30 Oct 2013

Bright Pink Ombre Lips FOTD for Breast Cancer Month

Right under my nose the month of October, universally known as Breast Cancer Awareness (or the month of the Pink ribbon) is almost over and I am yet to publish a post about it. Shame on me.

I did this look over 2 weeks ago but between editing the pictures, uploading and then handling several online campaigns at work, I have been unable to type out the post. Had to quickly rush over and get that done before October ends.

For this look, I wanted the lips to be the focus. I didn't know they would end up so bright but when I was done and saw them, I fell in love with them and wouldn't have toned the colour down for the world. I love the fact that it is different unlike most October themed looks which have more subtle pinks in them.

23 Oct 2013

Sleek Studio Skincare Range Review

Skincare is something I unconsciously take for granted a lot of the time. Don't get me wrong, I love cosmetic products and use them a lot, my taking it for granted means I am constantly at the whim of a new or different product. Month one - this, month 2 - that, month 3 - the other.

Nwayz, all this has come to an end (hoping I don't get tired and go back to good ole Pears or something off like that) with the gratis skincare range I received from Sleek Studio.
For the amount of research and work that went into the production of this range, let us just say that in order not to embarrass myself, I keeled over in my head when I knew how much each product/the entire range cost.
Lightening range, Exfoliating range, A Stroke of Lightening and a Dab of Lightening

19 Oct 2013

Orange is the New Black! How To Wear the Warm & Bright Colour on your Lips

So it seems that “Orange is the New Black” (A Netflix series) predicted the outcome of the new trend of the colour orange actually replacing black at New York Fashion Week. And it came true! Who would have thought that such a warm & vibrant colour can replace the somber authority and class of black.

With black being an all round favourite, we begged to differ when in December 2011 Tangerine Tango (a variant of the Orange colour) was named the Colour of the Year for 2012. As beauty fanatics, it would’ve been expected that we would welcome this colour that screams vitality, urgency, strength and an overwhelming hint of encouragement with open arms. But “oh no we didn’t”.

2012 came round and a bit of spice and zest was needed. The universe knew that and gave us this variant of the orange colour which came with vibrance and brightness and spiced 2012 up with loads of good cheer. It helped us overcome our slump, became a fad and is now an enduring trend.

Nothing makes us happier than trying colours on our skin and the best part is orange is beautiful against our dark skin.

How can you rock orange? Well, the best way to rock this look is to pair an orange lip colour with gorgeous, illumine-scent skin. Hey, matte skin is out and glowy, dewy skin is in so that absolutely works for us.

Like everything, steps are needed to  get the vibrant pulsing colour to work for us. Here are the steps and my favourite products to get the look:
  1. To get beautiful dewy skin, use the new Fashion Fair True Finish Mineral Foundation which is infused with colour adjusting technology thus ensuring a perfect skin match.
  2. Fashion Fair creamy concealer trio should then be patted on the under-eye area to conceal darkness and make it brighter. This concealer is perfect because the different shades can be customized to suit individual complexions.
  3. Then, sweep Bobbi Brown matte bronzer on relative areas to contour the face.
  4. Skip the powder; instead load up on Bobbi Brown shimmer brick applied to strategic points on the face like the forehead, temples of the cheeks etc.
  5. For the lips, the beautiful orange pout can be achieved with a variety of products. You can never go wrong with the Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour of the year crème lipstick. With it’s creamy even texture, it is perfect for a Tangerine Pout. For a more subdued orange pout, theKhuraira Diva lipstick is perfect.
Watch International celebrity makeup artist – Lisa Eldridge show us how to work the orange lip on African skin.

Cheers,

12 Oct 2013

Make-Up Tips ’n’ Tricks: How To Highlight Your Face

The art of highlighting is a very delicate process. It involves bringing forward some parts of the face thereby creating planes and contours.  Too much grammar, why don’t I just show you what highlighting alone can do for the face.  
It gives the face a three dimensional feel and glow thus making it fuller and definitely more attractive.  Ways to highlight, where to highlight and what to highlight with???  Here goes:

Ways To Highlight – there are different ways you can highlight the face. You can apply it directly to the skin before makeup is done, mixed with moisturizer or even foundation and even after makeup application. 
  
