HOW I TREAT AND AVOID ACNE AS A NIGERIAN, MY ACNE FREE SKIN CARE ROUTINE AND ACNE FREE DIET



So after my 7 Nigerian myths about acne and pimples post I got a lot of questions as to what exactly it is I do in my skin care routine to treat my acne.
I have already stated in the post I made about how I cured my horrible acne, but I still feel the need to make a post about my exact skin care routine to treat my acne and also my dietary routine to help with acne in Nigeria, it is possible even as a Nigerian to treat your acne.

skin care routine for acne free skin in Nigeria


MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE TO PREVENT ACNE/PIMPLES.

how I wash my face to prevent acne

In the mornings I like to keep it simple, I simply wash my face with a gentle cleanser of my choice, for now I have been using my johnsons' baby wash or my olay sensitive face wash but I made a post about all the gentle cleansers I use here just incase you cant find this one and they are all available in Nigeria.
I use it with my spin brush set and I use the latex sponge in the morning.

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Secondly I moisturize my face with a moisturizer that is perfect for my acne prone skin, I use the acne.org moisturizer, you can get it HERE. But HERE are a list of moisturizers perfect for sensitive skin all available in Nigeria, Please avoid using the same cream for body on your face if you have sensitive and acne prone skin. Moisturizing your skin is very important especially if you have oily acne prone skin as moisturizers help reduce the oil production on your skin thereby preventing acne and pimple, I too did not believe it till I started doing it. Find out how important moisturizers are for oily skin and acne prone skin HERE
That's all for my morning routine.


MY NIGHT TIME ROUTINE TO PREVENT ACNE

Please note that at night is when the skin has the time to rejuvenate itself, so this is the time to apply whatever treatment you have to your skin. My night time depends on one of two things
  1. If my skin has active pimple breakouts(which rarely happens these days though). I wash my face again with with a gentle face wash again and the spin brush set, but this time I use the long soft brush from the spin brush set then I treat my face with the acne.org benzoyl peroxide treatment and moisturize with the acne.org moisturizer like I did in the morning. That's the way the acne.org system works(cleanse,treat,moisturize) find out more about how this system cured my acne HERE
  2. The second routine is for days when my face has little to no pimple break out. On days like that I concentrate more on reducing my hyper pigmentation and to do this I use my spin brush and the neutrogena pink grape fruit oil free acne wash. I actually just started using this wash because I ran out of glycolic acid which I got in my acne.org kit, the funny thing is that I used to hate this wash because it dried out my face without properly cleaning it. With the spin brush the neutrogena works well and helps with hyper pigmentation. Honestly if you have sensitive skin don't use this by itself without a spin brush, it will break you out it sounds weird but it's true. After I wash my face I use my moisturiser and that's all for my night time routine. I wake up to baby soft skin.


Once a  week I like to use ACV especially on days when I apply makeup, to help control oil, for me this is more of a makeup step than a skincare step, so it isn't cumpulsory. Please if you use ACV don't forget to moisturize your face, it can be drying.



MY DIET AND ACNE, WHAT I EAT AND DON'T EAT TO AVOID ACNE AS A NIGERIAN.

If you read my 7 Nigerian myths about acne and pimples post you will see were I stated about dairy breaking me out. I realized that even after I treated my skin I woke up to new break outs, that was when I did my research and found out about dairy and acne. Once I took the slow but steady step to avoid dairy, my skin started getting even better than before and I no longer woke up to active breakouts.
So basically no milk, Milo, bourvita, ice cream, yogurt 
I use milk substitutes instead like soya milk and almond milk.

P.s: I use black soaps to prevent bacne I also use normal soaps on my body. I either use a black soap or a liquid soap.

I really hope these tips helps someone please leave a comment below and check out the blog for more interesting beauty and makeup topics.


SOFT SHEEN CARSON SPORTIN WAVES WAVE MAKER TEXTURIZER


SOFT SHEEN CARSON SPORTIN' WAVES WAVE MAKER TEXTURIZER

So, it's another texturizer day and I am at my local beauty supply store and I see my texture my way texturizer and for some reason I felt I wanted to try out something else, because well I needed to test out new stuff for my readers and also because even though the curls and naturals works great for me, it's 1500 naira and it's for only for one use.
So I asked the guy at the store to give me other cheaper options and he did, he gave me this soft sheen carson wave maker texturizer. 
I got this 500ml tub for 1200 naira and here are my thoughts.


