Sunday, 31 October 2010

NOTD: Mod About You

My current nail colour is Mod About You by OPI which is a light creamy pink colour. It is such a girly colour but I love how it looks on, however I really do not like the consistency of this polish.

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Friday, 29 October 2010

Headmasters Party Pin-Up Masterclass

Last week Friday I attended an updo/party pin-up masterclass at Headmasters in Hanover Street, Mayfair. If you are looking to have gorgeous party hair this Christmas season then the party pin-up masterclass is for you even if you are a total hair novice, as your stylist will teach you how to create a simple yet gorgeous updo for the festive season.

My stylist was Johnathon who was very lovely and knew exactly what he was doing with my hair which made me comfortable as my hair is currently in a weave and I NEVER have it up as I always wear it down. As soon as I sat in the chair he began to play about with my hair trying to figure out a style to suit me and to work with my weave and after about 20 minutes my party pin-up was complete. Whilst creating my updo my stylist talked me through every step and also gave me great tips. My look was achieved by backcombing the top section for volume, twisting the hair, pinning and a little bit of hair spray for hold.

Take a look out my updo being created:
I was very pleased with the final look and I even kept it for my birthday dinner in the evening. I was given a little pink Denman dress-out brush which I will be using when I re-create this look on my own.
The Party Pin-Up Masterclass is available from 1st November at Headmasters nationwide and is £45 per 45 minute appointment.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Range for Ethnic Hair

Last month I had the opportunity to review the new Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Range for the British Beauty Blogger and here is my review:

The Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme shampoo and conditioner duo was made specifically for all types of ethnic and very coarse hair such as afro hair which needs a lot more moisture than usual due to the texture of the hair. Philip Kingsley is a Trichological expert with 55 years experience and have now developed the Moisture Extreme duo based on this expertise. “Ethnic hair types in particular often lack stretchability due to the low moisture content, which to a great extent controls elasticity (dried out hair for example will break more easily). Moisture Extreme was developed to force moisture into the hair shaft to reduce breakage and protect against friction.”

Moisture Extreme Shampoo, £14 - The formula is contains a gentle detergent derived from cocoa butter.

Moisture Extreme Conditioner, £17 - Contains a blend of moisturising ingredients consisting of 4 natural oils Almond, Wheatgerm, Avocado and Babassu which work together to condition the hair from the cortex to the outer layer.

My first thoughts before using the shampoo and conditioner was that there was a lot less product than I am used to for afro hair products however, I did find that once I applied the shampoo to my hair I didn’t need as much. It took me three washes to completely get my hair squeaky clean and I only used small amounts of the shampoo for each wash. I found that my hair felt instantly soft whilst washing and the shampoo had a good lather to it making it easier to wash. After washing I then applied the conditioner quite liberally to my hair making sure every strand got covered and kept it on for approximately 20 minutes for a deep condition. As soon as I rinsed off the conditioner I could immediately feel the difference in my hair, it was a lot softer than it has ever been since I’ve had my hair in its natural state in over a year. I found the blow drying process also a lot easier than normal due to my hair being very soft. I was even told by both my mother and sister that my hair looked and felt very soft.

I can definitely say that since I have stopped processing my hair and now have it in its natural afro state my hair has become a lot drier and I am finding it very difficult to wash and dry. However, with the Moisture Extreme duo I feel that I have found appropriate products to help make my hair more nourished, softer and less dry. I will definitely be using this duo from now on as part of my washing regime and I would also like to try the highly famed Elasticizer Extreme which is a pre-shampoo treatment for ethnic hair.

My only negative about the range is that I would have liked to have had a little more product considering the price.

The range can be purchased from the Philip Kingsley website

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Magazine Freebies

Just a quick post to let you know about two magazines I picked up this week that are giving away goodies. These are two magazine that I would not usually pick up when buying magazine but after reading them I do quite like them now.

InStyle Magazine are giving away 3 different types of L'Occitane Hand Creams worth £7 each. The one I picked up had the Fleur Cherie which smells nice so I might pick up another one to try out. I having been meaning to buy this hand cream for a very long time as I have always heard good things about it so its a great bagain to get it free with the magazine.

Marie Claire Magazine are giving away 2 different colours of Ciate polishes worth £9 each. I picked up the one with deeper red colour which I am happy with as I have been meaning to try this brand of polish.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Nail Colour of the Week

My latest nail haul order arrived last week and before I could take pics of the haul I had already used one of the polishes on Saturday. The polish is from Essie's Summer 2010 collection and it is a coral shade called Haute As Hello.

