Hello! Today’s post is a pepper-hot makeup tutorial that was inspired by the Fenty Beauty’s Moroccan Spice eye-shadow palette.
I don’t own the palette (yet) but I am, like most regular folks, a little overwhelmed by the tons of makeup products being launched every other month now.
From eye-shadows to lip products and even foundation ranges, it’s a lot even for me, and I like makeup *sigh*.
Anyway, I think a lot of the colors in majority of the new releases are available in existing products and if you look into your stash, you might be able to create almost any look you want, without parting with a Kobe (or USD/GBP) for the new stuff.

Now I’m not against patronizing our fave brands but there’s nothing wrong with sitting out some new launches if you already have the shades being presented.

The Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice eye-shadow palette got a lot of buzz when it was launched and it also got mixed reviews. Not on the formulation (Rihanna and her team have that on lock-down, I’ve heard), but on the shades.
The options, especially when it’s named after a famous, tropical, ‘spicy’, rich in history, color and spirit place such as Morocco, were underwhelming to most people, including myself.
Coincidentally, I have quite a few of the colors in the palette already, so I went apainting and came up with this look 😊
I really like this look. The  gold/orange tones flatter my complexion and that green along my bottom lashes make for a great accent. I also went ham with the highlight & contour because this look is supposed to packed a punch, right?

That's it for this post, i hope you like it.
Also, I’ll be doing this popular-makeup-products-inspired look often, so, stay tuned.

Also, also, I made a video! Watch, like, subscribe, tell other people to do the same, etc.
Yes, i cut my hair again , more on that later.

Blessings to you.

8/25/2018

Makeup: Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Inspired Look.

Halos!
So stripes are such an essential and versatile print to use in creating dimensions to any plain wardrobe or outfit. They also aid in creating different silhouettes on the body; vertical, horizontal or diagonal stripes and lines would help direct or draw the eyes towards or away from certain areas of the wearer’s body, make them seem either slimmer, taller, shorter, etc.
Wearing stripes from top to bottom, such as with this 2-piece outfit here can be a good way to elongate the lines of the body, not to mention how easy separates are when in comes to mixing and matching with other pieces.
Personally, I even prefer stripes to say, polka dots, particularly for my heavier body type and shape.
This 2-piece outfit came in a combination of some elements that I like; stripes, culottes (who would have thunk it! Me? Loving culottes? Hashtag, shook!) and a crop length top, which I seem to be getting obsessed with lately, belly fat notwithstanding.
Speaking of bellies, fashion experts say that you should have zero belly fat and abs of steel to wear crop tops. I am here to tell you that no, anyone can wear crop tops if they know how to style them properly and if they wish to!
One neat trick if you have i-love-my-carbs belly like i do, is to wear your bottoms higher than your belly button, so the area you have showing is just below your breast bone. Anyone can get away with crop tops this way.
Another trick is to master the art of sucking-in. 
Yes, holding in your breath while simultaneously drawing in your belly for extended periods of time, without actually dying is an art. So is posing at certain angles to show off your belly/body in certain light. Just ask IG models. And bloggers 😁.
Anyway, I got this striped, crop top and culottes 2-piece from a new, yet-to-launch, local brand (Mi-ni. Coming soon, watch out for them!) and I love it!
Can't wait to pair the separate pieces with other items i already own.
Take care!

7/24/2018

Style: Striped 2-Piece.

While we wait for my next style post, I wanted to share this review of The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution with you guys.
I got the exfoliator about four months ago, as part for the giveaway prize I won from Cassie Dave x Beauty Frenzy and have been using it at least once every week since then. (I briefly mentioned it in my Oily/Acne prone skin regimenpost, see it here). It’s been roughly sixteen weeks now and I feel I can now share my experience and opinion about the product.

