I had been struggling to find products to moisturize my hair for a long while. It bothered me so much I resorted to cutting it off.
(Yeah. Dramatic. I Know).
I’d been using some of the best products on the market, I would watch YouTube videos and follow the girls’ regime to the T, I’d even try my best to muster up the strength to deep condition each week … and as soon as my hair would air dry, it would feel soft for a few hours then it would look visibly dry and coarse, at least in my opinion.
After I had summized that my bleached ends were to blame, I’d cut even more hair off. THEN the very next day it hit me like a tonne of bricks … CASTOR OIL!!
I had given many many oils a try; from the infamous coconut oil, olive, argan, avocado, jojoba … and nothing. My hair would still look and feel dry.
I decided to switch up my regime and give castor oil a try again since I had stopped a while back. I thought it was a bit too heavy and ‘stink’ for my liking, but it always made my curls pop and have hold and shine.
I went through the hair aisle at Fontana, making sure to go after a Jamaican brand of castor oil so I can get a good quality product; nothing imported. I took my time reading the labels and checking for consistency, and I settled for Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Castor Oil.
This product makes my hair soft and SHINNY !! Alas, I’ve found a holy grail product to add to my hair product stash.
I put a little oil on my fingertip and massage the oil on to my freshly washed scalp. I then section off my hair, distribute and rake Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie into my hair, followed by Eco Styler’s Coconut Oil Gel, then I seal everything with some castor oil. Lastly, I’d give my hair a nice shake to help my curls naturally clump together. I had been doing this process for some time without the castor and my hair would still get dry and frizzy.
I’m absolutely in love with this product and I will DEFINITELY continue to buy.
What was especially appealing to me and this brand was the packaging. It didn’t feel cheap and it wasn’t fading. As for the smell, it has an odour which should tell you that it’s very natural as castor oil does have an acquired stench to it. However, once the hair dries and a couple hours pass the oil will work into your hair and smell like any other hair product and not necessarily castor oil.
If you have dry, dull hair and you’re out of ideas, go into Fontana Pharmacy and pick up Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Castor Oil. I promise you WILL NOT regret it !
I know … it sounds like the makings of cake batter or some thick formula. But applying translucent powder as a base/primer for foundation has become a viral sensation.
It’s a technique used to primarily tackle oily skin, close pores, last up to hours and give an overall flawless finish. If you have naturally dry skin, this technique wouldn’t be for you since you wouldn’t have excess oils that’d need to be soaked up.
You’d begin the process by applying your moisturizer first, and then as I mentioned before, you’d follow up with a translucent powder, then foundation.
After applying the powder, it should remain untouched for a quick minute so that it has the opportunity to soak up the excess oils, especially in the T-zone areas where oil tends to accumulate.
Makeup gurus warn to use a translucent powder as opposed to a setting powder because translucent powders are much lighter. But watch out, this makeup process can be a little messy for that same reason; translucent powder is fine and loose — sorta like baby powder, which is actually another trend.
Now that we understand the general process, here’s where the controversy comes in.
It seems to be split down the middle. Some MUA’s have commented that during the process their skin felt good, while others have reported that at the very beginning of the process their skin felt dry, tight and cracked, and didn’t make them want to continue the process. Possibly this would be the sentiment of a person with combination skin (both dry and oily). Applying a raw powder to a patches of skin that are drier than others may result in uneven coverage and distribution of the foundation and would cause some parts of the face to feel drier than others.
On the other hand, some makeup gurus mentioned that this process helps other products such as highlighters become more pigmented, while others say applying translucent powder first soaks up too much of the foundation so it takes longer to cover the face.
Lastly, some MUA’s claimed that their pores were visibly smaller, and that the process helped covers blemishes fairly well. Other MUA’s however, have said that the process made their face look textured, their pores looked caked/clogged and that photos taken with flash will highlight the powder, making the face appear ghostly white.
Fontana Pharmacy’s beautician Keneisha Bryan says this makeup technique wouldn’t be ideal for the on the go woman who may only have time for a quick face powder pat coupled lipstick or lipgloss, and needs to be out the door to conquer the world. It also wouldn’t be a good fit for women who are minimalistic and would cringe at having to apply a lot of product, nor is it the makeup technique to use for night functions.
