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TARTE FRXXX STICK REVIEW

After the glam glow mud comes tarte frxxx stick.

Okay guys, when I got this in my sephora play box i was like what’s this ? What a cute little thing.So i got down to investigating it before into tried it and here’s what I found out.

1. We know tarte cosmetics. Yes we all do and  if you don’t, here you go –
2. It’s designed to be like a quick on the go cleanser mask and exfoliator in one and I daresay it’s a genius idea.

Imagine taking this on a holiday with you. You won’t need to carry a mask or a facial wash. I usually double cleanse when I’ve used makeup so this is like a second cleanser for me.

I also rub it on spots and potential breakout areas for an extra treat and I can liken this to glam glow mud. It’s almost as good.

These days I’ve been using black soap from skinplus that’s my own product. it’s worked miracles for my acne prone skin. I also tried natural handmade soaps but that’s a story for another day.

The tarte stick was a mini sample andsept it’s like a wax stick or a deo stick kind of presentation .

It goes on really well smooth and non sticky.it washes off nicely with warm water and it leaves my skin not too tight, just absolutely fine. i sleep with it as a face mask and it does’nt stain the sheets or the pillow case. it is an absoulte little power on a stick.

Here’s what

I’ve kind of gotten into the habit of breaking products down into bits and trying to reconstruct them so maybe I will try this and definitely be back with feedback.
Now I’ve been wondering if u should blog about my diy (mostly ) skin formulating adventures .

Would you like to see that ?

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Estee lauder DISSOLVE THE DRAMA  review 

Look how small the bottle is beside the pad.

I got a trial size bottle of the estee edit from one of my sephora play boxes.it’s a 15mls bottle.

The product is thick, almost sticky like glycerin. Instructions are to apply using a cotton pad or rub on dry face ( I.e makeup).This pad is just showing dirt off my regular day face. It’s amazing. Almost better than some micellar water I’ve used before.

I haven’t worn makeup in 3 weeks. I hurt my foot and I’ve been indoors 

Small cute 15mls size bottle

The glorious bottle. I was searching for a toner when I found this and my mind thought it was micellar water so I set out to use it. 

After using it I checked out the ingredients.

Here’s what is in it – aloe, cucumber, jojoba oil

They instruct you can use it as a cleanser with cotton wool and rinse off afterwards or apply over your face with hands then rinse off. 

I slathered it on using a cotton pad. It’s slick and a tad bit sticky.

Instructions say to be washed off after this and I washed it off. I think this it offs a fantastic take on oil cleansing. The fragrance is a bit much for someone like me who has been off fragranced products for a while. 

I’ve been using my own skincare and I much prefer the smell of coconuts or essential oils.

However I love the way it cleanses off everything and can bear that for the fragrance which is supposed to be nice.

My take is that if this takes off simple dirt on my face then it should be as good for makeup. 

I tried it and although it was a little bit like a sticky mess requiring one swipe and a half, it seems to me that someone who prefers things a little bit more oily than micellar water  but doesn’t want to use a cleansing oil can go with this quite easily. 

It removes mascara, eye liner and a full face of makeup.

I had to put all that on just to take it off with this.

Final verdict~

I won’t be buying this full size  because

1. Pricey for a basic function – a full bottle costs about $32 plus tax maybe $35 for a 6.6.7oz bottle. 

Currently on sale for $22 though here estee site

2. Sticky 

3. fragranced 

If you’re into high end stuff because I would grade this a high end makeup remover enjoy yourself , go for it. 

I would stick to almost 250mls of garnier micellar water for N5000 available at most spar outlets. 
You can get this in nigeria at the nail bar in v.i I think .

In abuja I’ve not really heard of any store that carries estee lauder yet. if you do, drop us a line. 

I’m curious, how do you take makeup off at the end of the day ?

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Effaclar duo plus spf 30 review

Hi loves,

I’m still using my holy grail effaclar duo plus under makeup but not everyday. I was chatting with a friend on twitter who wanted to start a regimen and suggested effaclar duo plus to her. We looked and realised that effaclar duo had a new sister called the duo spf 30

Remember effaclar duo plus from here. It has been reworked and sunscreen added to it to improve the anti dark mark factor.

For me the most important thing about this is that finally we get a product that reliably helps with acne acne and has sunscreen in it as well. 

Packaging

The active ingredients are- 

  • Niacinamide
  • .Zinc.
  • Salicylic acid
  • LHA 

Zinc is both uva and uvb but they still give a warning that if you’re going to have full sun exposure then you should use a full spf factor.

It comes in the same packaging which reduces contaminants and helps to control the volume to use at a time.i don’t use a lot of product anyway. 

