October 23, 2015

Garment Quarter Accessories Wishlist

Garment Quarter Accessories Wishlist ft. Vivienne Westwood, Versace and more
Vivienne Westwood Orb London Ceramic Watch   |   Versus Versace Tokyo Crystal Watch   |   White Versace Sunglasses 0VE4270   |   Vivienne Westwood AN858 Sunglasses   |   Vivienne Westwood Opio Saffiano Mini Handbag   |   Vivienne Westwood Bow Flap Bag   |   Vivienne Westwood Snake Board Game Weekender Bag   |    Paul Smith Degrade Colour Stripe Silk-Blend Scarf
Style doesn't have to be expensive, and usually I stick to high street stores for basics like shirts, jeans and the rest because I pick trendy items which go out of style. But when it comes to accessories, I love a good designer item. They are of better quality, hence they last a lot longer than high street items. Sometimes, I find it more expensive spending on a highstreet item which may or may not live up to my expectations, when I could have saved up a bit and gotten something else. Garment Quarters is a store which specializes in designer clothes and accessories and includes brands like Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham, Paul Smith and more. Once I checked out the accessories section, I was hooked and fell in love with quite a few bits.

Watches used to be part of my everyday style, but I haven't been wearing them a lot in the last year. I think this started after working from home for a while and not needing to, but now I'm ready to get back in the game. The Orb London Ceramic watch and the Tokyo Crystal watch had me drooling all over. Sunglasses are also a great investment since I live in Barcelona where it's sunny most of the year. After flipping though all the sunglasses available on the website, my favourites were the white Versace Sunglasses and the Black Vivienne Westwood Sunglasses. They are both classic designs with category 3 lens which gives great protection from the sun and UV rays.

Another accessory I think it's worth forking out the cash for are bags. Totes, crossbody bags, shoulder bags, you name it. I've had my MK bag for almost a year now and it doesn't have a single thing wrong with it, so I'm trying to slowly build a collection. Small designer bags are perfect for evenings out, and black or burgundy are great Autumn colours, so I've got my eye on the Vivienne Westwood black Mini Handbag and burgundy Bow Flap Bag. Both of these are small, elegant and easy to carry; even though I'd have preferred the burgundy one with a longer strap. With going away on vacation, I've been thinking what I take and where I stuff it in when I came across the Snake Board Game Weekender Bag which I just had to include because it brought up so many childhood memories. Lastly, I am loving this Degrade Colour Stripe scarf which would look perfect with the cream leather jacket I got recently.

Garment Quarter are currently running a competition with Stylist where you could win a £500 voucher to spend online, so make sure to enter here. I'd enter myself if it wasn't open only to UK residents.

Which of these items should I pick for Christmas?

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October 20, 2015

Review: Hairchalk.co

Hairchalk.co set of 12 hairchalks
Hairchalk.co review
Pastel and crazy colour hair using hairchalks
Aqua hair using hairchalks

You've probably seen the crazy hair color trend which is taking over the world right now. I cannot even count the number of pastel hair, deep crazy colours or even rainbow hair pictures I've seen. Because we are not all brave to permanently dye our hair an unnatural colour but really want to try out the trend to see how we like it, the hairchalks are a great idea since they wash off when the hair is shampooed. I've been given the opportunity to try out one of the Hairchalk.co sets. I decided to pick the Independence Red Blue Ombre Set of 12* because of the range of colours.

I was very excited for them to arrive because I've wanted to try out an ombre effect with a colour like purple or aqua. The hairchalks from hairchalk.co are designed to be used wet and you have a few options how to do that. You can either wet your hair and run the chalk along it, wet both your hair and the chalk, or melt the chalk in water to make a paste and apply that to your hair. I found it worked best for me when I used dry chalk on wet hair. I tried out a few colours almost immediately and learnt a few things. Firstly, if you have dark hair then your best bet are the lighter colours like aqua as opposed to the dark purple. Secondly, it isn't possible to colour your hair with the chalks and then braid it because the entire colour comes off by the time you're done. 

So, when I decided to do the ombre effect, I was faced with a bit of a difficulty when using this product because since I am transitioning to my natural hair, I always live in braid outs or twist outs in order to blend the two textures. I chose to do a half up-do keeping the top in a bun so I don't have to curl all of my hair. Working in small sections, I sprayed my hair with some water and then applied the chalk. Once I was done, I carefully combed my hair to remove the tangles and excess colour, lightly blow dried my hair and then curled it using my Sapphire 8-in-1 curler. To give it a fuller look, I separated the curls and was ready to go. 

I think this product would work great on a wash and go on natural curly hair or on straight hair. Just make sure you are wearing some old clothes and have a towel on to avoid the powder getting all over the place. I was extremely happy with the results and the colour. So much so I am considering doing an aqua ombre using semi-permanent dye.

Overall Summary
Price -  $ 18.70
Likes - temporary hair colour that washes off when the hair is shampooed
Dislikes - only works on wet hair or with a wet chalk
Available - Hairchalk.co

Have you every tried hair chalks? What do you think of my ombre hair?

