June has been a good beauty month for me. I've picked up some amazing new products towards the end of the month, and they're so good, they're already favourites. There's even some non beauty favourites that I wanted to share with you. So, here is what I have been loving throughout the month of June.



Skincare 





Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 
 Space NK

I wanted to try this for so long, and I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago. I won't go on too much because I have a full review on it. It is such an amazing cleansing gel. It softens, cleans and brightens my skin. Definitely worth the wait and money. 





Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

I only got this last week, but I have used it everyday since! Sometimes when I'm in Lush I feel like I don't get the real smell of something, because there's such an overpowering scent to the whole store. This smelt amazing in store and out. It's sweet, softening and moisturising. Great for smoothing dry lips!



Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads
Boot

I'm loving these pads recently! When I want more oomph for my acid tone, these are what I use. Again, there is a full review up. They brighten and smooth my skin every time I use them, I also really like their smell. Bonus. 

Makeup 





Revlon HD Lipstick - Rose
Boots/Superdrug

This is a rare buy for me, because I normally don't go for bright lip colours. I am much more comfortable with nudes, but this lipstick has inspired me to get more bright shades. The packaging is simple, but the formula is amazing! It is so creamy, smooth and opaque. This is a bright rosy pink, and it's so flattering. One of the best formulations I've ever tried.




MAC Prep and Prime Natural Radiance - Radiant Yellow
MAC 

Throughout June, I used this almost every time I did my makeup. I don't normally need a primer to hold my foundation in place, but with the warm weather my makeup slides around quicker than normal. It smoothes, evens and creates a perfect base for foundation. My foundation looks glowy and radiant. My base stays set a lot better as well. A good summer staple. 




Clinique Cheek Pop - Melon Pop
Selfridges

This blush is just beautiful. The design, the colour, the texture, it's all just perfect. This is one of the new shades they released and it had my name written all over it! I cannot get enough of peach/coral toned blushes. It gives such a healthy flush on the skin. There is no shimmer, just a gorgeous sheen. I would say you have to build the colour up, so it's best to use a semi-dense brush. (Real Techniques Contour Brush is perfect)

Nails



Boutique Nail Polish - The Royal Mint
Sainsbury's 

This nail polish is summer in a bottle to me. Before this shade, I've never worn bright colours on my nails, or anything besides pink basically. It is very opaque, two coats is all you need. It's a beautiful mint colour that I think anyone can wear. At £4, what a great product. 

Body Care



Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter - Exotic Coconut
Boots/ Sainsbury's

I have been using this everyday since I bought it! It is so comforting to the skin. I am not using it for sunburn but as my daily body cream/butter. It is thick but it absorbs quickly and intensely moisturises. The scent, well it's hypnotising. If you like coconut scents, you will love this!


Hair Care



Superdrug Coconut Water and Coconut Oil Masque
Superdrug

Oh my gosh. If you have not tried this, just buy it. Please go to  Superdrug and pick it up, you will not be disappointed.
I bought this and the shampoo, and my hair has never looked so shiny and healthy. Firstly it's coconut based, which is always a good thing, secondly it has transformed my hair. My hair has never been bad, or very damaged, but recently I wanted to get back some of the shine and silkiness. This masque smells so good, it almost makes my mouth water because it smells so juicy. I use this as my conditioner, 4 days a week. I leave it on for 5 minutes rinse thoroughly. Once my hair is dried, it is so soft and beautiful, but not fake soft, good soft. Just try it! It's inexpensive as well, so everyone can enjoy it.


Non Beauty Favourites


Lana Del Ray - Born To Die Album

My fiancé and I are hooked on this album. Yes, it has been out for a few years but recently it is my go to when I need music. The songs are not too loud but aren't too slow. They have beautiful meaning and her voice is so powerful! It sets the mood for me while I'm blogging, I just can't get enough. 



Beauty and the Beast DVD

This is an old favourite of mine and I finally purchased the DVD. The story is so beautiful but teaches so many lessons and morals. I think it's a film anyone can appreciate and I love watching it at night time. 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, June 29, 2015

June Favourites 2015

June has been a good beauty month for me. I've picked up some amazing new products towards the end of the month, and they're so good, they're already favourites. There's even some non beauty favourites that I wanted to share with you. So, here is what I have been loving throughout the month of June.



Skincare 





Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 
 Space NK

I wanted to try this for so long, and I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago. I won't go on too much because I have a full review on it. It is such an amazing cleansing gel. It softens, cleans and brightens my skin. Definitely worth the wait and money. 





Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

I only got this last week, but I have used it everyday since! Sometimes when I'm in Lush I feel like I don't get the real smell of something, because there's such an overpowering scent to the whole store. This smelt amazing in store and out. It's sweet, softening and moisturising. Great for smoothing dry lips!



Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads
Boot

I'm loving these pads recently! When I want more oomph for my acid tone, these are what I use. Again, there is a full review up. They brighten and smooth my skin every time I use them, I also really like their smell. Bonus. 

Makeup 





Revlon HD Lipstick - Rose
Boots/Superdrug

This is a rare buy for me, because I normally don't go for bright lip colours. I am much more comfortable with nudes, but this lipstick has inspired me to get more bright shades. The packaging is simple, but the formula is amazing! It is so creamy, smooth and opaque. This is a bright rosy pink, and it's so flattering. One of the best formulations I've ever tried.




MAC Prep and Prime Natural Radiance - Radiant Yellow
MAC 

Throughout June, I used this almost every time I did my makeup. I don't normally need a primer to hold my foundation in place, but with the warm weather my makeup slides around quicker than normal. It smoothes, evens and creates a perfect base for foundation. My foundation looks glowy and radiant. My base stays set a lot better as well. A good summer staple. 




Clinique Cheek Pop - Melon Pop
Selfridges

This blush is just beautiful. The design, the colour, the texture, it's all just perfect. This is one of the new shades they released and it had my name written all over it! I cannot get enough of peach/coral toned blushes. It gives such a healthy flush on the skin. There is no shimmer, just a gorgeous sheen. I would say you have to build the colour up, so it's best to use a semi-dense brush. (Real Techniques Contour Brush is perfect)

Nails



Boutique Nail Polish - The Royal Mint
Sainsbury's 

This nail polish is summer in a bottle to me. Before this shade, I've never worn bright colours on my nails, or anything besides pink basically. It is very opaque, two coats is all you need. It's a beautiful mint colour that I think anyone can wear. At £4, what a great product. 

Body Care



Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter - Exotic Coconut
Boots/ Sainsbury's

I have been using this everyday since I bought it! It is so comforting to the skin. I am not using it for sunburn but as my daily body cream/butter. It is thick but it absorbs quickly and intensely moisturises. The scent, well it's hypnotising. If you like coconut scents, you will love this!


Hair Care



Superdrug Coconut Water and Coconut Oil Masque
Superdrug

Oh my gosh. If you have not tried this, just buy it. Please go to  Superdrug and pick it up, you will not be disappointed.
I bought this and the shampoo, and my hair has never looked so shiny and healthy. Firstly it's coconut based, which is always a good thing, secondly it has transformed my hair. My hair has never been bad, or very damaged, but recently I wanted to get back some of the shine and silkiness. This masque smells so good, it almost makes my mouth water because it smells so juicy. I use this as my conditioner, 4 days a week. I leave it on for 5 minutes rinse thoroughly. Once my hair is dried, it is so soft and beautiful, but not fake soft, good soft. Just try it! It's inexpensive as well, so everyone can enjoy it.


Non Beauty Favourites


Lana Del Ray - Born To Die Album

My fiancé and I are hooked on this album. Yes, it has been out for a few years but recently it is my go to when I need music. The songs are not too loud but aren't too slow. They have beautiful meaning and her voice is so powerful! It sets the mood for me while I'm blogging, I just can't get enough. 



Beauty and the Beast DVD

This is an old favourite of mine and I finally purchased the DVD. The story is so beautiful but teaches so many lessons and morals. I think it's a film anyone can appreciate and I love watching it at night time. 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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It was about time I tried this cleanser! I'm such a cleansing balm/oil freak and I picked this up recently to give it a go. Just to say, the sales person who gave me a quick demo was so lovely and helpful, I really love the customer service at Lush. Anyway, onto the review of this amazing product.



I love the basic black pot it comes in. Perfect for travel because it's a nice hand size tub, that won't take up loads of space. I have the 100g size.
Price - £7.25 for 45g or £11.50 for 100g
Texture - Thick, soft balm
Finish - Smooth, soft, clean skin

What they say
Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of makeup and dirt without stripping away your skin's natural defences. 

Key ingredients
Almond Oil - Moisturising and hydrating.
Rose Water - Calms and soothes.
Beeswax - Improves condition and texture of the skin, great for acne, dry skin and eczema.
Honey - Moisturising and anti-bacterial.

What is it
This a beautiful balm cleanser that softens, cleans and nourishes the skin. It has a very mild - barely there scent. Great for a morning or second evening cleanse. It's perfect for all skin types. My skin feels and looks amazing after every use. My skin looks radiant, even and balanced.





(balm stage)


(oily stage)

How I use it
I use a 20p size amount for my whole face and neck. I apply to bare, dry skin, massage it all over and remove with a hot damp flannel. Do not cotton off people! Use a nice hot, damp flannel. 

