Finding Your Face shape.

It’s a beautiful morning. You wake up, take a shower, put on your outfit  and apply your makeup But….while looking at your mirror have you ever stop to wonder “What is my face shape?”  and  “Which haircut would look good on me? I know I have… So I Did a little research and discovered that 80-90% of Nigerian women do not know their face shapes; as a result , this has lead to inappropriate and  excess makeup for different events, wrong hair styles for different face shapes.So…Here is a chart  I came across that is FABULOUS! I highly recommend everyone to look at this chart and figure out which shape belongs to you. So…..Slick your hair back and pay close attention to the points of your jaw line, temples, and cheekbones.  Once you figure out your face shape it will not only help guide you to flattering haircuts or hair styles, but makeup applications as well.
Types of Shape Faces

There are up to nine face structures: Oval, Oblong, Rectangle, Round, Square, Inverted Triangle, Heart, Diamond, and Triangle.

Oval

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The oval shape is one of the most popular face structures. The face is known for it’s symmetrical balanced features, which leads to easy hairstyling and makeup trends. If ones forehead is slightly wider than their chin and the length of their face is more or less one and half times the width, then this persons face is oval.  The only complaints most oval shape people tend to have is that their foreheads are to high or their noses are too big. Nevertheless, this shape is the one closest to be considered “perfect.”

Oblong

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The oblong shape has a lot of similarities to the oval shape, but it is longer and not as wide. Oblong is slightly squared and the chin tends to be a bit pointy. Like the oval shape, the oblong does not have a lot of limitations when it comes to makeup or hairstyles. Nevertheless, if you are not an expert in maintaining your hair in perfect conditions at all time, it is best to avoid very long hair. If the length of the hair is too long, the face will appear longer. Best option is to keep your hair at a medium length with nice layers.

Rectangle

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A rectangle shape is almost like the square shape, only it is longer then it is wider. Also, the forehead is flat on top and squares off, the chin tends to be flat (similar to the square) and square upwards at the jaw. This structure is very masculine, which is why a feminine hairstyle is very important. Avoid very long flat hair or parting your hair in the middle. Do try medium or short bangs and hairstyles that create volume on the side of your face.

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The length and width of a round face are the same, the cheeks tend to be a bit more noticeable. The round face tends to be liked for the reason that it always makes the person with this shape look younger. This shape can easily add extra volume at the top of the head, to create a longer look. Avoid haircuts that end at the cheek, if you wish to go short, pixie hairstyle can work well. Avoid blunt bangs, if you wish for bangs, try some to sweep to the side.

Square

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When someone’s forehead and jawline are of the same width, this person has a square face. The jawline is the most detectable part of the face, the forehead is flat on top and squares off. Often the chin is flat and the jaw squares upwards. This face structure looks like it could be a round shape, but the structure of the forehead will show its true form. Long hair, with waves or straight is often a good option for this shape; nevertheless, a short bob does work as well.

Inverted Triangle/Heart

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Inverted triangle is extremely similar to the heart shaped face. The difference tends to be that the forehead is flat and square. With that aside, the best options with this style is to add bangs and to avoid anything slick back, while The forehead and cheekbones on a heart shaped face is wider then the jaw line. The chin tends to be pointy, the forehead is rounded and the jaw is slimmer. This combination creates a heart shaped face. The best style is short, when it comes to this shape; but if you do go short, add bangs! If short is not for you, then long hairstyles with a lot of waves could be another option. Avoid slick back hair that reveals.The same rules that apply to the heart shaped face basically applies to the inverted triangle.

Diamond

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The most drastic part in the Diamond shape face is the cheekbones. The forehead and jawline tends to be on the narrow side. Under the ear, the jawline comes to a point at your chin. The jaw of a diamond shaped face is similar to an oval, but the forehead resembles the triangle shape. If you are a diamond shape, avoid heavy straight bangs. Also, avoid a lot of your hair in front of your face, this causes the shape to look very narrow. To show off the cheekbones, tuck some hair behind your ears.

Triangle

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The triangle shape has a fuller jawline and the forehead is slightly more narrow. The jawline is wide like a square but the forehead is slender, which relates to that of an oval. This shape is one of the least common within the face structures. The most recommended hair option for a triangle shape is to have bangs; however, not every hair is good to have bangs . In those cases, other options are to have ones hair parted in the middle and to have a lot of volume through the crown.

There you have it! The nine face structures that shape the faces of the world.

