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

When you are all ready to set the stage on fire with your ballet performance but the only thing missing is the perfect dress you visualised yourself to be wearing. It can be an addition to this frustration if all the local ballet stores just do not have the type of dress you want. To avoid all this confusion, it is a great idea to look for the dress you want on an online ballet store. An online ballet store has a wide variety of designs and styles available as it is functioning on a large scale. For people who have never shopped for ballet clothes online, it may seem to be a little confusing, but in reality, it is extremely simple.

ballet outfit

Online Ballet Store

Here are a few tips for beginners to get a perfect outfit from an online ballet store:

  • Ensure that you are up to date with your measurements: You need to know your body measurements accurately. In a local store, you can just try on an outfit and decide the fitting size. But that would not be possible in an online store. So, you will have to take the help of your measurements and the size chart to determine the size of your required outfit. As you may already be aware that the sizing of various manufacturers may vary, do not neglect the size chart. Always compare the size chart provided on the website of the online ballet store and only then place the final order. If you place an order for the wrong size, the outfit may fail to fit as required.
  • Read the details of the outfit: Do not get lured by the pictures of the outfit. Read all the details of the material provided along with it. The outfits may appear attractive in the pictures but may not be of the cloth material that you require. So never get carried away just by the pictures. Also look for all the other details you may require.

ballet outfit

Online Ballet Store

  • Do not shy away from asking questions: Just like a local store, an online ballet store has several representatives available to solve your queries about their products. So, if you have any questions of the features of any outfit, ask them straight away. They will help you out and thus, you can have a happy shopping experience.
  • Go through the customer reviews and research materials: Ensure that you go through the customer reviews of the product. This is a feature that is not available in local stores. So why not take advantage of it? Look at the reviews to determine how satisfied the customers who have already bought it are. This will give you a clear idea of the quality of the outfit. Also, look into the type of material. It would be really frustrating to receive a dress that looks amazing but feels like sandpaper on your skin. As you are unable to touch the fabric and distinguish the texture of the outfit by looking at the pictures on an online ballet store, it would be advisable to familiarise yourself the fabric content before hitting the buy now button.

 With these tips, you are all set to buy your perfect new ballet outfit from an online ballet store. All you need to take care of is the date of delivery of the product. As it is an online store, it may take a little time for the item reaching you after you have ordered it. So, make sure you do not procrastinate on the buying process and treat it as a priority instead. Make sure you look into the return policies on the online ballet store and schedule your purchase with a margin of a few days before the performance.

This blog post was guest written by Mary Mathis. Follow her on the links provided below.

Let’s en-visage it… My blog wouldn’t be ‘my blog’ if I didn’t review some Nip + Fab every few months, would it? No, exactly!

Anyone want to know what I’m doing right now? I’m writing this post as I watch Love Island. #TeamCamilla #TeamMontana (and that’s not just because they’re the only single girls). I honestly love them. They deserve good, passionate love.

Back to Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot, I love it! It’s my new favourite beauty product. I cannot be without it… Together with facial yoga, this makes sure I look like a newborn baby. #Obsessed

This highly potent blurring gel expertly hides pores and smooths out lines, creating the appearance of a retouched finish. Just two drops help achieve a flawless skin.

The formula is of a white cream-gel based consistency which glides on the skin but seeps in quickly. Ahem, that, right there, was spoken like a true dermatologist.

Apparently, you’re supposed to mix it with a serum or moisturiser – I have tried doing this – and not doing this – both have worked well. The feeling after application is refreshing. It’s also very cooling and firming. There is no burning or intense tightening sensations which you might expect from a product like this. It’s just nice.

The packaging is of standard Nip + Fab quality. I specifically love the khaki green on black colour scheme. #WINNING

The only thing I’m not a fan of is the dropper… I don’t know why but I reckon it actually hates me. I have found that there is no middle ground with it. It either drops the WHOLE entire solution in just one squeeze or a mere third of one pump. Wagwan with that?! Nip + Fab, sort it! (please and thanks). ❤️

Other than the pump, the packaging gets an: ‘ace of hearts like a pack of cards’ rating. Poetic genius isn’t me. I would love someone to write me a poem, though… Poems are so sweet, aren’t they? I mean, it doesn’t need to be Shakespearial, just a stanza or a rhyming phrase would do… 😌

While I ponder how this post has gone from Nip + Fab, to Love Island, back to Nip + Fab, and now poems/Shakespeare… (Oh, I can’t even with myself.) Read on… (If you want to, ’cause I don’t want to tell you what to do.)