Pros
- Barely there scent
- Perfect and simple
- Cleans and nourishes
- Softens and smoothes
- Contains amazing, beneficial ingredients

Cons
- None

Summary
I'm so glad I finally tried this. I can tell it will be a fail safe product for me. It's simple, fuss free and works amazingly. It will suit everyone, so for teens who want a good cleanser that is effective and gentle this is the one! Problematic and mature skins will also love this because it's gentle but powerful. The price is great for what you get and I can't recommend it enough! Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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  • Friday, June 26, 2015

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser Review

It was about time I tried this cleanser! I'm such a cleansing balm/oil freak and I picked this up recently to give it a go. Just to say, the sales person who gave me a quick demo was so lovely and helpful, I really love the customer service at Lush. Anyway, onto the review of this amazing product.



I love the basic black pot it comes in. Perfect for travel because it's a nice hand size tub, that won't take up loads of space. I have the 100g size.
Price - £7.25 for 45g or £11.50 for 100g
Texture - Thick, soft balm
Finish - Smooth, soft, clean skin

What they say
Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of makeup and dirt without stripping away your skin's natural defences. 

Key ingredients
Almond Oil - Moisturising and hydrating.
Rose Water - Calms and soothes.
Beeswax - Improves condition and texture of the skin, great for acne, dry skin and eczema.
Honey - Moisturising and anti-bacterial.

What is it
This a beautiful balm cleanser that softens, cleans and nourishes the skin. It has a very mild - barely there scent. Great for a morning or second evening cleanse. It's perfect for all skin types. My skin feels and looks amazing after every use. My skin looks radiant, even and balanced.





(balm stage)


(oily stage)

How I use it
I use a 20p size amount for my whole face and neck. I apply to bare, dry skin, massage it all over and remove with a hot damp flannel. Do not cotton off people! Use a nice hot, damp flannel. 

Pros
- Barely there scent
- Perfect and simple
- Cleans and nourishes
- Softens and smoothes
- Contains amazing, beneficial ingredients

Cons
- None

Summary
I'm so glad I finally tried this. I can tell it will be a fail safe product for me. It's simple, fuss free and works amazingly. It will suit everyone, so for teens who want a good cleanser that is effective and gentle this is the one! Problematic and mature skins will also love this because it's gentle but powerful. The price is great for what you get and I can't recommend it enough! Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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I finally caved and picked up the beauty blogger favourite ' Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.' It was a good decision. I've been testing out for almost a week and know exactly how I feel about it. Here is my review.





I love the simple white and black packaging. The bottle isn't heavy but it's not lightweight either. It feels nice and sturdy too.
Price - £28 for 100ml
Texture - Soft oily gel
Finish - Clean, soft, radiant skin

What they say
A new generation non foaming facial cleanser, that quickly and gently removes impurities and makeup while actively illuminating to reveal clean, radiant skin that feel nourished and smooth.

Key ingredients
Pumpkin enzymes - Removes dull skin cells.
Vitamin A Palmitate - Improves the appearance of dry, sun damaged and mature skins.
Vitamin C & E - Protects the skin against free radicals.
Starflower Oil - Rich in Omega 6 which helps improve firmness and elasticity.

What is it
This is a beautiful oily gel cleanser that cleanses the skin quickly and efficiently. Perfect for a morning or second evening cleanse. It has a light, gentle scent, which to me smells likes roses to me, but in a good way. (I am not fond of rose scents) My skin looks and feels beautiful after every use. Suitable for all skin types.





(oily stage)

How I use it
I take a 20p size amount for all over the face and neck. I apply it to bare dry skin and massage it into an oil and remove with a hot damp flannel. I mainly use it as an evening cleanse.

Pros
- Non offensive scent
- Beautiful soft texture
- Softens and adds radiance
- Full of vitamins and natural ingredients

Cons
- None

Summary
There isn't much to say other than this is amazing! This is now a staple in my routine. It fits in with all my other natural, balm, oil gel cleansers which are incredible for the skin. A great mid priced cleanser suitable for anyone. Definitely worth the hype and money! Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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  • Saturday, June 20, 2015

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

I finally caved and picked up the beauty blogger favourite ' Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.' It was a good decision. I've been testing out for almost a week and know exactly how I feel about it. Here is my review.





I love the simple white and black packaging. The bottle isn't heavy but it's not lightweight either. It feels nice and sturdy too.
Price - £28 for 100ml
Texture - Soft oily gel
Finish - Clean, soft, radiant skin

What they say
A new generation non foaming facial cleanser, that quickly and gently removes impurities and makeup while actively illuminating to reveal clean, radiant skin that feel nourished and smooth.

Key ingredients
Pumpkin enzymes - Removes dull skin cells.
Vitamin A Palmitate - Improves the appearance of dry, sun damaged and mature skins.
Vitamin C & E - Protects the skin against free radicals.
Starflower Oil - Rich in Omega 6 which helps improve firmness and elasticity.

What is it
This is a beautiful oily gel cleanser that cleanses the skin quickly and efficiently. Perfect for a morning or second evening cleanse. It has a light, gentle scent, which to me smells likes roses to me, but in a good way. (I am not fond of rose scents) My skin looks and feels beautiful after every use. Suitable for all skin types.





