12 Oct 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: HAPPY AND LIVING

I started my new job a few months ago, and I'm loving it! Especially the people. I'm literally living a dream. We are gearing up for the Christmas campaigns now, so the next few weeks are going to be mayhem. I'm giving you guys a heads up though, so I don't just go MIA on you. I'm a little nervous because I'm working on a few videos for YouTube; considering it's been 10 months, I feel like I'm uploading for the very first time again.

I watched Think Like a Man, Sex Tape, and Let's be Cops over the last few weeks. Although Think like a man was basically the Kevin Hart show, I did find some parts of it funny. Sex Tape was hilariously funny. If it's still in the cinema I'd definitely say go and see it. Lets' Be Cops, was really silly movie, but a very good ending.

W Talk launch on the 1st of October, which was super exciting. Join in every Wednesday at 8pm.


Food at Ping Pong | Neon Full Skirt Preview post | Dinner at Eelbrook | Smokey eye, and Nude Lip
Trying out Google Glass | Facial at Cowshed | New Vlogging Camera | First Dinner prepared by the BF
Disaronno wears Versace party | Neon Full Skirt Post | Lunch with W Talk hosts 

6 Oct 2014

LIFESTYLE: HEYLAND WHITTLE JASMINE AND LILAC REED DIFFUSER



Earlier this week, I posted about transitioning into autumn with a pumpkin spice French toast recipe. We’ve got taste covered so let’s move onto the next one: scent.

There’s no better way to bring the warmth into your home by updating your furniture too. Pull out a soft rug, place a few candles around your home and wrap yourself in a wool blanket. To combat the cold, change colour schemes to darker ones that retain heat. One of the best ways I prepare for the transition in season is with diffusers. The allusion of warmth always triggers nostalgia whenever I walk through the door.

It’s so important a diffuser releases scents that are authentic because it really can make a difference to an atmosphere and more importantly: your mood.

I swear by reed diffusers by Heyland and Whittle, particularly the Jasmine and Lilac sent. Apart from being calming which is exactly what you need after a busy day, the blend of fragrances is light yet distinctive ensuring traces of jasmine and lilac linger throughout the evening.

Additionally, the floral scent pays homage to the summer and spring months I miss already so it’s a pleasantreminder of months to come.

I always feel rejuvenated and energised especially by the smell of lilac flowers. Kudos to Heyland and Whittle for achieving a diffuser, which stays authentic to its name yet smells fresh and uplifting.

SO, now that we've got taste and smell covered, why not reach for a dark berry lipstick, some light knitwear and a stylish jacket to compliment your embrace of winter. I’ll also be trying out the orange spice candle - which I’m looking forward to telling you about.

Available 

2 Oct 2014

FOOD: PUMPKIN SPICE FRENCH TOAST



Good morning! We’re into the second month of autumn with nights getting darker, trees changing colour and temperatures dropping. Although summer will be sorely missed, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy drinking hot cocoa and eating heart-warming food. We all deserve a sweet treat (after all, we’re mourning summer right) so I thought this recipe would be a perfect way of using autumnal recipes whilst updating a classic. Welcome October in the best possible fashion.




Ingredients
Brioche bread (sliced about 1- 1/2 inches thick)
4 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin butter (you can make your own or buy ready made)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup pumpkin cream cheese
Maple syrup
Pecans

Instructions

 1. Slice up the bread into thick cuts; it’s best when stale – between a day or two old. 

2. In a large bowl whisk thoroughly the eggs, cinnamon, pumpkin butter, vanilla and pumpkin spice with milk 

3. Dip for 30 seconds on each side whilst heating up a pan/skillet with some salted butter 

4. Toast for three – four minutes on each side over a medium high heat until each side is slightly browned and the egg has set. All done! Now serve with some maple syrup and pumpkin cream cheese 
5. Add some pumpkin butter to cream cheese and flavour with cinnamon, ground ginger, and peacans)

30 Sep 2014

BEAUTY: VEET EASYWAX ELECTRICAL ROLL ON KIT

My relationship with waxing has been complicated. It’s never been a smooth experience (pun – and pain intended!) so I was slightly apprehensive about reviewing the Veet Easywax Electrical Roll on Kit.

