Monday, 7 July 2014

My 5-Day Juice Cleanse


Hi Guys,

The Me typing up this post is a Me that has not had a meal in 5 days. Yes 5 whole days have gone by and I haven't eaten any solid food. Can you tell how proud I am of myself????

I have been on what is termed a "Juice Cleanse" which is basically drinking only fresh fruit juices for a period of time.

Why I went on the cleanse


  • Two years ago, I did the master cleanse for 10 days and I survived so I needed to know if i still had such will power in me. 
  • I had been really bad in the weeks leading to the cleanse i.e just eating without really thinking so I needed to reset
  • I needed to give my digestive system a break, i mean it has worked non-stop for two years
  • I wanted to rid my body of toxins and impurities i.e detox
  • I was at my plateau weight and needed a little shift to keep me going to my goal weight

I had been pondering over all these thoughts when I found Simple Green Juices randomly on Instagram, talk about God-sent! They delivered me 6 fresh juices everyday for the 5-day period. 


So here's my blow by blow account of the 5 days, enjoy!

Day 1

So day 1 was surprisingly easier than I expected. I breezed through the day hardly even thinking about food. Sometimes I felt a little light-headed but I think it was really a mental thing. I spent more than half the day peeing though but that's okay, it's an added benefit :-)

My energy levels seemed surprisingly ok enough when I had to work out later at night. I did T25 upper focus and I managed to pull through.

Went to bed feeling slightly tired, let's see what tomorrow is like.


Cleanse Intense- Kale, Pumpkin Leaf, Lettuce, Cucumber, Apple, Pear, Celery. I drank 3 of this a day.
Taste verdict- not as bad as it looks, refreshing


Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 were kind of harder, I began to miss the usual tradition of having something to eat at staggered times. I missed the tradition, not the actual food which is proof that we don't actually need to eat half of what we actually eat. 

The light-headedness was gone though, i think it was because I started taking dietary supplements like a friend advised me too. Please if you are on a juice fast, don't forget to get some dietary supplements to keep your immunity up. I got the Well Woman Inner Cleanse and i seriously think it helped me get through the day. 

At night on day 2, I did some yoga from Jillian Michaels 30-day shred and I was able to keep up, residual energy me thinks! I wasn't able to workout on day 3 though, no such strength. 

Funky Beet- Apple, Beetroot, Carrot, Orange,Celery. I drank one of this a day
Taste verdict- no bueno! I struggled to drink these ones :( 


Day 4

Day 4 was a Saturday so you can imagine how hard it was for me. The other days, I was at work so I hardly had much time to think of food. I was preoccupied with meeting my deadlines. However on Day 4, Saturday, I struggled. All the tantalizing scents coming out of my mum's kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner tormented me to no end. I felt really hungry and a little depressed. Depressed because I was hungry and bored, but I didn't go out because I didn't get tempted. I also felt really nauseated sometime during the day but I fixed that with some sugar-free gum. Yes, gum was a big part of the 5 day journey, it nhelped me cope. 

I was also really bored of the taste of the juices by now so I only managed to drink 4 of them. I went to bed really moody :(

Pick Me Up- Carrots, Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Lemon, Ginger. I drank two of this a day
Taste verdict- refreshing and delicious, the best of the bunch


Day 5

Day 5 was the HARDEST of all days. I had a family engagement that I could not afford to miss, so I had no choice but to attend. I was surrounded by delicious foods, drinks and desserts of all kind, I even had to help serve guests…imagine how torturous that was!!!

At a point, I got really tempted to have  pepper soup at least but I managed to kill the temptation and carry on the fight. It was already the lats day so I thought I might as well carry on. I only managed to drink two juices on this day though, I was well and truly DONE!! 

How do I feel after the cleanse?
  • Happy
  • Clean
  • Lighter
  • Stronger
  • In-Control
  • Proud
These are just a few of the feelings that I have the day afar my 5-day juice cleanse. I also feel like my skin is shinier and yes! I did lose weight!! 3 kg to be precise, not bad at all! 

In the days following the cleanse, I will slowly ease back into food, eating mainly fruits and vegetables before I start to introduce carbs little at a time. I will also go back full swing to my workouts. If you don't know about T25 by ShaunT, please download it ASAP.  It is seriously one of the most amazing workouts out there. Each video is only 25mins (of hard work) so you have no excuse really! 

