Review | Motions Enhance & Define Products

Sunday, 5 July 2015

With my hair becoming increasingly textured I'm always on the look out for products to help detangle and define my curls. Motions sent over new products from their 'Natural Textures' line, including the Pre-Wash Detangling Butter (£4.99/229ml)* and the Versatile Texture Defining Cream (£9.99/211ml)* a couple of months ago and I was definitely interested to see how they'd compare to products I have already.

The Pre-Wash Detangling Butter is now my go-to treatment before washing my hair. As the name suggests this product gives the hair a lot of slip to help ease out any tangles.  I've only ever used natural oils and Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer Extreme prior to shampooing, though I'm aware that some women use a regular conditioner as a pre-shampoo treatment. The texture of this product is similar to a creamy conditioner and it's just the right consistency to soften my hair. The instructions suggest that the product should be massaged into dry hair and if your hair is really dry or tangled you should leave it on for up to 20 minutes. I actually prefer to use this product on hair that's been dampened first. I've found this makes it easier to distribute the butter more evenly throughout my strands and it means I don't have to use a lot of product. Once all of my hair has been detangled I leave this on with a conditioning cap for about 10 minutes. I've been using this in place of my usual hot oil treatment as this butter has a lot of natural oils in it such as almond, avocado, coconut and argan oil. My hair feels so smooth afterwards and it gives it a nice buffer against the shampoo process which can dry out the hair.

My hair is almost always in a bun but if I'm styling my hair in a braid or twist out post-wash I'll turn to the Versatile Texture Defining Cream. It's a strange stringy gel-like texture, but it gives beautiful definition and doesn't leave any flakes or residue. I'm usually anti-mineral oil but I used this product so many times before I even noticed it was there! It's made me question whether I avoid mineral oil because it actually doesn't work for my hair or if I just dislike it because I think it has relatively little benefits for the hair. Either way, I've had no problems with this product so far. It does have some great ingredients included too, such as honey, shea butter, olive oil and argan oil, but it's a shame they're way down at the bottom of the list!

Whilst I love both products and will continue to use them until they run out at this point in time I'd probably only purchase the detangling butter. I love how smooth it makes my hair and anything that can help detangle my hair easier on wash-day is a winner. The defining cream works well, but it's not something I reach for often and I have other products which work just as great for definition.

*pr sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried products by Motions? 

Lesley x

Glowwbox | June 2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

With Summer officially here the June Glowwbox* features 6 beauty products to help keep our hair, skin and makeup in check during this beautiful season. I've written a few Glowwbox posts before but in case you didn't know Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) made with women with darker skin in mind. Each box also comes with a mini magazine - Gloww - and in this month's edition I share a few tips on how I care for my hair during a typical British Summer.

I've not had as much time as I'd like to get acquainted with this box (let's just say it's been a busy few weeks) so this is more of a 'what's inside' post than a review. Of the 6 products included, 3 are full size - Mehron Velvet Finish Primer (£18) Black Opal Colour Splurge eye colour in Dusky Glow (£6.95) and Black Opal Colour Splurge Patent Lips in Orange Blaze (£8.95). The other 3 are sample sizes - ClaySpray White Clay and Ginseng (full size £25), Silvertree Moroccan Argan Oil (full size £14.99) and Lucy Annabella Argan & Bergamot Organic Treatment Oil (full size £38).

I'm always struck by the quality of the products included in every Glowwbox and the recommended retail price of Mehron Primer covers the cost of the whole box so it's really great value for money. My combination skin makes it difficult for my makeup to last, especially in the warmer summer months, so a primer is something I end up relying on daily. The Mehron Velvet Finish Primer is oil-absorbing which means it should help makeup stay put. It contains a 'Vitamin C Complex', Aloe Vera extract and Vitamin E which supposedly smoothes and evens out the skin's texture. I look forward to putting this to the test during the next few months.

