Tuesday, 30 December 2008

LIPS: COLOUR SEARCH!

So I have been rummaging through my makeup collection and sad to say I seem to have lost or misplaced some of the lip glosses I have collected through the years. although I did notice that I have a tendency to always pick up the same colours; browns, plums and clear glosses. not good! I really need to expand my colour chart so I need some suggestions ladies... hit me up. what colours do you think work best on women of colour? (im between an NW43/45).What glosses do you have and/or recommend- all brands welcomed!. lemme know
x GC

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

HAIR: MY BANTU KNOT-OUT!












HEY GUYS! I thought I'd upload a new style i learnt on YouTube....I moisturized with wave noveau finishing lotion and spritzed some Aphogee keratin and green tea restructurizer, twisted and Bantu knotted my hair and secured it with a bobby pin overnight and these are the results.....

I got the style from this link
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFcvZTYTWA

and I really like it! the curls are really defined and its good for you hair because you use absolutly no heat. ill definitely try this out again!

what other heatless style would you recommend? holla!

Monday, 22 December 2008

THINGS I LURVE: TRESemme vitamin e moisture rich conditioner.


I know I’m posting a lot today but it’s been a while and I have a lot to say! Lol. So bear with me please.
This is just a quick review on TRESemme vitamin e moisture rich conditioner.
Superdrug (uk drugstore) is doing a 2 for 1 offer on this so I picked it up. It’s a really great deal. I got 2x 900ml bottles for only £4.20…. now that’s a steal! With all of that, I think I have enough conditioner for the whole of 2009..lol.
So I have been viewing a few hair blogs to mention a few Hairlicious, The coarse hair diaries and KISS and I’m trying to treat my hair better now. Lord knows I haven’t been the kindest to my fro’ in the last few years. So I’m making up for lost time.
I’ve recently come across the concept of co-washing, which I hadn’t heard of before I read these blogs. (for those that don’t know what a co-wash is, its basically washing your hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo) so I decided to give it a try.
I used the TRESemme vitamin e moisture rich conditioner to co-wash the other day and my oh my, my hair is as soft as a pillow but still as strong as an ox! And oxy-moron I know but its totally fab! I didn’t think a product originally designed for Caucasian hair would work so well on my hair but I guess I was wrong. I highly recommend it! What other conditioners would you recommend? Let me know.

TOP TEN: GIRLY MUSTS FOR WINTER

Ok… over here in London the temperature keeps dropping and dropping. We are truly in winter now so I have decided to put together a list of a few of my recommendations for these cold winter months. It’s getting icier and icier by the minute. So here are my top ten things to keep you warm this season.






1. Gloves – I’d recommend getting two pairs, a wool set and a leather set. The woolly pair for when its cold and dry outside and the leather set for when its wet and cold, for example when it rains or snows- it will help keep your hands warm and dry cause the woolly ones are not waterproof and tend to absorb moisture really quick.

2. A woolly hat – to keep ur tresses free from stress on those windy days…Need I say more?








































3. A Scarf – keep your neck and chest warm. A good idea is to use a pashmina scarf, because they are longer than most standard scarves, they come in different colours and they are light enough to layer and you can alter the shape to suit your style. Plus you can get them really cheap in central London.




4. Chap stick/Lip balm- now I know technically that you don’t wear this as a piece of clothing but you do wear it on your lips…. This is super essential! A total must! You must have a lip balm on you at all times! Especially in winter! There is nothing worse than cracked, dry peeling lips! Yuck! A great idea is to buy a pack of three and leave one everywhere you’ll be (in your car, work desk, handbag…etc)







5. Footless tights/ Leggings– Yes that’s right! Why invest in thermal underwear, when you can recycle your summer wardrobe. These are great to wear under you regular work clothes and they usually made of lycra and cotton so they are comfy, stretch and keep you extra toasty!


6. Men’s socks- these are much thicker than women’s socks so they are great to wear with boots and give extra warmth.

7. Summer Vests- theses are also great to wear inside your sweaters and jumpers. For extra warmth and comfort, also because they are made to fit they wont bulge under your jumper.

8. A good winter coat. The coat should accentuate and flatter you figure, we are trying to keep warm but not at the expense of style! If you have a smaller chest try a coat with a high neck. If you have a larger chest try a coat with a v neck (see pic) the length of the coat should depend on where you live, if like myself you live in London where snow is minimal then a during the winter a ¾ coat is long enough to keep you warm.


9. Polo necks. I feel these are uber essential for these cold winter months. I myself have these in almost every colour. And so should you and do not be afraid to accessorize it up with beads, long chains and scarves. The worlds your oyster baby! So work it! Lol.

