It's that time of the month again... no not that time of the month, the time for me to share what I've been loving throughout March. This month was one of the best I've had in a while, mostly because I got married, but also because there were so many amazing beauty releases and new discoveries. I've been using these products daily and I'm still not bored of them. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to share your favourites with me on here or on Instagram!



Makeup





Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream
This is my new go to base product. It has less coverage than a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream but has the most beautiful skin like finish. I apply it with my fingers to even out my skin tone and help me look a bit healthier. I love that it has SPF 30 because it gives me great protection during the day and it means I can use exfoliating products before hand. It is a bit pricey at £34 but to me it's worth every single penny. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you have decent skin and you need some oomph. 



Kiko Milano Cream Crush Eyeshadow - 06
It's fair to say I'm lazy with my eye makeup. I love cream eyeshadows because they're perfect for a 5 minute smokey eye. This one from Kiko is my current fave. It's a burnt copper shade with shimmer. I apply it with my finger or a brush and blend the edges to get instant drama or a wash of colour. I find the staying power to be quite good, after maybe 5-6 hours of wear it does crease, but I don't mind the slightly smudgy look. 


Skincare




Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream
This is pretty much the only night time cream I've used for weeks. Firstly the scent just hypnotises me, it's lavender and it's amazing. I love the texture and the way it absorbs quickly but still leaves a moisturising film on the skin. It's technically an overnight mask so it leaves your skin looking even better the next day. In the morning I'm in shock at how healthy, plump and well rested I look because of this cream. I definitely need to get a back up before I run out and am left without it. (insert crying emoji)



Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
I love this moisturiser! It does everything I need in the morning. It hydrates, softens, smells good and adds radiance. The citrus scent really helps to perk me up and the texture adds a nice base for makeup or if I'm braving the day bare-faced. A little goes a long way so this jar should last me a long time. If you've been looking for a new, solid day time moisturiser you should check this one out. 

Bodycare


Garnier Ultimate Blends Soothing Hydrating Lotion - Oat Milk and White Almond
Most of you will know I have eczema and very irritated, dry cracked skin. That's a nice thought isn't it?
I really struggle to find a cream or lotion that doesn't feel greasy and tacky but this one from Garnier is beautiful. It has a lovely light texture that absorbs in a couple of minutes and doesn't sit heavily on top of the skin. It has a soft scent which isn't overpowering or irritating. Compared to more expensive body creams like TBS Body Butters, this is 10x more hydrating and a fraction of the price!

Fragrance


Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
I told you I was becoming a Jo Malone addict. This is my new signature scent. It's fresh and a bit fruity, and slightly reminds me of shloer or champagne... I've never smelt freesias so I can't say if it's true to them. It lasts for a long time and definitely lingers on the body and clothes. If you like clean, crisp scents and maybe orchard fruit smells, you will love this fragrance. Do your sniffer a favour and try it out at a Jo Malone counter. 

Thank you so much for reading guys!

Maiya
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  • Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Favourites 2016

It's that time of the month again... no not that time of the month, the time for me to share what I've been loving throughout March. This month was one of the best I've had in a while, mostly because I got married, but also because there were so many amazing beauty releases and new discoveries. I've been using these products daily and I'm still not bored of them. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to share your favourites with me on here or on Instagram!



Makeup





Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream
This is my new go to base product. It has less coverage than a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream but has the most beautiful skin like finish. I apply it with my fingers to even out my skin tone and help me look a bit healthier. I love that it has SPF 30 because it gives me great protection during the day and it means I can use exfoliating products before hand. It is a bit pricey at £34 but to me it's worth every single penny. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you have decent skin and you need some oomph. 



Kiko Milano Cream Crush Eyeshadow - 06
It's fair to say I'm lazy with my eye makeup. I love cream eyeshadows because they're perfect for a 5 minute smokey eye. This one from Kiko is my current fave. It's a burnt copper shade with shimmer. I apply it with my finger or a brush and blend the edges to get instant drama or a wash of colour. I find the staying power to be quite good, after maybe 5-6 hours of wear it does crease, but I don't mind the slightly smudgy look. 


