Thursday, 30 July 2015

Review | Frends Layla Heaphones

I've been on the hunt recently for headphones with a better sound quality than the standard Apple earphones which came with my iPhone. I kept seeing pictures of these adorable Frends Layla Headphones (RRP £140) all over the web but found relatively little information about any retailers that sell them on the UK highstreet. 

I really wanted to try out these in-store as they're pretty pricey and I wanted to see how they'd compare to a pair of Beats Solo 2 but I only managed to find Frends Headphones online. Most of the reviews I found were positive. These suit my fashion style down to a tee too and with the option of customisable caps covering the ear pieces I was sold. I bought this pair direct from the company's European website eu.wearefrends.com and with a 15% discount code and only £5 shipping from the Netherlands, it turned out to be £109, much cheaper than buying from UK stores online!

There's a few colours available and though tempted to get the white and gold pair which matches my phone I settled on black and gold as this suits most of my outfits. I definitely see these as an accessory and I have to admit these headphones are more style than substance. The sound is good and has more clarity than Apple's earphones, but it's not quite the rich tone I was hoping for. The sound leaks too. I definitely had higher expectations, especially considering the cost of these headphones. 

There are some good points though. I find these headphones very comfortable as the soft cushion-y speaker sits just on my ears and the small design means it doesn't take up too much space in my handbag. Thankfully these are compatible with iPhone featuring similar music controls as there's nothing more annoying than trying to dig out my phone from the bottom of my bag just to change or pause my music.

I'm currently on the fence about these as I change my mind every time I use them. They're beautiful headphones but I expected a little more for the cost. 

Have you tried/heard of Frends? 

 Lesley x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

DivasWigs | Curly Lace Wig [Video]

I was sent this DivasWigs curly unit* recently to review and I go through the pros and cons I've experienced so far in the below video. 

I received this wig in mid June but I haven’t worn it that much so this video is an initial review. So far I've been loving the curls and I’m really impressed by the quality. I'm happy to do an update in a few months if people are interested in seeing how the wig lasts over time. Unfortunately a lot of photos I took of the wig when I first received it were somehow deleted and DivasWigs don't seem to have a picture of the wig on their website. Luckily I still had some video footage which shows how the wig looked straight out of the box before I tweaked it. 

The wig and contents are packaged in a white box with the brands logo. The wig itself comes in a hair net with some tissue padding to keep the shape, there's also a brush, wig cap and details of your wig order inside the box. For more details check out the video below. 

Wig specifications
Price: $269 (from)
SKU: cc036 
Length: 22 Inch 
Color: #4 Medium Reddish Brown (before I changed the colour)
Density: Medium 
Texture: Curly Silky 
Lace Colour: Light Brown 
Cap Size: Average 
Cap Construction: Cap-3 Glueless Lace Cap  

The Video: 

As it's summer and this is so much hair I'm not sure how often I'll be wearing this wig but I'm planning to start protective styling with wigs again in the coming months. I really want to grow out my hair as fast as possible so I can chop off the last of my bone straight relaxed ends and the less I manipulate my hair the better!

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

What have you been doing with your hair lately?

Lesley x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Beauty | My Eyebrow Routine [Video]

As it's one of my most highly requested videos I finally put together a run-down of how I shape, tint and fill in my eyebrows.

The Video: 

What's your eyebrow routine?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Review | KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

Conditioners are my favourite products to use to help hydrate my thirsty strands and recently I've been reaching for the KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner (£6.15/234g)* most when my hair is looking lacklustre.

It's fair to say that I hugely underestimated this conditioner initially. I love thick, buttery and intensive hair masks as they're usually the only types of products which can make a noticeable and lasting difference to my hair. I assumed this product wouldn't really have the impact I wanted as it looks like a regular conditioner so it sat unused in my hair stash for a long time. My deep conditioners were running low (despite having several on hand at once) which made me use this and it works so well. I've used this conditioner quite a few times now and it consistently leaves my hair super soft and smooth.

The formula includes various plant extracts, including Ivy, Garlic, Chamomile and Rosemary which is supposed to revive dry brittle hair and gives the conditioner a sweet floral scent. The ingredients include silicones too which are probably responsible for giving my strands lasting smoothness after the product has been rinsed out. I tend to use this post-shampoo leaving it on for roughly 15 minutes with a shower cap. The formula is fairly runny which makes it really easy to smooth through damp hair. The product has a lot of 'slip' too so I can ease out any tangles that were created during the shampoo process.

