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28 Mar 2015

0 Motions For Natural Textures; Deep Conditioning Masque & Smoothing Conditioner and Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo Review & Demo Video

 Motions For Natural Textures; Deep Conditioning Masque & Smoothing Conditioner and Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo Review & Demo Video




 Motions For Natural Textures; Deep Conditioning Masque & Smoothing Conditioner and Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo Review & Demo Video

Very excited to share with you my first review as a Motions Brand Ambassador. If you haven't already, please check out my post about our first brand ambassador meet up (link)which is when we received these goodies. The Deep Conditioning Masque & Smoothing Conditioner are both from the Motions "For Natural Textures" range which has got loads of products especially made for us naturals!


Motions Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Masque



 Motions For Natural Textures; Deep Conditioning Masque Review

So, let's start with my favourite. 

Claim & Results: "Motions deep conditioning masque is an intensive weekly treatment, with Shea Butter, Coconut and Avocado Oils that bounces back dry, parched curls to the manageable ringlets you desire". I will definitely say that it leaves your hair very moisturising. Bare in mind that this is a conditioning/moisturising deep treatment and not necessarily a strengthening one. If you are looking for a protein deep treatment I would suggest trying out the conditioner which I am reviewing as well.

Formula: The first thing I noticed about this deep conditioner is that the formula is pretty thin, and runny. However, as soon as I started applying the product I noticed two things, the first is that despite the runny formula it felt very rich and nourishing and the other thing is that the spreadability was very, very good and you really did not have to use much at all! I am a person who always has to use a ton of conditioner to cover all parts of my hair so believe me when I say you did not have to use a lot! This of course means that the slip was very good as well which made it easy to detangle.

Ingredients: As mentioned in the claim, it contains Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil & Shea Butter (in that order, Coconut Oil being the 9th ingredient after Dimethicone).  This explains why it feels very rich & nourishing! Other nice ingredients are Panthenol (Provitamin B5) & Chamomile flower extract.


Ingredient Check:
  • Mineral Oil [/]
  • Silicones [x]
  • Parabens [/]
  • Sulfates [/]
  • Butylene/Propylene Glycol [x]


 Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo Review

Claim & Results: "Go from flat to full volume with Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo. The formula cleanses to remove dirt and residue, while the conditioning agents give your hair incredible body and bouncy. Great for fine hair". This is definitely a clarifying shampoo which will give your hair a thorough cleanse. It contains sulfates so some of you might prefer to use a more gentle cleanser, or to just use it occasionally when you're hair needs a proper shampoo. I personally do not mind sulfate shampoos as I feel like I want to properly cleanse my hair every week making sure I get rid of any dirt and product residue. As I mentioned (quite a few times lol) in the video review, I had gone one extra week without washing my hair so I had a lot of product in my hair. This means that the shampoo will lather less, and seem a little more gentle because there is so much product in the way. When I rinsed, all the old product build up had been removed and my hair didn't feel dry.

Formula: The formula is clear, like most clarifying shampoos. I am writing this before I am editing the video but there should be a picture of the formula in the video. As I mentioned before I had a lot of product in my hair already so I did have to use quite a lot of shampoo to make it lather, but I would say it lathers well, or like any sulfate shampoo.

Ingredients:  
  • Cleansers: Now, the primary surfactant (the main cleansing agent) in this shampoo is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  This is known as the strongest and "harshest" sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the more gentle version but this is also considered harsh) and isn't widely used anymore. However, the secondary surfactant is Cocamidopropyl Betaine which makes the overall formula a lot more gentle. I didn't feel like my hair was too stripped or too dry after using this, so this ingredient isn't a problem for me!
  • Conditioning agents: Mango Butter, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Panthenol (Provitamin B5) and Tocopheryl Acetate (form of Vitamin E). Other interesting ingredients which both promote hair growth are: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H). It also contains Sunflower, Chamomile, Black Elderflower and Cowslip flower extracts.

Ingredient Check:
  • Mineral Oil [/]
  • Silicones [x]
  • Parabens [/]
  • Sulfates [x]
  • Butylene/Propylene Glycol [/]
 Motions For Natural Textures; Smoothing Conditioner Review


Claim & Results:
 "Motions Smoothing Conditioner, made with Shea Butter, Coconut and Avocado Oils, detangles and softens unruly curls to lock in moisture and manageability". This conditioner has a ton of great and nourishing ingredients. It definitely moisturised my hair, however, compared to the Motions Deep Conditioning Masque, the slip wasn't as good. The masque definitely left my hair easier to detangle.

Formula: The formula is quite thick and creamy, more so what I would expect of a deep conditioner. However it felt great in my hair and left it soft and moisturised. I would recommend this if you've got damaged hair, for example from straightening, blow drying or dying your hair because it contains Hydrolyzed Keratin which is strengthening. 