10. Hand Cream- last but definitely not the least! Get a good hand cream, with vitamin E, C, or B, I myself I get a couple and (like my chap stick) keep it everywhere I am e.g. in my car, at my work desk etc. currently I use the vaseline hand and nail cream.

That’s it for now, hope this has been useful, do any of you have any other handy tips for the winter. I’d love to hear from you…holla back J
Heart ya!!GC xxx








F.O.T.D: GOLDEN GREEN



This is my ode to the autumn/winter season.
Foundation: Fashion Fair Crème to powder.
Concealer: Mac studio
Powder: Mac Studio Fix
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: L’Oreal Lash architect
Eye shadow Highlight: MAC in Soba
Eye shadow Lid: MAC in Woodwinked
Eye shadow Inner Crease: MAC in Swiss Chocolate
Eye shadow Outer Crease: MAC in Velvet Moss
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in zero
Blush: NARS in Taj Mahal
Lip Liner: Body Shop Dark Brown
Lip Gloss: MAC lusterglass in Trance-plant. Loves it!!!

Saturday, 13 December 2008

THINGS I LURVE: BURT BEES LIP SHIMMER















Oh my goodness I totally heart this! … I recently ordered a curling tong from HQHAIR.COM and I got this Burt bees lip shimmer in coffee for free! (£6 RRP)
Now usually I’m not really into tinted lip balms because past experiences have not been real good. The colours don’t usual show on my skin so I just didn’t go for them after that!
But this! Ooohhhhh it is the truth! I totally love it!! I’m glad I got it for free cause I probably would never have bought it but now… hmm I want me some more in ALL the colours..lol
What I like about it is that its made of natural ingredients, it conditions your lips and the coverage is great, it glides onto your lips and it has this amazing tingle (really minty!) and it’s just like wearing a minty lipstick!
The colour is in coffee (I’m wearing it in this pic) and it looks a lot like Macs lipstick in paramount or photo…. It’s a really nice creamy brown. And it comes in different colours: you can view the different colours at their website http://global.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=1000000001485&catalogId=11801&storeId=10101&langId=-1

The only thing that may be a bit of a negative it that It doesn’t last as long as a lipstick but I don’t mind…lol..I totally love it J.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

F.O.T.D - GREEN SMOKE!


Thought I’d go green today
Here’s what I used:

Foundation: Studio fix fluid
Concealer: Mac studio finish
Powder: Mac Redefined Bronzer (lightly)
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: Diorshow
Eye shadow Highlight:
Eye shadow Lid: Mac in Humid
Eye shadow Outer Crease: Mac in Carbon
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Zero
Blush: Mac Pro in Burnt Pepper
Lip Liner: FF in Dark Brown
Lip Stick: Mac in UnderworldJ

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

DA NAIL FILE: THINGS I LURVE: ESSIE




G'day people! just a quick word on my new found love. ESSIE.
Essie's nail varnish is by far the best polish in the market! O my goodness I just love it! the texture, the colours and the fact it lasts.... ooohhh they are gorgeous!!! im soo in love!. Right now i have on one of the polishes from the permanent collection called "escapades"- its a bright reddish -orange colour and on black skin- it is simply Delicious! try it out ladies and any other colour that takes your fancy. I promise you'll love it too.
xx GC

Sunday, 16 November 2008

F.O.T.D - SILVER SHADOW



My play on silver and pink.

Concealer: FF Cover stick
Powder: Mac Studio Fix powder
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: L’oreal Architect
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac Nylon
Eye shadow Lid: Mac Silver ring
Eye shadow Inner Crease: Mac Star violet
Eye shadow Outer Crease: Mac Carbon
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Zero
Blush: Mac Hushabye
Lip Stick: MAC Fast PlayLip Gloss: Sheerly Clear.

F.O.T.D - PINK/BLACK






Hey this is my FOTD, I used mainly MAC cosmetics.
Let me know what you think beauties. Here’s what I used:

Foundation: MAC studio fix
Concealer: Mac
Brows: Rimmel Drk Brwn
Mascara: L’oreal Architect
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac in Nylon
Eye shadow Lid: MAC in Star Violet
Eye shadow Inner Crease: MAC in Bronze
Eye shadow Outer Crease: MAC in Carbon
Waterline: Rimmel Kohl in black
Blush: MAC Hushabye
Lip Liner: FF brown lipliner
Lip Stick: MAC fast play
Lip Gloss: FF Sheerly clear.

