Life + hair update! (Aka, where have I been?!)

Hi guys!

Some of you may have noticed my absence, especially with my promise of my scheduled posts so that I could keep up to date with my posts some more and ensure that they were consistent. While I had all the good intentions in the world, I have unfortunately fallen ill and have been signed off work for over a month. While what’s wrong with me doesn’t affect my ability to write up blog posts, my inspiration has been somewhat lacking as I haven’t been feeling 100% both mentally and physically. Normally, I don’t like to bring that side of my personal life into my posts but that’s just the way it is at the moment! I’m currently awaiting appointments and I have started medication for the issue so I’m hoping to see improvement soon!

I am also hoping to start posting again soon. My Birchbox is on its way and I have tried a bunch of new makeup recently that I want to review. I am hoping to write up a few posts in one go and schedule them so that I don’t lose you guys! All I ask is for your patience.

Secondly, my hair! I had a pretty drastic change and went from a very bright blonde to a dark brown and I am loving it. I seriously don’t see myself going blonde again any time soon! See the picture below:

What do you guys think? Which suits me better?

Lots of love, thank you guys for being amazing as always.

Morgie out.

💄 MAKEUP MONDAY – September Birchbox review #oliverbonas.

How are we already at my next Birchbox review? I can’t believe how quickly this year is going! I think it’s because everyone is so busy at the moment, it’s just making the time fly by. I love this edition of the Birchbox as it has a very enlightening motto – work hard, play hard and be kind. I put one of the stickers that Oliver Bonas kindly distributed within the boxes on the back of my phone and it’s a reminder to do so throughout the day! So, let’s get down to the products.

  1. Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser / RRP £22.

This really reminds me of the Garnier eye roller that they used to (possibly still?) do. It’s a gel formula that intends to brighten and tone your under eye area to hide dark circles etc. I was really excited about this as my eyes always feel and look really tired but I was disappointed. I didn’t feel like it did anything whereas the Garnier one gave me an instant reaction. This is definitely not worth the price!

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2. Dr. PawPaw Original Clear Balm / RRP £6.95

This claims to be a ‘multi-tasker’ and says that you can use it as a lip balm or a moisturiser or to smooth split ends or to smooth sunburn. It has fermented pawpaw which is has natural healing agents within that hydrate. I really liked this but I couldn’t actually use it as anything other than a lip balm. It was so tightly packed within the packaging that I could barely get enough out to use on my lips. Very nice, though!

3. Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow / RRP £15.

This was the one that I was most excited for but also was the most disappointed in. Birchbox advertised this in the previous box as being something really exciting as it was ~full size~ but honestly? It was such a let down. I tried to swatch it but it was so lacking in pigmentation that you could barely see it. I think the fact that it claims to be 3-in-1 is laughable, too, as you can use blushes as eyeshadows anyway. It’s a real let down. 0/10.

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4. Arrow BOOST Colour Enhancing Lip Balm / RRP £11.

From my least favourite to my favourite. I was so excited when I saw this as I have heard about these colour enhancing lip products but I’ve never had the chance to use one myself. Not only does it smell GORGEOUS, it is so soft on your lips and it made my lips a really pretty colour. It feels weightless seeing as it’s just a balm, too, which is amazing. It adjusts to your natural pH which means that everyone will get a different colour payoff.

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5. Beauty Protector, Protect & Detangle / RRP £18.50.

I’ve only just about five minutes before writing this post decided that I like this product. I’m not usually into hair products but I really like this one. The difficulty that I found with it was that it only had visible results when I blow-dried my hair. When I let it dry naturally as I usually do, there was no results. But my hair is sooooooo soft right now, guys. I’m loving life. It’s got 10000x more movement, too. My hair normally just sits where it is and doesn’t want to move but it’s moving around like Rapunzel’s right now. Not sure if it’s worth the steep price, though!

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There you have it! If you want to see my previous Birchboxes then please click here. Also, I know I was due to post the beginning of this weekend but I’ve come down with the lurgie. I’m off to bed the moment this is posted 😦 womp womp womp. But! I am considering doing my Birchbox unboxings in a video as I feel like you guys aren’t getting the true scope of what the products are like with me just writing about it. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Lots of love,

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my last post? It was all about Game of Thrones 1.1.

P.P.S Check out my schedule to see what is coming up next!

🎥 TV Thursday – Five Important Moments in Game of Thrones 1.1. (Winter is Coming.)

Hey guys! This is a new series I’m going to be doing every so often. If you want to see when then please click here to see my schedule. I decided to do a rewatch during the two year hiatus and as I did, I noticed things that were seemingly unimportant to the plot but now are prevalent.

  1. The White Walkers.

They are the very first things we see in this episode and for many, their first introduction to the ASOIAF series. I remember being incredibly disturbed by them but then, their importance didn’t seem that relevant. I didn’t quite understand why they were there, they were just an ever present being that didn’t seem to be much of a threat. But the more the series develops, the more you can see the importance of them and the fact that actually, every time someone says the well known motto Winter is Coming, it’s a foreshadowing of the icy monsters and the war that they will bring.

2. The introduction to the Stark family.

I often wonder what the story would be like if we had started the story from another family’s point of view. By nature, the reader/viewer of something automatically trusts the first people that they are introduced to. This means that subconsciously, your allegiances automatically lie with whoever this character may be; thus making unreliable narrators a really interesting technique. This family are seemingly functional which by default makes the other families look all the more dysfunctional.

3. The introduction to the Targaryen family.

I must admit, I forgot just how awful Viserys was and I suppose when I first watched it, I was still getting to grips with the show as a whole. But now, seeing how much Daenerys progresses, there is a great amount of discomfort in seeing how far she had to climb to reach where she is now in the current series. A line that I especially liked was when Viserys made mention to the fact that history books would state that his reign started today. For the re-watch audience, there is an irony in it in that we know that it is in fact the day that Daenerys begins to pave the way for her reign.

4. Rob and Lyanna.

Similar to the White Walkers, this is a plot point that I didn’t see as very important until the later series. To be honest, whenever people mentioned Lyanna, I was like… who? But now we can see that actually this was a plot point that put into motion all of the events of the series. It’s another thing to think on of what would have changed were this not to have happened.

5. Cersei and Jaime attacking Bran.

I think if anything, the final scene is a real insight into how far Cersei will be willing to go. For the first-time viewer, we can see that she thinks she is higher than the rest of them in the way she interacts with them. But this could be perceived as just a vain trait of hers and her dislike for the Starks merging together to make her act this way. As the series progresses, we see that there are only few things that Cersei truly cares about but the unmistakable one is her love for her children and how much she loves being a mother. Which makes this scene all the more harrowing. Especially as in Series 7, once she’s upon the throne – she doesn’t care who knows that she’s sleeping with Jaime. If I was Bran and I knew that I’d be like ‘thanks a lot!’ But this was obviously a plot point that had to happen and a clever one at that. Not only does it shape Bran’s entire arc, it also entices the audience to watch more because it’s the definition of a cliffhanger.

I’m not entirely sure how I want to format these posts yet, I will have a think but if anyone has any suggestions then please let me know!

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my previous post? It’s a review of some tarte makeup products which I tried. Check it out and be sure to follow so that you can see my next post which is coming tomorrow and it’s how to achieve a 90’s wardrobe for under £50! See you lovelies tomorrow.

💄 MAKEUP MONDAY – Five Things I Tried From #tarte!

Hey guys! Welcome to my first edition of Makeup Monday where I’m going to be reviewing brands / posting looks and how you can get them, etc. For those of you who didn’t see my last post about tarte, I wasn’t very impressed with it! But the more videos that I watched, the more people that I spoke to about the brand, etc, I thought that it would be worth giving it another try. I bought one of those tester kits which contain bite sized versions of their full product so that you can test them out for yourself.

I was extremely excited when it came in the post and couldn’t wait to try out the products. Here is what was in the kit!

  1. Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturiser, RRP £30.00

This is a big problem that I have with tarte in the first place is that it is extremely expensive. I wasn’t all too impressed when I saw this little pot of moisturiser as it was barely filled up even for a tester kit. The texture and the initial smell also reminded me of Calpol so I was reluctant to try it! Especially as I have sensitive skin but I did and I was really impressed. It sits nicely on the skin and does give it a light feeling, as if you’ve only used something as light as water. The smell also grew on me and I’ve almost completely run out of it as I’ve used it every day.

I don’t think I would pay the full price for it but for a tester, it was a lovely product to use.

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2. Deluxe BB tinted treatment, RRP £38.00

While I normally begrudge spending lots of money on foundations, this was one that I really, really loved and I am definitely tempted to buy it for its full price. Although the shade was a little too dark for me, everything else made up for it. It was light, felt creamy and smooth as it sat on the skin and had just enough coverage to be more than a BB cream. It looked so natural and healthy that I would definitely choose it over a heavier foundation. It made my skin feel velvety soft, too!

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3. Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush, £26.99.

This range of blushes is what I link to tarte in my mind. I had heard wonders about it and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was stunning to say the very least. It sits on the skin beautifully, is well pigmented and is just a gorgeous product in general. I have never been so in love with a blush. The hype is true!

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4. Rainforest of the Sea Setting Mist, RRP £22.00

Bleh. This was for certain my least favourite product in the kit. It’s a setting spray but it doesn’t really spray so much as flick really sticky product onto your face. It left my face feeling gross and the makeup shifted around it. Definitely a loss here.

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5. Lights Camera Lashes mascara, RRP £22.00.

From my least favourite to my favourite product. This is seriously the best mascara I have ever used. My eyes normally get really irritated with mascara as I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to a lot of types but this one gave me absolutely no irritation. It leaves your lashes looking huge as if you’ve got falsies on and it comes off so easily, too. Normally mascara clings to the base of your lashes but this one doesn’t. It makes your lashes at least three times longer and it is stunning. I’ve had a lot of compliments since I started wearing it!

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So, what do you guys think of tarte? Is it worth the hype? Let me know below!

Morgie out.

P.S. Check out my posting schedule to see which post is coming next!

September blog update!

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been a little bit silent recently. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m going through a lot of changes; I’ve recently started a second job that will eventually lead me to teaching so I am also going to be starting my teaching course. Which means that I’ll be quite busy in the upcoming months! But I really don’t want my blog to suffer because of that. But the haphazard manner in which I have been posting simply won’t do with the structure of my life soon so I’ve had a rethink.

As you guys can tell, my format has been listing five things about whatever topic it is I’m discussing. I definitely don’t want to lose this so I will still be keeping this but I want you guys to know what is coming when which is why I’ve created a schedule for my posts.

I’ll be posting twice a week.

Once a month, I will post a schedule of what is coming up so you guys can see. I’m also going to have set days on which I post certain things. See below for this!

Makeup Monday – this is rather self explanatory. I’ll either be reviewing makeup, posting makeup looks or opening my Birchboxes which I get monthly (click to see my previous unboxing.)

Morgie Monday – this is when I’ll post personal posts, what I’ve been up to or just general thoughts such as this.

TV Tuesday – again, self-explanatory. I’ll be talking about different TV shows or shows on Netflix that I’m watching. I want to go into more detail, discussing meta and theories in these posts. My last post of this nature was about Game of Thrones.

Tip Thursday – this is where I’ll be posting tips about blogging or life hacks etc. like this.

Fashion Friday – this is where I’ll be posting my style steals or hauls that I get from various brands. My last style steal was Taylor Swift’s wardrobe.

Film Friday – this is similar to my TV show posts where I’ll be delving deep into film and discussing the mis-en-scene and cinematography of them. I want to really focus on writing about film as it’s what my degree is in and it’s also what I’ll be teaching. It’s a real passion of mine and I don’t talk about it nearly enough on this blog – but this is the last post that I did.

Schedule Saturday – this is only a monthly post where I’ll be posting what will be upcoming on my blog.

Stat Sunday – this is an experimental blog where I’ll be posting my stats. What drew the most attention from where etc as I’m hoping it’ll enable me to track the progression of my blog.

How have your guys’ weeks been? I will be starting this effective next week but my next post will be a review on some Tarte makeup that I’ve tried out! So be sure to check that out.

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my last post? It’s five ways to battle writer’s block – give it a read.

Five ways to battle writer’s block.

Hey guys! Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday if you’re in the same area as me. I went shopping and bought a few new outfits for work and today, I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming which I might do a post about later, possibly. I need to think of how to word it, what exactly I want to include in the post, etc. But as I sat down to write today’s post which was going to be about Game of Thrones (and I still might write it in the future) I found myself coming up short. So I thought of all of the things that I could write about.

The answer was at the forefront of my mind – ways to beat writer’s block. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember so these are the things that I think help the most!

  1. Reading other people’s work.

This expands into blog posts, books or poems. There’s a difference between being inspired about something and copying it. If you saw a blog post that you liked and you thought that you wanted to have your own spin on the topic then there’s nothing saying that you can’t do it. So long as you ensure that it is entirely your own work and that you’re not repeating what was said in the previous post – it could be a really good way to get your writing mojo back. Everyone’s work is inspired by something in some small way so never feel afraid to do this. If you don’t feel comfortable then talk to the writer if you can! Ask them whether they would be comfortable with you doing it or even credit them.

2. Listening to music.

One thing that I really find helps me concentrate in any situation is listening to music. My personal favourite if I’m writing fictional stuff are soundtracks but otherwise, anything will do. Some people might find this distracting but I find it helps me to focus and can also prompt ideas.

3. Talking to other people about what they want to see.

Something I’ve done in the past is make a post where I’ve purely written down what I would be interested to write on this blog in the future and I’ve also asked what you guys would like to see. I like to do this at the end of my posts anyway but I’ve found that a post that is solely focused on that is more likely to gain a response. Don’t be waylaid by that though – still ensure that it’s something you want to write about!

4. Walk away from the computer.

The more you try to write something and come up empty, the more frustrated with yourself you’ll be. I’ve found that in the past, it’s easier for me to walk away and do something else. Watch a film, have a shower, go for a walk before I can sit back down and try to write again. If you force yourself, it might not come out the way that you want it to, anyway.

5. Try to write as consistently as you can.

Even though I don’t post on here every day, I do attempt to write every day. Whether it’s silly little stories or a poem in the back of my notebook, I thrive the most when I’m writing. Sometimes, you can barely write anything more than your name and some days, you can write a novel. But what’s important is to keep at it and not be discouraged by anything! It’s your passion – be passionate!

So, there you have it! What  do you guys find helps you best when you have writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below!

