Hair care for my little one

Hey everyone! It’s been a while and why not kick off my return with an easy haircare routine.

I’d like to point out that What I’m going to share with you has been based on trial and error and me studying my daughters hair pattern and how it reacts to different products. I hope you find it useful for your little girl/boys delicate tresses 🙂

– Firstly, I wash my daughters hair once a week. I do this because her curly hair locks in moisture very well and doesn’t get dirty that quickly. I wash her hair using Cantu Care for kids tear-free nourishing shampoo

– I then finish this off with Cantu Care for kids leave in conditioner. I use this rather sparingly and work it through the hair with my fingers, I don’t comb her hair at this stage. I then put a shower cap in her (if allowed lol) to let the leave-in really do it’s work

– I also have the Cantu Care for kids Conditioner, I use this after the shampoo every other week because for me I feel like it does a very similar job to the leave-in conditioner with the only difference being that I rinse out the conditioner. The consistency and smell seem identical to me but that could just be me.

– After leaving the shower cap on for 10 minutes or so, I remove and pat dry any excess leave-in and style her hair. I begin with the Cantu conditioning creamy hair lotion. This is the adult one so I use very little.

– I follow this with some Castor oil, I bought this one on amazon and it’s pretty good, with its nice thick consistency, you wouldn’t need much.

– Then finally I use Cantu Care for kids curling cream to define her curls. Again you don’t need to much of this but can always adjust quantity depending on the thickness and length of your child’s hair. I’m really impressed with this product, it leaves my daughters hair so shiny and the curls stay defined for most of the day.

– For creating styles that require hold like cornrows or putting the hair into bunches I use the Cantu Care for kids styling custard. I really like how it holds the hair and there is no residue what’s so ever, no bits in the hair, the hair doesn’t become hard, it’s still soft and nourished. This is my favourite product out of the range.

– For day to day care I do not use a comb on her hair, I tease out any knots with my fingers and run my hands through the hair gently, even if I’m putting it into bunches I don’t come it, I just tease it out with my fingers then gather it into a hold. For slicker styles I do use a very soft brush.

– I gently message the scalp concentrating on the hairline with castor oil to keep her scalp moisturised and promote growth, I do this daily.

– I was putting a silk headscarf on her head at night but that didn’t last long lool! May be when she’s a bit older. The cotton bedding really dries out the hair and saps the oil out, but will keep moisturising her hair daily to combat that.

I hope you’ve found this useful. If you have any questions please leave it in the comments or drop me an email 🙂

Thank you for reading xx

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Skincare and self care

I’ve never really had a strict skincare regime but have always followed the basic rules of cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin twice a day. Now that I’m a mum looking after my skin is still important and I really want to give it my best.

In January I got some Wildseed Botanicals skin care products and I have to say that they are the best products I’ve used on my skin in a long long time. I’ve tried both high end and high street brands and I can honestly say the results from these have been impressive. I’ll take you through what I got and how I use it.

Pink Grapefruit Energising Body Polish

I find this product so luxurious and it has become a staple product that I use without fail every week. Once I’ve showered I smother this all over my skin and rinse away. I then pay away any excess water and I’m done! There’s no need to moisturise my body after that. It leaves my skin with an undeniable glow that lasts all day. My skin just feels so nourished, silky and soft. It really gives you a glow that isn’t greasy looking but just looks healthy and well looked after, I love this stuff!

Green Smoothie Vitamin and Mineral Rich Clay Mask

I use a spatula to scoop a little of this into the palm of my hand and add a little water and mix into a paste. Using my fingers I glide the clay mask all over my face, giving full coverage and avoiding the eye area. I leave it on to harden then remove with a warm soft cloth. I saw results after just one use of this mask. It’s pretty much the most revitalising mask I’ve used. I have used other clay masks that just draw out all the goodness from your skin and leave your skin super dry but this left my skin looking bright and cleansed. It really gave me a deep clean. I also use this product once a week.

Asase Aba Radiance Body Oil

I mix this oil with my moisturising lotion and apply daily to give my body that soft glow. It’s also great for this season when the air is still a bit dry, keeping my skin nice and hydrated throughout the day. This oil isn’t heavy. It’s beautifully light. What I love about all these products is they are all full of ingredients that are good for your skin and they are all natural! You can find a full list of the ingredients and some of the benefits on the Wildseed Botanicals website.

Rānā Regenerative Facial Serum

I’ve saved my favourite product in my collection till last. I’ve been using this day and night for almost 2 months now and I have noticed a real change in my skin. A little of this product does go a long way, so once I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised I just place 3-4 drops in the palm of my hand, spread and gently press it into my skin ensuring full coverage. I just love the way it makes my skin feel, I feel like I’m feeding it good food haha! My skin has become clearer and feels really moisturised.

These products have really helped me to care for my skin in the way that I should and makes my ‘me time’ just that bit more special. I can’t recommend these products enough. There are others in the range so please do check them out too. You can check out the website here I am really enjoying using these products and just had to wrote a blog post and share.

Thank you for reading! X

Why are we getting our own day?

One of the questions that popped into my mind today with it being Women’s Day is, when is Men’s Day. Why isn’t there a day that celebrates the opposite sex. I mean for all the obvious reasons women are pretty awesome beings 😀 lol, but its deeper than that. When we look back through history and even in the modern day and note all of the inequality, hardships, injustice that women have gone and go through daily its rightly so that a day is dedicated to recognising how strong, resilient, persistant and powerful we really are.

Although it will take more than setting aside a day of recognition to truly recognise and take strides toward making life for women in the workplace and in society that little bit fairer, maybe its a step in the right direction. Maybe recognising women, what we do, how we do it etc. creates a day of reflection in some way. Maybe it doesn’t. Maybe its just there to keep us sweet (slightly pessimistic I know).

