Friday, May 31, 2013

UPDATES | HELLO NIGERIA

Heyyyyyyy beautiful people 

I just wanted to update you about my whereabouts. I'm currently in port harcourt City Nigeria. I'm here for a clients wedding and I'm really excited to be here. It's my first time in Port harcourt and the weather here is sooooo good. It's really humid and I love it, I now understand why people from here have AMAZING skin. 

Anyway, tomorrow is the natural hair meet up in Abuja (details below) hope I can make it on time to meet some Abuja naturals. While I'm away you can reach me via the contact form on the top right side of the blog and I've posted my Nigeria phone details on the Facebook page. 

I feel more comfortable and happy to be Nigeria compared to when I was serving last year. I've had time to think about the direction I want to go with my career and also discovered myself. I'm really looking forward to the big move in September ( yep I'm moving for good "ish" to Abuja). It was a hard decision to make but I'm ready now. 

I hope you are all having an awesome weekend? 

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Instagram @halimabepo for regular updates ( links are on the right side of the blog). 

Thank you so much for the support. 

 

  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

SCARF TUTORIAL | THE BOW





This is the third part of the BROW BASICS series and SERIOUSLY GLOWY tutorial I posted over a week ago I really enjoyed making these videos for my viewers and I hope you enjoyed it toooooooo. 
I’m off to Nigeria for a little bit but not to worry I have some pre recorded videos scheduled for the blog.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend :)



XXX


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

REVIEW & DEMO | ILLAMASQUA PARANORMAL ESP LIPSTICK & SUPERNATURAL GLEAM


Photo from @facebook.com/Illamasqua

Photo from @facebook.com/Illamasqua

Like I said in the video I really really love the ILLAMASQUA paranormal collection. I personally think its an awesome brand and season after season they have crossed makeup boundaries. They are far from the norm when it comes to beauty brands. This is the first time i’ve ever bought a grape/violet lipstick for myself  #excitedmuch.

ESP LIPSTICK £16.50  described on the site as a “vivid violet,matt finish” its a very pigmented lipstick and will suit all skin tones. I did not have to line my lips with this product. However, I recommend you exfoliate your lips properly with homemade sugar & honey scrub before applying it.

SUPERNATURAL GLEAM £18.00 is a “warm bronze iridescent ” the light reflecting cream is my  favourite 2013 product.......I love it so much i’m going to get another one for my kit ;). Its a solid cream that’s the perfect highlight/bronzer for my brown skin. It goes on beautifully and does not move. I’ve never been a fan of cream on me but I love this cream highlighter.

I hope everyone is having an amazing year, I know its only May but I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for supporting me on my journey so far. I really appreciate each and everyone of you xxxx .



FACE
NO 7 beautifully matte makeup primer 
Laura Mercier | Tinted moisturiser oil SPF 20 | Mocha
Make Up for Ever | Mat velvet + 90
Mac | Minaralise skinfinish powder -Dark
Illamasqua Gleam | Supernatural ( From the paranormal collection)

EYES
Too face | E/S insurance primer 
Mac E/S | Embark #dark brown
Illamasqua pure pigment | Marvel #yellow gold
Mac | Minaralise skinfinish powder -Dark (Used as brow highlight)
Inglot liquid liner | Black
Lancome hypnose star mascara
Dior show blackout mascara

LIPS
kiehl’s #1 lip balm
Illamasqua lipstick | ESP #Vivid violet (From the paranormal collection)




XXX

Sunday, May 19, 2013

REVIEW | PRACAXI OIL


I finally got my fresh 250ml bottle of Pracaxi oil from Akua the owner of SHEABUTTER COTTAGE    at the embrace me event yesterday. If you follow me on instagram (@halimabepo) or facebook, I always post the products I use on my skin. Pracaxi oil has been my staple product since summer 2012. 
I use the oil as a moisturiser at night because it leaves my skin really soft and radiant in the morning. 