SOFT SHEEN CARSON SPORTIN' WAVES WAVE MAKER TEXTURIZER RESULTS,

WHAT IT SAYS ON THE SOFT SHEEN CARSON SPORTIN WAVES WAVE MAKER TEXTURIZER

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TIMING GUIDE
Timing guide is crucial 
Follow the timing guide closely 
The total time for application and smoothing must not exceed the maximum time allowed for your hair. 

TIMING CHART

  • FINE HAIR TYPE:8 MINS
  • MEDIUM HAIR TYPE:12 MINS
  • COARSE/RESISTANT:15 MINS

STEPS ON USE THE TEXTURIZER

  1. Preparation
  2. Application
  3. Rinse and neutralizing shampoo
  4. Style

YOU NEED TO PROVIDE
A neutralizing shampoo
A wide toothed comb(not a metal one)
A towel or caps
A clock or timer
Plastic gloves

PRECAUTIONS FOR USE WERE ALSO PROVIDED

PROS OF THE SOFT SHEEN CARSON TEXTURIZER

  1. The price is so affordable.
  2. The size is so huge.
  3. The time chat really works.
  4. It softened my curls so much, it did exactly what a texturizer is meant to do without over processing my hair.
  5. It can be used up to four times because the tub is so huge.
  6. The packaging is very efficient.

CONS OF THE SOFT SHEEN CARSON TEXTURIZER

  1. Because it doesn't come in a kit you will have to get a shampoo and a conditioner separately  (but I don't mind this I have these products anyway and you should too). 
MY VERDICT ON THE SOFT SHEEN CARSON TEXTURIZER.

I absolutely love this, its just as good as the other texturizers like the (soft and botanicals) which I have reviewed here but its cheaper and I can get more uses out of it.

RATING: 5 STAR
PRICE: 1200 naira



SOFT CARSON SPORTIN WAVES TEXTURIZER INGREDIENTS.


What texturizers have you tried? Thinking of texturizing your hair? Have any questions? Leave a comment below.

GRACE & STELLA CO SPIN BRUSH HONEST REVIEW AND HOW TO GET SPIN BRUSHES IN NIGERIA.

GRACE AND STELLA 7 IN 1 SPIN BRUSH
I have heard of spin brushes for so so long and have always wanted to try it for myself but due to the price I couldn't get one. Decemvir last year while I was doing some online shopping on amazon.com I came across this grace and stella co 7 in 1 spin brush for about $15 which was about 5000 naira. I got it because I used to have really bad acne/pimples which I treated, my pimples left some scars and roughness behind and I was constantly looking for a way to treat it. Hence lots of people always say spin brushes are great for exfoliation and treatment of acne scaring I decided to try this one.

(MY BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE)
Bristles in the grace and stella co spin brush

WHAT DOES THE GRACE AND STELLA CO 7-IN-1 SPIN BRUSH SAY

7-in-1 facial messager and cleanser
Messaging and cleansing kit, for clean skin 
"I'm just what you need when you think your skin is clean"
  • POLISHING BRUSH: for feet, for gently scrubbing off minor dead cells on wet feet.
  • SHORT BRISTLE BRUSH: for face. to help remove dirt while exfoliating the skin. we recommend applying a dime sized amount of your favorite cleanser onto the brush.
  • LONG BRISTLE BRUSH: for face. A more gentle way to remove makeup and dirt while exfoliating the skin.Use in the same was as you would with the short bristle brush head.
  • MAKEUP SPONGE: for face. To apply make or face lotions and serums.
  • LATEX SOFT SPONGE: for face and body. To gently cleanse face without too much exfoliation. Apply a dime-sized of your favorite cleanser onto the brush.
  • MESSAGER: for face. To message face and stimulate blood circulation for a healthy glow. We recommend using this after applying your face lotion
  • PUMICE STONE: for feet. To slough off stubborn calluses.Use on wet feet.    

