Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Back to school!

Hello babes.....

Shit just got real!

Of course i knew they would eventually go back to school, I have been looking forward to the peace and quiet i would enjoy while they are all away at school, but honestly, i wasn't really looking forward to the stress involved in the school runs.....and it's more difficult this time 'cos i have to drive to 2 different schools at 3 different times (It's same school, but 2 different locations) *naaaah, i don't do school bus, no matter how busy i am, i would rather drive my kids to and fro school by myself.....thank you vewy mulsh!*.

They were watching cartoons 

Another reason why i wasn't looking forward to school resumption is that Zuriel was starting school too. Her first day away from me and away from home. She's one year and 5 months old *this baby i gave birth to yesterday ooo!* Where did all the time go? My baby is all grown up and off to school. I was worried 'cos i thought she would cry and then i would have to join her and cry too *lool!*, but the proprietress had already promised me that if i cried, she would take a video of me and send to the school's whatsapp group for other parents to see *Lmao!*.

Monday, 21 September 2015

BRAND INTRODUCTION | Illusions Cosmetics

Good morning!

I get really excited each time i get to use a brand of products i've never used before. There's this thrill i can't quite explain.

So many months ago, i was contacted by Denise Tunnell, one of the owners of 'Illusions Cosmetics', and she wanted to send me some of their products to use.

Now, just in case you didn't really get that, let me explain better....

Denise and Janice Tunnell (a gorgeous set of twins) are celebrity makeup artists in the US who have worked on the faces of Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Regina King, Taraji .P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard, Josh Henderson, Rosie 'O Donnell and many more. They have also worked behind the scenes of movies like "The wedding crashers", "Stomp the yard", "Vampire Diaries", "Preachers kid", "The wire", etc.

So how could i say no? *Haff i craze ni? loool!*.

The sisters created 'Illusions Cosmetics' in 2006, and have been producing a full line of cosmetics for women of color.

They had been trying to send me these products for months now, but the packages kept getting lost in transition. Eventually, my parents were visiting the US, and Denise was kind enough to send another set of products to them to bring home to me. Finally, the products arrived, and of course i have pics to show you.......

2 lipstick palettes.
1 Perfect blush in 'Cherry bomb'.
2 Eye lights in 'Gun metal' and 'Blue sky'.
1 Gel eyeliner in 'Peacock'.
1 lipgloss in 'Drew'.
1 lipstick in 'Geranium'.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lupita Nyong'o stuns in blue!

Hello babes...

If you are on Instagram, you prolly have seen this picture. I have seen it about 4 different times, but each time i see it, i'm like 'wow!'. This is the best picture i've ever seen of Lupita so far! As in....!

I mean......what's not to love?

Her hair is perfectly coiffed, her makeup is on point! *i especially love the lip color*, her dress is really lovely and the color suits her skin tone. Whoever said that 'Black is beautiful' was totally right! Lupita is just a perfect example. Her skin always has this smooth shiny glow.

I think dark-skinned ladies are really beautiful. I had a friend waaay back in college who thought the same too. Back then, she would look for creams that would darken her complexion 'cos she really wanted to be dark-skinned.

Black is truly beautiful!

Hey, have you registered to attend the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference? click HERE to do so. Remeber, it's FREE to attend. I look forward to seeing you there...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference is almost here!

Hello everyone!

Beauty Africa 2015 will open it's doors in less than one month. Are you as excited as i am? My heart leaps excitedly each time it comes to mind *huge happy grin*.

Running from 7th - 9th October 2015 at the Eko Convention Center, Lagos, Nigeria, the show provides a mix of business networking and trade opportunities, along with high quality workshops to showcase the latest techniques in the field of beauty, hair care and skin care *I learnt a number of things the last time which i'm not about to forget. I can't wait to learn more!*.

It is the perfect platform for the industry's leading manufacturers, service providers and professionals to be educated, meet, and develop business contacts with the beauty community in West Africa and beyond.

The exhibition will host more than 100 exhibitors showcasing more than 250 international brands and products from 17 different countries.

