Some of you may or may not know that I am totally cleanser obsessed. Whether it be a milk, cream, gel or balm, I just can't resist trying new ones and adding them to my stash. Everyone has a weakness...
Cleansing is so personal as everybody's skin is different and reacts better to certain products and methods. I love using rich, oily balms that nourish the skin, leaving it soft and protected, while some people prefer foams which give a more 'squeaky clean' effect. There's another common cleansing preference and that's emulsifying. This means the product breaks down and turns into a milk when water is added to it. It also eliminates the need for a flannel/face cloth because of the thinner texture. Even though I prefer to remove my cleanser while it’s in the ‘oily’ stage, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites for emulsifying. 
Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser - £4.99 
This is such a bargain product. It's a gorgeous cream cleanser that gently removes all grease, dirt and left over makeup. It uses Royal Jelly to condition and replenish the skin whilst anti-bacterial Manuka Honey cleanses and balances the skin. I like to massage this into dry skin for about a minute, then add some water to loosen the product and then remove it with a flannel. Of course you can rinse off if you prefer. This is a good option if you're on a budget but need something nourishing and good for all skin types.

REN Rose Centifolia Cleansing Gel - £6 
This is my go to for the Summer time. It's a lovely light gel that cleans the skin without stripping the natural oils of the face. When my skin is acting up I usually go for this as it's really gentle but still does a good job at thoroughly cleaning the skin. It smells of rose which I find really soothing. Once I've worked it into the skin I'll add some water and it turns into a gorgeous foamy milk that rinses off in no time.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - £14 
I have become totally addicted to this product over the past couple months. It contains ingredients like Rosemary, Chamomile, Cocoa Butter and Eucalyptus Oil which my skin just seems to love. This again turns into a milky cream which is very comforting on the skin. It's also a great one for double cleansing. If you're looking for something with more oomph, this one is for you!

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Cleanser - £18 
As the name would suggest, this is a mud based cleanser that helps to brighten, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin after just one use. It has a very similar scent to Glow Tonic. This is a bit drier in texture compared to the others which can make it difficult to massage into the skin, so I find emulsifying to be essential with this one. It's easily one of my top 5 cleansers of all time!

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel - £21
This is the cleanser that gave me the idea for this post in the first place. It's actually designed to transform from a gel, to an oil and then into a milk. It's a gorgeous silky formula made with Marula Plant Oil to promote collagen production, improve skin elasticity and protect against free radical damage. This is suitable for all skin types and is a great all round cleanser. It has a slight musky scent which is so comforting to inhale. I think this is my favourite out of the bunch and it's definitely worth checking out!

Is emulsifying your preference? Which products do you think work best?

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Friday, December 16, 2016

The Best Emulsifying Cleansers

Some of you may or may not know that I am totally cleanser obsessed. Whether it be a milk, cream, gel or balm, I just can't resist trying new ones and adding them to my stash. Everyone has a weakness...
Cleansing is so personal as everybody's skin is different and reacts better to certain products and methods. I love using rich, oily balms that nourish the skin, leaving it soft and protected, while some people prefer foams which give a more 'squeaky clean' effect. There's another common cleansing preference and that's emulsifying. This means the product breaks down and turns into a milk when water is added to it. It also eliminates the need for a flannel/face cloth because of the thinner texture. Even though I prefer to remove my cleanser while it’s in the ‘oily’ stage, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites for emulsifying. 
Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser - £4.99 
This is such a bargain product. It's a gorgeous cream cleanser that gently removes all grease, dirt and left over makeup. It uses Royal Jelly to condition and replenish the skin whilst anti-bacterial Manuka Honey cleanses and balances the skin. I like to massage this into dry skin for about a minute, then add some water to loosen the product and then remove it with a flannel. Of course you can rinse off if you prefer. This is a good option if you're on a budget but need something nourishing and good for all skin types.

REN Rose Centifolia Cleansing Gel - £6 
This is my go to for the Summer time. It's a lovely light gel that cleans the skin without stripping the natural oils of the face. When my skin is acting up I usually go for this as it's really gentle but still does a good job at thoroughly cleaning the skin. It smells of rose which I find really soothing. Once I've worked it into the skin I'll add some water and it turns into a gorgeous foamy milk that rinses off in no time.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - £14 
I have become totally addicted to this product over the past couple months. It contains ingredients like Rosemary, Chamomile, Cocoa Butter and Eucalyptus Oil which my skin just seems to love. This again turns into a milky cream which is very comforting on the skin. It's also a great one for double cleansing. If you're looking for something with more oomph, this one is for you!

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Cleanser - £18 
As the name would suggest, this is a mud based cleanser that helps to brighten, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin after just one use. It has a very similar scent to Glow Tonic. This is a bit drier in texture compared to the others which can make it difficult to massage into the skin, so I find emulsifying to be essential with this one. It's easily one of my top 5 cleansers of all time!

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel - £21
This is the cleanser that gave me the idea for this post in the first place. It's actually designed to transform from a gel, to an oil and then into a milk. It's a gorgeous silky formula made with Marula Plant Oil to promote collagen production, improve skin elasticity and protect against free radical damage. This is suitable for all skin types and is a great all round cleanser. It has a slight musky scent which is so comforting to inhale. I think this is my favourite out of the bunch and it's definitely worth checking out!

Is emulsifying your preference? Which products do you think work best?

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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When I first sat down to write today's blog post I originally planned on doing a beauty related post, but then I thought maybe it'll be fun to switch things up a bit and tell you guys a bunch of facts about me. I've realised that a lot of the time I try so hard to keep my blog professional that I don't show much of my personality which is very important when trying to engage readers. I personally find it much easier to follow a blogger/YouTuber when I can relate to them in one way or another. Blogging is all about sharing your opinions and experiences but there's no point working really hard on blog posts to engage readers when they don't know very much about you. I really hope you enjoy this post and hopefully after this you'll feel like you know me a little bit better. 
1. My parents have the same birthday. 
2. I have quite a good memory.
3. Homemade dal (curry) is my favourite food in the whole world.
4. I hate bugs.
5. When I sneeze there's no choo at the end.
6. I was born on the 6th, at six o'clock, weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces. WTF?
7. When I make a hot drink I have to boil the kettle 2 or 3 times first.
8. I love children and I cannot wait to have some of my own one day (God willing).
9. I'm a big Manchester United fan and I love Cristiano Ronaldo.
10. Cleaning and cooking are actually hobbies of mine. I'm basically like Monica from Friends.
11. Demi Lovato is my girl crush. 
12. I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and I'm very self conscious about it.
13. I've had 9 piercings but I want more.
14. I take hygiene very seriously.
15. I can't stand selfish people.
16. I got married this year on Saturday 5th March ๐Ÿ’–
17. If you have a spot, I'll pop it.
18. I don't really believe in luck or superstitions but I still find myself throwing salt over my shoulder if I spill it or uncrossing any shoes I find. Thanks Mom.
19. I'll enjoy any film with Mike Myers, Jim Carrey or Robin Williams.
20. I originally wanted to be a Makeup Artist but am so happy that I changed my mind and have put all my efforts into blogging. I'm still fairly new to it all but I'm so happy with how far my blog has come and I hope and dream that one day it will be my full time job. 


