Friday, 30 November 2012

Beauty Battles #7: The Face Mask

Hello there!

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Right! So on today's beauty battles, i'll be putting two face masks up against each other. Although they are both drugstore brands, I think some of you might still be interested in a comparison.




Clean & Clear Deep Action Cleansing Mask

I've never met a Clean&Clear product I didn't like, so when I saw this on one of my usual shop rounds, you can bet that I pushed everyone out of the way and grabbed it. It is an oil free mask that is supposed to reach deep into the various layers of your skin to throughly cleanse, ridding it of all its impurities and excess oils. 







It has a gentle creamy consistency that is easily worked into the face. A few seconds after I put it on, I felt a tingling sensation but not in a bad way. It felt like the mask was really working to cleanse my face. I left it on for about 10 minutes (within which the mask had changed from blue to white) and then washed it off with warm water. The change in colour indicates that the mask has finished doing it's work. 
I use it once a week and it leaves my face feeling very clean and baby soft. I must mention though that it dries out my face a little so I have to properly moisturise afterwards. I won't recommend it for dry skin, you may need a more moisture intensive mask. 





I think Clean & Clear has discontinued this product (*bitter tears*) but I was lucky to get it from Shoprite for N850. It is a great bargain but you only get a miserable 60mls of product! In the UK, I would look in one of the discount beauty stores, they often have little (discontinued) gems like this in stock. 


Neutrogena Pore Refining Mask

Neutrogena is another skincare brand that has my heart. I have used a number of their products for many years and they work well for me. Thus I didn't hesitate to try this mask, since I trust the brand. I was particularly interested in it's "pore refining" properties because my pores are quite visible, you see. 






It is described as a cooling, gel mask which felt quite strange as it's not what I'm used to at all. It says to use it after cleansing which I don't quite understand, aren't masks supposed to have cleansing properties? I cleansed my face with my Boots Botanics Cleansing Milk and then applied this mask all over my face in circular motions. It has quite a distinctive scent though not unpleasant. It says to leave it on for five minutes which I did, then washed it off with warm water. I found that it wasn't very easy to wash off because of it's gel-like nature.
Though my face felt cleansed, I didn't really notice any difference in the appearance of my pores and the tube promises instant results. I'll use it a few more times though and see what happens.



Buy it from any of the Casabella stores in Lagos for N650 or on Amazon for $7.99 here


Final Verdict


Factors
Clean&Clear
Neutrogena
Formula
1
-
Cleansing Power
1
-
Price
1
1
Total
3/3
1/3



My undisputed winner is Clean&Clear Deep Action Cleansing Mask. Although they are both budget friendly mask options, I feel like the Clean&Clear mask is true to its description, it really does deep clean the skin. I am definitely going back to the store this weekend to stock up on it. 


Crown's back by popular demand :) 

Anyone tried either mask? What are your thoughts? If you would also like to share your favourite masks, please do.


Peace and Love, 

Y. 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My Dressing Table


Hi guys,

Over the years, I have seen a number of my favourite beauty bloggers do a "dressing table" post and I absolutely love ogling at them. I decided to do one too because I have had an obsession with dressing tables since I was a little girl. I like to believe that I'm an actress from the 20's when I'm sat in front of my mirror, powdering my nose.

My current dressing table is nothing fancy but it functions just fine for now, hoping to get a more glamorous one. Maybe a pure white Victorian dressing table with a diamond encrusted mirror, fancy lights, a plush arm chair and all the makeup and skincare products money can buy....if wishes were horses *sigh*

Back to reality, here's where the magic happens..Enjoy the photos, I used an old school filter to give them more character :)
































The rest of my makeup is in my makeup bag and the odd lipstick is hiding in a handbag somewhere whilst I go nuts thinking I've been raided!  Other stuff that's too big to fit on the table, product backups, products I tried and hate, products to be reviewed and the like, all end up in one of six drawers at the bottom.

If you have any questions or would like me to review any of the products pictured, please leave a comment below :)


Peace and Love.

Y.
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Monday, 26 November 2012

OOTD: A Traditional Affair


I am from the Western part of Nigeria where Iro (Wrapper), Buba(Blouse) and Gele(Head gear) is the traditional dressing for women on special occasions like weddings, birthdays and church. I hardly ever dress like this because it is such a hassle, one can spend hours trying to perfect the length, breadth and height of the gele.

I decided to wear the full attire to church yesterday and my mum came through for me.She gave me this gorgeous ten year old lace and hooked my gele up.









Shoes: Julien McDonald





I really enjoyed wearing the full regalia and I just might start dressing like this more often :-)


Peace and Love,


Y.
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Friday, 23 November 2012

Beauty Battles #6: The Liquid Foundation

Hi Everyone,

How are you liking the beauty battles series so far? I can't believe this is the sixth week running. Im hoping to get to ten. If you have any suggestions or requests for products that I can feature for the rest of the series, please let me know.

