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There are so many make up brands that I have yet to try, and Tarte cosmetics was one of them. I had seen so many positive reviews about their products and my opportunity came to try the brand recently via QVC UK.

I happened to be channel surfing and came accross a special offer they had for the good for you glamour set

Tarte cosmetics on QVC

QVC special

The set

This comprises of a clay stick foundation (and foundation brush), a palette called ‘ladies night’ that has eyeshadow, blusher, bronzer and highlighter. There is also mascara and to finish a lipgloss and lipstick combination with a make up bag.

Tarte cosmetics

Good for you glamour set

What stood out to me is that the clay foundation stick came in darker colours meaning that I was able to buy it. The range has various shades and is suitable for most skin tones, which is always a plus!

Another reason for buying this set, is I thought it would be a perfect introduction to the brand, as it gives the opportunity to try a variety of their products.

eyeshadow palette

Ladies night palette

face make up

clay stick foundation in deep honey

My verdict

Overall I am impressed and I definitely got a bargin from QVC considering the amount of products that are in the set. The total cost was £37.47. However with VAT and postage the total was just under £50. This is still good when you consider that the foundation stick directly from Tarte cosmetics is usually £35.

I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on QVC as they often have special deals.  The usual price for the set is £65, which although slightly more is still reasonable.

Favourite item

I absolutely love the eyeshadow colours, which are very on trend at the moment with their autumnal hues. The colours have names such as ‘selfie’ ‘clutch’ ‘payday’ ‘own it’. I mean what’s not to love 🙂

Furthermore the actual pigment in the colours is strong, which I love (as it means less application). Eyeshadows which require constant application are one of my pet peeves.

eyeshadow

Ladies night clay palette

…and then we have the mascara. What can I say about this ….the packaging is everything!

mascara

Lights, camera, lashes mascara

The main thing I love about the products is that they look high end, but at a fraction of the price.

Lip products

Lip sculptor

Furthermore the quality of the products are good…in fact very good.  Since I got this set I have actually purchased some more make up from tartecosmetics.com . The company is in America, therefore shipping costs need to be taken into account, when making a purchase.

However if you subscribe to their email you are sure to receive special offers. They recently did a birthday special and one of the treats was free shipping. How could I let that offer pass me by!

All in all my first daliance with Tarte cosmetics is positive and I am looking forward to getting to try out more of their range.

Tarte Cosmetics

The products

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Who knew?

The saying goes ‘better late than never’. That’s exactly how I feel about Kiehl’s. I know Kiehl’s has been around for the longest time, but I only tried their products for the first time last month…and I do believe that I am a convert.

Kiehl's skincare

I would say that over the last year my skincare is something that I have started paying a lot more attention to. Although it’s taken me a while, I think I have now found the perfect products.

My Kiehl’s discovery started in duty free when I was off on holiday last month.  I decided to purchase the Ultra Facial Cream and the Midnight Recovery Eye. I honestly can’t tell you what I was expecting. A lot of times I can’t actually use products that people rave about because my skin can be quite sensitive. That’s in addition to it being a combination of oily with the odd dry area here and there! (My struggles are real people lol).

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

My thoughts on Kiehl’s

However I was pleasantly surprised. The cream has the lightest of textures, but is extremely moisturizing without being overly harsh. By this I mean that, my skin didn’t feel like it was saturated in product.

A sample of Kiehl's ultra facial cream

 

Having used it consistently for over a month now, I do feel like I can see an improvement in my skin. With other products I have used in the past, I tend to moisturize twice a day, but I personally haven’t felt the need to with this. In the mornings I do my usual cleansing and toning and then I moisturize with the Ultra Facial Cream. In the evenings I do the same, and just apply the Midnight Recovery Eye.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

Now, my absolute favorite is the Midnight Recovery Eye.  For the longest time, I would wake up in the mornings with my under eye area being so dry. This made me look way more tired than I actually was. I tried everything, from olive oil, coconut oil, vaseline…you name it, nothing worked.

Since using the Midnight Recovery Eye, things have changed. The dryness is no more and my morning face takes much less time to fix lol. Needless to say, if I was given the choice of having only one beauty product for the rest of my life, for me it would be this hands down.

I have recently purchased the Kiehl’s lip balm, and like the other products before I really like. The good thing about it, is that I don’t feel like it needs to be reapplied throughout the day.

Kiehl's lip balm

Although the products do appear small in size for the price paid, I would say it is worth it. A little amount of each product goes such a long way.  So you get your money’s worth.  The thing with beauty and skincare is that it is subjective. What works for one person may not work for another.  But if like me you have been searching for a while, I would definitely recommend at least trying one of the products.  I am already eyeing up what I may purchase from Kiehl’s next. Give it a try. You never know, you might like it 🙂

 

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The Afro Hair and Beauty show is an exhibition that has been going on for years. Mainly targeted at the Afro Caribbean community, it provides an opportunity to see what the latest products and trends are in the industry.

 

It’s held over a two day period of the last May bank holiday, and this past weekend I was fortunate enough to win tickets to attend.

