Friday, 19 October 2012

BEAUTY CONCERNS - Beauty Hall

Last weekend my friend and I decided to go makeup/skincare shopping. She had been telling me about this place that she goes to regularly for her facials (although she's stopped now) and to replenish her skincare stash.

I have gone past this place a few times, in fact my mum's hairdresser used to work out of one of the salons in here. So she was a frequent visitor until said stylist moved and so did she. It's funny how we ladies will follow our stylists anywhere and everywhere they go (within reason of course. Not following no hairdresser to say, Abuja. No thanks!!).

Entrance
I must say I was deceived by the exterior of this place. Its actually really spacious in there, its even got a mini courtyard (and a bar/lounge to boot, called Greenwich).

Reception Area
After having a browse of the salons on the premises. We headed to the beauty-hall.




Now this is the most impressive beauty-hall I've come across so far in lagos. Have a look at the pictures



These candles smelt absolutely divine.



Been dreaming about them since I saw them and after looking at these pictures again, think I'm heading back Saturday to pick one up. Just got back from a business trip and my hotel room smelt funny, one of these candles would've been handy.



I wasn't allowed behind the counter (honestly being a beauty blogger in this place is a chore, you don't even know the half of it, anyway..),


They've got an extensive selection of MAC products, NYX, Revlon and Maybelline eyeshadows etc.



They also offer various facials and treatments and are happy to have a consultation. I haven't personally had any treatments done with them, quite happy with my beautician at the moment so will be sticking with (Lakshmi at Facial Bar). But they seem really popular and I know quite a few people that go here, always worth a try.

I got something from the beauty hall, will share that in another post.

Address:
Beauty Concerns
21B Saka Tinubu Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mobile: 08026706019

Anyone ever been to Beauty Concerns? Any good?

Laters

Ez xxX

Friday, 5 October 2012

Caviar Manicure @ Wow! Nails





I was so excited when I was told that the Wow! Nails concession at L'Espace were going to offer the 'Caviar' manicure as one of their services. I had been intrigued by this manicure for quite a while, so could not wait to try it out!

I have provided a little step-by-step guide on how it all went down. Enjoy!


My nails were buffed and tidied first. My natural nails were used for this, no extensions or acrylics here. Although I think you can have this manicure on both natural and artificial nails.


Picked out my manicure. The caviar manicure options are the two at the bottom-left of the picture. The other options are similar but instead of microbeads, these are crystal-like flakes. They look more like massive 'Glitter' scales. Another interesting manicure to check out.


Picked out a base color for my nails. PINK, of course :)


Such a gorgeous pink. At this point I honestly thought, just ditch the caviar and rock my nails like this. But that thought faded real quick. Was too excited to get going with the beads.


I love these multicolored microbeads. Something very 'tutti-frutti' about them


How do they beads stay on? It's all down to good ol' nail adhesive. You know the sort they use for stick-on nail extensions, yup.


So the nail adhesive is applied all over the nail and then the microbeads are spread evenly over it. Once a bead hits the nail it sticks. Obviously there will be some fall out, but with my hand held over the case, they just fall back into it. Now I got this done to all my nails, yup all TEN of them. But they did not photograph as pretty as I wanted.


I would advice getting this done as a 'feature nail'. Basically what this means is while the rest of your nails are all a similar color, there's one that will be different. It could be a different nail color on this one nail, or some nail-art, or in this case a caviar nail. Usually the 'feature nail' of choice is the ring finger, but you can get it done on any nail. You can even have two feature nails. So yeah, I'd definitely advice getting this on just the one.


Just an extra Instagram shot I posted of my nails last week! This manicure lasted about a week.

Price:

Caviar Manicure: N2500

So, what do you think? Will you be getting a 'Caviar' manicure soon?

Laters,

Ez xxX


Thursday, 4 October 2012

KONGA - Nigeria's Top Online Store


Hi Everyone!

