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Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Wish list!!

My very (extremely!) hopeful Christmas Wish list!
What's on yours??
Do Share!!

Aspinal of London, Travel Wallet


Clarisonic Mia 2
Zara Plaited Shopper


Isabel Marant, Wedge Sneakers

Yankee Candles







Things I've Bought Recently

Hi everyone!!
I know it's been a while! I've been extremely busy settling in to a new postgrad course, in a new uni, in a new city and haven't had much time for non-uni related things. I thought I'd do a haul to get back into the swing of things. 
Hope you have all been well?
What have you all bought recently?
Do share!

Zara
H&M
Dorothy Perkins
New Look

Dorothy Perkins
Schuh
Topshop



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Best High street Cleanser I Have Ever Used!

Hi Everyone!
I have recently been playing with some new high street skin care and came across the Botanics Softening Cleanser by Boots. It's 82% organic and is great at taking off makeup and everyday grime. As usual, I take off the bulk of my makeup with a wipe. I have always done this and removing a full face of makeup with a cleanser alone is a foreign concept to me.
I rub a dime size amount of the cleanser into dry skin and wip with a cotton pad. I didn't expect this to work at all but when I used my toner I found that there was no makeup left on my skin. Not only was my skin clean, it was also supple and hydrated by the cleanser.
I will definitely be trying out the other products in the range and will let you know of any other gems I find.

Have you tried anything from the Botanics range?
Do Share! x

Saturday, 8 September 2012

New In- This week's beauty buys

Picked up a few bits that I've been lusting over as well as some thing I've wanted for a while and thought I would share.


Covergirl Queen Bronzer- Ebony Bronze
Mac Pressed Pigment- Beaming
Ben Nye- Banana Visage Powder
Mac Contour Cream- Richly Honed
Real Techniques- Core Collection

What have you bought recently? Do Share! x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Buy of the week!

-Breda Rose Gold Watch

I love this watch!!! Enough said...it's oversized, rose gold, but also simple!!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Beauty Wishlist!!

1. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15- Warm Almond
2. Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm- Medium
3. Covergirl Queen Bronzer- Ebony Bronze
4. Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My new love!!





I went out today in search of coat that is season versatile (light enough for late summer, can be layered for autumn and winter). I popped into a few shops and was also determined not to get anything that looks like something I already have. I went to Zara, Newlook, Topshop etc., you know, all the high street regulars, and settled on this contrast leather khaki parker from Primark. It was £25 and is practical and bang on trend. A lot of the other high street shops carry their own version of this jacket. I'm almost glad they had run out of my size in Zara, Topshop and River Island.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality! It's definitely one to keep an eye out for?

What do think of the contrast leather parker trend?

Do tell! x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Buy of the week!




Long time no blog!! I've been extremely busy with life but had to take a quick minute to mention these wedges I just bought from newlook! They have quite a low heel and are really comfortable! I'm just getting into wearing heels day to day because I'm quite tall and find these shoes are still within my comfort zone. They are also only £19.99!! Love 'em!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

University Graduation FOTD!!! :D





Face:
Mac Pro Longwear Foundation- NC50
Mac Pro Longwear concealer- MC45/NC50
Black Opal Transluscent Oil Blocking Powder
Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural- Dark
Mac Powder Blush- Ambering Rose
Mac Powder Blush- Margin (Highlight)
Sleek Contour Kit - Dark

Eyes:
Mac Brow Crayon- Stud
Urban Decay Primer Potion- Original
Look Beauty Eyeshadow- Camel
Nyx eyeshadow- Dune
Mac Eyeshadow- Contrast
Nyx Eyeshadow- Midnight
Maybelline Gel eyeliner- Black
Milani Liquefy Eyeliner- Black
Cherry Blossom Lashes- #DW

Lips:
Revlon Lip butter- Pink Truffle


Friday, 6 July 2012

Liebster Blog Award/TAG

Hi everyone!!

I was given my very first award by Beny from http://beautyandherblogger.blogspot.co.uk/ . She has a beauty blog that I have been following for a while and love. Check her out!! I would like to give her a big thank you for thinking of me for this award.


