Up & Out of the home in 30 mins- my daily beauty routine

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Anyone who knows me and follows this blog knows I’m the diy chic. I love and use a lot of natural products. I’m not out to knock the beautician’s hustle; but I believe  there’s a lot of natural ingredients we can use in its closest to natural form as possible befire its refined by the cosmetics company and a minute quantity of it sold to us at an exorbitant price with lots of skin-harming preservatives. 

Because I love diy, I tend to have a lot of stuff to experiment with. Space is one constraint I struggle with in my closet and later in the post, I will introduce Makespace a storage and organising facility which I hope can help me with this, but first lets go through my beauty routine.

I reviewed my face soap- R&R Liquid black soap here. And my go to body oil- Vanity oils Skin Toning therapy  here.

In today’s post, I’m going to take us through my daily beauty routine and the products I use.

In the morning, I wash with my face using a soft baby towel (I’m holding out for a foreo Luna mini face brush- do I have any volunteers?).


I follow that with my tumeric-gram flour-bentonite clay mixture face mask.

I bought them all separately from Jules therapy. You should visit their online shop, they have a lot of good stuff for the diy chic.

I make a paste of the tumeric mixture by mixing with water or lime juice for an added punch, or coconut oil when my skin feels dry; and I apply directly to clean skin.

Rinse off after 5-15 minutes and you’re good to go. Tumeric is a herb that’s good for acne treatment, oil control, etc. I should do a separate post on tumeric and it’s numerous uses soon.

I brush my teeth, pack my bag and do some other things while the mask is on my face.

I don’t use the tumeric face mask on all mornings, on the days I don’t; I cleanse with Dermatess facial cleanser. It’s a local product I’ve found to be as effective as Marykay Blemish control toner.

Depending on what time of the month it is; I either follow with neo-medrol acne lotion (or Marykay Acne treatment gel) or I skip that step and go right to my moisturiser.

My morning moisturiser is Marykay timewise pore minimises. It’s the step 2 in the micro demabrasion set.

Next up, I follow with Marykay foundation primer- spf 15 and the rest of my makeup routine (that’s a post for another day).

Next up; I need to dress up. I approach my closet which is full and bursting at the seams, with me having to store some clothes in bags above the closet.

It is very scattered.

A few weeks ago, I learned about a company called makespace they are a self-storage facility. That help you keep your personal stuff which you don’t need atm and you can retrieve them as needed.

I’m not sure they are in Nigeria atm, but I could sure use them. Please MakeSpace get back to me on if you’re in  Nigeria presently; I could sure to with some space.

So, I rumage through my closet for something to wear (‘coz of the space constraints I have clothes hanging in themselves with one hanger holding as many as 3 clothes). I get dressed, pick a matching shoe and I’m off to work.

Evening

Tired, ready to fall into bed, but I always ensure I take off my makeup before bed.

I use Johnson’s no more tears baby wipes to take off makeup. Then I follow with facial cleanser and Marykay Micro- demabrasion scrub twice a week. I cleanse, moisturize with vanity oils skin toning therapy and it’s off to bed for a sound sleep.

I couldn’t show my show and bag closer on here cos it’s FULL, bursting and impossible to organise. Lol! Short of extending beyond my room I see no other option to create space except storage- which is where Makespace will come in.  Makespace is not just about storage, they also organise your stuff in your home. Get in touch with them today and check out their self storage locations.

Also, share your daily beauty routine with us. We would love to hear from you.

XOXO

Chinma Eke

Before Getting Pro Makeup; Read these tips

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Hello dears, how have you all been?

This week’s post on #beautyfriday is both a post and a rant. Lol.

So, my friend got married recently, and I gave in to pressure and allowed my face to be beat professionally. Here are a few things I observed and  few tips I have to give;

1. If you are the bride (or the celebrant); have a makeup trial prior to your big day so you agree a look with the mua and ensure he/she sticks to it. 

Agree brands and products, read product labels, ensure you are comfortable with what will be used on your face.

2. Never let the MUA touch your face with dirty hands or dirty instruments.

This might sound like a given, but you will be amazed how a lot of things slip through the cracks in the rush against time. Ensure all hands, brushes and applicators are clean and if something accidentally drops in the floor; please ensure it’s cleaned before it comes in contact with your face (And the hand that picks it as well). 

