#BloggersSecretSanta14 | Nottingham Blogger Meetup

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Last weekend I attended the #BloggersSecretSanta14 meet up at the Ned Ludd in Nottingham, hosted by the lovely Hannah and Emma. I was feeling very nervous when I got there, but the ladies I sat with were so, so lovely and I scanned the room and saw a few familiar faces including Leah, Ellie and of course Suzie from Xenca who I met at the #NottsMeetSep14 meet up.

After everyone had arrived and we’d had time for a quick chat, we were given the first talk of the day from Ian ‘the UK friendly guy!’ He introduced us to two products I’d not come across before: The Ultimate Fix nail spray and the Hello breath spray. I was particularly interested in the nail spray as it is designed to dry each layer of nail varnish you apply so it doesn’t chip as easily. The breath spray was so cutely packaged and the flavour ‘Pink Grapefruit Mint’ certainly sounds interesting so I’ll give it a whirl! Be sure to look out for reviews of these products on Seek My Scribbles in the near future.
Hello breath spray & The Ultimate Fix // Lekha giving the MERUMAYA presentation // The lovely Sarah getting a Lush hand massage from Charlie!
Next up was the MERUMAYA presentation, given to us by the lovely Lekha. Again, I hadn’t really heard of MERUMAYA before so it was great to be introduced to a new British brand.

After Lekha had talked through all of the products and let us have a little try (I quickly fell in love with the serum) it was time to do the raffle. I was so excited when my number was pulled out but I managed to contain myself, instead letting out a little ‘whoop!’ I’ve won 5 full sized MERUMAYA products (including the serum eee) and I can’t wait to try them out!
Suzie (who I didn’t get a photo of as I was eating at this point – bad blogger) gave the next talk about Xenca. I really love that she gave a completely different presentation to the one at #NottsMeetSep14, focusing mainly on health and nutrition. We were also lucky enough to get a sample of the Xenca Five a day+ to try. I’ve managed it 4 days in a row so far – starting as I mean to go on! I’ll definitely be doing a separate post on this so I can explain what it is and what it does, but if you are eager to know, go and chat to Suzie on Twitter!
Last but certainly not least, three members of the Lush Nottingham team, Holly, Ivy and Charlie, gave a really interesting talk about the history of the company, their ethics and some of their amazing Christmas products. We also got to make our own bath bomb, which as a BIG Lush fan I thought was so exciting! I chose to make the Cinders bath bomb and I can’t wait to use it.
After all that excitement we were then given our Secret Santa gifts. I opened mine to find the most beautiful writing set I have even seen, a long with some jellybeans, reindeer dust and a beautiful leaf necklace. I love everything so, so much! We were also given a goodie bag, which as you can see in the top photo is packed full of exciting products. I’ll definitely be writing about these more in future blog posts, because I think this one’s long enough don’t you?

Before I go I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Hannah and Emma for organising such a wonderful day and for the effort they put into getting all the products for the goodie bags.

Usually people have months to organise these things and they did it in six weeks, which is pretty impressive! I also just want to quickly thank all of the brands that were kind enough to gift us all of the goodies along with Suzie, Ian, Lekha and Lush Nottingham for taking time to talk to us all and share their products with us.  Oh and last but not least the Ned Ludd for having us – the food was delicious, so if you’re in Nottingham some time you should definitely go!

I know some people feel really nervous about going to meet ups (I always do too) but if there’s a meet up happening near you, just brave it! It will be so worth it as you get to meet so many lovely bloggers (who you will have lots in common with) and also get to know more about brands you are interested in.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System | First Look

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

For a while now I have been using La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo+ anti-blemish cream to improve the look of my skin, so I was so very excited when this landed on my doorstep! The Effaclar Anti-Blemish System*, which is the brand's biggest launch of the year, provides everything you need for a three-step skincare regime (cleanse, tone, hydrate) with steps familiar to all women.

I plan on doing an in depth review of this skincare set by La Roche-Posay once I've given it a fair trial, but I thought I'd give you a 'first look' as I know these products will be of interest to many of you!

The set includes an Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser, an Effaclar Clarifying Toner and the good old Effaclar Duo+ anti-blemish cream. The products are designed to be used twice a day (morning and evening) with the aim of creating significantly clearer-looking skin within four weeks. I have been using the products for just five days and I've already noticed that my 'problem area' (around my chin) looks so much clearer, so I feel like it's already taking things in the right direction!

I'm going to give it a couple more weeks until I share a full review, so I can talk about the results properly, but if you have already tried this set, be sure to let me know what you think. 

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System is available from Boots for £32.50.
PS, There's still plenty of time to enter my Ted Baker Giveaway.
*PR item sent in exchange for an honest review.

