Fab Find for Christmas

For sometime now, I’ve been in search of a makeup kit that I can store in one place rather than searching haphazardly for my eyeshadow, lip gloss or lipstick each morning while going to work. It used to be tedious searching YouTube for the perfect makeup tutorial that’ll make my face pop without unnecessary drama.
My wish list for Xmas this year was a collection of palette that would suit my  purpose. I searched high and low and wasn’t satisfied with the ones I’d seen till I stumbled across this brand. I got the Stila Artist Essentials Set as an early Xmas gift from my mom and it’s set the tone for 2015.

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What do I like about this set? Several things. It comes in a sleek, earthy box with a clasp in front which keeps the content together. It’s lightweight and  compact size, makes it easier to travel with. I don’t have to worry about makeup spilling on my clothes or having to store it in a Ziploc bag. The clasp was well thought out.
This box contains the following items :
– 4 different sets of palette ranging from pop art, renaissance, abstract and surreal.
- #9 all over blend brush for applying and smudging your eyeliner or eyeshadow.
- smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray.
- a convertible color dual lip & cheek cream.
- stay all day liquid lipstick in patina

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I forgot to mention it’s got an instruction sheet on how to blend the different palette to achieve whatever look you may be going for.

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Each palette type is represented on the instruction sheet making it easy to interprete.

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My first impressions? I love, love this makeup brand and I’m sold. I started by checking out the instruction sheet to see which of the looks I wanted to interprete. I settled for ‘pop art’ and went to work with my brush. I was done within 5 minutes. That’s a first as I usually spend a lot of time wiping off and doing up a new set once I’m not satisfied with my look. With the manual it was easy at a go. I applied the eyeliner and used the blend brush to smudge the lined eyes for a smoky effect.
For my lips, I decided to go with the ‘all day liquid lipstick in patina’. I must warn that a little goes a long way. I ate, drank loads of water and this lipstick stayed put throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my entire makeup stayed put throughout the day. The eyeshadow stayed true to form all day.

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I haven’t used the lip/cheek cream but based on the experience I’ve had so far, I do not expect anything less. This is definitely a keeper for me.
For ladies who made specific requests for this brand, your package will be delivered tomorrow and I hope you enjoy creating different looks like I’ve done.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another fab find.

Hello

Hello Ladies. How’ve you all been? Glad to be back. How’re you preparing for Xmas? Whatever your plans are, just make sure you have fun and spend it with your family.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with an update regarding all the hair related stuffs I learnt while I was away. A special shoutout to all the ladies, who kept placing their orders. It’s been our pleasure to serve everyone. My team made up for that by stepping up and representing.

For Xmas, expect more samples coming your way from hair products to beauty products. We’ve got loads of free product samples to giveaway on our website. Everything should arrive by next week hopefully (keeping my fingers crossed).

Follow up Treatment@Hair Elite Salon

Today, I was scheduled for a second appointment with Stevid and ran late. Once I got there, we got started right away by washing my hair. The washing experience at this salon is extravagant as they usually take out time to massage your scalp thoroughly. Furthermore, they finger comb to detangle. No combs are used while your hair is wet.
My sister and I settled for the Mizani strengthening treatment to prevent breakage.

She had to undergo some scalp treatment which she had issues with. Since I didn’t have any of that, my hair was washed and deep conditioned with the Mizani strengthening treatment (protein treatment). The stylist proceeded to apply Chi Silk Infusion to my hair before blow drying.  These comb attachments are the truth as they straighten the heck out of your hair. Once we were done, she divided my hair into sections and sprayed it lightly with a holding mist before rolling it up.

I sat under the dryer for 30minutes and once my hair was dry, Stevie went ahead and finger combed it since I wanted lots of volume. She recommended I pin curl my hair in 8 sections at night when going to bed and simply finger comb once I take it down the following morning. My sister was shortly done as well and these are the results.

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That’s a protective style she’s got on which she’ll keep for a week before taking it down. We settled down to talk before her next client came in and due to previous assessment she’d made earlier, new products were recommended. I’ve seen this product work on my sister’s hair so I’m really glad to try it out.

Basically what she’s recommended is to incorporate the 100 stroke brushing for my hair 3 times weekly, using the paddle brush below. The leave in conditioner she’s recommended does not require me to seal with oil as its a creamy lotion and quite rich. When it’s applied to my hair, it completely sinks in immediately and using the paddlebrush is easy, breezy. Hair remains moisturized for 5 straight days. What do you look out for when buying a paddle brush? You make sure it’s open like a comb and soft as that’ll prevent breakage and spit ends as well.

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The brush is soft and opens up without snagging your hair. I’ll put up a demo next week using the leave in conditioners she recommended.

Hair Elite Salon Review

My go to resource for hair care while on vacation has always been ‘Yelp.com’. Depending on the city I’m traveling to, I always go online to search for salons specializing in healthy hair care and read up on client’s review as well. Yelp is a great resource for obtaining down to earth, honest reviews. While planning this trip, I had settled for 2 salons basically Hair Elite & ReviveSpa. I had booked an appointment with both salons informing them about my hair needs since I was planning on a relaxer touch up session.

