I am an African to the core so when it comes to talking about bad hair hair days I have seen it all from breakage, to overdue roots which are as thick as the evil forest, to horrible dye reactions, to frizz, to thinning hair and what have you.  Imagine how high up my ears flew when I heard the words ‘Achieve smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine without using a relaxer,’ all in one sentence. So I thought to myself I’m definitely taking a closer look at this thing.
So what is the Brazilian Blowout? The Brazilian blowout according to what I have learnt, is a new and innovative hair treatment that gives you frizz-free, tangle-free, straight and shiny hair without you having to relax your hair. In their own words, ‘The Brazilian Blowout is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the world! Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-freehair with radiant shine!
What makes us different? The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair. No Damage! and No harsh chemicals! NO FORMALDEHYDE!! Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes! No down time! The minute you leave the salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it will be smooth, frizz-free and radiant! Results last up to 12 weeks. Leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free! Acai aftercare products ensure longest lasting results.
Well this is a whole other other if you compare it with the relaxer!’

So what does the Brazilian blowout have over the relaxer?
Well for starters, they boast of using no harsh chemicals.
Also it has been said said that the ‘Brazilian effect’ in your hair may last for up to 3 months which is terrific news. But I need to hear that from someone other than a Brazilian Blowout spokesperson.
Also if you are going for this treatment you do not run the risk of damage if you treat and colour on the same day which is not the case with a relaxer.
Brazilian blowouts can be done on any kind of hair. be it fine, relaxed, coloured, coarse, frizzy or curly. Whilst feeling softer and smoother, your hair will nonetheless maintain its original volume.
before
after
 Several satisfied customers have been uploading pictures on the Brazilian Blowout Facebook page to show the results of their treatment. I must say some of the really look unbelievable. It definitely got me thinking and seriously considering trying this treatment out.
before
after
So how is the Brazilian Blowout done? Well, nothing explains anything like a YouTube video. So click here to watch the Brazilian Blowout being done on African American hair.
To be honest even though this Brazilian blowout process claims not to use any harsh chemicals, the amount of heat I saw being used in that video kinda scares the crap out of me. We all know excess heating and hair have never exactly been friends. So that’s the one thing I am skeptical about.
To read more about this treatment please visit their website here.
The makers of the Brazilian Blowout insist their product is formaldehyde-free however after being tested in a lab, the product was seen to have 8-10% of the carcinogen. High levels of formaldehyde could cause some types of cancer.
What are your thoughts?  Is this the solution to perfect we’ve all been waiting for or is it just another ruse? Would you still try the new Brazilian blowout or are you sticking to the good old relaxer?
Thanks for stopping by.
PS: If you had trouble accessing the YouTube video, please let me know.
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By show of hands, who loves blush but is scared to wear it because she is dark skinned or who loves blush and has actually worn it but the minute you step your friends are like, ‘What is that blush on your cheeks? Girl, seriously.’ ‘Oh do black people blush now? Hahaha!’
Wow, so many hands. Okay hands down. This only goes to confirm the conservative belief people have that blush would look horrible on black girls or worse, that black people don’t blush. My question is, since when?
Let me first start by unmystifying these silly myths.
Truth number one: EVERYONE blushes. Dark  tones just prevents you from seeing the pink pigmentation under some people’s skin when they blush. Which is a good thing if you’re trying to mask your emotions but let’s not get into that now.
Secondly, EVERYONE can wear blush. If you’ve got a cheek, there’s a blush out there waiting to sit on it.
Thirdly, if you are dark, colour is your friend. The darker you are, the brighter/more colourful your blush. As sick as that sounds, it is the truth. Light skinned girls do not need to use a lot of colour on their cheeks because even the nudest tones will be very visible on them. So if you are light skinned, you want to use light shades of pink or even nude blushes. Dark girls on the other hand should embrace colour. Coral hues and bright peach are what you should go for.
That’s about as many myths as I can unmystify for you today.
The million dollar question now is, which blush is perfect for who?
 Blushes come in different textures. There is the compact which is a powder. It is more preferable, to use the compact OVER your foundation as it will sit better on tour cheek. Powder blushes should be applied very lightly. A little goes a long way. Too much will tend to look heavy. You do not want your blusher to look like an extra heavy layer of powder on your face. There is also a matte blush or a liquid/gel blush. These can be applied either under your foundation if you are going for a light touch look or over your foundation if you’re going for a more dramatic look.
Another method is using a bronzer as blush which does amazing tricks for your face. It highlights your cheek bones and makes light reflect off your face. In fact you achieve that ‘sculpted effect’ on your face. Bronzers are good because even though they will almost match your skin tone, because they are shimmery you will have that constant glow about your face.  Only be sure you apply the right bronzer on the right spot.

