Monday, 11 February 2019

My Valentine's Day Beauty Essentials

Ahh, Valentine's day. The day when the pressure to be an amazing girlfriend/wife/whatevs is stronger than ever and we all feel compelled to dress like an Ann Summers model and shower our men with food, sex and love. Now I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with this if that's what you like to do but I think I can safely say that the majority of us just want to stay in with Dominoes and Netflix. Am I right?? I'm not too sure what Kadir and I are going to be doing to celebrate V-Day but I thought I would share some of my beauty faves that I'll definitely be sporting on the day! 
my valentine's day beauty essentials
I always like to make a bit of effort for a special occasion and it's probably the only time I remember to moisturise my body. I forgot to include it in the photo but recently I've been loving the Soap & Glory This Butter Be Good Body Butter* which I received as a Christmas gift. It's their original scent with a hint of spice - it's seriously lush! Moving onto fragrance. I'm very particular about what scents I wear as I find a lot of perfumes too strong but the Missguided Boss Babe Eau De Parfum* doesn't have that effect! It's quite an intense, sexy perfume with notes of Bergamot, Rose and Vanilla but it's really soft and girly at the same time! Need I say more?

I want to keep my makeup really fresh on the day to mix things up a bit and also to save time getting ready. Sticking with the minimal theme I'm definitely going to be using the Becca Skin Love Glow Elixir as a primer! It has a beautiful, serum-like texture and it gives the most gorgeous lit from within glow! It's such an amazing product for no-makeup makeup days! For my eyes, I'm opting for the Pixi Beauty + It's Judy Time Get The Look Palette* to lightly contour and add some warmth. Another essential is the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara which is perfect for creating serious lift and volume without being gloopy! For lips, I've recently rediscovered the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm which is such a gorgeous peachy/brown toned nude! It's super comfortable on the lips and requires little to no maintenance! Yas bitch! 


I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Maiya
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Friday, 8 February 2019

An Updated Skincare Routine

I know that as soon as I type this I'm going to jinx myself but over the past few weeks my skin has been looking incredible! I haven't really changed anything lifestyle-wise so I'm putting it down to my new, religious skincare routine. I always take care of my skin but recently I've been putting a lot more focus into specific concerns and tailoring my routine daily rather than weekly. I'm so happy with the products I've been using and most of them are fairly new to me so of course, I wanted to share them with you! 
An Updated Skincare Routine Maiyabellexo
Huxley Secret Of Sahara Cleansing Gel* | I'm definitely a fan of oil-based cleansers but sometimes you need something lighter for every day and this has been perfect! It's a really light refreshing gel that leaves my skin feeling properly cleansed without any sort of dry/tight feeling afterwards. I actually find it to be really hydrating and softening which is quite rare for a gel. If you prefer a more 'foaming' cleanser than you definitely need to check this out! 

Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish* | Ever since I started incorporating this into my routine I've noticed such a big difference in the texture of my skin. I think that's my biggest skincare pet peeve as I absolutely hate the look of dry, bumpy patches under my foundation but this has buffed my skin to perfection! It has a lovely herbal scent and the sugar particles are just the right size to gently exfoliate without being harsh or cause irritation. Just use it once or twice a week for a face like a baby's bum! 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist | Because my skin has been so well behaved recently I find that I don't always have to use a toner but when I do this is the one I've been loving! I don't like anything greasy, especially when I'm layering products so this is perfect as it's super light and adds that extra moisture and plump effect. Plus it smells lush! 

Emma Hardie Midas Touch Serum* | I was so surprised when the gorgeous Charlotte sent me this serum and I'm so grateful because my skin has been absolutely loving it! Firstly I think the packaging and dispenser are really cool but the serum itself is so moisturising and makes your skin look like you've been drinking 2L of water a day! If dehydration/dullness is your concern then I highly recommend trying this! 

Nivea Daily Essentials 24H Moisture + Express Primer Gel Cream* | I love usually love Nivea products and this is no exception. I've realised that I don't like a super-rich (almost clogging) moisturiser so this ticks all of the boxes for me! It has a gorgeous silky texture, it absorbs in seconds and my makeup applies beautifully over top. This one is great for those with a normal/combination skin but there's also a dry skin version so everyone is covered! It's also currently on offer for £2.55 in Superdrug! Yasss!!


Have you tried any of these products recently?

Maiya
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

How To Beat The January Blues & Stay Motivated As An Influencer

Who doesn't get the January blues at some point or another? I certainly do and it honestly sucks. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should as I'm hosting a big giveaway when I hit 3K) you'll know I'm putting all of my energy into staying positive and just taking things as they come and much to my surprise it's actually working! I'm managing to get so much work done and it's some of the best content I've put out in a long time (if I do say so myself). January blues, depression and just general lack of motivation can be so frustrating and I know how hard it is to get out of that funk so today I'm sharing my top tips for staying on track - especially if you're a freelancer/blogger! 
how to beat the january blues & stay focused as an influencer
Forget The Past | I thought I'd start with the most important yet probably hardest tip I have. Most of you will probably know how shite 2018 was for me, I'm not going to bore you with the details for the millionth time but part of why I'm *trying* to be so positive this year is because I don't want that to repeat itself. I think a lot of people feel happy for the first week of January but quickly start to remember the issues they dealt with in the previous year and it starts to put them into a very negative frame of mind. What's happened has happened, you can't change it and the best thing you can do is focus on being happy and achieving your goals. Everything else will start to fall into place, trust me.

