Its Kelle’s Space’s Top 10 of 2018

The past year has been a great one, a reflective one. I can’t believe it has been a year since I launched Its Kelle’s Space. Some of you may know that I started my first blog in 2011 and then left the bloggersphere for a while, but it feels so good to be back. One thing I knew is that I wanted my next blog to be different from Fashion, Love and Life.      I wanted a platform where I could educate, inspire and empower women to be great. Over the past 12 months, I hope I have inspired you all in one way or another.

Here’s a quick recap of what you loved most on Its Kelle’s Space:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Review – This was the first ever product review I did on the blog and I had no idea how popular it would be over the past year. Revlon have done a lot to channel diversity in their campaigns and through their product offerings, so I was glad to let you know what I thought about these wonderful lippies.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review – And another one *DJ Khaled voice* – I reviewed these brow products from Revlon back in January. Brows are definitely a struggle and I think that the fact there are so many new brow products in the market doesn’t make it easy as well. Sometimes, all you need is a pencil, a little bit of mousse and you are good to go!

10 Things You Can Do To Reinvent Yourself After A Break Up – In this post, I teamed up with the lovely Wini Boansi to discuss getting your groove back. Break ups are so hard and at the time we teamed up on this post, I was still struggling with break up trauma so the fact that so many of you were able to relate was heartwarming.

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio Review – It’s another review! (I think you guys are trying to tell me something). I received these adorable lip bullet trios from Topshop and I just had to let you all know what I thought about them. If anyone from Topshop does happen to read this, please introduce some more colours to the collection.

Signs It’s Time To End A Relationship – Dealbreakers! In 2018, I think everyone had to re-evaluate their expectations, boundaries and everything in between. In this post, I talk about signs it is time to walk away. Women especially tend to ignore red flags in the hope that things will change but the reality is that they never do. I’m glad I was able to share such a powerful message with you all.

MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill Review  – This was the start of a change for Its Kelle’s Space. I decided to branch out into food reviews. I had the pleasure of going to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Folkestone in Kent. It is such a beautiful town. It’s a shame my cousin and I didn’t go on a sunny day but as you can see in the review, the food was the biggest highlight.

Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review – There isn’t an article about makeup for WoC that doesn’t mention Juvia’s Place. Investing in their Saharan II palette was something I had always wanted to do. The colours are so rich, so pigmented and they look amazing on darker skin.

Superdrug Vitamin C Review – Vitamin C has had a few moments this year. If Vitamin C isn’t a part of your skincare routine, you are missing out! I reviewed this serum from Superdrug a few months ago and I used the opportunity to drop a few gems about the benefits of Vitamin C on the skin. I will be reviewing another serum early next year (and yes, one of the ingredients is Vitamin C).

Lessons Women Can Learn From The #FraudBae Story – We all know what we were doing when the Fraud Bae thread started to ignite conversation on the Twitter timeline. Although the events were entertaining, this story opened a lot of women’s eyes to the fact that it is very easy for a man to take advantage. I think the biggest lesson to all women from this story is to get your standards in check and DO NOT lower them for anyone or anything!

Open Marriages: Do or Don’t –  This post was another collaboration with Wini Boansi, who is a YouTuber. The funny thing about Open Marriages was when I promoted this post on Twitter, one user criticised my choice of words and Wini also had to step in because she also got some of the heat. After that, I was so close to deleting the post but I reminded myself that we all come from different walks of life so our viewpoints won’t be the same. Some of you may remember that Wini was for open marriages and I was against them. The moral of this post is that it is possible for two people to have different views without ripping each others heads off. I hope to see more of that kind of energy in 2019.

What was your favourite post on Its Kelle’s Space and why?

Kel xo

 

 

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Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection Review

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing one of the newest lash additions from Kiss Cosmetics.

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kiss lashesThese gorgeous lashes are called Midnight.

Now, I love lashes but applying them is such a struggle for me. I just can’t get it right.

I am so pleased that these lashes were very easy to apply and overall, I’m quite happy with the way they look. If I could have done anything differently, I would have trimmed them a little bit because they are a bit long but I don’t mind.

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So, these lashes have a mink effect design. Mink lashes are free from processing and they are favoured by lash enthusiasts because of the soft, comfortable and natural look they give.

