Monday, 29 September 2014

Introducing Nigeria's first High street brand, LA.X Nigeria

Introducing Nigeria’s first wholly indigenous High Street brand, LA.X Nigeria.
LA.X provides an affordable range of pieces in classic silhouettes made to international standards for the style conscious Nigerian.
Our designs, fabric and price points are tailored to reflect the Nigerian High Street fashion with strong emphasis on “What we like”, strong colours, rich prints, flattering cuts and light fabrics.
The first seasonal collection from the brand features ethnic-edged versatile pieces with a multigenerational appeal.
We are presented with an array of effortless pieces, from essential camisoles to trendy jumpsuits and printed pants. Men can also shop from a vibrant collection of graphic tees and shorts. There is something for everyone.
View pictures from the look book below:

 



Saturday, 27 September 2014

BEAUTY TALK | Makeup tips for hooded eyes.

Dearly beloved…….
It’s another episode of ‘Beauty talk’, and today, we’ll be talking about hooded eyes.
How many of you have hooded eyes? You don’t know what i mean by hooded eyes?
Ok, lemme rephrase the question…….
Do you apply eyeshadow on your eyelids, and then once you open your eyes, bam! you can't see the eyeshadow anymore? *Your eyeshadow is like “Now you see me…and now you don’t!”*.
Yup, those are hooded eyes!

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With hooded eyes, the lids are usually puffy or hang down towards the eyes, and covers the eyeshadow. Well, if you are the ‘proud owner’ of hooded eyelids, you can admit that it’s very frustrating applying eyeshadow on them ‘cos unlike those people that you can still see their eyeshadow while their eyes are open, yours just vamoose like that! *Eeeees a magical something!*.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Zainab graduates! | Her training in pictures

Hullo ladies….
Zainab finally finished her professional makeup training at the makeup school. It was really nice teaching her and working on her beautiful sisters. Eventually, Aisha went back to school in the UK, so she stopped coming with Zainab and then Sefiya replaced her as a face model.
 Zainab got a hang of drawing, filling and sculpting brows very easily after i devised an easier way to teach her to sculpt them. Her finished work sometimes made me sooo proud……She’ll do very well as a makeup artist.
However, Zainab didn’t finish up her training (she had 2 classes left) because she had to leave for the UK too.
So here are the pictures from the training......


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Office looks #06

Howdy beauties?

Finally, it’s the last of the ‘Office looks’ series! Can i hear a ‘Whoop-whoop!’?
Remember that my purpose for starting this series was to help ladies with ideas of some appropriate looks they can comfortably wear to the office. I had noticed that some ladies wear loud makeup to work which can really be distracting when they are attending to clients/customers. Imagine a banker wearing a blue eyeshadow which is not only loud, but unblended too….. not good at all.
So having done these 6 looks, you can easily choose any of them, re-create and wear it to work. I would leave the links to the other 5 looks at the end of this post for easy access.
Now for this look, i tried out something new i haven’t really done before……i mixed in a lot of moisturizer with my foundation (like a tinted moisturizer effect), because i didn’t want my face to have that heavy feeling foundation usually gives, since i was off to a school meeting.
 Also, the day i did this look, it was raining and the weather was gloomy so i didn’t have good lighting…... the pictures turned out okay though.
Here they are…..

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

'FIX IT!' | Dried out mascara tube.

Good evening ladies…
Hope you are all doing okay.
You know how you buy a tube of mascara and the product inside dries out after a while, and you throw it away or just abandon it in a bag of forgotten makeup items? Or how your compact powder, blush or eyeshadow falls down and breaks into pieces, and you ditch it because it messes up your makeup purse? Or even how your lipstain dries up and makes application practically impossible and you end up tossing it? Well, all that ditching, abandoning and tossing is about to stop *Somebody shout halleluyaaaaah!*.


 Here’s introducing a ‘Fix-it!’ series in which i would share tips complete with step-by-step pictures on how you can fix and revive your broken makeup products, because let’s face it……makeup isn’t cheap! It doesn’t make sense throwing out products that you haven’t really used properly just because it broke or dried up…..it sucks even more if it was expensive!

Monday, 22 September 2014

PICTORIAL | How i do my eyebrows

***Lengthy post alert!!!***
B.E.Autiful people,
Hope you all are doing good.
Following the ‘cut-crease’ pictorial, here comes the eyebrow tutorial.
Now, before we begin, i would like to make some things clear……
Firstly, this is how i love to do MY OWN brows……Some like ‘em dark, some like ‘em long, some like ‘em bold and overly sculpted…..but me, i like ‘em light and natural – looking *you get?*.




