With a heavy heart… Rest In Peace Uyinene🕊️

Africa, Uncategorized

The last time I felt this hopeless and hurt with pain indescribable was when I was not able to obtain finances for my master at Cranfield University.

It’s has been a couple of weeks since Uyinene passed away. I accidently stabled upon her picture on Russel Simmons Instagram and thought she may have won something so my curiosity pushed me to read the words that lied underneath.

I cannot beginning to tell the ounce of hopelessness, hurt, pain and how scared I feel now as a young woman. The more I know the more I ask myself what is the point. The fuss, the fight, what is the point at all with this life that someone feels the need to end another person’s because of their selfish, greedy and sick desire. Showing no remorse, your only words of comfort was she took too long to die. Its because she was not meant to die you robbed it off her and went to bed like nothing happened.

We are becoming more wicked each day. This young girl owed the devil of a man nothing. On her way to collect her parcel only to be lured into a wicked trap. His intention to humiliate and end her life. You may ask why because she’s a beautiful young woman. A life giver who’s life was robbed of her.

Since I read this story I’ve have some panic attacks, I wake up each morning feeling so sorrowful. Mind you I do not know her personally and have never met her. And as I type now I am tearing up.

I can only imagine the pain your mother feels Uyinene. From the first day she held you with joy when you were born to the day a wicked animal crush you to death.

When I think of your mother this is what comes to mind. On Christmas physically you won’t be there and there will be no one to occupy your room.

Uyinene is never going to graduate, she will never come home and say mum this is the man I want to marry nor is she going to come home and share the news of expecting her first child.  Now I sit and think about all the would haves, should haves, could haves. This is now all a memory puff away like a vapour. This is the pain such act causes families.

Not a day goes by that I do not pray for your mother Uyinene and your brother too. Who can accept such a story about their beloved child. I used to love Saturdays but now on  Saturday I remember all the stories I have read about when she was last seen, her crying out for help and no one there to help her. Your blood has cried out really loud and has brought much shame to the justice system of SA hopefully many will not have to go through such thing again.

At the age of 19 I was in university, I had fun with friends and had the opportunity to work for a year abroad. University was a place you  learn, make friends and learn a few things about life lesson. Unfortunately this has been cut short for you. The one you will hold with care and awe others will crush and destroy. What happened to be your brothers keepers.

I’m so sorry for what happened to you and the fact that you had to endure it for that long with no one coming to your aid. This shows the action of the justice system in SA you have been silent and provided less sentences which has given way for such things to happen. Furthermore had the HR department done a proper check, this evil will not been working at the post office. And the worse is the was a police station right next to the post office. Clearly this man doesn’t care and if he got away with before he can again.

As a Christian I will continue to pray for your family because if I cannot take it how much more them. My prayer is for God to strengthen them and enable them to move forward in life, a deeper healing and restoration.

Finally, I had a dream of visiting South Africa one day but I have to bury that dream before it buries me as a young woman.

Until next time rest in perfect peace baby girl.

Iryn

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Brown Skin Girl

Africa, African, Culture, Makeup, Skin Care, Social, TeamNatural, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. I hope Beyoncé doesn’t mind me taking her shine for 5 seconds. I’m very excited about this particular poster and thought to make one for myself 😂 but I tried.

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With that being said the track brown skin girl on the sound track is giving a voice to all the brown and dark skin girls out there that we are beautiful. Over and over again we have the media in particular favouring individuals with light skin over the darker ones and to make it worse some of our own men making jokes about us. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Hence why it’s called “Brown skin girl”.

I just read an article where the young princess in a cartoon forfeited her beauty to see the Prince and with her being white in complexion, the creater of the cartoon thought it was wise to turn the princess dark and with blemishes as a sign of uglyness.

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This is 2019 and slowly this is being fed to children and minors that if your are brown or any darker you are not considered beautiful but rather ugly. Why is this dangerous? Well it is because some people are using some harmful chemicals to lighten their skin colour. These chemicals have permanently damaged their skin and others have to be hospitalised.

In addition to Africa, other continent are partial to light skin individuals and are given more opportunities than the darker skin tones individuals. This I believe started during the slave trade where Africans were seen as not of any value. The curves of our body and versitility of our hair was frown upon and the only way to not exhit what is beautiful is indoctrination. “You must look like your masters” even if it will kill you.

A person’s intelligence and creativity is never dependent on the colour of their skin but rather the mind and vision. Let’s lift each other up in encouragement rather than tear ourselves down for something we had no power over.

