Saturday, 25 February 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW | Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

What do you use to remove your makeup?

Up until when i bought the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing water, i was using the TARA makeup remover to clean my makeup *read review HERE*. The only problem i had wit the TARA cleanser was the oil residue it left behind on my face after all the makeup was removed...it was a lot of oil and i didn´t quite like it. Despite that fact, i was going to buy it again, but then i read about the Micellar Cleansing Water and it got me.




The first thing that got me was the cute bottles *some pink, some blue, some green*, then the reviews. People went on and on about how the Micellar Cleansing Water was a dirt magnet and lifts makeup like magic. Of course i had to see for myself....plus i was out of a makeup remover.

Friday, 24 February 2017

SWISSGOLDEN

Today, i´m going to do something that i´ve never done before on this platform.

So there´s this business opportunity that was presented to me last year which i keyed into, and i´ve been sharing the opportunity with my family and friends as well so that they can benefit from it too. It is a networking business called ´SWISSGOLDEN´, have you heard about it?


If you just thought to yourself "Networking business? Errrr no, i´ll pass! " Then i perfectly understand you...i used to react that way too whenever i heard the word ´networking´. Also, if you were a ´victim´of the Ponzi scheme called MMM, then i´ll totally understand if you close this page right now *lool* .


First of all, i´ll have you understand that Swissgolden is NOT a Ponzi scheme.




What is a Ponzi scheme? A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator (an individual or an organization) pays returns to its investors from new capital which is paid to the operators by new investors rather than from profit earned through legitimate sources.

PRODUCT REVIEW | The ´Browlution´ pencil

I have used so many brow products. The fake N100 mac pencils, Jordana pencils, Davis pencils, Dimples pencils, Catch me pencils *Yep that´s a real brow pencil name....and it´s a really good pencil too!*, E.L.F brow kit, Zaron brow kit, BH Cosmetics brow kit. Then lately, i´ve been using either the Hegai & Esther brow gel or the TARA brow pencils in ´Brown´ or ´Dark brown´.

´Browlution´started trending on Instagram, and as usual, i wanted to know if the hype and all the good things being said was true.....plus, i like to try out Nigerian products.




The ´Browlution´pencil is made by the Yanga Beauty brand and it has been around for some months now. It is a retractable pencil just like M.A.C Cosmetics ´Spiked´ and ´Stud´ *i never bought those anyway*.

For the benefit of those who don´t know, Yanga Beauty is a Nigerian beauty brand. Isn´t it great how Nigerians are now doing well for themselves in the Makeup industry? New brands are springing up, and most of them are really good. Yanga Beauty also has a line of liquid lipsticks *I don´t have any of them yet, but i plan to get some to use and review and let you know what i think*. The Nigerian beauty industry is now making waves, and it´s indeed something to be very proud of.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

FACE BEAT | Bloom

Have you noticed that my brows are never the same?

There are days when i want them thicker than usual, and other days i want them thin. Sometimes, i think only dark brows will do, and other times, if they are not light and natural-looking then whatever look i do won´t work. Oh, and on some ´off´days, they both look different *looool!*.


Today, they had to be thick, light and natural-looking.

I did not plan to do any  makeup look today, but this afternoon i had two free hours so i decided to make good use of them *yep.....doing makeup qualifies as ´good use´*.



I enjoyed taking photos of this look and i think it looks really nice.....it wasn´t like those times when the makeup is bomb but the selfies turn out dreadful ..... not every look makes it to the blog *sad face*. Those kind of days are just a waste of valuable time and expensive makeup.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW | Brush Wash & Brush Spray.......by Beauty Essentials by N´sure

Another reason why i have begun to look forward to wash days is the Organic tool wash and Natural tool spray by Beauty Essentials by N´sure.

These babies are bomb......for real!

Prior to getting these products, i used rubbing alcohol to spray my brushes, and i used kids hair shampoo for washing the brushes. They kind of got the job done back then, but these ones are much much better!




After i use the tool spray on my brushes, my eyes don´t sting when i use the brushes on my face like they do when i use the rubbing alcohol to spray them *you might have to read this sentence twice to understand it very well*. Also, the brushes dry very fast after spraying.


Monday, 20 February 2017

SHOW ´n TELL | Brush Mat

I´m unashamed to confess that i hate ´wash-days´ *any day i choose to wash my makeup brushes*. It drags on for more than an hour and the small brushes are the most annoying to wash.

I didn´t only hate it because of the amount of time it took.... i also hated it because i was either washing them by twirling them in the center of my palm *which had an unsettling tingling feeling*, or washing them with a brush egg *which was too small and took off a ridiculous chunk of time from my day*.

