So I am kind of continuing with my ‘personal’ posts. I did ask you guys if you’d be interested in these sort of posts and the answer was an affirmative! lol.

Ok, so to start off, this isn’t all the makeup I own, they are literally all over the place from bags, to cupboards. BUT, this IS most of the stuff I own…. and NO I do not use everything at once. Half of the time I forget about what I’ve got, this was the main reason behind me getting one these transparent stackable acrylic boxes. So I can see all I’ve got and it makes my makeup selection process much much easier.

So here’s pretty-much how I store all my makeup. These are all sat on my vanity table in my room. I’ll break it down bit by bit

 This is an acrylic rectangular open-top box (mouthful!!), It is not described to be used as a makeup holder or anything. But as soon as I saw it I knew what and what to put in it.

Its got three sections in it. From left to right I store my under-eye concealers, got my YSL Touche Eclat, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer, Garnier Under eye roll-on. Also got my everyday mascara and liquid liners, hair scissors and UD primer and my TBS blemish stick. In the middle compartment I’ve got some brushes (mostly eye and concealer brushes), lipliners and lipsticks. And in the last compartment I’ve got all my colored eyeliners and eyebrow pencils.

This is how I store my brushes (TBS, MAC, Blush Beauty & Real Techniques). The one on the left is actually a cup and the little masking tap that sits at the bottom is used as a little makeup trick I learnt (might do a post on this) and the right is a cookie jar. You guys won’t believe what I use the top of the jar for…

Yezzir! THAT’S the top of the cookie jar that stores my brushes. I looked at it and thought, this can be used to store some makeup too.

It’s kind of like my brow-grooming kit. In it Ive got my Tweezerman tweezers (best tweezers ever! by the way), a spoolie, lip brush which I use to apply concealer around my brows, sharpener, Maybelline gel liner and brush. I reach for most of these items everyday, especially the spoolie and gel liner. So it’s very convenient that it’s all stored this way.

These are my stackable acrylic drawers. I bought them in three separate sets. The top one opens two different ways, it can be pulled out like the rest of the drawers and the top can also be lifted open. The middle two drawers come together and then I bought the bottom one separately.

I keep my Liquid Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Face lotions, LipBalm, LipScrub, and a few Eyeshadows on the top.

First Drawer: Powders, Bronzers, Contour Palette (Sleek) and Concealer

Second Drawer: Mascara’s, NYX Jumbo Pens, Primer, Black Kohl Eyeliners, Liquid Liners, Spoolies, LipLiner

Third Drawer: Blushers & Highlighters

Bottom Drawer: LipSticks and Glosses and a Brow Kit… Actually after looking at these photos think I should move my brow kit to the second drawer, with the mascaras and stuff. (At least I got something out of this post).

This is one of the cupboards in my vanity table. I’ve got all my Sleek Palettes (they’re all underneath the MUA one you can see on the right) and my body shop cubes (top left), BarryM dazzle dust, some MAC shadows, lip balms and also my ‘extra’ makeup, for when I run out. There’s quite a bit in the back of the cupboard and I also store some in a different cupboard. But they’re quite hard to photograph, so didn’t bother taking pictures.

So yeah, that’s my main makeup storage. A bit photo-heavy, but you asked for it! Hope you enjoyed this post and maybe I’ve given someone some idea on how a little glass cup at home could be used as a makeup brush holder. I’d like to know some of you guys innovative makeup storage, cos I need some!

So tell me, what’s your innovative makeup storage item?

Laters,

Ez xxX

I know I may have used a lot of abbreviations for my makeup, but I was trying to minimize my word count on this post. If you would like to know what a particular abbreviation means just ask in the comment box below! 🙂

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As I type up this post all that’s going through my head is the question ‘Why am I only JUST writing this post’. In my defence I think my subconscious sort of concluded that EVERYONE knows about L’Espace. But that’s not right because honestly, my blog is about informing you guys and not assuming you all already know about a place. Anyways, preamble done…. Say hello to L’Espace!

