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new dermalogica biolumin-c eye serum review
It's so important to start looking after your skin from an early age and now I'm in my twenties, I'm starting to notice more fine lines and darkness around my eyes that I want to treat sooner rather than later. Dermalogica is one of my go-to brands for effective, fuss-free skincare and when I heard a few months ago that they were launching an eye product with Vitamin C I was all ears. Being part of their Skinfluencer programme I was lucky enough to be sent their new Biolumin-C Eye Serum* and boy has it impressed! 

This new release is an extension of their best selling Biolumin-C Serum which is loaded with Ultra-Stable Vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection and help correct free radical damage, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It's such an amazing product - I really need to order a full-size! However, the skin around the eyes is much thinner compared to the rest of the face and is constantly being hit with pollution and environmental stressors which is why having a dedicated Vitamin C eye treatment is such a good idea! 

I’m super fussy when it comes to eye creams and usually I tend to avoid anything too rich as it can disrupt my makeup and leave my annoyingly puffy eyes even puffier but the fact this is a light serum is a game-changer. The texture is very thin and almost watery which I love as it makes it super easy to slot into any routine and doesn't break down my concealer. The supercharged Vitamin C helps to brighten and combat the visible signs of premature ageing while Peptides improve skin texture and elasticity & Papain (papaya enzyme) gently exfoliates. I always apply eye products after toning and before my serum to allow them to absorb better. At first, I was just using this in the mornings but it’s now become a staple in my evening routine as well. The day after I started using it I noticed a big difference in how bright my eye area looked and also how much smoother my fine lines were. I really struggle with dark circles (I blame it on being a night owl... and my mom) but along with drinking lots of water and getting more sleep, using this consistently has seriously reduced them! It also keeps my under-eyes looking firmer throughout the day which isn't easy to do as my skin is quite dehydrated and can look very crepey if I don’t use the right product. I’m seriously obsessed with this eye serum and I think anyone who’s worried about first signs of ageing or feels they're looking a bit dull and lifeless around the eyes should definitely check this out!


Will you be opting for a Vitamin C eye product from now on?

Maiya
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This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New In Skincare | Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum

new dermalogica biolumin-c eye serum review
It's so important to start looking after your skin from an early age and now I'm in my twenties, I'm starting to notice more fine lines and darkness around my eyes that I want to treat sooner rather than later. Dermalogica is one of my go-to brands for effective, fuss-free skincare and when I heard a few months ago that they were launching an eye product with Vitamin C I was all ears. Being part of their Skinfluencer programme I was lucky enough to be sent their new Biolumin-C Eye Serum* and boy has it impressed! 

This new release is an extension of their best selling Biolumin-C Serum which is loaded with Ultra-Stable Vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection and help correct free radical damage, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It's such an amazing product - I really need to order a full-size! However, the skin around the eyes is much thinner compared to the rest of the face and is constantly being hit with pollution and environmental stressors which is why having a dedicated Vitamin C eye treatment is such a good idea! 

I’m super fussy when it comes to eye creams and usually I tend to avoid anything too rich as it can disrupt my makeup and leave my annoyingly puffy eyes even puffier but the fact this is a light serum is a game-changer. The texture is very thin and almost watery which I love as it makes it super easy to slot into any routine and doesn't break down my concealer. The supercharged Vitamin C helps to brighten and combat the visible signs of premature ageing while Peptides improve skin texture and elasticity & Papain (papaya enzyme) gently exfoliates. I always apply eye products after toning and before my serum to allow them to absorb better. At first, I was just using this in the mornings but it’s now become a staple in my evening routine as well. The day after I started using it I noticed a big difference in how bright my eye area looked and also how much smoother my fine lines were. I really struggle with dark circles (I blame it on being a night owl... and my mom) but along with drinking lots of water and getting more sleep, using this consistently has seriously reduced them! It also keeps my under-eyes looking firmer throughout the day which isn't easy to do as my skin is quite dehydrated and can look very crepey if I don’t use the right product. I’m seriously obsessed with this eye serum and I think anyone who’s worried about first signs of ageing or feels they're looking a bit dull and lifeless around the eyes should definitely check this out!


Will you be opting for a Vitamin C eye product from now on?

Maiya
x

This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.

too faced born this way foundation and concealer review
This year I really want to hop on the bandwagon early and test out the new launches that everyone's talking about. I’ve also just given my stash a good clear out so together this can only mean one thing... shopping!  Obviously, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation & Concealer aren't new anymore (I'm only about 5 years late to the party) but still, it’s never too late to try something new! I've had these in my makeup bag for a good few months now and I know a lot of people are still unsure whether or not they're worth the hype so today I thought I'd sit down and share my thoughts with you!

