TOP 5 BEST TEXTURIZERS AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET



So if you are here, you are probably like me, you love your curls, but they are really thick and feels very unmanageable and you are looking for ways to make it better. Let me introduce you to texturizing. Texturizers are like relaxers but they are specifically for people who want to loosen their curls without making their hair bone straight. Texturizers basically loosen up your curls and make it more manageable if done correctly.

The first texturizer on my list will be the texture my way(for men) texturizer, I haven't reviewed this texturizer on my blog yet (mostly because I forgot to). I bought this because honestly I felt that any texturizer that is made for men must be really good. I mean they will know that men want their waves and not the bone straight hair.

I really enjoyed using it, I followed the timing for my hair type and the results were beautiful, it loosened up my curls without making it bone straight, my hair was manageable, very manageable.


The next on my list will have to be the curls and naturals texture softner this is honestly the best texturizer I have ever tried, it wasn't harsh on my hair and the products in here from the shampoo to leave-in were really nice.


I will say after the curls and naturals the next on my list will be the soft and botanicals texturizer. It is mild just like the the curls and naturals one. I especially like this one because it has two tubs and I use it for two texturizer applications as opposed to once with the other kits.


The texture my way texturizer, is another really good option, I loved this kit so much that I bought their hair lotion . I will be a little careful with this one though, especially if you have fine hair, please adhere to the time chart and also read this for tips to texturize your  hair the correct way to prevent damage.


This texturizer, I stubbled upon by accident, it is really great because u can get as much as three to four texturizer applications from this tub and it works just as well as the kit texturizers but I will advice you always get a neutralizing shampoo handy, please buy a neutralizing shampoo before you even buy this, don't make the same mistake I did. Natures gentle touch, Dr Miracles and profectiv are some brands that carry neutralizing shampoos.

p.s: neutralizing shampoos I notice help re-balance the pH of your hair after you apply a chemical to it, the effects of the shampoo stops your hair from coloring, it helps maintain the natural color of your hair. People who don't use neutralizing shampoos tend to have hair that looks like its browning in some kind of way.


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CHEAP CONDITIONERS THAT WORK ON CURLY NATURAL HAIR




Conditioners are the most important thing on your natural hair journey, as you know that its harder for your natural hair to retain moisture unlike your relaxed bone straight hair. Basically the tighter your curls the more moisture you need.

Finding conditioners that are affordable with this present Nigerian economy is a hassle and the cost of products has frustrated so many people to perm their hair and to be honest it is part of what made me texturize my hair. 

Even though my hair is texturized I still have curls in my hair and it needs moisture so conditioners are still a huge part of my hair care routine.

Here are some conditioners you can get that are affordable and work great.





I actually just recently realized that the tresemme' conditioners for some reason are getting popular on the shelves at local beauty supply stores in Nigeria, it cost around 2500 Naira and is a huge bottle and will last you a good while. 

HELPFUL TIP: So if you are like me and are on a budget and cannot always afford both a regular conditioner as well as a deep conditioner, you could use a really good regular conditioner, add some oils to it and use it to deep condition just as I did here , its not as good as a regular deep conditioner but it works just fine. 


CANTU LEAVE IN CONDITIONER
Next on my list will have to be the cantu shea moisture line, their products are between the 1500-3500 range and I like their products because of the size, right now I personally own the leave in conditioner and it works fine for entangling and just generally moisturizing my hair. If you have additional cash to splurge you could try to get their curling pudding its great for styling.



HELPFUL TIP: Whenever you put any form of moisture to your hair, always make sure you seal it with an oil, it helps make sure the moisture doesn't escape and most importantly always sleep with a satin bonnet, this two tips will change your hair completely, that I can promise.

The next on my list will be the VO5 conditioner, I absolutely love this conditioner, its my ride or die. I often go for the moisturizing conditioners always, so when buying always look for the word moisturizing conditioner before you buy. It is my co wash conditioner and also whenever I am out of a deep conditioner, I use it as my deep as well I just use the tip I stated above. The VO5 conditioner cost anywhere from 700-800 naira.

Texture my way hair lotion is not a product I thought I would like honestly, I knew about this product because I used their texturizer  kit in the past and really liked the hair lotion and so when I was looking for a leave in and saw this I decided to give it a go and since I got this I have not used any other product like it serves as a leave in as well as a good styling product. The only issue with this is that finding it in Nigeria isn't as easy, but some stores still carry it. This cost around 2000-2500 naira. 


The last on my least is the aunt jackie's leave in conditioner, I raved about this in one of my blog post . If you are someone who suffers from dry hair, I strongly recommend this deep conditioner, its a big tub and it last a good while. It cost between 3000 to 3500 naira and is worth every penny, now I don't always buy a deep conditioner but whenever I do, this is what I buy.