Now for me to introduce you all to L’Espace, I need to talk about  Le Petit Marche (LPM). LPM is a little sunday market held on the last Sunday of every month at a chosen venue in Lagos. I remember when I moved back, LPM was in its conception stage and that was the first ‘Lagos event’ I attended . And I remember kicking myself in the butt thinking, why didn’t I think of doing this. LPM brings together a whole host of independent (and even some established) vendors under one roof to create a buzzing shopping atmosphere. Items sold range from Clothes, to Makeup, Sweets/Candy, Shoes, Accessories, Vintage Items, Hair Extensions, Hair/Skin Care… list is endless. Like, the traffic to the venue on Sundays is ridiculous!

Soooo, back to L’Espace. A couple years down the line from LPM, L’Espace was ‘born’. And as you would imagine L’Espace is basically a selection of the vendors from the monthly LPM event, but this time you get to walk into a ‘mortar and brick’ store and shop what you want – whenever you want. This means you are no longer limited to just a single Sunday every month to indulge your addiction. I popped into the store last week and took a few pictures of some of the items in there. As you already know a few things I’ve spoken about on here are housed at L’Espace, for example the Wow! Nails concession and Sweet Kiwie Fro-yo. So here’s some more stuff at L’Espace. Enjoy!

CamCam Sweets, a VERY affordable selection of sweets.

False Lashes.

Anyone looking for those home fragrance oils that you heat up, they’ve got them at L’Espace. They’ve also got the burners as you can see in the picture above (top right)

I have no idea who all the vendors are in the store, quite honestly I don’t think it matters that much. If I see something I like, I buy, who the vendor/designer is means nothing to me.

I just thought to make this post a little picture heavy, because pictures tell the story far better than words in this case. But I also wanted to show you guys a couple things that specifically caught my eye in the store:

Ahh! I bring to you the ‘Obsidian’ section at L’Espace. I am OBSSESSED with these bags. They are absolutely gorgeous. The gold hardware and detailing of these bags are just so lush, I can’t even describe it. The come in different finishes, I feel there’s one for everyone!

I specifically have my beady eyes on this PINK (of course) one! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

More finishes of the same bag. Don’t know what this bag is called, but it’s by the designer ‘Obsidian’ and they are quite pricey, so I am saving up my pretty little pennies for this.

These notebook and iPad cases also caught my eye. The fabric used on these cases are also interesting, some may say they are just standard ankara fabric wrapped cases, but to me they are unique.

ADDRESS:
19A, Olosa Street,
Off Karimu Kotun Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos.

So since I was under the assumption EVERYONE knew about L’Espace, it’ll be a little interesting to know which one of you guys didn’t, so….

Did you already know about L’Espace?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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Hi Guys!
So this is a post I LOVE reading from my favourite bloggers, and I thought “why don’t a do one as well”. I am such a nosey person in bloggerville. I love when bloggers do a ‘What’s in my bag’ post, or ‘How I store my makeup’, or ‘What I am wearing today’. These posts tell you a little bit more about the person, and most bloggers (myself included), don’t really share their personal life on here, but a post like this makes you feel like you have been allowed to share in a bit of their life. Ok maybe not a ‘What’s in a MakeUp bag’ post, but I am hoping you get my drift.

So on Instagram yesterday (Username: @BeautyInLagos), I posted a picture of my Mobile Makeup Bag (MMB), essentially the makeup I have on me when I am on the go. And I got the idea to do a post on it. Hope you like!

