Monday, 30 July 2012

DIY: Newspaper Nails


Hi Everyone, 

So i’ve decided to make Monday the “Nail Day” on my blog. Therefore every Monday, I will show you what nail polish I am rocking that week. If i’ve got any nail art on, I will also share the how-to with you. 
Today i’m rocking newspaper nails which look really fancy but trust me, it is really easy to achieve. It’s another nail art i found during my usual interweb up-turn.  I have worn this design on my nails before and I posted a photo on my Instagram. A number of people were quite curious as to how I had achieved the look. 




Here’s what you need:



  • Nail Polish remover
  • Base Coat & Top Coat (I used NYC's Grand Central Station)
  • Base Colour - Any Light Coloured Nail Polish (I used Essie’s Chinchilly)
  • Newspaper cut up into 10 little squares big enough to fit on your nails
  • Methylated Spirit/ Alcohol (Vodka works very well but it works better in my glass :) )
  • Qtips to clean your edges  
Steps: 
  • Wipe off any old nail polish from your nails
  • Prep your nails by filing and buffing them so that you have a smooth surface to work on
  • Paint your nails with your base coat 

  • Apply two coats of your base colour.  It can be a light pink, blue, nude, grey or even white colour (Tip: Turn off your a/c or fan when you are painting your nails, this helps the polish apply better and prevents air bubbles from forming on the surface)
  • Let your nail polish dry completely. This is very crucial. I let mine dry for about an hour
Chinchilly is such a lovely colour to wear on its own sans any art

  • Pour your methylated spirit/ alcohol into a small bowl/dish. Dip one of your newspaper squares into it to wet it. Be careful not to let your nails come in contact with the spirit as it will smudge
  • Carefully place the newspaper square on your nail and hold it firmly in place for a few seconds. You will have to be really careful here as the newspaper tends to slip, thus smudging the ink on your nails, that’s no good
  • Press it down for a few seconds and then gently peel off the newspaper
  • Do the same for every nail
  • Finish off your nail art with your favourite topcoat as usual for shine and protection
  • Clean off any excess polish from around your cuticles with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover
  • Rock your fancy nails :) 


I told you it was really easy, you will have people thinking you’ve just had a really expensive nail salon appointment :) 

Have fun with it! 

Peace and Love,

Y. 
SHARE:

Saturday, 28 July 2012

My Skincare Regimen


Hi Everyone, 
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I decided to do a post on my skincare routine because to be honest, there is no beauty without good skin. All those layers of slap look so much better when the skin underneath is clear and fresh. 


My skincare routine is not much different from most women’s, I just thought to share my specifics (morning and night) with my dear readers. This post is quite long, (forgive me), so I hope you are in a comfortable position :-). 


For the record, I have Normal-Combination skin, so this might only be suitable for ladies with my skin type, however I use some products that work for all skin types. It’s in five stages: Cleansing-Toning-Treatment-Moisturizing- Protection

CLEANSING 


Cleansing is the process of ridding your pores of any impurities/dirt/oils that clog them. This is the most important part of my beauty regimen because dirt is the foundation of most skin problems. When your pores are clogged, this results in the development of pimples/acne. There are many other factors that contribute to acne like genes and diet but this I would say is the most common.  To be honest, there isn’t really anything you can do to keep pimples completely at bay, but you can seriously control them.


AM: In the morning, when taking a shower I use my Clean and Clear 3-in-1 Foaming Acne Wash.  I like this wash because it is gentle and it targets my problem areas, keeping them free from the bacteria that cause pimples. Skincare guru, Dan Kern recommends this wash as one of the best of many drugstore cleansers that are out there because it is gentle and effective. If you use soap as a cleanser, I advice that you stop, because soap contains harsh ingredients that strip the face of essential oils and leave you looking flaky. You can buy this face wash at your local drugstore. If you are in Nigeria, you can check Health Plus/Med Plus.


Every other day, I switch to my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash. I use this when I feel like my skin requires some gentle scrubbing that Clean and Clear doesn't provide. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. They do not call this product “visibly clear” for nothing, it really does clear up my skin.  You can buy this wash online HERE or from Health/Med Plus, Casabella or Shoprite. It retails for about 1900 naira. 


