Monthly Favourites

Sunday, 31 January 2021


Here we are, it's the time of the month and year where I try to stick out writing monthly favourites posts - let's hope that this time they are here to stay seeing as I've got lots of free time to write!

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Origins Night-a-mins £32:
This is hands down my new favourite night cream. I used to really enjoy wearing Decleor Neroli Oil or Night Balm but I’ve been completely diverted. Night-a-mins has recently had its formula changed to fruit derived acids to make it more effective as a treatment and more environmentally friendly. The cream consists of grape, apple and beetroot acids which help resurface the skin as well as peel the dead skin cells off overnight. It took me a couple of weeks to get used to this product as I found it a bit tightening at first which gave away an uncomfortable sensation on my cheeks, but now I use it daily and can’t imagine myself going back to anything else.

I don’t know what I did before I got this brush. It has honestly changed the way I apply my eyeshadow, making it so easy to blend any harsh lines or shadows together. I bought this brush exactly a year ago for my 22nd birthday and I got another for Christmas last year which will make my life much easier because I won’t have to wash the brush as often if I’m in a hurry (I try to wash my brushes at least once a week). Even though this brush is very expensive, it really is worth every penny. Especially now that the bristles are synthetic instead of real hair (much more environmentally friendly) it makes it a lot easier to blend all sorts of eyeshadows and it doesn’t shed at all. I think this is definitely a great brush to add to your collection and a staple in my daily routine.

I first came across this brand after seeing it on the Tribe app and once I saw that Papier sells Disney themed notebooks I had to get one. They offer quite a big variety of different styles and types of notebooks and diaries but for my first one, I picked this Alice in Wonderland one. I’ve been wanting to start a proper bullet journal for months now so when’s the best time for one if not now? I started filling this one out in the last week of December last year and I can’t seem to put it down. I also use another dated diary for everyday use but I enjoy the fact that I can customise my bullet journal to my needs.

I bought this book back in October and attempted to read it twice but couldn’t really bring myself to sitting down and focusing on a book due to some personal issues I was going through. Now that I have finally made time for myself I managed to finish this book in a couple of weeks time and wow, it is bloody brilliant. The writing is phenomenal and the way that Heather described Lale’s story is so personal and made me feel all the emotions in the world! If you haven’t read this already, please do - you won’t regret it.

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life £7:
This is a gem that I re-discovered at Christmas when I received a large Soap & Glory set from my partner. I forgot just how good this smells and makes my skin feel after cleansing. Thankfully, the brand has stopped using microbeads in their products in 2014 (according to their Twitter account) which is why I was happy to start using this product again. I find that the product works well on its own, however, I prefer to use it with exfoliating gloves for a super smooth effect on my skin. If you haven't already tried this scrub then I suggest you do as it smells great and will make your skin feel brand new!

What have you loved this January?

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Lots of love,
Maya xo

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


For most, September is a month of denial as you find yourself missing Summer but are stuck in between seasons, but for me, it is the month I look forward to finishing the most so I can get excited for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas.
With Autumn comes a great deal of pumpkin-spiced everything, even makeup looks. I'm personally obsessed with orange-brown smokey eyes with a shiny nude lip, but I have noticed that a lot of people I follow on my social media are still going for a glowing skin with lots and lots of highlighter (you glow, girl). So you can imagine that the products I've been using and loving the most the past month include a mixture of both, Summer and Autumn products.

Makeup Revolution is definitely one of those brands that everyone would have tried at some point in their lives. For me, it is one of my favourite brands for powder products such as eyeshadows and highlighters. My favourite ones that I've been loving throughout September are the Salted Caramel Palette and the Ultra Strobe Cream which make the perfect autumnal face. Sometimes I like to use the strobe cream on the high points of my face, and other times I put it all over my face and shine like the stars!

Do you remember how big the Mariah Carey x MAC collab was? All I remember is that people were fighting over the highlighter and most lipsticks, but I managed to get a lipstick and a lipglass and boy, oh boy can I just say how stunning the colours and the packaging is?! I have actually not touched them at all until recently as I didn't want to ruin the beautifully detailed engraving on the lipstick.

Last but not least, I have been overusing stick highlighters - especially the Collection Pearl Sheen one is shade 01. I like to apply it faintly over my foundation before I set it with powder for a more blinding effect. The shade is actually really nice, not as opaque as I'd like for it to be but it was expected for the low price.

What were your September Favourites this year?

Lots of love,
Maya xo

Monday, 28 August 2017


August wasn't the best of months for beauty products for me, but I did manage to find some products that I loved - including an app which I never really mention on here. The one makeup product that I loved was the L'oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation in shade Porcelain (yup, I'm that pale). I must say that this is one of the best full coverage drugstore foundations I have ever used and reminds me of this high-end product. As August was a bit of a hit-or-miss month when it came to the weather, I was loving Carmex's Lime Twist lip balm to hydrate my dry lips. I love the scent and flavour of this little gem, as well as the tingly feeling it leaves on my mouth - does that sound weird? Because it works amazingly!

