Hellooooo and welcome back to The Alaroro – A blog dedicated to helping you Afford Your Life and Lifestyle as a Nigerian Woman. Today, we’re talking Beauty and Skincare and I’ll be reviewing a product I got recently. Sit tight and enjoy…
Ho Ho Ho! Merrrrrrry Christmas! Not yet, but it is 3 months and 10 days to Christmas day! The best part of this season is sharing love and giving to others, because we received the best gift ever. See John 3:16 for further explanation. *huge grin*
Is it too early to start preparing for the holidays? No! In fact, it is best to prepare ahead. Money is expensive these days. Yes, I said that! So, to still be the loving giver that you are, you need to plan accordingly. To help you do this, I’ve got 5 tips and you know what we need: A notebook and a pen! Let’s get started:
- List all recipients: Write a list of all your loved ones and the special people in your life. Family, Friends and don’t forget your Colleagues – especially the ones that have been helpful to your career this year. I know some of us wish we were Santa Claus, but even Santa is selective in giving gifts: Remember, the naughty or nice clause?
- Write 3 gift ideas per person: Tag each person with possible gift ideas i.e. If you had all the money in the world, what would you give this person. I’d like to buy my Mama a Lexus, but since that it’s not possible yet, what can I give her? It is still early, so you can ask questions like: what do you want for Christmas? Ask what they need to.
- Money Plan: After tagging gifts, prepare a budget. How much will this cost me (lowest possible cost and highest possible cost)? Yes, this is going to guide you and your actions. Giving gifts is great, but you still have to eat, live and save. Total it up and weigh it against your regular expenses, will you be able to afford it? If not, can you start saving towards giving? How much do you have to set aside every month to give good gifts this year?
- Start saving up: Yes, don’t waste any time. Readjust your budget to suit this plan and make sure you have not overdone it. You’ve got September, October, November and December (pay-day comes early in December abi?). Adjust your current Money Plan to suit your Christmas giving plan. For example: To give all the gifts she intends to, Adesuwa needs a total of N60,000. If she starts now, she has 4 months to save up without killing her current living expenses. This means she needs to find where to cut out at least N15,000 every month from her current money plan. This is at least 10% of her income every month for each of those months. Can she do it?
- Start buying the little things: Things like Christmas Cards and/or decor will start getting more expensive as the season draws close. You might one to get on those quickly! Or, you can gift your nice boss this cute tabletop Christmas tree, ahead of the holidays.
Remember the less-privileged: This is very key. Jesus is the reason for the season and he came to give us the greatest gift of all. In this same vein – 2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. Besides, God is able to make every blessing of yours overflow for you, so that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work. To do this, look out for #ChristmasOnTheStreetZ discussions and follow Ada D Body! You can also start giving today with the AThousand1000 fam!
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll touch on possible gift ideas for all the wonderful people in your life, but for now: Start your list!
Discounts, Bonuses and Unexpected Credit Alerts,
It’s a new month and I am taking stock in a different way today.
If you follow either or both of us on any social media at all, you already heard the news: We got engaged!
Yasssss! Screams in laughter, happiness and joy!
Of course, I have to tell the story and I am excited to tell it here.
We’ve been dating since 2012. Yes, we met on Twitter. The meeting was even unconsciously engineered by Mallam Sawyerr, The Ghen Ghen and a (not so) bold DM. I mean, who tells a guy “I want to send you a DM, but I don’t know what to say”? Well, that would be me: Vivian.
Last week Thursday, I had been at home ‘cos I was ill and I got a call from Mallam Sawyerr… Family hangout? Let’s do Karaoke this Sunday. Of course! Why not? It did not occur to me to be suspicious until Wendy asked if I had been to her nail guy.
Fast forward to Sunday… After service, my mum was actively chasing me out of the house after service. I did not even eat! Hmph. With the rain and everything, I was so cranky and I almost cancelled. I just wanted to sleep. I did eat and sleep and… let’s just get to the point.
Karaoke was great! I mean, Wendy and I did Korede Bello and Tiwa’s Romantic + Beyonce’s Check On It – I just want to say that Beyonce is not anyone’s mate, please. That’s how we were trying to sing and ended up sounding like we were running a race. Pfft.
