2015 -Lets Get It!!

Oh lord where had 2014 gone??

This year has had many ups and downs which has made me count my blessings and continue to work towards achieving my goals

2015 I'm going to stick to the resolutions I made at the beginning of 2014

I will: 
Save more money regularly and do not dip in to savings
Balance work and social life better
Stick to long hair journey
Clean car regularly
Create more regular blog content 
Cut down on caffeine
Eat better
Work out regularly 
Don't allow myself to get stressed out
Be more organised 

I thought it would be fun to do a Flipagram of 2014

Hope you like 
Happy New Year guys 

What are your New Years Resolutions?

Soap and Glory Limited Edition Next Big Thing GIVEAWAY!


Last Friday found me at the My Local Boots shop at 7.30 intent on copping a Limited Edition The Next Big Thing Soap & Glory Gift set.


Containing £79 worth of their fabulous products, I didn't want it to sell out and me be left empty handed.

I also thought it would be a good idea to get one for my blog readers to say thank you for all of your support this past year  

The Soap and Glory Limited Edition Next Big Thing Box is designed by Hattie Stewart and the gift contains the following full sized goodies:

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter 300ml
HAND DREAM™ Super Cream 100ml
ORANGEASM™ Body Wash 500ml
BUTTER YOURSELF™ Moisture Lotion 500ml
HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream 125ml
SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Scrub 300ml
WHIPPED CLEAN™ Shower Butter 250ml
SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive 7ml
THICK & FAST™ Super Volume Mascara 10ml
OFF YOUR FACE™ 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths (25 cloths)
A BONUS DRAWSTRING BAG                          


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Once again, thank you for reading and interacting with Wots Her Name Again?  And I hope you will continue to support me in 2015 and keep an eye out on my
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for the forthcoming flash giveaways!
xx

Health & Beauty Benefits of Epsom Salts


I was turned on to Epson salts by Newby Hands the Health and Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar Q&A session she gave at BE:fit London during which she mentioned that it was good to sooth aching muscles celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow  I have not looked back since then.


I now find that I am buying 3kg bag of Epsom salts  bags on a weekly basis
As I suffer with Lupus I regularly get swollen joints and muscle inflammation and soaking in Epsom salts defiantly helps with the pain and the swelling and relaxes me.
I love the fact that it softens the water and  leaves my skin feeling super silky every now and then I will add a pinch to my facial wash or body wash for a bit of exfoliation action. I have also found that if I have any bites rashers or cuts it speeds up the healing process. 
I have recently started to use a  body brush to stimulate the skin and open the pores prior to having a soak which gives me an all over tingly and leaves me feeling super soft
Of course there will always be people who dispute the health claims of bathing in Epsom salts, but I personally notice real results from using it.

Benefits of Epsom Salts

Relax Your Body
Epsom salts dissolved in warm water are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline which helps to relieve stress. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, which can help us to us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.

Relieve Pain and Cramping
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Soaking in a a warm Epsom salt bath does wonders to alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.

Battle Water Retention
Epson salts can help to , helps to regulate fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.

Relieves Constipation
One of Epsom salts more popular uses is as a saline laxative. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water and drink. Note, this remedy should not be used more than once per day. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it is always recommended to consult with a physician.
Remove Splinters
To dislodge a stubborn splinter, simply soak the affected body part in warm water and Epsom salts for a few minutes. Magnesium sulfate will reduce the inflammation around the wound and soften up the splinter, making it much easier to remove.

Soothe Sprains and Bruises
Anti-inflammatory Epsom salts can be used to alleviate the soreness from sprains and bruises. Just add two cups of salts to your warm bath water and soak away the ache.

Keep Feet Healthy
It’s pretty common knowledge that soaking your feet in Epsom salts is good for soothing away aches and pains. But did you know that it can also help to treat athlete’s foot and toe nail fungal infections? Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for as long as you want (or until the water gets cold) to alleviate the itching and burning and help heal feet faster. You can also use as a scrub to keep your tootsies super soft

Hangover Cure
Epsom salts bath are an excellent pick me up after a night of over-indulgence as hangovers are caused by the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in the body this + dehyratation can trigger a throbbing headache, fatigue and nausea. The sulphates in Epsoms salt ar hreat at helping to help flush out toxins and ease muscle pain.

