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28 Jul 2013

You Are My Sunshine #YAMS


Hi Dolls,

Just thought I'd share my latest feature Y.A.M.S. aka #YAMS (i.e. You Are My Sunshine) with you. YAMS will provide a spiritual/Christian element to my blog and most of its posts are likely to be featured on Sundays.

Our lives can be hectic at times and sometimes God can be easily forgotten.  I am definitely guilty of this myself, but am trying to work on fixing this, as you should never allow your life to become so hectic, you forget to thank the Creator of Life (for your own life)!

Remember, without God, many of us wouldn't be here TODAY, let alone where we are, so don't forget to thank Him.



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As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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25 Jul 2013

#ThrowbackThursday

Here's an old-school pic of me, probably taken about 5 years ago.



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17 Jul 2013

Big Brother 16th July 2013 Synopsis

Hey Dolls,

Just wanted you guys to be the first people to know that I'm going to be a TV Writer Intern for Entertainment Wise. Fun times, eh?

Here's a sample post I did about last night's Big Brother. Do let me know what y'all think:
In today’s task, Big Brother asked safe housemates (Hazel and Daley) to interview their fellow housemates, so that they could gain a better insight into their characters. Hazel and Daley were given fact files about the other contestants, from which they were allowed to draw the inspiration, for their interview questions.
The results of the interview were very entertaining, most especially when Jo and Jack were interviewed. When asked by Daley, who he had bitched about most, Jack’ s list was never-ending: “I have bitched about Charlie. I have bitched about Callum, bitched about Dexter, I have bitched about Gina." At which point all of us at home were left wondering exactly who he hadn't bitched about. Definitely a comic moment! 
Copyright: Entertaintmentwise.com


The best moment came when Hazel asked Gina: “Who do you dislike most in the house?” 
To which Gina replied: “Hmmm… Hazel, Hazel, Hazel”, whilst laughing. 
You've gotta love Gina's bluntness. No brownie points for guessing who Gina couldn’t wait so see leave the house? All together now “HA-ZEL."
The most random moment was when Charlie and Callum had a dinner date (if you consider pancakes to be dinner, that is), which was organised at the request of Hazel and Daley.  Charlie left a sour taste in Callum’s mouth when she told him, she’d nominated him for eviction last week. That's one way to make someone lose their appetite. Perhaps to make it up to Callum, you can tell him that you do like him Charlie?
We all know what men are like with their egos; they need a bit of stroking every once in a while. As the saying goes: "The way to a man's heart is not through his stomach, but through his ego".  Charlie opted to make matters worse instead, by telling Callum she didn't like or trust him. Callum clearly found the news hard to digest, although he tried to put his joker “I’m not bothered or affected” face on. You may be fooling yourself Callum, but you definitely ain't fooling us!
Poor Callum. All he wanted was a pancake! Something tells me Callum won't be eating pancakes for a while.

Verdict
Today’s episode was a really eye-opener. Facades were broken, and people’s true colours were revealed.
#BringDaleyBack

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13 Jul 2013

Pride Magazine Work Experience

Yesterday, marked the end of my 2 week beauty/fashion work experience with Pride Magazine :(
On the first day, I met the Pride Team; Shevelle (Beauty/Fashion Editor), Gloria (Entertainment Editor), Afua (Features Editor), Isabel (Head of Production) and briefly met CJ (Publisher/Editor).
 My tasks have been very varied, and have ranged from vox popping members of the public, to writing copy for the beauty and fashion sections, attending press events, and conducting research.
 Although I was based in the beauty/fashion department, I was sometimes set tasks from Entertainment or Features. Overall, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Pride Magazine and would definitely recommend Pride to budding journalists looking for worthwhile placements. Pride is not one of those placements where you'll be left twiddling your thumbs, nor is it one of those places where you'll be making your Editor endless cups of tea, or be required to memorise your Editor's lunch order. However, it is one of those places where you'll be given the chance to develop your writing and communication skills and also get a proper insight into the work life of a journalist. The Pride Team is small- 5 members put the whole magazine together- so work experience interns are appreciated and if you consider yourself to be a slacker, then this probably isn't the placement for you!
 I'm very proud to call myself a (former) Pride intern, see what I did there? Pride Magazine has definitely been my best placement to date and you'll definitely be hearing more about Pride in the future as I've been invited back! I can't wait to go back, there's something very refreshing about working for a Black-owned company, where 80% of the staff are Black!
 Highlights: 1) Visiting celebrity hairstylist Dionne Smith (she's done Nollywood actresses Genevieve Nnaji & Yvonne Okoro's hair, Chanel Iman's as well as the casts of Sket & Anuvahood etc.) to get my hair done, in order to write a hair review for the 'Salon Spy' page of Pride.
2) How kind is Shevelle? Look at the goodies she gave me when I left: (Hint: Items Left-Right)






