Makeup Addict: Improving Your Skin Under The Makeup


Hi!

I think one of the major reasons why some people won’t be caught dead without their makeup is that their skin underneath has a lot of blemishes and imperfections. Anyone who hasn’t seen me in the past year or so is thinking ‘ why is Simi saying they, when her skin is quite bad too?’ Well, i was introduced to a new regime around December 2013 and realised the importance of a good skin care routine, especially if you have sensitive or problematic skin. These are the main ways I improved the appearance and texture of my skin:

Stop chopping and changing!!!!:  I think this is by far the most important thing to understand, you can never fully appreciate whether a routine is working for you if you aren’t consistent with it. Stick with your products for at least a month if it’s a normal cleansing routine. If your skin is particularly bad, or you are trying to fade dark marks or scars it is suggested to wait up to three months. If you are inconsistent, you will not see the true effect of your routine.

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Be aware of ‘purging’: It is widely accepted that some products may cause ‘purging’ soon after their initial use. However, I would be sceptical of a product that cause purging for longer than a week or so. Your skin can react to a change in products so a small reaction by your skin is to be expected. But, if your skin seems to be getting progressively worse and you’re seeing even more blackheads and the like than normal, then I suggest you stop using it before it causes lasting damage.

Good quality does not necessarily mean expensive:  currently I use the clinique system (gifted) as my skin routine by day, and some Lancôme samples I received by night. Clinique is by no means cheap, but they are definitely not expensive and they are good value for money. I have been using my current clinique cleanser for over a year now, and I have just about another month left before it runs out. I use the toner less frequently, but even so, I have only used a third and as for the lotion, I still have just under half left. The total 3 step costs about $66 (N15000, £75) and lasts for over a year which is about N1,250 monthly. You can make it last even longer and save even more money, if you can’t spend N15,000 on your skin and face but you can buy N20,000 weave (and that’s cheap) then you need to examine your priorities. That said, if you really can’t spare that amount of money, there are plenty of other less expensive brands like Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and even natural remedies like black soap and olive oil.

Drink more water:  yes, we all knew this, but who wants to drink 8 cups of water a day? I can barely drink half a cup with a meal, if I drank all that, I would never eat. The key to this sentence is ‘more’, If you were drinking a cup of water a day, start drinking 2, if you were drinking 2, drink 3. It’s as simple as that, carry a water flask, if need be put a timer on your phone, ask for water instead of soft drinks with your meal, it all adds up.

The areas in the light are the problem areas.
The areas in the light were the problem areas…not anymore!!!

Always take your makeup off: makeup isn’t good for your skin, so it’s best to take it off as soon as it’s no longer needed. I hate this step and would conveniently forget to do this if I didn’t find a saviour. Baby wipes are a quick, yet effective way to take off your makeup without needing to go for a full wash (that should happen just before bed). They’re cheaper than makeup wipes and are good for sensitive skin.

Clean your makeup brushes (and tools): anything and everything can become the breeding ground for bacteria, but most things are washed quite often. Makeup brushes are frequently overlooked because you only use them for a few seconds at a time, bacteria can grow on all the left over makeup so it’s important to clean all your makeup tools about once a week.

Stop touching your face: Hands get dirty, fact. You touch your ear, eat, go to the loo, touch a table. Who knows what’s lurking on those surfaces waiting to make its home in your skin (ew!). Dirt can be transferred easily from your hands to your face, so it’s best to keep your hands off your face unless freshly washed and even then, only unless necessary.

Don’t overdo it: One thing that most people don’t realise is the body likes to regulate itself, and when we mess with the balance it tends to overcompensate. Using too much cleanser can dry your skin out and in turn make it produce more oil. Too much exfoliation and the skin becomes irritated and raw, so you can’t even touch it. Too much moisturiser and your skin becomes greasy and clogged, causing more blemishes to appear. Moderation  is key, start small and then build up to what your skin can handle.

Here are my best tips, enjoy!

Simi

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Makeup Addict: A makeup hoarder’s product haul


Hey curlies (and kinkies and wavies),

A lot of you who know me know that I don’t really wear makeup, so how can I be a makeup addict? I’m the kind of girl that wears minimal makeup at best, some eyeliner, mascara and a bit of foundation and i’m good to go. In fact, i’ve had people comment that if I want to leave my hair natural I have to at least wear some more makeup or people will think i’m some Ekaette (housemaid) which I just totally ignored. However, my sister suggested a beauty segment on the blog, and even though she’s not currently in a position to post, I decided to start it in her stead. So the Makeup Addict series will focus on SIMPLE, everyday looks and makeup products that won’t break the bank and that you can access here in Nigeria.

