Archives for the month of: April, 2013

Hey Bloggettes, Followers and Friends!

I’m back in the act with a review or two for you…Seeing as its been a hot minute since my last beauty post, I thought I’d replenish your thirsts with a little beauty outburst!

I’ve long looked after my face, ever since I recovered from the crater-face my eczema left me with. I’m super conscious about what (and who) I allow to touch my face, a little OCD about germs and the polluted London air… and London people in general. Its not that I am vain or anything, yeah, admittedly I think my face is alright and that, but yeah I also happen to recall the times my face was not so alright *fights back the memories of scabby skin*. Where most girls invest in £300 worth of shoes a year, (some a season, and some a month) I probably spend that amount annually on skin-care (don’t judge me). My theory is pure and simple: You only have one skin, but you can have many shoes. I’d rather spend the cash on my hair and beauty products, although I don’t really believe in buying vast amounts of cheap shoes – bags? Perhaps. But shoes?… no, I believe shoes require decent investment, unless you care to invest in bunion surgery instead of course. Each to their own.

Onto the skin care. I always get asked what my skin care secrets are, how I combat skin problems and remain youthful looking. No my response is not “Black don’t crack!”. My response is this: Fresh air, nutrition and diet, hydration and sleep! However, I understand that sometimes that alone is just not enough without the supplement of a good product regime. As you wise owls know: Different products have different active ingredients that serve a variety of purposes. I’m a bit of a herbalist (no narcotic based racial stereotypes please) and know a lot about natural products and their benefits. So when looking for products available on the market for skin care, I know exactly what it is I’m looking for. Pretty packaging just doesn’t cut it; A pretty face sometimes requires the stinkiest, ugliest and rawest of products! I’ve been lucky enough to try and test A LOT of products over the years, and by now I have managed to collate a Beauty Best Buy List for you guys!

Best Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream

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This moisturizer is like a second skin; it is soft without being oily and leaves no residue. It glides on and is not too thick and leaves skin moisturized for the entire day. Its not too gloopy and allows pores to breath; very ideal if you have combination skin. It is also ideal if you wear a lot of make-up as it really allows pores to breath. Leaves a radiant but not too reflective sheen on your face. You get a lot of product in this tub, the only thing I would say is a downer is that the tub is a nuisance. This gel is so watery that it can slip out of the hand or tub easily – I’ve already mentioned the consistency of Kiehl’s products in earlier review (hehe) when you open the tub you’ll know what I mean… This would be perfect with a ‘pump’ canister to control the fluidity of this product with more ease. Apart from that, its perfect. Dry skin? I’d suggest Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream.

Best Facial Wash: Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel

3300076_0001-zoomProdNeeding that squeaky clean feeling after a wash? Yep this is your answer. Lathers up lovely and a little goes a long way; just a pearl sized amount with the addition of water between your palms and you are good to go. Very efficient in unclogging pores and removing impurities skin deep. Although it contains astringents, its soap free, so keeps skin smooth and soft whilst cleansing away dirt and grime! Really recommended for those battling acne as part of wash – cleanse – tone routine. You will see results almost immediately – skin will feel tighter and cleaner after just one wash.

Best Exfoliation: Sanctuary Spa Brighting Facial Radiance Exfoliator

3206-radiance-exfoliator.jpg_2I needed an exfoliator that was vigorous enough to buff my skin to sumptuous degree without feeling like I was scrubbing my face raw with sandpaper. I have tried so many – including going through the ball-ache effort of making my own. I absolutely love the Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub for body, so much so that I even tried using it on my face! After getting past the apparent desperation and finally doing some careful research, I discovered they do a facial range – well duh? Smells heavenly and leaves skin feeling so, so, so buff…

Best for Removing Make-up: Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine

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Best fCleanser: Kiehl’s Calendular Herbal Extract Toner

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Before any smart alec’s start, I AM aware that this is indeed a toner. However, the Calendula ingredient also has superb cleansing properties also. It doesn’t tighten the facial skin as most toners do. It softens the skin and is ace at removing the day or nights build up of oils on the surface of your face. There’s a great deal of actual Calendula extract in every bottle, so you really feel like your skin is getting one of natures little treats! My blemishes have been kept at bay ever since I started using this six months ago. It all started off with a 30ml tester – Kiehl’s always gives away fantastic sized “samples” with every large purchase! Its to get suckers like me well and truly hooked and committed! Its worth the mid-market price and the Kielh’s specialists are well and truly trained in all things SKIN.

