10 August 2020

Driving Diaries: We're Back!

It's been a while since I spoke about learning to drive hasn't it? 

When I last updated you I was just getting my confidence behind the wheel, I was close to booking my theory test and I was looking at cars. Then corona happened and everything came to a standstill. I didn't sit in the driver seat for four whole months and surprisingly, I missed it.

The information on when driving lessons would resume was basically unknown, one minute I'd be back on the roads in a week, the next in two months. It was a waiting game and I hated it. However, you'll be glad to know that I am now back behind the wheel and I have quite a bit to update you on. 

So, without further ado, here's an update on what it's like learning to drive in a pandemic (that is something I never, ever thought I'd have to write). 

The Theory Test

I thought I'd start with some really good news; I PASSED MY THEORY TEST! 

After two cancelled tests (thanks corona) and a whole lot of waiting, I finally took my theory test on 21st July and I passed first time. It was a weird experience and the extra precautions we had to take made it that little bit more daunting. I was really hoping to pass first time as I'd been prepared to take the test since April so I was over the moon when I got the pass certificate. 

I struggled to revise for my theory test at first but I found that using the Driving Test Theory 4 in 1 app really helped. I'd do a quick mock test or flick through some questions when I had a spare moment and slowly but surely, my scores started getting higher and higher. The app is brilliant because it allows you to flag questions you're struggling with and it also helps that they're basically identical to the questions you get on the actual test. 

It's like with anything in life, if you put in the work then you'll get the rewards. Now I've just got to pass my practical! 

The First Lesson Back 

Here in England, driving lessons resumed on 4th July and I was one of the first to be back on the roads (eager, I know). I was both excited and incredibly nervous. On the one hand I was delighted to be back on track to (hopefully) passing my test by the end of the year but I was also scared that I was going to sit behind the wheel and realise that I'd completely forgotten everything. 

Luckily that didn't happen. We had a little refresher lesson and to both mine and my instructors surprise, I pretty much remembered everything. It was like I'd never been away. 

However, there is one slight change to teaching as it's advised that both you and your instructor wear a mask. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the current mask situation but trying to learn to drive in a mask whilst your glasses are steaming up is not a fun experience at all.  I'm already a hazard to other drivers, let's not mention me not being able to see!

After a few attempts and trying several different methods, I've finally conquered the whole glasses steaming up fiasco and now wearing a mask to drive doesn't really bother me - I literally forget it's there. 

I should also mention that no personal belongings are allowed in the car, it's thoroughly cleaned before and after the use of every student, gloves can be worn but aren't compulsory, the car windows remain open for ventilation and hand sanitiser is used throughout the lesson. These are just the rules from my driving school, but it gives you a little idea of what you can expect. 


Before we went into lockdown, I was about to start on manoeuvres including a bay park and a parallel park. 

So many people told me that it was easier to reverse a car and I can now fully confirm that they were right. I was absolutely terrified to start reversing (if I struggled to drive the thing forwards, I had no chance doing it backwards) but learning to park and reverse has pretty much been plain sailing. 

I started on my forward bay park which I struggled with at first but eventually mastered after a few attempts. Then I moved onto a reverse bay park which I picked up straight away and then onto parallel parking which I'm not fully confident with yet but I'm getting there. I can do it, I'm just not confident which is okay as I know confidence will come with time. 

Just a PSA to other drivers: when you see a learner driver on the empty end of a car park, don't drive up to them, park next to them, stare at them or beep your horn at them. They're on the empty end of the car park for a reason, there's plenty of spaces right in front of the shop so if you could stop being so rude and just leave them alone, that'd be lovely. Rant over! 

You're All Updated

I've been back behind the wheel for four weeks and I've just started on roundabouts which are a complete new ball game and even talking about them gives me anxiety - it was the one thing I really didn't want to do. 

Overall, it's been really nice to be back on the roads and working towards the end goal of passing my test. It's unknown whether I'll be able to take my test this year with the current backlog of cancelled learners on the waiting list but I'm staying optimistic! 

