The Foundation Tip That Changed My Makeup Game

I always dreaded crowded or hot places because once I started sweating my makeup seemed to glide right off my face. My foundation also sat on my face instead of being an extension of my face. I spent hundreds of dollars on foundations and setting powders in the hopes that I would be able to avoid a foundation mishap outside. Setting powders helped for a bit, but it did not give me the flawless look I so desperately wanted to have. It wasn’t until I discovered this makeup tip that my makeup game took a complete 180!

The commonly accepted way of applying makeup is wearing Primer, Foundation/concealer then Powder. But what if I told you I apply my foundation as Primer, Powder then Foundation.

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I know I sound crazy,  I thought it was completely crazy at first. Why would anyone wear powder before foundation? I actually discovered this technique from a video by Wayne Goss on YouTube. Wayne Goss is a makeup artist who gives a lot of unorthodox advice about makeup which actually works. Once I started using this tip my makeup does not budge. I live in Nigeria which is basically summer 24/7 and even in this very hot weather my makeup does not budge. This technique also made my makeup appear more smooth and flawless which is a double plus!

First Step – Prime

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Moisturise your skin and apply a pump or two of primer all over your face. I use GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer.  Primer is a really good makeup product that will allow your foundation look more smooth because it fills in your pores. Instead of having the foundation sit on your face, the primer will give the foundation an even base to work with. If you have dry skin, this step is very important for avoiding a cakey makeup look.

Second Step – Powder

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Using a powder brush, apply a light coat of powder all over your face. The more coverage the powder has, the better because this means you will not need to use a lot of foundation in the next step. The powder fills in the lines in your skin and allows the base for the foundation to be smooth and actually settle as opposed to gliding and sliding everywhere. I’ve been using Mac Studio Finish powder in NC 55.

Third Step – Foundation

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Because you applied powder before which has a bit of coverage, you will notice that you do not need a lot of foundation in this step. I literally only need 2-3 pumps of foundation at most. Which is great because I don’t like using a lot of foundation. I just apply a bit on a foundation brush and rub in circles all over my face till it is evenly applied! I’m using my all time favourite foundation Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation.

Final Step (Optional) – Powder

If you have oily skin or you just want more coverage, lightly apply powder on your T-zone or all over your face. Do not apply too much powder here to avoid your face looking cakey!

That’s it! I have been following this makeup tip consistently for a couple of months and my makeup game has seriously stepped up a notch. I no longer carry a powder to retouch my makeup throughout the day, I have minimal shine and my face looks more flawless. It was a truly life changing tip!

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I challenge you to try this tip for a few days and see how it fares. Thank me later. Or better yet, thank the makeup guru Wayne Goss!

Have you tried this tip?

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MEGA AWARD POST: Sunshine, Leibster and The Awesome Blogger Award!

I’m literally the worst person ever to be nominated. I have a ton of nominations that are just sitting in my drafts that I never completed. I decided to do this massive award post today because I havent done one in so long. I enjoyed answering all these questions and I hope you enjoy reading it too. Lets get into it!

Sunshine Blogger Award

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RULES

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Thank you so much for the nomination and questions Nifemi! Check out her blog here.

What is your greatest fear?

Cockroaches. I’m deathly afraid of cockroaches!

What are your blogging achievements so far?

Reaching a 1000 followers on my blog and being contacted by Rimmel London to use one of my pictures on their website!

What keeps you going?

Seeing the support and nice comments I get from everyone that reads my blog motivates me!

Family or Friends?

Family! I love family.

How would you describe your blogging style?

I don’t have a blogging style that I can pin point. I just try to be coherent and let my personality shine through.

Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?

I haven’t been impacted by anyone, but I have definitely been inspired by Lydia Elise Millen. She’s an amazing soul and great blogger!

Have you ever think of quitting blogging?

Not at the moment no! But I worry often about how I will juggle blogging and full-time studies.

How do you calm yourself when angry?

I stay away from everyone and look at memes on my phone till I fall asleep. LOL

Any regrets ever since you started blogging?