(oily stage)

How I use it
I take a 20p size amount for all over the face and neck. I apply it to bare dry skin and massage it into an oil and remove with a hot damp flannel. I mainly use it as an evening cleanse.

Pros
- Non offensive scent
- Beautiful soft texture
- Softens and adds radiance
- Full of vitamins and natural ingredients

Cons
- None

Summary
There isn't much to say other than this is amazing! This is now a staple in my routine. It fits in with all my other natural, balm, oil gel cleansers which are incredible for the skin. A great mid priced cleanser suitable for anyone. Definitely worth the hype and money! Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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I am a big fan of acid toning, I feel it really makes a difference in my skin and I've done it every day for years. There aren't many affordable and easily available acid toners, but these facial pads are an amazing find! I hope this review helps people who don't know about acid toning, and would like to try it. This can also help people who already do it but want a new product for it. 


The pads come in this hand size tub which works great for travel. 
Price - 60 pads for £12.99
Texture - Textured, bumpy soft pad
Finish - Exfoliated, toned, refreshed skin

What they say
Unveil younger looking skin. 60 radiance boosting pads soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. 

Key ingredients
Glycolic acid - Provides even exfoliation of the skin.
- Reduces fine lines and signs of premature ageing. 
- Further products and treatments can penetrate deeper.

Hyaluronic acid - Moisturises and hydrates.

Blue daisy - Soothes and calms.

What is it
These are thin pads soaked in beneficial acids and ingredients that are a great way to exfoliate without using harsh scrubs and beads. They leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and looking bright and radiant. Chemically exfoliating is great for mature skins, as beads can give you broken capillaries. They don't dry the skin out, and are suitable for AM or PM.



How I use it
I use them at night time after cleansing well. I take one pad and swipe it all over my face and neck, flip it over and do it again. It brightens, tones and prepares for serums and moisturisers. 
( I do get a tickling sensation when I use these. I believe it's my skin getting use to the Glycolic acid, as before this I only used Salicylic acid.)

Pros
- Affordable way to acid tone
- Gentle on the skin
- Smoothes and evens skin
- Fresh scent
- Non abrasive 

Cons
- None

Summary
I love these pads. They are my first purchase from Nip and Fab and I want to try more from the Glycolic range. The pads are great for all skin types, and ages. (Late teens upwards) My second favourite acid toning product! Check if you have an allergy to AHAs or Glycolic Acid. Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Friday, June 12, 2015

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads Review

I am a big fan of acid toning, I feel it really makes a difference in my skin and I've done it every day for years. There aren't many affordable and easily available acid toners, but these facial pads are an amazing find! I hope this review helps people who don't know about acid toning, and would like to try it. This can also help people who already do it but want a new product for it. 


The pads come in this hand size tub which works great for travel. 
Price - 60 pads for £12.99
Texture - Textured, bumpy soft pad
Finish - Exfoliated, toned, refreshed skin

What they say
Unveil younger looking skin. 60 radiance boosting pads soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. 

Key ingredients
Glycolic acid - Provides even exfoliation of the skin.
- Reduces fine lines and signs of premature ageing. 
- Further products and treatments can penetrate deeper.

Hyaluronic acid - Moisturises and hydrates.

Blue daisy - Soothes and calms.

What is it
These are thin pads soaked in beneficial acids and ingredients that are a great way to exfoliate without using harsh scrubs and beads. They leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and looking bright and radiant. Chemically exfoliating is great for mature skins, as beads can give you broken capillaries. They don't dry the skin out, and are suitable for AM or PM.



How I use it
I use them at night time after cleansing well. I take one pad and swipe it all over my face and neck, flip it over and do it again. It brightens, tones and prepares for serums and moisturisers. 
( I do get a tickling sensation when I use these. I believe it's my skin getting use to the Glycolic acid, as before this I only used Salicylic acid.)

Pros
- Affordable way to acid tone
- Gentle on the skin
- Smoothes and evens skin
- Fresh scent
- Non abrasive 

Cons
- None

Summary
I love these pads. They are my first purchase from Nip and Fab and I want to try more from the Glycolic range. The pads are great for all skin types, and ages. (Late teens upwards) My second favourite acid toning product! Check if you have an allergy to AHAs or Glycolic Acid. Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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I have been using this for just over a month and it has become my go to for basic, simple moisturising. I tend to use it in the night time when I don't want heavy products like face oils. It should get more recognition as a great moisturiser that suits all skin types. The review.


I love the packaging. It's a hand size clear tub, with a pretty purple edge. It also has the 'Kate Somerville' dispenser where you push down and it comes out of the middle.
Price - £24.99 for 30ml
Texture - Medium, soft cream
Finish - Soft, nourished, moisturised skin

What they say
Bring volume where it's needed! Fillume volumising moisturiser is a combination of clinically proven ingredients to help target the appearance of subtle facial volume loss.


