Wednesday, 30 July 2014

How-To | Braidout [Video]

I finally made a tutorial for my big fluffy braidout on my YouTube channel. This method allows me to get a fairly even wave throughout regardless of the variety of textures I have in my hair. This is definitely a great transitioning style!

I used my usual products to moisturise each section - Root2Tip Honey Rain Juice & Triple M Mirale Moisture Milk.

The Video: 

Have you tried a braidout?

Lesley x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Review: Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

I got a sample of this Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream when I purchased Benefit's Gimme Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel a few months ago. I haven't ever tried Benefit skincare products before so I was curious how this would fare against my usual drug-store and Clarins favourites.

The cream itself is really rich and buttery. It smells absolutely beautiful and the packaging is so cute (but probably not that practical). The full-size product usually retails at £28.50 for 48.2g of product and it's suited to dry or normal skin types. I'd say my skin type is more combination, mostly oily but with a few dry patches. As the product is really thick I've avoided putting it over the whole of my face so I don't aggravate the oiliness. Instead I've been using this moisturiser for the last couple of weeks just on the dry areas and it's really helped soften them up and keep them hydrated. My face feels much smoother overall and feels more even.

Benefit claims this product contains an 'exclusive tri-radiance complex to help develop the skin's reserves of water'. I agree that it kept my usually dry patches hydrated but I couldn't see anything particularly special in the ingredients unfortunately, apart from Mango Butter. In fact the ingredients aren't hugely different from some of the drug-store brands I have in my beauty stash so I'm not sure the high-end price is entirely justified.

The product has lasted pretty well considering the size, but I have been using it sparingly. I could see myself buying similar products from Benefit when this product runs out, but I wouldn't buy this exact product as it seems like a huge expense for something I'd only use on small areas of my face. I'm definitely interested in trying Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion and the Moisture Prep Toning Lotion which are more suited to my skin type. 

Have you tried anything from Benefit? 

Lesley x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer Wardrobe: Strappy Sandals

Lately I've been loving wearing heeled strappy sandals. I don't wear heels often unless they're cleverly concealed platform boots as me and heels are usually a disaster. FYI I tend to look like Bambi trying to walk around in roller skates, but I'm hoping by wearing these more often I'll eventually look slightly more elegant in heels.

I got the two black pairs from Primark and the pink pair from Desire Clothing. I can't remember the exact prices but all of them were under £20, so a total bargain for me. I love how these shoes instantly transform my outfits, making it look like I've put in more effort. I'd love to add a white pair to the small collection above to finish off a few outfits which don't quite work with black or pink shoes.

What's in your summer wardrobe? 

Lesley x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Relaxed Hair Update | July 2014

I relaxed my hair after 5 long months, which seemed to be crawling by until it finally got to relaxer day on Monday. In typical fashion I didn't really feel like relaxing my hair by this point but I went ahead as I've had some time off work and I knew I wouldn't have this much time on my hands again for a while. I feel like the relaxer process went well but I've lost the ability to apply and smooth the relaxer as fast as I used to. I guess leaving so much time between relaxers has left me a little rusty.

I did the half half method as usual using ORS Olive Oil Lye Relaxer in normal (my relaxer process is detailed here). I relaxed the back half first and then repeated the same process separately on the top half. I spent about 4-5 minutes applying the relaxer and left it on for 9 minutes on the back sections and for 12 minutes on the front sections in total. For the first time I coated my hair from root to tip in oil (I usually just put it on the previously relaxed parts). I also put vaseline on my ends, the line of demarcation and my edges as well as basing my scalp with it.

I really didn't want overprocessing (if you didn't already guess) and overall the results were near perfect. I have actual curls throughout my hair which I'm really excited about. You can see how textured it looks post-wash in the picture above. I used my Root2Tip Protein Balance Masque to restore protein levels and my hair is so soft and bouncy.

My transition to texlaxed (info here) has taken me so long to get right and I feel like I can finally visualise how my hair will look when it's fully texlaxed. I still have a very long way to go though and I've avoided taking accurate length check pictures in months to not discourage myself from transitioning. It's quite daunting basically starting over after spending years growing out my hair and I've (reluctantly) given up on the idea of maintaining mid-back length hair during my transition. My hair is about mid-back length now but I plan to cut off about an inch or so soon.

I also plan to document my transition more in the following months as I have no idea how long it's taken me to get to this point or realistically how far I've got to go.

What have you been doing to your hair recently?

Lesley x
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