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

The little black dress.

Thinking of what to wear to that event this weekend? Wear a little black dress.
The little black dress is a very important part of every woman’s wardrobe. One is never overdressed or under dressed in the little black dress.
The designer Coco Chanel brought the little black dress to fame in 1926 when she published a drawing of the little black dress in Vogue magazine. Since then, the little black dress has never gone out of fashion. Many designers have worked with the little black dress and it’s been created from different fabrics from lace to jersey, to cotton, etc. The little black dress also known as the. LBD, take us to parties, job interviews, weddings and funerals, it’s seen on the runway, the red carpet, at the parks and everywhere else in between. We experience all of life’s big events in the little black dress.
The little black dress allows the wearer to accentuate her physical gifts, it’s flattering to all skin tones and hair shades, and all body sizes.
The more classic and simple the dress is, the longer you can wear it without the dress becoming dated. Both women and girls benefit from having the little black dress in their closet.
On those days when nothing looks or feels suitable, the little black dress comes into action.
Dress it down or dress it up, wear it with heels or with flats, with mellow or bright coloured accessories, from costume jewellery to precious stones, all colours complement the little black dress including black itself.
Pair the LBD with a blazer and it’s office ready. Take off the jacket after hours, add a cocktail ring and a bright coloured lipstick and you are ready for happy hour.
Invited to a party and not sure what the dress code is? Wear a little black dress.
Wear the little black dress with a fascinator, beautiful jewelry, (a plucky brooch is a plus), high heeled pumps or strappy sandals and you are good to go to a wedding.
The LBD can even be worn to the beach; with a straw hat and strappy sandals, and sunscreen, you are beach party ready.
Every woman should own a little black dress and if a woman is allowed to have just one dress, it should be the little black dress.