Beauty · Health & Beauty

Beauty | Skincare Routine

Hello! Hello! Hello!

Hope y’all had an amazing weekend. Mine was just spent under my blanket on the couch with some good novels.

Today I wanted to show you my skincare routine and the products I use to keep my skin feeling good. And since I started wearing make up, having a clear, hydrated base just makes your make up glide on smoothly and look amazing.

My skin is just as confused as my hair, it dictates the terms, but hey, it works for me. My only problem area is my forehead, but it’s not so major that a little TLC can’t solve. Plus the fact that I have beauty spots, scars and chicken pox spots all over my face, I don’t both cause I love having spots. Hahaha,I know I’m weird.

*Daily Use;
-Johnson’s Face Care Daily Essentials Oil Balancing Gel Wash.
-Johnson’s Daily Essentials 24 hour hydrating cream.

*Weekly Use;
-Johnson’s Face Care Daily Essentials Oil Balancing Gel Wash.
-Johnson’s Daily Essentials 24 hour hydrating cream.

-Beauty Formulas Vitamin E ex-foliating facial scrub.
-Beauty Formulas Cool Moist 3 minute clay mask.

*Monthly Use;
-Johnson’s Face Care Daily Essentials Oil Balancing Gel Wash.
-Johnson’s Daily Essentials 24 hour hydrating cream.

-Beauty Formulas Vitamin E ex-foliating facial scrub.
-Beauty Formulas Cool Moist 3 minute clay mask.
-Farmasi Skin Control Peel Off Mask.
-Steaming.

*All products can be purchased from any supermarket.

Hope you enjoyed the video and found it helpful.

Love,
Jo ♥

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Beauty · Health & Beauty

Beauty | Nail Care Routine + Colour Of The Week

Good Evening!

Happy New Month.

It’s actually more like good night. I was planning on getting this post out a it early, but my nails were not working with me. I had just come out of the shower after almost an hour (I love very long showers) and I had to wait for my nails to dry and regain their colour, you know the white colour on the tips when your nails are long.

I always get a lot of questions about my nails. The most annoying question that I constantly get has to be, if my nails are fake. Like why y’all got to do me like this?

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I’ve been growing out my nails since I left high school, about 4 years ago. There is just something about long nails on me that makes me feel good. I remember in high school, after assembly before we would go back to class, the prefects would check if our nails were clipped. I used to dread that, because I hated clipping my nails, but I was a good student, only got caught a few times. Hahaha

A comment I always get from people is that I have good nails because I have good hair. And maybe that’s true, the same material that makes up the hair is the same material that makes up the nails. So yeah, good hair, good nails.

My nail care routine is pretty basic. This is something I’ve been doing for a few years now and It has worked for me.

1. Nail & Cuticle Oil:

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Nail & Cuticle Oil – Luron Ksh.110 (Around $1)

Nail and cuticle oil is used to moisturise the cuticles, skin and nail area. I use this daily at night around my cuticles when I’m wearing nail polish. When I remove the polish weekly, I apply it all over my nails and cuticle, rub it in and let it sit in for 30 minutes or so, then wash my hands. I love how it leaves my nails shiny and soft.

2. Nail Hardener:

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Nail Hardener – Luron Ksh.110 (Around $1)

Step 2 when I’m not wearing any nail polish is a nail hardener. Which is mostly 3 days out of the 7 days when I remove my nail polish. It helps strengthen the nail by adding a layer on to it which prevents breakage. I used to have brittle nails and after adding this step into my routine, my nails are actually stronger and the longest they have gotten is about 3/4 of an inch.

3. Acetone Free Nail polish Remover.

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Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover – Alison’s Ksh. 55 (Around $0.50)

This has to be my holy grail product when it comes to my nail care routine. Acetone is a no no for me just because it dries out my skin and leaves the area around my nails looking nasty. I do not like that.

And there you have it, 3 simple steps for amazing nails. I love taking care of my nails and I love growing them out.

My current nail shape is almond/stiletto. I felt I needed to experiment with a new shape and so far so good, it’s not that bad. For four years I was rocking the square shape and I LOVED IT. If this doesn’t work, I might just go back. hahaha

Last but not least, this weeks nail colour:

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Nude – Golden Rose Paris. Ksh. 260 (About $2)

I do miss painting my nails and doing nail art, so that might just be a new addition. 🙂 🙂

I hope you enjoyed.

