A lot of people probably don’t know this, but the REAL key to glowing skin is regular Exfoliation! Without going too deep, exfoliation is simply the process of getting rid of dead skin cells *steps away to search google*.

Charles Weschler and colleagues explain that humans shed their entire outer layer of skin every 2-4 weeks at the rate of 0.001 – 0.003 ounces of skin flakes every hour

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Basically your body sheds its own dead skin every 2-4 weeks, and there’s literally dead skin flaking off you every hour of everyday. You exfoliating your skin, just aids the process! You should want to get rid of all those dead, dry & dull skincells that are just sitting topically on your skin. There are numerous benefits of regular exfoliation, but that’s not what this post is about. I will share benefits in a later post….

Anytime anyone asks me how they can get rid of scars on their body, I always recommend they start exfoliating regularly. Because think about it, if the layers of your skin are shedding away that means the skin covering the scar will also be shedding away revealing new skin at every layer. Obviously, it will take quite some time and you may need to use some products too, but eventually you should see visible results. I’ve talked about exfoliation here on BeautyInLagos, but this time I wanted to break it all the way down for you guys! I’ll share with you HOW I exfoliate and how frequently. I didn’t know this, but typing up this post I’ve realised I actually exfoliate my body in 4 sections: Hands, Face, Feet & rest of the Body.

Hands

With my hands I basically exfoliate every other day. I wash my hands as soon as I walk through the door, and I’ve got a little pot of exfoliating sugar right by my bathroom sink, so I wash my hands then exfoliate, rinse and moisturise and I do this almost daily. Always remember to moisturise right after you exfoliate, and always use SPF. My preferred hand cream, which I always have in my bag, has got SPF (pictured above)

Face

When it comes to my face I try to exfoliate and mask at least twice a week, I say ‘try’ because that would be ideal, but we live in the real world and ‘ideal’ can be a hard reach sometimes; but bare minimum, I exfoliate & mask once a week. The past couple of months I have been exfoliating & masking using products by Orma Skincare. I quite like their ‘Glow Scrub’, it’s a salt scrub that’s got turmeric & honey, it’s not harsh on my skin at all but it does sting a teeny bit. I rinse it off and then apply their Spot Eradicator Mask on my forehead, and their Glow Clay Mask all over the rest of my face (this glow mask stings as well).

This routine has been working for my skin, and I currently have no new/recent spots on my face *touch wood*. Just two UGLY scars which will fade away. A Contributor reviewed this brand recently, you can read that here.

I also use Retinol every night as part of my routine. Naturally, my face is a bit more tanned than the rest of my body, so my struggle has always been to get the skin on my face as close as possible to the rest of my body, regular exfoliation gives me visible results.

Feet

I really don’t do much when it comes to exfoliating my feet apart from getting monthly pedicures. Also when I exfoliate my body, which you will read about below, I also include my feet as well. A good pedicure really gets rid of all that dead skin on your feet. I’ve already shared my recommendations of places to get a decent pedicure in Lagos, you can check them out here. Ladies, here’s a New Year’s resolution for you: Get a Pedicure monthly.

That is, if you don’t already.

Body

So for the rest of my body, I exfoliate 3 times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Exfoliating 3 times a week has literally become a habit for me. No matter where I am, if it’s a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, I know I will be exfoliating in the shower. My routine is very basic, exfoliating mitts and black soap that’s it. I also usually bring it up to my face, using the mitts GENTLY, I buff around my face in circular motions. A lot of people are against using black soap on their face as it can be very drying, but I haven’t had any adverse reactions and quite like the results I get. On Fridays, I may use actual sugar scrub all over my body before I go in with the mitts & black soap. One thing I do want to try out more this year is ‘dry brushing’; using a soft bristle brush to exfoliate BEFORE you take a bath/shower. A lot of people swear by it, so I’m going to try it out for myself and I’ll definitely share my thoughts.

So yeah, that’s my exfoliating process. If you want to have soft, supple, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is the best place to start. However, exfoliating is literally just a step, a major step, but there’s more to attaining soft supple glowing skin! Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing more tips so make sure you check back regularly.

