Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Be Motivated!!

Hey Pretties,

If there's something you don't know about me, it's the Fact that i Love Challenges & I love to motivate people as much as i can. I don't know it all, but i have some experience & will never cease to share.

In a Country like Nigeria, there's no Field that isn't saturated with People. Some are in that Field because they were born to do it & their Passion is unrivalled, Others are in that field because they think it's Fashionable & others are in that field because they believe there's a lot of money to be made from it.

Some work so effortlessly & achieve remarkable results & others do exactly what the other person is doing, but find they still struggle. This post isn't restricted to what i do, so please think BIG!

The following Characteristics i have since learnt makes any business / endeavour:

1). Passion : Though mis-used so many times, passion is what drives you. It's what keeps you going when the end isn't in sight. It's what makes you trudge on when 'Giving-Up' would seem the wisest step.

 2). People Skills : I for one find this topic challenging, but most people need to learn 'How to relate with people'. Not everyone's a naturally Nice person,some have it running through their veins, some have imbibed the nature & some have refused to learn how to.

Every business / endeavour thrives on the opinions of others, that's what puts people in the News. That's what makes being on CNN a huge deal,lol . First opinions can make / mar a business and you may not always have the chance to salvage your image. Word-of-Mouth has always been the GREATEST MARKETING TOOL EVER!!

Tolerance also falls under this topic. Not every one needs to know your opinion on every matter, not everyone knows what you hate. We all have different backgrounds, temperaments & experiences, so be SLOW TO SPEAK!!!

3). Education : as with every endeavour, a certain level of schooling is needed. Formal / informal education is most definitely needed. I can't do what Baba Taju (Our Local Butcher) does because he has a wealth of experience in his field that can't be acquired in Harvard. It's important to LEARN all you can about the Field you have chosen to work in.

Gain enough experience before you pass information. I find most people in Nigeria are very willing to call themselves Teachers, but haven't taken out time to make sure they are passing the right information. Please don't get me wrong, i believe experience can never be gotten from a book. It is what it is : EXPERIENCE

4). Diligence :
According to Wikipedia - is the STEADFAST application , assidousness & industry

According to Merriam Webster - Persevering application / the attention & care legally expected of a person (as a party to a contract)

He made this Saying so popular

How again can this be explained : to be diligent means to PERSERVERE(This word i know from the Bible to mean ENDURE). Challenges are inevitable in Life, your ability to keep your head afloat will go a long way in making you a better person. So DON'T GIVE UP JUST YET.

5). Support system : Not everyone can handle criticism / Refusal. I have in the not-so-distant past been told things like 'YOUR WORK IS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH' , 'WHAT HAVE U ACHIEVED' , 'CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH' . These statements were made by People very close to me.

At the Time it was very hurtful, but they were actually right - MY WORK NEEDED TO GET BETTER & I DIDN'T DESERVE A HUGE TITLE/ALIAS. Those words of criticism have helped me and i never ever will forget them.

Making friends with People who inspire you & whose work you admire & aspire to be like goes a long way in building your confidence as a person. Family also plays a huge role & this is the Primary Support System.

6). Faith : The ability to trust in the Almighty does remarkable wonders. I'm a Faith-Person, I was created by faith & it's my nature. My ultimate Rolemodel is God, and he should be yours too. Praying & walking in Faith gives Grace, Renewes your strength, Changes your perspective, Makes you a better individual.
The Pin-up Look i just Love!!

If that much faith in God can achieve great results, how about having faith in yourself & your capabilities?? If anyone's my Greatest Fan,it is I (though i have a darling friend who's proven otherwise *Big Smile*)

7). Finances : I'm not an expert on this topic, but i believe A SAVING CULTURE, AN ABILITY TO PRIORITIZE & KNOWING HOW MUCH & WHERE TO INVEST are very important in finance.

I believe someone out there needed this & i hope i made sense. Pls feel free to leave your comments /send me a mail at & i'll be sure to add them to the post.

Pretty K!!!

Pretty Makeover - STEPHANIE OKEREKE for Exquisite Magazine!!!

Hey Pretties,

Official magazine Cover
where do i begin? I met Stephanie last year through a referral for an LG Calendar Photoshoot. Though very impromptu, i hit the road & was there to do what i was born to do *wink*. She was fun to work with & was very informed about makeup, especially when she pulled out her YSL(Yves Saint Laurent) Touche Eclat Highlighter Pen - One of the Most Popular Luxury Luminizers in the Market.

At the LG Shoot

She was very particular about how she wanted her brows to look, so if you happen to work with her,BE READY to use the Touche Eclat as her Must-Use Highlighter.

