Friday, 13 November 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
If you have dry damaged hair, you may be in the market for a thick moisture conditioning treatment.
Why don't you try Dark and Lovely moisture seal treatment.
I have natural hair and i love it. It makes my hair feel soft, conditioned and happy!
Now i usually walk right past Dark and Lovely and Motions product lines when at the hair shop. I just never felt like that they had good ingredients or anything that appealed to me as a natural haired individual.Maybe it was the slightly now kitsch seventies style name. But this is definitely a keeper and i will no longer be a product snob.
Now it is silicone free. But it does have mineral oil in it ( which i do not mind)
But seriously i can not rave about it more
"Great for relaxed, colour treated, or heat traumatised hair!"
"Our advanced combination of natural ingredients and body enhancing polymers infuses and seals moisture into each and every hair strand for a soft and full finish. Enriched with Panthenol and Vitamin E, this deep conditioning formula revitalizes and moisturizes dry, damaged hair."
"Intensive Conditioning for Dry/Damaged Hair"
"Protects against Split Ends"
"Replenishes and seals in moisture"
At selected Superdrugs, Asda's, online and all good Afro hair shops.
And only £2.49 for 250ml ( take that Elasta QP DPR-11!)
*The photo above illustrate the almost supernatural power of this deep conditioner, the fact that the top of it is glowing and the Cats eyes are glowing, make no mistake are no coincidence*
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Eastenders. I hate Eastenders and its ridiculous plot lines which pretend to have some sort of rooting in reality. ( I stopped watching after Tiffany was mowed down.) However it is the most watched soap, so its pretty hard to escape.
This post is about Denise Fox (portrayed by Diane Parish).
It is about her makeup.
It is about her hideous makeup.
In particularly her eyeshadow. Pitch Black. Spread throughout the whole lid. From lashline to crease. Nothing, nothing but black.
I pray tell me, why on earth this is done? Denise/Diane has small lids, so filling that with black, does what exactly?
I don't know if the makeup artist is stuck in a 1996 time warp.( Denise sports purple lipstick as well) Or if this is a personal preference( the first picture is at an awards ceremony- more of the same!)
Well whoever it is, why not some experimentation? Try some other hues. Bronze, green, gold anything!
We will not nor ever be discussing Chelsea's headband/Half wig combos. OK?
Sorry I can't get with the throw back 90s look of Purple/Dark Brown/Black lipstick.
Think Eternal, SWV, Missy and Foxy, Total, En vogue.
The combo of Dark lips and dark eyeshadow i just don't flattering on anybody ( urgh Denise in Eastenders- who wears charcoal black all over their eyelid?)
I tried it ( Nicka K lip Crayon in Egg plant) and umm No thanks
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Sleek nailed polish in poision ivy( it is nailed polish not nail) i have worn this week. After 5 days it is chipped, but with a base coat, top coat and 2-3 coats in between you get three days chip free. Since i wear my polish till it chips away( i'm naasty like that)i don't really care.
Its a deep dark green which is flattering on all skin tones
Even though there is something about sleek the company that disturbs my spirit( like if something really bad comes out about them like they make orphans cry and then harness that to power their machinery) , i have to say i love the shades they have in their nail polishes and i have poison ivy, millionaire and Barbie. For only £1.99 they are great to play around with and 25 shades to choose from.
The "website" which will probably become a real site when i turn 70
Monday, 5 October 2009
My rave review for Purity facial wash certainly isn't hearsay! ( buda boom ching! Geddit?)
I've seen this skincare line promoted/on special offers in superdrug for a little while and two months ago, actually more, it was on offer so i snapped up the facial wash. ( the line includes moisturisers, scrubs etc)
Now i love me some natural ingredients and the less ingredients the better for me as i have dry and sensitive skin. I haven't been able to use store bought cleansers. Until now!
Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Xanthan gum, Aloe Vera leaf powder, Sweet almond oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric Acid.
I love this. It has actually replaced my beloved oil cleansing( a lot due to time saving).
It is gentle, does not leave my extra dry skin hard and crackly and does not irritate your eyes if it gets in 'em. It cleanses skin well and i can't rave about it enough.
It has a very faint smell(hurrah!)
