Friday, 19 June 2015

Review | Zaron Uno Eyeshadow Collection



Zaron is arguably one of the most popular indigenous makeup brands we have in Nigeria and they are particularly dear to my heart because I have watched them grow from their very early days. The days when we only had a few Nigerians brave enough to venture into their own makeup lines. "Buying Nigerian" only recently became cool, so kudos to Zaron for sticking it out. Check this post out for a review I did of their products in the early days of the blog. 

They very kindly sent me 10 eye shadows from their new Uno Eyeshadow Collection for review. Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it! 


The colors sent to me with my description of the shades below:

01 Iron Throne- a metallic copper 
02 Mocha- a matte coffee brown
03 Charcoal- a matte black
04 Cadillac- a shimmery beige
05 Gold Rush- a shimmery bright gold
06 Whirl Wind- a shimmery dark purple
07 Mystery- a shimmery dark blue
08 Babe- a shimmery pink
09 Desert- a shimmery grey
10 Jasper- a shimmery dark green


The Uno Eyeshadow Collection is brilliant. I feel very proud of Zaron because these eye shadows can stand very proudly next to any other international brands and hold its own! Color ,me impressed! I particularly love the color range, a lot of everyday neutrals which is right up my alley and a number of bright "occasion" shades. 

These eyeshadows are also very well pigmented- as you will see from my pictures below. I am wearing it without any primer and the colors are popping! The formula is also so easy to blend and guess what? These had ZERO FALL OUT! How amazing is that? Even the most expensive eyeshadow brands (I'm looking at you UD Naked palettes -_-) suffer from the dreaded fallout. Round of applause for Zaron on this one! :) 

Pictures and Swatches

01 Iron Throne

02 Mocha

03 Charcoal

04 Cadillac

05 Gold Rush

06 Whirlwind

07 Mystery

08 Babe

09 Desert

10 Jasper




My favorite two shades from the bunch are Iron Throne and Mocha- perfect lid and crease colors for an everyday eye. They remind me very much of my favorite eyeshadow combo from MAC- Ambering Lights and Embark. Ambering Lights is a little more on the gold side though.

See what I said about the eyeshadows popping without any primer!

Product Details
Mac Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC50 (yes, i'm back to this...story for another post)
Mac MSF Natural in Dark to set foundation
Mac Blush in Sweet as Cocoa
Mac Embark e/s for brows
Zaron Uno e/s in Iron Throne on the lid
Zaron Uno e/s in Mocha in the crease
Mac Victoriana lipstick


I recommend these eyeshadows because you should support Nigerian brands :) ok reallt though, these are pretty shades and great quality. You can purchase Zaron products online from Jumia and Konga.

Which of the 10 shades is your favorite? 

Enjoy the weekend! 

Peace and Love, 


Y.  


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Friday, 12 June 2015

Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?




If you have been living under the same rock as my friend Adaku then you probably have not heard all the noise the beauty industry has been making about the Beauty Blender in the last year or so. However, if your place of residence is not under a rock :-) you will have seen all the hype and a) fallen for it and purchased OR b) fought back and kept asking if it was really worth the hype.

I was of the latter school of thought until I started getting streaks when applying my foundation with my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I don't know if this is because my brush set is quite old- about 2 years now *face palm* but yeah a streaky face is not cute so I decided to switch to the Real Techniques Complexion Miracle Sponge. Dirt cheap(got it in London for a fiver) but it works like a dream. Beautifully buffed in foundation in minutes. However, the beauty addict in ,me wanted more and I decided to purchase the Beauty Blender last week Sunday.



The company describes the theory behind the Beauty Blender as "The world’s first edgeless makeup sponge ensures flawless application of any complexion product, powder, cream blush and more...exclusive beautyblender® material ensures impeccable application, no streaking, less product waste and an airbrushed finish."

So to answer the question "Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?" I would say Yes and No. Let me explain... *Kevin Hart's voice*

Yes it is worth the hype because it does revolutionize foundation application techniques. It applies product so much better than brushes with less waste and a more flawless finish. There are absolutely no streak lines with this one! I may never use a brush again...

I also say No it isn't worth the hype because my RT Miracle Complexion Sponge does exactly what it does. Granted the Beauty Blender material is much less absorbent and a little gentler to touch but in terms of that flawless finish they BOTH do the job. The Beauty Blender currently retails in the UK for 16 pounds- more than double the price of the RT sponge for 5.99 pounds.

In summary, YES the Beauty Blender is an amazing invention that floors all foundation brushes of ages past BUT you can get the same amazing results for a fraction of the price.

