Friday, 23 September 2016

PRODUCT REVIEW | Sonia Kashuk lipsticks

Howdy beauties...

Hope everyone is good.

At the last Lagos Makeup Fair (LMUF), the highlighter wasn't the only product i bought from the Sonia Kashuk stand......i also bought two lipstick tubes. I really wanted new nude shades *well, because one can never have too many nude lipsticks*, so when i got to the Sonia Kashuk stand for the highlighter which i already had on my list, i asked to see their nude lipstick shades. They handed me the shades in 'Currant' and 'Barely nude' and that was it. They were just the shades i was looking for.

'Currant' is a dark-brownish nude, while 'Barely nude' is a light-brownish nude *hope that makes sense*.

I like the packaging the lipsticks have, and you don't have to pull off the cover to see the shade of the lipstick because the glass/plastic part of the cover has the exact shade of the lipstick in it.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Your personal invitation to the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference 2016

Good morning beautiful people!

I woke up bright and early this morning and thought to do a blog post to remind you of the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference coming up on the 6th - 8th of October 2016, and to give you the reasons why you MUST attend, as well as present to you the line-up of renowned speakers who would be sharing their knowledge and showing us their skills AT. NO. PRICE at all!!! *this info alone should spur you to attend*.

So first of all, why should you attend the Exhibition & Conference?

  • You get to learn from the very best of the Nigerian Makeup Industry during the high quality workshops and live demos that will be showcased......FOR FREE!

  • You also get to mingle and network with other beauty professionals.

  • You get to trade with different Skin care, Hair care and Makeup brands that will be exhibiting their products.

  • You will glean a lot of knowledge from the expert speakers who will be answering some of your questions.....FOR FREE!

These are the reasons that come off the top of my head right now. Now let me share with you the names of the Panelists/speakers that will be speaking at the conference and those who would be conducting live demos for us....


Fatima Mamza *a.k.a Mamza Beauty* will be demonstrating a Nigerian bridal look.
Nibi Lawson will be showing us how to build a healthy hair regimen.
Olajide David Okerayi *a.k.a Jide of St.Ola* will be showing us how to achieve a 'Fresh face' look.
Marco Louis of M.A.C cosmetics will be showing us the international trends in makeup.
Pamela Bello-Olatunji will be demonstrating Skin exfoliation with chemical peels.


There's going to be a conference talk titled 'Building a beauty empire : From brand building to social media & marketing strategies'.
The Moderator will be Ezinne Alpha *a.k.a Beauty in Lagos*.

The panelists include:
Jackie Aina *yes, the Jackie Aina!!!*
Banke Meshida Lawal *a.k.a BmPro*
Daboju Michael Ogboru

And then we go on to have more live demos by...

Lola Maja who will be showing us how to create an SFX look.
Bimpe Onakoya will be demonstrating a classic mid-century glamour with a modern twist. *oh la la!*
Pamela Bello-Olatunji will be demonstrating Microdermabrasion.


Mimi Marwa will be demonstrating Skincare and Henna.
Banke Meshida Lawal will be demonstrating another makeup look.
Joyce Jacobs *a.k.a Joyce Jacobs Beauty* will be showing another makeup look as well.
Dr Ohairie will be demonstrating Skincare.
Rhema Akabuogu will be showing us a Reformation : The art of Highlights and Lowlights.
Dave Sucre will be showing us how to get the perfect glow.

There's something for everyone....whether you are in the Makeup, Haircare or Skincare field. Now that you have seen all that you have to loose if you don't attend the event, please find below your personal invitation to the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference 2016...

Please click HERE to register to attend for FREE

Venue is at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Dates : 6th - 8th of October 2016

It's not everyday that you get to sit with popular professionals in the industry to learn from them for free is it? This opportunity comes once in a year....don't let this one pass you by.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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Monday, 5 September 2016

Tales Of A Nigerian Mum | Zuri says the darndest things!

One of my favourite things about children is how they are effortlessly funny. They do and say the most hilarious things...and the best part is they do it innocently, totally oblivious of their comedian/comedienne characteristics. They would be dead serious while you are almost toppled over with laughter.

My Zuri is 2 years old, but i suspect she has the brain of a 6 years old child. I really don't know how she thinks up the things she says. Does she ponder over them for a while before saying them, or does she just blurt them out as they pop into her head? *looool*. Everyday, she cracks us up at home. Just a few incidences comes to mind right now.

Just the other day, their noise and antics were getting on my nerves, and i gave them a loud warning,

"Bia, i will beat somebody oh!"

And Zuri shouts back at me from the other room...

"Beat yourself!"

Seriously, this girl is just 2 years old.