1. Light Skin ( Think Beyonce, Chanel Iman or Cassie)

Like I said earlier, nude blushes are perfect for light skin tones.
Chanel Iman wears a cool nude blush here.
Light skinned girls can also wear very soft pink tones perfectly. The blush colour needs to be more on a subtle than bright side.
Make Up For Ever
Amber Rose's pink blush is a perfect balance between subtle and colour.
Beyonce gives her cheeks a strong line with that light blush.
Notice how Kim's cheeks catch the light here?
Light brown bronzers would look perfect on light skinned girls.
Rihanna
Cassie

2. Caramel/Medium/Deep Skin (Think Gabrielle Union, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson or Naomi Campbell)

Girls with this skin colour should go a shade or two brighter than those with light skin. A stronger pink, peach or raspberry would be perfect.
Make Up For Ever in Bright Raspberry is good for medium skin people.
Sanaa Lathan
Ashanti
Meagan Good
Kerry Washington highlights her cheeks with a lovely touch of pink.
Gabrielle Union
Ciara
With deep skin, the bronzer should be a darker gold hue that would match their tan look.
Keri Hilson's bronzer gives her a an amazing glow without making her face look oily.
Nia Long
Eva Marcille
Keri Hilson just loves her bronzer
Meagan Good
Damilola Adegbite
Naomi Campbell goes for a natural look with her bronzer. Looks amazing.

3. Dark Skin (Think Kelly Rowland, Estelle, Alek Wek, Tika Sumpter).

This is where colour comes in. The darker you are the brighter your blush. Many people when they think of blush they immediately think pink. Which is cliche. These days blushes come in several different colours that I cannot begin to enumerate. If you are really dark skinned then your best bet would be something like coral, fuschia or a deep rose red.
Just A Pinch gel blush by MAC. (Colour Rose Romance)
This gel blush by MAC is perfect for dark skinned girls. This colour is called Rose Romance. It has a gel texture which means that a little goes a long way. Also you choose to apply it under or over your foundation depending on how loud you want your cheeks.
Tika Sumpter embraces a bold blush on her dark skin.
Tika Sumpter
Tika
Alek Wek
Kelly Rowland
Sweet cheeks 🙂
Bronzers for dark skin could be gold, or shimmery dark brown so as to really highlight a strong cheek bone.

Jessica White
India Arie shows off her unique freckles in a dark bronzer

Rosy cheeky me:)

Quiet please! Yep, that’s me. Permit me to use myself as demonstration even though this photo is kind of dated. But yes, as you can see I was feeling a bit rosy that evening (flower in my hair explained) so I went with my coral blush. I am wearing Sleek Make Up Blush, Colour Number 935 called Flushed. Coral is one of my favourite colours so I try to use it as much as I can.
Sleek Make Up Blush

TIPS

-Make sure to use the right brush to apply your blush.
-Do NOT apply blush directly under your eyes. Blush is applied on the cheeks. If you want to hit the right spot suck in your cheeks, the hard bone just below the sides of your eyes is where you should apply your blush.
blusher brush

FIND OF THE DAY.