Please please please make sure you moisturise and use SPF religiously, not just on your face but your body as well; pay particular attention to the parts typically exposed to sunlight: hands, legs, neck, décolletage, etc.

Make it a point to exfoliate regularly this year, and I GUARANTEE you will see results.

The products you use also play a big part and I hope to share some of my body-care staples in a post soon.

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A close friend of mine recently opened a Nail Salon and of course I’m over there fairly regularly; apart from the fact that *DUH* I’m like a kid in a candy store, I actually go in to help and keep her company from time to time. One thing I found interesting is how people really just don’t care about the state of their natural nails. They just come in for nail enhancement manicure after nail enhancement manicure, and the ones who have naturally long nails get an acrylic overlay (wrapped), because that’s what a nail tech out here advised them to do *holds head in hands*.

This issue of Nail Techs out here advising people with long nails to “wrap them” is something I will discuss in greater detail in another post, but when I first moved back to Nigeria it was the EXACT same thing I was told, and it severely damaged my nails. Like I said, story for another day! Now let’s get back to my observations…

I also find that people prefer gel manicures over regular manicures, because they last longer. The complaint is that regular nail polish starts to chip away 2days after you get it done, but I beg to differ! I LOVE a regular manicure and I typically always have my natural nails polished using regular polish; unless I’m reviewing or testing out a new manicure technique. And over time I have come to understand that a LOT of factors come into play as pertains how long a regular manicure lasts.

Factor 1: PRODUCTS

The quality and type of products used play a huge role in how long the manicure will last. For a regular manicure you’ll need: Dehydrator, Base coat, Nail Polish & Top Coat.

  • Dehydrator: essentially Alcohol, and this is used to remove oils & moisture off the nail bed and have it properly prepped for base coat. This is also important especially if you got a wet manicure/pedicure right before. The alcohol will help absorb the moisture on the nail bed.
  • Base Coat: This is the first layer of polish that goes on. I prefer to use a base coat infused with calcium or protein as these help strengthen my nails. I have shared my personal favourite base coat and where to buy here on the site quite a few times: here, here, here & here
  • Nail Polish: Good quality nail polish, typically two coats should be applied.
  • Top Coat: One of the gripes with regular polish manicures is how long they take to dry! Which is why I always ALWAYS have my Seche Vite Fast Dry with me. With or without a fast dry topcoat, you’d need to be patient & careful while you allow the polish dry. It takes regular polish 24hours to completely dry, so when we say ‘dry’ at the salon, we really mean ‘dry-to-touch’. I got a manicure over the weekend, and they used a regular topcoat by Orly called ‘Polish Shield’ and my nails were dry-to-touch within 15minutes. So PATIENCE is key.

Factor 2: Lifestyle

What do you do with your hands? If your job or lifestyle requires that your hands a almost always wet, then obviously your manicures won’t last as long. Swimming, cleaning, washing dishes, laundry, typing, writing, etc. The frequency at which you do regular mundane everyday things will affect your manicure. I just want as many people as possible to stop thinking that regular manicures are magic. If I scrape my finger against like the door knob in my car, most likely it’ll chip. So one can never be too careful, but you can be mindful.

Factor 3: NAIL TYPE

Regular polish manicures tend to last longer on Acrylic Nails than on Natural Nails, go figure… I’m not sure why this is the case but I believe an expert will be able to shed some light in this.

Factor 4: TECHNIQUE

The skill of the person applying the polish also affects how long it will last. You see some nail techs apply polish and it’s just streaky and all over the client’s cuticle, obviously that manicure won’t last long. Also the nail tech needs to be able to control the amount of product that’s being applied, obviously the more layers you apply the higher chance of it peeling off. Nail Polish should typically be applied in two coats, anything more will most likely begin to chip/peel sooner. Some may argue, well what of sheer colours. Well, they are ‘sheer’ for a reason and the idea is for some of your actual nail to show through the polish, applying more layers to make it opaque just won’t work. Rather go for a more opaque formula.

That’s it, those are my the 4 factors I always bring up when talking about regular nail polish and why they aren’t ‘magic’. I’ve had this post in my head for years, and regularly talk about it with people who always argue that gel lasts longer, which is why they’d rather damage their nails sorry, go with that option. Happy to have it all written down now so I can refer people to it.

