11 THINGS I DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT

Hello!

Today I’d be sharing with you some items that are staples in my hand bag. I try not to forget any of these at home. They all make my day more functional in one way or the other.

1. HAND CREAM: No one likes ashy hands so this is a necessity for me. I got this from a  perfume gift set so it’s scented. On days when I have native meals for lunch, it always comes in handy. I don’t want to shake someone and leave them with scents of Gbegiri ^.^

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2. PERFUME: My perfume bottles are usually large and this is the smallest of them. I like to always have some sort of fragrance in my bag. It’s nice to smell good all through the day. DSC_0391

3. HANDY MIRROR: This mirror was gifted to me by my friend Yejide, I like it because it has a magnified and regular mirror. It’s great for touching up makeup.DSC_0393DSC_0394

4. LIPSTICK: Whatever lipstick I have on that day, I put it in my bag when leaving home. Most times it stays on all through the day but on days I have an oily meal I like to wipe it off and re-apply. DSC_0398

5. BABY WIPES: I use this for everything! e.g. in the loo, to wipe off makeup in traffic or to clean up a dirty surface. They are cheap and quite hygienic to use. They cost about N360.DSC_0399

6. CELL PHONE: After my laptop, my phone is my most important gadget. We use phones for almost everything nowadays, so I certainly won’t leave home without it. DSC_0409

7. JOURNAL & PEN: I write a lot, so this is also a necessity. From random ideas to to-do lists, I have it all written down.DSC_0423

8. KEYS: Car keys and home keys are must haves. P.s. that’s a super cute key ring my friend Taiwo got for me. DSC_0416

9. SUNNIES: Lagos is hot! but besides that sunglasses are trendy. Lately I’ve been slowing down on makeup so they help to hide those puffiness in the mornings. DSC_0386

10. POWDER: Every girl who wears makeup knows that you should have your powder and a blotter handy. On days when I’m out for more than 3hours I always take my powder along. I blot off my face with some tissue and re-apply when necessary.

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11. WALLET:  It’s always good to have your cards, cash and license in one place. Hence a wallet.DSC_0426

** Other items I carry out but not included in this list are: Chewing gum, Water and a pair of flats/slippers.

    So tell me! what items are staples in your bag? Would love to hear from you!

xoxo

Tosin

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below…

PHOTOS! AFRICA FASHION WEEK!

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Hello!

Here are the photos from AFWLagos as promised. I got a fantastic front row seat and I was super pleased, didn’t need to do much to get good pictures. The event in total was lovely. I missed the first show of the day, but was present for the 5pm and 8pm show.

I met lots of people including Yomi Awe an avid blog reader, so good to see her. I sat with some lovely ladies and two photographers, Lex Ash and TheFifoGrapher.  I would have loved to arrange the images by designer but they were so much pictures. I just picked a few.

I wore a long silk dress made by Gemini Creations, It was easy, Ethnic and simple.

Do enjoy the pictures and have a super productive week ahead.

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Xoxo

Tosin

OOTD: SUNDAY

Happy Sunday! Hope you are well?Today I attended my friend Yejide’s church. It was her parent’s wedding anniversary and I decided to join in the celebration.

I wore a sequin top and a highwaist front slit skirt from Asos.

Yesterday I went for the Africa Fashion show and took lots of pictures from the runway. I would post that up tonight…..Today is the gala but I’m not sure if I’d attend( Fuel Matters).

SKIRT: ASOS| BAG: THERAPY| GLASSES: MIU MIU| EARRINGS: H& M

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P.S. What do you think about my new glasses? Plus I’m getting bored of braids that’s what happens when you’re a loyal Wiggie….lol

Have a fab day ahead!

xoxo

Tosin

Photo credit: Yejide

AFRICA FASHION WEEK ! I’D BE THERE! 

  I woke up so excited this morning, not just because my lovely friend Fedara is coming over to help organise my closet (oh the struggle), I got a mail that I  won tickets to see three shows at the Africa fashion week. 

I entered the contest by sotectonic.com yesterday, and I was the first to comment. So I was picked amongst the winners. 

I’m pretty excited and I hope I get to meet some of you readers there. We’d be sure to take selfies and photos for a subsequent blog post. 

Right now the fuel situation in Nigeria is almost at a stand still but I truly believe there are better days ahead. 

How are you doing? Thank God it’s Friday! 

See you there.

Xoxo

Tosin . 

P.s I got new glasses and I’m loving them, see ^.^ 

  

 

BRANDS & YOUR BLOG: PART TWO (REWARD)

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Hello!

