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You’ve probably seen these gels somewhere – in a retail store, a friend’s snap story or used by natural hair enthusiasts for styling. I do not generally use gel but I was curious to see the results on my new short-medium length hair so I purchased a couple of the popular Ecoco Eco Style gels from Paradise Beauty, in Sheraton Mall, Barbados. (Yes – I got the Coconut Oil gel in Bim!)

I grabbed the NEW! Coconut Oil gel first because it caught my eyes instantly. My photos unfortunately do not do any justice to how pretty the mini sparkles in the gel are. I wanted to have another one in case the Coconut Oil failed to impress me, based on reading numerous negative reviews and watching my favourites hate on the product on YouTube. I eventually decided on the Olive Oil gel, which is usually reviewed positively and boasted similar features to the Coconut Oil such as:

  • For All Hair Types
  • Alcohol Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • “No Flaking”
  • Anti-Itch
  • All Day Hold –  MAX 10

The consistencies of the gels are pretty similar, with the Olive Oil being a bit thicker yet sleek compared to the “gunky” feeling of the glitter in the Coconut Oil formula. I personally disliked the scent of the Coconut Oil gel because it seemed fake or plastic but that’s probably just my island-girl bias and thankfully it fades quickly after drying. My preference is the Olive Oil scent (I got it in my nose trying to sniff it)  and I would describe it as very crisp, however as mentioned previously the scents are only noticeable during application.  

To test which product I preferred, I did a “spritz and go” style by soaking my clean (dry) hair with water using a spray bottle and following with Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream for definition and moisture followed by the gels. I did one half of my hair with Coconut and the other with Olive. I wanted to include some other opinions so I took to my awesome Snapchat fam and asked you guys to vote on which you liked more (which I’ll share at the end).

Eco Style Coconut Oil Wash and Go | DAY 2
Eco Style Olive Oil Wash and Go | DAY 2

I started with the Coconut Oil and loved how it defined my hair, however after using the Olive Oil it was clear that side was going to be more defined seeing it was much heavier and had more shrinkage. I slept with a Satin Bonnet (mentioned in a previous post here), without manipulating my hair in any way and stretched it in the morning to achieve the above results. Pictures are worth a thousand words so I’m sure from my photos it is evident that the Olive Oil not only defined my curls and reduced frizz more effectively than the Coconut Oil but also allowed for increased shine. However, the Coconut Oil had a much stronger hold for updos and laying edges.

Conclusion: 
Coconut Oil
7/10 – Wash and Go | 9/10 – Edges
Olive Oil (Snapchat’s favourite)
10/10 – Wash and Go | 7/10 Edges

Thanks so much for reading and for being so patient on this review! Have you tried these products? What do you think?

 

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! 2016 was basically the “year of the glow” where everyone mentioned their “glo up” and highlighters became increasingly popular. Often seen on cheekbones, the cupid’s bow and along the brow bone, their purpose is to attract light, creating the illusion of brightness and height and the trend has no signs of slowing down! This is just a short post, I wanted to share with you the highlighters I use most often and a few swatches of them.

Wild & Radiant Baked Illuminating & Bronzing Palette

This palette is gorgeous and offers four highlight shades in pretty packaging with a nice sized mirror. I always find myself reaching for these whenever I want that little bit of extra glow or to highlight my collarbones for photoshoots (such as this one).

The shades I have are Twilight and Moonlight and I love them so much that on my next trip to Bridgetown I’ll be sure to purchase a third shade (White Goddess, perhaps!). These highlighters are extremely comfortable to wear with a lightweight velvet feel. I start with a gentle brush of the highlighter on my cheekbones because it is easily blendable and creating layers is effortless.
Tip: Create a “blinding” highlight by dampening the brush you use to apply with a small spray bottle of water or MAC Fix+.  

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit

My first “highlighter” and my everyday golden bronze go-to. As you can see from the swatches, this product is not as pronounced as the others which makes it perfect for everyday wear (even without makeup). I had to swatch this one twice because there’s a significant difference when using a dampened brush.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog, feel free to leave a comment because I’d love to hear what YOUR favourite highlighters are (spill them deets, girl!).

Face masks, the most underrated step in skincare. Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, increase circulation and replenish nutrients. Today I wanted to share with you three of the masks I’ve been using recently and a few of my thoughts about them!

Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque 
I had to mention this one first because it’s my absolute favourite and I have not even a single complaint after three years of using it! Definitely recommend! This mask works wonders on my oily, acne-prone skin.
Using it is so relaxing because a gentle lingering tingle and mint ice-cream fresh scent is perfects for Barbados’ warm climate. I like to use the mask twice a week, either if I notice a break out or if I’ve been wearing excessive makeup. This is because of the naturally active ingredient, bentonite, a natural clay known to unclog and shrink pores, draw toxins from the skin, reduce the appearance of scars and prevent the overproduction of oil.
Tips: I like to leave this mask on a little longer than recommended. If I find an an emergency pimple, I use a tiny amount on the affected area and leave it overnight to reduce inflammation.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask
The main reason this mask is my favourite is because it’s a duo – a cleanser and a mask – and I use it as both. I use it to cleanse sometimes in the morning, or as a mask on days where I’ve decided not to wear makeup and want to remain as shine-free as possible!

Queen Helene’s Mud Pack Masque 
This one is new to me because I figured after so many years of loving the Mint Julep masque that this one would most likely not disappoint – and I was right! This mask contains Kaolin clay which absorbs oil, detoxes skin and soothes irritated skin (acne, rashes, soreness from excessive rubbing). Not much different from the Mint Julep in terms of consistency, but this product does dry on your face a lot faster. This is why I often use it in the morning, when I don’t have much time to spare but really feel like my skin needs revitalizing!

Thank you so much for taking the time out to read and feel free to let me know how using any of these products have worked out for you, or if you also have any holy grail recommendations!

 

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I’ve struggled with flaky, itchy scalp for about six years. At first, as anyone else would assume, I thought I was experiencing dandruff and I remember being embarrassed and trying as many home remedies and anti-dandruff shampoos as possible with only minor or temporary relief. Fed up, I finally asked my mother to take me to a dermatologist, who prescribed a medicated shampoo and diagnosed it as psoriasis. I should probably start of by explaining that I have very sensitive skin and have experienced and lived with discomfort at the hands of eczema and acne before, and therefore when the medicated shampoo failed to do anything I settled for using Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo (which always provided minimal comfort). Eventually, after the condition became worse (spreading to the edges of my hairline, my forehead, behind my ears and around my nose), I visited another dermatological specialist who finally diagnosed it as seborrheic dermatitis.

According to WebMD, seborrheic dermatitis is not caused by an allergy or uncleanliness but rather by a combination of factors such as genes, sensitive skin, poor health and eating habits, increased stress or depression, and cold weather. It’s considered a chronic form of eczema and appears where there are a lot of oil-producing glands (such as the scalp and face).
Unfortunately for me, “chronic” meant that I had to find a way to live with the constantly recurring scalp condition through a combination of oils, medicated shampoos and ointments. The irritation flares up periodically and then will clear up for a while before it comes back, which would explain why I’ve had the issue for so long. During one of my recent flares, seen in the photo, I found SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner for Dry, Itchy Scalp at Cost-U-Less Barbados and bought them both without a second thought.

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap for Dry, Itchy Scalp Review
I was excited so I rushed home, hopped in the shower and saturated my hair with water and began apply the deep cleansing shampoo to my scalp. I worked it in gently, concentrating on irritated areas and the front of my hair where product would have built up. To my surprise, it only took one wash to completely clear my scalp of flakes and all left over product. Almost instantly, my aggravated scalp was rinsed with comfort. I’ve always been a fan of SheaMoisture’s products, simply for their amazing scents and how moisturizing the products are in my hair. While reading other reviews, I found that people mostly discredited the Deep Cleansing Shampoo because it is too drying, this was something I personally did not experience but to be safe I decided to use the Balancing Conditioner as a leave-in, which the label recommends! This left my hair smooth, at average moisture and flake-free! The only disappointment is the small size of the bottles (384 ml).  I would definitely recommend regular (once a week) use of the Deep Cleansing Shampoo to anyone with a serious scalp condition or if you use a lot of product that builds up, however if your scalp is healthy then I would suggest using something that will concentrate more on your hair, or using the Deep Cleansing Shampoo once a month.

Thank you so much for reading, and being patient! I had a lot of requests for this review so hopefully it helps some of you struggling with scalp conditions like myself. Please note, I am not a doctor. Everything I know about Seborrheic Dermatitis is my own personal experience and I highly suggest seeing a professional if you have a reoccurring issue.  Happy New Year!

 

For those of you who don’t know, I’m on vacation in Jamaica visiting some friends. I recently approached the lovely Tawana of Candy Moisture. Candy Moisture is a new Jamaican-based candy themed hair product line, currently offering a Shea butter based moisturizer, called Candy Moisture Mousse. I purchased the Candy Moisture Mousse, a satin bonnet and a satin pillow case and thought I would do a short review for you guys.

