Sunday, 25 May 2014

A checklist every woman should have




I saw this on the Queen Latifah website recently after I watched one of the show episodes on TV and on the guest seat was a doctor who has many useful tips for breast cancer prevention. One thing she did mention that isn't captured on this list is "combating stress". She said that stress is one of the major causal factors of cancer and we should try as much as possible to combat it.

Well the points on the left side of the list are pretty much the same old same old, I think the main issue for people is not lack of knowledge, but execution. The major challenge is getting to commit to eating right and getting adequate exercise.

And then on the right side is the need for breast examinations, and the need to do mammograms-in fact I read that it's best to do your first mammogram at the age of 30. I decided to do my first mammogram this year. I guess things like this generate different responses from different people, and I know many people really believe that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" However, I feel it's best to see things from a preventative angle; the more people who take this approach towards their health, the better we can secure a healthier future for ourselves.

So give this some thought and please let's make efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle, eat better, exercise, and just generally do our best!

Laterz!
xoxo

Friday, 23 May 2014

Nailed It! 04



Hiya!
So I totally forgot to do a Nailed It! post for last month and I didn't even notice till today! Time flies. Anywho I stole this lovely corner-flower art design from the lovely Olufunmi of www.ladywannabeblog.blogspot.com. She does amazing DIY nail art and when I saw this one I immediately knew it was for me : -) If you wanna try this yourself just check out the link here. You can play around with different colours like I did.
I did this late last month I believe, and I used a cheapie pink nail polish and Nails Glo Baby Glo polish in blue. For the flower detail I used another cheapie black nail polish.



Below is how my nails (on my right hand) look now. I am really happy with the length. I started growing my nails again from scratch in January. The nail polish is The Colour Institute in Purple Glaze
19/05/14
BUT! 2 of the nails on my left hand chipped off! From the pic below you will notice the 2nd and 4th finger nail broke. I am not even a leftie so I don't know....I haven't been using a calcium-base coat and I know my nails are not as strong as they could be.


I had to take off a little length from the middle finger nail so it would blend with the short nails on either side. *sigh*
But overall! For 5 months, my nails are not looking bad at all. Natural nails always look way better than falsies.

For my post on how to keep your natural nails long and strong, click here.


Laterz
xoxo

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Hair Crush Features: Lade


Hi! 
I'm so amped about my Hair Crush Feature today for 2 reasons, first I haven't featured a relaxed head in ages, and second, this lady right here is absolutely STUNNING! Her hair is surreal, just surreal.....


Please introduce yourself! What do you do?  
Hello, my name is Lade. I am a hair care blogger and co-founder of Hair by Type 4, a custom wig company. I read Law at university and worked in the legal sector in England for many years before relocating to Nigeria about a year and a half ago.

Are you fully relaxed or texlaxed? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?
I am fully texlaxed and have been throughout my hair journey. I accidentally texlaxed before my hair journey began.
I texlax my hair twice or at most three times a year. I tend to stretch for at least 5 months, and I recently ended a 6 month stretch.


The hair journey



What is your current hair length?
My hair is currently below my waist however officially I claim waist length because that is my goal length. Also I intend to trim my hair back to waist length to achieve a more blunt look.

What’s your regimen and staple hair products (including relaxers)?
I texlax my hair every 20 weeks. For the first ten weeks after I texlax, I:

· shampoo once a week ( I always wash my hair in box braids because my hair tangles a lot when I wash it loose).

· deep condition once a week ( protein and moisture conditioners mixed together)

· apply my leave-ins, detangle and air dry

· moisturize and seal

· put hair in a bun or a protective up-do style

From weeks 11 to 19, I start my wig regimen

· Hair kept in 20 box braids under U-part wigs

· Clean scalp once a week with baby wipes, yes, baby wipes!!!

· Oil scalp lightly once a week with JBCO mixed peppermint and rosemary oils.

· Mist the box braids lightly every morning with braids spray or Elasta QP Feels Like Silk.