On the packaging, there are some claims about this product. So I’m going to share each claim with you all and give my opinion:

Knot free lash band – The lash band is medium sized so if you are thinking about purchasing these lashes, don’t apply a lot of glue to the lash. A small amount is perfectly fine. I’d say just ensure that you hold the lash until the adhesive dries completely. I used the Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive. It contains biotin and a blueberry extract and its latex free too.

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Weightless volume and curl – As with all lashes when they are applied, it took a bit of time to adjust to the size. They did feel heavy at first but after a few seconds, I had even forgot that I had them on. As far as volume is concerned, if you don’t like the heavy look, trim them before you apply them. I really like the curl of these lashes though – they have a very glamorous look and feel.

Soft and seamless – I agree with the brand’s claim that the lashes are soft and seamless. You know with some lashes, by the time you apply them, five hairs have fallen out already and the band seems really weak but that has not been the case with these lashes. I’m very impressed with the quality.

Reuseable – On the packaging, it is claimed that you can reuse the lashes up to ten times with special care. I’ve only used them twice so far. All you need to do is ensure you remove the glue residue (using your fingers) and rinse them with water afterwards.

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Pros – good value for money, lashes are easy to apply, knot free, weightless feel, good amount of volume

Cons – lashes may need to be trimmed (if necessary), adhesive sold separately (Lash Couture collection)

The Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection is now available in Superdrug and all lashes are priced at £7.99. Click here to check out the collection – I’d love to know which ones are your favourite. 

Do drop your thoughts and comments below. I always like to hear what you all think of my product reviews.

Kel xo

Superdrug Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream Review

Hi guys,

Today I will be reviewing Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal cream. I’ve been looking for a new hair removal cream for a while now because every time I pop to my local Boots/Superdrug, the 99p Nair sachets I have a fondness for seem to be sold out.

So when I saw that Superdrug had a decently priced alternative I was eager to try it out. Whenever I buy hair removal creams, I make sure that they have been formulated for sensitive skin and contain natural ingredients. I was glad to see this cream contains an extract of aloe vera and rosehip oil.

My thoughtsI really liked the texture of this cream. It was really soft, smooth and very easy to apply. Also, it had a very pleasant smell. Most hair removal creams tend to have an overpowering scent that fills the bathroom within a second but this one has a very lovely smell.

Another thing that I like about this cream is that within three minutes, the hair on my legs was ready for removal. This was very impressive because it does do exactly what it says on the packaging. With most removal creams, you need to leave them on your legs for 7-10 minutes before you start the hair removal process. My skin also felt very soft and even a few hours later, it’s still as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

I will definitely continue to use this product (I bought two packs) and I would recommend it if you want to minimise the hair removal process. It really is good value for money.

Pros: value for money, hair was ready for removal in three minutes as promised, soft and smooth cream made for easy application, cream comes with spatula which facilitates hair removal, contains aloe vera extracts and rosehip oil (both of which are very kind to skin)

Cons: I think the packaging could look better. I know that Superdrug own range products have a simplistic look but for such a good product, a bolder design with a bit of colour wouldn’t be bad.

Superdrug’s Three Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream is priced at £2.99.

(There is currently a 2 for £5 offer on selected Superdrug hair removal products)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review.

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Kel xo

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review

Hi guys, welcome to my space!

I have another product review for you. This time, I’ll be putting two products from Revlon’s Colorstay collection to the test: the Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil and the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse.

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Honestly, I have to say that this brow pencil is one of the best I have come across in recent years. I love that it comes with an angled tip. This made filling in my brows so much easier. The pencil bares similarities to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Another thing that I love about the pencil is that its buildable. When you are doing your brows, always apply any product with light, soft strokes and then increase application when you are happy with the shape you have created. It was so easy to add more product and the spoolie really spread the product evenly. Some spoolies that come with brow pencils/products aren’t all that great.

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Lastly, this product left my brows looking very sculpted and natural at the same time. Cleaning my brows up with concealer was so much easier too and again, that’s thanks to the angled tip. I would definitely recommend this product to you guys, especially if you have shapeless/sparse brows and you are looking for a brow product that is going to stay put throughout the day. Also, at £6.99, you are getting your money’s worth. In order to make it last as long as possible, I would say try to avoid pushing too much of the pencil upwards because there is a risk of the pencil breaking, so just use the bit that you need.

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The Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £6.99.

Now I’m going to talk a little bit about the Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse. I was sent two shades: Dark Brown and Soft Black. I tend to stay away from black pencils and pomades when it comes to my brows because if I take a picture, my brows will look pretty dark so I can’t imagine what they would look like if I used black brow products.