So this post ought to have been published a while ago, but for some odd reason, it wasn’t. Apologies…

First, let me say thank you to all the amazing new subscribers I have, you all are awesome. The last post on this topic brought awesome exposure and I’m grateful for this. In fact the kind of mails I’ve been receiving from brands ever since then has been bringing smiles to my face. Very detailed, polite and ‘rewarding’ if you know what  I mean…..

Incase you missed that post, ensure you read HERE! it’s a good one.

Speaking of rewards, I’m going to be discussing that today, basically talking on remuneration. (A.K.A Payment or compensation either in cash or kind) but before I go to the heart of the matter i.e what you should charge or accept I’d like to clarify a few things with you as a blogger. I’d discuss them in bullet points to foster ease of read.

  • KNOW YOUR BLOG: Now, I say this because many bloggers are starry-eyed and want to get paid substantially. The truth is only a novice company will dole out great compensation to a blog with little/no audience for their target market. Before we begin to call figures and charge brands ask yourself this “how great, effective or compelling is my blog”. e.g in my case, Will someone read Tosin’s blog and purchase that bag embedded in that link. Or is the quality of my blog great enough for a brand of that repute? These are honest questions you should ask yourself. It’s important we know the actual influence we have. Not just by the number of comments or Instagram followers, but how you can successfully direct traffic or create awareness to an approaching brand.
  • BE REASONABLE: This is just a continuation of the above but its country specific. No matter how truly awesome your blog is, remember we are in Nigeria. Regardless of what statistics says about internet penetration or the impact of social media, understand that ‘bloggers, brands & remuneration” is still a growing tool. Majority of Nigerians are TV watchers or newspaper readers, hence a Large organisation’s first form or advert is via those means. Implying that smaller organisations (SME’s) are your major clientele and in most cases meaning smaller marketing budget. So in your compensation evaluation, acknowledge that these organisations  would really want the value for every Kobo spent. Hence, heavier weight bloggers like Linda Ikeji may be considered prior to you.
  • PUT IN THE WORK: Any brand coming to you with the intention of working with you on any form expects utmost quality. For example, I own a beauty brand (@ekomakeup) and if I send you a product for review, I don’t want shabby pictures taken with a cell phone or a post filled with typos. I’d require the blogger to represent my brand well. So also with these other companies either great or small. As a blogger, try to ensure your work is relatable and of good quality. Doing company A well would attract company B,  it’s a cycle. Furthermore, by the time you have 10-20 companies in which you’ve worked with on your blog/website/social media you can call this a ‘portfolio’ which you can use as a yardstick for attracting more brands.

Now that I’ve discussed these three I’d like to answer the almighty question of “how much should I charge for posts/reviews/ads”.

The answer is hidden in the above points. meaning it’s totally up to you and your work. There is no fixed fee or stencil rate in which all fashion or food bloggers should adopt. The proof is in the pudding.

Personally, I don’t always seek cash compensations. I’m pro partnerships and lasting offers. Money will finish except when extremely substantial and even as at that…….

Some companies prefer to send products worth a specific amount while some rather just pay you cash. For instance when it comes to product reviews you ‘may” decide to do it for free if the product is worth a lot. e.g Gadgets/Luxurious Hair/or shopping vouchers, still the choice depends on you.

However, this doesn’t mean I do not accept or have not received cash compensation. In fact most of my sponsored posts/reviews were paid for.

These are a few clauses I consider when evaluating ‘compensation’ :

  1. Is this company selling a product/service? How can I benefit, how can my readers benefit?
  2. Am I simply creating awareness for an event or is it for a charitable cause?
  3. Is it a one-off/long-term collaboration? e.g Product reviews Versus affiliate programmes.
  4. What is the size of this brand? e.g Are they a known gadget manufacturing company or Becky who makes beads. This would certainly influence pricing or compensation agreements.
  5. How will my blog add value to their brand. i.e. do I represent the face of a product, am I only creating more awareness, is my integrity or reputation needed in this collaboration? or am I a product of a generic search of Nigerian bloggers?…….
  6. How much work am I actually doing? is it a long/short write-up? a tweet? an Instagram post? or a video as they case may be with youtubers.

The above points are what I consider before accepting or making an offer,  but then again this is what works for me, another might prefer something different. The truth is we all blog for different reasons some for fun, some from passion, some for solely business and this would certainly affect how we work/blog. ( I discussed more on this in a previous post, read HERE) .

So! that’s all for the part 2 of brands and your blog. I hope I was able to provide some pointers for consideration when next you’re taking on a new collaboration. My aim is not to provide stern guidelines, but to simply share what I feel and I practice.

Do Feel free to drop a comment and ask questions below….

xoxo

Tosin.

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REVIEW: JEFFREY COEN + DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU!

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Remember my outfit from the Last post, here’s a review all about it.