So I went on holiday and bought a few more products to my ever growing stash, unfortunately i realised that some of them aren’t available here, my bad. These are the latest (and mostly unnecessary) additions to my makeups tash:

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Natural Hair Myths Busted: Is Scab Hair Real?


Hey Curlies,

Today, I’m going to focus on something that was a big issue around the time I first decided to go natural (wow, so long ago!) scab hair. For those who don’t know, scab hair is termed as the hair that grows after you decided to stop using chemicals on your hair, what we would call “new growth”. Some people have noticed that after growing their hair for years or more, the texture on their head changes from what it used to be at the beginning of their journey.

 

Because of this change, curlies around the world have hypothesized that the chemicals that had been applied to our scalp in the past had been absorbed, causing the new hair to be coarser and drier than it should be. The amount of time that goes by before the hair starts reverting back differs greatly with some saying it took almost three years for a change to be seen. Others feel that it is because after beginning the hair journey, we tend to take better care of our hair, and it is the increased moisture that improves the texture of our hair.

Started from the bottom
Started from the bottom…

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Perm Rod-ding it!


Hey curlies!

I had started to notice that my hair was looking dull, and was breaking off near the bottom. If I’m supposed to get more than one use out of it, then I can’t let it happen for much longer, so i decided to wash only the weave on the weekend.

I started off by sectioning the weave int two sections, left and right. I then put them up into two buns, to keep them off my face while I was washing.
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To wash the hair, I diluted about a squirt of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap in approximately two cups of water. Castile soap needs to be diluted before use, but how much you dilute it is up to you. When I washed the first section, it didn’t lather up enough for my liking, but the dirt was still coming off. When I had rinsed both sections with water, I decided to dilute another squirt of soap with only a cup of water. This lathered up a more and the water ran clear when I rinsed.

 

Tools I used
What I used

After this I used my to deep condition the hair for about 10 mins. To be honest, I don’t know whether this had much of an effect on the final hair because, the hair has been long cut off from nutrients and the like. However, it did feel better and smoother than it did straight after washing, so the deep conditoning must have helped.

With the deep conditioner in
With the deep conditioner in

After deep conditioning, I was about to use curlformers to style the hair, but I couldn’t find them in my rush. So, instead of curlformers, I opted to use perm rods. Something I hadn’t used in years! I didn’t use any product to set the hair before starting, as I didn’t want the hair to be weighed down. I used two different types of perm rod, the smallest and second smallest types available. I tried to use the bigger ones at the bottom but sometimes I just used whatever I had in my hand. The whole thing from wash to finished style took less than a football match to finish (I was watching Liverpool but didn’t really time when I started). Continue reading

New Year, New Hair: What To Do After Your Big Chop


Happy New Year to all my Curlies!!

I hope you have all gorged yourself silly during the Christmas and New Year festivities! I tried not to, but the chicken just looked too good haha. Just like millions of people all around he world, one of my main resolutions is to eat healthily and lose some of that darn tummy weight.

A few friends of mine have decided that the new year marks a new chapter of the hair journey, signified by a big chop. Most of them have transitioned for a few months or weeks and so have a cute lil fro, that isn’t hard to manage, but they have no idea how to care for. A lot of us have grownup with an African mentality when it comes to our hair, especially in regards to wash frequency, products used and de-tangling methods. By following these methods, we succeeded in making our hair low maintenance and ‘pretty looking’ but ultimately very unhealthy. This unhealthiness is a major reason a lot of us have decided to go natural, and so i’d like to shed some light on how to completely overhaul your journey and make your hair ‘easier to manage’.

 

Moisture is Key!

The first thing people say when they go natural is how ‘hard’ their hair is. Maybe they’re expecting soft baby curls or something but HELLO! African hair is naturally dry and the only way to soften it and make it behave the way you want to is by moisturising. Moisturising does not mean slathering various oils and creams and the like, NO it means using specific products (water based) to put the moisture in you hair, and then to keep the moisture in your hair, sealing the hair with an oil or butter. Things like oils and silicones sit on top of your hair, keeping moisture from getting out, but also stopping moisture getting in. So it’s important you ensure your hair is getting the moisture it needs and that it stays moisturised.

