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The Black Maxi Dress | OOTD

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Maxi Dress - New Look | Garland - Primark | Pumps - Peacocks | Sunnies - Peacocks | Choker - Little Witch

Outfit posts are probably my favourite blog posts to both create and read. Sadly, the lack of time I have and the lack of money left in my bank account each month after expenses are paid, are the two culprits of why you don't see more of them on Love, Maisie, sigh.

I bought this dress in the New Look sale three years ago whilst making a fleeting trip to Staffordshire for Nolan's graduation. This Monday was the first time I wore it. The main thing that kept me from wearing it is that I stupidly got a size up thinking that I would need the extra room when I really didn't, so it's a little big and secondly, have you seen the plunge?!

It probably sounds like I don't like this dress, but I really do, it just took a lot of courage to actually wear it, three whole years Maisie, three, years! This is something really quite garish for me but now that I've worn it once I've discovered two things. Number one, I need to invest in some boob tape and number two, I must wear this dress with a pair of heels, some snazzy jewelry and a nice up do for some sort of party or event, don't you think it'd be fab?

As for the accessories, the sunglasses are my staple pair for this summer, they only cost me £4 in Peacocks, erm bargain! The floral crown was another steal, if I remember correctly, I picked it up in January from Primark for a pound. It still baffles me how Primark can have sale's on their already ridiculous prices. I'm not complaining mind! 

So what do you think of this maxi dress? Love it or leave it? Let me know below! I hope you're having an awesome weekend so far and let me know if you're up to anything wonderful over the next few days! Keep smiling!

Kimono Lust List

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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So i'm a little obsessed with kimono's right now, as is the rest of the world, so I thought i'd pick out my current top 5 and share them with you! PS, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I made a kimono recently, let me know if you fancy a tutorial!

First up is this loose, floral kimono with cream tassels on the trim. I usually go for darker floral prints but there's something about this lighter print that gives it a really cool vintage feel, don't you think? This item is from Romwe and is currently on sale for just £11.50! I reckon this would make a fantastic festival piece too. 

My favourite of the five kimono's is this royal blue, lace number, holy wow! I think this would look awesome over a white bodycon dress and some sandals in the summer. Such a delicate piece but I really feel that it looks super smart. You can get this kimono from a store called Lucluc (also on sale) for just £16.

Of course there's a Topshop number thrown in there. Probably the most "me" style, being a dark floral print. I like that it has tassels on the arms but not around the hem, I think it adds a nice, casual touch. Being that this is from Topshop, the price tag is a little higher, coming in at £55, but hey, if you can treat yourself.. I totally would! 

This white and blue print kimono from Lipsy London is perfect for throwing over your bikini at the beach. Or even over a simple shorts and t-shirt combo to jazz a seemingly plain outfit up. Not a bad price either, just £28 from the Vila line at Lipsy, totally worth it.

Last up is this floral embroidery kimono from Mango. Again, slightly on the more pricey side. This bad boy will cost you just under £60 which I personally think is way too much for polyester but it does look beautiful! On the Mango website, the model rocks this kimono with a simple black tank top and black jeans which I think looks tres cool but you could wear this over just about anything!

So what are your thoughts on kimono's? Love them or nahhhh? Let me know below! I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far and remember, keep smiling!

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The Balm Cosmetics | (Naughty) NUDE'tude Palette

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Balm Cosmetics Naughty NUDE'tude Palette
The Balm Cosmetics Naughty NUDE'tude Palette
(Naughty) NUDE'tude Palette | £30

This post is hella overdue, so i'm sorry for that! Back in January, ahem that's over four months ago now, whilst I was 30,000 feet above the ground, I was delighted to discover that you can pay with your card all the way up there, who knew?! So of course, I hit the beauty section to check out all the special offers and to cut a long story of folding corners on the in-flight magazine short, I spent too much money. 

One of the lovely things I picked up was this gorgeous eye shadow palette from The Balm Cosmetics (also available in the "nice" packaging but that's just boring isn't it!). I'd seen a couple of mixed reviews on this palette so of course, the curious little kitty in me decided I had to try it out!

As always, i'm sorry about the quality of my photography, it's still high up on my "things I need to master" list, i'll find time for that one day too.

As i'm sure you can tell, the palette is made up of 12, really lovely, nude shades ranging from pale, shimmery highlight shades like Sassy and Stubborn to deep, bold shades like Sexy and Serious. 

Sassy, Snobby, Stubborn, Stand-offish, Selfish, Sophisticated, Seductive and Silky all have a super high amount of shimmer to them whereas shades Sultry, Sexy, Serious and Sleek are matte shades although I can see glints of glitter but i'm almost 100% sure that's just come from the palette floating around my make up suitcase bag.

