Black Friday 2018 Deals


I love Black Friday deals especially when brands give a reasonable discount and I have my eyes on some products. Without much ado, I have outlined some great Black Friday deals below and I love that Black Friday means you can make some savings while doing your Christmas Gifting. Just a disclaimer, some of them are affiliate links and I will indicate which ones are with an (*). Affiliate links basically means the blog earns a small fraction of the sale if you buy through the link at no extra cost to you the buyer. Let's roll....


Touch in Sol London (via MMCL Pro) // Link
I am super excited that Touch in Sol London is having such a great Black Friday deal and I have to say they are one of my favourite Korean Beauty brands in the market right now. This offer is only accessible via the MMCL Pro website. For Black Friday, Touch in Sol London has 30% off all products using code "SOLSALE30" + you get a full size Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo or Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Duo as GWP when your purchase any two Touch in Sol products (available while stock lasts). The offer ends 23:59 on 26th November 2018 and is not available to MMCL Pro Members.


The Ordinary // Link* 
I know The Ordinary has been a controversial brand but it does not take away from the fact that their products are quite effective. I think things are getting much better now which is great. Let's just say I just have an insatiable thirst for all The Ordinary products and I have repurchased countless times because they are affordable and effective which is a rare combination these days in the skincare world. DECIEM as a whole is offering products on sale for at least 60% off which is amazing and I am so glad that some products from The Ordinary are included. This promotion runs from 22nd November 2018 until 26th November 2018. Many products have already flown off their shelves and are out of stock now but there are still some great products available. Each product on offer is limited to 2 per customer.



Cult 51 // Link 
I always love Cult 51 Black Friday deals because they are quite reasonable. Last year, I was able to repurchase some of my favourite products using their discount. This year, they are offering a 25% discount on all their products except the gift sets which are already discounted. I will highly recommend checking out the Cult 51 Day Cream and Cult 51 Night Cream. If you just want to try their products and not get the full size, you can always get their mini sizes which are also discounted to about £30. The code to us is "FRIDAY25" and this offer runs from today till midnight on Monday 26th November 2018.



Mo Mineral Makeup UK // Link 
One of my favourite natural makeup brands is Mo Mineral Makeup and I have repurchased their amazing Brow Powder quite a few times. Their products suit many skin tones including women of colour which is always a plus. For Black Friday, they are offering Buy ONE get another 50% OFF off everything on their site (excluding the samples). The offer ends Sunday 25th November 2018 so you need to hurry if you are interested. No code is required as it is added automatically. They always listen to their customers and have extended this offer. I know they are also offering free shipping all through November which is an added bonus so get shopping. 


Murad Skincare // Link
Murad Skincare products are so amazing because they do what they promise. I have tried a handful of their products and I still love using them especially the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and the City Shield Age Defense range. They are offering 25% off site wide + 6 samples at checkout using code "BLACKFRIDAY" and offer ends 10am 27th November 2018 (some exclusions apply). I think that's a pretty good offer!!


FOREO // Link *
FOREO is definitely one of my favourite beauty tech brands and I have enjoyed all the products I have tried from the brand. I don't think any day has passed in the past few years where I have not used at least one FOREO beauty product and I just feel like my skin is never clean unless I use my FOREO Luna. They are offering up to 30% on some FOREO products (Luna, Luna Mini, ISSA and ISSA Mini, etc)  except the FOREO UFO and UFO Mini which are discounted to 25% which is still impressive. The offer runs from 23rd November 2018 till 30th November 2018. I am so tempted by the UFO mini!!


Selfridges // Link *
I tend to pop into Selfridges usually to window shop/feed my eyes and I end up buying beauty products. When they have discounts, I absolutely love it because they carry some of my favourite brands. I have had one hiccup with them in all the many years I have shopped with them which is impressive. Everyone knows that their Beauty Hall is to die for and such a dangerous place to go to if you are an ardent beauty lover. They are offering at least 20% discount using the code "SELFCCE" at check out however it is the standard 10% for Beauty products, Toys and Technology but it is better than nothing.  As expected there are some exceptions which you can find here. 


