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…

Scrub Love

Love a good charcoal scrub…

Hey, lover/s!

I’m here to tell you all about the star of last month’s GlossyboxScrub LoveThey sent me a full size sample of Scrub Love’s Detoxifying Activated Charcoal, and I’m here to review it…

Activated charcoal from bamboo stem is rich in silica and absorbs all the pollutants from your skin. French Green Clay exfoliates and tightens pores, while controlling excess oil. Packed with cucumber seed oil that is bursting with tocopherols and essential minerals to leave your skin glowing and nourished.

100% natural, paraben & SLS free, no plastic microbeads, never tested on animals, & vegan friendly.

In case you’ve missed it, today’s Father’s Day – and Scrub Love describes this as “the detox daddy”. Is it? To put it quite bluntly, yes.This is probably the best scrub I have used. I actually used it before applying Cocoa Carter.

What do I love about it? The fact that it wasn’t tested on animals, features no parabens and is 100% natural. Also, the loose granules transform into a liquidy-paste when they come into contact with water. The exfoliating feeling of the granules as they rub against the skin, cleansing the skin from within. The refreshing scent and sensation that the infusion of cucumber and bamboo gave. Finally, the texture, touch and look of my skin after I’ve washed with it. It left my skin so soft, clean and detoxified. Honestly, I love it.

What didn’t I like? There’s only 100g in the packet… Don’t get me wrong, it lasts (and the packet is resealable) but I just don’t want it to ever end.

How do you use it? Wash your face, scoop up some granules and apply them on your face, leave for five minutes and then rinse off.

That’s literally it. Try it, and let me know your thoughts.

Although London is currently experiencing a lovely little heatwave, my skin is anti that… 😢 It doesn’t tan, like, at all!

I’ve been to Switzerland, twice, and Barcelona once. Each time, I only discovered that I’d (very slightly) tanned when my skin peeled a week or two after getting back…

Oh, and Vitamin D doesn’t help either – but then again, neither do tanning beds (as I’m major scared that a) I’d get stuck in one, b) I’d catch a germ-related disease from sitting in one, c) I’d get skin cancer or d) that it’d explode with me inside).

Jheeze. That escalated quickly. Damn, should’ve taken the lift. I also feel the need to say that I’m not always this morbid, I promise.

Anyway, so far we have established that I’m not great at being a Lebanese British Polar Bear (most days, weeks, months, and years) nor am I great at naturally or unnaturally tanning.

Don’t even get me started on those gradual tanning creams… I’ll be applying those until I’m 80 still trying to “gradually” tan to no avail. At that age, I’d probably catch a glimpse of a Cheeto-skinned woman in my reflection and think to myself: “WHO DAH?!” That’s legit how long it’d take… With that in mind, my only option is to mousse it on like some (hum)mousse-apien. I love hummus, and people. ❤️

Three paragraphs into this post, and I can finally assure you that Cocoa Brown’s Gradual Self Tanning Mousse is my new saving grace.

Although I’ve just recently invested in it (even though I’d been meaning to for YEARS), I can already see a difference which I couldn’t wait to blog about…

All in all, I love the golden glow that I get from it. True to its word, I transformed from ‘Miamii the anti-sun tanning human being’, to ‘Miamii who’s just got back from Saint Tropez where she overdosed on Mojitos and ate plenty of them enchiladas’ in as little as an hour.

My skin now looks the way it would after countless minutes  spent applying the X-Pro II filter and regulating the hue and saturation of my selfies to (my version of) perfection on Instagram. #NoFilter.

Thanks, Marissa!

Packaging: pink, sparkly and glamorous.

Streaks: none (unless you count the ones you’ll find in between your fingers if you apply it mittless).

Appearance: sun-kissed with a glow… The sun smooches your skin so hard that it catches feelings!

What you’ll need: a tanning mitt (so your hands don’t streak).

How long does it take to dry: It’s pretty quick drying.

How long does it last? I applied it this morning, and it says that it lasts for 7 days – so I’ll update you all then.

Simple Cleansing Wipes

I’ve got to admit that I went through a phase where everything skincare was from Simple. However, it was only after going to a dermatologist that I realised it’s very damaging to my skin.

