28 Sep 2013

Fall Beauty Favourites

Autumn, even though it is one of the seasons we don’t experience in Nigeria, remains my favourite time of year. This is due to the dark and rustic nature of the prevailing colours of the season – from black and browns to grey, taupe, even red and mustard yellow. But the call of Autumn remains.

Colored sparkly eyes, flicked liner and a burgundy lip is my all time fall look.
I have my favorite products I use to achieve this look. Even though I only wield them on special occasions, I would love to share them with you:


1.    Strange as it may seem, I like to have a layer of MAC Fix+ on my face prior to applying my foundation right after my moisturizer. It gives me the feeling of having moisture locked into my skin and is great for that dewy, natural skin foundation look.

2.   So I love glistening, glowing, healthy skin – sue me.
The Smashbox BB cream provides a light layer of moisturizing and mineral suffused coverage while also protecting from the UV rays which are almost not felt during fall (remember when we say sunscreen should be worn all year round? We meant it)

3.   I have been known to use stick or crème-to-powder foundation in place of concealer under my eyes. For the light concealer texture we need for fall, this is your go-to product. Just warm a little of Mary Kay Concealer between the pads of your fingers and apply under your eyes and anywhere else in a tapping motion.

4.   In fall, I like to substitute blush for highlight on the cheeks. I love liquid highlighter and my favorite to use is Benefit High Beam.
      Using the ring finger, lightly dab a drop of High Beam on the upper cheeks right after foundation and concealer and watch it dissolve into the skin.

5.   For eyeshadows, the Bobbi Brown Chocolate and Laura Mercier Merlot are perfect eye companions for fall. Matte and packed with enough pigment to enable you use them on your face too as contour and blush respectively.
Pair either of them with the Bobbi Brown Chrome eyeshadow in Silver for a light, coloured sparkle on the eyes.

6.   Creamy, long lasting, water-proof and easy to apply, the Asta gel liners are perfect for fall. Using the enclosed applicator, create feline lines to accompany your sparkly lids.

7.    I love volume for my lashes and this transcends seasons.
       Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara is my absolute favourite for full and glamorous lashes.

8.  The first burgundy lipstick in my makeup arsenal was the Bobbi Brown Merlot lipstick. I must admit that I fell in love with the packaging before the lipstick but when I got to the lipstick, it was love at first use. It is creamy, smooth, provides full coverage when applied in layers and is moisturizing. Hey, it is Laura Mercier afterall. If you want to go dark for fall, without going too dark, this is the perfect lippie.

9.   Lastly, for that next to nothing powdered look, I like to use the CRC (Camera ready Cosmetics) Loose Powder. It is scent free and so smooth it literally feels like air when applied with a large powder brush.
Using a small fluffy brush dabbed in the powder, lightly apply powder to the forehead, nose and chin area of the face.

26 Sep 2013

My Hair|Face of the Day: Matte Bantu Braidouts using Sleek iDivine Palette

Hello lovelies,
So I tried to do 2 things at the same time in this post, I think it worked, I am not sure but I hope you think it worked out.

After watching several videos and reading several blogs, I finally decided to try a bantu twistout. The ends of my twists never stay put so I decided I might as well have a go at twisting them in and pinning them. I also wanted to try out my Sleek iDivine Supreme palette from the Shangri-La collection. This palette is made up of all matte shadows and I absolutely love that.

Don't want to be a spoiler but in the end the twist-outs really came out alright, I guess.

I really think I should just get a boat-load of scarves cos I usually end up using them for my hair one way or another (I have a scarf in my hair now, holding up a front mohawk braidout style *sigh*)

24 Sep 2013

Face of the Day: Blue Asoebi

Hello lovelies,
A while back I shared a picture of me going to a wedding dressed in the below asoebi material. That was the only picture I took at the wedding and so I decided to wear that outfit again and take better pictures.

21 Sep 2013

Why Eyeshadows?

So here I am, walking down the street of the estate and I look at people as I pass by. It is an improvement to note that a lot more ladies apply makeup more than in the early days and I see a myriad of colours, mixtures and techniques. Even when I go to the market, I see the traders trying to keep up with the trends in their own ‘eyeshadow color-jumbled way’ (I just came up with that).
So I ask myself, why eyeshadows?
Yes, it is true that it is on the eyes that we can be the most creative with makeup but there are also other parts of our face aren’t there?
In Inspiration matchI wrote about matching our makeup to our clothes. This however, is mostly done with eyeshadow in mind. There are other parts of our face that we can match (if we insist) and that is our cheeks and lips. If you want to go a little farther, you can match with your eyelashes as well Why create coloured mascara and say that it is only to be used for editorial and runway looks?
I say perfect foundation and concealer, well defined brows, tighlined lids, coloured mascara, blush and lipgloss for a day at the office. Amp it up for nighttime by applying a bright lipstick only and you are good to go.
The next time you are determined to match your makeup to your clothes, take a look at your collection, take a risk, and apply subtle purple blush instead of purple eyeshadow to match that gorgeous purple silk blouse you just got.

