Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wigs: Bad Ass Beshe!! .... If you like the natural look...

Forgive the play on words but I couldn't help it! Cos this unit is truly bad ass! The Lace Wig (LW) Drew by BESHE is one of those units that anybody who knows anything about wigs has heard of. Everybody and their mama has tried BESHE: Drew... I would go as far as to say that she is probably one of the most reviewed synthetic units on YouTube. So of course I needed to get in on the action!

I first heard about the BESHE: Drew about two years ago, when watching a wig review by Ebony at ColouredBeautiful. Ebony is so pretty and makes every unit look amazing with her annoyingly fine self and customisation skills. The review was one that she uploaded on YouTube back in June 2013 where she modelled four amazing new BESHE: Drew units in crazy bold colours. Check out the review below. The units are so cute! But are now extinct so don't get too excited! Just appreciate what once was.., sigh!


Now call me a wild child but it was these reviews that sold me on the BESHE: Drew. The units looked so good on her and as a naturalista, I was really excited about purchasing units that although not the same as my hair texture, had a natural look and feel to them. So... based on her reviews I went ahead and purchased a couple of the BESHE: Drew units.

For those of you who aren't as bold, and for the sake of comparison, Ebony first uploaded a review of the original BESHE: Drew wig back in March 2011. Check out that review below.

Who Remembers Fashion Fair?! My First Foray Into Make-up....



How many of you ladies remember Fashion Fair? Even if you never actually used it, as a black woman the picture above must conjure up some memories no?! Circa 1973 -2008?? If not you, it might have been your mum, an aunty, an elder sister or another older black woman... but somewhere somehow as a black girl you must have come across Fashion Fair.

Fashion Fair is my very first memory of make-up! I remember my mum and ALL my 'aunties' used Fashion Fair back in the day and so for me, when I started using make-up as a teen and even into my early 20's, the brand that I naturally reached out for was Fashion Fair! Back then, it was THE brand of cosmetics for women of colour... you could walk into any top department store and you would see that beautiful pink Fashion Fair counter with all those glamorous looking beautiful black women 'made over' to perfection.

I really don't  remember when I made the switch and started using the current more popular brands such as MAC, but somehow Fashion Fair slowly disappeared from view and from our minds. It's kind of sad really because Fashion Fair was such a pioneer for black women and cosmetics and such a prominent part of our culture as black women. So what happened?






With new sexy branding and a wider range of products, is it too late for Fashion Fair to reclaim it's place as the cosmetics brand of choice for black women? Would you use Fashion Fair?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Black Girls ThrowBack! - This Will Make You Smile...


Hello Beautiful People... Now I don't know about you but there is nothing like a good 'old school' tune to take you back to the 'good ol' days'! Gees.. I am at risk of revealing my age here but I stumbled across a recent (May 2015) BET performance today where Brandy, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Yo Yo all came together again to perform the remix of Brandy's classic 1994 hit tune 'I wanna be down'!!! Do you remember it? Oh my days! I love these women and they all still look so damn good... it really 'don't crack'! When I watched it this morning, it took me right back to my erm... younger days... and I bounced out of bed feeling like I was a teen again (PLEASE don't try and do the math THANK YOU! :p). If this music is from your era, please watch, reminisce, and enjoy.... If not... please watch and learn about when music was music! LOL! I sound like my mum!!!

For those who really wanna go back in time, you can watch the original 1994 video below. Enjoy... :)


Monday, 21 September 2015

The Emmy's 2015: Women of Colour & Opportunity


If you are in the UK, you might have, like me, woken up to the joyful news that not one, not two, but three extremely talented black women were appreciated and rewarded for their amazing acting contributions to television in the USA. Yes! The Emmy Awards: Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Regina King were awarded for Outstanding Lead Actresses in a Drama, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series respectively.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Oh Lupita!... A class act!!


Lupita Lupita Lupiiiiitaaaaaa! YAAAS! This beautiful black woman has graced the cover of Vogue for the SECOND time and she looks stunning as always; representing black beauty with such elegance, grace and style. The Kenyan beauty who in 2014 was named 'The Most Beautiful Woman' by People magazine, and 'Woman of the Year' by Glamour magazine can be seen in the October issue of Vogue sampling Fall couture... and boy does she sample the hell out of that couture. Read on to see some of the pics...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Happy Birthday Chimamanda!!!!

Rename me 'LateCleopatra' if you will, but I could not let the day go by without wishing one of my favourite women a very happy birthday! Although now it is the 16th September here in the UK, there are still places in the world where at this precise moment it is still the 15th September and so I'll take that opportunity to wish Chimamanda Adichie a very very happy birthday.

For those of you who do not know who this amazing woman is: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African_literature."

Among some of her most well known titles are 'Half Of A Yellow Sun', 'Purple Hibiscus' and most recently 'Americanah'.

Adichie spoke on being a feminist for TEDxEuston in December 2012, with her speech entitled, "We should all be feminists". The speech was sampled for the 2013 "Flawless (Beyoncé Knowles song). The parts significantly contribute to the song lyrics that Adichie takes on the description of featuring artiste on the track:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: "You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man"
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

The Afro &Twist Comb: Naturalistas... You Need To Check This Out!


If you are a black man or woman with natural hair... you need to be reading this post! 

Okay so as a blogger, I get lots of people sending me information about various products and services that might be relevant to the black community. If I had the time, I would probably write about most of them, because to be honest there are many amazing products and services out there that I am sure the community would love to know about. Slowly slowly... but today I am introducing a product to you that was brought to my attention a few weeks ago. To be very honest (sorry Ese) I kind of put it on the back burner since I got it because I have been tucking my natural hair away for about a month now... and ideally, I really would prefer to actually test a product out before extolling its virtues... or not. Well tonight, I tested the Afro & Twist Comb and let me tell you.... I kinda like it.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

GIRL DON'T DATE HIM!!! Apps for girls to review guys!!!

LADIES LADIES LADIES!!!! This is for you... but guys you should read too... cos it's about y'all!

Okay, so a very good friend of mine has been going through some pretty horrible relationship issues for a while now, with a man she has been in a relationship and loved for over 10 years and now has two young children with. Turns out he was living a double life 'his words' and had multiple simultaneous relationships... one lasting three years... whilst with her (??!!!). As a woman who has had my fair share (and some) of man crap, my heart literally breaks whenever I think about what she is going through. I don't mean to man bash, but some guys just ain't right!!! As women, like us, I am sure that most, if not all of you ladies have had some horrible 'situation' with a guy that is by all accounts... newsworthy... for all the wrong reasons! He didn't tell me he was married... I didn't know he was bisexual... he never told me he had been to prison.... he lied to me about his age/qualifications/identity... he has abusive tendencies...he is addicted to pornography, the list goes on. I tell you... some of the things that I hear during girl talk would send you straight to a convent! I don't have daughters, but I shudder to think what kinda guys are out there for the young girls today! Lord help them!

Friday, 4 September 2015

HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY BEYONCÉ!


Just a quick shout out to our very own Queen B who celebrates her 34th birthday today.

Come on... Who does not love Beyoncé? From the early days of Destiny's Child when I was a young college student and used to wiggle my (then) teeny pre-baby body to 'No No No' ..... to 'sharing' the experience of pregnancy and motherhood with her in recent years (our kids are around the same age), I have always respected and admired Beyonzzz (as my mum calls her).