Pro Tip: If you like full-on, stay-all-day, long-lasting make-up, I’m not saying you can’t stay but you may want to skip this one!

Cloud Paints have been on my Beauty Wish List foreverrr *Cardi B voice*! Im sorry, what? You don’t have a beauty wish list? What’s wrong with you?! Anyway, the urge to get them got even stronger when Glossier released two new shades (Storm & Dawn) which I think are more brown girl friendly than their previous offerings. Storm is described as a ‘warm rose’ on the website and Dawn, as a ‘sunny coral’. I am a sucker for all things orange and peachy so I immediately gravitated towards Dawn. I think I tried Storm once but I LIKE WHAT I LIKE!

 

Packaging

 

The Cloud Paints come in an opaque squeezy tube which in turn come in a little foil/ plastic box. The colour for each Cloud Paint is indicated on the tube. Instant love! I like when my products perform and are pretty at the same time! Bonus points for being Instagram friendly 🙂

 

Application

I tried applying this two ways. The first go round, I used my fingers to quickly blend this out where I wanted it to be – on the apples of my cheeks and onto the high points of my cheek bones. The second time, I tried using a brush (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to be specific).

Hands win! While the brush is nice where I want to sweep the blush on top of my cheekbones and meld it into my contour, I felt like I wasted the product this way. Plus, there’s something slightly soothing about tap, tap, tapping this beauty into my cheeks. I didn’t feel like it stayed visible on my face all day but then again, I am never heavy handed with my make-up. But don’t test me when it comes to skincare!

 

Coverage

Coverage is pretty good. It looks really pigmented coming out of the tube but don’t let that scare you – they blend out pretty well and still retain their pigment without you looking clownish. As with all things Glossier, it has a really natural finish and gives my cheeks a nice flush of colour. Texture is also great and feels really nice to apply. One thing I noticed that I wasn’t previously aware of was that the Cloud Paints have a barely there pearlescent shimmer/ glow in them. It’s hardly noticeable once you apply it though.


Definitely love this product and will repurchase once I’ve run out. You’ll love this if you: like a natural beat and enjoy a glow that looks like it might be all you!

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Even when done in the most professional way, colouring will cause damage to your hair extensions, however the extent of damage can be significantly reduced depending on the quality of the hair and the expertise of the colorist. How you care for your coloured extensions also contributes, so here are some tips and hacks that can help:

 

1. Say No to Shampoo.

This might sound a little dirty, but let me explain. Shampoo will dry out your hair and will make the color fade faster. Instead, co wash the weave/ wig with a conditioner. If you really have to use a shampoo, use sulphate free color protecting shampoo like L’Oreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo

 

2. Say Hello To Your New Friend: Deep conditioning.

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This is honestly the key, the hair just need extra love  a.k.a moisture. So you have to deep condition your hair more, it can be the use of leave in conditioner, a deep conditioner or a hair mask. Apply any of these to the hair and let it sit for couple hours, the results will wow you. Literally.

 

3. Embrace the use of Heat Protective Products

 

We know the talk about not applying heat to the hair, we’ve heard it a couple times but it’s kind of inevitable because you want to go from straight to wavy back to beach waves and then maybe rock some deep curls, we know. And Thank the working Gods of Hair Care, they decided to come through with heat protecting sprays. Please use them for color treated units like there’s no tomorrow. We don’t need to go into details about the damage caused by these appliances, so please don’t be stingy with the spray.

 

4. Say Bye to Hot Water

Avoid using hot water to rinse the hair because it opens up the hair cuticles which makes the hair color fade faster and also causes dryness. So, it’s better to stick with cold or lukewarm water.

5. The Swimming Pool is Your Worst Enemy

Swim without your colored wigs, if you have a sew in or your natural hair dyed, I will suggest you avoid the swimming pool. The chlorinated water dries out your hair and if you’re a blonde, it is worse because the chlorine will react with the dye and turn your hair green. Who wants to go from Blondie Beyoncé to Icky Isla in a matter of seconds just because of a swim? Nobody I know for sure.


 

All of these tips will help to maintain your color treated units better. If you’re interested in colouring your hair bundles, reviving your coloured bundles or just getting a custom colored weave or wig, Shades of Bella is available to offer its colouring services.