F.O.T.D - JUICED UP



Thought I’d try out a fun look with MACs “juiced”. I bought it a while ago and it took me a while to master what I can blend with it to make it more of a evening look.
Here’s what I came up with:
Foundation: FF crème to powder foundation w/ MAC studio fix
Concealer: FF cover stick
Brows: Rimmel Brow Pencil in Drk Brown.
Mascara: L’oreal Architect in Midnight Black.
Eye shadow Highlight: MAC in Shroom.
Eye shadow Lid: MAC in Juiced
Eye shadow Inner Crease: MAC in Swiss choclate.
Eye shadow Outer V: MAC in Deep Truth
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero
Blush: MAC in BreezyLip Gloss: Christian Dior Ultra Gloss in 313.

F.O.T.D - TROPICAL BREEZE















THIS IS MY TROPICAL BREEZY LOOK..:-)


Foundation: FF cream to powder
Concealer: FF Cover stick
Powder: Mac Studio Fix powder
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: L’oreal Architect
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac Nylon
Eye shadow Lid: Mac Juiced, Orange and Swimming
Eye shadow Inner Crease: Mac Swiss Chocolate
Eye shadow Outer Crease: Mac Swimming and Velvet Moss
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Zero
Blush: Mac Razin
Lip Stick: MAC Fast Play
Lip Gloss: Sheerly Clear.
and nyc lashes

FOTD- blue sunday....









I call this Blue Sunday, I wore this to church a few weeks ago.
Let me know what you think beauties. Here’s what I used:

Foundation: FF cream to powder
Concealer: FF Cover stick
Powder: FF True Finish powder
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: L’oreal Architect
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac Shroom
Eye shadow Lid: Mac Freshwater
Eye shadow Inner Crease: Mac Deep Truth
Eye shadow Outer Crease: Mac Deep truth and Carbon
Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Zero
Blush: Mac Hushabye and Breezy
Lip Stick: FF FuchsiaLip Gloss: FF Sheerly Clear

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

DA NALE FILE: NAIL VARNISH REVIEW- RIMMEL




Hey! I usually have my nails done up in acrylics, but since my last visit the acrylics have literally murdered my nails. I’ve decided to try and grow out my natural nails by getting regular manicures and trying out different nail varnishes.
This is my quick but informative review on Rimmel 60 seconds. Unfortunately I don’t have a swatch but hopefully the info I do have will be of some help.

So far I have tried a few and my most recent was the Rimmel 60 second nail varnish.


NAME: Rimmel 60 second
COLOUR: Rapid Ruby 320
WHAT IT PROMISES TO DO: 60 seconds
TEXTURE: good, spreads evenly. 2 coats give a good finish.
SHINE: very good.
HOW LONG DID IT LAST: 1 day!!!! Before it started to chip! And that’s without doing any washing up etc… Ridiculous!
OUT OF 10: 2/10
OVERALL REVIEW- looks nice, dries really quickly but last less than 24 hours! Not good.


Ok so my next “victim” was the Rimmel wear Maxx Nail Polish.
So far I have tried a few and my most recent was the Rimmel 60 second nail varnish



NAME: Rimmel wear Maxx (centre)
COLOUR: Electric 397
WHAT IT PROMISES TO DO: give great shiny colour, that goes on smooth and lasts for 10 days!
TEXTURE: very smooth, a little sheer at first but buildable. 2 coats gives a great finish.
SHINE: very good. The colour really complemented my skin tone
HOW LONG DID IT LAST: 2 days then the chipping began! (Again this is without doing any washing up etc…) very disappointed!
OUT OF 10: 1/10
OVERALL REVIEW- Great colour, smooth and shiny, but does not do what it says on the bottle. I gave it a lower mark because it did not deliver the 10 days. If you are going out and want to have a different colour just for that night then get this. If you want colour that lasts, pass it by!

And finally with Rimmel I tried; the “I love Lasting Finish” range
NAME: I love Lasting Finish
COLOUR: Tangerine Queen 050
WHAT IT PROMISES TO DO: be hardwearing, chip resistant and long lasting
TEXTURE: very smooth and creamy. 2 coats gave a great finish.
SHINE: ok. It was more of a matte colour but I liked it. It was the first time I had tried a bright colour on my nails.
HOW LONG DID IT LAST: 1 day! Again the chipping came!
OUT OF 10: 1/10
OVERALL REVIEW: the colour was really unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it for long.

My overall opinion on Rimmel: a bunch of chipping fools! Lol… I wont be buying any more of their polishes, I might ebay the ones I have cause I refuse to use them again!


F.O.T.D - GOLDEN EYE.