Ingredients:  This conditioner has got some great conditioning agents.. here are some of them (not full ingredient list, but in order) ; Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate, (Form of Vitamin E),  Hydrolyzed Keratin, Honey Extract

Ingredient Check:
  • Mineral Oil [/]
  • Silicones [x]
  • Parabens [/]
  • Sulfates [/]
  • Butylene/Propylene Glycol [/]




What do you think of Motions hair products?
Have you tried any of these?

xx


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* Products given to me to test & review

22 Mar 2015

1 Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair || UK Blogger || #MotionsBA

Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair || UK Blogger || #MotionsBA





I am back with another Youtube video guys. I actually filmed it over a month ago but because I was still stupidly playing music in the background while filming, it kept getting copyrighted and I re-edited and re-uploaded three times. Anyway it is finally up. I would love some feedback on how I can improve my videos and or video suggestions! :)


Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair



I didn't mention any specific products for this tutorial only because I use different products all the time at the moment. I still don't really have a favourite combination and I have been reviewing a lot of different products. However, as you can see in the video I do use Eco Styler gel for my edges (I took the pictures before I did my edges, I forgot lol) and Dove Serum to prevent frizz while taking the plaits down.


Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair




Do you remember my first ever braid out post from last year (here)? My hair almost looks shorter & tbh I think I prefer my results from last year. I mean we all know what shrinkage is but I can't fully understand how my hair actually looks shorter even though it's grown a lot, oh well!



Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair






Braidout Video Tutorial For Natural 3C/4A/4B/4C Hair


Thanks So Much For Reading 
& Watching

xx

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21 Mar 2015

4 Announcement: Motions Brand Ambassador/ Brand Ambassador Dinner Meet Up

Announcement: Motions Brand Ambassador/ Brand Ambassador Dinner Meet Up

Hi Everyone! I am glad to announce that my blog is back again after the long break I've had. What's even more exciting is that I am now a brand ambassador for Motions, this was confirmed a few weeks ago and I wen't to a dinner with Motions and the three other lovely brand ambassadors.


THE MEET UP

A week or so after I was contacted by Motions asking me if I was interested in joining their Brand Ambassador Programme, they arranged a meet up so that all of the Brand Ambassadors and the brand manager could meet. The meet up was at the Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai in West London and the food was amazing! During the amazing dinner we were given some Motions hair products, a brand ambassador booklet and some updates and general information about Motions and why we were chosen as the brand ambassadors. Like Davina from the London Curls said, we are all opinionated girls with a passion for hair care, but I like how we are all pretty different and some of us are natural, some wear weave etc because hopefully together we will be able to represent all types of women and hair styles.


Please check out these lovely ladies websites & channels;




ABOUT MOTIONS

I am so glad to be able to work together with one of the biggest afro hair care brands, especially now that it is a part of Unilever! I am sure you all know the brand, whether you've been using it recently, or like me you remember it as one of the first brands you used during your childhood. However Motions have given their brand a little make over with new packaging and a variety of products that cater to all types of women and different hair styles/preferences. If you know me personally you know that I am obsessed with the colour purple and even more the combination of gold & purple so I absolutely love the new packaging. Their product line includes products for natural hair, relaxed hair and products for straightening natural hair. Check out all of their products here (selected Motions products are now available at Superdrug, yay!)

About the brand ambassador programme (information from the booklet:

  • To start with, we were all chosen because of our passion for hair care, fashion or beauty and our social media following.
  • Part of the brand ambassador role is to attend events, debates, meet ups on behalf of Motions.
  • We will regularly try out and review Motions products on our Youtube channels or blogs.
  • At the end of the programme we will receive an Official Unilever/Motions Hair certificate.




Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for my updated wash day routine featuring these Motion products and even sooner- my first braid out tutorial video!

https://www.youtube.com/user/YolandaasY/videos

xx




19 Nov 2014

6 ATT. Brands & PR Companies & Social Media Friends x

27.03.14 UPDATE: BLOG OPENED AGAIN. NEW BLOG EMAIL ADDRESS: YOLANDAAS.BLOG@GMAIL.COM. IF YOU'VE EMAILED MY OLD BLOG EMAIL YOLANDAGWLD@ME.COM.. BETWEEN AUGUST 2014-NOW, PLEASE FORWARD THE EMAIL TO MY NEW BLOG EMAIL ADDRESS.


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Due to me being ill my blog will remain inactive until I am well again.

BRANDS / PR COMPANIES
-Blog email will not be read
-If you have mailed me in the last couple of months, they have not been replied to due to the reason above.
-Any brand waiting for a product review: I will do any blog reviews I've missed out on while being ill, once I am better
-Again, if you sent me products months ago and I haven't reviewed them- it is due to the same reason as above.

SOCIAL MEDIA
-sorry in advance for comments that I will not reply to during this time and sorry for those who have messaged/commented without receiving a reply back.
-this goes for all my social media channels. I am currently logged out of all of them.