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my last post? It was a Taylor Swift style steal. Check it out!

P.P.S. If you need more blogging advice, head to my post about what I’ve learned in my time blogging.

↝ TAYLOR SWIFT STYLE STEAL ! #under£40

Hey guys! As promised, here is my Taylor Swift style steal and in perfect timing too as her new single was released today. If you guys haven’t had a chance to listen to it – do! It’s caused a bit of controversy for various reasons that I haven’t quite looked into enough but it’s a dang good tune. All of these are from Topshop but as always #notspons. I just thought when researching her style that Topshop’s style of clothes fitted Taylor’s style the most.

  1. Strappy Back Swing Dress, £7.00. 

Something I saw a lot in the pictures of Taylor just out and about is that she sticks to these dresses/pinafores that you can put another shirt underneath. Dependent on the season, she seems to hop between a crop top or a longer sleeved shirt. Although pink isn’t a colour I link to Taylor, it would go well with her hair.

 2. Acid Long Sleeve Nibbled T-Shirt, £1.00. 

Yes, you read that right. No, it wasn’t a typo. One pound! For this shirt! I thought it was a typo at first but then I looked into it and it isn’t – even though I’m not too sure on the quality, if you wore it underneath one of the dresses like above or just wore it out and about on errands, etc, you would still look super stylish. It looks like it’s soft and this shade of blue is something Taylor is seen in a lot.

 3. Embroidered Gingham Shorts, £10.00. 

These are perfect for a Taylor look. A staple outfit for her is a bright coloured shirt, shorts or a skirt paired with very very high heels. When she wears shorts like this, it makes her legs look even longer which is the look she seems to go for a lot. I can see this paired with a bright yellow shirt if you could pull it off – not sure I could! The shirt that the model is wearing is perfect for Taylor, too. I can imagine her saying something like that but I couldn’t find it in the sale.

4. Toucan Embroidered Jeans, £10.00

First of all, how gorgeous is the shape of these jeans?! I love them so much – they are so pretty. Again, if you paired this with some really high block heels then it would be perfect for the Tay-Tay look.

5. Stripe Lace Up Bralet, £8.00. 

If you guys are confident enough to wear something like this then I take my hat off to you because I don’t think I ever could but it is definitely something that Taylor would wear with her stunning figure. It’s super pretty and cute and could again be put under a pinafore or something of the like. It could also be worn over something if you guys think it’s a little bit too revealing!

So there you have it! I might do a second part of this post just because she has such a lovely style. I hope you guys enjoyed this post – please let me know who you would like to see next in my style steal! Also – what do you guys think of her new song? Let me know in the comments!

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my previous post about different blogging platforms? Check it out!

P.P.S. Did you see my last style steal? I try to do them at least twice a month so stay tuned to see who will bee next!

 

Five blogging platforms you can use.

Hi guys! Who’s glad it’s the weekend? I certainly am! I know I said in my last post that I was going to do a style steal which is on it’s way but I thought that I would do a blogging specific post as you guys seemed to enjoy the last one. A few posts ago, I asked what you guys would like me to write about and one of you commented saying that you would like me to review the different types of platforms that you can run your blogs from. So, here goes!

  1. WordPress.

This is the obvious one as this is being published on WordPress. I was first introduced to it when I was in college as we had to keep a blog running charting our inspiration and progress within our projects. We also had to keep notes about the lectures etc and design it so that it matched the aesthetic of our work. I have to admit, I found it very hard to use but ever since it’s been updated (bear in mind, when I first used it – it was about four years ago) it’s been a God-send! There are some features that I like and some that I don’t. I really like the usability of the reader features which enables everyone to interact easily with their readers and easily access other people’s blogs. The actual post page is really user-friendly, too, once you know your way around it a little bit.

The only thing that I don’t like is the actual customiser page. I found it really hard to use as I couldn’t find how to get my blog posts on my actual front page. When I eventually did, it was easier. Another point I would make about WordPress is that they are very helpful – I once sat on live chat for well over an hour with one of their staff members with an issue I had and they were very friendly even if I was a bit frustrated!

2. Tumblr.

Tumblr was my first experience in blogging and one that I still use from time to time. In truth, the only reason I ever found out about it was because I was looking for pictures of David Tennant! Hilarious. I’ve used Tumblr for years – since I was 15, I think – and I think it is probably the most social of the blogging platforms. I met my best friend on there and we are still besties to this day. There are still people I talk to from my early days on Tumblr, too. They have an easy to use IM system which enables you to interact with your followers. The themes are easy to customise and there are some beautiful free theme makers out there. The posting system is easy, too, aside from the fact that it sometimes crashes.

The only thing that I would say about Tumblr is that it isn’t really for article blogging. When my following was at its highest on Tumblr, it was because I was creating Doctor Who gifsets constantly. It’s more about sharing photos and talking about fandoms rather than discussing topics like WordPress and Blogger. There’s also a very strange atmosphere on Tumblr which is a big reason why I have pulled away from it quite a lot – there’s a lot of drama and arguments which I’m not about.

3. Blogger.

I only recently looked into Blogger for the sake of this post and I am withholding too much judgement for the moment just because I haven’t had much experience with it. At first glance, the setup is incredibly easy – mine was already setup which makes me think it links to your Google account. It knew I wanted to call my blog ‘morgiereacts’ and the initial setup is simple and user-friendly. It’s an idiot’s guide to setting up a blog, really.

Another thing that I really do like about this is the theme setup. It was much easier than WordPress, I have to admit and there’s a lot more choice in what you can do and how you can make your blog look.

The only thing I would say that I didn’t like (and it might be me having Saturday brain!) was that I couldn’t find at all where to find other blogs. I think it’s much easier on Tumblr (you have to follow five blogs before you even  start on Tumblr) and WordPress to access other people’s blogs but once I found it, it had a similar reading list to what WordPress uses. I will keep you guys updated on what I think!

4. Ghost.

Womp, womp, womp. I was excited about this one as it had really good reviews but the thing that I don’t like about it automatically, straight off the bat is that you only get a 14 day free trial before you have to start paying monthly for it. I do pay for my current blog but WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger all let you have the blog for free as long as you want with some limitations. Actually, I take that back about Tumblr – the only thing you have to pay for if you want is some of the themes. But WordPress withhold some features until you pay and you have to pay for a domain with Blogger.

But I was definitely put off of Ghost as I saw this as I don’t think that two weeks is long enough to be able to assess whether you want to continue using the platform. For all I know, it might be a really good platform but I think when you’re dealing in such a lucrative business as blogging, you need to give people a longer try-before-you-buy. Maybe that’s me being cheap!

5. Bloglovin.

I’m not entirely sure that Bloglovin’ counts as a platform but I am going to use it as one as it has all of the features of one. It’s a mixture between Twitter and other blogging platforms as it’s more of a place to advertise your posts but you can link an entire post to your bloglovin account. You can follow people (Zoella uses this!) and use tags and photos as you would on WordPress. I’ve had a few people click on my posts and come to my blog from Bloglovin’ so it might be something for you guys to look into and see if you like it yourself! There’s nothing special about the design nor the interaction features but I know that a lot of people do use it.

So, there you have it! I hope this was an informative post for you guys. If you agree/disagree then please let me know!

Morgie out.

P.S. Did you see my last post about Game of Thrones? Check it out!

P.P.S. I am 100% going to do my Taylor Swift style steal as the next post so keep an eye out for that!

Five characters I miss in Game of Thrones.

Hey guys! As we are nearing the end of HBO’s TV series, I find myself reflecting back on when I first embarked on watching the show.

I don’t want to be a hipster, but when I first started watching it, you had to do that torrent-thing where you had to wait at least 24 hours to download an episode of something, leaving your laptop on all night. I remember going to school (that’s how long ago it was!) and being excited about coming back to watch it. I was intrigued to see it purely because of the cinematography. I had no clue as to the plot but I had seen gifs on Tumblr and thought that it looked like a beautiful show. I wasn’t wrong. But I remember about halfway through the first episode feeling completely ‘what is all the fuss about?!’ Until the scene where Bran finds Jaime and Cersei and is thrown from the tower.

From then on, I was hooked. To this day, Game of Thrones is still a highlight of the year for me and I am going to miss it severely when it’s gone. But there are some characters that I wish were still in it!

  1. Ned Stark.

Is anyone surprised by this? I think everyone misses Ned. I’m already a huge fan of Sean Bean – another big reason why I wanted to watch it – but I really enjoyed Ned’s character. He seemed to be the most normal and noble in Westeros and I think that if he was still in the show – he would have a real chance at being the King. But of course, it’s Sean Bean so he had to be killed! I remember after watching the episode, I rang my nan and just cried down the phone. She, of course, had no idea what I was talking about but was empathetic nonetheless.

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2. Robb Stark.

Another of my boys that I really miss. Not that I’m a huge Stark fan or anything… They are by far my favourite family and unfortunately for me, Robb’s death was spoiled for me before I even saw the episode. Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t mind spoilers – unless it’s Game of Thrones. Then I Hulk-out. My friend came into our Drama lesson, unknowing that I had yet to see the episode and shouted ‘I can’t believe Robb died!’ Unlike some of the characters in this show, I’m not violent but I could have throttled her! I was devastated during the scene but I still think it was one of the best filmed and acted scenes in the show.

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3. Joffrey Baratheon.

Yes, yes. This is probably the moment when I’ve lost you all and you think I’m a crazy person. But I have always had a love for villains, however bad they are. If any of you have read the books, you know that they watered down Joffrey (believe it or not, show-only-ers) but I miss the sheer shock that he used to bring to the show. I couldn’t believe some of the things that he would say or do or how much of a little monster he was! I think I was more sad for Cersei during his death – it was brutal.

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4. Khal Drogo.

Another death that got ruined for me and another one that still really upset me. Even though I knew that he died, I didn’t know how and I thought it was one of the weirdly more brutal ones that they did. Even though Game of Thrones specialises in shock and gore, there was something more unnerving about the silent way in which Daenerys smothered him to save him, in a sense. The way in which you just saw him twitching and heard her sobbing – it really stuck with me.

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5. Ramsay Snow.

Yep. You guys definitely think I’m crazy now. I love Iwan Rheon though, so I’m excused? Again – it’s just the fact that he was one of the most un-apologetically gruesome villains that made him so interesting to me. Most of the time, writers give their characters some element of softness, which was what I thought they were going to do when he revealed that he was with someone. But then when she died and he just said ‘she’s good meat, feed her to the hounds’… I was in shock! He’s a brilliant villain, if terrifying and he was portrayed amazingly.

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So there you have it! Who do you guys miss and why?

I haven’t seen the new episode (the one that was on last night) so please don’t tell me any spoilers or I will literally cry! Make sure you follow my blog and sign up for email updates so that you can see my future posts – my next one is a Taylor Swift style steal so be sure to stay tuned for that.

Morgie out.

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↝ AUGUST BIRCHBOX REVIEW ; #mermaid vibes.

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s already August and I also can’t believe it’s already my next Birchbox opening! Here is my July post if you guys are interested in seeing what I got last time. Now, the only difference is that I didn’t take any pictures of the box or the products myself because I want to wait until I have a better setup with a camera/background etc. The last photos I took were taken just on my sister’s duvet and I wasn’t quite happy with them. But I have included pictures of what the products look like on so – I hope that that’s more helpful!

  1. Spectrum Collections A05 Brush in Glam Clam.

The A05 brush is the one to the right of the middle biggest brush and it is gorgeous. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned my adversity to spending a lot of money on makeup brushes before but I am extremely adverse to it. I didn’t really see before what the difference was in high quality vs. low quality brushes. The brush that I currently use for powder is £1 from my shop at work. This brush comes in a whole set which prices at £59.99. For me, that’s a hefty amount but after using the brush, I am so tempted. You barely have to dip the brush in for any product to be picked up and the bristles are so soft, you can barely feel it touch your skin. The colouring is also stunning so I am genuinely quite tempted to buy the whole set. Especially if it comes in the cute little clam bag.

2. LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Out of Your Shell.

A dupe that I can find of this is the NYX jumbo pencil in Milk but honestly, this one is a nicer shade because it’s more of an off-white than a pure white. I used it the other day for the first time when I was going out for dinner with the famalam and I was really impressed. When me and my mum first swatched it, we were unsure to say the least. It was creamy and pigmented, which is all good stuff – but it wouldn’t come off for love nor money. My mum was worried she was going to be stained with it forever! But once I put it on in the waterline and as a shadow base, it was stunning. To be honest, the main difference between this and the NYX jumbo pencil is the colouring because the price is £8 which I think is similar.

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3. Number 4Sugar Texturising Spray.

Now, I’m not really a fan of using loads of different things for my hair. I used to and I’m pretty sure it was a big contribution to why my hair was straw at the end of it. I’m all for trying new shampoos etc but now, the only thing I use outside of shampoo products is dry shampoo. I sometimes use argan oil but I haven’t had much success with it. But I decided to try this one out so that I could obviously write this review and I really liked it. I’ve used texturising sprays before and they have done nothing but this one, you could really see the defined waves. It looked like I had curled my hair, it was so good. Not sure it’s worth the RRP of £20, though. Especially as the picture below seems to be the full size? Yikes.

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4. Merci Handy, Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel.

Honestly, I’m not even going to bother showing you guys a picture of this. I was so disappointed when I saw this in the box because? Why? Birchbox, why? I get everyone wants to keep their hands clean but seriously… The packaging is naff, the scent is average and I don’t get why they thought it belonged in this box. Hmph!

5. Cargo Cosmetics, BeachBlush in Sunset Beach.

My only grudge with this is that when it came (which Birchbox did warn about and I am going to contact them about it) is that it was crumbly. Not completely unusable, as I did test it out and it is gorgeous but still – I was a little put out. But the blush/bronzer/highlight is so stunning. It gives you a really natural glow but if you wanted to build it up and be a bit extra, it’s perfect for it. It’s a new staple favourite of mine and I’m hoping that the pot lasts a long time as it’s normal price is £28. But I must admit – I am a little obsessed with it so it might be worth the money. Might be.

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So, there you have it! I must admit, I was impressed with a lot of these products and that brush – I am keeping it forever. It’s my new favourite. Do you guys get a beauty box subscription? What product was your favourite?

Morgie out.

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Five things I’ve done to celebrate my birthday.