I'd love to know more about you guys or at least learn who some of my loyal readers are so please leave a comment telling me something about you or that you enjoyed the post! 

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016

20 Things You Didn't Know About Me

When I first sat down to write today's blog post I originally planned on doing a beauty related post, but then I thought maybe it'll be fun to switch things up a bit and tell you guys a bunch of facts about me. I've realised that a lot of the time I try so hard to keep my blog professional that I don't show much of my personality which is very important when trying to engage readers. I personally find it much easier to follow a blogger/YouTuber when I can relate to them in one way or another. Blogging is all about sharing your opinions and experiences but there's no point working really hard on blog posts to engage readers when they don't know very much about you. I really hope you enjoy this post and hopefully after this you'll feel like you know me a little bit better. 
1. My parents have the same birthday. 
2. I have quite a good memory.
3. Homemade dal (curry) is my favourite food in the whole world.
4. I hate bugs.
5. When I sneeze there's no choo at the end.
6. I was born on the 6th, at six o'clock, weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces. WTF?
7. When I make a hot drink I have to boil the kettle 2 or 3 times first.
8. I love children and I cannot wait to have some of my own one day (God willing).
9. I'm a big Manchester United fan and I love Cristiano Ronaldo.
10. Cleaning and cooking are actually hobbies of mine. I'm basically like Monica from Friends.
11. Demi Lovato is my girl crush. 
12. I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and I'm very self conscious about it.
13. I've had 9 piercings but I want more.
14. I take hygiene very seriously.
15. I can't stand selfish people.
16. I got married this year on Saturday 5th March ๐Ÿ’–
17. If you have a spot, I'll pop it.
18. I don't really believe in luck or superstitions but I still find myself throwing salt over my shoulder if I spill it or uncrossing any shoes I find. Thanks Mom.
19. I'll enjoy any film with Mike Myers, Jim Carrey or Robin Williams.
20. I originally wanted to be a Makeup Artist but am so happy that I changed my mind and have put all my efforts into blogging. I'm still fairly new to it all but I'm so happy with how far my blog has come and I hope and dream that one day it will be my full time job. 


I'd love to know more about you guys or at least learn who some of my loyal readers are so please leave a comment telling me something about you or that you enjoyed the post! 

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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When it comes to beauty I'm all about looking glowy and radiant. Sometimes I'll just throw on a bit of highlighter and call it a day but if I start to look flat or dull, I know it's time to bring out my special products. Basically anything made for dry, dull or lack lustre skin. Of course you don't have to use all of these products at one time to look fresh and healthy but incorporating some of them into your routine will give you a more luminous and well rested appearance. Who doesn't want that? 
Prep
To get my skin looking and feeling it's best, I always start with my skincare. I love using oil based cleansers as they clean the skin well without stripping the moisture barrier. I usually reach for the Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil which emulsifies to a milk with water or the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which is a bit richer but still purifying. I always like to use a toner after cleansing and I find that mixing the Pixi Glow Mist and Hydrating Milky Mist together gives me an extra layer of oily goodness. To finish off my skincare I'll use a simple, hydrating moisturiser but if I'm looking particularly grey I'll use my Olay Everyday Sunshine Tinted Moisturising Cream which adds some colour to the face. Lip balm is also essential!

Makeup
Depending on what Im doing and what coverage I need I’ll either use a tinted moisturiser or a medium-full coverage foundation. Bare Minerals, La Roche Posay and L'Oreal make some of my favourites. Moving onto cheeks, I've found the Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi Palette to be the perfect all in one product. It has a rosy pink blush, warm toned bronzer and a champagne highlighter. All of the shades have a subtle sheen which give that 'lit from within' look. If you don't have this palette you can find similar finishes and colours from Hourglass. For my eyes I like to keep it simple with tinted brow gel, mascara and a nude pencil on the waterline. When it comes to the lip you can do whatever you feel like on the day. Every now and then I'll go for something dark and matte but 99% of the time I'll be boring and use a tinted balm or gloss. Recently I've been loving the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose and NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Salsa. Both are nude pink shades that add colour to the face but still keep everything soft and put together. 

So there's my line up for looking like an oil slick. I really hope you found it interesting and don't forget to let me know what products you use to glow!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, December 12, 2016

My Glowy Beauty Routine

When it comes to beauty I'm all about looking glowy and radiant. Sometimes I'll just throw on a bit of highlighter and call it a day but if I start to look flat or dull, I know it's time to bring out my special products. Basically anything made for dry, dull or lack lustre skin. Of course you don't have to use all of these products at one time to look fresh and healthy but incorporating some of them into your routine will give you a more luminous and well rested appearance. Who doesn't want that? 
Prep
To get my skin looking and feeling it's best, I always start with my skincare. I love using oil based cleansers as they clean the skin well without stripping the moisture barrier. I usually reach for the Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil which emulsifies to a milk with water or the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which is a bit richer but still purifying. I always like to use a toner after cleansing and I find that mixing the Pixi Glow Mist and Hydrating Milky Mist together gives me an extra layer of oily goodness. To finish off my skincare I'll use a simple, hydrating moisturiser but if I'm looking particularly grey I'll use my Olay Everyday Sunshine Tinted Moisturising Cream which adds some colour to the face. Lip balm is also essential!

Makeup
Depending on what Im doing and what coverage I need I’ll either use a tinted moisturiser or a medium-full coverage foundation. Bare Minerals, La Roche Posay and L'Oreal make some of my favourites. Moving onto cheeks, I've found the Estee Lauder Summer Glow Multi Palette to be the perfect all in one product. It has a rosy pink blush, warm toned bronzer and a champagne highlighter. All of the shades have a subtle sheen which give that 'lit from within' look. If you don't have this palette you can find similar finishes and colours from Hourglass. For my eyes I like to keep it simple with tinted brow gel, mascara and a nude pencil on the waterline. When it comes to the lip you can do whatever you feel like on the day. Every now and then I'll go for something dark and matte but 99% of the time I'll be boring and use a tinted balm or gloss. Recently I've been loving the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose and NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Salsa. Both are nude pink shades that add colour to the face but still keep everything soft and put together. 

