PRODUCT REVIEW: PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICIZER EXTREME

I wish I could for the life of me remember my first PK encounter but I can’t, all I know is that it has been a serious love story since then and this has to be one of my longest running staples! I couldn’t believe I had yet to officially review this here on the blog, so let’s just say this is exactly that – an official review! 

Product: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme

Price: 150ml £27.50 Product Claims: Elasticizer Extreme is targeted at a very specific hair type: extremely dry, porous and very thirsty! Specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged, this product provides instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment.Elasticizer Extreme has all the moisturizing ingredients of Elasticizer, with higher active doses of the components that can really make a difference to very dry, porous and thirsty hair. 

Ingredients: Aqua, Ricinus Communis (Castor oil) , Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethyl Hexyl Dimethyl PABA, Olea Europea (Olive Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetylpryidinium Chloride, Hydrolysed Elastin, Amodiethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben. 

PRODUCT REVIEW: PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICIZER EXTREME

My Thoughts Could it be any more obvious, I absolutely adore this product solely based on the effects it has on my hair as the price tag most certainly isn’t appealing! This product does four main things for my hair, well at least from what I notice, it softens, detangles, protects and increases elasticity. I use this product at least twice a month and upon application it instantly smooths out my hair and any tangles or knots that linger on from a long worn twist out. It literally emulates clay and conforms your hair to any shape you mold it. I’ve become so used to using this product that I find no shampoo I use after it has managed to dry out my hair to the point of worry and all in all, well, it’s a pretty great product! [Transitioners this was one of my absolutely must haves during my transition FYI!] For those wondering how far the £27.50 goes well I’ve thus far used my 150ml on 4 wash days and there is still half of the tub left, mind you I use this fortnightly as opposed to weekly as advised on the PK website!

Product Review | Mazuri Organics

Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Moroccan Oil Sheen SprayPrice: £1.69 ☆Claims: Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Moroccan Oil Sheen Spray. Contains organic Olive oil and organic Argan oil. Moroccan oil is one of the rarest and richest oils in the world, and has been long known for rejuvenating moisture in hair and skin. Rich in vitamin E, phenolic acid and carotenes, Moroccan oil is correctly called Argan Oil, an oil traditionally extracted by hand, from the fruit of the argan tree grown in Morocco, hence Moroccan oil.LYT Rating: Guys this is the best Oil Sheen Spray I have EVER used! Do you remember me mentioning a spray my sister used as air freshener because it was just that yummy? Well this is the one! Even though this product was sent as free to try, I will never say I like something if I genuinely do not. This spray is all you need in a sheen spray. Its adds the perfect gloss to dead dull looking tresses and the smell is out of this world! A bubblegum, flower all spice type scent to be precise! We (myself and my sisters) used this product in the space of 2 weeks. It became a handbag item and whats more acts as your very own hair freshener. Undoubtedly worth ❤❤❤Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Texturizer Softening Hair MudPrice: £3.99 ☆☆Claims: Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Texturizer Softening Hair Mud by Mazuri Products. It revitalizes and strengthens, moisturizes and softens, detangles and shines your hair.LYT Rating: This hair mud is meant to be used before styling your hair. I used a dime size amount on my hair and found it was too heavy a product for my freshly straightened tresses. On the other hand it worked quite well in adding a softness to a 3 day old twist out on my younger sisters natural hair. ❤

Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Texturizer Finishing Spray Price: £3.99 ☆☆Claims: Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Texturizer Finishing Spray moisturizes and defines your hair, adds shine and manageability to them and it is anti-frizz finishing spray.LYT Rating: Similar to the Oil Sheen this spray made my hair glam and shiny. It practical coated my strands with a layer of gloss. Having fallen in love with the Oil Sheen spray I must say I won’t be needing something that gives me a similar result. All in all it did add shine and aided in making my hair smoother thus more manageable. I give this product  ❤❤

HANDS DOWN THE BEST EDGE CONTROL I’VE EVER USED

Over the years I’ve gone through my fair share of hair gels, from the old school Lets Jam Conditioning Gel, to every natural girls favourite Ecostyler, and no gel, I repeat no gel, has laid my edges down as well as my new favourite Gorilla Snot Gel

As I type I am currently one week and four days into the LYT 6 Month Protective Style Challenge, and I just can’t get enough of these EvaWigs units [styling video coming soon]. The only downside [if I dare even call it that], of wearing these staight haired units is that my curly edges stand out like a sore thumb!

