Morphe; Sleek; M.A.C

Urembo Fashion House Beauties…

Happy new year guys! I hope your year has started off on a high note, got your resolutions down and already taking over the world. If you don’t have resolutions, that’s okay too..go at your own pace. Besides, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, life’s a journey, not a destination. How’s that for a little nugget of wisdom? 🙂

Seriously though, the one piece of advice I can give for 2017 is to love yourself and all that makes you unique…be your authentic self. Life can sometimes beat you down and when that happens, reach out to someone to talk, hold strong in your faith and what you believe in that things will get better.

My hope and prayer for this year is to be a better person in every area of my life; a better daughter, friend, girlfriend, colleague…you get the general idea right?:-)

That said, this post has been on the back burner for the longest time owing to the fact that I lost most of the images from this gig. Thankfully, I managed to retrieve some…well after crying blood, sweat and tears and performing a traditional dance. Yeah, tell me about it….

I got to work with Urembo Fashion House after a friend referred me.(thank you Agarther 🙂 ) and as always I loved it. Located at Garden City Mall, they have an exquisite range of dresses, shoes and accessories for all occasions.

Brenda, Sharon, Rhoda and Michelle were such a delight, I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to another opportunity to work with them. In addition to being so beautiful and smart, they have such amazing skin, it was a breeze. Again I say, your skin comes first…take care of it and it will take care of you.

For these looks, I used Sleek MakeUp and Suzie Beauty Foundation and powder, Morphe 35N and 35W eye shadow palettes, Sleek MakeUp i-Divine eyeshadow palettes; Sunset, Original and Au Naturel, L.A Girl Pro concealer, M.A.C Nightmoth lip liner, Black Opal Dark Cherry lip liner, Revlon ColorStay lip liner in Chocolate, Sleek True Color lipsticks and NYX butter gloss.

Check out the photos! 🙂

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Brenda with the classic simple eye look and bold lip color

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Rhoda also with a classic simple eye look and bold lip color

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Michelle with a smokey eye and soft nude lip color

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Sharon went for a semi-bold eye and lip combo that worked out perfectly

I hope you have a beautiful year and pass by again next week for my January 2017 favorites! 🙂

Models, Makeup and Dresses….

I recently turned 30 and in celebration of joining the third floor, I thought of doing a photo shoot. The inspiration came from one of my friends Nyambura Mukora who shared a few photos from a shoot she did.She looked amazing! Since I’ve never done a photo shoot, I figured there’s no better time than flirty thirty.

I reached out to my friend Maurice, who owns Avalanche Media asked him if he would be willing to do it. Even better, I thought, it would be great if my boyfriend and I did the shoot together,  you know like those photos you’ve seen online of a couple. They look so good, you can’t help but share the photo with the hash tag #goals. 🙂 Seriously though, I thought it would be fun for both of us because he’s never done one either…at least I hope he hasn’t, otherwise it’s curtains for him..curtains I tell ya!

First thing Maurice asked was my theme and I kid you not, I drew a blank. At first I thought of a vintage theme but I remembered I don’t own anything along that line and my bank account wouldn’t allow me to just spend money I don’t have. Then I thought of going the geeky/nerdy themed way. He’s a software developer, I love reading, plus I wear glasses. Kind of works, yes? no?, okay. Then I thought, humor with a helping of sarcasm because a healthy dose of sarcasm keeps the doctor away…no shade against apples or anything.  Added bonus, I believe I got the sarcasm gene from my mum.

Long story short, I’m still planning to do the shoot. I just need to figure out a theme and how to pose Yeah, that’s my other problem. Unless I’m taking a selfie where all I do is look at the camera and smile, I’m bad at having my photos taken. My go to response when someone tells me to pose is bursting out in giggles after trying to hold a pose for ten seconds (my colleague and also talented photographer Lydia can tell you all about that). She’s taken a few photos of me and it’s always taken her a few takes before she gets the shot. I always end up looking awkward because I don’t know what to do with my arms, face, legs, pretty much my entire body.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post….:-)

A while back I got an opportunity to work with some models for an company called Rent A Dress that rents out expensive events dresses at an affordable price for any occasion be it a cocktail or gala dinner.

I was excited to work with the two models and I got to play with my Morphe palettes, the 35N, which consists of  all matte shades and 35W, which is a mix of matte and shimmer shadows and a set of Morphe brushes as well. I’ll talk about them in detail in a later post but they are super pigmented, easy to work with and have minimal fall out. The looks for both models, was soft smokey brown eyes and a bold lip. I went with Sleek in Vixen a shimmery red for the first model and  Smother (my current Sleek favorite) for the second model, lined with M.A.C Nightmoth lip pencil. I loved both looks and think they are wearable both during the day and night.

Check out some of the photos below :-). I really enjoyed working with the entire team and learned a lot from them. 1467978563068

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As always, thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think. 🙂