my spring shower essentials blog post
I think most people use Winter as an excuse to spruce up their shower routine but for me, you can't beat a morning wash in the Springtime when everything smells super fresh and uplifting! During the warmer months products tend to be more geared towards cooling and purifying which is perfect for me as I don't like anything too rich or heavy on my skin. I'm absolutely obsessed with everything in my shower at the moment and today I thought I would give you a run through of my top picks!

HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner* | I was recently sent this duo along with some of their wine inspired hair masks (I know) and it didn't take long for them to make their way into my shower! I have very fine hair and it hates anything that leaves a residue or weighs it down so these have been perfect! The Charcoal is derived from Coconut Shells and is combined with Citrus Oils which help to clarify the hair and remove any impurities without drying it out. They're also sulfate and paraben free and safe for colour treated hair - yasss!

Nivea Shower Silk Mousse Rhubarb Raspberry* | You guys will have already seen me feature this in my recent Mother's Day post but I still wanted to give it a quick mention because I've been loving it for my morning showers! It has a really luxurious texture and it leaves my skin so soft and moisturised but again not greasy or sticky! I'm also obsessed with the smell - if you like girly, sweet scents then you need to try this! 

Mio Skincare Heavenly Body Radiant Salt Scrub* | I love a good body scrub and this has been a godsend for my super dry skin! Every 2-3 days I like using this all over my body but mostly focusing on the flaky areas (mmm, nice) and I love that it helps to exfoliate and smooth whilst still being really gentle! It contains Bitter Orange Peel and Salt particles so you get a nice chunky scrub but nothing uncomfortable and the natural Almond and Coconut Oils leave my skin so glowy and hydrated! Oh, and it smells like a lemon drizzle cake - yum! 

Gilette Venus Divine Razor | The sun is here and the layers are coming off which for most of us means it's time to de-fur ourselves. I've tried a lot of razors in my time but this is definitely my top pick. Gilette razors usually have either 5 or 3 blades and I've noticed that I get much less irritation with the latter. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago and it's still going strong which is quite rare for me as most razors fall apart very quickly (maybe they're just not built for my Chewbacca body?) I highly recommend trying this if you're looking for a new razor - also how cute is the baby pink handle?!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion* | If you live in the UK you will have definitely tried or at least heard of S&G at some point. They're one of my absolute favourite brands and their body products in particular always take me back to when I was 15 and my wish list featured 99% of their range! I'll forever be loyal to the original S&G scent and The Righteous Butter has been my go-to for years but when they released a lighter version I was instantly converted! This silky pink lotion leaves your body super hydrated and smelling amazing without feeling greasy! I also love the fact it comes with a pump!


What are some of your current shower essentials?

Maiya x
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  • Sunday, April 28, 2019

My Spring Shower Essentials

my spring shower essentials blog post
I think most people use Winter as an excuse to spruce up their shower routine but for me, you can't beat a morning wash in the Springtime when everything smells super fresh and uplifting! During the warmer months products tend to be more geared towards cooling and purifying which is perfect for me as I don't like anything too rich or heavy on my skin. I'm absolutely obsessed with everything in my shower at the moment and today I thought I would give you a run through of my top picks!

HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner* | I was recently sent this duo along with some of their wine inspired hair masks (I know) and it didn't take long for them to make their way into my shower! I have very fine hair and it hates anything that leaves a residue or weighs it down so these have been perfect! The Charcoal is derived from Coconut Shells and is combined with Citrus Oils which help to clarify the hair and remove any impurities without drying it out. They're also sulfate and paraben free and safe for colour treated hair - yasss!

Nivea Shower Silk Mousse Rhubarb Raspberry* | You guys will have already seen me feature this in my recent Mother's Day post but I still wanted to give it a quick mention because I've been loving it for my morning showers! It has a really luxurious texture and it leaves my skin so soft and moisturised but again not greasy or sticky! I'm also obsessed with the smell - if you like girly, sweet scents then you need to try this! 

Mio Skincare Heavenly Body Radiant Salt Scrub* | I love a good body scrub and this has been a godsend for my super dry skin! Every 2-3 days I like using this all over my body but mostly focusing on the flaky areas (mmm, nice) and I love that it helps to exfoliate and smooth whilst still being really gentle! It contains Bitter Orange Peel and Salt particles so you get a nice chunky scrub but nothing uncomfortable and the natural Almond and Coconut Oils leave my skin so glowy and hydrated! Oh, and it smells like a lemon drizzle cake - yum! 

Gilette Venus Divine Razor | The sun is here and the layers are coming off which for most of us means it's time to de-fur ourselves. I've tried a lot of razors in my time but this is definitely my top pick. Gilette razors usually have either 5 or 3 blades and I've noticed that I get much less irritation with the latter. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago and it's still going strong which is quite rare for me as most razors fall apart very quickly (maybe they're just not built for my Chewbacca body?) I highly recommend trying this if you're looking for a new razor - also how cute is the baby pink handle?!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion* | If you live in the UK you will have definitely tried or at least heard of S&G at some point. They're one of my absolute favourite brands and their body products in particular always take me back to when I was 15 and my wish list featured 99% of their range! I'll forever be loyal to the original S&G scent and The Righteous Butter has been my go-to for years but when they released a lighter version I was instantly converted! This silky pink lotion leaves your body super hydrated and smelling amazing without feeling greasy! I also love the fact it comes with a pump!


What are some of your current shower essentials?

Maiya x
This post contains affiliate links. Full disclaimer here.


two new skincare picks from indeed labs blog post
I was so excited when these babies landed on my desk a few weeks ago. My mission for 2019 is to achieve ultra smooth, 'looks like she drinks 12 glasses of water' kind of skin and since the beginning of the year, I've been experimenting with my routine, narrowing it down to products that my skin truly loves. Indeed Laboratories is still my go-to brand when it comes to skincare and I don't really see that changing in the immediate future. I've realised that above all my skin is happiest when I use products that are effective and do what they say on the tin which these new releases definitely do! If like me, your goal is to have radiant, lit from within skin, then keep reading... 

Indeed Laboratories Bakuchiol Reface Pads* | I've only used a couple retinol products in the past but I never found anything that I really loved. These pads contain a plant-based alternative to retinol meaning they're much gentler and won't cause any irritation or dryness which you'd normally expect. Bakuchiol has been used in Asia for centuries and helps to increase cell turnover, restore elasticity and boost collagen production. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which makes it perfect for minimising blemishes whilst still being suitable for all skin types. I've been using them mainly at night but the amazing thing about these is that you can use them both AM and PM - how fab is that? They're slightly textured but super soft and well saturated which is just what I look for in a pad! I can't get over how much smoother and more refined my skin looks since I started using these and it only took me a couple of days to see a difference! They've helped with everything from fine lines and pores to texture and uneven skin tone - they're literally glass skin in a pot! 

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion* | I've been a fan of the Hydraluron family for years now so when I saw that they'd added a moisturiser to the range I got way too excited! It contains an advanced moisture complex formulated with a unique blend of high, medium and low molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid which is key for helping the product penetrate. The texture is a cross between a lotion and a cream and I find it perfect for layering with serums or applying alone. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and I love that it doesn't just sit on the skin and actually absorbs. As with all Indeed Labs products, it's fragrance-free and is suitable for all skin types but particularly good if dehydration is your main concern. It also contains Copper, Magnesium and Zinc, three amazing minerals which help protect against pollution, stress and other environmental stressors - something I definitely need living in London! I've been absolutely loving this as my daily moisturiser and recently I've noticed my skin looks 100x better under foundation which is a massive bonus! 


Will you be trying these new Indeed Labs picks?

Maiya 
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Two New Skincare Picks From Indeed Labs

two new skincare picks from indeed labs blog post
I was so excited when these babies landed on my desk a few weeks ago. My mission for 2019 is to achieve ultra smooth, 'looks like she drinks 12 glasses of water' kind of skin and since the beginning of the year, I've been experimenting with my routine, narrowing it down to products that my skin truly loves. Indeed Laboratories is still my go-to brand when it comes to skincare and I don't really see that changing in the immediate future. I've realised that above all my skin is happiest when I use products that are effective and do what they say on the tin which these new releases definitely do! If like me, your goal is to have radiant, lit from within skin, then keep reading... 

