Showing posts with label Mixed Chicks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixed Chicks. Show all posts

Monday, 17 October 2016

Glowwbox | October 2016

It's been a minute since I reviewed a box from beauty subscription service Glowwbox so I thought I'd share what's inside October's 'Dark and Mysterious' edition (£15+P&P)*.

Inside this box are two new launches to the UK - the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (£14.99) and the Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation (£16.99). Also inside is Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire (£15), Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk (full size £43) and Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson (£3.50) and there's one of three products - Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes (£6.95), PHB Ethical Brightening Moisturiser and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (£18.95). In my box was the Benecos eyeshadow palette.

The star of this box for me is the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner which launches officially in the UK next month. Creator Andre Walker was Oprah's personal stylist for over 25 years, styled Michelle Obama and created Halle Berry's signature pixie cut. I received the TKO Conditioner from Glowwbox a few weeks ago and I just love it. Deep conditioners are my favourite hair products to use and this is up there with my all time favourites. It has a really thick texture, actually the consistency is probably the thickest I've come across and it's quite hard to spread at first but once it's applied it melts into the hair and makes it feel so hydrated. It's made with Mongongo, Argan and Avocado oils as well as Aloe Vera and keratin. I've been using this product both as a deep conditioner and a styler. I usually apply to damp strands after shampooing, leave in for 20-30 minutes and then lightly rinse it out so there's still a little left in my hair. My hair feels gorgeous when I use this and seems to stay moisturised for longer. I can't wait for this to launch officially but it's available exclusively from Glowwbox until the end of the month.

I was also sent a few of the Mixed Chicks In the Mix Quick Sticks to try. It's a dual ended product with a cream foundation on one end and a bronzer on the other. There's 5 shades altogether and one shade is included in this month's box. Since I last reviewed Glowwbox they've introduced a way of tailoring the box to you as you can now fill in a profile which takes a few details about your skintone, skin type, hair type and the kind of products you like. Glowwbox will try to select the best shade for you based on your profile details. There are only 5 shades however which is pretty limited but Mixed Chicks state that you can mix and match between the shades to get your perfect tone. For years I've had to mix foundations together to try and get them to work for my skintone and I think the brand has missed a trick by creating such a small range of shades, especially as the lightest shade Sultry Sand (which has been created for fair to light complexions) is too dark and quite orange for me. Perhaps they'll add more shades a later stage but as they didn't work for me I gave the shades I had to my mum (who is much darker than me) and she absolutely loves the dual function of the sticks. The shade Timeless Tawny (created for fair to light complexions with a golden undertone) is pictured as I didn't have the other shades available when taking these photos but hopefully the swatch can give you an idea on whether this shade would work for you.

I've not yet tested out the other products included in this month's box but have included swatches here of the cosmetic products. I very rarely take the time to indulge with a nice bath but I'll reach for the included sample of Lucy Ananabella Bath Milk when I do. It seems quite luxurious and you can really smell the essential oils in this product.

(swatches top to bottom) Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson, Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire, Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes and Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation in Timeless Tawny (bronzer and foundation)

You can join Glowwbox  and if you're interested code 'FRESHL' gets you the October edition and 2 lace chokers like the one below (whilst stocks last) 

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box subscription?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Review | Mixed Chicks

Haircare brand  (available ) has been on my radar since 2012. Back then I was interning for magazine Black Beauty & Hair and I had the pleasure of meeting the curly-haired founders, Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge. I really resonated with their experience of using the available hair products on the market, which were made for either very dry hair or oily hair with little in between. Wendi and Kim explained that their brand was for those who didn't fit in to those categories and though my hair was relaxed straight I hoped that the products would still work for me. In short, I tried a few of the products with little success. Coming back to them 3 years later I wanted to have an open mind as my hair has changed so much since then.

Gentle Clarifying Shampoo (£11.90/300ml)*
I really like this shampoo which gives a lot of slip and makes my hair really silky. It doesn't really lather but it still cleanses and removes build-up well. I've tried this with and without applying a pre shampoo treatment first and it did make my strands a little dry with the latter. Though I'll continue to use it when it runs out I don't think I'd buy it as I have a few shampoos I like already. 

