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La Roche posay redermic R review. 

I’m sorry Effaclar duo plus 

I never believed this could happen but, scoot over. 

Hello, redermic R. An amazing ,amazing product. I found this in walgreens one evening when I was terribly hungry for samples. There was this screen supposed to test your skin but it wasn’t working .

So I asked,’now this screen isn’t working how do I get samples?’ Lady offered me her sample drawer. . I went back home and tried it. My brother did too and then we went back for more samples ..

Don’t judge me for doing that but this is just too fabulous for words.

Lipohydroxyacid and retinol In one tube. My acne disappeared. Of course I always have acne , ~♤> why? 

I don’t stick to my routine despite how much i preach. Once my skin is clear I start sleeping with just washing my face and no exfoliants. 

 I have big plans for wipes.

lazy people should get lazy skincare too.

This product  cleared my skin up. Throughout summer I had these pesky breakouts which happens whenever I am not overdosing on vegetables and so I was struggling with treating them. Benzoyl peroxide wasn’t working and that happens sometimes. My skin was just acting up. Redermic R sorted me out in 5 days flat and let’s not start on sunburn.

For every regimen dealing with hyperpigmentation, a retinol always makes sense. This worked for my brother as well in that regard. Marketed as an antiaging treatment, this does far more than treat aging skin. 

It made a difference for my acne and if you have adult acne, have struggled to find a lasting solution,  then perhaps you can ask for a sample of redermic R at a beauty counter , I know walgreens for one stock lrp. I gave my second sample to my mum and she did notice a marked difference in the skin around her eyes which are darker due to broken capillaries from allergies.  If you can’t find a sample, invest in a full sized treatment.  Buying retinol is always a good decision. It will always work. 

This has 0.3% retinol and is the highest I’ve seen without a prescription. Roc retinol cream used to be the highest..

Redermic R also has adenosine which works to reduce the inflammation expected with such a high level of retinol. LhA which I think is la Roche posay miracle acid is included to provide cellular clean up and exfoliate skin cells. It costs a whopping $58 for full size but this will always be value for your money. Not a single bad review and if you are desperate for your skin, say hello and purchase here. la Roche pay site for america

Unfortunately for blog readers in Nigeria, this cannot be found in any shops here. I think we are too obsessed with skin colour to realise that aging is also an issue and healthy skin costs more than whitening milk and Arabic half caste cream. If you are interested, I can help you preorder this. Retinol is widely avaluable without a prescription here and you can get at pharmacies as retin A. 

I will do a bigger post on the value of retinol in your skin care but  try it for now and thank me when that post is out. 

It will set you back at least 5000 naira but trust me that would have made one of the best skincare decisions of your life.  

Have you ever used a retinol product before ? Did you know that retinol is the miracle product for wrinkles and aging ? Did you know that using retinol from age 25 along with sunscreen daily will ensure you don’t get crows feet and fine lines  ? 

Well, wait for that post but drip your gist herein the meantime. 

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My night time facial routine

I rotate frequently between products I’m trying out and my staples but here is a typical night time routine for me. 

If you’ve been following the blog, you will recognise my holy grail products.  

This is routine number 1. 

Lazy and simple. Gets the job done avoids breakouts. 

Julep, love your bare face for dissolving makeup is a blend of natural only oils.

Equate version of neutrogena pink grapefruit scrub is a 2% salicylic acid faciAl wash / scrub which ensures no dead skin cells will be falling into my pores and cleans them out.  I usually leave this on for about a minute.
To the bioderma I gave added glycolic acid so it’s more or less a  5% glycolic solution like the pixi glow tonic. I have figured our various ways to get the acid on without the pocket breaking. 

If you want to try my diy toners with pixi effects just buzz me. 

Walgreens benzoyl peroxide 10%. I find that although more expensive at $7 the walgreens version is actually microionised. It works big time. 

I have various other routines and I rotate products a lot so I will be sharing.

