This is a little something I’d like to add to the blog. I thought i should separate my ‘Lagos Discoveries’ from my ‘Purchases’. I’ll tell you all about my discoveries in one post and then show you stuff I get from them in another.But I will never show you stuff from a store I haven’t blogged about yet? Got it? Ok

So here is my first ever solo HAUL post! *excited* I’d rather call it a mini-haul to be honest lol

This is the reason I went in search of Megacare in the first place. Well, not this particular brand but  Gilette Venus Divine Goddess Shaving Gel. I cannot seem to find this anywhere in Lagos and also could not seem to find a suitable replacement either. Until now!

I honestly do not know if this is for guys or ladies, it does have a faint ‘zing-y’ smell that men’s shaving stuff usually have. It’s not overpowering at all, and you only get a whiff of it suddenly… and then it’s gone. lol. Or it might just be my paranoia.

Now THIS! This is what I was excited to get. My friend has got the most perfectly filled-in eyebrows and I asked her what she used randomly one day. She said ‘Spiked’ by MAC. I personally don’t have to do much to my brows, except thread them. I have got the odd space here and there and I usually fill mine in with some eyeshadow using a slanted brush and set with brow gel.

I have seen quite a few reviews of this product in the beauty blogosphere and after seeing them in action on my friend. I thought.. why not! So far, no regrets! :). But I still prefer my method, or maybe I just need to get used to this.

So there’s my first haul. Let me know if you guys would be interested in more posts like this. Also let me know if you ever visit Megacare and tell me what you got! Till next time

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Ez xxX

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One day while reading up my timeline on twitter I saw someone tweet something along the lines of “I loove MegaCare on Awolowo Road, I’m such a beauty junkie” and someone retweeted it with the reply: “Yeah, me too, but their prices are ridiculous”. All my brain computed was Mega Care. Beauty Junkie. Awolowo Road. Need to go there, FAST! lol. I tweeted from my personal twitter account asking if anyone knew where MegaCare was on Awolowo Road, like what landmark was around it. Because we all know, house/building numbers don’t work in Lagos. Driving down a street looking for Number 5, u go from 19, to 18, 17, 16, then 13 next thing you see 146! what the…? lol. The things we go through around here, haha!!

Anyways, no one replied my tweet, as always (there’s a rant in there, but I shall not digress). One random day while I was heading to a friend’s house off Awolowo Road, I saw this white pristine building and it had one of those electronic ‘scrolly’ things and the words read ‘Mega Care’, I was like Bingo!! I planned to go back on Sunday, because parking off Awolowo Road during the week is a total nightmare, Sundays are saner.

I did a little dance when I got out of my car! I was THAT happy.. I’m such a loser

I am so happy that my expectations were met. It is a well-stocked shop.

They’ve got some MAC products in there, reasonable priced as well. It is obvious that the shades and items sourced were carefully thought-out and limited to the popular products amongst ladies in Nigeria. They’ve got the popular eyebrow pencils in ‘Spiked’ and ‘Stud’. Studio Finish Liquid Foundation, Studio Finish Powder, Lip Liners and other items.

They also have an OPI stand in there, with quite a good collection of shades
This Aromatherapy Stand had stuff from The Body Shop, Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret

I actually went in to look for some shaving gel, because I just can’t seem to find my usual one out here (Gilette Venus Divine Shaving Gel). I secretly prayed they might have it stock, unfortunately they didn’t. But they did have other good alternatives. I’ll do a blog post on the items I got.

This made me do a little squeal! They’ve Eylure lashes in there. I only wear strip falsies (don’t like the individuals) when I’ve got a big night out or to events, just generally when I feel like I want to dress up. And Eylure’s are my favorites, MAC comes in at a close second.

They also got a few of the Girl’s Aloud lashes as well. Hint: Cheryl’s are the best (in my opinion)
PRICING:
OPI Nail Polish: N2200
lol! Pathetic pricing I know, that’s the only one I remembered.

