WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Hey guys,

I know its been a very long time since anything was posted and literally the only excuse is life. University started and a few personal things came up; But now the blog is back and we have loads of content to share. I have reviews coming up from the highly awaited Fenty Beauty, Black up cosmetics and Aviela Skincare. I also have loads of advice posts and I can’t wait to share all the products I’ve been trying out and also all the skills I’ve learnt! I just want all of you to remember that you are Queens and that you can do anything you set your mind to! SEE YOU IN MY NEXT POST XXXX

peace and love,

Tosin xx

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7 steps to clearer skin……

I’ve changed up a lot of things with my skincare routine to yield better results and I wanted to share them with you guys.

  1. WATER, WATER, WATER!!!!

When it comes to taking care of your skin and body water is vital. I recommend drinking a minimum of 2 litres daily to flush out impurities and keep your body cleansed inside and out. As the saying goes what goes in to your body reflects on how you look on the outside.

 

  1. Diet

Another vital factor is your diet, a factor I find important is dairy intake. When I started university in September I made a conscious decision to cut out dairy, this includes milk, butter and cheese. The changes have been quite significant when it comes to how my skin has been and even has contributed to weight loss. Cow’s milk and dairy products are not meant for humans as these products contain growth hormones and inflammatory substances that clog your pores and cause acne. From cutting out dairy, now whenever I eat it I break out like mad. Cutting out dairy is honestly one of the best things you could do for your skin.

 

  1. Exfoliating

Exfoliation is a vital step to clear skin. As we get older the production of new skin cells and the shedding of old ones slows down; To stimulate and speed this process up exfoliation is important. Not exfoliating can lead to the build of these skin cells and then lead to your skin being rough, makes your skin produce excess oil which clogs up your pores which leads to acne and blemishes. Some exfoliators I can recommend are The Body Shop’s seaweed pore-cleansing exfoliator which I have spoken about in numerous blog posts and a new one I’m trying out is the Bioré baking soda pore cleanser which is supposed to remove dirt and impurities from your pores whilst also removing dead cells. It is important to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, especially when you’ve worn makeup.

 

  1. Face masks

Face masks are great for helping to maintain clear skin. For them to be effective facemasks should be done 2-3 times a week but not too often as this can sometimes cause the over stimulation of oil which again leads to clogged pores and defeats the whole purpose. The face masks I use are The Body Shop’s oil-balancing clay mask which draws out impurities, controls excess oil and clarifies the skin. The second face mask I use is Witch Hazel’s tea tree peel off face mask, this deep cleans and tightens you pores as well as helping to remove blackheads.

 

  1. Cleansing

I am soooo passionate about cleansing, its actually one of my favourite parts of the day because of how it makes my skin feel. Cleansing is necessary EVERY DAY, TWICE A DAY! No exaggerations. It is important to cleanse in the morning after a night of sleeping because of the excess oils and bacteria that have built up on your face overnight. Also at the end of the day your skin has been through all sorts and needs to be cleansed. Cleansing purifies and soothes your skin and this is needed since the skin is the biggest organ of our body and protects us. I do a few types of cleansing; first I use wipes, then I use a foam cleanser, on some day’s deep cleansers and then in addition cleansing toners/waters. The products I use are The Body Shop’s skin clearing tea tree foaming cleanser, tea tree helps bring dirt imbedded I your skin out (same thing that black soap does). I also use The Body Shop’s deep cleanser around 2 times a week (Sundays and Wednesdays) when I want an extra thorough cleanse on me skin. I use any facial wipes because most of them are the same and its mostly a gimmick when companies tell you different facial wipes have different properties, so don’t fall for it. To tone I usually use The Body Shop’s seaweed oil-balancing toner and I’ve just started trying the popular micellar cleansing water and I’ll let you guys know how that works.