This year, more than 30 international and regional speakers such as Khuraira Musa, Banke Meshida Lawal, Lola Maja, Bimpe Onakoya, Dionne Smith, Junior Green, Fatima Mamza, Dr Vivian Oputa and many more will be leading hour long demos to share their expertise and help you to better your business.

See ehn, you as a makeup artist, skin care specialist or hair care specialist should regard this Exhibition & Conference as VERY important to you and for the growth of your business.....you get? Like we have been trying to make you understand, this is a very golden opportunity for you to learn and grow your business. You get to mingle with your colleagues and mentors in the industry and learn from them. It is not everyday that you meet professionals such as those mentioned above and learn from them.

We started giving you notice ahead of time so that you can clear your schedules and plan to attend, so that if you are not in Lagos, you can make arrangements to travel down for the conference. Even if you attend for one day, it's fine. (If you are a makeup person, attend on the first day...if you are a hair person, attend on the second day.....and if you are a skin care person, attend on the third day) *however, all 3 days are highly recommended*. Seriously, you don't want to miss this.

I'm also looking forward to meeting all of you there. Have you registered? You can click here to do so.

Have a wonderful Sunday...

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Birthday giveaway winners

Hello babes!

Thank you for your well wishes yesterday...i'm truly grateful.

Without further ado, let's get to the announcement of yesterday's giveaway winners *even though you all must have counted by now and figured the winners out by yourselves....loool!*.

Some people misunderstood the instructions for participation and dropped their comments and email addresses on my Instagram page.......All giveaways are usually held on the blog *sowwy!*.

If you noticed, there were 3 double comments which were reduced to single comments by the deletion of one of them each.

So, the winning comments are the 1st, 8th, 18th and 28th comments right?

Ok then, let's get counting!

The 1st comment was made by ajakaiyeabimbola@yahoo.com. So, Bimbo gets a goody-bag containing the items below...

Congratulations Bimbo!

Monday, 7 September 2015


I sing praises to my King today!

It's my birthday, and i'm so grateful! I woke up with a grateful heart by 5:30am and just lay in bed thinking of the Lord's goodness to me all these years and how i don't deserve them.

Another year.....another birthday, and you say i shouldn't sing? Naaaah i will lift my voice to high heavens! Y'all know it's not easy to clock extra years in this world we live in today....everyday, one disaster, yet the good Lord had chosen to have mercy on us and keep us alive. What greater gift is there than this?

I'm grateful to God for my life, my family, my hubby, my babies and my angel, my parents and siblings, my blog, my faithful readers, my work and every single thing i can't recall right now.

One of these birthdays, i really should plan well and get my face beat by a Makeup artist and have a proper birthday Photo-shoot you know...... Anyway.....

So, let's get to the birthday giveaway.....

There will be 4 winners.

1st WINNER...........

The first winner gets :

BH Cosmetics 'Eyes on the 80's' eyeshadow palette.
Naked 5 foundation brush
Makari eyeliner pencil in 'Ocean'
Hegai & Esther gel eyeliner in 'Nude brown'
Sleek studio 'Protect me, Restore me' daytime protection
Makari wet & dry compact powder in 'Impala'
Maybelline Colossal mascara
L.A Girl matte flat finish pigment gloss in 'Backstage'

2nd WINNER.........

The second winner gets:

LA Girl eyeshadow collection in 'Nudes'
A cute makeup organizer purse
Naked 5 foundation brush
Makari eyeliner pencil in 'Khol black'
Hegai & Esther eyeliner gel in 'Emerald'
Makari Wet & dry compact powder in 'Gerboise'
Maybelline Rocket volume mascara
LA Girl flat finish pigment gloss in 'Black currant'

3rd WINNER.............

The third winner gets:

A Makeover Essentials Beauty Diary (contains eyeshadows, lipsticks, bronzers, brushes and powder).
Zaron Makeup brush set.
Makari eyeliner pencil in 'Avocado'
Makari lipliner pencil in 'Carmina'


And finally, the 4th winner gets 'CHISOM'


It's pretty easy!

