Saturday, 22 January 2011

Montagne Jeunesse Calming Dead Sea Anti- Stress Face Tonic

Right now I am smack bang in the middle of my exams, with coursework deadlines looming. The stress levels are on the up and I am in desperate need of a break and a bit of de- stressing! What better way than to try out my Montagne Jeunesse Calming Dead Sea Anti- Stress Face Tonic Mask.

I have always been a fan of Montagne Jeunesse products and, particularly when it comes to face masques, this is the brand I would go for. The packaging is exciting and bright and all products are extremely affordable (perfect for a skint student who wants a luxury pamper session!!) 

I have always loved and admired Montagne Jeunesse's ethics when it comes to their products. They are Vegetarian Society approved and never test on animals (something which is particularly important to me as a vegetarian) and they always use natural ingredients where possible. Their commitment to these issues is highlighted on their website:

"If you love natural ingredients our products are bursting with the most delicious ones under the sun. We believe:
-That all products should be made with the minimum of processing using only natural ingredients derived from plant and mineral sources. Many products are dairy free.
-In scrutinizing all product materials to assess their environmental impact and where possible, to use packaging that can be recycled.
-In producing products that are vegetarian certified, not tested on animals. Many are suitable for vegans. So you know what you are getting - no chemicals and absolutely nothing nasty."

So, down to the product itself. This mask is aimed at busy people on the go who want five minutes of 'me time' to put their feet up, relax and enjoy the calming effects it brings. I think that this makes me the perfect candidate as a stressed out student with a hectic lifestyle!


The Verdict: So yes, I may look a little silly wearing it, but I would definitely recommend this face mask!

What I loved about it:

The attention to detail on the masque itself. The colour and the flowery pattern made it feel very girly.
The lovely aroma that waved over me- it smelt great!
The mess free, fuss free style of the masque, ideal for when you need a quick 'pick me up'.
How it was so simple to use, yet had a massive de- stressing effect.
The feeling of feeling lighter and rejuvenated when it is taken off.
It is ideal for a busy student, a mum with her hands full, a stressed businesswoman... The list is endless.
My skin felt great afterwards, really soft and smooth. Double for your money!
At just 99p, it is amazingly affordable and I would definitely purchase it again.
Overall, I was very impressed and believe that everyone should buy themselves this perfect little treat and indulge in some quality 'me time'.

Watch out for more reviews on natural beauty products by Montagne Jeunesse. My next review will be for their Chocolate Infusion hair mask. Yummy (: 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Tricky one this week. In amongst exams, with a 2000 word essay due in tomorrow, means cheeriness is needed big time! Join in (:

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart

1. First exam. Check. And as long as I didn't misread a question or get the wrong end of the stick then I think *fingers crossed* that I did pretty well (:

2. Being back in Manchester with my ladies has already been lovely. There may be stress a plenty, but we're all managing to stay cheery! Also, I am a lot lessed worried about being back than I thought I would be.

3. Tomorrow, after 4pm, my coursework will be handed in and I won't have an exam until Tuesday, so I can have an afternoon off to see some great people I have missed very much! 

So, stay happy!

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.

And if I could have a fourth and final reason (just because I feel like I need an extra one to counteract exam stress):

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Revision Procrastination

Revision has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I am not entirely sure how to do it. I don't know the best way to remember a thousand references, or how to succinctly tie up my notes into a manageable, easy to learn synopsis, or how to memorise all of the equations I may or may not need. I've always been a 'plunge into it with my eyes closed and hope for the best' kind of person. I've been lucky up until now. I've always had my brain on my side and so leaving revision to the last minute usually worked, achieving grades that I am very proud of.

Coming to university, however, is a totally different story. I am tested to my limits and totally scared. The 'plunge in' approach has become less successful, particularly this year. Last semester was a nightmare for me (I will one day have the courage to write that all down and send it off into the blogging world) and my university work really suffered. Here I am; having to catch up on a whole 12 weeks of lectures, trying to remember them and not have a nervous breakdown. I have been making progress though, and I am proud that I didn't just give up when I had the option to. Coming up with a whole new revision strategy and applying it all so I can do well in my exams is tough, but I won't let it get the better of me. I am determined to do well and prove to myself that I am good enough.

