Halos!

It has been a long minute since I blogged about one of my fave outfits and a signature casual look: the Jeans and Tee. A more classic combination has not been created, let me tell you. 
A hall-of-fame style that is easy to pull-off and more importantly, put together, by practically anyone. Plus, it’s versatile too!

You can easily shift the vibe from this rocker-chic that I have going on in this post to a more tom-boyish one, simply by switching your footwear from sleek heels like these to any sneaker of your choice and maybe untying the front of the t-shirt.
You can even rock this outfit with pumps and it’ll work. Almost every kind of footwear or even accessory works with a jeans-and-tee combo.
 
For this look, I pulled my trusty old black skinny jeans (I know, I know, I’ll buy another pair soon. After this one dies. So maybe not so soon. Because minimalism. And they fit me well, ok?), paired with simple minimal heels and one of my fave tees that once belonged to my friend Kollins. 
Listen, if you have male friends or a male significant other, absolutely steal borrow/take t-shirts from them. Men's tees have that relaxed fit that you want, better than the female versions do…
Hashtag, Team belly-fat 😃
Anyway, I hope you like this look. Are you a jeans-and-tee kind of girl or you’re team 'polished'?

4/09/2018

Style: Jeans & Tees.

Halos!
Today is skin care day here on the blog. Particularly oily, acne prone, problem skin care.

I have cried about my problematic skin here on the blog quite a lot and today I’ll be sharing the products that I use to wash/cleanse, exfoliate, treat and moisturize my skin.
These products include my oldest and most trusted, as well as some new ones that I’m loving.

A little detail about my skin:
My face is oily/combination, prone to acne and blemishes, hyper-pigmented and quite tough/not sensitive.
My body is very normal. So normal that I often wonder if there is a way I can transplant the skin on my body to my face…
I am yet to discover such a way.

I happen to have a background in sales and marketing of skin care products, so if my choices seem basic, it’s because I know better than to go crazy buying into trends and hypes just for the sake of it.
Plus, I am very un-rich at the moment, so I watch my coins and buy only what I absolutely need.
Also, I don’t like to spend forever on complicated skin care regimens and routines, so simple is the way to go for me.

Let's get into it.

CLEANSING -
I haven’t fully understood the logic behind using a pre-washing product such as the very popular micellar water or even wipes to first take off my makeup AND THEN go wash my face.
Most soaps do the same job of breaking down oils and dirt, no?
Anyway I usually just head straight to washing with water and raw black soap. Two washes usually get the grime gone.
I alternate the black soap with this St. Ives cleanser on days or nights that I don’t wear makeup and need only a mild wash.
There is another bar soap that I use (that’s not pictured, because (I’m out of it at the moment) but these are basically what I use for cleansing.
I also use a sponge/loofah so that helps with lathering and deeper cleansing. Some people preach against using sponges but it's best for my skin, i've found.

EXFOLIATING -
Next is exfoliating which is the most important part of my regimen.
As I mentioned earlier, my face is oily and acne/blemish prone and I also have large pores that get clogged quite easily which gives me white heads (ughhh), so breaking down the clogs and sloughing off the dead skin is a regular step for me. I do this two to three times a week using any of the exfoliators pictured here.
I recently got this The Ordinary peeling solution as part of the giveaway price that I won from Cassie Daves and have just started using it.
It’s still too early to tell its efficacy so watch out for the review later.
So far the Bioderma White Objective exfoliating cleanser is still the most effective product I’ve used. Like, the results are visible from the very first use! You can read my full review here.

Baking soda is a good addition to cleansers and exfoliators generally but they can also be used alone. Note to use it in moderation if your skin is sensitive though, as it can be quite strong.

TREATMENT -
To give my breakouts special attention and generally boost my skin, I go organic.
Honey, turmeric, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, aloe vera and lime/lemon are my friends.
Cheap, easy to use, versatile, safe and very effective, these items are magic.
I mix and match them at different times for different purposes, whether all over my face or for spot treatments. My skin is not sensitive so I use them without much worry.
Please apply caution if your skin is sensitive, especially for the honey, turmeric, lemon and lime.
My advice is to dilute them with water before use.

MOISTURIZING -
Last is moisturizing, which is the second most important step next to exfoliating. Any skin care expert will tell you that moisture is king as far as skin care is concerned.
Basically, drink your water and keep your skin moisturized.
I use Bio-Oil eevery morning and night around my eyes in lieu of an eye-cream, and I follow it with this Bioderma sunscreen that i got when i bought the exfoliating cleanser. It’s SPF100 and non-greasy so I love it. 
The Vaseline lotion is an old fave that does the job well plus it is affordable and easily available so I stick with it.
I usually mix it with my oils for extra moisture, especially during dryer days.
Applied when the skin is still damp, this combo does magic. Your skin remains supple and very moisturized for a long time.
If you have dry skin, this is the most effective way to moisturize.
I also won a moisturizer from The Ordinary in the same giveaway but I am yet to start using it. Soon though.

My skin is far from perfect but it is greatly improved and getting better by the day. Just take a look at the progression:
2015 | 2016 | 2017 (with some foundation)
Crazy, right?

Let me also emphasize that, it’s not the products as much as the routine and lifestyle choices that does the trick.
So the more consistent you are with the products and the cleaner your lifestyle choices, the better your skin will become.
Also, it takes time. The best, healthiest skin care products take an average time of ten to twelve weeks if not longer, before any significant result can be achieved, so you need to give your skin time.