Follow me on Instagram - @blushesanddimples *not compulsory, but it won't hurt if you do*.

Leave a comment on this blog post which includes your name and email address....and of course, you have to wish me a happy birthday too!


You know how it's always done...... random comments will be picked as winners.

This time, the 1st,  8th, 18th and 28th comments wins.

As usual, i will enable comment moderation so that you will not 'target' those positions *you think you have sense? hahahahaha!*. Then after those positions are filled, the comments will be enabled so you get to see if you win or not.

If you comment twice or thrice, only the first comment will be counted. That's how some people will leave a comment saying "Happy birthday Nazor, God bless you!", then they come and leave a second comment like "It's Peace .N. Blessing", then they will come back again and type "ithinkihavesense@yahoo.com" *Looooool!*. Don't bother....only the first comment will be counted.

Oya, good luck to everyone!

Have a wonderful day

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Enugu Makeup Fair!

Enugu it's your turn!!!

All you makeup lovers and beauty enthusiasts in Enugu, Awka, Onitsha and their environs, get in here...this one's for you.

The 19th edition of the Makeup Fair Series is happening on the 19th of September in the Coal city. It also happens to be the 2nd Enugu state edition *Kudos POPs Concepts!*.

If you have never attended a makeup fair, then you have no business calling yourself a makeup lover jare! *Turns up nose and rolls eyes*. You can sha attend this one, and i promise, you won't regret it. Errrrrm.....well, your purse might cry a 'lil bit, but you'll get over it *looool!*.

You will also have the opportunity to mingle with other makeup lovers, discover different brands, and perhaps buy some products at discounted prices. It's always fun with the music, dancing and all.

Oh, and this year, the organizers have been doing something different.....they included makeup runway shows. It was fun at the Lagos and Abuja fairs respectively....it will equally be fun at the Enugu fair. You don't want to miss it.

DATE : 19th September 2015

VENUE : The Ingrace Center, Rangers Avenue, beside Golden toast, Independence Layout, Enugu.

TIME : 10am - 7pm

As usual, attendance is FREE, so save the date and be sure to attend. Don't go alone ooooo! Go with your friends and have some makeup fun.

Besos babes!

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Intensive Makeup and Gele Masterclass by Haute Beauty World

Hello makeup lovers and enthusiasts...

I have some news you might be interested in.

Haute Beauty World is hosting a 5-days intensive Makeup and Gele Masterclass with StephannBeauty and DmobileBeauties.

Now, you can learn how to apply makeup and tie gele like a pro.......gele on fleek! Makeup on fleek!

Participants also get goodie bags with ProMakeup brush sets.

If you are interested, the Venue is 20, Adeboye Solanke Street, First bank Bustop, Allen.

DATE : 14th - 18th September

TIME : 10am - 4pm

FEE : N30,000

For more information, kindly call :


BBM : 792D0083

E-MAIL : hautengng@yahoo.com

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

See this AH-mazing Makeup Artist!

Hey babes!

So there's this Lady i've been following for a while on Instagram. Her name is Magali Beauvue, and she's from Paris. This lady has the ability to morph into any celebrity *male or female* just by altering her facial features using highlighting & contouring.

How talented can one person be? The way she pays attention to every little detail is really something to admire.

Watch the video below to see how she transformed her face into Barack Obama's face.

Terrence Howard

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW | Makari De Suisse Makeup products (Pt 2)

Howdy do?

So here's the part 2 of the Makari review i posted HERE last Friday. Previously, i did a brand introduction HERE *click on the links to read if you missed them.*.

In this second part, i'll be reviewing the 2-in-1 (Wet & dry) compact powder, the eye-liner pencils and the lipstick.

Let's get to it, shall we?


2-in-1 compact (Wet & dry) powders are usually applied either wet or dry. You can apply it wet for full coverage or dry for sheer coverage. The Makari wet & dry compact powder is fine and smooth, comes in a white and gold compact package which can very easily fit into your purse. It has a long mirror underneath the lid for on-the-go application.

I got the shades in 'IMPALA' and 'GERBOISE'.