Best Toner: Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist

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…and here’s the toner. With an astomizing pump to spray a fine air-like mist onto the face evenly. I find that spraying a toner is better than that of rubbing toning solution into the skin. Rubbing and sweeping is great for cleansing, but with toning you are not really trying to get anything off of your face, more applying a film of product onto it. So, the pump makes sense. It feels really cool and refreshing and skin definitely will feel tighter and more supple after application. It has a sharp, zesty smell, leaves no sticky residue and so long as you remember to close your eyes when spritzing – you’ll be good to go.

Best Treatment: Clarins Blue Orchid (Huille Orchidee Bleue) Face Treatment Oil

soin-huile-orchidee-bleue-liquide-jaune-clarins-390158390-174843This feels so, so good. Rubs into the skin like a hot oil massage. Smells heavenly – if you happen to like that Camomile, floral smell. I happen to have disassociated that smell with the trauma of Chicken Pox, I now find it relaxing and comforting. This is meant to remain on the face for about five – ten minutes before removing. However, I use it over night once a month – twice a fortnight in the winter, to revive dull skin and hydrate dry skin during colder months. You will wake with brighter, softer and more youthful looking skin. Fact.

Best Facial Mask: Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask-500x500I find face masks are hard to rate. Its more down to what properties in a mask you are looking for, and results you want to achieve and well, personal taste. Whether you want a peel off or wash off, relaxing or vitalizing, or hydrating or oil-stripping… its down to the individuals’ needs. This one from the body shop is a bit of an all round treat; it’s great for that last ditch effort before a night out. It strips the skins of impurities; leaving skin softer and cleaner after use. However, its not too drying; skin feels balanced and pores feel tight and unclogged. I really like this mask, there is so much product in this pot, so get the girls over for a pamper session. Movies, Popcorn and PJ’s to the ready….

Best Spot Treatment: Orgins Super Spot Treatment

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This is AMAZING. I remember feeling hard done by, handing over my hard earned cash for this diddly little squirt. Oh but what power this small potent little bottle possesses! On clean skin, apply directly onto the required area, it will feel a little like Bonjella (I have wondered whether it is in-fact Bonjella – that would be a bump – pun intended) both tingly and drying. It cleanses and dries out the blemish, the gel-like substance covers and protects against any dirt and grime from getting into the porous spot. It targets that area with all its wonderful cleansing properties. If you have pale skin, you’ll notice the reddened aggravated area of skin, settles soon after application of the Super Spot Remover. If you have a mammoth of a spot, all lovely and pus filled – you will notice that it shrinks significantly in size, the cooling properties will soothe the blemish. This is quite literally, seriously cool stuff.

Best Radiance Serum: Creme De La Mer Radiant Serum

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Before you say it, I know this product breaks the bank. However, I have been lucky enough to score 20ml worth of samples to try it out for long enough to rate it. One day, I will totally invest in the amazing Radiant Serum. I used to be under the impression that radiance equalled shiny. Wrong. Radiance is not all about moisturizing; its about clarity. How clear and bright the skin is. Now you guys know how I feel about skin bleaching… this isn’t about that. Its about correcting skin pigmentation and normalizing complexion.I have to admit, my biggest skin bug-bear is my patchy neck; I’m lucky enough as a lady of color not to suffer from dark circles, but I do have areas of inconstancy on my face… upper lip, neck and old scarring from eczema. Unlike radiant creams, this doesn’t just camouflage and cover darker areas; Its active properties targets darker areas and lifts them – creating balance on the face. I think Make-up, BB creams and highlighters do wonders in providing you with instant glowing glory… but in the long run? You need to invest in a serum thats going to solve the imperfections, not hide them. Need a cheaper alternative? Try Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum, or A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum.

Also guys and dolls, remember to treat skin from within: Eat well, drink well, get some sleep and supplement if needed. I am taking full advantage of Holland & Barrett‘s Penny Sale, picking up:

  • Cod Liver Oil Capsules
  • Sicilia Hair Skin and Nails with Silicon and Collogen
  • HRC Complexion Tablets

Here’s Lookin’ At Chu Kid….

Laters

La Minx

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Hey Followers and Friends,

…So The Iron Lady lives no more…

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*Thatcher with her Stylist

In my most humble opinion, Margaret Thatcher was a super stylish kinda chick in her day. Thatcher cared about fashion; often calling on personal stylists to dress her for political events and appearances. Like HRH the Queen, she cared about modesty, the importance of colour, fabric and cuts. She had a staple sense of fashion: simple yet effective. She had her ‘go to’ pieces and an iconic way of outfitting; forever in a midi skirt with matching jacket, not forgetting a handbag in tow, Thatcher reigned supreme. I feel I am too young and inexperienced with politics to discuss her controversial impact on the nation with the policies she enforced whilst at her height in governing the UK etc… Even if I was enlightened slightly with The Iron Lady film and the recent constant bombardment of news media covering her life in full – I still wouldn’t use my blog to air my conclusions. I love being frank with you guys, I use my blog to talk openly about my thoughts and feelings as and when – even slipping the odd overly personal detail (which I am sure you guys love) but there are limits and boundaries – It is a Style Blog after all? So style shall be the prime focus, the focus of this stylish woman in her prime has been the inspiration for my latest outfit!

