My Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s getting sunnier these days so it’s time to switch up your makeup and skincare routines! If you are looking for some new products to try, take a look at my summer beauty essentials for inspiration for your next shop! Let’s get started!

Makeup

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My favourite foundation atm is the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra! It’s so lightweight, looks amazing on and has medium coverage! The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation is lightweight too and dries to a semi matte finish. I would probably use the BodyShop for everyday/casual looks and the Lancôme for special occasions.

I swear by these two primers! My pores become enlarged in the summer and these two work together to help minimise the appearance and control oil! BodyShop InstaBlur is GREAT for reducing pores and helping makeup stay longer and the MUFE Step 1 Mattifying Primer is great for leaving a matte finish!

For my summer highlighters it has to be Benefit Sunbeam and the Highlighting Dome from the BodyShop!

I also like this Coral Blush from Bagsy Beauty

 

Perfume

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Summer ready perfume! These slightly smell the same but they are sooo good yo! lol

 

Skincare

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My skin care routine is very simple and stays the same pretty much all year round. The only new thing I will be doing is using a different moisturiser which will be the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. I will also be alternating between my Vitamin C Face Spritz, which leaves a dewy finish and the Avon Makeup Setting Spray, which dries to a natural matte finish.

 

Lipsticks

In the summer, I like to mix up my lip colours and finishes. I especially like to use sheer lip balms that have a hint of colour like these ones from Bare Minerals. They are sheer but leave your lips soft and moisturised, perfect for no makeup looks.

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I LOVE Sleek lipsticks! Really affordable and very pigmented and lots of shades for everyone! Mystic looks amazing in the summer on WOC and Rioja Red is a great alternative to Mac’s Ruby Woo.

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MAC Lipsticks are the very first high end makeup products I bought and still love! Every year it’s my tradition to get a new one for my birthday! (haven’t decided on which this year), these are a few of my fav colours for the summer!

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I hope you guys found some new products you like or discovered we share some fav products! One thing I forgot to add is my face soap which is be none other than my African black soap straight from Ghana!

Reviews for most of the products mentioned can be found in my Review Index, make sure you check it out!

Let me know your fav summer products!

NEW! Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour

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Matte liquid lipsticks, who hasn’t got them now? The craze still continues and it looks like Revlon have now joined the bandwagon! Yay! I saw this on their Instagram and I must say the colours look nice but I am not impressed by them, they all seem like your everyday standard colours. I am also expecting a lot from these, Revlon will be late in joining the liquid Matte Lipstick party so I hope they have used all this time to really get a good formulation down.

The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolours which will retail for £7.99/£8.99 and will be available from Boots and Superdrug. It looks like a small range with only 6 shades (ones I have seen so far) but the colours look like they will suit most if not all skin tones.

I actually really like the packaging too, they look really cute. I found some brown girl skin friendly lip swatch videos for us brown beauties in case you wanted to see how they looked on. The nude looks really good and I think I could make it work with a lipliner ( urgh I hate lipliners though lool)

 

 

 

Official release date in the UK is the 16th of March but it’s already out in the States.

Let me know your thoughts? Matte lipsticks: are you done with the trend or do you want more? Comment below!

 

The Intern Diaries: Day 4

Dear Diary

I have great news! So remember I said the stylist wasn’t picking up? Ok so I called him again this morning and he didn’t pick up, so I decided to carry on with other tasks I have been given. As I was doing them I got a call saying someone wanted to speak to me and I was like okkk, it was him! He was so nice and sweet then at the end he said ‘good luck and well done, you did well!’ aww like he actually called me! Lol

So after I did my write up and completed other stuff and I took it for feedback and braced my elf for it, as always notepad and pen in hand and she goes, well done Sarah, much better and guess what NO RE WORKS! And she was impressed at how quickly I did them too lool tbh I could go for lunch because the only cash point around the area was broken and none of the shops accepted card payments kmt! I was so hungry lool

I had two events after work: bare minerals Christmas party and Shea moisture. Guys Shea moisture is available in the UK! In boots! It’s a glorious day! I will update my Facebook soon with pictures. I just got home and I am so tired and hungry, still haven’t had proper food but I am so pleased with my progress at work! I just hope to keep it up!

