My Natural Skin Care Range

For a few months I’ve been working on creating a skincare range, yesterday was the long awaited debut and it was at a local farmers market. Despite being very cold I had an absolutely amazing time. There was a lot of interest in my products and I made some great sales. I am still working on the overall look of my products so I may end up re-designg them... some feeback on how you think they look would be greatly appreciated.

I’m currently working on a website so hopefully next year I will be selling online if everything goes according to plan, for now I’m happy selling locally at farmers market and craft fairs. If anyone does want to buy/know prices before the website launch feel free to email at hairolic@hotmail.co.uk.

Here are a few pictures, excuse the cheesiness I was just ecstatic to be finally selling my products






Manestream Beauty - A Natural Event

Manestream Beauty are holding a Natural Hair event called ‘Cut Colour and Style’ and the event is exactly what it says on the tin, you can go along and get your hair cut, coloured and styled all at the same place.








Its on the 27th November, I won't be going as I live im Birmingham. If you live in the London area, It sounds like an amazing event to go to!!!





Remember….don’t forget to have a patch test when getting your hair dyed. For tickets visit www.manestreambeauty.com


Originally posted on: http://www.thenaturallounge.com/

Sourcing Products Within The UK

I used to spend hundreds of pounds on products when I first decided to go natural, most of that money went on shipping and custom fees as I used to buy most my products from the USA. Five years ago it was quite difficult to find natural products that our sisters across the pond would use within the UK, but since then things have changed dramatically.


Natural hair care products have never been more popular, and thankfully due to the high demand there are now a few UK based companies that sell natural hair care products.

Below you will find some invaluable links to where you can purchase American products within the UK saving you time and money. Yippie!!


1) www.britishcurlies.co.uk (has an extensive range of products including but not limited to: Bee Mine, Hairveda, MYHoneyChild, Miss Jessie’s, Curl Junkie and Darcy’s Botanicals)


2) www.gidore.com(stocks Jane Carter Solution range, Curls line, Curl Quenching products)

3) www.anitagrant.com (Sells a range of their own natural hair care and skin care products)

4) www.prettycurls.com (Sell a range of simple natural hair care products like shea butter and oil infusions)





Alternatively if you want to try your hand at making your own products a great starting point is here www.akomaskincare.co.uk Akoma sell a wide range of natural ingredients such as silk peptide, wax, butters, emulsifiers and more. The ingredients can be used to make simple butters, conditioners, shampoos, leave in conditioners and skin care products.


Competition Winner Announced

I would like to say a huge sorry for the delay in announcing the competition winner. I used the website www.random.org to randomly choose a winner.

Here is the competition just to refresh your memory as its been so long



So finally after long last the winner of the Vaseline Cocoa Butter range is *drum roll please* ……… YouTube Username: mzbonitap.

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the competition, and remember to subscribe to be notified of future competitions.

Sleek Storm I-Divine Palette

In recent years Sleek has disassociated their brand from the ethnic market of which they had previously dominated and now produce a range of products suitable for European, Asian and Afro-Caribbean skin tones.

Sleek is now a universal brand and has been a major hit in not only England but across the pond to. Sleek's popularity has dramatically increased in America which has been aided by the brand being a phenomenon among beauty Gurus on Youtube. Sleek now have an eCommerce site (http://www.sleekmakeup.com/en/index.aspx?) where you can purchase items and have them shipped directly to you, which is a great option if you don't live in the UK.

Sleek make-up is easily accessible (available in most Superdrug stores) and the main thing? It is affordable. It's great to finally see a British based company leading the way and providing products that won’t break the bank whilst still maintaining quality.


After the rave reviews I decided to give Storm Eyeshadow Palette (RRP £6.49) a try which contains twelve strong and rich shades perfect for accentuating the eyes and creating natural looks





The palette is presented in a sturdy case which is the perfect size to pop in your handbag, additionally the compact mirror embedded within the case makes it even easier to touch up make up throughout the day.






Before using I spritzed my elf eye shadow brush with Mac Fix Plus, this simultaneously intensifies the pigmentation of the eye shadow whilst creating a creamy consistency. If you don’t have Mac Fix Plus, don’t worry just use a drop of H20 [water xD]!













