Tuesday, 28 June 2016


Have you ever experienced morning rush, and after you struggled to get a sit in a bus only to be sitting next to a smelling body, be it male or female? Not only is he/she sitting next to you, but tries to open a conversation with you and you see yourself looking the other way. The only thing you pray for is to get to your destination as fast as possible.  Well, I have experienced that many times.

Personal hygiene is very necessary, but it’s always overlooked all in the name of being in a hurry to work, or I’m so busy syndrome. Our opinion is that you have to brush your teeth and work to eliminate body odor each and every day. Here are some basic hygiene you should observe:

 Many people have bad breath. Sometimes it is only for a short period, but with others it is persistent (always).  In most cases, bad breaths are caused by the gums and tongue; not the teeth. Bad breath is one thing that you might not notice yourself, and no one finds it easy to tell you.  If you brush your mouth before going to bed, the early morning smelly mouth will not be too bad; in fact, some people don't smell at all. Therefore, it is important that you look out for yourself every morning before you step out.

A simple test you can do yourself is to lick the inside of your wrist and wait for the saliva to dry. If the area you licked smells unpleasant, it is likely that your breath does too. You can get a very good friend to be absolutely honest, but do make sure it’s a true friend.

  We live in a tropical region of the world. It’s hot and humid. Male or female, why on earth would you allow your armpit hair grow out? Do you not know that hair in closed places trap bacteria and build up gunk that will smell? There are no health risks to shaving all of your hair off, as long as you do it hygienically, use a new razor, use an anti-septic after shaving and don't cut yourself. With or without antiperspirants, shave your armpit hair. I know some guys that will say, “no-o, it’s manly to have hair in your pits”. But that’s a fallacy.

USE A DEODORANT: Don’t even come with that excuse about not being able to afford body sprays. There are very cheap ones if you don’t have enough money. Some go for as little as 150 Naira. No excuses! Buy them and use, I’d rather chill with a local person smelling good-cheap than a classy person smelling like rotten egg. Though it can be embarrassing, sweating, even a lot of sweating is normal. This is true not only when you exercise or get hot, but also when you're feeling some emotions, like anger or nervousness. Some of the glands, such as those in the armpits, also start to make a strange new odor.

Your best bet is to take a bath or shower every day and after exercising or getting hot. Try to find a deodorant or a deodorant-antiperspirant combination that works well for you. It can help to wear clothes made of natural fibers, like cotton. Dressing in layers helps too. That way, if you start to feel hot, you can cool down easily and hopefully avoid sweating.

In rare cases, there are medical reasons for lots of sweating. If you notice that you are sweating when resting, when you are sleeping, or if your hands or feet sweat a lot, tell your doctor. In fact, it can help to speak with your doctor anyway; there may be something he or she can do.

Shorter nails look neater, but if you have longer nails, keep them always clean and in good condition. Girls can paint them if they wish. There is nothing as awful as dirty finger nails.

Dirty clothes, especially under-wears and socks, can harbor microorganisms. Re-wearing dirty clothes many times or sharing dirty sweaty clothes can lead to skin infection. Unpleasant body odour can also arise from bacteria that accumulate on stains.

Shoe hygiene is also important. Feet have lots of sweat glands, so closed shoes in particular can provide warm, moist and dark environments where bacteria and fungi can thrive and cause bad smells and conditions such as athlete’s foot.

Wearing leather shoes and cotton socks allows your feet to breathe more than materials such as vinyl. If you have been wearing a pair of shoes all day at work or school, take them off when you get home to try and give them a chance to dry out overnight. Some of your shoes may also be washable.

For the ladies that keep long hair or fix weave-on, you may need to wash your hair biweekly to avoid smell from accumulated hair cream and heat.  Please, note that you don’t have to wash your hair every other day as frequent washing can dry out your hair and strip them of important nutrients. For the guys, you have no excuse, so wash at any bath. Whatever you do, just try to appear neat so as not to discomfit someone next to you.

Monday, 27 June 2016

6 Essential Makeup Brushes and Their Less-Pricey Alternatives

This post would benefit a lot of us who are so passionate about beauty and yet appreciate the value of savings! Some of us buy a bunch of makeup brushes and after a few weeks they are all lying idle in every corner of the room.. Nawooh!

What makeup brushes do I really need? Which is essential and which is not?

