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clarins gentle foaming cleanser with cottonseed oil

I bought this as part of a clarins starter set from hallmark stores, Benin-city, Edo state.
If you live in benin, hallmark is a great place where you can find amazing skin care products, amongst other things.
I never fail to visit whenever I’m in my home town.

So, back to the post.

The starter kit had a facial cleanser – this I’m reviewing
It also had the following items-

Eye and lips makeup remover
Vital light serum
Brightening exfoliating cleanser

The other items I didn’t use because I really had a lot of unused products at the time I was trying out.
I’m reviewing this because it was the first time I was using anything from the brand.
I found I had to travel to ibadan for about 2.5 weeks and I didn’t take any facial wash besides the clarins and a l’oreal scrub.
Amazingly, the deal was to get something new from any shops I’d discover in ibadan if I broke out.
My face remained free of breakouts and my acne scars faded a bit.
Maybe had to do with coconut oil and its antibacterial properties.

Clarins says –

Non drying creamy cleanser removes impurities , makeup and excess oil without drying the and respects the skins natural moisture balance.
Softening coconut extracts nourish and boost skin’s radiance.
Gentle formula neutralises the drying effects of hard water.
Rinses out easily with cool water.

The wash came in small travel size packaging with a screw cover.
Using screw covers takes some time but keeps everything spill free.

Its quite thick and if you are one of those like me who ignores the water first instruction on most facial cleansers, you won’t ignore this.
It spreads on easily and it cleanses really really clean.
There’s no minty tingle but this is perfect for those days when you really want to get the grime off without scrubbing.
Quality over quantity is this I think.
For something that was classified as gentle,it sure packs a punch.

It rinses off nicely and I didn’t have to use a toner after this.
Yes, you may think awks but you learn some things about your skin as you go along.
Over doing things may cause further breakouts.

Using this with bioderma miscellar water made my skin feel greasy.
I had to cut it out.
I tried it with clean and clear toner, It was a tad bit oily too.

I usually extend my facial wash to my bust and decolletage but this was too thick to do that.
If you are prone to breakouts over the area, its one little tip to use. Facial cleansers/washes are mild enough for the skin over your neckline and your upper back.

All in all, I enjoyed this wash and I was sad when it finished.
A full size comes at about $22 which isn’t very bad.
I don’t know the price here in nigeria.
There’s a shop that stocks clarins in silverbird galleria.
Been a while since I visited.
So that’s my honest and happy review of this cleanser which I shall give a 4.8 of 5.
Most impressed.

My blurry picture.
We shall improve.

medical, nigerian skincare, skincare

Acne treatment 1- facial cleansers/washes

So acne.
Adult onset, emotional flare ups,pimples,hormonal that time of the month acne, oily skin acne , dry skin with acne, whatever you choose to call it.
It is acne and it has one underlying problem.
Bacteria and clogged pores.

Regardless of what the intiating or aggravating problem is, the baseline is that there’s bacteria which gets trapped in your skins pores by oil.

A lot of products have been touted as the be all, cure all for acne.
There are kits costing thousands of naira.
There are native cures as well,ranging from the use of potash to the use of lemon.

I am not refuting any of those above as some of them actually work.
What I need to pass across however is that whatever isn’t targeting one or more of the above mechanisms by which acne arise will have a long road to solving the problem.

Essentially there are several steps to get rid of acne once and for all.
Done consistently and properly I have discovered that skin actually develops a penchant for less flareups after months of conditioning with the appropriate treatment.

Step 1-
You need to wash that face.
Sleeping with makeup on is a no-no
Stop touching your face
Allow your skin breathe- meaning wear makeup only when you need to go out.
Sanitize your phone often.
And wash that face. Wash it!
LoL! Okay.