Yes, I am one of those people who has to milk out their birthday for as long as humanly possible. No, I don’t normally milk it for this long. As I said in my July post at the beginning of the month, I was super excited to celebrate my birthday. We had a whole weekend planned out that was going to be filled with fun things. But unfortunately, my sister and designated driver dislocated her shoulder in an accident at work and we had to postpone. So, we did it this week.

  1. Had a Disney film day and ate too much.

And I really mean we ate too much. On my actual birthday, we spent the day at home with my nan. I’m not sure if I’ve ever stated the situation we’re in but my nan had a stroke about two years ago and it left her in need of full time care which my mum provides. While we wouldn’t have it any other way and love having her live with us, it means that getting away and doing things as a family isn’t something that we can do all that often anymore. But we always make the effort to make our birthdays special for my nan as well – even if she can’t go out with us. We watched Moana, Beauty and the Beast and we ate so much cake and popcorn that all of us had tummy ache. I even went up to bed for a bit! On my birthday like a total party pooper.

2. Had a garden party with the besties.

The following day, I invited two of my best friends over for some drinks in the garden. Which escalated into drinks in the garden with Dominoes. It was so amazing and that night, there was a thunderstorm which we all watched before deciding that we were being a bit silly and went and watched it from inside. It was a really atmospheric night, though and one I won’t forget.

3. Had a spa getaway with the fam.

I’ve mentioned my love of spa days in previous posts before but I seriously do love them. They are my absolute favourite things to do – so relaxing and chilled out and you come back feeling 100% better. Well, that was exactly what we decided to do. We all pitched in so that we could have a better getaway and booked a night in at Boringdon Hall near Plymouth. We’ve been there before and it is such a lovely place to go. We were really living the high life – champagne in the hot tub, the pool nearly all to ourselves and being able to jump in and out of the sauna and steam rooms whenever we liked. It was busy, don’t get me wrong. But everyone seemed more interested in reading their books on the loungers! Waste of money if you ask me but each to their own.

4. Found a secret bar.

This is kind of a tag-on to the previous point but it needed its own point as it is something that truly is one of the more memorable moments of my life. We had a lovely meal at the hall – steak and chips and fried mushrooms. But what really made the meal was our waiter. He was from Romania and was absolutely hysterical. Every time he came to our table, he would have some funny story to tell us or would try to make us guess something about either him or the hall. I guessed where he was from and he began to tell us the story of the real Dracula. Now, vampires have never scared me that much. But what he then went on to tell us did scare me. He told us that the hall was haunted – which was something I had never heard before so I’m pretty sure he was making it up – and that there had been a few ghost sightings there. He then lead us through to a bookcase and told us to pull on one of the books. After my mum guessed the right one, the bookcase opened all Scooby-Doo like onto a secret bar. It was truly amazing – and also hysterical because the waiter decided to hide behind the bookcase to make my sister jump and she screamed so loud. Truly a moment I will never forget.

5. Had afternoon tea.

Like a true Brit, one of my favourite things to do is drink tea in a tea room. However, I was a bit of a phoney today as I didn’t fancy a scone but I had a teacake instead. It was so nice and warm and just what I needed on a grim, rainy day. The staff were very friendly and what was even better was that my Mother (who is dairy-free) could have the scones, too! Winner winner, chicken dinner.

All in all, I have been thoroughly spoiled with what I’ve done and I will never forget my 22nd.

Hope you guys are keeping well! Stay tuned for my next post because my August birchbox arrived and it’s a good’un! Here’s the link to my July birchbox.

Morgie out. x

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P.P.S Did you see my previous post? It’s a Lydia Martin style-steal and there’s almost exact matches. Check it out!

Five things you need to get Lydia Martin’s wardrobe.

Hi guys! Now, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but one of my favourite shows in the world is Teen Wolf. If you guys haven’t seen it then you need to add it to your watchlist – it’s a little cheesy at first but it is so good. It’s recently come back, even though I haven’t watched the newest episode but I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a style steal!

So, without further ado – here are five things I found that you need to get Lydia’s wardrobe. #notspons.

  1. Imitation Leather Skirt, £8.99. 

A leather skirt is always what I think of whenever I think of Lydia’s wardrobe. My favourite outfit of hers involves a imitation burgundy leather skirt – an outfit I liked so much that I had to go out and try and find something myself that was like it. She normally pairs her skirts with blouses.

Imitation leather skirt - Black - Ladies | H&M GB 1

   2. Blouse with lace, £9.99. 

Side note; a big reason why I chose H&M for this style steal was that I knew that the wardrobe people on set buy Lydia’s wardrobe from H&M a lot. I don’t know where I know that from – hours of scrolling through Teen Wolf BTS videos, probably! But this blouse is a near match to an outfit she wore in S5, which she paired with a bright green cardigan.

Blouse with lace - White - | H&M GB 1

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3. Satin dress, light blue, £7.99. 

This one is one of the most exact matches that I’ve ever found during a style steal. This dress matches the dress that Lydia wears in the episode where she first kisses Stiles (SPOILER) in Series 3. The main difference is that it is slightly lighter than the one in the show and also the same length all the way around whereas Lydia’s is longer at the back. But this is still a pretty good match and I screamed a little (geddit) when I saw it.

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4. Short cargo jacket, £13.99. 

Again, this is quite a good match to one of her earlier outfits. Green is quite a staple colour in her wardrobe, as is blue. But especially a khaki green like this one – even though it’s missing the big buttons on either side, this could be easily sewn on if you wanted an exact match.

Short cargo jacket - Dark green - Ladies | H&M GB 1

5. Short bandeau dress, £11.99.

This one is heavily inspired by the dress she wore to that famous prom in the first series. I won’t spoil anything but this is quite close to the one that she wore and it is stunning. Also, for the price – you can’t go wrong!

Short bandeau dress - Vintage pink - Ladies | H&M GB 1

So, there you have it! My Lydia Martin style steal. Who would you guys like me to do next?

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to get Belle’s (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) look.

Hey guys! If you’re a fan of the new Beauty and the Beast reboot, then I’m sure you guys know that the DVD was released last week. If you guys haven’t read my review, I urge you to do it as it was my very first post!

This is more of an inspired by style-steal, as my Daenarys Targaryen one was, too! This is a series I’m interested in doing as I love the Disney Princesses and I love doing the style steals! So, if you guys want to find out how to get Belle’s look, keep reading. #notspons. Also, all of these clothes are in the sale so grab them quick!

  1. White Lace Up Front Bardot Neck T-Shirt, New Look, £6.00. 

This shirt reminds me of the main dress she wears when she’s in the village with the blue dress. In the original cartoon, obviously, there’s an apron over her dress but in the 2017 reboot, they made it more of a corset. This lace up front and drop-shoulder would look great under a pinafore dress if you wanted to reflect that original outfit.

White Lace Up Front Bardot Neck T-Shirt | New Look

2. Pale Blue Floral Embroidered Cold Shoulder Shirt, New Look, £12.00.

Whenever I think of Belle, I think of the blue dress that I mentioned above but also, a lot of flowers and delicate things. She’s definitely one of my favourite Princesses because of how gentle she is but also because of how brave she is – the fact that she would give her life for her father’s is something you don’t often see in Disney films. But I can imagine Belle in something like this with the delicately embroidered flowers and again, the cold shoulders. Even though the Beast’s castle is probably cold enough.

Pale Blue Floral Embroidered Cold Shoulder Shirt | New Look

3. Yellow Bow Front Split Midi Dress, New Look, £10.00. 

Of course, I couldn’t do this look without trying to match the iconic golden-yellow dress that she wears during the famous dance scene. I remembered always wanting one like that when I was younger and my mum did buy me one! But I still think the dress is beautiful to this day and this was the closest that I could find to it that still leaves it being casual enough to wear normally. If you guys can pull off yellow, I envy you.

Yellow Bow Front Split Front Midi Dress | New Look

 4. Blue Satin Ballet Pumps, New Look, £5.00. 

I don’t normally include shoes in my style-steals but I thought these ones were just so cute and would go with the outfits that match the blue dress at the beginning of the film. The vibrant colour of the shoes are so beautiful, too, I was just immediately drawn to them.

Blue Satin Ballet Pumps | New Look

5. Pale Blue Scallop Hem Lace Tunic Dress, New Look, £24.00. 

This is the most expensive one but it’s also the closest match that I could find to Belle’s blue dress – the belt around the middle and the cute lace around the edge reminded me of her so much so if you were looking to do a near direct Disneybound then this would be a good option! Especially if you put a bow in your hair.

Pale Blue Scallop Hem Lace Tunic Dress | New Look

So, there you have it! If you guys have any ideas of who you would like me to do next then please let me know in the comments! My next post is another style steal of Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf as that’s coming back soon!

Morgie out.

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Five theories about Moana (2016.)

Hey guys! As you may have seen in my last post, my current obsession is Moana! I was reluctant to watch it for a long time and to be honest, I can’t even tell you why. Perhaps it was because in the back of my mind, I knew how obsessed I was going to get with it or perhaps it was because I didn’t want anything to trump Frozen (2012.) But let me tell you – in my opinion, it blows it out of the water. Get it?

But as within a lot of Disney films, there are deeper meanings behind their characters, behind their story lines and short little moments that you wouldn’t necessarily see first time watching. So, here are some of the ideas that I have either thought of myself or have seen and agree with!

  1. Moana wasn’t the first Chosen One from her family.

Whenever I see Chosen One, I think of Anakin. My boy. But I think this theory is pretty much set in stone even if it isn’t spelt out to the audience. We know from the start that Tala, Moana’s grandmother, has a higher wisdom and understanding than the rest of the seemingly small-minded village. She has a respect for the ocean that suggests that she has been deeply connected to it, just like Moana is. She is also the one to tell Moana all about the story of Maui and Tefiti which implies that she is setting her up for her own quest, especially as Moana is drawn to the ocean and chosen by the ocean moments after being told the story and passing the test of saving the sea turtle. We also see that Moana’s father was too ‘called’ to the ocean – even though in the flashback, it looks like he’s doing something that he shouldn’t be, he leaves in the dead of night just like Moana does. But he fails the mission as he is hit by the storm, just like Moana is when she tries to leave. Which leads me to my next theory.

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2. The ocean is ‘straight up cooky-dooks’ because of the missing Tefiti.

I’m not sure if this one is canon or not, but I think a big reason why the ocean is so unreliable is the fact that Tefiti isn’t the same as she used to be. Even though the ocean seems to have its own entity and soul, it would surely work alongside nature and creation – aka Tefiti. So, I think when the ocean suddenly turns on Moana and tries to drown her and when it drowned her father’s best friend, it’s probably because it had its own Te Ka moment and started not being able to control itself. But, it’s only a theory as every time the ocean did something it shouldn’t, it was because it was driving the plot.

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3. Tamatoa was the Genie’s previous master.

This one isn’t one that I’ve constructed myself but I’ve seen it mentioned a few times and the more I think about it, the more I believe it. First of all – the mention of how Tamatoa was a ‘drab little crab’ once and how something changed him. The fact that he is now a giant crab juxtaposes with Jafar’s need for grandeur in how he had to be a giant snake, etc. There’s also the fact that among Tamatoa’s treasure-shell, the Genie’s lamp is there. There’s a few more references to Aladdin in Moana, too – ‘diamond in the rough’ in Tamatoa’s song and also the magic carpet makes an appearance during the song Where You Are.

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4. Tamatoa was banished to the Realm of Monsters.

Even though I think that the Realm of Monsters does derive from the lore of the Polynesian people, I think that a very real factor of Tamatoa being there is due to the fact that he was banished there. If he was granted his ‘big-ness’ by either the gods or some other power, then it could be possible that he didn’t behave as he should have – or even got caught trying to steal the heart of Tefiti and that’s why he was banished. Aside from the odd gathering of fish every now and then, they never really hint that he leaves the cave. Which doesn’t seem right for someone who is as confident as he is.

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5. The links between Moana and Moses.

This is more of something I drew from the film rather than a theory but I think a lot of people referenced the parting of the Red Sea in the final scene where Moana confronts Te Ka. The way that the ocean spreads, leaving two walls for Moana to walk through safely while the enemy approaches – it matches almost exactly the way Moses could part the sea so that his people could walk through safely. There’s two more links that I can find to the Exodus story but none match it so closely as that scene – the image on Maui’s back of his Mother casting the baby into the seat matches the Pharaoh’s order for the babies to be thrown into the sea and Maui’s monologue about how he ‘gave them everything but it wasn’t enough’ links to how Moses and God felt when the people reached the Promised Land. Just food for thought!

Related image So there you have it! What did you guys think of this film? I love it.

Make sure you follow my blog as my next post is going to be another style steal. See my last one here.

Morgie out!

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My 22nd birthday haul!

Hey, guys. Sorry for the radio silence – I’ve been incredibly busy celebrating the above. I don’t know about you guys but I am now 22! ♪ My birthday weekend was just the funnest thing ever – I went out on Saturday for lunch with my dad, went out for dinner and drinkies after with my mum and sister on Sunday. On my actual birthday which was Monday, we spent the day watching films (Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Truman Show, etc.) and eating cupcakes. Then on Tuesday, my friends came over for some chilled drinks and pizza in the garden. It was bliss! I was also thoroughly spoiled with my gifts so here they are below!

My clothes that I got were mostly from H&M – I always find it to be something or nothing. Also, as it’s been shown recently, H&M’s sizing is so interesting to say the least. I’m normally an 8, sometimes a 6 but in H&M, I’m a 12! What?! Crazy.

My first present was this cute unicorn T-shirt. I’ve always been obsessed with unicorns so it’s got to be done.

I also got the below clothes which I won’t go into detail about otherwise this is going to be a really long post but I love all of them sooo much.

Blue High Waist Super Skinny Drop Hem Hallie Jeans | New Look

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I was thoroughly spoiled as you guys can tell. My sister got me a cute Chip mug from Beauty & the Beast which I was so excited to get as I’ve been looking for one before but couldn’t find one that was in my price range. I basically haven’t put him down since I got him – I love him! On the tea theme, my friend bought me a tea set of different types of tea and also a cute purple teapot! Also on the Beauty and the Beast theme, my bestie got me a tote bag with the Beast on and a makeup bag with Belle on. Also, a Gaston Pop Doll – because you guys know how obsessed I am with Pop Dolls.

I also was given Blogging for Dummies which I am so excited to learn more about because I really want to make the most of this blog and any tips and tricks I can get would be helpful. I also got Dictionary of Tolkien which comes in a beautiful leather bound book, the Follower and My Husband’s Wife.

