Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Wishlist - A Little Bit Of Everything

1) Cross Bust Dress - Topshop
2) Seaweed Moisturiser - The Body Shop
4) S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum - Caudalie
5) Office City Bag - Zara

Hey guys,

 I haven't posted a wishlist in a while, but it's something I love to compile. I know I'll never own all of these beautiful items but a girl can dream. I've been writing a lab report all day so I though I'd reward myself with a little bit of blogging. When it's completed and handed in I think I'll treat myself to something on this wishlist. At the moment I think it's going to be the Zara bag. I haven't bought a new bag for a while so I think I'm allowed to have a little splurge. I've been seeing so much about the Revlon foundation recently that I can't help but want it, so that might be a cheeky purchase too as it's not too expensive.

What would you buy from this wishlist?

Lots if Love

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Game of thrones – from book to TV

Warning this post contains spoilers about the first two books and series.

I’m sure most of you have heard of Game of Thrones. It’s a TV series based upon the series of books by George R.R. Martin called ‘A song of ice and fire’. I firmly believe that if a book is going to be made into a film or series then the book is usually worth a read. So when I heard about the TV series I decided to read the books first. As a huge fan of fantasy novels they sounded right up my street. There are at present five books out of seven completed and available to buy. I finished the first book before watching the series and read the second book whilst watching the first series. There has been two seasons of Game of thrones one for each of the first two books. Here I’m going to try and compare the books and the TV series.

After finishing the first book I was hooked. I was eager to see the series do the character's I loved justice. as the plotline unfolded I was thrilled to see that the series was very true to the books. Here are some of the changes that I felt were most noticeable.
watching the show it was immediately obvious that certain areas lacked general background information. this is to be expected when trying to condense a magnificently detailed fictional world into ten hours of screenplay. in my opinion this was necessary and didn’t affect the quality of the show at all.

Another big change was the characters ages. The children were all a lot older in the series, probably due to some child pornography law. ( I think showing 13 year olds having sex would be frowned upon). The most disappointing change for me was with the Targaryen family. In the books the Targaryens have violet eyes a characteristic that was dropped from the show during early filming due to the contact lenses interfering with the acting. This was a shame as in the books Daenerys eyes were one of her most striking features and I was looking forward to seeing them.

Early on in the first season Lady (Sansa’s wolf) is executed, in the books Eddard Stark uses his great sword Ice so she can die like a true creature of The North. In the series he uses a dagger, this takes away from the respect Lord Eddard gave the wolf. I found this theme continued throughout the series. Unfortunately the wolves adopted more of a back seat, in contrast to the more major roles they were given in the books.

 A small difference in the books that leads to a lot of little differences in the series is the fact that Shae, Tyrion’s prostitute is kept hidden in a house outside the city walls, not brought into the city like in the series. In the books Tyrion sneaks away to see her through passages that are hidden in a brothel in the city. Perhaps one of the biggest differences in the series is Robb's story, In the series Robb meets Lady Talisa healing a man after a battle. She becomes his love interest and they ultimately marry. In the books Robb returns from a battle married to Lady Jeyne a highborn girl who took care of him after he was injured in a battle. I am personally fine with more naked Robb screen time than in the books as Richard Madden is pretty gorgeous.

Another story that is a lot different in the books is Arya's, in the series she becomes lord Tywin’s cupbearer at Harrenhal. Even though this does not happen in the books this pairing was something that I very much enjoyed. Subsequently a lot of what happens with Arya at Harrenhal is different than in the books nevertheless her story eventually matches up.  A further difference In the books Jon snow just lets Ygritte go and carries on with his brothers until they are ambushed by her and some other wildlings. He then kills Quorin Halfhand after he has instructed him to do whatever it takes to prove to the wildlings he will be loyal to them. I don’t know why they have changed Jon’s story line so much; it was a bit pointless and unnecessary. Although I have suspicions it was to involve the yummy Kit Harrington in some softcore sex scenes to please us girls.