I'll keep you updated on the roundabouts and the car shopping! 

Lots of Love,
Meg x


24 June 2020

PMD Clean: The Ultimate Facial Cleanser - AD

When it comes to skincare, I like to know that I'm using the best products on my skin. I just want that glowing, radiant complexion but let's be honest, who doesn't? 

I'm very open about my skin struggles and I'm constantly trying out new skincare products (it's actually one of my biggest thrills in life). An essential item in my skincare routine is a cleansing brush but since being on Roaccutane, I've struggled to find something that is both exfoliating and gentle on my sensitive skin. 

Recently, I've been testing the PMD Clean; a handheld anti-ageing cleansing device promising to leave my skin dirt and make up free whilst also boosting collagen for a more youthful complexion. Not to be dramatic, but it's literally changed my skincare routine forever. 

DISCLAIMER AD - Product has been kindly gifted by PMD & SVPR. All opinions are my own. 

So, How Does It Work?

The PMD Clean utilises SonicGlow technology which uses over 7,000 vibrations per minute to completely remove all impurities. It breaks down all the dirt and oil from deep within the pores, helping to reduce the formation of spots and blackheads which leaves your skin looking brighter and clearer. 

It's comes in six vibrant colours and is made from ultra-hygienic silicone meaning it's not only odour-resistant but also antibacterial, waterproof AND hypoallergenic.  I've finally found a cleansing brush that isn't as high maintenance as my skin, it's an absolute miracle! 

The device has two sides; one side has a combination of bristles for cleansing and the other ridged side can be used to massage serums and moisturisers into the skin. The large bristles at the tip of the brush head are for those pesky areas prone to buildup like your chin and jawline, whilst the small bristles are for that general overall clean. The brush bristles are super gentle and they don't aggravate my skin in the slightest, even when I'm having a good exfoliation after a full day of wearing make up! 

The brush has four different settings so you can choose which intensity is right for your skin. The first two settings are perfect for when you're using the bristly side of the device; the first is a gentle, constant vibration whilst the second is more intense. Setting three is a gentle pulsation and setting four is a faster pulsation. These are amazing when using the ridged side of the device, but if you want a super gentle cleanse then you can use these settings with the bristly side too. I tend to use settings 3/4 for a gentle cleanse in the morning and then settings 1/2 for a more intense exfoliation in the evening.  

How Do I Use It?

So now you know a bit more about the product, let's talk about how to actually use it. It's all well and good listing the endless benefits, but does it really work? 

I don't think there's a correct way to use a cleansing brush but PMD recommend to remove all of your make up and wet your face with lukewarm water. Then you rinse the device, apply a cleanser of your choice, choose your perfect setting and run the PMD Clean across your face in gentle, circular motions.

I usually do quite a quick cleanse in the morning and then a longer, more intense cleanse in the evening. I don't know about you but I absolutely hate the thought of dirt clogging up my pores, especially if I've had a full day of wearing make up. 

When you've finished your cleanse and exfoliation, rinse your face as you usually would and gently pat dry with a towel. Then run some water over the device to get rid of any product and you can either use a towel to dry it or leave it to air dry - that's the beauty of it being made of silicone! 

When it comes to using the ridged side of the brush I use a very similar technique to massage moisturiser into my skin and I tend to do this in an evening. I also love to use a face mask after exfoliating with the device - my skin literally tingles it's that clean! 

My Thoughts 

As I said previously, I absolutely love trying out new skincare products but that doesn't come without nerves. I'm always scared that products are going to aggravate my skin, cause a bad breakout and take me straight back to square one. 

It's safe to say I was both nervous and excited to try the PMD Clean, when it arrived I ran straight upstairs and started my evening skincare routine. I've been using this for around two weeks now and I can honestly say it is absolutely brilliant. I use it twice a day, both morning and evening and it's completely changed my skincare routine. 

