Wednesday, 31 December 2014

And 2014 is a wrap!

Do you remember 12am of January 1st 2014?

Do you remember the joy, the exhilaration, the rush of hope?

Do you remember the over-whelming excitement and bliss you felt while thinking "OMG! We made it!!!"

Wonderful!



I remember all those things and more. I remember making no new year resolutions *I end up breaking them 2 days later anyway*, and i remember making such wonderful plans for my makeup business and my blog. I remember being 5 months pregnant, and being worried sick about having complications during my delivery because i didn't want to have another still birth.

Glory be to God, 2014 was good to me! In April, i gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl *who has now grown into an 8 months old 'lil madam* via CS and without complications....God is soooooo good!

My makeup school has grown in leaps and bounds, i was interviewed on the radio, my blog has amassed so many readers, and my pageviews is currently at 846,686 *to the glory of God*. I wrote 155 posts this year, and i get so many positive and over-whelming feedbacks from you my wonderful readers *I can never thank you all enough!*.

I got exclusive invites to events, some i attended and some i couldn't for good reasons. Also in 2014, the amazing Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference was held. I remember how much fun that was..... i love my job!!!!

I bought my own domain name, and i made a change from blushesanddimples.blogspot.com to blushesanddimples.com.......yes, it's a big deal. you'll even admit that the latter sounds more professional than the former *winks*.

Finally, i added another wing to 'Blushes 'n Dimples Beauty company'.........we now make accessories *Blushes 'n Dimples accessories*

Wow! Just like that, we've come to the last day of 2014, and yes we made it!!!! This is my last post of the year. I just felt that i had to do this. Thanks beautiful ladies for being with me all through the year, let's do this again in 2015.

Now counting down to the most magical time of the year.......11:59pm - 12:00am.

Besos darls!
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Monday, 29 December 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW | Fashion Fair lip teaser in 'Noir'

Hullo dears....

How's your holiday going? I can't believe how free Lagos roads are this period.....happens every year when families travel to their various villages for the christmas and new year celebrations. Y'all can like to remain wherever you are biko!*tongue out*.




Remember the goody bag i got from Gifty's Daughter at the BPS, there were some lovely items in it which i plan to review one after the other, starting with the Fashion Fair lip teaser. I got the shade in 'Noir'

Saturday, 27 December 2014

BEAUTY TALK | How i care for my skin in the hamarttan season

Errrrr......this post should have come earlier, but it didn't because i thought that there would be no hamarttan. For some reason, hamarttan came late this december, infact the christmas week was ushered in with rainfalls.

I won't lie, i was kinda dancing for joy in my heart when the dry cold weather didn't start, i half-hoped that it wont come at all. Hamarttan and i have a love-hate relationship......Love because it brings that 'christmas smell' we all cherish, and hate because my skin, hair and nose suffers once the cold brittle wind starts blowing. My house nko? Dust every freaking where!

Anyway, today, i want to share with you all how i care for my skin in the hamarttan season. If you are in the east, you would need this information because i heard it's pretty harsh over there. As for those in Lagos, i think it's milder here but you would still need to copy this.



Lesgo there!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Natures Gentle Touch launches their new website

In a bid to enable women have easy access to hair care solutions, international hair care brand; Natures Gentle Touch, manufactured by Recare Limited has launched its official website. The website, www.naturesgentletouch.com will serve as a resource centre for hair care needs.



Speaking about the development, Chief Executive Officer, Recare Limited, Mr. Ramesh Hullur stated that the website reaffirms the brand’s commitment to solving hair and scalp problems. ‘’Our customers are in constant need of solutions to their hair and scalp problems and developing this website makes it easier for them to reach us from anywhere in the world. Customers living in Nigeria can also take advantage of our online store on the website. They can make retail purchase of our products from the website and have it delivered to them within three to seven days depending on their location, ’’said Hullur.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

B 'n D Makeover | Jingle bells

Merry christmas everyone!

I couldn't let the day pass by without a christmas-inspired look. My face wasn't in the mood, but we had to just do it.

Our blog officially clocked 2 on the 21st of December, and i thank God for how far He's brought us.

Hope you enjoyed your day. I spent the better half of my morning in the kitchen cooking orishirishi *Jollof rice, Chicken peppersoup, salad, Oha soup, Fruit salad, & Ugba*



Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Q & A Series | How do i get to draw natural-looking eyebrows?

Good morning Dolls......

In today's Q & A Series, i'll be answering a question which i get asked very frequently.

Hello Nazor

Pls how do you get your brows to look so natural? I read your brows pictorial, and then i tried to draw mine, but i always end up getting dark brows that don't look natural. Pls how do you do it? What brow pencil do you use? Btw, i'm totally addicted to your blog, you are doing an amazing job!

Vera.

And then i got this via BBM.....

"I'm trying to achieve the look that your own eyebrows have in the 'Office look' pictorials. Maybe i'm doing something wrong cos yours looks so natural and mine looks pasted. Your eyebrows look sooooo natural! I wish i could just do a cut and paste job mehn!"

Funmi O.




Oooooooook!

Lemme see......

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

And the winners are.........!!!!

Oya, gather round oooo!

*Pulls out chair from under table and sits. Wipes eye-glasses, puts them on and clears throat*

Dearly beloved, the time has come to announce the winners of yesterday's giveaway competition. I sincerely thank you all for actually participating. There would be no 'Blushes 'n Dimples' blog without you ladies......and i say thank you from the bottom of my heart.



*Spreads out sheet of paper and clears throat again*

So on to the business of the day night......the four blessed winners of the giveaway are......

Monday, 15 December 2014

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!!!

