Born and raised in Queens, New York, Olushola, aka Shola, which means 'one who is blessed' in Yoruba, is a hair and makeup vlogger who will instantly become your bff in your head! Find out her fav hair care products, her top makeup tip, and how she stays body positive! 

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What hair products do you use?
My new found favorite line is the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Line! Seriously if you're low porosity TRY IT. My favorite deep conditioner is Jessicurl Deep Conditioning treatment (AMAZING). Also Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, and Redken Extreme Anti Snap are my protein staples since I have fine hair. My favorite natural product is Bentonite Clay, it defines my curls and makes my 4C Wash and Go's look so good!

Did you have any hair inspiration growing up?

Honestly, I didn't have any positive hair influences growing up. Looking back everyone including me had TERRIBLE hair care techniques. (Fine tooth combs were the devil!) Luckily YouTube and hair blogs taught me that Black women really could grow long hair and I've been on that quest ever since.


What has having natural hair taught you?
Having natural hair definitely shed some light on how ignorant most people are. It made me realize that it makes it that much more important for me to grow long, strong, natural hair. The more people see natural hair the more positively it will be seen. Honestly, sometimes my self-esteem takes a hit when people prefer to see you with straight hair or a looser curl instead of what comes naturally. Then I look in the mirror and remember that it is beautiful, people are just ignorant to that fact.

What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?

The best part of my hair journey was trying out the maximum hydration method and realizing my 4b/4c hair had a curl pattern. Tiny, delicate, pretty coils popped up and I was so surprised! I thought 4c was just naturally an afro texture. Now I have the flexibility to wear a defined wash and go OR pick it out and wear a nice fro. Also, I never realized how dry my hair was until that method reversed it! Lastly, discovering and accepting my whole natural self has made me a much better person.

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What's your makeup philosophy and what makeup advice do you give women?
My makeup philosophy is do what makes YOU happy and don't judge what you're not into! Makeup is an art first and foremost. One makeup tip I give EVERYONE is if your foundation has longevity issues or transfer problems triple up on your setting spray! Any good setting spray that claims to keep your makeup on longer will do (such as Urban Decay All Nighter or Ben Nye Setting Spray). Spray it on your face BEFORE foundation, spray it on your brush while applying foundation, and spray AFTER foundation. It literally won't budge!


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What's your exercise routine?
I don't have an exercise routine if we're being honest! But I do follow a strict ketogenic diet which allows me to drop some holiday pounds pretty steadily. This is my favorite and the most effective diet that I've ever done. It is a very low carb and high fat (yay) diet that literally clears up my skin, flattens my tummy, and drops weight. I do miss chocolate though!

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How do you stay body positive?
Honestly, developing positive body esteem has been the hardest personal struggle for me. Believe it or not, the only thing that has ever worked for me is literally faking it till I made it. After faking being positive and confident you start to finally believe yourself and see positive things in the mirror. Also a BIG one is to continue to take care of yourself. Despite feeling unattractive sometimes you have to dress up, buy nice stylish clothes, do your hair nicely and maybe even put makeup on. People tend to stop doing those things when they're not feeling so confident but that just makes it worse! Break that cycle.

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Model Naomi Campbell
By Erickka Sy Savane

There was a moment a few months ago when I was getting ready for an event, standing in the mirror with a tube of lipstick, wondering why I was about to paint my face. I’d done it a zillion times without question, but this time, I just felt silly. What I really wanted was to go completely as I am. Now, I don’t mean butt-naked, but naked-face. Is this what it means to get older? Still, I went ahead and did it, and when I got to the event and posed the question to a few friends they looked at me like I was smoking crack. Wanna clear a room? Start talking about age. My bad.

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However, as Alicia Keys has continued to pop up all over the place sans makeup I feel vindicated. I mean, Alicia is a mom, like myself, and she’s getting older, plus she's got a lot to 'lose' by showing up as a star without the perceived 'shine' (makeup to give her that 'glow'). So really, I feel the need to ask, how do we feel about makeup?  Does saying no come with age?

Alicia Keys
I start with one of my favorite California girls, Angie B. T.
A model back in the day, Angie never left home without a fully made up face. In fact, sometimes she wore makeup to bed. How does she feel about it today, now that she's in her forties?

“I still love makeup, and lashes, and adorning myself with jewelry,” she says, “but what has changed is I don’t feel the need to wear it all the time. I appreciate my beauty without it.”

She says the change wasn’t so much an age thing, but more about the different changes in her life. She broke up with her finance, her mom and sister both passed away in the same year, and not long after she fell, fracturing both of her ankles.

“It was hard at first, not to feel sorry for myself,” she says looking back, “but being in that space where I was literally crawling to the bathroom with no makeup on for such a long period of time stripped away all the pretense I had in my life. I had to find my inner strength and what re-emerged was this beautiful woman that I am today.”

