My Fangirl Merch!

I’ve always been a fangirl and one of the things that a fangirl does is acquire a decent amount of merchandise. I’m a fan of many different T.V shows, musicians, actors and such. So, I have a fun little collection of merchandise. I decided to share with you guys some of the merch I’ve acquired over the last few years. Obviously, this does not include any of the One Direction merch I got as teenager…because I had a lot. I’ve accumulated these merch items over the last 3 years as I found myself feeling proud of the things I love and wanting to show them off. I did go through a period when I pushed my fangirling and merch wearing instincts down but now I realize it’s a part of who I am and I love it! 

Clueless Graphic Long Sleeve

Who doesn’t love this 90s classic? Clueless is a great movie and I’ve always related to Cher – on some level. I saw this sweater at the Urban Planet in the outlet mall near St. Catherine’s. It was just too cute to pass up!

Jonas Brothers Tie-Dye Shirt

I went to the Jonas Brothers concert in London a few weeks back and I had the best time! It was such a throwback as the last time I’d seen them in concert I was 12 or 14 years old. I spotted this blue tie-dyed shirt at the merch table and knew I needed it. This shirt is super cute tucked into jeans or high waisted shorts. I can’t wait to wear it some more!

Peter Pan Bracelet

Of all the Disney movies, Peter Pan was my favourite growing up. I used to dream about Peter taking me away Neverland. The movie really resonated with me and I’ve always had a love for it. When I saw this bracelet at a cute market in Belfast I just knew I had to get it!

Into the Light Harry Styles Shirt

As a massive Harry Styles fan I always love supporting other fans of his by buying their art and such. I spotted Allyne’s shirts on Twitter and new that I had to get my hands on some. I ended up purchasing three of her shirts but I have to say that the Step Into the Light shirt is my favourite one! Tucking it into my high-waisted black jeans is one of my favourite looks.

Scoops Ahoy Top

Scoops Troop 4ever! As a huge Stranger Things fan I knew I had to get this shirt when I saw it at Urban Behavior. The scoops troop were my favourite team from season 3 of Stranger Things. I just loved watching Steve, Dustin, Erica and Robin interact together, as in opinion, they were the funniest part about season 3. Wearing this shirt is my way of showing my love and support for the show, plus it’s cute!

Clickbait Sweater

I’m not gonna lie, I love watching David Dobrik’s vlogs. They’re just so entertaining! My little brother is a huge fan of his and got me into David’s vlogs. For Christmas 2018 I decided to get my brother the classic red Clickbait hoodie. I also decided to get myself a black Clickbait sweater. It was a great decision because it’s such a comfy sweater and I still wear it today! It’s become one of my favourite loungewear items.

Camp Half-Blood T-Shirt

I ordered this shirt on Etsy and I’m sooo glad I did! The Percy Jackson books were my favourite in elementary and middle school. They recently announced that it was going to be turned into a TV series with Disney+ and I’m so excited to see it! The Percy Jackson books were such a safe haven for me as a kid and I really connected with them, which is why I wanted a Camp Half-Blood shirt. Now, I know that in the books the shirts are orange but that colour is not cute on me so I got it in black instead. If you want a shirt like this I defs recommend you check out the Etsy shop linked above!

If you have any merch that you love please tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to see what you guys are into.

xo
Mellie

April 2020 Monthly Favourites

The end of April marked 5 weeks of being under lockdown. Since I’ve been spending an insane amount of time at home, I really wanted to find things to distract myself and that would keep me busy. It has been a hard month but there have definitely been a few things that kept me happy and positive during these tough times. I have to say, I’m extremely thankful to have Wi-Fi because I truly don’t know what I would’ve done without social media, streaming sites and online shopping!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Throughout March I was hearing a lot about Animal Crossing as everyone was tweeting about it. Eventually I got intrigued and decided to buy it. I had recently purchased a Nintendo Switch Lite so all I needed to get was the game itself. The first few days were a bit slow but once things picked up I was having so much fun. I’m currently enjoy my island time by planting flowers, creating patterns for flooring, creating cute dresses and more. Escaping reality to create and shape my island is a great way to distract yourself. If you’re looking for a fun and easy distraction then I recommend getting Animal Crossing!

Disney+

When Disney+ launched in the UK I was psyched. I love Disney movies and since I’m home all the time now and I’ve watched what feels like everything there is on Netflix, I needed some new content to binge. Straightaway I started watching some of the old Disney movies from my childhood like Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. I also binge watched the Avengers movies (like for the fourth time) which was really fun and took up a good amount of my time.

