Sunday, 12 October 2014

How-To | Hot Oil Treatment [Video]



The temperature has dropped so much in the UK that I'm relying on my hot oil treatments more than ever to give my hair a little 'pick me up'. I thought I'd put together a video tutorial for my YouTube channel on how I do a hot oil treatment using my favourite oil currently - Coconut Oil.

The video: 





Have you tried a hot oil treatment? 


Lesley x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Fluffy Twist Out


Today I wore a twist out for the first time in months. I've not been able to wear a twist out in so long as the curls haven't lasted recently. I tried the 3 strand twist method this time around (instead of the 2 strand twist), twisting freshly washed hair before bed and unravelling this morning. I used this tutorial from Alyssa but I used tights as one of the 'strands' as shown in my braidout tutorial here. It gave my hair the perfect definition at the ends, blending the multiple textures on my head. 

It's already dark by the time I get home from work so the lighting in the snaps below isn't the best, but you can get an idea of how big my hair was. 







Ever since I started committing to my transition to texlaxed (more info here) my hair has so much more body and fullness. I don't think my hair has ever been so thick. At the beginning of my transition, I must admit I felt a little overwhelmed by my thicker, fluffy (and gravity defying) strands. Now I can't wait to chop off my lifeless bone straight ends, though I'm not going to just yet. 


How have you been styling your hair lately?


Lesley x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review | The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil



I've had quite a few dry patches on my face recently so picked up The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil (£13/28ml). This product is a blend of natural oils, including jojoba, wheat germ and sweet almond oil, with a serum. It's a light and silky texture which aims to recharge and moisturise the skin.

When you have oily skin there's often the temptation to only use products devoid of oil, but when I've relied heavily on such products previously they've only served to make my face oilier, irritated and extremely dry in places. I now work on balancing the natural oils on my face (rather than stripping them away completely) and this product is quickly proving to be great for my skin.


I've been using the serum-in-oil every couple of days before bed after cleansing for the past few weeks and it's been keeping my skin really soft and moisturised. The dry areas of my face in particular feel much smoother and even. It's easy to apply, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin greasy.



As Vitamin E is usually great for fading scars I really hoped this serum-in-oil would provide relief from some scarring on my face. So far I've not noticed any improvement but my skin has seemed brighter in general.

I'll definitely continue to use this product nightly to keep it soft and hydrated. I imagine I'll be reaching for this more often as the temperature drops and my skin gets drier.


Have you tried any products from The Body Shop? 


Lesley x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Black Shoe Haul | Autumn 2014




Black shoes account for about 95% of my footwear and yet I can never seem to have quite enough of them. I've been using the autumn season as an excuse to add some new shoes to my collection and I'm sure these 3 pairs will get the most wear over the coming months.



Primark Black Pointed Flats
For the days it's not thundering with rain and not cold enough to freeze my toes I'll be relying on these flats. I don't usually like pointy shoes as my feet are pretty wide but these look quite cute on and were the bargain price of £4 in the Primark sale.



River Island Black Lace Up Brogues 
I have so many pairs of brogues in random colours but strangely I haven't owned any in black until now. I'm a big fan of keeping it simple so the clean, classic design suits me to a tee. These brogues work perfectly with my tailored trousers and checked dresses which I'll be wearing this season.



River Island Black Cut Out Boots
I find it really hard to not buy several of what I have already which has led me to have so many variants of the Chelsea Boot. I couldn't resist another pair and surely one more pair of Chelsea Boots can't hurt? I love the cut out detail and the gold buckle on these which are a cool twist on the classic design.


What are you favourite shoes to wear? 


Lesley x

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