Makeup artist extraordinaire, Miss Sandra Ekukole has been making her rounds. Remember her from my Top 30 Makeup & Beauty Bloggers post?

Well she had a promo shoot with TGIM Cine School of Yaounde and here are some lovely pictures from their meet up:

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My creative friend, stylist and multitasker – Miss Ekei Mbu was also on hand. Looking like a goddess:

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For Cameroon-based beauty junkies, you don’t want to miss this.

For makeup services and other inquiries, please call Sandra directly +237 9963 4110. Or email

Makeovers cost from as little as 10,000 Francs CFA. Pamper yourself on your birthday, anniversary, christening, wedding or just a simple night out. The experience is worth it.

You can view her work on Facebook.

For detailed information about her work, read Sandra’s interview with Creative and Moving.

Back to those shots, are they gorgeous or are they gorgeous?!

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Starting off this week is a strong Style Diary from the pretty haute and  polished fashionista Leslie Eugene. Here’s what she had to dish on her style: 

A little bio stats: My name is Leslie EugeneBorn and raised in Miami, FL. Currently reside in Delaware. Fashion Blogger for Inspired by effortless fashion, obsessed with YouTube Makeup Tutorials and motivated by living a healthy lifestyle.

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ABY: What are your dressing styles?  What influences your style choices? I’m inspired by Stockholm Street Fashion and other fashionable bloggers. I like mixing prints and wearing whatever I feel most comfortable in. I change my looks so often but Zara, H&M and Urban Outfitters are stores that reflect on my style. 

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ABY: Which brands or  designers ‘speak to you’ the most? With Fall being around the corner, I’ve noticed a lot of great items from Philip Lim. I can’t afford high end brands but thanks to the trendy designer and retail collaborations, I can rock out wear Phillip Lim and own a couple of handbags from their collaboration with Target. 

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ABY: Any beauty secrets? Favourite makeup and beauty products: MAC cosmetics, Makeup Forever, Smashbox and most recently added to the list is L’Oreal FoundationDrink a lot of water, wear SPF, and exfoliate at least once per week.

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Leslie (left) and friend. Hair and makeup on point.

ABY: What are your favorite trends currently? The layered look is one trend that I can’t wait to try once the weather breaks. It’s wearing two coats at once  (i.e., A bomber jacket over a classic coat) I also have my eye on tartan this season, preferably in a biker jacket.

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ABY: Your all time fashion icons are: Fashion Editor Miroslava Duma, Solange and Fashion Blogger Karla, from 

ABY: Your favorite quote/saying: “The way to get started us to quit talking and begin doing”- Walt Disney

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Leslie is just on fire! She brought EVERYTHING! Love her ensembles and shoe game. WERK!

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Brandy showed  up and out in London this week! The singer was spotted leaving the BBC Radio studios after an appearance on 1Xtra – Nick Bright Show in London in a little black camisole dress. Her black dress features a bib fold neck line. What better way to make a little black dress memorable than with a pop of colour? Brandy did just that. A bright orange  Céline tote bag and red pointed heels were her accessories of the day. She kept her new short bob hairstyle coiffed, makeup on point, skin bronzed and flawless and legs toned.

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I absolutely adore this look!

My fave this week by far. 

Go Brandy!

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Wedding gowns with ethnic embellishments are a rage. 

A dear friend’s wedding is a good time to look glamorous. An elegant wedding gown with Indian embellishments makes the lady look drop-dead gorgeous. The contemporary silhouettes, fluid feel of the fabric, sensuous designs and smart fit when combined with ethnic embroidery makes evening gowns a dependable option.

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The primary reason that makes these wedding gowns with ethnic embellishments popular is that these outfits “amalgamate east and west” seamlessly. These outfits will be different from what other women will wear at the wedding so that you can be the showstopper!

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The unique dimension of Indian culture and heritage will ensure that you are noticed at the wedding. Dresses by Sabyasachi Online need a special mention here for having exquisite work. The Indian fashion design produces some of the most drop-dead-gorgeous wedding dresses.


I personally love all the adornments and hard work that has been put in creating this stunning collection. All the embellishments, embroidery and glitter look so exotic and beautiful.



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For more information about these designs and where to order them, visit Sabyasachi Online. Or email

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On Wednesday  the University of Wolverhampton awarded 3 deserving ladies MBAs. I joined Sandrine Ambadiang Abega, Alphonsine Ngueabo Malounzue and Ornella Kelly Nganteau Nankap to celebrate. Here are some flicks from the event. We had a few snaps in the hall after the official ceremony:


The ladies all looked resplendent in well-coiffed wavy hair and killer smiles. IMG_9321 IMG_9318 IMG_9308 IMG_9311 IMG_9310 IMG_9323 IMG_9324 IMG_9356   IMG_9238 IMG_9237 IMG_9236 IMG_9233 IMG_9221 IMG_9231 IMG_9213

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Miss Sandrine Abega took some time out to get the perfect portrait. Here’s what we captured; IMG_9252 IMG_9243 IMG_9156 IMG_9341 IMG_9347 IMG_9327

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Miss Ornella Kelly also had a few solo shots. IMG_9331 IMG_9333 IMG_9345 IMG_9344 IMG_9378


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Miss Alphy couldn’t get enough of the camera… IMG_9192


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This headless shot of me is one of my faves!