Facial washes

Most facial washes for acne prone skin contain
Salicylic acid in varying strengths from 0.5- 2% .
In its natural form it is from willow bark.
Salicylic acid works inbetween the cells of the epidermis the topmost layer of your skin.
It separates the dead skin cells from each other causing them to fall off.
It can also be used as a prepping agent for bleaching.
2%is the highest allowed to be sold over counter for skincare.
Dermatologists use higher strengths for facial peels.
The lower for sensitive , dry skin most often.
With salicylic it is advisable to start small.
You will often see the strength at the topmost part of the label behind.
Brands- neutrogena – 0.5%
Clean and clear – 0.5%sensitive to 2%

Neutrogena clear body wash which is pictured is a great product for body breakouts. Works well for the face too.
Aveeno facial wash bar has 0.5% salicylic and so does clean and clear bar.

Avon clear skin emergency treatment wash


Neutrogena acne wash, .. best for dry skin.


Some washes have benzoyl peroxide.
This works as an antibiotic for propioni acne.
I personally do not think benzoyl as a face wash is a good start to any regimen.
It will kill bacteria only on the surface and it works best when left to stay on.
I would rather benzoyl as a treatment gel, left on at the end of your routine.
Brands- proactiv , oxy 10

Glycolic acid-
Usually combined with salicylic and on its own.
It is also an exfoliant with same action as salicylic acid.
It works better on skin that is dry and will cause photosensitivity on exposure to sun.
Do not do glycolic in any form and skip sunscreen.
Varying strengths are available.
From 2%-5%
Brands seen- ambi skincare ,
nip and fab oily skin kit face wash.
There’s 50% off on the nipandfab site right now

Tea tree oil-
This is a natural antibacterial, anti fungal and anti inflammatory.
Brand — St.Ives

Each of these listed above also come in facial bars .
The idea is to ensure you wash your face and while you are at it, with something that is clinically proven to work.
If you are out to treat acne and you are serious about it, you should be using a facial wash with one of the above ingredients.
Read the labels and it has to contain one of the following words-

Salicylic acid or willow bark
Glycolic acid
Benzoyl perozide
Any other antibacterial-eg- triclosan.

So you know what to watch out for when buying a facial wash or soap.
That’s the first step towards getting rid of those breakouts.
Will add some more facial wash brands subsequently but those pictured are the most common ones found in nigeria.
Singular product reviews will come up in subsequent posts.
What facial wash or soap are you using now ?
Does it work ?
Would you like to try something else ?
Hit me up with questions, let’s talk about this.

fashion, skincare, trends

Mascara sale at skiin pop up shop.

Hi guys,
Here’s what I’ve got on sale from my pop up shop.


Rimmel scandal eyes lash flirt volume and lift mascara at 1,500 Nair a


Avon colour trend lash in a flash lengthening mascara at 700


Urban decay big fatty mascara this is about 2mls at 300 Nair a


Rimmel lash accelerator mascara at 1000 Nair a.
Note this is brown and when I used it, my lashes actually grew.

Clinique high impact mascara 3.5mls at 500 Nair a.

Mavala eye lash conditioner. @1000 Naira

Sleek i-candy palette, released this summer.
This is not mascara but at 1500 Nair a. I don’t need to say more.

Kindly budget about 500 for delivery per order if you are outside calabar.
Send an email to or twitter @samsiiiie

life, trends

calabar airport car park drama.

I would naturally not resort to a blog post about a silly incident.
It has however now become important that I alert the general unsuspecting public to the little evils that lie in that calabar airport car park.
Why would I take my time and precious energy to write about an airport car park?

I have been so traumatised by the events that have ensued in that location that I have to vent about it, and tag it.
The earlier we start speaking up in this country about our rights as consumers who ought to be treated fairly the better.

I will mention some persons.
This does not mean they are responsible for what happened or have any role to play in it.

For a place I refer to as my hometown, it is quite saddening that everytime I have a reason to go to the airport, I cannot do so freely without fear that I’ll have to pay 5,000 naira to quell the huge ego’s of a security guard called ‘malabar’ as he was referred to.
An old dark complexioned man who wears glasses and should be in his early 60’s or late 50’s.
I have hardly had any personal contact with this fellow in the 11years of driving within and without calabar, picking people at the airport or travelling thereof myself.
He sometimes collects the ticket fee for parking or some corper recently employed does so.
He however sits in the gate house.
One of the first persons to meet you as you arrive the airport.

