Barbara The Fashion Blogger | Orange Lace & Black For New Year 2015

It's New Year Eve!
So much to do, so much to say, so many places to go and most importantly, so much gratitude to God that we can barely contain ourselves.
As the humans we are though, we spend half the time before today and some part of today wondering what we are going to wear to that special New Year's eve event or even to church (Sunday best for God remember?)

clothes (on sale at The Nail Studio, 9 Aboyade Cole street, Victoria Island) - The Nail Studio

Barbara The Fashion Blogger | Some Delicate Gold Chains

I've never liked to show off skin, most likely that's why I never wear anything that is outrightly flattering in anyway, lol. This top changed all that and by pure coincidence too. I took it off the rack because the cowl neck style in front appealed to me, little did I know that the back was daring.....not as daring as I had initially thought it would be but in a simple, girlishly classy way.

clothes (on sale at The Nail Studio, 9 Aboyade Cole street, Victoria Island) - The Nail Studio

Barbara, The Fashion Blogger | Elsie Vintage & White

It's the eve before Christmas, I don't wear colour and this Elsie Vintage skirt is the closest I have to a multi-coloured outfit which closely looks like Christmas fairy lights.

I'll be on holiday hence the blog will be off for a while. Follow me on Instagram though as I'll update that with anything interesting from the holidays and my Tumblr blog will also be active with fashion collaborations with 'The Nail Studio' for whom I recently became Official blogger.

Merry Christmas everyone, xoxo

Inspire | 6 Ways to Live Fully Each Day by Shannon Ables

Did you know that even though we wake up to a new day every morning, some of us are yet to live our lives fully? There are so many hindrances to this that we are totally unaware of - within and without. In this post, Shannon focuses on the hindrances within. It's almost the end of the year and I can't think of a better attitude to cultivate in the New Year. 
I'll skip some of the opening sentences

Inspire | The Difference Between Living Life & Not by Adam Singer

Reading this article was like a wake up call for me. I have 2 things in my life that I live by - Duty and Passion (I'm sure you guys can figure out which is which). Sometimes I'm a bit confused about why I do them both. This article reminded me why

Weekend Blues | Hope, A New Project & #BarbaraxAfroriri Instagram Contest

Hi guys,
I've recently been under a lot of pressure and going through a lot. If you follow me on Instagram you must have felt it too. But the message of hope especially from Jer. 29:11 + God sending a physical person to help renew my hope has greatly strengthened me. So now, I can smile again, even brighter than before. 

Yanga Beauty Haul | LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints, Glide Gel Liner, Hot Ticket Nail Polish

I was asking myself recently if it would be possible for me to get tired of makeup. I have a stack full which I rarely use cos I wear nude makep most of the time. The most colour I ever wear is red lipstick....I remember wearing purple though, and pink too I think, oh yes that deep red and that time I did an ombre lip....... when I receive this package from Yanga Beauty.

Inspire | 8 Truths Most Men Would Hate To Hear From a Lady by S.O.Z.

A lot of the time I try to stay away from any squirmish male/female conversations as they irritate me especially when they are public ones. This article however, made me giggle a lot and so I'm sharing it as this week's Inspire post *sue me, lol*. Just the way I read it as usual.

FOTD | Asian Pink and Smokey Eyes

And the story goes thus - you know how you want to use ALL the new products you just got in one day cos you can't wait any longer? That's exactly what happened to me here.

#MyStyle | Fall Fashion with Modcloth

Yes we don't have Fall in Nigeria but that doesn't mean I can't imagine there is and try out some layering & pairings just for fun. You never know, harmattan could just come early and I would have the chance to fake Fall *winks*

MakeMe Salon Haul & Product Review | Ludanmei Lipstick, L.A. Girl Pro Concealer, Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer

Everyone has heard about MakeMe Salon and Ugo Igbokwe, the Hair Maestro. But what we all didn't really know is that he has a huge beauty store that stocks everything from hair pins to spritz to human hair, Tara, Zaron and some other brands (I'll post pictures from my visit in another post). In the meantime, I decided to rescind my "no makeup purchase" rule and got a couple of things for myself. Managed to sneak in a picture of myself, Ugo and Bayo Haastrup who stopped by while I was there.

Inspire | Turning Procrastination Into Motivation by Adam Singer

I procrastinate a lot so when I saw the title of this article, I didn't hesitate to click it. I think my boss might need to take note of the 1st and 3rd bullet points (while I secretly pray he doesn't read this post, lol). It's a great read so please click the jump.

Hotel Review | A Ground Floor Room in Villa Picasso

Just throwing in pictures of the ground floor room I got at Villa Picasso for the MTN Project Fame 7 Winners Party - Geoffrey won and Rukky, Christian and Clement followed respectively.

Event | An Audience with Eryca at The Nail Studio

Truthfully and honestly, quite a lot of awesome things happen to me. Most times, I am too caught up in chasing other things or even past things not to notice and I know for a fact that the good Lord is getting very upset with me because I have acted like an ingrate when really He has been awesome to me.
Lord, I'm sorry.

