Monday, July 21, 2014

MAC Dodgy Girl Lipstick.. Reviews & Swatches

Hi Guys,
Its review time again!! Today i'l be sharing wih you the Mac Dodgy girl lipstick from the Kelly Osbourne collection.

This is described as a light lavender. It reminds me of the Viva glam Nicki 2 lipstick but this is not as pale. This is a matte finish but it is not too matte. It is very easy to apply and has great staying power. Honestly, i didn't think this lipstick would suit me but it really does. I just had to get it after i missed out on Riri boy. I does sink into lip lines a little bit but it isn't much of a bother to me I have no problems reapplying and checking up on my makeup throughout the day so i can always fix that. 

In the picture above, i wore it with Zaron's "Prune Juice" lip pencil. I tried it on with M.A.C Currant lip liner but it didn't like how the pencil took the shine off the lip color. I didn't want an ombre look so i switched it out for this. Prune juice is a more subtle purple lip pencil and works well with it. This lippie looks great with a smokey eye. A lot of drama on the eyes will balance out the coolness of it

Overall, i love it and i will be rocking this for real!! I know a lot of dark skin people will shy away from this. Nooo!!! Trust me there is no lip color that is not wearable no matter skintone. I shied away from St Germaine for the longest time and i tried a friend's (with some lipliner of course) and it looked really pretty. I will be adding that to my collection now. Don't be scared, Givd it a shot!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

How awesome are your Blending skills?? +Tips and Tricks.....

Hi guys,
Sometimes i just feel like talking! And im talking today!! The constant reviews and makeup looks can be a little boring and today i said i'm just going to talk about something im passionate about! BLENDING!

Now everyone is comfortable with slapping that gold eye shadow on the lid and you keep it moving. I remember back when i used to do this. That was my comfort zone and i stuck to it for a long long time. I had no eyeshadow brushes then but i would see pictures of people with three or four eyeshadows on their eyes and oooooh i wanted that so bad.

Fast forward a few years now, i have definitely gotten the hang of combining eye shadows and blending. When it comes to blending, i feel i do pretty well. I'm not perfect by any means because i do mess up sometimes. Especially with cut creases!! I spend a lot of time on my eye makeup especially when i'm doing smokey looks or playing with a lot of bright colors. Honestly, sometimes i over blend for fear of not blending right. I know i still have a lot of learning and growth to do.

Now, WHAT IS THE GOAL OF BLENDING YOUR EYESHADOWS? Well honey, this is to eliminate those harsh lines that you get when you put colors that are not in the same family together. When two different shades meet they  CLASH and we want them to be buddies. That's the idea! When you blend, it should be gentle and light handed. When you start blending colors with shimmer in them and they are merging into one color, hmmmmmm, something is going wrong dear and you need to probably start all over again. When it starts going  "greyish".. Trust me i've been there a TON OF TIMES. Its even more annoying when you need to be gone in a few minutes.

Let me give you some personal tips and tricks to blend like a PRO.. HERE WE GO...

- To get a great blended makeup look, use a nice, soft, fluffy dome brush. There are a ton of brands that have this. I trust the mac 217 ,224, Sigma E35 E40 and E45, CALA crease brush, and a ton of other products out there. Just get something that is loose and not tightly packed and your good to go.

- This is a personal preference of mine but i always start my eye makeup from the crease. If you apply your transition color first,this helps to build the "foundation" around the entire eye look you are going for. I have some primary crease colors that i use for this from neutral to smokey looks.. MAC Brownscript is my absolute favourite transition color. Others to use are Browndown, swisschocolate to name a few. Start from the middle and work your way to a fabulous eye look.

- For a very defined blended l i recommend using four eyeshadow colors.. Yes you ca use three. I believe three is standard. LID,CREASE and BROWBONE. But if you want a really defined look, you need to put a little something in your outer V. That is where we introduce the fourth color. For an everyday look, i recommend a black, dark brown, medium brown, and pale.  

Typical eyeshadow placement guide
- Try to blend moving in one direction. This helps you to not over blend and end u with that "greyish" color on your eye as opposed to what you were going for. When you get crazy hands and do windshield window motions, it will mess up your blend. I do recommend this for your crease color. It helps to evenly distribute but when working with more than one color.. NOT SO MUCH...

-Practise makes perfect. Also start out with familiar colors. This will help build your blending confidence. I  included a color wheel here to show you colors that are beside each other. These naturally compliment each other.They blend easier and make the task a lot more fun. Have a look. What do you think?