'Tis the season to be jolly......the season of giving!

So today, i want to give back to my amazing blog readers. I know that so many of you read but don't comment *Oh how i wish more of you leave comments so that i can actually give back to you all*.

Today, my blog reached 800,000 pageviews *whooop - whoop!!!*. We aren't even 2 years old yet! You guys are just amazing!



So i have a lot to share with you ladies today......i wish i could give to every single one of you, but this giveaway would have just 4 winners.

Ok, lets get right to it.....


EVENT| STYD Launch

Hullo dolls.......

I received an invite to attend the STYD launch yesterday evening at Radisson Blu.




It was an intimate garden cocktail party with lots to eat and drink. I met the very beautiful Omobola 'Miss glam' of Glamosphere there.

Q & A Series | How do i handle my dry flaky lips?

Hullo Babes!

It's been a while. Hope you had a great weekend.

It's been quite a while since our last 'Q & A Series' post. Most of the time, i just reply the questions i'm asked via email or BBM, but the ones i feel everyone would benefit from, i answer them here. Gloria needs help with her dry lips. A lot of ladies have this issue......i've worked on a lot of flaky lips, so i know. We have entered the season that deals mercilessly with lips, so these tips i want to share today would come in handy for us all.

Here goes.......




Good morning Nazor, Pls i have this annoying issue with my lips. They are always dry and flaky and always peels off. When i apply lipstick, it does not blend because of the dryness. I use chapstick or vaseline on them but the problem is still there. Please, how can i handle this issue? It can be embarassing sometimes.

Gloria .A.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Show 'n Tell | My goody bags

My people, how una dey?
So today, i was going through my goody bags *huge grin*. By the way, all of you that have been pinging me and telling me how there's love in sharing, who are you people again? Loooolz! When it comes to makeup, i know noborrry! Ok, don’t worry…..my Christmas giveaway is loading…….e fit be you ooo!
Mehn! I was so impressed by the contents of those bags. The gifty’s Daughter’s bag blew me away with the Sam Fine eyeshadow palette they included. I was pleased with the pencils in the Makeup Maven bag. Then the Sleek signature series skincare kit ehn……No words!

By the way, i so much love the polka dot design and colors on that gift bag

I would review some of these goodies here of course! I have already reviewed some products in the skincare kit when they were sent to me last year, so i’ll just review the ones they didn’t include that time.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Blushes 'n Dimples Accessories

Hello beauties……
How’s your day been? Good i hope.
I’ve been working on something for a while now, and i think it’s time to share with you all what i’ve been up to.
Here’s introducing Blushes ‘n Dimples Accessories! Yup….ya heard me right……Accessories.
So in addition to my Makeup school/studio and my blog, i also make neck pieces….lovely ones too if i might add.
First of all, let me show you some of them….
*Drum rolls*

Meet 'UGONMA', she comes in different colours, but this one is a beautiful purple and gold piece. All the beads are intricately woven together to create this beauty.


UGONMA

Friday, 5 December 2014

EVENT| Pre-launch edition of the Beauty Press Series

Good evening lovelies…….
How have you all been?
So i was invited to the Pre-launch edition of the Beauty Press Series, organized by POPs Concepts. Yesterday was the event, and i'm glad i attended with my handbag (Zuri) in tow.
First of all, ‘What is the Beauty Press Series ?’ You ask.
Okay, the Beauty Press Series (BPS) is a platform for beauty and lifestyle bloggers, vloggers, editors and industry influencers to meet with beauty brands and companies to network and establish a connection. It is a ‘Press only’ beauty products showcase featuring brands and providing a one-on-one opportunity to get to meet brands and those behind the brands and companies.
Yesterday, we got to meet the people behind ‘Gifty’s Daughter studios’ and ‘The Makeup Maven’. Also, a representative of Sleek studios also introduces some of their new skincare products to us *by the way, we were given skincare sets to use and review…..i can't wait!*
So Brands and Companies who want to launch new products and services gets to share first-hand information straight to the beauty press audience *I totally looove my job!*
Funke of Gifty’s Daughter, Ada from Sleek Studios and Linda of Makeup Maven talked to us and also gave us goody bags *goody bags are the best!* There’s this wonderful feeling associated with getting freebies, even if it’s something you can very well afford……that feeling is sweeter than ice-cream! *loool!*
Oya ooooo! Eeeeees picture time!



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

'Fix-It!' | M.A.C gel eyeliner in 'Blacktrack'.

OMG! I’ve missed blogging so much!
‘Over-busyness’ is worrying me these days. Zuri got baptized and dedicated over the weekend, and i thank God that it was a huge success.
But first of all, let me wish you all a happy new month! Welcome to my favourite month of the year!! *September is my birth month, but it’s not my favourite month …. Who likes getting older?*. So why is December my best month of all? Let me count the ways..
§  It has this special aura about it *the festivities and all what-nots*.
§  Hamattarn! *I have this love-hate relationship with the weather*
§  I love Dec 31st nights…..11:59pm is just magical!
§  People travel to their villages and Lagos roads becomes so freeeeee!
§  There is always a lot to eat and drink.
§  I love the Christmas carols… my favourites are “Oh little town of bethlehem”, “Once in royal David’s city, stood a lowly cattle shed"
  
Photo credit : Galleryhip.com

I remember when my i and my siblings were little, we used to travel to Awka every Christmas, and the anticipation and excitement no be here….chei! The whole family used to travel *including the dogs ooo!*, and the road-trips were always fun! While at the village, visitors used to troop in always, and my mum always had food ready. Some guests used to ‘dash’ us money too!
Oh......and the decorations! How could i forget the decorations?!