ReviveSpa later communicated via email that the salon was closed for renovation. I had to go with Hair Elite. My sister had informed me about a lady in their church who had lush, healthy waist length hair. She had asked this lady where she got her hair done and the lady kept mentioning ‘Stevie’. Imagine my delight when we discovered that Stevie owned ‘Hair Elite’.
Yesterday, we finally set off for her salon after confirming our appointment. I had branched at one of this Spaniard grocery store to purchase ORS Relaxer kit.

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Stevie is the lady on the extreme right wearing the pink top and white bottoms. She was easy to talk to and listened attentively as we discussed my regimen. I told her I brought my relaxer since I observed she only uses Mizani products in her salon. She asked which relaxer I was using and I responded “ORS”. She stated I made the right choice for my fine strands and we were good to go. She spent close to 40mins applying a cream base to my scalp in tiny sections to prevent scalp burns. She did this repeatedly till she was satisfied my scalp and new growth was coated adequately. I was surprised to see that the relaxer was only applied to the 2.5inches of new growth I had.

Then she combed the new growth only once and we were off to rinse the relaxer out. After rinsing out the relaxer, she proceeded to apply a Mizani conditioner (can’t remember which one now) to the newly relaxed growth and we waited for 5minutes only before rinsing out. She explained that the conditioner will restore the moisture stripped by the relaxer.

She proceeded to use the neutralizing shampoo before deep conditioning. The blow drying experience was smooth and in no time my hair was straightened out. After examining my hair and discussing the products I was using, she made some changes and suggestions. Then I told her to cut my hair since we were trying out her own regimen for the next 30days (I’ll discuss this in my upcoming post). She cut it into a layered bob where the sides are much longer and the back is shorter. I called it the ‘C’ bob. Consultation and trimming is free for first time visitors and I only spent $45.00 for a 2hour session.

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Hair Elite is located on 13420 Hawthorne Road, California and her website is http://www.stevidhair.com.

Reader’s Q & A

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Q: Should I use an activator when I Texlax?
A: Yes, you should. The reason why you’re texlaxing is a preference for under processed hair. To achieve results, it’s essential you divide your hair in tiny sections and coat each section with Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Vaseline. I often start with my ends then work my way towards my new growth as well, so I can get the kind of result I want. I’m usually heavy handed when applying the castor oil and Vaseline. Once you’ve coated your previously relaxed hair, over-processing won’t occur. Also ensure you apply Vaseline to your scalp.

Q: How should I apply peppermint oil to my scalp directly?
A: Applying essential oil directly to your scalp is a big no-no. Unless you’re ready to see your hair coming out in clumps, you’d better not go down this route. Essential oils are potent and moderation is the key when using it. If you’d prefer to use this oil as a potent growth aid, get an applicator bottle, pour in Jamaican Black Castor Oil / Jojoba Oil till it’s halfway. Pour in 4 caps of peppermint oil and shake the bottle. To ensure the oils blend together, keep the bottle in the darkest part of your wardrobe for a week.

I’ve been having my fill of hair porn, walking up to strangers and asking about their hair regimen. I recently learnt about the trimming regimen and I’ve booked an appointment on Wednesday with the creator of this regimen. I’m going in for a relaxer touch up, deep condition, blowdry, trim and style. It’s really insightful and I just hope Steveid allows me to record our discussions for your viewing pleasure.
Have a fun filled week ahead.

October 1 – The Movie Review

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Hello Ladies, how has the week been so far? Mine has been quite eventful. Over the weekend (Sunday to be precise), I attended the premiere of October 1 at Eko Hotel. The Urb and I had enough time to view all the movie props used in the movie. I fell in love with the green Mercedes Benz….it was such a cool vintage car.

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The event kicked off at 7.05p.m with Olisa Adibua as the M.C for the night.

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Back to the movie. It was simply fantastic in terms of the storyline and delivery by the protagonists. The movie was shot in Ilara Mokin, Ondo State and Lagos respectively. I can’t spill the beans but it’s gripping as the events unfold which finally led to a revelation of pre independence issues affecting a small community. If you’ve travelled along the South Western and Eastern parts of Nigeria, you’ll observe that Nigeria has got beautiful scenery especially within rural towns. One of my favorite past time is exploring rural villages, stopping to speak with the farmers and purchasing their produce. My favorite route used to be Gbongan – Oshogbo; Iwo – Ogbomosho and Ibadan – Abeokuta via Apata, Ibadan. It’s a fantastic experience for anyone who’s had the opportunity of touring this great country. Your perspective on a lot of things will change.

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October 1 is a dark psychological thriller film written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. It stars Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Bimbo Manuel, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, DavidBailie, Nick Rhys, and introducing Demola Adedoyin and Deola Sagoe. The film narrates the story of Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba), a police officer from Northern Nigeria who is posted to a remote town of Akote in Western Nigeria to investigate the frequent female murder cases in the community and have the mystery solved before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day.

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Just like ‘The Figurine’, this movie is a piece of art and Kunle Afolayan has raised the bar once more. My star character in the movie was ‘Afonja’ as he made us laugh with his facial expressions without really saying a lot. Learnt it’s showing at most cinema outlets within the country tomorrow. Kindly take out time to see it.

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Happy Independence Day Nigeria!!!

Image Source: October 1 movie facebook page

Update on M’s Texlax

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If you’ve read previous post on M’s Texlax update, then you might have been wondering about her progress recently. She sent me this recent update on her progress early this month and I still remember how she squealed “I made arm pit length”. Congrats to M and consistency is the name of the game ladies.

Have a fabulous weekend!