Redefining YOUR Beauty…


#SaturdaySelfie *Knot-Out

Hey Everyone!

I remember rocking this style in hair when I was in College! My girls and I loved switching up our hair according to our style and also our mood. I always remember them being called ‘China Bumps’ or something like that. Most people are likely to know them as ‘Bantu Knots‘. My hair was longer then and relaxed.

Since ‘going natural’ I am trying out styles that will protect my hair, especially the ends. I wasn’t actually going to do this style on the day I did but ended up doing it as my hair was just out of a wash and go and it wasn’t wash day so this was done on dry hair. I added moisture with water and a some of my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie! This product is amazing. Look out for a review soon!

It was easy enough to do. I twisted medium sized sections of my hair and then wrapped it around itself in the shape of a little bun or knot. I applied hair pins to secure the ones that would not hold and left it in for a couple of days. It was not uncomfortable to sleep on at all and my hair was moisturised and well protected.

The results were ok. I think I would definitely do this style again and the only thing I would change is doing it whilst my hair is wet so there is more of a definition when taken out. The results below are after a couple of days so it has expanded as my hair does and has some frizz but more fluffiness but overall I like it! For a first attempt it gets hand claps, finger snaps and fist pump! Woo Hoo!

I think you can tell in the number of hair related posts that I am really happy to be natural. I so wish I had done it sooner.

This is how they started out…then how then ended up today!

Bantu Knotting it with my gorgeous Goddaughter Roch Bantu Knots  China Bumps

Haul Post will be out next! Yay! I should mention cause I normally get asked. Lipstick is called All Fired Up and was part of the Retro Matte collection by MAC!

Hope you enjoyed this post. There is as always lots more to come.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


TBH! xoxo



Hair Jewellery: Matha Patti

Hey Everyone!

How are you doing? Hope this blog meets you all well and in the best of health and happiness!

I shared my obsession for Indian culture in my 20 Random Facts About Me post. Like my lipstick obsession (yes, I still need an intervention), I adore the beautiful and extravagant statement pieces that adorn Indian women around the world. Bangles and Tika’s are my favourite and I have built up quite a collection. This collection is not hidden away mind and I happily rock them on a regular basis. This Matha Patti came from a store in Southall for approx £35. This is a decent price as some of the other costume pieces (not real gold/ silver etc) can run you into the hundreds and then some. 

A Matha Patti is a traditional hair jewellery or ornaments with a central chain (to be worn on a middle parting) and one or more additional chains that flow along the hairline. Although traditionally worn by Asian Brides they create a stunning effect for even the simplest hairstyle and have become extremely popular. They come in different sizes, colours, shapes and weight. This one is pretty heavy and in the second pic is placed better on my head. The central Tika should flow along the middle and settle in the middle of the forehead. 

I can’t say that I did it much justice as I was rocking a black wig and it was not quite holding but I will find some of the old pictures when I rocked it with my relaxed hair. Now that I am natural I cannot wait to try some more styles. 

First pic is with a side parting….

Matha Patti Matha Patti Centre parting

What do you think of Matha Patti’s or Tikas. What about Indian Jewellery in general? 

Have an awesome day whatever you are doing! 


TBH! xoxo


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Two is a Magic Number! Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

Hey Everyone!

So I mentioned in yesterday’s post that it was the second anniversary of my very first post yesterday. I can remember what it was like writing the first blog and thinking I have no clue what I am doing. I know I seem to have a lot to say all the time but I wondered if it would make sense.

The support and love I have received has been overwhelming. I probably put out on average a blog post every month and whilst I would certainly love to blog more often I am still finding my feet. Every time you view, comment, share, like but more importantly enjoy what I have to say, I am thankful. I love when you get in touch and ask questions or tell me what you want to see next on the blog. I love your support for a girl who didn’t know a thing about beauty or make-up (apart from not wearing black lip liner outside of high school). THANK YOU for riding with me after all this time and for giving me the drive to keep on keeping on.

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I have posted about times that I wanted to give up and the frustrations of thinking that I wasn’t reaching anyone. As long as one person finds something in my blog then I am happy. I am in a place in my life where I am truly getting comfortable in my skin and that means that I am overjoyed being able to reach one person with my blog!

Check out some of my blogs from the beginning, here  and here and just for good measure, here!

