Hey guys! I have a new review for you, and it’s one I actually feel pretty strongly about. I used to have one of those drugstore flat irons that are really bad for your hair…it looked more like a toy than a flat iron, and it burned my hair pretty badly. And the smell? The worst. So I decided to invest in some worthwhile flat irons: The Sedu Revolution from Folica.

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Gorgeous Packaging

I absolutely love these flat irons! I have two, the 1″ and the 1.5,” and I am so happy to have them both.  This iron has a max voltage of 20, and the plates are Tourmaline and Ceramic.  It is ionic, with a beveled edge and it heats up from 170° to 450°.  When you buy from an authorized retailer, the Sedu Revolution comes complete with a 2-year warranty.  It has a 9′, ergonomic swivel cord and the body of the flat iron has a gorgeous matte black finish that’s no-slip.  The packaging is so beautiful, you won’t want to get rid of it.

 

Positives

As someone who is really particular about hair health—hello hair journey—I need a flat iron with adjustable temperature, and the Sedu Revolution has amazing range.  It can go as low as 180 and as high as 450.  While I never use either extreme, it’s nice to know I have the option.  There is an indicator light that tells you whether the iron is heated or not—the red light means it is heating up, the blue light means it is cooling down, and when the indicator light flashes red and blue the flat iron is ready!

This iron just rocks! It’s so great I had to get a second one, and they aren’t cheap.  My sister actually got it for me, and I was ever so grateful.  It leaves my hair very shiny, and straight with one pass.  I have never had to go more than one pass with this, and my hair is pretty difficult to get smooth.  Most importantly, I never feel like these scorch my hair or leave it with a flat iron smell.  They do not make my hair dry or brittle, and for that these flat irons are definitely holy grail status.

Does it curl beautifully? Yes! And with ease.  The 1″ is great from my bangs and hard to reach areas, while the 1.5″ allows me to quickly style and straighten the length of my hair.

 

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The 1″ and 1.5″

 

Negatives

Now the importance of this oversight could be pretty crucial depending, but for me it was not a big deal: it does not auto-shutdown when left on.  This means if you forget to turn it off or unplug it, then you will meet your iron just as you left it—on and hot.  This is not a big problem for me because I really never forget to unplug mine, but the one time that I did I was surprised to see it had not powered off by itself.  For many people I can foresee this being a huge issue.  I hope they correct this in the future.

 

Verdict

Performance-wise, this was worth every cent.  I enjoy using it and whenever I need a new iron, I will look no further than the Sedu Revolution.  While the technology of this iron may make it less damaging, it is important to remember that any and all heat is bad for your hair when used in excess! When you do use heat, please remember to use a heat protectant.  I personally enjoy Aphogee’s Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer right before I flat iron.  It gives my chemically treated hair the protein and other beneficial ingredients my hair needs in order to thrive.

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Also, the Sedu Revolution Diamond just came out so I am sure there will be some sort of price decrease for the Sedu Revolution!

 

I really hope you found this review helpful! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions I didn’t cover, or you just have something to add! As always, your visit is super appreciated 🙂

 

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Dark Purple Lipstick Makeup tutorial perfect for a sultry winter look!

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Deep Purple Lipstick paired with an Icy purple eye for a sultry winter look!

 

Hey guys! So it feels like it’s been forever since I uploaded a post! I know it’s only been like a week, but I seriously missed it and it is so good to be back.   I am so excited to finally get this look up.  I saw a lot of punk/goth makeup on the runways during NYFW, but I decided to put off playing with these colors until the winter.  The winter is finally right around the corner!  It took me a while to find a way to wear this look that was fun and pretty, but still featured a strong lip without being overpowering.  I finally found a way! This look is inspired by Shaaanxo, one of my fave Youtubers, and when I saw it I knew I had to recreate it right away because of how pretty wearable the overall look is when these eyeshadows are paired with the lipstick.

I really loved playing with this look and I hope you will all try it out!  Here’s a list of everything I used:

Face

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8 icon

Ben Nye Banana Powder

LORAC Pro Palette, Expresso

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled

Eyes

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Charcoal icon

LORAC Pro Palette, Sable, Expresso, Pewter

Sleek “Bad Girl” Palette, Rebel (#12)

BH Cosmetics Take Me to Brazil Palette

Lips

Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lipstick, Vamp It Up

Translucent Setting Powder

 

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All about why I chose the name for my beauty and lifestyle blog!

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A lot of people have asked me why I chose to start a blog and name it  “Maha Maven.”

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Maha means “woman with beautiful eyes,” and Maven  means “expert” or “connoisseur.”