Inspire | 5 Reasons Every Man With Class Should Own A Wallet by Phil

Let's get it out in the open - seriously, how many guys have ever owned a wallet? Have you ever held a pure leather wallet in your hands or brought it out of your pocket or bag to the looks of admiration in the eyes of onlookers? I love leather wallets (not purses, wallets) as much as I love ties. I can't understand why a guy won't use a wallet but prefers to have all sorts of stuff scattered in his pocket *urgh*. This article right here sums it up for me.

Product Review | Sleek Makeup 'Glisten Me' Liquid Illuminator in Empress

Our climate is a bit tricky and can be very annoying sometimes especially after the harmattan (dry season). During rainy season, we have very sunny days in between so there is still the danger of having your makeup melt off your face. But I still love my highlighter.

Inspire | 7 Components to Healthy, Strong Relationships by Shannon Ables

relationshipsstrongFor those who know me really well, love relationships are not my strong point. I like them and would love to be in a really great one, but, I'm kinda so so about them (we'll leave that for another day). With me being all 'not so very interested' right now, it's a wonder I still read stuff like this but Shannon always has my ears pricked and my eyes glued to her life posts. Read this new post and I do believe I might be re-considering my earlier attitude towards it. Go Shannon!

Makeover 1923 | Khuraira Makeover with Stella

There are times when you just want to play around with makeup especially if like me, you don't have such an opportunity very often. This was a while ago and I decided that I'd try a brighter look on my sister. For some reason, I always go for smokey eyes and looks that make her already deep crease deeper. Hey, she likes them too, what can I say?

Inspire | The 10 Commandments of Highlighting & Contouring by Shannon Caldwell Dowling

It's that time of the week again and here is another post for makeup artists/enthusiasts. Nowadays, there is barely any difference between the 2 especially with social media providing a platform for people to literally go crazy. I read this on Glossible and loved it. I hope you do too.

There is no way I can publish this post without using the exact same images Shannon used. Here goes, it gets more hilarious as you get to the bottom.

My Hair | My Natural Hair Journey, Pt. 2

This is a looooong post filled with text. Thought you should know.
If you are interested in what my 2 years, 7 months old natural hair journey has entailed, by all means click the jump. Otherwise, you can move right along.
Thank you

My Hair | My Natural Hair Journey, Pt.1

This post will be in 2 parts - Part 1 will be pictures of my journey and Part 2 will be me talking you through the journey with what exactly I did, how, when, where, the brands I used, how I reacted to them etc.
It is only fair that Part 1 starts with a picture of my online visual identity and my very first faux puff done right after my 8 months transition journey ended in November of 2012.

Product Review | Sleek Studio Nigeria Flash a Pout Lipstains

This is most likely the most out-dated review post for the Sleek Studio Flash-a-pout lip stains but I'm putting it up anyway *tongue out*. By the time of this post, I am actually missing Coined. I swatched them all previously but didn't like how the pictures came out so decided to do lip swatches all over again (still working on my lip swatches so no hating)

Inspire | 6 Easy Tips to an Organised Closet by Tosin Ak

Ever heard the saying "organising your closet is as easy as ABC"?. Most likely not because I just made it up, lol. An organised closet. Hmmm, mine is a shame to behold but mainly because I have no space at home. Once I do get space, you bet I'll be dying to show it off to you all. 
Style Me Africa recently unveiled their new website and brand (at a lovely bloggers event which I wasn't invited to, hmph. Imagine that). Anyway, I was on their site recently and saw this post. Trust me, no way I wasn't going to share it here

Nails | Nail Candy Nail Art Pen Review

I'm not sure why I'm yet to upload the pictures I took at the Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference and I apologise for the quality of the light in these images. My regular, portable source of light died right when I was about to start and I didn't want to postpone taking pictures of this exceptional nail art product.

My Hair | The Bantu Knots (& Bantu knotouts) Struggle

Never mind Naptural85, Naturally Curly, Natural Sistas, Jenell Stewart and the rest of them who make Bantu knotouts look like a breeze. IT ISN'T!
Do you follow me on Instagram? You'd have seen all the pictures from my struggle

Event | CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. West African Nominees Unveiled.

I love attending business events. I usually reach out to PR companies of such events and I am very excited when I get invited to them. So far I have been to WOWe (Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference. Where I met Eryca Freemantle) and WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) and I was hugely inspired by the women who spoke at these events. 

Inspire | Fakeup Artist or Makeup Artist? 20 Tips From Seasoned Pros. by Sonia Roselli

We have all asked ourselves "what defines a truly professional makeup artist?". We won't even get into the question of what makes one a 'celebrity' makeup artist. We'll get into that another time, lol.
I stumbled on this article on Glossible and couldn't imagine not posting it as an Inspire Wednesday post. Would love to know what you guys think?

