At the beginning of the year, I mentioned the best ways to pedicure from the comfort of your own home…

Lush have the best mask for the feet, and I’m here to blog about it in detail. I’m not a fan of pedicures at the salon, I’m not gonna lie – it’s really offputting to have a stranger I don’t know massaging my feet (or anywhere else)… So, I never really used to do much to my feet other than wash them and put them in hot salty water for a soak.

Anyway, as I said, I was given Volcano to try at the beginning of the year, and I loved it. I couldn’t write a full post on it, because I was given a sample sized amount of the product.

I was in Lush recently and I bought some, because I had a particularly busy day yesterday, and I thought I’d give it a proper go. I have used it twice in two days and I can’t get over how weightless it makes my feet feel and how cooling it is. Even after the mask has been applied and washed off, I can feel the mint really releasing all the heat – which is weird, because I didn’t even know I had heat inside my feet.

Volcano by Lush is not only the best (and only) foot mask I’ve ever used, but – I need to admit that I scooped a bit to apply on my facial spots… Okay… Okay! I know you’re thinking: “gross!” – but, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do… I’ve been having really painful spots. Granted, I get one at a time (thank God) but – at the age of 26 – I should be getting hardly any!

You’ll be pleased to know that the spot decreased in size and redness has dissapeared. I think this is down to the fact that it’s got mint in it. Y’all apply toothpaste on spots, right? So, a foot mask makes it okay. 🙈

This Volcano doesn’t erupt, and is the most peaceful, relaxing Volcano. Love a good one of those.

I also just realised something HUGE… M is a V with legs. Majesty.

God bless! #SoleMates #GoodSole #FightForAGoodSole

❤️

I’ve just signed up to Birchbox, primarily because I saw the packaging of this month’s one had flowers on it, was red and looked majestic.

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her botanical businesses fix…

Also, this is sort-of but also probably-not good news for you guys & doll faeces because I’ll be blogging about all products each month. If £10 is leaving my cardboard cut-out each month, this might just give me a forced incentive to blog. Not that I need to be forced… I love blogging, it’s honestly one of my favourite things to do, I just haven’t been finding the time. But, with Birchbox coming… I promise to make time.

I really don’t know what else to say… So, Birchbox. Thanks. Perch on a Birch like your name’s Bert. Stay outside of the Box. I’m welcome.

Finally, apparently – all of December’s items (in the Birchbox: ICYMI) are full-size. Hopefully this one proves better than Glossybox, ’cause that was a box full of complete and utter stupidity towards the end of my subscription.

Known fact: if Birchbox put a comb in one of their monthly boxes, I’ll make phantom babies with the founder — man or woman, I don’t care… In the likely event that the founder is in fact a woman, we’ll make a biological anomaly.

The most FINAL of finallies, Birchbox have partnered with a Matthew Willimanson this time.  I don’t even know who Matthew Williamson is… To me, it just sounds like someone picked names out of a sorting hat and put them together. 2 trillion percentages it arrives and I’m going to pretend I know what Matthew Williamson does for a living. So you see, as a blogger, I really know my stuff.

Matthew Williamson x Birchbox = I’m just here for the full-size Nip & Fab product and plantation red, festive packaging. Equation solved.

A strong coverage compact foundation that applies as a cream and instantly dries to a silky, powder, transfer resistant finish. Perfect to build coverage in certain areas and maintain a matte finish even on dryer skin types.

Above, is the description of one of my favourite – if not my actual favourite – makeup product right now… Honestly, INGLOT’s Cream Powder is the best foundation I’ve actually ever used. I have been looking for a foundation like this for so long, and I’ve finally found it.

I used to swear by MAC’s Studio Tech because of its coverage, but it was very heavy and cakey on the skin… What’s more, it didn’t finish matte (before blotting). My skin was at times very oily and/or dewy afterwards (which I hated). I was actually looking back at photos of myself in Switzerland FIVE years ago, and my skin looked HIDEOUSLY greasy.

Anyway, back to INGLOT… INGLOT is a Polish makeup brand that has been going strong for 30 years.

Reasons I love their Cream Powder: a little goes a long way… I don’t have to re-apply throughout the day, and upon first application, I don’t have to apply a lot to get a really nice, flawless coverage. Also, it doesn’t leave your face looking cakey or greasy, at all.

Let’s talk shade ranges, shall we? There are 15 shades to choose from. Price? £8. EIGHT POUNDS. You’re welcome.

It’s perfection. Honestly, girls/guys. This foundation is amazing, affordable oh, and – it is refillable (part of INGLOT’s’ Freedom System’). This means that you don’t have to keep buying the compact…

Freedom System is a unique solution that enables you to fit all your favourite makeup products into one handy and environment-friendly reusable palettes.

Eyeshadows, powders, blushes, lipsticks, concealers, eyebrow products and cream perfumes available in refills give you a chance to create your own personalised makeup palette.

Oh, yes… Finally, this is the brand that is used most on Broadway. Basically, if you try this – you’ll be wearing stage makeup.  The LION KING-esque makeup.

We are involved in large scale projects on Broadway including musicals like Mamma Mia, PIPPIN, The Lion King, or The Cripple of Inishmaan, to name just a few..

Please remember, Beyoncé has been signed to play in the live-action remake of Lion King… Not saying much apart from, if you want to feel like Beyoncé, get yourself one of these. 😍

Love.

First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

I check them all at the same time… My phone has three screens ready for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This is probably also not entirely factual.

First broken/fractured bone?

Ankle. I did this by not doing parkour. I was running for the bus: I ran, tripped, sprained my ankle… went to the hospital to be told I’d fractured it previously, in another accident (probably horse riding, because I lived life on the WILD WILD WEST side back then). Now, I’m in bed by 17:30 GMT. #ThugLyf

First foreign country you ever visited?

