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!

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