Monday, 11 February 2019

7 Romantic Perfumes for Valentine's Day/Anniversaries


Hey guys! Hope your weekend went great! Valentine's Day is practically here so you can think of this as a gift guide if you procrastinated (like me in putting up this post), and you're thinking of getting a perfume(s) for someone next Thursday.

I've always loved perfumes since I was young thanks to my mum. She has been gifting me perfumes as a birthday gift or for Christmas since I was like 13 and I love it! 

My taste in perfumes is constantly changing but a few of the perfumes on this list have been constants since like 2010. These are 7 of my current favourites from the most  to least expensive:

1. Coco Eau de Parfum Chanel 

This perfume has a strong tobacco scent. I love it because of how strong it is. It has an "oriental, spicy fragrance" and would also be a perfect birthday or anniversary gift.

2. Hermes Elixir des Merveilles 

This perfume has a floral & woody scent. It's probably my 4th favourite on this list but every time I use it, someone makes a comment saying how much they like how I smell. 

3. Giorgio Armani Si

Where do I start from lol. I don't think this perfume really needs any introduction because I know how popular it is. I just started using it about 2 years ago and it smells amazing. 

4. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 

I also discovered this perfume 2 years ago when I got the tester twice at the Essenza store and at the Lancôme store in Boots. I loved it so much I decided to get it as a birthday present to myself and, just like the Hermes I get compliments almost every time I use it. As you can see, it's almost gone so I've kept it in the corner for some months. It has a very romanic scent if that makes sense lol. It would be the perfect Valentine's day gift. 

5. Calvin Klein Euphoria 

This is cheaper than the first 4 perfumes on the list but still comes close in terms of scent and staying power. This is another perfume a few people have asked me about when I've used it and it's way more budget friendly. 

6. Lacoste Sensuelle Eau de Parfum

The first place I discovered this perfume was my mum's table. It was on my list of perfumes to get for a while and then I got it as a Valentine's Day gift 2 years ago.

7. Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy 

Okay, so this perfume might be the last on the list (because it's the least expensive) but out of all the perfumes on this list, I've had it the longest. This was the first perfume I ever bought for myself in my first year of uni and I've bought it every time I've run out of it since 2010. It has a sweet floral scent. and the pink version of it ("Fantasy") also smells amazing. 

What are some of your favourite perfumes? Have you used any of the perfumes on this list? 

Have a beautiful week!

Oyime :)

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Orange Butterfly Makeup Look


Hey hey! How's your week going so far? 

I've always really liked creative makeup looks but for some reason, I never tried a really creative  because I wasn't sure I would be good at it. 

This look really wasn't as easy as it looked and it took a while but when I was done, I absolutely loved it. Then, I felt silly for not trying creative looks all this while just because I wasn't sure I'd be good at it. Now that I think of it, if I didn't like how it turned out all I'd need to do is keep practising (which is what I'm doing).

The picture I saw on Instagram was done with lime green eyeshadow but I don't like how that colour looks on me so I went with yellow and orange.

I used Juvia's place 'Zulu palette' because I wanted the eyeshadow to really 'pop' and it didn't disappoint.






What do you think of this look? 

Have a beautiful week!

Oyime :)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Makeup Post - Orange Is The New Black


Hey guys!! How have you been and how is your year going so far? I'm already a bit behind on my January goals but I'm trying not to be such a procrastinator this year.

A few people have noticed that I love doing makeup for photoshoots and editorials and I really do because it brings out my creativity and I'm able to learn something new each time.

For this shoot, when the photographer suggested the look to me, it was something I hadn't done before but I was excited to see how it would turn out.

For the eyes, I used NYX Jumbo pencil in 'milk' for her waterline and bottom lashes, and for the top liner, I used my Juvia's place Zulu palette mixed with Inglot duraline (because I didn't have orange liner). This is what I mean when I say shoots help me to be more creative because when you don't have what you need, you have to improvise.




PRODUCTS USED 

FACE

Kiko Milano Face Base 
Revlon Colorstay Foundation
LA Girl Pro Concealer (Beautiful Bronze) 
Ben Nye Setting Powder (Topaz) 
Milani Powder (Deep) 

EYES

Mabrook Brow Pencil
Yanga Beauty Browlution Pencil
Juvia's Place Zulu Palette 
NYX Jumbo Pencil 
Sisi Lade Lashes 

LIPS

MAC 'So Chaud'

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

MY 2019 HAIR GOALS


Hey guys!! Happy New Year!! How was your holiday? 

I wouldn't really call December a holiday for me because it wasn't that different for me work-wise. My siblings were around though, which was pretty awesome. I definitely didn't go out as much as my sister but I ended up going to the beach twice, went for a Wizkid concert (which I slept off at before Wizkid came out) and watched "Queen Moremi the Musical" at Terrakulture (which was amazing). 



