Hello My lovelies!
The Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conference (the region’s largest event dedicated to beauty and wellness) is only a few days away and is the start of a very exciting journey which will see the event return annually to Nigeria showcasing to the West African market the very best beauty products, brands and stylists from across the world.
The Beauty Africa Exhibition will see over 20 companies from all areas of the beauty market place including hair, make up, spa & wellness and skincare showcasing the latest products and services available today.
Alongside the exhibition Beauty Africa will be hosting a 3-day, free to attend, conference which is ground-breaking in the sense that there will be so many of the regional leaders present on the same platform providing various different business talks, live demonstrations and discussions. The conference will be split into three daily areas, with day one covering make up, day two hair and day three skin care and spa.
Below is the list of all the experts taking part in the business talks, lectures and live demo’s:

Hosted by Teniolami Adejuwon, Executive Director, Beauty By Nature Inc.

Day 1 – Make up panel of experts:
– Khuraira Musa
, President and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Khuraira Cosmetics
– Tara Fela-Durotoye
, Makeup Artist & Creative Director, House Of Tara
– Funmi Odegbami, Managing Director,MiNK London
– Eryca Freemantle, Global Beauty Ambassador for Women of Colour & Strategic Industry Intelligence
– Ada Iwugo, Commercial Director, House Of Tara
– Oke Maduewesi, CEO & Managing Director, Zaron Cosmetics
– Lola Maja-Okojevoh
, Makeup artist & Owner, Sacred Beauty
– Bimpe Onakoya,
Makeup Artist, Bimpe Onakoya Makeup & L’oreal
– Fatima Mamza,
Makeup Artist and Founder, Mamza Beauty Limited

Day 2 – Haircare panel of experts:
– Ugo Igbokwe
, Celebrity Hairstylist & Owner, Make Me Salon
– Dionne Smith, Celebrity Award Winning Hairstylist
– Aislynne Adewale, Master Stylist & Educator, American licensed cosmetologist (The hair whisperer)
– Daisy Obiano, Managing Director, Capelli Salon
– Tokunbo Chiedu
, CEO, Compass Consulting,  Country Partner, Design Essentials
– John Ojukwu
, Master Stylist Educator and Platform artist, British Licensed Cosmetologist
Day 3 – Skincare and spa panel of experts:
– Pamela Olatunji Bello
, Owner, and Laser technician, Bnatural medical Spa and Laser Centre
– Elaine Okeke-Martin, President, Spa & Wellness Association of Africa
– Ameera Abraham
, CEO and Creative Director, The Nail Bar
– Ufuoma Koloko,
Owner and Managing Director, UK Skincare Academy
– Fana Assafa,
Director – Aesthetic Dermatology, bnatural medical
– Lola Maja-Okojevoh,
Makeup artist & Owner, Sacred Beauty
Online registration closes today, Thursday  (2nd Oct), but do not fret you can still register  on-site at the event, it’s FREE to attend. Click here to register. Places are limited and will be on first come first serve basis.
Children under the age of 16 will not be admitted.
Visit http://www.beautyafricaexhibition.com for more details.

Follow beauty Africa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/beautyafricaexhibition and stand a chance to win amazing prizes.
Looking forward to seeing you all there next week!
Laters,
Ez xxX
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Hiya Everyone,

So Savvy & Chic Magazine are having a garden party this Sunday for Bloggers, and we are all allowed to bring, as our plus-1, one of our readers!

Not going to make this post a wordy one. All the information is in the invite above.

Just comment below with your email address if you would like to come along with me to the party, and I will choose a winner at random.

The reason I blog is to share information with everyone and by ‘everyone’ I mean you guys. I do meet some of you at events and stuff, but it will be nice to spend an afternoon with one of you!

