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

Before Getting Pro Makeup; Read these tips


Hello dears, how have you all been?

This week’s post on #beautyfriday is both a post and a rant. Lol.

So, my friend got married recently, and I gave in to pressure and allowed my face to be beat professionally. Here are a few things I observed and  few tips I have to give;

1. If you are the bride (or the celebrant); have a makeup trial prior to your big day so you agree a look with the mua and ensure he/she sticks to it. 

Agree brands and products, read product labels, ensure you are comfortable with what will be used on your face.

2. Never let the MUA touch your face with dirty hands or dirty instruments.

This might sound like a given, but you will be amazed how a lot of things slip through the cracks in the rush against time. Ensure all hands, brushes and applicators are clean and if something accidentally drops in the floor; please ensure it’s cleaned before it comes in contact with your face (And the hand that picks it as well). 

3. Work with a makeup artist who respects time; not one who will spend all day making you up and leaving you rushing to catch-up. 

4. Now this is for the mua: dear Mua, unless it’s a makeover don’t change the client’s look. You are meant to accent and highlight not change. Don’t have your client looking so different from herself such that she is unrecognizable. Lol! 


This is one of the looks for the day

People said I looked years older! 

Me on a regular day

You be the judge. 

And who says I have to have pro-makeup? Why can’t I just #diy?

6 Spa Treatments You Can Do Easily at Home


Preparing for a special day, or you would just love to pamper yourself often and you can’t splurge on a day at the spa as often as you’d like? No problem. Just bring the spa home. There are so many treatments you can easily do in the comfort of your home, and for a fraction of the cost too! You can even invite your friends over and do them together. It’ll double the fun!

#1 Facial

Who doesn’t own a face brush? Grab yours and give yourself a facial, it’s available everywhere, from the pricey to the affordable. Use it with your face wash to remove all the dead cells and impurities that are accumulating on your skin. Next, apply your favourite face mask.

Hydrating masks  make skin super soft and smooth. Wait 20 minutes before taking your mask off, and follow up with your favourite moisturizer. Your skin now looks great and for a fraction of the cost of a spa facial!

#2 Aromatherapy

A warm, aromatherapy bath is the perfect way to relax at the end of a long, busy day. Mix one part sea salt, one part epsom salt, and two parts baking soda. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.  Lavender is soothing, eucalyptus invigorating, and orange energizing. Pour the mixture in the water and sink into the bathtub. Sit back and relax for as long as you need. No rush. This is your me-time.

#3 Body scrub

Exfoliation does wonders for the skin. It removes the dead cells that accumulate on the surface, and makes skin smoother and brighter. And it’s so easy to do at home. Simply mix some sugar with olive oil, and apply the mixture all over your body. Rinse it off, and feel your skin. It’s so soft now!

#4 Hot oil hair treatment

Is your hair dull and lackluster? Give it some life and shine with a homemade hot oil hair treatment. Pour equal amounts of olive oil and coconut oil (the longer your hair, the more you’ll need) into a bowl. Then, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Stir the mixture and put it in the microwave. Heat on high for 10 seconds.

Now, brush your hair well to remove knots and tangles. Get in the shower, and pour the oily mixture on your scalp, and massage it throughout your hair. Wrap a towel around your hair and wait half an hour before shampooing as normal. Doesn’t your hair look great now?

#5 Waxing

No, I’m not recommending you wax your private bits at home. But you can easily wax your legs, arms, and armpits. Opt for moisturizing roller waxes, they are newbie-friendly and gentler, even for sensitive skin. Don’t forget to shower first!

#6 Pedicures

Your feet carry you around all day. Why not treat them to a nice pedicure? Soak your feet in warm water for at least 5 minutes. Then, exfoliate them to remove those layers of dead cells that rough them up. Trim your nails and file them into shape. Now, grab your favourite nail polish and put it on. Voilà. Now your feet are sandal-ready.

What are you diy spa treatments, share with us.

