REVIEW: ZARON LIP PENCIL IN RED VINES.

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Hi guys! I know it has been a while. The demand of clinical school have started taking its toll on this girl but don’t worry I’m getting a good hang of it. Anyway, back to my post. Today I’m going to be reviewing one of my fave products at the moment which is my Zaron lip pencil in red vines. These Zaron lip pencils also come in 7 other shades namely; Brick Chick, Brick Layers, Cappuccino, Clay Pot, Fussy Fusha, Mahogany and Prune Juice. So let’s get right into it.

PACKAGING. 
I think the packaging is very simple yet classy.  It’s nothing fancy but it’s not tacky either.

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PRODUCT. 
The red vines is a bright blue based red colour. This pencil is so creamy and very pigmented. It’s texture makes it apply with ease leaving a beautiful semi-matte finish. The staying power is also quite impressive. It lasts for hours although the colour is not as intense as the initial application. Most of the time, I use it to fill my lips in place of a lipstick and you can never tell. It’s that fantastic. However, my one grudge with this pencil is that it doesn’t come with a sharpener so you have to get one for it.

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WHERE TO BUY.
I got mine from the Zaron store at Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping mall in Surulere, Lagos for N790. I also got their long-wear gel liner in Jade (read review here). You can get yours from any Zaron outlet or distributor closest to you.

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Me and my Zaron lip liner in Red Vines.

SUMMARY. 
This product is an absolute YES for me. I love it! I’ll give it a 9 out of 10. Great value for your money. Do I recommend it? Of course. Will I be repurchasing? Definitely. I’m looking forward to getting the pencils in Fussy Fusha and Brick Layers. I really hope they are as great as the red vines.

Have you used Zaron lip pencils? What was your experience like? Share with us in the comments section. 

REVIEW: ZARON LONG-WEAR GEL EYELINER.

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Hey guys! It has been a while I did a review on here so this one is quite overdue. Anyway, I’ll be reviewing Zaron’s long-wear gel eyeliner today.

I’ve actually wanted to try out gel liners for sometime now, so when I exhausted my eyeliner, I literally jumped at the opportunity to finally purchase one. After much deliberations, I decided to try out the ones from Zaron- a Nigerian cosmetics brand because I hadn’t used any of their products before and I had heard so much about them.

The Zaron long-wear gel eyeliner comes in three different colours; Jazz (black), Jean (blue) and Jade (green). I got mine in Jade because it was the only colour I hadn’t used in eyeliners and I was excited to experiment. The risk paid off though cause I’m loving this product so far!

PACKAGING.

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The eyeliners come in a clear acrylic pot with a black lid. It has a seal to prevent the product from drying up as well. It is very lightweight (weight is about 3g) and can be easily carried around.

PRODUCT.

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The first thing I love about this liners is that they are very pigmented. Also it has a really smooth texture that helps it apply without stress. As a first time user, I didn’t have any problems at all. Immediately after application, the product may seem a bit glossy but it soon dries matte and becomes smudge-proof. That’s not all. The staying power is impressive. Most times, I do my makeup as early as 7:00am and by like 9:00pm when I’m ready to tuck in, the eyeliner is still visible although not as intense as the morning. However the one thing I do not like about this product is the fact that it doesn’t come with an applicator brush. So you have to figure out a way to apply it. I use a small angle brush for my application.

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Me and my Zaron gel eyeliner in Jade.

WHERE TO BUY?
I got mine from the Zaron store at Adeniran Ogunsanya shopping mall in Surulere, Lagos and it costs N1,350. I have to mention that the attendant lady was really courteous and that’s not something I see often so I was very impressed. You can also purchase from any Zaron outlet or distributor closest to you.

SUMMARY.
I really love this product. It scores an 8 over 10 for me. I will definitely be repurchasing soon but maybe in a different colour. I’m open to trying out their other products too. I also got their lip pencils which I’ll be reviewing soon. So watch this space!

Have you tried out Zaron gel eyeliners? What was your own experience? If you haven’t, would you be willing to give it a try? Please share your thoughts!

INTRODUCING GOLY: AN ONLINE MARKETPLACE.

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Goly is a online marketplace that connects networked service providers with demands around them via the smartphone. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Goly is on a mission to re-invent local service commerce.

Now available in Lagos, Goly seeks to not only make UNILAG students the most passionate evangelists of Goly but to also become the one-stop place for discovering trusted service contractors in the ‘University of Lagos’ and its environs.

This is an opportunity to learn and sharpen your leadership skills, customer engagement skills and brand marketing skills. Are you interested in this great volunteering opportunity?

Click here to apply for the Goly Campus Stars UNILAG Program and get to enjoy loads of freebies.

For more info about Goly, visit: http://goly.co/

Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GolyUnilag

CAN HONESTY EVER BE TOO MUCH IN A RELATIONSHIP?

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the maxim, ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Honesty is a big deal to almost anyone. While some people are keener on it than others, we can all still agree that honesty is a necessity. It is so important that the survival or demise of a relationship is largely dependent on this singular virtue. However, is honesty a boundless policy? Because I bet we’ve been in sticky situations where being outrightly honest did more harm than good.
Or are there certain points where honesty isn’t exactly necessary?

As a person, I’m big on honesty. Like from the get go, I like to be up-front about myself in a relationship. I like to communicate what I feel and get a good picture of what’s going on in the other person’s head as well. But I’ve come to learn very recently that there are certain circumstances that do not necessarily require the ‘absolute-tell-all-honesty’.