Key ingredients
Sesamin - Full of zinc, essential for producing collagen
Hyaluronic acid - Binds moisturise to the skin

What is it
This is a beautiful moisturiser for AM/PM. It's medium texture helps it absorb quickly and it leaves the skin soft and nourished. It is highly moisturising and softening. It has no scent and is suitable for all skin types. I can't say if it improves facial lines as I obviously don't have a mature skin, but I think it will plump and firm. 



How I use it
After serum, I apply a 20p size amount all over my face and neck.  I tend to use it as a night time moisturiser when my skin isn't acting up and need something simple. It always leaves my skin soft and gorgeous.

Pros
- No scent
- Light texture
- Softens and moisturises

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great basic moisturiser that will always do what it's supposed to. Suitable for all skin types. To me it's a staple for irritated skin as well because it soothes and calms. I will definitely re-purchase when it runs out. Thank you for reading.

Maiya
  • Monday, June 08, 2015

Indeed Laboratories Fillume Volumising Moisturiser Review

I have been using this for just over a month and it has become my go to for basic, simple moisturising. I tend to use it in the night time when I don't want heavy products like face oils. It should get more recognition as a great moisturiser that suits all skin types. The review.


I love the packaging. It's a hand size clear tub, with a pretty purple edge. It also has the 'Kate Somerville' dispenser where you push down and it comes out of the middle.
Price - £24.99 for 30ml
Texture - Medium, soft cream
Finish - Soft, nourished, moisturised skin

What they say
Bring volume where it's needed! Fillume volumising moisturiser is a combination of clinically proven ingredients to help target the appearance of subtle facial volume loss.


Key ingredients
Sesamin - Full of zinc, essential for producing collagen
Hyaluronic acid - Binds moisturise to the skin

What is it
This is a beautiful moisturiser for AM/PM. It's medium texture helps it absorb quickly and it leaves the skin soft and nourished. It is highly moisturising and softening. It has no scent and is suitable for all skin types. I can't say if it improves facial lines as I obviously don't have a mature skin, but I think it will plump and firm. 



How I use it
After serum, I apply a 20p size amount all over my face and neck.  I tend to use it as a night time moisturiser when my skin isn't acting up and need something simple. It always leaves my skin soft and gorgeous.

Pros
- No scent
- Light texture
- Softens and moisturises

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great basic moisturiser that will always do what it's supposed to. Suitable for all skin types. To me it's a staple for irritated skin as well because it soothes and calms. I will definitely re-purchase when it runs out. Thank you for reading.

Maiya
I finally got my hands on a bottle of Serozinc as my local Boots is starting to stock it. The quest is over and now I get to see what everyone is going on about! It's not something that needs a long trial period, so almost a week after purchasing it, I'm bringing you the review.


It's a standard bottle in the obvious bright blue. Good size if the only toner when travelling. 
Price - £8.50 for 150ml
Texture - Fine mist
Finish - Toned, soothed skin

What they say
Specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish prone skin. Skin looks and feels less shiny and greasy. Skin looks mattified.

Key ingredients
Zinc sulfate - Reduces inflammation.

What is it
Serozinc is spray toner that soothes, hydrates and prepares the skin for serums and moisturisers. It's most beneficial after acid toning, because it will settle the pH of the skin. It will also kill bacteria and can be applied over makeup. Zinc sulfate is great for reducing inflammation which is good for acne. It says it's for oily prone skin but anyone can use it. It is good for refreshing the skin if you get a bit oily through out the day.

Pros
- Soothes and balances
- Prepares skin for serums, moisturisers
- 3 ingredients
- No scent

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great product for anyone to have. It's not something that will completely change your skin, but it is a good first step to adding moisture and prepping the skin. If you can't get your hands on it, La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water is a good alternative. Thank you for reading. 

Maiya
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  • Monday, June 08, 2015

La Roche Posay Serozinc Review

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Serozinc as my local Boots is starting to stock it. The quest is over and now I get to see what everyone is going on about! It's not something that needs a long trial period, so almost a week after purchasing it, I'm bringing you the review.


It's a standard bottle in the obvious bright blue. Good size if the only toner when travelling. 
Price - £8.50 for 150ml
Texture - Fine mist
Finish - Toned, soothed skin

What they say
Specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish prone skin. Skin looks and feels less shiny and greasy. Skin looks mattified.

Key ingredients
Zinc sulfate - Reduces inflammation.

What is it
Serozinc is spray toner that soothes, hydrates and prepares the skin for serums and moisturisers. It's most beneficial after acid toning, because it will settle the pH of the skin. It will also kill bacteria and can be applied over makeup. Zinc sulfate is great for reducing inflammation which is good for acne. It says it's for oily prone skin but anyone can use it. It is good for refreshing the skin if you get a bit oily through out the day.

