31 July 2014

BEAUTY: HOUSE OF TARA'S FUN 'COLOURBURST' CAMPAIGN

Everyone that knows me and is fond of my blog, knows that I'm very pro Nigeria and love to embrace Nigerian designers (new and old) and indigenous Nigerian makeup brands. I feel as a country we have so many talented individuals in the fashion and beauty sector that need to be acknowledged and put on different platforms to showcase their talent and products.

Today I want to acknowledge House of Tara, which is one of Africa's leading beauty brands. They have launched a fabulous bright and bold "colour burst' campaign, which has come brilliantly in time for summer. This campaign showcases just how well, women of colour can wear bright coloured makeup confidently and beautifully.

The House of Tara brand owned by Tara Fela-Durotoye, used Banky W's song Jasi to display their beautiful models rocking their 'colourburst' range. It is a visual campaign which celebrates the variety and versility of the House of Tara product line. The new line showcases four different looks, each one representing a different personality and style of makeup. Check out the video below!

Brand Manager of House of Tara, Temi Akingbe said "The ColourBurst campaign has been a few months in the making and was really a combined effort of everyone at House of Tara but most especially the talented makeup artists. We are extremely proud of the campaign and it shows how far the Makeup Industry in Nigeria has come because this clearly rivals any international standard. Most importantly, we wanted to compare the vibrancy of our product line and for everyone to have fun with it!"  





Hope you enjoyed the wonderful visuals from House of Tara. Also check out the full Jasi song by Banky W, if you haven't heard it already. I remember listening to it non stop when it came out.

30 July 2014

BEAUTY: FLIGHT MAKEUP ESSENTIALS (TRAVEL SERIES)


Normally, this is the period where people are travelling abroad due to it being summer holidays for those in university and school... (As for the working folk, there is no such thing as SUMMER holiday, and I will now excitedly be acquainted with this feeling lol).

As I was writing this post, I was seated in the airport waiting for my flight. Wearing makeup while travelling for me was just not done. I preferred travelling bare faced, so when I'm all comfortable onboard the plane, I can put my face anywhere and not worry about staining pillows and bedding given. However times have now changed, as I feel it is important to make an effort and look your best when you step out (aside from the gym, and small errands-there is no time for that lol).

Above are few products that give me a confident polished effortless look when I travel. As you can see the products above are not many, as becoming a newbie to the whole makeup and flying, I don't want to be dragging my hand luggage filled to the brim with a whole makeup bag (not forgetting you have to take out the products and put in a plastic bag, to clear security).

So first up we have:
  • 1)MAC Mineralize Skinfinish- Deep Dark: I raved about this lightweight MAC powder for ages and it is essential for me to use when flying, as I don't use any foundation or concealer underneath. So by using this product it gives a clean even polished look, without being heavy. Sometimes I even feel like I'm not wearing anything which is a feeling, I don't come across too often with makeup. (I can't wait for the day, when we will be able to wear makeup, and not feel like we are wearing anything on our skin)
  • 2) Sephora Mascara: Mascara is what in my opinion, makes the easy effortless look, as it opens up the eyes, and gives the face some life. Without mascara, my eyes are so tiny and wearing eyelashes on long flights may not be ideal for some. So mascara is the best alternative and not to mention quick to apply.
  • 3) MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish- Shape The future: This product is optional. I don't usually use this product to highlight, as I use MAC iridescent loose powder in golden bronze, which I spoke abut in my previous post. However the loose powder is not compact enough as you will see in my previous post to be carried along with me. So I opted for the Mac Extra dimension Skinfinish in Shape the future. This highlight is quite bright, and therefore small amounts go a long way. For me, I choose to wear and carry this highlight onboard with me, because I was travelling for quite a while and therefore needed a highlight that would really give a healthy glow.
  • 4)MAC Razin Blush: Every girl needs a blush, to bring out their healthy glow. I chose to bring along Razin by MAC, which is one of my favourites. It is almost like a burnt coppery colour and is absolutely gorgeous on darker complexions. If you are fairer in complexion, a light hand would be advised. 
  • 5) Vaseline: Vaseline is absolutely essential, as when the lipstick comes off during the flight after eating and drinking, you will get tired of reapplying. Vaseline will be your makeup product of comfort believe me.  
  • 6) MAC Lipgloss- Viva Glam V: As the face is quite bare with only a powder, mascara, highlight and blush. I would advise a serious lip combo to be acompanied. I opted for a nude look and used Viva Glam V lipgloss on top of my teddy lipstick, lined with my chestnut lip pencil.
  • 7) MAC Lip Pencil- Chestnut: Very essential, to give definition to the lips.
  • 8) MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick: Surprisingly this lipstick is not my go to, but it just so happened that I was in a mega rush when leaving the house and could not decide which to throw into my handbag. And this gem happened to be the fortunate one. I did enjoy wearing this lipstick, its a natural shade of nude, not too light in colour, and was perfect for the journey. 
OPTIONAL:
  • MAC eyebrow pencil in spiked: I had my eyebrows threaded in my previous post, where I spoke about eyebrow threading. Therefore I did not need to bother with doing my brows. But for those that would want to add a little something to their brows, an eyebrow pencil of your choice would be added. 
These are my travel essentials with regards to makeup. If your not one to bother with making yourself up to fly, just try it with as minimal products as possible and tell me how it goes. Trust me, its not that bad, considering I love practicality and comfort. 


