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which would you wear Left Or Right? 

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Mid Week Stylespiration 

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Froing

 

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I dont always have a loving relationship with my fro but thats how most relationships are right?

Some days its a battle of wills, i want it to look a certain way but it has a mind of its own so it looking at me with arms folded like let me see how you will do this without my cooperation.

Then i smile and say look at you when i have scarves all around the house.

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So like every relationship it takes understanding, patience & compromise.

Always always have scarves and pins to rescue you during these battles for peace sake.

I use my Ori/Okwume (shea butter) all the time, its my go to product, my other product is what i call an elixir its a cocktail of oils extracted from different african herbs.

Protective Styling is the way only, it takes away the wahala of detangling… the horror of detangling *sigh*.

Putting your hair in small three strand braids before you go to bed, makes it easy to comb and saves a bit of styling time, while making the hair look a bit smoother.

When you braid with ori it helps it set and leaves curls when you losen it… Yup the kinky curls we like.

So its really not rocket science to care and manage your fro.

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*Wahala -Trouble/Problems

Top 5 Lippies For Vals Day

 

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Its Valentines day.. in a bit, how are you preparing?

These lipstick picks will leave you looking smooky hot and stylish..!

I think you should try them not just for vals day but they are very welcomed in every makeup bag because each color speaks volumes and it gives a different sophisticated look each time you wear it.

These are colors I cant cant get enough of, I thought i should share with you *wink*

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Perfume Basics

 

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Perfumes, Yes perfumezzzz We all love to smell nice and edible, here are a few tips on buying and using a perfume.

You wouldn’t want your friends or spouse to choke because of your perfume,the aim is to smell nice not cut off the air circulation….

The essential oils of a perfume react differently with each person.

Perfume; Also called Extract or extrait  are the purest form and the most expensive, last longer too.

Eau De Parfume (EDP)

Is the most popular, provides a lasting fragrance and does not cost as much.

Eau De Toilette (EDT)

This scent is lighter and doesn’t linger as much

Eau De Cologne (EDC)

Sometimes interchangeable with Eau de toilette, light fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils.

Floral: this blend is mostly from flowers and it’s the largest and most popular, this includes roses, carnation, blossom, gardenia and jasmine.

Citrus: this blend is among the oldest scents, they project sharp natural refreshing and uplifting fragrance, Tangerine, orange, Lime, Mandarin and Lemon.

Oriental: Are a mixture of heady spices, Amber ,Balsams, and Resins, they are warm, exotic and sensual, good for evening wear.

Green: This have fresh, sharp grassy scents blended with Pine, Juniper, Leaves and Herbs, they are sporty are most suited for day time use.

Fougere; Is combination of fresh herbs and mossy ferns with earthly overtures.

The season should also determine the type of perfume to use, Dry season when the sun is out lighter fragrances are suitable, raining seasons warm and intimate aromas.

So, if you prefer something light, choose a citrus-based. Flowery perfumes tend to be sweeter and a bit stronger, while earth-based are simple fragrances that take their base scents from minerals and plants other than flowers, like vanilla or cinnamon. For the full-on sexy effect, however, try a musk. Musk is general a scent taken directly from animals or is an artificial fragrance designed to smell like animal musk.

Trials and Testing:

This is the part that is gets you worked up because sometimes you all in love first with the bottle but the scent is not what you want, Now that you’ve decided the type you want let the testing begin.

Put a little on your wrist and sniff it after a few minutes sniff it again. Perfumes have layers of scents usually after the first scent evaporates, the base oil that contain the fragrance remains on your skin.

To overcome the nose fatigue ,take in fresh air or smell something that carries your own smell like your shirt sleeve or armpit.

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Rose Quartz & Serenity, Pantone Color For 2016..!

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Pantone has unveiled the color for 2016, I’d say that there are very beautiful colors but I’m not looking at the spring part as we have no spring or winter in Nigeria so i cant be bothered but will still go ahead and wear them.

The colors are Rose Quartz & Serenity, beautiful colors if you ask me, very complementing classy and stylish while giving a calming effect.

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If you are wondering who Pantone is or what Pantone is, they are the Color Oracles that tell us what colors will dominate every year, even when you do not agree with them you still have to watch their prophesy come to pass.

Because designers will make clothing in all the shades they’ve prophesied you’ll find nail polish in the said colors mugs, rugs and interior decorators will find chairs and curtains in those shades.

Did you notice the way Marsala took over last year?

I told you their prophesies always come to pass

Last year the color was Marsala some whined and complained, i did too but 365 days is a long time and Marsala definitely grew on me. i still don’t own anything in that shade yet… maybe i will later.

So back to the colors for the year…. The Executive Director of Pantone had this to say .

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage. -Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

 

The top ten colors of the year people…. Enjoy your day..!

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Nail Polish Facts…!

Nail polish originated in China, and its use dates back to 3000 BC

Shimmer, micro-shimmer, micro-glitter, glitter, frost, lustre, crème, prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer, iridescent, opalescent, matte, duo-chrome, and translucent, are the 13 types of finishes for nail polish.

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The most expensive nail polish costs $250,000,Black Diamond King, is made with 267 carats worth of black diamonds.

Nail polish was inspired by car paints.

Nu Nails is an artificial nail made for nail biters by a dentist Maxwell Lappe in 1934.

French manicures imitate the natural colour of nails giving a glossy transparent effect using colours such as beige and soft pink. In manicures, nails are painted in four coats of thin layers; this also reduces chipping or bubbling of the polish and gives a smoother effect.

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Revlon is the first nail polish brand established in 1932.

Acrylic nails were created also by a dentist Fred Slack

Harmattan Beauty Hacks

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Its advisable to invest in SPF of at least 30 because you’ll be needing it, twill be your best friend, lighter makeup is advisable also.
You can ditch your foundations for something lighter like bb creams, because the heat, sweat and cracks that will accompany heavy make-ups at this time.

Harmattan can cause your skin to be dry and cracked, it will be in your best interest to add coconut oil, olive oil, shea  or baby lotion to your body creams.

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You also need to stay hydrated by taking lots of water or fruits that contain lots of water eg: cucumbers & watermelons

Exfoliate & keeper your lip balm handy to combat chapped lips.

Hellooo Harmattan :)

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Its laughable when we say things like Fall fashion or winter fashion.

We do not have Fall or Winter in these parts, our weather is different so it makes our seasons different..
While we have the raining season which is the farmers delight because its good for planting etc.

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At this time of the year we have harmattan..!

While there’s the rich smell of dust & sun to dry your clothes in mins or few hours depending on the fabric.

Harmattan is dryer, hazy, dusty, windy & hotter.
The temperature drops in the mornings its cold or very cold depending on where you are with slight fog or heavy fog..!

Its hot in the afternoon with a bit of air but its really hot..!
That you would want to stay hydrated by taking cold liquids all day.

The temperature drops again in the night.. Sometimes its sooo cold that you don’t need the fan/ac .

I hope I was able to give you a small insight on what harmattan feels like..!

Harmattan beauty & fashion hacks coming soon..!

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I’m so in love with this season, I hope you are too, the dryness, haze, smell of dust reminds me of Christmas..!

What does Harmattan remind you of..?

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