I recently worked on an exciting project with retail fashion leader Zazaii as part of their campaign for this year’s Lagos Fashion & Design Week. Amali Cosmetics created a new limited edition line in collaboration with Zazaii which was launched yesterday at fashion week. Yes, this is the same Amali Cosmetics that will be sponsoring tomorrow’s #TGiFreeManicures event with complimentary pink manicures.

Directly inspired by the transformative nature of fashion and beauty and the power of individuality, the bold colour edit curated by ZAZAII,  reflects a glamorous yet playful vibe, these limited edition polishes are must haves for next season.

Fashion and beauty, beauty and fashion the two topics go hand in hand. Fashion Week is the perfect collision for these two industries –

Nothing completes an outfit like the perfect manicure in the perfect shade. It has been an honour collaborating with Amali on such a chic nail polish capsule” says ZAZAII CEO and Founder Isoken Ogiemwonyi. We really enjoyed the creative process with Ameera and her people they are such a creative and insightful team. And we particularly enjoyed the process of putting together the campaign with (naturally) premier beauty bloggers Ez of Beauty in Lagos and Nicole of theNicoleCode.com.

Fashion and beauty go hand in hand, and I know a great manicure is as key to a look as the right dress – working with such an impactful fashion brand is such an inspiration, and always a pleasure I cannot wait to see the reaction of the Amali customers I just know they will LOVE it.Ameera Abraham, Founder and CEO of The Nail Bar & Amali Cosmetics.


The collaboration includes six trendy nail lacquers, ranging from lipstick red to shimmery gold, find the single lacquers for N3 500 a pop at its debut on Thursday at the X Retail tents at Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
You can also shop the lacquers online here. https://goo.gl/SDuPHl
About the Collection:
Calypso – A fun and moderate orange
Brilliance – Metallic shimmer in a beautiful gold base.
Revolution – Army green has never looked so good
Chai Latte – Add a natural shimmer with this pink based iridescent nude.
Red Velvet – A sinful and decadent red.
Sapphire – A bold and beautiful rich jewel of a blue.


Credits
Principal Photography – Adebayo Jolaoaso
Makeup – Helen John for DARI
Styling & Art Direction – Isoken Ogiemwonyi for ZAZAIICreate @theobsidianway @experiencezazaii

Manicures – ZAZAII Beauty Rooms x Amali Cosmetics

There is a Zazaii stand within the retail space at fashion week, be sure to stop by and show my images some luuurve :)…. Oh and also pick up some nail polish too OBVIOUSLY!

Ez xxX

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I tend to forget to share things like this here on the blog. Actually I lie, I don’t feel comfortable sharing it. This year has been something, in terms of features and cover stories in print magazines. Never in a billion years did I imagine I would be featured in a magazine, let alone being on the cover! I am not quite sure how to share information like this without coming across smug. But I have decided that I should allow myself celebrate and share moments like this with you guys, because without an audience none of this would ever happen. So I share this to say THANK YOU to every single person that reads this little blog!

Beauty Box magazine is a hair and beauty publication that comes as an insert in Complete Fashion Magazine. I was approached to be featured in the magazine, I had NO idea I was to be on the cover until I was in hair and makeup at the shoot. I am always uncomfortable and anxious about shoots like this, but this was by far one of my favourites. Whenever I say I am nervous about a shoot, people say “But weren’t you a model”… All I can say is being shot as a model and being shot as a personality are two TOTALLY different things. Anyway, this shoot was by far one of my favourite, the entire Complete Fashion team made me feel comfortable and they came across extremely professional and relatable at the same time!


During the shoot they asked me to list 7 beauty facts about myself for their online platform:

#EXCLUSIVE TO COMPLETE FASHION, #7 BEAUTY FACTS ABOUT BEAUTY BLOGGER , EZINNE ALFA

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Necessity is the mother of invention and that best describes the advent of Ezinne Alfa into beauty blogging. Having just returned to Nigeria after sojourning abroad, Ezinne said it took her a while to know where to get beauty products and services that she needed. As she made enquiries and researched, she decided to share her information with others through her beauty blog.

Here are 7 beauty facts you should know about The Ace Beauty Blogger;

  1. She can’t do without her eyeliner
  2. She exfoliates twice a week
  3. If she had to choose between letting eye shadow, lipstick, concealer or bronzers go, she would choose concealer.
  4. Her favorite hair color is red
  5. Recommending 3 tips for good skin: Exfoliate; always take off your make-up and SPF
  6. She would rather have straight hair on
  7. And heels are an everyday affair for her.
To read the full online article click here: BeautyBox Online

    This issue was released yesterday, and you can download the eCopy of the new Complete Fashion Magazine to get the full insight on my feature and beauty tips from www.completefashion.org for just N499. Or visit your vendors for the hard copy.

