Beauty

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.

 

GHD V Gold

Hello,

If you follow (or stalk) my inundated Twitter feed (sorry for tweeting so much – not a fan? Mute me.), you’ll know that I discovered how to curl my approximately 4cm long (grown a WHOPPING two since I tweeted) hair follicles using a GHD!

I’m rubbish at anything to do with hair styling… This sort of explains the ‘homeless head of hair look’ (6 and a half days per week) that I rock so well…

So, anyway – as if by magic I turned on my GHD and the rest is ‘kinky’ (the hair type) history!

I remember the moment I discovered this talent well… There I was with my 7 tonne knee – which swelled up like Roald Dahl’s GIANT peach – elevated, wanting something to do… I turned the straighteners on and went at it with my hair (after applying heat-protection spray, #PutSomethingOnTheTopOfIt as the Vidal Sassoon version of Jezza would say).

To be honest, there’s no ‘hocus pocus’ behind it… It’s just literally wrapping my (what seems like) couple of strands around the hot iron and hoping for the best… Upon release-tion, I was left with somewhat curlier hair.

Look, I forgot to mention that my hair is naturally curly, but it’s ‘slept in’ curls. You know when you sleep oddly and wake up with crinkles? Yeah, that. #SexyAF. Marry me, now. Or not. It’s up to you…

Back to my hair, I loved using the iron to curl my hair with.  It’s so much easier than a ting-tong for me tbh. Why? Probably because I honestly thought I was ‘clinically’ double jointed… No, seriously! What I mean is, like it’d never show up in tests but I also can’t hold anothing without looking weird (my opinion, everyone else’s shabillot)… Jheeze, I’m sounding more attractive by the second, aren’t I?!

I’m still unsure how 26 years (in Autumn) later, I’ve yet to be snapped up by an ALLIGATOR or a CROC! Let’s not tempt fate though, before I end up in a Steve Irwin (God rest his soul) situ…

Lord only knows how this post has gone from hair styling to a discussion about amphibians, but it is what is (and it is what it ain’t).

Peace out,

Curl on,

Miams!

P.S. if you thought I was going to give you a walkthrough of how to curl your hair using a GHD,  alI can say is: soz! I don’t have your hair length… I’ve only been awarded my own. Therefore, I can’t tell you how easy it is going to be for you.

Then again, you most probably already know, right? This might be old news… I’m a late developer (in everything). So, you’ve probably just come here to read me taking the piss out of myself. Which, tbh – I don’t blame you. <3

What hair straightener do I use? GHD V Gold Marine Allure, it’s so ALLURING that bae still doesn’t want to know.

Louboutin Makeup Application

I think I’ve just discovered my achilles heel of pet hates…

In keeping with the ridiculous, most unhygienic and unsafe beauty hacks/inventions/ideas theme of tonight’s posts, I’d like to remind you of or introduce you to the PLEB who applies her foundation using a Louboutin. I can’t. I just, fully, cannot!

Where you’d ever look at your shoe and decide it’d work amazingly well as a prop to apply your foundation with (ON YOUR FACE), I just don’t know! Yes, she wrapped the bottom in cling film but come on… Bacteria is bacteria; and this is gross.

There’s no denying that ‘SadiaSlayy‘ looks stunning and/or like she has more than one braincell. So, I don’t understand what went wrong here. I really don’t.

Again, yes – her results are ‘floorless‘ but that’s only because those shoes weren’t being used for their SOLE purpose at the time – meaning they’re too far away from the floor…

Sadia, babe, invest in a beauty blender/brush. It’s cheaper, cleaner and gets the same results.

If you’re spending thousands of pounds/dollars on heels to apply your foundation with, you need nothing more than an intervention together with some life coaching.

Want to see how she does it? Watch Sadia apply her makeup with the heel below:

I can’t even believe I’m writing this, but have you ever used your shoes to apply foundation or any other product anywhere on your person? Get in touch. Write to me in the commentation sectionation. I’ll respond and reply to all, because I want to and I can…

Peace, love, light (and shoeless makeup applications)! 👠

Miamii

Xo

LED Lashes

Another post, another crazy cosmetics/beauty tech hack that I cannot get my head around… This time, it’s the turn of LED lashes. Lord, lord, lord, lord… No, not the singer who sings about Royals. The ACTUAL Great Lord! 🙏

Disclaimer: Rudolph had a very shiny nose not eyelashes.

I just don’t know why people can’t just decide that sticking electrics on their face is a no-go. Imagine paying a British Gas bill because you want to make your lashes light up. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL?!

Yes, we all like a good rave once in a while but there are other ways going about it! For starters, buy a light up shirt or a glow stick – don’t attach LED lights to your lash-line! Is this not dangerous? Lights should never be that close to the eye, right?

I’m at a loss. Genuinely. I feel like I’m ripping these ideas to shreds today, and that’s not what I want…

I’m all for a glow up, but not when you’re ruining your lashes and potentially eyesight in the process. I just think it’s unsafe, not to mention silly. Sorry, not sorry.

It’s not that they look bad, ’cause they don’t (to someone who likes that sort of thing)… It’s just, they don’t seem safe to me… LEDs are lights which are similar to lasers. Therefore, you don’t need to be an optician to work out it’s dangerous… Of course, it’s not directly being shined into the eye but even so… Still, I don’t like the idea.

Apparently, these LED lashes were trialed in the Bay Area… I don’t think they’re BAE-y at all!

FYI: I’m all for LED shoes, LED bags, LED jewellery etc. but I do think sticking LEDs so close to your eyes is wrong. Come on, your eyes should be enough to light up the room, you don’t need LED lashes! No?

Check it out below. Enjoy.

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