So here’s my makeup bag. It actually came in a pack of 3 different sized bags, this is the smallest. I use the large one when I have to travel, it takes most of the makeup I need. The medium one used to be my mobile makeup bag, but I felt because it was big, I’d stuff sooooo much makeup I didn’t necessarily need in it and it’ll make my bag so heavy. SO yeah… downsizing was a necessity

Here’s everything in it. I’ll do a close-up of the contents in groups of Lips, Face and Eyes. I have only just realized this isn’t everything, didn’t get a picture of that d’oh lol

Lips:

I always have a light brown lip-liner, works perfectly with nude-lips. Mine’s from LA Colors and it’s called Capuccino. The popular one is ‘BBQ’ by MAC.

I always have a nude/pink-toned lippie and a bright/bold lippie, just incase I need to transition from day-to-night on the move. These are by TopShop makeup.These colours change week by week, or within the week; depending on my mood.

This lip balm is one of those ‘Oh wow! this is amazing’ products. I didn’t expect this to do much because it’s on of the items thats stuffed in those airline washbags, in this case it was in my British Airways one. I just thought to try it out whilst on the plane (I never bother with the bags, just the toothbrush and paste to use right before landing), and I was pleasantly surprised. Wish I had asked for some more now.

Face:

Kabuki brushes have got to be the BEST thing’s ever. Small, dense bristles packed together nicely and picks up just enough product. These brushes are nice and convenient for powder touch-ups on the go. The other brush used to be for my powder touch-up, but now that the kabuki is in my life I have moved this up to be my blush brush on the go.




I ALWAYS have my blot powder with me. Sometimes I use blot paper instead (not pictured). I don’t ever touch-up my makeup with actual powder. I feel our climate is faaar too humid to be reapplying powder every single time you get a ‘shine’, err hello ‘CAKEY FACE’, no thank you! This blot powder works perfectly for me and I have been using it for yearrsss without a single complaint. As you can see I have already hit pan, love it that much.

Higlighter always necessary when I feel like my face needs a little ‘lift’. I can change my highlighter twice in a week, depends on the look I’m going for that day. This one is the popular ‘Albatross’ highlighter by NARS. I spend all week in the office and it can get a little dull in there, sweeping some highlighter on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose really does lift my mood some.

I ALWAYS have a peachy-toned blush with me. I feel like warm-toned blushes will work with nearly every makeup look one has going that day. Cooler-tones are a little more limiting, in my opinion.

Eyes:

There’s just the one item for eyes in my bag. I always use eye primers before my eyeliners/shadows go on, and I they last all day for me. So I never need touch-ups in that department. However, I do need to touchup my waterline and tightline, cos these just don’t stay put. This eyeliner by MUA is very pigmented and does the job perfectly, it even has a nifty little sharpener perfect when on the go.

So there’s everything in my MMB! Do you think that’s a lot of makeup to be lugging around? I don’t think so, ESPECIALLY when I know I have downsized A LOT this month, you should’ve seen my bag in June.. So I need a pat on the back for this.lol. Hopefully I’ve inspired someone to put one extra item in their MMB or even start carrying an MMB around 😀

So tell me, What’s in your Mobile MakeUp Bag?

Laters,
Ez xxX

Let me know if you are interested in more personal posts like this. Like a ‘What I wore today’, ‘How I store my makeup’, stuff like that. I can understand if you guys won’t be interested as most of these things aren’t exactly available in Lagos. But if they are I’ll be sure to update this post.

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Hi Everyone!! So I’m back and as promised got a new post for you! Enjoy 🙂

I did go through a phase where I loved nail art. I got all sorts of designs done, it was ridiculous. But since I joined the corporate world, I’ve toned it down a lot. Turning up to work with big yellow smiley-faces all over your nails can make a mundane day at your desk much better, but just doesn’t look right. So I stick to plain ol’ nail-polish, but I still rock my BRIGHT colours.


WOW! Nails offer nail-art manicure services (and other manicure options) over at their concession stand at the L’Espace store in Lagos. I went over to the launch in June (yes, I know it is August, but I have to try out these places before I can recommend it to you ladies), and I was really impressed with the design choices they had on display. Their nail polish selection is quite a mish mash of very familiar products: Topshop, Barry M, Chanel, Essie, etc. I think in order for you guys to enjoy this post it needs to be a little picture heavy. So I’ll make like a magazine and keep my rambling to a minimum on this one. Have a look at the pictures.

