The 1000 Followers Milestone!

Excuse me? OMG, me? What? A thousand people are following my blog?

I had a goal to reach 500 followers by the end of the year and this has completely exceeded my expectations!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for subscribing to my blog, continuously interacting with me and showing support. It is this continuous support that keeps me going! I don’t look at you all my people who are following me, I see you as a community of my friends.

This is such an amazing milestone to reach and it now feels weird looking at my follower count because I remember when I had 20 people following me. That was such an exciting time for me and now that I have reached 1000 followers, this is a similar, exhilarating feeling!

So what’s next? I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes me and see how I evolve as I continue doing this. I’m looking forward to working with different brands and websites! I currently live in Nigeria so getting some opportunities have been a bit of a challenge. However, I may be moving soon so that would definitely open more opportunities for me! Yay!

I also set a goal for myself that if I ever hit a 1000 followers on my blog I would get a custom domain. I would love more creative freedom on my blog but I don’t know if I should pay for WordPress Premium or move to WordPress.org yet. I’ll probably start with the paid versions of WordPress.com before I move to a self hosted website. I’m too lazy for all the technical stuff and I really love the ease of the community here.

I also started a new Instagram page for my blog a month ago. Despite the messy algorithm, I currently have 360 lovely followers there so it is going pretty well all things considered. So go over there and give me a follow!

Also trying to get into Pinterest too, I don’t know how to use that much so we’ll see how this goes!

Once again, thank you so very much!

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The Basic Beauty Kit For Beginners and Lazy People

The world of makeup can be very overwhelming. There is always a new product to try or one to help you look more amazing. I started my makeup journey 4 years ago, after I graduated high school. I was just 16 then and although I had a pretty late start to makeup, I am now very comfortable with doing my makeup and using most products.
I think when you are new to the world of makeup, it is very difficult to know what products you need. Makeup is a very fun way to experiment and express yourself, but it can quickly become confusing when you do not know what looks good with what. When you are starting out, focusing on the basic aspects of makeup is the best way to get better. It is amazing what a simple touch of mascara can do to enhance your beauty.

These products are what I used when I started practicing makeup. They are also all the products I use when I am lazy because I don’t like spending hours doing my makeup but I would still love to look cute and put together in the end! I’ve mentioned mostly drug store products because I don’t recommend spending too much money on makeup when you are a beginner. Some drugstore products are also pretty good! Here are the products I recommend:

Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face and they are arguably one of the most important makeup products anyone should have. There are brow powders, pomades and pencils but I personally use a pencil because is it easier to apply.

Keeping your eyebrows  trimmed and neat makes applying brow products easier. Using the brow pencil,lightly fill any areas that look sparse until you get your desired thickness.  Completely optional, but I use a concealer to tidy up the perimeter around my brows to correct any mistakes I made to make it look neater.

Brand: My absolute favourite hands down is Jordana’s Fabubrow eyebrow pencil. It is readily available in CVS pharmacy stores in US. If you live in the UK, one of favourites was Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil!

Foundation

The holy grail of makeup products! Foundation is the base for all makeup products and it covers your dark spots, circles and general imperfections. Different shades of foundation exist so finding your perfect shade takes trial and error. Starting out with drug store foundations gives you a basic idea of what colours will work for you and what won’t!

Brand: My favorite drug store foundation, which is also my all time favorite foundation, is Maybelline Fit Me foundation. It also matches perfectly with the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder!

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Lipstick

A red or nude lipstick is great for a basic makeup kit. This is because they are universally flattering colours that look good on most skin tones. Here is my guide on how to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick! I don’t have a lot of drugstore brands because I personally prefer high end brands in this aspect.

Brand: My current favorite red lipstick is Mac’s Ruby Woo and nude is Mac’s Taupe Lipstick lipstick. 

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Eyeliner

Eyeliner is the bane of makeup lovers existence. Using an eyeliner makes your eyes appear more alert and enhances your eye colour. It is actually one of the trickiest products to apply, even after 4 years!  I believe the earlier you start learning, the better. Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to begin experimenting with eyeliner now.

