Sunday, 9 August 2020

2020 || JULY FAVOURITES


Oh boy, it has been a long while since I last shared with you my Monthly Favourites. I know that these are the type of posts that everyone likes to read to see and compare your favourites to others'. This month has been a bit hot and cold, hasn't it? Hence why all of my favourites are skincare related as I am still furloughed and not wearing much makeup!

Aveda Hand Relief

I'm a huge fan of Aveda and have recently reviewed their Shampure Hair Range. I think this is my third tube of this hand cream and I must say it is bloody gorgeous! It is on the pricey side, but you can get some great deals around Christmas which is when I purchased mine. This is the original scent of the hand cream, however, Aveda does bring out a limited edition scent from time to time - my favourite so far was the Cherry Almond scent which I still have a small amount of.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA (Hyaluronic Acid)

This is a concentrated serum with purified alpha-arbutin and hyaluronic acid which is great to reduce dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. The texture of this product is quite thick, almost jelly-like. It feels sticky on the skin so I tend to apply half a pipette at a time and mainly use this at nighttime only. The results, however, are amazing and my skin looks much clearer and not as red from using this serum.
I absolutely love the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, so it was no surprise that I loved this product too.

MAC Watermelon Fix+ Setting Spray 

Sadly this was a limited edition item and cannot be bought anymore unless you can find it on Amazon or eBay. I'm a sucker for anything watermelon scented so of course I felt obliged to buy this product, even for £12.50 for a tiny little bottle. Money-wise I don't think the minis from MAC are worth it, but if they bring this out in a full-size bottle in the future then I will definitely buy it as I really like to use it as part of my skincare routine. I have recently started reading Caroline Hirons' Skincare Book and she recommends using a face mist daily, so I can say goodbye to this scent for a while as I've nearly used it all up now! :(

Pixi Hydrating Milky Makeup Remover

I've received a generous PR parcel from Pixi including their whole Milky Skincare range, and I was really excited to try this makeup remover. If you've been a reader of my blog & an Insta follower for a while, then you will know that the Clinique Take The Day Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is my favourite product to remove eye makeup and liquid lipstick but at £19 it's not the most affordable. Usually, a makeup remover will last me just under 6 weeks, but this one has been going strong! It feels really soft on the skin, it doesn't irritate my eyes and only takes a small amount of product to remove stubborn mascara. It is slightly on the oilier side which might not be your cup of tea, but I've really been enjoying using it in July!

Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post? What were your favourite items/things to do in July?

*This post contains affiliate links and some gifted items.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Friday, 7 August 2020

FASHION || 5 SUSTAINABLE FASHION IDEAS FOR A GUILT-FREE WARDROBE

We all have a responsibility to prioritise sustainable items of clothing, including brands. I'm definitely pro thrifting and recycling old garments, but I do find myself shopping for new pieces to add into my wardrobe without a reason which is something I'm trying to move away from and make more sustainable choices. Eco-friendly alternatives are becoming a big part of our daily lives, and the fashion world should be no different. If you are looking to create a guilt-free wardrobe, then I hope some of these five sustainable fashion tips will help you as much as they've been helping me.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

REVIEW || MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN SOFT & GENTLE, MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL IN LIGHT, AND MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL IN GIVE ME SUN!



I have been wanting to try all three of these products for many years now, and have finally treated myself to all of them. At a high price tag I've put off trying these products for so long, and now with my spending ban I wasn't really allowed to treat myself either; but when I was given some credit to use on my employee online staff shop I just had to treat myself to these (unnecessary) items.

Friday, 24 July 2020

LIFESTYLE || LOOKING AND FEELING YOUR BEST THIS SUMMER


Summer is finally here, well the season is definitely here if not the weather. With Summer comes the idea of getting into healthier habits, whether that means exercising more or eating better I will share with you my top tips for feeling your best this Summer.

There is no hiding the fact that we all like to look our best, we just all have different versions of that. However, health doesn't always have to do anything with the appearance and has much more to do with how you feel on the inside. We often neglect the time to take care of ourselves the way we used to when we had fewer commitments and more time to ourselves. Sadly, the days where we would soak in a hot bath for hours, relax with a face mask and take our time to get ready are gone. Nowadays we might be lucky enough to have an extra 5 minutes to ourselves other than being in the bathroom! Although I do not have any children yet, I can only imagine what it must be like for parents or carers having to sacrifice every minute of their day to other people! But all those things don't mean that we can't all be a little more health-conscious and use the Summer as the ideal time to focus on our physical and mental well-being. With that in mind, here are some of the small changes that can make a huge difference in how you look and feel this Summer.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

FASHION || FEMME LUXE HAUL - SUMMERTIME PASTELS, HOW TO STYLE PASTEL CLOTHES SS20


*This post contains gifted items by Femme Luxe Finery.

I love pastel clothes a lot for someone who doesn't actually own anything pastel-coloured in their wardrobe. So I thought I'd dedicate this post to styling my brand new pieces from Femme Luxe and show you what I picked up. 

I feel like the only colour missing from this haul is a pastel yellow top, which is something I will certainly pick up in my next order. As pastels are really trendy right now I decided to stick to a theme. The items that are mentioned in this post were gifted to me, however, all opinions are honest and my own. Now, let's get to the haul!
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