Monday, 31 October 2016

Hair | Keash Braids

It's been a while since I switched up my style so on Saturday I had my hair braided in two simple cornrows with ombre extensions added at the Keash Braids pop up in Hackney (London). I love this style so much and it's great to have a bit of variety from my usual messy bun. I really need to learn how to cornrow properly myself so I can try this more often!

*complementary hairstyle received - read my disclaimer here.

What styles have you been doing lately?

Lesley x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Update | Laser Hair Removal at the Pulse Light Clinic

For the past 6 months I've been receiving laser hair removal on my underarms at the Pulse Light Clinic* (see my initial post here). It's something I've been wanting to do for years as I've always had trouble removing the hair on my underarms and have had to resort to shaving every day. My skin hated me for it and it was so discoloured and dry from the constant shaving. I've now had 4 sessions (spaced roughly 6 weeks apart) and I rarely reach for my razor anymore.

The Pulse Light Clinic have two bases in central London and I've been receiving my treatments at the Percy Street clinic. It's so easy for me to get to and it's just off Tottenham Court Road so it's a great excuse to mooch around the shops afterwards.

The laser process itself can feel a little uncomfortable, it's like having a pin prick on the skin, but the good thing is it's over so quickly. My underarms can feel a little sore after the treatment but again this doesn't last long and a little Aloe Vera gel is usually applied which helps soothe the skin.

With my first treatment I saw such a dramatic difference - the hair was very slow to grow back in some areas and was much finer in the others. Since then the results of the other treatments haven't seemed as dramatic though the hair is definitely more patchy. My underarm skin feels so much smoother and doesn't look discoloured anymore as I'm not having to shave as often.

As I'm not quite hair-free yet I'm hoping to have a few more treatments and hopefully I'll see the results I'm looking for. If I do I might get other areas of my body lasered though I would say this is definitely not a quick fix. It has taken time to see a change but not having to shave as often has made worth it for me so far.

If you have any questions about my treatment let me know. If you're interested in knowing more about laser hair removal from the Pulse Light Clinic they have details on their website here.

*complementary treatment received - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried laser hair removal?

Lesley x

Monday, 17 October 2016

Glowwbox | October 2016

It's been a minute since I reviewed a box from beauty subscription service Glowwbox so I thought I'd share what's inside October's 'Dark and Mysterious' edition (£15+P&P)*.

Inside this box are two new launches to the UK - the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (£14.99) and the Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation (£16.99). Also inside is Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire (£15), Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk (full size £43) and Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson (£3.50) and there's one of three products - Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes (£6.95), PHB Ethical Brightening Moisturiser and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (£18.95). In my box was the Benecos eyeshadow palette.

The star of this box for me is the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner which launches officially in the UK next month. Creator Andre Walker was Oprah's personal stylist for over 25 years, styled Michelle Obama and created Halle Berry's signature pixie cut. I received the TKO Conditioner from Glowwbox a few weeks ago and I just love it. Deep conditioners are my favourite hair products to use and this is up there with my all time favourites. It has a really thick texture, actually the consistency is probably the thickest I've come across and it's quite hard to spread at first but once it's applied it melts into the hair and makes it feel so hydrated. It's made with Mongongo, Argan and Avocado oils as well as Aloe Vera and keratin. I've been using this product both as a deep conditioner and a styler. I usually apply to damp strands after shampooing, leave in for 20-30 minutes and then lightly rinse it out so there's still a little left in my hair. My hair feels gorgeous when I use this and seems to stay moisturised for longer. I can't wait for this to launch officially but it's available exclusively from Glowwbox until the end of the month.

I was also sent a few of the Mixed Chicks In the Mix Quick Sticks to try. It's a dual ended product with a cream foundation on one end and a bronzer on the other. There's 5 shades altogether and one shade is included in this month's box. Since I last reviewed Glowwbox they've introduced a way of tailoring the box to you as you can now fill in a profile which takes a few details about your skintone, skin type, hair type and the kind of products you like. Glowwbox will try to select the best shade for you based on your profile details. There are only 5 shades however which is pretty limited but Mixed Chicks state that you can mix and match between the shades to get your perfect tone. For years I've had to mix foundations together to try and get them to work for my skintone and I think the brand has missed a trick by creating such a small range of shades, especially as the lightest shade Sultry Sand (which has been created for fair to light complexions) is too dark and quite orange for me. Perhaps they'll add more shades a later stage but as they didn't work for me I gave the shades I had to my mum (who is much darker than me) and she absolutely loves the dual function of the sticks. The shade Timeless Tawny (created for fair to light complexions with a golden undertone) is pictured as I didn't have the other shades available when taking these photos but hopefully the swatch can give you an idea on whether this shade would work for you.

I've not yet tested out the other products included in this month's box but have included swatches here of the cosmetic products. I very rarely take the time to indulge with a nice bath but I'll reach for the included sample of Lucy Ananabella Bath Milk when I do. It seems quite luxurious and you can really smell the essential oils in this product.

