Monday, 29 December 2014

FOTN | New Years Eve Makeup Look

New Year's Eve is almost here and, scarily, 2015 is just around the corner. My New Year's Eve is going to be pretty low-key but I plan to add a little glamour with my makeup. I got the Smashbox On The Rocks Palette (£29) for Christmas - it's a limited edition palette with 12 of their Photo Op Eye Shadows. 

I've loved wearing a lot of green hues this season so naturally I was drawn towards the 'Midnight Emerald' shade from this palette and it's the main feature of this look. Green can seem like a scary shade to wear but I think it can suit such a wide variety of skintones and it works so beautifully with brown eyes. Applying eyeshadow is not my forte so I stuck to keeping it simple so this look is easy to duplicate. I kept the rest of my makeup muted, opting for a nude (ish) brown lipstick which only softly veils my natural lip colour. I then dabbed some brown shimmery gloss over the top to add a little more glitter. 

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick (55)

Rimmel London Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Smashbox On the Rocks Eye Shadow Palette (Vanilla, Midnight Emerald & Bourbon)

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)

Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick (231 Sepia)
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss (Jewel)

What makeup look will you be rocking this NYE?

Lesley x

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Haul | Black Friday Missguided Buys

This year on 28th November was the first that 'Black Friday' really had an impact in the UK. Shops everywhere were discounting stock and I was inundated with emails from places I'd forgotten I'd even subscribed to. The bulk of my purchases were from Missguided who dropped several deals over 'Black Friday weekend'. I didn't go too crazy with my purchases as I haven't ordered much from Missguided before but I love everything I bought which has slotted into my current wardrobe perfectly.

Dorothie Floral Print Cigarette Trousers (£24.99 £5)
These trousers are so well put together which I wasn't expecting as the photo on the website doesn't do it justice. I would totally pay full price for these and I feel a little like I've robbed Missguided of these by only getting them for a fiver. I've got a slouchy cream jumper that I love wearing these with and I often opt for these black brogues for a more casual look.

Alison Floral Racer Bodycon Dress (£9.99 £5)
I've been hoarding bodycons this season which is a welcome change from wearing swing and shift dresses. I love the floral pattern on this one. The racer style top makes hiding my bra straps a little awkward but I recently got a very simple but neat tool to tuck my bra straps in which Shirley talks about in her video here.

Beatrina Contrast Collar Playsuit (£24.99 £5)
I'm in love with tailored pieces and anything monochrome so this playsuit is perfect for me. I found my size of this particular playsuit quite restrictive (length wise) so I opted for a bigger size this time which is the slightest bit too big. It's not noticeable when I accessorise this playsuit with a belt but I may have to give it a little nip and tuck with my sewing machine.

Kimberley Waterfall Coat (£59.99 £35)
I had to spend so long refreshing my internet browser to get this coat as the website kept crashing, presumably as all coats dropped to half price on Black Friday. It feels very luxurious and this coat has been keeping me warm on those icy cold days. I've mostly been pairing this coat with midi dresses and heeled boots but much to my surprise it seems to go with everything.

Carly Crepe Check Playsuit (£24.99 £5)
I've been eyeing up this playsuit for some time and I couldn't quite believe it was going so cheap which is why I snapped it up pretty sharpish. It's too cold now to wear this bare-legged so black tights, the cosy knit I'm wearing here and the lace-up platform boots I'm wearing in this old OOTD are my go-to items to make this item work for this season.

What fashion purchases have you made recently? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

FOTN | Festive Makeup Look with Yves Rocher

A red lip is my go-to for my evening makeup looks this time of year, though I tend to wear either dark red or berry tones. This year botanical beauty brand Yves Rocher have opened me up to trying something new by sending me a few items to help me get ready this season including their Moisturizing Cream Lipstick in Orange Muscade (£15)*. The lipstick is a bright orange-red hue but it's so soft and flattering I've been reaching for this shade the most recently.

I generally like my lips to stand out from the rest of my makeup so I used only a little gold eye shadow from Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio in Brun Wood to add some glamour and slightly smoked Black Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon around the lash line. To finish my eyes I added Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara in Waterproof Black (£18.50)* which has the perfect wand for grabbing and coating each lash with mascara without overloading it with product. 

