Thursday, 15 September 2016

Spring Cleaning your Skincare Routine: Part 3

Protect The Skin

  • Do use a sunscreen with an SPF level of at least 30, that will prevent both UVA and UVB damage, and don’t forget to reapply during the day. Thanks to technology, reapplication of SPF could mean dusting over the skin with a translucent powder which has an SPF, just be sure to check what factor it is, there are so many ways to reapply without worrying about messing up your makeup if you’re a lady This is the biggest and most important step in any skincare routine.

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  • Do: Drink a lot of water to flush out any toxins in your body. Set aside one day a week to give yourself a full facial at home, and enjoy the full benefits of your chosen products. Stick to your routine for at least 3 months, results are in the consistency of your regime.

  • DON’T: Sleep with your makeup on it will clog your pores, cause breakouts and leave your skill looking dull and lifeless.
And there you have it. Simple as 1-2-3!
Please share your spring/summer skincare tips below...

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Spring Cleaning your Skincare Routine: Part 2

Treat the skin
  • Apply serum after prepping your skin. Serums often are very lightweight formulas that deliver potent ingredients deep into the skin to give them a boost. Serums will, for example, increases skin firmness, correct discoloration, smooth out fine lines etc. When choosing a serum go for a light weight formula with active ingredients as these are readily absorbed into the skin without leaving an occlusive layer.

  • Use a hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin from dehydrating and to retain moisture throughout the day. Don’t get confused between hydration which equals ‘water’ and moisturiser which equals ‘oil’ go for the moisturiser that makes up for what you are lacking. A day cream in the morning and a night cream in the evening. Skincare at night is important and this is when your skin repairs and regenerates itself – “beauty sleep” is not a myth.
  • Apply a face mask, at least once a week, best done in the evenings when you have a little more time to relax. Also with a wide variety to choose from, you could even mix and match different masks for different issues on the same face eg. eye mask, clay based mask on an oily T-Zone, and a hydrating mask for the remainder of the skin. And if you feel, you don’t have time to sit around with a mask, you now get leave on masks so you can sleep with. Don’t give yourself any more excuses.
What are your preferred treatment methods, do you mask? Use a serum daily? Please share below.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Spring Cleaning your Skincare Routine: Part 1

We all have had a times when we feel our skin is just not looking the part and can’t figure where we are going wrong. It could breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and so on, causing the skin to look dull and lifeless and seemingly unhealthy.  However, you can get your skin back to being beautiful, healthy and with that glow, by tweaking your routine to best serve your skin’s needs.

With spring clearly in the air, there is no better time to revisit the basics, and get things back on track...

Prepare Your Skin
  • First stop, is your cleanser. Do start by cleansing your face every morning and evening. Choose a gentle cleanser, suited to your skin type, to clean your face of any dirt and makeup. This will not only prepare your skin for what’s to come but begin the process of giving you a smoother, clearer and softer texture. Don’t be tempted to use soap, please, as this will give you that squeaky clean feel, yes, but sadly also strip the skin of all its oil as well as disturb the balance of the acid mantle, leaving your skin prone to bacteria and other elements that could create an adverse reaction.
  • Do use a toner to achieve that deep pore cleansing, remove any residue left behind from your cleanse, as well as to restore the pH balance which may have been disturbed in the cleansing process.
  • Do exfoliate your skin, once or twice a week, to remove dead skin cells and to allow effective penetration of products into your skin. Don’t underestimate this step, as exfoliation not only increases your blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the skin but stimulates collagen synthesis as well. Do choose an exfoliant suitable to your skin type, there are a wide variety available, from, fruit acid based, enzyme based to the more well-known granular types. Acne types, you don’t want to be spreading that bacteria around, so stay away from the granular.
What cleansing routine are you using? Do you wear makeup daily and is it effectively getting rid of all the traces at the end of the day? Always love to hear your thoughts, so please share below.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

How to choose the best colour corrector and concealer

At times, our complexion becomes too flushed, pale or even a blemish may be noticeable, and it becomes hard to hide it. However, thanks to the color correcting techniques we can now hide the problems. The main aim of colour correcting is to cancel opposite hues depending on your skin tone. By use of a concealer, we can hide the blemishes and dark circles as well as highlight the eyes and cheekbones.

Concealers initially were manufactured in shades similar to our skin tones, but now different colours such as pink, purple, green, white, are being brought in by the makeup industry. Each shade is used to conceal a specific issue, but you have to understand which colour corrects, which shade of blemish, so that you can attain perfection. If you’ve got the colour correcting basics, then you will master the art of concealer. Remember the color wheel at school? A color that is opposite the other will help conceal the alternate colour. e.g. colour green and red.

Some examples include:
· A green concealer will neutralize a red blemish e.g. from sunburn
· A purple, lilac or blue concealer, is best for removing the yellow undertones in the skin, or  dull yellow complexions
· A full coverage concealer that is true to your skin tone or orange based concealers are best for dark skins wanting to hide dark circles or spots with deep discoloration.
· A concealer, which is no more than two shades lighter than your natural skin tone, is great for highlighting your cheekbones, from the bridge to the tip of your nose, or can be utilized in the inner corners of the eyes so that you appear more awake. This is a great way to draw attention away from those areas that tend to be blemish prone.

Colour correcting is a great technique and if not overdone it brings out a real, neutral and even skin tone. If you want glam on certain days concealer, in a triangular shape when applied under the eye, gives you that bright and sun kissed focal point. A highlighter on your cheekbone adds even more glamour to the glam factor.

