Currently…

  Hey guys! Happy Easter celebrations… And happy little holidays! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ‡

So I got tagged in the “currently” tag by Bella of http://www.iambrownie.com and I thought, why not?  

 That’s Bella, btw.. Hey girl! ๐Ÿ˜ƒโœŒ๐Ÿพ Shes a blogger, vlogger and the head brownie extraordinaire. Y’all should check her out. 

Anyway, here goes… So, I am currently – 

Wearing : A multi-colored River Island mini dress. It was a gift from the bae and I loved the fit so much, I wore it all the time! Now I wear it at home on random, lazy days. 

Admiring : YarisBeth D. She has such flawless skin and her makeup application is always perfect! Simple, yet stunning. Just how I like it. Even when she has on a dramatic eye look, she’s all about that glow and I’m so here for it!  

 
Wishing : I had a shit load of money… Duh? If wishes were horses, right? 

 

In awe of : Nothing really, if we’re being completely honest. I’m in one of my bleh moods, so yeah. Not today.
Determined to : Tick everything off my 2016 target list. So far, it’s been going fairly good but it’s got to go a lot faster. 

Craving : One of these amazing cocktails bae makes. I’m particularly obsessed with one called “Sharleys temple” or something like that. I just call it “that Sprite drink”. Oh, pizza too. I’d really like a slice or two right now.  

 
Excited to : Get started with this really amazing idea I’ve had for a while. 

Feeling : Moody. Slightly blue, a tad anxious and very bored. 

Anticipating : A bridal job I have in April. This soon-to-be bride has beauuutiful, black skin… The darkest I’ve ever had to work with… and I have all these amazing ideas about how to beat her face. Can’t wait.  

 

Happy about : Growth. I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’m so at peace with myself and I’m not needing love, companionship or validation from any one but myself. You’d be surprised how therapeutic spending time with yourself is. 
Appreciating : My new dog, Hachu. I’m obsessed with every dog I meet but this guy is really something special. So glad I got him at the time I did because I don’t know how else I would have gotten over Jason.  

 He’s such a poser. Lol.  

 That’s Jason. I don’t know what we ever did to deserve dogs but I thank God for them all the time! 

Irritated by : My toothache. I can’t even get into it right now, I’m just so sick and tired of constantly dreading night time. I’m scheduled to have a root carnal and I’m so not looking forward it. 

Inspired by : One of my friends. She recently reached a major milestone in the finance department and I could not be more proud! I’m so blessed to have friends who are not just about petty talk and fun times. Major key, guys. 

Planning : Two trips this week. One to Benue and another to Jos. 

Loving : “Friends” all over again! This show just never gets old. I practically know all the words in every episode but I still can’t get enough.  

 
Regretting : All the time I’ve ever wasted not being productive. 

Unsure about : My future. It’s giving me major anxiety. 

Reading : Nothing right now… But I would love for you guys to find this amazing book I read a while back. I don’t have words to describe how fulfilling and overwhelming it was. I fell in love with it over and over with every new chapter.  

 
Listening to : Mindy Lahiri from “The Mindy project”. I love this show a little too much! I watch it all the time, even when I’m not watching… Like right now. I know there’s so many other amazing shows out there but Mindy is my girl for life!  

 
That’s all folks! What are y’all doing currently? Share and rant below if you need to. 

Xo, Mishdoo โค๏ธ

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Drab to Fab in 3, 2, 1..

  Can we all agree that impromptu outings are the best? The absolute best! I have so much more fun just going with the flow, than having to spend weeks overthinking what hairdo to carry or what blouse matches my skirt… I almost always end up not going to properly planned parties. Unfortunately, the chances of looking basic to these spontaneous outings are high… So I devised a plan. 

Accessories and bold lips. Let me start off by saying sunglasses, for one, are so much more than random accessories… They’re a basic and a must have. Besides the fact that they upgrade your cool in a heartbeat, they also protect one of the most important organs of your body. If you live in a hot climate zone, they’re definitely a necessity.   

 I have a ton of sunglasses but these are my go-to’s for everyday use. They retail on http://www.accessoriesng.com for a ridiculously amazing price and not to mention, they look great with every outfit. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

 Speaking of ridiculously amazing stuff, look what I found on Instagram –  

 Hello? Sun is blazing.. we need shadies.. we love awoof.. we save? It’s like buying a pair of glasses with money you would have spent on delivery. Don’t let this go, babygirl!   