Skincare




Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream
This is pretty much the only night time cream I've used for weeks. Firstly the scent just hypnotises me, it's lavender and it's amazing. I love the texture and the way it absorbs quickly but still leaves a moisturising film on the skin. It's technically an overnight mask so it leaves your skin looking even better the next day. In the morning I'm in shock at how healthy, plump and well rested I look because of this cream. I definitely need to get a back up before I run out and am left without it. (insert crying emoji)



Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
I love this moisturiser! It does everything I need in the morning. It hydrates, softens, smells good and adds radiance. The citrus scent really helps to perk me up and the texture adds a nice base for makeup or if I'm braving the day bare-faced. A little goes a long way so this jar should last me a long time. If you've been looking for a new, solid day time moisturiser you should check this one out. 

Bodycare


Garnier Ultimate Blends Soothing Hydrating Lotion - Oat Milk and White Almond
Most of you will know I have eczema and very irritated, dry cracked skin. That's a nice thought isn't it?
I really struggle to find a cream or lotion that doesn't feel greasy and tacky but this one from Garnier is beautiful. It has a lovely light texture that absorbs in a couple of minutes and doesn't sit heavily on top of the skin. It has a soft scent which isn't overpowering or irritating. Compared to more expensive body creams like TBS Body Butters, this is 10x more hydrating and a fraction of the price!

Fragrance


Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
I told you I was becoming a Jo Malone addict. This is my new signature scent. It's fresh and a bit fruity, and slightly reminds me of shloer or champagne... I've never smelt freesias so I can't say if it's true to them. It lasts for a long time and definitely lingers on the body and clothes. If you like clean, crisp scents and maybe orchard fruit smells, you will love this fragrance. Do your sniffer a favour and try it out at a Jo Malone counter. 

Thank you so much for reading guys!

Maiya
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I'll be honest with you, I'm becoming a slight Jo Malone addict. Now that a shop has opened near me, it's becoming harder and harder to resist the charm and luxury within. I love their unique combinations and classic but simple style. The packaging is sleek, modern and a lot more sophisticated than some other perfumes on the counters. Sometimes less really is more.
This month, Jo Malone has introduced their new and brilliant Spring collection 'The Herb Garden'. The range includes five fragrances, each with their own intriguing and totally gorgeous scent. I admit it might sound a bit granny-ish at first, however this line has been cleverly created to embrace all of the earthy elements from the garden whilst being modern and suitable for all ages to wear and enjoy. 



The packaging is stunning! The bottle is green instead of clear and it has a matching green cap. On the back side there is gorgeous detailing of coriander leaves on the stem. 
Price - £44 for 30ml
Scent - Lavender & Coriander

What they say
Step into The Herb Garden. A garden state of mind takes over the senses when a refreshing blend of English and French lavender opens the aromatic gates with a jumpstart of striking coriander. Earthy sage deepens the scent with a natural woodiness. Finally, the unexpected warmth of tonka bean adds depth and sensual balance to the exquisite richness.

Top notes
- English and French Lavender
- Coriander
- Sage
- Tonka Bean

What is it
This is a beautiful cologne with a heavy base of coriander and relaxing blend of lavender. It has a warm almost unisex vibe. (which I don't mind at all) A very modern yet mature twist on some of the best herbs. It works for day and night time, or even just before bed to help ease and relax the mind. Suitable for everyone.









Such beautiful imprinting. 

Summary
I can't get enough of this fragrance. It's hypnotising! Recently I have found a new love for anything with Lavender, hence the medium Yankee Candle jar and box of tea lights in the cupboard... It really is relaxing and this cologne helps me stay calm and happy al throughout the day. I definitely recommend checking out the collection while it's available. I might head back myself and have another spritz of the Sorrel and Lemon Thyme... yes, just a spritz. 
Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, March 28, 2016

New Release - Jo Malone London - The Herb Garden Collection - Lavender & Coriander

I'll be honest with you, I'm becoming a slight Jo Malone addict. Now that a shop has opened near me, it's becoming harder and harder to resist the charm and luxury within. I love their unique combinations and classic but simple style. The packaging is sleek, modern and a lot more sophisticated than some other perfumes on the counters. Sometimes less really is more.
This month, Jo Malone has introduced their new and brilliant Spring collection 'The Herb Garden'. The range includes five fragrances, each with their own intriguing and totally gorgeous scent. I admit it might sound a bit granny-ish at first, however this line has been cleverly created to embrace all of the earthy elements from the garden whilst being modern and suitable for all ages to wear and enjoy. 