So….can you guess my face shape?

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GTBank LFDW 2013, DAY 3

Backstage And Runway.

Yes, I’m back again and I stick to my  last point about the shows going uphill. here are my daily updates of what went down at the show.

First,i’ll start with Bridget Awosika.Bridget Awosika’s show  gave me an amazing amount of edge; with that unique SS ’14 collection. she gave white, blues, grey, navy, yellows and lilac, with very defined shapes and a couple of asymmetrical pieces. talking about her collection, she explained that her collection was inspired by being able to cherish what you have so she took 12 of her best pieces and reworked them.

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OK so you guys know i love red as its my favourite color right? so here is Washington Roberts who gave me that red lace jumpsuit that made my heart stop as soon as it appeared on the runway. The collection was very elegant  and it represented the confident and sexy woman.

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Iconic Invanity was everything and beyond! Embellishment and sparkles have never looked so appealing. This line was very glamorous and elegant, not only because of the amazing and attention grabbing embellishments but also because of the black satin, bold yellows, royal blue and velvet. Its so easy to go tacky with embellishment and sparkles but they got it right.

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so….stay tuned for the last update. till then*kisses

GTBank LFDW 2013

Day Two

Backstage And Runway.

Still on the fashion show which was tagged as ‘Orange Culture’ brought about  a whole lot of prints. speaking with some of the designers after the show such as Bayo Oke-Lawal,Re Bahia,Mai Atafo, and Mi-Le talked about their various unique collections and the inspiration behind it all.

Now here are some of the designs , so sit back and enjoy *winks

According to Bayo Oke-Lawal, his collection was inspired by trees ,the headpieces were representative of the cycle of trees with the colorful eyebrows.

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For Re Bahia, i got a lot of sheer, satin and very transparent pieces, but in the most elegant way possible.the bold blues, perfect pinks and the wintery white outfits were breath-taken if there’s any lesson here it’s that loose fitting clothes are just as sexy. Orire certainly deserved a standing ovation for her amazing collection.

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Mai Atafo Like a lot of other designers, made use of lot of prints, Ankara in particular and a lot of bold colors. Mai Atafo made use of men’s fashion as a means of inspiration for the modern woman outfit as seen in the  bow ties and ties on the women, hats and even cigars. Who said this is a mans world!?

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Mi-Le showcased a lot of monochrome,The pieces were very edgy and had very defined shapes.

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GTBank LFDW 2013.

By Joyce Awele.

Hello everyone, i’m sorry i have being a little MIA…. Anyways am back now  to give you whats New and Hot *winks*

Day One

Backstage And Runway.

Light, music and runway. it was a night filled with fabulosity for me as i could not just help but buzz uncontrollably on my seat as fashion designers displayed their outfits on the stage. Seeing  fashion at its best,the show which took place at OceanView in Victoria Island, Lagos brought together not only designers from Nigeria but abroad as well. designers such as Wana Sambo, Weizdum, Valerie David, Kinabuti, Samson Shoboye and Kola Kuddus,Maureen Ikem,Christie Brown,Ella and Gabby graced the event.

Now let me show you some of my favorite back stage moments

 Right here the female models had somewhat minimal make up. A few colored lips here, but more generally, everything was kept quite nude and bronze, with defined eyebrows and heavy eyelashes, no overly bold colors.

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 some interesting hairstyles from some of the malemodels

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From the Runway,It’s only fair to start with Sunny Rose’s S/S ’14 Collection. speaking with the designer Maureen Ikem after the show ,i learnt that the collection was inspired by the French Riviera. The idea behind the collection according to her was to “create elaborate clothes for women so they feel great about themselves”. something very interesting was that she kept colors to a minimum with whites and reds. Her collection featured a lot of lace and silk creating very elegant pieces and the ambience of the show was fantastic, what better music to play than Justin Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night?’

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Christie Brown gave us super quirky on the runway last night! It was a somewhat Afrocentric show, right down to the music; which is what i particularly loved.she gave some chiffon, some laser cuts, bold yellows and aqua. Let’s not forget the defined shapes and how lady-like a lot of the pieces were. To top it off, there were some amazing neck pieces . i definitely got “that modern woman who seeks a true taste of Africa.”

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Silverbird Galleria Fashion Week ( September 2013 )

By Joyce Awele.

Day Two and Three : Red Carpet and Runway.

Red Carpet

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when asked about his outfit , he had no idea but what i liked about this outfit is the gold ax neck chain.

