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Intimate Health

Lady garden, girly bits or hoo-ha – we all have a name we private parts. A little secret… I can mine Baabu ( sorry, a tad TMI I know. Today’s post is all about female intimate health and how much we actually know about it. My ‘lady garden’ has become accustomed to various things that I shall not speak of here.

Canesten, the number one provider of intimate care products challenged me to see how much I knew about intimate health and it seems like I underestimated my knowledge because I got a more decent score. Did you know that Squalene is a substance common in both the vagina and…Sharks?! Yes, I didn’t know that either.

Another thing I didn’t know was that Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age, yet it is still confused with thrush. At least once in their life, over 75% of women will suffer from thrush and sufferers of BV may not have even heard of the condition itself. The presence of certain bacteria which leads to a pH imbalance in your vagina is what causes BV

Whilst intimate health may be an uncomfortable subject, the more you know about it, the easier it’ll be to care for it. As they say, knowledge is power.  As a result of, Canesten have come up with a Myth Buster Quiz as a way to educate more women. Take the quiz and share your results.

Intimate Health

Beauty Advent Calendars

advent calendars

Gone are the days when the only offerings advent calendars could give was tiny foil wrapped chocolate. Over the years, I have seen the rise of beauty advent calendars. I remember last year how I eagerly anticipated my friend Keeks‘ daily snaps of when she unveiled her advent calendar from The Body Shop. Everything from full sized products to miniatures of things she could try were included.

This year a few more brands have joined the mix and as a beauty fiend, I’m so excited. However, I have truly found it hard to narrow down which I want. At the moment it’s a proving hard to decide between the Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar and Space NK’s ’25 Days of beauty’.  With the latter already sold out and limited available in store, it seems like my choice has been made for.

Here is a round up for anyone who is finding it hard to pick like me. With just days till the start of advent, it’s time to get your if you haven’t done so already. If you are lucky, with Black Friday coming up, you might even get a discount on one.

advent calendars

Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar | Only £35 but worth £250

ASOS ‘The Beauty Advent Calendar’ | £50

Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties | £150

NYX Professional Make Up Advent Calendar | £60

Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar |£65

Kiehls Christmas Calendar | £95

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Review

I can’t tell you how much I love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks. It’s no secret, I’m a matte lipstick kinda gal. When the liquid lipstick trend began, I was beyond happy. The liquid formula promised a staying power that my other matte lipstick just couldn’t provide.

I have a few from brands including Revlon, NYX Cosmetics and Stila (which I have reviewed on here). What I’ve found with the other liquid lipsticks I own is that they are quite drying and and tend to be heavy on the lips.

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick however is the complete opposite. It’s mega lightweight and surprisingly moisturising. The pigmentation was poor. It takes about three coats for me to get the colour showing very well. I guess this is what you get with a lightweight formula.

Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick

I have three shades Hot Pepper, Cherry Leader and Carameli melo which is my absolute fave for daily wear. Due to how sheer it is, one coat is what I’d normally. As previously stated, when I do want a statement pout, I simply add a couple more layers.I discovered that I can also wear the Rouge Edition Velvet on top of my other lipsticks to create a matte finish. This made me very happy.

For £8.99 a tube, I definitely recommend trying out these liquid lipsticks. Aside from how affordable they are, they are perfect for anyone who wants to try out the liquid lipstick trends but is put off by the drying formulas from other brands.

 

Bourjois Liquid Lipstick Hot Pepper

Hot Pepper

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Shades

Carameli Melo

Treasure Tress

Treasure Tress

If you are anything like me, then you’d be happy to hear about Treasure Tress. They are the UK’s first subscription box service for young girls with naturally kinky, curly, coily or frizzy hair. Myself and my daughters have natural hair so this box couldn’t be more perfect for us.

I’ve become somewhat of a product junkie when it comes to haircare. Although I know exactly what works well on my hair, I can’t help but be curious about whats out there. However, doing this is not very pocket friendly nor do I have space to store more products.

Mielle organics UK

Treasure Tress have three specialised boxes to choose from. Brands they’ve worked with includes Cantu, Palmers and Sheabutter Cottage. This month, they’ve collaborated with organic haircare brand Mielle to bring UK subscribers a chance to trial the beloved US brand. The Moisturising Avocado Hair Milk, Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner, Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulphate-free Shampoo all come together to create the perfect wash routine.

My hair has needed some TLC  recently so this range was literally god-sent as the whole brand ethos is promoting healthy hair.The Mint Almond Oil in the latest issue of Blackhair Magazine, so I was glad to see it was one of the products. As well as smelling absolutely amazing, it’s a product that works. After using it a few times, I have to say I’m impressed!