I received two T-shirts from JEFFREY COEN , A brand that was established in 2012 with the vision to create high quality, positive-inspiring clothing essentials.

At J.C they believe that what we wear is a strong form of self-expression, and can have an impact on our thoughts and actions. Positive thoughts can change our lives or at the very least make someone smile, hence they make clothes that follow suit.

Most of the Tee’s on their store are filled with inspiring quotes, that I love! I have one which says “Stop Dreaming and start Doing”! which is one of my life Mantras.

I have worn and washed the two shirts given, so I thought it was the appropriate time to do a review (Below the images)

I styled the grey shirt with a boyfriend jeans, Blue shoes and a Blue sling bag while I styled the White one with dark Blue skinny jeans, black mules and a work bag. IMG_6398

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The shirts came in this matte Black carrier bag.

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Stop Dreaming, start doing Tee.

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White J.C Rose detail Tee.

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REVIEW

Design:  The designs are very simple yet stylish. I love the colour scheme used because one can easily dress them up, like I did above. You can pick a colour from the design and accessorize or decide to go totally abstract.

Texture: The fabric used is very durable and is made of 100% cotton. You can actually feel the plushness of the cotton as you are putting it on.

Sizing: I wear a size 8 and it fits just right, not clingy or too loose. Just right.

Durability: I wanted to wash the shirts before I did a review, which I did. I machine washed the grey one while I hand washed the white one. Both of them came out the same after I washed, dried and ironed. It didn’t slack neither did the colours run. I washed with regular cold tap water.

Cost: I didn’t pay for these shirts as they were sent to me for review, however I checked their website for pricing. The average price was N6,000/ £19 each, Although they constantly have promos and discount codes.

For those interested in purchasing any item from Jeffrey Coen , I have a discount code for all my readers! Simply enter “HAPPY10″ at checkout to get a 10% off purchase plus free delivery within Lagos Nigeria. Awesome isn’t it!

I hope you love your shirts when you purchase like I do.  Feel free to tag me in your pictures on how you styled yours.

Contact: http://www.jeffreycoen.com |  +234 (1) 453 2527  |  info@jeffreycoen.com

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you…

Xoxo

Tosin

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OOTD + BRAID LIFE!

 Hello!

How has your week been? Mine has been great, Thank God!

With the fuel scarcity still ongoing I’ve still managed to fill my tank and go about my daily business. 


 This week, I knew I’d be quite occupied so brushing my hair daily won’t really work. I decided to braid my hair instead. I used the regular ‘expression’ extensions. I wanted the braids scanty and long, the stylist got it just right.

This is also the first time I’m braiding my year in over 3 years. It didn’t hurt and I’ve just been loving the ease and versatility.

My outfit today is casual…. I have on a T-shirt from Jeffery Coen which I would be reviewing in the next post. This is one of two!

Hope you’re doing well…..

I wish you an awesome weekend ahead. Thank you for all the kind comments in my previous posts, You all are awesome!

T-Shirt: Jeffery Coen || Bag: JustFab || Mules: Firetrap IMG_6380

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HOW TO DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR AT HOME 

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So I often get asked by hair dressers why I don’t come to ‘steam at the salon’, I just laugh because it’s not that I’m trying to be frugal but I can actually do it myself at home, so why visit the salon. Especially when I have the time to.

The only difference is that I may not have a steamer at home, but a warm towel and shower cap would do just fine.

Today I’d be sharing how you can get shiny, soft and healthy hair all in the comfort of your home. But before I go ahead, here’s why you should deep condition.

  • Deep conditioning helps to hydrate and soften hair.
  • It also helps to revive damaged hair from chemical processing (like hair color, perming or chemical straightening), heat exposure (the sun, curling & flat-iron), and even some health medications. 
  • Deep conditioning helps to improve hair elasticity by restoring moisture that allows the hair to better resist stretching and tension. Think of your hair like a rubber band, the more elasticity (or flexibility enabled by good hydration) it has, the longer it can resist tension or stretching before it breaks. In addition to making the hair look healthier and feel softer, deep conditioners are essential for preventing and combating hair breakage.

The essential ingredients offered by most deep conditioners are intended to mend and nourish your hair, this is why you need to leave the deep conditioner in your hair a bit longer than a traditional conditioner before rinsing so that it can penetrate the hair, 30 minutes is a good time. 

Personally, I deep condition my hair at an average of 2 times a month. But if you have badly damaged hair you should do this once every week. 

