27 July 2014

Work in progress - TNP Scribble

'Turbanista'

Just wanted to share some of the pieces that I'm currently working on for a new project by TNP Scribble. 

This time I am working with fabrics to create a collection of collages, instead of the usual digital art. It's a fun way of playing with colour and textures, which also adds some depth and character to each piece. 

For this project, I am drawing on influences of my African culture and personal perceptions of femininity.

All work in progress, but I love the way it's turning out so far.

'Busty'
'Hausa Man'
I'm already looking forward to the finished results.



21 July 2014

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen - Review


With the current heatwave raging in London this summer, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about my favourite sunscreen, which I have been using for a few years now. Right now is a great time to be thinking of protecting your skin from the sun and all the adverse effects of over exposure, like premature ageing and skin cancer. However, it is still important to protect your skin all year round and not just on the sunnier days.

Over the years I have spent a lot of time looking for a good sunscreen to wear under my make-up because apart from the obvious reasons for protecting our skin, mine seems to be super sensitive. I break out with the use of most products on my face, all natural chemical free ingredients or not, and must be very careful with my adult acne prone skin.

Sunscreen or not, I never go out of my way to sit in the sun because it causes great discomfort and I surprisingly burn up very easily. Apart from that, I love the sun but cannot stand the heat, so having layers of product on my face is definitely a big no-no.



Two things to look out for:

1. Sunscreen or Sunblock?
I wanted to try a sunscreen and not a sunblock because they tend to be heavy coverage. The difference between both being that one absorbs the rays and the other deflects. Both are effective but some prefer one to the other.

2. Sun Protection Factor
SPF count is important because it tells you how much sun protection to expect, the minimum being 15.  



Ingredients
As already mentioned, sunscreens tend to have chemicals that act as absorbers for the sun rays. These ingredients are - Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5%.







Pros
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen is great for me because of the following:



Completely absorbed.
High SPF
It has SPF 70, one of the highest I have ever used and it’s Broad Spectrum too. This means that you can rest assured knowing your skin is getting full protection from UVA and UVB rays.

Ultra sheer
Most sunscreens are known to be heavy on the skin and almost impossible to use with makeup but this coverage goes on in such a light layer that it's perfect for wearing under makeup.

Absorbent
It is not oily but very absorbent when applied, and does not leave any white residue or sheen on the skin.

Moisturising
It is very moisturising, perfect for any dry patches on the skin and a little goes a long way.

Does not irritate my skin
I was worried that my super sensitive skin would react to the chemical ingredients but was pleasantly surprised that I did not break out with this sunscreen as I have done with other heavier versions and sunblock’s in the past.

Cons

Size
The only con I can think of for this product is that it comes in a small 40ml bottle and you could probably get a lot more product for your money with another brand. The big question is, can you get all the same benefits as this in a cheaper brand? You only get what you pay for.

With all the benefits I have experienced so far, I would definitely say it's more than worth the price tag in my opinion. This is the best sunscreen I have ever used, and a little really does go a very long way. 




Application
I always apply my sunscreen to clean skin, using a foundation brush to get an even spread, working in quickly as it absorbs very fast. Must be applied 30 minutes before exposure to sun.

Price
Available on Amazon UK for approx. £12.85. Prices may differ depending on seller and location.

Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an effective sunscreen for daily use under makeup. However please note that products that work for me, may not necessarily work for you too.




This is not sponsored. All observations are mine, and are based on first-hand experience from personal use of said product.

5 July 2014

TNP Waistbeads - Summer Sale Discount Code


The TNP Waistbeads Summer Sale is now on!
Discount code is for 15% off all shop items.
From Sat 5th - Friday 11th of July 2014. 

Checkout the 2014 TNP Waistbeads Lookbooks for a taster...!







1 July 2014

Loc Pompadour/Bouffant


OK folks, so this is the second time I have ever attempted a loc style, the first being the messy bun which was featured a couple of blog posts ago. This is my 'soft' attempt at a pompadour/bouffant, and the finished result is very simple but elegant.
 

There is loads of puffy growth at the base of my locs which helps to give some extra volume. I found myself trying to make it more compact to reduce the size, or else I would have ended up looking like humpty-dumpty. 

As you can also see, I have a few grey hairs up in there, but I don't mind because I'm actually proud of them. Would I consider colouring my hair? Well at the moment the answer is a definite no. I don't think I would want to introduce anything that could potentially cause damage to my hair or add extra drama to my simple hair regimen. However in future, I may want to look into the various safe alternatives, in case I change my mind.

I achieved this style by holding my hair up as if in a high ponytail, then rolling the ends and tucking them under to create this shape, then finally securing with a large claw clip. This is not a tutorial, just a quick style idea for anyone out there who may be interested.

The image is part of the Self Frames project by TNP Photography.


27 June 2014

Self Frames Project by TNP Photography


I am currently working on a personal project for TNP Photography which has been titled 'Self Frames'. The series will cover a range of self-portraits that aim to capture mood and personality without direct eye contact. 

We spend a great deal of time disguising our emotions and holding our tongues, but our body language still speaks volumes. It is often said that the eyes are the window to the soul, but for this series the eyes will be covered. I have decided to use various eyewear to shield the eyes and create a focal point for these images. 


I will be the main subject for this series. It's my way of trying to get a little comfortable in front of the lens, explore the many diverse and complex sides to my personality, and to capture them as best possible. Each image will be a true reflection of how I feel on the day it is taken.

The project will be ongoing and the images will be available to view on the TNP Photography site


22 June 2014

TNP Waistbeads - New for June 2014




Chastity Waist Beads 14A19 (purple + white + dark blue)

New for the month of June is this single strand set of Chastity waistbeads, consisting of a mixture of purple, dark blue and white glass beads. Also featuring two long purple Bone beads, with two Tibetan silver lock and key charms as centrepiece. To fit sizes 22-40 inches.

This stunning piece is strung on to beading wire and includes a gold or silver plated clasp.


Available to buy online here.