Who better to dish on all things GLOW than the Glow-Queen herself, Teniola (Tenny) Kashaam. Tenny is the Head Makeup Artist at TennyCoCo Studio and is popularly known for her signature luminous makeup looks. Her finished looks always want to make you reach for the nearest highlighter and just bathe in it. She has mastered a technique that sets her apart from her counterparts so we had to get her to spill on some of her favourite ‘Glow’ products; particularly for deeper skintones.

She shared there’s two parts to this ‘Glow Game’; It starts with the base (Illuminators) and ends with the finishing touch (Highlighters).

For her base she alternates between an array of products she calls ‘Glow Essentials’, which we will share in this post. And for the finishing touches, a variety of highlighters/bronzers, we shall share in another post.

So we sat down with Tenny to find out what her top 5 Glow Essentials for Melanin Skin are:

 

1. ICONIC LONDON  ILLUMINATOR ‘GLOW’ – N11,000

photo source: @TennyCocoStudio (Instagram)

Available for purchase from: @TennyCocoStudio

 

2. MELANIE MILLS GLEAM BODY RADIANCE ‘DEEP GOLD’

photo source: melaniemillshollywood.com

 

 

3. MAC FIX+ (SHIMMER) ‘PINK LITE’ – N9,000

photo source: maccosmetics.com

Available for purchase from: @TennyCocoStudio

 

4. MAC STROBE CREAM ‘GOLD LITE’

photo source: maccosmetics.com

 

 

5. DABOTA COSMETICS ILLUMINATING LOTION

photo source: dabotacosmetics.com

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I have never understood why, for the life of me, a Beauty Retailer on social media will upload an image of a product they have for sale and then request that you send them a DM (Direct Message/Private Message) to request the price.

My experience as a Beauty Blogger has taught me that we live in an age where people want what they want, and they want it now.. INSTANT GRATIFICATION. The moment they see something that catches their eye it’s best to satisfy them immediately, otherwise you lose them; that’s the reality. I’d had interactions with a few people and the feedback was always the same: “I would much rather prefer they stated their prices”.  So why were there still so many Beauty Retailers requesting customers DM them? Perhaps they were not aware of their Customers needs? Or did they know something I didn’t know about customer interaction.  So I decided to see how I could bridge this gap by initiating a conversation via Instagram

 

I asked the Retailers first, why don’t you state prices of the products you market as available for purchase.

 

I got quite a number of reasons which I have provided in the Infographic above. The great thing about this was that the customers provided their feedback to the retailers reasons, and it just so interesting to see the disconnect. I will share my thoughts on all this a little later in this post.  There were a couple more responses from Retailers:

IT’S UP TO US WHETHER WE STATE OUR PRICES OR NOT

CUSTOMERS A RUDE ABOUT THE PRICE OF ITEMS

IF THERE IS A PRICE CHANGE ON AN ITEM POSTED TWO YEARS AGO, SHOULD WE THEN GO BACK AND CHANGE IT

 

The following day, after hearing from the Retailers, I decided to pose a question to the Customer.

I wanted to keep it simple; as with the Customer I just wanted to know, based on the feedback from the Retailers would you still like to know the price of a product being marketed for sale rather than DM; I wasn’t at all surprised by the results.

 

 

 

A total of 1,022 people took part in the poll and 95% said that they’d like Beauty Retailers to display their prices.

 

You want to know what’s even crazier? There are STILL a number of Retailers arguing why they won’t state their prices. The Customer is saying we would appreciate if you display the prices of the items you’re marketing for sale, rather than instructing us to send a DM. You are insisting they send a DM…

What happened to: “The Customer is Always right”. Yes, that’s a huge blanket statement, and shouldn’t be translated literally. It means the Customer should be the priority of any business, otherwise why else are you in business? A lot of the Beauty Retailers appear to make decisions based on personal preferences and not necessarily what the customer wants. Perhaps, until now, they weren’t aware of their customers needs, so this will serve as market research for them to review. I did actually notice a number of retailers take this feedback onboard and comment that they will make necessary adjustments.