Thanks for your patience and for understanding! :)

Brands and companies, sorry about the inconvenience.

Yolanda x

28 Sep 2014

9 Straightening Natural Hair: Frizz Free & Smooth Results Using Chill- A Smooth Operator Oil Serum by Ed Lush

Straightening Natural Hair: Frizz Free & Smooth Results Using Chill- A Smooth Operator Oil Serum by Ed Lush

Straightening Natural Hair: Frizz Free & Smooth Results Using Chill- A Smooth Operator Oil Serum by Ed Lush

How to straighten natural afro hair and get long lasting, smooth and frizz free results? I recently straightened my natural hair, and this time I used a product I hadn't used before: Chill Oil Serum by Ed Lush. I received it a while ago to review but I tend to use serums for straightening my hair, as a heat protectant so I wanted to wait until I straightened it. Ingredient wise, it mainly contains silicones as a serum usually does, but for you guys who want to stay away from mineral oil- this isn't for you as it does contain mineral oil. I must say I didn't "notice" it tho, the formula is actually very smooth and quite runny, and absolutely not sticky.

Now I have reviewed quite a few serums on my blog before one from Mixed Chicks, one from Dove and one from John Frieda (all linked) and this is actually my favourite! Firstly, this one smells so nice.. I love it! Especially as I am straightening my hair with it, which tends to make my hair smell a bit burnt lol. 


Check out my video to see how I used this product. The picture above is actually when I re straightened my hair a week later because I forgot to take a picture the first time, so if you check out my initial results at the end of the video below you'll notice how straight and smooth my hair looked! :) I definitely noticed a difference when using this serum from the other times I straightened my hair- my results were also longer lasting!



What do you use when you straighten your hair and what do you think of my results?

xx

26 Sep 2014

1 Healgel Body Review~ Calming, Smoothing And Regenerating

Healgel Body Review~ Calming, Smoothing And Regenerating

Healgel Body Review~ Calming, Smoothing And Regenerating

Today I am reviewing the Healgel for body gel. The formula is really thin and gel like and smells pretty strong, it's quite hard to describe the smell but I personally don't mind it. As you can see on the packaging, it claims to calm, smooth and regenerate which I believe it does. It definitely gives a cooling effect and it also gets absorbed very quickly. I have actually already finished it and I must say it finished pretty quickly. As it is soothing, I choose to use it after dry brushing my skin in the evening before going to bed and I think it worked really well :)

Healgel Body Review~ Calming, Smoothing And Regenerating

Other uses for it that I would recommend would be after being in the sun (sometimes that is not possible for me right now seeing as I live in London lol) or when you have scrubbed your body or shaved. It definitely leaves your skin feeling soft and soothed. As you can see below it contains Salicylic Acid which is why I recommend using it after shaving, as Salicylic Acid is a chemical peel and that can prevent the formation of shaving bumps etc and just keep your hair smooth in general.

Healgel Body Ingredient List

Ingredient Check:
  • Propylene/butylene glycol (√)
  • Silicones (√)
  • Mineral Oil (/)
  • Parabens (/)



Have you tried any of the Heal Gel products?

How did you like it?

xx





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6 Sep 2014

3 Realash Eye Lash Enhancer, Update Number 1. Amazing Results & Longer Lashes

Realash Eye Lash Enhancer- Update Number One
Hi Guys, if you follow my Instagram (www.instagram.com/Yolandaas) you might have seen my very first update of using the Realash eyelash enhancer, showing some results just after one weeks use. After that I also did a giveaway with Realash! Now I am back with my first official update of my results. I have known about eyelash serums/enhancer for a few years, they were really popular among Swedish bloggers and seemed to give amazing results- that was the reason I decided to do this review and try them out.

However, I must say I was sceptical as to how a serum can actually make your lashes grow, especially from just applying it daily above your lashes. Because I wanted to ensure accurate before and after pics and fair results, I did try it a few times sporadically but not consistently enough. So 29th July is when I officially started using it daily as the instructions say you should.

Realash Eyelash Enhancer Serum Before and after long lashes


Realash Eyelash Enhancer Serum Before and after long lashes

There isn't much to say because the pictures speak for themselves I am sure. It is the first time I look at the before and afters because my lashes have grown so much that I notice it daily without looking at before pics. Some lashes seem to have grown more than others, but I am soo pleased with the results. In all these pics I am wearing Maybelline Great Lash Mascara which is a very cheap (£5) and basic mascara, and I am of course not wearing some sort of lash extensions. I hope the pictures are clear enough for everyone to see that they are completely genuine! So do eyelash enhancing serums work? Definitely!

My results look very similar to the before and after pics which are on Realash website. Fuller and a lot longer lashes!

