21 December 2013

The Curly Marley Twists: Quickie Post



Are you following me on Instagram? a lot of stuff that doesn't make the blog ends up on my instagram @naturalbelleoninstagram I post daily hair and beauty happenings so be sure to follow! 
I've currently been experimenting with my Marley Twists I'm now rocking big bouncy curls. This look was easily achieved by using medium sized Flexi Rods and hot water, I think that it has completely changed the look of the twists!

The Face: Healgel


Heal Gel is the  ultimate 'science bit' product originally formulated to help surgeons, proved to be successful in improving the appearance of scarring, redness, puffiness and irritation. I recently got my hands on Healgel Face, Healgel says;

"This step-changing complex acts like HealGel Intensive to rescue unhappy skin, but then takes its transformative effect to the next level.  Arnica and Madecassoside are suspended in liposomes with powerful peptides and biodynes to initiate a uniquely soothing and collagen boosting process.  HealGel Face also contains a unique blend of Omega Oils to replenish dehydrated skin and restore elasticity.  To this another vital dimension is added; a powerful three part hyaluronic acid complex provides a pumping and tightening effect."


Another Anti Ageing cream, Yes. Healgel has had rave reviews from beauty insiders and my initial feelings are good.  The packaging is just fabulous (and you know I'm  sucker for that) and the cream feels like a dream on my skin. The cream is quite light which I was wary of, it seemed a little like a lotion which is a no no for me, watery lotions and milks tend to dry out my skin, however Healgel Face is proving to be very moisturising. Healgel works well with others to, I've been combining it with my Korres Serum. What I love about the Healgel brand is its concentration on it's key products, Healgel is basically a line made up of 3 products, so all their efforts are focused on delivering results. After only a week I'm sucked into the Healgel simplicity. 

HealGEL Face is  £48. YES it is expensive, but darling you deserve expensive things! and chocolate. Ok so it's an investment purchase I would suggest checking out many reviews and getting your hands on some samples before taking the plunge. www.healgel.co.uk for more details


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babasu) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Phospholipids, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europea (Olive Oil) Fruit Oil, Sucrose Palmitate, Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Safflower Glyceride/ Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Carbomer, Glyceryl Linoleate, Tocopherol Acidate, Madecassoside, Tocopherol, Trideceth-6, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Parfum (Fragrance), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Limonene, Hexapeptide-3, Hexapeptide-9.

14 December 2013

The Serum: Korres Black Pine


I like to think that I don't yet have any noticeable wrinkles, they say "black don't crack" but I have seen evidence that this is not always true! So I have taken it upon myself to start taking better care of my skin (don't they say prevention is better than a cure?). With this in mind I picked up Korres Black Pine Antiwrinkle, Firming and Lifting Serum Waitrose £39.00 30ml The main ingredient is Black Pine

"Black Pine extract – rich in polyphenols combined with Black Pine derived Epigallocatechin, protects and strengthens the connective tissue, while working towards boosting its resilience and firming. Epigallocatechin has strong anti-inflammatory properties combined with exceptional firming action as well as protecting against free radicals and collageneses."

Korres Face serum feels great on my skin, I've been using it over a week, and it is moisturising enough to wear alone and it is suitable for all skin types. There are a lot of serums and creams like this available, some people including myself have questioned the result of these youth boosting 'miracle' products I guess only time will tell. Korres however are an amazing brand. The Black Pine serum is

• 93.7% natural content; all packaging components are fully recyclable 

• Mineral oil-, paraben-, silione- and phthalate-free 

• Not tested on animals; suitable for vegetarians and vegans 

Plus I'm in love with he sleek design and packaging, For beauty eco geeks check out the Korres website for their story and you can purchase Korres products in the UK from Waitrose stores nationwide and online





Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Sinorhizobium Meliloti Ferment Filtrate,Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Brassica Napus Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Oleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sun ower) Seed Oil, Hexapeptide-11, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Parfum (Fragrance), Pinus Nigra Bud/Needle Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, Potassium Sorbate, Quercetin Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherol.

9 December 2013

The Challenge: Magnitone Pulsar




If you follow me on Instagram you may well have been following my 7 day Challenge with the Magnitone Pulsar electronic cleanser. Magnitone Pulsar uses Active Electromagnetic Technology, to cleanse, refresh and stimulate your skin.

The Magnitone Pulsar boasts noticeably youthful skin in just 7 days, with 2 attachments, 4 daily cleansing settings. the waterproof tool is quick and easy to set up as well as being simple to use.



