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WISHLIST || Here Comes The Sun?

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
1. Moto Acid Denim Dress // Topshop // £36.00
2. River Island Metal Toepost Mint Sandals // Via ASOS // £28.00 
3. Edge Paint Satchel // Topshop // £28.00

Well it was good while it lasted. The sun has packed up and left us to resume a normal Scottish summer. I'm trying to think positively and hoping there will be time for at least one more barbeque before the end of the summer. Just one more day, PLEASE! I was caught unawares when the heatwave hit last time and had a bit of summer clothes panic buying. In my attempt to keep positive, I've been planning my next summers day outfit. I love love love this little denim dress. And the benefit is that it wouldn't be a total waste if the sun has disappeared .. I'm sure I could wear this with some Autumn and Winter outfits too. 

Let's take a minute to appreciate this watch. I know it's expensive and I can only track it down to the Bloomingdales website, but it is a 'wish' list. I think this might only be available in America, but coincidently my boyfriend goes to Las Vegas in 4 weeks time. So that means I've got four week of intensive hint-dropping ahead of me. It won't work. 

Have you been buying any summer outfits recently?
What have you got your eye on? 

xxx

P.S My Giveaway ends tomorrow! Enter here

OUTFIT || Summer Showers

Sunday, 28 July 2013


Slouchy top, Zara (last summer)
Denim Shorts with Belt, New look 
Black fringe bag, Primark
Avril leather cut out boot, Miss Selfridge (sold out, similar here)
Necklace, Topshop

So I thought I was getting a good deal on a little Nikon Coolpix S3500 last week. But it turns out my pictures actually look better when they're taken on my Iphone.. hopefully I just need to get used to it. I love having self-timer though and not having a huffing boyfriend behind the camera! Although I still have to find the perfect position to get a full head-to-toe picture!
 More practise required I think/hope.

This kimono is just my favourite thing ever at the moment and I wish I'd bought it ages ago. I found it on Oh My Love and swayed over it for a few hours. When I came home to order it later that night, it had sold out. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it on the Topshop website. Fate? Yes!

It's perfect for the sunny days when it cools down at night time. Yesterday it was absolutely roasting hot and raining at the same time. By the end of the night I was like Monica from friends - 'It's the humidity!'

I added some new things to my BLOG SALE the other day and I'll be putting some more things on throughout the week. Go have a peek?

My giveaway ends on the 31st July - have you entered yet? :) 

xxxx

REVIEW || Toni & Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

For at least six months now, I've been using Toni & Guy shampoos and conditioner. I've repurchased it a dozen times and always go back to it.

 Toni & Guy is one of those brands in Boots that is always on offer. It's usually 3 for 2 and since I use the detox shampoo, normal shampoo and the conditioner, it works out quite well for me. I love a good bargain.. 
I'd stocked up on conditioner and detox shampoo so this time I picked up two shampoos and decided to try out the Toni & Guy Cleanse Dry ShampooI wash my hair every second day so was hoping to use this in between, in place of my normal Batiste dry shampoo (and it's coconut-y loveliness)

I went away for the weekend so used this on the Saturday morning to freshen up my hair. It smells just like the shampoo/conditioner so it freshened up my hair a lot. Every time I swished my hair, I could smell the freshness! 


On the other hand, my hair didn't feel cleaner and actually felt a bit heavy from the product. Usually a dry shampoo makes my hair feel like it's just been washed, light and clean again. This felt like my roots were almost sticky in a way, and I could see the product in my hair. 

I tried this out a few times and decided to chuck it after a week or so. After using this in the morning on day two, I felt like I had to wash it by night time. Which is a bit pointless if I'm trying to use it between washes.

I'll stick to my other Toni & Guy products, I suppose you can't win them all!

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I've added some new items to my Blog Sale today, go have a peek?

OH and my ESSIE giveaway ends next week! Have you entered yet?


xxxx

*BLOG SALE*

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Hello lovelies! 

Monday is almost over :D *aa-woo-hoo*

Just a quick post to let you know I've started up a little Blog Sale.

