Beauty

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Roll up, roll up, ladies and gents (who are partial to the wearage makeup)! This one’s for YOU…

Have you lot tried Oval shaped brushes? They are all the rage at the moment and I want “in”!

Are they good? Which ones do you recommend that I try?

I ask this because I want to publish a comparisons blog post about them soon. Reviewing a few brands and giving my two pence (would say “cents” but I’m not American, so…) on them would be fun!

However, I’d like to know which ones you’d like to see in my review and/or if you’ve tried any, (good or bad), mention them below and I’ll review them… Just – don’t tell me whether they’re good or not ’cause I’m in that “money-spending on crap things that I won’t use again” mood… 😂 #joking

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MAC Studio Fix Powder Compact

The HOLY GRAIL!

You know what? “Imma let you finish” but… OH MY LIFE! I didn’t actually know how good MAC Studio Fix Powder Compact was (on its own) until I tried it, today! Oh, wait – that may be a lie… I think I’ve worn it before and forgotten about it. Thing is, I honestly do believe Dory the fish was made with me in mind (probably in the short-term memory part of that mind). I’m GREAT at work and in my professional life (which is work) but my social, personal and private (which is personal) life? I struggle to remember my own name/s.

Anyway, BE-AU-TIFUL powder foundation! I’ve got it in two shades… One for my highlighter, and the other for all over. BANGING! In the words of Jessie J and Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande (and I don’t mean writing style).

A one-step powder and foundation that gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte finish with medium to full coverage. Long-wearing, velvety texture allows skin to breathe. Available in a wide range of colours.

Also – yes, MAC usually is heavy, but with powder foundation, you’re the boss. You can choose whether you want full coverage (pick the perfect tone though or risk looking like the deposits of an ashtray).

God bless, try it (if you want to), peace out, say hi to your mum, and you’re a legend!

Love,

Miamii (with two i’s for every EYE situated underneath my BROW BONES)

xxx

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Lush: Lover Lamp

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! You know, the celebration where we remember the cute, half-naked baby who flew around stabbing people with a bow and arrow, making them fall in love? Yeah, that’s the one! #Cupid

LUSH celebrates this occasion a lot less painfully though – by enabling you to soak in a bath filled with soothing natural ingredients that aim to let you forget Cupid’s puncture actions for one day/night at least. I mean, with Lover Lamp in your bath, you’ll even be sure to forget all of your past relationships!

However your V Day pans out, you can rely on this amorous organic cocoa butter embrace to melt your heart and soften your skin. As vanilla absolute and Brazilian orange oil sweet nothings are whispered into your bathwater, cocoa butter hearts unfurl to envelop you in a romantic rendezvous – cleansing climax guaranteed.

Although Lush’s Lover Lamp isn’t the brightest bath melt to come out of the franchise, it’s definitely one of the most fragrant. It smells like Vanilla, Orange and Cocoa Butter (if they ever were to meet, mate, and conceive/reproduce).

What I love most about this bath sphere is the melting red jelly love hearts that melt away from the powder-salts and are released into the water as it dissolves. Stunning stuff!

Apparently, if you catch some and rub them on your skin, they’ll emit a chocolate orange-type scent! Oh and these hearts are packed with cocoa butter so, if you want to get hydrated, rub them on your body like Ed Sheeran would while serenading you with ‘Shape of You’… #TUNE #HaventGotOverIt #WontHaveGottenOverItCome2018

Sadly, when the fizzy sphere is no more, nothing changes in the water (colour-wise), but I heard there are three EDIBLE hearts that come up to the surface and float, ready for you to eat them… Before you ask, I didn’t even try this because I am not one to eat Love Hearts soaked in my own bath water. What do you take me for?!

I don’t know if you know this, but just ’cause I take Snapchat selfies, that doesn’t make me an animal!

Lastly before lastly, Lover Lamp surprised me because the powdery, vanilla-y, cocoa buttery smell stayed all BATH LONG… ALL BATH! #ALittleBitOfLionelRichieNeverHurtNobody

Finally (until I publish another post which will probably be dropped in the next 30 mins), it’s a LOVE-ly bath sphere to use around the time of Valentine’s Day. See what I did there? Ha! Yeah, okay. Nothing to see here… Bye! #PunIntended

Love and light,

Miamii

xxx

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Nivea Men: Post Shave Balm

Lol! Okay, before you all start making jokes, you need to know that I tried Nivea Men‘s balm as an experiment. It was on the grounds of a blogger’s experiment. I researched this gel and found that it features silicone – which can be used as a great base under make-up.

