Monday, 24 October 2016

TAOS COSMETICS MATTE LIPSTAIN SWATCH AND REVIEW


It's amazing how far the Nigerian Cosmetics Industry has grown. Today I am reviewing a Nigerian product and I absolutely loved these lipstains! They have a range of colours but I copped the JOZI and GOLD COAST. They are easy to apply but have to be done carefully. They are well pigmented and you apply more than once to get a full coverage.They dry out fast and beautifully matte and last long! They do not come out too dry and flaky like some matte lipstick do and these are pocket friendly and affordable! You might need to touch up if you have to eat and drink 


JOZI is a nude colour but personally I prefer using a lip pencil to bring it together! I am wearing mine with a dark brown pencil. It look a lot better with a lip pencil. 


GOLD COAST is a beautiful brown!! I love the earthy chocolate look! Its an amazing brown to add to your collection.

I would advice we all buy Nigerian to grow our economy! And this lippie has a great quality and is very affordable compared to other imported matte lipstick.
I give the Taos Cosmetics lipstick a thumbs up ☺️
Have a great Day
xoxo
Zoey Blaq

  

LIPGLOSS SEASON IS HERE!!


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Harmattan season is upon us and its going to be battle between cold sores and cracked lips! The biggest fear for me is wearing matte lipstick! I can imagine the drying effect of the lipstick might not work well for my lips because even without harmattan i have to always wear a lip balm because my lips dry out really fast.
You can imagine my excitement about lipgloss! The science behind lipgloss is easy! It can be worn plain , or on top of lipstick! 
From slick and glassy to pigmented and shimmery, I can’t help but fall in love with the versatility of it

Lipgloss can be worn by itself or over lipstick of choice! It is my absolute fave to go look for a smokey eye! If you are a messy or clumsy eater/drinker, wearing lipgloss might be a tad bit tricky because you could get it all over your face! NOT COOL! I find myself chewing, talking and drinking more ladylike to avoid messing up my face! LOL. Lipgloss creates a sensual look because of the juicy and soft look it gives the lips so this is always my go to look for date nights *wink* 

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I'll be showing you three different looks and the glosses I used to achieve these looks!




Here I am wearing just "Incolor Lipgloss in Honey" . You can notice that my lips are  not as pink so it comes off looking like a slightly brown colour! 


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Here I am wearing the Jordana Dark brown pencil as a liner, Zaron COSMETICS "butterscotch" lipstick in the centre and also Zaron Cosmetics Lipgloss in "flamingo Dance"


Both of this looks good for the daytime! If you want to rock a glossy look at night, go for the more pigmented lipgloss








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Wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte lipstick in Bloodline and Mac "Ruby woo" lipgloss.




If you haven't been on this lipgloss trend, get on it and protect your lips from chapping this harmattan season! 
Cheers to sexy lips 

Xoxo
Zoey Blaq

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

GOING NATURAL WITHOUT THE BIG CHOP (TRANSITIONING)


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One of the most common myths about going natural is that you have to cut off all your hair and wear it short. Well this isn't the only way to go from relaxed hair to natural tresses! There are lots of reasons you might want to transition to natural hair without cutting off all your straight hair especially if you are interested in maintaining your present hair length!! Going natural gives you a healthier hair and amen to embracing your black roots! 

If you are interested in transitioning, here are a few steps to take to make it all easy peasy!
1. Stop all chemical treatments! No relaxers or texturizers especially if you want to embrace your natural hair pattern!

2. Use the right products to protect and maintain your hair. If you don’t take care of your hair (relaxed or natural) it’s not going to look good at all. Once your natural roots start to grow in; mainly moisturize and protect your hair during styling and maintenance. Kinky hair porous and tends to become dry and frizzy. It is very susceptible to heat damage and breakage. Better products like sulphate free and more natural based products would be a plus! Invest in a good shampoo, conditioner, oils like coconut, avocado, olive oil, deep conditioners etc

3. Create a Consistent Maintenance Regimen. Consider including a pre wash oil treatment (soaking your hair in oils like coconut oil for an hour or more before washing to help reduce the amount of natural oils being stripped off during wash). Always detangle your hair with a conditioner and never comb dry! Transitioning hair is prone to breakage at the point where the relaxed hair and natural hair meet; this point is called the line of demarcation. Try deep Conditioning and also include homemade natural hair masks! Personally I add honey, egg yolk, coconut oil and avocado to my deep conditioner to boost the effect and cover with a conditioning cap (available at supermarkets) and wrapped with a towel! 

4. Protect your strands while styling! Use styles that require no heat and minimal manipulation like braids, twists, up-dos and even wigs! 