HOW TO:

  • STEP 1: Pre-Poo
Pre poo is the term for processes before shampoo. So this is where I spray my hair with coconut oil. Coconut oil is great because it absorbs quickly into the hair and conditions the hair. Hence, the chemicals in the shampoo doesn’t dry out my hair. I leave this on for about 10-20 minutes before wash.
  • STEP 2: Wash with shampoo
It’s best to wash your hair with your finger pads, this is key because your finger nails may injure your scalp and also pull out hair follicles. If you feel your hair is so dirty and you must “scratch”, try doing an Apple cider Vinegar rinse prior. i.e one part ACV to 6-part water in a spray bottle. You spray this mixture all over your scalp and leave on for about 20 minutes. The solution will lift dirt off your scalp making wash process easier. After washing with shampoo I T-shirt dry my hair damp.
  • STEP 3. Apply deep conditioner.
I normally use olive oil deep conditioner from Africa’s best, but recently I bought the henna treatment wax deep conditioner from Beauty formulas. I used it yesterday and it worked quite well. I applied the product all over my hair with more concentration on my edges and the mid section of my hair. Once my entire head is covered, I wear a shower cap with cotton lining inside. This allows heat to generate more. If you don’t have a steamer, you can wrap a warm towel over your shower cap. I leave the deep conditioner on for 30 minutes only. Then I head to the bath and rinse it out.
  • STEP 4:  Conditioner:
After step 3 I apply a regular conditioner, leaving it on for two minutes then I rinse it out with Cold water. Cold water helps to seal moisture better. I T-shirt dry again.
  • STEP 5:  Apply a leave in conditioner
(I use Cantu shea leave in conditioner). After applying the leave in conditioner, I apply an oil ( e.g Jojoba oil)  and follow-up with shea butter. I do this in sections using a butterfly clamp to separate them. I twist up the sections upon completion. I usually end up with 8-11 twists. Then leave to dry naturally or blow dry if in a hurry.
 In the end, my hair comes out soft, shiny and fluffy. This is the best condition for my everyday style which is a bun. I hope this step by step process helps you when next you’re deep conditioning!
Xoxo
Tosin

WORDY MONDAYS

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1. FASCISM: A way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government: very harsh control or authority.

2. DESULTORY: Lacking in consistency, in plan, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.  

3. CAMARADERIE: A Feeling of good friendship among the people in a group.

4. PUSILLANIMOUS: Lacking courage and resolution :  marked by contemptible timidity.

5. GUTSY: Marked by courage, pluck, or determination <a gutsy little fighter> <a gutsy decision> .

Hope your day was awesome? I just got in from church, we are having a three day faith conference, and today was the first! power packed sermon!

Which one of these words did you know? do let me know below…..

Have a great night rest!

XX

Tosin

11 NEW PRODUCTS: ALL FROM NAIJANATURALS EVENT!

Hello!

Remember I said I had been busy all month but I mentioned that it would soon end……well, it has!

I’ve been working on my other baby @NaijaNaturals, A hair community for Nigerian naturalistas. I had to plan an event for it and that was taking most of my time, the event was a great success! thank God. I would do a post all about it subsequently (Sneak peak HERE).

Anyway, here are a few Items I got from the event. Most of which I was gifted by the vendors/sponsors that came to exhibit. The only Items I paid for were the lip balm and scrub from AJALI NATURALS. I really haven’t used any item enough to review them, but I will at a later time!

Hope you’re doing great?

1. AJALI NATURALS LIP SCRUB & BALM4roQi

2. DARK & LOVELY SCALP SOOTHER ( Courtesy TW magazine)

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3. DARK & LOVELY ANTI BREAKAGE MOISTURISERDSC_0067

4. MIDAS NATURALS SOFTENING & STRENGTHENING ELIXIRDSC_0064

5. O’NATURALS COCONUT OIL (Courtesy Omozo of O’naturals)NGvHp

6. O’NATURALS JOJOBA OIL (Courtesy Omozo of O’naturals)DSC_0059

7. O’NATURALS PEPPERMINT SHEA BUTTER (Courtesy Omozo of O’naturals)

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8. MAYA JUDE’S HAIR HOPE OIL DSC_0050

 

9. SATIN/ANKARA CAP (Courtesy Funmi of Elizabeth Cress)

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10. ANKARA BANDEAU (Courtesy Fashion strings)DSC_0079

11. BUTTERFLY CLAMPS  (Courtesy Fashion strings)

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And that’s all! The other items I got were souvernirs……

Have an awesome week ahead!

Let me know if you attended (Shout out to the lovely Yomi Awe, an avid blog reader I met on saturday, lots of love) OR you’ve used any of these products before.

All personal images/Pictorials and videos are owned by Africanismcosmopolitan.com (Water marked/not……Except otherwise stated) and they may NOT be used in any way without prior consent of author, Legal actions would be taken.

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you…

xoxo

Tosin!

More posts coming up! I’ve missed you all ^.^

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