Beauty

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.

Simple Cleansing Wipes

I’ve got to admit that I went through a phase where everything skincare was from Simple. However, it was only after going to a dermatologist that I realised it’s very damaging to my skin.

The dermatologist who I visited explained to me that although Simple is cleansing and clearing, this is because it features ingredients that you’d find in household cleaning products. What this means is, Simple products are multi-purpose and can be used on your skin and your kitchen countertop. 😑

This is when you realise that Simple’s slogan “kind to skin” doesn’t just mean human skin but the skin of your cooker, toilet and/or washing machine.

Personally, I wouldn’t choose to wash my face with Mr Muscle nor would I take my make-up off using stainless steel wipes, so I’m not going to be going back to Simple, ever again.

You might be wondering why I hadn’t blogged about this sooner, there’s no real reason. I had just forgotten about it and was too busy trying out other products. But, I remembered coming across some Simple wipes in Superdrug recently and thought: ‘damn! I should write up a piece to warn people who suffer from sensitive skin (that might be considering using it.’

Your favourite cleansing wipes are now softer than ever before, and with Aqua-lock technology every wipe will be as fresh as the first. Merciless on make-up. Softer than silk

The above quote was taken from Simple’s website (about the wipes)… 

Anyway, back to the story of the dermatologist, after the skin test… I found out that my skin had become incredibly sensitive and was at a higher risk of damage. My dermatologist urged me to stop using it and I did so (right away).

Sadly, although my skin felt more sensitive and raw when exposed to the sun, I probably wouldn’t have known of the damage without speaking to the dermatologist. I mean, it’s not like London is Saint Tropez from June-September, is it?

I have done some research, looking into the ingredients, and found that the three most  harmful (as featured in Simple products) are:

PEG-50 cleans the skin but is “also known to contain harmful impurities that can lead to organ system toxicity”
Hexylene glycol: “widely used in industrial and household cleaners and can be a mild skin irritant”
 Methylparaben “which forms a group of parabens that over the last 10 years has been in the press a lot due to the link with breast cancer and endocrine disruption. There has also been links with contact dermatitis.”
Having said that, there are a lot more…
In the lead up to writing this post, I read a few blogger reviews of Simple products (to see how their responses differed to mine). I’m not going to lie, I did come across a fair few were negative… This shocked me. I honestly thought the majority loved Simple! Some explained that Simple led them to break out in rashes or acne-type spots while others mentioned skin sensitivity.
That’s all from me (on Simple) for now, what are your thoughts? Talk to me.

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True to my word, here is my rant about my forehead zit… A few days ago, I looked in the mirror and saw Mount Everest residing on the left side of my forehead.

I’ve got to say that: as someone who could barely walk without limping at the time, I saw the silver lining in not having to pay for plane tickets to see the great sights of Everest. However, this happiness soon turned to annoyance (and pain) at the fact that it wasn’t Everest,  just a HUGE zit that I couldn’t take selfies with because of its unattractiveness (and one that hurt like a HCTIB).

Although I forced (with love, bribery and absolute sheer persuasion) my friend to pop round and cut a fringe, I knew I had to treat it too. So, I bought the Witch Blemish Stick.

  • Helps to break down excess oils and fight the bacteria that causes spots
  • Dab on as often as required when blemishes first appear
  • Naturally clear, oil free and dermatologically tested

Main ingredient/s: Witch Hazel. Do I think witches exist? Two words/names: “Sabrina Spellman”. Oh, there’s alcohol in it too btw. One word: tequila!

USP/s: it’s natural and organic. Oil Free. Dermatologically tested.

How To apply the Witch Blemish Stick: if you’ve got a spot, roll it on and around it. This stick helps to break down excess oil and fight the bacteria that causes spots.

just noticed it says: “dab as often as you like when blemishes first appear.” Lols! Let’s all laugh together… If for whatever reason you notice a residue leaving your eye sockets, that right there is you CRYING at my misfortune. I’ll send you a box of Kleenex via DHL…

My findings: it’s cooling upon application after the initial stings like a BEE feeling eases off (that’s the alcohol doing its work). 

On a serious note, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel has worked very well for me in the past so I thought I’d give this a go as well… Did it? Well, the only thing I can say for sure is: it’s reduced in size. What used to be a mammoth PIMPLE is now your average spot… Basically, where it used to take up my entire forehead, now it just takes up half of it. (Progress).

