Now this is my own opinion and what I saw which I am sure
most of us did. Ladies went ‘gaga’ on these trends and I wonder
if they would continue next year. Anyway, we know how these things work. New
year, new trends.
#1. Pink lips [plus or minus the pout]: All of a sudden,
pink lipstick, lip stain and lip gloss became essential commodity. 90 percent
of the ladies you saw on the streets had a generous amount of ‘pink’ on their
lips. Girls even got permanent pink lips. I am still not sure how that works
but someone told me about it in a market. The pink lip thingy does look good
when properly done. Really pretty actually. I have a couple of pink lips things
myself. But when a sister is walking down the road with a tub of pink lip gloss
on her lips, errr no. But we do see this sometimes anyway.
#2. Stylish head wraps: I loved seeing this. Some ladies
just know how to get it right. Various colours and styles of head wraps were
worn with almost anything. Bad hair days were hidden stylishly.
Tracy Blatter of Raisin Face did me the
honor of sharing this valuable information about skin care and anti-aging
products on my blog. Some of the information I got from her piece are quite
revealing. Women spend a lot of money on cosmetics and most times, we are
clueless about what we are buying. Now you can at least, know what you are
Here is her piece…
Skincare is a multi-billion dollar
business. There are thousands of
companies producing tens of thousands of products so it’s no surprise that women
are undecided regarding what to buy. The
larger companies work to entice you through expensive ad campaigns also known
as 'hype'.These campaigns often use
airbrushed pictures of supermodels in their late 20’s to sell anti-wrinkle
creams to women in their late 30’s and 40’s
However, a list of ingredients is the first
thing you should look for in a product if you plan on applying it to your face.
If a list is not available, there’s a
reason why it’s missing. Usually, it
means the manufacturer doesn’t want you to see what goes into the product. Be a wise consumer and put the item back on
the shelf. If the next product has a
list of ingredients, note the order in which they are listed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires
that ingredients be listed in descending order. The component which weighs the
most is listed first, and the ingredient weighing the least is listed last. Therefore,
nine times out of ten, water will be number one on the list and a healthy
antioxidant or peptide will be close to last.
Although this is helpful, note that the percentage of the ingredient
being used is NOT required. This is
unfortunate, because some very expensive creams contain more than 50 percent
water and just a few drops of “something beneficial”.
There are millions of skin products out there in
form of creams, butters, lotions etc. While some companies use mostly chemicals
in manufacturing their products, others have embraced these natural goodies and
use them in their products. They have been found to be effective and have no
side effects unlike chemicals and steroids.
Some people just buy products without bothering to
read their contents. It is a habit one must cultivate so that if you have any skin reaction, you would be able to find out why it is
so. Also check out for banned and harmful chemicals. Especially in skin
These 5 natural oils are effective when used in anti-aging treatments, skin brightening and beautifying products.
#1 Shea butter: Shea butter is a solid fatty oil
made from the nuts of Karite Nut trees that grow in the semi-arid savannah
regions of West and Central Africa.
It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote
cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator
for troubled or aging skin.
It also contains natural sun-protectants. It is
very beneficial in the treatment of stretch marks and other skin conditions.
#2. Argan oil: Argan oil is produced from the
kernels of the Argan tree and is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in
the world. Berber women have used Argan oil for centuries to protect and
nourish their skin, hair and nails from the harsh conditions in which they live.
It has extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% fatty acids which make it
perfect for healing many skin ailments as well as protecting against premature
aging caused by oxidation.
#3: Emu Oil: Emu oil is gotten from
the fat of the emu; an Australian bird. Emu oil has been shown to reduce the
depth and length of fine lines & wrinkles in many studies as well being
moisturizing and a natural skin softener.
These are some items that I’m loving at the moment. I want
some of them for Christmas and I’m expecting that all my friends and family would read
this post and go shopping knowing they would get shrills of excitement from me.
#1. This dress
Now, I put up this particular picture so I can lay emphasis
on the type I want; the fabulous knee length dress on Alicia Keys. I don’t exactly
like the shorter version of it. I think this dress is gorgeous. Or maybe it’s
just Alicia. Lovely!
