Thursday, 14 May 2015

Review | Black Up Matifying Fluid Foundation


For over two years, I fuxxed with Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Caramel and my skin loved it, it was perfect...Until one day, my skin just revolted, it started looking orangey, patchy and streaky no matter how well I blended it. I finally accepted that my deep relationship with Revlon was over! :( I don;t know if they changed the formula or if my skin tone changed but yeah #notwerking

So I have been on the hunt for a new foundation and it has been a struggle to say the least...I decided to chronicle this on the blog so first up is Black Up's Matifying Fluid Foundation. 



So I went into the Black Up store in the Palms because I had heard so many rave reviews about it. I got matched to the shade 07 and I went along my happy way....

What Black Up says about this foundation: "Historical reference of the brand, it keeps all its benefits: a fluid texture that stretches easily, a medium coverage that adapts to skin with blemishes and a very natural finish! Moreover, this new formula ensures an immediate matte effect. Enriched with sebum-regulating and astringent active ingredients it rebalances combination to oily skins, smooths and provides more comfort to the skin"




I will keep it simple- I am not getting along well with this foundation at all! Here's why-


  • I think the MUA matched me to a wrong shade because it still gives me that orange man look..Hate it! 
  • It claims to be matifying but this product gives me more oil than I have on my face on a regular day
  • Black Up claims that the product is "Long lasting, the make-up remains bright and homogeneous all day long"..err no its not! On my face at least...By midday the foundation is all over the place
  • I find that the formula is a bit difficult to blend, it just doesn't sink into the skin easily 


More Pictures and Swatches


Swatched at the back of my hand


Blended in on the right
So yeah, this one is not for me I'm afraid. I know a lot of people, MUAs included who swear by this so maybe the wrong shade is the genesis of my problem with it but there are so many other things that don't work for me so I'm not going to bother trying another shade.

Where to Buy and Price

Where: Black Up Stand in Montaigne Place in the Palms Mall, Lekki
Price: I think it was N7500

Can you guys recommend any good foundations I can try out? My hunt for the perfect one continues....


Peace and Love, 

Y. 















Thursday, 30 April 2015

Work Chic in Eve & Tribe


Eve & Tribe is a Nigerian fashion label that is fast becoming a common occurrence in my closet because the brand has managed to win my heart. They have super stylish pieces at great prices i.e nothing is over N10,000! If that isn't amazing in this era where Nigerian designers charge an arm, a leg and maybe your first born child then I don't know what is. 

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should be :) - @shelovesthefinerthings) you will have seen that I have posted a few casual pieces from them but today I'm rocking something more formal, their Charlotte Peplum Blouse and Makida Fitted Midi Skirt. 












Outfit Details

Top- Eve & Tribe Charlotte Peplum Blouse- N4600
Skirt- Eve & Tribe Makida Fitted Midi Skirt- N4.600
Shoes- ASOS
Bag-Gucci

I have some great news! All of you, my lovely readers get a 10% discount off any purchases you make on www.eveandtribe.com! Just use code SLTFT15 at checkout! 


Happy Shopping!!!


Y. 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review | Benefit The Porefessional


If you've got massive pores and you know it, lemme see you put your hands up!!! *swings both arms wildly in the air*…Big pores are the bane of any makeup lover's existence because any product you apply just settles into your pores, further emphasising their appearance! 

Help is on the way though…..Introducing The Porefessional...


I had heard about this product in passing many times but I never paid much attention to it because I just dismissed it as yet another beauty industry fad. However, as my pore size got more and more troubling to me, I decided to just give it a shot for the hell of it. My friend, Adaku of ThirdWorldProfashional was going to the UK and I asked her to hook me up which she did, kisses baby girl!



Benefit simply describes it as "PRO balm to help minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother than smooth skin" I couldn't agree more, it does exactly what it says on the tin! When I opened the tube to discover that the primer had a light brown colour it made me really comfortable. I don;t know about all you Milk-of-Magnesia-as-a-primer wearing ladies but something about having a white base scares the pants off me.



The directions say to pat (NOT RUB) the primer into problem areas with your finger and I did just that- my cheeks, chin and T-Zone. I then let it dry down for a bit before applying my foundation. First thing i noticed, my buffing brush glided over my face beautifully, like skates on an ice rink, I kid you not. The Porefessional had provided a layer of smoothness for my makeup to sit on, amazing right? Well it was for me because I have never been one to use primers so this was phenomenal stuff. The foundation blended really well into my skin and my pores? Well, look for yourself below…

My Right Cheek Before and After; large pores be gone! 

