I first heard about Big Hair on Instagram through The Curly Cockney, she raved about their hair treatment. I was intrigued. Their 97% natural ingredients, full of butters, oils & vitamins.  A few months later they got in contact with me to ask if I wanted to review their products.They were so thorough with this, asking me about my hair type, condition so forth so they could get the ideal products for my hair, I liked that, so I made sure to give them as much information as possible. My hair is colour treated and therefore the ends are prone to dryness, it's also low porosity so I'm forever feeling I'm losing moisture which leads to frizz. Also my curl pattern isn't loyal, it can range from a 3A - 3C it depends on the condition and products, I rarely get the same curls daily - weekly. It's a surprise!!

The recommended 3 :

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment 200ml £14.95 which will combat against dryness and restore life to damaged/coloured hair. We recommend leaving it on for 40 minutes covered with a shower cap and a warm towel.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Natural detangler and conditioner (Behentrimonium Methosulfate* (and) Cetearyl Alcohol**), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Banana Powder (Musa Sapientum), Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Honey (Mel), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Glycerine (Palm Free), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Optiphen Eco-Cert Approved Preservative (Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol)



Leave In Moisturising Milk 200ml £12.95 after rinsing out your deep conditioner, I'd recommend to blot away most of your excess water before applying our leave in. As your hair is low porosity if your hair is wet it'll struggle to absorb the leave in as both with be battling to get in, causing much of it to be lost and drip away. We recommend using a cotton t-shirt to remove excess water to minimise frizz and possibility of breakage.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Butter), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Natural detangler and conditioner (Behentrimonium Methosulfate* (and) Cetearyl Alcohol**), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Eco-Cert Approved Preservative (Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol), Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol)



Moisture Me Whipped Butter 200ml £14.95 after adding our leave in, add a small amount of butter to seal in the moisture. As this is 100% natural, it is very rich so only a teeny amount is needed (this will also ensure that your curls aren't weighed down). Curly girls with different types of curls love this! We've converted a lot of curly girls who thought that butters weren't for their hair type, so we hope you find that this works for your curls.

Ingredients: Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Shea Butter Seed Oil (Butyrospermum Parkii), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis)


I've seen online the use of clay as a hair mask for natural hair getting quite a buzz, seeing it within the ingredients of the hair treatment left me excited as I wanted to see how it works especially alongside oils and other butters. After washing I section the hair and apply this evenly throughout and clip each section back up. The texture of the product is soft and spongy. I find it really does need to be smoothed through the hair to be coated as it's more a thicker consistency than a fluid. I've left it on how they recommended it to me and I also have done it under a dryer on a low heat. Upon rinsing the hair looks bouncier and curls have a bit more definition. The tub is 200G and it's £14.95 - More on the costly side, if you use it weekly it'll probably not last as long but I've used this probably 4x as I don't use it for every big wash.

This leave in milk - the water and oils work well on my damp hair, section and apply and a little goes a long way. The milk slips through the strands before I really concentrate on my ends as they are what I need to keep highly moisturised and happy to retain any length and diminish frizz.

I've not used a hair butter in a long time. I found them too thick and heavy for my hair and couldn't feel I could ever get it to work. Having read that with my hair being low porosity, there's certain oils that are rich emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil. Being that I am partly blondes there's some oils when used pure that can change my hair colour, nothing can ever be straightforward. Not to worry I didn't find that an issue with this. It's thick and a little is suggested. I've applied this both with damp hair and 80% dry hair and I probably prefer it more when it's damper to melt it through the hair easier than when it's a lot more dry.

I leave my hair at this point to air dry if possible to let the curls dry naturally and form however it feels if I cannot I take out the diffuser to give it more bounce and volume. Using a diffuser you must be careful not to touch the hair as it creates frizz. I'll then pick the hair roots and my hairs good for a couple days before I may need to wash the hair again or drag it out longer by bunning or braiding my hair.

There was a suggestion that nightly I use a little of the milk and butter to keep the hair moisturised instead of leaving it until it gets to a dry state. Lazy I cannot be! It's a good tip because I find the hair doesn't feel product heavy and keeps moisturised for the next day & sleeping on a satin pillow helps.
This was taken just before a needed wash day and the hair doesn't feel or appear too dry!

