Alainaz Beauty Box

I regret taking such good care of my skin” – Said no one ever

Skincare has never been a priority in my life, but as I’m getting older I am realising that it needed to be top of the agenda if I wanted to look good. I was starting the see the odd blemish here and there as well as the first slightest signs of ageing. That’s it at 27 years old, it was time to start the road to radiant skin. My days working at River Island I met some wonderful customers and one in particular did beauty treatments. Alaina had recently got I contact, and told me her treatment options. So there and then I opted for the 30 minute anti ageing facial which costs £25. The fantastic thing about Alainaz beauty box is that if you lead a busy lifestyle and work full-time, she has flexible treatment times in the evenings available. Which is obviously fantastic as we all don’t have enough hours in the day as it is.

It’s treatment day, I make my way to her address in Nuneaton and as it’s at her home, it is so relaxed. Which I love, I really do appreciate a friendly chilled vibe, I can be a bit socially awkward in some scenarios haha. We get into her treatment room and I filled out an appointment history card and I lay down on the table. She started to work her magic.

Step by step she told me what she was using and why she was using it. Starting with deep cleansing and exfoliating my skin. This was to get rid of any toxins and shift dead skin cells off the skin. Which I thought was my favourite part as you feel that definitely makes a difference. However she Alaina started the facial massage. OH MY GOD! I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life. I now understand why they call it beauty therapy, because any stress that I had before was now gone. I was seriously finding it so hard to stay awake. If you are finding yourself wanting botox and you don’t have the disposable detox money, she explained why this was a cheaper alternative to botox. The mask that she applied to my skin was used to tighten the skin and as the mask hardened I felt my face get tighter and tighter. Finishing off with a hot towel treatment, toner and moisturiser. When I got up my face didn’t even feel like it was my skin anymore it was so soft and dewy looking. I was seriously impressed. She informed me to not put makeup on my skin for 24hours to make sure I don’t re-clog my pores up with makeup. I found there were so many benefits to this facial. I kept catching myself admiring my skin afterwards, as I felt it was once again looking as youthful as it once did before.

Alaina offers treatments from HD brows to lashes to full body massages. The customer service I received was impeccable, the calming, friendly environment was so inviting. Alaina is happy to answer any queries and the flexible appointments, which are so handy in this fast paced world we live in where nobody has got no time to take care of themselves. Surely that should be at the top of our agenda? All facials also come with a complimentary hand and arm massage to relax you further. Alaina offers so many treatments from the comforts of her own home. if you are looking for anywhere where you can get good value for your money for pampering yourself, Alaina is definitely your girl.

If you wanted to book an appointment, her Facebook is Grace Alaina Limbada, telephone Number: 07876807309

She has introductory offers on her Lashes and HD Brows till the 1st of July at £20 each

 

 

Curls with Cantu

We do not go ‘natural’, we return. ‘Natural’, is where it began.” – Unknown

I have been so excited for my new curly hair journey product delivery. I had ordered two sets of natural curl products and I knew my first one would be the Cantu Shea butter line as I have an Amazon Prime account. The reason I have been super excited is because for the past two days, I’ve been obsessing over YouTube tutorials of girls with those beautiful luscious locks. They have obviously, basically completed their hair journey of returning back to natural…so why not take the advice from the people who have done it themselves? I got all my product ideas from a woman from Instagram who has a page dedicated to natural curly hair (@definedbycurls). The Cantu Shea butter line is supposed to be friendly on natural hair, free from sulfates, silicones, parabens and mineral oils. So basically anything that is supposed to be good for the hair is good enough for me.

Firstly the cleansing cream shampoo; I was particularly surprised with how much lather there was in it. I did hear on YouTube that anything without sulfates doesn’t lather in the hair but still cleaned, yet this did. I was so happy when I felt the lather between my finger tips. I think I’ve been so used to cleaning my hair in suds for so long, that if it didn’t, my brain would automatically think it has not been cleaned, so that was a huge plus for me. It didn’t feel harsh on the hair and when I washed it out, it almost felt like I had already conditioned my hair. It smells amazing too.