On to today's business, Liquid Foundation is one makeup item I honestly can not do without. The right shade and formula can leave you looking flawless, if you don't have it, you can fake it, oh yeah!




Mac Select SPF15

This has been my trusty foundation for years. I am in the shade NC50 which is a perfect match for my skin. It comes in a glass bottle which is not the best as it is heavy and can very easily break. It doesn't come with a pump but you can buy one from Mac like I did. It is a water based foundation (a little too watery) hence it gives a very natural and dewy finish. It blends easily and provides medium coverage which is adequate for me when used with concealer. A great plus is that it contains SPF15.







 I used to have Normal/Combination skin and this foundation worked well for me lasting about 3 hours before any oils started to surface. Recently, a certain product changed my skin type to Combination/Oily (rant blog post for another another day) and this foundation doesn't work for me anymore. My nose starts to get oily within 30 minutes and even when I use a blot powder, one hour at the most. I have also found that the product moves around a lot so if you have Combination/Oily or Oily skin, you might need to stay away from this one. 

I think this product has been discontinued by MAC but I paid about £23 for the foundation and £3 for a pump, grrr! 

 Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily)

These foundations have been around for quite a while, but I have been a Mac Foundation Stan until now. Seeing as my skin-type changed, I decided to give other brands a chance and bought the Revlon Colorstay in the shade Caramel without expecting much from it. 

Like the Mac one, it also comes in a glass bottle and no pump. What is up with these cosmetic brands not including pumps with their foundations. It makes it so difficult to dispense the right amount of product and is generally unhygienic. The foundation also gets exposed to air when there is no pump making it oxidise quickly, no bueno. 







This is a slightly thicker fluid so it provides medium-full coverage. It has a distinct scent though which caught me off guard the first time but I think I'm now used to it. It blends easily into the skin and has a natural finish. Revlon claims that it wears for 16 hours, I haven't had it on for that long but it manages to keep my face matte for at least 5 hours, brilliant aye? It also happens to stay put even when I get a little sweaty thanks to the insane weather around these parts. There is a Normal/Dry skin variant available if you fall on the other side of the skin type fence. 

Get Revlon Colorstay for N2350 here or at any Casabella Store. In the UK it is around £12.00 from Boots or Superdrug. 



Swatches

Mac Select SPF blended in a little too much, hopefully it's still visible

Revlon Colorstay blended in a little less for visibility



Final Verdict 


Factors
Select SPF15
Colorstay
Coverage
1
1
Length of Wear
-
1
Universality
-
1
Price
-
1
Formula 
-
1
Total
1/5
5/5


Revlon Colourstay ticks all the right boxes for me, great coverage, keeps me oil free for hours, is universal i.e it caters to different skin types and it is pocket friendly. It's consistency is also less watery than the Select SPF but it still maintains a natural finish. That's our winner for today! 

Have any of you lovelies tried Revlon Colourstay foundation? Please let me know what you think of it. 

Peace and Love, 

Y. 

Photo Cred: My lovely brother in-law whose photography outfit is called 1331 PhotoHQ helped take these pictures :) 
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FOTD: Fire Fire!


Don't worry you are safe, there is no actual fire, lol! However my Face of the Day (FOTD) was inspired by the beautiful colours one would see in a fire. Who else gets mesmerised watching burning flames? I'm not weird right?
I created this look as an entry for Aqeela's #WeeklyMakeupTag. She has a theme every week and this week it is Elements.





iPhoneography!



Eyes

 I focused on reflecting the two main colours of fire which are red and yellow. I applied the yellow on the lid, then blended red in the crease.  To transition and soften any harsh lines, I used a matte brown eyeshadow. I then applied a gold eyeshadow as a brow bone highlight. The dramatic winged liner and a darkened waterline represent the black colour of ashes.

Products Used

  • Lid- Bright yellow shade from Blush Professional 120 Palette (buy here
  • Crease and Outer V- Sleek Scandalous blush 
  • Transition- Mary Kay Cinnabar
  • Brow bone- Gold shade from the 120 palette
  • Eyeliner- Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner in black
  • Waterline- Model's own Kohl Pencil
  • Mascara- Maybelline's Falsies in Blackest Black





Lips

What other colour would depict fire except a hot red lipstick? The other option was to apply yellow eyeshadow on my lips over a clear lipgloss but I said to myself, "Easy now..."

Products Used
  • Lipliner- Zaron Red Vines
  • Lipstick- Rimmel Kate 01 (review here)



Other Products Used
  • Foundation- Zaron Foundation + Concealer in shade PZ04 (review here)
  • Under Eye Concealer- Mac Select Cover Up Concealer in NC45 
  • To set concealer- ELF Mineral Booster powder in Sheer
  • Brows- Mac Spiked Pencil and Zaron Brow Kit
  • Blush- Sleek Scandalous
  • Contour and Highlight- Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium (review here)
  • Powder- Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Dark
  • Setting Spray- Mac Fix+


When I set out to create this look, I just wanted to have fun with the tag, I didn't expect to come up with anything remotely wearable. I'm not one for bright coloured eyeshadow but I kind of like how it turned out and I just might consider recreating it for a night out or something. 

