The Stunning Bride

Working with bride’s like Adebola… truly makes my life complete. I know it sounds crazy or maybe corny, but it is because of brides like her that I am able to do what I love. It was a pleasure working with her as her calm personality set the mood for the serene atmosphere. She and her bridal party were soo much fun to work with. They all had great personalities and were super accomplished. Also, a big shout out and many thanks to Tope as she was the perfect makeup assistant on this day. Now on to the pictures…below are some images we captured as the bridal party got ready: 

The Lovely Bridal Party... I loved the robes Adebola got all her bridesmaids

The Lovely Bridal Party… I loved the robes Adebola got all her bridesmaids

Beautiful Bridesmaid....Before and After

Beautiful Bridesmaid….Before and After

Beautiful Bridesmaid....Before and After

Beautiful Bridesmaid….Before and After

Beautiful Bridesmaid....Before and After

Beautiful Bridesmaid….Before and After

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A Before and After of the Stunning Bride

As always, I would like to mention the Lavish Salon for doing an amazing job with the bride’s thick beautiful natural hair. The wedding took place at the Duke Chapel and their fabulous reception took place at the uber cool wedding location, The Cotton Room.

The fabulous story-telling images below were captured by the super talented Photographer Jameka Autry of Paper Hearts Weddings (you can click on the images for a more detailed look):

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence: Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence: Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence: Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

I love this Image!!!!

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence: Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Makeup for entire bridal party by Tiwa Lawrence

Makeup by Tiwa Lawrence: Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

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Beautiful Couple!!!

Another Fav... I love her dress

Another Fav… I love her dress

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Photos by Paper Heart Weddings

Awww, the end of the night....

Awww, the end of the night….

Thanks soo much to Jameka Autry of Paper Hearts Weddings!!!



A Glam Wedding in London

Late last year my love, Mobyz, got married in London and I had the pleasure of being her makeup artist. She wanted a natural glam look and I think we achieved just that. Check out some of the images from her super fun wedding. I wish I could relive this trip…but oh well, memories are also priceless 🙂

I pray for marriage blessings for she and Charles. And here is to wishing them many, many, many wonderful years of love and happiness together!

Below are some great images from Litehouse Photography

Here I am capturing a before pic of the before pic, lol

Here I am capturing a before pic…while the official before pic was being taken, lol

Mobzy, almost ready for her Big day

Mobzy, almost ready for her Big day

Aww... She is beautiful

Aww… She is beautiful

Aww...Father and daughter. I love this image

Aww…Father and daughter. I love this image

Husband and Wife...

Husband and Wife…

It's official!!

It’s official!!

Mobyz and Charles are Married...Yippee!!!

Mobyz and Charles are Married…Yippee!!!

My favorite... as the couple head to the reception

My favorite… as the couple headed off to the reception

I was able to capture a few up-close and personal images with my iPhone (you can click on the images for a more detailed look):

Mobzy on her wedding day

Mobzy on her wedding day

She has amazing eyebrows!!

She has amazing eyebrows!!

Mobyz, thanks for choosing me to make you glam on your special day. Love you xxx



Where Music and Beauty Meet…

New York fashion week begins tomorrow…ohh how I wish I could have made it this year.

In celebration of this year’s Fashion’s Night Out (which takes place on the first day of fashion week), Rapper, Azealia Banks collaborated with M∙A∙C on a limited edition lipstick called Yung Rapunxel. For those of us who are not in New York City, it is available online today, Sept 5th. Something about this deep blackened purple lipstick reminds me of Cyber lipstick (with a hint of Rebel lipstick, which I love)…so you know I had to place my order promptly. When the lipstick comes in, I will see if I was right about the comparison.

Check out her new music video, 1991, where she rocks the Yung Rapunxel lipstick:



L.I.F.T = Look I’m Feeling Today!!

Serena Williams is one of my favorite athletes. Her intensity for her sport gives me life. Working hard is what she does, no excuses. As soon as I saw these images of her, as she headed to The Late Show With David Letterman, I knew I had to share them with you guys. She looked amazing in this red dress. Again, her stylists and makeup artist hit it out of the park!!!

Serena Williams

Serena Williams


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LIFT: 2012 BET Awards

L.I.F.T = Look I’m Feeling Today!!

Hey Guys!!!

