#WorldGiraffeDay

Hello!

Guess what today is?! Wednesday the 21st of June, the first day of Summer, and the longest one of the year… It’s also the hottest June day that England has experienced in 40-something years! Oh, and the day I found out that there are some great hosts that exist… That’s not all though, it’s #NationalWritingDay and #WorldGiraffeDay no less!

So, I have decided to write a piece on giraffes, and how much I love them. Look, if you’re looking for inspiration – I don’t think you’re going to get much of it reading this post… I mean, the best case scenario is that I end up persuading you that giraffes are the best species of animals to exist. Other than that, you’re better off reading encyclopaedias.

Why do I love giraffes? 

I don’t actually know… One thing I do know is that it’s NOT for the fact that they drink each other’s urine. That, I do know… Apparently, though, the reason they do this is because they’re testing (or tasting) their S/O mating skills. Who knew you could find this out from giraffe wee?!

Imagine my disgust when I was singing their praises to my best friend of almost 20 years (after persuading her to accompany me to the zoo) and we trailed round the whole of ZSL London Zoo to find two licking each other’s bodily fluids. #MORTIFIED!

On a serious, less ‘turn me off food for life’ note, I love giraffes because they’re majestic looking. They’re tall, towering above the rest and literally come across as the most peaceful mammals. According to research, giraffes were thought to be a camel and leopard hybrid in the early days of discovery.

Also, don’t forget their beautiful prints and patterned mosaic-esque bodies. Did you know that each giraffe’s markings are as unique as a human’s finger print? WOW.

Another reason to love them is because I too have a someone high neck, I mean – it’s not like those ladies who used to tie wires around theirs to lengthen them (😱) – just, a normal, humanly high length!

I want to go on a Safari one day, that’d be cool. Just, inside. Staying inside of a car, with windows closed. Some of you may be thinking: ‘if you don’t want to go outside of the car nor open the windows, then why don’t you just watch the video online?’ The simple answer is: “if you don’t want to read what I got to say, why don’t you just ‘x’-it?” Also, there’s the small fact that tigers, lions and cheetahs are going to be around the giraffes when I decide to venture to a Safari (re-enacting the ‘Circle of Life’). So, that said, I value my life and want to see past the safari. Therefore, safety first. Thanks!

More Facts about giraffes:

They’re my favourite animals.

I love them.

They’re the tallest animals.

Their diet consists of leaves and twigs. Therefore, you can’t leave a Willow lying around…

A giraffe in New York had her last trimester (pre-labour) LIVE streamed on Facebook, it dragged on but she eventually gave birth to a calf in April, co-incidentally, her name was APRIL! Would you look at that?!

Don’t mean to go on about it a lot but giraffes drink each others’ urine. (Imagine if this was all that I talked about on this post?! #UrineForATreat FFS!)

^ these above facts were common-sensical ones. I did not use Wikipedia or some kind of website like Giraffe Annonymous [dot] com for my findings.

Jheeze, 500 or so words into this post and you have learned nothing… Reading this post has not grown you in any way, nor has it paid your bills. For that, I apologise.

Then again, at least you know what my favourite animal is. It’ll be cool to know what yours is…  Jot it down below!

#heatwaveUK

We are in the middle of a glorious heatwave! If you know Wiley, you’d also know that he’d be very impressed… However, I wish I could say the same for some of you (who aren’t). Having said that, I can see why, because England doesn’t get much (if any) sunshine. Also, it doesn’t help that the heat we’re accustomed to is sticky, humid and muggy.

So, this post is targeted at those of you who are not fans of this weather and are looking for ways to keep cool. Below, you will find lists of things to do, wear and eat which’ll help to some extent.