Before I went I knew that my focus would be on the beauty aspect. With respect to my hair I have my go to brand (which is Cantu), and I literally have the majority of their products so I didn’t think it was worth buying any new hair products. Don’t get me wrong, I did take a look at hair brands, but that was all…just looked.

I decided that for this post I would focus on the brands that I purchased from on the day.

Peach & Pearl Brushes

Now I have been looking for makeup brushes for a while. It may sound strange but I have become so cautious when it comes to buying full sets of brushes. This is because I purchased a set previously but when I started using it, it barely held the product, rendering the brushes effectively useless.

So I was very happy to come across Peach and Pearl. What initially caught my eye is that the brushes are just so pretty. (I know the aesthetic is not the important thing….but it helps lol)

Upon feeling the brushes, I could immediately tell that they were good quality. The brushes felt soft, yet sturdy enough to hold a good amount of product. I then got speaking to the founder and CEO Sinead Oliver, who told me that the company was formed last year and that the brushes are vegan and cruelty free.

The set is comprised of 7 brushes, however they can be bought individually. I purchased an all over powder brush, as I did want to test it out. Honestly I wish I had purchased the set there and then, however I can get them online so hope is not lost!

 

If you want to find out more about Peach and Pearl check out their website peachpearlbrushes.com

Peach & Pearl

Akoma skin care

I came across this brand on a stall by a company called Melariche who promote beauty brands targeted towards women of colour.

The reason why I was drawn to Akoma is because their products are made by a cooperative in Ghana. As I am from Ghana and I love natural skin products I thought I should at least make one purchase.

I decided to buy the black soap. Having heard so much about black soap I thought it was about time I give it a go.

For those that have never heard of Black soap, the soap is used widely throughout Africa. It’s purposes include makeup removal, washing your hair, bathing and showering. It is also said to have medicinal qualities in that it can help with acne, and helps with rough and dry skin. It is also said to help fight signs of ageing and soothes the effects of sun damage. How could I not purchase this!

Akoma have the soap in a liquid format and as a soap bar. I purchased the soap bar.

Black soap

 

The ingredients include coconut oil and fairtrade organic raw shea butter….so much goodness 🙂

I haven’t used it yet, but am looking forward to seeing what the black soap hype is about.

All in all, I was very happy with my little purchases from the show. If you have never attended Afro hair and beauty I definitely suggest you check it out next year….after all you never know what you may find.

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L'Oreal True Match Foundation

I have been using the same foundation for years, predominantly by Mac and Nars and on occasion Bobbi Brown.

I never really wanted to try high street foundations, mainly because there wasn’t much option for people of colour. There are many shades of black skin, yet the ranges available are limited and most importantly not in my shade.

Foundations for black skin

I was therefore skeptical when L’Oreal came out with the True Match range.

The promise of a foundation that I may be able to get in my shade and I could get on any high street…there had to be something wrong. Maybe the coverage wouldn’t be good, or I wouldn’t get an exact match.

 

What changed?

I have recently been using skin care products from L’Oreal and have found their products agree with my skin. Although skin care products and beauty products are different, each time I saw the foundation in the shop I would pick it up and put it down again. That is until last week when I purchased True Match in colour 8.N Cappuccino.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation in Cappucino

First Impressions

When I first tried the foundation, I thought it may not be right, as it looked quite bright on my skin.

Foundation swatch

 

 

 

 

 

However upon getting my beauty blender and applying the foundation, I was pleasantly surprised. The foundation blended in well, and the colour was perfect.

Negatives

There is only one negative point, which honestly is very minor. For me the texture is a bit thin so for fuller coverage you may need to use a bit more. However given that it retails for only £9.99, I can deal with this.

Overall opinion

Would I buy this product again? That’s a resounding yes. I have been using it since I got it. Aside from ‘special occasions’ where I may wish to use higher end foundations, True Match will be my go to foundation. I am actually so happy I did decide to give it a try and its great value for money.

In order for the main brands to cater for people of colour, we need to buy the products to reflect there is a demand. There is still such a long way to go, but  L’Oreal have taken the necessary first steps and I for one am very impressed. Welcome to my makeup bag 8.N Cappuccino.

 

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On May 19th 2016 I hit the publish button on my blog for the first time. I literally had no idea what I was doing, but fancied the idea of writing about things I like.

Fast forward to 1 year later, I have a bunch of new friends and a new found respect for what it entails to be a blogger. Although I knew I would need to invest time, I honestly had no idea just how much time. I’m not just talking about the preparation of a blog post, but things like:

  • time taken to go to events,
  • taking pictures (do I use my camera or phone, is the light right, what flat lay background to use)
  • social media (and making sure I engage with other bloggers)

All this while having a full time job, and having family commitments. That being said, creating my blog has allowed me to be creative, and it’s something that is all mine. I haven’t posted as regularly as I would like, but that is something I hope to change. I still consider myself to be a newbie as such there is still so much more for me to learn. For now, I just want to acknowledge those I have met on my blogging journey, I had no idea the blogging community would be so friendly. If anyone is thinking about starting a blog I would say go for it. A year later and I have no regrets…this Leo is just getting started 🙂

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