So there's my line up for looking like an oil slick. I really hope you found it interesting and don't forget to let me know what products you use to glow!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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Recently I posted an Instagram story of one of my favourite products, the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, as sadly it was all finished which made me slightly anxious as I didn't have a back-up. This of course meant a trip to Boots was necessary and before I knew it, the next day I was rummaging through her skincare like a kid in a candy store. Funnily enough I didn't actually pick up another C&P as some other things caught my eye and I just couldn't leave Boots without them. I know, so dramatic. 
After having such a positive experience with her cleanser I thought I would try her toner and exfoliator, as these are some of my favourite skincare products to use. I've been testing them ever since and I absolutely love them! They've been working so well for my skin and have definitely improved some of the issues I was having like congestion, dryness and dullness. If you're curious about Liz Earle skincare but haven't tried any of her products, this post may be interesting to you!
Gentle Face Exfoliator - 70ml - £15.75
I'm a firm believer that regular exfoliation helps to make the most out of the skin but usually I stick to chemical exfoliants (AHAs, BHAs etc) as most physical exfoliators are too harsh for my skin. This one however is gentle enough for me to use 2-4 times a week. It has the same texture and scent as the C&P but with added jojoba beads which help to remove dead skin, slough off dry patches and clear blocked pores. I suffer a lot with uneven texture so this is perfect for keeping everything smooth and even. It contains Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish and soften the skin whilst Eucalyptus Oil purifies. 
Physical exfoliators shouldn't be used too often hence the 70ml size. I would say 2-3 times a week is enough to see a difference in the skin. I think this is perfect for all skin types except sensitive as the beads despite being small, may still irritate any sensitivities. I'm totally obsessed with this product which means a back-up is needed asap!

Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer - 200ml - £14.75
I adore facial sprays. They're such a great way to help bring moisture and hydration back to the skin. This one helps to nourish and soothe my skin after cleansing with ingredients like Aloe Vera, Calendula, Cucumber, Rose, Geranium and Vitamin E. All skin types should get along with this product. The scent is so calming and gentle, I can't get enough of it. I love using it both AM and PM and also throughout the day when my skin needs a pick me up. It has a lovely fine mist that covers the face evenly. The 200ml size means it will last a really long time as a little goes a long way. It also comes in a slim bottle with a twist up dispenser which is great for using with a cotton pad. There's not much else to say about this other than it's totally gorgeous and a great option if you're looking for a new toner.

Buy them here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Liz Earle Skincare That I'm Currently Loving

Recently I posted an Instagram story of one of my favourite products, the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, as sadly it was all finished which made me slightly anxious as I didn't have a back-up. This of course meant a trip to Boots was necessary and before I knew it, the next day I was rummaging through her skincare like a kid in a candy store. Funnily enough I didn't actually pick up another C&P as some other things caught my eye and I just couldn't leave Boots without them. I know, so dramatic. 
After having such a positive experience with her cleanser I thought I would try her toner and exfoliator, as these are some of my favourite skincare products to use. I've been testing them ever since and I absolutely love them! They've been working so well for my skin and have definitely improved some of the issues I was having like congestion, dryness and dullness. If you're curious about Liz Earle skincare but haven't tried any of her products, this post may be interesting to you!
Gentle Face Exfoliator - 70ml - £15.75
I'm a firm believer that regular exfoliation helps to make the most out of the skin but usually I stick to chemical exfoliants (AHAs, BHAs etc) as most physical exfoliators are too harsh for my skin. This one however is gentle enough for me to use 2-4 times a week. It has the same texture and scent as the C&P but with added jojoba beads which help to remove dead skin, slough off dry patches and clear blocked pores. I suffer a lot with uneven texture so this is perfect for keeping everything smooth and even. It contains Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish and soften the skin whilst Eucalyptus Oil purifies. 
Physical exfoliators shouldn't be used too often hence the 70ml size. I would say 2-3 times a week is enough to see a difference in the skin. I think this is perfect for all skin types except sensitive as the beads despite being small, may still irritate any sensitivities. I'm totally obsessed with this product which means a back-up is needed asap!

Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer - 200ml - £14.75
I adore facial sprays. They're such a great way to help bring moisture and hydration back to the skin. This one helps to nourish and soothe my skin after cleansing with ingredients like Aloe Vera, Calendula, Cucumber, Rose, Geranium and Vitamin E. All skin types should get along with this product. The scent is so calming and gentle, I can't get enough of it. I love using it both AM and PM and also throughout the day when my skin needs a pick me up. It has a lovely fine mist that covers the face evenly. The 200ml size means it will last a really long time as a little goes a long way. It also comes in a slim bottle with a twist up dispenser which is great for using with a cotton pad. There's not much else to say about this other than it's totally gorgeous and a great option if you're looking for a new toner.

Buy them here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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The cold UK weather finally caught up with my skin last month, giving me dry and dehydrated skin. Don't you just love when that happens? 
To combat these issues I've been drinking more water and have started using facial oils daily. When I looked in my collection to see which oil would be good for replenishing the moisture loss, I saw this one from Pai Skincare and knew it was the one for the job. It has a lot more oomph compared to some of my other oils and it also helps with other concerns like pigmentation and dullness. I hope you enjoy the review guys!
The oil comes in a frosted glass jar with a pipette dispenser. Not the best for travel.
Price - £22 for 30ml
Texture - Thin oil
Finish - Glowing, hydrated skin

What they say
Pai Skin Care Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend is a unique formula which works to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and UV damage in all skin types.

Key claims
Reduces appearance of marks and scars
Conditions skin
Improves texture and firmness
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids
Contains Omegas 3,6,7 & 9

Ingredients
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip Fruit Extract
Natural Vitamin E - (from sunflower)
Rosemary Extract

What is it
This is a beautiful facial oil that brings moisture, radiance and glow back to the skin whilst being light and easily absorbed at the same time. It doesn't feel heavy or clogging which is amazing as some Rosehip Oils can feel thick/gloopy. It definitely smells like Rosehip so bear that in mind if you're not a fan of this smell. Suitable for all skin types.
How I use it
After applying my serum I take 1-2 drops and massage it into the skin covering my face, neck and dรฉcolletรฉ. It's great because you can mix it with your moisturiser, apply it before for an extra layer or use it on its own. I use it both AM and PM. It always adds brightness to the face as well as a nice blanket of protection. I've also noticed my complexion looks more even and pigmentation has been reduced when I use this. Makeup also lays beautifully on top of it. This is a great oil for all skin types, even oily-combination as you can use it sparingly.