Simply Green Juices Contact & Pricing Details

They offer 3,5 and 7 day cleansing programs for 21, 33 and 45 thousand naira respectively. 

Phone: (+234) 0818 900 9009
            (+234) 0818 867 5296


Will I do a juice cleanse again? Absolutely yes! I love how it makes me feel. 

Any of you guys done a cleanse before, how did it go? Would love to hear your experiences. 


Peace & Love, 


Y. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

TGIF in Itunu Fabrics








Lipstick- Vegas Volt





Please tell me i'm not the only one obsessed with the Iro and Buba trend these days. They are effortlessly chic whilst still being very comfortable. It's so bad that I have actually gone clubbing in Iro and Buba before, lol! 

This outfit (as with most of the ones I have) is from Itunu Fabrics. They have some of the most gorgeous prints at very affordable prices. 

Contact Details

Phone- 08071584418
Email- sale@Itunufabrics.com
Instagram- @itunufabrics


Have an amazing weekend guys! :-)


Peace & Love, 

Y.



Friday, 16 May 2014

Birthday Face Beat by Labisi!


Hi People, 

Before now, I completely detested black american originated slangs that referred to good makeup as "face beat", "makeup beat", "face beat for the gods" yaddi yaddi ya. I just thought they made no sense at all -_- 

Fast forward to April 25th 2014, now I can't stop saying that my face was BEAT for the damn gods!!



It was my birthday and I was having a dinner with a number of close friends and family. Now it wasn't just any odd birthday, I was celebrating something very  special :-). You see about 6 months ago, I got engaged. I have been struggling with whether to let you guys on the blog in on it but I decided, what the heck? lol. So yes, I am engaged and we celebrated this on my birthday (which also happened to be my fiance's birthday too). Bizarre? I know! :-)

Anyway, for this special day, I knew that I didn't want to do my own makeup, I wanted to feel like a princess haha. So my friend Kehinde recommended somebody called Labisi Folawiyo. I looked on her Instagram page and saw that she was pretty good, so I decided to go with her. 

Brethren, Labisi is not only good, she is amazing! She transformed my face in such an unbelievable yet believable way... I'm not sure that makes sense but yeah :). Immediately I sat in her chair, I felt at ease and just let her work her magic. Usually people like me that believe that they can do their own makeup better than any so called MUA tend to be the most annoying clients, forever meddling. But with Labisi, I never even looked at a mirror till she was pretty much done. The result: Mind = Blown! 



I love what she did and received so many compliments on the night. In fact someone said that this one is a Face WOZE! Now my best friend and I refer to her as Face Woze by Labisi...lol! Can I just say that she is also a really sweet girl, it definitely added to me feeling comfortable and trusting her, it was a nice experience.  

Contact Details

Labisi Folawiyo | Instagram: @Facesby_Labisi | Email: facesbylabisi (at) gmail.com | Phone: (+234) 818 867 4767

Hair: (in case you were wondering)

Fadi Salon | Nail Studio- 9, Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island. 


Peace and Love, 

Y

Monday, 21 April 2014

Restaurant Review | Izanagi Japanese Restaurant


Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is enjoying the much deserved break and spending time with loved ones.

It's been a while since i did a restaurant review on here so I decided to do one today. You all know I'm a sushi monster so when I heard about how amazing Izanagi was, I decided to head down there for date night :)


I was first really impressed with the ambience. No matter how amazing the food at any restaurant is, if the atmosphere a'int right then it ruins it for me. Izanagi is a Japanese restaurant in a really cute space, heavily influenced by Asian decor pieces. They even have a private room where you get to seat on puffs and a really low table, sooo cool! Oh and the waiters are all kitted out in full regalia…it's the little details that impress me :)    





Starter

We ordered the chicken and corn soup to start and it was really delicious! The difference between Chinese and Japanese corn soup is the level of spice, this soup hit all the right African spots…Call me fickle but I also really like the bowl it was served in, made it better..haha



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Mains

For mains we ordered one of their maki combo platters, i don't really remember the Japanese name right now :(. The 24-piece combo was a delicious mix of shrimp, tuna and avocado maki, tempura and california rolls. Who else hates limp sushi? Ughh…This one was fresh, crunchy and delicious, made right in front of us by the chef at the sushi bar. It was extremely filling for just 24 pieces between two people,  we were proper stuffed when we were done


Dessert

NONE! Can you guys believe that I didn't have dessert??? All things are possible with God, lol! 