I would say maybe the only con is that a lot can tend to come out of the lid due to its design.
At £4.99( although I've seen it on offer a few times on superdrug so keep eagle eyes out) its not cheap cheap like i usually like. I don't care. As long as its produced i will keep buying!
Ooh and it is made up of 98% of ingredients of natural origin ( urrmmm OK, that's very clear)
and 70% organic
No animal testing
Made in the UK
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wet and Wild is a budget American cosmetics brand that i had heard was good on the web. I didn't know that it had launched in England but it had- via the web. So i had high hopes when a few months ago everything was on sale. I was sorely disappointed and my wetnwild products were destined never to see the light of day until about 6 weeks ago when scrambling round for a mascara my stubby fingers clasped this. Wet and Wild's Mega Wink Mascara.
This is a bloody good mascara. It is a curved wand mascara that is smaller than usual(its not pocket sized- but smaller than the average mascara tube) and it may be a placebo but i feel it defines and lengthen my lashes. ( i always use lash curlers so the curl factor is not something i'm looking for). I would put it on a par with Bourjois/Maybelline and other drugstore/chemist/non high-end mascara's i have used in the past. For £1.99 it is a bargain! Apart from this and the lip liners everything else i used was awful, and this is the only thing i will ever repurchase.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Everyone loves products that you can use on more than one part of the body.
One of these is Rosewater Glycerine.
It is a great moisturiser for Kinky/Curly hair- just pop it in a spray bottle and for someone like me with very dry skin it is excellent when incorporated into a skincare regimine.
It is less sticky and thick than its half-sister Glycerine.
After washing my face, and whilst it is still damp i use a cotton wool ball to apply to my face and then i apply my sunscreen(or coconut oil and then sunscreen).
Since i have done this i have had zero flakes(yayy!) and when it was hot, i could get away with the rosewater only( i think as winter approaches i will have to add the coconut oil). My skin feels moisturised and i feel it looks better.
You can buy rosewater and glycerine seperately if you cannot find them combined. I use a brand that is readily available in Afro hair shops- Eternal Beauty Rosewater Glycerine. It has only two ingredients, Pure Glycerine B.P and Rosewater(the Glycerine is vegetable and is approved by the UK Vegetarian society).
I know that Boots also sell RWG as part of their retro "Original beauty" range.
You can use it on the whole of your body and add it your bath if you wish as a moisturising treat.
Ohh as you can see i bought it for £1.79 and it is a staple.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
At Superdrug Collection 2000 dazzle me! Eye dust, is half price , i think each pot is just under £1.50 till the end of the month, so i thought i would do a post on them.
I've used them sporadically for the last year or two and for bright colours at cheap prices that last i think they are great for experimentation and cheaper than many of the other bedazzled /razzle/glam/fairy pot/ eye pollen dusts, which are produced by nearly all makeup brands at the drugstore( what is the english version, chemist?, just doesn't sound right)
Using my 8 year old glamorous assistant Nadia , i used Collection 2000 dazzle me! Eye dust in sugarplum. It is a cute colour which is quiteiridescent and multifaceted, it looks like you are actually wearing two eyeshadows as it starts off a golden lemony colour before developing into the pink.
The crappy Camera phone pictures do not do it justice and although it is twinkly it is not glittery as the pictures suggest.
They actually last a decent amount of time too( i have dry lids though so factor them in)
They have a lot of shades and if you don't like it at least you haven't paid too much.
Available at all Superdrugs to the best of my knowledge
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Laval Cosmetics are a cheap brand of make up that you usually find in the chemist, the market and little shops. Like nearly all product lines, things are hit and miss, but for the price i think you can experiment. Most of the products i have seen start at £1 and go up to £3 maybe more.
I have used, the lip pencil, the jumbo eyeshadow pencils( as a base), and little things here and there, but i must make this post about the one thing i cannot live without.
Laval Blusher in Chincilla. It is my holy grail blush and i love me some blush!
Where do i start, i bought this for 2 quid in a market and went back and bought another one. I just love the colour, it gives a warm rich colour and it lasts all day.
No camera(i'm working on it!) so no swatches(boo!) but it is a lovely colour.