The song changed to: Let’s Get Married by Jagged Edge and I just knew: Issalova Jackie! I cried. I knelt down too. He gave me family, music and a full circle. I can’t get over it. I keep staring at my hand. I am overwhelmed with love.
Thank you to Femi, Wendy, Vic, Titi, Saks, David and Ayo for being a part of an amazing night. Thank you to the Lover for everything.
Bye Bye August,
Thanks for being dope!
Now, it’s time to plan an Alaroro wedding for an only child.
Can we do this?
Remember that shopping voucher I won from TWP at the beginning of the year? Yeah. Today’s post is about this very lovely Things Nigerians Love black dress that I got at Zazaii!
Being able to live my shopaholic desires for free is fun, but it can be overwhelming. When I stepped into the Zazaii store with Steph a.k.a the Metrogypsie (Blog, YouTube), I was overwhelmed. WHAT. WILL. I. CHOOSE?
I had earlier planned to stick with items that could easily switch from work to play without stress. I mean, my career takes 70% of my time and it is essential that I dress myself accordingly.
When I saw this dress, I was attracted to it. Invisible zip, no slit. These are the little things that matter. I tried it and it fit like skin tight.
An LBD is the most versatile piece of clothing you will ever own. This particular one mixes the midi and lace trends to give a perfect combination for my entire clothing life.
- To work? Pair it with a blazer and pull up the straps.
- Night out with the girls? Drop the straps to make it more risque and up pair it with mad mad heels. Don’t forget to stack ’em bracelets up!
- Lunch with the fam? Add heels and a wrap.
- To a wedding? I’m totes sure you can rock this with a gele. Ahmean, lace is lace, innit?
- Just for the heck of it, like I did? Pair it with black sneakers! Add a pretty jewelry piece (which I also got from Zazaii) and bae’s Denim Shirt to ward off the cold.
This dress retails for about N9k. I totally understand why a full fledged alaroro would balk at that price, but I think it is worth the investment. If you’re building a minimalist wardrobe, finding key quality pieces like this will help. I assure you. My inner alaroro celebrates the fact that I got this dress for free and thank you to Adaku, the Third World Profashional for the giveaway!
To showcase the versatility of this dress, I should try a 5 Ways to Wear This post soon.
Anyways, go forth and find your perfect LBD.
Bonus: I love love this VSCO edit of my headshot that day. Looking like a blackandwhitegoddess!
Fringe Purse: Thrift Find (N100) | Denim Shirt: Bae’s
Black Sneakers: Roadside (N1000)
When my hair grows up, I want it to look like this…
Exactly a month ago, Shea Moisture had a launch in Nigeria and I went there to get hair products to solve my hair issues. A little bit of background about my hair…
I have natural hair – I have maintained a Teeny Weeny Afro for a couple of months. I go for a trim every two weeks, because I do not think I can handle having my hair grow longer. Why? My hair is TOUGH AF! No jokes. My hair is hard.
So, at the event I got a personal consultation and went on to buy 3 products in the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil range.
- Strengthen, Grow and Restore Shampoo
- Strenghten, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque
- Strenghten, Grow and Restore Leave in Conditioner
It has been one month since I started using these products and I have to admit that my hair is waaaaaaay softer than it used to be.
How do I use these Products?
- Masque all over hair + cover with a shower cap + sleep + wake up and wash with water + Leave in Conditioner (every 3 days or tbh, when i remember)
- Shampoo hair, rinse off + Leave in Conditioner (weekly)
- Wet my hair + apply Leave in Conditioner (daily)
Shea Moisture products are not cheap. Everything up there cost me approx N14,000 and that is even at 20% off the original price. The good thing about it is that I know I will get nothing less than 3 months from each product even with constant use. Maybe by then, I will have developed a special recipe of affordable, organic mixes for my hair. Till then, hairvestment on fleek!
My hair is softer and so much better to touch and comb. Next step, find how to style this TWA without breaking corporate rules…
Any tips for me?
Summer-time, Summer-time a.k.a Rainy Season! Even better, there’s a holiday next week! 2 days off – smack in the middle of the week, but who is complaining? Not. Me.
I’m not particularly a trend lover or worshipper, however, you gotta love the SS16 Cold Shoulder a.k.a Off-Shoulder a.k.a Bardot Style trend. It is a funky one that I have always loved. You know, them way-back-when “gypsy tops/blouses”. Hello Esmeralda!
