Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Lip Finish | My Beauty Encounter with Kiko Cosmetics Milan.


My name is Vesta and I am a beauty junkie without the budget to currently indulge in 3 Ikea Alex drawers full of make up. Also,  I am kind of a minimalist so I need to go Mari Kondo on my purchases. They have to be worth it and I know better.

Kiko Cosmetics Milano has been taking over our high street over the past few years. They warmed their way into our hearts with an amazing range of nail polishes and now they have the whole kit. I am a chocolate skinned gal and most days my complexion is not part of the selections found in beauty shops. So I am looking for chocolate shades on beauty counters, doing a little research on all the make up brands on the high street and in our department stores. One face beat at a time, I will be matched and slayed for the gawds by in house makeup artists. Photographs will be taken by my creative director and we will show you if I get matched or not.

Of course, the lips will finish the look and that will be brought to you in a unique way.

Here's my experience and beauty shots in Kiko's Covent garden space which has a dedicated makeup room downstairs which when pre-arranged(I will) can get you ready fora night in the West end!

My skin was cleansed and moisturised with their in house skincare range, I had no idea they have skincare. Cleansed, toned, moisturised, Silvia matched me to Ebony in their Mat Mousse Oil Free foundation, followed by their invisible touch face fixing powder. I have never been so matte in my life, it was unreal.

She continued by highlighting my cheekbones and giving me a little dramatic Cleopatra eye for my night on the town. It was very simple yet beautiful and something I can try at home. A bit of gold pigment on the centre of my lids was all that was needed to make my eyes pop. So simple and very glam too

My lips were lined with a lip crayon in the shade 315 and topped up with lipstick shades 923 and 914. As you can see I am feeling myself. What do you think of my look? I love it!

Until later,


Monday, 19 September 2016

Happiness with Tsaka Beauty

My theme for 2016-2017 is to push through, actualise your brilliant thoughts and all the genius ideas. Ideas that could change the world, or just change the world you live in. I am in a perpetual state of finding, absorbing doers and how they ignored the voices in their heads and conquered those around them too to bring forth what they thought they could.

In this instance, it is Celmira  Amade of Tsaka (pronounced Saa-Ka, meaning Happiness in Ronga a Mozambican dialect), who I am going to follow as closely as events, social media and possible friendship would allow. When someone who’s ‘doing’ calls you out on you not doing, because they feel you but can’t grasp your reluctance, then we are going to be friends.

Celmira moved to England to study in Royal Holloway University in 2010 and everyone from a warmer climate will tell you, when the autumn winds start cooling off into the freezy winters, your skin and hair get angry. Angry that the sunrays and warmth aren’t here to bring life to your skin and hair and then there’s dryness and break outs and hair that just breaks off. It is incredible too that after years of co-existing in a society like London, remedies from top chemist shops all provide remedies for things like redness. Gurl, do you see redness in this melanin? Like how, for real? Where? It is also a pity that the most you can get from a sales assistant is just go try this, when your skin is causing you to slather on makeup to hide spots and hyperpigmentation which you are totally unfamiliar with, in a place where your issues aren’t part of the solutions thought off and we are subject to cocktails that promise to lighten it out. Hydroquinone unregulated in all its foolishness against a backdrop of racist innuendos.

But that’s not what the first product of the Tsaka range is here for. Celmira went home to Mozambique and remembered that as a child her grandma used to mix and apply her own recipes for any hair and skin issue from her environment. She asked her family to confirm what the ingredients were from what she remembered and she brought a pot with her to heal her skin. It worked, calmed her skin and gave her room to treat her hyperpigmentation. Years later, school’s finished and the only thing she noticed had changed in the chemists was that a few more shades have been added to the 2.5 shades of dark in 2016 and there was still nothing she could see that would help with her problem. So one day (I assume, lol) as she dipped her finger into her creation, she thought of you and me, with our chocolate skin, dreading the bristling brush of winter winds and decided to bring us all her magic, this pot of happiness, plant based, vegan face mask that had her out here confidently foundation free in the photo for her press release.

She sources her miracle ingredients with her local community of farmers, who know how to wildly harvest the plant, allowing it to replenish, promoting sustainability and now she is fine-tuning the formula to a face serum and natural lipstick which can be layered into varying shades of one colour.

May she do them all and so much more because after years of ‘independence’, our story is still been told for us and our ingredients are touted as miraculous and new, even though our grandmothers have been massaging them into our blood and brewing them in our tea for centuries. 

Go and do what you said you would, let’s tell our own stories, work with our own communities like Tsaka is doing.

 Support our friends who do. Shout it out and push through. Find Tsaka, find your happiness too


Until later,


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

One dress 3 Ways | How I style my Little Black Dress

We have all been out here, summering and then boom it’s back to school and holiday over season. To say responsibilities have crept back on us is an understatement. This is a mission impossible ghost protocol level of stealth and I am not ready. Autumn wants to have at us but the summer in us is still holding on.

People are due to upgrade their wardrobes to suit to season but my pro-minimalist vibes urges me to find a few pieces that can transcend seasons and occasions. The little black dress is forever a winner.
I found this dress for sale in Marks and Spencer for a £7.99 and with deep pockets and a fabric that gives it structure, I am happy to say it is a minimal goldmine. The possibilities are endless

I have styled it in 3 typical ways I spend my life currently and it is easy to switch it up too.

Work wear flow

Work wear
Above, I paired the dress with some tan flats , my Whistles blazer and the Stylists/photographer's own. I love blocking out the world on my way to work with my Marley Positive Vibration Headphones.

Beat face on fleek

Brunch outfit

Brunch outfit

After a very productive morning, I take of my flats and put on my classic Converses and grab my shopping tote and a animal print head wrap. As there will be a bit of walk and talk and catching up with my mates, I need to hide slightly stressful with the tortoise shell sunglasses

Date night outfit

Waiting for my date

Sun & Shadows


Off to my date night

Date night and a whine down is due with some dancing definitely on the cards. In this instance, I paired the dress with some scrappy heels, a pearl-ended chocker, a dazzling bracelet and a simple matte clutch.

Hope you enjoyed how I styled this one dress in these three ways. How would you have styled this one dress?

Until later,

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