Saturday, 30 July 2016

B 'n D Makeover Ft. Onyinye

Hello Chicas......

So Onyi was my muse last Thursday.

Something happens to me every time i get a muse to work on.....i'm always at a loss for what look to do. One would think that at the time i ask for a volunteer model, that i would have had a look in mind, but nooooooo! They get to my studio, i take one look at their faces and all of a sudden, about 10 different looks comes to my mind and i get confused! *looooool!*.



Eventually, i found this 'record' pattern fabric and we decided to work with it. We were like ... "Gold and Orange eyes, we would figure out what to do with the lips later". But i didn't want red.

By the time we were done with the eyes, i knew what had to go on the lips.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Product Review | Milani 2-in-1 Foundation

I bought the much talked raved about Milani foundations at the LMUF a few months ago.

If you are an avid follower of my blog, you would have noticed that the MaryKay foundations in 607 & 507 *i was in-between shades* were my go-to foundations since i started my makeup journey. Then early this year, i switched to the BlackUp foundation because a lot a fake productions of MaryKay had infiltrated the Nigerian makeup market......hence, i desperately needed change.

Now, you all know the current situation of our dear country....i need not gist y'all about how expensive everything has become ....including makeup products. i bought my BlackUp foundation bottle for about N9,500 in January, but now a bottle costs about N11,000.

However, that bottle i bought was for my personal use, and i still needed more foundation for my students at the makeup school, but there was no way i would buy more bottles at that alarming rate just for makeup practicals....mba nu! Chukwu aju! *God forbid*. So that's how i became torn between the Maybelline Fit-me foundation and the Milani 2-in-1 foundation.




Of course i went online and read reviews hoping to see the light, and i noticed that there were a lot of positive reviews about the Milani 2-in-1 Foundation, so i went to the Makeup Fair and bought the 3 shades Beauty Kink had at the time..... Spiced Almond, Golden Toffee, and Amber.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Tales Of A Nigerian Mum | The end of a school session

So another school session is over.....thank God!

I'm grateful to God for seeing us through the 3 terms. The school runs, the tears of separation anxiety (Zuri of course) the home-works, the extra lessons at home, the rehersals, the school meetings, the graduation, and of course the school fees! *school fees for 3 kids in this current economy is not a beans*.

Dindu is officially done with Year 1 (pry 1) and is going on to Year 2 (pry 2), Mish has graduated from the nursery school and is going to Year 1....oh, her birthday was last week Tuesday and we had a Ballerina-themed photoshoot done. For the past few days, she keeps saying to me, "Mummy i'm a big girl now..i'm 5 years old!" Zuri on the other hand is still in her pre-nursery years. This past session was her very first session at school, and she will be going to the next pre-nursery class.

Zuri's first term at school, she didn't cry for even one day. I was really worried about her because i remembered how Dindu and Mish bawled every morning throughout their very first terms at school. I dreaded the day Zuriel would start school, but guess what? The chic didn't even shed one single tear, and i was like "Oh? very well then" looool!

Then came the holidays and they spent some weeks at home. When we resumed for the second term, that was when Zuri turned on the water-works. She had gotten used to staying at home during the holidays, and then when she resumed school and saw her 'colleagues' crying, she decided to cry along with them for about a week.....after that week, we were good.

Third term, she didn't cry at all, but she opened up at school. She loved school so much that every morning she'll go downstairs before everyone else and stand beside the car with her bag and wait for us to finish whatever it was we were doing upstairs and get down so we could leave for school already! She participated fully during class activities and answered questions when asked. She could identify her colours, shapes and numbers and everything else. Almost everyday she went to school, she came home with a Star and a 'Smiling face' drawn on the back of her hand. She did so well this last session, and she got an award as a Outstanding Student at the end of the session! Zuri made us soooo proud!

Mish the little Ballerina struggled for a bit with her spellings because at the beginning of the 2nd term when her class was introduced to spellings, she wasn't in school. Oh, but she picked up alright!




She also did very well throughout the session *school fees ain't wasting*.

Finally, Mr Dindu excelled! He only struggles with ICT and Music ... and those are the subjects he got 'C's' in. The rest were A's and B's *10 A's, 3 B's and 2 C's precisely*.  Super proud parents we are!!! If i don't celebrate them, who will?

So we are looking forward to the next session starting in September, but in the mean-time, i'm thinking of enrolling them for summer lessons so as to give them a head-start for first term...that way, whatever they will be taught in the first term of the new school session won't be new to them. Also, i can't imagine 8 weeks of chaos with these munchkins at home...loooool! It's only been 1 week and they are doing my head in already.

