Velvet turbans|A simple way to protect your hair and look chic.💁🏽

Hello friends, I hope you are all doing well!

Now if you’re anything like me and you don’t like dealing with your hair on a day to day basis, then this is definitely for you.

Recently, I’ve been into the head-wrap / turban fashion, and I’ve incorporated these items into my daily life. These turbans come in various colours and luckily for me, my mother sells them in her clothing shop. So it’s easy for me to buy them. These turbans come in different styles:

1) the turban with two tails & is bigger (NGN 3500).

2) the turban with one tail & is smaller (NGN 2500).

I currently have my hair in single braids and so, tying head-wraps and scarves has become easier and my favourite thing.

Below are different ways you can style a velvet turban, enjoy!

  • Simply place the turban on your head and with a twisting motion, make a low bun at the back of your head.
  • Wear turban and make a huge bun at the top of your head

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  • Take a small fabric (could be a t shirt/top), and make it into a donut or circle. Place this inside your turban and wear the turban. Begin wrapping the tail of the turban around that makeshift bun in your turban and secure it. This works best with the smaller turban to make it look fuller.
  • Wrap tail around continuously and secure.
  • Wear turban and twist both tails around your head and secure into a fold.

And there you have it, quick, easy, pretty styles you can rock any day, anywhere.

Hope you enjoyed this post

Have a great week and i will see you next time.

If you wish to purchase turbans of various colours and you live in Abuja, Nigeria, please visit my mum’s shop at;

Vee’s boutique 

Shop number 135

Naowa shopping complex, Asokoro, Abuja. (Near children’s park and zoo) 

Or email me at – theraven22.blog@gmail.com. 

Thank you. 

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My Ulta and Sephora haul contd. 

Hello friends, welcome to the continuation of my previous post ” My Ulta and Sephora haul” click here if you haven’t checked it out yet 💚.

This post unlike the previous one contains slightly cheaper products but still of beautiful quality.

My Ulta haul;

  • Buxom eye shadow in the shade ‘IT Crowd’ ($12): ok so prior to purchasing this product I had never heard of it, but I’m glad I discovered it. This eye shadow is so pigmented and beautiful it makes my heart melt, ha ha. It’s a nice orange shimmery colour and I cannot wait to create a look with this.
  • NYX prismatic shadows in the shade ‘Glided doré’ or ps22 ($5.99): first off the packaging is so cute. It’s got a little bow where you open it from. Onto the shadow, it is a beautiful gold shade. Nice and pigmented too (yes I say pigmented a lot because I don’t like going for eyeshadow that won’t pop) haha. 
  • NYX Dewy and Matte finish setting sprays ($7.99 each): I got the matte finish for the summer and the dewy finish for the winter.people I kid you not when I say that the matte finish (which is the one I’ve used so far out of the two) is way better that the Urban decay All nighter setting spray. This baby held my makeup on for at least 7 hours (because I took my makeup off after the 7th hour. I won’t be surprised if it lasts longer. Can’t wait to try out the dewy finish during the winter.
  • NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade 02 ($5.99): it’s a lovely nude colour and smells nice.

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  • LÓRÉAL Paris Infalliable pro-glow foundation in the shades ‘209 (caramel beige) & 210 (classic tan)’ ($12.99 each): I got these two shades because mixing both of them will give me a perfect match, and I can always use the lighter one in the winter or the darker one when I get a massive tan. Plus it’s got SPF 15, sweet.
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top – 209 bottom – 210
  • NYX liquid suede cream lipstick ($6.99): I got it in the shade ‘Alien’ or 24. It’s a black shade with a tint of blue 🖤😍 and I can’t wait to use it. 

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  • NYX White liquid liner ($6.99): My search for a white eyeliner has ended. I love the NYX liquid liners and did not hesitate to grad this white liner. Makeup looks coming soon 😜🤡.

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Hope you enjoyed this post. 

Have a lovely day and I will see you next time 👋🏼

My Ulta and Sephora haul 

Hello friends, so sorry I’ve been away for a while now but yaayy i’m back.

