Argan Oil | Is it really sooo amazing?


I have used oils as body moisturisers on and off for years. Mixed results. And the petrol element of them is off putting.

Apparently coconut oil can slightly block pores (not good if you work out and dance ballet a lot as I need moisture I can sweat through to avoid rashes). Jojoba oil is not really an oil – it is a wax and doesn’t have good moisturising properties.

By all accounts Argan oil is the perfect oil for skin and hair. So amazing that some call it “liquid gold”!

So, just settling down for a read before bed and using Argan Oil as an all over bedtime moisturiser.

Can it really be as miraculous as they say? I almost can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and see how my skin feels.

So far, my cruelty free stoptober skincare experiment is amazing me. I use high end usually. CremedelaMer, ysl, dior & Chanel mostly. Though always have the odd splurge at LushCosmetics too.

CDLM was the only face and body moisturiser that seemed to adequately moisturise my skin…but the company is owned by EsteeLauder who do test on animals.

Having switched to a plantbasedvegan diet this year…found I look and feel amazing on it. I slowly began to question the ethics…the moral implications of living compassionately. And decided, I would try it. I am not commiting myself to a full on veganlifestyle. But veganism has implications far beyond animalrights and beautywithoutcruelty – it has implications for the planet too.

I don’t want to ram it down people’s throats or get political. It is my choice. And I admit that cowspiracy, forksoverknives and earthlings made an impression.

Also, the health implications matter to me. The resources we use to maintain the meat and dairy industry are a concern. But eating animals that almost certainly suffered…doesn’t sit well with my conscience.

Can I say so far Lush, VeganCosmetics & naturalskincare products measure up against the big brands? Well, ten days in and I would say, there isn’t a perceptible change. Perhaps my legs feel less dry…but it is very early days. I got two pimples…they vanished in a day!

So far…so fabulous.

Anonymous | “Stay hungry, stay foolish” | Follow Your Heart

“Stay hungry, stay foolish”.

I know some people are unsure about what Anonymous stand for…what is hactivism?  Are they some kind of terrorist group or just a bunch of hormonal nerdy teens that troll the net for fun?

Anons are not even a group. Not an organisation. The Guy Fawkes Mask is probably what most people recognise…but it’s not a fashion accessory!

Any Anon will give a different answer to what Anonymous is. Because it is an IDEA. An idea that unifies people (and even non human earth dwellers!)…and that is very basically that…




…V loosely, the Anon idea is that ALL living beings are equally worthy of that life…whatever it is they love; whatever it is they do; whatever their colour, religion, race (and species for that matter). That the freedom to communicate ideas and unify individuals that the Internet has heralded should be protected. Because it’s important that we understand that the very idea of the empowerment of the individual by accessible information is more important than any of the information we may access. It’s the principle that has the power to effect real change.

I see that as a very positive thing. In my work I teach energyhealing, reiki and meditation primarily. It’s a niche…and I am kind of a hippie. I don’t consider my work as being an act of peaceful protest – but I feel strongly and have always promoted the empowerment of the individual. I can’t pass on teaching to someone who doesn’t wish to learn. So it’s a two way street.

If you see stuff going on in the world you don’t agree with, even if you feel powerless to change it – change yourself. Change what you do. Communicate your ideas to others. Don’t just stand idly by because it looks like that’s what everyone else is doing!

Remember, just because something has become THE NORM, doesn’t make it NORMAL. Just because something has become ACCEPTABLE in the mainstream, doesn’t mean it should be unquestionably ACCEPTABLE to everyone.

There are differences we all can make just by choosing the way we see ourselves, the world and others. We can seek out the information that never makes it to the mainstream and make decisions and changes based on it.

It may seem whimsical and far fetched to imagine an individual can change the world. But Anonymous are many individuals, united by ideas. All around the world. People like you and me.

So if you look around and wonder at the hypocrisy, know that there are thousands…maybe millions…doing the same. You’re not alone.

I love this little Anon Vlog…it summarises beautifully just what so many of us know deep down to be RIGHT.

So…follow your heart…xxxx

♡♡♡ ALM (Maya)


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I love…being a hippie! ♡


I love…being a hippie! (Or…perhaps due to my penchant for all things victorian, a bohemian is more accurate…maybe a boho loves poetry more than psychedelic rock & tiedye?)

Anyway…VVV excited abt animal cruelty free stoptober now! Was worried abt coping with the changes u often get when your body gets used to new products.

I will be doing weekly reviews and mostly on Lush cosmetics – but also on stuff I use regularly henna for my preraphaelite redhead style, vegan & cruelty free makeup (I wear v little but a decent fuschia lipstick & a reliable red lipstick are my staples! So nervous of trying those but committed to the process).

Also using hyalauronic acid & vit c serum from olOznaturals, Biona coconut oil & will be using an organic argan oil for dry areas too.

Am so far loving the feeling of not rubbing petrol based, mineral oil & chemical nasties into my body and hoping it ‘sinks in’, while being aware, if I knew what was in it, I would probably hope it didn’t!

Anyway, watching Forks Over Knives, Earthlings and Cowspiracy definitely heightened my resolve to commit to an ethical and karmically sound diet and lifestyle…the diet part is no big change for me…the other parts are more of a challenge!

