40 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

I did this a year ago and now I’m doing 40 facts to add to it. I hope you find this at least mildly entertaining.

  1. I am the eldest of four children; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother.
  2. I have a pet dog called Rolfie. He is 9 months old and we’ve had him since he was 6 months old. He hates dog food and strangers. (He is smelling me while I write this.)
  3. I’m not a party person. I’d literally prefer to stay at home than go out, most of the time.
  4. I love make -up, especially eye make-up.
  5. I’ve been blogging for over two years.
  6. I can’t ride a bike.
  7. My first published piece was a poem I wrote when I was 12.
  8. I’ve worked in the government.
  9. Both my parents are lawyers, ministers and authors. My mum is also a councillor in our local council.
  10. I love animated movies.
  11. I love cooking, but I can get extremely cranky if people bother me whilst I’m in my cooking zone.
  12. I’ve been singing in my church choir since I was 9/10
  13. My favourite colour is purple.
  14. RomComs are the best.
  15. I can be quite a loud person if I’m feeling comfortable but I generally hate unnecessary noise.
  16. I love education and learning but hate school.
  17. I got to sleep before 10pm most nights.
  18. I am a born again Christian and I strongly believe in God.
  19. Jesus is my life. My life is Jesus.
  20. I use twitter and Instagram way too much – (@PaulaPaceSetter)
  21. I have a complicated relationship with food.
  22. I let my age limit me in life for a long time.
  23. I find people who are similar to me extremely annoying, but at the same time they usually become my closest friends.
  24. I have poor eyesight and therefore have prescribed glasses that I never really wear.
  25. I love gospel music; it is so uplifting.
  26. I became a YouTuber in Summer 2014.
  27. The only countries I have been to are Nigeria, Belgium, France and Wales, and obviously England, which is where I live.
  28. I can be such a fangirl, but I hide it relatively well.
  29. When I become friends with someone I am also committed to helping them or supporting them. Due to this, I am still friends with people I met 10 years ago.
  30. I usually prefer covers to the original song.
  31. I hate swearing with a passion.
  32. I have strong opinions about certain topics, and I am not easily persuaded.
  33. I hate going to the cinema.
  34. I have more girl friends than guy friends but tend to be closer with my guy friends than girl friends.
  35. I don’t like boybands.
  36. I don’t drink fizzy drinks or alcohol, I only like juice.
  37. Ice cream is my kryptonite.
  38. Young people are my passion and I spend most of my time trying to positively impact young people’s life.
  39. Recently, I’ve decided I want to be a presenter, after presenting a talent show and showcase, as well as a journalist; Benny Bonsu is my inspiration when it comes to journalism and presenting.
  40. I am NOT an outdoorsy person but in Summer 2014 I went to Wales, where I climbed up a waterfall, I climbed inside dark tunnels inside a mountain and came out at the top, I went camping, I went canoeing and I jumped into a freezing lake even though I can’t swim. I literally still can’t believe that I did all of that.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Three Pretty Pink Gowns

I realised that I have a lot of pink clothing, specifically pink dresses so I decided to do a mini lookbook of the pink gowns.

DRESS NUMBER ONE

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This dress was purchased at Romeo and Juliet couture boutique, but because I didn’t purchase it myself, I am not sure of the price or the availability of it. I literally love this dress because of the design of it, the diagonal ruffles on the waistline help to create curves (which is needed for slim people like me lol), therefore this dress fits all body types. The dress has an underskirt which makes sure that everything is covered up, but the annoying thing about it is that the underskirt is shorter than the rest of the gown. Other than that, this dress is beyond gorgeous, and the colour is great for literally any skin tone. The material is light, so you don’t feel excessively hot in it. Lastly, I love how the bottom of the dress swishes as you walk, although I would advice you to lift it up a little when you’re walking, because this dress is the definition of ‘floor length’.

 

DRESS NUMBER TWO

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Now, this dress is a bridesmaid dress, therefore I think it was custom made and specified by the bride, however there are many ‘similar models’. This dress is also a one shoulder dress like the previous one, however, instead of ruffles down the strap, it has a hand-stitched flower-type broach, with a prominent hem line at the top. This detail draws attention to the top half of your body, again creating a figure (again perfect for us slim girls lol) by emphasisng the arched back. This dress also sweeps the floor, but unlike the previous dress, has a more bodycon shape, clinging to your waist and hips. On the negative side, because it is bodycon and extremely, it is quite hard to walk in without tripping, so I won’t advise it if you plan on dancing.

 

DRESS NUMBER THREE

 

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This dress is my favourite out of the three and it is also the only one out of the three I choose and bought myself. This is a Ted Baker dress that I bought last year during the summer sales. The dress was £200 but in the sale I bought it for £100. For real, this dress is one of my most favourite pieces I own. The dress has a high neckline and distinct waistline. The dress is free flowing, hence my dress being blown to the side by the wind in the pictures.