Leave-In Conditioner (£15.90/300ml)*
I've been using this leave-in regularly as it gives gorgeous definition. You have to use it when the hair is wet or it can leave your strands sticky so I rely on this when my hair has just been freshly washed or dampened first. I apply it pretty generously but if you use too much it can make the hair feel a little crunchy. I usually just add a little of my moisturiser when my hair is fully dry to make it soft again without disturbing the definition. I love the scent and my hair doesn't get frizzy when using this. Though this leave-in is pricey it's definitely a product I'll pick up when it runs out. 

Detangling Deep Conditioner (£10.90/236ml)*
I really wanted to love this product as deep conditioners are my absolute favourite products to use. It's very thick, buttery and smells beautiful but I find this lacking something. It isn't formulated with particularly special ingredients which is a little disappointing considering the high price. The instructions state to 'apply and rinse' too which I found a little confusing as deep conditioners usually need to be left on from anywhere from 5-30 minutes. I've been mostly leaving it on my hair with a steamer for roughly 10-15 minutes and it's allowed me to detangle my strands very easily. Without using my steamer however this deep conditioner doesn't give my thirsty hair the moisture it needs. It's best suited to hair that doesn't get very dry. 

Morning After Redefining Foam (£11.90/236ml)*
I love the idea of this product, which is supposed to refresh curls without the need for re-wetting the hair, but I'm not totally sold on the actual product itself. Ive used it several times in an attempt to bring back curl definition (often lost whilst sleeping) and it does work but I have to apply a lot to really make any impact, which only leaves my hair wet and slightly sticky.

Overall it's clear Mixed Chicks products work much better for my hair now being natural/texlaxed than it did when my hair was fully relaxed. I love the packaging and fragrance of the products but I'm not entirely convinced there's enough decent ingredients inside to warrant the high price tag. Whilst I had a good experience with the products here, the only item I'd buy out of the 4 is the Leave-In Conditioner.

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried Mixed Chicks products?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Glowwbox | August 2015

Glowwbox posts have been frequenting my blog since December 2014 but in case you didn't know is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) aimed at women with darker skin. This month's Glowwbox is the 'USA All Stars' Edition* and includes some of the American brands us Brits are crazy about.

There's 6 products inside in total, 4 of which are full-size: Argan Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo (£6.99/385ml), OGX Argan Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner (£6.99/385ml), PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle (£8.99), Revlon Nail Enamel in Perfect Coral (£6/14.7ml), Leave-In Conditioner (full size £16.99/300ml) and  Hydrience Argan Moisture Replenishing Mist (full size 118ml). This post is more of a 'what's inside' than a review but this is the first time I've received a Glowwbox and been familiar with every brand included. 

OGX has a massive range of hair products and I've tried a few but not the Argan Oil & Shea Butter range before. Both of these products smell beautiful. The shampoo doesn't strip my hair and the conditioner leaves my strands feeling very soft and silky. I tend to prefer using deep conditioners to keep my strands hydrated so I'll probably use this conditioner to co-wash. I may even try this as a pre shampoo treatment to detangle my hair before washing as it gives it a nice amount of slip.

I love using leave-in conditioners post-wash so the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner is an interesting addition to this box. The full-size product is pretty pricey so it's good to see a decent sized sample included. It's been several years since I last tried Mixed Chicks products and coincidentally I was sent a few by the company last week (but I'll save the details for another post when I've had time to fully try all of the products). The Design Essentials Mist is my kind of product. It smells deliciously fruity and gives the hair a moisture boost whilst leaving it feeling really smooth. The texture of the product is slightly oily but it's still quite light. 

I love the quality and affordability of Revlon products and the PhotoReady Palette and Nail Enamel are no exception. They're not colours I would ordinarily pick but the coral-toned nail polish is a gorgeous summer shade and I'd love to try a khaki eye makeup look using the palette similar to one.

This Glowwbox is on sale now. If you're interested you can get your first Glowwbox for £5.95 using link and checkout code: FRESHL (the offer is only available until 31st August).

*sample - all of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried a Beauty Box Subscription service?

Christine Stewart x

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