I had to drop off my thoughts about the 2012 BET Awards. Ironically, the same things I liked about the BET award show last year are the same things I enjoyed about the show this past Sunday. I loved “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” skit. I am so glad they are making it into a full fledged show. Sign me up…I know it will be hilarious. And, wow…the Whitney Houston tribute was soo touching.

Two years in a row, my favorite artists were the winners of the Best International Act (Africa) category. Congrats to Wizkid! Check out two of my favorite songs of the moment by Wizkid.

For the past few years, Monica’s style has been right up my alley. She looked amazing on the red carpet. That structured blazer and the sequined pants were everything! Sexy but classy all at the same time and of course her makeup and hair was on point as usual.

Monica Brown at the 2012 BET Awards

Monica Brown at the 2012 BET Awards

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Any thoughts from the 2012 BET Awards?



LIFT: Beyonce Post-Baby 2012

L.I.F.T = Look I’m Feeling Today!!

She just interrupted my regularly scheduled programming.

Beyonce looks amazing! In fact, in makes no sense that she looks this fabulous 30 days after giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.  She motivates me to get on my grind again.

Her whole look is on fire…from her hair, to her minimalist makeup, to her shoe game.



Shoes by Christian Louboutin

Images from Here



My Skincare Regime…

I miss you guys!!!

This topic has been a long time coming. I am not a dermatologist, but a lot of my clients ask me about skincare and how I take care of my skin. I also get questions about product recommendations and what products I think will work on them and tips I can provide to improve skin texture and breakouts. In this entry, I will talk about what I have done personally, rather than generalize about skincare, because everyone’s skin is different.

A younger me...fixing my hair and thinking about my skincare and the upcoming makeup look for the day 😉

When it comes to my skincare regime, one thing that has worked for me is patience and consistency. Once I find a product that works for my face, I stick with it (until something comes up that gives me a reason to change). For me, the trial period is the most frustrating part of the process. But patience is a virtue when it comes to skincare. During my trial period (which lasted for yearsssssssssssss), I figured out the products that matched my skin needs. Once I found the magic combination, I just knew. My skin was glowing and I started to receive compliments from people around me, because they too noticed the change in my skin.

Now… somewhere along the line, when I would notice my skin didn’t feel or look that great anymore… i would reevaluate the products I had been using and would find a new routine.

My skincare story:

When I was about 15 years old, I started noticing changes in my skin. I wasn’t really prone to acne, but once in a while I would get really painful pimples. I tried different products including drugstore brands, like Noxema, Clean and Clear, etc. But as I got older, my skin would go through periods where it was either really oily or it would dry up like crazy. I started using Proactive when I was in College but it didn’t really work that well for me. 

Fast forward some years, I now have a skin regime that I love. Over the years, my skin has been consistent and I don’t see a lot of change. I can now describe my skin as oily and with occasional pimples (few and far between, knock on wood) 🙂

My updated skin care regime is below:

1) I use Mary Kay 3 in 1 cleanser for combination to oily skin: I love this cleanser because not only is it great for oily skin and it also serves as my cleanser, my exfoliator and my skin fresher. I also use the Clarisonic two to three times a week. I find this helps to maintain an even completion and helps to keep my skin smooth. I also love how it opens up my pores, getting my skin ready for moisturization.


2) I use Mary Kay Blemish Control Toner after I am done cleansing my face.  This toner helps to remove excess oil and reduce blackheads and acne, while preventing new pimples from forming.


3) To moisturize my face, I currently use MAC Complete Comfort Cream, which launched back in December 2010. I love this product because it totally absorbs into my skin without leaving me feeling oily. In the middle of the summer or when I am in Nigeria, I use an oil control moisturizer, like MAC oil control lotion or Mary Kay Oil control lotion. I also use an eye cream as needed at this point.

Complete Comfort Cream

4) After I am done with cleansing, toning and moisturizing, I prep my skin for makeup.  I use MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment, around my T-zone and my upper cheeks, pretty much the areas where I tend to be the oiliest at the end of the day.  This helps to reduce control oil and shine and mattify my skin and prepares my skin for foundation.  I have found that some primers leave my skin feeling clammy, but this primer does not do this. If I plan on staying outdoors for an extended period, I use MAC Face Protection Visage with SPF 50 as my primer. FYI: I also have SPF in my foundation.

