Hey guys,

I just wanted to come online to share something in a hope that it’ll resonate with at least one of you… A few years ago, I was working for a local newspaper, covering Entertainment news. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I’m a journalist. I majored in journalism and still do it as a freelance now…

Anyway, so I was working there, on an internship, and met a teenager who was on work experience. He was just starting out and was telling me about his passion for journalism – but also how his parents don’t believe it’s the right career for him… They told him he’d be better off being a doctor (as it’s a culture thing).

Now, of course – if he, himself, wants to be a doctor, he should. But, there’s no point him playing out his family’s goals because ultimately, as cruel and harsh as it sounds, it’s his life…

Imagine if this teenager grows up being a doctor just because it’s what his family thought was best for him… Of course, saving lives is a massive thing, and a very commendable thing, but – it’s not really what he wants to be doing.

Yes, our parents and families believe in us and want what’s best for us. I’m sure his family were telling him to be a doctor because it’s a more financially stable job and one with less competitiveness (in terms of work). However, if you’re someone who’s talented, works hard, and puts the effort in, you will succeed regardless.

I told him a piece of advice which might have sounded bad to begin with, but it honestly was meant in good gest… I told him not to live his life for his family, but to live it for himself.

At the end of the day, he’s the only one going to be looking back on his life… When the day of judgement happens, or when we have that flash before our eyes… He’s going to be seeing his family’s goals, and not his own. He’ll be forever wondering what-if. He’ll grow old never knowing where his talent for writing could’ve taken him. His family, unbeknownst to them (how much he wants to be a journalist) I’m sure, would not want that.

Ultimately, our families want us to be happy and successful. They’re realists. They try to keep us grounded. It’s not that they don’t believe in us, it’s just – they want to shield us from disappointment or pain. But, at the same time, they really sometimes don’t understand how much we want something, because the need to protect us blinds them…

I will never forget his reaction to what I told him. He said: “wow! No one has ever said this to me before… I never thought like this. I’m going to talk to them, and try to help them understand.” I didn’t think he’d act on it, if I’m honest… A lot of the time people are too scared to confront people, and aren’t able to speak up for fear they’d be letting them down.

Well, I got an email from him recently. He is studying journalism at University (on his final year) and has got a placement at a newspaper.

This is proof that if you put your mind to something, no matter how huge, your determination and your willingness to achieve it along with your dedication to the craft will no doubt get you there.

If you never take anything from me, that’s fine. Just, live your life for you but respectfully understand that parents are just trying to do their jobs. Luckily, I was blessed with parents who would never force (even though that’s a very strong word) me into anything, I was always taught to go after what I want and that’s the attitude I’ll instil in my young. It’s very important.

Always support someone’s aspirations and help them reach it. Never tell them they can’t, even if you mean well and are just doing it to protect them. At the end of the day, they’ll be paying their own bills one day, and they’d prefer to pay them off with a salary they earned by doing something they love and not one they were persuaded to do.

Never, ever give up. Always have aspirations, always have goals. Go above and beyond. Be proud of all that you’ve achieved, and never stop.

Thanks,

Miamii

Xo

 

(Foundation) is easy as 1, 2, 3…

Bourjois 1.2.3. Perfect Foundation gives a flawless even complexion* for 16hrs, thanks to a new generation formula.

3 correcting pigments for zero imperfections:

Yellow pigments: Anti dark circles

Mauve pigments: Anti dull complexion

Green pigments: Anti redness

  • 24hr hydration and anti-shine: cotton flower extract
  • SPF 10
  • Medium coverage, yet lets skin breathe
  • Soft and smooth formula for a second skin finish

I really don’t know what to write about this product because I am completely and utterly butterly discombobulated. I’m sure discombobulated is the right word, but if it isn’t… I’ll make sure to eat the Oxford English dictionary tomorrow and get back to you.

I expected more from this foundation is what I’m saying… When I first applied it as a swatch, I thought it was the hornet’s elbows not even bee’s knees. Then, when I applied it on my face (which is where foundation is usually applied), it looked ‘meh’. It just looked like the average foundation, kind of a letdown… I expected more from this foundation.

For a drugstore foundation, it’s fine, it’s just not in the same league of extraordinary gentlemen as the serum one… I wanted better coverage, especially seeing as I’ve got the ENTIRE population of Australia & New Zealand’s equivalent of spots on my face currently…

Yes, it made me look less tired and evens the skin tone, but… I still wasn’t blown away by it.

If you want a foundation that makes you look less tired and evens your skin tone, get it. But, if you want a foundation that lasts and looks good even without setting it with powder, this one is not for you.