3. Work with a makeup artist who respects time; not one who will spend all day making you up and leaving you rushing to catch-up. 

4. Now this is for the mua: dear Mua, unless it’s a makeover don’t change the client’s look. You are meant to accent and highlight not change. Don’t have your client looking so different from herself such that she is unrecognizable. Lol! 

what

This is one of the looks for the day

People said I looked years older! 

Me on a regular day

You be the judge. 

And who says I have to have pro-makeup? Why can’t I just #diy?

New Blog, and New Post

So, I opened a blogspot blog sometime ago, and yesterday, I decided to post an article on it.

Have no fears, I’m not about to abandon you my readers, just expanding my horizons.

Here’s a link to the new blog: http://chinmaeke.blogspot.com.ng

And the first article: Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain-  http://chinmaeke.blogspot.com.ng/2015/12/5-tips-for-avoiding-holiday-weight-gain.html

Hugs and Kisses, Happy Holidays!

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15 Unbelievable Beauty Hacks Using Only Household Items

You don’t always need a fancy product to fix your hair or nails. Some of the best solutions are already in your home.

1. Use coconut oil to create a conditioning hair mask before you wash it or to soften the look of split ends when it’s dry.

Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and proteins, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated. A little goes a long way, so whether you’re using coconut oil as a hair mask or to keep your ends healthy and split end-free, use it sparingly. If you use the oil as a mask, a good deep cleansing shampoo with an astringent like tea tree will help clear away any excess coconut oil, so your hair doesn’t feel filmy afterward. Try Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo.

2. If you get a surface burn on your skin from your curling iron, use plain yogurt to cool and soothe your skin.

Immediately after you’ve burned yourself, pat some plain yogurt over the scorched spot and leave it on for 10 minutes. Since yogurt contains a lot of probiotics, it will help restore the skin’s natural barrier.

3. Use apple cider vinegar as toner.

Since apple cider vinegar is a purifying agent and acts as an astringent, you can use it as a toner for your skin and, if you’re prone to breakouts, along your T-zone to prevent blemishes.

4. Wash your face with olive oil.

Like attracts like, so the olive oil you wash your face with will act as a magnet to the oil that’s on your skin and in your pores, drawing it out, and leaving you with a gorgeous glow and super clean skin.

5. Use cold green tea bags to decrease puffiness under your eyes.

The quickest way to de-puffing and tightening your under-eye skin is to apply a cold, caffeine-based product, like two cold green-tea bags, under your eyes for five or six minutes.

6. Use transparent tape as a guideline for the tail of your cat-eye.

If you don’t have a steady hand and wish they made stencils for cat-eyes, consider today your lucky day. Using a two-inch piece of transparent tape, such as Scotch tape, create a straight-as-an-arrow cat-eye by placing tape in line with the end of your brow. Then trace your upper lash line along the tape for perfect application.

7. If you have any fallout from applying glitter shadow, pick it up easily with transparent tape.

If you’ve ever applied glitter to your eyes, you know it’s a pain in the butt to fully remove any fallout from your face. To the rescue: transparent tape! This type of tape isn’t sticky enough to pull your skin, but it’s just sticky enough to lift glitter off your cheekbones.

8. Draw a warm bath and sprinkle in one or two cups of oatmeal to calm dry, itchy skin.

If your skin is really dry or if you get a sunburn and want to soothe the redness, take an oatmeal bath. Oats not only contain fats that act as lubricants, which moisturize dry skin, they are made up of complex sugars (polysaccharides), which leave a gelatinous film in bath water and on your skin, helping to deal with dryness and itchiness.

9. Lather your legs in conditioner if you run out of shaving cream.

The purpose of shaving cream is to give you a hydrating cushion between the razor and your skin. So if you ever run out of shaving cream and are in a pinch (or just want to save a few bucks), use your hair conditioner to lather up your legs pre-shave.

10. Make your own body scrub with body wash and raw brown sugar.

Brown sugar isn’t just good for baking. You can also use it as a body exfoliator. Just take your favorite body wash and pour some brown sugar into the bottle, and then scrub away. If it’s too harsh of an abrasive for you (you’ll be able to tell if it’s making your skin itch slightly), mix in some honey or coconut oil.