 

Clarins Fix Make-Up

Clarins Fix Make-Up

On your marks…get set…go! Are you on a search for a good setting spray? I am pleased to let you know your search is over. I’ve found the one and it’s by Clarins. Although the packaging of the Clarins Fix Make-Up spray recently changed, the content however, is still absolutely amazing.
My face is incredibly sensitive and I tend to react to many products – though that doesn’t stop me from still trying them out anyway. I was on the hunt for a setting spray but was really nervous that I’d react to it. I suffer from quite dry skin, especially on my face. The setting powder I’d been using just wasn’t working for me. It left me looking ‘ashy’ and seemed to suck every moisture away. After careful research (meaning I asked an office full of ladies who wear make-up) I discovered Clarins’ offering and as they say – the rest is history.

Clarins Fix Make-Up
I’ve been using this setting spray for a while now and every time I do, I fall in love with it that little bit more. My working day lasts 12hrs including commuting time so when I was searching, I knew I needed a spray that promised longevity. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what the Clarin’s Fix Make-Up spray promised along with instant moisture.

I particularly enjoyed using this setting spray during my three week stay in Nigeria. The hot climate meant my make-up just wouldn’t stay in place. However, with one spritz, it didn’t budge. Pollution in Nigeria can really wreck havoc on skin. I was happy to find out that this spray also contained Clarins’ anti-pollution complex.

Eve Lom TLC Cream

Eve Lom TLC Cream

What do you do when your skin is crying for help? Every now and again, our skin needs some TLC. Recently, I’ve found that mine has needed more than its fair share of it. The stress of wedding planning, leaving one job and starting another and long haul flights have taken it toll on me.

I had a period where my skin looked and felt amazing. When this happened I tried everything in my power to keep it that way but alas it didn’t. Me being me, I didn’t note down what I actually used to make it that way. Thanks to my day job, I get to trial new products all the time it was really difficult to pin down the culprit that caused my break out.

Eve Lom TLC Cream

I began caring for my skin and developed a ‘proper’ skincare routine that involved cleansers, serums and of course moisturisers. The right moisturiser took my skin from 0 to 100% real. I alternated between my beloved Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Ultra-Rich Rejuvating Creams and  Eve Lom’s TLC Cream. In no time, my skin was back to it smooth and hydrated state.

Eve Lom TLC Cream is an ultra-rich face cream that penetrates the skin’s barrier to provide much needed moisture to dry skin. I started using this moisturiser back in February when my skin suffered from that dry, tight feeling. When I stopped, I noticed a difference, hence why I’ve gone back to it. I used it during the day after a shower, then at night after cleansing. Though you get better results when you used at night. The formula is on the thick side and slight oily.

If you are not into using moisturisers ( but  you really should be), I wouldn’t recommend this Eve Lom TLC Cream as a starting point due to the price and application process. However, if you are big into beauty then this is for you. Not for everyday use but when your skin needs tender, love and care.

 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Lipstick

Liquid lipsticks have created a big wave in the beauty world. Every brand from MAC to Revlon have dipped their toes in the water. I’ve tried my fair share, however Stila’s variant is the most expensive so far at £16 for a tube. The brand recently added five new shades to the already pretty strong collection of Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks and I got my hands on two to try.

Bacca is a berry toned shade that somehow manages to blend the goodness of a red and a pink together. I was really excited to try this shade. On my skin dark skin tone,  one coat dries into a magenta colour which I’m so excited  to wear in this summer.

Ricco, a brownish toned  red took my heart and ran away with it. During the winter, it was my go-to shade although it did leave me looking washed out sometimes.

The colour pay off and pigmentation of these liquid lipsticks are absolutely incredible. One coat is all that is needed, however the option of building it up for a bolder look stands. Often, products are given names they can’t even live up to. However, the Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick was definitely aptly named. I can apply it in the morning and by lunch time, it’s still in place. The formula is exactly what I look for in liquid lipsticks. It dries really matte but is not ridiculously drying.  But its still best to moisturise lips before use. The packaging means it can be applied like you would a lipgloss but get a lipstick finish without all that glossiness.

The doe foot applicator makes applying with precision a hard task. With ‘Ricco’ being such a deep shade, I find the need for a lipliner. I often go in with MAC’s ‘Chestnut’ lipliner before and after application and still I get a somewhat messy finish.

Stila Liquid Lipstick Stila Liquid Lipstick

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are available from Marks and Spencer for £16.00.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

The Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask has become a staple in my skincare routine ever since I tried it early last year. My skin has the tendency of looking extremely dehydrated whenever I don’t drink enough water.