So here’s to another year and another year after that and many more after that. Hope you will continue to roll with me!

Below is my face of the day for International Women’s day! Used my Sleek Eden Palette again (more details to follow).

International Women's Day

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International Women’s Day 2014!

Hey Everyone!

As I grow older and more mature I appreciate and celebrate being a Woman. So many lessons I have learnt over the years that I truly didn’t understand until I became a woman fully. Whether you are a Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Grandmother, God-Sister- WOMAN! Whether you work in an office or at home, a cleaner or CEO- WOMAN! You breathe life into this world. You have been given a gift from God to bring life into this World. You run the world- thanks Beyonce.

Celebrate with me and let’s work together. Not against each other. Let’s support each other, grow with each other, guide and give to each other. Let’s be there when one of us is down and help to raise them up. I know that I want to focus on being a better Mother, Partner, Sister and Daughter. A better friend and all round better person. This is not just on days like today but EVERYDAY!

Thank you to those who came before us and paved the way for us to realise our dreams. Thank you to our foremothers who carried the weight of the world on their backs so we could see the world and be a part of it. Thank you to women in our family whatever their role for inspiring us and doing whatever they had to  to nurture and support our growth and development. WE THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU! WE HONOUR YOU!


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Whatever you are doing today be inspired as a Woman!

Have a great day!


TBH! xoxo






Faces of the Day and Night!

Hey Everyone!

Two years ago today I published my first blog. I made this blog on a whim and really had no idea that it would be something  I enjoy as much as I do! I will be publishing a special post tomorrow celebrating this milestone!

As a little celebration for tonight, check out my make-up look of the night. My make-up look for this special occasion will be out tomorrow!

Daytime facePink kisses for you


I used my Sleek ‘garden of eden‘ palette and lips are Mac ‘embrace me‘ lip glass!


TBH! xoxo


Straight…No Chaser! Mary Kay Skin Care Review!

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I sometimes am reluctant to do product reviews because I don’t want people to rush out and purchase (or not) items based on what I say. A lipstick, fine but skin care products are a different ball game. I receive some very lovely comments and emails from people asking what I use on my skin so that they can go and purchase it. Whilst the compliments are very very kind indeed and make this old lady feel warm inside, I always advise (basically give a speech) about not rushing to purchase something that I use and expecting the same results.

All of my reviews come with pretty much the same disclaimer. They are always my honest humble opinion. I am not paid to make these reviews. Products have been purchased with my own money. Whilst I love that you enjoy what I review I also want you to know that I do not want you to spend money unnecessarily. I do not want you to spend money on products that you have not done your research on first.

I have been shouting from the roof tops about my newly ‘natural’ hair experience. I have watched countless YouTube videos on hair, read blogs and articles on products and if I went out and bought all the recommended products I would be broke and homeless no doubt as I would have no money for anything else. I say all of this to simply say do your research. My information can form part of that research but what works or does not work for me may be a different story all together for you!

Looking in the mirror lately I feel like my age. I am in my late 30’s and feel it. I absolutely know I have not looked after my skin the way I should have from a young age. It has really only been since I got into Make-up and beauty that I have paid a little more attention to my skin and have vowed to do better ever since. Sorry for going on. Let me just get to it!

I consider my age, skin type, work environment/ job, time, benefits when looking for products for my skin. A friend from High School contacted me a couple of months back about trying Mary Kay. She had recently become a rep for the brand and wanted to tell me all about it. It worked out well as I was due to visit America for the holiday season. After a few mishaps we met up and I purchased a skin care set.

What I like about Mary Kay!

Like Avon, Mary Kay was one of those products I associated with my Mom. Sometimes I wish I paid attention to the regime she used because she is a beautiful woman who looks as good now as she did when she was my age. They have been around for more than 50 years and they have worked hard to cater to women of all ages and races. They are a global brand that has evolved with time but kept the same promise throughout to help women be all they can be and achieve their dreams.

Mary Kay Skincare

The time wise line is supposed to be a ‘miracle set’ with ‘age-fighting benefits’. I remember reading that they had revamped their skin care lines and although a tad apprehensive, I was excited somewhat also. The kit I purchased came with a time wise, 3 in 1 cleanser, day solution, night solution and moisturiser.

