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How to ‘Getaway’ with… this much awesome! : A Review

There’s this new show on television that’s the rave of the moment right now. It’s called ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. It’s a really amazing show; drama, intrigue and a whole lot of suspense. It’s a great show really; you should try it.

Anyway, back to the matter.

French mobile phone giant, Wiko Mobile has unveiled a new device that reiterates this company’s market strategy. I mean, when these guys say ‘premium device at a lower cost’, they really aren’t joking.

The phone is called the Wiko Getaway and is positioned as ‘style and performance you’d be proud to show off’. I can say right off the bat that this IS a phone to be proud of; more on style and performance in the following paragraphs.

Packaging:

The device comes securely packaged in a see-through fibre-glass container; definitely a step up from the very basic hard-paper packaging that a lot of other phones come in, including some of their older models.

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A sticker which captures a few of the phone specs, runs across the bottom and on the back.

What’s in the box?

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  • One Wiko Getaway smartphone
  • One pair of earphones
  • Tangle-proof charging cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Three SIM card adapters
  • Sim-tray opener
  • Manual
  • Warranty booklet

Hardware: Look and feel

This phone is definitely stylish. Not to throw shade at any of the other smartphone manufacturers but this phone comes with a lot of the hardware features that the more expensive brands boast of; Aluminum bezel, textured mock-leather back casing, thinness (7.2mm), lightness (133g) and a beautiful IPS display. A Gorilla glass screen means it is completely scratch-proof.

It also comes with dual-SIM slots, a 13 megapixel back camera and 5 megapixels on the front, which are both fantastic. I’d have to do a whole other review of just the camera and its features.

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Three capacitive touch buttons line the bottom of the device just above the beautiful rose-gold metal front bezel. The overall look is simply beautiful to look at; I can just imagine what a white and gold version would look like.

Another thing I love about the hardware is the location of the volume rockers; it makes for much easier access considering it’s a rather large and long device. With the Rainbow and a lot of other phones that have the volume rockers closer to the top, you’d have to constantly move your hand up and down to adjust the volume or engage the use of the second hand; quite the inconvenience if you’re a seasoned one-hander.

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Software:
Although the phone doesn’t have that many distinctive features, it’s a pleasant enough experience software-wise. It comes loaded with stock Android which means the UI isn’t customized at all so if you’re not a fan of stock android, you should consider downloading a launcher on the Google Playstore (I’m a huge fan of Go Launcher).

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On speed and fluidity, the 1.3GHz quad-core processor performs beautifully. There’s been no lag so far and apps run super-smooth.

Battery life is AMAZING. The phone comes with a non-removable battery which is known to last longer. One charge lasts me about 20 hours running on Wi-Fi and with email and a number of apps in full use.

Another feature I really like, even though it’s very minor, is the way the screen times out.

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Isn’t that sorta cool? Like how older TV sets shut off. I actually find myself looking forward to the screen lock (silly, I know). There could be other phones that do this but this is the first I’ve seen so…😛

Technological Specifications:

Technology: GSM/HSPA4G/LTENoSIMDual SIM (Micro SIM/Nano SIM, dual stand-by)

Weight: 133g

Display Type: IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 M colours

Size: 5.0 inches (69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density)

Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Operating System: Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)

CPU: Quad-core 1.3 Ghz Cortex-A7 Memory

Internal: 16 GB / 1 GB RAM

External: microSD, up to 32 GB

Camera:

Front – 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash

Rear – 5 MP

Bluetooth: V 4.0

Radio: Stereo FM Radio

USB: Micro USB v2.0

Battery: 2000 Li-Po mAh battery

 

Comparison:

I did a quick side-by-side with an earlier model, the Wiko Rainbow which I currently use alongside my Blackberry (after upgrading from the Bloom). The Rainbow is definitely heavier and slightly bigger/thicker. As for display quality; the difference is very clear.