I apologise for the lack of posts! Been having serious ISP issues. I could actually type up an entire ‘Woe Is Me’ post, and just moan about the difficulties of running a blog in this country. Honestly, it’s ridiculous! But I am back and I’ve got quite a backlog of posts to get out, so let’s get to it.

A few weeks ago I made my first ever online order in NIGERIA!... Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, I have ordered from ASOS, Net-a-Porter etc. from here but what I mean is ordering from a Nigerian Online store that allows you to pay for your items online and delivers to your doorstep!


Konga is an online store that delivers within Lagos (for now, I hope they expand soon). They sell a whole range of stuff from homeware and appliances, to office supplies, baby care and my favorite bit of the store BEAUTY&SKINCARE! Their service is unbelievable! You can pay online or on delivery, and get this, you can pay by cash OR card on delivery. I know most people, especially those who do not live in Nigeria will not understand why this is a big deal.... but trust me, it IS! 



I placed my order at 10.20am on a tuesday at the office, I was surprised there was an available delivery timeslot the same day, picked between 3-5pm and my package arrived at 3.30pm. I must say, excellent excellent service I cannot say this enough, I was gobsmacked. I went down to collect and pay for my delivery only to be told I could pay with my card if I wanted to, went for that option straight away.


I didn’t really get much, primarily because I got practically all I needed during my summer break, but the ‘addict’ in me just could not resist. And the items I got quite simply depict the fact that I just picked ‘anything’.


Ok, so this first item was a huge HUGE mistake. I honestly thought I was getting like a highlighter of some sort. But it seems I got a tanning lotion.
I was very disappointed with this, the words ‘Sun Kissed’ should’ve been a warning for me. But when I saw those words I do not know why I thought ‘Glow’, so I automatically assumed Highlighter. It’s the blonde in me honestly, because CLEARLY ‘Sun Kissed’ means just that, kissed by the sun,which means TANNED! 


Like I said, I was just looking for what to buy. So I really do not need to say much about this product, I don’t need a tan or anything of the sort… So this shall be going to the bottom of my ‘you-never-know-when-you-may-need-it-and-you-most-likely-never-will’ basket underneath my vanity table!


Now with this product I am not sure how I feel about it. But I dislike it more than I actually like it, mainly because of the smell. It’s got quite an unpleasant smell, it almost made me not want to apply it to my face at all. I bought it because I wanted some sort of powder to set my under-eye concealer. It's from a brand called 'Yardley London', never heard of it, got it in the shade ‘Medium Light 03’, but I don’t see the shade coming through at all. I’d describe it as a transclucent powder because I won’t say there’s any pigmentation to it. 



Positive side though, I did not react to it… that’s ALWAYS a good thing for me when it comes to make up. Haven’t used it since the first time, but I’m gonna keep it because I am a makeup hoarder! (the first step to recovery is confession, right?)



Ok, so this is the ONE product in my box that I was happy with. Saint Germain lipstick by MAC.


This is part of the Amplified finish family and as is synonymous with all lipsticks in this finish, it is very pigmented and opaque. I would describe this as a bright pale pink with a blueish-purple undertone. 


This is quite a difficult colour to wear as unlike bright red lipsticks which make your teeth appear whiter, this shade actual brings out the yellow in your teeth… who wants that??


So I’d advise to be careful with this lipstick, and apply with a very light hand. I typically wear this with some baby-pink shade lipgloss over the top, just to mute it out a little.


So there you go, sorry if this post was a bit of a downer, but I always want to share all my beauty-related finds with you guys. So make sure you check out KONGA. Like I said, I’ve essentially got all I need in the beauty department, so didn’t really need anything from the site. So please don’t let this post deter you, they have got an AMAZING selection of products on there. From Maybelline, to Bourjois even YSL Touche Eclat is on there. And their customer service is literally the BEST I have experienced in this country. 

Get to shopping ladies!


Website:



Any other online shopping sites you've discovered out here? (specifically beauty stores)

Laters,

Ez xxX