Pros
- A little goes a long way
- Natural ingredients
- Vegan
- Great for all skin types
- Good thin texture
- Absorbs easily
- Targets multiple skin issues

Cons
- Bottle not great for travel
- Strong Rosehip smell (may be an issue for some)

Summary
I absolutely adore this oil and I love that it's going to last me a long time. If you've been suffering with any of the mentioned skin concerns you should definitely check out this product. It's a bit of a miracle worker for my skin. I can't recommend it enough!

Buy it here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, December 05, 2016

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend - Review

The cold UK weather finally caught up with my skin last month, giving me dry and dehydrated skin. Don't you just love when that happens? 
To combat these issues I've been drinking more water and have started using facial oils daily. When I looked in my collection to see which oil would be good for replenishing the moisture loss, I saw this one from Pai Skincare and knew it was the one for the job. It has a lot more oomph compared to some of my other oils and it also helps with other concerns like pigmentation and dullness. I hope you enjoy the review guys!
The oil comes in a frosted glass jar with a pipette dispenser. Not the best for travel.
Price - £22 for 30ml
Texture - Thin oil
Finish - Glowing, hydrated skin

What they say
Pai Skin Care Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend is a unique formula which works to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and UV damage in all skin types.

Key claims
Reduces appearance of marks and scars
Conditions skin
Improves texture and firmness
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids
Contains Omegas 3,6,7 & 9

Ingredients
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip Fruit Extract
Natural Vitamin E - (from sunflower)
Rosemary Extract

What is it
This is a beautiful facial oil that brings moisture, radiance and glow back to the skin whilst being light and easily absorbed at the same time. It doesn't feel heavy or clogging which is amazing as some Rosehip Oils can feel thick/gloopy. It definitely smells like Rosehip so bear that in mind if you're not a fan of this smell. Suitable for all skin types.
How I use it
After applying my serum I take 1-2 drops and massage it into the skin covering my face, neck and dรฉcolletรฉ. It's great because you can mix it with your moisturiser, apply it before for an extra layer or use it on its own. I use it both AM and PM. It always adds brightness to the face as well as a nice blanket of protection. I've also noticed my complexion looks more even and pigmentation has been reduced when I use this. Makeup also lays beautifully on top of it. This is a great oil for all skin types, even oily-combination as you can use it sparingly.

Pros
- A little goes a long way
- Natural ingredients
- Vegan
- Great for all skin types
- Good thin texture
- Absorbs easily
- Targets multiple skin issues

Cons
- Bottle not great for travel
- Strong Rosehip smell (may be an issue for some)

Summary
I absolutely adore this oil and I love that it's going to last me a long time. If you've been suffering with any of the mentioned skin concerns you should definitely check out this product. It's a bit of a miracle worker for my skin. I can't recommend it enough!

Buy it here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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I think it's safe to assume that 99% of us have at least one sheet mask somewhere in our stash. When the craze first kicked off several months back, I wasn't all for the hype, but after trying the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, I was instantly converted. 
Not too long ago I saw multiple Instagram posts and stories featuring the new Sheet Masks from Boots and I knew I had to get a piece of the action...So I bought 3!
Even though I've only tried one, I was very pleased with the results and I wanted to give you guys a sort of 'mini review' as I think a lot of people will appreciate their price, quality and technology. 
I look really weird without a top lip! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Price - £2.50
Texture - Wet/saturated sheet mask
Finish - Mixed
Amount - 20ml

Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily - Radiance & Brightening 
I've already given this one a go and I have to say, I loved how it made my skin look and feel. It contains ingredients like Glycerin to moisturise, Grapefruit Extracts to brighten and Tiger Lily to firm. The sheet is very easy to apply and I love how saturated it was. It has a gorgeous floral scent which I found to be really relaxing but not 'heady' in any way. I left mine on for about 15-20 minutes which is the recommended time. Once the time was up I removed the mask and patted the excess serum into my skin and followed with a basic moisturiser. My skin looked so healthy and plump as if I had a good eight hours sleep, which is always a good thing. I was extremely happy with the results and I will definitely keep a stock of these masks for days when my skin is looking dull and lifeless. 

Charcoal & Willow Bark - Cleansing & Purifying
I've never tried a cleansing sheet mask but I love the concept of them. This hybrid mask is designed to purify the skin with Charcoal Powder and Willow Bark Extract whilst Orange Peel Oil works to soothe inflammation. I will apply this in the same way as the first mask and see how it goes. I definitely have high hopes for this one!

Super Hyaluronic - Moisturising & Nourishing
Lastly I picked up the Hyaluronic mask which I have even higher hopes for! This mask is packed with humectants (moisture binders) and oil extracts to nourish, smooth and soften the skin. 
I'm a big Hyaluronic Acid fan and I really hope this works as it would be a great affordable alternative to the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Sheet Masks which are brilliant but almost 10x the price!

What do you think of the range?

Make sure you follow me on Instagram to hear my thoughts on the other two masks as I'll be trying them out in the week. 

Buy the masks here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Sunday, December 04, 2016

Boots Ingredients Sheet Face Mask - First Impressions

I think it's safe to assume that 99% of us have at least one sheet mask somewhere in our stash. When the craze first kicked off several months back, I wasn't all for the hype, but after trying the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, I was instantly converted. 
Not too long ago I saw multiple Instagram posts and stories featuring the new Sheet Masks from Boots and I knew I had to get a piece of the action...So I bought 3!
Even though I've only tried one, I was very pleased with the results and I wanted to give you guys a sort of 'mini review' as I think a lot of people will appreciate their price, quality and technology. 
I look really weird without a top lip! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Price - £2.50
Texture - Wet/saturated sheet mask
Finish - Mixed
Amount - 20ml

Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily - Radiance & Brightening 
I've already given this one a go and I have to say, I loved how it made my skin look and feel. It contains ingredients like Glycerin to moisturise, Grapefruit Extracts to brighten and Tiger Lily to firm. The sheet is very easy to apply and I love how saturated it was. It has a gorgeous floral scent which I found to be really relaxing but not 'heady' in any way. I left mine on for about 15-20 minutes which is the recommended time. Once the time was up I removed the mask and patted the excess serum into my skin and followed with a basic moisturiser. My skin looked so healthy and plump as if I had a good eight hours sleep, which is always a good thing. I was extremely happy with the results and I will definitely keep a stock of these masks for days when my skin is looking dull and lifeless. 

Charcoal & Willow Bark - Cleansing & Purifying
I've never tried a cleansing sheet mask but I love the concept of them. This hybrid mask is designed to purify the skin with Charcoal Powder and Willow Bark Extract whilst Orange Peel Oil works to soothe inflammation. I will apply this in the same way as the first mask and see how it goes. I definitely have high hopes for this one!

