TIPS: 4 Simple Ways To Apply & Make Perfume Last Longer.

Everybody loves perfumes and smelling good. I think it’s so cool to have a signature scent that adds to the ambiance of who you are and one that people remember you by. Scent is the most powerful memory trigger. Just one small trace of a scent can take your mind right back to a specific place, event, person, or period of time. Over the years, I’ve used different types of perfumes. The ones I would never forget and the ones that got me going like “what nose did I use to smell this at the shop?” lol. 

The issue I have with perfume though, is that, I can never seem to make the scent last all day. I get a beautiful whiff when I apply it in the morning, but the scent diminishes as the hours go by; and soon enough it seems to disappear altogether. I went on a mission to solve this problem and found out that I’ve been doing it all wrong! There are a bunch of things you can do to make that gorgeous scent of yours last all day. Here’s how:

1. Moisturize that skin.

If you have naturally oily skin, you’re in luck — a scent will last much longer on you. For those of you with dry skin, find out if your scent comes in lotion form, and use that first for maximum scent capacity. If it doesn’t come in a lotion, first use an unscented moisturizer on damp skin wherever you plan to apply your scent.

2. Apply to pulse points.

Heat is what activates perfume. The pulse points on your body (where your heart rate can be felt) are the best spots to apply a scent, due to the warmth of your blood. Some of such points are located behind your ear, at the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow, and behind your knee.
3. Don’t rub.

After applying a fragrance, many people feel a need to rub it in in order to warm the skin or spread the scent. This is a big mistake! Rubbing a perfume breaks down its molecules, diminishing the scent into thin air.
4. Store it the right way.

Heat, light, and humidity can all break down the compounds in a perfume causing it to be less fragrant. To keep your scent at its best, store it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Make sure to keep it out of the bathroom, as the heat and humidity from showers and baths could damage it greatly.
These tips aren’t for the ladies only. Guys, work it too! Go ahead and enjoy that scent all day. 

A LOT OF GHANAIAN MEN DON’T KNOW HOW TO ‘WOO’ A WOMAN- LYDIA FORSON

Ghanaian screen diva Lydia Forson seems to have had enough of how bad a lot of Ghanaian men are when it comes to the art of “wooing” a woman.

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The outspoken actress has taken to her social media to share her thoughts on wooing in Ghana–saying, most Ghanaian men are losers when it comes to making a woman feel special.

She wrote: “A lot of Ghanaian men have much to learn in the art of “wooing” a woman.”

“Most don’t know how to take a girl on a date, and if they do it’s always “food”, which automatically translates to love, and once those words are spoken it’s enough foreplay to begin a sexual affair, first by attempting to shove those long tongues into your mouth and swirling it around,” she said.

Check out what she wrote below in full:

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LYDIA FORSON’S BLOG – “Lessons from the America’s Presidential Race ¦ Why the main Opposition (NPP) may lose in the upcoming Elections”

I was surfing the web as usual and going through my social media platforms when I chanced upon this new blog post by the talented Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson. She has come to be a force to reckon with when it comes to social commentary and what have you because of her outspoken nature and stating the obvious. She’s gotten quite a handful of backlash also for her write-ups but she never gives a hoot. Let me not bore you so much with mine, I just wanted you to check out this piece of a bombshell which I think is The Hard Truth everyone must know…

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Read full article below:

I started writing this piece a few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure if it was worth sharing.
Before I proceed, however, it’s important I make this disclaimer.
DISCLAIMER : A lot of you are not going to like me after this post, and for those who already don’t you’re probably going to dispise me more. I may lose some friends after this, but I won’t lose much sleep if I do because my real friends respect that we don’t have to always agree.

The attention and backlash I receive each time I share my opinion is enough to make anyone afraid of speaking out on issues in this country.

I guess because of the misconception that only a “chosen” few are qualified to speak on politics and national issues, people are quick to tag me a controversial attention seeker.(if only this title was something worth fighting for)

I’m a Ghanaian citizen of sound mind and a registered voter; meaning I have EVERY RIGHT to speak on issues in this country, and so should anyone who feels inclined to do so, we shouldn’t to be bullied into silence because it’s our constitutional RIGHT.