New Lush Buys | Christmas Collection

Monday, 17 November 2014

Drummers Drumming - £5.25 // Luxury Lush Pud - £3.50
If there's one thing for sure, Lush certainly know how to get everyone excited about Christmas! Every year I look forward to seeing their Christmas collection of products and this year was no different. Although they have bought back some of my favourites from last year including Candy Mountain and Magic Wand, I decided to go for some of the bubble bars and bath ballistics I hadn't tried before instead.

After enjoying the reusable Magic Wand bubble bar so much last year, I was immediately drawn to Drummers Drumming, another reusable bubble bar on a stick. This one is supposed to have a 'strawberries and cream' scent so I'm looking forward to testing out. Last year I got so many baths out of my Magic Wand bubble bar, so I'm hoping this is just as good.
Butterbear - £1.95 // The Christmas Hedgehog - £3.25
The other bubble bar I picked up was The Christmas Hedgehog, purely because it looked so, so cute. Unfortunately mine had a bit of a squashed face and although I've still not worked out what hedgehogs have to do with Christmas, I love it all the same! This one is made of organic shea and cocoa butters so it should be really kind and soothing on the skin.

Although bubble bars are my favourite Lush products, I decided to pick up a few bath bombs to try and was immediately drawn to the Luxury Lush Pud because of it's beautiful bright colours. I bet this one is going to make my bath water look so magical! I also chose the Butterbear for my mum because it looked so cute and I knew she'd love it.
So White - £3.50
Last but not least I chose 'So White' after hearing Zoella talk about it in one of her videos. This is the only one I've used so far and I loved it so, so much! It has a gorgeous sweet apple scent and although it isn't the most exciting bath bomb in terms of colour, it contains so many lovely ingredients that leave the skin feeling silky smooth. I'll definitely getting another one of these before Christmas is over.

If you haven't already be sure to check out Lush's Christmas range. As well as their beautiful individual products, they also do amazing gift sets (I have my eye on the Once Upon A Time gift set) and festive printed knot wraps (a great alternative to wrapping paper).

Yesterday at the #BloggersSecretSanta14 blogger event I attended, we got to make our own Christmas themed Cinders bath bomb with the Lush Nottingham team. It was so much fun, so I'll definitely be sharing a post about it later this week!

Which products are you loving from the Lush Christmas range?


Sundays are for me.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

According to new findings from relationship site eHarmony.co.uk more than half of all Brits (61%) aren’t getting enough down time each week, resulting in them feeling overly tired, stressed and even depressed. ‘Me Time,’ classed as time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to doing something for others, is a rarity for the majority of people, with one in six saying they have no ‘Me Time’ at all and one in ten having less than five hours a week.

I would say I’ve got ‘Me Time’ down to a T and the way I ensure I get time to relax and unwind is by making Sundays just for me. Working at home, I often find it difficult to switch off, which is why I think it is so important to have a work-free day on Sunday, instead spending the day doing whatever I want to do.

Whilst some Sundays I will go out for breakfast with my partner before returning home to chill, others I will spend relaxing at home, catching up on my favourite blogs and maybe even having a little pamper session. I think Sundays are the perfect day for pampering yourself as you have time to relax in a nice hot bubble bath, put on a face mask, paint your nails and do everything that you don’t have time to do in the week!

Seeing as I've mastered the art of ‘Me Time’ the lovely people at eHarmony have asked me to set my readers a Sunday Challenge as part of their Love Sundays campaign. As Seek My Scribbles is a beauty & lifestyle blog I thought I’d set you a pampering challenge. Enjoy!

Sunday Challenge: Pop on your favourite facemask, light a scented candle and take a relaxing hot bubble bath. 

Why? The facemask will work wonders on your skin and the candle and bubble bath will leave you feeling relaxed, pampered and ready to face work on Monday.

Tip: Use a lavender scented bath product to calm the mind and relieve any aches or pains you’re experiencing. One of my favourites is the Twilight bath bomb from Lush.

 Let me know how you get on with the challenge by sending a tweet (@meganjane03) using the hashtag #LoveSundays  

Do you think you get enough ‘Me Time?’ 

Five to follow this Friday #1

Friday, 14 November 2014

I thought I'd start a new little feature here on Seek My Scribbles called 'Five to follow this Friday.' The idea is simple - I'm going to share five bloggers, Youtubers, brands, authors, Twitter accounts (whatever I like really) with you, explain why they're awesome and then it's up to you to go and follow them!

1. Jane Hunt
For me there's no one better to kick off with than my wonderful mum, Jane. Not only is she the author of The Dragon Legacy (pssst. her second book The Revenge Masquerade will be out in December) but she's also a rather awesome book blogger. Head over to her blog, First Steps and see for yourself. I'm sure she'll help you find some fabulous new reads!