You guys thought I was playing when I said I had massive pores right? -_- Anyway let's focus on the after, how amazing is the Porefessional? Looks like I got pore reconstruction surgery! LOL….The results are beyond! The best part is that because the primer is translucent, so when those pesky pores start reappearing during the day, you can just lightly tap the primer over your makeup without disturbing anything  I'm never wearing makeup without this primer again.

What's Not So Great 

One thing I must mention though, the Porefessional works more as a pore minimiser than an actual primer, at least on me. I have combination skin so I only get oily around my T-Zone. It still got still as oily as it usually would, no big difference there so if you are looking for a primer that holds oil, this might not be the one. I hear Becca does a hardcore primer that arrests all oil glands so you might want to check that out :)

Where to Buy

Now when I typed up this review a few weeks ago, I did not know anywhere in Lagos that sold this primer, I didn't know how to break the bad news to you guys. Nothing worse than whetting your appetite for a product and you can't have access to it right? Imagine my excitement when BeautyRevNG posted that they now have this primer in stock! Get it here fast for N3800 before it runs out!


What primers for you guys swear by?


Peace and Love,


Y

Friday, 3 April 2015

Review | 7 of My Favourite Nude Lipsticks


Happy Good Friday! I take the holy week as a time to reflect and appreciate the magnitude of God's gift to us through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. What a wonderful God he is! 

Back to scheduled programming, today I'm showcasing 7 of my favourite nude lipsticks, a post I have wanted to do for ages but never quite got round to doing it. Nudes are my go to colour for day, night, every time wear because they are really easy to wear and go. They also look really great with either a neutral or a smokey eye. If i could wear nude lips everyday I probably would but I find that black women are usually cautious wearing nudes- the fear of looking like a dead fish, yeah?….

It's 2015 ladies, emerge from your fear and take the plunge- my recommendations are a great place to start, if I do say so myself…hehe 



Mac Velvet Teddy 


My absolute favourite of the bunch as you can tell from how much of it is left *facepalm*. I wear this lipstick almost every other day because it is gorgeous! Velvet Teddy is a matte formulae lipstick with a beigy-pink colour. About two swipes will give you full coverage and it has great staying power. Will recommend for all skin tones in carrying degrees of opacity if you get what I mean….

Mac Hug Me


Hug Me is a pinky-nude that has some sheen to it. It is a lustre formulae so will require a couple of swipes to get good coverage. But if you are looking for a My Lips But Better (MLBB) shade then this is the one. A great place to start if you are new to nude lipsticks because this has a very soft tone.  Definitely one that will work with all skin tones. 

Mac Modesty


Oh Modesty!!! Many years ago, my friend Ez of Beauty in Lagos actually saw this lipstick on a blog and said "Yewande, I found something you will love" and love it I did. I doubt she can even remember this but yeah, thanks girl! Modesty is another pink nude lipstick similar to Hug Me but with more colour pay off because its formula is cream sheen.  Another one I believe can work with a wide range of skin tones because of its pink tones. It is a firm favourite of mine. :)

Mac Taupe


Taupe is the newest addition to my nude collection and I had to get it because I never saw a matte lipstick I didn't like. It is a beautiful brown nude shade with mauve undertones that is sure to look great on any one but will really flatter my darker skinned ladies. Definitely another safe place to explore for the nude lipstick newbie.

MAC Viva Glam V


This was the first nude lipstick I ever bought and it made me feel totally comfortable because it is such a safe shade. It is a shimmery pink shade with a lustre finish that looks very natural. You could get away with pretending that you woke up with baby pink lips :) This shade is particularly dear to my heart because proceeds from sales of the Viva Glam range from MAC go towards their AIDS fund charity, I don't know but it makes me feel happy that buying a lipstick can make a difference in some way. 

Mac Honeylove


Honeylove is a tricky one, not applied properly it could definitely make you look like a dead fish O_O. However if you wear it right, it is the bomb. You can wear it right by either pairing it with a brown liner (like I did in the picture with Mac Cork lipliner) or wearing a nude lipgloss over it to tone it down. It is a salmon node shade with slight traces of pink that will complement the lighter skinned ladies more in my opinion. If you are dark skinned and still want to go for it just use a brown liner and you are good! It is definitely a head turner and you are sure to have people asking what lipstick you have on.


Rimmel Kate 03


Just when you thought it was a MAC party, I shock you with Rimmel Kate 03! One of the lipsticks in the collaboration between super model Kate Moss and Rimmel. A matte pinky nude shade with a slight brown tone. Can be quite tricky to pull off as well so I usually wear it with a nude lipgloss over it but I'm wearing it alone in the picture. A true nude shade that you should approach with caution (liner/gloss) if you are darker skinned. 

