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BEAUTY RECIPE: TURMERIC SCRUB AKA KURKUM TRADITIONAL SKIN GLOW TREAT

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Turmeric powder also known as Kurkum in parts of Northern Nigeria (West Africa) is popularly used for brides -to- be in that region as it gives the brides skin a golden glow before her wedding. This natural made concoction is used to scrub the bride 2-3 times a week before their wedding for radiant flawless skin. What is Turmeric?

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TURMERIC SCRUB RECIPE

Ingredients

1 cup – Natural yogurt or Milk
1/2 cup – Turmeric
1/3 cup – Organic honey
1/4 cup – Fresh lemon juice or lime juice

**This measurement is enough for 2-3 uses and can be used on the face if its not sensitive.

Directions

1. Mix all four ingredients into a bowl.

2. Add water for thinner consistency, if you wish.

3. Line bathroom with disposable paper or old napkins to avoid staining tiles and bath sink as Turmeric leaves yellow residue that may be difficult to remove.

4. Rub and scrub the paste on all parts of face (avoid eyes) and body in circular motions.

5. Leave the paste to dry on the skin for 30 minutes.

6. Rinse with warm water and towel the body.

7.Follow with your favourite body oil, preferably natural oils such as Coconut, Argan or custom oil mix.

8. Use scrub at night time. However, if you choose to use during the day, make sure you apply sunsreen after.

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SKINCARE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC SCRUB

-Aids in evening out skin tone and complexion brightening.
-Acne treatment and prevention
-Removal of black heads, dark spots and blemishes.
-Reduced hyper pigmentation.
Read more about the beauty benefits of Turmeric for skin and hair.

Reference:
PWETTYBAMBI.COM

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Will you be trying this traditional turmeric scrub recipe from Northern Nigeria? Please leave a comment below.

WHAT IS A SILK PRESS + HOW TO PREVENT HEAT DAMAGE

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A silk press is simply a temporal hair straightening process which requires blow drying hair in sections before going over with a flat iron (preferably Chi or Ceramic) for a smooth even finish. Products specifically designed for ‘silk’ straightening (usually indicated on label) must also be used.

This process is believed to yield best results especially when straightening naturally curly, coily and kinky hair with little or no damage while leaving the hair light and bouncy instead of weighed down and oily like traditional press systems.

Despite the overall safeness of this method, many curly haired women have suffered heat damage through this process as they neglected certain steps during the straightening process.

Want to prevent heat damage during straightening process? Here are 5 steps to follow:

1. CLEANSE

Ensure that hair is properly clarified, conditioned, detangled and moisturized before embarking on the silk straightening process.

Out of Clarifying shampoo? Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda mixed with water are cheap and effective methods to clarify hair after shampooing.

2. DEEP CONDITION

For extra dry hair, try deep conditioning hair for 15-20 mins before beginning the straightening process, as properly conditioned hair is less likely to suffer heat damage.

3. SILK PRODUCTS

Products specifically created for the silk straightening process must be used for maximum results. Related Article: 5 Best Temporary Hair Straightening Products For Curly Girls

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*Recommended: (From left- right) Chi Silk Infusion, Bio-Silk Silk Therapy and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

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*Based on readers reviews (left-right) Supersilk Professional Fortified Silk Amino Acid Professional Smoothing Solution and Supersilk Professional Silk Amino Acid Professional Solution

4. HEAT PROTECTION

Don’t forget heat protectant serums and sprays.

No heat protectant serum? Try light weight natural products such as Shea butter, Jojoba and Coconut which contain heat protecting properties.

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5. SEEK A PROFESSIONAL

Visit a hair salon or seek the services of a professional when trying out this process to avoid preventable damage to your hair.

Why do this?

Hair stylists are better experienced with the different hair types and textures, heat and product requirements and would most likely know what’s best for yours.

Have you tried the Silk press method? Do do you have any other tips on how to prevent heat damage to natural hair?

BEFORE YOU JUMP ON THAT WAIST TRAINING BANDWAGON

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Poster girl curvy celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna etc have all endorsed various brands of waist cinchers and corsets on Instagram, leading many people to believe that this is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to attaining the elusive hourglass figure.

These celebrities have hinted at ease of wear, effectiveness and attractiveness as some of the reasons for wearing these shaping garments and while it may be something you may be curious to try, we think you should read this excerpt from MEDICALDAILY.COM before you make that decision.

Health experts say that waist training isn’t effective, or even entirely safe.

“It’s going to make you look slimmer when you have it on, but I don’t know any physiology that would explain that you’re going to lose body fat by wearing this device,” Stephen Ball, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, told TODAY.com.

“People want a quick fix. They don’t want to put in the effort that it actually takes and so I’m sure lots of women will see these pictures and go out and spend their money on these types of devices when they should be focusing on exercise and healthy eating.”