Indeed Laboratories Bakuchiol Reface Pads* | I've only used a couple retinol products in the past but I never found anything that I really loved. These pads contain a plant-based alternative to retinol meaning they're much gentler and won't cause any irritation or dryness which you'd normally expect. Bakuchiol has been used in Asia for centuries and helps to increase cell turnover, restore elasticity and boost collagen production. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which makes it perfect for minimising blemishes whilst still being suitable for all skin types. I've been using them mainly at night but the amazing thing about these is that you can use them both AM and PM - how fab is that? They're slightly textured but super soft and well saturated which is just what I look for in a pad! I can't get over how much smoother and more refined my skin looks since I started using these and it only took me a couple of days to see a difference! They've helped with everything from fine lines and pores to texture and uneven skin tone - they're literally glass skin in a pot! 

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion* | I've been a fan of the Hydraluron family for years now so when I saw that they'd added a moisturiser to the range I got way too excited! It contains an advanced moisture complex formulated with a unique blend of high, medium and low molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid which is key for helping the product penetrate. The texture is a cross between a lotion and a cream and I find it perfect for layering with serums or applying alone. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and I love that it doesn't just sit on the skin and actually absorbs. As with all Indeed Labs products, it's fragrance-free and is suitable for all skin types but particularly good if dehydration is your main concern. It also contains Copper, Magnesium and Zinc, three amazing minerals which help protect against pollution, stress and other environmental stressors - something I definitely need living in London! I've been absolutely loving this as my daily moisturiser and recently I've noticed my skin looks 100x better under foundation which is a massive bonus! 


Will you be trying these new Indeed Labs picks?

Maiya 
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This post contains affiliate links. Full disclaimer here.

It's taken me a little while to venture out with what I watch on Netflix, mainly because whenever I'd open the app I'd look around for about four seconds before sticking Friends on for the billionth time! Tell me I'm not the only one who does this? Over the past month or so hubby and I started watching some newbies and we've actually really been enjoying them! I was supposed to get this post up a couple weeks ago but nonetheless here's my monthly Netflix roundup for March! Insert cliche #netflixandchill... 

The Sinner | I can't believe how long it took us to start watching this. We finally started it last month and we were instantly hooked. It's a thriller/horror and it kicked in pretty much straight away which we were definitely not expecting. It's about a detective and a woman who murders someone whilst out with her family but there's so much more to the story and it's really interesting seeing it all unravel! We're halfway through season 2 which is a whole new case and so far it's a bit weird but still really good! 

Dirty John | I had hardly any idea what this was about apart from the fact it's based off a true story but I've been binge watching the hell out of it! It's about a man who marries a woman but he isn't who she thinks he is - I don't want to give too much detail! I love the characters (although the daughters are extremely annoying), I think Eric Bana has done a great job of making you hate the guy!  There are only eight episodes but they're about 40 minutes long so it takes a few days to get through them. I can't wait to see how it ends!

Abducted In Plain Sight | You can probably see a theme developing here. Normally hubby and I stick to comedies and horrors but it's been really nice trying some different genres. I was on Twitter one night and everyone was talking about this so like Bird Box I knew I needed to see what the fuss was about. What I didn't know was the story would have me cursing at the TV all night! It's a documentary about a girl who was kidnapped by a family friend and I don't want to say too much but it's definitely worth trying although be warned, it's quite graphic and will leave you shocked for words!

1922 | I tend to enjoy most Stephen King novels so when I saw this one had been turned into A Netflix Film I had to watch it! Straight away I knew I was going to like it and it actually turned out to be one of the best things I've seen in ages! It features a family living on a farm in Nebraska and all seems well until the wife decides she wants to leave for the city. The story really sucks you in from the beginning and I think Thomas Jane (aka Peter from The Sweetest Thing)  did such a good job - P.S. he's still a total fitty!

Await Further Instructions | The final recommendation I have for you is this horror/sci-fi mix up which although ended up being a little disappointing, still had a very interesting story that I haven't really seen before. Towards the end, I was starting to get a little impatient but there were definitely some good twists that made it worth the watch! 


Have you watched any of these recently?

Maiya
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  • Friday, April 12, 2019

What I've Been Watching On Netflix | March

It's taken me a little while to venture out with what I watch on Netflix, mainly because whenever I'd open the app I'd look around for about four seconds before sticking Friends on for the billionth time! Tell me I'm not the only one who does this? Over the past month or so hubby and I started watching some newbies and we've actually really been enjoying them! I was supposed to get this post up a couple weeks ago but nonetheless here's my monthly Netflix roundup for March! Insert cliche #netflixandchill... 

The Sinner | I can't believe how long it took us to start watching this. We finally started it last month and we were instantly hooked. It's a thriller/horror and it kicked in pretty much straight away which we were definitely not expecting. It's about a detective and a woman who murders someone whilst out with her family but there's so much more to the story and it's really interesting seeing it all unravel! We're halfway through season 2 which is a whole new case and so far it's a bit weird but still really good! 

Dirty John | I had hardly any idea what this was about apart from the fact it's based off a true story but I've been binge watching the hell out of it! It's about a man who marries a woman but he isn't who she thinks he is - I don't want to give too much detail! I love the characters (although the daughters are extremely annoying), I think Eric Bana has done a great job of making you hate the guy!  There are only eight episodes but they're about 40 minutes long so it takes a few days to get through them. I can't wait to see how it ends!

Abducted In Plain Sight | You can probably see a theme developing here. Normally hubby and I stick to comedies and horrors but it's been really nice trying some different genres. I was on Twitter one night and everyone was talking about this so like Bird Box I knew I needed to see what the fuss was about. What I didn't know was the story would have me cursing at the TV all night! It's a documentary about a girl who was kidnapped by a family friend and I don't want to say too much but it's definitely worth trying although be warned, it's quite graphic and will leave you shocked for words!

1922 | I tend to enjoy most Stephen King novels so when I saw this one had been turned into A Netflix Film I had to watch it! Straight away I knew I was going to like it and it actually turned out to be one of the best things I've seen in ages! It features a family living on a farm in Nebraska and all seems well until the wife decides she wants to leave for the city. The story really sucks you in from the beginning and I think Thomas Jane (aka Peter from The Sweetest Thing)  did such a good job - P.S. he's still a total fitty!

Await Further Instructions | The final recommendation I have for you is this horror/sci-fi mix up which although ended up being a little disappointing, still had a very interesting story that I haven't really seen before. Towards the end, I was starting to get a little impatient but there were definitely some good twists that made it worth the watch! 


Have you watched any of these recently?

Maiya
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revlon kiss cushion lip tints blog post
I'm a real sucker for lip products. It's probably the second largest part of my makeup collection after primers and foundations. For me, trying to find the perfect lip formula is like finding a hairdresser that you trust - it takes a lot of searching! I always tend to gravitate towards high-street brands when it comes to lip products and Revlon's latest launch has my name written all over it! 

Inspired by the K-Beauty trend of Popsicle Lips, Revlon have created their new Kiss Cushion Lip Tints* to help you easily switch up your lip game without having to sacrifice pigment or comfort. The pillowy cushion tip makes application super easy and luxurious and all of the lippies are infused with Coconut Oil giving the lips a super soft, full appearance. The formula is super nourishing and almost balm-like providing a comfortable finish which can be really hard to find with a bold lip! There are 10 shades in the range and they can either be used alone or together to create a multitude of looks including blotted, stained and two-toned lips. Think post-ice-lolly vibes! 
revlon kiss cushion lip tints blog post
revlon kiss cushion lip tints swatches
This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
I have 6 shades from the range and they're all so flattering! Pretty Kiss* is a muted rosy brown that I've been wearing pretty much every day! Then we have Pink IRL* a girly bubblegum shade which adds a lovely pop of colour to the face. If orange tones are more your vibe then High-End Coral* is the one for you! Berry Lit* is a super bright fuschia and isn't something I'd normally reach for but I actually really love how it looks against my skin tone. If you prefer a deeper nude or have medium-dark skin then Fancy Rose* is a great one to check out! It has that Kylie Jenner feel which I am all for! Finally, we have Crimson Feels* a beautiful poppy shade that just screams summer! 

I find that one application is enough but you can definitely go in with a second for a really bold finish. What I love most about the tints is that they act as a stain without being drying or heavy on the lips so they're perfect for touching up throughout the day. They also have a slight vanilla/caramel scent which I personally love! For £7.99 I think the tints are an absolute bargain and I can already tell they're going to be one of my Spring/Summer staples!