Things I did like about it: it does hydrate the skin, I’m not going to lie. Protects skin against sun damage (SPF 10) and it applies/spreads easily.

Things I didn’t like about it: it’s less than medium coverage in my opinion. I don’t know, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve got what feels like the entire population of Spotville residing on my facial exterior, but I don’t think it covered very well… Then again, maybe it’s not meant to cover. It’s main USP is the skin tone evening and 24hour hydration which (I don’t know about the 24 hour part, but it does hydrate).

What I will say though, I know you should never compare when doing product reviews but Rimmel Wake Me Up is better in my opinion. Granted, the shade ranges of that are diabolical for a Lebanese Outer Hebrides Polar Bear Eskimo Person Thing like myself, but… Still. You’re either expected to be Donald Trump or TanMom if you’re to match with Rimmel Wake Me Up’s shades. No, thanks!

Have you tried it? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below or send me mail via pigeon. I LOVE pigeons (that are domesticated, clean, sanitary, cleanly fed, don’t carry rabies and aren’t flying rodents – Baesically: doves. I love doves.)

His Royal Highness, he makes a DAMN good King… 😍

If you’re not a King, you’re probably a Queen and… AMSTAR-TING to get REALLY get back into this blog postage (& packaging).

Aloha!

I’m Bach with a post about Victoria’s most Secret venture… Fragrances. Everyone who shops at VS, shops lingerie. I don’t know many who know VS for its other stock. Firstly, its PJ (not Peanut & Jelly) selection is SOMETHING ELSE!

Alas, I’m not here to discuss this… I’m here to talk fragrance. Especially her limited-edition ‘Golden Bloom’.

Get wrapped up in limited-edition sexy-warm scents, with notes of cozy gourmand, winter woods and dark ripe fruits.

  • Golden Bloom: Warm, with warm apple and tiger orchid

  • Velvet Petals: Warm, with sweet almond glaze and creamy sandalwood

  • Dark Flora: Warm, with pomegranate and sugared woods

  • Midnight Ivy: Warm, with rum raisins and amber woods

I love perfume, but- I’m the hardest (or easiest) to please because I love both fruity and floral scents.

I can never choose. I like them all, end up choosing one, and then regret my choice. So, imagine my QUELLE SURPRISE! when I discovered that VS (the FULL ON FLAMBAE OF THE RETAIL MARKET) sells a fruit & floral hybrid body mist?! Mate. Mateo. Mattise. Matrimony. Mattress. Metamorphic rock. Igneous.

That’s another thing (that has absolutely nothing to do with sedimentary)… I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t USE TO have the tendency to overspray myself to the point where your nostrils could tell I was on my way from the Arctic (if you’re based in Australia). With “Golden Bloom”, this is no longer an issue.

That’s right, it’s a very soft and subtle scent. I’d like to say it smells like flowers and coconut. It’s honestly the most exotic thing I’ve ever smelled/smelt/s’mores. I love it.

Oh, let’s get on to my other favourite part about this… The packaging. Two trillion percent (by the time I’m 80) I’ll have the bottle’s design tattooed all over my body. My aim is to look like the Garden of Eden before I (hopefully) go there, God willing!

Okay, back to the scent itself… VS describes it as a “sexy” “forest” smell… Now, I don’t know how long you’ve been keeping up with this blog for (if you keep up with it at all), but I LOVE FORESTS!

I mean, I’d never go into one now… But, I just love the idea of them. Knowing that there’s a place where there are SO MANY TREES makes me so happy (them being cut down NOT AT ALL).

I also love what I imagine forests to smell like… Like a woodland. Oak. Fresh air. Squirrel poop. Deer wee. EVERYTHING. (probably not the two latter things before “EVERYTHING”).

Let’s take things back to VS’ description… I have to say that I didn’t really get the whole “forest” thing… Because, what forest has VS been to that smells like coconuts? Then again, I’m not a connoMansour of forests. Green houses/rooms, maybe. Forests? Not so much

In a nutshell, put Golden Bloom around your nostrils when you get the chance. You might like it. If you don’t, sorry.

I don’t usually do this and get no enjoyment out of it but: if you’re one of the 0.00000000000000000000000000001% that would like to rant about my content and how “I need to learn to distinguish truth from fiction”, email: complaint@MiamiiGivesADiarrhea.NOT

I don’t like ending (or anything-ing) with negativity, so… *watches something hysterical on YouTube/TV/streams it online* I feel like everybody should do the same. If everyone followed suit, there’d be less animosity.

MaybellineHolla at your spice rack in the kitchen!

or…

‘Hola cómo estás?!’ (as it translates in SEXY LANGUAGES)

Today marks the time that I officially get back into the swing of blogging… I have been sporadic with my postings of late, and I’m sorry. Blogging really is like therapy, so I have no real reason why I’ve left this blog dormant, but I’ve been busy with work.

