PRODUCT REVIEW : MILANI MINERAL COMPACT POWDER

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Since I started wearing makeup I’ve used about 5 brands in the powder department,  started with Marykay then Ailin, Iman, Flori Roberts, M.A.C and now Milani.

I love my M.A.C products. I feel they are worth the hype and price point, however they may not be suitable for all weather conditions. I normally use the M.A.C mineralise skin finish. I love the glow it gives my face and how long it lasts, but since I got to Nigeria it hasn’t been my best friend.

Due to the heat, my face gets soiled quickly then the glow/bronze finish in the MSF powder makes me appear oily. I didn’t like the appearance.

My cousin Lanre introduced me to Milani powder late last year but I didn’t buy into the hype, so I chose not to get it. Two weeks ago, I went to my aunt’s studio and she was using Milani powder on a model, I loved the finish so I decided to get one for myself.

I bought the Milani mineral compact powder (shade 110 deep) from my local Beauty supply store (BBHbeauty supply, Shop E233, Ikota Shopping complex V.G.C Ajah). I got it for about N2,400. I tried it on and loved it even more. It’s natural, light weight and doesn’t overly cake my face. Although it’s more yellow toned than red, it works just fine on my skin. I use a Revlon photoready foundation and the Milani powder works well with it for everyday use.

On days where I have an event or want to look extra made-up I may reach for my M.A.C. But so far I love this powder. It covers well and the wearability is just perfect. 4-5hours then you may need to touch up depending on your skin type.

I rate this product 8/10 simply because they don’t have a wide spectrum in shades. Just 3 shades: Medium, warm and deep. Hence, people with deeper skin tones may struggle with choosing a shade from this particular line. Their pressed powder has a wider color range.

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All three types of powder in the Milani powder range.

Do let me know if you use Milani or have used it in the past…….I’d like to know if my sentiment is just initial excitement lol…

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

XOXO

Tosin

 

WEEKEND ROUNDUP

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How was your weekend? Mine was eventful as usual lol, I actually never liked going out but since I returned it seems there’s always somewhere to be. My family friend Esther decided to take me out, so she suggested we visited Lekki conservation centre(LCC), which isn’t too far from mine. It was a lovely place but not in my alley (You know I don’t like animals so I wasn’t really thrilled, Rather I was scared).. Those monkeys are something! Hopping up and down, I was petrified. I couldn’t even take the pictures confidently. But the overall experience was interesting.

We paid N1000 at the gate for sightseeing and the people there were helpful…..

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After leaving LCC, I went to N-tyce lounge in V.I to meet up with my friend Tele who was showcasing at the fashion cookout, she has a vintage wear line, check them out HERE. I stayed there for 15minutes then headed back to Lekki to hang out with my friends Obum,Cynthia, Jennifer, Abby and Philomena at XOVAR lounge. I had redbull and spiced chicken…….it was a very relaxed atmosphere with NOT the most prompt staff lol, they took forever to attend to us…..

Anyway, my weekend was in all great besides the traffic, I got to catch up with many friends and also visit new places…. I’m falling more in love with Lagos daily ^.^

Saw these beauts today @teleolaa @ms_saliu01 💜❤️💜❤️

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Have you been to Lekki conservation centre? if yes, tell me about your experience, but if no tell me if you will! ^.^

Hope your weekend was great aswell! Have a splendid week ahead!

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

XOXO

Tosin

5 NATURAL HAIR MYTHS DEBUNKED!

1. CERTAIN HAIRSTYLES GROW HAIR:

Growing up I was told that hairstyles like african threading or Didi(inverted conrows) grows hair or makes your hair fuller. This is a flat-out lie. Whilst these hairstyles may ‘stretch your hair’ like a blow dryer will, It doesn’t ‘grow’ your hair. Hair growth is as a result of blood flow to the scalp. So anything that stimulates the flow of blood certainly aids growth. e.g exercise, massages and hot oil treatments….

2. NATURAL HAIR GROWS SLOWLY

My hair was longest when I was in elementary school, I had almost mid back length hair, then I cut my hair. Since then my hair never grew past nape length whilst relaxed. I cut my hair again 2 years ago and what took 17 years to reach nape length has been achieved in the two years I went natural…so you judge. The average rate of hair growth per year is six inches, and this applies to ALL races. If you have a white/Asian friend whose hair grows faster than this, it’s not because of their race but their diet, genes, environment, etc. African hair grows at the same rate but the tight curl pattern makes it less obvious.Also we Africans generally have bad hair habits with our obsession with weaves, relaxers and once a month washing habit.