A question that might be on your mind: “Do I know if real snakes were used to make it?” No, but I’m assuming probably not. I hope not, anyway.

To be fair, it doesn’t smell like snakes (?)  not that I’d have a Jimmy Riddle of clue about what a snake actually smells like… Who do you think I am, Steve Irwin’s ancestor 78 times removed?! #Restraint

In all seriousness, the results are stratospheric (check me out, using BIG words now! Mum, look what you raised! 😘)…

I don’t know if it’s a psychological thing (wanting it to do the trick), or if facial yoga has started paying off, but my nasalobial creases have started to diminish! Like, for REALS! 😄 *cries my face off with happiness*

As I try to remember what I wanted to write in this post (but fail) or its purpose, feel free to read some other weird posts courtesy of yours truly (which coincidentally is also my own truly). I never did understand why it’s referred to as “yours truly”. Who’s ‘truly” and why is anyone theirs? Weird, huh? One of life’s most unanswered questions…

Legit, I don’t actually know what’s going on with this post… Is it a revelation? A journey into my somewhat strange mind? Or is it just informative, entertaining and #bblogger-ish? Who knows…

So, I’ll just leave it here… It’s called ‘Blurring Shot’ for a reason. Think: Robin Thick. Think: #BlurredLines. Them lines so blurred that you’d think your own reflection is a hallucination. Yeah. You’re welcome! Night.

Forever yours (or my own),

Miamii

God’s blessings to you, and you, and you!

Xo

I want to thank inamessyworld.wordpress.com for awarding all of the blogs that they follow (including Beauty Bae) the Real Neat Blog award. Here’s my message to inamessyworld, the world can’t be too messy if you’ve just won a NEAT award. 😉

Anyway, thanks for the nomination and I’ll get cracking with answering your questions as best but probably ‘worst’ – knowing me (knowing you, HAHA 😆🎶)!

Right, first, let’s discuss the discussting rules:

1) tag/link The Nominator, ’cause they’ll “be BACK!” Arnold, is that you?

2) Thank them profusely.

3) Mention these rules.

4) Answer the questions they asked (to the best of your ability).

5) Come up with questions of your own…

6) Keep this chain going by nominating others, linking them into the post.

7) Tell your nominees about the fact that you nominated them, or don’t – ain’t nobody going to tell you what to do!

So, without further ado, much ado about LOTS OF THINGS! Here goes EVERYTHING:

What made you start blogging?

I’d like to say that I wasn’t a complete and utter nerd who knew how to code basic HTML into web servers at the age of 13, but – I can’t… I was. I loved writing, I loved web design and I loved the idea that I can write and people can read it from all over the world. Not much has changed on that front.

What would you change about yourself?

I wouldn’t have these nasalobial creases or lines at the age of 25, FFS! Do you know the length of time I take out of my day to not blog, not eat, not work and not tweet – just do FACIAL YOGA?! I mean, if I wasn’t rendered undatable before, I sure as HECK don’t look datable when I’m massaging/applying acupressure on my own face or suppressing air in my cheeks like a chipmunk.

What are your aspirations?

My aspirations are to meet bae, get married, have a couple of kids, and just live past my life expectancy. Ain’t asking for much, am I? I obviously have career aspirations, like crawl up that ladder like a baby learning to walk for the first time and/or further establishing myself as a journo – but, I’m in control of that. I am my own leader in that. The rest is fate and God’s work.

What has been your biggest struggle?

Real. The struggle is: REAL. Mick taking aside, I’m sure I hvs plenty of struggles, I just really don’t have time to A) list them all or 2) think about them. They are struggles and I’m able to overcome them.

Also, if I’ve yet to take a Mick that you know, leave their details in the comments section. I’ll be holding Mick-Taking auditions in a theatre near you to see who’ll qualify…

If you could choose one celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?

Hmm, definitely the funniest person to exist… The founder of Klingon Klangton.

Name one thing you fear:

Being a 70 year old virgin. 🙈😂🤣😩 I mean, there’s a film about a 40 year old one but ain’t nobody reached senior level and still not got ‘it’ – other than Nuns, of course! 🙏

Your favourite song?

Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye… Yeah, okay… Calm down! Before you ask, no, I’m not entirely sure what this means… But, I do know that I’m NOT frustrated! I have self-control and standards, thanks. I want ‘The One’ not EVERYONE.

My questions to my nominees:

What do you look for when reading/following other blogs?

Where do you like to be professionally/personally in 5 years time?

Why did you choose to specialise in the subject that you’re currently blogging about?

In what ways does your blog inspire those who read its posts?

What do you think is your best trait?

Would you consider video-blogging (if you don’t do it already)? If you do, list three things you love most about your vlog.

Mention three of your favourite bloggers/vloggers and explain your reasons why they inspire you.

How would you know if you’ve ‘made it’?

* why is Bae such an absolute SPICE?! 😍 Just, leave me here to swoon like a swan at his EVERYTHING. Legitimitisly.

My nominees:

Everyone who reads this and wants to get involved… I’ll probably mention a few of you in a tweet (to nominate you personally) too.

Cup o Coffee

Hello!

Today has been one of those days where I literally couldn’t wait to blog… So, here I am, staying true to my word and blogging!

Let’s have a minute’s LOUDNESS to remember the wonderfulness of LUSH’s Cup O’ Coffee… Yeah, this post is a bit late, but, then again, so’s someone’s period somewhere… Congratulations! 🍼👶 #BabyBoom

Anyway, moving Tay Tay Swift-ly on, below is my honest review of Cup O’ Coffee.

Just around the corner there’s a rainbow in the sky. So let’s have another cup o’ coffee and let’s have another piece o’ pie! If you’re a sucker for the strong, dark, stimulating type, take a shot of this coffee infusion filled mask to the face. Wake up and invigorate the skin with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil combine to create an addictive fragrance. Smooth over face and body, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water for your daily fix.

Do you love coffee? If not, umm, you’re currently in the wrong place…

Before we get cracking (like an egg on a pavement), and in keeping with the theme, here’s something I don’t understand: Cappuccino flavoured crisps. Something I might be able to understand, though, is Cup O’ Coffee! It’s apparently a mask (not one of LUSH’s refrigerated fresh ones). However, I’ve been using it as a scrub.

The coffee granules are very, very softening, smoothening and thankfully, un-pore-blockable. I’m only mentioning this because Dark Angels did that, which is why I resorted to using it as makeshift toothpaste. Having said that, if you, like me, love using Dark Angels on your skin but are finding that the black sugar/charcoal granules are getting stuck in your pores, washing with lukewarm-mildly hot water melts them away. #TopTip

What does the formula look like? Uh, it depends whether you’ll request to take me on Jeremy Kyle for a lie-detector afterwards…

If an appearance on Jezza is beneath you, it looks LOVELY! Extremely good. If, on the other hand, you’d love a trip to Media City to meet the man himself, Graeme & Security Steve, I have no option but to be honest and say: it looks like a gloopy crushed coffee bean poopy!

What does it smell like? Pandas (after they’ve eaten the finest of bamboo)… 🤣 Coffee, of course!

Look, it doesn’t take much to please me… Upon first application, I fell in love with its smell, before realising that it’s just coffee and that I should be getting out more (taking my nose with me as I leave).

‘No manure Sherlock’ when I tell you that coffee smells like coffee and that it’s by no means anywhere as good as what bae’s aftershave/cologne would smell like.

What does it feel like? As though crushed coffee beans are being lathered upon every crevice of your facial exterior… It’s scrubby and lovely on the skin, during and post-wash.

One thing to mention: it tastes slightly weird though, not that I actively went out to taste it… It’s just, it was smeared on my face, ended up on my lips and my tongue touched the formula (purposefully by accident). Basically, if I had to describe it, I’d say it tastes like coffee mixed in with something else. A weird ‘something else’.

How to use it: wash your face, apply a generous layer of the product on it then scrub/leave on skin for 10/15 mins, before rinsing it off.

Be aware that you’ll look like you’ve smeared undigested coffee poop on your face or regurgitated tiramisu, either or… Both as attractive as each other (if that’s your sort of thing).

Final say: YES. If LUSH was proposing to me through this product, I’d be giving them a resounding YE!  I literally can’t believe that I didn’t discover this earlier…

Ingredients: probably a CUP O’ COFFEE, but don’t quote me on it.