I hope i've been able to share some useful information for someone out there. Makeup is fun. Always make sure you have fun when applying makeup. I always do! No knowledge is too little or two much, and most of all ....Practise makes perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty Africa Exhibition and Conference

Hi Guys,
I have some exciting news for yaaa!!! I am an OFFICIAL BLOGGER for the BEAUTY AFRICA EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE coming up in October. I received an email from the company setting up the event, when i saw the part where i was asked? Oh my was i estatic!! Of course i would love to.. I mean who wouldn't. Where there is BEAUTIE there is MEEEE!!

This event is tagged "Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conference" and it is being put together by a company called Informa Life Science Exhibitions. They have a few very successful events under their belt like The Bride Show, China Beauty and Beyond Beauty. 

 Beauty Africa will be held at the Eko Hotel & Suites on 7-9 October 2014; the event will provide a platform for companies to interact with beauty and wellness professionals as well as industry leading dealers and distributors. It will be a unique event providing a mix of business networking and trade opportunities along with high quality workshops and talks designed to assist in building the African capacity in the sector by discussing the hottest topics, trends and innovations within beauty, haircare and skincare & spa and wellness.

Nowwww, this sounds like so much fun and i cannot wait for October. I have always wanted to be part of something so exciting guys. I would love to meet the brains behind those big beauty companies. This is all just a little info for now!! Beauty Africa is coming to town!! I will be posting regularly on this event and giving you all more info so do keep checking back for updates.

To REGISTER, kindly RIGHT CLICK on the picture below . It's absolutely FREE!!!! Tell a friend to tell a friend!!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mac Kelly Yum Yum Lipstick- Review & Swatches

Hi Guys,

I have never been a Kelly Osbourne fan!! I mean yeah shes popular and is from a popular family and has done music and bla bla bla! But when she redefined herself , oh my she became super gorgeous! She is also a  total hit on Fashion Police and when i heard she was coming out with a makeup collection with my favorite brand in the world...... I WAS SUPER EXCITED. You know i kept checking for updates and pictures on temptalia and all other sites that give juicy details on the collection. I already knew what i wanted to get... 

MAC Kelly Yum-Yum Lipstick  is described as a “bright blue pink with a Satin finish.” It’s a vibrant, medium, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and leans slightly magenta. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the consistency is creamy and makes is super easy to apply. This lipstick reminds me of Candy yum yum and is DEFINITELY  inspired by it but is a tad bit darker . 

KYY is definitely more in the comfort zone for a lot of people who can't wear CYY because they feel it is too bright . Yes it is blue based and has a little hint of a neon/ flourescent look to it, but it is more wearable than CYY, even without a lip pencil. I must say this lip color will stain your lips so if you like a little tint to your lips you will enjoy this one. The satin finish applies  easily but it gets a little dry after a bit. I like to put some clear lip gloss in the centre to keep it moist.

The packaging of this product is really pretty. Lord knows i love me some MAC  limited edition packaging. They are so pretty and i love to collect them.It is the standard MAC bullet packaging but the color is a light violet and it has Kelly's signature in red.

I'm so glad i was able to get some stuff from this collection. I got dodgy girl as well and i'l post that up next. What did you get? I'd love to see!!!! :D

PRICE: N4000

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Friday, July 11, 2014

REVIEW: Maybelline Clearsmooth all in one Powder

Hi Guys,

I thought i would round off the week with a review of this product i got recently. If anyone attended the first maybelline masterclass that held at Four points a few months back, you definitely heard about this powder..Most especially in the shade CACAO!! How can i forget that name so soon. It was said that there was going to be so new inexpensive powders suitable for Nigerian weather and i couldn't wait to try them. This powder comes in 

The Maybelline clear smooth powder is one that makes a lot of promises. It says on the pack, discover the powder that does it all... THROUGH IT ALL. Clear Smooth All-In-One is available in 6 shades from lightest to darkest- Toffee, Caramel, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Mocha & Cocoa. It promises to do a few things to your skin once you put this on

Controls Shine
Conceals flaws
Perfects tone

DazzleBeautie: Now let me tell you what i think. First of all, i like the packaging. It is so pretty and i love that they made the packaging pink. It is slim and sturdy. It is also very compact so it sits perfectly in your makeup purse or in the corner of your bag. Wherever you want to keep it. Now, this powder is very good. I have been using this powder on its own since i got it. It really matches my skin tone and it gives really good coverage.It is lightweight but still manages to give good coverage too. It also helped to control shine. That part was what really interested me because i never find powders that do that.It doesn't have any funny smell too. 

One thing i would say is Maybelline needs to make more shades of this. The color Toffee is great for me but it also matches my skin a little too much. I mean this in the sense that when i wear it with a foundation that is my shade it will look a little dark for me. 

Overall i like this product a lot and i will recommend.

WHERE TO BUY:  Any House of Tara store near you.
PRICE: N2000

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