3. NATURAL/AFRO TEXTURED HAIR IS THE STRONGEST
This is a very common myth. I’ve met many naturalistas with weak and brittle hair. Due to the nature of our hair texture we ought to take extra care while combing. No matter how thick your hair is, you should be gentle with it. Too much manipulation and excessive combing may break the hair off. The way our curl pattern is set up, there are more opportunities for it to break than in sleek straight hair.

4.TRIMMING MAKES HAIR GROW

The only job of trimming is to cut off split ends. (split ends are damaged ends, if you retain them they’d keep splitting upwards the hair shaft, and would eventually break off. then you can’t retain length). Although trimming is a healthy hair habit, it has nothing to do with the hair that grows out of your scalp. Split ends are not compulsory, you can have healthy hair from root to tip so you don’t need to trim off your healthy hair all in the name of preventing split ends.

5. WATER WILL DRY OUT NATURAL HAIR

Water is the best moisturizer for natural hair. The key to maintaining a moisture balance is retaining the water that you do apply to your hair via sealing(L.O.C methods). So your hair shouldn’t always be dried out, dry hair promotes breakage and brittle hair strands. Hair needs moisture for effective conditioning. You should buy products that are water based also.. (the first ingredient is usually water/h20)

And that’s all!

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

All the best in your hair journey.

xoxo

Tosin

OOTD : MAROON

Hello!

During my lunch break today I decided to  take some pictures for O.O.T.D.

Lagos heat would not even allow someone to form fresh,  lol…….oh well

Photocredit: Ann & Mike

Pants: Forever 21|| Shoes: Topshop|| Bag: Therapy|| Hair: Raefranhair UK-Kinky peruvian

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Hope you day is going well…..

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you…
Have a great weekend! speak to you soon…
xoxo
Tosin

APPRECIATE YOU!

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Happy Monday! sure your weekend was great and if not, no worries…..better days ahead. My weekend was quite eventful, I attended the Closeup Cupid’s ball and met quite a couple of blog readers ^.^ shout out to everyone I saw–sad we didn’t take pictures.

**I would share personal/event pictures in a later post.


Unto today’s topic, I’m talking about you. I realised this weekend that people don’t give themselves enough credit. I don’t mean to be utterly self obsessed or arrogant self adulations that’s not healthy,  I mean appreciating your self, Loving yourself regardless of your battles, failures or victories and not being too judgemental with yourself.

I understand we all have goals and many things to think about, but sometimes relax and thank God for YOU.

I used to be quite self-indulgent so I know there’s a thin line. However, I also know the benefits of thinking of yourself positively and understanding that you are enough. You are all that you need to be happy. I read a book by Adunni Badmus earlier this year titled ‘Absolutely enough’ and it opened me up to a new insight on self-appreciation.

When you appreciate yourself you automatically create a standard for how others treat you. It’s the same with self-love. Appreciating yourself goes beyond physical features or back logs of comparison…. It’s about releasing love to yourself and celebrating yourself regardless of any shortcoming.

I love the phrase “I used to” because it reminds me of how much I’ve conquered and what the future holds. No matter how ugly the past was it has indeed become past…….”I used to”

‘Self love is about knowing your values, your boundaries and honouring them. It’s about teaching others how to treat you by showing them how you treat yourself. It is about being kind to yourself. It’s about looking after your mind, your body and your spirit; all three. It is about knowing you are worth it, Not only because of what you have achieved or what you look like or what others think of you, but because love is your birthright no matter what’.

Today I appreciate myself for being me. God moulded us in his own image, fearfully and wonderfully made. Today I appreciate your existence. I appreciate myself for growth, I appreciate myself for forgiving me and others, I appreciate myself for being entrepreneurial, I appreciate my beauty and myself for not using the world’s standard as a lens to measure…..

With all being said I want you to do the same….appreciate you.

Here’s an amazing poem my friend Cynthia shared on her instagram

This….❤️

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Tell me what you appreciate about yourself below, and If you don’t know, sit, think and reflect. It would come to you….I celebrate you!

Have a splendid day ahead

xoxo

Tosin.

LIPSTICK ADDICT TAG

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I was tagged by Esther 150 on youtube to do this tag, and I fimed the video earlier today.

I answered a few questions about my lipsticks and lip related products. Do enjoy.