I dunno, but i just feel that if i make my brows darker and overly and sharply sculpted, i would end up looking like a real-life doll *my own opinion though*. I mean, i see those beautifully dark, sharp and precisely perfect brows that look like they were measured with a ruler and a compass, and i admire them from a distance but i just don’t like doing mine that way……every mallam with his kettle *shrugs*.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Office looks #05

Beauties....
I can't believe September is just about to end *sad face*, my best month of the year….of course you know why.
So, i’ve decided to start speaking igbo to my kids at home *again* ‘cos i really want them to learn their mother-tongue. I said ‘again’ because i’ve tried it several times, and somehow i just give up because i always feel like they don’t understand me. So each time i start, i speak it to them for a few days and then i switch to English. And that witty ‘lil Mish is always like …….
“What did you say?”
“What is that?”
“Mummy speak what i would hear joooor!”.
It’s not like they don’t understand igbo at all…… sometimes they actually do, and sometimes they even try to repeat sentences after me, but i want them to be better. I’m really grateful to my parents for making it mandatory that we spoke only igbo at home when we were little shidrens……it helped us a lot. Of course we started with english at first, and then they passed the law at home, so we spoke igbo till we became soooo fluent at it.


I’m from Awka, and i speak our dialect veeeery well. Infact, when i speak igbo outside, people can immediately tell that i’m an Awka indigene. My dad also imbibed the culture of reading igbo into us all…… i and my siblings read igbo so well! He made us read verses from the igbo bible every morning. I really didn’t get what the big deal was then, but i do now. I really want my kids to be able to speak their language, so i’ve decided to speak it persistently to them at home whether they understand it or not.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

PICTORIAL | 'Cut-crease'

Good morning beauties....
So due to popular demand, i did a ‘cut-crease’ pictorial. The last ‘cut-crease’ i did was christened 'Moonlight' ‘cos of the silver color i used, however for the one i did in this pictorial, i added a twist…..i flicked the wings out and changed the color of the eyeshadow.




Some ladies really loved 'Moonlight' and so they demanded for a pictorial *they are also demanding an eyebrow pictorial too….loool!*. But i have to ask, are you ladies planning to wear the ‘cut-crease’ look out in the day time? How brave!! *i never chop liver reash like that*. For me, it’s rather intense to wear out in the public of igwe mmadu (in public) where everybody can see.

This post should have been up yesterday, but i really don’t understand what was up with my wifi connection. This morning, it got better, so here goes…..

Monday, 15 September 2014

Q & A | How can i prevent oil from sliding my makeup off my face?

Hiya!
Apparently, i was kinda misunderstood yesterday when i introduced the Q & A series. It was totally my fault though because i don’t think i was very clear about it. Ok, so lemme explain it better below…..
I always get questions from my readers through email, questions regarding skin care and makeup. A lot of people have beauty concerns and questions which they need answers to, so they usually email me with them. I’m certain that other bloggers get such emails too.
Usually, what i do when i receive such emails is that i reply them personally via email too. But like i pointed out yesterday, the problem with that is that when i answer one person’s question, someone mails me some other time asking the same question……not once, not twice, not even thrice…..a lot!
So i decided to start up this Q & A series. In this series, for every post i would publish one of the letters i receive via email and some of the questions i receive via BBM, and i would answer the question in the same post. That way, readers with the same beauty concerns would get the answers they need without having to go through the trouble of sending me an email *i really hope its clearer now*.
Ok, here is the first post in the Q & A series…….

“ B’nD, please i have a very oily face. As in, my face is always shining. It’s so bad that i no longer apply makeup because if i do, everything cleans off fast and my face continues shining. This is so annoying and i need help. I really love makeup, and i would love to apply it and look as good as other ladies. What can i do about it? Can you help me?” Ifeyinwa.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Introducing the 'Q & A Series'.

Hiya Ladies!
Why are weekends sooooo short? Ahn-ahn! You go to bed on Friday night, and before you know it, you wake up and “BAM” It’s Monday morning! Eeeees it good? Eeeees it fair? I think the federal gofament should look into it ooo! Something has to be done.
Okay, let’s get serious.