One of the most unnecessary changes in the series was with Daenerys’. Her dragons are not kidnapped in the books, she ventures into the house of the undying to find answers of her own accord. Nor was she betrayed by Xaro, hence the scenes where she locks him in the vault and loots his house also don’t happen.  I don’t quite understand why they did this, maybe it was to make the storyline a bit more exciting but personally I don’t think it needed it. Possibly one of the most vital changes in the series was with Tyrion. In the books Tyrion has his whole nose cut off at the battle of the Blackwater. Understandably this would be difficult to reproduce in the series for each time we see Tyrion so instead he just receives a gash across the side of his face. Much more manageable for the make-up artists.

 All in all the TV show remains very true to the books, especially the first series, where often lines are transferred directly from book to TV. However as the series progressed more dissimilarities starting creeping in. Most of the alterations were necessary when translating from book to screen. The books are told through the eyes of a handful of characters therefore certain scenes in the show cannot be in the book. In my opinion the extra scenes that were added complemented the series perfectly, I loved seeing more of Littlefinger who was not a point of view character in the book.

Even though there are some small deviations all the main story lines have remained true. The TV series is unquestionably a stand-alone series in its own right. I relished both the books and the series but I would also endorse both of them on their own merits. I would happily recommend both but I think if I had to pick one my inner bookworm would win and I'd choose the books.

I know this was a pretty wordy post my I hope you enjoyed it. I cannot wait until March when the third series comes back to our screens.

Lots of Love

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash - Review

Hey Guys,

I feel like I haven't done a review of skincare for a while. I used to buy so much but recently my addiction has changed to makeup! I think I need to find a healthy balance between the two as it's very important to me to look after my skin. Someone told me once that you can buy all the high end makeup you want but if your skin isn't good none of it will work. I think this is so true so of late I've been trying to stick to a good skincare routine, and at the heart of any good routine is a cleanser that works for you.

I have very oily skin, I'm talking about skin you could fry an egg on, however I also have some dry patches around my nose. I class my skin as oily so I usually buy an oil free cleanser that is designed for oily skin. Lately I got the impression that this was stripping my skin too much, leading to it drying out and sending my oil production into overdrive. I resolved to do something about it and so for the first time in my life I bought an everyday cleanser for ALL skin types, Woah…. calm down Megan. I decided on taking the plunge with the Vitamin E gentle Facial wash as I've heard some good things about the vitamin E range. Also my skin is on the sensitive side so I wanted something that wasn't too harsh.  when your skin is so oily it feels so counter-intuitive to buy something that actually says it will moisturise your skin, nevertheless I'm glad I did.

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash - Review

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash - Review

The cleanser is really creamy and is a pale pink colour. I squeeze a pea size amount onto wet hands massage in and wipe off with a flannel. It doesn't really lather which put me off at first as I typically use a gel cleanser, however it gently removes all traces of the day's makeup and leaves me feeling soft and fresh. The Vitamin E cleanser is a great wash for daily use as it's super gentle and It contains Wheat Germ Oil to help combat dryness which is a bonus in these winter months. I've found since I've stopped using an oil free cleanser my face has actually become a lot less oily during the day.

I started using this product  at the end of December and use it morning and evening, the condition of my skin has vastly improved. It produces less oil during the day and the severity of the dry patches has decreased. I have about half of my 100 ml tube left which is great value for £8, and I will definitely be repurchasing. If anyone reading this has oily skin and can’t seem to find anything that works to reduce it, take a step back and try using products that actually moisturise your skin. You can find The Vitamin E Facial Wash here, and The Body Shop usually have lots of offers on.

Have you tried this cleanser before?

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Blogs I Love

Hey guys,

As it was valentine's day this week I thought I'd do a post to share the love to some of my favourite blogs. I know I usually do a week in pictures on Sundays but to be honest with you I just haven't done anything interesting this week. So here are five of my favourite blogs, in no particular order.

1) Girl Does Geek- This is one of the first blogs I followed. It's ran by Faye and is my fist stop for design tutorials. Faye often posts handy quick tutorials which are super useful, and will regularly give away some cute freebies.

2) We Were Raised By Wolves - Evelyn's blog is a perfect mix of everything, however, by far my favourite posts are her monthly round up of the books she's read. She manages to sum up each one concisely and gives them a handy rating. Every time I read a post  I end up adding at least one other book to my long list of books to read.

