My eyebrow game is STRONG

This is an appreciation post for my new eyebrow lady. I don’t actually know her name yet, therefore she will remain anonymous for the time being, but what a legend she is.

I’ve been to see her twice thus far because my last eyebrow lady seems to be going on 6 month holidays twice a year! Lucky babe! I mean, how else would you explain never being in your place of work without a reason? I went to her salon on several ocassions in the space of 4-6 months and she was constantly “off on holiday”. She took my eyebrow game with her to Lanzarote and left me with Epping Forest growing under my forehead and above my eye. 😭

This post isn’t about my old eyebrow lady (who by the way is very sweet and lovely – albeit selfish! 😂).

My new eyebrow lady though – amazing. I’ve been to see her twice. The first time she saw me, she was like “OMG!” I was like: “tell me about it, girlfriend!” Then she says: “do you not have one regular eyebrow lady? Your eyebrows seem to be all over the place…” I could’ve got offended by that comment, but it takes a lot to get me offended so I just replied with: “does it LOOK LIKE I DO?” – in a more sincere tone. The cheeky so-and-so! Anyway, she tried pulling it back by saying: “no, it’s just there’ve been some chunks taken out in the top and bottom.” FML! Never tweeze them yoursleves unless you’re a pro, girls! I was so worried that she wouldn’t be able to fix it, but I’d worn a fringe for much of the year anyway that I could just put it down to cover what lay beneath…

Cut a longer than this story short (I could go on forever, but I’ll spare you because it’s Christmas, Hannukah and almost the New Year), she sorted my eyebrows out there and then, HURRAY! I loved what I saw then so much that I pulled my ‘at a really annoying length-stage’ fringe back and enjoyed showing off my new stronger than ever ‘eyebrow game’ whilst also getting some much anticipated (and needed) fresh air to my previously suffocated forehead pores.

The second time I saw her, today, she sorted them out even more as the “missing chunks” had started growing. YAY for hair growth in the right places! I love how feathered they look. You can see each hair strand by strand. 😍

*will upload a photo later when I look less like Frankenstein’s wife 1000 times divorced instead of removed*

My eyebrow lady is boss. She better not go on holiday or else I’m going with her – the beach. I legit will just invite myself and when I see her I’ll just shout: “fancy seeing you here *insert name here*, want to do my eyebrows here on the sun-lounger as we sip on some pina coladas and catch a golden glow or two?”

Love and light,

Miamii xxx

Me in Switzerland after I lost some weight specifically for the holiday, last year.

Today was my second day attending my new gym. I met a personal trainer who seems absolutely incredible. She’s a life coach, nutritionist and a PT. She is actual ‘goals’! I love how positive she is, how empathetic she is and her view of health and fitness made so much sense. She wasn’t chatting for the sake of it or thinking with her purse… She was speaking to me the way a friend would. Advising me, for FREE!

She was so easy to talk to that I admitted to her that I struggle to stay motivated and continue with a fitness routine because I get bored. I also told her that I love to eat sweets and drink sugary things (on occasion, regular occasions) – which in my opinion – is half way to sorting the problem.  Before, I couldn’t even tell a personal trainer that I eat the wrong foods or don’t exercise regularly. But, I realise now that I wasn’t fooling anyone because they’re not stupid. They could tell, especially after getting out of breath after a 1 minute and a half’s run on a treadmill…

For the first time, I was honest and I told her that I’ve wasted PTs time (previously) and that I don’t want another one yet because I’m still not ready. She just said “it’s a journey” and I’ve got to want it before committing – which is so true (and I knew that anyway but it never really dawned on me).

All I know is that I could’ve waited for my new trainers to be delivered (which still haven’t been dispatched even) before I started going to the gym, but I didn’t. I went in my old trainers because I’m motivated now. I want to change my shape, my mind, my body and my soul. All of those change when we start exercising. We think clearer, perform better and become even better versions of ourselves.

The moral of this post is: don’t put something off. Don’t find an excuse. Do it. Go. Don’t wait for the New Year or a new day to start a fresh. Do whatever you want to do now. If you don’t do it at the time you promised yourself you would, you’ll either forget or get lazy.

Another pearl of wisdom from PT lady:

don’t lose weight or tone up for a wedding, a party or a holiday. Do it for your future and most of all – do it because you want to continue afterwards.

I have done this plenty of times. The issue with that is that I’d put on the weight and then some after I lose it. Losing weight too quick is never good. Take your time, don’t expect a quick fix.

Apparently, you’re going to need to go to the gym three times a week for 3months before you see a visable difference in your shape. I’m going to attempt to go everyday. Even if I just go on the cross trainer. I mean, when work finishes for the day – what’s my excuse for not going to the gym? I’ve got time. I was just lazy.

This is my pledge that I’m going to dedicate an hour a day to the Cross Trainer and Treadmill followed by a sauna and steam session. If I can get on the rowing machine or weights (which the latter will be the death of me) – even better!

I also met the Zumba instructor who invited me to a class next week. See, I love Zumba but I stopped going because I don’t know how to dance and I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in a room full of Samba-ers. However, I’m going to go. I’m going to challenge myself to learn to dance and I’m going to get in shape, tone up and above all, get healthier. Even if I don’t learn to dance, I’ll just move around, sweat buckets and hope for the best.

There’s no better a time to start than now – after all, tomorrow is never promised.


Miamii xxx

Mint Julius

Chapped lips aren’t and never will be the norm. Us being in the early Winter season doesn’t help… But, we can do something about it. There are plenty of lip scrubs (and petroleum jellies) that can help get rid of dead skin on and/or around the lip.