Cult Beauty //Link *
Cult Beauty is definitely one of my favourite online retailer mainly because they sell great products, offer discounts quite often and have free delivery for orders over £15. I usually purchase The Ordinary, Beauty Blender, Pixi and many more products from there. I love that they have now expanded their offering and I may or may not have made two very cheeky orders using their Black Friday discount. You get 15% discount if you spend £20 or over using code "BLACKOUT15", 20% discount if you spend £100 or more using the code "BLACKOUT20" and 25% discount if you spend £250 or more using the code "BLACKOUT25". 



Molton Brown //Link *
I love Molton Brown products and I think they make one of the best body products ever. I always wait for their Black Friday sales because that's the best time to stock up. They are offering a mouthwatering 25% off every purchase from now till 26th November 2018. No code is required as it is already applied on the products. Of course there are some exclusions to this discount which include their advent calendars, luxury fragrances, etc.  



Oskia Skincare // Link *
I have not tried a lot of products from Oskia but I love all the ones I have tried including the Renaissance Cleansing Gel. For Black Friday sales, they are offering 25% discount on all full size products using the code "BRIGHT18" and 100% of profits go to Women for Women International which I think is such a great thing to do.

Liberty London // Link *
I only started shopping more on Liberty this year and I have to say their offering and service is impeccable. When I lived in London, I always popped in to see what was available and I was always mesmerized with everything in there especially their prints. Now that I have moved away from London, I just go on their website and I have got some great deals on there including my Hourglass Ambient Palette (Unlocked). They are offering up to 30% and up to 15% on Beauty both online and in-store. The offer runs from 22nd November 2018 to 26th November 2018. Happy Shopping!!

Net-a-Porter // Link *
Net-a-Porter is my usual beauty destination when I need to purchase any beauty product that is sold out everywhere. They just seem to have a great way of retaining their stock which is amazing. They are offering up to 25% off from 20th November 2018. You do need to have an account on there for the discount to be applied.


Debenhams // Link *
I have shopped in Debenhams for ages and I will continue shopping there because they have great products and consistently offer amazing discounts. They are offering up to 15% discount on Beauty  and up to 40% on some other selected items. 

 Beauty Bay// Link*
They are offering up to 30% off site wide which is so good because they have some great brands that are difficult to get your hands on especially within the UK. Whenever there is an US brand I love and want to get without shipping from the US, Beauty Bay is my first port of call.



Space NK // Link*
Whenever I just want to pamper myself, I just pop onto the Space NK website and check out what's available. The Space NK Sales (especially during the festive season) is one of my favourites and the products always fly off the self. This year they are offering quite great offers which will be live on the 23rd November 2018.


Harvey Nichols// Link*
I was so delighted to see that Harvey Nichols are offering a 10% off discount off  Beauty products(including Fenty Beauty which always seems to be excluded from their usual offers) and up to 35% off in other departments. I am very delighted and I cannot wait!!  The offer is available online and in-store and will end on Monday 26th November 2018 (in-store) and 10am on Tuesday 27th November 2018 online.

ASOS*//Link
Who does not love ASOS especially for their frequent discount and easy delivery? When I was a student, I always ordered from ASOS and even quite a few years after I still order from them. I love how they have expanded their beauty offerings and included some great brands including MAC. They are offering a 20% discount sitewide from 22nd November- 26th November 2018 using the code "HELLO20"

*Affiliate links used in this post however more than half of the products shown were purchased by me. 

Life Update and Back to Blogging

It feels like such a long time since I blogged on here and I don't think anyone has missed my blog as much as I have. My blog is everything and more to me and I am so glad (fingers crossed) that I am slowly but surely getting back to blogging. So, what happened since the last time I was on here? To be honest, not much has happened. If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should), you would probably have caught up with what's happening in my life as I usually post a little bit more on Instagram.

Moving to Scotland
I am sure many people who read my blog will know that I was previously based in London and I still absolutely love London (even more now that I have moved away). I moved to Scotland in November 2017 (almost a year now) and I had bittersweet feelings about it. I was happy moving closer to my husband and sad because it was such a big change. For the past 3-4 years, I always visited Scotland at least once every month (or every two months) so I was quite familiar with Scotland. However, I do have to say that visiting a place and living in that place are two different things. I didn't have time to feel sad or process anything because I moved to Scotland one day and started a new job the next day so everything was a bit of a whirlwind. In a way I think it worked out best that way because it just meant I got on with life pretty quick. Nevertheless, it has been great so far and for sure, it has been a learning curve but most of all, I am happy which is the most important thing.