I used to sell quite a lot of things on eBay, but after the eBay/Paypal fees, it didn't seem worthwhile for my little second hand sales! And I thought a blog sale would be quite fun to do on here :) 

So pop over to my Blog Sale page above if you want a look :) 

I plan on updating it gradually over the next few weeks when I organise what I want to keep in my wardrobe. 

Contact me on Twitter (@MeowMaisy) if you have any Qs or want to buy :) 

xxx

P.S Have you entered my giveaway yet? Have a look here.

REVIEW || Veet Face Precision Wax & Care Kit

Monday, 15 July 2013


I'm not one to moan..but when I find a product that is just so utterly disappointing, I feel it's important to share my experience. I've been getting my eyebrows waxed for about ten years and since my eyebrows grow ridiculously fast and at £6 a go, it's quite pricey. I was roped into buying the Veet Face Precision Wax & Care Kit by the tv advert, which shows a small tube of wax being applied directly to the eyebrows. It looked so easy and not at all messy, so I decided to invest the £6.99 to try it out myself. 

The tube is split into two sides, one side is the wax and the other is the after cream. I followed the instructions and placed the tube, wax down, into a glass of just-boiled water. I left it for one minute and tested the wax on my hand. It was noticeably sticky and didn't spread or separate from the tube, so I tightened it and placed it back into the water. After a few minutes, I gave it another go. The wax applied horribly and strings of the wax dropped down from the area because it was so .. sticky! (I wish I could think of a different word!) I placed the wax strip over the area and pushed it down firmly before waiting a moment, and pulling it back in the opposite direction to the hair growth. It wasn't like the advert. The wax hadn't hardened so it didn't pull any hair off. I gave it another go and next time, waited longer for the wax to set. But it wouldn't. Half an hour later, I gave up.

I was left with a sticky, hairy eyebrow and £6.99 down. 

I'm sure other people would have a better experience with this product but for me, as a waxing beginner, it was a nightmare. I felt like the product was aimed at someone like me, which is why I was so disappointed. I'd never try at home waxing again, this experience was enough for me to justify the fortnightly £6.00 beautician bill. 

Have any of you tried this product or any other at-home waxing?
xxx

P.S Have you entered my Essie Giveaway

Nosh 3 Day Juice Fast Detox Review

Sunday, 7 July 2013
So since I got home from holidays, my eating habits have been awful. On top of the fact that I gained weight, I got myself into a cycle of eating junk, feeling tired, then eating more for energy and so on. I managed to gain 6 pounds since April (!) and couldn't get myself back into the swing of healthy eating. I saw a deal on Wowcher for a Nosh 3 Day Juice Fast programme at almost half price. For £69, you get:

·         5 x RAW 330ml smoothies & 6 x Nosh colon cleanse formula
·         3 x Nosh Superfood Formula
·         30-minute phone consultation
·         Free delivery 


Nosh 3 day juice fast review

I'd heard of Nosh and been on the website before, but always thought it was too expensive and that a few days couldn't make that much of a difference. Don't get me wrong, £69 for 3 days is expensive but it's usually around £140. I read into it, checked loads of reviews and with the ‘limited time only’ thing pushing me, I got it. The website claims that the 3 day juice fast helps maintain high energy levels, assists the body in attaining its natural balance by detoxifying and cleansing thoroughly and increases the metabolic rate.

I also bought the Detox box for an extra £15. And although it made it even more expensive, I thought I’d need all the help I could get or the whole thing would be a waste anyway. Inside the detox box, you get:

· Dead Sea Salt Baths - to absorb all the toxins , so you don't feel nauseous or headachey. 
· Nux Vom - to clean your intestines/colon of built up material and reduce acidity in the stomach. 
· Natural Bristle Brush - to detox and clean your largest organ on elimination - your skin. 
· Herbal Teas - unique restorative teas, carefully sourced to support your body through detox.
· Superfood Powder - natural, immune boosting food powder packed with vitamins, minerals & enzymes.
Nosh Detox Review
Dead Sea Bath Salts 

Nosh 3 day detox
 Colon cleanse formula (sawdust in water), Castor Oil and Nux Vom Tablets
Nosh 3 day detox
Superfood Sachets and Herbal teas

When everything arrived, I was so excited to start and curious to see what it was like. My box arrived at 5pm on Tuesday and I started Wednesday. The info contained in the box was really helpful and I was given a daily schedule. This was for the standard detox products, so I wrote up my own plan to include my herbal teas and body brushing from the detox support box. It worked out I had something to do almost every hour, which would keep me busy and stop me clock watching for the next smoothie.