No not at all! I’m someone who avoids having regrets. It is a completely pointless emotion because I can’t go back and change the past.

Coffee or Chocolate?

Chocolate!

Will you party or stay indoor?

BOTH. I love a good party but I also love to stay at home and chill most of the time

 

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I was nominated by NotYourAverageGirlyGirl! Thank you so much for the award! Check out her blog here

What is the one movie that you can watch over and over and never get sick of?

Any Leonardo DiCaprio film is an instant classic.

What is your go-to Starbucks (or coffee/tea/beverage) order?

Caramel Frappuccino. I’m very basic. Lol

What is one item that you can’t live without (other than your phone)?

My computer.

What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a fave, but I love Sci-Fi and self-help books.

If you could star in any TV series, which would it be and which character would you play?

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I would be A in Pretty Little Liars or Frank Underwood in House of Cards because they’re messy, evil, petty and the villains/antagonists always have the most fun.

If you could own any animal, and the animal would always remain baby-sized, which would you choose?

A cat! I love kittens and they’re so cute with their baby screechy meows

If you could have one super power for one day only, what would it be?

Time Control. I want to experience how people lived in the past.

What was the first concert that you ever attended?

I went to the Drake “Would You Like A Tour” concert in Birmingham, UK in 2013!

What city do you wish you could live in?

NYC seems like a fun place to live in.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Any and all Disney songs.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?

Dubai! It was so different from anywhere I’ve ever visited.

 

Awesome Blogger Award

 

Rules of This Award:

• Thank the person who nominated you & include the reason behind the award.

• Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.

• Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

• Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.

• Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

• Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

Thank you for the nomination Sanah Sharma! Do check out her blog here 

Questions

What’s the best thing you love about where you live?

I currently live in Nigeria and one of the things I love the most about it is the hot weather! It’s summer all year-long so I never have to worry about padding up when I’m leaving the house.

If not for your current profession, what would your alternate career option be?

I’m probably going to be a research scientist but if I wasn’t doing that I’d probably be working somewhere entertainment and or beauty related.

What language do you want to learn?

French. I’m moving to Quebec soon so it is definitely a skill I would love to have. Speaking English only is so boring to me.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Ice-cream!

If you had to wear just one outfit all your life what would it be?

Probably just a button up shirt and pants. I think it is something that will remain somewhat in fashion forever. I would’ve said pyjamas but I can’t leave my house looking like a crazy person, even though it’s comfortable

What is the one place in the world you want to visit before you die?

Tokyo, Japan!

If you could be a movie character, who would you be and why?

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Not a movie character but an anime character called Gon Freecss in this show called Hunter x Hunter. He has a lot of admirable qualities like loyalty, determination, playfulness that I think is so cute. He also kicks butt and everyone underestimates him but he gets shit done. He is my anime soul mate.

What are three things you never leave home without?

Lip Balm, My iPhone and Money.

What is your favorite brand of clothing?

Zara! I own too many Zara clothes.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I think indoor skydiving and extreme dune bashing in the desert!

 

Leibster Award

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I was nominated by Louise to do the Leibster award! Thank you very much for this award Louise!

What inspired you to begin your blog? What was your reason and what is your blog about?

I liked the idea of blogging about the things I loved so I decided to start a blog about my travel experiences…which morphed into the blog you see today. I’m very glad I started blogging!

What qualities do you like about yourself?

I’m a generally chill person who is slow to react and I like that about myself.

Are you more a city or country person?

City. I can’t stand the quiet of nature. LOL

Do you have children? If not, would you like to have children in the future & what would you name them?

I don’t! I would like to have kids eventually and I haven’t thought of names yet.

Do you wear makeup? If so what is one thing that’s essential in your makeup routine? 

Eyebrows! My makeup is not complete without it.

If you could spend a whole day with 3 celebrities who would you spend the day with?

I love extravagant celebrities so I’m going to go big with this one and say Floyd Mayweather,  Migos and Rihanna. I think I’ll probably have the most fun with these three/five.

What’s your ideal holiday? Where would you love to travel?

