24 Apr 2014

FOOD: 280 DEGREES RESTAURANT REVIEW

I'm not sure if I've told you, but my mother is currently away living it up in Nigeria. I actually miss her dearly. The house is so quiet without her warm spirit, continuous jokes, and wise words, and not to mention her cooking. I know no other person on this planet can prepare a home cooked Nigerian meal the way she does, but I was seriously craving Nigerian food.

When I heard that a new Nigerian restaurant had opened, I thought I might give it a try. 280 Degrees is new Nigerian restaurant that is based in the heart of North West London. Kilburn to be exact.  


I took my friend Nikki along to try out the food with me. Firstly I was blown away by the decor. It's so gorgeous in there. It's very modern but there are beautiful paintings that appreciate the Nigerian art, like the picture below. 



I loved this accent wall. The owner said is especially made in Germany. 


I remember having a conversation with Nikky, saying that I'll try and eat healthy.  I now understand why she burst out laughing. As soon as I saw puff puff on the menu, my healhy eating went out of the window. For those of you that dont know puff puff is almost like a donut with out the icing. They are made of dough containing flour, yeast, sugar, butter, salt, water and eggs and deep fried in vegetable oil until golden brown. You can see why Nikky laughed now right? Not the most healthiest of options to go with.




After enjoying my delicious puff puff, I was served the main. I decided to opt for no rice, due to my starter. I went with Moi Moi, Plaintain, and Fish. The food tasted divine. The fish wasn't too spicy, not as spicy as I have at home, but it was seasoned very well.


Nikky went for fried rice, plantain and a portion of meat. beef to be exact. The rice tasted a little bland. I mentioned it to the owner, he he stated that he doesn't want just Nigerians to eat. He wants people of all  races to try it. When I looked around the restaurant I saw a Chinese couple tucking to some egusi stew. I was so surprised. I tried so hard to to look around and stare.

The service was great, and he went around to check how we were and other customers were doing.

If you're trying Nigerian food for the first time, by all means go to 280 Degrees. It's gorgeous decor, amazingly flavoured meat and chicken, with nice food presentation.

For more information:
http://www.280degrees.com/
280 Degreess, 280 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 2BY


Have you tried Nigerian Food before?

23 Apr 2014

OOTD: CANDY LAND

Heyya,

Long time no type. I've got so much to update you on guys, it's been crazy. I'll do it in a Wande Weekly post on Sunday. I wore this outfit a few weeks ago, when the sun was beaming with sunshine. I went to have a picnic with a friend and her kids. I wanted to wear something fun, free and loose fitting.




I opted for my fave item at the moment; a crop top. It's in my favourite spring colour too, which is coral. I paired it with a mint green skater skirt. To neutralize the outfit, I decided to pair it with a pair of nude/tan sandals and a matching bag.

Outfit Details

Crop Top ~ River Island
Skater Skirt ~ Primark (old) ~ similar here and here
Sandals ~ River Island (old) similar ~ here
Bag ~ Primark similar ~ here

What would you wear to a picnic?

22 Apr 2014

LOVE...


14 Apr 2014

BEAUTY: SLEEK CORAL REEF LIPSTICK REVIEW



Since the sun has been making an appearance, I've dug through my makeup collection to find all my bright lipsticks. One of them is my true love Sleek Coral Reef Lipstick. It's a hot coral colour that has a slight neon tint. It goes on smoothly, and opaquely but its buildable with a few more swipes. It's a matte finish, but I put a few coats of lipgloss on it, for the added shine. I'm sure you know by now as soon as the sun comes out so does everything I own that's coral.


Available: Superdrug or eBay 

10 Apr 2014

HAIR: JOHN FRIEDA FULL REPAIR TOUCH UP FLYAWAY TAMER REVIEW

Of late, I've started to like the just-rolled-out-of-bed hairstyle. It's effortless and great for those days I just can't be bothered to do my hair. However, it seems to be a battle to tame those pesky fly aways

The John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer seems to be a God send. With a few swipes of this clear gel on my strands and some finger patting motion, my flyaways have disappeared. What I really like is that my hair doesn't look or feel greasy and it stays that way for pretty much the rest of the day. For days when I like to have an up do, my hair tends to curl on itself. (It's the 4C hair type syndrome). It's so small, you can pop it in your handbag just in case a stubborn stray hair decides to start dancing. 



The only downfall is that its not great on super curly hair, and it has a strange scent to it. I'm so thankful this product doesn't belong anywhere near my nose.


Oh, before I forget an extra tip is that The John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer is fab for those stray eyebrow hairs too. The gel also contains the same Inca Inchi oil that can be found throughout the Full Repair Range.

Available
Boots.com
not a fan of the scent
not great for curly hair

9 Apr 2014

SKINCARE: HEAL GEL EYE REVIEW



A couple of years ago, I wasn't really bothered about eye cream. I used to think it was a gimmick. What's wrong with putting your face moisturizer around your eyes? To think that I ever breathed those words. Oh, how times have changed. Ever since I decided to take my skin a bit more seriously, I realized how important eye cream is. Especially with the ones I've tried that bailed me out of my ever so chic panda eyes look, that I was sporting for a while. 