I used two coats for this application but I did find it dried into a weird looking matte finish so a topcoat is definitely needed to revive it. I used Nail Tek Quicken for my topcoat which I also bought in my nail haul and it has already started to peel off really badly at the tips and it is only Sunday (yes this is a scheduled post lol). I am not happy with this topcoat at all but I will give it another chance before I write it off!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Review: Lucas Papaw Ointment

Lucas Papaw Ointment is a natural remedy from Australia and I was first introduced to this product a few years back by someone from Australia but I didn't pay attention to the product until I finally got to use it back in February when I was doing my make up course. Lucas Papaw was a staple product on the course and we all loved using it especially on ourselves. Its such a great soothing balm for the lips and really nourishes and moisturises it.

The Lucas Papaw Ointment is made from the papaw tree and has antibacterial properties and may be used as a local topical application for burns, boils, chaffing, cuts, cracked skin, rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites, nappy rash and eczema.

It is also great when used on the lips as I learnt from my make up course. If you have dry lips like I do Lucas Papaw works wonders on them especially as a moisturiser for dry lips before applying lipstick. Simply put a generous amount of it on your lips before you apply your make up and let it sink in for a while and when you are ready to apply your lipstick rub it off and put on your desired lipstick. I have also been using it as a balm as my lips tend to get quite dry in the autumn/winter months and I really cannot fail this product at all.

Lucas Papaw Ointment comes in three sizes 25g, 75g and 200g. I have the 25g as it is a handbag friendly size in comparison to the other sizes available. Active Ingredients: 39mg/gm of fresh fermented paw paw, unguent Carica Papaya L, and 0.1mg/g of Potassium Sorbate as a preservative.

Lucas Papaw Ointment is an Australian brand that is not readily available in the UK but can be bought online from the following:

* The Pawpaw Shop London which have an online store and also an Ebay store. I bought mine from their ebay store for £3.99 (Pawpaw Ebay)

* Cult Beauty

Monday, 11 October 2010

Nail Colour of the Week: Barry M Instant Nail Effects

After seeing the new Barry M Instant Nail Effects on various blogs last week I decided to try it for myself and I picked up a bottle from Superdrug over the weekend. I trialled it over my previous nail colour in the shop which was a dark pink colour but wanted to try it with something that standed out a little bit more so I decided to try it with my Models Own 25 Carat Gold polish. I actually bought this Models Own colour in January but this was my first time using it.

Models Own - 25 Carat Gold
Barry M Instant Nail Effects

I applied two coats of my gold base colour and let it dry and then I applied a layer of the Instant Nail Effects over it and within seconds it started to peel into this effect and I then topped it with a layer of Seche Vite. The Barry M Instant Nail Effect is very easy to use and dries within seconds of applying it. I cant wait to try it out with other colours and hope that Barry M bring it out in another colour possibly gold.

I had spotted a similar version to this Instant Nail Effects a few months back on Amanda's blog and I really wanted to try it out but the brand wasn't in the UK so I am very happy that Barry M came out with a version of it.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Nail Haul

Recently I have been making quite a lot of nail polish purchases and I think I am getting slightly addicted to it. I am waiting on a delivery for another order I placed and I will post pics as soon as it arrives.

Seche Restore - Used to thin Seche Vite
Essie Fill The Gap - Base Coat
Seche Vite - Quick Drying Top Coat
Rimmel Matte Finish - Mattifying Top Coat

Color Club - Wild Child
China Glaze - Shocking Pink (Neon)
China Glaze - Bermuda Breakaway

Sunday, 3 October 2010

My Birthday Wishlist

My 25th birthday is coming up in just over 2 weeks and I thought I would share with you guys a few things on my wishlist. I am more excited about making the wishlist than actually thinking of anything to do to celebrate my birthday mainly because I feel like I am getting old. *sad face*

Gold Watch - Ive been trawling the internet for a few months now for the perfect boyfriend style gold watch and I have narrowed it down to one from either Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors or Guess Collection. My only problem is that I have extra skinny arms & wrists so I now have to try them on in actual stores as it could end up looking terrible on my skinny wrists.

(not the actual watch I want)

Mac Pro Laptop - My laptop at the moment is not working properly as it was infested by viruses and trojans recently so I think it is a great excuse to get a new laptop. Hopefully my mum will get this for me as she promised....(However I am not counting on it! Knowing her she will have forgotten she even agreed)

And.....Birthday cake, I could live on vanilla sponge birthday cake all year round and I sometimes have the urge to buy one randomly and eat it all to myself (I know this is a bad craving I have).

On another note its also my sister's 18th birthday this month too and I really do not know what to get her especially seeing as every response I get from her is "I dont know" when I ask what she wants....