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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!

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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!