Miss Gracie Jones was on point in her box braids and red pencil skirt!

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That’s enough pictures for just the first phase only. Phase 2 will be going down tomorrow at Woden Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 0AY. EVERYONE’S INVITED!!! I’m knackered now. Off to bed now.

Don’t forget to turn up on time 🙂

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Today’s Outfit of The Day is a reminisce of my summer holiday exploits in Nice, France . I took this pictures on our last day there and lost the SD card in my luggage. Well, I’ve been in the middle of moving house and guess what I’ve just stumbled upon? You’re right. My card! The joys of moving/packing. You can’t imagine the number of lost treasures/trash I have found:

-old necklace which I have only worn once.

-favourite Zara slipper which I had almost forgotten about. I just had to wear them again today. Hehehe.

-My SD memory card

-coveted stationery

-Lipgloss, lipsticks, eyeshadow all of the old and not missed.

-My sewing and knitting kit. Oh Lord, what was I thinking when I bought them? That I was going to rekindle my undying love for crocheting? We’ll see how that goes.

Anyhoo, I thought I’d give my What I Wore a much needed updated with these new findings.

On our last day in Nice, I wore this camisole top and matching skirt with a zippered back which I purchased from New Look. I just love a matching ensemble and these two are the perfect match. Everyone though I was wearing a dress. I bought these in the summer and they are out of stock on the New Look site now:(  I paired them with my good ole faith Zara barely there combination sandals. I have no excuses for my unredeemable hair and my makeup was almost non-existentheat in that scorching . Well, my excuse is after constant blow-drying of my sea-wet hair, I gave it all up and let nature take its toll on me.

Without further ado, here’s a visual of what I wore:

Cami top – New Look (similar here)

Print skirt – New look (similar here)

Barely there sandals – Zara (gold version here)

Ever faithful red shoulder bag – Zara


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I’ve paired also paired this print camisole before with white denim and comfy flats. What do you think of the ensemble?



I’m in the middle of a transition and my hair’s state has long changed since then.



What did you make of my print ensemble? How do you wear prints?

Most important of all, have you ever found any goodies in the middle of a massive clear out?


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Queen Bey turned 32 on September 4th and was surrounded by her loved ones – including husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy aboard a luxury yacht in Stromboli, Italy, which appeared to turn into an impromptu champagne cruise. 

We all know she loves and treasures  her family time so what better way to clock 32 than with your beloved husband and daughter on a yacht. See the exclusive pics of their beach bods:


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OMG how cute is Blue Ivy in the leopard suit!? 🙂

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Beyonce and Jay also enjoyed flexing with a Nebuchadnezzar size gold bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne.  Werk those muscles jay!

It sure looks like they had a ton of fun.

What’s your dream birthday treat?

I’d sure not mind having that jeroboam of a bottle of champagne to start with…

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Enjoy the weekend.

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Only a few weeks ago, Miss Cameroon Officiel announced Miss Valerie Ayena as the winner. Now the Miss World competition is upon us again. The 2013 edition of the Miss World competition will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This 63rd annual edition will be hosted by English beauty Myleene Klass and Mr World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim. On that fateful day, one of the 131 beautiful girls from countries across the world will be crowned Miss World.

Here’s what Africa’s serving from their endless reserve of tantalizing Amazonian queens. Get ready to drool.

 Maria Castelo

Age: 23
Height: 171

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Bio: 23 year old Maria is a student working towards her graduation. Born and raised in the capital city Luanda, Maria has aspirations of pursuing her interests in social activism, championing causes that she believes in, as well as working towards creating a successful career in business. In her spare time she enjoys playing handball, reading and she has skills in singing and performing traditional Angolan dance. A fan of music, Maria’s favourite genres are gospel and RnB.



Name: Rosemary Keofitlhetse
Age: 20
Height: 171

Bio: Rosemary was born in the town of Maun, moving to the Kalahari desert village of Hukuntsi when she was 8. Currently enrolled in a degree in Accounting at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, she has aspirations of using her education to start her own business. Describing herself as “selfless, compassionate and strong”, her interests include photography, cycling, and she is currently learning to play the guitar. Rosemary also has ambitions of becoming an ambassador of goodwill who will make a positive impact in people’s lives.