PS. because of how long this post will be, i have divided it into two parts. So please do click HERE (after you’re done with this post ;))to go to the second part which is the Ulta haul. Thank you.

So i recently went to Maryland in the united states of america for my cousins wedding/holiday and i had a swell time shopping and sightseeing and spending time with my relatives.

Now as most of you know, i live in both Nigeria and England, and unfortunately there are no Ulta and Sephora stores in these places, which means that some of the products are not available in these countries but are available in America. This is why i decided to pay a visit to these two makeup/beauty stores. I also learnt very quickly which store had more affordable products vs more expensive products.

My trip to Sephora.

On social media, i have heard a lot of people bash Sephora employees for their lack of customer service and their attitude, but this was not what i experienced. In fact, people were quick to help me make decisions and took their time out to help me.

Now onto the products i bought;

  • Laura mercier deluxe mini translucent loose setting powder ($23): I got the mini version because it was my first time trying it and it just seemed reasonable that i start off with a smaller size. It also came with a mini velour puff. Now i tried this product for the first time on my cousins wedding and i and not kidding when i say all the pictures that were taken came out great. There were no flash backs and it held my makeup in place. So yea i’m glad i got this.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eye-shadow palette ($42): After seeing how beautiful this palette was on Instagram and YouTube videos, I just had to try it. Safe to say it was a win. Lovely shades and they are pigmented. One word ‘LOVE’.
  • Glam Glow supermud clearing treatment (mini version) ($22): people when I tell you that this product definitely lives up to its expectation I’m being very honest. It cleaned out my pores from just the first use. I have used it on 2 more occasions and will continue to use it when I feel my face needs a deep cleanse.
  • Glam Glow gravity firming treatment (mini version) ($22): now well I am very indifferent about this product. I don’t like how it’s a peel off mask but can’t really peel off evenly. Like it peels of in patches. I ended up washing the residue with warm water and didn’t really see any difference on my face. I’ll probably have to reluctantly try this again to see if it will by some miracle work. Will rate this a 6/10.
  • Sephora pro airbrush perfector #51 ($34): I’ll probably use this for applying my highlighter or for contouring. The bristles are nice and soft though.
  • NARS Radiant creamy concealer ($30): I got this in the shade medium/dark 2 caramel.
  • Benefit KA Brow cream-gel brow colour ($24): I love this product as it comes with an angled brush for precise application. I got the brown shade or #5.
  • Too Faced love light prismatic highlighter ($30): this product is so gorgeous 😍, from the packaging to the texture of the highlighter. It is buidable and will give you that perfect glow. I got mine in the shade 💛 you light up my life 💛. 

 

 Hope you enjoyed this post. Click My Ulta and Sephora haul contd.  to check out the continuation.

Have a lovely day and I will see you next time 👋🏼

Want to make your highlight or eyeshadow pop? Then try this

Hello everyone hope you’re all doing well 😃.

Today i will be sharing with you a very effective tip/product to make your eye shadow or powder highlighter standout. 

This product is the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray. It is a light weight setting spray that dries quickly and lasts for the majority of the day. Now i have always used it for my shimmery eye shadows but i recently started using it for my highlighters too and i just love it. 

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To use for eye shadow or highlighter, i simply spray a little bit on the brush i’m using to apply the particular makeup, pat or rub the wet brush on the eye shadow or highlighter and apply to my face.

  • MUA undress your skin shimmer highlighter in the shade ‘Golden Afterglow: This drugstores brand of highlighters are so good and the price is just right. It retails for GBP 3.00 (USD 3.88 , NGN: 1219.98). This highlighter goes so well with the pro fix spray. It defines it and makes it stay put. 
  • MUA undress your skin shimmer highlighter in the shade ‘Radiant Cashmere:  With this highlighter, there was not much difference when swatched on its own and with pro fix. So this one doesn’t really need pro fix to help it pop, but pro fix can still be used to make it last longer. This product retails for GBP 3.00 (USD 3.88 , NGN: 1219.98). 
  • Uberchic ville pressed glitter in the shade ‘Jade: This beautiful pressed glitter retails for NGN 714 (USD: $2.85, GBP: £1.74). When used on the eyelid it looks so good and a little definitely goes a long way. Now below is a comparison of the pressed glitter with and without the pro fix makeup spray. Well as you can see, it looked way better before adding it to the pro fix. So this product can be used on its own without the use of any adhesive or defining factor such as the pro fix.