Talk to you soon.

Love,

Jo

My Style

My Style | Colour Block

Good Morning!

I’m so glad it’s Friday, I just finished my 4th exam paper and I have 3 more to go. Struggles of doing 7 units in order to finish your undergraduate in 3 years. All I want to do is eat, sleep, listen to music and not think of exams till Monday. 29th better get itself here, I’m in need of a vacation and I just can;t wait to get out of Nairobi.

Anyway, enough of that. 🙂 🙂 🙂

First of all, I want to say how humbled and over the moon that I am the caramel face of Put Your Face On by Sabrina. I am still excited to this day. I enjoy working for her and begin part of this and seeing her dreams come true.

Some time last week, we had a photo shoot, so I decided to pair an oversized mustard shirt and purple pencil skirt with my new black suede heels from Fabtrends.

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I just love how the colours work well together. And if you know me, I love baggy items because they let me breathe, especially with the heat in Nairobi. The pencil skirt is such a versatile piece. You can dress it up with a pair of heels and fitting blazer, or a sweatshirt and pair of vans and you are good to go. Excuse the leg, don’t even ask.

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The shoes are very comfortable. Perfect fit, perfect height and perfect colour. I’d actually sleep in them, but. . .

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As usually, my hair was in a puff, but honestly this was day 3 or 4 of a twist out, so she had to be tied up. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And I think I might be reconsidering my decision on this whole make up situation, haha, Sabrina just has a way of making me look so good and flawless. And the combination of the blue eyes and pink lips just does it for me. Don’t you think so? 🙂

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Top – Thrifted. (Sister’s)

Skirt – Made by me.

Shoes – FabTrends.

Necklace – Coast. (Gift)

Beaded Anklet & Bracelet – Haku Crafts, Hilton Hotel.

Pearl Bracelets – Gift.

Purple Earrings – Gift. (Purpink)

Hope you enjoyed the read and have an amazing weekend.

Talk to you soon.

Love,

Jo

Features

Feature Friday | Eva for Loverly

Eva Franco for Loverly

Good Morning,

I have teamed up with Loverly to introduce their new brides and bridemaids collection, Eva Franco for Loverly Dress Collection.

Before we go any farther, let me just say that the collection is AMAZING, had me thinking of when I’m going to get married and which dresses I’ll have. *Hint* *Hint* significant other. 🙂

The whole collection is centred around the vintage-inspired look, which I’m very much in love with. I love how she used lace as the key fabric. Lace is rarely seen on bridesmaid dresses only on the brides, so I love the whole twist to it.

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Zoe Dress & Amelia Dress

The Zoe dress in a light rose dress with sequined lace. I just love how flirty and free flowing it is with the fit and flare cut easy to get on the floor and just dance the night away.

The Amelia dress is this beautiful navy blue short dress with apache lace. You can never go wrong with a navy blue dress. To me dark coloured dresses have this subtly sexy appeal to them that will have your bridesmaids feeling like a million bucks.

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Roe Dress & Lucca Dress

Can I just start by saying how the blue green colour is just the most amazing colour, it’s not too loud, not too quiet, just perfect.

The Roe dress is a 3/4 sleeved fitted dress. This is the perfect fit for anybody, definitely one of my favourite dresses in the collection. It gives out this sophisticated look and it’s simple, just like me 🙂

The Lucca dress is a fun and flirty dress with amazing textured lace that reminds me of crochet (or I’ve just been crocheting too much haha) with its fit and flare skirt, your bridesmaids will be as comfortable as they can be and love you forever. 🙂

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Lily Dress & Nori Dress

The Nori dress is my favourite dress in the whole collection. Let’s just take a minute and talk about the open back detail. First time I saw it I just fell in love. One thing I’ve come to learn is that everyone has an amazing back and with a dress like this, you wouldn’t even need to add any more detail to the wedding, this will just seal the deal. The dress also has an amazing tulip hem which also adds another touch of sexiness. I just need this dress.

