Lipstick goodness!!

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So glad to finally blog about the new addition to our product line, the bold matte long lasting liquid lipsticks launched in January 2017, yipppieee!!
Super excited and grateful to God and you all for your unending support! It’s been 4 months since the  launch and we have been getting amazing feedback from everyone who has purchased the lipsticks and this makes it all worth it. Thank you!!

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BlushinGirl Tools bold matte liquid lipsticks.
There are 8 pretty shades of matte liquid lipsticks in the BlushinGirl Tools product line. Manufactured in the USA in strict compliance with USA FDA(food and drug administration) regulations using the safest and top quality ingredients ,tested and dermatologist approved.  They are cruelty free, not tested on animals at any point.

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The lipsticks come in a frosted tube with a black cap packed in a black box and a doe foot applicator which allows for even, stress free application and to top it up has a yummy vanilla fragrance which our customers love.

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Each lipstick has a creamy texture which feels very smooth on application, dries matte about 2 mins after application and stays put for over 12 hours!  They are truly long lasting.

To remove, apply Vaseline all over lips then use wet wipes to take off lipstick.

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Introducing the lipstick shades….

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SAFARI GIRL
Safari means travel, adventure in Swahili.

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Inspired by love for travel, adventure and spontaneity. This is for the fun loving, free spirited and versatile lady.

**Customer review

I love it! and it lasted all through the night- Mo Oke

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J-TOWN FEVER

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Inspired by my hometown Jos, Nigeria. Its breathtaking landscapes,simple and loving people,positive energy and genuine friendships. This is for all my J-town ladies.

** Customer review

And yh…. i finally caught the J-town fever.It is really  lovely and ive never seen any lippie like it before. It feels so light on the lips and stays all day.- Dami Whenu Adisa

Blushingirl Tools  lipsticks are so flexible and smell so nice- Mobongies

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First of, i love your brand name, its easy and catchy…then came your much anticipated liquid lipsticks and instantly loved them. i’m not a makeup person but i couldn’t resist getting one for myself. Its really good quality and true to promise,it does last all day. Lastly i love the names of each colour, love the originality and the way each tells a story.Keep up the good work sis  – Abiola Desalu

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BROWN SUGAR

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Inspired by the movie Brown sugar. A dear friend of mine brought this movie to my house way back in 2003 and i have seen it uncountable times lol, love it!

**Customer review

BlushinGirl Tools brown sugar is smooth,velvety, non cracking comfortable feel and most importantly long lasting…nostalgic of the R&B 90’s  divas, only better this time! smack on some brown sugar today- Yvonne Okonedo Abioye

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BOSS LADY

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Inspired by hard working ladies all over the world, setting the pace.

**Customer review

Its Okay and long lasting. I especially love the lovely fragrance smells just like icecream! –Beryl Oywer

INSTAGOOD

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Inspired by social media and how it has revolutionized modern and contemporary markeing trends.The world is much smaller with Instagram!

**Customer review

BlushinGirl Tools  lipsticks are so flexible and smell so nice- Mobongies

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LENANA

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Inspired by the beautiful East African city Nairobi.Known for is charm,beauty and tranquility.

** customer review

Great product- RB beatylounge

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DAISY

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Inspired by the beautiful daisy flower, my favourite flower!

**Customer review

Well done BlushinGirl Tools. I love your pretty packaging, felt like a special gift to myself. Particularly loved the daisy shade, i’ve always been a red lipstick girl so i’m cautious about pink but this was certainly the best shade of pink i have ever tried  and i absolutely enjoyed it. There are many pretty BlushinGirl Tools lipstick shades and i’m excited to try them all. – Afum Matta

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FIRST LOVE

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Inspired by love for family. The first people we learn to love and give our all.

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WHERE TO BUY

NIGERIA

Call or watsapp BlushinGirl  Tools on +2349081691553. On Instagram @blushingirltools

Chinny makeup studio at 9 Oluwole Onitire Cole off admiralty way Lekki Phase 1 , Lagos.

Patels Place No 2 Barrack road off Ahmadu Bello way, Jos.

KENYA

Macrence Pharmacy by Uchumi  supermarket Ardams arcade Nairobi, Kenya.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed reading about our lipsticks. Please connect with us on Facebook and Instagram and place your orders!