I have since repurchased the milk and butter since I was sent the items at the end of April and for the meanwhile I'm more than happy to continue, I feel as if my hair routine has been stripped back more (beside's the big wash day) meaning less products and more space - hello minimalism.

Have you tried Big Hair products?
----------------------------------------
You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

Big Hair Review

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 0 comments
First time I was introduced to the website Beauty Crowd was last year when I was sent the Yoso brand items which you can read here. I decided to do a little buy the other week as Beauty Crowd stock brands that we've seen consistently on American blogs and the prices were more than reasonable. It was like taking a trip into Boots.

I've wanted to try Milani for quite a while now and I decided to try their baked blush first, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, one of the most popular shades! To me this can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, I think the finish is nicely reflective for that task as it contains very small specks of gold running through it.
Although with a light hand and sweep it could finish off on the cheeks if preferred. A gorgeous peach - coral tone with a slight pink undertone. I believe this is one of the most popular blushes due to the fact it can flatter a range of skin tones.

LA Girl first came to my attention with their concealers that the majority of people adore but their LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints have been compared to being dupes for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, all these thick, highly pigmented palm sized lip products just remind me of a copy of the last company that's released one, Sleek MakeUP (pout paints), OCC (lip tars), these products to me are ideal for when you want to create a new and unique lip colour.

L.A Girl Says: Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips. Extreme bright colors cool and nourish lips with vitamin E and peppermint oil.
I decided on these two colours WhimsicalElude. Whimsical is an orchid shade with a blue undertone while Elude is a nude peach with a beigey undertone. When squeezed out I don't get any gushing or splatting out, it feels pretty controlled as the liquid pours out the tip. I apply these with a lip brush for best application. They don't feel sticky or heavy. They give a nice sheen which I would put down to the Vitamin E and the peppermint oil isn't overbearing nor heavy but present in the scent. Honestly if you already own other products like this from other brands these probably won't be such a wow factor and most likely be thrown in the drawer after a couple uses. If you're new to the lip paint's then these are perfect place to start if you're on a budget.

Freedom Pro is the new makeup collection from Adam Minto who is the creator behind Makeup Revolution another purse friendly and good produced brand. Launched in June 2015 I decided to grab a few bits. Some of my favourite budget lip products from last year have come from Makeup Revolution so I have the same hopes for Freedom Pro. Freedom Pro Melts in Melts Up Just Do It and Melts D-Ream. Out of the 3 the one that disappointed me the most was Just Do It. I wanted this shade terribly and for it to work but it didn't work out for me. It's an indigo The colour drags from sheer to a goop of blue. It doesn't spread as well as the other colours, leaving me to wonder, did I get a bad batch or is the blue just that damn bad? Even with the swatching I had to go over it a few times and really swipe around the tube to try grab a good amount of colour and build on it, it just doesn't grab to the sponge tip applicator. It's stickier than the other two..it's just a dud! D-Ream is described as a nude brown, it reminds me of an 90s brown. Melts Up is a medium toned pink, which is very wearable, both of these are creamy and apply well with one swipe, removing these I noticed they left a stain.

The last item is the Freedom Pro Correct Palette, I have another corrector palette which is more high end and I love it. Sometimes you can get lucky and find alternatives that don't cost as much and I'm hoping this might be one. There are 6 colours.
Freedom Pro says:
Yellow: Use to equalise blue undertones, sometimes found on the eyelid or under eye area.
Lilac: Use to add radiance to dull skin.
Green: Use to balance redness, mainly found around the nose or around blemishes.
Peach: This peachy shade is great at helping cancel out green tones.
Brown: Use to conceal blemishes on darker skin tones or as a contouring cream on lighter skin.
White: Use to brighten or to highlight key areas of your skin such as the top of your cheekbones.

I can't speak on it too much as I've not used it but I definitely will be doing so and giving it a separate review as I think this needs one. My initial impression on the palette is you get 6 grams worth of product, white isn't a colour I normally see in corrector palettes, the white can be used to brighten areas, brighten areas that have been concealed that's too dark and used to highlight as a reflector. The peach in this palette, it's very pink on appearance but I can't say much else until it's tried and tested!