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I really liked the mousse. It was perfect for setting my brows and gave them a bit more colour. I liked that you have to twist the top of the pencil in order to get the product out so again, I’d advise that you twist just enough to get the product that you need. As you can see from the pictures, my brows are a lot fuller, sculpted and defined. I will definitely continue to use both products together on a daily basis (sorry, ABH! I’m moving on for a while) and on make up free days or when I’m going to the gym, I’ll apply the brow mousse because my brows are quite sparse. From afar, you wouldn’t think I had any and also my right brow grows a lot faster than my left so I’m having to constantly apply castor oil to them before I go to bed. Price wise, £7.99 is a good price to pay for a product that is long lasting. If you have fuller brows, you can apply this product by itself for a bit more definition.

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Pros – angled tip (which speeds up brow application), good value for money, easy to apply, perfect for sparse and shapeless brows.

Cons – possibility for pencil breaking if it is twisted upwards too much.

Brow Mousse 

Pros – gives brows a fuller more defined look, good value for money, also makes the brows look natural.

Cons – it’s only available in four shades.

The Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse is available to purchase from Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

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Kel xo

Diversity For Women of Colour: Is this a never ending battle?

Hi guys, welcome back to my space.

This post is a collaboration between me and Charlotte from Memoirs and Musings.

We are both very passionate about addressing the lack of diversity within the beauty industry. In this post, we will be praising the brands that we feel are getting it right and exploring why we think some beauty brands are still failing to provide a diverse product offering.

Before we start, we are going to reveal what our fave makeup products are:

Kelle’s Beauty Essentials

Foundation: Black Up CC Cream Multi Action (Complexion Correcting Foundation). 

Lipstick: NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick  in the shade Maison. 

 Mascara: NYX Super Luscious Volume and Length Mascara

Charlotte’s Beauty Essentials

Foundation: Nars All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation (My shade is Tahoe or Macao when I have a tan). I’m NC45 in Mac for reference. 

Lipstick: Mac Spirit is one I have re-bought time after time.

Highlighter: I can’t choose one so I’m gonna choose three… the Make Up Revolution baked highlighter in ‘Golden Lights’ (£3 and looks AMAZING on every skintone), the Fenty Matchstix in Sinamon and Benefit Watts Up. 

1) Before the launch of Fenty Beauty, were you aware of any beauty brands for WoC in the market? 

Kelle: Pre Fenty Beauty, these are the beauty brands for WoC that I was aware of:

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In addition to the above, I was also aware of brands such as MAC Cosmetics, NARS and Sleek Make Up.

Char: Fashion Fair, LA Girl, Nars, Mac, Black Up, Iman et al. 

2) Why do you think the beauty industry is ignoring its biggest spenders?

Kelle: The biggest problem I think the beauty industry has is processing and implementing customer feedback. The majority of beauty brands are very happy to go along with trends or emulate their competitors in fear due to their desire to maintain their relevance. As consumers, I think that we all deserve to gain an insight into how brands we spend our money on are using sales figures and feedback from focus groups to better inform their product development process. 

According to the Office of National Statistics, the black and mixed race population will reach 35% of the total population by 2035. The IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) estimates that WoC spend £4.8 billion on products and treatments! The IPA have also found that WoC spend six times more than their Caucasian counterparts on their hair…

Char: Blatant ignorance to be honest. 

Kelle: I couldn’t agree more.

Char: I always wonder what if I’m away for the weekend and I forget my foundation, if I pop down to the local drugstore and they don’t have my shade what can I do? Nothing. It makes you feel helpless in a way. Beauty should be inclusive not exclusive. The fact that my skin colour exists should be enough for it to be available. I do understand that if I’m going to be in a place for example, Sweden, that darker shades may not be available but why has this become the norm. I’m glad I live in an culturally diverse place like London where I can easily get my shade if I need to, but for those with deeper skintones, it’s not easy. The more sparesly populated an area is, the less likely they are to have beauty products for WOC.

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Kelle: Exactly! Beauty brands are playing it safe. They want to stick to what they know and as far as they are concerned, WoC can either look for what suits them or take their money somewhere else. With WoC having such a strong spending power, the world needs to stop and take note. Beauty brands just can’t afford to keep thinking this way. 

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3) What do you think beauty brands should be doing in order to improve on/maintain their offerings for WoC?

