Saturday, 27 June 2015

Detox teas- my thoughts


Hi all,

So have you ever tried fat-burning teas or detox teas? I don’t mean those harsh ones that claim to burn off 20kg in one month though! I mean more realistic teas that claim to assist you with losing weight in collaboration with a healthy eating plan and exercise?

Well I tried one of such teas some months ago and I thought I should share my thoughts on it. I will also put a little note on other natural herbal teas that I recommend for detoxing.


About Nudey Tea: The tea comes in day time and night time tea bags. There are 14-day plans and 28-day plans. Also you are advised to drink the tea in collaboration with a healthy lifestyle.
Day time tea
Packaging was OK; I ordered the 28-day pack while in the UK. It arrived promptly and it comes in branded paper bags with instructions behind.

Price: 32 pounds for both packs.

How I used the teas: I used the daytime tea in a mug first thing in the morning and the night time one every other day, last thing at night before going to bed. Well, I normally try to eat healthy as much as I can, though I still struggle lol. I also tried to work out though around that period it was not so often.
Night time detox- my fave!

My observations: I found that I did not notice any weight loss of any sort. From the contents of the tea bags, the herbs used are mainly detox-oriented, and I noticed clearer skin, and my energy level increased as well. The last point directly affects weight loss because then you have more energy to do more work outs or more routines. I honestly believe that the only safe, sensible and lasting way to lose weight is by healthy eating and exercise. I noticed that most “wonder” weight loss programs and products- shakes, coffee, pills- still require the user to eat healthy, stay off carbs and all, which is actually what makes the weight fall off at the end of the day.
Bed time detox
Taste: The daytime tea does have a herbal taste, though not overpowering at all. The night time tea in my opinion is amaze-balls. It has this vanilla fragrance and taste with the herbal undertone to it. I always looked forward to trying it. Whatever you do, if you are picky with tastes, never drink a herbal tea when it is cold unless you don’t mind! You may find it really weird to drink.

In summary: I think if you are looking for a tea to help you lose weight, in as much as I do not recommend or advice “wonder weight-loss products”, Nudey Tea is not the tea for that. If you already eat healthy and work out, or are doing all that to lose weight, then there is no harm at all in using this tea or a similar one. In fact to a small extent, it should help you achieve your goals faster.
Day time detox
As a detox however and an energy booster, this tea is very good. Dandelion tea, fennel tea, nettle tea (components of Nudeytea) are GREAT for detoxing and also for clearing up the skin!

Other natural herbal teas that are great for you: Green tea, nettle, dandelion, fennel, chai tea. These teas are great for the digestive system, and for the skin as well. I particularly adore the taste of chai tea. Try to cultivate the habit of having a cup of herbal tea every day or night and over time your body and skin would thank you for this new habit!


Do you drink herbal teas? Got any recommendations?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cooking with Nemi: Pan-fried salmon with green beans stir fry, served with rice.


Hi!
Hope the week is going great. Well this post is looong overdue. Nemi and I made this delicious meal (well more of Nemi making and me helping) months ago when I was in Oxford. As you can see, it is healthy because of the generous serving of veggies, and then the fish, and it tastes even better than it looks. If you like fish, and are looking for a healthier alternative to our good old rice and stew, this meal is a must-try. Now I won't ignore the fact that green beans are not a staple in our Nigerian diet (for those of you who live in Naija), and not so cheap either. I don't see why we can't grow green beans in this country- it is actually a very healthy vegetable and it is quite bland, so no overwhelming taste, and so it always tastes good when seasoned or stewed. However you can buy a big bag of green beans (can serve 6-8 people and can be refrozen) for between N1000-1500 at the frozen foods unit of any supermarket here. Anyway here goes the recipe!

Ingredients
Green beans
I small onion
Bell Pepper-we used 1 red and 1 yellow
Seasoning e.g maggi, then curry, thyme, salt to taste.
Chilli pepper
Tomato puree
Non-oily fish e.g salmon, croaker
Carrots
5 tablespoons of olive oil
Rice- preferably basmati.
Chop the peppers and onion. Start by heating up a bit of oil in a pan or wok for a few minutes.

Add the green beans and peppers as well as onions and toss to combine. Break up any clumps of sliced onions that may have stuck together and stir fry till tender. This will take anywhere from 1-3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
To make the stir-fry sauce, mix some tomato puree with the seasoning and some chilli pepper and add a bit of water. Mix thoroughly.
Using only a quarter of the sauce mixture, thoroughly coat the fish with the sauce, and then using about 2 tablespoons of oil (heated in another pan), place the fish in the pan to fry for a minute, turn over and over till it is well cooked. (This takes about 4 minutes). If you like, you can grill the fish in foil for 3 minutes in the oven so the sauce soaks into it better. 