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Being as my hair has some serious heat damage and bleach damage, I have learned that weekly deep conditioning treatments are an absolute must. So I sectioned my hair without finger detangling yet because I didn’t want to put my hair under any unnecessary stress. I picked up a gloop of the product and started to layer it all over my hair starting from the ends, as its the oldest part of my hair and the part that needed it the most. Once completed I pulled my hair on top of my head and put a plastic shower cap over the top, proceeding to wrap a towel around it to retain the natural warmth from my head. I left the product on for around 45minutes, then washed it off with warm water. When i tell you my hair was sooooo soft, it actually just glided through my hands. For the first time I had used something that I knew from the get go, was so good for my hair. Again this product also smells good.

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Now I don’t know if I was being over the top with the conditioners, but I thought why not try the other hydrating cream conditioner. I did need to finger detangle my hair and comb through it. This conditioner had the right amount of ‘slip’ for detangling as well so this was great. I just put some in my hair and in four sections again covered my locks in it, starting from the ends leading to the roots. Then I detangled and combed through it as normal with regular conditioner once I was all knot free. I rinsed off with cold water to close up my hair cuticle and seal up all the moisture from the conditioners to make sure my hair looks as shiny and as healthy as it can possibly look at this point. I’m no product expert, but I am really digging these products so far.

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Last but not least was my final step with the Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner, that apparently provides intense moisture, leaving hair soft and manageable. I needed me some of that. When I got out the shower, instead of wrapping my hair in a towel, I wrapped mine up in a t-shirt. Towels leave your hair prone to frizz and I know when I was younger frizz was my worst enemy…seriously for years frizz plagued my entire life. I then unwrapped my hair and separated into four sections before raking the leave in through my hair, end to root again. My hair is quite thin so I really didn’t need a lot of product which is amazing. I don’t want my hair to be weighed down by a lot of product which would lead to build up with wash and go’s. As I started to scrunch, I noticed these really pretty curl patterns forming in my hair and I was like “yyyaaaassssssss!”. I let my hair dry naturally as I was putting my face on. I’m seriously going cold turkey on this no heat deal and honestly I am loving it. I could of definitely done with a curl definer to make sure frizz is totally at bay, but I do have one of those on the way so it’s cool. All in all these products are amazing. The price is totally inexpensive so if you’re starting out with your natural hair journey and need to buy everything, start with Cantu. My hair looks a lot more curly with these products on, so with patience hopefully my hair will begin to flourish and grow longer than it ever has been.

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My day three hair so far, yaaaaay!

Slice’s Favourite Highlighters

If you can’t see your highlight from space, then you’re not wearing enough” – Unknown

I’m no makeup expert but I love a good highlight. I think it just takes any make up look and makes it amazing, kinda like icing on a cake. I’ve tried so many in my time that I have such a huge collection now, but I’m going to pick out my favourites and tell you why I love them so much.

  1. BECCA Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop (8g) £32

Now I’ve heard people saying that they aren’t really feeling the champagne pop. They feel there are better options out there, but for me I cannot get my love for this product out of my system. I literally lovvvvvvve it so much that even when I smashed it, I still kept it. There was no way I was going to let that bad boy go. I find the colour perfect for my skin tone and the product just feels so smooth on the skin, champagne pop definitely will have a place in my makeup collection forever! The only down side is how many times people say how easily it smashes, I did fix it but within a week it had just broke again. So if you’re accident prone with your makeup and wanted this, make sure you are so careful. I want to cry at the sight of mine everytime I do my make up. I really do need to get a new one.

2. Topshop Glow Highlighter in GLEAM £10

I’ve had this little pot in my collection forever but I kind of wrote it off too early. I then felt my makeup routine was becoming a little stale…you know when your selfies aren’t looking as popping as they used to be and you feel your face is just a bit meh. Truly stale! Then I watched a makeup tutorial of newer products and this little glow pot was included. Step by step I followed it precisely and put this beauty on my face….I will never look back. Honestly, when I say you could see my highlight from space! It just makes any powder highlight you put on top of it look like it’s been in the gym doing steroids. This little miracle has completely changed my makeup and I am now a believer of the cream highlighters. The colour is kinda like a rose gold and with just a tiny bit dabbed on to your face and paired with champagne pop, you’ll be a believer too. Go get yourself one, it’s so inexpensive too.