N.B: I can vouch for this particular product in the aunt jackie's line, I have tried another of their product which I didn't really fancy.

Thank you for reading. I made sure I tried to keep the mentioned products below the 3500 naira mark. if you have any other to add or better still have any questions please do leave it below and I will be happy to get back to you.


TOP FOUNDATION MISTAKES I SEE US MAKE



Hello, readers I am back with another blog post and today we will talk about something that has been bugging me basically since I even knew how to apply my own foundation was. 

I am in no way claiming to be a make up guru, but I will just share some things I have learnt along the way.

USING A FOUNDATION THAT IS TOO LIGHT OR THAT HAS THE WRONG UNDERTONE.



The first thing I noticed especially since I started selling foundations is that no one wants to admit that they are actually darker than they are and always tend to go for foundations that are much lighter than they are. I guess its cuz of the whole obsession in Nigeria to be fairer. I also find that lots of Nigerian make up brands don't even give us a lot of options when it comes to foundation shades and I think it is partly cuz they know Nigerians want lighter shades.

The thing we don't know is that especially when it comes to trying to hide dark spots and things, using a foundation that is too light will make it appear worse, it's better to use a shade that's exactly your shade and undertone or at least very close or even a little darker, its always better than using something lighter, cuz you could counter it with highlighting and maybe contouring.

NOT BLENDING FOUNDATION COMPLETELY.



Another common mistake I see is when people don't blend their foundation properly into the ends of their faces and hair lines. I literally just saw this a few days back. There was literally a round foundation mark around her face, just like here in this photo.

Just get the right tools to blend your foundations properly  and take a little more time with blending your foundation into your hair line.

THINKING ITS OKAY TO NOT SET YOUR FOUNDATION.

This is one mistake that I don't understand why people with oily skin still make. I don't care how matte that foundation claims to be. Please set it with a powder either loose or pressed.

USING A FOUNDATION THAT IS BREAKING YOU OUT.


As an acne sufferer myself, I do realize that makeup doesn't necessarily break you out, but there are some which do. A lot of Nigerian brands I find don't necessarily cater to people with really sensitive skin, so often I opt for international brands when it comes to primer and foundation, not that there aren't international brands that will break you out, but there are a lot more that won't.

APPLYING TOO LITTLE FOUNDATION

If you have legit dark spots to cover, please don't apply foundation like you have blemishes, cuz that thing will peep through and you will look weird. I am not saying finish the foundation on your face but apply enough to cover your face as much as possible, or if you can afford to, you can buy a concealer then apply a little foundation and use a concealer to cover you spots.

NOT USING A FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE.


This is very common with people with oily skin, I mean people with normal to even dry skin, they can get away with so many types of foundation. If you have oily skin,please go for foundations that are matte and this is cuz matte foundations have lesser amount of oils and liquids and are instead more concentrated and if you have dry skin as well, go for regular foundations. Here are afforable foundations perfect for people with oily skin.

NOT HAVING A SKIN PREP ROUTINE.



Now this is mostly for people with oily skin or really dry skin. Not having a good skin prep routine, weather its applying a moisturizer or primer or spray mist or oil can in the long run affect how your foundation looks, if you have dry skin try to moisturize with a good thick cream or a good oil before any foundation application. If you have oily skin like me here are some skin prep tips you could use.

Thank you for dropping by the blog, feel free to ask questions and also drop any other foundation mistakes you have made or have see others make, lets laugh together.







7 MOST AFFORDABLE TONING BODY LOTIONS AVAILABLE IN NIGERIA THAT ACTUALLY WORK


Hello readers welcome back to a new blog post. Probably the most asked question I get is "Nelo, I am getting darker what is the best cream I can use to get back my skin tone popping again"

A little disclaimer, I am not in anyway encouraging anyone to go and bleach their neither is this post about skin bleaching, toning your skin simply helps to remove dirt, pollutants and the effect of sun rays from skin and gives you a fresh a look. 

N:B: To achieve better results when it comes to toning its always best to accompany a good toning moisturizer with a good wash or soap, I will post on that soon. Also for the creams that have hydroquinone or any active skin lightening agent, please I do advice using it at night only and using a moisturizer like the NIVEA NATURAL FAIRNESS lotion with spf during the day.



So, the extreme glow is definitely the top on my list. This stuff works well and even though I personally do not use it because of the price, you know as they say "better soup na money kill am". This cost I believe between 14000-17000 Naira and all the people I know who use and have used it have really glowy skin and I hope to try it out one day...