“ The oil is very moisturising and used in improving skin tone and to help prevent hair loss. An excellent oil to use during pregnancy to help retain elasticity, pracaxi oil also conditions the hair making it easier to comb and also helps to promote shine”. 

30ml £3.60 & 250ml £21.00

The reasons why I rave about this oil is because * Its extremely moisturising compared to coconut oil &co.....* Over time its helped to even out my skin tone and gradually fade my blackhead scars.....* due to its antibacterial/ anti fungal properties it helps sooth my eczema breakouts without irritating my skin. Pracaxi oil solidifies under cooler temperatures but place the bottle in hot water for a minute to melt it. 

Another good benefit of the oil is that it helps the pores around my nose,chin and cheeks appear smaller than before. As much as I love this oil, I do not use it under my makeup because it does not work well with makeup. 

Although I’ve only ever tried it on my hair once but paid no attention then to notice the effects it had on my hair, Akua recommended I introduce it to my hair care routine ( I’ll let you know how that goes). 

If you’re looking for an all in one natural oil PRACAXI oil is definitely worth checking out....I suggest you try the 30ml first ( featured in the picture above). 

Akua’s contact details........Check out my fantasy photography ;) 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me or Akua. 




XXX





Saturday, May 18, 2013

MAKEUP | SERIOUSLY GLOWY MAKEUP

 
 
 
 





FACE
Make Up For Ever | HD primer 
No.7 | Beautifully matte primer (Anti shine) 
Lancôme | Teint Idole Ultra foundation #12 and #13
Make Up For Ever | Full cover concealer #14
Make up for ever | Brow corrector #3 (discontinued)
Nars | Liberté blush
Nars | Albatross highlight blush


EYES
Too Face | Eyeshadow insurance ( E/S primer)
Yaby E/S | #es34 & #es005 (Lid)
Yaby E/S | #es600 (bottom lash line
Yaby E/S |  #es48 (Brow highlight)
Estee Lauder pure intense kajal liner | Blackened black 
Inglot liquid liner | Black 
Lanôme | Hypnose star mascara

LIPS
Mac dazzleglass gloss | Internationalist 

PS This is a continuation tutorial. Click HERE to watch part one of the tutorial. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TUTORIAL | BROW BASICS & PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS



Brows like I said in the video are VERY personal, no one is the same and thats why when trying to learn how to groom or fill in your brows, don’t try to copy every single thing I’ve done. Instead, adopt my tips to suit your needs/preference. Mastering brows can take some time and practice. If you’re a beginner with brows, analyse your face face (different face shapes require different brow shapes).

Below is a useful chart I found online. It should guide you with discovering what kind of brows will suit your face. Also remember that not everyone needs to tweeze, thread or wax their brows. Some of you lucky ladies were blessed with perfect brows #jealous.

Click HERE for the pdf face chart.

Below are tools I use to groom my brows and my clients ( obviously I have a separate set for my clients). These are basic tools you can find in your local drug store or market.

L-R BROW RAZOR,BROW/MANICURE SCISSORS AND TWEEZERS.
When it comes to which products to use to fill in your brows, I personally prefer wax/gel based products because there give me longer staying power. However, this might not work for Miss A or Miss C. For beginners, I recommend you start off practicing with a pencil especially if you do not have steady hands. When you eventually get the hang of using a pencil you can then upgrade your gear to a brow brush, I LOVE my brow brushes because I feel I achieve better results with them ( personal preference).  


TOP- Illasmasqua brow brush & mascara wand. L-R Mac E/S Embark, Mac fluidline-dip down, MUFE brow corrector gel #3 (discontinued)  and MUFE brow pencil#3.


 

I hope the tutorial helps /guides you on how you can achieve natural looking brows. 

