Thursday, 26 June 2014

Mini Makeup Haul with swatches and reviews

Hello everyone!!! Hope you're all having a beautiful week. It's been wonderful for me thus far and I'm thankful :D. 
So I went to get my hair done at Patrick's beauty salon located at Allen avenue Ikeja, a first timer in this particular hair salon, I must mention that they are really professional and fantastic at what they do. As funny as this may sound, they are not soo pricey....and you have celebs getting their hairs laid with them...ok let me stop advertising them here because they are not paying 
I decided to branch at House of Tara before heading home, little did I know that I was about to fulfill the "cashless Lagos policy" by finishing all the money left with me.....lmao. It was my first time getting their lipsticks, lip liners and eyeshadow palette. I must say I am extremely impressed with this brand. Infact all our Nigrian indigenous makeup brands are beyond amazing (Including BMPro and Zaron....I will probably get to review their products soon too). 
Let me cut to the chase and show you what I got.

That's the goody bag (in Don Jazzy's voice)

Everything I got, oops! I forgot to add the very lovely prestige cosmetics sharpener I got from taries makeup world. Anyway, in this picture, I have the maybelline colossal Kajal, house of Tara "Margaret Ekpo" palette, house of Tara lip liner "Adere", house of Tara lip liner "Takuere", House of Tara lip liner "Ashanti", House of Tara lipstick "Arese" and House of Tara lipstick "Kontangora".

Kontangora (left) and Arese (right) lipsticks. 
Swatches of of the two lipsticks. Without flash (left) and with flash (right). I asked one of house of Tara staff that I wanted something similar to MAC's candy yum yum, she showed me a lot of possible alternatives but Kontagora seemed to be the closest to my description. As for the Arese, I saw it on a friend and I loved the look, quite similar to MAC's heroine but I think I will prefer this one because it's not all matte and dry.

Takuere lip pencil (up), Adere lip pencil (center) and Ashanti (down)
Swatches of the lip pencils. With flash (left) and without flash (right). The pencils feel quite creamy on the skin and they are quite pigmented with Ashanti (deep red one) being the most pigmented...I only stroke my arm once and it created that bold line. 
The beautiful "Margaret Ekpo" eyeshadow palette, I fell in love when I saw this palette on @thatigbochick's blog. It looked soo nice and pigmented. Well, let the swatches speak for themselves :D
Swatches of the colours according to their arrangement in the palette. The shadows are all matte, they feel powdery, easily blendable yet highly pigmented. And I didn't use any base or primer before swatching these shadows. A huge thumbs up to house of Tara for this one. 
House of Tara "Margaret Ekpo" (up) and Urban Decay "Electric Palette" (down)
I can say it's a nice alternative for the urban decay electric palette with 2 additional colours and it's almost 85% less than the retail price of the Urban decay Palette. 
House of Tara "Margaret Ekpo" = N2,700 from their studio at Allen, Lagos
Urban decay Electric Palette = N15,000 at yanga beauty website (
I most however mention that according to reviews, the urban decay palette has a bit of shimmer in it's colours which implies that the texture and appearance maybe different from the Margaret Ekpo palette. So if you would like additional shimmer with these vivid colours, then the electric palette is your guy.
But I will still give House of Tara a "5 star" because of the amazing pigmentation of this matte palette. Really cool.

I don't feel I have to review this next product because it has spoken for itself but for the sake of those that have met this Kajal, here's a quick review.
Hi, my name is Maybelline Colossal Kajal and I am amazing....looool. This product is one of the best Kajals or water-line black liners I have ever met. I'm not a huge fan of maybelline, but this has given me a different orientation about this brand. This is actually my second one (my mum hijacked the first and I intend to get a lot more of my makeup kit. 
With flash (right) and without flash (left). These photos don't do justice to the pigmentation of this Kajal. It's proper black and highly pigmented.
It's creamy, glides on smoothly without dragging your skin, and stays on all day without dropping (it doesn't give you "the black eye" at the end of the day...oh I hate

That's all folks, I would be creating looks with these products and I will be back with results. Thank you for visiting my blog today and have a blessed day :* :*

PS: These reviews are 100% my opinion and I was not paid to review these products. Thanks.

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