27 April 2016

The Mattifying Mousse Foundation: Premae Skincare

I've recently been hitting the foundation jackpot with all these wonderful [and natural ] foundations. Next on my list is Premae Skincares MM foundation, the MM stands for Mattifying Mousse. I haven't tried a mousse foundation since the dark days of using the Maybeline some years back. MM foundation is nothing like that, it's more of a whipped/smoothie type texture and it comes in 16! shades all named after super foods [fun fact] Premae is an award winning brand known for its allergen free skincare, so I had high hopes for the MM foundation and it didn't disappoint. 

14 April 2016

The Hair Oil: Manketti Hair Oil By Charlotte Mensah

Another day and another one of my favourite people have released a hair line Uber stylist Charlotte Mensah award winning hair stylist and just a lovely lady has launched a line aptly named Charlotte Mensah, I was sent the Manketti Hair Oil. 

7 April 2016

The Red Lip: Hynt Beauty via Eco Diva Beauty

Stop what you are doing right now!! I have found it, the holy grail of natural lipsticks, if you have been following me for any length of time you will know how I have been hunting for a natural lipstick that actually has staying power and it pigmented. I'm so sick of wishy washy reds and weak ass pinks I need my lipstick to have a kick. Lipstick is probably our most ingested makeup products, it’s been claimed that women Ingest 7 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime and in many cases that’s 7 pounds of toxins. These Toxins range from acetate to parabens and over use of dyes.

The Heart & Soul: 3107 London Review

95% of the brands I highlight are run by female entrepreneurs, supporting your fellow sister is where it's at! and when they produce awesome products it's not a task it's a pleasure. 3107 London  Skincare is the brain child of Dija you may know her from blogging under Dijas World or you could have even had a facial from her. Dija has created an artisan line of skin care products backed up by her extensive knowledge of skincare due to her success as a UK based beauty therapist. 3107 London uses pure plant oil remedies that are 100% natural. The line Heart & Soul Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover and My Everything Soothing Facial Elixir.

The Betty Bangs: Beautylocks Hair Initial Review

Got to try another UK based hair company this past month this time it's at Beautylocks, famed for it's collabs with some of the most glamorous bloggers, and seen as I'm obviously super glam [not at all] I thought I'd give this a try. I wanted to try a completely different look from what I usually go for. You all know by now That I've been protective styling for over a year [and with great results!] I've tried most textures and this time round I wanted something a little sleeker but not poker straight and in a longer length, enter Mongolian Kinky Straight, a texture that can do the pin straight look or the slightly textured 'relaxed' or expertly blown out look. I've also been inwardly yearning for Betty Bangs,which isn't really achievable with my natural hair. I was sent 3 bundles of Mongolian Kinky Straight in 16,18,20 inches and a 16" closure for review. 

28 March 2016

The Quickie: A Little Pumpkin Seed Oil Post

For the love of Pumpkin Seeds, when I’m not stuffing them in my mouth, I'm slapping it all over my face and hair! pumpkin seed oil is moisturising for dry skin types and it also soothing for sensitive skin it and promotes hair growth.
The vitamin in Pumpkin seed oil can;

    • Zinc found in the seeds help maintain collagen levels naturally for more elasticity.
    • Zinc and selenium fight acne without harsh chemicals or side effects.
    • Vitamin A stimulates new skin cell growth and repairs your existing skin damage.
    • Essential fatty acids in pumpkin seeds help control the production of oils while maintaining moisture levels.
    • Selenium also provides natural environmental and UV protection to prevent further skin damage.
    • Vitamin E helps even out skin tone and minimizes the appearance of existing scars. 

Pumpkin Seed Oil can promote hair growth and may be a key to stopping hair loss  as the seed oil can inhibit the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase enzyme, which has been shown to slow and stop hair growth by producing DHT from testosterone. Pumpkin seed oil also hydrates the hair follicles promoting a healthy base for growth
 I get my pumpkin seed oil from The Sheabutter Cottage www.sheabuttercottage.com

The Glow: Fitglow Beauty Vita Active Foundation

I've been on a bit of a journey of beauty discoveries of late due mostly to my discovery of Eco Diva Beauty, which is a one stop shop for all things eco and beauty! [go figure] I was kindly sent a whole bunch of products many that aren't readily available in the UK to test out and give my opinion on [it's a hard job but someone has to do it!] I'm going to share a few of my favourites over s series of posts. First up a product that I am very impressed with from  Fitglow Beauty I was sent their foundation and mascara. I'm IN LOVE with the Fitglow Beauty Vita Active foundation in V47, it merges their vitamin rich skincare into a foundation that does more than just give you perfect looking skin.

