Following my perfect shade of nude lacquers for chocolate skin, I wanted to also share a few great nude lip colours for chocolatey skin (for the same reasons). I’m someone who for the past 3 years has worn the same nude lip because 1. it was perfect for me, and 2. because I have major trust issues about how nude lip colours are advertised (in terms of accommodating darker skin tones). I know you’re probably thinking “you could have swatched colours in store” but I find that makeup stores have lighting that makes colours look slightly different to how they do in natural light. But nevertheless, I took a chance and bought a few that I can’t wait to share with you all.

The trick to bringing out the best in these nude colours is to use a warm brown/dark brown lip liner before you apply the colour. My favourite lip liner is Mac’s Chestnut liner but I sometimes use Rimmel’s black/brown eyebrow pencil to give my lips some extra depth (so I don’t get that ice ring donut lip look). *Disclaimer* it is not imperative to only use Mac lip products, I personally find this brand gives my lips the best amount of pigment to compliment the tones in my skin. Other brands work well for other areas and functions. These nude lip colours all bring out and compliment the warm undertones in chocolate skin when worn with a good liner:

(Available at Mac Cosmetics) Lust Lipglass, Boy bait cremesheen glass, Stone Matte lipstick, Cherish Satin lipstick, Taupe Matte Lipstick

enjoy!

 

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I came across a quote last week that stated: “If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn”, and it really made me think about how different areas of life change and adapt in conjunction with nature. It also made me feel quite empowered and encouraged to deal with life’s adversities with a fearless, more resilient approach.

It’s safe to say we can finally give spring a warm welcome as the trees are full and the weather is good- hopefully for long! Just as nature renews itself during spring, we too should seek to renew ourselves inside and out. From our hair, skin and bodies, to our minds, social lives and all aspects of life that shape who we are, it is a great time to extend the notion of “spring cleaning” into these areas. In addition to encouraging us all to be more resilient in times of hardship, hopefully spring teaches us to also be mindful of the things we allow to enter our precious spaces (mind, body and energy). Whatever you do this spring, let the trees full of blossoms and the brimming flower beds remind you of renewal, resilience and positive change.

Spring products I recommend for renewing skin, hair and energy:

  • Sanctuary White Lilly & Damask Rose body wash – smells like spring and leaves your skin feeling completely revitalised
  • Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask – refreshes and renews skin, and is perfect for all skin types
  • Pantene Pro-V Perfect Hydration Conditioner- highly moisturisng but lightweight, perfect for warm weather
  • Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Candle – light, sweet scent that creates a relaxing vibe in your space

 

Love

Autumn as we know, is a time of change- From life, to  health, skin and hair. The best way to deal with these changes is to make a few minor adjustments and hopefully I’ll be able to provide some great suggestions (meaning you can expect more helpful tips, tutorials etc. for the next few months).

I wanted to start off by sharing two favourites and two hacks that may be a huge help this autumn. (In order of the photos) My first favourite is the Lush lip scrub- If you’ve read my ‘spa glow at home‘ post you’ll be familiar with this one. It’s fantaaaastic this time of year as the cold weather really wreaks havoc on our skin, especially lips, causing chapping and peeling- not so glamorous… I wont go into too much detail on this product so do click the link!

My second favourite is for the ladies, this one’s the Dolce and Gabbana 3 L’Impératrice perfume, which happened to be a favourite due to the number of compliments I’ve received about this scent- it really does smells gorgeous. For those of you who like fruity/ floral scents this one is perfect and I think quite timeless. I did initially think this was a summery scent but its subtle rhubarb/musky undertones (please trust me, it smells amazing lol) can definitely be worn throughout this season.

Now for the hacks, I will warn you Cod Liver Oil is not for the faint-hearted, however, it does you sooo much good in the long run. I’m a strong believer in prevention being better than cure and with us being more susceptible to falling ill during the colder months, taking the recommended daily dose of Cod Liver oil can boost your immune system, keep your bones and muscles strong, as well as contribute to thicker, healthier hair growth. (yes please!)

Lastly but not least… Shea Butter! Shea butter is one of my favourite hacks for autumn/winter because it can be used from head to toe (literally). For thicker natural hair, Shea butter is great for sealing in moisture and protecting strands effectively, as it is more dense than other natural oils- don’t overdo it though because you still want to be able to get moisture IN. For skin, it works wonders for sealing in moisture too. The best way to incorporate it into your skincare regime is to mix some in with your body lotion/hand cream so that they stay on your skin longer and work more effectively. It’s also great to use on your body (especially feet!) after an evening bath.

