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

Photo Source: Instagram

“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

Photo source: Instagram


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

Photo Source: Instagram

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 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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Scrolling through Instagram for hours, I have come across a virtual treasure trove of Nigerian brands who offer a wide range of skincare and beauty products. And as a person who has not met a Shea butter cream or candle she did not like, it has been a danger to my pocket.
So that I am not alone in my obsession, here are few brands that offer gift sets which, if you have never tried the brands before, serve as a good introduction. Alternatively if you are slightly less selfish than I am, you can give them as gifts to people in your life with similar tastes?
So without further ado, here they are:

1. Arami Essentials – Luxe Mini Gift Box (3, 4, 5)

This is a natural brand that has a range products clearly marked for each skintype. The beauty of their boxes is that they come at different price points so you can mix and match-in the products that work best for you. With the smallest box you get 3 products, 4 with the medium and 5 with the largest. Products include: the Glow Oil, Coco Oil, Ivory Butter, Glow Scrub and Onyx Polish. Note that the products are smaller than their normal full size offerings on the site.

Prices: ₦6,500 – ₦10,500


Available on: www.aramiessentials.com
Instagram: @aramiessentials

2. Matte Apothecary –Matte Black box

This is another natural brand that has a fantastic gift box for the holiday season. The Matte Black Box contains 3 of their signature products, raw brown sugar scrub, radiance oil and the whipped body smoothie all of which will provide a luxurious experience. The only catch is that it is a set box, no mixing and matching, however the products are full size.

Price: ₦15,000

Available on: www.matteapothecary.com                                             Instagram: @matteapothecary

3. Narganics: Limited Edition Christmas Cracker Gift Set

If there was a prize for innovative packaging, Narganics would win handsdown with its Christmas cracker shaped gift box. It contains a body scrub, artisanal black soap and a shimmer body mousse all of which appear to be full size.


Price: ₦15,000

Available on: www.narganics.com
Instagram: @narganics

4. CNC Gourmet –The Feminine Fancy Box

This is not a skincare brand, but is rather a curator of all things nice from home and abroad. From their website and Instagram it appears they may have 2 box options but I’ve decided to focus on the Feminine Fancy Box. This box contains: Harrods spiced coffee, Farrah’s assorted toffee, Ilé scent diffuser, a Lohn Lagos candle, a bottle of bubbly and a nice tea cup .This is the most expensive option on the list however it contains more than skincare so it is understandable.


Price: ₦100,000

Available on: www.cncandco.com
Instagram: @cncgourmet

5. Skinsational Natural & Organic Skincare –So Luxe Collection Gift Box

This contains the brands’ signature products which include black soap, lip balm, body and bath oils. Again it is a suitable box for any skincare enthusiast and the products appear to be full size. There is an added bonus of free delivery if you live in Lagos.


Price: ₦20,000

Available on: www.shopskinsational.com.ng
Instagram: @skinsationalskincare

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Lohn Lagos: Colour series

Price: on demand                                                                                            Available: @lohnlagos

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Chizo is a skincare and makeup enthusiast who likes to travel and explore new places. When not working, she is browsing skin care and beauty sites looking to try new products or binge-watching series online.

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Website: www.beautyharbour.com  

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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We are so excited to share this amazing Nigerian Traditional wedding beauty editorial!

This gorgeous editorial was put together by Nigerian Makeup Artist, Labisi of FacesByLabisi, inspired by the celebration and appreciation of the expressive shift in the Nigerian makeup and beauty space.

For a very long time the Nigerian Woman and her sense of style and glamour has always been ultra sophisticated and over the top and perfect; nothing out of place. But now, things are changing where beautiful doesn’t have to be perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Elaborate, avant-garde head tie styles of our grandmothers coming back to play, where old is the new cool. Spontaneous with a modern twist is the new cool.

“We are beginning to see beauty in not what we were told was beautiful, but rather in what we say is beautiful. I wanted to celebrate that in how I see things- in colour and of course makeup!” – Labisi


Credits
Makeup: @facesbylabisi
Photography: @felixcrown

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Who better to dish on all things GLOW than the Glow-Queen herself, Teniola (Tenny) Kashaam. Tenny is the Head Makeup Artist at TennyCoCo Studio and is popularly known for her signature luminous makeup looks. Her finished looks always want to make you reach for the nearest highlighter and just bathe in it. She has mastered a technique that sets her apart from her counterparts so we had to get her to spill on some of her favourite ‘Glow’ products; particularly for deeper skintones.