The packaging is stunning! The bottle is green instead of clear and it has a matching green cap. On the back side there is gorgeous detailing of coriander leaves on the stem. 
Price - £44 for 30ml
Scent - Lavender & Coriander

What they say
Step into The Herb Garden. A garden state of mind takes over the senses when a refreshing blend of English and French lavender opens the aromatic gates with a jumpstart of striking coriander. Earthy sage deepens the scent with a natural woodiness. Finally, the unexpected warmth of tonka bean adds depth and sensual balance to the exquisite richness.

Top notes
- English and French Lavender
- Coriander
- Sage
- Tonka Bean

What is it
This is a beautiful cologne with a heavy base of coriander and relaxing blend of lavender. It has a warm almost unisex vibe. (which I don't mind at all) A very modern yet mature twist on some of the best herbs. It works for day and night time, or even just before bed to help ease and relax the mind. Suitable for everyone.









Such beautiful imprinting. 

Summary
I can't get enough of this fragrance. It's hypnotising! Recently I have found a new love for anything with Lavender, hence the medium Yankee Candle jar and box of tea lights in the cupboard... It really is relaxing and this cologne helps me stay calm and happy al throughout the day. I definitely recommend checking out the collection while it's available. I might head back myself and have another spritz of the Sorrel and Lemon Thyme... yes, just a spritz. 
Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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For a long time I lost interest in Urban Decay Cosmetics, but that quickly changed when I heard about the new Gwen Stefani Limited Edition collection. UD and Gwen closely collaborated to create a gorgeous makeup range that includes a blush palette, an eyeshadow palette, lip liners and lipsticks. There's even a brow kit. The colour variety is great and the pigmentation is lovely. Today I am reviewing and swatching one of the lipsticks and matching lip liner. 



I was very tempted to buy the red shades but as I'm a nude lover, I picked up the lipstick and matching lip liner in the shade - Ex Girlfriend. 

The packaging is stunning. It was inspired by Gwen's love for black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents. (Reminds me so much of her Sweet Escape video!)
 It's very bold and eye-catching with a hint of glam. You'll definitely look sassy if you pull these out of your bag for a touch up.



GWEN STEFANI LIPSTICK



Price - £16 for 3.4g
Texture - Creamy and smooth
Finish - Opaque colour and smooth application

What they say
Every shade features Urban Decay’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System™—for a super-creamy texture, rich payout color dispersion. 

Key claims
- High pigment
- Creamy formula
- Long lasting with lipliner 

What is it
This is a beautiful nude lipstick that applies evenly and has a good colour pay off. It does not cling to dryness and feels very comfortable. It's a creamy/satin finish. It has no scent. Suitable for all skin types. Best suited for fair/light/medium skin tones.










The shade is a pink nude with some brown tones. 

Pros
- Smooth application
- Non drying
- No scent
- Gorgeous packaging

Cons
- Will get back to you on the lasting power


 GWEN STEFANI 24/7 GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL



Price - £14 for 1.2g
Texture - Creamy pencil
Finish - Even, smooth coverage

What they say
This creamy, waterproof lip pencil (in a range of shades that match her limited-edition Lipsticks) lines and primes to help her lipstick stay put. 

Key claims
- Helps lipstick stay put
- Waterproof
- Creamy formula

What is it
This is a creamy lip pencil that lines the lips evenly whilst adding good coverage. It does not drag or cling to dryness. It's a nice shape and size. There is no scent and it's suitable for all skin types. Again, this shade is best suited to fair/light/medium skin tones.






The pencil is the same pink nude with brown tones. 

