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PRODUCTS MENTIONED

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Romantic Breakdown - Mac Bao Bao Wan (limited Edition)
Myself - Mac Novel Romance (limited Edition)
Touch - Mac

LIP LINERS
Cork - Mac
Plum - Mac
Bordeaux - Jordana
Toast - Kayge cosmetics
Pitch - Colourpop

LIPSTICKS
Yash - Mac
Cremecup - Mac
Tootsi - Colourpop
Bare it all - Wet n Wild
Buff - Illamasqua


"Stop fighting", he says, "and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world." Psalm 46:10 

When it comes to concealers, I've felt for years like I'm on a perpetual hunt. 95% of them have creased on me. They just sink right into the tiny creases that I have underneath my eyes and no amount of retouching is ever able to fix that. Then if I manage to find one that doesn't crease, it often dries out my immediate under eye area, leaving me with a very zombielicious patch. After a day of intense frustration with my LA girl pro concealer, I went out and bought the Nars Radiant creamy concealer  based on Jackie Aina's recommendation. 


The Nars Radiant creamy concealer almost answered all my concealer prayers. There are a few boxes that I did not check off with it but I came really close,  I will get back to those shortly. The concealer comes in a tube, similar to that of the lipglosses/liquid lipsticks tubes that we all own. The doe foot applicator that it comes with helps reduce the chances of a messy application, since all you have to do is dip the wand/applicator into the tube and then apply into needed area. It has a consistency that I would call medium for a liquid concealer since it is not too thick or too liquidy. This consistency also makes blending extremely easy, with a damp beauty blender, application should be literally flawless. Its is very light weight and long wearing. It is not drying either, neither does it crease. Just make sure to set the concealer immediately after application.

Having said all this, Nars in my opinion had a very poor shade range for this product and as a result, I currently own two shades, Amande and Caramel. I started out with a tube of Amande because it was the only shade that could give me a decent highlight, since caramel the color before it was too light and Cafe the shade after it was too dark. Therefore I got stuck with mixing Amande with Caramel for days that I wanted an obvious highlight. However, they expanded their shade range a few months back with six new shades and introduced a new shade Chestnut, which I believe might be a perfect highlight shade for me. Lastly, at £22 the price is not sexy at all and almost ridiculous in this recession. However, if you bought this concealer, it is highly unlikely that you would hate or even dislike it, since it has one of those formulas that work great for people with dry, combination and oily skin.


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"Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1




PRODUCTS USED
Lens Lashes: Dimma Lashes
Clinique high lengths Mascara 
Duo eyelash adhesive: Clear-White 

"Better to correct someone openly than to let him think you don't care for him at all. Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts an arm around your shoulder - watch out!" Proverbs 27:5-6




PRODUCTS USED

Brows
Mary Kay brow definer pencil - Soft black
L.A Girl pro conceal - Toffee

Eyes
Mary Kay Eye Primer
Casvyne Cosmetics eyeshadow - 02
DoDo Girl Absolutely matte Eyeshadow - 04
Ardell Lashes - Wispies (Doubled)
Maybelline great lash mascara
Mac fluid line pencil - Black

Face 
L.A Girl Pro Prep HD smoothing face primer
Maybelline Fit Me Matte powerless foundation - 355 Coconut
Maybelline Clear smooth all in one powder - 07 Caramel
Black Opal stick foundation - Caramel
Ben Nye Banana powder
L.A Girl pro conceal - Dark Cocoa
Classic Makeup Face Definer - CM02

Cheeks
Avour USA  - Bronzing Powder
Anchér - 2 Colour Shading powder

Lips
Jordana Lip pencil - Dark brown
Wet n Wild Lipstick - 970 Purty Persimmon
Classic Makeup Matte lipstick - Natural Nude

"As for you, my brothers and sisters, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another." Galatians 5:13

I realized recently that I had acquired a good number number of Nivea body care products. It wasn't something that I had put serious thought into, I didn't make any type conscious decision to buy only Nivea products however I realized after I bought my last body lotion that I had been doing just that. 


Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream: My current obsession started with the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream . I bought this after I'd had yet another tube of The Body Shop's Almond hand and nail cream burst in my bag. I love that hand cream, believe me, I even have a review of it on this blog, see HERE. It is really hydrating but not the cheapest so it really irks me that it has a packaging that is so unreliable. One minute its in your bag and in the next, you have a hand cream explosion in that same bag. The 30ml tube of the Nivea hand cream was selling for just one pound the day that I decided to try it, I threw two into my basket thinking that I had nothing to loose. However I did not expect it to be as good as it is. It has a nice scent, one that isn't overbearing but most of all it hydrates really well. It does not leave your hands feeling greasy or oily and you also don't have to wait around for it sink in. You can get most Nivea products here in Nigeria but I'm yet to find this anywhere.

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream: This is actually the first Nivea product that I remember ever loving but I think I stoped using it during harmattan a few years back, I switched to something else and completely forgot about it. It was also really cheap at the time, I think that I paid between N400 to N600 for it then. I started using it again early last year and couldn't believe that I actually managed to forget this product. It has consistency that isn't too thick for a cream and feels very light weight on the skin, irrespective of the fact that it hydrates intensely. The scent is really soft and it does not linger. If you have normal to dry skin from the neck downwards like me you might have to switch to something more hydrating during the dry season. However, this cream should work for any other season. It comes in a 200ml cup and you can get it from Shoprite for N869

Nivea Nourishing Body Lotion: The name for the this product actually differs from country to country but the one thing that remains the same is the deep blue packaging and the word Nourishing. It comes as a body milk and as a body lotion but I have the lotion in this post. It is targeted at people with dry to very dry skin so I bought it during the harmattan since my skin becomes really dry then. It is intensely hydrating and very rich. It is actually thicker than most lotions if you ask me and not the easiest to work into the skin but believe me when I say that my skin glows afters after I've applied it.  It comes in a 250ml bottle and you can buy it from Shoprite for N899


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"If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24




In this video, I share some of the worst makeup products that I have ever tried and some of them are really crappy!!


"Peace is what I leave you with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." John 14:27


I have been interested in the R&R luxury brand for a while now, for over a year actually. Their packaging and the fact they made everything in Nigeria got me really really interested. So, I put some effort into buying some of their products in 2015,  I had someone coming over to the UK at the time so I wanted her to bring some of their things along with her. I chose payment on delivery on checking out and put in an Enugu address. The money for these items were given to a security man at  the gate of the provided address so that he would receive and pay for the items once they came. However I got an email stating that my order was in Enugu but will not be delivered unless payment had been made to a provided bank account number. I was shocked, since I'd never  heard of anything  like this when it came to payment on delivery. The security man also could not leave his post to go make payment and there was no time for the person coming over to go make a bank payment either but just as I had found someone to make the required trip to the bank, the order was cancelled, without notice. I just decided to put off trying their products till I moved back to Lagos. 


I needed a new candle about 5 months ago so I decided to try the brand again, this time by going to their store in Lekki phase one. I entered with the intention of buying just one candle but ended up leaving with two, yup, I was that impressed. Green Papaya was my first pick but then I decided to smell Marrakech Nights (The one in the brown jar) just as I was about to pay and couldn't leave it behind. Marrakech Nights was the more expensive of the two, it sold for N5,000 while Green Papaya sold for N4,500. It does not state on the candle jars or on their website how many grams of product you get with these candles but I believe that they should last you a while. They are soy candles so they burn a lot slower and more even than regular wax candles. Their is also no description of the different scents on the jars or on their website and this was kind of a disappointment since I would have loved to know what they had in Marrakech Nights. I at least think that there should be green papaya in the Green Papaya candle. However, I still believe that these candles are top notch, one of those things that you would gift your non Nigeria friends with confidence. Marrakech Nights has a very exotic scent and it floods the room with very happy memories for me while Green Papaya has a very clean calming scent.  They are available for purchase on the R&R Luxury website.


Have you tried anything from R&R Luxury?



"To the Lord I will give my thanks; I will praise him in the great assembly." Psalm 109:30



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