2True Pro Metallica Nail Polish (10 ml)
Collection 60 Seconds Hot Looks: 67-Desert Rose, 65- Scorched, 66-Aztec Gold (8ml each)
Models Own Artstix Nail Beads- Neon Pink (BD0002) Fizz (14 g)
NYX Gel Liner & Smudger (3 g)
Wen Sweet Almond Mint Texture Balm (10 g)
Beever Rich Repair Conditioner (280 ml)
 Caribbean Essentials Re-Energising Moisture Milk (100ml)
 Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel (30 ml)
KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow (1.64g)
Sleek Flick It Eyeliner- 993- Purple Aura (10 g)
Miners Maxi Mascara Waterproof-Black (8 ml)
Clinique Chubby Stick-09 Lavish Lilac (3g)
Double Floral Ring *
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil- Purple Sapphire (1.1 g)
Miners Luxe LipsLuxe Lips Creme Gloss- Uptown Girl (*)
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum  (4.6ml)
NYX Mosaic Powder Blush-06 Rosey (5.7g) 
MAC Eyeshadow Bright Orange (1.3g)
 NYX Cosmetics 'Smokey Fume' The Smokey Eyeshadow Palette (6 g)

Please note the quantity shown in bracket, refers to the amount I have, as opposed to the store size.
*Size/Origin unknown

Do let me know in the comments section below:
What was your favourite feature in this month's Pride?
What post would you like to see next on LouLou Daniels (please see checklist below)?

*Fashion* Autumn/Winter Trends 2012 OR OOTN Video
*Beauty* #ProductsThatIRegretBuying
*Religion/Spiritual*
*Miscellaneous* Random, e.g. Picture post
*Topical* Fifty Shades of Bullsh*t (Top Lies Men Say)


As always, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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10 Jul 2013

Would you let your child play with a friend called Charmaine?

Last week, I came across a video on my Facebook timeline which really sickened me to my stomach. For those of you who haven't seen the video yet,  I've put the video below.
Katy Hopkins says children with names like Tyler, Charmaine, Chantelle, Chardonnay etc. are obviously working class, less likely to do their homework, and more likely to be disruptive in class and thus a bad influence on her children, hence she'd rather her children didn't befriend children with such names.
She claims judging people by their first names, enables her to make a quick judgement about a child's character, their upbringing and parents, and ultimately whether or not the child is suitable enough to play with her children. On the Katy Hopkin hitlist for names include footballer names, seasonal names, geographical/locational names, celebrity names, fruit names etc.


 This lady (I doubt I should even be referring to her as that) is so self-contradictory it's almost comical. How can Katy say she doesn't believe in giving children locational names, yet she's named her own daughter India? Why does she not consider India to be a location?
 So what do you guys think? Would you let your child play with a friend called Charmaine or Tyler?  
 Is a name indicative of someone's background; i.e. socio-economic status/class??
 Is it fair/right to judge someone based on their name/ social class?
 Let me know what you think in the comments section below, as always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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9 Jul 2013

Hiikuss Hair Studio Salon Review

Hi Dolls,
Last Friday, I paid Hiikuss Hair Studio a visit. I’ve visited Hiikuss Hair Studio before, but it was quite a while back (almost 2 years ago I believe). Hiikuss uses a salon hierarchal system, in that the type of stylist that does your hair, determines the price of your hairstyle. They have a three-tier system, with the most junior staff member being a graduate stylist, the next one up from that is a stylist, and the highest staff member is a senior stylist. 
 I booked a hair appointment with a rude receptionist- what's with it with salon receptionists these days, are they always rude or am I just unlucky? When I walked in, I introduced myself to a receptionist (this one was male, so obviously not the rude one I spoke to on the phone) and was told to take a seat. 
 My stylist arrived within a minute, and greeted me with a curt hello, hence I gathered she'd be doing my hair. She did not introduce herself to me by name or do anything of that nature- I had to ask her what her name was. It's Teza by the way. After greeting me, she asked me: "So what are you having done today? I told her I'd be having my hair wash and styled. I'm not quite sure why she wasn't briefed in advance as to what services I required, and think the staff should definitely communicate more with each other, as I don't really feel I should have to explain what I want done, when I've booked beforehand.
 

 Moving on, Teza proceeded to wash and condition my hair. The sink basins face the front doors of the salon, and as the front doors of the salon are transparent, when your hair's getting washed you're in full view of the public. This might not be a problem for some, but I'm not really a fan of people watching me get my hair done, so I didn't really like it. However, this is purely a preference thing, & some people might not be bothered by such factors, however, I just thought I'd put it out there. 
Teza used Kera Care Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and Kera Care Humecto Creme Conditioner on my hair. She washed my hair twice, which I thought was interesting, as I normally wash my hair 3 times before it's clean. After proceeding to blowdry my hair, she said my hair needed further rinsing. When we went to back to the basin, it turns out my hair needed further washing, as she started washing it again. I was very happy that she decided to re-wash my hair, as some stylists may notice your hair hasn't been washed properly and proceed to style it anyway. After the final wash, she checked through each section of my hair thoroughly, making sure she had washed the hair properly, which I was extremely happy with.