Will you be trying the Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints?

Maiya
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  • Monday, April 08, 2019

New In Beauty | Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints

revlon kiss cushion lip tints blog post
I'm a real sucker for lip products. It's probably the second largest part of my makeup collection after primers and foundations. For me, trying to find the perfect lip formula is like finding a hairdresser that you trust - it takes a lot of searching! I always tend to gravitate towards high-street brands when it comes to lip products and Revlon's latest launch has my name written all over it! 

Inspired by the K-Beauty trend of Popsicle Lips, Revlon have created their new Kiss Cushion Lip Tints* to help you easily switch up your lip game without having to sacrifice pigment or comfort. The pillowy cushion tip makes application super easy and luxurious and all of the lippies are infused with Coconut Oil giving the lips a super soft, full appearance. The formula is super nourishing and almost balm-like providing a comfortable finish which can be really hard to find with a bold lip! There are 10 shades in the range and they can either be used alone or together to create a multitude of looks including blotted, stained and two-toned lips. Think post-ice-lolly vibes! 
revlon kiss cushion lip tints blog post
revlon kiss cushion lip tints swatches
This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
I have 6 shades from the range and they're all so flattering! Pretty Kiss* is a muted rosy brown that I've been wearing pretty much every day! Then we have Pink IRL* a girly bubblegum shade which adds a lovely pop of colour to the face. If orange tones are more your vibe then High-End Coral* is the one for you! Berry Lit* is a super bright fuschia and isn't something I'd normally reach for but I actually really love how it looks against my skin tone. If you prefer a deeper nude or have medium-dark skin then Fancy Rose* is a great one to check out! It has that Kylie Jenner feel which I am all for! Finally, we have Crimson Feels* a beautiful poppy shade that just screams summer! 

I find that one application is enough but you can definitely go in with a second for a really bold finish. What I love most about the tints is that they act as a stain without being drying or heavy on the lips so they're perfect for touching up throughout the day. They also have a slight vanilla/caramel scent which I personally love! For £7.99 I think the tints are an absolute bargain and I can already tell they're going to be one of my Spring/Summer staples!


Will you be trying the Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tints?

Maiya
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I don't know about you but I really struggle to think of ideas of what to do for Mother's Day. One because I don't live close to my mom anymore and two because she's quite hard to please (don't worry, she doesn't read my blog haha). I always try to buy her a nice gift when I can but over the last couple of years we've been focusing more on things we can do together so today I wanted to share three simple, budget-friendly ways to treat the special lady in your life.
three simple ways to treat your mom this mother's day
This post is a gifted collaboration with Nivea. All opinions are my own. 
Go For A Coffee DateI don't think I've ever heard anyone say no to a coffee date - unless you're one of the few people like my brother who hates hot drinks. Starbucks, Costa and all of the pretty pink cafés with flower walls have become the new social meeting hubs and whilst it's such a simple thing I personally love setting aside forty minutes to an hour to just sit, enjoy my drink (or two) and have a good catch up. Plus it's the perfect opportunity for a photo op!

Have A Pamper Day | You guys know I love a good pamper sesh and whenever my mom and I are together I'm always showing her new beauty bits that I'm testing or giving her a mini makeover so this year I'm definitely going to turn that into a full-on girl's day. We both love finding new bath and shower products and because our skin is so similar we tend to love the same products. I've recently been loving the Nivea Shower Silk Rhubarb Raspberry Mousse* which smells absolutely amazing and leaves my skin so soft and smooth. I'm definitely going to be buying her a bottle! I've also discovered their new Q10 3 in 1 Radiance BB Cushion* which is a great pick for after the pampering when you want something a bit lighter and fresher on the skin It has a gorgeous sheen, hydrating formula and anti-ageing properties! It's definitely one to check out! We're both guilty of putting our hands through the works and the Nivea Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream* is a must-have for keeping them properly nourished and hydrated. It's formulated with almond oil and smells incredible - love!  

Girls Night In | You can't really go wrong with a girl's night in and for my mom and me that usually means one thing - junk food and Netflix. We both love finding a new series or movie, especially if it's a horror/thriller. Friends has been the recent go-to (shocker) but we really want to try something new so if you have any recommendations send them my way! Of course, no girls night is complete without pizza, popcorn and a G&T if you're feeling extra spiffy. Oh and chocolate, don't forget the chocolate! 


Do you have anything fun planned for Mother's Day?

Maiya
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  • Thursday, March 28, 2019

Three Simple Ways To Treat Your Mom This Mother's Day

I don't know about you but I really struggle to think of ideas of what to do for Mother's Day. One because I don't live close to my mom anymore and two because she's quite hard to please (don't worry, she doesn't read my blog haha). I always try to buy her a nice gift when I can but over the last couple of years we've been focusing more on things we can do together so today I wanted to share three simple, budget-friendly ways to treat the special lady in your life.
three simple ways to treat your mom this mother's day
This post is a gifted collaboration with Nivea. All opinions are my own. 
Go For A Coffee DateI don't think I've ever heard anyone say no to a coffee date - unless you're one of the few people like my brother who hates hot drinks. Starbucks, Costa and all of the pretty pink cafés with flower walls have become the new social meeting hubs and whilst it's such a simple thing I personally love setting aside forty minutes to an hour to just sit, enjoy my drink (or two) and have a good catch up. Plus it's the perfect opportunity for a photo op!

Have A Pamper Day | You guys know I love a good pamper sesh and whenever my mom and I are together I'm always showing her new beauty bits that I'm testing or giving her a mini makeover so this year I'm definitely going to turn that into a full-on girl's day. We both love finding new bath and shower products and because our skin is so similar we tend to love the same products. I've recently been loving the Nivea Shower Silk Rhubarb Raspberry Mousse* which smells absolutely amazing and leaves my skin so soft and smooth. I'm definitely going to be buying her a bottle! I've also discovered their new Q10 3 in 1 Radiance BB Cushion* which is a great pick for after the pampering when you want something a bit lighter and fresher on the skin It has a gorgeous sheen, hydrating formula and anti-ageing properties! It's definitely one to check out! We're both guilty of putting our hands through the works and the Nivea Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream* is a must-have for keeping them properly nourished and hydrated. It's formulated with almond oil and smells incredible - love!  

Girls Night In | You can't really go wrong with a girl's night in and for my mom and me that usually means one thing - junk food and Netflix. We both love finding a new series or movie, especially if it's a horror/thriller. Friends has been the recent go-to (shocker) but we really want to try something new so if you have any recommendations send them my way! Of course, no girls night is complete without pizza, popcorn and a G&T if you're feeling extra spiffy. Oh and chocolate, don't forget the chocolate! 


Do you have anything fun planned for Mother's Day?

Maiya
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I absolutely love finding new salons and going for beauty treatments and never in a million years did I think I'd get the chance to experience one through blogging but when an email landed in my inbox from Roxanne Campbell, it was a real 'pinch me' moment! Earlier this month, Roxanne kindly invited me along to visit her new (and absolutely stunning) nail studio in Fulham which is in collaboration with Rose & Wild Hair Concept. Of course, I said yes and today I'm going to walk you through my experience and also give you a bit more background on Roxanne and her incredible brand! 
roxanne campbell nail studio
This post contains a complimentary treatment by Roxanne Campbell. All opinions are my own. 
So who is Roxanne? Apart from being an absolute sweetheart, Roxanne is a multi-award winning Celebrity Nail Care Expert who over the last 13 years has built an extensive profile and become one of the most well-known nail artists in the industry. Not only is she the leading Manicurist and Nail Artist at London & New York Fashion Week but she has also worked on some amazing fashion campaigns and editorial spreads with Elle, Tatler, Vogue and Marie Claire! Oh, and she's created nails for celebrities like Adele, Jourdan Dunn, Winnie Harlow and Dua LipaWhat a #GirlBoss! 