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8 Types of Toxic People to Keep out of your Life!

I think this applies to everyone. Toxic people tend to be covertly or overtly narcissistic – and to some extent tend to display some level of abuse. Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Definitely something to avoid if you want to achieve happiness in life. Surround yourself with people who support your choice to be happy!

Energy Attunement Courses | Recommendations, Options, Healing & Spiritual Development | By ALM (Maya)


I often receive emails from beginners, or spiritual/natural healers that haven’t used Energy Healing (aka Vibrational Medicine) before, asking for advice on which courses to take…and there are many options for courses depending on what areas you are drawn to or would like to work on! This blog aims to give you some ideas.

Some students are looking to work in particular areas such healing or development through energies associated as, Earth Energies, Shamanism, Angels, Reiki, Avalonian, Lemurian, Pleiadian, Celestial, Deities.

And all students have different goals…goals that may become clearer to them or change as they work. So question yourself on your goals; do you want to focus on developing particular skills like clairvoyance? Psychic/Intuition? Working with magick? Ascension/Enlightenment? Healing others? Healing yourself? Developing a daily meditation routine? As all these may make a difference on which courses you feel drawn to and what would be a good progression for you.

However, if you are new to attunement based energy work, regardless of the ultimate goal, I believe establishing a firm and balanced base in the techniques and energy applications is the best thing you can do. It builds your confidence along with your experience and will also help you to establish how you would like to proceed. Many energy healers use a combination of techniques and energies as they develop their own unique style and that’s something that will come with time.

I think Traditional Usui Reiki’s structured form really lends itself to assisting the development of energy sensitivity and you abilities to channel and (very importantly) ground higher frequency energies. The structured format means it works really well with combination energy treatments for both the student/practitioner/patient. The structure provides a kind of security as you are first learning too. It’s unequivocally the most comprehensive option. (You can read more about Usui Reiki at

So even if ultimately you want to pursue a path based on Self Realisation through Meditation and Self Healing techniques – or develop clairvoyant abilities, I would recommend that you begin with a package that includes a variety of systems with different application methods so you can experiment – gain experience as you gain knowledge and develop power too. And create a strong basis and confidence in Energy Work before you focus on directions.

My personal top 6 for a beginner’s personalised package (which incurs a 25% discount) would be:

Traditional Usui Reiki
Kundalini Reiki
Ethereal Crystals
Crystal Rose
Violet Flame Attunement
Orb of Life

A variety of energies that will encourage you to experiment! The usual fee would be £400 but this would be reduced to £300 as a personalised package.

(Note: To order this or any other personalised package and benefit from the relevant discounts, please email me with your order).

If you were looking to begin with a single course, my recommendation would be Traditional Usui Reiki.

Additionally, the Accredited Mayastar Energy Anatomy Diploma Course is a valuable addition to any package as it teaches you more about the basic structure of the energy body and associations with each. It also includes powerful visualisation meditations that effectively allow you to attune yourself to each aspect of the energy body as you work through the assignments.

It’s worth considering before you begin what feels right for you though. Read some or the information articles, testimonials and student experiences on the website.

If you email me I can send you a copy of the information manuals and syllabus that may give you more of an idea.

Also, courses that will be added to the syllabus later this year are being made available on the current special offer and these may also be of interest to some (See

I look forward to welcoming and working with new students to Mayastar Academy this season!

With blessings
ALM (Maya)

Today I love… | Henna, Perfume, Creme de la Mer


I love…well! Tons of stuff 2dy. I love #CremedelaMer because it means #nomakeup #selfieoftheday pix are possible when I first get up of an afternoon (#nocturnal #nocturnalwonderland).

And I love…when my roots are freshly #Henna red & my hair is in #plaits, smelling of #Lush #AmericanCream conditioner (sooooo #vanilla!).

Trying to choose my #perfumeoftheday to compliment my hair…which is about to set free in a v #hippie, kinda #gothic but supremely #PreRaphaelite fuzz (according to #Elvis, v #KateBush)…and am torn between #AnnaSui #rockme, #thierrymugler #angel, #prada #candy or #marcjacobs #daisydream. Decisions decisions.

#Ootd will be teal #broderieanglaise v #victorian…marginally #goth…and wickedly #bohemian. Think…#VanessaIves (#PennyDreadful) as a #redhead and on ‘down day’..or a slightly more colourful #steampunk…always a total #princess of course!) ♡

And soundtrack today? Still flipping from #patienceandprudence (#ahsmurderhouse #tateandviolet) and #LanaDelRey #Honeymoon and #ultraviolence (#hipster #grunge #hiphop). So…a generally #kookie vibe that compliments my generally kookie vibe!

Happy days ♡ I’d better get myself into a #bubblebath & do some work ♡♡♡

Have a fabulous day!
ALM (Maya)


A Big Thanks | Social Media Interest & Support ♡


A big thank u to everyone who enjoys my feeds & supports my various networks ♡ Your input is really appreciated.

I am stunned to notice Mayastar Academy FB ( has almost 10,000 followers now. And that across all social media associated with ALM (Maya) & Mayastar, following & subscription has DOUBLED in the last 18 mths.

So a massive thank you for your support, likes, shares, retweets, re-posts, comments, tags & interest ♡ (FB)

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