12 Natural Ways to get rid of Scars

Almost everybody has a scar they’d really rather not see every day. I’ve got a few from the chicken pox I had 15+ years ago, some others from injuries and cosmetic trials (yes I do!), and some from hot water burns. So first of all, not great memories! And secondly, even though the scars are faded, they’re still a little unsightly.
If you have scars from cuts and scrapes, injuries, acne or surgery, chances are nobody else is noticing, but they can be annoying or make you self-conscious. While scars are inevitable, there are a lot of natural remedies you can use to minimize their appearance. Note that it may take several consistent applications—daily is ideal—for results to be really noticeable.



Especially helpful for acne scars, a cucumber treatment like a face mask or lotion can minimize inflammation and the appearance of scars.


This essential oil helps treat dry skin, reverses signs of aging, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.


Mix frankincense oil with another scar-fighting oil, rosehip seed oil, to make an anti-aging facial oil that also works on scars. Rosehip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids that heal dehydrated skin. It’s a “dry” oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, so you can use it just about anywhere on your body.


Dilute ACV with anywhere from 1 to 4 parts water (depending on how sensitive your skin is) and dab or swipe on with a cotton ball to help fade scars and sun spots. If you have acne-prone or oily skin, try this wonder ingredient in an acne-fighting turmeric-ACV astringent, too.

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This worked wonders on my ankle scarring—you can still see some discoloration but it’s not nearly as raised as it used to be. Among many other benefits, aloe reduces inflammation, swelling and redness.


Another great treatment for acne scars. Lemon juice helps fade any dark discolorations in the skin. Combine it with aloe’s inflammation-fighting power in an aloe-lemon face pack (you can use it elsewhere, too.)


Leafy greens are the best natural source of vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting. When it comes to skin, a topical application of vitamin K can help minimize spider veins, bruising, scars and stretch marks. Make sure to eat your kale and collards to promote healing from within, too.


DIY beauty mavens swear by baking soda for discoloration and acne scars. It’s also a gentle exfoliant. Baking soda works like a magnet, pulling any ickiness out of the skin. Mix a little water with baking soda to make a paste and apply to wet skin, then let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. (Hold a warm compress on it for even better results.)


Vitamin E is super soothing to the skin and helps scars disappear over time. Open up a vitamin E capsule and apply the liquid to the affected area. FYI, this will be messy!

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EVOO helps loosens dead skin cells, and lighten and soften scars. You can even leave a little olive oil on the affected area overnight for extra moisturizing.


In addition to working well for stretch marks, cocoa butter (go for organic, raw versions if possible) is a highly concentrated fat that penetrates deep into skin to heal, smooth and soften. This is a great remedy if you have larger scars.


In addition to helping treat burns, eczema and acne, lavender’s healing and soothing properties also help diminish scar tissue. Lavender is gentle enough that you can apply a couple drops to the affected area daily (do a small test patch on the inside of your elbow if you’ve never used it before). Bonus: lavender is great for anxiety and insomnia.

What are your beauty recipes, share with us!

*Article credit: Bloglovin

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16 Foundation Do’s And Dont’s For Girls With Dark Skin




While oily skin is a pretty universal skin type among all women, dark-skinned girls who have it tend to also have enlarged pores, which can lead to extra oil production. Look for foundations that help soak up your skin’s natural oils.

Don’t: apply your foundation with your fingers, since it can transfer bacteria onto your face.

Women like to touch their faces a lot and if you have oily skin, this is a no-no. Instead, apply foundation with a synthetic brush, pour a few drops of foundation in the center and buff it onto your face for a flawless finish. For extra oil-zapping coverage, first layer on a primer.

Do: use blotting papers for touch-ups.

You don’t want to keep putting pressed powder onto your skin during the day, since that kind of product buildup can lead to breakouts, Blotting papers are the best way to lift oils off without putting any product back onto the skin.

Don’t: use setting powders, which can leave layers of white on top of your skin.

When it comes to locking in your makeup, it’s best to stick with setting powders that match your skin tone. The best way to see if your setting powder has left an invisible layer of white on your skin? I suggest taking a selfie using the flash.


Do: exfoliate your face weekly in order to keep any dead skin cells from sitting on your face.

