Pink eyeshadow look using Make Up Revolution products!

Today’s post is all about Make Up Revolution! Make Up Revolution is an affordable drugstore brand of cosmetics that you can find in Boots and Superdrug. In the past couple of years, Make Up Revolution has really made a name for itself. Influencers like Patricia Bright, Rachel Leary and Soph have all collaborated with them to create gorgeous palettes – one of which, I used to create this really simple pink eyeshadow look.

The palette I used is the second Soph x Make Up Revolution palette, in ‘Extra Spice’. I really like this palette. For every eyeshadow look you’ll see on me, I use this palette. It’s £10 but the quality and pigmentation of the shadows is amazing. I am not someone who is highly skilled at make up, so working with shadows like this that have a buildable quality to them makes me feel a lot more comfortable. I wouldn’t go straight in with a Natasha Denona palette for example, because its pricey and I would have no idea how to use it properly! For this look I used the shade ‘Twenty One’ all over the lid and blended out with the remains on the brush towards the edges and under the lash line.

Please excuse the messy quality of my palette – it just shows you how much I use it!

The foundation is a new one that I’m trying out from the Conceal and Define range. The foundation has a thin consistency, is an almost perfect shade match for me and provides a clear full coverage. It blends out really nicely as well – I apply with a wet beauty blender.

Because it’s so full coverage, it would probably look a lot better if I contoured my face to bring some dimension back in. But unfortunately, I don’t know how to contour.

I love the thick applicator that you get with the foundation – it reminds me of the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Having an applicator like this means that the foundation is quick and less messy to apply. I don’t know about you, but I hate pumping foundations straight onto my face and I also don’t really like pumping them onto the back of my hand either. So this applicator is great.

Yetttt, at the same time, I also do have a problem with it. Having an applicator for your foundations makes them really unhygienic! Each time I use this foundation, the applicator is going to pick up all of the dirt and oils on my face. This is not ideal.

But I do love the way that the foundation looks on the skin. It honestly gives a flawless, smooth and unblemished coverage. Plus it’s only £9.99!

Finally, I used a gorgeous shade of the sheer lip gloss. If you have dark skin… well, you’ll know how difficult it is to find a flattering nude lip gloss. Particularly for a drug store price. Most of my nudes lip products have been bought in the high end section, costing me around £20 per item. In terms of lip glosses, I only have two nudes that work for me at the moment and this is one of them. This one is my favourite because its so shiny, giving you the perfect glossy pout. And it has pink undertones, which not only is my favourite colour (surprise surprise) but it also matches my natural lip colour perfectly. It’s not sticky or thick and it has a great lasting quality to it.

For a more dramatic, evening look, you could easily add lashes and intensify the colour a lot more by building it up. I just really like the look of colourful shadows on the eye with mascara only. But it’s all personal preference and if I was going on a night out, I would absolutely add a pair of falsies to glam this up!

Make Up Revolution Products used:
Make Up Revolution x Soph Extra Spice Palette (I use this for all of my looks)
Make Up Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Foundation (Shade F13)
Make Up Revolution Sheer Brilliant Lip Gloss (Shade 124 Sheer Gone Rouge)

Natural hair wash routine and hairstyle

Today’s post is a really short and easy explanation of how I created this curly updo for my best friend’s wedding. It was super quick, very easy and extremely effective!

The first thing I did was wash my hair using the Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Retention Shampoo. I really like this shampoo because it does exactly what it says on the bottle – you can immediately feel how soft your hair is after using it.

Next, I conditioned my hair with the OGX Coconut Curls Conditioner. This is my absolute favourite conditioner. I’ve been using it for about two years now. It smells incredible and it really revives your curls. Recently, I’ve ditched my tangle teezer and have only been finger detangling. This is a great method of detangling your hair for a couple of reasons in my opinion. First, it doesn’t stretch your curls. I find that using a tangle teezer really stretches my hair out and then it sort of pings back up. This means that some sections of hair end up curlier than others. However, when I finger detangle, every strand of hair is gently conditioned without compromising my natural curl pattern. Second, it’s a lot more gentle on your hair. I’ve realised that finger detangling makes me lose less hair and has shown me that my hair actually isn’t as tangled as I thought. If you’re wondering how I do this, then it’s really very simple. You just start from the bottom and sort of gently rake your hands through each section.