My favourite shades from this palette are Sassy, a really pigmented white shade, Stubborn, a peachy pink (both of which work really well together for a soft, day time look), Sexy, which in no way looks anything like it does it my swatch, sorry about that! It's a beautiful, deep burgundy shade and I also really love Silly, a lustful deep brown with red and brown glitters(again these two colours work great together but for a deeper/evening look)

As for application, I really don't like the doubled ended blending and liner brush that comes with the palette, so I tend to use my Zoeva brushes or the brush that comes with the original Naked palette, which loads of other bloggers seem to hate but I love it!

You all know i'm a lover of my Naked palette(thanks Kathy!) and more of you reading have probably tried that. Although this is also a neutral palette the shade ranges are quite different. They have a similar consistency but I feel as though the colours in the Nude'tude palette are of a slightly creamier consistency but none the less, they don't crease at all throughout the day. I don't tend to use eye primer either, I normally just use a dab of concealer, seems to do the job!

All of the colours are fairly pigmented but some of the lighter shades do need to be layer on if you want an exact shade match to how it looks in the pan.

As for the packaging, it's drop dead gorgeous! It also has a humongous mirror so it's perfect for on the go. It's super slim too so doesn't really take up much space at all!

I think this palette is a great buy for someone looking to start playing around with eye shadow, you can create a really wide range of looks ranging from soft, glowy day time looks to super deep, smokey evening looks! I've had loads of fun creating looks with it so far and I know i'll continue to do so!

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think? Let me know below!  

May Beauty Wishlist

Thursday, May 07, 2015

It's been a while since i've shared a beauty wishlist hasn't it? I actually have no idea when I last wrote one up but it feels like a lifetime haha. I had loads of fun "decorating" this one this month, lots of flowers because why not. (If you follow me on instagram you'll know that I kind of really like flowers..)

First up is of course, a nude/bronze eye shadow palette from a brand called Tory Burch. I'd not heard of this brand before but after having a quick mooch around their site I've fallen slightly in love(yet again). This palette consists of six flattering shades of warm bronzey/pinky tones. You can't see in the photo above but if you click through to the Tory Burch site(not sponsored I swear haha), the packaging is beyond gorgeous. It's like a little vintage novel cover, seriously go check it out! It comes in at about £39(It's $60) so it's not the cheapest of palettes but looks totally worth it.

Next up is a brand that I don't think I mention as often as I should here on and that's Too Faced! I'm still yet to own anything from them but for now i'm more than happy to lust over their entire line and write beautiful things about them. I've seen loads of people writing about the Beach Bunny Bronzer and to be honest, I think that i'd have a hard time adjusting from a matte bronzer to a shimmering one, just because i'm so incredibly pale. Do you feel me? None the less, i'm more than willing to give this product a go as it's looks dreamy on so many other bloggers and i'm planning on working on my tan this year, boom! Coming in at £19, this is probably the highest priority on my wishlist this month! 

I'm pretty sure this m.a.c palette has been floating around instagram a lot lately and I subconsciously found myself scouring the m.a.c website for it. Over the autumn/winter season, I was loving the purple smokey eye look that a lot of people were rocking but sadly, it's now spring/summer season but I am tempted to grab this up anyway and see if I can make it work through the warmer months? Maybe the lighter and more shimmery shades, what do you think? Roughly £26, not bad for 9 shades!

The next item is probably a shock to both me and you as a reader/if you know me irl. I was over at my friend Kim's house the other week and I saw the Nicki Minaj Pink Friday perfume on her dresser, so the curious cat in me grabbed it and went in for a sniff and to my surprise, it smells god damn amazing! The website describes the scent 100 times better than I could, but it's a gorgeous fruity scent with delicate floral scents thrown in there too. I think this is a great summer scent and the bottle is kind of awesome, right?

I could honestly open up my very own make up bag shop because I already have way too many but how epic is this one? It's so quirky I just love it! It's £14.99 from a site called ikrush, which is pretty steep for a make up bag but it's pretty bad ass so.. kind of worth it.

I hope you guys like eye shadow as much as I do? Haha. This adorably packaged palette consists of 3 neutral base shades and 6 bright and by the looks of it, highly pigmented shades. Some of the shades remind me of the Urban Decay Electric palette just more wearable. Don't get me wrong, the Electric palette looks insanely beautiful but I think that this Too Faced palette would be a lot easier to work with on a daily basis. Grab it now for £26!

Another eye product but something a bit different. Over the last couple of months, I've heard really great things about Sisley. They've actually started to stock some of their products in Hotu in Gibraltar in case any of you lovelies are reading! This product is one of their Phyto-Eye Twists which is advertised as a jumbo liner but it's basically a cream eye shadow crayon(think of the chubby sticks for your lips). I tried this shade(Topaz) out in store the other day and fell in love with it. The consistency of this product is dreamy. It's so smooth and actually dries pretty quickly. Quite a pricey product, almost hitting the £25 online and £21 in stores, but from actually using it myself, I really want to get my hands on it now.