The bottle is quite small and it's very easy to get through a lot of product with each wash but other than that I can't find much fault with this conditioner. This is actually one of the more affordable conditioners KeraCare has and whilst it is still a bit pricey compared to some other brands the results it gives my hair would make the cost worth it. I have so many conditioners I love already but I will be buying this when it runs out.

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

What conditioners do you like to use?

Lesley x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

New In | July 2015 [Video]

It's been a while since I've made a YouTube video so I thought I'd talk about some beauty products I've got my hands on recently.

The Video:

I stuck strictly to beauty and hair products here as I've bought quite a few new clothes lately! Let's just say the summer sales have definitely had an impact on my bank balance over the last couple of weeks. I might do a fashion haul video at some stage but there's a few other videos I want to do next like my everyday hair styling routine and an updated everyday makeup routine. I'm open to suggestions of course so if there's anything specific you'd like to see next let me know.

Have you tried anything new?

Lesley x

Saturday, 11 July 2015

FOTD | Black Opal Makeup Look

This post is kind of an extension from my June Glowwbox post as a couple of you wanted to see swatches of the Black Opal goodies that were included.

I'm wearing the Black Opal Colour Splurge Patent Lips in Orange Blaze (£8.95)* and the Black Opal Colour Splurge Eye Colour in Dusky Glow (£6.95)*. Both work well together to create a beautiful bronzed summery look. The lip colour is not something I would have initially picked for myself but it's not as bright and much more flattering on the skintone than it looks in the packaging. It's very pigmented, delivering a beautiful colour result with a few swipes and there's gold flecks in the formula for a pretty shimmer. I used both shades of the Eye Colour duo, sweeping the peach-y gold tone from the inner corner of my eyes to the centre. I then used the darker bronzed shade for the outer corners to tie the eye makeup together. For the rest of my face I stuck to my usual makeup routine, with a little bronzer.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Black Opal Colour Splurge Eye Colour (Dusky Glow)
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (Black)

Eylure Brow Palette (Dark Brown)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Rimmel London Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder (Medium)

Black Opal Colour Splurge Patent Lips (Orange Blaze)

This is a bit of a side note, but in case you're wondering, I'm wearing a wig in these snaps. I was sent this unit by Divaswigs and it's been my project for the last few weeks as I mistakenly chose it in a honey brown colour which completely didn't work with my skintone. I haven't worn it properly yet but I'm planning to protective style my hair in wigs again soon.

*sample - the Opal products were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried any new makeup looks?

Lesley x

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Hair Cut | July 2015

It's always around this time of year that I get the itch to cut my hair shorter. I'm transitioning to texlaxed (more info here) and I said at the beginning of the year that I'd keep my transition long-term and refrain from major chops to keep some of the length. In reality it's been really hard to not cut my hair and over the past few months I've chopped off whole sections (both the front and back parts of my hair are now fully texlaxed). I then tried to distract myself from cutting altogether by experimenting with lace wigs which worked really well, but the last couple of months without the wigs has made the desire to speed up my transition overwhelming.

So the inevitable happened. I started by cutting 2 inches in June and I cut another 3 inches last week. My hair was the longest it's been (ever) but I just couldn't deal with the stringy ends anymore so they had to go. My hair is now about bra strap length stretched and it hasn't been this length since my last major chop in June 2014.

I couldn't be more excited about being closer to ending my transition and my daily buns have the same amount of volume so I don't feel as sad to lose the length as I thought I would. Unless I'm wearing my hair down it's not even noticeable that I've cut so much off. I'm tempted to cut off even more but I'm going to make myself wait a little longer so I have more hair to work with. I thought about how long I've actually been transitioning to this texture and going through old blog posts (see here and here) made me realise it's actually only been a year and a half. I guess I just need to be a little more patient and in a few more months I can eventually say I have fully texlaxed hair!

What have you been doing to your hair lately?

Lesley x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Review | Motions Enhance & Define Products

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.

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried products by Motions? 

Lesley x