Wedding Ceremonies in Nigeria 
Shortly after moving to Scotland, we started planning our wedding ceremonies which we decided to do in Nigeria because that's where we come from. Planning a wedding from across the continent is no mean task but we had God on our side, an incredible wedding planner and amazing family and friends. I could totally write a whole blog post on all I learnt from planning a wedding as it was really an eye opener and a true tester of several things. We had two ceremonies- A Nigerian Traditional Ceremony infusing both of our cultures/tribes (2 mini ceremonies) and a Church Ceremony. It was a two day event; the traditional ceremony was on a Thursday and the Church Wedding was on a Saturday. Both days will  always remain favourite days in my life and I can't believe I am actually typing that because I am not a wedding-y person as such. Anyway, it was just so good having all our family and friends celebrate with us and I could not stop smiling at all. You can check out some Instagram videos of our ceremonies here, here, here and here.

Back to Everyday Life
We came back shortly after the ceremonies as I had work commitments. I work as a clinical pharmacist in the hospital and August is not a great time for annual leave and everyone needs to be considerate to let others go too . To be honest, I did not mind because we know we will have more time to plan a honeymoon and it will be totally worth it. Now that the wedding is done, I have a teeny weeny bit of time to blog again. My work is still very much full-on but I think I am getting better with my time management so hopefully I come back to blogging as much as I love to.

Where do we go from here?
I have so many reviews of amazing products that I can't wait to share on here. I have done several hauls that I am almost losing count. I have also been sent some great products which I will definitely be reviewing at some point. Lastly, I am even thinking of reviving my YouTube channel (like seriously, who do I think I am?). What would you like to see me blog about on here? Let me know in the comment box below. Most of all a massive thank you for sticking with me...xx

American English Hair Review


I never thought I would be a haircare junkie at all until I went natural with my Afro and started loving so many hair care products. In my natural hair journey, I have come to realise that less is more, at least for my hair type. I am not too precious about my hair but I do like to use great products as much as I can. I found out about American English Haircare last year and I was naturally interested because I liked the name. Silly, right? I just loved the fusion of American English and I read great reviews about the brand. When I got the chance to try out a selection of products from the brand, I was really looking forward to it. I was very kindly sent the Youth Repair Shampoo, Youth Repair Conditioner, 24K Karat Thickening Lotion and Seaberry Dry Oil. I have tried all the products out for at least a month and my other half also tried it out so I have a lot to share about how we got on with these products.


Brief Overview American English Haircare 
American English Hair was founded by two seasoned individuals who know their onions when it comes to hair care- Stephen Durham and Michael Kanyon. Together, they have over 20 years of experience and have amassed a wealth of knowledge which they have invested in the range. I am sure you can already guess that the name American English stems from the heritage of both founders- one is English and other is American. The brand prides itself as a vegan hair care brand that utilizes natural ingredients because they believe that nature is the best and I can totally agree. You can find many natural ingredients in their hair care line including Seaberry, Baobab, Quinoa, Vitamins (A,C and E), etc. The American English Hair care products are formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates and Phthalates. You can read more about the founders and their philosophy.


Packaging
I am so glad that many brands are moving towards minimalist designs and I love it. American English Hair care products are very practical and easy to use. I love the design because it is minimalist with a slight twist that makes them stand out among other pretty packaging. I particularly love that they have somehow captured a packaging that is unisex and easy for both males and females to enjoy. I think they have done a great job and it means they are suitable for anyone.


American English Youth Repair Shampoo //Link //£23
I was so delighted when I was sent the Repair Shampoo because I love any shampoo that has repairing properties. The Repair Shampoo is specially formulated for color treated or damaged hair. I won't classify my hair as damaged but it is very dry and constantly needs to be well taken care. The Youth Repair Shampoo is infused with Seaberry, Amino Acids, Quinoa, Vitamin B5 and Rosemary which all work together to restore damaged hair types. It has a slight fragrance which is not overpowering at all; I love how subtle it is. This has to be one of the thickest shampoos I have tried and I am not mad at all. Despite being thick in texture, I am still able to dispense the right amount I need and believe me, a little goes a long way. For a shampoo that does not contain Lauryl Sulfate, I have to say I am quite surprised that I get a good lather and my hair feels clean and not very stripped. I feel this is one shampoo that will suit many hair types.