This tends to be more obvious on my face. I get patches of dry skin around my cheeks, nose and upper lips – sometimes around my eyebrows too. Regardless of the type of product I put on my face be it a moisturiser, a primer or even my foundation, my skin manages to drink up every liquid possible. Essentially, leaving me looking patchy by the end of the day. I especially suffer from this during the colder months and early spring.

My most recent bout was about three weeks ago. I tried every moisturiser in my stash but nothing got rid of the dryness. In fact, my face began flaring up due to how sensitivity. I forgot I had a spare tube of the this magic potion hidden away.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

Enriched with avocado and apricot kernel oils, the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask works to replenish moisture and is perfect for dry skin types. As recommended on the packaging, night time is the best time to use this produc. As we sleep, it quenches the skin’s thirst whilst creating a reservoir for the next day – however, on occasions, I have used it during the day when I know my skin needs an extra moisture shot.

I use this mask twice a week but as the weather gets warmer, I’ll cut back to once we week. After the first night, I always find that my skin looks and feels better. I get the best results whenever I apply it after cleansing, when the skin is still slightly damp. This is because skin absorbs more hydration when it’s moist and pores are still open.

 

Bumble and bumble Bb Curl

Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl

One of the perks of my job is that I get to hear about and try out products even before they’ve launched. This month, one of the products to land on my desk is the new Bumble and bumble Bb Curl Range.

Bumble and bumble is a hair care brand that I’ve always heard good things about but never tried. The Bb Curl collection has been created to replace the current Curl Conscious range and consists of six products. “Whether it’s loose and free, or used as a starting point to create a variety of looks—up, half-up, twists—curly hair is always so stylish. This new Bb Curl collection will change the lives of curly girls.” said Laurent Philippon, Bumble and bumble Global Artistic Director

I got out the range bar the conditioning mousse – the result was so good that I had to share.

Bumble and bumble Bb Curl

 

Bb Curl Sulphate-free Shampoo – I have a thing for shampoos that don’t strip my hair – that is why I loved this shampoo. The Bb.Curl sulphate-free shampoo worked well in cleansing my hair from product build-up. It contains Bumble and bumble’s HydraSculpt Blend™ – a cross-linking polymer that blends styling benefits with moisturisation so that each curl is controlled and hydrated.

Bb Curl Custom Conditioner – It’s no secret that I love a good multitasking product but I’m not going to lie, this one confused me. In the last year or so, I have grown to love co-washing by hair, it’s a great way to keep moisture in my hair for longer. On the odd washdays, I might use shampoo followed by a leave-in but more often than not, I co-wash. This Bb Curl Custom Conditioner can be used a leave-in, co-wash or rinsed out. When used as a co-wash, its apparently meant to remove product buildup while retaining moisture. But when used as a leave-in, it hydrates, detangles, and leaves hair manageable. I’m still trying to figure out how this works and if I like it.

Bb Curl Defining Creme – My hair loves a good defining crème and this one is just lush! Ideal to use before air-drying hair – I like the defined curls it created on my hair. It’s also infused with the Bumble and Bumble HydraSculpt Blend™; as well Brazilian oils which are suppose to help keep hair moisturized and shiny. Unfortunately I didn’t feel my hair was any shiner after using this product.

Bb Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil – I read the description of this product before using it and was instantly excited to try it. It sounded as if it was made for my hair. Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil that helps loosen and lengthen wound up curls” I mean, YES PLEASE!! The formula is not one I’ve come across before – the hold of gel and the nourishment and shine of oil? Intriguing. This gel is amazing at holding twists in place. I’m partial to twist outs so anything thing that can keep my twists in place is welcomed. 

Bb Curl Pre-style/Re-style Primer – Hands down my favourite from the range. Why? Well, for one it’s a multi-use product. Secondly, it’s filled with UV inhibitors to protect hair against the drying effects of the sun. With summer approaching this is a must-have for all curly-haired ladies.

Any natural hair maven can attest to the fact that curly hair can be unpredictable. A beautiful twist out can easily turn to an undefined ‘fro come the end of the day. The Bb. Curl range is great at keeping hair well styled all day. Me likey!

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

Sofn’Freen’Pretty

Sofn’Free is range of hair care  products that I’m very familiar with. Their Curl Activator Lotion used to be my must-have back in the day. To my surprise though, I had never tried the Sofn’Freen’Pretty range for kids. As a mother to two girls, hair care is very important to me. I began relaxing my hair at the tender age of 5 – I refuse to do this to my girls. In fact, relaxers are not the only thing I avoid putting in my children’s hair. I’m also doing my best to not use any hair extension on their hair.