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When I tell people I make satin pillowcases, the first thing they ask is “What? Why do you need that?” It may seem like an unnecessary luxury at first but, once you hear about the benefits for your hair and skin, you’ll start to see it as a necessity. I don’t go anywhere without mine – if I’m going on holiday or just sleeping over at someone’s house, I take mine with me. In my experience, sleeping on a satin pillowcase can spell the difference between waking up with dry skin and frizzy hair or glowing skin and moisturised hair. Here are just a few benefits of using satin pillowcases:

  • You don’t have to worry about you scarf or bonnet falling off – I think we’ve ALL been there where you have your cute hairstyle and you tie down your scarf, only to wake up with the scarf half way across the room and your hair looking like a bird’s nest. Having the satin pillowcase solves that problem because you don’t need to worry about it falling off.

 

  • Prevents your hair from getting dry and frizzy – cotton pillowcases may feel nice but they’re not so great when it comes to your hair. They draw and suck the moisture out of your hair and, when you’ve spent your whole public holiday washing, conditioning and detangling your hair, the last thing you want to do is wake up the next day with dry, frizzy hair and reverse all your hard work. The smooth satin surface allows your hair to glide and move without getting dry or snagging.
  • Prevents your skin from getting dry and developing wrinkles – the same way the cotton sucks the moisture from your hair, the cotton also sucks moisture from your skin. You don’t want to spend 30 minutes of your evening applying serums and creams only for your pillow to soak it all up. Your face needs to be able to glide and move across the pillow. The smooth surface won’t dry out your skin.
  • It prevents breakage – dry hair = breakage. Breakage is one of the fastest ways to lose your length. Using a satin pillowcase prevents your hair from getting dry, which will in turn help to reduce breakage and help you retain length.

 

These are just a few of the benefits of satin pillowcases. They really are the best! I loved them so much that I actually started making my own LOL. Do yourselves a favour and invest in a satin pillowcase! You won’t regret it!


They currently come in black, white & cream and cost N4500 each.

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As promised, here’s the second set of my must-have skincare products. If you missed the first post, please click here to catch-cup.

For a product to be in my ‘Hall of Fame’, it means it exceeded my expectations and I will gladly repurchase it over and over. Choosing a favourite product can be difficult for me because there are so many I’ve tried that performed really well.

 

1. Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

Hydration is one of the best ways to get glowing skin….ask the Koreans! This toner is slightly thicker than your usual rosewater but deeply hydrates. Perfect for the Korean 7 skin method.

WHERE TO BUY


 

2. Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Cleansing Water

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We all know how amazing this micellar water is but take it up a notch and try the oil infused ones. It takes off even your waterproof mascara and matte lipsticks. Oily skintypes …fear not. It will not break you out!

WHERE TO BUY


 

3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

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I was surprised how quickly this made it to my hall of fame! I tried a sample I got at a beauty event and it was love at first use. Emulsifies really well and takes everything off. While I prefer cleansing balms, this cleansing oil really blew me away.


 

4. Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm

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Previously nothing could topple Clinique Take The Day Off as my Holy Grail…then I tried Heimish. The slip is just right, price is right and best of all, it rinses clean so you don’t necessarily need a flannel.

WHERE TO BUY


 

5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

 

I am one of those who always forgets to wear eye cream and I just take my serums around my eyes but if there is one serum that delivered, it’s this one. Even my mum loves it

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6. Skinceuticals 0.5% Pure Retinol

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A game changer! My forehead was unbelievably smooth as well as the rest of my face. The 0.3% is more readily available as I don’t see the 0.5% anymore.


Have you tried any of these products? Did you feel the same way about them.

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I am a skincare retailer here in Nigeria and I get so many enquiries, from (mainly) ladies, asking which of our products will brighten them up. Or which products will lighten their skin. After fielding these questions for so long, I can conclude that most people use the terms Brightening, Lightening and Whitening interchangeably. So I would like to shed some light on how these 3 terms, as it relates to skincare, are VERY different. I feel the need to do this, so that you all can be a lot more enlightened about skincare products, and specifically what ingredients to look out for in order to achieve your desired results. I’m moreso particular about Brightening & Lightening, Whitening I’ll share my thoughts on at the end of this post. So be sure to read till the end.

