25 Nov 2015

Happy Birthday To Moi!

Yesterday, it was my birthday and as per my usual birthday ritual, I went to MAC to get my makeup done. I also get my hair done earlier on in the day and then later on went to a bar with some of my pals for drinks and food. On Friday I'm going to the spa with some of my girls and on Sat I'm getting treated to a birthday dinner, because you're only 23 once and why have one celebration when you can have three?


Studio Fix Fluid in NC45
Prolongwear concealer in NC35 (This was mixed with a darker liquid to darken it, so in the end I'd say it was more of a NC42)
Sweet As Cocoa used as blusher

Eyes
Peach Lustre (for under eye glow)
Quite Natural Paint Pot
Bionice Glitter
Redbrick Eyeshadow
Embark Eyeshadow
Carbon Eyeshadow
Stud Brow Pencil

Lips
Diva Lipstick (outer corners)
MAC Russian Red (centre)
Concealer was also used right in the centre of my lips to provide a lightening effect

All the products above are from MAC!

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14 Oct 2015

The Drugstore Beauty Edit

Who says you need to spend a fortune on makeup to get a beat face? I'm pleased to announce that everything on my face cost just under £22.  Just to put that price into perspective my high-end products which are MAC's Studio Fix Fluid foundation retail at £22 and Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up (concealer) at £21 retrospectively.


Black Opal Foundation Stick (Rich Caramel) £7.99 @ Pak Cosmetics*
LA Girl Pro Concealer (Fawn) £3.90 @ Ebay*
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil (Dark Brown-01) £2.99
Maybelline Express Liquid Eyeliner (Black) £4.99
Island Beauty Lipstick (Warm Chocolate) £1.79 @ Jinny's Beauty, Peckham

Grand Total: £21.66

* For shade reference in MAC foundations/concealer I am an NC45.

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6 Oct 2015

6 Month Natural Hair Update

Today marks my 6 month big chop anniversary. On this date 6 months ago, my brother accompanied me to the barbers and I the biggest haircut I've ever had in life. I feel that this journey has been quite an enlightening and educational experience for me. As someone who had relaxed hair for almost a decade, I've had to re-learn and re-discover my super curly natural 3C-4A hair. I've experimented with new products and regimens. Atm, my current hair length goal is for a mid-length afro and to be able to tie my hair back in one.




















Clockwise from left-right (April 2015: Big Chop x 2, September 2015: 5.5 months post big-chop)

Now that I've been natural for 6 months, I'd like to give you some words of advice to help those of you who may have recently embarked on your natural hair journey.

1) Don't be a product junkie or jump on all the new crazy hair trends. When I first went natural, I went on all the sites and bought large quantities of new hair products that were recommended for natural hair. The vast majority of these did not work on my hair and ended up being a waste of money, so I would say when trying out new products get sample sizes and try and get product recommendations from people that have the same hair type/characteristics as you e.g. curl pattern, porosity level, thickness etc. 
2) If length is important to you then consider transitioning or only big-chopping once you get to a certain length. Initially when I cut my hair, I was super excited, but now all I want to do is to be able to put my hair is one and I can't. As someone who has always had long hair, I am finding it quite challenging with my hair being at this length. And whilst I am very happy with the health and thickness of my hair, I think I can underestimated how important hair length was to me. If I could go back in time, I probably would have transitioned for a little longer before big chopping!
3)Develop a thick skin. I still have people asking me silly questions about my hair all the time e.g. Why did you cut of all your hair?
Are you a lesbian- is that why you cut your hair?
You literally just need to rise above it. Not everyone will have something nice to say about your hair, but as long as you're happy and comfortable with your new hair, then that's all that counts.
03/09/15



21/09/15
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29 Apr 2015

Firmoo Glasses Review

Hey Peeps,
Recently I was contacted by Tina from Firmoo to do a glasses review. I actually wear prescription glasses so was quite happy to do the review. Firmoo (for those of you who don't know) is an online optician store. They have a variety of glasses which are available on their website and are suitable for both prescription and non-prescription glasses wearers. They're pretty affordable too especially if you compare them to Boots or Specsavers.

One of the things I loved about Firmoo was the fact that they provide users of the site the option to "try before they buy" with the model upload option. This feature allows users to upload a picture of themselves on the site, to see how the glasses will look on their face. I thought this feature was very handy and used it myself to work out which glasses I thought suited me best.
The delivery was quite fast considering the glasses came all the way from China. At an estimation I'd say the glasses took between 12-14 days to come. My glasses were securely packed in their case, which was then wrapped in a padded envelope, which was then put in the Fed-Ex bag alongside the glasses accessories. The package had to be signed for, which sped up the delivery time.
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Review:

Package contents:

Order Receipt
Tortoiseshell Glasses
Glasses Case (leather)
Glasses Drawstring Bag
Frame Tighteners 

Customer Service: 5/5
Delivery (speed/ packaging): 3/5
Quality: 4/5
Durability: (It's a bit hard to rate durability as I've only had these for 2 weeks, but I'll do a 3 month update in July).

This Saturday Firmoo is offering new customers free glasses, which means Firmoo newbies will only have to pay the delivery cost for their glasses. If you're interested head on over to Firmoo.


What do you think of my new glasses?