If you are blusher girl, I found this amazing blusher/bronzer combo that you absolutely have to try. It is a trio of colours and also has a bronzer in it. What more could a cheek ask for?
Lakme Earth Rose Blush Trio
Lakme Earth Rose Blush Trio
Hope you found this post helpful and inspiring as well.
If you tried something bold and would like to flaunt, please send to my email artbecomesyou@yahoo.com
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The Algaia label introduces a new and debut collection by the talented Mariam Afolabi who is a London based Nigerian designer. The new collection is titled ‘Feroce et Calme’ which is French for Fierce and Calm. The designer admits she has been inspired by a Marilyn Monroe quote which goes  ”I don’t mind living in a man’s world, so long as I can be a woman in it.”  Each piece in her collection bears an aspect which makes the name Feroce et Calme very apt. The feminine pieces showcase calmness in their maxi lengths but their sheer and see-through aspect add fierceness. And what is fierce about the menswear? Well, apart from the male model (forgive my trespasses), Mariam’s use tribal and ethnic references is pure ferocious. There is both strength and vulnerability highlighted in each piece. What are your thoughts?

 

 

Hope you enjoyed Mariam’s debut collection.
Would you like to see yours here too?  If you are a budding designer, artist, painter or anything creative a nd would like to showcase your product, please contact artbecomesyou@yahoo.com
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Everyone is talking about Uche Jumbo‘s new movie ‘Damage‘ which is a trilogy. And so am I. If you read my last blog post you will get the gist of what I am on about. Here are follow up, in pictures, of what went down at the Houston premiere and the after party.  Click here to watch red carpet action and interviews from Uche , Tonto and Kalu (courtesy of Golden Icons). Tonto Dikeh who never misses a beat when it comes to being noticed, flew in her personal stylist from London to Texas just to glam her up for this event. Was the trip worth the while? You tell me. See them sizzle on the red carpet.
Kalu, Tonto and Uche

Nigerian actress Uche Jumbo, is establishing a powerhouse status by taking the bulls by the reins with her new and first production ‘Damage’. The movie Damage stars Uche Jumbo herself, Kalu Ikeagwu and Tonto Dikeh. This movie is unlike any other Nollywood production and is definitely a must-see. Strong themes in this movie include love and domestic violence. A production of the Uche Jumbo Studios, the movie is up to international standards and the hardworking producer, Uche, refuses to rest on her laurels until the movie has gained more press than the royal wedding! Uche and her cast have been going around the globe (seemingly) promoting the movie. already the movie has premiered in Lagos, New York, Minneapolis, Houston and London. Click to watch the thrilling trailer of Damage here.
See them ‘damage’ the red carpet!

Damage Premiere in Lagos.

Kalu and Uche
Tonto Dikeh
P-Square (Peter?), Sasha and Omotola
Uche
Omo sexy
Kate Henshaw and Uche
Tonto

Chidi Mokeme

 

 

Damage Premiere in New York.

Uche, Kalu and Tonto

 

 

Damage Premiere in Houston

Uche and Kalu
Tonto and Director Moses Inwang
Kalu
Tonto
Tonto

Damage Premiere in London

Tonto, Uche, Kalu
Rukky Sanda

 

Monalisa and Rukky

 

 

I’ll be sure to watch this movie when it’s released.
watch a preview of the trailer here.

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Nigerian bad boy actor and acclaimed fashionista ,Jim Iyke is introducing his new clothing line called ‘Untamed Closet.‘  This line will cater for everyday teens (boys and girls), men, women and the corporate world. The actor himself acts as one of the models for this new brand. Untamed Closet is yet to receive critiques from the press as the official launch date has not been announced. But while we wait, please do not hold back on your own critiques. Feel free. What do you think? Jim Iyke has always been known for his suave and well put together looks that tell you he’s a fashion lover no doubt but can we say the same for his clothing line? or should he stick to his day job (acting, of course) ? Here’s a sneak peek.

 

Love red? Me too! Take a moment to enjoy this look book of celebs in red dresses. Who’s rocking your favourite red ensemble?

