TOP 9 BEAUTY AND TECH STUFF ON MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 2016!

          
Hey my loves! I'm so happy that Christmas is here again!!! A lot of things have been happening in my life and this Christmas, a major change is happening and I'll be revealing it all on my youtube channel so make sure you are subscribed. Do you remember my 2015 christmas wishlist? I was able to get a few things on the list, but now that I look at it, I wonder why I wanted some of the things there in the first place hahahaha!
Anyhoo, these are the beauty & tech things that are presently on my Christmas wishlist for the year 2016. As I always say, if you know anyone that i presently crushing on me and might want to win my heart, just show him this list hehehe

NIGERIAN NATURAL HAIR + BEAUTY SHOW 2016 (PHOTOS)

Hey lovies! I got an invitation to be an official blogger for the Nigerian natural hair & beauty show. Although, this is old news if you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat "themakeupmind". In case some of you don't know, I recently cut off my hair and joined the natural hair gang (see my post about it HERE). I'm still learning a lot of things so being able to attend this event was really beneficial to me.
Several natural hair and beauty influencers were invited from around the world to educate us more on this wonderful movement. There were different workshops held during the day and I learned very good things from all the ones I attended. I also took many photos just for you guys to have a little idea of what went on. Enjoy!! :D

Black Opal true colour stick foundation review

Hey lovies! I recently tried the Black Opal deluxe finishing powder and fell completely in love with it (see my review of the powder HERE). So, I decided to try out their stick foundation and I must say that I am very impressed with this because I didn't really like their true color stick foundation which a lot of people raved about. 

POUT BY MAKSINS LIP GLOSS & MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW

Hey lovies! Im so thrilled to keep reviewing indigenous makeup brands. I got my hands on some products from the Pout by Maksins brand and particularly fell in love with their liquid lipsticks

GLITTER EYE SHADOW TIPS FOR BEGINNERS


Hey beauties! Everytime I use glitter on my eyes I always get a lot of questions. Today, I decided to show you just how easy it is to use glitter eye shadow. Enjoy!! :D

MILANI PRIME SHIELD FACE PRIMER REVIEW

Hey lovies! I got this primer a while back, I used it and finished it without having an actual "opinion" about it. This has never happened to me before so it made the product seem all the more interesting. I had to sit down and gather my thoughts before I could come to a conclusion about this product.

THE BIG CHOP! STARTING MY AFRO JOURNEY


Yup! You read the title right! I cut my hair and it's so strange that I don't feel sad about it. At the moment, I look like a little boy and I'm loving the feel of it hehehe!
I documente it all in this 4 minute video below. What do you think about me cutting my hair? Do you think I made a mistake? Do you have any advice on how I can maintain it? Please comment below, I would love to know your thoughts :D

JUVIAS PLACE NUBIAN PALETTE REVIEW & SWATCHES


Hey lovies! Can you tell that I've been loving neutral eye shadows lately? I've been seeing a lot of looks using neutral palettes and I decided to get the most popular one at the moment which is the Nubian palette by Juvias place

TAOS COSMETICS NEUTRAL EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW

Hey my loves! I bought the Taos cosmetics neutral palette immediately it was launched because I saw a photo of it before and knew it would be an exact dupe of the ever so popular Morphe 35O palette and guess what? It is! Best part is that its also a lot cheaper.

SEXY VOLUMINOUS CROTCHET HAIR TUTORIAL | FEAT KROTCHET KULTURE

Hey lovies! For the past few months I've been making my hair all by myself using the crotchet method and it has been a really great experience! I keep experimenting with different hair styles and textures. I decided to make a tutorial on how I did my last hair style which I got from the Krotchet Kulture brand by Stephanie Coker. This is a very full hair style and it is not for the timid hehehe. It took me about 3 hours to do the entire head of hair. See hair details and tutorial below :)

REVIEW: Milani Conceal + perfect 2 in 1 foundation + concealer

Hey lovies! There has been a crazy amount of hype about this new foundation that Milani came out with. The moment I saw it in the makeup store, I grabbed it without thinking twice =))

BEST AFFORDABLE MAKEUP PRODUCTS FOR A LOW BUDGET (2016)

*All products mentioned are sold in Nigeria. If you want to get an exact place to buy the products mentioned below in your country, remember Google is your friend :)

I've made a compilation of products that everyone can benefit from. These products aren't just great in quality but they are all very affordable. Lately, I've been using the most pocket friendly products that are of superb quality. I've been saving up for some things and there is little room for expensive makeup at the moment. Also, the economy is BAD! Things just keep getting worse. The exchange rates aren't even moving towards a positive direction and therefore, products are now really expensive.
Here is a list of recommended products that you would definitely get your moneys worth.

BLACK OPAL DELUXE FINISHING POWDER REVIEW

Hey my loves! I just got introduced to this amazing finishing powder. I heard Jennie Jenkins rave so much about it in two videos consecutively and I knew I had to try it out also. During this period where the prices of beauty products keep increasing, I've been so reluctant to actually repurchase my usual MAC studio fix powder which I still love. Unfortunately, its become so expensive here and its basically twice the price of what it used to go for.