Have you given this technique a try? What do you think about it? Comment below and start a conversation with us.
Co-wash! Co-wash! Co-wash!
The As I Am light, no-suds, cleansing cream formula, also known as the As I Am Coconut CoWash is designed to remove product residue and preserve your hair’s moisture.
Cowashing is the best go-to regime for naturals who need to save time. It produces the after effects of shampooing and deep conditioning combined, giving you a 2 in 1 in half the time; visibly clean and moisturised.
It smells like a tropical coconut explosion; gentle yet prominent. It’ll hold on to your strands even when you’ve rinsed it out and have begun to put in your styling products. It’s consistency offers so much slip because it’s a balance between ‘watery’ and creamy. It literally melts away the tangles in your hair.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first place you’ve heard about products melting away tangles but this one actually does. For extra stubborn tangles, work a generous amount of the product into soaking wet hair, cover it with a shower cap, and you can either sit under a hooded drier or allow your body’s heat to create a steam reaction in your hair.
Carry about doing your chores or watch some TV, and after 15 minutes the product would have not only moisturised your hair but it would have loosened up your tangles. Comb through with your wide tooth comb in sections to detangle, give your scalp a nice, massaging scrub and then rinse the product out. Be sure to comb the product throughout the hair and massage your scalp in a downward direction so you don’t cause tangles.
The product is said to be gentle enough for use everyday and has the ingredients and moisturising benefits to provide the hair with the right conditions to grow.
If you’re always on the go or you’re looking for a cleansing product to give you clean, moisturised hair, visit a Fontana Pharmacy near you or visit fontanapharmacy.com to snag yourself the As I Am Coconut Cowash. You won’t regret it !
Perhaps the first thing that jumps out at you in the title is the word ‘gel’. I know. I thought the same – why would I put gel on my skin? But don’t let that sway you, it’s applied just like lotion; massage into the skin where needed. Irie Rock’s Moisturizing Tea Tree Aloe Gel was developed to be a lightweight alternative to lotion that’ll better the skin and hair.
I’ll cut the jibber-jabber a give you the rundown of this product because, well … who likes reading through thick paragraphs anyway?
Here’s the deal.
- It’s lightweight. Sometimes lotions and oils have a tendency to make the skin feel like it’s suffocating underneath a heavy, tacky, heat-attracting trap. #CRINGE!
This product on the other hand, absorbs into the skin and pores without leaving the skin feeling tight or trapped by an invisible film.
- It’s moisturising. I’m not sure what else to say other than it makes the skin feel supple and hydrated enough to withstand Jamaica’s heat!
- It’s long lasting. Don’t worry about it melting away in all the heat. It melts away on the skin upon application, and by the end of the day it feels pretty non-existent but your skin feels so moisturised at the same time.
- It’s relatively odourless. Sometimes lotions can be overbearing with the scents. This product will go easy on the sinuses and is ideal for men and women who want moisture without the powerful smells of some lotions.
- It’s pocket friendly. Well that speaks for itself. Fontana Pharmacy’s got you the price hook up so your skin can glow within budget.
- It’s soothing. When you first put it on there’s a cool sensation that flushes across the area of application.
- All natural ingredients. Water is the most hydrating and moisturising agent. This product’s main ingredients are water, tea tree oil, and aloe vera. They combine to fight against eczema, sunburns and extra oily skin.
- It’s local. It’s manufactured right here in sunny isle Jamaica, so no need to worry about imported fake or watered down ingredients because it’s all at our fingertips in galore.
Are you looking for moisture without the weight? Stop in to the nearest Fontana Pharmacy and get yourself Irie Rock’s Moisturizing Tea Tree Aloe Gel.
We’ve got to keep this short and sweet because I need you to know EXACTLY why you HAVE TO be at FONTANA PHARMACY for Take Style Out (TSO).
TSO is scheduled for Thursday, 5 October. However, Fontana is extending its sale until October 7.
In a nutshell TSO is that one day when stores across Jamaica give back to the consumers by offering discounts on a variety of products. One of the company’s that’s in the business of giving back on this special night is Fontana Pharmacy.