Brand: I don’t use a specific makeup brand for my eyeliner. I actually bought this eyeliner in a Nigerian market for 400 Naira ($1.20). It’s also better than any drug store eyeliner I’ve tried so yay!

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Mascara

Mascara is a makeup game changer. It makes your eyes pop! There are so many affordable mascaras but in my honest opinion, I think that high end brands offer better mascara options.

Brand: That being said, the one drug store mascara I can recommend is Sleeks Lethal Length Mascara. It doesn’t clump and it separates and elongates your lashes perfectly. The mascara is readily available in the UK but not in the US. However, they ship all over the world so you can just order for a delivery on their official website!

Brushes

A basic or lazy beauty kit needs three makeup brushes at most; the foundation brush, the powder brush and an optional spoolie brush for your eyebrows! There are many types of foundation brushes but my favourite is flat top foundation brush. It’s quick and easy to use.

Brand: Real techniques and Eco Tools are amazing drug store brands to try. They have quality brushes that can be bought as stand alones or in sets! I currently own random brushes from both brands that I bought in sets and separately. Shop the Real Techniques Starter Kit here and Eco Tools Starter collection here

That is it! These are just the basics of makeup but once you get comfortable with the basics you can begin to increase your makeup collection and fill it with eyeshadows, bronzers, concealers, contour and highlighter kits and many more. You will even find yourself going back to the basics if you are just having a lazy day like me. Thank you so much for reading this post!

What did your beginner or lazy makeup kit consist of?

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Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: Review & Swatch

Lancome is one of my favourite high-end brands. I grew up watching my mother using Lancome products and now I’m using their makeup and skin care products often! One of the things I love about Lancome is how the brand places a lot of emphasis on skin care. I think it’s always good to have glowing, natural, blemish free skin. Great skin is a lovely canvas for makeup!

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I also appreciate how much they include all shades of skin tones in their foundations and concealers. They have makeup for extremely fair skin and dark skin. It is great because it is difficult for WOC and fair-skinned ladies to find a foundation that actually caters to our skin tone.

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The Formula:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra is an oil-free, long wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. I am a full coverage kind of girl so this is perfect for that. It covers all my dark spots, discolorations and looks somewhat matte on my skin. Most foundations are quite oily and shiny when applied so you often need a mattyfying powder to set it. However, this foundation can be used on it’s own without a powder because it is shine free. It looks very natural, does not feel cakey and heavy on my skin so double plus!

I was also pleased to know that this foundation has SPF 15 which is great because I hardly wear sunscreen even though I live in a very sunny area. This means that it will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays while providing a smooth and flawless finish.

Swatches + Try On:

I am using colour number 10 or Beige Praline. The foundation is now available in 40 shades which means you will definitely find a colour that suits your skin tone. Here is the swatch of this foundation on my arm vs blended out. It blends perfectly into my skin and matches my skin quite well.

The Burning Question:

Now on to the burning question; does it last long? Yes it does! I apply my foundation once a day and only touch up with a powder once my face gets oily. I don’t think any foundation under this planet can survive the Nigerian weather so I am not too strict on my expectations with regards to reducing shine. Even though I may get shiny, the foundation stays put and my face is still well covered. Here is the foundation immediately when I applied it and 5+ hours later…

I have used this foundation consistently for months in the UK and Nigeria and I have had no complaints. The only reason I stopped using Lancome was because I was trying to stopping my excessive spending on makeup products and $47 was not affordable for me at that time (Funny story: I had a family intervention a few weeks ago where they promised to cut my spending money if I keep buying so much makeup. LOL)

Some Tips :

  • Make sure you pick a shade lighter than your actual skin tone because this foundation will oxidize and turn a shade darker!
  • Do not pick your foundation colour from just looking at the bottle because the colour on the bottle appears darker than the actual product.
  • A little also goes a long way with this foundation so do not be too heavy-handed so you will not waste the foundation and look like a cake monster.

You can purchase this foundation for just 26 pounds here!

I hope you enjoyed this review! What do you think about this foundation?

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My Guide To The Perfect Nude Lipstick

There are two lipstick colors I love the most; red and nude. They are versatile, timeless and can go with almost any look you have. It has taken a number of years and a lot of trial and error but I believe I now have a great collection of nude lipsticks which are affordable and very unique!