Shop the products: Lip Scrub  , Fragrance , Cod Liver Oil (also available in capsules) Shea Butter

Blessings and love,

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I’m back with another product review but this time I’ll be sharing my favourite summer skincare products that will give your face a smooth, radiant glow and encourage longer lasting makeup!

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask which ‘clarifies, controls, mattifies’ – combination/oily skin

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream – combination/oily skin

The Body Shop Facial Brush

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub which ‘leaves lips soft, smooth and tasting delicious’

The seaweed collection from The Body Shop is amazing for combination skin, I myself find my cheeks and nose to the be slightly oilier ‘problem’ areas whereas my forehead and the bottom half of my face tend to be a bit drier. The seaweed line works to restore balance by adding enough moisture to the dry areas and mattifying the areas that produce excess oil. The face and body lotion has become my absolute favourite this summer as not only does it do exactly what it says, but it is a fantastic makeup primer- even on the hottest of days it works really well with my foundation (Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation) to prevent creasing/fading etc.  I also asked for a tester of the seaweed scrub which definitely gets a thumbs up too!

I love using the facial brush for a deeper cleanse as it is soft on the skin, increases circulation and helps cleanse your pores for a brighter complexion giving you the ‘ultimate spa glow’. I prefer the handheld brush as you have a lot more control and are able to brush gently (and at your own pace) around sensitive areas such as the eyes. For even better product absorption and to maximise your pampering experience, it’s great to use The Body Shop’s rubber facial massager to finish up the process.

Last but not least is the Lush popcorn lip scrub, a fantastic product for exfoliating lips, prepping them perfectly for lip balms, matte lipsticks and shiny gloss. This scrub gave me super smooth lips and increased circulation making my lips nice and vibrant under a touch of nude gloss. Did I mention this lip scrub is edible?! It literally tastes like caramel popcorn and is ‘al natural’, made from caster sugar, jojoba oil, sea salt, polenta, coconut oil and popping candy flavour.

 

Hey Guys!

As soon as Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade, had been released I tuned into Tidal to see what the album had to stay for itself and was completely astounded by the entire production. If I could describe Lemonade using one word I would struggle, so I’ll use a few: heart-stirring, incredible, emotionally engaging, provocative and comforting. Lemonade is not only visually captivating but is lyrically inspiring. Bey’ has definitely done it again! The album, through its stunning visuals and heartfelt lyrics vividly presents the journey from pain to purpose; from fragility to obtaining unbreakable strength through struggle.

The spoken word between each song has a profound impact on the album as a whole, providing a truly raw yet artistic insight into the black woman’s struggle. Some of the Poems were written by Warsan Shire, an award-winning Somali-British poet, teacher and editor; we also hear selected parts of Malcolm X’s speech on Protecting Black Women. Lemonade is not only one of Beyoncé’s most publicly intimate albums, it unequivocally reinforces the message that “Black Lives Matter”.

The album is essentially a 1 hour, 5 minute and 22 second long video, made up of a series of videos, each depicting a stage in the natural healing process. Whether a person’s healing is a result of pain caused by the deterioration of a relationship, facing daily adversity, or mourning a loved one, this album will encourage people to be able to “grow through” the trials and tribulations they may “go through”.

Pray You Catch Me - Beyonce.pngDon’t Hurt Yourself, a Rock number featuring Jack White follows the title ‘Anger’ on the album and I must say this is where Beyoncé really surprises me, showcasing a whole new level of versatility with this ballsy, electrifying track.

Anger.pngAside from showcasing her versatility as an artist, throughout the album Beyoncé flaunts the versatility of natural hair once again (like she did in the video for her single ‘Formation’) as she switches hairstyles in almost every scene! Bey’s celebration of natural hair, black beauty and black culture is truly encouraging. Lemonade illustrates the importance of loving yourself completely, being unapologetically black and unapologetically beautiful which leads me to the cameo from Miss Serena Williams! Wow, Serena Williams who has been the topic of many twitter conversations due to her physique, looked absolutely phenomenal in ‘Sorry’ by Beyoncé as she fluttered like a freshly evolved butterfly around Bey. From her hair and makeup to the flattering pieces she wears, Serena keeping it fun, sophisticated, and sexy in this video is a true embodiment of femininity.

SERENA.pngIn the may 2016 issue of ELLE magazine Beyoncé was asked in an interview “what do you want to accomplish with the next phase of your career?” Bey replied “I hope I can create art that helps people heal. Art that makes people feel proud of their struggle. Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform.” I feel like with the launch of Ivy Park, Bey’s fitness and lifestyle brand and Lemonade she has definitely accomplished this. Beyoncé firmly solidifies her feminist role by continuing to empower women, both physically with Ivy Park and mentally with her music.

 

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-SMFx