October 17, 2015

Review: Dr.Miracles Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment

Dr. Miracles Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment
Dr. Miracles Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment Review
Dr. Miracles Medicated Treatment on transitioning hair

In my 'Current Deep Conditioners' post, I told you a bit about the Dr. Miracles Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment. I had never tried Dr. Miracles products but when I saw this treatment I thought it might be good for transitioning hair as the relaxed part is very damaged. After the first time using the product, I was honestly extremely excited to write a review about it because I liked the feeling it gave, but I needed to test it out some more and see how my hair reacts to it.

Dr. Miracles Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment* has a very thick and dense consistency so you'll really have to scoop it to get it out. It applies quite smoothly to the hair but in order to get all your strands saturated in the product I would definitely advise dividing your hair into a minimum of 4 sections. The treatment mask contains menthol which helps to increase blood flow to the scalp therefore stimulating hair growth and Aloe Vera which adds moisture, improves hair growth and helps with dandruff. It also contains oils such as Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil and Sweet Almond oil which are great for promoting shiny hair, moisturizing the hair and sealing in the moisture.

The product instructions say to apply it to your hair, leave for 1-3 minutes and then wash it off. I find that this is great for a quick treatment when you do not have a lot of time. But for me it works best as a deep treatment so I leave it for about 30 minutes while I do a few things around the house or 10 minutes under my soft bonnet dryer. I love the tingly feeling it gives when applied to the scalp but I find the scent very strong. I'm not very sensitive to scents but even I prefer to open the bathroom window when I'm using this product, so keep this in mind if you're scent sensitive.

That being said, I am extremely happy with the results this product has given me. I use it once a week and it has made my hair healthier. It works great for transitioning or damaged hair, so if you've damaged your hair with heat or you constantly colour your hair then I'd recommend giving this a go.

Overall Summary
Price -  €7 (Spain)
Likes - has great hold and leaves hair moisturized.
Dislikes - doesn't smell nice and didn't work for me on dry hair.
Verdict - trying another brand.
Available - La Bella CosmeticsAmazon, Local Afro shops.

Have you tried Dr. Miracles products? Which is your favourite?

October 13, 2015

Review: Catrice Lumination Lipstick in Radiant Rose

Catrice Lumination Lipstick in Radiant Rose
Catrice Limited Edition Lumination Lipstick
Catrice Lumination Lipstick in Radiant Rose Review and Swatch

While visiting the drugstore a few weeks ago, I noticed that the Catrice stand had another Limited Edition Collection out on display. I love the limited editions from Catrice because they are always beautiful, but this time they had me speechless. The Lumination Limited Edition Collection is beyond beautiful and very affordable. In my latest New In post you can check out what items I picked up, one of which was the Lumination Lipstick in Radiant Rose.

It was love at first sight when I saw the gold packaging of the lipstick. The lipstick itself is a clear colour with lots of pink and gold shimmer, sort of like a lipbalm with glitter. It applies smoothly and is very moisturizing, and can be worn as an everyday shade or for an evening out. I also really like that if you forgot to reapply the lipstick after a meal, it isn't so obvious. I've been wearing it a lot to work topped over my MAC Brave lipstick or just by itself and I have been loving it. If you wear just the lipstick, it doesn't have a long staying power but that doesn't bother me.

I am honestly very impressed as I've never owned a lipstick that looks as glamorous as this for the price tag. I can't wait to try it over a dark lip for an evening out.

Overall Summary
Price -  €5
Likes - gorgeous packaging and great shade.
Dislikes - none.
Verdict - recommended.
Available - drugstores.

Do you have any drugstore lipsticks in gold packaging?

October 9, 2015

Review: Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling Pudding

Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling Pudding
Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling Pudding Review
Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Pudding on Transitioning hair

When you do protective styles such as braidouts, twistouts, fexirods and what not, you usually want a product that can hold the curl in place and give you the possibility to wear the hairstyle for a few days before having to wash it. I don't like using hair gels because I think my hair looks a bit strange afterwards, so I usually opt for curling creams or puddings. Lately, I've been using the Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Pudding* for most of my hairstyles and thought I'd share my thoughts on it. I picked up this product because I was running out of the Texture My Way Keep It Curly Ultra Defining Curl Pudding and went to pick it up again, but La Bella Cosmetics ended up being out of stock. So since I'm such a huge fan of argan oil, this was my next pick.

The Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling pudding contains argan oil as well as Mango, Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm, Horsetail and other extracts. It has a jelly like consistency which gives your hair a nice hold and leaves it moisturized. What I didn't like straight away was that it doesn't smell good, which may not be the most important thing but I prefer my hair products to smell fruity/floral or something similar.