I do say Ankara is the better way to channel some Runway Trends, you know? Especially when your tailor is a righteous tailor. Everyone needs a righteous tailor. Soooo…
Let’s go to the beach in my Off The Shoulder Ankara Crop Top from Kampke.com. I paired it with a black mini skirt and black sneakers. What do you think?
I kukuma cannot find these shades anymore. I wear recommended glasses and so buying shades is really difficult for me. Especially when I think of the cost of switching lenses… Buy N500 shades in traffic and switch lens for almost 2k? Please, no abeg. I’m thinking of going back to contact lenses. Better idea?
Top: Ankara Crop Top from Kampke (Sold Out) (Alaroro Tip: Can you sew? Have 1.5 yards of material lying around? Let your tailor help you out with this one!) | Skirt: Black Lace Mini Skirt from Kampke (Sold Out) | Shoes: Black Sneakers – Roadside Market N1000
Would you wear this to the beach? Share with me in the comments section.
Hello Beautiful People,
Affordable is my favourite word… I have however come to discover that it is, like a good number of adjectives, subjective. Add that to the current exchange rate and you’re left wondering what to do to…
Imagine my surprise when TheFashionEngineer tweeted about a 1kbeautymall. I had to see and try for myself.
Tell me what you think – Are Monday blues overrated? Or, are we just a bunch of lazy people who want more weekends than weekdays? I’m going with option 2, please. What about you?
I know we are used to Monday stress, but Tuesday is lowkey the JS2 of the week. Tough AF!
How do you cheer yourself up when you’ve got work blues?
My answer: Counter the blues with your reggae!
- Ready? Start your morning the night before. How?
- Set out your clothes. Pack up your work bag. Set your alarms
- Exercise. Why? Read this and this!
- Give honour to whom honour is due. Pray.
- Get to work early. An early start will keep you in control.
- Allocate your time appropriately. Write down all the things you need to achieve and assign time slots to each item and tick them off.
- Enjoy the day. Don’t get on the complaint bus! You know, the “Oh Shit It’s Monday” bus? Don’t join them!
You GUYS! I just spelt reggae!
So, take this Monday and own it.
All the best guys!
How’s it going?
Today, I’m sharing with you my current 5 favourite beauty products that I literally carry everywhere these days. I’m trying to minimalise my makeup purse by reducing the quantity of products I carry around daily. However, these ones are so staple these days…
- Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Dewy Smooth in 355 Coconut – This foundation is perfect for so many reasons. I have combination skin that does not obey the rules, so I find myself using this foundation and a setting spray instead of a foundation that gives a matte finish. This rocks! I don’t look caked-up and it is easy to apply and spread with my round brush. It retails for N5000, but I bought mine from Glory’s Beauty’s IG Sale in April for N3000. (Alaroro Tip: There are makeup lovers who buy products, use once and resell for different reasons, buy from them to save cost). Get the Matte version here .
- Zaron Eyebrow Definer – I recently transitioned from the old Zaron brow definer (just powder) to this 3-in-1 palette – Powder, Gel and Cream Concealer. Verdict: C’est tres magnifique! Lol. Like, this is now a staple in my makeup regimen. It really rocks. I got this in my goody bag from the last 1 Night in Lagos, but I know I will restock before it runs out. Get it here for N1850.
- La Girl Pro Conceal – Orange Corrector – I remember watching Omoge Mura‘s YouTube video and thinking, I need this product. I have some kinda mustache line around my mouth and some dark patches under eye. This is where I use my colour corrector. You can get it here for N1400. Pause, do you remember when LA Girl concealers were like 2 for N1500. *sigh*
- Elf Fan Brush – Because, I just got inducted into the Highlight Poppin’ world. I use this brush to apply my fave eyeshadow on my Cupid’s Bow, My Nose, Forehead and my Cheeks! Highlight to’n pop. I got this from my Elf Studio 11 Piece Brush Set which you can get here for N7,900.
- Sometimes, it is good to go with your gut and buy something even though you have never heard of the brand before. Case in point: Lindoirs Matte Lipgloss in 100 – This lippie is everythinnnnnggg and more.
I have no idea what I’m doing here, but I like this picture. Taking on the work week like a G! A photo posted by The Alaroro Shopaholic (@thealaroro) on
What beauty products are you currently enjoying? Share with me in the comments section.
Love and Light,