For part of December, I had my hair in a bun and for the times I felt like looking extra dressed up, I attached my Afrinaptural extensions to my bun. I also had my hair in a wig for about a week in December. 




Last year, I don't think I really had any hair goals for 2018 and if I did, I didn't really work towards them. This year though, apart from the usual healthy hair goals I always say I have, my goal is length retention! A lot of the time, we feel like our hair isn't growing but we're really just not retaining most of our length. In order to do this, I'm going to do these things:

1. Protective Styles for no more than 3/4 weeks: I realised that I retained more length the year I was getting braids every 3 weeks, not necessarily because the protective style was braids but because after 3 weeks of having the braids I would take them out, shampoo my hair and deep condition. 

2. Deep condition more often: If I'm keeping my protective style for not more than 3 weeks most times then I'll be deep conditioning more often than I have in the past 2 years. 

3. Trim twice this year: I actually trimmed my hair twice last year so I guess I did that right. I'll probably get a trim in June and in December. 

Do you have any hair goals for 2019? How do you plan on achieving them?

Oyime :) 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Tea Room Lagos Restaurant Review


Hey guys! How are you and how was your weekend? Mine was pretty awesome. My cousin got married so my weekend basically started from Wednesday (which was her bridal shower) up until the white wedding on Saturday.

We had her bridal shower at the Tea Room Lagos which is a very pretty, picturesque new place in Lekki. 


The first thing you notice even before you get into the restaurant is the beautiful decor. There's a balloon display at the top of the first flight of stairs, and then a wooden booth right opposite the entrance which is perfect for pictures. There's also a cute patio but I unfortunately didn't get pictures of this.



The restaurant is decorated with a lot of flowers which was awesome because it was like the place had been decorated for us.






In terms of food, the food was lovely. I had the "American Breakfast" which was pancakes  & eggs and it was really good. I think everyone also loved their food. 






In terms of service, it was a bit poor. The food took a while to come out and our waiter made a number of mistakes. However, that could just have been a bad day or it could have been because they just opened. 

My meal cost N5,000 which is a bit pricey but it tasted really good so that made up for it. 

Have you been to any new restaurants lately? What was your experience with it?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

Oyime :) 

Monday, 3 December 2018

My Current Favourite Hairstyle: Mini Twists + Extensions


Hey guys! How was your weekend? Mine was okay. I attended the Lagos Makeup Fair yesterday and it was good. It was really packed though, which I tried to avoid by going a bit early but there were still so many people there. 

It's been a while since I've put up a hair post because nothing new has been happening with my hair. My hair is currently in mini twists. You can read about the first time I did mini twists here

I really like mini twists, but the reason I stopped doing them was because whenever I did them myself, they got rough really fast unless I twisted them really tiny and the thought of twisting for hours stresses me out lol.

My current mini twists were done at a salon about a month ago, and I've never seen my hair look that neat without it being blow dried. I loved them but at the same time, I was looking forward to them getting a bit "rougher".  Now that they're a lot rougher they blend in better with the kinky extensions I add to the back of my hair.

The day after I got them done 
Adding kinky hair extensions to mini twists totally transforms the look and I wish I had discovered this sooner. 

Here's an easy pictorial of how I was able to achieve this style (thanks to my sister for the video detailing how to do this):


These are the kinky hair extensions and my mini twists after about a month of having them.


In the first picture, I folded the kinky hair extensions into two and tied the middle with a hair band. In the second, I attached the extensions to my hair by tying it twice onto the back of my hair, and in the third picture, I wrapped the extensions up into a 'doughnut'. 


This is my current favourite style because of how easy it is to maintain and the little time it takes to get them done. 

What do you think of this hairstyle? Have you tried it before? 

Have a beautiful week!

Oyime :)

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Life Update.. Where Have I Been??



Hey guys! I feel like it's been forever since I've been here. Not just since I've blogged, but since I've actually visited my blog. I wasn't sure what to expect but from my stats, it seems a number of people have still been reading my posts and that makes me really happy. 

This morning (now 2 weeks ago when I wrote this post), I woke up quite sad and discouraged because I felt like I'm not close to where I want to be. I quit my 9-5 a couple of months ago for a number of reasons, the most important being that I was very unhappy there and staying there wasn't bringing me any closer to my goals. When I left, I wasn't sure what exactly I planned on doing but I knew I definitely didn't plan on building a career there. 

The first few months were okay apart from a lot of people telling me I was making a mistake. I knew this was going to happen before I left though, so I wasn't surprised or moved. The first month, I just took a break and in the 2nd month, I went for a makeup upgrade class. If you've been following this blog for a while you might remember that I went to Makeup School  about 4 years ago (read about it here) but I wasn't really doing it full time till this year. The upgrade class was really good for so many reasons and it built my confidence.