July 29th 2013
Aero contractors has sent an sms rescheduling their 12pm flight to lagos to 4pm.
I need to confirm this and explore other options.
I humbly drive into the airport.
I pay the 250naira fee required.
On proceeding to park the fellows who tote luggage for travellers have strategically placed their trolleys to block parking space entrance.
I do not want to make a scene.
I calmly maneuver the car to park within the confines of the space their trolleys have afforded me, climb down.
They say-
‘Madam, repark your car’
I reply ‘please move your trolleys so I can do so’
‘Madam, if you leave this car here we will call them to lock your tyres’
‘ Where else would you like me to park? If this place is for your trolleys or cars, please let me know’
Some gap toothed/ broken front tooth fellow from within the airport office area comes out to say repark your car.
He’s short and fair with some blotchy skin areas.

I say ‘do I push their trolleys out ?I can’t even reverse properly to repark
The entire place is covered with your metal trolleys. Do I push 5 of them at once ?

My car is at the foot of a huge tree, whose roots have spilled out such that I park slanted avoiding damage to the car fender.
‘ If to say no be my papa car I carry, I for destroy those trolleys walahi’
The boys who own these things are sitting on the railings watching.
Making no attempt to move their contraptions from the back of my car where they have repositioned them after I parked.
I am sandwiched. The only other option would be to damage the body of the car with those things.
Then the threat-
We will call that old man to lock your tyres.

I leave.
2minutes later I’m back from aero office.
I’ve decided to fly with arik
And the flight will arrive in an hour.
I rush out to go pick my luggage at home
My car tyres are locked.

This is where I meet mr.malabar, who appears after I ask who locked my tyres.
I ask him what happened.
‘Don’t ask me any questions’
‘Okay, unlock my tyre’
‘ He walks away’

I go after him.
Excuse me, you locked my tyre.what’s the problem? Can u remove that lock so I can leave ? I’m really surprised that those boys called you to do this and you did it.
Did you ask what happened first ?’
He goes ‘you are not even begging’
‘Why should I beg? They threaten me and they fulfil the threat. The surprising part is why you joined them to do this. If you all think I’m going to beg and settle, that’s untrue’
I’m in a hurry, what’s the fine? I need to leave’

I call a friend of mine called innocent he comes out.
He works at the airport.
I need a witness to this entire drama.
Innocent starts to plead with the man.
Some police men and one lady call me.
I tell them that they saw everything that happened as they were a few metres away.
Calling me now, was it to beg the old man? To allow them settle the issue so I donate breakfast money ? What exactly ?
They say I’m not ready for business.’ I should go jare’

I pay the 5,000 naira when the old man says I didn’t beg him.
I won’t beg anyone when I did no wrong.
Not now, not ever.
I collect a reciept issued by the corper who is apologising profusely over the issue.

5,000 naira won’t change my destiny.
I leave.
The funny part is they started saying I shouldn’t pay. But that money had left my bag. I had prayed over it and they were going to collect it.
Someday,I’ll talk about spiritual implications.
My journey was peaceful and safe.

5th september 2013
I see the old man by the departure walkway on my way to abuja.
I say hello sir, do you remember me ?
The boys called you to lock my tyre last month and you did.
He said- you didn’t beg me na
I said ‘ really? Well, you know its bad to do such things. You joined them to harrass me. collecting money from people for no reason doesn’t pay.’
He says nothing.
My receipt was the 3rd issued for the year as parking fine.
The first was january.
Funny thing is I see a car with locked tyres every time I go to that airport save on a few occasions.
Where does all the money paid as fines go ?
Yes, big question.