To finish off my preparations for a night out I used Yves Rocher Flower Party By Night Fragrance (£26)* - a 'spicy' version of their original floral perfume. It smells gorgeously sweet and distinctly of vanilla and almond.

Full face details: 

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio (13 Brun Wood) 
Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon (No.1 Black)
Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara (Waterproof Black)* 

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick (43 Orange Muscade)* 

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

What makeup looks will you be creating this season? 

Lesley x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Realash Eyelash Enhancer

Longer, thicker eyelashes is something many women crave, but is it possible to improve the look of your own lashes without mascara or falsies? REALASH contacted me some time ago about road-testing their Eyelash Enhancer (£49)* and I couldn't help be curious as to whether there was actually a product which could make your real lashes longer.

The product is only 3ml and comes with a hefty price tag for the size but it's packed with all sorts of lash-loving ingredients and is stated to last for 4-5 months. Only a small amount is needed and you apply it like an eyeliner to the roots of your lashes each night post-cleansing. REALASH claims that with continuous use for 8-12 weeks there will be a significant improvement in the length and thickness of your eyelashes. I usually struggle to be consistent with products but I will be using this every night for the next 3 months to see if there really is any difference in the look of my eyelashes.

This is what my lashes look like currently with absolutely no eye makeup above (I'm wearing makeup on the rest of my face). There's also a shot of my lashes with mascara below (it was taken on a different day).

I'll be reporting my results of using this product in a month's time. In the meantime you can see some before and after shots on the company's website here.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Realash or any eyelash enhancers before?

Lesley x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Review | Glowwbox December 2014

There's various subscription beauty boxes on the market currently (like Glossybox, Birchbox and Jolie Box) and though I'm a self-confessed beauty lover they're pretty uncharted territory for me. I was contacted by Glowwbox, a monthly beauty subscription service for women with darker skin tones, and I was excited to be sent December's box - the 'Party Season' Edition*.

Inside this month's box is Mehron Black Mascara (£7.31), two Motions products I received Motions Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask (approx £5) and Motions Natural Textures Moisturising Cleanser (approx £4), Bellapierre Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebration (£12.99), Inlight Face Glove (£4.50), Inlight Super-food Face Mask (full size £44) and Lord & Berry Absolute Intensity Lipstick in Raspberry (£12).

The subscription costs £10 per month plus £3.95 postage and packaging, so you get quite a lot for the price. Glowwbox is a UK company but also ships to Ireland and EU companies at an extra cost. At least 5 products are included in each box which can be a variety of sizes including sample, trial and full size. In this particular box I received 7 items and the only product which wasn't full size was the Inlight Super-food Face Mask.

You can tell by the product selection in this box that it's all about the prep that goes into a big night out. The Lord & Berry Lipstick is my favourite item included. The shade I received - Raspberry - is richly pigmented and leaves a smooth buttery finish. The lipstick fits into my makeup collection perfectly and is definitely something I would personally buy. Another favourite from the box is the Bellapierrre Eyeshadow in Celebration, a shimmery gold mineral eyeshadow. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow novice but the colour is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly apt for the makeup looks I'll be donning this season. I'll be pairing the mineral shadow with the Mehron Black Mascara also included in the box which claims to thicken lashes without dreaded clumping.

2 Motions Hair products from their Natural Textures range are also included in the box out of 4 options - the Deep Conditioning Mask, the Gloss Serum, the Smoothing Conditioner or the Moisturising Cleanser. It was really hard to find accurate pricing for these products online in the UK but generally the Motions Hair products retail for between £2 and £8. I've been familiar with the brand for years but I've never really been interested in using their products until recently as the brand has finally stepped up it's game with a recent packing revamp and more of their products now contain decent ingredients. I've not yet tried the Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask or the Moisturising Cleanser so I was excited to see that the full-sized products were included in this box, especially as I get through so much product due to the length and thickness of my hair.