On a lighter note, I received some lovely Montagne Jeunesse products through the post yesterday for me to review. That will be coming soon- probably when revision gets too much!! Watch this space (:

I will leave you with a quote I thought was appropriate:

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
John Maynard Keynes

And a picture that makes me smile- if only life was that simple still!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Came across a lovely meme! Thinking of reasons to be cheerful on such a dreary day, with university work up to my eyeballs, will definitley give me a bit of inspiration to plod on:

1. I have a beautiful little Freddy sat on my lap, good as gold. He's putting my bracelets on, dropping them and exclaiming "oooh nooo". He always makes me cheerful.

2. I've started this blog, which I am already loving. Being a newbie and already receiving support is very lovely! I have also enjoyed having a cheeky peek at some other blogs and finding out lots of interesting things.

3. Although going back to uni on Sunday means the dreaded exams are on their way, it also means I get to see all of my friends! Queue girly chats, lots of laughs, nights out, Amsterdam and Ireland baby (:

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart

Pop over and have a look at some more reasons to be cheerful!

Thursday, 13 January 2011


For as long as I remember I have been a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to work and creativity. My university notes are immaculate, my handwriting is tiny and I have massively high expectations. As a young child I would draw pictures to a high standard and would get very cross if what I drew didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted it to. Things have to be perfect to such an extent that, embarrassingly, I planned this blog! 

Unfortunately, I also project my perfectionsim outwards. I cringe at bad spelling and grammar, and I cannot stand watching people get 'artistic' in a way I wouldn't. One moment that springs to mind is being on holiday in France and watching my younger sister create a scrap book of the week. Rough pencil drawings with rubbing out marks stuffed haphazardly onto the page was not my idea of perfect. My objections, however, were not taken lightly, with the whole event ending in tears. What I sometimes have difficulty realising is that although something may not be to my standards, to someone else it is exactly what they want. They are letting their creativity run free and simply enjoying every minute of producing something worth remembering. I often forget the 'enjoying' part and I have a lot to learn about spontaneous creativity. That is something my little brother, Freddy, is definitely teaching me a lot about!

One area in which my perfectionism is quite prominent is when watching films. I rarely love a film. It has to be something really quite special for me to want to watch it again and again. When a new film is released I usually get quite excited watching the trailers, discovering a vague story line and finding out who's in it, all with the promise of being a wonderful movie. The reality is: I am usually left unsatisfied. There is always something that I would have done differently or some riduculous, untrue to the story, moment that I just can't accept. Mister 'selfish, couldn't care less about anyone but myself and my bulging biceps' suddenly having an epiphany and coming back as the hero in an unrealistic change of events just won't cut it for me. A film must have the right actors, chemistry, a gripping story line, a great set and fitting music, grabbing my attention from start to finish. The films that I do love are simply amazing. I will forgive a romcom, however. No matter what, you always need a good, light-hearted film to watch when you're feeling miserable with a box of tissues, a tub of ice cream and a few girl friends.

I have high expectations of men, but I blame this on 'The Notebook'. I want a Noah Calhoun to tell me "it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday." Swoon. I wouldn't mind a man to build me a house either. He is utter perfection.

But, despite my perfectionism, I have a number of traits that totally contradict this. I am messy, I am not a 'planner' and I am a huge procrastinator. These things are fairly detrimental, especially now when I have exams to do and coursework due in next week. Oops. I may not like colouring outside the lines or clashing colours, but I'm still human!

I shall leave you with this (:

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The First One

What exactly is the etiquette of a first blog?

I suppose I could write about why I started writing, or what I hope to achieve from this, or a big spiel about who I am. But, I am hoping that those things will come across in further posts. So, I will start with this:

I am Megan.
I am a Business and Marketing Student at The University of Manchester.
I like laughter, evenings on the wine, Manchester 235 Casino, free Champagne, Chris Daughtry, discovering new places, late night Skype sessions and cuddles.

I dislike my favourite TV shows being cancelled, gin and tonic, heartbreak, poor grammar and spelling, people making excuses and feeling out of control.


So, if you've 'Not Met Megan' then hopefully this is a start.