Answered above!

Have you got any phobias? If so what?

I’m afraid of cockroaches. Eek!

Whats an interesting fact about you that not many people know?

I’ve never given this much of a thought to be honest. Lool

What’s the craziest and most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

Answered something similar above!

Would you say you’re an optimist, pessimist or realist?

Optimist. I always believe everything will work out for good in the end.

My Questions 

Answer both these questions for the Awesome Blogger Award!

  1. Summer or Winter?
  2. Favorite vacation destination?
  3. One item you can’t live without?
  4. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  5. Do you like seafood?
  6. Could you go ever go vegan?
  7. Best TV show you’re watching right now?
  8. Favorite makeup product that you can’t live without?
  9. Love or Money?
  10. Would you ever go on a TV show?

I nominate you for the Awesome Blogger Award

Brooke Clark

Holilife

Dii Blogs

Chxrlotte Rose

The Unabridged Sass

Asakemi 

If you made it this far, you’re a real gem! Thank you so much for reading this award post and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved doing it. 

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My Not So Secret Beauty Cleanser For Flawless Skin

I am one of those odd unicorns that has skin that can be classified as  “Normal”. It is neither Dry nor Oily and it’s definitely not Combination. I can humbly say that I have been blessed by the skin gods when it comes to that aspect. But although I had it easier in this area, I was plagued by hyper pigmentation and millions of tiny zits on my forehead. They were even more pronounced when I wear foundation!

I tried so many different skin care products and spent hundreds of dollars on cleansers, toners and masks in the hopes that it would remove some of the acne I was experiencing. As I bought many different products, I began to realise that my skin responded better to products that other people considered harsh. Toners that would normally dry out peoples skin were absolutely perfect for me. Cleansers that were too strong were not even strong at all on my face. I came to the realisation that my skin needed a strong but natural product to help tame the horrendous acne I was experiencing. This lead to my discovery of a Black African soap called Dudu Osun!

Dudu Osun has been here for as long as I can remember. In secondary school, I saw girls use this soap religiously and I wondered why anyone in their right mind would use a soap that is black. Fast forward to my Uni days in Manchester, after spending a lot of money on a cleanser that that didn’t work, I decided to find an affordable alternative which led me to the back of an African Caribbean store where I discovered Dudu Osun!

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I initially did not use it on my face, but once my cleanser ran out, in a moment of desperation I used this soap. I loved it so much that I stopped using that cleanser and started using Dudu Osun. I haven’t looked back since.

Dudu Osun is made up of all natural ingredients including shea butter, honey, aloe vera, osun (Camwood), palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, lime juice and lemon juice. With so many lovely natural ingredients included I am not surprised it is doing wonders on my skin.

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Something that I have noticed is that Dudu Osun is a strong soap. Do not get it in your eyes. I have made that mistake a couple of times and it was not fun getting it out. It is very harsh. It’s probably the reason why it works on my skin. lol

Dudu Osun is also a pimple zapper. Once I spot a pimple and I use it, the next day it is visibly smaller. It is also a preventative measure for future acne because it has antibacterial properties. I now have virtually no acne spots on my skin and I also have minimal acne scaring! I’m assuming this is because of the lemon and lime which have natural bleaching properties.

Dudu Osun is also extremely affordable in Nigeria and abroad. In the UK, a pack of 6 costs £6. Which is £1 per soap! I am now a big believer of not spending stupendous amount of money on beauty products when you can find one just as good (or even better) in a drugstore or market.

Most skin care products are down to trial and error so even though I may be raving about this product, it may not work for you. However, since it is affordable and most people that have tried it like it, it is definitely worth a buy!

You can find Dudu Osun at most African Caribbean stores or African markets. If you’d rather not go there you can order it directly on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed this post! This soap is really my secret weapon for flawless skin. I really don’t worry about acne anymore and it is an amazing thing to check off your list!

Thank you for reading! Have you tried Dudu Osun? What did you think of it? 