I'm also excited to try the products by British organic skincare brand Inlight. I've had so much success using the Bravura London Dermaflannel I'm curious to see how the Inlight Face Glove, which helps gently exfoliate the skin, will compare. The Super-food mask boasts a pretty impressive ingredients list too so I'm hoping this will give my winter-beaten skin the pick-me-up it needs, though it's a shame the sample sachet wasn't a little bit bigger.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the contents of this particular box as the product selection was well thought out and good value for money. I love that Glowwbox seeks to cater for women of colour as this really sets it apart from the plethora of beauty boxes on the market currently. If every box was like this I would definitely get myself a subscription. My only criticism would be that this box aims to please all women with darker skintones 'whether you're Black, Asian, Mixed or another beautiful brown hue' - a great concept but very difficult to deliver on. With this particular box for example I think the Motions hair products, which are marketed towards women with Afro-Caribben hair, won't appeal to many asian women with fine or straight hair. Beauty box subscription services in general need to offer more options to tailor the products included as it's impossible to appeal to everyone, regardless of skin colour. It looks like Glowwbox are working on 'a feature' to help better tailor each box to the buyer which makes the subscription service more appealing to me, though I have to admit it is exciting to try products I wouldn't ordinarily pick for myself.

*Sample. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Glowwbox or other Beauty Box Subscription services?

Lesley x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Top 5 Glitter Nail Polishes

I'm not much of a glitter fan, but this time of year it's hard not to get caught up in the festive spirit and paint my talons with a little sparkle. These are my favourite polishes for this season:

(from left to right) L.A. COLORS Color Craze Nail polish in Aqua Crystals | Barry M Nail Paint in 343 (Ltd Edition) | L.A. COLORS Color Craze Nail polish in Goddess | Look Beauty Nail Pop in Sequin Effect 24 | H&M Nail polish in Just Blue Much

I mostly love wearing glitter polishes as a top coat and as a result most of the shimmery polishes I have are subtle and sheer. I have a few L.A Colours nail polishes in varying glitter tones but Goddess and Aqua Crystals are my go-to varnishes to finishing off my mani. I also love using Look Beauty's Nail Pop in Sequin Effect as a top coat as it's packed with fine metallic flakes, leaving a gorgeous lasting shimmer on my nails.

The other two shades shown are for when I really want my nails to stand out. The Barry M Nail Paint in 343 is a limited edition polish I picked up in Boots last year which screams Christmas to me. The effect isn't strictly 'glitter' in the traditional sense and instead rather reminiscent of strips of tinsel. This particular polish takes a lot of layering if you want to get the full effect but it's so worth the results. H&M's glitter polish is the latest addition to my collection and feels just a festive. I love the multi-coloured specks of glitter running throughout a cool blue base and the polish can be layered to create an ombre effect.

Tips for wearing glitter polish:

- Wear a good base coat, preferably one that peels off, as glitter nail polish is notoriously difficult to remove.
- Try glitter nail tips if you don't fancy full-on sparkle. This is one of my favourite ways to wear glitter nail polish.
- Make your glitter polish a feature by painting just one nail from each hand with a glitter polish and using a plain shade for your other nails.
- Use sheer glitter polishes as a top coat to give your favourite year round shades a festive twist.

Do you wear glitter nail polish?

Lesley x

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Dec/Jan 2015

The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now, fulfilling all your needs for festive makeup looks and hairstyle ideas, a handy gift guide and fashion news. Our hair can take a battering during this cold season and also inside this issue is my article on protecting your hairline from the elements. There's a sneak peek of my article below.

Have you got a copy?

Lesley x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Hairstyle | Flat Twist Side Bun

I took a few quick snaps of this twisted style which I wore on my birthday last Wednesday. This season's lack of light is really wreaking havoc with my blog pictures. I really don't like the yellow-y hue that comes with taking indoor pictures under generic lighting but I guess that's just how it's going to be for the next couple of months.

To do this style I created a rough parting down the middle of my hair from my forehead all the way to my neck. I then flat twisted each side all the way around my head before gathering the two twists together on the left side of my head to make a messy bun. I wore my hair like this for two days and it was great for keeping my ends moisturised during this cold weather!