(swatches top to bottom) Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson, Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire, Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes and Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation in Timeless Tawny (bronzer and foundation)

You can join Glowwbox here and if you're interested code 'FRESHL' gets you the October edition and 2 lace chokers like the one below (whilst stocks last) 

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box subscription?

Lesley x

Friday, 14 October 2016

New In | Ciaté London Chloe Morello Beauty Haul

How is it October? Winter is drawing closer and whilst I'm still pouting over the lack of sun I am looking forward to the festive beauty sets which pop up this time of year. Ciaté has a few offerings for this Christmas (it definitely feels too early to say the C word but lets go with it), one being the Chloe Morello Beauty Haul (£45)*. This is a limited edition set which has been curated personally by beauty YouTuber Chloe Morello. It includes an eyeshadow palette, mini liquid velvet lipstick, mini wonderland mascara which all slot nicely into the included faux leather makeup pouch.

Ciaté is well known for their quality nail polishes but also have a line of colour cosmetics which I've become pretty familiar with recently. My favourite of their products has to be the Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks and a mini version of their best selling shade 'Pin Up' is included in this set. The matte texture is really comfortable to wear, lasts well and is so pigmented. The formula includes Hyaluronic Acid which is supposed to give the appearance of smoother, fuller lips. I have quite full lips naturally so it's hard to tell how much this actually does for me but I will say that it's a really comfortable matte lip to wear and it doesn't feel drying. The other mini is the Wonderland Mascara which Ciaté claims it's a long-lasting, no-clump mascara which gives a false lash effect.

The 'pretty, fun and fearless' eyeshadow palette contains 15 shades (9 matte and 6 shimmer) and it's love at first swatch. The shadows are well pigmented and there's a good range of warm and cool tones to suit different skintones. I'm naturally drawn to the warmer colours at the top of the palette, 'shine bright' in particular is just beautiful. I love the cooler purple tones too which are perfect to wear this time of year. Some of these shades are new and unique to this palette.

Overall it's a great set for any Ciaté fans and the star of the collection is definitely the eyeshadow palette. There's so many shades to play with and this kit is ultra-portable making it the ideal set for travel. This is a limited edition collection so if you want it you'll have to grab it quick. The only place I've seen it available in the UK currently is ASOS (for US try Sephora). Find it here and the full details about the set can be found here on Ciaté's website.  

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Ciaté beauty?

Lesley x

Monday, 10 October 2016

Style | The Harrington Jacket

Recently I've only been buying a lot of jackets and one of my latest purchases is this Harrington Jacket from Gone Retro. You'll know by now that I have a no-fuss approach to styling and this jacket goes with the bulk of my wardrobe. The check lining also adds a bit more visual interest whilst still keeping a look pretty minimal. Here I'm wearing all black, which happens more often than not recently, especially now it's getting colder.

Jacket - Gone Retro | Dress & Watch - ASOS | Shoes - Lacoste | Choker - Regal Rose 

What have you been wearing lately?

Lesley x

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul

I've been trying to explore uncharted territory when it comes to beauty and theBalm is one of the cosmetic brands I've been experimenting with lately. The American beauty brand caught my attention with their multi-use products and "beauty in 5 minutes" philosophy, not to mention the super cute packaging.

Over the past few months a couple of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks, two Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks and the How 'Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette have been added to my makeup collection. The liquid lipsticks are firm favourites and have been used regularly over the last few months (no surprises there). I have the shades Committed (a pretty baby pink) and Adoring (a deep red). The pigmentation is just stunning on both of these and the formula dries fairly quickly after application, lasting well on my lips throughout the day. I love both and plan on grabbing a few more shades soon.

I don't use eyeshadow often and I tend to prefer easy-to-apply formulas so the Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks are a perfect fit. The formula is so smooth and creamy, blends well (providing you work fast) and is so beautifully pigmented. The eyeshadow sticks dry quickly and once applied don't slip or slide off the eyelids. I have two shades, Moonshot and Dugout. Both shades have a shimmery feel to them, especially Moonshot (the lighter of the shades) which looks more like glitter when blended into my skin. As Dugout is a lot deeper this shade complements my skintone better and I would definitely get a few more of the darker Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks. 

I've had a very small blush collection for some time so I've been collecting a few products lately like the How 'Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette. The product formula is really creamy and dries matte on the skin. I love the colours in this palette but I have found that the formula is not pigmented enough for my lips, especially the lighter pink tones which don't show up on my lips at all. My natural lip colour is dark brownish pink but as the other theBalm products have been so pigmented I kind of just expected this would work for me. I have a lot of lip colours so I actually only intended to use this palette for my cheeks anyway but it's definitely something to bear in mind if you're thinking about purchasing this palette based on it being multi-use. 

You can find theBalm online in the UK at ASOS, Feel Unique and Debenhams

Have you tried anything by theBalm?

Lesley x