 I have to admit, septum rings aren’t exactly my style. They’re obviously in right now and almost everyone seems to be feeling them but I lowkey freak out at the thought of something – anything blocking my airways. Lol! However, these blinged-out ones from AccessoriesNg are making me reconsider. It’s a fast and easy way to give your look a little edge, without going overboard.  

 I’ve often marveled at how fast a bold lip color can transform even the nudest of everyday makeup looks to something worth staring at. I used a bright red from the LA girl matte flat velvet lipstick collection. Shades is named “gossip”.  

 They’re matte but not dry, which is great. Unfortunately, they tend to transfer a little so you’re going to have to touch up once in a while. I like that it glides on smoothly and has a wide range of colors to choose from. Also, it retails for N2,000 and below so why the hell not?  


 Here’s a before and after of my 30 second get-fab routine. Top is a picture of me on a normal day, going about my basic girl activities. Bottom is a picture of me armed with my sun shades, septum ring and bold lips.  

   More selfies because why not, right?  By the way, is it just me or is this lipstick a pretty good dupe for MAC’s RiRi woo? I have both so I’ll do a swatch for y’all soon.
 So ladies, before you rush home to fake “freshen up”, consider my quick and easy routine. You can substitute the nose ring for a bold neck piece/bangles or replace the shades with a cute hat – whatever suits your style. Life is too short to keep your friends waiting… you’ll probably end up looking the flyest, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜Š

P.s. I recommend carrying some lotion everywhere you go. Your feet and hands might need some during the day. Don’t be caught ashy. Thanks a lot for reading and stay blessed. 

Xo, Mishdoo ๐Ÿ’‹

All about that base

  If you live in, or are currently in Nigeria, I don’t need to tell you how incredibly hot the weather is! When I step outside, I feel so uncomfortable and restless… And then I vow to try and make it into heaven because there’s no way I’m enduring this for an after-lifetime. Lol.  
 I’ve always been very particular about face primers and setting sprays. As a makeup artist, one of the greatest compliments I get about my work is that it lasts for hours on end! I take pride in that. So for all of you wondering how to keep your makeup perfect in this hot weather, this one is for you.  

 Number one on my list is the No.7 Beautifully matte makeup base. If this was a matte contest, this product would definitely come out on top as the mattest of them all! If you have oily skin or you’ve had it with the heat and constant sweating, this is a must have for you! However, if you have dry skin, you should probably stay away from this product, or at least, use it once in a while when you have to wear makeup for long hours.  

 Despite all the controversy surrounding the Milk of Magnesia, it’s still one of my favorite face primers of all time! Some people argue with theoretical explanations why it has negative effects on your skin over time but I’ve never seen any actual complaints with practical proof. I for one, have been using this CONSISTENTLY for over two years and nothing has changed! My skin is still clear, smooth and blemish free.  

 The Becca evermatte poreless priming perfector. The name is almost as long as how many hours it holds your makeup for. Lol. This is probably the most hyped face primer of recent times but I have to admit, it’s not the best I’ve had. It’s amazing, just not as good to me as the two previously mentioned products. I usually notice beads of sweat around my forehead when I use this… which is a little underwhelming, especially considering how expensive it is. I’ll rate it an 8 out of 10.  

 The Smashbox photo finish primer is amazing in ways I can’t explain. It’s silicon-based and has a really nice velvet feel to it. My favorite thing about it is how beautifully it blends out. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and I honestly can’t wait to try out all the other primers from Smashbox because I’m a little too obsessed with this one.

 This is also from No.7 and it’s called the Stay Perfect primer. I like that it’s kind of moisturizing, yet, matte but not dry. If you have dry skin but still want a matte base that holds your makeup for hours, this is the perfect one for you.

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I bought all these products from http://www.accessoriesng.com as usual. Great prices, amazing customer service and very reliable. Not to mention the convenience of having your makeup delivered to your doorstep in perfect time. Impressive! 

I hope this blog post helps you stay fly.. Thanks for reading. 

