High school was okay for me, I cannot say I had the best time of my life but it was definitely the peak of my formative years. I can say it was then that I became the person I am today, character-wise and all. University days hmmm…I am trying to reinvent myself so I run from some of my friends from uni. Just kidding. Maybe just a little. Reunion is not something that is uncommon; naturally you would want to meet some of your old buddies and besties once in a while.

He who marries for love without money has good nights and sorry days.” – Ani Difranco

My answer to this question has changed over the years. The Amanda of now says marry for love.

Ani Difranco  also said: “The difference between lost love and lost money is that in lost money there is a possibility of getting back!”

Let me tell you why.

After all that planning and the big wedding you probably want the honeymoon phase to last forever. Tough luck. The longer you stay in a relationship (talk less of marriage) the more you are going to be confronted with real life issues; money being the root of all evil must show up. Before you decide who pays for what, here are some valuable gems I have gathered over the years. Like I said I am ready for marriage.

I have never really considered going natural till now. I have always flirted with the idea of natural hairstyles but I’ve been scared about how I would look. I didn’t want to suddenly switch from having that good hair laid to looking unkempt or like I had joined a particular religious sect. The story is totally different now; just look at all the hotties on Instagram with natural hair!

Makeup foundation

If someone compliments you on your foundation, you're doing something wrong. Well, what I mean is that it should look completely natural. Although I do get complimented when I use my “special going out foundation”.

First things first.

Hairstyles

You can tell what generation a picture was taken just from the hairstyles and of course the eyebrows.

I have had a love-hate relationship with my hair for as long as possible. I mean it started with being able to do shuku and front and put plenty beads. I can remember tossing my hair from side to side just to hear the beads clank. It graduated from there to doing long brush during high school days. Then the real journey with my hair started after that.

After a few weeks of using your makeup brushes, your face's natural oils, makeup, and bacteria will start to build up. Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will not only get rid of the bacteria, but it will also prevent your makeup colors from getting mixed.

Keep your makeup brushes in tip-top shape and ensure the bristles stay soft and bacteria-free longer. Try washing brushes at least once a week. Okay every two weeks.

 Here's how to clean your makeup brushes:

• Pour a mild household liquid soap or baby shampoo into the palm of your hand and mix with water

Afro American lady

P.S – Smokey eyes does not mean a black eye. Thank you.

Now let's begin creating the smokey eyes

Step 1: Apply a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Your mineral makeup foundation is a great concealer for this step and prepares your eyes for the eye shadow that you are going to apply.

Step 2: Line your eye lids, just on top of your lashes and underneath your eyes.

If you have had to pay a professional makeup artiste for an event, you would know that adding false eyelashes will set you back about an extra two thousand naira. Very painful (at least for me).

I went out and bought a very affordable pack. After sitting hours trying (and failing), I learnt some things. Let me spare you the agony. May I also add you should buy good quality eye lash glue!

Tomato stew is one of the most popular Nigerian food recipes, it is easy to make but requires patience. The ingredients needed could be found in almost every part of the world and almost anybody can cook up this stew in less than fifty minutes. Your personal preference determines if you would be having beef, fish, chicken or turkey tomato stew.