 Links to the products listed; 

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlight Powder – Golden Afterglow

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder – Radiant Cashmere

Jade Pressed

Hope this helps you.

See you next time and have a lovely week 💛👋.

Side braids inspired by Beyoncé 

Hello friends 😃. I hope you are all doing well.

I think it’s safe to say I have out done myself this time by attempting this famous and beautiful braiding style.

Ok let’s get right to it shall we,

The preparation.

A day before the braiding was done I did the following;

  • I washed my hair, moisturized with my shea butter and wild growth hair oil, and put it in large braids to air dry and stretch out.
  • After my hair was fully dry, I unraveled the braids and using the tension method, I stretched out my hair with a blow dryer.

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  • I also gave my hair a well deserved trim as I was beginning to spot some split ends 😰. Omg and after I trimmed it, it was way easier to comb.

The materials.

  • I had 2 packs of impression braiding hair but ended up using just one pack. 
  • 230 wooden beads which came in various shapes and sizes and a beading tool.
  • Gold hair cuffs and elastic hair band
  • Wide tooth comb for detangling and Rat tail comb for parting 

The process

Now this is the fun part.

  • I sectioned my hair in three parts, and making my side part on the left side of my head allowing the style to fall on the right side of my face.
  • I started off with the bottom right section by rubbing some shea butter onto my palms and then I began to braid my hair, and as I went further I began to add a little bit of the extension using the feed-in method (watch video below). Now what the feed in method is, is that you take some braiding hair and insert it into your already braided hair, bit by bit, so as to achieve a more natural and blended look.

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  • Then I went ahead to braid the left side of my hair. This was the hardest bit to do at first, but once I got the hang of it, it became easier to do. I simply went by feeling the part and just braiding as I could not see the back of my head.
  • After this, I went ahead to finish off the style by doing the top section. I wanted it to curve from the inside and that is what defines my style.
  • After about 7 and a half to 8 hours, I was finally done with the whole braiding process and trimming off the hairs that were sticking out, I proceeded to boil some water and dip the ends of the hair in the hot water to help seal the ends. 
  • I allowed the hair to dry for a bit and then proceeded to put the beads onto the ends of the braids.

That’s it, style complete. I have 31 braids in total. I must say that I am in love 😍 with this style and I am definitely looking forward to trying out more braided hairstyles. 

A lot of people didn’t and couldn’t believe that I did this style myself, well all I have to say is you can do whatever you set your mind to and yes this was the first time I’ve tried feed-in braids, but the way I learn things is by practicing on myself or by simply just watching a YouTube tutorial. 

I hope you enjoyed this. 

Don’t forget to leave a comment, like, share etc.

Do have a lovely day and I will see you next time, 👋.

Liebster award.

Hello friends.

I was nominated for this award by a really lovely blogger Elsie L.M.C . Do check out her blog.

So the rules of this award are;

  1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  3. Ask them 11 questions.
  4. List the rules! So that your nominees know what to do and answer the questions you were asked.

Well this should be fun. Lets get to it then,

11 facts about me:

  1. I am part Nigerian and German.
  2. I had an imaginary friend as a child and up till i was 20 named “Hathor”. I think he still lingers around every now and then 😂🙈.
  3. I love my family more than anything in this world. My family consists of my parents, brother, boyfriend, grandmother and my dogs 💜
  4. I am a metal head haha. My father brought me up with rock ‘n’ roll and it is my favorite genre of music ever.
  5. Sports are my passion. Archery, swimming, basketball, kickboxing, judo, tenis (these are all the sporting activities i have tried and love).
  6. I love cooking.
  7. I have never smoked in my life
  8. I love taking pictures, especially of animals and plants and of course myself.
  9. I’ve never had pie and i really need to try it 😃
  10. I love travelling. I really hope to visit, Paris, Italy, Australia, etc.
  11. I love skulls 💀. I have decorative skull items, skull jars, skull jewelry, skull tea cup, skull goblet. I just love them. Cant get enough.

