Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Ultra Light Spray.


Hello,

Just a quick review on this sunscreen I absolutely love.
OK so for those who are into sunscreens, I am SURE you know how annoying it is wearing sunscreen particularly in a hot climate, because of:
1. That whitish cast it leaves on the face! You know about that right? 
2. The heat and sweat that just melts off everything when you are out in the sun!
3. Clogged pores or milia caused by some heavy sunscreens.

So to be honest for many months I just steered clear of sunscreens- I just couldn't be bothered. Then sometime in July I did an "intensive" research on sunscreens that were light as silk on the skin and still intensive. I figured a sunscreen with a lighter formulation would not leave much of the whitish cast and would not clog my pores as well.
I was ready to cough out a fair amount for the product as I knew if it was as good as it claimed, then it would be worth it. So I found a number of products with good reviews and unfamiliar names like Cocola Face SPF 30 Sunscreen, Dr Denese SPF 30, Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 blablabla and finally settled on La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Ultra Light Spray. 

So this product is not available in Nigeria but thank God for Amazon that now delivers to Nigeria. I bought mine via Boots while I was away though, for 19 pounds. 

This sunscreen is really ultra light. It isn't oily and it sits well on the skin. I was so happy to finally find a sunscreen that's not too heavy and I noticed that the whitish cast is very minimal on the skin. The trick is to pump a bit on the palm of your hand and rub it all over the face VERY QUICKLY or else you may notice some faint streaks. So rub it in quickly and thoroughly- no feathery strokes!
 It has no fragrance and I think for a 200ml bottle 19 pounds is not a bad price. It definitely has a lighter consistency than the well-loved Neutrogena Helioplex Sunblock which used to be my sunscreen. Also you don't have to wait the usual 15minutes after application before you go out in the sun- a big plus! They say French skin care products are the best. With the Bioderma review (click here) and now this, I think I agree.

What is your favourite sunscreen product?

Monday, 14 September 2015

Review: Bioderma Sebium Global.

Hiya!
Hope the weekend was a good one! My next post will be after my traditional wedding so wish me well and say a little prayer for me that it all goes beautifully well haha!

Anyway so the acne demons wanted to spoil my face for me so that I wouldn't look good for the wedding. But thank God they did not succeed! To be frank though, I believe the acne that spattered my face in the month of July was hormonal, but really acne is acne and I was horrified. I was not happy at all, so walked into a pharmacy at a mall in Dubai, and spoke about my concerns to the pharmacist, who recommended the Bioderma Sebium Global.

It would be my first time using any Bioderma product, and I have to say I was impressed. This product claims to work by regulating and balancing the sebum or natural oil levels of the skin, which when irritated can cause overproduction of sebum, and hence cause acne. 

I would use this morning and night and in a week, I noticed a difference. It wasn't speedy, but there was a difference for sure.

I have not used it in a while as all my acne has cleared and I believe my praying about it actually has a big role to play in that. Nemi told me how she listened to a minister speak about how we should not find some things too unimportant to talk to God about, and that women go through a lot of stress about certain things unnecessarily, when they could have just prayed about it and seen results. 

 Well! I had a wedding coming up and even my make up artist told me during the make up consultation session to try to do something about those bumps before the big day. I did not hesitate to pray and within days my skin began to clear up. I used 2 other products which I will do a review on, and continued with the black soap I bought from Natural Nigerian.

And now my skin is bump free yaaay!
 But anyway, back to the review. The cream is light on the skin and not oily at all. No weird fragrance either. I am not sure if Bioderma products are sold in Nigeria, but hopefully they are, because I believe this would be a wonderful product for acne control.
Laterz!
Fola

Thursday, 27 August 2015

7- Week Faux Locs Diary: My personal experience, advice, maintenance tips and what to expect.

Hi!
I promised to share with you all my faux locs experience. Let's just say this style helped me grow some more PATIENCE! I guess I had seen enough pictures of faux locs on ladies (see some examples below) and they looked amazeballs. I had some Noir kinky hair with me but the stylists had to use more. It also took about 5 hours in total even though 2 ladies were working on my hair. I had done a mild protein treatment some days before to strengthen my hair a bit. A scary part was when the girls began running a flame through my locs to burn off the hairs sticking out. I kept telling them I didn't think it was necessary but they wouldn't listen (#eyeroll) so I just told them to stick to the lower half of the locs where my actual hair did not reach.

So here is my "Faux Locs Diary" and some maintenance tips and observations.

