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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Congress Official Blogger

Hey guys, 

Last week I signed up as an official blogger for the upcoming Beauty Africa Exhibition & Congress taking in October here in Lagos. In the next couple of months leading up to the event, I will be sharing updates with you so watch this space to be kept in the know.

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Congress is organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions (the world's leading exhibition organisers) they are responsible for other successful international shows like Beyond BeautyThe Bride Show and China Beauty. I'm especially excited because I have attended the Beyond Beauty Paris a couple of times and they were great so I cant wait ti see this one.

It's happening at Eko International Convention & Exhibition Center, Lagos, Nigeria from the 7-9 October 2014 and admission is FREE. 

Beauty Africa is bringing a great panel of both local and international beauty professionals for talks and workshops on how to improve your skill and succeed business. They promise to create a platform for companies to interact with beauty professionals as well as industry leading dealers and distributors. It will also provide a mix of business networking and trade opportunities along with high quality workshops designed to assist in building the African industrial capacity in the sector.

Like I mentioned earlier, I will be giving you updates on the event as the date draws near for now visit the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Congress Website for more info.




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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Work| Georgia's Birthday Makeover

Lagos, July 19th.

Happy Birthday Georgia! Yup yup its another Stella's Addiction Birthday Makeover this time its Gorgeous Georgia, I took the liberty of giving her a nickname for obvious reasons, isn't she lovely?

On Saturday Georgia came in to get ready or her birthday party. To complement her black and gold outfit we went for sparky neutral lids with a defined crease paired with bright barbie pink lips.

 Face
RCMA Foundation
Ben Nye Banana Powder*
Ben Nye Translucent Powder*
Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze*
La Femme blush in Magenta
Eyes
OFRA Cosmetics Semi Permanent Brow Gel in Light Brown*
Peggy Sage Eye Primer*
House of Tara Liquid eye liner in Black*
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Sugar Cane (lid)


Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Puddin (crease & outer corner)
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Desire (outer corner)


Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Sphinx (brow bone)
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Camel (brow bone)
Amazing Shine Human Hair lashes in #01*
Peggy Sage Paris Divin'Cils Mascara*
Zaron Black Velvet
Amazing Shine #43 Human Hair lashes*

Lips
Zaron Lip liner in Fussy Fuchia
Magnolai Makeup LipFix in Babe* (matte fuchsia)
She loved it and so do we ;-)


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Agbomma's Birthday Makeover

Lagos, July 16th.

Happy Birthday Agbomma! Many happy returns of your day.

Earlier today Agbomma stopped by to get her eye brows threaded but instead got a full makeover. For her birthday look she wanted to go colorful and pretty with bright colors without going over the top. Here is what we came up with...

 Face
RCMA Foundation
Ben Nye Banana Powder*
Ben Nye Translucent Powder*
Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze*
La Femme blush in Magenta & Pink Velvet


Eyes
Jordana Pencil in Brown*
Peggy Sage Eye Primer*
House of Tara Liquid eye liner in Black*
Makeup Forever Eye shadow in #167 (shimmery turquoise; outer corner)
Makeup Forever Eye shadow in #92 (matte purple; crease)

Sleek Makeup Eye shadow in Sparkle (shimmery light pink; lip)
Inglot D.S 490 eye shadow (brow bone)
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shaodw in Sphinx (brow bone)
Amazing Shine Human Hair lashes in #01*
Peggy Sage Paris Divin'Cils Mascara*
Zaron Black Velvet
Amazing Shine #747S Human Hair lashes

Lips
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Up the Amp
Magnolai Makeup LipFix in Stalk* (white, applied in the center and blended)



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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Work: Munachi Gets a Makeover

Lagos, June 9th 2014


Last month I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful Munachi, the 3rd of three sisters I am pleased to call clients. If you are curious to see her sisters Adanma and Ez click their names to see their makeovers. Munachi came to the studio on her way to a wedding and wanted a simple look to enhance her features. We went for soft neutral eyes and a dark bold lip...


