30 Apr 2012

1923 Photoshoot: Am I Vixen?

Hello everyone,

Do you all remember my post titled What Do You Want? Well, i did get responses to it even though not all were done in the comments section of that particular post. Some of the responses included me sharing more of my work as a professional makeup artist with my followers. 

I must however reiterate the fact that i created this blog to promote the Nigerian beauty industry (a couple of people have reminded me that I belong to this industry and so should have my works shown on this site too). 

In this post, I am sharing pictures from the second ever professional portfolio photo shoot I did. For a couple of years, I did not have any professionally shot pictures in my portfolio but was recognized via word of mouth. My sojourn into the world of social media and networking with other makeup professionals across the world has however greatly benefited my artistry and my approach to it and I came to the realization that a professional makeup portfolio is a must-have.

I will publish a post on the first one I ever did and the story behind it but for now, enjoy this.

29 Apr 2012

April Haul

Hello everyone,

I swore off purchasing new makeup but under the pretext of a shoot i went on another spree (and didn't even buy one of the initial items I had in my head to buy).

O well, none is wasted and I do have good use for each and everyone of them.

my entire haul - 2 mascaras, 1 blush, 1 e/l pencil and 1 gel liner (by now, I am sure you all know that I am partial towards the lashes and liners)
I am yet to use this mascara for a full day but i loved the effect when i tested it on my lashes. They were all separated without looking scanty or thin.
For full, volumising effect i prefer Great Lash to the Voluminous Million Lashes. The effect was instant too and even though they were not obviously seperated, the volume I got was beautiful.
I am yet to entirely figure this out (ie. the gel liner effect) but you bet it won't be for long. I will definitely be tweeting about whether this product worked for me or not.
ah, my very first Sleek blush and I am already very impressed with it. As you can see from the swatch it is a true matte red colour. Soon to be my favourite red blush.
Iv watched Maybelline youtube videos for the Lasting Drama liners but never met anyone who had actually used one of them. Well, i found one on my spree and I picked it up.
I love the fact that the applicator brush it comes with can be used to create thin and thick lines. If im not careful this might just be incorporated into my personal kit.
Any recent makeup hauls? Please share with us and what your favourite items in the haul were.

27 Apr 2012

Product Review: Alcone Make-Off Wipes

I was unable to attend IMATS in February this year along with my fellow Nigerian MUAs but a dear friend of mine - Funke of Gifty's Daughter brought me back a souvenir. She brought me the Alcone Make-Off makeup wipes.

I only recently received it though but I have tried it and I must say that I am looking forward to re-stocking it for both personal and professional use.

indeed it is the Lazy Girl's solution.
sorry for the flash
In my lazy moments, i usually use normal baby wipes to clean my face. I have tried a couple of other makeup wipes but it was just economical for me to use baby wipes instead as i used the same number of wipes to clean my face.

With Alcone Make-Off however, i use only one wipe and it gets every stitch of makeup off my face. Regardless of whether i have a heavy or light application of makeup on, these wipes take it off leaving my face feeling clean. The last time my face felt this clean was when i used the rather unorthodox moisturising cream and cotton wool to take off my makeup.

This is a definite must try and I would definitely recommend it. Value for your money too as you get the best out of every one of the 30wipes.

Do you have a favourite makeup wipe? Write it down in the comments, I would love to try it out.

26 Apr 2012

Goldie's Star Struck Calendar

I am not a fan of the Zodiac signs and I, as a rule, never ever use it for anything or make reference to it.

However I came across something interesting on Bellanaija yesterday.
In recent times, I have seen the celebrity scene in Nigeria especially among our divas a bit low on creativity. They bring out ad campaigns for themselves but these lack soul and are just the same as any other with the only difference being that they are of course different individuals. I came across a calendar campaign by Goldie and I must say that I am a little impressed.

Well Goldie has always been known for her standing out and being different right from her personal style to her videos and public appearances so i am not overly surprised she came up with something like this.

Goldie
My favourite of all of them

As you probably can tell, I am a bit averse to some of the artistic interpretations but I must admit that it is a step away from the norm. 

You can check out the full post in Bellanaija. Some of the comments stated that she mis-interpreted the signs. In my opinion, Id say im impressed she was able to interpret any of them at all and in anyway, lol.

Its a right step in the right direction of creativity and I hope to see an improvement to this.

What do you all think of this calendar campaign?


25 Apr 2012

Product Review: Khuraira Face Primer


I have been asked a lot of questions about my skin and my answer is always "that is how it is". For those of you who have never seen me in person, let me introduce to the part of my body that is always seen on social media - my face.

In my teenage years, i was plagued by pimples. The tiny, numerous ones that look like a rash and leave particular parts of your face dark. I had them on my forehead and cheeks. My hands couldn't stay away from them and so my face was filled with dark spots.

