Cosmetics

A few weeks ago, Red Magazine was giving away free full-sized Rodial mascaras worth just under £25… I don’t usually read Red Magazine, but I was thinking of the BARGAIN! So, I picked one up…

I tried it out for the first time a few days ago and have only just got round to writing up a review… This is it. Strap yourselves into your seats. Glue your eyes to your screens and get did.

I’ve reviewed another Rodial product before – in fact, my first post on this blog was Rodial and it’s had the most views of any blog post I’ve ever posted, ever.

Anyway, we’re not here to discuss my previous post, we’re here to talk about Glamolash XXL.

Lengthen, separate and lift eyelashes with this matte, dry formula mascara. With a soft black pigment and short, finely packed bristles, this will give a lengthened natural flutter to eyelashes with long-lasting hold for a wide eyed look.

If you’ve read my blog and are familiar with my existence, you’d know I love mascara more than any other make-up product. I think it’s because I’ve been blessed with long-ish lashes, so I like to just keep them looking good. If I spent as much time looking after my head and eyebrow hair as much as I do my eyelashes, I’d probably look a damn sight better. 😆

Why do I keep going off on tangents?! Must. Stick. To. The. PLAN! Speaking of plans, how does NASA run parties/events? They PLANET. That sentence just then has EVERYTHING to do with Rodial’s Glamolash. I promise*…

*lied

So, Rodial’s mascara Glamolash was free as an incentive from Red Magazine, as I said, and it’s actually the most rubbish mascara I’ve ever used. No offence.

Firstly, the packaging feels beyond belief tacky (and kind of looks it too). Imagine paying £20-something for a “high end” mascara that makes MaxFactor’s “drug store” one look like Beyoncé… Exactly.

Don’t even get me started on the formula… I got it in my eye by accident and almost went blind. Seriously. It’s that bad. My eye started crying those rivers that Justin Timberlake sang about, it wasted about seven kitchen towels, Q-Tips and time applying the rest of my makeup – which then got wiped away.

The result? Clumpy. I looked as though I completed day one on a BTEC Hair & Beauty course and didn’t go back. We all know what might happen on Day One, don’t we? An induction to the course, getting to know each other by name, and discussing our previous make-up faux pas. Exactly, we wouldn’t even had been taught how to apply the damn thing.

If I had to choose one good thing about it, I’d have to say the applicator.

To conclude this post, Rodial’s Glamolash is trash. Don’t waste your money. Thankfully, I paid for the magazine so not all was lost…

 

Bourjois is making another appearance on this blog because – why not? Air Mat is a foundation that does exactly what it sounds like on the packaging: it leaves your face feeling airy fairy and mattifies it.

Bourjois’ Air Mat foundation has been specially developed to give skin a smooth, matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours. Its non drying, lightweight formula lets skin breathe throughout the day and provides high coverage for a flawless finish.

Enriched with mattifying micronized powders, it elimates shine with no mask effect for an undetectable result.

Do I love it? I would love it a hell of a lot more if I hadn’t picked up the wrong shade…

Hahahahahahaa! Hahahahahah! Hahahahaha! Wait – hahahaha! … Okay, so – do I usually look like a Lebanese polar bear? Yes. But, did I look like I am on a PALE-O skin-tone diet when I tried this foundation? Again, yes.

Other than the wrong shade, I love this foundation. It’s amazing. Like, for real. I wear it and feel like I’ve got nothing on [facially, I wear clothes – obvs.]. It leaves my face looking flawless and even. Yes, that’s right – it’s got a high coverage, similar to Yves Saint Laurent’s Camouflage. You wouldn’t think so though because it’s called “AIR” Mat.

Like all other Boujois products, this one smells incredible. It’s more floral than fruity but still: lush.

Do I know the ingredients? No, I’m not a dermatologist, soz… But, I do know that Bourjois states that it lasts 24 hours. I wore it on my face long for enough to know it lasts 9 hours and is durable. However, I haven’t tested it out for 24 hours.

Mate, I love my blog, but not enough to keep foundation on my face for 24 straight hours knowing full well I have to position myself between a sweat sandwich and breath pie every morning and night (just to get to and from work by train)… I’d have to want post-breakouts, skin-coli or dermatological salmonella, and I don’t. Apologies.

Back to the shade, there are five shades to choose from. I may have bought the wrong one, I know you won’t because you’re not that colour blind and dumb.

Gabrini

I actually haven’t blogged in a while, but it feels like forever… It’s amazing what buying yourself a life does! 🙈  Of course, I’m absolutely not being serious, thank God for the life that he gave me, and everything about it.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a ‘How I Found God’ post – as I was BORN in the know… This is, instead, about the cheapest but best liquid lipstick that I own.

Yeah, okay, I know what you’re thinking: “how does that have anything to do with God?” Well, God is LOVE and I love liquid lipsticks. Thanks!

Gabrini liquid lipgloss/sticks are £1.99. I bought them from a pharmacy (the only thing I’ve ever stolen is bae) and tried them (the liquid lipstick, not bae – although… If bae’s reading this, he should most definitely HOLLA at my face and/or online presence) and haven’t looked back.

