Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Oh My!!

"When you go to cover up a pimple, choose a concealer that perfectly matches your skin. Then use your finger, not the wand (you don't want to contaminate the product with bacteria from your pimple). Blend in then dust loose powder over the area. Voila!"

I read that somewhere today in an article about how to cover up your pimple (am sure you've guessed the reason why i settled to read it).

One thing i get fascinated by each time i wonder about its origination from time immemorial to what it has become today is "make-ups'. Yep, you heard me alright. The lipstick, the eye-brow pencil, the lip-gloss, the foundation, the lip liner, the concealer......the list is endless with new additions every time.

The average woman, irrespective of race, color, size or age has an innate desire to look good and attractive constantly(men too). We want to always be the cynosure of every eye ; we want to look like the women on the cover pages of those magazines whom we envy so much.....

Am sitting somewhere right now and am watching women walk pass me.....all kinds of women (am telling you ); and each one has a form of make-up on or the other.....the well plucked eye brows, the very glossy lips, the heavily powdered face.....all just trying to portray the same "I look good" image.

But that's only on the outside.How about on the inside.....?We can conceal that spot or pimple or whatever we choose to call it ,while we are aching, hurting and in total distress on the inside.We try to cover it up and look good so that no one know what we are going through ; so that no one sees us as being weak or as being not being capable enough to handle our we bury it (or that's what we hope happens) and smile,do the "hello-hi" call and response cliche. So we succeed and no one knows.......but that does not solve it, does it?

The plain truth is we really can not walk around revealing the intensity of our problems as expressions on our faces, can we? (the world would be such a ''drabby" place to live in)....But sometimes it reveals itself in our attitude at a particular time.We snap at the slightest provocation, shout at the slightest mistake and react without even thinking............To Be Continued

Monday, 27 August 2007

Its Green and its all mine!!

I just love this song and the simplicity of the video is simply enamoring and so captivating, not to mention the appearance of one of my favorite stars, Joke Silva, at various points in the video too. I am sure I've listened to this song over 40 times in the past week (no exaggerations) and believe me i don't have plans to stop.....This song does things to me. It tells me about hope in a world that seems hopeless; it talks to me about being and staying positive irrespective of whatever.

As i listened to the song again a couple of minutes ago, it occurred to me that a lot of times we always need someone or something to give us that lift or that pump to make us feel better, to encourage us, to show us the silver lining in the dark cloud, to boost our confidence. It doesn't always have to be. The truth is that lasting confidence , encouragement and a positive outlook to life can only truly come from within. What am saying is that, no matter how much of motivational speaking you expose yourself to (on a regular basis, even) , it may not make much difference until you find that place within you where only you can reach to and draw strength from...while all other sources become supplements.

By the way,Toyin Sokefun-Bello a.k.a T.Y Bello ( the owner of the song) is not only a musician, she also used to be (and still is) a make-up artist and a hair dresser. Her need to keep a good record of her works led her on to the path of photography (a male dominated field and one of my secret passions too). She is so gifted and making good use of the endowments she's been blessed with too. She is an inspiration in many ways..........To view the video of the song am so in love with at the moment, click in the link below:


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