The Body Shop

Greetings All,

Today I wanted to show you a wee Body Shop haul I picked up on Saturday. I also have to add that my phone contract is with o2, I downloaded their priority app and I’m so glad I did. Offers galore!!
Which brings me back to when I was in Belfast on Saturday and went into The Body Shop to take advantage of their 30% discount within the priority app.

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I am and will always be a fan of their White Musk perfume (£17). I adore it and go through it rightly so that was the 1st thing I picked up. Next, I spied the Coconut Oil (£7) for my hair, it smells lovely so I’m looking forward to trying it, I’ll have a wee review up on that soon, so keep your eyes peeled.  Lastly I got the Vitamin E Essentials Kit (£11) for a present which has a mini toner, cleanser, moisturiser and a night cream all in a dainty little bag making it perfect for travel.
I was checking the Priority app again today and see The Body Shop is back on it, except now with a whopping 40% discount!! Making now the perfect time to buy any Christmas presents and take advantage of nearly half price.

Thanks for stopping by! ♡

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

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Marley MO is back!

Well Hello there everyone,  Remember me! I kinda fell off the edge of Blogville there didn’t I. WELL . . After a big ole hiatus she’s back & feeling rejuvenated & full of bloggy banter. Lots of biz to tell you, firstly, I’ve a giveaway planned to celebrate my 100th follower so stay tuned for details on that next Monday. I’ve also added a new topic called “Kooky Kalender” that I’ll be talking about in Thursday’s post.  This’ll definitely be a bit fun & hopefully give you some ideas on how to celebrate the lesser known holidays. But most importantly I’ve only gone & renamed the blog. So if you fancy a catch up & a chat then head to  www.marleymo.com .

As always, there’s *LoVe & HuGs* winging their way to all yall!

Looking forward to more fun bloggy times ahead! ~MaRiA~ xO

Blonde To Brunette

Hey there,

I’m not sure what happened to this post yesterday. I wrote & saved it but alas it disappeared into cyberspace. But no biggy.

Remember how I’d been threatening to dye my hair back to brunette? Well I finally got round to doing it. I really loved the blonde I’d gotten to but it was just too damaging to maintain it, my hair was breaking off everytime I brushed it. Then the Crazy Colour farce of wanting lavender hair but ending up with a few purple stripes was the last straw.
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Ju69lI chose Clairol in Medium Brown because there were no red tones in it & it was quite close to my natural hair colour. It cost £4 & it recommended leaving in for 25 minutes but I washed it out after about 17 as I didn’t want to go too dark considering how blonde my hair was.
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I’m quite happy with how natural it came out & relieved at not having to touch it up every 5/6 weeks. All I need now is to get a trim & a hundred or so deep conditions & hopefully my wee mop will fiiiiinally be on the road to recovery.

Have you had any hair disasters? Comment below & let me know I’m not alone.

Thanks so much for stopping by my lil blog.

*LoVe & huGs*

~MaRiA~

xO

Beauty Fashion Friday

HellO there all you cool cats,

Well another month has flown by so that means it’s time for another Beauty Fashion Friday!! *eEp* Excited!!! ☺

The lovely Céara is our guest today. 
Remember if you want to be featured next month check out the super simple instructions at the end. 
But right now, it’s over to Miss Céara with some top tips . . . 

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* Who inspires your style?
Honestly, no stars or celebs!  I think the best styled people are walking down the street or going about their day.  Celebs & stars are treated like a hanger, they don’t OWN the stuff they’re wearing.  People who walk into a shop & make their own outfit?! I copy them!

* What’s your favourite piece of clothing/ accessories?
(or both)
String tops I wear them everyday! They’re so handy & easy to accessorise with, my other would be my beautiful black platform shoes, they make you skinny from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. High heels makes every girl feel better right?

* Where do you like to shop?
PRIMARK!  I should take out shares in the place.  So affordable & some really cool stuff.  When I’m feeling a little richer I hit River Island & temporarily bankrupt myself for the rest of the month always opting for a matching bag & purse, then have nothing to put in the purse! 

*If money wasn’t an option & you could buy any beauty item tomorrow what would it be & why?
Make up! & more make up! obviously some surgery too, that’s classed as beauty item isnt it?

