Weekends in Lagos; A review of Heartbeat: The Musical (a stage play)

00:19 Sandra N.U. 5 Comments

                 Two weeks ago on a friday night I went to see Heartbeat: The Musical at Muson Centre, Onikan. It was my first time at Muson Centre (whaaaat) and my first time at a stage play in Lagos (whaaaaaaat), which is weird because it is exactly my kind of entertainment. Shoutout to D for taking me. The play ran from November 10 to December 18 and I saw it on December 9.

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I love Lagos because there is always something to do, and not just late night drinks and dancing. That's OK and all but I find it a lot more enriching to be entertained by art. Remember Asa's concert?
 If you feel like there's nothing to do in Lagos, you're probably just not getting information about it. A good place to start is Dealdey because not only do you get to see when there are tickets to something like this, you get them at a discount. I also like nothingtodoinlagos.com for info.

Ok, Heartbeat. It was produced by Lufodo, a company owned by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva so I knew it was going to be good. They were the first people I spotted when we walked into the ticketing area by 6:30pm. Kate Henshaw was there too.
So we sorted out our tickets and sat down to wait for 7:00pm when it was supposed to start. I was so impressed when just before 7 we were ushered to our seats and the play started exactly on schedule. No African time. We were allowed to take pictures without flash, but no videos. Phones were to be silenced of course.



The set was really simple, but the performances were so good you would think it was constantly changing. The story was layered, with a couple of flashbacks and turns that were very well executed so it was impossible not to follow every bit. At the centre was Grace House, a shelter in the heart of Lagos for the disadvantaged. It starts with the owner and its residents planning the 25th anniversary of Grace House, and then things start to happen outside the home and we are gradually shown just how much they affect the home and the lives of all the people that are somehow connected to it.



It was entertaining and it was real too. I felt like every Nigerian would relate; corruption, politics, family, riots, love, romance, betrayal and of course power failure (I wonder if there's light as you're reading this). It was a feel-good play though, last last.





  Since it was a musical I expected a lot of singing, but it was even better than I expected. There was very good dancing too. The songs were all original, and were performed along with a live orchestra. I couldn't even imagine the amount of rehearsing they'd had to do, in addition to their obvious talent, to have done it so beautifully.
The humour was on point too. they had everyone in the audience laughing.


 The one person in the cast I recognised was Femi Jacobs and I loved his portrayal of JD Dacosta, the ruthless politician.





There was someone who voice gave me chills and captivated D. Unfortunately I don't know her name and I can't even remember the name of her character (If you went to see this play, I mean Grace's daughter who became Fileoluwa's love interest).

Maybe some scenes were a little drawn-out, and maybe at some point the end was a little bit predictable, but that didn't make it any less captivating. There were times when a scene was over before I realised I wanted pictures of it. At the final curtain, I was on my feet applauding because they deserved it.
 Heartbeat; the Musical was a wonderful experience and I just may become a stage play junkie. If you ever want to go see one, holla at your girl and we can make a small group outing out of it.

my hairstyle for the day was a braidout. I used an afro pick to lift the roots

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xx,
NGND





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My Black Friday Product Haul for 2017

05:28 Sandra N.U. 1 Comments

    Hello beauts!
How's the long weekend going?

I want to share my amazing product haul today and how much I saved did not spend on them.



From Sizzelle Store
            A bunch of Nigerian brands were offering discounts for Black Friday, but Sizzelle.com literally broke the internet. They took a massive 70% off almost everything in store and online. I caught on a few days after they started which was quite late. By then, all my beloved Shea Moisture stuff were out of stock but there were still a lot of good products on sale. I tried not to overthink things, picked what I wanted and tried to check out. Then... the site went into maintenance mode. All the fast fingers and sharper shoppers than me had ordered so much they had to take the site down to deal.

My heart actually sank. Lol. I waited, called the next day and they said to wait so I did, but the site didn't come back up. I made a decision to go to their store before awoof passes me by and it was the best thing I did. Even while I was there, things were getting sold out. I picked the last two bottles of Macadamia oil a second before someone on the phone asked for it; and a lady picked the last pack of bentonite clay before I could make up my mind.
The store was a riot, with massive cartons ready to ship out, full of products I had wanted. *sob*
And I mean massive. I was shocked to learn that each one was going to one person! Then I figured they must be salon owners.

Here's the kicker- everything I bought was less than N2000, and some were even less than N1000!
 
Hairveda Whipped Creme Daily Hair Oil Moisturser.
Original price N3500 (x2)
 I tried a drop on a little hair at my nape and it felt really good so I picked up 2 bottles.

Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir 8oz
Original price N4600
I struggled with this one because "explosive growth". There are things that can improve your growth rate but "explosive" might be overstating it a bit. I sat in the store and read reviews from bloggers I trust, and Jen of Just Grow Already said it really reduced her shedding. For 70% off, why not? I chose the Lavendar lemongrass scent because everyone online said the smell of the original is too much.

Apricot oil 
Original price: I would say N1500-N1600 because I got it for N460 or so.
 The reviews said it is light and smells nice.

Sunny Isle JBCO with ylang ylang 8oz
Original price: N5000

Simply Organic black seed oil 1oz
Original price: N3400
That's a lot for 30ml of an oil but with the sale, yay! I came across talk of this oil as a potent remedy when I had my recent acne attack, but I couldn't find it. People even drink it. I'll keep it for a rainy day.

Simply Organic Argan oil 1oz
Original price N4000 I kid you not.

Rhassoul clay 227g
Original price N2800

Not pictured: two bottles of Silk Elements pure macadamia oil 30ml
Original price: can't remember exactly because it is out of stock now but I think somewhere around N2000 each. This was for a friend with caucasian hair who asked for help finding it because it is the only oil his hair likes.

   At full price, I would have paid around N32,300.
My actual bill: N11,415 - about a third of the actual cost!
I am definitely covered for 2017 in the oils department.

From Beauty Boon
The sale on thebeautyboon.com is actually still on. I think they're clearing stock. They still have a few Shea Moisture, Trader Joe's, Aunt Jackie's, Miss Jessie's, Taliah Waajid, Creme of Nature and other products on sale so maybe check it out. I found out by accident just looking through  their site at makeup.
I bought three Shea Moisture products: the Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner and African Black Soap Balancing Conditioners for N3000 each. Original price: N4500 each.
Third was the Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash for N2500. Original price: N4000.
I paid N8500 as against N13000 I would have at full price. Not bad.

Natural Nigerian also had a 15% off sale in the Ahia, which was really neat but I was passing by Yellow Sisi's salon in Lekki and picked up the NN deep conditioner at full price: N3800. The shipping cost for ordering online would have negated the discount for me anyway, since I was buying only one product.

The last two products in the picture are from Holland & Barrett. I was in London when they had their sale and I picked up a 10ml bottle of lemon essential oil for and a  natural crystal deodorant for a little over a pound each. I've been using the crystal instead of my homemade deodorant. So far I really like it and I'll find time to do a review/comparison post. Natural Nigerian occassionally sells a similar one if you want to try out a natural deo for a change.


All my hair products joined my near-empties in this plastic box, and some are not even in here- which reminds me of all the reviews I'm owing. Slow and steady.


Were you able to get any good deals this sale season? Please share in the comments.

Enjoy your holiday!
Xx,
NGND

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I'm back! (And why I've been away)

14:28 Sandra N.U. 9 Comments



Making promises about blog posts always comes back to bite me in the tooshie. I said on instagram that I would post about my product haul before the end of the weekend. That was last weekend. I forgot my passwords, had my usual share of internet wahala. Sigh. I think I'll stop making promises for as long as I have third world internet. Too early to make resolutions? No?

     
  I'm back!
I'm so happy. I needed to take some time off not just this here blog, but social media in general and even my phone entirely. For the people who reached out to me while I was offline, you have no idea how much that means to me. I appreciate you. I have loads of unreplied emails and a couple of features on other blogs I haven't sent in answers to. I apologise and I can't wait to get to every single one in the next week. I also need to catch up on all my favourite blogs.

My last post was three months ago so I feel like I need to explain.

1. Exams: I had to prepare and sit for professional exams. Normally I'm able to juggle during exams and I never had to take time off before; but I decided late, registered and started studying really close to the exams. People take months to prepare and I barely gave myself four weeks. Lots of prayers went up, it's all in God's hands now and I'll know how it went in two weeks.

2. Honestly, my posts were already slowing down before the exam thing. Earlier this year something was up with me. My face was breaking out in a way it never has; I felt tired, bloated and unhappy, and I couldn't stop focusing on all the things I wanted for myself that I didn't yet have. I wanted to blog about it but I didn't have the words so I just did a few hair posts and kept quiet. I later figured out why all that was happening and now I'm over it and my skin is finally clear again. I will share details soon in a post about dealing with adult acne.

3. I started freelance writing for a popular wedding site. It has taken a while to adjust to writing so frequently so my personal blog suffered a bit. I think I have figured out a schedule to accomodate both now so yay! Expect posts. Maybe a Cassie Daves blog planner to keep me on track?

Next post: My product haul for 2017.

Xx,
NGND

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