· Moisturize and seal twice a week

· Massage scalp 3 or so times a week

· After 3 weeks I unravel the braids to remove shed hairs, then I put my hair back in 10 large box braids. I shampoo, deep condition, unravel each braid to apply leave ins, detangle and blow dry on cool air. I put hair back in 20 box braids and wear my wigs.
I realize this is a long wash day but it is what works for me and its only once every 3 weeks so its not too bad.



My staple products are as follows:
Shampoos
Elasta QP Crème Conditioning shampoo
Organic Root Stimulator Uplifting shampoo ( used to clarify every 5/6 weeks)

Deep Conditioners
Moisture:- Motions Moisture Plus Conditioner
Protein :-Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise or Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Leave-in Conditioning
Protein:-Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer and Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning cream
Moisture:- Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator moisturiser

Daily Moisturizers
Mixture of Cantu Shea Butter Conditioning cream and Lusters S-curl

Oils/Sealants
Nutiva extra virgin coconut oil (sealant)
Extra virgin olive oil (sealant)
Jamaican black castor oil (scalp oil)
Peppermint oil ( few drops added to castor oil)
Rosemary oil ( few drops added to castor oil)

Extras
Braid spray (to mist the "calabar braids" when wearing my wigs)
Mane n Tail Detangler



Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
I believe that protective styling and moisturizing and sealing are the keys to retention for me.
Luckily for me I love buns so I am more than happy to wear them majority of the time. Wigs are a major part of my retention strategy because my hair thrives well when I don’t manipulate and mess around with it when it is under wigs. I also have loads of fun wearing wigs whilst protecting my hair at the same time. I see it as a win-win situation.

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions? 
I tend to wear a nice up-do, a faux bob, a bow bun, a huge bun or one of my wigs.


Do you have any foreign ancestry in your family?
 No I do not. The only mix I have in me is that my father is from Osun state and my mother is from Ogun state. So I am a fully Yoruba and a proudly Nigerian woman.

Where can one find and follow u on the web? 
You can find me on my blog: www.rehairducation.com . Please stop by.



I told you didn't I? Surreal.... I am not relaxed but I will adopt some tips from Lade-using baby wipes to clean my scalp, wig-wearing (I did a lot of this in my first few months of going natural), maintaining my hair properly under a wig and scalp massages.I think I will purchase one of Lade's wigs too!


Know any other ladies with relaxed gorgeous hair? Please direct them to me- Fola's Oasis would love to feature them!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Style look book- "The Other Woman"



Hey guys!
I watched "The Other Woman" today at the cinema and I really enjoyed the chick flick! But I also really enjoyed the lovely clothes that Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann wore- particularly Cameron Diaz. Kind of reminded me of Sex and the City, though the clothes worn in "The Other Woman" are more "realistic". 
I know people have been raving about the clothing and all that, so I checked them out and decided to share them with you. 

www.onscreenstyle.com
Really love this one.


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And this one too!



www.onscreenstyle.com
As a bona fide romper freak, I def like this one!

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Saw this dress and I was just drooling. The pics didn't do the dress justice in my opinion.

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I had a good time on Saturday and from the cinema my friend took me to this interesting place at Lagos Island (the street where City Hall is on) for some croaker fish peppersoup. 

It was one of the best peppersoup dishes I have ever tasted and it came with potatoes and crabs. Yum. But the place has a funny name though. "Choppyntoz" I think. Haha. 

Oh and Arsenal won the FA cup! Well it's about time! YIPPEEE! Gunners for life. 


Have you watched "The Other Woman" and if you did, did you like it?

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review: MaryKay Foundation Primer

www.redbookmag.com


Hi guys,

It's review time again! I got this Mary Kay Foundation Primer few months ago because my Flori Roberts Shine Away Oil Blotting Primer (check out review here) was running out and I needed an affordable primer. Yes I know I stated that I wanted to try the popular Mac Prep + Prime but for now I think I want to shop around for a while. So here's my review:

How I use it: I use it on a freshly washed and sometimes moisturized face. Now I say sometimes moisturized because guys, nowadays I sometimes don't bother to wear my usual sunscreen because of this insane heat! I have been seriously avoiding the sun anyway, and it seems like the heat is beginning to subside. Anyway, sunscreen is an absolute MUST and I really should make sure I wear it daily. I use just half a dime-sized amount of the primer and rub it all over. 