Dear Lily dress, would you like to join my closet? This cobalt blue dress just screams out modern and sophisticated. I’d honestly wear this dress everywhere I go. Perfect dress for any day and any occasion. The scalloped hem also adds a hint of sexiness to the dress.

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Aria Jumpsuit & Maura Jumpsuit

Last but not least, the most amazing pieces in the collection. JUMPSUIT. Jumpsuits are for everyone no matter your body type, girl a jumpsuit will make you the queen you are.

Dear future husband, I might just have more than one or two or three outfits. Just saying.

The Aria jumpsuit has this lovely laced popover that adds the vintage feel to the whole jumpsuit. It being ivory in colour, my dear bold bride rock this baby down the aisle, you shall be the topic of discussion for a long time. 😉

Maura jumpsuit, where do I even begin. Is it the halter neck, the delicate tie belt or just how amazing it is. I’d sleep, eat, drink in it and never take it off. It will add the elegance and sophistication to your wedding day.

All-in-all, this collection is the best, it’s not your basic chiffon, silk, satin or taffeta dresses that you see every day. Any of the dresses or jumpsuits with add great detail to your wedding and looking back at the pictures you’ll always smile and remember your wedding day.

Check out the bridesmaids page for the entire collection.

You can follow Loverly on their Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr pages for inspiration and tips for your wedding day.

Hope you enjoyed.

Love,

Jo.

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20 Facts About Me

Happy Hump Day!!

I guess it’s time for y’all to know a little more about me, you might know some of this things or not.

1. I’m a reader, a huge reader. I read about 3 to 4 books in a week. And my current read is, James Patterson – Roses are red. 

2. Speaking of books, my favourite genres are Crime Investigation, Thrillers and Erotic-Romance novels. If you want me to love you forever, get me any of this. Haha.

3. I’m a huge foodie, like, I eat a lot and for a person my size it doesn’t make sense, but you know what they say, small people eat way too much. hahaha

4. One of my hugest pet peeves in bad breath. Hunny no, don’t you even come close to me if you know you have a problem. For example, you might be the hottest person ever, but once you open your mouth and the stench is let out, you’ll become the ugliest person I’ve ever seen.

5. I’m the definition of an introvert, I love my private time and space, I’d come up with the most crazy excuses so that I don’t hang with certain people.

6. Bags, Shoes and Sunglasses are my greatest weaknesses. I can literally spend all my money on this items and I’ll still want more.

7. I’m the hugest addict to flavoured tea, mmmmhhhhh, mouth orgasmic right there. :-p

8. I can sleep for hours on end, I just love my sleep, but that doesn’t mean I’m lazy, I only sleep when I’m free.

9. O.C.D is me, I am O.C.D. Though some things are in an organised mess, everything else has to be in a certain order and organised in 3’s

10. I always feel like, the country I was born and raised in is not the same country I’ll settle down in.

11. I Jo, am a pogonophile. Dear Lord, just take me now. Men with beards are just a huge turn on, like eish, you have no idea. The thought of a beard just drives me crazy.

12. Another pet peeve of mine is when a small person, comes and tells me how small I am and we do wear the same sized clothes. Like really, what’s your problem??

13. I constantly have a cold or the sniffles, and the only time I’m not sneezing is when out at night. This body of mine just confuses me.

14. I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m in love with the idea of love. And when I love, I love hard. Which means the heartbreaks are just way too painful.

15. I can only drink water with a straw, it just tastes better. No judging please. haha

16. I LOVE dark lipsticks, the darker, the better. My aunt says cause I have light lips, I prefer darker colours on them.

17.My shoe size is a  3/uk 36. I’ve been that size since class 6. And 9 years later, I’m still the same size. haha, but hey, the smaller the foot, the cuter the shoes. :-p :-p

18. Cartoons are just the greatest inventions ever. I love watching cartoons, especially the classics. If you’re a 90’s kid, you’ll know what I mean.

19. I plan every single conversation in my head, which means I talk to myself a lot. If you don’t follow the planned convo, you become my mortal enemy. haha

20. Lastly, I love hot showers. I can spend my entire day in the shower, just add music and I’m a t peace.

I hope you enjoyed that, have an amazing week.