In the mornings it wakes my skin up and gives it a much needed glow boost, whilst in the evenings it gives a full exfoliation and ensures I go to bed with perfectly cleansed skin and no horrible trapped dirt. My skin feels so smooth and soft after using the device and I've noticed it looking a lot healthier too! In terms of breakouts, I have noticed a reduction in blemishes although I don't get that many anymore due to taking Roaccutane. 

It's battery powered so there's no wires getting in the way and no waiting hours for it to charge up. I also want to mention that the ridged side of the brush is perfect for massaging any leftover product from using sheet masks - it's a game changer! 

The PMD Clean retails at £89 which is on the pricer side for a device of this kind, however the results are more than worth it. I literally couldn't imagine my skincare routine without it and my skin has definitely been thanking me since I started using it. I can't wait to have glowing skin in the winter months! 

A special thank you to Harlen from SVPR and the lovely team at PMD Beauty for allowing me to try this amazing device. They have been so helpful and answered any questions or queries I had about their products; if you have a browse on their website there's some amazing skincare devices on there. 

What's your favourite part of your skincare routine? 

Lots of Love,
Meg x

DISCLAIMER AD - Product gifted by PMD Beauty and SVPR. All opinions are my own. 



8 June 2020

Twenty Two Things I Learned Being 22

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling twenty threeeee!

It doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it? 

Tomorrow I turn 23. Firstly, when did I get so old? And secondly, at what point do I stop winging it and actually know what I'm doing? Because honestly, I don't have a clue. 

If you're new here, welcome to the yearly tradition on my blog where I tell you about all the things I've learned as a 22-year-old; I look forward to writing these posts every year. Taylor Swift gave me some very high expectations about being twenty two and it didn't disappoint. It's been one to remember; I travelled to new places, met new friends, reconnected with others, and as always, picked up a few pearls of wisdom along the way. 

So without further ado, here are twenty two things I learned being twenty twoooo! 

1. MacBooks are a Game Changer 

After wanting one for years, twenty two finally saw me treat myself to a MacBook Air and oh my goodness, why didn't I get one of these sooner!? I can finally be that girl who goes into Starbucks and taps away on her laptop with a caramel macchiato by her side!

2. Stop Putting In Effort Where Effort Isn't Received 

I've learned this in many ways but particularly when it comes to relationships. Time and time again, I find myself overcompensating for someone else's lack of effort. I continue to fight for something when there's nothing to fight for and put in all the effort whilst getting nothing back. Any kind of healthy relationship doesn't work that way; if they want to see you then they'll make the effort to see you, it's a two way thing. 

3. Actions Speak Louder Than Words 

In every instance. 
It's pretty self explanatory but I've learned that people say things without meaning them. From now on, until people's actions follow their words, I won't be dwelling on things too much. 

4. I really enjoy going to the Races 

In my first few weeks of being 22, I went to my first ever Horse Racing Event at Haydock. We had an evening of racing, betting and also saw Nile Rodgers and Chic. I absolutely loved it, even though I didn't have a clue what was going on or how to place a bet. My advice? Choose the one with the coolest name or the prettiest uniform. 

5. My Energy is so Important

This past year, I've started to practice the Law of Attraction and I've manifested some really cool things into my life. It's made me more aware of how important my energy is; I attract what I am. Slowly, I'm learning to rid myself of negative energies and focus on the positives. It's definitely given me a more optimistic outlook. 

6. People will Dislike the Good Things about You

You're not going to be everyone's cup of tea and that's okay, just never let anyone dull your sparkle. 

7. I have Toxic Traits too

And that's okay, as long as I'm aware of them and I can work on it. We're not all perfect (unless you're Taron Egerton).

8. It's Not You Job To Fix Him

Or anyone, for that matter. 
I somehow seem to find myself attracting the same kind of person and I feel like I've failed if I've not been able to help someone or fix their problems. I'm not saying this is the case for everyone, but I've realised that some people just don't want to be fixed and there's only so much I can do. 

9. Listen to your Parents Advice 

As much as they can be annoying and sometimes they just don't get where you're coming from, your parents are the only people who truly want the best for you. Plus, they really do give the best advice. I'm lucky to be surrounded by the most amazing people helping, supporting and guiding me every day.

