5 Tricks for Oily Skin

Having oily/acne prone skin can cause people to develop low self-esteem! While there is really no reversing your oily skin, you can learn how to live with it! So relax a little bit, we got you covered. Follow these tips for a beautiful and healthy skin.


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Use a clarifying soap that works. In order to ensure that your precious skin remains smooth and flawless, you need to find a good moisturising and hydrating soap. Try the all-around favourite, Eres Bella by Yejide African Black Soap, guaranteed to leave your skin clear and hydrated.




You can make your own mask by mashing one banana with a teaspoon of honey and a couple of drops of lemon juice. If DIY is not your style,.


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No matter how religiously you cleanse your face and wash off the day’s impurities, your pillowcase can still reverse the benefits of your nighttime routine, particularly if you already have acne-prone skin. Pillowcases don’t directly affect everyone’s skin, but they can exacerbate acne and cause micro-irritation. Try to switch it out every three days.



Set your makeup after cleansing your face by using a setting powder This will ensure your makeup does not end up sliding off of your face.



A matte foundation is not necessarily a powder. Your foundation can be anything from a cream foundation to liquid. You don’t want your face to look reflective in photos. This is an additional step to take to make sure that your makeup stays on all day.




For the second consecutive year, IFA Paris is pleased to announce the volume 2 of its’ lookbook which features some of the graduates of 2017 and their final collections in our two creative Bachelor and Master programs. It is viewable or available to download as a PDF: IFA Paris Lookbook 2017

We wanted to share with you the work of a selection of young students who came to Paris from all over the world. These upcoming designers spent months working on their final collections which showcase their personality, their universe, their cultural background and their creativity.


Chloe Kerr's collection in our lookbook
Chloe Kerr’s collection in our lookbook

Around a common theme, students found their inspiration from many different sources: a song, the future, death, the complexity of the woman mind, the endless possibilities of every day, the celebration of life, the female energy and strength, boxing or toys from the 90s.

We hope you will appreciate their creative endeavours as much as we do. They represent years of study, research and experimentation! We hope that this will give a small insight into the creative minds of a new generation, and perhaps ignite a curiosity to discover more…

At IFA Paris, we love their talent!

For the full lookbook as a PDF: Download here.


Best Dressed at the 2018 Golden Globes

At the first major awards show of 2018, the red carpet style could not have had a better meaning. Men and women, including Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and Issa Rae, chose to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest against harassment in Hollywood, turning couture designs from the likes of Zuhair Murad and Versace into visually striking political statements. These ladies wore all black for a cause—the #TimesUp movement— brought style to solidarity, and we are all here for it.

See our list of the best-dressed women on the red carpet and let us know what you think.

Best Dressed Golden Globes



How to Tie a Headwrap in Six Fabulous Ways by KishmyKurls

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Headwraps have definitely come to stay and take their rightful place in our closets. A lot of natural hair bloggers and fashionistas have begun to gravitate towards these accessories, especially as they help to keep our hair and scalp stylishly protected from the sun. Another amazing benefit of this beauty is its ability to make people with scanty edges still look fabulous without anyone nosy person noticing the cover-up.

Celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Kourtney Kardashian and Eva Mendes are known for sporting beautiful headwraps. Although it’s not easy to recreate their perfect styles, natural hair vlogger KishmyKurls shows us six fabulous and fool-proof ways to tie a headwrap below.


For the Love of Mules

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Mules have literally taken over the fashion world! This 90’s favorite has finally made it back on the fashion scene. It’s amazing how an overlooked shoe design has managed to stay on trend over the years, and become a welcome delight for celebrities, fashion bloggers and shoe lovers. By definition, Mules are shoes that are backless and often closed-toes, they can be any height, ranging from flat to high. Although not a favorite for many, it’s obvious the shoes are here to stay!

Let’s take a look at celebrities in mules that will definitely make you rethink your earlier predisposition about the backless delights.

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Sienna Miller, PhotoCredit: Pinterest.com
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Christmas Makeup Inspiration

Christmas, as described by many, is the great joyous season of celebration, and great merriment. It’s a time of giving and sharing, throwing parties and anticipating the arrival of a new year. There’s a lot of pressure to look good since you will be meeting a lot of friends and family. If you’re planning to look different this Christmas and add a bit of colour to your look, get in the spirit and try new and bold colours that you have probably never tried before.


For the eyes, you can either go smokey or go home. A lot of people are usually afraid of adding glitter or a little bit of sparkle to their eyeshadow, but since we are in the Christmas spirit it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to use a green eyeshadow in teal, or in any shade, you feel comfortable in. You can wear the shadows as one shade, or layered to give a gradient effect.


If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can add some glitter to the mix to give you that celebratory look.


Red or berry lips are bold colours that can almost never go out of fashion, it can either be matte or glossy, but one thing can be assured, you will definitely stand out.

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If your eyes and lips are bold, it would definitely be a makeup faux pas if you don’t keep other parts of your face neutral. Apply a coat of pressed powder to add some colour to your skin and finish it off with a light layer of bronzer.

I hope you all have a colourful Christmas!

Picture Source – MakeupShayla Instagram.