Super Hyaluronic - Moisturising & Nourishing
Lastly I picked up the Hyaluronic mask which I have even higher hopes for! This mask is packed with humectants (moisture binders) and oil extracts to nourish, smooth and soften the skin. 
I'm a big Hyaluronic Acid fan and I really hope this works as it would be a great affordable alternative to the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Sheet Masks which are brilliant but almost 10x the price!

What do you think of the range?

Make sure you follow me on Instagram to hear my thoughts on the other two masks as I'll be trying them out in the week. 

Buy the masks here

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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What I've really enjoyed about 2016 is that pretty much every inexpensive cosmetics brand has stepped up their game and are producing products that are better quality, more universal and simply more interesting. Even companies like Primark, New Look and H&M have launched beauty ranges with products that rival some of the high-end versions.
I've known about Natural Collection since I was a pre-teen but what actually inspired this haul was a recent makeup tutorial by mypaleskin. In the video Em used one of their eyeshadows and I couldn't help but think I needed it asap. I also picked up some other bits which look really promising. I hope you enjoy the post guys!

Brow Pencil - Dark Brown - £1.99
I actually picked this up a while ago when I was on the hunt for a new brow pencil. I find it to be really good at filling in any sparse areas whilst adding colour and definition to the brows. Even though my brows are quite full, they sometimes need help to look defined and this is perfect for outlining and making the most out of the brow shape. It's a medium texture which means it deposits colour easily without having to drag the skin. It comes in two shades, medium brown and dark brown. They definitely need to expand their shade range because I think a lot of people would enjoy using this pencil. There's also a spoolie on the other side which is great for touch ups and travelling. A great product at a great price. 

Brow Kit - £1.99
This is one of the cutest products I've ever seen. It's so small and compact that I can't help but think 'aww' when I look at it... What's wrong with me?
The kit contains a wax, powder, spoolie and double sided angle brush. Normally I would use the spoolie first to brush the brows into place, then use the wax to outline and define the brow shape and finally use the powder to fill in any gaps and define. This would be perfect for travelling and I think it will come in very handy over the busy Christmas period. The only downside is that it comes in one shade which will only work for those with dark brows.

Eyeshadow - Milk Chocolate - £1.99
This is the eyeshadow that Em used in her makeup tutorial. It's a lovely pink based, mid tone brown shade that will be perfect as a transition shade on fair-medium skin tones. When Em used it I instantly thought to myself, 'I don't have anything like that, I need to go and buy it'. It has a lovely smooth texture and the pigmentation is amazing, especially for the price. I can't wait to start using this! ๐Ÿ˜

Eyeshadow - Crushed Walnut - £1.99
I saw this shade sitting next to Milk Chocolate and couldn't help but think I needed this one too. It's a gorgeous neutral, dark brown shade that will work great in the crease or along the lash line. This one also has strong pigmentation and a smooth, silky texture. When I swatched both shadows I could see some light reflecting particles but I'm not too worried as they're hardly noticeable and probably non existent when blended on the eyes. This could even be used as a brow powder! 
Gotta love a multi-use product!

Let me know if you've used any of these products!

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, November 28, 2016

Natural Collection Makeup - First Impressions

What I've really enjoyed about 2016 is that pretty much every inexpensive cosmetics brand has stepped up their game and are producing products that are better quality, more universal and simply more interesting. Even companies like Primark, New Look and H&M have launched beauty ranges with products that rival some of the high-end versions.
I've known about Natural Collection since I was a pre-teen but what actually inspired this haul was a recent makeup tutorial by mypaleskin. In the video Em used one of their eyeshadows and I couldn't help but think I needed it asap. I also picked up some other bits which look really promising. I hope you enjoy the post guys!

Brow Pencil - Dark Brown - £1.99
I actually picked this up a while ago when I was on the hunt for a new brow pencil. I find it to be really good at filling in any sparse areas whilst adding colour and definition to the brows. Even though my brows are quite full, they sometimes need help to look defined and this is perfect for outlining and making the most out of the brow shape. It's a medium texture which means it deposits colour easily without having to drag the skin. It comes in two shades, medium brown and dark brown. They definitely need to expand their shade range because I think a lot of people would enjoy using this pencil. There's also a spoolie on the other side which is great for touch ups and travelling. A great product at a great price. 

Brow Kit - £1.99
This is one of the cutest products I've ever seen. It's so small and compact that I can't help but think 'aww' when I look at it... What's wrong with me?
The kit contains a wax, powder, spoolie and double sided angle brush. Normally I would use the spoolie first to brush the brows into place, then use the wax to outline and define the brow shape and finally use the powder to fill in any gaps and define. This would be perfect for travelling and I think it will come in very handy over the busy Christmas period. The only downside is that it comes in one shade which will only work for those with dark brows.

Eyeshadow - Milk Chocolate - £1.99
This is the eyeshadow that Em used in her makeup tutorial. It's a lovely pink based, mid tone brown shade that will be perfect as a transition shade on fair-medium skin tones. When Em used it I instantly thought to myself, 'I don't have anything like that, I need to go and buy it'. It has a lovely smooth texture and the pigmentation is amazing, especially for the price. I can't wait to start using this! ๐Ÿ˜

Eyeshadow - Crushed Walnut - £1.99
I saw this shade sitting next to Milk Chocolate and couldn't help but think I needed this one too. It's a gorgeous neutral, dark brown shade that will work great in the crease or along the lash line. This one also has strong pigmentation and a smooth, silky texture. When I swatched both shadows I could see some light reflecting particles but I'm not too worried as they're hardly noticeable and probably non existent when blended on the eyes. This could even be used as a brow powder! 
Gotta love a multi-use product!

Let me know if you've used any of these products!

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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As much as I love this time of year and all the joy it brings, there's one thing I can't learn to love, and that's the cold weather. Even though I'm constantly layering oils and balms onto my skin, eventually the dehydration begins to show and my lips start to crack and peel. Not a pretty sight
Luckily, I haven't had to suffer too much this Winter as I've found 3 amazing products that get rid of unsightly cracked lips, almost instantly. There's a range of textures and price points so hopefully you'll find something to suit you! I hope you enjoy!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil Lips - £4
I picked this up not too long ago after seeing Fleur De Force raving about it in multiple YouTube videos. This is the best option if you're looking for a daily lip balm that you can apply without having to worry about it. It's a solid oil that melts into the lips giving a slight sheen without adding colour. The slightly warm musky scent is gorgeous and very appropriate for this time of year. I've been using this a lot recently as my everyday lip product because it's simple, quick and perfect for keeping my lips soft and moisturised. A great one to try if on a budget or maybe to gift to your partner if they're hesitant about using traditional 'girly' lip balms. My hubby loves it!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm - £9.50
I don't think I need to say too much about this one as it's a well known cult classic in the beauty-sphere. The main things you need to know is firstly it smells gorgeous, (like lemon sherbet and honey) and it has a thick almost waxy texture which is perfect for softening sore, dry lips. I tend to use it when I go to bed or before makeup because it creates the smoothest base for lip products. It also softens any loose, peeling skin so that you can gently exfoliate it off leaving behind soft kissable lips! This definitely lives up to it's hype!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - 01 Honey - £18
I feel like this is the king out of the 3. It's more luxurious, both in texture and application. It's an oily-gel like texture that coats the lips in a thick layer of comfort, hence the name. The packaging is fancier than most lip balms and it also comes with a fat, padded almost doe-foot like applicator which smooths the product on perfectly. To me this one has the nicest scent. It's soft and slightly sweet. If your lips are seriously dry, cracked or even bleeding, this will dramatically improve the look and feel of them after just one use. It's also my go-to for pamper nights!