HOW TO USE THE GRACE AND STELLA SPIN BRUSH

  1. Wet your face.
  2. Apply a dime sized amount of your favorite cleanser onto the brush head.
  3. Slide the button up or down to change the speed setting
  4. We recommend using it for about one minute to avoid possible irritation from over-exfoliation. 
The device is water resistant not water proof do not submerge completely in water.

It has two speeds (high and low) to suit your needs. (I always use the low speed). 



PROS OF THE GRACE AND STELLA CO 7 IN 1 SPIN BRUSH

  • The packaging of this first off is really cute and I love the little write up that it comes with.
  • Its really affordable because usually spin brushes go for as high as a hundred dollars.
  • It uses batteries, hence I live in Nigeria I do not mind it at all, if you know you know.
  • It has a softer exfoliating bristle (for sensitive skin).
  •  It is travel friendly.

CONS OF THE GRACE AND STELLA CO 7 IN 1 SPIN BRUSH

  • You cant repurchase the bristles alone, you have to buy the whole set again.

MY  VERDICT ON THE GRACE AND STELLA CO SPIN BRUSH.

So like I said I got this because I needed something to get rid of dead skin cells, roughness and hyper pigmentation. which my acne.org treatment left behind after I treated it and that is exactly what it did. I started seeing results from day one

I personally use the long bristle brush on low speed on a daily basis, I hardly use it on high speed because I have sensitive skin. I have been using it with my neutrogena pink grape fruit oil free face wash lately since I ran out of my glycolic acid from acne.org (I really hated this wash before because it dried my skin out without cleaning it but with this spin brush, its absolutely amazing).


I am giving this 5 STAR rating because all it does is improve my skins quality and reduce texture and roughness.

BEFORE I STARTED USING THE SPIN BRUSH FROM GRACE AND STELLA CO(YOU COULD SEE HOW TEXTURED MY SKIN IS CUZ MY ACNE JUST CLEARED OUT)


AFTER USING THE GRACE AND STELLA CO SPIN BRUSH.



HOW TO GET SPIN BRUSHES IN NIGERIA

Aliexpress delivers to Nigeria  but its always advisable to use seller you are sure that delivers.

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jumai.com has good dupes available too ( Just make sure that if you have sensitive skin you order the brushes which state that the brush heads are soft)


CLASSIC BANANA PRO SETTING POWDER REVIEW AND FIRST IMPRESSSIONS


I love makeup and I have always wanted to try the whole under eye highlighting and baking{lasma, I know}, but I was always scared. I decided not to be anymore and purchase this classic makeup usa banana pro setting powder and give it a try and here are my thoughts.


CLASSIC MAKEUP USA BANANA SETTING POWDER



I bought this for 1200 naira, this powder actually does not say much on the packaging, just that it is oil free and oil control. It looks very similar to other setting powders like the ben nye powder.

MY VERDICT ON THE MAKEUP USA PRO SETTING BANANA POWDER

First off the packaging is pretty neat and expensive looking which was nice but when I opened the powder itself I realized that the holes which allow the powder come out are wide so I would recommend that you always keep the powder upright or you may waste it.
I used it to bake my under eye as seen above. I noticed how finely milled it was and also that it immediately sucked in all the oiliness from my concealer, so that was awesome.
It wasn't so easy wipe off all the powder but it did come off, I also noticed it was quite powdery.

This setting powder is very affordable at 1200 naira, but I will recommend you use this on top of a cream concealer and if you use it on a matte concealer don't bake for too long or it may be too ashy looking especially if you have dry under eye. A setting spray could also help make it look less ashy.

Over all I give this a 3 out of 5 stars. Its a great buy especially if you are on a budget or a starter. I have been using mine and its very okay.


After using classic makeup usa setting powder








AUNT JACKIES QUENCH MOISTURE INTENSE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER ON 4C HAIR


If you are a natural hair or curly hair girl, you know a leave in conditioner is one of the most important things your hair needs. After you wash of the normal conditioner from your hair, you need something that will still keep your hair moisturized all through the day to avoid hair breakage and dryness, which could cause your hair in the long run to seem like it isn't growing, and that is where a leave in conditioner comes in. 