Things have improved for women but there is a long way to go to truly create a world where women are truly recognised for all that we do. That time I believe is coming and days like this are a reminder of that.

So today women lets keep encouraging, supporting and empowering each other.

Happy International Women’s Day!!!

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Making the most of your mascara

Even if you are yet to venture into the world of eyeliners and other eye enhancing make-up products, if you wear make-up its highly likely that you own a tube of mascara or two. This wonder product that enhances, lengthens and adds volume to the lashes has been used by make-up wearers since the beginning of the 19th century and is definitely a staple in my make-up collection.

Mascara brush leaving traces of mascara on a white background

Although there are so many different types to choose from the market isn’t swamped and new mascaras still attract attention (and sales) from us.

I wear false lashes almost all of the time but still coat my lashes with mascara first because I love the volume that my mascara gives me. I’m currently using Rimmel Extreme Black Volume Mascara Flash, you can get one here.

rimmel mascra

I really like the volume this gives me and the wand really does coat every single lash, even my much shorter lashes. I also have some lashes that tend to grow in their own direction and the mascara seems to be able to tame these!

So here are my top tips for making the most of your mascara:

  1. If you wear lashes, I recommend wearing your mascara before wearing lashes. Wearing your lashes then wearing mascara reduces the length of time you can use your lashes for as you’ll need to clean the build up regularly
  2. If its length rather them volume the your after, check that your mascara wand doesn’t have to much mascara on it before application. Wipe the excess on the edge of the tube before applying
  3. For extra volume wiggle the mascara wand at the base of the lashes before stroking upwards
  4. I usually change my mascara roughly every 3 months for hygiene purposes
  5. If your mascara does dry out you can add a few drops of contact lens solution, same applies to liquid eyeliner too.

I hope these tips help you make the most of your mascara. Would love to hear what your favourite mascara is. Do you have one brand you’ve used for years or do you like to try whats new?

Have a good evening!

A timely return

Considering I haven’t posted on here I should probably start with a little explanation, but I think its far better if I actually continue to striving to be more consistent rather than giving my excuses. So, this year I would love to give you all more reviews on my favourite beauty buys as well as the odd posts on alternative topics that I would like to share with you all.

There’s something I’ve learnt here about persistence and determination. I some how allowed the lack of topics to keep me from posting but I find that when I just sit in front of my laptop I do actually find topics to write about.

I hope you’ve had a positive start to the year and are well on your way to achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself (even if it is just to become better at doing your eyebrows 🙂 ) The thing about goals however small or big is that they give you something to work towards and provide you with tasks for each day, those incremental steps take us closer to reaching where we want to be.

They say you must do something every day for six weeks in order for it to become a habit, whether it be working out or sticking to a diet and although I wont be posting on here everyday I will most certainly stick to a weekly goal.

I’m happy to be back and expect more from me soon!!

 

Have a lovely weekend x

 

Beauty has a new boss

Hello all! 🙂 Its been a while, as the nights draw in faster than we can get to used to at least we now have a very good reason to bring out and revive our winter wardrobes as the temperatures whittle down.

Recently I’ve seen so many encouraging posts from women who were once reluctant to really express who they were and felt increased pressures to conform to the industry standard of beauty (which often than not is unattainable for the average joe/joanne) leaving many feeling deflated and left out but are now feeling confident to express who they really are and live it out unapologetically.

But what I can only describe as a ‘revolution’ seems to have swept over almost everyone bringing us into a space of being able to share who we are and the things we love unreservedly on social media.

It doesn’t matter your skin tone, religion, face shape, contour style, we are now realising that there is a space for everyone in the beauty world. Brands no longer (to an extent) dictate to us how products should be used and what they should look like when worn but many have now taken this into their own hands.

This really is so refreshing to see and long may the ‘revolution’ continue! The standard of beauty seems to now be more firmly in the hands of the people it should have been in all along- ours 🙂

Thank you for reading x

Sublime Prime(r)

As you’ll know from my previous post I recently went to Paris and had the opportunity to visit one of the Sephora stores there. I was really impressed with the wide range of brands that they had, the layout and the overall vibe in there. Having recently stocked the Fenty Beauty range the store was heaving with people ready to purchase the newest and coolest make-up range to hit the shops. Apart from bagging myself one of Rihanna’s new make-up products I also invested in the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

urban decay eyeshadow primer potion

I’ve come to know and trust Urban Decay’s products over the years so was silently confident that this primer wouldn’t disappoint. When I first felt the product on my finger tips I found it to feel quite thin and silky and had a doubt as to whether it could handle not only my hooded but also sometimes oily eyelids. In my experience I’ve also found that there are some eyeshadow primers that only work well with shimmery or glittery eyeshadows as they adhere better but are a let down when matte eyeshadows are in the picture. This isn’t the case with this, it has a small wand brush that makes it super easy to apply on your lid and you need very little. I smooth it out with a concealer brush and give it a few seconds to set then begin applying my eyeshadow. The primer keeps my eyeshadow put all day and it doesn’t matter if its a cheap eyeshadow or one of the more upmarket ones, the results are the same.

I wanted to use this a few times before reviewing it just to be sure that I really do like it and that it actually works and I’m pleased to say it does. I should also add that the beige colour of the primer works very well on dark skin tones too as I know the other Urban Decay primer is lighter and can as a result make your eyeshadows look lighter and brighter than intended.

Overall, I’m pleased with this product and would buy it again. Hope you’ve enjoyed my review, please do let me know your thoughts, comment below or drop me an email at fuschiasequins@gmail.com

Have a lovely evening x