Sunday, 26 August 2012

Beautiful Blackheath

Last weekend was the hottest of the year so far so I took the opportunity to visit one of my favourite towns, Blackheath. After a lovely lunch at Zero Degrees, my friend and I went for a little wander around the shops and through the park, and I couldn't resist a few snaps...

Whilst rummaging through a charity shop I came across this little beauty. The zip was broken so they let me have it for £3. I took it to the dry cleaners the next day and they fixed the zip for £11. I am so chuffed, this is literally my new baby. Just look at her, she is gorgeous!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


MAC is one of my all time favourite make up brands. Not everyone loves it but for me they are a God send. Trying to find foundation and powder to match dark skin tones is often a challenge in the UK but Mac have such a large range of colours that I always find something that suits me. I only popped in to pick up a new foundation as I was running low, but the skin care range caught my eye. As well as the foundation I also bought Mac Oil Control Lotion and Mac Fix+.

MAC Oil Control lotion
This comes in 50ml for £21.50 or 30ml for £12.50. I have been using it daily for a couple of weeks now and will definitely be repurchasing. I find that it's light enough to use in hot weather but rich enough for me to use when it gets colder. I let it sink in for a couple of minutes before putting on foundation and it helps to create a nice matte effect.

MAC Fix+
Where have you been all my life! This is my new favourite beauty product. MAC Fix+ is an aqua spritz that sets your make up making it last longer. The 100ml is £13.50 and the handbag size 30ml is £7.50. I use it in the morning after I have completed my base (foundation, powder, contouring, highlighter and blusher) and then do my eyes afterwards. The best bit about it is you don't need to re-touch your make up during the day! Instead, just spritz some more over your face to give you the 'just done' look. Little tip, hold the spritz at a distance from your face before you spray. Sounds obvious and probably is to most but I have almost zero sense of logic (I frighten myself at times) and the first time I used I held it too close and didn't close my eyes - error.

July Empties

Here are the beauty products I have used up this month

L'Oreal Nutri Soft Moisturiser
Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash
Mitchum Advanced Control Antiperspriant in Baby Powder
Mitchum Advanced Control Antiperspirant in Shower Fresh
Radox Energy Boost Shower Gel
Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion
World of Curls Oil Sheen Spray
Garnier Intensive 7 Day Hand Cream in Shea Butter

The stand out product for me is the World of Curls Oil Sheen Spray. Juli Oli recommends this hair product in her healthy afro hair videos on youtube. Her hair is amazing so I decided to give this a try and I am completely sold. I have relaxed hair which can get extremely dry but the World of Curls Oil Sheen Spray really helps keep it supple. I have been spritzing it on my hair before bed and then again in the morning before styling. I bought it for £3.99 in a local shop that specialises in afro hair products but I wish I had bought in bulk because they have now sold out, and I'm finding it hard to get my hands on another one - Grrr!

I have been using the Garnier Hand Cream for a couple of months now. The bottle is 100ml and you don't need to use a lot so it lasts for ages. It claims to keep the skin hydrated after washing your hands but I found that this didn't work for me. My hands get extremely dry when they have been in water and I always have to moisturise after washing so I was excited about trying this. It is quite a rich hand cream so others might notice the difference after washing your hands but mine are just too dry.