GET MY LOOK: CASUAL NIGHT OUT

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How’s your week going? weekend is here already! how time flies… today’s post is just a quick OOTD from the other day. I didn’t plan to make a post on this, but I got requests on Instagram (@lynnjaphet) to give outfit details. So here! All items and links on where to purchase are below!

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DRESS , BAG, SANDALALL ACCESSORIES ARE EASILY SUBSTITUTED (My bag below is from Dune)

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xoxo

Tosin

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FOUNDATION ROUTINE!

Hello!

It’s been a while I did a makeup related video….Here is my updated foundation routine! Do enjoy…

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Hope your week is going great!

xoxo

Tosin

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HAIR REVIEW: RAEFRAN HAIR UK

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Remember I told you about a hair company called RaéFran Hair HERE. The company contacted me a while back to try out some hair from their range. I was sent their Virgin Brazilian and Indian hair. I am yet to fix the Indian hair, but I have used the former. I was sent a 14″ closure and bundles in 14,16 and 18 inches in colour 1B. However, I knew I didn’t want a plain colour as I already have similar weaves like that, so I decided to add some highlights. For the 1st week I wore it as a centre part with little layers. After which I further cut it to a shoulder bob and wore it as a side part. My complete review is after the Images below.

How I recieved it. Packaging and bundles with closure

                                            How I recieved it. Packaging and bundles with closure

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                             Dyed, tweezed, blow dried and laid as a side part

Slightly cut, curled and laid as a centre part

                                First week: Slightly cut, curled and laid as a centre part

PACKAGING: It was sent to me in a FedEx express envelope, inside were the bundles. No fancy wraps just clear nylon and the gold bands at the root of the hair.

DELIVERY: I received it in 5days after I was contacted. The manager told me all UK deliveries take about 5-7 working days.

SMELL: It didn’t have any particular scent. It just smelled like hair, although I have washed it twice now since I got it. (I washed with herbal essence hello hydration conditioner)

INSTALL: I fixed it on a wig cap for durability, (I wash my hair almost every week hence a wig is the best option). I didn’t cut the weft while fixing, I used all three bundles and it was enough. Also I noticed minimal to none shedding after colouring, washing and blowdrying. (I used Dark and lovely dye and creme of nature’s Argan oil as a heat protectant).

CLOSURE: The lace closure was excellent for me, it came already bleached and I didn’t need to manipulate it much to blend with my scalp. I just applied powder on the prefered part after plucking/tweezing out a few strands.

HEAT RESPONSE: I have curled and blow dried this hair numerous times and I noticed it has a sheen when straightened. It also curls well with minimal heat, 350˚ is adequate.

CARE: I apply Argan oil once a week and do not sleep with it. I also sometimes place the wig on my heater to air out any sweat residue during the day.

PROS: Great and efficient customer service, good delivery speed, Affordable price, Great Quality Hair, Fast response to mails.

CONS: Only one payment option (PayPal), O.K packaging, Delivery to Nigeria 10-15working days, No website Yet just Instagram,  their actual warehouse and Email address for price quotes.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT: Trustworthy company, Great hair, good logistics, average innovation.

I hope my review was explanatory…..

Contact Raefran Hair : raefranhairuk@gmail.com, @Raefranhair_UK (Instagram)

So far I love my hair!

Have a great day ahead

xoxo

Tosin

IS A MASTERS PROGRAMME WORTH IT? (FAQ’S, APPLICATION & MORE)

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I get a lot of questions form readers asking about university choices for a post graduate course and programme selection. In this post I answer a few questions, and share my  personal experiences as a recent graduate. I discuss tuition, application processes, course selection, travel and more. I really do hope this video is benefical to someone needing a first hand experience.

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I was also the Nigerian ambassador for my programme and I was interviewed a while back for the school’s website. Please feel free to watch my interview on the school’s website HERE

If there are further questions that I didn’t address in this video, Kindly drop a comment below or shoot me a mail at asktosin@gmail.com

Uni Interview: http://www.strath.ac.uk/sao/internationalmanagement/
Visa and application resource: http://www.ukeas.com.ng/

All the best!

xoxo

Tosin

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AKARA ! (PICTORIAL)

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Hope your weekend went awesome! Mine was quite eventful. I woke up on Saturday morning craving Akara i.e Bean cake. You all know my love for pap i.e Ogi, and I think there is nothing more satisfying than Pap with any bean delicacy; Ranging from moi-moi, palm oil beans or bean cake. So I decided to  go with the latter. The cooking is quite easy, but the preparation process is the main task. You have to soak the beans for a minimum of 4hours then peel off the brown part/skin, before you blend and fry. I would make a video later this week on it for my YouTube community, but a lot of blog readers in Nigeria complain about videos and the internet struggle there, so here is a step by step pictorial for you lovelies! Do enjoy!

