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

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


Quick Beauty and Make up Tips

These quick beauty and makeup tips will help you achieve your dream of better skin. >Overusing chemicals increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.
>Use a gentle microbead exfoilating scrub twice a week and avoid using chemical exfoilants more than twice in a week.
>Apply face cleansers, sunscreens, serums and nightcreams all the way to the chest.
>Keep sipping water all through the day, buy a portable car bottle that can fit in your hand bag, and carry everywhere.
>Use only organic makeup or skin products, or makeup with its ingredients clearly written out. If you don’t know what’s in it, don’t buy, don’t use.
>Reduce the number of products in your skin care routine. Only use what’s necessary.
>Sleep helps your body repair itself. Take in at least seven hours of sleep daily.
>Start using anti-acne products a few days before your period if you are prone to break outs.
>Avocados and olive oil contain good fats which acts as an anti-inflamatory and smoothens out the skin.
>Use a pumice stone to exfoilate dry rough feet.
>For a fairer skin; mix watermelon and papaya. Works for oily skin as well.
>For glowing soft skin, mix two spoons honey + two spoons lemon + two spoons almond powder, apply and leave on for thirty minutes.
>Always apply sunscreen, whether sunny, rainy or cloudy.
>Eat fresh fruits, sugar will cause skin breakouts (pimples). The darker and brighter the fruit, the more nutritious eg: berries, lemons, vegetables, carrots, green tea, etc are good choices for the skin.

Makeup tips
>Nude glossed lips go with smokey eyes.
>Light face makeup goes with bright bold lips.
>Using a straw to sip from a glass or can will keep your lipstick glued for longer.
>Dipping fingers into makeup isn’t hygeinic as fingers can carry germs which will contaminate makeup. Use a clean wood stick instead and discard after each use.
>Every 3-4 months replace your liquid eye-liner and mascara to keep it sanitary.
>Put some powder on your lashes before applying mascara to make them appear thicker.
What are your beauty and makeup tips? Share with us: @chinmaeke1, share with others.