Anyone who knows me knows that nude nails are my absolute favourite, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Finding the perfect shade of nude for brown-chocolate skin can be tricky because as we know, not every popping nude looks the same on everyone. So to stop you spending ages swatching and wiping off nail colours,  I’ve tried and tested 6 nude lacquers that look fabulous on dark skin. Whether your nails are long, short, natural or extensions you’ll love these!

A tip for choosing the right nude lacquer is to find a shade similar to the tones you can see in your skin, or to match it as close to the colour of your nail bed colour as possible. (because what shade of nude is better than your own?… none!). I also find that some nude polishes don’t bring out the warm undertones in dark skin the way they should, which can leave hands looking cold and dry. These nudes are all great because they DO bring out the warm undertones in dark skin, and give your hands a soft, elegant glow.

OPI shades (left to right): Bubble Bath, Passion, Tickle My France-y

Essie shades (left to right): Limo-scene, Vanity fairest, Not just a pretty face.

SWATCHES: 

(Vanity Fairest has a slightly shimmery glittery finish)

(Passion dries as a more sheer pinky-nude, especially on acrylic nails see photo below)

Love,

Try this delicious, fruity Yoghurt/Smoothie recipe as a healthy morning, lunchtime or evening snack.

Ingredients:

 1/2 small cup of Natural/ Greek Yoghurt

Strawberries

Blueberries

1/2 Avocado

1 Banana

Method:

Prep ingredients by washing, slicing and removing skin/leaves if necessary

Add all ingredients to a blender

Blend for 40-60 seconds depending on the consistency you desire (smoothie or yogurt)

Serve chilled

Bon Appétit

Some of us have great support systems, some of us are a those support systems and some of us are lucky enough to have/be both. Anything in this world that needs to be held upright needs some type of support, including us.

I strongly believe everyone you meet in life has the ability to offer you a gift that will contribute positively to your own growth, that could be a new perspective, a new skill, a new idea, anything! So being supportive of one another should be second nature.

Don’t ask? Won’t get. 

Not everyone thinks the way you do and the only way you’ll receive the support you actually need is by being clear. Some people, including myself at times, find it hard to outright ask people for support (especially when you’re used to being independent) but sometimes splitting the load is essential for being more effective. 9 times out of 10, people will be happy to use their skill to help you, especially if they can see you’re driven. (There’s a difference between asking for support and being a bit lazy)

Be realistic

Most people are under the misconception that being supportive or receiving support should be a 24/7 process, but in actuality, we all have lives which can be busy or hectic at times. Giving your support wherever you can is OKAY. (you’re still giving!) Being supportive to others does not mean you must compromise yourself or feel guilty for not providing constant support, the important thing is to provide it when you can.

Be mindful

Make sure the people you lean on  genuinely care about your well-being, development and life ambitions, (YES) but most importantly, make sure they are strong enough to support themselves (and vice versa). Sometimes we expect the world from people who are only capable giving us an island at that point in time, and rather than burning bridges, maybe think about whether you may need to step up and offer your support.

Be the person you need

Equally, if you are relying heavily on others for support and not receiving any, it might be time to reassess your situation and start giving yourself the support you desire. There will be times when you’ll need to be open to receiving support, and there will also be times where you’ll need to be your own number one fan/support system. Be someone who can do both.

photography by : @Keishakfrancis [Instagram]

Being and looking healthy is as much about internal care as it is about external care. Making sure you eat well and keep hydrated can have a huge impact on the overall health of your body (AND the strength of your skin, hair and nails).

As we know, protein is mainly used by the body for cell repair and growth, but it’s not only great for getting lean, it’s also great for the production of keratin which is what our hair, nails and the outer later of our skin are made of.

Adding a few meals to your regular diet that include foods naturally containing protein can help make sure your (muscles) hair, skin and nails are getting the nutrients they need for growth and repair. Simple salads like this can do the job if you need something quick and easy. Salad: two boiled eggs, walnuts, watercress, cherry tomatoes and spinach. (You can even add avocado or salmon, it’s all about what you prefer)

Keeping hydrated should be at the top of your list! Drinking at L E A S T two glasses of water a day is a great habit to adopt. You can even infuse your water with lemon for a boost of vitamin C (optional), or any other fruit you love.

Above all, keeping a balanced diet is essential so always remember to speak with your health practitioner about making any drastic changes to your diet.

Wash day can be a task but here’s what you can do to make it a breeze, and make sure you give your hair the BEST cleanse and condition.

Hot Oil Treatments

Applying Hot oil treatments the night before washing natural hair can help to reduce shedding and protect the hair (and scalp) from the harsh drying effects of shampoo. Hot oil treatments can be used on all hair types including coloured and relaxed hair. You can use any of your favourite hair oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil etc. and adding an essential oil can help to stimulate the scalp and promote growth (optional).

Work in Sections

Working in sections cuts down the entire wash time by almost half. Take one section, shampoo until clean then go straight in with conditioner and de-tangle (with fingers or a wide tooth comb). Once that section is done, move on to the next and continue until you have washed and conditioned all 4 sections (depending on thickness you may need 6 sections). All you’ll need to do next is finish with a cool rinse and you’re done!

Water Temperature : Hot Then Cold

I’ve written a post on the science behind water temperature in the past and it still remains a huge factor in washing natural hair effectively. [click here for post] Shampooing your hair with warm water helps to provide a deeper cleanse as warm water causes hair cuticles to lift, allowing the shampoo to fully clean. This also allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft, giving you longer lasting moisture and extra shine. Rinsing out your conditioner with cool water does the opposite (closes the cuticle) so locks in conditioner and causes hair to appear smoother and shinier.

Happy washing!