Cosmetics

Hello you bunch of Goliath slaying legends! ūüĎä

I’m bringing you an absolute blogfest today, so be ready… I’m feeling better! I’m revving my blogging engines and going at 0.0 miles per hour x1,000,000,000,0000,000. Still, umm, 0. ūüôą

Right – MAC’s Prep & Prime¬†Fix, the ting-a-ling that all vloggers go on about…

Honestly, it’s one of them ones where the amount of times I hear it mentioned in blogs, you’d think they put it at the top of their Christmas trees, like some sort of Holy Grail!

… You know what’s coming don’t you? ūüėÜ

Somehow, just somehow, I’m going to find a wae to fit bae at the top of mine, this and every year (for at least¬†3 years¬†so far)…¬†Hopefully one day he’ll be there physically, like the absolute bae he is! ūüíĖ

Back to the Prep & Prime water, I expected it to be better… I mean, judging by¬†the hype it receives, you’d expect it to turn you into Beyonc√©

It didn’t. It didn’t even turn me into a premium version of my own self! I couldn’t even fly business class with it on my face if I tried…

A lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup.

It’s good, it works, it’s just not deserving of the overhype.

All it is is chemical-ised, fragrant water that we spray onto our faces prior and post makeup application, guys… It’s¬†not gold-plated Pad Thai that turns your stool¬†into a bouquet¬†or your tears/blood into¬†liquid gold, bloggers¬†really need to understand this!

The one thing I noticed is it made my makeup result look smoother. In hindsight, so could a good blendage of powder and/or a HudaBeauty makeup tutorial.

Also, it’s water so of course it’s going to refresh your face… How many waters have you drank or washed in that didn’t refresh your face?!

Even if you washed your face in a puddle outside, although your face’ll look dirty ofc, there’s no denying it hasn’t been¬†refreshed, because moisture of the water variety is always going to be refreshing! Madonna bathes in her own urine, no lie. I wouldn’t, God no, but – point is, water is “refreshing”.

I’m just slightly, extremely unimpressed because I’ve wanted to try this for years¬†and now that I have, I have not much good to say, probably because it’s mediocre. Stick to the make-up, their sprays aren’t the be-all-and-end-all as bloggers have you thinking.

Bobbi Brown

I’ve decided not to seal my lips on this one… I actually can’t believe I hadn’t written about it before, because it’s awesome. That’s right,¬†Bobbi Brown‘s Salmon.

This lipstick is absolute¬†GOALS!¬†The first time I discovered it was in John Lewis or House of Fraser, either or… Listen, I have the memory of Dory when it comes to stuff like this… I can hardly remember what I said a second ago.

Anyway, I suppose you could say Bobbi Brown’s Salmon could be referred to as a dupe to Kylie Jenner’s Dirty Peach;¬†the only difference being¬†it doesn’t dry¬†matte and isn’t a¬†liquid lipstick. If I had to describe the colour, I’d say it’s¬†a subtle orange which¬†could be built on¬†to look¬†bolder. Basically, it’s¬†PENG!

I love orange and orang-utans. Not that this lipstick has anything to do with the latter… At 11:30pm (when I wrote this sentence) I had orang-utans on my brain. Nice!

This creamy, semi-matte¬†lipstick¬†from¬†Bobbi Brown¬†gives lips instant polish with rich, full coverage. Wear alone or pair with Lip Liner or one of Bobbi’s Lip Glosses- depending on your desired effect. Black lipstick case features metallic chrome detailing.

I love it. It’s lip/lipstick goals… It’s snogable, marriable, but definitely¬†not avoidable! You need it in your life, on your lips, on your s/o’s lips… These are¬†the words that should be on everybody’s (lips) and in everybody’s mouths.

Bobbi Brown Salmon (fishing in Yemen) = bae.

Tbh, I have no idea what else I can say that’ll make you want to invest like some kind of Dragon on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Just – don’t declare yourself “out” until you’ve tried it, yeah? You’re going to want to do that¬†at least!

Forget Yemen for the moment, go Salmon fishing in the Bermuda Heptagon (cos the Triangle’s is a 8!7CH!).¬†Also, try Salmon eating in my house ’cause¬†I cooked¬†it and will be writing up the review soonish (unless I eat it before publishing) in which case – it’s¬†a Hard Knock Life for you!

Face To Face

Wow. Very rarely am I speechless… Channel 4’s Face to Face has¬†made me that way!

Katie Piper is (and’s always going to be) an inspiration! I love how confident, resilient and awesome she is… Where the haters in¬†society would expect someone who’s been through what she has¬†to cower away and be fearful, she is fearless (and flawless).