The pictures below are my own nails showing off the little nail stick-ons I got.

I was rocking a Gel manicure that day so couldn’t get any nail-art done, opted for two little ‘bow’ stick-ons on my ring fingers.

I thought they were cute :). And they lasted a week, which is REALLY good for stick-ons.

You’d be pleased to know that WOW! nails also offer Shellac/Gel manicures for N1700. As far as I know, they are currently the cheapest in Lagos.

You can also watch a selection of dvds on their mini dvd players, while you get your manicure done.

WOW! Nails only offer manicure services and it’s not a full manicure just a little nail-tidy – neaten cuticles, shape, buff that sort of thing. Definitely no pedicures. So their services are perfect for when you need a change of polish between your routine mani/pedi appointments.

PRICES
Here are a few services (along with prices) offered at WOW! Nails:

  • Basic Manicure (shape, buff, polish & cuticle oil) – N1500
  • Acrylic Nails – Full Set N3000, Acrylic Removal N500, Add on Art N700
  • Gel Polish – N1700 
  • Leopard Print Manicure – N2500
  • Crackle Polish Manicure – N2500
  • Half Moon Manicure – N2500
  • Rainbow Tips Manicure – N2500

These are not all the services they offer, just pop in to find out more. Walk-ins are very welcome and appointments can also be made in advance.

So head on over to L’Espace by LPM and get some funky nail art done! Don’t forget to come back and let me know how the experience went.

Address
L’Espace
19A Olosa Street, Off Karimu Kotun Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos.

Do you love a bit of nail-art? Or are you just a regular polish kind of girl?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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Hi Everyone, I’m sure most of you have been wondering if I’ve left the blogging world… NO I haven’t. I’m just away on a break from work at the moment. And I do not have any wi-fi connection for the duration. Bad news is, I’m not going to put up any posts till I’m back in Nigeria, Good news is I’m back in a week and I’ve got a few posts lined up. So from August I’ll be back with posts! Hope you are all well! PS: If you’ve sent me an email, I’ll be responding this week Laters! Ez xxX

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A few weeks ago I received an email from a lovely lady from a company called The Social Place (in Lagos), asking if I’d be interested in trying out a few of the products the carry in their store. She mentioned Bomb Cosmetics as one of the products.

 I have ALWAYS been curious about Bomb Cosmetics. Curious because the first time I’d ever heard of or laid eyes on this brand was in Nigeria, and it reminded me a lot of this other brand in the UK called ‘LUSH’… I have no idea if this is available in America or anywhere else, but LUSH is amazing. It’s all fair-trade, hand-made soaps, lotions, spritzes, bath bombs, massage bars.. etc.

I feel like the products that have been sent for me to review are just perfect, like a well-rounded beauty regimen of products. I was sent a body polish, soap bar and a body lotion

It was presented in a lovely pink paper-bag with the products cushioned inside with pink tissue wrapping :). I am a sucker for a girly presentation (little things)

Blackcurrant Body-Polish N2,600*

Here’s the body polish, packed full of natural goodness. I have always wanted to try out body polish, really just to see how it differs from a body-scrub. It smells amazingly fruity, just like blackcurrant!… d’oh. The first time I used this product was with one of those exfoliating mitts and then the second time I made-do without them and just rubbed it in with my bare hands. Both ways work pretty much the same, but I preferred rubbing it on with my hands, THEN going over with the mitts.

