What’s so good about is Shea Butter?


Shea butter is like a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F.

Not only does it offer UV protection (it is SPF ~6) it provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.
Shea butter is becoming a trendy ingredient featured in many beauty products on the market but has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.

Shea Butter Benefits
The natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter make it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin so it is often used to remedy dry skin and protect the skin’s natural oils.

Shea Butter Uses
Shea butter is a super versatile natural beauty ingredient which had a number of uses. Below are a few:
Moisturizer face and body
Helps ward off stretch marks
Under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
Massage butter
Try whipping it to make your own body butter
As an SPF 6 skin lotion
Use to moisturize your scalp
Melt down and mix with your fave conditioner to give your hair an extra shot of moisture
As a natural cuticle cream
To help fade scars
On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu

What Kind of Shea Butter is best?
I purchased my Shea butter during Afro Hair and Beauty live and was told that it was told was (I will try to find the name of the vendor) unfortunately mine doesn’t have the nicest smell so I tend to use it on my skin at night then wash it off in the shower in the morning and use another moisturizer for the day
I have been told that you can purchase refined Shea butters that are odor free and bleached to be completely white, but I would guess that the refining process would remove some of the beneficial properties.

Handy tip
Warm the Shea butter until it melts and mix with honey (Make sure it is not warm not hot to the touch) add to wet hair after shampooing cover with a shower cap then wrap with a towel to keep in the heat. Leave on for about 15 mins then rinse off.

Your hair will feel super moisturized and smell amazing!

Isn't it time you declutter your wardrobe?

This is something I try to do on a regular basis but let’s face it it’s not the most exciting of household chores but there are some great benefits to taking on the task.

You’ll unveil things you probably haven’t seen in a while, reveal tops that have been hiding on hangers for months and have all the things you need to create style savvy new outfits as if you’ve just bought them from a shop. You will clear space in your wardrobe too (Cough a cough) get more clothes.

Sounds good right let’s get started
I like to use a clothing rail to separate the clothes I am defiantly getting rid of and the stuff I’m not sure about.
Anything I’m keeping obviously stays in the wardrobe.
This collapsible clothing rail cost me about £20 from Amazon and is great for when I’m going to the boot sale. When I’m not using it I simply take it apart and store it in a cupboard.
My first rule is if I haven’t worn it in over a year it can go – too often I am getting rid of stuff with tags on it but I know that if I haven’t worn it yet I probably never will so there is no need to keep it.
Does it still fit? - forget about waiting to gain or lose weight so you can wear it just let it go! And if you managed to stick to that New Year’s resolution diet well done you deserve a shopping spree!!
Does it look good on me? – You may want to get a second opinion from a friend here – clearing out your wardrobe is a great chance to reinvent your look so take advantage of it. You may think that that bodycon dress looks great on you but your GOOD friends may beg to differ.
Is it in good condition?- Lost buttons, faded from being washed to many times, rips snags. 
Most minor damage can be repaired by good dry cleaners but if can’t let it go
Winter woollies are bulky and take up a lot of space. I personally like to pack them away into boxes during the spring and summer months then get them back out in autumn,

I have found that investing in nonslip hangers has given a sense of uniformity to my wardrobe and browsing easier.
JML's flocked coat hangers are the business! They are nice and thin so you save a lot of space and the flocking prevents the clothing falling off.
They also come in a range colours and for £21 for 50 you really can’t go wrong!



What to do with unwanted garments?

Ebay it up 
Why not sell it online and make a bit of money? Take a photo of it on your smartphone and you can instantly upload it to one of the many online selling sites. Kerching!

Ebay.co.uk

Get car booting

Why not haul your booty to your local boot sale?

you get fresh air and exercise aw well as make some extra money
Check out my bootsale selling tips HERE
Give it to charity
If you are a Necter points collector you can collect extra Necter points when you donate items to Oxfam – check out the website for more info
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/donate-goods/tag-your-bag


If you don’t like it, don’t have it taking up space in your wardrobe!
there’s probably someone else out there who would love it, a friend or relative perhaps?