This is the final look I created which is a soft elegant blended look with a touch of off white in the tear duct area to give the illusion of wideer eyes. I am especially impressed with the ease at which this eye-shadow blends and the intensity of the colours.


This particular palette has a few colours which resemble some of Mac Eye Shadows, so if you’re on a tight budget this month definitely opt for Sleek!











Overall, I give this product a 10/10 this product is affordable, quality and lasts all day without smudging whilst giving you a vibrant shimmery professional colour.

Handmade Natural Vanilla Whip

Everyone loves making their own body butters, but as we all know a moisturiser must contain water to truly provide moisture whether it is for your hair or your skin.

Body butters are great and will always be included in my skincare regimen, but so will my handmade body whips which are a mixture of water, exotic oils and rich indulgent body butters.

I’ve decided to post a few pictures of the process

This is the body whip after I have combined the water, aloe vera juice, oils and butters





I then double whip the lotion to create a light, airy indulgent body whip












In a few weeks I will be looking for some testers to try my body whip, if your interested send me a email to hairolic@hotmail.co.uk. You must over 18, live in the UK and willing to pay for P&P

Birthday Nails

For my birthday (which was last week) I decided to treat myself to a new pair of “gel nails”. I rarely get my nails done professionally, and have only previously had one set of acrylic nails ... yes one pair in 23 years ...so you can just imagine my sheer excitement.

I opted for the gel option as opposed to acrylic nails becuase I have read the latter is more damaging to your own nails. Unlike the acrylic technique, with the gel overlay no glue is used only a light coating of gel that is sculpted to your own nails. Although it looks like a very easy technique, it is actually the hardest for a nail technician to perform.




I decided to complete my nails with a French manicured look of which I wasn’t too keen on. After a few days I decided to dip into my nail varnish collection and choose a vibrant pink nail varnish by Barry M to spruce up my nails.


The question is though, which nail do you prefer

1) The classic manicured look
OR
2) The Bright Bold nail, that even Barbie would be proud of.



Part One: I asked, you answered...

Intrigued by the surge of women embracing their natural texture I decided to turn to the social networking site, Youtube, to undercover what it is about natural hair that has united and brought together millions of women from across the globe. “follow” this blog to ensure you don’t miss parts two, three and four. .and don’t forget to repost this to Facebook and Twitter.




Youtuber: Jesusislove150

QUESTION: Whats aspect of textured hair do you love the most?

ANSWER: I love that its the hair that God gave me, that it is unique, the curl pattern, the way they feel, the texture, the fact that I can do so much with my hair....how about you? thanks for the question....it got me thinking.


Youtuber: StormyHair

Question: hat aspect of natural textured kinks and coils do you love the most..and most importantly why?

Answer: Analytical thinking... Honestly, I'm a sucker for it all! The hair, the life, the style, the responses....the list goes on! Good question♥


Youtuber: Trashagal

Question: Do you think you will remain natural for the rest of your life, if yes why?

Answer: I would love to stay natural,i've been through enough chemicals and my hair keeps breaking off and i keep doing the bc and start over again.. i dont see the need to put anymore chemicals ever again.

Weaves How To Series: Creating Highlightes & Ombre Effect (plus bonus pi...

My New Homemade Kinky Curly Wig

I have decided in order to retain length successfully I need to do more protective styling, but at the same time I wanted to be able to wash and condition my hair thoroughly on a regular basis. For me weaves are great, but I always find it a little tricky getting to my scalp and moisturising successfully ...even with the applicator bottles!!




So I decided to make a wig, I wanted to opt for a texture that would mimic my own natural texture so I ordered some Kinky Curly Hair. When the hair first came, to my disbelieve it was jet black...I had requested natural colour!!!






Instead of returning the hair I decided to go ahead and bleach the extensions to match my own colour. I have the best of both worlds not, on days when I am running late for work or want to protect my hair I will just pop on my wig..and days when I want my natural hair to be free I will simply go bare. All round, it appears to be a winner.





Let me know what you think...

Hair and Make up of the day [pictures]

Today I decided to opt for a purple eye look, I used a very cheap palette which I picked up from Bodycare (a uk shop) for 99p. If anyone would like a tutorial just leave a comment and I'll make a Youtube video for you.













