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Walking into November (my birthday month) like...

Where has the year gone?! I vividly remember last December and here we are again, so soon!
I’m not complaining too much though, because this is my favorite part of the whole year. I just love the holidays and generally feel happier around these times.
AND AND AAAANNND (in Peter Mckinnon's voice)  it’s my birthday this month! *shoki emoji*

26th of November is my birthday and as usual, I’m beyond giddy and set to unleash all sorts of unruliness, so, to the people in my life, BRACE YOURSELVES.

One of such unruly behaviors is my beggi-beggi, also known as, my birthday wishlist.
I started this tradition a few years back and if you’ve been reading my blog for that long, you’d have seen my lists for the past couple of years or so (see the 2016 list here).
I usually just put up some stuff that I want that I am not/have not been able to get for myself, hoping that a genie or fairy or Jesus or someone will gift it to me.

Last year, I got one of the biggest surprises of my life when one kind stranger who I’m friends with on Facebook gave me the memory card I had asked for on my list, just like that!
I posted the list, shared it on my Facebook page and he messaged me that he wanted to gift me the memory card. We planned, met up in person and he gave me the card. A brand new Samsung Class-10 32GB memory card. I could not believe it.
It was the first time I was getting a gift like that, ever, and from a stranger too. God bless that gentleman.
Anyway, I’m back with another list this year. As you can see, I’m not greedy at all.
I've already been blessed with my new-born niece Coco this year, so all the things on this list are just additions that i also need and would be grateful to have.
The stuff here are things that I really really really (X 1000) want and need right now.
A couple of other things on my mind aren’t here because I have directly tasked the particular individuals that I want to get it from (-.-).. so, children of god, feel free to bless me with any of the items you see here. 

1. A camera tripod, because, my camera is just one table-shake away from falling and breaking. I'll just die.
2. Wristwatch(es). A black leather one and/or a gold chain one. Cluse and Daniel Wellington has amazing options. Any nice quality brand will do sha.
3. Nikon 18-140mm Zoom Lens. If there's one thing i'm in dire need of from the list, this is it. It's quite pricey, i know, but I. NEED. IT.
4. White sneakers. Any brand is fine. I wear size Euro 40/ UK 7/ US 9.
5. Money.
6. Some money.
7. Any amount of money.
8. Money.
9. A lot of money.
10. Tarty billion for the acant..

That's it for this year. Just a few small things here and there, nothing major πŸ˜‡.

Lastly, kindly also remember that money answereth all things, so all alerts are welcome..

Looking forward to hearing from you all soon, because like i said last year, if you spoil me on my birthday, will you die?? (I'm kidding. But give me my birthday present abeg).



2017 Birthday Wishlist.

Dainty, tiny, fair, beautiful hair, eyebrows like mine, a big nose, the light of all our lives, NOT A MORNING PERSON, likes food, baths and massages, likes her mama. That’s Coco, also known as Chloe Munachimso Obioha. 
My niece, my littlest, newest relative, my first child by way of my sister and my dearest love.

All children are a blessing but Coco being born to us is something more. I don’t even know how to express it.
She’s the first child of the new generation of my family and this year has been quite tough for my family so her coming is a really poignant point for us. A new thing to be thankful for. A sign that God has not forgotten us. That he is still listening to our prayers. That we should have hope of some happiness again.

I now understand that life is bigger than us. 
I now, more than before, believe that God is truly great and he is capable of blessing us in ways that can leave us deeply humble, totally thankful, wholly happy & joyful. Joy and love like we have never felt before.
It's as if some force has moved through every member of our family, filling us with new joy and energy. Maybe it's just the excitement of welcoming our Coco but we haven't had such a big joyous occasion in my family in a long time, so i thank God.

Coco was born on Sunday 15th October 2017. She came on time, without any long, painful, drawn-out labor or complications for the mama and our family.
All she does is eat (which is usually demanded for with some intense squeezing of her little face, followed by loud, screaming cry) and sleep with the regular brief intermissions for pooping and chilling.
She’s hardly ever just awake, not for more than three minutes anyway lol. She’s living my dream life basically.

In summary (because I am short of words these days), my family has been blessed beyond what we hoped for and we are grateful.
For me especially, I haven’t felt good for a long time now but meeting Coco this past weekend is the highlight of 2017 for me.

As I Take Stock of stuff right now, despite underlying feelings of sadness and demotivation, I feel grateful and blessed.

