Crusty Foot! (PediSpin Review)

So since last week I had NEVER had a pedicure! Heck, I didn’t even think about getting one until Jay from Curlture gave me the most disgusted look when I told her that my feet were pure πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

You know what, there was one specific moment in my life that made me realise that my feet were worse than I had thought. Don’t get me wrong, I did know that my feet were pretty crusty but one day I was given a shock of my life!

I was wearing a pair of shorts at home with no socks on whilst sitting at my desk. With my right leg folded underneath my bum I started to feel something sharp poking my thigh. I checked what was digging into my skin and I couldn’t see anything. So I continued to sit on my leg. It happened again! I couldn’t find the culprit at all! Then I decided to slowly sit back down whilst watching my thigh to see what was causing discomfort. Then I saw it πŸ™ˆ A part of my hard crusty heel was poking out. Digging my thigh. That’s when I knew that my feet needed some serious attention.

Then randomly I came across Vanity Planet, I ordered the PediSpin and as soon as it arrived I was too excited to use it.

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The box came with a user manual, the PediSpin, a Hard Bristle Brush to remove dirt particles, a Pumice Stone to eradicate dry skin and stains, a Callus Shaver to get rid of thick calluses and a Buffing Pad to refine and buff the soles of your feet. I used the attachments in that order. The first two can be used in the shower but the other two are to be used on dry feet.

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Now, I tested this out straight away and when I used the first attachment (Hard Bristle Brush) I was less than impressed. The brush didn’t feel like it was doing anything to my feet just lightly brushing it. It wasn’t until I came to use the Callus Shaver that I fell in love with the PediSpin.

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This thing took my hard, dry and crusty feet to a place they have not been to in a very long time! Just for the sake of this blog post and because my feet no longer look crusty, I will insert a before and after photo below.

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I just had to come on here and tell you guys about it! Especially as it getting warmer and the sandals are coming out. Oh, before I forget, I have a 70% discount for you guys to use on ANY of the Vanity Planet products. Just use this link ! You have until June 4th 2016 xxx

Why Curlvolution Let Me Down

Hey Guys!! For those of you who have seen my instagram post, this isn’t going to be new for you. But for those who haven’t, let me explain why Curlvolution let me down.

Now, I went to the hair event with the mindset that I was going to see a few stalls, probably hear people talk about their hair journeys and just meet up with blogger friends. And yes, that did happen. But I was pleasantly surprised by the seminars that were going on, especially Laila (Fusion of Cultures) and Pelumi’s (Care for your Hair) talk on blogging. I was even more pleased when they gave out ORS goodie bags at the end.

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Discussions held by the panel was also very interesting. The panel consisted of Connie Jackson from Fashion Fair,Β  Kluermoi a Pro MUA & Beauty Blogger, Bianca Miller from the Apprentice, Felicia Leatherwood a Celebrity Natural Hair Stylist and Janelle Stewart a Natural Hair Blogger. They spoke on a number of different topics, some included, black businesses, brain washing of black people and inequality in the beauty & fashion market.

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Needless to say it was just a very positive day.

As we headed out they were giving everyone goodie bags *WINNING* It was at this moment that the positivity and good vibes that the event gave me came to an end. This was the main product in the goodie bag…

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Now if you want to go and straighten your hair, by all means go and do it. I have nothing against free will. But my problem lies in the fact that Curlvolution claims to be the “UK’s largest annual natural hair and beauty show“. Everything around the event was promoting being proud of who you are and embracing yourself, but yet their last message was effectively, “Yeah you can love your hair, but you’ll love it even more for up to 6 weeks when it’s straight and manageable.” -_- Like what the ..??? What angered me the most, was that there was so many women in there that had recently big chopped or weren’t completely comfortable in themselves, who could easily fall back into the relaxing route just by using this product. Yes, I see it as a gate way drug.

“Texture Manageability”

Just those words alone boils my blood. As if to say curly, kinky and coily hair textures are unmanageable. I know people who have tried it themselves, and some may think I am taking this too far, but it has to be said. I haven’t even looked into the chemicals used, it’s the packaging that annoys me.

“This System’s Inner-Active Conditioning links with your hair’s own natural proteins to improve manageability giving you unparalleled touchable softness and movement, with long lasting detangling.”

Just look at this paragraph. What words stand out to you? I’ll tell you what stands out to me, “improve manageability”, “touchable softness” and “long lasting detangling”. What these words tell me is that my hair is unmanageable, dry and also this product with loosen my curls, because that is the only way it will have long lasting detangling.

Do you think I am reading into this too much?

Have you used this product yourself? If so how was it for you?

If not, do you ever plan on using it?

Natural Hair Week 2015 – London (May 9th)

So yesterday I attended Natural Hair Week. I wasn’t planning to but luckily Ella’s (@curlyellabella) friend stood her up (not so lucky) and I managed to get her ticket. Guess what… It was a VIP ticked πŸ˜€ Yes I was excited.

I washed my hair a couple of hours before, and using my Coconut Curling Cream by Cantu (tutorial here) I rocked a wash and go.

The event was held at the Marriot Hotel in Marble Arch. Which is where I met up with the lovely Ella. To my surprise it was a pretty small venue and was pretty full. Basically, everywhere you walked you had to avoid bumping into people, which became annoying very quickly.

When we reached the reception area my eyes drifted straight to a sister who was also signing in. Her hair just caught my eyes. It was love at first sight. I later found out that it was Cassandra from @thenaturalhairnetwork who I had been in contact with for a few weeks. She told me that her curls were popping because she followed my advice in my product review/tutorial and used Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream πŸ™‚

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Let’s talk about the goodie bags that came with the Β£24 VIP ticket… a whole Β£10 more than a general ticket. So I expected a whole load of goodies, if not full sized products then at least loads of samples. But no. Here is what was in the goodie bags.

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Now I’m not trying to be ungrateful butttt… I’m not a fan of hair supplements and I already have the full sized version of that product. So yeah, I wasn’t too pleased with it. Not to mention the fact that the 10% Hairfinity coupon expired the day before the actual event #awkward

IMG_1145Any who. Back to the positives. I saw so many of my blogger buddies; @curltureuk @naturalhairdaily @naturally_zeze @yolandaas @thelondoncurls @curls_aunaturel. Zeinab (@naturally_zeze) was sooo good on the panel, her answers were both impartial and informative. Loved it!

We walked around looking at the stalls between talks in the main hall. As always my eyes went straight to the African print stalls, and as always they were all over priced. Apart from one! Anaisarts was a stall that had everything from clothes, art, teddy bears, earrings, bow ties, head wraps and so much more. I wish I had taken photos of the whole stall but all I have to show you are my purchases.

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The head wraps were Β£5 each and the bow was only Β£4. This was a miracle for me seeing as I was about to spend Β£25 one on head wrap at a different stall. Thank goodness I came across this one. If you go on my instagram you will see a photo of me wearing one of the head wraps πŸ™‚

Well that is all from me for now. I have to end it with a couple of selfies from the day

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