3) Elegant Chaos - Lindsey posts amazing outfit photos. her outfits always look so good and her photos are of the highest quality.

4) Essie-Button - This is probably my favourite of all the blogs I read. Estee's posts are always clear and down to earth. Plus she has pale skin like me so her makeup recommendations are always perfect for me. 

5) Ellie's Ramblings - Ellie's blog is so pretty, and so are her posts. She writes beauty reviews and does fashion posts.

I've added a Blogs I love tab to my tab bar and that has a full list of the blogs I read regularly so if you're looking for some great blogs to read check it out.

Hope everyone's had a great weekend.

Lots of Love

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick - Review

Hey guys,

I thought I’d do a post about a couple of outright bargains I've picked up recently. Lately I've been trying to wear more lipstick; however, I’m not very confident about what suits me. Because of this I've been trying to buy some cheap ones first to get an idea of the colours I like. Here are two lipsticks that I love and I found at an amazing price. 

They are part of the Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick range (wow that’s a long name), and I bought Rose Rush and Henna. These lipsticks both cost £1.99 from fragrance direct which I think is an incredible site and is the secret behind my Essie collection, (post coming soon). I read somewhere that when these came out they were close to £12 but then got reduced for some reason, I’m not sure where I read that though.

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick - Review
Left - Rose Rush          Right- Henna
Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick - Review

Both these lipsticks have a lovely creamy texture and are quite thick and pigmented. I like to wear Rose Rush on nights out, it’s a dark pink and I love it as it’s a bit of a stepping stone towards a true red lipstick. I wore it when I went out on Monday and its staying power was astounding. It lasted through a lot of pre – drinks and the whole night without a reapplication which to me is unbelievable.

Henna’s great for in the day it’s a pale pink and is actually pretty similar to MAC Angel, there are a few subtle differences but it makes it a great cheaper alternative for day to day wear so don’t use my MAC lipstick up too fast.

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick - Review
Left - Henna                                                              Right - Rose Rush

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Crème Lipstick - Review

For £1.99 each these are such great lipsticks, they come in sleek packaging and you get 3.5g of product. They stock a lot of colours here so I think I’m going to buy a few more soon and see if I can get a bit more adventurous with the colours I wear.

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Does anyone know why they’re so cheap?

Lots of Love

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

John Frieda Full Repair Deep Infusion - Review

Hey guys,
So some of you may remember my review of the L'Oreal Elvive extraordinaryoil, and you'll recall that I was completely in love with it. Well here's a review of a similar product that has made me betray the extraordinary oil. I've got to admit when I first got this product I wasn't overly excited as I already had  my holy grail hair product. Nevertheless one day I found myself reaching for it and from then on my extraordinary oil has lay dusty and discarded in the bottom of a box. What is this product I hear you ask, well it's the John Frieda full repair deep infusion*. 

John Frieda Full Repair Deep Infusion - Review

Unlike the L'Oreal product this is more like a serum than an oil, which my hair seems to appreciate. It says it contains Inca Inchi oil which is rich in Omega-3 and is found in a plant which grows in the Amazon rainforest.
 I dispense one pump into my palm and rub them together. I then run my hands through the ends of wet hair and blow dry as usual. It leaves my hair leaving silky smooth and takes care of most of my split ends. Obviously being the winter my hair is especially dry at the moment so this is a life saver. It doesn't leave my hair feeling greasy or sticky, however I do make sure that I keep it to the ends of my hair. You can get these from Boots for £6.99 for 50ml which is a very reasonable price, and currently the range is on a 3 for 2 offer.

Have any of you tried this? What did you think?

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Week in Pictures #10

Calamari / Blueberry and Banana muffins / Watching the super bowl / My first attempt at piping / Rugby Match / Balderdash

Hey guys,

Now I know it's been a while since I last posted one of these but I want to start trying to do one once a week again. Also I'm not sure what number this one is so I've decided to call it ten as it's a nice number.

