It's been I while since I last posted, I decided to take a well deserved break from the whole blogging thing and constant documentation of my life which kind of gets in the way of actually living it, so after my hiatus I'm back and raring to go.
I've been growing out my mohawk, which is a nightmare (I will not be doing this style ever again no matter how cool it looked!) My hair has been in witness protection for several months, under hair wraps, wigs and my trusty Kurly Klips waiting for my sides to grow in so I could (FINALLY!) put in my Marley Twists.
I used Marley Braid hair by J'Adore in colour 2, you can pick up variations of this hair most hair suppliers. I chose to put the marley braids in quite small and use a loose twisting method. I didn't want a pristine look for the twist so they vary in size and come to around waist length when worn loose.
The twists took 1 full day to apply (however I had to stop and start but I think it would only take 6 hours straight). I used 2.5 packs of hair, by using small strands of hair but twisting loosely I created body with out to much weight on my head.
I love the overall look of these Marley twists and I hope to keep them in for around 6 weeks.
Yves Rocher is one of the best brands I've discovered for reasonably priced products containing natural ingredients that actually work well. Yves Rocher is one of the leading beauty brands in France and is currently available in the UK and USA online. I reviewed their hair care range here One of their new launches is Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Day Care (£20.90) Elixir 7.9 is botanically based with a mix of 7 plants with anti-ageing properties and 9 patents (hence the 7.9...get it?) active ingredients include;
APHLOIA MANGIFERIN, TARA SEED EXTRACT, GREEN RICE INOSITOL, SANDTHORN SEED EXTRACT, ALOE VERA POLYSACCHARIDES
Elixir 7.9 claims to;
• In one day : signs of fatigue are reduced, radiance is revived.
• In one week : wrinkles are reduced, skin texture is refined and has a more even appearance.
• In one month : skin appears radiant with youth.
I've been using Elixir 7.9 for 3 weeks I can't really give an opinion on it's claims for reducing wrinkles, due to me not having any yet. That being said my skin does seem more radiant and Elixir 7.9 feels great on the skin it's not to thick though it does give lasting moisture and has a silky feel once applied to skin. I haven't had any issue with reactions and this cream is for normal/combination skin.
Elixir 7.9 has a large range for all skin types starting from £20.90, they also offer bundles and offers (currently the line is 47% off) Yves Rocher is great for affordable, natural products and they are available is most counties and cater for all your beauty needs definitely worth having Yves Rocher book marked!
I've lost count of the amount of Balance Me products I have come to love over the last year. Since discovering the brand I have fallen no only for their effective products but their amazing story. Balance me is the ultimate kitchen top brand, having spent it's infancy as being potted and plotted in the kitchens of sister Rebecca and Clare, now Balance me is available worldwide and has recently launched on the Great British high-street viaDebanhams. So I'm very excited about the launch the Limited Edition Balance Me You Beauty Discovery Box (£19.95) A beauty box filled with £100 worth of Balance Me Skincare, Vouchers for money off and the chance to win £500 worth of Balance me products
T H E B O X
ROSE OTTO BODY WASH
SUPER MOISTURISING HAND CREAM
CLEANSE AND SMOOTH FACE BALM
MOISTURE-RICH FACE CREAM
FACIAL EXPRESSION FILLER
WONDER EYE CREAM
RADIANCE FACE OIL
The Box is available from 29th September 2013 fromYou Beauty Discovery for £19.95 it's a GREAT deal, as Balance me products are around that price. This is a great way to sample the the brand and is worth alone for the Radiance Face Oil which is my Favourite Balance me product and lasts AGES!
REN's Performance, Purity and Pleasure philosophy is personified in this simple all round Rosa Centifolia™ Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ( £15.00 100ml), reminiscent of an oatmeal cleanser it is light, and leaves skin clean and fresh. Jojoba micro beads lightly exfoliate skin, ridding of make up and the days dirt easily. The beads are made from Jojoba wax and are 100% natural and extremely gentle on the skin (no nasty scratchy feeling)
A C T I V E I N G R E D I E N T S
Absorbed fast by the skin because of its similar to human sebum, the natural oil our body produces to protect our skin. Jojoba oil is good for any skin type, it will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin to its natural pH balance.
Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract
Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, prevent redness and inflammation on the skin
Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil
Juniper Fruit Oil It is used as a natural fragrance, astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is useful in the treatment of oily skin problems.
The Rosa Centifolia™ range is a gentle yet effective line of cleansers based on 100% natural Rose Extract Complex that tones, softens and soothes your skin while cleansing. The range includes a cleansing foam, a make-up removing milk, a 3-in-1 cleansing water, a cleansing balm, a gel and an exfoliating polish, so there’s a product to suit every skin type and routine. check out the full range here
I was pleasantly surprised when I received my complimentary Be Box, the new beauty box based in the UK and designed with women of colour in mind. The Be Box launched in this month with it's debut box containing;
I have had my fair share of beauty boxes over the last 12 months, and Be Box is one of the better beauty boxes in regards to contents, the August box had a good mix of products, mainly for hair and skin. with one full sized products and fair sized samples (and I only got one sachet praise the lord!) The brands included are interesting, a few of which I haven't tried. The box also contained some pretty good discounts on full sized products. The box is the standard £10 (+£2.95)
I would like to have seen more make up samples for women of colour included in the box as that is what the market is really calling out for. Some of the products included in the box were not specific to women of colour. Be Box is really well executed box, the design and the website are really good and the brand is very interactive.