Love,

Jo

DIY · Health & Beauty

DIY lip scrub

Good Morning,  Good Afternoon, Good Evening,
Depending on where you are in the world, I hope you’re having a good time.

I was chatting with a couple of friends of mine and the topic of soft lips came up. I honestly didn’t know how much people neglect their lips. As in come on, that’s one of the first places people look at on your face (or am I the only one who does that) and seeing as first impressions matter, you’d obviously would want people to talk of how good your lips are looking.

Not to pat myself on the back, but I do have soft, good looking lips 😀 which I attribute to a daily lip scrub & constantly moisturizing them.

All you need for the scrub is;
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

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* 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.

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* 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon.

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*Mix everything up and gently apply on your lips in circular motions for a few minutes.
*Wipe it off.
*Follow with your favourite lip balm.
P.S; you can tweak the measurements to suit you.

-The brown sugar is used to exfoliate the dry skin.
-The olive oil is used to seal in moisture.
-The cinnamon has various health benefits. You can read all about them here
In the scrub the cinnamon is used to give one fuller lips. The tingly feeling you get when its on your lips will make the blood rush to your lips giving them that nice red colour.

You can also put vaseline and dab a pinch of cinnamon and let it sit for a few minutes. This will give you that full Angelina Jolie pout :-*

I swear by this lip scrub and hey no one wants to be kissing on some dry, chapped lips. Try it out and tell me what you think. I’m 100% sure your partners will love having soft, succulent lips around them. Hahaha

Till next time loves,
Joan.

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Obsessions (1)

Hi Lovely People,

I’ll start with a short story. My sister and I hated make-up when growing up. We had seen so many women looking so bad with make-up that we vowed never to use any, but that vow was broken quite fast.

In my 2nd year of high school I discovered eye shadow and I was excited. Started experimenting with different colours and that’s when I realised that make-up is meant to enhance your features not make you look like a scary clown.

Thank God for YouTube, ’cause I love me some make-up tutorials, they’re fun to watch and I learn some new tips every time.

Though I love make-up, I don’t wear much, all I use is; eye pencil, eye shadow (when I’m feeling girly), mascara and a lipstick/lip balm/lip gloss (depending on my mood).

As the title states, i have a couple of obsession and I’ll be sharing them with you one by one.
Today, I’ll show you my lipstick collection. I started collecting in Sept last year so it is small, but I plan to buy like 2-3 lipsticks a month to add to the collection. 🙂

Hope you enjoy and talk to you soon.

Hugs & Kisses,

Joan.

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•Clarion #2
I love this red colour. I’ve worn it a couple of times and it applies very well. It’s also moisturizing.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 145.
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•Clarion #17
This is 1 of my two pinks, I haven’t actually worn it before. You need to apply a coats with bloating in between. But I like it.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 145.
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•Island Beauty; Fushia
My second pink. It’s fushia. Not my favourite, it’s quite drying and also needs a couple of coats.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 290.
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•Island Beauty; Passion wine
This is my everyday lip colour. I love it so much. It applies so well and it lasts.
Super Cosmetics Kes 290.
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•Constance Carroll; Autumn Berry (224)
First ever lipstick. Autumn Berry. I have hate/love relationship with this one. It’s rough, it has some rough stuff in it, but I like the colour.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 100-200.
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•Constance Carroll; Matt Rose (115)
I don’t like this one at all. Applying it takes forever. Why do I still have it? Haha. Oh well, I’ll try make it work.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 100-200.
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•Revlon Colorbust #16
I’ve had this lip gloss for 2 years now and it’s amazing. Oh my, Oh my I love it a lot. It lasts on my lips and very moisturizing.
O.R Tambo International Airport – R100.

P.s; I exfoliate my lips daily with a homemade lip scrub (olive oil, sugar & honey).

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Introduction

Hello,

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a few months (read as years) now, but I have never gotten to it and I do not know why. But finally it’s here hooray. 🙂

As the title of the blog states, it’s all about me. Nimu is short form for my second name, Wairimu, and I thought it would be unique to throw my African name in there.

This blog will be more of a lifestyle blog but with bits and pieces of many other things.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I will.

Talk to you soon. 🙂

Joan.