P.s. I filmed this video in my bedroom but a different corner, and I think I like the white background(Picture above) better. Let me know what you think/which you prefer.

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/LLynn_J
SONGS: WOJU: kiss daniel
CAMERA: NIKON D5100
Editor: Final cut pro/Imovie
LIP PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
– Vaseline
– MAC Ruby Woo
– Rimmel No. 10 Lipstick
-Sleek Papaya punch
-Sleek Mystic
-Zaron lipstick in Dusk
– MAC flat out fabulous
-MAC Heroine
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QUESTIONS:
1. Favorite balm/treatment?
2. Best eye-catching red?
3. Best luxury & best drugstore?
4. Best MAC lipstick?
5. The most disappointing?
6. Liner – yes or no?
7. Best gloss?
8. Something extra!
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I tag:
→ AmyLozy
→NaijaGirl88
→ Tosin Alabi
→Sisi yemmie
→beauty & crushes
→meerah’s closet
→ 93Kaffy
→ LisaOfficallyLive

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you…
Have a great weekend! speak to you soon…
xoxo
Tosin

ACADEMICS WITH WUNMI : MINDSET

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Trust you all are doing just fine! Well I thought by the time this post is published the Nigerian election would be have been conducted. Unfortunately, its been postponed. Quite frankly, I thought the postponement wasn’t called for, reason been that; the election date has been predetermined for over a year now, more so, this insecurity issue has been there for a while now (need for more pro-activeness in Nigeria), I don’t think the six weeks would make any major difference (hopeful though). Also, I believe so many economic and managerial decisions are on hold till the election is done, outsiders/investors will perceive Nigerians as politically unstable (My Opinion). Nigerian stocks for instance is experiencing one of its greatest falls since the postponement announcement (the market reacts to such news negatively). Nigeria shall get to the promise land by the grace of God. I salute all our non-Nigerian readers.

In today’s post, the emphasis is on ‘mind-set’ expedient to possess to excel in research as a student.
I describe ‘mind-set’ simply as the way an individual programs his/her reasoning (mental) abilities which is capable of influencing his attitude or behaviour towards something or someone.
Before I continue on the mind-set subject, I would like to give an example of my past research projects as well as the mind-set I had alongside. Here are the research works I have carried out till date;
• Adoption Of IFRS in Nigeria: the Idiosyncrasies (2010)
• Opportunities and Challenges Of IFRS Adoption In Nigeria: Nigerian Banking Sector (2011)
• Challenges SMEs face in Nigeria (2012/2013)
• Why Firms Mimic Each Other’s Capital Structure: Explanations from Product Market Competition (2014)

The first three projects basically express the problems perceived in my environment per time thus using my findings to make constructive recommendations. While working on the last project, the aim was to identify practical underlying principle in firm’s financial policies, critically examine and analyse the results of past literatures as well as provide explanations for conclusions reached by recent researchers on the subject matter.
From the example above, we can see how my perception used to be and how it has evolved.
This illustration leads us to the types of mind-sets, according to Carol Dweck ;
a. Fixed mind-set: This mind-set believes every ability is inborn, that is, kings are born not made. Here the mind-set does not embrace development, learning or growth.
b. Growth mind-set: this school of thought believes ‘learning never ends’. That is, kings are not born, they are made. In fact they justify that you re what you’ve made yourself to become. This mind-set encapsulate the CASI/CAPSI mind-sets discussed below.
With academic (research) excellence in view, here are the mind-sets (CASI/CAPI) that’s worked for me as a student researcher;
a. Be Critical: here, you’re basically comparing existing literatures on the subject matter with an open and inquisitive mind. I observe that academic researchers often times ‘tackle’ (in a healthy way) each other’s opinion, i.e, they all want the audience to see through their lens so while ‘A (2007)’ says the earth is spherical in shape, ‘B (2009)’ based on the conclusion of ‘A’ would justify with in-depth analysis that the earth is rectangular thus providing valid evidence why the earth isn’t spherical. The role of a 2015 student researcher here is to understand, question & discuss the point of view of these two researcher in your own words thus justifying either party with contemporary example(s). Being critical could imply contesting existing results or conclusions, proposing new or distinct solutions, looking for gaps yet to be filled in existing literatures.
Note that critical thinking does not represent negativity.
b. Be Analytical: An analytical mind-set simply put, is the breakdown of read literatures (in your own words) into meaningful bits as it relates to your subject area. Being analytical enhances problem-solving and simplicity.
c. Be Solution driven (Problem-solving): one of the key reasons research is carried out is to identify a problem and aim to proffer solution to the problem Identified. More often the problem is obvious or apparent but the solution isn’t, this is where you and I come in with a mind-set to bring a solution. Research is not research until you’re able to solve a problem with your result. ‘Think research, think solution’.
d. Be Inquisitive: as a researcher questioning the status quo (existing literatures, theories & result) is important, being inquisitive sometimes leads you to the light at the end of the tunnel. Having an inquisitive mind-set stimulates the uniqueness of your work and gets you to think outside the box thus bringing ‘something new to the table’ (originality). One of the beauty of research result is finding what people do not know existed, you feel as an ‘inventor’, trust me, it feels good. This is quite similar to being critical.
Embrace these mind-sets at every phase, starting from ‘topic selection’ phase.
Perhaps you have engaged other mind-sets while carrying out your research that are not discussed in this post, Please share in the comment box below. ‘Learning never ends’
I am positive that CAPI/CASI mind-sets will work for you as you engage them in your next research. Excelling in academics and research is the goal.