Last but not least is this gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the shade Coachella Coral. I have a few coral shade lipsticks but they all seem to be fairly dark but this one seems to be a lovely, light but still bold coral that I reckon is a perfect summer shade! I don't think I've ever seen a bad thing written on the blogosphere about Charlotte Tilbury products so i'm itching to give these lipsticks a go! Coming in at £23 I think i'll have to do some saving before buying anything in this month's wishlist!

So there we have it, my rather pricey May wishlist. What do you think? Have you tried any of these products yet? Are you lusting over anything this month? Let me know!

April Through Instagram | @maisieejo

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
L-R: Vegan ice cream and fresh strawberries, erm, nom! | Representing my little bro, SummitSupply | I am very blessed to live here | We found butterflies | I found heaven | Then I was brought even better heaven at work | I drove the car and didn't kill anyone! | Shameless Sunday selfie | Fresh flowers always make the house feel best | I now want to learn how to do henna | Mumma and I celebrating 21 years of my existence | Mumma bear is beautiful isn't she?! | Celebratory hen weekend champagne | Beautiful view from our hotel in Estepona | Maybe slightly intoxicated | I love Estepona

I'm an avid user of Instagram, although most of my time spent on Instagram is stalking everyone else's gorgeous photo's! If you want to follow my account, please do! My username is @maisieejo, so come and say hello! I hope you all had a great April too? Let's hope that May kicks arse too! 

Top 5 Under £5 | New Look Sale

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I'm pretty sure New Look always have items in the sale and if you look hard enough you can find some absolute gems. I decided to put together my top 5 picks, currently available in their sale online that are all £5 or under! 

First up is this really simple, striped, bodycon, monochrome dress. This is pretty perfect for any time of the year but now that the weather has finally started to get a bit better, I think it would look great with some Chelsea boots(do I just pair everything with Chelsea boots? oops.) or gladiator sandals for a more summery look. A really versatile piece that I think could also be easily styled up for the evening.

Cute purse alert! I'm starting to really like anything fox related(especially fox print on shirts, it's just adorable) and this purse is no exception. I really don't need another purse because I legit have a whole draw full of the damn things. Although, I don't think any are quite as cute as this one.

Back onto the note of warmer weather, I practically live in loose fitted tops throughout the summer, simply because they're the only thing that I can manage to keep cool in whilst battling with the ridiculous Mediterranean temperatures. I love the kimono style sleeves on this tee, it makes a really simple piece look a little more dressy. Another item that will go with absolutely anything. Shorts, high wasited pants, a bodycon skirt, seriously, anything. The biggest bargain of them all, at just £4.

I think bib necklaces look so elegant! They're perfect for sprucing up a head to toe plain black or white outfit(although there's nothing wrong with dressing head to toe in black, represent!). I really love the deep shade of blue of the gem's, do you know what I mean when I say that it reminds me of mermaids? No? Okay. I find that necklace bibs are often incredibly over priced but for £5, you can't really go wrong.

Last but certainly not least is my favourite of the five items. By now I'm sure you're all aware that I'm a big lover of all things floral and all things monochrome, so I'm sure it's no surprise to see this T-shirt up there. I really love the contrast hem with the alternate colours, again, a pretty simple item but ever so pretty! Pair this with a pair of black or white jeans and black heels for the evening or a black skater skirt for a more casual, day time look. 

So what do you think of these items? Have you bagged yourself a bargain in any sales recently? Let me know! 

Quote of the Week | #56

Monday, May 04, 2015
"Do small things with great love"

I've always liked this little quote, it's honestly very important to me and I really do think that I try to live by it as much as possible. 

I recently stumbled across these illustrations on Facebook and I fell in love with them! Seriously, take a look they're adorable. I think it's easy to forget the smalls things in life that we can do for others(and ourselves) that can really make someone feel, well, loved. For example, I'm not a morning person, I really wish I was but I'm really not, but the other morning I woke up super duper early and made Nolan a coffee and we had breakfast together and it was just.. lovely. I just decided I wanted to do something kind to start the day off with a really positive energy. I find that silly little things like that really make me fell warm and mushy inside, ya feel?

I am a very passionate person, in the sense that when I really set my mind to something or just really want to do something, I'll put all of my time/effort in to it. I think this can be both a fantastic and sometimes a not so great trait to have, simply because, yes, it's fantastic to devote yourself to something, especially when you're doing something for somebody else, but, I honestly have no free time on my hands.. like, ever. I know I know, I can already here people groaning at their laptop screens, "oh you just wait until you have children," yada yada. Yes, I totally get that, but right now, i'm involving myself in so much, between work, my blog and other projects, I sort of forget to stop, you know what I mean? As much as everything I do is very rewarding, I also find myself getting so incredibly tired that I end up putting myself in a bad mood. 

This post seems to be taking a little bit of a turn and getting a bit rambly, so we'll just leave it at this for now. Have you done anything for someone today that made you both feel wonderful? Let me know below and remember, have a fantastic Monday!