Skin Refined Zone Treatment

5) Last but not least, when I do have breakouts I put Mario Badescu drying lotion on the surface of the pimple and it really does dry it out while I sleep.

Below are some skincare tips I have shared in the past, but I really do live by these tips, so here goes, maybe it will help someone out there:

1) Washing your face every night is essential (or use makeup wipes to take off your makeup. I love the MAC Wipes).
2) Make sure you change your pillowcase often. You will notice that if you sleep on the same side of your face for a while, sometimes pimples will occur on the areas that make contact with the pillow.  So to prevent the pimples from forming, change your pillowcase and switch up the side you lay your head.
3) When washing your face, do it twice. I think that is a good habit to develop. When you wash your face the first time with a cleanser, you are taking off any impurities and bacteria buildup. The second time around, you are cleansing your face to remove any oils from your face. Oil can be resistant. Think about when you hand wash your dirty, oily dishes, most times you have to wash it a couple of times, to get it completely clean. The same goes for your face. Twice is perfect, as you do not want to dry out the essential nutrients in your skin.
4) Whatever you do to you face, you should do to your neck. This includes washing your face and neck, moisturizing your face and neck, SPF on your face and neck, etc.
5) Sunscreen is a most for all skin types and complexions. You will reap the benefits as your skin ages.

6) Treat the area around your eyes like you would a baby. Be nice and use an eye cream, it’s never too early to get your eye game on point. Prevention is Key! lol

Please share any skincare tips you might have.



Some of My Favorite Things

It’s been a while…life is taking over at the moment. I have been working like crazy and time just seems to be speeding by.

It’s been over a year since I last shared some of my favorite beauty items. Since then some items have changed and some have remained the same:

  1. I still use MAC Paint in Bamboom as an eye primer, but lately I have been grabbing for my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love the finish of the primer and the opaque coverage which really makes my eye shadow pop.

    Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden

  2. I can’t live without my MAC  Spiked eyebrow pencil.
  3. Can’t get enough of my Cover Girl Queen Natural Hues Minerals Bronzer in Ebony Bronze. I use it to contour my cheeks and temple area, but sometimes I use it as a eye crease color as well. This is a great all over bronzer for women of color.

    CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer in Ebony Bronze


  4. MAC Pro longwear foundation in NC 50. I love it!

    Pro Longwear Foundation

  5. MAC Studio Finish Concealer w/ SPF 35 in NC 50
  6. Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara is  It really works for my unruly lashes and helps to define them perfectly.

    Haute & Naughty Lash

  7. Styli-Style 24-Hour Power Line & Seal 24-Eyes…I love how long it stays in my waterline without smudging or running. I use the pencil in carbon black and I pick them up at my local CVS store.

    Styli-Style Line and Seal Eyeliner in Carbon Black


  8. For eyeshadows; MAC Bitter, Fig 1, Jest and Girlie are some of my favorite eyeshadows of the moment.
  9. For lipglosses; I can’t commit to any one color…or brand.  But right now, I am really feeling MAC Flusterose Lustreglass. I am also loving, NYX slim lip pencils. There are so many great colors to choose from.

    NYX Slim Lip Pencils


  10. My friend, Onada told me about the Clarisonic Cleansing System in 2009 and I knew I wanted to try it out, but I kinda procrastinated about it until last year. It is by far the best skincare tool for exfoliation and improving the texture of one’s skin. There are reviews everywhere, so I won’t duplicate efforts, but trust me once you try it you will know what I mean. The Nordstrom Exclusive packages are still available online. The exclusive package is valued at $315  but you get it for $225. The package includes extra brush heads, cleansers and a cute pink travel bag.

    Clarisonic Cleansing System

What beauty items can’t you live without?



LIFT: Beyonce at the 2011 VMA’s

L.I.F.T = Look I’m Feeling Today!!

There is no point talking about how great Chris Brown’s performance was or how passionately Adele sang at the show last night, because Beyonce stole the show. In retrospect, her baby glow was evident throughout her performance of  “Love on top”. Congrats to her and Jay-Z!!!

I love her makeup, especially the subtle coral lips which complimented her dress perfectly.

Beyonce at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. I love how her skin glows in this image. Totally flawless!!!

Beyonce....How cute!

Images from here

Any thoughts on last night’s show?