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How I Achieved My Health Goals

It’s July and we are waaay past the middle of the year now. 2017 has been a pretty good year for me so far. I got to take the trip of a lifetime to Dubai, I got admitted to McGill University for my M.Sc. and I surpassed 500 followers on this blog by a long shot. I am definitely looking forward to what the rest of this year will bring offline and online!

I think almost everyone has some sort health goal that they want to achieve. Be it removing negativity, exercising more, eating healthier or meditating more. There are so many ways you can decide to improve your health and well-being.

In the beginning of the year, I had two health resolutions that I vowed to follow come new year. These were exercising regularly and losing weight. Here is how I achieved those goals!

Exercise

I wanted to establish a regular exercise regimen because I was completely sedentary. I had exercised on and off for months but it was erratic and I would often stop for extended periods of time. I had begun to take my health more seriously and I realised that my inactivity was something that had to change. I decided that I would find an exercise I don’t hate doing and start doing that consistently for the next few months

Was I successful?

I have gone from zero exercise a week to 3 times a week. I now do a variety of strength training and cardio exercise through the course of a week. I started very small. Exercising only once a week and doing low-impact exercises. Once I felt comfortable I slowly increased the frequency and intensity of my exercises to where I am today.

I am by no means a fitness expert. I still look like a headless chicken when I exercise and some days I really, really don’t want to do it but I have noticed so much improvements since I started. My arms and bum look more defined, my resting heart rate has reduced and I can now do a couple of push ups (knee assisted). I was that girl who couldn’t muster up even one assisted push up so this was a very big deal for me!

What exercises did I do?

I used Fitness Blender videos on YouTube. Fitness Blender was founded by a couple called Dan and Kelli who make free exercise videos for all levels and ages. They have over 500 videos on their channel so there is always something for you.

The exercise intensity ranges from 1-5. I started initially at a level 1 and 2 but I am currently doing level 2 to 4. Level 5 is pretty extreme for me so I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon.

Losing Weight

My second goal was to lose weight. Which is the probably most basic goal ever lol. I have been overweight for the majority of my life. It’s not the most noticeable thing in the world because I carry my weight pretty well and I have never had any health issues. (Seriously, the last time I was sick was in elementary school). However, my weight had been a source of a most of my self-esteem issues when I was a teenager! As I got older, I became more at peace with my body and began to like it. But as I became more health conscious, I decided to reach a normal weight because I wanted to be healthier after it finally sunk in my head that I was increasing my risk of developing chronic diseases if I do not lose weight!

I was about 10 kg or 20 pounds overweight. So I had a lot of weight to lose before I reached the upper limit of a healthy weight.

Was I successful?

I have lost 11 pounds or 5 kg so far! I am now 10 pounds away from a normal BMI and this is a very peculiar experience for me. I have lost weight by counting my calories and incorporating healthier/filling meals into my diet. The calorie counting app I use is myFitnessPal and it has a large database of food so it is easy to check any food I eat and track it. I weigh every single thing I eat (including condiments) using a scale and weigh myself daily to get a weekly average of my weight. My weight fluctuates a lot daily so it is important to me to get an average so I do not get hung up on a single number I see on the scale!

The biggest difficulty I’ve experienced is adapting to a reduced calorie diet since I was used to eating 2000+ daily. Going from 1800-2000 calories a day to 1300-1500 did not go well for a few weeks. I realised that I had to get creative with the type of food I eat if I was going to survive.

I have incorporated complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and oatmeal, increased my vegetable intake and incorporated better fats like peanut butter and cashews. Nearly don’t eat enough protein so that is something I need to work on. Although my diet is not perfect, it is improving and that is all I am aiming for right now. Perfect is the enemy of good!

However, I am currently struggling because my mother keeps buying snacks in the house. Someone send help. Please. Lol

Weight loss communities have also kept me motivated when I felt myself slipping. The r/loseit community of Reddit has helped tremendously with this. I’m an avid Redditor and lurker so finding this community was amazing. I can not begin to explain how motivating the community has been to me. They are an amazing bunch of people!

