Monday, 14 September 2015

Review: Bioderma Sebium Global.

Hope the weekend was a good one! My next post will be after my traditional wedding so wish me well and say a little prayer for me that it all goes beautifully well haha!

Anyway so the acne demons wanted to spoil my face for me so that I wouldn't look good for the wedding. But thank God they did not succeed! To be frank though, I believe the acne that spattered my face in the month of July was hormonal, but really acne is acne and I was horrified. I was not happy at all, so walked into a pharmacy at a mall in Dubai, and spoke about my concerns to the pharmacist, who recommended the Bioderma Sebium Global.

It would be my first time using any Bioderma product, and I have to say I was impressed. This product claims to work by regulating and balancing the sebum or natural oil levels of the skin, which when irritated can cause overproduction of sebum, and hence cause acne. 

I would use this morning and night and in a week, I noticed a difference. It wasn't speedy, but there was a difference for sure.

I have not used it in a while as all my acne has cleared and I believe my praying about it actually has a big role to play in that. Nemi told me how she listened to a minister speak about how we should not find some things too unimportant to talk to God about, and that women go through a lot of stress about certain things unnecessarily, when they could have just prayed about it and seen results. 

 Well! I had a wedding coming up and even my make up artist told me during the make up consultation session to try to do something about those bumps before the big day. I did not hesitate to pray and within days my skin began to clear up. I used 2 other products which I will do a review on, and continued with the black soap I bought from Natural Nigerian.

And now my skin is bump free yaaay!
 But anyway, back to the review. The cream is light on the skin and not oily at all. No weird fragrance either. I am not sure if Bioderma products are sold in Nigeria, but hopefully they are, because I believe this would be a wonderful product for acne control.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Out And About: "Hotel of Lights"

 Occasion: Dinner treat with Le Fiance. City: Dubai. Location: The Address Hotel
We had heard about this hotel from our pre-wedding photographer when he was suggesting possible photo shoot locations for our pre-wedding pictures. We took his advice and shot a few shots there, and yes, the decor is just amazing. Gosh just amazing. So when we got the opportunity to go back some days later for dinner, we took it and got to see so much more lovely pieces- particularly the lighting.
 I mean from chandeliers that were so unconventional and can make you gawk for minutes, to column light lamps like the one above.
We had an assorted fruit dinner with chocolate fondue and enjoyed a beautiful view of the marina.
 This one is just BREATHTAKING. No other words.
 Chandelier. Note the walls, the structure of the whole place.
 I fell more in love with the hotel when I found that ALL their flowers were fresh and neatly groomed. This corner piece arrangement of bouquets is just a tiny tip of iceberg; there were even more awesome and grand arrangements particularly at the reception.
 Awesomeness. These hanging lamps we could not resist on pre-wedding photo shoot day.
 We used this as a backdrop as well.
We tried to capture the lighting here, which were like luminescent sea shells, but the camera caught the glow instead.
Well I've always known Dubai has beautiful hotels, but this one really took my breath away. I have quite an eye for interior decor and so does Mr. Man; he pointed this one (below) out at the Ibn Battuta Mall and I took a picture....I mean it's just a mall, and the ceiling looks this beautiful?


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Out and About: Dubai Museum

Hope you had a good weekend.
I was in Dubai about a month ago, and on my birthday, Mr. Man decided to give me a daytime treat and he took me to the Dubai Museum. I'd call that trip a journey of surprises, because for the first time, I realized that Dubai is actually rich in history. I always subconsciously thought Dubai was some kind of a man-made city, and this isn't surprising, as all the media and picture and tourist sites tell us is about this magnificent city where all the shopping, fun rides, 7-star hotels etc can be found.
So yeah, I was surprised when we got inside and found quite a lot of information on how people made their living decades ago in Dubai, it's development, strengths and all that.
Dubai Museum from the outside.
The building we mistook for the museum at first

Mr. Man aka "The Photographer" took almost a dozen pictures of this boat!

Inner courtyard of the museum
 Entry fee was dirt cheap- I think Dhs 3.
 Lots of wax? statues to help depict what life like was back then.
Jewelry maker
Info on Dubai wildlife

Souvenirs and artifacts store. Quite pricey though!

I didn't even know Dubai had a museum! I'm glad I got to visit this place and you should too if you get the chance!


Thursday, 27 August 2015

7- Week Faux Locs Diary: My personal experience, advice, maintenance tips and what to expect.

I promised to share with you all my faux locs experience. Let's just say this style helped me grow some more PATIENCE! I guess I had seen enough pictures of faux locs on ladies (see some examples below) and they looked amazeballs. I had some Noir kinky hair with me but the stylists had to use more. It also took about 5 hours in total even though 2 ladies were working on my hair. I had done a mild protein treatment some days before to strengthen my hair a bit. A scary part was when the girls began running a flame through my locs to burn off the hairs sticking out. I kept telling them I didn't think it was necessary but they wouldn't listen (#eyeroll) so I just told them to stick to the lower half of the locs where my actual hair did not reach.