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I won’t apologise for being brown skin although the struggle is real and if I must confess sometimes I feel like screaming “It’s not my fault I was born dark skin” albeit I won’t change it for a thing. It is a struggle but a struggle that is moulding me for the better.

Young girl reading this, you are beautiful the way you are. You are moulded by God’s very own hands and He paid a high price for you so please do not sell yourself short.

Until next time, love the skin you are in and remember that God made you beautiful too.

Iryn
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Is 진심이 닿다 “Touch Your Heart” worth watching? 🤔

Asian Drama, Culture, Drama, Korean Drama, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. In this post I will attempt to point out a few reasons why you should or should not watch 진심이 닿다: “Touch Your Heart” the Korean drama.

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Should you or should you not watch the drama 😏

I have mentioned in previous post that I had recently started watching Korean drama which I enjoy. Almost all the ones I have watched thus far had an element of romance in it. It can be a  bit cringy and annoying however this particular one I find very different. Personally, I prefer comedy genres  as the romantic genres at times will inflate your hopes of how you think it should be in real life only to face reality and be utterly disappointed. 🤦🏾‍♀️

Initially, I didn’t want to watch it, because I was looking for a non romantic one to watch and after reading the synopsis I thought mmmm🤔 no not for me. The initial plan was to watch Radiant rather.

However since I like to listen to Music by EXO, I stumbled upon Make It Count by Chen on YouTube and it had scenes from the drama. Before that Viki Rakuten had an ad for this drama which I watched part and accidentally skipped. I was happy when I stumbled upon the music video for Make It Count as it showed some of the scenes in the drama, through which I managed to find out the name of the drama. I was not utterly convinced but I  started watching it anyway and I was hooked like a fish on a biat. 🤷🏾‍♀️

Touch Your Heart

진심이 닿다; Touch Your Heart promotional picture

Synopsis
It is a 16 episode drama about a celebrity who got caught up in a scandal for which she was innocent however it seemed like the degree of the scandal had destroyed her image and reputation. She had to work in a law firm as a secretary to a Mr D’Arcy-like character who eventually fell for her. The plan was for her to get a feel of what lawyers do in order to make a come back in a law related drama. I will allow you to watch it for yourself. You have 16 episodes to watch so ensure you get your favourite snack put up your feet and enjoy. 😊

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The plot and script
For me the screen writers and the directors did really well. I love the comedic part of the drama. I will say it has a good balance of comedy and romance. It also has a good balance of fun and escalated suspense as well. I loved how the chemistry between the  lead characters: Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook organically developed. Something we can learn from nowadays instead of rushing into a relationship, it’s best to get to know the person first. Don’t be in a rush to be booed up. I understand they have worked together on Goblin which I have not seen yet. I loved how the story developed for the lead and for the entire drama. I first encountered Yoo In Na in Love from the stars but I have not watched all the episodes either. 🤷🏾‍♀️

May I also add that I was surprised when I found out Yoo In Na’s age. I thought she was younger than how old she currently is. Turns out she’s older than me. Thumbs up 👍🏿 to you girl you have taken good care of yourself. 

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A screenshot from Viki Rakuten

The characters
From the receptionist to the lawyers, I believe the characters were perfect and the actors and actresses did a create job. I feel they all jelled and worked together really well to successfully finish this drama. I found the CEO so hilarious. The over ambitious interns did it for me too. 

Another interesting couple on the drama. Via Viki Rakuten

Other things 
The subtle ads were not hard to miss *laugh. You will encounter subtle ad from Samsung, subway, chanel, volkswagen, tinder and tiktok.

Should you watch it? Ta younaa gyee! Lol Of course! it will not be a waste of time. In terms of quality and intriguing story line, I put this drama in the same busket as I have put Another Oh Hae Young however they are very different.

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Via Viki Rakuten 

Where do people actually find love?
Even though there was subtle tinder ad, the drama shows that, other places you can meet people or others find love I guess more easily is in the workplace. In the drama, they all found love in the workplace apart from one that started from school.

You can get to know how someone is better in the workplace as you spend most of your time there however if it doesn’t work out you will have to deal with the awkwardness of seeing them over and over again. 😕 Unless you neutralise it somehow.

When it ended 
I shed a bit of tear at the end not because it ended but even though it was just a drama, there was a pinch of genuinity in the last lines by the two main characters. Through their action you are able to see how genuine their love for each other is, which is rare in real life.

Reality
Not everyone got who they liked in the drama so there is some reality in it as in real life not everyone ends up with who you may really like, love and think is best for them. Cest la vie.

