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Current Favourites :August 2017

Hey everyone,

Yes, yes, I've been MIA for a while and there's a good reason. I recently started a new job (yayyy) and I needed to be 100%, so the blog suffered a little bit (I'm really sorry guys), so that I could perform.

Without any further a-do, let's get into today's post: my current favourites.

1. Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu: 

Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu

I got this as a gift and I've used it EVERYDAY since I got it. I suck at describing scents, but you definitely get the Patchouli scent right off the bat once you spray it. It starts off really heady and strong but then fades into a warm, slightly sweet scent when it settles with my skin and my own body chemistry. It's particularly lovely when I layer it with Guerlain's Petite Robe Noir (another heady but slightly sweeter scent) I absolu-tely love it (see what I did there, hehe). This was a gift, so I don't know where (for sure) you can get this in Nigeria.

2. Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water for Combination to Oily + Sensitive Skin: 

If you follow me on instagram (you really should ya know, my handle is @coverallsandlipstick) you may remember when I shared when I got this. Well I loved it so much I got a back up (no stories). It takes all my makeup off and so far, I have not noticed any reactions on my skin, which shows that it really is for sensitive skin. It does not leave an oily film which I really appreciate. I still wash my face afterwards or if i'm super duper tired, I'll use a deep cleansing toner. 

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water 

 I got mine here in Nigeria at Spar Supermarket for about N2,860. If you're in the UK, you can get it at Superdrug, Boots and any other drugstore that carries Garnier products. I don't know if this particular variant is available in the US, but there is one for oily skin (the bi-phase one, I've used that too and I liked it). 

3. Garnier Soothing 2-in-1 Makeup Remover for Face and Eyes

Apart from the fact that I have sensitive skin, I also have very sensitive eyes, so I need something that takes off my heavy duty eyeliner (Inglot Gel Liner in 77) and mascara. I got this the same day I got the Micellar Water, from the same place (Spar). I don't use it for my face (I'm not ready to risk it yet) but it is REALLY good for my sensitive eyes and i takes off ALL my eye makeup without much effort. The best part is the price, I got it for about N1,860 which is not bad at all. 

4. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution
I added glycolic acid to my skincare regimen years ago, but my skin was going through a lot at the time and it just made things worse. I had invested in quite a few (expensive) products but gave them all away. Now that my skin has started to heal (thanks to my cousin's incredible black soap mix and the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Correcting Serum) I decided to try glycolic acid again. It was also a good opportunity to try The Ordinary brand, as I've heard good things and they're supposedly really affordable.

Well it's in my favourites so it's obvious I like it right? Nope, I LOVE this stuff. It's like this was what I needed to tie all my skincare products together. The concentration is just right for my sensitive skin and it has other ingredients that calm the skin. I've certainly noticed a difference in my skin since I started using it; acne scars are fading and my texture is so much better. I'm definitely repurchasing once I'm out. I got mine from Beautyfrenzy Shop on instagram.

5. Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star
Again, if you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love Soap and Glory products, especially their Hand Food cream. I also love their body butters and this month I've been using this one. I'm a die hard fan of The Righteous Body Butter, but this one is also incredible. It's got a lovely pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla fragrance and is slightly thicker than the other body butters but still lightly whipped. I don't where you can get this in Nigeria but it's available at Boots in the UK and Ulta in the US.

6. L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

I really like this foundation. I use the shade 111 Soft Sable to lighten up my darker foundation shades. It's warm so it doesn't make the mix ashy. I also like to mix it with more watery and glowy foundations to make them more mattifying. 

7. MAC 138 Tapered Face Brush

MAC 138 Tapered Face Brush

I'm not particularly into MAC face brushes ( I do like their eye brushes though) because I find most of the ones I've used a bit scratchy. However, I really like the 138. It's dense enough to pick up enough product but fluffy enough to blend out. I use it to apply face powder to set my foundation. I like the it's tapered shape because it rally gets into the corners of my face like around my nose and under my eyes. It's also very soft. There are quite a few dupes on the market ( I have two of them but they're not as soft as this) If you get one MAC face brush, let it be the 138. 
You can get it from all MAC stores and counters worldwide and maccosmetics.com

Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Mist

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I used to use the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturizer until my skin turned on me and I started breaking out. I started incorporating this into my routine to add some moisture, especially after I use the glycolic acid serum. I also use it to set my makeup and take away the powdery look. I would definitely repurchase this again and again. 

