We got a LOT of emails from readers asking for more Dupes, so here it is. If you missed the first one, you can read it here. This time around we took it a step farther and have now included links to BeautyDirectoryNG businesses that stock some of the products mentioned! Once again, we went back to Julia to see if she had any more dupes to share and thankfully she did! Julia is an Associate Makeup Artist at popular makeup house Doranne Beauty, and she is known for her ‘nack’ at finding cheaper alternatives for more expensive products; these are termed ‘duplicates’ or ‘dupes’ in the beauty world.

In this post Julia shares with us, another, 5 Dupes she uses on her clients, that give her similar results to the more expensive product:

1. MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 MATTTIFYING PRIMER

 

WHERE TO BUY

Makeup Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer

 

Pond’s Lasting Oil Control


2. MORPHE EYESHADOW PALETTES

 

WHERE TO BUY

Morphe Eyeshadow Palettes

Hush Beauty NG


3. FENTY BEAUTY BODY LAVA

WHERE TO BUY

Fenty Beauty Body Lava

Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil


4. ARTIST COUTURE ‘LA BRONZE’

WHERE TO BUY

Artist Couture ‘La Bronze’

Yanga Beauty ‘Kporkish’


 

5. OMGLO Cosmetics Spray

WHERE TO BUY

Omglo Cosmetics Spray (200ml)

Soo Pro Cosmetics Hydra Mist (200ml)


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At any given time, I have about 10-15 different salts on rotation in my kitchen salt collection but there are some that are permanent staples, no matter what, and Pink Himalayan Salt is one of those staples due to its health benefits. The pink colour comes from over 80 trace minerals including calcium, potasium, magnesium and iron. It is one of the purest salts in existence. I was drawn to this scrub because while I have used salt scrubs before, I wanted to see whether the benefits of this wonder pink salt would be evident on my skin.  Let me just confess that I am on my third tub of this. I don’t remember how I discovered it, but I do know that I don’t want to run out, ever. 

How I use:

This scrub is an evening affair for me. I shower as usual, rinse, and then buff this onto my body with my hands, do a final rinse and go. Other times, I rub this onto damp skin and then soak in a nice hot bath for 30 minutes. On occasion, I mix a pinch of the scrub with my face wash to purify and deep clean my face before slathering on a face mask. 

 

Results

This scrub is pink and grainy as you would expect from a salt scrub. Apart from the pretty colour, the smell is amazing and it leaves a little bit of a minty cooling tingle on your skin. They are not lying when they say it purifies and gives you inner balance. I really do feel completely renewed when I use this, which is why I save it for stressful days when I need something to calm me down or lift my spirits or scrub away stress. The smell, the feel, and the ingredients work well together in this product.

 

Pros:

  • Top notch fragrance notes – unlike some other scrubs on the market which smell too sweet cloying, this has a plush, rose fragrance which feels rich, authentic and hella sexy.
  • Super moisturising – this scrub is packed with natural oils which themselves are beneficial to the skin such as peach, almond, coconut, macadamia, olive and jojoba oils. After this scrub, there is no need to moisturise your skin as it leaves you supple and soft. You can if you want to, (and there is a matching body butter from Rituals which intensifies the experience) but I find I don’t really need to. An exfoliating product that also cares for my dry skin is a win for me.
  • Generous size – this tub lasts me ages. Admittedly I save this for when I need a big dose of TLC. That said, I have had my current tub 6 months and still have enough a couple more sessions.
  • Exfoliation intensity – I have tried a fair few scrubs in my time and have decided that I prefer salt and/or sugar scrubs for my body because they are more effective without damaging my skin. Wax bead scrubs are nice but too soft and don’t do much. Walnut shells are alright but they tend to be a bit too abrasive and scratchy. This scrub gives me the right amount of exfoliation.

Cons:

  • A little bit of waste-age – I mentioned the scrub texture being grainy and this is because it is made with many natural ingredients. While it is great that there are no synthetic waxes in it (like there are in other scrubs) I find it is best to use it on damp skin. Otherwise it falls off into the bath tub and wastes, which can be annoying. 

Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum/Fragrance, Argania Spinosa (Kernel) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Menthol, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene.

