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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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

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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Oh Curl Challenge Day 22: Fave Accesory


Helllooo guys!

 

Its been too long, where have you been? hahah just playing wit ya, Lagos life has got me in a tizzy, so little time to work, play, blog and do hair all in 24 hours. Ah well, i’m trying.

 

So today i’m talking about my favourite accessory, I realised I don’t really have one, though I like to wear scarves and the like, I don’t really feel anything for them, so instead i’m showing you a wish list of all the accessories i’d like to have.

 

1. A Bow

From mommynoire.com

I actually have one of these but its in a colour that makes it hard to wear on most clothes.

 

2. A head scarf

From lifeofalyra.com

Technically I have scraps of fabric I could make this with, but technically, I suck at DIY sewing.

 

3. A hair band

 

From Nenonatural.com

 

I love pretty hairbands like these, but really nice ones are quite hard to find. The best part is that you can put them over almost any hair style and it won’t mess it up or get caught in between.

 

There you have it, some of my favourite accessories, are there any hair accessories on your wish list?

 

Simi

 

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Oh Curl Challenge 21: Natural Hair Idol


Hey guys,

 

Been away for a minute I know! I don’t know how some people do it, posting every other day and the like. Today’s post will be about my natural hair idol. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and only one name seems to pop out at me, no matter how I try to rationalize it. The one and only Naptural85!!

She went from this…..

 

 

…to much longer than this!!!

Seeing her grow from neck length to past waist length really gave me faith that I too could grow to waist length and beyond. However, we may have to see about that for now, because i’m having overwhelming urges to just cut my hair and start from the beginning. Maybe enjoying the shortness for a year or so, who knows?

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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I’m Back + Other things


Hi guys,

I’m ashamed to admit that i haven’t been here in way too long!! It’s getting terrible, so I think I should explain. I’ve been having some exams for the past few weeks and all my available time has been spent either studying or chilling out from all the studying. I’m pleased to say that I passed (yay me) and can now come back to my beautiful blog and all my readers. I’ve just received some products, so expect some reviews and new posts about them.

 

I have decided to structure my post schedule a bit more rigidly, so you should expect posts at least twice a week, and you should expect the Oh Curl Challenge to be once a week until I finish it, and the Why Is My Hair Not Growing series every 10 days or so. I have quite a bit in store for y’all so stay tuned!

 

Can’t wait!

Simi

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 18: Protective Style


Hi guuysss,

 

been a while since I did one of these, i’ve been totally focusing on other posts like my Max hydration journey and my Why is my Hair not growing series. I hoped you checked them out in the meantime!

Today’s pic is Protective Style, which I haven’t done a lot of in the past year, in fact I think my last one was back in May at NYSC Camp(which i still haven’t posted about, awkies!!) But here is one of my favourite styles, a wig!

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