Pros
- Soothes and balances
- Prepares skin for serums, moisturisers
- 3 ingredients
- No scent

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great product for anyone to have. It's not something that will completely change your skin, but it is a good first step to adding moisture and prepping the skin. If you can't get your hands on it, La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water is a good alternative. Thank you for reading. 

Maiya
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Of course after I post about my favourite body butters, I find one even better! After seeing Caroline Hirons love it, I was 99% sure I'd love it. I've tried it and it's amazing so I wanted to get a review up quickly so you can test it for yourself. 



Just look at this gorgeous mint green tub! It's just one of those products that shouts out to me. 
Price - £5 for 200ml
Texture - Creamy, rich butter
Finish - Soothed, soft gorgeous skin

What they say
Pamper your skin with the luxurious Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter. Intensively hydrating with 12 house moisturisation. Ultra rich moisturisers leave skin feeling silky soft with an exotic coconut scent.

Key ingredients
Coconut oil - Skin softening
Shea Butter - Moisturising 
Avocado oil - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful creamy, buttery body butter than softens and nourishes the skin. It's meant as an after sun treatment so it's very soothing. If you like the original Hawaiian Tropic scent and coconut scents, this is the perfect combo. It smells incredible, it instantly makes me feel summer ready. I have been itching like made recently and this has soothed it a lot, and stopped me scratching.


Pros
- Full of amazing ingredients
- Smells incredible
- Buttery texture that absorbs

Cons
- None

Summary
This is body heaven in a jar. It's the perfect summer body butter, especially if you need something soothing because of sun burn or itching. It has the most amazing scent that I'm sure 90% will love.  For £5 this feels so luxurious and I will always have a tub in my collection. Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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  • Sunday, June 07, 2015

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter - Exotic Coconut Review

Of course after I post about my favourite body butters, I find one even better! After seeing Caroline Hirons love it, I was 99% sure I'd love it. I've tried it and it's amazing so I wanted to get a review up quickly so you can test it for yourself. 



Just look at this gorgeous mint green tub! It's just one of those products that shouts out to me. 
Price - £5 for 200ml
Texture - Creamy, rich butter
Finish - Soothed, soft gorgeous skin

What they say
Pamper your skin with the luxurious Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter. Intensively hydrating with 12 house moisturisation. Ultra rich moisturisers leave skin feeling silky soft with an exotic coconut scent.

Key ingredients
Coconut oil - Skin softening
Shea Butter - Moisturising 
Avocado oil - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful creamy, buttery body butter than softens and nourishes the skin. It's meant as an after sun treatment so it's very soothing. If you like the original Hawaiian Tropic scent and coconut scents, this is the perfect combo. It smells incredible, it instantly makes me feel summer ready. I have been itching like made recently and this has soothed it a lot, and stopped me scratching.


Pros
- Full of amazing ingredients
- Smells incredible
- Buttery texture that absorbs

Cons
- None

Summary
This is body heaven in a jar. It's the perfect summer body butter, especially if you need something soothing because of sun burn or itching. It has the most amazing scent that I'm sure 90% will love.  For £5 this feels so luxurious and I will always have a tub in my collection. Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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It's pretty obvious by now I'm obsessed with The Body Shop and Vitamin C, so this product is a match made in heaven for me. I went into TBS on the day it launched (how coincidental) and saw the big orange signs saying new Vitamin C range, and it was mine. It has been featured on the blog but I wanted to post a full review. I also bought the new Instant Glow Enhancer, so if you'd like to see a review let me know on here or Instagram. Onto the review.


I love that it comes in an orange jar because firstly it's my favourite colour and secondly its so uplifting and colourful. It's not heavy and is nice and sturdy. Good for travel.
Price - £16 for 50ml
Texture - Soft gel to cream 
Finish - Glowing, refreshed skin

What they say
Say goodbye to dull, grumpy, fatigued looking skin with our Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. 

Key ingredients
Camu camu berry - Exceptionally high in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful moisturiser that does everything. It hydrates, adds radiance, smoothes and softens. It has a invigorating citrus/orange scent that wakes me up every morning. The gel to cream texture helps it glide over the skin leaving it so soft. It's a great base under makeup. 


How I use it
On mornings I need more radiance under makeup or bare faced, after applying a serum, I take a small amount (20p) size for all over the face and down onto the neck. It absorbs quickly and always has a noticeable difference. 

Pros
- Beautiful citrus scent
- Light gel texture
- Hydrates and moisturises

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great new moisturiser, perfect for those who need to add radiance and moisture. Or for people who have dull, tired looking skin, this will definitely perk it up. I would say its a mid priced product, worth every penny to me. Test it in store first, incase you're intolerant to Vitamin C. Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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  • Thursday, June 04, 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser Review

It's pretty obvious by now I'm obsessed with The Body Shop and Vitamin C, so this product is a match made in heaven for me. I went into TBS on the day it launched (how coincidental) and saw the big orange signs saying new Vitamin C range, and it was mine. It has been featured on the blog but I wanted to post a full review. I also bought the new Instant Glow Enhancer, so if you'd like to see a review let me know on here or Instagram. Onto the review.