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3. Sleek Highlighting Palette in colour Cleo’s Kiss £10

This is something new I have added to my makeup collection. I’ve been out of the loop makeup wise and focusing more on fashion so have no idea how long this product has been available, but I am absolutely crazy about it. Not only does it include cream and powder highlighters, but the colours are actually incredible and look so dewy on the skin too. They are a dream and sooooo cheap. It comes in the most beautiful gold compact with a mirror and has 4 gold based shades called Sphinx, Delta, Dynasty and Goddess. If I’m honest the creams aren’t as good as the glow pot, but this a definite must for the summer as people start bronzing and tanning themselves.

4. Mac Cosmetics Limited Edition Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

I’m so sorry to include something that is a limited edition but the highlighter that is inside this compact is to die for. I didn’t know that this was a cult favourite when I got it and I only got it by chance when shopping down in Canterbury. However I can see just why it is a cult fave. It comes with the extra dimension skin finish highlighter in shade whisper of gilt, which gives an intense shine with an almost wet look to the skin and the gold reflects light so well. I absolutely adore this particular colour. The palette also includes an extra dimension blush in the shade Pleasure Model, a warm copper/pink colour with a satin finish which is teamed nicely with the highlighter to give a light reflected look. A dupe for whisper of gilt is Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded honey for £16.50 from Beauty Bay so check that out.

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Naturally Curly Journey Day One

I was shy, but it came out in a big personality. My turning point was when I let my hair go naturally” – Tracee Ellis Ross

Here I am, at a turning point. Ditching the heat from my hairdryer and straighteners, choosing the life of curls and I cannot tell you how excited I am. It wasn’t something I thought about for ages, I just knew that something needed to change because I couldn’t handle having thin lifeless hair any longer.

As a child/teen my family really didn’t have a clue about what to do with my hair…most of the time my natural curls were brushed back and put in a ponytail, with the most ridiculous frizzy bits sticking out at the side. I remember at one point, my grandmother, took me to an Afro-Caribbean hair salon and their answer was to relax my hair. I now find this absolutely outrageous because my hair was so soft, all it needed was the right products with some good know how. Haha peep the triangle hair!

Going further into my teens, I got my first pair of straighteners, the old school Futura ones. My aunt was always telling me “don’t straighten your hair everyday”, but seeing as I was the geeky teen who always had the ridiculous hair thats exactly what I did. And my beautiful virgin long hair gradually got shorter and shorter and shorter.

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I started hairdressing college when I was 16 when everything just got dramatically worse…does everyone who does hairdressing feel determined to absolutely fry their hair or was it just me? I did everything…cut it, shave it, dye it, bleach it and relax it. By the time I left I literally had nothing left. Now here is something that I never ever told people but I’m about to share for the first time…due to some tragic circumstances that had happened during my childhood and adolescence, at 17 I developed an impulse control disorder called Trichotillomania, TTM for short. It basically means I have the urge to pull out my hair strand by strand, and people that suffer with this can do it for hours on end without even realising. Before you know it, there’s a ball of hair on your lap that you have actually pulled out of your own scalp. The risk of this is that if the pulling is not stopped over the years, it can leave lasting damage and cause your hair not to grow back at all. At the time I didn’t even realise this was a ‘thing’ and a few years passed. I had given birth to my son and was watching television…Channel 4 to be exact. A documentary came on called ‘Girls On The Pull’. I sat there in tears that I was finally realising I wasn’t this weirdo keeping this secret from everyone. At one point I always wore a hat. Can you imagine how that made me feel? Feeling that insecure that I couldn’t go through life without a hat. I developed some coping mechanisms over the years but still to this day suffer with it on a daily basis. I have certain pull sites on my scalp that are practically bald. At the moment if I’m honest I don’t have the confidence to show you a picture of my scalp but hopefully as time goes on and my hair improves, I can show you before and afters.