What are your secret weapons for battling sore, dry lips? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016

3 Saviours For Dry Lips

As much as I love this time of year and all the joy it brings, there's one thing I can't learn to love, and that's the cold weather. Even though I'm constantly layering oils and balms onto my skin, eventually the dehydration begins to show and my lips start to crack and peel. Not a pretty sight
Luckily, I haven't had to suffer too much this Winter as I've found 3 amazing products that get rid of unsightly cracked lips, almost instantly. There's a range of textures and price points so hopefully you'll find something to suit you! I hope you enjoy!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil Lips - £4
I picked this up not too long ago after seeing Fleur De Force raving about it in multiple YouTube videos. This is the best option if you're looking for a daily lip balm that you can apply without having to worry about it. It's a solid oil that melts into the lips giving a slight sheen without adding colour. The slightly warm musky scent is gorgeous and very appropriate for this time of year. I've been using this a lot recently as my everyday lip product because it's simple, quick and perfect for keeping my lips soft and moisturised. A great one to try if on a budget or maybe to gift to your partner if they're hesitant about using traditional 'girly' lip balms. My hubby loves it!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm - £9.50
I don't think I need to say too much about this one as it's a well known cult classic in the beauty-sphere. The main things you need to know is firstly it smells gorgeous, (like lemon sherbet and honey) and it has a thick almost waxy texture which is perfect for softening sore, dry lips. I tend to use it when I go to bed or before makeup because it creates the smoothest base for lip products. It also softens any loose, peeling skin so that you can gently exfoliate it off leaving behind soft kissable lips! This definitely lives up to it's hype!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - 01 Honey - £18
I feel like this is the king out of the 3. It's more luxurious, both in texture and application. It's an oily-gel like texture that coats the lips in a thick layer of comfort, hence the name. The packaging is fancier than most lip balms and it also comes with a fat, padded almost doe-foot like applicator which smooths the product on perfectly. To me this one has the nicest scent. It's soft and slightly sweet. If your lips are seriously dry, cracked or even bleeding, this will dramatically improve the look and feel of them after just one use. It's also my go-to for pamper nights!

What are your secret weapons for battling sore, dry lips? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
After seeing multiple pictures on Instagram of the new Formula 10.0.6 products in Boots, I was super excited when the brand kindly sent me a few bits to try out for myself. The range is quite extensive including everything from cleansers to spot treatments which is really nice to see from a highstreet brand. Their products  focus on banishing blemishes and promoting clear, healthy skin. I'm really happy with what I received and I wanted to do a mini review for you guys so you can get a better understanding of what the products are like, and whether they're worth buying. 
Also, I'd just like to say that I have no affiliation with this brand and I am not being paid to write this blog post. I hope you enjoy! 


Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser - £8.99
Before you all gasp in horror, I will admit straight away that I was actually quite hesitant to try this foaming product. This is a gel cleanser with Passion Fruit, Chamomile and Green Tea extracts which help balance, brighten and clean the skin. It has a gorgeous fresh but fruity scent which really helps perk me up in the morning. The gel texture massages nicely into the skin, especially when emulsified with water. I'm not usually one to emulsify but thankfully this doesn't turn into bubbly dishwater. I didn't find it to be drying however I do use rich moisturisers and facial oils which do combat dryness. I like to use oil based cleansers most of the time but I would definitely incorporate this into my routine 2-3 times a week or whenever I'm feeling a bit greasy. Overall this is a lovely morning/second cleanse that gives me soft, clear skin whilst blurring my imperfections, making them less noticeable. This is a definite thumbs up from me

Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask - £8.99
I was super excited when I saw this mask in the package as I'm a massive face mask junkie and I'm always looking for a new one to slather all over my face. I wasn't sure whether it would be just another average mud mask but the results after my first use really impressed me. My skin texture was completely smooth, my pores and oilier areas were more refined and my overall complexion was glowing. It contains Strawberry, Rosemary and Yarrow extracts which work really well together to give my skin that 'perfected' look, when it's actually all over the place. This is great mask to use a couple times a week when you need that extra boost. I think the best part about it is that it smells like Petits Filous! ๐Ÿ˜

So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser - £8.99
This is described as a 2 in 1 cleanser and toner but in my eyes it's an exfoliating toner. It's a complete liquid texture that you pour onto a cotton pad and apply after cleansing. It contains Salicylic and Lactic Acid which are great ingredients for breaking down dead skin cells revealing fresh, new skin. I have definitely noticed that my skin looks smoother, clearer and more glowy when I use this. The only downside to the product is the high alcohol content and strong smell. Personally I can get away with using alcohol every couple of days since I use rich moisturising products at the same time but young 'teen' skin may find it too drying. It all depends on how you react to alcohol products but it's definitely worth trying if you think your skin can handle it. 

I hope you found this interesting and helpful guys! Don't forget to let me know if you try some Formula 10.0.6 products. 

Buy them here while they're on offer!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Thursday, November 17, 2016

Formula 10.0.6 Skincare Review

After seeing multiple pictures on Instagram of the new Formula 10.0.6 products in Boots, I was super excited when the brand kindly sent me a few bits to try out for myself. The range is quite extensive including everything from cleansers to spot treatments which is really nice to see from a highstreet brand. Their products  focus on banishing blemishes and promoting clear, healthy skin. I'm really happy with what I received and I wanted to do a mini review for you guys so you can get a better understanding of what the products are like, and whether they're worth buying. 
Also, I'd just like to say that I have no affiliation with this brand and I am not being paid to write this blog post. I hope you enjoy! 


Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser - £8.99
Before you all gasp in horror, I will admit straight away that I was actually quite hesitant to try this foaming product. This is a gel cleanser with Passion Fruit, Chamomile and Green Tea extracts which help balance, brighten and clean the skin. It has a gorgeous fresh but fruity scent which really helps perk me up in the morning. The gel texture massages nicely into the skin, especially when emulsified with water. I'm not usually one to emulsify but thankfully this doesn't turn into bubbly dishwater. I didn't find it to be drying however I do use rich moisturisers and facial oils which do combat dryness. I like to use oil based cleansers most of the time but I would definitely incorporate this into my routine 2-3 times a week or whenever I'm feeling a bit greasy. Overall this is a lovely morning/second cleanse that gives me soft, clear skin whilst blurring my imperfections, making them less noticeable. This is a definite thumbs up from me

Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask - £8.99
I was super excited when I saw this mask in the package as I'm a massive face mask junkie and I'm always looking for a new one to slather all over my face. I wasn't sure whether it would be just another average mud mask but the results after my first use really impressed me. My skin texture was completely smooth, my pores and oilier areas were more refined and my overall complexion was glowing. It contains Strawberry, Rosemary and Yarrow extracts which work really well together to give my skin that 'perfected' look, when it's actually all over the place. This is great mask to use a couple times a week when you need that extra boost. I think the best part about it is that it smells like Petits Filous! ๐Ÿ˜

So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser - £8.99
This is described as a 2 in 1 cleanser and toner but in my eyes it's an exfoliating toner. It's a complete liquid texture that you pour onto a cotton pad and apply after cleansing. It contains Salicylic and Lactic Acid which are great ingredients for breaking down dead skin cells revealing fresh, new skin. I have definitely noticed that my skin looks smoother, clearer and more glowy when I use this. The only downside to the product is the high alcohol content and strong smell. Personally I can get away with using alcohol every couple of days since I use rich moisturising products at the same time but young 'teen' skin may find it too drying. It all depends on how you react to alcohol products but it's definitely worth trying if you think your skin can handle it. 

I hope you found this interesting and helpful guys! Don't forget to let me know if you try some Formula 10.0.6 products. 

Buy them here while they're on offer!

Thank you so much for reading!

Maiya
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When highlighter first took over at the beginning of the year it seemed golden/champagne hues were the go-to but now we're embracing everything from icy cool tones to warm rose gold shades. Normally I'm a champagne kinda girl but I've really been getting into pearly, pink based highlighters which can be a bit more wearable depending on how you apply them. I picked up these two from the drugstore and I can't get enough of them. They have different textures but both give a gorgeous icy glow to the skin which is perfect for this time of year. Oh and did I mention that both of these together cost less than £9? That's crazy!
Freedom Pro Highlight - Diffused - £3
This is one of my favourite highlighting powders. The first time I used it I knew straight away it would become a favourite. It has a lovely smooth texture which sits well on the skin. The shade is a definite pearl with pink undertones and will work for fair-medium skin tones. If you have a deeper skin tone don't worry, this product comes in multiple shades. It's not really pigmented but I prefer it that way. A light dusting on the cupids bow and cheekbones and you'll look lit from within. 

Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter - £5.99
This is a multi-purpose product as you can use it as a primer, mix it with your foundation or apply it solely as a highlighter. Each method offers a different but beautiful and seriously glowy finish. Since this is a liquid it's definitely more pigmented but you can still control the coverage. It has a lovely smooth texture which glides over the skin. If you have bumps/texture, congestion or blemishes you may not want to apply it over those areas but then that goes for any highlighting product. Unfortunately this product only comes in one shade but it's so worth checking out in Boots if you like pink based highlights!

What's your favourite highlighting product for Autumn/Winter? 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Sunday, November 13, 2016

Icy Highlighters For Winter

When highlighter first took over at the beginning of the year it seemed golden/champagne hues were the go-to but now we're embracing everything from icy cool tones to warm rose gold shades. Normally I'm a champagne kinda girl but I've really been getting into pearly, pink based highlighters which can be a bit more wearable depending on how you apply them. I picked up these two from the drugstore and I can't get enough of them. They have different textures but both give a gorgeous icy glow to the skin which is perfect for this time of year. Oh and did I mention that both of these together cost less than £9? That's crazy!
Freedom Pro Highlight - Diffused - £3
This is one of my favourite highlighting powders. The first time I used it I knew straight away it would become a favourite. It has a lovely smooth texture which sits well on the skin. The shade is a definite pearl with pink undertones and will work for fair-medium skin tones. If you have a deeper skin tone don't worry, this product comes in multiple shades. It's not really pigmented but I prefer it that way. A light dusting on the cupids bow and cheekbones and you'll look lit from within. 

Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter - £5.99
This is a multi-purpose product as you can use it as a primer, mix it with your foundation or apply it solely as a highlighter. Each method offers a different but beautiful and seriously glowy finish. Since this is a liquid it's definitely more pigmented but you can still control the coverage. It has a lovely smooth texture which glides over the skin. If you have bumps/texture, congestion or blemishes you may not want to apply it over those areas but then that goes for any highlighting product. Unfortunately this product only comes in one shade but it's so worth checking out in Boots if you like pink based highlights!

What's your favourite highlighting product for Autumn/Winter? 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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I'm a bit late with this post which really annoys me because I started it last week but things came up and I completely forgot about it! I don't have too many things to show you anyway, so I thought I'd do a quick round up of last month's favourites. I hope you enjoy. 
Makeup

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+
I found myself using this an awful lot last month, mainly because it covers pretty much everything in a short amount of time. I love applying it with my fingers and within seconds my skin tone is more even, redness is hidden but I still look glowy and fresh. Its definitely one of the best tinted moisturisers/cc cream type products on the market! If you haven't tried it yet, take the plunge. There's even travel size available from Sephora. Genius. 

Kiko Milano Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow - 03
I'm pretty sure that one day I will own all of these Kiko cream eyeshadows. They're just amazing. This shade was my go-to because it's a warm purple/red based brown that gives a smokey effect without having to bust out a whole load of eyeshadows. It blends super easily and sets after a minute or two giving you chance to layer and build up the colour intensity. I also started using it to start transitioning my makeup from golden hues to more rusty, grungy tones and it works perfectly.

NYX Lip Lingerie - Bedroom Flirt
This liquid lipstick is basically identical to the Kiko eyeshadow and they look beautiful paired together. I wore this a lot because the colour is just beautiful and very Autumn appropriate. I can also get away with slightly over lining my lips before applying this so my lips look quite a bit fuller which I really like. It's also really comfortable to wear and long lasting which is a bonus. 

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm
I love this radiance balm. It works as a moisturiser, primer and glow enhancer all in one. I prefer to use it as a primer which I did through most of September. The slight pink base helps brighten the skin, especially when it's looking grey or dull. It also softens the skin and gives a tacky base for foundation to cling to. My foundation always looks extra smooth and flawless over this balm. For £5.99 you can't go wrong.

