Thursday, 23 April 2015

Dove's 'Choose beautiful' ad rant? A message to all women.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Elf plumping gloss review and March makeup haul!

Blame my massive makeup purchase on the fact that there were a couple of sales and I could NOT say no.

   Don't judge me :p

There were so many products that I had to put them into three categories:  Eyes, Lips, Face with nails.

The eye products are pictured below:


Some of the eye makeup here that I have never tried include Physician's formula, Malibu glitz, Wet & Wild, Ruby kisses.  I can't wait to try them!

The face and nail products can be seen here:


The items that I tried before in this photo are the Jordana nail polish (other shades, not this one) and the green tea mask.  So many products, so little time!

The lip products are shown here:


The EOS lip balm is the second lip item here that I would like to try.  Unfortunately, I have to wait until my current Blistex lip balm is used up. 

I say the second lip item because I  first decided to use and review the Elf plumping gloss.
The plumping glosses are pictured here:





  While making the purchase, I missed the word 'plumping' on the packaging.  I am a dark skinned sister who already has her lip plumping action going on naturally lol.
     I put on the nudish colour for a church service, the gloss held up for two hours.  It was slightly sticky - I usually apply lip balm before gloss to combat this. 
I would recommend these glosses for simple day looks where you don't mind reapplying every couple of hours.  In addition, the nude and pink colours may not be suitable for the dark skinned sisters like myself.


You can also view my past makeup collection video below:


 
Have you tried Elf's plumping gloss?  What are your views?

Sunday, 12 April 2015

My workout wear wishlist!








So it is basically a couple of months away from the summer season.  On the Caribbean island where I reside, this means an abundance of beach parties.  That is when I realized that I kinda, sorta, conveniently forgot to go running for five whole months.

 Oopsie.

The hunt for trendy workout wear begins!

I checked out Next website to have a look at some cute sporty pieces.  You can follow this link to see their items  :  http://www.next.co.uk/shop/gender-women-productaffiliation-sportswear-0

My present leggings collection consists of solid greys, blacks and beiges so I was quite happy to spy this hot floral striped number: http://www.next.co.uk/x55208s3#931451x55


Sports bras are so important, they provide the necessary support when the tough gets going.  I saw one that would be perfect for jogging and high - impact sports here   http://www.next.co.uk/g6d3174s3#685501g6d.  You can also visit our Bra Fit guide to ensure maximum support:  http://www.next.co.uk/inspire/lingerie/bra-fit-guide



A good pair of trainers or sneakers will prevent damage to your extremities while you move around.  I saw a pink Nike pair and fell in love.  See here: http://www.next.co.uk/g6h216s4#807505x55.


  I will be fit and trending on the jogging track very soon, can't wait!
   What are your favourite sportwear items from Next?

Monday, 6 April 2015

5 NOURISHING PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL & TRANSITIONING HAIR!





 Maintaining natural or transitioning hair is no easy feat.  However, if we find the most suitable products to deal with our delicate tresses, then the process becomes so much easier.

 I have been happy and relaxer free for approximately five months.  Over that time I have been researching and exploring different products to deal with my dry, bouncy strands.

Five of my most trusted products are discussed below:



1.  Motions weightless clear hairdressing.

I've been using this product for two weeks.  My hair retains moisture for longer when this is used.  In addition, no filmy residue remains.


2.  African pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle Instant Moisturizing Detangler.

This product has been used for at least two months.  It moisturizes and helps me out when finger combing my dry hair before styling. 

 
3.  Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils knot on my watch Instant Detangling Therapy.
 
I need to describe this product as the Godzilla of detanglers.  Knot on my watch saved me from wash days that might have probably been spent sobbing and huddled in the corner of my bathroom. I use it after deep conditioning and sometimes before styling.  When used, the comb slides through my hair like a dream!
 
 
4.  Cher - Mere herbal deep conditioner.

I have been using this item for two months.  This product is manufactured in the beautiful twin - isle republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  It is formulated with all-natural products such as aloe vera and rosemary oil.  I use this alone or mixed with other conditioners for my deep conditioning routine.  It leaves my hair sooo soft!

