Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dose of Colors Hidden Treasure Palette...The Best Eyeshadow Palette I Ever Owned....


This Hidden Treasure palette is the BOMB...seriously! I'm not much of an eyeshadow person so I don't have that many palettes but of the few I have and use (all NAKEDs inclusive), this is the best.

I first saw this baby in action on MakeupShayla's Snapchat and I knew I had to get it asap! Only problem is that the Hidden Treasure palette is limited edition so it is probably easier for a cow to pass through the eye of a needle than to track this palette down. .. I was super lucky to snatch up the last one from BeautyRevNG.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Review | Taos Cosmetics Liquid Velvetines


Taos Cosmetics is a Nigerian brand that's been on the scene since 2014 but I think 2016 saw them rebranding and releasing a new range of products including liquid lipsticks, highlighters and a neutral eyeshadow palette.

I am very grateful to have received five of their liquid velvetines shades and I have been trying them over the last two weeks to be able to share my thoughts on the brand with you guys.

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review | Benefit Professional Super Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel

This more or less became a travel blog in the last few months thanks to my temporary relocation to Hong Kong. Just in case you missed it, I chronicled my whole journey here. I am still working on summing up my Hong Kong experience though so watch out for that :)

Back to regular programming...I was strolling past the Benefit counter in HK one day and I spotted the Porefessional Super Matte Rescue and stopped to look at it. Think of this product as the new and improved version of the original Professional which I reviewed here.




You see the Porefessional is excellent when it comes to masking pores the size of craters like mine, but it doesn't do much for oil control which is the main characteristic people look for in primers. Well, I think Benefit listened to the feedback of customers and decided to improve on the Porefessional...Enter, Super Matte Rescue....


Unlike the original Porefessional which is a cream, Super Matte rescue is a light weight water-based gel that instantly absorbs excess oil on the skin and helps minimize shine through out the day.  It contains Benefit's signature "diamond powder" which blurs out pores, fine lines and other imperfections....They call it the #NoFilter Filter...


It magically blurs out my pores!!  #NoFilter indeed



The left picture is early in the morning and the right is about 8 hours after...just a little shine

In a nutshell, Super Matte Rescue is the Porefessional with oil absorbing powers. This product has become a staple in my makeup bag because what's not to love about a product that makes you look flawless and controls oil?

I must put a disclaimer out though, I do not necessarily have the oiliest of skins, so this worked perfectly for me. I am not sure how it will hold up on really oily skin. If you know, please share in the comments!

For even more flawless results and staying power, Benefit suggests using the regular Porefessional over Matte rescue before wearing your makeup...Sounds like a lot of product to me but I will try it next time and maybe I will update this post to let you guys know how it worked.

Price and Where to Buy

Porefessional Super Matte Rescue retails for $28, even cheaper than the original Porefessional which is $31. I don't know any beauty retailer that stocks this in Nigeria but once I find one I will update that too! 

Have you guys tried Super Matte Rescue or the original Porefessional? Please share your thoughts...

Peace & Love, 


Y. 

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Monday, 4 July 2016

#HKDIARIES WEEK 16 - 20

Catch Up Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10, Week 11-15

So it looks like time only permits for #HKDiaries to be a monthly update...you guys don't mind too much, yes? :)

The last month has been amazing! I've been playing hostess with the mostest as my husband came visiting and shortly after that, my mum came! Hashtag blessed!



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Monday, 6 June 2016

#HKDiaries Week 11 - 15

Catch Up Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9, Week 10

Sometimes life comes at you and it comes at you HARD. If you guys follow me on SnapChat (yewandesoba) you will have seen how intense the month of May was for me at work. I was working between 14-16 hour days non stop and even some weekends. Being at the office till midnight was not even a big deal.

At the end of May, I delivered one of the major projects that was tied to my coming for this assignment and I'm grateful to God that it was a huge success. I was given a big regional project to lead of which I had no real prior experience. There was a lot of confusion and self doubt as I made my way along but I never stopped holding on to God and praying that he helps me deliver in excellence. He did just that!

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Review | NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Sorry I went ghost on you guys...Work has been insane in the last one month, I haven't had any time to focus on much else. Happy to be back and yes HK Diaries will be back this weekend too :)

In this post, I'm sharing my thoughts on the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. If you guys have been following, you will know that I've been hunting for a good foundation for a while now with not much luck. See what I thought about Black Up's foundation here.

I bought this NARS foundation in January after tons of recommendations from friends and a lot of bloggers online. I have been using it since then so I've had more than enough time to really take this foundation for several rides.



I'm happy to announce that I have found a bomb foundation in NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation! It has a very liquidy formula which I did not like in the beginning because I'm used to foundations being a little thicker. I went on to realize that this foundation's formula is what makes it so great. It is indeed "Weightless" because it's light and blends very easily into your skin. It does not feel like you have foundation on at all which is awesome!

The amazing thing about this product though is that although it is very light, it is a full coverage foundation. I don't understand the technology that NARS used in creating the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation but it is perfect. This bad boy covers up blemishes perfectly whilst still looking natural and luminous #SayNoToCakeFace!

The added cherry on top for me with this product is the fact that I was able to get a very close shade match. I have yellow undertones so a lot of foundations come off as orang-ey on me (yuck!). I'm in the shade Macao which is yellow/golden based making it a very close to perfect match for me..Love it!

Now let me tell you what's not so great about  NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.


Price- It is mad pricey yo! I bought it for 32 pounds in London when the average price for foundations is somewhere between 20 and 22 pounds. In Nigeria, retailers are selling it between N16,000 and N20,000. *clutches pearls* I don't blame them though, FX rates are cruel.

Coverage- The foundation provides excellent coverage but the NARS marketing team exaggerated  when they said all you need is one drop #GirlBye One drop can barely cover half my face...

Length of Wear- Another marketing exaggeration...They say 16 hours, that's not nearly true, at least on me. I have to use my blot powder about 6 hours in when the oil starts to surface. I don't have a problem with that though because I have combination skin. It might be a problem for oily skin  so I would recommend getting a tester and seeing how it holds up before purchasing the full bottle.


Swatches

 It covers the beauty spot on the back of my palm perfectly

Not the best lighting but this is what it looks like on me


 NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation gets a big fat YES GAWD from me...Love it! This is actually my first purchase from NARS and if this experience is anything to go by I should probably stop by their stands a lot more


Have you guys tried this or any other NARS products? Thoughts?


Peace and Love,


Y.


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Monday, 2 May 2016

#HKDiaries Week 10




Birthdayyyy

The highlight of my week 10 was my birthday on April 25th. One of the things I thought about when I first moved here was the fact that I was going to be spending my birthday alone this year. My husband and I are birthday mates so no year goes by without a double celebration of some sort so I was definitely not looking forward to being alone this year. I was wrong! I was not alone! From the start of the day to the end, I was surrounded by amazing people who tried their very best to make me feel special and happy on my birthday and indeed I did. 

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