Thursday, August 7, 2014

MAKEUP | TERRACOTTA & PLUM


Eid Mubarak!!!! yes I know I’m a week late :P. I hope you all had a good Eid with family and friends ( to be honest I spent mine sleeping and recovering from extreme exhaustion ). I’ve created a video featuring one of my favourite eyeshadow product by Nars (it’s called persia). 

I hope the tutorial is useful to you .....Don’t forget to share  xxx

FACE
Lancome teint idole ultra foundation | 13
Cinema secrets foundation | 202-20 ( used as concealer ) 
Mac cosmetics blush | Sweet as cocoa
Mac cosmetics contour blush | blunt 
YSL | Touche eclat | 7
Jurlique | Rose silk finishing powder 
Mac cosmetics mineralize skinfinish | dark 

BROWS
Mac cosmetics E/S | Embark 
Make up for ever Aqua brow gel | 30 

EYES
Mac cosmetics paint pot | quiet natural 
Nars cosmetics E/S | Persia 
Make up for ever E/S | 160 
Make up for ever Aqua cream | 10
Lancome Hyponse star mascara 
Maybelline gel liner | Black 

LIPS
Nouba lip pencil | 208
Mac cosmetics lusterglass | Fluster rose 



* Excuse my dry skin, I was recovering from eczema 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SKINCARE | TRIPLE TRIFLE SCRUB

I’ve got my mix mojo back AKA homemade skincare obsession. I’ve been dying to make a scrub that will wake me up in the mornings especially now that its Ramadan.

I enjoy exploring with ingredients that can be sourced from the kitchen cabinets. Being in Nigeria means I don’t have easy access to alot of my favourite luxury brands/products but it has its benefits because now i’m curious to find natural/organic substitutes.

This scrub was made with ingredients I already had in the kitchen : Roast ground coffee , cocoa powder,  cinnamon powder , brown sugar and Olive oil. All these ingredients are products of Nigeria except the cocoa powder which is a product of Ghana.

* Ground Coffee is an excellent anti-inflammatory because its rich in antioxidants. The natural caffeine draws excess moisture from the skin , causing it to look , feel smoother and firm. It also helps to exfoliate dead skin cells . Oh! did I mention its excellent for reducing cellulite.

*Cocoa powder os also an antioxidant that helps repair skin cells and prevent free radicals. It helps hydrate the skin and reduce roughness.

*Cinnamon powder helps to clear any bacteria on the skin.

*Brown sugar acts as an exfoliant in this scrub.

*Olive oil is nourishing to the skin because its rich in minerals , vitamins and natural fatty acids.



1 Cup ground coffee
1/2 cup cocoa powder 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
3 tsp cinnamon powder 
3fl oz Olive oil 

I mixed all the dry ingredients together is a mason jar then stirred it till it was properly combined ; I then add the Olive oil and mixed. 

I applied the scrub on damp skin but you can use it on dry skin. I was so excited about how yummy it smelt and how smooth , moisturised and tight it felt my skin. Amazingly I did not need to apply lotion all day. 

 

*If you live in Nigeria you can get all kinds of jars from Shoprite. 

RAMADAN KAREEM XOXO

Thursday, June 19, 2014

HAIR CARE | AVOCADO HAIR MASK

 I have missed my space on the internet but I had to take a break because I needed to help with my cousin (more like big sister’s wedding) . I had no idea how stressful and tiring weddings were until now. Shout out to wedding planners & co.

The stress of the wedding really affected my hair ; like my hairline is so thin/fine now. Anyway , I was introduced to the wonders of avocado and  how it benefits our hair. Trust me to switch up the recipe to suit me.

*1 Avocado 

* 2 TSP of Shea butter 

* 4 TSP of Coconut oil

* 3 TSP of honey | Softens an

*1/4 cup of distilled water 

I would have loved to add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to treat dandruff and help with itchy scalp but coconut oil and honey will do for now. The mask is very rich and great natural treatment for dry hair. Coconut oil and avocado help  thicken and soften the hair , shea butter adds moisture and shine. I applied the hair mask to clean damp hair ; wore a shower cap over night for a deep condition. Rinsed with warm water and let it air dry.

My hair felt amazing as usual and although it made my hair thicker ; its still manageable. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MAKEUP | OPAL NEON


I have a current obsession with nudes and I LOVE IT. There is something elegant about neutral tones on brown skin. I really enjoyed creating this look for you all and I hope you enjoy creating your own version of it. 

FACE
No7 beautifully matte makeup primer 
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra foundation #12 & #13
Make Up For Ever Mat velvet foundation #75
Mac Mineralize skinfinish natural | Dark
Mac blush | Sweet as cocoa & breezy 
Mac contour blush | Blunt 
YSL | Touche Eclat radiant pen #7
Make Up For Ever | Aqua brow gel #30


EYES
Stila E/S | Chinchina 
Mac E/S | Embark
Mac pigment | Heritage rouge 
Mac pigment | Burnt burgundy 
Graftobian liquid glitterglam | Opal neon 
Maybelline Gel liner 
Lancôme hypose star mascara
Benefit cosmetics ther’re real mascara 


LIPS
Mac | Chestnut lip pencil
Occ lip tar | Fondue









Saturday, May 10, 2014

REVIEW | L’OCCITANE MASQUE ECLAT SHINE MASK



I’ve recently become crazy about my hair AKA FLUFFY .......... she’s so beautiful . Yes i’m talking about my hair like it’s not mine.

A kind friend of mine gave me this mask as a gift and its the best gift i’ve received in a while #honest. 

L’occitane has to be one of my favourite beauty brands ; they have amazing skin & hair products that I think are worth trying if you want to treat yourself. 

The mask is for dry and damaged hair ; 

its claims  to   

" contains an anti-breakage complex, made with five essential oils (ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, angelica) and plant-derived amino acids, which help repair the hair fibre. It also captures the richness of shea butter and sweet almond oil in which help to soften and protect.”

And ladies ( & gentlemen) its the truth; the rich creamy mask transforms my forever dry hair to soft  and moisturised goodness. I apply the mask to freshly shampooed hair ; instantly the thick creamy texture glides onto my hair ; making it easy to detangle. I leave the mask in for about an hour even though L’occitane suggests leaving it in for 5-10mins. I then rinse my hair with warm water and follow with leave in conditioner and oil ( coconut oil , argan oil or sheabutter ) depending on my mood. 

Did I mention how shiny and fluffy it leaves my hair. I highly recommend this mask especially if your hair needs help with moisture. 

The only thing that might put some of you off is the £22 price tag for 250ml. Its expensive I know but a little goes a long way this rich silky cream mask. 

I hope you’re all having a good weekend?

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