30 June 2013

Hair Talk With Priscilla



Firstly introduce yourself? Where are you from and what do you do?
Hi! I'm Priscilla, 24, I am French and I work as a strategist in a Brit advertising agency. I am half Italian from my father's side and have a Malian mother.

How long have you been natural?
I completely stopped relaxing my hair when I was 16 and I haven't been using any "straightening" tools (flat iron...) for 3 years.



If you have transitioned to natural hair what prompted your move from processed to natural?
I did not really plan to go natural, it was a kind of accident: one day, I let my hair be curly, my friends and family told me to keep it that way, that it suited me well... I realized I didn't have to go for super
"sophisticated straight" styles to feel beautiful



How did you transition, did you big chop?
I only stopped straightening my hair ! It was obviously damaged and my curls were far from perfect... It actually took me 2 years to get a "satisfying" naturally curly length.

What were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair?
I just finally admitted that this big frizzy cloud on top of my hair was part of me. It is also the main
ambassador of my personality: big, daring and "carefully messy"


What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence
your hair journey today?
When I was a child, my mom and I were constantly arguing about my hair. I was never satisfied ! My dream was to have blond, long, manageable and straight hair, just like my best friends. I remember the
other children making fun of me and my hair... I was the only mixed child in my school, having kinky/curly hair was so uncommon at the time that I used to find it ugly. My hair was not "my hair", it was my "problem"... So I quickly learnt how to "fix" it. At 10, I was able to do a perfect brushing and
knew what were the best products to use ! All these experiences really had an impact on how I take  care of my hair today. I know exactly what works on it and what doesn't.

What does having natural hair mean to you? 
There is no real "conviction" behind me wearing my natural hair. It is nothing more than an "aesthetic" preference. I kind of feel "at my best" with my curly hair, as if I finally found what was the most "genuine" version of myself.


How do you keep your hair looking so good?
My hair is natural... but I use a lot of chemical products to repair/work/style it. I have been really disappointed by "natural" regimens in general.
I wash my hair with conditioner only, once/twice a week (I love Pantene, they are the best to both detangle and nourish my hair). Then I apply an oil (Hawaiian Silky Argan oil) on my wet hair, to seal water. I finally apply a generous layer of leave-in (I love Mixed Chicks and Twisted Sista ones). Sometimes I also use a serum (John Frieda) or a mousse (Frank Provost) to make sure my curls will be well defined. I always blow dry my hair, 5min with a diffuser and then 15min without (to get really BIG hair). I also sleep with a satin cap. In the morning, I spray a little bit of water and re-apply leave-in to revive my curls and that's it

What are your go to products?
I love Mixed Chicks and Organic Root Stimulator products ! Not only they moisturise my hair, they also create fantastic curls !


What are your go to hair styles?
"Basic" 'fro or high bun.

How do you protect your hair in the winter months?
I usually go for braids or weaves (curly of course !).

What hair styles will you wear this summer?
"Basic" 'fro, again



Has having natural hair changed your fashion style?
Not fundamentally but, as I often say on my blog, my hair is already a
prominent "accessory" for me so I've probably "simplified my looks" a
bit in order to avoid the "too much" style.

What is your biggest hair wow?
My biggest hair wow is simply my 3rd hair days... My curls are always beautiful, with maximum volume!

What is your biggest hair fail?
When I died it blonde... Way too fake.


Do you have any advice for women starting out on their natural hair journey?
Be patient and cut your hair regularly. It may sound paradoxical, but this is the best way to grow it

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The Shampoo: Ogario Hydrate and Shine Shampoo


I've been working in hairdressing for quite some time and thought I knew of absolutely everyone in the industry....However it looks like Ogario London slipped under my radar as I have just recently discovered the salon and their plant derived product line. Founded by Norris Orgario over 20 years ago Ogario London is an award winning brand. I trialed a sample pack from Ogario London and fell for the Hydrate and Shine Shampoo which is a gentle nourishing shampoo for dry and colour treated hair. The shampoo is great! it cleanses very well without being to harsh and a little goes a very long way.  I have two little sample pots and and have already washed my hair twice with just one. The shampoo has Ogario Londons own Protein Protect formula which is a blend of proteins selected for their nourishing effects. The full size is £14.50 (250ml) which is quite a good price for a professional salon brand you can get the 15ml samples from the website for free! which I think is great!


B E N E F I T S 

PRO-VITAMIN B5
Otherwise known as panthenol, pro-vitamin B5 is a plant-derived emollient, prized for its ability to penetrate hair. That means it’s a brilliant ingredient for helping to improve damaged hair and reduce split ends while adding shine and texture.

