Monday, 24 September 2018

My Everyday Make-up Routine

 

I’m a fan of all things feminine, but I wasn’t really that much into make-up until recently. What piqued my interest you ask…

Well, I had my wedding coming up and was under the impression that I’d be able to do my own make-up. I mean, how hard can it be? The YouTubers make it look so easy. Besides, if I do my own make-up I get to control the results. I can still look like myself, just a tad flawlessJ. Unfortunately both my planner and bridesmaids vehemently opposed this idea, and I succumbed. I still did my own hair though.

So even though I ended up using a professional on my big day, I’d accumulated a lot more make-up than usual; all in the effort to practice and perfect my skills. I must say, my practice sessions were mostly fun but sometimes frustrating. Have you ever followed a YouTube video step-by-step and still found that your results look nothing like the tutorial? Yoh!

Anyway, I’ve ended up with all this make-up lying around so I might as well use it, right?
I have developed an everyday make-up routine which includes:

1.      A single light layer of foundation. This just kinda blurs blemishes and evens skin tone while I still look foundation free (I hope). I alternate between Loreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation and Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation at the moment. Love them both actually.

2.      Fill in my eyebrows. I prefer retractable pencils, sharpening is so primitive, lol. My favourite is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, gives a more natural looking brow. I have also used MAC Spike Brow Pencil (which I was told was discontinued when I went looking for a refill, I could be wrong). I’m currently using the Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil. It was recommended to me when I couldn’t find the NYX and I was too lazy to go around testing other products. It’s okay, alas a bit too thick for my liking. I will not be repurchasing it.

3.      Mascara – I’m currently loving the Loreal Paris Telescopic Mascara. It provides me with length and it’s less clumpy. I also have a couple of Essence mascaras; talk about value for money. You get better results than with most mascaras for half the price.

4.      Lastly, I put some colour on my lips – Mostly use tinted lip bums. I can’t say I’m particularly pleased with any of them really. Especially because I haven’t found one as moisturising as Vaseline while giving me lasting pigmentation, any suggestions ladies?

That’s it ladies! I’m ready to face the world!

Yimina ozithobayo


Snothando Shezi

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Protective Styling


Protective styling, I alternate between a few styles. I like to keep them for a full week whenever possible. I find that the longer my hair gets, the more options I have. Roll, tuck, and pin styles are my favourite, second only to amagoda.


Why protective style? I have a few reasons.


Length retention

The name protective style already suggests your hair is getting some form of protection. What you’re protecting mostly is the ends of your hair (oldest and most fragile). By keeping your hair tucked away you protect it from environmental damage and the biggest enemy of all, manipulation. The more you manipulate your hair the more prone to mechanical damage it becomes, which leads to breakage. Hence the myth that our hair doesn’t grow. It does; it’s just more prone to breakage than other hair types. And if the rate of growth is almost equal or equal to the rate of breakage it makes it appear as though the hair is not growing. 

Convenience

Styling natural hair every morning can be time consuming. Mind you, some of these styles need to be prepped the night before. Even worse, your prep flops and you’re stuck with a shrunken mess the next morning (head wrap to the rescue!). Not to mention, the time you spend getting ready in the morning is directly proportional to the amount of time you have to snooze your alarm. If I don’t have to do my hair in the morning, then I get an extra 20 minutes of sleep, yippee!

I usually do my protective style on Sunday after washing the hair, and all I have to do in the morning is take off my doek and voila! At night I spritz the hair and put on my doek; easy-peasy. Here are some of my protective styles.


Amagoda – part the hair into four sections; plait each section and tuck the ends.



Bun/Roll tuck and pin – brush the hair upwards to prepare for a bun. Use an elastic band starting from the perimeter of the hair and roll it upwards to the position you want the bun to be. Split the bun into seven small sections – one in the middle and six around it. Pin each section down using hair pins.



Box braids – I do my own braids at home, I have a phobia of saloons lol. They tend to tug, pull and straighten carelessly, at least in my experience. I decorate the braids with beads, some are hair beads, but most of them are from one of my necklaces :)



Igoda – tie a top knot with your hair; attach the single braid the same way you would box braids, lol.

There! Two styles with my natural hair and two with extensions.

Yimina ozithobayo,

Snothando


Sunday, 1 July 2018

My Hair Wash Day Routine #1


 

Hair wash day, is it really the whole day? Not for me, I don’t have the patience. When I started out, and I was all excited about this new discovery that is my natural hair it used to be a whole day affair. As years go by, I try and simplify things and I’ve learned a thing or two about my own hair; what works and what doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no guru, I’m still learning. However, things aren’t as complicated or as big a deal as they used to be.

Mainly I have two types of wash routines. Maybe four, but I’m not here trying to perpetuate bad habits; but we’ve all had those lazy days... I’m going to discuss Wash Routine #1 in this article.

The first wash day routine is the long one. I Prepoo, Shampoo, Deep condition, Rinse, and Moisturise. Whew!



Prepoo

I start with ‘dirty’ hair. Spritz it with water, I prefer lukewarm water. I have low porosity hair, so warming things up helps with the absorption, or at least I think it does. I then apply oil, usually coconut oil or olive oil. Cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. I usually use shopping bags for my cap; although they’re not as cute, they’re bigger, convenient, cheaper and greener.  



Shampoo

I rinse the prepoo off with warm water. Apply shampoo, concentrating on the scalp. To be honest though, this is not always possible. Sometimes my fingers aren’t able to wade through my roots and I feel like I’m pulling and tangling my hair. I do my best; it has to be good enough, right?
I then dry my hair off; usually wrap it in a towel. I tried the t-shirt thing, but it would get too wet and I wasn’t sure if the benefit was worth the effort. Also, sometimes I’d forget to place it close by, which means I need to wrap my hair in a towel while looking for the t-shirt, lol. 

   

Deep condition

Once the hair is dry enough that it’s not dripping, I apply deep conditioner generously, concentrating on the edges, the oldest part of my hair. Wrap the hair up in a plastic cap and a doek; you gotta trap all the heat in girl. I let the conditioner sit for at least 30 minutes. Even though the directions on most deep conditioners say 5-10 minutes, I only follow those directions on my lazy wash days, topic for another day:) 


Rinse

I then rinse off the deep conditioner with warm water. Follow that up with a rinse off conditioner; apparently it helps close the cuticle back up, giving the hair a smooth finish. I rinse off the conditioner with relatively cold water (as cold as I handle which is not much, lol); again to help close the cuticle. Wrap the hair in a towel.

 

 Moisturise

Moisture, moisture, moisture. Probably the most important step in my hair care routine. Now, I will admit, this step is still a hit or miss for me. Sometimes I get it right from day one, and sometimes my hair only starts feeling soft on day 3 or 4 – I use softness as a measure of how much my hair is moisturised.

Once my hair is about 80% dry I apply leave-in conditioner; followed by an oil and then a cream moisturiser.

That’s it folks, Hair Wash Routine #1 done!

Yimina ozithobayo,

Snothando

 

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