Once this is done, I dry my hair with a t-shirt. Yes. I use a t-shirt because a towel actually makes my hair a lot frizzier. After carefully finger detangling and conditioning, I don’t want to lose any of that natural definition. Wrapping my head in an old t-shirt and squeezing out the excess water works really well for this purpose.

Now for the hairstyle… Super simple really! The first thing I did was apply my Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler (this is from the same range as the shampoo but I have also been using this one for years). Next I applied my Cantu Curl Activator. This is a recent discovery of mine but I absolutely love it! I apply it to half of my hair and again sort of rake it through in rough sections.

For the hairstyle, all I did was side part my hair and pull it into a ponytail on one side. Then I twisted it round and pinned it up. I have naturally thick hair so I didn’t have to use a donut clip or anything underneath to give volume, but if you need to then you absolutely can – you’ll just need more pins! After this, I used some of my gold clips and scattered them around my hair for decoration. You can leave a couple of curls out to frame your face but I liked the curls showing in my bun so I chose not to.

This is a style that works best on freshly washed hair! Perfect for any kind of family event or celebration.

How I maintain clear(ish) skin!

Having a skincare routine has been a really important part of my day-to-day routine for years. Cleansing morning and night, using a face scrub or exfoliator once a week and throwing a mask in here and there when I feel like I need to detox or am having a really bad skin week. I’ve tried all kinds of skincare – from Boots cucumber range (a cult favourite) to Tatcha dewy skin cream (maybe a little over-priced). But have you ever tried not having a routine at all?

I treat my skin intuitively. No one skincare regime works for me across the board, in every season, throughout every month. Your hormones can effect your skin, your mental health can effect your skin, the environment, the products that you use and the way that you use them. There are so many factors here and there that it would be next to impossible to say that this one specific routine is a sure way of achieving clear skin.

My skin is usually quite good. I don’t suffer from acne, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, blackheads or any kind of serious skin problems. Generally, it’s okay. To tell you a little bit about my skin type, I have naturally oily skin – especially on my cheeks and just between my eyebrows. However, I do feel that my skin requires deep moisturisers to keep it hydrated. Contrary to the belief that people with oily skin don’t need to use as much moisturiser, I actually double moisturise. Yes! Every morning I use two moisturisers. One to hydrate the skin and the other to soften it. The first is the Boots Cucumber Moisturising Cream. You can pick this up for about £2.00 in store and it lasts forever. It’s fast-absorbing but it really hydrates your skin. Because it sinks into my skin quite quickly, I then go in with a deep moisturising cream on top. The second one is Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream. This is an expensive product for sure, as it costs about £50-£60 and comes in a very small tub. But I have to say that it is absolutely beautiful. First of all it feels like silk. It smells amazing and a little goes a long way. I like this moisturiser because you can really see and feel the effects of it. Unlike the Boots cream, once you work this one into your skin, you can see how hydrated your skin is. It feels plump and it gives you this sort of sheen that completely alleviates any dryness – so I highly recommend the splurge for this one!

Something I have noticed that really keeps my spots at bay is drinking lots of water. I hardly ever drink juice. All I drink is peppermint tea, coffee (here and there) and water. Hot water and lemon is my absolute favourite. Not only does it taste refreshing but it’s a great natural detox for those days where you feel really unhealthy. And then there’s just plain and simple cold water. I feel like this tip is age old but drinking water is honestly the best thing you can do to keep your skin hydrated. Dry skin peels, is flaky and doesn’t look good with make-up on.

Speaking of make-up, my next tip is to give yourself some make-up free days! Before I started working full time, I was under the impression that I would have to wear make-up everyday to work. This is the biggest myth ever. First of all, I don’t have time to apply make-up every morning and if I do find the time, I’m usually late. Wearing make-up everyday means cleaning my brushes more regularly, which is what I should be doing right now but am too lazy to go and do. It means using more of my make-up remover in the evenings and consequently having to buy it more frequently. It means tapping my eyebrow when it’s itchy because I don’t want to scratch the make-up off and smudge them. But most importantly, not wearing make-up on some days means that you’re giving your skin that needed time to breathe. The key to no make-up days is having good skin and one of the keys to good skin is having no make-up days, so they really work hand in hand.