Good Day people. This is my FOTD; it’s a warm dewy look for this cold winter season. Hope you like it! Let me know what you think. I used:

Foundation: FF Crème to Powder in Brown Blaze
Concealer: FF* stick in Dark
Powder: MAC Redefined Bronze
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: Maybelline Volume Express (waterproof)
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac - nylon
Eye shadow Lid: Mac - Amber Lights
Eye shadow Inner & Outer Crease: Mac - Bronze
Waterline: Rimmel Kohl in Black
Blush: Mac - Razin
Lip Liner: Body Shop in Dark Brown
Lip Stick: Mac – Velvet Teddy
Lip Gloss: FF in Sheerly Clear

*FF = Fashion Fair
Voila.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

F.O.T.D - SMOKIN


This is my smokey brown look. wore this to work a fews ago, lemme know what you think.
Foundation: MAC studio fix
Concealer: FF stick
Brows: Rimmel Brow pencil
Mascara: Benefit Big Lash
Eye shadow Highlight: Mac Nylon
Eye shadow Lid: Rimmel kohl pencil in black and Mac Carbon e/s
Eye shadow Inner Crease: Mac Swiss Chocolate
Waterline: Rimmel kohl pencil
Blush: Mac Razin
Lip Liner: FF Lip pencil in Brown
Lip Stick: Mac Velvet TeddyLip Gloss: Christian Dior Ultra gloss # 313.
L8R

Friday, 31 October 2008

F.O.T.D - Nubian


Hey Amigas this is my FOTD, thought i'd try out a lil nubian flava
Let me know what you think. Here’s what I used:

Foundation: Fashion Fair True Finish powder #5
Concealer: Fashion Fair Concealer stick in Dark
Brows: Rimmel in Dark Brown
Mascara: Benefit Bad Girl Lash
Eye shadow Lid: Mac in Orange (Matte) a little gold eye shadow in tear duct.
Eye shadow Outer Crease: in Swiss Chocolate (Matte)
Waterline: Rimmel Kohl Pencil in Black
Blush: Mac in Razin
Lip Liner: Fashion Fair in Dark Brown
Lip Gloss: Fashion Fair in Sheerly Clear


That’s it! Ciao Bella Ladies ….xx

Thursday, 30 October 2008

F.O.T.D - Teal eyes!







Hey this is my FOTD, I used mainly fashion fair cosmetics. Please excuse the scarf..lol..
Let me know what you think beauties. Here’s what I used:

Fashion fair cream to powder foundation in Brown Blaze
Fashion fair stick concealer in Dark
Mac Bronzing Powder in Redefined Bronze
Rimmel Eyebrow pencil (Brows)
Mac eye shadow in Nylon (highlight)
Fashion Fair slim eyeliner pencil in Midnight (on Lid and waterline)
Rimmel kohl pencil in Black (waterline)
Mac Blush in Razin
The Body Shop Lip Liner in Choclat
Christian Dior Ultra Gloss # 313
That’s it! Ciao for Now….xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

M.A.C


OK so I’ve recently rediscovered MAC- I say rediscovered because,being a make up fan I tried out Mac a few years ago and because I didn’t understand how the colours worked and what shades I could wear that would show up on my skin and all the artist in store just could not help me so I gave up on it. It’s sad because the stores (in the UK) are filled with mostly Caucasian girls and when it comes down to black skin a lot of them are at a loss.
So I stuck with my bourjois and fashion fair. But recently I have become somewhat of a youtube fan and I have discovered hundreds of tutorials by women of colour (WOC). And I am really impressed. You all know who you are; fauryn78, scandalous beauty, renren, and diary of a make up artist. You have all really inspired me to “Get Back to MAC” I cannot believe how much I have learnt from just watching theses videos and more. I know the names of the colours, the brushes, the collections etc. Its crazy but I love it! I feel like my eyes have been open into this new world of colour! And I have invested in soooo many of them..lol… I need to slow down! Lol.. But this post is to thank all those beautiful women for reintroducing me Back to Mac!

SKIN S.OS




So I have a thing for keeping my skin supple at all times. And usually I use Johnson’s baby gel oil which is really lovely on your skin, it keeps it moisturized and supple, so I’ve been using it for about three years since it was recommended to me by a co-worker. It’s also reasonably priced (£2.89 in boots) so it doesn’t break the bank and if you use it everyday it will last for approx.one month.
But I decided after hearing numerous reviews to try out a new product and now I think I’m in love!!!
I am totally head over heels in awe of Vaseline cocoa butter range. It is the truth!! Seriously. Not only does it keep you moisturized for like over 20 hours, but It also smells delish! It is yummy beyond yummy . Try it, I promise you that you wont regret it.