Monday, 5 October 2015

#MyLancôme: Share Happiness Giveaway!

Celebrating the launch of their gorgeous new fragrance, Lancôme is giving away TWO bottles of La Vie est Belle Intense to one lucky My Fro & I reader. It's my new favourite fragrance, and I know you'll love it too!

In my previous #MyLancôme post, I asked you what happiness means to you. And today I ask, why share happiness? Would you like to experience happiness in a bottle and share it with another fabulous woman in your life? What good is being happy if you don't share it right?

The Prize:

Two 50ml bottles of Lancôme's La Vie est Belle Intense Eau de Parfum worth R2,600. One for you. 
One to share with a woman you love.

The How:
  • Try La Vie est Belle at any RedSquare store nationwide. Snap a photo of yourself with the bottle, tag me @aishaandlife and #MyLancôme on Twitter or Instagram mentioning who you'd share your prize with.
  • Answer the question "What does happiness mean to you and why should you share it?" in the comments box below mentioning who you'd share your prize with. Include your name and e-mail address in case you're selected. The best answer will win. 
The Rules:
  • The competition will close at 6pm on Saturday 10th October, 2015.
  • This competition is open to South African residents only.
  • One winner will be chosen and announced by Monday 12th October, 2015.
  • The winner will be contacted via e-mail or Twitter DM and will need to supply full contact and delivery details.
  • All prize delivery logistics will be handled by Lancôme.

Good luck!


Sunday, 4 October 2015

#todaysfro rock: The front puff

When you're natural, especially when you have kinky hair like me, it's easy to feel like you can't style your hair for anything. Yet, there's so much you can do with your fro which has always been a key focus of my blog. I want to help women feel confident about wearing their natural hair, being equipt with the tools, advice and styles to own the day with. #todaysfro video tutorials are my way of sharing my easy, quick and different styles that yes even us 4C haired girls can rock. Voted by you, styled by me. You're the only reason why I do hair style tutorials.

So this is a special post to say thank you. Thank you for voting, watching and rocking my styles. Please continue to share your versions of any #todaysfro styles with me. Not many things make my day, but this really does x


Friday, 2 October 2015

#MyLancôme: Spread Happiness

What does happiness mean to you? It's a pretty deep question.

This is hands down my favourite time of the year. The sun is FINALLY out, there's that familiar warm breeze, creamy soups are swapped for a refreshing cocktail in hand. I've always thought of spring being Mother Nature's way of shedding off the heaviness of winter and putting on her bright summer dress and hat lol. More colour, more socialising, more relaxing. It's a great time of year to be happy!

Lancôme's entire ethos is based on women's happiness by making her life more beautiful. To celebrate their newest launch of fragrance, La Vie est Belle IntenseLancôme is calling for all of us to make a declaration of happiness and spreading that joy to others. La Vie est Belle (life is beautiful in French) is an outlook. It's not always easy to be happy but I believe if you consciously decide to be happy, and you make it your perspective on life, you're already on your way to a peaceful way of thinking and living. Life is only beautiful if we decide to see it that way and a woman is her most beautiful when she's happy.

What's happiness to me?

Happiness to me is accepting who I am, as I am and understanding I am where I am in life for a reason. It's about owning every life event I experience and using them to create positive changes within me.

Happiness, just like any emotion, is contagious. And what better emotion to spread this month than such a joyous one! My friends and family know me as a bubbly, colourful person so Lancôme's intention to spread happiness hits home for me because there's so much beauty, kindness and colour out there. So my fellow happy women, can we help to sprinkle some happiness around? Happiness is spread by sharing stories of such. And I'd love to hear your stories.

So I ask you, what does happiness mean to you?

*This post was brought to you by Lancôme*


Thursday, 1 October 2015

#Todaysfro: September Nominees

September's officially over, so you know it's that time for you to vote for your favourite #todaysfro video tutorial!

A quick recap on how it works:

  • VOTE for your favourite style from the most liked #todaysfro posts from my Instagram
  • WATCH the winning style on YouTube
  • ROCK your version of the style and tag me so I can see and share it! Do it via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
Here are September's nominees:

Wanna rock one of the above styles? Vote your choice in the right side bar -------------------------------->>>

Get voting!


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Right Now I'm Lovin': September Goodies

Clockwise from top right: Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, L'Oréal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation, 
Oh So Heavenly Scent Sations in Vanilla, L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss.

This month, I've been experimenting with some products I don't usually go for. I'm one of those girls who once I've found a product I love, I swear my allegiance to it and hesitate to try new things. Granted, I've deviated a couple of times from ol' faves before but definitely not as much as this month. And I'm having fun! So it's a plan for me to stay experimenting, discovering and pushing myself to keep trying other brands if something in one brand doesn't work for me (read: matte lippies). The thing I love most about this month's faves? They're all affordable goodies.

Here they are!

