WHAT IS THE NIGERIAN DREAM?

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Join millions of Nigerians all over the world in sharing your dream for Nigeria on our 54th Independence day with the hashtag #IDreamOfaNigeria.

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Show your support by joining the conversation on social media #IDreamofANigeria or join our campaign live and fill in your aspirations for Nigeria on a large chalkboard! Yes! An actual chalkboard!

Venue: Lekki Phase 1 (Main Gate), Lagos, Nigeria.
Date: October 1st (Independence day)
Time: 10am.

Join the Revolution. Join the Conversation! #IDreamOfaNigeria on social media.

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5 DO’S AND DON’TS IN DARKER SKIN CARE

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Darker skinned women are blessed with beautiful shades of ebony, dark mahogany, brown, bronze, tan, caramel, olive and everything in between. Inspite of all the positives to having darker skin such as slow aging, tanning etc it can begin to show signs of dullness and neglect if not taken care of properly.

Here are 5 do’s and dont’s to fight aging and keep darker skin looking beautiful.

DO’S

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1. Cleanse your face at least twice a day. Darker skin tilts towards the combination-oily spectrum of the skin chart. Use a mild cleanser to rid the skin of makeup debris and build up that may have accumulated through out the day.

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2. Moisturize day and night! Having combination/oily skin is no excuse to skip your moisturizer. Natural moisturizers such as shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil and jojoba oil are some of the best kept secrets of women with the most beautiful complexions.

3. Exercise. Cardiovascular exercises such as Walking, jogging, running, boxing, dancing etc ensuring increased oxygen distribution and blood circulation around the body.

4. Drink water and other healthy drinks. Taking at least 8 glasses of water everyday is a sure way to guarantee a beautiful complexion. Also, other healthy natural drinks such as green tea, moringa, etc have been proven to be rich in antioxidants that flush out toxins, retain skin elasticity and fight aging.

5. Eat your proteins. Believe it on not, proteins such as beans, lean meat, lentils etc are amazing for the skin, hair and even nails. Incorporate this food group into your daily meals and watch your skin glow from the inside out.

DON’TS

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1. Use harsh chemicals and cosmetics in your skincare routine. Products containing large amounts of hydroquinone, mercury and other chemical bleaching agents should not be used except under strict directives from a professional. These chemicals not only thin out the skin and aggravate problems in the long run, but are also believed to cause some types of skin conditions.

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2. Pick at acne and pimples. Darker skin is more prone to scarring making the effects of pimple and acne picking evident. Gently wash face with warm water and topically apply tea tree oil to zit to encourage it’s healing process. Vitamin E oil is a great anti-scarring treatment.

3. Forget to exfoliate. Exfoliation encourages skin cell renewal. Frequent exfoliation keeps skin looking flawless and radiant as older layers are shed away and younger layers become exposed. When exfoliating, use a salt scrub if you have combination-oily skin. Sugar scrubs are great for drier skin types.

4. Skip sunscreen. Darker skin is prone to hyper-pigmentation which means that darker patches begin to appear on the skin after long exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen prevents and controls hyper pigmentation.

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5. Eat dead foods. Burgers, pizzas etc aren’t only bad for your weight, but can also leave your skin dull and lifeless. Fruits such as green apple, citrus, watermelon and vegetables should constitute the bulk of your diet in the quest for beautiful skin.

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Do you have any other darker skin care do’s and don’ts you would love to add? Please leave a comment.

THE M.A.C COSMETICS STORE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN IBADAN, NIGERIA

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M∙A∙C Cosmetics is excited to announce its arrival at The Palms Mall in Ibadan, the first ever M∙A∙C store in Nigeria’s Oyo State.

Based in this location, M∙A∙C will provide a service destination offering skilled makeup applications and artistry, whilst embracing the brand ethos of All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.

M∙A∙C favourites to be found at the store include:

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M∙A∙C Lipstick in Ruby Woo – matte in texture and blue-red in colour, this top selling lipstick is complimentary to all skin tones.

