February 26, 2016

Copper smokey eyes on steroids

Hey chicas, just thought I’d share this makeup look I wore here. I wanted a really smokey look, but when I was done, I realized it was too dark, so I added the orange-ish copper color to my inner corner. I actually really like the outcome, and this is one of the few times my eyebrows cooperated—lol! Products used are listed below. Have a great weekend guys.

Face: Foundatiom- Narsluminousbfoundation in Benares | Powder- MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix pressed power in NW45, | Hightlight- LA Girl Cosmetics concealer in warm honey and Ben Nye banana powder

 Eyes: Inner corner- MAC Cosmetic pigment in copper sparkle | Crease - Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow in #382 | Outer V: Sexespresso from Too Faced Cosmetics (natural eyes palette), and black shade is BHS Cosmetic(Eyes on the 70s palette)

Lips: MAC Cosmetics Retro matte liquid lipstick in Dance with me

February 22, 2016

That pink coat

Hey guys, hope you all had a great weekend. As for me, I was battling a very bad cold, but I still made it to church and brunch yesterday.

 Since the weather was a tad warm, I decided to wear a light jacket. The pink jacket I recently purchased at a street market in London was my choice, and I accented it with shades of blue. I'll keep the intro short and let you guys get to the pictures. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope this week is amazingly awesome for you. 


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February 16, 2016

Lagos Diaries: Double stripes, friends, and other stories

          The pictures below are from a hang-out date in Lagos, Nigeria with some of my “bestest” girls. We hadn't hung out as a group in forever, and it was great getting together and just goofing off. These girls bring out the goof ball in me!
Our first stop was our old high school--Queen's College in the hizzle! I hadn't been there in 13 years, and it was emotional walking down the hallways and visiting my old dorms
Obi house for life

Then we headed to Rele Art Gallery to check out art

You know you are a lipstick addict when you are wondering what shade of lipstick the subject of a painting is wearing :-)
I really need to retire the pout and deuces sign :-(
The story began with the spiritual bath
Then we headed out of  Rele art gallery
Hung out at the mall briefly 
And soon it was ice cream time at Hans & Rene. Caught up with my cousins here. (I want both their dresses!)
More of my high school buddies joined us for ice cream
Then a photo shoot ensued in the coolest bathroom hallway
How amazing is this 3D wallpaper?
When the wallpaper matches your outfit, you pose!
Looks like we are actually sitting 
Few more poses and it was time to go home :-(

There's something about the bond you have with high school friends. Even when you haven't seen each other in a while, you fall right back--just like that! 

 Enjoy the rest of the week guys!

February 12, 2016

Making the most of a layover: Istanbul, Turkey

I always get asked how I am able to travel so much. As I mentioned in this post, "Amsterdam + how to travel the world on a small budget", there are many tips and tricks one can apply, and my Istanbul trip in November was one of such.

I planned my travel for the fall, as I could not afford to go in the summer (peak season). I already had a 4 day weekend for thanksgiving, and I  figured I'd take some few days off before the holiday and have a long nice vacation in Europe. Barcelona and Lisbon were my main destination, and when I started looking at airlines, Turkish airline offered the cheapest option to Barcelona. Turkey had never rated high on the list of countries I wanted to visit, but a 3-day lay over (to and fro) was all the convincing I needed. For return lay over, Turkish airline was responsible for the hotel and breakfast, all I had to do was pay for a night hotel for the arrival lay over. 

Istanbul has great transportation and getting around was a breeze. It also helped that most of the old tourist sights are located in one central area, and  my hotel was right smack in the middle of the Old District—Sultanahmet Square.

As a black woman in Istanbul, I stuck out like a sore thumb! Uncomfortable stares, warm smiles, not so warm smiles, advances from men, and people surreptitiously (and not so discreetly too!) taking pictures of me, were just some of the things I had to deal with.

Istanbul is indeed a magical place, and I could not fit all the pictures into one post. For now, I am sharing pictures of my second day in this amazing city. Pictures of my other adventures in this city will be posted up soon. Enjoy….
Top of my to-do list was seeing the sun rise from the rooftop of my hotel, and I was up bright and early to see this

The view was amazing, and one of the hotel employees was kind enough to take my pictures. Side note: You do not need a selfie stick or tripod in Istanbul; there are nice people in every nook and cranny waiting to help you
I could live on this roof top forever!
Once I was done taking in the view of Istanbul from the roof top, I headed out for a morning stroll. It was still very quiet and I wandered a bit and took pictures of the monumental Blue Mosque.

Then I made my way to Hagia Sophia
 Check out this stray dog photo bombing my shot :-)
I am not sure what this building is, but I thought the wall design was really cool
I took a nice stroll in the Sultanahment District and headed back to my hotel for breakfast and to change to a pair of comfy jeans
When I got back out, the streets were bustling with all kinds of activities. Street vendors were setting up their wares, while workers and school children were rushing off to catch the tram
Roasted chestnut and corn filled every street corner. Unfortunately, I was still stuffed from breakfast and I couldn’t indulge in this local delicacy
I made my way to the interior of the Blue Mosque
Women are required to cover their hair, and everyone has to take  their shoes off
The interior of the Blue mosque is as amazing as the exterior. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture the beauty
A pretty neat sign post I  came across
When I was done at the Blue Mosque, I headed to the Grand Bazaar. 
So many colorful sights to behold as I made my way to the legendary market    
Look at all that color!
Seeing this shoe shiner on the street corner reminded me so much of my home country, Nigeria

There are stray dogs all over the city
...and stray cats too!
How charming!
This really nice guy wanted to take a picture with me. I obliged him, and then took a picture of him
Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice seemed to be a staple in Istanbul
Then I finally made it to Grand Baazar
These traders wanted to take  pictures with me
And then the nice gentleman above offered me some yummy apple tea 
When I was done at the market, I walked back to the Sultanahmet Square, sat for a while and took in the view around me, including the German fountain  ( a gift from the German emperor). Once I was done, I headed back to the hotel, picked up my luggage and hopped on the train to go catch my flight to Barcelona. 

I will be posting picture from day 1&3 before the month runs out. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encourages you to maximize your layovers. 

Happy hump day.