Realash Eyelash Enhancer Serum Before and after long lashes

I will be back with a final update after a couple more months which will also contain some more information. In addition I will do a application/tutorial video on my Youtube channel so you can see the results up close, on video and also How and where exactly you apply the product.

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Have you tried an eyelash enhancer/serum?
What do you think about my results?

xx


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1 Sep 2014

1 My Protein Review: Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix, Pure Energy Tropical Fruits Energy Bar, High Protein Bites/Snack & MP MAX Elle Aqua Slim

My Protein Review: Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix, Pure Energy Tropical Fruits Energy Bar, High Protein Bites/Snack & MP MAX Elle Aqua Slim

My Protein Review: Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix, Pure Energy Tropical Fruits Energy Bar, High Protein Bites/Snack & MP MAX Elle Aqua Slim

Today I will be reviewing these products from MyProtein, they are all from an online store called The Hut Group, they sell products from well known brands like Apple, Nike, Nikon, Playstation, Loreal, Garnier, Kardashian Beauty and a ton more. Check out all of the different brands they sell here

But today I am specifically reviewing products from MyProtein which is one of the leading fitness supplement companies in the UK. I have previously reviewed their Oats & Whey Flapjack protein bar, MyProtein Pulse V4 Tropical Storm Pre Workout Formula and MyProtein ENER:GEL Energy Gel, check out that review here if you are interested. 

MyProtein Pure Energy Tropical Fruits Energy Bar, £15.99 (for a big pack as seen above), "With over 25g of carbohydrate per 60g bar, Pure ENER:GY combines an optimal blend of fast and slow acting carbohydrates to help fuel activity. The natural and healthy ingredients combine cereals, fruits, honey and coconut oil to give you the best nature can offer in one great tasting bar."

I've tried quite a few protein bars, including another one from MyProtein which I linked at the beginning of this blog post, and this is the only one which is a cereal bar instead of a chocolate bar. This one is in the flavour "Tropical Fruit" but it also comes in Forest Fruit. It contains dried fruits which usually aren't my favourite but I really enjoyed this bar. You can see how big the pack is and I have finished all of them (plus another box which was sent to me again by mistake)! These work well before or after gym or just as a snack in your hand bag to keep you from feeling hungry throughout the day.


 MyProtein Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix, £8.99 "Myprotein's pancake mix is a ready to make high protein, low GI, great tasting snack. It includes three types of protein (whey, milk and egg protein) which can help with the growth and maintenance of lean mass. These protein pancakes are Ideal for breakfast or as a nutritious snack in between meals and provide over 30g of protein per 50g serving."

I was so exited to try these. You have all probably seen that protein pancakes are pretty popular in the fitness community but I still hadn't tried making them. Now these are the easiest pancakes ever to make! The pack comes with a measuring cup of the correct size (!) so all you have to do is add a scoop or a little bit more into some water and mix. When you mix, I usually always get "clumps" and they don't go away when whisking more but they disappear as soon as you put the mix in the frying pan. Oh and the taste of them, I read some reviews saying they taste nothing like "normal" pancakes- well of course they don't because a). They are protein pan cakes b) they come in powder form and are mixed with water. So they don't taste bad but I would recommend adding fruit/honey/syrup (or see my recipe below) for added flavour.

Pros: Let me tell you, these will make the most perfect round pancakes on  no time! You know how it is hard to flip normal pancakes because they might fall apart? Not with these, perfect pancakes every time with hardly any effort!

Cons: They contain sweeteners and no real sugar, now for some this might be a plus, this is just my personal opinion- I don't think you need to completely avoid real sugar to maintain a nice diet. Also, both sweeteners and a lot of protein can give you a belly ache!

MyProtein Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix Recipe with Berries

Here is how I eat them:

-Fry them in Coconut Oil (will test yummy)
-Serve with Fage thick and creamy greek yoghurt (it's so nice trust me), some cinnamon and dark chocolate sprinkles (don't worry, to get as much chocolate as in my pic you need like a 8ths of a "square" of chocolate) and fresh berries.. yummy!


MyProtein  Chocolate Protein Pancake Mix
Inside of the pan cake mix bag- you get your own scoop! And I also wanted to show the easy instructions.


MyProtein Protein Bites (Protein Snack), £.6.99 (I believe this is for more than one pack) & MyProtein MP MAX ELLE AQUA SLIM, £7.29:


MyProtein Protein Bites (Protein Snack):"Available in 3 flavours, Protein Bites are a great tasting savoury snack which can be enjoyed as part of your Exante Diet. Low in carb and high in protein these are the perfect snack for low calorie week, working or simple solution and even a part of our Man Plan!"
Now I really loved these. I think snacks with protein is a great idea and this taste just as nice as normal crisps/snacks. Also they don't contain too many calories so they might be a good substitute for "normal" crisps if you are trying to maintain or lose weight, or just tone up and focus on eating protein!

