September 15, 2014

Weekend with Temi Dollface and... Sisi Yemmie

Hello Double D's!

How are you? How was your weekend? Was it fun? Was it relaxing? Was it stressful? Was it annoying? Was it too short, too long, too weekendy? Tell me!

Well, I had a mostly relaxing weekend. Friday - nothing. Saturday - nothing. Sunday - a fun and relaxing evening at Temi Dollface's show.

Actually, I cooked on Friday and Saturday. Yes, it's a biggish deal, because I stayed in the kitchen for more than 30 minutes. Anybody who knows me knows that if the meal isn't quick and easy, I'm generally not interested in cooking it. But I felt like cooking hearty meals this weekend because the whole of last week, I mostly ate fruits and vegetables. So I made a Sweet Ground Beef and Vegetables Medley Sauce over rice on Friday, and then on Saturday, it was just Chicken Stew with rice/plantain for Cakes - I had a mashed sweet potato with my stew and was full!!!!!

Anyways, last week, while doing my usual perusing of Bella Naija's Events this Weekend, I noticed a Temi Dollface mini concert happening on Sunday at The Jazzhole in Ikoyi. I've always wanted to go to The Jazzhole, but Cakes hasn't taken me - it's not as if he's gone there himself, or stopped me from going myself o. And I like Temi Dollface a lot, so this was a MUST-DO for me this weekend. I asked Sisi Yemmie (My Big Nigerian Wedding winner and as she likes to call herself - DOROBLOGGER) if she and Bobo would be interested, because we've chatted a few times but never met and Cakes made their traditional wedding cake, and I thought we could have a double date. They accepted the invitation and I can tell you that we had a splendid time!

September 13, 2014

First Impression: Nazuri Curls

Hello there!!!

Today I'm going to give you my first impressions about a company called Nazuri Curls (see the Nigerian store here). Nazuri Curls produces virgin hair weaves in Afro Kinky Curly, Kinky Curly, Curly and Kinky Straight textures. Their weaves are made from virgin hair that has been steam processed to get curls that can easily blend with afro and curly textured hair. Nazuri Curls hair is suitable for all hair types - natural, relaxed and transitioning. The hair comes in weave bundles, clip-ins (no extra cost), and in wigs (for an extra price).

Nazuri Curls is UL-based and they have a Nigerian distributor, but ship worldwide, so anybody anywhere can actually order.

I was contacted a couple of months ago and given a generous discount to purchase any of their hair products for review. About 5 weeks ago I finally decided on which weave I wanted (Afro Kinky Curly) and decided that I wanted them with clip-ins, so that I could easily take off the hair and wear it in different hairstyles. I finally got them a week ago - there was a snag with delivery, as I had traveled and when I came back, their distributor here had traveled as well. Eventually, I got the hair and I've worn it for the past 1 week. I will do a full product review after some time - 4 to 8 weeks. But for now, I'd like to share pictures I have taken over the course of 1 week.






Note that I left hair out at the top of my head. Whenever my hair is out, I typically flat twist or twist at night to stretch and avoid tangles. So twisting the hair I left out for my clip ins wasn't necessarily added work. On 3 nights, I single twisted, and on the other 2 nights, I flat twisted. The results are pretty much the same.



It takes me a few minutes to put the clips in - about 5 to 7 minutes in average. Ifeyinwa of Love, Ifeyinwa (also the Nigerian distributor) can sleep in her clip-ins, but I found that I can't. It takes me a while to fall asleep on a regular day, so trying to sleep with anything more than a simple scarf is very uncomfortable - in fact, sometimes I have to retie my scarf 3 times to get it comfortable enough.



My only gripe for now would be having to put gel on my hair daily as gel dries out my hair and may lead to flaking. For Thursday and Friday though, I absolutely refused to use gel, and I was fine. When I get my African Naturalistas curl pudding, I'll use that instead.


nazuri curls afro kinky curly clip in


berry dakara nazuri curls

It didn't occur to me to ask what color(s) the hair come in, but I'm guess they're a 2. I know this because I usually prefer a color 1B, so it's a little lighter than I usually like, but it blends well... so far, so I'm not worried. Besides, I can dye the hair at a later stage if I decide to.