Having said all, ‘ for who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ’. – 1Corithians2:16

Till I come your way again,
Stay Winning,
Wunmi Kayode

Please leave your comments, suggestions, or questions in the comment box below or mail me at wunmi.kayode@gmail.com

The Education segment of the blog is one where you can find resources as a student/prospective one to help you succeed academically. Periodic posts would be published ranging from advice to questions and resources, all of which readily available to help you. I wish you all the best in your academic endeavours- Tosin Alabi( editor)

WORD FOR YOU: PEACE

IMG_2379Sometimes do you feel your heart skip at the thought of an issue….or do you just feel distraught when some thoughts cross your mind… I know that feeling too well. I remember about two years ago when I was dealing with some personal issues, I had so much anxiety that it started affecting my dream/sleep life. Oh how I hated those times, but thank God for today.

I often say that in life my top three desires are to 1. to fulfil purpose, 2. have good health and 3. peace of mind.

But more than often life throws us a curve ball which may affect our mood, thoughts, and even happiness, which is not God’s perfect plan. Jesus is the prince of peace(Isaiah 9:6) and above all he wants you to experience calmness and peace in all areas.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7

Fear is also another subtle tool of the enemy, he wants you to live in fear so much that your fear holds you back from praying and even believing in the promises of God. It’s an expression of his deceptive nature, he wants to blind-side you on your position and privileges in christ. Remember my post on Deception .

I feel that when we have fear or are emotionally unstable it breeds room for ill thoughts and is an expression of lack of trust in God. I’ve been afraid, I’ve been paranoid, and I’ve been very fearful of what tomorrow holds, but today I thank God for the understanding of his word. Peace is a birthright of a believer. Salvation comes with freedom, joy, deliverance, dominion and Peace. God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). 

So how do we operate a life of peace? easy.

  • Ask God for peace: Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”-
  • Believe you have it, it’s your heritage as a believer. Psalm 85:8 ” I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints– but let them not return to folly’ also see John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  • Ask God to help you stop any habits that are ungodly and abide in him: Psalm 34:14 ‘Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it’ Also Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble”.
  • Trust God in all your ways- “Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”

Know that God doesn’t give us fear, he is a God of peace. So if a situation in your life gives you fear it can’t be from him….I pray that every heart reading this post may be filled with the peace and joy of God that surpasses all human reasoning in Jesus name.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27

Have a peace filled day, week, month, year and life ahead!

xoxo

Tosin

FIFTY SHADES OF NOTHING

My twitter bio says “say no to indecent entertainment”, and I certainly didn’t put that up to be self-righteous. As a young lass, I believe I’ve been through a whole lot of experiences, which averagely aren’t the norm and I know from first hand experience the impact of the media on a person’s life.

I’m very passionate about positive entertainment via the media, and that’s one of the key reasons why I started blogging or ventured into media. Personally, I feel this topic is a broken record, but it’s still so painful that christians in this day and age still fill themselves with obscure content.

There is nothing as ” Just for the fun of it”  I often tell people that every action, word, or gesture we do/entertain MUST be edifying in some form. Be it watching movies or having a basic conversation. Everything must add value.

This weekend was Valentine’s and the movie ‘Fifty shades of Grey” premiered. I never read the book/books and I’m grateful I didn’t. I listened to the review from a friend and I could already envisage the content of the book. This afternoon, an acquaintance of mine shared a link to an article/review about the movie and I read it. It was titled ‘A letter to my children about fifty shades of grey” It’s a Must Read!  Here are excerpts of what the author had to say.