Having a buildup of dead skin cells can leave dark skin looking dull and ashy even after you apply foundation. You have to take care of your skin first if you want your foundation to look good,This includes washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing on a regular basis.

Don’t: use matte foundations.

Matte foundations can make dry skin look even drier (read: ashy). Instead, go for creamier formulas that keep your skin looking dewy and fresh.

Do apply your foundation with a clean, damp sponge.

Be sure to put on moisturizer before your foundation as well. This will help lock hydration into your skin, Sir John advises.

Don’t sleep on cotton pillowcases.

The cotton fabric can suck your skin dry. You may already know this from wrapping your hair nightly, but silk fabric locks in moisture in your skin as well as your locks, making silk the better choice to sleep on. So, if you’ve been noticing your skin is drier than usual, swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk version.


Do: find a formula that gives you your desired finish.

Black women should always think about the formula first and the color second. Whether it’s a stick, cream, or a powder, find one that suits your needs, since you might need a dewier or more matte finish based on how oily or dry your combination skin is.

Don’t skip SPF.

Luckily, we’re no longer in the dark ages of makeup and most brands have an SPF built into them that won’t leave your face looking an ashy mess. Try a range of dark shades in liquid form (if your skin is drier), and if you’re more into powders (and if your skin is on the oilier side), get powders with inbuilt SPF.

 Go lightweight when it comes to your formula.

With combination skin, you don’t need to turn to your foundation for hydration since you likely already have a good balance of oil on your face. And unless you have hyperpigmentation or blemishes to conceal, opt for a more sheer, lightweight foundation to even out your complexion. Use a tinted moisturizer or a CC cream, especially during the hot summer months, to give your skin a chance to breathe.

Don’t wear foundation all over your face if you don’t have to.

If you’re a dark-skinned woman with combination skin, chances are you’re dealing with oilier sections on your face (like the T-zone area) and dry patches in places like your cheeks. Confusing! Instead of applying foundation everywhere, concentrate the foundation where you need it most and blend it out from there. You can also rely on double-duty foundations that act as both moisturizer and spot concealer.


Do use foundations that contain acne-fighting ingredients.

Sometimes your breakouts are temporary, sometimes they’re hormonal. Whatever the cause of those zits may be, you can battle breakouts with a foundation that contains ingredients like salicylic acid.

Don’t pile tons of foundation on your face.

There’s really no need for you to wear layers of makeup on your face unless you’re a Real Housewife on TV or a celebrity on tour.If you’re trying to hide breakouts or hyperpigmentation, however, apply a sheer application of your foundation and then let your concealer do the rest of the work. Simply dab a stick concealer (they’re usually thicker) onto your problem spot and blend the formula into your skin using a slightly damp makeup sponge to help move the cover-up around.

Do avoid using foundations that contain bad-for-your-skin ingredients like mineral oil.

Those ingredients can clog pores and lead to even more breakouts. If you have problematic skin, you’re going to have to pay more attention to ingredients than other women when shopping for foundation, avoid ingredients bad for your skin and/or ingredients you have reacted to in the past.

Don’t use dirty makeup brushes or sponges.

Bacteria = breakouts. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges after every use to avoid transferring bacteria from your makeup to your face and then back into makeup, especially if you’re using a cream foundation compact.

Foundation smears

Foundation smears

 Article credit: Cosmopolitan Magazine

What’s In Your Skincare Products

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Skin care companies proudly advertising the skin care ingredients that are in their products. They’re listed on the packages and bottles, and they do seem impressive, don’t they? Vitamins, oils, even fruit and vegetables are all over the shelves these days promising you everything from younger looking skin to acne free skin. You know these skin care ingredients are good for skin, but what exactly do they do and how do you know if they are right for your skin?

Here are five ingredients that you may see on a regular basis and what skin type they are best for.