Let me know your thoughts on the products, have you tried any of these brands or items?

Beauty Crowd Haul.

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 7 comments
There was a new brand I was introduced to some months ago called  YOSO. They have a selected range of beauty products such as a 3 step deep cleansing system (will show at a later date), a compact cleansing device and the two products below that I'm going to review today.

I make no shame that facial hair is something I can take or leave it but I mostly take it away and this has become a quick and easy removal of facial hair whenever required. My friend has even got herself one, it's that necessary lol. Of course there's been no accidents, friction burns - no problems just hair free where-ever it needs to be done. Sometimes I do in-between and above my brows but mostly it's my upper lip. It's quick to whip out and remove hair without needing to go through the whole razor process. Great for the price and easy to keep clean, I make sure I clean it off after every use. This is something I highly recommend.
Included in the box is the trim pen and a hygiene brush (batteries not included).

Honestly!? This was very hit & miss for me. Only because I had to get a hang of them, coming from standard metal curlers there was an adjustment. It's got an indicator once it starts to warm up, the indicator is at the top of the comb a faint purple mark that turns pink, it's not a hot pink but you can certainly tell the difference in the colour. I just feel to see if it's become warm to use. I was a apprehensive about using it at first being that it is heated and eyes are delicate but it doesn't get so hot that you end up burning yourself. These heated curlers give you more of a natural looking curl than metal eyelash curlers that can give you that kinked lash look which to be honest sometimes I don't mind that look, my lashes last longer. These were something that I had to become adjusted too as the 3 points of the eyelashes - inner, centre and outer need separate attention. Once you get the hang of it within 20 seconds both your eyes are done and looking natural and alert. I'm not sure if I prefer these over my  metal curlers as of yet.
(batteries not included).

Let me know what you use for your lashes or for a quick trim?
Do these interest you?

YOSO Trim & YOSO Lash Curler.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3 comments
I first heard about Big Hair on Instagram through The Curly Cockney, she raved about their hair treatment. I was intrigued. Their 97% natural ingredients, full of butters, oils & vitamins.  A few months later they got in contact with me to ask if I wanted to review their products.They were so thorough with this, asking me about my hair type, condition so forth so they could get the ideal products for my hair, I liked that, so I made sure to give them as much information as possible. My hair is colour treated and therefore the ends are prone to dryness, it's also low porosity so I'm forever feeling I'm losing moisture which leads to frizz. Also my curl pattern isn't loyal, it can range from a 3A - 3C it depends on the condition and products, I rarely get the same curls daily - weekly. It's a surprise!!

The recommended 3 :

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment 200ml £14.95 which will combat against dryness and restore life to damaged/coloured hair. We recommend leaving it on for 40 minutes covered with a shower cap and a warm towel.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Natural detangler and conditioner (Behentrimonium Methosulfate* (and) Cetearyl Alcohol**), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Banana Powder (Musa Sapientum), Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Honey (Mel), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Glycerine (Palm Free), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Optiphen Eco-Cert Approved Preservative (Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol)



Leave In Moisturising Milk 200ml £12.95 after rinsing out your deep conditioner, I'd recommend to blot away most of your excess water before applying our leave in. As your hair is low porosity if your hair is wet it'll struggle to absorb the leave in as both with be battling to get in, causing much of it to be lost and drip away. We recommend using a cotton t-shirt to remove excess water to minimise frizz and possibility of breakage.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Butter), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Natural detangler and conditioner (Behentrimonium Methosulfate* (and) Cetearyl Alcohol**), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Eco-Cert Approved Preservative (Phenoxyethanol & Caprylyl Glycol), Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol)



Moisture Me Whipped Butter 200ml £14.95 after adding our leave in, add a small amount of butter to seal in the moisture. As this is 100% natural, it is very rich so only a teeny amount is needed (this will also ensure that your curls aren't weighed down). Curly girls with different types of curls love this! We've converted a lot of curly girls who thought that butters weren't for their hair type, so we hope you find that this works for your curls.