Where To Highlight – the easiest way to know where to highlight is to stand outside on a bright day, face the direction of the sun and check where the light hits. You will notice that these are the specific areas middle of the forehead, eyebrow bone, bridge of the nose, upper cheek bones, cupid’s bow of the lips and jaw. 
What To Highlight With – you can use either crème, liquid or powder products. I personally use powder products because I highlight when I am done but cream or liquid products are usually the best as they are absorbed into the skin and so do not look unnatural. Powder products however need to be blended very well but still, in some cases, sit on the skin and still look a bit unnatural especially when the shimmer granules are large.  

Be sure to try highlighting your face sometime and see the difference that will make.  

*Extra tip – a simple trick to open up the eyes is to apply a highlighting product in the inner tear duct area of the eye. A white shimmer product will also do though. 

9 Oct 2013

Barbara, the fashion blogger: Rocking Cobalt

Favourite piece in this outfit - the Liz Clairborne purse

Photography by Ayo Ishola
Styling by Barbara

8 Oct 2013

Face of the Day: Black Smoke & Green with Asta

OMG, I still have this post in my drafts, lol (shame on me really and truly).
This is the look I had on for the Apples & Oranges Natural Hair event.
This event was right after my Hegai & Esther Asta Gel Liner week so I was still in the mood to use the same products I had used during the week.

I had wanted to do a really dark, goth, black smokey eye using Onyx but I couldn't because of work. I decided to do an upper smokey eye look with it for the event though.

5 Oct 2013

Make-Up Tips ’n' Tricks: Banishing Dark circles Around The Eyes

Am I the only one who has dark circles around the eyes? I guess not because whenever I see bad makeup, I see quite a reasonable amount of racoon eyes peeping out.You really don’t need to have a full-on face of makeup to get rid of dark circle. All you need is your ring finger and a creamy concealer either in your exact skin shade or one shade lighter.
Using your ring or pinky finger, apply light dots of the concealer on your under-eye area and blend. Depending on the exact coverage you want, you can leave it at that and or apply a little more concealer remembering to blend out the edges properly.

Some people get the concealer part right which is great but then they end up with cracked concealer eyes which is worse than racoon eyes. This can be forestalled and banished entirely by applying a generous amount of loose powder directly onto the concealed area, leave to settle for a bit and then brush off the excess. This ensures no cracks and no greasiness in that area. Trust me, it works.
You didn’t ask but I will still say, I prefer using a concealer shade lighter than the exact skin shade because of the highlighting effect it has on the face after application.
Highlighting???
We shall discuss that in the next post.

4 Oct 2013

Face of the Day: Sleek Sparkle Pink + Pictorial

Hello lovelies,
I am trying to incorporate something new into my FOTD posts, I look forward to your comments on whether it works or not.

For this look, I wanted to use the Sleek iDivine Sparkle palette. All the shadows in it are sparkly and I wanted to give it a go. I must say thought that I am not adept at using part sparkly eyeshadows because all teh sparkle ended up on my cheeks leaving my eyes looking matte, lol.
used the Nokia Lumia 920 for this picture. Love the way my bun looks. Loaded it up with activator gel before taking the pic.

3 Oct 2013

My Hair: Bantu Twistouts

Hello lovelies,
this is just a quick hair post.
Remember the first time I tried Bantu Twistouts? if you don't, check this post.
it wasn't a disaster, but at the same time, it wasn't what I had hoped for.

My hair was still damp from the night before in this post but I had to take them down because of work so they weren't perfect.
I re-did the bantu knot twists the second night, on dry hair this time.
This is what they looked like when I took them down in the morning
AN AVALANCHE OF CURLS, 
and I fell completely in love with bantu twist-outs from this day on.

Do you have kinky, curly natural hair too? What is your favourite style to have them in?

2 Oct 2013

Barbara, the fashion blogger: Caftan Saturday

Favourite piece in this outfit - the Glitter Bug long chain

Photography by Ayo Ishola
Styling by Barbara