I love using oils on my hair and skin so I was quite excited to see two different brands of treatment oils included this month. The Silvertree Moroccan Argan Oil can be used on the skin and tresses but the ingredients are really similar to a few hair products I have. It smells awesome and the silicone content helps tame frizz so it's a great finishing touch. The Lucy Annabella Argan & Bergamot Organic Treatment Oil however contains a blend of 9 100% organic oils, including lemon, lavendar, sesame and avocado oil. This is the kind of product I'd rely on for daily use all over my body, especially post-shower on dry areas such as my knees and elbows.

Also inside this month are two Black Opal products, the Colour Splurge Eye Colour in Dusky Glow and the Colour Splurge Patent Lips in Orange Blaze. It's the first time I've tried anything by the brand so it's good to be introduced to something new. The eyeshadow compact features two bronzed neutral shades, which are my favourite tones to wear. The lip colour however is brighter than what I'm used to, but it's an undeniably beautiful shimmery red-orange tone and very pigmented.

Face masks have become my go-to for an instant 'pick-me-up' for my skin. The ClaySpray White Clay and Ginseng Mineral Treatment Masque claims to brighten and tighten skin. I'm hoping to make a little time at the end of the week to really indulge in pampering myself with this. The size of the sachet is quite small, but it should be enough for two uses which is a nice taster into a brand I'm not familiar with.

This Glowwbox is on sale until Saturday 4th July. Get yours here.

*pr sample - all of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service? 

Lesley x

Style | New Look 70s Style Maxi Dress

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Having sun in London always causes me chaos with with figuring out what to wear as most of my wardrobe accommodates windy, rainy weather. I've loved being able to wear maxis and sandals recently and this split side 70s style dress from New Look is one of my favourites. I love the pattern which works surprisingly well with a number of pieces I have like this off-white blazer from H&M and Carvela Kurt Geiger handbag.

Admittedly as I write this it's muggy but raining and cloudy outside. I ran a few errands earlier in a hooded jacket and all black converse which have seen better days, but I'm hoping to do more outfit posts soon which feature more of my British Summer style.

Dress & Sandals - New Look | Blazer & Necklace- H&M | Belt - Next | Bag - Carvela Kurt Geiger | Sunglasses - River Island | Watch - Olivia Burton 

What have you been wearing recently? 

Lesley x

Review | KeraCare Overnight Moisturizing Treatment

Monday, 22 June 2015

I've become really familiar with KeraCare products over the last year and the Overnight Moisturizing Treatment(£10.95/115g)* has become one of their products I couldn't do without.

When I first heard of this product the name and the apricot '2' on the packaging had me thinking this was a rinse-out deep conditioner but it's actually more like a moisturiser. KeraCare describes this product as 'a moisturizing nightcap for dry hair' and it really does soften my thirsty strands whilst I sleep. This is one of my favourite KeraCare moisturisers, second only to the Natural Textures Hair Milk. It's a creamy consistency which provides the right amount of moisture without overloading the hair with product.

When I first used this product nightly as directed I didn't notice a huge deal of difference the following day. With regular use over a couple of weeks however, my hair became much softer and easier to manage. As much as I love how much volume my hair gets naturally (as it makes an awesome high bun without any padding) it's cotton-like texture can lead to a lot of tangling and matting, especially at the roots. Even when wearing buns daily my hair (which creates most of the matting issues) when I'm using this product I've noticed a lot less tangling. 

When moisturising I generally split my hair into 2-4 sections (depending on how dry my hair is) and I stick to applying no more than a walnut sized amount of this moisturiser to each section. The product is quite rich and as it's a small tub too I try to use it sparingly. I now mostly use this product in combination with something else to make it stretch further. My typical routine is to use a milk-y product or conditioning mist first and then apply a little of the Overnight Moisturizing Treatment before styling my hair for bed. I keep my hair in place by sleeping in a silk scarf or on a satin pillowcase and this routine has definitely made my mornings smoother and less hairy (pun intended).

Have you tried any KeraCare products? 

*pr sample - read my disclaimer here.

Lesley x