Skincare

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Kiran from @alittlekiran and I had a chat about this oil a little while ago and it reminded me how great it is. It's packed with Essential Fatty Acids which helps protect, nourish and hydrate the skin. I started using it again after our chat and after just one use my skin looked healthy, plump and moisturised. It's an amazing multi-tasker and will help with all sorts of skin concerns including scarring, dryness and dull skin. Definitely worth checking out. 

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
This cream really helped moisturise my eye area. It's quite thick but a little goes a long way and it provides just enough moisture without being heavy or clogging. If you're suffering with dehydrated skin around your eyes, check this out. 

Have you been loving any of these products recently?

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Wednesday, October 05, 2016

September Favourites 2016

I'm a bit late with this post which really annoys me because I started it last week but things came up and I completely forgot about it! I don't have too many things to show you anyway, so I thought I'd do a quick round up of last month's favourites. I hope you enjoy. 
Makeup

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+
I found myself using this an awful lot last month, mainly because it covers pretty much everything in a short amount of time. I love applying it with my fingers and within seconds my skin tone is more even, redness is hidden but I still look glowy and fresh. Its definitely one of the best tinted moisturisers/cc cream type products on the market! If you haven't tried it yet, take the plunge. There's even travel size available from Sephora. Genius. 

Kiko Milano Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow - 03
I'm pretty sure that one day I will own all of these Kiko cream eyeshadows. They're just amazing. This shade was my go-to because it's a warm purple/red based brown that gives a smokey effect without having to bust out a whole load of eyeshadows. It blends super easily and sets after a minute or two giving you chance to layer and build up the colour intensity. I also started using it to start transitioning my makeup from golden hues to more rusty, grungy tones and it works perfectly.

NYX Lip Lingerie - Bedroom Flirt
This liquid lipstick is basically identical to the Kiko eyeshadow and they look beautiful paired together. I wore this a lot because the colour is just beautiful and very Autumn appropriate. I can also get away with slightly over lining my lips before applying this so my lips look quite a bit fuller which I really like. It's also really comfortable to wear and long lasting which is a bonus. 

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm
I love this radiance balm. It works as a moisturiser, primer and glow enhancer all in one. I prefer to use it as a primer which I did through most of September. The slight pink base helps brighten the skin, especially when it's looking grey or dull. It also softens the skin and gives a tacky base for foundation to cling to. My foundation always looks extra smooth and flawless over this balm. For £5.99 you can't go wrong.

Skincare

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Kiran from @alittlekiran and I had a chat about this oil a little while ago and it reminded me how great it is. It's packed with Essential Fatty Acids which helps protect, nourish and hydrate the skin. I started using it again after our chat and after just one use my skin looked healthy, plump and moisturised. It's an amazing multi-tasker and will help with all sorts of skin concerns including scarring, dryness and dull skin. Definitely worth checking out. 

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
This cream really helped moisturise my eye area. It's quite thick but a little goes a long way and it provides just enough moisture without being heavy or clogging. If you're suffering with dehydrated skin around your eyes, check this out. 

Have you been loving any of these products recently?

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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Who doesn't love a good old face mask to draw out all of their impurities? I'm always cleansing and protecting my skin with oils and SPF but sometimes even after double cleansing, my pores get clogged and start to look more noticeable (which I hate). I love smearing mud/clay masks on because I just know my skin is going to be super clear and flawless afterwards. If there's one product that really changes my skin, it's a mud/clay mask. 
I did a Top 3 Exfoliating Serums post some months back and it was really popular so I thought I would share with you my 3 favourites deep cleansing/pore refining face masks! I hope you enjoy!

My favourites are - 

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask
Amount - 100ml
Price - £5.99
Texture - Soft, wet clay
Clay based

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Mask
Amount - 30ml
Price - £18
Texture - Soft, mousse/cream
Mud based

Estee Lauder Night Wear Plus 3 Minute Detox Mask
Amount - 75ml
Price- £32
Texture - Light liquid
Clay based

All of these masks are targeted towards detoxifying and cleansing the skin. You can apply them daily or whenever your skin is breaking out/congested.
They all have different textures but all feel soothing and comforting on the skin. The Good Things is great for any skin type, especially people just getting into face masks. Pixi Glow Mud is best for people looking to get a glow, as the name suggests, and the Estee Lauder is perfect for when you want to refresh your skin before applying makeup. They can even be used as spot treatments when you get those inflamed breakouts that need calming. 
I typically leave them on for a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 20. Once they've worked their magic I use a bit of warm water to break them down before fully removing with a flannel/muslin/face cloth. The water helps turn the mask into more of a milk which means I don't have to tug at the skin to remove them, although these masks do come off quite easily. 
My skin always looks brighter, fresher and smoother after using the masks and my pores are practically non-existent.

 If you've been suffering with congestion, blackheads or break outs check these masks out. 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Top 3 Mud/Clay Masks

Who doesn't love a good old face mask to draw out all of their impurities? I'm always cleansing and protecting my skin with oils and SPF but sometimes even after double cleansing, my pores get clogged and start to look more noticeable (which I hate). I love smearing mud/clay masks on because I just know my skin is going to be super clear and flawless afterwards. If there's one product that really changes my skin, it's a mud/clay mask. 
I did a Top 3 Exfoliating Serums post some months back and it was really popular so I thought I would share with you my 3 favourites deep cleansing/pore refining face masks! I hope you enjoy!

My favourites are - 

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask
Amount - 100ml
Price - £5.99
Texture - Soft, wet clay
Clay based

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mud Mask
Amount - 30ml
Price - £18
Texture - Soft, mousse/cream
Mud based

Estee Lauder Night Wear Plus 3 Minute Detox Mask
Amount - 75ml
Price- £32
Texture - Light liquid
Clay based

All of these masks are targeted towards detoxifying and cleansing the skin. You can apply them daily or whenever your skin is breaking out/congested.
They all have different textures but all feel soothing and comforting on the skin. The Good Things is great for any skin type, especially people just getting into face masks. Pixi Glow Mud is best for people looking to get a glow, as the name suggests, and the Estee Lauder is perfect for when you want to refresh your skin before applying makeup. They can even be used as spot treatments when you get those inflamed breakouts that need calming. 
I typically leave them on for a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 20. Once they've worked their magic I use a bit of warm water to break them down before fully removing with a flannel/muslin/face cloth. The water helps turn the mask into more of a milk which means I don't have to tug at the skin to remove them, although these masks do come off quite easily. 
My skin always looks brighter, fresher and smoother after using the masks and my pores are practically non-existent.

 If you've been suffering with congestion, blackheads or break outs check these masks out. 

Thank you for reading!

Maiya
x

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