Anyway guys I am off to dream land! I’m so tired

Love

Sarah Fynn

P.S- my food is calling me

Bye guys

Hey guys, so I have an internship at a top UK magazine for the next 2 weeks and I will be documenting the journey in my intern diaries! I won’t reveal where/who I am working for (maybe I will at the end? Or if you can guess lol, a giveaway?). Just know it’s an editorial assistant internship and I am not making tea/coffee lol.

I hope this inspires someone who is thinking of a similar internship to get out there and apply. It can be quite daunting and there is always that ‘Will I just be making drinks and doing the photocopying’ cliché. But internships are great especially if you are thinking of a career change- which I am currently thinking of and want to test drive to see if it’s actually the right path for you plus you’re getting some experience and making contacts. And if you’re amazing enough and they can afford it- your dream job

 

NEW! Dermalogica overnight retinol repair

Hey beauty junkies, I hope everyone is great. This will be a short post of a new product from Dermalogica. I was invited to the launch event of their new overnight retinol repair in London which happened on Wednesday.  I will start off with the event then the product then what services they offer.

I thought it was very cool to have a juice bar (supernatural juice and smoothie bar to go with their whole theme – healthy skin) I never juiced before #juicevirginlol so I had to try one then I went for a second one (Does that count as a detox? Lol). You have to try kale, mango, lemon, ginger and apple (Colour green) OR pineapple, ginger, apple, lemon (Colour yellow).

You could also get your portrait drawn and again I just had to get mine done! I LOVE it! It looks like a cartoon version of me and guys he did it in like 10 mins!

I also got my face mapped! She just diagnosed my skin using a special camera then recommended a skin care regime with samples of what she recommended at the end.

NOW the MVP of the day

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The overnight retinol repair is effective for fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture. It has 3 main ingredients: 0.5% retinol (Pure vitamin A), vitamin C and peptides.  It also comes with a buffer cream, which contains vitamin E and 8% aloe vera extract which helps to control the concentration of the retinol been applied to the skin.

How to use: they recommend you mix ¼ of the retinol repair to ¾ of the buffer cream and gradually increase as your skin builds tolerance.

Services

Some of the services they offer are

Face mapping (Skin analysis) – a professional consultation that will reveal your skin’s health – FREE

Skin bar- allows you to test your prescribed regime – 15 minutes FREE

microZone treatments- targets the main areas of concern- 20minutes for £20

Visit them at

One New Change London

One New Change shopping center

London, EC4M 9AF

01372 225 537

That’s all folks, it was a great event! Please check my Facebook page for more pictures on the event! I am having some serious space issues with WordPress lol- I need more space! So from now on, most of the pictures will be on my Facebook. Don’t worry, you won’t get lost! It will all be under different albums!

Until next time

Love

Sarah

Make up setting sprays

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Hey guys, I hope everyone is great! So my latest post is up on BrownBeautyTalk.

Have you ever wondered if makeup setting sprays are worth it? Or which ones to try out first? The post will give you info on some sprays I have used and prices. Here’s a link to check it out >> http://brownbeautytalk.com/the-brownbeauty-guide-to-make-up-setting-sprays/

I hope you enjoy it! also share your fav setting sprays with us! Make sure you follow us on twitter so you don’t miss out on our talk every Sunday at 8pm. All the details will be on the brown beauty website.

I will see you soon with my next post. Bye!

Love

Sarah

Strobing 101

Hey guys, I’m sure you heard of the latest beauty craze- strobing! Check out my article on how, what and why on strobing which is now live on BrownBeautyTalk!

Remember I told you guys I am now part of the team!

 

Anyway here’s a link >> http://brownbeautytalk.com/the-brownbeauty-guide-to-strobing/

Until next time

Sarah

NATURAL HAIR WEEK 2015- LONDON EVENT COVER

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Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing great. Remember when I told u I had a bunch of things for you? Well this is the first of many!! I was sent tickets to the natural hair week show 2015 London by the lovely team at NaturalHairweek and I am here to give you the low down of what happened! Stay tuned. Lots of pictures by the way and some YouTube videos! (Channel- Sarahfynn, I am just getting started on YouTube, I know I’m late lol. I always had the channel but never used it, so please support and subscribe. It’s freeJ). Let’s get right to it!