P.S We reached over 2000 subbies on youtube. Thank you so much for the support over the years i’m really grateful for each and everyone of you xxx

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MAKEUP | REFLECTS COPPER LIPS & BROWN SUGAR EYES









FACE
Make Up For Ever | HD primer 
No.7 | Beautifully matte primer (Anti shine) 
Make Up For Ever | Mat Velvet + foundation #75
Lancôme | Teint Idole Ultra foundation #13
Maku Up For Ever | Full cover concealer #14
Make Up For Ever | Brow corrector #3 ( Discontinued) 
M.A.C | Blunt contour blush 
IMAN Cosmetics | Sheer finish bronzer (Clay) 
NARS | Liberté blush 
NARS | Albatross highlight blush 

EYES
Too Face | Eyeshadow insurance ( E/S primer) 
Estee Lauder E/S | Hot cinnamon ( Soft neutral palette) 
M.A.C E/S | Embark 
Yaby E/S | Almost black #es594
Make Up For Ever E/S | Cafe latte #164
Estee Lauder pure intense kajal liner | Blackened black 
Inglot liquid liner | Black 
Dior show | Blackout mascara
Lanôme | Hypnose star mascara

LIPS
Nouba lip liner | Deep purple 228
M.A.C lipstick | Ruby woo
M.A.C reflects glitter | Reflects copper

Thursday, May 2, 2013

LAURA MERCIER CUSTOM ARTIST PORTFOLIO HOME & AWAY

 You know when you’ve had something on your wish list for over a year and it starts to feel like you will never be able to get it EVER. Well with God all things are possible even when its beauty related lol.

I’ve wanted this makeup portfolio for so long that when it finally hit the UK I jumped like cat that got water gunned.........ok I’m exaggerating.

Anyway, I decided to get the portfolio for a couple of reasons :




* I deserved it :)
* Its unique compared to other travel makeup cases.
* It’s an excellent/stylish way to travel with my makeup ( I move around alot so its PURRFECT).
* Its a beautiful dark brown textured material that I can’t really describe. 


 THE REVIEW

 The portfolio comes with 4 zippered mesh bags, 2 Medium bags , 1 large bag and 1 small slim bag. The mesh bags are magnetic and can be removed or reorganised as you please. It has a removable brush/pocket holder that fits in between both sides of the portfolio. An empty refillable 6-well and 3-well palette which is very beautiful but will not be getting filled anytime soon because I think their eyeshadows/lipsticks are a tad pricey + I don’t need any makeup at the moment.

The portfolio is actually bigger than it looks in pictures but not bulky + it’s made of a hard shell that prevents your makeup from getting crushed while you travel. Surprisingly it fits more makeup than I anticipated, if I pack exactly all the makeup I need to travel, I will be able to neatly pack travel size skincare products.


Filled for presentation purposes 

Having all my makeup neatly packed in one case is a dream because is the past I had two separate awkward shaped bags for travelling with makeup. As for mesh bags, only one side is meshed and the other side is not.

 The brush holder holds 8 brushes which works well for me because I can travel with all my essential brushes. It holds 2 large brushes and 6 small brushes. The brush holder also has a flap to protect the brushes from getting ruined and stop makeup from transferring to the mesh.
 Lastly, on the other side of the removable brush holder, there is a pocket that can be used to store what ever you want. I will definitely be using it to for my palettes. Travelling with palettes is easier, convenient and takes up less space.

I filled up the portfolio to give you an idea of what the case will look like with products in it. I really really love the case and even though I thought really hard before I bought ( almost returned) the £65 case that does not come with makeup, I still think it was a good investment. I’m a sucker for anything related to makeup/organisation. Both the interior and exterior of the portfolio is made of really good quality material, the exterior zip feels/looks like it will last a long time. FYI there is a smaller version of the Portfolio :) .

UK residents can find Laura Mercier at

SPACK N.K

HOUSE OF FRASER

SELFRIDGES


P.S -All these stores have different offers available. Also it’s limited so get now if you really want it.



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