This was my own schedule for each day (although some days I was slightly earlier/later)

6.30 am Body brush before shower
6.50 am Tablespoon of Castor Oil, followed by black coffee
8.30 am 1 teaspoon of Colon Cleanse in water
9.15am 'Boost and Energise' Smoothie (Almond, Banana, Chai, Oats)
10.15am Herbal tea
11.30am 'Revitalise and Rejuvenate' Smoothie (Apple, Mint, Spirulina)
12.30pm ‘Superfood’ sachet in water
1.30pm 'Calm and Soothe' Smoothie (Mango, Blueberry, Acai)
2.15pm Herbal tea
3.45pm Suck Nox Vom tablet
4.15 pm Superfood’ sachet in water
5.30pm 'Revitalise and Rejuvenate' smoothie (Apple, Mint, Spirulina)
6.30pm 1 teaspoon Colon Cleanse in water
7.00pm Use dead sea bath salts (these can be used as a scrub in the shower)
8.30pm 'Rebuild and Restore' smoothie (Cocout, Banana, Acai)
9.30pm Hot water and Lemon then bed time

So here’s how I got on..

Day One
I usually wake up feeling hungry and ready for breakfast but today I didn't - probably due to the 'last supper' cereal I had at 10pm last night. The ingredients in the first smoothie fooled me into thinking it would be quite nice but it was quite overpowering banana with a cinnamon after taste. I drank it slowly and didn't have my next one until noon as I wasn't hungry. The lunch time smoothie was ‘Apple, Mint and Spirulina’ and was pretty vile if I'm honest but I hate any mint flavoured drink. I persevered, drank it slowly and drank water afterwards. I had planned to have herbal tea in between, thinking I'd have been starving but I didn't need it. The smoothies felt like they were really close together, I didn't feel hungry at all in between. ‘Calm and Soothe’ tastes like the like the last one without mint - slightly less vile. When I opened the ‘Superfood’ sachet and put it in water, it was awful. It was green, smelled and tasted like pond water. I managed half a shot and felt traumatised so I passed on that one. When I got home at 4pm, I had a herbal tea and went for a shower to keep busy. Overall, today was A LOT easier than I thought it would be. Other reviews said today the first day's the toughest, but I didn't feel hungry or struggle at all. Maybe it's just first day determination. 

Day 2
I planned to get up at 6.30am, but I was wide awake at 6.00am which never happens to me. I was full of energy, got out of bed, took my castor oil and had a black coffee. Although I had energy, I was craving breakfast and had to have my first smoothie an hour early. I attempted another ‘Superfood’ sachet this afternoon and nearly threw up - I'm giving up on those. Nothing is worth drinking pond water. I've been craving food that I don't normally eat, like omelettes! After work I, quite manically, tidied and cleaned the house then went to my boyfriend’s parents house to keep us busy, BIG MISTAKE. Forgetting they eat dinner late, they’d just sat down to roast chicken and the smell made me want to cry. Kindly, but not in the circumstances, she gave us roast ham to take home which sat on my lap in the car - that took some serious will power! I considered 'just one bite' but kept reminding myself how much this has all cost. It's only three days of my whole entire life! Going to bed early tonight to stop me thinking about food.  

