Product Review Bee Mine Deep Conditioner

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Hello Everyone!

This deep conditioner cost me £16.99 from  Zara Hair and Cosmetics, 395 Walworth Road South London.

Description:

This protein-free deep conditioner helps detangle your hair and provide excellent manageability. This deep conditioner is made with creamy and emollient Cupuacu butter, to promote smooth and soft hair while boosting the rebirth of the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity. Highly beneficial for dry and damaged hair. BEE•U•Ti•FUL also provides some protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays and helps to restore shine and moisture to stressed hair.

Product Attributes: moisture, shine, detangling, anti-humectant, sun protectant

Ingredients:

distilled water, cetearyl alcohol, BTMS (mild emulsifier), 100% unrefined shea butter, 100% organic coconut oil, cupuacu butter, calendula extract, chamomile extract, organic raw honey, liquid germall plus (paraben free), fragrance (phthalate free)

Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, organic, protein free, glycerin free

I have been looking for a deep conditioner with no protein as my hair does not need protein at the moment.

I went to Zara because it is the only  “normal” high street hair shop that I have been to where the staff know what they are talking about.

Actually there’s only one member of staff in there who knows anything about Black Hair (African/Caribbean hair) his name is Ali and he has done his research and is quite knowledgeable about our hair.

Ordinarily in London most of the high street shops that sell hair and beauty products specifically for our skin and hair types, are run by people who are not of our skin and hair type, this is not prejudice it is simply a fact.

The problem this poses for a lot of Sisters is that we are going to these shops looking for products and the sales assistants have no idea what is good for our hair and how to advise us if we have a specific hair/beauty issue. In fact some of the items that are being sold in these stores are very dangerous and can cause serious chemical burns, hyperpigmentation and PERMANENT hairloss.

Many a time in the past I have been in one of these shops and asked the sales assistant a specific question only to be told “this one is very good” even if I’ve asked for a shampoo for dry hair they have picked up any random bottle and told me “this one is very good” 

I found this so frustrating that I decided to stop going in those shops all together and buy my hair and beauty products online or from Sisters doing it for themselves (and all of us) like Annette from Almocado, Sharron from Shea Decadence and Akua from Shea Butter Cottage.

However I will still try other products mainly because I am a bit of a PJ (product junkie) and so that I can do product reviews on this blog and hopefully help some natural newbies.

I can’t understand the logic in going and buying a specialist product from people who have NEVER used said product! It’s like going to a vegetarian butcher! It nuh mek no sense!

However if someone has never used the product/s but they take the time to do their research and seek feedback from their customers then they can actually be of some help, so big up to Ali from Zara Cosmetics on Walworth Road.

Back to the product now…. This product was expensive for such a small tub, it has a light and fresh coconut scent which was ok, not too sweet. The consistency is quite thick but nice and creamy, I used the product on damp hair and smoothed it in with my fingers before finger detangling.

This product does not have enough slip for me, I know it’s all natural with no silicones but seriously the lack of slip was too much for me, I get more slip from Tresemme Naturals silicone free conditioner. I put a shower cap on and then a warm towel and left the conditioner on for 3 hours, I didn’t intend to leave it on for so long but I had to bake a cake so I  left it on until I was finished.

The deep conditioner rinsed out easily but afterwards my hair did not feel soft and moisturised it wasn’t hard either, but for SIXTEEN NINETY-NINE! I expect better than “not hard” I want my hair to feel like angels have personally conditioned my hair with heavenly Ambrosia!  

I would not buy this again and I have not used the tub I have again either. I’m most likely going to give it away. I was really disappointed in this product I was expecting a really good result because it has natural ingredients and no protein.

That just goes to show that “natural” ingredients are not always  a guarantee for fantastic results, it’s trial and error really.

I would advise that you do your own personal reviews when you try products so that you have a record of what you liked, what you didn’t like and why. You don’t have to write a long detailed review you can just rate them out of 5 for specific criteria such as, smell, price, slip, consistency etc.

Just because this product did not work for my hair, that does not mean it won’t work for your hair.

Thanks for reading  xSx

Princess in Pink Cake (contains topless doll images…lol)

On Friday 22nd March 2013 I had the day off from my day job, I booked the day off because I had a Princess Cake to make for a lady I really didn’t want to let down and I knew I would be very tired in the evening after a full day of work so I used up some of my flexi -time and spent the day making the cake.

The following photos and words are the whole process from start to finish, at the moment I still do not have a fantastic camera so once again please forgive the quality of my photographs, (Nicole if you’re reading this we really need to collaborate on a post soon..)

This is going to be a very photo- heavy blog, here goes…

I tried to order a miniature Princess Tiana doll (specifically for cakes) from the USA but there was no guarantee it would arrive on time so instead I bought a normal Disney Princess Doll. Image

ImageI decided to undress the doll and save the clothes and accessories in a little bag so after the cake was eaten and the icing washed (or eaten) off the little girl could play with the doll.

