Product Review: Black Opal Mineral Mosaic Eye Shadow in Golden Galaxy

They say...
"The newest generation of eye makeup has been designed with skin-loving minerals in five expertly coordinated shades designed to accent your eyes. The pigment-rich formula doesn't cake or crease. Safe for sensitive eyes."

Swatches:
Verdict:
The Black Opal Mineral Mosaic eye shadow is available in 4 different shades. I got it in Golden Galaxy, it has 5 shades ranging from sheer gold to sparkly dark brown. The eye shadows are smooth to the touch and spread easily. The color pay off is sheer but they are buildable so you can pack it on for a more opaque cover. For best results apply over a cream base.


Black Opal Mineral Mosaic eye shadow comes in a flat plastic package, with a see through cover so you can see the product even when its closed and a black base. The ingredients, shade name, weight and brand info are listed on a sticker under the pack. All five shades are arranged in a mosaic pattern in a pan. The pattern looks really pretty but I'm guessing it won't look so hot if the shades spill into each other...


Black Opal Mineral Mosaic eye shadow retails for N1200 in Nigeria and $8.95 in the US for 8.78g of product. I got mine in Lagos from Kuddy Cosmetics, they are available from the Black Opal website and selected beauty supply stores. Check their store locator to find a store near you.


Considering the price, product and performance, this is a good deal. It works well and looks good. This shade in particular is great for really natural, subtle looks but you can still smoke it out with the dark brown shade (my favorite btw) for more drama. That said, I'm not too crazy about this eye shadow because I prefer my eye shadows to be really pigmented.

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Product Review: Black Opal Bronzed Jewels Lip Palette

The product comes in flat plastic palette. The cover is grey with the name of the product and brand written on it in silver. A sticker on the bottom carries the product shades and company info.  Inside, the different shades are held in see through tray with an applicator brush and a full mirror. The lip brush is not the best thing, I will not be using it much. The palette is practical and great for carrying about in your purse or kit.
Bronzed jewels lip palette is a lip palette of 5 shades; 2 Lip glosses and 3 Creme Shines (lip sticks). All the shades in this palette are in the bronze-gold family.
Lip glosses: Glam & Copper
Creme Shine (Lip sticks): Caramel, Golden bronze and Naked bronze
They have a creamy texture and go on smooth, except for the Glam lip gloss which is a lot softer than the rest. The Glam lip gloss is my least favorite of the set because you can feel the glitter in it between your lips and that reminds me of having sand caught in your lip gloss (Ew!)

Good pigmentation with all the shades except Glam with is light and see through, it's lip gloss though so that's ok.
Top: Naked bronze & Golden Bronze. Middle: Caramel. Bottom: Copper & Glam
I got mine at Kuddy Cosmetics in Lagos, where it retails for N1200 (Approx. 6 Euros) for 8.5gr of product. Really affordable and for the quality of the product I say this is a save! Definitely worth the money.
I noticed this palette is no longer on the Black Opal website so it might have been discontinued.


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MakeUp in Paris 2011


Makeup in Paris is the only event held in France 100% dedicated to makeup. The event premiered last year and following its 2010 success they came back bigger and bolder this year.

This year the 2day event organized by Beauteam held in Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris on the 23rd and 24th of June, with more exhibitionists, conferences and demonstrations that last year.

Although this is a 100% make up event, it does not target the makeup end-user but manufacturers from mass distribution or selective distribution, prescriptors, journalists and make-up professionals and makeup professionals-to-be.

The exhibitioners are not makeup brands but suppliers of cosmetic components, packaging manufacturers, full-service companies, designers, experts and others.
This year there were many interesting conferences and round table discussions covering subjects like color and product trends as well as innovations in the industry.
Makeup demonstrations were by students of Makeup Forever Academy, MakeUp Atelier, Tannaz Studio and SLA Academy, in line with the venue of the event the art was inspired by the work of great masters exposed in the Louvre museum.
Makeup Forever Academy
Makeup Forever Academy
Makeup Atelier International
Tannaz Studio 
Tannaz Studio 
I enjoyed the event. It's a great opportunity to network and learn about the industry from behind the scenes (from a corporate perspective), industry trends and the latest innovations. Plus admission is free ;-)

The next one will hold in New York on the 14th & 15th of  September. Interested? Click HERE for more details on their official website. Admission is free but you need to register to receive an invitation.

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Fashion Lounge

This is coming pretty late (because the first one is tonight) but since it's a monthly event better late than never right...


Introducing the Fashion Lounge...
Organised by Rachael Taiwo-Akingbade and Kemi Akande of Lavish Lingerie Couture (LLC) and Inspire business world.
Fashion lounge is a networking event for players in the fashion industry. It is expected to be attended by models, photographers, fashion designers, makeup artists, fashion stylists, modeling agencies, magazine & fashion editors, press, PR...