5 Essentials for the Perfect Brows

Whether you’re going for a glam look or keeping things minimal and fresh-faced, there’s one feature on your face you should always pay some extra attention to your brows. Your eyes are regarded as the windows to your soul, so it’s essential that the things that frame them are suitably groomed. It’s amazing the difference a bit of attention paid to your brows can make to your entire face. So we’ve put together our favourite essential eyebrow products to help you achieve the perfect brows.

1. Mascara Wand:

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This is one of the simplest and most useful tools to use for your brows. It is used to groom as well as tame fly-aways helping you neaten your brows in the long run. You can buy one or simply reuse one from an old mascara. Brush it through your brows angling slightly upwards. If you want to add some hold, spray some hair spray or dab some Vaseline on the wand first. You will be amazed how thicker, tidier and completely revitalized your brows will look.

2. Tweezers:

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Another must-have brow tool is tweezers, for best results opt for a sharp, slanted one because unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs. Make sure you tweeze with a normal mirror, not a magnifying one as it makes it difficult to know your arch limit, and you think you have more hair to tweeze.

3. Brow Scissors:

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Brow scissors are great for sculpting the brows. The sharp blades with ultra-thin edges are designed to lift, isolate and trim each hair. And with calculated accuracy and control, you can achieve a perfect arch.

4. Eyebrow Brush:

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This multi-functional brush is used to outline your eyebrows. It’s stiff, yet really soft on your skin and brow hair. The mini tool also helps shape and define your hair as you trim, the bristles can also be used to gently smudge liner on your eyelids.

5. Brow Razor:

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Finally, if you’ve always depended solely on your pair of tweezers for shaping your eyebrows, then it’s time to try something different. While tweezers can be painful when plucking, razors are great in whisking away small sections of hair painlessly with its thin blade which allow for exact trimming. However, the downside to shaving your eyebrows is that the hair will grow back faster.

Ashake’s Diary 9 – Happy Ending?

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Hello Diary, (Kinda weird that I’ve never felt the need to say hi to you)

So today was awkward, and something unexpected happened (sad face). I am not one to believe in miracles because if miracles were real Toks would have vanished from earth 6 years ago when she decided to cut off some of my hair because her doll needed hair nappy hair extensions.

Anyway, we had a test today in class, which I aced (adjusts nerd glasses) and Ify wasn’t present for the test, weird! My mind was probably playing tricks on me because I could swear that I saw Ify this morning. I kept thinking to myself that Ify surely is smarter than this, she knows how much trouble she could get into for skipping class. Then it occurred to me that this could probably be the universe telling me to find her and snitch my discovery to the principal, interesting!

During my search, I bumped into Simi on my way to the bathroom and I literally almost jumped out of my skin, Simi might have forgiven me but she hadn’t forgotten so I always tried to keep myself out of her way. However, instead of the utter disgust, Simi would usually bless me with, she simply pushed past me.

I got to the bathroom and it was deathly quiet, so I figured I could freshen up right before I continued my search.  I’m a typical scaredy cat, but this was my school so I figured I was safe. As I bent to splash some water on my face I heard a tiny squeak, I felt a presence behind me.  I turned in fear, at that moment I was ready to scream my lungs out, then I saw that it was Ify standing behind me looking like a soaked sponge.

It was obvious that she had been crying, about what? I couldn’t believe it. I had to be the worst person to find her like this, I tried to be happy but that emotion was on vacation. “What’s wrong ?” Ify didn’t say anything she just kept crying and at some point, I had to hug her, it was so uncomfortable, why me? Instead of putting her in this situation, here I was comforting her, shame on me!

Apparently, Ify just lost her mum and had to go live with her dad, she had asked Simi earlier if she could move in with her, but Simi declined, on the grounds that her parents wouldn’t allow it. To be honest, I didn’t care much for Ify, I was upset with myself for being the unfortunate person that happened to be in this unfortunate bathroom during this unfortunate crisis.

Anyway, I tried to calm her down and get her to the school counselor’s office for some advise, and maybe help, I wasn’t even going to suggest she move in with me. We got to the counselor’s office and I left Ify there and went back to class. A few hours later school closed and I put the incident behind me and also tried not to mention it to anyone. I didn’t want anyone talking me into showing compassion (which I have always considered a disease by the way).

I got home after hanging at my friend’s place for a few hours and saw bags in the hallway, I knew my Aunt Bola was coming over, but the boxes looked too girly for my sophisticated aunt. My questions were answered in seconds when I saw Ify in the living room with my mum and Toks (I can’t even call her my sister, so evil).

Apparently, Toks told my mum Ify’s story and my mum decided against her better judgement to do something about it. Since Ify’s dad didn’t want her, by default I had a new and improved Toks living in my house. Ify then looked up at me and smiled, and I could swear I saw fangs instead of teeth.

Ify mentioned that my mum’s kindness and support was a miracle, and a plan ordained by God, I don’t quite agree. It might be a miracle for her, but I’m sure it’s a nightmare for me. I said nothing and climbed up the stairs weakly, my life was about to turn upside down. Funny how I was the only one who could see it coming, sadly, the strength to control the outcome evaded me. Why me!