It’s very easy to get caught up building a brand that YOU like, but remember at the end of the day it all comes down to the numbers. A business requires paying customers to thrive.

The issue of comparing your brand to Luxury Brands & bigger International Brands is something I feel needs a separate post of it’s own but I will  say two words: BRANDING & MARKETING. It is fantastic to aspire to be like the big international brands, but please recognise that they spent time, effort & resources to build a brand that is easily recognisable; a brand that people desire to have.

Will continue this discussion in another post, but the general consensus is: DISPLAY YOUR PRICES ON ITEMS BEING MARKETED ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

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As promised, here’s Part 2 of this series sharing some skincare products I am currently using. To catch-up on Part 1 click here.

Before I go any further, I have to let you know I haven’t captured every single product I use in my routine in this post. I’m simply sharing some products that I am currently using and loving the results. The picture above isn’t every product I use as part of my night-time routine, this is what I use after I have cleansed my face (so makeup remover, wipes and cleanser not included. For full routine click here)

Once I’ve taken my makeup off and cleansed my face, I use a toner and the one I am currently using is by Biologique Recherche (BR). Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, is a product I have used on and off for years, it’s an exfoliant, the ‘P50’ in the name means ‘Peel 50’. Basically if you use this toner consistently for 50days straight, the expectation is that in that period your skin would peel; revealing new baby-skin. I haven’t been able to use it consistently for 50days because, laziness lol. But I love the results I get when I use it consistently, so it’s a keeper. BR is a brand that I have mentioned previously on the blog (here) and is available in Nigeria. (Sidenote: There’s a whole page on this blog that lists all the International Beauty brands that are available in Nigeria, just click the ‘International Brands In Nigeria‘ link in the title bar’).

After I use BR, if I have any pimples, I apply my spot treatment (not pictured) and then my Body Shop eye serum (green bottle pictured), then I hydrate my face using the Hydrating Mist by The Body Shop or Organic Rose Water (not pictured). I love going to bed with some sort of oil/serum/mask on my face, basically something that replenishes moisture while I sleep. Rosehip Oil is almost always my go-to for this, it’s great for moisturising, restoring and treating scars.  I also recently started using the Beauty Elixir by Bath Kandy and I LOVE it! It’s packed with so much ‘goodness’ : Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, etc. (for a full breakdown of ingredients and more, click here). I will also provide a full review of this in a couple of weeks, but I already see this becoming a staple. I alternate between both, but right now I am using the Beauty Elixir a lot more.

Biologique Recherche 

Organic Rose Water N3,500 – click to buy

Rosehip Oil N4,000 – click to buy

Bath Kandy Beauty Elixir N10,000 (Bath Kandy ‘Glow-Up Box’) – click to buy

 

As you can see from the products I use, just as in my Day-time routine, I like to have options, and that’s ok, but consistency is what makes the difference.

Working on these posts had me reflecting a bit on how beauty-blogging, for me, has come a long way. I remember when I found it so frustrating because I couldn’t share where to get products I recommended or reviewed. That ‘Instant Gratification’ factor was missing; being able to read a review or see a recommendation of a product and instantly purchase it… Just looking at my full skincare routine post clearly depicts that. But fast-forward a couple of years and I can literally provide direct links to products, and I am so happy with that! Just goes to show that we as a community, the beauty community (bloggers, retailers, brands, enthusiasts, etc.), are growing and it makes me so so happy and even more excited to do what I love.

Anyways, tell me, what skincare products are you currently loving in your night-time routine? Please share with me in the comments.

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For me, an indication that I may be neglecting my skin is when I start to get tiny rash-like pimples between my brows just right above the bridge of my nose. They aren’t very visible or even painful, but when I run my finger along that area I feel the bumps.

Ok, so let me back-track a bit and tell you how I typically work this skincare routine thing, one minute I am so consistent and then before I know it I am slacking. Like I will do the bare minimum, apply sunscreen during the day and ensure I take my makeup off and wash my face (cleanse) at night. But when I stop doing the bare minimum, and indulge in actually using the products I have, consistently, there is a remarkable difference. So why don’t I just maintain the consistency you ask? Beats me bro, ain’t got a clue! lol.