 Face
RCMA Foundation
Ben Nye Banana Powder*
Ben Nye Translucent Powder*
Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze*
Sleek Makeup blush in Flushed*
Eyes
Jordana Pencil in Chocolate* (brows)
Peggy Sage Eye Primer*
House of Tara liquid eye liner in Black*
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shadow in Sphinx* (shimmery gold on lids)


Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shadow in Puddin* (warn brown in crease)
Magnolia Makeup Loose Eye shadow in Desire* (dark brown)
Amazing Shine Human Hair lashes in #01*
Peggy Sage Paris Divin'Cils Mascara*
Maybelline Colossal Kajal

Lips
Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in #48


She loved the results, what do you think?


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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tribute To My Muse Adaora Okoli

They say every artist has a muse. If I ever had one it was Adaora. She joined my team in our very early days as an intern. While she took makeup classes from me, I practiced makeup on her and as a result I have several gorgeous photos of Adaora many of which till this day adorn the walls of my studio and my promo materials.

The news of Adaora's passing reached me a while ago and to be honest I am still having trouble accepting it. She was so young and so beautiful its hard to imagine she is no longer with us. The news left me in total shock. The title of this post should be "life is short" in fact super short. I have lost people close to me in my life but I have to say this loss has been the hardest to accept. I just can't really believe it.

Our time here is limited, very limited. We hear this all the time but never imagine actually leaving until we are old and grey. Unfortunately not all of us are so lucky. Just after easter, Adaora was in a fatal car accident. She will be terribly missed. I pray the good Lord will bless and keep her family and friends, especially her little sisters and give them the strength to bare their loss.

In Adaora's honour, all week I will be sharing some of my favourite pictures of her on instagram. Here are some from my last shoot with her at Insignia studio with Kola Olafusi.



Rest In Peace Adaora Okoli, you are truly missed



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Monday, 30 June 2014

Product Review: Lila'lli Lip Collision

Months ago Amina Ajayi, the beauty behind British makeup brand Lila'lli stopped by our studio to introduce me to the Lila'lli range of multi-functional makeup products. I have to say that of all the Nigerian owned makeup brands I have tried (and I have tried pretty much all of them) this is without a doubt one of my favs!

The Lila'lli Cosmetics is a range of multifunctional makeup products, from pencils that work as eyeliner, lip liner or eye shadow to pressed blush that doubles as eye shadow, everything in the range with the exception of the eye lashes has at least 2 makeup functions. She left me some samples I've been playing with for a while and will reviewing for you one after the other. 1st up are the Lip Collisions.


Lila'lli Lip Collison is a double sided lip product; on one end a semi-matte finish lip stick and on the other end a matching lip gloss. Each can be worn alone or layered on for a full colour, full shine effect. I was given Lila'lli lip collisions in Billie & Katie. Thanks to the formula of the lipstick, it doubles as an eye shadow base.

Billie is an easy chocolate nude. I call it easy because unlike most beige based nude shades a chocolate skinned girl would be crazy to wear with out a lip liner, Billie has more brown to it, a really milky chocolate kinda nude a dark skinned girl like me can pull off "easily" even without a lip liner.

Katie is a bright pink shade with purple undertones. I particularly liked wearing this shade with the matching gloss over it.
Billie Lipstick worn alone
Katie Lipstick worn alone
Katie & Billie Lipgloss worn alone
Both lipstick and lip gloss are nicely pigmented. The lipstick worn alone stayed on for most of the day and even survived 2 cups of coffee. With the lipgloss over it the colour is brighter and glossy, really pretty but doesn't wear as long as the lipstick alone. I am yet to try these on my eyes...
Billie Lipstick worn with lipgloss
Katie Lipstick worn with lip gloss

The packaging is really impressive. Away from the usual black packaging I found it refreshing that Lila'lli went for purple lipstick tube instead. The gloss comes in a small clear bottle at the bottom of the lipstick tube.

Lila'lli Lip Collisions retail for £15/N3,900 for 3.5g of lipstick and 2.5g of lipgloss. At first the price seems a little steep but considering the fact that you get a full size lipstick and lipgloss for about the price of a high end lipstick (MAC lipsticks retail for about N3,800) its actually reasonable.

Lila'lli Lip Collisions are available form Lila'lli.com,  Beauty Kink.com and MyMakeupNg.

I'm really pleased with these products. I carry Billie around with me all the time now, a girl can always use a nude lippie right? LOL. I will probably be purchasing more shades soon, I have my sights on Elizabeth (the deep pink pink red shad)

Have you tried any Lila'lli products yet?


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