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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.

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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

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HairBurst: Hearts

If you follow my blog consequtively, you’d know that I blogged about SugarBearHair earlier on in the year…

Now, I live in the U.K. and I haven’t got the money to spend on extortionate international shipping costs just to have something shipped from the States to here!

So, although I agree that SugarBearHair worked for me, it’s not feasible to keep purchasing it from America. Instead, I’ve got my hands on the next best thing… HairBurst Hearts.

Hairburst Chewable Gummies are an easy way to ensure you are taking the essential vitamins to maintain healthy, faster hair growth. We created this product for people who find it hard to swallow tablets. So now everyone can have the benefits that hairburst adds to your body. The yummy strawberry and blackcurrant flavour will want you taking more than just 2 tablets per day but please stick to the recommended 2 per day.

Hairburst provides a different approach to hair maintenance, a professional product that works from the inside out. The tasty new way to improve your hair.

Hairburst is designed to combat the negative impact of poor nutrition, hair products, age and genetics so start your journey with hairburst today and fall in love with your hair.

These strawberry flavoured chewy hair supplements aren’t bad. They are used by some of the Made in Chelsea stars and have been proven to grow and strengthen the hair – leaving strong, glossy and healthy tresses.

I ventured into Holland and Barrett, my favourite shop on the high street, and purchased these bad boys when they were on ‘buy one and get the other half price’. I love a good bargain and have yet to see a bad one…

I’ve been using them for a month now and I can actually confirm that my hair has grown a little. I mean, split ends doesn’t and will never take away from the fact that it’s grown, right?

I’m going to be honest, if I hadn’t had tried SugarBearHair, I wouldn’t know what to compare these (HairBurst) to, so I probably would’ve said they taste good. However, when you’ve had a taste of something good, you won’t want to go back to the mediocre, would you? HairBurst don’t taste bad as such, kinda  like powdered strawberry… They’re just not as delicious as SugaBearHair.

The packaging of HairBurst is pretty cute but it’s no SugarBearHair. The mane things I love about HairBurst (oh, come on!) is the fact that it’s cheaper than SugarBearHair, is heart shaped (I love love) and shows slight results for the duration that I used it.

According to the HairBurst website, the HairBurst tablets/capsules (in white packaging) used in conjunction with the brand’s shampoo and conditioner gives better and faster results. So, if you’re in need of a faster and better way to grow your hair, choose that route instead.

Still, taking this all into account, if you get the opportunity to purchase SugarBearHair’s gummies over HairBurst chews, take it because I still believe they’re better. With SugarBearHair, I noticed more of a difference in hair growth, the taste of the blueberries and creaminess of the gummy bears together with the light blue (my favourite colour) ribbon around the lid makes it my winner.

However, by all means try both and let me know your thoughts. Happy hair growing (even though I’m going to sadly be getting mine cut in the New Year).

New year, new you!

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Merry Christmas one and all,

Every year I volunteer to cook Christmas dinner for my family as a tradition and this year was no different.

Here we have an all-butter, honey and mixed herb turkey with nut stuffing, sweet potato wedges, chestnuts and an array of mixed vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, as well as various other spices.

Top tip when cooking turkey: take it out of the fridge the night before and slather it in butter (get it under the skin) and all the way around the inside (where the giblets are) and leave it to defrost in room temperature. COVERING IT OVERNIGHT IS VITAL. A plastic bag with holes in will do.

Then, a few hours prior to cooking the next day, add more butter on top and squirt honey all over it, adding sea salt, pepper, garlic and mixed dry herbs. Pierce it with a fork all over, and leave to soak.

Once the turkey has soaked up all the flavours, pop it in the oven for however long it takes to cook at Gas Mark 4 before taking it out, leaving it to cool, later devouring with the vegetables and cranberry or bread sauce and gravy.

Top tip for sweet potato wedges: cut them inot quarters length ways and sprinkle brown sugar, squirt some honey, add a dash of olive oil,  sprinkle some black pepper and salt then let them roast for 25-30 mins (or until soft). I included cracked open chestnuts in the tray for added flavour.

Love,

Miamii xxx