This is another great body lotion, it does the job without making your skin look all reddish and patchy. If you do have the funds for it, this is definitely a great buy. This usually cost between 7500 and 8500 Naira and is worth every penny because it does work.



The next on my list will be the Q WHITE PARIS KOJIC +, I already reviewed this on the blog here so I am not gonna say too much about it anymore but this is legit an amazing body lotion and the price is not as bad as the extreme glow lotion or the QEI paris and its also a really good lotion. This cost 4000 naira.



The next lotion I have for you is an oldie but goodie. It has been in the Nigerian market for many years and people seem to under rate this. It does contain hydroquinone 2% which is the approved amount and it isn't harmful to the skin at all. I also reviewed it HERE

This particular kind of NIVEA lotion is not like the regular NIVEA NATURAL FAIRNESS, which does works but in my opinion works a little slowly. This particular type of nivea lotion can't be gotten in many stores in Nigeria but I have come across this in certain stores here in Abuja though like the "Perfect trust store in wuse, Abuja". I find this particular one to be more potent than the regular nivea lotion made for the Nigerian market.


This is the last on my list but definitely least, I gave this the last because I find that this doesn't work for everyone and I also find that this makes me sweat a lot which I absolutely hate especially when the weather is hot. But a few people have said that this works for them. I did also do a full review on this HERE.


This is another good lotion, it cost 3500 naira at my local beauty supply store. it is a really good lotion and its really moisturizing as well, I also like how it smells.

So that's it for my list of lotions, creams and or moisturizers for toning your skin. This are the ones that me and people that I know personally used and love. If you have any question or have any other lotion to add to the list please do leave a comment below and I will be happy to help you.




CREAMS FOR SPOTS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION FOUND IN NIGERIA



Hello readers how are you today? spots on the face can be very embarrassing, I personally usually get hyper pigmentation on my face as a result of pimple that have finally gone. From experience I am going to share with you things that work for me and people I know.

N.B: some things here are not highly recommended for people with sensitive skin but please do know that I will let you know which is which.



Clarins is one product I really love, but to be honest their products are really pricey but if you have sensitive skin, you can be sure that their products will not break you out. Their brightening day and night creams are absolutely amazing and will really help put with spots. Their day cream has spf which will help keep the effect of sun rays away. 




 

Serums are another good way to get rid of scars from acne or whatever. Above I have listed three which are really good and also can be readily gotten in Nigeria. The best amongst these 3 for me will be the truskin vitamin c serum but its not sold here but can be gotten from amazon.com, you can order this directly to Nigeria you if you really wanna try it out, its also good for people with sensitive skin.



Retin A is another good way to get rid of spots, but you have to use it properly. Start from a really weak strength and moisturize after the retin A has dried down. Never apply it on wet skin, make sure your skin is dry first. I am actually about to use this cuz I have so many spots to clear out right now and this did work in the past for me. You can get this from your local pharmacy and is great for people with sensitive skin as well.


This last two I honestly can't say how it works on people with sensitive skin like mine but I have seen people who don't have sensitive sin use it and it worked really well and they are also very inexpensive.







IS Q WHITE PARIS MORINGA CLAIRE KOJIC+ ZERO BLEMISH A BLEACHING CREAM?


Q WHITE MORINGA CLAIRE KOJIC+


Hello readers
, welcome to today's blog post. If you are here you are probably like me who is constantly on legedize Benz (by Gods grace we go soon buy real Benz) and just want to make sure to keep your skin on fleek or maybe just looking for a safe way to tone your skin and would like to know if the Q white moringa claire actually works.
Well, in today's blog post I am going to be sharing my personal experience with this product and I will also be letting you know if it is in anyway a bleaching cream or if it even works.

WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS OF THIS LOTION

I bought this moisturizer at my local beauty store for 3500 naira. The Q white moringa claire kojic + zero blemish natural fairness lotion claims to reduce blemishes in 5 days.

It says the clarifying properties and moisturizing agents formula that promotes visibly brighter and more radiant complexion. This fruit - fragrance lotion is the ideal care product for people suffering hyper pigmentation products. For optimal result, use morning and evening after shower.

NOTE; Avoid sun bathing during the treatment as this may lead to increased hyper pigmentation.

Contains active plant extracts that clarifies and protects your skin while giving a youthful and glowing feel.It is the product care product to recover a unified complexion and to fade out dry and dead skin cell. Rich in vitamins C, the anti oxidation and regenerating properties of which unifies and gives renewed energy to the skin, It regulates the excessive production of melanin and revitalizes skin cells.

USAGE: Massage gently all over the body until complete absorption. Use daily after bath for best results.

The Q WHITE lotion cast 400naira and is a white creamy liquid..