It wasn't until i went for Youth Service that i discovered a unique property my facial skin had and when i say unique, it is indeed. People are always surprised when they see it or I tell them. This property is:

I DON'T SWEAT. My facial skin does not immediately become moist and form sweat in hot or humid conditions as some others do. I only sweat in 'extreme' heat or after vigorous physical activity.
My skin however just develops a sheen which gives my face a glow. Sometimes i dab this with blotting paper and sometimes I don't.

Due to the nature of my skin, I can afford to do without a face primer or skin mattifiers and most times I do. I also try my possible best to use such products on people I know who have oily skin eg. my sister or Clients as I cannot successfully judge the effectiveness of such products using my skin.

This time around however, i decided to try my Khuraira skin products on myself and I must say that I was impressed and saw a difference in the texture of my skin for the period i used them.

The first Khuraira product was the Dermal Revitalising Age-Control Primer (which essentially is a face primer)

this is a water-based face primer
It is a silicone primer which is basic for most mattifiers. However, this primer does not instantly mattify the skin like the more popular Smashbox and Black Up primers. I absolutely love the fact that it is absorbed into my skin like a moisturiser (For the period of time I used this, i didn't use my regular MaryKay Velocity light-weight moisturiser).

Verdict

- My skin felt fresh and soft
- My skin did not develop the sheen as often
(- I would have added the fact that my makeup stayed on for much longer but due to the peculiarities of my skin my makeup usually lasts long and I hardly ever feel the need to touch up)

I would definitely recommend this primer for both personal and professional use (I used this at the Wed Expo for Clients and models). I would however recommend a few minutes after application of this product for absorption into the skin and I look forward to using it on more of my personal makeup Clients and actually getting their opinions.

Have you used this primer before? What is your verdict?
Enhanced by Zemanta

23 Apr 2012

Khuraira at the Wed Expo & Haul

A few weeks ago - 24th and 25th March to be precise, I worked at the Khuraira cosmetics stand at the first WED Expo here in Lagos, Nigeria. it was a very fun and tiring experience especially in consideration of the fact that we did free makeovers at the stand on the very first day of the Expo. My back was killing at the end of the first day.

I saw a picture of me breaking my back on the first day of the Expo on Bellanaija

Want to guess which of the red t-shirt clad ladies is me?
Check out Bellanaija for more pictures from the Expo

i had so much fun working with the team and see my Khuraira reward above. Reviews coming very soon


19 Apr 2012

Brush Review: Blush Beauty Travel Brush set

Do you all remember my review of the Blush Travel Brushes? Be sure to click and check it out.
Well, i received not just the second travel powder brush i longed for (lol) but the entire Blush travel set.
The Travel set comes in a beautiful, sleek, black purse

Blush beauty logo is embossed on it
the brushes in the set
i can almost read your minds - first glance, like i mentioned in the other Blush brush post, they look like Bobbi Brown brushes with their cream and chrome-like appearance
the powder brush - longer handled than the other Blush brush i reviewed but same bristles and same buffing action. Love at first sight, lol
foundation brush - this is a hell of a good foundation brush. Made of synthetic bristles it beautifully blends in foundation into the skin ( I am however yet to use it for cream or stick foundations). it works beautifully with my MK foundations.
liner brush - can be used for powder products eg. under the eye or the tear duct. I however use it with my gel liners.
angled brush - this is the odd one out in the entire set. It is too thick to be used on the skin and is made of synthetic bristles (unless perhaps you are doing face art or something of the sort) otherwise it is of no use. I am however keeping it in the belief that i will find work for it soon.
fluffy e/s brush - natural bristles. can be used for applying e/s to the lids, crease and even the brow bone area.
blush brush - this is a very oddly shaped blush brush but it does its job. The trick is to apply it with a rolling motion. i also use it to contour my cheeks too.
lip brush - upon removing the cover the very first time i noticed that the bristles were bent and i wondered that perhaps it had been destroyed. I however persevered and it works well as a lip brush so it has remained in the pouch with the other brushes. I must say however that I am sure this was just a one time error during packaging but i cannot be sure as i am yet to see another one.
Verdict:
- For personal use, this is perfect. (of course knowing me, I have added 3 more brushes to the pouch cos i wanted a little more versatility. but this totally depends on the user as i say there is really no need)
- A basic knowledge of makeup brush usage is needed to maneuver these brushes (read my individual thoughts on them) and a little bit of patience is needed.

Would i recommend for  first time brush users? without hesitating yes.
Yes, i miss the bag my MK brush set comes with but this has more brushes for my personal use so it has become my personal brush set and my makeup goes in a ziploc bag *lol* (looking for the perfect makeup purse to accompany this brush set.

This set costs N5,000 and is available at Blush Beauty (check out my previous posts or their FB group for more details)

*This product was provided for review consideration. All opinions expressed in this post are my candid opinions.