I usually use this product for braidouts. I apply it on damp hair and sleep with my braids in. It leaves my hair looking great and holds the style in place for days without looking dry. In my First Attempt At Flexi Rods video, I tried using this product for my flexi rods. It left me with very defined curls which were a bit crunchy but not too stiff and that was fine for me. But then I noticed that I had white chunks sitting on my hair which looked horrible and I had to get them out with water. This may have been because I did the flexi rods on dry hair, or maybe I used too much product. Either way, I believe you will achieve the best results with this product when using it on damp hair. I also occasionally use this product to tame my edges, as it does the job perfectly. 

Overall Summary
Price -  €10 (Spain)
Likes - has great hold and leaves hair moisturized.
Dislikes - doesn't smell nice and didn't work for me on dry hair.
Verdict - trying another brand.
Available - La Bella Cosmetics, Amazon, Local Afro shops.

What is your favourite curling cream/pudding?

October 6, 2015

"Souvenir" Russian Restaurant in Barcelona

Souvenir Restaurante Ruso en Barcelona
Russian Restaurant "Souvenir"
Russian Restaurant in Barcelona
Review of Souvenir Restaurant
Russian food in Barcelona, Comida Ruso en BarcelonaSolyanka in Barcelona
Russian Cuisine in Barcelona
Homemade Pancakes at the Russian Restaurant in Barcelona

A while ago, a new Russian restaurant opened up in Barcelona called "Souvenir". It is located in the Eixample district on Calle Valencia 232. Hubs had been there with his colleagues and said it was really good. Waking up Sunday, we wanted Pancakes but couldn't be bothered to make them so we decided to go have lunch there. 

The restaurant is very cosy with the interior adapted to fit the Russian theme with pictures of birch trees, handmade Russian dolls and of course Matryoshkas on display. It has quite a few tables for having your meals, a couch area where you can hang out if you'd just like to have a smoothie or coffee, and a kids section to keep your little ones busy with some toys. The waitress is very pleasant and will help with whatever questions you have. The food ranges from first course selections such as Russian salad, Borsh and Solyanka to stuffed peppers, Golubtsy, Vareniki and Ravioli for your main course. If you can still eat anything afterwards, I would definitely recommend the pancakes, Napoleon cake or Syrniki.

The food is so amazing, I felt like I was back in Latvia or at home with my mum. I had Solyanka which is a salty traditional Russian soup. It is made of thinly sliced ham, sausages and beef, onions, pickled cucumbers and other vegetables topped with sour cream. My soup came in a nice ceramic little pot which said "люблю веселится, особенно покушать" meaning "I like to have fun, especially to eat". And for dessert I had pancakes with strawberry and blackberry jam which looked great and tasted even better. 

The prices are medium range, at about €25 euros per person for a full course meal (without alcohol). Due to the number of people visiting the restaurant, getting served could take a little while, so be patient because it will all be worth it once you have a taste of your meal. If you'd like to get a spot for sure, give them a call and book a table before going. My expectations were quite high when I got there, and I was definitely not disappointed. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in trying something new. I've already invited my friends from work to visit and I cannot wait to hear what they think.

Have you ever tried Russian cuisine?

October 2, 2015

First attempt at Flexi Rods (Transitioning Hair)

First attempt of the Flexi Rods Hairstyle on transitioning hair

Since beginning my transitioning journey, I've been so interested in natural hair videos and posts. Finding out all the different curly hairstyles I can do, what products others use, how they grow their natural hair and all that jazz. One of the styles I see done quite often are flexi rods. They can be done on wet hair or on dry stretched hair, you can let it air dry or dry it with a hooded dryer, and you can either just roll the hair on the flexi rods or roll and twist. The way you do them all depends on what results you want to achieve and what works best for you. I've wanted to give this a go but just couldn't find time because this hairstyle needs a while to  Finally, I got the chance to try them out and thought I'd film my first attempt for you all to see. I decided to try it out on freshly cowashed dry hair in order to reduce the drying time. 

Here is how I did them:

I originally wanted to achieve a big curly fro look, so I divided my hair into 5 section and started off by working on the front. The products I used were Fantasia Argan Oil Curl Styling Pudding* and an oil mix. I divide each section into smaller bits, applied the curl pudding and then the oil. Combed my  hair to remove all tangles, then rolled and twisted the flexi rod. Once rolled all the way to the top, I bent it to hold it in place. I did the same thing for each section and ended up looking like medusa as it is with this hairstyle. Then I just went about my daily stuff which included giving candy a wash, cleaning the house a little bit and stuff.

The take down process is very easy. Just roll the flexi rods in the opposite direction and unravel the hair. Once I had it unraveled, I divided each curl and left my hair down. But as the days went by, I fluffed it a bit more to make it bigger. 

Watch my full video which includes a bit of a talk through on how to put in the rods and take them down. Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. Excuse the lighting, but this was filmed with a couple of hours difference so the sun wasn't as bright.

Overall, I was happy with the results I got for the first time except that I noticed the curl pudding stayed in chunks at the roots sometimes and had to remove that with a bit of water after I was done filming.

What do you think of the results?
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