Curly Hair Tips – My Top Three

Michelle Buteau is a longtime figure on the comedy scene. If you’ve watched Netflix in the past six months, you’ve likely seen — and laughed with — her. She’s also a new mum to twins, Hazel and Otis, whom she and her husband welcomed earlier this year. Here, she shares her best tips for curly hair and an offbeat trick for better sleep…

Perhaps it’s easier for us to love our eyes, lips, or hair — since such features are already traditionally proclaimed beautiful, and there are tons of products made that encourage us to enhance and bring more attention to them. But our freckles are one of the only characteristics of our bodies that we can’t add anything to in order to “make them better.” Rather than trying to fix what isn’t broken, though, let’s come to terms with, appreciate, and recognize the natural allure that they possess. It sure is a lot easier to let them shine than trying endlessly to cover them up.

Why do you bother with haircare?

What a great and loaded question! Not to sound like the back of a cereal box, but it really is from within, I think. Beauty is about how you feel, in any shape, size or season. I wish more people would have told me that when I was growing up, ‘cause a lot of it was like, ‘Summer’s coming, time to work on your bikini body!’ I wish people would have said, ‘Listen, as long as you’re happy, you’re okay.’

Be proud of your freckles

I started getting them when I was about 10 years old, and I get more every year. Growing up, I got made fun of for having freckles and curly hair. Now, as an adult, all the stuff I was teased for is the stuff that makes me unique. I’ve always loved my freckles, but not all the things that come with having them. Like, walking down the street, a guy will catcall me like, ‘Can I kiss every one of those freckles?’ No, you cannot, sir. But it’s fun too, because no matter where I travel in the world, if I see another black person with freckles, we look at each other like, ‘Hey, sis!’ We’re automatically family.

What do you hate about you?

M y least favorite part is that everyone thinks you should know everything after a certain age. And it’s like, no, you don’t! You might graduate from school but that doesn’t mean you stop learning. I notice people are often insecure about not knowing stuff. But it’s perfectly okay not to know all the things all the time

Six Spring Skincare Tips

If warmer mornings and budding blossoms have got you feeling all inspired, then take advantage of the spring in your step by switching up your skincare routine. We’ve got the winter to spring transition covered with the following tips, whether it’s binning your old products or choosing a lighter moisturiser. Enjoy.


Give your skincare shelf a spring clean

We all have a skincare shelf, and we all have those products that sit at the back of it, doing nothing but collecting dust! We’re often so busy in the mornings and evenings, which is the usual time for taking care of our skin, that we forget to do the most basic of housekeeping. You might be surprised about what’s lurking at the back of your shelf – often the products that have just been part of shelf-life are in fact well beyond their best before dates. This is no good, as such products can cause skin irritation if we use them when they are out of date. Spring is as good a time as any to renew the trusted trio – your cleanser, toner and moisturiser. To make spring cleaning your shelf that little but more effective, consider this statement. “If you haven’t touched it since last year, bin it”.


Lighten up with the make up

Spring in general usually means lighter makeup. The burgundy lipstick was great for the festive season, but it’s the peaches and pinks that are in fashion for the spring.  While you’re there, switch to a lighter cleanser (as you’re renewing the trusted trio anyway). Something like the Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansiing Water by Simple is perfect as it will lightly pull away old makeup as well as hydrate your skin for spring. While at the same time not clogging up your pores or leaving a sticky residue. This the exact recipe for unwanted breakouts – to which we say no thanks on the way towards summer.


Buff away the winter skin

The legs and arms may not be fully out just yet, but during the warmer days of spring they will no doubt make the odd appearance. Show them some love now so that they are more than merely presentable when the time comes to unleash them. Get rid of all that dry, flaky winter skin by making use of that exfoliating mitt that you got in your stocking for Christmas. Make sure you do this in the shower, and follow up with a moisturiser (again think trusted trio). Pro tip: ensure your skin is still damp when you apply your moisturiser for an extra hydration boost. A similar regime can be done for the face. An exfoliating face scrub to buff away the dead skin cells will prevent the spring skin from looking a little bit dull – all while getting the full effects of a facial. A tip from our resident professional makeup artist Maureen Lester is to use small circular motions whenever using a facial exfoliator. Go easy on your skin and only exfoliate once or twice a week to prevent your skin from looking red and shiny.


Moisturise more

You may not think much about it, but over the last 6 months or so your skin has effectively been hiding. Your neck and ears have been snuggled under scarves and hats throughout the festive season. Now is the time that they are being unleashed, and up until now they are often forgotten. This can cause them to become dry, dehydrated and irritated – more so from the friction from the woollens that you wore over the winter. If your neck has finally managed to break free from that polo neck at last, then it’s well worth moisturising one more time with a rich cream after exfoliating your skin. After that, switch the rich cream for a lighter non-comedogenic lotion for the spring. This is because as the temperature rises, so does our skin’s rate of oil production. We also tend to sweat more during the warmer months. A lighter lotion will help to keep pores clear in order to avoid overloading your spring skin with excess oil as the weather warms up.


Up your SPF

The sun is finally here (hooray!), which means it’s time to increase the SPF. It might seem early as the sun is only just starting to rear his head lately, but UVA and UVB filters can also affect your skin through the glass and clouds too.


Try something different

So, with the springtime skincare basics well and truly nailed, it’s time to have some fun. So what better time than now than to try out a new skincare treat? A Kind to Skin Rich Moisture Sheet Mask by Simple will help to alleviate the signs of dry skin as it contains a great blend of vitamins that are known to be kind to skin. Simple put the mask on for 15 minutes and that’s all that it takes to get glowing. Can’t find the time? Then make the most of it by using the 15 minutes to catch up on your Whatsapp chats, listen to a podcast or just dance around. Go on treat yourself – it’s spring after all!