Disclaimer: I cannot say that the majority of these tips aren’t common-sense related. Then again, at least I have some…

  1. Invest in a fan or air conditioner and switch it on (that’d be a start, wouldn’t it?)…
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking water or plenty of cold beverages.
  3. Purchase some cooling spray and apply it whenever or wherever you are, I choose MagiCool. Alternatively, a spray toner from LUSH works just as well.
  4. Stay in shady areas when in parks (under the tree is best).
  5. Spend your entire Summer in Waitrose or Iceland as the big branches have AirCon inside. 😉 If that’s not your thing, stick to hanging out inside the freezers of the frozen food aisles… 😆
  6. Go on holiday to the North Pole. (Bit farfetched but then again, YOLO!)
  7. Close your blinds/curtains to avoid the heat of the sun from warming up your room.
  8. Open a window or a door… LOL, top tip, that!
  9. Make Jell-O and freeze them, followed by an ‘eat them’ session.
  10. Consume plenty of ice cream/ice lollies.
  11. Refrigerate everything – your veg, your chocolates, your fruits.
  12. Eat salads, sandwiches or sushi and avoid hot food. You could even try Gazpacho for starters and yogurts and trifles for dessert.

Things to wear in Summer:

  1. Tops and shorts (obvs) or soft cotton tops etc. Wearing loose fitted clothes stops them from sticking to your body when you’re out & about.
  2. Avoid wearing black (even though it is the best colour of clothing) because it attracts the sun.
  3. Sunscreen. Vital. Don’t leave your abode without it… Apply, apply, apply – keeping applying and reapplying.
  4. Sunglasses to protect your eye sockets and balls (slightly graphic and anatomical with my choice of terminology but there you go).
  5. Umbrellas. Believe it or not, umbrellas were used to shelter people from the sun before they were used to shield us from the rain…
  6. BB creams and soft moisturises instead of thick ones and full makeup. It’s inevitable that we will sweat – so nobody wants blocked pores and melting makeup. Stay moisturised or risk skin chapping/chafing and whatnot…

Miscellaneous things:

  1. Shower. I mean, it doesn’t take much does it? Water + your body + some shower gel = hygiene and keeping the people around you happy (and their nasal passages & sense of smell in tact). Lovely.
  2. Don’t complain. I don’t know if you know this but we do not have the luxury of round the clock and all year round sunshine.,, Yes, it’s hot but it won’t last so – don’t complain. Relish in it and embrace it!
  3. Go out to outdoor pools, the beach, BBQs… Honestly, life is too short. Do fun stuff, go out to funfairs, theme parks, town shows, festivals etc.
  4. Take regular breaks at work (when possible) to enjoy the sunshine.
  5. It doesn’t matter how, but just – get some of that Vitamin D. The right amount of it and when done safely (using sun protection), it can prove very beneficial for your mood, your skin, your hair and overall health and wellbeing.

Have I missed anything? I’m sure I have, so get in touch via the solar panelled comments section on my page and we’ll make some photosynthesis worthy communication.

MANNA GLO

Another post, another Glossybox product – this time, I’m reviewing one that appeared in this month’s package: MANNA: GLO.

Incandescent highlighter that can be used on the face and body to create a beautiful “Glo”! Formerly known as Sheer Glo, the newly re-formulated, Glo Illuminator is an incandescent liquid that lights up your skin giving it an all over radiance. Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types. This is an especially amazing product for mature or dry skin. Glo Illuminator provides a youthful glow and dewy finish. Use on face and/or body and get glowing.

MANNA GLO is a highlighter. It’s of shimmery, transparent/pale pink serum-y consistency. It applies on the tops of the cheekbones, to further accentuate the area that bounces off the light. Do I like it? Not really. For someone who prefers a matte finish, and wants to blend in with society (in looks, not personality), this did not suit me.

I looked like Rudolph the SHINY cheekboned Reindeer a quadrillion times removed, so it’s definitely not for me. To think that I was looking forward to trying it…

Look, it’s not a bad product, the pigment is nice (pearly pink), the packaging is nice (pearly pink tube) and (if shining bright like Rihanna’s diamond is your thing) the result is nice. I’m just not a fan. (Probably because I don’t have a Sam Heck of an idea about Highlighting something that isn’t on paper with an INK PEN).

I was slightly (positively) surprised when I found out that I was sent a full-sized product (the cost of which is $29.00)… However, that excitement soon turned to annoyance because (like the full sample of Batiste that was sent and haven’t used), it’s another product that has gone to waste. SMHF (Shake My Hands & Feet). I don’t think this product was made for hands nor feet but there you go…

Scrub Love

Love a good charcoal scrub…

Hey, lover/s!