* Do you have a certain style & how would you describe it?
I really don’t have a certain style.  I just know with my body shape what’s best for me to wear (I’m a curvy girl) I play it pretty safe with skinnys, string top & cardi or shirt. You’ll also see me with trackies, they’re so comfy.

* What’s your daily beauty & makeup routine?
I cleanse, tone & moisturise every night & exfoliate twice a week.  I’m loving the brand Eucerin atm, I’ve terrible break outs & I’ve found it helps to nip it in the bud. 
My exfoliator is No.7 Micro Dermabrasion, it makes my skin feels amazing! Make up routine, I’ve only two rules. 1. prime before & 2. have fun with it!

* What’s your favourite beauty product/ products?
My favourite beauty products atm are Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation.  It hides everything I hate but doesn’t make me feel caked or cause me break outs.  Also, eyeliner & mascara.  Make up isn’t complete without these two!

* Do you’ve any beauty tips or tricks?
Clean your make up brushes with baby shampoo, it works a treat.  It’s gentle on the bristles & pulls all the yucky make up out.  Got a liquid eyeliner, lip gloss or any liquidy make up product thats run out yet you’ve gone to River Island & bankrupted yourself so can’t afford another yet?  Well then boil a kettle, get the hot water in a cup & set your product in & wait 5 mins. At least another couple applications to get you through to payday! 

* What’s been your worst fashion, beauty or hair disaster? (Or all)
When I thought popper tracksuit bottoms where amazing, and my matching tracksuit with my nike airs! When I got a weave put in badly & when it was removed. Worst. Day. Ever!

* Name a blog you read that you’d recommend to us?
Pixiwoo, the creators of the Real techniques brushes.  Two sisters, pro make up artists who recreate looks, giving tips & tricks etc. I love watching their vlogs!

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Would you like to be featured on the next Beauty Fashion Friday?

If so, heres what you have to do:

Scribble down your replies to the above 10 questions.
Then get hoking through your albums & email both your favourite photo & answers to me on: mariafrombahia@gmail.com

Thanks as always for your support you lovely lot.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO

Illamasqua

Hey there all,

Today I got to play with some items from Illamasqua.  (‘Illusion’ & ‘Masquerade’). It’s a relatively new British highend makeup brand that was set up back in 2008.

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These are the 3 products I got to try out. 1) Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel, Rich Liquid Foundation, 2) Skin Base Lift, 3) Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer.

The rehydrating gel is a primer, retailing for £30 (30mls), it has a fresh scent & feels lovely on the skin, I really loved the wee pot it comes in & for an added bit of twee there’s a teeny tiny spoon on top to help you judge how much to use. 

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Next up was the foundation, also £30 (30mls), I used the tiniest amount which went along way.  I thought the packaging looked cheap, for the amount you’re paying I think they could have pimped the bottle up a bit.
Finally the concealer,which costs £17 (2.5g) to be honest I didn’t see anything special with it to warrant the price tag.

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Would I buy this? No!
Innitially I loved it, it gave great coverage & I really liked the shade.  But after 4 hours this was my face, my skin felt greasy & shiny.  It had come off my chin & parts of my nose, then was clumpy in other parts as you can see.  A very disappointing outcome for the price.

Have you tried Illamasqua?  Have you had a better experience?

Thanks for reading.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

Fancy French Tips

HellO there everyone,

We’re talking French manicures today.  I think they’re beautiful, they make a regular old hand look so elegant, especially when you add some nice rings & a bracelet. 

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Now I may love a French manicure but I’m not all that steady when it comes to painting those white tips on with a brush.  I always find there’s too much polish on the brush, leaving my nail clumpy & taking an age to dry.  Then if I make a mistake which I so often do I’ve to remove all the polish & start the whole thing again, time consuming much?!

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Nailene White French Tip Pen is a handy way around this problem.  You simply draw along the end of your nail with its precision edge, it drys very quickly so you can paint the top coat of clear polish over it immediately.
From start to finish this took 10 minutes. 
As a rule I’d always use polish as opposed doing a French manicure purely because it’s always seemed less time consuming, but honestly after trying this pen I think my fringers will be going French more often.  The pen & polish came together in a set & cost £5.25 from Boots. 

