The Favourites : July

Monday, August 8, 2016

I love having a blog mainly because it's a space that I can share products and technique that work for me with all of you guys who I consider my gal pals! I want to keep it that way and share some products that I have been using and lovely and make up my July favourites.
First off, since getting on the third floor I am obsessed with my skin. I thank all the gods, my fairy godmother and most importantly my real mother because my skin is generally quite well behaved. I only have breakouts when Aunt Flo is around, but most of the time I am sailing on cloud clear skin. 


I had to give up my beloved retin-a due to some personal issues so I went in search of a similar product to help me clear my pores and dead skin. All my internet skincare sisters aka Reddit recommended Glycolic Acid especially in its most potent form. 
I managed to get these Glycolic Fix Pads from Goodlife Pharmacy and the Serum from the UK ( you can probably get it from Goodlife as well). Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which basically releases and dissolves dead skin cells leaving glowy skin behind and increasing cell turnover. 

The Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum I got from Camene Beauty. Vitamin C is the ultimate product for brightening skin and I had to get on that bright skin bandwagon.

I have been using these products at night after washing my face with SheabyAsal's shea butter soap, I rub the glycolic pad over my face and neck then apply the Vitamin C serum and glycolic serum. So far so good, my skin is definitely brighter and glowier. 


I am still in love with the best leave in (hands down) the Profective MegaGrowth Leave in, it has such amazing slip and moisture. I have been using so many oils and had ignored Shea Butter, recently fallen back in love with Shea. 
I got this Dove Intensive Repair conditioner for Kshs 250 at Chandarana and I love it. 
These three products are curently on rotation come wash day.

It is well established that I am a shameless lipstick addict, I got these two Kleancolor beauties for Kshs 500 each from @accessories__trend on Instagram. 
The one at the top is Winterberry a greyish mauve and the bottom is Hippy which is a rusty red colour. 

Happy Tuesday!

What are your current July favourites? Would love to hear more in the comments. 

The Series | Supporting Local - ZikoAfrika + ShopSoko

Monday, July 25, 2016

In a past life I must have been a magpie because I really do love shiny things. Since I turned 30 however, I have been leaning towards simple pieces of jewellery that can liven up an outfit but still give off that minimalist vibe I seem to be into at the moment. 
In the spirit of supporting local brands, I wanted to share some earrings that I am loving. They are the kind that make a simple white tee and jeans look super chic. 
The first pair are inspired by the earrings worn by women from the West African Fulani tribe. The women there normally wear much larger earrings but I got these smaller ones from Spinners Web on Peponi Road for Kshs 1,500. They are so light and almost feel like you don't have earrings on. 
If you like African art, pottery, fabric etc Spinners Web is just for you, they have curated a selection of brands and vendors in one store.

 At the Bizarre Bazaar last month I came across the stand by Shopsoko
ShopSoko was started by 3 women entrepreneuers to empower artisans to sell their items at a global level and increase their incomes. I got these simple earrings for only Kshs 500. Check out their site! 

I saved the best for last. I saw these earrings on the KungaraKenya instagram page and ordered them immediately despite the fact they only had a sample piece ready. They were good enough to let me know when the final pieces would be ready and delivered them to my office. If you haven't already, check out Kungara Kenya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, they have some uber chic clothes, shoes and jewellery. 

These earrings are by ZikoAfrika which is a brand that was founded by Sisi and El, their focus is on simple and minimalist pieces which are just what I am inspired by right now. 
I love these earrings and I kinda want to go to a ball in a white dress, nude lipstick and these earrings! 

What jewellery are you guys loving at the moment? Are there any local brands that I definitely have to check out? Would love to hear about them in the comments. 

The Style | Goddess Braids

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What do you do when you need to do a quick hair style that is pretty enough because you are a Bridesmaid at an important wedding and you only have 24hrs to sort it out? You log on to YouTube for inspiration and get a super easy style that takes literally 5 mins to do. This is literally what I did, two weekends ago. I watched a few goddess braid youtube tutorials and got to work!
Goddess or Halo Braids are reminiscent of Greek Goddesses in their Togas and are a fantastic style for when you are feeling like queening!
I posted this pic on Instagram and got so much love and requests for a tutorial, so here you go!

To start off you need the following;
Long Kanekalon Hair/Xpressions Braids in your preferred colour
Styling Gel
Hair pins
Parting comb

Get started by parting your hair in the middle, apply your gel and brush it down into a ponytail at the base of your head. 
I used a mix of Aloe Vera gel and Marini styling gel to lay down my edges and hair. I then tied down a scarf for about 20 mins to ensure everything was LAID!!
Tip: Aloe Vera gel is great for laying down edges and also encouraging growth to struggling edges

 I then took half of the pack of Kanekalon hair , combed it a little and braided it loosely to make it look a bit more natural or as natural as can be.

I then attached a rubber band to the braid and used it to wrap the braid around my ponytail.

After that I just wrapped the braid around my head and pinned along the braid to secure it on my head. 

Depending on how long the braid is you can wrap it twice and keep pinning. 
All done!

Hope you guys enjoyed the quick tutorial! Happy Wednesday.