Vitamin E products are right for you if you are looking to protect your skin against premature aging. Vitamin E is jam-packed with nutrients which help combat free radical damage such as pollution, sun damage and smoke. When you use Vitamin E products, you help fight signs of aging caused by these triggers. Usually marketed as a great option for normal skin, everyone can benefit by using Vitamin E products


Vitamin C products are right for you if you’re looking for added radiance and brighter looking skin. Like Vitamin E, Vitamin C protects your skin against free radical damage, but it goes one step further. With continued use, skin will look more radiant due to the added benefit of skin brightening. This is usually best suited for normal to dry skin.


Aloe products are for you if you have sensitive skin. Aloe products are soothing and calming which makes them perfect for people with rosacea or for those who experience red skin. Many people who break out with skin care products find gentle aloe is perfect for them. Aloe is also great for teenagers as an introduction to skin care.


Seaweed products are right for you if you have combination skin. Perhaps you have oily areas or breakouts in certain spots, but you don’t really have oily skin all over. Seaweed contains many minerals and vitamins found right in the ocean. These are perfect for cleansing and encouraging healthy clear skin without the drying effects of tea tree oil.


Tea tree oil products are right for you if you have oily skin. Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and is perfect to combat blemishes and oily skin. Not only will your current blemishes clear up, with continued use, you’ll see less and less acne. This is specifically for oily skin and will be too harsh on dry skin.


DIY Homemade Hand Cream Recipes

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Ever desired soft supple hands and wondered which hand cream will help you achieve that? Here are a few hand cream recipes you can use in making your own hand cream and not be bothered about what unknown chemicals are in the store-bought variety.

These homemade moisturising hand creams and oils can be used during the day and also in the evening for an overnight treatment.  Once a recipe’s ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into a dark  8-ounce glass jar or container (these recipes make between 5 – 8 ounces of treatment).  Make sure the container has a top or cap with an airtight seal.  Keep refrigerated.

<Hand moisturizers work better when the skin is damp, allowing the ingredients to absorb into the skin, so it is beneficial to use them after you have cleansed your hands.

1. Moisturizer for Dry, Cracked Hands

¼ cup grated beeswax
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa butter
1-tablespoon honey
¼ cup sweet almond oil

A few drops of lavender essential oil.
Add the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and honey in a double boiler over low heat, until the ingredients melt.  Remove from heat and add the lavender oil.

When the mixture cools, pour into a dark glass jar or container.

2. Shea and Cocoa Butter Moisturising Cream

¼ cup cocoa butter
¼ cup shea butter
¼ cup sweet almond oil
¼ cup grated beeswax
6 tablespoons glycerin
Using a double boiler over low heat, combine the cocoa butter, beeswax,  shea butter and sweet almond oil.  Blend until melted into a liquid.  Stir in the glycerin until the mixture becomes smooth and thickens.   Let cool and then pour into a glass container.

3. Quick & Easy Moisturising Treatment

Heat 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon almond oil and 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter.  Since this is a small amount, you can heat the ingredients on a low setting in the microwave for about 2 seconds.

4. Shea Moisturising Balm

¼ cup shea butter
1/8-cup apricot kernel oil
¼ cup grated beeswax
10 drops myrrh essential oil
Melt the shea butter and beeswax over low heat in the double boiler.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for about five minutes.  Add the essential oils and then pour into a small (at least 5 ounce) glass jar or container.

5. Hydrating Hand Healer

2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops chamomile oil
10 drops calendula oil
Combine vitamin E, sweet almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat.  Stir the ingredients and then gradually add the jojoba oil and stir until well blended.  Slowly stir in the coconut oil.

Remove from heat.  Add the chamomile and calendula oils and stir until blended and smooth.   Let the mixture cool and then pour into a glass container.

6. Skin Soother for Itchy, Cracked Hands

Combine 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, 3 drops vitamin E oil and 5 drops each of German chamomile and lavender oil to relieve cracked skin and cuticles.

About the Ingredients

Almond oil has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used for massage.  It’s good for all skin types and nourishes the skin.

Apricot kernel seed oil is similar to almond oil, but is better for sensitive, damaged and aging skin. It replenishes moisture to dehydrated dry, mature and sensitive skin and soothes inflammation.  It also balances oily skin.

