Sunday, January 11, 2015

Anambra 2014

Hey Diary,
I spent the holiday as an Anambra tourist; From Ogbunike to Nnewi to Igbo Ukwu and then Nibo. I was busy with clients, meeting people and making a little extra box. 

My first bride was the beautiful Ije from Ogbunike and it was a royal wedding. Ije was very organised and made me feel at home.

During her session, we chatted along and took our time as she was very organised and managed time effectively. There was a trial where we picked the colours and she gave me a proper briefing.




Titi was a friend of the bride and she loved her look absolutely!

Uche is the sister of the bride and was quite hesitant. She kept giving me a list of Don'ts. But she loved what she got.

Then I headed to Nnewi to Daniella who happens to be a family friend also.

There was no trial prior to this and she was so conscious of my every move during our session as she used to be a makeup artist and does not quite like a lot going on her face. But she loved it afterall.


Then there was Igbo UKwu. Lilian was very easy going and did not fret about a thing.

I loved her white ensemble paired with an orange wrapper and that lippie was the ish!
I could not get a picture of her second look as there was a lot of pressure already.

Then I headed to Nibo for Nwando. She knew exactly what she wanted and tried to guide me accordingly. We had to meet half way :D! 




We had ample time for pictures as Ndi Ogo took a very long time.

Turbans and Scarfs

Diary Dearest,
Meet this Square-faced model again. This time concentration was the head gear. Many believe that the beauty of a woman is in her hair, whether it is covered or uncovered (i do not know how true). But a properly nurtured hair adds a lot more to a rather simple outfit. 
Most women in this area of the world are popular for the use of scarfs ranging from turbans to gele and the regular simple scarfs.

Angella was beautifully dressed in this turban with the leaf  motif which inspired me to play around with green which happens to be my favourite colour.
When the photos were released, I remembered a  shoot we also did together which is very similar to this one as well...

I filled up the scarf with boxes to create an illusion of more volume and the camera loved her.

White Christmas!

Hello Diary,
I am very aware that this is the wrongest of time to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. But the priest announced that the Christmas season officially ends today. So maybe I am not all that guilty. LOL!
As much as possible, I want everyday of this year to be a celebration for me and I would work hard to keep it that way and be sure to keep you posted. I worked with the pretty Maureen for a Christmas concept which came out beautifully. We did not use the usual green and red Christmas colors it was a WHITE CHRISTMAS!

This right here is my favorite look. Within minutes of releasing this photo, it circulated on instagram and Bbm.


I glittered her eyes, concentrated on a clean and contoured face then gave preference to the Christmas colours by lining her eyes with Zaron gel liner in Green and red for the lips.

So Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Makeover for Tobi

Diary dearest,
Meet Tobi, and old colleague turned friend who loves to have so much fun :). So I hooked her up the other day with my favourite smokey eyes and nude lips grind and she totally loved it. I had to beat the crazy Lagos early morning traffic to meet up. The asoebi was so rich and colourful.
I hope she would not have my neck for posting a before picture. Oh well... she is pretty whichever way. So meet Tobi.

I had to tie the gele twice because her gele game is on point also and she knows just how she wants it to be. That reminds me...(would you rather a client who knows what she wants and dictates it accordingly or someone who would let you be and trust your every decision?)

There is to her before and after... I am learning to use my camera better everyday. This photography hustle is not for the weak :( .
Pretty girls rock!
A penny for your thoughts.


Hello Diary,
Just when I let my creative juices flow, look what I came up with this pretty square-faced model. There was really no theme to work around with. I played with a few colours whilst paying attention to intense contour and highlighting. 

Then, I switched to this patterned look on one side of her face.
 I remember when I did this patterns every time I had a fine-art class in school. It now almost seems like I use stencils for them but its totally free hand, every single detail.