11. Tame flyaways with hand lotion.

We all have to deal with flyaways at one time or another, but an easy way to tame them is by putting a pea-size amount of hand lotion on your fingertips and gently raking them over your hair, brushing any unruly strands into place.

12. Moisturize with coconut oil.

An easy and organic way to hydrate your skin is by using coconut oil. Thanks to the fatty acids it contains, your skin will feel instantly smoother after you slather it on!

13. Apply Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying on your perfume to make the scent last longer.

Since the ointment is occlusive, it will hold the fragrance on your skin longer than if you were to spray the perfume just onto your skin.

14. Use whitening toothpaste to lift any yellow stains off your nails.

Use that clean, extra toothbrush you have stashed away and a whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide to help remove the stains from too-dark nail polish from your nails.

15. After you’re done flatironing your hair, use the iron to knock any wrinkles out of your clothing.

If you don’t feel like plugging in your regular iron to straighten out a collar, sleeve, or hemline, use your flat iron. It will give you the same results! Just be careful, as you normally would with an iron, not to use it on certain fabrics that need to be steamed or dry-cleaned, like wool or silk, since irons can scorch them. And avoid using the flat iron on synthetics because they may melt. Stick to cotton fabrics and turn your flat iron on the lowest setting to be safe. Because the last thing you want to do is quickly iron your clothing with a flat iron and start a fire.

*Source: Cosmopolitan.com

5 Smudge-Proof Lipstick Tricks

There are a few things that give us the chills when it comes to makeup. Panda eyes are a girls’ worst friend, inverted ‘Nike eyebrows’ always make us squeak and of course, the classic smudged lipstick.

When lipstick goes beyond the lip and starts to make your makeup look less than stellar, it is never a good look. So how do you get rid of this makeup hazard? Simply follow our simple 5 step guide and you will be a-okay fabulous.

1. Prepare your lips
Most of us think this is just something we say to make you think makeup is more than it is. But in reality it is very important. Applying makeup when your lips are dry and chapped is never going to give you that awesome lip that you envisioned when you bought that RiRi Woo. So, instead of just applying and hoping it turns out great; you can bring out the best in it.

Simply use a toothbrush to brush over your lips to get rid of the excess skin on the lips and try a sugar scrub once a week to keep your skin nice and soft.

Tip: Instead of adding “Brush lip with toothbrush” to your to-do list, simply add it to your routine while brushing. This way your lips stay as fresh as your breath.

2. Keep your lips moisturized
We cannot stress how important this is. You cannot in any way have smudge-proof lipstick if you don’t adhere to this rule. Try using a lip balm on days you don’t have colour on. We recommend the EOS Lip balm {It tastes weird, but you will love the results}. This way you are giving your lips a lot of love and attention everyday. And when it is time for the lipstick application, simply blot off the excess lip balm or apply loose powder to your lips so the lipstick has something to grip/ hold on to.

3. Always use the Index Finger trick
This is a very handy trick if you always end up with lipstick stains on your teeth. And it’s very simple. After you have applied your lipstick, take your index finger (or any finger really) and put it in your mouth then wrap your lips around it. Then pull the finger out. Voila! It takes away all the excess lipstick that could stain your teeth later.

4. Blot, blot, blot
This is especially handy when you’ve gotten on the wrong side of the sun, especially with really glossy lipsticks. Simply apply one coat and then place a blotting paper over the coat and apply some loose powder over it. Be sure to use an invisible powder so your lipstick does not look dirty in the process. After this, you can choose to apply another coat for intensity, but remember to blot after wards.

5. Use a lip pencil or concealer
This is a special trick that you definitely need. Now, most gals would rather not use a lip pencil, so we have got the next best thing. Instead of using a lip pencil you can use a concealer and lip brush. Simply apply the lipstick as you wish, then take a little concealer and using the lip brush, trace the corners of your lip. This works the same way as using concealer for your eyebrows. It is meant to clean the edges and helps keep your lipstick from running onto your face.

There you have it. 5 awesomely fab steps that can hep you say goodbye to smudged lipstick permanently. Have some tips I didn’t share? Come on and share them with us.