For info on shopping these items in your physical location in Nigeria,dtop a comment.

What’s your night time facial staple ? I need to discover some more products. Please share. 

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Treating acne- pimples. 

It’s really simple if you know the science behind it.

When you realise however that almost every company making skincare products knows the science and starts out with it but sometimes you don’t get desired results for reasons I’ve mentioned in a previous post. 

Then again,  that’s why I take the pain to review almost every product I use,  from testers to full size just so you do not make that mistake of buying something with right reasoning but a little flawed.

Now, for people with acne,  a lot of your options depends on your age and scarring as well as other associated conditions of your skin.

Nothing replaces a dermatological assessment and nothing replaces a carefully tailored skincare regimen after consultation.

A general rule for a skincare regimen is the basic 3

  1. Wash
  2. Toner
  3. Treatment 

You must follow these steps to see any improvement in your skin.

This means you have to use these 3 steps as building blocks for whatever regimen you want to follow.

Other steps can be added as mini rituals to the 3. Whatever you put on your face is either cleaning it, toning it or treating it.

WashING is so important. This is where clogged pores start and not with oil production as is regularly touted. If you produce enough oil to fry stuff on your stuff but you wash it away, does it cause any harm in the end ? No. 

Okay. Starting carefully I don’t advocate all that use of oil free cleanser and blah blah because your skin will only become drier and then produce more oil.

Don’t believe that oil free hype. 

A wrongly formulated oil free wash will set your pocket back and keep you with breakouts intact. 

Does it really matter ? Yes,but not as much as you are led to believe. I’ve used a lot of these items and believe me , its not that serious.

Wash your face with even the simplest of simples. A bar soap .. liquid soap is always better because it covers more areas. 

In this regard, there’s a fabulous brand whose facial soap is to die for. It doesn’t smell like what you would think soap should and I don’t mind ebcause fragrance doesn’t do much to help your skin. It’s ecopantryskincare. Check out their facial bars here and even though it will set you back a bit, you’re getting more bang for your buck Instagram link. Try their facial bar soaps. Then there’s a whole lot of natural soap artisans on social media now and this gives you options. Suggestions are to go for charcoal and tea tree soaps. Charcoal will lift dirt and tea tree will kill bacteria. Perfect right ? Yes!

I love dettol soap for people who are on a budget and who need to choose one or two serious items to focus on in their regimen. 

Wash your face of all makeup and all dirt acquired during the day. Dettol has a lovely even tone soap with apricot bits. I say dettol because it has antibacterial agents in it. This helps to kill the bacteria lying on the skin waiting to get into the pores. The idea of washing is to get the surface dirt off and perhaps if you can afford some thing more, move up to a specific acne or facial wash.  Always look out for exfoliants  in your wash. I listed them out in the post on facial washes.

If you use makeup and cannot afford to get micellar water or a blend of oils for oil cleansing then I suggest a tub of shea butter some  of  which you rub some on your palms and then on your face with hands then wash, makeup comes off real easy. Do not use coconut oil for this business. It doesn‘t have enough natural acids in it to perform this function.  Shea butter is cheap and is everywhere.  Remember it has to smell nutty.

Toning is a very important step and this alone can help you beat breakouts. Many people skip this step but please, Don’t .

An acid based toner is best. I will address this rose hydrosol and other hydrosols used for toning. If you have problem skin,please skip the drama and keep it for after you have treated your skin.

Hydrosols are good when you have sorted out your main issue. Witch hazel is also a good toner  but if you have acne skin, do not run away from the truth. You need that acidic based toner to slough off cells and open your pores for whatever treatment , serum, hydrosol you eventually use to work. 
Alcohol based toners are not the devil.please do not regard them as so. Alcohol dissolves the oil in your pores and if you cannot afford pixi glow then why will you allow your face become a crater ?

 Please and please, use a  toner. 