Price and Rating

Izanagi is averagely priced, not too high and def not cheap. The damage cost about 22k even without dessert but this was inclusive of drinks. I don;t mind paying good money for food as long as it is amazing, so I really enjoyed this one. This place has definitely gone on my Favourite-Places-to-Eat-in- Lagos list. Here's how I rate them:

Food- Excellent
Ambience- Very Good
Service- Very Good
Menu Selection- Very Good
Price- Good

Cute treasure chest the bill came in :) 

If you're not big on Sushi, they have a wide selection of Japanese noodles and rice that you can choose from. This is why i rated their menu selection very good. I will definitely be going back to try out other non-sushi things. 

Contact Details

Location: 19b Idejo Street, Victoria Island

Phone: 07062222222 ; 07080070275



Sushi Etiquette

Here's a fun infographic I found on Izanagi's Facebook page



I laughed so hard when I read it because as much as I love sushi, i have been doing it ALL wrong! I'm guilty of all most everything you're not supposed to do- mix wasabi with soy, flop ginger on the sushi etc *face palm* 

Enjoy the rest of your Easter guys! 


Peace and Love, 



Y.


P.S See my review of Bonzai here, they also do great sushi









Thursday, 10 April 2014

Work Flow | Thank God It's Thursday


TGIT!!!!

Is it weird that I love Thursdays a little more than Fridays? Thursdays signify hope, hope that the weekend in all it's glory is upon us. Also, the environment on Thursdays is generally a little more chill so one can get away with a business casual outfit- at least where I work :)






Outfit Details

Belt- ThingsNigeriansLove (sold out)
Sleeveless Blazer- River Island
Shoes- New Look

Enjoy the weekend...when it finally gets here...


Peace and Love,


Y.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Product Review | My Current Cleanser Trio….



Hi Peeps, 

For the most part, I stick to the products in my skincare regimen but cleansers are one thing I like to experiment with. My obsession with cleansers is due to the fact that they are the foundation of any regimen. Like i tell most people, 80% of skin problems can be cured by simply cleansing properly and with the right products. 

There is so much cleansing goodness out there that I feel like I would be missing out if I only stick to one. Maybe one day I will find my holy grail cleanser but till then, I will keep running down the aisles of beauty stores looking for a cleanser to try out. Here is my current power cleanser trio! 



Bioderma Sensibio H20, Nuetrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1, Olay pore minimizing cleanser + scrub

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

This cleanser has been HOT in the beauty space for a while now- I'm talking shelves have been cleared out the moment they are stocked with Sensibio H2O. I was not disappointed when I bought this product and tried it out. You can tell how much I love it seeing as it is currently way past half -_-. 



Bioderma is a French laboratory that works very closely with dermatologists to develop skincare products for their use to treat their patients' skin problems. They aim to cater to all types of skin, even the really sensitive kind.

The Sensibio H20 is very mild and this is what I love about it. Being fragrance and alcohol-free means that it is suitable for really sensitive skin. One rule of thumb I have learnt about looking for cleansers is to always look out for the world "gentle" or "mild", those are the best ones. So please if you are currently using any cleanser that burns and/or dries up your skin badly- into the bin it goes :)

I use it every night with a cotton pad and it gets all my makeup off without leaving my face feeling stripped. It really feels like water without the harshness of water. There is zero sting even around my eyes yet it works so well- magic water if you ask me. My skin really likes this stuff and has seen an improvement since I started using it so guess who is stocking up on these?  

The problem with most Bioderma products including this cleanser though is that it is not very easy to find outside of France, to say nothing about Nigeria! But if you are in the UK or know someone heading down here from there, you can get two 500ml bottles for around £20 here

Neutrogena Visbly Clean 2-in-1 Wash and Mask

If you read this blog often, you would know that Neutrogena is a brand that is very close to my heart. Pocket friendly products that are bad-ass! I have always used the regular daily cleanser but I decided to give this two-in-one wash/mask a try because really, whats better than a dual function product? 




This face wash works really well- gentle on the skin yet so effective. I use it on alternate mornings in the shower and it leaves my face feeling very clean and refreshed. There's a minty smell and feel to this product  that I really like, it gives the feeling of a real deep-cleanse.

