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PRODUCST MENTIONED
Acne.org - Gentle cleanser
Foreo - Luna: Sensitive/Normal Skin
PureDerm Deep cleansing Peel off mask - Cucumber 
Neutrogena Visibly clear - Blackhead eliminating lotion
Black Up - Ultra matifying rebalancing fluid
Black Up - Dark spot correcting night cream
Fig - Pure Black soap
Dudu Osun
Nivea - Refreshingly soft moisturizing cream
Ajali - Vanilla & Lime lip scrub
Maybelline Baby Lips - Hydrate 


"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings." Colossians 3:23

Over the past two years, some of my staple skin care products have become really difficult for me to get my hands on. An example was the Clarins bright plus hydrating day lotion. I was using my last bottle in the skin care routine video that I had up last year and shortly before I ran out, I started hearing  rumors that Clarins was pulling the plug on their Bright Plus line. This made me really upset because I stick with whatever works and that moisturizer had worked for over 4 years, my skin loved it! It was not available in the UK, it was also not available in Montaigne's place for a really long time, and it was mostly sold out on a lot of US websites. I immediately started looking for replacements, and this led me to the Black up counter. I picked up two products, the  Ultra Matifying Rebalancing Fluid to use as a daytime moisturizer and the Dark Spot Correcting Night Cream .


I'm just going to be very straight forward, the Ultra Matifying Rebalancing Fluid works. It actually controls oil better than any of the BlackUp primers that I have tried and I find this a bit funny. It instantly leaves your skin feeling very hydrated but also matte at the same time. It has a very gel like consistency and absorbs easily into the skin. I use it before I apply my primer and believe me guys my makeup has looked a lot fresher and lasted a lot longer with this as my base. This product left me really confused because I don't understand why it isn't recommended a lot more to people with oily skin at Black up counters since it controls oil a lot better than their primers. I've been lucky enough to have some of the Black up primers work for me however if they have not worked for you, especially when it comes to oil control, consider trying the Ultra Matifying Rebalancing Fluid and just forget about their primers.


I have been using the Dark Spot Correcting Night Cream for close to three months now and I honestly think that it is a good alternative to any of the products in the Clarins bright plus line. It has a thick consistency, similar to that of most Night creams that I have used in the past. It absorbs easily into the skin and leaves it looking and feeling well hydrated. This product will not bleach you, neither will it change skin tone by over two shades. It works gradually and mostly targets dark spots. I don't break out a lot but then the few times that I do, this products fades whatever dark marks that they leave in less than 2 weeks. I bought it for about £30 while the Night cream cost me about £40 however they are both available for purchase from your nearest Montaigne's place here in Nigeria


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"God does not show partiality, but in every nation everyone who fears God and does good is acceptable to him." Acts 10:34-35




PRODUCTS USED

Brows 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz in  Dark Brown 
Anastasia Beverly Hill brow duo - Auburn
Mac studio finish concealer - Nw40

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer potion -Original
Mac Eyeshadow - Embark
Morphe Palette - 35C
MakeupGeek - Pixie Dust
Lena lashes - Dimma
Mac fluidline  pencil - Black brilliance (waterline)
Clinique high lengths Mascara
Mac studio sculpt mascara

Face 
Illamasqua Matte veil
Mac Studio fix fluid - NW45
Nars radiant creamy concealer - Amande
Sacha butter cup setting powder
Black Up two way cake - TW 11
Black Opal stick foundation - Carob
Illamsaqua pressed foundation - 325

Cheeks
Colourpop Highlighter - Highly waited
Mac blush - Raizin


Lips
Mac lip pencil - Beet
MUD lipstick - Flirt
Mac lip glass - Red Blazer

    "The Lord has lifted your sentence, and has driven your enemies away. The Lord, the king of Isreal, is with you; do not fear any misfortune." Zephaniah 3:15



This setting spray was an impulse buy for me. I was in a good mood and the sales lady was really sweet so I let the money go, lol. Thinking back on the whole thing now, it was a perfect example of why good sales reps matter, they can do and undo.  Setting sprays have never been my thing, I've monitored my face closely after trying a few of them in stores and I never saw a good difference and in some cases, they made me get oily a lot faster than I normally would. Add this, to the fact that I find it really disturbing, my having to spray something liquid over a face that I have laboured on, mba.