 

  1. Makeup removal

The way you remove makeup is very important, using wipes and going to bed is not enough. This leaves traces of makeup on your skin overnight which clogs your pores and makes it more likely for you to develop spots and acne. Here are the steps I take when removing makeup. Firstly, I usually use about 2-3 wipes to take off the initial layers, then I use an eye makeup remover to remove mascara, eyeshadow and excess lash glue. After this I use some cotton wool and cleansing water to take off more makeup the next step is to use a facial cleansing wash, then after this I exfoliate. When I have done all this I dry my face and cleanse again with toner or cleansing water. Now after this I sometimes do a face mask depending on how tired I am but this is not necessary (just me being extra). I then proceeds to put on my different serums and night creams which I will write about in a future post.

 

  1. Clean pillow cases and sheets

I’m sure my mum would be very surprised to hear this but I change my sheets and pillow case weekly. This is because when you sleep all sorts of bacteria build up on your skin and this is left on your pillows and sheets and if you continue to sleep on these for elongated periods over time it is only going to be putting dirt on your skin and causing more acne so this is a vital step.

Thank you so much for reading guys, I hope it helped; feel free to ask questions or share your steps to clear skin in the comments.

There are going to be a couple of changes with how the blog is run and I am going to update you guys, uni has just been long but I’m going to make sure I put out fresh, helpful blogposts as much as I can.

I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for us in the UK Blog Awards for Fashion & Beauty. I am pleased to tell you guys that we made the shortlists and are finalists!!! This is an achievement greater than we could ever imagine and motivates us to work harder and take this blog to new heights. Thank you everyone for the support!!!

*These products can be found in The Body Shop, Superdrug or boots. Please like and share this post and I’ll see you guys in my next one.

Peace and love

Tosin x

Updated Oily Skincare Routine

Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a long time and I’m so sorry for our absence. I started university in September and my course has turned out to be extremely demanding which is why I haven’t written in a long time. Now that I have settled down I am hoping to post a lot more frequently. Even though I haven’t been writing I have been doing work behind the scenes and I have been trying out all sorts of makeup and skincare products to review and to advise you on the best ones for women of colour.

One thing I have been trying to improve and perfect over the last few months is my skincare routine. I have extremely oily skin and I am learning new ways to treat it not only for excess oil but discoloration and clogged pores.

Today I am bringing you a post to share my routine with you and tell you what I have been doing for my skin and give you a rough guideline to follow when it comes to skincare (for oily skin)!

When I wear makeup, my routine is different to when I do wear makeup.

I use almost all the same products and most of the products I use are from the body shop’ seaweed skincare range as all these products are great for people with combination/oily skin who also may have enlarged and clogged pores.

Firstly, to take off the top layers of makeup I use about two facial wipes, then I use a toner. The toner I use is the body shop’s seaweed oil balancing toner. This is for oily skin and it removes traces of makeup, cleanses and refines pores which leaves skin clean and refreshed. I would also use a toner first when I haven’t worn makeup.

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After using this I use the seaweed pore-cleansing exfoliator also from the body shop and I use a small face brush to scrub m face with it and remove the rest of the makeup from my skin . This exfoliator clarifies and purifies your pores and it leaves your skin soft and smooth.

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Next I dab my face dry after rinsing and again apply the toner with a cotton wool pad over my face. After doing this I use a face mask. The face mask I use is either the tea tree witch hazel peel off mask or the seaweed oil-balancing clay mask. The peel off mask literally grabs dirt and lifts it out of your pores, this helps to remove blackheads, tighten pores and prevent your face from breaking out. If I use the oil balancing mask this is only once or twice a week as you don’t want to suck out all the moisture from your skin, making your pores over compensate by producing even more oil. This mask draws out impurities and controls excess oil.

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After taking the relevant mask off I use a vitamin C power serum. This is to help with my skin discoloration. A vital part of getting an even skin tone the natural way is by using vitamin C. this illuminates and brightens skin, its light-weight and non-greasy so it’s perfect for using under moisturiser. A low-end brand to use is the balance power serum, but a high-end brand would be the Obaji vitamin C serum recommended by YouTube guru Jackie Aina.