American English Youth Repair Conditioner //Link //£25
The Youth Repair Conditioner also has similar ingredients as the shampoo which is amazing. It has a similar light fragrance to the shampoo which is lovely. I tend to leave my conditioners for much longer so my hair absorbs as much as goodness as possible. My curls look completely snatched when this conditioner is in it and my entire Afro just looks alive. When I rinse off, I still retain some of the curls and my hair is tangle free and soft. I think one can even use this as a hair mask and I will try it out as a mask soon and share my thoughts too.


American English Seaberry Dry Oil // Link //£25
My hair absolutely loves oils mainly because of its Afro texture however not all oils are created equal. When I use regular oils, I find that they weigh my hair down so I tend to choose light oils that pack a punch while leaving my hair looking healthy and nourished. The American English Seaberry Dry Oil is described as a lightweight formula designed to give a blinding shine without weighing the hair down. I was totally sold by this description and I could not wait to try it. Again, it has a light fragrance which is quite pleasant. I would describe it as a hybrid of a dry oil and a regular oil so it does not completely disappear when I apply it and it does not weigh my hair down. It is great for post styling as it helps my hair retain moisture which is super important for my hair texture. I am so pleased it has a pump so it is quite easy to use and does a great job.



American English 24 Karat Thickening Lotion*// Link //£25
This has to be the product that I was absolutely intrigued about because it has 24 Karat in its name. Was my hair going to turn to gold after use? I was really curious. American English Hair care describe it as a revolutionary water based formulation designed to create astounding volume while perfecting and protecting the hair. The texture is such a unique one and I don't think I have used any hair care similar to it.


It reminds me of a water- gel texture but it completely sinks into my hair and gives it that added moisture and volume. I know most people think that Afros don't need any extra volume but I beg to differ. The bigger the volume, the more gorgeous the Afro looks. I just apply a dime sized amount and work it through section of my hair. It provides that added oomph and it is perfect for styling as well. I have used it on my hair (on its own) and used it when doing braids and cornrows. It surprisingly helps in keeping my curls popping as well. For the very few days when I have pout my 'fro into a puff, it has really helped in keeping it in place and preventing any stray strands. I also love the packaging as it looks really elegant.


Where to Buy // Link 
American English Hair care can be purchased directly from their website, MMCL Pro and other select retailers including ASOS, John Lewis, Beauty Collection, etc. If you want a great discount on the brand (at least 25%), I would recommend purchasing from MMCL Pro (you do have to register to get access to this discount). With BBPRO 25, you could get 25% discount which is amazing. If you wanted to get just one product,  I would highly recommend trying out the 24 Karat Thickening Lotion at the very least.


Overall Thoughts
I know I am an absolute hair care junkie and I love discovering new brands. I am trying my best to stay away from unhealthy ingredients in hair care, skincare and makeup (which is very difficult if I might add) so finding a new vegan brand warms my heart. My current styling products consists of OUAI and American English and I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to try these amazing brands. I hope you enjoyed this post and massive thanks to the MMCL Team for sending me these lovely products. Have you tried American English Hair care products?
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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review

I can't remember when last I was so excited by an eyeshadow palette launch as much as I was for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It was launched last year and it went straight into my wish list. I popped into Debenhams to swatch it and I was completely sold. I was waiting for any store to offer a 10% discount so I could save a few pennies from my purchase. It never happened because it was always excluded from discounts and the stores that offered discounts had sold out. I just really wanted it and purchased it from the Urban Decay store in Kings Cross Station (which is fabulous by the way) and I have no regrets at all. I have to say this is definitely my favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay. I used it a lot last year when I got it and I am still using it at least 3 times a week. I have already made some slight dents in some of the eyeshadows and that's why I am so glad I take photos before using my products. 

