HOw Effaclar Duo Plus changed my Life

Effaclar Duo plus is a product from larocheposay part of the L’oreal family.
Since I got my first item to review from escentual which was a tube of effaclar duo plus, my skin has never remained the same.

Yes, I get outbreaks of acne once in a while when I slip up on regimen or start testing a new product.
My skin has not been this good since I was using mary kay timewise and acne gel in college (pray ask me why I stopped )

I no longer have breakouts that last for weeks then turn into blackheads and scars.
The right side of my face which I sleep on every night is losing the dark marks from previous acne slowly.
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My T zone is brighter.
For something that costs about N4500 Nigerian Naira, you best be certain it is worth every penny.

This is a multi tasking product and serves as an excellent base for makeup.
Please dump silicon primers.
After a wedding outing when a silicon primer was used on me, I had 3 large breakouts in exact same region of application.
I’m sorry but that primer showed me shege.
Silicon doesn’t allow skin breathe.

I’m all for allowing skin breathe and having good skin.
It is a continuous fight against acne and surely we will win but in that fight, effaclar duo plus keeps you on the frontline winning day by day.

Effaclar duo plus is available at skinplus calabar. For other la roche posay products please check the shop list for instructions and contact at skinplus calabar.

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 ?

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.

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

 

Honest beauty refreshing wash review ,deset 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 ) 

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. 

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.