In my review of the brush egg HERE , i mentioned wanting to get a brush mat. Well, i did get one eventually, and now let me rephrase my previous statement...... "I used to hate wash-days" .

This mat has made wash-days a lot easier, and much more bearable!




It is a dupe for the Sigma wash mat.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

FACE BEAT | Blue hues

I think i´ve done this look years ago, or something very similar to it. Well, when you have been a beauty blogger for years, looks tend to repeat themselves....only they get better each time.

I was excited about doing this look for a couple of reasons.....I got to use the Browlution pencil i just got, and i also used the opportunity to test out some other new products i bought recently.
I´m still rocking my Faux Mink lashes in No. 14 sha *winks*.



I hope you don´t mind my posts being picture-heavy lately, i explained why on snapchat. By the way, if you are on snapchat and you are not following me yet, what on earth are you waiting for????? I bet you are following Bobrisky *evil side eye* .

Snap I.D : blushes.dimples

Saturday, 18 February 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW | E.L.F Mineral Face Primer

For a long time, i´ve only used the Boots No 7 primer or the Marykay face primer. Ok, confession.... sometimes, i don´t even use a primer at all *Did you gasp? Loool!*. I have a couple of reasons though......

First of all, what does a face primer do? They fill in the pores and create a smooth and even surface for your foundation, and they help the makeup last long on your face.

The thing is.....most of my makeup looks are just for the blog so i beat my face, take pictures and wash it all off. Since primers are supposed to help the makeup last long, what is the need since i wash it all off after pictures?

Secondly, i have a very smooth and even face, no visible pores to fill with a primer. No fine-lines either. I just apply my foundation and viola...there´s a flawless finish! Since primers are supposed to create a smooth surface and i already have that, what is the need?

And then when i have to wear makeup for hours for an event, i forget to use the primer for long-lasting beat *because i´m so used to working without a primer*, yet somehow my make-up lasts all day and i still get compliments on how nice the beat looks....i´m blessed with good skin #ThankGod.


My sister gave me this E.L.F Mineral Face Primer and i´ve used it for a number of face-beats.




It comes in a small opaque bottle with a clear plastic cover. Product is dispensed through a pump which you can unscrew to check the quantity of product you have remaining in the bottle since you can´t see through the opaque container. Some people complain that after a while, their pumps stop dispensing though.

Friday, 17 February 2017

BEAUTY TALK | Makeup Artist Hygiene

I´ve been wanting to write this post for a long time now, but somehow i keep putting it off.

If you are a makeup artist, then you should read this post. Infact, you should book-mark it or copy and paste it somewhere. Yes, it IS that important.

What are we talking about today?............


When we talk about Makeup Artist Hygiene, what´s the first thing that comes to your mind? Your brushes and tools right? Well, i´ll have you know right now that your brushes and tools are not the only things you need to keep clean in our line of work. It´s very essential that as a makeup artist whose work requires you to be within very close proximity of another person, you should pay attention to your hygiene and be very very neat.

Monday, 13 February 2017

FACE BEAT | Valentines inspired beat

I´m not sure i´ve ever done a Valentines-inspired makeup look. 

At first, i was confused about what colours to combine ..... frankly, i didn´t want red because purple is my colour of love. At the same time, i wanted to keep it simple *hence the very light brows* . I almost left the eyes bare, but the last minute i thought i should try out the Sonia Kashuk highlighter as an eyeshadow to see how it would work....it did.


So that´s my simple Valentines day glam up there paired with red lips because i didn´t have the shade of purple i wanted . Do you think purple would have looked better?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Tales Of A Nigerian Mum | Bullies....big bullies!


I loved my primary school *i went to The Fountain School at Surulere, Lagos* and I have some good memories from those years, but I also remember being bullied a couple of times by a classmate or two.....i hated it back then, I hate it even more now.


So imagine my mortification when I went to pick the kids up from school today and Dindu came out looking all sweaty and miserable. I asked him what was wrong and he said a boy in his class hit his eye. He tried to fight back *which explains all the sweat* but the boy apparently had the upper-hand and hit his other eye. I was mad! I immediately went back into the school and asked to speak with the boy, but one of the teachers said he was already handling the matter so I shouldn't bother. I went on home but I plan to have a talk with the school authorities, the boy and their class teacher tomorrow.




I detest bullies!