Once a week, I use it as a mask and it works really great too. I usually leave it on for about 15 mins before rinsing off and my face feels super clean. I think I will be sticking to this two in one for a while as opposed to juggling a cleanser and a mask.

It costs around N2000 and I got mine at Ebeano supermarket's beauty section. You can also find it in Med-Plus, Health-Plus, Casabella or online here...

 Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub

Two things attracted me to this cleanser- the fact that it's another two in one product and the claim that it is "pore-minimzing". If you are cursed blessed with large pores, then you know my struggle sister! So I just had to give this a try, along with the many, many pore minimizing products I have tried over the years, sigh…


This cleanser has something the other two can't boast of- microbeads. I loooveee microbeads in everything, cleansers, body scrubs even lotion! It's such a shame that Jergens stopped making their skin smoothing lotion with beads but thats a rant for another day.

The good thing about microbeads is that they really get all the impurities out of your skin by exfoliation.   The microbeads in this product though are small so they are much gentler on the skin whilst giving it a good cleanse/scrub. What I really love about this cleanser though is the smell- it smells of nature which makes me imagine that I'm taking a shower standing on rocks, under a waterfall, on a small island… (I'm not crazy I promise). With regards to it's pore minimizing ability, I will say that my pores do look slightly smaller but nothing earth shattering. I will continue to use it to see if these pores can get any smaller- I shall not stop until these pores become invisible to the human eye!

I also bought it from Ebeano supermarket but I can't remember exactly how much now, it was probably in the 2000s though.

So yeah, these are the three best cleansers in my stash now. I also love that because they are all so mild, none of them has caused any skin irritation for me. They have worked really well together to get my skin to the really happy place it is in right now.

What cleansers are your currently loving?


Peace and Love,


Y.

P.S- Can I just say how much I enjoyed typing this post? I have really missed blogging frequently..thank you to all of you lovely people that are still faithfuls :) ! 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Hair Care | Funmi's Hair Story


Funmi, She Loves The Finer Things' resident hair care guru is back and today she's sharing her hair story with you guys. You will see that she has come a verryyy long way. Enjoy! 


My Hair Story

Hiya peoples!

Hope we’ve all been good. Yes I know it’s been ages…please forgive my long hiatus.  Picking up from where I left off in my last post, I promised to upload before and after hair pictures. Seeing as that was a while ago, I have several “before and after” stories; so please sit back, relax and enjoy this picture-filled hair post.


    December 2012                                          August 2013


I became interested in healthy hair practices sometime around September 2012 through a friend of mine. She had very long and beautiful hair which I always admired but assumed I could never have; the stereotype of long hair being tied to hereditary and how certain people had good hair genes was fully etched in my brain. We however got to talking one day and imagine my surprise when she told me that she hadn’t always had long hair like this but had grown it out on her own. She started to tell me about extra virgin oil, argan oil, deep conditioning, and so on. By this point in time, my interest was fully piqued and I decided to carry out more research on all things hair. Thanks to the internet, I had access to all the information I needed; it was all right at my fingertips. My dear friend was also kind enough to send me some helpful links and you tube videos. I remember being so overwhelmed when I saw all the waist length pictures of full-on African girls who had grown their hair that way from almost nothing (ear length and shoulder length). I was amazed that this was actually possible and I knew it couldn’t be a hoax since I had read about several cases; it wasn’t just one person’s word. I was so enthusiastic at this point that the more I read, the more I wanted to know. Needless to say, I definitely suffered from information overload that night because I stayed up all through reading so many posts and watching videos. Armed with all the knowledge that I needed to begin, I went straight to Pak cosmetics online store and amazon and I literally bought any and everything I felt I would need; shampoos, conditioners, oils, you name it.

Three months from my purchase craze (December 2012), I officially began my Healthy Hair Journey (HHJ) and had my very first wash day (picture below). The state of my hair was so appalling! Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I was the one in the picture. I mean what was I thinking carrying around such scraggy looking split ends?? And they were so uneven and scanty that you can clearly see my white t shirt underneath the hair. Oh well, I had only myself to blame because instead of treating my hair, I hid it beneath different types of weaves. I have however been cured of this type of thinking, and went a whole year (yes I mean 365 days) without installing a weave once. How did I pull it off you ask? Please read on… 

December 2012


Since I was going to be leaving my hair out to give it all the tender loving care I had failed to give it for the past two decades and then some more, I decided to stretch my relaxers for just 8 weeks. I was still a newbie at this point and I didn't want to be over ambitious and carry out any long stretches that would hinder my HHJ.  So the cycle began;  I washed my hair every week, clarified once a month, had regular protein treatments and deep conditioning sessions, and I made sure to pre-poo overnight before  every wash. I waited exactly 8 weeks and come February 2013, I carried out my first self-relaxing session (please read up well on how to relax hair yourself before attempting this at home). 