18 Sep 2013

'Barbara, the fashion blogger' is on Tumblr

Hello lovelies, 
Barbara, the fashion blogger's first post is up on Tumblr

Future updates on her posts will be shown in the 'Barbara, the fashion blogger' tab and on my Facebook page

Glitter Bug!

One of the things I am absolutely crazy about, even though I have no patience for them especially when I am running late, are accessories. I especially love delicate pieces because they signify class, style and sophistication to me. But hey, that is just me speaking.

A friend of mine brought these over and wanted to know what I thought. I think they are lovely and the kind of pieces I would like to wear especially this delicate emerald/diamond piece below.

17 Sep 2013

Hey guys, Just Checking

Hello lovelies,
In the midst of everything I have been up to and that has taken my time recently, I still love you all and miss updating the blog a lot. After a long hiatus, I whipped out the Sleek iDivine Original palette & a couple of lippies from my personal collection (I have them depotted so don't know names anymore).

Even though it was friday (and a while ago as can be seen from my cornrows aka. Apples & Oranges event) and I could pretty much wear what I wanted, I felt like wearing makeup that was pretty much off the casual look.

I am supposed to have a product review up today but decided to post this instead.
This post is pretty much just to check on you all and let you know I have missed you but I am working behind the scenes to get better.

16 Sep 2013

'Barbara, the fashion blogger'.....my alter ego


My very first encounter with the words 'alter ego' are so far back I can barely remember but I do remember the very first book I read about Schizophrenia. It was the Sidney Sheldon book - Tell Me Your Dreams

Little did I know that I would somewhat end up being a perfectly compartmentalized human, lol.

I am a shy young lady (nobody believes it), a makeup artist who tells everyone that there is a difference between beauty & fashion (which is my excuse for not having any personal style or dressing plainly). Thankfully I am not considered a creative at work and so get away with wearing black, browns and greys to work. I hate taking pictures in public (hence the makeup pictures taken in my house or on the balcony or outside at work but mainly when nobody is watching)

Meet my alter ego, she is bold, daring and not shy at all.
I hope you like her though.
She will be posting over on the Tumblr blog - http://barbara1923.tumblr.com/; but I will make a little room for her here on the site.
I hope you like her

11 Sep 2013

Magnolia Makeup, Inglot, Shadow Shields & more - Haul from Gifty's Daughter

Right after LMUF II, Funke of Gifty's Daughter gifted me with goodies she got from The Makeup Show
Magnolia makeup Infinity palette and pigments, Inglot lip paint, gel liners and a really nice short handled stippling brush.
During that same period, Michelle of Shadow Shields gifted me with a box of Shadow Shields (if you follow me on Instagram then you must have seen me playing around with these)

7 Sep 2013

Inspiration Match

Why do we always have the urge to match our makeup to our clothes? Is it just a Nigerian thing or is it a global trend? There is nothing wrong with occasionally looking to our outfits for makeup inspiration but making it a daily routine can be very faux pas.
So where do you search for inspiration? Anywhere and everywhere.
Look around you, the sun, the colour of the walls in your house, your mood for the day, the grass on the lawn, your so gorgeous perfume, the food you eat for breakfast or the one you pack for lunch, the colour of your car or the scent of the air freshener. Inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere.
Knowledge of colours is also key to knowing which colours go together. Your outfit can be pink and you could decide to go for a blue smokey eye or purple eyeshadow or even a red lip or you can have on only pink blush and a nude lip for the day. The possibilities are endless.
You are also limiting yourself when you consider your outfit for the day as the only inspiration for your makeup.
Remember, limitations are only in the mind, even if the colours don’t match, rock it girl and people will admire you all day long. So work it with confidence and don’t be shy.

2 Sep 2013

1923 FOTD: Cool Sunday Look with Cornrows

Hello lovelies,
It has been such a long time I had makeup on I hope I have not lost my touch.
A couple weeks ago I got my hair done at Apples & Oranges Spa in VI. First of all, I love the fact that they had an event for all naturals. That was very thoughtful of them and letting us get out hair done for free was the icing to top it all.

I had my hair washed and plaited into cornrows. That was my first time washing my hair out since I went natural and I had such high hopes. Thankfully, these hopes weren't dashed at all. My hair was washed and combed with ease and the cornrows were done while my hair was still damp which was just perfect for no breakage and all that.

While I didn't take pictures of the hairstyle itself on the day I had it done, I did take pictures, the sunday after, of my hair and makeup