You can get this at all Clinique stores and counters and The Nail Studio in Victoria Island in Nigeria. 

So there you have it, these are my current favourites. I don't have a lot of makeup favourites because I've been using the same things really. What have been your favourites, I'd love to hear them. Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!! 

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy No. 12 Tasty Raspberry

Hi everyone,

Remember I told you I got an awesome goody bag from the Lancome event I attended recently? Well part of the awesomeness was this YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Color in No. 12.

If you're familiar with YSL beauty, you wont be surprised at the pretty packaging. Very expensive-looking and fancy (we like fancy over here too, hehe). It's pretty weighty and sleek. 

Back to the product itself. In the tube, it looks like a pretty pink with subtle silver shimmer. 

As the name suggests, it is a sheer lip product, so don't expect tons of product with this. On my lips (which are pretty pigmented) it's a clear glossy balm with a light pink hue and a hint of shimmer. It's actually really pretty, for succulent looking lips ( I don't really need much help in that department though, lol). 

It goes on really smooth, like all the YSL lip products I own and has a slight raspberry scent ( like the shade name would suggest) but not sickly sweet and it goes away pretty quickly. I typically wear it as it's marketed; a glossy balm. It's great for days when you're not in the mood for any lip colour but you  still want to feel fancy-ish and you don't want crusty dry lips that day. It lasts about 3-4 hours on me , without eating full meals or drinking loads) . It's not exactly marketed as a long lasting product, so I don't expect it to last even through meals and drinks.

I like this and I think it's a nice-to-have. You can get it from The Beauty bar by Essenza at the Palms shopping mall and all Essenza outlets that have the YSL Beauty stand.

Do you have this? Please tell me what you think about it. I love hearing from you guys!!! xxx

Maybelline Master Hi-Lighting Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Hey everyone,

I paid a visit to the Maybelline Store sometime last year and hauled a couple of things. Part of my haul was the Master Highlight Hi-Lighting Bronzer in Deep Bronze.

It's a gorgeous multi colour highlighting bronzer. I would just describe it as a highlighter. I got the colour Deep Bronze (60). There was another colour (light bronze) but it was much lighter and would have come up ashy on my skintone.

 It has gold, bronze, brown and deep pink that when mixed together,  gives a gorgeous berry gold hue. You can also use the colours individually ( with a very small brush though). For instance you can use the gold part for an inner corner highlight on the eyes or as an eyeshadow as a lid colour. 

I personally like to use it as a blush topper on top of matte terracotta, deep berry or even matte orange (gives a beautiful lit-from-within glow). It's also a beautiful, subtle highlighter. It's quite pigmented, but also give a subtle finish (with a light hand), it gives that lit-from-within look that I really like. 

In natural light
With flash

I also have oily skin so I don't go overboard with the highlight, so that when my own natural oils appear, I do not look like I had a fight with a Crisco bottle. You may also want to use a small fluffy brush when applying to your cheeks, for precision and blending. My favourite brush to use with this is the Sigma Beauty F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush.

I got mine a while ago from the Maybelline Store,  so I'm not sure of the present price. It was quite affordable at the time. I really do recommend this. The  Maybelline Store is at 84 Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos Nigeria. You can also get it anywhere Maybelline products are sold.

Do you have this? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur: First Impression

Hi everyone. Welcome back to my blog. So I recently attended An Evening With Lancome, here in Lagos, Nigeria and it was really an awesome experience.

As part of our (super generous) goody bag, I got the Eau Micellaire Douceur (Express Cleansing Water for Face, Eyes and Lips). Basically, it's Lancome's version of the super popular micellar water formula.

Micellar Water is basically tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules (also known as micelles), suspended in clean, soft water. The most popular brand of Micellar Water is Bioderma because it has been used by professional makeup artists backstage at fashion shows for years.

I've used quite a few micellar water brands and honestly, only two were winners for me, so I was super excited to try this one out. I already love the Bi-Facil Eye makeup remover, so I had high hopes for this.

I was not disappointed. I've called this post a First Impression and not a review because I've only used it twice, which, in my opinion is not enough to do a proper review. 