HealGel Eye is my new product love at the moment. HealGel Eye provides a pick-me-up for tired eyes and improves the elasticity of the skin through intensely hydrating the eye area through micro circulation. The dual action hyaluronic acid complex locks moisture deeper into the skin and firms the eye contours. HealGel Eye contains a unique combination of Arnica and Madecassoide suspended in liposome with powerful peptides and biodynes to boost collagen and soothe the skin. The skin is brightened and smoothed by light diffusers contained within the light, refreshing formula which helps to brighten the eyes.


Although I saw loads of rave reviews about the HealGel Eye product, but the fact that it was gel, was just so off putting for me as I don't think gel products are effective on my skin.  However, after finally trying the HealGel Eye, I've been so impressed with the quality and the effectiveness of it. HealGel Eye comes in a bottle pump in gorgeous pastel blue packaging.  I don't use a full pump of this each time I use the product. Half a pump is more than enough for both eyes. I lightly tap it around the eye area using my ring finger until it has fully absorbed. It feels light and refreshing and leaves skin feeling smooth I'm super surprised to see that my dark circles have significantly reduced. I actually feel comfortable to go out without concealer around my eyes. Although it doesn't happen often due to it being a routine. 

I'm loving the HealGel Eye so far, at it will last me literally 6-12 months, so your average cost per use is literally pennies.

Availability
HealEye Gel ~ £32 ~ Free Shipping

8 Apr 2014

FOOD: ILUMI WORLD FOOD


Many of you guys know that I have changed my diet a few years ago now. Gone are the days that I munched on carbs like its a kids snack. I love to try new delivery diet foods, as they can really help with portion control, and food options.

Todays review is from Illumi,  a gluten nut, and milk free food delivery service. The food is developed by the same people who prepare food the ready meals at Selfridges and Marks and Spencer.  They are free from allergens and the ingredients are locally sourced.  I decided to try 7 days worth of food, which came with a meal plan which was very informative.


The package came in a massive box, which my post man struggled to carry lol. The first thing I noticed after ripping the box apart was the lightweight packaging. The packets do not need to be refrigerated, they just need to be stored at room temperature, so these were stored in my cupboard. They can only be microwaved and not heated in an oven, as I'm guessing it will change the nutritional value.
The pouches can be easily opened with your hands by using the tear slits on the side of the packet. The instructions are on the front of the packet (this makes a good change) and the ingredients are clearly labelled.


Breakfasts and snacks

For breakfast the only option was I've posted a variety of posts about what I eat for breakfast (see here and here), so I'm used to having quite varying options, so eating porridge everyday was extremely difficult for me. I searched the box expecting there to be more options, but it slowly became a reality that this was it. For anyone who likes the routine of having the same breakfast every day this is ideal. The porridge was okay, but personally I found it a bit boring every day. I switched it up by using almond milk, and adding sliced bananas, sultanas, agave nectar as well as chopped walnuts. The porridge was very filling and kept me full for a few hours.

Snack time! I LOVED the biscuits, they were so sweet and crunchy. I was super excited to try the oatcakes. On there own it left me disappointed, but dipped into hummus, or adding cheese and salmon helped slightly.


Lunch
The soups were super tasty, they were the perfect balance of flavour and texture. I think these are great in the winter months too. The lamb casserole were tasty, it had large chunks of lamb in a beautiful rosemary and mint gravy, with sliced potatoes and carrots. All the lunch options I had were delicious. It made my lunch that more exciting since its normally a date with my computer at the desk at times.


Dinners
Dinner, hmmm. I enjoyed the change of food in my diet. I really enjoyed the richness of the sauces for the evening meal selection. A few days in it became slightly boring as there were a lot of curries, which slowly started the same. I love when my food is rich and full of flavour, but then I forgot there was actually meat in the dishes, as the size of the chunks of chicken were rather small. Almost shredded. OK, slight exaggeration, but I'm sure you get my drift.

Overall
While options were great, with the foods tasting great, I would appreciate more variety, especially for dinner. Rather than rice, perhaps some vegetables. (I did add some on a few of my meals, to make my food more interesting). The food is nutritionally balanced, which is always a plus, but they definitely need to work on offering more options at breakfast and dinner.


Availability: ilumiworld.com

6 Apr 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: BEAUTYBYJJ BIRTHDAY WEEKENDER AND CATCH UP

Three weeks without a Wande Weekly posts. My life has been massively cray to document in the moment, that I've had to live it, experience it, then later, share it. My last post, which was to do with a lot of reflecting, so it was time to have some fun. 

I'll start from where I left off, shall I? Ok, so a few weekends ago, I was a part of a photoshoot for this up and coming project. It's been kind of nerve racking as the project has felt like a document saved on my laptop or scheduled meetings. It suddenly became VERY real. The shoot was so much fun, and emotional too. Ahh, I can't wait to reveal the lovely girls on this project that I'm apart of. Seriously, things like this make me love my job in the advertising/ marketing / branding world. 