Coincidentally, i was called a week later to work on Exquisite Magazine's Cover feature & guess who that happened to be? Stephanie Okereke.

I was amazed!!! Was it such a coincidence that i had had the opportunity to meet & work with her so as to attain a certain level of confidence?? It sure wasn't. So when she walked in, we were like old friends * BIG SMILE *

Enjoy the Looks I Did

Pretty K

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Hey Pretties,

Guess who's taking Part in the Largest Wedding Expo Ever Held in Nigeria? Yup, i'll be there alongside many Great Wedding vendors & would like to encourage intending brides to plan to attend. I'll be at booth B31

Date : March 24th & 25th

Venue : The Haven, beside Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, GRA, Ikeja


It will be the perfect opportunity for Intending Brides to meet with their favourite vendors & make bookings. All followers of this Blog will get a free makeup consultation & makeover when they stop by my stand.

Look forward to meeting you all.

Pretty K

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bridal Makeover - MAYOR (Engagement Day) !!

Hey Pretties,

why i saved this post till now is because God truly showed up in a very big way & i enjoyed working with this Gorgeous & highly Intelligent Bride (She's a soon-to-be PHD Holder ;)

How did i meet Mayor?
I never did until her Wedding Day last December. Her cousin saw my work on facebook, sent me a mail. Told Mayor to Check my work out & guess who was sent to do a trial in her place?? Her younger sister.

Now due to the fact that i needed to convince her sister to be able to convince her since she was studying abroad, i agreed to the trial & set a date to meet her sister.

This i enjoyed as Yemisi was particularly interested in how she would look on the day & not her sister, the Bride,lol. I felt relaxed and not on edge & by divine providence, i won her over.

Yemisi's Before (Pls don't Kill Me Dear)
Her After

Fast forward to the d-day, i was a few minutes late to get to the bride & she minced no words immediately she saw me ' Kunbi, hope you won't delay me like this when it's Time for Church '.

Those who know me know i'm always punctual, so this day was tricky as i had a bride earlier that day. And since she was wearing an All-Peach Ensemble, it was gonna be an absolutely Peach-inspired look which warmed up her pretty Complexion.

In her Lace & Gele(Headwrap)

With her Makeup Artist *wink*

And off she went to get Married
 Products Used :


MAC 'Soft Ochre' Paintpot
BM Pro 'Moccasin' Eyeshadow
MAC 'Expensive Pink' Eyeshadow
MAC 'Coppering' Eyeshadow
MAC 'Embark' Eyeshadow
MAC 'BlackTrack' Fluidline
i-envy by KISS Lashes

BlackOpal 'Peachtree' Blush
La Femme 'Coral Spice' Blush


Milani 'Ritzy 213' Velvet Creamy Lipcolor
Milani 'Deluxe 203' Velvet Creamy Lipcolor
Victoria's Secret 'Beauty Rush Lipgloss' in SUGAR HIGH

I Hope this Look Inspires a bride who's dressing up in similar colors and has no idea what she'll look good in. Neutral is always the way to go!!

Pretty K

Product review : MAC's Fix Plus (Fix +)

Hey Pretties,

after going through so many reviews on this amazing product, i finally added MAC's Fix + to my Kit and according to MAC, its an :

' Aqua Spritz of Vitamins & Minerals infused with a 'CALM-THE-SKIN' blend of Green Tea, Chamomile, Cucumber, topped off with the Fresh, Natural, Energizing Scent of Sugi. Adds Radiance, Finishes makeup. Spray it on, Skin drinks it up'

& a


In other Words, It's a Skin Refresher & Setting Spray all in one. I don't totally agree on it being a Setting Spray Like Others i Know, but i can say it's an Amazing Product & can be used BEFORE & AFTER makeup which i usually do.

Ingredients : Water , Glycerin ,  Butylene Glycol, Cucumber Extract , Caffeine, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate , Hydrogenated castor oil , Matricaria Extract amongst other products.

PRICE : The 100ml Bottle which i own, costs $20

I've had many months to test this product & i must say for it's price, u get a lot more than just Water :)

1). It's easy to use, the spray nozzle distributes fine & even mist each time
2). It smells Awesome. As in!! It's truly Refreshing
3). The Spray Nozzle has a 'Lock' Feature which is awesome for travel, but i make sure its really secured with some tape, i cant risk wasting it. It's not cheap :)
4). It sets makeup, if applied at the right distance from your face. Between 6-12 inches will do, depending on what result you want.
5). It has finely milled shimmer in it,which is good for looks that require a dewy finish.
6). It feels amazing on an especially Hot day.

