27 August 2014

Work in progress (part 3) - TNP Scribble

Another quick update to show you the finished results.

Miss Turbanista


Busty Baby


Hausa Man 

To find out more about these pieces and the characters behind their faces, please check out my community fan page here. You can also follow my Tumblr page for more #blackart.

19 August 2014

Work in progress (part 2) - TNP Scribble

Update: This is a quick update to show you the progress I have made so far with the pieces shown in my last post. I am still working on details but they seem to be coming along just fine.

Really wish I was a bit more focused but I always get distracted with other stuff. The positive thing being that I get to come back and look at them with fresh eyes, instead of getting ahead of myself before it's too late to make any adjustments.

Mediom(s):  Collage with fabric/fp and graphite on sketch paper

Turbanista



Busty




Hausa Man


Join me on the TNP Scribble community fanpage if you want to keep in touch. I will continue to keep you posted on here as I make progress. :)


14 August 2014

Take time to be Grateful (part 2)


When you find yourself focusing on the negative things in your life, it can be a very dangerous place to be.

Those times when we struggle to keep our heads above the waters, and our hopes turn to despair, can be very testing indeed. Especially when you are going through the worst of it, the persistent onslaught and drudgery of life seems never ending, nothing is ever good or positive and the impending forecast is all doom and gloom. Yes, we all have our ups and downs, some more so than the other, but eventually we do come through it all.

I made this book to serve as a little reminder to be grateful, something solely dedicated to giving thanks and separate from my journal. All I had to do was look for a book that would stand out, so that my eyes would be drawn to it if I placed it on my desktop at home, and then I stuck on some sticky letters to create the words for the cover.

Its purpose is for me to spend time writing down at least one thing that I am most grateful, the simple things that have helped me through each day. Just imagine that when this book ends, I can look back over all these pages filled with thanksgiving, my written evidence and personal memories of God's richness in my life.


I don't know about you, but I definitely needed a reminder because I have found that sometimes when the going is good, it can be so much easier for us to forget to pause and give a heartfelt thank you to God for His provision, in the midst of all the abundance.  When things come to us too easily, or when we have too much of one thing, it's more likely we become too self-indulgent and ultimately forget the real source.

However in the midst of hardships and the absence of shiny things, the miracle stands out, and we get to savour the moment, the experience of the unexpected and appreciate the fullness of His glory. 

We do need a constant reminder that regardless of our privilege, knowledge, experience, skill, connections, birth right or inheritance; there is still an ultimate source, and without His Grace and mercy we are nothing because it all belongs to Him. 

This provision that we can often take for granted stems from His resources, and they are not provided for your hoarding or for show and tell. There is a reason He has placed those resources in your hands for further distribution. Yes, you are meant to be a blessing to others. Somebody out there is waiting for your help. It's as simple as that.

The only way you will ever fully appreciate abundance is if you have had first-hand experienced of real personal lack. In the days of plenty, we must remember the days of lack, so that we can show empathy for those who are less fortunate.

Whatever position you may find yourself in today, there are still a million reasons for you to count yourself as blessed and be grateful for life. If you are in pain, then praise God for the ability to feel pain and then hold fast to the story behind the experience, because such gems are priceless and some day you will use it to bless somebody else.

He owns the cattle on a thousand hills,
The wealth in every mine;
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills,
The sun and stars that shine.
Wonderful riches, more than tongue can tell -
He is my Father so they're mine as well;
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills -
I know that He will care for me.
Words and Music by John W. Peterson
Psalm 50:10
"For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills."

27 July 2014

Work in progress - TNP Scribble

'Turbanista'

Just wanted to share some of the pieces that I'm currently working on for a new project by TNP Scribble. 

This time I am working with fabrics to create a collection of collages, instead of the usual digital art. It's a fun way of playing with colour and textures, which also adds some depth and character to each piece. 

For this project, I am drawing on influences of my African culture and personal perceptions of femininity.

All work in progress, but I love the way it's turning out so far.

'Busty'
'Hausa Man'
I'm already looking forward to the finished results.



21 July 2014

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen - Review


With the current heatwave raging in London this summer, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about my favourite sunscreen, which I have been using for a few years now. Right now is a great time to be thinking of protecting your skin from the sun and all the adverse effects of over exposure, like premature ageing and skin cancer. However, it is still important to protect your skin all year round and not just on the sunnier days.

Over the years I have spent a lot of time looking for a good sunscreen to wear under my make-up because apart from the obvious reasons for protecting our skin, mine seems to be super sensitive. I break out with the use of most products on my face, all natural chemical free ingredients or not, and must be very careful with my adult acne prone skin.

Sunscreen or not, I never go out of my way to sit in the sun because it causes great discomfort and I surprisingly burn up very easily. Apart from that, I love the sun but cannot stand the heat, so having layers of product on my face is definitely a big no-no.



Two things to look out for:

1. Sunscreen or Sunblock?
I wanted to try a sunscreen and not a sunblock because they tend to be heavy coverage. The difference between both being that one absorbs the rays and the other deflects. Both are effective but some prefer one to the other.

2. Sun Protection Factor
SPF count is important because it tells you how much sun protection to expect, the minimum being 15.  



Ingredients
As already mentioned, sunscreens tend to have chemicals that act as absorbers for the sun rays. These ingredients are - Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5%.







Pros
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen is great for me because of the following:



Completely absorbed.
High SPF
It has SPF 70, one of the highest I have ever used and it’s Broad Spectrum too. This means that you can rest assured knowing your skin is getting full protection from UVA and UVB rays.

Ultra sheer
Most sunscreens are known to be heavy on the skin and almost impossible to use with makeup but this coverage goes on in such a light layer that it's perfect for wearing under makeup.

Absorbent
It is not oily but very absorbent when applied, and does not leave any white residue or sheen on the skin.

Moisturising
It is very moisturising, perfect for any dry patches on the skin and a little goes a long way.

Does not irritate my skin
I was worried that my super sensitive skin would react to the chemical ingredients but was pleasantly surprised that I did not break out with this sunscreen as I have done with other heavier versions and sunblock’s in the past.

Cons

Size
The only con I can think of for this product is that it comes in a small 40ml bottle and you could probably get a lot more product for your money with another brand. The big question is, can you get all the same benefits as this in a cheaper brand? You only get what you pay for.

With all the benefits I have experienced so far, I would definitely say it's more than worth the price tag in my opinion. This is the best sunscreen I have ever used, and a little really does go a very long way. 




Application
I always apply my sunscreen to clean skin, using a foundation brush to get an even spread, working in quickly as it absorbs very fast. Must be applied 30 minutes before exposure to sun.

Price
Available on Amazon UK for approx. £12.85. Prices may differ depending on seller and location.

Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an effective sunscreen for daily use under makeup. However please note that products that work for me, may not necessarily work for you too.




This is not sponsored. All observations are mine, and are based on first-hand experience from personal use of said product.

5 July 2014

TNP Waistbeads - Summer Sale Discount Code


The TNP Waistbeads Summer Sale is now on!
Discount code is for 15% off all shop items.
From Sat 5th - Friday 11th of July 2014. 

Checkout the 2014 TNP Waistbeads Lookbooks for a taster...!