Buy the Beauty Blender in Nigeria, here for N4000,..a pretty good deal if you think about current Fx rates....

What do you guys think? Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?


Enjoy the weekend! ,


Y.
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Friday, 5 June 2015

Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette, Colorpop & Kat Von D


Apologies that it's been quiet on here...Sometimes life just catches up with you and it gets even harder to juggle things. I have been regular on Instagram though, so you can follow me on there @shelovesthefinerthings 

The lovely people at BeautyRevNG sent me an amazing goodie bag around my birthday time and I was so excited because there were some BIG brands in there. Thanks guys, you are always so kind to me! <3




Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette 







This is a limited edition eye shadow palette from ABH and it is all the rave right now. It shook the beauty world up when it was launched and it is still making waves weeks after. ABH produced this as the ultimate kit for MUAs because it has a range of colors from nuetrals to brights to dark tones- it's all in here. The colors are also super pigmented and apply like a dream- what's not to love?  

All the shades are beautiful but my 3 favorite of the 12 are:

Unicorn- A beautiful shimmery light blue shade that ABH describes as "Periwnkle". It is not similar to anything I have seen before
Baby I'm A Star- A shimmery brown tone that I see myself wearing a lot, great for an everyday eye
Anaconda- An incandescent green could give off different colors at different angles. Reminds me of Mac's Club eye shadow

Here's how ABH describes the other 9 shades:

Buttery: A matte, buildable beige
Dusty Rose: A soft, satiny mauve
Phresh: A vibrant, happy yellow
Blue Velvet: A deep, intense navy
Orange You Fancy: A fiery, burnt orange
Beigely: A glimmering, neutral greige
Coal: A sultry, inky black
Punch Fuschia: A vibrant orchid hue
Aubergine: A moody, eggplant purple

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Overall, this is a great palette with many colors I can use for my makeup looks even though I am not the target audience- MUAs. If you are a makeup lover like me it will make you very happy:).I hope to share some makeup looks using this palette very soon.

Sadly though, it is currently not available on BeautyRevNG because it is a limited edition but if you are interested in it drop them an email and I'm sure they will try to sort you out.



Colorpop Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Slave2Pink and Dare


Colorpop is arguably the most popular makeup brand around at the moment. They entered the market with a BIG BANG bringing with them gorgeous makeup products at really affordable prices. You honestly cannot beat that. This philosophy of amazing makeup at amazing prices was first brought to life by Sleek but giiiirrllll, Colorpop is currently giving them a run for their money. I am a big Sleek fan as you guys know so I'm using this medium to tell them to "STEP IT UP"!

The two eye shadows I received are from the SUPER SHOCK range.


Slave2Pink: I'm not much of a bright eye shadow wearer but I must say that this pink is the most gorgeous I have ever seen.- electric pink with multi-color glitter running through it. The formula is like an eye shadow and a pigment rolled into one little jar of goodness and you already know what that means- super color pay off! This makes it also very creamy and easy to apply. The company advises that these eye shadows are best applied with the fingers but I used a brush and it still applied perfectly. I will apply with my fingers next time though and see if it works better

Dare: Another electric but really beautiful purple shade with violet and pink glitter running through it. Exactly the same properties as Slave2Pink since they are in the same range.


In summary, if you are looking for regular everyday eye shadows look away now. However if you are looking for eye shadows that can bring the WOW factor to your makeup, look no further! Shop Colorpop eye shadows between N2500 and N3000 a pot here!


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi



I view Kat Von D products as one of the Rolls Royces of the beauty industry. There is just something about the brand that exudes elegance and class. The owner of the brand was a renowned tattoo artist now turned beauty mogul so she brings her artistic side into the creation of her products. 

This liquid lipstick (liquid formula that dries out into a matte finish) is the first of their products I had ever gotten so I was pretty excited to try it out. I must say that the excitement didn't last very long. While this is a beautiful bright pink shade, I struggled a lot with the formula; simply put- application was a bitch! It was so difficult to get an even and opaque application, I constantly had gaps with every layer I put on. Now I researched online and I read that you apparently need to apply it in really thin layers to work well with it but I'm sorry, no makeup item should be that stressful to apply. It lasted really long though and did not flake and crust away as the hours went by so I guess that is its redeeming factor. I would like to try another shade though before I make my conclusions on this product. You can buy Kat Von D lipstick for N6000 here





Have you guys tried any of the products I reviewed today? How did you get on with them? 

Enjoy the weekend! 

Y. 


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