One of the Disney+ original shows I got into was the High School Musical The Musical: The Series. Although the title is a bit of a mouthful the show is actually not that bad. I’m a huge HSM fan so I was little skeptical at first about this sort of reboot, since I love the original so much! But, the way they made this show was that the characters are participating in their school’s musical which was HSM, since the show is set at East High where the original film was made. It’s a really sweet family/teen show, the characters are likeable and the songs are fun. The main characters Nini and Ricky are just so adorable and I totally got into their love story. If you’re looking for a cute show to watch that’s family friendly and not very serious them definitely check this one out!

FujiFilm instax mini 9

I used to have the OG FujiFilm Instax camera but after 6 years it did break. I decided that during this time in lockdown I wanted to get the newer version which has more features than the original one. I looove this camera and it’s just so fun to use! My flatmates and I had a mini photoshoot one night and the photos turned out to be super cute. I’m also planning on taking a few polaroid’s of my neighbourhood during one of my walks to send with letters to friends and family. This camera has definitely been a positive in my day-to-day during lockdown.

Kiki Chanel (anti-MLM videos)

Have you ever received one of those DMs about being a ‘boss babe’ or ‘starting your own business’? Well if you have, it was probably sent by someone in an MLM. MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing and there are a lot of companies out there who use this model to recruit distributors to sell their products. Some of those companies are Arbonne, Monat and Beach Body. Personally, I’m not a fan of MLM’s as I do find them quite predatory and financially unsafe. Kylie does a great job at exposing a lot of these MLM’s and the people sucked into them. She also educates her viewers on MLM’s which is super important because so many people either don’t know the true damage they can have or they don’t even know about MLM’s.

Missguided Jogger Sets (not pictured)

Of course I had to do some online shopping while being stuck at home. I was actually in need of some new loungewear. I only had one pair of sweatpants and decided that since I’d be at home all the time I could let myself buy some more. A friend told me to check out Missguided and I was happy to see they sold a ton of jogger sets. I ended up purchasing two jogger sets, the Black Cropped Sweatshirt and Joggers Co Ord Set and the Grey Zip Through Sweatshirt And Joggers Co Ord Set The quality was pretty good for an online store, they’re super comfortable to wear and they fit really well. I have really long legs so I was a bit worries about the length of the sweatpants but they actually fit perfectly! The tops are also super cute and I’m now obsessed with the crop top sweater style. I’ve been wearing these sets a ton since getting them and I’m super tempted to buy some more!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

Songs I Loved Listening to in March 2020

Music has a way to unite us and make us feel all sorts of emotions. Especially in the current climate it’s important to find things to love and share with each other. Music is such a huge part of my life and I’m always looking to find new songs and artists to listen to. As an avid Spotify user, the ‘new releases’ and ‘your discover weekly’ playlists are super helpful. So, this week I wanted to share some of my favourite songs from March. I was listening to these songs on repeat and they really helped me stay positive with everything that’s happening in the world.

Definitely give these songs a listen! If you do please comment below which songs you liked and if you have a song to recommend to me then I’d love to hear it!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

My Current Beauty Favourites – March 2020

As an avid makeup lover I can only go so long without wanting to buy and try some new beauty products. I always end up buying more makeup in February as it’s my birthday month. Not gonna lie, I do use that as an excuse to treat myself. So, as per usual I ended up buying a few products that I’d had my eye on for a while. Out of those products here are some that I’ve been using non-stop for the last few weeks!

Dose of Colors – Cold Shoulder (Liquid Matte Lipstick)

I love Dose of Colours’ liquid lipsticks! They’re so comfortable to wear and their colours are always so pigmented. I already had a lovely deep purple liquid lipstick of theirs that I had gotten in a BoxyCharm but I wanted another one. I needed a pinkish mauve colour and luckily I saw that Dose of Colours had a really pretty one. So, I bought Cold Shoulder at an Ulta when I went on a trip to the States. This particular colour is perfect for me, it’s not too dark or too light so you can wear it on a night out or during the day at work (or for a Sunday brunch!). Not only do I love the colour but I love how easy it is to apply. The applicator is soft and fluffy but not too hard to maneuver. This lipstick also stays on for a really long time. You can get away with drinking on a night out and not have to reapply, not even once. So, if you’re looking for the perfect liquid lipstick you should definitely check out Dose of Colours!

Huda Beauty – The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t normally buy Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes due to their price but I really like the colour selection for this one. I needed a total nude palette for a while and this one really spoke to me. I also felt drawn to the metallic shades. I’m actually quite glad I ended up buying this palette. The metallic shades are stunning and look beautiful on the lid. The matte shades are creamy and decently pigmented. It’s not the best palette I’ve ever bought but I do like it and I have been using it a lot, especially for neutral looks. So, if you want to buy one of Huda Beauty’ eyeshadow palette and you’re in need of some nudes then you should pick this palette up. But, you could probably get a palette with similar colours for less expensive at Colourpop.