 

moisturised hair holds styles best.
moisturised hair holds styles best.

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Phew That Was Close: Salon Mishap


Hi there!

Hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas holiday so far, and are gearing up to celebrate new year! My Christmas ‘holiday’ has been uneventful but fun this year, been catching up with long lost friends, going out to eat and all that jazz. Unfortunately, I don’t get holiday at my workplace, so i’ve not had as much rest as I could have, but its not been too bad.

Well, everyone and their mother has been getting on my back about doing a ‘proper’ protective style, and I just sat looking at them like ‘huh??? but I just took out some Marley twists?’ Apparently, they weren’t in long enough (wondering why people care so much?)  but I felt like giving my hair a proper break too, so I went for it.

I got some hair from Ali Express, and even though I am wary of buying things like hair online where you can’t see the quality, I have heard nothing but good things about Ali Express and so I bought a closure for a curly weave that I already had, and also a wavy 4 bundle pack with a closure.

The hair feels really good, it’s soft and silky and hasn’t shed at all yet, but it’s only been a day so any comments are a bit premature. Anyways, I washed and prepped my hair, using African Naturalistas Twist and Curl Pudding as my leave-in before I African threaded my hair. I woke up the next morning and my hair was DRY, dryer than week old bread, it was horrible! I decided to undo all the threading and re-moisturise and twist my hair into two strand twists using shea butter.

The shea butter didn’t help much, my hair was still quite dry but felt a bit better. I couldn’t go to the salon that day, but two days after, I managed to spare some time. Usually, I wouldn’t go to this salon as it is a relaxed salon, but my mum told me that there was a particular person that could do natural hair and that he was really good, so I went. I untwisted my hair before I got to his chair and the first thing he said was,’ Your kind of hair is a war to blow dry.’ Now I was thinking, hold on? Why are you fighting with my hair, if you know how to handle it. That was my warning sign, but I felt like I should just give him  a chance, little did I know that I should have run as fast as I could. Next thing he brought a medium sized comb and started to comb my hair DRY. He just got stuck in and started tugging my hair, and I could feel my poor strands breaking and being ripped out of my scalp. After the third time I was like NO, stop, i’ll de-tangle it myself. So he left to attend to someone else while I attempted to de-tangle my hair.

Looking like a mad woman after trying to detangle my hair dry :'(
Looking like a mad woman after trying to detangle my hair dry 😥

Then I thought to myself, Simi, You never comb your dry, its such a no-no, why are you doing this to yourself? And that’s when I snapped, I got up, grabbed my things, and walked out the door, the ladies looked shocked when I started walking out and asked me why I was going. I just shook my head and kept going. I felt so angry that I had allowed that guy to damage part of my hair, and immediately decided to wash and prep my hair again so I could do it at another salon.

I sprayed on a mix of conditioner, castile soap and water, and started clarifying all the product I had used, and just by raking the product through my hair I saw the breakage that had happened. Clumps and strands of my hair were falling out, I was so angry!

 

Some hair that fell out, without further de-tangling.
Some hair that fell out, without further de-tangling.

Thankfully I managed to de-tangle my hair without losing too much more, and after I washed it, I put shea butter in my hair and put it straight in twists. I had to go out that night so I untwisted the twists, but only the back was dry, the rest was poofy and undefined. I twisted the front into a kind of side pompadour and put up the rest in a head band.

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The next day I went to the salon I originally intended to go to, Mods Salon in lekki Phase 1 if anyone is interested, you can find the details here.

Its a small quiet salon, and I was impressed with the service. The lady who did my hair was very gentle with it, and even though I had to ask her to loosen her grip a few times, she didn’t do the hair too tight. My closure was nicely sown on, but she had a bit of a problem laying my stubborn edges flat, all in all it was good, and I don’t feel like I lost hair.

 

Me at the beach
Me at the beach, duck face!!!

I’m glad I had the balls to walk out of the salon before I left there bald, it’s not something I ever thought I could do, but i’m also pissed at myself for not following my gut. Ah well, i’m lucky it was only a bit of hair that fell out, I’ve seen horror stories that were much worse. Do you like my new look?

 

How te hair properly looks
How te hair properly looks.

Simi

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Marley Twists


Hi guys!