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Clinique Product Review

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I was so excited to get these lovely clinique products as a gift from my sister. I haven’t bought makeup in a long time so it felt so good when i got these.I was totally blown away by the lovely chrome packaging and I was inspired to take photos and do a mini review.

All about shadow squad.

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The eye shadow palette is so sleek and lovely, with a chrome top and a transparent bottom. It has 4 neutral colours, 2 applicators and a mirror. Very very nice!
The colours are perfect for everyday simple makeup. If you are looking for a neutral eyeshadow pallette you should try this one.

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Colours from right to left
1.Alabaster
2.Pink gold
3.Golden brown
4.Stormy

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High Impact extreme mascara.

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The jumbo extreme black mascara is absolutely brilliant. I totally fell in love with the chrome packaging and to top it up the silicon mascara wand which does a great job of giving you great volume and length with just 2 coats.

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I was definitely blown away by the packaging of these products and I enjoyed photographing them. Thanks to my sister for sending me these amazing products😘😘

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Girls just wanna have fun!

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I recently had this amazing spontaneous makeup session with a dear friend. It wasn’t planned but we had fun talking and catching up. I am still working on my photography and editing skills. This was done a while back, I’m not totally satisfied with the lighting and photo quality but I hope to get better real soon.

Nude  look
The first look we came up with was a nude, natural look using neutral eyeshadow shades and nude lipstick. This look is a barely there no makeup look for days you want to look relaxed and natural.

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Bold Xhosa Bonnie
For this look we switched up the lip colour to a bold magenta shade and also intensified the  blush to a deep pink shade. To top it up we accessorized with a colourful South African hair piece just for a fun look.

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Egyptian Princess
This is the typical Cleo Patra look with the cute bangs and classic red lipstick. We switched  only her lipstick to classic red. This look is my favorite!

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PRODUCTS USED
Face

MARY Kay foundation 607
Mac studio fix powder NW 45
L.A girl pro concealer Toast

Eyes
Morphe brushes eyeshadow pallette 35T and 35S
Anastasia Beverly hills brow pomade in dark brown
Loreal miss manga mascara
Inglot gel eyeliner

Lips.
Nude lipstick- Nouba 18
Magenta lipstick- Colour pop
Red Lipstick- BlushinGirl Tools Daisy

Blush
Sleek crushed.

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This makeup session was so much fun for us, i hope you enjoyed going through the photos. Thank you for stopping by and for  your tremendous support throughout 2016,  see you in the new year!

Old school Magic

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I was at an open market in northern Nigeria recently and guess what I found…?? I bet you can  already guess from the photos. I saw the good old magic lipstick our mothers used in the 80’s and 90’s sitting pretty on the shelve in one of the cosmetic stores i visited. I was so excited to see this, i purchased it immediately. I had no idea it was still  available on the market.

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I decided to search for more “old school” makeup items but sadly, i found only the classic black eyeliner pencil which was also used as lip liner back in the day(talk about old school trends, lol).

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The magic lipstick stays true to its name. Though green in colour  it immediately changes to red upon application. I was so fascinated about this as a child.

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The black eyeliner remains classic black however the application is not smooth and  pigment  not intense but I guess for the price you can’t complain.

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I wish i found other “old school” makeup items like the sweet sixteen Brown powder in the cute can , wet lips, chapet lip balm, Tony Montana powder,River island lipsticks etc. so i could   photograph and blog about them but sadly I couldn’t find any of them.

If you by any chance know where I can find any of these items, kindly comment below or send me an email.

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Magic Lipstick purchased at Terminus market Jos @N100
Black eyeliner pencil   @N50

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BRUSH LOVE!

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Makeup application can be quite fascinating when the correct tools are used. A basic makeup brush set is essential in achieving a clean flawless look. Makeup brushes also help to reduce waste and time spent applying makeup.
For everyday makeup application a basic set of 5 makeup brushes will do the magic.
1. Powder brush
2. Foundation brush
3. Blush brush
4. Eye shadow brush
5. Lip brush

Each brush is designed to apply  makeup flawlessly.

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Powder brush

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This is usually the largest brush in the set. The bristles are made from  horse, goat or squirrel hair because this type of hair tends to pick up powder particles easily and evenly distribute it on the face.
There are also good synthetic powder brushes available for those who are allergic to animal hair or those who are particular about cruelty free products.
The powder brush ensures a smooth and flawless application using less product and less time.

The powder puff which usually come with most powders are not effective in achieving  a flawless application.