So you know all those great products you’ve been scouring out in the aisles? The makeup, the home decor, the hair products, the pharmaceuticals … It’s your time to go geddem!
Calling all makeup enthusiasts !! Makeup from brands such as ELF and L.A. Girls will be slashed by 25%!
Have you been holding out on finally redecorating that room? Well when you get into Fontana Pharmacy PLEASE pace yourself because Bed, Bath, Kitchen and Decor are a cool 25% off!
It’s not too late for copping some back to school items because school gear is also a nice 25% off.
Christmas in October? Time to do some early Christmas shopping because toys prices are slashed by 25%!!
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “a workman is only as good as his tools”right? Well that doesn’t just apply to the construction industry. These days it seems like the beauty world isn’t that much different from your local construction site since success and a great finish can depend entirely on your equipment.
Now stay with me, I’m not suggesting that you apply your foundation with a forklift truck, that’s not where I’m going with this. I’m just saying the right tools (i.e your favourite makeup brushes) can help you to achieve the kind of airbrushed finish that graces the covers of glossy magazines. If a flawless finish is what you’re after then Fontana has your back with the Pomi brush set.
Leave it to experienced and well known makeup artist Lyric Rochester to come out with a high quality yet stylish brush set that will help you create any look your heart desires and flawlessly too I might add. The Pomi brush set features 10 rose gold and black makeup brushes:
Under eye highlight brush
2 blending brushes
2 eye shadow brushes
Lets get right into the specs!
1. First let me start off by saying every single one of these brushes are extremely SOFT on the face and gentle around eyes I can’t get over it but its expected since they’re made with dual fibre and natural bristles
2. Application is FLAWLESSSSS with these brushes. They all pick just the right amount of product that gives you a CONSISTENT and even base without streaky application.
3. Pomi brushes are beyond AFFORDABLE, especially since you get 10 beautiful brushes for the price.
4. MULTIPURPOSE: I know I’ve been saying the set comes with 10 brushes but to be honest its almost like you get 15 since most of the brushes can double up as other brushes.
5. You get NO SHEDDING with these brushes no matter how many times you wash them. Just let that sink in.
6. I would recommend these brushes to any beginner because you literally get ALL the brushes you in wrapped up in one big package. If that’s not BEGINNER FRIENDLY then I don’t know what is.
Overall I would give these brushes a solid 9/10 so don’t sleep on the Pomi, head to your nearest Fontana or fontanapharmacy.com visit to grab one before they sell out.
Primers. Many of us hear about it, but do we really know what it’s for?
A primer’s main purpose is to act as a base for your foundation so that it can have something to hold on to throughout the day, especially in Jamaica’s heat.
Some of the best primers out there can be a little too much for our pockets to bear, so what can we turn to instead?
- L.A. Girl Pro Prep HD face primer. Smooth and fill lines and pores, paraben and fragrance free, enriched with vitamin E. All for under JMD$1000? I’ll have some of that ! This product will help you achieve a smooth and flawless finish.
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. Transparent gel formula that smoothes on clear, instantly blurs the look of pores WITHOUT clogging them, refines skin’s appearance and is fragrance-free. For under JMD$1100? PLEASE pass me one ! This pore eraser can be used alone to cover up visible pores leaving the skin looking polished and flawless, OR, as a primer for your favourite foundation.
- City Colour Primer. A non-greasy formula suitable for all skin types for less than JMD$1500? Sign me up.
Rest assured that Fontana Pharmacy can be your one-stop-shop for all the products above. Got questions? Feel free to ask any of our beauty consultants for help finding the best product for you.
As women we sometimes want a little help to cover those under eye dark circles that scream ‘I just robbed myself 4 hours of sleep so I can do my late night Instagram scrolls’ or ‘I skipped sleep so that I could finish my economics assignment.’
When we scour the makeup aisle in Fontana Pharmacy looking for the perfect concealer, we’re often looking for a product that can offer the coverage without it being too heavy. We’d want a one stop shop product; one to cover dark circles or marks, is lightweight, the right shade, can erase fine lines and help us look refreshed and new.