Anyway, so – what better way to get back into blogging than to discuss my current fave lip product. Introducing: Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink.

Ink with Attitude.  Maybelline introduces SuperStay Matte Ink, an intense ink colour concentration, ultra-chic matte finish and flawless, 12 hour wear. With a precise arrow applicator for a smooth matte, second-skin effect in just one stroke. Statement, inked lips that last.

Maybe it’s… THE BEST THING YOU COULD EVER PUT ON YOUR LIPS! (Seriously)

I’m obsessed with not just the formula (which does not dry my lips out at all) but the shade (it’s bold AF) and packaging too. Alicia Keys weren’t alying when she said New York is where “dreams” “are made”. Full-on: YES! OUI! JA! OKAY! I’m actually infatuated with this. It’s slightly strange. Like, it’s only matte lipstick – but it’s SO GOOD and so underrated (in my opinion).

Seriously, I know I keep saying this but it’s so good. If you’re looking to try a new pink shade, and are very into matte-liquid lipsticks, do yourself a favour and invest in this, pronto.

It not only mattifies the lips but smoothens/soothes them. You know those disgusting chapped marks that some matte lipsticks leave? You get none of that with this. It’s honestly the best lip stain I have ever used. The shade, in particular, is also very flattering.

12-hour stay verdict: I’m not going to keep lipstick on my face for 12 hours to test this theory… No offences. I highly regard hygiene. So, I wash my faeces (hahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha, this word makes me laugh so hard for no reason) when I get home. However, what I can say is that it stays put. It didn’t fade easily after drinking or eating.

Other things that I love about Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink: it comes off very easily but doesn’t (to my knowledge) smudge. The applicator is pretty special as well, it’s so easy to use and applies swiftly (with one coat #anorak).

This Lip Ink is just everything. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the shade I picked up is called “Lover” and I LOVER it. It’s like a nude pink/purple – unless I’m colourblind and it’s like BRIGHT ORANGE, in which case: YES! JUST: OUI!

Put it in your basket instantaneously and don’t worry about the rest… Is I in fact going to buy all the other shadeses? OUI. JA. YES. OKAY.

Thanks,

Miamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Xo

Hey guys & dolls,

This is a quick post to get my virtual pal Niamh some help on her university assignment. I think it’s really cool and am trying to help out as much as possible.

She’s studying at University and has to create her own project, she’s decided to create a forum for fellow young school kid bloggers that are just starting out to connect and speak out about stuff that might be troubling them… So, in essence, you’ll be like a sort of mentor.

 

I think it’s this is a great idea. Bullying is real, but can in some cases be escaped from, whereas cyber-bullying remains forever. No matter how many people you block, the sad reality is, the comments always stay there. It’s stupid. We should all learn to get along or just leave each other alone. There is no room for being hurtful. You never know how a sentence you say might damage someone, so it’s best if you don’t say anything at all. Be nice or don’t say anything. Simple. It’s not hard.

Anyway, doom and gloom aside, it’s a great cause for positive reasons outside of getting help on bullying, it’s also a great place for young novice bloggers to meet and network with other bloggers who are a little bit more experienced and understand the field a bit better. Yes, the blogging world is always changing, but there are certain themes that always stay the same. Giving novice bloggers a stepping stone or a helping hand, the way we should’ve been when we first started, is so rewarding!

Do you want to be a mentor and help Niamh out? Follow her on Twitter @Niamhyyy99 or check out her blog here. Alternatively, email her directly on: grabacuppanm@hotmail.com.

From what I understand, she needs a couple more mentors and also some 12-14 year old bloggers to take part in the forum itself. If you fit either bills, drop her a line. Oh, and – stay classy. We need to come together, not tear each other down.

I wanted to finish by giving major kudos to Niamh herself. This is such a great idea.

I know it’s only virtual, but Niamh is honestly such a lovely little blogger who shows a lot of promise. She’s got a bright future ahead of her!

Her idea to set up this little forum is such a sweet gesture and is sure to be a huge success.

The youngsters of the internet need more support than any of us. If we support them and nurture them, they’ll go on to do great things… But, if we leave them to  endure the wrath of stupid people who have no life outside of belittling and acting like hungry, mentally/physically frustrated keyboard warriors, we take away any chance of that.

Help. Always. In all the ways. Whether it’s reporting or blocking an account or telling an adult, do your bit where you can.

Don’t let those being trolled suffer by just reading the thread and watching it unfold. If all you’re doing is watching/reading, you’ve played a part in it. Remember that.

Love,

Miamii

Xo