Friday, April 22, 2016

Tribute to Prince: Legendary Fashion and Musical Icon


As one of the industry giants in musical history, Prince will be eternally revered and celebrated for his fashion style, professional commitment to excellence and his musical passion. The unique direction in his career, and life in general, serves as an inspirational reminder to remain true to personality, and to never adopt what is not natural to oneself. Prince was a true artist who embraced and shared his creative and personal style, influencing and collaborating with other fellow musicians with his out-of-the-box thinking, such as Sinead O'Conner, Madonna, Sheila E and Chaka Khan. With mournful regret of his passing and uplifting memory of his life, here's a final salute to Prince for his contributions and spiritual excellence in music.



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pedicure Nail Art at the Global, Award-Winning Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge




CND Creative Play Crystal Ninja - Crystal Katana Seche Vite

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My journey to my Product Launch in Ghana 2016
Once again Faith and Fear

Day 1

I woke up this morning and headed to a tailor to make my outfit for the launch. With the mercy of others, I was able to find someone good and honest. I later met with the Ringier team to go over social media strategy for the launch and I met with Becky and her makeup team helping out in Accra. By then, I was already tired. Bill then took me for lunch at the Liberian-owned Living Room Restaurant and it was a great seeing familiar faces and eating delicious food. I went home afterwards, and I am not certain why, but I could not sleep even though I felt completely exhausted. I was excited, and yet I had never been so scared. I always trust in God and have faith, but my human flesh was having a field day with me. I wish I could better control my mind because I was really struggling to deal with my fears and doubts. I knew God did not bring me thus far to abandon me, but I also knew this was the hardest and boldest move I have ever made in my career. Although God has shown me signs and messages that he will carry me, my mind was uneasy. I know every one expects me to be so strong, but at the end of the day, I am human.

Blessed to be with Becky and her makeup team

Day 2

I just slept, read, and did paper work. I put aside the makeup for giveaways.

Day 3

I head for prayers,
a great way to start my day.

Day 4

I woke up this morning, feeling very sad and not sure what I am doing in this country by myself. Never knew you needed so much money to make things happen. I decided to cancel Kumasi as one of the Bluffajo launch locations in Ghana and it was the best decision I made to get ready for launch. I know God will ensure that this is going to be the most successful launch the Ghanians have ever seen. I will land a distributor in Accra. I receive it in Jesus name.

Day 5

I went to Ultimate FM 106.9 FM for a live show and I ended up doing a voice over. Who would have thought it? At night, we went to Plush Lounge for the press announcement for Kumasi Fashion week and then I headed home.

Day 6

I headed back to Accra and had coconut after 36 years. It was amazing. This is what my Saturday looked like in Accra.

Day 7

I went to church. The word was good. Then I went to see Muni and chilled for the Sunday afternoon.


Week 2

Monday marks the start of a new week. God showed himself strong today. He favored me in every way. I first met with actress Ama Abebrese today regarding being a brand ambassador for Bluffajo Cosmetics, and it was amazing speaking to her. She might favor me to be on a network television show on Wednesday. I pray I hear back from her. I also went to Accra mall to go to the pharmacy and met with Dr. Nana regarding Bluffajo Cosmetics being in their store. He was very open to the idea. Overall, today was a great day. There was heavy traffic everywhere, but that's Accra.

Meeting up with Actress and Television Producer, Ama Abebrese

My New Day tv show segment on TV3

Demonstrating how to wear perfect eyebrows

The day of the Launch in Accra, I get to the hotel early and thank God for that because I learned my step-and-repeat banner did not have a stand. The marketing company I hired were nowhere to be found. So I called my point of contact and he found out that the printing company did not make stands for my size of banner, even though they printed the banner. Second, as we were handling gift bags to distribute to attendees, the bags were slowly falling apart. By now I am hot, but trying my best to be calm. I was blessed by an Angel name Becky who provided her own banner stand and tried to keep me calm before the event. We had to send the banner to get special stitching so it would attach to her stand. Ten minutes before the start time of the launch and the banner was still not ready. People were arriving and there was also no sign of the marketing company. We just tried to make it all happen as smoothly as possible. We did not have a list of VIP attendees, the volunteers tried their best to seat them. Around this time, I just asked for Jesus to take the wheel. As the event came to a great start, the banner arrived and it all just felt into place, but still no sign of the marketing company. Thank God for Becky and her team who assisted me.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What’s in your makeup bag? A Peak Into my 2016 Trade Show Experience