And then when I notice the indicator (rash-like pimples) that I am neglecting my skin I then try to use everything at once, but that doesn’t work. I literally have to ‘ease’ myself into the routine.

With skincare, consistency is key and the products you use are super-important. Unless you actually really enjoy it, you will need to make a conscious effort to get a proper routine in and your daytime routine is just as important as the night-time. Whilst I was getting my nighttime skincare routine in, I thought to share some staple products that I use currently, and a couple new ones I am trying out. I find I am more comfortable introducing a new product to my regimen only after I have been consistent with my routine and my skin is at its best, that way when I introduce a new product and perhaps get an adverse reaction, immediately I know to stop; or if I see a noticeable improvement, then it’s a keeper.

This post will not be a complete full breakdown of my entire skincare routine, like I said I am just sharing some products I am using right now as part of my day-time routine. For my full step-by-step routine, click here

 

Listen, I don’t play with this Sun out here and people think it’s about ‘maintaining the yellow’… it’s not that, trust me I love a good tan, its moreso about the effects of sun-damage (aging sking, wrinkles, skin cancer). I literally RUN when I have to walk in the Sun, it’s comical, people think I am mad, but they’ll be alright. I know a friend of a friend that walks around with a big Sun Hat from The Weave Hat Company, I think I’m going to have to get one too!

Ok, back to these products. You already know about Vitamin C serum, this is key, it actually aids the efficacy of your sunscreen. So I apply it first, then followed by my face cream which is one by Bath Kandy. It’s from their Glow-Up Box which I reviewed in a previous post last year. I actually only recently started using it consistently, and I already love it! It absorbs right into the skin with a matte finish! I was pleasantly surprised by this and with all the added skin-benefits, including SPF15, it’s definitely ticking all the boxes for me right now (for full list of ingredients, click here). I plan on doing a full detailed review of this in a couple weeks, so look out for that. And lastly I follow-up with my beloved sunscreen, yes I’ve got two! One is SPF50 and the other is SPF60. No I don’t use both at the same time, I just alternate between the two, it’s always good to have options.

Some people might ask, why do I need sunscreen, when my face cream already has SPF in it? Because when it comes to skincare products they are usually formulated to target certain skin conditions. For example, if I purchased a face cream that targets adding moisture to the skin, but has SPF. Best believe the main active ingredients in that will be for ‘moisture’ and NOT sun-protection. It will have the SPF, but that’s not why it was formulated. But a sunscreen is formulated primarily to protect your skin from the sun and it’s numerous side-effects. So, just because your face cream has got SPF in it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply sunscreen to your face.

 

Vitamin C Serum N5,000 – click to buy

Oats Facial Lotion SPF15 N9,000 (on sale) Bath Kandy ‘Glow-Up Box’ – click to buy

Body Shop Skin Defence SPF50 N10,000  (on sale) – click to buy

La Roche-Posay Sunscreen SPF60 N13,000 – click to buy

 

These are just the products I currently use as part of my day-time routine, in part two I will share the products I use at night.

Part Two will be up on Friday (23rd March), so make sure you come back to check it out and, just like this post, I will include direct links to purchase all the products I mention.

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Remember in my exclusive interview with makeup artist extraordinaire Sam Fine, where he revealed that he actually developed the original Black Opal stick foundations? (Interview here) That information actually prompted me to look into the brand a little. What I discovered was a brand formulated specifically for women of colour and their range of products, from complexion to skincare, reflects that notion. They recently rebranded and with that they completely revamped their packaging, reformulated some products and changed their brand logo to BLK/OPL. I’m not going to bore you with too many words, just going to share pictures of some of their repackaged products and where you can get BLK/OPL in Nigeria.

 

L- R: ULTRA MATTE FOUNDATION POWDER (N4,800) | PORE PERFECTING POWDER FOUNDATION (N4,000) |MINERAL MATTE CREME POWDER FOUNDATION SPF 15 (N4,000) | ULTRA MATTE FOUNDATION POWDER (N4,800)

 

BLK/OPL SOFT VELVET FINISHING POWDER – N4,000

 

 

BLK/OPL COLOR STICK – N3,000

 


DETAILS

BLK/OPL is officially available in Nigeria from Kuddy Cosmetics.

www.kuddycosmetics.com

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So my final pick from HilarySays website shouldn’t really be a surprise for regular BiL Readers…. VitaminC serum.