Ingredients: Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Shea Butter Seed Oil (Butyrospermum Parkii), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis)


I've seen online the use of clay as a hair mask for natural hair getting quite a buzz, seeing it within the ingredients of the hair treatment left me excited as I wanted to see how it works especially alongside oils and other butters. After washing I section the hair and apply this evenly throughout and clip each section back up. The texture of the product is soft and spongy. I find it really does need to be smoothed through the hair to be coated as it's more a thicker consistency than a fluid. I've left it on how they recommended it to me and I also have done it under a dryer on a low heat. Upon rinsing the hair looks bouncier and curls have a bit more definition. The tub is 200G and it's £14.95 - More on the costly side, if you use it weekly it'll probably not last as long but I've used this probably 4x as I don't use it for every big wash.

This leave in milk - the water and oils work well on my damp hair, section and apply and a little goes a long way. The milk slips through the strands before I really concentrate on my ends as they are what I need to keep highly moisturised and happy to retain any length and diminish frizz.

I've not used a hair butter in a long time. I found them too thick and heavy for my hair and couldn't feel I could ever get it to work. Having read that with my hair being low porosity, there's certain oils that are rich emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil. Being that I am partly blondes there's some oils when used pure that can change my hair colour, nothing can ever be straightforward. Not to worry I didn't find that an issue with this. It's thick and a little is suggested. I've applied this both with damp hair and 80% dry hair and I probably prefer it more when it's damper to melt it through the hair easier than when it's a lot more dry.

I leave my hair at this point to air dry if possible to let the curls dry naturally and form however it feels if I cannot I take out the diffuser to give it more bounce and volume. Using a diffuser you must be careful not to touch the hair as it creates frizz. I'll then pick the hair roots and my hairs good for a couple days before I may need to wash the hair again or drag it out longer by bunning or braiding my hair.

There was a suggestion that nightly I use a little of the milk and butter to keep the hair moisturised instead of leaving it until it gets to a dry state. Lazy I cannot be! It's a good tip because I find the hair doesn't feel product heavy and keeps moisturised for the next day & sleeping on a satin pillow helps.
This was taken just before a needed wash day and the hair doesn't feel or appear too dry!

I have since repurchased the milk and butter since I was sent the items at the end of April and for the meanwhile I'm more than happy to continue, I feel as if my hair routine has been stripped back more (beside's the big wash day) meaning less products and more space - hello minimalism.

Have you tried Big Hair products?
----------------------------------------
You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

Big Hair Review


Friday, July 03, 2015 • 0 comments
First time I was introduced to the website Beauty Crowd was last year when I was sent the Yoso brand items which you can read here. I decided to do a little buy the other week as Beauty Crowd stock brands that we've seen consistently on American blogs and the prices were more than reasonable. It was like taking a trip into Boots.

I've wanted to try Milani for quite a while now and I decided to try their baked blush first, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, one of the most popular shades! To me this can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, I think the finish is nicely reflective for that task as it contains very small specks of gold running through it.
Although with a light hand and sweep it could finish off on the cheeks if preferred. A gorgeous peach - coral tone with a slight pink undertone. I believe this is one of the most popular blushes due to the fact it can flatter a range of skin tones.

LA Girl first came to my attention with their concealers that the majority of people adore but their LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints have been compared to being dupes for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, all these thick, highly pigmented palm sized lip products just remind me of a copy of the last company that's released one, Sleek MakeUP (pout paints), OCC (lip tars), these products to me are ideal for when you want to create a new and unique lip colour.

L.A Girl Says: Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips. Extreme bright colors cool and nourish lips with vitamin E and peppermint oil.
I decided on these two colours WhimsicalElude. Whimsical is an orchid shade with a blue undertone while Elude is a nude peach with a beigey undertone. When squeezed out I don't get any gushing or splatting out, it feels pretty controlled as the liquid pours out the tip. I apply these with a lip brush for best application. They don't feel sticky or heavy. They give a nice sheen which I would put down to the Vitamin E and the peppermint oil isn't overbearing nor heavy but present in the scent. Honestly if you already own other products like this from other brands these probably won't be such a wow factor and most likely be thrown in the drawer after a couple uses. If you're new to the lip paint's then these are perfect place to start if you're on a budget.