Shoutout to my puppy, Rolfi, who decided to interrupt our photoshoot lol.

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

 

‘Use your talents’ monologue

I wrote this monologue as part of a production at my church.

 

 

Talents. Gifts. Smarts. Forte.

They all mean the excellence.

The brilliance.

The intelligence.

Ingenuity. Of God.

Placed and positioned carefully and precisely in your life. For a reason.

God is not random. God is not man to be random; without reason.

Heard the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’, well it does.  

You can sing to bless and impact people.

You can dance to bless and relate to people.

You can speak well to bless and motivate people.

You can write well to inspire people.There was a precise reason and plan for you and your life.

So.

Who are you to decide to sit back and ignore that divine path set apart especially for you? Who are you to say no to the almighty God? Who are you? And you might be saying, Paula I’m not saying no to God. But you are. You really are.

We are Christians.

Which means we are called to be part of God’s large scale extravagant plan to bring the whole world to Him. To bring the whole population, to know Him, to want Him, just as we do.

That’s my mission.

That’s our mission.

That should be your mission.

Are you using your talent in the house of God?

 

 

Peace&Love

Paula ox’

 

No-Foundation March – the movement

Make-up is not for the insecure girls.

As a kid, growing up, I watched my mum and aunties dress up and put on make-up to look their best for church on Sunday or for an outing. At eleven or twelve I had decided that you can only be beautiful if you put on ‘powder’ or ‘blusher’. By the time I entered high school, all the girls I knew owned their own lip-gloss or mascara and I felt that because I didn’t own one myself, I wasn’t as pretty. Luckily, at that age, I was quite oblivious, so I didn’t really care. But the sad truth is, I genuinely believed make-up fixes you, and suddenly makes you beautiful. I used to look forward to weddings and parties just because my aunties and mum would let me wear a bit of make-up. (I looked dreadful, by the way. Something about blue eye shadow just isn’t right… luckily, you will NEVER pictures)

I’d like to believe that I’ve grown up quite a bit since then, especially because I totally have a new view on make-up and beauty. I love make up and wear it nearly every day. I don’t wear it because it makes me ‘pretty’, I wear it because I like how it looks on me. Simple as. There really isn’t anything more behind it. People think way too deeply when it comes to things like make-up. As the risk of sounding ghetto, ‘it’s not that deep, mate.’ It’s really not.

The make-up doesn’t put on the person, the person puts on the make-up. Some people have scars and blemishes on their face and they feel more confident with make-up on. I genuinely, whole-heartedly believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Doing that is not insecurity, its survival. You don’t know their story, their reasoning behind it all. The same people, who bash girls for wearing make-up, are the same people who will bash girls for not having flawless skin. Like for real, make up your mind (excuse the pun;).

Back to the main point of this post, I’ve decided to try something new this month of MARCH. I am not going to wear any foundation on my face for the whole month. I don’t really wear a lot of foundation in general, because my skin is quite clear, but nevertheless, it’s all for the movement.

No-foundation March is a movement I thought about when I became concerned about the perception of make-up. Some of my friends hate make-up with a passion, and some are in a committed relationship with make-up. I love how make-up can be used to enhance your beauty and how it gives you the freedom to look like how you want to. However, I can live without it. I love glamming up, but truth be told, I do not the time and money (all the good stuff are so expensive) to care so deeply about an inanimate object.

So this movement is to support girls who feel like their make-up is them. It’s not. You are you, beautiful you. The make-up is something that’s in your control. This movement is also for girls who hate make-up. You are beautiful and flawless, with or without make-up.

Finally, this is a personal movement, so I’d like to personally invite you to join in. Don’t wear foundation for a day or two, or a week or follow me and do the whole month. It’s up to you. And just to make it crystal clear, I will be wearing other make-up items; I just won’t be wearing foundation.

Join the movement – #NoFoundationMarch

On Twitter, Instagram and Keek: @PaulaPaceSetter

#NoFoundationMarch

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Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Book review – Leona Lewis’ ‘Dreams’

 

I’m not usually a fan of autobiographies or biographies, but Leona Lewis has single-handedly changed that idea with this one book – ‘Dreams’. Unlike, other celebs, Leona didn’t fill the book with a million-and-one facts about herself and her life, she briefly outlined her story of how she began to live her dreams, hence the title. ‘Dreams’ is an autobiography, which means Leona wrote it entirely from her own perspective and in her own words. I feel like this helps to produce that personal atmosphere which is present throughout the whole book. It is definitely easier to connect to an autobiography than a biography – in my opinion.

For those of you that don’t know, Leona Lewis is a British singer that came to stardom when she won The X Factor (UK) in 2006. The X Factor is a word-widely televised singing contest which has become increasingly popular as it gives normal everyday people the opportunity to live their dreams. Many countries have different adaptations of the show e.g. The X Factor USA in America.