Hope you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments.

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Hey Everyone! My name is Ez and I'm the Founder & EiC of BeautyInLagos. From inception (Jan 2012), I'd been the sole Editor of the entire BiL platform. In May 2018, I decided to to expand and build an Editorial team which includes in-house Editors as well as external Contributors. So from time to time, you will see posts from these awesome people, please show them love!

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AMERICA’S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN: THE BEAUTY EDIT

Recently, Forbes published their annual ‘America’s Richest Self-Made Women’ list. This is the publication’s 4th edition and is a ranking of the most successful women entrepreneurs in America. The 60 women selected recorded a combined net worth of $71 billion, up 15% from $61.5 billion in 2017. The list recognises women who have shattered ceilings and scaled new heights in a wide variety of disciplines, from genetic testing to slimming shapewear & cosmetics. The minimum net worth needed to make this year’s list is $320 million, up from $260 million last year.

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about this list, particularly the fact that Kylie Jenner was on the list as the youngest of the lot, but did you know there were 5 other beauty entrepreneurs as well. I wanted to highlight this fact and also encourage every other beauty entrepreneur out there to keep pushing and some day you too will be shattering ceilings and defying the norm! Here’s a list of all the beauty entreprenuers, their rankings and the brands they own:

 

KATHY FIELDS – RANKING #13- NETWORTH $1.5BILLION

  • Dermatologist Kathy Fields and her business partner Katie Rodan have created two successful skincare brands: Proactiv Solutions and Rodan + Fields.
  • In May 2018, private equity firm TPG spent $1 billion to buy a 25% stake in Rodan + Fields.
  • Rodan + Fields borrowed $600 million in junk bonds in June 2018 and used it to pay the founders a dividend.
  • Revenues of Rodan + Fields grew 50% in 2017 to $1.5 billion; the direct marketing firm conducts sales through some 200,000 ‘consultants.’
  • In 2016, the two dermatologists sold their Proactiv royalties to a joint venture between Guthy Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.

KATHIE RODAN – RANKING #13 – NETWORTH $1.5BILLION

 

  • Dermatologist Rodan co-created acne treatment Proactiv and launched skin-care company Rodan + Fields with longtime business partner Kathy Fields.
  • In May 2018, private equity firm TPG spent $1 billion to buy a 25% stake in Rodan + Fields.
  • Rodan + Fields borrowed $600 million in junk bonds in June 2018 and used it to pay the founders a dividend.
  • Revenues of Rodan + Fields grew 50% in 2017 to $1.5 billion; the direct marketing firm conducts sales through more than 200,000 ‘consultants.’
  • In 2016, the two dermatologists sold their Proactiv royalties to a joint venture between Guthy Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.

ANASTASIA SOARE – RANKING #21 – NETWORTH $1BILLION

 

  • Make-up mogul Anastasia Soare has made a fortune applying the golden ratio–used by the ancient Greeks and Leonardo da Vinci–to eyebrows.
  • Born in Romania, she immigrated to Los Angeles in 1989 and got a job in a beauty salon.
  • Three years later, she struck out on her own, and in 2000, she launched a line of eyebrow products under the name Anastasia Beverly Hills.
  • Sales took off after her daughter Claudia, who is the company’s president, began promoting the brand on Instagram.
  • The company now sells more than 480 products in over 3,000 stores; revenues are estimated at more than $200 million.

KYLIE JENNER – RANKING #27 – NETWORTH $900M

 

  • The most junior member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is also its richest thanks to her fast-growing makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics.
  • Famous for its $29 lip liner and lipstick “lip kits,” Kylie Cosmetics has since expanded into eyeshadow, highlighter, eyeliner and more.
  • Its limited edition product “drops” create giant flash sales, as in November 2016 when her holiday collection snagged nearly $19 million in 24 hours.
  • Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its founding in February 2016.
    Jenner owns 100% of the company

 

HUDA KATTAN – RANKING #37 – $550M

 

  • Miserable in her finance job, Kattan quit to become a makeup artist and then launched a blog in 2010. It is now the Internet’s most-read beauty blog.
  • Kattan started Huda Beauty with her two sisters in 2013 when she couldn’t find false eyelashes to buy.<br>
  • Today, Huda Beauty sells more than 140 products from eyeshadow pallets to lip gloss, which bring in at least $200 million in annual sales.
  • Private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners acquired a small minority stake at the end of 2017. It is now valued at more than $1 billion.
  • An influencer who claims to having never spent money on advertising, Kattan now has about 26 million Instagram followers.

