6 February 2016

The Take Over: My Luxe Beauty

My Luxe Beauty the newest online destination for all your natural hair needs is taking over Natural Belles IG. My Luxe Beauty will be sharing their top 5 must have products, promos and an exclusive giveaway.  I'll also chime in with some top tips for shopping online as well as my review of some products from My Luxe Beauty. I caught up with Kim Pereira founder of My Luxe Beauty to give a little introduction to her and her brand......

5 February 2016

The Children's Book: Love Thy Fro by Casey Elisha

Freya is loving the latest edition to her library,  Love Thy Fro written by Casey Elisha and beautifully illustrated by Aliecee Cummings. Love Thy Fro is the story of Kemi who loves hers beautiful afro hair. Aimed at 5-8 year olds this both is simple yet has a wonderful message. great to read and reference to children of all ages.

26 January 2016

The Moisturising Cream: Modiê Moisturising Créme

I got my hands on the new Modiê Moisturising Créme, like many of my favourite products it's an all in one multitasker. Modiê Moisturising Créme give maximum moisture to even the driest of hair types instantly, it can be used for twist outs or wash and go's. I've been using Modiê Moisturising Créme for a few weeks  applying to damp hair, I apply a small amount to each section of my hair and style as I usually would, it's great for keeping my hair soft under my wigs, I took out my twists after 4 days an my hair was amazingly soft even when using a wig cap.

14 January 2016

The Multitasking Oil: Jason Vitamin E 5,000 I.U. from NutriCentre

You know I love an over achiever, an all rounder and one that can multi task so I'm in love with Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E Oil is on of the hardest working oils I have, it's great for skin, uses include;

13 January 2016

The Natural Deodorant: Hippy Paste by Earth Concious

Another day another UK natural brand, this time Hippy Paste by Earth Concious [love the name!] they make natural deodorant pastes as a wonderful alternative to the chemical based spray and roll on deodorants that are so readily available. Many of the off shelf deodorants contain Aluminium  which acts as a block to sweat, however we need to sweat [or perspire in a ladylike manner!] in order to release toxins from our body, these toxin then get released elsewhere [so inside our lovely bodies!] I began avoiding non natural deodorants, to avoid dark marks under my arms and have had great experiences with natural spray [wet] deodorants. The paste [or wax as it feels and looks more like a solid wax] is new to me, I've been using it for a week straight and its easier to apply than I first thought.

Any Old Iron? Viridian Liquid Iron

You all know about my struggle with hair loss if you don't you can check out my post here, i've been trying out a lot of remedies this past year, some have been completely useless and some I believe have really aided in stopping the hair full I was experiencing. I started taking Liquid Iron six months ago and have noticed a change in my overall health [goodbye unexplained fatigue] I started to take it because like many women I suffer from a VERY heavy menstrual flow [wide set vagina and a heavy flow lol] and my doctor said this might have some effect on my hair, due to a lack of iron causing the body to go into 'survival mode' and so oxygen is used for vital organs [these not being your hair follicles]

"women should receive about 10 mg of iron daily, menstruating or nursing women 15 mg, and pregnant women 30 mg daily"

5 January 2016

The Skin Milk: MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream

Aussie company MooGoo are now available in the UK, MooGoo use cows milk to create an array of wonderful skin and hair products without, Paraffin Oil (Mineral Oil), Synthetic Preservatives such as Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Formaldehyde Donors, PEG’s, Synthetic Penetration enhancers  or
Sodium Laureth Sulphate and other harsh cleansers. I'm still working my way through the products I was sent but a stand out for me already is the Skin Milk Udder Cream from £8.00

9 December 2015

The Cocoa Box: Sheabutter Cottage X Natural Belle Beauty Box Reveal

Due to the success of my first beauty box launched over the summer [that sold out in less than a week] I've team up with The Sheabutter Cottage and curated a second box in time for Christmas. 
The second box is Cocoa Butter themed, using the best Ghanaian Cocoa Butter

" Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, a quality that coupled with natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity, grants it a storage life of two to five years. The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin, such as cosmetics, soaps and lotions.
Please note that cocoa butter is hard and brittle at room temperature due to the presence of natural stearic/palmitic acid and needs to be warmed up before use. Unlike shea which grows wild, cocoa is planted during the raining season in Ghana. Provision of shade is very important for this to growth. The farmers work very hard in weeding the cocoa farm - this helps the cocoa to grow"
This box is a discovery of some of my favourite cocoa inspired products along with some limited edition items that will only be available in this box. [this box will not be repeated once it's gone it's GONE!]  