Last but not least the sound track is great apart from one song which I feel didn’t really tie in well with the drama. The line of the song went something like this: ‘liedy, leidy, leidy’ I believe. 🤦🏾‍♀️

If you have seen it let me know what you think and if you have not watched it or looking for a drama to watch I believe this is a must watch.

Now that it has ended I feel the void and looking for another to watch. 😔

Until next time, 안녕히 가세요 – an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo. 👋🏿

Iryn

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I’ve been gone for a minute…

TeamNatural, Uncategorized, YouTube

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Hello all so it has been a while since I blogged. I have been a bit busy with studying and mainly sort of focusing on editing my videos for YouTube.

I am also thinking about what to use this particular blog for I have an idea but I won’t do anything until I am really sure.

I have decided to move my fashion post to Iryn Boateng because I can add videos so which mean the blog will come with a video instead of just pictures. I might duplicate my posts however the post on this site will not have videos. I still have not decided yet. Until next it’s bye from me.

 

Iryn

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Forty days fasting & praying. My experience

Healthy Drinks, Healthy Food, Healthy Meals, Uncategorized, YouTube

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Hello and welcome. It’s been a minute since I blogged. I was on a spiritual quest. I was doing a forty days fasting and praying but part of the reason was my last post publish at the wrong time of day which annoyed me for a while.

On to the most important thing. So I did a 40 days fasting and praying with a congregation I used to be part of. I must say I have totally forgotten how difficult this spiritual exercise is in the beginning.

It was more difficult now as I have been eating more frequently now than a few years ago.

The type of fasting

I was having  one meal a day so basically from dinner to dinner. I also had no water. I guess you can call it a dry fast.

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Here we have chicken salad with Nando’s coconut and lemon periperi sauce

In the beginning

The beginning of the fast was difficult. I felt hungry and I wanted food now! But as the days went by I got used to it. And even now I still have to put myself in check before I eat anything because my brain is fixed on the #NoFoodYet period.

Mid point

At this stage I was used to not eating or drinking till about 19:00 to 20:00. I waited till  I got home to make myself something to eat.

What I learnt

I think a week or two I to the fast I stopped posting on social media both private and public account. Let say reduced posting. Partly because I noticed how much time I spent on editing my picture and trying to collect cleverly put together words for my post. I spent more time studying and editing my videos for my YouTube channel. Due to this I have decided to post once in a while rather than every day. I don’t want to be in bondage of having to post all the time.

I also found that I thought clearer and focused better in the beginning of the day but then when the day got older I got tired and a bit drained. I also found myself sleepier when I was at home than when I was at work. You have to keep yourself busy during this time.

Physical benefit

I find that my skin is so smooth and was clearing up. This is because when you don’t eat you internal organs repairs itself and gets rid of toxins. Toxins is what cause acne at times and possibly hormonal imbalance which can lead to acne. I currently have no spot on my face. I have also been doing my turmeric facial on a regular basis which is helping. My nails also grew longer and stronger. I am not taking any vitamins however I have been drink a this water, mint, ginger, lemon, cucumber and ACV mixture after my meals.

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I have a made a video about this which can be found on my YouTube channel. Check out my video on YouTube for more on this.

Thanks for stopping by. And until next time stay safe and stay blessed.

Iryn

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What I wore last sunday

African Fashion, Ankara style, BarryM, Beauty, Church, Hair, Makeup, Natural Hair, Uncategorized, YouTube

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Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog. As you can see from the title, this is all about the WORD, fashion and beauty. I am going through a bit of shuffling in my mind and may make a few changes; I will leave that for another blogpost.

The word

We are still exploring the book of Titus. God wants the church of today to show forth the love of Christ on the way we relate to each other. We were also reminded that Love has no place for slander. Paul ask the older women to share their wisdom and encourage the young women.

So if you are older in a church be sure to encourage and correct where necessary. It’s a lonely world out there any piece of encourage can go a long way.

Look and outfit

I wore an african print aka Ankara dres.  This dress was made in Ghana and was bought already made. At first sight I didn’t think I would like it, but I have managed pull a two styles out of it one with belt and the other with out.

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This me shamelessly posing and showing off my inner Next Top Model fun pose

The dress is a maternity dress top belted it with a skinny belt from some other H&M corporate skirt or dress. And oh the shoes are from NewLook.

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I used my M. A. C studio fix foundation in NW55 and their concealor cover up in NW45. For eye shadow I used MUA eye shadow in midnight blue and one of MAC dazzle eye shadow in get phisical and BarryMs meteor storm in the corner of my eyes.

For my lips I used BarryMs lip pencil in plum and Revlon’s lipstick in Mink. I basically just mixed the two.

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I should really start doing makeup videos not tutorials but just a how I got my look video on you tube.

Until next time, it’s bye from me.

Iryn

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What I wore last sunday

Beauty, Church, Fashion, Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized, YouTube

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This is another post on what I wore last sunday but first let get to the word.

The word

The preaching was based on the importance of godly leadership in every church. The scripture was taken from Titus and it basically show how some leaders in the church can be full of themselves and seeking praise and honour rather the praise and honour to and for Christ. So then the question is How seriously do we take the Lord Jesus Christ and the work of salvation He has accomplished? . A question I need to ponder upon everyday.

The look

I have come to realise that some bright eyeshadow don’t suit me well unless I am not applying it well. I will keep trying bright colours though and maybe pairing it properly with my lipstick could work too. For my foundation I used fenty beauty in 460, M.A.C skin finish in dark deep powder, I also used the cover up concealer in NW45 and set my under eye with Ben nye in Topaz. For my lips I am wearing Gosh Cosmetics The Red and for eyeshadow I used M. A. C carbon and one of the grey-like shade in BarryM’s Meteor Storm

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I wore a new look midi dress and silver shoes from Miss Selfridge. That’s just about it. I wore those earring about a little over a year ago when I was bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding. The church that I go to is low key so the shoes, earrings and hair piece was for exhibition purposes. I usually wear stud earrings but they have all gone down the drain and I have none at the moment.

 

This is it from me today u till next time it’s bye from me.

Iryn

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Food Diary: A week in review.

Food, Healthy Food, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I made a post about my meal for the week. I have been exploring and trying many things indeed.

Here are a few of what I have had in the past weeks:

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What you see here is quiche and salad

 

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My first time trying tuna salad

 

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I was meant to have wholemeal Fajita wrap however the sauce went off so I had to improvise

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Here we have lamb burger, chips and

 

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This is one of my favourite dishes. I made this sweet potatoes mash with mixed veggies and lamb. I have tries this with hollandaise sauce. But I like this combination better

 

I will be posting a video on the preparation of the lamb and sweet potatoes dish in my YouTube channel soon.

 

Until next time, enjoy your healthy meals.

What I wore last sunday

Beauty, Church, Culture, Fashion, Hair, IMAN Costmetics, MUA Eye Shadow, Natural Hair, Uncategorized

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Hello and welcome. I am coming to you again with what I wore last sunday. But first the word.

The word

The opening statement was “whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be save” God promised His elect “those who have come to faith in Christ” that they will have eternal life. Some kind of deliverance was promised. Deliverance from death.

God did this through His son Jesus. God determined that the elect will be saved through the work of His son Jesus Christ. By elect I mean whosoever which applies to I, you, her, him, them and they.

The look

I wore a combination of green and black and tried to have the same with my makeup. The eye shadow I used are MAC  cosmetic, MUA and L’Oréal treuematch foundation in dark coffee. I concealed with Mac and L A pro, on my lips is revlon pink pout together with BarryM lip liner in plum. I delive I have covered everything.

 

The ensemble 

I wore a skirt and open shoe I got from asos some years back, black blouse from primark. I’m not too big on jewelry but on Sunday I wore a piece of necklace I got from Marks & Spencers.

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That’s all for today. Until next time have a bled week!

 

Iryn

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What I wore last sunday

Church, Curls, CurlyGirl, Fashion, Journey To Clear Skin, Makeup, Uncategorized, YouTube

 

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This is a bit late. As you can see I have changed the name. From now on it will be what I wore last sunday.

The word

Faith in God applies not only to dramatic events in life it applies also to the ordinary everyday life and all circumstances.

Belief in God is an obligation to all nations. Jonah was addressing a nation and God was speaking to a nation through Jonah.

Belief in God in what He is saying. He spoke through Jesus Christ His son concerning His promises for us. So then it is up to you if you want to believe and accept His promise of eternal life.

The look

I used my loreal true match in dark coffee and gosh cosmetics the red lip liquid. I had braids in my hair for a very long time so I took them out, treated it and straightened it.

 

The dress I wore is from Dorothy Perking Voulez vous range and the shoe and tiny purse is from asos. I made a video of this which can be found on my YouTube channel. I enjoyed putting this look together and I was glad the dress finally fit as when I first got it, it didn’t fit me well. It’s not too much yet it’s too much.

 

So this is it. Thanks for stopping by.

Iryn

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