So the show took place in 4 cities: Manchester, Nottingham, and Birmingham with the finale in London on the 9th of May at the London Marriott Hotel (excellent location and venue I should say!). The day was jam packed with workshops, panels, product demonstrations and free hair styling. Also if you’re a product junkie like me (#productjunkie), then you would be spoilt for choice with all the different vendors (just to name a few: Motions, Cantu, Quanace, Grassfields etc) and deals that were there! From  3for£10 on the monoi ORS range to 5for £20 on CANTU line (you should have seen the queues for this stall!), I literally could not make up my mind! Had to stand there and take it all in lool then side bar with myself for 10 minutes as to what I want to buy (hey sometimes you need expert opinion), in the end I went with 4for £10 on the motions natural line, I didn’t know they were in the natural hair game so decided to go with that. Plus they had a product which was every interesting to me. Here’s what I got:

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Hydrate my curls hair pudding

2x pre wash detangling butter- now this was what caught my attention. First because it’s a butter and second because I haven’t tried any products specifically for pre washing and detangling, there could be some but I haven’t come across it. And I got 2 because to detangle my 4c hair, I would need a lot. QUICK UPDATE- I have now used this product and I LOVE the smell. Its works well with my hair and left it really soft. Only con I have would be the size, by the way companies should really make bigger conditioners/styling products and smaller shampoos lol. Anyway, I am so glad I got two because honey gurl, I finished one tub! (1 tub is 239ml?!-reallly?)

Deep conditioning masque- UPDATE I have used this product and it left my hair butter soft! In depth review coming soon.

Of course, you don’t even need to ask. Reviews will be done in time lol. I also got a curls unleashed sample pack which I am very happy about because I have always wanted to try that line but just couldn’t (you know when a product excites you and you just wanna buy it? Not this line. When ORS first unleashed it lol I was like greeeaaattttt, then I was like greaaaat now am like great lol. So this sample pack of the products I actually wanted to try, may help me decide if I want it or not.

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I didn’t get many samples today probably because there were a lot of offers going on and product demos so samples weren’t really given out or maybe I didn’t ask nicely lol. (I did btw).

So the first workshop which I really enjoyed started with a background of the founders and some product owners telling us about their stuff. Did you know drinking cold water is bad for the liver and kidneys (apparently what I heard) but what I want to really talk about is this man named Kevin (kpthetextureman) and what he is doing lol.

His talk was probably the most informative of them all and the fact that he did a quick question and answer from the crowd put the cherry on the cake for me( you can  check my Instagram for a quick snippet @sarahfynn or YouTube for a longer video). He did product demos on stage as well and you could tell the man is really passionate about what he does. After this his stand was jam packed with a LOT of people just wanting to ask questions including myself lol. Water will make your hair dry?! (What he said) I need a bit more research on that tbh but his explanation was something like this, paraphrased of course:

The hair will not want to let go of the water because it would think its moisture and so etcccc lol

His advice was pretty decent. My question to him was ‘ how can I get my twists out to be defined? Because they never seem to work?’ Answer: let’s type your hair first. You have 4c hair, you want to do bigger twists (at thing point I asked but will I get definition?) And use something with a good hold that will add moisture. Smaller twists will not work on your hair because it will just frizz up and look like an afro. He then went ahead and showed me what size of sections should be and recommended products for me and used it on my hair. Good stuffs! (All in an American accent of course which was probably why I stood there for ages hearing him talk because I am obsessed with the accent lol). What I really liked about him was he did product demos on everyone that asked him a question and hair typed everyone too. No lye (see what I did there). His talking would tell you he was really passionate about what he does and I quote ‘look at me I don’t have any hair (takes hat off) so everything I have learnt about natural hair I have learnt listening to you’ check out my  video on YouTube for more info also follow him on Instagram, he’s tagged on my page.

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After that it was pretty much me going to the stalls, learning about products and talking to people. What I really did was listen to how owners were interacting with their customers- this is what I spent most of my time doing tbh. I did get a few snippets of some of the conversations if anyone is interested. Check my YouTube. In general, most of the interacted well with their customers, explaining their product and its ingredients and offering demos (obvly this is a good sales technique but it also helps to have your questions answered PROPERLY).