PS: I know i didn't mention a toner. That's because my skin HATES any product applied with cotton wool or pads. Those break me out like crazy and most toners are used that way.
Also, i prefer to tone using organic ingredients like rice water and egg whites (interested in a skin care DIY? Say aye in the comments ✋). 

What are your go-to skin care products? Any great product that you recommend I try for my skin issues? Kindly share them in the comment section!

3/07/2018

Skin Care | Products & Regimen For Oily/Acne Prone Skin.

My love for monochromatic outfits is waxing stronger than ever, especially these days when fashion is louder and bolder. Be it all-white like this outfit here, all black, whatever the color or shade, monochromatic outfits have my heart.
Not only are they very easy to style, they flatter most body shapes due to their slimming effect. Win!
Now I think I can safely say that I have settled into my style as a person, both fashion wise and in other areas of my life. 
Minimalism aside, I think I can live the rest of my life in simple, easy colors, worn in understated elegance like this outfit here.
The only thing that is NOT ALLOWED to be minimal in my life is my bank account. And Ankara. Ankara is meant to be bold, vibrant and colorful and I hope to be able to indulge in its richness, as soon as I can find a tailor that will not give me high blood pressure… THEY ALL HATE ME.
Anyway, back to this outfit.
I basically restyled these culottes in a more formal way from the last time (see how i wore it here). Guys, a silk shirt like this one here will do you a world of good. 
I have them in white, black, nude and black-and-white stripes. They serve me well for the workweek and even to other occasions. Cheap, easy to wear and maintain, get you some!

The black pumps were a no-brainer when I was styling this outfit. I think they work well with the long sleeves of the shirt. Also, as I said the last time I wore these culottes, heels are best with this length, especially if your figure is on the fuller side like mine.

That's it for this post. Short eh? Yeah, i have been under the weather for a long minute, literally and figuratively. I am just trying to keep my head afloat..


Peace & Happiness to you.

2/16/2018

Style: All White | Culottes.

Let's talk about eyebrows, shall we? 
Natural, sensible looking brows especially, because there are different types of eyebrows, varying in shape, density, style and even color (Yes, tinted/dyed brows are a thing and are very ok), whichever style in which you choose to wear your brows, it's important that they fit, frame and enhance your face properly.
Also, remember this ridiculousness that happened last year? WHY? WHY??
I.Cannot.Deal.
Now with the current make-up styles and techniques around, you have eyebrows that are masterpieces in their own right, but the impressive artisty notwithstanding, some things are basic when it comes to brows. These are key things to note and follow if you are to have nicely-shaped, face fitting brows:
  • Your brows may be related but they’re not twins, so even though they should look very alike, they don’t necessarily have to be an exact replica of each other.
  • You absolutely have to figure out the best shape and angle of eyebrows for your face shape. To help out, here’s a chart for reference.
This doesn't mean that you cannot experiment and adjust the shape/angle if you wish, life’s too short to not try out things but these are usually a safe guide.
  • Go easy. With tweezing/shaving/threading or any other removal or reduction of the hairs, less is more. I even encourage not touching your brows at all if yours are fine or sparse. Also only get your brows done by a professional (who knows what they're doing oh).
With makeup, you can alter or enhance your eyebrows as you wish, but it's best to pay attention to your natural eyebrow and face shape. I personally opt for enhancement rather than alteration and that is what this post is about; enhancing your eyebrows with makeup.

As is my style (minimal and not fancy), I usually keep my eyebrows groomed but easy and natural looking. No Instagram, fleeky eyebrows over here. Not that there is anything wrong with that style of brows, it's just not me. I keep mine neat but not overly done or precise.
I love it that way because it suits my face and personality the best, plus it's easy to do. 
Seriously, I get surprised when I hear people say it takes them 10 to 15 minutes to do their brows alone. 15 whole minutes? Just on your brows? I hail, because I can't imagine it.

This lack of precision-artistry that are my brow style is one anybody can wear and do themselves. 
All it takes are just a few products, little time and some practice.
I made this pictorial below to help guide you along.
Step 1: after cleaning and powdering your brows, brush them through with a spoolie.
Step 2: starting from the front/base and moving horizontally towards the tail, start making SHORT, SHADED STROKES along the sparse areas that you wish to fill.
Step 3: make the SHORT SHADED STROKES upwards at the arch and rest of the brows.
Step 4: brush your shaded brows out.
Step 5: outline and clean up the area right under your brows with a concealer or foundation. Now this part is tricky so py attention.
The key is to use a concealer or foundation that is an exact shade or  NOT MORE THAT ONE SHADE lighter than your complexion. I promise your brows will look natural and classy that way, not to mention easy to blend.
Also, use only a small amount of the concealer or foundation. The idea is to clean up your skin and create a little contrast where your brow shading might have touched.
Step 6: set your cleaned up under-brow area with your regular powder or a neutral eye shadow.

Actually, I made a video of the whole process (SURPRISE!!!). It's a short and simple video that anyone can easily follow so be sure to watch it.
Please and please, after watching the video, click the 'Like' button and also subscribe to my channel


I have other content to share, so any 'like' or subscription will go a long way in encouraging me. Also leave me your comments, suggestions and even criticism, i need everything now. 
Have mercy on me though, it's my first video and i know it's severely sub-par but i will get better, i promise 😓. 
Thanks in advance!


I guess this is an announcement for my YouTube channel.
You guys have no idea how long i have been wanting to do this, how many videos i have recorded AND DELETED over the years *sigh*.
That is a long story for another day.

Keep walking.


1/25/2018

Beauty: How To Get Natural Looking Brows | Tutorial.

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