15th october 2013.
I go to pick someone from the airport.
I pay, drive in.
The car park is full.
Two spaces have been reserved beside a black hilux near the arrival hall.
I ask two policemen, whom I’ve confirmed work with the airport, can I park here ?
Referring to the front of two black cars.
They agree.
I park and sit inside, waiting.
I notice a black huge car behind me, bearing a tinapa fze plate number.
I later discover it came for the immediate past governor of the state.
The one we all love so much, and the one who piloted the start of the christmas festival.
There’s a 2006 honda city behind the hilux, a white toyota corolla, a black toyota (bank toyota) and another car.
All of us are parked in one long line blocking the cars beside us.
We are all waiting on a flight to arrive.

Aero comes in from lagos after 5mins.
Naturally, I leave the car.
2minutes later, its beeping wildly.
People beckon on me frantically.
Scared I rush a metre there.
Mr. Malabar clutching the tyre lock.
Bewildered I ask,
Ah ah, papa. What has happened again.
‘ The problem with you is that you lack respect, so you cannot beg me’
‘Ah ah, what did I do ?’
‘Wrong parking.’
‘See cars behind me. 4of them.Lock their tyres first na’

My colleague comes to join me.
A crowd of spectators has gathered.
A church member, mr.omini starts begging the man.
He says I should apologise.
I’m like huh ?
What did I do ?
He said apologise or I lock your tyres.
I say sorry.
Then I start smiling and shake my head.
Ah, he goes crazy.
Points his finger at me.
‘ You are hissing for me’
‘You are hissing for me’
‘I will lock this tyre, you will cry. You will pay 5,000 naira to the federal government’
I’m thinking this– The first time you did it, didn’t I pay? Did I die?

Now mind you, our finance minister started this ippis thing.
Doctors, medical staff under federal pay haven’t received full salaries for 4months.
In my case, 3months of nothing.
We started a strike on the 1st of october.
I said to myself, I’m going to still get my salary.
5,000 naira out of 15days I’ve spent sleeping at home is no biggie.
But I need to know why there are 5cars parked and mine is the one serving punishment.
The man says he has my size at home
Has washed me down.
Onlookers of about 10 in number have added their theories that women are all the same.
Pity for the women who marry such idle men though.

Some tall guy called Godwin rushes off to get a padlock, hands it to him.
They finish their misdeed.
Then I call mr.Godwin as someone says he gave the order.
If this is a show for the ex governor who by this time had arrived and was talking with some people 5feet from where my car drama was going on, I can’t tell.
He is rightly within ear shot
Seemed pretty likely though.
Why didn’t the policemen say big man dey come no park for him front of motor?
Anyway, I’m bini and ogbe .
I’m calabar south.
I don’t waste time.
If I’m parked wrongly then everyone else behind me is too.
Mr. Godwin is quiet.
Stop talking other men say.
I say why ?
Why ?someone explain to me why you are being unfair ?
Why is this old man after me ?
Public embarrassment , pointing fingers at me. The works!
Mr. Godwin proceeds to tell me a very long story which has nothing to do with my car.

He ends by saying the protocol is to call someone who parked wrongly to repark their car.
If they fail to do so, their tyres are locked.
Then I ask.
Did you follow your protocol before you locked mine ?
Yes or No ?
He admits No.
Okay, so now why ?
He’s tired he says. He’s stressed.
He just saw my car. He didn’t see the jeep behind mine.
Not because it is a jeep.
But he just didn’t see it.
He’s sorry.
Okay, now why must Mr.Malabar harrass me so ?
This is the second time.
The moment the fellow saw me he went bonkers.
Maybe he thought I’d settle
I don’t do bribery!
If I’m wrong, I’ll pay, u issue me a receipt
It goes to FGN.
That’s not your problem or mine.
If I wasn’t in federal employ, perhaps no.
At this point, Mr.Godwin had walked off to God knows where.
I went to the managers office
The PA to the manager of the airport was around.
Oga had gone for sallah.
PA follows me .
We find mr. Godwin
I tell them both that mr.malabar is here to serve the public and not the other way around.
Its inconcievable that because he’s older than me, he would wriggle fingers at me and say all what not.
The right thing would be for him to offer me the same apology I was forced to give him.
But he’s an older man, its an african society.
They won’t chastise him for his wild behaviour.