M∙A∙C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – oil controlling with a long wear of up to 8 hours, this powder foundation provides a matte finish with full coverage.

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M∙A∙C Fix + – used to both set and hydrate the skin, this soothing moisture mist serves to create an optimum finish.

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M∙A∙C Fluidline in Blacktrack – used to create the ever-trendy cat-eye or dramatic smokey eye, this cream-gel liner is waterproof and long wearing.

We are delighted to be opening a M∙A∙C Cosmetics store in Ibadan. This will be our first store in the Oyo State, and third store in Nigeria with the other stores located in The Palms Mall Victoria Island and Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja. We are excited to have found a prime retail offering in The Palms Mall Ibadan, located in the country’s third largest metropolitan area. Our experience with our other store openings in Nigeria has solidified the premise of a genuine need for the brand and intensified our desire to expand our footprint in this fast developing region.

Kayode Kasumu (CEO, Beauty and Fragrance)

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We are confident that this store will enable us to offer an optimum retail experience, outstanding makeup artistry and large product offering to both our well-travelled existing, and new customers in Ibadan.
The new store, encapsulating creativity and originality; tailored with distinct flooring, sleek black high-gloss counters and professional lighting, will comprise of an extensive M∙A∙C product offering. Those who have favoured M∙A∙C on travels and those new to the brand selection will be treated to much loved cult products and more.

Lee-Ann Herbst (General Brand Manager, M∙A∙C Cosmetics, Sub-Saharan Africa)

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LOCATION

SHOP 15A
The Palms Shopping Mall
Ring Road, Ibadan.

HOURS
Mon – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Public Holidays: 9am – 8pm
Sunday : 12pm – 8pm
Thursdays & last Saturday of the month (Sanitation): 10am – 8pm

CONTACT :
Rantimi Adebiyi – Retail Manager T : +234 2 034813

PRESS
Bukky Karibi-Whyte T: +234 7069596951 / E: bukky@bobbytaylorcompany.com

WHAT IS A BEAUTY BLENDER?

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Beauty Blender, Beauty Blender, Beauty Blender, you see these egged shaped make up sponges everywhere you look; from your local Make up studio, local beauty supply to online shops.

Wonder what a Beauty Blender is? Look no further, as we dissect why it’s one of the best kept MUA trade secrets and an absolute must-have make up tool for you.

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What is a Beauty Blender sponge?

A Beauty Blender sponge is a teardrop shaped make up applicator sponge created by top hollywood Make up Artist Rea Ann Silva. The Beauty Blender is specially designed to blend foundation seamlessly into skin without leaving the unsightly marks and streaks usually seen with sharp edge applicator wedges and brushes.

How is the Beauty Blender used?

The Beauty Blender is a versatile beauty tool for seamless foundation application. It can also used for applying other types of liquid make up such as Concealers, cream blushes and even to contour and highlight.

Guide to Using The Beauty Blender

For a more perfect finish, the beauty blender is best used when damp, as this reduces product wastage and leads to an easy flawless make up finish. Soaked in water, this beauty tool can swell an added 30% of it’s original size.

Here is a video guide from make up and beauty guru Nicole Guerreiro on how to use the Beauty Blender.

Step 1
Squeeze excess water from the sponge to ensure that it’s not wet but damp.

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Step 2
Bounce Beauty Blender against your face when applying make up. Bouncing, called stippling in the make up world, blends make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin.

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Step 3
For hard to reach spots such as areas around the nose, mouth and under eyes, use the Beautyblender’s pointed side.

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Step 4
The round base of the beauty blender should be used for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin.

Quick Tip
Applying make up with your fingers? Use the Beautyblender to smooth and refine your make up to provide a clean finish.

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Have you had any experiences with the Beauty Blender? Please share.

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: JONES LIFESTYLE

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Background

Jones, originally called Jones Nation was founded 2006, in Brooklyn, New York by David Ola-kot. Quickly attracting like-minds, a partnership that officially launched the brand was formed between friends.

