Sunday, 25 May 2014

What I Wore | Jovonna London Mac

In between a few showers the weather has actually been half decent in the UK. I'm aware I probably go on about the weather a lot, but as it's been so nice out I've become accustomed relying on this light jacket with sheer sleeves by Jovonna London which I bought from ASOS.

I took a road trip with a friend yesterday down to the south of England, finally having some time to go explore just for the fun of it. It was warm but still a bit windy so I teamed the mac with some wardrobe basics - a white blouse and a pair of black skinny jeans - perfect for strolling around the cobbled streets of East Sussex.

Mac - Jovonna London | Top - Forever 21 | Jeans - H&M | Boots - New Look | Bag - Mango

What have you been wearing?

Lesley x

Friday, 23 May 2014

Review | Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk

I've been intrigued about the Shea Moisture brand for some time and, after a bit of deliberation, I ended up picking up the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk (£12.99) from Paks a couple of weeks back.

It is pretty pricey considering it's only 236ml of product and this is the main reason I've been hesitant to try anything by Shea Moisture. I guess my curiosity got the better of me and I thought I'd at least try one product by the brand as I always see rave reviews. I'm happy to report the Curl & Style Milk did not disappoint, I absolutely love the product.

The main thing I was impressed with was the ingredients list and this helped me justify to myself how much this product costs. As well as Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Hibiscus Flower Extract, this product contains, Silk Proteins, Neem Oil, Carrot Oil, Honeysuckle and Vitamin E. It smells absolutely heavenly (very sweet, but thankfully not sickly) and I've had so many compliments on the scent.

I usually prefer milky products as my hair can't take much product at all. The product consistency is not what I expected, it's more like a yoghurt texture than milk. However, it's still light and doesn't weigh my hair down even though I've been really heavy-handed with this product. I've got through half a bottle already and I've only had the product about 3 weeks!

The product works so well at keeping my hair so soft and moisturised that I think I would repurchase this again. I just wish the bottle was a bit bigger for the price. I'll be using the other half a lot more sparingly to make this product last as long as possible.

Have you tried anything by Shea Moisture?

Lesley x

Monday, 19 May 2014

NOTD | nails inc. polish by InStyle Magazine

InStyle magazine (UK) has teamed up with nails inc. again and created the Brazilian collection for the June issue. A free nail polish stated to be worth £11 comes with each copy this month. There are 3 colours to choose from - Copacabana Coral, Sugarloaf Sunset and Sao Paulo Streets.

I bought the June issue for £2.50 - a deal exclusive to Tesco, and I went for Sao Paulo Streets which is a gorgeous dusty violet. I've only just got around to using it since getting the magazine a couple of weeks ago. The colour is very similar to essie in Neo Whimsical but ever so slightly more on the purple side. I probably should have gone for the other two colours in the Brazilian collection (pink and coral) as I don't own anything similar, but I can never quite seem to push myself out of my comfort zone.

I don't have many nails inc. polishes, and admittedly most of the ones I own have come free with a copy of InStyle, but I'm always impressed at the finish which is super glossy. The magazine also came with a 25% off code at nailsinc.com until 4 June 2014 which I'll be taking advantage of - I've got my eye on the floral polishes!

Have you tried nails inc. polish? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Black Beauty & Hair June/July 2014

The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now. Inside is an eclectic mix of the latest hair, fashion and beauty trends and various articles focusing on relaxed hair. With the wave of my favourite relaxed hair gurus announcing their transition to natural hair recently (Ebony, Traycee, OnikaSdestraJen & Journey to Waist Length come to mind) I've been thinking more about why I relax my hair. I support anyone trying to make that transition and I constantly have dilemmas about transitioning, but so far I always end up deciding to continue relaxing.

I'm not alone it seems and even with a decline in relaxer sales, so many women still relax their hair. Editor Irene Shelley looks at the reasons some women relax their hair and I briefly discuss why I relax my hair in the article. Also inside, are my articles on how to combat breakage in relaxed hair (FYI that's my most asked question) and how to reach your hair goals regardless of hair texture, length or the goal you have in mind.

There's also an article on the Vixen Sew-In with Radiant Hair Salon and if weaves were my thing I'd be rushing out to get this as it gives you so much more freedom in how you wear your hair. I saw a video on the Vixen Sew-In a few weeks back and my jaw dropped at how natural it looks. There's also some beautiful natural hairstyles which I'm going to try soon as I think they'll really work with my textured roots. So if you're interested, go grab a copy.

Have you got a copy?

Lesley x

Monday, 5 May 2014

Skincare Routine | May 2014

I get asked a lot about what I do to my face but honestly the answer is not a great deal. I've found that the more products I use the more my face gets irritated. I regularly get spots and have quite a few scars on my face which sometimes surprises people that follow my blog or my Instagram. I think the thing to remember is that I avoid taking pictures when my skin is not looking its best and in most of my pictures I'm wearing some makeup. That said, my skin has drastically improved in the last couple of years and I do think keeping a consistent and simple skincare routine helps.

In general I cleanse my skin twice day, removing all traces of makeup before rolling into bed. I exfoliate when I can though typically this ends up being once a week. My products change all the time and I don't worry too much about the ingredients. I like whipping up natural DIYs but I rarely have the time to do this on a daily basis.

In the mornings my routine is pretty simple. I use Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream wash to freshen up which leaves my skin feeling so soft. I bought it after a bad breakout a couple of months ago and it helped my skin feel less irritated. I then apply a moisturiser with some form of SPF protection (though I prefer to use a separate sun cream to prevent my scars darkening). Mostly I've been using Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream for Normal & Combination skin (SPF 15). I use only a little as my skin gets pretty oily throughout the day. 

Nightly, I've recently started using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove as much makeup as possible. Afterwards I use the Nivea face wash again to ensure my face is totally clean. I also apply a moisturiser before bed.

To exfoliate I tend to reach for Clarins Gentle Refiner or use the No7 Beautiful Cleansing Brush after I apply the Garnier Cleansing Water. I definitely think regular exfoliation helps my dark marks and scars diminish more quickly and I love how smooth my skin feels afterwards. I use scrubs more than the No7 brush as I think it can be quite rough on the skin and if my face is particularly irritated I don't use it.

How do you care for your skin?

Lesley x