My final tip for you is to try just washing your face with good old water. There are so many products on the market now that will claim to do all sorts of things – anti-blemish, anti-ageing, removes blackheads, reduces the appearance of pores, targets redness, evens skin tone. Honestly, having a look at the ingredients on the back will make it easy to see that sometimes these products are doing more harm than good. Just like we love a low-manipulation hairstyle, I also love a low-manipulation skincare routine. Sometimes that just means washing my face with water and moisturising with my favourite creams. Keeping it simple and not layering my skin with product after product, which can almost feel the same as putting on a full face of make-up sometimes!

What are your skincare tips?

Wand Curls on natural hair

This year I have vowed to experiment more with my natural, curly hair. Straight hair always holds a certain appeal in my mind and then when I actually straighten it, it’s never as good as I planned. I have realised that I don’t really like wearing my hair down and straight. I like to wear my hair tied up or tied back when it’s straight, which kind of defeats the purpose of straightening it. If I’m only straightening it to tie it up then I might as well save myself the heat damage and not straighten it all!

I’ve said many times before that I think natural hair is a lot more versatile than we like to think. I can wash my hair and go out in about forty minutes when I leave it natural, even less if I’m in a rush. But if I want to wear it straight, then I have to wash, blow dry and straighten it – a process that takes about 3 hours in total. I find that my scalp gets very itchy when my hair is straight and that I’m more likely to re-straighten my hair when straight because of the kinks that the hairbands make in my hair. So overall, straight hair requires a lot more effort to maintain and causes a lot of damage.

To keep my hair moisturised in weather that’s either really warm or really cold, I like to protective style by moisturising and twisting my hair in to small sections. I keep these in for 2 days maximum and usually wash my hair every 3-4 days. So here is an easy hairstyle you can do on the 3rd or 4th day.

When you take your twists out, your hair will already be curly – as below. If you separate these curls with your fingers, then you have a very easy no-heat curly hairstyle.

If you’re going out in the evening or you have an occasion coming up, you can spruce the curls up using a curling wand. Mine is from Tresemme and comes with a glove and a heat protectant spray. If you have a lot of hair, then this could take you a while. But it also depends on how small you want to go with curling each section. Wand curls are really easy. You just start wrapping from the thick end of the barrel, hold for a few seconds and then pull the barrel out. No need to pin it up in sections or hold it either.

There is also no need to blow dry or straighten your hair beforehand. Keeping your hair in twists for two days will already have stretched it and it also gives you pre-selected sections to wand curl. You don’t even have to curl every section. All you have to do is go over the ones that you want to be a little bit bigger. The twists themselves will already have created quite defined curls.

As you can see below, this is what the curls look like when you take them out of the twists. I haven’t separated them here, but all you would need to do it put some oil in your hair (for shine) and begin to separate and fluff them out.

No heat curls

If you do opt for going over them with the curling wand, then the end result should look like this – shiny, soft and bouncy curls! It’s really easy and a great way to glam up a very simple natural hairstyle without straightening or blow drying your hair.

What I wore for my 24th birthday

Yes, today is my birthday! As it’s a Sunday, I’m having a less glamorous celebration by multi-masking, listening to G-Eazy and playing The Sims in bed. Although I’m not hungover (thankfully), I am exhausted and I can think of no better way right now to be spending my birthday.

*queue all the nostalgic declarations about how far I’ve come, how different I am, how much I hope to achieve this year blah, blah, blah*

Last year I celebrated my birthday with a very classy dinner at Hutong, The Shard. This year was only slightly different. My love for food meant that I chose another pretty pricey restaurant, but this time I decided to go and party afterwards too. I spend most of my Friday/Saturday nights out. I always say that I didn’t have enough fun at university and I think it’s clear that I am exhausting every ounce of fun I have in my body right now. I’m only 24 but time flies and I’m sure there will soon come a time when I have to stop spending money on nights out and get myself together a little bit.