Thanks for stopping by, and have an amazing week ahead (especially for those here in Nigeria, who are back to work after having the luxuary of a 4 day weekend)

24 July 2014

BEAUTY: SAY NO! TO CAKEY MAKEUP

The beauty talk of the week, goes to 5 tips to prevent your makeup from caking, achieving a nice smooth finish. Which ideally makeup should look like right?!...You may ask, 'well Jenny what does cakey makeup mean?' and thats a great question. Cakey makeup is a term used for a mask like finish to the face, which gives the appearance that you smacked the whole product of makeup on your skin.

Nobody wants to walk around purposefully with unnatural, cakey makeup (hopefully) as it looks as if you are wearing too much makeup and is said to also age the skin. There is an art to applying makeup, I've had to learn through trial and error, and I would say I have made drastic improvement in my application technique. I use the words drastic improvements, as obviously I am not a professional makeup artist so I am not 100% quite there yet (even makeup artists don't get it right all the time).

Learning from trial and error means, I have made some MAKEUP MISTAKES and NO NO's! (thinking about them, literally makes me cringe)... So with that said, I am here to give you 5 tips which I have learnt that will give you a smooth and fresh makeup finish.
  • 1)PREP AND PRIME YOUR SKIN: Knowing your skin type is very important. For example I have oily skin and therefore need to prep my skin with an oil free moisturiser and go in with a primer (especially for controlling large pores). Dryer skins usually would exfoliate first before using a rich moisturiser. Primers I feel are essential, as they create a smooth surface for the foundation to go on top of, not to mention extending how long your makeup lasts for. I have tried going without a primer, and I felt like my skin had absorbed the product especially with my oily skin. Using a primer creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup product, so I highly advise using one.  Below are two primers I am currently back and forth between, Benefits the POREfessional which is extremely good (highly recommend and have been using it for months), and Maybelline baby face primer (new primer I'm trying out). I will do a review and let you know my thoughts on them both.

 


  • 2) DON'T APPLY TO MUCH: One of the main causes of cakey makeup is, applying to much foundation and concealer. If the foundation application goes wrong, the makeup look, goes wrong. I understand that if you have blemishes or you want full coverage, your first thought is to apply layers of foundation and concealer, however this is not needed. A tip to avoid cakey make up, is just to apply a thin layer of foundation to even your skin tone at a time, and where you have blemishes, go over with a concealer. Currently I don't use foundation, but will use a liquid concealer where I feel I need to conceal and will then use my Mac Mineralize Skinfinish powder all over my face. I will tell you now, that this is working perfectly for me, and gives the most perfect natural finish. So remember to apply thin layers of foundation at a time, as you can always add more but can not remove any product. 
  • 3) POWDER OILY AREAS ONLY: This is a crucial step in makeup application for those that use liquid foundation. Once the foundation is applied, you are going to want to set it. The best way to prevent cakey makeup, is to apply your powder to the oiliest parts of your face (usually your T-zone). The best way to also set your foundation is to use a thin powder puff, which applies the powder in a thin layer. Another tip is to use a light coverage powder like MAC Mineralize SkinFinish. I know some people like to use a foundation powder to set their foundation, but I personally think if you have applied your foundation and concealer in all the correct places, you should't need to set, with an additional powder foundation as they are heavy products that add to a cakey makeup look. 