Product Claims: A purifying body scrub that contains ancient crystal salt from the Himalayas, which has a purifying and harmonising effect for inner balance and vitality. This purifying scrub leaves an intensely soothing thin layer of oil on your skin. Enriched with the delightful aroma of Indian Rose and the soothing effects of Sweet Almond Oil. According to traditional Ayurvedic science, scrubbing is a highly effective way of purifying your body and of stimulating the flow of energy. This process is enhanced when taking a warm bath.

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Minjiba is a creative African food blogger, TV cook and content creator based in Lagos and her cooking show ‘Minjiba Entertains’ airs weekly on The Africa Channel in the US & the Caribbean. In addition to developing exciting recipes from local ingredients, she is a sworn skincare addict and loves to explore products that use active food ingredients.

You can find her:

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Running a beauty business, any business to be honest, isn’t easy. Which is why I am here to help make sure you get your foundation right before you launch that business. And even if you are already a business owner/entrpreneur, it’s never too late to make the necessary adjustments.

In this brief post I am going to touch on a business process I believe is very crucial, especially if you intend for your business to eventually grow and expand, determining the difference between Direct Costs & Indirect Costs.

 

DIRECT & INDIRECT COSTS

Direct business costs are a lot easy to identify, these are the costs & expenses that contribute to the production of your goods or fulfilment of your services. For example, if you are a Makeup Artist the makeup in your kit is a Direct Cost. If you own a Beauty Store, your rent is a Direct Cost. I could go on and on.

Indirect business costs are a little trickier to identify and often overlooked by entrepreneurs/business owners as personal expense or not even factored-in at all. It is crucial that all Indirect Costs be identified and captured, otherwise you will unknowingly be running your business out of your own pocket or at a loss. So examples of Indirect Costs could be: petrol in your car/transportation costs if you’re an Entrepreneur that moves around (e.g. MakeUp Artist, Nail Tech, etc.) or if you’re an Influencer: data, hosting fees, phone credit etc are indirect costs. Can you see why indirect costs could be a little harder to spot?

 

BUSINESS IDEA vs BUSINESS STRATEGY

Why is identifying Direct and Indirect costs important? Because they aid in determining whether your business idea or business strategy is viable. Business Idea and Business Strategy are two very different things…

When you have a Business Idea, say to retail makeup…. If a lipgloss costs ₦500 from the manufacturer and you retail it for ₦1000, you make a profit of ₦500. This is called the Gross Profit (Gross profit is profit made after Direct costs have been deducted). The Direct cost here is simply purchasing the lipgloss from the manufacturer. So based on your gross profit calculations, your business idea is viable.

Now let’s see if the Business Strategy is viable too. So you’ve decided you want to retail this lipgloss, how much does it cost to ship it in from the manufacturer? Will you be doing this online? There’s domain name cost and monthly hosting fees. Will you have this item delivered to the customer? What sort of product packaging (shopping bags, boxes, etc.) will be used. Do you plan to market via social media? There’s data costs, acquiring a decent phone for pictures or investing in a camera, paying for sponsored ads. I could go on, but what ever is left of your ₦500 profit after all these indirect costs are deducted will be your Net Profit. So based on net profit calculations clearly your business strategy isn’t viable. (Net profit is profit made after Indirect costs have been deducted)

So from the example above, just because the business idea is viable doesn’t mean you go right ahead and start a business, determining direct and indirect costs is crucial… especially in the early stages.

To make things easier I have created a little ‘game’ for us to play. Identifying Direct Costs are a lot easier than Indirect Costs, so this game is more so for you to look a little closer at your business and make sure you are not paying for certain business expenses out of your pocket.


IDENTIFYING DIRECT & INDIRECT COSTS

We will use two business scenarios to illustrate.. The first is a Makeup Artist and the second will be a Skincare Manufacturer. I will provide 10 business costs, half of which are Direct, the remaining half are Indirect. Your task will be to sort them out. I have provided the answers for you to check, but try not to peek before. As a hint, Direct Costs are usually identified at the business idea stage, while indirect costs come up during the strategy stage.