But not yet.

My night started at the very luxurious Bob Bob Ricard – you can read my review of the restaurant here. Trying to find a transitional outfit that I could sit down and eat in and then go and dance in later was a real mission. I ordered so many different dresses and went out shopping on so many occasions, that I’ve actually lost count! The first thing I did was look at the interior of the restaurant so that I could work out what kind of colour I wanted to wear. Does anybody else do this? Bob Bob Ricard’s interior is a mix of deep blues, golds and reds. I figured that the safest option was to go for a gold-ish colour dress. Red is an obvious choice and I didn’t want to risk being seated in the red section wearing a blue dress. Call me extra but it is my birthday…

The dress I am wearing is from Oh Polly, but I tried on a similar one from Misguided. Unfortunately, the Missguided version was a lot thinner and the cup section fitted me really poorly so I had to send it back. Missguided are usually very trustworthy in my opinion when it comes to a night out outfit, but unfortunately they just didn’t deliver this time! Regardless, it is my birthday and I wanted to wear something that not only felt amazing quality but was just extra special. It was my first time trying this brand, but Oh Polly really did not disappoint.

Oh Polly items come in the cutest pink box and the quality of the dress was amazing from the moment I opened it. It’s double lined, smooth as silk and the colour was absolutely perfect. I am in love with this dress, I think that it’s the perfect balance between sexy and classy if I say so myself. If you do your research online, you’ll find that a lot of people say their items come up small. I think they’re just true to size. I got a size 10 in this dress and it fit me very comfortably, with enough room to move. The only problem I have is with this style of dress. Unless you’re pretty much flat chested, it’s impossible for your boobs to fit properly into the cup. Luckily, it’s not too noticeable that mine didn’t really fit in at all.

The shoes were my graduation shoes and are from Kurt Geiger. I wore my trusty Tory Burch bag – I know it’s time for a new designer bag purchase but I can’t quite afford my beloved YSL tassel bag just yet, unfortunately.

Make-up was done really simply using a mixture of the MAC paint pot and a loose pigment. I think you should always put a bit of glitter on for your birthday. Not only will it photograph better but it’s your birthday and you deserve to shine! Lashes are from Primark. Lipstick was Sleek make-up and everything else is listed below.

Hope you enjoyed! X

Dress – Oh Polly
Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Necklace – AuRate New York
Earrings – Accessorize
Foundation – NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (Seychelles)
Concealer – Collection 2000 (5 – Medium Deep)
Eyeshadow – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Let Me Pop) and Pigment (Tan)
Blush – NARS (Outlaw)
Highlight – Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector (Topaz)
Lipstick – Sleek Makeup (Cherry)
Lashes – Primark (Natural)
Eyeliner – L’Oreal Superliner (Black)
Brows – L’Oreal Brow Shaper (04 – Dark Brunette)
Setting Spray – MAC Fix+

Soft Night Out Glam

Recently I’ve been preferring make-up for nights out that is a lot simpler. Wearing big lashes and lots of eyeshadow, plus a bold lip is really high maintenance. It also feels a lot nicer on the skin to keep things simple.

I recently gave my hair a little trim and straightened it to probably the straightest it has been in years. Sadly, to keep my hair nice and healthy, I can’t wear it like this often. When I straighten my hair I use:
Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Defence Spray
ORS Olive Oil Glossing Polisher
Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil

For my make-up, I’ve decided that less is more. I love playing around with eyeshadow but I think my eyes are genuinely just too small to do any kind of full shadow look on them. I keep my make-up for nights out simple these days. It’s basically just my everyday make-up routine plus some small lashes. I used:
L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear – 330
Collection 2000 Concealer – Medium Deep – 4
NARS Blush – Outlaw
Eyelure x Fleur de Force Lashes
Revlon Colourstay Single Eyeshadow
Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof Eyeliner
Max Factor Honey Lacquer Gloss – Chocolate Nectar – my absolute favourite!