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 It  tends to habour a lot of  bacteria because of the material it is made from, also  because it comes  in  very close  contact  with the skin during application it absorbs oil and moisturizer which build up and form bacteria. Finally, because it is stored  inside the powder compact after use which doesn’t allow for  much air. This allows the bacteria from the sponge transfer nicely unto your powder.(Thankfully most powder compacts now have a separate compartment at the base for the sponge which helps a bit).
However, a powder brush is essential.

Foundation brush

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This brush is usually made from synthetic  fibers which are designed to pick up liquid cosmetic products without absorbing it before application. It is usually flat and silky to touch and it does an amazing job of distributing foundation evenly all over the face.

Blush brush

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This is usually next in size to the powder brush. It is also made from animal hair which is best for applying cosmetics generally. The blush brush is designed smaller than the powder brush for  ease of control and precise application of blush around the cheek area.

Eyeshadow brush

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This brush ensures smooth application and blending of eye shadow over the eyelids.
Eye shadow applicators  shown in the picture below hardly do a great job of applying eye shadow evenly.

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Lip brush

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The lip brush comes in very handy  when blending lip
liner and lipstick  for a clean smooth  finish. And also for even distribution of lip colour.

Care of brushes.
Brushes should be cleaned once a week to avoid buildup of bacteria.
Using warm water and dish washing liquid wash the brush bristles gently in a downward motion until lather is clean. Rinse with warm water and dry them on the edge of a table making sure the bristles are placed over the edge so they dry quickly.

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 Hope you enjoyed reading this post, thanks for stopping by.

Eyebrows speak……..

Eyebrows speak louder than words!!

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I never leave home without doing my eyebrows except it’s an emergency. The brows frame the face so it is of utmost importance to get them groomed right because they can transform  the face dramatically in a good or bad way.
I was tempted to put up some pictures of bad eyebrows that have been circulating on social media for quite a while but I decided not to for fear of being sued, lol.
I must say sincerely, eyebrow grooming can be a tough nut to crack but with constant practice and persistence it will become a walk in the park.

I have always been particular about eyebrows since high school, I think that’s how I discovered my passion for beauty and makeup.Recently  my childhood  friend Marvey reminded me how I always observed people’s eyebrows way back in high school and talked to her about how they can be groomed properly but she was so so not interested, lol.

Anyway  back to the topic of the day. I will be sharing with you the tools needed for eyebrow grooming and  step by step tips on how to get that perfect brow shape. I will  also take it a bit further by showing further steps used to achieve a  bold defined eyebrow look when you want to step up your makeup for occasions, parties and nights out.

For  Basic eyebrow grooming you need the following tools
1. Spoolie brush or mascara wand .

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2. Sharpener

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3. Eyebrow pencil

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4. Manicure scissors

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5. Tweezers

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For intense defined brows you will need to add the following tools
6. Brow gel/ Brow Genius

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7. Eyeliner brush

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8. Concealer (one shade lighter than your skin tone).

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First you need to determine where your eyebrows should begin, where it should arch and where it should end. The pictures below provide  a description of this.

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To get started,use the spoolie  brush, brush brow hair backwards so they all lay flat.

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Next, sharpen your pencil using a sharpener so it looks like this.

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A blunt and tired pencil is a NO NO it will get your brows no were. It won’t let your brows be great, lol.

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Using your sharpened pencil, start underneath the point were your brows are meant to start  as shown in the image above, draw a line continuously taking note of your iris so you do not miss your arch. As soon as you get to the arch start descending until you reach the point were the brows should stop.

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Repeat the same process on top of the brows until the line above joins the one

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below. Now your brows are half complete.

You will notice the brows between the two lines look quite sparse so you need to fill it in with the pencil until you are satisfied with the way it looks.

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Now we need to remove stray hairs from the bottom and top of the brows so it looks completely clean.
Use a spoolie brush to brush brow hair upwards. The hair that shows up above your pencil line  should be trimmed off using the manicure scissors.

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Also, all stray hair beneath the pencil line should be tweezed off.

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After this your brows will look more defined and you should have the perfect shape you desire.

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For a more defined look, simply repeat the process of filling the brows using a brow gel. A brow gel lasts much longer and most times has a stronger pigment than pencils. I used the BM PRO brow gel (Audrey) which comes with its own brow brush and I must say this product is simply amazing.