Brightening

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This is fairly straightforward. Your skin is looking a little dull and tired but can be easily rejuvenated. Exfoliation is probably the simplest approach. Your options are physical exfoliants or chemical exfoliants. Many skincare professionals recommend chemical exfoliants, as harshly administered micro beads can irritate and aggravate the skin more than help it. Vitamin C is also another great ingredient to add to your regimen for brightening up dull looking skin and achieving a glow.

 

Lightening


You want to enhance your complexion by working on discolouration, dark spots, acne scars or sun damage. Your goal is evening out your skin tone, restoring what you once had and that ever-popular glow. You just want to make the best of your skin. For someone like you, products containing arbutin, kojic acid, bearberry extract, licorice extract, and azelaic acid should help. If prescribed and used under the careful instruction of a professional, hydroquinone can be amazing.

 

Whitening

Now, this terminology is used in parts of Asia where whiter skin is considered more beautiful. A lot of brands aimed at ethnic skin have also adopted it. I’ve noticed that some lightening products are labelled ‘whitening’. This group of people want to go beyond brightening and lightening and wish for a more dramatic effect; which is to be a few shades lighter. They may or may not have discolouration issues. They may have been lighter in their youth and want to recreate that. Or perhaps they just admire a fairer complexion and want it for themselves. This is what I would call ‘bleaching’.

 

 

My take on it? Make your skin the best it can possibly be! It’s as simple as that. Learn about your skin, do your research, deal with any skin issues, see a dermatologist and/or aesthetician if you must, and make sure your skin is in its best state everyday. The goal should be to glow, whether you’re brown, fair or a melanin goddess. This article turned into a bit of a soap box mounting, mini rant but if it can make just one person feel a little more comfortable in their own skin, then I achieved my objective.


Do you want to glow? Are you looking for tips and/or products to brighten or lighten your complexion? Do you share my views or completely disagree? Talk to me via email fikayo@simplykayo.com

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When you embark on a healthy hair journey, one of the first things you discover is that ‘Wash Day’ is an event! A proper wash-day routine will set your hair up for success there after and it does not have to be complicated at all.

I like to break it down into 4 main phases: PREP, TREAT, CLEANSE AND CONDITION.

1 . Prep

 

 

This step consists of gently removing knots and tangles from your hair and oiling the scalp.

 

 

2. Treat

Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen Grow Restore Conditioner – N7,200                                        Crème of Nature Strengthening Deep Treatment – N3,600                                                             Cantu Grow Strong Treatment – N2.840

 

 

Either use a moisture based treatment or a protein based treatment to strengthen the hair from within. Simply apply the treatment to dry hair so its absorbed better, focusing on the midshaft to the ends of the hair, cover with a shower cap and steam for 30mins or allow your body heat to warm up the scalp for about an hr.

 

 

3. Cleanse

Kinky Curly Moisturizing Shampoo Sulfate Free – N4,680                                                             Crème of Nature Sulfate-Free Shampoo – N4,190

Cleanse the scalp with a mild sulfate free shampoo

 

4. Condition

Condition the hair after cleansing, preferably with a leave in conditioner, comb through, moisturize and seal.

Easy to follow right? Be consistent with this routine and your hair is bound to be healthy and lush.


The Jumia anniversary sale is still live, you can check out even more Beauty Deals here.

It all ends tomorrow, July 26th, so hurry and grab these deals fast!

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AMERICA’S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN: THE BEAUTY EDIT

Recently, Forbes published their annual ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Women’ list. This is the publication’s 4th edition and is a ranking of the most successful women entrepreneurs in America. The 60 women selected recorded a combined net worth of $71 billion, up 15% from $61.5 billion in 2017. The list recognises women who have shattered ceilings and scaled new heights in a wide variety of disciplines, from genetic testing to slimming shapewear & cosmetics. The minimum net worth needed to make this year’s list is $320 million, up from $260 million last year.