When I arrived for my appointment Roxanne was there to greet me straight away with a very warm welcome. Everything was ready for the treatment to start and as we went to sit down and get comfortable all I could think about was the stunning decor throughout the salon. Roxanne designed her studio herself and I think we can all agree that it's stunning and totally Pinterest-worthy! The teal chairs look super chic and the gold accents and greenery help keep everything really open yet cosy at the same time. It really is a blogger's dream! One thing that definitely stood out to me the whole time was how luxurious and relaxing the experience was! Even something small like my latte being brought out on a gold tray with a choccy, for me little things like this just add a touch of indulgence!  
rose and wild hair salon fulham
roxanne campbell nail studio
roxanne campbell nail studio fulham
I had the Roxanne Campbell Ultimate Luxury Manicure* which starts with reshaping and tidying the nails followed by a cuticle treatment which surprisingly I couldn't feel at all (I've had bad experiences with people being rough and even cutting me!) and then the hand exfoliation which was probably my favourite part of the treatment! A mix of brown sugar and shea oil, this homemade scrub smells divine and left my hands feeling seriously soft and nourished with no irritation. She then moved onto the hand and arm massage which felt absolutely glorious - I'm a sucker for a good massage! Finally, after choosing my lacquer from Roxanne's own line of seasonal-inspired colours, she painted my nails with the shade Expensive Taste* which is a gorgeous black cherry offering. It was hard to choose my shade as all 10 lacquers are stunning but in the end, I couldn't resist going dark! Her formula is beautifully shiny and opaque and the final look was just so shiny and polished, I could hardly recognise my hands! 
roxanne campbell nail collection
roxanne campbell expensive taste nail polish
I've never really been one to set aside time for my nails but after meeting Roxanne and experiencing a luxury treatment from her I'll definitely be making it a regular thing! I can't wait to go back for a pedicure and a catch-up, she really was one of the sweetest people I've met through blogging and just, in general, to be honest! If you're looking for a new salon or perhaps you want to treat yourself or a friend then I can't recommend Roxanne enough! You'll feel like royalty from start to finish! Be sure to check out Roxanne's Instagram and website and let me know if you decide to pay her a visit! 


Maiya
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  • Monday, March 25, 2019

The Ultimate Luxury Manicure With Roxanne Campbell

I absolutely love finding new salons and going for beauty treatments and never in a million years did I think I'd get the chance to experience one through blogging but when an email landed in my inbox from Roxanne Campbell, it was a real 'pinch me' moment! Earlier this month, Roxanne kindly invited me along to visit her new (and absolutely stunning) nail studio in Fulham which is in collaboration with Rose & Wild Hair Concept. Of course, I said yes and today I'm going to walk you through my experience and also give you a bit more background on Roxanne and her incredible brand! 
roxanne campbell nail studio
This post contains a complimentary treatment by Roxanne Campbell. All opinions are my own. 
So who is Roxanne? Apart from being an absolute sweetheart, Roxanne is a multi-award winning Celebrity Nail Care Expert who over the last 13 years has built an extensive profile and become one of the most well-known nail artists in the industry. Not only is she the leading Manicurist and Nail Artist at London & New York Fashion Week but she has also worked on some amazing fashion campaigns and editorial spreads with Elle, Tatler, Vogue and Marie Claire! Oh, and she's created nails for celebrities like Adele, Jourdan Dunn, Winnie Harlow and Dua LipaWhat a #GirlBoss! 

When I arrived for my appointment Roxanne was there to greet me straight away with a very warm welcome. Everything was ready for the treatment to start and as we went to sit down and get comfortable all I could think about was the stunning decor throughout the salon. Roxanne designed her studio herself and I think we can all agree that it's stunning and totally Pinterest-worthy! The teal chairs look super chic and the gold accents and greenery help keep everything really open yet cosy at the same time. It really is a blogger's dream! One thing that definitely stood out to me the whole time was how luxurious and relaxing the experience was! Even something small like my latte being brought out on a gold tray with a choccy, for me little things like this just add a touch of indulgence!  
rose and wild hair salon fulham
roxanne campbell nail studio
roxanne campbell nail studio fulham
I had the Roxanne Campbell Ultimate Luxury Manicure* which starts with reshaping and tidying the nails followed by a cuticle treatment which surprisingly I couldn't feel at all (I've had bad experiences with people being rough and even cutting me!) and then the hand exfoliation which was probably my favourite part of the treatment! A mix of brown sugar and shea oil, this homemade scrub smells divine and left my hands feeling seriously soft and nourished with no irritation. She then moved onto the hand and arm massage which felt absolutely glorious - I'm a sucker for a good massage! Finally, after choosing my lacquer from Roxanne's own line of seasonal-inspired colours, she painted my nails with the shade Expensive Taste* which is a gorgeous black cherry offering. It was hard to choose my shade as all 10 lacquers are stunning but in the end, I couldn't resist going dark! Her formula is beautifully shiny and opaque and the final look was just so shiny and polished, I could hardly recognise my hands! 
roxanne campbell nail collection
roxanne campbell expensive taste nail polish
I've never really been one to set aside time for my nails but after meeting Roxanne and experiencing a luxury treatment from her I'll definitely be making it a regular thing! I can't wait to go back for a pedicure and a catch-up, she really was one of the sweetest people I've met through blogging and just, in general, to be honest! If you're looking for a new salon or perhaps you want to treat yourself or a friend then I can't recommend Roxanne enough! You'll feel like royalty from start to finish! Be sure to check out Roxanne's Instagram and website and let me know if you decide to pay her a visit! 


Maiya
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I think we all lost our shit when we heard that Makeup Revolution was venturing into skincare. It was like all our prayers had been answered. Their range has been out for a few months now and is quickly expanding but I wanted to wait to see what other bloggers were saying before I picked anything up for myself but just before I placed an order I won Sam's (Violet Hollow) competition on Instagram, bagging myself five picks from the line - talk about meant to be! I haven't been trying everything for that long so for now, this is just an introduction into the products I have and I'll do an updated review once I've been able to see long-term results but so far I'm pretty impressed! 
an introduction to revolution skincare
Gold Elixir Rosehip Seed Oil* | Starting with the simplest pick (in my opinion) this can be used as a primer or as a facial oil. I'm a massive fan of Rosehip Oil but often it can be too heavy for my skin and just suffocate it rather than hydrate and actually absorb. It can also have quite an overpowering scent which this doesn't have. It's fragrance-free but it definitely has a slight citrus scent (from the Lemon Peel Oil) which I personally like but just be wary if this is something you look out for. Rich in antioxidants, this lightweight oil nourishes and softens the skin, helping to get rid of dry patches and give a lovely radiance to the skin. There are some gold flecks in the bottle but it doesn't transfer onto the skin although this doesn't bother me and it still gives an amazing glow. I've been using this under my makeup, applying 2-3 drops and my foundation just glides over top and blends effortlessly. I definitely recommend checking this out if you're looking for an affordable multi-use oil!  

EGF Skin Conditioning Serum* | I've never used an EGF product before so I was really excited when I saw that this one of the prizes. EGF is a protein that is found naturally in the skin but Revolution Skincare has used a plant-based version which is supposed to help boost a youthful complexion. It's also designed to help rehydrate and condition the skin which it definitely does on application. I was expecting it to have a fairly thick consistency but actually, it's a really thin watery-gel which I really like as it gives a slightly tacky finish which helps your moisturiser adhere better and give a lovely cushiony feel to the skin. I can't really think of any skin type this wouldn't work for but I think it would be especially good for dry, dehydrated and mature skins! I haven't used it long enough to say if it has made a huge difference but I'm definitely enjoying the formula and finish so far! 

Quinoa Night Peel Gentle Night Peeling Serum* | I think it's so cool that Revolution Skincare has used Quinoa Husk Extract as a key ingredient in this serum - it's just so different especially for a high-street product! This has a very similar texture to the EGF Serum* and has a light fresh scent but again, nothing offensive! Unlike the others this is a night-time only serum that is designed to help lift away dead skin cells, increase cell turnover and give a softer, smoother appearance to the skin. Now I haven't tried this one yet as I've recently been retinol-ing and I didn't want to use anything 'exfoliating' in case I had a reaction but I can't wait to start testing it properly as it feels lovely and I love anything that's designed to add radiance and improve my skin's texture! 

Superfruit Extract Antioxidant Serum & Primer* | This is definitely the product I was most excited to try, one because of the super cute packaging but two because I'm a sucker for illuminating primers. It contains Tamarind Seed which is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost elasticity and increase hydration and smoothness. It also helps protect against free-radicals which is great if you are constantly surrounded by pollution and environmental stressors. The primer has a milky texture and iridescent finish - think unicorn tears. It also has quite a sweet almost sugar cookie scent which I personally love! I've used this under makeup a few times and although the iridescence didn't really transfer onto my skin, I could still see a gorgeous radiance through my foundation. I think pretty much anyone will love this as it provides a really soft, plump base but also doesn't add glitter or chunky flecks which can look really unflattering! 