Did i mention a few posts ago that i would be starting a ‘Q & A Series’? I didn’t? *my bad*.
I decided on it a while ago because like most beauty bloggers, i keep getting questions about skin care and makeup from different readers. I answer these questions to the best of my knowledge and ability, and right after i answer one question, someone else asks the same question again. I answer, and the question comes yet again only in a different format and with different words.
So i came up with the idea of starting a ‘Q & A Series’ where i would post questions frequently asked by my readers and also my answer below the questions. The idea behind this series is that if i do it this way, readers who have the same questions can get to benefit from the answer that would be given and this would save them the trouble of sending emails, and save me the trouble of answering the same question repeatedly. Hey…I might even collaborate with some other beauty bloggers and get them to answer some of the questions!
I’ll be starting the series this week *by HIS grace*, and it won't be limited to specific days *like the Facials Fridays series*, rather i would post them spontaneously.
Now before that, i would have to loud say this…….
I am NOT a dermatologist, but i happen to have basic knowledge of beauty and skin care. It is this knowledge that i am ever willing to share with you ladies, and if in any case i have to refer you to a trained dermatologist, i would do so.

Now, ‘hask haway’!
Besos amigos.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ombre 101 | How to achieve 'ombre' lips.

Howdy…..
I hope today went well……if it didn’t, there’s tomorrow anyway.
So after i mentioned doing an ‘Ombre lips’ pictorial in yesterday’s post, i went to bed thinking about it and i was like “Why wait? Why not do it right away?”. So this evening after i woke up from a reeeally long nap *body no be fire wood*, i set to work.
I did 4 different colors of ‘Ombre’…..Black and red, Black and purple, Pink and white, Brown and white. Using step-by-step pictures, I’m going to show you how i got the lips done.


*WARNING! This post is loaded with pictures….31 of them atink…….so brace yourselves*
Before we start, here are some points you should note…
·      The key to perfect ‘ombre’ lips is blending. You need to blend the colors well into each other .
·      Using a lip gloss is not a must, but it helps you blend the colors perfectly.
·      You only need to blend out the area where the two colors meet….don’t over-blend.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Office looks #04

Good evening…..
Here’s the fourth look in the ‘Office looks’ series.


I did shimmery gold eyes paired with berry/plum lips *that is not purple ooo!* . I remember that the day i did this look, the weather was gloomy and the lighting outside was poor, so the pictures ended up looking washed out. I’m sure that if i knew how to handle my DSLR camera better, i might have been able to figure out a setting that would have defied the gloomy weather and given me beautiful pictures.

WINNERSSS!!!!!

Hey ladies!
Good morning.
I‘m so sorry that this post wasn’t up yesterday…….lemme just say yesterday was one of ‘those’ days. No giggles, no sunshine, no nothing *shrugs shoulders*. I guess it was just an accumulation of sad thoughts that caused it. Was there a straw that broke the camel’s back? Nope, not really……i just woke up like that *shrugs again*  imagine that! Anyway, today is faaar better than yesterday *thank God*.
Sooooooooo we have our winners!


Who might they be? Let’s see….

Monday, 8 September 2014

Eeeeeeeeeees mai birthday!!! | Birthday giveaway!

Hey! Hey! Hey!
It’s that day of the year again….it’s my day! On this day many many many many years ago, a star was born *bats eyelashes*.
This morning, it hit me… i AM old!! *nope, i won’t tell you how old i am….stop asking me jooor!*




I gave myself a birthday makeover….and of course it had to be smokey eyes *my love for smokey eyes shall never die…loool*. I paired it with gorgeous pink and white ombre lips to match the pink in the crease.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

B 'n D Makeover | Ft. Vivi

Hello ladies.....

Vivi is family, and she came by the studio yesterday on her way to a wedding for a quick makeover




BETTER LIVING| 14 Inspiring breast cancer quotes from healthline.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life-changing experience. It can be hard to handle the news at first, and even harder to know how to proceed, no matter your prognosis. 
  

While everyone’s journey is unique, knowing that others before you have been through something similar can give you the strength and inspiration you need to keep everything in perspective.


 Healthline just published 14 inspiring quotes about breast cancer from celebrities who have battled the disease. Please visit http://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/quotes to read them.
Besos dears!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

B 'n D Makeover | Moonlight

Hey chicas….
Hope you all are good.
So it occurred to me that i’ve never featured a ‘cut-crease’ look on this blog…..infact, i’ve never done a ‘cut-crease’ look ever……and so, i decided that it was time. I christened this look ‘Moonlight’ because of the silver eyeshadow i used on the lids.



First of all, i drew a line in my crease with my Zaron ‘Black velvet’ pencil, and then i blended it upwards. Next, i went over the blended out line with a black eyeshadow to set it. After that, i used a fluffy eyeshadow brush to pack on the silver on the eyelids.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW | TARA lipsticks in 'Ms D' & 'Aswaani'

Beaurrrriful ladies!
Wetin dey?
Today, i’m going to review two of TARA’s lipsticks in ‘Ms D’ and ‘Aswaani’. Prior to these tubes, i had never owned a TARA lipstick. However, i read Dinma’s review of some lipsticks she received at the opening of one of their studios, and i instantly fell in love with the ‘Aswaani’ lipstick *Don’t you just love the local names they give their products? Aswaani, Jankara, Tejuosho, Onitsha, Nsa, etc *.
After reading that review and beholding the gorgeousness of ‘Aswaani’ on Dinma’s lips, i knew i had to have it, and so the hunt began.