5. Be Patient. Human hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, on average. That means that in six months, you should grow about 3 inches of new growth. If you’re patient and consistent with caring for your hair as described above, you’ll quickly notice your hair is softer, thicker, healthier, shinier and generally way more awesome than it was when it was chemically treated. 
Be warned that at some point in the transition process, you might get so excited to sport your natural hair that you decide to cut off all or some of your relaxed hair. :-)

With this I welcome you to the natural life! Personally I did a big Chop! But I'd love to see more sisters embracing their natural tresses so if you are scared of losing your length, now you have no more excuses ☺️

Xoxo
Zoey Blaq



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Thursday, 1 September 2016

ZARON MATTE LIPSTAIN SWATCH & REVIEW



I received these lipstains a while ago when they were launched and havnt had the time to play around in them! Well today I did have some time and I absolutely loved these lipstains! They are easy to apply but have to be done carefully. They also come highly pigmented so applying once is enough! They take a bit of time but they dry out beautifully matte and last long! They do not come out too dry and flaky like some matte lipstick do and these are pocket friendly and affordable! You might need to touch up if you have to eat and drink but apart from that I loved it.

Zaron was nice enough to send me four colours! There are more but ill be talking about these four today! 

First lipstain I tried out was "Jasmine" 

Jasmine feels like pink with purple undertones! 

Next I tried on the "Pout" which was more like a brighter pink with an almost neon feel


Next I tried on the "Royale" from the name I could tell it had to be a shade of purple which is the color of royalty. It is a deep "berry" purple. 



Lastly I tried on the "Posh" which my absolute favourite! Its like a dark goth purple. 


I would definitely recommend you cop some of these! It's affordable and would eventually dry out to a nice and not too dry matte finish! 

Heres a combination of all the looks!

Have a great September 
xoxo
Zoey Blaq



  

Monday, 22 August 2016

RECIPE: ZABAMBAM JOLLOF BROWN RICE (WORLD JOLLOF DAY CELEBRATION)



It's August 22nd and that means its world jollof day! Jollof rice is that meal that says "let the party begin". What is life without jollof? 
Today I'm giving out my recipe for jollof for the fitfam people! You don't have to miss out on this goodness! All you have to do is substitute white rice with brown rice! 

You would need the following ingredients 

Brown rice
Stock (refer to last recipe post for how to make homemade stock)
Tomatoes
Pepper
Tatashe
Tin Tomatoes 
Knorr cubes
Salt
Onions 
Garlic (minced)
Thyme
Ginger
Curry
Crayfish 
Olive oil (you can use Vegetable Oil if you don't mind a little calorie)
Chopped smoked sausages
Chopped fried Beef and Liver
Diced Carrots/Green Peppers/ Green beans
Sweet Corn/Kidney Beans

Note: You can add any protein of your choice in the jollof rice!

Method:
1. Parboil the brown rice. This takes longer than normal to cook so check behind the pack of what ever brand you use for cooking time.

2. Blend tomatoes,tatashe,pepper,ginger, onions,garlic together. 

3. Bring mixture to a boil in a saucepan till its dried! Getting rid of the extra moisture and cooking mixture to a paste. 

4. In another pot, heat up some olive oil then fry onions and garlic stirring till translucent
 (Tip: add a pinch of salt to prevent onions and garlic from burning too fast)

5. Add your already cooked tomato paste, tin tomatoes and allow it to cook some more

6. At this point you would want to season your base with some salt, knorr cubes, curry and thyme. Allow to cook a little bit more. 
b. Add your chopped veggies and chopped protein

7. Add a little bit of grounded dry crayfish and please note we are not making soup so don't be heavy with the crayfish! A little goes a long way! At this point you would notice that the paste is dried up completely. That means we are ready for part 2.

8. Mix parboiled brown rice with stew base with a wooden spoon and add a little stock!

9. Cover with foil and cook on medium heat to allow the steam cook the rice completely to perfection! 
b. Add salt and knorr to your taste if needed.

10. Check to see if the rice is soft, if not add stock little by little as needed to prevent soggy jollof. When you notice the rice is cooked, increase the heat a little bit more to allow the remaining moisture cook out and a little burning actually increases the flavors in the jollof! 

11. Lastly added sweet corn and kidney beans just before you turn off the heat to keep them from being overcooked

12. Stir your pot of Jollof to ensure all the ingredients are mixed properly and serve any how you like!


JOLLOF RICE WITH OVEN GRILLED CHICKEN

Hope you try it out and let me know how it turns out! 
You can use this recipe for white rice as well!

Ask all your questions below and I'll answer them

Happy #WorldJollofDay
Zoey 



Wednesday, 10 August 2016

DIY: HOMEMADE FACE MASK RECIPES

Over the years I have battled a lot of acne and skin issues. Though my skin isn't the best right now (still trying to get rid of pigmentation and dark scars) it has come a long way from what it used to be and I am proud to say I am rocking my best skin yet. Hopefully with time and with all these new skin care routines I use, it will take me to my skin goals.

One of the most important skin care method I am loving now is using FACE MASKS. Face mask can help you to get clearer skin and more refined pores. It deep cleanses the pores and clears the pores of dead skin cells, metabolic wastes and oils that can clog them. Face mask can also bring moisture and hydration to dry and dehydrated skin types. The water from the mask penetrates deep into the skin epidermis to soften the skin and enhance its elasticity. When the skin is hydrated and well moisturized, it becomes easy to apply proper makeup. Also it gives a more plump and youthful appearance to the skin.Regular use of face masks can reduce the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots and so on. Also you will get to enjoy a softer and smoother skin texture. Face masks are also designed to diminish hyper-pigmentation and give you more even skin tone and texture. It also promotes the sweat gland secretion so as to increase the oxygen content of the skin. Loose skin can make your look older than your age. The problem of loose skin can be easily solved with regular use of face masks. There are certain types of face masks that help to enhance collagen production and fight off free radical damage which will gradually result in firmer, tighter, fresher looking skin.