Would you switch from brush to pen? 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO

Living With Rosacea

Hello there folks,

Today I’m going to talk about one of the most common skin conditions there is, Rosacea. 

What is it?
It often starts with periods of flushing, when your skin turns red.  Then other symptoms may appear as it progresses.

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*Permanent redness, *Burning/Stinging sensation, *Spots, *Small blood vessels within the skin becoming visible, *Raised red patches, *Sensitive Skin, *Dry Rough Skin, *Gritty dry eyes & persistent redness burning,

The exact cause is unknown but there are a number of possibilities or triggers which irritate easily.  It’s advisable to patch test new products to avoid an outbreak.

Here are some known Triggers:

*Exposure to sunlight, *Certain Medicines, *Other medical conditions, *Stress,  *Dairy Products, *Hot/cold weather, *Menopause, *Caffeine, *Strong winds, *Strenuous exercise, *Humidity, *Hot drinks, *Spicy foods, *Hot baths,  *Alcohol

What can we do?

Like I mentioned, many people that have rosacea will notice certain things that trigger it.  Granted taking steps to try & avoid all triggers mightn’t always be practical or indeed possible. Perhaps keep a diary, jotting down any flare ups & what creams or cosmetics you were using at the time. Also if you were eating or drinking anything that could have aided it.  This might help reduce the frequency & severity of your symptoms

Sun

We’re not vampires so avoiding the sun completely is impossible but we can use sun creams with a high SPF of 30 or more, Try using ones specifically designed for children. Then cover up with clothing or a hat when possible.

Stress

Again stress is another inevitability in life, but it’s how we learn to cope & deal with it that matters. How about learning relaxation techniques, yoga, deep breathing exercises or meditation? I have an app on my phone of relaxing sounds.
Although regarding exercise keep in mind strenuous work outs can in some cases aggravate the rosacea so something low intensity like walking or giving your house a good clean will do the job.

Food & Drink

The most common food & drink related triggers are alcohol & spicy foods. Like I mentioned before, keep track of what you’re ingesting to help weed out what your food & drink triggers are.

Cold Weather

Covering up your nose & face with a scarf is a good way to avoid the crisp burning sensation of a cold wind that could trigger an outbreak.  But if you’re going to be outside for longer periods of time then perhaps invest in a balaclava, there are plenty of bright coloured & stylish ones available these days so don’t be worrying about looking like a burglar.

Skincare Techniques

Try & remember to be ever so gentle when cleaning your skin, or applying creams.  Look for products that are designed for sensitive skin.  Use a non abrasive cleanser that’s unscented & non alkaline.  Also creams & moisturisers that are hypoallergenic & comedogenic (don’t block your pores) soap & alcohol free & that have a neutral pH.
Read the labels carefully & avoid these following ingredients also: alcohol, menthol, lanolin, peppermint, clove oil, camphor, eucalyptus oil & saudium lauryl sulphate.
I know that’s a mouthful & alot to remember but you can easily copy & paste into your search engine & see what creams it suggests?
It’s really worth being aware of these known triggers so you can avoid the physical symptoms they will cause you.

~ Make sure you rinse your face with lukewarm water, (too hot & it might agitate your skin.) & allow to fully dry before applying anything else.

~ If you feel your skin is getting sore then apply a moisturiser to help soothe it.

~ Avoid oil based & waterproof makeup because these require alot of rubbing to remove.  Stick with water based ones.

Treatments

There are topical treatments, oral antibiotics, medicines & even laser pulsed light treatments, all of which you can discuss in detail with your GP. Alas there’s no definitive cure.  But if you keep a close eye on your triggers, document changes & cut out what you think may be aggravating your skin you can definitely keep on top of it.

MakeUp

Ceremides & glycerin are friendly ingredients to rosacea sufferers, so keep an eye out for these when purchasing cosmetics & creams. Using a yellow base under your foundation will help cancel out & reduce the red appearance.  I swear by mineral makeup, it’s so light & easy to apply & gives great coverage.  Make sure you use a clean blush to apply it to avoid any bacteria being transferred to the skin.

If you have any tips of your own that have worked for you please comment below & spread your knowledge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ LoVe & HuGs ~

*MaRia*

xO

(*Image taken from Google)