SLEEK MATTE ME LIPSTAINS


Hey Ladies,

So I told you in my Superdrug Haul how much I loved these that I was going to do a whole post dedicated to them and I'm nothing if not a woman of my word lol. I first fell in love with the Birthday Suit lip stain when I saw it on Yasmin. I immediately had to get my hands on it and ever since then I've been obsessed.
Birthday Suit is the most gorgeous nude for coloured skin that I've ever used and Fandango Purple is a vibrant pink with a purple undertone, perfect for a bold lip. Fun fact, I'm wearing it right now!
As you can see the the Matte Me goes on glossy (on the right) but when it dries (left), it really dries. Some might find it a little too dry (think Ruby Woo in a desert lol) but honestly dryness comes with most matte lip products. I've tried using a lip balm underneath but it kind of ruins the effect. Either way the pigmentation is insane and because it dries so matte it doesn't rub off on anything. It lasts all day and it's very quickly become a cult favorite. 

Have you tried any of the Sleek Matte Me lip stains? What are your favorite matte lip products?



PS: I won an award last Saturday for AJALI, it was for the Best Made in Nigeria Product at the Sisterhood Awards by Mo Abudu. I am still so incredibly amazed and honored by the award. It means so much to me and I just wanted to thank everyone who's supported AJALI. Please keep doing so, spreading the word and interacting with us on social media. I have big dreams for AJALI and by God's grace and you're support they'll soon become a reality. Have a great week ahead everyone <3

FOOD FESTIVAL IN BATTERSEA

Hi Guys,

Guess who's finally back in Lagos and still very much reminiscing about her holiday - me!!! Lol. On August 16th I went to my very first food festival, Feast at the beautiful Battersea park. I went with a bunch of friends and had an amazing time trying out food from all over the world. I started off with arepas a Venezuelan street food which is a flat bread made of maize flour topped with different meats. The taste and consistency of the arepas reminded me of garri - not the most pleasant thing. The next stop for me was a chicken masa dosa, a fermented pancake made from rice batter and black lentils from southeast Asia. The lady that made them was so lovely and threw in some coconut chutney and salad for free but I had one bite and passed it on to my friends. I'm not the biggest fan of these gritty pancake bases clearly. My next stop (where I had my favorite dish of the day) was the Greek kebab stand where I got a lamb kebab - OMG, the lamb was so beautiful and the tzatiki was to die for. Still drooling about this and its been nearly a month! At the Cypriot kebab stand I finally tried halloumi - which note to vegetarians, tastes nothing like chicken! I also finally got to try siapao - a steamed pork dumpling from Thailand that I hear about all the time from Benji on itsJudyslife. Had it with some sweet chili sauce and it was alright, but the salt and pepper squid at that stand was way better. 




I need to give a shout out to the best drinks on the day. The Harry Bromptom's London Ice Tea was sooooo good. I love iced tea it's one of my all time favorite drinks but I'd never had alcoholic iced tea before which seems like such a simple obvious idea right? It was really refreshing after all the food and delicious. The Thunder Toffee Vodka was such a hit, probably because they had ice col£1 shots lol. For desserts, I was pretty underwlemed with the selection (and probably just too full at this point). We decided to sample some churros at the Mexican stand which was really a thin fried donut and an acai pudding thing - both I wouldn't be in a  hurry to try again to be honest.  

If you're thinking about going to a food festival here are a few tips. First of all look for tickets on money-saving sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. We found an offer of 40% off entry tickets for groups of 4 so we paid about £9 each instead of £15. Each stall sold food for about £6 -10 which quickly adds up when you want to sample a lot of different things like I did. Luckily because I was with friends we decided to get everything split into smaller portions that way we could share, save money and have more room to try out more things. Bring a bottle of water! And lastly before you do anything have a look around all the stalls first and start off with the ones that look the most popular. The boys were really keen to try out the Gaucho BBQ stand (me not so much) so we put it off till the end when they had almost sold out of meat! I never would've heard the end of it if they had missed out so I'm thankful they were able to satisfy their inner carnivores lol. Have you ever been to a food festival? If you have which ones and what tips would you recommend?


MY FIRST BANTU KNOT OUT


Hey Ladies,

As much as I love being natural I am definitely what I like to term as a Lazy Natural. I mean I've been natural for two years and I'd say I've probably styled my hair about 5 times - if that! But one of the things I love about being on holiday is the freedom and time I have to do things I actually want to do. And one of those things is my hair. So I decided one rainy day that I would try a bantu knot out. Armed with freshly washed hair and an excellent two -part video tutorial by Yolanda Renee (part 1, part 2) I went in! I detangled each section with a wide tooth comb and used the Entwine Creme Gelee Syler and sealed with my Ajali Hair Oil Blend. I had about 17 bantu knots in total.



 Take down 2 days after...

Day Two Hair


I loved my hair (and makeup might I add) on the second day especially. I had stretched my hair overnight using the pineapple method so by the time I had fluffed out and picked at my roots it had much more volume which I loved. I also remembered to slick my edges with Olive Oil Edge Control so the look looked more polished. Having said that my hair did take TWO WHOLE DAYS to dry so I'm not sure how practical this is for every day. I might need to invest in a hooded dryer cause *ain't nobody got time for two day hair styles!* Oh and another thing, Yasmin told me that to get more defined curls I should try using a thicker gel like Eco styler and smoothing each section with a Denman brush before twisting. So I'll be trying that next time. All in all, I really loved this style and it was really easy to do. 

Have you tried this style? Any tips for your girl?



Day Two Hair Makeup Details
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Malaga
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Medium
Collection 2000 No Clumps Mascara
Mac Eyeliner in Engraved
Beauty Treats Eyeliner in Dark Brown (to fill in eyebrows)
MAC Russian Red Lipstick
Vaseline Paint the Town Red Lip Tint