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GTBank LFDW 2013.

By Joyce Awele.

Hello everyone, i’m sorry i have being a little MIA…. Anyways am back now  to give you whats New and Hot *winks*

Day One

Backstage And Runway.

Light, music and runway. it was a night filled with fabulosity for me as i could not just help but buzz uncontrollably on my seat as fashion designers displayed their outfits on the stage. Seeing  fashion at its best,the show which took place at OceanView in Victoria Island, Lagos brought together not only designers from Nigeria but abroad as well. designers such as Wana Sambo, Weizdum, Valerie David, Kinabuti, Samson Shoboye and Kola Kuddus,Maureen Ikem,Christie Brown,Ella and Gabby graced the event.

Now let me show you some of my favorite back stage moments

 Right here the female models had somewhat minimal make up. A few colored lips here, but more generally, everything was kept quite nude and bronze, with defined eyebrows and heavy eyelashes, no overly bold colors.

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LFDW-BEAUTYDay 1 featured high ponies.

LFDW-BEAUTY-3 With the men, Day 1 was pretty basic .

LFDW-MALE-BEAUTYWhen some of the men walked out, i got a modern day, African Jesus vibe, except the crown of thorns which was just a crown of leaves, thankfully *whew!

 some interesting hairstyles from some of the malemodels

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From the Runway,It’s only fair to start with Sunny Rose’s S/S ’14 Collection. speaking with the designer Maureen Ikem after the show ,i learnt that the collection was inspired by the French Riviera. The idea behind the collection according to her was to “create elaborate clothes for women so they feel great about themselves”. something very interesting was that she kept colors to a minimum with whites and reds. Her collection featured a lot of lace and silk creating very elegant pieces and the ambience of the show was fantastic, what better music to play than Justin Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night?’

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Christie Brown gave us super quirky on the runway last night! It was a somewhat Afrocentric show, right down to the music; which is what i particularly loved.she gave some chiffon, some laser cuts, bold yellows and aqua. Let’s not forget the defined shapes and how lady-like a lot of the pieces were. To top it off, there were some amazing neck pieces . i definitely got “that modern woman who seeks a true taste of Africa.”

Chrisie-Brown-LFDW-2013- Christie-Brown-LFDW-2013-2 Christie-Brown-LFDW-2013-3Ella and Gabby also featured a lot of silk, lace and prints. Defined waists and very strong silhouettes which brought a very lady-like collection. Definitely a lot of amazing evening wear. truly did get luxury, elegance and style!

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Smoky Eye Makeup And Kissable lips.

Do you want that classy but yet sexy and seductive look that will captivate the attention of the room when you walk in?………then look no further cause a Smoky eye and  a kissable lips will do just the trick for you.

first i’m going to start with your Sexy Smoky Eyes.

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The trick to applying make up for a Smokey eyes can be achieved by just using any eye makeup color, but for maximum effect it is best to use colors which are Smokey, like gray, black, mauve and brown, rather than bright colors.

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To achieve the Smokey eyes effect you will need to choose three colors within the same hue, which means they need to be of a similar shade.

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There are several ways by which you can achieve a Smokey eye makeup. One of the method is to Begin by applying the lightest shade from the lashes to the brow bone. Then apply the medium shade from the edge of the lashes to the natural crease in your eye lid. Finally apply the darkest shade from the lashes to the middle of the eye lid, smudging it upwards for maximum effect and ensuring that all three shades are blended, not seen as individual colors with defined edges.To achieve the full Smokey eyes effect you will also need to apply eye makeup to the underside of the bottom lashes, the lower lid. Apply the color and smudge it with your fingers to get an even, unclogged look. By applying a thin line of eye liner to the lower lid in a different color, such as grey, will give a more natural look. To complete the look add two coats of black mascara.

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Next is…Y our Kissable lips.

It’s no secret that a soft and sexy-looking lips makes for an irresistibly kissable pout. So… I read an article by  Dr. Gervaise Gerstner to get the scoop on how to get a soft pucker, plus a few tips to help you create supple lips that no man can resist.

First Exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub, using a soft bristle tooth brush or simply use your finger,” Dr. Gerstner says  you can make your own scrub at home by mixing two crushed up strawberries or Honey with a tablespoon of sugar. Rub on lips using a Q-Tip to create a sweet, exfoliating treat.

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Although this recipe has little nutritional value, it will help to de-flake your pucker for a perfectly kissable pout. This exfoliating sugar scrub will invigorate and plump your kisser for a lip-gloss ready look. It includes brown or white sugar as an exfoliant, honey for hydration, our beloved olive oil for added moisturizer and powdered cinnamon as a quick plumper. Along with a quick weekly rub down, don’t forget to drink plenty of water everyday, as it is necessary for lips to be hydrated for them to actually look full and juicy.

