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Thursday, 31 January 2013

BeautyInLagos ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!! :D

Ok, so straight to it! Since this is a personal giveaway I decided to get stuff that I like and have also talked about on the blog! Below are the items up for grabs!


One of you lucky readers will win:
  1. OursbyJuliada Minty Shea Hair Butter Treatment
  2. Bomb Cosmetics 'Dead Sea Salt' Soap
  3. Bomb Cosmetics 'Pepperland' Body Scrub
  4. Bomb Cosmetics 'Black Currant' Body Polish
  5. A Pair of Exfoliating Mitts
  6. 2 Pots of CamCam Sweets
  7. Sleek Makeup 'Sunset' Eyeshadow Palette
  8. Sleek Makeup 'Sahara' Blush
  9. Wow! Nails Nail Art Manicure (valid for 1month)*
  10. Kinky Apothecary Whipped Batter*

THE RULES:

Please leave a comment letting me know what sort of posts you will like to see on BiL this year (or posts you'd like to see more of).


  1. You must be following BiL using Google Friend Connect (Click 'Join This Site' Sidebar) to be eligible - Mandatory
    • If you also follow BiL on Twitter and/or have liked the Facebook Page include your Twitter alias and Facebook name on the end of your comment to qualify for multiple entries in the draw  - Optional 
    2.    Mention your location


To give everyone a fair chance I will select the winner using Random.org. Giveaway is open Nationwide for a week (i.e till Midnight on 6th of February, 2013). Winner will be displayed on the Blog after.

Just wanted to say a GINORMOUS THANK YOU to all you lovely readers and Goodluck!

Laters,
Ez xxX

*Sponsored by Brand

Monday, 28 January 2013

MANICURE MONDAYS - 001

Hi Lovelies!

Hope you are all managing to get over the dreaded 'Monday Blues', well I hope my latest addition to the blog would help you get over it some.

So, I've always wanted to get some sort of series going on my blog and the other day it came to me! Most times (read as: "When I remember"), I share my latest manicure on my instagram page (Username: BeautyInLagos) which I tag #NOTD = Nail Of The Day. So I thought why not also post it on the blog too, but add a couple more pictures and details. So I present to you: MANICURE MONDAYS (MMs for short). On Mondays expect to see my latest manicure on the blog.

So to kick off the series, here's a compilation of some #NOTD's I've uploaded to my instagram page. Enjoy! (Oh, and my nails are natural, I haven't got on extensions or acrylic in any of these pictures)



Manicure: Nail Studio, Victoria Island
Polish: OPI 'Tickle My France-y' 
Info: Polish N3000. Sold at Nail Studio


Manicure: Done Myself
Polish: Barry M 'Foil Effect Silver' 
Info: Polish N1600 BarryM Store in Victoria Island

Manicure: Nail Studio, Victoria Island
Polish: Essie 'One of A Kind'
Info: Sold at Nail Studio

Manicure: Wow! Nails at The Palms Mall, Oniru/L'Espace, VI/ Hair Whisperer, Lekki Phase 1
Price of Manicure: N1500 (Nail tidy, polish and nail art)
Polish: Barry M 'Cobalt Blue' 
Info: Polish N1200 BarryM Store in Victoria Island. 

Manicure: Nail Studio in Victoria Island
Polish: French Manicure using Shellac/Gel.

Manicure: Blush Beauty in Victoria Island
Price of Manicure: N1000 (Change of Polish)

Manicure: Wow! Nails at The Palms Mall, Oniru/ L'Espace, VI/Hair Whisperer, Lekki Phase 1
Price of Manicure: N1500 (Nail tidy, polish and nail art)


Random Picture, wanted to share this amaze iPhone case I got from talented Nigerian Artist StudioOfMode
Buy Here: N7,500 . #BuyNigerian People!


**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**
So, you guys that follow BeautyInLagos (BiL) on twitter will know that on Friday I tweeted I'll be hosting a Giveaway on here to celebrate both the blog's birthday and mine. My birthday's on Thursday, the 31st, and I would love to give something to one of you guys! Initially, I didn't want to say what the rules were, because I wanted to capture the true Beauty-Lovers that come back time after time to check for new posts. But I am aware that although all of you read my posts, not all of you are following and in order for me to pick a winner, you have to be following. So please make sure you're following BiL with GoogleFriendConnect (you can follow using your twitter account), like the Facebook page and follow on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning the Anniversary GoodyBag! If you haven't got all three, just follow with whichever you've got. (Hint: the more ways you follow, the higher your chances of winning)

I'll provide more details during the actual giveaway! So January31st! See ya!!