I received a black satin pillow case and a satin bonnet in the colour “Deep Blue Sea.” I love the options of darker colours so that they have longer lives between washes. My favourite thing about this satin bonnet is that it actually stayed on my head all night! I’m a restless sleeper and usually I find myself adjusting or having to put back on my head ties in the middle of the night. This baby stayed on all night without budging or being uncomfortably tight.

I won’t lie, I opened the product as soon as I could because I was intrigued by the bright colours and it definitely did not disappoint. A scrumptious aroma filled the car as soon as I did and I found myself extremely tempted to taste the product. With haste, I dampened my hair and removed a dime-sized amount of product from the jar. Rubbing it in my hands created a beautiful pink-purple colour that I smoothed through my hair, leaving it silky smooth and smelling like cupcakes. The morning after applying the product, my hair still felt moisturised. I definitely recommend!
Candy Moisture can be contacted through Facebook or by e-mail at candym2@hotmail.com.
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I was gifted three products on the set of Teff‘s new music video from Earthtones Naturals.
Firstly, there is the Curl Cleanse Moisturizing and Conditioning Shampoo. I know many of us curly girls have written off shampoo and replaced it with co-washing. I was ready to give this product away and not even bother including it in the review. However, something told me to give it a try and I was so pleasantly surprised! The first thing I noticed was the scent, it kind of reminded me of pineapple flavoured soda and I couldn’t wait to have my curls smell like that. It lathered gently and I didn’t feel like I was in any way stripping moisture from my hair.

The Curl Quench Coconut Moisture Milk is now my favourite product! Once again, the same sweet smell with a burst of coconut and it left my curls feeling so soft and fluffy! I recommend this to everyone! It has aloe vera juice, coconut milk oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, silk and oat protein and panthenol and is perfect for thin hair! Did I mention how nice it smells?!
I was no where near interested in trying the Curl Define Lite Curl Enhancing Gelly because of previous dissatisfaction with these types of products. I was shocked when I tried it to find it didn’t leave my hair crunchy or sticky like what I’m accustomed to. Although not a product I would instantly grab for, it does exactly what it said it would by defining and holding my curls.

 

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Fall is creeping up on us and everyone knows that deeper plum-toned shades are usually really popular for the season. I’m going to do a short swatch and review of the plum shades I own (Finally! A beauty post!).

 

Firstly, one of my favourites is MAC’s “Heaux,” a limited edition matte-berry from the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer collection. The “retro matte” formula of this lipstick allows the longest wear imaginable. I can go a whole night out (drinks and snacks included) with only one touch up!

Secondly, my most recent lipstick purchase, a shade that I have wanted for quite a while is MAC’s “Rebel”. The satin finished shade is a berry red and is ever so slightly frosted, it is in the permanent range of MAC’s lipsticks. It has a stronger berry tone and is less red and more purple than “Heaux” but they are pretty similar. I love the vanilla scent of MAC’s lipsticks because it makes them extremely enjoyable to wear.

NYX Cosmetic’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Medusa”. Medusa is a creamy violet shade with a shimmery frosted finish. This was my first purple lipstick purchase when I was just starting out with makeup. I won’t go as far to say that I love this one because honestly, I haven’t worn it in years and it’s gotten quite clumpy (as you can see in the photo). If creamy lipsticks are your thing, I’d definitely try this shade as well as “Bruised” from the same line. Bruised is a darker violet colour with a creamy finish and has gotten more wear time from me overall.

NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen.” A gorgeous dark-berry that could compliment any skin tone. I love this product! The soft matte lip creams have always been one of my favourite formulas but this was the first one I tried in a darker shade and I love it. The wear time is incredible, it glides on extremely smooth and dries to the perfect matte finish.

I’m currently on a beach house vacation, extremely relaxing but there’s one downside: packing! I had to go through my lipstick collection and choose what to bring with me and what to leave behind. Today I’m going to (quickly) show you guys three lipsticks I’m newly crushing on and couldn’t leave behind because they seemed perfect for the beachy atmosphere. They’re all quite muted as opposed to the usual hot pinks and oranges associated with summer.
“Purple Heaven” by Exotica

This first shade is by a Barbadian-grown brand called Exotica. I recently worked with them for a photoshoot for their various shades of lip colours and as soon as I looked in the mirror and saw this shade on my lips, I exclaimed to the manager “I want this!” The lipstick is a beautiful lavender colour that might not be suitable for all skin tones, but I love how it popped with my dirty blonde hair.

