Skincare

Cup o Coffee

Hello!

Today has been one of those days where I literally couldn’t wait to blog… So, here I am, staying true to my word and blogging!

Let’s have a minute’s LOUDNESS to remember the wonderfulness of LUSH’s Cup O’ Coffee… Yeah, this post is a bit late, but, then again, so’s someone’s period somewhere… Congratulations! 🍼👶 #BabyBoom

Anyway, moving Tay Tay Swift-ly on, below is my honest review of Cup O’ Coffee.

Just around the corner there’s a rainbow in the sky. So let’s have another cup o’ coffee and let’s have another piece o’ pie! If you’re a sucker for the strong, dark, stimulating type, take a shot of this coffee infusion filled mask to the face. Wake up and invigorate the skin with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil combine to create an addictive fragrance. Smooth over face and body, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water for your daily fix.

Do you love coffee? If not, umm, you’re currently in the wrong place…

Before we get cracking (like an egg on a pavement), and in keeping with the theme, here’s something I don’t understand: Cappuccino flavoured crisps. Something I might be able to understand, though, is Cup O’ Coffee! It’s apparently a mask (not one of LUSH’s refrigerated fresh ones). However, I’ve been using it as a scrub.

The coffee granules are very, very softening, smoothening and thankfully, un-pore-blockable. I’m only mentioning this because Dark Angels did that, which is why I resorted to using it as makeshift toothpaste. Having said that, if you, like me, love using Dark Angels on your skin but are finding that the black sugar/charcoal granules are getting stuck in your pores, washing with lukewarm-mildly hot water melts them away. #TopTip

What does the formula look like? Uh, it depends whether you’ll request to take me on Jeremy Kyle for a lie-detector afterwards…

If an appearance on Jezza is beneath you, it looks LOVELY! Extremely good. If, on the other hand, you’d love a trip to Media City to meet the man himself, Graeme & Security Steve, I have no option but to be honest and say: it looks like a gloopy crushed coffee bean poopy!

What does it smell like? Pandas (after they’ve eaten the finest of bamboo)… 🤣 Coffee, of course!

Look, it doesn’t take much to please me… Upon first application, I fell in love with its smell, before realising that it’s just coffee and that I should be getting out more (taking my nose with me as I leave).

‘No manure Sherlock’ when I tell you that coffee smells like coffee and that it’s by no means anywhere as good as what bae’s aftershave/cologne would smell like.

What does it feel like? As though crushed coffee beans are being lathered upon every crevice of your facial exterior… It’s scrubby and lovely on the skin, during and post-wash.

One thing to mention: it tastes slightly weird though, not that I actively went out to taste it… It’s just, it was smeared on my face, ended up on my lips and my tongue touched the formula (purposefully by accident). Basically, if I had to describe it, I’d say it tastes like coffee mixed in with something else. A weird ‘something else’.

How to use it: wash your face, apply a generous layer of the product on it then scrub/leave on skin for 10/15 mins, before rinsing it off.

Be aware that you’ll look like you’ve smeared undigested coffee poop on your face or regurgitated tiramisu, either or… Both as attractive as each other (if that’s your sort of thing).

Final say: YES. If LUSH was proposing to me through this product, I’d be giving them a resounding YE!  I literally can’t believe that I didn’t discover this earlier…

Ingredients: probably a CUP O’ COFFEE, but don’t quote me on it.

#heatwaveUK

We are in the middle of a glorious heatwave! If you know Wiley, you’d also know that he’d be very impressed… However, I wish I could say the same for some of you (who aren’t). Having said that, I can see why, because England doesn’t get much (if any) sunshine. Also, it doesn’t help that the heat we’re accustomed to is sticky, humid and muggy.

So, this post is targeted at those of you who are not fans of this weather and are looking for ways to keep cool. Below, you will find lists of things to do, wear and eat which’ll help to some extent.

Disclaimer: I cannot say that the majority of these tips aren’t common-sense related. Then again, at least I have some…

  1. Invest in a fan or air conditioner and switch it on (that’d be a start, wouldn’t it?)…
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking water or plenty of cold beverages.
  3. Purchase some cooling spray and apply it whenever or wherever you are, I choose MagiCool. Alternatively, a spray toner from LUSH works just as well.
  4. Stay in shady areas when in parks (under the tree is best).
  5. Spend your entire Summer in Waitrose or Iceland as the big branches have AirCon inside. 😉 If that’s not your thing, stick to hanging out inside the freezers of the frozen food aisles… 😆
  6. Go on holiday to the North Pole. (Bit farfetched but then again, YOLO!)
  7. Close your blinds/curtains to avoid the heat of the sun from warming up your room.
  8. Open a window or a door… LOL, top tip, that!
  9. Make Jell-O and freeze them, followed by an ‘eat them’ session.
  10. Consume plenty of ice cream/ice lollies.
  11. Refrigerate everything – your veg, your chocolates, your fruits.
  12. Eat salads, sandwiches or sushi and avoid hot food. You could even try Gazpacho for starters and yogurts and trifles for dessert.

Things to wear in Summer:

  1. Tops and shorts (obvs) or soft cotton tops etc. Wearing loose fitted clothes stops them from sticking to your body when you’re out & about.
  2. Avoid wearing black (even though it is the best colour of clothing) because it attracts the sun.
  3. Sunscreen. Vital. Don’t leave your abode without it… Apply, apply, apply – keeping applying and reapplying.
  4. Sunglasses to protect your eye sockets and balls (slightly graphic and anatomical with my choice of terminology but there you go).
  5. Umbrellas. Believe it or not, umbrellas were used to shelter people from the sun before they were used to shield us from the rain…
  6. BB creams and soft moisturises instead of thick ones and full makeup. It’s inevitable that we will sweat – so nobody wants blocked pores and melting makeup. Stay moisturised or risk skin chapping/chafing and whatnot…

Miscellaneous things:

  1. Shower. I mean, it doesn’t take much does it? Water + your body + some shower gel = hygiene and keeping the people around you happy (and their nasal passages & sense of smell in tact). Lovely.
  2. Don’t complain. I don’t know if you know this but we do not have the luxury of round the clock and all year round sunshine.,, Yes, it’s hot but it won’t last so – don’t complain. Relish in it and embrace it!
  3. Go out to outdoor pools, the beach, BBQs… Honestly, life is too short. Do fun stuff, go out to funfairs, theme parks, town shows, festivals etc.
  4. Take regular breaks at work (when possible) to enjoy the sunshine.
  5. It doesn’t matter how, but just – get some of that Vitamin D. The right amount of it and when done safely (using sun protection), it can prove very beneficial for your mood, your skin, your hair and overall health and wellbeing.

Have I missed anything? I’m sure I have, so get in touch via the solar panelled comments section on my page and we’ll make some photosynthesis worthy communication.

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.