Nights out in London aren’t the same as nights outside of London. I would never really wear a dress or a jumpsuit like I used to do when I was at university. These days I’m either wearing jeans or a skirt and a top as the vibe is a lot more relaxed. I wore:
High waisted denim jeans – New Look
Satin crop lace cami – Pretty Little Thing

Thanks for reading!

Why I won’t stop getting gel manicures

Despite what you may think, I’m not the kind of girl who pays for regular beauty treatments. I’ve never been to a hairdresser, I pluck my eyebrows myself, I don’t have eyelash extensions, lip fillers or anything else like that. Everything that I do to beautify myself as such, I do at home with my own products, for free. I think that to a lot of people, I can come across as quite girly but I have my moods! There are times when I’m a lot more chilled out and simple but also times when I’m wearing a full on pink outfit and I’ve taken a lot of time with my hair and I feel like a full on glam queen, you know?

One of the things that really makes me feel glam is definitely my nails. This time last year, I hadn’t even discovered manicures yet. I was still painting my own nails in my bedroom and smudging them five minutes later when I couldn’t be bothered to wait for them to dry. It was only when I realised that I physically do not have the patience or skill to paint my own nails that I started to think about getting them done.

The first time I got them done, I got acrylics. I both loved and hated them. Aesthetically, they looked great. Practically, I couldn’t do anything. However, I got them re-done for my holiday to Greece in September and then it was only when I came back that I gave my nails a break and got them off. I then tried painting my own nails again and when I realised that they looked awful as usual, I decided to go and get shellac put on my own nails and see how that went instead.

Since then I have honestly never looked back. Getting shellac put on your own nails is a full on game changer. Your nails look natural – the shape is a lot better than fake nails in my opinion. It doesn’t smudge, it doesn’t chip for a good 2-3 weeks, it’s shiny, it’s smooth, I absolutely love it. Getting my nails done at the salon makes my life that little bit less stressful, which sounds silly I know but it’s honestly true. I just go to the salon once every few weeks and half an hour later, I am sorted. Having your nails looking neat and shaped is really important I think. Your nails are something that everybody sees all of the time so it’s the same as brushing your hair or moisturising your skin to me. As you can probably tell, I love a pink nail. Any shade of pink is just so me and I can’t resist!

Where do I get my nails done?

I get my nails done at Chelsea All in One Spa on Kings Road. It’s really convenient for me and there is just such a lovely atmosphere in the salon that I love going there. They offer you teas and coffee if you want and the staff are so friendly. Also, I can book all of my appointments online. I’m a very organised person so walking into a nail salon and asking if they have time to do my shellac is not really something that sits well with me. I need to know that I’m getting them done on this day at this time and I’ll be paying this much, thank you very much.

How much does it cost?

I pay £30. I know this is pricier than normal but it’s the same reason I pay £50 for my tiny gym. It’s within walking distance of my house and they make it very easy for me to book in a slot with them. I’m happy to pay £30 because I’ve factored this into my monthly outgoings and the people are so lovely, they fully deserve my money!

How long does it take and what do they do?

Before I got my nails done, I really wondered what they actually do. So first of all it takes about 30 minutes. You go in and in order to get the gel nail polish off, they wrap your fingers in acetone soaked cotton wool balls and foil. Then you have to wait for about 10 minutes and they come back and scrape the remaining nail polish off. They also use this kind of nail drill to buff any remaining polish off. Then they file, cut and shape your nails as you instruct. You then have to wash your hands and then they begin painting your nails. After each coat you have to keep your hand under a UV light (this is the part that can be damaging and cause skin cancer) for somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute and then you keep switching hands under the UV light until the final coat is finished and set.

What are the risks?

I am not sure that there is actually conclusive evidence, to suggest that the UV light used in gel manicures, relates directly to your susceptibility to skin cancer. However, we know that UV light is harmful and I have to say that it does get pretty warm under there sometimes as you’re waiting for your nails to dry! People also say that shellac weakens your nails and that they can become “paper thin”. I really think this depends on your nails. Mine have honestly never been longer or stronger. They used to break constantly and now I can grow them out in a month or two, so you’ve really got to do your research and as with all beauty treatments, just make a decision on what you’re willing to do yourself.