2% Hyaluronic Acid Plumping & Hydrating Serum* | I think most of us have at least one Hyaluronic Acid product in our skincare stash. It's been deemed a sort of miracle ingredient and whilst its probably not as beneficial as Vitamin C and Retinol, it's still a must-have for everyone but particularly those with dehydrated skin - which is most of us! I've had a very similar product to this from The Ordinary which I think we all know is what this range was 'inspired by' and I did enjoy that serum but it wasn't as effective as I would've liked so I've got high hopes that this one will be much better. Hyaluronic Acid works like a magnet to bind moisture to the skin making it a really easy way to help boost your skin's plumpness and moisture levels. This is a very thin formula which I like as it means I can layer it with pretty much all of my moisturisers and oils. It feels gorgeous under the Superfruit Extract Primer* and I find the two together create a perfect base for foundation! I'm really looking forward to seeing if I notice a long-term difference after using this! 


Have you tried anything from Revolution Skincare yet?

Maiya
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

An Introduction To Revolution Skincare

I think we all lost our shit when we heard that Makeup Revolution was venturing into skincare. It was like all our prayers had been answered. Their range has been out for a few months now and is quickly expanding but I wanted to wait to see what other bloggers were saying before I picked anything up for myself but just before I placed an order I won Sam's (Violet Hollow) competition on Instagram, bagging myself five picks from the line - talk about meant to be! I haven't been trying everything for that long so for now, this is just an introduction into the products I have and I'll do an updated review once I've been able to see long-term results but so far I'm pretty impressed! 
an introduction to revolution skincare
Gold Elixir Rosehip Seed Oil* | Starting with the simplest pick (in my opinion) this can be used as a primer or as a facial oil. I'm a massive fan of Rosehip Oil but often it can be too heavy for my skin and just suffocate it rather than hydrate and actually absorb. It can also have quite an overpowering scent which this doesn't have. It's fragrance-free but it definitely has a slight citrus scent (from the Lemon Peel Oil) which I personally like but just be wary if this is something you look out for. Rich in antioxidants, this lightweight oil nourishes and softens the skin, helping to get rid of dry patches and give a lovely radiance to the skin. There are some gold flecks in the bottle but it doesn't transfer onto the skin although this doesn't bother me and it still gives an amazing glow. I've been using this under my makeup, applying 2-3 drops and my foundation just glides over top and blends effortlessly. I definitely recommend checking this out if you're looking for an affordable multi-use oil!  

EGF Skin Conditioning Serum* | I've never used an EGF product before so I was really excited when I saw that this one of the prizes. EGF is a protein that is found naturally in the skin but Revolution Skincare has used a plant-based version which is supposed to help boost a youthful complexion. It's also designed to help rehydrate and condition the skin which it definitely does on application. I was expecting it to have a fairly thick consistency but actually, it's a really thin watery-gel which I really like as it gives a slightly tacky finish which helps your moisturiser adhere better and give a lovely cushiony feel to the skin. I can't really think of any skin type this wouldn't work for but I think it would be especially good for dry, dehydrated and mature skins! I haven't used it long enough to say if it has made a huge difference but I'm definitely enjoying the formula and finish so far! 

Quinoa Night Peel Gentle Night Peeling Serum* | I think it's so cool that Revolution Skincare has used Quinoa Husk Extract as a key ingredient in this serum - it's just so different especially for a high-street product! This has a very similar texture to the EGF Serum* and has a light fresh scent but again, nothing offensive! Unlike the others this is a night-time only serum that is designed to help lift away dead skin cells, increase cell turnover and give a softer, smoother appearance to the skin. Now I haven't tried this one yet as I've recently been retinol-ing and I didn't want to use anything 'exfoliating' in case I had a reaction but I can't wait to start testing it properly as it feels lovely and I love anything that's designed to add radiance and improve my skin's texture! 

Superfruit Extract Antioxidant Serum & Primer* | This is definitely the product I was most excited to try, one because of the super cute packaging but two because I'm a sucker for illuminating primers. It contains Tamarind Seed which is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost elasticity and increase hydration and smoothness. It also helps protect against free-radicals which is great if you are constantly surrounded by pollution and environmental stressors. The primer has a milky texture and iridescent finish - think unicorn tears. It also has quite a sweet almost sugar cookie scent which I personally love! I've used this under makeup a few times and although the iridescence didn't really transfer onto my skin, I could still see a gorgeous radiance through my foundation. I think pretty much anyone will love this as it provides a really soft, plump base but also doesn't add glitter or chunky flecks which can look really unflattering! 

2% Hyaluronic Acid Plumping & Hydrating Serum* | I think most of us have at least one Hyaluronic Acid product in our skincare stash. It's been deemed a sort of miracle ingredient and whilst its probably not as beneficial as Vitamin C and Retinol, it's still a must-have for everyone but particularly those with dehydrated skin - which is most of us! I've had a very similar product to this from The Ordinary which I think we all know is what this range was 'inspired by' and I did enjoy that serum but it wasn't as effective as I would've liked so I've got high hopes that this one will be much better. Hyaluronic Acid works like a magnet to bind moisture to the skin making it a really easy way to help boost your skin's plumpness and moisture levels. This is a very thin formula which I like as it means I can layer it with pretty much all of my moisturisers and oils. It feels gorgeous under the Superfruit Extract Primer* and I find the two together create a perfect base for foundation! I'm really looking forward to seeing if I notice a long-term difference after using this! 


Have you tried anything from Revolution Skincare yet?

Maiya
x

So last week Maiyabellexo turned four (where has the time gone?!) and to mark the occasion I thought I would do a quick post talking about what I've learnt during that time and also share a few things that I wish I'd have known when I first started all the way back in 2015! 
I still can't believe that I've been doing this bloggy thing for a whole four years, it's taken a while for it to fully sink in! That being said, blogging is without a doubt the best thing I've done in my life and I'm really proud of my journey and what I've achieved along the way. It hasn't been easy though and as soon as you add things like Instagram into the mix it all goes a bit tits up but I've loved every second of blogging and I've learnt some really important things along the way that are key to being 'successful' in the industry.  

It Doesn't Happen Overnight | It took me quite a while to find my feet and figure out what made me and my blog stand out amongst the thousands of others that are out there but once I did I used that to my advantage and was able to create content that caught people's attention. For a long time I wondered if my blog would ever really pick up and although I'm still a very small fish in a mahoosive pond, I've definitely grown and have established myself as a pretty decent blogger. When I started I had no real examples to learn from so it's taken lots of research and trial and error to make my little corner of the internet something that I'm proud of and both my readers and brands enjoy. The hard work was definitely worth it!

Do It For The Right Reasons | Blogging/influencing/YouTube and all of these things have become the career goal for so many people over the past few years. Young, old, girls, guys, you name it - they all want a piece of the action. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with that but there are a few bad apples who do it for all the wrong reasons and eventually it's just going to come back and bite them in the arse. Readers and brands aren't naive and they can spot someone who's just looking for a quick path to 'fame' a mile away. They're also very quick to spot people that have bought all of their followers or is just in it to make a quick buck so if you're only doing it for the dosh and freebies, you may as well stick to your day job because nowadays it's a lot harder to fool people and above all your followers and brands want authenticity and honesty. 

Connect Connect Connect | I started my blog well before I joined social media and I kept wondering why I was wasn't getting many views. Until I joined Instagram and actually started promoting my posts on there, there was no way for anyone to find my blog. Four years on I've learnt just how important it is to engage with your readers and fellow bloggers! It's not just important for growing your success but it's such a lovely feeling when you meet a new friend through blogging. Sometimes you end up feeling more comfortable chatting to them about things instead of the people you know in 'real' life. It's also important to be as consistent and to really put yourself out there. We all know that the bloggersphere is heavily saturated so the only way people are going to find you is by posting frequently, sharing your posts across multiple platforms, commenting on other accounts and not being scared to be noticed! 


Thank you so much to everyone who's stuck around all this time! It means the world! 