In 2014, I started experimenting with wearing my hair curly but didn’t really know how to do it. It looked frizzy but I kind of tried to make it work. Then I saw someone post about a curl creme from Boots, and it was so inexpensive that I thought why not? For the first time in forever I found a way to make my curls work and it was so much easier than the straightening routine, so in truth I stuck with it out of pure laziness haha. A couple of years went by and I went through a breakup, so I wanted to bring sexy back so to speak. I straightened my hair and because I had not put heat on my hair for so long it was no longer damaged and so shiny. Don’t get me wrong I was still pulling out my hair, but it hadn’t been in such good condition for so long. So instead of sticking to the curls, I got my hair bleached and straightened it day after day after day. So here I am back at square one, damaged thin hair…I needed to make a change.

Yesterday I got out of the bath, my sister was round at the time. I needed to get ready pretty quickly and tried to leave my hair to air dry. What I saw was frizzy stringy damaged curls and I knew my hair had seen better days, so in a split decision I decided to go natural and I mean seriously natural. Natural hair needs natural products and I was determined to get the ball rolling. I jumped on YouTube to get a few tips and hacks, in addition to stalking a womans Instagram dedicated to curls (@definedbycurls). She has done her own hair journey and I swear to you her hair is absolutely insane…I practically got every product she put on her Instagram. They haven’t been delivered yet but when they do I will be testing them out and blogging about them as well as other tips I’ve picked up from my 6 hours of research.

Eventually the goal is to get one of those fabulous deva cuts, but I have a long way to go before that happens. I have cut off some of my outrageous damaged ends and will start a regime to curly fabulous hair. I feel this journey might help me control my struggle with TTM and give it a chance to grow and hopefully raise awareness of a disorder that can completely strip away your self esteem and femininity.

If anyone out there suffers the same as me, you are not alone in this. Sam Friers suffers with TTM and pulls out her eyelashes which inspired her to bring out her own lashes.

That is the first time I have ever shared that with anyone other than my closest friends. Honesty hour is officially over. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts on my hair journey. Below is my selfie from day one of my journey, I love my curls already……

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Get You A Slay-Station

At the dressing table, every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said ‘completes what nature left unfinished.'” – Sofia Loren

You ever think that you have too much makeup and not enough storage? Yeah, Me too. I was having this issue. I had the Dunelm dressing table and some acrylic draws, problem was if you had palettes of contour kits and eyeshadows, like me you had no where to put all of this stuff. I was not prepared to get rid of anything, at all, no sir-y. To me make up was like collectors items you buy it and keep it because you never know when you’ll use it next. After approximately 30 seconds of deliberation (no joke, I make decisions just like that hahahaha) I decided I needed a dressing table with a huge draw. I remembered my cousin’s boyfriend got my cousin THE perfect dressing table for mothers day (I know right how perfect is that) it had the biggest draw, it was like huge. I needed it. I remembered it had a very Ikea-esque look so I checked the website and eureka it was there and sooooo cheap! £79! Could it be anymore perfect? obviously it has no mirror, but what I thought was the take the mirror from my old dressing table and just pop it on to the new one, problem solved. The next day I was in Ikea in all its glory, couldn’t you just spend hours in that place? It is literally an interior designers heaven. I spotted the perfect little organisers for 80p each too, I picked it 5 of them, I just thought I could have little sections dedicated to different types of cosmetics. Finally I can do my make up and keep some kind of organisation or at least try. I went home with this excited feeling in my stomach, I have never been so excited to put up flat pack furniture in my life……

As I am a stereotypical female I didn’t have a screwdriver so had to know on the neighbours too to get one hahaha. It took me around 25 minutes to put it up, and I just stepped back in awe of my beautiful creation, you think I’m joking…I stood there just staring at it. I got a little lamp to lighten up the space with a couple of candles and the only bit of makeup on show was my MAC Cosmetic lipsticks in an acrylic set of draw I got from the British Home Stores (BHS) a while ago.