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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon of brown or white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
a pinch of powdered cinnamon

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How to use:

Mix ingredients together in small bowl or even on the palm of your hand.
Using your index finger, rub on dry lips gently, in small circular motions.
Scrub for 2-3 minutes.
Wipe with a warm washcloth but not completely.
Apply Olive Oil to lock in moisture.Uses once-twice per week (Over exfoliating can cause damage to sensitive skin cells)

You may notice after exfoliating, you may pick some dead skin,its alright. there may be some areas you need to focus more so go ahead and handle that.

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So….scrub it up and keep it Sexy!

For healthy lips Dr. Gerstner says to stay away from cigarettes. “Smoking leads to vertical upper lip lines and wrinkles, not to mention that smokers are at a higher risk of developing lip and lung cancer too.”

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Apply lip balm that have your natural lip color, especially in cold temperatures, to prevent chapped, flaky lips,” says Dr. Gerstner

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Sunscreen is important for lips too. Look for a lip balm or lip treatment with SPF,” Dr. Gerstner says. The new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipsticks are just what the doctor ordered. They’re packed with SPF 12 and color-saturated pigments for lips that are kissable and healthy.

But remember,it is not complete without a great outfit, so Dress to Success. be Confident and Sexy! *kisses

Make up brushes.

By Joyce Awele

Behind every successful makeup lies the applicator; from the day time look to the night, office and even modelling look lies the applicator; the makeup brushes.
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From covering up foundation unto your face to adding blush to your check born and applying colourful eye shadows and lipstick, makeup brushes let you apply your makeup more evenly which gives your eyes, lip and face a flawless finish.
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I love…..makeup and the first time I was introduced to makeup was exciting for me; the beauty of the colours and how to apply them on but knowing the type of makeup brushes and their uses was quite challenging for me.
I know a lot of you ladies out there would feel the exact same way as I once did so……I did a little research and here is what I learnt from Makeup Geek. With thousands of makeup brushes out there, trying to decide which ones to add to your makeup collection can be overwhelming. However, having the correct brushes can make all the difference in your makeup application.
Now Here is makeup geek Top Ten makeup brushes everyone should own and the correct way to use them.

Flat Stiff Brush.
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This is my go to brush and one I reach for daily. The purpose of this brush is for packing colour on the lid. The stiff bristles allow you to push the eye shadow onto the base easier and allows it to stick. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge colour under the lash line as well or create a defined line in the crease.

Stiff Dome Brush
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This brush is great for blending out harsh lines and feathering colours. However, the Makeup Geek pointed crease brush has a slightly pointed tip instead of the more dome shape the MAC has. This makes it more precise and easier to use on smaller eyes. This is great for feathering out colour to create a Smokey eye, or for blending out the crease. This brush is meant for blending instead of packing on colour.

Pencil Brush
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This brush is ideal for smudging colour either under or on top of the eye. This can also be used in the crease to give a very defined cut crease appearance to the eye. You can also use this brush in the outer corner of the eye with a dark colour to give added depth and drama to the look of your eye as well. The small size of the brush give you a more precise application.

Soft Dome Brush
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This brushes soft bristles are ideal for blending out harsh lines below the brow bone of the eye using windshield wiper motions. This is also perfect for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.

Bent Liner Brush
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This brush is specifically designed for applying gel eyeliner. The bent head makes it ideal for laying on the top of the lashes and dragging the eyeliner out to a winged shape. The pointed tip helps give you a very cat eye, winged out line that makes this brush fool proof when using it.

Dual Ended Lash Brush
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This is one of those brushes where you get double the product for your money. One end has the spoolie that allows you to brush through your brows. The other end is an angled brow brush and great for filling in your brows with a powder or even a gel liner if you want a very crisp, defined brow.

FACE BRUSHES
Blush/Contour Brush
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There are so many of these on the market and in a lot of different shapes from round, fluffy, and even angled ones. With blush you can use many different types of brushes, for me personally I love the angled blush brush.
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You can set the angled brush on your cheekbone and sweep it downward and get an easy and flawless application of blush. If the brush is thin enough, you can take the brush and lay it on its “side” to use as a contour brush to enhance the cheekbones.

Cheek Highlighter Brush
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This brush is completely optional to have but the feathery, soft bristles of this brush give a very nice finish to any product you use it with. I like having this brush and use it to apply highlighter to the top of my cheekbones. You can also use these with cream blushes to stipple the colour onto the cheeks for an airbrushed finish.

Foundation Stippling Brush
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This is for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The flat head is made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This assures there are no streaks in the foundation and gives a very airbrushed and flawless look to the skin.

Beauty Blender
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So technically this isn’t really a brush but how could I not include it? The egg shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in small areas. This is what I use every day to apply my foundation. It’s easy and quick to pat the foundation on and then I roll it toward the hairline to blend it into a smooth, flawless finish. This is a must have for day to day foundation wearing!
These are the makeup brushes that the Makeup Geek says are must haves for either the beginner or someone who wants to know how to expand their brushes. I highly recommend getting these types of brushes in terms of the shape to get the most out of your makeup application. I certainly hope this helps you in deciding which brushes you need. Much love*kisses and hugs*