Xo, Mishdoo โค๏ธ

Style scrutiny – Style By Cecil

  If you know me personally, you might have noticed how obsessed I am with originality. Seeing designers recreate the same old styles gets so boring that when I finally see something different, it’s such a breath of fresh air! Plus, I’m Aquarian. We like different. That’s probably why StyleByCecil is hands down one of my favorite Nigerian designers. 
 Don’t get me wrong… It’s 2016. Almost anything you do right now has probably already been done by someone else. We know pencil skirts have been around… Shift dresses, yes… A wrap dress… All of that! But what makes StyleByCecil stand out is her ability to add that perfect personal touch to every outfit she creates. An unexpected twist. A beautiful distinction.

 She’s not afraid to mix prints and colors are nothing but a thing to her! Talk about a creative and artistic mind.  

 My first instinct when pairing a pencil skirt with a blouse would be to keep it tucked in… But Miss Ene Anyebe of StyleByCecil proves time and time again how versatile fashion can be. Check out that high front slit… Business at the back, party in the front! 

 My favorite thing about this brand (and its owner) is how perfectly well she combines urban and tribal. She just creates a whole new vibe and calling her a trendsetter would be an understatement! 

 Another thing I love about her is the fact that she makes very practical pieces. She definitely has the everyday woman in mind when she creates. You can wear StyleByCecil to any and every occasion!  

 Take this ensemble for instance… And the before this too! You could wear them to work, church, a casual outing, the movies… even to visit your inlaws, and it would still be appropriate every time!  

   Look how adorable this his and hers combo is! Urban with a touch of traditional. Perfection!  
   Every outfit, no matter how casual still ends up being a yes!
 An Ankara jumpsuit and a beautiful Afro for the unapologetic African woman! ๐Ÿ˜ 

 Whether you decide to buy one of her ready-to-wear pieces or have yours custome made, one thing is for sure… You’re definitely gonna slay!  

 Here are a few pictures of me in some of my StyleByCecil Pieces.  

    
    
 These picture could definitely be better… I’ll be sharing more on my Instagram so follow me (@Mishdoo) if you haven’t already done that… And definitely follow @StyleByCecil to keep up with all this awesomeness. Thanks a lot for reading and thank you in advance for spreading word about this very underrated talent. #BuyNigerian. Be a #StyleByCecilWoman… Or man, cus there’s something for everyone!   

Xoxo, Mishdoo๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

Duraline by INGLOTย 

  As some of you might already know, I’m usually late on reviews because I hate to be a bandwagon makeup junkie. I’m not going to spend my hard-earned money on something the minute it’s released because everyone else is doing so. I like to read reviews and get positive feedback before I decide if a product is worth investing it. However, I’m really glad I finally gave into the hype this time because Duraline is amazing! All my dried up gel liners are back and better, plus I can make colored liners from any eyeshadow I want! I don’t even need glitter glue anymore… The possibilities are endless!  
 So this is what the pack says and trust me, Duraline does all that and more. My first impression of it was.. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ !! I had two pots of dried up gel liners (black and brown) that had been lying around for almost two years. When I say “dried up”, I mean rock-hard-solid. I tried every trick in the book from sun drying to microwaving them. They would soften up for about an hour and go right back to being gravel.  

 Then I tried Duraline and all was well with the world again. The best part about this product is, it makes anything waterproof. As a makeup artist, I’m always looking for products that would last all day/night on my clients so the fact that I can get that just by adding a drop of Duraline is pretty amazing!  

 Here’s a video of me using Duraline to make loose pigment into waterproof gel. I intended to use this to create a pink, glitter eyeliner wing but it made me realize I could also use it instead of glitter glue. Like I said before, the possibilities are endless. 

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I made a list of everything I’ve done with Duraline so far. The instructions say you need just one drop but I use 2 to 3 depending on the quantity of the products. 

-Revive dried up gel liners

-Revive old and dried mascaras 

-Turn different eyeshadows into colored gel liners 

-Made glitter eyeliners from loose pigment glitters 

-Applied glitter all over eyelids rather than using my glitter glue (which kinda stings the eyelids, by the way) 

 For those who would want to know, I got mine from my favorite online makeup store at the moment http://www.accessoriesng.com 

Thanks a lot for reading and stay blessed! 

