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Friday, 31 May 2013

VIRGIN HAIR EXTENSIONS REVIEW - AnneElise Real Hair





Hiya My Lovelies,

When I moved back to Lagos, there  were like a million things I was so worried I won't ever find here. One of them being good quality hair extensions. I had only ever ordered extensions from my trusted stylist Bridget, when I lived in London, and no matter how many times she increased her price by £10 - £15, I would still faithfully repurchase from her. Not because I had money to chuck about, but because I trusted her and knew she won't sell me sub-standard extensions.

I have bought extensions while I have been back, but they have all been of terrible quality, bar one.

A couple months ago, I received an email from a lovely lady called Anne. She said she owned a virgin hair extension company, AnneElise Real Hair*, and her extensions were Argentinian/Spanish mix. Immediately my guard went up, I thought "Nah, I'm not interested. I'm fine with the extensions I've got". I immediately replied with a very skeptical email and a bold disclaimer, saying I will be very honest with my review and if I do not like it I will let her know. Or something along those lines. I also decided to meet with Anne first, look at her products and have a little chat.

About a month after she contacted me, we met-up and BOY, was I impressed. Anne really knows her stuff. We talked for about 30-45mins about just hair! Crazy.

She actually sources her ponytails and then wefts them herself. Ok, well she doesn't personally sew the wefts but she's got her staff to do this. She actually showed me a video on her phone of her girl wefting a ponytail. I was gobsmacked! I never knew what exactly went into creating those 100g bundles we purchase.

One very important piece of information Anne told me was the reason why certain extensions 'Shed'. Now we all do it, when we get our paws on potential hair extensions we want to buy, right after we 'sniff' it (don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about), we proceed to run our fingers through it, tugging a little as we go along. And then if it sheds, we conclude the hair is bad quality.


Anne told me that because hair sheds, it doesn't necessary mean the hair isn't of good quality, it simply means the wefting wasn't done properly and that could just be a waste of perfectly good quality hair. She also mentioned you can then maybe get it 're-wefted'.

OMG, if I go on about all I learnt from Anne during our meeting this will turn into a very 'wordy' post. So on to the photos.


In the bag she sent me, she also gave me some of her branded hair-care merchandise. A lovely clear WashBag which contained a Paddle-Brush and a Shower-Cap.


I have mentioned before I am a sucker for cute packaging/presentation. I LOVE when I can see that the company prides itself on its appearance. This is the cute packing with the pink bow... And it's all PINK!!





And pouch the bundles came in.



These are the bundles I received. Now she gave me samples, so the bundle sizes I received weren't the typical/standard 100g. Typically, one bundle is 100g, and a full-head you'd normally need 300g (3 bundles). But if you love 'big' hair like I do, I go for 5 bundles of (100g each).

Bundles I received:
  • 64g  of  11/12"
  • 55g  of  13"
  • 43g  of  14"
  • 34g  of 15/16"
  • 68g  of  16"
  • 73g  of  17"
Totaling approximately 337g in total.

As you can see from the picture above, the hair colours varied from black to dark brown and a couple light-brown bundles. So I  dyed them a a little, to put some highlights. You'll see them in the pictures below




They come silky-straight. And that's how I wore them the first few weeks. And they were perfect. I did not trim or cut layers into the hair, I had them installed normally with the longer lengths at the bottom and worked my way up to the top with the shortest piece.




After a while, I wanted a change and also to see how versatile the extensions were. So I went to the salon and had it curled.



To achieve these curls, my stylist blow-dried the hair first then curled using a straightener. My stylist, Laurent, can LAY a weave trust me... He's amazing!

Loved the results.


REVIEW
Just one word to describe these extensions... AMAZING! Honestly the BEST quality virgin hair extensions I have ever used. I have had them in for 5weeks now (obviously I have taken them out, conditioned and re-installed over the period), and did not want to write-up a review before the 4-week mark. But I have been bursting at the seams to tell you guys about these extensions. I have already recommended to a few friends and they're loving theirs.They are of very high quality, every hair stylist I've been to has gushed about how the hair is so soft and easy to work with. To say that it doesn't shed at all will be exagerrating a little. But this hair barely sheds, and I am  really holding myself back from saying it doesn't shed at all. I will say minimal shedding occurs with this hair.

It comes silky straight and very easy to maintain, but you can also get it wavy/curly using heat and then flexi-rods in every night, to maintain the curls. The curls will drop a little as the day goes on, but nothing dramatic.

I really have not got anything negative to say about these extensions. I will hand-on-heart recommend this to anyone that asks. And you all know I won't recommend just because I was sent this hair to review. If it were horrible, I would rather not mention it on the blog, than endorse sub-standard products.


DETAILS
AnneElise Real Hair is based in Ikoyi but they deliver anywhere in Lagos. Abuja purchases can be arranged on request.
For Orders and Enquiries:
E: anneeliserealhair@gmail.com
T: (+234) 8103878447

Hope you enjoyed my review. I tried to keep it short, but I really had some info I HAD to share.

Laters,

Ez xxX

Monday, 27 May 2013

Ez's BEAUTY CHAT - Products I'm Loving Right Now: May



1.) M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

2.) See by Chloe Perfume

3.) Nars 'Turkish Delight' Lipgloss

4.) M.A.C. 'Gold Deposit' Mineralize SkinFinish

5.) Maybelline 'Fit Me' Concealer

6.) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 'Original'

7.) Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (Face Primer)

8.) M.A.C. Mineralize Skin Finish in 'Medium Dark' &  'Give Me Sun'


Laters,

Ez xxX

Monday, 20 May 2013

MANICURE MONDAYS - 015












Details:
Manicure: Wow Nails @ The Palms Mall
Price: N1,500
(As always, these are my natural nails. Keep getting tweets and messages asking where I 'fix' my nails :( )



Also loving my Blackberry Bold skin from Studio Of Mode. Bought this at TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, VI.


Laters,

Ez xxX


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Ez SKINCARE TIPS - Skincare in the Air




Hiya my lovelies! Hope everyone's well! :)

Just another little tip for you all, and this one is about skincare in the air! Yup, how to take care of your skin while you're on that long-haul flight to wherever.

Now I wasn't sure to share this at all, because I just did not think it was anything special, I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. I guess I have tweaked it a lot recently, since I started to delve more into beauty and skincare. But the routine has pretty-much stayed the same.



So here are the three main products I use. As with all things beauty/skincare, it is never a 'one-size-fits-all' situation, you take what you learn/see and make it work for you and your skin. For example, sometimes I use actual face-cleansers instead of baby-wipes. Other times, I also apply a toner before I moisturise. Or when I REALLY want to pamper myself a little, I pop-on an invisible face mask. So please feel free to tweak however you want.

Step 1




So when I am flying, I've always got makeup on, nothing heavy, but I am such a girly-girl and I just love me some makeup. So that 'fresh-faced-just-catching-a-flight' girl, ain't me. Anyways, so once the plane has taken off and it's reached a cruising altitude AND the seatbelt signs have been switched OFF! (very important, don't want no one telling the air-hostesses when they fall-over and lose a tooth, that BeautyInLagos told them it was fine to head to the bathroom then), I head to the bathroom with these in hand. I cleanse my face, avoiding my eyes and eye-makeup. And get all the foundation/powder and lipstick off. I don't touch my eye makeup because I cannot be arsed to re-apply liquid eyeliner and mascara, so I just leave them intact.
[Side Bar: These baby-wipes are actually my personal favorite wipes ever! Maybe I'd type up a post dedicated to these wipes. They are amazing!]

Step 2




Once all my face is makeup free, then I apply my intense face moisturizer. Now, let me step back a little here and tell you what skin-type I am working with. My skin is Dry/Sensitive, I used to be Normal/Sensitive but my skin's changed a little. I actually think I alternate between these two, I don't know. So, for the ladies with oily or combination skin, I am not totally sure what sort of moisturizer would work for you. Like I said just tweak it to make it work for you, maybe you won't need quite an intensive moisturiser like mine, perhaps a regular face-cream will work. But you need to moisturise, because the air in the cabin is extremely dry.

Step 3




I apply my lipbalm. And I continue reapplying this throughout the flight, whenever I feel it's dry (if I'm awake)

Step 4
Head back to my seat and enjoy my flight (read as: and fall asleep)

Step 5
Between 1hr-40mins before the crew starts preparing the plane for landing. I head back to the bathroom, cleanse my face again with my baby-wipes, brush my teeth. Apply my day-cream, my Studio Fix Powder. I look at my eyeliner and touch it up a little if I need to, apply some lipbalm and then lipstick/gloss, and.... Et Voila! I am ready for the Arrival Hall, with minimal damage imposed on my skin from that dreadful dry air in the cabin.

I know this post is a little long, but the actual process takes up less than 20mins of your entire flight-time. And this has always worked for me. Like I stressed above, please feel free to switch it up as much as you like. This isn't a 'How You MUST Care For Your Skin In The Air' post, it's just how I care for mine when I fly and I wanted to share with you guys. Oh and also if your flight is less that 2hours, I don't think this is at all necessary, I personally won't bother, but it's up to you :)

How do you care for your skin in the air?

Laters,

Ez
xxX

Monday, 6 May 2013

MANICURE MONDAYS - 014











Details
Manicure: Pride & Joy Salon in Lekki Phase 1
Polish: CND Shellac Polish in 'Clearly Pink'
Price: N3000

Laters,

Ez xxX