Plenty of bloggers and vloggers alike have used this as a primer and I thought, why shouldn’t or can’t I? So, I did. 🤣

The first question you’ll have after reading this is: “did it work?”, no? Well, it actually did. I mean, I’m not sure if I felt comfortable knowing I’m wearing a Men’s post-shave balm on my face, but if I’d told myself that I was in fact wearing Lush Magical’s Moringa, for example, I probably would’ve liked it a lot more…

I don’t want the fact that it’s a Men’s Post-Shave balm (and me not being a Man) to hinder this review because fact is: it’s actually a good product.

NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm calms the skin after shaving and combats irritation and moisture. This alchohol-free formulation is perfect for sensitive skin that lacks moisture.  It contains calming Bisabolol and Calendula, anti-irritant Allantoin and moisturising agents; soothing Panthenol and Vitamin E.

As I’ve stated before, I love thick gels or silicone-based products. They leave my skin even looking and fill in any fine lines I have or premature/deep wrinkles on others.

Look – I’m not going to lie… I do think its thickness blocked my pores, thus I had to blot it with my Mac’s Studio Fix to get rid of the excess shine. However, taking into account that it’s a silicone-based balm, it’s to be expected.

I didn’t like the smell of this stuff (on myself) either… It smells “manly” – which is fine, on a man, just not on me!

All in all, it’s not a bad substitute for a primer if you’re into the flawless but dewy look. It’s relatively affordable and cheaply priced too. So, if Lush ever have a drought of Magical Moringa, I’ve got a Plan B*

*not the one in the music bizz.

Finally, I’d give this a strong 3.5. To summarise, it leaves skin flawless, has no alcohol in it  – meaning it doesn’t dry the skin out or burn it for those who shave- and evens out the complexion. Having said that, without blotting, it’ll block pores and make your skin look greasy. Also, it being a Men’s shaving product that I’m putting on my face doesn’t bode well with me still, and neither does the smell.

I’d quite happily spray men’s deodorant if I wanted to smell like my man, but allow voluntarily putting a post-shaving balm on your face every day just to prime your skin! There are other feminine alternatives ladies, so this one gets a HELL NO*!

*Unless in a case of an emergency and no one knew that I was wearing it underneath my make-up.

On men? I say carry on using it (if you use it). It’s a good product and will work wonders on you (not that you need it) after a close shave, I’m sure…

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Liz Earle: Hot Cloth Soap & Polish Cleanser

Liz Earle. You must have heard of Liz Earle, right? If not, have no fear ’cause you can find Liz Earle counters at the large Boots and department stores!

Tonight, I’m reviewing Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser because I’ve heard so much about it (all good things) and decided that I should blog about it now or forever hold my peace…

You know what? The 5* reviews I read on Boots, online shopping sites and previous posts I’ve come across were right! It’s actually a grest cleanser. It didn’t leave a spec of makeup on my face, left my skin hydrated afterwards with a soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom feel to it. My face has never looked so clean!

Some leave it on the skin overnight, most apply it, leave it to soak into the skin, then wipe with the muslin hot cloth provided (to polish), bedge washing off with hot water. I must say, the best way I found of using it was with the use of hot cloth. It really removed all the impurities and gave my skin a cleaner feel!

The packaging? You get quite a bit of product for the price (as well as a clean muslin cloth), it’s presented in a nice pastel-green bottle and case.

The smell? A fresh, luxuriously rich and soapy scent that lets everyone know that you’ve just washed your face.

The consistency? Liquid soap. It applies like gel.

The results wash-after-wash? Soft, clean and clear skin with a glow.

The muslin cloth? Beautifully smooth on the skin. It glides on and off the skin like a glove.

Should you purchase? Probably.

No – wait, what am I saying? YES! Yes, of course you should. Especially if you’re prone to acne or breakouts (and if your skin is mostly oily)!