  • 4) TOUCH UPS (REFRESH): For those that have oily skin like I do, we find ourselves having to touch up the t-zone area. A tip to prevent cakey makeup, is to instead of brushing more powder over the face and adding more product with a powder. Blotting your t-zone with blotting papers keeps the shine away and prevents cakey makeup. During the day, when my face becomes oily, I use to powder my face with my MAC skin finish powder, but it cakes. I then use to use tissue but noticed it would remove my makeup from the places I blotted. Blotting papers are the best tool to use in my opinion!
NYX Blotting Paper

  • 5)MIST SETTING SPRAY: To remove the dry look you get after applying powder, spray mist setting spray all over the face after finishing your makeup. My favourite spray is MAC fix+ which is just amazing or the ELF mist spray I found was just as good and a fraction of the price. This helps to give a nice glow, making the powder sink into the foundation. I do have oily skin, but I still use a mist spray, because I am not a fan of the all matte makeup look, I like a little bit of dewiness. 


And there are my top 5 tips to flawless smooth makeup
I hope this helped and let me know if you have any tips you have to prevent cakey makeup 

21 July 2014

STYLE: BATTLE OF THE PRINTS



Here's a quick post of my little ensemble, I wore the other day. The funny thing with me is that, I am totally in love with the minimal look, but I have my outbursts where I love wearing prints and mixing different prints together.
Above I am wearing a Duro Olowu blouse which my fashionista cousin Owunwanna founder of Heritage 1960 got me. Paired with my beaded Virgos Lounge shorts, I've had for a while now, but hadn't yet found the right occasion to wear them out to. Sometimes we do this, whereby we save an amazing item of clothing for a specific event, and most of the time that event either doesn't happen, or we end up wearing something else. So I'm getting into the habit of just wearing what I feel like, when I feel like it (that really should have been the title of this post).
Never be afraid to mix prints, just go for it and rock your outfit comfortably! In this day and age, you can basically get away with NEARLY everything ;) (notice the emphasis on the word nearly! lol)

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing week ahead!

19 July 2014

BEAUTY: EYEBROW THREADING

The beauty talk of the week goes to 'eyebrow threading'. Today, I'm going to talk eyebrow threading with you guys. However before I get into the details , I will start off with the basics of what it's all about.



WHAT IS IT: Threading is an ancient form of hair removal, which originated from the Middle East and South Asia. Now although commonly in the western part of the world, threading is used for eyebrow shaping. In the Middle East and South Asia it was commonly used to remove hair from the other parts of the face as well. The upper lip, chin, those side burns and cheeks were all subject to hair removal by threading, and some salons here in the West, do offer these services in addition to eyebrow threading as well.

BENEFITS: Threading has a lot of benefits, and is therefore a favourite by many people, however a lot of people are not familiar with the technique and thats why I'm writing this post. One of the main benefits of threading is the precision. Other eyebrow shaping techniques like waxing are not precise like threading is. The technician goes through the eyebrow hairs row by row and is able to remove unwanted stray hairs easily and precisely. As threading is so precise, it can even remove the finest hairs that waxing or even plucking cannot do.

It's also a relatively fast procudre and takes my technician about 10 mintues to finish. Asides from how quick it is, it also pretty inexpensive.

Lastly another benefit of threading, is that for individuals who have sensitive skin or skin conditions, threading does not interact with the skin, as the technique uses a simple thread technique removing the hair from the root. Whereas waxing on the other hand could even possibly remove a layer of skin along with the hair. Worst yet, one could easily be allergic to the waxing substance, which in threading you wouldn't have.

PROBLEMS: As the technique is a relatively new technique in the West (I say relatively new, as I have been threading for 6 years now), although more and more threading professionals are surfacing. Do make sure to find a credible threading salon, and make sure the salon is a safe and clean environment, with new and sterile threads.

The main problem I think people may have with threading like any other form of hair removal, is the pain. As the technique directly removes hair from the roots it can be painful just as waxing and plucking. However this can be minimised, if it is done professionally. Threading can also cause some redness, swelling and may even itch....but these tend to subside after a while. I personally on some occasions will experience some redness, but thats if I've left my eyebrows to grow out for quite a while.

TECHNIQUE: Threading is a procedure that uses the tool of cotton or polyester thread, which is doubled then twisted and rolled over the area of unwanted hair, taking the hair from follicle level (Picture above). When threading, hairs can be taken out row by row at a time, whereas with plucking this limits one to taking a hair out at a time. Ultimately taking longer to perform than threading.

Below are pictures of my eyebrows, before and after they were threaded. What a difference it makes, right?!?! My brows are very hairy, but I've always loved the thick brow look, so when I have my appointments I usually only tell them to 'clean my brows up, but keep them thick'. I hadn't had them threaded for at least 4 or even 5 weeks.

