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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.

Be FABulous

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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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Skincare #Cucumber

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Cucumber provides immediate relief to puffy eyes and is just the thing for the dark circles under your eyes.
Because of its high water content, cucumbers can remove accumulated pockets of both waste material and chemical toxins.

Skincare #Wrinkles

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Protect your skin from the sun. The sun is one of the major causes of wrinkling. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating every day. Apply it about 20 minutes before you leave the house. Apply more often If you are sweating or in water.

Hydrate. Drink Lots Of Water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out so aim to consume at least 8 large glasses of water daily. When you drink enough water, your skin will remain moist and supple.

Moisturize. Dehydration and loss of elasticity lead to wrinkles, its in your best interests that you keep skin well-moisturized on the outside as well. Apply a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type daily. You can also find moisturizers that contain sunscreen. which plumps up the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Be FABulous..!

Fruits & Skincare #Apples

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Apples are a rich source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols.

Which play an important role in slowing the aging process and maintaining your skin’s natural radiance and suppleness.

Fruits & Skincare. #Bananas

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Benefits Of The Banana Fruit..!  Bananas are Rich In Vit A, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Natural Sugar, Vit B6, Magnesium Etc.  They are also A Good Source Of Energy, Bananas Ease Constipation, they are said to have Antacids effects that protect from Stomach Ulcers.  Bananas are Antibacterial also; They are good for treating pimples & acne. They have antioxidants & vitamins that restore the collagen in the skin & they are Useful Also for Anti-aging skincare.

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