Kelly Rowland in Cosmo Magazine
Taraji P. Henson in bandage red dress
Eve attends Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in a red suit.
Ciara shows off some serious leg in this red number
A stunning Ciara wears a flowing red dress as she leaves her hotel in New York City.

Miranda Kerr at Fox Studios
Kim Kardashian
Kim K

Omotola Jalade
Estelle at the 'Black Girls Rock' event

Letoya Luckett
Letoya Luckett showing off her lovely figure in this red bodycon zip dress
Kerry Washington keeps it classy in a red evening dress
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
Chyna Layne

Who nailed it for you? Hit up the comments box.

If you have any glammed up pic of yourself or with frineds (the more the merrier!) then hit me up. Anything fashionable/ fun/ creative that you have and I will come up with a post for it. Watcha think about that?

Just send in your pics to artbecomesyou@yahoo.com.

Or if you have something you want me to blog about, please let me know in an email.

Thanks

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On 12 October 2011, Forbes, famous for its powerful rankings of influential and famous people in different categories released a new ranking: The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. This is a debut ranking in its category and I hope it will serve as a source of motivation for all Africans. More than 7,500 names were submitted and the top 40 was selected by voters. It is no surprise that the list is dominated by musicians.This only goes to strengthen my belief that music is one of the strongest mediums of communicating feelings and emotions, it is also a powerful tool that connects the singer to the listener and should never misused. Notables on the list also include authors, models, athletes, movie directors and actors.

The article went on to explain the criteria as ‘determining the celebrities who exert the highest degree of influence in contemporary African pop culture involved sifting through the nominations for the individuals with the highest numbers of votes, and then measuring their media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online), number of web references on Google, TV/radio mentions and their general clout across the continent. Ideally, a robust social media presence would have been an invaluable yardstick in determining the intensity of influence these individuals exert over their enthusiasts.’

In intended order , here are the top 40 most powerful African celebs.

1. Chinua Achebe, 80, Nigerian, Novelist. Author of the famous novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ which is the most widely read book in modern African Literature.

Chinua Achebe

2. Youssou N’dour, Age: 51, Senegalese, Musician. Popular for developing a new music genre known as ‘mbalax‘.

 

3. Didier Drogba, 33, Ivorian, Soccer Player. He has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player.

4.  Angelique Kidjo, 51, Beninoise, Musician. Her full name is Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo. She is one of the most iconic African ladies as recognised by the BBC and the Guardian.

5. Akon, 38, Senegalese, Musician. Real name Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam. One of the wealthiest African artists.

6. Wole Soyinka, 77, Nigerian, Playwright. Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

7.  Salif Keita, 62, Malian, Musician. Known as ‘The Great Voice of Africa.‘ He is a a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita.

8.  Yvonne Chaka Chaka, 46, South African, Musician. She was the first Black child to appear on South African television. Famous for her song ‘Thank You Mr DJ.’

9. Oumou Sangare, 43, Malian, Musician. Ardent women’s rights advocate opposing child marriage and polygamy.

10.  Femi Kuti, 49, Nigerian, Musician. Eldest son of music legend Fela Kuti. Femi’s voice is featured in the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’.

11. Toumani Diabaté, Malian, Musician. Excellent Kora (a kind of African harp) player.

12. Oliver Mtukudzi, 59, Zimbabwean, Musician. Most recognize artist to emerge from Zimbabwe.

13. Haile Gebrselassie, 38, Ethiopian, Athlete. Record breaking athlete with two Olympic gold medals.

14. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, 51, Algerian, Musician. Known as the ‘King of Rai’. His most famous songs are ‘Aicha’ and ‘Didi’.

15. Samuel Eto’o, 30, Cameroonian, Soccer Player. He has won African Player of the Year a record-breaking four times. He is currently the highest paid soccer player worldwide.