Pros
- Nice packaging
- Mid priced
- Buttery texture
- Smooth application
- Non drying
- No scent

Cons
 - I will report back on how it wears with the lipstick

Summary
I love this collection! Urban Decay have definitely helped me re-discover the amazing quality of their products. If you have been debating wether to try products from the range, I would absolutely go for it! The blush palette is next on my list to buy as the colours are too gorgeous to miss out on. The lip pencil looks like my new replacement for MAC Boldly Bare, which is my go to. Gwen Stefani knows how to make good makeup!
Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Collection - Review & Swatches

For a long time I lost interest in Urban Decay Cosmetics, but that quickly changed when I heard about the new Gwen Stefani Limited Edition collection. UD and Gwen closely collaborated to create a gorgeous makeup range that includes a blush palette, an eyeshadow palette, lip liners and lipsticks. There's even a brow kit. The colour variety is great and the pigmentation is lovely. Today I am reviewing and swatching one of the lipsticks and matching lip liner. 



I was very tempted to buy the red shades but as I'm a nude lover, I picked up the lipstick and matching lip liner in the shade - Ex Girlfriend. 

The packaging is stunning. It was inspired by Gwen's love for black and white graphic prints and antique gold accents. (Reminds me so much of her Sweet Escape video!)
 It's very bold and eye-catching with a hint of glam. You'll definitely look sassy if you pull these out of your bag for a touch up.



GWEN STEFANI LIPSTICK



Price - £16 for 3.4g
Texture - Creamy and smooth
Finish - Opaque colour and smooth application

What they say
Every shade features Urban Decay’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System™—for a super-creamy texture, rich payout color dispersion. 

Key claims
- High pigment
- Creamy formula
- Long lasting with lipliner 

What is it
This is a beautiful nude lipstick that applies evenly and has a good colour pay off. It does not cling to dryness and feels very comfortable. It's a creamy/satin finish. It has no scent. Suitable for all skin types. Best suited for fair/light/medium skin tones.










The shade is a pink nude with some brown tones. 

Pros
- Smooth application
- Non drying
- No scent
- Gorgeous packaging

Cons
- Will get back to you on the lasting power


 GWEN STEFANI 24/7 GLIDE-ON LIP PENCIL



Price - £14 for 1.2g
Texture - Creamy pencil
Finish - Even, smooth coverage

What they say
This creamy, waterproof lip pencil (in a range of shades that match her limited-edition Lipsticks) lines and primes to help her lipstick stay put. 

Key claims
- Helps lipstick stay put
- Waterproof
- Creamy formula

What is it
This is a creamy lip pencil that lines the lips evenly whilst adding good coverage. It does not drag or cling to dryness. It's a nice shape and size. There is no scent and it's suitable for all skin types. Again, this shade is best suited to fair/light/medium skin tones.






The pencil is the same pink nude with brown tones. 

Pros
- Nice packaging
- Mid priced
- Buttery texture
- Smooth application
- Non drying
- No scent

Cons
 - I will report back on how it wears with the lipstick

Summary
I love this collection! Urban Decay have definitely helped me re-discover the amazing quality of their products. If you have been debating wether to try products from the range, I would absolutely go for it! The blush palette is next on my list to buy as the colours are too gorgeous to miss out on. The lip pencil looks like my new replacement for MAC Boldly Bare, which is my go to. Gwen Stefani knows how to make good makeup!
Thank you for reading.

Maiya
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It's very obvious from my blog and Instagram posts that I am a Pixi skincare junkie. Their Skintreats range is the best line of skincare I've tried, because of the variety and quality. Whilst strolling the beauty aisles in Marks and Spencer, I noticed a few items from Pixi that I hadn't tried, so in the basket they went. Today we're talking about the totally, amazing Beauty Sleep Cream. Hope you enjoy. 



The cream comes in the traditional Pixi packaging, a slim tube with a pump. Good for travel.
Price - £24 for 35ml
Texture - Rich cream
Finish - Plump, moisturised, nourished skin

What they say
This fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep.