SILK PROTEIN
Silk is able to hold 10,000 times its weight in water. silk protein make up Ograio's Protein Protect formula for its ability to restore moisture balance and form it's effectiveness as a protective barrier around the hair. Silk’s strength also helps improve its elasticity and resilience.


WHEAT PROTEIN
Hydrate and Shine Shampoo, has  blended wheat protein – known for increasing the hair’s ability to maintain and receive moisture – with silk protein, pro-vitamin B5, moringa seed and honey to create a wonderfully hydrating formula that helps replenish dry and colour-treated hair.

I N G R E D I E N T S


aqua (water), sodium coco-sulfate, sodium hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, glycerin, xanthan gum, panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), chondrus crispus powder (carrageenan), disodium cocoamphodiacetate, phenoxyethanol, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, citrus nobilis (mandarin) oil, caprylyl glycol, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, olea europaea leaf (olive) powder, lonicera caprifolium flower (honeysuckle) extract, glucose, sodium sulfate, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, coco alcohol, lonicera japonica flower (honeysuckle) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, cedrus atlantica (cedar wood) oil, citric acid, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium chloride, amyris balsamifera wood (amyris) oil, hydrolyzed silk, pogostemon cablin leaf (patchouli) oil, moringa pterygosperma (moringa) extract, pantolactone, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, disodium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid, limonene, linalool

Hi Norris!


28 June 2013

The Nails: Chalk Board Nails


This weeks nails are inspired by black chalk and abstract print, this is another simple way to do nail art that is grown up  (very little skill needed here!)



Start with a base colour, I used a shiny base but this would look really good with with a matte black polish which would look more chalk board like.


Make sure your base is dry as you'll be using a nail art pen to make your abstract markings.


Use Wah Nails nail art pen in white to draw some shapes you can pretty much do whatever takes your fancy, then finish with a top coat. You can use a matte top coat (Matte about you is a good one from Essie)......and then your done!


26 June 2013

The Lashes: Magnetic Lash



When I was contacted about Magnetic Lash I can't say I wasn't  sceptical, I'm not one for the usually hollow claims of longer lashes from a simple mascara. However The 1-2-1 Lash Extension System is no simple mascara. Using fibre technology to visibly lengthen and thicken the look of lashes.  I applied Maganetic Lash to my left eye and was shocked by how noticeably longer my lashes looked

Left with Magnetic lash Right without

A P P L I C A T I O N 

1. Apply a thick and even coat of Magnetic Mascara onto clean lashes, making sure each lash is covered from base to tip
2. Dab the Lash Builder on gently. The key is to apply the fibres evenly, concentrating on the ends. Fan lashes with your hand to dry them slightly. This will prevent the fibres from falling off.
3. Apply another coat of Magnetic Mascara, smoothing and sealing the fibres using long brush strokes. Gently comb the mascara over the top rather than zig-zagging, which will loosen the velvet fibres. Ensure that each lash is thoroughly covered with Magnetic Mascara, to hold the fibres in place.




Ok so the mascara isn't actually magnetic it just acts as though it is. There are quite a few fibre mascara's on the market, some of which you don't need to add fibre separately  however this can lead to clumpy spider lashes and can be less buildable. With Magnetic Lash the fibres are created to melt into the lash (they are damp if you touch them) and you can build and build until you have lashes to rival a TOWIE character! Personally I'm not one for really dramatic lashes, I've don't do falsies but I did used to have lash extensions that where really subtle and basically just gave the effect of a fuller lash.....however this was super expensive and time consuming so the Magnetic lash is a great alternative for me at £24.99 and a quick as a flash, as opposed to £120 and 90 minutes for a full set with a good therapist. Looks like I found another 'not so non toxic' product for my make up bag! this is just too good to give up!



My eyes after one application of Magnetic Lash


With two coats much more dramatic effect



I N G R E D I E N T S

Mascara:
Mascara-Aqua, Stearic Acid, Clyclopentasilxane, Lauroyl Lysine, Carnauba Wax, PVP, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone Copolyol, Hyaluronic Acid, MethyParaben

Lash Builder:
Cellulose Fibre, PVP, Tocopheryl Acetate

25 June 2013

The Tag: Skin Care



Describe your skin care routine in 5 words

Cleanse, Scrub, Nourish, Rub & Moisturise 

What’s your skin type?

Normal/Dry

What’s your favourite skin care product?

African Black Soap and Oils, I Love Balance Me Radiance Face Oil and I'm currently trying out Face Glow from Agese Oils both are great for rejuvenating skin cells


Top blemish zapper

I don't really get blemishes, If I do I just leave them and they usually go on their own accord, if any leave their mark I use a dab of organic Balm my faves are MOA Green Balm, Balance Me Stellar Face Balm and Balm Balm Baby Balm. They have great healing powers and are often totally natural.