What it does for my skin: Well... I know now that I need an oil blotting primer because of this hot weather. This primer does not do much for keeping the oil away, it just basically serves as a smooth base for foundation. When I use it, it gives my foundation a better and smoother look and makes application easier.

Do I really like it?: I will say moderately so. I am not enthused about it- I still prefer the Flori Roberts Shine Away primer. I would prefer this Mary Kay foundation primer for a cooler climate. What I like about this primer is that it has SPF of 15 in broad spectrum. Anything with sunscreen scores points for me!

Price: It costs N1800 or $11 for 1 fl oz or 29ml. The price is good- more affordable than any other primer I know at the moment.

Packaging: It comes in a squeeze tube that is sturdy and very portable. The primer texture is smooth and whitish.

Where you can get this: In Lagos, it's easy to get Mary Kay products. I got this at the Poise Store at The Palms, Ikeja. It could also be found at Amazon and basically any beauty supply store.

Overall, I would rate it a 7/10.

Before I sign out, please let's often take a moment to pray fervently for the Chibok girls that were kidnapped. It's not enough to talk about it, we can do what we can to ensure their safe return. And if we truly believe that God answers prayers, let's pray.


Laterz!
xoxo

Monday, 12 May 2014

"Life through my window"- an exhibition



Just thought I should share this upcoming exhibition with you, if you are interested in art- particularly mixed media art, and are looking for somewhere different (emphasis on different) to go to, for maybe an hour, between the 24th of May and the 4th of June. I like events like this where you have many days to choose from lol. It's an exhibition by Ndidi Emefiele, an artist I absolutely adore. She's 27, based in Abuja and so talented. 

Mixed media is one of my fave genres of art. I find it uber-creative; and I showed you some pics of some recycle art in one of my recent posts here- I loved the one where a horse's head was sculpted from old car tires, and there was another one I saw where the artist used pieces of the popular Nigerian "dunlop" slippers to make a lovely collage. Another artist used wooden combs (those 3- or 4-pronged ones we all had at home when we were little lol).

Ndidi Emefiele is very good with mixed media, as you can see from this pic below:

She uses fabric, discs and other items to create awesome art work.

I am one of those who really get irritated with how all we do in Lagos is go see a movie, go to the beach, go to latest hot spot to eat, go clubbing and that's it. That's why whenever I find something different to do, I get excited. I am itching to go for this exhibition- Abraham, my hang-out homie, hope you are reading this! LOL!


* Photo credit: www.nikeartcentres.com, www.ndidiemefiele.com

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Workout to Naija music!



Hi!

It's no news that working out to no music at all is so not fun. That's why you even see people jogging with earphones on and stuff like that. And it only makes sense to make sure your favourite music is on because...working out is not really a walk in the park, and you want to make it as interesting and fun as much as possible! But how many times do we get to work out to NAIJA music though? I wonder if our fitness instructors over here design fitness sessions to naija music...

Anywho! You need to check out Adagurl's Youtube channel because those work out routines she designed are so effective and what's more- you get to work out to our very own naija jamzzzzz. The video above is a cross training work out session to Brymo's "Go Hard".

Here's what Adagurl had to say when she contacted me:

"My name is Ada, and I'm a DC-based, certified fitness instructor. While I love the workouts I do in the US, I cannot hide my pride in our African culture. I am also passionate about revamping the face that fitness has back home, and making it an enjoyable experience. To that end, I've put together several workouts to African songs..."

There's another workout she designed that's done to Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy's "Eminado".
Click here to check out her channel and be sure to subscribe so that you can get weekly work out updates. That way you can ensure that your workout sessions are diversified and more fun!


Laterz!
xoxo

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Hair Crush Feature: Ijeoma



Hi peeps!
My hair crush feature for this month is Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks! First thing that struck me about Ijeoma was her pretty face, and then...her gorgeous hair. I particularly like how she rocks her hair well even though it's 4C-ish hair with very tight coils- as you know, 4C hair has the tendency to really shrink and look weird if not taken care of properly. I noticed that it is the images of those who are natural and have 4C or 4B hair that isn't well moisturized and maintained that discourage people who are considering going natural! But Ijeoma's pics really show that you can have thick, tightly coiled hair and still look great.

