Year: 2012

Reflections & Celebrations 2012 – New Online Store Launch

I can’t believe it’s here already.. the end of 2012. It just seems like the other day that it arrived and now it’s ended.  But not that i’m sad to see it go. It’s been an absolutey amazing year for me and for Sacred as a whole.  When I look at the blessings we’ve received this year I just have to say a great big THANK YOU at the top of my voice. Let me sing it from the top of the mountains or well.. on the internet.. that’s as loud as I can possibly get. Lol. For many of you.. you may not have known but 2012 was my 20th year working as a Makeup Artist. Hard to believe but it’s true.  I started when I was 14 and now … well.. you do the maths.. *wink* 2012 saw the launch of my studio in Maryland, the opening of our Makeup & Beauty Academy, the release of our own brand of professional makeup artistry products, the launch of our lash, brow and waxing bar …

Turning Point – New Movie Release 12.12.12

Ok so I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this movie to be released.  I’m really proud to have been the Head of Hair & Makeup on set for this Hollywood meets Nollywood extravaganza! 😀 It was alot of hard work shooting between the US and Nigeria, but we had so much fun! It was amazing working with veteran actors such as Ernie Hudson, Joe Estevez, Todd Bridges, Cynda Williams and new talents like KD Aubert and Juan Carlos, combined with our very own Jackie Appiah, Oge Okoye, Igoni Archibong & Patience Ozokwor.  The official launch is today at the Indigo O2 and the film will be on general nationwide release as of the 20th December.

12.12.12 Mood Lift – Angel Minaro Giveaway

Hello my darlings, We’re back with a special 12.12.12 edition of our Moodlift.  *Leaping.. Dancing.. Singing* The wonderful folks over at Angel Minaro have been very very generous and sent over some of their beautiful products for us to review and of course.. to share with you! *Now is the time for you get excited* If you’ve never heard of Angel Minaro, let me take this time to introduce you to possibly one of your next favourite beauty products.  I know you’ll fall in love with them the same way we did. I can’t even explain how excited I was when I received their package.. it was brimming full of the most luscious products you can imagine. I felt like Christmas had come early! Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing our reviews in our famous “Love it or Loathe it” section.. and we’ll also give away some more products in our Christmas Bonanza.. but for now.. get ready to be treated!  

Monday (well ok…. Wednesday) Mood Lift – R & R Luxury Giveaway

Hellooo my lovelies! We’re back again with our “Monday Moodlift” … (yes yes we know we’re a bit late but I was so excited I couldn’t wait till next week.. hehe) Soo what do we have for in store for you..  *drumroll* Thanks to our good friends at R&R Luxury (you rock yes you do!) we have not just one but TWO of their gorgeous oils to give away to lucky readers…  

Love it Or Loath it: Product Review – Dove Silky Nourishment Body Lotion, Shimmer Effect

I love soft skin and anything that promises silky softness will capture my interest. I had been seeing a Dove advert about their beauty bar which asks the women to ‘Dare to bare’ which means go without makeup. It promises skin that is moisturized from deep within to reveal that natural glow while leaving your skin soft as silk (Ok…Ok… I added the ‘soft as silk part’ I think they just said softer skin). Usually I’m skeptic about such promises from a soap, a lotion- I can buy but a soap?! When my sister went on to buy half a dozen of the Dove Beauty Soap with a radiant glow promise and decided that she didn’t like it, I ended up with the lot. I thought, no harm done; I needed soap anyways. The first thing that struck me when I used it for the first time is the sweet floral scent that stays on several hours after you’ve had a bath; I would wake up in the middle of the night mesmerized by my …

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Halloween Edition

  We’re back.. whoop whoop and we’re here to have some fun!!  It’s Halloweeeeeeeeeen.. so who’s going to trick or treat us this time around.  Last year we had some amazing entries and our reigning champion Omegie Nsofor blew us away with her “Corpse Bride”. Theme As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! Show us what you’ve got. Bring out the most ghoulish  scariest, craziest or even cutest looks you’ve got. Whether you’re a devilish imp or a fairy princess, make it as fabulous as possible. Our 2011 Halloween winner!

Trend Alert: Waist bands and belts at the 2012 Emmys

Several dresses took my breath away in yesterday’s Emmy awards but some made me go, OUCH; particularly, Kelly Osbourne’s one shouldered lavender dress; I expected more from a Fashion Police icon! We had solid colored satins, chiffon; metallic dresses; bizarre floral prints and a mix of this and that. With the variety of outfits in various colors, designs and textures  it  takes  keen eyes to spot a trend, we got them; for some reason there were several waist belts and bands.:-) In my opinion: Rancic in her chic high slit black dress; Falco in a metallic gold belt on top of an hour glass illusion dress;  and Paulso in a black on top of a beautifully flower embroidered ballroom dress wore it best. What do you think? Have the designers been inspired by the ancient Greek?

Sacred Beauty Police – Ladies in Venice

When an event is held in one of the fashion power house of the world, I expect every one to dress up for the occasion. Here is a pick of my favorite looks at the Venice International Film Festival. The trends were classic smokey eyes in shimmery earth tones, bronze, copper, pinks; perfect long voluminous lashes; just blushed contoured cheeks and nude, pink and red lips. If I had to choose a phrase for the trending makeup looks I would call it – sophisticated socialite. Even though most celebrities had their game right through out the festive, particularly impressive were  Vanessa Hudgens’ flawless just tanned face, Freida Pinto’s shimmery brown classic smokey eyes, Maika Monroe’s long separated lashes, Keira Knightley’s just pinch of blush cheeks and the tangy-red lips of Miranda Kerr.