MyProtein MP MAX ELLE AQUA SLIM: "With a light and refreshing taste, Aqua Slim is the ideal drink to quench your thirst. It has been designed to keep you hydrated throughout the day whilst boosting your performance during exercise."
So this is as you can read a drink which does not contain any sugar, instead it contains sweetener. It comes in two different flavours: Mixed Berries and Orange & Passion fruit, I tried the latter. It says that it is designed to help burn fat more effectively, and contains L Carnitine, Green Tea, Chromium & added vitamins.


Have you tried any fitness supplements or any from MyProtein?
What did you think and what are your favourites?

xx





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10 Aug 2014

3 Tea Overload- PG Tips New Fruit & Herbal Infusion Range Tea

PG Tips New Fruit & Herbal Infusion Range Tea

Hi Guys! You have probably seen the odd health and fitness posts and fitness supplement reviews on my blog, but today I am reviewing- tea! If you are British I am sure you will understand why that really excites me, I absolutely love tea and I drink at least 2 cups every day. For health reasons I usually drink the healthier types of teas like Green Tea, Peppermint Tea and Camomile- and I received exactly these and more! 

PG Tips New Fruit & Herbal Infusion Range Tea

They are all from PG Tips new range of fruit and herbal teas- super tasty and all very healthy. If you want them to taste a little sweeter I'd suggest adding a bit of honey- still healthy! Here is what they say on their website:
"Here at PG tips we’ve created a fantastic new range of fruit and herbal infusions with a big taste that will not disappoint. We’ve packed our tea bags with the rich flavoursome ingredients of Delicate Camomile, Fresh Peppermint, Juicy Red Berries, Smooth Red Bush & Vanilla and Aromatic Spices and Mint. Thanks to our famous pyramid bags the blend has more room to infuse to give you that tasty PG pleasure you love in every cup. Each box contains 20 cuppas."

Due-Therm Oslo from Grosche Kuchenware:

Due-Therm Oslo from Grosche Kuchenware: In addition to all the tea I also received these unique tea cups, or whatever you want to call them. I think they are so cute! They really come in handy for me as I only have one tea cup (broke the other ones, so clumsy).

Here is some info about them from their website: "
The Duo-Therm Oslo will allow your beverage to gently 'float' in midair as it keeps your drink hot (or cool) for longer than a standard non-insulated cup. It's appearance is almost that of a wine glass without the stem, but with our own twist. These cups are extremely elegant, and the perfect size for a double-shot of espresso, fine tea, or ice wine- drinks meant to be enjoyed with conversation. The Oslo comes in packages of four"

Due-Therm Oslo from Grosche Kuchenware:

How nice do these look? :)

What are you favourite tea flavours,
have you tried these?

xx




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6 Aug 2014

0 Giveaway time- Eyelash Enhancer From Realash

Giveaway time- Eyelash Enhancer From Realash


Giveaway time guys! I am currently trying out this eyelash enhancer and I posted my results so far (which are amazing) on my Instagram (here) and got quite a few comments on the results. Here is the picture I posted of my results so far!


So I am doing this giveaway with Realash who are giving away TWO Realash eyelash enhancers (2 winners) and the giveaway is open to ANYONE :) (international)

To enter:



Giveaway will close next Wednesday and winners will be announced on the 15th.

Good Luck
xx


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1 Aug 2014

9 28 Months/ 2 Years and 4 Months Post Relaxer Wash & Go & Texture Shot- Mixed Roots Curl Custard

26 Months/ 2 Years and 2 Months Post Relaxer Wash & Go & Texture Shot- Mixed Roots Curl Custard

26 Months/ 2 Years and 2 Months Post Relaxer Wash & Go & Texture Shot

I actually posted a picture of this look before on my Instagram, I took the pics when I had just tried out a wash and go using the Mixed Roots Curl Custard- I think the results are great. Also, now that I have done more wash and go's using other products- I must say I think this product gave the best curl definition out of all the products I tried (review coming soon).  Check out my Youtube video when I am using the product here.

26 Months/ 2 Years and 2 Months Post Relaxer Wash & Go & Texture Shot

Also, here is a little texture shot for those who are interested to know my curl pattern. In my youtube videos I usually say "3c/4a/4b/4c hair" because I have such a mix of curl patterns. In my Instagram selfies (follow me here), you usually see my hair at the front and my curls are looser there. In this picture you can see that they are pretty tight. What would you say my hair type is?

26 Months/ 2 Years and 2 Months Post Relaxer 3c 4a 4b 4c afro natural hair


What's your favourite product for a wash and go?

Have you tried Mixed Roots hair products?

xx



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31 Jul 2014

0 The Cosmetic Practice: Cosmecuticals, chemical peels, dermaroller and more!

The Cosmetic Practice: Cosmecuticals, chemical peels, dermaroller and more!

