Monday, 3 August 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW | L.A Girl Blush collection in 'Pinky', Gel liner pencil in 'Mermaid Blue', & Makeup setting spray.

Hey!

Good evening...

I was sent these products to use and review a few weeks ago, but i had to use them for a while in order to give a honest review, so that you would know exactly what to expect if you buy them.

All three products are by L.A Girl, and they are the Makeup setting spray, the gel liner in 'Mermaid Blue' & the Blush collection in 'Pinky'.



It comes in a flat and long case which has a magnetic flap. It looks like the 'Naked' palette. I like it.

A close look at the contents 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Brand Introduction | Makari De Suisse

Hello Dolls.....

How did your Sunday go?

I would like to introduce to you, a brand called Makari De Suisse.

Makari De Suisse is a unique line of beauty products made specifically to address the needs of men and women of color. Their products are made with natural ingredients, and are manufactured in Switzerland. It's mainly an innovative skincare line which manufactures a vast array of lotions, creams, cleansers and soaps. They also have a complete makeup line, hair-care line, a baby line, fragrance and accessories.

MAKARI takes the natural approach to skincare, and their products are available in local beauty stores in different countries, and there's a distributor in Nigeria as well...... They also have private locations in Paris, New-York, and Brussels.

I was contacted and sent some makeup products from the company, and i can't wait to use and review them.



Friday, 24 July 2015

The 'Before', the 'After', and Photoshop.

Good afternoon Dolls *and gents*

How you doing today? I trust your day is going well already.

Wierd post title huh? This article was written by Yemisi on her blog some weeks ago, and i decided to post it here too *with permission from her of course!*. I thought to re-post this article when i discovered the unrealistic demands the use of photoshop has placed on makeup artists these days.  I mean, it has set the bar so high that natural doesn't matter anymore. I'll just type the article as she wrote it, and then i'll borrow Stella Dimoko-Korkus's red ink to write my thoughts on the article.





Ok, here goes...


"I was on my phone minding my business when i came across this crazy meme, it got me cracking, i laughed until my tummy hurt. Makeup artists in Nigeria have become even better at artistry than the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci. Tehehehehehehe!

Monday, 20 July 2015

B 'n D Accessories

Good evening Dolls

Here's show-casing more of my pieces. Ok, before we go into this, i would like to take a moment and answer some of the questions i'm frequently asked.

DO YOU MAKE THEM YOURSELF?

Yes, i do. I pick the beads by my self and make the necklaces from scratch.

DO YOU DESIGN YOUR PIECES BY YOURSELF?

I did not create these designs.....rather, they are copies of designs that have already been made by other beaders. Most clients send me pictures of designs they fancy and ask me if i can make them...and i do. Its just like clothes...when you see a design you like and you save the picture and send it to your tailor to make it for you *sometimes, you even combine two designs together...the top of a gown and the bottom of another gown.*. In bead making, there are already existing designs, what most beaders do is that they modify those existing designs *which apparently, they didn't invent* and create another design. However, in the future, i plan to think up my own designs and make them too.

WHY DO YOU NAME YOUR PIECES?

Well, because i wanted something different from the norm. Everyone else was assigning english names and numbers or codes to their beads, i decided to do the indigenous name thing. I had that idea even before i began my training on beads-making. Igbo names, Yoruba names, Hausa names, Edo names, Calabar names, etc....


So there! Questions answered.

Now, i'll like you to meet 'OJUOLAPE'.......She's a perfect beauty! Her body is made of 'Ugonma', and then there are colorful little leaves made of size 4 crystal beads attached to it. The leaves are not detachable *why would you want to do that though? loool!*. 'Ojuolape' comes with a bracelet and earings. She can be made in any color of your choice.

'OJUOLAPE'

Thursday, 16 July 2015

B 'n D Makeover | Onyinye

Hola Chicas!

The most nerve-wracking thing happened to me yesterday.

First of all, how you been? Great i hope.

Ok, so Onyi who happens to be one of my present students came for her training session yesterday, and because she didn't have a model available, i decided to work on her face instead. While we were taking pictures after the face-beat, My DSLR camera beeped and an Err 20 message appeared on the screen. The message said i should turn the camera off and on or re-insert the battery. I did that like 50 times each, but the message kept appearing. I removed the lens and saw that the mirror was in a different position and the shutter was closed. I tried looking through the view-finder, but it was dark 'cos the shutter was closed *Sigh*. I felt terrible! Worse than terrible infact!

Finally *3 hrs later*, i went to google, and that was where i found out that it was a mechanical problem with the shutter or the mirror. I didn't know who to trust to fix it for me, and i wasn't about to give my camera to anyone. When i saw the cost at which other people fixed their cameras when they had issues *$300-$700*, i just started crying *thank God my kids weren't there....looool!*. While the hot tears were falling, i tried to turn it on one last time and miraculously, it came on without the error message! The shutter opened and the mirror flipped back into its position. The hot tears turned to tears of joy *Looooool!*. I don't know what caused the error message or the shutter malfunction, all i know is that i was busy taking pictures happily and it beeped.