Side Pic- #Hiikuss Hair

Prior to blowdrying my hair she based my scalp with Kera Care Glossifier Lustre Laque (Dry & Itchy Scalp) and sprayed Silvertree Body & Thairapy Morocco Argan Oil on the hair. When blowdrying my hair she used a concentrator nozzle and a paddle brush in order to minimise heat damage and maximise hair protection. I don't recall Teza using a specific heat protector, but I don't think she needed to as the Moroccan Argan Oil can act as heat protectant.
 She then proceeded to style my hair. I opted for a centre parting but she forgot what I asked for so straightened my hair in the direction of a side parting, which I made her change later.
Final thoughts: There was quite a bit of product in my hair, but nothing too greasy or to the extent whereby my hair felt weighed down. 

After Salon Visit (2)


Stylist Picks
The stylist seemed very knowledgeable about her products and due to her recommendations and good sales pitch I left with Kera Care Glossifier Laque (£9.99 for 115g) and Kera Care Overnight Mositurizing Treatment (£6.50 for 110g), which is a very good price for both items. Kudos to Hiikuss for selling hair products in your store, it makes it so much easier for customers to get the hair products they need without the hassle.
Teza recommended Affirm Sensitive Scalp Relaxer as opposed to Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 (which is what I currently use for my hair). She said she felt the latter would by very drying on my hair, considering its texture. I’m not a fan of changing relaxers, but I may take her up on this at a later date.




Location: 5/5 -Situated 5 minutes away from Camberwell Green & right behind a bus stop.
Accessibility: 5/5 -Bus

Customer Service: 3.5/5 It was not the best I've received, and it was not the worst.
Price: 5/5 I paid £18 for a Wash, Straighten & Style. It's usually £20 but I got 10% off with my Student Discount. FYI you might wanna phone up to ask what the current student discount rate is, because I was quoted 20% on the phone, so I believe it fluctuates.

Here's a more detailed price list.
Awareness/ Product Knowledge: 5/5
Decor: 4.5/5
Salon Size: Medium
 

Overall rating: 3.5/5 

Would I go back- Yes (I'd get a senior stylist to do my hair though).

As always until next time stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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4 Jul 2013

Simple Skincare Review

 In a previous post of mine I mentioned that I had a newfound love for the Simple's 'Kind to Skin' Skincare range. Never one to go back on my word, here you are dolls :)
One of the things I love best about the Simple Skincare range is that they are brand which are true to their name. I can tell they really believe in simplicity and this is reflected throughout the brand's products, as the ingredients  in their range are very minimalistic. For all you anti-paraben warriors out there, just so you know their products do contain parabens :/

What I most like about the range is that it does what it says on the 'tin' and it doesn't cause my skin any problems. Having tried and tested various skincare brands, I've broken out, had my skin become itchy, irritated or rashy, but when I use Simple this does not happen.
 I normally use either the Purifying Cleansing Lotion or the Toner in one sitting, and rarely use the two together. This is how I've chosen to use their products, this is not what is recommended, but what I've found works best for me.  I don't tend to wear tonnes of makeup daily, so do not think I need to over-cleanse my face, and double-cleansing with the toner removes all traces of makeup.
Ingredients
 If you are looking for acne/spot preventative skin care solutions, then I would not say this is the brand for you, as although Simple skincare has not broken me out, I have broken out whilst using this product, so it obviously does not prevent spots etc. However, products containing Glycolic or Salicylic Acid are very good spot remedies.
 I also have tried the foaming cleanser, but this did not really go down that well with me, and is one of those #'Products That I Regret Buying. I found it drying, unpleasant and did not like how it felt on my face and will deffo not be repurchasing.
 I use the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser as it's got Allantoin which is very good for soothing and healing the skin and recommended for people with dry skin or eczema. Whilst I don't have eczema on my face, I do have dry skin and was really sold, when I saw the product had Allantoin on its ingredients list. Having said this, I'm not really into this moisturiser as I don't find it rich, replenishing or moisturising at all and as soon as I find a better moisturiser I'll bin this one.

Final thoughts:

Price-£2.99 (5/5) The cleansing lotion, toner and wipes retail for £3 each at most drugstores. Check out Superdrug, Sainsburys, Savers.

Smell (4/5) This product is fragrance-free so has a very subtle smell, which is not off-putting

Texture/Feel (4/5) The texture of both cleansers is liquidy, but the Cleansing Lotion is more rich and creamier than the Toner.

Overall rating (4/5)
I'm in love with this range and whist I can't say I'm a fan of the mosituriser or foaming wash I love the cleansers and wipes. The price range is mega affordable which is always a plus & feel I'm on to a winner.

As Simple says: "When your skin is happy and glowing you feel healthy and happier too".

As always, until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

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