Kelle: Firstly, brands should be placing quality over quantity. I’ve walked into shops/department stores and I’m naturally inclined to check out brands that cater to WoC.

I have noticed that there are brands who will launch a new product with an offering of 10 different shades/colours and 5 out of 10 of those shades will all look the same. It’s pointless. I’m actually not alone in my views. 70% of Black and Asian women feel that high street stores don’t cater for their beauty needs (Superdrug, 2016)

Char: 70%?! That’s too high. In my opinion, brands need to research their customer base and find out exactly what consumers want rather than assuming. Yes I’m throwing a little shade, but certain brands need to stop assuming that we want grey flashback in photos… really? …

Kelle: And from the looks of things, even some of our favourite celebrities seem to have fallen victim to this issue…

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4) Do you think that beauty influencers of colour should be fronting beauty campaigns more often?

Char: Of course, BUT it shouldn’t be because brands or companies need to fill a certain quota aka tokenism. It should be a natural fit and should feel inclusive rather than exclusive. Lately, there was an image from a particular brand *cough* YSL, that showed 3 arms of the three different skintones… and the darkest shade…oh boy! 

I mean look:

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Kelle: The fact that this is happening in 2018… YSL actually had the audacity to swatch their lighter shades on their darkest model…who approved this?

Char: If these brands had an influencer like me for example (I’m not bigging myself up here in the slightest) consulting them, they would realise this is all kinds of wrong. Why would you photograph shades on a deeper skin toned arm where even the very darkest doesn’t match. Get it together YSL.  And since writing this post, Tarte, another popular beauty brand released their new foundation shades. I’ll let this photo do the talking: 

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Kelle: Do these brands not know that women of colour actually use foundation? The ignorance is unbelievable. Tarte used to work very closely with Make Up Shayla. I wonder if she will continue to endorse their products once she sees this…

Char: What’s promising is influencers like Jackie Aina is working with Too Faced to develop and release darker shades of their Born This Way foundation. If only other brands would take note…

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Kelle: It’s actually refreshing to see a brand such as Too Faced teaming up with a darker skinned blogger because some brands recruit mixed race or fair skinned influencers for their campaigns because they have more marketing power. I have noticed that when dark skinned bloggers front beauty campaigns or launch collections, the offering is quite limited (e.g: eyeshadow palettes or highlighters). It’s good to see Too Faced taking a step to change things. To all the brands out there: Take note and let WoC do more!

5) Which products for WoC would you like to see improved/modified and why?

Kelle: I’d like to see foundation offerings improved. There is still a long way to go. Skin types, skin concerns and undertones need to be taken into consideration in order for a real difference to be made. I believe that every WoC needs to be catered to. Times have changed and more brands need to wake up. I think eye shadow palettes need to modified. Personally, I play it safe and stick to palettes with brown shades because I’ve yet to find a brand that caters to WoC completely. This can also depend on preference I guess.

Char: I think we’re finally starting to get foundations, concealers and base products right. There is more options available than ever before and brands are realising than there are more undertones than red or ashy. However, its not just base products that still need to be modified, what about blushes, eyeshadows and bronzers? Whenever I buy an eyeshadow palette, I always find that at least 3/4 of the colours are not for me, I can’t even use the lightest one as a base or brow bone highlight without it looking like the queen of ashiness. Thankfully there are brands like Juvia’s Place, Beauty Bakery who are formulating products right from the get go. 

Kelle: I agree about eyeshadows. I think they do need some looking into. I’ve yet to find a palette with bold, pigmented shades that can compliment my collection. It’s good to see Juvia’s Place filling in that gap in the market but such palettes should be instantly accessible…

6) Which beauty brands/companies do you think are getting it right?

Kelle: The brands that I think are getting it right are IMAN Cosmetics and NARS, Black Up, Lancome, Fenty Beauty, Fashion Fair and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Because I have a yellow undertone, my biggest foundation concern is my face looking red while the rest of me doesn’t.

Char: Nars, Mac, Lancome, Fenty Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills. I also have to shout out to some old school brands like Iman and Fashion Fair. Fenty Beauty came out with 40 shades as standard, from very fair to very deep. Some brands launch a new concealer or foundation and have one or two shades for us and I’m probably as dark as they go (*cough* Tarte). What if I get a tan? Then it will be a complete no go for me. It’s not even just the base products like concealers and foundations; it’s eyeshadows, bronzers and blushes too. 