L'Oréal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation - R185

I'm not a big foundation user. Ever since I started wearing makeup, I'd try all sorts of foundation but just never quite liked it. Until now. This foundation is so smooth to apply and sets on my face naturally. It doesn't have a caked-on finish, rather it gives my skin a dewy kind of look. Another thing I always struggled with when it came to foundations is finding the right colour for my skin. About 5 years ago, there was only one brand that I found made face makeup with the right undertones for Black women. The rest had an ashy nature about them - not cute, and also only offered one or two shades for darker girls. So I'm really glad there are more options out there for us and from brands like L'Oréal that I've been using everything else of for years. Just like the other Infallible products, once this is on, it stays on - until you remove it in the evening of course. My favourite thing about this is that I forget it's on. Major gripe about foundations is I'd be so aware that they're on my face, but this one just feels like a BB Cream with more coverage. Love.

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner - R155

I know good eyeliner. It was the first and only makeup item my mom allowed me to wear as a teenager so I mastered this item quick stuff. Revlon's Colorstay liner is great eyeliner. I've been using it everyday for the past two months and I'm not even halfway through it. The pigmentation of the black is so deep, it's perfect for dramatic eyes and plays really nicely with eyeshadow. It doesn't disappear when you apply it over an eye colour. It has a sponge tip on the other side so you can easily create a smokey look for even more drama. The thing I love most about this? It doesn't smudge! It's not waterproof so don't think you can hit the gym with this on (if you're that kind of girl) but it stays on your eyes, not up your lids. GREAT eyeliner.

Oh So Heavenly Viva la Vanilla Body Spritzer R17.55 (Clicks)
Another thing I'm picky about is my fragrances. I'm dedicated to my branded and designer fragrances but I've fallen in love with this spritzer. It's a dupe for The Body Shop's mists but at a fraction of the price! I love using this on the weekend when I'd like a lighter kind of scent and I douse myself and my clothes in it lol. It smells so yummy, like I'm baking brownies and for a mist it's lasting me quite a while. This goodie is also a hit with the hubby who always compliments me more when I wear this than any other fragrance. Or maybe he's been hinting that I need to bake him some brownies...

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Glosses - R59.95

I'm currently obsessed with L.A. Girl. This brand is so budget friendly you don't even feel bad grabbing a couple of items just before pay day. I got one of these lippies last month and I went back to get two others (Bazaar, Dreamy and Stunner). I'm reminded by a couple of my friends that I recently declared I'm over matte lipsticks. They're not for me, I've tried everything but no. Almost as soon as I said that I became obsessed with trying out new mattes, refusing to accept defeat and thankfully I came across these. Tip for fellow dry lip owners: exfoliate regularly and make sure to apply lip balm before bed and before applying the matte lippie. I'm not gonna lie, I used to look past this brand at Dischem mostly because the packaging and branding looked a bit cheap, but I then saw a couple vloggers raving about it so decided to give it a go. Don't judge a book by its cover Aisha. Lesson learned. Anyways, these lippies are creamy glosses that go onto your lips smoothly then dry matte. I love that they're that easy to use and don't apply already matte which has given me issues in the past. They're so highly pigmented you barely need another coat - just be sure to not smack your lips together once they're dry. On an average day I'd re-apply once and I'm good to go. Affordable, packs a colour punch and lasts. Ding, ding, ding jackpot!

Womp womp product: Ummm, none for this month! 

Unless otherwise stated, you can get the above from Clicks or Dischem.

What are some of your current beauty faves?


Monday, 28 September 2015

Review: Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi

A brand spanking new product line is available for you from Design Essentials.

The new Coconut & Monoi collection promises to be a solution for dull, dry and thirsty hair. In South Africa, the line consists of the Deep Moisture Milk Crème, Intense Shine Oil Mist, Coconut Water Curl Refresher, Deep Moisture Oil Treatment and the Deep Moisture Milk Soufflé. It's all sulphate free and paraben free. Along with the other Healthy Hair Gurus, I was lucky enough to try of some of the products from this collection.

Coconut & Monoi Intense Shine Mist - R196.80

The Intense Shine Mist's ingredient list contains Moroccan Argan Oil which promises to instantly sooth dry and brittle hair. The formula is packed with protectants that help to protect curls from damage and to add radiant shine but warns not to be used if you have fine hair - not a problem for me!

My two cents: I was surprisingly happy with this mist. I say that because I'm not usually a fan of oil products, I don't see them giving me more shine or doing anything else beneficial for my hair and I also don't like their smell. I loved this one. The instructions say to mist it evenly onto damp or dry hair. I used it both ways to help seal in moisture after washing my hair and it also works beautifully on my dry hair. 

The scent is sweet and fruity but not overwhelming. My 4C hair always looks dry, even if it's not so when I used this mist I was really happy that it gave Fro that healthy looking sheen. I still use this today as a finishing product, especially when I create an updo, to stop my hair from looking dull and dry. The consistency is also great, I like that it's a mist rather than in an applicator bottle which I just find messy. As a mist, it doesn't trickle down my face but stays in place on my hair - very ideal!

Ingredients: Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (and) Isododecane, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Coumarin, D'Limonene

Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Crème - R196.70

This crème promises to revitalise curls in just minutes without weighing them down. It's also being punted as ideal to use to refresh older styles such as 2 or 3 day old twist outs whilst minimising frizz.

My two cents: I was really excited to try this product because I'm always looking for lotions that I can use daily to help Fro get into a "styleable" state. So, I used this crème in two ways to see the difference in results. I firstly used it the way they instructed: squeeze a small amount into hands, rub together and smooth through damp or slightly misted hair for even distribution. This method didn't work for me because my hair shrinks so much as soon as water touches it. The other way I used it was to put it on my dry hair instead, in the mornings after unravelling my bed hair. It loosened my hair nicely but my hair still shrank a lot and it was also frizzy by midday. 

At first, the scent was a bit too strong for me. It's very sweet and I usually shy away from that kind of strong scent but once it was on my hair, it softened so it was more bearable. The consistency is a thick creamy texture, so it's in between a thick butter and runny lotion consistency. Because of this, I wasn't expecting it to shrink my hair as much as it did. Granted, there is water in the product (first ingredient) but I thought it would refresh my twist out without shrinking it so much. I wouldn't have a problem if my hair shrank but it still had defined curls and was moisturised, but it didn't feel that way with this crème.

Overall, for my hair this was an okay product. As the collection promises to treat thirsty hair, I think it could have been more moisturising. My hair, especially in dry Joburg, is always thirsty.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Isopropyl Myristate, Polyquaternium 32 (and) Mineral Oil, Glycerine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Quaternium 80, Phenyltrimethicone, Polyquaternium 11, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polyquaternium 7, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone Copolyol Olivate, Phenoxyethanol (and) DMDM Hydantoin (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum), Calendula Oil Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Coumarin, D'Limonene.

My South African readers, Design Essentials is locally available and you can buy your stash straight from their website and also on Niche Hair Care's site.

For reviews on the rest of the Coconut & Monoi collection, have a read of my fellow hair gurus thoughts; Wisaal, Tendayi and Kavuli.

*This post was brought to you by Design Essentials.*


Saturday, 26 September 2015

#MyLancôme: Happiness in a Bottle

If you're a regular reader, you'd know that I'm quite picky when it comes to fragrances. Honestly, I feel that a lot of them smell the same so when I try a new fragrance, I'm looking for something distinctive and long lasting. I have a select few that I keep on my beauty shelf and I rarely edit that collection as most of them have been staples ever since I was about 22. I first fell in love with Lancôme fragrances when I was about 19 years old with Miracle. Ten years on, it's still part of my exclusive collection. They're also my favourite fragrances to gift, with Ô d’Azur always a winner.

Lancôme is a brand with a long history. Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjea in France, its name was inspired by a French castle, Lancosme, which is considered a symbol of prestige and harmony. Its story began with fragrances, so I'm not surprised that they're so loveable. It then extended to skincare and makeup and is now the worldwide leader in feminine prestige beauty across 130 countries. For Lancôme, beauty is a science to be continuously reinvented, the boundaries of which the brand is forever pushing back. It has 16 research centres; 3,000 researchers specialised in dermatology, biology, biophysics, biochemistry and psychology; partnerships with specialised universities among other factors that make it renown for its excellence in developing innovative products for women globally. Lancôme purposefully always chooses very particular women to be brand ambassadors: women who are beautiful, at ease in their own skins, who love life, who smile at life and who are talented women whom we can relate to; Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o to name a few. In a nutshell, their brand statement is to make a woman’s life even more beautiful with Lancôme.

La Vie est Belle

The first La Vie est Belle (which is French for "Life is beautiful") launched three years ago and quickly became the world's third best-selling female fragrance and number one in France.  Three perfumers put their talents together to compose a fragrance that's pure, almost 50% natural and relies on the strength of simplicity. After more than 5,000 versions, they finally found the perfect balance; one that combines iris, patchouli and a gourmand accord. It's described as a true concentrate of luxury and an ode to joie de vivre.

La Vie est Belle Absolu

Two years later, La Vie est Belle Absolu was released and is described as a more powerful, sensual scent that is interwoven with raw ingredients while retaining the original's character. The original composition is transformed by the inclusion of aldehydes which offer volume and elegance to the scent, highlighting the floral absolutes of orange blossom, jasmine, and rose Damascena essence.

La Vie est Belle Intense

Earlier this year, I added their recently launched iteration of La Vie est Belle to my stash; La Vie est Belle IntenseLa Vie est Belle Intense is the newest expression of the original. Have you smelled this beauty? It's warm, sweet and lasts the whole day. It's elegant and feminine, like most of their fragrances - or at least the ones I've smelled! This latest incarnation is the most potent, enriched with a hazelnut accord which adds a further hint of crispness and a touch of pink pepper adds in a joyful, sparkling and quirky twist.

Together, they make the La Vie est Belle family; Lancôme's three expressions of happiness.

La Vie est Belle Intense, La Vie est Belle Absolu and the orignal La Vie est Belle are available at selected Edgars, Woolworths, Stuttafords, Red Square, Truworths and Foschini

Are you a fan of Lancôme? What are some of your favourite Lancôme fragrances?

*This post was brought to you by Lancôme*


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