Friday, 21 April 2017

REVIEW || GRAVITATE NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS - HOW I LOST HALF A STONE IN A MONTH (AD)





If you've read my First Impressions post of the Gravitate Supplements then you'd know that I was very excited to try these as I've been struggling with losing weight for years now. Well, now it is time to reveal the big results - have I lost weight?

I try to eat healthily but I'm not very strict with my diet as I don't believe in depriving myself of foods such as chocolate etc as long as I'm being smart about what I eat and then work it off at the gym.

I've been trying to go gym at least twice a week but it was hard to do so around deadlines at uni so some days I was slacking and others I've been really good and sticking to my daily schedule.

My start weight was: 10st 1lbs
Current weight: 9st 9lbs
Lost: 6lbs

I was aiming to lose a stone however, like I mentioned above I didn't stick to a strict diet or exercise plan. I just went ahead and carried on with my busy student life and tried to work out and eat as well as I could have. I still think that losing nearly half a stone is a pretty good achievement and I'm proud of myself. I don't feel as bloated as I did before and I can wear my old jeans very comfortably now ha ha!!

It was a bit of a pain trying to remember to take the tablets, but it did pay off in the end and I couldn't be happier. I know for a fact that next time I would stick to a stricter plan to see if it makes a bigger difference, but for now I'm going to sit back and enjoy a chocolate digestive or two hehe.

*This post contains PR samples.

Have you tried any weight-loss aids? Has it helped you reach your goal?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Thursday, 20 April 2017

REVIEW || S+ BY RESMED - HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP (AD)


So, I bet you're all wondering 'How can I get a good nights' sleep?' well, listen up folks because I think I found a solution!

I was recently sent a monitoring advice called S+ by ResMed which has been designed to detect your breathing and monitor your sleep cycle.

I couldn't wait to try my S+ out and when it finally came I opened it up straight away. I went through the instructions with Kieran as we both suffer from sleep deprivation (his is much worse than mine so I thought it'd be best for him to try it out and see if it made any changes).

We set the monitor up next to our bed pointing towards Kieran's chest so it can monitor his breathing and movement. It has two charger ports so you can charge your tracking device (you have to download the app to see results) as well as turning on the S+ by ResMed.




It didn't come packaged quite like this, but I do try to keep it in the box as it is a valuable product to both myself and Kieran. The cable is long but I feel like it would benefit from being slightly longer as I do have to use an extension lead to place it comfortably near our bed (sucks not having closer plug sockets).


This is what the app looks like when you open it up. I have already registered and got Kieran to answer a short(ish) quiz about his sleeping habits, such as if he sleeps with the light on or if he watches the telly before bed.

As you can see, the S+ is a small monitoring device which (to me) is quite stylish. I would easily keep it out the box and store it on my bedside table but with my OCD I prefer to keep it in the box ha ha.



Here you can see one of the nights when we used the product and Kieran's sleep score was quite high, bearing in mind he only slept for 6.5 hours. The recommended amount of sleep a person our age should get is 8-9 hours so you can only imagine how tired he felt when he got up that morning!


Here you can see the tracking of Kieran's sleep. It's hard to get a good nights' sleep being a student and living in a noisy accommodation!


The quality of your sleep also depends on your mental health, so if you suffer from anxiety then it's likely your sleep won't be as good as it should be. If you do suffer from anxiety and find it hard to sleep then I suggest listening to calming music/sounds or meditating before bed.


Here you can see that my details are included on the app which I had done to protect Kieran's privacy however, he filled out the survey and information (such as weight etc).

Overall, I think this device is great for monitoring sleep cycles and try to overcome insomnia as well as learn to get better sleep. It's very handy and doesn't take up too much room. Kieran has mentioned that he feels slightly better about his sleep knowing what it is that wakes him up throughout the night and how to improve, therefore we both think that S+ by ResMed is a great investment to those who suffer with sleep deprivation.
The only issues I have with this is that you need to use wifi overnight which drains battery (it is suggested you charge the device your app is installed on using the same port the S+ is connected to), and also it would have been useful if it monitored both of our sleep cycles rather than just one person's at a time.

You can buy the S+ by ResMed here.

*This post includes PR samples.

Do you struggle with sleep? Have you got any helpful tips on how to get better quality sleep?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Saturday, 15 April 2017

REVIEW || DENIVIT ANTI-STAIN INTENSE WHITENING TOOTHPASTE





After trying out many teeth whitening products, including the Procoal charcoal powder, I thought I'll give drugstore products another go. I bought this Denivit toothpaste for around £2.

I must say that I wasn't expecting much to begin with anyway as it was a fairly cheap product, but can't judge a book by its cover, right?

