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24 Sep 2012

A Charming Encounter

 D'you like my title? I do. I actually feel somewhat very proud with myself, for thinking outside the box and not choosing the standard 'Prairie Charms Review' title.  I dibbled and dabbled with many title ideas, until I settled on 'A Charming Encounter', geddit?? Right, time to stop blowing my own trumpet and get on with the review :)
 Recently, I was contacted by the lovely Stephanie from Prairie Charms, to take part in 'Project Blogger'. Project Blogger gives beauty and fashion bloggers 50% off the Prairie Charms bracelet collection from July- August plus the chance to design a unique semi-precious bracelet for Prairie Charms.

 For those of you who haven't heard about Prairie Charms, here's a little insight, taken from their 'About' page: "Prairie (Charms) prides itself in sourcing its gems and charms worldwide and aims to provide you with an eclectic mix of the finest, eye-catching gemstones available each with their own 'charming' (get it?) differences derived from natures' own eye."

 Prairie Charms sell friendship wraps, bracelets, rings, hair slides, and much, much more. Their prices range from £1 for friendship wraps to £16 for bracelet sets. Their slogan is that 'you can never have too many accessories'. Finding new pieces of jewellery, is a favourite pastime of mine, and I'm always on the look out for new quirky and interesting pieces. As 10% of proceeds go to the Great Ormond St. Hospital Charity's 'Kiss It Better' campaign,  you can skip the bus ride to 'Guiltville'  and indulge to your hearts content, knowing you are doing your bit for charity.  Finally, a guilty pleasure, we can indulge in guiltlessly. Guilty pleasure minus the guilt equals...Now, I may not be great at Maths, but even I can work out that equals pleasure.

 Another thing I love about Prairie Charms is the fact that their collections are limited edition, which means you can be sure that you won't see the whole world and her mother, wearing your special bracelet of choice. 

 One of the things that I love about the bracelets are their names. All the bracelets are named after sayings and quotes, some of them well known, others I've never heard of. The one I ended up ordering was called: 'All imaginable futures are not equally possible' which is a bracelet set that consists of two bracelets, one of which is cream and has a gold bow charm, the other one being black and sporting a gold feather charm.

 The bracelets are very versatile, as you can wear them by themselves, or team them up with other bracelets, if you like layering your bracelets like me. Some of them are a bit small, which I'm not a fan of, but this is down to personal preference, and not a major issue.

 One con of the bracelets, was that the beads on the bracelets were considerably smaller in real life, than they appear to be on the website. I do feel there needs to be a notice alongside their pictures saying something along the lines of 'Pictures not to scale'.

 The postage and packaging is a bit dear, as it's £2.99 for Second Class Delivery and £3.49 for First Class. The customer service however is brilliant. Stephanie is always on hand to respond to your messages, and replies to your tweets/ DM's if not instantly, then as soon as she can. I had a few hiccups with my ordering process, as my package from the Royal Mail went missing; (I think my postie, likes my deliveries as much as I do, ha ha!), and Stephanie issued me a new package free of charge, which was very kind. 

If you wanna find out more about Prairie Charms then have a browse of their website here or send Stephanie a tweet @Prairie_Charms. If you are interested in buying from the website, don't forget to enter 'Charmed35' for a 35% discount off your purchases/ 'FREESHIP' for free postage and packaging.

 That's all for now my lovelies. Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo


18 Sep 2012

Purity Organic Skincare Review

 Recently, I was lucky enough to be sent a skincare goodie box courtesy of Paisley from Purity Organic Skincare, which was filled to the brim with lots of goodies. Please note that Purity Organic Skincare is not to be confused with Philosophy's Purity Skincare.

Purity Organic Skincare Range

I received:
1 x Facial Wash (150 ml)
1 x Anti-Aging Moisturiser (50 ml)
1 x Conditioning Cleansing Lotion (150 ml)
1 x Regenerating Overnight Moisturiser (50 ml)
1 x Facial Exfoliator (100 ml)
1 x Anti-Aging Serum & Mask (50 ml)

 The skincare range is divided into morning and evening, however Purity does say that you can reconfigure the range to suit your needs. I used the facial wash and anti-aging moisturiser in the mornings and the conditioning cleansing lotion alongside the regenerating moisturiser in the evenings for 7 days.  

Facial Wash

 First up, I'll start with my thoughts on the facial wash. This has a gel like consistency (which I didn't like) and when massaged unto the face becomes soap like. It doesn't lather though. This did leave my skin feeling fresh and clean afterwards, this was probably due to the aloe vera content, however it did make the dry spots on my face drier and my face was itchy after application. I think I'm probably allergic to something within its ingredients, I can't think what though. The itchiness was short-lived and by the time it was time to moisturise, my face had stopped itching.

 The anti-aging moisturiser is quite thick and is more like a cream than a lotion, in that its consistency is not very liquid like. I'm not really a fan of the smell of it, which is the case for almost all of the products in this range. As all their products are fragrance-free, and I'm a very scent-orientated person (as I'm sure most of my regular readers will have guessed by now), I wasn't really keen on the smell of the range. For those of you who are not too bothered about smells, this won't be a problem to you, it's all down to personal preference really. Having said that, I did like the smell of the anti-aging serum and mask, but we'll get to that later.