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A simple Black dress accessorized with Gold Jewelries by yours  Truly…. will give you that classy but Alluring look.*winks
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Eccentric Men’s fashion, true but i think he should have played with mixing up some colors don’t  you think so…?but what i do like about this outfit is his Black and Gold accessory.

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what i like about this outfit is the beaded sandals.

Runway.

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The Red Dress

Red, the color of blood and fire, is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, vigor, willpower, rage, anger, danger, malice, wrath, stress, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination.

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Red my favorite color is an intense color that is packed with emotion ranging from passionate, intense love to anger and violence.Every woman deserves to be noticed and  A red dress makes that a simple task.A black dress offers easy style, but a red dress instead offers boldness.

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The red dress is a bold fashion statement, but if worn well, it can create a look that seems both classic and seductive. When it  comes to accessorizing the Red dress, stick with simple, unobtrusive pieces that add a little interest and contrast without drawing too much attention. Keep your dress the focal point of your outfit.

So…here are few Tips  on how to accessorize your red dress.

Think Monochromatic

Bring in black belt. Best kind would be one of the stretchy ones so it doesn’t look like the belt should go on pants. Belts definitely classy the dress and show off the good curves.

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Mix in different shades of red. A bright red can look overwhelming if you use it in every part of your outfit. Instead, use different shades of red to create contrast while staying within an all-red color scheme.

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Stay Classic with Black and White
Use black to add a little sexiness to your outfit. Black can look strong and classy, but the right black accessories can really turn up the heat. Wrap a black lace shawl around your shoulders for evening or carry a clutch with a layer of black lace. Complete the look with your highest pair of black stilettos.

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Glitz It Up
Add a simple hint of glamour to your dress with solid silver or gold. Metallic often have enough shine to look elegant on their own. Add shimmer to your neck or wrist with a simple chain, and look for a metallic shoe and handbag to tie your look together.

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And there you have it. Be Bold and Sexy!

Silverbird Galleria Fashion Week ( September 27th to 29th,2013).

By Joyce Awele.

 Day One: Exhibitions

Being the first of its kind, the silverbird creativity fashion exhibition which  took place at the Stv  Galleria  did see Nigerian culture fashion at its best . the Exhibition presented a perfect opportunity for fashion  related community to present their work before an audience which is a vital tool for the development of Nigerian creative fashion industries.fashion houses such as Occasions and Events , Brandnubians.com graced the Occasion.

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Choosing The Best jewelries For Your Face Shape.

Necklaces And Earrings .

When it comes to  Necklines,jewelries and make up its all about knowing your face shape.it is important to choose  jewelries  that are complimentary to the shape of your face as this ensures that each piece will bring out your best features which will flatter you there by making you feel fabulous and sexy.

So…Here are  few tips to consider when choosing the best jewelries for your face shape.

OVAL FACE.

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NECKLINES

Almost any shape.
Scoop and turtle neck are great.

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Chokers will draw emphasis to a long neck.
Opera style will lengthen a torso.
Matinee with drops accent a low-cut necklines.
Soft shapes such as spheres,pearls,open link chains,etc. will compliment the softness of the face.

Legend:  X  – less  flattering necklaces
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EARRINGS

Designs should be proportionate to the face.
Avoid very long styles.
Compliment with hoops,chandeliers,teardrops and other soft shapes.
Use triangle shapes to dramatize the face.

Legend: X – less flattering earrings
– more flattering earrings

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ROUND FACE.

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NECKLINES

Need strategic,lengthening shapes.
V-neck,sweetheart,empire and collared shirts .
Avoid round necklines.

NECKLACES

Use long lengths to lengthen the look of the face.
Use larger components that creates V-shapes  to compliment the face.
Avoid princess ,choker and collar lengths which shorten the neckline.

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EARRINGS

Wear long ,vertical styles which narrows the face .
Use angular designs such as rectangle,trapezoids,longer angular shapes to flatter the face.

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RECTANGULAR/OBLONG FACE.

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NECKLINES

Help the appearance seem more oval and wear strong horizontal lines.
Strapless,boat neck,off-the shoulder,slight cowl necklines.
Avoid the V-neck,plunging and scooped necklines .

NECKLACES

Short length compliment this shape.
collar length,choker and princess lengths break the vertical line of this shape and are complimentary.
Large beads and rounded neck wires are best.