10. I love Amsterdam 

Twenty Two saw me accomplish one of my life goals and take a trip to Amsterdam. I absolutely fell in love with the city; from the history, to the canals, to the museums, to the bars, to the people. I'm already desperate to go back! 

11. I Can't Control A Pedal Boat

Whilst in Amsterdam, Cyde and I thought it would be a good idea to rent a pedal boat and see the beauty of the city from the water. I'd never been on pedal boat before and it was soon established that I can't control one. I don't know what confirmed it more; taking us the wrong way up a one-way canal or crashing us into another passenger boat. 

12. It's a Bad Time not a Bad Life

As I'm writing this, life is a bit strange. I know a lot of us are feeling down right now but things will improve. Remember what I was saying about the Law of Attraction? Your mindset is everything. Don't let one bad day determine how you spend the rest, there's always brighter days ahead. 

13. Double Beds are the Future

At the grand old age of 22, I finally invested in a double bed and it is potentially one of the best adult decisions I have ever made. 

14. Let Other Peoples Talents Inspire You

Don't feel threatened. Just because you admire someone else's ability to do something doesn't take away from the fact that you have talents too! Have a bit more self-belief! 

15. It's Important to have Boundaries 

And stick to them. 
I promise people will respect you more when you put boundaries in place, whether that be in relationships, friendships or at work. If they don't respect you then thank u, next. 

16. Learning to Drive is Actually Quite Fun

Okay, so I haven't passed my driving test yet (thanks corona) but I've realised there's no need to be scared of learning to drive. I'm missing my weekly lessons and chats with my instructor and hopefully this time next year, I'll be driving round in my own little car. 

17. I Hate People who don't Indicate

They're up there with some of the worst people in the world. Just let me get my crystal ball out and work out which way you're going, dickhead. 

18. Stop Chasing Other People's Dreams For Them 

I'm a very supportive person and I'll do anything I can to help people achieve their goals; whether that's a pep talk or helping them out in some way. However, I've realised that sometimes I've got to be a little bit selfish and put myself and my own goals first and that's totally okay. 

19. The Everyman Cinema is Next Level

Whoever decided to combine comfy sofas and a cinema deserves an award. It's an absolute game changer, the Everyman is the best cinema experience you will ever have. 

20. Try To Live with No Regrets

Life is planned and everything happens for a reason, but if you do regret something then it's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do. 

21. The 1975 are just Amazing 

They're one of my favourite bands to see live and I just think they're great. Also, if you haven't listened to If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) yet, then what have you been doing? It'll put you in the best mood, I promise. 

22. Being Twenty Two isn't really like the Taylor Swift song

But make sure you listen to it everyday in your twenty second year! 

I can't wait to celebrate tomorrow and I'm going to make my twenty third year an amazing one.
Here's to turning 23 - in lockdown!

Lots of Love,
Meg x


27 May 2020

My Must-Have Skincare Products From The Body Shop

Trying new skincare products is one of my favourite things to do. Since finishing my course of Roaccutane and finally having the clear skin I always dreamed of, I've been able to experiment with new products and I must say that I've found some absolute game changers!

Skincare has always been something that I've been interested in. Having had acne from a young age, I've done my fair share of research and I've found that using natural skincare has endless benefits.

The Body Shop is one of my favourite brands when it comes to buying natural products. Not only do they have amazing morals and ethics, but every single product is made from natural ingredients meaning your skin and body are getting the best. I've been a fan of The Body Shop for years and although there's still a lot left for me to try, I thought I'd share some of my favourite products that are essentials in my skincare routine.

Facial Skincare

Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion SPF 30

This is one of my newest purchases and something I've really been enjoying using these past few months. I noticed my skin was looking very dull and tired so my friend recommended the Vitamin C range from The Body Shop. It's specifically made for dull, tired, grumpy skin to give it a little glow boost for a brighter, more radiant complexion. 

