11 November 2015

The Lip Gel: BEBA Skin Energy Skin Lab Lip Gel

I've found a new product must have, this time for my lips, if like me you are prone to dry, chapped lips and dreaded cold sores then you need to get your hands on BEBA Skin Energy Skin Lab Lip Gel. It's basically a one stop shop for lip protection without harsh chemicals. The BEBA lip gel has a normalizing, cleansing and repairing effect. The gel also offers optimal support for cold sores, inflammation, irritation and cracking of the lips. 

28 October 2015

The Costume: Black Wednesday Addams Makeup

I find it hard to come up with Halloween costumes ideas, no one ever gets who I'm suppose to be and always end up being a sexy black cat, this year I decided to be my spirit animal Wednesday Addams. 
This Halloween look took embarrassingly little makeup to achieve, the look was created by using only;

25 October 2015

The Brows: Ecobrow from Levert Beauty

If you follow me on Instgram then you may already know about my love for Ecobrow brow defining wax, I've been using it for 6 months and my tiny little pot of was is still going strong. Ecobrow created by brow king Marco Ochoa, the mineral based paraben free wax is the most important item in my makeup bag. 

16 October 2015

The New Hero Products: The Curl Care Project

Hey Loves, it's been a busy couple of weeks but I haven't been sitting on my hands, Freya had her 3rd birthday and we have been trying out new products from Antidote Street. The Curl Care Project is a unique brand created to address the needs of children with textured hair in the care system. This a project close to my heart as I was in foster care from 11 months old. The Curl Care Project not only has a line of products but also workshops to help carers and parents care for coils, curls and kinks.

I'm pretty hands off when it come to styling Freya's hair, I don't think we really need to spend too much time primping and coiffing toddlers, we usually wash her hair once a week, and moisturise daily, however with the activities of a 3 year old Freya's hair often looks like the above! I was sent the TCCP Moisturising Shampoo and the Coil Cleanser to try out.

13 October 2015

The Interview: The Curl Care Projects Shelly Line Tells All

I've been blogging for quite some time, and I've reviewed and highlighted many wonderful UK brands, and sometimes I come across something that strikes a cord with me. You may have seen my mentions on Instagram of a great new product line from The Curl Care Project, not only are they wonderful products [stay tuned for my product review] but they also work in tandem with workshops devoted to educating carers of children of colour in the foster care system. This is definitely a project close to my heart, as I was in foster care from the age of 11 months old until I was 16 years old. Growing up in foster care has many ups and downs for carers and children, as a child who was placed with carers from a different cultural background to myself [my foster parents are white] I fully understand the need for projects like The Curl Care Project. I grew up in the 80's before YouTube and the internet, and before the natural hair movement, I was subjected to doo doo plaits, brylcreem and tears [so many tears from myself and my foster mum] which definitely resulted in a tempestuous relationship with my kinks. Things have definitely come a long way since then. Not only do I have a new found love for my hair but brands like The Curl Care Project are here to advise carers to add to the amazing job they already do caring for foster children.

I caught up with Shelly Line one of the founders of The Curl Care Project.....

18 September 2015

The Shea Box: A Beauty Box Curated By Natural Belle

It's been a long time coming but I have finally launched my very own beauty box. My favourite brand The Sheabutter Cottage asked me to curate a limited edition beauty box, filled with products I love! and it's finally here: 

 This is not a monthly subscription nor a box full of samples.

4 September 2015

The DIY Wig: Using Pretty Kinks Hair

As promised here is the DIY U-part wig how to. I used Pretty Kinks hair in the kinky straight texture.

To create this look you will need:

2 August 2015

The Wraps: ChilliPeppa On Etsy

Another day another mumtrepreneur kicking ass, Chillipeppa is an amazing Etsy store serving up beautiful African print handmade items, from wedding invites to the amazing African print head wraps that I'm modelling.

The Vegan Bags: Sustainable Fashion + Love Beatrice Review

I'm currently looking at cleaning up my closet, it's a slow process, that is hard for a certified shopaholic like me! As I've gotten older I'm becoming more and more focused on investing in quality fashion items as opposed to fast fashion that falls apart even faster. This has lead me to think more consciously about who I am buying from and adjusting my buying habits, such as...

30 July 2015

The Quickie How To: Easy Sleek Low Puff/Bun On Short Hair

How do I get my short 4C hair into a sleek bun/low puff? this is one of the most frequently asked questions, it's pretty simple really Eco Styler Gel, a Soft/waves brush and a head wrap.

The Pre Poo: Importance of Pre Shampoo Oil Treatments

Pre Poo [pre shampoo/pre cleanse] is one of those natural hair girl things we all do and probably don't really understand why we are doing it [definitely the case for me for quite some time]. I've started to pre poo my hair religiously before every wash and I'm seeing the benefits of the very useful step in my regimen.

Pre pooing is an important step in your hair care, and could be the key to beating dry hair and retaining moisture and it's something you shouldn't skip if you like myself have highly porous hair. 

So what is pre pooing?

18 July 2015

The Co-Wash: Aveda Be Curly Co Wash

I have Aveda to thank for my love of holistic products, many years ago I started my career in the salon industry with Aveda. And as a brand they definitely got me me thinking about the products I use and there sourcing stories. as the years have passed I have discovered many brands that use organic or natural ingredients so I was delighted when Aveda contacted me to try some products geared towards textured hair. Aveda has always catered to all hair types and I've used ranges such as Dry Remedy and Brilliant. It's been sometime since using Aveda products and some new products have been launched in my absence.

15 July 2015

The Oil: Loofah Oil

I'm currently obsessed with Loofah Oil, a cold pressed oil from the loofah plant that grows wild in parts of West Africa. Cucumber like plant is also used as a loofah sponge when dried out [hence the name] the oil comes from the seeds of the plants.

9 June 2015

The Tassels: DIY Tassel Sandals

I'm on a roll with my DIYs at the moment, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've been quite busy up-cycling T-shirts, Bras, Skirts and much more. Some of the items are just for fun and some are available to purchase on my Etsy Shop Label Neutral

"Label Neutral is a concept that has evolved over the years, I've always loved fashion and crafting and Label Neutral is a combination of the two. Label Neutral takes the unwanted and reworks it into something stylish and new from old tees to old bras anything can have new life breathed into it."

Along with my Beauty Blogging and Mama stuff I'll be posting mini DIY projects that anyone can do like the following Tassal Sandals......

2 June 2015

The Head Wrap: DIY Hemmed Head Wrap + Pictorial How To

Hi dolls, so I'm finally doing a Head Wrap How To. There are a lot of lovely wraps available, however it is so simple to run some up yourself that look just as cute as the ones you can buy online or in store.