ADDRESS:

96 Awolowo Road,
Ikoyi,
Lagos.

I believe I have listed quite a few beauty/skin care supply stores on here. But I still have a couple more to share and discover! 🙂
What other lush pharmacies have we got in lagos?
Laters,
Ez xxX
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If you are a 9-5er like myself, you WILL appreciate this post.. trust me. Not about beauty this time, but my blog is about sharing my Lagos discoveries. Ladies do eat!

So here’s a company I’ve seen floating around twitter for quite some time now, but I never really paid as much attention. This was until some time last week when I wanted something different for lunch. You know how it goes in the office, we’ve got our in-house caterers or the regular fast-food restaurant/chinese  that you order from. But sometimes you just want a change. Cloud 9 was that ‘change’ for me.

I got their number off a friend, placed my order, stated what time and wanted it delivered, and got it!

This was what I ordered  rice, with chicken and plantain (excuse the mess on my desk). I know, quite a ‘regular’ order, but it tastes MUCH better than ‘regular’, trust me

I absolutely LOVE their presentation. I was expecting the usual tin-foil (or is it aluminium? :s) boxes with the cardboard top. But this was nice! Reminds me of the little plates I had when I was growing up, with the partitions in them… Anyways

So here is how they work. You send an email to their box to be added to their mailing list, and then you get sent a Daily Brief of the food menu on every working day of the week, Monday to Friday. They’ve got three categories on the menu. The ‘Mainstays’ which are basically what they have available on the menu everyday and a ‘Daily Special’ which is the special dish for the day, a different one from Monday-Thursday. And then on Fridays they’ve got what they call ‘Barbie Friday‘, which basically means they’ve got barbecued meats on the menu.

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Here’s a little visual of what the menu looked like on Thursday

This past Friday I ordered something from the ‘Barbie Friday’ offerings. Brown-Sugar Glazed Barbecue Chops with MacandCheese! YUM! Don’t you love their presentation?

‘Food Glorious Food!’ That’s their slogan, very apt!!

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Here’s what a Barbie (Barbecue) Friday menu looks like



DETAILS

To be added to their mailing list email: cloud9food[at]gmail[dot]com

Telephone Numbers you can place your orders on (or ask what’s on the menu for the day): 07043759329 & 08131384611

You can also order by sending it through to their email address!

Oh and they also offer catering services if you are interested…

Any other lunch-time food vendors with interesting menus?

Laters
Ez xxX

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So this is some interesting news… House of Tara, one of our very own indigenous Makeup Brands will be the official makeup company at this year’s Arise Magazine Fashion Week (AMFW). In case you’ve been living under a rock, the event kicks off next week Tuesday, 6th of March and runs for 7days.

When my friend told me about this, first thing that went through my head was ‘ooooooh interesting’… because I’ve been meaning to try out some stuff from this brand. Can’t wait to see the looks they churn out for the runway!

Have a look at their official press release below:

The organizers of the 2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with leading Nigerian make-up company, House of Tara. Under the terms of this partnership, House of Tara will act as official make-up company for the 2012 Arise Fashion Week, designing, coordinating and styling make-up looks for the entire runway event. House of Tara Director, Tara Fela-Durotoye confirmed the news and assured would-be guests at the Fashion Week of a spectacular feast for the eyes. “At any fashion show or runway event, the job of the make-up artist is to enhance and amplify the designer’s creations, and to give the audience a fashion-forward, visually titillating experience. At House of Tara, we know all about the art of make-up, but we are also experts at creating an experience using our palettes and brushes. Our work is memorable for all the right reasons,” she added.
House of Tara was also the official make-up company to the MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week which took place in October 2011.  Their stunning runway looks and professional demeanour endeared them to the organizers, designers and models alike, engendering a buzz that has remained to date. The Arise Magazine Fashion Week, which is scheduled to run from March 6th to March 11th2012, will no doubt boost House of Tara’s reputation as Nigeria’s preferred make-up company.