 

I taught myself the tricks and techniques to enhance the things I loved about my appearance.  My eyes are my favorite physical traitso you will notice that most of my makeup tutorials revolve around eye makeup, drawing attention to my eyes and making them stand out.

People always stop me on the street to ask what foundation I am wearing, tell me they love my eye makeup, or to ask me what I use on my hair.  I have been asked to share makeup tips, recommend makeup looks, and help tweak application techniques to achieve a flawless makeup look.  This led me to put all the knowledge and expertise I gained through experience in one place: www.MahaMaven.com.

 

Through this blog, I am talking to women like me.

 

Women who have always been different, but refuse to fit the mold.  I am writing to women who, like me, look around their world and don’t see faces, bodies, or stories like theirs on the front pages of major magazines.  I created Maha Maven for women who open these same magazines, and wonder why they are missing from the centerfolds.

 

I am writing to women who challenge the assertion that they have to choose…intelligent or stylish, academic or creative.

 

I am writing to women who have been told that they can’t be both.  Who were made to believe that they cannot have it all.

 

This is for women who want to be taken seriously as students and professionals, but who also have a passion for creativity, beauty, and style.

 

I learned to resist the urge to try to fit in.  I learned to be and love myself, as I strived to be a person whom I could respect.

 

 

“Maha Maven” basically means “beautiful eyed expert,” and this embodies what I want this site to be about: empowering women to find their best traits, enhance them, and own them.  You are an expert at being you.  It’s about teaching women to be and look their best, and assert their best selves to the world. No apologies, and no questions asked.

 

I started this blog to share what I have learned.

 

Here are my tips, my advice, and my stories. Here is my journey.

 

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Nigerian Traditional Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Welcome to my international series! I love weddings and so I decided to do a series dedicated to various makeup looks from traditional weddings all over the world.  I love going to events where I know I will be able to soak up a different culture, and eat amazing food.  I also always look forward to seeing the bride’s makeup and attire.

 

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Maha’s Eyes: Nigerian Traditional Wedding Makeup

 

A Nigerian traditional wedding is usually a weekend long occasion consisting of the traditional wedding on the first day, and an English wedding on the next.  My favorite part of the wedding celebration has to be the traditional wedding! They are always so vibrant and exciting!

The traditional wedding is a cultural practice in which the bride is presented and picks her groom out of a crowd.  She dances around the room while he “hides” and once she find him, she kneels before him and presents him with a cup of palm wine.  He sips, then she sips, then he finishes the cup and puts some money inside of it for her people back home.

 

 

These weddings vary by tribe and region of origin, and it is always so exciting to watch.  I could go on and on about the intricacies of this ceremony, but I will save that for later posts! In the meantime, lets get to the tutorial.  I decided to use reds because as you will see from the photos of other Nigerian traditional wedding ceremonies, red is a really important color in these ceremonies.  The ceremonial beads are red, and even if brides opt to wear other colors they almost always use the red beads as accessories, as do the grooms and bridal party.

 

Face

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond
Maybelline Fit Me! Setting Powder, Cappuccino
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso

Eyes

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Black icon
LORAC Pro PaletteBlack
Sleek “Original” Palette, #6, #11, #12
Toyoepin Lashes, Natural Cute
LORAC Pro Palette, Garnet
LORAC Unzipped PaletteUnattainable
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script

Lips

MAC Lipstick, Twig
NYX Lipliner, Chestnut

Maybelline FitMe Setting Powder, Cappuccino

 

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Get a glimpse into what I think about beauty and self esteem

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“The mission of my blog and my life really, is to showcase the complexity and creativity that is an inherent part of being a woman. Through my writing and through featuring other creative women, I hope to awaken something in my readers who are lacking meaning and purpose in their lives. Further, I strive to provide a place for storytelling, for women to share their inside out beauty, what they’ve learned about themselves through adversity and what makes them feel beautiful.” GG from All the Many Layers

 

Hey guys!

So I know this is the first post by me of its kind, but I assure you it is the first of many.  I know I spend a lot of time talking about outer beauty and how to enhance it, but I truly do believe that all the outer beauty in the world is secondary to a truly beautiful mind and spirit.  When GG asked me to do this feature, I was honored and overjoyed! I am so happy to be able to share with you how I have come to be confident and self-reliant when it comes to valuing myself and my appearance.

I am really excited to start to open up about everything I have learned in my life about being a woman who has always felt different, and learning to come to terms with and accept that.  I can’t wait to begin to share how I have grown to be confident in my skills and passions as I work towards achieving my goals!

I hop you enjoy the feature, there will be more content like this coming soon.

 

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