7 December 2015

The Stain: Lip & Cheek Stain By Lavera from EcooVerde

Affordable and Natural/Organic/Eco don't necessarily go hand in hand, along with being able to find products easily [anyone else tired of shipping from US and AUS?] so I'm taking some time to review some affordable and reasonably accessible natural make up lines. I've been a fan of Lavera for a while since trying out their lip glosses, they are available on the high street and also online. I got mine from Ecco Verde which has a lot of affordable brands. Lavera make up products start at just £3.69 and they have a wide range of non toxic  products [their products have been certified organic by NaTrue]

6 December 2015

The Wildchild: Jace Beauty Wefts + Closure DIY Full Wig

Another day another wig, this time using hair from Jace Beauty they have a huge selection of hair textures and pride themselves on providing 100% raw virgin hair that lasts. I was contacted by Jace Beauty to try out their textured range of wefted hair. Jace hold a variety of of textures from a soft wave to a kinky curl. I pride myself on always bringing you all something different so I opted for Jace's Wildchild [mild] which is a lightly textured [think kinky straight but without the coarseness] this is a lot straighter than anything I have tried previously, I'm not usually a smooth kind of girl however I wanted to try something new.

11 November 2015

The Lip Gel: BEBA Skin Energy Skin Lab Lip Gel

I've found a new product must have, this time for my lips, if like me you are prone to dry, chapped lips and dreaded cold sores then you need to get your hands on BEBA Skin Energy Skin Lab Lip Gel. It's basically a one stop shop for lip protection without harsh chemicals. The BEBA lip gel has a normalizing, cleansing and repairing effect. The gel also offers optimal support for cold sores, inflammation, irritation and cracking of the lips. 

28 October 2015

The Costume: Black Wednesday Addams Makeup

I find it hard to come up with Halloween costumes ideas, no one ever gets who I'm suppose to be and always end up being a sexy black cat, this year I decided to be my spirit animal Wednesday Addams. 
This Halloween look took embarrassingly little makeup to achieve, the look was created by using only;

25 October 2015

The Brows: Ecobrow from Levert Beauty

If you follow me on Instgram then you may already know about my love for Ecobrow brow defining wax, I've been using it for 6 months and my tiny little pot of was is still going strong. Ecobrow created by brow king Marco Ochoa, the mineral based paraben free wax is the most important item in my makeup bag. 

16 October 2015

The New Hero Products: The Curl Care Project

Hey Loves, it's been a busy couple of weeks but I haven't been sitting on my hands, Freya had her 3rd birthday and we have been trying out new products from Antidote Street. The Curl Care Project is a unique brand created to address the needs of children with textured hair in the care system. This a project close to my heart as I was in foster care from 11 months old. The Curl Care Project not only has a line of products but also workshops to help carers and parents care for coils, curls and kinks.

I'm pretty hands off when it come to styling Freya's hair, I don't think we really need to spend too much time primping and coiffing toddlers, we usually wash her hair once a week, and moisturise daily, however with the activities of a 3 year old Freya's hair often looks like the above! I was sent the TCCP Moisturising Shampoo and the Coil Cleanser to try out.

13 October 2015

The Interview: The Curl Care Projects Shelly Line Tells All

I've been blogging for quite some time, and I've reviewed and highlighted many wonderful UK brands, and sometimes I come across something that strikes a cord with me. You may have seen my mentions on Instagram of a great new product line from The Curl Care Project, not only are they wonderful products [stay tuned for my product review] but they also work in tandem with workshops devoted to educating carers of children of colour in the foster care system. This is definitely a project close to my heart, as I was in foster care from the age of 11 months old until I was 16 years old. Growing up in foster care has many ups and downs for carers and children, as a child who was placed with carers from a different cultural background to myself [my foster parents are white] I fully understand the need for projects like The Curl Care Project. I grew up in the 80's before YouTube and the internet, and before the natural hair movement, I was subjected to doo doo plaits, brylcreem and tears [so many tears from myself and my foster mum] which definitely resulted in a tempestuous relationship with my kinks. Things have definitely come a long way since then. Not only do I have a new found love for my hair but brands like The Curl Care Project are here to advise carers to add to the amazing job they already do caring for foster children.

I caught up with Shelly Line one of the founders of The Curl Care Project.....