Brief Description
Urban Decay describes the Naked Heat Palette as a warm eyeshadow palette that has all the shades needed to create sultry day time looks, intense smoky looks and everything in-between. I totally agree with this description and more. It is that warm toned eyeshadow palette that even cool toned and neutral toned eyeshadow lovers will adore because you can create so many looks from this palette. I lean towards warm toned eyeshadow palettes and this is one of the few eyeshadow palettes that I love and have some use for every single shade in it.

Packaging
I have always loved all the Urban Decay Naked palette packaging except for the Naked 1 which has a velvet/felt lining packaging (not the best in my opinion). I completely wish Urban Decay will change the packaging of Naked 1 because I will purchase it in a heartbeat. The Naked Heat Palette has a gorgeous sturdy plastic packaging complete with a brush. It is such great quality and it looks absolutely gorgeous. It is slightly heavy but I have traveled with it quite a few times and it's been fine. It has not been messy and the eyeshadows are well protected in the casing. It comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush which I use a few times but I like to stick to my holy grail eyeshadow brushes. 

Shades in the Palette
There are a total of 12 eyeshadows within the palette and I love that they have names on them. The inscriptions have not rubbed off from the palette which I am happy about. The eyeshadows within the palette go from a gradient of light shades to darker shades. There is a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic shades within the palette and I absolutely love the combination. The eyeshadows include: Ounce (ivory shimmer), Chaser (light nude matte), Sauced (soft terracotta matte), Low Blow (brown matte), Lumbre (copper shimmer with gold pearl), He Devil (burnt red matte), Dirty Talk (metallic burntred), Scorched (metallic deep red with gold micro shimmer), Cayenne (deep terracotta matte), En Fuego (burgundy matte), Ashes (deep reddish brown matte) and Ember (deep metallic copper burgundy). I love the names of the shades and I think they suit with the eyeshadow shades so well.

I tend to use either Ounce or Chase as a brow highlighter and they really flatter my complexion. For everyday/work looks, I reach for Sauced and Low Blow in my crease. If I am going out or I want some extra dimension in my crease, I reach for He Devil, Cayenne, En Fuego and Ashes. For my lids, I adore Lumbre (a nice dent has already been made in this shade), Dirty Talk and Scorched. Ember and Ashes are perfect for smoky looks. The colours are so complementary and you can create a complete look with just this palette which is why it has remained my top eyeshadow palette from 2017 and till now.

Pigmentation/Longevity/Texture 
It's no secret that Urban Decay make great quality eyeshadows that have stood the test of time and they did not disappoint with the Naked Heat Palette. All the eyeshadows are intensely pigmented but (as expected), the shimmer and metallic eyeshadows stand out. They are just so gorgeous to use. I always an eyeshadow primer with every eyeshadow I own but I do think these eyeshadows will still last long with or without an eyeshadow primer. The texture of the eyeshadows are very buttery and soft to touch and apply. I particularly love that the way they swatch on my hands are the same way (and even better) when I apply them on my lids. I have experienced little fall out with the matte eyeshadows but it is very minimal compared to other matte eyeshadows I have tried. The best thing about the matte eyeshadows in this palette is that they don't feel chalky at all which is a huge plus for me.

Is it worth the splurge? Where to Buy? // Link //£39.50
I have to say a big YES to it being worth my coins. I will buy it allover again if I have to. I have been contemplating buying a backup because it's just one of those eyeshadow palettes I want to always have in my collection. I know there are so many warm toned eyeshadow palettes out there but this is one of the best I have tried.  The Naked Heat Palette can be purchased from the Urban Decay website (they offer free delivery and 10% discount to students). You can also purchase the palette from other retailers such as John Lewis, House of Fraser, Fabled, Debenhams, Selfridges, etc. If a website is offering any discount and/or free shipping. I will suggest purchasing from them.

Overall Thoughts
I don't think I have loved any eyeshadow palette as much as the Naked Heat Palette and I can't sing its praises enough. I still love my Naked 3 Palette but I have a special love for the Naked Heat Palette. Urban Decay recently launched a mini version of the Naked Heat Palette but if you wanted to try this palette out, I will definitely say go for the full size. You get better value with the full size. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you tried the Naked Heat Palette?
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