Gabrini’s shades aren’t very diverse, but they’re good nonetheless… Number 15, my favourite, is a mix of Dolce K by Kylie Cosmetics and Abu Dhabi by NYX. Legit my FAVOURITE.

If Kylie & NYX had a lovechild, it’d be called: Gabrini Matte Lipgloss Long Lasting in Number 15!

The pigments are super, the longevity is pretty standard and it doesn’t transfer. However, for £1.99, it feels tacky when first applied… Also, don’t forget that it’s a gloss base – making it pretty runny upon application. But, once it dries, the finish is matte and is nice to the naked (or clothed) eye.

The doe-foot applicator looks pretty good, I mean, I don’t have a doe-foot applicator fetish but for £1.99 – I was pleasantly surprised…

The smell of this liquid lipstick/gloss thingy hybrid is chocolate-esque… I don’t know, I felt like there was a hint of chocolate… Oh yeah, about that: chocolate, ‘the food stuff’, has not been adhering to my digestive system. If anything, it’s made my bowels a little overactive. That’s what happens when you give up chocolate for a month in aid of BHF but end up reuniting with it (and the toilet). Bet you weren’t expecting to read this, were you? No. 🙈

So, in a nutshell that excludes an overactive bowel, Gabrini is a lipgloss/stick thing that dries matte and completely worth £1.99. Dare I say it, it’s underpriced. Just don’t tell Garbini! 😂

Good points: smells like the chocolate that my bowels have become allergic to (that’s one bittersweet good point), it’s cheap as one chip (not plural), and it’s unsmudge-able; meaning I can carry on not kissing anyone without the worry that it’ll go all over them!

DISCLAIMER: I sound like Bridget Jones meets Miranda meets Amy Schumer, but seriously… I’m not like that IRL. I love love enough to wait/have waited for the right kind. Then again, that’s probably “what they all say…” 😆

What to take from this blog post other than ‘grab yourself a Gabrini’… Love/friendship/circumstances find/s you, but the only thing you should outwardly be looking for is to find yourself and/or God! l LOVE GOD, AND BAE DOESN’T GO A MISS EITHER.

Love, light and Gabrini,

Miamii

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

I’m someone who never thought I’d need concealer, regardless of how many eye bags I had residing in my under-eyes.

It’s not that I thought it was a good look, just I didn’t understand the need of concealing nature’s indecency. If my eye-bags are chilling under my eye sockets, it’d be wrong of me to conceal them and pretend they don’t exist.

I’m the same with spots… To be honest, it’s just that I don’t want to give a false representation of myself. I am not airbrushed; I’m just me – eye-bags and spots included! Having said that, I did used to highlight my under-eye area as though to draw further attention to them (unintentionally).

Do you know that triangle method bloggers use to make-up artist-fy their face? Yeah, I was doing that even with my eye-bags present (without concealer), thinking it’s “just something make up artists do”, not realising that it’d bring MORE attention to them! I honestly didn’t realise that until I started writing this post… 😂

I’m an actual lost cause, FFS.

I don’t want to go too off topic, so let’s discuss Bourjois’ Healthy Mix concealer… I came across this small but might product in Superdrug and I remember thinking: “hold on a second!” The rest is ‘his-story’…

(if this post does anything at all, it’ll prove to us all that size doesn’t matter)

Bourjois’ Healthy Mix correcting concealer smooths away dark circles and hides all imperfections for a visibly rested and radiant look.

Vitamin enriched for a healthy glow its exquisite glide-on formula blends onto the skin for a natural result.

This concealer is absolutely everything.! It is my go-to this Summer, but I know I’ll use it all year round.

Usually, I’d wear L’Oréal’s BB cream and powder. However, with this, I don’t need to… I just apply this on my chin, under-eyes, bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow followed by a blending and blotting session with powder. Then, I’d go on as normal, applying my Bourjois highlighter and contour. That’s literally it. It’s so lightweight, but the coverage and result is so good. My skin looks like it’s been kissed by the Complexion Gods.

One thing to note: Bourjois’ concealer comes in three shades – 1, 2 and 3. If you hadn’t realised my ancestral links to Einstein before this post, know that they are THERE! Light, Medium and Dark are their names, I’d imagine (the concealer, not Einstein’s relatives)…

The packaging is ADORABLE! Look, I do think they are stingy with the amount of product they give us. But, I don’t want to complain because a little goes a long way! Also, Superdrug’s offering 3 for 2 on Bourjois, so you can get three bottles for the price of two #bargain #result #winning.

The scent of it is a little similar to the foundation: fruity. However, there is a bit of that chemical foundation-y smell which lingers on the nostrildamus…

The coverage: medium but buildable. When set with powder, it looks as though Anthony Joshua K’Od your face (without the bruising and dislocation of bone structures). What I mean is, you’ll look KNOCK OUT!

The price: drugstore-esque. For the results you get, it’s very affordable and worthy.

Would I recommend it? If you’re still wondering whether I would at this point, you need a revelation…

#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.