17 March 2016

The Night Time Elixir: La Belle Lune Organic Skin

The stars aligned and sent me a product from the gods!  La Belle Lune  Organic Skin is a night time elixir for skin, using a selection of carefully curated oils rich with vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B6, C, D and E, Amino Acids, Beta Carotene and Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9.

25 February 2016

The Dream Team: Taliah Waajid Shea-Coco Line

TALIAH WAAJID is definitely a name that should be in bold capitals, with over 25 years of experience in natural hair care Taliah Waajid is the name to known in the industry. When I first returned to natural 8+ years ago Taliah Waajid products where practically the only products I could find on the shelves of my beauty supply shop, but with the advancement in natural hair products I kind of forgot about my old faithful. So I'm really excited about the new Taliah Waajid line that is her most natural yet Shea-Coco. Shea-Coco is 97-100% natural, the collection of 5 mix and match products are a real treat for natural hair [there is definitely something for everyone in this line. I was sent the line to try out it includes;

19 February 2016

The Flower Infused Oil: Idan Oil by LIHA

By now you all know how much a love a multi tasking product and I've found another amazing product for you all this time from LIHA an artisan beauty brand founded by Liah Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan who both have a passion for beauty. I'm currently in love their Idan Oil Named after the Yoruba word for magic it can be used for absolutely everything from shaving to co washing to an all over body treat it can also be used as a solid perfume. Not only is it multi Tasking it's smells AMAZING scented with the Tuberose flower, which is a night blooming flower that is native to mexico. 

"LIHA combines elements of both the diverse landscape, and the cultural history of Britain. Inspired by their heritage and traditional techniques, this range of body essentials blends urban and rural with African roots and a quintessentially British attitude"

I adore the overall feel of LIHA, as a Brit girl with African roots myself this brand is right up my street from the packaging to the processes in which they craft their products. They are also fans of DIY beauty and post up recipes like this

17 February 2016

The Natural Deodorant: Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

 I made the switch to natural deodorant quite sometime ago I kept switching from natural to regular deodorant because I wasn't happy with the results of the various products I had tried out. There where a few that I really liked such as Pitrok which was a spray but I tired of having to wait for my pits to dry out before I could put on clothes I was also pretty happy with the Hippy Paste which definitely worked at stopping any odours however I still felt wet if sweated more than normal.  However as much as I want to be as natural as possible I am also a realist, I want to be comfortable and only use products that work for me. I've finally found the deodorant that does and it's natural! 

16 February 2016

The Miracle Honey: Manuka Honey

I'm currently obsessed with Manuka Honey, the super food from New Zealand is very popular and with good reason. Manuka Honey is a mono-flower meaning that it is collected from the nectar of a single species of flower. This being the Manuka tree or bush [tea tree]. Manuka Honey has been used for hundreds of years to treat wounds and infections due to its antibacterial properties . However this is a beauty blog so we are going to talk about the amazing benefits Manuka Honey has on skin.

14 February 2016

The Pink Scrub: Himalayan Salt Scrub DIY

Pink Himalayan Salt is s natural clean salt, so clean you can eat it straight off the mountain! It is found only in the Himalayan region of Pakistan and has a whopping 84 minerals. The minerals on this salt are so microscopic that they easy absorb making it a great beauty ingredient. 

This means it's great cleaning pores as it purifies and disinfects as well as stimulating skin cells. It's also a natural antiseptic salt also attracts and hold moisture making it a amazing natural moisturiser.

12 February 2016

Why It's Important That Shea Moisture is Now Available in Boots

Shea Moisture products are now available on the UK high street! no more buying online or getting American relatives to ship crazy amounts of Curl Enhancing Smoothie!
Shea Moisture is now available in Boots, it IS in most boots! it did take me a while to find it as it was not in the black hair section. Shea Moisture products are for all hair types but many of the fans [like myself] may have missed it in their local boots as it is with the free from products in the hair care sections.

The Review: Mielle Organics from My Luxe Beauty

I've been trying out Mielle Organics which is now exclusively available at My Luxe Beauty   Mielle Organics is relatively new to the Natural Hair Scene. Founded by Monique Rodriguez Mielle Organics has taken the industry by storm and since 2014 has grown to a global company. Mielle uses 100% natural ingredients and is known for it result driven products. So with claims like this I had to give Mielle Organics a try.

I was sent the Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner and the White Peony Leave In Conditioner from My Luxe Beauty a new UK based online shop for natural hair and grooming.