The rest of the sauce should be poured into the veggie mixture, turn on the heat again, and then keeping tossing till it begins to really sizzle. At this point you may add some soy sauce if preferred. Add a bit more water if the sauce is looking dried out. Turn off the heat. 
For the carrots, simply slice them with a julienne peeler or any other tool you like, then steam the carrots.
For rice, cook the usual way. Make sure the rice serving is not too large.
And there you have it!



Laterz!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Bunmi


Bunmi's current hair length
Hi!
I have another relaxed hair crush to feature today. It's been about a year since I featured a diva with healthy and feature-worthy relaxed hair-it's just so difficult to find them! So when Bunmi kindly and promptly sent in her answers and pictures I was elated. Hair is hair; whether it's natural, texlaxed or relaxed, and if it is healthy and lengthy, then it's feature-worthy. Hope you learn a thing or two from Bunmi: :)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi! I am an assistant buyer at a fashion company and a lifestyle blogger.
 
Are you fully relaxed or texlaxed? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?
I am fully relaxed. Considered going natural but not brave enough to cut my hair. I stretch my relaxer for 4 months.

What is your current hair length?
My current hair length is bra strap length and I am determined to get to waist length.
 What’s your regimen and staple hair products (including relaxers)?

My regime:
1) Wash my hair twice a week with sulfate free shampoo (Argan Oil Shampoo) and co wash weekly with Aussie conditioner.

2) Deep condition with protein and moisture conditioners every 2 weeks. This gives my hair a nice balance. But I deep condition with protein only a week before relaxer day. Products are Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner and Aussie conditioner

3) Stretching out my relaxer.I have decided to relax my hair 3 times a year now. This was one of my drastic changes. Before I knew better, I relaxed my hair every 2 months. Only relaxer I use is Olive Oil.

4) Less heat. On wash and co washing days, I air dry my hair. Hair feels so soft and full afterwards, love it! I use hair dryers with a low heat setting once a month.
Protective styling: Box braids
5) No more weaves. I found that with weaves I constantly straightened my leave out which was destroying my front hair and hair line. Hair under the weave was not getting the TLC it required. Strictly wigs now.
I love braids. With my braids I can wash, co wash and moisturize easily. My hair growth is great when I have braids in.

6) Moisturize and seal daily & nightly. I use both moisture and protein leave-ins (Tropical Isle Living and Olive Oil Moisturizer) & oils mixture- olive oil, castor, tea tree, rosemary & coconut oil. Shea butter and aloe vera gel from the actual plant are great as well.
Protective styling: Wig
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE! I can not say this enough. Also know what works for you and stick to it!

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
To work I let my hair breathe so usually have it styled in a bun. To occasions, I wear my wig

Do you have any foreign ancestry in your family?
None that I am aware of

Where can one find and follow u on the web?
I blog at mente-di-bumz.blogspot.com

So for those of you who have issues with keeping your relaxed hair long, you can steal some tips from Bunmi! Apparently, protective styling is one of her main secrets as well as moisturizing. Sounds very much like what is mostly recommended by naturalistas for maintaining natural hair. I guess African hair is fragile as they say, and requires not only constant but the right kind of attention to keep it healthy and lengthy.


Laterz!

Do you know anyone with relaxed and healthy hair? Let me know if they would love to be featured!


Monday, 15 June 2015

What I have been up to lately....

 
Gosh, it's been a month since my last post.
Some of you may think I have quit blogging- and I wouldn't blame you, I previously haven't gone more than a week without writing a post since when I opened this blog over 2 years ago.

Well....a lot of changes and events happened in my life these past 2 months and I just could not get round to regular blogging. It's really just that simple. It started a bit turbulent, but God apparently had beautiful plans in stock for me and I can only say already at this point that this year has been beautiful. Really beautiful.

I honestly don't have events or reviews or party posts to talk about because I have not really attended these lately, but one major event that happened recently was that....

I GOT ENGAGED!

So Mr. Man asked me to marry him on May 29th. It was really unexpected because I had (in collaboration with his friend) planned a surprise party for him for that day, and he happened to have been planning a surprise proposal for me that same day somewhere else, so our mutual friends were caught in between. They decided it was better "I" got the surprise instead so there I was feeling cool with myself that I had planned a successful surprise party for my boo, when he proposed in front of everyone and I ended up being the one who got surprised!