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

Hi everyone! I’m Ijeoma, born in Abia State, Nigeria and currently living in New York City. I’m a doctoral student studying history of public health, but I have more fun blogging about the beauty of kinky hair at Klassy-Kinks.com!

Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?


In the summer of 2009, I got some kinky twists and was enjoying the break from my hair, and at the same time started reading articles in Essence Magazine about natural hair. That led me to YouTube and a few blogs, and I desperately wanted to see what my real hair looked like because I'd had it relaxed since I was a toddler. I transitioned for a year and became fully natural in May of 2010, making it almost 4 years!



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

I don’t type my hair as anything other than kinky. I deep condition and wash about once a month (on a good month), and co-wash once in between in the warmer months, or when my hair isn’t in a protective style. To prep my hair for washing, I spray a mix of water, coconut oil, and conditioner, finger detangle my hair, and then place into 6 braids. I recently got a hair steamer that has made this process ten times easier! I then shampoo with the braids still in, and deep condition or condition as necessary. I try a lot of products for my blog, but overall I enjoy the Terressentials Organic Pure Earth Mud Wash as a shampoo, and anything that is shea butter based for moisturizing and styling. I use the LOC method of leave in, oil, then cream while moisturizing my hair for a style. I also have a dry scalp so I give myself a lot of scalp massages with oils; they are both growth-stimulating and incredibly relaxing.

Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?


The main tip I have is to not dwell so much on your hair. It’s just hair! As long as it is properly moisturized and not excessively knotted, and you’re not playing with it every five seconds, you should be able to retain length. By having a low maintenance regimen, I do my hair maybe twice a week, and transition one hairstyle into another without feeling like I have to wash or comb all over again. A twistout becomes a half updo then a full updo, then eventually a puff in the course of two weeks, all with the help of some bobby pins. Finger detangling on pre-shampooed hair has also significantly reduced my breakage. 


What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?

Oh boy, my mom was NOT having my “black power” hairstyle when I first went natural. She thought I was trying to make a political statement with my hair. I had quite a number of aunties pull me aside and ask what in the world I was doing. A few years later, these same aunties ask me for hair advice, and I twist or bantu my mom’s now natural hair about every other month. My hair gets a number of compliments – I presume because of the color and the thickness – but I’m quick to tell people that they don’t want to have to detangle all this hair!

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?

I adore updos, so I often do those for formal occasions. For work/school, I wear my hair in whatever style I please, from a defined twistout to a haphazard updo to a full blown out fro to a quickly tied turban.


What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?

The best thing about going natural is the versatility of our hair. I can replicate anyone’s hairstyle – it might require a blow dryer, flat iron, or some rollers – but not a lot of people can make their hair look like my own. I advise anyone considering going natural to evaluate the reasons behind their decision, and to not get caught up in anyone else’s hair but your own. If you are thinking about going natural so you can have hair like [fill in the blank with your hair crush], don’t do it. You most likely will not have hair like hers – because everyone, and I mean everyone’s hair is different – and you will simply be frustrated and miserable. If you are thinking about going natural to try a different look, have healthier hair, or just see what the hype is about, approach the process with patience, perseverance, and an open mind.

Where can one find and follow u on the web?

I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest @klassykinks, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/Ije1023, and on my website http://www.Klassy-Kinks.com. Hope to see you soon!




Check out her website for more tips, pics and reviews will ya?


Peace,
xoxo

Monday, 5 May 2014

Brave- A love story





Hiya!

A friend and former colleague of mine sent me this on twitter. It's a 30-minute short film titled "Brave", written, directed and produced by Lowladee. It is a story inspired by T.D Jake's well known book: "The lady, her lover, and her Lord", page 88. I liked the movie, I think it was well-directed and Adesua Etomi had a great performance on it. Besides that, it is inspirational of course- a good love story. The God-kind of love.

Check it out and let me know what you think!


Peace,
Fola