For instance, if you spent hours making a special dinner for your man but you went a little overboard with the spices, would you appreciate it if he ‘honestly’ admitted to you that the food tasted terrible? Or you got your girl this really pricey jewellery and she ‘honestly’ told you she thought it looked a little tacky?  While these examples may seem really trivial, such occurrences over time will definitely build up some tension that will ultimately put strain on the relationship.

Just imagine you had an insecure partner and your co-worker of the opposite sex hits on you at work that day, would it be wise to tell your ‘already insecure’ partner about it in the name of ‘honesty’ ?  I don’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in anyway encouraging lying in relationships but as they say ‘some things are better left unsaid’. And by some things here, I’m not referring to important information such as dating history, having kids, medical conditions, and so on. Even though with those, you still have to figure out the right time to spill the beans. You really don’t want to go on a first date and be like, “Hi my name is Kate. I’m epileptic and I have 2 kids.” That is enough to send anybody running in the other direction.

So if you ask me whether there can be too much honesty in a relationship, my answer is YES. I think being overly honest can be detrimental to any relationship. The point is for us not to get carried away with ‘honesty’ that we abandon the place of sensitivity, support, discretion and protection of our loved ones from unnecessary pain and heartbreak. Sometimes, the most loving and caring thing to do for the person you love is to spare them the agony of hearing the truth.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as too much honesty? Do you think the ‘tell all’ approach is always a good idea regardless of circumstances?

#THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE BEST OF MO’HITS.

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I remember when I first heard about the Mo’hits split back in 2012, I literally gave up on Nigerian music. Back then, they were like the pivot of the music industry (along with 2face and P-square) and it broke the heart of music lovers everywhere to say goodbye to the hottest crew in music. And though it seems like we’ve all moved on ever since, some of us will forever remember Mo’hits when we think of the good ‘ol days. That moment when you heard ‘It’s Don Jazzy again’ and you practically jumped off your seat to the dance floor because you just knew it was about to go down.

In the spirit of throwback thursday, let’s go back in time to reminisce on our favourite songs from the Mo’hits crew comprising Don Jazzy, D’banj, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Wande Coal and K-Switch .

WHY ME.
Fi le! And she no gree… This song was a turn up anthem back in the day. And it wasn’t just complete without the popular ‘Yahooze’ dance.

SUDDENLY
This song was my jam for days! Like you have no idea. Just watch the video for yourself.

YOU BAD
One of my all time favourite Wande Coal songs. I wasn’t a fan of the video though. It didn’t do justice to the song.

BUMPER TO BUMPER
Oya follow me bumper to bumper! There was no hotter party jam between 2008 and 2009. This song was everywhere literally.

GIVE IT TO ME
This is a very playful song with a mad beat. Plus the concept of the video was really cool too.

PERE
With Don Jazzy’s signature vocals on this one, no surprise it made the list. Great song.

BOOTY CALL
This song! This is one song that brings back memories for me. I remember when some boys from my high school mimed to this song back then. It was the coolest thing trust me.

OVER THE MOON
Best song off his ‘Turning Point’ album. Great and funny video too.

ENDOWED
I’m so endowed… Totally love this song and the remix with American rapper, Snopp Dogg. The video was so dope!

FALL IN LOVE
My favourite D’banj song any day anytime. A break away from which usual style, this love song fast became a wedding favourite and even our parents couldn’t resist digging it on the dance floor. When the kokomaster fall in love, you no say water don pass garri…

What was your favourite song from the Mo’hits golden era? What other songs do you think should have made the list? Sound off in the comments section!

I WAITED FOR YOU BY JANETTE…IKZ.

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Last month I shared a beautiful poem titled ‘I will wait’ by spoken word artist, Janette…IKZ and from my blog stats, I could tell that you guys really loved it so I decided to post the sequel. ‘I waited for you’ was Janette’s vow to her husband Matthew at their wedding back in September 2014. It’s pretty long so it’s advisable you watch the video here.

Here are some excerpts that I particularly love;

…For some strange reason you felt like heels click three times. I was a relentless unpredictable storm. I guess those other men were made of hay because I huffed and I puffed and the spirit of your big body howls wouldn’t go down. I hated the way my heart became a defiant teenager and listened to you instead of me.

…Stay close. And just let me inhale your exhale. Even when I punch you with my words, stay close. Even when I cut you with my fears, stay close. Look at my chilling eyes and remember, look at my bleeding knees and remember, I fell for you and it took my thirty three years to let that pain die so that new hope and new life could resurrect.

… I could make a millions promises with a long list of what I could vow, but we are flawed human beings. So today I’m going to let my yes be my yes and my no be my no. I vow that sometimes I will fail you. I vow that sometimes I will fall short. But in failures and shortcomings I won’t tap out, I won’t give up. 

… I vow not to buy into false romanticism, saying things like “you complete me”, because you don’t. In Christ I have already been made complete, the head over all. So I vow not to attribute glory to you that only belongs to God. To you and only you today I commit, 
to you and only you I submit, with an attitude…
The attitude of Christ Jesus.                              

…God loved me enough to give me you, and so I vow to you my last breath.

What are your favourite parts of Janette’s vows? Share with us in the comments section!

FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ‘DIFFICULT’ TO LOVE BY WARSAN SHIRE.

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You are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.