Many moons ago, I thought it would be a good idea to wax at home. Being the optimist that I am, I thought it would be an easy, affordable and efficient hair removal method. I thought wrong. So, unaware of the pain I was about to encounter, I popped a wax pot into the microwave as instructed. The directions said microwave for three mins – so I microwaved for three minutes. The directions said ‘apply a layer directly onto skin’ – so I applied a layer directly onto my lady parts having full confidence and assurance that following the instructions would bring me joy, satisfaction and smoothness. 
The directions lied. 

I was bewildered when the wax strips didn’t adhere to the wax. It was so thick that I could use my hands to peel it off. In fear my lady parts were about to suffer irreversible damage, I called a counsel with my friends to get advise; no one knew what to. Six hours were spent ripping the wax off leaving my lady parts sore, red, and bleeding. Never again to wax was my anthem for about two and a half years. 

So, you can imagine the fear is my eyes when I realised I was about to use wax again via the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll On Kit. Even before I began the process, I was enchanted by the design and appearance: I love trying techy beauty stuff. Presented in a hand sized white tablet (with an ergonomically designed middle to make grip easy) I was close to convinced it would work. My biggest hesitation was the amount of wax dispensed so I was happy to read it distributes the right amount of product for you (phew!). 


I waited just over 30 minutes before attempting my first leg wax, although it says 20 mins in the instructions (mostly because I was scared!). This time I started on my legs (I don’t think my lady parts will ever recover from the trauma of home waxing) and I've got to say: I was impressed. 

Not only does it take the mess out of home waxing whilst distributing the right amount onto my skin, it has great regulation that means it wasn’t too hot on my skin. The waxing strips worked a charm plus the complimentary finishing wipes took off all excess wax whilst nourishing and soothing my legs. The Veet Easywax Electrical Roll on Kit comes with a stand and an indication light that tells you when it’s ready to use. 



It’s also infused with pomegranate oil (smells so good!) and refills are available specially made for bikini and underarms.

 Admittedly, it wasn't a completely painless experience but it’s definitely an investment worth making for a regular home kit wax. The refills are meant to last for four waxing sessions, so it’s more economical than wax strips but a little more expensive than wax pots.


Verdict
I love it and worth the investment. Makes my waxing process so much easier, convenient and comfortable. 

Available at Boots.com

28 Sep 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: THE DIGITAL TALK SHOW, W TALK LAUNCHES

Many of you must be extremely tired of me saying I'm working on something, but I'm sworn to secrecy. Well, today is that day that I get to share what I've been doing.

I've been working on the UK's first digital talk show amongst other women called, W Talk. We were just tired of talk shows that were not catered to us so a few girls got together and developed W Talk,  which promises to be the answer to the lack of authentic talk shows and seeks to address issues relating to today’s young women like you and me that doesn't seem to be talked about, but at the same time still trying to have it all. W Talk is the UK’s answer to talk shows such as ‘The View’ and ‘The Real’ which are widely popular in the US.

The show appeals to us 18-35 year old super women, and aims to talk about anything and everything from careers and business; relationships and beauty along with current affairs and pop culture.

It's not a black show, it's not a white show. It's an all women are inclusive show. It will have guests from across the globe that are unapologetic about who they are. Nothing is going to bleeped or edited so no conversation is off limits. We need to be able to come together and have real conversations which eventually inspire growth.




Check out the new promo below to see the kind of conversations we'll be having and make sure you tune on on the website.



The website is live, so you can go over to thewtalk.com and meet the hosts. Do check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter

Thanks everyone for your patience and your support. I'll be back on YouTube in October. My birthday Month. 

23 Sep 2014

SKINCARE: SK:N GLYCOLIC PEELS UPDATE

So I'm sure you remember when I said back in March/April that I am having weekly treatments at sk:n clinic in Holborn to help with my hyper-pigmentaton. 