I've never used an electric cleanser before, I'm a muslim cloth kind of girl but the Magnitone Pulsar has converted me. I'm totally in LOVE with this handy machine, not only does it cut down bathroom time but it gives a wonderful deep cleanse that I just can't get from scrubbing (unless I want to loose a layer of skin!) I've used the Maganitone Pulsar with 3 Types of cleanser just to see how is worked. I used;

 REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm
Madera Foam Cleanser


The Magnitone Pulsar worked great with all the cleansers even the 'Cleanse & Smooth' which is oil based worked really well. I've tried the Magnitone Pulsar on various settings, their are 4 but I concentrated on gentle cleansing and the deep pore cleansing, the 4 settings are explained below;


  • Gentle Cleansing for Daily Use - Use it for 1 minute, twice a day as part of your normal cleansing routine, to help provide your skin with noticeable youthful benefits. You'll notice softer, tighter feeling skin, a clearer complexion and the diminished appearance of visible pores as well as having silky smooth summer arms and legs all year round.
  • Ultra-Fast Deep Pore Cleansing- Magnitone Pulsar uses an ultra-fast sweeping cleansing action which glides softly across the skin's surface hundreds of times per second, encouraging the trapped-in dirt residue and oily impurities to gently lift out of deep pores.
  • Body Cleanse Brush - Smoother Skin & Less Skin Irritation When used with the Body Cleanse brush (included), Magnitone Pulsar removes dry, rough and dead skin more gently than other methods of exfoliation, to leave your arms and legs feeling silky and smooth, whilst also helping to reduce razor rash and skin irritation after hair removal treatments on legs, armpits and bikini lines.
  • PulseLift Massage Mode - Pulsed Stimulation for the Skin Magnitone Pulsar has 4 daily cleansing modes including its innovative PulseLift Massage mode driven by it's Active Electromagnetic Technology, which provides enhanced stimulation for the skin whilst it cleanses. Use it regularly to feel an increase in blood circulation to those areas that may need special attention. Enhanced blood circulation helps to provide skin cells with oxygen and their vital nutrients to promote skin metabolism and natural collagen synthesis.

I can definitely feel the deference in my skin since using the Magnitone Pulsar,though I had reasonably clear skin to start with but my skin looks and feels smoother, by day 2 I felt my make up looked smoother and skin had a glow to it which I can only put down to the daily light exfoliation morning and night. I'm definitely going to continue using the Magnitone Pulsar as I really have no negatives. 

The Magnitone Pulsar came with a charger and adapter plus an extra cleansing head. I charged it as soon as it arrived and I haven't had to recharge it yet. I've also travelled with the Magnitone Pulsar it's the size of a medium sized hair brush so it is quite compact and if fully charged no need to carry around the base. The Maginitone Pulsar would make a great Christmas gift for the girl (or guy) who loves beauty but has everything. It's definitely the kind of thing you didn't realise you needed until you had it and now I just can't live without it!

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5 December 2013

The Garden



Miss Freya is 14 months old now, she has become quite the fashionista! Last week we did a little gardening but no wellies and cut offs for Freya just lace and rhinestones! FIERCE!

Shirt from H&M
Everything else from Primark





The Outfit


Glasses from Wildfox
Cardigan & Tee from Primark
Bag & Belt Thrifted
Shoes from Schuh




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2 December 2013

The Marley Braids


It's been I while since I last posted, I decided to take a well deserved break from the whole blogging thing and constant documentation of my life which kind of gets in the way of actually living it, so after my hiatus I'm back and raring to go.
I've been growing out my mohawk, which is a nightmare (I will not be doing this style ever again no matter how cool it looked!) My hair has been in witness protection for several months, under hair wraps, wigs and my trusty Kurly Klips waiting for my sides to grow in so I could (FINALLY!) put in my Marley Twists. 


I used Marley Braid hair by J'Adore in colour 2, you can pick up variations of this hair most hair suppliers. I chose to put the marley braids in quite small and use a loose twisting method. I didn't want a pristine look for the twist so they vary in size and come to around waist length when worn loose.
The twists took 1 full day to apply (however I had to stop and start but I think it would only take 6 hours straight). I used 2.5 packs of hair, by using small strands of hair but twisting loosely I created body with out to much weight on my head.
I love the overall look of these Marley twists and I hope to keep them in for around 6 weeks.