So.....that's a bit of what I have been up to lately and thank you guys for always checking on the blog periodically- I will try my best to ensure that the posts keep coming in regularly. It might seem a bit spaced out compared to before, but that will only be for a while- because once things get settled in and I adjust into the newly wed role, I am sure there would be loads of posts rolling in!

Oya let the congrats comments begin to flow haha! This getting engaged business is not bad o! A couple of people have taken me for lunch to celebrate my being engaged! *wink!*
Hugs and kisses
Laterz!
xoxo

Thursday, 14 May 2015

This Saturday: The Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show


Hi peeps!
What are you doing this Saturday? If you are a naturalista or just curious about such things or just need somewhere fun to go to this Saturday, then you may want to grab a ticket to The Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show hosted by The Kinky Apothecary.

It's gonna be at Federal Palace Hotel from 11 am - 7pm and a couple of well known bloggers and stylists such as Felicia Underwood, Ijeoma Ebo and of course Nibi Lawson will be speaking. There will be giveaways and goodie bags too so yay!

Tickets are available at (you may click the links):
www.afritickets.com
www.naijaticketshop.com
www.ariiyatickets.com


If you attend and you spot me- holler at me! I think I would be wearing a turban :)

xoxo

PS: Please click on the image for a clearer view. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Yvette Ndumanya

 
Hi guys!
Let me get right to it. I have a hair crush feature. And she is also my personal hair crush. And she is so damn pretty too! Lately my hair has been thugging like cray. I realize that I have not been taking good care of it as much as I should, particularly as I coloured it about 6 months ago- the dye seems to have compromised the moisture levels of my hair. So I have been looking for a revamp strategy for my now dry hair and I think I will adopt Yvette's routine and see how it goes. But enough talk, check out this feature and let me know what you think!

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi. My name Yvette Ndumanya and I work with Diamond Bank.

Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I decided to go natural for lots of reasons and I will state a few; I got tired of relaxing my hair, moving from one relaxer to another and also suffering from burns most times I relaxed my hair. I'm proud to be an African lady and I also love the texture of an African hair which is unique in its own way. I have been natural for a year and six months now and I'm amazed at my hair growth.

What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

My hair type is 4C. Well I use Shea Moisture and Tresemme products for now (shampoo and conditioner). I deep condition once every 4 weeks. Please find below some recipes for my deep conditioning:
Here are the two methods I use: avocado pear, honey and olive oil OR mayonnaise(Bama), egg, honey and olive oil. I mash my avocado then add honey and olive oil mix them together OR i mix my mayonnaise with egg, olive oil and honey. Rub on my hair then wear my  plastic cap for about four hours then I rinse with a little shampoo and then do my LOC method. LOC method (L= liquid (water or liquid leave-in conditioner) O= oil (coconut oil or castor oil or emu oil or grape seed oil) C= cream ( Shea butter) then I either twist my hair or I do a corn row then I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf to sleep. The LOC method helps to retain moisture to the hair. 
 
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
* I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf it helps prevent your hair moisture from being robbed.
*After washing my hair I don't use a towel to dry my hair. Towel drying frizzes the hair either I air dry or I use a T-shirt
* If my hair feels dry I wet it rub some oil before I comb so it doesn't break.
* Protective styling helps retain length (twists, weaving etc)

 What reactions did u get when u first went natural and what reactions do u get now?
Omg! When I cut my hair hmmm! My friends where like I'm crazy and why would I do that just to go natural. Some said I was gonna get tired and relax my hair. But now that it's all grown they are like "Awww!" They are jealous (in a good way), some decided to go natural too and they came to me for products and methods on how to take care of their hair.

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
I go on Afro sometimes, I also do twist outs, I style my hair the way I feel more comfortable in and in a way that suits any occasion.
 
What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
 If you are fearful of going natural because you think you will be stuck with one hair style, forget that. I actually came to embrace my natural hair because it gives me some nice and gorgeous looks. I can go from a Mohawk to an Afro to twist outs. Please note that your natural hair doesn't stop you from fixing your Brazilian hair and co lol. I have some pics of my looks both on natural hair and on weaves.