How have you been wearing your hair lately?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review | Kérastase Elixir Ultime for Damaged Hair

The product I was most excited about in the goodie bag from last week's Hair Rehab London event was this Kérastase Elixir Ultime For Damaged Hair (£14.20/50ml)*

It's a non-greasy multi-use oil which can be applied prior to shampooing or as a finishing touch after blowdrying. I've got a lot of similar products to this oil amongst my hair stash, though I've never actually purchased anything by this brand before. I have a vague memory of being left with very soft hair after a stylist at Headmasters applied a few drops of the original Kérastase Elixir Ultime when I road tested the Steampod for Black Beauty & Hair magazine way back in 2012. Fortunately this version for dry hair has been having the same effect. I've recently been wearing my hair straight and this oil gives my naturally dull hair a beautiful shine whilst taming those pesky flyaways. My hair feels so smooth after applying this oil that I have to resist the urge to run my fingers through it. 

There are some great oils included in this product, namely Argan and Camellia Oil, in the concentration you'd expect from a quality salon brand like Kérastase. It's worth stating though I have products which match this oil in terms of quality which are half of the cost of this product. The first two (and main) ingredients in this product are silicones, which will be a disappointment to some. I'm pretty sure it's these ingredients which allow my hair to feel so soft and shiny after applying just a small amount though. This product has also helped keep my hair fairly tamed after such a wet and miserable week too!

I usually like quite heavily scented products, though the smell of this product is reminiscent of baby wipes, which I'm not a fan of. Thankfully the smell is quite faint and I don't notice the scent once it's on my hair.

A final note is this particular size (50ml) is so handy for carrying around in my handbag, should I need to add a bit of shine or softness to my hair on-the-go. It's cabin-friendly too as its small enough to be allowed through airport security which is always a plus. Overall, it's a lovely little product though the cost is perhaps a little too high for me.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here

Have you tried any Kérastase products before?

Lesley x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

3 ways to avoid dry hair this winter

The winter season sucks out moisture from even the most luscious strands and sometimes you have to do a little extra to keep your tresses hydrated. Here's how I'll be avoiding dry hair this winter.

Hot Oil Treatment
Never underestimate the power of a hot oil treatment as it's the easiest way to inject some life into winter-beaten strands. There's a plethora of hot oil treatments available on the market like V05 Nourish My Shine Hot Oil or Palmers Olive Oil Formula Hot Oil Treatment but I prefer to make my own using natural oils. I like using Coconut Oil most, and usually warm it up in a bowl of hot water or stick it in the microwave for a few seconds (I have a video on how I do my hot oil treatments on my YouTube channel here). Recently I've been doing a hot oil treatment on my hair on every other wash day which has helped massively with dryness. It's also made detangling my coily roots a breeze!

Deep conditioner 
I can't ever write a haircare post about dryness and not state the importance of using a deep conditioner regularly. Since I started using an intensive treatment on every wash my hair has been transformed from dry and dull to smooth and silky so I couldn't recommend it enough. I don't think using specific brands matter as long as you pick something which is a good match for your hair type. When looking for a good deep conditioner ensure it is an intensive treatment and not just a regular conditioner (a deep conditioner will need to be left on the hair for anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes). Also look for quality ingredients, which will help specifically with parched strands, like humectants and natural oils. To increase the effectiveness of your deep conditioner, use with a plastic cap, hooded dryer or steamer.

Protective Styling
Prevention is better than cure right? Shield your hair from the wintery atmosphere as much as possible to prevent your hair getting dry and brittle in the first place. My go-to protective styles are buns and plaits but wigs, weaves, extensions, braids and twists all keep the hair tucked in and away from the elements. You can also wear silk-lined hats and scarves for added protection.

How will you be preventing dry hair this season?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Avlon Blogger Breakfast with Dr Ali Syed

On Saturday myself and some other bloggers were kindly invited to a breakfast with Avlon hosted by the company's President and Master Chemist Dr Ali Syed. Avlon, which specialises in producing professional products for afro hair, is recognised globally and owning various brands. I'm most familiar with KeraCare but the company boasts several other successful brands including Affirm, MoisturColor, Ferm and FiberGuard.

