Friday, 20 February 2015

Makeup Review | L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner


Eyeliner addict here! Honestly, I can not go a day without wearing my signature cat eye. If you see me milling around without any eyeliner on, I'm probably having a bad day. 

I have been faithful to the L'Oreal eyeliners for almost 3 years now and it has never failed me. Everytime, i have an opportunity to buy it, I chuck about 10 down my purse, not taking any chances, yanah...

I'm sharing the awesomeness that is this eyeliner with you guys today because I constantly get asked by people what eyeliner I'm wearing, and also because of my love for  it!  :) 



L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black 

I heard about this eyeliner from YouTube sensation BeautybyJJ many years back but that was when it was called L'Oreal Superliner. JJ used this eyeliner in every single makeup video that she made, i kid you not! I was like ok, let's see what they hype about this product is so I went out and bought it. Best.Decison.Ever. I almost had a heart attack though when it seemed like L'Oreal discontinued the Superliner because it was no longer available anywhere! Sad times for me as I experimented with other eyeliners with no joy. 

Thankfully though, I came upon the Lineur Intense and it turned out to be the same eyeliner, just the re-branded version, happy days!  



Color: This is a very true black! Not blueish black, brownish black or none of that nonsense, pure black goodness!

Material: Linuer Intense has a felt tip which provides more precision and control than a brush tip. If you struggle with getting the perfect winged eyeliner, this eyeliner will male a world of a difference, it makes it so much easier.

Longevity: I usually do my makeup for the day around 7am and this eyeliner stays put till 5pm without smudging or fading in intensity. There are times that it does not move even when I work out. Amazing I tell you.

Swatches/Pictures

Swatched at the back of my hand
A few shameless selfies from Instagram where I am wearing the L'Oreal eyeliner.:) If you aren't following yet, please follow @shelovesthefinerthings, I am quite active on there. 
Wearing Mac Red, review here


Wearing Mac Media, review soon
Wearing MAC Heroine, review here


Wearing ABH Liquid Lips in Vintage, review here

Where to Buy

I always get this eyeliner by the truckloads when I travel from random drugstores- Boots, Superdrug, Walgreens etc. I found that you can get it from AccessoriesNG though for N3000, click here to buy. 

As much as I love this liner, I am still keen to try out new ones- Inglot's AMC in #77 is one. I am a bit iffy about it though because it's a gel liner and I have never used one before, I hope it's not more difficult to apply :/

Do you guys recommend any other liners? 

Enjoy your weekend! 


Peace and Love, 


Y. 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick


I posted recently about my first experience with a liquid lipstick from NYX here and I loved it. Made me even more excited to try out Anastasia Beverly Hills latest product release, their liquid lipsticks. The company describes them as "Full coverage, intense pigment, and a matte finish in an easy-to-apply liquid formula". 

There was and still is so much hype around this product that as usual, the product junkie in me couldn't be tamed, I had to have them! I picked up the shades Vintage and Bloodline...




L: Bloodline, R: Vintage




Bloodline Liquid Lipstick




Shade: Bloodline is supposed to be true to its name and be literally a blood red shade but the thing with lipsticks I have found is that they come out differently on different people. It gave off more of an orangey red on me reminding me very much of MAC's Lady Danger. So in terms of the shade, it's nothing I haven't seen. 

Application: It applied like a dream and I achieved full opacity in just two swipes which is really great. I also noticed that it doesn't dry up too quickly giving you more time to perfect it. When it does dry up though…..LOVE <3! A matte lip lover's heaven on earth- the beauty of a truly matte lip without the overly drying effect that often accompanies it..The ABH Liquid Lipsticks score top marks for this. 

Length of Wear: I had this lipstick on for 12 whole hours without reapplying and it still looked as good as it did in the morning. It did not dry my lips out at all, I didn't even need to apply lip balm the whole day as I find I have to with other matte lips. Super!!!




Vintage Liquid Lipstick




Shade: Vintage applies exactly as it appears in the tube- a deep purple shade 

Application: Similar to bloodline, It applied really well with full opacity. Don't you just hate it when lipsticks can nor provide you full opacity and some parts of your lips don't get covered properly because the lipstick is slipping in sliding!? You don't get none of that around here! 

Length of Wear: Super staying power just like Bloodline! After 12 hours it looked like it could go another 12 and my lips were not dry/chapped…I don't know what magic potion ABH put in these but it's working….



I got these from the stars over at BeautyRevNG, I told you they don't sleep on product releases! It cost N5000 each which is pretty steep but not uncommon with "rave of the moment" type products. Are they worth the money though? I would say yes only if you are really really into makeup. If you are not, these will probably not be worth it because you can get liquid lipsticks from other brands like NYX and OCC for much cheaper and good enough quality.

I want to pick up one more shade from this collection though, Pure Hollywood, a super gorgeous nude shade. If it's good enough for my #Bae, Kim Kardashian (who recently rocked the hell out of it at the BET Honors) then it sure as hell is good enough for me! :)

Have you guys tried out any of the Liquid Lipsticks from ABH?