In my most recent skincare-related post, I spoke extensively about the benefits of including a VitaminC treatment in your skincare routine, especially if you live in sunny climes like Nigeria. There’s a wide range of Vitamin C treatments on the market, most of which come in ‘serum’ form, and formulated to treat/prevent a variety of skin conditions ranging from anti-aging to skin brightening. This product I am about to highlight is absolutely no different.

Timeless 20% C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

This product contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid. The Vitamin C is an antioxidant that evens skin tone and helps build collagen, while Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid are included to extend the life and effectiveness of the Vitamin C ingredient.

Additional Benefits of Vitamin C include:

  • Neutralizes free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3); which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging.
  • Shields the skin from the visible impacts of pollution and significantly improving hydration
  • Improves signs of Aging and Photo-Damage
  • Diminishes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Boosts Collagen production thereby preventing the loss of skin firmness
  • Brightens skin’s complexion

 

This serum contains a 20% concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid. L-Ascorbic Acid is the scientific name for Vitamin C in its purest form. Out of the many forms of vitamin C, it is the most well-researched for its efficacy. In any form, vitamin C provides potent antioxidant properties but ascorbic acid is the only form backed by research for dramatically brightening and evening out skin tone.

Ingredients:

  1. Ferulic Acid provides antioxidant benefits to skin while enhancing the stability of topical applications of other antioxidants like vitamins C and E. It also helps defend skin against environmental assault.
  2. Alpha Tocopherol plays an important role in neutralizing free radicals, moisturizing skin, and improving the appearance of visible skin aging.
  3. Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a humectant that has a smaller molecular weight than hyaluronic acid and is able to deeply penetrate skin, delivering intense hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting firmness.

How to Use:

Apply 2-3 drops to fingertips and smooth evenly onto cleansed skin morning and night. Sunscreen use recommended after application

Hilary Says…

We recommend you use this product during the day only, there is no added benefit to using it again at night. After cleansing and toning, apply on face, neck and chest, wait a few minutes before applying other products. As it has high levels of ascorbic acid, you may experience some tingling, this is normal. If you have never used an ascorbic acid serum before, your skin may purge*and begin to breakout for a few days but you should keep using it; the roughness will clear after a few days. Make sure you use a sunscreen daily with this product. As this ascorbic acid can be very unstable, you are advised to store this product in the fridge to preserve its efficacy and use within 3 months.

*Purging is basically your skin’s natural reaction to a product that speeds up the rate at which skin cells are shed and replaced. If a product speeds up skin cell turnover, then the entire skin cell cycle will speed up as well, and clogged pores have the potential to turn into pimples much quicker. This only means that lesions that were already present, waiting patiently to surface, will surface all at once or in clusters. The difference ‘purging’ and ‘breaking out’ are essentially the same thing, but the former is deemed ok, while the latter isn’t. Here are a few points to help you differentiate between the two:
– if your skin breaks out more than normal, but in the usual places, and is progressively getting better – it’s likely that your skin is purging
– if your skin breaks out more than normal, but not in the usual places, and is not getting better – it’s likely that your skin is breaking out
– if your skin breaks out more than normal, but in the usual places, but is not getting better – it’s likely that your skin is breaking out
– if your skin breaks out more than normal, and you’re using a new product with ingredients that stimulate cell turnover – it’s likely that your skin is purging
– if your skin breaks out more than normal, and you’re using a new product with NO ingredients that stimulate cell turnover – it’s likely that your skin is breaking out
A purging period can last up to a month, which is the natural skin cycle, but anything from 6-8 weeks means you may be breaking out and having an adverse reaction to a product; so you must stop using the product

DETAILS

Product: Timeless 20% C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

Price: N16,000

Where to buy: Hilary Says

BiL Readers & Followers get 10% off this product when they shop and use the code: 10OFFTCE


GIVEAWAY

Hilary Says will be giving away ‘Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA‘ to one lucky BeautyInLagos Instagram follower. The giveaway rules will be announced on my Instagram page, @BeautyInLagos, very very soon. So keep an eye out!