Once every two weeks, I use my St Ives Warming Scrub. I believe that a fortnight is enough time for your skin to recover between  deep scrubs as the beads in this product are a bit bigger. I reach for it when I feel like my skin needs a lit more exfoliation than what the Neutrogena gives me. This scrub is like going to a spa for a facial. When you massage it into your face, it warms up and gives your skin a deep clean. I think of it as deep conditioner for my face. It also helps to get rid of any old flaky skin, revealing new, soft skin underneath. I absolutely love how my face feels when I use this product. It is also very pocket friendly, you can buy it HERE or in your Health/Med Plus for between 900-1000 naira. 

PM: At night, I hardly ever wash my face, except I have worn a ton of makeup. I usually use my Boots Botanics Skin Brightening cleanser with a cotton pad, to wipe off any makeup/dirt. I must say that this cleanser really does the job, and wipes my face clean. I especially like it because it is made up from plant extracts, so there are no harsh chemicals in it. It is made up of all the good, natural stuff and you know you can never go wrong with natural. It is also suitable for all skin types. I have not found this product in Nigeria yet, although to be honest I have not looked, but here is an alternative that looks like it will be just as good. The Body Shop do nice skincare stuff as well. 


Sometimes, when I am too tired, e,g I have just gotten home from clubbing, all I do is clean off my makeup with my Olay Essentials Wet Cleansing Wipes. This does a decent job of cleansing the skin, but only when I am too tired. Please never sleep with your makeup on, I term it facial suicide, don’t do it. These wipes retail for about 2000naira in Health/Med Plus or you can buy a similar kind HERE

TONING


The next very important step in my regimen is toning. When you wash/wipe your face with a cleanser, you tend to stretch your skin a little bit with the rubbing action. You also open up your pores when you get rid of the dirt. Using a toner helps to not only rid your skin of any left over makeup/cleanser, but also tightens your pores back to their original size. Think of this as your skin working out. It prevents sagging by keeping your skin taut and rejuvenated. Another thing that toners help to do is restore your skin to its natural PH level, after you have cleansed. So you see how utterly important and unmissable this step is. I use my Boots Botanics Skin Brightening toner, in the morning and at night after I cleanse my face. The best toners are the ones made from natural products like my Boots one. You can buy a similar toner by the Body Shop here or just look out for any toners with natural extracts at your local drugstore. 

TREATMENT


Depending on the nature of my skin at that particular time, I may skip this step. Right now my skin is being troublesome and I had to see my dermatologist. He prescribed two face creams for me which I use day and night. 


AM: In the morning, I use Babe Depigmentation Emulsion with 20spf to treat my skin. I have some dark spots from old acne and this claims to visibly reduce pigmentary spots and even out skin tone. I have only started using this product so I can’t yet give my opinion on it. However, if you’ve got a bit of hyper pigmentation, you can look into asking your dermatologist about it. 

PM: I use Duac Gel at night. This is a water-based gel that has benzoyl peroxide as one of its main ingredients. Benzoyl Peroxide is like the batman of acne world, lol. It works  effectively to kill bacteria which cause acne. I will however advise that you see a dermatologist before using this product to be sure it is suited to your skin. Another really good treatment product that contains benzoyl peroxide in the right proportion is Neutrogena On-the-spot Acne treatment which you can buy here for 1350 naira.

Sometimes, I use Grease Lightening which is a product from Lush. It is a tea tree spot treatment with witch hazel and aloe vera. I apply it on the rare occasion when I get a really big and painful pimple and it helps to soothe and calm it. Unfortunately LUSH products are only available in the UK. 

MOISTURIZING
This is another crucial step in my routine. Think of moisturizer as food for your skin. You won’t ever go a day without eating, right?( well I won't, lol).  So don’t go a day without moisturizing your skin.  I know some people with oily skin are hesitant to moisturize but find an oil free moisturizer that works for you and make it your holy grail. 



AM: I use the Olay Complete Care Daily UV Cream with SPF15. I love this moisturiser so much, I can not even express it. It’s a light, easily-absorbed moisturiser that keeps my skin feeling hydrated the whole day. Seriously my skin drinks this stuff up. Another reason why this moisturizer is awesome is because it contains SPF15 which helps to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays which are the primary cause of premature aging of the skin. The brilliant thing is that it is suitable for all skin types, I love it! I have seen it at Health Plus sold for about 3500 naira, so you should check them out. 