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EARRINGS

Large bold styles are best.
Try Large,rounded post styles as well as wide chandeliers with movement to create drama.
Chose space-filling designs that create movement and interest.

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SQUARE FACE.

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NECKLINES

Soften the angular face with curves and vertical lines.
V-neck, scoop, sweetheart and moderate cowl lines are complimentary.
Avoid empire necklines which are square.

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Use curves and length to soften face.
Draw attention away from neckline with large components that hang fairly low.
Chose pendants with curved detailing.
Avoid princess, choker and collar lengths.

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EARRINGS

Large oval hoops, narrow chandelier and long drop shapes are perfect.
Avoid short, wide styles.

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HEART /INVERTED TRIANGLE FACE.

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NECKLINES

Strong horizontal clothing lines are best.
Boatneck, crew, off-the-shoulder and turtleneck shapes are advised.
Avoid V-neck, sweetheart, scoop, strapless and plunging necklines.

NECKLACES

Short and curved shapes are best.
Choker, princess and collar lengths are ideal.
If longer lengths are desired then pair with a shorter length to create balance.
Rounded neck wires and short bib-styles are complimentary.

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EARRINGS

Triangular dangling earrings compliment the shape by widening the jawline.
Add width at jaw level.
Use hoops, curves, teardrops, triangles and other dangling space-filling designs.
Avoid small round post designs as well as longer narrow designs.

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TRIANGLE /PEAR FACE.

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NECKLINES

Use curves to soften the jawline.
V-neck, collared shirt and sweetheart necklines are best.
Avoid empire and turtleneck lines.

NECKLACES

Use short lengths with gentle curves.
Princess and Matinee styles are complimentary.
Create length by using large components to form a V-shape below neckline.
Pendants with bold, rounded designs are best.

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EARRINGS

Use heart-shaped dangling designs.
Add width to cheekbones and upper areas.
Use small post styles with small, narrow dangles to create length.

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DIAMOND FACE .

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NECKLINES

A rare, dramatic shape that can wear almost any neckline.
Try the scoop and turtleneck for great results.

NECKLACES

Chokers will draw emphasis to a long neck.
Opera style will lengthen a torso.
Matinee with drops accent a low-cut neckline.
Soft shapes such as spheres, pearls, open link chains, etc. will offset the sharp angles of the face.

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EARRINGS

Avoid styles with extra length.
Add width to the jawline by wearing earrings that dangle with teardrops, pearl drops or triangle drops.
Soften the face with hoops.
Dramatize the face with angular crystal cuts and triangle shapes.

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Fashion Beads For Men.

beads beads beads……..when you hear the word bead, what comes to your mind?small, round and perforated objects which are usually strung to form necklaces or bracelets or attached to garments or articles of clothing for decorative effect right?…..well they are more than that, during ancient times they were know as African money  which where used as currency for the exchange of goodsservices and slaves,But all that have changed now as it has become a Fashion Trend. its uniqueness has not only captured female fashion sense and style but men as well.

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with the use of beads you can transform your outfit into some thing beautiful and unique, something that stands you out from the crowd. Now having the ability to transform an ordinary outfit into something extra ordinary lies in your ability to use beads to transform your out fit but it all come down to your skin tone and outfit.

Men’s Fashion are Eclectic and as such this should reflect the beads you choose to wear and how you accessorize it with your outfit.

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Basically i think Men who follow eclectic style should not be conscious or mindful about making a statement. Instead, they should feel free to express their personal style and tastes in various textures and cultures. They should also not be too concerned about what other people may think as Being unique and artistic is considered fashionable with this Trend.

Smoky Eye Makeup And Kissable lips.

Do you want that classy but yet sexy and seductive look that will captivate the attention of the room when you walk in?………then look no further cause a Smoky eye and  a kissable lips will do just the trick for you.

first i’m going to start with your Sexy Smoky Eyes.

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The trick to applying make up for a Smokey eyes can be achieved by just using any eye makeup color, but for maximum effect it is best to use colors which are Smokey, like gray, black, mauve and brown, rather than bright colors.

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To achieve the Smokey eyes effect you will need to choose three colors within the same hue, which means they need to be of a similar shade.