Important fact: Muna was the name I initially suggested to my sister months ago when we found out the sex of the baby. I’m ecstatic that they finally went with it.

Important fact 2: They decided on Chloe first (before the Igbo name Muna) and I started calling her Coco from the day she was born and now it's kind of stuck. I love the nickname. 
My parents are not crazy about the name, my pops gave her his own choice of an Igbo name, My brother-in-law’s mother gave her another Igbo name and my mother haven’t decided on what to call her. Such chaos. Lol.

Peace & Happiness to you!


Taking Stock: 15. Coco.

The reverse smokey eyes or eye liner makeup look is one easy, edgy way to play up the regular black eye liner application. I'm an eyeliner girl myself any day, any time. In fact, it's kind of 'signature' makeup look, so this smokey version is a great option for me to wear whenever i get bored with my normal application style.

I think I have had this ‘signature’ makeup look for so many years now, close to a decade maybe. I remember just always gravitating towards black eyeliner, bold, feathered brows and simple lips.
I might have some diversions now and again, with the occasional adventures with red or plum lips but on most given days, you’ll find me with this look.

By the way, a signature look is something I think every gown woman should try to cultivate if possible; in dressing as well as makeup and if you’re really bourgeois, you can even have a ‘signature scent’ or ‘type of scent’.
For one thing, the process of determining a signature look is one that will help you master your preferences, most flattering options, colors and even angles. The chances of wearing unflattering makeup or clothes are drastically reduced and if you’re pressed for time but still want to look good, you’ll be able to achieve the slay, which is a good thing.

Also, for makeup lovers or beauty bloggers like myself, the temptation to buy every product out there is real but having a signature look will help keep you streamlined, so that even if you do experiment with other looks, it won’t be because you are confused about what looks good on you. It’d just be for fun.
This post though, is inspired by the reversed smokey-eye liner trend. I’ve seen the look in some editorial works but I really fell in love with it on Kim Kardashian.
She's worn it a few times now and even though she doesn’t normally do heavy eyeliners, her makeup artist Mario really kills the look whenever she does. It’s definitely one of my best Kim K looks ever.
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For my version, i just adjusted my own 'signature' look by thickly lining my eyes with the Zaron gel liner in Jazz, smudged with a small brush and topped with the black powder of my Zaron brow definer and tonnes of mascara. 
Kim loves to contour and highlight, so i intensified mine more than i normally would. 
The nude lip is to keep the focus on the eyes and also serve as a nod to Kim, because we all know she loves her nudes (pun. pun. pun. Not initially intended but definitely welcome πŸ˜‰).

All other products are same as usual, see the full list on previous posts like this nude, no-makeup makeup look here.
Also also also guys, I got a reflector and  I’m having so much fun experimenting with it in my portraits, can you tell? I like!

Peace & Happiness to you.


Makeup: Reversed Smokey Eye Liner.

Editorial makeup has been inspiring me a lot lately and so i created this bold red eyes and highlighted, nude lip look.
Maybe it’s due to our current deep saturation in all the high-fashion sentiments from Fashion Week; New York and now London, but I’ve fallen in love again with boldness in style and beauty.

Also, I just newly discovered a makeup artist/photographer via Instagram whose work I really like @danessa_myricks and she recently posted a look similar to this.
I gushed over it on my page (please follow me! @skynotfancy) .

Add this to the frenzy over the launch of my babe Rihanna’s new beauty line Fenty Beauty, specifically that show-stopping Trophy Wife highlighter, I couldn’t save myself from going all-out with this look.
These days, it’s not odd to see me with some bold shadow, no eye-liner (gasp!) and that is a big deal for me because i don't live without my eyeliner. I did define my eyes with some mascara and went sans lashes so that the bold red lid color can stand out more.
I intensified my high-wattage lip gloss with some highlighter from my cupid's bow down the center of my lips and deepened my contour.
It’s a total vibe now guys. At least for the moment.
Eyes: Black Opal matte brown shadow in crease || red blush on lids.
Lips: Milani nude gloss || Makeup Revolution contour & highlight palette. 
I really loved this look. Seeing my eyes without liner was strange but very editorial and edgy, which i like, so i'm doing more of it in the future.

Are y'all following all the Fashion Week festivities? I can't wait for the day when i afford to attend NYFW. I already know which shows i'll attend..

Peace & happiness to you!


Makeup: Editorial | Bold Red Eyes + Nude Highlighted Lips.

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