My Thoughts: Suave for Natural Hair line

If you follow me on IG then I’m sure you’ve seen my recents posts (and exploration into video content) featuring the newly released Suave for Natural Hair line. Infused with coconut and shea butter the line is formulated especially for those of us with wavy, curly and coily hair types and comprises 6 products that I’ve been using for the last 2 1/2 – 3 months.

As everyone with natural hair knows, the road to finding products that work for you is long, filled with potholes and expensive AF!
Which raises the first point, how AFFORDABLE the line is. At Pennywise each product is about $40- $70, a Superpharm or other drugstore might run you up to $80 but I promise you it doesn’t get more expensive than that.
My hair is quite frizzy and has a lot of trouble retaining moisture, it can also be categorised as:
•3B
•Low Porosity
•Thick individual strands
•Has a mind of its own

Now let’s chat about how each product worked, and what rating I gave it.

Sulfate-free Cleansing Shampoo- ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

According to Suave’s website, this shampoo:
•Gently cleanses and moisturizes
•Sulfate-Free formula
•Ideal for curly to coily hair

And they’re right, it is super gentle and doesn’t strip your hair to the point where it feels like dry and hay-like. However, for me, it took about 3 shampoos in one wash session before my hair felt as though it was clean. Now I’m not a person who typically uses a lot of products in my hair and I wash weekly so there isn’t time or product to have buildup. It took quite a bit of work for the shampoo to feel as though it worked and because of this I had to give it three stars. (But it did make finger detangling easy)

Moisturising Curl Conditioner -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

For the conditioner, it:
•Deeply moisturizes and provides maximum slip
•Detangles and softens curls
•Tames frizz while enhancing shine
•Ideal for wavy, curly and coily hair

If you comb your hair out in the bathroom then you’d surely enjoy this conditioner like I did. There’s a lot of slip which made combing my hair out super easy and immediately afterward my hair did feel softer and remained manageable and untangled before I began the next steps of adding leave-in, curl defining cream and gel and that’s why it gets a 4 from me!

Nourish & Strengthen Leave-in Conditioner- ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This product:
•Deep treatment for nourished coils
•Works to help protect from styling damage
•Ideal for coily hair
After conditioning I applied this to my wet hair and one thing that’s absolute is how soft my hair felt after applying. It also didn’t weigh my hair down like other leave-ins I’ve used and the scent is really light (because as you all have heard a million times before I really dislike heavily scented products). The main reason I gave this product a three is, it didn’t have a lasting effect on my hair, so while it remained soft, it didn’t remain quite moisturised. ( But like I said, my hair has a major problem retaining moisture so this wasn’t going to be fixed overnight)

Cream Detangler Spray- ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This works by:
•Detangles on wet hair
•Calms frizz on dry hair
•Ideal for wavy, curly and coily hair

Since I usually detangle in the shower, I used this product to revive my hair and tame the frizz. It worked quickly to help detangle but I did need a lot of it given how stubborn my hair itself is. Given how much of the product I had to use to get it work is what made me give it a 3.

Curl Defining Cream- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

The Curl Defining Cream:
•Enhances natural curl pattern
•Ideal for wavy to curly hair
•Adds softness and shine

Undoubtedly, this is my favourite product in the line. And, coupled with the Define & Shine Serum Gel, made my morning hair routine quick and easy. It did help my hair feel moisturized and in terms of enhancing curl pattern worked best when used with the serum since I did try using it alone a few times and that didn’t work out too great as my hair became frizzy in a few hours. In spite of the frizz those few times, the one constant with this, and all of the other products, my hair was super soft so it gets a 4.

Define & Shine Serum Gel-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This product: 
•Locks-in moisture for touchable curls
•Holds curl shape with brilliant shine
•Ideal for wavy hair

Due to wash and go’s being my forte, a defining product is the secret weapon in my arsenal. And the Suave Define & Shine Serum, helped give me major definition but without my hair feeling heavy or getting crunchy which happens with regular gels. Like my comment above, it worked best with the Curl Defining Cream for a more defined wash and go and that’s a 4 from me.

 

Collectively, for the price, product sizes (only the serum is 4.75oz, the others are 12-16oz) and the fact that through using all of these products my hair retained softness, it’s a great buy especially if you’re still learning what works and what doesn’t for your hair. It took my hair about 3-4 tries before warming up to these products so it may be a matter of your hair has to get used to the product and its ingredients and definitely this lined worked perfectly together as I did try in between to mix and match with some other products.

Have you tried this? Tell me how it went for you?
(Please note I received this line from Suave to review)

 

The Glow-Up Has Arrived!

My dear friends, we are gathered here today to shine the light on my absolute favourite makeup product: Highlighters✨

My closest friends know I wear makeup about 1.5 times a month, but that doesn’t stop me from buying all the highlighters from golden tones to peachy shades simply because I have a problem (one I’ve come to terms with). Local cosmetics brand- Amerie Beautie is giving us all the highlight we need to successfully achieve the ultimate glow , I could already hear the makeup addicts in the distance shouting ‘ Yaaaaaas’. Handmade in pressed and liquid for every skintone and a million percent WOC friendly, totally coruscanting is unavoidable.