The Cosmetic Practice Hi Guys! I just wanted to introduce you to this website which sells professional cosmetic products and cosmecuticals (if you, just like me study Cosmetic Science you know what Cosmecuticals are lol!), if not.. they are a mix between Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals meaning that they are Cosmetics which have a physiological effect on the skin as well. I put together a collage of the products I thought looked interesting. Most of you (at least bloggers) have probably heard of the GlamGlow facemask, which I love! 

They also offer treatments such as Chemical peels, and wrinkle relaxing injections and sell popular at home products like the Dermaroller and laser-like at home hair removal equipment.

About http://www.thecosmeticpractice.co.uk/: "The Cosmetic Practice was established in 2003 by sisters Carole Cook and Julie Cook,  with the aim to offer specialised cosmetic treatments, cosmetic surgery and professional skincare products. Based in Sunderland, in the North East of England we are dedicated to advanced skincare and offer the latest advice, research and technologies that will empower you to make the right choice when deciding what skincare to use."


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10 Jul 2014

3 Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash & Body Lotion Pistachio Cream with Magnolia & Coconut Milk & Jasmine Petals

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash &Body Lotion Pistachio Cream with Magnolia & Coconut Milk & Jasmine Petals


Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash & Body Lotion Pistachio Cream with Magnolia & Coconut Milk & Jasmine Petals

Dove Purely Pampering Lotion & Body Wash

So I have been trying out these products for quite a while, and I received them in a goodie bag when I went to their event. I was going to blog about it, and I even had the draft ready but it was just too much of a hassle when I didn't have any wifi.

Dove Purely Pampering Coconut & Jasmine Lotion 250ml: I don't really think this smells of Coconut that much, it definitely smells more of Jasmine but either way it smells amazing! The scent really reminds me of a body lotion I used to use in Sweden.

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio & Magnolia Lotion 250ml: Although they both smell amazing this is my favourite. I am terrible at describing smells but this one smells kind of nutty. 

Both: So the creams almost exactly the same looking at the top parts of the ingredient lists. They are both pretty thin creams but they are still very rich. For me it is perfect for an every day body lotion after showering, but I know some people would prefer an even lighter cream for daily use. The cream gets absorbed quickly into your skin leaving it super soft, but if you use too much it can get a little sticky.

Now for the ingredients. Yes it contains all of the "controversial" ingredients, so if you're into natural products you will probably want to stay away from these. However if these ingredients are safe or not is not for me to say but they definitely do not affect the formula in a negative way. It also contains a lot of great ingredients like Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Sodium PCA (One of the most effective and humectants, and is naturally found in our skin's natural moisturising factor, NMF), Urea (Also found in the skin's NMF and is known to heal cracked skin) and Collagen Amino Acids.

Ingredient Check:
Mineral Oil (√)
Silicones (√)
Parabens (√)
Propylene/Butylene Glycol (√)

Dove Purely Pampering Coconut & Jasmine Lotion/Pistachio & Magnolia Lotion Nourishing Body Wash 250ml: Now I absolutely love these. They are exactly what they are called "Purely Pampering". The body wash looks and feels like a body lotion but will lather when in contact with water. It feels super silky on your skin and smells really nice. I will definitely repurchase these as Body washes are some of my favourite body washes as they come in really nice scents and aren't drying. However, as they are very rich and moisturising, they don't lather as much as a normal shower gel which will mean you're using quite a lot of products and it finishes quite quickly. 

Ingredient Check:
Mineral Oil (√) (Petroleum)
Silicones (/)
Parabens (/)
Propylene/Butylene Glycol (√)

Check out my other Dove Reviews here.


Have you tried these products?
What's your favourite body wash?

xx

(*) These products were sent to me to review


2 Jul 2014

9 OOTD: River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit

OOTD: River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit

River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit

Hi Guys! Hope everyone's enjoying this sunny day :) Well if you're in London that is. As usual with my outfit posts, this isn't actually the outfit I wore today, in fact I took these pictures quite a while back but then I had a break from blogging as I didn't have any WIFI. Anyway I bought this jumpsuit when I was in Amsterdam, which was a stupid choice for two reasons.. first one being it was already expensive (for high street) and it cost even more in Amsterdam lol. Also, I am too comfy these days and even though this might look comfortable- it isn't leggins, stretchy jeans or a maxi dress so I haven't really worn it that much. 

River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit

River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit, £45: I do really like it though and I think it is a perfect piece for spring. But if you live in London you know that we got spring, summer and winter all in the same week sometimes! 

