Thursday, 23 March 2017

WHAT'S HOT THIS SPRING/SUMMER - #NOTTMFW PRESS EVENT


Last month I attended a press event hosted by Gemini Marketing in Nottingham which was a cheeky preview of what's hot in SS17 before the fashion show in Nottingham on the 25th March.






I was greeted with the most beautiful glitter bomb cocktail, oh my, I was in heaven. There was also lots of tasty snacks varying from cupcakes to MOD pizza (my new favourite pizza place). The staff at the Beauty Temple were very lovely and welcoming, and I got complimented on my outfit and makeup (yes, get in haha!!).





The mini show was presented by two lovely ladies (forgive me for forgetting their names) who looked amazing in their outfits! I actually bought the same top one of them was wearing - thanks for the inspo! The two models - Jamie and Ryan rocked the SS17 looks.


*the micro bag is my new favourite statement piece - but will our huge phones even fit in?!

So, what are the hot trends for this year? I'm so excited that it is officially Spring so I can use it as an excuse to buy loads more clothes hehe...

Back to the Fuchsia - definitely one of my favourite trends as I love bright pink colours - I know for a fact that my mum is gona go crazy over this trend and wear pink head to toe as she owes so many gorgeous fuchsia pieces!

Born in the 80's - say yes to Madonna Rock 'n' Roll leather trousers and cowboy boots! This S/S is all about shoulder pads, ruffles and neon - yes, yes, YES!!

Statement Sportswear - probably the most comfy of all of the trends! I'm looking forward to styling
up plain joggers with some fishnets tights and cropped jumpers.

Twisted Tailoring - who doesn't love a funky detail to their outfits? Like one of those 'half and half' jumpers you can buy in Topshop. If you don't want to splurge on a new outfit but make it look very trendy then put on an old checked shirt (Gingham is very in atm) and pin it up wonky - this was our biggest nightmare a few years back but it's now turned into a trend!

Check-Mate - like I mentioned above, gingham is very much in and I couldn't be happier. I saw a gorgeous checked dress in Primark and I wish I bought it! Now I'm gona have to go back and try it on to see if I can pull it off haha!!

Spring-Bling - if you're very much into sequins and sparkles then this is perfect for you. I love glitter, I would bathe myself in it if I could so this is a great opportunity to add some bling into your wardrobe.




We were all spoilt by the organisers of the event (thank you so much Gemini!). In my goodie bag I received a bottle of Orangina with a cute paper straw, a free pizza voucher from MOD pizza (yum yum, a full restaurant review will be up soon!), some perfume samples, a front row seat ticket to the Nottingham Fashion Show, a magazine and some other bits and bobs!

I'm very excited for the fashion show, I will take many snapchats and insta stories so be sure to follow me on those: @missmayasx 

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Sunday, 19 March 2017

TOP 4 EYESHADOW PALETTES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE


I have spent years searching for the right eyeshadow palette to suit my skin tone and that's affordable, but after finally finding the 'one(s)' I can confidently say that you shouldn't search for a palette with colours that will suit the colour of your skin, but ones that you actually like. Don't listen to people who say you don't suit bright purple eyeshadow - if you like it then go ahead and buy it!

I thought I'd share my wisdom when it comes to eyeshadow palettes and share with you my 4 staples that you just might have to buy hehe.


MAC eyeshadows are amazing, there's no doubt about that. There are many cheaper alternatives that are just as good however, I will never give up my MAC shadows as they were my first luxurious purchases. The refill pans retail at £10 each however, some of the ones I bought were actual eyeshadow pots which I then depotted to put into my pro palette (£8 + £2 for the insert). The pigmentation of these is insane, but you are paying a lot of money so you get what you pay for. The colours I have are: (top-bottom) Era, Amber Lights, Beauty Marked, Creme de Violet, Deep Truth, Naked Lunch, Tempting, Trax, Pink Venus, Steamy, Brule, Honesty, Mythology, Haux, and Electric Eel. I would say that creating your own eyeshadow palettes with the shades that you love and will get use out of is a must-do!