EASY SOFT GOLD CUT CREASE TUTORIAL (NO LINER NEEDED)

Hey lovies! I just realized that I've never done a cut crease makeup look on this blog! Immediately it came to my mind, I jumped right to it. On this blog, we don't joke with our makeup looks hehehehe. Enjoy :D

Dhemys Cosmetics matte lip cream review

Hey my loves! I just discovered a new brand and i'm really excited to share this with you guys. I got my hands on the Dhemys matte lip cream and this lipstick surprised me in several ways.

YOUR SKIN UNDERTONE SHOULD DETERMINE YOUR ENGAGEMENT/WEDDING RING

Hey lovies! This particular topic is something that i'm really passionate about. I see a lot of girls on Instagram everyday with really beautiful engagement rings but for some reason, it just doesn't go with their skin so the true beauty of these rings don't come out. If you plan on wearing a ring for the rest of your life, the least you could ask for is to at least get a ring that fits your skin perfectly. The thing that determines whether your ring would look pretty on you or not, is called your 'undertone'. I explain everything in the video below. I love you guys and want the best for all of you and that's why I made this video. Make sure you share this post to your social media too. Your friend might benefit from this!! :D

Ben Nye Glitter Glue Review


Hey lovies! I decided to step up my glitter game. These makeup pictures on the internet are so oppressive. So, I bought a lot of glitter eye shadows and have been bathing myself in glitter recently. I must say, it kinda feels good to look like a glittery glowing goddess once in a while. 
Among, most glitter glues, Ben nye seemed to be the most popular so of course I had to buy get one too!

Themakeupmind 2nd anniversary + Giveaway!

Hey guys! Today is the 2nd anniversary of our blog! I'm so excited because when I started this blog 2 years ago, I didn't think it would get any attention. So many people view this blog everyday from all over the world and I'm truly grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you so much for sticking to this crazy little blog. To celebrate, i'm giving away some beauty products on my Instagram page (make sure yo follow me). The rules are very easy and in case you haven't entered, you probably should. 
A huge thank you to the sponsors of this giveaway which are:
www.Scentcitypalace.biz
www.Beautyrevng.com
www.Taoscosmetics.com
They're all wonderful brands and they sell so many nice beauty products at a very affordable price. Make sure you check them out and show them some love :)
See the giveaway rules below

TAOS COSMETICS LIQUID VELVETINES REVIEW & SWATCHES

Hey loves! I'm so excited to present to you guys these liquid velvetines! Taos cosmetics is a new edgy brand which is specially created for the African woman/weather.When I got these, I couldn't wait to try them all because the hype of these products is on another level entirely. If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally shoud), you might have already seen some looks that i've done with these lip colours.

TOP 3 SELFIE EDITING APPS FOR IPHONE & ANDROID


Believe it or not, a lot of editing goes into getting the perfect selfie. All those beautiful photos you see on Instagram don't come from only good makeup skills or a good camera (even though these are very important). The edits you make to your photos actually make a bigger difference than you might think.
You look at the mirror thinking your photos would be perfect but sometimes the camera decides to make your skin look ashy, or your teeth yellow. Ugh! I hate it when that happens. Sometimes I even use up to five different apps on one photo before i'm satisfied with the outcome. In this post, I'll be sharing the top 3 apps I use when editing photos on my Android phone and top 3 apps I use when using my iPad mini (same apps as iPhone) to edit my photos.

ELF EXTRA LIPGLOSS REVIEW & SWATCHES

Hey lovies! My sister got these beautiful lip glosses in a set last Christmas and after several attempts of her trying to get me to stop using them, she finally gave up and has come to terms with the fact that it either belongs to both of us or none of us. Persistence is key hehehehe ;)

LIQUID LIPSTICK DO'S & DON'TS

Hey lovies! I had so much fun creating this video for you guys. Believe me when I say that you're going to laugh a lot. My inner actress came out in this video.
Please don't forget to like this video on youtube and also subscribe to my youtube channel.
Follow me on Instagram to see snippets of my blog posts before they're published! :D

REVIEW: EOS LIP BALM

Hey lovies! I really think lip balms don't get as much recognition as they should. I love them so much and sometimes, I don't even wear lipstick. I just use a lip balm and I'm good to go.
 It seems like I'm the last person on the planet to try out the eos lip balm. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this product but for some reason its still really popular!

BEN NYE FINAL SEAL MATTE MAKEUP SEALER REVIEW

I'm always in search of a good makeup setting spray. As much as I love my Mac fix+ spray, it gives me a dewy look which I don't always want. Sometimes, I want a completely matte look even after using a setting spray and thats how I discovered the Ben nye final seal. 

