Up & Out of the home in 30 mins- my daily beauty routine


Anyone who knows me and follows this blog knows I’m the diy chic. I love and use a lot of natural products. I’m not out to knock the beautician’s hustle; but I believe  there’s a lot of natural ingredients we can use in its closest to natural form as possible befire its refined by the cosmetics company and a minute quantity of it sold to us at an exorbitant price with lots of skin-harming preservatives. 

Because I love diy, I tend to have a lot of stuff to experiment with. Space is one constraint I struggle with in my closet and later in the post, I will introduce Makespace a storage and organising facility which I hope can help me with this, but first lets go through my beauty routine.

I reviewed my face soap- R&R Liquid black soap here. And my go to body oil- Vanity oils Skin Toning therapy  here.

In today’s post, I’m going to take us through my daily beauty routine and the products I use.

In the morning, I wash with my face using a soft baby towel (I’m holding out for a foreo Luna mini face brush- do I have any volunteers?).

I follow that with my tumeric-gram flour-bentonite clay mixture face mask.

I bought them all separately from Jules therapy. You should visit their online shop, they have a lot of good stuff for the diy chic.

I make a paste of the tumeric mixture by mixing with water or lime juice for an added punch, or coconut oil when my skin feels dry; and I apply directly to clean skin.

Rinse off after 5-15 minutes and you’re good to go. Tumeric is a herb that’s good for acne treatment, oil control, etc. I should do a separate post on tumeric and it’s numerous uses soon.

I brush my teeth, pack my bag and do some other things while the mask is on my face.

I don’t use the tumeric face mask on all mornings, on the days I don’t; I cleanse with Dermatess facial cleanser. It’s a local product I’ve found to be as effective as Marykay Blemish control toner.

Depending on what time of the month it is; I either follow with neo-medrol acne lotion (or Marykay Acne treatment gel) or I skip that step and go right to my moisturiser.

My morning moisturiser is Marykay timewise pore minimises. It’s the step 2 in the micro demabrasion set.

Next up, I follow with Marykay foundation primer- spf 15 and the rest of my makeup routine (that’s a post for another day).

Next up; I need to dress up. I approach my closet which is full and bursting at the seams, with me having to store some clothes in bags above the closet.

It is very scattered.

A few weeks ago, I learned about a company called makespace they are a self-storage facility. That help you keep your personal stuff which you don’t need atm and you can retrieve them as needed.

I’m not sure they are in Nigeria atm, but I could sure use them. Please MakeSpace get back to me on if you’re in  Nigeria presently; I could sure to with some space.

So, I rumage through my closet for something to wear (‘coz of the space constraints I have clothes hanging in themselves with one hanger holding as many as 3 clothes). I get dressed, pick a matching shoe and I’m off to work.


Tired, ready to fall into bed, but I always ensure I take off my makeup before bed.

I use Johnson’s no more tears baby wipes to take off makeup. Then I follow with facial cleanser and Marykay Micro- demabrasion scrub twice a week. I cleanse, moisturize with vanity oils skin toning therapy and it’s off to bed for a sound sleep.

I couldn’t show my show and bag closer on here cos it’s FULL, bursting and impossible to organise. Lol! Short of extending beyond my room I see no other option to create space except storage- which is where Makespace will come in.  Makespace is not just about storage, they also organise your stuff in your home. Get in touch with them today and check out their self storage locations.

Also, share your daily beauty routine with us. We would love to hear from you.


Chinma Eke

Stay Gorgeous This Christmas!

This Christmas, I’m sure we all are concerned about looking our best without breaking a bank.
Here are a few budget friendly tips to help us remain gorgeous this season and beyond:

~Eat healthy, balanced meals.
A balanced meal is the base of all wellness. This season they would be a lot of sugary drinks, cakes, food, on offer. Moderation is key, and always balance your diets.
Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

~Exfoilating body mitts.
Exfoilate your skin with mitts as against a body scrub which costs a fortune and ends up down the drain. Lather up with your body wash and mitts which can be used again and again.
Keep your skin clean, eliminate all body odours, and be confident.

A well moisturised skin is worth a million bucks, a well moisturised skin glows. Reducing your need for makeup to a bare minimum.
Especially with the dry weather which characterises this season, amp up moisturising from your hair to the sole of your feet. Oils and butters like Olive oil, Shea butter, Coconut oil, etc are not so expensive and have good moisturising benefits.

~Clothes, shoes and accessories.
Invest in practical and comfortable clothes, shoes and accessories.
Wear what fits you(especially size wise) and not what’s in fashion. Wear it with confidence.

Do something nice with your hair, the hair is a woman’s crowning glory.
Braids are a budget friendly way to go, and it suits all face shapes and colouring.

Wear whatever you have on with a confident smile and instantly elevate it.
Amp up your smile by ensuring your teeth is clean and color free. Teeth whitening strips and pastes are available in supermarkets and local pharmacies.

What are your pocket friendly fashion and beauty tips? Share with us.
Enjoy the season.

Chinma Eke.
t: @chinmaeke