Day 1 of installation:
Tight. Stiff. Painful. Difficult to sleep. Regret.
I mean from the looks of it, it looked like I had African threading on which was DEFINITELY not the look I was going  for! Someone even asked me if it was threading I had on. I really hated the way it looked and if not for the pain I may have taken it all out. And yeah because the girls had to grasp the hair really tight, it felt painful to touch my scalp and style the hair. For 2 weeks all I could do was pull it loosely to the back. Even sleeping was difficult for days.
Day 3 of installation:
Sleeping is easier now. Still tight and uncomfortable on my head. Oh and it is heavy! Not surprising with 7 packs of bulk weave eh? I had to go online to do research. This was when I learnt that I was not the only one who freaked out at the beginning due to the stiffness of the locs, but that it would soften over time. I doubted that very much every time I felt through a loc. It felt as rigid as steel! Online some ladies had dipped the locs in water to soften it, but I was scared the water would make the hair even heavier and Berry seconded this (yes I panicked so much that I had to ask her how her faux locs experience went, though hers were the "instant" ones that come pre-loc'd).
Then the burnt hair that was still attached to the locs kept shedding on my pillow case.

Week 1 of installation: Still shedding tiny burnt hairs. Doesn't hurt anymore but I still can't style the hair at all. Hair is still stiff and I still hate it.

Week 2 of installation: I can now push some strands about gently and the locs are a bit softer. Shedding has really reduced.
Week 3 of installation: I'm beginning to finally see the beauty of this hair. Locs are softer and I can do more styles now. It looks more like dread locs every day and less like African threading praise God!

Week 5 of installation: I love my faux locs! No more shedding. It's soft and malleable now too. I can do ANY style with it, even high buns. It thrives when wet and dries quickly.
Week 7 of installation: Still in love! Now I see why they say faux locs should stay on for as long as even 4 months. I can't do that though because I have a wedding to prepare for soon and I am honestly worried about my natural hair locing or getting matted when I take out the weave. But we'll see. Apart from the cover pic here's another pic of me styling the locs. There are about 2 other pics of me wearing the locs on my IG page.
Me again
Maintenance
I don't even make a bun when I get into the shower, the locs seem to love water and once I blot it dry it's fine. I also co-washed it once and all went well. I use a leave in moisturizer, and sometimes oil my scalp.

The hair generally looks nicer and softer the older it gets. It could be styled anyhow at all and I hardly use bobby pins, just a thick, strong rubber band. The hair likes to pick up lint though! So you may find yourself picking out tiny bits from the hair particularly from the burnt ends.
 Note that white speck right there!
In summary, I think every African lady who isn't already on dreadlocks should try the faux locs at least once in a lifetime. Just be ready for some weirdness for the first 2 weeks!
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Ever tried the faux locs? What was your experience like?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Everything Must Go Sales..... (40% off all items!)


Hi peeps!

Just a quick one- Renew 360- the weight loss consultancy I am a part of is doing a MEGA SALES on a couple of beauty and health items! Check them out:

Likas Papaya Soap
N1200. Now N720

Kojie Sans Kojic Acid Soap
N1800. Now N1080

Diana Stalder Glutathione Soap (2 left)
N2000. Now N1200

Pumpkin Seeds
N700. Now 420

Sesame Seeds
N570. Now N312

Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray
N580. Now N348

Stevia natural sweeteners
N300. Now N180

Maximum Strength Glutathione
N1700. Now N1020

Red Cherry 704 (2 left)
N1200. Now N720

Duo Lash Eyelash glue (1 left)
N1500. Now N900

Abra High Strength Enzyme Brightening Peel
N2000. Now 1200

How to order?
Send an email to either:
1. folasoasis@gmail.com
or
2. renew360ng@gmail.com

OFFER LASTS FOR 2 WEEKS AND ENDS 7th of September, 2015.
ITEMS AVAILABLE PICK UP ONLY (Location: Lagos Mainland-Maryland) 


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Sleek Blush Palette in Pumpkin

Hi!
Check out the Sleek Blush by 3 (3-in-one) palette in Pumpkin.
Sorry I have no pics of me modelling the colours-one, I'm not exactly a make up pro (I'm even considering taking a make up class soon), and two, my face is very spotty at the moment and I'm quite self-conscious about it haha!

So I bought 2 palettes and this Pumpkin one is the bright one of the two, with bright shades.


I think orange-toned and coral blushes are so pretty and vibrant on the skin, particularly medium-toned skin.

My fave of all three is the Lantern shade and I find myself reaching for it when I'm wearing bright clothing.

As usual with Sleek makeup, it is well pigmented and easy to apply-I use my Black Opal blush brush to apply it.

It cost N2500 and I bought it online from makeupng. Delivery was delayed and so unprofessional by the way.

But anyway if you are looking for coral blush options anytime, give this a try!

PS: Thanks to Vieve for suggesting the blush palette!

Monday, 10 August 2015

New frames that will perfectly suit your face shape.