Swatches

I swatched them on my arm so you can see the true shade without my natural lip colour interfering with it. Gorgeous, Gorgeous nudes all of them! 


Have I been able to convince you that black women CAN wear a range of nude lipsticks and still look fabulous?? I sure hope that I have! Please recommend any other nude lipsticks that you love :-)


Peace and Love, 


Y. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Restaurant Review | Sakura Japanese Restaurant


Haven't done one of these in a long time, not because I have not been eating (trust me, my love for food knows no bounds) but I just never remember to take pictures. I did this time though when we had date night at Sakura the other day…



Sakura is a Japanese restaurant that opened up a few months back in Lagos. I discovered this place thanks to the awesome pair behind EatDrinkLagos...if any of you happens to be reading this, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

Anyhoos, we headed down there for one thing, the hibachi grill experience that the guys over at EatDrinkLagos blogged about. Basically, you get to watch your dinner being prepared right infront of you by the chef and it is done with a lot of pomp, pageantry and theatrics. We were really excited about this but got there to meet disappointment, the room was not available! Someone had reserved it for their birthday..damn you someone! haha.. We didn't let that get to us too much though and settled into the main restaurant which had a nice look and feel.




Ordered sushi to start because sushi is bae…daz all! Honestly, my husband and I are on a mission to try all the sushi this world can offer. Funny enough, the best sushi we had was from a random corner store on  Chancery Lane in London, life-changing I tell you..

The sushi here was pretty close to life changing, it was really really delicious- fresh, tasty and just awesome! We ordered the spicy salmon, shrimp tempura and the crispy shrimp, just delicious!


After the starter, we sat waiting on our mains for a really long time until the waiter came and asked us if we wanted the bill O_O…Apparently dude did not remember that we placed an order for mains…I was so lividdddd, indeed a hungry man is an angry man. After what seemed like forever, our food finally came out…

We ordered from the hibachi even if we couldn't sit in the room..booo! I had the Sakura Delight (Chicken and Prawns) and the Hubz had the Devil's Seafood. Both orders came with Miso Soup, Salad, Vegetablse, Fried Rice and Green Tea...



Devil's Seafood

Sakura Delight
To be honest, when I saw my meal, I was underwhelmed…It just looked ordinary! I'm not sure what I was expecting but this was nothing close in terms of appearance. I was seriously jealous of how good the Devil's seafood looked but I faced my own plate..Lol..

It was nice but nothing I would write to my grandmother in the village to tell her about…that's how I felt about this meal. Me being the greedy person that I am, of course I helped myself to a couple of forks of his food and that was super delicious! More feelings of regret about my order..

Surprisingly, because of the hitch with our order, we were given a banana split on the house as dessert. The owner and his son also came to our table and apologized profusely. Such behavior is not common in these parts so we really, really appreciated the gesture.


Green Tea

The Hibachi Room that we didn't sit in -_-

Pricing 

Spicy Salmon- N1600
Shrimp Tempura- N1400
Crispy Shrimp- N2000
Sakura Delight- N7800
Devil's Seafood- N8500

Contact Details

2a Saka Jojo Street, VI, Lagos
+234 909 0409363,+23409033952852


It was overall a nice time out and we will definitely be going back to Sakura for the sushi and to try other things on the menu….will make sure to call in advance to check the availability of the Hibach room though!

Have you guys been to Sakura? What did you think? 


Peace and Love, 


Y.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Lash Extensions at The Lash Lounge and Giveaway


I have always been content with my almost bald eyelids. Never been one to bother wearing falsies- I can actually count how many times I have worn them in my life and that is 5. I've been quite curious about semi-permanent lash extensions though because they give you beautiful wispy lashes without the stress of gluing and stripping them off everyday.

So it was perfect timing when Sheun of the Lash Lounge reached out to me about her eyelash extension service that she provides in VI, Lagos. The company says- "The Lash Lounge specializes in individual semi permanent eyelash extensions. The process involves individual silk/mink eyelash extensions being applied one by one to the clients natural lashes to create beautiful, fuller and natural looking lashes."  I was pretty excited to try this out so I headed over there on a fine Saturday morning...

Before and After


The appointment started off with Sheun sharing a lot of useful information on how the procedure would go, after care and general maintenance. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does so this helped to put me at ease because I started to freak out when she told me it would take 2 hours! 2 hours of keeping my eyes closed and lying down still..lol! 