 

JAMIE KERN LIMA – RANKING #44 – NETWORTH $440M

 

  • Jamie Kern Lima sold her problem-solving make-up line of 300 products to L’Oreal for $1.2 billion in cash.
  • Kern Lima pocketed roughly $410 million and is staying as CEO of IT Cosmetics, making her the first female CEO in L’Oreal’s 108-year-history.
  • The former morning news anchor started testing makeup to help cover up her rosacea, a hereditary skin condition that causes blotchy, red skin.
  • Her husband Paulo Lima, who she met in a statistics class at Columbia Business School, is cofounder and runs much of the daily operations.
  • Since cashing out in 2016, Kern Lima has invested some proceeds in 12 women-led businesses.

To read about all 60 women featured visit forbes.com for the full article.

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WHERE TO GET A DECENT PEDICURE IN LAGOS

When it comes to a pedicure, I am EXTREMELY picky and rarely go anywhere other than these 4 places.

NAIL STUDIO

Whenever I want a thorough, proper pedicure the one place that never disappoints is Nail Studio.

The Nail Studio Beauty Center

9 Bishop Aboyade Cole, Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Telephone: +234 (0) 709 812 0606

Instagram: @TheNailStudioVI
Website: www.nailstudio.com.ng


THE NAIL BOUTIQUE

I just absolutely LOVE this space, if you want to see more pictures of the space you can check out the ‘Out and About’ post here. I would recommend you get their ‘Luxury Pedicure’ option, similar to the ‘Basic Pedicure’, but it includes a hot-wax procedure that I love! They also get a GOLD star for customer service.

The Nail Boutique

Raybok Mall (Top Floor), 5 Prince Adelowo Adedeji Street, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Telephone: +234 (0) 818 000 3526 & +234 (0) 805 058 0800
Instagram: @TheNailBoutiqueNG
Facebook: @TheNailBoutiqueNG
Twitter: @NailBoutiqueNG
Website: www.thenailboutique.ng


QM NAIL LOUNGE

Been going here since they first opened, and even moved locations. They are definitely on my list of options when I need a pedicure.

QM Nail Lounge & Spa

13 Emma Abimbola (Fola Osibo), Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1

Telephone: +234 (0) 816070498
Instagram: @QMNail.Lounge


COLORS BY RL

When you have a look at the list of their services, you will know why this is one of my recommended spots. You can read more about this in their ‘Out and About’ post here.

Colors By RL

RADE MALL 21b Fola Osibo, Off Adebayo Doherty Street, Lekki Phase 1

Telephone: +234 (0) 8052560974
Instagram: @ColorsByRL



CATCH-UP!

About the BeautyInLagos Recommends series

Where to Get Beauty Treatments & Procedures in Lagos

Hope these recommendations help, if you have some more (especially on the mainland and surrounding areas), please feel free to share in the comment section below.

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Hi Guys. So another beauty tip for you This series I have split up in two parts. This first part I introduce to you the concept of face contouring and the 3 Main products and tools that are required. Now as with all things makeup these rules are not strict, you can edit it to suit yourself!

Look Out for Part 2, where I will be showing you ‘How To’ Contour

Hope you enjoyed my little Tip!

 Laters,

 Ez xxX

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Hi Guys! Hope you are all well.

So a few weeks ago I  attended a little jazz night with my friend in Ikoyi, Lagos. I noticed her face was ‘glowy’, kind of when ones got a bit of highlighter on the cheeks, forehead and down the bridge of the nose. I asked her what highlighter it was and she said she didn’t have any on. I said ok what blusher then, obviously assuming it must have been a blusher with some shimmer in it, once again she said she didn’t have that on either. She then told me it was this new powder she got from SLEEK. I asked her for details and she said it was the Sleek ‘Suede Effect’ Powder.