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the Sofn’Free n’Pretty CoCo Curl Up to try and I’ve been using it none stop since. It has led to happier hair days in my household.  The CoCo Curl Up is a moisturising pudding that is formulated to fight frizz whilst sealing in moisture and adding shine.

I wash my kids hair every two weeks. Their wash routine includes shampoo and conditioning, detangling, moisturising before braiding it into a style. Many a time there’s tears involved.  CeCe –  my eldest has super coily locks and her sister Amelia has what I’d describe as 3c. I found that this product worked differently on the two textures.  On CeCe’s hair, I was disappointed to notice that there was no added shine or bouncy curls. It literally only added moisture to her hair which in essence made it easier to comb through and braid. With Amelia’s hair however, I found that not only did it moisturise her hair but it gave her defined curls and less frizz. Although still no shine.

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up

The texture of this product is described as ‘gel hydratant’ and I have to say it was my favourite thing about it. It wasn’t sticky or greasy but felt more like a skin moisturiser. The fact that the CoCo Curl Up promised shine but didn’t deliver made it lose some browny points from me.

The smell of this product evoked some pleasant memories and for the longest time, I couldn’t put my finger on what it smelt like. Thankfully, when I asked CeCe she immediately replied “ Mummy it smells like bubblegum”. YES she was right, it smells like Hubba Bubba!! I literally can’t stop smelling it. Its amazing!

Sofn’Freen’Pretty CoCo Curl Up is available from Paks or any afro hair store on the hughstreet.

Zoeva Classic Brush Review

I still consider myself a newbie in the make-up world. When I first started wearing make up, I used to use a brush set from Sephora before moving on to the more talked about Real Techniques brushes. I loved my set and didn’t really have an issue with them. That was until I tried Zoeva Classic Brush set and fell in love. I didn’t quite realise how much of a difference the tools used can make.  Since using the Zoeva brushes,  my make-up now appears more flawless even with my shoddy application. Zoeva Classic Brush The classic brush set from Zoeva comes with eight brushes for face and eyes.  My favourites are no.142 and no.128 because they are brushes that I didn’t realise I needed but have changed my make-up application ‘game’ for the better. Brush 142 is a concealer buffer to be used in applying and blending in concealer. I’ve been using it to buffer in Charlotte Tilbury’s Retoucher Concealer and the result is AMAZING! The dense bristle work very well in covering up my underage circles.

Brush no. 128 is my other favourite for many reason. Firstly, it is incredibly soft.  Secondly, the angled shape makes application to cheeks a dream. These factors combined are what makes this brush a must have! This post cannot be completed without a honourable mention to the 317 brush because with this brush my eyebrows and now always on fleek!

Face:
105 Luxe Highlight: Apply highlighter
125 Stippling: Airbrushed finish application of foundation
128 Cream Cheek: Apply and blend cream and powder blush
142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend concealer

Eyes:
227 Luxe Soft Definer: Softly blend and smooth eyeshadow
228 Luxe Crease: Blending and shading eyeshadow in the crease
230 Luxe Pencil: Precise shading and smoothing edges
317 Wing Liner: Detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing

Overall, I’d say for £52.95 you get what you pay for with these brushes. I haven’t experienced any shedding, and they wash really well.

Shades of Red // Lipsticks

Although some women of colour steer clear of red lipsticks, I on the other hand am all for it. As they say if you’ve got it, flaunt it so thats exactly what I do. I enjoy putting my lips in the limelight and what better way to do so that than with decadent shades of red.

The first ever red lipstick I bought was the iconic Ruby Woo from M.A.C because I’d heard so much about the shade and its ability to look good on all skin tones. It grew to become my go-to lipstick and at one point, I wore it on a daily basis. Since then, I’ve discovered new shades of red that can give Ruby Woo a run for its money.

Shades of Red

NARS Audacious Lipstick – Charlotte // A deep red burgundy toned simi-matte lipstick.

Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Satin Rust // A satin finish red with browny tones.

Olivia Palermo for Ciate – Velveteen // Your classic red with a satin finish. The formula is great and lasts a long time on the lips.

Illamasqua Glamore – Virgin // A red red that definitely requires lip liner on dark skinned women or get worn sheer.

M.A.C Cosmetics – Riri Woo // A blue toned red similar to Ruby Woo. The matte finish means there is little to no bleeding. I love pairing this lipstick with M.A.C’s Night Moth lipliner as seen on my Instagram.

 

 

this works sleep plus pillow spray

this works

According to new research, the average UK adult only manages five hours of sleep per night even though the recommended amount is almost double that! If like me you dream about catching the recommended about of zzz then I think I might have found the potion to help you do just that.