My hair was 95% dry in these pictures, today was the first time Ive ever left a deep conditioner in my hair without washing it of, i actually liked the results and my hair felt soft and smelled yummy!!





Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie *Review*

I finally got my hands on some Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie thanks to one of my fellow Youtubers. It is hard for me being in the UK, because many of the great natural products tend to me made and distributed in the UK, thus I have to pay quite a lot of money to have them shipped to the UK.




Update: You can now buy the product from Amazon in the UK!!


Initially when I received this product I was very excited to try it after hearing mostly great reviews, the smell seemed yummy, emitting a mild floral fragrance. The first time I used this product was straight after my leave in, and when dried my hair felt very sticky as if I has drowsed it in oil.


The second time I used this product I decided to use it on dry hair and sealed with 100% organic unrefined coconut oil, the results were like day and night. My hair felt extremely soft, moisturised and supple. After colouring my hair I has been having an uphill struggle trying to get my hair to co-operate and feel moisturised...Shea Moisture was a god send to me!!

I would call this product a “light proteinser”, yes I have made up a word for it, because after all this product is throughly unique, it moisturises (and very well), whilst also adding strength to the hair strands with its ingredients, such as silk protein and neem oil which will aid in reducing breakage whilst adding smoothness and silkiness to your hair.


The only two reservations I have about this product are one, the name. I believe it has been marketed wrong perhaps as it didn’t “enhance” my curls at all, maybe someone with a looser hair texture from mine has more success in it defining their curls..if you did let me know. Secondly, the yummy floral scent that this product gives of, tends to turn into a sickly smell after around three days causing me to re-wash my hair sooner that I originally plan to.

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Overall, I love this product and if the opportunity presented itself to me again to purchase this product at a reasonably price I would definitely without a shadow of a doubt jump at the chance.
I give this product a 9/10


Curl Enhancing Smoothie Contains: de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oil, Mangifera Indica (mango) seed butter*, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, silk protein, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, essential oil blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E). *Denotes certified organic ingredients.

Amy Winehouse dies 27 R.I.P

Amy Winehouse has sadly died aged 27, it has been alleged that the soul singer died from an overdose at her home in London.





The Metropolitan police said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square shortly before 16.05hrs following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene."

Tributes began to pour in to one of the most celebrated and troubled British artists of recent times. Mark Ronson, who produced Back to Black, said: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life."

Presenter Phillip Schofield said on Twitter: "Just heard the sad news that Amy Winehouse has died. At only 27, what a terrible waste of a great talent. Sincere condolences to her family."

Singer and radio presenter Emma Bunton added: "Such sad news about Amy Winehouse. My thoughts are with her family." Singer and actress Kelly Osbourne wrote: "i cant even breath right now, im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!"

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Snap, CRACKLE, Pop!! Barry M Instant Nail Effects

Barry M have recently added two new nail varnishes to their range; Barry M Instant Nail Effects in PINK and BLUE (both £3.99, Superdrugs). I opted for the pink colour as I am a girly, girly at heart!




I think the concept is fascinating, you simply apply the nail varnish over a colour of your choice, and watch as your nail varnish snaps, crackles and pops!




For a fun, fresh and funky nail that is unique and different, definitely give Barry M Instant Nail Effects a try! If you are from the USA, OPI has a similar range.


1) Use Barry M Base Coat & Top coat to prime the nails and create a base between your nails
and the polish (this prevents your nails turning the dreaded orange colour)






2) Once dry, apply the chosen colour of your choice as the “base colour”, this is the colour that will shimmer through the crackles. I opted for Barry M VIVID Purple (£2.99, Superdrugs)


3) Once dry, repeat step two.


4) Now the time has come to snap, crackle and pop. Use your chosen Barry M Nail Effect, and apply a thin layer over your “base colour”, and watch in anticipation as the unique pattern is created before you very eyes

5) Apply a coat of Barry M Base Coat & Top Coat to prevent cracks and chips ...and your done! Enjoy your new nails!


