6 MONTH HAIR GROWTH CHALLENGE!

Happy March Everyone!

So it kind of just hit me that I'm 3 months away from my 3 year natural anniversary which is just CRAZY to me! I honestly can't believe that time has flown so quickly. Having said that, I wish I was more happy with my growth progress. I thought that at this stage I'd have a lot more length, specifically at least bra strap length. And I'm definitely no where near that goal. If'm I'm being honest, my hair is the exact same length as it was at my 2 year anniversary - 8 inches at the longest point! And I'm mad! I should have at least twice that. But, if I'm honest with myself, I I havent been taking care of my hair. Over the past year I've completely lost any sort of routine. I've noticed my hair's drier and my ends are shot. So even though I'm positive my hair's growing in actual fact, I'm not retaining length.

So I'm going on a 6 month hair growth challenge to get my regimen back on track and improve the health of my hair. Yes, I know it's not good to obsess about length but hey I'm aspiring to grow my hair. That was one of the reasons why I went natural in he first place. I want to have a huge head of healthy, long hair and I don't see why it's so taboo to admit that in the natural hair community.

So here's what I've decided to do for my hair over the next 6 months:.
  • Weekly overnight hot oil treatments before wash day
  • Weekly washes with a sulphate-free shampoo and a diluted sulphate shampoo once a month
  • Weekly deep conditioning and steam
  • Co-washing every Wednesday 
  • Moisturise and seal every night before bed
  • Scalp massages twice a week
  • Inversion method daily for one week out of each month
  • Keep hair in protective styles and protect ends during the week
  • No heat!
In addition to all this, I'm going to maintain a healthy lifestyle, specifically I'll be continuing to drink at least 2 litres of water a week, exercising regularly and eating healthy.

It's a lot to do, and it's not going to be easy but I guess that's why they call it a challenge! I'll be updating you guys on my progress, every last Sunday of the month for the next 6 months. So you can stay tuned or better yet, join in! Here are my Day 1 progress shots:

What do you think about growth challenges? Will you be joining in?

NAKED 3 PALETTE MAKEUP LOOK

Hi Guys,

So you all know I'm trying to improve my 'face beating' skills and that requires practice! So I put this look together with my Naked 3 palette for a Social Media Week event at the Social Place Lagos last night. I did it all myself -no tutorial! It's far from perfect (no close-up pictures just yet!) but I'm really proud of the way it turned out:)
With Flash
No Flash
Eyeshadow- Naked 3 Palette Dust (tear ducts), Burnout (all over lid), Darskide (outer corners and to blend)
Eyeliner - Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel (winged eye), MAC Eyepencil in Engraved (waterline)
Cheeks - Zaron Hyper Blush in Rose Charm mixed with MAC Powder Blush in Raizin
Face - NARS Sheerglow Foundation in Macao, Ben Bye Powder Banana
Contour -  Sleek Face Form 
Lips - Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 112


My dress is from Mango (ages ago), shoes are Forever 21 and my bag is from Louis Vuitton. 

PS:I'm obsessed with my red hair people. I think it'll be here for a while lol

So what do you think about the look? Beat or nah? ;-)



WHAT I ATE TUESDAY (NO 1)

Hi Guys,

So I've been getting a lot of questions and emails on what I eat recently so I thought it'd be fun to start a food diary on here and show you what I eat one day out of the week. I also love this idea because it means they'll be a food post every week and we all know how much I love cooking and food. So here we go, let me know what you think about the series:)

Breakfast
Sencha Green Tea and a bowl of Cinnamon Honey Bunches cereal with soy milk

I love starting off my morning with a cup of green tea. I got this tea from my trip to Japan so its super authentic. I don't have a tea strainer (please let me know where/if I can get one here) so that's why the leaves and stalks float around at the top but I just scoop it out and it's fine. 
Lunch
Santa Fe Salad from Chocolate Royale, N3,100

 I'm really trying to get more excited about salads and I find that not making them myself helps lol. It might not look like much but this salads was really good. It's got grilled chicken, avocado, black beans, sweet corn and cheddar cheese on iceberg lettuce. But the best part was the sweet lemon dressing. OMG! It was so good.
Dinner
Mixed Quinoa, Chicken Stew and Vegetables

I got the quinoa from Gravitas Supermarket on Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase One for N1,850! Steal! This was my first time trying this kind of quinoa and the different textures of the white, red and black quinoa takes some getting used to, but overall I think quinoa is a great substitute for rice. It's high in protein and really filling, plus this is the cheapest quinoa I've found in Nigeria, will definitely be stocking up.



What did you eat today?

THE REAL DEAL ABOUT BIKINI WAXES

So when I was 19 my friend (who I’ve mentioned a million times on this blog and I am still great friends with) convinced me that we could perform our first bikini waxes on ourselves. We invested in some microwaveable kit and let’s just say, we both ended up with burnt skin, blood and bald patches! Fast forward about seven years, I’ve learned a few things about getting waxed and I'd like to share it because there is a lot of false information floating around the internet.

Painkillers?
When I was getting ready for first professional wax I read online somewhere that taking a painkiller half an hour before your wax appointment helps with the pain. Lies! I’d say you’re better off taking a shot of tequila to calm you down. Because the thing that gets me is not so much the pain but the anticipation of the pain. I mean, don’t me wrong it’s going to hurt like a b***h! But you can take it! I am a big baby as far as pain is concerned but I find the pain from getting a wax pretty bearable. So just breathe and try to stay relaxed.