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Have an awesome week ahead!

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xoxo

Tosin

UNFADING BEAUTY (1)

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TGIF! Hope your week went great and you’re pumped about the weekend like I am. Today I’m introducing a series on the blog titled 20 Lessons of my 20’s, I’m still in my twenties hence ‘of’ as opposed to ‘from‘.

This segment talks about various things I’ve learnt and I’m still learning as a young woman. I chose today’s topic Unfading beauty: beyond the reflection as the Number 1 LESSON simply because this was the first lesson I learnt in the first few years as an adult. Now I sometimes wonder if this is because I’m female or because God knew I needed to reck that part of me. I’ve once shared my journey on beauty and vanity on the blog Here, but today I’d just discuss a few things I’ve learnt on beauty.

All ‘lessons’ are solely a result of my personal experiences, but I do hope they are valuable and worth sharing to someone else. Do have an open mind whilst reading….

1. APPEARANCE MATTERS: I would not be cliché and say “only inner beauty matters”, Although this is very true in God’s eyes -1 Samuel 16:7, on earth the case is not the same. You may be thinking “shouldn’t only the thoughts of God matter”, you are also more than right. However the bible asked us to apply wisdom. We as humans have been placed on earth for a purpose and it’s God’s intention for us to live at the maximum potential, walking with utmost dominion. I’ve learnt that it’s only wise to look good. It sounds simple, but think about it using this analogy. Imagine God has destined you to be a great preacher, but because you feel that’s all that matters you decide not to shower or wear nice clothes, would that aid/hinder your mission? (you be the judge). Look around the world most great and impactful men/women of God make a conscious effort to dress well. This is simply because they understand the human mind, not everyone you come in contact with has the mind of christ. Its only normal that anyone would assess you based on how you present yourself. Moreover, I’ve also learnt that looking good is a good thing, don’t be apologetic for it.

2. YOUR PHYSICAL BEAUTY IS INCOMPARABLE: It’s funny how everyone is familiar with the terms “finest girl, “most beautiful” and other comparative titles in that context. But in these years, I’ve asked my self, should beauty really be compared? My understanding of physical beauty is something you have no control over, your cheek bones, eyes, lips, legs …were all formed as a result of genes and cells, all orchestrated by God- unarguably ‘the all knowing God’. So in retrospect, what exactly validates one person to be more beautiful than another as God is a just God, and we are all made in his likeness. However I do not disagree with some being physically more attractive/appealing than others although I truly believe it doesn’t make the other any less-beautiful. I’ve also come to learn that you can and should only be the most beautiful version of you. I decided to stop comparing my self with the next girl or celebrity(consciously or unconsciously). You shouldn’t feel the need to be/look better than others to validate your beauty, your God-given beauty.

3. BEAUTY DOES FADE: Probably an over-flogged phrase but it’s the utmost truth. Beauty is vain so certainly it would be of less value over time. Notice I didn’t say less beautiful, I mean less-appraised. There are people who are strikingly gorgeous from infancy to senior years, but that factor becomes less apparent over time with those who they share their lives with. This is simply because physical beauty only feeds the eyes. Your character, personality and actions feeds the mind. We can all agree that the mind is more powerful than sight. This is why you can imagine things that trigger emotions even without its physical presence.

There’s also a saying that goes thus “people rarely forget how you made them feel”. Moments are often treasured because they are made up of thoughts, experience, feelings and emotions all triggered by actions Not as a result of the appearance of the actor. This realisation has taught me to invest in my being: not just looking my best but doing and being my best. Daily above all vain pursuits I strive to improve temperaments, attitudes, thresholds, speech and thoughts.