1). Due to the Glycerin it contains, it has a tendency to be very sticky. So 1-2 sprays is fine & allow to dry when used after makeup.
2). It's certainly not cheap. At $19, i must confess it's pricey
3). The Sheen it leaves could tend to look oily on oily skins, so minimal use is advised.

1). As a Skin Refresher, especially on very dry skin before applying some moisturizer. All my Brides can attest to how amazing it is.
2). As a Setting Spray, after makeup application especially if you want to reduce the appearance of powder / cakiness, if you think you have gone overboard.
3). Sometimes as a Mixing Medium, though i must say it's not as effective as the MAC's mixing medium, but it does a much better job than ordinary water, due to the glycerin it contains.

VERDICT : It's a Product i plan on repurchasing and adding to my Skin Regimen. If you've tried this product, please feel free to share your review in the Comment box.

Hopefully, this was as a honest a review as it should be.

Pretty K

DISCLAIMER: I am in no affiliation with MAC, i bought the product & i'm not been paid to review it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Hey Pretties,

My Brushes BEFORE
In my previous post, i mentioned the reason most people break out as being because they haven't developed a Brush- cleaning culture.

The reason i'm a great advocate of brush cleaning is that :
1). Your Product shelf-life lasts a little while longer than you are used to seeing
2). You reduce health risks as a result of bacteria on your products.
3). Your clients will be grateful you did.
4). Makeup application looks a lot better & flawless.

This Puff is amazing, I'll write a post on them Later. Right now, it needs some washing

My brush Cleaning CREW (L - R : Dettol 'Healthy Touch' Handwash ; Recare 'Moisture Care' Conditioning Shampoo ; Profective 'Detangling Conditioner'  & MAC Brush Cleaner)

I forgot to add that i sometimes add some Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) when washing brushes that i use for WET products, e.g Foundation brushes, Eyeliner brushes, Lip Brushes et al. But please Note : Oil is better used on Synthetic Haired brushes than Animal Hairs, which is what Foundation, Eyeliner & Lip brushes are mostly made of.

Shampoo in a bowl of warm water

Shampoo solution topped with some Olive Oil - COMBO for Wet Products

Using my hands to swirl the brush

After rinsing, you always want to either lay ur brushes flat to dry OR at an angle with the Brush Hairs & ferrule(Metal part) of the brush Facing downwards. Doing this prevents the Glue holding your brush hairs & brush handle together from loosing grip.

Place your brushes in an airy place to dry (NOT IN DIRECT SUN) & give it about 8hrs to dry. If you are spoilt for time, your MAC Brush Cleaner comes into play. I'll show you how in another Post.
Brushes all washed & laid out to Air-dry

Please click back later to check how my brushes and puff faired after washing.

Pretty K

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Hey Pretties,

I'm sure you all had a splendid valentine's day, lots of marriage proposals were made & i'm sure it was memorable for all of you.

To the topic at hand : Brush Cleaning!!!!

I'm aware most makeup artists and makeup users have never, i mean EVERRRRR, washed their brushes.

C'mon, who does that?

If i'm right, most people who use/used MAC Studio Fix & Studio Tech Foundations use the Puffs that come with the packaging from start to the end of that product.

At least, i know a couple of friends i caught (i shall not mention names, you know yourself(ves) oo), who are guilty of committing this atrocity to their faces.

1st of all, those puffs are only for short-term use, once its taken you over say 2weeks of daily use, i advise you to please throw them away and get proper brushes. You breed bacteria on both the puff & product & it's the major cause of skin irritation on faces.

Many brands carry disposable puffs, a common brand being SLEEK and various other ones in the market. Sleek, i highly recommend. It's not as porous as most i've come across. Ps : Disposable means you should throw them away after early signs of wear and tear (Busola - my good friend.i had to shame you).

Now, Brush hairs, most of which are natural hair fibres are best preserved when well taken care of & regularly cleaned. Take your foundation brush for instance, 80% of the time it is made of synthetic fibres. Notice how you notice streaks when you apply your foundation. 95% of the time, it's most likely as a result of the brush's dirty state.

What happens is that the foundation used the last time has dried up & caused some hardening to the hair fibres & so they aren't as flexible as when you first got them.

So how do we tackle this issue??? Very Simple, WASH YOUR BRUSHESSSSSS!! Once a week / every 2weeks would surfice, depending on how busy your brushes get!!

Please read my next post on how i clean my brushes

Pretty K