I recently got my hands on this limited edition Pulp Fiction palette by Urban Decay and I am in love... I'm a huge fan of Uma Thurman and to see that UD brought out a palette of one of my favourite movies I had to buy it. It is true guys, UD eyeshadows are amazing! Everyone has been going crazy over the Naked range (read my reviews here, and here) but I have to say that the Pulp Fiction palette is my favourite as the colours are very wearable and obviously because of the packaging haha! Tyranny is my favourite shade from the palette as I can even use it to contour my nose!


If you're looking for something more affordable but still amazing quality then I have to direct you to any of the Makeup Revolution palettes. I have been using their products for probably 4-5 years now and I absolutely love them, especially the palettes. MUR have been slaying the eyeshadow game for a while now, and I must say that this palette is my all time favourite and I use it nearly every day. It's a fantastic dupe for the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette which retails at £37 whereas, the MUR one is only £8. I use this when I'm running out of time when doing my makeup as it always looks good, no matter how little it takes me to blend out the shades!


Last but not least, we have the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer palette. I've been lusting over this palette ever since it came out and then I was lucky enough to snatch it at half price in his sale at the beginning of March. I must say that this has lived up to my expectations completely and I'm in love. The shades are amazing and so up my alley, I really want his new Androgyny palette now!! (If anyone wants to donate one to me please do haha). The formula is very different to the three mentioned above as the shadows feel very buttery and are a dream to blend! I know that the shades aren't for everyone, but they will look amazing on literally anyone! My favourite shades from the palette are Confession, Princess and Violence - they look amazing together!

What's your Holy Grail eyeshadow palette? Would you recommend the ones I mentioned above?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

CHEAP AND EFFECTIVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL - PULSE LIGHT CLINIC LONDON


Who wouldn't want to have hair-free armpits, legs, face?! Please peach fuzz, just sod off already! I've been battling with hair since I was 11, come on now I've had enough...

I recently came across the Pulse Light Clinic that's based in London which was founded in the year 2000 as the first clinic specialising in rosacea treatment by Mary Maclean. She then went on to discover that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) had better outcomes when nutritional therapy was used simultaneously with the IPL treatment. Mary also developed a precise technique for the treatment of rosacea which evolved as IPL technology become more effective. Rosacea is something that's quite close to me personally as myself and my mum suffer from it and it can only be hidden by layers of makeup. Mine has definitely calmed down and I only get bad redness if I touch my face (so practically half the time lol).

Anyway, I'm here to talk about annoying hairs, not my skin condition haha. Like I said earlier, I have hair everywhere - I'm so hairy I bet I can take over and become the new King Kong. Honestly, though I feel like hair is a taboo subject as many people get funny about growing it or even shaving it - everybody has a preference and I am not saying that everyone should be hair-free, but if you're unhappy with some hair (for example, like myself with my peach fuzz on my face or having to shave my armpits every other day), then this is something that you might be interested in.

Pulse Light Clinic offers many treatments varying in price from as little as £32 per session. I know for a fact that if I was based in London I would definitely try it out as it's really cheap compared to some of the clinic's I looked into before, and I know that I would be happy with the results after reading customer reviews.

Another great thing about Pulse Light Clinic is that they offer treatments to both men and women. This means that if you have some annoying nose hair or ear hair that you want to get rid of, you can do so very easily and shamelessly as many people have done so before you. Let's end the stigma around men taking care of themselves!!!

Like I mentioned above, the treatments are for as little as £32 but the best thing about it is that if you decide to go ahead with the treatments, you can pay for them monthly over the course of 12 months with 0% interest. Yup, that's right ladies and gentlemen - 0% interest!! So we can all enjoy getting rid of hair with a little bit of help from the clinic! Go on then, the consultation is free of charge so if there is some hair that bothers you I say let's get rid of it and be happy!

Watch the Pulse Light Clinic's video here to help you understand more about the brand.

Would you ever consider taking laser hair removal treatments? What about enhancements?