Beeswax is often used in lip balms.  It helps seal in moisture and protects the skin against environmental damage.

Calendula oil is beneficial to dry and sensitive skin.  It is also good for damaged skin, soothes itchy skin and skin inflammation, and has been used to treat dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions.

Chamomile has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.  German chamomile (also called blue chamomile) has a higher azulene content (acquired during the distillation process) giving it more skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties than Roman chamomile, but either one can be used in the recipes.

Cocoa butter has been used for centuries to relieve dry skin and even skin tone.

Coconut oil is an emollient that protects the skin against dryness.

Honey helps heal and moisturize the skin.

Jojoba oil  is similar to skin sebum and can be used alone or in recipes to soften and treat dry skin.

Lavender is anti-inflammatory and healing, and helps treat oily, dry and problem skin.

Shea butter has emollient properties that seals in and helps the skin retain moisture.

Sweet almond oil is great on its own for relieving dry, cracked and chapped skin.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the skin against premature aging and damage.

All these can be found at natural health and beauty shops.

Article source: about.com


How to Highlight/Contour your Face

Highlighting/Contouring is the hottest thing on the makeup scene right now. If you were blessed with naturally chiseled cheekbones and a structured jawline, then lucky you. But for those who need a little sculpting in that department, let this step-by-step map be your guide on contouring like a pro.

You’ll need:
• Foundation darker than your skintone.
• Foundation lighter than your skintone.
• Highlighing concealer.
• Brow powder in a dark shade.
• Flat-top brush.
• Foundation brush.
• Angled brush.
• Setting powder.
• Blush if desired.

1. Prep your face with two shades of base.
Dot on a foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone in the center of your face, and another that’s one shade darker than your complexion around the perimeter.

2. Blend the two shades. 
Using a flat-top blending brush with natural and synthetic bristles, blend the two shades on your face to create the subtle illusion of depth and dimension.

3. Map the contours and highlights of your face.
Mark the areas you want to contour — the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes — with a deeply-colored brow gel pencil. Brow gel pencils are really concentrated, yet very smudgeable and it’s easy to control the placement of their dark pigment, making it perfect for contouring.

Next, use an all-over cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin, and on your cupids bow.

4. Blend the two for a flawless finish. Create that sculpted airbrushed effect using a flat-top dense brush to buff out the two shades to perfection and consider yourself contoured!

And if you really want to make your contouring stand out, use a sparkly highlighter, which will reflect the most light. Then for your bronzer (in this case- brow gel), go for a matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.

Let us know how it tried out for you.

How To Do A Natural Makeup Look.

Hello everyone! Welcome to Beauty Friday! Today, we”ll learn how to apply makeup such that it looks natural. Every woman loves a natural look. To look flawless without appearing ‘made-up’.
Here are some tips to achieve the flawless, youthful look:

*Prep the skin.
Begin with a clean skin. Cleanse skin with gentle skin type appropriate cleanser.
Next step; moisturize.
Then give your foundation or concealer a proper base with a Primer.

*Even out skin tone.
This step depends on the level of coverage you really need. If you have great skin, a tinted moisturizer will suffice. Otherwise cover up spots and blemishes by patting on a concealer or light foundation to even out skin tone.

*Add a touch of color.
For a natural glow, apply creme blush to the cheeks for a dewy look.

**All color applications must be light-handed in order to appear natural.

Set face with a light dusting of translucent oil blotting powder for oily skin and to keep makeup in place all day.

Run a wand of eye lash curler through eyebrow to brush and keep brow hairs in place.
Apply a single coat of mascara to open up the eyes.

Lipstain works best for the natural look, as it appears natural and lasts all day. Choose a color closest to your lip color.

Apply makeup in the light you will be seen in. For example; if you’re going out in the sun, apply makeup under bright light.

Using natural makeup is healthier for your skin, make sure makeup is non-comodogenic.

Remember, the goal is to appear as though you aren’t wearing makeup, don’t over do the makeup!

Let us know how this tips worked for you and/or share your makeup tips with us in the comment section. We love hearing from you.

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