8.25.2014

CURLY MONDAY #19 | AFRO INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK

London, UK






Beautiful pictures of afro curly hair from Pinterest.
Happy Monday, y'all!

8.19.2014

SHEABEUTIMIA || NATURAL HAIR PRODUCTS PART 1

London, UK
Hello beauts!
Sorry if I was M.I.A. in the last period, but I've spent all my time moving house, working insanely hours and trying to keep an healthy life (failing miserably).
But now I am hereeeee and I can finally share with you my first collaboration with a prestigious and wonderful UK online site.
Since I became natural, I always searched for a valid online site that sells a vaste range of natural products, including a hair range. 
And then I found Sheabeutimia, the most known site for naturals in UK.

Founded by Jo Minta, the official site says:
Welcome to Sheabeutimia
At Sheabeutimia we love to manufacture natural products for your hair and skin that can benefit all hair and skin types. There are tips in caring for the hair and some videos to help put the tips into practice on the blog section. With the expertise in cosmetology & beauty therapy and in-depth researching about these fields, our products have been formulated specifically for you to address various skin and hair problems.
Product ranges have been strategically formulated to tackle both hair and skin issues:

- General Hair loss and damaged hair
- Scalp and hair root issues
- Dry and brittle hair
- Dandruff
- Stunted hair growth
- Postpartum hair shedding (Postnatal hair loss)
- Dry and Sensitive Skin types
- Eczema prone skin conditions
- Acne prone skin conditions
- Facial Care
- Dry and Chapped lips
- Dry hands and palms
- Anyone confused and needing help regarding the state of their hair or skin
- And many skin and hair problems...

Why don't you relax, enjoy our website and make your choice on our products to give your hair and skin a healthy new beginning with our natural products?

- All products are 100% Natural, Handmade, and do not contain parabens, silicones, and sulfates.
- Our products are not tested on animals. Suitable for Vegans.

Enjoy your shopping and remember You Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made!!!
Jo Minta
Sheabeutimia UK
The natural you...



The first product that I used on my hair was

Treat Me Curly™ Oat Extract & Honey - Gentle Cleanser with Bamboo Extract & Wheatgrass


Only £9.99!

Ingredients 

Aqua, avena sativa (oat) extract, honey, hydrolysed wheat protein, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, bambusa vulgaris (bamboo) shoot extract, triticum aestivum (wheat grass) extract, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, macrocystis pyriferae (kelp) extract, cocoamidopropyl betaine, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, and potassium sorbate, panthenol (provitamin B5), citric acid, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil and melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oils.


The lovely scent of this cleanser is the first thing that you're going to notice.
After applying and rinsing with warm water, my scalp and hair felt amazing! Is a gentle but effective product who's going to purify and clean your natural hair without stripping moisture from your hair.
I wanted a product who is enriched with minerals, vitamins and amino acids that help in reconstructing damaged hair and to maintain its natural pigment. It helps to detoxify the scalp thereby removing dandruff and soothing itchy scalp. This amazing cleanser also aids with moisture retention to protect and moisturise the hair.
I would definitely recommend to try this cleanser out to every naturalista who find really difficult to find a valid cleanser for natural hair.



After the gentle cleanser, I applied some

Moisturise 'N' Gro!™ Hemp Seed Oil - Moisturising Conditioner


Only £9.99!

Ingredients 
Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf extractcannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,avena sativa (oat) extract, vegetable glycerine, caprylic/capric triglycerideequisetum maximum lam, (horsetail) extract*, astrocaryum (murumuru) butter, oleoresin rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil*salvia lavandulaefolia (sage) oilalthaea officinalis (marshmallow) root oil extract*panthenol (provitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexyglycerin and Citric acid.

First I sectioned my hair in 4 big portions and then applied Moisturise 'n' gro!™ by smoothing it from the root to tips paying attention to the tips. As soon as you finish this procedure, my suggestion is to cover your hair with a heat cap (or a plastic one) for at least 20-30 mins. At the end rinse off everything with warm water.
The results were really impressive! My hair were definitely more manageable, ready to be detangled and extremely soft!


What do you think about it? Have you ever tried Sheabutimia's products?
Let me know guys!

8.11.2014

CURLY MONDAY #18 | AFRO INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK

London, UK







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Beautiful pictures of dyed curly hair from Pinterest. Let's have some colour today! 
Happy Monday, y'all!