I can't believe how fast the weeks have gone by, it's crazy. I haven't really felt like going out much recently, we've all been quite busy so we've been trying to do things that don't involve alcohol. we had our friends over last night for dinner, we cooked butternut squash risotto (recipe coming soon) and played board games. Our game of Articulate got a bit aggressive, but that made it all the more fun :).

Last weekend our house stayed up to watch the Super Bowl, I've always wanted to make it to the end and this was the year. It was great fun, we cooked some food and picked teams to support (mine won) and even though I didn't get to sleep until 4am it was so worth it.

Hope you've all had a nice week.

Lots of Love

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Weekend Baking - Blueberry and Banana Muffins

Hey guys,

I don't know about you but baking is one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend. I'm a bit of a fusspot when it comes to bananas I don't like them if they're even slightly black, so because of this I often find myself stuck with overripe bananas. I've found that the best thing to do with these is bake with them :). So here's a great recipe for banana and blueberry muffins


3 large ripe bananas
177.44 ml sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
78.07 ml melted butter
236.59 ml blueberries
1 Tsp ml baking soda
1 Tsp ml baking powder
1/2 Tsp salt
354.88 ml flour

It's a bit annoying that the recipe is in ml but I just used a measuring jug and it worked out fine :). The method says bake for 20 mins but this will vary with different ovens so you might need a little longer. 

Have fun baking

Lots of Love

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

50 Facts About Me

Hey guys

This tag has been featuring on a lot of blogs recently, and I can honestly say this is one of my favourite posts to read. I love finding out more about the people behind the blog. Here's my 50 facts I hope you enjoy reading them.

1.       I am 5ft 1 ( good things come in small packages)
2.       I study Chemistry at the university of Nottingham which I love
3.       I hate Tomatoes even tomato ketchup
4.       I have a Younger Brother
5.       My favourite colour is purple
6.       My favourite thing about me is my eyes
7.       I love to cook and bake
8.       I live with seven other people
9.       One of them is my boyfriend
10.   I am not a morning person
11.   I didn't go on a plane until I was 18
12.   I want to do a PhD in inorganic chemistry
13.   I would put vinegar on every meal if it was socially acceptable
14.   My name is Megan ( in case you didn’t know)
15.   I have hypermobile joints
16.   I could never be a vegetarian
17.   I get the worst hangovers.
18.   Lamb is my favourite meat
19.   I live in Kent on the coast
20.   I love to swim in the sea
21.   I get freckles in the summer
22.   Although I wish I had them all year round
23.   I love to read
24.   I love to read fantasy novels
25.   My favourite books is the Game of Thrones series
26.   I prefer savoury to sweet, I'd always rather have a starter than a dessert
27.   I cry at every film, I once cried at cheaper by the dozen two
28.   My boyfriend is called Rob
29.   My best friends are a group of girls I met when I was 11
30.   The place in the world I want to go the most is Egypt to see the pyramids
31.   If I'm on holiday I can only read trash
32.   I hate driving
33.   I have failed my driving test three times and cannot see myself ever passing
34.   I used to work at a greengrocer, It was cold
35.   My mum took me to Glastonbury when I was 15 and it was amazing
36.   I am a cat person 100%
37.   I love Marmite
38.   I have green eyes
39.   My favourite film is the Lord of the rings series, I have to watch it all the way through at least five times a year or I am not happy
40.   I believe in love at first sight
41.   I'm 21 years old
42.   I am a shopping addict
43.   I used to dye my hair purple
44.   My favourite Disney film is Robin Hood
45.   I wish my skin was better
46.   I Have never broken a bone (touch wood)
47.   I used to play WoW ( I probably shouldn't admit this)
48.   I used to have braces, they were horrible but so worth it
49.   I watch far too much TV
50.   I love my Blog

Lots of Love

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

This Is Love

Hey guys,

The sun is finally shining (yay) so I took the opportunity to take some photos for an outfit post. It's so nice to see the sun at last. 

  Necklace - Ebay
Jumper - Tk Maxx
Disco pants - Misguided
Boots - New Look

I've been looking for a statement necklace for a while, but the one son the high street can sometimes be nearly £20! That's a bit too much for me so I decided to look on ebay and I found some great cheaper alternatives.

Hope you all have a great weekend watching the rugby :).

Lots of Love

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