Wow, what don’t break you makes you stronger. She does still have two makeup must-haves…

“I have to wear a little concealer under my eyes and I must fill-in my eyebrows because I never had any growing up, and without them I look like an embryo,” she jokes.

Okay, so now I’m thinking about my partner in crime, super-producer Sidra Smith. Not because she looks like an embryo, but she is all about that face- no makeup, no hair, she don’t even care. Talk about a natural beauty. Has she always been this way or has it come with age?

“I’ve always been this way. Even back when I was modeling I was never that girl to run around after a shoot in full makeup. The only time I do feel a certain pressure to wear it is on the red carpet and making appearances with my twin,” she says. Ironically, her identical twin sister is ultra-glam actress Tasha Smith, and the two couldn’t look more different, and yet the same.

Sidra and Tasha Smith
So would she ever do red carpet appearances bare-faced?

“Absolutely!” she says with conviction. “I get more compliments and feel more beautiful without it. If anything, makeup makes me feel cheesy.”

She nailed it because, looking back, cheesy is how I felt at the event that night. Why did I ultimately do it? Vanity, and wanting to fit in. But when I really think about it though, it’s not so much about age or whether to wear makeup or not, but the freedom to live the way we want to live. Today, I put on bright green socks when I went for my morning jog, something that I’ve been wanting to do for weeks, but would tell myself that it didn’t match, and what would people think? It’s nice to know that I no longer care.

How do you feel about makeup? Is wearing it a must or does it depend?

Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of CurlyNikki.com, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in Essence.comEbony.com, Madamenoire.com, xoNecole.com, and more. When she’s not writing...wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or ErickkaSySavane.com
Back when the liquid lipstick craze appeared on the scene, I wanted in.  These colors were bold, had a high color payoff and looked great on women of color.  The first chance I got, I placed an order for a bunch of matte lipsticks from Colour Pop.

My first impression was that liquid lipsticks were phenomenal!  But, they had one drawback.  The final look was flat and left me with dry looking lips.  Soon thereafter, my liquid lipsticks were neglected for more hydrating options.  If only there was a way enjoy the bold look of matte lip color without the negative side effects.
As time when on,  I'm positive that beauty brands wised up and reformulated their products. But what about all the unused tubes currently collecting dust?

I think I've stumbled on a solution that turns my matte liquid lipsticks into ultra hydrating formulas.

The idea stems from a product that's been floating around on Instagram. It's a "dry oil" meant to be applied prior to makeup application for a dewy base.

Here's a glimpse


I wanted to learn more so I checked out their product description online.   You can imagine how excited I was to learn that I already had access to their main ingredient (rosehip oil).  But the kicker happened when I scanned the usage instructions and saw the recommendation to apply a couple drops to the lips before applying lipstick.

Immediately, the imaginary lightbulb above my head turned on.  I rushed over to my stash of beauty products and searched for those long lost liquid lipsticks.  But, instead of reaching for rosehip, I decided to try something different.  I keep my trusty bottle of squalane oil front and center because this product can do no wrong.  I'm honestly going to purchase a larger quantity so I can cover every square inch of my body in this universal moisturizer.

But I digress...

The experiment began with me swiping a tiny bit of squalane oil on my lips.  I pressed them together to allow the nourishing goodness to better penetrate.  Then came the big moment. I grabbed a tube of Color Pop's TooLips and prayed for the best.  The color glided on wonderfully.  There was no compromise in the color payoff.  My lips looked great!

**I added less oil than you see in the video**

Best of all, they felt ah-may-zing!  So hydrated and so soft.  And it didn't look like I was wearing oil underneath my lipstick.  The final outcome looked natural, not too glossy, not too matte.  It was perfect.  I'll be honest with you,  I probably gave up some of the long-lasting qualities of the original formula for this boost of hydration, but I don't care.  It's better than rocking dry painted lips all day.

I can always play around with using less oil. A little goes a long way.  And, did I mention how thankful I was for the reminder to incorporate natural oils into my winter makeup routine.  How could I forget that?! Instead of spending $40.00 on an illuminating foundation, why not make your own?




You guys know that whenever someone reveals their beauty secrets, I'm all over it.  Today, I've stumbled on a wonderful gem.  Super model, Jasmine Tookes, recently uploaded a video of her entire night out makeup look.

Jasmine is such a beauty inspiration because she rocks very wearable makeup.  Her end goal is simply to create a flawless finish.  Isn't that what we all want?

If you're dying to know Jasmine's holy grail foundation, what she applies before makeup for a natural glow and the Charlotte Tilburry lip color that's an absolute must have, keep reading.
The short video features Jasmine doing her own makeup for a night out.  Since the footage is sped up, we don't get to see her explain each individual step.  Fortunately, the products are clearly visible so  we can easily identify them.