 

After weeks of doing nothing but wash n go’s , mini twists and twist out, I was getting very bored with my hair. Wash days were becoming a pain, detangling was done very infrequently and not at all properly, deep conditioning was scarce and I was just losing all patience with anything hair-related (including this blog *hides face*).

Well, after I got off from work early, and found that there was no traffic, I decided to visit a shopping complex near me to maybe find a new product to inspire me. That’s when I got the flash of inspiration in the form of some kinky extensions, and I thought to myself, why not do some Marley twists? My initial problem was the colour, my hair isn’t black, more a dark brown but all the shops only seemed to stock colour 1 and colour 30, which is almost bright blonde.

Also I could only find kinky extensions, rather than Marley braiding hair which left me feeling discouraged. After visiting the 5th hair shop I was ready to go back home, but just as I was walking towards the car I saw a store that seemed to deal only in weaves and extensions and hoped to maybe find something to fill in the gap. Lo and behold she had Marley hair, but she too only had black hair, I was about to buy it when in the corner of my eye I saw kinky extensions in colour 4 which is my absolute favourite colour! Yay me. They also happened to be quite a bit cheaper than the Marley hair.

 

So I got home, washed and prepared my hair for braiding, and asked an aunt who is supposedly a hairdresser to help me attach the braids. The main reason I asked her was because I had started a bit late,hadn’t quite gotten the hang of twisting, and my parts weren’t quite right. She complained about the thickness and texture of my hair, even though hers is also natural and my hair was blow dried. Anyways, when she finished, I noticed that the hair looked like I had done it myself, and not that well either, which I thought was apalling for a self – proclaimed hairdresser. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay, I’d have asked her to start all over again.

 

Well, I rocked the jacked up twists for a week and still got a lot of compliments, however those that knew better didn’t hesitate to tell me that I needed to refresh the twists, and that I did. Last night I properly learnt how to twist and redid every twist, to make sure they were all uniform and fresh looking. So now I can say look at my self-installed Marley twists! I used the invisible root method and didn’t cut the hair at all, which has them about boob length, you like?

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Simi

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Blog Makeover + My birthday!!


Hey,

Regular readers of this blog and even those that come by once in a while would have noticed that the blog has had a complete transformation. I wanted a fresher and cleaner look for the blog and decided to go for this theme. I hope you like it! I also included a new logo and banner which I created myself, and I love them. But if there is anything you think I should change, please don’t hesitate to contact me 😀

Now to my birthday!

Last week Tuesday I turned a year older *cough * 16 *cough* haha and I initially went to celebrate with my close family at a Chinese restaurant in Victoria Island. My whole family loves Chinese food, so it was definitely a treat. I got a few nice presents and I went to bed feeling like the day was successful (apart from the fact my sister wasn’t there).

 

Went for the corporate look :D
Went for the corporate look 😀
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Me and my budding photographer hehehe

 

The next day however , I was blown away to find that my mum had secretly gone through my phone and invited my friends for a surprise birthday party! I had no idea whatsoever, in fact my aunt even tricked me into preparing some of the food for the party claiming it was for the house.

I arrived at the house thinking I was going to show face because my pastor was visiting, and I was met with some giggling smiley faces shouting SURPRISE!!!!! I was so shocked, and almost shed a tear or two because I was so happy :D. Unfortunately, because I wasn’t expecting anything glamorous I arrived in my trusty shirt and jeans combo, thankfully I had decided to put my hair up into a puff instead of leaving it like a lions mane, that could have been majorly embarrassing.

 

cake cake cake....
cake cake cake….
Cute look right?
Cute look right?
some of my NYSC buds
some of my NYSC buds

All in all my friends and family had a good time, and I had a good time 😀 and it more than made up for me having to spend a birthday away from my closest friends (like Wendy who I have celebrated my birthday with for the last 4 years 😦 )

I think I ate a bit too much though, post-birthday diet anyone??

Simi

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Savvy and Chic Garden Party


Hey!!

If you saw my post on sunday, you’d know that I went out somewhere exciting…or somewhere that I was excited about. Well, I was the lucky +1 of Ade of the LOCITUDE blog to the Savvy and Chic Garden Party organised by Dabs of the Savvy and Chic Beauty Hub. *Phew that was a mouthful* Well the lovely Dabs prepared for us a fun afternoon of tasty and light nibbles and hilarious conversation. I walked in and I was like wow!!

So Pretty!
So Pretty!

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