THIS WORKS sleep plus pillow spray is a ‘natural remedy that helps restore healthy sleep pattern.’ It contains a blend with lavender, naturally encapsulated to gradually release aromatherapeutic benefits as you sleep. Its said that the scent prompts alpha waves in the part of the brain that aids relaxation, resulting in a restful night’s sleep.

this works

It’s only recently that I noticed that I had an issue with sleep. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I was an insomniac, but I can say, I found it hard to shut my eyes. I envy those who nod off instantly upon their head touching a pillow. On a good day, I’d get in bed at say 10pm and wouldn’t sleep off till an hour or two after that. I also found that I’d wake up in the interval and struggle to return to sleep. This truly sucks when you have an early start the next day, say school run or work.

I’ve always been fascinated by this works – their minimal packaging, rave reviews and values have left me wanting to try one of their products. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t skeptical about trying this product but alas like the name of the brand suggests, ‘this works’. A couple of spritz of this on my pillow and I’m able to sleep through the night. I don’t use it every night but I have noticed a difference on the nights I do.

So stop reading that book, put your phone on airplane mode and spritz on your ticket to la-la land.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream

‘Hydrate’ is a word we hear and see a lot of in the beauty industry. From the hydrating serum to the hydrating lip balm. Today, I present to you the tinted hydrating gel cream by bareMinerals. When a colleague recently declared her love for this product to me, I knew I had to try it – especially as an advocate of the Sleek BB Cream!

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation Review

I’m not a full coverage foundation kinda girl but after using this Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, I don’t see myself going back to my beloved Sleek BB cream.

The last full coverage foundation I used was by MAC Cosmetics and I swore I’d never use full coverage foundations again because it always broke me out. Rather than assuming it was the brand that broke me out, I assumed it was the type of product. I later discovered Sleek’s BB cream so that was that.

The Laura Mercier Silk Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation is a high pigment foundation that blends smoothly on skin and lasts up to 12 hours. The shade I have is the darkest in the range and is called Truffle. At first glance, I thought it would be too dark for my skin but I was wrong. It’s the perfect shade for me when blended in.

Like with most women of colour, I suffer from hyperpigmention which in wrote about here. I was pleased with how this foundation managed to give me even looking skin. I apply it using a beauty blender on the days that I know I’m going to work or will be having a long day.

In addition, the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation provides a flawless finish that leaves my skin feeling good with a nice glow. I’m a sucker for dewy make-up and this foundation provides just that. The coverage is pretty full compared to what I’m used to but not too much that I don’t even recognise myself.

There was very little that I didn’t like about the foundation. However, there are 12 shades available and it truly upsets me that there are only two dark shades. There is a massive gap between Pecan and Truffle. Laura Mercier is available to purchase from John Lewis.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Coverage
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Truffle

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

Ever since late 2012 when I suffered from a bout of acne, skin clarity has been on my priority list. I yarned for facial cream that would clear my spots, fix hyperpigmentation and generally leave me with clearer skin. Two years late, and I’ve only just discovered the products that do just that. Firstly, its the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask which I will plan on talking about in greater detail in a a separate post.

I love it when the postman comes with products I wasn’t expecting. This happened a couple of weeks ago when he arrived with La Roche-Posay’s Pigmentclar range. The collection consists of three products. A serum, an eye cream and a daily moisturiser which are all formulated to fight against pigmentation. As a women of colour, hyper-pigmentation is something I struggle with. Parts of my face especially around the sides of my face are darker.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

Whilst I save the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask for night time use, I use the Pigmentclar Day Care SPF30 as my facial moisturizer before applying make-up in the morning. Not only does it keep my face moisturized the whole day, it also contains SPF30 which helps protect my face from the sun. Something I would have greatly benefited from during those (random ) hot summer days.

Up until late last week, I was using the serum religiously to clear the dark spots left behind from when I suffered from acne.  I love the fact that the first two ingredient are water and glycerin because I know my skin absolutely love both. I wasn’t too pleased that it contained alcohol though. Nonetheless, I liked the texture of the serum and the fact that its not too greasy.

Luckily I don’t suffer from dark circles around my eyes so I can’t really tell you how the La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes worked on me. I’m hoping to pass it on to my mother-in-law and see how it works for her.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

As always, before I used these products I was nervous that they might cause me to breakout but I’m glad to say these didn’t. To see results, you have to be consistent with them. I have only been using them for a couple of weeks but so far I’m happy with them.

The downside of these products for me are the prices. I’d be scared to fork our over £20 for a product and then it not work for me. However they are currently included in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots. I look forward to using these products for longer and seeing the results.