Maiya
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  • Monday, March 18, 2019

Maiyabellexo Turns Four | What I've Learnt About Blogging So Far

So last week Maiyabellexo turned four (where has the time gone?!) and to mark the occasion I thought I would do a quick post talking about what I've learnt during that time and also share a few things that I wish I'd have known when I first started all the way back in 2015! 
I still can't believe that I've been doing this bloggy thing for a whole four years, it's taken a while for it to fully sink in! That being said, blogging is without a doubt the best thing I've done in my life and I'm really proud of my journey and what I've achieved along the way. It hasn't been easy though and as soon as you add things like Instagram into the mix it all goes a bit tits up but I've loved every second of blogging and I've learnt some really important things along the way that are key to being 'successful' in the industry.  

It Doesn't Happen Overnight | It took me quite a while to find my feet and figure out what made me and my blog stand out amongst the thousands of others that are out there but once I did I used that to my advantage and was able to create content that caught people's attention. For a long time I wondered if my blog would ever really pick up and although I'm still a very small fish in a mahoosive pond, I've definitely grown and have established myself as a pretty decent blogger. When I started I had no real examples to learn from so it's taken lots of research and trial and error to make my little corner of the internet something that I'm proud of and both my readers and brands enjoy. The hard work was definitely worth it!

Do It For The Right Reasons | Blogging/influencing/YouTube and all of these things have become the career goal for so many people over the past few years. Young, old, girls, guys, you name it - they all want a piece of the action. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with that but there are a few bad apples who do it for all the wrong reasons and eventually it's just going to come back and bite them in the arse. Readers and brands aren't naive and they can spot someone who's just looking for a quick path to 'fame' a mile away. They're also very quick to spot people that have bought all of their followers or is just in it to make a quick buck so if you're only doing it for the dosh and freebies, you may as well stick to your day job because nowadays it's a lot harder to fool people and above all your followers and brands want authenticity and honesty. 

Connect Connect Connect | I started my blog well before I joined social media and I kept wondering why I was wasn't getting many views. Until I joined Instagram and actually started promoting my posts on there, there was no way for anyone to find my blog. Four years on I've learnt just how important it is to engage with your readers and fellow bloggers! It's not just important for growing your success but it's such a lovely feeling when you meet a new friend through blogging. Sometimes you end up feeling more comfortable chatting to them about things instead of the people you know in 'real' life. It's also important to be as consistent and to really put yourself out there. We all know that the bloggersphere is heavily saturated so the only way people are going to find you is by posting frequently, sharing your posts across multiple platforms, commenting on other accounts and not being scared to be noticed! 


Thank you so much to everyone who's stuck around all this time! It means the world! 

Maiya
x
Call me boring but when it comes to eye makeup nothing beats a lazy - slightly messy warm toned smokey eye. As much as I would love to be super creative and rock a colourful winged liner or dramatic cut crease every day of the week, it's just not my style. I love anything quick that cuts down on my time getting ready and these shadows are perfect for that, especially creams as they're just so effortless! As we head into Spring and Summer I'm definitely going to be busting out my shadow sticks and those fudgy shades that just scream chic! Who doesn't want that?
warm brown shadows aka the moody smokey eye maiyabellexo
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette | This palette really kicked off my love for warm-toned eyeshadows. It's perfect for creating something simple or really intense. I love the shade variety and formula wise it has some of the smoothest, easy to blend eyeshadows that I've tried! My go to look is to apply Substitute For Love and Freshly Toasted all over my lids, up to the crease and blended on the lower lashline for the ultimate blown out caramel eye!

KIKO Colour Crush Cream Eyeshadow |  06 | I haven't been crazy about shimmery eyeshadows for a long time now but if it's a gorgeous bronzey shade like this, I can't resist! A couple years ago I raved about this KIKO formula and it's still one of my absolute favourites! It's really hard to find a decent cream formula under £10 but this range provides a smooth finish, intense pigment and amazing staying power. They're a must-have! 

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick | Tea Leaves | Unfortunately, this range was continued not long after I discovered them which is such a shame as the formula is beaut but there are a ton of brands who do similar products (Bobbi Brown, KIKO, Charlotte Tilbury). For me, eyeshadow sticks make doing my eye makeup a total breeze and it's so easy to amp up the intensity. This particular shade has a gorgeous bronzey, J-LO-esque finish. Wow, another bronze eyeshadow - groundbreaking.

Natural Collection Eyeshadow - Milk Chocolate | I always worry that people think I'm a makeup snob because I often rave about high-end brands but I love a beauty bargain as much as the next blogger! I saw a YouTuber using this constantly at one point (sorry I can't remember who), and I remember thinking it was such a pretty everyday shade! It reminds me of something like MAC Soft Brown and is perfect for adding a bit of shape to the eye or adding some warmth. It's a gorgeous matte pinky-brown milk chocolate shade - the name really suits this one! 

MAC Eyeshadows | Soba & Saddle | It wouldn't be right if I didn't include my beloved duo now would it? I think everyone needs a little compact like this with a couple of warm brown shades, you just never feel stuck and that's what I love. Soba is a really pretty medium brown with gold undertone which looks stunning on the lids and Saddle is a much richer rusty shade that gives that gorgeous finish that really emphasizes hazel eyes. Lush!


What are your favourite warm-toned eyeshadows?

Maiya
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  • Friday, March 01, 2019

Warm Brown Shadows aka The Moody Smokey Eye

Call me boring but when it comes to eye makeup nothing beats a lazy - slightly messy warm toned smokey eye. As much as I would love to be super creative and rock a colourful winged liner or dramatic cut crease every day of the week, it's just not my style. I love anything quick that cuts down on my time getting ready and these shadows are perfect for that, especially creams as they're just so effortless! As we head into Spring and Summer I'm definitely going to be busting out my shadow sticks and those fudgy shades that just scream chic! Who doesn't want that?
warm brown shadows aka the moody smokey eye maiyabellexo
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette | This palette really kicked off my love for warm-toned eyeshadows. It's perfect for creating something simple or really intense. I love the shade variety and formula wise it has some of the smoothest, easy to blend eyeshadows that I've tried! My go to look is to apply Substitute For Love and Freshly Toasted all over my lids, up to the crease and blended on the lower lashline for the ultimate blown out caramel eye!

KIKO Colour Crush Cream Eyeshadow |  06 | I haven't been crazy about shimmery eyeshadows for a long time now but if it's a gorgeous bronzey shade like this, I can't resist! A couple years ago I raved about this KIKO formula and it's still one of my absolute favourites! It's really hard to find a decent cream formula under £10 but this range provides a smooth finish, intense pigment and amazing staying power. They're a must-have! 

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick | Tea Leaves | Unfortunately, this range was continued not long after I discovered them which is such a shame as the formula is beaut but there are a ton of brands who do similar products (Bobbi Brown, KIKO, Charlotte Tilbury). For me, eyeshadow sticks make doing my eye makeup a total breeze and it's so easy to amp up the intensity. This particular shade has a gorgeous bronzey, J-LO-esque finish. Wow, another bronze eyeshadow - groundbreaking.

Natural Collection Eyeshadow - Milk Chocolate | I always worry that people think I'm a makeup snob because I often rave about high-end brands but I love a beauty bargain as much as the next blogger! I saw a YouTuber using this constantly at one point (sorry I can't remember who), and I remember thinking it was such a pretty everyday shade! It reminds me of something like MAC Soft Brown and is perfect for adding a bit of shape to the eye or adding some warmth. It's a gorgeous matte pinky-brown milk chocolate shade - the name really suits this one! 

MAC Eyeshadows | Soba & Saddle | It wouldn't be right if I didn't include my beloved duo now would it? I think everyone needs a little compact like this with a couple of warm brown shades, you just never feel stuck and that's what I love. Soba is a really pretty medium brown with gold undertone which looks stunning on the lids and Saddle is a much richer rusty shade that gives that gorgeous finish that really emphasizes hazel eyes. Lush!


What are your favourite warm-toned eyeshadows?