One of my newest discoveries at the 2016 ISSE Long Beach Beauty Show was the latest in makeup brush technology by Qosmedix Cosmetics. This is an amazing all-in-one makeup brush for any busy lady, student, executive, urbanista, and fashionista. Easy to clean, easy to use, and easy to carry, there appears to be only two brush tips connected at the ends, but when detached, two more brush tips are revealed inside. This 4-in-one feature allows for multi-purpose uses with each tip providing a different role, including foundations, shadows, concealing, and highlighting. In fact, each tip can be used as a multi-purpose brush, so I would say instead of 4 brushes in one, it is more like 8 brushes in one. Simply lay the brush tips flat to dry after an easy clean of its synthetic hairs.

www.qosmedix.com

As I traveled the tradeshow floor, I took classes to upgrade myself. I was a Guest speaker for Nails Magazine. I also cruised around and stopped to visit the China Glaze booth to pick up the latest in summer colors as well as the new technology Gelaze.

www.chynaglaze.com

I also had an opportunity to chat with Minx Nails about the new formulation of nail fashions. Nail Technology is amazing. We are living in a fast-moving world and the Nail Industry is paying attention.

www.minxnails.com

It was also an honor to hang out with the Nail Masters from the UK. Every year I look forward to my learning and networking experience. I love my career. Next stop, IBS New York!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

What you need to know - Red Carpet Nails. This is the season of Glit, Glamour and Nails.


Taraji P. Henson

Lights, Camera... What are you wearing? When addressing the complete fashion ensemble, no one asks about the one thing that brings the outfit full circle. It’s not only about the Hair, Makeup, Jewelry and the Dress. No, it’s also about the often forgotten piece, the Nails. I like to think of it as a Fashion Extension at their finger tips.

Lady Gaga

Laverne Cox

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lawrence

Viola Davis

LJada Pinkette-Smith

Gabrielle Union

Photo Credits: Popsugar | Primped

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Friday, January 29, 2016

STOP! Photo vs Picture



During the winter storm, a friend of mine sent me a text that read “Photo vs Picture.” This lead me to take a snapshot of what my snow day was looking like. Should I take a photo, or should I snap a picture?
I chose picture.

For several weeks, I had been going through papers, putting together a pile to take to the shredder, and having anxiety about whether I would finish in a timely fashion. Pressing for time and BOOM! We got snow, and I was like, “YES”!

A picture of my snow day included 36 straight hours of work, trying to beat the clock and looking at my timeline for each task, in addition to posting on social media to keep up with my businesses. As I worked my way through each day, I say I need one more day. My picture was wishing for more time to lay in bed with my loved one and watch TV, catch up on movies, perhaps even get into some things I had no business getting into, but instead the picture of my snow day(s) was WORK! I must say, it was so beautiful outside. Tree branches were white, and the air outside was cold, but clean. It left me with a clear picture that God has a purpose for us all. We are always running, and he knows we needed to STOP!



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Monday, January 11, 2016

The War Between Fear and Faith


As I sit here working on a million things, something told me to write this blog about what I am feeling. There are days I am so ready to be the Makeup Mecca of Africa and there are days where I am so afraid of failing. Do I trust God? Yes, I know he is my light! We are in a new year, and I am very excited; however, there is an inner struggle within myself, a tug-of-war battle between Fear and Faith. Although Faith has brought me thus far, the fear of the unknown has me in tears at times. People look at me and see this strong, hard-working woman, and yes, I am all of those things, but I give myself permission to not be strong. One thing people often forget is I am human. I am almost 50 years old and the idea of failing in Africa really scares me. As I am trying to pick up my pieces here in the USA, I am embarking on a project to take my companies to the next level, and the war of my two F’s will travel with me. Stay tuned throughout the year to find out which will prevail.

What about your two F’s? Are you fearful, or are you faithful? Please share and let me know.



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