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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