The Exfoliators You Should Be Using

Exfoliating is a really important part of any personal care routine. It removes dead skin, dirt, grime and exposes a fresh and polished layer instead. Simply rubbing over your skin with a shower gel or body wash is okay for everyday use, but at some point you are going to have to treat your skin with something that’s going to give it a cleanse. If you think about everything that touches you skin on a daily basis, it makes sense to just gently remove all of that pollution maybe once or twice a week. Another great benefit of exfoliating is that it can help with some of the harsh impacts of shaving like ingrown hairs, dark spots and bumps. It also provides a clean surface for your razor to glide against, giving you the smoothest results possible!

Below are my top exfoliators for face and body:
The Body Shop 3 in 1 Tea Tree Scrub – £8.50  
This is one of those cult products that I have been using for years. You can use this simply as a face wash, as a scrub or as a face mask. To use it as an exfoliant, you apply a small amount to your face and rub in circular motions for a minute or so. Your skin will tingle a little but that’s just the tea tree working its magic. When you wash this off, you’ll notice a difference in your complexion and the texture in your skin. This is also my number one spot rescue. Applying this to any spots I have on my face and leaving it on for a good 15-20 minutes honestly makes the spot completely disappear. It’s amazing!
Elemis Skin Buff – £31.50
This exfoliator is a lot finer than others I have tried. The granules are tiny so you can really feel it working every inch of your skin. It contains extracts of bilberry, hops and chamomile. I would never use this if I was having a really bad skin day as it’s not the kind of exfoliator that’s going to clear up your skin. However, it will draw out any impurities from your pores and it honestly leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.
The Body Shop Exfoliating Body Scrub – £15

This smells great, isn’t too thick and does exactly what it says it does. Rubbing this all over your skin once or twice a week will leave it feeling soft, smelling fresh and feeling touchably smooth. This and my Soap and Glory sugar scrub are my go-to exfoliators to use before shaving. The granules are large enough for you to feel at work and they both just feel so nice on the skin. Not all scrubs do. They also come in pretty large tubs so will last you a good month or so and that’s without using sparingly!
Ren Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub – £25

This actually isn’t one of my favourites, but I thought it was worth mentioning for anyone who needs a scrub that is a little more clinical. It has a very medicinal scent, barely there and it feels more like a thick cream with very fine granules in it. It contains Guerande sea salt, peppermint oil and Tuscan olive oil, so it’s very natural. You can really feel the salt in this one. I have to be honest and say that it’s not the most pleasant thing to put on your skin. Whenever I use this one it actually irritates my skin more than it helps it, but I think it’s worth trying because it’s cruelty free, vegan and it’s just a simple does what it says on the tin kind of scrub. 
Sanctuary Spa Salted Caramel and Macadamia Scrub – £6

This is the scrub that I use when I know I’m going somewhere special. If it was date night for example, I would use this scrub. It smells delicious and the packaging is so cute I love it. If you’re going anywhere you want to feel attractive and sexy, this is your step one. Boys are not very advanced, all you need to do is make a few key links to get them from A to B. Linking a delicious smell like this one to your body is one of those key links. You’re welcome 😉

Afro/Black Hair Q&A!

Good evening everyone! Tonight I am bringing you an all things hair Q&A. I asked on Instagram (as usual) for some questions about my hair and I’ve answered all of the questions you asked below. Thank you so much for your responses! I’ve also answered one or two questions that I remember being asked just generally in life. I hope you enjoy 😊

Why do you never wear your hair in an afro?

I have answered this before! I don’t wear my hair in an afro for so many reasons. It’s soo thick and this gets really uncomfortable a lot of the time. It makes me hot and flustered! Weather conditions are another reason – having all of my hair out when it’s very windy or when it’s very warm outside can make it quite dry and brittle. It would be a lot to maintain and I like very simple hairstyles. 
How do you brush it everyday?

I don’t! If it’s curly I brush it about two days after I wash it and then every two days thereafter. If it’s straight then yeah I do brush it multiple times a day, which is quite bad!
How long does it take to wash?

It used to take me absolutely ages! It used to take almost an hour. Nowadays I can get it done in about 20-30 minutes because I’ve learned how best to manage it. 
What’s your hair type?