PM: At night, I use my Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer. This is the ultimate bedtime companion for me. It doesn't contain any of the harsh stuff but simple, loving ingredients like vitamins and Glycerin which leave my skin feeling supple all night. It’s also very nice and light in hot climates such as ours.  I found that HealthPlus sells it for 1750naira so you can look in there. 

PROTECTION
So after going through all these steps to take care of your skin, you are going to need some form of protection/shield from the angry rays of the sun. This is where sunscreen comes into play. Think of sunscreen as Captain Planet, the defender/protector of your skin(the universe). I have heard people say “Black people don’t need sunscreen, we have melanin”. That is the wrongest ideology ever. If you do not have sunscreen, drop your phone/iPad/laptop right now and run to your local drugstore. Now! Lol, ok finish this article :-). 

Sunscreen not only protects the products you have used on your skin, but protects your skin from the damaging effects of direct exposure to the sun. This prevents premature skin ageing, rashes, burns and allergies that come from exposure to the sun. I do not go a day without using sunscreen, you shouldn’t. Even if your moisturizer contains SPF, It is not nearly enough protection for your precious skin. I use the Boots Soltan SPF 50 in my morning routine. I don’t think you can get it in Nigeria but I have definitely seen different brands of sunscreen on the shelves of Health/Med Plus. The higher the Sun Protecting Factor (SPF) the better it is for you. Look for one that is also moisturizing as sunscreen tends to leave a whitish film on the face. 

There you have my 5-step skincare routine for both day and night. I am in no way suggesting that my skin is perfect but it has come a long way since I started following this regimen. You do not have to use the products I suggested even if you have my skin type, but you can use them as a guide to finding products that suit your skin type :-). 

I really hope you have enjoyed reading this post and have learnt something despite its length. Please leave any questions, suggestions or comments in the comment box and I will be sure to reply you. 

Peace and Love,
Y. 

P.S I tried to order something off Konga.com but they were out of stock, so I can not say anything about their services. I have just identified that they stock some products I use, hence the links I have put  up in this post if you choose to try them out. 
SHARE:

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Saturday, Funday!

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend, I went for my friend Yetunde's birthday party. I've loved playing dress up since I can remember so when I have somewhere to go to, I get excited :-).

I couldn't seem to decide on what to wear but I knew I wanted to wear my sleeveless blazer. I bought the blazer a while ago from River Island and I have been stumped as to what to wear it with. It is such a simple yet complicated fashion piece. So I went to my favorite place of all time - GOOGLE and looked up fashion ideas. I found out that I wasn't the only one that found it difficult styling the sleeveless blazer, lol. This was what I went for eventually.

Sleeveless blazer: River Island, Vest: Select, Leggings: Select, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Platforms: H & M, Earrings: Aldo, Bracelet: New Look 
 Some more photos before I finally headed out:



Been wearing my hair in a high top bun for weeks now and I love it. Free from the stress of weaves :) 
Makeup: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Chopper) on my eyes and Mac's Impassioned lipstick 


Yetunde rocked two looks, just because she was the birthday girl :-). Early in the day, she wore a bright, multi-coloured day dress and then at night she changed to a dazzling sequined mini. I loved both looks!





A few other photos I managed to take when I wasn't dancing :D





It was a lot of fun! I danced so much it was unreal. Unfortunately, I will not be putting up the picture of me bussing an Azonto..:p

Peace and Love,

Y. 

SHARE:

Monday, 23 July 2012

DIY: Pink Ombre Nails

Hi Guys,

I'm sure the ombre trend is not alien to many people as the whole fashion world is raving about it. Simply put, ombre is a french word that means "shaded". In fashion, it's anything that starts with one dark colour and slowly fades towards a lighter colour.

Everyone and their chihuahua is into ombre hair, ombre clothes, ombre accessories etc. Most recently, I've even been seeing ombre lipstick looks done by some beauty bloggers I follow on Instagram (I am not too sure how i feel about this yet, lol).

Based on this, I discovered that the ombre craze has infiltrated nail art as well. I am a nail enthusiast who is always looking for the next nail art design to try on my nails and I always get them done by myself, at home. So I was chuffed to try this out and decided to share the "how-to" with you guys :-) .