Best MAC Lipsticks

Whilst everyone often saves their dark lipsticks for autumn/winter, I like to wear mine all year round. I have a decent amount of MAC Lipsticks. Some which I have review on www.brownbeautytalk.com. For some reason, my favourite shades seem to be the darker tones. That’s except for Ruby Woo of course. My collection is slowly growing so I thought I’d share three of my best MAC lipsticks.

Dark MAC LipsticksIf I recall correctly, the second ever MAC lipstick I ever bought was Rebel. A satin finish creamy plum colour as described by MAC. I fell head over heels in love with this lipstick because unlike Ruby Woo which is a matte finish, this one had a satin finish that didn’t leave my lips feeling dry. Also, it is such a long wearing vibrant berry colour. I love the fact that this shade can be worn all year round. Slightly sheer in the summer, then in the winter, I like to line my lips with MAC’s Night Moth lip liner to make it a deeper tone.

MAC Diva is a lipstick I hunted down and bought thanks to recommendations. I have a review which you can read here. As mentioned in my review, as a women of colour I believe the shade really complements dark skin tones. It is one of the best MAC lipsticks recommended for wearing during autumn/winter.

The latest in my MAC lipstick collection and part of the MAC Ruben and Isabel Toledo collection recently released, MAC Sin is gorgeous deep red matte which I love. Very similar to Diva just slightly ‘browny’.  Because this is such a dark shade, I like to leave my make up look really simple when I wear it.

Dark Lipstick Swatch

 

Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water

I have loved the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads ever since I tried it in 2013. It soon became my holy grail beauty product. Once I run out, I would rush to the shops to get some more. However, at £12.99 for 60 pads it was really breaking the bank for me. There was no way I could justify paying that much for something that will last me just over a month. However, I still kept on purchasing it until recently.

I mentioned previously that my mother in law was around. Anyway, when she arrived, she couldn’t get to the shops to get her usual cleanser so she asked to use some of mine. I gave her the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads which she also loved. When it ran out she asked me to get more which I did. She also asked me how much they were a she would like to switch to them. The funniest thing happened when I revealed the price to her. Being the typical Nigerian woman she was screamed “AAHH” and mumbled some stuff in Yoruba which basically meant the price is too high.
Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water

Like myself, she needed a cleanser that require no faffing about whats so ever.  Being the wise ‘old’ woman that she is, she came up with a substitute for us both to use. It is a combination of micellar water and glycerin on cotton pads.

Micellar water has been all the rage in recent years. We just love anything french don’t we?. Many brands like La Roche-Posay, Vichy and Avené have all come out with their versions. My favourite has to be Bioderma’s which I bought in Paris a few years back. It is actually this brand that began the micellar water trend.

Glycerin is a jack of all trades product. It can be used for to relieve sore throats, coughs and dry skin.  In fact, when Amelia was a baby, I used to dilute a little and clean her tongue with it. It is an ingredient often found in beauty products due to its softening and moisturising factor.

Combine the two and you have a no nonsense cleansing system that leaves skin refreshed without taking away any moisture. A 400ml bottle of Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water is said to last for up 200 uses. For roughly £3.30 its definitely more affordable than the Nip+ Fab pads.

I suffer from sensitive skin, especially on my face. I found that this Micellar water worked well with my skin. My face wasn’t left feeling with dry. I do have to mention that the formula feels slightly watered down when the Bioderma Micellar water. It takes a few pads to wipe off eye make up.Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club

I have a new found obsession with fragrance and watches but I’ll save the latter for another post. I have a host of fragrances sitting on my bathroom shelf. I have even review a couple. ( Have a look here and here.) My current favourite is Prada Candy.  Today, I am sharing with you The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club.

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club

I was intrigued when I heard about The Fragrance Shop’s Discover Club. Like a beauty box, the Discovery Club sends out fragrance samples quarterly for just £5. I truly believe this is a really affordable concept and the no obligation contract means it can be cancelled at anytime. It comes with both male and female fragrances.

Perfume Samples Box

What’s more, with every discovery club box comes a discount for each featured perfume which can even be passed on to friends/family. The most recent box comes with 7 perfumes vials which include delightful brands like Stella McCartney, Guerlain ( which smells amazing ) and Versace.

The Discovery Club

This could pass as a really nice gift for someone. The Discovery Club provides an opportunity to try out a range of fragrances ( minimum 5 ) before making that commitment to buy. The packaging is really nice and simply. The rectangular box is covered in shredded paper and each sample come with its own packaging.

For more information on how it works click here.

#coolasacucumba

I rarely attend events nowadays but when I do, it’s for cool events like this. On Wednesday, the website that I write for BrownBeautyTalk, held their first bloggers event at the uber-cool Cucumba beauty salon in heart of Soho, London. #coolasacucumba was a pampering event in conjunction with new fashion label Tirivamwe.