LA GIRL ULTIMATE PRESSED POWDER REVIEW

Hey lovies!  I never even knew LA girl had pressed powders!  When I set my eyes on the LA girl pressed powders,  I couldn't control my curiosity.  There were so many questions in my head that I went on and bought 6 different shades because of how cheap they are he hehe X_X

TARA MATTIFYING FACE PRIMER REVIEW

Hey lovies! In a bid to get easily accessible and affordable primers, I came across this Tara face primer in my favourite beauty store close to my home. Before purchasing it, I searched for reviews of this product on the internet but could only find one which was not detailed enough. I took the risk to buy it because the owner of the store told me that it's really good. It's funny how people tell you to buy things just so that they can sell their products  -____-
You should follow me on Instagram because sometimes, I post products i recommend which aren't on the blog!!

YOU DON'T NEED INGLOT DURALINE FOR YOUR GEL LINER! (BEAUTY HACK)


Hey lovies! In case you've noticed, inglot duraline has been out of stock in Nigeria for so long and I got really frustrated when the people at their Lagos store told me it won't be available till the next two months (which they're not even so sure). Trust your girl, I went on a quest and found a way you won't need the inglot duraline ever!
Please watch the video in HD setting for the best viewer experience
COMMENT BELOW! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS :)

ALERT! FAKE MAYBELLINE PRODUCTS IN NIGERIA & ONLINE


I used to pride myself with the fact that I've never been scammed with fake beauty products. Heck! I even have a post on how to spot fake makeup products. Unfortunately, I've finally been someones mugu and it doesn't feel good at all. I never even thought maybelline had fake products in the market but I guess as the demand of a product increases, so does the pressure to make fakes.
When I was shopping for this product, I wasn't even conscious of whether there was a fake or not. I just pointed to the maybelline colossal kajal and mascara, then the woman selling it happily packaged it in a nylon for me (she was probably celebrating her victory because I didn't even check the package). 

AFRICAN HAIR IS SO UGLY?

Do you think African hair is ugly?! I personally don't think it is. Let's tackle this problem together and tell me what you think :)

MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER REVIEW

       
I was clearing out my makeup vanity and throwing away empties when I came across this eyeshadow primer. It was completely new and untouched O_O.  I have no memory of purchasing it and I must've forgotten it sometime ago haha! My Urban Decay primer potion is about to finish and the Lord blessed me with this?? I danced for joy because N7,000 has just been saved hehehe.

5 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR THE PERFECT VALENTINES DATE 2016



Hey love birds! This post is specially for my lovies who have something to do this valentines period. Just in case you're not single like me *cries in eternal loneliness*. You're definitely going to love this post! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch a ton of romantic movies while all my friends and my sister make plans for valentines ( ._.)

FLIRTY VALENTINES DAY MAKEUP - COLLAB WITH TONI ESU

Hey lovies! It's valentines period so It's the time to look prettier and a lot more flirty. Your partner might even decide to increase the budget of your gift due to your irresistible looks hehehe *wink wink*
This makeup tutorial is a collaboration with Toni Esu! Make sure you also check out her own version of this look on her YouTube channel & blog. The YouTube video and a complete list of products used are all down below. Love ya!

NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK "DOMINIQUE" REVIEW


Hey guys! It's the month of looooove! Just in case some of you love me, I'm happy to receive a few boxes of chocolates. Also, if you know someone that might have a crush on me, just show him my Christmas wish list post HERE and he's pretty much good to go hehehe. 
Nars has several shades of their audacious lipsticks but this is one very popular shade. I first saw this lipstick on Patricia Bright and it looked really pretty! So when I got it as a gift from thatigbochick, oh boy was I excited to try it out!

COVER GIRL QUEEN BRONZER- EBONY BRONZE REVIEW

       
Why am I always the last person to jump on the "cool products" band wagon. Where was I when everybody was buying this product and reviewing it? I honestly have no answers to those questions haha! But it's better late than never right? I've been using the sleek face contour kit (which is a really good product also) for a long time but this bronzer just changed my contour game.

BEN NYE BANANA POWDER IS NOT FOR DARK SKIN!

Hey loves! I've been wanting to address this problem for a very long time now. I really don't want 2016 to be anything like the other years. Just in case you don't know, Ben nye banana powder is NOT for dark skin. I gave a detailed explanation in this video. I also demonstrated the common "flashback" problem that most girls have with this powder. Finally, I gave a perfect alternative Ben nye shade to this powder which will never give you any problem. Thank me later ;)

L.A GIRL ORANGE CORRECTOR IS PRETTY FREAKING FANTASTIC

Yup! Just as the title says, this corrector concealer is pretty freaking fantastic! At first, I had my doubts because L.A girl had disappointed me with their face primer so I assumed that the Orange corrector would be a wannabe knock off of their wonderful concealers. Oh boy was I wrong!

Essie "meet me at sunset" nail polish review

Hey lovies! Happy new year & welcome to 2016! I really hope our little blog family would grow bigger and better this year. 
I'm reviewing this Essie nail polish just because of how beautiful it is. This nail polish was a love at first sight for me.