Do More Things You Love | We all use the excuse of Christmas to pamper ourselves and indulge more but that shouldn't stop just because December is over. Taking an extra hour a day or even weekly to have a much-needed bubble bath or finish reading that book can completely change how you feel and get you feeling much more 'ready' to crack on with your work/to-do list. 

Create Good Content | Ok so we've all heard this before and thought 'well dur' but I've only recently properly understood it and started to really implement it into my blog. Every influencer is different and we all have something unique about us but creating content that actually keeps the viewers coming back and makes new followers want to stick around is a lot harder than it sounds. There was a point with my Instagram when I would upload for the sake of uploading and of course it had the exact opposite effect from what I wanted. At the start of the month, I went through my blog and IG and wrote down which posts had the most likes, engagement and positive feedback and now I'm making sure to create content on that same level. This also applies to photography. We all have those days when we don't have the energy to have a full-on photo sesh and there's nothing wrong with that but in my experience, it's better to wait until you can put out something you're proud of instead of something of lesser quality and just hoping for the best!  

Catch Up With Your Online Besties | I can't explain how kind and supportive my blogging besties have been recently! The difference it makes to my work attitude and even my general mood is just amazing! Of course, you still have the people you know in real life but sometimes it's more comforting talking to someone who does the same thing as you as you can both motivate each other and come up with new ideas together! #GirlPower 

Take A Break | Even when you try really hard sometimes you're just not feeling it and at that point, it's time to take a step back, regroup and start fresh. You don't want to constantly do this but if you're having a particularly stressful month and you just can't focus, having a little break can do wonders! 


I really hope you found this helpful! What are some of your top tips for staying positive/focused?

Maiya
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Monday, 21 January 2019

Winter Skincare Picks

Just like most of you, my skin has taken a beating these past few weeks. Alcohol, roast dinners and countless Terry's chocolate oranges have been consumed and the harsh, unforgiving weather has left us feeling shrivelled and dull. To be fair it's worth it for a good old Terry's - am I right? I think it's safe to say that most of our struggling with dry/dehydrated/upset skin so today I wanted to show you some of my favourite products for such an occasion. Get ready to look juicy AF... 
my top skincare picks for winter
Dermalogica Precleanse* | So I thought I'd start off with cleansers as that's usually what 'sets the tone' for how your skin looks and feels. I love using a light gel or milk in the warmer months but as it gets colder and you're constantly switching between the freezing cold and central heating you're going to need something beefier. That's a nice word, isn't it?  This cleansing oil is the perfect option as it destroys all of your makeup and SPF but it's also extremely softening and hydrating. I find it really calming and my skin feels so much healthier when I use this. It also emulsifies so it doesn't leave a greasy residue. Win!

DCL Multi Action Penta Peel Pads* | I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a chemical exfoliant in your routine at this time of year. They're exactly what you need to get your skin looking fresh and radiant and not like you've gone through 15 boxes of mince pies. I love a good acid pad and these are without a doubt the best ones I've tried. You get 50 in a pot and they're loaded with naturally derived acids including Salicylic, Lactic and Mandelic (my fave). They do so much for the skin but to sum up they exfoliate and remove dead skin, stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  I use them 2-3 times a week and my skin has never been smoother! 

May Coop Raw Sauce* | I've never really been a big essence user but I definitely see the benefits of having one in my routine. If dehydration is an issue for you (which it is for the majority of us) then this is a really great step to have! Rich in anti-oxidants this leaves your skin super hydrated and plump and also protected against free radicals. I also love that it comes in a travel size! 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Awakening Gel-Cream | My under eyes are so dark recently but I've realised there's not a great deal I can do as they're mostly genetic (thanks mom) so I'm focusing mainly on the dehydration lines and dryness. I don't like a super rich cream as I get extremely puffy in the mornings but this light-weight gel has been amazing for keeping my eyes moisturised and smooth. A fab highstreet find!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% | I always step up my retinol game when I've neglected my skin and I still love this one as it's really light, absorbs easily and doesn't give me any irritation. I've had a lot of congestion recently but as soon as I start using this consistently it virtually disappears and my skin looks really even and poreless. I also find it great for reducing any pigmentation, fine lines and dull areas! It's super affordable too! 

Indeed Laboratories Squalane Facial Oil | I've skipped moisturiser and gone straight to grease as nothing gets my skin looking plump and juicy like a good quality oil. This beauty is derived 100% from Sugarcane and is great if you need some extra hydration without the gloopy texture. It's quite a thin formula but you only need 1-2 drops as it's very nourishing and won't clog your pores! Fun tip, apply this onto clean skin and then add a bit of Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter over top for the most beautiful smooth, glowy, filter-esque skin! 

Becca Skin Love Glow Elixir | It's no secret that I love a glowing base and always use a radiant primer to get as much sheen as possible. This had been on my wishlist for such a long time and I finally picked it up when it went on sale a couple months ago (you gotta love the Instagram beauty community!) This is a gorgeous silky elixir that adds a subtle glow and some extra moisture for your foundation. It also protects against free radicals and environmental stressors! Yes, please! 

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel* | My body gets extremely dry in the Winter but to be honest I'm probably the laziest person when it comes to actually doing something about it. Although it's not all my fault as a lot of body products irritate my skin and leave me greasy and itchy - not a good feeling! I'm a big fan of the original Bio Oil but their new gel formula has completely knocked that off the top spot! It still has an oil base but isn't as slippery and absorbs much quicker. I've been loving it for all over my body but especially my eczema and scar on my forearm. I can't recommend this enough!


What are some of your top winter skincare picks?

Maiya 
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