Exfoliating Mitts. Purchased my pair at Ebeano Supermarket for N500

This left my skin feeling really smooth. The only thing I was skeptical about with this was if it would leave any residue when rinsed off. You know that little layer of ‘film’ most body-scrubs/gels/shower creams leave even when rinsed off. So annoying, especially in our hot climate, who needs the EXTRA moisture. Ugh. This did not happen AT ALL, it rinses off very well and your skin is left soft, polished and smelling amazing. I noticed the scent lasted quite a few hours, nearly half the day! I will definitely recommend this!

Blackcurrant Body-Polish N2,600*

This is what the product looks like in the tub. It contains microbeads that melt away once rubbed in and are not uncomfortable/scratchy.

Purple Hills Handmade Soap with Essential Oils N900*

Made to look like a slice of cake, this soap bar smells amazing. I am pathetic at describing scents, but this smells kind of like a ‘spa’, you know that lavender smell that’s always in the air at beauty spas. And it’s got a very ‘perfumey’ scent as well, my sister even said if Bomb Cosmetics did a body-spray/spritz in the same scent she would buy it. This soap contains essential oils and that can only be a good thing. My only gripe with this is that it does not last very long. Mine went for about a week and a half before it was all gone (probably had to do with the fact that my sister was using it as well *fumes*). I loved it so much  I have actually re-purchased it. At N900 for some luxury in my home, that’s not too bad :). This doesn’t make any noticeable difference to your skin once you’re out the shower. It just smells really good and is a dream to apply. I’d also recommend using this with exfoliating mitts

Purple Hills Handmade Soap with Essential Oils N900*

It’s got these flakes on the edges, still trying to figure out what they are. But right now, they are just creating a mess! :). But they do melt into the soap once wet and stay that way.

Coco Beach Shea Body Butter N2,600*

And finally the lotion. This is probably the product I liked the least in the package. 1.) Because it doesn’t really smell good (actually can’t describe this). It’s nothing repulsive, it’s just not as ‘lovely’ smelling as the others (‘lovely smelling’? When I said I was pants at describing scents I wasn’t joking lol) 2.) It doesn’t absorb very well. My only gripe with body lotions is when they do not absorb as well as I want and this is one of them.My skin generally takes a while to absorb ANYTHING, foundation, primers and lotions included. And with this product, this occurs just on my legs. Applied everywhere else on my body is fine, except for my legs. The product just sits on my skin in this area. BUT, there is a way around the ‘absorption’ issue, I just apply a tiny amount on my legs (when I remember to, which is mostly NEVER).

Coco Beach Shea Body Butter N2,600*

My sister actualy brushed against my leg the other day and went “What! Why is your leg so ‘slippery'” lol. I would say this lotion is more-suited for people with very dry skin. Weird thing is, even with the issue of this just sitting on my skin, I still reach for it every other day. As with all beauty products it is always really down to personal preference, so don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

These products were actually heaven-sent, as my skin has been a little dull the past few months and I have noticed that since using these products my skin is much softer and healthier-looking. So thanks a LOT Tolagbe for sending these through. Couldn’t have come at a better time 🙂

DETAILS

The Social Place
96 Awolowo Road
Ground Floor (behind MegaCare Pharmacy)
Ikoyi Lagos
Email: socoplace@gmail.com
Twitter: SocialLagos
www.facebook.com/SocialLagos

So look out for my post on The Social Place. I went in last weekend and was amazed at the array of products and items they have in store!

Laters,
Ez xxX

*These products were sent to me for review purposes. I do not accept compensation for positive reviews, my opinion is always honest, whether items are purchased or gifted.

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So you guys that follow me on twitter will remember a little while back I mentioned Zara’s (from mouldyfruit) Moroccan Hammam experience. She got hers done at a popular spa in Morocco. After reading the post I was extremely interested and intrigued. A treatment that’s basically an intense exfoliation of the body, from head to toe. Someone tweeted back that I could get a Hammam done in Lagos at the BNatural spa. I asked So a few days later I was chatting with my girls and mentioned Hammam to them, turned out that one of them was very familiar with it and actually gets it done regularly at BNatural. So we all planned to get it done, set a date and that was that.