She shared there’s two parts to this ‘Glow Game’; It starts with the base (Illuminators) and ends with the finishing touch (Highlighters).

For her base she alternates between an array of products she calls ‘Glow Essentials’, which we will share in this post. And for the finishing touches, a variety of highlighters/bronzers, we shall share in another post.

So we sat down with Tenny to find out what her top 5 Glow Essentials for Melanin Skin are:

 

1. ICONIC LONDON  ILLUMINATOR ‘GLOW’ – N11,000

photo source: @TennyCocoStudio (Instagram)

Available for purchase from: @TennyCocoStudio

 

2. MELANIE MILLS GLEAM BODY RADIANCE ‘DEEP GOLD’

photo source: melaniemillshollywood.com

 

 

3. MAC FIX+ (SHIMMER) ‘PINK LITE’ – N9,000

photo source: maccosmetics.com

Available for purchase from: @TennyCocoStudio

 

4. MAC STROBE CREAM ‘GOLD LITE’

photo source: maccosmetics.com

 

 

5. DABOTA COSMETICS ILLUMINATING LOTION

photo source: dabotacosmetics.com

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When it comes to building a skincare routine, it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed especially with all the information available on the internet. You see so many words and phrases and you don’t even know where to start from! what is a cleanser? Is it different from a toner? Do I need to wash my face twice daily? What is double cleansing? …The questions are endless!

With the Korean 10 step routine gaining popularity in recent years, it has left many wondering if this is the only way to achieve glowing skin as I know not too many people have the time for a multi-step routine every day. Also with the rise of bloggers, influencers, recommendations from friends and the oh so amazing ‘shelfies’ on Instagram, it is easy to go crazy when buying skincare products and end up buying what you don’t need or products that will do your skin no favours…..trust me, I have been down this expensive hole!

This post will be in two parts – Part 1 will address the 7 things you need to know before building your personal skincare routine and Part 2  will be a detailed explanation of each step of your morning and evening skincare routines with examples in each category.

Let’s get into it, 7 things you need to know BEFORE you build a personal skincare routine:

1.) Know your Skin Type

Products are usually formulated for specific skin types. You need to know if your skin is oily, dry, combination or if you are lucky…normal. You also need to know if your skin is sensitive, prone to redness etc.

2.) Know your Skin Concerns

Most of us have specific concerns we want skincare products or treatments to address. It could be acne, dehydration, dryness, hyperpigmentation, dermatitis or a combination of concerns. This will then inform product choices. You have no business buying La Mer if you have cystic acne. You get my drift?

3.) Do your Research

Read up on what the product will do for you, your options depending on your budget and read reviews.

4.) Know when to use the Products

For example Vitamin C serums are meant to be used during the day (except otherwise stated by the brand) and retinol is advised to be used at night.

5.) Start with the Basics

It may be difficult to go from not washing your face at all to a 10 step routine. Get a routine going first then add more products as needed.

6.) Manage your expectations

Know the results skincare products will give you. I believe certain results are only achievable in a dermatologist’s office. If you use an exfoliant, either physical or chemical, it will slough off dead cells making your skin smoother and brighter. You won’t be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your usual skin tone.

7.) Be Patient

Everything takes time. You can’t reverse damage accrued over two years in two weeks. To get visible results from most products, you will need to use them consistently for 6 to 8 weeks.
That’s it. Now you are armed with information on how to start building your routine, you are more informed when buying skincare products (or when anyone is trying to sell you anything)

 

In Part 2 we would look at morning and evening routines and what steps and products you need.

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Olabisi is a Medical Doctor and Skincare Blogger based in Lagos. When she is not busy working with vulnerable women and children, she is writing blog posts on www.thatgeminigirl.com.

You can find her:

Instagram @that.geminigirl

Twitter: @geminigirl03

Email: olabisi@thatgeminigirl.com