I got the Aunt Jackie's quench leave in conditioner from the in vivo store at Ceddi plaza (they have so many goodies at good prices too). I had used one of their DEEP CONDITIONERS in the pass which I loved so much as I said in THE REVIEW and so I was quiet excited to try this.
I bought this conditioner for 3000 naira. 

AUNT JACKIE'S QUENCH LEAVE IN CONDITIONER

WHAT DOES THE AUNT JACKIE'S QUENCH MOISTURE INTENSE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER CLAIM

Aunt Jackie's curls and coils
Quench! moisture intensive leave in conditioner
Sulfate free/paraben free
Ultra hydrating,Deep moisture therapy for parched tresses
For natural curls coils and waves
Enriched with shea butter and olive oil

Repair dry hair with aunt jackie's leave in treatment. Natural ingredients including marshmallow root give great slip and just enough moisture to keep the thirstiest curls and coils refreshed.

aunt jackies quench leave in ingredients


MY VERDICT ON THE AUNT JACKIE'S QUENCH LEAVE IN

I really was blown away by everything this product claimed. I was so happy thinking this could be the end of my tangled hair, I thought it will be similar to the deep conditioner, the write up on the bottle was so convincing.

The first time I used it my hair was wet and my hair detangled quiet well, and I was pleased but once my hair started getting dry I couldn't even touch it well, it was so dry and the product just felt weird on my hair.

The only way I could use this product was when I mixed it with a profectiv product which I also didn't like. I don't recommend this product to any curly girl out there. My hair was 4c before I started texturizing it, my hair now its more like a mid point between 4b and 4c, so if this didn't work for me I don't know what curly girl it will work for(maybe 4a). If you have relaxed hair this may work for you but I don't recommend this for a curly girl. I was really disappointed because I really loved the deep conditioner.

RATING: 0.5 STAR (I would have given this a 0 but at least it detangled my hair when my hair was wet)

I ended up using his mostly on my curly hair extensions.


Please leave a comment below ask any questions, also who has any recommendation for a good leave in at an affordable rate? Right now I use one I diyed and it work really well but sometimes I will like something off the shelf.

CLASSIC MAKE UP PRESSED POWDER AND OIL CONTROL POWDER REVIEW


Hello there, how are you. Classic make up U.S.A is a Nigerian makeup brand with lots of beauty products some of which I have REVIEWED. Classic makeup powder and in fact the classic make up line is for the average Nigerian girl who wants to get into make up but may not able to afford the expensive make up.

Classic make up usa products cost as low as 500 naira all the way up to 3000 naira, but I dont think they have any product more expensive than 3000 naira.  



I bought this powder because I needed something to set my makeup with, it was 1500 naira. When I got it, as always when I was skeptical, because I have really sensitive skin and I am always so scared of breaking out i.e having pimples.

The first time I used this classic powder, I used it by itself without any foundation underneath,just to see how the coverage was, I was super impressed by the level of pigmentation and the richness and depth of the color in the powder, everyone commended me that day saying my skin was glowing(see photos below).


classic makeup usa oil control powder alone without foundaation


Then with foundation below
classic makeup usa powder and maybelline foundation

I am in the shade medium for this powder but I use dark to contour my face and it works okay.

The classic powder claims to be an oil control powder, and it does help control the oil on my face for a while.

PROS TO THE CLASSIC MAKEUP USA POWDER 

  1. The price first of all is amazing
  2. I have used mac studio fix powder foundation and I actually prefer this powder to it, this powder can be compared to so many high end powders out there.
  3. The owner of classic make up usa brand really out did herself. I have repurchased the oil control powder a lot. 
  4. MAC has broken me out before, but this didn't and still doesn't (still use it)

CONS TO THE CLASSIC MAKEUP USA POWDER

  1. I was able to find my shade but this powder has just four shades and I wish it could be a bit more.
  2. The classic oil control powder has the mirror under the powder pan and I honestly will prefer it to be on top instead, it would be comfortable.