The Liebster award is given to your fav up and coming blogs with 200 followers or less. Here are the rules for the award/tag:

1. You must link back to the person who gave the award to you (as a small thanks).
2. Post eleven things about yourself (the version I was given says this, I know some of the other versions don't. It's fun, play along!
3. Answer the questions the person giving you the award has set for you.
4. Create 11 questions for the people to answer that you have given the award to.
5. Choose people to give the award to and link them in your post.
6. Go to their blog and tell them.
7. You can't give the award back to the blogger who gave it to you!

11 Things...

1. I HATE horror movies. I don't understand why people like to terrify themselves.
2. I mother people. Not intentionally though, I'm just naturally maternal I guess.
3. I'm tall.
4. I like animals but I'm terrified of them. Weird I know!
5. I love food. Will try most things at least once.
6. My sister is my favorite person in the world.
7. I love clothes and make up but I don't really like shoes.
8. I hate ketchup.
9. I graduate from university next week :D
10. I love biology.
11. Documentaries are my favorite things on tv to watch.

Beny's Questions..

1. What's your favorite food? This is the hardest question ever. I love so many different kinds of food. If I was to pick one I'd say Chicken Jalfrezi and Basmati rice! YUM!! :)

2. What's your favorite makeup item you can't go without? Brow pencil... I think!

3. What is the most expensive and least expensive make up item you own? Cheapest- MUA Brow Pencil in Brunette. Most Expensive- Nars Tinted Moisturizer.

4. How will describe your fashion style? This really depends on my mood.

5. When did u start blogging and why? I started blogging properly in January this year simply because I love writing about beauty, hair and fashion.

6. Describe your blog in three words? Fun, informative and me!

7. How will your best friend describe you in three words? Caring, honest and trust-worthy.

8. If you are a lipstick, what shade would you like to be and why? Mid-tone pink, most comfortable wearing these shades. And they go with everything.
9. Flat shoes or heels? Flat shoes. I dress more for comfort and I'm pretty tall anyway.

10. Who are your top 5 favourite bloggers?


My questions:
1) What is your middle name?
2) What is makeup/fashion to you?
3) When and why did you start blogging?
4) Who are your fave bloggers?
5) What is your biggest pet peeve?

I would like to pass this award onto:


xoxo

Sheer Tights For WOC!!- Pendeza Tights!!




Hi everyone!
I dont know about any you, but finding a pair of "skin tone" tights is a total nightmare on the high street. Many hosiery brands have yet to grasp that not everybody can wear beige tights. I had long since given up hope that I would ever find tights that would match my skin tone until I stumbled across this brand whilst looking for tights to wear for my upcoming graduation.
They come in 5 tones from tone 10 (on the left) to tone 50 (on the right), I wear a tone 10 and they match my skin tone perfectly. These tights are available in 4 sizes; S, M, L and XL. Even though I am quite slim (UK size 8-10), I am tall at 5'11 so I decided to get the XL just to be sure they would be long enough and they fit beautifully.
The opacity is perfect at 15 denier, just thick enough to blur out any imperfections on the legs. I have bought 2 more pairs since my first pair because I love them so much.
I think they are well priced at £4.99 and are sturdy for 15 denier tights. I highly recommend them to anyone that has similar issues finding sheer tights to match their deeper skin tone.

They are available at pakcosmetics.com in the UK and pendeza-pantyhose.com in the US.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

FOTD!!


Face:
Mac Select SPF Foundation- NC50
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer- NC45
Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder
Look Beauty Hollywood Glow- Shade 1
Sleek Blush- Sunrise
Sleek Contour Kit- Dark

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio- Knock on Wood
Maybelline mascara- lash stiletto
MUA Brow Pencil- Brunette

Lips:
Wet n Wild Lipstick- Cherry picking

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Washday Sunday!!