10 Apr 2015

#BlackFriday- The Diary Edit

                                            07/04/2015
Dear Diary,
Yesterday I decided to big chop*. When I last cut my hair, I took off quite a bit, but wasn’t brave enough to hack off all my hair, so decided to transition instead. Whilst transitioning I found it quite hard working with two textures of hair (e.g. my natural hair* and the relaxed ends.) My hair was breaking* quite a bit, particularly at the line of demarcation* so I decided to get all my relaxed ends cut off. Reading Malcom X's autobiography which makes several references to the practises black people used to do to fit in with/ pass as white people, also made me realise that I don't feel comfortable with the origins and roots of relaxers*, so therefore don't wish to perm my hair anymore.
I decided to go to the barbers to cut my hair as opposed to the hairdressers, as it was cheaper. My brother's barber Adrian, from Fresh Cutz in Streatham, hooked me up and he was literally amazing. He spent hours cutting my hair and making sure that I was OK with the length after each cut. I can't begin to commend him enough.


Before: 04/03/15 (Big Chop No.1)
After: 06/04/14 (Big Chop No.2) Final Big Chop






















I was convinced I was going to cry, but I didn't. I think it's probably because I did my big chop in 2 stages as opposed to 1, so the change was drastic but not so cray. Secondly, I watched various Youtube videos about people that big chopped and had the same length hair as me (post big-chop) so I was very mentally prepared.

I'm still getting used to my hair on me. At times I'll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and it will take an extra second or two for my brain to register that the woman staring back at me is actually me and not an imposter. Cutting my hair this short has been a major shock to the system, as I’ve never had my hair shorter than 6-8 inches before. Now that I am completely natural and this length I feel so liberated. I am enjoying my hair at this length, as it’s halved the time it usually takes me to wash and style my hair.
This process has been and will continue to be a big self-discovery journey. I am having to re-learn and rediscover my hair all over again, as I started perming my hair when I was about 12/13, so that’s almost a decade. Also I normally get my hair done at the salon, so there’s so much about my hair that I don’t know and am discovering. I didn’t even know my hair was this curly, as since I’ve been little, every time my hair was washed, it was always blow-dryed, so that was quite a shock in itself.

My hair type is 3c/4a 

DISCLAIMER
Although I'm natural, I'm not a natural hair nazi, and firmly believe that what an individual decides to do with their hair is nobody’s business but that their own. 


P.S. I am aware that not all my readers are au fair with black hair and it's terminology so decided to provide definitions for terms you might be familiar with. I think I managed to get everything, but if I forgot something, either Google the word for a definition or let me know in the comments section and I'll try my best to explain it to you :)

Glossary:

big chop- The process of cutting relaxed/ permed hair from one's head in order to start growing one's natural hair. This can be done in one big chop, or in many stages. If a person opts for the many stages option, then an individual is considered to be transitioning. 
demarcation/ line of demarcation- Refers to the line where one's chemically treated/processed hair meets their natural hair
natural hair- Hair that has not been altered by heat or chemicals (e.g. straighteners, tongs, hot combs, relaxers, or texturisers.
permed/relaxed hair- Hair that has been chemically processed in order to be straighter. Depending on one's wants/desires, relaxing/perming hair can result in bone-straight hair or hair that is less curlier
perm/relaxer- A chemical kit used to make hair less curly, coarse and thick. Prolonged use makes hair straighter, softer, longer and thinner.
trans-curious- A term coined by me, used to describe someone whose hair is currently chemically processed (e.g. permed, tex-laxed, or texturised etc.) but is considering going natural.

transitioning- A method used to slowly revert hair back to one’s original natural hair texture. This is an alternative to the big chop.

27 Mar 2015

What I Wore Today- All Blacked Out

Hey Dolls,
How are y'all doing? I hope your week's been good. I've noticed that since I've had my braids, I've been a bit more experimental with my style. I really love rocking my braids with a dark lip, as I think they complement each other really well. What do y'all think? 
In all honesty I didn't wear this outfit today, I wore it last Friday, but "What I Wore Last Friday" doesn't sound as good as WIWT, so I'm sure y'all can forgive me for the half-truth ;) I think this outfit is very grunge-esque so goes very well with the dark lips and braids. When in doubt, go all black, it never fails.
Since I got these boots, I've worn them all the time. I got them for such a steal, as they were reduced from £80 to £20 at Schuh. 



Outfit
Black Longline Cardigan- H & M, £15 (sold out) Alternative
Black Polo Neck- Marks & Spencer, (limited stock) Alternative
Black Leggings- John Rocha at Debenhams
Black Platform Boots- Schuh (sold out) Alternative
Black Faux Fur Clutch- Topshop (via Ebay)
Alternative clutches are available on Depop, search "black faux fur clutch"

Face
MAC Studio Fix Fluid- NC45
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer- Honey (6)
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil- Black Brown
Maybelline Eyeliner Express- Black
Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash Mascara + Miss Sporty Pump Booster Mascara
MakeUp RevolutionVivid Baked Bronzer (Golden Days)
Sleek Blusher- Flushed
Revlon Va Va Violet Lipstick + Barry M Lipliner (Plum 11) used as a base colour

I'd like to give a special shoutout to Izzy from For Daddy's Girls for fleekerizing my brows and being my photographer.

What new looks have you guys been trying? What did you wear today? Let me know in the comments section below.