Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Dr.Organic Royal Jelly Skin Whitening Cream | Introduction


Like a lot of people (especially those with darker skin tones), I suffer from hyper-pigmentation and the occasional dark spot here and there. I know that there are loads of creams, lotions and potions out there that claim to 'treat' hyper-pigmentation but lets face it; they typically fall into either one of two categories; they either A) cater towards fairer skinned consumers with claims to reduce redness, or B) contain a dangerous amount of untested and unverified chemicals, such as the notorious Hydroquinone, which can cause disastrous and often irreversible effects on the skin if used for a prolonged amount of time. 

There have been Lord knows how many issues and controversies when it comes to lightening creams in general, especially within the Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities, due to the media driven ideology that somehow, to be lighter is to be better', which we all know is complete bull.shite.

A few weeks ago, Dr Organics released the Organic Royal Jelly Skin Whitening Cream (£9.99) in Holland & Barrett nationwide, as well as online and the media went crazy over it - especially the name and use of the word "whitening". Now straight off the bat I do despise the fact that the word 'whitening' was used as the description instead of 'lightening', as I do think it is pretty harmful - I do not want to cure my hyper-pigmentation by 'whitening' my skin - I want my skin tone to be even all across the board. That's neither here nor there however. 


I'm a fan of Holland & Barrett and in the interests of curiosity, I have decided to try out this lightening cream over the course of two months, reporting any results or changes every two weeks to see if this cream does in fact work. The cream contains skin lightening ingredients such as Algowhite and Alpha-Albumin and does not contain Parabens, SLS and has no artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives. It also contains: aloe vera juice, mulberry extract, sandalwood oil, patchouli oil and cedarwood - that's right, it smells like a candle but it is a rather pleasant aroma. 

I'm going to be testing the cream on a variety of areas on my body - however for the sake of the review, I'll be using my knee, which is darker than the rest of my leg. 

Dr Organic_Day 1

Here's hoping that we see some results soon aye? 

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette Review


I've never been the biggest fan of highlighters to be honest; why? Because I never knew how to use them *sobs*. Even though I understand their basic uses and how they are used to contour and define a person's features, every time I try to use one, I end up looking like a disco ball - no bueno.  

As I passed the Sleek stand within my local Superdrug the other day, the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (£9.99) caught my eye and I thought to myself, ' last jab at it aye?' bit the bullet, and made a purchase. I'm glad I did to be honest because isn't it gorgeous?? Sleek are well known for their deeply pigmented formulas and it goes without saying that this palette did not disappoint. 


There are four shades in the palette; three cream based and one powdered, including an application brush. The shades from top left are: platinum, royal gold, renaissance gold and antique bronze (the powder). The shades all vary in colour as shown, from champagne to golden bronze, with each having their own function as per the instructions on the back of the packaging although bare in mind that you can use these shades in whatever way you wish.

The lightest shade in the collection (platinum) can be used on the inner eyelids or to highlight your eyebrows, while the other three shades can be used on top of the cheekbones, Cupid's Bow or down the centre of your nose. I have absolutely no reason to use this product on my Cupid's Bow whatsoever as I reckon mine is already quite defined, same goes for the nose, so I decided to use these on an area of my face that is distinctly lacking; my "cheekbones"(or lack thereof). 

As I stated above, I adore the pigmentation of Sleek's products - I believe you get a lot of bang for your buck with their palettes and this one is no different. A little goes a long way so I would suggest using some sort of fluffy brush with this or even a Beauty Blender, which is what I used for the photos below. Cream formulas are another thing I've never been able to get on with, but teamed with my Beauty Blender, I was able to apply the product on with precision and ease.

^^ LOL

In the photos above, I have applied Platinum to my brows and a mixture of Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze around the upper part of my face to give the appearance of "cheekbones" (#CheekbonesOnFleekOrNah?). I normally set my face with Ben Nye's Banana Powder, which is what I've done here also. 

Mate. I'm loving it. 

This is something I'll definitely be adding into my makeup routine in the future. All my life i've been praying for some kind of definition with my cheekbones - in this case, at least I can now fake it until I somehow eventually lose weight and eventually have cheekbones for days. 

So how about it? Are you liking it? What highlighters do you use to get your cheekbones in order?

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Winter Hands? | Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Moisturising Hand & Body Cream


Next to chapped lips, having dry hands is one of the worst and most annoying things about Winter. Due to the nature of my job, all the bathrooms are fitted with extremely hard water which strips my hands of all moisture (and probably skin while it's at it!), and it can be pretty time consuming/frustrating having to use a hand cream up to 15 times a day because of it's lack of moisturizing properties.