“Faux” by MAC

Secondly, the muted mauve-pink of my new go-to! I love this colour for everyday wear, I think it’s the perfect pink-nude for my skin tone. “Faux” is a satin finish lipstick, a finish that I am now in love with. I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t tried it before, possibly beacause of my gravitation toward matte finishes, but I’m in love! I’m definitely going to try more satin finishes in the future.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creame in “Amsterdam”

Last but not least is a lip colour I’ve had for a couple months now. When deciding what staple colours to pack for my vacation, obviously the first thing to pop into my head was “red!” The colour is described as “pure red,” a classic matte red that is suitable for anyone. I wouldn’t say this product is my favourite red, but the reason I decided to bring it along on vacation is how lightweight the formula is. I feels like you’ve got nothing on!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas came early to Teddie’s Closet this year as I was gifted (by an amazing friend, you know who you are) the exquisite holiday collaboration of MAC and (none other than) Rihanna. This most recent creative collaboration features two Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow palettes, two Superslick Eyeliners, three lipstick shades (including the collaboration’s staple of RiRi Woo), a bronzing powder, a nail lacquer, a double ended brush and a beautiful quilted makeup bag. The collection was released online on December 5th and will be available in-stores on December 12th in North America. Here in Barbados, the collection launches on the 14th of December in-store but stock is extremely limited and there is a “first come, first served” basis.

Firstly, let’s talk packaging. This collection alludes to the holiday season with white-pearl hardware featuring Rihanna’s iconic rose gold detailing, maintaining elegance while still bringing a slight edge. The magnetic clasps on the eyeshadow palettes and bronzer are especially commendable. 
Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: Phresh Out
Featured are five shades created by Rihanna for infinite day-to-night looks. These shadows have a “highly pearlized frost finish” and would not be recommended for someone who prefers a matte shadow. These colours are perfect for the holiday season with Christmas and New Year’s parties right around the corner. 


Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: 2x Dare
Once again, five eyeshadow shades that compliment each other. This palette features a deep grey-blue shimmer perfect for the holidays. I must reiterate that if you prefer a matte eye look to stay far away from these frosty shadows. I should mention that both 2x Dare and Phresh Out created a lot of glittery fall-out.





Superslick Eye Liner: Cockiness
A liquid liner in a beautiful rose-gold colour. Application is quick and precise thanks to the simple dipstick applicator. Great wear time, it almost never comes off!

Nail Lacquer: RiRi Woo
A limited edition shade to match Rihanna’s signature RiRi Woo Retro Matte lipstick. Amazing application and this high-gloss colour is perfect for the holidays! 

Double-Ended Brush
This gorgeous white-pearl brush features, on one end, a 217 Blending brush, and on the other, a 239 Eye Shader.

Makeup Bag
This GORGEOUS pink metallic quilted makeup bag is in a small rectangular shape is my favourite cosmetic bag to-date! The size doesn’t allow for much (you can’t even fit the whole collection in there) but for quick essentials, this bag is perfect! 
And now on to our feature presentation, the lipsticks! 
With Rihanna’s collaborations, the first to sell out is always her gorgeous lip shades. This collection, we got the signature Retro Matte of RiRi Woo and two new Matte shades in Bad Girl RiRi and Pleasure Bomb. 
The matte taupe-nude of “Bad Girl RiRi” has won the title of my favourite lipstick. I love this colour so much, it’s a perfect everyday nude. Of course, the shade won’t work for everyone and those with fair complexions cannot possibly expect to wear it as a nude but the shade works for me and I am in love!

Pleasure Bomb is a gorgeous matte fuchsia colour. A little bold for an everyday look but this shade accentuates the fun and flirty side of wearing lipstick. Most online images I’ve seen (including mine) honestly do the lipstick no justice so make sure you try Pleasure Bomb on for yourself before judging it too harshly.

Last but certainly not least, the matte cool red of RiRi Woo. Rihanna’s signature red and the headliner of all four collaborations she has done with MAC. I’ve finally got my grabs on a RiRi Woo! I’m not one for a red lip but this lipstick came into my life and changed my mind. The perfect red. I can only describe it as perfect. The retro matte finish (which is lost in the photo, my apologies) is gorgeous and this lipstick is definitely a new favourite.

And that’s all folks! Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to leave a comment below. Stay tuned for a holiday giveaway coming soon to Teddie’s Closet. Like the page on facebook for more information.