Peace & Love,


Y.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Review | Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set


You've all heard what they say about your makeup being only as good as the tools you apply them with, right? A truer statement has never been made. If you want your makeup to turn out flawless, you have to invest in very good brushes. Unfortunately, a lot of these very good brushes are super expensive (I'm looking at you MAC -_-) making it really difficult to shell out the cash for them. This was until Samantha and Nic Chapman of Pixiwoo released their Real Techniques range of makeup brushes! *cues in angels singing Hallelujah*



Sam and Nic released two brush sets, Core Collection which is a set of face brushes and the Starter Kit- a set of eye brushes. They also recently released a limited edition- Nic's Picks but this post is reviewing the RT Core Collection Brush Set.





The set comes with four brushes- Buffing, Powder, Foundation and Detailer. They are all made from taklon- an artificial material that is more hygienic for makeup than real hair brushes because they are easier to clean. 

Buffing Brush


The buffing brush is amazing for applying liquid foundation. It's densely packed with a flattened top so it really works the product into your skin for a flawless finish. My only problem with this brush though is that it gets dirty very easily. After about one week of use, the brush becomes really dirty which results in streaky application, no bueno! So to get the best out of this brush just make sure you wash it regularly.

Detailer Brush


This tiny brush is a multifunctional bad-ass. I use it to apply concealer under my eyebrows, around my lips (to create definition and clean up after applying lipstick), to apply eyeshadow in my inner tear duct area and many other things. If you need a small brush to apply any product in difficult to reach areas, the RT Detailer Brush is it- end of!


Pointed Foundation Brush


Ok, I want to believe that Sam and Nic were taking the piss when they called this a foundation brush...Really girls? The brush is so small that you would probably need an hour to successfully cover your whole face with foundation!

Don't give up on this brush just yet though, it's PHENOMENAL for applying concealer under the eyes. #ShoutOut to all my under eye dark circle layydeess! It's the perfect shape for the under eye area and that pointed tip really gets the product under the lower lashes. There is nothing worse than applying under eye concealer and you forget to cover just below the lash area. I'm not sure if you guys get what I mean but yeah, its horrible. You can completely cover your under eye area to perfection with this brush.


Contour Brush


2014 was the year of contouring and highlighting- I don't see 2015 being any different. The RT Contour Brush really holds it's own in the contouring department. It's perfectly shaped to fit in the hollow of the cheeks for precise product placement. I also find that it blends the product really well if you want a a much softer/less defined contour.


In summary, I think the RT Core Collection are the best value face brushes available on the market right now. Plush, soft to touch and just great at what they do. I find that I have hardly touched my other face brushes since I bought this set almost two years ago. They are still holding up very nicely which is a major plus. (The set pictured in this post is new though,  I repurchased because I love them so!). Other brushes I have and use religiously from the brand are the Powder Brush, Blush Brush and Miracle Complexion Sponge (their version of the Beauty Blender) which are all amazing!

You can buy the RT Core Collection for N5,800 here.

Which makeup brushes are you guys loving at the moment?


Peace and Love,


Y.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Makeup Haul and Review | NYX, Mac, OCC and more...


Hiii! 

After an amazing weekend it's back to work! Wishing you all a great week with the hope that the weekend comes by very fast..lol

I feel like I haven't bought new makeup in a while (I shall leave the actual time frame undisclosed so that I won't be judged -_-) so I decided to do a mini-haul at the best online makeup store in Nigeria, BeautyRevNG. If you want it, they have it and on very good time with international releases too. 

Now I know I'm a little tardy to the pardyy with some of these products but heyyyy, I have finally gotten with it... 


Mac Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick



This lipstick is part of Mac's Retro Matte Collection. I will describe Retro Matte as super-duper-matte; think Ruby Woo. That was the inspiration for Mac when they released this collection. So if you are not a fan of Mac lipsticks, feel free to skip this one because it packs a MATTE punch! 

It is described as a "bright plum matte", I describe it as the pink lipstick to have for matte texture lovers. It reminds me a lot of Girl About Town, one of my favorites but in a matte texture which makes me love it even more. I have been wearing it almost everyday since I got it. 

It can be quite drying though so make sure to prep your lips with a scrub and balm before applying. I don't need to speak about it's staying power, y'all be knowing! Buy it at the Mac Store in the Palms or Ikeja mall. 

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze


The way this product has been hyped by black YouTube gurus, I have been itching to get it for ages with no luck. So when I saw it on the BeautyRevNG website, I was delighted and immediately purchased it-cost, N2000.

This product is a bronzer but is more commonly used as a contour powder. Ebony bronze is a dark brown shade with some gold shimmer which can be tricky when using as a contour powder. I think contour powders work better when matte.

I tried this out and yeah it was nice but I don't get the hype, still very happy with my Sleek contour kit, I don't see how this is any better but I will keep using it probably as a bronzer/blusher on those days when I want a slight flush of natural color on my cheeks.


OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie


This is the first product I am trying from OCC which has also been making waves in the beauty blogosphere. As you guys may know, I'm not big on glossy lip products at all, so I haven't been moved to purchase any of these lip tars. However the lovely people at BeautyRevNG gifted me this product with my haul.

Hoochie is a bright purple shade. reminds me very much of Mac's Up the Amp. It's finish is glossy but it applies really well with perfect opacity in a few swipes. As much as I don't quite fancy glossy producs, this lip tar is actually not bad, it is not sticky or gloopy and did not form particles between my lips (why I hate glossy lip products).

I discovered that there is a matte range of these lip tars though, yayy! Much more my cup of tea so I will be purchasing and trying them out. If you are interested in trying out these lip tars, BeautyRevNG stocks a decent range of here.

 NYX Soft Matte Cream in Copenhagen




NYX is a brand that I have read so many rave reviews about but I just have never gotten round to trying any of their products. I'm fixing up in 2015 though starting with their soft matter lipcream in Copenhagen. I saw this product on on of my favorite beauty blogger's instagram, Maryam Maquillage.  She is so gorgeous but that's a story for another day.

NYX describe their Lip Creams thus "Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish".

Many makeup brands have branched out into this "liquid lipstick" trend for a while not but this NYX one is the first I have tried and I love it! The brush allows for precision when applying and makes the application much smoother and even. When it dries out into a matte lipstick though, that's when the real magic happens. I almost could not believe it, so awesome! It was matte but not so drying so it might be one to try if you are looking to start trying out this formula of lip products. This lipstick lasted about 6 hours and it did not transfer, not to my wine glass or husband's collar..LOL! That gives it a top score from me.

Copenhagen is a deliciously dark plum shade, very similar to Mac's Media lipstick. I foresee it becoming one of my firm favorites pretty soon. Buy it here.

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk


Another cult favorite from NYX that I'm finally trying. This product is a creamy eyeliner that can also double as an eye shadow. It comes in a range of colors but Milk, which is a white shade is best known as the baddest eye shadow base ever liveth. Before now, I have been using Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base, but trying NYX Milk, I would say that they both have their strengths. UDPP works really well under shimmery/ metallic eye shadows  but Milk works well under both matte colored eye shadows. 

It creates a smooth and even base for eye shadow application and it makes the color pop, I will definitely recommend this product , buy here


LA Girls Pro Conceal in Fawn





This is the last product I picked up simply because I am a concealer addict. When you have terrible under eye bags, you don't have much of a choice :). These are the most popular drugstore concealers at the moment and I got it in the shade Fawn. 

I tried it under my eyes and it was a decent shade match. In comparison to Maybelline Fit Me (my current fave), this product offers more coverage. My dark circles were almost completely concealed (get at me if you know a product that provides 100percent coverage, please :D). I set it with my Ben Nye Banana powder and my dark circles were almost non-existent. 

It also brightened up my under eye area so it works very well as a highlighter if you were looking for one to try. I want to try a few more shades though (Toffee in particular) before I decide which is best for me.  You can buy a range of LA Girl concealers and other products here

Product Swatches


NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, N1600

LA Girls Pro Conceal in Fawn, N1000

Top: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen; Left: Mac Flat Out Fabulous; Right: OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie


Mac Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick, N3900


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, N2250

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie

Which of these products has ignited the product junkie spirit in you?  


Peace and Love, 


Y



Friday, 9 January 2015

Recipe | Pineapple Upside Down Cake


This is not becoming a food blog, I promise :) I just really enjoy baking these days and want to share with you guys. 

I have always loved Pineapple Upside Down cakes, one of my favorite desserts. Could it be because this was served as dessert on my Christening as my dear mother has often told me? Who knows?! 

For some reason though, I just imagine that it would be very difficult to make given the deliciousness factor- was I wrong. This recipe from my girl Laura Vitale is literally as easy as A-B-C. 



What You Need

2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter
1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp of Water
A can of sliced pineapples or fresh if you prefer
Maraschino Cherries
1 1/3 Cup of All Purpose Flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/8 tsp of Salt
2/3 Cup of Granulated Sugar
2/3 Cup of Sour Cream
¼ Cup of Unsalted Butter
1 Egg
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 176 degrees C
  • Melt the butter in a baking tin by placing it in the oven. Once melted, pour in the brown sugar, 1 Tbsp of water, mix by hand until smooth





  • Line the baking tin with sliced pineapples and dot the cherries between each pineapple or any other spaces and set aside



  • Cream room temperature butter and sugar together. 
  • Add the egg, vanilla essence and sour cream and mix till combined


  • Add the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until batter is smooth
  • Pour batter into the baking tin and bake for 35mins


  • Allow the cake to cool for 5 mins precisely before inverting on a plate. Any sooner and the topping will not have set properly causing it to slide off. Any later and the topping will harden and stick to the pan

Husband helping out, I am always too scared to invert the cake :) 
And there you have it- deliciously decadent pineapple upside down cake! Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and watch people sing your praises- haha!


Enjoy the weekend guys and if you choose to try this lovely dessert, it will be an even better one!


Peace and Love,


Y.

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