*This is a sponsored post, however, it is always 100% my own opinion.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Sunday, 12 March 2017

REVIEW || WIKANIKO'S MORINGA OIL "THE BEST NATURAL AGE DEFYING OIL IN THE WORLD" - OVERNIGHT MIRACLE





My skin has been really dry the past few weeks and I don't know what products to use to get rid of the dryness :( It seems like my trusty Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion just wasn't working and it usually does, so when I came across Wikaniko and got kindly sent a bottle of their Moringa Oil to try out, I was very happy!

With the oil, I also received a detailed note of how the oil works and what it's good for - now there's a company that's passionate about their customers and company! The note also includes different types of how Moringa can be consumed (such as powder to add to meals). I learnt that it is important on where you buy Moringa from, as some countries that grow it can also pollute the plants with lots of nasties - some people have actually stated that they bought products containing dead insects and cigarette ends!!! Wikaniko produce their own Moringa on their farm in Spain, so they practise what they preach and take special care of the plants.

The different types of Moringa products include powder (perfect as a superfood added to smoothies), this cannot be heated over 47C as it will lose its beneficial vitamins and minerals, it also comes in a form of capsules for those who do not like the taste, and last but not least it comes as an oil which is labelled the "best natural age defying oil in the world". It is now being used in cosmetics due to its anti-ageing properties - if you don't want to use the oil direct to your skin you can mix a few drops with your moisturiser. It's supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne, fine lines etc - erm hello?!?! Take all my money ha ha!!!

Since I started using this product I've noticed a massive change in my skin; it feels much smoother and plump than usually. I still have dry patches under my eyes but this could be due to exfoliation, but it is very soothing so I like to wear it before going to bed as I let it soak in overnight and wake up with beautiful and glowing skin.

I would definitely recommend this product to all who suffer from any skin imperfections, especially those with ageing skin - I know for a fact that my mum would be very interested in this product! Mother's Day gift perhaps? Either way, I've only been using this product for a week and I have noticed a huge difference to my skin in how it looks and feels. A definite 10/10 ladies and gents! Go buy yours now!

Good news everyone!! - I have a 10% off code for you: MOR10 - use it to save some pennies! :)


Have you got a holy grail skin care product? Would you try this Moringa oil?

*This post contains PR samples, however it is 100% my own opinion.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Saturday, 11 March 2017

REVIEW || PRESTIGE FLOWERS - PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT




Recently I came across the brand Prestige Flowers and I instantly fell in love. I'm a huge fan of gorgeous bouquets and with Kieran being a big believer of buying practical gifts and avoiding buying me flowers that will die quickly, I knew I wanted to treat myself ha ha. I was kindly sent this beautiful bouquet by Micheal from the Prestige Flowers team and I couldn't be happier with it.




The flowers arrived two days after me sending out my details which is amazing bearing in mind these are hand decorated by highly qualified florists in Britain. The delivery service also offers deliveries to EVERYWHERE in the UK, how amazing is that?! So if there's someone who is very important to you and you feel like treating them to something sentimental, then you found the place to turn to!


Along with my order, I had received a cute note from Micheal. Little things like this can really make someone feel amazing! I had a really shitty week then, and receiving these had really cheered me up tons. That's why I believe that this is an amazing gift for upcoming Mother's Day. Prestige Flowers has specially created new bouquets which are absolutely beautiful, there's plenty to choose from and majority are on offer! I believe that you can also receive 10% off on your first purchase which is just a right bargain! I know which direction to point my dad to for some ;)




Along with your purchase, you also receive a Flower Care Guide which will direct you on how to make the most out of your flowers - ha eat your heart out Kieran! These do last ha ha ;) I've currently had these for a week and have followed the care guide carefully, exchanging the water every (other) day and trimming the stems so they absorb lots of water and remain beautiful.

Overall, I would rate these 10/10 for quality, price and life span because they really are beautiful and last a while. I know for a fact that I will keep these for at least 4 more days because they still look as good as new and the Stargazer Lilies have started to open up which has made my room smell a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!!

What will you be buying your Mum this Mother's Day? What do you think about Prestige Flowers?

*This post contains PR samples, and no affiliate links. 100% my opinion.

Lots of love,
Maya xo 
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