Her battles and ability to overcome them screams “strength” and “#GOALS”! She is someone we could all learn from…

Face To Face‘ highlights complex skin problems that some of us wrestle¬†with every day, and proves that there are others out there with the same or similar skin imperfections, who¬†rock it and are able to walk tall and be confident. The show sees Katie Piper (a survivor of an acid attack) giving¬†girls a makeover to make them feel better about themselves, and it works.

It’s an incredible watch!

I guarantee that if you were lacking in confidence or self-esteem prior to watching it, the bravery of those who appear in it will make you feel otherwise…

What did I learn from ‘Face To Face’? I learned that we are all beautiful. I knew this¬†already, but, it’s just¬†nice to know that there are people out there who embrace their “flaws” (which I don’t believe they are) and feel body/face confident. This makes them seem and look even more so!

If you ask me, the only flaw¬†someone¬†can have is a¬†low level of confidence or self-esteem… I understand that it’s unavoidable when pressure, bullying and discrimination surrounds us… But, I also know that someone who challenges these circumstances and accepts themselves as they are is attractive.

I, myself, have lacked confidence before… I know the feeling, and this is¬†why I’m reaching out to you, to tell¬†you that you’re perfect.

Flaws, to me, are just a trick of the mind… They make us¬†think what we¬†have is unacceptable when really – the only thing “unacceptable” is thinking that they’re¬†not acceptable.

We all love makeup, don’t we? Some love it more than others…

Makeup is a tool that cannot only makeup our skin, but can make up our confidence.

There are also some of us who rely on it for confidence – and that’s okay too… The moral of ‘Face To Face’ as I understood it is to be happy in the skin you’re in whether you’re made up or not.

To conclude, yes –¬†I think makeup can make a huge difference, and I’m so glad it exists; because it enables others to feel confident and beautiful. However, makeup is only skin¬†deep, where¬†confidence goes beyond that and goes right into soul. Remember that you’re¬†MAJORLY beaut, and the right people know¬†so.

Cargo Cosmetics HD

Seeing as it’s Easter soon, can I get an AMEN?! Cargo Cosmetics’ liquid¬†foundation is¬†life¬†to my skin.

Funny story, like most things – I thought I lost this. Genuinely. It was only after going through endless amounts of bags after a move that I found it. Full. My baby (of the foundation variety) was FULL! I used it today, didn’t I? Of COURSE I did. Check out the video below. Please and thanks.

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Also, I’m well aware there’s no sound in¬†the video. You’re just going to have to lipread, ’cause it’s not like you don’t mind read, is it? Thanks.

Anyway, enough about my video…¬†Read what Cargo Cosmetics, themselves, have to say!

Oil-free foundation with medium to full coverage creates a smooth, and flawless complexion for on and off camera!
Formulated for high definition filming, foundation contains light diffusing pigments for an optical blurring effect. Silky formula glides on and blends seamlessly.

  • Infused with moisturizing agents and antioxidants to hydrate and protect the skin.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Paraben free.

I always experiment with other foundations, but find myself back with¬†this one… It’s the bae I don’t want to get awae… Maybe, just maybe, it’s¬†because I don’t actually want it¬†to? It will always have my heart (and my face).

Giving credit where credit’s due, my best friend introduced me to this foundation. She has majorly good taste in makeup (and just about everything else). She’s a keeper of a BFF!

What do I love about Cargo Cosmetics’ HD foundation? Probably that it’s a HD one that keeps my selfies/videos looking human and not zombie like; oh – and the shade is PERF! It suits my Lebanese Polarbearability to a T-BT. (not the Broadband, switch to Virgin, yeah?) Again, thanks.

In terms of wearage, I’m guessing it’s demi-matte? So, not completely, there’s still a glow in there – especially in hot weather. No, ladies that’s not PERSPIRATION, okay? We shower and use 96hour deodorants, don’t we? ūüĒ•ūüėČūüĎä

Course we do! We don’t sweat, we glow…ūüėė Like Rudolph’s nose. Just, 365 days a year (and then some)…

How do I love to apply it? With a brush, obvs. But, I have been putting This Works’ In Transit underneath and WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU! FAM!

It’s a BEAUT of a coverage/application… Beyonce’s flawless be looking BTEC in comparison… Joking! Absolutely joking! She’s a QUEEN!!!!!!! Don’t tell her I said that, okay? Please. ‘Cause I’m SURE my FAKE NEWS¬†would matter to a billionaire Goddess who rubs shoulders with the likes of Obama (and makes ‘Crazy in Love’ with Jay Z)… I LOVE HER‚ÄľÔłŹ‚̧ԳŹ

Glossybox

I’ve received an email to say¬†my Glossybox of May 2017 has shipped! This means that I really need to post¬†this¬†before it arrives, so I’ll get to review the new stuff…

As you may have heard, last month’s box (April) was my first…

Firstly, I’ve got to say that I was very pleased with my goodies. I mean, I had something delivered which I’ve wanted to try for years but was too scared to (because it was around the time that I had sensitive, acne-prone skin)!