Jet-Lag Remedy
Soaking in an Epsom salts bath after a long-haul flight has a sedative effect on the body.
The minerals help muscles and joints to relax and this leads to a more restful sleep, giving the body a chance to re-energiseBeat the Bloat

Bathing in Epsom salts helps to reduce water retention and tummy bloating drawing out toxins.

Boots
Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Epsom Salt 4.99 for 1 Kg



Holland and Barrett
The Eco Bath Epsom Salt Bath Soak for Muscle & Joint Pain £8.49 for 1kg


You should also be able to purchase Epsom salts from your local pharmacy however they tend to keep it under the counter so you will have to ask for it.

Have you tried Epsom salts?
What are your thoughts?

Bliss Spa Give Away


I think its about time for a Blog Give away guys what about you?

When I think of summer I think of summer lovin so one lucky winner will have the opportunity to get kiss ready with

The Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit worth £39.50
and is described as the one-‘spa’ shop for lip care!

The Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit Includes:
fabulips foaming lip cleanser. to lift impurities
fabulips sugar lip scrub to gently exfoliate
fabulips instant lip plumper visibly volumise
fabulips softening lip balm to soften and moisturise

*Please note: The Sugar Lip Scrub contains Walnut Shell Powder and is not recommended for individuals with nut allergies.
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Afro Hair & Beauty Live Event Review


Those who follow me on twitter or Instagram would know that I had been looking forward to Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014 for ages!

Despite being a bit tired from the day before as I had attended Curvoloution and Top Model of colour I was up bright and early. Due to my late night I dint get to roller set my hair the night before so I  had to quickly do it in the morning then rip the curlers out as I made the mad dash to the door.

Obviously my curls didn’t last

When I got to the design and business centre I went to the press desk to collect my press pass where I was greeted by a very Cheerful Jessica
ME: HI I am Lee-Anne Weise and I am  collecting a press pass and some tickets
Jessica: Oh Lee-Anne! I have been waiting to meet you won Loads of tickets!!

I probably should have mention that after a series of late night twitter and Instagram sessions (Thanks prednisone) I entered a load of comps to win tickets for Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014 and actually ended up winning about 5 sets of tickets!!
I can’t say than I never win anything any more
 
Me in my Spell magazine T'shirt
First stop once I first went to the Spell magazine stand as they wanted to give me a goody bag as part of my prize (Thanks guys)

I then did a walk round taking note of stands I wanted to go back to.

Of course I had to say hi to the guys at the ORS stand and take a few selfies for their wall.

Beautiful textures has a stand this year and after missing out on getting a sample of the naturally straight texture manageability system yesterday I crossed my fingers that I would get one today.
FYI I'm not super tall I'm standing on a chair
 
Right next to the Beautiful textures stand was the Afro Hair and Beauty Live Bloggers' Lounge which was hosted by UKnaturals.

I have to say I had an amazing time in the bloggers lounge and ended up staying in there much longer than I anticipated talking to bloggers taking pictures and tasting the yummy goodies they had on offer.

The rest of the day I had to say was a complete blur!

I had my hair and scalp analysed at ORS which was interesting and kind of scary at the same time as you see the hair strands close up which showed where my hair was healthy at the routed and as it went down the strands of my hair you could see the damaged from where I preciously relaxed my hair on a regular basis.


I also had a talk with the Patricia Ramgolam-Singh, of Concept Hair in Birmingham about the impact my lupus medications having on my hair and what I could do about it.

I was impressed with how knowledgeable she was about Lupus I normally get the blank stare lol
I was advised to wait until my medications are stable before I consider any kind of chemical treatments for my hair and in the meantime I should take some supplements and improve my diet which is something I had  already started to do so I was happy to know I was going in the right direction.

I had seen a few products that I liked throughout the day but I had promised myself that I would not do any impulse buying but instead I would take the website address for the products, do some research and then decide if need to make a purchase.

The following day when  went back I did end up buying some Shea butter and a subcription to Black hair and beauty but I needed those!

In the afternoon it got crazy busy and over whelming so I ended up leaving about 5pm and
Off to Afro Hair & Beauty Live day two
 I went back early the next day with the intention of taking photos and checking out some of the seminars which I did.

Check out my photos from the day.
















Did you go to Afro hair and beauty live?
What did you think of the day and did you make any interesting purchases?