Make sure you get the right colour and consistency in what you are looking to hide. There are different concealers for the different types of skin e.g.
· Liquid concealer- best for normal, oily, sensitive and breakout prone skin types as it offers buildable coverage.
· Cream concealer- best for normal, dry, sensitive or combination type of skin as it gives medium to full coverage due to its thick texture.
· Stick concealer- best for normal, dry and sensitive skin and they work well to cover moderate to severe under eye circles.
· Cream to powder concealer- best for normal to combination type of skins.

Last but not least. The best way to apply your colour correction products is to apply your foundation first, get as much coverage out of that, then go in and correct/conceal, using a tapping/stippling motion (be it with a sponge, brush or fingers), ensuring the layer is not too thick for a natural finish.
Are you a makeup fanatic? What are your tips and tricks to get that flawless finish? Would love to hear, so lease share in the comments section below.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Micellar Water ~ The Lowdown

Micellar Water as a product has reached peak popularity recently with multiple women switching to the product in place of the usual soap and water. As a skincare product, Micellar Water is used to remove make-up from the face while also cleansing the skin, all without any need for rinsing with water. The product had already been use among a number of French pharmacies for many years but it only recently gained major popularity due to its discovery by make-up artists and bloggers and also other skincare enthusiasts.

What Is Micellar Water?
Micellar Water is best described as water with small round balls otherwise known as micelles, which are cleansing molecules floating on the water. Therefore, once you apply the Water on your face, these gentle cleansing molecules act on the dirt and oil on your face, quickly and efficiently clearing them. 

What Is In It?
Some of the main ingredients contained in Micellar Water products include Triple Purified Water, Vitamins B3 and C which work together to cleanse and enrich your skin!

How to Use Micellar Water
The recommended use of Micellar Water is as follows:
  • Wipe your face gently with a cotton wool ball soaked in Micellar Water solution with special attention on the lip and eye regions to remove all the makeup. Being super-absorbent, cotton easily soaks up all dirt and oil.
  • No rinsing is necessary afterwards.
  • Apply a suitable moisturiser or serum after a while.

Its benefits
Micellar cleansing water has multiple benefits on the skin. These include:
  • It is suitable for use on all kinds of skin including sensitive and dry skin due to its hydrating and gentle properties unlike a typical foamy wash. For oily skin and especially for acne prone individuals, you may have to supplement Micellar with a traditional facial cleanser.
  • Containing no alcohol, Micellar is gentle and never stings. It therefore has no tightening or tingling effect.
  • It is a powerful product and can remove even eye makeup thus there’s no need for any additional makeup remover. However this may not be the case for stubborn eye makeup for example waterproof mascara or heavy foundations.
  • If you are travelling or in a situation where running water may not be available, Micellar Water is perfect as no rinsing is needed and therefore you do not have to compromise your skincare routine.

Which Beauty Brands Have It?
There are a good number of companies that have incorporated Micellar Water into their products. Some of these beauty brands include Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, Avene, black|Up, LancĂ´me and Garnier. Most of these products are perfect for travelling, camping or vacationing purposes. Basically, anywhere where running water may not be readily available Micellar Water is the perfect option. 

There you have it. What do you think? Have you used it before, what was your experience?

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Winter hair colour trends for African women

With so many resources we can turn to for inspiration, it’s become so much easier to find what works for you. Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube and celebrities, means you can match your skin tone to someone with a similar shade and know exactly how that hair colour will look on you. Experimenting with different looks when it comes to African hair colour has therefore become more adventurous and using hair colours from the Incteco range, which is specifically designed for our hair types has made that process seamless. 


Be Bold and attempt a shade of Blonde
Trends that have been noticed lately are the bronde aka a fusion of brown and blonde. Using Inecto Super Brown or Inecto Hot Chocolate as your main colour and infusing it with Inecto Caramel Blonde or Inecto Rich Copper the bronde trend becomes aacessible to those that have considered the blonde look, but maybe haven’t been bold enough or certain how it would suit their dark skin. The key to the bronde trend is to keep the darker tone as close as possible to your natural hair colour, and that then makes it low maintenance.

We see likes of Beyonce, for example, she started more on the brown side and has slowly amped up the blonde level. We all know she always looks flawless and on point.

According to colour pro Rits Haza, who also does Beyonce’s blonde hair looks "You should change the tone of your hair colour seasonally, in the same way you change your makeup and wardrobe."

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The warm and classic colours in the family of reds
With so many variations of the shade for example Inecto Passion Plum, Inecto Cherry Red and Inecto Super Auburn. This colour is always on trend and perfect in winter months. Its rich tones will suit any dark skin and give your overall look a new dimension. Try leaving your roots with their natural dark colour and adding one of Inecto’s beautiful colours to your ends to create an ombre effect. The options are endless.

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The never failing Black
This is a timeless classic, it never goes out of season nor out of trend. Inecto Perfect Black and Inecto Blue Black will leave you will with a solid finish. Colouring your hair black is not just to cover grey hair but to add boldness and give hair a more polished, healthy and fuller look. Interesting enough going for this colour also has the added bonus of giving the skin a more even appearing complexion.

African hair is versatile. We don’t need to wear the same look each season. Be it wearing a weave, a wig or just working with what grows out of your head – if its 100% human hair you can play around with different looks. Inecto has 11 beautiful shades to choose from, so let your imagination loose and enjoy experimenting with the trends as seasons change.

Do you colour treat your hair? What are your go to colours for winter? Where do you find your inspiration from? I would to hear what your hair colour phases have been like, so do share below.
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