9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion | Lush Review | Love, Maisie
Back in June I blogged about my new favourite toner from Lush and this month, since I've been trailing it for a couple of months now, I thought I'd talk to you about my other most recent Lush purchase. So here I am, bringing you another blogger favourite, Lush's 9 to 5 cleansing lotion! Sorry not sorry if you're bored of hearing about this product

As far as cleansers go, I've basically been using a mix of Garnier products for the past.. well, forever! So on my last trip to Lush I decided to give in to the ever so popular 9 to 5 cleansing lotion. I'd never used a lotion cleanser before so I was pretty eager to give it a go and compare it to my staples. Plus, for a huge 240g bottle, it's pretty cheap in comparison to some high end brands. I'm still using my micellar water to remove the bulk of my make up, but then I've been going in with this bad boy and giving my skin that extra cleanse that it probablydefinitely needs!
The main ingredients in the 9 to 5 cleansing lotion are Almond Oil, Fresh Dove Orchid extract and Ylang Ylang oil, which if you know anything about me by now it's that I adore the scent of ylang ylang(plus it's an amazing oil for balancing both dry and oily skin, bargain)! It claims to brighten, soothe and moisturise your skin. I'm not sure if my skin is looking brighter because of this product, or because of the tiny human growing inside of me but either way, after using the 9 to 5 cleansing lotion, my skin does feel super duper smooth and refreshed.    

Because I generally take my make up off before using this cleansing lotion, I often just smear it all over my face with the tips of my fingers before removing it gently using wet cotton pads, which I then dry off and follow with a sprtiz of my Tea Tree Toner Water. Of course, this product is 100% Vegan and I highly recommend it if you're looking for something to add to your skin care routine that will leave your skin feeling super duper fresh, morning or night!

Have you tried out Lush's 9 to 5 cleansing lotion before? What did you think? Or are you not as big a fan as I am? Let me know!
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"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations"
It's true isn't it, in life, the toughest of times will always lead you to the brightest of times? At least I like to think so anyway. I'm not going to lie, I didn't think pregnancy would be as challenging as it has already proved to be, and I'm sure it'll get tougher too. But I know that the end result is something so beautiful, something that nothing in this world can compare to. 

I'd like to dedicate today's blog post to the beautiful Erin from www.erincharlotte.com Just remember this little quote my lovely. Your beautiful destination is right around the corner ♡ 
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I honestly can't believe how fast time is flying by! Weeks 15 and 16 were so completely different to each other for me! Here's a little run down.
During week 15 the only negative thing that happened was that I woke up twice during the night with an insane cramp in my calf that meant I actually couldn't get up out of bed. I know I sound ridiculous! Has anyone else had this before? Once it passed, it wasn't too bad but holy wow did my muscles ache for the rest of the day. During week 15 I also spent a Saturday out and about in Southampton which proved to be a little tiring. I need to get myself a fitbit so that I can count my steps on day trips like that!

Overall, I found week 15 pretty easy peasy, my skin had finally started clearing, I had way more energy than I did throughout the whole of my first trimester and I generally felt myself (OH except for that horrendous nosebleed at 5am, fun fun fun)! But then week 16 hit and boy oh boy was it headache and hormone central!

Honestly, there were a couple of days in week 16 where I felt like I'd never feel "normal" again. There was even a time where I was laughing at something funny that Jack had said but within 5 seconds it turned into sobbing for no reason what-so-ever, thanks hormones! It was definitely a mentally challenging week to say the least. I know that feeling low or just not yourself is very common in pregnancy, but it doesn't make it feel any nicer. Thankfully, I am surrounded by incredible people and bless his soul, Jack is always there for me when I need him, even if it is to just cry at his jokes. (ps, please please pleaseeeeee put your clothes away!)
As you can see from the photo, I'm certainly starting to show! Although, I still kind of feel like I just look a bit dumpy! I'm pretty in love with this asos tee. I have two other slogan tops from asos that I'm excited to crack out, can you tell I'm a little bit excited to be preggos?

Before I end today's post, I just want to say a huge congratulations to the lovely Lyndsay over at FizzyPeaches on announcing her little bump too! I'll be back in two weeks time with another bump update, but until then, why not keep up to date with me and bump on twitter and Instagram! Don't forget to leave your favourite mummy bloggers below!
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enjoy the little things | quote of the week #71 | Love, Maisie blog
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In a society where we're all striving have the best Instagram grid and saving up our pennies to buy the next celebrity branded product, it's often hard to remember that sometimes it's not about all of that "luxe internet shit". Sometimes it's about the little things.

Sometimes the best feeling in the world is getting into bed when you've just put on new sheets AND you've just shaved your legs. Heaven. It's easy to take for granted the little things in life, like the coffee's that Jack makes me every single morning and the little kisses he gives me before he leaves for the gym.

If you do anything this week, make it to be aware of all of the little things in your day to day life that always bring a smile to your face. Write a list, post a tweet or even a whole blog post about them! What was the first thing that made you smile this morning? 
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Summer maxi dress wishlist | Love, Maisie
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It's August, so in theory, it should be bright sunshine every single day right? Wrong. England has this really funny weather pattern where it's not actually a patter, yknow? Some days it gets really hot and we all hide inside and take to twitter to complain about the 30 degree heat and then the next day it's raining and we're all running around outside trying to catch Pokemon because we've read that there's a whole load of rare Pokemon about the town center. 

England is weird. But hey, when we do get those blistering hot days, I often spend half of it trying to figure out what the best thing to wear is so that I don't become a puddle of not so hot mess. That's where Maxi dresses come in handy! Especially if you're going to be out all day and into the evening. Not only are they super comfy but they generally don't make me want to cry in the heat and don't leave me shivering all night if we stay out a little later than planed. 

The first dress is from Miss Selfridge and it's a little bandeau number and it's only £12 in the sale, down from £30, bargain! With it's loose fit and high waistband, I think it'd work for my growing body right now too. With slits up the sides you could pair this dress with some fancy schmancy sandals and still get to show them off. Plus there's lace detailing over the chest, what's not to love?

Next up is a River Island bardot maxi dress that that seems to be out of stock online but I'm kind of praying that they still have a couple left in store! I actually read a really funny blog post about bardot tops over on Kat's blog ChaptersOfKat. But all the calamities of bardot's aside, they look gorgeous and this print is beyond beautiful! If you have this dress and have posted it in an #ootd or blog post, please let me know! 

The next two maxi dresses are both from Topshop! Ahh, good ol' Topshop. We all know that I've loved Topshop for the longest time now and this summer, it's no different. The first of the two dresses is another floral print. Hey if we can't make summer happen then let's just wear the most summery prints we can right? Coming in at £55, it's definitely something that I'd treat myself to for a special occasion! Did someone say summer wedding?

Last but not least is this twist detail maxi dress by Wal G in a super dusty pink shade. Still pretty damn gorgeous and great for that summer wedding, but also slightly more casual, you could certainly get away with it as a day or night time look! Pair it with some wedges and you're good to go! Available online now for £37.

So there we have it, my top maxi dress picks right now! What's currently on your wishlist? Are you loving maxi dresses too at the moment? Let me know below! 

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