Now before I discovered the Gorilla Snot Gel, Ecostyler was the name of the game when it came to mastering the edge lay, however I always found that it would only give me a few hours of hold before my curls began to make a comeback. So I took to the internet in search of a gel with a stronger hold and stumbled upon this 5 star review of the Gorilla Snot Gel…

You definitely didn’t have to tell me twice, I clicked buy in just a matter of seconds and the rest is history!  As for the gel itself there are a few other things I love about it besides its long lasting hold. For one there’s it’s inexpensive price point at just £4.97 for 350g, and then we have its delicious scent. One thing I noticed only after buying the gel, is that Alcohol is one of its top three ingredients, which is a little too high up for my liking, despite this I’ve decided to continue using the gel as I haven’t had any adverse reactions. Plus I usually rinse the gel off when I wash my face before bed so it’s a win win situation.  I’m pretty sure there are a dozen more of it’s kind but until another gel steals the limelight, I’m in a long term relationship with this and there will be no break ups! If you need some more convincing I filmed a short video review and included some clips of the gel in all of its glory. Let me know what you think!

You definitely didn’t have to tell me twice, I clicked buy in just a matter of seconds and the rest is history!

As for the gel itself there are a few other things I love about it besides its long lasting hold. For one there’s it’s inexpensive price point at just £4.97 for 350g, and then we have its delicious scent. One thing I noticed only after buying the gel, is that Alcohol is one of its top three ingredients, which is a little too high up for my liking, despite this I’ve decided to continue using the gel as I haven’t had any adverse reactions. Plus I usually rinse the gel off when I wash my face before bed so it’s a win win situation.

I’m pretty sure there are a dozen more of it’s kind but until another gel steals the limelight, I’m in a long term relationship with this and there will be no break ups! If you need some more convincing I filmed a short video review and included some clips of the gel in all of its glory. Let me know what you think!

BEAUTY CORNER: AGELESS BEAUTIES & TIPS I’M STEALING FROM THEM RIGHT NOW!

With the little time that I had off over Christmas I decided to take a trip down memory lane and browse through some of my older posts. It’s something I do once a year just before writing my goals for the new year, so that I can decide on which types of posts/series I will continue and those I’ll be parting ways with.

I stumbled upon a post I had written about Annette Larkins, the 72 year old who had me google-ing her profile for almost two days to find out the secret behind her 50 something year old-looking face!

Her secret? Juicing & Veganism

Now, I completely jumped on the smoothie/juicing bandwagon but my Nigerian roots were not very supportive of veganism so I let that one slide! A year later and with a wedding just months away, I’m taking my health and skin care routine to another level, and what better than to do so by getting some tips from the masters of ageless beauty themselves! Of course I plan on sticking to these tips post the big day, I’d have to be crazy not to!

Simply chose your fruit and veg, chuck them into a sandwich bag, and into the freezer they go ready to be used during the week. If you’re still not convinced and the thought of veggies in a drink gives you the shivers, check out my smoothie pinterest board, it inspired me to give it a try and I ended up pleasantly surprised.

NIA LONG – Again on the topic of Christmas, I indulged in a number of Christmas movies including one of my very faves ‘The Best Man Holiday’. I’ll admit I can overdo it when it comes to movies, I’ve seen this one five times! This time however I couldn’t help but focus on just how amazing Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long looked. Whilst I know that makeup helped in making them look oh so fabulous, if you’ve stalked them as much as I have you’ll know that even without makeup these ladies are simply gorgeous.

As someone hoping to one day have some children of my own, I took particular interest in Nia’s skincare regimen. I just had to find out how a working mother of two managed to look so young. It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon an interview she did for BET, where she shared that she goes to bed greasy! Here is what she said:

‘The key to having great skin is to keep it super-duper moisturized. I go to bed greasy. I use a product from a line at Whole Foods, but it’s not expensive. It’s called Aura Glow from Heritage products. They have almond scented oil. I use it everyday, and my son uses it as well. It’s a staple in our house. I put it on in the shower whilst my skin is still wet.”

I’ve been giving this a try everyday since January 1st [after applying my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair], and I wake up with flawless skin, I exaggerate not! Aura Glow is a blend of Peanut oil, Olive oil, Lanolin oil and Almond oil. I made my own version using just Almond oil, Coconut oil, Rosehip oil and a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. I don’t think I’ll ever turn back!

IMAN – Last but not least, a technique that I couldn’t get my head around for some time. Up until November 2014 I had only ever used SPF when going on holiday. The reason being, having grown up and lived in London all of my life where the sun plays hide and seek, I saw no need for sunscreen except when travelling abroad. After a debate or two with a European colleague at work who forces her Gambian husband to wear sunscreen, I began to do my own research. Reviews were mixed and I decided not to bother with it. That was until she dropped an issue of Pride Magazine on my table with a feature on Iman who mentioned that sunscreen is a must and that she commits to using this daily!