In Her Own Words…

“My name is Rosemary Keofitlhetse and I will be proudly representing my beautiful country Botswana on the 63rd Miss World Pageant in Jakarta, Indonesia. I am an accounting student and a part time property consultant. Strong, compassionate and selfless defines me. When I am not glued to subjects of environmental care, my community and charity projects or empowering other people, I am either reading, baby sitting, listening to country music, cycling, playing golf or shopping. Multi tasked I am indeed. Please send your love and do follow my adventures right here!”


Name: Denise Valérie Ayena
Age: 22
Height: 180

Bio: Denise was born and raised in Douala, a coastal city in southern Cameroon. Describing herself as a “cheerful and bubbly person”, Denise is currently enrolled at university studying Communications. Her life ambition is to become a successful broadcast journalist, preferably covering events.

Having an artistic nature, Denise enjoys painting and drawing, as well as traditional African dancing. In her spare time she enjoys watching motocross, her favourite book is the Da Vinci Code and she considers herself a “culinary tourist”, delighting in trying new flavours of food.

Cote D’Ivoire
 Aïssata Dia

Age: 18
Height: 183

Bio: Aïssata grew up in the city of Abidjan, where she is currently a first year student in Marketing Management. She describes herself as “ambitious, dynamic and family orientated”, and has aspirations of using her degree to set up her own company in the beauty industry.

Her hobbies include reading and travelling, she enjoys novels by Marc Levy, music from Beyoncé, and her favourite food is foutou with pistachio sauce. Aissata’s personal motto is “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”



Equatorial Guinea

Name: Restituta Mifumu Nguema

Age: 19

Height: 170

Bio : Restituta is a 19 year old student with hopes of becoming a business woman in the future. She was born in Bata, growing up in the capital city Malabo. Describing herself as “cheerful, fun and friendly”, Restituta enjoys dancing, reading Mortadelo y Filemón comic books and her favourite food is chocolate sauce. Her proudest moment of her life was being crowned Miss World Equatorial Guinea.



Name: Genet Tsegay Tesfay
Age: 22
Height: 176

Bio : Genet comes from a large family, growing up with her 11 brothers and sisters in the city of Mek’ele. Currently at university, Genet is a student of Architecture & Urban Planning, with aspirations of putting her degree to good work when she graduates.

Genet’s other interests include swimming, volleyball, and volunteering at homeless shelters for young children. Her favourite foods include pizza and traditional Ethiopian cuisine.



Name: Brunilla Novela Ekoumbi Moussadingou
Age: 19
Height: 170

Bio: Brunilla describes herself as a happy young woman who “lives the life she loves and loves the life she lives.” Currently at university, she is studying Accountancy with aspirations of working as a certified public accountant in the future.

Brunilla’s hobbies include watching movies, shopping, and doing exercise, and her favourite foods include Italian cuisine. A fan of reading, Brunilla’s favourite book is Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. Her personal motto is “Always be in agreement with yourself and God”.



Name: Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter
Age: 23
Height: 188

Bio: Carranzar was born in the suburbs of Accra and has lived in the capital all her life. She is a BSC Medical Student with ambitions of qualifying as a paediatrician in the future. Describing herself as “down to earth with a vivacious personality and a passion to help the under privileged”, she partakes in quarterly outreach programs bringing medical care to rural areas of Ghana.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, sightseeing, and travelling, and her favourite book is Think Big by Ben Carson.


Name: Mariama Diallo
Age: 24
Height: 172

Bio: Mariama grew up in the capital city of Guinea, Conakry, and is the youngest of three children in her family. She describes herself as a “modest young woman” who “excels in everything I set myself”.

Mariama studied Telecommunication Engineering at college and hopes to put the skills she learned to use in the future. Her interests include reading, watching movies, and following fashion. She enjoys listening to R&B and jazz music, and her favourite foods include beef steak. Her personal motto is “Work hard”.

Name: Heny Tavares
Age: 22
Height: 173

Bio: 22 year old Heny was born in Bafatá before moving to Bissau during her childhood. A confident young lady, Heny graduated university and currently works as an accountant.

In her past she has volunteered at a local hospital and would like to build upon her experiences, training in healthcare. In her spare time, Heny enjoys playing basketball and singing, her favourite singer is Celine Dion, and her favourite books are the Harry Potter series.



Name: Wangui Gitonga

Age: 23

Height: 173

Bio: Wangui was born and raised in Mumbasa and describes herself as “Humble, a real go getter”. With aspirations of becoming a prominent hotelier, she is currently studying for a diploma in Food and Beverage Management. Her hobbies include running, swimming and reading, and she enjoys listening to rock, RnB and gospel music. Her special talents include belly dancing, and her personal motto is “Commitment is the key to success”.

Name: Mamahlape Caroline Matsosos
Age: 19
Height: 170

Bio: Mamahlape was born and raised in the landlocked nation of Lesotho, where she is a university student at present. An ambitious young lady, she has aspirations of becoming a UN peace ambassador, as well as working towards revitalizing her nation so it can compete in the global market.