Today is my designated wash day. I detangle my hair the night before to prep it for washing. I shampoo my hair 3 times and condition once before deep conditioning with a foil conditioning cap (Use steamer or heated cap if available). I leave the deep conditioner with EVOO on my hair for as long as possible. I rinse with warm water. I use 2 leave in treatments before blow drying and moisturizing. These are the products and tools I use:

1) Wide Tooth comb
2) Shampoo- Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo (Sulphate free)
3) Conditioner- Creme of Nature Argan Oil Conditioner
4) Organics Hair Mayonaise Hair Treatment
5) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6) Conditioning Cap
7) Elasta QP H-Two Leave in Conditioner
8) Extra Strength Hair Placenta
9) Blow Dryer
10) Elasta QP Hair Moisturizer
11) Wild Grow Light Hair Oil



















Sunday, 24 June 2012

Relaxer Day!!- My way!





Today was my relaxer day. I based my scalp with JBCO to prevent burns and overprocessing and self-relaxed with my usual Mizani Butter Blends Relaxer for Sensitive Scalp. I used a sprush (pictured above) to apply the relaxer to my new growth and then dusted my ends with relaxer 2 minutes before neutralizing with Mizani Butter Blends Sensitive Scalp Balance Hair Bath.

I always do a protein treatment on relaxer days to put back the protein taken away by relaxing. Today I used the Organics Hair Mayonaise mixed with extra virgin olive oil. I applied it generously all over the hair and covered it with a foil cap for 3 hours before rinsing it out.

I applied my Elasta QP H-two leave and conditioner and Extra strength hair placenta to damp hair which I left for 5 minutes to penetrate. I then blow dried my hair and applied castor oil hair treatment to my scalp and Elasta QP hair lotion and coconut oil to my hair to moisturize and seal.

I'm wearing a bun as a protective style.

Do you self relax?


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Translucent Powder for WOC- Black Opal Invisible Oil blocking powder



I have been on the hunt for a translucent powder that is not white for a while. I have tried the ELF HD powder which is good but if you use the slightest bit too much will leave you with a ghostly white cast.
Black Opal is a cosmetic brand made with women of color in mind. This translucent powder is a dark beige color and does not leave a white cast on the skin. It also doubles as a good oil control powder and does not build up on the skin.
I highly recommend this product for all WOC looking for a good setting powder and any MUAs that have culturally diverse clientele.
It's a bargain at £6.99 for 28g of product!

What are your thoughts on translucent powders?
Have you tried this one?
Do Share!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Eyebrows on a Budget!!!- MUA Brow Pencil in Brunette

I've been meaning to post a review on this product for a while. I ran out of my holy grail brow pencil (Mac eyebrow crayon in Stud) and with no Mac counter nearby, was stuck on what to do. I saw the MUA eyebrow pencil being used in a few youtube tutorials by girls with a similar hair color and skin tone as me decided to give it a try. At £1 a pop I thought why not.
At the price my expectations were not high because I'm a firm believer that you should get what you pay for. I was pleasantly surprised. I love this pencil and have not touched the Mac one a bought yet as I have no problem with this one.
It has good color and good staying power. It also contains castor oil which promote the growth of your brows and has a great brush.

What brow products do you use?
Have you tried this one?
Do Share!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Beauty Wishlist!!

1) Real Techniques Setting Brush: I have a few real techniques brushes and love them all. I have been looking to get this brush for a while for setting under eye concealer, highlighter application and contouring.

2) MAC Spiked Brow Crayon: I have been a big fan of the MAC Brow crayon in Stud for years and want to try a lighter color for a less dramatic brow. I will be purchasing this as a back up for when my Stud one runs out.
3) Nars Powder Blush in Dolce Vita: I have heard great things about this blush as a good pink blush for women of color. I have been holding out on purchasing it because I want to see it in person before purchasing it and there isn't a nars counter nearby. I will purchase it if there isn't a blush similar in my collection.
4) Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel: I have always wanted to try this peel and will be purchasing it the first chance I get. I'm all for home treatments and self pampering so I think this is a product I will get good use out of. Will definitely be reviewing this product once I purchase it.

5) Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation: I don't own a single item from Illamasqua and wanted to use this product to break the cycle. I have read rave reviews about this product and would love to try it.

What's on your beauty wishlist?
Do share!