The dermatologist who I visited explained to me that although Simple is cleansing and clearing, this is because it features ingredients that you’d find in household cleaning products. What this means is, Simple products are multi-purpose and can be used on your skin and your kitchen countertop. 😑

This is when you realise that Simple’s slogan “kind to skin” doesn’t just mean human skin but the skin of your cooker, toilet and/or washing machine.

Personally, I wouldn’t choose to wash my face with Mr Muscle nor would I take my make-up off using stainless steel wipes, so I’m not going to be going back to Simple, ever again.

You might be wondering why I hadn’t blogged about this sooner, there’s no real reason. I had just forgotten about it and was too busy trying out other products. But, I remembered coming across some Simple wipes in Superdrug recently and thought: ‘damn! I should write up a piece to warn people who suffer from sensitive skin (that might be considering using it.’

Your favourite cleansing wipes are now softer than ever before, and with Aqua-lock technology every wipe will be as fresh as the first. Merciless on make-up. Softer than silk

The above quote was taken from Simple’s website (about the wipes)… 

Anyway, back to the story of the dermatologist, after the skin test… I found out that my skin had become incredibly sensitive and was at a higher risk of damage. My dermatologist urged me to stop using it and I did so (right away).

Sadly, although my skin felt more sensitive and raw when exposed to the sun, I probably wouldn’t have known of the damage without speaking to the dermatologist. I mean, it’s not like London is Saint Tropez from June-September, is it?

I have done some research, looking into the ingredients, and found that the three most  harmful (as featured in Simple products) are:

PEG-50 cleans the skin but is “also known to contain harmful impurities that can lead to organ system toxicity”
Hexylene glycol: “widely used in industrial and household cleaners and can be a mild skin irritant”
 Methylparaben “which forms a group of parabens that over the last 10 years has been in the press a lot due to the link with breast cancer and endocrine disruption. There has also been links with contact dermatitis.”
Having said that, there are a lot more…
In the lead up to writing this post, I read a few blogger reviews of Simple products (to see how their responses differed to mine). I’m not going to lie, I did come across a fair few were negative… This shocked me. I honestly thought the majority loved Simple! Some explained that Simple led them to break out in rashes or acne-type spots while others mentioned skin sensitivity.
That’s all from me (on Simple) for now, what are your thoughts? Talk to me.

Father's Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day! Whether you’re lucky enough to still have your father in your life or not, this weekend is your chance  to show your appreciation for all the things they’ve done for you over the years.

One thing to keep in mind, fathers aren’t always blood/biological, they can be someone who you look up to who has the characteristics of a father. Respect to those raising another man’s child as their own or supporting someone as though they’re their own. Kudos.

Having said that, it’s a known fact that fathers are very tricky to buy for… So, I’m going to try to help you come up with some cool gift ideas for yours.

Customised products:

Make a gift personal by customising it… Is your dad a fan of beer/coffee? A good idea’d be to order them a customised pint glass or coffee mug. You can plaster a photo of yourself across it, or even engrave some quotes/poems/names into it.

Failing that, is he into fashion? Why not get him a personalised hoodie or some matching father (and son/daughter) t-shirts? Alternatively, a nice pair of socks wouldn’t go amiss – you could customise these too…

Awards:

Is your father (or father figure) the ‘Best Dad in the World’? A trophy is something he may very much appreciate… This’ll also make a great addition to the mantelpiece.

DIY:

Another idea, a very sentimental one at that, would be to glue/put together a collage of family photographs from your birth until now? This is a very creative and touching idea. Alternatively, you could buy a notebook and write/draw all of the most memorable moments you shared together – sort of like a diary of memories.

Generic gift ideas:

A card, a bottle of his favourite wine, a wallet, a gift hamper, a bottle of his favourite cologne..?

Is he not into gifts or sentimental stuff? That’s fine, take him out for a casual drink or a meal? You could also book tickets for him to see his favourite artist/s in concert? If that’s not enough, you could take him to a museum, art gallery etc…

Whether you can afford to splash out or not, it’s the thought that counts. He loves you and’ll appreciate all the effort you went to to make it special.

To those who are celebrating their first Father’s Day or are expecting a new arrival any day now, I salute you! Be the awesome dad you’re capable of being; your children are lucky to have you.