woman of colour is the new black?


I am a  black woman
yes, I am fully black
no, I am not mixed, so don't let the curls fool you

Recently I have seen an increase in people using the term WOC (woman of colour)  or POC (people of colour) to describe black women, which is urking me!!

Tower London | NEW Brick Lane Store


Last night I had the pleasure of visiting Tower London's new Brick Lane store opening event.  The event was in collaboration with Crepe City. I don't think many of you know this but, I am a huge sneaker head. As much as I love my heels, I love a good pair of kicks. My collection isn't as big as it used to be since my days of working as a footwear retail manager, I ran out of room!!!

I am familiar with the Tower London stores and brand as there are two locally to me in Wood Green and we used to go there back in the days to get our Timberlands and Kickers for school.

Farfetch | Blogger Breakfast


As many of you may know or should know, I am a fashion graduate. I used to own a fashion label that I stopped in 2011, and I started to fall out of love with fashion. I would still go shopping, but wasn't really excited by what I saw. I am slowly getting back into my passion for fashion and starting to discover new brands and designers. 

Stop Racism at Pretoria High School | Channel 4 News

I was presented with the opportunity to speak with Channel 4 News about the politics of afro hair. As you already know I am very opinionated and have shared my thought on this issue in the past at event, so I had plenty to say. Checkout my contribution below:





A little yellow lace didn't hurt anyone | BraStop


Yes, that's right. That's me in my underwear....and what?? haha..I'm playing! As some of you may know, I am very comfortable in my body. It didn't happen overnight, but I could easily walk down the road in just my underwear and be very comfortable! Especially this set.


Treasure Tress | Unboxing





The number one question I get asked about my hair is...what products do you use??

I have probably tried 80% of the natural hair products on the market. I have my favourites and the ones I can't stand, but with natural hair being the 'in thing' these days, I am open to trying new things catering to natural hair.



Down To Earth Eyeshadow Palettes | The Body Shop


As many of you know, or should know. I am a novice at makeup, ya girl is still learning!!
I am learning something new everyday, whether it be contouring, baking or strobing..hehe! Its all pretty new and exciting. 

Down To Earth | Eye Palette | £15



I was sent two Down To Earth eyeshadow palettes from The Body Shop to play around with and create some looks. I first had a chance to look at these palettes at The Body Shop Christmas event. So I was really excited to have the opportunity to try them out! I am a fan of The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (review here)  and have the British Rose eye palette, so I had a feeling I would like these palettes.

LOVE CHIN CHIN | REVIEW

I love chin chin, seriously..I do.

So when the chance came to review LOVE CHIN CHIN, I was very excited! I have seen this product floating around the social media waves but haven't had a chance to taste it.



Get Ready To Turn Up!!!


I am inviting you to celebrate 5 years of UKafrolista (formerly UKnaturals)

We are gonna have too much fun!!!

NEXXUS Oil Infinite | New York Salon Care | REVIEW

I have tried nearly every single natural hair product on the market!! As I have previously said, I could open a store with all the products I have...its crazy!!



Matching my melanin | The Body Shop


I am a makeup newbie.

I didn't start wearing a full face of makeup till about 2years ago. Since hosting events and taking photos I have become a bit more aware of 'looking the part' if that makes sense. Its a weird for me as well because makeup is still a luxury and special thing for me. Not an everyday thing!! hehe!!

Put some Respeck on my name

How much work do you have to put in before you get the credit you deserve?

How many followers do you need before you become valuable?



I am tired of brands emailing me wanting to work together in exchange for nothing.

Happy Father's Day | I guess

I wasn't going to post about this, because I didn't wanna come across as that bitter child on the day when everyone else is celebrating their amazing fathers.
I can't relate to that feeling, that celebration.

I don't know what it feels like to wake up on this day and celebrate my father.

Today I woke up feeling fine. I didn't think about him at all, then I got an email from a supporter expressing her thoughts on my daddy less daughter video.



Then I started to ponder. Started to think. Started to feel like I was that little girl expecting this man to love me.

I just want to say to all of the daddy less daughters out there. I feel you. I understand you. I know that pain, I know that feeling. I can relate.

Just know it isn't your fault. It isn't your responsibilty to take on his problems.
Yes it is painful. Yes it hurts. Yes you will cry. BUT... learn to let go. Learn to breathe and live.

You have to live for you and do what works for you. Work through the hurt, work through the pain and move on.