My favourite has to Lush’s Mint Julips. It’s basically granulated sugar mixed with Jojoba and Peppermint oils (allegedly has chocolate in it too although I can’t taste it). It’s actually divine. I apply it onto my lips and straight away can feel that they’re moisturised. I must admit that it’s very hard not to lick my lips afterwards as the formula tastes like pepperminty sugar. 😋

A gentle lip scrub with more than a hint of mint humbug about it. Turn chapped lips into mint-choc chip lips: warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combine with real sugar crystals give your lips (and tastebuds) a service, leaving them primed for smooth lipstick application. As soon as you gently rub Mint Julips on your lips, you’ll feel its invigorating peppermint oil tingling away while the sugar crystals buff away any flaky skin.

The last and only time I’d previously bought a lip scrub from Lush was when I purchased Bubblegum. I liked it to begin with until the taste started making me feel ill. I don’t know what it was, I just found it too sweet in the end. Mind you, I wasn’t overly keen on it from the off…

This one, on the other hand, is very subtle but has a nice flavour and I can’t see myself getting sick of it.

I tried Popcorn in store and it wasn’t to my taste. The Sugar Plum Fairy one (special Christmas edition) smells and tastes delicious too. I recommend it. But, for everyday use (all year/seasons round) you can’t go wrong with Mint Julips. Also, who doesn’t want their mouth/lips/breath to smell like peppermint?

Do I know where the name ‘Mint Julips’ came from? No, I do not. I’m presuming it has something to do with Tulips or just – lips? Ju might be the person who came up with its nickname…

I can imagine Julie walking into Lush HQ. “Hey, guys! Great idea! Colgate, Oral B and Sensodyne are RAKING IT IN with their dentistry franchise. So, plan is – we create a lip scrub using some leftover sugar and essential oils and sell it for less than a tenner. Our customers’ chapped lips? A thing of the past. Our food, bills and luxuries? Paid for!” Win-win situ if you ask me…

Then her boss is like: “you know what, Julie? That’s a great idea! Let’s name it after you and those well-moisturised lips of yours which you used to utter that bright idea from.” Finito.

Have you tried the lip scrubs? Which one’s your favourite? Get involved in the comments section below.

Prince of Darkness Face Mask

I know that you know that I know that you know that I love applying charcoal-y things on my face (la visage). I’m always banging on about Dark Angels, Coalface and Younique’s Dextoxifying Mask, aren’t I?

Well, there’s a not-so-new but completely new to me thing for me to start banging on about now and I love it! Good luck with hearing the end of this one, lovers…

The Prince of Darkness mask from Lush combines Dark Angels with Coalface and Younique’s Detoxifying mask.

I never believed in a 3-way-conception until I discovered this! Literally, the DNA of three of my favourite products came together one fateful night/day in a kitchen or laboratory and THIS was born.

The smell of Coalface with the soft scrubbiness of Dark Angels together with the thick gooey yet smooth consistency of Younique’s Detoxifying Mask. I’m absolutely besotted. 😍

I ventured out to the Boxing Day sales yesterday and I saw it in a bowl on top of the ice in the Fresh Face Masks section, looking all charcoaly, shiny and shizz! Sadly, they didn’t have it in stock but the Lushie (sales person) gave me two samples to try (apparently, two samples = eight uses but for me it’ll be two at a push 😆).

I tried it last night for the first time, which is why I held off from reviewing it. Imagine if I reviewed it without trying it… 😂 That’d be some next phantom business! 🙈

Anyway, it applies smoothly on the face, in the exact way that Younique’s Detoxifying Mask does. The only difference between the two is that Younique’s one has a “Rice Crispy effect” as it snaps, crackles and pops afterwards and this one just stays put (I’d assume just like L’oReal’s charcoal mask). The Prince of Darkness and Younique’s Detoxifying Mask are both easy to wash off. However, with The Prince of Darkness, you can exfoliate the skin whilst washing it off – which isn’t possible with Younique’s Detoxifying Mask – because the exfoliating beads just melt away upon contact with water.

Calling all creatures of the night, we’re on a crazy train, heading straight for scrubbed up skin. Satisfy your need for a bright, matte complexion with this devilishly good facial mask, made with absorbant charcoal to cleanse from the depths. Fine sea salt and lavender oil refresh and balance your skin while Fullers Earth delivers a plumping, boosting effect, without excess moisture. Indulge in a little darkness to bring brightness to all skin tones.

To compare Dark Angels with The Prince of Darkness, they have similar ingredients such as activated charcoal (amongst others I’m sure, let’s face it, you’re not here for an ingredients breakdown are you?). But, Dark Angels has Black Sugar in it whilst The Prince of Darkness has Sea Salt granules. Obviously, Dark Angels is coarse and scrubby whilst this one is smooth and gently exfoliating.

Check the website for the list of ingredients before buying in case you’re allergic to anything. If in doubt, go in store and ask, they’re always really friendly and helpful.

You’ll remember that I posted about Winter Redness Skin Cures last month. Well, I’d like to add this to the list… I had a dry chin and nose, remember? Now, I don’t. This moisturises enough but gets rid of the excess sebum. 😂 ‘Sebum’ is a cracking word that never fails to make me laugh.

I can’t get enough of The Prince of Darkness face mask. It has absolutely everything I need in a mask. I love that it plumps and uplifts my skin too (thanks to Fuller’s Earth). So, it’s kinda like Ayesha (another face mask from Lush). Literally – this is the answer to all of my face mask prayers. I didn’t even know I prayed to Santa and his people about face masks, but apparently I had. Wow. He answered in 2015 but I only found out this Christmas… Better late than never, eh?

Whether Ozzy Osbourne uses Lush face masks is neither here nor there, but as far as I know, it’s named after him.

Love and light (not darkness),

Miamii xxx