Share the love 

Don’t forget to spring clean your drawers as well!

How to make extra MONEY


I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say that I have way too much money
and I rarely hear anyone say that they have enough money so  I’m guessing an injection of cash is always welcomed especially if you’re not exactly living the lifestyle you want to.
Here are some creative ways you can make more money.

Sell your stuff
Seriously when was the last time you had a proper clean out?
Odds are you have soo much stuff you don’t need and aren’t using.  I know tend to hang on to things “just in case” I need them someday but never do. Now my rule of thumb is if I haven’t used it in a year it needs to go.
Sell it on eBay, gumtree or even go to your local boot sale to make a little extra cash.

Enhance your skills
If you want to start a change career or take your current career to the next level in order to, of course, get paid more than you should defiantly consider enhancing your current skills.  Job experience is a big part of negotiating your wage and getting paid what you’re worth, but so are skills and education.  Going back to education is a great way to make more money.

Turn something you love into a money-making opportunity
Do you love doing something in your spare time that could make you money?  If the answer is yes then why aren’t you?  Whether you like to spend your free time writing, making jewellery or whatever I’m sure there is a way to make it into a professional side hustle generate an income just think creatively.

Let people know what you can do
Talk about the services, I have a friend that is a teacher who was a short of money, now she tutors children in her spare time in order to get extra money. If you can sew offer your service to friends and relatives repairing and altering clothing.  Or if you are able to build websites…..
Don’t be shy to talk about your work and ask your neighbours, friends and family to spread the word about your skills. 
Get a part time job
Not the most creative solutions but a solution. If you have spare time of an evening or on the weekends why not get a part time job?  If you have experience in retail you could apply at your fave clothing shop or in your local supermarket so not only will you be getting more pocket money you will save money using your employee discount.

Become a secret shopper
There are loads of companies that offer secret shopper which means you basically get paid to shop! Ok, there is more to it than that, you shop in certain shops dine out in restaurants then evaluate the service you received and feed the information back to the company.

What’s your secret to making extra money?

#MACTaraji MAC X Taraji P Henson Collaboration Coming Soon!

As much as I love their products I have I had started to grow weary of some MACs collaborations.
I mean trolls.. really and the Simpsons collaboration was cute but really who wore it?

Now when I heard they would be doing a collaboration with Cookie …! Ok Taraji P Henson either way I love her and I had to take notice.

The Golden Globe winner will be launching the #MACTaraji collection next month which will 

Highlight The Truth Mineralized Skin Finish


Taraji Glow Mineralized Skin Finish



Rapid Black Ultimate Pen Eyeliner



Haute & Naughty Too Black Mascara



And last but not least an 187 Brush to make sure you get your highlight right.

All of these items I feel would be the perfect staple addition to any woman’s makeup bag so I will defiantly make adjustments to my monthly budget so that I can invest.

MAC x Taraji P will be available on the 6th September 2016


9 steps towards a more positive you


Life isn’t easy, sometimes s##t happens and at times it can seem hard if not impossible to bounce back. Positive encouragement can come from anywhere friends, family even inspirational posts on Instagram but what do you personally do for yourself when you need an infusion of positivity and inspiration?
Whether you’re a natural optimist, we could all use positive thoughts throughout our day to lift our spirits and keep us going!

1. Get your body right Body health and mental health go hand in hand so looking after your physical well-being is paramount. Make sure you are eating right, exercising and also getting enough rest.

2. Spend time with your peeps Set aside time to spend loved ones and friends (clubbing doesn’t count). Too it’s easy to get caught up in work or the dramas of everyday life and carving out the extra time can seem impossible but I promise you it isn’t.

There is nothing better than being in the presence of those you love and love you back so sort it out! If a visit can’t be arranged then a call is just as good. I set aside one morning a week during my commute to work to call my grandmother on the phone which is lovely for both me and her because she gets to chat with her favorite granddaughter and I get to hear how proud she is of me J plus we never hang up without saying eye love you which is nice to hear before the start of a stressful work day.