Corsets have been used throughout history to induce form-fitting beauty standards. Also known as tightlacing, the practice diminishes the volume of the lungs, making it more difficult for the tightlacer to breathe. In addition, tightlacing can change rib structure as well as the position of organs such as the liver, which is pressed upward. It was particularly popular during the Victorian era, but has since lost its appeal in general fashion. But the practice has reemerged in recent years among celebrities like Jessica Alba, who used a corset to help her keep her shape after giving birth. There’s also something called the “Corset Diet,” which essentially squeezes your stomach to the point that makes it painful to eat too much — and painful to breathe, and probably to move, as well.

“The notion of an external brace or corset reshaping your midsection is pure pseudoscience. While it is possible to elongate or stretch a body part over years, as some African tribes have proven with their customs, it is not at all possible to do the same to the trunk of the body — especially after coming into adulthood, when the torso’s bones, tissues, and organs have grown to maturity”.

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Final Note

Please never hold yourself to the standards of everything you see on Instagram, as many sellers of products such as waist cinchers, corsets and body wraps on that platform are frauds and promise unrealistic results by photoshopping the pictures featured on their pages.

Also, many celebrities who have endorsed these products do so for personal gain and many have undergone plastic surgery such as liposuction and fat transfer to achieve such results.

Eating healthy and exercise are still your best bet to getting your dream body. And don’t forget about self love! No shortcuts.

What are your thoughts on the new waist training obsession? Sheer madness or worth the try?

14 NIGERIAN MAKE-UP PROS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

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Are you a makeup junkie, or do you simply want a fabulous makeup artist to glam you up for a special occasion or event?

Look no further as we are rounding up the top 14 Nigerian makeup artists to follow on Instagram.

Artists that made our cut did so based on look execution, body of work, popularity, client reviews, editorial features and overall creativity.

14. @iposhlooks

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13. @topnotchmakeovers

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12. @dazeita

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11. @facesbylabisi

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10. @caramelsnerd

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9. @joycejacob_jjb

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8. @lolamaja

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7. @bimpeonakoya

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6. @shomya_lag

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5. @iamdodos

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4. @glambyisoken

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3. @mamzabeauty

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2. @banksbmpro

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1. @jideofstola

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What are your thoughts on our list? Did we miss out on any of your favorites? Please leave their Instagram handles in the comments section if you would like this list updated.

8 BEST FIBRELASH MASCARAS TO TRY

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Here is our list of the best 8 FibreLash Mascaras to try (based on consumer experiences and ratings.) Related Article: Are FibreLash Mascaras Replacing Regular Mascaras and Eyelash Extensions.

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1. Maybelline Illegal Length™ Fiber Extensions
Price: $5.95 (N935)

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2. L’Oreal Voluminous False
Price: $6.69 (N1,100)

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3. Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara
Price: $28.50 (N4,700)

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4. Love Alpha Studio Secrets Professional Fibre
Price: $8.58 (N1,415)

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5. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes
Price: $35.00 (N5,775)

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6. Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lashes
Price: $25.99 (N4,300)

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7. Cherry Blooms FibreLash Extension Mascara
Price: $59.00 (N9,735)

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ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on Lashes
Price: $43.00 (N7,100)

APPLY FIBRELASH MASCARAS AT A GLANCE

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To remove most Fibrelash Mascaras, you need to either use warm water and soap or makeup remover similar to the removal process of regular mascara brands.

Do you have any recommended products you would like to add to our list?

MY TOP 5 BEAUTY MUST-HAVES: ITUNU ROTIMI

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Itunu Rotimi is our newest real beauty. A fashion blogger (THERHEDRUBY). lipstick addict and makeup retailer residing in Nigeria.

She shares with us 5 of her beauty products secrets that keeps her looking glam.

Here’s her list:

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1. CLEAN N CLEAR ESSENTIALS FOAMING CLEANSER

I use the one specially made for sensitive skin to avoid breaking out. Apart from clearing and maintaining my skin, this product also help clean off make up and dirt that have accumulated through out the day. I use this immediately after my night bath.

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2. MAC MATCHMASTER FOUNDATION
For a long time now, I have only used MAC foundations! They work perfectly for my skin. I absolutely cannot do without the Matchmaster Foundation in Shade 7/7.5. This product comes inclusive of sunscreen (SPF 15) and a very nice pump for easy application.

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3. MAYBELLINE COLOSSAL KAJAL
My fave Kajal in the world! It’s soft and just slides on my lids without tugging. Perfect for those who want to create the winged eyeliner look in seconds. I also use this as a base when creating the smokey eye look. P.S. You definitely need this baby in your bag.

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4. BROW PENCIL
Powerful brows are in! Whether you chose to wear the bolder brows or prefer more subtle look, a good brow pencil is needed. For women with darker skin, a chocolate brown colored eyebrow pencil is best. Please, stay away from red or burgundy colored pencils except it’s for a fashion shoot.

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5. MY MAC LIPPIE
I am a certified Lipstick addict and might I add that out of all the lipstick brands, MAC comes out on top for me. From the mattes to the cremesheens or amplified glosses, I love them all.

……Real women, real beauty

What are your thoughts on Itunu’s list?

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