As some of you know, I’ve recently started driving lessons! Which is why my mum bought me one of those super helpful DVD’s so that I can practice between and learn more about the theory, too!

Normal blogging will resume this week! Thank you guys for being patient.

My next post will be all about my new obsession – Moana! I’m going to go through some of the theories that I thought of while watching the film and what I drew from it.

I also got a notebook from my mum which I have been writing so many ideas in for new blog posts so make sure you follow and subscribe for the emails so that you know when my next post is up!

Morgie out.

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My July Birchbox!

So, I am so excited to make this post as it is the first time ever that I’ve received a subscription box and I’ve literally been waiting by the door for it like a sad act. But today while I was at work, I received the text from my mum that it had arrived. I had real trouble looking for which subscription box I was going to sign up for and I’m still not entirely sold but here’s what was inside!

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First of all, the packaging was super cute. I love the ombre effect and the fact that the box came looking like a little drawer. I’m not sure if this is normal for Birchbox but I really enjoyed it and thought it was cute. It definitely reminded you of summer.

  1. POP Beauty, Bright(EN?) Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio in Champagne Mocha, RRP £15.50.

I was excited to see POP in here as I have seen this brand before but I’m always wary of buying eyeshadows that I’ve never tried before. I trust Urban Decay eyeshadows but very few others. But these colours are perfect for the more natural looks most of us are wearing at the moment with it being summer.

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I purposefully didn’t edit the picture of the colours because I wanted you guys to see it properly but they’re just beautiful natural colours. (Also I hate those applicators, vom.) Swatches are also below, please ignore my veiny arms.

As you can see, they were quite pigmented but the middle mauve-y colour was definitely my favourite. I did notice, though, and obviously I didn’t apply any primer beneath or anything but the lighter colours faded very quickly.

2. Benefit Chachatint Lip & Cheek Stain, RRP £25.50.

My sister has always liked benefit cosmetics but I’ve never been a huge fan of them for the simple reason that I think they are overpriced for what they offer. But I was excited to see that we had a benefit gift in this box. At checkout, you got to pick which tint you wanted the most and I went with the chachatint which is the more coral-y looking one as I don’t think pink suits me. I didn’t actually realise when I saw it that you could use it for your lips, too, so I tried that instead of my cheeks as I’m always cautious with new products.

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My camera really didn’t pick up what it looked like but I really liked the finish on it. It was creamy, but such a pretty colour. The brush you used to apply it was similar to a nail varnish brush which felt a little odd and wasn’t the easiest to apply with but I definitely will be wearing this again. Not sure I would pay over £25 for the ‘full’ size, though.

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3. Nailsinc nailkale in Elizabeth Bridge, RRP ???

I didn’t realise that the breakdown of this wasn’t actually in the little booklet you get so I have no idea how much this normally is but it was a very pretty colour. I don’t normally like pink nail varnish so it’s not going to be one that I’ll use – I’m going to give it to my also very pretty Mama – but I was impressed with the coverage of it. I only dipped the brush in once and painted a whole hand’s worth of nails without having to dip again. I also didn’t have to do another coat.

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4. Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water, RRP £16.

I wasn’t sure whether this was a makeup cleanser, too, from the bottle but looking at the booklet provided by Birchbox, it was. It is 99% cleansing water with chamomile, neroli and mandarin oils that claim to leave your skin glowing. I personally really liked this, it wiped away the makeup really easily and did leave it feeling much cleaner than the Garnier micellar water that I normally use.

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5. Amika Dry Shampoo, RRP £20.

This was by far my least favourite product in this box. I love dry shampoo as I’m lazy and washing my hair is literally the worst part of my week. My favourite is the Aussie one as it’s clear and doesn’t have that horrid white stuff you have to rub in. But this is the worst dry shampoo I have ever used. It burned my scalp the moment I put it on and refused to rub in! I tried for at least five minutes and it still left a horrible grey tinge to my hair. It’s definitely not worth £20! Ridiculous.

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6. Anatomicals Softening Eucalyptus Foot Cream, RRP £5.99.

I hate feet. They are literally the worst things ever and I hate foot cream so I am so not trying this out. I offered it to my mum but she’s exactly like me so I’m going to keep it back and maybe use it in a future giveaway. The one thing I can say about it is that it smells amazing. Also the packaging is super cute.

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7. Birchbox Eyebrow Brush, RRP £1.99.

Finally, last but not least! I love anything that will help me get on fleek eyebrows so I’m looking forward to using this. I’m not sure about the black fibre brush but I am looking forward to using the comb.

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Phew! That was a long little post. But I hope you guys enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to next month’s Birchbox.

Do you guys subscribe? Or do you subscribe to another beauty box?

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to get Spencer’s (Pretty Little Liars) wardrobe.

Hey guys! I really enjoyed doing my last style steal for PLL with Aria so I thought I would work my way through the rest of the girls’ wardrobes. As I stated in the last post, I haven’t seen all of PLL yet (I haven’t even got to the end of S1) so please avoid all spoilers! Also, all of these clothes are from H&M because I went shopping on Saturday and had one of those awful shopping days where nothing catches your eye. Then H&M pulled through and I had too much to carry into the fitting room. #notspons.

Let’s get down to it!

  1. Asymmetric dress, £11.99

Spencer has a very lowkey style unlike Aria. She’s very smartly dressed and is formal quite a lot of the time. Her style reminds me a lot of Made in Chelsea if anyone watches that. Very put together looking but simple. This dress is perfect for that and with the asymmetric cut, it matches her somewhat rebellious personality.

Asymmetric dress - Black/White/Checked - Ladies | H&M GB 1

2. Textured jersey dress, £5.49.

Again, this is extremely a lowkey dress. I can imagine after Alison’s death, she wore a lot of black hence it becoming a staple colour in her wardrobe. I think the cut of this is beautiful, too and something that I can see Spencer wearing.

Textured jersey dress - Black - Ladies | H&M GB 1

3. Linen-blend shirt, £4.99.

Stripes shirts are a must-have for the Spencer look. She normally pairs these with some sort of cut-off or rolled up jeans and trainers but with the high collars, she always looks sophisticated and ready for the country club.

Linen-blend shirt - Dark blue/Striped - Ladies | H&M GB 1

4. Sports bra low support, £5.49. 

I don’t know if you guys are like me and hate sporty clothes but Spencer certainly doesn’t. She’s one of the most active people in the show with her tennis and her running and I think a lot of her clothes would be focused around what she can do these sorts of activities in.

Sports bra Low support - Light grey marl - Ladies | H&M GB 1

5. Joggers, £7.99. 

These match the bra above which I can see her wearing just around the house or in the library, too. That’s all I do with my joggers, anyway. Sit and watch TV in them. They’re too comfy to run in.

Joggers - Dark grey marl - Ladies | H&M GB 1

So, there you have it! What do you guys like most about Spencer’s style?

Also, apologies for the later post – my sister sadly dislocated her shoulder yesterday and I was looking after her and buying her treats etc to cheer her up! Poor thing.

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to get Daenerys Targaryen’s style.

Hey guys! Who is excited about Game of Thrones coming back? I know I certainly am so I thought I would start a mini-series of blog posts. They’re going to be like my style steals but obviously seeing as a lot of these characters wear medieval-y clothes, it’s more of an inspired by.

So, I thought I would start with everyone’s favourite Khaleesi a.k.a Mother of Dragons. Everything is from Forever 21 but it’s not sponsored! Everything is also in the sale because you guys know how I love a bargain.

  1. Belted Turtleneck Mini Dress, £8.00 (Cocoa.)

This outfit reminds me of Series 1/2 when Daenerys is wandering through the desert with the rest of the Khalasar. Even though a turtleneck is far from what you would want to wear in that sort of heat, I thought that the colour matched the straw-like clothes that they had her in.

Belted Turtleneck Mini Dress

2. Contemporary Lace-Up Maxi Dress, £13.99.

When I thought of doing this style steal, I knew that there would be a lot of maxi dresses. With the rest of the GOT girls, I think there will be too as that’s all we ever really see them in but Daenerys’ dresses are so beautiful. She looks casual yet put together which I think is reflected in this dress, too. She’s also not afraid to show a little cleavage so this lace-neck is perfect for that.

Contemporary Lace-Up Maxi Dress

3. Contemporary Slit Maxi-Dress, £9.99.

This is my favourite dress in the line-up. I think it is the one that matches the show’s wardrobe the closest and it is perfect with that colour, too. That’s the colour I mainly associate with Daenerys due to the beautiful dresses she wore a lot in Series 3. She was my favourite in Series 3 so I definitely wanted to try and replicate that. If you paired this together with some boots, you would have the full Khaleesi look. And of course, you can’t forget the half-up half-down braids if your hair is long enough.

Contemporary Slit Maxi Dress

4. Faux Stone Etched Bangle Set, £5.60.

Daenerys is also known for her accessorising. The jewellery she wore that I loved the most was 100% the dragon necklace that she had at the beginning of Series 6. But she’s often got bracelets or necklaces on and I think this set would be perfect.

Faux Stone Etched Bangle Set

5. Genuine Suede Lace Up Sandals, £15.99.

Finally, some shoes! Khaleesi seems to do a lot of walking (although I’m hoping we’ll see a lot more of her flying her dragons!) so she needs some comfy shoes. But with the heat, they also need to be cool. These would go perfectly with any of these outfits above.

Genuine Suede Lace-Up Sandals

I’m going to work my way through the rest of the Game of Thrones houses but who would you guys like to see next? What are you excited for in the next series?

Morgie out.

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Five reasons why I’m excited for July.

Hey guys! I’ve got my next style steal in the works – if you want to see my previous ones then please click here. If there’s any that you want to see me doing then please let me know in the comments below! But I thought I’d do a more personal update as I haven’t done one of them in a while.

July is going to be a big month for me so I’m extremely excited for it! Here’s why:

  1. I have my first driving lesson ever.
    Driving is one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but for various reasons, I’ve never done it. I always wanted to make sure that it was when I was ready, not when I felt pressured to do it. A lot of people have questioned why I never did it sooner and the simple reason is – I wasn’t confident enough. I needed to know that I would be safe on the road and I feel that I’m at the level of confidence now that I would be able to make confident decisions.

2. I ordered my first ever Birchbox!

I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of beauty subscription boxes before. I knew of companies like Lootcrate but I had never heard of a beauty one before. I am so excited to try Birchbox and of course, I’ll be writing about it on here so stay tuned for when that arrives! I love the fact that you can pick things tailored to your skin tone, to your hair colour etc. I always struggle with what colours match me and my pale skin but also pale blonde hair. I’m also excited to try their other products that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself.

3. I don’t know about you but I’m turning 22 ♪

How fast has this year gone? I can’t believe it’s already coming up to my birthday again but I am so excited for it. Me and my family have a lot planned for it like another spa day (you can see from this previous post that I’m a little obsessed!), a meal out and also we’re going to go see banger-racing. I’ve never actually been before but I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about it! I also am planning to have a drinkies night with my friends in the garden because of this lush weather!

4. Winter is coming.

A.K.A Game of Thrones is once again gracing our screens. There’s very few shows that I get so excited about and get hiatus blues about but Game of Thrones is definitely one of them. I wish I had time to rewatch the sixth series because I would but I am so excited to see my girl Cersei on the throne. I have very mixed views about who I want to win the Iron Throne in comparison to who I think will win the throne. I probably have to do a whole post on this by itself because there’s so many theories that I have. What do you guys think?

5. I’m starting a new chapter.

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in admin. But that’s a stepping stone towards the career which I actually want – being a film lecturer. I was offered the job earlier in the year and my interview is coming up! I know that seems a little roundabout but to go along with my degree, I have to have an interview with the woman who will be running my teaching course and that should be happening any time soon. Then, it’s all going to be running in to when I start teaching in September. I am so excited – wish me luck, guys!

What are you all excited for this month?

Morgie out.

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Five things I’ve loved in June.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was making my May favourites post and here we are in July! Where is this year going? Anyway, this one is a little bit different. If you’ve been in England recently then you’ll know that the weather has been all over the place but that when it’s been hot, it’s been hot. Which means that makeup has been a bit tricky for all of us – we don’t want thick makeup on because it just melts off and feels too much. But then again, if you’re working full time like me you don’t want to look half asleep.

So, this is what I’ve been doing as my daily makeup routine.

  1. Moisturising with Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser.

I don’t know about you guys but whenever I wake up after a night’s sleep, I’m always feeling really clogged up no matter how much I’ve cleaned my face the night before. Whether it’s some residual makeup or just the heat being too much – I feel gross. Which is why this has been helping a lot. It cools you down and makes your face all prepared for makeup.

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2. Using a lightweight foundation.

Sometimes I’ve been skipping this step altogether because I haven’t wanted any weight on my face at all but the heat also causes me to break out so who can win? Not I. But a lighter coverage foundation or a BB cream is always good for a natural look.

3. Bronze it up!

My favourite bronzer is the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer at the moment. If you’re pasty like me and struggle to get any colour at all, I recommend you look at my post about the St Tropez self-tanning lotion as it’s a real treat! But obviously, if you do use this then you need to make sure that your face matches, too. Use your same foundation and then heavily use bronzer. I especially like this one because it has a shimmer to it so it acts as a slight highlighter, too.

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4. Highlight, highlight, highlight!

My favourite highlighter is the Nyx Illuminator but the one that I’ve been using with this look because it blends better is the highlight from the Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate. It’s one of my favourite palettes ever because the blush is just to die for – such a cute coral colour. I mainly apply highlighter to my nose as I think it brings the whole look together.

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5. A nude lipstick.

I’ve been really loving just putting a lipliner on that’s a coral/peach shade and then applying a lipgloss over the top. My favourite lipgloss is Sexy Motherpucker by Soap and Glory. It’s got this amazing gloss to it that makes your lips super plump and look beautiful. It feels a little tingly at first but it looks amazing.

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What do you guys do different in your summer routine?

Also, just before I go I want to tell you guys about an amazing affiliate programme site I found called Awin. I read it in someone’s post and I applied and got accepted! I’m just about getting my head around it right now but I highly recommend it if you guys are looking into making a bit of cashola from your blog.

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to know about The Lone Ranger (2013.) 