Xo, Mishdoo โค๏ธ

Tip Tuesday – How to eat a cupcakeย 

  I know it sounds a little ridiculous but trust me, there’s a 99% chance you’ve been eating cupcakes wrong this whole time. I learnt this cool trick from my sister and I had to share it with you guys.  
 So this is what a cupcake looks like. The average person will either lick off the frosting before eating the actual cake or take little chunks off the bottom of the cupcake and dip in the frosting before eating. The entire content still goes down your tommy but why deprive your tongue that amazing cake-frosting combo?

 Here’s what you do. Take off the wrap on all sides, making it into a saucer inspired shape to hold your cupcake. 

 Then slice your cupcake in two equal halves. You don’t have to use a knife if you don’t have one close by, you can just cut it carefully with your hands.  

 Next off, you turn the top half of your cupcake upside down and place it on the bottom half. Your frosting should now be between both halves of your cupcake rather than on top.

 You can now go ahead and enjoy the delicious “cake burger” you just created. Every bite you take is guaranteed to have both cake and frosting, which is way more satisfying than eating one after another. 
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All cupcakes were provided by Miss Edekobi, CEO of @DouyesCookhouse and @CakesByNeka (Instagram & Twitter). 

Thanks for reading guys. I hope this comes in handy… Until next time, peace and love. 

Xo, Mishdoo ๐Ÿ’–

The ultimate Valentines gift guide ๐Ÿ’

 
It’s almost that time of the year again… Couples loving up, singles loathing couples loving up, multiple bae owners going awol, Nigerian parents being completely clueless. Lol! Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day and it’s clichรฉ traditions are here to stay for good. 
Finding the perfect valentines gift can be very challenging but not with this awesome blog post pointing you in the right direction. So whether you’re a realist, a hopeless romantic or a big spender, here’s a list of everything you must know and consider before shopping for the perfect gift this season. 

1. YOUR BUDGET – No matter how creative you are with ideas or how much you feel your spouse deserves, your budget is the number one determining factor of what you eventually get. Fortunately, there’s something for even the smallest pockets, as long as alot of love and thought goes into it. 

2. YOUR SPOUSE’s PERSONAL STYLE – When shopping for a gift, you have to put the recipient’s preferences before your own. Yes, you love pink… But does he? You want to get them a gift that says you listen when they talk and you pay attention to their individuality. If she’s constantly spoting kicks or brogues, getting her 6 inch heels would be missing the mark by a mile. 

3. THE RECIPIENTS PERSONALITY – This is also very important because as much as Doofan would love a romantic walk on the beach, Adaku might prefer dinner at an upscale restaurant. The key is to really know your spouse. 

4. THE STAGE YOU ARE IN THE RELATIONSHIP – If your relationship is fairly new, you have to be extremely careful what you get your spouse on Valentine’s Day or any other day. You don’t want to send the wrong message. Unless you were friends before y’all started dating, thread carefully here or risk ending what could have been a beautiful love story before it even begins. 

5. SIZE AND FIT – If you’re considering adding to your spouses wardrobe, be sure you know their exact sizes. If you don’t, you can either get the help of their close friends, opt for one-size-fits-all type things like a nice watch, a purse… Or better still, avoid this category all together.

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Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are some really dope suggestions for the perfect gift this season. So whether you’re a man, woman or  a loner looking to show yourself some love, keep scrolling to find the perfect gift. 

1. MAKEUP  

 Makeup is all the rave right now and every girl is fast becoming a junkie or an enthusiast. Instead of whining about how much you hate makeup, show your girl that you appreciate the effort she puts into looking her best for you. I’d recommend liquid lipsticks, highlighters and good brushes. Avoid buying foundations and powders, as you might not get her shade right. A perfect place to shop the best high-end makeup brands is http://www.accessoriesng.com 

 Amazing customer service and very convenient because they deliver nationwide at very little cost.  
2. SHOES 

 Like I said earlier, it’s important to know your partner’s personal style and exact size before going with this option. The good thing about buying shoes as a gift is there’s a pair out there for every pocket. If you’re on a budget, consider affordable brands like Zara, Topshop, Asos e.t.c. I recommend TheShoeShopNig and http://www.justforkicks.com for ladies and men respectively.

