Saturday, 26 February 2011

FOTD: Burnt Masquerade

Face: I’m wearing Mat Velvet foundation in 80 and HD concealer from MUFE set with Translucent pressed powder in Medium, Light and the Face contour kit form Sleek Make up and Love rush blush from MAC. 
Eyes: I filled my brows with No 3 brow pencil from MUFE, on my brow bone I'm wearing Black Opal foundation in Truly Topaz set with naked eye shadow from the Urban Decay Naked palette. 
On my eye lids I'm wearing BM Pro eye shadow in Masquerade and Casabella eyeshadow in Mink in my outer corners and crease.
I lined my upper eye lids with liquid eye liner in perversion from Urban Decay and 
my waterline with Twist up eye liner in Midnight from Sleek . Finished with Ardell wispies.

Lips: Lined with Urban decay pencil in Whisky and filled with Fashion Fair lipstick in City life (my fav of the moment) and Burberry lip gloss in Nutmeg.


Friday, 25 February 2011

Nigerian Make Up Haul

I have spent quite a bit of time in Nigeria over the past three months, so I decided to check out the Nigerian make up scene.

First up House of Tara and BM pro, make up lines founded by two of the most popular make up artists in Nigeria.

House of Tara:
The studio is located at 9A Okoawo Close Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria. Its somewhat hidden as its on a small street off Adetokumbo Ademola street, but if you have the address you should find it just fine. At the studio you can get make up from House of Tara as well as Black Up, Iman and Sleek 
I wasn't overly impressed with the layout of the studio, it was really basic. White wooden shelves, tiny pictures and no samples in sight.


Last year Tara launched a H.I.P collection, I was curious so I picked up a matte eye shadow in Aura and as per my dear friends's recommendation, eye liner in Adire.

BM Pro:
The studio is now at 13B Awori Road, Dolphin Estate. The studio is right in the heart of a residential estate, there is no sign outside so if you didn't have the address you could drive right past it. The only sign outside the building reads No: 13B. 
Banke Meshida Lawal and I
Inside is a hair salon, make up studio and although I didn't see it, a photo studio. The display table was overflowing with samples and 2 walls nearby were covered in pictures of her work (as seen in the picture below). I wanted to buy everything but limited myself to 2 pressed and 1 loose eye shadow.
While I was there Banke Meshida Lawal (the founder) walked in and after gushing about how much of a fan I was, I asked her the shade of eyes shadow I have noticed she uses on a lot of her clients. If you are familiar with her work you might have notice it too. It's a browny gold shade that works well on different complexions, turns out its called "Masquerade".
Blush Nigeria
The shop and salon were launched earlier this month at 1388 Tiamiyu Savage Victoria Island Lagos. Apart from the Blush make up range they carry other cosmetic brands like Naked cosmetics, OPI, Aromatherapy Associates, Butter by Keba, Lippmann Nail Polish and Philosophy. I like the layout of this store, ver open; white shelves filled with beauty products lined the walls with white tables down the middle carrying more products including the Blush make up line. 
I got a 15 color professional eye shadow palette and a bag of candy.
I was told they have many stores in Lagos but I have only been to one, opposite the food court in the Palms shopping mall. I'll call this one a beauty supply store because they carry  a wide range of cosmetic products, tools and books, including Ardell lashes, Revlon, Iman, and tons more. Their own make up brand however is never labeled, so of course the marketer in me thinks they are nuts but hey, what do I know. I picked up two matte eye shadows from them.

That's it. reviews & looks to follow shortly :-)


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

FOTD: Smokey Charcoal

Ever cry yourself to sleep a night before you had to go out looking fabulous? I wake up looking like Quasimodo! My eyelids swell beyond recognition, so normally I would stay home but of course there are days when you just have to go out.

Here is my solution... The Smokey Eye!
Perfect for hiding puffy eyes. Trust me you would not believe the difference between the before and after look. Unfortunately I am too vain to put "before" pictures of myself on the internet **hides face**
Face: I’m wearing Mat Velvet foundation in 80 and HD concealer from MUFE set with Translucent powder in Medium and Light form Sleek Make up and Love rush blush from MAC. 

: I filled my brows with No 3 brow pencil from MUFE, on my brow bone I'm wearing Black Opal foundation in Truly Topaz set with naked eye shadow from the Urban Decay Naked palette. 

I lined my upper eye lids with liquid eye liner in perversion from Urban Decay and 
my waterline with Twist up eye liner in Midnight from Sleek set with the same black eye shadow on top. Finished with L'Oreal voluminous mascara.

Lips: Burberry lip gloss in Nutmeg. 