I will just add that since creating my slay station. I have discovered it is not perfect until I get my hands on a LullaBellz Vanity diva mirror. Now they are pricey but look totally worth it. If anyone wants to buy me one feel free (inserts emoji laughing faces) No but seriously they look incredible and they have a little power socket in the side of them for your hair straighters. How inventive………

MALM Dressing table IKEA £79

Organisers 80p each

Makeup Brush pots £2 each

Lamp stand £9 and light shade £5

Wanted! LULLABELLZ LED Bulb Hollywood Vanity Mirror £380

The Eyebrow FairyGodmother

Great eyebrows don’t happen by chance…..They happen by appointment” – Unknown

So for years I have struggled with the slugs on my forehead. I have stuck to threading for years. However as time went on I started to see they didn’t match like they used to and nothing I tried could make them look like they were related. I’ve spent endless hours in the eyebrow chair unhappy with the results. The threading lady would either make them sliver thin or take little to nothing of my regrowth off. That was it, I decided it was time for a change to really slay. I had trailed through endless eyebrow accounts but I find it so hard to trust anyone doing anything to my face, because it’s ON MY FACE! I couldn’t afford going into hiding for a month to sort out a blunder I had made by choosing the wrong person. A friend mentioned to me how good her friend was at eyebrows and if there is anyone I can trust it is my friend Danielle’s (@ohdamdani) opinion. A sassy lady called Connie who I had followed for ages was a short drive away from me, so I hit her up in the DM’s, asked her about prices and booked in with her straight away. So the Friday morning I made my way to Labou salon near Tamworth in the West Midlands, went inside and took a seat. Such a friendly atmosphere and in such a glamorous salon, I was very very impressed. I got in the chair and let Connie get to work. When she was finished I was actually amazed that my eyebrows could look so good, I felt genuinely excited to redo my makeup. You know how us girls are, get anything done to our face and hair and we have to go home and redo our faces for the gram hahaha. I definitely recommend her to anyone that reads my blog and wants to get their brows done by someone with a genuine talent.

Connie’s eyebrow Instagram – @connieleahhdbrows_    Price £25

Labou, Middleton House Farm, Middleton, Nr Tamworth, B78 2BD

Telephone Number – 01675 475300

SassQueenin’

Glamour never takes a day off” – Iman

So as you’ve seen on my Instagram I have been chosen to become a sass promo queen for a new ultra feminine brand called Sass Queen (@Sassqueenofficial Instagram). I was super excited as I’m just in love with this new clothing brand. It’s all about super girly vibes and having fun with fashion in addition to GIRL POWER! I’m definitely all for that.

So far it’s a small selection of items, sweaters and hoodies, phone accessories as well as the best silhouetted dresses I have ever seen. The main colours being pink, black ,white and grey, it is very easy to fit any of these items into any girls wardrobe. I got my hands on the grey YAASSS QUEEN hoodie…let me tell you this item is incredible. I did buy it in a M because I like things over sized, but the quality is great. The design of the pink heart with the phrase ‘stay sassy’ on the back and the reason I got this is because in the bio of my twitter it has said “got a whole lotta sass” for as long as I can remember. It fit me, physically and figuratively.

As I’m a very tall girl I would love this brand to start introducing some midi length dresses in the same kind of style of which they already have. I have seen on the Instagram that they are dropping hints about denim so I do know there is something new on the way and I am super excited to see what Sass Queen drops next and I have no doubt it’s going to be as lit as what they have previously shown us. If you want any of these items on the site (www.sassqueen.co.uk) use code KIMMY10 for money off. You’ll definitely be seeing me in more of these hot items so keep your eyes peeled. STAY SLAYING….

Instagram; @Sassqueenofficial – Website; http://www.sassqueen.co.uk – Discount code; KIMMY10

Once again the fabulous photos of me where taken by @wozthecreator on instagram…