Freedom Pro is the new makeup collection from Adam Minto who is the creator behind Makeup Revolution another purse friendly and good produced brand. Launched in June 2015 I decided to grab a few bits. Some of my favourite budget lip products from last year have come from Makeup Revolution so I have the same hopes for Freedom Pro. Freedom Pro Melts in Melts Up Just Do It and Melts D-Ream. Out of the 3 the one that disappointed me the most was Just Do It. I wanted this shade terribly and for it to work but it didn't work out for me. It's an indigo The colour drags from sheer to a goop of blue. It doesn't spread as well as the other colours, leaving me to wonder, did I get a bad batch or is the blue just that damn bad? Even with the swatching I had to go over it a few times and really swipe around the tube to try grab a good amount of colour and build on it, it just doesn't grab to the sponge tip applicator. It's stickier than the other two..it's just a dud! D-Ream is described as a nude brown, it reminds me of an 90s brown. Melts Up is a medium toned pink, which is very wearable, both of these are creamy and apply well with one swipe, removing these I noticed they left a stain.

The last item is the Freedom Pro Correct Palette, I have another corrector palette which is more high end and I love it. Sometimes you can get lucky and find alternatives that don't cost as much and I'm hoping this might be one. There are 6 colours.
Freedom Pro says:
Yellow: Use to equalise blue undertones, sometimes found on the eyelid or under eye area.
Lilac: Use to add radiance to dull skin.
Green: Use to balance redness, mainly found around the nose or around blemishes.
Peach: This peachy shade is great at helping cancel out green tones.
Brown: Use to conceal blemishes on darker skin tones or as a contouring cream on lighter skin.
White: Use to brighten or to highlight key areas of your skin such as the top of your cheekbones.

I can't speak on it too much as I've not used it but I definitely will be doing so and giving it a separate review as I think this needs one. My initial impression on the palette is you get 6 grams worth of product, white isn't a colour I normally see in corrector palettes, the white can be used to brighten areas, brighten areas that have been concealed that's too dark and used to highlight as a reflector. The peach in this palette, it's very pink on appearance but I can't say much else until it's tried and tested!

Let me know your thoughts on the products, have you tried any of these brands or items?

Beauty Crowd Haul.


Monday, June 29, 2015 • 7 comments
There was a new brand I was introduced to some months ago called  YOSO. They have a selected range of beauty products such as a 3 step deep cleansing system (will show at a later date), a compact cleansing device and the two products below that I'm going to review today.

I make no shame that facial hair is something I can take or leave it but I mostly take it away and this has become a quick and easy removal of facial hair whenever required. My friend has even got herself one, it's that necessary lol. Of course there's been no accidents, friction burns - no problems just hair free where-ever it needs to be done. Sometimes I do in-between and above my brows but mostly it's my upper lip. It's quick to whip out and remove hair without needing to go through the whole razor process. Great for the price and easy to keep clean, I make sure I clean it off after every use. This is something I highly recommend.
Included in the box is the trim pen and a hygiene brush (batteries not included).

Honestly!? This was very hit & miss for me. Only because I had to get a hang of them, coming from standard metal curlers there was an adjustment. It's got an indicator once it starts to warm up, the indicator is at the top of the comb a faint purple mark that turns pink, it's not a hot pink but you can certainly tell the difference in the colour. I just feel to see if it's become warm to use. I was a apprehensive about using it at first being that it is heated and eyes are delicate but it doesn't get so hot that you end up burning yourself. These heated curlers give you more of a natural looking curl than metal eyelash curlers that can give you that kinked lash look which to be honest sometimes I don't mind that look, my lashes last longer. These were something that I had to become adjusted too as the 3 points of the eyelashes - inner, centre and outer need separate attention. Once you get the hang of it within 20 seconds both your eyes are done and looking natural and alert. I'm not sure if I prefer these over my  metal curlers as of yet.
(batteries not included).

Let me know what you use for your lashes or for a quick trim?
Do these interest you?

YOSO Trim & YOSO Lash Curler.


Friday, June 19, 2015 • 3 comments