Like many at the event, I was surprised that I’d never heard of this swank little beauty salon even though it has been there since 2005 and and featured in the likes of Vogue, Elle, Evening Standard and Time Out. The co-owner Vivienne Nweke was an absolute darling and the staff were friendly and helpful.

#coolasacucumba

#coolasacucumbaCucumba offers a wide range of services ranging from manicures, waxing and even massages. Treatments are designed to fit in with clients time and budget. Top Ups which last no longer than 10 minute up to Supadupa lasting 60 minutes.The pricing for their services is surprisingly affordable considering the location.

The event was a huge success. I had so much fun meeting like minded people and many who I have been talking to for years online but never had the chance to meet. For more information visit www.brownbeautytalk.com and www.cucumba.co.uk

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Virgin Media ‘Go East’ with Ash Kumar

Virgin Media, recently increased their presence in East London and to celebrate, they have gone Bollywood. Yesterday, myself, a handful of bloggers and henna enthusiasts were invited down to renowned henna artist Ash Kumar to learn more about his craft. Also, on Saturday, they are having a big bollywood party in the heart of East London.

Virgin Media 'Go East' with Ash Kumar
East London is known for its asian culture so it was only right for Virgin Media to celebrate the arrival of their superfast broadband in this manner.  Ash Kumar has worked with many celebrities and big brands including Madonna, Amir Khan, Thornton’s and X Factor. His partnership with Virgin Media will see him revamp their logo which will then be placed on the Virgin Media van fleet in East London along with bespoke designs by the people of East London.
Virgin Media 'Go East' with Ash Kumar
Virgin Media 'Go East' with Ash Kumar
This Saturday (28th), Virgin Media are having a big bollywood inspired party and all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to learn expert henna tips straight from Ash himself, get their henna done by AK Academy trained artists, take part in a dance workshop or dig into delicious Indian street food from Dosa Deli. There will also be live Dhol drum music and amazing performances from Bollywood dancers for the whole family to enjoy. The event will take place at  Barking Road Recreation Park from 12pm.
Virgin Media 'Go East' with Ash Kumar
If you live in East London and would like to find out if Virgin Media’s new network is coming to your street then visit virginmedia.com/comingsoon for more information. If your street is not listed then register your interest at virginmedia.com/cablemystreet.

Vera Wang Princess EDT Review

Vera Wang Princess EDT review

When it comes to buying gifts for me, my husband is hopeless. He often gets it so wrong. Most of the time, to make things easier for him, I just tell him what I want. This includes Valentines, birthdays, anniversary and of course Christmas. This year however, because I’d already received an early gift in the form of a DSLR camera, I wasn’t expecting anything else.

Vera Wang Princess EDT

I was pleasantly surprised though when I was given the Vera Wang Princess EDT on Christmas Day.  The last time he bought me perfume for Christmas I was pregnant with CeCe and hated the smell ( Calvin Klein Euphoria ). Every time I smelt it I’d run straight to the bathroom to vomit. Till today, I cannot smell that perfume without feeling queasy. The power of smell is amazing.

This time round however, I have no bun in the oven so my nose welcomes new scents with glee. When it comes to perfumes I am not your girly girl. I’d rather opt for a more masculine scent like my all time favourite Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey ( which by the way is for men ). Although I wouldn’t have bought this for myself,  I do like the scent. It is ideal for everyday use as its sweet but not sickly. A couple of spritz lasts all day. The scent is a mixture of  a mixture of waterlily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk, and vanilla.

Vera Wang Princess EDT review

The packaging is actually what I really like about the Vera Wang Princess EDT. I am currently going through a lilac obsessed phase and this fits right in with everything else. The heart shape bottle sits well on a shelf. The set I received came with a little roll on which fits into the smallest bag and wallet.

Artistry Signature Colour Lipstick Review

Artistry Signature Color Lipstick

I love make-up but due to how time consuming it is to wear it, I tend to not bother.  My ‘dress up’ days are Sundays, unless I have somewhere special to go or need to ‘feel good’ then I may wear it on other days.