The event was eye-opening and I could see instantly why Dr Ali Syed is described as the leading authority on afro hair. He was bursting with knowledge and it was interesting to hear facts like 'african hair tends to be 50 times more difficult to comb when dry than caucasian hair' and 'hair growth rates in African hair can be as low as 3.68 inches per year in comparison to 5.69 inches in caucasian hair'. 

From left to right: Jemima (Black Beauty & Hair), Keysha (Black Hair), Diane (I Grew It Long), me, Dr Ali Syed, Rachy (UK Naturals), Dr Ali Syed's wife, Peeks (MO-AM network), Wunmi and Chantelle (Woman In the Jungle)

It became clear from the breakfast that despite a wealth of successful product lines the company is constantly looking to create more brands to suit both consumers and professionals. I'm most excited about the launch of the new Texture Release system in the UK. 

Texture Release is a salon system which can temporarily elongate or straighten curly hair, depending on your personal preference. The effects last for about two months and provides the ultimate versatility when styling the hair. In some ways Texture Release is similar to a keratin treatment, but it has been designed without formaldehyde, methylene glycol and other harsh ingredients which is a huge plus. It's also stated to work on all curl types and previously relaxed hair.

All of the above photos were kindly provided by Abi Oshodi. You can view more of his work at his website here.

The Texture Release looks to be genuine alternative to relaxing but I've tried to stop myself getting too excited about this system yet, as it's currently only available in salons (I've only been to a salon once in the past 8 years!) I've long been searching for a way to manage my multi-textured transitioning hair and I'm hoping a home version of this system is released so I can try it.

Overall it was a great event and I also received a goodie bag stuffed with KeraCare Natural Textures products which I've not tried before. I've already started using them but will do thorough reviews in the coming weeks when I have more of an idea on just how well they work for my hair.

Have you tried anything by Avlon or the Texture Release?

Lesley x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

NOTD | Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Polish

I've not been wearing a lot of nail polish lately, and when I have the shades have been dark and autumnal. I decided to switch it up this week with this Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Get It While It's Hot £2.99 which I picked up from Boots.

It's a tanned nude which works perfectly for my skintone. It's quite a summery shade but I couldn't resist as I love a good nude nail polish. It took 2-3 coats to get the finish completely opaque and, whilst I'm usually too impatient to take the time to apply this many coats, the result made it worthwhile.

I did chip the corner of one nail after two days unfortunately but I forgot to apply a top coat to make the polish last longer. Next time I'll try this shade with a glitter topcoat or gold tips to prevent any chips and give my mani a festive twist.

Overall, it's a great colour and a great price so it's a winner for me.

Have you tried anything by Rimmel London?

Lesley x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Review | Bravura London Dermaflannel

I rarely change my skincare routine from simply cleansing twice a day and exfoliating when I feel like it (more info here) but I have been looking for a way to get deeper exfoliation to remove some stubborn scars. I purchased a couple of scrubs, but nothing quite gave me the results I was looking for and with that, cue the Bravura London Dermaflannel (£11.99).

My interest in this product peaked when I read the description on the company's website - it's been coined a 'Facial in a Flannel' strong enough to achieve the same results as a chemical peel. I felt dubious about the claims but intrigued and naturally I had to at least try it.

When I first took the flannel out of the packaging I still couldn't conceive how a flannel could make any difference to the appearance of my skin. It felt and looked like an ordinary flannel but using it made me realise it was entirely different from your standard flannel.

So how does it work? The flannel has a 'unique weave' made of tiny fibres which helps remove dirt and oil on the skin, making it a great exfoliator. As you'd expect, using this product couldn't be simpler as all you need to do is give it a rinse then sweep it over the skin whilst it's still damp. You can use the flannel with a little of your usual cleanser if you prefer, but the beauty of this product is you don't need any products at all.

Soft upward strokes are enough to lift away dead skin cells and this flannel is so gentle I didn't realise how well it was working initially which led me to rub my face really hard on the first use. Luckily my mistake didn't do any lasting damage and I was just left with a little redness.