Day 3
All I dreamt about was food - sitting my mums kitchen eating custard donuts (haha!) and feeling really bad about failing. So when I woke up and realised it was a dream and I hadn't failed, it made me determined to get through the day! I read reviews before I started this, and they all said day 3 was the easiest. This kind of kept me going because I felt like I just have to get through day 1 and 2. All the reviews said that by day 3, the hunger dies, you feel more alert and energetic. Not me! I seem to have had the reverse effect. Day 1 was my easiest! The smoothies were a lot harder to drink today. I fell asleep straight after work at 5.00pm and slept until 6.30pm. When I woke up and realised my next one was the mint smoothie, I nearly caved. Especially since the smoothie was sitting next to the roast ham in the fridge. But I told myself to drink it then decide. Once it was done, I thought 'I never have to drink that ever again' and got some energy through my happiness! I went out for a bit, came home and had the night time smoothie which by this point actually tasted heavenly. Best of a bad bunch! Early night again to make the morning come quicker.

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WELL, it’s Day 4 and I can’t believe I did it! I fell asleep on the couch at 9pm last night and even managed to resist eating when I woke up after midnight to go to bed. I was awake at 7am, excited to weigh myself and see if it was worth it. My normal weight is around 8 st 2-4lbs. I was 8 stone 9 (!) on Wednesday morning and today .. 8 stone 3! I definitely wasn’t expecting such a big weight loss. Taking into account that I had no food in my system, my normal weight will be a pound or so heavier when I get back to eating. 

The last three days have taught me the difference between actual hunger, THIRST and a craving. I definitely mistake thirst for hunger a lot of the time - I have a new appreciation for water! It's hard to make sense of this, but although I was hungry, I felt like I had more energy than usual. I’m sure this is down to my usual sugar crashes after eating sweets and junk food all day. 

I also like the light feeling in my stomach as opposed to the usual heaviness and (although I hate the word..) 'sluggish' feeling I get after a carb-fest.

If you're in a similar situation to me, I'd really recommend this programme. It is expensive, but if you manage to find a deal, it's a good way to detox or kick-start a diet. 

I'd love to know if anyone of you have tried this before? 
Or have you ever tried your own 'juicing' diet? 

UPDATE - I've detoxed again! Find my latest review here

GIVEAWAY! || 100 Followers!

Thursday, 4 July 2013
I had the biggest smile on my face when I reached 100 followers. 


To know that people are not only reading, but liking what I write is the best feeling ever and I haven't stopped smiling since! 

As a thank you to all of you and as a big celebration for myself, I've decided to host (?) my first GIVEAWAY!

It took me quite a while to pick what I wanted to give away. I wanted to get something that suits everyone and also something that I love.

SO, I picked this gorgeous Essie 'Summer 2013' Trio collection! 


Naughty Nautical 
Sunday Funday (my favourite!)
Full Steam Ahead
(3x15ml)

Here's some rules before you enter.. 

1. This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
2. The winning entry will be checked to ensure all mandatory criteria has been met. If not, I reserve the right to pick another winner. 
3. The giveaway will run from 4th July until 31st July 2013 inclusive.
4. The winner will be contacted within 48 hours by me.

Voucher Codes!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Just a quick post today lovelies with a few updates! :) 

I've been working on something for the past few days and tomorrow I will be launching my first ever GIVEAWAY! I'm so excited! I will tweet about it as soon as it's live tomorrow!

ALSO .. I'm on day 1 of my Nosh 3 day Raw Juice Fast and I'm writing a day by day review of the detox. It's going well so far :) My review of the detox should be posted over the weekend .. so watch this space :) 

I also wanted to let you know about a new widget that I've added.

I was contacted last week by a lady from Red League Media. She let me know about a way to earn a little commision from my blog by sharing voucher codes with my readers. I've never considered making money from my blog before - it's purely a hobby which I love. But I thought if it's useful to my readers, takes no effort and can make me a penny on the side .. why not.

Anyway, I agreed to sign up and explain the process to you guys in case any of you want to join in too :) 

Basically, the voucher codes come from a website called http://www.lovemyvouchers.co.uk/

I chose my widget to display fashion codes .. since it's relevant to my blog but there's other options too. 

Today there's a code for 10% off Urban Outfitters, so the brands and deals are actually quite good!

Here's the site if you want more info :) 


xxx

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