When Ben Ephson the Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper and pollster made predictions on the elections, the brouhaha surrounding it, has encouraged me to share this piece I wrote a while back.

Now I’m no pollster, analyst or expert, and I won’t pretend to have any facts, proper research or idea of how election predictions are made.

My predictions are made on intuition and my ability to completely looked beyond my sentiments and personal conviction to see what it is instead of what it should be. They’re also based on conversations I’ve had with people, things I’ve witnessed and experiences I’ve had.

If you follow my blog then you will remember how I predicted Donald Trump could be the next president of America last year in July, exactly a year later and he won the Republican ticket to be the presidential candidate and went on to also win the general elections.

I received a lot of heat for this at the time, with many friends assuming I was a Trump supporter; which wasn’t the case. I didn’t and still don’t like the man, but I understood the campaign he was running, because he had one aim only, to appeal to a target group of people so he could ultimately win the election.

And we can argue that Trump didn’t win the popular vote, but it doesn’t change the fact that MILLIONS of Americans voted for him, much to the surprise of many people especially the democrats.

And this is what the opposition should have learnt from this outcome; that a man so hated, having some of the most powerful politicians, networks,media houses etc unite against him like never in the history of America’s presidential race; still went on to win is nothing short of a miracle.

Against all pollsters, opinions polls and predictions, Donald Trump defied all odds and shocked Americans and the world at large.

If this doesn’t tell you the electorate isn’t as predictable and neither are the elections, then I don’t know what will.

Which is what many members of the opposition seem to be missing and why they may also be in for a shock.

They’re banking on the general perception that people are frustrated with the ruling party, and because of this want change, hence their campaign message.

But this assumption and the insistence that ALL Ghanaians should feel this way coupled with the campaign they’re running, is why I believe they may probably not win the elections.

They’re looking at the country through the eyes of the opposition, and this is one of the points I spoke against in my piece on understanding the Ghanaian electorate (read here) Your Ghana isn’t everyone else’s Ghana,meaning how you see the country isn’t the way everyone else does.

But because of this perception, they’re mistakenly campaigning AGAINST members of the ruling party and anyone else who doesn’t support this claim, instead of campaigning TO them.

This single mindset is why many of their following are quick to fight and attempt to silence anyone who doesn’t share in this feeling of frustration.

Forgetting that the whole purpose of a campaign is to appeal to voters and not bully them into voting for you.

Their confidence in this perception is also why the outcome may not only surprise them, but create unnecessary tension if they don’t win.

Because they’ve proped themselves and their following up for a guaranteed win, and planted the seed of doubt and a possible electoral fraud if they don’t, also very dangerous.

Notice that nearly ALL political parties accuse Electoral Commisioners of fraud if they don’t win, but are suspiciously silent if the same system declares them winners.

This is a trick employed by alot of politicians; for instance, Trump insisted on a possible rigging, and when he won suddenly didn’t find the system to corrupt anymore.

What he didn’t anticipate was the doubt he casted on the system which created room for people to also question the legitimacy of his win.

Now it would be unfair on my part to blame all members of the opposition and it’s following for this behavior, I have very good friends in the opposition who are nothing like this, but they too agree that something’s definitely wrong if the majority of their following behaves like this.

By alienating a section of the people because their views don’t align with yours, will only make it that much easier for them to vote against your party.

I’ve had atleast 3 people tell me they want a certain party to lose, only because they find someone on social media annoying. Some Trump voters will tell you they didn’t like him, but voted for him anyway because they were willing to look past his inappropriate behavior, because of their disdain for Hillary.

And you may think it’s ridiculous for anyone to vote against a party just because of their disdain for someone, but if people voted for all the right reasons we wouldn’t have politicians sharing rice, ice and sewing machines for votes.

Elections are about nothing else but winning for the politicians, even if it means employing some of the most outrageous tactics like Trump did, by stylishly campaigning to the usually neglected people, understanding that the KKK also had votes.

EVERY VOTE counts, even that of the girl who’s voting because of someone she finds annoying; so the way your party faithfuls behave everywhere, including how they verbally attack people even on social media, will contribute to how people vote.