During my research, I had learnt about texlaxing as against relaxing (Jen of Just Grow Already was a big and welcome influence in this area). Basically it means deliberately under processing your hair to retain more volume. Relaxers are made to chemically break down the protein bonds in our hair shafts which result in smooth silky hair at the end of the process. While this look suits some people, I decided that I didn’t just want flat silky relaxed hair but I wanted thick, full hair with more volume and body. I have fine hair strands, which means that my hair is very soft and light and a full relaxed hair would leave my hair looking lifeless. You can under process your hair by shortening the amount of time you leave the relaxer on your head, adding oils or conditioners to your relaxer to reduce its potency or using a mild relaxer that will not over relax but just straightens out your hair (more like a texturiser would do). I decided to take the easy route and use a mild relaxer, African pride’s Olive miracle anti-breakage no-lye relaxer for kids. This was the result…

February 2013


I saw this improvement in my hair and I was definitely wowed. I was also happy because it meant that my efforts and hard spent cash were paying off! But I was still not satisfied. Yes my hair had grown about 2 and a half inches in just 2 months. Typically, the average growth cycle is half an inch every month which means I should have experienced just about an inch of growth is those two months.  I honestly don’t know why my hair grew that fast initially, I think my hair just went into overdrive because of the many years it had been starved and not properly nourished, lol. However you will see that it was just a one-time thing and I have since not experienced this type of abnormal growth since then.

Now back to my unsatisfaction; as you can see from the above picture I still had the dreaded split ends and my ends were still uneven. The middle part of my hair was much shorter than the left and right hand sides. So I cut off about 2 inches till my ends were even. I was initially reluctant to let go off my new found length, but I knew it was for the better since I was aiming for not just length but also health of my hair. After cutting my hair, I repeated my 8 week cycle again and relaxed my hair in April.

After carrying out 2 successful 8-week stretches, I grew more confident in my ability to manage my hair for longer periods and decided to do a 16-week stretch the next time. I couldn't leave my hair out for 4 months without causing breakage so I started wearing wigs and weaving my hair underneath to protect it. I invested in different styles of wigs depending on my mood and it worked and still works for me. Gone are the days when wigs were seen as being for old women, wigs are here to stay people! Another good side to it is that you can custom make your wigs by making use of your previously owned weaves, so converting your human hair weave into a wig will achieve the same look while giving you easy access to your hair. I have since become completely sold on wigs and am a serious advocate for the cause. Some salons offer these services, and you can also check out these hair bloggers who do so as well: Lade of Rehairducation (http://www.rehairducation.com/hair-shop/custom-made-u-part-wigs/) and Ifeyinwa of Loveifeyinwa (http://www.loveifeyinwa.com/p/store.html). The picture below shows my hair after I relaxed in April and then four months after in August.

April 2013                                August 2013

I am happy with the progress I have made so far, and I am more inspired than ever to keep pushing on because my journey is just starting.  I know I still have a long way to go till I get to a length that I am satisfied, but I guess that’s why it is called a journey. Since I began, my hair is looking much healthier, fuller and thicker and with less ugly looking ends. There’s only one way from here and that is UP! There will definitely be some setbacks along the way but it helps because you learn from them and also learn what not to do next time. 



For my hair pictures in December 2013 (a story on how a scissors happy stylist cut off a good 2 inches!) and my next relaxer session in April, please watch out for part 2 of this post. Hope you not only enjoyed reading it but you were also motivated to go crazy on all things hair and start your HHJ today. You will not regret it, and your hair can only get better so why delay? Don’t be left behind people, join the hair revolution. Say no to ridiculously priced weaves and yes to luscious silky hair that belongs to you and only you. Okay enough of my rallying and motivational chants, bye for now. 

P.S
If you are interested in making your own length check t shirt to help you track your hair progress, check out Dabs’ article here on Naija hair can grow blog, that’s where I learnt to make mine along with many other useful tips.

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