Here's where the Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream comes in. Containing ingredients like Kiwi seed oil, Wild blackcurrant, Avocado oil and omegas 3, 6 and 9, the cream provides healthy doses of vitamins A, C and E and is especially effective on those with the driest of skin.
The texture is the cream is pretty rich; which I'm not surprised about seeing as it can also be used on other parts of the body, and has a pleasant, light fig scent. So far, I've only been using this cream on average perhaps twice, maybe three times during the day/night; it's THAT effective. The cream is rich without being greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it feeling nourished.

Being a mahoosive fan of Antipodes already (see previous posts here!), my expectations were through the roof and I'm happy to report that I have not been disappointed! My hands are officially back on fleek and I can't be happier. The price point is on the premium side, but you're getting a lot from it in return.

What are your favourite hand creams? 

Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream // £26.99 // Available at Selfridges and online


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

STYLE | The Little Black Dress

Legs out in Winter; why not? I was debating whether to wear these with tights or leggings, however I've never been one to miss the opportunity of getting the legs out so I thought I'd bare it with some trainers. The T-Shirt dress is my first purchase from Boohoo's plus size range and I will say I am impressed with the fit/sizing; obviously I would need to buy more items in order to reach a general consensus (any excuse to shop really!). I bought this dress in my size and found it to be comfortable and easy enough to move around in without it stretching/gathering etc.

Because I'm not completely crazy and immune to the cold, I paired the dress with this gorgeous longline duster coat from Simply Be that literally goes with ANYTHING, along with their tartan chunky scarf, which seems to be all the rage this season. I feel that the coat adds a casual-chic element to the otherwise tomboy-ish style. 

After a long year of wearing nothing but ankle boots, flat pumps and sandals, I can definitely see myself kitting out with trainers for the next 4-5 months; so comfy! In general, I love this look; casual/sporty, comfortable and very versatile. Next time I may add some leggings or jeans depending on the weather!

If you're a fan of the Boohoo range like I am, you should visit Vouchercloud for some Boohoo discounts



T Shirt Dress // Boohoo
Longline Duster Coat // Simply Be
Tartan Scarf // Simply Be (bought in-store)
Nike Air 1 Essentials // Office
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

STYLE | The Prom Skirt

Yes, I still continue to wear crop tops and skirts in Winter, because why not? For some reason, I never really get that cold while outside during the frosty months (however I end up freezing while inside without the heating on - strange!), so in turn this allows me to still dress like it's 30 degrees and somehow get away with it. This Scarlett & Jo Floral Prom Skirt has been on my wishlist for the last 3 months (and is currently on sale) and I absolutely adore it!
I feel like an extra in some cheesy 70's high school B-movie and I'm digging it. The skirt has a black elasticated band at the top which is amazing for holding everything in, as well as a light mesh petticoat underneath the skirt which gives it a bit of flare. 

I combined the skirt + crop top with this chunky knit cardigan from Simply Be which is incredibly warm and VERY soft!


Crop Top // Primark (similar here)
Platform heels (worn with socks) // Simply Be
Cardigan // Simply Be
Bowler bag // Vintage
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Coating the 'gams with #24HrShoes!

Despite my issues with certain parts of my body, one feature I've always liked and am never (and I mean NEVER) afraid of getting out are my legs. I think I have what I like to call, 'blegs'; legs that look nice in boots, Chelsea, ankle, UGGS or platform, I'll wear them all. However when it comes to calf/knee boots, I've always tended to avoid them as I assume that they would be a tad uncomfortable to walk in due to restricted calf space.


Here's where the Evans #24hshoes campaign comes in. The campaign is designed to show how comfortable and versatile and well structured their shoes and boots are; so much so that they can be worn for 24 hours a day.


Since it's beginning to get a bit nippy out, I opted for the over the knee riding boots   - I am a big fan of jockey style boots and what's great about these boots is that you can get them either in a standard calf width or extra wide if your calves are a tad bigger. I believe I got mine in extra wide, however as you can see from the photo above I probably could have done with the standard size as it can be rather roomy in there - however I do like the sorta of 'baggy' look and it is anything but a hindrance to the overall comfort of the boot, which also has a stretchy back panel for a better fit.

The longest I've worn these so far has been 15 hours and I can happily say that they caused no discomfort whatsoever. Amazing!

Evans Boots

I paired the boots with these black pear skinny jeans which are incredibly comfortable and have a good amount of stretch to them - I'm not pear shaped, however I do have thighs for days which is why I opted for this specific cut. 

Finishing off the look is the warmest coat I think i've ever owned, the two tone parka. I'm really happy that I chose to size up with this one as is means that I can wear cardigans and knitwear underneath and not feel like something out of Robot Wars. The coat is very cosy and for the first time ever - the hoot ACTUALLY covers the whole of my head. I've never had a hood do that before, mainly because I have a big ass cone head. :P. 

Evans 3

Two tone Parka // c/o Evans
Over the knee boots // c/o Evans
Denim shirt // Simply Be
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