I don't care what you think, but i believe God fixed it for me 'Cos i asked Him to! And i pray it doesn't happen again.


Alright, let's view pictures.....




Monday, 6 July 2015

B 'n D Makeover | Blue lining

Howdy dolls!

Chaaaaaai! I've missed you all sha. Nope, i didn't go anywhere ooooo! *y'all should be used to my 'disappearing acts' by now....loool!*.

In other news, the way PHCN has been giving us light ehn.....it's unbelievable. For over a week now, i've had constant light......just wonderful!

Ok, let's make this quick.

I have another makeup look to show you, and even though i christened it 'Blue lining', i'm pretty sure that i have done a look in the past with that name *or was it silver lining?*.....maybe, maybe not.



Friday, 26 June 2015

B 'n D Makeover

Good morning Chicas.....

It's 5;00 am, and i woke up in the mood to blog. How are you all doing? Great i hope.

Me? Hmnnnn....God has been sooo great, it's amazing. I'm so grateful to him for everything. At home, my kids have grown to be sooo inquisitive......especially Dindu! They keep shooting questions at me.

"Mummy, who is that?" "What are you doing?" "What are you looking at?" "Why are you smiling?" "Why are you looking happy now mummy?" "What's making you dance?" "Who are you talking to on the phone?"

HABA!!

Every time they are around me while i answer a phone call, they try to guess who i'm speaking with:

"Munachi, mummy is talking to Chisom's mummy." Dindu begins.

"No Dindu, i think it's daddy" Munachi replies.

"But that is not daddy's voice, maybe it's Adaora's mummy or mummy's teacher" reasons Dindu. By mummy's teacher, he actually means my beads instructor who has become a dear friend.

"Ok, mummy, who were you talking to?" Munachi asks when i finally end the call.

Sometimes, i just tune out their voices and their questions. What about baby Zuri? Hmnnn...that one? We have passed the biting phase. It's now the beating phase *she bullies us all and takes no nonsense from any freaking body at home, but when we go out, she acts soooo innocent like she's not a 'lil terrorist at home*, and the dancing phase. Zuri can't listen to Tiwa Savage's 'My darling' without bending down to dance.....its soooo hilarious when she does that.


Anyway.....i have a new look to share.....well, its not exactly new 'cos i did it like 3 weeks ago.


Monday, 22 June 2015

Lagos Makeup Fair (LMUF4) in pictures.

Hey ladies!

So yesterday was the anticipated LMUF4, and i attended like i said i would *thank God*. I left my house by 1:30pm and got there by 3:30pm. If i knew that there would be traffic at Mile 2 and at Ilasa, i would have set off earlier, but i no chop 'winsh', so i didn't expect the traffic.

I sha got there and i was amazed at the turn-up. Apparently, the rain that fell yesterday didn't deter the makeup lovers in Lagos.....see people!

I met so many people i haven't met before, including Ashabee and SitPrettyMakeupMaveric. I was sooo pleased to finally meet them.

Of course i bought some makeup. I planned not to exceed a particular amount of money, and i'm really proud of myself and thankful to God 'cos we succeeded.

Oh, and the venue (Classique events centre) looked really nice.

Anyway sha.....here are some pictures i took for your viewing pleasure...


Me and Ashabee

Niffy's Signature and her mini-me

Saturday, 20 June 2015

B 'n D Accessories

I never knew i would enjoy making beaded jewelry so much. I must admit, when i first started, i wasn't sure i was doing the right thing.....but now, i absolutely love it!

Meet some of my new babies.....


First is 'ADESUWA', made of crystal beads and sand/ seed beads petals.I think shes was originally made by Esther of Kish...i'm not sure. Just look at her.....need i say more? You can order her in any colors you want.


RANT | Plagiarism......

Hello lovelies.......

How are you doing? Hope okay.

Tomorrow is the 4th LMUF!!!Yippeeeee! I'm so excited 'cos i'm going to be in a hall full of makeup *claps hands with glee*, and i'll get to see my friends in the industry who i haven't seen in a looooong time! Of course i won't be coming back home empty-handed.

Dearly beloved.... Today, i'm here to rant about something that has eaten deep into not just the makeup industry, but every industry there is.

Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
Synonyms : Copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing; informal cribbing.




Plagiarism is a serious offense, and i don't know why people fail to understand that. Do you know how many times i've come across pictures on instagram that original owners of works post, telling their followers to be wary of those who have stolen their works and passed it off as theirs?

Daylight tiffery!

Sometime ago, someone lifted my pictorial pictures from this blog, cropped off my name and posted them on her channel. She also lifted the my write-up and posted them along with the pictures, but she added a few words of her own. That's how she passed my work off as hers, giving me NO single credit whatsoever! My attention was called to the channel, and i joined it. I thanked her right there for posting my pictorial, and i posted a link to my blog. People had some questions about the pictorial, and i answered them......guess what? I went back some hours later and saw that she deleted my replies to those who had questions. The nerve! She has no idea how much time i put into that pictorial, yet she lifted it and passed it off as her own on her channel! See ehn, if she had done her own pictorial *inspired by mine* and posted on her channel, it wouldn't have been a big deal to me.