myHairFiles: Braided Beauties

Hi Readers,

We will be featuring a weekly post on Hairstyles to keep you inspired next time you go to the Hair Salon.

This Week’s #myHAIRFiles is all about Braided Beauties.

If you would like to be featured in this section, please email your hairstyle to myHairmyBeauty@yahoo.com, or follow us on Instagram and hashtag #myHairmyBeautyNigeria to your picture.

 

ENJOY!

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BeautyPreneur and Celebrity Makeup Artist Lola Maja is rocking her braids in a Regal Bun. PhotoCredit: LolaMaja IG

 

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Genevieve Magazine Online Editor, Liz Yemoja, keeps it simple and Beautiful. PHOTO CREDIT: LizYemoja IG

 

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Television Personality, Bolanle Olukanni, rocks jumbo twists. Photo Credit: Bolinto IG

 

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Ghanian Television Presenter, Joselyn Dumas , is also having fun with Braids. She keeps hers in a Bun. PHOTO CREDIT: JoselynDumas IG

 

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Nigerian Actress, Mercy Aigbe, is all about the chic cornrows. PHOTOCREDIT: Mercyaigbegentry IG

 

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Entrepreneur, Liz John Black, is gorgeous in this creative braids. PHOTO CREDIT: LizJohnBlack IG

 

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Supermodel, Agbani Darego, is pretty in long cornrows. PHOTO CREDIT: AgbaniDarego IG
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Nigerian Singer, Seyi Shay, is all about her sexy Box Braids. PHOTO CREDIT: SeyiShay IG
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Online Editor, Liz Yemoja, is sporting very cute twin cornrows. PHOTO CREDIT: LizYemoja IG

The IMPORTANCE of VITAMIN C

Ladies, if you want to Glow the natural way, you need to invest in a GOOD Vitamin C Serum.

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I can’t stress enough how important Vitamin C is to the overall look of your skin. If you are not convinced that you need it, then here are 10 important facts about Vitamin C serum.

1. Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production

2. Vitamin C serum contains Ascorbic Acid that reduces the appearance of discoloration and pigmentation on the face. Daily use of a Vitamin C serum will gently fade scars left from Healed acne.

3. Vitamin C Brightens the skin, and gives a physical glow.

4. When used alongside Sunscreen boosts the efficacy of the Sunscreen 

5.Vitamin C boosts the production of Collagen that enhances skin’s firmness and elasticity

6.Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin 

7.A vitamin C serum will counteract any harmful effect of the sun and also decrease the chances of skin cancer by thickening the dermis layer. But it is important to note that a vitamin c serum cannot replace your sunscreen.

8. Dermatologists often use vitamin-C products to enhance the effects of cosmetic treatments, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels

9. Vitamin C is a strong ANTIOXIDANT that repairs and renews skin cells, giving it a healthier look

10. It’s collagen producing factor makes it the perfect first step solution to fighting wrinkles. Use Vitamin C serum daily and push the wrinkles away.

 

As powerful as Vitamin C is, it is not something you can easily get by applying Orange slices on your face. The Key ingredient, L’ascorbic, is not stable and prone to Oxidation, so it is important to get a PROFESSIONAL VITAMIN C SERUM than D.I.Y serums.

How to apply it.

After you’ve chosen a vitamin C serum, it is important that you use it right. Correct method of application will definitely increase the effectiveness of the cream.

  • Dampen your face with water and start by applying the serum to your face and neck.
  • Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer, if possible use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing and not after. This is because the serum is easily absorbed into the skin, while moisturizers work on the surface. If you use the moisturizer first, your skin will not be able to absorb the vitamin c serum.
  • Vitamin C serums are oil free preparations that are perfect for balancing oily skin by exfoliating naturally. Because of its exfoliating properties, it is a good idea to follow up a vitamin c serum application with a moisturizer, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Lastly, after purchasing the serum, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated. This will keep the serum from oxidizing too quickly, and will give you a better result for the price.