Top Model Of Colour Event Review

Despite a full day at Curlvolution next stop was London’s Grand Connaught Rooms to attend Top Model of Colour Season 8 which is hosted by Mahogany Models Modelling Agency.
Over the years I have seen how TMC not only gives its contestants platform to start their modelling careers but gives them a first-hand look at what the modelling is like. It makes me smile when I see the previous contestants in magazines and gracing catwalks further in their career. Yu only have to look at TMC Season 5 winner Nana Afua Antwi who has since been in magazines such as Black Hair Pride and Fabulous Magazines, walked in London Fashion Week for Matthew Williamson and is the face of E'lon Cosmetics in America
I welcomed the Malibran Organic Prosecco at the exclusive VIP reception while I unwound and mingled with the guests and lusted over the African print skirts the staff were wearing.
The contest was hosted by the very charismatic Gayle Thompson attendees were entertainment by Mekeart Tribe traditional dancers and sets

from singers P.Nology from The X Factor 2012 and Antix while judges deliberated over who out of the 18 beautiful contestants would ultimately be crowned Top Model Of Colour.

Final 5 contestants
I would like to mention that TMC is the only competition in which contestants are provided with hair styling, make up and wardrobe, which I feels evens the playing field and takes a bit of financial pressure off of the contestants.
I remember talking to the contestants at a recent beauty pageant that I attended (I won’t say names) and I was shocked about how much they spent on their outfits make-up and hair some of them even came with their own stylists and make-up artists!!
TMC Judges 

I didn’t envy the judges for having to make such a difficult decision (even though I was rooting for my cousin Aisha to win)
Miss Aisha got through to the final 11 but didn't win still proud of her though

After fun filled evening which included a demonstration of how to rock the catwalk by Mr Mahogany himself

B Kiane AshmanSwaby was announced as the winner




Curlvolution Presents Luv & Learn Your Hair with Taren Guy Event Review

 Saturday morning found me up bright and early heading to Canary Whalf to  Curlvolution in the Hilton hotel.
With all tickets being sold out weeks prior to the event I was excited to attend.

Curvolution came to a start with the host motivational speaker Action Jackson getting the crowd to quote some affirmation’s (I’m ashamed to say I have forgotten what they were)
I was especially excited to see Taren Guy who I had been following on Youtube for some time and inspired me to start my own hair journey.
I was as happy to observe that she is as warm and welcoming in real life as she is in her videos, giving her honest experiences, opinions and insights.

Next up was a Q&A session with Felicia Leatherwood and Pam Hogan and we were introduced to a new product by Beautiful Textures called naturally straight.
They were also giving away free samples of the product but by the time I got to their stand they were totally tapped out L (Don’t worry there is an happy ending to this story in my next blog post don’t worry)



I also went Contouring and highlighting seminar hosted by make-up artist and Vlogger Giselle Ali and sponsored by Sleek cosmetics I found this class very interesting as I had always been amazed by how people have managed to transform their faces using contouring methods. I especially like the fact that Giselle advised that women of colour should avoid over contouring their faces and masking their African features.
I learnt a lot of interesting tips about applying foundations, eyeliners and experimenting with primers.
I also left with a wish list of products that I would like to try.

Attendees of the seminar were also treated to a goodie bag containing products from Sleek!
My goodie bag contained the Sleek Face Contour Kit in Dark WOOP WOOP!!

Back to the main room to unfortunately catching the end of the Curlformers demonstration just in time for Action Jackson to give a way prizes!

(I also should mention that I especially liked that time was assigned for the vendors to come up and talk about their products)

To end the da there was a panel discussion with Taren Guy, Felicia Leatherwood, Debbie Blake,  Emma Dabiri of The diasporadiva, and Gina of Natural Belle
Which covered everything from the panellist hair journeys, hair products and their thoughts the relaxed/texturized vs natural debate.
I found the discussion very enjoyable and what I took from it is being natural doesn’t just mean not having chemically processed hair it is more about taking care of yourself using the best products possible which also includes what you put in to your body.

The panellists also pointed out that everybody’s hair journey is different but we should still support and encourage each other.


In all I found my day at Curlvolution 14 inspiring and enjoyable and can’t wait to attend  next year

Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil By NARS Review


I have no idea when or where I got this lip pencil but I figured it was about time I tried it out.

The colour is a very nice  deep based red which I matte without being drying on the lips and highly pigmented.
pencil with white background
Pencil with black background

I couldn’t really get my head around the idea of a lip pencil as opposed to a lip stick but the thin tip made for a neater application as I was able to line my lips before filling them in.
Swatch without flash
Swatch with flash
However I am not in love with having to sharpen the lip pencil
I will defiantly be wearing this colour more often
What is your favorite red lipstick?