Event: Lagos Makeup Fair 8th September 2012

If you’re in Lagos this weekend you can’t miss out on this event.  The Sacred Team will be there in full effect and we’ll have  some real goodies on special offer for all of our followers. Just mention our website and you’ll automatically be registered onto our Professional Artistry Discount (proof of qualification usually required).  So make sure to come on over and have catch up with us one on one!   There will also be several Sacred Artistry products up for grabs as part of their free Giveaways. Along with our new range of makeup artistry products and accessories, we’ll also be carrying a whole host of other brands including Blush Beauty, Zaron, Liz Yemoja Glam Lashes, Blinx Lashes and others!! Check out the full information on the next page.

Love it or Loath it: Product Review – Gillette Venus vs Venus Breeze

By Odun Ogunbiyi Hellooooooo my lovelies. It’s me again.. and yes.. I’m still off on sunny shores enjoying my extended break (I prefer to call it a beauty fact finding mission although it could technically be classed as a Holiday). I’ve diligently been keeping my eyes peeled on behalf of our Sacred Angels and yet again, I’m taking one for the team and reporting on some new products on the market.  

Sacred Beauty Police: Olympics 2012 Makeup Wrapped Up

By Raspberry Blush We saw lots of colors and glitters on the ladies of the Olympic games. We are talking about the makeup trends, some were artistic to compliment the drama of the routine, some were classic with a touch of sparkle and some just left us breathless. Let’s wrap up the Olympics with a look at the makeup trends that made us want to take out our makeup set and brushes to duplicate through an image gallery. The official makeup was dabbed ‘Sports chic’, created by award-winning make-up artist and Max Factor UK ambassador Caroline Barnes, the ‘Sports Chic’ make-up look will be worn by all female volunteers, medal bearers and escorts to the athlete and presenters during the 805 victory ceremonies at the 2012 Games, where athletes are presented with their medals.

Beauty Trend Alert : Olympics 2012 Nail Art

By Odun Ogunbiyi What a visual feast the Olympics have been thus far.  I have been in raptures over all the uniforms and fancy sports gear (neon trainers anyone) and eagerly anticipating the trend influences the great games are going to have on the coming season. With sensible hard working hair and no nonsense makeup one would assume it would be hard for any beauty trends to emerge.

Sacred Beauty Police: 5 Hair Trends We Loved In Olympics 2012

The 2012 Olympic athletes inspired us through their  physical fitness and glamour, we had a visual feast, our fellow women looking spot on gorgeous both on the field and in the pool. As we wrap up the Olympic trends that inspired us we take a short-breather from the makeup into the hair trends that you can adapt into easy, wearable and very feminine styles. Who says athletes can’t be ladies!

Hair Care Tips: Kinky Hair 101 – How to Look After Natural Hair

By Nibi Lawson The impression most people have about going natural is that it is a lot of work, and that you constantly have to play around with your hair. On the contrary it’s actually very simple. The trick is just to get out of the mindset of dealing with your hair when it was relaxed, and work with your kinks in a way that won’t make them rebel. You cannot treat natural hair the same way as you treated relaxed hair. I can’t stress this enough. But once you figure out the basic rules, you’ll have come up with a routine that works for you in no time and will actually start really looking forward to wash day so you can play with your hair (or maybe I just need to get a life).Of course, everything has to be tweaked to each individual, and what works for one person will not necessarily work in the exact same way for the next. You have to experiment. But if you are at a loss about where …

Beauty Police: Olympics 2012 Edition – Gaby Douglas

By Raspberry Blush There has been a buzz around Gaby’s hair, some have commented that she’s letting “the side” down because it’s not perfectly groomed at all times, but to be honest, I don’t care how her hair looks, she is a double A star and is an inspiration to all the girls who dare to dream and work hard to achieve those dreams. Being the first African-American to take home the gold, she is heading in the right direction. Saying that, i’m probably a bit biased and defensive exactly for all the above reasons.  Especially in her field, grooming will always be noted and commented upon, no matter which country she’s representing or what her ethnic background is. However the backlash and bitching about her hair has been very disheartening that people are more concerned about how her hair appears as opposed to the amazing feat that she has accomplished at such a young age.  We at Sacred commend her for choosing to wear her own hair during such intensive work outs. Heat and …

Monday Moodlift Giveaway: The Kinky Apothecary Giveaway

Hellooo my lovelies! We’re back again with our “Monday Moodlift” and we’re ready to carry on spreading the love. This week’s giveaway will stimulate your senses and offer some very much needed TLC to your crowing mane of glory. Your hair that is.. 😀 The Kinky Apothecary is the First one stop shop dedicated to natural hair care. It’s surprising how little alot people actually know about taking care of unprocessed hair. Even trained hairdressers can sometimes fall short in this area because so many people opt to straighten their hair in order to make it more managable. Even those wearing weaves & braids relax their hair before putting it back (on the same day) into their every day styles to protect it from damage (btw.. this school of thought makes no sense, only those bits which are being left out should be relaxed in order to blend, if you so choose). The Kinky Apothecary is on a mission to educate and provide support for those who wish to truly look after their natural hair regardless of …

Beauty Police: Olympics Edition 2012: The Williams Sisters

By Raspberry Blush This Olympic season, I’m drawing my makeup inspiration from the gorgeous women who inspire us through their competitive spirit, dedication and courage to achieve their sporting dreams. To start off, here are the William sisters. I have been cheering them on since the 2000 Olympics, they sparked my interest in tennis and my short lived attempt on the sport. They have come a long way together and they still make a powerful team. Even though they share the court in the Olympics women’s double, each makes a  unique fashion statement.