 

***LISTEN UP LAGOS BEAUTIES! THE FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT ON THIS POST WILL BE RECEIVING A FREE CUE SKINCARE VITAMIN C SERUM. You have to be located in LAGOS***

 

 

Kim and Kanye Use $220 Toothbrushes (Are You All That Surprised?)

myHairmyBeauty:

Wow! I $220 for a TOOTHBRUSH??

Originally posted on Style News - StyleWatch - People.com:

While it’s tough to find a shot of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West smiling big enough to show their teeth (photographic proof below), we can pretty much guarantee they have flawless pearly whites. Our evidence: Mr. and Mrs. West clean their chompers with his-and-hers toothbrushes that carry a price tag of $220 each.

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5 Oils for Hair Growth

Hi Ladies, if Hair growth is what you’re looking for, here are a list of Oils you need to stock up on and why.

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Castor Oil:

You can’t talk about Hair health without mentioning this superpower oil. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E, proteins, and minerals.  Castor Oil is also known for its  anti-microbial properties treat scalp issues like dandruff. Castor oil has also been know to help in hair growth because it  increase blood circulation.

Argan Oil:

This popular hair oil is rich in anti-oxidants and known to repair damaged hair. High in Vitamin E, Argan Oil deeply conditions and repairs hair, treats split ends and most importantly leaves your feeling and looking luxurious.  Argan Oil is very lightweight, making it great for styling hair.

Coconut Oil:

A favorite for Naturalistas, Coconut oil is a natural hair conditioner rich in vitamin E and antioxidants that repair damaged hair. Coconut Oil is powerful because it stimulates hair growth by penetrating into the hair follicles. Continous use of Coconut oil, not only makes your hair smell heavenly but treats and repairs hair, preventing breakage.

 

Olive Oil:

Not just for cooking, Olive oil’s high Vitamin E content makes it fantastic for Hair Growth. With its potent Oleic acid content that locks in moisture while penetrating hair shaft, olive oil treats and conditions the scalp, prevents dandruff and hair breakage by 60%.

Avocado Oil

Last but not least is Avocado oil that contains the powerful combination of Vitamin A, D, E and B6, magnesium, folic acid, amino acids, copper and iron. All these Vitamins and nutrients help in feeding and nourishing the health of your hair, which helps in Hair Growth. Vitamin E is also known as a powerful hair strengthener, preventing and treating hair breakage.

NOT SURE How to USE THESE OILS?

Why not try this D.I.Y Hot Oil Hair Treatment!

1. Combine your favourite Oils (2tbsp of 3 of the following oils)

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  • Virgin/Unrefined Coconut Oil as a base (prevents damage, restores moisture and balance and strengthens hair), 1 cup.
  • Avocado Oil (improves strength and boosts shine)
  • Argan Oil (hydrates and adds elasticity to dry, damaged hair)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or “EVO” (fights hair loss and helps stop dandruff)
  • Almond Oil (locks in moisture and reduces shedding by smoothing the hair cuticle)
  • Jojoba Oil (most like your skin’s oil, promotes healthier new hair growth), 1 tbsp.
  • Tea Tree Oil (antiseptic, antibacterial, cleanses scalp)

How to:

  • Combine your oils in a microwave safe container  then heat for about two minutes.
  • CAREFULLY Pour melted oils into an applicator bottle for easy application.

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  • Make sure hair is wet/damp, then distribute oil evenly  into your hair, while massaging your scalp with your fingers.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 20minutes. If you don’t have any dryer, double wrap hair with a plastic wrap and leave on for 1hr.

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  • After time has passed, remove plastic cap, cleanse and deep condition hair using cool water.

6 Ways to Rock your Scarf

Say Goodbye to BAD HAIR DAYS forever!!