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It makes my brows look great all the time. Another popular Brow gel created by a brow genius Anastasia Beverly hills is the ABH brow pomade.

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It is a fantastic product as well but I think BM PRO brow gel gives the same effect if not even better and it’s much cheaper. So let’s support an African brand!
After filling your brows use an eyeliner brush and a concealer to line underneath and above your brows.

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Use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin because the idea is to highlight your brows and make it stand out.
Blend concealer properly till it blends out with your skin.

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Apply the rest of your makeup and you are good to go!

Congratulations eyebrow genius!!!

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Sleek eyebrow pencil purchased at Nakumatt Nairobi @500ksh

Bmpro brow genius purchased at BM PRO store Lagos @ N2,500

Anastasia Beverly hills brow pomade purchased at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com @
$20

Brushes, sharpener, tweezers purchased at www.elf.com @ $2 each

Concealer purchased at super duper cosmetics green house mall Nairobi.

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Skin care 101

Skin care 101.

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“The skin you take care of in your 20’s you will inherit in your 30’s 40’s and beyond”- Iman.

Welcome to February people, it is the month of love and love is in the air!! please show thy skin some love too,lol.

I decided to share with you all my basic skin care routine and products i use which are within easy reach and very affordable. I realised  i had done several posts on makeup products and none on skin care which is very essential and infact should be top priority.

A healthy looking skin should be top priority for everyone. When your skin is well taken care of, you appear healthy, young, vibrant and ready to take on the world.
Skin care can be hassle free and effective when you use the right products consistently. I realised that i dont have to spend a lot of money to achieve great result with my skin. There are great products that are effective and dont cost an arm and a leg. I will be sharing about 2 skincare brands which i find very affordable, effective and very much within reach in the african market.

Clean and Clear and The body shop skin care products.

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First of all taking good care of your skin starts from within. Your skin is a good reflection of your lifestyle and eating habits. Ensure you incorporate a lot of fruits into your daily meals and also drinking a lot of water is important (the recommended daily intake is  about 4 liters). Also avoid too much oily and processed food and you will be doing your skin a lot of good.

The basic DAILY skincare routine for all skin types involves 3 steps

1. Cleansing using the Foaming facial wash
2. Deep cleaning using the astringent
3. Moisturising using the moisturiser

   Two more steps for a weekly routine
4. Facial scrub
5. Face Mask

CLEANSING

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The foaming facial wash is a soap free formular that removes surface oil, dirt and impurities from the skin.
A soap free cleanser ensures that your skin is not stripped of its natural protective oils and also prevents irritation.Generally, they are less harsh and drying which is perfect for sensitive (facial) skin. So ladies and gentlemen avoid using regular bar soaps on your face.
The body shop tea tree foaming cleanser is really nice. I love the fact that it comes with a pump which makes it very convenient to use. It also lathers quite nicely and it leaves my face feeling crispy clean after use.

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Clean and clear  soap free gel wash also removes excess oil and dirt from the skin effectively. Clean and clear has products designed for all skin types so you can pick which ever suits you.

DEEP CLEANING

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This is my favourite step in the skin care process because i am reassured that every dirt has been removed from my face. Deep cleaning astringent is used immediately after the facial wash. This is necessary to remove dirt still hiding in your pores. Use a cotton ball to apply astringent  over your face concentrating on the t-zone.

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The clean and clear astringent works excellently well though it leaves your face feeling a bit tight and dry but that is why step 3 cannot be skipped. kindly note that i have combination skin so i tend to go for products designed for oily skin. The body shop tea tree clearing toner works great too.

Moisturising

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I often hear ladies complain about how oily their face is so they skip moisturiser. Skipping moisturiser causes more harm to your skin because your skin is stripped of necessary protection and is  exposed to the harsh weather conditions e.g sun, harsh winter weather, polluted air etc. An oil free face moisturizer will work perfectly for your face if you have oily skin .
Clean and clear has an oil free face moisturizer which works well for oily skin. i have used it several times and it works perfectly

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I currently use the body shop vitamin C daily moisturiser spf 30(sun protecting factor) which is very perfect because of constant exposure to the sun.

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Ensure that the facial moisturizer you choose has at least SPF 30 and above which is effective for African skin.