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After using this is I then use the body shop elderflower unperfumed eye gel. This product is for ALL skin types. It being unperfumed means that no harmful products have been used to make the product smell nice. This reduces puffiness and moisturises your undereye. What I will say is to use this in small amounts because of the paraben content.

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Before I go to bed to moisturise my face I use tea tree witch hazel night treatment gel which works while you sleep to fight and prevent spots. Many times, when using this gel, I have slept with spots or pimples budding then they have disappeared. It also moisturises your skin without blocking pores because of its gel like texture.

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Other parts of my routine include the seaweed oil control gel cream which I use to moisturise my face before wearing makeup because it makes my face matte and controls excess sebum and shine giving a balanced complexion. Another thing I use some mornings after wearing makeup the previous night is the seaweed deep cleansing gel wash. This cleanses the skin of impurities and cleanses pores. On a morning or evening where I haven’t worn makeup instead of exfoliating I use the body shop tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser which cleanses without over drying skin and minimises breakouts. On a morning where I’m not wearing makeup instead of using a mattifying cream, after using vitamin C and eye gel I use simple cleansing lotion. This keeps skin smooth and soften through the day but it is not too oily as it is a light-weight moisturiser.

I know this post is long and that my routine has man steps, but this is what works for me. Not every step is necessary so I’ll summarise some steps:

Overall….

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Eye cream

These are to be done every morning and night

  • Exfoliate 3 times a week after cleansing
  • Face mask twice a week

I hope this helps, more posts coming soon.

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all images from google)

How I care for my skin…

Hey guys, sorry for the lateness; I’m currently on holiday and my itinerary is packed! I hope you guys are enjoying summer. Throughout this summer I have been out buying loads of different skincare products to try out/start using to improve my skin an also I can review them for you guys. It’s finally come to a point where I’ve used them enough to tell you guys what they do and how they work. These are affordable products and they are how I have been maintaining clean, clear skin (which I am always complemented for 😊). This post is unsponsored (minus the black up cream). Enjoy!
1. I always mention this in my skincare posts, this is H2O (water). When it comes to skincare, water is the most important ‘product’. I try to drink up to 2 litres plus a day. This helps to flush out my body and what is in your body affects the appearance of your skin. To spice up your water if you’re not s massive fan, you can infuse lemon, mint, watermelon, strawberry and other fruits. Lemon water is extremely good for your skin ask it refreshes you from within and gives a radiant glow. 


2. Black soap. Black soap is great for the skin. One thing I advise is for you to get 100% pure black soap. So that you know you’re using the real deal. Black soap does many great things for the skin. It has antioxidants which nourish the skin, it helps with discolouration as it helps fade out dark spots. Black soap also great for exfoliating and as a deep cleanser as it. Has anti-bacterial properties which clean out pores and it softens and rejuvenates rough skin. 


3. The next thing I use is this skin food mud masque this around 1-2 times a week. It is grey and you apply it to you skin avoiding the eyes and wait for it to harden before wiping it off and moisturising. The first thing about this masque is the low price. It sells for around £5 in TK Maxx but it’s quite hard to find, but it’s on sale online. I usually use it when my skin feels heavy or dirty. When you use it, you feel it working instantly. It sinks into your pores especially around your t-zone, it reduces any redness and even dried put my pimples sometimes if I use it for longer. When you wipe off the mask, it leaves skin feeling so soft. This masque has great ingredients such as Rotura mud which has great healing properties for skin. This is legit the best mask I’ve ever used and I 100% recommend it.


4. The next part of my skin routine which I usually use after I’ve cleansed my skin before bed is black ups dark spot correcting cream. I have done a post about this previously so I’ll leave the link here: https://woc-cosmetics.com/2016/07/18/black-up-dark-spot-correcting-night-cream/

5. This is the last part of my routine . This simple cream is what I use past after cleansing my skin in the morning and at night. It is a light hydrating cream to use after other skincare. It softens and moisturises your skin as some skincare practices can be harsh on your skin. This cream can be found in Asda and other supermarkets, as well as shops like Boots and superdrug. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time.  