It comes in 6 shades: Cinnamon, Chincilla, Peach Haze, Damson, Frosted Pink, Mulberry, Terracotta, Russet and Tawny.
You can purchase from here, for £1.50
Friday, 31 July 2009
Jergens has just recently started advertising on British television( well in my living memory) and the ads have been for their naturals range. However they produce a whole host of body lotions so don't miss out. I have only just started seeing Jergens in the big shops/supermarkets, however it has always been in the BSS/Afro hair shops. I picked this up because it has AHA's ( Alpha hydroxy acids) and i had never seen that in a body lotion.
What i love about this lotion is that leaves your skin moisturised. I have very dry skin, so i often have to use thick butters, but this lotion does not leave me dry at all.
However there are a few things that i could see, that would be problematic for others. Firstly, the smell. I like it but if you do not like heavy scents this could be a problem. It doesn't leave a smell on the body nor does it linger but it does have a perfume like odour. Also there are tiny little microbeads that just melt into the skin. Not problematic just a bit odd. Maybe to hit home that it really DOES exfoliate.( see little beads! It works!)
I bought 295mL for £2.59 and the price does differ by about 50p more, depending on the shop. There is also a giant bottle for about six quid. Its getting harder and harder to find these smaller bottles, i think people are going out and mass grabbing them.
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Lactamide MEA, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tridecyl Salicylate, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Juice, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Juice, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Red 30, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarine
Thursday, 30 July 2009
The first is something i discovered by accident as i picked the cheapest apricot scrub on the shelf and it also had the best ingredients.
It is 21 Days Natural Apricot Face and body scrubbing cream. It is a part of the 21 days range of products found in most Afro hair shops that is geared towards the lightening of dark spots. *cough* bleach *cough*. But don't let that or the mad mindset behind it deter you.
In the shower/bath, this scrub gets your skin silky smooth, i was actually shocked. The particles are so soft and not hard or gritty like some ( shakes fist furiously at a shall remain nameless Swiss company). I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff.
Price£1.99-3.99 ( Don't pay over that)
It comes in 200ml tub. There is really only one bad point. .The smell. I'm used to it now, but you may think its gone off or something. Nah. It hasn't that's just the smell it has. I went into like 10 different shops smelling it, and it was the same in all.
Directions for use:Apply twice a week after cleansing, over face and body. Gently exfoliate with circular motion, avoiding the eye contour area. Remove with lukewarm water.
By the way i use this on my body and rarely on my face. I don't usually exfoliate my face.
Ingredients:Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cocoa butter, Apricot seed powder, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Jojoba oil, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Trethanolamine, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citirc Acid, Benzophenone-4, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer, Mineral oil, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Polysorbate- 85, Imidazolidinyl, Urea, Disodium EDTA.
Aquimpex's site ( they produce loads of stuff!)
The video is hilarious! A panther and Hydroquinone. Who knew they were synonymous!
Or why the model is at first wearing a lab coat and then a Bikini? Those Craazy Ital-ians!
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
SPF 30 High protection.
For some messed up reason Tesco decided to reformulate this product, from an easy squeezy container to a "Sports pack" umm ok. They also changed the ingredients( insert pissed off smilie here)
It is £3.00 for 75 ml which i think is a great price. So lets get to reviewing my lovelys
I love the price, its readily available and it doesn't have a white cast leaving you looking like you bathed in baby powder that so many sunscreens do.
It has a pleasant smell, not too clinical and its not greasy and absorbs well. You can use it in place of a moisturiser and no dryness.
What i dislike- the packaging, its now in a weird sports pack that looks like an astronauts space food container or a massive packet of a male contaceptive device.
They also changed the ingredients- wahh and put in more stuff that i can't pronounce.
Baring that all in mind i give it 2 Thumbs up and it is a staple of mine.
I heart it *strokes space food/condom pack*
Aqua, C12-15, Allkyl Benzoate, Cocoglycerides, Cera Alba, Butyl Methoxydibehnzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Octocrylene, Butylene Glycol, Methylene BIS-Benzotrizoyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Santalum Acuminatum Fruit extract, Acacia Victoriae Fruit exract, Citrus Glauca Fruit extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, PEG-40 Sterate, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum.