I’m a little late to the game on this one but I have only recently seen one of Disney’s live action installments and frankly… I’m not even sure why I put this film on. I’m quite behind in keeping up with a lot of Disney films at the moment – Moana, the new Pirates of the Caribbean etc. But I love Disney and I love the way that they so effortlessly story-tell. So, this is my list of things you need to know:

  1. It’s a very typical cowboy film.

Nothing really stands out for me in this film aside from the fact that Johnny Depp is in it. To be honest, this is one of the only reasons that I did watch it in the first place – when I saw the trailer, I wasn’t overwhelmed with the need to see it for the exact same reason that it just looked like a normal cowboy film.

2. It’s definitely not a film you want to watch with your children.

I know that Disney can sometimes delve into the darker side of life and society but I was quite shocked at how grisly this film was. Parts of it really reminded me of Django which is obviously a Quentin Violentino film and it is also an 18. I put it on for something easy and adventurous to watch after work but that wasn’t what I received. My mum was especially shocked by how violent it was for a 12. Especially when the villain eats someone’s heart clean out of his chest? Spoiler alert but gross? So gross?

3. Johnny Depp plays Native American Jack Sparrow.

I’m never quite sure where I stand with Johnny Depp… Especially with all the recent controversy that has come out about him. Even though it is so clear that he is an incredibly versatile actor, I can’t state a performance aside from Jack Sparrow that I’ve thought that he was amazing at. I’ve seen him in a lot but his acting has never been earth-shattering even though he is a household name. The slightly clumsy, slightly dangerous and who’s-side-is-he-on-anyway nature of Tonto’s character easily reminds you of Jack Sparrow. Tonto’s character isn’t anything much deeper than a comic relief one however hard the writers and Johnny try.

4. It’s the first time I’ve seen Armie Hammer in anything.

If you’d have said the same to me, I wouldn’t have known him from Larry. Aside from the fact that he’s gorgeous, I was really charmed by his performance in this otherwise average film. Even though it was a little overbearing in places, he was so funny and charismatic that you couldn’t help but look forward to the moments when he was next on screen.

5. I honestly can’t tell you the plot.

I only watched it about a week ago and the plot was so easily forgettable to me. But I think this is for the sole reason that they didn’t really have a concise narrative that held any meaning. The film starts with an older Tonto describing the ‘masked man’ that he had once known and then begins to describe their adventures which are seemingly many that don’t really have a connection. I know that there is some underlying story about the train tracks being built and Tonto selling out the rest of his family and Armie trying to prove himself as a noble man like his brother but all of them had no cohesion. Oh, and there’s a cannibal. Forgot that part.

What did you guys think?

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to get Aria’s (Pretty Little Liars) wardrobe!

Before you go any further – I hope you guys appreciate what I went through to do this style steal. I actually googled Pretty Little Liars. My cousin would go mental! I’ve been avoiding spoilers like the plague as I’m only on series one but I love the girls’ fashion so much that I had to do a post! My favourite character so far is Aria so I am so excited to present this style steal to you. I found all of the products at boohoo.com on sale. (#notspons.)

Let’s get down to it!

  1. Victoria Volumised Sleeve Lace Skater Dress, £15.

You can get this dress in either red or black but black is a staple colour for Aria. Think that scene phase that everyone goes through when they’re 14/15 where everything is black and splashes of bright colour. Pair that with some knee-high boots and you have Aria’s style. I saw from my Google searches that she does get a little more adventurous in her style so this is one of the more tame options that I picked.

Victoria Volumised Sleeve Lace Skater Dress

2. Plus Lola Printed T-Shirt Dress, £12.

This is for my curvy girls out there as I realised looking back through my posts the other day that a lot of the sites that I get my style steals from aren’t plus-size friendly. I apologise to everyone for this and I’m going to make much more of a conscious effort to cater to everyone with these! Okay, now that’s been said – how much is everyone loving these choker dresses? I am obsessed! With her rocker-chick look, Aria would definitely sport one of these bad boys.

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3. Megan Star Print Drawstring Kimono, £10.

I think this is so cute! You could go wild like she does a lot and pair it with some more patterned tops beneath to make your outfit really stand out but seeing as this kimono is quite long – ensure you wear heels of some description unless you’re not vertically challenged like me. This would absolutely drown me and Aria, too! But either way, it should be able to balance it out.

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4. Harriet Rose Pattern Jumper, £4.

This is honestly the best part about sales for me – the winter clothes that are ridiculously cheap. If you guys are like me and from the UK, you’ll understand that our summers are so short so I make the most out of being able to buy cheap clothes out of season while I can. I much prefer winter clothes to summer clothes because I like being cosy and so does Aria. She layers up a lot and this jumper is perfect for that due to the sheer nature of it – you have to layer up if you don’t want everyone to see everything. The splash of pink reminds me of her hair in the flashbacks, too.

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5. Tori California Printed Spliced T-Shirt Dress, £8. 

I saw in my brief spoiler-free search that Aria gets very… experimental? with her looks. I love them still. I love when people are brave in fashion as it’s something that they’ve thought of themselves instead of following a trend in some sort of way. Aria doesn’t like to follow the crowd, she’s very much her own person and this half-and-half-not-quite-sure-what-it’s-doing shirt matches her personality perfectly. It also reminds me of Star Wars. Not sure why.

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So there you have it! That’s how you can get Aria’s style.

Are there any other characters you guys want me to do? I haven’t done one of these in a while but I absolutely love them!

Morgie out.

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Five things I’ve learned about blogging.

Hi all! Now, I have officially reached my third month of blogging and I am more than excited to tell you everything that I have learned in this time. When I started it, I didn’t realise just how much I would come to enjoy it! If you are a writer or an aspiring one, or you’re like me and you like chatting so much that you can’t contain it – I urge you if you haven’t already to start a blog. It is such a peaceful outlet and the community that I have found has been incredible to say the least. So, what have I learned in my limited time?

  1. Invest, invest, invest.

Invest your time, your energy and your money into blogging if it’s what you seriously want to do. Even if you’re not eager to make it into a full time job and you would just like to see some benefit from it, it would be worth looking into your options. Since I started this blog, I’ve spent £83 on it through buying my own domain, upgrading my WordPress account and also signing up to Awin. Even though I’m still waiting to hear back from this affiliate programme, I can tell you the benefits I saw with upgrading my WordPress plan. I got to get rid of the .wordpress.com at the end of my domain which automatically makes it look more professional and I had more access to better themes.

2. Remember your community.

People always admire those who are willing to put into other people as well as themselves. I always appreciate when Twitter users will reply to your tweets, will like your tweets or comment on various other social medias. This is something you should always do. I always reply to every comment I get on my blog as I love talking to you guys! I’m not just a monkey at a typewriter and neither are you all – you might meet people who want you to guest post on their blog or you might make a lifelong friend. I met my best friend of four years through blogging. It’s so worth it.

3. Blog about what you want.

Yes, we are all tempted to fade into the easy posts that we know get attention. But if it feels forced, your readers will be able to tell that it is. The whole point of blogging is to share your passions and your opinions – don’t lose that element of it in a desperate attempt for followers or to gain more traffic. People will love you for you and your thoughts – that’s something I can guarantee.

4. Never be afraid to admit your post was inspired by others.

I’ve yet to run into this problem on this platform but I know there have been social media platforms I’ve used in the past (*hacks* Tumblr *hacks*) who are so, so precious about their ideas. I’m not talking about down-right stealing. I’m talking about people writing about similar topics, people basing their looks off of other people’s themes. It was something that created a very negative vibe in the community, leaving people to tread on egg-shells. If your post was inspired by someone else, tell them! Mention them in the post, it will mean far more to them than you can know.

5. Be true to yourself.

This is similar to point 3, but I’m talking about keeping your opinions true. Again, your readers will respect this far more than if you’re very obviously lying. If you’re approached by a company who want you to review their product, don’t lie about it to get your readers to buy it. If it’s poor quality, turn down the sponsorship. I know that sounds easier than it is especially when money is involved but integrity holds far more worth.

What have you guys learned? Do you have any tips? How long have you been blogging?

Morgie out.

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Five things I don’t understand right now.

The title sounds like it’s going to be way more dramatic than it is but there have been (as I’m sure there are with everyone at the moment) a lot of things on my mind at the moment that I just need to get off of my chest. These are just five of them:

  1. Why boys have ‘trust issues’ about girls wearing makeup.

I saw a post on Facebook earlier today that showed a beautifully stunning girl showing what her face looked like – one side with makeup and the other without. Either way to any normal person, she was beautiful. But there’s always got to be that one commentator (or a dozen) who has to bring the tone down. I saw one guy reply with ‘see, this is why guys should have trust issues and not girls.’ There are just so many things wrong with this sentence. And I can hear the people in the back screaming NOT ALL MEN and you’re right. I know a lot of decent men, just like I know a lot of decent women. But there’s always got to be someone who will lower the tone. The fact that some of these people apparently think that we are born with silver shimmer eyes and eyebrows on fleek and shiny lips makes me question so many things. Like my sanity.

2. Why girls compete with girls.

In a world where we are constantly battling to let our voices be heard and for social opinions to change – the one thing I will never ever understand is how cruel girls can be to other girls. The fact that a lot of people see life as a competition – who has the best car, who has the prettiest hair, who has the longest lashes, the best makeup products, the best partner… it just never ceases to amaze me. My Mum always used to say to me that when people were bitter towards me, it was because they were jealous and I never believed her. But as I’ve grown, I’ve started to notice that these cruel girls really are just insecure. The way I see it, we should all just build each other up for every time someone tries to knock us down.

3. Why Disney thinks it needs to remake its classics.

When they stated that they were going to remake the Jungle Book (2016), I was so excited to see it as I never really enjoyed the cartoon and thought that it would be far more enjoyable as an animated vs. real life. But now I think that they’ve reached a point where they need to stop. The fact that they’ve recently announced that they’re going to do nineteen remakes of their previous films… woah, nelly. Especially when they said they were going to remake Lion King. There’s just some films you don’t touch. See my review of the recent Beauty and the Beast here.

4. Why people are so quick to blame others.

After that brief interlude of a softer nature, I will never understand why people can’t own up to their mistakes. I’ve always had tonnes more respect for people who hold their hands up and say they messed up – no matter how big the mistake may be. We are all human, we all make mistakes. But what shows our worth is how we handle that.

5. Why people hate the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films.

Hahaha, I’ve probably lost a lot of you by now because I know that franchise is meme-central. But I think there are some moments in them that make them truly memorable. Or meme-orable, am I right? I’ll see myself out. But I really enjoy them, Tobey is by far my favourite Spidey and I love all of the plots. Even though they are so cheesy at times, they’re easy to watch. I think the Spider-man reboots even in my time have been too many when they could be focusing on making a Black Widow or Harley Quinn film (yes, I know Natasha’s Marvel and Harley’s DC.) But where my girls at?

I know this is again a bit of a different post of mine. I will be back to doing my style steals in the next post!

Morgie out.

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Five things I did this weekend.

You can tell it’s been a busy one when I make a post dedicated entirely to my weekend. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a long time and on Wednesday evening, I was given all the more reason to be excited which I will expand on later on. Everyone has praised this weekend for the beautiful weather and that has just been a bonus!

  1. Attended one of my closest friend’s wedding.

I’m at that stage in life now where everyone is getting engaged, getting married, buying houses together. But I was truly blessed to see one of my closest friends get married this weekend. I’ve known her for over a decade now and watching her marry the man of her dreams was something I will never forget. And as far as weddings go, this one was pretty magical. I’ve never been a fan of weddings, and I can’t really pinpoint why. But the decorations were Pinterest worthy (they had big LOVE light letters like in my image above), the song choices enough to make grown men cry (and they did, bless) and everyone looked stunning.

2. Used fake tan for the first time.

Yes, my pasty self succumbed. I’ve never been ashamed of my pale skin but I have always wondered what it would look like if I had a tan. The rest of my family have lovely olive-y skin that darkens all the more when they even so much as look at the sun so I don’t know what happened to me. I’m probably adopted. But I tried the St. Tropez gradual tan for the first time ever. My sister’s used it before so she recommended it to me and I have to admit, I was nervous that I was going to come out looking like an oompa loompa. But the whole experience of fake-tanning was way less TOWIE than I expected. You had to ensure that you didn’t get the tan wet after the first four-eight hours of application so I showered beforehand. You then exfoliate and moisturise everywhere so that it’s all prepped for the tan. When it came out of the bottle, I was shocked. It was so dark even though my sister had bought the lightest colour. When it came out of the tube, it looked like someone had shoved Nutella up there. But once you applied it, you could see immediately that it had a lovely bronzed look. It took a little while for the colour to come out but when it did, I was extremely impressed. It’s a few days later now and it’s still slightly there.

3. Was nominated for a film award.

Dun dun dun! Bet you guys didn’t see that coming because I certainly didn’t. My old tutor messaged me during the week saying that I had been nominated for an award at our local film festival which had been running all week. My film that had been nominated was one of my old student films which I directed, wrote and produced by myself so I was very chuffed. I didn’t end up winning but it felt very cool going up to the ticket-man and saying that I was a nominee so I didn’t need to buy a ticket. Living the high life. I was truly honoured and it left me with the need to produce another film.

4. Applied for my provisional license.

Yes, you heard it here first, folks. Your girl is becoming an adult. I’ve been meaning to take driving lessons for a number of years now but whenever anyone asked me, I always replied that I didn’t want to try until I was completely ready. By nature, I’m quite anxious and I was scared that if I pushed myself into driving too soon, it would end up in a load of wasted money. But now, the longer that I get the bus to work, the more I insist to myself that I should be driving a car of my own. It would make life a lot easier for both myself and those around me so I’m incredibly excited about that.

5. Watched Hook.

By far the laziest thing that I did this weekend. But I enjoyed it so much so it needed its own mention here. I’m pretty sure anyone and everyone has seen this film, it’s an absolute classic. And if you haven’t – you need to ASAP! Watching it for the first time in a long while meant that I could appreciate the screenwriting, the adult humour and the fact that I miss Robin Williams all the more. I’ve been a little obsessed with watching his films at the moment and ‘thank you for believing’ (one of his final lines in the film) made me emotional. I wish he had believed in himself a lot more.

What did you guys get up to this weekend? Do you like these posts where I just tell you what I’m up to?

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to know about Flatliners (2017.)

Do you ever get that weird adrenaline after watching a trailer? Like you need to talk about it immediately and your fingers are twitchy and your nerves are all on edge? That’s what I felt watching this trailer (watch here) and I can’t really pinpoint why. I always love psychological thrillers, I love things that unnerve me – even though I hate horrors. But this film looks like it could either be one to remember or one to file away along with the others that had a promising trailer where the film couldn’t deliver.