Where to buy online:


http://www.google.co.uk/#q=barry+m+nail+effects&hl=en&prmd=ivnso&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=GlsnTuq5EsSIhQe2pJCFCg&sqi=2&ved=0CG8QrQQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3f25acabc71a30e&biw=1280&bih=619

Bargain of the day – Black Kelly Bag + Charity Shop Tips

If you have an eye for a bargain, charity shops may just be for you. They are great places to pick up one of classic vintage pieces. Throughout my years of “charity shopping” I have brought some breathtaking vintage pieces from stunning clip on earrings (my ears aren’t pierced) to unique cardigans ... all at an affordable price. Today I picked up a 1950’s Kelly Bag for the low cost of £2.49!!










This season Kelly bags are very popular and are now even more accessible for the masses, especially as low cost fashion chain Primark have started selling Kelly inspired bags, but why pay more for a replica when you can get the real deal cheaper.


The main things to remember about “charity shopping”

1) You must search for the good items, they won’t be at the top of the pack waiting for you, you need to shift through the stacks of items to find the hidden gem

2) You won’t always find the pieces of your dreams, its hit and miss but don’t give up perseverance is the key

3) Don’t be embarrassed to go into a charity shop, there is a massive misconception that charity shops are for the poor which is incorrect, charity
shops are a profitable business and all proceeds go to a good cause

4) If you find something you really love and think it is way too cheap, pop an extra £1 or so into the charity tin next to the till

Happy “Charity Shopping”

H&M Chiffon Shirt Outfit Of The Day (OOTD)

This outfit is perfect for a casual day out with friends on a summer’s day. This light, floaty pink chiffon shirt is from H&M and has been teamed with pearly pink and black shorts, also from the same store

H&M provides fashionable, trendy clothes at an affordable price, which is why this store is one of my favourite places to shop! The Shirt was £19:99 and the shorts were £7.99, a total bargain.



















I have given this outfit a twisty edge by wearing a purple and black vintage bag which ties in the entire outfit. Black pumps and a purple rose ring make this a comfy wearable outfit!

Spectrum of Colours





The colour blocking fad doesn’t have to be limited to your attire only. Take a leaf out of Eva Pigford’s book and add a pop of colour to either lips or nails to keep bang on trend this season!











I have teamed Rimmel London Professional Finish nail varnish in colour 500 Peppermint with Barry M clear basecoat for the perfect colour blocked nails!

When a professional colour job goes wrong

With the summer month approaching, I decided to take the plunge and get a “professional colour job”. I searched the internet and found my ideal colour – warm browns and blondes jumped at me through my computer screen.





I instantly fell in love with the colours, and as I am not a professional colourist I decided to go to a salon which was recommended to me.I had not stepped foot in a salon for over four years and was rather apprehensive about the “procedure”, especially as I knew to achieve the colours I desired bleach would have to be used to lift my dark brown hair.

I explained to the colourist what I wanted and also showed her the images of my desired colour. As she applied the highlights to my hair, I sat in anticipation, awaiting my dream hair!








In this case my dream did not match my reality - it was not even close. As the colour was washed of my hair, I dashed to the mirror excited to see my new summer colour, what stared back at me was devastation and shock.








The colours as you can see are not even close, I had to wear my hair to work and was highly embarrassed (event though I am smiling), but rocked it with confidence!








I was going to rectify the problem myself, but after much persuasion from my friend who had initially recommended me (she has been going to her for 30years) I decided to let her correct the problem (free of charge), although I did tip her £10 for her time.




I had a rinse (demi-permanent colour) applied to my hair which rectified the problem, and now my hair resembles the initial image that I showed the hairdresser. The only downside is in eight weeks, when the rinse wears off, I will be left with the brash blonde that is lurking underneath thus will need to re-apply the rinse.










The moral of the story, for me at least, is to ALWAYS have a consultation prior to colouring AND insist on a strand test, if one hasn’t been offered by the salon. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, your hair is precious, so don’t be blinded by the need for instant gratification as I was.


My First Offical Outfit Of The Day

I’m spreading my wings in the blogging and vlogging world. Welcome to my first OFFICAL OUTFIT OF THE DAY =)
I love all things fashion; in particularly I love vintage accessories such as rings, mirrors bracelets and broaches ... and let’s not forget vintage bags and clothes!! My first official outfit of the day features my lovely vintage cardigan. From the 1950’s it has been beautifully preserved and thankfully fell into my hands and I will cherish it for years to come!!