I had seen them on the Konga website when I was having a browse so I made a mental note to purchase it. I asked her what shade she got and she said ’02’. I have a couple Sleek face powders in my collection one of them’s called the ‘Luminous Pressed Powder’, and this powder comes in a pack exactly identical to the Suede Effect one. I’ve got the Luminous powder in the shade ’01’ and since my friend is darker than I am and she had it in ’02’, I guessed the ’01’ would be perfect for me and it was!

I present to you the powder that really is something special. Sleek Makeup ‘Suede Effect Pressed Powder’. And its got SPF in it, that can only be an amazing bonus. Cannot stress enough how important sun protection is. Please please please ensure you ALWAYS wear makeup that’s got sun protection in it, or if you haven’t got any foundation/powder with SPF. Look for a day-cream (face cream) thats got SPF. Sun damage is irreversible and its got so many adverse effects. And not just the face, your entire body needs to be protected too.

I tell you, this powder is very lightweight and applies smoothly on the skin. You will honestly feel like you haven’t got anything on.

It only comes in 4 shades from 01 to 04. But do not be put off by this at all, as this powder is quite translucent and a shade can cater to a range of skin tones that fall within the same color base.

Like I mentioned earlier my friend is about the shade NW45 in MAC shade-terms and the shade 02 is a perfect match for her. I would say these powders are a bit translucent, but offer enough coverage. So the color range might be small, but it will suit almost all skin tones

I couldn’t just purchase one item! what would the beauty-gods say?? Had to get something else.

Got this gorgeous Coral lipstick from Revlon.

I had a similar one from MAC. But I lost it (or someone stole it *side eye*) and I thought this might be a decent replacement.

I wore it over the weekend and I was impressed. Never tried any lipsticks from Revlon and this wasn’t a bad first impression. Although the its not got as much staying power on the lips as, say MAC. But for a drugstore lipstick its not bad.

Its got good pigmentation and a creamy texture. The popular preference for bright colored lipstick is a matte finish, but I tend to prefer mine to have a slightly creamy texture. But not too creamy that it borders on ‘slippery’. Just smooth enough to apply on the lips without ‘dragging’. This is the MAIN reason I don’t share the enormous love that everyone has for RubyWoo, honestly. Yes, its a universal red but its a VERY unforgiving lipstick, very drying and ‘drags’ like no other when being applied.. But this is a rant for another day

Only gripe with this product is that its got a very weird shape, especially the end of it. You know how most lipsticks have got the usual ‘dip’ on one side? Well this has got a ‘dip’ on both sides, it looks like the sharp end of a screwdriver (sorry, I’m really struggling to describe this). Both sides have got this ‘dip’ and due to this the top of the lipstick is a straight-line. I tried to capture this in a picture, but no joy.

This really does not affect the application, its just unusual thats all.

DETAILS:
Revlon Colorburst Liptick in Shade ‘080 Coral: N2,200 CLICK TO BUY!

Sleek Makeup Suede Effect Pressed Powder SPF 15 in Shade ‘SE 01’: N1,950 CLICK TO BUY!

So there you go! Yet another mini-haul from Konga. I am honestly addicted to that site and I am so happy theres a place we makeup addicts in Lagos can go and indulge. Just need them to add more exciting items to their stock.

Got anything off Konga recently?

Laters,

Ez xxX

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This is just a little something I thought I’d add to my blog content. Sharing some of my personal tips with you guys. I have been thinking about how to present this and I love what I have decided to use.

First in this new series will be lip care. You can get away with lip glosses but there are many lipsticks that are quite unforgiving on unkempt lips. Case in point, the cult product MAC’s ‘Ruby Woo’. A Matte (and all-too-drying) lipstick that majority of we ladies love ( I don’t, quite frankly I think there are many other ‘Reds’ out there), because it seems to be ‘Universal Red’ i.e. it works with any skin tone.

Hope you enjoyed my little Tip!

Laters,

Ez Xxx

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