So, let’s get to it.

  1. It’s not a remake.

A big critique that I saw of this film is that it’s a remake. This isn’t actually the case – it’s a sequel. The Kiefer Sutherland film was released in 1990 and a lot of the comments on Youtube were disgruntled 90’s film fans groaning about yet another remake. But, if rumours are to be believed Kiefer Sutherland is going to be reprising his role within the film. How this will work is yet to be seen.

2. The concept is terrifying.

As a woman of faith, I know what I believe about the afterlife. But the thought of scientists getting together and literally putting their lives into each other’s hands is fascinating to me. As well as terrifying. It looks like it’s going to be nail-biting with a lot of will-she, won’t-he moments that are going to leave us on the edge of our seats.

3. Nina Dobrev branches out.

I might be completely wrong but I haven’t seen Nina in much aside from the Vampire Diaries and I’m excited to see what she will do with the role and how she’ll make it her own. I always love watching actors break away from their known franchises (Daniel Radcliffe, Zac Efron, Dylan O’Brien, etc.) but I think she’ll be particularly interesting to see as she is by far one of the best actresses on the Vampire Diaries. I believe her film career could go far without Ian Somer-holding her back.

4. The music is still in my dang head.

That really annoying flatline-sound-singing is still in my head and I turned the trailer off about half an hour ago. It was the only thing I didn’t like about the trailer and it’s a silly thing to annoy me but here I am, seething and thinking of a way to get it out.

5. I love the use of unknown actors.

Don’t get me wrong with my use of the word ‘unknown’. They might all be in a lot of films that I just haven’t seen but the point I’m trying to make is that there isn’t a Jennifer Lawrence nor a Chris Pratt to be seen in this film and I really like that. It makes the film feel more secular and indie. Which gives it its own charm, in a way. I don’t know – I’m weird like that.

What did you guys think of the film? Will you be going to see it?

Morgie out.

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Five things you need to know about La La Land (2017.) 

Now, I know this is a rather late review. But I wanted to hold back any thoughts that I had about this Marmite film until I saw it again. I had been excited for the film when it was announced that it was going to be released as I love musicals. Whether in film or theatre, I think they’re such a beautiful genre that is underrated. But I have mixed thoughts about La La Land.

Let’s get down to it.

  1. It is certainly one of a kind.

I can honestly say, for every pro and every con, it certainly is one of a kind in that I haven’t seen a film like it before. Yes, musicals are everywhere and they’ve been done in most settings (anyone seen the Camelot musical? That’s enough to put people off musicals for life). But the beauty of La La Land is that it obviously has musical qualities but it also has those that remind me of a silent movie. Emma Stone’s character talks about how she loved watching old movies with her aunt and there are definite glimmers of old cinematic techniques within the film. The way in which the leads fall in love, the way they talk to each other does make you think of times before this modern world of Tinder and speed dating.

2. John Legend is a legend.

My favourite part of this entire experience was the fact that John Legend was in it. I love John Legend and his music and I had a little fangirl moment when he came on screen. He acted effortlessly, made you believe his slightly dubious character of Sebastian’s ex-business-partner and the song Start a Fire that he sings in the film is so catchy!

3. It 100% deserved the Oscar win for cinematography.

I have very mixed, mainly negative views about this film but the one thing that I definitely can’t fault it for is the cinematography. The use of colours, editing and clever filming techniques all bring it together to make it a visual masterpiece. Especially the scene where Sebastian and Mia literally dance in the stars. It combines the magic of theatre and the beauty of special effects to make something stunning to watch.

4. It 100% didn’t deserve the Oscar win for screenplay.

While it’s visually stunning, the screenplay and plot is extremely lacklustre. Aside from the fact that they sing every now and then, there’s nothing special about the plot. Girl has dream, boy has dream, girl and boy fall in love, girl and boy break up and fulfil their dreams by themselves. It’s pretty much any other romantic film you’ve seen – with the added song.

5. It’s nothing special.

Honestly, obviously this is my own opinion. But I didn’t understand the fuss that this film got. I could see the good, but I could see the bad. I could see that it was visually beautiful but the acting was average, the script was average and although the songs are catchy – they weren’t awe-inspiring. Especially as the main song they kept going back to City of Stars was extremely dull.

What did you guys think of it? Am I being too critical?

Morgie out.

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Five healthy, cheap meals. 

Hey guys! Now, I know this isn’t one of my normal posts but another one of my passions aside from film and fashion is food. I love food, I could eat all the time if I had the chance to. But one thing that I’ve always been proud of is that my diet at dinner time (every other meal is thrown to the wind) has always been well-balanced. So, with summer approaching – let’s talk about what meals are best for this season!

  1. Spaghetti Bolognese.

I know, I know. Not exactly groundbreaking but bolognese will always be my top favourite meal. I love cooking it, I love eating it, I love the smell. And it’s so quick and easy to make! My friend once described it as a the cheat-meal because it looks like a lot of preparation went into it but realistically, it takes about fifteen minutes. Everyone has their own preference on what to add but I like to have carrots, courgettes and red onion in mine. Once you’ve fried everything together, place the mince (or Quorn) down into the pan and season with olive oil and herbs of your choice. I always go wild with this, you can never over-season. Then, add the ragu of your choice. Even though buying a jar of this might seem lazy or expensive, once you get down to what it costs to keep buying fresh ingredients for the sauce – it amounts to about the same. This is where I add ketchup and red wine. Leave to simmer for about half an hour before you cook the pasta of your choice. Then, you’re done!

2. Tuna stirfry.

Another simple and totally easy meal. If you don’t like tuna, you can always replace this with chicken or Quorn (btw, this isn’t sponsored by Quorn!) and make adjustments as needed. Most supermarkets have easy packs of stirfry which you can just throw into a wok. I always chop up two red onions, throw that in with some sunflower oil and fry them in chilli powder. I then add the stirfry veg (if you want to, add some extra babycorn for some added crunch) and wait until that’s softened. I then add some egg noodles and stir it all in together. There’s a lot of stirring in this dish as the title would suggest. I then add a tin of tuna and smother it in chilli sauce. Chilli is obviously optional if you’re not partial to it. If you want, make some rice, too and then serve once everything is nicely cooked together!

3. BBQ and salad.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a BBQ at summer? If you’re not about the life of cleaning an oven or grill afterwards (trust me, I’m certainly not) then buy a disposable BBQ. If you go to the right place, they won’t be that much money and you can throw them away as soon as you’re done. They create a lot of smoke, though, so be mindful of that. Buy some burgers, sausages, whatever you fancy and cook on the BBQ as normal. But the side-salad is vital in this meal. Buy some sweet, crunchy lettuce. Add some carrot sticks, celery sticks and dip. You can make the dip yourself or buy it, it’s up to you. One thing that I always think goes well with BBQ is sweet potato fries. They’re simple enough to make or you can buy them. And of course, BBQ’s are always best shared with friends.

4.  Fishcakes and roasted sweet potatoes.

Yes, sweet potatoes are definitely a theme in this post. But fishcakes are so simple and easy to make – and they taste delicious. Cook up some potatoes, mash them once they’re ready and put the mash into a clear glass bowl. Mix together with tuna and spring onion, salt and pepper. Once the mixture has cooled, pull enough out with your hands to make one fish cake. Add some semilina or breadcrumbs and knead it together in your hands until it’s all shaped together. Continue and fry in a pan and some oil. Serve with roasted sweet potatoes – go crazy with the seasoning on these bad boys.

5. Butter bean bake.

A bake sounds way too hot for summer, I know. But this combination is perfect for a meal outside in your garden and is also easy to make. Fry together some onions, carrots, celery and butter beans. Once ready, add tinned chopped tomatoes. Put in a dish that you can put in the oven and cover with breadcrumbs and cheese, if that’s your choice. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes – half an hour and serve with salad.

There you have it! I’m nowhere near a cook, but I do love these meals.

What’s your favourite meal to eat in summer?

Morgie out.

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Five things I bought from Romwe for £50.

Surprise, surprise. Another haul straight after payday. I thought I was going to be good this month and not buy anything but then Romwe got me good and proper. I was on there looking for a dress for my friend’s wedding which is coming up in two weeks time but ended up stumbling across a few things that I wanted. I ended up with about ten tabs open but decided that my bank account would hate me if I bought everything. #notspons. #wishitwas.

So, here goes! The first time you order with Romwe, you get 60% off so that’s how I got everything so cheap.

  1. Boat Neckline Tie Detail Top with Denim Skirt, £14.27.

Romwe does something which I don’t think I’ve ever seen a retailer do in that they sell full outfits as part of their products. I saw this and thought that it surely wasn’t true and that you only got the top or only got the skirt but I was wrong – you get the whole package. With summer fast approaching (although it is hammering down with rain as I write this) I thought this would be the perfect look. Also, I love red. Best colour. Ever.

2. Khaki Corduroy Overall Dress with Pocket, £6.34.

As you may have guessed from my boohoo haul, I love these overall dresses. They go with so much and add just a little bit of style to the outfit, no matter what you’re wearing underneath. I also have fallen in love with this colour, even if it is more of an autumnal colour than summer – this will still look cute with a vest and sandals.

3. Black Flower Embroidered Velvet Cami Dress, £10.30.

This is the dress that I bought for the evening do at my friend’s wedding. I initially wanted it for the actual ceremony itself but my sister reminded me that it looked more like a dress you would wear to a funeral than a wedding. So I went with the lighter option below but I still love this dress. It’s fitted, it’s stylish and I’ve wanted something with embroidered roses on it ever since the trend started.

4. Red V Neck Ruffle Sleeve Self-Tie Dress, £12.68.

This is the dress that I’ve settled on for the wedding. The girl who is  getting married is one of my closest friends so I am quite excited for her wedding – and I wanted to look the part. But I’m not kidding when I say I’ve been looking for a dress for months! I have tried on so many, I feel like I’m the one getting married! I’m not really a dress-y person in terms of events. I’d normally go for an overall dress and a nice shirt or something paired with a skirt so I am a bit of a novice at dress shopping. But I think this one is perfect and I can’t wait to wear it.

5. Choker V-Cut Tiger Print Tee Dress, £7.13.

Last but certainly not least – this dress. Similarly to the embroidered rose trend, I’ve wanted one of these choker tops since they started popping up all over the place. However, I didn’t like most of the ones that I saw as they had skulls or dodgy bands on them and I’m not about that life. But I love tigers and this one is perfect! It reminds me of a jumper that I used to have when I was doing my GCSE’s which had an obnoxiously big tiger face on it. Loved it. The pop of colour is gorgeous, too.

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So, there you have it! I’ll let you know how these clothes fit as I’ve never personally ordered anything from Romwe before. My mum bought me a dinosaur jumper from there once but I’ve never worn dresses from there – so we will have to see!

What was your favourite purchase? Would you buy any of these things? Let me know in the comments below.

Morgie out.

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Five reasons to vote in the Election. 

I know, I know. I bet you guys are fed up of seeing political posts everywhere. And normally, I wouldn’t drag this sort of thing onto my blog but for the first time since I’ve been able to vote, I’ve been feeling really strongly towards letting my voice be heard. I’m not going to make this a biased thing, I’m not going to tell you guys what party I’m voting for or say any parties that I disagree with.

I’m just going to give you reasons to vote. It takes a few moments, but it could make a big difference in our country. Obviously, I’m talking about my UK followers right now but this stands for all votes.

  1. It’s a chance to use your voice and your freedom of speech. We are all bloggers here. Opinions are literally our M.O. We need to let our voice be heard in however we can. Even if it’s a pencil scratch upon a ballot.
  2. There’s no harm in trying. If you guys feel strongly against one party, if said party wins and you didn’t put in a vote – it might be something that you’ll regret.
  3. For my gals – women fought so hard for us to get a vote. They’d be turning in their graves if we didn’t use our golden opportunity!
  4. For my fellow young’uns – this is our time. This is our time to let our voice be heard and not have the older generation have the general opinion (which I’m sure you guys have heard going around) that we are disinterested in the state of our country. It may sound harsh, but it isn’t the older generation that will have to face the decisions made today. It’s us. It’s our children.
  5. Finally, one vote CAN make all the difference. If one thousand people thought ‘well, my one vote won’t count’ then that could turn the tables dramatically.

I’m obviously not going to force you – but it’s something so important.

Think wisely.

Morgie out.

 

Five favourites from May.

Friday! How has everyone’s week’s been? I can’t believe that May is already over and we are coming up to summer so quick. I suppose a lot of you are preparing for exams and revising a tonne, too. Or perhaps you’re planning your holidays in the sunshine! Unless of course, you live in Britain – then you’re planning on duvet days in the summer rain.

But I’ve really enjoyed May. Even if it has been ridiculously quick. And these are the things that I have enjoyed most:

  1. Topshop Midi Rings, various prices.

I have been OBSESSED with midi rings. The ones below aren’t the ones I got because they were on sale and I couldn’t find them but they’re the most similar ones that I could find. I have literally worn them every day and I’ve always been self conscious about my hands so this dresses them up just enough.

2. Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in Timelessfeelunique, £4.40

Okay, this is an oldie but a goodie. I have been loving this lipstick because it is so creamy and looks so pretty. I used to wear nothing but darker shades – even went as far as black last year – but now, I stick to neutrals more often than not. And this is perfect for it.

3. Pretty Little Liars, Netflix.

I’ve mentioned a few times about this show but it absolutely belongs on this list. I tried to watch it a few months ago and couldn’t get into it but then I finished Scream and Thirteen Reasons Why and was desperate for a new show. This is when PLL came in. I am already quite far into Series 1 and I’ve also bought the first book. The suspense, the witty lines and the clever plot has me clicking ‘next episode’ each time. Highly recommend it so far.

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4. Menthol steam room – most spas.

Okay, this isn’t one that I can necessarily link you guys to but I am 100% a supporter of menthol steam rooms. We went on a spa day for my sister’s birthday and there was a menthol steam room there. Ever since then, my skin has been so much clearer and I do put it down to that. I know not everyone can get to a spa day whenever they need one (which would be daily if it was my choice!) but I highly recommend it.

5. WordPress!

Yes, WordPress! I have enjoyed writing up my posts and interacting with you guys so much this month. Meeting new people through Community Pool, reading all of your amazing posts and talking to you on the comments on my blog posts. I can’t wait to see where this blog goes and I am just so thankful to all of you for your love and support.