3. Get a new perspective. If there is a specific problem or situation bringing you down, it can help to get advice from someone impartial - A fresh perspective helps you refocus on what’s important.
4. Exercise.  While the rewards of proper nutrition often take a while to come to the surface, exercise is instant gratification. When feeling down, getting up and being active may be far from your mind, but trust me it is always worth it. Even going on a walk or a quick jog will leave you feeling accomplished as well as improve your mood.

5. Keep it moving ….. Toward your goals. Many of us have goals that always get put off. These can be big or small i.e. pay off credit cards or even look for a new job, but if they’re important to you, you need to work toward them.
Next time you’re feeling down, try putting your energy into how you can achieve something that will take you a one step toward one of the goals you’ve had in the back of your mind. The progress will defiantly will inspire you to keep up the momentum.

6. Try something new! Being stick in a rut can suck .. so don’t get stuck in one.
It’s great to shake up your routine and experience new things weather it is going on holiday to a new destination or even trying out a different coffee or tea.

7. Treat yourself like the princess you are I’m not suggesting you go and empty your savings indulging you every whim but a little treat every never hurt right and will give you something to look forward to. Cheeky cocktail or a relaxing bubble bath is defiantly enough to raise my sprits half way through a stressful work day.

8. Reassess the energies you have around you have  someone around you that is constantly bringing you down, it’s fine to OK to take a break from them and branch out. It is important that you have positive personalities around you that encourage, inspire and nurture (And of course you should for the same for them).

9. Be thankful Awful things happen to good people everyday and no matter how bad or bleak your situation may seem I'm sure there is some one that would love to have your problems. Take the time to be count and be thankful for your blessings 


How do you boost your mood when all else fails?

RachelSwirl

Some Paint, Some Tape, Some Elbow Grease & A New Kitchen

Happy Monday!

Right now I am tired, cranky and mourning my weekend but at the same time, I am super proud of myself because finally painted my kitchen cupboards and they look absolutely amazing!
I have wanted to give my Kitchen a makeover since I moved in last year but it seemed too time-consuming and expensive so I kept putting it off with the intention of saving to have a new kitchen installed, but let’s keep it real I didn’t save anything in my new kitchen fund.

Over the last few weeks I binged watch DIY videos on Youtube trying to find ways to get the job done quickly and effectively and but a lot of the processes involved taking off the cupboards cleaning them, sanding them down then using a primer waiting for it to dry, one or two coats of paint and you have to wait for that to dry between each layer and finally a top coat, let that dry, attach all of the handles to the doors and draws then rehang.

I’m sorry I don’t have time for all that.
While having a moan about my crappy cupboards to my boss who advised me to look into something called One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint (I didn’t even know my cupboards were melamine) then my outlook suddenly looked a lot brighter.

The following day went down to B&Q to get what I needed to transform my kitchen.

Materials Used:
Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint in Grey Satin x2
Foam rollers
Paint brushes
Masking tape
Dust sheets

Process:
I started to remove the hardware (Door handles) from the cupboards and draws (Well actually I removed one) and then I changed my mind and covered them with masking tape.

I also decided NOT to remove the cupboard doors or paint the interior of the cupboards (but I may do it at a later time) this saved me the hassle of having to pack up my entire kitchen. 

I wiped down the cupboards, doors and drawers to remove any dirt and grime and when everything was dry I used the masking tape to cover the walls and places that I did not want to accidently get covered in paint but I didn’t really bother using the dust cloths everywhere I just used  it under the roller tray and the paint tin.

A brush was used to cut and get into tricky areas such as the corners, and then I used a roller everywhere else.


My kitchen is not that big so I was able to get it all done in about 5-6 hours and use just over one can of paint (I still have loads left over in the 2nd can which I am going to save for touch ups and other DIY projects) however I still need to paint the kickboards and do some touch ups here and there.

