October, 2012

Oct 12

Beauty Finds Of The Week: Benefit and Tara Smith

Every week, I list new beauty products that have come my way and share what I consider to be a good buy.

Benefit Peek A Bright Eyes – £24.50

When I first saw the photos for this product I wasn’t sure they would work on brown skin. I double checked with the PR who assured me they would but I was still doubtful. When I received my sample and opened it I still wasn’t convinced but after trying it out I can happily say that the colours compliment my skin tone beautifully.

I love Benefit for including a handy application guide with their palettes so even the most make up challenged can learn how to put the product on properly. Peek A Bright Eyes really does live up to its name, my eyes looked bigger and brighter and even behind my glasses I felt they still stood out. The colours aren’t too loud so you can wear them to work or for a general day look. For evening I would apply with a heavier hand and slick on an extra coat of mascara.

Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care Range

If you were walking by M&S in Marble Arch last Thursday, you might have seen Rosario Dawson and her hairdresser Tara Smith faux-styling the hair of model and socialite Tolula Adeyemi in the store windows.

They were there to launch the new Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range in the new M&S Your Beauty department. Tara’s products are made with natural, certified organic ingredients and are all sulphate free and vegan approved. The range has the strap line ‘tested on film stars not animals’ as Tara’s celebrity clientele (Rosario Dawson, Demi Moore, Keifer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Natalie Imbruglia and Anna Friel) have all helped in the development of her cruelty-free range.

I think it’s perfect for those of us that want to treat our hair more holistically.

Prices start at £5 for 100ml of shampoo.

Oct 12

Review: Ojon Super Sleek Blowout Perfector and Ojon Rare Blend Oil

Whether your hair is relaxed or natural, blow drying at home can seem a little daunting. That needn’t be the case as there are tools available to make the whole experience that bit easier.

I recently tried out two new products: Ojon Super Sleek Blowout Perfector and Ojon Rare Blend Oil.

Super Sleek Blowout Perfector contains Ojon oil, natural Azurite and plant keratin along with other reparative oils. Depending on the length of your hair, apply one or two 5p coin sized amoutns of the cream over your tresses before blow drying.

Azurite aids the loosening of the curved keratin bonds in your hair making them supple and flexible and easier to straighten. The Ojon oil is heat activated and helps to build up hair’s natural resistance to future damage.

For me, the Rare Blend Oil is the hero product. It contains seven different oils which help to repair severe damage, hydrate, tame frizz, add shine and protect against damage caused by heat styling.

The oil has been designed especially for coarse, dehydrated and severely damaged hair and even though my hair isn’t necessarily as bad as that, I know afro hair is more susceptible to damage so was happy to use something that would give extra protection.

To use, simply shake to mix the oils, warm a few drops in your hands and apply before using heat on your hair. I used two drops before blow drying (applied after the Super Sleek Blowout Perfector), two drops prior to going over my hair with irons and one drop when I had finished straightening, just to give that extra shine.

My hair was left straight but not flat, nice and swishy and very, very soft. These are two products I will definitely be incorporating into my hair care routine.

Ojon Super Sleek Blowout Perfector – £21.50
Ojon Rare Blend Oil – £29

Available from www.ojon.co.uk

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