Step 1 of the process begins as Jas rubs a little oil onto her skin prior to applying foundation.  I'm assuming that she's already applied moisturizer and the oil is the final step to seal it all in while adding some luminance.  Noni Glow Face Oil is a blend of various carrier oils and extracts.  It's rich in antioxidants and claims to nourish while promoting an even skin tone.  One of the ingredients is rosehip, which we all know can help brighten skin over time.  If you haven't experimented with wearing a little oil under makeup, maybe this weekend is the time to give it a try.

Next, Jasmine reached for her holy grail foundation that's been a staple of hers for years, Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation.  You've heard me talk about this foundation before, it's one of my favorites.  So many celebrities have claimed this as their absolute favorite.  Yes, it's a little pricier than others, but if you're looking for a smooth, natural finish, you don't have to look any further.

After concealing, Jas executes her contouring routine with the help for FENTY Beauty's Match Stix. To add a bit of richness to her skin, Jasmine dusts her face with Bobbi Brown's Bronzer.  This summer, while vacationing in the lovely country of Belize, I often admired my skin in the mirror while putting on makeup.  I had this amazing glow thanks to a newly acquired tan.  At that moment, I promised myself to pick up a decent bronzer when I returned home.  Thanks to a timely reminder from Jasmine, I've picked up Tawny Brown bronzing powder. Someone in the reviews said that this powder can also double as a blush.  I look forward to experimenting.

She completes the look with a lipstick that has been on my wish list since forever.  I almost forgot how perfect Charlotte Tilburry's Birkin Brown was as an every day lip color.  Jasmine shows us just how effortlessly this color looks on brown skin.  But don't take my word for it, check it out.




If you’ve not heard of the brand ‘dirty works’ before, they’re best known for their bath and body products due to their retro packaging, quirky product names and delightful scents! I’ve used their products for a couple of years now and have always been impressed with their quality and the fact they’re so affordable. With this being said, I was very excited to hear that they’re now dipping their toes into the beauty world and have released a whole makeup collection to sit alongside their skincare, bath and body products.

I was recently sent the new products to try and was totally amazed by how many items are in the range - there’s everything you can think of from palettes to brow kits, lipsticks and glosses. This is quite unheard of when a brand first launches a completely new type of product but I personally think it’s great that they’ve done such a variety as it means there’ll be something to suit most people’s needs and if you want a whole face of makeup for an affordable price, Dirty Works have got you covered!


I’m not going to review every single product individually as this post would never end if I did but I’ve popped the name of each product and the price below so you can get an idea of what’s available. I’ve also tried to show them as best as I can in the imagery - as you can see, they’re all really well packaged with a quirky retro theme just like Dirty Works other products.

So, here’s the products which are now available to buy at Sainsbury’s and online at www.dirtyworksbeauty.com.

Back to Basics Eyeshadow Palette (£8)
Smokey Eye Kit (£7)
Blush and Glow Palette (£7)
Luxe Lip Crayons (£6)
Wow Brows Eyebrow Kit (£7)
Pucker Up Nude and Coral Lip Glosses (£4 each)
Bye! Bye! Dark Circles Concealer (£5)
Hello Sunshine Bronzer (£5)
Off Duty Nail Polish Trio (£5)

As you can see, the most expensive item is only £8 and that’s for a whole eyeshadow palette with 11 shades. It also has shimmery finishes as well as mattes so it’s perfect for taking your makeup look from day to night. The same applies for the smokey eye kit and blush and glow palette - they’re all insane value for money considering you get multiple products in each of them. They’re also fab little kits to pop in your handbag as they’re so lightweight.





Some of my favourite items from the range would have to be the eyebrow kit, bronzing powder and the lipsticks and glosses. The eyebrow kit is perfect for natural looking brows as the shades are quite ashy rather than orange which helps to create a really natural looking brow. The powders are also really pigmented and the addition of the tweezers, brushes and brow gel makes it a great all in one brow kit. For £7, it’s hard to find fault! The bronzer is great too as it’s huge meaning it’s fab for swirling a big fluffy brush into and dusting all over the face to create a sun kissed glow. It’s slightly too orange toned to use as a contour powder but it’s great for adding some colour to the skin and the light reflecting particles in it add a nice glow to the skin. The lip pencils and glosses are also really pigmented, as you can see from my swatches. One light swipe is all you need for them to be fully opaque and the shades are perfect for Autumn!


Overall I’d say the Dirty Looks beauty range is amazing value for money. Not only will it look super pretty displayed on your dressing table thanks to the cute packaging but it also won’t break the bank. I’d say this is the perfect range for those of you who are maybe just getting into wearing makeup and want to experiment with different products. If you have a sister, niece or daughter who is just getting into makeup - then these would make the perfect start kit. Christmas gift, sorted.

Do you like the look of this new range? Will you be trying them out?! Be sure to visit www.dirtyworksbeauty.com for more information on all the products!!