A quick recap about my skin/issues: Oily, acne prone, large pores and hyper-pigmentation. A scary cocktail of bad skin factors L
 Another quick dive into what this product is about:
  • It is an acid.
  • Active ingredients are AHA at 30% and BHA at 2%.
  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are a group of natural (and synthetic) acids normally found in foods. Acids such as lactic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid, malic acids, etc., make up AHAs. On the skin, these acids work to peel off/exfoliate the dead cells off the top layer of the skin, while refining and promoting softer, healthier and smoother new skin cells. These mostly work on the surface of the skin.
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is also known as salicylic acid. This acid penetrates deep beneath the skin’s surface and into the pores to unclog it, clear our excess sebum, kill bacteria and reduce blemishes.
Now to the review - 
To use, you are to spread the product with your fingertips evenly across clean, dry skin and leaving it on for no more than ten minutes, after which you rinse off with water. I usually allow my face to cool down for about thirty minutes, and then I apply my toner to help bring back balance to my skin.
As the frequency of use was not indicated anywhere on the product, I researched and went the safe route of once a week. Looking at my results and my skin’s history of being hard to affect, I think I would have gotten better results using it more than once a week.
After these months of use, even though my blemishes have significantly reduced and I’ve had much less acne, it didn’t do as much as my Bioderma White Objective exfoliating cleanser in terms of smoothening my skin and unclogging my pores.
My experience has been a little underwhelming, but I’m sure I will have better results with a different combo/formulation, so I will be trying out a couple other solutions from The Ordinary range.
From my research, the Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% are good options for my particular skin issues, so I look forward to trying those out.

Have you tried this brand/product? Please share your experience in the comments!

6/25/2018

Review: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.



As far as makeup is concerned, I can do without a lot of the fancy stuff, except for powder (because, oily skin) and eyeliner. Sometimes, it’s darn right magical how my face transforms from one thing to another with just a swipe of eyeliner. Black eyeliner specifically.
It’s to me what a pair of false lashes are to MUAs and makeup enthusiasts nowadays. My face just looks incomplete, semi-unconscious and somewhat sickly without eyeliner. Even the trick with dusting eyeshadow along your lower lash-line doesn’t do much for me.
It’s the black kohl or nothing.

As an OG in this eyeliner game, I have used all the various kinds of eyeliner, across several brands: gel, pencil, powder and liquid. These ones pictured here are what i currently use, either two at a time or interchangeably.
Zaron Cosmetics Gel Liner 'Jazz'| Absolute Gel Eye Liner Pencil| Kiss Beauty Liquid Liner
Now to the lewk.
This graphic, a-little-bit-smoked-out, cat-eye look is a fave of mine that I paired with clean skin and nude lips, leaving the eyes to do all the talking.
It’s edgy, high-fashion (an editorial & runway regular) and super easy to do. 
Use a pencil or gel liner first, extending it to a long cat-eye flick at the ends. Immediately follow the same line with a black eyeshadow, lightly smudging it along with a small brush, until it fades out at the end. Finis.
With this look, I applied the liner thicker and longer than my day-to-day version so that it can stand out better.
 My go-to tips and tricks for intense eyeliner that stays put forever (trust me, these work):
  • For occasions or nights out where I want more definition, staying power and no smudging, I apply a gel or pencil liner first, then go on top of it with the liquid liner, sealing and locking it in. Neat and efficient, this trick.
  • For liquid liners, I don’t go for the expensive, higher-end brands, as they generally have the same results if applied with the same applicator (stick or brush). Plus, they come in small pots and you run through them quickly if you’re a daily user like I am. So unless you’re rich, go for the more affordable options. I personally buy mine from the regular open market vendors for less than N1,000. Way less.
  • If wearing liquid liner, have your mascara out and in hand. There’re nothing worse than your liquid liner coating and drying on your lashes before you apply mascara. It then becomes a pain for the mascara wand to separate your lashes properly and you end up with clumps. I usually apply my liner on one top lash-line, immediately followed by mascara. I repeat the process on the other eye, then I do the bottom lash-lines in the same order. It seems like stress but that’s the best way to get a flawless liquid liner and mascara application.
  • Taking eyeliners off can be a pain, depending on the type you use. Gel liners are the hardest to come off so I usually wash with soap/cleanser as usual, next, I rub some oil on the residue and then wipe with some cotton wool/tissue paper/wipes. This takes the liner off completely. No need to rub your eyes raw and dislodge your poor eyelashes.
  • If you have watery eyes, it’s best to go with liquid liners and just along the top lash line. Any other thing would just bleed and smudge.
  • Speaking of bleeding and smudging, gel liners and the afore-recommended liquid liners do much better than pencils and powders. A small trick I do is to ‘conceal and set’ the lash-line and ends of the eyes with some (normal) powder or neutral eyeshadow before applying the eyeliner, so that it holds better.
Those are some of the best tips that I’ve used for years and I hope they might be of some help to someone.

What is your favorite eyeliner type? And what are the tips you use in wearing it? Please share in the comments!

5/29/2018

Beauty: Graphic Smokey Cat-eye + 6 Tips For Intense, Longlasting Eyeliner.

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