They are hurtful and mean. They make other people feel hurt, scared and embarrassed. Some bullies come from families where everyone is angry or shouting all the time, so it makes them feel it's normal to act that way. They think it's normal to push people around and hurt them with their words and actions.

There are so many kid-bullies and these kid-bullies grow into adult bullies. Those are some of the worst kind of people, and they are everywhere! They are at the office as unnecessarily wicked superiors. They are online as cyber-bullies. They are on the roads as drivers who cut you off in traffic, bash your car and then try to shout you down. They are everywhere!


See, if your child is a bully, IT . IS . NOTHING . TO . BE . PROUD . OF! Nip it in the bud right now! There's a difference between your child standing up for himself or herself and your child being a little terrorist....terrorizing his or her classmates or any other kids they meet anywhere. Do your research on what to do if your child is a bully and put a stop to that horrible character.


Two summers ago, Dindu was enrolled for swimming lessons. During one of our pool sessions, Dindu and his sisters were splashing around in the pool while waiting for the instructor to come. Then a boy who looked a year or two older than Dindu came and jumped into the pool and made his way to Dindu. Next thing I saw, this child was trying to push and hold Dindu  down in the water! He tried the first time and Dindu wiggled out and away from his reach. He went for my boy again and I saw the fear in Dindu's eyes as he tried as much as possible to stay away from the little bully. This boy didn't know my son from Adam, but he felt it was okay to treat him that way? No, He was not playing with Dindu.... he was bullying him! He kept going for Dindu and Dindu kept wading fast away from him, it was obvious that he wasn't having fun anymore, he had become really uncomfortable. I was so upset, but I sat and watched them intently.I made up my mind right there that if that boy touched my child one more time, I would pull him right out of that pool and whoop his ass very hard.....i didn't care who or what his parents were!


I now teach my kids to stand up for themselves if any child bullies them. Most times, I encourage them to report to their teachers or any adult in sight, but other times I tell them to fight back hard! *no apologies* however, I have warned them not to go out of their way to look for anyone's trouble.


I give my kids pep-talks telling them how brave and strong they are. I tell them not to be scared of anyone. Sometimes I tell them to ignore bullies and not give them attention, but other times I encourage them to stand tall and fight back if the bullies are relentless. Perhaps, if they end up beating up the bully, he or she would have learned a lesson and not bother my child again *i might be using a wrong approach, but excuse me don't you dare bully my child*



Has your child ever being bullied? How did you handle the situation?


Besos...

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FACE BEAT | Earth-tones

Good morning beauties.....

I think the new look of the blog is growing on me....i´m beginning to like it.

So i finally did my first look of the year... and i´m really loving it, but first, can i gush about how much i love these lashes? Oh my God! They´re too gorgeous for words! Yeah they are the same lashes i did a ´Show ´n Tell´post about in this post.

They are just as full and as long as i love my lashes to be. No need to stack them...one pair is perfect *except you want the ´va-va-voom´ factor*.

So for this look, i went for earth-tones which happens to be my best kind of makeup look after the smokey eyes and nude lips combo. I took a lot of pictures because yesterday was that kind of day when the natural lighting (the sun) and my camera agreed with each other, so the result was about 50 pictures which i managed to reduce to 10 amidst a lot of ´oooooh-ing´ and ´aaaaaah-ing´ .

The point of all this explanation is that i´m just going to post all the pictures like that....no vex.


You´ve probably noticed by now that i love wearing hoop earrings....That´s right! So you´ll be seeing them a lot in most of my facebeat posts.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

MUA alert! Zircon Beauty

Hello beauties......

Remember when we used to do the 'MUA Alert' segment? Yeah, that is coming back. It never really went away.......it's just that Makeup artists in other states stopped sending their portfolios to be published, so it kinda stalled the segment. 

If you are a Makeup artist in other states (or even countries), please feel free to contact me to get your brand showcased on this platform. I can't count the number of times people send me chats asking me if i know makeup artists in other states.

So i'm starting the segment again by introducing you to a makeup company in Port Harcourt, Nigeria called 'Zircon Beauty'. The company is owned by Chidera Emeruwa who also happens to be my very beautiful cousin *there's a very large smile on my face right now*.


Chidera Emeruwa


TELL US ABOUT ZIRCON BEAUTY

Zircon Beauty is a company born out of passion. We are a unique makeup artistry brand providing professional makeup artistry services as well as makeup consultation. What makes us stand out is the way we view makeup as being an enhancement of one's personal beauty rather than trying to look like another. Thus we strive to make every single client a gorgeous version of themselves. Also, exceptional customer service is something we highly prioritise. We are currently based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.