BNatural have actually got an entire bungalow, on their premises dedicated to Hammam treatments.

 This is where you get changed ( I really should say this is were you get naked and then throw on a robe)

 The Process: Blow-by-blow of how it ALLLL went down.



So I get changed out of my clothes, knickers and bra included, and put on the robe I’d been given. The lady comes in and tells me to follow her. She leads me into the hammam room and asks me to take my robe off.
I do and I am completely naked, it’s hilarious. Then she showers me down and rubs some natural soap all over my body; the consistence is oil-like. After she’s got every inch of my body covered in the soap, she leads me to the steam room and asks me to sit down on a towel and shows she a smaller towel and says its just for my eyes. I’m like my eyes? Why would I need a towel just for my eyes? Boy, did I find out why lol! Oh and a little advice ladies, it’s best you have no makeup on, even if you aren’t getting your face done as well. So I sit in the steam room for about 15-20mins, and she comes and takes me back in to the hammam room and showers me down again. After she tells me to lay on my back on a slab, which is basically like a bed but made of marble (lol) with a headrest.

Marble Slab

And THEN the scrubbing begins, she starts on one side beginning with my arms and then works her way down and repeats on the other side. I notice little black rolls on my skin and she says that’s all dead skin. And then she tells me to flip over and scrubs scrub scrub. The scrubbing isn’t too painful, I’d describe it as ‘Very Scratchy’. She says my skin is too ‘light’ so she’s not gonna scrub as hard, but boy it was a little too scratchy for me, but bearable. When she’s done she asks me to sit up, then she gets my neck and back of my ears done. After, it’s another shower-down and then she rubs some stuff thats got a menthol scent and a rough texture. And asks me to go back in the steam room for 2mins. Once I’m out she showers it off and that was it!
As much as I loved the Hammam, I didn’t exactly find anything spectacular about it. It’s seemed like a regular body scrub to me. I went along within two of my girls and one of them said the exact same thing. The lady who gave me the treatment did mention I didn’t have that much dead skin (good thing right? I dunno :s ). I felt it was over really quick. But it was a little more than 45mins long. And because of my sensitive skin I got a LOT ‘bruises’. But BNatural actually mention on their site that  you are likely to get bruises. Don’t know if they were bruises but there were  tiny red dots like on the inner part of my arm and some like clustered. It’s weird to describe. So yeah, that’s my first Hammam experience shared with all you guys.

They’ve got quite a few different hammam options. The one I got was called something ‘Lightening’.. I got this a few months ago so can’t remember (shame on me for my procrastination on getting this up)

REVIEW OF TREATMENT
So I had a reaction to this treatment. I won’t say it’s down to Bnatural, because my friend gets this done alll the time. Although she gets a different type of hammam, I think she gets the regular one. I wanted to ‘experiment’ and it didn’t go well. I got like ‘rashes’ all over my body. They weren’t massive or anything, but they did itch and were very uncomfortable. They cleared up in about 2weeks and didn’t leave any scarring, so that’s alright.
I won’t say I’ll never get a Hammam ever again, but my skin is so so sensitive that I hardly ‘do’ anything to it. I have NEVER even had a facial, I’m THAT scared. But would I recommend a ‘Moroccan Hammam’ to anyone? ABSOLUTELY! It’s an amazing experience, and your skin feels reallly smooth after.

PRICE
Now because I have been SOOO lazy in getting this post up. I cannot remember how much this treatment cost. But I can give you an estimate.

N15,000

Hope you enjoyed this post, although it is so late!

PS: My tenses in this post are appalling, I typed this up once I finished the treatment so I’ve got my ‘past’ and ‘present’ tenses all jumbled up. It was typed in the ‘past’ but edited in the ‘present’… lol. I have issues, I know, forgive!



Ever had a Moroccan Hammam? How’d it go for you?

Laters,

Ez xxX

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