ELF SHIMMER GLOSS

Hi Everyone,


Elf is a drugstore makeup brand raved about for quality yet inexpensive products. I got the Shimmer Gloss in Game On which is a natural, light pink color. I really like the consistency of it, it was smooth, not thick or gloopy (which is one of my lip gloss pet peeves). It smells like a MAC lipstick but it has a sweet taste. I personally would've preferred it to not be flavored but hey you can't have it all right? Especially when you're paying so little! Konga has a bunch of Elf products available for sale from just N750. I've also seen Elf products in Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki.

What's your favourite Elf product? 

HIS & HER OUDS: VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY

Hello Everyone!


So it's less than a month to Valentine's Day and if you're looking for some gift ideas I have a few! I was lucky enough to go to the launch of these two fragrances last year (some of the perks of working for a magazine) and if you're like me and like strong, spicy fragrances these would make the perfect choice. I'm not great at describing scents so here's what they're officially described as:

For Her - Giorgio Armani Rose D`Arabie
"Rose d`Arabie is a majestic ode to the essence of rose. Spicy with flashes of saffron at the outset, it chooses patchouli and dark woods in order to develop at the heart. At the base it gives itself up to the sensual harmonies of golden amber."

For Him - Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud
"The new fragrance of the Ralph Lauren Polo collection is oriental masculine fragrance The oriental-woody composition begins with spicy accords of pink pepper and cinnamon. The heart features a smoky accord of Indian oud, laid on the base of vetiver and guaiac wood."

Both of these fragrances are available in Essenza (there's one at the Palms Shopping Mall, Ikeja City Mall and Ebeano Supermarket) for purchase.

Or....

Seeing as most of my readers are female, I'll be giving away one BRAND NEW boxed Ralph Lauren Supreme Oud for you to give to your boyfriend, husband, crush, father etc on Valentine's Day. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me why you want the perfume and I'll pick my favorite response:) Competition closes on February 8, 2014.

Please note the winner must be able to pick up the perfume from Victoria Island, Lagos or bear all delivery costs. I won't be able to deliver outside of Nigeria sorry:(

Good luck!


NAKED 3 EYESHADOW PALETTE

Hiya,

So my beautiful, favourite and only sister helped me lose my Naked eyeshadow palette virginity and I am so excited!!! When she asked me what I wanted for Christmas/my birthday I knew I wanted a Naked palette and went back and forth between the first Naked palette which is more neutral and this one. I eventually chose the Naked 3  because I've been loving rose-gold, pink-toned smokey eyeshadow looks and I can't wait to try to create some.  Another reason I chose the Naked 3 palette was the packaging. It comes in a sturdier, tin case while the first Naked palette comes in a cardboard one.

Swatching the palette was an absolute dream, most of the colors went on smoothly and were highly pigmented except for Trick. I had to rub Trick really hard to get the shadow to lift, it seemed to be a different formulation to the others which is sad because I loved this colour. Nooner was also a creamier constancy than the rest of the shadows and I'm not so sure if I love it. I'm also worried that Strange and Dust may be being too light for my skin tone but I'm sure I can work with it. My initial impressions, I'm loving 8 out of 12 shadows - not bad! So far my favorite shades are Buzz, Factory and Mugshot.
Top Row (L-R) Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick Bottom Row (L-R) Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart
Top Row (L-R) Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick Bottom Row (L-R) Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

My palette also came with a sample of 4 eyeshadow primers from Urban Decay which I may or may not have squealed in delight upon discovery. I have always wanted to try the infamous UD eye primer potions and cannot WAIT. All I need now is a special occasion... Lol

Do you have any Naked palettes? What was your favorite shade from the Naked 3 palette?

YOU'RE SUCH A BUDAPEST!

Heya!

I hope you're week's been off to a good start. I just wanted to show you the nail polish colour I've been wearing for the past 3 weeks (yes it's that serious lol). I picked this up from Ebeano supermarket in Lekki for N1,900 and I absolutely  love it! It's the perfect violet with a light blue undertone. Very flattering, simple to wear and goes with EVERYTHING. 

PS: Excuse the shoddy job, I'm not the best nail polish painter lol 


What nail polish are you wearing right now?

MY SIMPLE NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Happy Sunday Everyone!

One of the most requested blog posts I have is on my skincare routine. It's been nearly 3 years since I completed by Roaccutane course and I'm still (luckily) acne-free. That's not to say that I don't get pimples. Every now and again I'll break out, usually down to that special time of the month, stress, not drinking enough water, bad diet or a change in beauty products. But for the most part, my skin is pretty clear. And for that I think my regimen is largely responsible.

