It’s safe to assume most of us have heard of essential oils. Whether it’s the Lavender Oil popularly touted by massage therapists as a great way to calm your nerves, or Tea Tree Oil for spot treating pimples, and there’s Rosemary Oil that haircare professionals will recommend to achieve fuller edges. So we’ve heard of them, but what exactly are Essential Oils?

An Essential Oil is an aromatic, volatile substance found within a plant. It is extracted from a particular part of the plant, like the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, branch, seed or fruit. Within these oils, hundreds of organic constituents promote beneficial responses when applied or inhaled.

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All essential oils are plant-based, and the method of extracting these oils defer depending on how best the oils can be extracted and retain their potency/effectiveness. However, the 3 main methods of extraction are: Steam Distillation, Cold Press & Solvent Extraction.

CARRIER OILS

Now there’s another popular set of oils called ‘Carrier Oils’. Carrier Oils are actually skincare oils, you know your shea butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil etc. Carrier Oils are different from essential oils because they are extracted from nuts, seeds & kernels. Essential Oils, when exposed to air alone, tend to evaporate easily also applying it directly to the skin can potentially cause an adverse reaction, so diluting essential oils with carrier oils allows them to work better – better facilitates the absorption of the oil by the body.

USES OF ESSENTIALS OILS

Now that we have a basic understanding of Essential Oils, and the function of Carrier Oils as it relates to them, we will now explore some interesting uses of essential oils.

ACNE

Essential Oils for Acne: Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil

ACHES & PAINS

Essential Oils for Aches & Pains: Mint Oil, Lavender Oil, Coconut Oil & Clove Oil

DE-STRESSING/ANXIETY RELIEF

Essential Oils for Destressing: Ylang-Ylang Oil & Rose Oil

MENTAL BOOST

Essential Oils for Mental Boost: Frankincense Oil, Lavender Oil & Clarysage Oil

WOUNDS & CUTS

Essential Oils for Wounds & Cuts: Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lavender Oil

INFLAMMATION

Essential Oils for Inflammation: Ginger Oil, Clarysage Oil & Lavender Oil.

AROMATHERAPY

Essential Oils for Aromatherapy: Sandalwood, Geranium Frankincense & Eucalyptus  Oils 



For even more uses of essential oils and where you can get them in Nigeria visit: www.Avila.com.ng

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Its no secret that the beauty industry hasn’t got the best track record when it comes to inclusion & diversity. However, thanks to these beauty influencers, all that is starting to change. In our opinion, the pace at which this change is happening could do with some ‘acceleration’, but slow progress is better than no progress at all.

The world of beauty influencers is vast but we’ve rounded up 4 ladies who are changing the beauty world by being themselves, showing off their creativity, dropping bomb content all while sending out a CLEAR message to the world which reads: We are here, and we are here to stay!

1). Jackie Aina

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“Jackie Jackie Jackie Jackie…..”

With over 2.8 million subscribers on youtube and 1.1 million followers on instagram, queen Jackie is not only known for her wonderful make up skills but also for calling out makeup brands who don’t include enough darker shades in their product ranges. Jackie’s stance has always been the blatant under representation of people of colour within the beauty industry. From magazine campaigns to brand endorsements, foundation shade range to influencer giftings, she just wants people of colour to be able to relate with what they see in the mainstream media. Obviously her stance was met with MAJOR backlash, and even being blacklisted on some PR lists, but that didn’t stop our Jackie, although it was a slow climb Jackie is definitely closer to the top now, and has collaborated with famous brands like E.L.F. Cosmetics, Sigma Beauty & Artist Couture. Just recently, she was brought onboard by Too Faced Cosmetics to expand the range of their popular Born This Way Foundation range to include 11 new shades; 9 of which were formulated with Jackie’s input.


2). Patricia Bright

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This U.K.-based vlogger has been in the YouTube game for quite some time. Patricia Bright has 2.6 million Subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she posts tons of reviews and tutorials and 980 thousand followers on Instagram. She comes off very honest and blunt in her review and includes a little bit of humour into her videos. She recently launched her own lipstick “Boss Babe” in collaboration with Mac Cosmetics and just added ‘Author’ to her many title, as she’s set to release a book: Heart and Hustle. She’s quite open about her personal life and regularly sharing adorable pictures of her beautiful family.

3). Peakmill

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Peak Mill is the O.G. when it comes to hairstyling and wigmaking on YouTube. She was whipping up wigs long before they became super-acceptable like they are right now. She currently has 1.8 million people subscribed to her Channel and 680k followers on Instagram. Unlike our other faves, she is SUPER private when it comes to her personal life. Homegirl dropped not one, but TWO babies on us and we didn’t have a clue! We are definitely not mad at her for that, being a public figure is challenging on it’s own and we are definitely behind the notion: Not everything needs to be shared on the internet.

4). Shalom Black

Shalom Blac uses her platform to inspire and empower women. As a burn survivor she strives to get people to look past the exterior, yes she loves makeup, but she believes makeup only covers the external scars but internal scars are more important when it comes to healing. She uses her platform to show her viewers how she deals with and overcomes her insecurities, how people should be more compassionate and generally that we should all be more accepting of each others differences. She currently has 1.2 million viewers subscribed to her Channel and 654k followers on Instagram. Watch her latest post on “This is how extra I want to be in 2019


We at BeautyInLagos commend these amazing ladies and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2019!

Oh, and ps: NAIJA NO DEY CARRY LAST!