I have to say I really don't like the packaging. It's very awkward to squeeze the product out the tube, but I guess it's good for letting the product go down to the nozzle before application. 
The consistency of the toothpaste is really smooth and tastes like bicarbonate soda, so it should really be used alongside a normal minty toothpaste as an addition. I used it for around 2 weeks and it claims to show results after the first use, which I did not see...

I honestly did not notice any difference in the shade of my teeth at all, I feel like it might work better on teeth with weaker enamel but I know I won't be wasting any more money on drugstore products for teeth whitening. Hopefully I will find a solution that won't cost me an arm and a leg haha, but if you have any recommendations then please let me know in the comments section down below :)


Have you tried any teeth whitening products that were really not worth the hype?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Monday, 3 April 2017

2017 || MARCH FAVOURITES




Oh, well wasn't March an eventful month for me?! I have bought my own domain, updated my blog, did many collaborations with some amazing brands, went to a fashion show where I won the 'Best Dressed' award, got good grades from uni, and got rid of horrible people from my life! I can honestly say that March this year has made me stronger as a woman and I'm very grateful for all your support.

Moving on, March wasn't my best month for beauty favourites therefore I will say that the events mentioned above are a part of my monthly faves, but I did fall back in love with a couple of items I've had for a while.

First up, MAC's Paint Pot in the shade Painterly. I have previously reviewed this product here, but I started to reach for it more throughout the month to make my eyeshadow last longer. I really love the shade of this paint pot as it's very close to my natural skin tone so it makes it easy to blend any eyeshadow colour on my lid. I also have 3 more shades of these, would anyone like an updated MAC makeup collection? Please let me know!

The other product I've been loving this March is the glorious Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum - 100 ml. I wanted to get this perfume for so long, and one of my closest friends bought me a bottle for Christmas last year! I was so happy when I opened it up - you should have seen my face! It smells great, it's suitable for all ages (especially teens and young adults, and anyone who loves sweet scents!). And can we just sit back and appreciate the packaging? It's so bloody gorgeous that I think I'll keep the bottle on display after I use the product up!!

*This post isn't sponsored but may include affiliate links.

What have you been loving this March? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Sunday, 2 April 2017

HOW TO STYLE BRIGHT COLOURS THIS SPRING - HIS AND HERS SPRING WISHLIST FT. BONOBOS (AD)



I recently came across the online brand Bonobos which sells fashionable and high-quality clothing items for men. About Bonobos:

"At Bonobos, we strive to make great clothing. With Equateur, we tell the stories of the humans who wear it. The places they go, the things they do, the people they meet—everything that gives meaning to what otherwise would be just fabric and thread."

I was asked to create a mood board of my top fashion picks for this Spring, for both men and women.


I really love the Shirts Bonobos sells, especially with funky prints like the Kiwi or Seahorse ones. I chose for my mood board. I have a feeling that not a lot of people would go for them as they might be out of some men's comfort zones however, I think they're gorgeous and would love to see someone rocking them! I'm also a big fan of the Chino Shorts as Bonobos has a huge collection of them (see here).


I don't know why but I really love ties. I think they add so much personality to a boring outfit - come on guys, wear a cool tie to work!! Don't be boring! I especially like the floral one as it's not too bright, but very stylish and could make any suit look trendy and modern.


It was so hard to focus on one brand for 'Hers' mood board, so I decided to settle for 3 different ones (H&M, New Look, and Topshop). I think my favourite piece from this mood board is the white wrap-around shirt as it's so classic and timeless - great for all ages and sizes. I also love the mules (Oh, I'm a big fan of mules me), the colour is perfect for Spring and the heel is so tiny that anyone could wear them comfortably.


Can we just sit back and appreciate these gorgeous sunglasses?! Only £5.99 as well?! Get in my basket! Sometimes, something as little as a pair of sunglasses can bring a whole outfit together and make you stand out from the crowd. I'm a big sunglasses wearer as I have sensitive eyes, but I believe that everyone should have a pair of some funky shades in their bag for the sunny Spring days. I know for a fact that some of the things I've shared with you will be sitting in my wardrobe very soon hehe.


I have also created a His&Hers outfit (hopefully Kieran will approve haha). I'm all for clashing prints this Spring, I think it looks amazing and if a guy can pull it off - then anyone can!


I absolutely love both outfits, I think they look great together and I didn't even mean for them to be colour coded! I've seriously fallen in love with the Topshop dress though!! :o


* I worked with Bonobos on this post however, it isn't sponsored and doesn't include affiliate links.

What are your preferred colours for Spring? Let me know in the comments section!

Lots of love,
Maya xo
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