I’m here to tell you all about the star of last month’s GlossyboxScrub LoveThey sent me a full size sample of Scrub Love’s Detoxifying Activated Charcoal, and I’m here to review it…

Activated charcoal from bamboo stem is rich in silica and absorbs all the pollutants from your skin. French Green Clay exfoliates and tightens pores, while controlling excess oil. Packed with cucumber seed oil that is bursting with tocopherols and essential minerals to leave your skin glowing and nourished.

100% natural, paraben & SLS free, no plastic microbeads, never tested on animals, & vegan friendly.

In case you’ve missed it, today’s Father’s Day – and Scrub Love describes this as “the detox daddy”. Is it? To put it quite bluntly, yes.This is probably the best scrub I have used. I actually used it before applying Cocoa Carter.

What do I love about it? The fact that it wasn’t tested on animals, features no parabens and is 100% natural. Also, the loose granules transform into a liquidy-paste when they come into contact with water. The exfoliating feeling of the granules as they rub against the skin, cleansing the skin from within. The refreshing scent and sensation that the infusion of cucumber and bamboo gave. Finally, the texture, touch and look of my skin after I’ve washed with it. It left my skin so soft, clean and detoxified. Honestly, I love it.

What didn’t I like? There’s only 100g in the packet… Don’t get me wrong, it lasts (and the packet is resealable) but I just don’t want it to ever end.

How do you use it? Wash your face, scoop up some granules and apply them on your face, leave for five minutes and then rinse off.

That’s literally it. Try it, and let me know your thoughts.

Although London is currently experiencing a lovely little heatwave, my skin is anti that… 😢 It doesn’t tan, like, at all!

I’ve been to Switzerland, twice, and Barcelona once. Each time, I only discovered that I’d (very slightly) tanned when my skin peeled a week or two after getting back…

Oh, and Vitamin D doesn’t help either – but then again, neither do tanning beds (as I’m major scared that a) I’d get stuck in one, b) I’d catch a germ-related disease from sitting in one, c) I’d get skin cancer or d) that it’d explode with me inside).

Jheeze. That escalated quickly. Damn, should’ve taken the lift. I also feel the need to say that I’m not always this morbid, I promise.

Anyway, so far we have established that I’m not great at being a Lebanese British Polar Bear (most days, weeks, months, and years) nor am I great at naturally or unnaturally tanning.

Don’t even get me started on those gradual tanning creams… I’ll be applying those until I’m 80 still trying to “gradually” tan to no avail. At that age, I’d probably catch a glimpse of a Cheeto-skinned woman in my reflection and think to myself: “WHO DAH?!” That’s legit how long it’d take… With that in mind, my only option is to mousse it on like some (hum)mousse-apien. I love hummus, and people. ❤️

Three paragraphs into this post, and I can finally assure you that Cocoa Brown’s Gradual Self Tanning Mousse is my new saving grace.

Although I’ve just recently invested in it (even though I’d been meaning to for YEARS), I can already see a difference which I couldn’t wait to blog about…

All in all, I love the golden glow that I get from it. True to its word, I transformed from ‘Miamii the anti-sun tanning human being’, to ‘Miamii who’s just got back from Saint Tropez where she overdosed on Mojitos and ate plenty of them enchiladas’ in as little as an hour.

My skin now looks the way it would after countless minutes  spent applying the X-Pro II filter and regulating the hue and saturation of my selfies to (my version of) perfection on Instagram. #NoFilter.

Thanks, Marissa!

Packaging: pink, sparkly and glamorous.

Streaks: none (unless you count the ones you’ll find in between your fingers if you apply it mittless).

Appearance: sun-kissed with a glow… The sun smooches your skin so hard that it catches feelings!

What you’ll need: a tanning mitt (so your hands don’t streak).

How long does it take to dry: It’s pretty quick drying.

How long does it last? I applied it this morning, and it says that it lasts for 7 days – so I’ll update you all then.