Nails | L.A. Girl Disco Diva

Manicure posts are now being taken either right on top of my computer, in my car or walking down the road. Generally, in a standing position though as I seem to always be on the move or at work when I remember I am supposed to be doing a mani post. (as an aside, I will be swapping nail posts for mascara posts in the coming weeks. My nails are back to floor length and I do have a couple of mascara tubes you should know about)

Product Review | Sleek Studio Glowshine Lipgloss

The concept of lipgloss has always been alien to me. I always wonder why I can't just use a lip balm over my lipstick and if I want a highlight in the middle of my lip, what happened to another lipstick in a lighter shade. Such admissions here are usually considered unusual by some because 1) I am a makeup artist and 2) I should know better to admit such things.
But heck, this is where I have a chance to say anything I like right?

20 Random Facts About Me

Swapping my Wednesday Inspire posts for this. Just this once guys, just this once.

Seriously? Do I really have to do this? I mean, I'm very sure there is nothing new you guys want to know about me, is there? Or am I wrong? I was tagged by Love Ifeyinwa to do this post way back in August but was too shy to tackle it. Seen so many of my fellow bloggers putting theirs up and figured I'd perhaps give it a try.

So here are 20 random things about me (20?!!! That's a lot)

Event | Savvy & Chic Hair & Beauty Garden Party

Exactly one week ago, I was at a really lovely bloggers get together hosted by the gorgeous Dabs of & owner of Savvy & Chich Hair & Beauty. Truthfully, I had initially thought it would be just natural hair bloggers but it was an eclectic mix of beauty, fashion, lifestyle and hair bloggers.

My Hair | Easy Tuck n Roll How-To Video (3 Styles)

Do you know that feeling of 'Eureka'? It can be completely intoxicating and sometimes it makes you breathless and float, lol. Well, that is kinda how I have been feeling these past couple of weeks. It seems everyone only recently realised I have lovely, super curly, super full, natural hair resting peacefully on my head. Thus, I get compliments about it everyday. Now, that's enough Barbara, lol.

Product Review | MAC Cosmetics

Receiving a press package from a PR company is sometimes like un-wrapping jewellery, lol.
Well, that's how I felt when I received this from The Bobby Taylor Company as a thank you for publishing a collection post.

Inspire | 9 Qualities of a Confident Woman by Kali Rogers

Hmmm, a confident woman. Who exactly is she? They do say though that confident women are strong, courageous and awesomely attractive. That is the kind of woman I would like to be (if I can get over my laziness that is, lol). Came across this article on huffingtonpost and said to share it for this week's Inspire post. Enjoy!

FOTD | with Limecrime Velvetines

I succumbed, I know. I succumbed to the gorgeousness that is the Limecrime Velvetines. From the moment I saw them online last year up till now, I am still in love with them, lol. When Funke of Gifty's Daughter announced on Instagram that they were now in stock, "they have to be mine", my heart screamed.

Nails | Wet n Wild Refresh-Mint & O.P.I. Red Shatter

The reign of O.P.I. Nail shatter has come and gone, I know. But it isn't a crime to still be in love with it enough to wear it now is it?

Review + Video | Illusions Cosmetics

Three years ago when I started my love affair with social media, I heard about Beauty Talk radio from one of the Facebook groups I was in. I was new to a lot of the technology then, and even to makeup too, so the idea of internet radio was revolutionary to me. The fact that the twin sisters Denise & Janice Tunnell were involved in it made them demi-gods in my sub-conscious.

Product Review | Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Canary Diamond Supreme Shine Lipgloss

Who doesn't love Sam Fine? The celebrity makeup artist for African American Hollywood and Fashions Divas. His time as Creative Director for Fashion Fair definitely heralded a new life for the brand and when the Sam Fine Fashion Fair collection launched, it was an international buzz like never before.

Inspire | iPhone Photography Tips & Tricks

I love my Samsung Note, the good Lord knows that. In recent times however, due mainly to work, I have to make use of the iPhone more than the Samsung. I have come to love it's portability and how compatible it is with apps...especially photography apps (morebeaute2 is my go-to selfie app. Thanks Amrezy) which kinda endears it to someone like me who is not just a blogger but a beauty blogger.

Nails | MAC Morange Nail Polish

Orange is a colour that can make you look very garish or pale if you have the wrong shade for your skin. Thankfully, my skin has just the right amount of yellow in it to balance off almost any shade of orange (and you all know how much I love Orange right? Tangerine Tango series people)

Don’t Let it Rain on Your Beauty Parade – 7 Steps to Help You Out!

Surprises are either pleasant or unpleasant and getting caught in the rain is a very unpleasant surprise.

Close your eyes and just think about it – black streaks on your face from mascara and liner, white and pink streaks on your face too from foundation and concealer (all mixed with the black streaks), hair clinging to your face, lipstick streaks all over your lower face from trying to get the strands of hair off your face. In general just picture looking a hot mess!

Inspire | 4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management by Amy Gallo

If you know me well, then you know that one of the things I constantly seem to be struggling with is my time. From when to wake up, to the time it takes to get to work, to managing the communities under my jurisdiction to my personal social media, updating my blog, editing pictures/videos, shooting videos, taking the pictures, writing for,