Over the years, I come to the realization that the best skincare regimens (for me) is simple. And by simple I mean using products with mostly natural ingredients. So without further ado here's what I've been using!



Trader Joe's Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil 
I discovered this last year on my trip to the States and I have been absolutely addicted since then. The description says "Tea tree oil, awapuhi, orange peel and lavender make this face wash strong yet gentle without being an astringent." And I'd say that's very accurate. Its first five ingredients are castille soap, water, coconut oil, tall oil and potassium hydroxide. Followed by tonnes of plant extracts and oils. I love this face wash and have been using it consistently since I discovered it. Unfortunately you can't find it here so I'm already looking for a way to get some sent to me ASAP.

Charcoal Konjac Sponge
Konjac sponges are something I learned about in Japan. They're all-natural face sponges made from plant-based fibres and contain different herbs (black ones have activated charcoal). They work with your face wash to ensure that your skin is cleansed properly but gently. The activated charcoal is great for oily and acne-prone skin. And guess what? I'll be stocking a selection of these on  ajali.com.ng by the end of the month so stay tuned!

Thayer's Lavender Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an all-natural astringent and I've used pure witch hazel as a toner before. It gets the job done but can be a little drying and smells terrible. But this product smells incredible. Its top five ingredients are purified water, aloe vera leaf juice, vegetable glycerin, natural lavender fragrance and Hamamelus Virginiana extract (made from certified organic witch hazel.) This toner helps to restore your skin's pH levels after cleansing and tightens your pores. I love it especially because it's gentle, smells great and leaves your skin feeling moisturised and smooth. I got mine from Health Plus in Lekki for under N3,000.

Pure Tea Tree Oil
Although I don't consider myself to have acne-prone skin anymore, I am still very much obsessed with tea tree oil. I have used it on my face for years now and my skin loves it. Now tea tree oil is very potent so it's actually not recommended to use pure tea tree oil directly on your face, you should mix it with a carrier oil (a great one would be Vitamin E oil). So if you want to try it, that's something to bear in mind. I should also mention that I don't use it every day either, more like 2-3 nights a week before bed. On nights when I don't use tea tree oil my last step is my toner.

And there you have it ladies and gents - a very simple, very clean routine that's been working well for me. Have you tried any of these items? What skin care products have you been loving?

POT OF GOLD

Hi Guys,

I'm sorry this didn't go up yesterday! I had an issue scheduling my posts yesterday. Anyway I thought I'd share a pretty awesome jewelry store I found recently. It's called Pot of God and as you'd expect they specialise in gold (solid gold and gold-filled jewelry). The store is based in Lekki and is owned by a lovely woman called Ebun, and I was just impressed with the quality of service and uniqueness of her pieces so I thought I'd share them with you. 

I picked up 3 pairs of gold-filled earrings. (And if like me you've never heard of gold filled jewelery before, here's a little research I did online for you:) Gold filled basically means that the jewelry is made up of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Don't confuse it with gold plating though because that contains a much smaller percentage of gold and goes through a completely different process. Gold filler jewelry is better quality and is less likely to flake, rub off or tarnish than gold plated jewelry. And apparently since the outer surface is made from pure gold anyone that's allergic to costume jewelry shouldn't have a problem wearing gold filled jewelry. 

I got 3 pairs of gold filled earrings and I thought they were really unique and reasonably priced! The studs were N5,000 each and the dangly leaf earrings are N10,000. Each pair came in a standard black velvet jewelry drawstring bag, I think they'd make a cute gift too.


Pot of Gold is located at No 8A Ogidi Crescent, Off Christ Avenue off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase One, Lagos. What do you think, cute? Which pair's your favourite?


*This post is not sponsored

MAKEUP LOOK: WINGED EYE & A RED LIP

Hiya!

I was playing around with my new goodies from Inglot and I have to say, I'm in loooove. I have never been able to get the perfect winged eye before this product EVER. I tried out the brown eyeliner gel on my brows too. All makeup products are listed below!



Face
Foundation - NARS Sheerglow in Macao
Highlighter - MAC  Prep+Prime Highlighter Bright Forecast
Contour - Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Medium 374 (darkest shade)
Cheeks -Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Medium 374 (I mixed the two bronze colours)
Pressed Powder - Benefit Hello Flawless in Hazelnut
Finishing Spray - Mac Fix +

Lips
MAC Russian Red lipstick

Eyes
Winged liner - Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77
Eyebrows - Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 90

I was pretty impressed with how my winged eye came out. What do you think?