6. My next products is the Precision Beauty Ultimate facial brush. This brush has two sides, a side with long brush bristles and a side with soft, short plastic bristles. I use the brush side for exfoliating and the plastic side for cleansing. This brush is great especially for the price which was only £4.99. It can be found in TK Maxx but also online. It lasts long and is relatively easy to clean. It’s gentle on the skin and distributes product well.

  7. My next products is the bamboo charcoal purifying facial clay cleanser. I use it daily as a pore cleanser. This cleanser is mainly for those with oily skin who deal with clogged pores. It removes impurities and excess oil from the surface of your skin. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells and leaves skin smooth and shiny. There are many different types of this cleanser. Some more expensive than others. I bought this for £3.99 which is quite cheap and it works really well. 


8. last but not least is this Arad exfoliating facial gel. It is a gel exfoliant which cleanses skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It also helps with the removal of makeup residue. Using this I have seen a big difference it cleans out my pores which reduces the likelihood of spots and also helps with oil control for my skin. I either use this in the morning or night every day. (Picture won’t upload)

This is my skincare routine/review. This is basically all I use for my skin. All these products are quite affordable. They are not for everyone but I hope you found this useful so you can have an idea of some skincare products you can get for yourself. 

Peace and love 

Tosin x

Black up Dark Spot correcting night cream 


DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SKIN BLEACHING CREAM. IT IS A DARK SPOT CORRECTING CREAM. 

I know a lot of women of colour struggle with hyper-pigmentation of the skin. There are a lot of natural remedies which may take longer. But there are also some dangerous remedies which contain things like hydroquinone which really shouldn’t be used on the skin. 

As black women it is important to love ourselves and our skin. Bleaching may seem like a quick solution, but the consequences can be dire. 

Black up have created a cream. That doesn’t contain hydroquinone and only has to be used over night. This is the Black up dark spot correcting cream. 

This cream retails at £41. Yes I know it may seem too high. But if it means looking after your skin and being able to keep it in good condition, then it is definitely worth it. 

To see the effects of this cream. You have to use it continuously every night for 28 days at least. 

What you have to do is cleanse your face how you normally would before going to bed. If you don’t already do this ladies I would suggest that you do whether using the cream or not. 

After cleansing you apply a pea size amount to your face making sure you rub it in. 

A good thing about this cream is that a little goes a long way. When I first received it I was a little shocked at the size. But it’s been way over 28 days since I started using it and there’s still at least half of it left. Granted that after the 28 days I wasn’t using it as consistently as I should’ve been doing. But the results I’ll be showing are from the 28 days. 

After cleansing and applying the cream you just have to wear it overnight and go through your regular routine as well. 

Here are my results:


Before


After

Even though this may seem like a different lighting. I took it in the same position. It is clear that I had a darker patch of discolouration which has actually has almost disappeared. No other products were used to aid this. Just the cream and in only 4 weeks. This is only showing one area on my cheek but I’ve also had these results all over my face. 

Pros: 

– effective

– Long lasting

– Nice packaging

– Doesn’t contain any dangerous ingredients

– Results are permanent

Cons:

– Has a bit of a sticky texture so hands have to be washed after use (not really a bad thing)

Overall I would definitely recommend this cream to you guys for you to purchase. It has really worked for me and is a safe easy way to help your skin. The price may be seen as a con but when it comes to looking after your skin nothing is too expensive. There are a lot of other creams And products which contain harmful ingredients and are STILL more expensive than this. 

Choose wisely when it comes to your skin ladies. 

Also if you would like to buy this product and an complimenting product for this. There is also the black up dark spot correcting serum. I personally have not used this. But I have heard good things and will do a further review if I ever get it. 

Thanks for reading

Peace and love 

Tosin x