What you need

  • Nail Polish remover
  • Base Coat & Top Coat (I used NYC's Grand Central Station)
  • Base Colour - White Nail Polish (I used a random one called Dierli I got from the supermarket)
  • Two different shades of pink nail polish (I used Rimmel's 60 second in Portobello Pink and Model's own in Blooming Pink)
  • A cube cut off from a washing up sponge/makeup sponge
  • Qtips to clean your edges  
  • Wipe off any old nail polish from your nails
  • Prep your nails by filing and buffing them so that you have a smooth surface to work on.
  • Paint your nails with your base coat

  • Apply two coats of your white nail polish. This acts as a base colour, making you ombre nail art more vibrant. If you don't have white nail polish, you can use any light/nude colour. Don't worry too much about applying it perfectly as it will all be cleaned up around the cuticles at the end :-D. 
  • Wet the sponge and squeeze the water out, leaving it slightly damp. This helps to prevent your nail polish from sinking into the sponge. 
  •  Paint on two/three coats of the pink polishes in horizontal lines across the sponge
Tip: I wrapped the border of my nails with some paper tape to make cleaning up easier as it can get quite messy
** Please ensure your white nail polish is completely dry before proceeding with the next step. I left mine to dry for about half an hour** :)  
  • Dab the sponge quickly across the nail several times. Don't worry about dabbing the exact spot every time as this will only make the gradient look harsh
  • For every nail, re-apply the polish before dabbing on the nail.
  • To make the colour appear more opaque, I went over my nails with the sponge a second time (applying fresh polish for every nail)
  • Apply a top coat to blend your ombre nails even more and to give them a little shine
  • Clean up around your cuticles with a qtip dipped in nail polish remover. This step is the worst part as its really hard to get your cuticles fresh again, always some pesky bits hanging there. Clean up as much as you can
And there you have it!! You are ready to rock your Pink Ombre nails. If pink is not your thing, feel free to try out shades of any other colours you like. I will be trying out purple next. You can also use this technique to achieve a "rainbow effect" on your nails i.e a mix of red, green, yellow, whatever..all depends on how bold and daring you are!

I hope you guys try this out. Feel free to post any questions or comments below. If you like, you can share your pictures with me on Twitter or Instagram (Yewizzy), that will be fun :)

Peace and Love,

Y.


SHARE:

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Grabbing a bite

Hello :-)


My first official post had to be about food, it just had to be.. I need to first pay homage to the gods of food..


I moved back a few months ago and I immediately started to miss the chippy five blocks down the road from my flat. I found myself craving their yummy chicken tikka burger and vinegar infused fries so i decided to hunt down the best place in Lagos for a burger. I've tried Paris Deli and the food was just ok, I wasn't wowed.


So I randomly remembered good ol' Cactus. Cactus has been standing in that same spot on Ozumba for as long as I can remember and I remembered they had decent food so I decided to give it a try when the boy and I decided to grab lunch one afternoon.


This is what I wore:

Denim Shirt: Primark, Culottes: River Island, Shoes: H&M, Bag: DKNY, Sunglasses: Ray Bans


I ordered their Royal Burger (not sure if thats what it's called as this was about a month back). But it was a regular beef burger with cheese. This was served with fries and a side of coleslaw (pictured below).


I was very impressed with the quality of this burger. The bun was nice and fresh, the burger meat was soft and tasty, seasoned to perfection. The fries were also nice and crisp and the coleslaw was just yummy. I enjoyed my meal thoroughly and it was up to standard.


For dessert, I ordered the Hawaiian. Can I just say that it was BEYOND AMAZING.. OMG..Im dying just thinking of it now. It was a mix of waffle bits, ice cream, whipped cream, fruit and chocolate wafers. Can dessert get any better? It was divine.


I had a great day and I will recommend Cactus over and over again. The burgers cost about 3500 naira and the dessert was about 1800 naira. Pretty decent for such high quality food i'll say!

Peace and Love,

Y. 



SHARE:

Is anyone there? :-)

I have been battling with myself for a while now as I'm sure every Generation Z person has done.."Should I start a blog? Should I not? But everyone and their mama has a blog? But I want a blog?". I tried my hands on blogging about this time last year when I was doing a 10-day body cleanse and it was so much fun, so i decided to do it again. You know what they say about YOLO and what not..

I am a lover of life and life at its fullest. This blog will be me sharing the things im obsessed with, primarily beauty products (makeup and skincare), fashion and food. I will share some other of my life experiences here as well :-)

So that's it for now.. I hope that I can keep the blog content fun and fresh and I hope you will keep coming back.

Peace and Love,

Y. 
SHARE:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
© She loves the finer things | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig