Shade Sirch Beauty Box – Review

Hello, hello beautiful people!

It’s currently International Women’s Day and what better to celebrate that than to support the gooorgeous founder and girl boss of Shade Sirch: Loye Olatunbosun (@loyeloves on Instagram).

Let’s talk a bit about the brand and its background: Loye approached me to collaborate but her e-mail was not like any other e-mail; she told me that she loves her roots, beauty products and cosmetics and that her journey started a few years ago when it was difficult to discover local and minority brands and she had a deep desire to support these brands. After reading that first paragraph, I was sold. There is nothing better than to support other women, minorities and of course to bring you guys my thoughts on vegan products, as I know many of you pay very close attention to cruelty-free and vegan.

That being said, if you want to read more about the brand and their amazing concept: https://shadesirch.com/about/

Let’s talk about the actual box then.

The box, as any other beauty box, can be purchased as a subscription or a one-off box. But the thing I really like is that they also sell the products individually! (So let’s say you really fall in love with something from your one-off box; you can easily stock up on it through them which is great!) [pssst: if you use code cathalie10 at checkout you can enjoy 10% off your first box!]

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So here’s the box and its content that arrived at my door around 2 days after talking to Loye so that is some fast shipping right there!

What’s inside:

  • Sakahari Laxmie Bath Bomb: you may know that I love that my flat has a bath tub and so pampering myself with a hot bath and a face mask happens at leats once a week! This bath bomb smells AMAZING (very fresh and lightly flowery) and the ingredients are simple and effective, handmade and vegan!
  • Eunique Beauty Pixie Dust Loose Pigment Gliss: I like to use this as a loose highlighter (because you know, sometimes you need that little extra bling!) BUT what will be amazing once summer comes around: mixing a bit of this with your body lotion and glow on! (shoulders, collar bones, legs, or anywhere you want it really!)
  • Nylah Strength & Shine Shampoo Cream: one word: YES. I’ve been sold on my Kiehl’s Amino Acid shampoo for over a year now, but this one kicked its ass. The texture/lathering is very unusual, because, as it says, it’s a cream. So there won’t be as many bubbles and foam as you might be used to but that also means that this won’t strip your hair from its natural oils as much! It contains P.H. 5.0 to rebalance your hair, and honestly my hair hasn’t felt this soft and clean in a long time. (No that is definitely not just because I’m definitely overusing dry shampoo!lool)
  • Lips & Things Bubblegum Lip Scrub & Moisturising Peppermint Lip Balm: what a combo. The lip scrub smells and tastes amazing (don’t eat too much tho because you’ll want to use it all!) What I like to do, because my lips tend to get quite dry over the winter, is while I’m applying my makeup, I put on a good amount of the lip balm and once I’m done with my makeup, I put on another layer of lip balm and then use the lip scrub, finish off with either lipstick or just a bit of lip balm and enjoy your suuper soft, plumped (because of the peppermint) lips!
  • Lookchic loose glitter: well, that’s an easy one; wet your flat brush (either with a drop of water or a spritz of setting spray) dip in and put onto your eyelid and be mesmerised by the beautiful, rich duo-chrome effect this leaves!
  • Latticia Whipped Shea Soufflé: if you’ve watched my story on Instagram (follow me if you don’t already) you’ll know that I suspected this to be stolen by my boyfriend and oh well, it’s his now! But I’ve used it a few times and this is like a magic potion for any dry areas you might have! I sometimes have some dry, textured skin on my cheeks (still have to figure out why) and this helped to smooth that down and hydrate it so that it was gone later! My boyfriend is really struggling with the hard UK water so he tends to get quite dry skin around his hairline and face in general and this has helped him sooo much! Love it! And sidenote: it smells heavenly.

Alright, that’s settled. I loved the whole box! If there’s any product now that you want to try, don’t forget that you can purchase them individually from Shade Sirch.

As for the boxes, they retail for: £33.99 (one-off box) / £31.99 (monthly)

[and don’t forget code: Cathalie10 for 10% off your first box!]

And that’s it from me! I hope you enjoyed reading and consider getting into cruelty-free, vegan and minority beauty brands!

Little disclaimer: even though this product was gifted, all opinions are my own. I would never lie to you guys, I appreciate you all way too much.

Let me know if you have any questions, concerns or just comments by either commenting below or contacting me via my Contact form!

Looove,

xx nathi😘

How I grew my lashes longer and fuller

Hey lovelies,

let’s talk lashes, shall we? I feel like, overall, 2019 is spreading the vibe of ‘enhancing natural beauty’ and this is why I want to share how I got my lashes to be longer and fuller so that I’m comfortable going out and taking pictures with only a touch of mascara!

Being asian, my lashes are naturally quite short and stick straight so I used to never leave the house without falsies. I looked into many ‘magic’ products to grow them (and ended up trying iGlow but mweh), but I found that sometimes natural is the way to go and here, natural is *drumroll*: BABY OIL! – cheap and effective! (I use Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera, £5.85 on Amazon!)

yup that’s basically it.

Here’s the deal: because of the way my lashes are, I only use waterproof mascaras, otherwise they will not hold a curl during the day (L’Oréal Lash Paradise Extactic Waterproof and Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof are my current ride-or-die’s). However, waterproof mascaras (if they’re real good) can be a pain to take off; so, I tried taking them off with baby oil (on a cotton pad) and what do you know, it works like a charm! There’s less rubbing involved for me and because it’s baby oil, it’s very gentle.

I unfortunately cannot tell you exactly how it works but ever since I started using baby oil to remove my mascara my lashes have grown significantly and they became a lot stronger! I’m guessing it’s because I’m less harsh on them and there’s always a bit of residue that I just leave on to go to bed, which I guess conditions my lashes (and softens my skin, yay!)

Here’s a ‘before and after’ (when I started doing this, I didn’t realise that it was a game changer so I didn’t really take a before picture, I’m sorry:( but almost every photo on my Instagram lately is me with only mascara!)

On the left (pink, 2018) I’m only wearing one single coat of mascara. On the right (red, 2017) I put on several coats. Do you notice a difference? Because I sure do!

I am now practically always leaving the house with minimal makeup and one single coat of mascara and I feel great so I hope this works for you too!

And that’s it from me; short and sweet today! Let me know if you have any questions, concerns or just comments by either commenting below or contacting me via my Contact form!

Looove,

xx nathi😘

My ‘PAUSE Experience’; at The Chapel in Horsham

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Hey lovelies,

Let’s talk hair!

How hard is it to find a good hairdresser? I KNOW, ugh. Most of us are rightfully scared to go visit a new hairdressing salon, just because they do not know our hair like we do. However, I found that, as long as you choose a professional salon (you know, read reviews, look for pictures, etc do your research basically) you should be absolutely fine.

I was lucky enough to be invited by The Chapel in Horsham, their 5th salon in the UK, to get a fresh new hair cut and to update my hair colour.

Take a quick look inside and let me tell you a bit about their salon:

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I hope you can feel the vibe they want to give off; they’re aiming for a spa-like experience rather than a ‘normal’ haircut. The sofas, dimmed lighting in the relaxing room (where you wait for your colour to develop etc), different scented candles for different moods, ‘Hollywood’ lights around the mirrors (way more flattering than your usual hair dressing mirrors I promise), one mirror – one seat; there is no awkward eye contact with the person sitting next to you simply because there won’t be anyone next to you!

There are currently only 5 stylists working there and they do one-on-one styling which means that during your appointment you will be accompanied by your stylist, and they will only cater for you.

For me, it was Laura (with 18 years of experience!) who took care of my beloved hair.

If you want a colour appointment, you will have to pop in at least 48hours before your main appointment to do a skin patch test. Here they will apply a dot of colour behind your ear (you won’t see it though, don’t worry! haha) and this is just to assure that you won’t get an ugly surprise, e.g. an allergic reaction, after getting your hair done. In terms of products, they’re using mainly Redken.

Another thing that makes The Chapel stand out is that you pay per hour. This may sound scary (especially if you want to get your hair coloured), however I found that there is no real difference to salons with fixed prices. (Yes you can also tell them for example that you only have 1-2 hours and they will do what they can). The prices vary depending on the stylist you choose, they range from £60-£90 per hour.

Also, they don’t allow children under the age of 12 in there, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

Now let’s talk about my personal experience:

I’ve been asked to bring my haircare and hair styling products along with a mood-board (use pictures of whatever you want; it can be leaves, selfies, horizons, your favourite shirt, etc) of what I think I want to do with my  hair; this really helps your stylist to get an idea of you as a person and makes it easier for them to figure out what you’d like.

Personally I was unsure as to what I wanted; I’ve been thinking about a change but didn’t know (or didn’t have the balls, who knows) what or how or when.

While talking to Laura, in comfy sofas and accompanied by tea and chocolates, I noticed how she really tried to understand me and knew what I wanted before I did.

Hair colours are tricky but the people at The Chapel have introduced me to a neat little trick; if you’re unsure about whether you want a bright colour or not (or if you don’t know if it’d really suit you) just take a metallic silver piece of fabric and a metallic gold one. (yes they had them idk how you could replicate that but be creative, maybe visit your hairdresser and ask or just visit a fabric store!) Now, if you hold those against you, pay close attention to what they do to your skin tone and eye colour. If the silver makes you look good; congrats you can get some bright colours up in there! If the gold makes you look good; it’d be advisable to stay with more toned down colours. (Some people are even lucky enough to pull off both, jelly!) For me, the silver looked AWFUL hence why I couldn’t go for a bright colour. (Honestly didn’t even want a bright one so ya but it was a fun experiment!)

I went in thinking I want a dark, greyish lavender (the instafam voted – everyone loved it including me!) but as my hair is naturally black and my hair colour at that time was quite warm and orange-y, that colour was not really doable without completely destroying my hair. So Laura suggested lightening my ends and putting a violet red gloss over my whole head; and I loved it! It’s not too ‘in-your-face’ yet quite cheeky (in my opinion) and that was exactly what I wanted.

Next thing was: I wanted a fringe! But I didn’t know if it’d suit me; so I asked Laura! (you know you can always ask your hairdresser literally anything!). She consulted me to a ‘gringe’ (growing fringe), which is absolutely perfect.

 

A cut, colour, wash, head massage, blow-dry and styling later; I was done! I was so relaxed (I honestly almost fell asleep later on the bus haha), as the salon is just so chill and the team is very lovely.

I’d 100% recommend, if you can, to visit one of their salons (they’re also called The Chapel because they choose the most amazing buildings; chapels, victorian pubs, old school houses, etc.) (you can also just get a tour, without having to book an appointment or anything!) and transform them into a luxurious, yet comfy, hair salon which allows you to lay back and actually enjoy your hair styling!

 

And that’s it. Thank you for reading!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @cathalie_ to see more about my hair journey.

Looove,
xx nathi😘