River Island Navy Wrap Front Belted Jump Suit

What do you think of this outfit?
Feel free to link your latest outfit post :)

xx


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1 Jul 2014

3 Lauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark Review And Results

Lauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark
 Review And Results

Lauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark Review And Results

DARKER THAN DARK GLAM TAN (250ml), £19.95: So I am sure you have all seen a lot of reviews for fake tan, last year especially by a lot of mixed and black people (sorry I can't stand the word woman of colour). For black people and dark skin tones, fake tan can give that tanned, bronzed glow and colour and for mixed people and lighter skin tones, it can make you a LOT darker (lol) and also give that bronzed type of look. Also, for any skin tone it can make your skin appear more even and hide discolourations or imperfections in your skin. Anyway, I too can often look and feel pale so when I was asked to review the LW Tan I thought- why not.


Lauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark Review And ResultsLauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark Review And Results
I had never tried fake tan before except for a gradual tan face cream (check out the review here) and I really liked it. As you can see, I achieved great results. The funny thing is that I tried the product after I got back from Nigeria, which means I already had quite a bit of a tan. However, my leg on which I had not used the product on looks so incredibly pale!! I applied the product as evenly as I could with the application mitt that I was also given and the results showed up immediately, I didn't wait for the product to set or anything before taking these pictures. As I am definitely a beginner with fake tan and it looked quite even, I will have to say that it was fairly easy to get an even results with this product! For application directions and ingredient list, click on the picture above (to the right).


Lauren's Way (LW TAN) Self Tan Bronzing Glam Tan Darker Than Dark Review And Results























Guys please ignore my knees lol and the weird angles. I took the other people holding the camera myself, and this one with the self timer. However my self timer doesn't actually work as it focuses when you initially press the shutter button and not just before it takes the picture- resulting in blurry pictures. The result lasted for quite a few days despite showering and scrubbing as usual. I think this was a great product and absolutely does what it says. The results show up immediately and are long lasting. This is the newer, darkest formula believe so there are lighter shades available.

Have you tried this product? 

Do you use fake tan?

 xx



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0 DHC Olive Body Butter Butter Review

DHC Olive Body Butter Butter Review 

DHC Olive Body Butter Butter Review

DHC Olive Body Butter, £15: This is a way overdue review, but I really wanted to post it anyway as I really like the product. It is quite price at £15 for 100g, and it might look like any body butter. However I am very impressed with the ingredient list, and it has got a lot of interesting ingredients in there! It's thick but not greasy and smells super yummy. For me, it is perfect for a every day body lotion but I know some people prefer a lighter lotion for every day use. If you're one of them- use it on dry areas like hands, elbows, knees and feet or once in a while before you go to bed as a special treat! :)

DHC Olive Body Butter Butter Review

Description: "Wrap your skin in a decadent veil of hydration from seven botanicals: shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, squalane and argan oil. It hydrates and seals in moisture from natural emollients for ultra softness—from your fingers to your toes." The description is very accurate as it contains all of the ingredients mentioned, even in that order (in the ingredient list). It definitely hydrates your skin and seals in moisture.

Concept: Now here is the part I don't fully get. Contrary to some (a lot) companies who will call a product "Olive Oil" but the product mainly consists of Sunflower seed oil- it is true that the main oil in this product is Olive Oil. However both Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter are before Olive Oil in the ingredient list, meaning it contains more of those two ingredients. On top of that, the product doesn't have a "Olive oil scent", nor is it coloured green like most Olive Oil products are. This isn't a problem in terms of how the product works, but I am not sure why it is called "Olive Body Butter
Formula: Now the consistency is that of a normal body butter, think the body shop shea body butter for example. Anyway, even though it doesn't smell of Olive/Olive Oil it smells pretty amazing.. I'd say it smells pretty fruity! :)


DHC Olive Body Butter Butter Ingredient list

Ingredients: This is a picture I took of the ingredient list, and I think it is a very impressive one! Straight after water there is a silicone, then Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter & Glycerin. The oils in the body butter are: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil & Argan Oil. I think we all know the benefits of natural butters and oils on our skin so no need for me to go on about that. However you might not have heard of Squalane:
  • This is an expensive ingredient which is derived from Squalene, which in turn is derived from Shark Oil. The reason that Squalane is used instead of Squalene is because it is cheaper and it is also more stable, and has a longer shelf life (source). Anyway Squalane is a lipid that occurs naturally in our bodies and can moisturise your skin and heal crapped skin.



Have you tried this product or any other DHC products?

Check out my other DHC reviews here.

xx




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27 Jun 2014

8 How to stretch/ do a heatless blow out for natural afro hair (3C/4A/4B/4C)

How to stretch/ do a heatless blow out for natural afro hair (3C/4A/4B/4C)

How to stretch/ do a heatless blow out for natural afro hair (3C/4A/4B/4C)

So today I have got a tutorial for you. It is how to achieve the heat less blow out for natural hair. You might want to try this still because you like the blown out hair look, or because you want stretched hair for the purpose of styling.