2. Hannah Maggs
I can't even remember how I found Hannah's YouTube channel but I'm so glad I did. Hannah, Stef (her husband) and Grayson (aka Gracie their gorgeous little son) are such a lovely little family and I love watching their weekly vlogs. I think the thing that really stands out to me about their channel is how beautifully all of the vlogs are shot. They're not your average 'hold the camera in front of your face' vloggers. The editing is exquisite and they always have the perfect soundtracks to go along with them.

3. China Blue Shoes
Are you a fan of Dr. Martens? Then you'll love the China Blue Shoes website! As well as stocking some of the top shoe brands including Dr. Martens, Vans and Converse, they also share weekly posts on their fashion blog written by your's truly. I'd love it if you went over and gave them a follow! In the New Year we'll also be putting together some more street style posts, so if you fancy being featured feel free to drop me an email.

4. A Little Opulent
A Little Opulent is a wonderful online lifestyle magazine run by best friends Rebecca and Jen (who both run lovely blogs individually too). They have a fabulous team of writers, artists and photographers behind them and cover a wide range of topics from art & design to beauty, DIY, style and much, much more. I always enjoy catching up on their articles on my lunch break and particularly like the posts aimed at freelancers like myself.

5. Very British Problems
This Twitter account is hilarious, particularly if you also happen to be an awkward Brit! They basically tweet about typical British sayings and the situations we find ourselves in. I love the tweets so much that James (my Mr) bought me the book for Valentine's Day!

I hope you enjoyed this post and would like to see Five to follow this Friday as a regular feature (maybe fortnightly).

 Let me know if you decide to follow anyone I've featured in this post!
PS, There's still plenty of time to enter my Ted Baker Giveaway.

Go faux | A/W Trend

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Faux Fur Jacket - Topshop // Faux Fur Stole - Topshop // Black Faux Fur Hem Dress - New Look // Stone Faux Fur Gillet - New Look // Faux Fur Tote Bag - New Look

When I was younger my mum would always pick me up from junior school wearing a gorgeous grey faux fur coat and I always admired it but never thought I’d be able to pull one odd myself. Fast-forward a few years (and by a few I mean a hell of a lot of years) and faux fur jackets are some of my favourite things in my wardrobe. In fact I’d say my new pink faux fur jacket (pictured below) is the best thing in there. Not only is it the most beautiful shade of pink, but it is so, so soft and so, so snuggly.

Next Pink Faux Fur Jacket - £48.00

Anyway my little ramble about my love for faux fur jackets has eventually bought me round to the point of this blog post – that faux fur is one of the biggest trends this season. Even if you’re not sure faux fur jackets are for you, there’s always gillets, bags and stoles that you can incorporate into your outfits to give a little nod to the trend.

I’m absolutely loving the black faux fur hem dress featured above. I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I think it would look awesome with black tights and a simple pair of ankle boots. I think the key to wearing faux fur well is definitely to keep it simple and subtle. My rule is to only wear one faux fur item at a time.

Oh and my other rule is to keep it faux. As my mum said the other morning, when we were discussing this post, it offers ‘all the style without the cruelty.’

What do you think of the faux fur trend? 

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My kind of pink

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

I don’t know about you, but I find pink makeup really quite tricky to work with. Although I’m often drawn to pale pink lipsticks (they’re just so pretty to look at) I usually find that when I try them at home they end up washing me out and slightly brighter Barbie pinks just don’t suit me. I’ve found that I can wear peachy pinks (most people can) but I tend to think of them as spring / summer shades, so what’s a girl to do for autumn / winter? Well luckily I’ve found my kind of pink and it’s what I tend to call ‘dusky pink.’

To me a ‘dusky pink’ is a slightly brown toned pink. It’s quite a subtle shade that I think is particularly well suited to paler ladies like myself. I find it so easy to wear as a lipstick or blush, paired with all sorts of eye shadows from neutral browns to shimmery golds. I also think it’d look great with a grey / silver smoky eye, though as I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m still yet to master that look without the black eye effect.

Below I’ve shared three of my favourite ‘dusky pinks’ -  the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in Rose Tweed (which I recently featured in my autumn lipsticks post), the Bourjois cream blush in Sweet Cherry and finally Essie Eternal Optimist (which I gushed about in this post).

I’d say that these are some of my most ‘reached for’ products, especially at the moment where the peachy pinks in my makeup collection have taken a backseat. I’ve also discovered that the Bourjois cream blush in Sweet Cherry doubles up as a great pink lip shade and offers a powdery ‘sixties’ style finish.

What’s your favourite kind of pink shade to wear?