Cond. Cleansing Lotion
 The conditioning cleansing lotion did not remove all of my traces of makeup on the first attempt, however on my second attempt it did. The directions indicate that you can either rinse with water or remove with cotton wool. Having tried both suggestions, I recommend that if you're wearing makeup then you remove the facial wash/ cleansing lotion with cotton wool/pads/balls (or whatever type you prefer). I've been using cotton balls and they've been working just fine. If you didn't wear makeup or do anything that you think would've made your face really dirty, then rinsing with water will be just fine.
  The regenerating overnight moisturiser is (my favourite item in the range). You'll have to massage this into your skin very well as it's very thick. I loved the thickness and richness of the product as my face felt really moisturised after application. Due to its thickness, I wouldn't recommend for those with oily skin.

 On day 3, I used the exfoliator for the first time. The exfoliator did leave my skin really soft, when I say soft, I mean super soft, like soft as a baby's bottom soft. However, it also left my skin red and blotchy. 
 In a previous post of mine, I had a horrid encounter with a facial scrub that had similar effects. I have now come to the conclusion that I must have super-sensitive skin, and even if the facial scrub is recommended for sensitive skin, unless it says it has soft beads I will not be using it. The red patchy look is very alarming, albeit shortlived. My brother put a patch of this on his face and the next day he said that, that the majority of his 'patch' felt softer. With that in mind, I made a mental note to hide my exfoliator away from him. I know sharing is caring, but and he's my brother and all but 'No way ho-say' :D

 The anti-aging serum & mask definitely wins the smell contest. Although this is fragrance-free like its brothers and sisters, this one actually smells nice (whilst in the container that is). It doesn't smell as nice, when it goes on your face but hey, you win some, you lose some. This mask is really good at cleansing, and as it's not too harsh I think you could get away with using it every day/ every 2-3 days as required. I'd recommend using it after using one of the cleansers to remove those last traces of dirt, oil, residue etc. If you did use it after cleansing, then you can skip the toning step, as this would act as a toner. I would encourage you to wash this OFF very carefully, as it dries transparent. So if you're not careful, you'll think its ALL washed off, when this is not the case.

 Final thoughts. My favourite items of the range are the conditioning cleansing lotion and the regenerating overnight moisturiser. The former because it's very good at its job and doesn't have any undesirable side effects and the latter because it's really rich and nourishing to the skin. Also due to its richness, you'll only need a small blob, which means your 50ml container will last for quite a while.  

Overall rating of range: 4/5 

 From my next post onwards, anything that is sent to me for review purposes will be marked with an asterisk (*).

10 Sep 2012

Keep It Simple Stupid

 As you all know I'm in the process of creating a new skincare and haircare regime, but recently I had a setback which has caused me to revise my new haircare regime. My setback was that the front sides of my hair have started to thin (quite dramatically, rather unfortunately for me). Some of you might think that my new misfortune should make me continue with my new haircare regime with more zest and perseverance, but rather it's done the complete opposite. 
 I have never really been the girl who had thin hair, in fact one thing I've always been complimented on (hair-wise) apart from length is the thickness and fullness of my hair. So if you'd empathise with me for a minute you'd understand how alarmed and worried I was at my new hair status. When your hair starts to break (shed/ drop out at an alarming and unusual rate), you normally try to figure out out the cause of the problem. So I thought to myself, what could the problem be? And I came up with a range of theories. Without further ado, in no particular order, here goes:

This is me at prom, with my hair in weave.

1) I'm a weaveaholic, you rarely catch me with my hair outta weave, but for the past 6 months, I've had my hair out, and have not been keeping it in the best condition ever.
2) I don't have a constant consistent hairdresser. One lady does my weaves, another one does my texturizers and treatments. And just recently I added a new one to the bunch. This is not because I like being a hairdresser prostitute, because I really hate having various hands poking, prodding and playing with my hair. It's more to do with the fact that I can't seem to find a an affordable and decent black hairdresser in London.
3) Constantly wearing weave (and never allowing my hair to breathe and recuperate afterwards) might not have been the best hair solution for me, as my hair has lost its overall thickness :(

My 18th (With weave)
 I know some of y'all might be wondering why I'm shocked and surprised that my hair's breaking after reading the above statements, but this is what I've been doing to my hair and it hasn't really broken, so I don't know why it thought it'd to start doing it now. 
 So what's my hair solution? Whilst I've been recommended hair treatments and remedies, I think from now onwards I'm gonna be extra vigilant with what I put on my hair, and try to keep the ingredients list as natural and minimal as possible. I'm really into carrier and essential oils, and I might do a JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) treatment, as I've seen before and after pics from some women, and the results do really look fantastic. 
 My hair solution isn't really that exciting if I'm honest as when I think back to when I had my optimum hair (length, texture and thickness) it wasn't when I used a zillion and one hair care products, and monitored the ingredients list (vigorously, as some hair guru's recommend) but when I just used a couple of products. It was when I greased (yes, I said greased), my hair regularly, and when I used the same products constantly, as opppsed to always changing it up, and when I did hardly anything to my hair.So I think I'm gonna just go back to my old ways to be honest. 

(This is my hair when texturized)

 When I was younger my mum used to thread my hair. If you're Ghanaian you'll know what I mean, and if you were unfortunate enough to attend the same secondary school I did, you may actually remember what that looked like. I may actually let her start doing it again. I don't think I'll wear it out (of the house), like I used to, but I do think it's a good protective hairstyle for when I'm having my stay-at-home days. I also used to use AllWays hair grease (the one with the purple/green lid) and LeKair Hair Cholesterol to deep condition my hair after every wash.
 Whilst I am going to try and improve the condition of my hair by looking after it properly,  I don't think I'm gonna get too excited with it. It would appear that 'Keeping It Simple' is the way forward sometimes.

If you have any treatment suggestions let me know below. 
As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

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