I love that it comes in an orange jar because firstly it's my favourite colour and secondly its so uplifting and colourful. It's not heavy and is nice and sturdy. Good for travel.
Price - £16 for 50ml
Texture - Soft gel to cream 
Finish - Glowing, refreshed skin

What they say
Say goodbye to dull, grumpy, fatigued looking skin with our Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. 

Key ingredients
Camu camu berry - Exceptionally high in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful moisturiser that does everything. It hydrates, adds radiance, smoothes and softens. It has a invigorating citrus/orange scent that wakes me up every morning. The gel to cream texture helps it glide over the skin leaving it so soft. It's a great base under makeup. 


How I use it
On mornings I need more radiance under makeup or bare faced, after applying a serum, I take a small amount (20p) size for all over the face and down onto the neck. It absorbs quickly and always has a noticeable difference. 

Pros
- Beautiful citrus scent
- Light gel texture
- Hydrates and moisturises

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a great new moisturiser, perfect for those who need to add radiance and moisture. Or for people who have dull, tired looking skin, this will definitely perk it up. I would say its a mid priced product, worth every penny to me. Test it in store first, incase you're intolerant to Vitamin C. Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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Recently my 'body' skin has been dry and incredibly itchy. Anything can set it off such as shaving, rough clothing and stress, I think I am also getting eczemaRecently I've been testing out various body lotions/butters and conditioners, and I've found some gems that I think anyone can use. Here are my top 5 body moisturisers.






Lush Sympathy For The Skin
Price - £11.75 for 240g
Texture - Thin lotion
Finish - Soft, soothed skin


What they say
Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a cream of wealth and taste. A rich cream of cocoa butter and bananas to soften the skin.

Key Ingredients
Cocoa Butter - Softening and conditioning
Bananas - Rich and nourishing
Sandalwood oil - Uplifting and soothing

What is it
This is a light lotion that soothes irritation, dryness and roughness to leave the skin soft and nourished. It is very strongly scented of bananas, vanilla and cream to me, so if you don't like those things, you probably won't like this. I use this when I need something that sinks in straight away, softens and calms quickly.

Pros
- Soothes irritation
- Leaves skin very soft
- Works quickly
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- Strong banana milkshake scent



Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter -Lotion
Price - £10 for 500ml
Texture - Medium cream
Finish - Soft, hydrated skin

What they say
Leaves skin softer, smoother and more supple! Conditions dry, flaky skin and reduces rough spots (on elbows, knees and heels).

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Deeply moisturising
Orange flower extract - Soothing

What is it
This is a great body cream (thicker than a lotion, thinner than a body butter) that moisturises without being too greasy. It has the typical Soap and Glory fragrance which I love. It sinks in quickly so I tend to use it after a shower before I get changed. Perfect for all year round.

Pros
- Smells amazing
- Moisturises 
- A lot of product 
- Sinks in quickly

Cons
- None


Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Price - £16.50 for 225g
Texture - Thick cream
Finish - Softened, beautiful skin



What they say
This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous and smelling of roses.

Key ingredients
Argan oil - Rich in essential fatty acids
Cupuacu butter - Conditioning and softening

What is it
 I tend to use a shower gel before I use this to actually feel clean all over. Then I apply this mainly to my arms, legs and décolletage. I leave it on for a couple minutes then rinse it off, and once you're dry, you don't have to moisturise with a cream because its so hydrating. It has a warm, slight rose smell to me, which is good for me because I don't like strong rose scents. It's great for those who want quickness so they can come out the shower, get changed and go. It will also last a long time, not much is needed.

Pros
- Soft, warm scent
- Beautiful texture
- Very moisturising
-Lasts a long time

Cons
-None


Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream
Price - £10.50 for 300ml
Texture - Thick, creamy butter
Finish - Soft, smooth, moisturised skin


What they say
Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream is a five fruits smoothing body cream for fresher, smoother and softer skin.

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Skin softening and smoothing
Fruitliquid fig - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful body butter that smells like juicy zesty fruit with a hint of the original soap and glory scent. It's quite thick but absorbs quickly. It smoothes straight away and leaves the skin super soft and nourished. Perfect for Spring/Summer.

Pros
- Zesty scent
- Good for really dry skin
- Thick and nourishing
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- None


The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Butter
Price - Bought on sale at christmas time (around £12)
Texture - Creamy, rich butter
Finish - Supple, soft skin


What they say
This rich and creamy body butter is a must have for silky, smooth skin. It contains raspberries picked early to preserve their freshness.