Everything you need to know about the event


Name of Event: Fashion Lounge: Fashion Networking Party
Launch Date: Thursday 28th July 2011
Frequency: Monthly (The Last Thursday of Every Month)
Time: 7pm - Late
Address: Chrome (Former Tribeca) 82, Adetokunbo Ademola st, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
Company: L.L.C (Lavish) (Rachael Taiwo-Akingbade and Kemi Akande)
Invited individuals, collectives and representatives attending and welcome include: Models - Photographers - Fashion Designers - Make-Up Artists -  fashion Stylists - Modeling Agencies -  Magazine & Fashion Editors - Press & PR-...
Early entry is advised, this event is invite, guest list only, regular party goers and fashionistas may attend, management have the right to refuse entry.
To RSVP/guest list:
 Kemi:0813 838 1983
                               Rachel:08129121466
                               Email: info@inspirebusinessworld.com


I am currently in Paris and so will not be attending, if you make it to the event please come back and leave a comment to share your experience ;-)




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NOTD: H&M Looks Great on You

My first time trying out H&M nail color and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Normally with cheap nail color you get poor pigmentation and even worse wear. Honestly I only bought this one because the color caught my eye when I was there looking for something else.

Verdict:
I like this one. "Looks great on you" is an earthy-almost-brown shade of orange. I think it looks really nice on dark skin not as in your face as you would expect from orange nail polish. I think this will look good on light skins too... its just one of those shades.
The nail color is affordable retailing for 3.95 for 9ml of product and like you should have already guessed is available at H&M.
The color slides on smoothly and with 2 coats (like I'm wearing above) You get an opaque cover.

I like the square shape of the bottle, I think it makes that nail color look like it cost much more than it actually does. The square cover might feel a bit awkward during application though. The brush is a little wider than a vintage nail polish brush.

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FOTD: Green with Kiko



Face:
Mat velvet+ foundation in 75 set with Super Matte loose powder in 56 both from MUFE and Plum rich blush from Fashion fair.
Eyes:
Brows filled with brow pencil in No.3 from MUFE, Black Opal foundation in Truly topaz on my brow bone set with Naked eye shadow from the Urban decay Naked palette.
On my eye lids Urban decay eye shadow primer in Sin, Smoky water proof eye shadow in No.8 from Kiko on the inner 2/3 of my lid and Mistletoe eye shadow  (sparkly green) from the Sleek Sparkle palette in my outer corner blended out into my crease with BM Pro Bright brown eye shadow.
I lined my upper eyelid with MaqPro eye liner in black and my waterline with 24/7 pencil in Zero from Urban decay
Lips:
Naked bronze lip cream and Glam lip gloss, both from the Black Opal Bronzed Jewels Lip collection palette.


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Product Review: Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation


They say:

"Sometimes you do have something to hide and this creme foundation housed in a portable stick, can make camouflaging problem areas on the face that much easier. This PABA-free, hypoallergenic formula protects skin from UV damage, won't clog pores and blends smoothly to give you the flawless face you've always wanted. Full coverage. For all skin types. Velvet finish."

Verdict
Price:
The price of Black Opal's True color stick foundation varies depending on where you are in the world. Here in France they retail for €9-€11, in Nigeria N1,200-N1,400 and in the US $9.50 for 14.17gr. This places this product among the more affordable brands.

Purchasing:
Black Opal products are available from their official website (US delivery only) and a number of distributors world wide. Click HERE for the worldwide locator to find a store near you. As you may already know I got mine from Kuddy Cosmetics, the official Black Opal distributor in Nigeria. 

Packaging:
The Black Opal True color stick foundation comes in a matte black tube, with the brand name written in shinny black block letters at the base of the tube. The shade is indicated on a sticker under the tube and the ingredients are on a sticker on the side of the tube. The top of the tube is made of clear plastic so you can see the product through it.
Swatch of Black Opal True color stick foundation
in Beautiful Bronze
The product is rolled up when you twist the tube just like a lipstick tube. 


Performance:
The Black Opal True color stick foundation is a medium-full cover stick foundation, available in 8 shades. This foundation is very pigmented and so can be used as concealer too. 

I use this for full cover,  Its rich cream formula is very easy to blend, great for major highlighting and contouring.
Its hypoallergenic so if you usually react to cosmetic products you should probably try this one out. 

This foundation is not oil free, so if you have oily skin be prepared to pull out your full mattifying arsenal, especially some kind of blotting powder because you will need it. You can also tissue off excess oil after applying the foundation before setting it with powder as discussed in my previous post on tips and tricks from Sam Fine

Did I mention that this is Sam Fine's foundation of choice ;-)


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Essence Mini Haul

Still from my trip to Rome...


I’ve heard and seen good things about Essence nail products so I figured I should try some of their stuff out. Of course the fact that their products are affordable didn’t hurt either ;-)

I got…
Nail polish:

Lime it up ( yellow based lime green)
Where is the party? (purple with turquoise reflects)
Out of my mind (shimmery turquoise)
Nail art glitter;
08 Glitter Star (tiny silver stars)


07 have fun (small back sequins with pinky purple reflects)

Don't you just love a good bargain!

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Kiko Makeup Haul





Introducing Kiko makeup Milano...


While roaming the streets of Rome I stumbled across a couple of Kiko makeup stores.

After fishing around for info about the brand online I decided to try them out, here is what I got...


 I got
-A small black faux leather make up bag
-Definition waterproof eyeliner in No8 (bright blue)
-Cream eye shadow in No 11 & 22
-Nail lacquer in 278 (sparkly magenta purple) and 347 ( dark green)
-Waterproof Smoky eye shadow in No.8 Smoky green
-Lipgloss pencil No
-Kajal Kohl pencil in Black

And it all cost about 30 

I'll let you know how they turn out!


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