4. HEALTH IS WEALTH: I particularly was most guilty of this, I could be very nonchalant with my health. I try to eat right and a little exercise here and there but nothing grand. I consider our twenties as  basically the 1st lap of ageing. In a relay race they often put the best runners at the 1st and last lap, why? because they understand the importance of starting off well. Taking your health with utmost importance now is a gift you must give yourself. You need to be strong and full of vigor. This spans from running checkups, exercise, a healthy diet, and being product cautious. Us women in particular are guilty of the latter(product cautious), we use anything that we are told works, You don’t need an immediate allergic reaction to a cream, oil or pill before you find out what it’s made of. Some products have delayed response and may take years of continuous use before showing its negative outcomes. You are what you eat, and when the inside is great the outside with glow.

5. PEOPLE VALUE WHAT YOU VALUE: This is a lesson that spans beyond beauty, but is relevant to this topic so I thought to also include. Have you noticed that if someone bashes/praises a particular item/feature/relation of theirs, it somewhat shapes the way to look at that item?  If you always complain or speak ill about a habit/relation/feature of yours, don’t be upset when people begin to tease or mock you with it.  It’s paramount to have a healthy self-esteem and see yourself as God’s best creation. He felt this is the best form for you to be born, in his likeness. It’s best to ignore anything that makes you feel less special, because you are indeed special, born for a purpose which you must fulfil. The moment you begin to value yourself with God’s standards coupled with humility everything will begin to change.

That’s all for today, 19 more to go. I hope to one day publish these writings into a book/compilation, but until then it’s all for you my blog readers!

Have a fruitful weekend ahead!

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xoxo

Tosin

SOME NEW OILS I’M USING!

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I always like to incorporate new oils or products into my overall health care regimen, and I just added four new oils to my skin and hair regimen. Thought to share with you!

1. PEPPERMINT OIL : peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. This oil is great for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the scalp. It helps in removing dandruff and lice. Peppermint oil has antiseptic, regenerative, and stimulating effects which improves blood circulation to scalp areas triggering/promoting  hair growth. It  also can relieve the scalp of irritation and dry skin. Based on my research, I find that it allows hair have a  shiny, fresh look.  Peppermint oil can be found in many hair products and alternative solutions for baldness, dandruff, and other hair-related conditions.  I bought mine from my local beauty store for about £11.

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2. BIO-OIL: The almighty scar/stretchmark/marks remover; so they say…..Well I bought the 125ML bottle a while back and I’ve been using it daily for about 15 days. I haven’t noticed any change except the breakouts on my cheeks(sighs), which I have decided to attribute to it. I haven’t changed anything in my skin routine besides using a pearl drop amount of bio oil on my face and legs daily. I would assume my skin is just adjusting to the change hence the tiny breakouts so I would continue use till next month. However Bio‑Oil is a specialist skin care oil that claims to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It says it’s also effective for ageing and dehydrated skin. I’ve decided to use it for 90 days as that is the stipulated time to notice visible change/difference. Hopefully my skin likes it and we are all happy…bio-oil-125ml

3. PURE ORGANIC COCONUT OIL: Don’t you hate all those coconut oils sold in beauty stores that actually doesn’t smell like coconut…I’ve experienced that 3ce now. But finally I got my hands on some pure coconut oil all the way from Belize, a country in the carribeans. I have a friend from there-whose dad was coming into the country. I asked him for some and he brought me a huge bottle of pure coconut oil. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks and oh my! the difference is clear! it absorbs into the skin well, isn’t greasy and just conditions my hair well which is awesome as we’re getting into the colder months. coconut-oil1-1

 

4. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: It’s funny how throughout my natural hair journey, I really never implemented olive oil into my daily regimen, I’ve always known its benefits (It contains vitamins and nutrients that help make hair strands thicker, which gives the appearance of a fuller head of hair. Scalp treatments with the oil can be used to remove sebum buildup, which is sometimes responsible for slowed hair growth. It also conditions the hair and gives it a good sheen with consistent use) but I just never used it appropriately. Now I use it 2-3times a week to oil my scalp and also deep condition when necessary. I also learnt something called an oil rinse which is when you wash your hair with just oil and rinse out with cold water. Tried it and my hair loved it. article-2689405-1F921A0D00000578-953_306x758

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So! what new oils have you been using? do let me know. I’m also curious about anyone who has used Bio-oil, please tell me your experience so I can compare my overall experience, I’d really appreciate your response.

Hope your week is going great, Have a great day ahead!

P.s. Don’t Forget to catch me tonight on Ebony Life TV on the ‘BLOG IT’ segment! Channel 165 DSTV.

Time 5:30pm, re-run at 8:30pm, 11:30pm and 11:30am the next day!

xoxo

Tosin

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