My skin has continued to be super smooth after each use of this flannel and my face has started to generally look more even in tone. I definitely underestimated how well this product would work on my skin and I'm excited to see how much more my skin will improve with regular use.

Have you tried anything by Bravura London?

Lesley x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Sideswept Braided Bun

I rarely forgo my usual daily high bun but yesterday I thought I'd try something slightly different. I've always wanted to style my hair like this beautiful twisted updo shown in Ropo's video here but it's never worked well on my hair. Even though my hair seems to have almost crept back to waist length it's simply not long (or thick) enough to get the same results shown in the video above. I don't wear extensions often and only have UKHairWeaves Regal Relaxed Clip-ins* (reviewed here) in my haircare arsenal but I figured I would attempt the style with these anyway.

It would have been far easier to replicate this style with braiding hair (hair with no tracks), not clip-ins, but I guess I was determined. I knew I wouldn't be able to do two buns or even twist the hair as shown in Ropo's video as even with clip-ins the hair I had to work with wasn't thick or long enough!

Eventually I decided to clip all 8 wefts of my Regal Relaxed extensions roughly in the center of my head. I then pulled my hair into a fairly taught (but comfortable) high ponytail. I separated the ponytail into four sections to make 4 regular braids, fluffing them a little to make the braids look thicker. I then carefully pinned the braids around each other to one side, readjusting areas as necessary to get the desired shape. It took a lot of bobby pins to keep this hairstyle in place but I was happy with the end result. 

Though this worked out much better than I initially thought it would if I try this hairstyle again I'll definitely ensure I have braiding hair on hand first.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

What hairstyles have you tried lately?

Lesley x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

What I Wore | Missguided Skort

I recently bought a sewing machine to make a few minor alterations to some clothes gathering dust in my wardrobe including this emerald green skort from Missguided.

I've always felt a little luke warm about the skort (shorts that look like a skirt at the front) but took the plunge and I bought this one almost a year ago. The problem was this skort was way too big around my waist but I figured I could make it work anyway. I was so wrong. The skort sat perfectly on my hips but something just looked off. As a result this skort got lost with all the other clothes that could do with a little needlework. 

I'm pretty rusty with a sewing machine (it's been 10 years since I last used one) but I managed to nip this beauty in at the waist, giving my skort a new lease of life. I'm a lot more excited to wear my skort now and it'll be interesting to mix it up with my autumn/winter pieces. 

Today I wore my skort with a thick knit and loose white shirt for a casual look. I kept my accessories minimal (as usual) opting for a tan belt and a new Olivia Burton watch.

Shirt - Primark | Knit - Forever 21 | Skort - Missguided | Belt - Next | Watch - Olivia Burton

What have you been wearing?

Lesley x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review | Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer

When it rolls around to winter I always only seem to want to wear berry-hues on my lips. In preparation I've added a few new plum shades to my lip collection including Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (£5.49) in Eclipse. 

The best thing about this product for me is the colour. The colour is long-lasting and acts like a stain so when it eventually starts to fade the plum tone is still easily visible on my lips. This product is so highly pigmented that at times I find it a bit too intense for daytime makeup looks. As a result I tend to prefer wearing this lip lacquer for evenings out and, when I'm feeling particularly experimental with my makeup, I'll pair this product with nude or brown eyeshadow. 

I'm not a fan of lip lacquers usually as I don't like the sticky texture but I don't mind the texture of this particular product. I hate gloss-style applicators too as I can't seem to get a defined lip-line when using them. The formula of this product however is so thick and somewhat stiff that it makes it easier to apply neatly without the aid of a brush or lip-liner. You can see the sharpness of the lip-line achieved below which seems to stay put throughout the day.

Overall I love the colour of this product so much this lacquer is quickly becoming a favourite.

Have you tried anything by Rimmel London?

Lesley x

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 isn't the best, but you can get an idea of how big my hair is. 

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 looked so thick. At the beginning of my transition, I must admit I felt a little overwhelmed by my thicker, fluffy (and seemingly 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