So here is my "Faux Locs Diary" and some maintenance tips and observations.

Day 1 of installation:
Tight. Stiff. Painful. Difficult to sleep. Regret.
I mean from the looks of it, it looked like I had African threading on which was DEFINITELY not the look I was going  for! Someone even asked me if it was threading I had on. I really hated the way it looked and if not for the pain I may have taken it all out. And yeah because the girls had to grasp the hair really tight, it felt painful to touch my scalp and style the hair. For 2 weeks all I could do was pull it loosely to the back. Even sleeping was difficult for days.
Day 3 of installation:
Sleeping is easier now. Still tight and uncomfortable on my head. Oh and it is heavy! Not surprising with 7 packs of bulk weave eh? I had to go online to do research. This was when I learnt that I was not the only one who freaked out at the beginning due to the stiffness of the locs, but that it would soften over time. I doubted that very much every time I felt through a loc. It felt as rigid as steel! Online some ladies had dipped the locs in water to soften it, but I was scared the water would make the hair even heavier and Berry seconded this (yes I panicked so much that I had to ask her how her faux locs experience went, though hers were the "instant" ones that come pre-loc'd).
Then the burnt hair that was still attached to the locs kept shedding on my pillow case.

Week 1 of installation: Still shedding tiny burnt hairs. Doesn't hurt anymore but I still can't style the hair at all. Hair is still stiff and I still hate it.

Week 2 of installation: I can now push some strands about gently and the locs are a bit softer. Shedding has really reduced.
Week 3 of installation: I'm beginning to finally see the beauty of this hair. Locs are softer and I can do more styles now. It looks more like dread locs every day and less like African threading praise God!

Week 5 of installation: I love my faux locs! No more shedding. It's soft and malleable now too. I can do ANY style with it, even high buns. It thrives when wet and dries quickly.
Week 7 of installation: Still in love! Now I see why they say faux locs should stay on for as long as even 4 months. I can't do that though because I have a wedding to prepare for soon and I am honestly worried about my natural hair locing or getting matted when I take out the weave. But we'll see. Apart from the cover pic here's another pic of me styling the locs. There are about 2 other pics of me wearing the locs on my IG page.
Me again
I don't even make a bun when I get into the shower, the locs seem to love water and once I blot it dry it's fine. I also co-washed it once and all went well. I use a leave in moisturizer, and sometimes oil my scalp.

The hair generally looks nicer and softer the older it gets. It could be styled anyhow at all and I hardly use bobby pins, just a thick, strong rubber band. The hair likes to pick up lint though! So you may find yourself picking out tiny bits from the hair particularly from the burnt ends.
 Note that white speck right there!
In summary, I think every African lady who isn't already on dreadlocks should try the faux locs at least once in a lifetime. Just be ready for some weirdness for the first 2 weeks!

Ever tried the faux locs? What was your experience like?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Everything Must Go Sales..... (40% off all items!)

Hi peeps!

Just a quick one- Renew 360- the weight loss consultancy I am a part of is doing a MEGA SALES on a couple of beauty and health items! Check them out:

Likas Papaya Soap
N1200. Now N720

Kojie Sans Kojic Acid Soap
N1800. Now N1080

Diana Stalder Glutathione Soap (2 left)
N2000. Now N1200

Pumpkin Seeds
N700. Now 420

Sesame Seeds
N570. Now N312

Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray
N580. Now N348

Stevia natural sweeteners
N300. Now N180

Maximum Strength Glutathione
N1700. Now N1020

Red Cherry 704 (2 left)
N1200. Now N720

Duo Lash Eyelash glue (1 left)
N1500. Now N900

Abra High Strength Enzyme Brightening Peel
N2000. Now 1200

How to order?
Send an email to either:

OFFER LASTS FOR 2 WEEKS AND ENDS 7th of September, 2015.
ITEMS AVAILABLE PICK UP ONLY (Location: Lagos Mainland-Maryland) 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Sleek Blush Palette in Pumpkin

Check out the Sleek Blush by 3 (3-in-one) palette in Pumpkin.
Sorry I have no pics of me modelling the colours-one, I'm not exactly a make up pro (I'm even considering taking a make up class soon), and two, my face is very spotty at the moment and I'm quite self-conscious about it haha!

So I bought 2 palettes and this Pumpkin one is the bright one of the two, with bright shades.

I think orange-toned and coral blushes are so pretty and vibrant on the skin, particularly medium-toned skin.

My fave of all three is the Lantern shade and I find myself reaching for it when I'm wearing bright clothing.

As usual with Sleek makeup, it is well pigmented and easy to apply-I use my Black Opal blush brush to apply it.

It cost N2500 and I bought it online from makeupng. Delivery was delayed and so unprofessional by the way.

But anyway if you are looking for coral blush options anytime, give this a try!

PS: Thanks to Vieve for suggesting the blush palette!