A few lash varieties available
She advised that I get the C-curl lashes because they are the most natural looking. I'm not quite ready to go from 0 to a 100, real quick.. *cues in Drake*…So I got on the bed, shut my eyes, had them taped down and let Sheun do her thing. The time went by pretty fast to be honest because she had classic Amy Winehouse playing in the background. Towards the last 30mins though, I got tired of staring at the insides of my eyelids and became restless…Overall though, it was a very easy and painless procedure. Just some discomfort at certain times but I really am just a big baby, if you know me you would know everything hurts.. :)

Eyes Wide Shut
Results

I was very pleased with the results, the lashes are very beautiful-they gave my face an instant lift. For some reason, I thought they would be heavy but they are pretty weightless. Sheun advises that the lashes should be refilled every 21 days to keep them looking in top shape. She also advised that the eye area should be washed with something gentle like baby shampoo not with anything oil based as this will cause the glue to shift and dislodge the lash extensions. She said you can wash your eye area normally without the fear of them falling off if using the right product. She also prohibits mascara on the lashes, very strictly!






Pricing

She was very kind to offer me this service complimentary and I really appreciate it- Thank you Sheun! 

Full lash set- N15,000
Refill- N7,500


Contact Details 

Email: thelashloungeng@gmail.com
Phone Number: 08142358965
BBM Pin: 530C4D70
Instagram: @thelashloungeng

Giveaway and Discount Code

Excellent  News!!! The Lash Lounge is offering ONE lucky SLTFT reader a full eyelash extension service absolutely free! 

Giveaway Rules
  • The giveaway is open for 4 days. A winner will be announced on Instagram on Friday 13th March at 12 noon
  • Leave a comment below stating why you should be picked as a winner
  • Follow @shelovesthefinerthings and @thelashloungeng on Instagram
  • Save/Take a screenshot of the below image and post it it on Instagram with the hashtag #SLTFTxTheLashLoungeGiveaway

Only one person will win the giveaway but all SLTFT readers get a 20% discount on either full lash sets or refills, yayyy!!! Just mention shelovesthefinerthings when you call to book an appointment to claim your discount...I feel like Oprah today, you get one, you get one, everybody gets one! LOL! 

I've read mixed reviews on semi-permanent lash extensions so I'm keen to see how I get on with them but I must say that the few days I have had them in, I'm loving them!  I will update this post in a few weeks, so look out... :) 

Have any of you ladies got eyelash extensions? Any tips on getting the most out of them? 


Peace and Love, 


Y. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Much Ado about EOS….


EOS lip balms are kind of like the Rolls Royce of lip balms…or so they have been marketed to the beauty industry. They have received quite a number of celebrity endorsements with the QUEEN, Kim Kardashian's being the most impactful. In 2013, she tweeted- "Pregnancy lips….@EOS to the rescue! LOL", can you imagine how much in sales the company made that day? Sigh! 

Ever one to give in to a beauty hype, of course I jumped in :) Forgive the crusty looking pack, this had been lying in my makeup drawer for a while *face palm*



I have tried a number of variants but the one in this post is the Blueberry Acai. Some others are Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Sorbet and Summer Fruit.

The company says "eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth."


My Thoughts

Ingredients: I'm starting to appreciate the value of organic/natural beauty products these days so that makes EOS score high points from me in this regard. 95%organic and 100% natural is pretty damn good. No nast paragons and the evil ingredient PETROLATUM!  Many beauty companies put this stuff in their products because it is dirt cheap and increases volume but it is useless and some people even say harmful. Many lip balms (cough cough at Vaseline) have petrolatum and it has zero moisturising properties. All it does is form a thick layer over your skin and prevent any moisture from getting in; same effect it has on the hair when hair products contain it.

Formula: I suffer from dry/chapped lips so lip balm business is very serious business for me. If your moisturising game is not on lock down then I won't even bother. EOS balms are extremely moisturising and last a decent 2-3hours before requiring reapplication. What I particularly appreciate with this balm is the fact that it moisturises without leaving a residue and your lips be looking like you just consumed a plate of oily dodo. I have this issue with a lot of lip balms even the famous Burt's Bees and it is a deal breaker for me. I don't know how EOS is able to achieve this but i'm loving it!



Price: It goes for about N1200 a pop which is slightly more expensive than your average lip balm. So million dollar question- Is it worth the hype/price??? For me, yes! I love these balms because  my lips have definitely seen a great improvement since I have been using it. Smoother, softer and much less chapping. EOS actually stands for "Evolution of Smooth", cocky aren't they? haha!

Where to Buy: Click here to buy EOS lip balm in Raspberry and other variants...


What other lip balms do you guys think are worth trying? 


Enjoy the weekend, 


Y.
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