Cosmetics

#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…

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)

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.

Also, if you disagree with me about anything on here or just want to say hi, feel free to comment below. Talk to me.