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Final thoughts:

There’s this new phone on the market that’s the rave of the moment right now. It’s called the Wiko Getaway. It’s a really amazing device; classy, lightweight and a whole lot of premium. It’s a great phone really; you should buy it.

Tip: Order on Jumia for an extra 5% off.

Title

And we’d subject our friends and colleagues to such strait

For when we said the vows on that date, our fate

Was unknowingly marked with contempt and hate

You came late: i’d lost some weight

I zipped my dress but then had to wait

And then you walked in; 11:28

But that smile made me weak and my anger dissipate

We said the words; captain, first mate

You kissed the bride; I took the bait

I was your wife; 12:28

4 years pass, along comes Kate

But she’s a girl, who does her father irritate

One more year passes and my period is late

I’m hoping it’s a boy; his name wud be Nate

Baby comes along

I name her Faith

His anger and hate, like an enormous spate

Two girls are not worth the baby weight

The new wife is here; I must accept my fate

Dinner must be served; I must the carrots grate

For now my place is with the plates

My womb replaced by my mate’s

A boy should soon follow; not much time to waste

Forgive my endless chatter; nothing but mere prate

These carrots will not themselves grate

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REVIEW: Wiko Rainbow Android Smartphone

In line with its lower-end predecessors, Bloom, Lenny, Sunset, Fizz and Goa, Wiko’s relatively new offering, ‘RAINBOW’ is just as colourful and packs a bit more punch. The Rainbow is available in seven fun colours (just like a rainbow) and is sure to appeal to all personalities. Its 5” hi-resolution display means that movies and videos are a pleasurable experience. Packaging: The box itself is just as colourful as the device. It also makes telling if the seal is broken very easy.

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Box (Front)

Box (Side)

Box (Side)

What’s in the Box? Once you break the seal, inside the box, you’ll find:

  • A Wiko Rainbow device
  • Earphones
  • Charge cord and Plug Adapter
  • One Li-Po battery
  • A Warranty booklet
  • A Manual
  • Three SIM card adapters
  • Two extra colourful phone cases (great for colour matching and blocking, which is pretty much in line with the French and their sense of style and pizazz. Fashionable ladies would love this as there’s a colour for every outfit.)

I love that you get so much with the entire package; it just makes it so much more exciting to unbox. It’s also pretty cool that the company was thoughtful enough to include three SIM card adapters – two big ones and a smaller one (for Nano-SIMs) – even though the phone has just two SIM slots. A lot of phone companies underestimate the importance of making such items an integral part of the ‘follow-come’ accessories.

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Accessories

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SIM Card Adapter

Hardware: The actual phone as it comes in the box, is black in the front with a brownish-grey back casing, which easily pops out to accommodate the extras. Apart from the turquoise and neon yellow colours that come as extras with the device, the interchangeable cases also come in the colours, Black, White, Coral, Fuschia and Violet, which can be purchased separately. The phone’s screen measures 5” with a 720x1280p IPS display. 6 7

Neon Yellow Back casing

Neon Yellow Back casing

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Back casing in Turquoise

Software/Performance: From display to look-and-feel to actual processor power, the Wiko Rainbow is a valid competitor with other devices in its range.  Browsing and multimedia experience are pleasurable. Complete with cool gesture-based features, vibrating keys and a 4.4.2 Android Operating System, typing and generally operating the device is truly an enjoyable experience. 10 11 12   The Camera: The camera on the Rainbow is really not bad at all (That’s a sentence you never thought you’d ever hear, isn’t it?). With a secondary camera of 8 Megapixels and a Primary (Selfie) camera of 2MP, picture quality is smooth, relatively clear and easy on the eyes. It also comes with extra shooting modes and features like Face Detection, ISO adjustment and Smile Shot (this automatically takes a photo when a smile is detected), to enhance your picture/video shooting experience. 13 14 Check out a few photos I took with both cameras 15 16 Selfie Camera                                   Back-facing Camera (with flash) The Wiko Rainbow is a pretty good buy if you’re in the market for a budget device with cool features and ample accessories. Look out, Tecno, it’s looking like Wiko will be one to contend with. Vive la vie!   Here’s a look at the device specs (for my techie vainies)😉 Network: H+/WCDMA 900/1900/2100 MHz 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE/ 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Data Segment: HSPA + 21 Mbit/s Operating Segment: AndroidTM 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor: Quad Core 1.3 GHz, Cortex-A7 Design: Touch Screen Display Size: 5″ Display Type: TFT, Capacitive Touch, IPS technology Color: 16 million Display Resolution: HD (1280×720 pixels) Multitouch: Yes SIM Card: 2 Mini SIM Available Colours: Black, White, Coral, Turquoise, Fuchsia, Violet, Yellow Neon Size: 146*74*9.3 mm Weight: 167g (with battery) Battery: 2000 mAh Li-Po Standby Time: Up to 260h Talk Time: Up to 16h (2G); 10.48h (3G) Camera:

  • MAIN CAMERA : 8.0 megapixels, BSI technology
  • OPTION : Magic Camera (Cinemagraph, Object eraser), Face detect, Smile Shot, HDR shot
  • FLASH : LED
  • FRONT CAMERA : 2.0 megapixels
  • DIGITAL ZOOM : 4x
  • AUTO FOCUS : Yes
  • IMAGE EDITOR : Yes
  • COLOR EFFECTS : Mono, Negative, Sepia, Aquatic, Blackboard, Whiteboard
  • WHITE BALANCE : Auto, Incandescent, Daylight, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Twilight …
  • VIDEO RECORDER : Full HD 1080p (1920×1088 pixels)

ROM: 4GB RAM: 1GB External Memory: Micro SD up to 32GB Accelerometer: Yes Magnetic Sensor: Yes Proximity Sensor: Yes   So what do you guys think? Look like a phone you’d buy?

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It had to be Hugh…

It’s love I feel, no question
Not hero-worship, obsession
With emotions overt, but no way to flirt
I can only take comfort in Google Alert

While I’m watching Van Helsing
It’s you that I’ll dream of harassing
And while we’re rehashing the roles you’ve been acting
You be Wolverine and I’ll be Jean

But when that fated day comes
And all you can flash are your gums
I’d still stick with you for if only you knew
It’s you, it’s you; it’s always been Hugh!

iRave: NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting spray (Review)

Let me start by saying  – THIS. PRODUCT. IS. AMAZING! I could stop this review right here…but I won’t.

I’m not evil…(anymore).

I bought this yesterday at a store in my estate. I’d seen it at Gifty’s Daughter for N4500 and then saw it again that same day for N1000 less so I grabbed it and it was the last one.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

There’s a Matte Finish one too but I have Combination Dry skin so I detest matte makeup (excluding lipstick of course).

What NYX says about it:

“Prevail the sultry weather wearing NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray. Long lasting formula grants a dewy finish. Spray away and manage your makeup to last all day and night. Hold 8-10 inches from face, close eyes, and spray in downward motion 3 times to cover entire face. Let dry.”

I tested this out today to see if all three claims (dewy finish, long wear and makeup setting) were true so I applied my makeup as usual with my dewy finish foundation (MAC Studio Sculpt) mixed in with a tiny pea-sized amount of the NYX liquid illuminator in ‘Gleam’.

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For my eye makeup, I used a palette I got yesterday as well, the Wet n’ Wild Coloricon Palette in ‘Comfort Zone’; I lined the look with my Wet n’ Wild gel liner and mascara’d up with my lengthening fibre mascara by Tara Orekelewa (Nigerian brand).

For the lips I used MAC’s Riri Woo and highlighted the inner bottom part with a dab of Tara Orekelewa’s the Sleek S (Nigerian franchise) Flash-a-Pout matte lipstain in ‘Revolution’. And then to top it all off, I sprayed three spritzes of the item in review on the left, right and centre of my face and was off to work.

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Hehe! #modelshii

One thing to note about the spritzer though, is it kinda spritzes out harshly; like it’s not a soft spray like Fix+ and it doesn’t spread all over your face in one spray which is why three sprays are recommended.

At the 6 hour mark, we were still going strong.

Fish, ma'am? Grilled or Broiled

Fish, ma’am? Grilled or Broiled?

...lipstick was starting to fade though

…lipstick was starting to fade though

Normally, by this time, I would have lost some of the glow but today, it still looks ‘just-applied’ six hours after. I see no effect on the lipstick though as this is the exact same way my matte lipsticks progress throughout the day. Maybe I should have used a less long lasting lippie?

And now we have the grand finale…

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The black individual you see in the corner is my friend/colleague, Nanpon. He is very very annoying!

– 12 hours after, this is what we have still = Long wear claim *check*

– Face is still glowy and fresh-looking = Dewy finish claim *check*

– Eyebrows and eyeshadow are still intact = Makeup setting claim *check*

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Eyeliner didn’t do too badly either

I love how this worked on me and I believe the matte one works the same too; I’ve never really bothered to read reviews on that one, though so I’m only going by my experience with ‘her sister’. Therefore, do not take my word for it.

In all, I’d say it was a pretty good buy. (Hey, I just got an idea for a category: ‘Good Buy or Goodbye’.😀 I know, i know, my brain is awesome!)

I’ll give this an 8 simply because I’d hoped it’d be more of a spray than a spritz; plus, the bottle could be bigger.

Have you used or do you use the NYX Dewy and Matte Finish Long Lasting Makeup Setting Sprays? What did/do you think of ’em? Lemme know; comment below.

Be Luxe. Be Lovely. Be Vain. No Apologies.😉

PS: I need a better camera, I know. I’m working on it.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful kit (swatches, photos, eotd)

Notice there’s no specification on whether this is an iRant or and iRave or an iBitch? That’s because I have veeery mixed feelings about this one.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLike NARS, Estee Lauder and (believe it or not,) Sleek, I hear the name Anastasia and have come to expect perfection (Dip-Brow Pomade review coming soon). These palettes fall very short.

I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned this but I am a review FANATIC! I will NOT buy anything, whatever it is, unless I have done EXTENSIVE research on it and weighed both positive and negative reviews. So after seeing this here at N4,500 (it’s sold out now), I was amazed at how much you get for such a relatively low price because anyone that is aware of ABH products knows they don’t come cheap. So I got on my computer and went review-hunting. There were mostly glowing reports and amazing swatches (which I don’t know how they achieved..more on that in a bit) and there and then, my decision was made for me.

And now, the review:

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The kit is a set of two palettes: Bold brows and Beautiful eyes. The plus with this is that they would (or would have been ) perfect for travel because of the size, weight and how much is packed in.

They come in book-like little palettes in an encasement modeled after a book sleeve. The names of each palette are written on the ‘spine’ of each one and face outwards to complete the effect.

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Volume 1 – Bold Brows; Volume 2 – Beautiful Eyes

The packaging is really nice; it’s one of the things I like about it. They have these tribal print Aztec-looking designs all over them that serve as extra eye-candy.

Bold Brows (without flash)

Bold Brows (without flash)

Bold Brows (with flash)

Bold Brows (with flash)

This kit includes a colored pomade, a taupe brow color, a pair of tweezers, and a dual-ended brush; one side spoolie and the other side, angled brow brush. I must say the tools ARE pretty good;

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the tweezers are the kind you’d buy on its own at a store

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and the double-ended brush isn’t bad at all.

But that’s where the good features of this palette end.

The brow pomade, which I must say, is NOTHING like the real-deal ABH Dip Brow, is ridiculously un-pigmented. Honestly, if I didn’t know how good the brow pomade is, I’d have made a snap judgement based on the congealed watercolour encased in this ‘palette’. And lets not get me started on the powder. Unless they intended this for ‘afins’ (albinos) and white people only (racist much?), the powder’s pretty much useless. I guess this was their attempt at a universal colour; which is ridiculous ‘coz I don’t see how that’s possible. What they could and should have done is have colour options for the brow palette so each hair colour gets their shade. Well in their defense, the dip brow alone is N4500 here (about $28) so making a palette that had the exact same quality of the dip-brow gel as well as an eyeshadow quad at the same price, would have been quite the shot in the foot for them, I guess. But hey, like my people say, if you’re gonna eat a toad, eat a fat one. (No, Amber and Ashley, we don’t actually eat toads here -_-)

(left) Brow Pomade (right) Brow Powder

(left) Brow Pomade (right) Brow Powder

I literally swatched the pomade about 15 times to get it this deep. I don’t mean literally figuratively, I mean literally literally. 15 swipes! Imagine having to do that on your brows everyday. You’d lose your job before the week runs out. As for the powder, don’t let the lighting fool you, it’s barely there.

Now the eyeshadows:

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This palette includes 4 eyeshadow colors: a matte cream shade, a peachy pink shimmer, a satin tan, and a deep black/brown with shimmers. It also comes with a dual-ended brush that sports a medium shader on one end and a crease brush on the other. These were actually much better than the brow products, yet on their own, I’d rate them a 5/10. Here’s why: the only really pigmented colour is the deep dark brown one at the end followed by the shimmery peachy coral one.

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As you can see, the first and third ones are barely there and that’s with 300 swipes. Which goes back to my awe-struck wonder at how these bloggers were able to get such pigmented swatches out of theirs; skin tone maybe?

I dunno. All I know is they’re just okay and Anastasia Beverly Hills is not known to be ‘just okay’ so I’m a little disappointed.

Here are a few looks I created with the palette. One’s a daytime, work-appropriate look and the other’s more dark and smokey.

Daytime look:

Beautiful...

Beautiful…

...in the day

…in the day

Eyes:

Beautiful Eyes palette: Colour 1 on brow bone, Colour 2 on Lid, Colour 3 in crease

MAC Fluidline gel liner in Black Track

Lashes – Ardell Lashes in … I forget.

Face:

Black Opal Stick Foundation in Nutmeg and Truly Topaz

Milani Concealer in Honey

Sleek blush in Life’s a Peach

Lips:

Jacqueline by Patina lipstick in Purple Haze

Smokey/evening look

Bold...

Bold…

...at night

…at night

Eyes:

Beautiful Eyes palette: Colour 1 on brow bone, Colour 2/3 on Lid, Colour 4 on outer ‘v’ and crease

Lips:

MAC Lipstick in Verve

Brows in all photos were done with the MAC eyebrow crayon in spiked and the ABH Dip-Brow pomade in Chocolate; ain’t nobody got 5 hours to fill in brows.

So that’s the review. Would I repurchase? Am I mad? Am I a learner? Do I look like Awilo Logomba?*

However, if you are white or very light skinned, based on the swatches from the blogs linked above, I would think these shades are more suited to your complexion so if you want to, you should give them a shot.

Darris all, folks. More to come; I obviously have a lot of catching up to do. (I missed you too)

Be Luxe. Be Lovely. Be Vain. No Apologies.

* – (non-Nigerians may not understand)

Is this the end?

No. No, it is not.

I suck, I know. There’s no excuse. I could say I was busy (which I was, but not enough); i could say I travelled; I could say I was ill but truth is, it was laziness and nothing more.

And so I solemnly pledge to never ever miss another day of blogging. I intend to continue the #100BeautyDays tag (just maybe not in exact sequence) and also include a little bit of vlogging as well as hauls, reviews, tutorials and all that good stuff.

Le Creed:

I solemnly swear to live up to the Vanity Enabler title and perform the duties that come with it. And you, my readers, reserve the right to strip me of all rights and titles should I fall short henceforth.

Cross my heart-shaped lipbalm

Cross my heart-shaped lipbalm

Be Luxe. Be Lovely… you know the rest!

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#100BeautyDays: Days Eight, Nine & Ten – My Avon-tastic romance…<3

Today I will be featuring three of my absolute favourite perfumes (after Rihanna’s Rebelle) in the entire universe.

All three are by Avon and are absolutely amazing. They smell more expensive than they are and are extremely long-lasting. Projection is also a winner.

I’m not exactly great at describing scents but I’ll try my best.

Rare Pearls, Rare Diamonds, Rare Gold

Rare Pearls, Rare Diamonds, Rare Gold

Rare Pearls is simply put, spicy-sexy. It smells very sensual and spicy, which is probably from the pepper and musk in the notes.  It projects beautifully and lasts about 10 hours. This one’s my personal favourite. If you like Pure Poison by Dior, you’ll love this.

Rare Diamonds is more floral and fresh-smelling. It’s a really cool scent which means it’s suitable to wear all year round.

Also projects really well and smells very expensive and luxurious.

Rare Gold is kind of a delicious combination of both. It smells very unique and dries down to smell almost the same as Red Door by Elizabeth Arden. Don’t reach for this as often though. It’s more a night time or special-day-out scent.

So that’s it. My beautiful perfume specials.

What are YOUR favourite fragrances? Avon and otherwise.

Comment below though.

Be Luxe. Be Lovely. Be Vain. No apologies.

😉

 

The Indie Author Manifesto

Indie Hero

Indie Authors.

Each and every one of us should post this on our websites, blogs, etc.

THE INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO by Mark Coker @ Smashwords:

Indie Author Manifesto

THE INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO


We indie authors believe all writers are created equal, that all writers are endowed with natural creative potential, and that writers have an unalienable right to exercise, explore and realize their potential through the freedom of publication. 

I hold these truths to be self-evident:

  1. I am an indie author
  2. I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing
  3. I have a right to publish
  4. My creative control is important to me.  I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book.
  5. Indie does not mean “alone.”  I choose my partners.
  6. I shall not bow beholden or subservient to any publisher. In my business relationships, I seek partnership, fairness, equity and mutually aligned interests.
  7. We indie…

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iRant: PerFeCTly ImPeRFeCt – A poetic disclaimer

I’m anything but perfect..

 

I tend to be tardy and make excuses for being late

My mascara might run if we went on a date

My hair develops a mind of its own

It gets more rebellious with every inch it has grown

I tend to lie a little every now and then

I could tell you the same joke again and again

I’m kinda disorganized and just a lil bit messy

And now, I cant think of anything that rhymes with ‘messy’

I tend to laugh a little too loud

And I could start to cry if I’m lost in a crowd

My hair could be slightly tousled ’cause I like the way it looks

I’d leave your room scattered with Sidney Sheldon books

If you see me smile to myself, I’m only daydreaming

And if you spent more than a few hours with me, you’d spend the day screaming

I can be really annoying and do things you don’t like

You might feel the need to run me through with a sharp pike

I might scratch my hair in public; there’s a good chance, I’d fall in heels

I could whine about wanting a skinny body just like Ally McBeal’s.

Then I’d probably start ten diets and not finish a single one

I could start a fight with you and then make you think you’ve won.

The point of this semi-diatribe shouldn’t be hard to get

Am I perfectly imperfect? Two words; You Bet!

 

 

Sidenote: Just before you decide to commit, just thought you’d wanna know these few things.

I can’t promise that my hair will always stay in place or that my make-up will stay intact. I might fight about petty things or handle situations with very little tact. But one thing I CAN promise is to love you like crazy, as long as you love me first… regardless of all my faults!