Morphe Brushes

I genuinely like a lot of Morphe products, their eyeshadow palettes and setting spray are some of my favourite makeup products. I had never purchased any of their brushes before but many of the beauty YouTubers I watch like Morphe brushes. So, since I saw a Morphe store at one of the malls in London, I figured I could buy some and try them out. Plus, it just so happens that I was in need of new blush and bronzer brushes. I ended up buying 4 new brushes, M462, M451, E3 and M448.

These brushes pick up product and apply it really well. They’re super soft and don’t hurt my skin when applying product. Overall they’re really great and I’ll probably buy more of their brushes! If you’re in need for some new makeup brushes I definitely recommend checking out some of Morphe’s brushes.

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit – Ghost

I looove Hourglass and I think their highlighters, blushers and bronzers are stunning. I got this palette for Christmas and I’ve been using it a ton! I rarely use blushes due to my rosacea but these ones are so pretty and glowy that it doesn’t feel like I’m putting a ton of red on my face. The highlighters in this palette are beautiful and creamy. They’re perfect for a natural glow on the cheeks. The one bronzer shade is really pretty when you put it on top of a matte bronzer as it adds dimension and little glow to the face. I also like using the bronzer on its own for natural makeup days to contour a bit. Overall, this is a gorgeous highlight palette and I highly recommend it.

Tati Beauty – Textured Neutrals Vol 1

I don’t usually buy YouTuber products as they can be overpriced and not have the best quality. However, when I saw Tati’s palette and all the amazing reviews it was getting, I knew I had to get my hands on it. The colours were right up my alley and I loved how each row had different finishes. I got it in the mail like 2 weeks ago and I’ve been loving it! The shadows are pigmented, creamy and they blend like a dream. I think this is a great palette for everyone because we can all use the colours Tati chose for the shadows. Even though I do own a lot of eyeshadow palettes I didn’t have one quite like this. I can’t wait to keep playing around with it!

Glossier Products 

Over the last 2 years I’ve heard a lot about Glossier and I’ve contemplated buying some of their products but wanted to test them first. I got pretty lucky because they opened up a pop-up shop in Covent Garden and I was able to go to try on some of their products and buy my favourite ones! I decided to purchase three items that were originally on my list. I got the Generation G lipstick in Jam, the Balm Dot Com in Berry and the Lidstar in Lily. Each product is very minimal and has just enough colour to add some life to your face. I love using them when I’m having a chill day and just need a bit of makeup to go to the grocery store or the cinema. I’ve been using them quite a lot since purchasing the products and I totally love them!

So that’s all for now, I’m glad all I bought these products because I really have been loving them all. If you’ve been thinking about trying them out I say go for it!

Stay rosy,

xo,

Melissa

My Winter Skincare Routine

Hey guys! So, it’s a little cold outside which means that my usual skincare routine is changing a bit. For those of you who don’t know, I have super dry skin. Like dryer than the Sahara desert dry. Plus, I have rosacea so my skin is also sensitive. Basically, when fall comes around my skin starts to get even drier than it is in the summertime, which means that my skincare routine has to get tweaked a little.

Over the years I’ve established a pretty decent fall/winter skincare routine that works to keep my skin hydrated. I figured I’d let you in on what products I use!

The Ordinary – Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

A friend of mine started using some of the products from The Ordinary over the summer. Her positive reviews is what got me into ordering a bunch of their skincare products. In those products was their salicylic acid (add full name). Although, I don’t have constant acne, I do get hormonal acne every month for a few days and it’s always such a struggle to deal with. Since I got this salicylic acid I’ve notice that my acne goes away much quicker than before and sometimes it goes away before even becoming a full on zit. Since it is an acid and I do have dry and sensitive skin, it’s not something I use every night but only during those few days that I can feel my acne coming up or when I wake up with it. I do also love the other products I got from The Ordinary such as their hyaluronic acid, ‘Buffet’ and the moisturizer.

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Like I mentioned above, I have very dry skin! And it gets awful during winter – like flakes off when I put foundation on awful. Thankfully, I found out about this hydrating serum and I find that it really helps. I usually apply it in the morning after using my toner pads but before using my moisturizer. It has a cooling sensation and my skin always feels hydrated and plumped after I use the serum. If you have dry skin like me and are looking for a serum I highly suggested you try this one out!

Tatcha – The Water Cream

Oh my god, I’m truly obsessed with this cream! This moisturizer makes my skin feel so refreshed and extra hydrated! I feel like my skin never flakes off and my makeup always looks better when I use Tatcha’s water cream. It is a bit on the pricey side but I genuinely feel like it’s worth every penny.

First Aid Beauty – Facial Radiance Pads

I got these a few months back by a Sephora employee’s recommendation and I do not regret it! I feel like my skin is smoother and just overall better when I use these toner pads. Also, I feel like they really help with clearing up my skin and getting rid of acne as well as those weird little white bumps I occasionally get. I tend to only use one toner pad every day, in the morning, to not dry out or hurt my sensitive skin.  

