Ziba Participates In The Liebster Awards

Sunday February 17, 2013 | Other


My friend over at Young For Good recently nominated this blog for a Liebster Award!

Young For Good is a U.K. based beauty blogger who I’ve enjoyed following. She writes very thorough product reviews and gives insightful tips such as A Non-Cosmetic Way To Treat Dark Under-Eye Circles and How To Lose Weight Without Going On A Diet.

Coming from her, this nomination is a real compliment =)

To learn more about the origins and the concept behind the Liebster Award, Sopphey did all the digging.

For me, this is just a fun way to get to know more about the new up and coming bloggers out there and to support each other.

The Liebster Award Rules:

1) Post 11 things about yourself.
2) Answer the questions that the tagger/nominator has posted for you.
3) Create 11 questions and choose (nominate) 11 up and coming blogs and link them in the post.
4) Go to their page and tell them.

Liebster Award


11 Things About Me:

1) My recent beauty obsession has taken over my life. As in, I can’t pass by any beauty shops without going in and touching and looking at their products.

2) I have dreams of opening my own beauty shop. Like a real physical shop. And not just one online.

3) My favorite part about being a blogger is the writing. I enjoy writing. I always have.

4) I’m an old school internet user. I was there during the heyday of The Chat Room. I also learned HTML before I was a teenager and made cutesy little websites.

5) I love Star Wars Angry Birds!! My favorite angry bird is Obi Wan Kenobi.

6) This morning, I went for a jog around the Tuilleries Garden next to the Louvre. The air felt very cool and fresh.

7) I want to dabble in Ikebana, which is the japanese art of flower arranging.

8) My current celebrity crush is Paz Vega.

9) I’m excited for the future!! I just feel like good things are coming.

10) Humor is my antidote to stress.

11) The last thing that made me LAUGH SO MUCH UNTIL I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE was:

 The Best of the Internet’s Response To Beyoncé’s “Unflattering” Photos.


Answers to Young For Good’s Questions:

1) What makes a good blog post according to you?

Something that’s both informative as well as entertaining.

2) Blogging or vlogging? Would you consider starting a youtube channel?

I’ll stick to blogging for now. But there are some things that are better explained by video.

3) What’s your dream luxury beauty product: a product that you’d love to have but is just way to expensive?

I want the perfume Addict by Dior.

4) What’s the one thing in your beauty routine you still haven’t mastered?

Putting on foundation. That’s why I strive for perfect skin so I don’t ever have to bother with foundation.

5) Where do you buy your beauty products? In store or online?

Both. But I prefer going into stores and holding the product in my hand and sniffing at it.

6) What is your signature perfume scent?

Manifesto by Yves Saint Laurent. I wrote about it here.

7) Do you have a favourite makeup/skincare brand?

My favorite skincare brand may be one I’ve never tried before: Mad Hippie Skincare brand. We’ll find out soon enough. No favorite makeup brand yet.

8) China Glaze/ OPI/ Essie / Orly/ Wet n Wild …? What is your favourite nail polish brand?

There’s this store in Paris called Hema. It’s their equivalent of Target. That’s where I buy my nail polish because it’s super duper cheap.

9) What song always puts a smile on your face?

Any Cameroonian song instantly puts a smile on my face =)

10) What’s your typical Saturday morning like?

I walk to the bakery and buy a fresh baguette and a croissant. Then my boyfriend Oliver and I have coffee and breakfast together while we listen to a podcast.

11) Who’s your favourite beauty youtuber?

I watch a lot of videos by Makeup Geek. Her tutorials are packed with great makeup tips and ideas.

The Bloggers That I’ve Tagged Are:

Vyvacious Fun crazy humor and mouth-melting dessert recipes.

LittleMissSCB My cousin! Beauty blogging from Australia.

Clutching To Clouds Fashion blog and adorable awkwardness.

Is This Real Life? Culture blog from New York.

Bridget’s Beauty Blog Lots of good beauty product reviews.

Coffee + Cateye Glamorous and fun tidbits.

My Life In Rouge Fellow perfume lover.

Cilla 44  Flowing with cool vibe and thoughtfulness.

Bailey Blush Natural beauty.

Patent Purple Life Lots of lipstick and lipgloss.

My Questions for Them:

1) How long have you been blogging?

2) What made you start blogging in the first place?

3) What three traits do you admire most in people?

4) What is your number 1 priority when purchasing beauty products? Is it the brand name, effectiveness, price, naturalness, or is it something else… ?

5) Where is your favorite place that you have traveled?

6) What would your perfect breakfast be like?

7) Have you ever experienced love at first sight?

8) What was the last book that you read? Write one sentence that summarizes the entire book for you.

9) Cat or dog? You only get one!

10) What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

11) What is the last thing that made you LAUGH SO MUCH UNTIL YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO DIE?



I’ve really enjoyed writing this and I hope the bloggers whom I’ve tagged will give it a go too!

Tweet me @ZibaByNature for beauty tips and the occasional humorous observations on life!

J’adore the Magic Elixir by Kiehl’s

Friday February 15, 2013 | Beauty Hair Care

Hair is still very much on my mind.

I’d been looking for something that would help tame my dry, frizzy, unruly and rebellious hair. If you want to see what I’m talking about, go here.

You could make a potent DIY hair treatment at home. Which I’ve done before, using kitchen ingredients like eggs, avocados, honey, yogurt, etc.

But making your own hair treatments from the kitchen is incredibly messy. And time consuming. And honestly, as much as I love all pure natural ingredients, having straight up eggs and avocado in your hair can get really sticky and icky fast.

So I needed a product that would have good quality ingredients and would be clean and convenient to use.