Biko, they should go to school jare! That's their work. Let me face my own work.


Besos!



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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

B 'n D Makeover

Hello Dolls.....

How's your holiday going?

Just a new makeup look to hopefully inspire your makeup combo.....I don't have a name for this look but i love the eyes so much....

Piercing!!!

Contacts are 'Sugar grey'....prescription contacts though.


Friday, 1 July 2016

D.I.Y | Face Primer

Good morning dolls...

So i found some D.I.Y recipes which i would be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks *or something like that*.

This economy isn't smiling, and the prices of makeup products have sky-rocketed...it's just alarming! I don't think there are any foundations below N4,000 anymore. It's alarming i tell you...so we have to find ways to cut costs *somehow*.

All the ingredients used in these pictorials are perfectly safe on the skin.

So today, i'll be sharing a pictorial with you on how to make your own face primer. You will need :

  1. Aloevera gel
  2. Almond oil
  3. Water
  4. A small bottle or jar



Almond oil, Aloevera gel, Water, Small bottle

Friday, 24 June 2016

B .n D Makeover | Ft. Ella

Hey Dolls!

So today, i got to meet Ella and give her a makeover. She has this very soft and pretty look, and also had a striking resemblace to about 3 people i know *looool!*.

I had two ankara materials to choose from, so i had a hard time choosing between smokey eyes with brownish nude lips and pink eyes with pinkish nude lips *both inspired by the ankara materials*. We eventually did the smokey look as you can see.



I suck terribly at photo editing, but let's just manage these ones shall we?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

PRODUCT REVIEW | ColourPop Ultra Matte lipgloss in 'Lychee'

Good evening...

I bought this liquid lipstick months ago, and didn't use it until recently. It's a bright purple.... and i  didn't know that it would be that bright. So i never used it....until the day i swatched it for the purpose of a blog review.

How are you all doing? Good, i hope.

Let's get to the review then.




It's the ColourPop Ultra Matte lipgloss in 'Lychee'.

Why does it seem like liquid lipsticks are taking over the makeup world though? Not for me sha...i still like my good old-fashioned tube lipsticks which don't dry out my lips and make them feel like they're going to tear if i smile.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

B 'n D Makeover | Ft. Semira.

I worked on the beautiful Semira about 3 days ago, and i just popped in here to share a few pictures......after which i'll pop out again.




Wednesday, 25 May 2016

PRODUCT REVIEW | Ajali Vanilla & Lime Lip Scrub, and Ajali Coconut Hibiscus Lip Balm

So we have officially welcomed my favourite season of the year....the rains are here!!! *rings gong*. Goodness me, the heat had become unbearable! I was using mangoes to console myself but i think they are making their exit slowly but surely *na that one dey pain me pass anything!*. My love for 'sherry' mangoes.........

Do you remember when i reviewed the Ajali konjac sponge i purchased a while ago? I also mentioned that i bought a lip scrub and a lip balm from them. Read the Konjac Sponge review HERE .

For a while, i was using the Maybelline Baby Lips to moisturize my lips and keep them soft, but buying them soon became a problem because they never seemed to be available in my vicinity, and then i decided to go natural on my lips, so it was time for a change. I knew Ajali makes natural lip scrubs and lip balms, so i went ahead and placed my order on their website for the Vanilla & Lime lip Scrub and the 'Coconut Hibiscus Lip Balm.

Oh my God! I hate chapped lips....they are NOT acceptable! I dislike seeing them, i hate working on them. It doesn't make the lipstick look good, no matter how much you blend the lip pencil and lipstick. If you have chapped and dry lips, then these two products are for you. You ought to purchase them, you NEED to purchase them!



Friday, 13 May 2016

Tales Of A Nigerian Mum | Liar, liar.....Pants on fire!

What do you do when your kids lie? How do you handle the situation?

We all know that kids lie, but knowing the fact that kids lie still does not prepare you for the horror and sadness you feel when your own kids lie.

It comes with a sense of disappointment and failure...as though you are failing in your duties of bringing them up in the way that they should go. There was a time that Dindu and Munachi´s lies were soooo frequent that it began to scare me shitless.

ME : "WHO PUT THE TISSUE ROLL INSIDE THE TOILET?!!!"

DINDU : "Not me....it´s Munachi".

MUNACHI : "Noooooo Mummy! Dindu did it!"

*Wipes brow*

At such times, they used to have such innocent and convincing looks on their faces, and i couldn´t for the life of me figure out who was fibbing. It really scared me that they were becoming professional little liars.



Well, i´m glad to say that the lies have stopped.....how did i handle it? i´ll tell ya!