If you want A box that is tailored to women of colour then this is a good box to try you can subscribe to for September box soon in the meantime check out the Be Box website here
Natural Belle followers have the chance to win a full size set of Agese Oils London bespoke skin and haircare (Face Glow, Hair Gold & Skin Silk)
Agese Oils is the brain child of Emma Agese, who wanted to address the needs of today's women without compromising on natural ingredients or style. Inspired by a 10 week stay in India, she uses oils and techniques that Indian women have been using for centuries.
Agese Oils are beautifully presented in bamboo packaging and include 100% natural ingredients.
To participate you need to comment 'enter me' below, applicants must like the Agese Oils Facebook page or follow Agese Oils on twitter
Winners will only be notified if they win a prize, which will be dispatched by the Agese Oils team. Giveaway ends 1/09/2013 and the Giveaway is international.
I love Korres. I could end the review right there but I guess I should explain. I picked up some Korres body care a while ago from an event and fell in love with the cool natural brand from Greece. With simple cool packaging and products from make up to hair care Korres is definitely a one stop shop for all you beauty needs. George and Lena Korres use essential oils and herbs to create some amazing skin and body care products, using organic farming and an extensive knowledge of homoeopathic remedies. I'm a huge fan of their body butters and body milks which smell DEVINE! And love their great gift sets I'm currently working my way through Holiday In Greece (£19.00) which contains 5 Korres body/hair care products:
Guava shower gel 40ml
Basil lemon shower gel 40ml
Basil lemon body milk 40ml
Guava body butter 40ml
Aloe and Dittany shampoo 40ml
All have a fresh summery feel, which stays with you all day, My favourites are Shampoo which gives hair a awesome sent and is also protein rich.
I also adore the Body Milk, which is though is called a milk is more like a cream. it's not watery at all and The Basil Lemon aroma is light and fresh.
I have a long list of Korres products that I want to try but I'm loving the handy gift set that allows you to try some of the Korres line with out breaking the bank. Korres products are available from Waitrose online and instore
I'm still loving the Kurly Klips, I've been wearing them now for over a week. My previous post shows the Kurly Klips as they arrived without them being treated in any way. The initial look was quite big and wild, so I decided to wash and condition the wefts using Tressemme Naturals
The hair is really easy to wash if you follow the video supplied by Kurly Klips. Detangling is also really easy and due to the wefts triple secured stitch, there was very little shedding. Throughout the week I've found that the hair doesn't shed nor does it tangle very often. when it does tangle it is easily dealt with by spritzing with water and using a little leave in condition. I seems strange but I treat the hair how I would treat my own hair. I don't sleep in the wefts and I try to place the clips in different positions each day so that I'm not put repeat pressure on any one part of my hair. The clips aren't uncomfortable or heavy and so far I've had no trouble with the clips snagging on my natural hair. If I have one gripe, it's finding a place to store my Kurly Klips for now I'm using a gift bag (comment suggestions for storage please!) If you want to check out the Kurly Klips visit www.kurlyklips.com
I'm wearing My Fro in Shoulder Chic, Kurly Klips are available in 3 lengths and 2 texttures both made from 100% human hair.
Another sunny weekend in the UK and another sleepy village visited, we went to the New Forest yesterday and had picnic at the Trusty Servant Inn. It was all very 'olde worlde' the village green actually had a medieval stock (very Knights Tale!) the New Forest is also the home of Wild Ponies, like for real....random loose ponies just chilling in the street like they own the place! we spotted black and white ponies in the road, the white would not get into position (cheeky thing!) so I have a lovely picture of a ponies butt (or vagina...whatever it is back there) Freya ignored all of this and just played with a stick. So that was my weekend, what did you do?
I've just got my hand on Kurly Klips, Naturally kinky curly clip in hair extensions. Over the last few years weave technology has been getting better and better, with the popularity of of naturally kinky coily hair you can now get your hands on 'natural' textured weaves made from 100% human hair. This great but personally I'm not a huge fan of sew in weaves, I like to get to my scalp easily so it can breath, it's also a style that I feel is dependent on seeing a stylist. So new line Kurly Klips seemed like a great concept as they have the effect of a sew in weave but you can apply them in less the 10 minutes at home!
Kurly Klips are made from 100% Remi Human hair, they come in two different textures, 'My Spirals' and 'My Fro' and come in 3 different lengths 'Black Mermaid' 'Bobcat' and 'Shoulder Chic'
I was sent 'My Fro' in 'Shoulder Chic' in colour natural black, they come in packs of 7, which include: 1 X 10 inch weft
1 X 6 inch weft
5 X 3 inch weft
I got two packs and used 10 of the wefts, due to my side being cut low, most people will need to packs for a full head.
The Kurly Klips are simple to use, I parted the section of hair that I want to use to cover the wefts (I left the front of my hair) and flat twisted the rest of my hair vertically and applied Kurly Klips diagonally starting from my nape using the 3 inch wefts and working my way up. (see video below via Kurly Klips YouTube Channel)
'My Fro' texture is tightly coiled but defined, over time I think the hair will appear more textured but it arrived looking natural and feels really soft. the roots are silkier than the ends but I think it blends well. The hair can be washed and and coloured. I love how versatile the Kurly Clips are, you can go big and bold or just add a little length and body to your hair. for a pack of 7 wefts it's $179.99 (which is around £118.00) which works out quite well seen as you are cutting out the cost of installation and you can put them in and take them out when you want to. Kurly Klips also offer free WORLDWIDE shipping.
I'll definitely be rocking these while I grow out my current hair cut, the clips are stress free for my hair and also for my lifestyle and I can't wait to experiment with Kurly Klips!
This is one of the longest breaks I've had between blog posts in 5 years, forgive me but my last post was 10 days ago. I've been busy enjoying the sun with this munckin so (who could resist?) and having a much needed social media detox.