This really is good news! I love it when we recognize our own.

Anyone heading to the shows this year?
*Press Release

Laters,
Ez xxX
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Hey Everyone,

So one of my MAJOR concerns, skincare-wise, about moving back was: Would I be able to repurchase the items I love to use as part of my skincare routine? I was so pleased when I slowly discovered that majority of them were available in Lagos.

Although, one thing the stores in Lagos do suffer from is something I like to call ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Syndrome’. You might see something in a store one week, go back a couple weeks later and it’s not there. You’d think “Ok, it’s just not in stock yet”…. NOPE… It’s just not stocked ANYMORE. And then you’d have to go searching for it all over again.

Case in Point: I went to the store I bought my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash from in order to write-up this post, and it wasn’t on the shelves. They did have other Neutrogena products in store, so I am keeping my fingers-crossed they’ll be back in stock soon. Since I could not get the prices, my pricing listed at the bottom is more of a range, than an actual price.

Anyways on to the pictures

I use all four of these products on rotation within the week.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

I used to be faithful to the Clean&Clear exfoliating face wash, but I found the microbeads in it a little too ‘scratchy’ for me, so I switched to this. And I have no complaints so far. I use this 3times a week, or whenever I feel my face needs a good scrub

                   St Ives Warm Scrub

Also another exfoliant I use. As you rub this in you feel a warm sensation on your face,  which is quite nice. I switch back and forth between this and the Neutrogena within the week.

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser

I use this everynight once I’ve taken my makeup off with my ‘baby-wipes&babyoil’ combo.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash

This I use mornings I don’t exfoliate. It’s got a pump and the product comes out as foam which you just apply directly to wet face.I did not buy this here, but I did see it once in MedPlus pharmacy at The Palms.

PRICES AND WHERE YOU CAN BUY

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Scrub: Casa Bella at The Palms Shopping Mall – N1750 – 1950 (approx.)

Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser:  Casa Bella at The Palms Shopping Mall – N1560
St Ives Warm Scrub: Casa Bella, Health Plus, MedPlus and Shoprite at The Palms Shopping Mall – N850

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash: MedPlus at The Palms Shopping Mall

What Exfoliators/Face Wash do you use?
Are they Available in Lagos?
Pls Share!


Laters,
Ez xxX

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Just a little post to share with you another salon I regularly visit in Lagos. I have always headed to Barazahi for their spa facilities; Massages, Body Scrubs/Treatments and Waxing, I hadn’t ever gone in to the salon. Barazahi sits on a pretty large property that houses a Spa, Gym, Salon and even a Guest Chalet.

My visit to Barazahi salon was a ‘last resort’ scenario/situation. I’d been to my regular salon earlier in the day to let them know I was coming in later and had dropped off my hair extensions to have them washed and put in set-rollers. Came back much later in the day to “Sorry everyone is busy”, “All these ladies are waiting, you’d have to join the queue”. Asked for my hair extensions they were in a pan, wet and just left there. I was utterly disgusted, rang Barazahi  they were less busy and I went STRAIGHT to them.

My friend’s been going to Barazahi for a while, and she strolls in for 5pm appointments. Whereas at my former CATTLE-RANCH of a salon, I’d have to be there at 9am! And won’t be done till about 4pm… I know, Ridiculous. My hair-stylist even left them at the New Year, so I definitely have no reason to go to back.

So back to the lovely Barazahi. Went in there a few weeks ago to get a pedicure and my weave put back in. This was the day after I got my hair treated with the lush ObJ Minty Shea HairButter. My stylist, Eniola, is the best! She makes you feel at ease and welcome.

Those who are familiar with Barazahi would be pleased to see this. Yay! They now have pedicure chairs!

They use Orly polish for the manis/pedis and they also sell them there. Same price as Ebeano N1500

I love the Layout of the salon. It’s not a large space, but it’s perfect.

Barazahi can be a little pricey, so that might put a few people off. But is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY. The quality of service you get and the products used justify the pricing as far as I am concerned.