I have had this Artistry Signature Color Lipstick  in Wild Orchid ( no. 15 ) for a few months now and have been meaning to rave about it in a review but just never found the right time.
Artistry Signature Color Lipstick
When it comes to lipsticks, I am very basic I either go for a red lip, preferably matte ( as seen here ) or I just use a lip balm. Rarely do I venture for pink lips because due to my skin tone, they never look right on me.  On Women of Colour, matte pink lips tend to look chalky.
There is something about glossy lips that I hate. All that colour and shine makes me go ‘UGH’. But I found that with the sheerness of the Artistry Signature Color Lipstick the glossiness wasn’t too bad and it was just the right shade of pink for my dark skin.
Artistry Signature Color Lipstick
The dermatologically and allergy tested lipstick is fragrance free and comes with Amways patent twist and click design that got me confused a few times. As you can see the lipstick suffered a bit from this mishap.
The lipstick is very moisturising and thanks to the formula the brand uses which includes Vitamin E. I am now lusting after a few more shades like the Velvet Classic.
Artistry Signature Color Lipstick

Aveeno Moisturising Cream Review

In my family, we all suffer from really from Eczema have have dry and sensitive cream skin. When CeCe was born she reacted to a product which then led to bad case of eczema. This led to many trips to the GP and we tried every cream under the sun. From Doublebase Gel to Oilatum Bath Formula in her water before we found what worked for her.
Luckily, with Amelia we didn’t have to go through that until recently. Since birth, Amelia has been using just natural products. Mainly Olive Oil and Shea Butter. However as autumn arrived, I noticed her skin began to change. It’s now feeling dryer than usual. This normally happens to my skin during winter and I normally use Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly to curb it.
Aveeno Moisturising Cream Review
As I was going through my stash of beauty products I discover a tube of Aveeno Moisturising Cream that was in the Britmum 2014 goody bag. I decided to start using it and the results have been amazing! Upon first use I could how smooth it felt on my skin that is when I decided to try it on Amelia.
I’d heard of the Aveeno before but never actually tried any of their products because since discovering,  Aqueous Cream years ago, we always stocked up. The Aveeno Moisturising Cream worked well in stopping redness and itchiness caused by eczema. It also absorbs really fast without leaving face shiny and with no sticky residue left on hands. It comes in a variety of packaging and quality. The one pictured is a 100ml tube and normally cost £6.99 from Boots.
Aveeno Moisturising Cream Review
One of the key ingredients in the cream Colloidal Oatmeal which apparently has been proven to restore the skin’s natural barrier. The full ingredients in the cream are [PR-010017] Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Allantoin, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol
The is works really well for the face especially during the cold period. I would definitely be buying more and if you suffer from eczema, dry or sensitive then you should also try it.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For those of you that may not know, October is a month dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer. Brands often create new products and pledge a percentage of the sales to their chosen cancer charities. According to statistics, 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their life time. Every year 55,000 people are diagnose. That is an astonishing amount hence why raising awareness and funds is vital.

This year, there are a wide range of brands taking part in Breast Cancer Awareness month so get ready to see lots of pink! From beauty brands like Bobbi Brown to wristwatch brand Guess. Below is a round up of some of the brands.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1. Zumba have launched a Pretty in Pink Collection with 30% of the sales going to their research into preventing breast cancer. For more information, please visit www.partyinpink.com.

2. Another Just Giving Page, but this time by One Chic Mom, an online magazine aimed at mothers. For every donation One Chic Mom will send a specially designed recipe that is affordable easy to make and of course child friendly.

3. Ethical egg brand, happy egg co. have designed a limited edition box which comes with a 10 mixed egg and being sold for £2.00 in Asda nationwide. They have also selected two breast cancer charities and will donated £35,000 to them.

4. Monster Headphones have created a neon pink  iSport Intensity headphones and for every sale, they vouch to donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care with the aim to raise £10,000 by November.

5. Apparently researchers have estimated that 9% of cancer cases could be prevented through change in diet. That is why appliances retailer Sage Appliances  launched a Just Giving Page to encourage their shoppers to donate. Every person who makes a donation will be entered to win a  Nutri Juicer Plus ( They have four to give away ).

6.Online fashion brand Damart is selling a pink thermal top with £5 from every top sold being donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign fund.

7.  This year, GUESS have chosen to partner with The Get in Touch Foundation, an organisation that is committed to education people on how to get in touch with their bodies. The limited edition watch is available from The Watch Shop. For more info, please visit www.guesswatches.com/getintouch.

8. I have a problem. I am a sucker for homeware and I want the six pink limited edition kitchen products created by The Pampered Chef . The Help Whip Cancer range is in support of Cancer Research UK and for every product sold, £1 will be donated to the charity.

9. Marked as the one to watch due to her innovative and contemporary designs Fine jeweller MyriamSOS has designed a bracelet composed of 375 rose gold, pink waxed cord and 6 pink sapphires. The bracelet will be available to purchase from www.haven.co.uk or Wolf and Badger in Mayfair ( as well as the wolf and badger website ) with 15% of proceeds to Breast Cancer Support Centres UK.

Its great t see so many brands working on a great cause! For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness please click here