My thoughts are that this works fine enough and if you ask me for black skin it’s good to go.There aren’t any parabens in this nor any formaldehyde producing agents.

I’ve been using it and it does the same job quite good enough as it’s predessor.

It doesn’t leave a white cast as you can see here and it is a beautiful moisturiser.

It still mattifies and works like a primer.

Applied on my hand. A tiny blob and another rubbed in. This is the quantity i use or just a bit bigger than this.

I love it.

There’s no doubt I will be stocking this on  skinplus website 

Good things have to be shared.

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Shopping on Ali express to Nigeria

Yes!!

Long over due post. 

So, in the past 2 years I’ve been buying things on aliexpress a little more frequently. 

A few seeds here and there,a few hardware stuff. I’ve learnt a few lessons and I thought to share the know how.

1. They really do ship to Nigeria in about 2 weeks. Anything longer and there may be a story to it.

 Some sellers are dishonest and won’t even ship the item or send a wrong tracking number but always monitor your inbox to be sure you take action when a letter about time running out for receiving your order comes or you will be left with the short end of the stick. 

2
. Don’t buy seeds on Ali express. 

Gardening is gathering momentum now but be sure that you will be buying a weed very very likely. 

I have been unlucky more times than I’ve been lucky.

some seeds don’t sprout and some are just plain weeds or the vegetable we call green. They always send that to me as blueberry seeds.

3. Don’t buy clothes on Ali express

The sizing is always wrong. I tried it once and never did it again

4. These days they are protective of their sellers. It is now a seller focused site.They won’t allow you make honest claims or they disable video uploads to support your dispute. You can’t file a dispute and your item isn’t working.  Your money goes. Happened to me. Seller sent me the order again . It still didn’t working. 

5.Be careful with their electronics. Everything is gamble. I did buy a rechargeable blender that works fine for quick smoothies

I also bought a solar lamp for the outside of the house. 

6. I don’t buy skincare items off the site it’s a bit too scary to try . Dishonesty is the order of the day over there but these days the sellers all play scared. You don’t want to gamble with your skin. 

7. Always check measurements and volume sizing. I have ended up with many small minute items in the name of a good deal. Examples are below. 

I bought it to use it as a candle holder. Only tea candles can fit in there.
Cupcake holder

Mini stapler. This is so small. It can only staple two papers.
I recently bought hair to add to a bundle I have because all the hair we buy comes from China.  Wish me luck when it comes. I shipped to the USA because it was cheaper and more secure. 

I find a lot of American reviews on their hair and it is tempting. Let’s see how it turns out. I will update this post.  

You need to see the frontals and bundles there. Hmm. 

8. How to get your items

They will arrive your local post office and you will likely get a call to pick it up or a text. 

You can keep an eye out and check for it at the registered parcel section.

You don’t pay unless the parcel is big. 

Hope this helps. 

Cheers. 

beauty, product reviews, skincare

Glam glow supermud review

Wow.

Glamglow mud

I was literally over and beside myself to try this one day.

All the bloggers and everyone was going on about glam glow mud

Oh my. 

Surprise,one day it appeared in my sephora playbox.

I must really apologise for the lack of unboxing videos.

I had initially planned to make a post about the boxes then I thought videos would be better but I ended up with none of the above.

Sigh!  

So here we are.

I recieved a wee bit of a sample and trust me it was enough to make up my mind about it.

I found that this was as good as activated charcoal benefits with some glycolic acid thrown In to boot.

Such a beautiful product. Perfect for lazy days and long nights. I used it on acne spots and I also used it all over my face. I’m not particular about following stuff like this up with a lot of moisture because I’m not keen on that .. however if you love a soft pliable face, I suggest a rose mist after this and your skin will be absolutely glowing.

I’ve tried to diy it at home but of course, without a good preservative system the mud will definitely be spiked with bacteria after a while. 
It goes on smoothly and can be spread out on your face. I just use my fingers on a premoistened face.

To take it off you use a soft facial sponge soaked in warm water. I don’t like using soap or cleanser to take it off it becomes a bit of a drag.

It’s absolutely and awesome product and worth the rave. 
Buy it wherever you see it.

It’s wonderfully good.

Ingredients include 

ALL THE ACIDS IN THE WORLD.

now you know why it’s popular.

Essential oils and stuff to bind and stabilise them all together 

For those who want an end to all of their pesky facial problems and a little bit of glow from a mask, this is your baby.

It retails at about $69 for a full size.

Available on their site and on sephora.com

But hey, do you see why I love high end beauty boxes ?

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Makeup forever mist and fix review


My first experience with a makeup fixing spray and it’s an awesome one. 

Makeup for ever is a brand every junkie must have heard about in their lifetime of fixes.