Best of Luck,

Ez xxX

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Hiya Everyone!
Back with more juicy details about the Beauty Africa Exhibition happening in 4weeks, time is seriously flying by! 
The Beauty Africa event is not just about the vendors and exhibition during the 3-day event, there will be business talks, workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on training led by some of the biggest names in beauty, haircare, skincare, spa and wellness such as: Khuraira Musa, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Teniolami Adejuwon, Eryca Freemantle, Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Funmi Odegbam, Dionne Smith, Fatmi Mamza, Pamela Olatunji Bello, Ugo Igbokwe and many more.
The business talks event schedule is as follows:
•    Day 1: 7th October: Beauty and Makeup Day
•    Day 2: 8th October: Haircare Day
•    Day 3: 9th October: Skincare and Spa day
Each of these days will have 2hour business talk sessions in the morning followed by workshops and live demonstrations.
I am pretty sure we all have our preferred areas of interest when it comes to beauty, so you can pick and choose whichever you’d like to attend. Being the all-round beauty junkie that I am, you can bet I will be at all 3! So make sure to join global and regional beauty, hair care, skin care and spa experts for in-depth discussions on how to become a world-class make-up artist, own your own hair salon, or build your skincare and spa brand. 
Business Talks
During these dedicated business talks you will have the opportunity to meet and network with celebrity makeup artists, celebrity hairstylists and top skincare gurus. From training, to marketing and finance – make sure you get your most burning questions answered by these top specialists.
Hosted by Teniolami Adejuwon, Executive Director, Beauty By Nature Inc

Click here to view the agenda and register

Workshops
During these live demonstrations, you will learn the skills and approaches to take away with you and apply to your everyday beauty work. From airbrushing to hair extensions to treating problematic skin, the experts will demonstrate on models best practices in dealing with West African skin and hair. Do not miss out on these action-packed LIVE demonstrations; you may even get the opportunity to have a go on the model yourself!

Registration is now open and it’s FREE to attend with limited spaces, so hurry up and register now. Click here to register

Don’t wait until the last minute to register, just do it now and then you can forget all about it until the event comes round 🙂
Visit Beauty Africa for more details.

Laters,

Ez xxX
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Hiya Everyone!!

Hope everyone’s had a lovely start to the weekend. And if you’ve got nothing planned, I have some information on a fun event I think you’d love to attend.

Fellow Nigerian blogger, Dabs (NaijaHairCanGrow), is celebrating her 4-year blog anniversary tomorrow with a ‘Salon Day-Out’ event. Now I went to her first ever salon day out last year and to see how far she has come with it and how well she has grown her brand, is truly inspirational. Go Dabs!! lol.

This Salon Day Out is a lot bigger than the past ones she’s hosted. This time there will be beauty, skin and haircare vendors in the mix. I was excited to see a couple BiL Directory vendors like Beauty Kink, MyMakeup & Savvy&Chic Beauty Hub. It will be a great opportunity for anyone to meet Dabs and get rare one-on-one advice on how to care for your hair (natural/relaxed). Trust me, you should want to pick her brain, she knows her stuff when it comes to haircare! There will also be makeup tutorials, wig-making tutorials and lots of freebies and discounts being provided by the vendors involved. I know I need to stock up on some hair and makeup goodies, so I can’t wait.

Oh, Dabs and I recently collaborated on a project she worked on, I am sure if you read her blog you already know what this is, but if you have absolutely no idea what I am going on about, come down to the event tomorrow and you’ll find out!

Details
Venue: The WhiteSpace, 58 Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Date: Sunday, June 8th 2014
Time: 12noon – 6pm

So if you love a good pamper, makeup and haircare then you do not want to miss the Salon Day-Out tomorrow! I look forward to meeting you guys tomorrow!

See you there!

Laters,

Ez xxX

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you’ve all had a decent week and Thank God It’s Friday!!!

Last weekend I was kindly invited over to the House Of Tara (HOT) studio in Lekki Phase 1. They were hosting an even tagged ‘Flawless’. Now I am not quite sure where I got this information, but I know I GOT it, this event was mainly to launch their new line of Foundation, but they also had some other new products launching.