Another thing, it used to look red and inflamed – now it just looks like a flattened puss-y mess. Nice! If you didn’t want to date the heck out of me before reading this post, I just know that you do now…

Realistically, the fact that I’ve still got the spot means that Witch’s Blemish Stick may not be getting the full rave review… However, in its defense, my spot was mutant, so I’m not expecting it to magically disappear (well, I was in the ideal world but I knew it wouldn’t). Having said that, there is absolutely no denying that it’s gone down in size and redness. Then again, could it just be nature taking its course?

Would I still have seen these results had I not used Witch’s Blemish Stick? I don’t know. I’m in two minds. On the one hand, I’m hoping so as it’d mean my skin and horemones are NOT bionic, and they are able to withstand the healing of spot. On the other, I’m also hoping it’s just Witch Blemish Stick’s work so that I can plug it on my blog.

Until next time, spot the difference – or don’t. Whatever. Love & light to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, four weeks a month and 12 months a year. ❤️

P.S. I’m very attractive spot or no spot, just ask my mum, she’ll tell you (and I didn’t even have to pay her). 😆

Miamii Mansour

Hello!

How are you my beauties and the Bae?!

Today, I’m doing a ‘Get The Look’ without the DNA and facial expressions (cos I didn’t purchase those from a drugstore)…

As you can see, I’m back to rocking the fringe that I rock so well! My forehead’ll tell you that it needs it right now… Why? Well, I’ve heard of two-faced people, but never of two headed ones (aside from those conjoined twins, obvs). That’s right, I’m referring to the MAMMOTH ZIT that has pitched up on the left side of my forehead. It hurts like a an absolute B I T — CHHHHHHHHHHH! But, let’s save that rant for another post, shall we?

Aside from the fact that Mount Everest has decided to locate itself on my person (the best way it knows how), things are relatively doing well (complexion wise).

Now, as you can tel from the name of this post, I have updated my makeup routine, and am thoroughly impressed with it – even if I do say so myself… So, without further ado, let’s get down to BUSINESS!

Prep & Prime:

LUSH Cup O’ Coffee (post coming soon)

All I’ll say is, if you’re a fan of your own face (and coffee, that helps), you’ll LOVE this! It’s a mask and scrub (2 in 1), working an absolute treat to clear, cleanse and exfoliate. It leaves your skin so smooth and soft, smelling like the best thing I’ve ever smelled since Nescafé Gold Blend in the process.

LUSH Eau Roma Water

BAE! … I swear that I must mention this product in every beauty-related post. I’m a woman obsessed… I’ve posted about it so much on here that you only have to type the name of it in the search bar to see umpteen posts come up.

Kiehl’s Power Strength Fine-Line Reducing Serum

For the second time in one post, I’ve recently mentioned this on my blog too. Therefore, if you want to read my thoughts – scroll down. Don’t worry though, I’ll sum it up here for you… It’s a saviour for my nasalobials, my fellow smilers would know what I’m talking about.

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up (full post coming soon)

Again, I’ve mentioned this a previous Glossybox post but have yet to write a full post dedicated to its loveliness. However, I’d like you to know that I’m on it. Trust me.

Base:

Primer: L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base

Another regular on this blog… I plug this bad boy every chance I get. What an actual LOVER in (and for) the FACE!

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Here’s another thing I’ve featured on my blog previously… If I want to know what I thought, go check it out. Don’t want to? Fine, be like that! Read on to find out.

I absolutely love it. It smells increds and just suits my skin tone/type very well. It’s the only liquid foundation that works well me…

If you’ follow my blog closely, you’ll know I usually love to review creamy and thick foundations… I’m changing it up. This is a good alternative.

Concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix (post coming soon)

Yes, I know I said “I don’t use concealer” countless times before… What can I say? There’s a first time for everything (like all the legendary young people who went to vote yesterday, thank you and well done!).

I am converted. I apply this under my eyes, on my chin and the bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow. Funny story, I was in M&S, at the self-checkouts, and the voiceover woman started piping up about an “unexpected product in the baggage area” when nothing was on it… I then realised that it may actually be my eye-bags that are causing the alarm. (Yeah, I know). The poor woman must’ve facial recognised my head and noticed 2 tonnes of baggage under my lids and thought ‘do we sell that? That’s unexpected. Let’s sound the alarm’. Savage beach!

That, right there, is why I have begun wearing concealer.