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Price: 4.5/5

For the 4 (four) full sized items above, I paid about $90 which at the time was about approx £70. A little goes along way and I have barely made a dent in them despite using the products since the beginning of the year on a daily basis. I would say it is value for money. Mary Kay is not available in stores as far as I know and is online or via beauty consultants so there is a direct cost saving in that alone.

Packaging: 4/5

The glass bottles that the day and night solution come in affected the score. Glass bottles with pumps that you can twist and lock. I don’t like glass bottles. When they are in my travel bag I can hear them clunking about. The day solution bottle is not clear and so you cannot see how much you have used or may be wasting as it is inevitable that some of it will waste. The cleanser and moisturiser are the largest sizes at 4.5oz and 3 fl oz respectively. They come in a soft pink shimmer plastic squeeze tube with the Mary Kay logo along the side. The day and night solutions are 1 fl oz each. I guess the greedy side of me thinks I should be getting more but you really only need about 1 or 1.5 pumps of each. I can see the way they draw you in with the night solution bottle as that is clear so you can see the multi coloured solution beads. You know that instantly has your mind thinking it is good for you.

They came in a see through bag with a booklet and each were individually packaged in a box with the same design and signature logo.

mary kay packaging

Product: 4.25/ 5

When my friend came over to show me the products I was able to try them out. It was great at the time but being able to use them for the past 7-8 weeks has made it more realistic to see how my skin feels about them. I don’t know if I have seen the full benefits yet. My skin does not seem to like the cleanser and I find it drying but the other products I like. There is no funny smell or residue and they do not appear harsh for my dry skin. They are pretty lightweight- especially the solutions and it feels like there is nothing on my face at all.

The day solution has a SPF35 factor which provides serious protection against sun damage. With the moisturiser it then feels a little heavier on my skin and you can maybe take this as double protection. I don’t like the greasy feeling it leaves me with after about 30 mins but once fully absorbed into the skin it doesn’t look or feel as bad. I have noticed some shine throughout the day where I normally do not have any but again it could be this transition to the products that is taking a little longer than normal.

According to Mary Kay, Timewise has 11 age-defying benefits such as energising, renewing and smoothing the skin. It does make my face look refreshed but I cannot say I can check all 11 benefits off yet. They do say that the benefits are of course at maximum potential when used together.

I cannot believe I am actually saying this being the selfie queen that I am. I do not have any comparison photos to show you my skin before I started with it. I do have one of me now. I will say this is not just as a result of the Mary Kay as I also exfoliate, use my clay mask and so on and so forth 🙂 I had already started on the brows when I remembered to take this pic. Don’t judge me!

simply me

So after all of that. Would I purchase Mary Kay again? Yes I would. I would certainly go for the night solution and possibly moisturiser out of the set above . I am pleased with what I have seen so far and am going to really empty these products to do them full justice and ensure it is money well spent. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thank you to my friend Jodi for introducing me to Mary Kay. If you would like to find out more, check out the Mary Kay website. If you are in the Florida area and would like Jodi’s details please let me know.

Have you tried Mary Kay? Would you if you haven’t already? What are your thoughts on Mary Kay?

Coming up! Something for the Men and some makeup looks (it has been a while)!

Have a great day!


TBH! xoxo


Loves and Loathes! Wet n Wild Vanity Palette!

Hey everyone!

Here’s another one just because you deserve it. Will you Love it or Loathe it!

The very coveted Wet N Wild Vanity Palette.


Cheat Sheet! This is the palette that everyone needs to own.  Affordable, drug store palette of 6 neutral shadows of beautiful browns and gorgeous golds. Can’t afford to pay for a Naked Palette? Struggling to see the benefit in paying out for several neutral MAC shadows at over £10 each then seriously there is no excuse not to have this. It cost me just under $5 on a deal at one of the drug stores. I love the pigmentation, even without a base this gives me a great colour payoff. I have used it on clients from the fairest to the darkest beauties and it has not let me down once. Minimal fall out with the shadows and they are long lasting. I know that people are reluctant to purchase drug store shadows or products in general but I am all for beauty on a budget and the quality and performance of this can rival some of the more expensive toe to toe and probably come out on top!

Friends in the UK you can find this online but check out the postage and customs fees! I am sure it is available on ebay and amazon but beware the price!

Verdict! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This is all I have been reaching for of late and I do love all of their palette’s but this is my favourite by far!

Have you got this? What are your thoughts?


TBH! xoxo