I am so thrilled to have found Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint because it has given me the kitchen of my dreams without breaking the bank or my back. 

What do you think? 


Have you thought about painting your own kitchen cupboard using DIY methods?  

RachelSwirl

Crochet Braids by Liora Jasmine Braiding #FanDayFriday


As much as I loved rocking my afro I found myself stuck in a bit of a style rut, so when I was contacted by Liora Jasmine Braiding and asked if I wanted to try out their new line of pre curled kanekalon hair for crochet braiding 


 which by the way they were going to install for me. Of course I jumped at the chance.


I previously had box braids installed by Liora Jasmine Braiding so I was more than happy to put my hair in their hands one more time.


I had previously had crochet braids installed by another hairdresser and even though I loved the finished result I found the process quite painful (I very tender headed) however this time the experience was pleasant, pain free and super quick.


I absolutely in love the with the style and I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you would probably already because all the pictures I have put up


The hair costs £32.00 plus shipping and for that you get 80 curls which is enough to do a whole head, in either 1 box or 4 boxes of 20 and comes in the following lengths: 10in, 12in and 14in.


As well as looking great this style is extremely easy to manage and should last around 4-6 weeks as long as I avoid combing, sleep with hair tied up in a silk scarf, keep my scalp and keep my scalp moisturised,
Installing crochet braids generally costs around £50*


For price query’s and availability contact check out: http://liorajasmine.com/ 


*Complementary hairstyle


How To Take Down Braids and Twists Without Experiencing Breakage

As A Lupus suffer, full time worker and a person who likes to hit the snooze button more than once in the mornings have chosen to opt for long term protective styles which are kept in place for several weeks. While they are for promoting hair growth retention keeping a style for that long, there is no pros without cons.  Whether you have cornrows, braids, weaves or any of the other fashionable protective styles, eventually you are going to have to take them out and detangle cleans and condition your locks.

I have on many occasions been up until dumb o’clock raking out my protective style and being so tired that I am tempted to rake a come through my hair so I can go to sleep.

NO!!

Never do this the correct planning, patience and having effect products (Hey three p’s)  help you avoid having a difficult time taking down the style and ending up with hair on the floor rather than on your head.

Here are some tips on how to minimise breakage from long term protective styles and keep the hair that you worked hard to retain.

Know your hairstyle limits: Do not keep the style for too long

When selecting your next protective style ask yourself these questions about your hair:

Is it is kinky or curly or both?

Do individual strands tend to mesh or not?

Are your strands are fine or average or thick?

Does your hair shrinks when washed or not?

The answers to this question swill help to determine how long you should keep your protective style for most textures this is about 2-4 weeks for twists or cornrows

It is important not to keep the style for overly long especially if you are regularly wetting the hair.

Braids can be stretched up to 8 weeks depending on your hair texture, and the thickness of your braid (thinner braids usually last longer than thicker ones), the way you maintain the braids will also make the world of difference. It is important to keep the braids and the scalp clean and redo the braids around the hairline every 2-3 weeks is usually advised.

Condition your hair before the take down
A lot of braid wearers wait until after they have removed their protective style before giving hair a proper wash and condition. My tip is to do this day before adding 10-15 minutes to your normal conditioning time and of If you like to deep condition with heat, then do so event better. Conditioning prior to taking down allows the hair conditioner to soften hair and add moisture to it making the hair flexible but strong as it is moisturised but not wet. Deposits on hair surface will also be left over from the conditioner which soften the strands allowing them to bend easily so you hair will be in an ideal state to resist breakage from the comb stabbing at the braids or any stretching and pulling. Once your style has been removed and your hair detangled you can wash and condition your hair again.

Unravel rather than comb
You can use a rat tail comb to undo your protective style but it is kinder and gentler to unravel your hair with your fingers (murder on you manicure I know).

Get the slip right
Slip is essential especially at the ends of twists or braids. You can use whatever is your favourite product that will allow your hair to feel slippery and let strands glide past each other. I like to use a mixture of oil, leave in conditioner mixed in an old, spray bottle with water.