8.07.2014

EMPTY PRODUCT REVIEW || MAYBELLINE "FIT ME" FOUNDATION COCONUT 355

London, UK



Let's be honest: it's still quite difficult to find a makeup line for women of colour out there. I still have to find the perfect foundation for my skin but I hope I'll find the right answer sooner or later.
The first time I've tried this foundation I was really disappointed with the result. I have extremely oily skin but no acne problems and I was looking for a foundation shine-free. 
Maybelline "Fit Me" doesn't help my oily-as-hell skin, but that is the only downside! If I apply a good translucent powder after the foundation, my face looks amazing and I don't need any touch up during the day. 


with flash

without flash

The shade that I chose - Coconut 355, the darkest shade available - is perfect for my skin tone. And when I say perfect I mean perfectly perfect! 
Everyone says that my skin looks flawless and natural as though I have nothing on. That's why I love this foundation! It gives you an incredibly natural look. Plus it costs just £7.99: BARGAIN!
A little goes a looooong way, girls. 

In conclusion for me it's a 7, nothing less and nothing more. 
    
What do you think? Have you ever tried a Maybelline Fit Me foundation before?

Have a great day!  

8.06.2014

SIMPLE 90'S BANTU KNOT OUT LOOK

London, UK


"VIIIIIIIIBE, VIIIIIIIIIBE, VIIIIIIIIIBE GIRL YOU'VE GOT THAT VIIIIIIIBE!"
As soon as I took off my Marley extensions, I knew what my first hairstyle would have been: BANTU KNOTS ALL-NIGHT-LONG (literally lol).
They are pretty easy to do and they look superfly!!
I think the combination dark lippie + Bantu knots are a bit edgy and very trendy right now!

To achieve a good Bantu knot out first I got slightly wet a section of hair with a mixture of water + olive oil, then I applied some coconut oil to seal and the fabulous scented JOCIE ArgMac Organic Argan & Macadamia Oils pomade from Sheabeutimia

After finishing my Bantu knots, I covered my hair with a satin scarf and went to bed.
The next day I unravelled my Bantu knots and... VOILĂ€!

What do you think? What are you're favourite 90's songs?
Let me know!

Have a lovely day, peeps!

8.04.2014

BLAZER FOR WOMEN | HOW I STYLED MY ETHNIC BLAZER

London, UK








Good morning, y'all!
Today I want to share with you all another outfit with the same heavenly background as my Garden Paradise post.
Nomsa is the photographer who did all the work here. I really like this ethnic look thanks to Nomsa's blazer.
If you want to see more pictures from her, check out her personal site here. 

This morning I woke up pretty sleepy because I spent basically all yesterday to take off my Marley Twists and to nurture my lovely natural hair with some Sheabeutimia products (really soon I'm gonna share with you this amazing collaboration, I promise!). I have to be honest: I really missed my hair, like FOH REAL! 

Sometimes we don't appreciate enough all the little lucky things that we have in our lives.

 Right now I'm wearing some bantu knots that I'm going to unravel before going out. 
My plans for this afternoon checking out a new room, do some food shopping, relax and read in this beautiful sunny weather.

I really hope the room will be what I'm looking for!

What about you? What are your plans for today?

8.03.2014

FASHION SPRING/SUMMER WISHLIST

London, UK

1. White Sleeveless Midriff Floral Vest - SheInside
2. Black Zipper Striped Skirt - SheInside
3. Retro Gold Leaf Ring - SheInside
4. Green Gemstone Gold Diamond Flower Earrings - SheInside

The weekend is already over and it's time to go back to work (unfortunately!!).
I hope you guys are going to enjoy this Sunday sipping iced drinks after a good swim in a crystalline sea.
This is a simple and chic look perfect head turner for this hot hot summer nights.

What do you think? Do you like this look?
Happy Sunday!

8.01.2014

AFRO HAIR VARIETY IN SPORTS || COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and has taken place every four years since then.
I wanted to share this beautiful manifestation not just because I believe sport is very important for a healthy lifestyle and everybody should do it, but because I noticed a lot of hairstyles (natural and not) that have caught my attention.
It'so refreshing to see so many natural heads on television to inspire many girls who never heard about the Natural Hair Community or who are just hesitant.

My favourite hairstyle?
Ese's Zig zag cornrows. Love them!

Kerron Stewart - Sprinter

Kimberly Williams - Triple Jumper

Ayanna Alexander - Triple Jumper

Ese Brume - Long Jumper

Jazmin Sawyers - Long Jumper

Laura Samuel -Triple Jumper
pictures from here, here, here, here, here and here. 

What do you think? What hairstyle do you prefer? 
Happy August!

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