New sports pack
Aqua, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cocoglycerides, Cera Alba, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, PED-15 Cocamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PED-40 Sterate, Decyl Glucose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Santalum, Acuminatum Fruit extract, Acacia Victoriae Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
You may think nah i'm a dusky beauty from a far off land, i have no need for such things.
You would of course be wrong.
Skin Cancer affects us.
Sun damage affects us.
So if you cancer doesn't scare you, i will appeal to your vanity. The sun's rays age right? Sooo the melanin in your skin+ sunscreen= Double weapon in againg! Yayyyy
Another effect of sun damage- Hyperpigmentation. Something loads of us have to deal with.
So go on do it!
Some links for your perusual
Monday, 18 May 2009
Easy to apply, ditch the little brush and use an angled eyeliner brush, its easier to use, but if you're skilled use the lil brush they provide
Dark deep colour
Availability-Superdrug, any black hair shop
Does not last! Ohmigosh i went out in the day, 4 hours later it had disappeared into a murky blemish. I was p****!
I need to reiterate that this thing does not last!!!!! Urgh. Seriously, i did my makeup 20 mins later it was fading! This was after i had already used it on top of black eyeshadow as a liner!
If you do use this you have to use black eyeshadow/eyeliner then go over it with the Ink Pot.
It looked so good but i am so mad it didn't last!!! Urghhhh, i will update with photos( timed!)
Boo Sleek Boo!
Rant over and Out!!!!
Monday, 11 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
So i have only just started taking care of my skin and I'm still learning.
My huge bug bear is my nose!!! Ugh the blackheads and white heads are just a weekly enemy with me. I fight them through nose pore strips and facial steaming. There are a lot of blackhead fighting products out there on the market and they can be pretty expensive, especially when you don't know where to start.
But i have found two affordable and effective treatments!
From the Family fave superdrug comes the Blackhead clearing nose strips.
It is a set of 5 nose strips. Although these things never fully cover my nose they do an OK job.
- The instructions
- cleanse nose/face thoroughly and make sure nose area is wet- What i also do is put a little water on the underside part- the part that you will stick onto your nose, because it never seems to get wet enough.
- apply sticky part to nose. Firmly
- Leave to dry for 10-12 minutes or when stiff ( if left on for too long it won't work)
- Peel off
- Rinse residue
For £2.49 they do what they are supposed to say and are a lot cheaper than more well established name brands.
Ingredients:Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylic acid, Aqua, Sillica Silylate, Titanium /Titanium dioxide, Alcohol denat., Lauric Acid, Peg-10, Dioleate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Paeonia Suffruticosa( Peony root extract), Menthol, Peppermint oil
Secondly is my sugar, my honey, my b-a-b-y baby
Superdrug clarity rapid results treatment pen
This is also £2.49 and it is( puts on surfer dude accent) AWESOME!!!! It has a mixture of salicylic acid and glycolic acid( something i have not seen in any drugstore product) I had a huge white head on my nose one morning. I dabbed some on, went into the shower and when i came back it had visibly shrunk. I was like OMG!
I am now using it in the battle to keep my nose clear and its doing OK.
Its not actually pen its more like a mini roll on deodorant type thing, but i think its pretty effective.
The ingredients are
Alocohol, Alcohol Denat., Glycerine, Hamamelis Virginia, Salicylic Acid, Hydroxythylcellulose, Glycolic acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Benzophenone-4, Hexyl Cinamaldehyde, 2-(4-tert, Butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxy-methylpentyl-cyclohexenecarboxalde-hyde, Limonene, Hydroxy-citronellal, CI 42051, CI60730
Friday, 1 May 2009
My hair which i had previously thought was in tip top condition has begun to break.
I tried a molasses treatment, nothing happened, a protein conditioner, nothing happened. I was even going to reach for my stinky aphogee.
My hair is overmoisturised and i want answers!!!Dammit!
So whilst perusing the web for answers, i hit upon Keratin for breakage. The best of the bunch when it comes to protein for your hair.
So i was left with some choices, i didn't want to do the 2-step aphogee, because it is so strong, plus i just can't be bothered.
The 2 minute aphogee has changed its formulation, so i was a little leery. Then there was Organic Root stimulator Mayonnaise.