Anyways, let me get into what I liked about it.
  1. It has a pump. I love skincare (and makeup) products that have a pump. Most of the time, a pump means controlled product output and in turn, less waste.
  2. It doesn't have a strong scent. I does have a light scent and it goes away pretty quickly after application.
  3. It really gets all the dirt and makeup off, including eye makeup. I don't wear water proof mascara, so I can't tell if it's strong enough for that, but it takes off all the other eye makeup (including the Inglot no 77 eyeliner). 
  4. It does not leave my skin feeling taught and dry when it dries.
  5. It also does not leave my skin feeling greasy, like there's a thin film of residue. My skin feels fresh and clean. I still wash my face afterwards (this is just my first step in my cleansing routine) 
What I'm concerned about:
  1. There's a significant amount of alcohol in it. It's the second ingredient. I have sensitive skin, but I have not broken out, so I'm hopeful (fingers crossed).
  2. It is a little expensive for a cleansing water. 
This and other Lancome products can be bought at The Beauty Bar Essenza at the Palms Mall in Lekki Phase One, Lagos Nigeria. You can also get it at all Lancome stands and stores worldwide. 
So those are my initial thoughts. Will drop back in with a full review after using it for a significant amount of time. Do you have this? What has been your experience with it? Please let me know below, I love hearing from you guys!!!! 

Powder Series : Best Setting Powders, Guest Post

Hi guys, welcome back. Today, I have my very first guest post by Ijeoma of BeautyFrenzy Blog. She's sharing her best setting powders. Check out her post below:

1. Sacha ButterCup Setting Powder 

The Sacha ButterCup is probably the most popular under eye setting powder for makeup lovers with deeper skin, and if you own it, you know why. It sets concealer, brightens under eye and leaves a nice matte finish. It prevents concealer from creasing and it lasts all day and looks great in real life, as well as in photos (no camera flashback). I sometimes use it all over to try and liven up a foundation that is too red.

2. Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder 

The Makeup Revolution Banana Powder sets concealer with a sheer tint of yellow, which brightens the under eye. It gives a matte finish and prevents concealer from creasing and settling into lines. I didn’t experience any flashback with it and it sits on the skin nicely and looks quite natural in person. It's actually quite similar to the Sacha ButterCup powder. It's a tiny bit lighter than Sacha ButterCup, but once you put both on, and blend them out, you can't really tell a difference.

3.Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder. 

Becca recently launched this awesome little powder. It is supposed to be used for everything you could possibly use a powder for: foundation, setting foundation, setting concealer, contouring, etc. Of course, you'd need several different shades for all that. I bought only one shade, and I use it as a foundation/setting powder. It is not particularly mattifying, but it leaves such a beautiful finish to the skin, I don't even know how to describe it. It's just a beautiful  blurred finish  that doesn't look artificial or cakey or overdone.  Just be aware that the compact is quite small, it's smaller than Becca highlighters. 

4. Black Up Two Way Cake

The Two Way Cake is a pressed powder that can be used as a setting powder or by itself as a foundation. In this post, I'll focus on it's abilities as a setting powder. It is strictly an all over setting powder. I don't like it for setting my under eye concealer. It gives a nice natural matte finish to the skin, and because it's a compact, it's great to carry around for touch ups.

5. Black Up Loose Powder

This is a loose all over setting powder that comes in several shades and undertones. If you're a brown girl and you're looking for a good high end setting powder, you can't go wrong with this. It is finely milled, and leaves a soft matte finish. It blurs imperfections and sets makeup. I even use it to set my under eye concealer on days when I'm not going for a very bright under eye. It is one of my all time favourite powders
It seems like Black Up is phasing out this powder and replacing it with the "Anti-Shine Loose Powder", which contains much less product, and which seems to be a different formula altogether, but if you find the original loose powder, buy it. You won't regret it.

About the Guest Blogger
Ijeoma is a makeup and skincare enthusiast, who shares reviews, tutorials, and looks on her blog; Beauty Frenzy

Powder Series: RCMA Makeup No Color Powder Review

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today I'm reviewing the popular RCMA No Color Powder.

RCMA stands for the Research  Council of Make Up Artists and it was founded by renowned make up artist Vincent JR Kehoe in 1962. He developed the renowned Color Process Foundation ( an industry favourite) and this little baby, the No Color Powder.

The No Color Powder is literally, a no color powder. It looks like the regular, white translucent powder, but it has no pigment at all.

It comes in a very unassuming jar (very reminiscent of spice jars) and seems like something you would have in your kitchen. It used to come in two sizes: the 3oz jar and the massive 20oz jar, but since a certain YouTuber made it uber famous, you can't get the 20oz jar as easily as you could before.

It is very very finely milled and almost silky to the touch.