  • So after washing your hair, while it is still wet you want to braid it up as if you were doing a braid out (see the second video below). Then once it is fully dry, take it out. If it is still a little wet when you take it out, it's gonna be more frizzy and it is going to be harder to achieve the heatless blow out.
  • Now you can go straight to brushing your hair out at this stage (see video below), or- for better results, put it in a sleek bun and where it like that for one or two days (second video below).
  • Take out your bun, and divide your hair into four sections. I would use a leave in conditioner and a hair butter/oil.
  • Apply the leave in (not too much, just focusing on the ends) and start brushing your hair out, leaving your with no "curls"- this is what gives the blow dried effect. When you are done brushing. Apply the butter/oil to seal, again focusing on the ends. Repeat for each section.










Let me know if you decided to try this style and how you got on! :)

xx




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26 Jun 2014

1 Wash and Go Routine for afro hair 3C/4A/4B/4C using Mixed Roots Curl Custard


Wash and Go Routine for afro hair 3C/4A/4B/4C using Mixed Roots Curl Custard

 Wash and Go Routine for afro hair 3C/4A/4B/4C using Mixed Roots Curl Custard


Hi Guys! Had a long break from my blog unfortunately, I haven't had WIFI since January this year and it was just too hard to blog when I didn't have an internet connection in my flat. However, my WIFI was just installed so I am back! :)

Last week, I started my Youtube channel again. It will mainly be about natural afro hair and some fashion and beauty as well. I would love it you check out my videos, here is my channel. I have already uploaded three videos, and I consider them my first proper videos as I didn't make any "talking" videos before.

For this look I filmed a wash and go for afro hair tutorial as well.



I would love some feedback from you guys and suggestions for videos to make?

xx



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25 Jun 2014

1 Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Care Review

Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Care Review


I have been trying out these products for a long while now, so long that I have actually finished most of the creams, and the toner quite some time ago. The reason for me trying the products for so long was just because there's so many products, and my skin had been acting up for over a year prior to me using these products. When I started trying them out, my skin had just started to clear up so obviously I wanted to use them for a while to be able to see if they made an actual difference on my skin.

Get the clear start products from here and for I have linked each product to the website too, so just click on the title if you want to read the full ingredient lists :)

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foam Wash, £13: So this is a sulfate free, clear cleanser with natural ingredients like Lavender Oil and Chamomile extract. I am not sure why it is called foam wash as it really doesn't foam a lot. Instead it's quite a thick, clear and does not lather that much. It is a great daily cleanser and it doesn't dry out my skin. I think it is a great every day face cleanser and I have been using it daily since I received it to try- it lasts for ages! 

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque, £16: So this face mask is probably different to all other breakout clearing face masks you have used before. They are usually clay masks. When I was at the Dermalogica event the dermatologists explained that they made this face mask a gel mask so that it can sooth skin which is experiencing break outs- which makes sense. The formula is as I mentioned a clear gel type and it does feel soothing on the skin. It washes off with water.

Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub, £13: Now this is one of my favourites! It is clay based and has fairly small but very effective scrubbing beads, you know when you can really feel the scrubbing effect and it leaves your skin really smooth. 

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner, £13: This toner is a little different from your usual toners. Mainly because it comes in a spray bottle and you apply it by spraying directly onto your skin. I actually love this because you don't have to go through the hassle of using cotton pads. Another reason they made it this way was so that people with acne on other areas could use it by just spraying directly. I personally don't that but I think it is a great idea for people who do.



Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment (Night Cream), £13: First of all, I think the name is a little misleading as it is called Overnight treatment when it really is a night cream. And on the website this is described as a gel, to me this is a normal face cream (its white not transparent). I think it is a great night cream, it doesn't leave my skin dry nor oily.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment (Day cream), £16: This formula is very similar to the overnight treatment but just a little lighter, as it is a face cream. As with the other cream, it is a cream which contains silicones and it gets absorbed into your skin fairly quick. I think both the creams are rich enough for dry and normal skin. 

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix, £13: It's hard to know when you try products like this how they work on your skin during breakouts. However, I did feel like this prevents your skin from getting worse/more red. It is not a gel like most spot treatments, instead it's a white thick cream with a high concentration of skin clearing ingredients. 

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser, £16: I first noticed how thin this cream is, however- it still moisturises your skin. I have normal skin which is not oily at all. However this cream is clearly aimed at oily skin and is suppose to have a matte effect. However I didn't see this at all. I personally don't need it so for me this was a really good cream. Also, I prefer this to the other day cream as it contains SPF 15.


While I was using these products, my skin was just going back to normal from having been really bad for over one year. So as I was using these products my skin felt very clear but obviously I can't be sure if it was due to the products or not. However, I think these products are great as they have been so that all products contain skin clearing ingredients- and they all work together to keep your skin clear! Also, none of them contain mineral oil or parabens, however they do contain silicones which some people mind, and some don't. I personally don't and I have loved using these products.

Have you tried these products, did they work for you?

xx


(*) These products were given to me to review.

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