Without much preamble, let's go straight to the point!

1. Foundation Brush

The Flat foundation brush is a synthetic brush used to apply liquid or cream foundation on the face. 

The duo fibre brush is specifically designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply a liquid foundation. DUO FIBRE BRUSH costs about N7, 000.

But don’t be scared I just discovered its alternative: Recently, I found a new tool for applying foundation that gives me that satisfying airbrush finish! Haha!  It's a BEAUTY BLENDER (an egg shaped makeup sponge) and it Costs about "N165" for one piece.  Go get yours now!!!

 2. Powder/Blush Brush:


Powder brush is used to apply pressed or loose powder all over the face. It is also fantastic for using as a bronzing brush for larger areas of the skin such as the neck. The bristles pick up the perfect amount of color (powder/bronzer) and distributes flawlessly onto the skin. Medium-sized powder brush can also be used to apply blush on apple of the cheek. POWDER/BLUSH BRUSH costs N5, 980 


Just hear this again, because I have another alternative:  POWDER FOAM/DISC FOAM is used to apply powder on the face. With this, you can massage the powder to penetrate evenly and hence, more flawless look will be achieved! It relatively cheap and costs about N50 for one. 

3. Eye shadow Brush:


Used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments to the eyelid For that perfect attraction you need for your lid and creases of the eye, makeup artists say well-crafted mixed-fiber brushes are a necessary expense. Stiffer synthetic hair deposits color, the rounded top lets you hit that crease, and softer fibers work "like a windshield wiper to spread and blend the color," says L. A. makeup artist Fiona Stiles

Any alternative? Not known yet (***Smiles***) 

4. Contour Brush

 A smaller head of natural bristles—like the ones on Marc Jacobs' Angled Blush Brush. With it you target where color goes and blends for a natural finish. You can also use the slanted edge for contouring, giving you more bang for your buck. A single contour brush costs N4, 225

ALTERNATIVE: you can use your eye shadow brush for this purpose

5. Flat Angled Brush 

The small angled or slanted brush is used to fill the sparse area of the brows.. Getting a single ANGLED BROW BRUSH can cost N3, 380

 ALTERNATIVE: Thick COTTON BUDS can be used for shaping the eyebrow arch when dipped in concealer or foundation. Costs about N169 for a 150psc

 6. Spiral Eyebrow Brush

This is used to take excess mascara from the lashes to avoid clogging. This makes the brow even if it is drawn with a pencil or brow filler to appear natural. It is also used to tone down eye pencil from the brows when it's too much! 

An example is MAC LASH BRUSH and it costs N2, 536

 ALTERNATIVE: Do u know that an OLD MASCARA WAND works magic? U can wash for use and it serves perfectly as it's same as the spiral eyebrow brush. It costs nothing! There are so many other brushes. From my List above ...with brush 1 and 2, be sure to have that flawless base you seek.

Brush 3 and l4 would help you blend colors on the eyelid perfectly and contour on the crease respectively.

Brush 5 and 6 would help you achieve the perfect brow arch. 

But I suggest you buy a complete set of makeup brushes which will cost you only N4,500 for just your personal make up or if you are a makeup artist you can go for a bigger set of makeup brushes which is about N12,0000 in the market. WHAT DO YOU THINK?




Fashion Update

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Fashion Update.

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Common beauty mistakes that make your face look older

Common beauty mistakes that make your face look older

Eyeliner and mascara make your eyes pop, foundation covers up fine lines and blemishes, blush gives our cheeks a youthful glow and concealers cover up dark spots and under-eye dark cycles. Depending on how we use these products and at what age we use them, our good intentions can easily go awry. Product application and certain colours that might look great on a twenty year old might not be as flattering on a forty year old lady. Rather than enhance one’s beauty, they actually enhance wrinkles and thinning skin. If an aging appearance worries you, avoid these beauty mistakes that instantly make you look older than your real age.  Not everyone might need this piece of advice. If you are young and without wrinkle, or if you just want to have fun with makeup, rather than worry about whether it brings out your crow’s feet, be as experimental as you would like. But if you want to mask the pesky signs of aging, it might just be right to re-evaluate your makeup and beauty routine.