Every morning, we have a fight about clothes. My cousin would dress her up in mufti for summer classes, and Zuriel will march into my room and declare,

"Mummy, i don't like this cloth!"

Sometimes, i just won't have the will-power in me to fight, and i'll let her have her way and pick out oddly matching clothes, and other times, i decide that she can't always have what she wants. So when i insist that she must wear the clothes i pick out, she starts making excuses,

"The cloth is kwaching me" * The cloth is scratching me*, or "This shirt is 'tighting' me". Sometimes she claims it's no longer her size! "Eeees not my size!".

One day, we were driving home from school, and off the top of her head Zuriel said to me from the back of the car,

"Mummy, buy a puppy for a goat for Dindu and Muwati" *She calls her sister Muwati*. It was sooooo funny! What on earth did she mean by that? Why would she want me to buy a goat for her siblings? Was that really off the top of her head or had she been thinking about it for some time?

She's so quick to say "Sowwy Mummy, i wee not do it again" when she does something bad and sees that i'm really upset. And sometimes, she just comes into my room and says "Sowwy Mummy, sowwy", and i wouldn't know why she's sorry until much later when i find what she's done.

Over the weekend, we went over to my parent's house for a sleep-over. That Saturday morning before we left, i tried to make them hurry up getting ready because it was environmental sanitation day, and i really wanted to beat the traffic that starts accumulating after 10am.

"Dindu, you need to hurry because we need to leave exactly at 10am ."

"Why?"  *That boy questions every single thing! Eissssh!*

"Well because there will be traffic after 10am, so i need us to leave by 10 am.... that way, we can beat the traffic". I explained.

Zuri stopped scribbling with her crayons, looked at me and said, "Nooooo mummy......don't beat it!"

"Don't beat what?" I was confused.

"Don't beat traffic" she said.

We all had a good laugh that morning....especially Dindu and Munachi *looool!*. Apparently, she thought i was going to beat/flog the traffic.

The day we were supposed to come back home, i reminded them of how the last time we went to Grandma's house, we were stuck in traffic for 3 i told them again that we had to leave early so that we don't get stuck in traffic again....

And out of nowhere, my tiny human said,

"Mummy, beat it"


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Thursday, 1 September 2016

B 'n D Makeover | Ft. Nonso

I would like y'all to meet my darling Nonso, the wonderful lady who taught me how to bead. Kind-hearted, beautiful Nonso. Side note to guys....she's taken *yes, i know guys read this blog*. Hot mum of three. Baby-la-hot!

When i say 'Fine girl, no pimples', i mean fine girl, no pimples.

This chick has one of the smoothest, freshest, clearest skin i've ever come across on this makeup-journey, and i had the pleasure of working on her face few weeks ago.

I've been having this wonderful headache since yesterday night, and this morning i felt like a truck ran me over. You won't believe me if i told you that i haven't stepped out of my room all day.....would you? I truly haven't *Summer lessons are over, so i didn't have to drive anywhere today* . Yup, i've been holed up in this room all day and i kinda like it because i enjoy my own company more than anything else....all i need is a good book or my phones and mifi, and i'm good.

In other news, who would be interested in submitting her face to me for about 2 hours?

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference Programme

Good evening Beauties....

Have you registered to attend the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conferences scheduled for October yet? If you haven't done so, please make sure to register your Free Visit to the event by clicking Right here.

Meanwhile. i'm pleased to announce to you that the conference programme for the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference taking place from the 6th - 8th of October 2016 at the Landmark Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria is now available!

Like i mentioned in my previous post, it's going to be 3 action packed days. Beauty Africa will be hosting industry experts from across the region who will be giving live demonstrations on the latest techniques and methods in Beauty, Haircare and Skincare.

The 2016 Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference will feature brand new speakers, new demonstrations and new products. Here is a sneak preview of some of the exclusive sessions you will see live at the show :

Thursday 6th October 2016
14;00 International trends
Marco Louis - MAC

Friday 7th October 2016
13;00 Classic mid-century glamour with a modern twist
Bimpe Onakoya

Saturday 8th October 2016
11;00 Makeup
Banke Meshida Lawal

To see the full programme and esteemed speaker line up, CLICK HERE

Register now for your FREE VISIT to the show. Conference seats are very limited and are based on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the event, visit

I look forward to attending this wonderful event once again, and i also look forward to seeing you all there.

Have a wonderful evening....


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Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Ok, let's quickly do this......

I bought this brush egg at the last LMUF (Lagos Makeup Fair).

I bought it because i was tired of washing my brushes with my hands...i usually dip the brushes in warm soapy water and then twirl it round and round in the center of my palm. That always gives me a weird feeling which i detest. So before i left for the fair, i put  '1 Brush egg' on my 'to-buy' list.

Sooooo cute!