I bought the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray shortly before moving back home so I was never really able to put it to test while I was in the UK. I wish now that I had, so that I can at least confirm my  nagging suspicion that this product is not for humid weather.

This setting spray did not work for me, Mba. My face looked shiny the minute I was done spaying it and the shininess  did not go away till I took a powder brush to my face, it made no sense. I have oily skin I'm never one to invest in any foundation or product that gives you a dewy finish, I am naturally dewy, thank you. Or at least I get inevitably dewy before the day runs out so I try as much as possible to avoid starting dewing because that just means that I will end up greasy. If you are not familiar with Nigerian weather, it is often hot and humid, the perfect weather to put this type of product to test and it did not hold up at all, at least for me.

The only thing that I love about  this product is the spraying nozzle, it distributed the product evenly all over my face BUT, I had problems with the bottle itself. It is pretty and all but then it stains like crazy which I find a bit hilarious, considering the fact that it was created for makeup users. Makeup application is often a messy process and if you happen to  pick this bottle up with a little foundation on your hands, it will leave an imprint. I bought the 30ml bottle just to try so I don't have much to regret.

If you have dry skin, this review might not even be relevant to you so just ignore me and go try it out for yourself.

Has anyone tried this setting spray? Did you like it?


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"My Son, your sins are forgiven." Mark 2:5


PRODUCTS USED

Brows 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz in  Dark Brown 
Anastasia Beverly Hill brow duo - Auburn
Mac studio finish concealer - Nw40

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer potion -Original
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Strawberry Milk
Camouflage makeup Art palette - 9&15
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow - Fudge
Lena lashes - Dimma
Mac fluidline  pencil - Black brilliance (waterline)
Clinique high lengths Mascara
Mac studio sculpt mascara
NYC liquid liner 

Face 
Illamasqua Matte veil
Mac Studio fix fluid - NW45
Nars radiant creamy concealer - Amande
Sacha butter cup setting powder
Black Up loose powder - PL13
Black Opal stick foundation - Carob
Anastasia Beverly Hills contour powder- Cinnamon

Cheeks 
Colorupop - Highly waisted
NYX blush - Desert Rose


Lips
 Kat Von D liquid lipstick - Echo


"Let each on of us therefore, serve according to our different gifts." Romans: 12:6

Top – H & M / Skirt – Topshop / Shoes – Converse / Purse - River Island

Images Captured by Prince Akachi

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.." Proverbs 3:5

If there was one brand that I wanted to try the minute that I moved home, it was the Vane brand. They launched their nail lacquers in 2015 while I was still in school and it looked at a point like everybody in Lagos was wearing them. I read a lot of rave reviews and I was really impressed since they were the only Nigerian beauty brand, based on my knowledge, that had nail lacquers as their main product. 


I really wanted to try some of their nude shades but they were mostly sold out the day that I went to their store in Fola Osibo. I ended picking two other shades and they were  Baked (Top picture) since I'd never tried anything quite like it and The darker the juice (Bottom picture) since I haven't purchased a really dark nail polish in a long time.

Baked was the star of this tiny little party. It is a sparkly bronze color with lots of finely milled glitter and I wore it for close to a week without any chipping. It started chipping after the fifth day but you guys should believe me when I say that five days without chipping on natural nails is a really long time. The glitter adheres to the nails like crazy so you will need a nail polish with a high amount of acetone to get it off quickly. Regular remover will do the job too, albeit very slowly.  
The darker the juice is a gorgeous dark maroon shade however it started to chip within two days on my finger nails. It probably had something to do with all the dishes that I have been washing but it has lasted for over two weeks on  my toe nails without a problem. On another note, these two lacquers should stay on nail extensions for weeks without a problem. Some of us don't wear nail extensions that often or even at all, so this post will be very relevant for them.

They retail for N2,500 each and are available on the Vane beauty website.  If you live outside Nigeria try Amazon or Etsy.

Has anyone tried Vane Nail Lacquers? What are your favorite shades?


"A broken spirit is my sacrifice, O God, you will not despise a contrite heart." Psalm 51:17

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