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My Favorites for May…

Hey guys! Wow…it has been a while since I put up a post and for that I apologize. A lot has been happening and the last two months have been a bit hectic, attending to a number of family engagements. It’s hard when you see someone you care about going through a difficult time but you get through it and you’re there for the person and do what you can. It does get better… All the same, I hope you have been well and that you’ve missed me :-). Who am I kidding…of course you have and right back at you!

Now to get back on track, I thought I’d start off with some skin, nail and makeup favorites from the past month that I’ve been loving.

Makeup

I love makeup and yes I could spend all day playing with it, swatching lipsticks and eye shadows but a girl’s got to go to work and that means I don’t always do a full face of makeup (especially during the week). Unless I’m going for a function and I want to look flawless or I just have time and want to spend it making myself looking extra pretty, a full face of make up is a task. Besides, I already spend enough time on my eyebrows..that angle has got to be just right, lest I end up as a meme on how to not do your eyebrows :-).

So what do you do when you need to get to the office but you still want to look a pulled together? Well,  I discovered the Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm from the makeup aisle at Nakumatt Mega and got a tube in the shade Medium.

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What I liked most about it is how light it was, yet still giving decent coverage and doesn’t feel heavy. It also has SPF15, which means added protection. I still use it and only squeeze out a drop or two to apply to my blemishes, blend it out and dust my face with loose powder.

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Swatch of the Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm

Another favorite, which I’ve raved about enough times are the Suzie Beauty concealers. These are super rich and creamy, you don’t need to use a lot. Not only are they great to conceal blemishes, but I also use them as an eye shadow (remember to set the concealer with and eye shadow shade close to your skin colour) and lipstick base before I apply more makeup. My current favourites are Caramel  and Cocoa.

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Suzie Beauty Concealers (left) Caramel and (right) Cocoa

For eye shadow, it really helps keep it in place and avoid transferring from your eyelid to your crease. Can you imagine having done a cut crease with shimmery or neon colour eye shadow only to check your makeup over lunch hour to find it all all on your perfect crease?  I bet you’ll wish you had prepped your eye lid in the morning :-).

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Swatches of the concealers (left) Caramel and (right) Cocoa

If there is one reason I love Sleek products, it’s because of how much they compliment different skin tones especially ours. All their products are super pigmented, which means you don’t need to use too much to get the look you’re looking for. Enter the Sleek i-divine Sunset palette and boy will you have a range of shimmery colours to last you a life time, not that we’re ever be satisfied with just one eye shadow palette:-).

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I love this palette so much because it has lots of shimmery shadows that could work for a neutral and glam look. Pair this with matte eye shadows from the i-divine Au Naturel palette and you’re set for day and night time looks. They’re super creamy and easy to use, with minimal fall out, not to mention highly pigmented!

In keeping with the shimmer and glowing skin, I also decided to try out the Sleek Face Contour Kit palette in medium. I’m not really into contouring though I’ve done it a couple of times. It could be because I love my chubby cheeks…I really do :-). The highlighter though is amazing! Every time I apply it, I literally just want to stare at myself in the mirror and spend the day feeling like I just bathed in gold.

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Swatch of the Sleek Highlight and Contour palette

As with all Sleek products, it’s highly pigmented and you won’t need much. Just brush some on the highest point of your cheek bones, above your brow bone on both sides, cupid’s bow and tip of your nose and you’re good to go.

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My last favorites under makeup are Sleek True Colour lipsticks in Smother and Cherry. Both are sheen lipsticks, Smother being a dark purple and Cherry a dark red. I love the True Colour range of lipsticks because they are highly pigmented, creamy and easy to apply. I’ll be honest though…not all of them have worked for me.

I don’t know if it was the formula but some were chalky and kept flaking but most of them worked. I’ll share a review of some of my favorite Sleek True Colour lipsticks soon.

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I love pairing these two with my favorite lip pencil, Nightmoth by M.A.C especially when I’m applying Smother because the lip pencil is also a dark purple. Seeing as they are sheen lipsticks, it’s important that you prime your lips before and you might also want to dust your lips with translucent powder once you’re done and reapply as often as you need to in the course of the day.

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Swatches of Sleek True Colour Lipstick Smother (top) and Cherry (bottom)

When choosing what eye shadow to go with, I recommend a shimmery gold, brown or even a champagne colour, which will complement the lipstick :-).

Skincare

In a previous post I explained how I’ve never really had an issue with acne other than the few pimples here and there, well I spoke too soon. Over the past couple of months, I had a sudden on-set of adult acne on both cheeks and chin. This wasn’t the kind that you can pop but the itchy and painful acne that leaves scars. It was frustrating until I bought some Tea Tree essential oil from Healthy U at Ksh800. I just used an ear bud, poured a drop and applied on the problem areas. I also added 2-3 drops to my night cream for it to work it’s magic while I slept.It helped with drying out the pimples, not to mention I loved the smell.

I’ve never really been a DIY kind of person especially when it comes to body lotion, my justification being as long as I have included sunscreen and bio-oil, I’m good. First off, mad respect to guys who whip up their own butters or oils be it for their skin or hair (I tried going nashoro but alas my hair refused to cooperate or I’m just lazy, who knows :-)). Anyway, my skin was getting a bit dry and ashy skin is not our portion. I decided to try Keyara Organics Shea butter and because my skin was calling for drastic measures, decided to mix it with organic olive, coconut  and almond oil, adding in my Nivea SPF30 sunscreen, bio-oil and a few drops of the tea tree oil.

Let’s just say my skin has thanked me and I finally see the light. My skin feels smoother and supple and I love it. One of the best things is how quickly and easily it spreads and with the consistency of the shea butter, you don’t need much. You might spend some extra time prepping and mixing your butter but after that, you’re good for about two months depending on how much you moisturize and I must say it’s worth it especially because you don’t have to start applying oil after oil on your skin. An added bonus if you’re quite the traveler, other than perhaps carrying extra sunscreen,.you’ll only have one jar or tub to carry. 🙂

Nail care

As you take care of your skin, get your makeup right, it’s easy to forget one area that needs tending to…your hands or in this case nails. It sucks when you’re all put together and your nails look all busted or worse, chipped. Even I don’t like when my nails are chipped so I feel it’s important that you take care of the whole package, toe nails included. A pedicure is not an option ladies…and gents :-). When it comes to your hands, ALWAYS carry a small bottle of your hand lotion (add sunscreen to it) and moisturize any time you come into contact with water.

My favorite products when it comes to taking care of my nails has been NailTek. I specifically use number one meant for normal healthy nails to help keep my nails from breaking. I use it as a base coat when doing my nails and sometimes as a top coat.  I have seen the difference in the texture and strength of my nails. Though pricey at Ksh 2,500 from Super Cosmetics, I think it’s worth it because depending on how often you do your nails, which is probably weekly unless it’s gel polish. Based on my experience, one bottle can last you three to four months.

Another favorite is the O.P.I nail polish by the name Skull and Glossbones. It’s a grey-ish-white nail polish that I think complements every skin tone. I love the consistency, which is creamy and it doesn’t leave streaks or patches. Two thin coats and you’re covered and you don’t have to worry about it clashing with any of your outfits!

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So far, no fails to talk about which is a good thing. 🙂 (more…)

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