Current Favourites


Last week, I bought these items from De Bijenkorf In The Netherlands. I absolutely love them.The Channel Chance Perfume literally last 24 hours. It smells wonderful. I just finished the Channel No 5 Perfu, which is also a great perfum, but a little bit more expensive.

Yesterday, I gave my love a Hugo Boss Perfume which I purchased from Perfumania online shop in The Netherlands, It absolutely smells wonderful.

The Mac Highlighter is a must have if you love strobbing a beautiful Make-Up.
Mac Foundation is a babe. I call it a babe because it gace me a wonderful beautiful natural look after applying it.

Venus Night cream I have not used yet, but Night cream is essential to rejunivate your skin .

Ekene Patience
    Mac Highlighter
 Channel Chance Perfum
 Mac Foundation

Venus Night Cream


Hello My beautiful friends, These Items are my current beauty favourites of the Month of June. The L'oreal Powder, and eyeshadow I bought during my flight with KLM  duty free.
The Lorac  bought from Amazon, the other items such as Clinique, Mac products i bought from De Bijenkorf in The Netherlands.
These Make-Up and cosmetic items are absolutely fabulous! Highly recommended.

Ekene Patience

 L'oreal Paris Eye Shadow Palette with Lipstick and Powder

 Clinique dramatically different moisturising cream
  Lorac Alter Ego Gream Girl

 Dr Hauschka Reinigend Master
 Mac Prep+Prime Powder

 Mac Lipstick

 Mac Lip Pencil



Ekene Patience, our resident red lipstick expert, has 80+ shades floating around her purse or the bottom of some drawer. What began as a teenage yearning to be like Marilyn Monroe has clearly become an obsession. Lucky us! I , Ekene  have kindly narrowed it down to reds I am mostly excited to wear this fall.
1. ($30) – If you’re looking for a perfect blue-based red that stays put and isn’t drying, a “Christmas red” if you will, then this is the one. It really is worth the money, and this is coming from a girl whose all-time favorite reds cost $1.99 from Wet & Wild.2.($24) – MUFE makes great red lipsticks and their latest launch had me in a frenzy. I had a swatch of this perfect cherry red on my hand for three days, no joke. This stuff does NOT kiss off. It’s mega-matte (the texture might turn you off; I’m getting used to it) but comes with a gloss attached. I obviously hate lip gloss so I don’t use that. If I’m working a long day at Len Druskin, I am probably wearing this.3.($24) – I LOVE THESE LIP PENCILS SO MUCH. They are foolproof, even if you have to buy that stupid six dollar  to use them. Cruella is femme fatale, pure devastation red. The Ava Gardner of reds. (I also recommend
and 4. ($8) – This raspberry-red is a classic. I don’t feel comfortable in pink lipstick, so Cherries in the Snow is perfect for me. 5.($16) – Do I consider Dubonnet a real red? Not really, to be honest. It’s brown-based, and generally I leave those for my auburn-haired mother. However, the deep lips shown on pretty much every fall runway won me over. It definitely makes blue eyes pop and would be lovely on darker skin tones.xoxo Ekene Patience

Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Beauty Tips and Makeup Must-Haves

To say that 2014 was a big year for Lupita Nyong’o might be the understatement of the century. It was monumental—titanic even. She was nominated for just about every statue on the awards show circuit for her role in 12 Years a Slave and took home the grand prize: Oscar. Nyong’o also landed a coveted contract with Lancôme, providing the world with a fresh face and perspective on beauty—a quality she often struggled to find within herself as a young girl. She noted in an acceptance speech at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon: “My mother would say to me, ‘You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.’And these words plagued and bothered me. I didn’t really understand them, until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.”
Nyong’o undoubtedly has an exquisite way of being, one that sets the world abuzz with the sheer revelation of her lip balm. (The tube she handed over to Ellen DeGeneres at the Academy Awards sold out overnight.) Here, the hair, skin, and makeup essentials she swears by—some of which she’ll probably have on hand as she preps for her appearance at this weekend’s Golden Globes.
Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $78

"I use Lancôme Génifique serum, which is a great hydrator, and you can use it before bed. You can also use it before makeup and on makeup, which is nice…I also apply it after a long flight when my skin is dry. I try to keep my regimen simple so that I remember it. With all the travel, I don’t want too many bottles of God knows what, then I don’t get through customs!"
John Masters Organics
Rose Foaming Face Wash, $22

7 Secrets To Getting A Flat Tummy (Without Exercise)
That washboard stomach still eluding you? Try a few extra tricks to get your abs into gear
For women particularly the tummy can be a very difficult place to lose weight. Even if you're hitting the gym and eating right you can still suffer a paunch that just won't shift.
So sometimes, you need to employ some non-exercise based tricks to really see the difference. Try these flat tum hacks for a stomach that would make Cara D jel.

Sleep More
Yes, this is a bonafide tummy-shrinking tip. Of course being asleep means you can't snack (unless you're a sleep walking fridge picker), but also sleep regulates your hormones, especially those caused by stress. By giving your body the chance to deal with stress better you won't be so likely to reach for a high-sugar snack when you're frazzled. And because the cortisol you body reduces when stressed messes with insulin it'll help keep your blood sugar stable - key to a flat stomach.
So if you skipping sleep in favour of the gym you might actually be doing yourself a diservice. Aim for 7-8 hours a night and give your body a break if you need it.
Stand Up Straight
If you want to slim down your stomach, stand up straight. Slight tweaks to your posture can make all the difference. Standing correctly – up tall with your head held high – has an instant slimming effect and encourages you to walk with confidence. By naturally drawing your tummy in, you strengthen your core without realising. And if this focus on your posture has inspired you to take further steps to weight loss success, try Pilates. It’s a far cry from intense sessions on the cardio machines, and leaves you feeling spiritually in tune. Stretch your way to a slimmer you.