Design Essentials Natural | REVIEW



Design Essentials is a brand I have been flip flopping between over the past few months, especially when I wore my hair in stretched styles. I worked with the DE team in December 2015 to create a holiday hairstyle using flex-rods and loved the results. (watch here)

I have used these products to create bantu knot outs, braid outs and my trusty wash n go. Let me tell you my favourites and how they worked for my hair.

Hair Be Gone | Laser Hair Removal

I am hairy
Stop laughing
Seriously, I am hairy.
I don't know which ancestor passed this down to me, but I have hair literally everywhere. But the weird thing is, it doesn't bother me that much. I learnt a long time ago to accept it. I used to shave my arms and then the hair would grow back thicker and I thought to myself, ok, do you want to be a bear? Well, you can guess the answer to that.



CURLS CURLS CURLS, CURLS I do adore! | Blueberry Bliss Collection Review


As you all may know my bedroom is like a hair product store. I have so many curly hair products on my shelf and I am constantly trailing and experimenting with the latest products on the market. I was introduced to the Curls Blueberry Bliss line (previous reviewearlier in the year and fell in love. So you can only imagine how I felt when I discovered there were new products added to the line.

Travel Essentials | What's in my bag?


I head out for Natural Hair Week tomorrow! I am doing my last minute packing. Trying not to over pack or under pack. It's hard for me as I like to pack the whole house!

Poison Ivy | Dress Up


Last weekend I transformed into Poison Ivy from Batman as I was attending a birthday superhero vs villians costume party.

PINK PARCEL | It's a monthly thing!! | April unboxing


Periods..that time of the month, that happens every month, that you never asked for, it just pops up and arrives!!  That time of the month when you are reminded that you are not pregnant and you just want to crawl in a hole and stay there. Well that's how it is for me.

Maybe I was wrong! | SheaMoisture's New #BreakTheWalls Ad

I wrote a post a few months back about SheaMoisture's launch in Boots and the fact that there was this huge hype, even though SheaMoisture has been available to purchase in the UK for a few years.


REVIEW | Aullyn Cosmetics



I have been playing around with Aullyn Cosmetics for the past few months and I really like them. That sounds like such a basic statement, but in the world of natural hair care where there are so many products on the market. Sometimes you just want a product that does what you need.

Best Bra Ever | Wonderbra

I am a 38F, I have always been large chested. I don't know when buying a bra has been simple for me. It is one of the biggest struggles I have ever had. IT IS ANNOYING!! and hella expensive. Just because I have more doesn't mean I should have to pay more.


Contour Virgin! | Iman Cosmetics

Highlighting and contouring seems to be the hottest trend in makeup and social media land. I have seen the crazy posts of women with lines all over their faces and thought to myself... what the heck is that all about.  Like is it that serious??



How to feel Confident in Lingerie | Body Confidence


Lingerie is one of those things that some people talk about and some don't..its like the taboo of the wardrobe....but that's only because a lot of people associate it with sex.
Now lets not play naiive and not act like there is specific pieces of lingerie designed for sexual and erotic pleasures...BUT... you don't have to wear lingerie for those purposes.


Happy Women's International Day!!!




Happy Women's International Day!!!Today is the day we celebrate all the women around the world!! Why?? Do we really need a reason?

Mother's Day | The Body Shop | British Rose Collection



It is Mother's Day this Sunday and I had the opportunity to visit the Body Shop store in Oxford Street to learn more about their new British Rose Collection.

#SupportThePuff


Dear Nicola McKay,
Your job is to educate the youth. Prepare them for the world and create strong, intelligent people who are going to lead the world one day.


PRESS: BlackHair Magazine

Yours truly is featured in this month's issue of BlackHair magazine. Read full Mazuri review here

CurlyTreatsBox



Introducing CurlyTreats box, a box of treats for your naturally curly hair, delivered to your door monthly


Love
yourself enough to create an
environment in your life that is
conducive to the nourishment of your
personal growth. Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose. -Steve Maraboli

Custom Makeup | Cosmetics à La Carte London


I am a newbie to makeup. It has never been my thang. I only started wearing it at 21years old, (7years ago) and I still keep it very simple. Mascara, lipstick,maybe eye liner and I am good to go!

Blueberry Bliss Winter Wash & Go


My staple, go-to hair style is the wash and go. It's simple, quick and gives me a beautiful bouncy full fro. I have used alot of different curly hair products over the years...but I think I have found my staple products for 2016.

New Year // New Tings



So this is my first blog post of 2016.


I have delayed it for a reason.
Simply because, I didn't really know what to write.