A Political Affair

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I received this wonderful pullover blouse from Cats Eyes Boutique after my modeling stint on ASOS Marketplace. Its a wonderful gift and very Ode de Thatcher – So I thought I would do this piece justice by pairing it with a prim and proper midi skirt – this one from Topshop is great; its not as thin as the regular mini/tube skirts and the material is a little softer. I purchased my midi two sizes smaller than usual, as I didn’t want any “give” at the bottom. The amazing platform shoes from OFFICE are part of a “Wooded” range they have currently. I think a wooded wedge is so current and a much needed ‘move on’ from the traditional espadrille sole unit. The straps are comfortable, and are buttoned with plenty sizing holes. The gold squared buckle is a nice touch also. These shoes look really expensive, however they are under the £60 marker – thats a lot of shoe for little money, considering the competitor offers are circa £90! The only thing missing from this outfit is a Mulberry Black Bayswater Tote – a quintessentially british designer bag that I just know The Iron Lady would apporve of…

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*Thatchers clothing auctioned for £75k in 2009

Until the next post, for now, I bid you farewell *waves cordially*

La Minx

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Hey Friends,

Hope you are all well?
It seems Spring has finally made a much welcomed appearance in old London Town – about freaking time! 
So I have come to the timely end of my “One Flick Kinda Chick” post, if you haven’t yet read the first two installments scroll down or click “previous” on the tab above this post. I really have enjoyed using Cult Classic movies as the stimuli to my outfits this month. It gave me an excuse to wear what most dare not, put a hoochy frock or two on, and have a bit of role play in my life. I enjoyed embodying all those crazy and outlandish characters – I also enjoyed the public reactions, the pervy ones less so. I still maintain my theory that everything was better in the 80’s and 90’s; films, fashion, music, travel costs, holiday fees and tax rates. However it appears that I’m not the only one reaching for that nostalgic wardrobe number every now and then. The high-street are killing it; every mannequin has a stupid beanie hat and string vest on. Chunky boots and batty-riding-fanny-skimming shorts on. Killing my damn vibe. Good job I like to skip through eras, I’m kinda over this whole – 1994: Lil’ Kim-when-she-used-to-date-Biggie look. Every chick aged 17-28 now looks the same: Beanie Hat – Check. Varsity Jacket – Check. High Waisted Denim Shorts – Check. Slogan-Bearing Oversized Tee – Check. Ali-G Chaps Chain – Check. Dr Martens – Check. I’m done. Over it. Roll on the next trend please?

So here’s what this weeks wardrobe had instore…

Edward Scissor Hands

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I am in love with this dress. Although I am not a fan of anything too feminine, this studded (…and very ‘boobie’), faux-leather number from the Oh My Love Concession at Topshop is pretty awesome! As much as I love the idea of an all in one leather jumpsuit affair – I’m not a fan of uber-sweaty glandular areas. Fact.

I’m loving up-cycling and reinventing bits and bobs, like the bag chain being used as a belt, as well as the leather bolo-tie rope as a choker. I also saved £25 on achieving the Scissor Hands Stiletto nails by buying acrylic falsies on Ebay, then filing and painting them myself! Winning!

Hair Spray

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  • Dress, Louche at Joy
  • Belt, Accessorize
  • Tights Walford
  • Wedge Shoes, OFFICE 

I adore 1950’s hair do’s… so much so that I have perfected many-a-style! I promise to show you guys and dolls how its done on the next few beauty posts. Just need to fix my tripod! This matching dress and shoe combo is very Rockabilly. In summer I may dare to wear this dress without tights, perhaps with an open toe tan shoe? With a banana heel. Gotta love a banana heel! The dress is a little short however, a lot of Marylyn moments… *note to self do not wear a thong with this dress*

Show Girls

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Ooooh how this outfit is verging on HOOOOOOOCHIE!