    Credits


    Photography: Hama Daniels

    Makeup : Joanne for Zaron Cosmetics

    Art Direction: Onah Nwachukwu

    Creative Assistant: Smart Courage and Nkem Okorafor

    Hair: Fabulous Hair 

    Thanks again to the complete fashion team, most especially their Editor-in-Chief Onah.
    Ez xxX
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    5th Sense Habitat is an organic beauty spa located in Lekki Phase 1. The idea behind the spa is for visitors to get in tune with their five senses: Touch, Vision, Sound, Scents and Taste… hence the name 5th Sense Habitat.
    They offer a full range of beauty services which include: Massages, Pedicure, Manicure, Facial, Body Treatments, Hair Removal procedure & Hair Styling, with a focus on natural hair and specific.
    I personally enjoyed an extremely relaxing pedicure a few weeks ago and asked that they extend some of their services to you guys :)….. See, I always look out for my readers 😉
    They have generously agreed to offer 3 BiL followers a free Facial, Swedish Massage and a full Manicure.
    What I have decided to do is give away two treatments on Instagram and one right here on the blog! 
    I will post the blog giveaway rules below and the Instagram giveaway will be posted on my Instagram page.
    GIVEAWAY RULES
    1. Follow BeautyInLagos on Bloglovin’
    2. In the comments section of this post answer this question “Where is 5th Sense Habitat Located?”
    3. A winner will be picked at random on the 19th of October.
    This giveaway is open to Lagos residents only, and cannot be passed on to anyone else.
    That’s it! Keep an eye out for when the Instagram giveaway goes live, I will be sure to also update this post when it does.
    Goodluck!

    ****UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED****

    Ez xxX
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    Africa’s Nail Art competition aims at appreciating existing talent as well as developing new talent in the beauty industry.


    The maiden edition of the competition, which was held last year, attracted well over 150 applicants. 100 applicants made the first cut and were offered free training sessions from some world-renowned international nail artists. Out of 100 applicants there emerged 20 finalists who were then entered through to the 3-day nail art competition. The competition was judged by a panel of well-respected professionals in the industry including world Champion and Regional representative from international polish brand Le Chat Nails USA. The winner of the competition went away with the trophy and  a round-trip to Dubai. Consolation prizes ranged from hampers to cash prizes. 



    The year’s edition promises to be even bigger and better with One Million Naira up for grabs! Application is now open. Only 20 applicants will make it to the Grand Finale competition scheduled to hold at this year’s Beauty Africa Exhibition! The top 20 finalists stand the chance to win – 1 million naira, a trophy (1st – 3rd Positions), cash prizes & products. Additionally, the top 50 applicants will be entitled to receive free skill acquisition/training.


    HOW TO APPLY
    Application is via Whatsapp only

    1. Create a Nail Art design of your choice
    2. Take a clear close-up of picture of your work
    3. Also take a picture of yourself showing off your work (your face must be visible in the picture)
    4. Send both pictures via Whatsapp to either of the numbers listed below.


    +2348024242656 or +2348024242650.

    Shortlisted candidates will be informed via email by 28th September 2016.

    Goodluck! 

    For more information visit Nectar Beauty Hub and follow @NectarAcademyon Instagram.


    Ez xxX
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    This year’s Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conferences will hold at Landmark Event Centre from the 6th – 8th of October, 2016!

    This event is quite literally the biggest Beauty convention in Nigeria! It attracts over 3000 people coming in to discover over 100 exhibitors. Apart from the exhibition, there will be live demonstrations from some of the top makeup artists in the industry including: Banke Meshida-Lawal, Fatima Mamza and Lola Maja, just to name a few. There will also be panel discussions which always prove to be very informative.

    If you are a beauty enthusiast, this really is the place to be! There will beauty experts, professionals, business owners, manufacturers, influencers and stakeholders all in attendance. Perfect ground for you to meet like-minded individuals and also network.

    Beauty Africa is a FREE event, but you must RSVP to attend.

    Click this link to RSVP: BEAUTY AFRICA.

    I have got some more information concerning this year’s exhibition, so be sure to check back regularly over the next few days!