God bless.

Morgie out.

Five things you need to get Michael Jackson’s wardrobe.

Hey guys! How’s your week going? I have been obsessed with doing these style steals and also ever since I went to see King of Pop, I have been obsessed with Michael Jackson again.

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So! I thought I would do a feminised version of the King of Pop’s style. I always admired him for wearing the most ridiculous things and still managing to look cool in them. Obviously, these aren’t direct imitations of his outfits but they are inspired by his fashion.

Let’s get down to it:

  1. Red Ripped Tori Mom Jeans, New Look, £14.

Red jeans/trousers are a total must have for MJ. They are ideally high-waisted and paired with some white socks higher than the ankles. Even though it might look a bit weird, you need to be willing to do that to mimic Jackson’s style! The distressed style of these jeans is also perfect for the rock look.

2. Red Fitted Padded Gilet, New Look, £18.

Red is the go-to colour for MJ. He wears sit with blue and white and black a lot but obviously, we are all reminded of his bright red leather jumpsuit in Thriller. This is something that would catch a lot of eyes so a gilet is perfect for a watered down version of this look.

3. Motel White Sequin Mini Skirt, New Look, £11.

If you want more of an ‘inspired’ look rather than a direct copy, then this is probably the more casual of all of the looks. It could be paired with a lot but sequins and glitter are a must-have for the King of Pop.

4. Anita and Green White Studded Leather Jacket, New Look, £15.

I bet you guys thought I was going to do this entire post without a leather jacket but so did I! I couldn’t find one that screamed Michael Jackson until I saw this one. The mixture of the pure white leather and the studs is perfect – especially if you buy it over-sized as Michael always covered himself in baggy clothes.

5. Petite Bright Pink Eyelet Tie Waist Tapered Trousers, New Look, £12.

I liked these more because of the fit for them rather than the colour because I didn’t picture Michael wearing lots of pink then Google proved me wrong. These are darker than the ones in the photo but they are above the ankles as most of Michael’s trousers are.

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So there you have it! Did you like this style-steal? Let me know in the comments!

Morgie out.

Five books I bought in May.

The past few years have been my best years for finding books that I like. I read all of the remaining A Song of Ice and Fire books – I had only read up to the third one – I read all of the Mara Dyer series, Gone Girl, Still Alice and Room. Gone Girl topped the lot for me. The prose and the mystery, the characters and the use of unreliable narrator made me compelled to read it as quick as I could. But ever since then, I’ve really hit a stumbling block of finding a book to top it. Which is why I had a spending spree on Amazon and bought five books.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, £5.59.

If you guys haven’t heard about this show, I can only imagine that you’ve been in some sort of no-internet zone as everyone and their Mother has been discussing it. You can find my thoughts on it here. Even though I don’t agree with a lot of the plot-points, I heard that the book was quite different. This is the one that I’m currently reading and I am enjoying it (if that’s even the right word) but the hopping narrative voice between Clay and Hannah is somewhat confusing.

The plot centres around Clay Jensen who finds himself holding the last words of his friend and crush, Hannah Baker, in the palm of his hand. Literally. She recorded every reason why she sadly killed herself onto a set of cassette tapes and left them for her friends to hear and to find out if they, too, are a cause to her untimely death.

2. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, £6.99.

I’ll be honest in saying that I didn’t even read the blurb for this book. I just saw the author’s name and added it to my basket straight away.  Gillian Flynn is the author of Gone Girl and has such a vivid style to her prose that I was automatically sold. I would recommend her books to anyone who enjoys crisp, clean writing.

The narrative, much like Gone Girl is quite dark in the fact that it addresses themes such as obsession, murder and child arrests. If you like a good mystery, Gillian Flynn knows how to craft words and leave her audience in awe of her brilliant plot twists.

3. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver, £5.59.

I’ve seen the film adaptation of this book but I haven’t read it yet. However, if it is anything like the film, I know that it will end up with me crying into the pages. I love tear jerkers – everything feels all the more powerful when printed on paper. Like poetry, and blog posts.

The story involves a girl who gets the opportunity to relive her last day – and make better use of it than she would have if she didn’t know the truth.

4. Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard, £5.59.

As I mentioned in my Kala style steal, I have recently started watching Pretty Little Liars. I did start it last year but opted to watch MTV’s Scream instead as I didn’t find myself invested in the characters. Aside from finding out who A is, I didn’t feel any need to watch the show. But then, I gave it a second chance and it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

After the death of their best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, a group of teenage girls are haunted by threatening texts from a mysterious who promises that they can air all of their dirty little secrets.

5. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon, £3.85.

This is my cheapest book in this haul but the one that I am most excited for. The film is being released this year which is why it was suggested to me in popular fiction. Again, another tearjerker by the looks of it and one that I can’t wait to read.

The story focuses on a young girl who is housebound due to her illness. Her house is designed to ensure that no harmful toxins can enter the young girl’s body, keeping her from the rest of the world. But when she catches the eye of her neighbour, everything changes.

That was a long post! But I am so excited to get my bookworm brain going again. I’ve almost finished Thirteen Reasons Why and am excited to try the next books!

What are you guys reading at the moment?

Morgie out.

Five things you need to get Kala’s wardrobe (Sense8.)

Coming back to you with a style steal post that is slightly different for me because I have never seen Sense8 before! It’s one of the shows on my list (which is longer than I am) for me to watch. I’m currently watching Pretty Little Liars but I might have to take on this show, too, as I’ve heard great things about it. This was actually a request from https://okaaythen.com/ who is an amazing, supportive writer and you should all check out her site.

Let’s get down to it!

  1. Multi Coloured Layered Feather and Cresent NecklaceNew Look, £4.50.

As I said earlier, I haven’t actually watched this show so I have googled Kala’s style as much as I can and one thing I noticed was her love of long necklaces and accessories. I’m really bad at accessorising. I always have my cross necklace on but anything other than that is only really for special occasions. But this necklace is so gorgeous and I love the layers of it so that it draws more attention to it than a single necklace.

2. Petite Black Floral Embroidered T-Shirt, New Look, £12.

There is one theme that I didn’t need to be a genius to spot with Kala – that girl loves floral. This shirt might be a little dark in comparison to the bright colours that she wears but I thought that the intricate pattern of it would be something that Kala would appreciate.

3. Motel Pink Patchwork Print Short Sleeve DressNew Look, £15.

I think this might be a little bit too short for Kala but paired with some wedge heels and denim shorts, this dress would be perfect for her look. It’s bright, it’s floral and super, super cute.

4. Motel Black Floral Print DressNew Look, £11.

Yellow is a staple colour in Kala’s style. She loves rocking vibrant colours and with her beautiful skin tone, everything looks amazing on her. This dress would be perfect if you’re not confident enough to wear just a completely yellow outfit – the pop of colour is enough.

5. Mid Pink Cuff Sleeve ShirtNew Look, £9.

This is more of an ‘I think she would wear this’ than ‘she would definitely wear this’. When I saw it, I could see her in it and thought that the muted pink was such a pretty colour and the fabric was also very stylish which is what she always aims to be.

So, there you have it! I really enjoy doing these style steals so if you have anyone that you would like me to style steal (character, celebrity, etc.) then please comment below and I will have a go!

Morgie out.

Five things you need to get Hannah Baker’s wardrobe.

As you guys seemed to like my Hayley Williams’ wardrobe post, I thought I’d continue it with the beautiful Hannah Baker from Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix. All of these products are from select as I looked around my other usual haunts but I couldn’t see anything that screamed Hannah. But then I went to select and found all of these products on the first page of the sale. #notspons.

Let’s get down to it!

  1. Green Brushed Check Shirt£7.99 

Hannah’s usual go-to is checked shirts with a graphic tee underneath or a floral. It’s all about layers with this girl so getting a checked shirt is the first essential you need for Hannah’s style. Green is also one of her go-to colours and looks beautiful with any hair colour.

2. Multi Button Floral Tea Dress, £7.99 

This is for one of her more formal looks, when she’s been to parties etc. Tea dresses always create and shape such a beautiful figure on whoever wears them and floral is another one of Hannah’s go-tos. Paired with a boyfriend cardigan and some Chelsea boots, this would be a complete look.

3. Black Rose Print Crochet Tea Dress£7.99. 

This is quite similar to the above dress but it has another one of Hannahs’ favourites – crochet! This is such a cute dress and would be perfect for casual or formal wear.

4. Coral Crochet Front Viscose Cami, £5.99

This is slightly more ambitious with the colour but it is still beautiful. Definitely more of a casual look but paired with skinny jeans (like the ones below, perhaps), this would be a eye-catching spring look that would definitely be worn by Hannah.

5. Bengaline Skinny Fit Trouser, £5.99.

Khaki is definitely an essential for a Hannah Baker look and it would go well with pretty much anything. I’ve bought some of these skinny trousers myself and they are so perfect. They’re well fitted, long-lasting and such good quality for the price.

So, there you have it! Hannah Baker’s look for a super cheap price. Other essentials you need for Hannah’s look are beanies and denim jackets – she wears them pretty much every episode. If you haven’t seen this show yet then see my link at the top with my review which may help aid your decision.

Comment below who you would like me to style-steal next!

Morgie out.

Five things you need to know about 13 Reasons Why (2017.) Trigger warning & spoilers ahead.

Whether positively or negatively, a lot of people have been talking about this Netflix original show. It’s been banned in some states, has concerned psychologists and has made its mark as a Netflix hit.

The story involves a girl who recorded tapes of thirteen reasons why she killed herself and leaves them behind for her fellow classmates and friends to know the real reasons. Obviously, the show concerns a lot of triggering topics and has greatly disturbed and moved a number of the people who have watched it.

So, what do you need to know?

  1. She definitely commits suicide.
  2. It’s as gritty and real as a teen drama can get.
  3. The characters are deeply developed.
  4. It’s not to be binged.
  5. It’s not to be watched by people who are facing similar issues.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Hannah Baker definitely commits suicide.

When I saw the trailer for the first time, I was certain that it was going to turn out that Hannah was still alive. According to the author of the book that inspired the series (which I have ordered on Amazon and will also be doing a review of when I’ve read it), he was originally going to have Hannah’s suicide attempt fail and she was going to survive. However, he felt that with the subject topic being so sensitive, he didn’t want to do that as it would upset many who had experienced it or who had lost someone to suicide.

Not that the rest of the show presents suicide nor mental health accurately.

2. It’s dark.

Harrowing is the only way that I can describe this show. Once I finished it, I felt physically sick and found that I couldn’t sleep. It brought back a lot of memories for me because of how open they were talking about teenage mental health. However, one of its many criticisms is that it doesn’t really discuss mental health. All of the things that possess Hannah to eventually and sadly take her own life are events that happen to her. To decide to take this drastic measure does imply that Hannah had a previous or underlying condition but the show never addresses it.

Another one of its darker themes is rape. I’m not going to spoil anything in case you do want to watch it but I think it’s something that needs to be forewarned to anyone watching it. Netflix did put a warning at the beginning of each episode when there was something disturbing (aka every episode) but they didn’t fully warn just how graphically both the suicide scenes and the sexual assault scenes were portrayed.

3. That character development though.

However much I wouldn’t want to watch this show again due to the nature of it, I still found myself falling in love with a lot of the characters. They were so different and three dimensional and (aside from Hannah) far from the YA fiction characters that you see. There was no sign of an Augustus Waters with a cliched cigarette hanging out of his mouth. All of them were believable.

Especially the lead, Clay Jensen. He was beautifully portrayed by Dylan Minnette who I feel will have a blossoming career after his spectacular performance in this. Clay was believable, lovable and you found yourself wanting to fix everything for him at more points than one. But the frustrating part of the entire series (and perhaps, one of its niches) was that you knew inevitably how the story was going to end.

4. It’s not to be binged.

I know a lot of people who did binge watch this series but I wouldn’t personally recommend it. I found myself spreading it over a month or two as I found it very emotionally draining to watch. It has affected a lot of people in their real lives which is why I think anyone who watches it should approach the show with caution.

Which leads me onto my next point.

5.   It’s not an ‘everyone must see!’ show.

13RW has been greatly criticised in the media for triggering young people into self-harming etc due to the graphic nature of the scenes. While I would normally say that it’s the media dramatising things, this time – I agree. I think the way they have so boldly discussed and portrayed these issues is both commendable and damnable. Commendable because the subject of teen suicide is something people steer away from because it makes them uncomfortable – but it is a very real issue that needs to not be shied away from. Our teens need help and to make their feelings ‘taboo’ because they aren’t talked about isn’t helping. Damnable because they implied that Hannah wouldn’t get any help from the people around her, thus implying to the audience that if they are facing similar issues – they, too, won’t receive any help.

This totally isn’t the case. There are always people to talk to, always people around that will help and most importantly, always hope.

I’ll have a brighter post next time.

Morgie out.

http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you

Five things you need from NYX Cosmetics.

If you’ve read any of my beauty/style posts recently, then you’ve probably gathered that I am a huge fan of NYX Cosmetics. I think they’re good quality for good prices and I would definitely say they are my favourite brand. I’m not keen on their lip liners because I think they’re too creamy and don’t line your lips as crisply as I would like but that’s the only bad experience I have had with this brand. #notspons.

So, let’s get down to the five things I can’t do my makeup without:

  1. Pro Pore Filler, £11.

This is hands down the best primer that I’ve ever used. So much so that I’m currently out of it because of how much I loved it, I use it every day. The texture of it is so… strange? But it feels so good on your face and really does do the trick. I struggle with open pores around my nose and forehead specifically so this has been a life saver but I use it all over my face, usually. It makes your foundation apply so much more smoothly, too, and leaves your face feeling smooth all day.

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2. Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam£8

Obviously, you can adjust the shade to your skin tone but I love the pinky-pearly look that Gleam offers. This is my favourite highlighter of all time. I’m incredibly pale as I’m a natural ginger so I  really struggle to find highlighters that show up on me. The normal golden powder highlighters don’t ever show up on me but this one did straight away. It’s cool to the touch, too, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and clean.

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3. Cheek Contour Duo Palette£8. 

This is another one that I wouldn’t be able to live without. When you’re pale like me, just a dash of colour like this contour/blush duo can make all the difference to the look. If you’re doing a more intense glam look as well, you can use a heavier hand and bake with translucent powder beneath to get a cheekbone line that could kill a man. (Also, can we talk about the packaging? Beaut. )

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4. Lingerie Lipstick£7. 