Diy formula will be up soon. 

Swish and swipe with Cotton wool repeatedly until you get clean wool. 

Last step is to  Apply treatment.

This could be benzoyl peroxide,retinol or any other fancy item you please.  There is no diy swap for this one,invest your money in your skin.

 good products are not always the expensive ones.  Do check out This post on acne creams a list of products you can use. 

I’m always available for a chat.


Skinplus naturals. 

We have a range of natural and essential oils in calabar

Our oils are certified organic oils.

We don’t buy any less because if it has to natural, it has to be worth it.

If you are looking to buy cheap fillers, please count us out.  Whatever we sell, is pure unadulterated and unmixed.

All essential oils are pure and will burn and case toxicity if you do not handle carefully.

Our carrier oils include –

  1. Almond oil – N1300  
  2. Grapeseed oil – N1300
  3. Coconut oil – N100 cold pressed. Not a single flame of heat used to extract
  4. Avocado oil
  5. Hemp seed oil
  6. Neem oil
  7. Argan oil
  8. Jojoba oil

Essential oils –  number 1 to 6 costs 3000 naira. Others,please call to confirm availability. 

  1. Tea tree
  2. Lavender
  3. Rosemary
  4. Eucalyptus
  5. Lemon grass
  6. Lemon
  7. Myrrh
  8. Frankincense
  9. Jasmine
  10. Rose absolute
  11. Sandalwood.. 

We have a range of hair oils premixed for hair growth and for skin.

Hair oil comes in 30mls for 1500 naira , essential oils of rosemary, lavender and peppermint infused into castor oil with tea tree oil, methi and horsetail

Skin oil is an infusion of lavender buds, rose petals and no artificial scents added in a base of sunflower seed oil and Grapeseed oil with vitamin E and pomegranate seed oil, coconut oil and red raspberry seed oil with sandalwood oil and myrrh with drops of everlasting to clear skin of blemishes. Gives an spf of about 10. A 250ml bottle costs N6000 naira. Currently out of stock.

Organic and natural Soaps – no added fillers , non artifical scent , no parabens, no colouring and no dyes.

Castille soap 

Coconut milk soap

Camwood soap

Black soap

Skin healing  lotion for sunburn and chemical peel,  uneven skin tone is also available. 80g is N500 naira.

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Bath and body work shea moisture lotion review.

 I have been using it up just bit by bit postponing the day of doom when it finishes.
I daresay this is one moisturiser that didn’t have me reaching for a natural oil to mix things up.

My skin loves moisture and I don’t deprive it of some. It especially loves locking moisture in.

Did you know that to take advantage of your skin care products you could do something like an ‘loc’ on your skin ? 

I’m a sucker for nice smells you know, not on myself but in my environment.

The cream scent was a thousand wishes and I absolutely love it.

It’s not big on natural ingredients just shea butter, cocoa butter and then some plenty chemical looking names which I guess are harmful but one can never tell with these things. 

As a formulator myself , the names don’t look too strange. Some are oil substituents but it’s kind of easy to understand why the organic brands are more expensive.

This cream does exactly what it has been marketed for and a little bit more. It’s pretty expensive by our conversions here. Cost about $6 but bath and body works always has some sort of promo going on which you mix and match items maybe for less.

They do have a whole lot of scents out in this range of shea butter cream and they all smell lovely. I didn’t buy the others but made sure to try them in store. 

If you’re big on natural stuff then this is pretty harmful. If youre an all organic person then this isn’t your alley.

I don’t know about animal testing so I won’t say.

All in all, this is a pretty fabulous item to have on hand and using it made people ask me what perfume I was wearing even on the day I wore none. 

Point made. 

Repurchase is certain and perhaps in same scents to layer on. 

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Acne treatment- creams 

This is the last part of the mini series of posts we have done on acne and it’s treatment. 
I still hope this last part will be useful to you 

All the same,  the basic underlying knowledge you need to take away is that it’s always a good idea to see a cosmetolgoist or dermatologist before you start trying stuff on your skin.