Here are a couple of pictures from my Instagram account...

afro kinky curly nazuri curls

nazuri curls
Worn in a side part - yes, I get very bored with hair styles very quickly, so it's a good thing I got clip ins.

The hair is pretty high maintenance, and it will certainly force me to take better care of my own hair - in that, the clip-ins have to be washed (recommended weekly), deep conditioned (recommended every 2 weeks), and cowashed (twice a week) regularly. You also have to spray daily with water, and put in leave-in conditioner for the curls to really pop. As I type this, it's Saturday afternoon and the hair is currently being air-dried after cowashing.

*cowash means washing with conditioner*

Anyways, I'll be back in a few weeks to let you know how the hair has held up :)

Nazuri Curls Contact Information
Website: Nazuri Curls
Instagram: @nazuricurls
Twitter: @nazuricurls
Facebook: Nazuri Curls
Google Plus: +Nazuri Curls

Have a lovely weekend!
Berry.

September 12, 2014

I want to CHEAT!

This is not a hypothetical situation. It's 100% real. It has crossed my mind maybe 5 times in the past 2 days. i even brought it up with someone at work. But I'm struggling really hard not to give into temptation. I've actually succumbed before :(

*gasp*

I know that's what you're thinking. And you're probably very confused too.

Well, when I cheated before, although the outcome was sweeeeeeet, I immediately felt very guilty. So much so that I confessed not too long afterwards. Lucky for me, it wasn't held against me too much. We were able to move past it and restart.

But now I have that itch again, and it's very very bad. The short term result would be satisfactory, I'm very sure of it. In the long run though, it would make it easier and easier to keep doing it. It only just occurred to me a little while ago that it's VERY hard to cheat the first time, but once you do it, it's WAY harder to stop. If you could it once, it will be easier to do it again. I'm ashamed and I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Somebody please help me because I'm really so unsure of


WHAT LETTERS TO PLAY IN 
WORDS WITH FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

berry dakara screenshot words with friends

I could easily easily get 48 points if I play my letters right, but all that's coming to me right now are stupid words with a maximum of 20 points! This is blawdy annoying! 

*scurries off to Google*

Forgive me for cheating.

September 11, 2014

So we went to Dubai... Part 3

Hi Darlns! As you know, I've been sharing pictures and stories from Cakes' and I's trip to Dubai! What?!? You haven't been following? Okay, see Part 1 and Part 2 for the gist.

The last 2 days of our trip were mainly for resting and shopping. We went to Dragon Mart to look for industrial ovens and things. We got there and honestly, it was more nauseating than anything. All these cheap perfumes and lots of fake items too made us gag. The building is HUGE! We sha found someone with industrial kitchen items after roaming around for an hour.

September 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Savvy & Chic Garden Party!!!

Ciao mi amor!

This is my very first GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!! Woot wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot! I have a couple more planned soon, but let's celebrate this one first! I have been invited...

Fancy, right?

September 9, 2014

Natural Hair Meet-Up in CALABAR!!!

Hello everyone!

This is just a Public Service Announcement for everyone interested in Natural hair in the Calabar region. You can be natural, transitioning, relaxed, texlaxed, bey-laxed and whatnot - everyone is welcome :)

For the first time ever, there will be a Natural Hair meetup in Calabar, so if you live there or near there, or know someone who can attend, save the date - 18th October 2014. It's being hosted by The Kink & I, and Natural Nigerian.


I wish I could attend, as I've never been to Calabar before. We'll see what happens :D

So we went to Dubai... Part 2

Enh heh, as I was saying about Dubai... See Part 1 here

Soooooo, on our second day of Dubai fun, we had scheduled a full day of touring! It's best to research different tour options and make your booking before you get there, so that it's one less thing to worry about. Different tour operators have different activities, so decide what you'd most like to see or do. Another reason why I scheduled this tour for early in our trip was because the daytime tour would take us around the city of Dubai and help give us a bearing for moving around the last 2 days of our trip. Our tours were handled by Dubai Online Vacations and it was a package that included a daytime tour of the city and a desert safari tour in from late afternoon to evening. IT WAS SOOOOOOOO FUN!!!!