Sierra Leone. I lived there for eight years.

First Instagram, twitter or Facebook post?

Funny story… Apart from MySpace and Instagram, I didn’t create any of my existing social media accounts. An old school friend signed me up to Facebook and my lecturer created my Twitter profile. It’s kind of weird because I literally LIVE on those social-media sites now.

First make-up item?

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. I thought it was fashionable to wear the whole jar.

First plane ride you ever went on?

From Lebanon (where I was born) to the UK, I was a few days old.

First time I ever got into trouble at home and school?

A stupid fool that I went to school with ran and  pushed me into the maths building entrance door that was unhinged (which fell and broke) and it was caught on tape. It was hysterical looking back because my Timberland shoe flew across the playground and I just stood there in my sock whilst my best friends and fellow peers laughed at me.

The headmistress threatened to make me pay for the door even though I actually didn’t break it.

First time you were allowed to put on make-up?

At the age of 11. My mum didn’t really know… She hates me wearing makeup.

First YouTuber you subscribed to?

I don’t subscribe, I just stalk/watch. Oh, wait… You mean vlogger? Jenna Marbles.

First time you went shopping on your own?

I don’t… I mean, I buy food when I’m by myself but nothing else…

My first cooking experience?

I took Cooking class at school. Loved it.

My first crush?

A boy at my school who I’d known from year 3 or something… So embarrassing!

My first ever cell phone?

The 3310.

My first fear?

Heights. I cannot stand being suspended in mid-air at a height… Saying that, I can’t even climb a ladder though…

My first friend in college? (You mean uni?)

A girl called Nikky. She’s awesome.

My first Instagram post?

I can’t remember. I deleted pictures that I’d taken from when I first got Instagram because the camera quality was rubbish.

My first internet activity?

MySpace. It has to be MySpace.

My first job?

I worked at WHSmith. I had it in my head that I wanted to be a journalist, which I am now… So, stacking other people’s publications made sense.

My first language?

English and Creole. But, my mother tongue is Arabic.

My first love?

A good guy who doesn’t want any trouble.

My first pet?

A dwarf Hermann tortoise called Smurf.

My first piercing and when did I get it?

Ears. I was very young. Can’t remember the age because I don’t even think I could talk…

My first sexual experience?

Yet to happen, babes! Sorry to disappoint you. I’d love nothing LESS than to divulge about such experiences…

My first swear word?

I remember thinking “bloody” was a swear word when I was five, if that helps? 🙈

My first tattoo?

Four leaf clover on my wrist.

My first thought today?

A gouda guy who wants no trouble at all.

My first toy?

A wish-upon-a-star doll that my dad bought me for Christmas. It sang and had a magic wand. ❤️

My first tweet?

You want me to go through 34.2K tweets? Not today… Maybe tomorrow.

My first YouTube video?

Probably me attempting to sing Shape of You by Ed Sheeran.

My online profile picture?

Reference to Bae.

The first book I remember reading?

Kensuke’s Kingdom is the first book I ever read and by far my favourite.

The first concert I even attended?

Black Sabbath. I got SO TURNT THAT DAY that I didn’t TURN UP! 😂

I WISH it was something interesting like that… No, it was Capital Summertime Ball.🙈  I went with my BFF though. ❤️

The first movie I remember seeing?

Sound of Music. I watched that film all the time with my dad growing up…

The first person I talked to today?

My mum. ❤️

The first person you text when something exciting happens?

The first person I text about when I’m excited? The good guydoe who doesn’t want any trouble at all.

The first person I text when something exciting happens? My mum and my BFF in a double text.

The first text I sent today?

It was probably about a good guy who doesn’t want any trouble.

The first thing I do every morning?

Check out Bae.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Check out Bae.

The first time you ever got drunk?

I have never been drunk in my life. I’ve been HELLA tipsy… That just includes me giving change to waiters/waitresses. (or falling asleep at random intervals such as EVERY interval). I had three sips of a cocktail once and my neck was like Stretch Armstrong. I also had one sip of wine once and entered the Twilight zone. My favourite thing is Bailey’s in hot chocolate or milkshakes and Malibu in cokes (the drink, thank God).

The first wedding I attended?

I don’t remember. A family one, I think? I was really very young. My mum used to take us to them all the time.

When did you go to your first party?

My mum held parties for me and my school friends on my birthday.

When did you have your first sleepover?

When I was a teen… What, you want the exact date? 13th October.

First time I got a speeding ticket?

Me no drive nor own a car. I have learned but I’m genuinely shook of hurting pigeons and pissing off other drivers because I am VERY slow. 🙈

First time I got in a fist fight?

I have never been in a physical fight. I try to limit physical contact with people as much as possible. (Unless you’re a good, good friend/family of mine, in which case – I’ll dropkick your face off and we’ll laugh about it afterwards.) 😇❤️

HI!

It’s one of my favourite days of the year, today… Thanksgiving!

To all my American friends, I wish you the bestest of Thanksigivings! I hope you’re full of joy, prosperity, luck, good health, delicious food, and festive cheer (on all days, but today a little more).

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the materialistic of lives, not remembering what days like today are all about…

Today is the day for giving thanks, and just being happy with the priceless things we have … the people we’re accompanied by on this mad journey called ‘life’; along with the underrated blessings, big or small… Being thankful is free. We can all do it. It’s the act of being grateful and understanding that we are blessed beyond measure, every day.

Hold the people in your lives close, be extra nice to them and show them you care, because honestly – life is too short.

The finer things in life are the only things we’re left with, so make sure your finer things are the finest of things.

Love,

Miamii

Xoxox