Maiya
x

It's no secret that we're all after perfect skin. No matter what our age or skin type the key thing is that we all share the goal of obtaining beautifully smooth, poreless, glass skin. Whilst it seems like an impossible feat, it can be done (gradually) and is something that I've spent many months trying to conquer. My favourite part of both my skincare and makeup routine is perfecting my base and it tends to be what people praise me on the most and today I wanted to talk you through all of the steps I've been taking to achieve flawless skin without foundation - it can be done!  
how to get smooth skin pre-foundation maiyabellexo
Cleanse With A Tool | This is a must-have for achieving clear, even skin. In my early teens, I used a typical high-street face wash and only used my hands to remove the product but once I started using a flannel the texture of my skin dramatically improved. Even before you start using actual exfoliants you need to give the skin a gentle buff every morning and night, either with a flannel, muslin cloth or even a sponge (I love the Konjac ones!) It's such a quick and easy way to help remove impurities, dry skin and uneven texture, especially if you don't like using things like acids and scrubs!

Step Up Your Treatments | Whenever I go two-three days without using some sort of resurfacing toner/mask I instantly notice a difference in the look and feel of my skin. I lose my natural shine and I get massive patches of skin that feel like sandpaper - it ain't cute! I think most people use acids now, at least in a liquid form. This is great for beginners but if you want real long lasting effects you need to be exfoliating 3-5 times a week. I know it might sound a bit intense but most people can tolerate it, you just have to see what works for you. I like to switch between my favourites so one day I'll use something like the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which is great if you want an instant glow, then another day I'll use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* which leaves my skin feeling like a baby's bum! Or if I want something chemical I reach for my trusty DCL Multi-Action Penta Peel Pads* which are so potent and effective - they're a massive reason why my skin has been so good lately! 

Introduce A Supplement | I've definitely noticed an improvement since I started taking a supplement (both mentally and physically) and my skin definitely seems it's calmest when I'm keeping up with my intake. Now I can't tell you the best one for you as everyone is different but even simple Vitamin C/D tablets can give your skin a boost and make a bigger difference than you'd expect. I've been using the My Vitamins Be Your Best Tablets* which are multivitamins that help your immune system, energy levels, metabolism and much more! 

Stick To What You Know | Last year between August-October I was constantly chopping and changing my skincare routine pretty much every day and my skin was a lot more irritated than I realised but as soon as I streamlined it down to a handful of products it was like I had new skin! For about a month I kept to a solid routine of gentle but effective products and then I slowly started incorporating newbies and it made such a big difference to my skin's texture! I've also had no blemishes and my blackheads/congested areas have drastically reduced which is just amazing! The Huxley Gentle Cleansing Gel*, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Fluid and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask have all been lifesavers! 


What are your top tips for keeping your skin smooth and radiant?

Maiya
x

  • Monday, February 25, 2019

How To Get Smooth Skin Pre-Foundation

It's no secret that we're all after perfect skin. No matter what our age or skin type the key thing is that we all share the goal of obtaining beautifully smooth, poreless, glass skin. Whilst it seems like an impossible feat, it can be done (gradually) and is something that I've spent many months trying to conquer. My favourite part of both my skincare and makeup routine is perfecting my base and it tends to be what people praise me on the most and today I wanted to talk you through all of the steps I've been taking to achieve flawless skin without foundation - it can be done!  
how to get smooth skin pre-foundation maiyabellexo
Cleanse With A Tool | This is a must-have for achieving clear, even skin. In my early teens, I used a typical high-street face wash and only used my hands to remove the product but once I started using a flannel the texture of my skin dramatically improved. Even before you start using actual exfoliants you need to give the skin a gentle buff every morning and night, either with a flannel, muslin cloth or even a sponge (I love the Konjac ones!) It's such a quick and easy way to help remove impurities, dry skin and uneven texture, especially if you don't like using things like acids and scrubs!

Step Up Your Treatments | Whenever I go two-three days without using some sort of resurfacing toner/mask I instantly notice a difference in the look and feel of my skin. I lose my natural shine and I get massive patches of skin that feel like sandpaper - it ain't cute! I think most people use acids now, at least in a liquid form. This is great for beginners but if you want real long lasting effects you need to be exfoliating 3-5 times a week. I know it might sound a bit intense but most people can tolerate it, you just have to see what works for you. I like to switch between my favourites so one day I'll use something like the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which is great if you want an instant glow, then another day I'll use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* which leaves my skin feeling like a baby's bum! Or if I want something chemical I reach for my trusty DCL Multi-Action Penta Peel Pads* which are so potent and effective - they're a massive reason why my skin has been so good lately! 

Introduce A Supplement | I've definitely noticed an improvement since I started taking a supplement (both mentally and physically) and my skin definitely seems it's calmest when I'm keeping up with my intake. Now I can't tell you the best one for you as everyone is different but even simple Vitamin C/D tablets can give your skin a boost and make a bigger difference than you'd expect. I've been using the My Vitamins Be Your Best Tablets* which are multivitamins that help your immune system, energy levels, metabolism and much more! 

Stick To What You Know | Last year between August-October I was constantly chopping and changing my skincare routine pretty much every day and my skin was a lot more irritated than I realised but as soon as I streamlined it down to a handful of products it was like I had new skin! For about a month I kept to a solid routine of gentle but effective products and then I slowly started incorporating newbies and it made such a big difference to my skin's texture! I've also had no blemishes and my blackheads/congested areas have drastically reduced which is just amazing! The Huxley Gentle Cleansing Gel*, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Fluid and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask have all been lifesavers! 


What are your top tips for keeping your skin smooth and radiant?

Maiya
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Everyone has their favourite beauty retailers that they love to visit whether it's to stock up on their all-time faves or just to swatch the newness and lust over all of the brands and one of mine is Space NK. As soon as I discovered the one in The Mailbox (which sadly is no longer there), I became obsessed. Their shops have a super chilled vibe that makes it really easy to stay in there and shop for hours. They also carry an amazing selection of brands from the well-loved high street ranges like Kiehl's and REN to the more luxurious offerings of La Mer and Byredo. It really is the perfect place for a beauty lover and today I thought I would share four products that I think everyone should go in and try! 
four space nk buys that are totally worth it maiyabellexo
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit | Whenever I visit a Space NK I always have a cheeky look at the Hourglass counter. Everything just looks so luxurious and high end - it really is a makeup lover's dream! If you're into powders/blushers and things of that nature then Hourglass palettes are definitely something to check out! I have the Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 2 which has a bunch of gorgeous highlighters and luminous powders! Over Christmas, they launched their fourth edit which comes in a limited edition metallic pink compact. How amazing does that sound?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser | I'm sure most of you will have heard of this cleanser (especially if you're a skincare junkie like moi!) It's taken me a while but I finally managed to snag the last one at a Space NK event earlier this month. Unlike most of my cleansers, this has a creamy milk/balm texture which feels really luxurious and comforting on the skin without being heavy or leaving a residue. It's formulated with Jojoba, Avocado Oil and Manuka Honey and has a beautiful light vanilla scent! It's suitable for all skins but is especially good if you're feeling dry or sensitive! I find a little goes a very long way and I love using it in the mornings or as a second cleanse - it's too lush for makeup removal!

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter | It's no secret that I love a glowy primer and this is one is glowy. Now that the weather is warming up and Spring is fast approaching this is definitely going to be my go-to primer as it gives a really smooth, hydrated base that just looks so healthy and radiant! If I'm having a no-makeup makeup day I'll take a pump of this and mix it with a tinted moisturiser (usually the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue) for the prettiest everyday base! Love! 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo* | Most of you probably saw the Instagram stories I posted when I attended the launch event for Briogeo at Space NK at the beginning of the month. It was actually one of the best events Hubby and I have been to and it was so much fun learning about the brand from Nancy (the founder!) They've recently come over from the US and the entire range is silicone, paraben and sulphate free - woohoo! I was kindly gifted this a pot of this lush minty goodness and it has seriously changed my hair care routine! It smells amazing (thanks to the Peppermint) and the vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators helps get rid of any dirt, sweat and impurities that can clog the hair follicles. Since I started using this I haven't had any itching and my scalp feels so clean but not stripped! I can't recommend it enough! 


What are your favourite products from Space NK?