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When it comes to products, who better to ask than the Experts? We are tired, TIRED, of our makeup not staying in place, shifting or just not lasting long enough on our face. Which is why we shamelessly slid into the DMs of a few of your Favourite MUAs to ask: What Makeup Primer is your Favourite. Once we hit send it was an excruciating wait to hear back from them. We immediately knew what it felt like to ‘shoot your shot’ with zero control over what happens next.

Lucky for us, they responded! *moon walk*

So, as recommended by Peace Ibadin, FacesByLabisi, Layefa Beauty, iMakeYouBeeliv, Bibyonce, Doranne Beauty & iAmDodos, here are 9 of the best primers that can withstand the Lagos heat. If it’s good enough for them, it sure as hell is good enough for us!


  1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Prime
  2. Hudabeauty matte perfection
  3. Becca Ever Matte Poreless primer
  4. Mac prep and prime
  5. Embryollise (apparently perfect for dry skin)
  6. Rimmel stay matte
  7. Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer
  8. Nars Pore & Shine control primer
  9. Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer

If you need to narrow it down to just 1 or 2, the Makeup Forever Step 1 & Becca Ever Matte Poreless seem to be the most popular amongst our Experts. And if you have dry skin, you might want to try out Embryollise.


BeautyInLagos also has a beauty directory, BeautyDirectoryNG. All the makeup retailers referenced above are listed on the directory. Our listing categories on the directory include: Makeup Artists, Beauty Product retailers, Beauty Service Providers, Spas & Hair Care & Extension retailers. Looking for something? Why not check: www.thebeautydirectoryng.com

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If you’re a regular BiL reader/follower you should be familiar with The Nail Boutique! One of our favourite nail salons here in Lagos. We also previously featured them in our BiL Recommends series as one of our top spots to get a pedicure.

They recently moved locations, into a much bigger space, and we are LOVING their new loft-inspired vibe. With 8 Pedicure chairs, 6 Nail Tech stations and 4 nail-drying stations they’ve definitely upped the ante on the Mani-Pedi experience in Lagos. Check out the images:

DETAILS

THE NAIL BOUTIQUE

Raybok Mall (Top Floor), 5 Prince Adelowo Adedeji Street, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Telephone: +234 (0) 818 000 3526 & +234 (0) 805 058 0800
Instagram: @TheNailBoutiqueNG
Facebook: @TheNailBoutiqueNG
Twitter: @NailBoutiqueNG
Website: www.thenailboutique.ng


To have your business featured in the ‘Out and About’ series. Email: hello@beautyinlagos.com

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When curating these deals and participating locations for our annual ’12 Days of XMAS with BiL’ campaign, we had you guys, our #BiLFam, as our number one priority. We wanted to run deals off beauty services you will definitely need for the holidays. We kicked off the campaign on Monday 10th December, with a new deal being released every single day until tomorrow, 21st December.

Holidays mean parties, concerts & over-eating (lol), so with our deals we think we’ve got you all covered. From Blowdrys to Massages, Facial treatments to Pedicure. Here are all the deals that have been released so far, simply click any of the listed deals below to purchase a voucher:

  • Glycolic Facelift + Wood Therapy Massage
  • Luxury Pedicure Service
    • For HER
    • For HIM
  • Gel Manicure Service
  • Brightening Body Scrub
  • Blow Dry Service
  • Swedish Massage + Mini Facial
  • Wig Making Service
  • Lotus Facial Treatment
  • Dip Powder Manicure

All our deals run until January 2019, so even if you don’t require a service right now, I guarantee when the new year rolls through you’d probably need a relaxing massage or a facial treatment to kickstart your NEW YEAR-NEW YOU! 

Click HERE to browse all deals!

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Our BiL 12 Days of XMAS’ is in full-swing and  the discount vouchers are being swiped up literally as the deals are sent out.

We’ve still got vouchers available to redeem these luxury pedicures at Yanna Studio in Ikoyi.

These vouchers are valid until 6th of January 2019, so you don’t need to redeem your services immediately you purchase the voucher, you have at least 4weeks! The trick is to get a voucher before we sell-out

 

Click to shop this deal: Luxury Pedicure

 


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With our ’12 Days of Xmas with BiL’ campaign, there’s a new deal sent out every single day up until the 21st of December. When a new deal is available, we send our an alert to all BeautyClubNG subscribers, along with a direct link to purchase. 

If you would like to get deals sent directly to your inbox, then subscribe by filling out the form below and hit ‘SUBSCRIBE’

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BeautyClubNG subscribers will always receive the links to purchase voucher deals first, before it is shared here on the site and social media. Vouchers are very limited, so make sure you’re subscribed, if you aren’t already.

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If you’ve always dreamt of becoming a certified aesthetician, beauty therapist or skincare expert, well here’s your chance! Things like this rarely ever come around often, especially here in Nigeria, so this could be quite literally an opportunity of a lifetime! 

The Beauty Therapy Institute (BTi), an accredited beauty institution here in Lagos are giving TWO scholarships worth N350,000 to train at their prestigious beauty school.

The Beauty Therapy Institute (BTi) offers and runs training courses in Health, Beauty & Skincare Therapy. They offer quality assured full and part-time education and training in the latest skill programs, qualifications and standards required for the professional Health, Beauty and Skincare industries. BTi is an African Franchise with a number of campuses around Africa, including one here in Nigeria.

Entry Rules

There really are no rules as this is a lucky dip! All you need to do is send a text to a number and your name will be entered into the raffle draw:

Text ‘BNE2018 RPL Applicant + Your Name’ to 08091115432

Winners will be announced on the 13th of December, 2018

Goodluck!

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