‘Dreams’ was first published in 2009. I finished this book in about two hours because I literally could not put it down. No joke. You know when people say that a book was so good that they couldn’t put it down; well yes. I suffered from this because I would not put the book down. I felt like this was because Leona told the story directly herself, making it a lot more engaging than if someone else has written it. As you read, you hear her voice talking to you, telling you her story personally. Very few books have ever made me feel so up and close with the person. Leona Lewis is genuinely a gorgeous person, inside and out.

Also, I think Dean Freeman, the photographer and creative director of the book, is so crazy talented at what he does. As I mentioned before, one good thing about this book is how short it is. The ‘writing’ takes up less than 95 pages, making it an extremely easy read. Personally, I could have finished it on a long car journey or a flight to Paris (bear in mind that I live in London, which is only a 45 minute flight from Paris. I would know, I went there last summer). The rest of the book is filled with pictures, taken by Dean Freeman. I’m someone who loves pictures, taking them, modelling in them and looking at them, so the many many shots of Leona, her friends and family and a few other famous faces are literally the cutest things ever to look through. Nice touch.

Overall, I think this book was put together in a smart, clever way to ensure it came across as intimate, informative and interesting to the readers. If that was the specific aim, it was completely successful. It really sold Leona in a positive light, just by presenting her to the world, as herself. No gimmicks.

Leona Lewis has always been one of my favourite female vocalists and this book has made me fall even more in love with her. Her beauty surely isn’t only skin deep.

If you want inspiration, I recommend this book. ‘Dreams’ has reminded me to never stop dreaming and also to dream big. I’m getting there!

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Make-up: Bits and Bobs

I love make up because it gives females freedom to look how they want to and express their individuality. I know a lot of people have the perception that make up makes people ‘fake’ or ‘artificial’ and girls who wear it, only wear it because they’re ‘insecure’. I genuinely believe this is incorrect because make up doesn’t necessarily change the person, as plastic surgery for example would. Make-up should be used to enhance the beauty of girls, not cover it. This post will tell you the best brands to suit your natural complexion and give that natural glow you’re after.

KIKO – Skin Evolution Foundation SPF 10

pic 1I’m not a huge fan of foundation (because I have combination skin) but I do love this foundation because it matches the skin so flawlessly. With this foundation there is no more uneven skin for you. One of the main things I love about this foundation is the many different shades it comes in. Obviously, all girls are different skin tones, and this foundation is so precise in its colouring. However, it is quite expensive but it is definitely value for money, as this 30 ml tube lasts for months.

£12.60 – http://www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/make-up/face/foundations/Skin-Evolution-Foundation-SPF-10/p-KM00101015

BOBBI BROWN – Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15

pic 2Another foundation that is to die for is Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich Foundation. This is such a premium, loved brand because they continue to produce the most amazing luxury products. This is another foundation that really lasts for months. It’s so concentrate that you don’t need to add too much whenever you put it on. On the down side, if you don’t wear a loose powder on top of it, it dries really quickly in certain parts of your face, whilst leaving other spots oily. So every few hours, you’ll need to check your face.

This is currently my daily foundation. It is really ridiculously expensive, but it’s Bobbi Brown so, what can you do about it?

£30.00 – http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/5141/8220/Makeup/Face/Foundation/Moisture-Rich-Foundation-SPF-15/Award-Winner/index.tmpl

RIMMEL LONDON – Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

pic3This lipstick basically does what it says on the tin. It’s long lasting and gives an amazingly flawless matte finish on the lips. I like the different colours it comes in, especially the deep plum/burgundy colour I’ve seen on many girls. I think the sharper red looks great on pale, fair skin and the deeper reds look best on darker, ebony skin; just because they complement your facial structure much more when the colour matches your skin tone. £5.49 – http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/lips/lasting-finish-matte-by-kate-moss

AVON – Color Trend Comb It Mascara

pic 4I like this mascara because it’s different from most mascaras out there. This mascara combs out your eyelashes, making them fan out. This makes them look larger and in depth. If you’re a fan of intense eyes, I wouldn’t recommend using this mascara alone; top it with another layer of mascara.

£3.00 – http://reviews.avonshop.co.uk/9028-en_gb/37114/avon-color-trend-comb-it-mascara-in-black-reviews/reviews.htm

CLINIQUE – Take The Day Off Make Up Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

 

pic 5This make up remover is pretty amazing. You take a make-up pad or cotton wool, and add a little bit of the serum and all you have to do is run it along your eye lid and all your eye shadow, eye liner and mascara is gone. It’s really good. Although, on the down side, it is really oily on your face, so you end up having to was your face after using it, which isn’t a huge issue. Unless you’re lazy. It’s a little bit pricey, but then again it really lasts for a long time.