My Impressions

As an under-eye Concealer setting powder:

I love this powder. I rarely do serious highlighting under my eyes so I don't really want a super bright highlight. because this does not contain any pigment, it does not add any additional colour to my under-eye highlight, which I really like. I also find it works great for super light-complexioned clients who may not be able to use the famous Sacha Buttercup powder (which I use and like, by the way).  When I use it on myself though, I tend to mix it with the Laura Mercier Transluscent setting powder only because I have a super dry under-eye area with fine lines and I'm lazy with eye cream. An MUA friend of mine says it works beautifully with cream concealers. I mostly use liquid concealers on myself so I haven't tested that on myself. I would say to be light handed with this. Even though it does not cause flash back in flash photos, using a heavy handed WILL give you flashback.

As an all-over face powder

I LOVE this for setting my foundation. Again, it does not alter the colour of what is underneath it so it sets my foundation perfectly. 

What I especially like to do is, after I've set my makeup with my "Finishing"spray, I let it dry and then take a really large fluffy brush, dip into some powder ( a light hand remember) and ever so lightly, dust it all over my face again. It blurs out any visible pores and adds another layer of defence against my oils (I have very oily skin). 

I would say this powder is great for oily skin. if you have dry skin, just really prep the skin well with a good moisturizer and again, use a light hand when dipping into the product. 

For "sand bagging" 

I dust a light layer of this powder right under my lower lashline after applying a pencil liner. I have oily skin and I live in a really hot climate so, most liners tend to get a little runny on my lower lashline and slowly start to run. This layer of powder helps it to stay in place and not run down into my under eye area, This technique is called "sand-bagging", 

Price and Availability

 I first heard about this gem about 5 years ago. I made a mental note to get it but because it was only $10 at the time, I kept procrastinating until, well I didn't. Fast forward to 2015, there was so much buzz about it, demand became really high and the price increased to  increase the price to $12, which is still not bad at all, considering how well it works.

RCMA is sold in the major professional makeup stores, Camera Ready Cosmetics, (online)  Beautylish (online),  Nigel's, Naimies and Alcone.

In Nigeria, one place I'm sure you can get it is at Stellas Addiction Store in Lekki Phase One. You can also get it from Girly Essentials Shop here .

Have you tried this powder? What are your thoughts? How do you use yours? I would really love to hear from you!!

Current Favourites: March 2017

Hey, guys. Welcome back to my blog. Today I'm sharing my current beauty and skincare favourites. I don't do monthly favourites because I pretty much use the same things, but recently I've "shopped my stash" and fallen back in love with some products. I've also bout a few things that I really like, so here we go:

1) Zaron Cosmetics Felt Tip Liner Pen

If you follow me on Instagram ( which you really should be doing, lol) you would know by now that I really like the Zaron Felt Tip eyeliner pen. I got this in December from a friend and didn't really expect to like it as much as I do. No, I'm not a brand snob, I'm just really wary of the pen-style liquid liners because a lot of them dry up really quickly, are not as dark as I would like them to be or the tip may not just be right (for me), but this worked fine.

2) Hegai & Esther Waterproof Eyebrow Definer

I have been using this for MONTHS and I don't know why I haven't spoken about it on my blog and social media. This baby has replaced my beloved MAC Fluidline Brow Gel creme. I really really like this. It stays on all day, it's creamy and easy to use. It doesn't dry out too fast although I have had to use a few drops of my Inglot Duraline to revive it, though, but I've done that only once and its still going strong.

3) Garnier Activated Charcoal Intensive Exfoliating Wash

My sister got me this scrub in October last year and I've been using it since then. I don't normally talk about skincare because I have SUPER sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin with a gazillion sensitivities (sunscreen for one), but I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin since I started using it. It's really intense so I try to use it only twice a week. It contains salicylic acid as one of it's active ingredients and even though  I'm normally sensitive to certain strengths of salicylic acid, this one isn't breaking me out or giving me sensitive patches on my face (Thank You God!!!). After I use it, my skin feels really clean, like it really cleaned deep into my pores, and very very smooth. I've seen this at Ebeano Supermarket in lekki Phase One. It's also available in all Boots and Superdrug stores in the UK.