So i shuffled my way down to the shops and found the ORS mayonnaise but it £2.49 for a teeny amount and nearly a fiver for the large one.
This would not do! So i begun scanning the other mayonnaise products and found
sofn'free hair mayonnaise. It has hydrolised Keratin and collagen so i was delighted. Yay for me!!!!
Well i used it. I didn't follow the instructions though (oh no!). I actually slept with it overnight (!) I didn't mean to, but i got to yakking on the phone and in no time at all i was asleep.
Well. I washed it our and i didn't see any immediate difference, but a day or two later my breakage has slowed down.
I am giving it 2 thumbs up! I still need to work on my protein/moisture balance but y'know baby steps. So in a quick summary
Texture- lovely and Thick! I love thick conditioners
Some good ingredients- Keratin, Collagen, Lactic acid and egg oil???( does anyone know what that is. How exactly is oil extracted from an egg- i can hear the shrill cries of an egg ringing in my ear)
Smells slightly like a cheap men's cologne (Eau du Sleaze)
If you are ingredient aware has some baddies- sulfates, mineral oil, comes etc
(full ingredients list below)
Availability- i've never seen this before. Then again I've never used a mayonnaise before. Plus i can't see it on the company's website
Will i use it again. Yes!
Ingredients:Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearic acid, Hydrolized Keratin, Dicetyldimonium chloride, polyquaternium-32, Mineral oil, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycerine, Safflower seed oil, Hydrolized collagen, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Oilive oil, PPG-12-PEG-50 Lanolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panthenol, Cholesterol, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene glycol, Nettle extract, Lactic acid, Parsley extract, Egg oil (???), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (boo!hiss!boo), Sodium hydroxide(faints), Fragrance, DMDM( i don't even want to know), Hydatonin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl,Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Yellow 5(CI 19140), Acid Red14(ci 14720), Brilliant Black(cool name)(CI28440) PHEW!
BTW:I have natural hair
Monday, 30 March 2009
Those dreaded spots on yer back. Lucky for me i don't have bacne. Thats right, i don't remember ever having spots there, but what i have are some delightful dark marks that leave me looking like a speckled hen or dot to dot page before the lines have been drawn in.
Well enough about my hideous back, lets get on to the good stuff!
Neutrogena formulate a back wash, but i haven't seen it anywhere. Maybe i should go to the big boots up west but quite frankly i can't be bothered.
SO i have finally decided to treat it and here is what i have found
Diana Acne soap
*picture will be inserted later*( no digicam cough cough)
Salicylic acid 2%, Sulfur 2%, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, EDTA, Etidronic acid, Fragrance, Colorant.
so lets analyse these ingredients boffins
Salicylic acid is used commonly to treat acne, it exfoliates ( its a beta hydroxy acid) and helps clears blocked pores. 2% is the highest dosage found over the counter.
Sulphur ( i will use the English spelling dammit!!!!)- in the past it has been used to treat Acne, but isn't so common nowadays. I keep hearing conflicting things about sulphur. Often that no-one knows exactly how it works( oooh spooky) One thing is that it has been known to cause discolouration so be careful, well I'll be the guinea pig!
The rest of the ingredients are just soap bases and stuff which is in other soaps.
The directions for use, say use twice a day.
Other treatments for Bacne I've seen are
Head and shoulders shampoo- because it contains zinc
Also lotions or astringents that contain Salicylic acid, however don't use them altogether because you will irritate your skin.
Then there are the commonsense things
*Change bedsheets/pillow covers and clothing regularly- i hope you guys do this already!
*Change clothes regularly/wash them!- or switch detergents to a more gentle formulation
*Wash after any activity where you have worked up a sweat
*Exfoliate( post coming up on this soon)
Umm that's it i think. Umm any chemistry people that can help me( email meeee)
or anyone who has any info, or is like omigodsaarflondongirlsulphurwillblowyourbrainsupumadwoman!!!! email me too.
And urm that's that.
Diana Acne soap can be found at any black hair shops or BSS's as they are called in the USof A ( that stands for beauty supply store) for around £1.49
oh and here is a link to the site ( they have some good stuff I'll review in the future you know)