Two weekends ago was chockablock too, as I had to help my mum pack for her trip to Nigeria, as well accompany her on her travels to the airport. You'd think it was to see her off. Oh no, it was to take home any excess items that tipped the scales at the airport.Even after weight her luggace a million times at home. Typical. Just typical. 

On the Saturday was the beauty guru and friend BeautybyJJ's birthday. Initially I was only going to go to dinner part, but we had soooo much fun, that I ended up spending the whole weekend and then some with her. We did dinner at Busaba, clubbed in Kilburn, stayed awake till the morning, where I took an impromptu drive to Colchester to race on the motorway (don't ask why lol), back to Jennie's hotel, and breakfast at The Grange Hotel in St Pauls. Again, bearing in mind we still hadn't slept yet. I went home to get some clothes and toiletries since it looked like an impromptu hotel room was booked to stay another night. By this point I couldn't stay awake, and felt I'd been drugged lol. The four of us had to decide between dinner at Hakkasan or an Indian takeaway. I've never been to Hakkasan, but I dont think I was dressed for the occasion. Indian it was followed by a bit of TV and laughter to end the evening.

Lastly, I wore this coral strapless dress. I've never worn anything strapless due to my own securities of thinking I have saggy boobs, and hated my birthmark on my back. It was time to get over it and bust out (pun totally intended) this strapless beauty. 


Dinner at Busaba | Driving back from Colchester | Embracing my fear of the strapless dress | Shoot from the new project.


What have you been up to? Do share

2 Apr 2014

OOTD: SHINNING IN DENIM

I've been loving the London weather, hence wearing this gorgeous yellow blouse that I picked up from Primark ages ago. I wore this a few Sundays ago to brunch with a few friends, to catch up on life. Gosh so much is happening of late. I actually feel like an adult...oh wait I am. Haha!




Outfit Details:
Yellow Shirt ~ Primark ~ similar
Skirt ~ H&M ~ similar
Sandals ~ River Island ~ similar similar

Are you a fan of the colour yellow?

1 Apr 2014

SKINCARE: ORIGINS BRIGHTER BY NATURE HIGH POTENCY BRIGHTENING PEEL

Slowly I'm becoming a fan of Origins products. Whenever I have a super heavy fun filled weekend, I tend to draw for the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask, which amazing. This lead to my curiosity about other products from Origins.

The Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel caught my eye because it has been reported to have the same results of a 30% glycolic acid peel over the course of 20 weeks (five months)!


Now wait, It's illegal to purchase the most potent glycolic acid peels over-the-counter in the UK, as it can't have more than 10%. Origins are able to get away with it delivering the potency of a 30% glycolic acid peel because they are collection of smart people. First, the peel does not technically contain any alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) per se (i.e., no glycolic or lactic acids). Instead, the formulation consists of a clever meld of fruit-based acids that produce results similar to those of a 30% AHA peel.

Secondly, Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel delivers the results very sloooooowly Like a fine wine, the results take a while for their full effect to develop: The product is designed to be used for twice a week over the course of twenty weeks, so there's far less risk of irritation than getting the full Monty in one sitting. The highest concentration fruit acids in Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel are lime and grapefruit peel oil. Lime oil has long been known to make the skin more prone to sun exposure.

I've used the Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potentcy Brightening Peel for a little while now. I have been religious and have used it twice a week. After a month I did see an improvement, however I don't think it brightened up the areas that I have hyperpigmentation all that much. However places where the scarring has been recent, seemed to be fading. This product contains a high concentration of alcohol, which temporarily makes pores appear smaller, but also features a high concentration of salicylic acid to actually clean out debris without substantially stretching the pores.

I love Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel because it's an efficacious lightweight chemical peel that delivers results slowly, without the risk of looking like Samantha at Carrie's book premiere party in Sex and the City. If you're willing to stick with it, you really do see results over time. I've been using my set for about a month now, and I absolutely love it: My skin appears brighter and slightly more even-toned. My only qualm with Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel is that the company recommends using a lightweight Microdermabrasion scrub, such as the Origins Modern Friction Microdermabrasion Scrub, a few minutes after. Now you can call me old-fashioned, but it is normally the dermatological equivalent of buying a first-class ticket down Irritation Avenue when you combine Microdermabrasion with your chemical peel. Even though Origins Brighter by Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel is far lower potency than most peels on a use-per-use basis, I still prefer to wash with a gentle cleanser, such as Nars Gentle Cream Cleaner two to five minutes after the treatment. 

With that said, this is a spectacular product, and I highly recommend it. Just be sure that you use this product at night, and religiously apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen (and preferably a wide-brimmed hat) during the day! The results are sensational, but to keep looking younger long-term, protect your freshly revealed face from the sun.

Have you tried the Origins Brighter By Nature High Potency Brightening Peel?

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