What do you ladies think? Would you wear bright eyes and a bright lip?


Peace and Love, 

Y. 
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Monday, 19 November 2012

NOTW: French Manicure 2.0

Hi Guys,

The weather is pants today as it's been raining so I can't get any decent pictures. For today's manicure post, I decided to pull something out of my archives.




 I created a classic french manicure but revised it by using glitter polish on the tips. For the base colour I used Sally Hansen's Insta Dri in Petal Pusher. It is such a beautiful nude shade but unfortunately it's formula failed to impress me. It is very runny so it flooded my nail bed. It is also very streaky, almost impossible to get a completely opaque and smooth finish with it.
I have other Insta Dri polishes that I really like but I found this particular one really annoying so it's going into my "useless products" drawer, shame.



For the tips, I used an unbranded gold glitter nail polish that I found in my stash. The glitter bits are chunky and there are some stars inside it which I really like.



These pictures make me miss my long nails, boo-hoo! I can't wait till they grow again although I can't deny how much more comfortable shorter nails are :-)

Can you girls recommend any pretty nude polishes to me? I'm on the hunt for another one as this one is no good.


Peace and Love,

Y.

P.S I'm a featured blogger of the day on Bloggers.com. Yay! 
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Friday, 16 November 2012

Beauty Battles #5: The Vamp Lip

Yo!

How's everyone feeling? I'm hoping well, why wouldn't you be? It's Friday!

If you know me, you would know that I'm all about my bright lipstick colours, pinks, reds, purples and the likes. More recently, I have been loving darker, more goth kind of colours. I guess I have been influenced by the Autumn/Winter colour trend but I see myself continuing in this dark lip journey beyond the season.
So today, I'm pitting two deliciously dark lipsticks against each other, as usual one's kind to the pocket, the other, not so much.




MAC Hang Up

Hang Up was my first foray into dark lipsticks and I totally love it. Mac gets me when it comes to lipsticks, that's for sure. 

It is a dark berry shade with strong red undertones therefore it is easier to wear than the usual vamp lipstick. It is a nice way to transition from brights to darks because it does look more red than anything. 




It's a cremesheen which are usually the easiest lipsticks to wear from Mac as they are creamy and moisturising. It's not very opaque though so you will need about three swipes for full coverage. I wore this lipstick out last week Friday and I didn't touch it up once, quite impressive considering it's not matte. I have been wearing it a whole lot since I got it, call it obsessive behaviour but when I like something, I don't stop. It is also very day time appropriate because of it's red undertones but I wear it more at night. 

Mac lipsticks retail for £14.00, a little pricey. Not long ago they were £12.50, what happened?

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Mulberry

I have either made you sick from always writing about Sleek and now you hate the brand OR you have gone out and bought all the Sleek makeup I have been raving about. Hopefully it's the latter! 

Mulberry is not for the faint hearted, I will tell you that much. It is a very dark purple/burgundy lipstick that leans very much towards black. If you have seen the new Bond movie, you may have noticed when Severine met up with Bond at the bar, she was wearing this sexy dark lipstick. I don't know what brand that was but Mulberry seems like a pretty good dupe to me. 

This lipstick indeed makes me feel like a Bond girl when I have it on(allow me :-)) 



As much as I like Sleek makeup, I'm not a big fan of their lipsticks because they never seem to offer me enough pigmentation. However I was pleasantly surprised with Mulberry, this lipstick packs a punch, goes opaque in about three swipes. The formula is also really nice to apply and has a sheen finish. 

The only problem is that it is not long lasting at all. After about an hour, the colour begins to separate and fade around the inner lip area, annoying. So you'll need to constantly touch up this lipstick to avoid the embarrassing inner lip fading.

You can get Sleek lipsticks for about N1300 at any Sleek store nationwide or on Konga.com. In the UK, they retail in Superdrug for around £4.99! 


Swatches and More Pictures


Mulberry, Hang Up

Sleek Mulberry

Sleek Mulberry

Mac Hang Up

Mac Hang Up

The Final Verdict


Factors
Hang Up
Mulberry
Formula
1
1
Pigmentation
1
-
Length of Wear
1
-
Price
-
1
Universality
1
-
Total
4/5
2/5




As much as I love Sleek's Mulberry, Mac's Hang up wins this edition. It is more universal i.e easier to wear and will suit more skintones. It also beats Sleek on formula and length of wear. 

Yup, my infamous crown is back :)

So what do you guys think? Which lipstick would you wear? The dangerously dark and gothic Mulberry or the more subtle Hang Up? 

Peace and Love, 

Y. 
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