And this behavior isn’t unique to just the opposition, nearly all parties are guilty of this politics of insults, I’ve been called everything from a prositute to a brothel by members of the NDC, however the opposition seems to be leading the pack.

A simple comparison of their reaction to even celebrity endorsements, is very telling.

Celebrities and public figures who’ve endorsed the ruling party have been ridiculed, insulted, called money thirsty and all kinds of names.

Yet others who’ve endorsed the opposition haven’t received that much negative attention.

Why is that?

A few weeks ago I also witnessed an interaction on social media, where a supporter of the ruling NDC claimed that most of its members weren’t as bold to declare their position because they feared insults; a supporter of the opposition quickly responded by saying perhaps it’s because his party was a sh** one.

Imagine that? A smart person would have ceased the moment to engage this person and if for nothing at all make him see her party beyond the aggressive tone it’s been associated with.
I’ve also had my own personal encounters with supporters of the opposition who’ve hailed me for speaking out against the ruling party, but immediately turned to attack me vehemently because I wrote in support of a decision the president had taken.

If you don’t see the state of the nation through their eyes, then there’s something wrong with you; which they have no problem expressing with choice words.

When Hillary called half of Trumps voters deplorable, she only gave people who were probably on the fence about voting for Trump another reason NOT to vote for her.
Which is exactly what a lot of people in the opposition are doing.
I still don’t understand how anyone was able to look past Trumps bigotry, inappropriate behavior and racist tendencies to vote for him.
But maybe if people,including me, hadn’t been so dismissive of them; we could have engaged and perhaps attempted to understand their position.

The silent majority does exists, and when a group of people feel silenced because of their position, they will band together to prove a point.
Now I’m not in anyway likening the ruling party to Trump supporters, just drawing from their experience.

I maybe wrong with my prediction, and we’ll know in a couple of days, however the backlash I may probably receive from members of the opposition because of this post will only reinforce what I’ve said.

#ChaleWote2016 in Pictures-Part II

CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival ended almost a week ago but the hashtags and the pictures looks like they are never ending soon. It seems the fun memories from Jamestown, Accra Ghana still lingers on.

Well, I promised you in my earlier article to serve you with some of the best moments captured on camera by one of the best coming up in the photography industry, Enlighten Photography at the street art festival. I have seen so many very good shots from Chale Wote this year but I bet you, these shots are definitely part of the league.

Check the photos below:

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Photo Credit: Enlighten Photography http://i.instagram.com/enlighten_i/

#ChaleWote2016 Comes To A Close.

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Jamestown in Accra came to a standstill when the “Spirit Robots” took over the old British-Accra town and turned It into a colourful wonderland. The 2016 Chale Wote Street Art Festival, themed ‘Spirit Robot’, made its final stop from the week long ‘experience’ on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 respectively.

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I have been part of this awesomeness for the past two years and this year made it three in a row. This year’s was no exception as the festival treated people from all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities to the best of fun they could ever imagine.
Taking a walk on the streets of Jamestown, the Prof. J.E.A Mills high street to be precise towards the famous lighthouse were kids playing and having the time of their lives like there’s no tomorrow.

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Graffiti and paintings by Ghanaian and foreign artists beautifully brought the whole street to life and music blasting from the speakers of pubs and stands from every corner of the street.
This year definitely saw a larger crowd compared to last year and they were charged as always. This is a testament that Chale Wote Street Art Festival has really come to stay for good.

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The crowd saturated the streets amidst sing alongs, dancing, hugs, smiles, laugh out louds, food, art processions, taking pictures infront of art installations, exhibitions and paintings. I must say, if selfies were to be humans, they would have been worn out.

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The celebrities were not left out as they graced the festival to perform, interact and pose for the cameras with their fans.

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Positive energy, exuberance, love and oneness was all I could feel. In the midst of all the activities, you could find peace. Talent is abound in Ghana and we have so much to offer the world. Let’s keep the energy and the fire burning.
A very big thank you to the crew at Accra[dot]Alt, Mantse and everybody else who always make Chale Wote possible… God bless Ghana, God bless #ChaleWote. Until next year, we are all Spirit Robots!

Photo Credit: @Yawfofie