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There are several ways by which you can achieve a Smokey eye makeup. One of the method is to Begin by applying the lightest shade from the lashes to the brow bone. Then apply the medium shade from the edge of the lashes to the natural crease in your eye lid. Finally apply the darkest shade from the lashes to the middle of the eye lid, smudging it upwards for maximum effect and ensuring that all three shades are blended, not seen as individual colors with defined edges.To achieve the full Smokey eyes effect you will also need to apply eye makeup to the underside of the bottom lashes, the lower lid. Apply the color and smudge it with your fingers to get an even, unclogged look. By applying a thin line of eye liner to the lower lid in a different color, such as grey, will give a more natural look. To complete the look add two coats of black mascara.

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Next is…Y our Kissable lips.

It’s no secret that a soft and sexy-looking lips makes for an irresistibly kissable pout. So… I read an article by  Dr. Gervaise Gerstner to get the scoop on how to get a soft pucker, plus a few tips to help you create supple lips that no man can resist.

First Exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub, using a soft bristle tooth brush or simply use your finger,” Dr. Gerstner says  you can make your own scrub at home by mixing two crushed up strawberries or Honey with a tablespoon of sugar. Rub on lips using a Q-Tip to create a sweet, exfoliating treat.

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Although this recipe has little nutritional value, it will help to de-flake your pucker for a perfectly kissable pout. This exfoliating sugar scrub will invigorate and plump your kisser for a lip-gloss ready look. It includes brown or white sugar as an exfoliant, honey for hydration, our beloved olive oil for added moisturizer and powdered cinnamon as a quick plumper. Along with a quick weekly rub down, don’t forget to drink plenty of water everyday, as it is necessary for lips to be hydrated for them to actually look full and juicy.

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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon of brown or white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
a pinch of powdered cinnamon

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How to use:

Mix ingredients together in small bowl or even on the palm of your hand.
Using your index finger, rub on dry lips gently, in small circular motions.
Scrub for 2-3 minutes.
Wipe with a warm washcloth but not completely.
Apply Olive Oil to lock in moisture.Uses once-twice per week (Over exfoliating can cause damage to sensitive skin cells)

You may notice after exfoliating, you may pick some dead skin,its alright. there may be some areas you need to focus more so go ahead and handle that.

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So….scrub it up and keep it Sexy!

For healthy lips Dr. Gerstner says to stay away from cigarettes. “Smoking leads to vertical upper lip lines and wrinkles, not to mention that smokers are at a higher risk of developing lip and lung cancer too.”

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Apply lip balm that have your natural lip color, especially in cold temperatures, to prevent chapped, flaky lips,” says Dr. Gerstner

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Sunscreen is important for lips too. Look for a lip balm or lip treatment with SPF,” Dr. Gerstner says. The new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipsticks are just what the doctor ordered. They’re packed with SPF 12 and color-saturated pigments for lips that are kissable and healthy.

But remember,it is not complete without a great outfit, so Dress to Success. be Confident and Sexy! *kisses

Regaining Hair Loss The Nigerian Way.

By Joyce Awele.

Back in my youthful  days, i was envied by my peers. both young and old wanted to know the secret to my long hair and i did not know how to respond back because i had no idea .all i know was that i did everything a Nigerian girl in secondary school did during weekends after school week-Weaving ,braids. It was Christmas period everyone was getting ready for it and  so was i ,so i entered the salon to get my Christmas hair fixed and as usual my hair got the attention of other customers who were there to fix their hair as well.

Hair stylist- what do you want to do to your hair?

Me-i want something different. something I’ve never done before*thinking* Ooh i got it, Hair dye.

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So to cut the long story short, i lost my hair *screamed*images (5) I lost my black,beautiful,long natural hair to Hair dye. well i wanted something different, i got something different indeed.I just could not bring myself to cutting my remaining hair complete when everyone was telling me”cut it all off so it can grow back again”.

So Once again i got to the salon to know if my hair could be fixed and the result was negative. just as i was about to walk out of the salon, a very Nice young lady advised me to wait a little while for my hair to grow out and then make HANUBIU , DIDI Big-didi-cornrowsHair style and add Adi-agbon (coconut oil). i was so happy and thanked her for reminding me of it because i remember back then as a young girl, each time i did the hairstyle my hair became more full and long. so i did and within one mouth it worked its magic. i know……you’l be confused at what i’m talking about, fear not because i’m about to show you.

IRUN DIDI/HANUBIU.17SukuOniDidi 

It Is a Normal hair plaiting but with a twist.Normally the stylist will be at the back of the customer plaiting her hair but in this case its the reverse, he or she will be at the front of the customer using his or her thumb-fingers to plait the style.

You can try it and see what happens to your hair*winks*