Not exfoliating: The older you get the longer it takes for dead skin cells to slough off. But giving you a youthful glow is as simple as using at- home glycolic peel once or twice a week. This will make any anti-aging product you are using penetrate even better.

Applying thick foundation: When it comes to foundation, less is more. One thing you should know is that heavy makeup is a one way ticket to looking older than you actually are. Choose a sheer foundation, and after you apply it, press a damp makeup sponge into areas where you have wrinkles to soak up excess. While the less- is more maxims may seem counterintuitive, the more skin you can see, the better, as long as it is well hydrated. Fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion.

When you wear the wrong lip stick: Metallic lipstick finishes may look pretty on the runway, but they don’t work after 40. A better choice is to go for a lip stick formula with sheen, not a heavy shimmer, or a sheer gloss which has the added effect of making the lip appear fuller.

Not using sunscreen: You may forget to floss occasionally, but don’t ever get caught forgetting to apply sunscreen. Here’s why, nearly all wrinkles and fine lines are due to sun. Covering your face with a broad- spectrum formula will take a few extra seconds every morning, but can keep years off your face. Just do it and you will be thankful.                                                  

Applying eyeliner and mascara on lower lids and lashes: Lining the lower lids with dark pencil and coating the lower lashes with dark mascara can bring out under-eye circles once you are past a certain age. Plus, eyes can look smaller overall as a result. But don’t throw out this product just yet. Outline your upper lids with a thin, dark line that gets thicker toward the outer corner, curl your eyelashes; curling your lashes is the easiest thing you can do to make your eyes look bigger (and therefore younger), and then run the mascara wand over the upper lashes a few times.

Know how to apply blush on the apples of the cheeks: The general and most common method for applying blush is to smile.  Find the apples of your cheeks, and then run the blush brush over them. But as sagging skin becomes more prominent on the face, a better method is to find where cheekbones peak and apply blush there instead, sweeping the brush up and back. Skip the drama queen shades, too. Colours like wine and cinnamon will only make you look gaunt if you are thing and clownish if you are not, a neutral rose colour flatters all skin tones and really brightens things up.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

How migraines can affect your health- women’s Health

Migraine is practically considered as a medical condition. People who suffer from migraines get headaches that can be severe. A migraine is usually an intense pain felt on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head. A lot of people with migraine headache feel the pain in the temples or behind one eye or ear. Apart from pain, migraine also can cause vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound in some people. People who have migraines may also see spots or flashing lights or have a temporary loss of vision. Migraine headaches can occur at any time of the day, though it often starts in the morning. The pain can last a few hours or up to one or two days. Most of the time, migraines are not a threat to your overall health. But migraine attacks can interfere with your day-to-day life. It is not yet clearly known what causes migraines, but here are some things that are more common in people who have them:

Often, migraine affects people between the ages of 15 and 55

 Most people have a family history of migraine

 They are more common in women than men

 Migraine often becomes less severe and less frequent with age

What could be the causes of migraines?

According to e-publications on women’shealth.gov, the exact cause of migraine is not fully understood yet. Researchers think that migraine is due to abnormal changes in levels of substances that are naturally produced in the brain. When the levels of these substances increase, they can cause inflammation. This inflammation then causes blood vessels in the brain to dilate and press on nearby nerves, causing pain. Experts do know that people with migraines react to a variety of factors and events called triggers. These triggers can vary from person to person and don’t always lead to migraine. A combination of triggers — not a single thing or event — is more likely to set off an attack. A person’s response to triggers also can vary from migraine to migraine. Many women with migraine tend to have attacks triggered by:

 Lack of or too much sleep

 Skipped meals

 Bright lights, loud noises, or strong odours

 Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle

 Stress and anxiety, or relaxation after stress

 Weather changes



 Foods that contain nitrates, such as hot dogs and lunch meats

 Foods that contain tyramine, such as soy products, hard sausages, and smoked fish

When should one seek help for headaches?

Sometimes, headache can signal a more serious problem. You should talk to your physician about your headaches if:

You have several headaches per month and each lasts for several hours or days

Your headaches disrupt your home, work, or normal life

You have nausea, vomiting, vision, or other sensory problems (such as numbness or tingling)

You have pain around the eye or ear

 You have a severe headache with a stiff neck

 You have a headache with confusion or loss of alertness

 You have a headache with convulsions

You used to be headache-free, but now have constant headaches