This iconic duo was created to help you achieve that naturally flawless 'I woke up like this' vibe whilst being undetectable on the skin. I'd heard so many bloggers & YouTubers praise how beautiful this combo was and I always like to do a lot of research before spending on a high-end product so after seeing the countless rave reviews I decided to bite the bullet and spend the £54. But was it worth it?

Starting with the Born This Way Foundation, I think this is a great everyday option for those who like to wear a proper foundation over a tinted moisturiser/bb cream. The formula is very thin which I personally like as it makes it super easy to blend and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. My preferred way to apply foundation is with a damp Beauty Blender but a buffing brush will give you an equally gorgeous result. Although it claims to be a medium-full coverage, I find it definitely needs at least two layers to provide the latter but then again I have quite a lot of redness and discolouration which isn't easy to disguise. It's available in 35 Shades on the Too Faced website and one of the best things about the range is the extensive shade range and undertone selection. I purchased the lightest of the bunch (no surprise there) called Cloud which is for the fairest with rosy undertones. Usually, I prefer a more yellow base to counteract any red in my skin but the shade above (Swan) is slightly too dark for me and oxidises so I use my concealer to balance out the rosy tones. 

The foundation is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid - an amazing ingredient that adds hydration and gives a smoother more plump appearance, Coconut Water to replenish and keep the skin moisturised throughout the day and also Alpine Rose to protect and boost the skin's resilience. In terms of how it lasts and who it's best suited to, I think pretty much anyone can wear this foundation but those with drier skin will probably favour it more as it gives a gorgeous healthy sheen. Oilier folks might prefer something slightly thicker and more matte. I always set my base with powder and 95% of the time I like to bake but I find the Born This Way Foundation lasts a good 8-9 hours on my skin with no touch-ups whichever way I set it. I don't find it sticks to dry areas or accentuates my pores but with any foundation, you want to make sure you have a well-prepped base for the best application. My dehydration lines start to show towards the 7-8 hour mark but so far I've had no problems with my natural oils breaking down the product or going patchy - I'm impressed!

Moving onto the Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer, this has got to be one of the most hyped products of 2019. Over the past year, I've really adopted the 'Instagram' makeup trend and have become a bit of a full coverage junkie. As the name would suggest, this baby is designed to do it all; conceal, highlight and sculpt whilst offering a weightless formula that doesn't cake or settle in lines. It has a big cushiony doe-foot applicator which I love and like the foundation, it's available in 35 Shades - mine is in Cloud again but this has more neutral undertones. I've definitely fallen in love with this concealer as it's perfect for hiding blemishes, redness, dark circles and any other imperfections but doesn't leave me feeling like I'm wearing an extra layer of product (even though I kinda' am.) The texture is quite thick but still feels super creamy allowing more time to blend it out. It's also a great one to check out if you find your current concealer separates and looks cakey throughout the day. I adore this concealer for both natural and glam makeup days, it really is a multi-tasker but my only gripe is that again, it's still not a full-full coverage. My redness can still peek through but that being said, I do like my base to be super blanked out. 

In future I would definitely repurchase the concealer, the foundation still isn't my dream formula and typically I prefer a more glowy finish but it's still a great option for anyone looking for something new!


Have you tried this Too Faced duo? Do you think they're worth the hype?

Maiya
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  • Friday, February 21, 2020

Worth The Hype? | Too Faced Born This Way Foundation & Concealer

too faced born this way foundation and concealer review
This year I really want to hop on the bandwagon early and test out the new launches that everyone's talking about. I’ve also just given my stash a good clear out so together this can only mean one thing... shopping!  Obviously, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation & Concealer aren't new anymore (I'm only about 5 years late to the party) but still, it’s never too late to try something new! I've had these in my makeup bag for a good few months now and I know a lot of people are still unsure whether or not they're worth the hype so today I thought I'd sit down and share my thoughts with you!

This iconic duo was created to help you achieve that naturally flawless 'I woke up like this' vibe whilst being undetectable on the skin. I'd heard so many bloggers & YouTubers praise how beautiful this combo was and I always like to do a lot of research before spending on a high-end product so after seeing the countless rave reviews I decided to bite the bullet and spend the £54. But was it worth it?