 

MAKEUP ARTIST

 

 

 

SKINCARE MANUFACTURER


MAKEUP ARTIST

DIRECT COSTSINDIRECT COSTS
EYESHADOWTOLL-GATE CARD
STUDIO RENTPHONE DATA
MAKEUP CHAIRCAMERA
RINGLIGHTREFRESHMENTS
DIESELUBER

 

SKINCARE MANUFACTURER

DIRECT COSTSINDIRECT COSTS
PACKAGINGMARKETING
RAW MATERIALSPHONE CREDIT
LABOURLOGISTICS
MANUFACTURING COSTSSTOCKIST FEES
FACTORY RENTSTORAGE COSTS

Just because an idea is profitable doesn’t mean it can translate into a sustainable Business.

After these exercises you should be better able to distinguish between your direct and indirect costs. Both are equally important to identify as you grow and expand your business.

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Muna is a finance professional and beauty enthusiast based in Lagos. She is the Principal Consultant at MASAL Consultants, a financial management firm that provides: public accounting, bookkeeping, financial planning & advisory services to SMEs, Entrepreneurs and Private Individuals.

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Twitter: @MasalFinance

Email: consult@masalconsultants.com

Continuing from Part 1 of our mini-series on skin acids, we have enlisted the help of our knowledgable BiL Contributor, Olabisi, to shed some light on a few more acids. If you missed part 1 you might want to click here to catch-up. If you are all caught-up, continue reading…

AHAs and BHAs usually come to mind when everyone hears acids but did you know that there are other types of acids which also help you achieve the healthy and supple skin that you deserve. I promise you this is not a chemistry lesson but keep reading to know more about these other acids.

 

HYALURONIC ACID

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What it does: Quickly gaining popularity and is probably one of my favourite ingredients. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and helps to hold in moisture. As we get older and get exposed to environmental factors, we lose moisture, leading to lacklustre skin. Another form of hyaluronic acid is Sodium Hyaluronate which is derived from hyaluronic acid as well but is more easily absorbed. Add hyaluronic acid to your routine in form of toners, serums, moisturizer or even sheet masks. Some of my favourite products with hyaluronic acid include Medik8 Hydr8 B5, Neutrogena HydroBoost, Cerave Moisturising Lotion and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5

Skin Type: All types. Best for Dry/Acne-Prone Skin in need of oil-free option

PRODUCT SUGGESTIONWHERE TO BUY
1. INSTANATURAL HYYALURONIC ACID SERUM
2. PURE HYALURONIC ACID SERUM
3. WHITE EGRET HYALURONIC ACID DAY SERUM
Allure Beauty Store
JORDAN SAMUEL SKIN HYDRATE SERUMHilary Says
1. KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED
TONER
2. COSRX ULTIMATE MOISTURISING HONEY
OVERNIGHT MASK
3. COSRX BHA BLACKHEAD POWER LIQUID
4. KLAIRS MIDNIGHT BLUE CALMING CREAM
5. COSRX ALOE VERA OIL FREE MOISTURE CREAM
Your Skin's Love
1. RADHA BEAUTY VITAMIN C SERUM WITH
HYALRONIC ACID
2. CETAPHIL DAILY HYDRATING FACE LOTION WITH
HYALURONIC ACID
Serenite Beauty & Skincare

 

 

CITRIC ACID

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What it does: An AHA naturally found in citrus fruits – lemon, limes, oranges, kiwi etc. Helps to exfoliate the skin which is probably why there are DIY tips advising you apply lemon directly on your face – PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. Citric acid helps to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, scars and skin discolouration and is present in most moisturisers.

Skin Type: Hyperpigmented skin with dark spots. NOT suitable for sensitive skin.

PRODUCT SUGGESTIONWHERE TO BUY
COSRX LOW PH GOOD MORNING
CLEANSER
Your Skin's Love
1. The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Lotion
2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Sleeping Mask
SK Beauty

 

 

AMINO ACID

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What it does: Known as building blocks of proteins. They play an important role in maintaining hydration in the skin as well as the texture of the skin.They also help to promote cellular repair. One of the major sources of amino acids is animal protein, beans and nuts. Some amino acids also work as antioxidants e.g glutathione. Other amino acids are arginine, lysine and glycine. Some skincare products rich in amino acids include The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factor + HA, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream.