#2. Nokia Lumia 900
Adverts on TV make you sometimes want ever so badly what you
might not even need. I got sold when I saw the ad of Nokia Lumia on TV. The part
where the guy actually took it out of a bag of flour and washed it did it for
me. I’m one of those people that go into the kitchen with my phone so that I do
not miss an email. So, with this, ‘accident proof’ phone, life would be a lot
Aloe Hand &Face Liquid Soap is a rich, pearlescent, moisturizing hand and
face cleanser with a generous amount of aloe. It creates a luxurious
lather, leaving the skin feeling clean, smooth and silky, while
minimizing the irritations experienced with some bar soaps. Its mild
formula also makes Aloe Hand & Face Soap an ideal shampoo for
children and adults alike.
Aloe Face and Hand Liquid soap can be used to wash the
whole body because it is so gentle on the skin. It has this beautiful fragrance
that stays a while on your skin. It is so thick that just a little on your
sponge can go a long way so a bottle lasts for weeks!
I was listening to a group of ladies at the salon a few days
ago. They were talking about a woman I knew [It is indeed a small world]. One
of them was the woman’s husband’s mistress who sometimes boldly picked the
man’s calls to say a whole lot of nonsense to the woman when she called to
speak to her husband. No, these weren’t ‘local’ ghetto fabulous women looking
for a man who would take care of them and pay their bills. These were women who
dressed and talked like decent people until the conversation took that
So this lady and her friends said that there were ‘valid’
reasons for a woman to date a married man and not feel guilty about it.
1.If the man’s wife nags the hell out the man:
That is, she nags him so much that he is actually seeking solace in some other
woman’s arms. So she [mistress][ is actually saving a soul by dating him;
helping a brother out so he doesn’t get hypertensive or so depressed he becomes
suicidal. According to the lady, this woman she was dating her husband and
ruining her home was a hopeless nag. The woman is one of those people that told
you whatever they had in mind but honestly, I wouldn’t know if she was a nag. This
reason they said, was valid. SMH
2.If the wife isn’t as adventurous in bed as the
husband would want her to be and has no intention of improving: Yes, they said
it is justifiable if a woman decides to help a sexually frustrated married man.
It is his wife’s fault if she doesn’t help him achieve his sexual fantasies and
yes, she was indirectly telling him to go out there to ‘get it’ so why would
she feel guilty for dating such a man?
My guest writer Sonia Crystella, an Australian
based skin care enthusiast did me the honour of sharing her thoughts on anti-aging, anti aging products and general skin care.
Here is her piece...
In the near future more people will realize how
we need a combination of body, mind and soul connection to age well. All the Botox,
face lifts and expensive skin creams don’t work unless you are fuelling your
body with super foods and high quality supplements.
As you know ECOCERT doesn’t guarantee all
ingredients in products are organic so we need to be careful of GMO additives
in skin care. Several years ago, I discovered some of the skins tightening
creams make the skin less elastic, for whatever reason when you stop, the skin
become worse than it was before.
I have been studying anti-aging since I
was 21. The reason for this is that I was born sick, so at 21, I stopped meat
sugar and alcohol.
Every one’s DNA is different. You notice some
people have no wrinkles but terrible bodies, or visa versa. The skin care
market has become more about money than what is best for the body although
I must say that some companies strive to formulate the perfect product.
Sonia is 56 years old! Wow! Looking good really.
At different stages of aging, your skin
responds in different ways. It recovers better when you’re young this is why
many products work for a while, but as you get older unless you have fuelled
your body with nutrition and love, the skin care stops working at the
26 years ago I was a guinea pig for the
supplement COQ10. This is the best anti aging nutrient and toner when applied
to the skin, but!! MOST don’t work because of the way they have been manufactured.
I was reading some blogs on skin care reviews and one woman stated that some
companies use twenty year old models for anti-aging products. People are not
stupid. They want to get value for their money they want to see what really
I have learnt that the love in one’s heart is
not enough to halt ageing. People can visualize all they like but what people
really need is a combination of good nutrition, love and meditation and no
matter how much stress you have in your life, you have to let it go