Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell

HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette Review
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell Review
HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

On weekdays, I usually keep my makeup pretty simple. Foundation, a bit of bronzer and mascara, but when I have a few extra minutes, I like to wear some eyeshadow. I love a good eyeshadow palette. Even more, I love an eyeshadow palette with neutral colours which is great for everyday use. So when I received the HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell*, I was really excited to give it a go. I had already heard lots of good reviews about HD Brows and their brow products, so I was expecting the eyeshadow palette to be just as good.

The HD Brows Eyeshadow Palettes are available in Bombshell which includes beige and ash shades, Foxy which is more honey and bronze, and finally Vamp which contains colours like berry and aubergine. The palette I received is in the shade Bombshell, which is designed for fairer skintones and lighter hair. Now although I don't fit ideally into the target audience, the colours are still beautiful on my skin. The palette contains 5 different shades ranging from light to dark letting you do a complete makeup look with just this palette. The colours are: Naked, Ash, Burnished, Graphite and Midnight. 

As you can see from my swatches, the powders are highly pigmented and have a satin or matte finish. I use the colour 'Naked' which is a glittery beige, on the inner corners of my eyes, and apply a mixture of 'Burnished' and 'Granite' to my crease. The powders blend easily and once done, the final result is gorgeous. Without an eyeshadow primer, the eyeshadows last about 6 hours. But if you prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow base prior to applying the eyeshadow, it stays put for about 10 hours without creasing or coming off. I am very impressed it stayed so well, considering the current weather in Barcelona, which makes me believe it would last even longer in the winter months. I'd really recommend this as a travel eyeshadow kit because it's easy to carry around and the quality is amazing.

Summary
Price - approx. €36,5.
Likes - staying power
Dislikes - a bit pricey.
Available - lookfantastic, amazon.

Have you tried the HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette? What is your fave palette?
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Acne Diet: No dairy, low GI & more

Current Acne diet to reduce cystic acne: No diary, low GI foods

Everyone who knows me or follows me on social media knows I've suffered from acne for a very long time. Last summer, it was under control. I was finally free from active acne (except the occasional zit or two) and I was working on getting rid of the acne scars. I was really happy with where I was and couldn't wait for my skin to be fully clear. But then winter happened and things got slightly worse, I wasn't too upset and just kept working on getting my skin clear. 

Fast forward to this year, around January or so my cystic acne came back and in full force. This happens when I am in contact with chemicals, like if I am around when painting is done, or if I use chemicals for cleaning. Knowing this, I have been avoiding such situations for the last few years and everything was going well until painting work was done in the office. After a while, I finally found a good dermatologist and ever since then have been trying to get my skin under control. Because I am a firm believer that acne cannot fully be cured from the outside only, I decided to also look at my diet and see where I can make some changes.

Firstly, I excluded diary products as much as I could. Milk contains a growth hormone called IGF-1 which is great for baby cows but for those who suffer from acne, it increases sebum product and impacts inflammation and redness making the acne only worse. Diary also stimulates insulin production and that means more acne. So based on those reasons, there is lots of information on the internet suggesting that those suffering from acne should cut out milk & other diary products from their diet. After reading a lot on this topic, I decided to give it a go. 

Although I haven't excluded diary entirely from my diet, I have seen a difference in my skin. I still have pizza sometimes or an ice-cream, but I believe I am handling it pretty well. Since dairy also contains probiotics, calcium or other nutrients which we need, you have to keep in mind to find substitutes. For example you can have your oats with Almond milk or Coconut milk, just make sure to get the unsweetened one.

Secondly, I'm focusing on eating foods with lower glycemic index (GI). High GI foods are believed to cause spikes in the production of insulin and that as we already saw with the case of dairy means more acne. So even though I love me some potatoes made in the oven, those had to go because not only were they making my acne worse, but they were also making me full and bloated. Since I am now actively working out and getting in shape trying to build muscle mass and loose the belly fat, this impacts negatively on all the work I have done.

Lastly, I increased my water intake and decreased the amount of soda, juice and other processed drinks I have. Water is so important for healthy skin, not only for those who suffer from acne but for everyone in general. If you do not hydrate then your skin will be affected and will look dull. The processed drinks also contain lots of sugar which is really bad for your skin.

I will be looking into other information regarding the link between the diet and acne. As of now, I have about 3-4 active spots but the rest is just severe acne scarring which needs time to heal. If you have any suggestions on how to help sever acne scarring, then please leave them in the comments below. And if you are like me suffering from severe cystic acne, know that it will get better. Start by looking at your diet and go see a good dermatologist. If you are in Barcelona, drop me an email and I can give you the details of mine.