Drink Milk
To beat a rounded tummy, increase your milk intake, say researchers at the University of Tennessee. According to the Nutrition Institute, drinking three glasses of milk a day can work wonders when teamed with a reduced-calorie diet. They believe that the calcium and dairy combo helps speed up the metabolism, leaving more room for fat-burning and smaller tums. Worth a try!

Go Shopping
If you’ve piled on the pounds over winter, going clothes shopping is probably the last thing on your mind. But pick the right wardrobe, and you can look slimmer in seconds. Don’t buy clothes that don’t fit. If they’re too tight, they’ll cling to your figure and highlight every bump, whereas baggy clothes are simply unflattering.
Staple items and style proportion are key to looking slim. If you’re sporting skinny jeans, balance them out with an oversized jacket. If your dress resembles a potato sack, belt-up for an instant waistline. And remember – accentuate your best bits. Flattering colours such as black draw the eye to all the right places, along with statement jewellery.
Ladies, high-waisted pencil skirts are perfect for disguising problem areas. They cinch the waist and create an enviable hourglass silhouette. Team with killer heels for a quick confidence boost.  And for the fellas, dig out the denim – jeans are always super-flattering.
If you're not much of a fashionista, take a friend you trust to tell you the truth about how you look.

Spice It Up
Turn the heat up a notch with fat-fighting spices. If you’re brave enough, flavour your food with some super-hot cayenne pepper – it’s said to shrink fat tissues and supress your appetite, leaving the tummy nice and flat in time for spring. And if that doesn’t hit the spot, give cinnamon a try – it’s great for the metabolism. By adding it to your meals, you can help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. But don’t sweat it; you don’t have to go spicy. A clove of garlic can also improve your metabolism and eliminate fat from cells.

Guzzle Some Grapefruit
Celebs including Brook Shields and Kylie Minogue swear by the grapefruit diet, but why? Eating half a grapefruit before every meal is said to boost the metabolism and leave you feeling fuller for longer – ideal for secret eaters. Teamed with a hearty morning brekkie, grapefruit could be your ticket to a manageable calorie controlled diet. Low in calories and high in nutrients; if you can bare the bitter taste, this superfood is a great addition to the breakfast table.

Laugh It Off
When you’re feeling down about the extra weight you’ve put on over Christmas, just laugh it off. According to research made by the International Journal of Obesity, it not only brightens the mood, but it also burns calories. By sticking on your favourite comedy and having a good giggle, you can “increase both your heart rate and calorie expenditure by up to 20 per cent.” Think of it as a cardio workout on the inside. A happy you equals a healthier you – flat tummy included.

Ekene Patience

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Contouring is one of those things that most of us are scared to try….but once we do we have a hard time living without it. I’m not talking about the Kim K type of contouring, that stuff is for photoshoots and magazine covers. But we can all learn to appreciate a bit of natural, everyday contouring and I’ve found that the Contouring Kit from Aesthetica ($60) makes it super simple. The Aesthetica Contouring Kit comes with six colors for contouring + highlighting as well as super simple instructions for how the shading should be placed depending on your face shape and what you want to accomplish. Don’t worry, not all six shades go on your face! You simply test them out to determine which shades create the most flattering, natural effect on your face, then consult the diagram below to determine where the color should be applied.
I love the dark bronze shade in the lower right of the palette (I’m already wearing a hole in mine!) it’s the perfect matte brown that pops cheekbones while adding a healthy glow. As the diagram suggested, I applied this color all the sides of my face in the shapes of a “3” and backwards “3” and lightly along the sides of my nose using an angled brush. Then I used my favorite fan brush to lightly apply the highlighter (I like the top middle highlighter) to the center of my nose, the arches of my brows, and lightly in the center of my forehead. I think the before/after photo speaks for itself, my face has so much more dimension!
In this picture below, I did some conturing, I love to apply blush after contourung my face, but this is absolutely optional

Contouring should help bring a healthy glow of color back into your skin without looking caked on or overwhelming, this palette definitely takes the guesswork out of the entire process and I’m excited to share a special offer with you from Aesthetica. You can buy a great contour kit by
Ekene Patience

At this point in my life, I think you could probably call me a certified Lipstick Expert. I’ve worn lipstick pretty much daily since I was a teenager and my collection of colors totals … oh, a kabillion. (Seriously, they’re all over our house. I can’t even count ‘em). My standards are pretty high by now, so believe me when I say that Estee Lauder’s new line of lippies, Pure Color Envy, is one of the best I’ve ever used. Ever. I practically mauled my UPS man to get my hands on them, and once applied, I was bowled over. I’ve long been an Estee lipstick fan, but these are something else entirely. The Pure Color Envy lipsticks are highly pigmented, delivering full color in one creamy swipe. It’s intense, but wearable. I love that they’re the perfect mix of textures; they last like a matte, hydrate and plump like a cream and have a subtle sheen. I’ll be wearing the rich, deep Red Ego and magenta/berry Insolent Plum (above) all fall. That’s a pretty big statement from a true addict like me.
My second faourite lipstick is Mac incase you can not afford Estee Lauder lipstick!
Ekene Patience

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