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Product Review: Sleek Make Up Primer Palette

On the 16th of February, Sleek Make up released their latest I-Divine palette, the Primer palette.

They say:
"A palette of 12 coloured eye primers perfectly designed to use with all Sleek Make Up i-Divine Palettes. Long-lasting and specially designed to breath a new lease of life into your eye shadows."
As you may have already noticed there is clearly a mistake with the shade names printed the clear sheet. I'm sure Sleek didn't mean to name the beige shade "Noir" (which is french for black BTW), or the green shade "Peach".

Not the best quality in the world but it gets the job done
All 12 shades as they appear in the palette
Same eye shadow from The Sleek jewels palette. 1st alone and them on primer
This is not a 100% crease proof product. I've used it only twice so far the first time I got over 10hrs of creaseless eyeshadow wear and the second time I got about 7 hours. I'll admit the first day was a relatively stress less day and I spent most of the second day out in the sun.
As is the case with all Sleek I-divine palettes you get 12 shades in 1. Do you need eye shadow primer in 12 shades? May be not but at €9.00 for 12.12gr why not! Even though it may not be necessary I think the different shades can only help intensify the eye shadow shades.

The primer has a light creamy texture that spreads evenly across the eyelids. For best results, use only a little product at a time and even the product out over your crease just before applying eyeshadow over it. Why? Because the cream creases before you are done applying it on your second eyelid. 
In all it's worth trying, it's not the best primer I've used but as its one of the cheapest I'll say its a decent deal.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Product Review: Sleek Blush in Scandalous

Right on time for Valentine's day, Sleek make up launched their red hot Stiletto collection. The collection is made up of Blush in Scandalous, lip polish in scandal and nail color in Geisha's seal. I picked up the blush a few weeks ago.

They say...
"The silky-fine formulation provides long lasting blusher which helps to create a subtle but radiant cheek area. "

Scandalous is a bright red slightly orange matte shade. Good pigmentation as you can probably tell from my swatches. It looks really bright but you can easily work it to look softer than it appears in the pack.
The packaging is cute too, it reminds me of the Nars blushes but its thicker and more "boxy",  a huge improvement from what they used to be.


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

IMATS London 2011: Part 6 My Haul

Welcome to the grand finale of my London IMATS adventure this year.  I think I was good this time around. I got some products I have been curious about but I didn't over do it (Thank God!).
I got...
A make up bag from Eve Pearl

Eldora lashes
OCC Lip Tars
Semi permanent eyeliner and more lashes
Wedges, glitter and eye shadow base from Kryolan

Make up Sanitizers from Beauty so clean
Yaby Eye shadows
NYX Cosmetics
The Pro Make Up Shop
Royal Brush
Crown Brush
Sleek Make Up

MakeUp Forever
The one that got away…

Yes they got away; I wanted to get Hakuhodo brushes but had to think twice when I saw their price tags. By the time I convinced myself I deserved them (insert L’Oreal slogan here LOL) my favorite ones were sold out :-( I’ll probably end up ordering them online.

There you have it, trust me when I say I was being good. There was so much more I wanted but had to hold back (in the interest of not starving to death). Can't wait to try them out and tell you all about it.


IMATS 2011: Part 5 Dany Sanz and Alex Box

 Alex Box: Make Up, A Performance

Her return appearance at the IMATS filled the main stage designed to seat 300 people. For her performance she drew inspiration form the vibe in the room and the music (that played throughout her demonstration). Yes, you read right; music. This was not your average makeup demo. As the music played she created look after look stepping aside after each one for us to appreciate her creation.  She started with a face with a plain white base and she created 4 looks one after the other, each time building on what she had previously done.

Dany Sanz: Make Up Forever in High Def

The co founder of Make Up For Ever (a big inspiration of mine) re-introduced us to the brand's HD line. Make up forever was the first of a long line of brands to come up with an HD range. At first the seminar seemed like one very long ad, but I admit learning about products from the mind that conceived them made for some new discoveries. 
Models wearing MUFE HD line on the left side of their faces.

                The entire HD range can be used for airbrush make up.
                The blush, which is thicker than the rest of the products, can be mixed with the HD elixir to create the texture needed for airbrushing.
                The HD elixir can be mixed with any product from the HD range for less cover. Or applied to the skin prior to foundation to prep the skin
                The HD powder is used to set foundation but should not be applied like regular powder, very little goes a long way.

I had a chat with Dany and Jacques, the founders of Make Up forever (in french HA!) , oh and yes we are on first name basis now LOL! I wonder if you can tell I was excited to meet them? LMAO.

Thus ends my little IMATS seminar mini-series, I hope it was helpful. Next Up my haul *guilty face*

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