    Ez xxX

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    Something I am extremely passionate about is empowering men and women in anyway I can, as nothing beats being able to financially provide for yourself or your family.
    One of such ways I do this is through an initiative I launched last year called, The Master Educator Series.  I am sure most of you, will remember the series of Masterclasses we ran last year with various Makeup Artists. It’s an empowerment program aimed at providing educational sessions to Nigerians at highly discounted fees. Each session is targeted at people who have an interest in learning/further developing skills in order to empower themselves financially. Our goal is to offer, as many people as possible, the opportunity to learn from successful and highly-skilled professionals through scheduled Masterclasses.

     

    The next class is with international Nail Technician and Educator, Mary Negron and is scheduled for Monday, 5th September. Mary travels internationally as an educationist and also runs her own salon in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a certified Nail Technician with over 20years experience. Having worked with a host of international brands as an official educator, Mary bring with her a wealth of knowledge. She has graciously agreed to come onboard and offer two 4-hr sessions as part of the Master Educator Series.

     

     

    I am particularly excited to be a part of this Masterclass because there isn’t a lot of training provided for Nail Techs here in Nigeria, whereas abroad there are numerous opportunities to get trained and brush-up on skills regularly. Please let your Nail Tech know about this opportunity and help spread the word.
    Details for the class are as follows:
    Event: Manicure 101 with Mary Negron
    Date: 5th September, 2016
    Time: 10am or 4pm (2 sessions, same curriculum)
    Duration: 4hours
    A Certificate will be issued to all participants once training session is completed.
    Class Fees:
    • Advance Class Fee – N15,000 per individual
    • Group Bookings –
      • N60,000 for group of 5
      • N88,000 for group of 8
      • N100,000 for group of 10
    • Fee on the Door – N20,000
    Class Curriculum:
    • Basic Manicure Tips & Hygiene
    • Gel Manicure
    • Soak-off
    • Plain Manicure
    • Acrylic Tips
    • Mirrored Chrome Manicure
    Goodie Bag:
    For the first 15 people to sign up

     

    Please note that spaces are limited for both sessions, kindly indicate interest as soon as possible. To book a spot please email: hello@beautyinlagos.com
    Ez xxX
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    Yup you read that right, I have FINALLY decided to give youtube a try. Hopefully, I’d enjoy it as much as I do this blog.

    My first video is me sharing a few of the products I reached for a lot last month. I have also decided to share pictures and details here on the blog, in the order they were shared in the video:

    Vivo Makeup (l-r): Mineral Powder Foundation – N3,500*, Gel Liner – N2,000* & Foundation – N5,000*

    Details
    Vivo Makeup
    2nd Floor, Centre Point Plaza, 35 Adetokumbo Wuse 2, Abuja (by Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven)
    Telephone: +234 (0) 7063455611
    Instagram: @Vivo_Makeup

    Nuban Beauty Pro Blending Sponge – N1,800*

    Details
    Nuban Beauty
    Email: order@nubanbeauty.com
    Telephone: +234 (0) 7065226048
    Instagram: @nubanbeauty
    Website: www.nubanbeauty.com

    Dabota Cosmetics Mineral Icing Sugar ‘Hi Beam’ –  N4,500*

    Details

    Dabota Cosmetics
    Park Place Mall, 33 Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
    Email: sales@dabotacosmetics.com
    Telephone: +234 (0) 8091991155
    Instagram: @dabota_cosmetics
    Website: www.dabotacosmetics.com

    Liz Yemoja 100% human hair Glam Lashes – N1,500*

    Details

    Liz Yemoja Glam Lashes
    Stocked at: Nectar Beauty Hub
    Instagram: @lyglamlashes

    Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover – N3,650

    Details
    Mary Kay
    Supermarket on Glover Road in Ikoyi (behind Golden Gate Restaurant)
    I’ll update this with proper store information once I get it. 



    Kylie LipKit ‘Dolce K’ – N14,000*



    Details

    Kylie LipKit
    Where to buy: BeautyRevNG



    Marshe Home Fragrance ‘Spicy Orange’ – N5,000
    Details
    Marshe
    41Luxe Aaron’s Place, Olubunmi Owa Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
    Telephone: +234 (0) 9080002841
    Instagram: @41_luxe_lagos 
    Please bare with me, this is my first video. I plan to improve on the quality and editing as I go along!


    Thanks so much for all your support so far, and I hope to see you guys over on Youtube!
    Ez xxX

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