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Be Cute and Feminine with this Chic Look. PhotoCredit: LolaMaja IG
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Be Bold with this Fierce Look finished with a matching Lip Color. PhotoCredit: MunachiAbii IG
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Get Boho Chic with this look and Hoop earrings. Photo Credit: WhoisTonye IG
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Make it a Fancy Updo like Fade. PhotoCredit: FadeOgunro IG
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Dress up your Natural Hair with this Girly Look by Hair stylist Dupe. PhotoCredit: Tasalahq IG
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Wrap it all up with this Bold Look by Liz. PhotoCredit: Liz Yemoja IG

 

Share your Hairstyles with us!

- Email a pic to myHairmyBeauty@Yahoo.com

- Follow us on IG (@myHairmyBeautyNigeria) and #myHairmyBeautyNigeria to your pics.

The Most Creative Makeup Artist in the WORLD?

If there ever was such a title this Lady needs to win it.

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A collection of her transformations. PhotoCredit: IG Makeupmag

Magali Beauve, a makeup artist from Paris has been causing quite a sensation on Social Media for her amazing ability to transform into any celebrity with her amazing Contouring skills.

According to Magali, she discovered this special talent over a year ago, when she decided to transform herself into Michael Jackson, and now more than 10 celebrities later, she is able to contour and highlight herself to any rapper, singer, or actress and doll! (checkout her Chucky transformation)

Checkout some of our favorite transformations.

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Magali as Lil Wayne
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Magali as Brandy
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Magali as Rick Ross
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Magali as Chucky

 

The Beautiful Face behind all the transformations

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Her Instyle Magazine Interview

Checkout more of her transformations by visiting her Instagram page (@makeupmag) and Facebook page

Why you need a Face Sponge 1

If you have Oily Skin or Skin prone to Acne, this is for you.

Take a mirror, hold it up close to your face, focus on the area around your nose and underneath your eyes.

Does the skin around there look like this:

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Are your pores like the pitholes on this Orange? Then chances are you have Oily/Acne Prone skin.

One of the most important steps in caring for this type of skin is properly cleansing. It is important to thoroughly cleanse your face at the end of the day. Most times, we use one cleanser and believe that it’s enough.

Here’s what happens to your skin after washing your face with a normal cleanser and your hands:

Orange2As you can see, just using your hands does not thoroughly remove residue from the cleanser. This leaves your pores clogged, causing future breakouts.

If you have Oily/Acne Prone Skin you need a gentle face sponge. An example is the inexpensive cellulose sponge. Used during facial treatments, these sponges are derived from natural plant pulp and provide deep cleansing and gently exfoliation.

This is what happens to your skin after using a Cellulose Sponge:

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Your Pores are ALL CLEAR!!

Direction: Rinse face with water, apply cleanser on to sponge and apply to face and cleanse in a Circular direction. Rinse afterwards. Be sure to not aggressively scrub your face with the sponge, doing so will irritate your skin.

Hair Loss? What to Do

Do you get a bit of Hair envy when you see a colleague or friend with luscious full mane?

Well, you’re not Alone

We all can’t be blessed with great hair.

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For those of us that have a problem in this department, the good news is that there are measures we can take to fix this problem.

According to Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “The types of alopecia we’re seeing are different than what we were seeing 20 years ago because of the different types of processing that people are doing now, Whereas in the ’70s and the early ’80s the hairstyles were more natural, these days there’s a lot more crunched out styles in terms of perms and putting heat in the hair and keeping it straight, and a lot of tension.

So what can you do now after years of abusing your HAIR?

Dr. Kundu has 8 tips.
1. Eat enough protein.