Instagram: @makeupbyoyime
So, I've been doing makeup full time for some months and it's been good. Some months are better than others, but it feels good doing one of the things you love and getting paid for it. It isn't always easy though, which this morning proved but I realise that I have to be patient and enjoy this season.


I have more time to blog now which I always enjoyed doing and for the thousandth time lol I'm going to try to be consistent with it.

Bridesmaid duties at my friend's wedding in July 
As for a hair update, I'm not even sure what to say lol. My hair has just been misbehaving and I haven't been retaining much length for a while. If I'm being honest, I haven't really treated my hair the best for the past year or 2 due to laziness and lack of time. I've considered doing another big chop or cutting my hair into a short hairstyle but, I can't imagine cutting all my hair again even though I know it's just hair and it'll grow back. 

My hair is currently in mini twists which I'm really enjoying. There'll be a post on this mini twist low bun  soon.

Mini twists and kinky hair extensions 
Thanks for reading and I hope you've had a great year so far!

What have you been up to? How has your year been? I'd love to hear from you! 

Oyime :)  

Friday, 1 June 2018

Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Eyeshadow Palette - Review & Swatches


Hey guys! It's been a while. It's the sixth month of the year already and I'm not too sure how I feel about that lol. I haven't yet achieved a lot of what I planned but there's still time. How are you guys doing with your resolutions for the year? 

I've been meaning to review the Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Palette for a while and the review is finally here :D. I'm sure a lot of people that are into makeup have heard of Juvia's Place and how pigmented their eyeshadows are. It's a really popular brand owned by a Nigerian, Chichi Eburu

I did a lot of research before buying the Nubian 2 Palette because I wasn't sure which of the palettes to try out first. A lot of people recommended this particular palette so I decided to give it a try. 


This palette has 4 matte shades and 8 metallic/shimmer shades. The matte shades can be used as a transition colour and the shimmer shades on the lid.


I love using Morocco in my crease and Jezebel in my outer corner to give my eyeshadow look some depth. Yaa is one of my favourite metallic shades and Zuri looks really good for the inner corner highlight. 


I love how bold Cleopatra and Nefertiti look whenever I use them. I haven't used Leyla to be honest because I don't really like how the colour looks but I'll give it a try. I wasn't too sure I liked Egypt either but I used it last weekend and it came out looking good.


For this look, I used 'Cleopatra' and 'Yaa' :)


For this look, I used Egypt on the lid, and Zuri for the inner corner highlight.


Final Thoughts

I really like this palette because of how pigmented the shades are. I also noticed that the shimmer/metallic shades come out much brighter when you apply them with your fingers. I love the fact that this palette has both transition shades and really bright shimmery shades so you can use just this palette for an eyeshadow look. 

I loved the palette so much that I decided to try another of their palettes (The Masquerade Palette). If you'd like a review of the Masquerade Palette, let me know :).

I got this palette from Beauty Bay when I was in England in October, but I got the Masquerade Palette from BeautyRevNG and they stock other Juvia's Place palettes. 

To see more pictures of my makeup, follow me on Instagram: @makeupbyoyime 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Oyime :)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Product Review - Arami Essentials


Hey guys!! How has your year been so far? Mine has been quite interesting. A lot of things have happened over the past few weeks but it's been a good year so far.

I heard about the Arami Essentials skin & hair care brand from Instagram and I saw a lot of good reviews on their products, so I wanted to try it out for a while but I never got round to it. Then in December, I decided to get their gift boxes for my mum and cousins for Christmas and I also got myself one :D.


I think this might be one of their most popular products but I could be wrong. I got the "Sweet Oud" glow oil for myself and it smells amazing and it's really moisturising for my skin. I don't use it on my face but I've seen quite a number of good reviews on it. 


Their Body & Hair Food is just amazing! I used it a few weeks ago when I ran out of shea butter and I needed to seal my hair after a wash. I was pleasantly surprised when 2 or 3 days later, my hair was still so moisturised. It's whipped to perfection so it's really soft. I got the vanilla scented Body & Hair Food and it smells so good. Apart from the unscented Body & Hair Food, it also comes in Lemongrass which smells pretty good too. 



The onyx body polish is another amaaazing product! Black soap usually dries out my skin but this one doesn't. I don't usually have issues with my face but when I started breaking out 2 weeks ago and I went back to using this product, my skin started clearing up almost immediately and I've gotten a few comments about my skin glowing. Also, a little goes a long way especially if you mostly use it on your face like I do. 



Apart from the products being really good I also love the packaging. It's very minimalist yet eye catching and it's also quite affordable.

The pictures in this review are from the gift set of 100ml products but their products mostly come in 250ml.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

Oyime :D

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