Setting Powder: MAC Studio Fix

This is the only powder I use. I love it and (like most things in this post) have raved about it plenty of times on here. Go find it like Nemo and Dory.

Contour: Bourjois Delice de Poudre Duo (coming soon)

I know I’ve said some pretty negative/constructive things about this product before… However, I have learned to love it (and use it appropriately).

I used it when I was a teen (because just about every girl in my year and school did) but didn’t like it at the time because it made me look like Tanmom.

However, since becoming somewhat of a “contour connoisseur”, I now love it. It also helps that I have a shade that matches my skin tone (which I didn’t before).

(There’s a Highlighter shade attached in the packaging, I highlight the bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow along with the areas above the cheeks).

Benefit Hoola… (yes, two bronzers! 😍)

Just when I thought I was doing a new “Get The Look”, I realise that every product in this ‘new look’ (or most of them) has been featured on #BeautyBae. I think I should change the name of this post to “recycling all the makeup products featured to create a new look”… Hmm, needs work!

Anyway, yeah, this is what I mix the Bourjois bronzer with to create more chisled/sculpted cheekbones. The shades are very similar at first glance but look beautiful when mixed together.

Lips:

NYX Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick in Abu Dhabi

Ducking hell! (quack). For the billionth time, I’ve brought this up on my blog before as well… Oh, just look it up you sexy but lazy human! Thanks. It’s a nude lipstick that makes my lips look plumper (oddly enough).

Eyes:

Double Extension by L’Oréal

I love this and surprise, surprise… I’ve typed up a review about this too. Oh, just leave me here to imagine myself frolicking in fields of Rye, as Joey Essex would say: #norty.

Benefit They’re Real (washed wand)

No, seriously… I am a huge fan of its wand. It really separates the lashes out and declumps well. What’s more, it helps to curl them too and volumise them more.

Finish:

MAC’s Prep & Prime

Okay. I need to be honest… I reviewed this in the past and said some negative things… Well, nothing rude or critical, just that I felt it was overrated. I would like to take everything I said in that post back, now.

Wow. How perceptions change…

Recently, this water has been my saving grace. I love it. I love, love, love it.

It’s refreshing and I’ve noticed a real difference in my skin’s appearance and type. It’s no longer combination, just glowy – in a nice way. Thanks, MAC!

(I even use this as a primer – on its own – sometimes)

Kiehl's

Concentrate! Serum! Amen!

At the age of 25, I have finally discovered the secret to normal and shallow looking nasalobial creases. Another thing, this year was also the realisation year that I have a side of chin dimple/dent thing. I think I know what you’re thinking: “WTF?” It’s okay, because upon looking at thyself in the mirror of all things – I thought the same. How had I not noticed this? Probably because I don’t smile at myself in the mirror like a demented person.

So, anyway, yeah – I found this out by looking at a year or two old image of myself. I was smiling alongside my work colleagues and there it was, very vague, but definitely a chin dimple/dent thingamajig. I know it’s nowhere near as noticeable as John Travolta’s bottom centre one but it’s still there… Weird, huh?

Back to Kiehl’s, I love Kiehl’s – they saved my skin’s life once (acne) and they did it again (nasalobial crease). I might not smile into mirrors, but I definitely smile in life – a lot. If there was a smile-ometre counting how many times I smiled per day, we’re looking at somewhere in the region of 24million (a mil for every hour). So, when I first laid eyes on this concentrated formula brought to us by Kiehl’s, I had to do that thing whereby I BUY IT!

I’m not going to lie, it isnt cheap… But, it’s cheaper and less painful than Botox, so I’ll take it. It’s also natural.

Wow. I can actually say that use after use, my nasalobials look reduced and filled in. To be honest, my nasalobials don’t bother me when I’m smiling because they aren’t noticeable. It’s just when I don’t. When I don’t smile, that’s when they look like a crack in the foundation of the cement of the pavement you walk on. Imagine that, but on my face. Nice.

Moving on (like Theresa May does in fields of Barley when she’s feeling like unleashing her inner #ThugLyf to them farmer lads), if you’re feeling self conscious about fine lines or wrinkles, buy yourself some Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate. It works.

The formula: white liquid, dries clear. The scent: fresh but medicinal-ish? The look: a cute brown bottle.
Size: 50mls cost me £50… That’s literally a pound a ml. Then again, Botox would cost you £300+ for a syringe… Choice is yours.