Facial Srub

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Facial scrub is an essential weekly routine. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells leaving your face radiant and smooth.
Ensure you wet your face with warm water before applying the scrub.Gently massage for 5 minutes then rinse off.
The clean and clear morning burst scrub is oil free and  literally wakes you up. It has an invigorating citrus fragrance and  a lot of natural ingredients including ginseng. This scrub is a hit and a must have for everyone.
The neutrogena pink grapefruit foaming scrub is divine. It has a yummy fragrance and microbeads that gently smooth away roughness. it is perfect for weekly use as well.

Face mask

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Masks like other skin care products are available in different formulations for different skin conditions. For dry skin you will need a hydrating mask, for irritated skin you will need a calming and soothing mask, for oily skin you will need a mattifying oil control mask. Masks should be applied for about 10- 15 minutes and rinsed off. There are some masks that dry up on the face and are peeled off . For some reason i haven’t seen them in the market for a long time.
I currently use the body shop tea tree  Face mask for blemished skin. It draws out oil and dirt to the surface to be rinsed away. I love the tea tree fragrance and the tingling sensation it gives when the mask is applied. it leaves my face feeling squeaky clean after each use.

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There are also some natural ingredients used for home made masks

Avocado – For hydrating dry skin
Honey    –  Hydrating and moisturizing dry skin
Yoghurt  –  It exfoliates and softens he skin
Egg white- Removes excess oil from oily skin

For readers in Lagos Clean and clear products can be purchased from  health plus pharmacy and Casabella

For readers in Nairobi Clean and clear products can be purchased from Nakumatt stores, super duper cosmetics and  mimosa pharmacy

Body shop products purchased at  www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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Thank you for taking time to read this looong post.Hope you found it useful. Kindly drop comments about your skin care routine and tips and subscribe if you haven’t.

lip game on point.

Lip game on point.

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Happy new year people!! I am looking forward to a great year of pleasant surprises. A lot of changes have happened in my personal life since my last post and i hope to share details with you all soon. I  know it has been a while  i have posted on the blog so i plan to be more consistent with content for this blog this year. At least 2 posts every month(so help me God)!

I have decided to share with you all some of the trending lip products  i have been using for a while and  find quite fascinating. I am sure you have noticed the hype about matte liquid lipsticks, lipstains etc and also that matte finish is currently the trend with lip makeup.
I personally love the matte look and most of my clients do too. The matte finish gives you a sophisticated and timeless look which is just priceless.

I currently have two brands of liquid lipsticks in my kit, the nouba millebaci and colourpop ultra matte lipstick.

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I definitely have my eyes on other brands such as Dose of colours and Anasatsia beverly hills and I hope to lay my hands on them soon. For now, I will be sharing my views on the two brands I have used.  I had been dreaming of laying my hands on colourpop products since i learnt about them on instagram but couldnt purchase them locally. I eventually purchased online during the christmas sale and  my brother brought them for me.

Lip Prep

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I usually start preping my lips with the Mary Kay satin lips set before applying lip makeup. The satin lips set has a lip mask and a lip balm and comes in a beautiful small white tube packed in a white box.

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The lip mask is very helpful because it is a lip exfoliator which helps to get rid of dead skin on the lips. This makes lips soft ,supple and very receptive to lip colour.

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I highly recommend this set to every lady and makeup artists especially. After using the lip mask apply a tiny bit of lip balm which will moisturize the lips before applying lip colour.

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Kindly note that if you are using matte products on the lips apply the lip balm, leave for one minute and wipe off before applying the matte product because most matte lip products do not blend evenly with gloss on the lips.
After this step your lip is ready for colour!

Nouba  Millebaci.

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The nouba brand has been around for a while and theres no doubt they are high quality well pigmented makeup. I had no idea about their liquid lipsticks for a long time until last year when i kept seeing them on instagram and youtube. The colours are so rich and vibrant and i was sold!

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They come in a sleek acrylic tube in a black box which looks very nice. I particularly love the embedded name inside the acrylic tube cover which looks quite sophisticated.

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The lipsticks are very very pigmented, they apply quite evenly and last for about 12 hours! Wow,my clients are always pleased!.

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Although the disadvantage with that is that the colour doesnt come off easily, sometimes u might need to use a damp face towel with  gentle back and forth motions on the lip to remove the colour completely.
Also the nouba lipstick has a very hard matte finish which tends to be a bit dry. You can apply a tiny bit of gloss if you find it a bit dry for you.
Overall, I will recommend this lipstick because it is good quality, highly pigmented and lasts very long.
Readers in Nairobi  can purchase nouba millebaci liquid lipstick at the cosmetic shop at Nakummat Ukay for 2,000 Ksh.