£17.00 – http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1673/5380/Skin-Care/CleansersMakeup-Removers/Take-The-Day-Off-Makeup-Remover-For-Lids-Lashes-Lips/index.tmpl

RIMMEL – Vinyl Gloss Lipgloss

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I love this lipgloss because it gives you a subtle colour and gloss without you looking too try-hard. It looks great on top of lipstick to make you have that juicy lips look, especially over reds and pinks. It also looks great by itself, giving you a natural-looking shine.

£4.99 – http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/lips/vinyl-gloss

 

Peace&Love

Paula ox’

Acrylic nails vs Gel nails

It’s been a widely discussed and debated subject amongst the female community; Acrylic nails or Gel nails? Which one is better?

Acrylic nails are false nails that are made and shaped like a real nail, out of plastic. They are bonded to the natural nail usually with glue or a cohesive, to give the illusion that your nails are longer than they actually are.  Gel nails are nail extensions made with gels that hardened around your nails. They are meant to fill in any broken areas in your nails, and to still look natural at the same time.

Pros of acrylic nails

  • Acrylic nails help to cover and conceal damaged or short nails.
  • Acrylic nails have been around for decades so they are trusted and well researched.
  • They are relatively easy to remove yourself, with nail varnish remover.
  • Acrylic nails prevent people continuing the bad habit of biting your nails as acrylics tend to be quite rigid.
  • They are relatively easy to apply at home to yourself.
  • Acrylics tend to last longer than gel, especially if applied properly.

 

Cons of acrylic nails

 

  • Acrylic nails usually leave the natural nail underneath weak and brittle when they are taken off.
  • Acrylic nails are usually mass produced so they feel less individual, unless they are customized, which then makes them tend to be more expensive.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals in the plastic used to make the acrylic nails.
  • Bacterial infections can develop in the layer between the natural nail and the acrylic.
  • Acrylic nails tend to look ‘square’ and unnaturally shaped.
  • The material used to make acrylics tend to be flammable therefore, people with acrylics are told to stay away from an open flame, hair straighteners and other heat products.
  • Acrylic nails are very unreliable when it comes to how long they last.
  • On average, the price of getting acrylic nails applied is somewhere between £20 – £35, and anyone offering less than that is usually bad quality. Even though this seems expensive, it can be considerably less expensive than gel nails.
  • Acrylic nails are slow to dry, compared to gel nails.

Pros of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a great alternative for people who are allergic to the chemicals in acrylics, as many people are.
  • Gel nails, unlike acrylics, do not damage the natural nail when taken off.
  • Gel nails tend to create a natural looking nail shape as they can be molded quite easily.
  • Most people say that gel nails are less heavy than acrylics.
  • Gel nails usually have a larger variety of nail colours and designs.
  • Gel nails are easy to take off when they are soaked in acetone for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gel nails can stay up to 3 weeks in a fresh condition.
  • Gel nails dry immediately so as soon as you leave the nail salon, there is no risk of smudging.
  • Gel nails tend to leave a glossier finish than acrylics.
  • Gel nails can be applied without a base or primer.
  • They tend to be more flexible than acrylic nails.

Cons of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a relatively new thing; not many people are aware of them.
  • Gel nails are much too complicated to apply to yourself so they have to be professional done.
  • They are extremely time-consuming to get done, with people complaining about it taking up to 2 hours.
  • On average, the price of getting gel nails is between £30 – £50, although it depends on where as most gel nail technicians are mobile and either come to your house or have you come to theirs.
  • Gel nails are not as durable as acrylic nails, so they are not advised for someone who uses their hands a lot, perhaps in their job (e.g. type a lot or write a lot).
  • They require frequent attention from a professional. Most people with gel nails go and get them redone every month.
  • Gel nails need a UV or L.E.D light, which is why it is best they are done professionally.
  • It’s extremely hard to remove the gel and that will probably take another trip to the nail salon.

As you can see, there are a lot of pros and cons to both acrylic and gel nails. If you have the time and money to spend on your nails, gel is definitely for you because they look much more attractive. But if you need nails that stay longer and are hard enough to deal with your everyday life, acrylics are the way. Personally, if I could afford to do gel nails every 3 weeks, I would so go for that, because they usually look amazing.

One cheaper alternative to gel and acrylic nails are nail wraps. They only overlay the nail so they are like nail polishes – just without all the nail painting and smudging. Nail wraps either stick on top of the natural nail, like a sticker,  or melt unto the natural nail when heat is applied. They tend to be inexpensive (they are literally £1 a pack in Primark), and are looking to be the next big thing in nail art and design. Celebrities are really starting to acknowledge them, with people like Myleene Klass releasing nail wrap lines (which are a little bit more expensive, at £5.99 a pack).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’