A little back story, I have hyperpigmentation on my face, especially around my mouth, and I diagnosed myself with VERY dry skin. It turns out I have combination skin, and my skin was very dehydrated. For more about my skin condition you can read here. I've been going to sk:n every week since March to have the glycolic peel done, with each time we increase the time limit. I started at 2-3 mins and now the gel stays on my face for about 9 mins.

I thought it would be best to update and document my progress. Firstly, I'll start with what's changed. 
The overall complexion of my skin, is brighterMy skin feels great, and I've learnt what my skin needs, and how to look after it. The more recent hyper-pigmentation marks have either disappeared, or noticeably faded away. however, we can see from the images below that the hyper-pigmentation around my mouth, is pretty much still there. It's very stubborn as it's been there for many many years.

I haven't changed my skincare routine, or used any sk:n products on my skin thus far. The only thing I've changed is my moisturizer which is now Avene Light Moisturizer.
Personally, as I believed I had tried everything on the market, I felt that no product would ever help, so treatments were the way to go.

 This month, I've been advised to slow down on the treatments and incorporate a few products to my routine. Instead of having my usual four sessions a month, this month my therapist suggested I have  just one. I was a little dishearted by this decision as I really thought there was more progress with the peels than anything I've tried, but hey ho, they are the experts.

Before I press on, another backstory. My boyfriend has some really bad acne on his back. I took him to sk:n they recommended him a few products, and no joke after a week, I saw his acne start to disappear and his back look normal after one week. By the 4th week, it had disappeared... I couldn't believe it. It didn't make sense in my head, as in products did that. How? 

I was explaining to my sister how amazing my boyfriend's back was now due to sk;n clinic products. Now my sister has some problems under her chin. Without giving too much info she has a chemical imbalance so sometimes she has hairs on her chin. What's worse is that sometimes they are ingrown. This made my sister's chin really dark and spotty. As the beauty therapist that she is, she waxed, tweezed, and plucked every hair, as regularly as she could. I'm talking 2-3 times a week. It made her feel so insecure that she would smother more foundation than needed, wear polo necks, or even use her hair to hide it. I told her about my bf's back, and maybe she should give sk:n clinic a try. 

Now, as we do, we always seem to diagnose ourself with one thing or the other. In her case,  Acne! Acne removal products became stocked in the bathroom cabinets to help combat her under chin insecurity. When she attended her consultation, guess what... She doesn't have acne. She has an irritation to whatever she's doing there. Apparently her weekly beauty ritual was making her skin worse, not better. Her skin is very sensitive especially in that area, so they advised her to not use to use to many products. 

sk:n suggested laser hair removal, and if there is any scarring then follow up with a glycolic peel. So far she's had one treatment, and no joke guys, it has gone, with a few minor spots. I couldn't believe my eyes. My sister is so much happier, she put her hair in a bun, and no longer afraid to tie her hair back. It's not so good news for my hair tie supplies. I had a whole box full, now I have one left. To ensure her progress is not a one hit wonder, she will be taking a course of 6-8 treatments.

My point of the story is. Always seek a professional and don't start diagnosing yourself with things. Below are pictures of my progress with skin, so now I can say I'm excited to be trying products this month. Hopefully I can get the same kind of progress and results that my boyfriend and sister have received.

Note to self and everyone reading! Get professional help. Stop diagnosing yourself something without professional advise, even if it looks obvious. If I haven't said already seek advice.

Below are pictures of my skins progress.








Have you had any issues with your skin? Have you diagnosed yourself with something that was incorrect. Let me hear your story. Comment below.


For more information visit:

sk:n clinics,
Unit 3A
25 Procter St
London
WC1V 6DW

20 Sep 2014

FOOD: EELBROOK RESTAURANT TASTING MENU REVIEW

Tuesday evening had me walking through the ever so peaceful Eelbrook Common in the heart of Fulham. I slowly approached a restaurant on the corner, called Eelbrook.  Eelbrook's selection of food consists of British ingredients with European and North African influences. I'm sure you know by now that eating out is my favourite bodily exercise. Yes, eating out of cardio. Do you know how many times I raise my hand to put deliciousness on my tastebuds. If that's not a workout. I don't know what is.