INGREDIENTS IN Q WHITE MORINGA CLAIRE KOJIC+


WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE Q WHITE MORINGA CLAIRE KOJIC+ LOTION

First of I have to acknowledge the fact that the packaging of this lotion is very pretty, it's simple but really attractive.

Secondly, I like the fact that each bottle comes a code which you could scratch and send to ensure that the cream is original, this is always a plus because there are so many fakes in the market right now, so its always good to know when you are buying fakes.


HOW TO SPOT A FAKE Q WHITE MORINGA CLAIRE KOJIC+

This moisturizer is great and it honestly does exactly what it says it does..I had some blemishes that I was looking to clear out and it did that and I started seeing results in about 6 days. I am also using a body wash which also helps with the spots but this is like the icing on the cake for me.

I do feel like it is quiet pricey for the size but as they say "better soup na money kill am".

It says on the pack that it is fruit scented but that's quiet untrue, I didn't scent anything while using this but that's not at all an issue for me.

A lot of things are wrongly spelled on the bottle of this product and it can easily make you think otherwise about the product, but don't,
this moisturizer is not bad at all.

This moisturizer is creamy but dries fast and it doesn't make me sweat like the Q7 paris lotion which I complained about in my last  lotion review...

Overall I will give this lotion a whooping 4 stars out of 5.. 

Please whatever questions that you may have about this lotion below and I will surely get back to you.. Thank you for reading..


TIPS TO MAKE YOUR MAKEUP LAST ALL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH OILY SKIN

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I got the idea for this blog post from a customer of mine who came to buy the maybelline fit me matte foundation (and yes I do sell this foundation at just 4500 and if you are in Abuja you will get free delivery), she said she wanted to get into the whole slay game but that from past experiences with her oily skin and makeup she was afraid to try again. Whenever I wear makeup people always ask me how my make up stays on all day despite the fact that I claim to have really really oily skin.

Today's post is dedicated to oily skin people like me who want to wear foundation and slay their makeup but feel like their oiliness will get in the way. please read to the end of the blog post, every tip counts. 




CLEANSE


I made a whole post about the importance of the type of cleanser you use for your oily skin, you can check it out here. Avoid cleansers and soaps that are super harsh or better still avoid actual bar soaps completely. This will make your face drier and cause you sebaceous glands to produce a lot of oil. This specific johnson's baby wash is my fave as well as the neutrogena pink grape fruit but please read this post here for the only condition to which you can use the neutrogena pink grape fruit facial scrub.



APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER


This step I only recommend if you have used a very mild face wash like the johnsons face wash but I will advice you avoid if you used a cleanser with an active ingredient. because this may make your skin too sensitive. ACV helps to shrink your pores and reduce oil production as well as fight against any active pimple you may have. 

HOW TO DIY ACV TONER

  • GET A CLEAN SAUCER.
  • ADD TWO PART WATER TO EVERY PART ACV. I.E I DO HALF A TEA SPOON OF ACV AND A TEA SPOON OF WATER.
  • DAB IN A COTTON PAD.
  • SWIRL ON YOUR FACE. 
  • PLEASE DO NOT MIX THE WHOLE BOTTLE OF ACV, IT MAKES THE ACV GET SOUR AND THIS WILL DO YOUR FACE MORE HARM THAN GOOD.




MOISTURIZE

This step is so important but please if you have sensitive skin do not just go to your beauty supplier and buy any moisturizer you see, get moisturizers that are made specifically for people with oily and sensitive skin, you can check some out HERE. Just in case you didn't know people have oily skin because their skin produces way too much oil, to combat or slow down this process you have to trick the skin into believing that it has produced oil already, by  moisturizing your skin you at least know the exact amount of moisture on your face and as a result your skin doesn't produce as much oil, if that makes sense.





PRIMER

So the first three steps will help with reducing oil production and also help with the health of your skin. A mattifying Primer on the other hand will take your make up longevity to a whole new level.
If however you do not have the money to get a primer to use underneath your foundation, you can use any oil control loose setting powder you have just before applying your foundation. My favorite mattifying primer is the rimmel stay matte and it cost about 4000-5000naira.

FOUNDATION AND SETTING POWDER

If you have oily skin, you do not just go out and buy any foundation you see or see your friend use, you have to be sure it is a matte foundation and if you have sensitive skin you also need something that won't break you out. HERE are some foundations that work great for oily skin
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Finally please always set your foundation with an oil control powder preferably a loose setting powder.



N.B: Please when your skin get a lil oily please don't use a handkerchief to wipe your face use a blotting paper or one ply of your tissue paper to gently dab off the oil and maybe touch up with your powder if necessary.




Thank you for reading, please do leave a comment and I will be glad to reply.

I am able to have a good time without worrying too much about my makeup.