Face wipes yay or nay?

NAY, unless you are at a festival where a face wipes doubles up as a showers. If you have running water you have no excuse! stop being lazy.

High-end skin care or high-end make-up?

Neither, I think some high end skincare and make up is often smoke and mirrors, Invest in good ingredients regardless of cost. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's good and visa versa.


What’s the most unusual skin care product you've tried?

I used to work in a salon that used to get a lot of crazy treatments, such as snail face cream and  bull seaman treatment but I've never felt the need to try faddy products.

You’re in a  pharmacy and can only pick up one item – what is it? 
Petroleum jelly it's multi tasking and inexpensive, I love the Petroleum Free Jelly from Anita Grant as it has all the benefits without  side effects of petroleum (blocked pores and spots!)



Tell us your top skin care tips

Buy a muslin cloth

Oil cleanse! it's great for naturally balancing the natural oils in your skin

Keep it simple and where possible keep it natural, good skin care need not cost the earth

Take your make up off properly and don't sleep in it!

I was Tagged by LiLi at Lets Get Lippy!



24 June 2013

The 100% Natural Perfume: Bohemian Naturals Thai Sunshine


In my mission to 'clean up' my make up bag I almost forgot about my perfume. I've been addicted to using Mac Jacobs Daisy for as long as I can remember and the though of giving up my tiny piece of luxury (because lets face it...it's the only bit of Marc Jacobs I'm going to get my hand on in this economy!) but I have a feeling that little old daisy might be not be so clean. That being said my expierence with natural perfumes has left much to be desired, I've found they either don't last very long and quite frankly smells like the bottom of an old ladies purse! Plus as much as I like all things natural smelling like a nature reserve is not on my to do list. I also didn't want to loose the sense of luxury that you get from a perfume bottle (it's just so posh!)
So I wasn't holding out much hope on the perfume front until I got my hands on* Bohemian Naturals Thai Sunshine 100% natural, hand crafted perfume the aroma is divine (not an old lady insight) it's a surprisingly fresh, zingy and modern fragrance with herbaceous, lemon grass, cedar wood, lime, spicy ginger and light white flowers. As I'm used to the sweetness of the Daisy, Thai Sunshine is a nice transition sent it's sweet without being sickly and has a hint of spice which elevates the aroma from nose twitching to full on head tuning status! 
On the luxury issue Bohemian Naturals doesn't let me down, the 4ml roller ball though small packs a punch, it comes in a nice box with a hand written date and also signed off by the owner Shannon. when you open the box a lovely silk pouch is revealed which is sewn shut you pull the thread to reveal the cute perfume it's all very personal and would be the perfect love token (do people still do love tokens or am I being a bit vintage....?) at £30 for 4mls some might think it's on the pricey side but the effort that goes into is to me worth the money and I would love to receive this as a present from my hubby! plus rollers balls last ages! (no over usage issues or spillage) I actually think the perfume is kind of perfect. There are 3 in the range Amber Rose, Indian Davana and Thai Sunshine you can pick up a sample pack for £8 so you can try out the scents for yourself here






I N G R E D I E N T S 
CERTIFIED ORGANIC ALCOHOL (WHEAT), FRAGRANCE (PROPRIETARY BLEND OF 100% NATURAL MATERIALS) cYMBIDIUM GRANIFLORUM, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYERIDE

Gifted*

 what do you think of natural perfumes?

The CC cream: Pur Mineral


I'm late on the whole CC cream thing, but I'm finally getting into it, and have been searching high and low for a CC cream with fewer toxic ingredients that come in darker shades! I finally found one by Pur Minerals who have a dark selection (however no darker than medium brown) I did get a 4 in 1 powder but it wasn't a match, the CC cream however had more of a chance because it gets rubbed in rather than sit a top the skin (I think....) Pur Minerals CC cream is a moisturiser  brightener, primer, concealer and SPF foundation all in one. 


 I used the CC cream on freshly washed skin, and as a moisturiser and brightener it worked pretty well, it's quite thick but it rubs in easily, I used fingers to place cream under my eyes, cheeks, forehead and chin then used my Eco Tools buffering brush to blend into my skin, after blending it into my skin I still looked like me (not like Casper!) The CC cream self adjusts and leave skin bright and even. Personally I don't think I'd wear this CC cream on a daily basis as an alternative to my mineral foundation as I found it  a fraction to light and I like more coverage. But I would use it as a concealer and primer for skin it can be worn under other make up which is great and it's silicone free so no yucky film like layer on your skin. It's mineral based and free from things like Parabens and Mineral Oil



Pur Minerals is available at Marks and Spencer  or the Pur Minerals Website


I N G R E D I E N T S


Active Ingredients: Homosalate (10%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (10%)
Ingredients: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8, PPG-10 Butanediol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Butylene Glycol, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acrylodimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Niacinamide, Boron Nitride, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Retinol, Ceramide AP, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI77492,CI77499)

Have you tried CC creams?

