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