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blogging duties

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I went to another workshop about alopecia- this is real guys. It hurts me to see women/girls with it and still wearing tight braids/styles etc. I am suffered my traction alopecia myself when I was younger and my hair is still recovering. Trust me I hardly do braids now and if I do they ARE NOT BRADING MY EDGES, no matter what they tell me – it won’t look like, am I sure? (Honestly I think some of these braiders/hairstylers should be educated in areas like these. Just because you’re talented or can do some hair doesn’t necessarily mean you should be doing it). When I wear my wigs- I never braid my edges, anyway I digress. I didn’t take and pictures because it was in a small room and I arrived in the middle of the workshop so I thought it would be quite rude to just start taking pictures.

I had fun on Saturday and overall it was a good experience. It was great to see everyone there and how many mainstream brands now carry products for natural hair. If you went to the London show or any of the other ones let me know how it went for you! Thank you NaturalHairWeek for the show and I look forward to it next year! Please do check my YouTube for more videos on the show!

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free hair styling
free hair styling

Not hair related. Isn’t that lovely?!

strawberry tart realness.
strawberry tart realness.

Until next time guys, have a lovely week! My YouTube video is still loading can you imagine lol. UPDATE- it’s STILL UPLOADING! I didn’t know it could take this long (28% only??! Its been 24 hours), so I will let you guys know via twitter when it’s up!

 

look who i bumped into- UKafrolista!
look who i bumped into- UKafrolista!

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RHOVIRGIN EURASIAN TIGHT CURL ONE MONTH UPDATE

Hey guys HAPPY NEW YEAR!   I hope this first week of 2015 is going great for everyone, exams, deadlines and all.  Taking a quick break from revision and updating you guys on my fabulous Eurasian tight curl extensions from RhoVirgin hair, you can view my first impressions on it here  >>  http://wp.me/p1uQOd-pK

Let’s get started.

So I have been wearing this just close to a month or a bit over (I am not really sure). I will be addressing

  • Manageability( curly hair right), Hair care routines and Hair products used

Manageability

ZERO TANGLES, MINIMUM SHEDDING (bear in mind I did cut a lot of my wefts when I was making my unit).  Guys, curly hair that does not tangle (need I say more?). I only experience shedding when I am co-washing the hair and with that it’s very minimal. The hair is very easy to manage on a daily basis- I just spray (using twisted sister 30 second curl spray- smell- amazeballs, £1 from savers)  and go

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Hair care routines and hair products

I make sure I co wash and deep condition every week to keep the curls defined. A side by side picture is shown below of the curls- freshly air-dried (lack of better wording) and after a week of wear. By the end of the week, most of the definition is lost and the hair gets a bit of volume (which I have no problem with). In terms of hair products, for co-washing- I use my co-wash mix (loads of conditioner, minimum shampoo and argan oil), then deep condition with either the smoothing hair treatment oil (by the way this stuff is the bomb.com, in the picture below with the extremely defined curls, I used one sachet on the hair for 10 mins. YES you’re welcome. £1each I think 3 for 2 in boots. You’re welcome again) or argan oil intensive hair mask (not shown but also £1 from savers). Both of this products work very well on the hair. I deep condition by saturating the hair and wrapping in a plastic bag ( I know everyone has a bag full of plastic bags in their kitchen somewhere, this will come in handy when you have about 3 units to wash anyway) and placing in hot water for about 10 to 30 mins (or more) for extra penetration ( no pun intended)

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Moving on …

So whilst the hair is wet I spray it with the argan oil leave in conditioner.  Short review can be viewed here>>>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-nD  or mixing a bit of the herbal essence wavy conditioner with water or using the mixed roots curl control leave in lotion which works very well. Then allow to hair dry.

And that’s pretty much it! I am still on my hairfinity grow out challenge, month 2 and 1 reviews  can be seen here >>>> month 1>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-qe month 2 >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-qh   . I am on my final bottle which is going ok. Thinking of carrying on or switching to another hair supplement. We will see. If you need the contact details of Rhovirgin hair check below and tell her I said hi (I’m Sarah btw).

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That’s it folks and going back to revision. See you guys real soon, first impressions post coming up again.

Love Sarah