Like I said above I have been threading my brows for around 6 years and have had no problems with it at all. Usually I get my eyebrows threaded every 3 weeks, years ago I use to go every 2 weeks but I don't have the time. So when I find the time I go, or if they are just looking very unruly then I'll head to my beautician.  I would highly recommend you try it out for shaping the brows if you don't already and let me know how you get on. Trust me, I'm pretty sure once you start you won't stop!

BEFORE
AFTER

In the UK, it is easy to find threading professionals. Whereby if your living in Nigeria, a few beauty bloggers Beautyinlagos and Vievebutterfly  have done great reviews for Stellas Addiction, who performs the service herself at her location: 5 Wole Ariyo, just off Admiralty Way
               Lekki 
Price 2000 Naira
No: 08162606066  

I hope you found this post informative, and if you have any questions feel free to email me!
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

13 July 2014

Beauty: My Skin Care Regimen Story


I haven't actually done a post on my skin before, and how I care for it, considering this is a frequently asked question I get. "what do I use", "How does one, get spot free skin", " What vitamins are good for the skin"... and so on.

Now, I'm not a dermatologist or a skincare expert, but I have learnt a lot over the years on what works well with my skin and what doesn't work, so this post encompasses tips and products that have worked very well for me.

Now one of the main reasons, I honestly don't do skin product reviews on the blog like I've wanted to. Is that, up until last year summer I was a complete product junkie. Meaning I used everything from an exfoliating scrub, face wash, cleanser, toner, and moisturiser, and even spot gels .....all in one regimen session!

Now that is what I call product overload don't you think?

These products kept my skin clear, spot free, and radiant ......so for me, I thought what do I really need to cut out or change in my then current regimen. This was until my amazing Grandma came to stay with us, as my brothers graduation was coming up. One morning, I was at it away in the bathroom, going through my routine with my numerous products, when she came in and was watching me lool. I couldn't stop laughing the way she was just observing me plough through the products... she then left the bathroom shortly after and left me to it. As I walked out of the bathroom feeling accomplished and ready to start the day she sat me down, and told me key and important information about skin, which I use till this day and will carry on using.

What my grandma said, was that all the tugging, scrubbing and pulling with these products will drag the skin and even though they may combat and control oils and prevent spots, not long from now I may start to develop wrinkles (a girls worst nightmare). Now this is a true fact, the skin is elastic and with everything elastic like a rubber band, hairband, and even your lips... if you keep tugging at them, they will soon fast lose their elasticity.

My grandma also raised another brilliant fact, whereby more products didn't nessassrily mean clearer skin. Cut down your routine and you will see the benefits of what even a simple bar soap and good rich moisterizer can do. So I listened, and to be honest shortly after, London went through a period where it just got ridiculously hot, and I developed a rash on my face. For that reason I went to my trusted GP and surprisingly he prescribed me Simple bar soap and Cetreben Emiollent lotion. I was dissapionted with the prescription, I don't even know what I was actually even looking for, but I guess I was looking for something more medicated.

So together with my GPs prescription of a bar soap which just so happened to be called "Simple" lol and an emollient cream. Which supported my grandmas theory on ' you will see the benefits of what even a simple bar soap and good rich moisterizer can do' I went home determined to start this new skin routine. So I completed a full week morning and night, using the bar soap and lotion. In that one week I saw a tremendous difference, my rash had faded and my skin looked plump and radiant. I continued this routine for 3-4 months, I honestly will say my skin had never been better.
I kept thinking,

so this is the working of "A BAR SOAP AND LOTION....ONLY!".

You see my grandma is a babe lol, and she has lived and knows what works for skin and different tips and tricks. Till today I use a bar soap and lotion, however I switch up my soap and moisturiser, when I feel it no longer is doing the trick for me.

I will say, that I have oily skin, so sometimes I have a period whereby my soap and moisturiser regimen just can't control blemishes (meaning breakouts, I just hate using the word spot), which tends to occur around a womans time of the month. So when the breakouts try to make a scene, I quickly reach for some damage control products, my toner and spot gel...and maybe even a heavy duty exfoliating scrub. And this does the trick, but I will only do this processes, if I feel my skin is about to start rioting.
 
So currently my routine consists of:  Wright Traditional bar soap
                                                           Cetreben Emoillent lotion

So I hope you have enjoyed my lengthy story, about how my two product skin regimen developed. In my next skin care post, I will show and talk you through the different soaps and lotions I've used. Just a little side note...that I know this method of which I use may not work with everyone but I strongly believe in simplifying ones skincare regimen and focusing heavily on your water content and what you ingest (food and vitamins) helps more, than just relying on high chemical content beauty products.
Hope you guys, enjoyed this post!


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