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“The basic early advice is make sure you’re looking at your diet, make sure you’re getting enough iron, make sure you’re not anemic, make sure you have enough protein in your diet. Iron and protein are really important for hair health. We always try to make sure people get adequate protein for whatever they’re lifestyle is: If they’re sedentary, they don’t need as much. If they’re active, they need more.”
– Dr. Kundu

2. Get your vitamin levels checked and take supplements if need be.

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“Iron levels are important for hair health. Women often develop iron-deficiency anemia because they aren’t getting enough iron. Iron-deficiency anemia can also develop due to normal monthly menstrual blood loss. There are some generic vitamins that we recommend: Vitamin D, omega, fish oils, a generic multivitamin with iron. Biotin is great in terms of hair strength and preventing breakage.”
– Dr. Kundu

3. Invest in silicone.

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“There’s no magic product or ingredient, but if you want to add a little more protection you can use silicone -based products. Silicone basically coats the hair, which adds a little more protection once you do any kind of stress to the hair. Check a product’s list of ingredients and make sure silicone is high up on the list. Look for silicone or dimethicone, a silicone derivatives. Anti-frizz products usually have a silicone type of derivative. You can also try a leave-in conditioner, which also coats the hair.”
– Dr. Kundu

4. Be careful when styling at home.

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“The problem with people treating hair at home is no one else is looking. Often people will come in who have damage to their scalp that they didn’t notice was there. Specific practices that can be problematic include straightening, processing, hair coloring, and heat. If you do those things at home, try to modify your hair care habits. So, try not to put heat on more than once a week, reduce the frequency of flat iron use, blow dry at a lower setting. It’s about frequency and amount.”
– Dr. Kundu

5. Never flat iron wet hair.

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“Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage. Either air dry or blow dry out soft, with a low setting, and then put the flat iron on. You shouldn’t put a flat iron on wet hair.”
– Dr. Kundu

6. Do not leave products in for longer than advised.

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“Some people think products will be more effective if they leave them in longer than they should. They’ll be like, ‘Oh it’s tingling. That’s great. It must be working really well.’ That’s when damage can happen.”
– Dr. Kundu

7. If you feel pain while you’re at the salon, it’s time to find a new stylist.

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“Hair styling shouldn’t hurt. Any kind of scalp discomfort is abnormal. That’s a very basic thing. A lot of people will come in and say, “It burned after a couple minutes of leaving it on, and then they came and washed it off.” Any form of sensation can be a sign that the scalp is being damaged. If you suffer any kind of discomfort while you’re at the salon, stop seeing that stylist. If you experience any burning, stinging, tingling, any kind of pain on their scalp after the styling is done, or during the process of it, you shouldn’t go back.”
– Dr. Kundu

8. Opt for looser hairstyles.

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“Hair styling can cause problems in terms of alopecia. When braids or weaves are too tight, they hurt. Pain means it’s too tight, it’s pulling too hard. There’s too much tension. Try to keep ponytails and braids loose, not as tight, to reduce the amount of tension on the scalp.”

 

****ARTICLE Courtesy of HuffingtonPost********

National Lipstick Day: Must have Lipsticks

Hi Readers!!

Yesterday was National Lipstick Day. In celebration of that we’ve decided to compile a list of our TOP 5 Lipsticks thanks to the feedback of other Beauty bloggers. So here are the TOP 5 Lipsticks that every Beauty Loving Nigerian Woman should have.

Number 5: The right Nude

When it comes finding the right shade of Nude for your Lipcolor, our Beauty Bloggers had different suggestions.

Blogger, Funmi Ogunja, absolutely loves Mac’s Velvet Teddy

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This is a darker Nude, great if you want a Nude that’s more natural.

Blogger, Beauty in Lagos, is a fan of pink tinted Nude lip color. Her favourites are MAC Crème Cup and MAC Angel

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For a Nude that works for all, try MAC’s Fresh Brew

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Number 3: Sultry Red

We have been seeing alot of Bold lips on the Red Carpet and in Weddings. Feel like giving this look a Try?  Why not try the longlasting Lipcolors by Nigeria’s very own BMPRO

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A lip color we’re loving is BMPRO‘s longlasting lipwear “Chai“. Which can be seen on the Model Above.

Finally, A look that every Lipstick loving Lady in Nigeria should have for those nights she wants to step out of her comfort zone and go big is Sleek Cosmetic’s Lipstain Duke!

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