What diet changes have you made to help with your acne journey?
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner Review
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for Curly Hair

I've used quite a few conditioners over the years, some which require 5 minutes and others for deep conditioning which require 30 mins. I am always looking for new conditioners to try which will leave my hair properly moisturized and healthy. One of the conditioners I've been using for quite a while now is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment. Prior to purchasing this product for the first time, I had read so many reviews; from straight hair to afro hair beauties using it. I just had to give it a go and see how much I'd like it.

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment comes in a 250ml bottle and doesn't have a cap like regular conditioners. This is one of the points which makes this conditioner different from the others. It has an opening at the base of the container which allows the product to pass through when squeezed, but closes back up as soon as the pressure is released. The conditioner is creamy and pink-beige in colour with a slight bubble gum scent. It contains amazing ingredients such as jojoba oil and aloe vera which penetrate deep into the hair shaft to moisturize your hair and reduce frizz.

What is so amazing about this conditioner is that you do not need a lot of time to let it sit in before having to wash it out, making it perfect for quick conditioning while taking a bath. With the busy schedule I keep during the week, a quick fix is definitely what I need because skipping conditioning isn't something I can do.

I used this product while I was transitioning to natural hair and it left my hair really soft and moisturized, so I've repurchased it for use on my natural hair. Once again, it doesn't fail me and leaves my hair feeling and looking amazing. This is my go to conditioner during the week and I've suggested it to my friends because it works for so many different hair textures.

Summary
Price - approx. €7.
Likes - quick, moisturizes
Dislikes - a bit pricey.
Verdict - repurchasing.
Available - Druni, Boots, Superdrug.

What is your go to conditioner to quickly moisturize your hair?
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

JVC Deep Bass Bluetooth Headphones

JVC Deep Bass Wireless Headphones
JVC Deep Bass Bluetooth Headphones
JVC Deep Bass White Bluetooth Headphones Review

For a while now I've wanted a pair of over the ear headphones. Originally I wanted to get a pair of white and gold ones and didn't really think if I wanted the regular ones or wireless ones. But during one of my visits to the gym, my hand got hooked in the wire of my apple in-ear headphones and my iphone went flying. It was such a scare, but fortunately only the tappered glass protector I have on got affected. That's when I decided that wireless is important, so I started searching for a wireless pair. Considering I may sometimes be a bit impatient, I decided to just get one from one of the stores in Barcelona and keep looking for my perfect pair of white and gold ones. After searching a few stores, I settled on the JVC Deep Bass Wireless Headphones.

The physical appearance of the JVC Deep Base Wireless Headphones isn't extremely pleasing. Other than the crisp white look from this specific colour, the material it is made of looks pretty cheap as opposed to some other brands which retail at the same price. Still, they were the only white pair and I was determined to give them a fair trial. They are lightweight, easy to wear, expandable to fit most of my hairstyles and I really like that it has a mic, letting me answer calls which come in without taking out my phone. The ear pieces can be turned, in order to make the headphones flat which makes them easy to carry around.

The headphones are easily rechargable and last about 10 hours of play time which is more than enough for me considering I mostly use them for the gym or when I take public transport. Even though the material doesn't look very sturdy, it is pretty strong and even after handling it badly a couple of times, the headphones are perfectly fine. The sounds is loud and clear with the posibility to increase the volume both on the headphones and on your phone. It also has a button to turn the bass on/off depending on your preference. I really like the headphones, still I feel they are slightly overpriced as I've seen some good ones on amazon for about € 30.

Summary
Price - approx. €70.
Likes - colour, sound.
Dislikes - plastic looks a bit cheap.
Available - Fnac, amazon.

Do you have any suggestions for a pair of white and gold bluetooth headphones?
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Review
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

In March, I finally lost my SheaMoisture virginity and purchased two products which I had heard a lot of good reviews on. The first product was the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner, and I've reviewed that earlier so stop by and have a read. The other product I got was the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

The product comes in a 340g jar and has the consistency of leave-in conditioner mixed with gel. The SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie defines curls, reduces frizz and adds moisture & shine. This curl cream contains Shea butter, Coconut Oil, Silk protein, Neem Oil, Avocado oil and lots of other great natural ingredients. I started using this product towards the end of my transition for braid outs and was even able to pull off wash and gos thanks to it. Now I'm using it on my natural curly hair and it is amazing. The consistency is perfect because it hydrates your hair and gives your curls a nice hold without drying out the hair or becoming flaky.

About 2 weeks ago, I used it on a braid out for the first time since I became fully natural once again, and I was blown away with the results. My curls were so defined, moisturized and frizz free, and that was the moment I knew this is one of my favourite products I have tried. Stop by my instagram (styleofcolours) for pictures on the hairstyles I do using this product.

Summary
Price - approx. €15.
Likes - hydrates, defines curls and gives a nice hold.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - repurchasing.
Available - SheaMoisture, Afro stores.

What is your favourite product for braid outs or wash and gos?
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