3. CAKES  

 This is one of my favorite inexpensive gifts for every and any occasion. Have this delivered to their house/workplace with a sweet message written on it and you’ll definitely hit a home run. I strongly recommend @CakesByNeka (IG and Twitter) based on quality, affordability, great customer service and efficiency.  

 4. JEWELERY & ACCESSORIES 

 There’s two ways to go with this option. You can either custom make something sweet and thoughtful or you go really expensive… Or both! If you’re on a budget, consider engraving a romantic message or their initials on it. You can even have it made into his/her name. EneMaya has the most exquisite jewelry and accessories and AyoNaledi is best known for making those customized pieces I mentioned earlier. 

5. A WEEKEND GETAWAY 

 How convenient is it that valentines falls on a Sunday this year? If you’re willing to splurge, taking your spouse on a romantic getaway would be an unforgettable experience. Nothing says “I love you long-term” like making fun memories with them. Memories that are bound to last a lifetime.

6. A ROMANTIC DINNER  

 Good food, some wine and your lovers undivided attention… That should hit the right spots. You can either take him or her to a fancy restaurant on the town or make a delicious home cooked meal with scented candles and rose petals. The goal is to have them feel like they’re playing the lead role in their favorite romantic movie. 

7. FLOWERS  

Speaking of rose petals, getting your partner a bunch of delicate roses would be a great idea. This is very uncommon in our part of the world so it might very well be their first. Contrary to popular belief, the average Nigerian girl would appreciate this and show it off to all her friends and social media following. However, I strongly  recommend accompanying it with another gift because these would probably last for about a week or thereabout.  

 @Pam_E_Chic of Eleanor Des Fluers is the perfect go-to person for those fresh, sweet smelling roses that are guaranteed to keep your spouse smitten. 

8. A SPA APPOINTMENT  

 This is a perfect way to show your spouse that you love them enough to care about their sanity and well-being. A great idea would be to make a couples appointment so you can both enjoy some quality time together and bond in a relaxing environment while getting pampered. 

9. PAY A BILL OR TWO  

 This might not necessarily seem like a romantic gesture but you’d be surprised how much your spouse would appreciate this. It’s very important to show them that you’re willing to lighten the weight on their shoulders, especially in the present state of the economy. Consider paying for his or her internet subscription, light bill, renewing their gym membership… Or any other thing you feel is important to them. Make sure you pay for many months ahead so they can think of you, smile and count their blessings every time they get to use it. This is key! ๐Ÿ”‘ 

10. GADGETS  

 You know that camera she’s always wanted? Or that play station he’s been saving up for? Buy it! 

11. PERSONALIZED ARTWORKS 

 Have a painting of your spouse proffesionally done and watch them cherish it forever! Make sure it’s painted on a good canvas and neatly framed so it would last a long time. Also, hire a talented proffesional so it comes out looking like a thoughtful, romantic gesture rather than a joke. 

12. YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION.  

 A.k.a., Do it yourself (DIY). This is like Netflix and Chill, only better. If you’re both always busy, this is a great opportunity for you to get those sweatpants, romantic comedies, takeout and just snuggle up together. Keep your phones away and enjoy each other’s company. There’s so much more to intimacy than humping each other aggressively. 

12. FRAGRANCES  

 It’s true what they say… A good perfume can make you seem so much more attractive than you really are. Consider buying them their favorite fragrances or a new one you think they would appreciate. Again, there’s something for every budget. 

13. MONEY  

 I only recommend this for people who are on the move and away from their spouses at the time. If she gets that credit alert followed by a sweet text asking her to go spoil herself like the queen that she is, I guarantee you won’t be having any emotional blackmail or hearing stories of how jealous she is of her friends and their lovers. 

14. A PET OR STUFFED ANIMAL  

 This is one of those situations where you have to be absolutely sure your spouse is into pets and has the time to take care of them. If they are, then a cute puppy would be an amazing gift. It’s almost like starting a family together. Stuffed animals are also a great second option… It kinda says “I would cuddle with you all day, if I had the chance”. 

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So there you have it… My top 14 picks from that perfect 14th February gift. Remember, love mustn’t always come from a romantic partner. Think of all your friends and family this season and all the less fortunate people around you who would give anything to experience half love you have in your life. Also, self love is key… So love yourself, darling! More than anyone else every will. 

Thanks for reading guys! Talk soon.

Xo, Mishdoo โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