 

Be sure to check out @ameriebeautie on IG!

Stay Shinin’ 

 

7 Trends I Love!

If you’ve seen my last post on the ‘7 Trends To Ditch’, you’re probably wondering what trends I’m actually cool with! So here goes:

  • Stripes- No, they don’t make you look like a jailbird. They’re like the obeah of the fashion world, that and waist trainers (that’s a story for another time). But seriously, you ever wanted that long lean Wendy Fitzwilliams looking body? Then vertical stripes should be your friend. They add the illusion of a longer , leaner body as the eye scans up and down instead of  side to side. The ole folks say horizontal make you look bigger (wider), I say disrupting those lines (typically at the waist or smallest point) can help you appear slimmer. Don’t limit thin and pin stripes to your work suits, they too have a slimming effect on the body while larger stripes are more prone to highlighting problem areas so be mindful of that. Ultimately stripes belong in your wardrobe so if you don’t have them, you know what to do 😉.

(Images- Fashionmagazine.com/ Glamradar.com)

  • Athleisure Wear- Lemme tell you all one time, living in a tropical climate is sometimes a serious struggle between comfort and style because hobo chic could happen very easily. But Hallelujah for Athleisure! The ‘rules’ are simple, please don’t wear your old beat up Chucks, instead you can try a nice crisp sneaker with colour detailing or even embellishments to add some fun. Sport jackets and jeans, dresses and sneakers, joggers and crop tops they can all work just not all the sport pieces at once or else you’re just looking like you’re going to work out.  The trick is to  find a balance between the sport and casual but try to avoid oversized pieces because you’ll just look messy (in my JoanneTheScammer voice). Stay casual- cool and comfy!

(Images- Getty Images/ Gurl.com/ WhoWhatWear )

  • Mixed Prints- The queen of mixed prints HANDS DOWN is Solange, and you could be the princess. For some its a bit difficult and yes its very easy to look like the highway on a morning (BUSY) but there’s a method (kinda) to this madness. One easy way to do this is by sticking with the same colour family like Solange in the second pic with shades of blue. Another easy way to mix prints is by pairing a large print with a small one so that the outfit doesn’t overwhelm you. If the idea of print mixing still scares you, you could start off by pairing a print you really love with a bold solid colour and then work your way up from there. My advice: just have fun with it🎉.

(Images- 360Nobs/ Zimbio/ DressMeOutlet/ Harper’s Bazzar )

  • Off-Shoulder- Flirtacious, fun and just the thing for this heat we’ve been having. Its a great balance to show some skin without reaching heaux status even though some of us could hear our grannies saying ‘Cover your back child, you will catch cold.’ Its okay granny we’re just casually slayin. Off shoulder is a dynamic style as it could be asymmetric, straight across, have puffed sleeves, come with a thin strap or just  barely expose the shoulders for that peek-a-boo look. Off shoulder could be that Friday night drinks outfit, Saturday night club dress  or Sunday brunch date jumper. Who wouldn’t love such a dynamic piece?

(Images- Concrete Runway/ Style Pantry/ WhoWhatWear/ Star Celebrity Dresses)

 

  • Flared Pants-  these aren’t your average pant, flares give you that model-esque stature because it makes the legs appear longer especially in heels. The the trick is to have the hem them justttt enough to skim to the ground. The perfect fit gently hugs the knee and then flares to give just enough drama and those mile long legs.  Another general idea is when you have one flowing piece so try to keep the other closely fitted. So with flares opt for some closer fitted blouses, anything loose fitting is chartering into Hippie/ Boho territory. What’s also great about these are that it works for all body types, for example, for bottom heavy pear-shapes it streamlines the leg by making the hips looks smaller. But really its for everyone, so lemme see those flares!

(Images- Latte Samuels/ Young At Style/ Pinterest/ Style Pantry) 

  • ‘Millenial Pink’-  I could hear the collective ‘wah d a** is that?’ Its a range of colours from pink-based beige to a peach/salmon/coral sorta pink but truly started out as a toned down version of Barbie pink. Once upon a time I was not a fan of pink but things have changed now. From rose gold phones to Rihanna’s Fenty line filled with MP it seems like Pantone’s colour of the year for 2016 might stick around well into 2017. Pink these days is a pretty gender-neutral colour so its popping up all over and I for one appreciate it!

(Images- Pinterest/ NYMag/ Puma)

  • Wrap Clothing- DVF changed the fashion game when she created the wrap dress. Now, wrap clothing has taken on a life of its own from skirts to shirts to shorts, they wrappin’ everything outchea. These pieces have a sophistication that you hardly see coming but its definitely there. They create curves and accentuate the body in the most magical of ways depending on how and where you tie them. A lot of times these pieces can be worn in so many ways you like you’re wearing a different piece each time, so you better get wrapping.

(Images- Officially Adrian Foster/ Style Pantry/ Getty Images/ Pinterest)

These are just a few of my faves at the moment( Its clear from this list I’m not an accessories person *hides face*) and its in no way exhaustive!

Do you have some fashion faves? Leave them in the comments💕