RATING:4.5 star
SMELL: none
LONGEVITY OF PRODUCT: last okay but I wish it could last longer but for the price I cant complain
STAYING POWER ON SKIN: I could stay up to 4 hours or five before I retouch my powder{I do have oily skin}
PRICE: 1500 naira (A steal in my opinion)

scratch before you buy this powder to avoid imitation

BS MALL MAKE UP BRUSHES, DUPE FOR THE KABUKI BRUSH



I just got into makeup and there I was on amazon.com looking for a set of kabuki makeup brushes dupe that still do the trick and then I came across this BS MALL brushes, the reviews were amazing, so I decided to get it.

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It cost $8.99 which was about 4000 naira, for a set of 10 brushes, I honestly thought it was a steal.

THE BS MALL KABUKI BRUSH SET CONTAINED

  • Two foundation brushes, a powder/blush brush.
  • A blush/powder brush
  • A brush for under eye concealer
  • A powder contour brush
  • A nose contour brush
  • An eye shadow blending brush
  • And four other small brushes
The thing I really loved when I got my set of brushes was the fact that they actually took out time to write the purpose of each brush on the pack of the brush container, which is great for someone who is just getting into make up and may be a little overwhelmed .

I would have loved if the brushes came in am actual brush case or wallet type thing but honestly for the price it wasn't so bad.

MY VERDICT ON THESE BS MALL BRUSHES

This is actually my first ever make up brush set so I don't really have much to compare it to, but this brush was easy to use. The price and quality was just amazing. The bristles are so soft and blends my make up easily.

I will give the set of brushes a 5 star and if I had my way I will love to repurchase it. I use these brushes every time I want to get glammed up and they have held up very nicely even after I wash them.
I USED THE BRUSHES FOR THIS ENTIRE LOOK......

N.B: If you are in Nigeria looking to get these BS MALL brushes, you can use the MALL FOR AFRICA APP but I usually have family coming in from the US so that's how I got mine, I find it's cheaper that way.

What makeup brushes are you using?

SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL BOTANICALS TEXTURIZER IN COARSE REVIEW



Hello everyone, I am back with a new texturizer review and it is the soft and beautiful botanicals texturizer. Check out the previous review I did on the curls and naturals texturizer I used HERE. I was all over every beauty store and supermarket looking for the last texturizer I used but all were efforts in futility. I came across this at a beauty store in Wuse Abuja, Nigeria for 1750 naira and something about it reminded me of the curls and naturals texturizer I previously used, so I took a chance and tried it ( I did come across the just for me texturizer but I was skeptical about purchasing it because I had seen reviews where people said it completely straightened their hair).

The soft and beautiful texturizer contains natural plants oils and butters and I got mine in coarse because my natural hair is 4C, so if you have stubborn hair definitely go for this type. It contains two tubs of the no mix texturizer which is great, one tub was enough for my whole head.

The texturizer like every other kit comes with a leaflet telling you how long you should keep the texturizer on your hair. I made sure my application and smoothing time didn't exceed 10 mins but if you are going for looser curls or have really stubborn hair I believe 13- 15 mins is okay.

It came with two color indicating shampoos, two leave in conditioners and two deep conditioners and as all other kit contents the conditioners where not enough and I still had to add mine.


MY FINAL VERDICT ON THE CURLS AND BEAUTIFUL BOTANICALS TEXTURIZER. 

I did really enjoy the over all turn out of this texturizer, it softened my curls just the way I wanted and its results were very similar to the curls and naturals texturizer. I really do hate changing texturizers to avoid different curl patterns on my locks, but you know Nigeria, if you see a product today it may be hard to see it again, but this came out really well and I do highly recommend it.
The leave in conditioner had a very jelly, light but very moisturizing feel and I absolutely loved it, I will be looking out to get a full size of the leave in conditioner.

RATING: 5/5
PRICE:  5/5
ODOUR: THE TEXTURIZER DID NOT HAVE AN ODOUR BUT THE CONDITIONERS SMELL     REALLY FRESH
LONGIVITY: CAN LAST FOR TWO TEXTURIZERS
What texturizers or new hair products have you been using? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you..xoxo...