Laters,
Ez xxX

Friday, 25 January 2013

Haul and Review - L.A. Colours Eyeshadow Palettes

Hey Everyone,

A couple months ago I did some filming for a TV programme here in Lagos called GlamReportTv, the programme itself hasn't launched yet, think it's scheduled for early this year. I may or may not tell you when my episode airs, was one of the most nerve-racking things I have done but I am very grateful to the producer for having me on her show, thanks Bola :)

The location for filming was a supermarket in Ogba, Ikeja (I cannot for the life of me remember what this supermarket's called. Once I get the details I'll be sure to update this post). We filmed in the beauty/skincare section of the store. While I was waiting for the crew to setup and the host to shoot her introduction I wandered around and found an L.A. colours stand.



These aren't my first purchases from this brand, I own a few lip-liners and they are pretty decent, their red liner works really well with all my high-end red lipsticks. I tend to go for eyeshadow palettes as opposed to individual colours, apart from their obvious value for money, I find that colours in a palette are selected to compliment each other and this makes it easier for me to get inspired when thinking of an eye-look to go for.

They had quite a few palettes on display, but I consciously went for colours that I do not have in my collection. I definitely needed that pink palette in there.

SWATCHES

Each palette holds 5 colours in a mixture of matte, frosted and shimmer finishes and a little double-ended foam applicator.

'Circus' Palette




'Circus' Palette: N600

As you can see from the swatches, the colour payoff is not too bad, and they have been swatched directly unto my skin without any primer underneath. The purple and blue shadows have a matte finish, while the green, lime and pink shades have a shimmer finish

'Serenade' Palette 





'Serenade' Palette: N600

This palette contains 5 gorgeous shades of pink in a frost and shimmer finish and the darker shade being matte. These colours are very wearable and can be used all over the lid. The lightest shade can be used to highlight the brow-bone and also the cheekbones. I love to experiment with my makeup, just because it says 'eyeshadow' on the tin doesn't mean it can't be used as a blusher or highlighter ;). This is my favourite palette of the bunch


'Soiree' Palette



'Soiree' Palette: N600
This is my least favourite palette. Just because the colour payoff isn't as great as the rest. You can barely see the grey-silver shade (bottom of the picture). Although, I have to admit I was a bit 'light-handed' with my swatching, I'm pretty sure they can be built-up. No regrets. These also have a frost-shimmer finish.

Look at how much they are, N600 for 5 full-sized eyeshadows is not a bad deal if you ask me!

I find that with eyeshadows as long as they have a nice smooth texture, not chalky and give a good colour pay-off, with the right primer they all pretty much work the same.

I specifically got these colours to use as crease colours and also to line the bottom of my eyes to give that pop of colour. I got this awesome solution from Inglot that turns powder products into a nice gel-like consistency so that they can be used as eye-liners. Although this is not avaible in Lagos I think I'll do a little review on this for those of us that like to shop online!

**UPDATE**
DETAILS:
Smartie Mart SuperMarket
Ogba Road,
Ogba, Ikeja

What's your Eyeshadow preference? High-end or Drug-store?

Laters,
Ez xxX

Monday, 14 January 2013

Ez's Beauty Tips - CONTOUR PERFECTION PART 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

A New Year for me means reflecting on the past Year and making plans for the present. I hope that everyone of you gets what you ask for this New Year and that it shall be one of celebration for everybody! :)

Also, this little ol' blog turned 1 on the 11th, and I just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU to all you lovely people that read and leave comments, and tweet at me, or send me emails. I love hearing from you guys and apart from the fact that I am obssessed with beauty and talking about it, your kind words also keep me going. So thanks a lot for the support. Birthday Giveaway Soon!

Now on to this post, this is a continuation of my Contour Perfection post, incase you didn't read it Part 1, here's a link.




This 'how to' post was a tad tricky to put together as I find with such beauty posts a youtube tutorial is the best method. But since I am not comfortable with all that, I have tried my best to explain it in the most efficient way I know how. If you have any questions about this, just drop me a line in the comment box.

There was a little glitch in my set the last step reads: Finally, apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks :)

Hope you enjoyed my little Tip!

Laters,

Ez xxX