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Essential Waitrose: 4 in 1 Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes

I’m posting this review mainly because I’m annoyed at false advertising and don’t understand why it’s “a thing”.

Usually, I buy No. 7 wipes because they’re pretty good for my skin and I’ve had no reaction. I like how they do the job pretty well and don’t boast about doing it perfectly or getting it 100%. I use the wipes to remove most of my make-up leaving the eye area as I know that they’re not strong enough to withstand my heavily mascaraed and eyelinered eyes.

This time though I wanted to try something different (nothing to do with being too lazy to go to Boots and pick up a new packet, okay?).

Waitrose‘s branded 4-in-1 cucumber facial wipes  (which smell DIVINE by the way) are ones that I’ve only just discovered.

The wipes themselves are really good for the budget first and foremost (at under 80p a pack), cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, even my eyeliner rubbed off without smudging or leaving a faint black mark.  That’s high praise indeed as I haven’t seen wipes work that well on my Maybelline Master Kajal eyeliner previously.

But, they let me down in one way and one way only. Waitrose seems to have falsely advertised that these wipes remove “waterproof mascara” and my mascara – which it half-claimed to remove – was still on after several attempts of removal.

Look, as I said and will keep saying, they’re good wipes! For their affordable price, they feel good on the skin, leave it well-moisturised, smell incredible, include refreshing ingredients such as cucumber (you can always count of me to state the obvious) and I’d like to point out they removed 90% of my make-up. However, I don’t for the life of me understand why there’s a mention of removing waterproof mascara when they clearly don’t even remove a regular one. Yes, that’s right, I wasn’t even wearing waterproof mascara… I was wearing TWO COATS (which is nowhere near enough for me usually) of Benefit’s They’re Real.

To make matters worse, it’s not like this misleading piece of information is written on the back of the packaging or in small print at the bottom of the packet, oh no, it’s written slap bang in the centre of the packet (as though it was some kind of Unique Selling Point!). No, Waitrose, no. 🤦‍♀️

Top tip for anyone planning to go into business: if you think there’s even the slightest possibility that what you’re marketing won’t be able to do what you’re thinking of claiming it does, don’t claim it! Simple as a dimple.

So, all in all, they’re great wipes. I just wish Waitrose hadn’t (without a prompt) advertised that they remove waterproof mascara when – as I said – they don’t even remove the most regular of mascaras.

Would I buy them again? For the smell, price, and quality? Yes. False advertising? No.

The pros outweigh the cons on this one so of course, I would!

 

My new trainers have arrived! You may remember that I mentioned these shoes briefly in my ‘My Fitness Journey‘ post – if you follow my blog (to which I’m eternally grateful).

Yes, they were delivered this morning (Friday*) and I was pleasantly surprised because I didn’t think it was possible for them to look even better in person than they did on the website.

*I hope, ’cause I don’t actually know what day it is! I seem to have lost touch with my calendar after Christmas Day

These trainers were designed by Stella McCartney but are Adidas branded. They feel just as amazing as they look. I can go for long walks, a run, on the Cross Trainer or Treadmill – working out for an hour at a time – without getting tired or uncomfortable.

Is it wrong that I can envisage Mo Farah running in them as he competes in the 2020 Olympics before winning a few golds for Team GB? 🤣

Adidas gives you a choice of two colours… A burnt but bright Coral/Blood Orange or a White. As a lover of bold colours, I’ll give you three guesses as to which one I chose…

You want some clues? Okay then.

Think Hi-Vis jacket.

Think:  “I want to be seen by anyone and everyone as I come home from the gym at 4:30pm” (which in England resembles 12:00am at night).

There’s your answer and a picture to prove it.

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Adidas Climacool Sonic Shoes

Don’t even ask why my sheets match my trainers! I must have had the Sixth Sense and known that I’ll purchase these bad boys one day.

Climacool, I believe, suggests that they’ll keep your feet cool in any climate. The ‘Sonic’ part? I don’t know… Maybe Adidas have a penchant for or are feeling nostalgic about Sonic the Hedgehog? 🤔

Air-condition your run in the adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Sonic Shoes. Low-profile and lightweight in design, this shoe’s engineered mesh upper and boost™ energy return in the midsole keep your runs airy and energised.

In the words of the ‘Pengest Munch‘: “Crepe check!” – and no, I don’t mean Nutella & strawberries. Although, they wouldn’t go amiss to be fair.

Shout out to Stella McCartney, though, for putting the BAE in babe (and Adidas for reducing the price from over £100 to £50-something). That’s a whole 50% OFF!

P.S. these are a size five so I’ve got absolutely no idea why they look like they’d fit the female version of a BFG. It’s just as well that big feet are cool. However, they looked as though they’d be too big on me. Alas, they weren’t! Yay! My faith in Adidas was restored (although it was never lost, to begin with).

Toodles,

Miamii xxx

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Benefit: They’re Real

I bought Benefit‘s They’re Real mascara earlier this week because my lashes are in need of a new look for 2017 (and I couldn’t be bothered to go all the way to Charlotte Tilbury‘s stall in Selfridges to get her Full Fat Lashes one).

they’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

These days I’ve actually got a life, you know? It’s hard to take time off just to go to Charlotte Tilbury and pay £20-something for a mascara that I get through in two weeks and a half give or take.  Great mascara though nonetheless, the best I’ve used to date.

(If Benefit’s They’re Real proves to be better – in my opinion – I’ll be sure to declare it on here).

New eyebrows yesterday… A new style of wearing my real eyelashes today… Eye believe in miracles every day! To quote Vanilla ‘Eyes’: “Eyes, eyes baby!”

ANYHOW I find out that Benefit had applied fake lashes on the eye model before taking the After photo, I’ll be incredibly disappointed and may just cry myself to sleep tonight – after I’ve taken their mascara off – as they clearly won’t be deserving of my tears!

Happy New Year’s Eve x2 (no Adam just yet ’cause he got lost in the Garden of Eden),

Miamii xxx

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It’s an awesome mascara. My lashes actually look longer, more volumised and curly. Dare I say it, my lashes look better than they did when applying Charlotte Tilbury’s more expensive one. A lot less clumpy, and more natural looking. Check the pictures of my somewhat unusual looking eyes (in the second picture). I had the look of shock on my face when I saw my lashes with They’re Real on.

Smile with your eyes, lovers.

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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

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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.

Love,

Miamii xxx