I can fully confirm that my skin is literally GLOWING after using the Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion, so much so that people are actually commenting on it! It smells like a tropical wonderland and a little bit goes a very long way. It's not as lightweight as I'm used to but it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and, with an SPF of 30 it's protecting my skin from those harsh UVA/B rays - SPF is super important when buying a moisturiser! 

I've also heard that Vitamin C can help with scarring and as I have a fair bit of acne scaring on my cheeks, it's something I wanted to test. Although I've not noticed a drastic change yet, my scars have reduced in colour and definitely aren't as noticeable. 

Vitamin E Eye Cream 

Using an eye cream has never been an essential in my skincare routine because I've never really needed it. However recently, the dark circles under my eyes have been very prominent and no amount of concealer was working. I went in search of something to help and came across the Vitamin E Eye Cream. I'd heard really good things so couldn't wait to give it a try. 

It aims to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles as well as protecting the fragile skin around the eyes. I apply it both morning and evening and my under eyes have never looked brighter. As with most Body Shop products, a little goes a long way and it's no wonder it's one of their best-selling products because it's certainly a firm favourite of mine! Why didn't I find it sooner!? 

Body Moisturisers

Strawberry Body Butter

You'll have seen me talk about this Strawberry Body Butter in my Roaccutane Holy Grain Products as it's been a firm favourite of mine for years. It melts into the skin and I absolutely love using this after I've had a bath/shower in the evenings as it leaves my skin feeling soft and smelling amazing. All the Body Shop Body Butters are brilliant, but the Strawberry scent is absolutely delicious - it smells like calpol and I'd eat it if I could! 

Strawberry Body Yogurt 

The Strawberry Body Yogurt is one of those purchases I make time and time again. It's perfect for when you're in a rush and haven't got as much time to moisturise, especially for me when I've overslept which is most mornings (a queen is never late, everyone else is simply early - 10 points if you know where that quote is from). 

The lightweight, gel formula absorbs into the skin instantly so it doesn't leave you with that horrible sticky feeling. I can literally apply this to my body and then get dressed straight away. It's also made to apply to damp skin too and it smells amazing! 

Face Masks

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 

The Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask is potentially my favourite Body Shop purchase I have ever made. I first heard about it watching Jade Billington's Skincare Video, she spoke so highly of it so I had to give it a try. 

I'm not exaggerating when I say that since I've been using this mask, my skin has never felt so cleansed and glowy. It aims to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of pores to give a healthy looking glow. As you watch it dry, you'll notice that the dark patches cling to where you have excess oil and you'll probably find it tingles a little bit when you first apply it but that soon fades. 

I can't even describe how refreshed my skin feels when I wash it off; it's so soft and has such a natural glow. It's the perfect face mask to use when you feel like your skin needs a real deep cleanse, especially after a full day of wearing heavy make up. I could literally rave about it all day, it's bloody brilliant! 

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Mask 

Although Roaccutane was amazing in clearing up my acne, I do still get the odd breakout. I've always used tea tree as part of my skincare routine, so I invested in the Tea Tree Face Mask and it's done an amazing job of minimising my breakouts. I noticed a few more breakouts after the first few times using the mask, but I think it has to bring out the impurities to get rid of them. 

I've been using this for around two months now and I can confidently say that my impurities are few and far between, my skin is incredibly clear and it's one of my favourite products. It's not as harsh as the Himalayan Charcoal Mask but the combination of the two is a dream! I use both once a week. 

So there we have it, my Body Shop favourites! 

I should mention that all products have been purchased by me and this post isn't sponsored in any way, I just really love The Body Shop! Also, all products mentioned have been perfect for my sensitive, acne prone skin! 

The Body Shop have literally changed my skincare routine for the better and I can't wait to try out more products in the future. Let me know some of your favourites in the comments! 

Lots of Love,
Meg x


3 May 2020

Post Graduate Life: A Year On

Well there I am; a proud little Graduate from the Class of 2018 ready to embark on her future as a writer and discover just where she fits into the confusing puzzle that is life. 