While store bought face masks can be expensive and a little trying on your pocket, there are cheaper and more natural alternatives that can be made convienently in your home! I like to lightly blend my mixtures so I have a more even paste but just mixing it still works. Mix, apply, leave on for 15mins or more then wash with lukewarm water. 
Please if you are allergic to any of the ingredients then you might want to skip that particular one out of the recipe! 


1. For Oily skin
    * 1 egg yolk
    * 1 tablespoon of honey
    * 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    * 1/2 cup of oatmeal

2. For dark spots, sun burn, hyper pigmentation and uneven tone
    *  1/2 cup of mashed pawpaw
    *  2 tablespoon of honey 
    *  1 teaspoon of lemon juice 

3. For healthy glow
    * 1 tablespoon of Tumeric
    * 2 tablespoon of honey

4. For Acne Prone Skin
    * 1 egg white
    * 1 teaspoon of lemon
    * 1 tablespoon of honey 

You can build your own recipes using these ingredients!

IngredientRole/Function
Avocado 
Rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, promotes overall healthy skin, hydrates and moisturizes skin, leaves skin looking firmer, youthful and healthy
Honey
Contains hundreds of beneficial compounds, antibacterial, antihistamine, antioxidant, reduces redness and irritation, softens skin, brightens skin, fights acne
Egg White
Repairs damaged tissues, promotes youthful radiant glow, repairs free radical damage
Banana
Known as "Nature's Botox", actively fights against fine lines and wrinkles, promotes soft, supple skin, reduces blemishes, solves dry skin problems
Yogurt
Rich in good bacteria, deodorizes skin, purifies skin pores, brightens complexion, hydrates skin, moisturizes and uplifts
Strawberry
Rich in fruity acids or AHA's, fights pimples, an excellent acne remedy, brightens skin tone, 
Oats
Natural exfoliant, absorbs excess oils, softens skin, removes dead cells, draws out toxins, gently cleans clogged pores
Lemon
Natural astringent, closes skin pores, prevents excess oiliness, perfect toner for skin, lightens skin, fades scars
These ingredients are full of natural goodness to create awesome face masks right at home.

So if you want to enjoy having flawless makeup and good skin! I really think using these masks will help you get to your skin goals!

Hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions then ask away in the comment box below

Have a great day,
Eat Good and look Good ❤️
xoxo
Zoey Blaq

Monday, 8 August 2016

RECIPE: ZABAMBAM FRIED RICE


No one here is a stranger to the goodness that is fried rice but its very tricky to find good delicious tasty fried rice! Sometimes it comes out under seasoned and sometimes soggy! 
After a few trials i found out a recipe that I love and is bomb!

Hope you try it and let me know how it came out:

INGREDIENT: 

4 cups of rice
2 cups of chicken stock (recipe for homemade stock is included)
Chopped carrots, green beans, green peppers, garlic, onions
Chopped smoked sausages 
Fried Beef & Liver (chopped)
Parsley
Black pepper 
Thyme
Curry
Celery
Tumeric 
Sweet corn
Green peas
Kidney beans
Vegetable oil
Salt
Knorr cubes

METHOD

1. Start by preparing the stock needed. If you are serving this dish with beef,prawns,chicken etc then we prep the stock with that! In this recipe I used chicken! 
a. Put chicken (in case of prawns use the shells so as to avoid overcooking seafood), onions, garlic, black pepper, thyme, curry, parsley, carrots, green peppers, celery, salt, knorr cubes and bring to a boil! 
b. At this point you can fry your chicken and set aside!

2. Wash rice and parboil for a few minutes. After parboiling, run under cold water to stop the cooking progress.

3. Heat a large frying pan, add vegetable oil, add onion and garlic (a little salt to prevent it from burning)

4. Add all the chopped vegetables, chopped beef & Liver,smoked sausages, curry, thyme, tumeric, salt and Knorr and stir continuously till all the flavors are well blended be careful not to overcook vegetables! Make sure they are still crunchy 

5. In sauce pan, mix parboiled rice and the cooked vegetables and mix completely with a wooden spoon! 

6. Pour in half of the stock and place on low-medium heat! Cover pot with foil paper and then the cover and allow the steam cook the rice gradually! 

7. Check the rice and add the stock little by little as needed till rice is completely cooked and den cook a little more till all the moisture is dried!

8. Just before the pot is brought down, add the sweet corn, green peas and kidney beans so it is still crunchy and not over cooked

9. Serve zabambam fried rice with a nice coleslaw and fried chicken! Yum!

I'm looking forward to hearing how your fried rice turned out! If you have any questions about this recipe, drop your questions in the comment box below. 

Have a beautiful week
Eat Good, Look Good
Xoxo
Zoey Blaq