HI EVERYONE!

I am guessing everyone should know this, but just incase you haven’t got a twitter account, or a Facebook account, or an Instagram account, and you just might live under a rock (just kidding).

BEAUTY IN LAGOS WON AN AWARD!!

BEST BEAUTY BLOG IN THE NIGERIAN BLOG AWARDS: BEST BEAUTY BLOG

There was no red carpet event for this one. It was done via twitter and people voted this little ol’ blog the BEST BEAUTY BLOG in Nigeria!

I know it’s a little late as the winners were announced exactly a month ago, but I was waiting for the ‘Winner’s Badge’ to come through first before I typed this up, but that’s not happened yet. So decided to do this without it.

Just wanted to say a MAHOOOOSIVE ‘THANK YOU!!!’ to everyone who voted and everyone who reads this blog. It means a LOT to me! And I know that I do not post as regularly as some of you would LIKE, but this is a hobby for me and as much as I love and enjoy blogging, my real life takes priority most times. But there’s still some of you that come back and read and I am extremely grateful.

Once again thanks to everyone who voted!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Lots of Love!

Ez

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Hi Guys. So another beauty tip for you This series I have split up in two parts. This first part I introduce to you the concept of face contouring and the 3 Main products and tools that are required. Now as with all things makeup these rules are not strict, you can edit it to suit yourself!

Look Out for Part 2, where I will be showing you ‘How To’ Contour

Hope you enjoyed my little Tip!

 Laters,

 Ez xxX

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Hi Guys! Hope you are all well.

So a few weeks ago I  attended a little jazz night with my friend in Ikoyi, Lagos. I noticed her face was ‘glowy’, kind of when ones got a bit of highlighter on the cheeks, forehead and down the bridge of the nose. I asked her what highlighter it was and she said she didn’t have any on. I said ok what blusher then, obviously assuming it must have been a blusher with some shimmer in it, once again she said she didn’t have that on either. She then told me it was this new powder she got from SLEEK. I asked her for details and she said it was the Sleek ‘Suede Effect’ Powder.

I had seen them on the Konga website when I was having a browse so I made a mental note to purchase it. I asked her what shade she got and she said ’02’. I have a couple Sleek face powders in my collection one of them’s called the ‘Luminous Pressed Powder’, and this powder comes in a pack exactly identical to the Suede Effect one. I’ve got the Luminous powder in the shade ’01’ and since my friend is darker than I am and she had it in ’02’, I guessed the ’01’ would be perfect for me and it was!

I present to you the powder that really is something special. Sleek Makeup ‘Suede Effect Pressed Powder’. And its got SPF in it, that can only be an amazing bonus. Cannot stress enough how important sun protection is. Please please please ensure you ALWAYS wear makeup that’s got sun protection in it, or if you haven’t got any foundation/powder with SPF. Look for a day-cream (face cream) thats got SPF. Sun damage is irreversible and its got so many adverse effects. And not just the face, your entire body needs to be protected too.

I tell you, this powder is very lightweight and applies smoothly on the skin. You will honestly feel like you haven’t got anything on.

It only comes in 4 shades from 01 to 04. But do not be put off by this at all, as this powder is quite translucent and a shade can cater to a range of skin tones that fall within the same color base.

Like I mentioned earlier my friend is about the shade NW45 in MAC shade-terms and the shade 02 is a perfect match for her. I would say these powders are a bit translucent, but offer enough coverage. So the color range might be small, but it will suit almost all skin tones

I couldn’t just purchase one item! what would the beauty-gods say?? Had to get something else.

Got this gorgeous Coral lipstick from Revlon.

I had a similar one from MAC. But I lost it (or someone stole it *side eye*) and I thought this might be a decent replacement.

I wore it over the weekend and I was impressed. Never tried any lipsticks from Revlon and this wasn’t a bad first impression. Although the its not got as much staying power on the lips as, say MAC. But for a drugstore lipstick its not bad.

Its got good pigmentation and a creamy texture. The popular preference for bright colored lipstick is a matte finish, but I tend to prefer mine to have a slightly creamy texture. But not too creamy that it borders on ‘slippery’. Just smooth enough to apply on the lips without ‘dragging’. This is the MAIN reason I don’t share the enormous love that everyone has for RubyWoo, honestly. Yes, its a universal red but its a VERY unforgiving lipstick, very drying and ‘drags’ like no other when being applied.. But this is a rant for another day

Only gripe with this product is that its got a very weird shape, especially the end of it. You know how most lipsticks have got the usual ‘dip’ on one side? Well this has got a ‘dip’ on both sides, it looks like the sharp end of a screwdriver (sorry, I’m really struggling to describe this). Both sides have got this ‘dip’ and due to this the top of the lipstick is a straight-line. I tried to capture this in a picture, but no joy.

This really does not affect the application, its just unusual thats all.

DETAILS:
Revlon Colorburst Liptick in Shade ‘080 Coral: N2,200 CLICK TO BUY!

Sleek Makeup Suede Effect Pressed Powder SPF 15 in Shade ‘SE 01’: N1,950 CLICK TO BUY!

So there you go! Yet another mini-haul from Konga. I am honestly addicted to that site and I am so happy theres a place we makeup addicts in Lagos can go and indulge. Just need them to add more exciting items to their stock.

Got anything off Konga recently?

Laters,

Ez xxX

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This is just a little something I thought I’d add to my blog content. Sharing some of my personal tips with you guys. I have been thinking about how to present this and I love what I have decided to use.

First in this new series will be lip care. You can get away with lip glosses but there are many lipsticks that are quite unforgiving on unkempt lips. Case in point, the cult product MAC’s ‘Ruby Woo’. A Matte (and all-too-drying) lipstick that majority of we ladies love ( I don’t, quite frankly I think there are many other ‘Reds’ out there), because it seems to be ‘Universal Red’ i.e. it works with any skin tone.

Hope you enjoyed my little Tip!

Laters,

Ez Xxx

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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

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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

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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!
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Any other online shopping sites you’ve discovered out here? (specifically beauty stores)
Laters,
Ez xxX

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