Colour pop ultramatte liquid lipsticks

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I got this holiday collection of colourpop lipsticks on their website during Christmas. Finally! I have something from colourpop, lol. This cosmetic company just came up and swept us off our feet!

This packaging and minisize lipstick was released during the christmas season. The lipsticks usually come in a bigger individual tube with a doe foot applicator.

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I find the lipsticks very exciting to apply. They have a velvety and very smooth feel when applying and although matte it doesn’t have a too dry feel.

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They are very pigmented and last for about 6hrs with very light lip activity, lol.
The only disadvantage I’ve noticed with them is that even when dry they tend to rubb off easily when in contact with anything.
I highly recommend this lip product because it is good quality, feels very velvety on application, very very pigmented and good value for money.
I purchased this set on http://www.colourpop.com for $20  per pack.
The single regular size retails for $6 on http://www.colourpop.com

Liquid lipsticks are the trend now and I particularly love them because they come in handy on days when you are lazy to apply  full makeup. Just apply a bright shade and you will get compliments all day long!

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Wearing  no45, the colour i find most fascinating from my nouba millebaci collection!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s going to be a great year!!! kindly subscribe and comment as well.

 

MEET OUR EYESHADOW PRIMER!!!

Wow!! Dreams come true i tell you!!

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The  journey  towards launching makeup tools started a year ago after much thought,doubts and fears.I am so thankful it has finally materialized and our first product has been launched,woohooo!!!.I started out as a makeup artist 9 years ago while in university and it has been an incredible journey.Though I had to take a break from makeup in between the years because of work and recently when i had a baby but I’m back now and loving the new challenges.

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It might sound cliche but i have nursed the idea of launching my own makeup products for a very long time. The final push to pursue this dream came when my students had virtually all they needed in their makeup kit but could not find eye shadow primers in Nairobi. Makeup artists know how important eye shadow primers are for flawless eye shadow application. So we searched high and low for eye shadow primers, and then one day my husband asked me why don’t you produce yours? For a moment it sounded impossible but I gave it some thought and then I started researching cosmetic manufacturing companies and like the say the rest is history.

MEET  BLUSHINGIRL TOOLS EYE SHADOW PRIMER

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An eye shadow primer is one of the easiest makeup tools to use. It is a cosmetic used on the eyelid to prepare the skin for eye shadow application.

Blushingirl tools eye shadow primer comes in a cute white acrylic packaging, weighs .20 oz/ 5.6g it is manufactured in the USA using safe ingredients for the skin. The primer is ivory in colour and has a creamy consistency (it dries matte) which makes it easy for eye shadow  to adhere on your eyelids .

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Apply a little quantity with a small concealer brush on each eyelid before you proceed with your eye shadow application and watch your eye shadow  pop like a Pro!.

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BENEFITS OF EYE SHADOW PRIMER

Eye shadow primers give a wow factor when used before eye shadow application.  I will list the top benefits of using  eye shadow primer

  1. Primers make your eye shadow application less messy because of the texture, eye shadows blend nicely over your eyelid avoiding lots of fallout.
  2. Primers make your eye shadow pop! eye shadows  are true to colour and radiant when primers are used as a base.
  3. Primers ensure you use less eye shadow thereby making them last a lot longer. Using a primer automatically reduces the quantity of eye shadow you pick with your brush to achieve the desired effect.
  4. Primers prevent eye shadows from creasing and smudging.
  5. Primers keeps your eye shadow in place for long hours. i.e 12 hours.

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Every makeup artist and makeup lover definitely needs a very good primer in their makeup kit.

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Back to the basics………, Foundation!!

Its really amazing how much the cosmetic market in Africa has grown in the past decade. When i started out as a makeup artist there were very few brands available in the market .One of the few trusted and affordable brand was MaryKay and then  Black Opal.

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I started my makeup kit with about 6 MaryKay foundation shades and believe me those foundations were life savers. I still use Mary Kay till now because it serves the purpose its meant for and it is good value for money in my opinion.