 


 

Thanks for reading this post! I hope some of the tips I have shared may help you with kickstarting your helath goals. I am happy I have acheieved some of my goals this year. I hope I can continue losing weight and getting healthier for the remainder of the year. It hasn’t been always the easiest thing to stop bad habits, but it is well worth it!

What are your health goals?

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The 1000 Followers Milestone!

Excuse me? OMG, me? What? A thousand people are following my blog?

I had a goal to reach 500 followers by the end of the year and this has completely exceeded my expectations!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for subscribing to my blog, continuously interacting with me and showing support. It is this continuous support that keeps me going! I don’t look at you all my people who are following me, I see you as a community of my friends.

This is such an amazing milestone to reach and it now feels weird looking at my follower count because I remember when I had 20 people following me. That was such an exciting time for me and now that I have reached 1000 followers, this is a similar, exhilarating feeling!

So what’s next? I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes me and see how I evolve as I continue doing this. I’m looking forward to working with different brands and websites! I currently live in Nigeria so getting some opportunities have been a bit of a challenge. However, I may be moving soon so that would definitely open more opportunities for me! Yay!

I also set a goal for myself that if I ever hit a 1000 followers on my blog I would get a custom domain. I would love more creative freedom on my blog but I don’t know if I should pay for WordPress Premium or move to WordPress.org yet. I’ll probably start with the paid versions of WordPress.com before I move to a self hosted website. I’m too lazy for all the technical stuff and I really love the ease of the community here.

I also started a new Instagram page for my blog a month ago. Despite the messy algorithm, I currently have 360 lovely followers there so it is going pretty well all things considered. So go over there and give me a follow!

Also trying to get into Pinterest too, I don’t know how to use that much so we’ll see how this goes!

Once again, thank you so very much!

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The Basic Beauty Kit For Beginners and Lazy People

The world of makeup can be very overwhelming. There is always a new product to try or one to help you look more amazing. I started my makeup journey 4 years ago, after I graduated high school. I was just 16 then and although I had a pretty late start to makeup, I am now very comfortable with doing my makeup and using most products.
I think when you are new to the world of makeup, it is very difficult to know what products you need. Makeup is a very fun way to experiment and express yourself, but it can quickly become confusing when you do not know what looks good with what. When you are starting out, focusing on the basic aspects of makeup is the best way to get better. It is amazing what a simple touch of mascara can do to enhance your beauty.

These products are what I used when I started practicing makeup. They are also all the products I use when I am lazy because I don’t like spending hours doing my makeup but I would still love to look cute and put together in the end! I’ve mentioned mostly drug store products because I don’t recommend spending too much money on makeup when you are a beginner. Some drugstore products are also pretty good! Here are the products I recommend:

Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face and they are arguably one of the most important makeup products anyone should have. There are brow powders, pomades and pencils but I personally use a pencil because is it easier to apply.

Keeping your eyebrows  trimmed and neat makes applying brow products easier. Using the brow pencil,lightly fill any areas that look sparse until you get your desired thickness.  Completely optional, but I use a concealer to tidy up the perimeter around my brows to correct any mistakes I made to make it look neater.

Brand: My absolute favourite hands down is Jordana’s Fabubrow eyebrow pencil. It is readily available in CVS pharmacy stores in US. If you live in the UK, one of favourites was Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil!

Foundation

The holy grail of makeup products! Foundation is the base for all makeup products and it covers your dark spots, circles and general imperfections. Different shades of foundation exist so finding your perfect shade takes trial and error. Starting out with drug store foundations gives you a basic idea of what colours will work for you and what won’t!

Brand: My favorite drug store foundation, which is also my all time favorite foundation, is Maybelline Fit Me foundation. It also matches perfectly with the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder!

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Lipstick

A red or nude lipstick is great for a basic makeup kit. This is because they are universally flattering colours that look good on most skin tones. Here is my guide on how to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick! I don’t have a lot of drugstore brands because I personally prefer high end brands in this aspect.

Brand: My current favorite red lipstick is Mac’s Ruby Woo and nude is Mac’s Taupe Lipstick lipstick. 