Give your self-time time and more time
Give your self adequate time so that you are not temped to rush and undo all you good work. It’s not unlikely for me to take a Friday or a Monday off from work so I have a long weekend to make sure doing my hair doesn’t interfere with my usual weekend errands and chores.

JewelleryBox.co.uk Mystery Giveaway

What is it about receiving jewellery that makes a girl happy?
Over the weekend I attended the Blogosphere Magazine tea party where I bumped in to the guys from JewelleryBox.co.uk who I i have to say always have the most magical and innovative displays at blogger events and the cutest packaging.
The JewelleryBox.co.uk guys gave all the bloggers beautify wrapped presies which I  thought  the urge to rip open so I can gift it to a lucky reader.


Which means I have absolutely no idea what’s inside!
But who doesn’t love surprises???
if you are familiar with JewelleryBox.co.uk you would know that they have some of the loveliest pieces!
And if you don’t I definitely recommend checking out them out!
 All of the items in their collection are really well made and an absolute bargain for the price and with so many different styles and products in, silver, gold and rose gold finishes you will defiantly be spoilt for choice .


All that I ask is that you follow my blog via:
 GFC
or one of my social media channels
(Or all of them if you like?)  

Then leave me a comment below letting me know which one so I can check.
This will also let me know how to contact the winner


Good Luck!!



Have you bought anything from JewelleryBox.co.uk before?

This giveaway will run from Monday 15th August 2016 until the Sunday 21st August 2016.
And I am happy to whip the prizes worldwide

Winners will be randomly picked on the
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Diary of an imperfect mum

Ziyanda Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub Product Review #FanDayFriday

A few weeks ago the lovely Thembi Songo founder of Ziyanda sent me some of their amazing products to try out. 
One of which was the Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub, natural vegan body polish with fair trade sugar and organic shea butter. 

I had previously tried a coffee scrub I wasn’t a fan of the smell (I am not a fan of coffee) however as threw as so many great ingredients in the scrub was also homemade, vegan and 100% natural I decided to be open minded and give it a try.
Recently I have started leaning more towards natural products because of the fact that I suffer from lupus which can lead to me coming up in rashes or lesions. H had been advised that, coffee scrubs can be incredibly effective when it comes to treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
The coffee scrub that I was sent to try out was made to order from the following natural Key ingredients:
 

Kalahari crystal salt  - 
100% pure, mineral rich, unprocessed, sun dried salt with no additives or preservatives. It is sustainably harvested from the salt pans of the Kalahari desert in South Africa. The San community (original inhabitants) directly benefits from the sale of the salt. The salt removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, encouraging the regeneration of new skin cells. It also stimulates circulation which helps to tighten and tone skin.

Coffee
Exfoliates dead skin cells and its caffeine content can help to tighten skin and minimise the appearance of cellulite. Our scrubs are made with certified fair trade Ethiopian coffee.

Sugar
Contains glycolic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates and helps to brighten skin. We use certified fair trade raw cane sugar from Mauritius.

Kalahari melon seed oil
High in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and it balances excess sebum whilst also helping to prevent moisture loss.

Pumpkin seed oil
Rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin e and antioxidants.
And is resented in a 200ml recyclable (PET) plastic jar.ngredients

I was expecting the coffee scrub to be a dry scrub, but it was actually more of a thick paste which smelt amazing (Not just like coffee)

I wet my skin, put a small amount of the scrub in my hands and gently applied it using small, circular movements. I expected the scrub to feel rough on my skin, but it didn’t. After leaving the scrub on for a few minutes, before I washed it off and was pleasantly surprised at just how soft, smooth and moisturised my skin felt.
The Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub costs £17.99 plus shipping which can seem a bit steep however when you take into consideration that it is made to order with fair trade products I think the price is justified.

For more info about Ziyanda products check out their website

http://www.ziyanda.co.uk/

And why not check out what some of my fellow bloggers #FanDayFriday ‘s