The double layering of Vintage Jackets, Tights and the addition of a Scarf hopefully illustrates to the public that I have some sense of modesty… well at least I hope so. If it helps your judgement, I did purposefully pull the Knitwear down a bit to showcase (my bosom) the epically embellished Bralette…. I swear! I also ‘upcycled’ my American Apparel Easy Jeans; as you loyal readers know, I have had them a few years now…. I have made them last as long as possible; re-dying them, re-hemming them, putting elastic in the waist (when I got a little tubby at Christmas), and sewing back on the button (that popped off due to over-eating at Christmas). However, the little slit in the leg soon transformed into something somewhat resembling what the almighty Hulk-could-have-done-it hole… that sadly couldn’t be patched back up. I blame all the drop-down-low-like-a-hoe dancing I was doing. Don’t judge me. So out the scissors came and “walla” there you have it, denim shorts. Winning. Winning indeed damn it.

In other news, I had my first modeling gig last week for a lush Vintage Boutique called Cats Eyes at Asos MarketPlace! Check out my little stint and all of the rare gems the Boutique has to offer! I also appeared in a feature film being directed by one of my best friends, she is in a group called Boadicea Ladies and she also has her own agency by the name of FreeYourStyle Collective; she makes some awesome short films with her sister! Check out “The Sohawon Sisters” on YouTube. I promise its a great watch!

Until next week homies!

Better believe it took me double the usual time to type this post with these damn Stiletto foolish nails! Where’s the acetone at?

Laters,

La Minx

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Hey Dudes,

As much as I don’t like sequels, prequels or just about any unnecessary continuation of a perfectly good stand alone installment – some are necessary. Especially when like me, you don’t enjoy enduring any motion picture past the 120 minute point. Ass-numbingly-long. The viewer switched off twenty-five minutes ago kinda length. Some movies are so single-sitting-indigestible that they need the before and after. The following movies meet such criteria:

Lord of the Rings
Star Wars
Harry Potter
Planet of the Apes 

And some movies are just so Epic that you grow up with all the installments, equally spaced and paced, like the writer is coinciding the script with all the flagrant moments in your own feature-length life.

Some movies just shouldn’t be touched. Perfectly good, should-have-just-made-one flicks – usually Thrillers and just about anything by Disney.. I won’t bother naming them because that irritates and offends me. I’m sure you guys can think of a few blatant abominations of Cult Classics. I call it The Great Movie Treason.

What I am glad about is that the abeforementioned movies in the first part of this trilogy post, usually don’t have continuations…That’s why they are so damn good. Because you leave the theatre feeling content, satisfied that you know all the writers wanted you to know; all lose ends convieniantly tied up.. But there still resonates that excited feeling, like – there should be a Part 2, or better still, like me, you’ll wait a fair amount of time for movie-amnesia to settle in.. Wait for the DVD release to drop and watch it again.
I’m gonna be frank here, as I always am with you guys.
A great, classic, well written script should be like a great sexual experience… Slicker than your average. Every avenue explored, a great intro, main body and a grand finale – after a few twists and turns…You should want a sequel; but should be sooo ultimately worn out with satisfaction by the end, that you should need a hot minute/hour/day before any Part 2… It should be done as if there will be no other future chapters. Period!
Just saying. Just putting that out there for the movie producers of today.

…Any who…

Time for some pics me thinks?

Mannequin’s Montrose

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This guy be BAD ASS! This guy be FIERCE! As much as I adore Kim Catrall in Mannequin, Hollywood Montrose stole the show for me with his seriously phat outfit combos. This is an Ode to him… Forever a funky Shade and over-sized polyester Blazer. Yes for you Montrose! Bitches be killin’ it with the side-flip Jerry Curl also. I thought I’d showcase my amazing new Spitfire Shades for this ode. The Fluro pink Blazer tells a story all on its own. I can imagine the Mannequin Wardrobe Team would have adored these striped River Island pants too.

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BeetleJuice

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I didn’t want to do a cliche ode to BeetleJuice. Its not halloween, and its not fancy dress. However, when it is Halloween I will be in a cliche BeetleJuice fancy dress. Obviously.

To avoid doing this prematurely, I switched the formal 3-piece suit, for a Bodycon Dress and Blazer, clashed the stripes with some micro dogtooth and added a cat-eared Bowler to compensate for the Tie. Its a bit Clockwork Orange, but thats what I kinda like about it. Stripes dominate my wardrobe and have done so for many years, so whenever it becomes trendy again, fashion-wise, I tend to mix it up more. Oh and this h&m dress is deliberately worn back-to-front, because h&m must have got the label stitch wrong and because I’m not a hoochy-mama wearing an exposed zip down my front. Tut.

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Keep your Jeeper Creepers peeled for the final installment of the One-Flick Trilogy,

Laters,

La Minx

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