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about this list, particularly the fact that Kylie Jenner was on the list as the youngest of the lot, but did you know there were 5 other beauty entrepreneurs as well. I wanted to highlight this fact and also encourage every other beauty entrepreneur out there to keep pushing and some day you too will be shattering ceilings and defying the norm! Here’s a list of all the beauty entreprenuers, their rankings and the brands they own:

 

KATHY FIELDS – RANKING #13- NETWORTH $1.5BILLION

  • Dermatologist Kathy Fields and her business partner Katie Rodan have created two successful skincare brands: Proactiv Solutions and Rodan + Fields.
  • In May 2018, private equity firm TPG spent $1 billion to buy a 25% stake in Rodan + Fields.
  • Rodan + Fields borrowed $600 million in junk bonds in June 2018 and used it to pay the founders a dividend.
  • Revenues of Rodan + Fields grew 50% in 2017 to $1.5 billion; the direct marketing firm conducts sales through some 200,000 ‘consultants.’
  • In 2016, the two dermatologists sold their Proactiv royalties to a joint venture between Guthy Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.

KATHIE RODAN – RANKING #13 – NETWORTH $1.5BILLION

 

  • Dermatologist Rodan co-created acne treatment Proactiv and launched skin-care company Rodan + Fields with longtime business partner Kathy Fields.
  • In May 2018, private equity firm TPG spent $1 billion to buy a 25% stake in Rodan + Fields.
  • Rodan + Fields borrowed $600 million in junk bonds in June 2018 and used it to pay the founders a dividend.
  • Revenues of Rodan + Fields grew 50% in 2017 to $1.5 billion; the direct marketing firm conducts sales through more than 200,000 ‘consultants.’
  • In 2016, the two dermatologists sold their Proactiv royalties to a joint venture between Guthy Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.

ANASTASIA SOARE – RANKING #21 – NETWORTH $1BILLION

 

  • Make-up mogul Anastasia Soare has made a fortune applying the golden ratio–used by the ancient Greeks and Leonardo da Vinci–to eyebrows.
  • Born in Romania, she immigrated to Los Angeles in 1989 and got a job in a beauty salon.
  • Three years later, she struck out on her own, and in 2000, she launched a line of eyebrow products under the name Anastasia Beverly Hills.
  • Sales took off after her daughter Claudia, who is the company’s president, began promoting the brand on Instagram.
  • The company now sells more than 480 products in over 3,000 stores; revenues are estimated at more than $200 million.

KYLIE JENNER – RANKING #27 – NETWORTH $900M

 

  • The most junior member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is also its richest thanks to her fast-growing makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics.
  • Famous for its $29 lip liner and lipstick “lip kits,” Kylie Cosmetics has since expanded into eyeshadow, highlighter, eyeliner and more.
  • Its limited edition product “drops” create giant flash sales, as in November 2016 when her holiday collection snagged nearly $19 million in 24 hours.
  • Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its founding in February 2016.
    Jenner owns 100% of the company

 

HUDA KATTAN – RANKING #37 – $550M

 

  • Miserable in her finance job, Kattan quit to become a makeup artist and then launched a blog in 2010. It is now the Internet’s most-read beauty blog.
  • Kattan started Huda Beauty with her two sisters in 2013 when she couldn’t find false eyelashes to buy.<br>
  • Today, Huda Beauty sells more than 140 products from eyeshadow pallets to lip gloss, which bring in at least $200 million in annual sales.
  • Private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners acquired a small minority stake at the end of 2017. It is now valued at more than $1 billion.
  • An influencer who claims to having never spent money on advertising, Kattan now has about 26 million Instagram followers.

 

JAMIE KERN LIMA – RANKING #44 – NETWORTH $440M

 

  • Jamie Kern Lima sold her problem-solving make-up line of 300 products to L’Oreal for $1.2 billion in cash.
  • Kern Lima pocketed roughly $410 million and is staying as CEO of IT Cosmetics, making her the first female CEO in L’Oreal’s 108-year-history.
  • The former morning news anchor started testing makeup to help cover up her rosacea, a hereditary skin condition that causes blotchy, red skin.
  • Her husband Paulo Lima, who she met in a statistics class at Columbia Business School, is cofounder and runs much of the daily operations.
  • Since cashing out in 2016, Kern Lima has invested some proceeds in 12 women-led businesses.

To read about all 60 women featured visit forbes.com for the full article.

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