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Eyeliner

Eyeliner is the bane of makeup lovers existence. Using an eyeliner makes your eyes appear more alert and enhances your eye colour. It is actually one of the trickiest products to apply, even after 4 years!  I believe the earlier you start learning, the better. Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to begin experimenting with eyeliner now.

Brand: I don’t use a specific makeup brand for my eyeliner. I actually bought this eyeliner in a Nigerian market for 400 Naira ($1.20). It’s also better than any drug store eyeliner I’ve tried so yay!

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Mascara

Mascara is a makeup game changer. It makes your eyes pop! There are so many affordable mascaras but in my honest opinion, I think that high end brands offer better mascara options.

Brand: That being said, the one drug store mascara I can recommend is Sleeks Lethal Length Mascara. It doesn’t clump and it separates and elongates your lashes perfectly. The mascara is readily available in the UK but not in the US. However, they ship all over the world so you can just order for a delivery on their official website!

Brushes

A basic or lazy beauty kit needs three makeup brushes at most; the foundation brush, the powder brush and an optional spoolie brush for your eyebrows! There are many types of foundation brushes but my favourite is flat top foundation brush. It’s quick and easy to use.

Brand: Real techniques and Eco Tools are amazing drug store brands to try. They have quality brushes that can be bought as stand alones or in sets! I currently own random brushes from both brands that I bought in sets and separately. Shop the Real Techniques Starter Kit here and Eco Tools Starter collection here

That is it! These are just the basics of makeup but once you get comfortable with the basics you can begin to increase your makeup collection and fill it with eyeshadows, bronzers, concealers, contour and highlighter kits and many more. You will even find yourself going back to the basics if you are just having a lazy day like me. Thank you so much for reading this post!

What did your beginner or lazy makeup kit consist of?

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Mac Mineralized Skinfinish Highlighter in Cheeky Bronze: A Review

Ah, Summer. There is nothing like the sweltering hot sun to give you the glow of a glazed donut. Now that summer is here, it’s safe to say we all want that bronzed, sun-kissed look and highlighters are the perfect product to achieve that!

I love the light natural glow a highlighter gives you. It accentuates features of your face that make you beautiful naturally. I started using highlighters 2 years ago and I have not looked back since. I have searched low and high for the perfect highlighter and I  have finally found one that fits me like a glove: Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze.

This highlighter is part of Mac’s mineralized Skin Finish collection it comes in 6 shades ranging from pastel pink to khaki coloured shades. It is currently £24.50 on the Mac Website and stores!

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Formula

This powder is described as a luxurious, slow-baked, velvelty soft, domed faced powder with a radiant finish. It is super pigmented you can either wear it as a sheer glow or build it up to a strong intensity. It also has a very smooth feel when you glide it between your fingers. The formula is definitely one of the best compared to the other highlighters I know. It also doesn’t drag on dry patches on your skin and glides smoothly when you apply it!

Swatches

Cheeky Bronze in particular is a soft coral with golden shimmer. This is a very versatile colour that does not clash with any makeup look you’re wearing because it matches your skin tone so closely and complements it!

Here is a swatch of the highlighter on my arm…

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How Long Does it Last?

This highlighter lasts ridiculously long. I bought this highlighter a year ago and I am yet to hit the pan. For the price, it is a very good investment. It is also long-lasting when applied on your face and gives you a lovely glow throughout the day.

I have also been stopped multiple times in public and asked where I got my highlighter from. I think it is the only time I am usually asked about a makeup product I’m wearing. So that must mean something!

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How To Use

I apply this product on 3-5 places on my face; cheeks, chin, nose and cupid’s bow. I also apply it on my brow bone occasionally for the extra highlight there.

Using my contour brush, I swipe it over the highlighter in three strokes and apply it to the area in light, sweeping motions. I then repeat until the intensity of the shine has built up to where I want it to be! It is pretty easy to use so this highlighter is definitely idiot proof.