Now for anyone that’s never heard of HOT, this is an indigenous makeup brand owned by Tara Fela-Durotoye. My first encounter with this brand was at Ebeano supermarket in Lekki 1 (the old location), and I saw these eyeshadows on a stand and they didn’t really hold my attention to be honest. And since we aren’t able to swatch makeup in most stores in Lagos, it was really difficult for me to get an opinion on the products. Fast-forward to Sunday, and I could tell IMMEDIATELY that a lot of rebranding had taken place. Everything looks really good, and swatches I tried were really pigmented.

I’d never been to the HOT studio/store before and I was really impressed. I loved the layout, the colors, just the general atmosphere in the room was great!

They had key products setup down the centre of the store and shelf after shelf of glorious makeup.

Was a really nice setup, with enough space for people to move around and try-out the products.

We were also treated to Cocktails and yummy Desserts. The Desserts were particularly interesting, hadn’t seen a Crepe Barbeque round these parts before, the desserts where catered by a company called Kiwis & Peaches
Tara Medium-Coverage Foundation

 The reason I was invited down. The newly-launched product, Tara Medium-Coverage Foundation.

I think this foundation has got 6-7 different shades. From light caramel shades through to dark chocolate.

Its got on the back ‘Normal-to-Dry-Skin’, so this pretty much says it may not be ideal for oily/combination skin. Or if you do have the latter, you will need a good primer and powder to help set this in place. I did try this on the back of my hand, and it felt really nice. Not sticky, light-weight and blended in really well. But that isn’t much of a review because to really know if any makeup product works for you, one will have to wear it for a full-day for a couple weeks (obviously taking it off every night..lol).

The tube-like packaging is very reminiscent of MAC’s Studio Sculpt (SS) foundation, but the formulations are completely different. For one, this is water-based while SS is gel-based. Found the name of this a LITTLE odd. I know up there I called it ‘Tara Medium-Coverage Foundation’, but it’s quite a generic name. Guess they wanted to keep it nice and simple.

After I had played around with this some, I wandered around the store and then these beauties caught my eye…

Turns out they were also launching new shades of this. They are called ‘ High-Shine Lip Stains’, but I would compare them to some lip-laquers Rimmel released earlier this year, or was it late last year? But anyway, I am talking about Rimmel’s ‘Apocalips’.

This Lip Stain from Tara can be compared to a lip lacquer. Lip Laquers are basically lip products that go on like glosses, but then settle on your lips to look lip-lipsticks. I describe them as super-pigmented moisturizing lipsticks. These don’t go matte, now you all know me and matte lip products ain’t friends, so this one is right up my street.

They had a lot of shades. I only captured my favourite from the day. They have it all covered in the shades department, really really impressed.


So after the event, and being surrounded by so much make up, I got so overwhelmed that I only went away with one single purchase. Plus I am trying to control myself when it comes to makeup, I have waaaaaay too much. So these days I just buy stuff I absolutely do not have. 
Tara High-Shine Lip Stain in ‘Nefertiti’ – N1,650
Like for instance, I don’t THINK I have got any lip product in this shade. 
It kind of reminded me of MAC’s ‘Syrup’ lipstick. It’s coming off a lot brighter in these swatches, but I promise it’s a dark pink shade with purple undertones. Very flattering on my skin and I know you would much rather see lip swatches of this, so I will make a note to post some swatches on my Instagram page in the coming weeks, so now might be a good time to follow me if you don’t. Username: @BeautyInLagos.
All in all I had a lovely time at the event, anything makeup, you’ve got me! So wanted to say a huge Thank You to the House of Tara team, specifically Temi, for having me 🙂
Details
Company: House of Tara International
Address: Plot 13A, Onikepo Akande Street, Road 12, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos (various branches scattered all across Lagos & Nigeria, check the website for locations here)
Telephone Number: 08022922922 & 08024787772
Website: www.houseoftara.net

What Products do you love from House Of Tara?
Laters,
Ez xxX

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Hey Everyone!