Most of my hair, particularly around the middle sections is a 4a. However I do have some curls that are about a 3c. If you want to know what hair type you have, have a look on this website or just Google ‘natural hair type’ and images should show you a whole bunch of charts that can help!
What products do you use?

Natural – Shea Moisture and ORS
Straight – ORS 
I am always trying new products though. Currently, I’m testing out the Pantene Gold series.
What is your everyday hairdo?
A bun. 
Do you have low porosity or high porosity hair?
For anyone who doesn’t know, this is referring to how well your hair takes in moisture. I would say I have medium porosity hair. It doesn’t take long for my hair to get wet and it absorbs moisture fairly well. 
How long is your hair and what are your length goals?

My hair is just above boob length at the moment. I’ll insert a picture I took yesterday down below. Length goals, I don’t know! I sort of want to cut my hair to just below my chin. But the sort of style I want to wear it in would require me to apply heat so often that I’d have no hair left… I quite like my hair the length it is now, but ideally I’d want it to sit comfortably at my boobs.

What tips would you recommend for length retention?
Don’t be afraid to cut your hair. Just a little trim about every 6-8 weeks is enough. Also protect your ends and keep them moisturised!

What are your fave hair masks/deep conditioners?
Unfortunately I haven’t found any! I’ve tried two from Shea Moisture and I hated them both. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Might even make some natural ones at this point because the ones on the market aren’t up to standard. 
Were you always natural or did you transition/big chop?
I wasn’t always natural but I didn’t do a big chop or transition either. I just washed my hair one day and decided not to straighten it.
What heat do you straighten your hair on?
180/190. I try to never surpass 200 because that’s dangerous territory kids. Also if you want your hair to be supper shiny after straightening, then put some olive oil on it before and after straightening each section.
How often do you straighten your hair?

Since July, I have straightened it four times including today. I try not to but sometimes I just need to be able to run my hands through my hair and I hate that when it’s natural I can’t do that.
What straighteners/blow dryer do you use?

I don’t blow dry my hair. I have a £10 Argos value hair dryer for the rare occasions that I do. I just bought a pair of Nicky Clarke straighteners which I really like! Before that I was using a pair of Tresemme ones and before that a pair from Remington. I really recommend Remington, not so much Tresemme. The plates were keratin infused and really damaged my curl pattern…
How long does it take to straighten your hair?
It takes me roughly 3 hours to straighten my hair properly. On a lazy day, I can push it to about two and a half but it will still be quite frizzy.

I hope I’ve answered most of the questions and thanks for reading!

Sultry Halloween Inspired Make-Up

Every year Halloween comes around and I excite myself saying I’m going to go out and do something. Then it comes and goes and I haven’t done anything. I can’t wait until I get my own place and I can just have a Halloween party myself. Saves me having to think about what to wear, where to go, how much money to spend and getting home at the end of the night. 

And I love a bit of horror. Name a horror film that I haven’t watched. Or a mystical TV series that I haven’t seen at least one series of. Witches, wizards, vampires, werewolves, whitewalkers, shapeshifters, shadowhunters, fallen angels. Since the days of teen and young adult novels, I’ve been interested in the paranormal. What can I say?

I was inspired to create a make-up look (not a scary, costume one) by the pumpkin colour orange. Pretty much all of my eyeshadow palettes have orange shades in them and they work really nicely with my skin tone. I decided to create some sort of blown out, slightly smokey, subtle orange eye look that you could wear on Halloween, or just everyday if you pair it with a nude lip and minus the lashes. Although these lashes are really subtle so you’d get away with wearing them on a daily basis if you wanted to.

What are you doing for Halloween?
Main products used:
Make Up Revolution x Soph Does Nails 2 Palette
L’Oreal Infallible Shaping Stick – Shade 220
L’Oreal Infallible Shaping Stick – Shade 240 (for contouring) 
NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer – Caramel 
NARS Blush – Outlaw
Make Up Revolution Renaissance Lip Liner – Glory
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Rich Raisin Frost
Eyelure Lashes – Fleur de Force ‘Fleur Loves’