The doll has a straight updo as pictured above, but I’d seen a photo of the birthday girl with a stunning curly ‘fro so I decided to try and style the doll’s hair to somewhat resemble the hair type of the recipient of the cake, of course I wouldn’t get it exactly right as this is a doll with shiny fake hair but I knew I could curl the dolly hair up a bit, I did this by co-washing the doll’s hair then doing two-strand twists while the hair was damp, I then coiled those twists into “Chiney Bumps” or Bantu Knots to my American Cousins. Image

I then tried to cover the doll’s nudity.. a bit late I know ….LOL Image

Some of the ingredients and equipment I used, Image

I began in the normal way by creaming my butter and sugar, ImageImage

Then I added real vanilla paste,

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After I mixed the vanilla in, I added each egg with a spoon full of self raising flour to stop the mixture from curdling.

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After all 8 eggs were beaten in I folded in the remaining flour then added milk Image

Mixture was plopped into the “Wilton Classic Wonder Mold” ( I had greased the tin with Sunflower Oil even though the tin recommends that vegetable shortening should be used, I’ve never been one to follow all the rules..BORING)

The metal rod in the centre apparently ensures the cake is cooked evenly by conducting heat through the centre of the mix, instead of heat coming from the only the outside and causing dry over cooked crusty edges and a soggy undercooked middle.

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I tucked the cake into my pre-heated oven and prayed, wished and hoped it would rise, cook evenly and slide out of the tin nicely.

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SUCCESS! Image

I only lost a tiny bit of cake which was stuck to the edges of the tin, am I now going to buy vegetable shortening in the future…. err no! The amount of cake I lost was negligible and wouldn’t be noticed.

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I knew the cake was not tall enough for my full sized doll to fit in the centre and have the cake start at her hips so I prepared another cake to be added to the existing one and give more height. The theme was pink so I added natural pink food colouring (made from beetroot) to the sponge mix. ImageImage

I forgot that you need to add extra food colouring to a raw mix as it loses it colour when cooked, I guess this is especially true for natural colouring. My cakes came out looking exactly the same as when I don’t put in any colouring in.

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While the cakes were cooling I prepped the doll, by wrapping her in clingfilm (saran wrap) from the hips down and taking down her chiney bumps, I was happy to discover I had created a somewhat Afro effect.

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I then set about making my Pink Vanilla butter cream, which I would use to layer, crumb coat and decorate the cake. ImageImage

I used to biscuit cutter to cut disks out of each layer of cake, in order to create a hollow tube through the centre of the cake in which the doll would stand. Image

Once the cakes were completely cool and the off cuts devoured by hubby and I, I began stacking and layering the cakes, I used home made cherry conserve and the pick buttercream for added moisture and flavour. I intentionally allowed the filling to overlap the edges of the cake to ensure a complete connection between layers and to use the extra to help smooth on the crumb coat. Image

I know it looks crooked here but it ended up straight.

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she’s saying “Yay! I’m finally getting fitted for my new gown I was getting cold” (Humour Me)Image

On goes the crumb coat…

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I then added a bit more food colouring to the icing and began piping and sticking on the decoration. I used a mixture of pink sweets and my own home made edible decorations to create the finished dress, and new accessories. I used a very small piping tip to do the bodice effect, bracelet, necklace and tiara.

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The finished cake!

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In total the entire process took me approximately 9 hours, including styling and preparing the dolls hair from the night before. I’m sure a more experienced baker could knock this out in half the time but I enjoy each one of my creations so much, that I do not like to rush and take my time over every detail.  Unfortunately on the way to the lady’s house disaster struck and a small crack appeared in the front right corner of the cake, that crack turned into a crevasse then finally an avalanche as we went over more and more speed bumps and eventually a chunk of cake fell out! I was devastated to deliver a less than perfect cake and I literally felt like crying, I don’t know why that piece fell out but I was able to stick it back into the cake unfortunately all the decoration from that part of the dress was ruined.

I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the damage but I was too busy, panicking and attempting to mend the cake with thin air, (whilst simultaneously trying not to cry in front of the lady and her gorgeous kids) to take photos, I kinda have one photo but you have to look very closely  to see the damage…

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I have learned that I need to carry an emergency cake mending kit with me when I make deliveries. The lady had to go out that evening so she was unable to wait for me to make my way home, whip up a batch of buttercream and return to fix the cake. However she was gracious enough to let me return early the following morning and repair the damage. I could barely sleep that night I was so upset for what I deemed as ruining her little girl’s cake. All’s well though… I fixed it in time for the party and the birthday girl and all her guests enjoyed the cake…. Phew!

Until next time,  good bye folks!

xSx