I don’t have a jEep.
I didn’t borrow one to drive to the airport today.
I am not huge and tall.
Infact I’m a mere 5ft.
But that doesn’t mean caution should be thrown to the wind.
Today I have met Mr.Godwin,the PA to airport manager, but is all that necessary ?
Do I have to call people each time I go to the airport innocently ?

The issue here isn’t this entire hullabaloo.
What if its someone who’s a visitor to calabar who is put through this.
The airport packing lot is a cemented stretch of space.
No signs.
No restricted areas, save those the car hire service drivers have kept for themselves.
No security personel to direct parking.
Nobody to ask questions on what to do.
For a city that plans to host upwards of thousands of new visitors each christmas?
What happened to civility ?
What happened to customer care ?
What happened to just being fair ?
Why should Mr. A park wrongly and Mr.B cannot if at all I did park wrongly.
This is not the first, second, third or fourth time I’ve seen cars parked as so.
I have also been stationed in similar manner before.
Why is it that we choose to enforce non existent rules when it suits us? To make the ex governor happy ?
Its a pity if they tried to bully me because they needed to be masterly inactive.
I mean, it makes sense.
You sight Mr. Ex governor, whom I respect a lot by the way.
You want to be seen to be doing something.
You ask them to lock my tyres.
You end up embarrassing me, yourself and the ex.governor.
Oh yes, I think he clearly saw what was going on and had to keep his head down and gist with the people around him, until his car was brought around from the same banned parking spot where his tyres were not locked.
Why don’t the people who make the rules keep them?
Mr.Malabar is old enough to be my father but my father wouldn’t point fingers at his child in public or scream uttering such words as were thrown at me today.

Christmas is around the corner.
Visitors will start pouring into calabar.
I will avoid that airport like a plague
But I’m happy that today I fought for my freedom to park in the car park without fear of Mr.Malabar and his brown uniformed touts and accomplices.
I hope I never get to meet him when he is in need.
He never apologised and I left the airport because it was pointless to keep insisting he did.
Elders do not apologise even when they are wrong.
MR.Godwin told my friend that he can’t support the customer at the risk of his staff.
Amazing isn’t it?
The country we call ours.
We truly do not belong until we are rich, wielding power and influence.
Let the poor suffer on.
But not me.
Not in silence.
I won’t be denied my right to justice or fairplay.
And so you should too.
Keep those eyes open for Mr.Malabar. He could just have the yellow bar behind him or the old fashioned rusted metal plate with which he reigns over the airport car park behind him.

Be careful people!
To be fore warned is to be forearmed.
And just incase he gets you, call Mr.Gideon.
This , is public information.
If we can’t beat them, we’ll join them.
If you have to pay, collect a receipt.
Don’t negotiate nothing.
Help Nigeria grow with your fines.


Updated post – sunday october 20th 2013
I do not know if I mentioned that I asked Mr.Simon and the secetary to the airport manager to call Mr. Malabar so we could all speak with him and determine what gripes he had with me.

Sequel to this public embarrassment, my church member who attempted to wade into the issue, told my brother to talk to me.
Reason- I behaved badly.

Facts stated- He reported the events which occurred ( in whatever form ) and the picture painted was of myself being insolent,headstrong and unable to apologise to a wronged elder.
It took me a long time to sort things out.

If only said he knew the events that unfolded after he walked away when Mr.malabar had clamped my tyres.
He left and now this.

Its usually beyond what it appears.
This is a typical example of how african society works.
PreTty sad if you ask me.

Updated post—
28th October 2013
I was given this access sticker by the P.A to the airport manager.
This means I don’t get to pay whenever I make a trip to the airport.
It also means sometimes it pays to stand your ground and not run away tail between legs.
Plus the airport authority recognised that what their staff did was bad and made moves to make amends.
Overall, it wasn’t a pleasant experience but we all have learnt valuable lessons.
Stay blessed y’all.