12
Sep
2014
Get Ready With Me Ankara Festival LA 2014
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


So this year is my first time attending the Ankara Festival (I missed the fashion show, you know Nigerians are always late) but I popped in at the after party and had a blast. So beautiful seeing and meeting so many different African fusions and cultures that evening, I can’t wait until the next show, I will definitely be there!

So this was the makeup look I wore that night and the outfit I had planned.

blackUp Paris eyeshadow

blackUp Paris eyeshadow

blackUp Paris eyeshadow

Ankara Dress

The African Shop Ankara

blackUp Paris eyeshadow

 

First of all, LET’S please discuss this dress. You guys have seen me wear this dress on instagram quite a few times.  It’s from a small boutique called The African Shop. I have been following their Facebook page (actually stalking them) since last year. I reached out to them about how I can order stuff from their boutique and it turns out they were already viewers of mine and wanted to send me some things.

 

Out of all the items I have been sent or sponsored this one was the most sentimental to me. I don’t really have any African clothes (my mom used to make a lot of my clothes growing up but she doesn’t do a lot of sewing for me now that I’m older) so to be able to have some nice things with print meant a lot to me.

 

So off were my measurements (everything they make is custom made but I believe they may have some in-stock pieces) and it took quite a while for me to receive my package since they are overseas but when I did receive it it was SO worth the wait. And let me tell you, I feel very proud every time I put one of these pieces on. They literally fit me perfectly, I always always always step outside with class in this dress and I get tons of compliments. I am shocked out how perfect the dress fit without me physically being there to try it on. These ladies are so talented!

Here is The African Shop Etsy Store

More photos of me wearing this dress in Spain (now does it look familiar?)

ankara dress

ankara dress

 

Here’s the details on the rest of the makeup look

Bobbi Brown Creme Shadow Stick | Forest
blackUp Paris Eyeshadow Palette PAL03
NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner
Diorshow Mascara
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer | SX13
Face Atelier Foundation | #10
blackUp Paris  Loose Powder
Sacha Kamaflage Powder | Buttercup
blackUp Paris Contour Stick | No 3
Bobbi Brown Bronzer | Deep
MAC Spiked Brow Pencil
blackUp Blush | #9
Sublime Powder | #2
NYX Liner | Cocoa
blackUp Lip Gloss

I hope you all enjoyed the look and have an amazing weekend ahead :)

 

Again, be sure to check out the fabulous ladies of The African Shop and tell them Jackie O sent you :)






8
Sep
2014
5 Reasons to Wear White After Labor Day
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


So you can’t wear white after Labor Day huh? Good thing I like breaking rules ;-) here’s my five reasons why you should screw what everyone else says and thinks about fashion rules

 

1.  White looks good all year round

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white after labor day

2. White makes your butt look bigger!

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3. White looks good on damn near everybody. It automatically adds instant crispness and class to your overall look

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Who cares about rules anyway?! 

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5. White is like a SUBTLE power color – it makes a statement but in a much softer voice. Almost like a whisper.

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Sensation Wrap Dress | JustEnaj
Black  Speedy Handbag | ShopMarkkit
Heels | Lola Shoetique 

 

 

That’s all folks! Enjoy your week! And screw what everyone else thinks!






7
Sep
2014
Ankara Festival LA Outfit of the Day
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Raise your hand if you were in the building at last nights Ankara Festival LA! I snuck in the afterparty at the very last minute. Worked and shot all day. Anywho, this was last night’s look, some new goodies from my ShopMarkkit Collection included!

High waist pants

High Waist Pants

High Waist Pants

Crop Top

Chanel Clutch

Crop top

 

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Clutch

 

I played around with pastels and threw on a light blazer just for kicks

blazer

blazer

blazer

Gold Crop Top | shopmarkkit
High Waist Pants | Bell of California
Stilettos | Lola Shoetique
Gold Clutch | Shop Markkit
Pale Pink Blazer | shopmarkkit

It was great running into some of my viewers last night. Although I didn’t make it to the show I heard it was amazing and am so glad anytime I can help support an African event.

Warm thanks to Victoria Sanders of vicstyles.com for snapping these photos for me. You guys have to check out her blog and follow her, she has the best style posts! @thevicstyles

Okay, I’m off to the LA County Fair, thanks for reading guys! xx






5
Sep
2014
Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match!
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Find Your Foundation Shade

Hi ladies! How many of you out there struggle with finding the right foundation shade match? Apparently more of you than I thought when I uploaded my Best Foundations For Women of Color I got a lot of questions about finding the right shade of foundation, finding your undertones, etc. So I have managed to put together some easy tips on how to go about getting it right.

We will cover more specifically how to find your undertones in a later video ^_^

 

So first if you’re indecisive between which shade you are narrow it down to the three you think you may be.

Working your way from lightest to darkest, swatch all three of them on the center of your chest. I choose to shade match not only myself but my clients on the center on the chest because it insures that the face will match the body when being photographed and has yet to steer me wrong. Stay away from the neck because typically the neck is dramatic lighter than the face. Stay away from matching on the actual face because we as women of color tend to have different skin tones on our face, especially Africans. I am lighter in the center of my face and darker around the perimeter.

If one of the shades you chose looks ASHY is too light for you girl. When a foundation is too light for you it will read gray. If one of the shades looks too RED or orange if you’re medium complexion it’s too dark. You will definitely see a line of demarcation and it will look richer compared to your bare skin.

But your perfect match will melt right into the skin. You won’t be able to tell where the foundation starts and where it ends.

 

I would not recommend impulse buying on foundations because it’s also important that you test it out for at least a day to find out if it’s ideal for your skin type and does it oxidize (AKA darken throughout the day) on your skin. However, in an absolute pickle if you must buy a foundation that day and they don’t have your perfect match and you feel stuck, always go for a shade that’s a bit richer because dark skin is more forgiving. If you choose a shade that’s too late and you take a photo with flash you will see a white cast. A foundation that’s slightly too dark in some cases can be balanced with highlighting the face with concealer and/or face powders.

 

So I hope you all find my technique on shade matching helpful and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!






25
Aug
2014
Straight Hair With Volume Tutorial with Walgreens
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


This quick video tutorial I did with Walgreens will show you how I like to achieve my straight hair styles without sacrificing volume. Hope you all enjoy this video as much as I did making it!

Thank you so much to the PopSugar, BellaSugar and Walgreens team for having me!

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