Starting with the Born This Way Foundation, I think this is a great everyday option for those who like to wear a proper foundation over a tinted moisturiser/bb cream. The formula is very thin which I personally like as it makes it super easy to blend and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. My preferred way to apply foundation is with a damp Beauty Blender but a buffing brush will give you an equally gorgeous result. Although it claims to be a medium-full coverage, I find it definitely needs at least two layers to provide the latter but then again I have quite a lot of redness and discolouration which isn't easy to disguise. It's available in 35 Shades on the Too Faced website and one of the best things about the range is the extensive shade range and undertone selection. I purchased the lightest of the bunch (no surprise there) called Cloud which is for the fairest with rosy undertones. Usually, I prefer a more yellow base to counteract any red in my skin but the shade above (Swan) is slightly too dark for me and oxidises so I use my concealer to balance out the rosy tones. 

The foundation is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid - an amazing ingredient that adds hydration and gives a smoother more plump appearance, Coconut Water to replenish and keep the skin moisturised throughout the day and also Alpine Rose to protect and boost the skin's resilience. In terms of how it lasts and who it's best suited to, I think pretty much anyone can wear this foundation but those with drier skin will probably favour it more as it gives a gorgeous healthy sheen. Oilier folks might prefer something slightly thicker and more matte. I always set my base with powder and 95% of the time I like to bake but I find the Born This Way Foundation lasts a good 8-9 hours on my skin with no touch-ups whichever way I set it. I don't find it sticks to dry areas or accentuates my pores but with any foundation, you want to make sure you have a well-prepped base for the best application. My dehydration lines start to show towards the 7-8 hour mark but so far I've had no problems with my natural oils breaking down the product or going patchy - I'm impressed!

Moving onto the Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer, this has got to be one of the most hyped products of 2019. Over the past year, I've really adopted the 'Instagram' makeup trend and have become a bit of a full coverage junkie. As the name would suggest, this baby is designed to do it all; conceal, highlight and sculpt whilst offering a weightless formula that doesn't cake or settle in lines. It has a big cushiony doe-foot applicator which I love and like the foundation, it's available in 35 Shades - mine is in Cloud again but this has more neutral undertones. I've definitely fallen in love with this concealer as it's perfect for hiding blemishes, redness, dark circles and any other imperfections but doesn't leave me feeling like I'm wearing an extra layer of product (even though I kinda' am.) The texture is quite thick but still feels super creamy allowing more time to blend it out. It's also a great one to check out if you find your current concealer separates and looks cakey throughout the day. I adore this concealer for both natural and glam makeup days, it really is a multi-tasker but my only gripe is that again, it's still not a full-full coverage. My redness can still peek through but that being said, I do like my base to be super blanked out. 

In future I would definitely repurchase the concealer, the foundation still isn't my dream formula and typically I prefer a more glowy finish but it's still a great option for anyone looking for something new!


Have you tried this Too Faced duo? Do you think they're worth the hype?

Maiya
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five apps every content creator needs
Bloggers, content creators, influencers, whatever you want to call us, we're (mostly) a hard-working bunch and we spend a lot of time trying to put out the best content we possibly can. It's a challenging yet extremely rewarding job but it can be hard to create exactly what you want if you don't have the correct resources to hand. Whether that includes the basics like a good platform to engage with your readers/followers, or maybe you're looking for a site to help redesign your brand. Blogging is a never-ending process and there are always things that need ironing out so today I'm sharing my five must-have apps that should be in everyone's essentials!

Adobe Lightroom CC | Photos are a key part in creating amazing content and when I discovered this app my whole photography game changed. I'm a massive perfectionist but a lot of other photo apps I've used had really awkward settings that weren't easy to navigate but Lightroom is super straightforward and keeps my images very close to the original - just a bit more polished! I do all my basic editing on here which usually consists of cropping the image, adjusting the brightness and turning up the sharpness to make everything crisp. Usually, once I've done all of that my photos are ready to add to my blog post or share on Instagram. I can't recommend it enough! Some people use presets to keep a colour scheme going which can look amazing, I've made a couple in the past but I just prefer to edit each photo individually.

Canva | I've used the Canva website on and off for a couple of years but in 2019 I discovered that they have an app and it's honestly such a life-saver! This is where I go for all my illustration needs. They have templates for so many things, blog headers, YouTube thumbnails, Facebook posts, if it's social media-related, you name it, it'll be on there! I mainly use the app to edit my Instagram highlight covers, they're pretty simple but it keeps everything nice and uniform. I also used Canva to update my media kit as my old one wasn't very exciting and they had so many amazing free templates to choose from! I'm so so happy with my new one - also, if you don't have a media kit already, what are you waiting for? 