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Other brands recently found their way to the African market, the likes of Revlon,Mac,Black Up and recently Maybelline.The arrival of Mac to Africa was like every makeup artists dream come true, happy dance…..lol

My clients often ask me to recommend the best foundation and i usually explain to them that best is relative. Some people swear by Mac while some complain about the foundation tones being too red or too yellow for their skin.The best way to get a foundation that suits your skin is to test several brands in the cosmetic store before settling for the right one for you.

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For my work as a makeup artist i basically use two brands of foundation which are Marykay and Mac because they are readily available for purchase in Nairobi. I love these two brands of foundation because they are of very good quality and they  suit women of colour perfectly which makes my work much easier

The user friendly dependable MaryKay foundation.

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The photo shows three different package colours of marykay foundation form left to right which represents from old to the new respectively. i was skeptical about buying when i saw the new packaging but  i checked the marykay website and confirmed it was legit.The package with the pink cap was the  very first packaging i bought from MaryKay. After a few years it was changed to the light grey cap which is essentially the same product. however,the package with the black cap is different mainly in terms of ingredients, it is a time wise product which has age defying and sunscreen properties.

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It comes in three shade spectrum ivory, beige and bronze. The bronze spectrum caters to African skin so you should look out for the bronze range when you want to purchase Mary Kay foundation.

I love this foundation range because it is versatile and very easy to use. i highly recommend it to beginners because of ease of application and affordability.The foundation comes in medium coverage, full coverage and very recently time-wise matte wear foundation. This foundation dries to a silky lightweight natural looking matte finish. the impressive range of  23 shade options ensure that you find the  perfect match for your skin.

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This foundation remains one of my all time favourites and it is quite affordable. Nairobi readers can find  Mary Kay foundation in Uchumi outlets and Nakshi Nouba at Nakumatt Ukay for about 2,000ksh,Enjoy!

THE MAC FOUNDATION,EVERY MAKEUP ARTISTS DREAM

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I bet every makeup artist at one time or the other has desired and looked forward to owning a mac foundation. the product is formulated for professional use and it is designed to give a flawless matte  long lasting look.

Mac has two shade spectrum NC(neutral cool) and NW ( neutral warm) the NC mostly suits individuals with yellow undertones while NW suits most individuals with orange/red undertones. the best way to determine your shade is to walk into a mac store to try out the available shades.

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Mac foundations give  a smooth silky flawless finish which is so beautiful. i find that i dont have to use a lot of product to achieve a smooth flawless finish which makes the cost of the foundation worth it. This product is a must have for every makeup artist and makeup lover.

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Mac foundations retail for 4,040 ksh and can be purchased at  the Mac store at Village market. There are a lot of counterfeit mac products making rounds in Nairobi so it is advisable to buy from the mac store.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOUNDATION SHADE

Choosing the right foundation involves three easy steps.  go to the retail store that sells your preferred foundation brand, select three shades within the range of your skin tone, swatch the three shades on your cheek or neck. The foundation shade that blends in and almost disappears is your correct foundation shade.

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Foundation number 4 is the perfect shade for me. did you guess right??.

This is how i test foundation shades on my clients and it works every time.

TOOLS FOR FOUNDATION APPLICATION

I would say that before investing in expensive makeup, get the right tools to apply them because this is what ensures flawless application.

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Foundation is best applied using a foundation brush, a wedge sponge, a blending sponge or stippling brush depending on the  effect you want to achieve. I personally like the stippling brush because is gives the airbrush effect which looks very smooth and silky.

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The flat foundation brush i use for a fuller coverage especially when covering skin blemishes it works best.

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The wedge sponge is fantastic for getting foundation to the inner corners of the eye and under eye also for setting foundation using loose powder.

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The blending sponge as the name implies is used for blending foundation seamlessly especially when a lot of contouring has been done. It works perfectly well to smoothen and blend in all the sharp lines. This tool is one of my favourite items at the moment.

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In my opinion the flat foundation brush is the easiest to use for beginners or non professionals. it is less complicated than the others and  very convenient for daily personal use.

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wow i have come to the end of this blog post. There are definitively a lot more foundations out there that i will like to try. Some i already have but i wouldnt consider them as staple foundations for my work.  Maybelline recently arrived in Nairobi it wont be a bad idea to check out what they have to offer. I have heard so much about the maybelline fit me foundation and i will like try that soon. Kindly share your favourite foundation either for personal or professional use and also  your thoughts on the two foundations i have talked about today. Thanks for stopping by and reading through, looking forward to your comments.