Kelle: Fenty Beauty definitely broke the mould, I agree but Fashion Fair and IMAN did it first. Maybe, WoC will start turning their attention to the old school brands who clearly don’t have a problem giving the customer what they want…

Char: It’s a possibility…

Kelle: Imagine a world where a WoC can walk into any beauty or cosmetics store and find products that were actually created with her in mind? 

Char: It’s time to make this happen and we won’t stop until we are given the recognition we deserve.

Kelle: Absolutely!

7) What do you predict for the future of the beauty industry in 5 or 10 years time?   

Kelle: If the battle for diversity within the beauty industry persists (and it should!), I believe that in the next five to 10 years, there will be more beauty brands launching for sure. However, we (WoC, influencers, bloggers, vloggers, writers et al) need to work together as a collective in order to move forward. With cooperative effort,the beauty industry can really be an open place for us all.

Char: I reckon in the next 5 years we’ll be seeing lots more indie brands pop up over the place with products, In 10 years time, I can’t really say what will happen but it will be interesting to observe and watch this industry evolve. 

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading this post. 

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Kel & Char xo 

 

 

Review: L’Oreal True Match Foundation and E.L.F Matte Lip Color

Hi guys, 

Welcome to my first ever product review on this blog.

I have decided to review not one but two products in this post: the L’Oreal True Match Foundation (in the shade 9.5 D/W Mahogany) and E.L.F’s Matte Lip Color.

I am not affiliated with either brand. I purchased both products last weekend from my local Superdrug and I wanted to share my thoughts about them with you.

First, I’m going to start with the foundation. When L’Oreal announced that they were launching the True Match foundation range, the beauty industry was taken aback (in a good way) because it seemed like one of the leading beauty brands of our time was finally embracing skin tone, gender and diversity. There are 28 shades in the range and L’Oreal claim that 98% of U.K skintones can find a match within the range.

I have used this particular foundation before. My cousin got married in October and we all had our makeup done and this foundation was used. On the day, I liked that it was long lasting (I didn’t really need touch ups as much), however I found that it was a bit too orange for my complexion. That was the only negative. I have a yellow undertone and if I wear a foundation that’s too orange-y, it’s a disaster.

Here’s a swatch of the foundation (Sorry about the quality of the image)…

And here is a picture of the foundation and lip color…

Pros
– very easy to apply – (as stated on the Superdrug website, the formula is velvety)

– imperfections are well hidden –  (I am currently working very hard to reduce the appearance of dark spots on my face and was surprised that I couldn’t even see them once the foundation had been applied)

– good for oily skin – (I have oily skin and this foundation stayed put for the whole day which was very impressive)

– value for money (£9.99 isn’t a bad price for a product that has so many benefits)

-matte finish (Having a matte finish with any foundation is a must. You don’t want to look like you have been frying bacon on your face)

*I do want to add that I used Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray to keep my makeup in place.*

Cons 

– The shade offering. I think that, along with many beauty brands, L’Oreal still have some work to do in understanding the complexions of a WoC (they haven’t quite got it yet). As you can see from the pictures, I don’t think this shade is a complete match (you should choose a foundation shade that matches your neck) and if I go for the 10 (which is the next shade), it will be way too dark. I do think that L’Oreal need to revise these shades so that they can possibly introduce a shade between the 9.5 and the 10.

In spite of the above, I would definitely wear this foundation again. It’s easy to wear, sets well once a spray/powder has been applied and there’s also a guarantee of an improved complexion within 4 weeks (we will see if this happens)…

Now, here are my views on the E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (in the shade Scarlet Night)

I love a lip pencil, especially a matte one. If you suffer from oily skin, it is best to use lipsticks or lip pencils with a matte finish. E.L.F have a fantastic product offering and every single lip shade in this collection is amazing. The application process is a lot smoother with lip pencils (in my opinion) and I love how pigmented the pink shade is and that you don’t have to sharpen the pencil (you just twist it to get the right amount of product that you need).

My only cons are that it doesn’t last long and you do need to touch it up throughout the day (which is expected when you’re wearing a bright lippy I guess). I do have a product packaging con. Also, on the top of the pencil, there’s a a (almost burgundy shade) and the lip color itself is actually dark pink so this is a bit misleading.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and I will leave the product details below:

L’Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99, Superdrug) Shade 9.5: Mahogany  

E.L.F Matte Lip Colour (£4.50, Elfcosmetics.co.uk) Shade: Scarlet Night 

 

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