Friday, 21 July 2017

CHEAP AND HEALTHY SNACKS THAT WILL STOP YOUR CRAVINGS


So, you've clicked on this post and now you're wondering what snacks can be 1. yummy, 2. healthy, and 3. cheap all at the same time? Well sit back and relax hun, because you're in for a treat (no pun intended)! I usually do my food shopping in Tesco as it's close to my workplace and house, but since I'm moving to a new place in September my closest shop will be Aldi (I'm very happy about this). As you can see, these things were all bought at Aldi on my recent trip for some vegetables but as you can see the trip took a different turn and I ended up buying some goodies - #NoRegrets.


Ever since trying Popchips for the first time in my life this year (and loving them obviously), and hearing from many influencers that Aldi does a cheaper version I had to try some out. They come in two flavours - BBQ and Sour Cream & Chive - the BBQ are my and Kieran's favourite, and at only £1.29 they're a bargain! Aldi's Pop Outs are made with a lot less fat and are actually a healthy alternative to regular crisps so you can still enjoy yourself and indulge in some heavenly crisp sandwiches.


Talking about a crisp heaven, I came across these sweet chili gluten free rice cakes which are AMAZING. I've always been a big fan of rice cakes and usually tend to go for slightly salted rice cakes or plain with a bit of peanut butter to taste but these are great on their own as either a lunchtime or late-night snack. As I mentioned above, these are also gluten free so anyone can enjoy them! - they also come in a few different flavours but this one sounded the most appetising to me, and at only 79p per packet you cannot go wrong!

I used to be obsessed with peanut butter but since literally over-dosing on it a couple of years ago I stopped buying it and would only have it on special occasions. When I came across this wonderful jar of Wholenut Smooth Peanut Butter which has no added sugar, I had to buy it. It's great on toast, mixed in a smoothie or protein shake, with porridge - the combinations are endless! It tastes very nutty which I personally love and know that even Kieran will eat it if it's mixed in with his food! I believe this only cost me £1.29 on offer with the usual price being around £1.50 which s still very affordable.


Cacao powder was on my shopping list for a while but I wasn't going to buy any until we had settled in our new flat but seeing it in Aldi for only £1.99 I had to buy it - come on now! It only has 37 calories per 10 grams which is pretty good, especially if you like to add it to unflavoured protein or porridge. I bought it to make a healthier version of brownies or granola bars that taste good so my little brother and sister can enjoy them as well as the adults.


I feel like I've saved the best 'til last! These are honestly the best brownie bars I have ever tried and believe me when I say I've tried a LOT 😳 They are gluten free, soya free, vegetarian, and it says milk free so I guess they're also vegan? But make sure you check the ingredients list before you buy them as they may contain some traces of animal produce. It's like they're a cheaper version of the Nakd bars which are pricey but oh-so-delicious! I believe these only cost £1.49 for 3 bars so it comes up to 50p per bar which for a healthy snack is fantastic - my university sells a piece of fruit for 80p so I'd much rather stock up on these and carry a packet around in my handbag to snack on inbetween lectures for an instant energy boost.

Have you tried any of the snacks I mentioned above? Did any of them tickle your fancy? I know for a fact that I'll be getting some more of these during our weekly food shop as you can't go wrong with tasty, healthy AND cheap snacks like these.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

5 DATE IDEAS AND WHERE TO MEET PEOPLE


To be honest, I never really gave casual dating a thought as I was quite young when I met Kieran and we were just dating each other so would that be classed as dating?? I'm not sure, haha, either way, we've been on a lot of dates and I thought I'd share some date ideas with you all as well as introduce some great ways to meet new people.

1. Go to the cinema

My and Kieran's first date was a trip to the cinema - it was a mutual agreement. This way we could get to know each other before and after the movie as well as enjoy our own company without having to talk to test whether it was awkward or not. 5 years on and I guess it wasn't awkward at all haha! 😂

2. Go to a cafe for lunch or tea/coffee

You can do this by yourself as it's a great way to meet new people and someone might approach you if they see you sitting by yourself enjoying your own company. This is also a fantastic way to get to know the person you're dating as you'll get to find out how they take their tea/coffee and their table manners.

3. Have a picnic

I feel like this is such a cute and romantic date idea when you've been seeing each other for a while and want to have some alone time and enjoy good food. I've been on a few picnics with Kieran and we've always had a great time, it's a perfect way to unwind especially in the Summer.

4. Go to a bar/club

If you're a party animal and love going out and dancing, then I suggest going on a night out with the person you're dating (this way you can see how they act when intoxicated if they drink) or go clubbing with your friends and see if you get lucky and pull on the night! I think like this is a fun and great way to meet new people as most people are very lovely - I wish I took the numbers of all the lovely girls I had met in the ladies toilets!! On the contrary, if you're not a relationship or dating sort of person and are after a casual no-strings-attached relationship (and are 18+ of course) then try out a dating apps like Tinder or Grindr, or sites for adult dating. I actually met Kieran online and we will have been together for five years this year - so we're a living proof that putting yourself out there really works!