Some Tips…

  • This highlighter is really pigmented so always start with a light strokes and build up from there!
  • Make sure you blend properly to avoid streaky, obvious, highlighter lines.
  • Cheeky Bronze is a coral colour, which may not be the perfect shade for very fair or dark skin tones. Because it is the middle shade in the collection, the pinker shades may be better suited for fairer women and the golden shade for the dark woman!

I will definitely be purchasing this again. I’m the kind of person that once I find a makeup product that actually works, I do not shift to any other brand again. I only own two highlighters now!

Thank you for reading my review! What do you think of this highlighter? 

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What One Year Of Blogging Has Taught Me

I recently got a notification from WordPress that I have been blogging for a year now! Technically, I created my blog a year ago but I only started actively blogging 3 months ago. I have experienced a lot of ups and downs during these past 3 months and I think it would be lovely to share what I have learnt about blogging so far. I hope you enjoy!

Blogging is not as easy as it seems

That perfect flatlay and glamorous pictures you see on blogs have probably been taken a 100 times to look just right. Before I started blogging I used to think people just empty the contents of their makeup bag and everything falls beautifully in place. I didn’t understand why mine looked like a hot mess. It takes a lot of effort and hours to plan posts, write it, take pictures and promote it. Blogging can easily turn into a full-time job! You have to be consistent and diligent and always try to improve. It’s not easy, but definitely worth it. So far!

If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to scrap it

When I first started blogging I couldn’t decide on what niche I wanted to blog about. So I started with many niches like music, movies, books, fashion, makeup, travelling and lifestyle. I started posting and I quickly realised that people did not like reading my independent posts about music, books and movies. So I deleted all those posts and I slowly dwindled down my topics to things that people liked. I listened to my readers and acted accordingly.

I think its okay to not blog about everything. Even if you love everything like me LOL. I think my opinion is more valued in certain areas than others, which is great! It allows my thoughts to be more targeted and my quality to be better. Don’t be afraid to adapt especially when you are starting out because you have we have so much lee way for change now!

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Shamelessly promote your blog

A lot of people feel shy about sharing their blog posts but it is one of the best ways for people to find your blog. I am not saying that you should be that annoying, spammy blogger, but doing things like sharing your posts once social media and leaving your blog link at the end of comments is a great way to get your blog out there. If you feel uncomfortable about sharing your posts with people you know you can carve out an entirely separate community of strangers to share your posts with. For example, I now have a separate Instagram page where I am striving to grow a community of like-minded people different from followers on my personal page!

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Interact with the blogging community

Interacting with other people is so important when you’re a blogger. It’s not enough to just publish posts and sit and wait for something to happen. I make sure to reply to every single person that took the time to comment on my post. Doing this helps build relationships with the people that read your posts! Also, do not be afraid to comment on other people’s posts, share their blog post, like them or follow them on Instagram. When you comment, try to leave thoughtful comments. Simply commenting “Nice” or “Great post” does not count. It shows you didn’t read a word of the persons post. Truly interacting really makes your blogging experience so much better!

This is one of the best tips for growing any social media site; posting often, striving for quality content and interacting with the community!

 Be yourself

I think it’s perfectly okay to derive inspiration from another person because almost everything under the sun has been blogged about. I think what makes a post unique in particular is the fact that it is your unique perspective. That is why it is important to be honest and be yourself. It is so exhausting trying to act like something you are not and I think people can pick up on that. On the flip side, it is so liberating when people embrace unique aspects of your personality that you may think are weird or not good enough. That can be what makes you stand out!

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I’m definitely still a baby blogger and I have no idea what I am doing 99.999 percent of the time so these are just some of the things I have learnt so far! I also have no idea what I’m going to do when I move into a self hosted site. And what in heavens name is SEO and HTML? This is uncharted territory. LOL wish me luck and fingers crossed that I appear graceful admist the madness!

What has blogging taught you?

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 700 Followers Milestone! Blogging Goals and Q&A

I now have 700 followers on The Pearly Life!!!  I would like to thank every single one of you that followed and showed support on my posts. I honestly didn’t think I would be at this point at all when I started blogging. It’s an amazing and surreal experience. Angela said something about getting followers so quickly in her recent post which I thought was so true.