I find the best way to eat out is to eat everything. Ok, not literally ordering everything on the menu, but tasting menus are a great way to try a little bit of everything. You can see how much I love tasting menus right? 
Before I sat down and introduced myself I was greeted with a glass of white wine. 


Following the wine, we were served Salt Cod Brandade, which was unexpectedly tasty. I expected it to be a little saltier for some reason, but it wasn't.




By the time I had a few giggles with the girls, smoked eel on potato pancakes with horseradish cream was sitting in front of me. I'm not the biggest fan of horseradish to be honest with you, but it was a light flavoursome taste. The pancake... I have no words to describe it as scrumptious, doesn't even begin to explain how good this was.


Shortly after, arrived a Venison Tarte. It was garnished with juniper berries, and a nice amount of burnt shallot sauce. It didn't taste burnt, but I did expect it to be. I'm sure this shows I'm a novice when it comes to game, as it was my first time. I know juniper berries are used in flavouring gin and other spirits, so it was nice to taste what it's like with cooked food.


Back to another fish dish, we were served Wild Scottish Salmon with a very light, summary vegetable pistou. It was tender and full of flavour.The skin was nicely crisped, making this dish absolutely divine. 


I really wasn't expecting anything like this as part of the tasting menu. This wasn't tasting. This was feasting. The partridge had a layer of Guanciale on the top of it, but I was completely gutted because I forgot to mention that I don't eat pork. I couldn't let a whole partridge go to waste, so I literally ripped off the Guanciale and tucked in. I tried to be polite and eat with a knife and fork, but after a while I ended up giving in and eating with my hand. I really didn't feel classy anymore, so although it look stunning, it was pretty difficult to eat. One of the reasons I love eating out is because you come across interesting foods and different ways to make it. Like the sweetcorn puree that accompanied the dish. It's now my new fave. I have to try this out when I cook, as it was seriously tasty. 



Just before the desserts were brought to the table the Chef. Brett came over and sat with us, chatting about his cooking techniques and the dishes he prepared. One thing that he explained is that to make the horseradish not taste so horseradish-y. He said, you'll need plenty of creme fraiche and a good amount of lemon juice

 

Since I'm a dessert kind of girl, I consumed a plum soup with icecream with hazelnuts. Lastly but not least we chomped down the cheese and rye bread. The wine that came with this was gorgoues! Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to mention what it is, as it's being changed. I was snuck another a glass, to taste  new exchanged wine, and that was even better. Again, I'm not allowed to share as it's not confirmed yet. 


Eelbrook is such a lovely, simply designed, and chilled atmosphere, to eat till your hearts content and sip on fine wine.


Eelbrook

Eel Brook Common
New King's Road
London
SW6 4SE

17 Sep 2014

OOTD: NEON FULL SKIRT

Long time no outfit post. Well the truth is I've put on weight. However since you guys are my sisters, I'm coming clean. I've been stuck in a rut since Thailand. Since my lifestyle change, I'm not able to make time for my beloved Insanity DVD. At the moment nothing in my wardrobe fits... at all, so it's full skirts and maxi dresses until I go back down to my desire weight.


I wore this outfit a little while back to a friend's surprise birthday dinner. It turns out in was in a bar, so I was overly dressed for the occasion, but hey make EVERYWHERE your catwalk right?
I wore this when there was more sunshine, as you can imagine, but as we are rapidly creeping in to Autumn, this will be my last summer outfit :(. I have to say, I am looking forward to layering up, and wearing green, and burgundy again.





I'm wearing:
Top ~ H&M ~ similar here
Skirt ~ She Inside
Clutch ~ old ~ similar here
Shoes ~ New Look ~ similar here

What was your last summer outfit?

13 Sep 2014

SKINCARE: BIORE DEEP PORE CHARCOAL CLEANSER + SELF HEATING ONE MINUTE MASK REVIEWS


Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser aims to draw out impurities from the skin. Wearing makeup 6-7 days week no matter how little or much is worn makes me feel like I need to do some sort of deep cleanse to ensure that every bit of makeup that my cleanser, and toner didn't remove.
I opted to try out the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser because I fell in love with the Biore Warming anti blackhead cleanser a few years ago. 