Common Makeup Mistakes

Here are some of the most common mistakes ladies make;

Sleeping with Your Makeup On

This might be the worst mistake you can make with your face. No matter how late it is or how tired you are, always take the time to remove your makeup before you go to bed. Besides the fact that you’ll wake up with panda eyes, it’s really bad for your skin.

Makeup clogs your pores, which prevents them from doing their job — releasing sebum, which lets out dead skin cells and other irritants. When sebum isn’t released, it builds up and results in acne. Leaving your eye makeup on can be even worse. It can cause irritation, an allergic reaction, or even an infection. Not really worth it to save those couple minutes, is it? Always clean the makeup from your face with a gentle facial cleanser.

Wearing Foundation that isn’t Your Shade

Unless its for highlighting and contouring, and its blended properly, wearing foundation that’s a shade lighter or darker than your skin-tone is a no-no. It’s obvious, looks like you’re wearing a mask, and makes every other color cosmetics on your face look odd.

Eyebrows Arched Wrong

I’m an eyebrow person, and horrible eyebrows get to me. I see all kinds of terrible brows, from ladies who shave all off and ‘draw’ with pencil, to ladies who arch thinly, I see them all.
It’s always better to have your eyebrows professionally arched, then you can do the routine maintenance. Eyebrows frame the face, fill with pencil and powder for a natural look.

Over-application of Blush

Too much of anything is overwhelming. This includes your blush. If you want the flushed look, smile and apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you want a more structured look, follow your cheekbones and then blend the blush upward to avoid creating stripes. The thing with blush is that you can always add more. But if you’ve been a little overzealous in the application, try adding a little loose powder over the cheek to tone it down. Or gently wipe it away with a tissue. If it’s a cream blush, try gently removing the excess with a clean makeup sponge.

Wearing Lip Liner That’s Too Dark

There’s nothing wrong with wearing lip liner. It has two functions: to keep the lipstick from feathering or bleeding, and to make your lips look bigger. However, many women make the mistake of wearing a lip liner that’s much darker than their shade of lipstick. This was briefly a trend in the 1990s, but we mean briefly.

Also, sporting a dark outline of lip liner in contrast to a lighter lipstick will give you an odd ring-around-the-mouth appearance, which is simply not an attractive look. Use a lip liner that matches or closely complements your lipstick, or try a clear lip liner. For older women, a clear lip liner is best, because it won’t noticeably settle into lines around the mouth as the day goes on.

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Lipstick Tone Tips: Are You Pretty in Pink?

Nicki Minaj has brought a lot attention to pink lipstick. She even had her own MAC limited edition lipstick back in 2010 called Pink Friday which coincided with the release of her album of the same name. Then in February 2012 MAC Cosmetics released yet another Nicki Minaj-inspired lipstick to its VIVA Glam limited edition collection called VIVA Glam Nicki, described as a bright yellow pink satin lipstick.

Not everyone can pull off neon pink or the cotton-candy shade of Pink Friday, in everyday life. The average woman is not usually wearing the over-the-top hair, eye makeup and fashions that Minaj can get away with as a recording artist, but women of color can wear pink lipstick when it complements their skin tone.

Most of us can take a cue from our natural lip color to determine what pink lipsticks will work with our skin tone. Warm skin tones work well with rich pinks, like fuchsia, cool skin tones might be overpowered by too bright colors.

You’ve probably seen very pale and light-skinned women in bright lip colors, but more than likely they have warm skin tones or yellow undertones.

Tips to pick the right pink lipstick for your skin tone

Fair/pale complexions: Some women of color can still have very pale skin and should avoid colors that are too bright and loud. Opt for sheer hues, beige-pinks, mauve, light and nude pinks, pale rose.

Light complexions: If you have a light skin tone you can wear pink lipsticks that range from pale to deep. Try pink shades with hints of violet, bluish-red shades like magenta, or peachy pinks.

Medium complexions: Those with medium skin tones can wear almost any shade of pink – deep pinks, magenta, mauve, pinkish-berries, caramel and brownish pinks, wine-pinks.

Olive complexions: Some advise those with olive skin to avoid pinkish-reds if you have yellow undertones. Try darker pinks with shades of purple.

Dark complexions: The darker the skin, the more pigment you can have in lip color, but avoid light pale pinks or you could look like you just dipped your lips into a powdered donut. Use darker pinks and pinks with shades of purple.