I also love that you can have a mini bottle of wine while you get your hair done, they’ve got a fully-functional kitchen where you can order a light lunch and snacks from a menu. Dishes on the menu include  pasta, wraps and sandwiches. Or freshly-squeezed fruit juices.



PRICES



Here are a few prices off their menu. Yup, the Barazahi pricelist is called a ‘Menu’, I love it! They did mention to me their prices were going up in the New Year, don’t know if they’ve been applied yet. I’ll tweet you guys when I know and would update this post with the new pricing.

Manicure: N2000
Pedicure: N3000
Change of Polish: N650
Blow Dry: N2500 (Natural Hair)/ N3000 (Weave)
Shampoo & Set: N3000
Retouching: N7000 (Fibre Guard)
 Retouching (Syntonic/Client’s Kit): N5500
Wash & Set Weave: N2000

UPDATE**


Their prices have gone up. Went in on Sunday for my routine wax (underarms) and it’s up from N1500 to N2500. So please call in to confirm prices first.

Checkout their website here! for more information

Where do you get your hair done in Lagos?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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My lovely mother gave me a large tub of unrefined Sheabutter mid last year and I’ve still got it. Not used it much because it’s the solid form, you know the one you need to rub between your palms to heat it up and therefore melt it a little so it’s easy to apply like your regular body lotion. Yeah, that one. So I don’t use it as regularly as I’d like to, because of the stress of warming it up and all that. So someone mentioned to me that a little bit of coconut oil mixed in would do the trick and make it easier to work with.

I thought to buy some off-the-shelf coconut oil, but no one knew where I could get that. So I thought I needed some 100% natural oil-vendor or something, much easier than checking the shops right?…lol. I was randomly going through my sister’s followers on twitter (don’t ask why, I have a legitimate reason) and I came across the account ‘Vanity Oils’. I thought “interesting name, what do they do? Are they in lagos”… They were and they were EXACTLY what I was looking for!

I immediately followed them on twitter and sent them a tweet saying I wanted to order some oils. They asked for my email address, sent that over and they replied the email with their catalogue.

These are the items I ordered. I must say their catalogue is HIGHLY informative (so is their website). Like, I learnt SO MUCH about the different oils available and their numerous uses and benefits. There are two types of oils Essential Oils (active ingredients) and Carrier Oils (base oils used to dilute essential oils). After reading through all the different oils they had available I obviously became confused about what to pick.

I initially wanted just the coconut oil, but after looking through their catalogue I got this as well. (must be the ObJ MINTY Shea Hair-butter :s).

The cover of the little bottle doubles up as a dropper. As this is an essential oil I only need about 1-2drops mixed in with my shampoo, conditioner, hair cream or whatever I want to add it to. I love when a vendor puts a lot of thought into their presentation. Love!

Also the benefits and uses of this oil are right up my street.

Look at how much coconut oil is in that bottle! I’m sure I can find a lot more uses for it other than just to mix into my sheabutter.

They also sent me over this little tub of Sheabutter! I was pleasantly surprised, thank you Vanity Oils. Don’t know if this is like their standard gift to customers, or if it’s because I mentioned in my email to them the reason why I wanted coconut oil was to mix in with my sheabutter to get a cream-like texture. Either way this gift was perfect! The texture of this Sheabutter is exactly what I want to achieve with mine once the coconut oil is mixed in.



PRICES

Coconut Oil : N1000 (8 oz bottle)

Peppermint Oil:  N2000 (1 oz bottle)

Delivery: N500

I’m going to add a drop of peppermint oil in with my coconut oil and unrefined sheabutter. Is this a good idea?

Think I’m going to order some Olive Oil from them soon, because of the benefits one of you guys said when it’s used as an eye-makeup remover. Longer eyelashes here I come! 😀

Follow them on twitter and check out their website

Any other oil vendors in Lagos?

Laters,
Ez xxX

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