Unfold | I love creating pretty Instagram stories to promote my blog posts and Unfold is such a great one to use if you want to add a more editorial vibe to your page. You can add multiple photos to a story and a little caption, making the finished look much more professional and chic - and very monochrome if that's your thing! You get a basic set of templates for free and then you have the more intricate, limited-edition sets which start at just 99p! 

Preview | I'm pretty sure most people have this app or something similar but if you don't, Preview is an Instagram grid planner where you can add and rearrange your photos to test what kind of layout you want. I know 'themes' are a bit of a controversial topic amongst bloggers but I personally find that having a cohesive feed definitely looks more professional and is more aesthetically pleasing to your audience. I believe you can also schedule posts on Preview but I don't use that feature - I'm not that organised.

Shopstyle Collective | The final app I wanted to mention is all to do with affiliate links. Now I don't make a lot of money from affiliate links nor do I use them everywhere, however, I think it is a great way to help your audience. So many times I've watched a content creator share a product or item of clothing on their social media that I really love but can't find because there's no link to where it's from. That being said I want to stress you really don't make that much - unless you're someone like Caroline Hirons with a massive reader count who always buy your recommendations. In the time I've used them I've made a whopping £6 #ballin! The main place I insert affiliate links is in the widget at the end of my blog posts as it gives people the option to go straight through to purchase something I've featured if they're interested. Two birds. 


I really hope you found this post helpful and be sure to let me know which apps you can't be without!

Maiya
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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Five Apps Every Content Creator Needs

five apps every content creator needs
Bloggers, content creators, influencers, whatever you want to call us, we're (mostly) a hard-working bunch and we spend a lot of time trying to put out the best content we possibly can. It's a challenging yet extremely rewarding job but it can be hard to create exactly what you want if you don't have the correct resources to hand. Whether that includes the basics like a good platform to engage with your readers/followers, or maybe you're looking for a site to help redesign your brand. Blogging is a never-ending process and there are always things that need ironing out so today I'm sharing my five must-have apps that should be in everyone's essentials!

Adobe Lightroom CC | Photos are a key part in creating amazing content and when I discovered this app my whole photography game changed. I'm a massive perfectionist but a lot of other photo apps I've used had really awkward settings that weren't easy to navigate but Lightroom is super straightforward and keeps my images very close to the original - just a bit more polished! I do all my basic editing on here which usually consists of cropping the image, adjusting the brightness and turning up the sharpness to make everything crisp. Usually, once I've done all of that my photos are ready to add to my blog post or share on Instagram. I can't recommend it enough! Some people use presets to keep a colour scheme going which can look amazing, I've made a couple in the past but I just prefer to edit each photo individually.

Canva | I've used the Canva website on and off for a couple of years but in 2019 I discovered that they have an app and it's honestly such a life-saver! This is where I go for all my illustration needs. They have templates for so many things, blog headers, YouTube thumbnails, Facebook posts, if it's social media-related, you name it, it'll be on there! I mainly use the app to edit my Instagram highlight covers, they're pretty simple but it keeps everything nice and uniform. I also used Canva to update my media kit as my old one wasn't very exciting and they had so many amazing free templates to choose from! I'm so so happy with my new one - also, if you don't have a media kit already, what are you waiting for? 

Unfold | I love creating pretty Instagram stories to promote my blog posts and Unfold is such a great one to use if you want to add a more editorial vibe to your page. You can add multiple photos to a story and a little caption, making the finished look much more professional and chic - and very monochrome if that's your thing! You get a basic set of templates for free and then you have the more intricate, limited-edition sets which start at just 99p! 

Preview | I'm pretty sure most people have this app or something similar but if you don't, Preview is an Instagram grid planner where you can add and rearrange your photos to test what kind of layout you want. I know 'themes' are a bit of a controversial topic amongst bloggers but I personally find that having a cohesive feed definitely looks more professional and is more aesthetically pleasing to your audience. I believe you can also schedule posts on Preview but I don't use that feature - I'm not that organised.

Shopstyle Collective | The final app I wanted to mention is all to do with affiliate links. Now I don't make a lot of money from affiliate links nor do I use them everywhere, however, I think it is a great way to help your audience. So many times I've watched a content creator share a product or item of clothing on their social media that I really love but can't find because there's no link to where it's from. That being said I want to stress you really don't make that much - unless you're someone like Caroline Hirons with a massive reader count who always buy your recommendations. In the time I've used them I've made a whopping £6 #ballin! The main place I insert affiliate links is in the widget at the end of my blog posts as it gives people the option to go straight through to purchase something I've featured if they're interested. Two birds. 