Finding the Right Shade for You

Many shades can look like they will work on your skin tone but don’t, or vice versa, so experiment with inexpensive drug store brands to find the right pink shade. Some companies have mini- or trial-size lipsticks that you can try. If a color is too light or dark, you don’t need to toss it. For a too dark shade, try going over it with a brighter pink gloss or if a shade is too light, use a dark, bright gloss on top.

Also when wearing pink lipstick, make sure that your lipstick and blush don’t clash. For example, pink lipstick teamed with a too much bronzer, or simply going a bit too heavy with blush will look overdone. For a more subtle, even look, use a matching blush or smooth a little of the lip color on the apple of your cheeks and blend well. If you opt to wear a bright pink, make your lips the focal point of your look.

Next week: Orange is the new black.

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Top Ten Acne Mistakes

You could be making your acne problem worse if you are…

1. Using the Wrong Products…
Find the right products and ingredients for your skin type and skin care concerns or issues. Also make sure to always discuss any issues with your dermatologist. He or she can provide expert guidance and recommendations on an ongoing maintenance routine.

2. Using Harsh & Irritating Products…
Using harsh skin-damaging products can be a big acne mistake for skin of color. Using anything that can further irritate the skin could make acne worse, such as harsh cleansers and scrubs. It’s always important to remember to consult a dermatologist for any skin issues or product irritations you’re experiencing.

3. Over-cleansing…
It’s important to keep the skin clean.
Proper cleansing will remove excess oil and dead skin cells, which can lead to breakouts, but too much washing is irritating. Use a gentle cleanser and cleanse the face only two times a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. When washing your face, make sure that you don’t forget to cleanse the hairline (especially if you use oily hair products) and under the jaw.

4. Over-Exfoliating…
Often times, people can over scrub their skin, which can be irritating and make acne worse. In addition to vigorously scrubbing the skin in an effort to get it clean and to clear clogged pores, over-exfoliating and using abrasive scrubs is torture for the skin. All this harsh over-working of the skin can actually dry and irritate the skin and lead to more breakouts.

5. Avoiding moisturisers…
As mentioned in #3, over-drying of the skin can be irritating. Having skin that is too dry can actually lead to oiliness. The skin will naturally try to correct itself by producing more oil, often leading to more breakouts. In addition, many acne medications have ingredients that dry out the skin.

6. Not eating and drinking right…
A well balanced diet also serves to balance out your skin. A diet high in sugar (carbs, soda, etc) and alcohol will do your skin no good. Rather drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables daily.

7. Picking and squeezing pimples…
Picking and squeezing pimples is always tempting, but never a good idea and should be avoided. Why? Picking or squeezing acne bumps can actually lead to more damage. There is an increased risk of scarring and any bacteria on your hands or under the nails can be transferred to the face increasing the risk of infection.” It’s best to keep your hands off your face, period, unless you are doing your skin care routine, of course.

8. Piling on concealer and foundation…
You might be tempted to pile on the makeup to hide pimples and scars, but it’s better to avoid wearing makeup during a breakout. If you do wear makeup, choose a water-based, non-comedogenic formula and be sure to thoroughly wash makeup off at night.

9. Not consulting a dermatologist…
While you might be able to take care of minor blemishes with OTC products, remember that acne can increase the chance of hyperpigmentation and scars in skin of color. If your breakouts are severe, the products are not working, or you’ve noticed that acne is beginning to leave dark spots or scars on your skin, consult a dermatologist.

10. Not sticking with your to acne treatment/skin care routine…
It can be difficult to keep up with your skin care regimen, especially after a long day at work or school, but one of the most essential steps when treating acne is to stay consistent with cleansing your skin and applying moisturisers and any acne treatments. Remember, falling off the wagon one day can undo all the progress you have made.

There you have them; out top ten Acne tips, do you have any other tips, please do share with us.

How To Rock Head Scarfs.

Be it a bad hair day or you just want to wear your natural hair there are a number of ways to wear a head scarf. Even if you have long, short or curly hair, the styling possibilities of head scarves are limitless.

A head scarf can help bring an instant pop of colour to the hair and adds elegance that people will surely notice. There are a range of fabulous ways you can rock your head scarf with so many different styles and patterns available.

*Article and Photos credit: Genevieve magazine