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A Ruracio, friendship and wonderful memories

I love re-watching past movies and/or series that I consider especially those in which my favorite actors and actresses starred in. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are some of my favorite actresses. I first loved Hudson after watching “How to lose a guy in 10 days” with Mathew McConaughey and Hathaway in “The Princess Diaries“.

Yeah, yeah, go ahead and judge but say what you will, these were awesome movies. 🙂

Anyway, there I was curled up in bed on Thursday under the weather, shivering and aching watching “Bride Wars“. I had also watched Wonder Woman the week before so I was determined not to let some flu get me down. I was an Amazon from Themyscira damn it, or so I thought.

Turns out, I had an infection in my chest that the doc told me when I went to hospital (in my pajamas by the way…head scarf and all) was airborne. I remember how far we’ve come in our friendship and how soon she’ll be married and part of me feels like I’m losing her but on the other hand I’m super excited for her.

One time she came over to my place for a sleep over and we were chatting as we watched a movie. I’ll never forget how she was in the middle of a juicy story when she realized I had dozed off and I didn’t live that down for a while. Every time it came up afterwards, she’d roll her eyes at me. 🙂  Sigh…I’m missing her already.

Anyway, this past May I had the honor of working with her as she planned for her traditional wedding, what most people call Ruracio. It so happened that her big day was on the same day as my French exam at Alliance Française and I had to be there by 7am, while the function was set to start at 8am.

Thankfully, we were able make it work and while I was not able to attend because my exam ran long, her ruracio was a resounding success and everyone loved her makeup as did she! 🙂

Check out some of the photos, all courtesy of Sanch photography and below the makeup deets!

Primer: BlackUp SPF 25 Protective primer

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Mocha with a bit of Coconut.

Concealer: L.A Girl Pro concealer, Fawn

Eye shadow, liner and mascara: Morphe 35N and 35W as well as Suzie Beauty Nairobi Sunrise trio, Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal eye liner and Great Lash mascara

Blush: Suzie Beauty, Terracotta

Highlighter: Sleek MakeUp Contour and Highlight palette, dark

Lip liner and gloss: Revlon Colorstay liner in Plum and NYX intense butter gloss in Toasted Marshmallow.

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I love this lady and can’t wait to see how stunning she’ll be on her wedding day! 🙂

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A soft, everyday makeup look….

I often receive questions and comments on how much time I spend doing my makeup particularly during the week. Most of these questions are from friends, acquaintances and family members who are looking for something easy and wearable for any occasion, those who simply want to get a few more winks of sleep and wake up with just enough time add some color to their cheeks before leaving the house and those who are clueless but want to try their hand at makeup and enhance their already beautiful features.

I love doing my makeup, seeing the transformation but it’s only when I have a special occasion to attend, I can easily spend an hour and a half to two hours getting dolled up. For some reason, it is on such occasions that my eyebrows refuse to co-operate with me and I end up spending close to twenty minutes getting them right. I always go for something quick and on most weekends, I’ll only do my eyebrows, liner and lip balm with gloss over top or no makeup at all 🙂 .

Let’s be honest though, in the hustle and bustle to get to work and earn that paycheck, a full face of makeup is not practical…at least for me 🙂 . I need something that I can do in thirty minutes at the most. By the way, I wasn’t always this quick, particularly with the brows but with practice and patience I seem to have it down and may only change up the lip color. That is the one piece of advice I’d give anyone trying their hand at applying makeup…be patient with yourself and take it in stride when you do mess up. It washes off at the end of the day 🙂 !

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Starting off with my face, I use a primer to ensure that everything stays in place. For this look I used a M.A.C primer for a matte finish. I followed it up with L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Orange to conceal and correct a few blemishes on my forehead and right side of my cheek. I set these with my Suzie Beauty loose powder in SB40 and a latex wedge. You can get a pack from Good Life pharmacy and bonus they are disposable so you don’t have to wash them. I followed this with a bit of L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn under my eyes to brighten the area and used a damp beauty blender to tap it in. Finally I set my face with the same loose powder.

I used my Suzie Beauty E5 Angled Brush (one of my favorite brushes) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in Dark chocolate to fill in my eyebrows. I’ll admit when I first started using the pomade, it took me a minute to get the handle of it but with practice, my precision has really improved because I didn’t curve them out with concealer.

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For my eyes, I simply line my lower lash line with the Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black, which I got from Nakumatt Mega and smudged it out slightly for a soft smoked out effect. I love the richness of the pigment, the easy glide on formula of it, which makes it easy to apply without feeling like your tearing the skin off your lash line  and it’s non-greasy so won’t move around (it actually takes some effort to get it off). I follow this with my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, an all-time favorite because of the volume and length it gives my lashes and most of all doesn’t clump up.

With this particular look, I wanted a nude lip for that fresh face feel so I lined my lips with the Revlon Colorstay lip liner (also from Nakumatt) in Chocolate for definition and applied Sleek True Colour Lipstick in the shade Succumb to pull the look together. This particular shade might not work for everyone because we all have different complexions so you have to do the leg work in finding the right shade of nude that suits you.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and do tag me if you re-create your version of an everyday look. I would love to see it!

I’ll see you on the next one!

 

xoxo

 

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! 🙂