Maiya
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  • Friday, February 22, 2019

Four Space NK Buys That Are Totally Worth It

Everyone has their favourite beauty retailers that they love to visit whether it's to stock up on their all-time faves or just to swatch the newness and lust over all of the brands and one of mine is Space NK. As soon as I discovered the one in The Mailbox (which sadly is no longer there), I became obsessed. Their shops have a super chilled vibe that makes it really easy to stay in there and shop for hours. They also carry an amazing selection of brands from the well-loved high street ranges like Kiehl's and REN to the more luxurious offerings of La Mer and Byredo. It really is the perfect place for a beauty lover and today I thought I would share four products that I think everyone should go in and try! 
four space nk buys that are totally worth it maiyabellexo
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit | Whenever I visit a Space NK I always have a cheeky look at the Hourglass counter. Everything just looks so luxurious and high end - it really is a makeup lover's dream! If you're into powders/blushers and things of that nature then Hourglass palettes are definitely something to check out! I have the Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 2 which has a bunch of gorgeous highlighters and luminous powders! Over Christmas, they launched their fourth edit which comes in a limited edition metallic pink compact. How amazing does that sound?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser | I'm sure most of you will have heard of this cleanser (especially if you're a skincare junkie like moi!) It's taken me a while but I finally managed to snag the last one at a Space NK event earlier this month. Unlike most of my cleansers, this has a creamy milk/balm texture which feels really luxurious and comforting on the skin without being heavy or leaving a residue. It's formulated with Jojoba, Avocado Oil and Manuka Honey and has a beautiful light vanilla scent! It's suitable for all skins but is especially good if you're feeling dry or sensitive! I find a little goes a very long way and I love using it in the mornings or as a second cleanse - it's too lush for makeup removal!

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter | It's no secret that I love a glowy primer and this is one is glowy. Now that the weather is warming up and Spring is fast approaching this is definitely going to be my go-to primer as it gives a really smooth, hydrated base that just looks so healthy and radiant! If I'm having a no-makeup makeup day I'll take a pump of this and mix it with a tinted moisturiser (usually the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue) for the prettiest everyday base! Love! 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo* | Most of you probably saw the Instagram stories I posted when I attended the launch event for Briogeo at Space NK at the beginning of the month. It was actually one of the best events Hubby and I have been to and it was so much fun learning about the brand from Nancy (the founder!) They've recently come over from the US and the entire range is silicone, paraben and sulphate free - woohoo! I was kindly gifted this a pot of this lush minty goodness and it has seriously changed my hair care routine! It smells amazing (thanks to the Peppermint) and the vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators helps get rid of any dirt, sweat and impurities that can clog the hair follicles. Since I started using this I haven't had any itching and my scalp feels so clean but not stripped! I can't recommend it enough! 


What are your favourite products from Space NK?

Maiya
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2019 will forever be known (to me) as the year that I finally discovered my signature makeup look. You know the look that still lets you look like you, just a million times better? Yeah, that one! If you follow me on Instagram you would've seen me wearing this makeup a lot recently but I wanted to do a more detailed post on the five key products that are crucial for creating this look and will definitely be repurchasing in the year! 
five base products i'll be repurchasing in 2019 maiyabellexo
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation | This has definitely been the biggest game changer when it comes to perfecting my makeup routine. Before I found this I was constantly having issues with my base from dry flaky skin to my foundation not lasting and going patchy but this is like cement (in a good way!) Recently I'm over the 'natural' look and I just want full coverage. This foundation gives me a flawless finish, blurs every pore, blends seamlessly, and offers a beautiful skin-like full coverage! It's pretty magical stuff!

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Concealer | You guys know that the MUR Conceal & Define Concealer has been my ride or die for ages so naturally I didn't expect to find something I love just as much but this new(ish) offering from them has completely changed my mind! The formula is slightly thinner and less creamy but in a way that's what makes it so great as it doesn't move around when I'm doing other parts of my makeup! It has a medium-buildable coverage and sets to a soft matte finish which gives a gorgeous polished finish to the skin! I'm definitely going to pick up some darker shades for contouring!

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Duo | Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal | I think the main thing I've realised recently is that I can't do my makeup without a strong highlight. I just can't do it. And when I say strong I'm talking at least twice as blinding as what most people would call 'wearable'. There's just something about a good highlight that brings so much life and cuteness to the face and for me, it's a step that can't be skipped! At the moment I'm still completely and utterly in love with my Fenty duo! The shades are super flattering on my fair skin, the formula is super smooth and pigmented and the overall finish is exactly what I want from a highlighter!

Makeup Revolution Baking Powder | Lace | Ever since I started baking my foundation routine has been completely transformed. It's another step I can't miss and even when doing a really simple look I still have to bake my under eyes and jawline. I love this powder because it's really light and on the neutral-pink side which counteracts my foundation which is slightly yellower so my overall base looks really pulled together. When I'm ready to bake I take a fairly heavy amount of the powder onto my damp sponge (which I used to apply my foundation) and I pack it heavily onto any areas that I want to last all day! For £5 you seriously can't go wrong! They've also just released a bunch of new shades including Translucent and Banana Light which sound amazing!

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist | I had seen so many beauty bloggers and YouTubers rave about this and like most of you I kept thinking 'oh it can't be that good' but I'm here to tell you it's bloody amazing! Before this, I didn't have a dedicated setting spray but I definitely needed one and paired with the EX1 Foundation this keeps my base flawless, non-cakey and set in place literally all day! It works with other bases too but right now this combo is too dreamy to split up! Guys, I've found the one!


What are your current favourite base products?

Maiya
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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

Five Base Products I'll Be Repurchasing In 2019

2019 will forever be known (to me) as the year that I finally discovered my signature makeup look. You know the look that still lets you look like you, just a million times better? Yeah, that one! If you follow me on Instagram you would've seen me wearing this makeup a lot recently but I wanted to do a more detailed post on the five key products that are crucial for creating this look and will definitely be repurchasing in the year! 
five base products i'll be repurchasing in 2019 maiyabellexo
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation | This has definitely been the biggest game changer when it comes to perfecting my makeup routine. Before I found this I was constantly having issues with my base from dry flaky skin to my foundation not lasting and going patchy but this is like cement (in a good way!) Recently I'm over the 'natural' look and I just want full coverage. This foundation gives me a flawless finish, blurs every pore, blends seamlessly, and offers a beautiful skin-like full coverage! It's pretty magical stuff!

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Concealer | You guys know that the MUR Conceal & Define Concealer has been my ride or die for ages so naturally I didn't expect to find something I love just as much but this new(ish) offering from them has completely changed my mind! The formula is slightly thinner and less creamy but in a way that's what makes it so great as it doesn't move around when I'm doing other parts of my makeup! It has a medium-buildable coverage and sets to a soft matte finish which gives a gorgeous polished finish to the skin! I'm definitely going to pick up some darker shades for contouring!

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Duo | Lightning Dust & Fire Crystal | I think the main thing I've realised recently is that I can't do my makeup without a strong highlight. I just can't do it. And when I say strong I'm talking at least twice as blinding as what most people would call 'wearable'. There's just something about a good highlight that brings so much life and cuteness to the face and for me, it's a step that can't be skipped! At the moment I'm still completely and utterly in love with my Fenty duo! The shades are super flattering on my fair skin, the formula is super smooth and pigmented and the overall finish is exactly what I want from a highlighter!

Makeup Revolution Baking Powder | Lace | Ever since I started baking my foundation routine has been completely transformed. It's another step I can't miss and even when doing a really simple look I still have to bake my under eyes and jawline. I love this powder because it's really light and on the neutral-pink side which counteracts my foundation which is slightly yellower so my overall base looks really pulled together. When I'm ready to bake I take a fairly heavy amount of the powder onto my damp sponge (which I used to apply my foundation) and I pack it heavily onto any areas that I want to last all day! For £5 you seriously can't go wrong! They've also just released a bunch of new shades including Translucent and Banana Light which sound amazing!

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist | I had seen so many beauty bloggers and YouTubers rave about this and like most of you I kept thinking 'oh it can't be that good' but I'm here to tell you it's bloody amazing! Before this, I didn't have a dedicated setting spray but I definitely needed one and paired with the EX1 Foundation this keeps my base flawless, non-cakey and set in place literally all day! It works with other bases too but right now this combo is too dreamy to split up! Guys, I've found the one!


What are your current favourite base products?

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

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


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

Maiya
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  • Monday, February 11, 2019

My Valentine's Day Beauty Essentials

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Have you tried any of these products recently?

Maiya
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  • Friday, February 08, 2019

An Updated Skincare Routine

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

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

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

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

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


Have you tried any of these products recently?

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

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

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

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

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


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

Maiya
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  • Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What are some of your top winter skincare picks?

Maiya 
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  • Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Skincare Picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What are some of your top winter skincare picks?

Maiya 
x

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