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Objective

Jones aims at creating a lifestyle brand inspired by fashion, culture, art, branding and music through everyday life with global lifestyle brands like BBC, Ralph Lauren as major influences.

With special attention paid to the detail in the richness of the African culture, and fusing them with Western elements, they have create a unique brand both appealing to ethnic and urban tastes.

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Under the Jones brand, you’ll find the Music ( Jones season the mixtape (out/ available), Jones lifestyle the EP (coming soon), Fashion (Jones Lifestyle clothing), Photography (7th lab imagery), Entertainment (Events planning and promotion) categories.

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For more information on the Jones brand, please visit ​WEBSITE (active soon)

Email: jonesnation1@gmail.com
Telephone: +233 (0)261662540
Instagram: official_jonesnation.
Twitter: @joneslifestyle_

NIGERIAN FOOD RECIPE: SPICY JOLLOF RICE

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Jollof Rice is the most popular rice recipe in Nigeria. It is also a big party favorite served at almost every wedding, birthday, housewarming, corporate event etc. Served extra spicy, this dish is certainly one to be remembered.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

-1/3 cup pure oil (groundnut, soybean,vegetable)
-1 large onion (sliced)
-2 small cans/sachets of tomato paste
-2 seasoning cubes
-1 teaspoon each (Thyme, curry, nutmeg )
-2 teaspoons black pepper
-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
-6 bay leaves
-1 can of sweet corn (optional)
-1 can of green peas (optional)
-2.5 cups rice (preferably Basmati)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place a pot with a tight fitting lead on medium heat, add in the oil. Heat up the oil, add in a inch of salt, then chopped onions. Fry for 1 min.

2. Add in the tomato paste, fry the onion and paste for 3mins.

3. Pour in 2.5 cups of water, then add rice.

4. Add in the seasoning cubes, thyme, curry, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.

5. Cover the pot with the foil and then the lid. (It’s extremely important that the pot is well covered as we are trying to infuse each grain of rice)

6. Leave to cook (on Minimum heat) for 30 mins.

7. Add in sweet corn and peas. Cook for 5 mins.

8. Remove the pot from heat, the Combine ingredients. (Be careful not to combine when the pot is still in the fire to prevent burning.)

*If the texture of rice isn’t to your liking at this point, simply cover the pot tightly for another 6mins (there is no need to return the pot back to the heat, the retained heat is enough to continue to cook the rice). Otherwise the rice is ready to serve.

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Not a fan of spicy food, you can reduce the quantity of ingredients according to preference.

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Remove the bay leaves and Serve jollof rice with chicken, beef, fish, plantains, moimoi, eggs, salad etc. The list is endless.

Will you be trying out this Nigerian Food recipe soon? Please leave a comment.

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CHEF 26 by Ojeiwa Ojeabu Omo- Episode 25

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“Here we are, this is my place.” Damilare announced as he opened the door to his apartment.

Kaima walked in.

Damilare followed, quickly locking the door behind them and turned on the light switch.

Kaima did a quick mental assesment of his apartment. It was small, she thought, but very neat. There was a single bed that could accommodate two people, he had a kitchen which she couldn’t see but was aware because a tag with the word ‘kitchen’ written in black nested on a green door. There was also a small closet which she was sure contained his clothes.

Damilare stepped in front of her knowing what she was doing, he put a hand in front of her and began to move it open and down wanting her to follow the movement of his hand in order to distract her. Kaima’s eyes didn’t follow his hand instead they moved in the opposite direction still taking stock of what was present in his apartment.

“Dre why are you living here?” Kaima asked, concern dripping from her voice.

Damilare cocked his mouth to one side, and then edged closer to his neat bed. He sat down slowly, his hands on his thighs rubbing them in order to relieve himself of the nervous energy that was creeping in.

Kaima came over and sat beside him. She dropped her hand bag to one side of the bed and reached out to touch Damilare’s hand.

Damilare seemed to be trying to find the words to say, where to start, how to explain why he was living in such an apartment when he had well a fairly great job.