I feel excited, but also freaked out at the same time. It is a strange feeling to get a large influx of  followers and sometimes you do not even believe it is happening to you. I feel like I may just blink and it would be over!

Blogging Goals

My blog stats tremendously improved in the month of May. I started my blog on June 2016  then abandoned it a month later. It was March 2017 that I started to take my blogging more seriously. My stats, views, likes, followers and engagement have in turn increased each month and I hope I can continue in this upward trajectory!

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I would like to begin branch out on the type of posts I make. My blog is seriously lacking in the Lifestyle category so I would love to increase the frequency of those posts. I personally love a bit of diversity so I would love to blog about different topics on my blog. What would you guys like to see? I would love to hear your opinion on it!

I also see myself moving into a self hosted blogging platform like WordPress.org soon. I like WordPress.com but there is a serious lack of creative freedom when it comes to the design of your blog, SEO tools, widgets and many more. It has become more frustrating so I will begin to seriously look into moving in the coming months!

I also would love to increase my social media presence now so I am currently focusing on Instagram and Twitter. I don’t know what I’m doing yet but once I figure it out I will make a post helping my fellow bloggers here! ❤

Q&A

I also think it would be appropriate to do a Q&A now since I have quite a number of people subscribed to this blog. I love reading Q&A’s and it would be nice to let you all know a bit about the person behind this blog!

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer it in my next post or next two posts!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: Review & Swatch

Lancome is one of my favourite high-end brands. I grew up watching my mother using Lancome products and now I’m using their makeup and skin care products often! One of the things I love about Lancome is how the brand places a lot of emphasis on skin care. I think it’s always good to have glowing, natural, blemish free skin. Great skin is a lovely canvas for makeup!

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I also appreciate how much they include all shades of skin tones in their foundations and concealers. They have makeup for extremely fair skin and dark skin. It is great because it is difficult for WOC and fair-skinned ladies to find a foundation that actually caters to our skin tone.

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The Formula:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra is an oil-free, long wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. I am a full coverage kind of girl so this is perfect for that. It covers all my dark spots, discolorations and looks somewhat matte on my skin. Most foundations are quite oily and shiny when applied so you often need a mattyfying powder to set it. However, this foundation can be used on it’s own without a powder because it is shine free. It looks very natural, does not feel cakey and heavy on my skin so double plus!

I was also pleased to know that this foundation has SPF 15 which is great because I hardly wear sunscreen even though I live in a very sunny area. This means that it will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays while providing a smooth and flawless finish.

Swatches + Try On:

I am using colour number 10 or Beige Praline. The foundation is now available in 40 shades which means you will definitely find a colour that suits your skin tone. Here is the swatch of this foundation on my arm vs blended out. It blends perfectly into my skin and matches my skin quite well.

The Burning Question:

Now on to the burning question; does it last long? Yes it does! I apply my foundation once a day and only touch up with a powder once my face gets oily. I don’t think any foundation under this planet can survive the Nigerian weather so I am not too strict on my expectations with regards to reducing shine. Even though I may get shiny, the foundation stays put and my face is still well covered. Here is the foundation immediately when I applied it and 5+ hours later…

I have used this foundation consistently for months in the UK and Nigeria and I have had no complaints. The only reason I stopped using Lancome was because I was trying to stopping my excessive spending on makeup products and $47 was not affordable for me at that time (Funny story: I had a family intervention a few weeks ago where they promised to cut my spending money if I keep buying so much makeup. LOL)

Some Tips :

  • Make sure you pick a shade lighter than your actual skin tone because this foundation will oxidize and turn a shade darker!
  • Do not pick your foundation colour from just looking at the bottle because the colour on the bottle appears darker than the actual product.
  • A little also goes a long way with this foundation so do not be too heavy-handed so you will not waste the foundation and look like a cake monster.

You can purchase this foundation for just 26 pounds here!

I hope you enjoyed this review! What do you think about this foundation?

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