13 October 2013

Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Day Care


Yves Rocher is one of the best brands I've discovered for reasonably priced products containing natural ingredients that actually work well. Yves Rocher is one of the leading beauty brands in France and is currently available in the UK and USA online. I reviewed their hair care range here One of their new launches is Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Day Care (£20.90) Elixir 7.9 is botanically based with a mix of 7 plants with anti-ageing properties and 9 patents (hence the 7.9...get it?) active ingredients include;

APHLOIA MANGIFERIN, TARA SEED EXTRACT, GREEN RICE INOSITOL, SANDTHORN SEED EXTRACT, ALOE VERA POLYSACCHARIDES 

Elixir 7.9 claims to;

• In one day : signs of fatigue are reduced, radiance is revived.
• In one week : wrinkles are reduced, skin texture is refined and has a more even appearance. 
• In one month : skin appears radiant with youth.


I've been using Elixir 7.9 for 3 weeks I can't really give an opinion on it's claims for reducing wrinkles, due to me not having any yet. That being said my skin does seem more radiant and Elixir 7.9 feels great on the skin it's not to thick though it does give lasting moisture and has a silky feel once applied to skin. I haven't had any issue with reactions and this cream is for normal/combination skin.


Elixir 7.9 has a large range for all skin types starting from £20.90, they also offer bundles and offers (currently the line is 47% off) Yves Rocher is great for affordable, natural products and they are available is most counties and cater for all your beauty needs definitely worth having Yves Rocher book marked! 



1 October 2013

Balance Me Beauty Discovery Box




I've lost count of the amount of Balance Me products I have come to love over the last year. Since discovering the brand I have fallen no only for their effective products but their amazing story. Balance me is the ultimate kitchen top brand, having spent it's infancy as being potted and plotted in the kitchens of sister Rebecca and Clare, now Balance me is available worldwide and has recently launched on the Great British high-street via Debanhams. So I'm very excited about the launch the Limited Edition Balance Me You Beauty Discovery Box (£19.95)  A beauty box filled with £100 worth of Balance Me Skincare, Vouchers for money off and the chance to win £500 worth of Balance me products


T H E   B O X

ROSE OTTO BODY WASH

SUPER MOISTURISING HAND CREAM

CLEANSE AND SMOOTH FACE BALM

MOISTURE-RICH FACE CREAM

FACIAL EXPRESSION FILLER

WONDER EYE CREAM

RADIANCE FACE OIL

The Box is available from 29th September 2013 from You Beauty Discovery for £19.95 it's a GREAT deal, as Balance me products are around that price. This is a great way to sample the the brand and is worth alone for the Radiance Face Oil which is my Favourite Balance me product and lasts AGES!


22 September 2013

The Cleanser: REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser


REN's Performance, Purity and Pleasure philosophy is personified in this simple all round Rosa Centifolia™ Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ( £15.00 100ml), reminiscent of an oatmeal cleanser it is light, and leaves skin clean and fresh.  Jojoba micro beads lightly exfoliate skin, ridding of make up and the days dirt easily. The beads are made from Jojoba wax and are 100% natural and extremely gentle on the skin (no nasty scratchy feeling)

A C T I V E   I N G R E D I E N T S

Jojoba Oil
Absorbed fast by the skin because of its similar to human sebum, the natural oil our body produces to protect our skin. Jojoba oil is good for any skin type, it will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin to its natural pH balance.

Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract
Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, prevent redness and inflammation on the skin

Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil
Juniper Fruit Oil It is used as a natural fragrance, astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is useful in the treatment of oily skin problems.




The Rosa Centifolia™  range is a  gentle yet effective line of cleansers based on  100% natural Rose Extract Complex that tones, softens and soothes your skin while cleansing. The range includes a cleansing foam, a make-up removing milk, a 3-in-1 cleansing water, a cleansing balm, a gel and an exfoliating polish, so there’s a product to suit every skin type and routine. check out the full range here

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.



12 September 2013

The Be Box: New Beauty Box for WOC


I was pleasantly surprised when I received my complimentary Be Box, the new beauty box based in the UK and designed with women of colour in mind. The Be Box launched in this month with it's debut box containing;