With the appearance of charcoal infused products that was birthed from the Asian community, it was not a surprise that it would reach UK soil. In comparision to other charcoal cleansers that I've tried, I have to say that I am pretty sure that it's the best I've tried especially comparison to the MAC Volcanic Ash. 
The product contains slight beads to help exfoliate the skin.  The texture of the gel with tiny charcoal-like pieces that lathers up a little when applied to the skin. Apparently charcoal actually traps oils and dirt and draws them out of your skin.

When I'm washing my face with the Biore Deep Pore Cleanser it tingles slightly, which I love because it makes me feel as if something is happening or working.  
I'm not sure if it works on pores because I don't have particularly large pores, however I will say that it removes every ounce of makeup and makes my skin feel fresh and squeaky clean. 
As I mentioned a million times, I have dry skin, so I'm not fond of the oil free formula or gel like texture. It does contain Glycerin however I don't like the fact that it strips every last bit of oil from my face. 

I wouldn't recommend it for people with dry skin, but if you are a sucker for this product like I am, then I would suggest you limit your use to once a week at that.


Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

Biore says that it's Self Heating One Minute Mask aims to warms to open pores and draw out deep down dirt, oil and impurities, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed. I did try this product out too, however I don't feel like it did much more than the cleanser did, so I thought it'll be best to let an oily skinned gal try it. Here are her thoughts:

I loved the benefits of charcoal on oily skin and with the heat of summer my face has been an very oily with super sized pores this summer, so I knew I was the right candidate to try this product. First off, I appreciate the sensation of this mask when applied, followed by a few seconds of heating then a cooling sensation. There are a few little beaded particles in this mask,which I think allows for a gentle exfoliation experience. I'm not sure about the "purifying effect" on my pores. However I felt that my face felt clean and refreshed. It helped to reduce the appearance of blemishes, but did not remove them, but I think that would be due leaving the mask on for about 5 minutes.

I found the packaging a little awkward as I'm not keen on sachets. I would have prefered It to be packaged in a tube, for ease of use.

Back to Wande, As mentioned they are great products but not designed for dry skin gals, but I'm sure this will work like a dream on the oily skinned gals, especially in the summer.


Have you tried Biore Products?

10 Sep 2014

BEAUTY: THE BODY SHOP WILD ARGAN OIL RANGE

I'm sure you know that I'm a fan of The Body Shop by now. When the argan oil frenzy kicked off, I was literally waiting for The Body Shop's version. A little while later they did just that. I was invited down to the launch of the event in a beautiful and stunning Moroccan restaurant where they had belly dancing, henna hand designs going on. I had to take a quick look outside to check I couldn't see camels in the far distance, because I started to feel like I was back in Morocco

The Wild Argan Oil consists of 9 products, but I loved the products soooo much that I ended up going to purchase the rest of the range. If you are familiar with The Body Shop product you'll know they always produce a shower gel with a subsequent Body Butter and body lotion, however this time they've included more argan-infused, products like the multi-use Radiant Oil , the Miracle Solid Oil  and the Solid Lip Oil.

I thought I'd give you a little run down of the whole range.


First up is the body scrub which I found it to be exfoliating and nutritive to my skin. As it is a scrub, it does exfoliate your skin however the argan oil makes it super duper soft at the same time... so no stripping over here. If you're a fan of nutty scents then you'll love it.

You guys now that I'm not the biggest fan of the body butters. I'm have exceptionally dry skin, so I need something that is deeply moisturizing. What I usually do is but the matching oil from the range, and add it to the body butter for the perfect moisturizer. However The body butter have turned it up a notch by ensuring that I don't have to have a mixology session due to the extra oils added. Yes ladies it's that moisturizing!

The shower gel is incredible. Lathers like a dream, and my skin feels like I've been swimming in a pool of oil, so I'm soft and supple when I leave the shower.

If you've read my blog long enough you'll know that my lips are always dry. I'm forever using blistex, but when I go to sleep I use the solid lip oil. It's great for night time use. I usually put blistex on my lips, then slap this over the top of it.When I wake up in the morning it's like I just applied it.

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