I got this spray from Marshall on a cheap and I do not for once regret buying it. 

I use it on my face after makeup and also sometimes spritz on the brush before foundation. I find this  fixes my foundation so good there’s no transfers afterwards.

It lasts a good 7 to 8 hours on my face and trust me that’s something good because my skin is oily to combination on my face. 

My oily tzone is legendary but this takes away those worries for a long time. 

Ingredients-

Packaging is perfect  it couldn’t come any other way ( until the beauty industry surprises us)

I quite love the simplicity of black and white.  

It gives a certain luxurious feel to products. 

I love it and I give this a good 8/10 just for the lack of a luxury smell to it.

I fancy adding some lavender to this would make it a topnotch product 

I have another spray to review  so be on the lookout. 
Have yourselves a lovely easter weekend.

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Blogger conference 

Hi guys,

It’s been an extremely long time since I posted and I must say I’m missing you all a lot.
So it’s been very busy in the newborn unit but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of stuff lined up for you
Today, 

I want to talk about influencers and bloggers within our sphere of life and outside.

I’ve been privileged to interact with a number of bloggers online and have made friends and valuable contacts.

What I appreciate most about blogging is the fact that a relative interest a person has in a subject can generate so much buzz and followership. 

It’s like a group of people find they have similar interests because one person decided to talk about it.

Bloggers have found themselves almost like the new celebrities. People depend on them for what to wear,use and buy.

I recently was inspired  by someone from eventbrite and they gave me such a wonderful idea. 

What if I could have all the bloggers I wanted on a panel to discuss certain issues. Like a blogger conference. 

I would say such an event would definitely have to be like a getaway set somewhere in an idyllic getaway location..

My perfect place would be somewhere in obudu cattle ranch in calabar, nigeria 

It would be perfect for travel, the experience of getting there and the scenery and natural life would definitely inspire and get creative juices flowing. 

My ideal panel would  consist of  people I admire in blog sphere. 

1. The man repeller – check out her blog /site the man repeller

2. Caroline hirons – she needs no introduction. caroline an awesome force and influencer with in depth knowledge of products and skincare.

3. Awedbymonica – fashionable as fashion  can be awedbymoni

4. Ufuoma akpantem of sizzelle store who is a beauty blogger and successfully runs one of the foremost online stores in nigeria for beauty.

5. Nini of nini on instagram

This isn’t such a long or big fancy list but I do find myself checking these bloggers out and I feel they have something to offer  either by way of enjoying blogging and excelling at it to turning it into a business. 
You could host your own conference, meeting,getaway or whatever it is you wanted to do and hey make some money on the side.

What if you had something you really wanted to share and get paid for ?

You can try hosting yours with eventbrite

 

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Honest beauty refreshing wash review ,desert essence thoroughly clean face wash review.


It’s been a long time since I posted a review bur I’ve still been doing my usual.

Using up stuff I mean.

I took advantage of the honest beauty trial offer last year and got myself a set for oily skin.

It consisted of a facial wash , moisturiser and an spf cream

They all came in a grey purse wirh little perforated holes much like the laser design we have these days.

All items were also in grey bottle packaging.

I got about 50mls face wash and 5ml moisturiser and spf 20

The face wash is mild and clean.

It’s a transparent gel.

I didn’t see the ingredients listed on the product package but honest beauty is like the name suggests a natural beauty company.

The wash is non irritating and I also used it in the shower on one or two a day.

It was an overall good experience.

My breakouts are largely under control with black soap from skinplus so I won’t be talking much about breakouts unless I end up with a product that really triggers that off.

I used this most evenings as a first cleanse and used black soap afterwards.

The second sachet is desert essence facial wash.

I really enjoyed it. It was calming and it contains a lot of herbals extracts and oils including liquorice which brightens the skin.

That being said I’m off a lot of products for now because my face is getting lighter in my humble opinion. I even feel I’ve gone down one shade lighter and I don’t like it. A lot of natural oils which is what I’ve been using for about 2 years. I use oils all the time and natural soaps  but I still use dove and olay a lot.

So back to my review, though the desert essence was a small quantity that’s a facial soap that you will definitely enjoy using. If you ever find it in a store go buy it or better still if you need a natural brand that’ works, this is a guarantee
Hopefully I will post reviews of some makeup items I’ve recently used from sephora play.

I also have 2 boxes to share. I’ve been so behind on my posts and I’m really really sorry.

There you have it though.

Honest beauty always has this trial for $7 or so going on. You get 3  products.

They also have same trials for their diaper range which is all the rave online.

I bought the items reviewed myself except the desert essence which was a small gift at whole foods market. ( whispers – fave store )

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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.