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.

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.


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