick up a heat protection spray, but every time I go in to Boots I find myself coming out with everything but the thing I actually need!

5. Leaving my brushes unwashed
I don't have many makeup brushes, but washing them is still a chore. I only have one set so it's a pain having to wait for them to dry. Excuse to buy more makeup brushes? I think so!

Now I've fessed up, it's your turn! 
What are your bad beauty habits?

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