Reference: Purging explanation culled from ‘Banish’ website

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YouSkin is one of the few Nigerian skincare brands that’s dedicated to formulating and retailing performance skincare products. If you have no idea what I mean by ‘Performance Products’, just read this post here. YouSkin is actually the in-house brand by beauty retailer Youtopia Beauty. I shared about Youtopia Beauty here on the blog in a previous ‘Out and About‘ post, which you can catch-up on here.

YouSkin recently expanded their product line by adding new products to their range and I thought to highlight and share a couple that caught my attention.


YOUSKIN ACNE KIT

YouSkin 30-Day Acne Kit – N33,000

If you’ve got Acne-prone skin this kit is definitely for you. When I saw this Acne Kit I thought what an absolutely GENIUS idea! You’ve got a Face wash, mask, spot treatment and brightening gel (for acne scarring). I especially love that they included a brightening gel in there. Whenever I get a spot or breakout, the one thing that nags me the most are the scars that take FOREVER to fade. At the moment, all products are sold exclusively in the kit and I’m secretly hoping they eventually decide to retail each product separately, because I would definitely get the Spot treatment (Acne Benzoyl Peroxide Gel) and the Brightening Gel…. fingers-crossed.


YOUSKIN VITAMIN C SERUM

YouSkin Vitamin C Serum – N5,000

This might quite possibly be the most affordable Vitamin C serum currently available in Nigeria. YouSkin decided to include an affordable Vitamin C serum as part of their product line because they believe it should be a staple in everyone’s routine, especially if you live in Nigeria; the Sun out here is NO JOKE. Including a Vitamin C treatment will be super beneficial, it acts as a barrier for the skin and even strengthens the effect of whatever sunscreen you use on your face. Other benefits include:

  • Anti-Aging because it slows down age-related degradation of Collagen in the skin
  • Improves the appearance of pigmentation
  • Reduction in skin impurities

This YouSkin Vitamin C Serum also contains Niacinamide, a form of B3, which helps with uneven skintone, reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and beneficial for acne-prone skin.

For just 5K that’s one super-packed Vitamin C serum, so cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean less effective. I am currently trying this out myself and will update you all with a full review in about 4-6weeks.

One thing to note is that if you have any Vitamin C serum/treatment you should store it in a cool, dry and dark place; if you live in Nigerian that means a fridge! Yes, I keep my serum in the fridge.

If you aren’t sure how to use a Vitamin C serum or when to include it in your routine, I would suggest you use it during the day and as the first step in your routine after you’ve cleansed your face.

Here’s what YouSkin advices on their website:

  • We suggest doing a Patch Test on a small area of skin on your neck to make sure the formula is a good fit for you.
  • If the serum is compatible with your skin, start by applying 3-5 drops of Vitamin C-Serum followed by your moisturizer once daily.
  • Before applying, the skin must be thoroughly and gently cleaned. The best solution is to apply the serum with clean fingers or better with a cotton pad.
  • If you are using a vitamin C serum for the first time, we recommend applying 1-2 times a day.
  • In the beginning, a thin layer of the serum should be applied so that the skin can get used to the vitamin C. The serum takes about 15 minutes until it is optimally absorbed into the skin.

Available on #ShopBiL: click here


YOUSKIN AFRICAN BLACK SOAP BODY WASH

YouSkin African Black Soap Body Wash – N4,000

I LOVE how this smells and the fact that it lathers up really well! One squirt is all I need for my entire body, so this bottle should last about a month. I am currently using this every single day so I will get back to you on how long it really lasts and will also do a full proper review. But so far, there’s zero complaints from me!

Available on #ShopBiL: click here

All in all, great product releases from YouSkin. This is definitely one Nigerian skincare brand I will be keeping tabs on to see what they come out with next.


Details

30-Day Acne Kit: N33,000

Vitamin C Serum: N5,000 (Available on #ShopBiL)

Liquid Black Soap: N4000 (Available on #ShopBiL)

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