Dark Lipliner: You are Doing it Wrong

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Good morning sunshine!

Let me take you back to a 90's throw back trend that will never die (in my humble and somewhat frustrated opinion)... smearing on a coat of DARK lipliner on the edges of your lips against a much lighter shade of lipstick. I was never a fan of the look, but guess what dear hearts, darker liners are making a come back! If you are a die-hard fan of the dark lipliner look, more power to you... just don't end up looking cholafied.

*Special thanks to Miss Sugarpuss for the inspiration for this one ;)
Even with regular lipstick application, so many people skip the lipliner step. But applying liner actually makes a HUGE difference! So I would recommend not skipping it. It defines your lips natural shape and keeps lipstick from going all over the place.
If you ever plan on stepping out with a bold lip, start by lining your cupid’s bow (dip in the upper lip) and extend the line out to the corners of your smile. For the bottom, start on one end and extend the line to the other. 

  • Tip #1: Don’t use a lipliner that is darker than your lipstick color (we will get to this later)… that can get very tacky very fast if it's not the look you are aiming for. Use a color that matches your lipstick or matches your skin tone to get a natural bride look.
  • Tip #2: To make your lips look plumper/fuller, smudge out your liner so there are no harsh lines.

Now, dark lipliner can be acceptable if done correctly. The trick is all in the smudge... Observe below:

This is the right way to pull this look off
Image courtesy of @loreleicakes on IG

A gradual fade is the key to not ending up looking all cholafied. To successfully pull this off, you will need at least two tones of lipliner and the final lipstick/ lipgloss color of choice. Start off as with the steps as listed above with regular lipstick and lipliner application. Follow this up with a darker toned lipliner on the outter edges of your lips and apply it thickest at the edges. 

The mistake most people make is applying a very thin border line with the darker lipliner. Don't do this.. Just don't. Instead, place a thicker line around your border and further away from your edges... Have a gentle hand as you create the fade.  The result will be a dramatic dual tone lip color! 

Since your lips will be the the show-stoppers, I suggest having minimal makeup to compliment the entire look. When I say minimal I talking mascara and some cover up. Seriously, a strong dual toned lip can be a bit overbearing if you aren't careful.

That's all I have to say about that... What do you guys think? Any dark lipliner ladies in the house! Get at me :D

Enjoy the rest of your day! x

We HEART Blue Lipstick

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I don't know about you guys... But dang, we are kinda feeling this trend.


So... what do you guys think? 

Would ya?
(Source: Tumblr)

My Hair Cycles

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

'Allo 'allo!

How are you, sure hope you're swell. You might be wondering what that narcissistic homage up there is all about. Well, I decided to share with yaol my hair cycle from wash to detangling to stretching, shrinking and back to the beginning. It also shows how my hairs' appearance changes with different states/ manipulation.
1. Top left: That's my hair all shrunk up and coated with products. I don't often let it get this way, but a combination of the gym, swimming and laziness sometimes amounts to this... Forgive me.

2. The next image is that of cleansing, based on the state of my hair I would either co-wash or shampoo my hair. Whatever the case, I always do so in twists or plaits (and if I shampoo it, you know I'll have to deep condition my hair without fail).

3. More often than not, you will always catch me in my two-strand twists. It is always a follow up to my cleansing/ cowashing. I can stretch these for about a week until I start looking like a  hobo.

4. Hey that's me in a twist out! We love us some twist outs!! I can stretch a twist out for about 3 days, (the trick is re-twisting slightly smaller twists each night with the tiniest bit of hair butter). Working out wrecks havoc on my twists leaving them shrunken but OK-looking.

5. As my twist out begins to fall apart, I usually bun it for a couple of days or do a puff.

6. That's my hair losing its grip on anything that was once a twist out... it slowly turns into a fro at this point.

7. So what do I do... I pick it with an afro comb and rock a fro! (that's my hair in a picked out fro)

8. I then go back to bunning and/or pinning my hair after its picked out. By this time, my hair is so coated up with products so what do I do? I start the cycle right back again!

I rarely pick out my hair though, sigh.. I love the look, but I don't normally leave my hair out to begin with. Protective styling can be addictive, but I think its well worth it. OH! Right now, I have on the prettiest Senegalese twists EVER! (Twisted braids), I love em. You can bet your sweet curls I'll be showing off these babies... 

Thanks for reading, take care now! x

Know Your Body Type: Fitness 101

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hey there good lookin', how are you today?

You know, ever since Nyachomba and I embarked on our journey into ultimate fitness, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of different training programs, nutrition/ diet facts, articles and information that was out there. I'm glad to say we have since fallen into a rhythm and pattern that work for our individual needs. 

One of the more recent findings that has impacted my personal training program was finding out about different body types and how each body type reacts to diet and exercise. Today I would like to share those findings with you in the hopes that it assists you with your fitness goals for 2012 (it's mid-year already, yikes!)

Know your body type! This is one secret that will make all the difference to your fitness regimen! Now I'm not talking about your layman's Pear Shaped, Hour Glass and what have you. I'm talking about actual physical and biological make up that dictates your frame (science and stuff!), which, of course varies from individual to individual.