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

This is a product that I tend to use 1-2 times a week when my skin is feeling extra dry and dull. After I wash my face and remove my makeup I’ll spread this night mask all over my skin and leave it on overnight. Once applied, the mask has a soothing cooling sensation and it almost feels like you’re putting water on your skin. When I wake up the next morning my skin is brighter and way more hydrated than it was the day before.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for these products my skin would be a total mess. Since I started using them it’s really made a big difference in how my skin looks and feels, plus how I feel about my skin. Feeling good about one’s skin isn’t always easy, especially if you have acne or discolouration or anything that makes affects the way you see yourself. I’ve definitely struggled with my skin and how I feel due to my skin so it’s really nice to be able to look in the mirror with no makeup and not feel awful about how my skin looks. Of course, these products are not the only thing that has helped my skin, a prescription cream to help with my rosacea and bettering my self-esteem has helped a lot too.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

My Monthly Favourites – January 2020 Edition

The first month of 2020 is over!! January has been an interesting month to say the least. I had a few moments were I was quite homesick and depressed. But that was to be expected with the lack of sunlight and me living so far away from my family & friends. But, it really ended on a great note. I’ve made a bunch of new friends, I’ve joined a writing group and I even got a few temp jobs to make some extra cash. Along the way, I’ve found some great things in January which made the month feel brighter.

Louis Tomlinson’s new album Walls

I’m so happy that Louis’ new album is finally out! I’ve been a fan of all the One Direction boys since 2011 so seeing them grow up and put out their solo music has been really emotional for me. I’m very proud of Louis for putting out this album and for him to have found his sound. The songs on the album are all great and I can’t wait to hear them live in March. My personal favourites on the album are Kill My Mind, Habit, Always You and Defenceless. Even if you’re not a big 1D fan you should check out Louis’ new album Walls because it’s genuinely really good!

LED Star & Ocean Light Projector 

I’ve been seeing these star and ocean light projectors online recently and I really wanted one. They seemed so relaxing and pretty. Since I’m still adjusting to a new country I figured that this projector would create a soothing environment. Once I got it I was pleasantly surprised. The lights are so pretty and really light up my bedroom. I love how it has a few different light settings. You can pick the main colour to be blue, green or red and you can decide if you want the ‘stars’ and ‘moon’ on top of the ocean-like lighting. After setting it up I showed my flatmates and they all loved the effect it has on my room! One might even buy one for her room. I have to say that I’m really happy I bought this projector because it chills me out at night and I find falling asleep to be much easier now.

The Moonchild Tarot

For those of you who aren’t aware, I love tarot and oracle cards! I think they’re super fun to play with and they can be a great thing to do when you’re in need of direction. Of course, I don’t live my life based off on what the cards say but I do like consulting them when I need some guidance from the universe. I currently have 3 Oracle card decks and 2 tarot card decks. The first one I got was the Wild Unknown deck which I do really like using. But, I saw some pictures on Instagram of the Moonchild Tarot deck and I knew I had to get them. The art work is absolutely stunning and the little booklet it comes with is so insightful. I love using this deck so much and I feel like I truly connect with it. If you’re into tarot cards I highly recommend the Moonchild tarot or her sister deck the Starchild tarot.

Waitress The Musical

I’m obsessed with musicals and I always jump on the opportunity to go see one. I got pretty lucky in January because my friends’ friend couldn’t go to a show and so I go to see Waitress in London for free! I did see Waitress on Broadway like 3 years ago but I was really keen to see it again. Plus, this time around I got to see Sara Bareilles as Jenna! Of course, it’s a great musical with fabulous songs and entertaining characters. All the performers have such great voices and it was a treat to watch them on stage. Since seeing the show again I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop! If you get a chance to see Waitress you should definitely go because it won’t disappoint.

The Happiness Planner 

Journaling has always been something that I loved doing, however I got pretty bad at being consistent over the last few years. Plus, sometimes I didn’t know how to put into words what I was feeling. Then I found out about the Happiness Planner and how they have journals dedicate to different aspects of life and each ‘chapter’ has different prompts to help you organize your thoughts. I found that this was exactly what I needed, especially since I’m not currently in therapy I figured that these journals could act as a form of written therapy. I purchased the Explore Your Inner World Guided Journal Set I and was not disappointed. This set comes with 6 journals: Self-Awareness, Confidence, Purpose, Law of Attraction, Growth Mindset and Gratitude. Each journal has beautiful photos and quotes as well as many writing prompts that’ll help you revaluate your life. I’m definitely glad that I got these journals especially since moving to London, they’re very helpful when I need to gather my thoughts or just need some extra help with visualizing my future. If you like writing in journals or would like to start I totally recommend you try out this brand!

All in all, January was a great month for me and I’m sure I’ll having just as many favourites in February as I keep finding new things to love in London.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa