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Saturday, 19 April 2014

MAKEUP LOOK - Half Of A Yellow Sun Premiere Party


Hi Beautifulss!! Hope everyone's taking full advantage of this 4-day weekend, I am :)

So just a super quick post to share my makeup look to the Half Of A Yellow sun premiere I attended exactly a week ago. Shared this on my instagram account (@BeautyInLagos) yesterday, and thought I should also share it here for anyone of you that's not on instagram :)








Product Breakdown

Lips: L.A. Girls 'Capuccino' lipliner, MAC 'Creme D'Nude' lipstick and House Of Tara 'Kahina' Highshine lipstain

Eyes: NYX 'Black Bean' Jumbo pencil as a base, 'Buck' from Urban Decay Naked Palette in the crease and 'Sin' in tearduct, MAC Mineralize eyeshadow down the centre only and 'Carbon' on the outer and inner corners.

Lashes: Lila'lli Makeup

I am not a trained makeup artist in any way. I have just always been obsessed with makeup for as long as I can remember and was always pretty decent with my makeup application but perfected it over time from constantly watching YouTube tutorials from Shirley B Eniang, Beauty By JJ, The Beauty Crush just to name a few. And I've still got so much to learn :)

Enjoy your weekend loves


Laters,

Ez xxX

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

FIRST LOOK | MSNELLA SKINCARE

Hello my lovelies! Hope you are all well

One of the reasons I enjoy living out here is how easy it is to get natural oils and products, I do not take this for granted. I also love the fact that there are quite a few businesses that sell such products at reasonable prices, MsNella is one of them. As I'd mentioned on here before, when it comes to my all-over-body skincare (sans the face) I prefer the natural option, for moisturising, exfoliation and hair care. My favourite of the natural oils is Shea Butter, whether it's unprocessed or whipped I loooooooove me some Shea Butter.







I was sent a tub each of hair moisturiser and body butter and was very pleased both products were made from sheabutter.



MsNella Hair Moisturiser*- N
The hair moisuriser is made up of sheabutter, essential oils and conditioner. I have been using this to moisturise and seal my hair every other day. The fact that the moisturiser contains sheabutter eliminates the need for me to seal my hair with an oil after I have moisturised (because sheabutter is an oil, so that would be oil on oil lol, nah thanks). MsNella have also got a starter pack coming out soon, targeted at people who have hacked off all their relaxed hair and want to go the natural hair route. So anyone interested, it might be worth sending them an email to get more information.



MsNella Body Butter*- N
As much as I love my natural skincare vendors,  I do have one gripe. Why do some of them tout their sheabutter as 'whipped' only to discover the product is rock solid! Like I know that unprocessed sheabutter is hard, and I haven't got a problem rubbing it between my palms to warm it up so it melts a little before I apply it. BUT, when I see that the sheabutter has been described as 'whipped' that is exactly what I am expecting. I was very pleased with the texture of this whipped shea butter, it is described as 'double-whipped' even. The texture is not creamy, it may appear hard but is very soft to touch and smooth. So so smooth, no lumps and bumps at all! Easy to apply and absorbs very well into the skin.

Because of the tub size, I resolved to apply the body butter just on certain areas of my body like my feet, knees, elbows etc. as opposed to all over. The butter smells just like shea (duh) and hasn't got an overpowering scent at all. I am enjoying this body butter.




Now I wanted to show you guys the difference in texture of the products I received. I actually thought both products were for the skin and was curious as to why one was smoother than the other. So I asked Detola (lady behind the MsNella brand) why and she explained one was a hair moisturiser and the other a body butter. The texture of the hair moisturiser (left) isn't as smooth because it contains a lot more than the butter (right) including the hair conditioner. Good thing I asked right? Because I was ready to use them both on my skin lol. All in all, both great products!

Prices:
100ml - N1500
200ml - N2900
300ml - N4200
Natural Hair Journey Starter pack (coming soon) - N9000

To Order:
www.msnella.me
contact@msnella.com


Hope you enjoyed this post :)

What's your favourite natural Oil?


Laters,

Ez xxX




Thursday, 10 April 2014

Ez HEALTHY HAIR JOURNEY | HAUL

Hellooo there!

Hope everyone's well! I am so excited with the progress The BiL Directory is making, just wait for when it starts to look like a directory and you all can find whatever you may be searching for.

So on to today's post, I typically share new product purchases on my instagram page (Username: @BeautyInLagos) and I feel like I should do the same here. Now with my hair care, although I started my healthy hair journey around this time last year, I was not consistent AT ALL! So at the start of last month I decided that I just had to stick at it. I would have to make an extra effort to care for my hair, until it became second nature. Which is really the only way to improve at anything, it starts off as a chore because you are naturally not used to it, but think of it this way, any habit you might have, turned out that way because it was something you did repeatedly, to start with.

So anyways, I follow quite a few hair-care bloggers and Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow is definitely one of them. She posted a few weeks back about the benefits of Keratin for the hair and I just knew I had to get me some, because my hair is quite weak from all the constant weaves.



 So these are the products I picked up. Literally a day after I read Dabs' post I headed straight to her store to purchase them.


Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo - N3000


Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray - N2500
Standard heat protection spray, but with an infusion of keratin. So I can rest-easy knowing my hair is protected and also strengthened while I apply heat to it. I always always air-dry my hair after I wash it anyway, so I bought this to use on my leave-out when I have got a sew-in. I minimize the number of times I apply heat to my leave-out, it's usually once a fortnight if that. My Eco-Styler helps tame my edges real good, so I rarely need to flat-iron.


Avanti Silicon Mix - N2,800
I use this as a deep-conditioner. After my tea-rinse, I blot my hair with a towel and then I apply this all over my hair, from root to tip, and then sit under my steamer for 15mins. I find that this takes a while to rinse out, I think because keratin is supposed to bond to the hair strands, thereby coating it, my hair feels like there's a layer of something on it. So I rinse and rinse until my palms don't feel slippery after I run them through my hair. But once my hair starts to dry it feels soo fluffy. I love the texture of my hair after I've used this. The benefits though? I can't comment on yet, I need to use it a couple more times.

Now I cannot comment on whether these work or not because I don't feel I have used these long enough. BUT I still wanted to share with you guys products that I recently added to my haircare stash. Please checkout Dabs' blog to get an in-depth understanding of the benefits of Keratin.

I have been buying quite a few hair-care products recently and I'll be sure to share them here.

Maybe as I get better at understanding my hair and what works for it and the improvements I have made, I will be able to provide you all with a bit more information and knowledge about hair-care. So for now it's only about sharing my hair-care purchases!

Where to buy
Savvy & Chic - Hair / Beauty Hub
Address: 34A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Website: www.hairbeautyhub.com 
Telephone Number: +234(0)809 061 3325


Who else is on a Healthy Hair Journey?

Laters,

Ez xxX