In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading, taking long walks, and her favourite food is papa and beef stew. She likes to listen to pop music and her favourite novel is Danielle Steel’s Johnny Angel.

Name: Nathalie Lesage
Age: 19
Height: 175

Bio: Nathalie is currently in her 2nd year of a Management course at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Born and raised in the northern village of Calodyne, she describes herself as “being positive and down to earth”. Nathalie has aspirations of launching her own communication business in the future, and to “lay my foot at least once on all the different continents.” Her interests include table tennis, cooking, and hiking and she has eclectic tastes in both music and cuisine.


Name: Paulina Malulu
Age: 24
Height: 175


Bio: Paulina is a young woman who strives to live a life of purpose through passion and ambition. Growing up in Windhoek, she has ambitions of obtaining a master’s degree in Somatology before starting her own chain of health spas.

In the past she was a representative for Namibia at the National Youth Council, also speaking at the Youth Forum at the Annual African Union Summit. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of athletic disciplines, she enjoys listening to local home-grown musicians, and she loves eating seafood.



Name: Anna Ebiere Banner
Age: 18
Height: 170

Bio: My name is Anna Ebiere Banner. Describing oneself can be quite difficult so I’ll get the basics out of the way first. I am 18 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall and from Bayelsa state, Nigeria. My major language is English but I also speak several native Nigerian languages.

First of all, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to represent my beloved country at the Miss World pageant. By the grace of God, I promise to make my country, family, friends and supporters proud by putting my best into every aspect of this contest.

I have a variety of hobbies including swimming, singing and dancing, but I get the most joy out of writing poetry and short stories. My favourite meals are rice with tomato sauce, a native Nigerian soup called Egusi, and fried plantain. One of the most inspirational influences in my life is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. She inspired me not just by being the world’s first female black president, but also by the class, humility, and effort with which she executed her office.

In my own new office, I will follow her example and believe my true duty and role as queen is to provide selfless service to the people of my country. Helping, encouraging, and inspiring young people with my words and actions is the number one goal. The beauty of a queen fades away easily but the legacy of her works will forever linger.

Thank you once again for the opportunity and may God bless you.


South Africa
Name: Marilyn Ramos
Age: 22
Height: 174

Bio: My name is Marilyn Ramos and am proudly representing my beloved country, South Africa, the home of world icon Nelson Mandela in the Miss World Pageant 2013

22 year old Marilyn was born and raised in the small town of Klorksdorp. Currently studying Interior Architecture & Marketing at university, Marilyn is also a qualified fitness instructor. Describing herself as a “passionate young lady who is driven to strive for excellence”, she has dual aspirations of opening her own fitness centre and starting an interior design firm. Her hobbies include travel and photography, and her favourite foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.

South Sudan
Name: Modong Manuela Mogga
Age: 21

Bio: Modong was born in Juba, splitting her time growing up between Juba and Uganda. Describing herself as “humble, a good listener and a hardworking young lady”, Modong has aspirations of becoming a doctor and opening a children’s home.

Her hobbies include playing netball, listening to gospel music and her talents include singing. Her personal motto is “Do what you love and love what you do, there is treasure in every challenge and there is no limit to life


Name: Brigitte Lyimo
Age: 19

Bio: Brigitte is a student, born in Dar es Salaam, moving to Nairobi in Kenya when she was 9. Describing herself as “compassionate, hardworking and always eager to learn”, she has aspirations for a career in law and business.

She hopes to achieve her desires by furthering her studies at university in the fields of law and business. Brigitte is a natural dancer, she is very flexible, and can pick up new techniques and routines very quickly. Her favourite author is Dan Brown, and she enjoys playing soccer and basketball.


Name: Stellah Nantumbwe
Age: 22
Height: 175

Bio: Stellah was born and raised in Kampala, where she works as a sales assistant. University educated, Stellah has aspirations of building her own business franchise and then expanding it across the continent. She enjoys hiking, photography, and song writing, and describes herself as “innovative, enterprising and passionate.”

In her spare time, Stellah likes to listen to a variety of music, from afro-fusion to country, and her favourite foods include local cuisine such as boiled banana with fried chicken and brown rice with plantain and greens.

Name: Christine Mwaaba
Age: 24
Height: 175

Bio: Christine is a journalist living in Lusaka. Working on a variety of local projects, she has been involved in documentaries, presenting, reporting, and editing. Her current goal is to enrol at university for a degree in Media Communications.

In her spare time she enjoys singing, reading, and cooking Zambian cuisine. Her favourite music is gospel and country music, and she describes herself as a “social, loving, interactive” person. Miss World 2013 will be her first time abroad.

There they are! So who are you betting your money on?


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