Mane Divas 3 Piece Sample Set

Ted Baker Butterfly Wings Body Wash 50ml

Activilong Repairing Oil Serum 100ml

Activilong Hibiscus Conditioning Hair Milk Sacghet

Heal Gel FaceGel Samples x2

Agese Oils Face Glow Sample


I have had my fair share of beauty boxes over the last 12 months, and Be Box is one of the better beauty boxes in regards to contents, the August box had a good mix of products, mainly for hair and skin. with one full sized products and fair sized samples (and I only got one sachet praise the lord!) The brands included are interesting, a few of which I haven't tried. The box also contained some pretty good discounts on full sized products. The box is the standard £10 (+£2.95)
I would like to have seen more make up samples for women of colour included in the box as that is what the market is really calling out for. Some of the products included in the box were not specific to women of colour. Be Box is really well executed box, the design and the website are really good and the brand is very interactive. 
If you want A box that is tailored to women of colour then this is a good box to try you can subscribe to for September box soon in the meantime check out the Be Box website here

25 August 2013

Giveaway: Agese Oils Full Set


Natural Belle followers have the chance to win a full size set of Agese Oils London bespoke skin and haircare (Face Glow, Hair Gold & Skin Silk) 
Agese Oils is the brain child of Emma Agese, who wanted to address the needs of today's women without compromising on natural ingredients or style. Inspired by a 10 week stay in India, she uses oils and techniques that Indian women have been using for centuries.
Agese Oils are beautifully presented in bamboo packaging and include 100% natural ingredients. 


To participate you need to comment 'enter me' below,  applicants must like the Agese Oils Facebook page or follow Agese Oils on twitter

Winners will only be notified if they win a prize, which will be dispatched by the Agese Oils team. Giveaway ends 1/09/2013 and the Giveaway is international.

There is no cash alternative to the prize.

Learn more about Agese Oils at www.ageseoils.co.uk check out my review of the Agese Oils line here

17 August 2013

The Holiday In Greece: Korres Gift Set


I love Korres. I could end the review right there but I guess I should explain. I picked up some Korres body care a while ago from an event and fell in love with the cool natural brand from Greece. With simple cool packaging and products from make up to hair care Korres is definitely a one stop shop for all you beauty needs. George  and Lena Korres use essential oils and herbs to create some amazing skin and body care products, using organic farming and an extensive knowledge of homoeopathic remedies. I'm a huge fan of their body butters and body milks which smell DEVINE! And love their great gift sets I'm currently working my way through Holiday In Greece  (£19.00) which contains 5 Korres body/hair care products:



Guava shower gel 40ml
Basil lemon shower gel 40ml
Basil lemon body milk 40ml
Guava body butter 40ml
Aloe and Dittany shampoo 40ml

All have a fresh summery feel, which stays with you all day, My favourites are Shampoo which gives hair a awesome sent and is also protein rich.


I also adore the Body Milk, which is though is called a milk is more like a cream. it's not watery at all and The Basil Lemon aroma is light and fresh.


I have a long list of Korres products that I want to try but I'm loving the handy gift set that allows you to try some of the Korres line with out breaking the bank. Korres products are available from Waitrose online and instore

7 August 2013

The Kurly Klips: Caring For Your Clips


I'm still loving the Kurly Klips, I've been wearing them now for over a week. My previous post shows the Kurly Klips as they arrived without them being treated in any way. The initial look was quite big and wild, so I decided to wash and condition the wefts using Tressemme Naturals






The hair is really easy to wash if you follow the video supplied by Kurly Klips. Detangling is also really easy and due to the wefts triple secured stitch, there was very little shedding. Throughout the week I've found that the hair doesn't shed nor does it tangle very often. when it does tangle it is easily dealt with by spritzing with water and using a little leave in condition. I seems strange but I treat the hair how I would treat my own hair. I don't sleep in the wefts and I try to place the clips in different positions each day so that I'm not put repeat pressure on any one part of my hair. The clips aren't uncomfortable or heavy and so far I've had no trouble with the clips snagging on my natural hair. If I have one gripe, it's finding a place to store my Kurly Klips for now I'm using a gift bag (comment suggestions for storage please!) If you want to check out the Kurly Klips visit www.kurlyklips.com


I'm wearing My Fro in Shoulder Chic, Kurly Klips are available in 3 lengths and 2 texttures both made from 100% human hair. 


4 August 2013

The Weekend


Another sunny weekend in the UK and another sleepy village visited, we went to the New Forest yesterday and had picnic at the Trusty Servant Inn. It was all very 'olde worlde' the village green actually had a medieval stock (very Knights Tale!)  the New Forest is also the home of Wild Ponies, like for real....random loose ponies just chilling in the street like they own the place! we spotted black and white ponies in the road, the white would not get into position (cheeky thing!) so I have a lovely picture of a ponies butt (or vagina...whatever it is back there) Freya ignored all of this and just played with a stick. So that was my weekend, what did you do?







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