Big thanks to Emmanuel of Spotlight for hooking this up for me and my gracious model that rocks the spot light like a goddess.
A penny for your thoughts...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Winner Hello London Competition: Kosiso Ezeonyeka

Hello Diary.
I have some very great news for you! We won the Hello London competition on Buntricia!!!! (screaming)!!! We did it! We are winners! Guess what is even more interesting? we made the highest votes on instagram with well over 5000votes Yikes!!!! (takes a deep breath). If you remember my previous post, you would see how calm I was about the whole thing. I believed, I had so much faith and confidence given that I had tried before but did not make it. This time, all the posts, messages, Bcs and Dms paid off! We won! I have a very long list pf people to thank. People I think I owe this to. I went on my knees to say a prayer for every one of you. To those that keep tabs on my posts, be sure that you were not left out in my prayers. It has been an amazing journey in quite a short time! Thank you so much! 
Now, this was the inspiration look for the competition.

Done by @makeupbypinky on instagram. The instruction stated INSPIRATION and then I went to work for the finals. 

I was working on this with the pretty Annabelle again. Few days to the submission of my entry, we got a message saying we were to duplicate the look and not interpret and then I went  zzzzzzzzzz..... Like what do we need this information for 2days before D-day. I made several attempts to book another studio session but I could not. With brilliant minds on my team, we decided to dig into what we already have as we tend to do a lot of shoots (with or without a competition). Look what we came up with as a close duplication of the look given the colours and accessories.

I called this 'my Nubian Princess' for so many reasons. We went ahead to submit. I remember vividly going to church the evening before I submitted because I did not want this opportunity to slip through my fingers one more time. I got God FULLY involved and he showed himself mightily. 
Through the heat of the 2weeks duration, I kept praying, kept midnight watch, lol!, talked to people, bought them data plans, did everything to keep my votes on +Buntricia Bastian  tops. 

Ramona, our Ugandian model, was so supportive and I thank her. I woke up one day to see a drawing of my work on her page. lol! I do not know who did this work but I totally loved it and it helped ease the tension. On the fateful day, November 1st, I was a lot calmer, I knew I had won this one. I was out of town, I tried to keep tabs as much as possible as my network was not exactly at its best. I came online at about 30mins after the results had been announced and guess what!!! Your girl did it! We did it! We won!

Many people never understood why I was so overjoyed especially when they asked me, now what next? how much do you get and I'm like ' money, its a conference in London'. It keeps them wondering.. As for me, there are far more important things in Life than money especially with my responsibilities. This is a big deal! and I am most grateful to God and Buntricia Batisan for the opportunity she created for aspiring young women like me interested in success. I met and shared this same passion with Oyinda of We had the same worries and fears and still encouraged ourselves all the while and she also won the competition as well. I'm very hopeful for better things to come. We only just started.
 A penny for your thoughts..

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Hello London!

Dear Diary,
Everyone thought it was wise that I give the Buntricia Competition another try. Its all weird and stuff as I am not one to compete (good trait or not, not quite interested).
However, I have found myself enjoying doing this. It seems to me like a game. Someone has to lose and someone has to win. Guess what? This time, I'm that someone that has to win. Now, I can't achieve this all by myself and that is why I'm telling you, diary dearest.
Meet the gorgeous Annabelle...

LOOK 2 (I did not use this as my entry).



And now, this is my ENTRY!
Thank you Emmanuel of Spotlight and my efficient model and sister Annabelle. 
To vote my entry, please click, log in your facebook details, click on vote, then come back after 24 hours. Subsequent times, you would not have to log in all over. Just use the link, then click vote. Repeat this till the 30th when the winners would be announced.
Now, the tricky part is that we have to tell 10 loyal people this information. That is the only way to keep up at the top. 
The thing with the competition is that no one cares about your proficiency or creativity. We need to have the most loyal people on our crew to help talk people into voting every single day till the 30th.
Some would ask me what I stand to win, check this..

 I am trusting us on this one. I really do not have anywhere else to seek support. Lets make this happen. Many thanks!
A penny for your thoughts.

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