The team at Revlon took all these things into consideration, and created and launched a new product line: Youth FX Collection impotenzastop.it/. Amidst the collection is the Fill + Blur Concealer which is available in six shades.
The user friendly product comes in a carefully thought-out click pen design with a soft applicator tip that’ll prove to be easy on the eyes, of course you are required to use your fingers to pat in and evenly distribute the product.
The formula is developed to be lightweight and hydrating so that it can easily blur lines and erase wrinkles. In addition to creating an instantly smooth looking eye area, Revlon says that the product will stay looking fresh all day, will work harmoniously with primers and foundations, and it will not settle into lines.
If you’re looking for an easy to use, pocket sized, creamy, lightweight concealer that offers good coverage and instantly corrects dark circles; stop in to the nearest Fontana Pharmacy and pick yourself up a Revlon Youth Fx: Fill + Blur Concealer.
The photo above has been us all at one point.
You’ve got your slick pony tail going, snatched wig, neat box braids or your messy bun, and then the sight of it stops you dead in your tracks. UNLAID EDGES! And your reflection is now staring back at you like, “sis what is you doin’?”
Although used synonymously, our edges are different from our baby hairs, and Jamaican brand, Your True Shade has taken the time to develop a paraben free gel to put fly away baby hairs at bay and help you get the look you want!
The formula is said to have super hold, is non flaky and can be used for all hair types including weaves and wigs. Simply use a small amount on your fingertips and distribute at the roots, baby hairs or plucked hair on wigs – of course add more as you see necessary.
This product will make the above image a thing of the past. I tested the product out on hair types ranging from 3 – 4, and without having to plaster on the product, our hair received hold throughout the day with very little to no flakes.
Although it’s a gel, the consistency also lends itself to be a softer form of edge control. It distributes throughout the hair far better than an edge control ever could on weaves and wigs or a slicked back look, for example. Additionally, the slight edge control consistency provides additional hold to the gel. Think of the consistency as if edge control and gel had a baby – it’s hybrid.
If you’ve found yourself out of luck with gels and other edge controls, come in to a Fontana Pharmacy near you and pick up Your True Shade’s Baby Hair Slayer.
Image by: Olivia via Olivia Akumu
There has been so many mixed reviews about this foundation that made me just had to try. Oily girls have advised to stay away from this product but my curiosity was way too strong to fight i just had to run into my closest Fontana and grab a bottle.
The L.A. Girl website describes the foundation as being ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish. is marketed as an HD foundation which claims to be weightless, hydrating, long-wearing and illuminating. It is also paraben free and and has added anti-oxidants that helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance.
The variety of this foundation didn’t surprise me one bit since everybody and their mother knows that L.A https://indianpharmall.com/indian-kamagra/. Girl doesn’t play around when it comes to shade range (i.e almost everyone’s holy grail, the L.A Girl Pro concealer). The foundation collection features a total of 15 shades plus an extra white shade that acts a lightener to mix your foundation to find the perfect shade. Now personally i think the shade range is awesome especially for us brown girls who are always on the hunt for our perfect shade match. My shade match was somewhere between coffee and rich cocoa
The foundation comes in a sleek plastic bottle that features a pump that is convenient and easy for dispensing. This makes it easy to control the amount of product you use each time. There has been a lot of comparisons to the Make Up Forever Foundation as they have a similar shape except for the silver ring around the MUFE one. The colour is easy to see through the transparent bottle. The bottle is made out of plastic but is durable and looks pretty. has 28ml worth of product inside
When you initially pump the foundation out its a little runny… Its not thick AT ALL, but the coverage! For being that runny of a foundation, the coverage is incredible. It almost covered all my dark spots in just one go so its definitely medium coverage that’s build able.
The finish leave a beautiful healthy glow to skin, almost like a glow from within type of look. They weren’t lying when they said it was illuminating, I mean i couldn’t stop looking at my face in the mirror, I was in love. Now bare in mind if you prefer a matte finish this foundation may not be for you but for the super oily girls like myself don’t freaked out over the term illuminating just set it really good with a loose powder and you’ll be fine and for my dry skin beauties you’ll live for this.