Hi!
Do these new frames look good on me? I think they look great on me haha! I am shortsighted and need to wear glasses sometimes so I decided to buy me a new pair-well 2 pairs of new frames. I wanted something good and basic and something mildly fun or flirty and on www.firmoo.com, I was able to find frames that fit into both categories.

Before I go on about the frames, here is a quick guide on how to choose the best frames for you. Most people do not know this but your face shape has a big role to play in choice making. Also consider your personality, colour preferences, if you like big or small frames etc.

Let that image show you how to make a good choice-I have a heart-shaped face so boxy frames and the cat eye can look good on me.

So yea I bought these online. Which is why it is best to have an idea of what you want already since you don't get to try them on. The site is www.firmoo.com and delivery was fast. Both frames cost £45 in total though delivery cost was high because it had to be delivered from the US to the UK. The site has many choices to choose from!

Sexy Geek



It came in its own case and has a very deep burgundy undertone that would only show in bright light.Wish it was a brighter burgundy though. It is sturdy and super comfy.

CatWoman




Oh by the way I named them myself lol. The actual order names and numbers I'm too lazy to check, but I will definitely let you know if you need it from the comments. CatWoman I absolutely love because of the subtle cat-eye shape, and the gold bars. Also it is comfy, and has a dark brown undertone.

Both came with cloth bags and tightening screws.

Do you wear glasses? How do choose which ones suit you best?

Laterz!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Sleek True Colour Lipstick Review-Vamp


Hi people!
Wanted to share a review on one of my latest makeup buys. Now this lipstick I have had my eyes on for MONTHS since when Lesley of Fresh Lengths did a review on it. I am a sucker for dark berry or wine-ish lipsticks and I have decided I will rock a berry lip for the traditional wedding.

This Sleek True Colour lippie shade is called VAMP (no surprise there haha) and when it comes to the number one thing we look for in lippies-pigmentation, it wins. It is also a matte lipstick but it isn't too drying like some matte ones.
It cost 5 pounds which comes to N1600 approximately.
It comes in a sturdy tube.

Note that I am trying to avoid bright sunlight views in my pics because I recently got afflicted with some nasty breakouts and no, I won't share those with you!



Scoresheet: 5/5. Yup this is my newest fave lippie :)

MAC fans in the house, I'm pretty sure there's a MAC dupe for this lipstick! Any ideas?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Thoughts, plans, buys....

Hiiiii.
I hope you are having a good week- despite the latest fuel crisis!
Anyway I just wanted to share a few things I have been thinking about lately- well some of them are items I want to buy, plans for the wedding of course and etc etc!

Traditional Wedding Makeup: Well before the advent of Instagram I am sure brides-to-be were not so confused about how they wanted to look on their big day. But now, it's like eye candy every minute! It takes discipline and a determined mind to avoid being overwhelmed or confused with choices.
I have decided on a make up artist for that day and she recently asked me to send her pictures of bridal looks I like. I find that I am tending more towards the sultry, smokey eye, but I am not sure whether to go with a nude lip, a berry lip, or a bright lip colour!

Ombre bluish-green hair: I know it was kinda in vogue before Kylie Jenner brought it to limelight, but I admit she made the look spread like wildfire. So much that I thought hmmm this won't be bad....I was hoping to get something in ombre braids done but I am still trying to figure out how that will work.

Wide-brimmed hats: Finally, something I decided on, and even purchased! I am planning a trip soon to a hot climate (surprise!) and I know I would need all the sun protection I can get! Besides this hat is a trendy fashion item so it's a win-win. Ordered it from Naija Affordables on Instagram.
 Pre-wedding photo shoots: Back to wedding planning, Mr. Man and I are planning to take pre-wedding shots soon. Gets me thinking about how 6 years ago there was nothing of the sort in Naija! Anyway so I have been looking up ideas and inspiration on the internet- just in case our photographer isn't "equipped" enough. Also it helps to be able to bring in your own ideas every now and then.

Curly wigs: I bought one months ago, but it was a cheap, synthetic one that lasted just one month before it became a big frizz ball. My eye is on a good quality, curly wig that I can wear to change my look every now and then. Also one with a  fringe helps me rock the fringe look only when I want to, without risking getting plenty acne on my forehead as is always the case when I rock a fringe.

Bare Lifts: Well, this is another purchase from Naija Affordables. The bare lifts did not look as nicely packaged as the picture above when it came lol! I am yet to try it to see if it really works. It claims to lift the breasts and cover the nipples, without the need for straps or fabric.
 So those are some of the things I have been thinking of, or buying this past week or so.

What do you think of my collage? Any comments on curly wigs or blue-green hair etc?

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?