5. Go bowling

This is definitely one of Kieran's favourite things to do haha! We don't go that often but when we do go we always have a good time. This is a great way to meet new people or get close to your newly acquired friends. I feel like going bowling is a fantastic way to meet your other half's friends.


What's your favourite date idea? Have you ever made a dating profile?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Monday, 17 July 2017

OOTD || GLAM BEACH LOOK - DAY TO NIGHT SUMMER HOLIDAYS OUTFIT


If you've already read my What To Do In The UK During Summer Holidays post then you'd know that I recently went down to the British seaside and managed to get some nice shots taken. I didn't know the weather was going to be as nice as it was (I'm sure it came up to around 30 degrees) so I would have maybe worn a playsuit, however, I feel like this dress was perfect as it's floaty and made from thin material so it turned out as the perfect outfit!




Ever since receiving this gorgeous kimono for Christmas a few years ago, I've been obsessed with it and wear it all the time in warmer weather when it's too hot for a proper jacket but not warm enough to go without one. I believe it was in the Topshop sale for around £15-£20, so it was very affordable for a statement piece that I've been loving for years!




My cute little marble bag has made an appearance in a previous post which you can find here. I love a statement micro bag - these are huge this year as mentioned by the lovely ladies at a bloggers event in Nottingham. This gorgeous bag was only £6 from Primark which my lovely mum has bought for me on a shopping trip a while back.


This dress is honestly one of the prettiest items I've ever bought from Primark - yup, you heard it right - PRIMARK! I had seen it on Instagram and was hoping to find it in store and when I did, boy was I happy! At only £13 this is definitely a must-have this Summer. I'm not sure if there will be any left as when I bought mine there were only a few sizes left, but if you're lucky enough to find one I would suggest trying on a size down as it does come up big!


My huge hat is also from Primark, I believe it was only £3!


Have you been to Primark recently? Did you come across any bargains?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Friday, 14 July 2017

REVIEW || URBAN DECAY NAKED ILLUMINATED SHIMMERING POWDER FOR FACE AND BODY


I feel like this product has been so hyped about since it came out that I felt compelled to buy it and try it out for myself. I chose the shade Luminous as I felt it was best suited to my skin tone (I'm naturally very pale). The most popular shade I believe is 'Aura' but I felt that it was slightly too dark for me, but it is very beautiful as my sister has it and I love looking at it!


I feel like it is very impractical for travelling or even carrying around in a handbag as it's very bulky - it's the size of like three of the UD Afterglow highlighters! Don't get me wrong, I think that the packaging is absolutely beautiful (you go UD!), it looks lovely on display especially if I had the whole set (just you wait, it'll probably happen haha).


As you can see in the picture above, the highlight shade is very subtle and compliments my pale skin tone, however, I feel like it's too light for me as I do enjoy an intense highlight. For the price tag of £24 I expected a lot more from this product than what it offered, so I am very disappointed in the colour payoff as it's nowhere near as good as the Aura shade which is annoying, but then again it's my own fault for buying a product without looking into it first or giving it a swatch! If you're seriously thinking about buying this highlighter then I suggest you try it out in store - ask a staff member to put some on for you or even swatch it at the back of your hand. Learn from my mistake!

Have you tried the Naked Illuminated Highlighters? If so, would you recommend it?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

REVIEW || L.A. GIRL PRO CONCEAL HD CONCEALER & GIVEAWAY


I finally joined the bandwagon and bought the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer, it only took me a couple of years haha... A new beauty shop opened up recently in the city so of course I had to go in and see what they were selling! To my surprise, I found a lot of L.A. Girl products as well as Milani and many others. I believe these retail at £3.50 so I thought I'd go for the lightest shade (obviously) and a slightly darker shade to use as a contour shade.


The shades I went for are 'Toast' and 'Porcelain'. At only £3.50 each, these are very affordable and come in a large variety of shades for all skin tones. The formula is very thick and creamy which is great if you're after a full coverage concealer however, it is quite hard to blend out and I find that there isn't a lot of product in the tubes which is disappointing but what can you expect for a product that costs £3.50?


Here are the concealers swatched on the back of my hand. I'm wearing fake tan in this picture hence why the lighter shade looks so bright, but I must admit that it is still light enough to use to highlight my face when I'm not wearing any fake tan. I find the contour shade a little bit harder to blend unless I use a wet beauty sponge and then set it with a powder contour.

Overall, I think that these are worth giving a go as they blend out nicely and the colour range is big so there's something for everyone. On the other hand, it did annoy me that I had used the product once and half the tube was gone, but it was cheap and should last a fair amount of time.

You're probably wondering about the giveaway - well, I decided to give away an L.A. Girl Pro Concealer to 5 lucky readers! The rules are as follows:

1. You must be 16+ years of age to enter.
2. Giveaway accounts will not be entered into the giveaway.
3. All accounts must be public, otherwise I will not be able to contact you if you're the winner.

Good luck to all!

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Have you tried any of the L.A. Girl products? If so, which ones?

Lots of love,
Maya xo
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