Et voilà, enter the Magic Elixir by Kiehl’s.

I first noticed it in Votre Beauté magazine because it won their 2013 gold medal award in the hair care category.

Now after having had the pleasure of using it these past couple of weeks, I can say that the Magic Elixir is well worth the hype.

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

What it does: This is a lightweight hair elixir that helps promote a well-conditioned scalp for more manageable, healthier-looking hair.

The treatment is infused with a “magical mix” of invigorating Rosemary Leaf Oil, nutrient-packed Avocado Oil to help reduce hair dryness, and Safflower Seed Oil which contains Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids to help moisturize the scalp and hair.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius Oil (Safflower Seed Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond OIl), PEG-45 Palm Kernel Glycerides, Sorbitan Oleate, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Leaf Oil), Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phytantriol, Limonene, Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis  Extract (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract) 

One concern that stands out here is the amount of palm oil-based ingredients. But when it comes to palm oil in their products, Kiehl’s (which is owned by L’Oréal) is committed to using 100% sustainable palm oil.

Also, regarding their stance on animal testing, L’Oréal does perform some animal testing but it represents less than 1%of their safety assessments and their goal is to eventually replace ALL animal testing with predictive evaluation.

How To Use It: Shake well. Apply a small amount to fingertips or directly onto dry scalp and hair using dispensing tip before shampooing. Massage formula throughout scalp in circular motion. Wait ten minutes for maximum benefits. Rinse thoroughly or shampoo. Use regularly to maintain hair health.

My Experience: This is a lightweight oil so it absorbs quickly into your skin and does not leave a heavy greasy coat. The pointed applicator tip makes it really easy to distribute throughout your scalp. I use around two tablespoons worth of the elixir.

Once I’ve covered my entire scalp with the elixir, I use the pads of my fingertips to massage my scalp in circular motions. I do this for a while because it feels good. And it increases to your scalp which means more oxygen and nutrients.

After the scalp massage, I stuff all my hair under a shower cap and wait for the elixir to do its thing. Now this is the part where I deviate from the instructions…

I leave it on for three hours.

Why do I do this? I don’t know. Maybe I just like wearing shower caps.

No really, I’ve read somewhere that when nourishing the roots of your hair with oil, the longer you leave it on your scalp the better. You don’t have to do this. The instructions say leave it on for ten minutes. Three hours is just something that I do. And only on evenings when I don’t have to go anywhere.

The Results: After each use, the first observable difference is how light my hair feels. And by light, I mean my naturally wavy hair gets this great bounce.

In addition, my hair feels super soft, is more manageable has an undeniably healthy glossy sheen (see the pictures below).

The Magic Elixir however falls short of being truly magical because there are days when I still suffer from frizz. But even then, my hair does feel less dry and brittle. Plus, I’m now getting more “good hair days” out of the week than “bad hair days.”

I love the Magic Elixir because it does exactly what it says!

What I like about it:

– The results! which are: Soft, Bouncy hair & Healthy shine
– The rosemary scent
– The ingredients list is short & packed with good stuff
– Easy to apply
– Doesn’t feel greasy while it’s on my hair
– Really easy to wash off
– And! am I being crazy or is my hair growing faster than usual?!

What I don’t like about it:

– The bottle is too small.
– I want more magic elixir for my money!
– In fact, that was the only downside I could think of…

How Much: $20.00 for 4.2 fl oz bottle / €21,50 for 125 ml

Find it at: Kiehl’s Official Website

Would I buy it again: Yes! The pro’s of the Kiehl’s Magical Elixir far outweigh the con’s.

J’adore Kiehl’s: One last thing I’d like to mention about the brand Kiehl’s is how happy I was to find that my package arrived with some extra goodies. There were three packets of samples: a facial cleanser, a facial cream and an eye cream.

But what really sealed the deal was the handwritten note in the package. Handwritten! As in, written by another human being with real ink from a real pen. Just to thank me for purchasing their products.

That little extra touch left a great impression on me.


Here are some photos of my hair 24 hours after using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir.

The lighting at the time was perfect! No added photo filters or effects.

That crazy brilliant light is nothing but pure warm sunshine streaming on my face.

Handwritten Note & Samples By Kiehl's

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir


Wanna know what’s beautiful? Love.

Thursday February 14, 2013 | Musings

Happy Valentine’s Day my dear Ziba readers!!!

Does anyone know the history of how Valentine’s Day began?

Neither do I.

You know, I’ve always wondered about Saint Valentine. Who was he? Was he a he? Or a she? Why did he get this romantic day named after him? Did he die from true love? What makes today February 14 so special? And why is February spelled like that? I am always asking pointless questions.

But nevermind.

If you ask me whether or not I celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ll respond with an affirmative “I Celebrate Love!”

And I do! I think Love is Beautiful. It gives a profound depth to our lives.

And I’m not just talking about the sugarcoated fantasy kind of love that is overdone in so many books and hollywood movies.

I’m talking about the truest kind of true love.

The kind that causes us to step outside of ourselves and realize that we are a part of something so much more. The kind of love that is unselfish. That compels us to forgive. The kind of love that a mother has for her child. The love that friends have for each other. Or even the simple kind love that fills our hearts, when in a moment of quiet, we see all the beauty that surrounds us. All of that.

I am pro-that kind of love.

So, when I say Happy Valentine’s day, you can take that to mean that I wish for your day to be filled with Love, Beauty and Harmony!!!

But hey, anyway. If it happens to be in your life, that “cheesy kind of love” can also feel quite alright =)

Love Animation

** p.s. this is a still from a little stop-motion video made by Oliver. If he ever gets around to finishing it, I am going to put it up here because it’s very cute and sweet!