I really hope you found this post helpful and be sure to let me know which apps you can't be without!

Maiya
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january beauty favourites 2020
Wow, for a moment there I thought January was never going to end! Why does the New Year always drag? Anyway, we've made it through the first month of 2020 and I'm pleased to say my year has started off much better than I anticipated! I've been focusing more on myself & my goals and my productivity has soared! I'm so excited to start creating new content (quick thought, would anyone be interested in an updated blog planning/content related post?) I've got a bunch of favourites to share with you today but I also thought I'd mix it up and share some of my overall monthly highlights as well as the beauty picks! Let's dive in...

Since the majority of you are beauty addicts like me it's only appropriate I start with everything I've been shoving on my face the past four weeks. The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil is an oldie but a goodie. It's one of those products that I just have to have handy in case I'm ever looking a bit dull and scaly and want something luxurious to slather myself in. I use it on my body, hair, pretty much anywhere that has a tendency to feel dry and how many years later after first using it, I'm still hypnotised by the scent! For makeup, I've got two stand out products, the Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes Exaggereyes Palette has been on my blog countless times before as it's just such a great everyday quad! Full of beautiful rosy hues and a gorgeous transparent sparkle, this is what I've been reaching for every single time I do my eyes. The second pick is still fairly new to me but has become an absolute must in my makeup bag! Everyone and their mum seem to love Benefit brow products and not long ago I picked up their Precisely My Brow Pencil in 4.5 and it has completely changed my brow game! The super-fine nib makes it really easy to create defined yet natural strokes that mimic real brow hairs so you can go as natural or dramatic as you want. And it absolutely will not budge! 

I've discovered so many amazing skincare products over the last month (blog posts pending) but today I thought I'd talk about the bits I used the most throughout January. The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturiser* has been my go-to any time I've worn makeup. Instead of a day cream, I'll take a 5p sized amount, massage it all over my face and slightly down the neck and it just has the smoothest texture that leaves my skin well moisturised and plump with just the right amount of tackiness to hold my foundation. It's formulated with Shea Butter - I've personally had no issues with breakouts when using this, Macadamia Seed Oil and a Plant-Derived Silicone alternative for a seriously nourished finish! It's super affordable too! On the other side of my routine, we have The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser which I use every morning and most evenings to keep my skin beautifully smooth and decongested. The gel formula isn't too thick and emulsifies into a deep cleansing but non-irritating wash - perfect for oily/blemish-prone skin! Skin texture be gone!

I've been obsessed with the Olay Glow Boost Clay Stick* for months now. It's such a unique and genius way to apply the product as it cuts out all of the mess and you can simply swipe it on the areas you want to target in seconds. This particular one is White Clay based to help draw out impurities and reveal fresher skin but it doesn't dry super tight so it's really comfortable and after 10 minutes you're left with a super smooth, radiant complexion! The Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment* has also been well-loved recently, it's very different to a traditional lip balm as it's more of a lotion/creamy texture and the metal applicator is definitely a luxurious touch. I use this every night and my lips feel baby smooth the next morning and my lippies apply like a dream - love! 


Glossier pop up 2020
Glossier pop up London 2020
Glossier pop up London
The inkey list event 2020
The inkey list event 2020
The inkey list event 2020
As I mentioned earlier I wanted to switch things up and share some lifestyle favourites, starting with my visit to the Glossier Pop Up in London (Covent Garden to be exact). It opened some months back and was originally going to closing mid-Feb but it's now sticking around for the rest of the year - woop woop! It's such a cute space, filled with four differently coloured layouts laden with goodies. It's the perfect way to test out their products in person and get some cute selfies all in one! On the same day, I also attended an event with The Inkey List which was super exciting! I got to talk with one of their team in-depth about my skin and created a mini Inkey routine and discovered some new products that are perfect for my current skin concerns. I also got a sneak peek at their upcoming releases and let me tell you they've got some amazing bits lined up! I'm particularly excited to try the new Retinol Eye Cream which had the most beautiful consistency and their Oat Cleansing Balm - how lush does that sound? My final favourite is actually food-related but will be nothing new to those of you who follow me on Instagram! I discovered the Whittards Sticky Toffee Pudding White Hot Chocolate around October time last year but only just purchased a full tub and now I don't ever want to be without it. It's a tub of pure toffee, white chocolate heaven! 