4) Beauty Essentials By N'Sure  Natural Tool Spray

I got this at the MakeUp Fair in December 2016, here in Lagos Nigeria and have been using it to spot clean my brushes after use, to keep them germ-free and clean before my weekly deep cleaning wash. Before this I had used the MAC Brush cleaner (really like this), Parian Spirit ( LOVE this), Elf Daily Brush Cleaner (did NOT like this) and Cinema Secrets ( the absolute best) and I can say that the Tool Spray is quite up there with Parian Spirit and Cinema Secrets in terms of performance. The only thing I don't like about it is the strong banana scent. Apart from that, it works really well and I'm super glad to have an alternative I can get locally (because this NGN to USD exchange rate is CRAZY). You can get this from the Beauty Essentials by N'Sure store ) check their Instagram page @beautyessentialsbyensure) and from The Girl Essential Shop (where I got mine)  HERE.

5) Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

Again, another skincare item that I'm loving. This is my second bottle, but I haven't spoken about it on here and I have really been liking what it has done to my skin recently. This is a Booster Serum which means that it's meant to be added to another serum or moisturiser to, well, "boost". I've been adding this to my Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum and also (alternatively) with the Advanced Night Repair, also by Estee Lauder. I have definitely seen a difference in my skin, It is brightening dark spots and generally making my skin look more alive. I'll have a detailed post on this soon. it's available at Nordstrom  HERE, Paula's Choice website HERE and on Amazon HERE.

6) MAC Mineralized Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist

I use this as the final step in my makeup routine. It's not marketed as a setting spray but I found out that my skin really does not like the MAC Fix + , so I decided to try this one while browsing the MAC counter, years ago and I have not looked back since. My all time favourite makeup setting spray is the Make Up Forever Mist and Fix (see my post about it HERE). It takes away that "powdery look" and it really does extend the wear of my makeup. I also really like the way it sprays.It has a nice fine mist, not big droplets that end up messing up my makeup.   I'll also have a post on this very soon.

7) Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow

I have been a MAC Brown Script Girl for years and years but lately, I haven't really reached for it. I got the MUG Cocoa Bear eyeshadow in 2013 but I didn't use it as much as my brown Script. i would dip into it here and there, but because it was in another neutral palette I have ( will show these in a post soon), I didn't use it very often. Until now. I love this colour. I use it to deepen my crease and blend out my outer V. It's a gorgeous warm brown. I can't wait to get more. So far, I have about 4 MUG shadows (that have been gathering dust but not anymore!!) and I can't wait to get much more ( I have my eye on Shimma Shimma and Americano). You can get Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear and other colours HERE,

8) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

@esteelauder Double Wear is one of my favourote foundations but I HATE that it doesn't come with a pump (no pump=unnecessary waste and the dollar is not smiling). To my knowledge Ester Lauder does not sell a separate pump, but I found that my MAC Studio Fix foundation pump (also bought separately at @maccosmetics stores) fits perfectly (also remember that MAC is owned by Estée Lauder ). So check your stash of you have a spare pump laying around and try it on your Double Wear bottle. You can get your MAC pump from all MAC stores in Nigeria. You can get the Estée Lauder Foundation from @thenailstudiovi . #wastenotwantnot #cantbethrowingawaydollars #makeupjunkie #instagood #instalike #wakeupandmakeup #bblogger #makeuplover #makeupartistsworldwide # #bellanaijabeauty #nigerianbblogger #promua #makeup #instamakeup #beauty #bellanaija #bellanaijaonline #bellanaijabeauty #macnigeria #macng
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I have been reaching for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation almost every time I have worn makeup in the past few months.I have not been wearing this particular one alone, however, simply because the shade is a bit too light for me, so I mix it in with foundations that tend to be a tad to dark and a tad too orange and it is PERFECT! IThis is in the shade Rich Caramel ( I also have Truffle which is too dark). My normal shade is Sandalwood, but it wasn't available at The Nail Studio (where Estee Lauder makeup and skincare is sold in Lagos, Nigeria). It just makes whatever I mix it with last way longer, gives a beautiful finish and is just a dream to work with. I would definitely recommend it.

9) Wet n Wild Eyeshadows

If you're a regular reader of my blog (and follower on IG) you would know that I love eyeshadow. I fell back in love with these cheap-as-chips eyeshadows from Wet n Wild. They have a good formula, they blend well and they last time on the lids with a good eyeshadow primer. P.S: Eyeshadow primer is an absolute MUST for me whatever eyeshadow I'm wearing. You can get Wet n Wild eyeshadows from Stella's Addiction in Lekki Phase 1.

So these have been are my favourites so far, What have been yours? I would love to hear from you!!!!