This Works: In Transit Camera Close Up

A handbag must have – it’s a mask, moisturiser and primer all-in-one, for a long-lasting perfect make-up finish.

This is the bae that I wanted to try years ago but couldn’t bring myself to…¬†Victoria Beckham apparently swears by this, so if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!

this high-performance Superblend features Bio Boost ‚Äď our unique blend of anti-oxidant plant oils- to rebuild and protect the skin barrier, along with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine to rebalance and revitalise.

My verdict: I love this.¬†I also¬†love that it smells extremely floral. It honestly feels so luxurious on my face…

this portable pick-me-up will even, plump and brighten skin instantly, ensuring you’re always ready for that close-up

I’ll finish this product’s review by¬†saying that a) you can purchase one for yourself here and b) this was my favourite of all products received this month. I’ll be purchasing this in full-size.

Sleek Makeup Eye and Cheek Palette – All Day Soiree

Earthy eyeshadow tones? Check. Coral-ly tones? Check. awesome blush tones? Check. Oh wow. I loved this one. My eyelids and blusher looked radiant and flawless thanks to Sleek.

Eye & Cheek Palette provides all of your colour essentials in one convenient compact, this versatile palette contains four eyeshadows and two blushers.

I don’t usually like eyeshadow,¬†unless it’s an earthy tone – anything from brown, gold, and dark ones¬†work really well with my eyes – so I tend to stick with them.¬†Imagine my surprise when I found Glossybox’s recommendation.

All Day Soiree will refresh any beauty look, the combination of shimmering peach and beige hues create a delicate, feminine finish. The assortment of on-trend blush shades of creamy champagne and pastel pink provide a healthy flush to cheeks.

Yes, I know Glossybox¬†customise the gifts based on my skin tone, eye and hair colour but – come on…

The fact that I know what suits my eye colour¬†without having a¬†degree/diploma in makeup artistry is shocking in itself! The only thing stopping me purchasing this in full-size is that I actually don’t usually wear eyeshadow.

oOlution – Eye Love

Eye Love oOution. It’s the sOlution to my eye¬†(¬£10 per) bag/s! I do get my fair share of the odd eye bag or two. I know it’s because I spend most of my time smiling and laughing (mostly at my phone – after reading a funny tweet). So, I was very pleasantly surprised when Glossybox sent me this.

Eye love is a 100 % natural eye contour. It contains more than 65 botanical active ingredients (all organically grown) for a tailored action. Eye love reduces dark circles and bags thanks to its vasoconstrictive and detoxifying natural ingredients. With its moisturizing and draining efficacy, it minimizes the visible signs of fatigue in the eye contour area.

I have been using this every day since I received it, and I can tell you that it’s one of the best eye creams/gels that I’ve used. It absorbs super quick, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Also, I’ve noticed that it wakes my eyes up more, truthfully. I could look zombie-like ‘pon rising from my slumber, but once this goes on it’s like my eyes are energised.¬†All the better to see bae’s (old and most recent) selfies with…¬†¬†

I’ll definitely be purchasing.

Schwarzkopf Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment

The highly nourishing formula has superb moisturising benefits as well as anti-oxidative properties and added UV filters. Innovative Argan powder particles gently remove impurities for healthy-looking hair and brilliant shine.

This thing right here… Wow. It’s absolutely a sorcerer/sorceress to the scalp and hair,¬†mid-ends. What is¬†this magic that I’ve ONLY just¬†diskopfered?

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The smell of this is what one would call D-VINE! That “I heard it through the grapevine” kinda shizz… ūüėć

The steps are as follows: rinse your hair, apply¬†shampoo¬†as usual¬†(’cause I did), then apply¬†it on as a treatment (to replace¬†your¬†conditioner). Leave it on for 5-10 mins, wash off and do this once or twice a week.

It’s actually LUSH! I loved how soft, shiny and thick my hair felt after just one use…

Also, it helps that I’m nutty in life, doesn’t it? Not Brazilian though. Soz!

Figs & Rouge Hydra-Active Smart Nutrient Vital Moisturiser Day Cream

This one didn’t bode well on my skin. I think it’ll be¬†great on others, it sadly wasn’t on me… I noticed¬†whiteheads were forming¬†after¬†the first (and only) application. It’s supposed to be¬†very good for the skin and really helpful¬†with filling in fine lines… I’m sure it does, I just haven’t used it long enough because it kind-of broke me out.

An ultimate replenishing day cream complex that delivers instant & long lasting hydration to leave skin smooth & radiant. Formulated with moisturising ‚ÄėSmart Nutrient‚Äô Technology & Nourishing Vitamin Complex A, C, E. Three hydrating, deeply penetrating & rejuvenating phases to balance skin tone & optimally moisturise the skin.