Friday, 4 September 2015

Liquid Lipstick Face Off | Coloured Raine vs LA Girls

Liquid lipsticks are my thang now…like I hardly reach for my regular lipsticks anymore, that's how much I'm feeling this new trend. See liquid lipstick reviews I've done here and here. Today I decided to take two liquid lipsticks, one high end and one drugstore and put them up against each other and compare. I like to do these comparison posts because it is very easy to get carried away by all the pomp, pageantry and hype of the high end brands when other more affordable, less hyped brands could offer you just as much or even better.

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint in Vanity Raine

Coloured Raine is one of the new age independent makeup lines that is more popularly known for its range of lip products. I admire this company's PR strategy, they cleverly leveraged the influence and reach of Instagram beauty gurus like Amrezy and MakeupShayla to push their brand and PUSH they did, lol!

Shade and Formula: Coloured Raine describes Vanity Raine as "an orange-based red". I don't get any orange undertones with this one, it comes off as a true bombshell red! It has a great, easy to apply formula but it doesn't beat Lime Crime's for me. Like all liquid lipsticks, it dries down to a matte finish which is pretty dope. A nice, comfortable, super pigmented matte at that, not a painful, lip dragging matte.

Length of Wear: One word- badass! Wore this for a wedding from 1pm till about 11pm and at the end of the day it had only faded slightly, I did not need to touch up through out. All I needed was a bit of lip balm a few hours in because my lips had dried out.

Price: Retails in the US for $16.50 but you can only buy 2 at once -_-. In Nigeria, get it here for N6000.

LA Girls Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Secret

LA Girls is one of those affordable drugstore brands that aims to still give you good quality products. I see them as America's answer to Sleek..haha! They are more popularly known for their concealers which are BOMB (review here) but they recently got into the liquid lipstick market as well.

Shade and Formula: Secret is a deep burgundy red that reminds me a lot of Mac Diva, reviewed here.  The formula of this one didn't quite work for me though. It was clumpy and tacky, really difficult to apply. It was almost impossible to get an even/smooth application and the colour pay off is not really great. Reminded me of Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills, higher end brands I reviewed a while back and did not like!

Length of Wear: As anticipated, this didn't last long on me. It moved around a lot and faded off in about 2 hours, no bueno :( Stick to making those bomb concealers guys :) 

Price: Retails for $5 in the U.S and N1600 in Nigeria. Buy here if you would still like to try it. 

 Side by Side Swatch

L: LA Girls Secret (can you see the clumps?) ; R: Coloured Raine Vanity Raine


In this case, you definitely get what you pay for-  Coloured Raine Vanity Raine knocked LA Girls Secret out of the park, no contest! However, what I have found with liquid lipsticks is that the formula sometimes varies with shades. There could be some other Coloured Raine or LA Girls liquid lipsticks that are quite different from these shades. Therefore this review strictly pertains to these two shades. 

What brand do you think has the best liquid lipsticks? 

Enjoy the weekend guys! 


Friday, 21 August 2015

Review | Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Apologies for the silence in the last few weeks, I was away on vacation which was honestly the best one I have had in a while. From NY to London to Paris to Dubai, it was bliss! Let me know if you guys want me to do a post on our vacation, where we stayed etc if that would be of any interest :)

As the big 30 is fast approaching (face palm) I realized that I have to tailor my skincare to my skin's current needs. What worked for me in my early 20s is no longer suitable. On this vacation, would you believe that I spent more money on skincare than MAKEUP????? The girl is truly becoming a woman :-)

I will do an updated skincare routine post after I have used the new products I got for at least a month but I wanted to share this cleanser today- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Let's put it this way, the name could not have been more literal. It literally takes off all the makeup and grime on your face at the end of the day leaving you with squeaky clean skin.

How is Clinique TTDO different from other cleansers?

Formula:  It has a solid, wax like consistency which to be honest at first glance is not the most pleasant to look at. If you are used to liquid cleansers this may appear strange but please, don't judge it by its texture. Once you massage it into your face with your fingers, it transforms into a lightweight, silky oil. This oil helps to lift off the makeup even stubborn areas like around the eyes. After that, you can either rinse your face with warm water using your hands or a wash cloth. I prefer to use my hands. 

Cleansing Prowess: This cleanser really penetrates the skin to get all the makeup and dirt out. It does a great job even on days when I'm wearing a lot of makeup and sunscreen. A good way to test how good your cleanser is is to check the cotton pad when you use a toner. When I use my toner after using TDDO, there is hardly any trace of makeup left behind.  

Post Cleanse Feeling: Most cleansers leave your face feeling tight and dry because of the chemicals contained in them. TDDO does the exact opposite because it contains emollients and plant oil. It leaves your face feeling very soft, supple and hydrated but not greasy. 

Forgive my grubby finger marks :) I couldn't wait till I had photographed before using it

Price and Where to Buy

I bought it in London from the Fenwick store for 22 pounds. It's sold at the Clinique stand in all the other major department stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser etc. *TIP* Did you know that you can buy some skincare products from duty free at discounted rates? Clinique and Clarins I'm sure of but there are other brands as well. Not every time perfume, sometimes skincare,.. don't dull :) 

You can also get it in Lagos,..Montaigne Place in the Palms Lekki stock Clinique and they sell TDDO for around N6000. Not bad given the conversion rate, I am actually going there this weekend to purchase a back up. 

Have you guys tried TDDO or any other Clinque products? Thoughts? 

Enjoy the weekend! 


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Win a Free Photography Session with Akintayotimi

Ace Last day of the giveaways! I've had fun doing this! Thank you so much to all the brands that sponsored this, God bless you all! 

Akintayotimi is my favorite photographer and friend! He's seriously badass guys! See details of how to enter on Instagram! 

Peace and Love, 


Friday, 17 July 2015

3rd Year Anniversary Giveaway Day 5 | Ella Sequin Dress from Eve & Tribe

Hi Guys! 

This week has been pretty exciting with the giveaways! Congrats to all the winners so far! 

Apologies yesterday was really hectic for me so I couldn't post the giveaway here but you should be following on Instagram :) 

Today's giveaway is amazing! Eve and Tribe is one of my favorite Nigerian designers and I even want this dress for myself! :) 

As usual, details on Instagram @shelovesthefinerthings Good luck! 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

3rd Year Anniversary Giveaway Day 3 | Free Froyo from SweetKiwi

Today's giveaway is for my #fitfam :-) Sweetkiwi's frozen yoghurt is a guilt free snack that's just delicious! My favorite treat on the weekends! Head over to @shelovesthefinerthings on Instagram for details on how to win. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

3rd Year Anniversary Giveaway Day 2 | Goodie Bag from BeautyRevNG

The giveaway is still going on! Follow on Instagram @shelovesthefinerthings for all the details! 

Peace and Love, 


Monday, 13 July 2015

3rd Year Anniversary Giveaway Day 1 | Mani/Pedi at QM Lounge

Hello Everyone! 

It's been 3 years since this blog has been up and running! Can you believe that??  I look at my first post here and I seriously CRINGE! LOL. They say time flies when you're having fun and it has been FUN for me all the way. 

Thanks to each and everyone of you that has supported this blog through the years, sending positive vibes only! I appreciate you all and as a token of my love and appreciation, I will be hosting a week-long giveaway for my readers on Instagram. 

Day 1 is a free mani/pedi at my favorite nail place QM Nail Lounge in Lekki Phase 1! 

Follow the blog on Instagram @shelovesthefinerthings for details on how to win. The competition is only open for 12 hours so the sooner the better! 

Good luck! 


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