Skin Type: All skintypes

PRODUCT SUGGESTIONWHERE TO BUY
1. THE ORDINARY BUFFET + COPPER
PEPTIDES 1%
2. THE KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION
FACIAL TONER
3. PAULA'S CHOICE SKIN REVOVERY
REPLENSHING MOISTURISER
4. CERAVE PEPTIDE NIGHT CREAM
Gebeesq
RADIANT GLOW BOTANICAL FACIAL MILKSK Beauty

 

 

RETINOIC ACID

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What it does: Also known as Tretinoin, a metabolite of retinol. It is usually used in the treatment of acne, razor bumps (I personally used it to smoothen out my jaw area post-laser and it worked really well). It kick-starts collagen production to fill out fine lines and cellular turnover to give you a ‘glowy’ complexion. Retinoic acid also lightens up dark spots and helps fight photo-aging from sun exposure and free radicals. It is important to follow instructions given to you by your doctor as Tretinoin is prescription-only, so it is technically a drug and may cause some irritation or dryness.

Skin Type: All skintypes, particularly signs of aging and blemishes.

PRODUCT SUGGESTIONWHERE TO BUY
1. INSTANATURAL RETINOL SERUM
2. PURITAN RETINOL CREAM
3. RENTINA 0.5 CREAM
Allure Beauty Store
1. PETER THOMAS ROTH RETINOL
FUSION PM (1.5% RETINOL)
2. SKINMEDICA RETINOL COMPLEX
(0.5% RETINOL)
3. JORDAN SAMUEL SKIN ETOILE
WITH RETINOL (0.2% RETINOL)
4. DIFFEREN ADAPALENE GEL
(O.1% RETINOID)
Hilary Says
1. THE ORDINARY GRANACTIVE
RETINOID 5% IN SQUALINE
2. THE ORDINARY GRANACTIVE
RETINOID 2% IN SQUALINE
3. THE ORDINARY RETINOL 0.5%
IN SQUALINE
4. THE ORDINARY RETINOL 1%
IN SQUALINE
Gebeesq

 

 

FATTY ACIDS

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What it does: Helps to maintain hydration, strengthen barrier and reduce dryness. Most facial oils contain fatty acids, if you are acne prone, use grapeseed or seabuckthorn oil while other skin types will benefit from almond and olive oil. Two products I love that contain a rich blend of fatty acids are the Stratia Skin Liquid Gold and Fortify

Skin Type: All types, especially dry to very-dry and sensitive skin

PRODUCT SUGGESTIONWHERE TO BUY
STRATIA LIQUID GOLDGebeesq
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Olabisi is a Medical Doctor and Skincare Blogger based in Lagos. When she is not busy working with vulnerable women and children, she is writing blog posts on www.thatgeminigirl.com.

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It’s no secret, Primers are the key to lasting makeup. But the big confusion is, which one actually does what it says on the bottle? Thankfully we have an expert to help us out, Theo is a celebrity makeup artist and lead artist at Doranne Beauty and one thing she’s known for is getting her client’s makeup to last all day. She shared with us the secret to lasting makeup is a combination of things, asides from the client’s skin-type and learning how to use the right products that will work, the BASE of any makeup look is the ultimate key to determining how long it will last. Primer & Foundation are the two key products that make up the Base. In this post she shares with us her top 5 primers that hold-up nicely, especially in warmer climates like Nigeria.

When picking out a primer pay attention to what skin issue it targets. Here are a few examples of the sort of primers on the market:

  • Pore Minimiser
  • Pore Filler/Smoothing (blurs out skin)
  • Mattifying (absorbs sebum)
  • Luminous/Radiance
  • Hydrating

In the list below, Theo shares her top 5 primers and the skin issues they help target.

 

1. SMASHBOX THE ORIGINAL SMOOTH & BLUR PRIMER

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It blurs out the skin creating a ‘film-like’ base, also act as a pore-filler. This primer recently got a facelift, so look out for the new packaging.