Yay! They’re back! I thoroughly enjoyed LMUF1 (check out that post here). The fair really opened my world to a lot of beauty vendors in Lagos. I got to see that there a lot more makeup brands available to buy in Lagos. I adore SMEs, they provide the sort of ‘personal’ touch we as customers cannot get from their larger counterparts. I also typed-up a whole post about the stuff I got at the last one here: LMUF1 Haul


The 2nd Lagos MakeUp Fair is the 6th edition in the MakeUp Fair Series after its successful editions in Abuja, Portharcourt and Owerri . The MakeUp Fair series is a makeup and beauty shopping extravaganza   which is intended to give makeup and beauty professionals a great   platform from which to conclude business with attendees/visitors by showcasing and demonstrating their products to potential customers.


Exhibitor Categories include

Makeup products, tools and Personal Care:
Wellness and Spa:
Hair Care, products and accessories

LMUF2 is a great marketplace for finding targeted audience many of  which are buyers or people who can recommend your product to the right people. Vendors/companies/brands also get to have a face to face    meeting, show and demonstrate their products to attendees/visitors who are prospective customers.
If you love everything makeup and beauty Dont miss this great makeup  and beauty shopping extravaganza!!!

 
Details
Date : 22nd June, 2013
Venue: Anchor Events Place No 2 Registration Close behind Union bank after LTV Agidingbi Ikeja Lagos
Time:  10 – 7pm
Attendance is FREE!

Makeovers…Shopping…Fun…Networking…Food…Drinks, Loads of  freebies for grabs and Free breast Cancer Screening.

Contact
For Sponsorship, Registration and Participation
Phone No: 08037862333, 08188905667
Email:       lagos@themakeupfair.com
Twitter:     @themakeupfair
BBpin:      2638BBCC

I am definitely going to stop by and can’t wait to check out a few vendors. A few of my favourites will be there like, Gifty’s Daughter and My Makeup and I’m excited to check out DevaPetals, they posted some gorgeous whipped sheabutter lotions and potions on their instagram page, can’t wait to try them out.

Hope to see some of you guys tomorrow!
Laters,
Ez xxX 
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TGIF Beauty-Lovers!

And what better way to end the week than with a lovely Beauty Event to look forward to and TWO Giveaways to win! I am so grateful that BiL gets offers that always include a little something for you lovely readers.

Giveaway 1
L’Espace is offering 15 (FIFTEEN) BiL followers a 30% discount off services done or booked at the blow-dry bar on the day of the event. This means that if you decide to get your hair done on the 7th of April, or book an appointment to get it done some other time, it’ll be 30% off the listed price.

These are the list of services currently being offered at the Blow-Dry Bar.

Rules

  1. In order to claim this discount, BiL followers will have to know the special discount code. This special code will be given to the first 15 people to send me an email. 
  2. Send your emails to info@beautyinlagos.com. Subject: Beauty and the Brunch Giveaway. Content: Please may I have the discount code. I follow BeautyInLagos on …. (mention the platform you follow BiL on), my username is.. (Mention your username or alias)
  3. You MUST be following BiL on at least ONE of the social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, GoogleConnect or Twitter.
  4. After you have sent your email, please leave a comment below simple saying: Email Sent.
  5. Giveaway ends once 15 emails have been received.
Giveaway 2
This is open to all BiL followers on Instagram! One of them will get a chance to win a beauty-box worth One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000), courtesy L’Espace. The Beauty-Box will contain natural hair products and treatments worth N100,000. 
Rules
  1. You MUST be following BiL on Instagram (Username: @BeautyInLagos)
  2. I will upload a picture of the Blow-dry bar at L’Espace. ‘Like’ the picture
  3. Leave a comment and tag @L_EspaceByLpm
  4. Winner will be chosen at random
That’s it guys! So even more incentive for you lot to come party with me this Sunday, 7th of April! Look forward to seeing you all there and have an awesome weekend!
Laters,
Ez xxX
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