I love all of these shades as I always go for cool toned lipsticks and these are all perfect. If you like liquid lipsticks, these are definitely the ones for you. They also don’t dry out your lips as much as I’ve found other liquid lipsticks do – the application is easy, smooth and the formula is soft. My personal favourite is Cabaret Show.

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5. Matte Makeup Setting Spray£7. 

Finally, my absolute favourite. I’ve never seen the need for a setting spray before until I used this. It makes your makeup last all day and leaves it with a matte finish. I’ve found that it makes my eyeshadow last longer, too, even if I don’t use an eyeshadow primer beneath. It’s perfect for those long days at work and leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed, just like the illuminator above. They also do a Dewy finish setting spray if you have a different skin type to me.

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So, there you have it. I had someone comment on my April Favourites and ask for my favourite NYX product. Are they the same as yours? Or do you not like NYX? Let me know in the comments below!

Morgie out.

Five things I’ve loved in April.

We’re at May! How did we get almost half way through the year already? It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating Christmas and New Year. So far, 2017 has been up and down for me but I really enjoyed these things this month:

  1. BEAUTY – NYX Colour Correcting Palette, £10.50 
  2. SHOWS – 13 Reasons Why, Netflix. 
  3. MOVIES – The Butterfly Effect, Ashton Kutcher. 
  4. CLOTHES – boohoo.com haul.
  5. MUSIC – Start of Time, Gabrielle Aplin. 

Now, I’m not going to break it down as I normally would as I feel 13 Reasons Why and The Butterfly Effect deserve reviews all of their own. Also, I haven’t finished the series yet because I’m finding it really hard to binge watch due to the nature of the programme. Which is weird, I’ve never had a show affect me like that before but this did it. I’m planning to finish the show this week so stay tuned!

  1. Nyx Colour Correcting Palette.

I’ve been suffering with redness around my cheeks and my forehead especially a lot recently. I think it’s due to the awfully dry air conditioning in my office (and also the fact that I haven’t been keeping the best eye on my diet, whoops!). Also, my eyes have been carrying bags full of the entirety of Sainsbury’s. They’re so dark, it’s crazy. So, when my sister bought this for me as an Easter present, I was so excited to try it.

The yellow is for dark circles, green for red areas, purple for yellow-y patches in the skin, pink for brightening dull skill and the lower levels are contour/concealer shades. The consistency is creamy and it blends in really well. I’ve always found colour concealing products hard to use but I give this a 10/10.

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4. boohoo.com haul!

Okay, so I always set myself a budget per pay cheque for clothes which usually lands me in the sales section of a lot of the different outlets that I turn to. boohoo.com is one of my favourite places to shop as I think the prices are affordable and the designs are so cute and wearable most of the time. So, this is what I bought below and all for under £24. Also, this post isn’t sponsored – I just love boohoo.

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Rima 2 in 1 Cami with High Neck Slip Dress, £7.00. I have been wanting one of these dresses for ages and I’m not sure if I’m going to like it or not because of the almost turtleneck shirt beneath but I’m excited to try it on and match it with some combat boots. There’s still a lot in stock from sizes 8-14 so you should still be able to get one of your own if you match those sizes!

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Diana Striped Asymmetric Jumper, £5.00. To be honest, this is quite a basic jumper but for the price, I thought you can never have too many jumpers! Especially stripey ones. I loved the neckline, too, as I like a looser neck. I’m a little concerned that it might be a bit itchy but hopefully not. They have them in stock in S M & L so grab one yourself!

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Harriet Mixed Ribbed Waistcoat, £5.00. This isn’t a normal purchase of mine but I thought with the summer months approaching, this would be a good addition to add just that little bit of warmth around the chest and back to the rest of the outfit. It allso automatically adds edge to any outfit. They have this in Camel colour as well which would look good with the right complexion.

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Alex Button Front Suede Skirt, £7.00. Who doesn’t love a suede skirt? The only thing that’s putting me off is the large buckle in the front but I don’t think it’ll change my opinion of it too much. This purchase was actually inspired by Saf on Youtube as I see her wearing them quite a lot in her videos and they go with a lot.

5. Start of Time, Gabrielle Aplin.

This is an oldie(ish) but a goodie! I’ve never really listened to the lyrics before but I rediscovered this song and Gabrielle recently with I Miss You and decided to have a good listen. Here are my favourite lyrics:

I’m an atom in a sea of nothing
Looking for another to combine

This just speaks to me so much. I love it, so beautiful and simple. Give it a listen if you haven’t already.

Tell me some of your favourites and if you bought any of the same things!

Morgie out.

Five things you need to get that Hayley Williams wardrobe #aesthetic.

With the release of ‘Hard Times’, I found myself remembering my love of Paramore this week. I understand why people don’t like the song and I can’t say I had it on repeat but I will always love Hayley Williams’ cute wardrobe. So! Here’s five things I’ve found on sale this week that you can get to dress like the Queen of vocals. (P.S #notspons. )

  1. Slogan Hooded Windbreaker Jacket – Topshop, £40.00 

Much like the scene kid tradition that Hayley has always rocked, she loves wearing bright colours. This bright yellow jacket may be a bit pricey but worth it for the standout style and rainy spring we have ahead of us.

2. Satin Ruffle Shirt Dress – Topshop, £15.00

A bargain at £15, if you ask me. Especially for Topshop. This shirt with its high collar is definitely something I can see Hayley wearing with some printed tights and Doc Martins.

3. Mixed Emotions Ringer Tee – Forever 21, £7.70.

Hayley has always loved her graphic tees and this would be perfect with a choker (as seen worn by the model) and some distressed denim shorts.

Mixed Emotions Ringer Tee

4. Happy Face Graphic Tee – Forever 21, £10.50

This is a little bit more pricey for Forever 21, but it’s more like a jumper than a tee. Damn, Hayley. Back at it again with the graphic tees. I can see this paired with a pinafore dress (as worn by the model) but a simple black dress over the top would compliment this nicely.

Happy Face Graphic Tee

5. Adelynn Ruffle Detail Skirt – boohoo.com, £4.00

Our cheapest and cutest item on this list. For the price, I can’t believe this hasn’t been snatched up already but it’s the perfect Hayley skirt. It could especially work with one of our tees above or like the model, with a bright sweatshirt.

Adelynn Ruffle Detail Skirt

So, there you have it. Do you agree with my list? What did you think of Hard Times? And, would you like me to continue this as a weekly series with other celebrities/characters from TV shows/films?

Comment below and let me know.

Morgie out.

Five things you need to know about Kingsman: Golden Circle (2017.)

I don’t know anyone else’s opinion to this film franchise but it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. I watched the first film as something to do while I was wrapping up presents for my friend’s birthday – and within five minutes, I was hooked. So, to see the trailer for the sequel has my little spy heart pounding.

So, what did we learn?

  1. The HQ is going to blow up.
  2. But Mark Strong will survive.
  3. The Queen aka Julianne Moore is going to star in it.
  4. Channing Tatum is cosplaying Brokeback Mountain.
  5. Colin Firth is back?

Break it down now:

1.  SPOILER ALERT – PLENTY.

As far as trailers go, this one is pretty spoiler heavy. Such as the HQ blowing up, leaving Eggsy and Merlin in cinders (I haven’t mentioned yet how much I love the fact the agents have Arthurian legend names but I really do.) and point five in this post. However, the juxtaposition of the explosion and My Way by Frank Sinatra really drew me in and made me emotional within the first ten seconds.

2. Merlin returns.

I love Mark Strong. That’s all that needs to be said. They couldn’t do a sequel without him.

3. Give us Mo(o)re Julianne.

After seeing her performances in Still Alice and The Hunger Games, I have become a super-fan of Julianne. She is enigmatic, controls the screen and I’m so excited to see what she will bring to this story. I’ve yet to look too much into the plot as I want everything to be fresh when I go to see it in the cinema but I can’t wait to see whether she’ll be a villain or a hero. Also, if anyone has any suggestions for your favourite films with Julianne in, please comment and let me know.

4. Channing Tatum as a spy-cowboy?

What more could you want? I’ve never understood much of the hype about him but I am interested to see if he will prove me wrong.

5. SPOILER ALERT AGAIN – Colin is returning.

I don’t really understand why they put this in the trailer as Harry’s death was one of the most vital parts in the previous film for me. I was so shocked and upset (who likes seeing Colin Firth die?) so to treat his return from the dead in a haphazard manner has me questioning whether it really is Harry at all? Maybe I’m too invested? (Nah.)

What was your favourite part of the trailer? Please comment and let me know.

Morgie out.

Five things you need to know about Beauty and the Beast (2017.)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, I’m sure you’re aware that Disney’s newest blockbuster is the live action edition of Beauty and the Beast. There’s been a bunch of hype around the release of the film for the past two years, with teasers being released every few months, etc.

So what do you need to know?

  1. It forces you to remember that the story is about a beautiful, quirky young girl falling in love with a bull-lion-thing.
  2. There’s a few new songs to flesh it out into a needless two hour long film.
  3. Gaston is darker than in the animation.
  4. Their LGBT representation which was such Big News that it trended for two days lasts all of two seconds.
  5. It’s frustratingly unforgettable.

Let’s break it down:

Number one – Putting the Beast in Beastiality.

There’s a lot of things that we as viewers are willing to forgive and forget, act ignorant towards when it comes to Disney films for at the end of every film, there’s always some moral grounding. Beauty and the Beast’s lesson teaches us that beauty comes from within and we shouldn’t judge books by their fur-laden covers. However, while it’s easy to forget that Belle is falling in love with an animal during the animation due to the dehumanisation of cartoons; it’s all too apparent within this real-life remake. Even more so when Belle at the end when the Beast had transformed into the gorgeous Dan Stevens jests that he should grow a beard to look more like his previous self. I think it was a funny line for all the wrong reasons.

Number two – Quick! More backstory!

As opposed to its animated counterpart, this re-imagination has a whole extra hour of plot to boast. The audience were given an insight into the backstory of pretty much every character that came on screen (with additions of Gaston being a war-hero, the Prince having an abusive father and Belle’s mother dying of the plague.) Although these moments were meant to be poignant and were meant to explain more about the characters’ actions, it left me with a feeling of “…and?” It’s no shock to us as viewers anymore if a Disney character’s parent is dead – that seems to come with the territory. What would have been more of a shock would have been if the Prince’s parents were still in the Castle as a lavatory and a sink or something of the like. However, it all just felt like fluff to keep the story going and to make it a feature-length which was needless when the previous film did all of the groundwork.

I feel as if I’m being very negative which is why I’ll move onto my favourite part of the film – the soundtrack. Although the new songs again didn’t add much to the film apart from a few extra minutes, they were stunning. Alan Menken’s lyrics and score always steals my heart – he could re-write Banana Phone and I’d have it on repeat. With songs such as Days in the Sun and Evermore in addition to the classics such as Be Our Guest and Something There, the soundtrack in my opinion is the film’s strongest asset. Even though I was more than ready to escape the cinema by the time the Beast bursts into his angst song, the lyrics and Dan Steven’s dynamic voice brought a tear to my eye. Or ten.

Number three – No-one shocks like Gaston.

The thing that I’ve always found most interesting about Gaston in the animated feature is that in any other story, he would be the hero. I could write a post entirely of its own on this – the fact that he’s a little dumb (Prince Eric, not recognising Ariel just because she can’t talk but looks EXACTLY the same as the girl he saw only a day before), a little shallow (any Disney prince ever – they rarely fall in love with the princesses for their personality), and a makes him quite like the rest of the Disney heroes that we’ve seen. He’s saving the girl from a monster to his eyes, eager to marry her. So what makes him a villain? The fact that he would go to new lengths to get what he wants – even putting his future father-in-law in an asylum.

Number four – disappointed but not surprised.

I remember when they announced that there was going to be the first LGBT character represented in a Disney film for there was such an incredible amount of controversy and praise for Disney’s decision that I was expecting there to be a whole scene where LeFou comes out to his friends in the tavern or confesses his love of Gaston. However, what literally trended on social media amounted to nothing more than a two second clip of LeFou dancing with a man rather than a woman. Sigh.

Finally, number five – I can’t get this film out of my head.

Even though this review has been more negative than positive, I enjoyed it more than I didn’t. I would definitely watch it again to try and find some of the pieces that I had missed, to enjoy what I was too busy criticising. I think the fatal flaw with this rendition of the film is that the 1991 Beauty and the Beast was already perfect. Yes, we had more backstory. Yes, they filled in a few of the plot-holes. But the phrase “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to a lot of Disney classics and Beauty and the Beast is definitely one of them.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review – please comment if you agreed/disagreed and let me know what you thought! Also let me know if there’s any other films you would be interested in me reviewing as I’m going to post one a week!

Morgie out.

↷ POSTING SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER.

Hey guys! As I said in my last post, I’m going to create a new image for this blog and a new manner in which I post everything. I’m entering into a busy time in my life but I don’t want my blog to suffer for it because I really enjoy writing it and I really enjoy interacting with you guys. So! Please see my schedule below of what I will be posting and when. These are obviously subject to change if I get the urge to write about something that happens. I’m not sure when my Birchbox will arrive, either, so I’ve put a vague guess of when it normally arrives in the month.

I’m posting this because my blog is quite diverse so you guys can know when to check back in if you’re not interested in fashion or makeup posts or alternatively if you’re not interested in film posts.

11th September – Makeup Monday; Tarte Cosmetics makeup review!

14th September – TV Thursday; Game of Thrones critical review for Ep 1.1.

15th September – Fashion Friday; How to achieve a 90’s inspired wardrobe!

18th September – Makeup Monday; September Birchbox review!

21st September – Tip Tuesday; How to budget in preparation for winter.

25th September – Morgie Monday – The five best things about Autumn.

29th September – Film Friday – The Phantom of the Opera (2004) review.

30th September – Stats Saturday – the stats of this blog for September!

1st October – Schedule Sunday – October’s posting schedule.

I hope you guys are as excited for this change as I am. I think it’ll help me to be able to post content at a rate that I’m happy with while also letting you guys know when things will be coming so that it’s not as haphazard as my posts have been recently.

Lots of love, Morgie. x

P.S. Tomorrow’s post is about Tarte but I have already done a post on Tarte before and let’s just say, I wasn’t a happy bunny! Stay tuned tomorrow to see if my opinion of the brand has changed.

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