Key ingredients
Chamomile - Calming
Shea Butter - Nourishes and hydrates
Lavender Oil - Soothes and calms
Glacier Water - Mineral rich and hydrating
Sugar Maple - Gently exfoliates
Mango Butter - Packed with Vitamins and protects skin

What is it
 This is a gorgeous night cream that nourishes and calms the skin whilst plumping and adding a healthy glow. It's rich texture softens and smoothes over the face. It has a beautiful lavender scent which some of you may like, some may not ( I can't get enough). Suitable for all skin types. 








How I use it
After my hydrating toner or serum, I take a 5-20p size blob and massage it over my face and neck. This is a PM product. The cream acts as a moisturiser, treatment and overnight mask. ( think Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask) The lavender scent is very relaxing and soothing. 
 In the morning my skin is radiant, plump and healthy looking. This cream is literally sleep in a tube. If you've been neglecting your skincare routine or not getting your 8 hours, this cream will make you look well rested and alive. I love the texture, it's creamy and rich but not greasy or clogging. 

Pros
- Great for travel
- Packed with amazing ingredients
- Instant results
- Soothing scent
- Nourishes, hydrates and moisturises
- Layers beautiful with serums
- Absorbs quickly
- Luxurious texture

Cons
- Pricey for amount of product
- Some people may not like the lavender

Summary
I have found my latest beauty must have. This cream is a personal God send. The first night I tried it, I was hooked! Every morning after has been a best skin day. Of course it may not have the same effect with you, but for me it's the best product I've discovered since Emma Hardie's Moringa Balm. It is worth every single penny and I cannot praise it enough. Please trust me when I say you need this product. 
( and no, this post was not sponsored by Pixi) 
Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Monday, March 21, 2016

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream Review

It's very obvious from my blog and Instagram posts that I am a Pixi skincare junkie. Their Skintreats range is the best line of skincare I've tried, because of the variety and quality. Whilst strolling the beauty aisles in Marks and Spencer, I noticed a few items from Pixi that I hadn't tried, so in the basket they went. Today we're talking about the totally, amazing Beauty Sleep Cream. Hope you enjoy. 



The cream comes in the traditional Pixi packaging, a slim tube with a pump. Good for travel.
Price - £24 for 35ml
Texture - Rich cream
Finish - Plump, moisturised, nourished skin

What they say
This fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep.

Key ingredients
Chamomile - Calming
Shea Butter - Nourishes and hydrates
Lavender Oil - Soothes and calms
Glacier Water - Mineral rich and hydrating
Sugar Maple - Gently exfoliates
Mango Butter - Packed with Vitamins and protects skin

What is it
 This is a gorgeous night cream that nourishes and calms the skin whilst plumping and adding a healthy glow. It's rich texture softens and smoothes over the face. It has a beautiful lavender scent which some of you may like, some may not ( I can't get enough). Suitable for all skin types. 








How I use it
After my hydrating toner or serum, I take a 5-20p size blob and massage it over my face and neck. This is a PM product. The cream acts as a moisturiser, treatment and overnight mask. ( think Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask) The lavender scent is very relaxing and soothing. 
 In the morning my skin is radiant, plump and healthy looking. This cream is literally sleep in a tube. If you've been neglecting your skincare routine or not getting your 8 hours, this cream will make you look well rested and alive. I love the texture, it's creamy and rich but not greasy or clogging. 

Pros
- Great for travel
- Packed with amazing ingredients
- Instant results
- Soothing scent
- Nourishes, hydrates and moisturises
- Layers beautiful with serums
- Absorbs quickly
- Luxurious texture

Cons
- Pricey for amount of product
- Some people may not like the lavender

Summary
I have found my latest beauty must have. This cream is a personal God send. The first night I tried it, I was hooked! Every morning after has been a best skin day. Of course it may not have the same effect with you, but for me it's the best product I've discovered since Emma Hardie's Moringa Balm. It is worth every single penny and I cannot praise it enough. Please trust me when I say you need this product. 
( and no, this post was not sponsored by Pixi) 
Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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I was so excited to hear that Autograph makeup from Marks and Spencer, have collaborated with the stunning Victoria's Secret angel, Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Together they have created a cosmetics line packed with supermodel approved products. I'm so happy to be back to blogging after being gone for the wedding! I hope you enjoy the review.