Having an assessment of your skin is always a good idea and by this I mean,  evaluation  of the problems your skin has.

Acne treatments are practically divided into two – 

  1. Creams or potions that kill bacteria
  2. Creams that unclog the pores 

Most products today are a combination of both.

Creams that kill bacteria usually include 

Benzoyl peroxide, sulphur,neomycin those are the most commonly used agents

Creams that unclog pores would consist of a variety of items like salicylic acid,  Glycolic acid, lactic acid, lipohydroxy salicylic acid and retinol which also helps to rebuild cells 

Whenever you are shopping for a cream for acne treatment it should contain one or two of the above listed agents

Examples of creams you should be looking out for – 

  1. Mary kay acne gel
  2. Oxy10 
  3. Clearasil pore perfecting acne cream
  4. Clear skin 10 if you can still find an original
  5. Effaclar duo plus
  6. Avenue cleanance 
  7. First aid beauty acne correcting cream
  8. Dr. Lin acne cream 
  9. Differing gel
  10. Retinol a cream – retin a
  11. Panoxyl 5 or 10
  12. La Roche posay redermic R
  13. La Roche posay Effaclar k

      There you have it, known to work and just What you need. 


      October sale 

      We have a sale every October and this year is no different.  

      If you are in calabar,  stop by the shop for

      1. Eos lip balm at 500 naira
      2. Avon nail polish at 500 naira
      3. La girl lip glazed paints
      4. Makeup wedges
      5. Body’s scrubs
      6. Body lotion
      7. Elf Makeup brushes at 1000 naira 
      8. Flat tummy tea 500 naira
      9. Dr. lin hydration fade mask N500 
      10. Dr jart moisture plus N500
      11. Lord and berry eyepencil sharpener N500
      12. Mascara wands 

      Skin repair lotion

      We now have in store a lotion that is made from all natural and high quality ingredients to repair and fade dark scars from acne, hyperpigmentation,melasma and chemical burns from use of creams.

      Our loton is made with

      1. Red raspberry seed oil which has spf 28-50
      2. Almond oil spf 5
      3. Shea butter spf 8
      4. Grapeseed oil
      5. Fruit acids to slowly exfoliate off dead skin cells derived from pineapple, sugarcane and apples
      6. Frankincense known to repair and regenerate skin
      7. Rose absolute oil

      It’s available as 80g testers for N500 naira

      Stop by the shop,ask for delivery

      Call 08036345531

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      Site alert -Scandinavian decor 

      I recently fell in love (about a year ago) with Scandinavian design and decor.

      There’s something about minimalist looks,clean lines and angles and white.

      It just appeals to the eye and if you are someone who likes most things right in their place it will appeal to your inner ocd.

      So I had been on the lookout for a site to buy their stuff from to no avail. I mean how do you even start to ship from all the way over there in Europe ? Until I found this – bysitome they sell Scandinavian decor pieces in the uk and ship to most countries except us. Hehe

      Considering this post is going to be most useful for my readers in the usa and some other European countries,it’s still worth a post.

      Others, do check the site out and feed your eyes. Happy shopping!!

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      Zamoux cosmetics calabar launch

      Not one to hoard good news, here’s the deets 

       Zamoux cosmetics of the brand whose  lipstick I reviewed sometime last year, held a  party at mirage parkway hotel, Obama ikoyi street of marian road today.

      It was a launch of their product into the market and to have everyone try the lipsticks AND eat some cupcakes and drinks.

      Trust me, the red velvet was awesome. 
      Here are some pictures.

      Ginger got the she and I ,

      I got ‘the she’

      Haha.the sun was blistering. 

      I really should do outfit posts once in a while. I’m just too lazy I tell you.

      Dress- old navy

      Bag- zara

      Shoes- zara (not pictured)