16. Alek Wek, 34, Sudanese, Supermodel. She epitomizes the very definition of an ethnic model.

17.  Liya Kebede, 33, Ethiopian, Supermodel. One of the world’s highest paid models and a maternal health advocate.

18.  Dobet Gnahoré, 29, Ivorian, Musician. World Music Award nominee.

19. Genevieve Nnaji, 32, Nigerian, Actress. CNN states she is referred to as the ‘Julia Roberts of Africa’.

20. Koffi Olomidé, 55, Congolese, Musician. Real names Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba. He was quite a brainy student. Having graduated with a BA in Business Economics and an MA in Mathematics.

21. Neill Blomkamp, 32, South African, Movie Director. Co-writer and director of the critically acclaimed movie District 9.

22. Souad Massi, 39, Algerian, Musician. when her band. Atakor, became a political target she disguised herself by cutting her hair and wearing male clothing.

23. Baaba Maal, 58, Senegalese, Musician. One of the most internationally recognized musicians from Senegal.

24. Hugh Masekela, 72, South African, Musician. He plays the flugelhorn, the trumpet and the cornet.

25. . K’Naan, 33, Somali, Rapper. His single ‘Waving Flag’ was chosen as Coca Cola’s anthem for the 2010 FIFA  World Cup in South Africa.

26. Amadou et Mariam, Malian, Musicians. Known as ‘The blind couple from Mali,’ they met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.

27. Awilo Longomba, Congolese, Musician. His CD Coupe Bibamba (1998) made him known throughout Africa, Europe and America.

28. Eric Wainaina, 38, Kenyan, Musician.  He composed the music for the film, ‘From A Whisper’, which won the Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Original Soundtrack and AMAA Achievement in Editing awards, in the African movie 2009 awards.

29Binyavanga Wainaina, 40, Kenyan, Author. In July 2002 he won the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Discovering Home.”

30. Ngugi Wa Thiongo, 73, Kenyan, Author. He taught at Yale University and is regarded as a likely candidate for a Nobel Prize. He was exiled for 22 years due to his highly political work.

31. Freshlyground, South African, Musicians. Freshlyground and Shakira sang ‘Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)‘ official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Lead singer, Zolani Mahola

32.  Chimamanda Adichie, 34, Nigerian, Writer. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus has received wide critical acclaim: it was shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).

33.  Rokia Traoré, 37, Malian, Musician. Award winning and highly acclaimed artist.

34. Tuface Idibia, 36, Nigerian, Musician. Famous for his hit ‘African Queen‘ 2Face is currently one of the most popular artists on the African music scene.

35. P-Square, 29, Nigerian, Musicians. Award winning duo composed of identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye.

36. Don Jazzy, 30, Nigerian, Music Producer. Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter,musician and CEO of  record label Mo’ Hits Records.

37. D’Banj, 31, Nigerian, Musician. Real name Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo. Multi award winning artist. Famous for his high energy and charisma as a performer and entertainer. He refers to himself as the ‘Koko master.’

 

38.  Nneka, 31, Nigerian, Musician. Famous for her soul style songs with a political undertone. She won the award for best indigenous artist in Nigeria at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2010.

39.  Asa, 29, Nigerian, Musician. Her single, ‘Jailer’ became infectious and got her a lot of attention in the music industry.

40.  Patricia Amira, 33, Kenyan, TV Personality. Influential TV personality and host of M-NET’s ‘The Patricia Show.’

Inspirational eh? You can say that again. This is a WAKE UP CALL to everyone who has been sitting on their talent. Are you an aspiring  sporting hero, author, songwriter, musician or singer? It doesn’t matter what you are now, all that matters is who you will be. And that depends on what you do with yourself and your talent NOW! You can be whatever you strive to be. Physical barriers should not be a hindrance. Look at Amadou et Mariam taking the world by storm with their amazing music and making history despite the fact that they are both blind.

Never give up on your goals as long as you still alive. There is no age limit.

Who has been the most inspiration to you? Which artist is not here that you feel should have made the list?  Hit the comments bar with your feedback.

And if you feel your country is under-represented instead of whining and complaining why not do something about it?  Be an achiever. Be proactive. And in years to come maybe it’ll be you on the Forbes list!

Good luck & Godspeed.

Holla 🙂