 

2. MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 MATTIFYING PRIMER

photo source: makeupforever.com

Super-mattifying. Suitable for Oily skin

 

3. COVER FX MATTIFYING PRIMER WITH ACNE TREATMENT

photo source: cultbeauty.com

Mattifies without drying out the skin

 

4. LAURA MERCIER RADIANCE FOUNDATION PRIMER

photo source: feelunique.com

Light-weight primer, doubles-up as an illuminator

 

5. BENEFIT THE PORE FESSIONAL

photo source: feelunique.com

Mattifying and also a Pore Filler. If you have enlarged pores, this is the primer for you.


Look out for the second part of our chat with Theo where she shares some of her favourite Foundations.

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I have oily acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation, so I am always on the lookout for products that will help keep breakouts at bay. Since i am an avid user of acid toners i decided to look for one specifically targeted to oily skin. After a bit of research, I discovered that salicylic acid works best on oily skin because it is oil soluble which allows it penetrate and unclog pores, reduce blackheads and active breakouts. It also has antibacterial properties and reduces sebum (oil) production hence my interest in a salicylic acid toner.

 

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Enter Paula’s choice skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid In my search, this was the product that was recommended repeatedly so I decided to give it a try to see if it lived up to its expectations. I ordered the product from Paula’s Choice website, and it was a simple process. All you need to do is register and then buy the product which arrived within 5-7 working days. Let’s get into the product proper

 

How to use:

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I put the product on a cotton pad and apply to my cleansed skin using horizontal swipes , then wait for 10-15 minutes to allow it absorb and move on with the rest of my skincare routine. The instructions given say it should be applied after your toner but I prefer to apply it directly after cleansing and then use my toner. Now because I use acid toners regularly it did not sting at all when I used it but it may be slightly different for newbies so, do a patch test before you proceed. Because of my skin care needs, I used this toner twice a day in the morning and at night, but made sure to use sunscreen during the day as acids can cause sun sensitivity. A bottle typically lasts about 2 months even with my twice a day use.

 

Results

For me this is an absolute Holy Grail product before I started using Paula’s choice 2% BHA solution, my skin was congested and I was having breakouts constantly. As one spot healed and another would take its place so my face ended up looking like the fur coat in 101 Dalmatians, not a good look. However this really helped to stop all that, don’t get me wrong it did not happen overnight but after roughly 2 weeks of consistent use I noticed that the breakouts completely stopped which allowed me to focus on dealing with my hyperpigmentation more aggressively ( which we can talk about later).

 

Pros

  • Affordable especially when compared to similar products
  • Treats acne effectively
  • Not harsh or irritating to the skin
  • Helps with hyperpigmentation

Cons

  • None

Where to Buy:

Hilary Says


Overall rating: 5/5 – My skin is not happy when I don’t use it consistently, I recommend this unequivocally.

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Chizo is a skincare and makeup enthusiast who likes to travel and explore new places. When not working, she is browsing skin care and beauty sites looking to try new products or binge-watching series online.

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The saying goes: “A woman who changes her hair, pay attention, she’s about to change her life”. There’s something about a person’s hair that ‘speaks’, it adds vivacity to an individual’s appearance alluding to one’s personality.  Women of color have always been adventurous with their hair but moreso now, rocking braids, wigs, weaves, and extensions in colors like blonde, purple, lilac, red, pastel pink, grey and green.

Here are some tint inspirations, to get your week started. Never say never, summer is here and we could all use a pop of color to perk up our style:

 

This colour makes a barbie statement. For a playful and bold look, this color doesn’t falter as the lilac x blue tinted hair exudes magical Unicorn vibe.

 

A blonde buzz-cut is very daring.

 

 

Purple, lilac, pink hues radiate cheerful and daring glamour.

 

 

Wine, scarlet, bright red, deep red, light red… all give a chic twist to ones personality.

 

The trick with blonde is to settle on a shade of blonde that compliments your skin-tone.

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Idaraobong is a beauty journalist, a freelance creative writer, natural hair and makeup enthusiast. A graduate of International law and diplomacy and an aspiring TV personality; I aim to influence beauty through my write-ups.

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twitter: @obongisqueen

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