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Nnenna Okoye: Beauty Resolutions to Make 2016 Ever So Flawless!



Nnenna Okoye - BellaNaija - November2015

People write down New Year resolutions in a variety of categories like health, happiness, family and so on. I think beauty deserves a spot on that list too.

It’s my job to be beauty obsessed and I love it, but there are always areas of improvement for me, and maybe for you too. I think there are a few things we all need to do more of this new year. Some of them are things that you have heard me say over and over again (and yes, i’m not going to stop), and some you’re hearing for the first time.

But a new year should bring ideas, practices and habits that will make you who you want to be. Here are my (and some of your) New Year beauty resolutions for 2016.


1. Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day
I’m pretty good with this because I never leave my house without sunscreen on my face.

I use it underneath my makeup and then use my primer on top. I’m great with applying SPF on my face and all over, especially if I plan to spend long hours under the sun. But one thing I know needs improvement is being more aware of my neck, chest, hands and other areas that one might forget.

If this resolution needs to be on your list, I would suggest you apply sunscreen all year round. It is also important to add an extra coat of sunscreen on your hands when getting a gel manicure because of the UV lights often used to dry the nails.

2. Washing My Makeup Brushes
Speaking of brushes, I’ll like to mention their somewhat high maintenance nature. If you don’t wash your brushes regularly, not only are you leaving them open to bacteria, which leads to possibly breakouts, it also means that your brushes won’t pick up pigment and work as well as it should. I know, washing your brushes seems like an huge task, but if you use a brush cleaner, it is much easier and faster.

Personally, I’m going to set aside a specific time – Sunday afternoon at 2PM to do this chore every week. This will give my brushes enough time to dry properly before the start of the week. To help you remember every week, you can set a reminder on your phone.

3. Being More Adventurous with Makeup (and hairstyles)
It’s so easy to get into a makeup routine, but people like MakeupShyla do a great job of switching it up. Celebs on Instagram are a great inspiration for trying new things, gold eye shadow, bold red lips and more. Amrezy always mixes it up; glossy lips, matte, dark lips, Coloured eyeliner she isn’t afraid to try it out.

And why should she be? It’s makeup she can wash it off! We should all be more out there with out makeup looks and try out new looks. Bold red lips, more shimmer, cut crease eyeshadow – the beauty world is your oyster.

4. Book in for Regular Facials
Looking after your skin is a bit like looking after your teeth. While you may brush and floss regularly, you still need to see the dentist for a deep clean and check up.

I have a fantastic facial routine and really good products I use on my skin, and even though this might seem enough, it just isn’t. I know that times are tough in this economy and it’s undeniably smart to cut back on extraneous purchases. However, here is my opinion on why a monthly facial is a good investment.

Your skin is always on display and often has the power to dictate how good we feel about ourselves. Investing in proper skincare has a value that can be arguably more important than buying a new dress or going out to a fancy restaurant or even taking an expensive vacation (a facial is a mini-vacation).

A facial will cleanse the pores on a much deeper level, extractions/cleaning out the pores can help to maintain clear skin, stop acne formation, as well as help to change the pore’s size. Often times left unchecked, pores can start to stretch and widen with the accumulation of oil and dirt. So I have decided to get a facial monthly, and I think it wouldn’t hurt if you did too.

5. Using Hair and Skin Masks
Hair and skin masks are fun to use and make a huge difference for soft, shiny hair and clear skin. I really love the dead sea mud mask from Pure Body Naturals at the moment. I love the way my skin feels after I use it – it’s simply amazing.

And I also love the Cantu hair masque – it leaves my hair moisturized and soft. I think I would use this once a month going forward, and also apply a facemask once a week at a time that’s perfect for me.

6. Take Care of My Natural Nails
As ridiculous as it sounds, a manicure is one of the first things people will notice about your appearance, especially if you work in an office.

For a while I have been using nail extensions and acrylics. While it looks beautiful, it also makes my nails underneath very soft. I would like to take a break from nail extensions and grow my own nails. Strong, long and healthy! This is also something you can adopt, your nails need the TLC.

My nail inspiration is Ez of Beauty In Lagos (BIL) her natural nails are amazing and I’ll like mine to look like hers someday.


I can’t wait to start my year of beauty resolutions. I’m sure you have some resolutions too – share them.

My name is Nnenna Okoye and I am the editor of Youtopia Beauty. Welcome to my little spot on the internet! Needless to say, I am a beauty addict who loves trying out new products every now and then to satisfy my beauty appetite. I enjoy talking endlessly about fabulous beauty finds & tips! I am obsessed with skincaremakeup and I love shopping. My blog is the equivalent of that friend who always knows where to find the latest products and  which products actually work. This is me just trying to share my insider knowledge and tips with readers and writing my honest product reviews. My goal is to influence women everywhere on easy ways to boost not only their beauty but also their confidence. I promise to leave no stone unturned.


  1. Henrie

    January 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Please recommend where I can go for a good facial with a good price. I had a sour recommendation once, big name and money not so nice service.

    • nnenna

      January 7, 2016 at 8:22 am

      there are a couple in lagos bnatural, barazahi, oasis med spa, laserderm clinics….the list is long really depends on where you live.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    January 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Who beauty help… Money on my mind abeg….

  3. DLP

    January 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Please you will do us alot of good to recommend where to have the facials in Abuja my face is so rough, and I am dark skinned decided to change soap and it really backfired Love my complexion and I dont want anything that will lighten me

    • Goodtips

      January 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Please which soap did you use? And where can I find it in Lagos?

    • nnenna

      January 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

      i don’t use soap on my face…. i never it drys out your skin i use a glycolic acid face wash and you can get it from youtopiabeauty.

  4. Good tips

    January 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I never notice nails, I notice shoes first then overall appearance so not every fashionista sees nails first

  5. Umbrella

    January 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Nnenna are you not Leslie Okoye’s (Cookieskin) sister in law? I keep waiting for you to recommend her products but it has not happened yet. Why na? :

    • Nnenna

      January 4, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      I cannot reccommend any products on bella nija, because it will be considered an advert here!!! and please stop trying to stir shit…its a new year!!!

  6. beauty

    January 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Please I have dark spots on some part of my face. I bought Clean & Clear brightening facial wash with lemon caffeine and I noticed my skin is getting darker( I’m naturally fair) and dry too. Please what can I use to get a soft moistured face free from black spots

    • nnenna

      January 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

      there are a couple of things you will need to do please send an email to [email protected]

  7. Duchess Maria

    January 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Nnenna, it would be nice if you also took time to respond to all the commenters who have asked questions about products. I mean you just “clap backed” to the comment about cookieskin so I know you see these other comments.

    • nnenna

      January 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

      thanks, you are absolutely right.

  8. Truth

    January 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    @umbrella don’t worry she has finally recommended Cookieskin on her Instagram page?

  9. Yanna

    January 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I definitely gotta make time for facials this 2016. 😉

  10. Love These Products

    May 5, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I love the dead sea mud mask from Pure Body Naturals you recommended. The consistency is smooth and thick, it applies easily and spreads nicely on my skin. It doesn’t take a lot so it will last longer than I thought. After I use it my skin feels fresh, clean and smooth. Highly recommend.

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