“Fifty shades of grey is NOT a romantic movie, rather it’s a movie about a narcissistic man’s controlling and violent sexual desires and his sense of entitlement to use and abuse a vulnerable young woman’s body and mind as tools for his own gratification. It’s all about his needs, coupled with the arrogant expectation that she should comply, regardless of her discomfort, to please him.”

Don’t allow this romanticizing of sexual domestic abuse fool you into believing that you should ever allow yourself to be treated like Anastasia Steele. Please, my son, don’t watch this one day and believe that it’s ever okay to intimidate, manipulate or disrespect a woman like the ‘hero,’ Christian Grey. Nobody, male or female, wants or deserves to be disrespected, manipulated or violated against his or her wishes”


Even prior to reading the article, I knew the movie was a no-no. This last weekend I was just explaining to my friend on why she shouldn’t watch the movie.

As a christian, I’m very cautious of what I watch. This same reason is why I stopped watching Scandal.  It glorifies Infidelity, spite, revenge, malice and lust. Lets not even discuss “Orange is the new black”……..besides my sentiments on this particular show, I learnt that the writer left her marriage to date one of the female actresses in the cast, She said upon writing the script she realised she wanted to be with a woman……..

You see, movies, books, music e.t.c are not just expressions of a writer’s creative imagination….They sow seeds in your heart. Entertainment is one of the devil’s key tools in today’s age. He seeks to deceive you, arouse you, enlighten you and put obscure thoughts in your heart. He knows well that any thing that doesn’t glorify God or isn’t edifying in any form is purely useless. He also knows that anything that doesn’t take you closer to God, takes you Farther away from him. The devil is restless, and he would use anything to take you away from the presence of God.

One difference between you and the devil(amongst others) is that the devil knows his judgement. He has no hope. You have hope, you have Jesus, and the opportunity to accept him if you haven’t. He knows he’s doomed with eternal damnation hence he’s trying to gather company for Abyss. Misery loves company.

Proverbs 4:23 says  ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. The word ‘Guard’ in this context means to be a gatekeeper of your heart. To screen, search and assess all things that passes to and fro you.

Nothing is a vacuum, you must fill your heart/mind with something, and with the right content. This post is not just to discourage you from watching fifty shades of grey and similar contents of its genre, but to also encourage you to continually do, watch, read, and hear only edifying things. Don’t deceive yourself and say you’re just being curious that’s why you watch/watched a well staged profanity. God hates luke warm, No greys with Jesus. It’s either black or white, or Hot or cold.

I pray that God fortifies us with an extra dose of discernment and grace to know and do that which pleases him. We will not miss heaven and live a mediocre life in Jesus Name!

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

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ABOUT A YEAR AGO TAG + GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hello!

So I was tagged by the wonderful sisiyemmie a while back to do this video, and I’ve filmed it twice….. but lost the footage. So please bear with me for my lateness! The video is a recap of 2014 and I answered all the questions below.
1) Biggest Accomplishment of 2014
2) Best Memory of 2014
3) Biggest Obstacle of 2014
4) Top 5 favorite beauty products of 2014
5) Bloopers from 2014 (I skipped this)
6) Favorite Mainstream YouTubers and Non-Mainstream YouTubers (Skipped my mind)
7) Regret(s) of 2014
8) Most Memorable phrases from the year 2014
9) Most Embarrassing Moment of 2014
10) Lessons Learned from 2014
11) Goals for 2015
12) What I’m looking forward to in the New Year (2015)

KINDLY WATCH IN HD FOR PREMIUM QUALITY.


My week started great, went jogging this morning and felt refreshed….My resolution for the week is to take only water no juices or fizzy drinks…I found 2-3 pimples on my face and i’m not happy about that. so operation clean eating, more water, exercise and more sleep.

************ The Giveaway winner for the 12 cupcakes from Vanilla Cake Factory is @Sisisingele, I chose her because she wanted to gift out the cupcakes to her friend(which is what love is about). She also followed the rules. Congrats Sisi please send your full name, address and phone number to info@tosinalabi.com !

Another set of cupcakes to be given out today, so watch out ^.^

Hope you all are doing great? Have a productive week ahead

Got Questions, requests or suggestions? Kindly leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you…
Have a great day ahead! speak to you soon…
xoxo
Tosin

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