 
5.  ORS HAIRepair nourishing conditioner.
 
The last item on my list really packs a punch when it comes to moisturizing.  It contains extracts of banana and bamboo - I also love the scent.  I mix this with my Cher Mere deep conditioner sometimes for additional moisture.  I have been using this for more than four months.
 
You can view a short video where I discuss my deep conditioning routine here:
 
 
 
We all have different hair types and the aforementioned products have been really good to me.
 
What are your go to products for natural or transitioning hair?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

20 PICTURESQUE PHOTOGRAPHS OF PARADISE! Scenes of Trinidad and Tobago.

                                 
                       Some friends and I decided to go on a couple of road trips along Trinidad's coastline. 

Here are the photographs:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo by J. Baptiste
 
 
 
These photos were taken at Mitan/Cocal River and Maracas Bay. 





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

DIY Spring inspired decorated swimsuit tutorial

                      Spring has arrived in some parts of the world, while Easter vacation is here for me, an art teacher in sunny old Trinidad and Tobago.  I am usually excited when vacation rolls around, it means I could rest and use my free time for my craft and other creative activities!

I decided to do another tutorial where I decorated a swimsuit to make it look different. 

Here are the tools and materials pictured below:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
 
Mannequin
swimsuit
plastic flowers
fabric glue
a pair of scissors
hot glue gun
glue sticks
lace
ribbon
plastic leaves.
 
 
I started by cutting the stems and leaves from the plastic flowers.  The large plastic flowers were not used because they were attached using wire and I only wanted plastic which would be easier to stick to the swimsuit.
 
 
 
 
Here are some photos taken while decorating the swimsuit:
 
 







      



         Take a look at this video which shows the decorating process:














These are photos of the finished product:

 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This decorated swimsuit was not made for swimming, of course.  I just enjoy creating and making cute things.
 
I hope you liked this tutorial,  I thoroughly enjoyed producing this item!
 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

DIY: simple beach skirt.

                   Summer's warm weather is fast approaching, so it is time to start shopping for lighter clothing.
  If you know how to stitch a straight line, you can also try making this cool and colourful beach skirt.  It will be a convenient item that you can tie over your swimsuit.

Here are the items that you will need:

   
 
 
 

 
Sewing machine
2 - 3 yards of lightweight fabric  (I used fabric that is generally used for curtains and tablecloths in my country)
thread
pins
tailor's chalk
1 inch width ribbon (optional)
pair of scissors
measuring tape
pencil and paper to mark measurements
I used a mannequin (this is also optional)


So let's begin.

- Measure your waist and divide this number by two. 
- Measure from your belly button to your knee.  This will be the length of the front of your beach skirt. 
-Measure from your waist in the back to your ankle.  This will be the length of the back of your beach skirt.
-Add half inch for seam allowance to the sides and hem area of the beach skirt.
-Draw out the front and back of skirt on your fabric.  

 
 
 
-Fold your cloth in half so you would get symmetrical pieces.
-Cut out the front and back of the skirt.
 
Front piece.
 
 
 
-Add 24 inches to each half of waistband measurement that you calculated before.  Those will be the lengths of the two strips of binding for the waist.
 
The photo below shows the measuring tape lying along the waist area of the front piece:
 
 
 
You can also use the ribbon as a waistband, but I made binding from the fabric for the waist.  If you want a waistband an inch thick, then you need to cut the strips four inches in width. 
 
 
-Iron the strips into half (seen in the lower part of the photo below), then into quarters (seen in the upper half of the same photo)
 
-Iron a half inch hem around all sides of the front and back of skirt EXCEPT the waist area:
 
 
-Sew around the sides and hem of both front and back parts of skirt.
-Pin the waist of the front and back parts of skirt to the middle of the binding.  The raw edge of the waist has to fit between the binding like a sandwich.
-Sew the binding to the waist of the front and back of skirt.
 
 
The finished product will look like two aprons, as shown in photo below:
 
 
Photos of the finished product on the mannequin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A short video clip shows the finished skirt on the mannequin:
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!