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Softening and moisturising

What is it
This is probably my favourite out of them all. It does everything I want from a body cream/butter/lotion. It smells like raspberry yoghurt (munch bunch), leaves my skin the softest and nourished and absorbs quickly. I love a thick butter but it doesn't feel greasy or too heavy, it's perfect for all year round. Every time I use this my routine just feels complete. 

Pros
- Smells amazing
- Feels so smooth and rich
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- None


Summary
To sum up, these are my top 5 picks for body lotions and potions. They all hydrate, soothe and soften. Every one can find a scent they like, wether it be sweet, citrus or warm. With various price points and being quite easy to find, I think these are great if you're looking for a new way to pamper and nourish your skin. 
Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015

My Top 5 Body Moisturisers

Recently my 'body' skin has been dry and incredibly itchy. Anything can set it off such as shaving, rough clothing and stress, I think I am also getting eczemaRecently I've been testing out various body lotions/butters and conditioners, and I've found some gems that I think anyone can use. Here are my top 5 body moisturisers.






Lush Sympathy For The Skin
Price - £11.75 for 240g
Texture - Thin lotion
Finish - Soft, soothed skin


What they say
Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a cream of wealth and taste. A rich cream of cocoa butter and bananas to soften the skin.

Key Ingredients
Cocoa Butter - Softening and conditioning
Bananas - Rich and nourishing
Sandalwood oil - Uplifting and soothing

What is it
This is a light lotion that soothes irritation, dryness and roughness to leave the skin soft and nourished. It is very strongly scented of bananas, vanilla and cream to me, so if you don't like those things, you probably won't like this. I use this when I need something that sinks in straight away, softens and calms quickly.

Pros
- Soothes irritation
- Leaves skin very soft
- Works quickly
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- Strong banana milkshake scent



Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter -Lotion
Price - £10 for 500ml
Texture - Medium cream
Finish - Soft, hydrated skin

What they say
Leaves skin softer, smoother and more supple! Conditions dry, flaky skin and reduces rough spots (on elbows, knees and heels).

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Deeply moisturising
Orange flower extract - Soothing

What is it
This is a great body cream (thicker than a lotion, thinner than a body butter) that moisturises without being too greasy. It has the typical Soap and Glory fragrance which I love. It sinks in quickly so I tend to use it after a shower before I get changed. Perfect for all year round.

Pros
- Smells amazing
- Moisturises 
- A lot of product 
- Sinks in quickly

Cons
- None


Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Price - £16.50 for 225g
Texture - Thick cream
Finish - Softened, beautiful skin



What they say
This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous and smelling of roses.

Key ingredients
Argan oil - Rich in essential fatty acids
Cupuacu butter - Conditioning and softening

What is it
 I tend to use a shower gel before I use this to actually feel clean all over. Then I apply this mainly to my arms, legs and décolletage. I leave it on for a couple minutes then rinse it off, and once you're dry, you don't have to moisturise with a cream because its so hydrating. It has a warm, slight rose smell to me, which is good for me because I don't like strong rose scents. It's great for those who want quickness so they can come out the shower, get changed and go. It will also last a long time, not much is needed.

Pros
- Soft, warm scent
- Beautiful texture
- Very moisturising
-Lasts a long time

Cons
-None


Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream
Price - £10.50 for 300ml
Texture - Thick, creamy butter
Finish - Soft, smooth, moisturised skin


What they say
Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream is a five fruits smoothing body cream for fresher, smoother and softer skin.

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Skin softening and smoothing
Fruitliquid fig - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a beautiful body butter that smells like juicy zesty fruit with a hint of the original soap and glory scent. It's quite thick but absorbs quickly. It smoothes straight away and leaves the skin super soft and nourished. Perfect for Spring/Summer.

Pros
- Zesty scent
- Good for really dry skin
- Thick and nourishing
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- None


The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Butter
Price - Bought on sale at christmas time (around £12)
Texture - Creamy, rich butter
Finish - Supple, soft skin


What they say
This rich and creamy body butter is a must have for silky, smooth skin. It contains raspberries picked early to preserve their freshness.

Key ingredients
Shea butter - Softening and moisturising

What is it
This is probably my favourite out of them all. It does everything I want from a body cream/butter/lotion. It smells like raspberry yoghurt (munch bunch), leaves my skin the softest and nourished and absorbs quickly. I love a thick butter but it doesn't feel greasy or too heavy, it's perfect for all year round. Every time I use this my routine just feels complete. 

Pros
- Smells amazing
- Feels so smooth and rich
- Lasts a long time

Cons
- None


Summary
To sum up, these are my top 5 picks for body lotions and potions. They all hydrate, soothe and soften. Every one can find a scent they like, wether it be sweet, citrus or warm. With various price points and being quite easy to find, I think these are great if you're looking for a new way to pamper and nourish your skin. 
Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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