I bought a light pink one and i've used it about 15 times since then. Once for general wash day, and the other times for random washes.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Reputable online makeup stores in Nigeria

Good Morning!

One of the questions i get asked a lot is "Where do you buy your makeup from?"

Now, the fact is that i don't buy a lot of makeup these days...gone are those days when i used to buy makeup like it was going out of fashion. These days, i only buy what i absolutely need....not what i think i want.

I hardly walk into stores to buy makeup......i do most of my makeup shopping online. The only time i buy in-store is when i attend makeup fairs and when i go to Little Extra's Store in Festac.

So, in this post, i would be sharing with you some of the reputable Nigerian Online Makeup Stores i know....some of them i have patronized, some of them i haven't.

Most of these stores listed above accept payment on delivery...isn't that just great?

The DF Store.

This is a Nigerian pre-order store which carries makeup and skin care products. They don't keep anything in stock, but anything that is made or sold in the U.S.A is available for preorder. This means that you can contact them and tell them what product you want, they buy/ order it for you over there and ship to Nigeria. They deliver all over Nigeria, which means that your products gets to your door step.

However, you have to pay to their bank account before your package is sent to you because pay-on-delivery is not possible *I'm sure you understand why*. Processing and delivery takes about 3 weeks.

I'm not sure they have an online store because they don't keep things in stock, but if you are on Instagram, follow them @the_df_store . They regularly put up pictures of products you might want to buy through them. However, if you want something that wasn't posted on their page, you can ask them for it. If you are on BBM, add them up with 569026A8. For whatsapp, contact them with plus12189797906. *My 'plus' sign is not working, so i wrote it in words before the numbers. Add your 'plus' sign before the numbers when trying to save it ok?*.


For really nice brush sets and brushmats, you can buy from Cheecheelive. Follow her blog HERE. Or add her up on BBM D1F880CE.

So, these are the online makeup stores i know. I'm sure there are some others, but these are the ones that have been brought to my attention and some of the ones i love as well.

Have fun shopping!


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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference 2016

Good evening.....

How many of you are excited to read the title of this post? You don't know how excited i am that the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference is coming to Nigeria this year again! This is the third consecutive year the event would be holding in Nigeria.....*whoooop-whooooop!*.

Oh, and Blushes 'n Dimples is once again an official blogger for the event *whooop-whoooop again!* The first event in 2014 was amazing! I haven't forgotten it at all. The second one in 2015 was even better....and this year 2016, they plan to surpass the past two events!

If you attended the first two editions, i'm sure you understand what i'm talking about, and can't wait to attend this one. However, if you didn't attend any of them, here's another opportunity you don't want to miss *i wouldn't miss it if i were you!*.

The conference is aimed at all Beauty Professionals and business owners, and it's a 3-days event. There will be expert speakers from the region (Nigeria), and from across the globe as well. The speakers will showcase the latest methods and insights from each of the sectors throughout the 3 days. There will also be hour-long live demonstrations on models from Beth Model Agency.

Now, there will be something new that wasn't done at the conference of the past 2 years. This 2016, there would be a panel of experts who will be discussing the A-Z of the manufacturing of beauty products, looking at the opportunities, the red tape and logistics involved in this process.

And just like was done the last two times, there would be a dedicated session on marketing, Social media, and business opportunities for Beauty Professionals who are looking to enhance their branding. customer reach and drive revenue.

Oh, and there is a very interesting line-up of speakers...people who i'm certain that you would love to meet.

Did i mention already that attendance is free? All you need do is register HERE

I would be doing follow-up posts here to let you know all that would be happening at the Exhibition / Conference........

Stay tuned..


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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

B 'n D Makeover | Ft. Lolade

Lolade has been a blog reader and a BBM friend for a loooong time, and about 2 weeks ago, i met her for the very first time!

She has very beautiful skin, and if not for the fact that she's a very busy person and also lives far from me, i would have loved to work on her face as often as possible.

Beautiful and clear skin plays a huge part in achieving a flawless makeup base. I thoroughly enjoyed working on Lolade's face.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

PRODUCT REVIEW | Sonia Kashuk Highlighter

For a long time, i wanted a highlighter......well, because everywhere i looked on the social media, i saw glow! Blinding glow! Some looked like they bathed themselves with their highlighters, and some were just perfect and in the right places.

So at the LMUF i got the Sonia Kashuk highlighter because i had seen a few people use it on Instagram, and also because their products were on sale *you know awoof feels good*.

This highlighter comes in a gold compact case with a magnetic flap.

At first when i started using the product, it looked like it wasn't showing up at all, but it turned out that as with most new products, you have to rub the brush well into the highlighter to break the surface *because it's usually as though there's a dry layer covering the product*.