I asked around in Festac but i couldn’t find it, and i knew that there was no freaking way i was going to drive all the way to Surulere shopping mall *they have a studio there*  just to get the lipstick…..hello? Have you experienced Mile 2 traffic in all its wickedness? Mba….no freaking way! So i decided to put my hunt on hold for a while until i had other stuff to do around Surulere #DeepSigh.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

B 'n D Makeover | Ft. Miebi

Good evening!
Ladies, meet beautiful Miebi of ‘Ella Makeovers’ Port-harcourt, one of my very loyal readers and a friend. Miebi added me up on BBM a long time ago, and we’ve been chatting since then. Even when i was pregnant and had insomnia, she was my midnight chat-buddy *lool!*.
Sometime ago, she told me that she was coming to Lagos, and then few days ago, she pinged me telling me that she was here and that she would like to come by my place today.
She did come, and it was lovely to finally meet her in person. Miebi is a warm, lovely and very homely person. She's very hardworking, industrious and wise beyond her years too! I weaned all that from the 4 hours we spent together chatting *i have a degree in psychology…..winks*, and at the end of her visit, she asked for a makeover and i obliged.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The makeup fair is coming to Enugu!!!

I have great news for Enugu peeps! *does a ‘lil dance*
Many-a-times, my readers in Enugu have asked me why it is that Lagos babes have all the makeup fun. They wonder why there has never been any huge makeup event in Enugu……well, wonder no more ‘cos POPS concepts has opened your book of remembrance *winks* ….. The makeup fair is coming to Enugu!!! Make some nooooooise!



On the 20th of September 2014 (two weeks and 4 days from now), all the makeup and beauty lovers in Enugu shall gather in one place, and there will be lots of fun! Trust me….it’s always fun.
So far, i’ve attended 3 fairs organized by POPs concepts, and i thoroughly enjoyed myself. There will be loads of makeup on display, so start saving up. If there’s a particular product you’ve been hunting down, you just might find it there and if you are a makeup lover like me, you would feel like a kid in a candy store!

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference | Meet the panel of experts

Hallos!
Today, i bring you more news about the upcoming ‘Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference’…..Gosh! I’m soooo excited about this event. It’s next month ooo! Don’t miss out! 


BEAUTY AFRICA OFFERS 3 ACTION-PACKED DAYS OF BUSINESS TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS.
Running alongside the Beauty Africa exhibition 3 action packed days of business talks, workshops, live demonstrations and hands on training led by some of the biggest names in the beauty, haircare, skincare, spa and wellness such as: Khuraira Musa, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Teniolami Adejuwon, Eryca Freemantle, Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Funmi Odegbam, Dionne Smith, Fatmi Mamza, Pamela Olatunji Bello, Ugo Igbokwe and many more. The 3 days of the event are divided into:  
·      Day 1 ------- 7th October: Beauty and makeup day  
·      Day 2 -------- 8th October: Hair care day  
·      Day 3 -------- 9th October: Skincare and spa day
Each of these days will have 2 hours business talk sessions in the morning, followed by workshops and live demonstrations.

THE BUSINESS TALKS:
Join global and regional beauty, hair care, skin care and spa experts for in-depth discussions on how to become a world-class make-up artist, own your own hair salon, or build your skincare and spa brand. During these dedicated business talks you will have the opportunity to meet and network with celebrity makeup artists, celebrity hairstylists and top skincare gurus. From training, to marketing and finance – make sure you get your most burning questions answered by these top specialists. Hosted by Teniolami Adejuwon, Executive Director, Beauty By Nature Inc

Click here to view the agenda, and click  here to register.

WORKSHOPS:
During these live demonstrations, you will learn the skills and approaches to take away with you and apply to your everyday beauty work. From airbrushing to hair extensions to treating problematic skin, the ‘beautypreneurs’ will demonstrate on models best practices in dealing with West African skin and hair. Do not miss out on these action-packed LIVE demonstrations; you may even get the opportunity to have a practice on the model yourself.
Click here to view the agenda, and click here to register
Registration is now open and it’s FREE to attend with limited spaces, so hurry up and register now. Click here to register.
Visit www.beautyafricaexhibition.com  for more details.

Besos Chicas!

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