What products were you loving last month? 

Maiya
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  • Monday, February 10, 2020

The January Edit

january beauty favourites 2020
Wow, for a moment there I thought January was never going to end! Why does the New Year always drag? Anyway, we've made it through the first month of 2020 and I'm pleased to say my year has started off much better than I anticipated! I've been focusing more on myself & my goals and my productivity has soared! I'm so excited to start creating new content (quick thought, would anyone be interested in an updated blog planning/content related post?) I've got a bunch of favourites to share with you today but I also thought I'd mix it up and share some of my overall monthly highlights as well as the beauty picks! Let's dive in...

Since the majority of you are beauty addicts like me it's only appropriate I start with everything I've been shoving on my face the past four weeks. The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil is an oldie but a goodie. It's one of those products that I just have to have handy in case I'm ever looking a bit dull and scaly and want something luxurious to slather myself in. I use it on my body, hair, pretty much anywhere that has a tendency to feel dry and how many years later after first using it, I'm still hypnotised by the scent! For makeup, I've got two stand out products, the Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes Exaggereyes Palette has been on my blog countless times before as it's just such a great everyday quad! Full of beautiful rosy hues and a gorgeous transparent sparkle, this is what I've been reaching for every single time I do my eyes. The second pick is still fairly new to me but has become an absolute must in my makeup bag! Everyone and their mum seem to love Benefit brow products and not long ago I picked up their Precisely My Brow Pencil in 4.5 and it has completely changed my brow game! The super-fine nib makes it really easy to create defined yet natural strokes that mimic real brow hairs so you can go as natural or dramatic as you want. And it absolutely will not budge! 

I've discovered so many amazing skincare products over the last month (blog posts pending) but today I thought I'd talk about the bits I used the most throughout January. The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturiser* has been my go-to any time I've worn makeup. Instead of a day cream, I'll take a 5p sized amount, massage it all over my face and slightly down the neck and it just has the smoothest texture that leaves my skin well moisturised and plump with just the right amount of tackiness to hold my foundation. It's formulated with Shea Butter - I've personally had no issues with breakouts when using this, Macadamia Seed Oil and a Plant-Derived Silicone alternative for a seriously nourished finish! It's super affordable too! On the other side of my routine, we have The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser which I use every morning and most evenings to keep my skin beautifully smooth and decongested. The gel formula isn't too thick and emulsifies into a deep cleansing but non-irritating wash - perfect for oily/blemish-prone skin! Skin texture be gone!

I've been obsessed with the Olay Glow Boost Clay Stick* for months now. It's such a unique and genius way to apply the product as it cuts out all of the mess and you can simply swipe it on the areas you want to target in seconds. This particular one is White Clay based to help draw out impurities and reveal fresher skin but it doesn't dry super tight so it's really comfortable and after 10 minutes you're left with a super smooth, radiant complexion! The Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment* has also been well-loved recently, it's very different to a traditional lip balm as it's more of a lotion/creamy texture and the metal applicator is definitely a luxurious touch. I use this every night and my lips feel baby smooth the next morning and my lippies apply like a dream - love! 


Glossier pop up 2020
Glossier pop up London 2020
Glossier pop up London
The inkey list event 2020
The inkey list event 2020
The inkey list event 2020
As I mentioned earlier I wanted to switch things up and share some lifestyle favourites, starting with my visit to the Glossier Pop Up in London (Covent Garden to be exact). It opened some months back and was originally going to closing mid-Feb but it's now sticking around for the rest of the year - woop woop! It's such a cute space, filled with four differently coloured layouts laden with goodies. It's the perfect way to test out their products in person and get some cute selfies all in one! On the same day, I also attended an event with The Inkey List which was super exciting! I got to talk with one of their team in-depth about my skin and created a mini Inkey routine and discovered some new products that are perfect for my current skin concerns. I also got a sneak peek at their upcoming releases and let me tell you they've got some amazing bits lined up! I'm particularly excited to try the new Retinol Eye Cream which had the most beautiful consistency and their Oat Cleansing Balm - how lush does that sound? My final favourite is actually food-related but will be nothing new to those of you who follow me on Instagram! I discovered the Whittards Sticky Toffee Pudding White Hot Chocolate around October time last year but only just purchased a full tub and now I don't ever want to be without it. It's a tub of pure toffee, white chocolate heaven! 


What products were you loving last month? 

Maiya
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