“Kay, there is a reason why I’m living in a place like this.” Damilare began his explanation.

“I know there is, and I would love to hear it.” Kaima replied, rubbing his hand.

Damilare continued.

“See that’s the thing Kay, I am not ready to share it just yet.”

Kaima shot him a stare filled with unanswered questions.

Silence reigned for some minutes.

“Why?” Kaima said, voicing her confusion.

“Why what?” Damilare asked. Urging Kaima to be more specific.

“Why don’t you want to tell me why you are living here?” Kaima asked again.

“I’ve been saving up for a new place, Kaima. it’s just you know…..” Damilare’s voice trailed off.

“Know what?” Kaima asked, urging him to go on with his explanation.

Damilare started to get uncomfortable with the third degree questioning. But it was Kaima and so he proceeded with answering her question.

“I have people I take care of Kay. Family. I’m not ready to talk about it, please Kay, when the time is right, I’ll share it with you I promise.” Damilare took her hands and squeezed them lovingly as he looked into her almond eyes.

Kaima sighed as she bobbed her head.

“I’m starving; let me make us something to eat.” Damilare finally said, breaking the uncomfortable silence that had descended between them.

“Sure!” Kaima answered suggestively, as she switched her position from the bed to Damilare’s laps.

“Don’t distract me Kay.” Damilare said half heartedly before kissing her on the lips.

Kaima reluctantly untangled from Damilare embrace, stood up and walked over to his closet where she retrieved a blue round neck shirt and a black boxer.

She sashayed back towards Damilare and asked.

“Bathroom?”

Damilare pointed to a door with the inscription ‘bathroom’ inked in black on a green door that was several inches away from the door tagged ‘kitchen.’

Kaima marched to the door and pulled his towel away from it.

“Give me a few minutes, I’ll be back. And don’t start cooking without me!” She warned.

“Or what?” Damilare asked in a husky voice.

“You’ll have to wait and find out.” Kaima smirked, her eyes aglow with mischief.

As soon as Kaima entered the bathroom, Damilare walked towards his closet and changed into some more comfortable clothes.

Some minutes later, Kaima stepped out of the bathroom wearing Damilare’s blue shirt and black boxer. On the blue round neck shirt, there was a bold inscription written in white ‘I’m a chef.’

“Hmm, I see.” Damilare sighed looking thoughtful, as Kaima rubbed the nape of her neck with his towel.

“You see what?” Kaima asked.

“I thought you said you were a financial analyst?” Damilare asked mockingly as he stood up and walked towards her.

Kaima looked down at the shirt and began to laugh when she noticed what was written on it.

She walked into Damilare as they locked into a warm embrace.

“I’m a financial analyst who is in love with a chef.”

“So what’s for dinner?” Kaima asked.

“You tell me.” Damilare replied smiling.

“Alright before we decide to even cook anything, I want to introduce you to some of my friends.” Damilare announced.

Kaima looked very surprised.

“Really?” Kaima asked, looking puzzled.

Damilare nodded.

He opened his kitchen cabinet and retrieved some kitchen utensils. He put a pot on the gas and said to Kaima;

“This is Joe.” Damilare said.

“Hi Joe.” Kaima said to the pot.

“Joe is my favourite cooking pot, I like him a lot.” Damilare added.

He peered into the cabinet again and said;

“This is Pam.” Pointing to a frying pan.

Kaima offered the frying pan a curt nod.

“Pam as in Pamela?” She asked.

“No, Pam as in Pam.” Damilare replied.

“Okay.” Kaima said still giggling.

“I am glad that you find this amusing.” Damilare said smiling and continued to explain.

“I’m home alone most of the time, so I talk to my kitchen utensils when I get bored. They offer me good company.” He added.

Kaima roared with laughter.

Damilare continued with the introduction, glad to see that she was responding well to the weirdness.

After making all the introductions, he prepared a simple dish of local rice, tomato sauce and fried fish.

……to be continued.

Genre: Nigerian Romance/ Fiction