Therapists judge you!
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but anyone that's spent any time in a beauty salon knows that all therapists do in their down time is gossip about their customers. So make yourself and your therapist comfortable. Show up clean! Some therapists have told me they’ve had ladies come in to get waxed on their periods! Come on now, that’s just terrible. If your hair’s exceptionally long, try to trim it before you get there. If you're worried about anything, discuss it with them, be open. And leave a tip - it’s the least you can do because it can't be a fun job right? 

Waxing will make your hair grow back thinner or slower
Now I've never experienced these great and wonderful things. I know some people do but most of the girls I’ve spoken to have told me it takes years for them to experience this. That’s years of consistent waxes.. Yelp:(

You’ll feel different after your wax
This I agree on! When you get a wax, you’re going to feel different down there. A little chilly and drafty, if you know what I mean. But seriously, the first thing that surprised me was right after you get waxed, peeing gets a little messy. TMI? OK that’s all I’m going to say lol.

Use a professional therapist
I’ve gotten waxed in a lot of different places and to me the therapist and where you go has the biggest impact on your experience. Personally I'd recommend Barazahi. The therapists there are warm, friendly and super professional, and the treatment rooms are clean and comfortable. They charge N3,000 for bikini waxes and N5,000 for Brazilians which I think is very reasonable. Barazahi is located at 16 Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase One. And you can reach them on +1 234 280 6836 to make an appointment. 


Where do you guys get waxed? And do you have any tips?

MY MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION: THE NUDES

Hi Everyone,

If you've been a long time follower of my blog, you'll know that lipsticks are my weak spot. You can never have enough as far as I'm concerned. I was inspired to put together a series on my MAC lipsticks by Sian Shutterbug, so here is the first series of my nudes for you - enjoy!
(L-R) Film Noir, Taupe, Creme in Your Coffee, Twig, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy
(L-R with flash) Film Noir, Taupe, Creme in Your Coffee, Twig, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy 
(L-R without flash) Film Noir, Taupe, Creme in Your Coffee, Twig, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy
Film Noir
Taupe
Creme in your Coffee
Twig
Kinda Sexy
Velvet Teddy
What are your favourite MAC nude lipsticks?


I'M A REDHEAD!!!




Hi Loves!

I hope you all had great Valentine's Days and if you didn't at least all the chocolate and roses should be discounted now so you can get yourself a few half-price treats (no shame right? Lol) Well in the spirit of the holidays I decided to do something very out there (for me) and dye my hair (and by my hair I mean my wig) BRIGHT red! I've always wanted to dye my hair an outrageous colour and especially now that I work in media and can technically "get away" with such things I decided to just go for it.

This isn't really a tutorial because I've had so many hair dyeing tutorials on my blog (check them out here, and here) and the technique I use is the same. But I'll quickly explain what  I did for you. The hair I used is Brazilian loose wave hair I got over a year ago. It's the same hair I was wearing here at the L'Oreal Blogger event. I chopped off about 8 inches of it and bleached it twice. I used the Trulites Rapid Blue powder bleach and Truzone 30 volume developer I got in London. The first time I left the bleach on for about 15 minutes and it lifted to a dark blonde. Then I dried the hair and repeated the process and left the bleach on for another 20 minutes to get it to a golden blonde (I wanted my hair to be really bright!) Then I washed the bleach out and towel-dried the hair.

The next step was to saturate the hair in the Crazy Colour semi-permanent hair dye. I used 2 full bottles of the the colour Cyclamen that I bought from Ebeano Supermarket, Lekki for N750 each. I left the dye in the hair overnight and rinsed it out with cold water the next  morning. Then I applied some Tresemme Naturals conditioner to the hair for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I let the hair dry outside (you don't want pink water dripping everywhere!) And voila! I was done. 

Now this is a big change for me and I was pretty nervous to wear it out but I have for a few days now and I'm really loving the colour so far. It's very vibrant and I think it's a fun look to rock if you're feeling brave. Here are a few behind the scenes pictures.


What do you think?

ZARON HYPER BLUSH

Ello Bae!


It's almost Friday! Who's excited? I AM!!!! Lol! I'm here with a review of my first ever Zaron Cosmetics product. For those that aren't familiar with Zaron, its a Nigerian makeup brand that's got a complete product range. So everything - brushes, to primers, lipsticks, to glosses, blushes, everythaaaaang! The shade is called Rose Charm and it is a big departure from the browns and bronzes I usually wear on my cheeks. When I opened it and swatched it I was like "Wow this is bright!" but after I blended it in (a lot) and went over it with my powder, it was pretty nice. Note to self use this product with a very very light hand. A little goes a long way so you really need to be careful so you don't end up looking like a clown. All in all, I liked the shade and the packaging is very nice. Sturdy, quality plastic, and it came with a little brush applicator too. A mirror would have been handy, but hey you can't have it all. I'm always happy to #buynigerian. 

You can pick up the Hyper Blush range online on Jumia for N1,895 or in-store or from their many distributors.

What do you think? Do you like Zaron products?