The cream comes in a hand sized plastic bottle with a pretty rose gold cap. Great for travel.
Price - £18 for 35ml
Texture - Light, soft cream
Finish - Radiant, healthy, moisturised skin

What they say
A light-weight brightening cream for instant radiance. Skin looks healthier and more luminous for a natural dewy glow.

Key claims

- Skin looks healthier and more luminous
- SPF 6
- Moisturises and softens the skin
- Dewy finish
- Instant radiance

What is it
This is a brightening cream that instantly adds glow and luminosity to the face. It has a medium texture that absorbs nicely into the skin. You can use this as moisturiser or primer. It has no scent. Suitable for all skin types and ages.






How I use it
After cleansing and toning, I apply a 5/20p sized amount to the skin. This product is designed to be used in the daytime as it contains SPF. It gives a lovely soft and smooth finish, perfect for makeup application. The glow isn't shimmery or intense, it's a nice subtle radiance that mimics the healthy glow we all want. 

Pros
- Mid priced
- Natural finish
- No chunky sparkle or shimmer
- Can be used all over face, not just high points
- Adds glow, radiance and luminosity 
- No scent

- Good for travel

Cons
 I don't know how it would work on medium - deep skin tones, as it is an off white colour. Sometimes white/off white products with a sheen can appear ashy on a darker skin tone. There are testers in store, so you can try it before you purchase. 

Summary
This has become my new favourite moisturiser/primer when I need to look healthy, fresh and glowing. I love how there's no harsh shimmer, so if you wear it alone, it isn't obvious. It's also a great cheat when you don't want to specifically highlight the face. I can tell I'm going to run out very quickly because I use it almost every day! Bravo Autograph and Rosie! I cannot wait to try some more products from the range. Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Rosie for Autograph - Amazing Radiance Cream Review

I was so excited to hear that Autograph makeup from Marks and Spencer, have collaborated with the stunning Victoria's Secret angel, Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Together they have created a cosmetics line packed with supermodel approved products. I'm so happy to be back to blogging after being gone for the wedding! I hope you enjoy the review.


The cream comes in a hand sized plastic bottle with a pretty rose gold cap. Great for travel.
Price - £18 for 35ml
Texture - Light, soft cream
Finish - Radiant, healthy, moisturised skin

What they say
A light-weight brightening cream for instant radiance. Skin looks healthier and more luminous for a natural dewy glow.

Key claims

- Skin looks healthier and more luminous
- SPF 6
- Moisturises and softens the skin
- Dewy finish
- Instant radiance

What is it
This is a brightening cream that instantly adds glow and luminosity to the face. It has a medium texture that absorbs nicely into the skin. You can use this as moisturiser or primer. It has no scent. Suitable for all skin types and ages.






How I use it
After cleansing and toning, I apply a 5/20p sized amount to the skin. This product is designed to be used in the daytime as it contains SPF. It gives a lovely soft and smooth finish, perfect for makeup application. The glow isn't shimmery or intense, it's a nice subtle radiance that mimics the healthy glow we all want. 

Pros
- Mid priced
- Natural finish
- No chunky sparkle or shimmer
- Can be used all over face, not just high points
- Adds glow, radiance and luminosity 
- No scent

- Good for travel

Cons
 I don't know how it would work on medium - deep skin tones, as it is an off white colour. Sometimes white/off white products with a sheen can appear ashy on a darker skin tone. There are testers in store, so you can try it before you purchase. 

Summary
This has become my new favourite moisturiser/primer when I need to look healthy, fresh and glowing. I love how there's no harsh shimmer, so if you wear it alone, it isn't obvious. It's also a great cheat when you don't want to specifically highlight the face. I can tell I'm going to run out very quickly because I use it almost every day! Bravo Autograph and Rosie! I cannot wait to try some more products from the range. Thanks so much for reading!

Maiya
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