I love being natural and I get a lot of compliments each time I go on my natural hair- from church, to my work place, to hangouts etc. Also, I have also motivated some others ladies who were scared of going natural.  I'm African, I embrace my African nature and I'm proud of my African natural hair. Are you proud yours?   
Where can one find and follow u on the web?
My facebook: Yvette Ndumanya 
Instagram : Yvette_Gudhart
 
If Yvette's hair isn't pure gorgeousness I don't know what is! I need to lay my paws on some Shea Moisture products, restock on my original shea butter and possibly get Cantu shea butter leave-in as well.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet

Hello!
And how is the week going for you? Have you missed me? :) It's been a very busy and "interesting" time for me these past few weeks and I just could not get round to blogging. However I am gradually getting back on track so stay tuned for more posts- I have not quit the blogging world yet!

Anywayz, here is a review of a very lovely lippie I got months ago. It's a plum one, very bold and definitely one of my current favourites.

 In summary, the colour pay off is fantastic- now for a Revlon lipstick, I am impressed, and to be honest I wouldn't try any other plum lipstick that's more expensive than this Revlon one, called Va Va Violet.

 It lasts really long, and is easy to apply. It has a very faint hint of a shine to it so it isn't a matte lipstick. I never have to line my lips before applying it.

I can't remember how much I got it but I know it was very affordable, and if you need a plum lipstick to purchase I would highly recommend this one!



Do you like plum lipsticks?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Style Crush Feature: Lisa Wynter

Hello!
I have a Style Crush here again and she is Lisa Wynter! Check it out :-)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Lisa. I'm a mom, writer, educational administrator, and social media/branding consultant.
 
 Tell us a bit about your blog.
My blog is actually a spin off from my youtube channel. I started blogging long before I even knew what blogging was! I would simply repost whatever I posted on my youtube channel and carry on. It was a mess! Today, my blog is much more focused.  I blog about beauty, fashion, and my life as a new and working mother.
 What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
I'm trendy, so this tends to change with the trends, but I would say the following: crop tops, hoop earrings, leopard print accessories (shoes, scarves, clutch), bright lipstick, and pumps.
 
 Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style.
My greatest bit advice would be to find a muse. There are TONs and TONs of bloggers out there: just find one or two who seem to incorporate what you love and follow that person for inspiration. Pretty soon you'll be putting together fabulous looks of your own. Pinterest is also a great resource for finding outfit ideas. 
 Where can one find or follow you on the web?
I can be found at the following places:

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LalamodeLisalamode/posts


I like Lisa's crop top looks (then again I am a big fan of crop tops), and how she uses colourful accessories to make her outfits pop. I also think she has such a lovely skirt collection!

What are your fave looks from Lisa's style here?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

One hour Chicken Stir Fry



Hey!
Last week I decided to make a chicken stir fry and it turned out quite nice. So I decided to share the deets with you. I actually didn't mean to do a post on it and the pics were taken to be sent to someone anyway, but then I thought, why not do a post on it?
Em, please ignore the disorganized look of my kitchen!
What I liked about the dish apart from the taste was that it took only an hour to make. For a dish that serves 4, one hour isn't too bad. 
Ingredients: 
Chicken breast: Half a kilo, diced into bite-sized chunks
Red bell peppers:3. Cut 2 into strips and set 1 aside
Tomatoes: 2
Onions: 1. Dice half finely and set half aside
Green pepper: 1. Cut into strips
Carrots: 5 or 6 medium sized ones. Cut into circles or strips
Chicken casserole seasoning. You can use any other chicken dish seasoning or even chicken broth.
Knorr cube: 1
Oil: 2 cooking spoonfuls
Soy sauce: 5 tablespoonfuls
Thyme, Turmeric or curry, black pepper (optional)
Salt (if needed)
I blended the 1 red pepper, half an onion and the tomatoes in a blender (added a little water) and set that aside. Then I started by adding oil to a pot and getting it warm on low heat. I added the carrots first, stirred for a minute, then the onions went in next. Stirred for another minute.
Added the red and green peppers next. Looks so colourful doesn't it? :) Stirred for about 2 minutes.
Then I poured in the pepper-tomato-onion blend, the chicken, and all the seasoning, and also about 2 cups of water. I covered it on medium heat for 12 minutes. Result in the picture above.
Lastly I added some soy sauce to give it an oriental twist and colour! Stirred and let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
And it was READY! Now I cannot for the life of me understand why I always forgot to take a picture of the soup alongside rice or flat bread- you know that picture of the final served dish that should even be used as the cover pic for this post. I had it with bread once and basmati rice other times and it tasted really good.

You really should try it with flat bread- it's da shiznit I tell you. I remember now that every time I warmed it to eat, I was always so hungry that I just forgot to take a picture before digging in. Haha! Also this stir fry is pretty "healthy", due to the veggies, protein serving and low oil content.

Ever made a stir fry?