Choosing A Nude Lipstick

When embarking on a journey on finding the perfect nude lipstick, it’s good to have an idea on what sort of nude look you are going for. I get inspiration for my nude lipstick styles from makeup artists on Instagram and television.

No nude lipstick is the same.  There are lipsticks with brown undertones and pinkish undertones, creamy and matte finishes and a variety of prices. I love all types of nudes so I try to incorporate all styles into my makeup collection!

Getting Practical

I would personally say that “finding my skin undertone” with regards to lipstick colour has never worked for me. I don’t have a set undertone in my skin, it’s just brown. This was very evident when I used MAC’s different foundation colours. “NW” foundations, which was meant for warm skin tones, was too red on my skin and “NC” which is mean for cooler skin tones, was too yellow!

What I would suggest is to go to a makeup counter or drugstore like MAC or Boots, try on the first nude lipstick on your arm or lips, and take note of what is off.

“Is it too light?” “Is it not brown or pink enough?” “Not Matte enough?” “Too Sheer?”

Taking notes will allow you to know what nude colour and shade works best on your skin tone so when ever you switch a brand you will have an idea of what nude colour or shade to turn to every time. This is because you will know what shade complements your skin color and what doesnt. Keep in mind that most nude lipsticks do not look finished when applied straight on! They usually need a lip liner to make it look better. So don’t run away from that light lipstick, just find a great lip liner for it!

I also love to have a wide array of different types of nude lipsticks, my 3 favourite nude lipsticks are a combination of matte and glossy finishes to brown and pinkish undertones. It just makes it fun so I never get bored of my lipstick!

MAC Cosmetics – Taupe

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This is one of my best nude lipsticks. It is described as a muted, reddish taupe brown. It applies smoothly and has a creamy matte finish. It appears like a pinkish-brown nude on my lips and it is very long wearing! I always pair it with my favourite MAC lip liner, Bittersweet. Although MAC lipsticks are a high end, they are high quality so it is definitely worth buying!

MILANI Colour Statement Lipstick – Teddy Bare

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This nude lipstick is comparable to MAC. It is one of the best and affordable drug store lipsticks! It is super creamy. It’s not a completely matte formula but it is not too shimmery or glossy. It appears light pink on my lips and it is also so affordable at less than £6 compared to £23 for MAC!

NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark

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I already did a detailed review of this liquid lipstick here! This lipstick is a muted matte brown that reminds me of Kylie Jenner’s True Brown liquid lipstick. It gives me that 90’s vibe feel whenever I wear it and I think it is such a beautiful shade! It is also very affordable at just £6.30 so I think it is definitely worth a buy.

What is your favourite nude on this list? 

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NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark Review + Try On

I’m super obsessed with NYX products. If I had the chance I would splurge on all their products. They have a wide variety of palletes, lipsticks and various makeup options to choose from. I was recently looking for a true brown nude that will give me 90’s inspired vibe and I stumbled across the NYX lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in the shade “Beauty Mark”. I was inspired by Sybil who is an antagonist on a show called the Vampire Diaries. I could stop staring at her lips and I decided to get a shade that is similar to her regular lip colour on the show. It is a gorgeous shade that I have been wearing often.

Packaging:

The lipstick comes in a classic lip gloss style packaging with a doe foot applicator. The lipstick cover looks feminine, attractive and classic.

Application:

It is also easy to apply the product your lips and it is not too thick or thin. You only need at most 2 applications to get your desired colour. Once it’s wet it appears pretty muddy and uninspiring, but not for long. It only takes a few seconds to dry but once it does the colour slightly deepens to a beautiful brown colour.

Wear:

It is not drying on the lips which I think is amazing. I forgot my lip balm when I went out wearing this product and it protected my lips from cracking! It also does not flake and you hardly need to re-apply. Here is how it looks on my lips!

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Overall it is a wonderful shade, formula, also affordable and I can’t wait to try more of the products in this line!

I’m curious; Have you tried this lip lingerie line? What do you think of this shade? What is your favorite NYX product?

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you soon!