Questions from Elsie L.M.C.

  • Who is your celebrity idol?

-Viola Davis 💜. She is so amazing and inspirational 

    • What kind of blogs do you like to read? (Motivational, lifestyle, makeup, reviews, poetry) 

    – I love reading hair care, beauty, reviews, poetry and motivational blogs. 

      • What feeling do you hope your blog posts give your readers? (Happiness, motivation, inspiration)

      – I always hope I can motivate or inspire my readers with my posts, because these are my opinions and I just like helping people the best way I can.

        • Where is your favourite place to be in the world? (Can even be your room)

        – Honestly my favourite place to be is at home with the ones I love 😊.

          • What spirit animal are you? (strong like a tiger, sophisticated like a cat, loyal like a dog)

          – I’ve never really thought of having a spirit animal, but if I were to pick, I would say both a wolf and a raven.

            • What was the last quote that motivated you?

            – More like a statement  (get out of bed) 😂

              • What was your favourite pastime when you were little?

              Easy, play with my dolls and Lego 😂😃

                • Do you have a favourite movie that you wish you were in? What is it and why?

                – not a movie but series and it’s ‘supernatural’. I’ve always wanted to be a vampir slayer and track down demons. Lol

                  • Do you prefer the world in movies/books compared to real life? Why?

                  – I Prefer real life. Because I write my own story and design how I want it to be fun.

                    • Who was the last person that made you smile? 

                    – My boyfriend. 

                      • Do you have any tips for creativity/writers block?

                      – Take a break. Do some research and whenever an idea comes to mind, write it down. 

                        I nominate;

                        Therecipeblog

                        The Pochocho

                        Some kinda mood

                        Dera Idegwu

                        Autumn Whewell

                        Skinnybrownie

                        fiercewithmakeup

                        Joan Akob

                        Beautyknowsnoflaws

                        Joycedaniels

                        Miss B Blogz Thingz Over..

                        Looking forward to reading what you all write.

                        Questions for those i have nominated.

                        1. Who is your favourite musician?
                        2. What is your dream job?
                        3. How do you define love?
                        4. What motivates you?
                        5. If you were given the chance to learn a new language, what language would it be?
                        6. Would you choose a paid traveling job or an office job?
                        7. Who are your favourite bloggers?
                        8. Where in the world would you want to visit the most?
                        9. What is your favourite thing to say?
                        10. What inspired you to start blogging?
                        11. Takeaway’s or home cooked food, which do you prefer/find convenient?

                        Thank you so much Elsie for this opportunity and thank you all for reading.

                        Please check out the blogs mentioned in this post.

                        Do have a lovely day.

                         

                        Apple cider vinegar hair rinse.

                        Hey people,

                        I decided to try the famous apple cider vinegar rinse on my hair because of all the talk about how good it is for your hair. Well, today i will let you know my experience with this rinse.

                        So first off, a little facts about apple cider vinegar.

                        1. It helps balance the pH of your hair.
                        2. It is a good conditioner.
                        3. It is cheap and can be found in the markets and shops.
                        4. It can be used to treat dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and head lice.
                        5. Stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss
                        6. Prevents split ends and breakage.

                        The one i will be using is the popular ‘Bragg organic raw ~ unfiltered apple cider vinegar ~ with the mother’. 

                        How to use.

                        • In a bottle or bowl, i mixed 2 table spoons of ACV and mixed it with 16Oz (ounce) of water. Keep ready for use.
                        • After washing your hair with shampoo, pour the mix on your hair and massage it onto your scalp. I left it in for 3 to 4 minutes and then rinsed out.
                        • Then i moisturised my hair as usual and let it air dry.
                        • This can be done once or twice a week. 

                        After using this rinse, my scalp felt no different to be honest, but my hair did feel squeaky clean. It defined my curls. Didn’t reduce frizz but i don’t really care about frizzy hair that much. I will definitely continue to use this and see how my hair improves. 

                        Let me know if you will try this rinse or have tried it.

                        I hope this helps.

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                        Do have a lovely day.