Let's begin the shall we....


Mesomorphs generally have a large bone structure, large muscles and a naturally athletic physique. Mesomorphs are the best body type for bodybuilding (SCORE!). They find it quite easy to gain and lose weight. They are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle.

The whole fat gain and loss thing can be a bit of a downer (notice the fat accumulation on this picture... sigh. But I do love the muscle!)

Typical Traits of a Mesomorph:
  • Athletic
  • Hard body with well defined muscles
  • Rectangular shaped body
  • Strong
  • Gains muscle easily
  • Gains fat more easily than ectomorphs

The mesomorph body type responds the best to weight training. Gains are usually seen very quickly, this is especially for beginners. The downside to mesomorphs is we gain fat more easily than ectomorphs. This means we must watch our calorie intake. Usually a combination of weight training and cardio works best for mesomorphs.

Ecto’s have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width.


kristina elise [stoned-immaculately.tumblr.com] tillys shoot (early spring 2012)

Typical traits of an ectomorph:
  • Small “delicate” frame and bone structure
  • Classic “hardgainer”
  • Flat chest
  • Small shoulders
  • Thin
  • Lean muscle mass
  • Finds it hard to gain weight
  • Fast metabolism

me, five minutes ago :D

Ectomorphs find it very hard to gain weight. They have a fast metabolism which burns up calories very quickly. Ecto’s need a huge amount of calories in order to gain weight. Workouts should be short and intense focusing on big muscle groups. Supplements are definitely recommended. Ectomorphs should eat before bed to prevent muscle catabolism during the night. Generally, ectomorphs can lose fat very easily which makes cutting back to lean muscle easier for them.


The endomorph body type is solid and generally soft. Endomorphs gain fat very easily. Endo’s are usually of a shorter build with thick arms and legs. Muscles are strong, especially the upper legs. Endomorphs find they are naturally strong in leg exercises like the squat.

Typical traits of an Endomorph:

  • Soft and round body
  • Gains muscle and fat very easily
  • Is generally short and “stocky”
  • Round physique
  • Finds it hard to lose fat
  • Slow metabolism

When it comes to training endomorphs find it very easy to gain weight. Unfortunately, a large portion of this weight is fat not muscle. To keep fat gain to a minimum, endomorphs must always train cardio as well as weights. Usually supplements may not be needed as long as the person has a high protein intake in their diet.

A Combination of Body Types:

These body types aren’t set in stone. In fact, most women have a combination of two body types. These combinations are either ectomorph/mesomorph or mesomorph/endomorph. It is not uncommon to find a pure mesomorph that gains weight like an endomorph for example.

So! Which body type are you? Given the information above you should be able to identify your body type. 

You may also want to optimize your diet and training to suit your body type.

One final point I want to mention is that no matter what your body type you can build a toned/ ripped, beautifully defined physique. Yes, it’s harder but if you’re willing to put in the hard work it can be done.

Have a strong day everyone! x 

Denman Brushes in Kenya!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Good morning!

I have some wunderbare news! You can now purchase your very own, original Denman brush right here in Nairobi, Kenya! A Denman brush is a key component to your hair arsenal and I'm glad to say, we FINALLY have an outlet that supplies the real thing!

I must give you fair warning that Denman brushes do not come cheap; they range from Kshs. 1450.00 - 2500.00. Upon my discovery, I immediately went into my damn-it-to-hell shopper mode and told the lovely shop attendant the following words:

Dear TV Gods, Please bring back Futurama.

And with that, I became the proud owner of my very own, D14 Denman Brush.


Now I bought the D14 for two very simple reasons:  1) I have thick and coily hair, so the less the number of bristles, the easier it would be for me to gently brush though my hair, 2) I was not about to spend a cent more than that on a damn hair brush, nope not today.

I haven't yet used it... I'm patiently waiting until shampoo and deep condition day. But I have opened it and fondled it quite a bit :)

Now, for those of you who don't get what the big deal is and why anyone in their right mind would spend that much money on a brush, allow me to explain: Denman brushes are a natural girl's best friend when it comes to defining your curls. By define, I mean creating that gorgeous clamped, uniform curl effect as opposed to a more bushy sporadic, puffy fro look. They are also super for detangling your hair and ridding it of tangles. 

Before I bought my D14, I used a fake Denman, which by the way, was equally effective. It has long since fallen apart and so this purchase couldn't have come at a better time.

So, enough teasing, you can purchase a Denman Brush from Lipstick in Sarit Center, Westlands. Now if  you are interested in purchasing a fake Denman brush, you can do so at the beauty supply store in Adams arcade, (forgive me the name escapes me) right next to the Tuskeys Super Market.... They fetch for Kshs. 750.00

If you have finer hair, I suggest you purchase a slightly denser brush. But if you have thicker hair, a D14 will do you justice. I also suggest that you detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb prior to using the Denman, especially if you have thicker hair.

Happy shopping ladies!

Enjoy your Monday. x

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