23 June 2013

The Review: Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner




With Claims of being the BB cream for hair I just had to try Ojon's new Rare Blend Deep Conditioner(£29.00) for myself and see if the hype was warranted. So basically Rare Blend DC is a Intensive conditioner that nourishes, softens and promotes shiny hair with a blend of 7 oils which include Ojon™ Oil, Brazilian muru muru, and Indian kokum butters this penetrates hair to remedy even very dry hair (that's me them!) Rare Blend DC also seals hair cuticle to lock in moisture, replenishes lost lipids ( group of naturally occurring molecules...who knew!) to repair and protect hair and is a daily treatment that boosts shine and tames frizz and flyaways....so like BB cream it covers a lot of bases.




B E N E F I T S

Ojon™ oil 

Known as "nature's hair-repairing golden elixir", this 500-year-old beauty secret from the rainforests of Central America is rich in essential lipids similar to those in unprocessed hair.

Rouge oleifera

The rich, red coloured pulp of the Ojon nut has been shown to contain highly concentrated antioxidants. It helps reverse damage to hair follicles and restore shine, softness and strength to hair.

Tahitian Monoi Oil

This rare nourishing coconut oil from Tahiti infused with fresh Tiare flowers is extremely rich in essential lipids. Its non-affinity to water gives it its unique protective property.

Tahitian Kukui Oil 

Extracted from resilient Kukui Trees in French Polynesia, this oil contains moisture-securing properties that help keep hair looking hydrated and full of high-gloss shine.

African Marula Oil 

This precious oil from South Africa is rich in nutritious proteins, minerals and contains active antioxidants to help protect hair from future damage.

Ximenia Oil 

Used by women from Namibia to Zimbabwe, it’s prized for its power to soften coarse hair and smooth rough skin.

Kalahari Desert Oil 

Sourced from the seeds of the watery Kalahari melon, it contains antioxidants, essential nutrients and protein-binders that help nourish and repair hair.

I used Ojon Rare Blend DC after using Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative hair treatment to dry de-tangle, I used black soap to cleanse and followed this with Ojon Rare Blend DC. the Black soap leaves my hair super clean and always needs a rich conditioner after use Ojon Rare Blend DC felt amazing on my hair straight away! I used a generous dollop and smoothed it into my hair (as directed) and left for 2 minutes (though personally I think my hair type would have benefited from longer!) This products goes on really well it's quite thick yet it easily smooths into hair. After two minutes I rinsed off with luke warm water. I usually judge how moisturising a conditioner is by how defined my curls are after using, with the Ojon Rare Blend DC my hair was relatively coily. This was a good conditioner  my hair felt better than it usually does after I use a rinse out conditioner but I still needed a good helping of leave in conditioner (Soultanicals Knot Sauce) and sealant (Soultanicals Loc-N-roll, Twist & Fro Out) applied but Ojon was a good base.

I'm going to try and tweak how I use this product for the purpose of the first review I used as directed however I think with a few adjustments I could really get down with this product! I'm definitely going to leave it on for longer than 2 minutes and I may try it as a leave in as I have a feeling it may work well. I'll post the results of that experiment next week!



Ojon Rare Blend is a good quality product that would work great for relaxed hair types as I think it would really promote shine. I'm a huge fan of Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative hair treatment (it's my favourite pre poo) and I'd love to try the Rare Blend Oil as I think it would work great for afro hair.



I N G R E D E I N T S

Water\Aqua\Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Laureth-23, Elaeis Oleifera (Palm) Kernel Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Sclerocarya, Birrea Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Honey\Mel\Miel, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Dipteryx Odorata Seed Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract, Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Biotin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Maltol, Salicylic Acid, Laureth-4, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Commiphora Wildii Oil, Vanillin, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Linalool, Coumarin, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.
*Gifted

What do think of Ojon products?

21 June 2013

The Cap: Solange Knowles Wears BabaTunde


Miss Knowles has been serving up some seriously fierce looks, most recently these uber long box braids by Susie of Africa Creature, she was also caught performing in NYC wearing a wax print hat by BabaTunde a Joberg based brand, that have a selection of caps, hats, and bowties all in our favourite wax prints!  not sure if they ship internationally but that do have a UK stockist Soboye, which is a fashion and lifestyle boutique based in London. Solange can do no wrong. 





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