My current skincare consists of smothering myself up in Vaseline's Intensive Care Advanced Repair moisturiser, followed by the St. Tropez Instant Tan for a natural and glowy look. I have to admit and say that I'm quite lazy when it comes to caring for my skin, especially when I have to moisturise as to me it feels like a chore. However, since I started using this moisturiser I have noticed positive results in my dry skin and it feels a lot more nourished than usual. The St. Tropez Instant Tan is great as a last minute tan boost before an event etc. as it develops very quickly and doesn't stain your clothes!

The app that I've been using daily (besides Instagram and Twitter, obvs) is My Fitness Pal which has helped me keep track of how many calories I eat in a day and what foods to avoid, and what to eat more of. It also sends me reminders to drink more water which I've been trying to be very good with - my goal is to drink 3 litres a day.
I've been trying to lose some weight and tone up for the past few weeks and I won't lie and say I've been good because I haven't. I will try and keep up with my fitness routine and get back to y'all in a couple of months.

My favourite hair products during August were the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Heat Protection Mist, and Superdrug's Bloomin' Barnet Dry Shampoo. I was in need of a new heat protection spray so grabbed the Coco Loco one to try out as I'm a sucker for anything coconut scented and I must say that I love it very much and use it all the time before using hot irons. On the other hand, the dry shampoo is my life saver on sweaty and oily days when my hair needs a little bit of refreshment, as well as for when it needs some extra 'oomph'.

What did you enjoy using this month? Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned in this post?

Lots of love
Maya xo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


I know this post is now long overdue, however, I found it quite hard to balance out blogging while on holiday as I stupidly didn't schedule any posts before setting off! Thus, not only is this post a bit late but I also included the UD Naked Heat palette in my July's favourites as I had a couple of weeks longer to play with it rather than judging it by its first use, even though it's bloody amazing.

The Matrix Style Link Gloss Booster is a new addition to my overgrown hair care collection, but it's one that is definitely worth getting for all hair types, even if you've got oily hair. I find that it works best when I apply it before blow drying my hair as it leaves it very smooth and silky without that horrible oily feeling. I'm not the biggest fan of hair oils, I do prefer to use a balm as I find them more suitable for my thin hair, but this little guy works wonders!

I don't think there has been as much fuss about a mascara since Benefit brought out their Roller Lash, but L'oreal are currently killing it with all the new products. The Paradise Extatic Mascara has been on market for a few weeks now and I was super excited to try it out for myself as I have heard that it's a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I really love the wand of this and feel like it coats all my lashes well, as well as staying on all day long. I did have one little issue with it but I'll include it in a full review soon.

Decleor was one of my most recent additions to my skincare routine, and what's a better moisturiser to use in the summer if not the light version of my current favourite? The Decleor Hydra Floral 24h Hydrating Light Cream is slightly on the expensive side of skincare, but it is SO worth it! I love the Hydra Floral range enough as it is because of the scent, but this moisturiser is honestly my new Holy Grail as it makes my skin feel healthy and glowing just after one use, plus it absorbs into my skin very quickly making it easier for me to apply my makeup quickly.

This is and probably will be my favourite palette by Urban Decay of all time, no joke. You might have read my post about the original 3 palettes, but this one has got to be my number 1. I love the shades in it - they are very wearable and suitable to all due to the incredible pigment.  The shadows feel very soft and easy to blend, I also found that I didn't need to dip in much to get a good colour payoff as it showed up very opaque on my eyelids. My favourite shades are Scorched, Cayenne, and Ashes - but like I said before, all these shades are VERY pigmented and you could even create an eye-look using just one shadow (particularly Ashes).

As you already know, I have been on holiday to Rome back in July and had an amazing time - but sadly that's not the point! Unfortunately, we don't have a Sephora in the UK and I will forever be sad about this, however, I managed to pick up a few bits and bobs while being abroad including the Sephora Pomegranate Sleeping Mask which is anti-fatigue and energising. It's quite sticky to apply, almost like a peel-off mask, but the best thing about it is that you apply a thin layer on in the evening and leave it on overnight! Say goodbye to long chores of washing off face masks, and hello to the new overnight masks! This is great for those who are very busy but still want to take good care of their skin - hence why I bought the anti-fatigue one, haha.

The Milk_Shake Silver Shine Whipped Cream Conditioner is a bleach blonde's dream. I'm a natural light blonde, but because I dye my hair grey from time to time I find that I need to use a toner more regularly to maintain a nice shade of blonde and this does take its toll out on my hair. So when I came across this mousse leave-in conditioner at a blogging event, I had to buy it to try it out for myself. It makes my hair very soft, yet still, neutralises all brassy and unwanted yellow tones which is a definite 10/10 for me!

I was kindly gifted this little jar of Elemis Skin Bliss Capsules at an event, and I cannot stress enough about them. You can open the jar and not even have to use up the product straight away because it will still be in date, how about that? This little jar comes in both, day & night capsules so it's perfect for travelling or to give as a gift etc. I really like the nighttime capsules as the oil doesn't feel too thick and soaks into the skin nicely, leaving me feeling fresh and moisturised in the morning.

What did you enjoy using in July? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above?

Lots of love,
Maya xo
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