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. 

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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
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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. 
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