It's almost been two years since I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing and if I'm honest, I still don't have a clue what I'm doing with my life. In fact, I don't think anybody does and that's okay. 

In one of our final lectures, a guest speaker stood in a room full of hopeful, talented, soon-to-be graduates and told us that getting a job as a writer would be 'near enough impossible'. It's safe to say my lecturers were horrified but as students we just looked at each other and laughed. We were getting degrees, how hard could it be? 

But they were right, it's really damn hard. 

Once you have your degree, people will presume that getting a job is easy but that's not always the case. Employers want experience which as a graduate you probably do have, its just not in a professional environment. This is why finding employment is so difficult, especially in the arts. 

I thought that getting a job as a writer would be easier, or that I'd at least be taken seriously because I'd got such a high qualification. I thought I'd be inundated with internships and apprenticeships where I could work with writers and further my skills. I thought we'd have continued support from the University, have guidance on how to write a successful job application and where to look for opportunities. 

What actually happened is a completely different story. 

It basically felt like we'd been thrown in at the deep end and we couldn't swim. 

After receiving what felt like a thousand rejection emails, commenting on my lack of 'experience', I decided to take a year out. I was lucky enough to have a small part time job throughout my studies so I took on more hours at work and tried to enjoy life; go out with my friends, travel to new places and experience the things I never had the time (or money) to do when I was a student. 

I know some of you probably think that's a waste but after putting blood, sweat and tears into getting my degree, it felt like I needed some time out. Education is all I've ever known since the age of five, it was one thing after another and I never took a break. I felt so uninspired and I realised that I needed to experience life to have things to write about. 

In summary, Post-Grad life sounds a little bit like this: 

'What are you going to do now?' 
'What job have you got lined up?'
'Oh, well what will you do with that degree?'
'Are you going to teach?'
'You're working where? That's nothing to do with your degree is it?'
'Are you not going doing a Masters?' 

It literally makes me want to SCREAM. 

Getting a degree quickly goes from being a celebrated and recognised achievement to a constant pressure to actually use your new qualification. But what if your degree actually puts you off your once 'dream' career? It sure did with me. No one ever talks about that and it's important to remind yourself that it's totally okay. 

According to research, the average millennial will have at least ten jobs before the age of forty. It's natural that we're going to get bored and want a change in career so what does it matter if you're not using your degree? You still worked hard for it, it's your name on that piece of paper and nobody can take that away from you. 

The truth is, nothing can prepare you for Post-Graduate Life.

The structured routine you're used to goes out the window and life literally flips upside down. The majority of your friends move away, each of them with different opportunities lined up - some will go on to do a Masters, others will go travelling, others will walk straight into work, others will even start families, whilst some just don't have a clue. It's a web of comparisons and expectations and it's lonely and self-deprecating. 

It's normal to sit and think wtf am I actually doing with my life because the truth is, none of us actually know. We're all just winging it until the right opportunity comes along. We all progress at our own rates and although it's hard not to compare yourself, it's important to remember that we all have our own shit going on. 

For a while, I felt a certain pressure to make my family and friends as proud as they were at graduation. I felt like I wasn't doing anything productive and needed to better myself. This lead to even more self-doubt and just generally feeling like I wasn't good enough. Then I realised that actually, they're proud of me no matter what and they just want me to be happy. 

And I am happy.

True, I might not have a job in my degree field or be signed up to a writing agency and I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I'm still working in the job I had when I was a student but y'know what? I love it. I'm applying for jobs and  I know the right one will come along eventually but until then, my happiness is the most important thing. 

I know for those of you who are graduating this year it's going to be a seriously weird time but I just wanted to write this to remind you that it's okay if you don't have a plan. I suppose that's the beauty of it, it unfolds right in front of your eyes and you end up in places and with opportunities you could only ever dream about. 

My advice? Try not to stress about it, don't compare yourself to others and say yes to every opportunity that presents itself. As long as you work hard, be kind and put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. Also, put your own happiness first and f*** what anyone else thinks!

Lots of Love,
Meg x

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