While we wait for my next style post, I wanted to share this review of The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution with you guys.
I got the exfoliator about four months ago, as part for the giveaway prize I won from Cassie Dave x Beauty Frenzy and have been using it at least once every week since then. (I briefly mentioned it in my Oily/Acne prone skin regimenpost, see it here). It’s been roughly sixteen weeks now and I feel I can now share my experience and opinion about the product.

A quick recap about my skin/issues: Oily, acne prone, large pores and hyper-pigmentation. A scary cocktail of bad skin factors L
 Another quick dive into what this product is about:
  • It is an acid.
  • Active ingredients are AHA at 30% and BHA at 2%.
  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are a group of natural (and synthetic) acids normally found in foods. Acids such as lactic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid, malic acids, etc., make up AHAs. On the skin, these acids work to peel off/exfoliate the dead cells off the top layer of the skin, while refining and promoting softer, healthier and smoother new skin cells. These mostly work on the surface of the skin.
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is also known as salicylic acid. This acid penetrates deep beneath the skin’s surface and into the pores to unclog it, clear our excess sebum, kill bacteria and reduce blemishes.
Now to the review - 
To use, you are to spread the product with your fingertips evenly across clean, dry skin and leaving it on for no more than ten minutes, after which you rinse off with water. I usually allow my face to cool down for about thirty minutes, and then I apply my toner to help bring back balance to my skin.
As the frequency of use was not indicated anywhere on the product, I researched and went the safe route of once a week. Looking at my results and my skin’s history of being hard to affect, I think I would have gotten better results using it more than once a week.
After these months of use, even though my blemishes have significantly reduced and I’ve had much less acne, it didn’t do as much as my Bioderma White Objective exfoliating cleanser in terms of smoothening my skin and unclogging my pores.
My experience has been a little underwhelming, but I’m sure I will have better results with a different combo/formulation, so I will be trying out a couple other solutions from The Ordinary range.
From my research, the Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% and the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% are good options for my particular skin issues, so I look forward to trying those out.

Have you tried this brand/product? Please share your experience in the comments!

6/25/2018

Review: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.



As far as makeup is concerned, I can do without a lot of the fancy stuff, except for powder (because, oily skin) and eyeliner. Sometimes, it’s darn right magical how my face transforms from one thing to another with just a swipe of eyeliner. Black eyeliner specifically.
It’s to me what a pair of false lashes are to MUAs and makeup enthusiasts nowadays. My face just looks incomplete, semi-unconscious and somewhat sickly without eyeliner. Even the trick with dusting eyeshadow along your lower lash-line doesn’t do much for me.
It’s the black kohl or nothing.

As an OG in this eyeliner game, I have used all the various kinds of eyeliner, across several brands: gel, pencil, powder and liquid. These ones pictured here are what i currently use, either two at a time or interchangeably.
Zaron Cosmetics Gel Liner 'Jazz'| Absolute Gel Eye Liner Pencil| Kiss Beauty Liquid Liner
Now to the lewk.
This graphic, a-little-bit-smoked-out, cat-eye look is a fave of mine that I paired with clean skin and nude lips, leaving the eyes to do all the talking.
It’s edgy, high-fashion (an editorial & runway regular) and super easy to do. 
Use a pencil or gel liner first, extending it to a long cat-eye flick at the ends. Immediately follow the same line with a black eyeshadow, lightly smudging it along with a small brush, until it fades out at the end. Finis.
With this look, I applied the liner thicker and longer than my day-to-day version so that it can stand out better.
 My go-to tips and tricks for intense eyeliner that stays put forever (trust me, these work):
  • For occasions or nights out where I want more definition, staying power and no smudging, I apply a gel or pencil liner first, then go on top of it with the liquid liner, sealing and locking it in. Neat and efficient, this trick.
  • For liquid liners, I don’t go for the expensive, higher-end brands, as they generally have the same results if applied with the same applicator (stick or brush). Plus, they come in small pots and you run through them quickly if you’re a daily user like I am. So unless you’re rich, go for the more affordable options. I personally buy mine from the regular open market vendors for less than N1,000. Way less.
  • If wearing liquid liner, have your mascara out and in hand. There’re nothing worse than your liquid liner coating and drying on your lashes before you apply mascara. It then becomes a pain for the mascara wand to separate your lashes properly and you end up with clumps. I usually apply my liner on one top lash-line, immediately followed by mascara. I repeat the process on the other eye, then I do the bottom lash-lines in the same order. It seems like stress but that’s the best way to get a flawless liquid liner and mascara application.
  • Taking eyeliners off can be a pain, depending on the type you use. Gel liners are the hardest to come off so I usually wash with soap/cleanser as usual, next, I rub some oil on the residue and then wipe with some cotton wool/tissue paper/wipes. This takes the liner off completely. No need to rub your eyes raw and dislodge your poor eyelashes.
  • If you have watery eyes, it’s best to go with liquid liners and just along the top lash line. Any other thing would just bleed and smudge.
  • Speaking of bleeding and smudging, gel liners and the afore-recommended liquid liners do much better than pencils and powders. A small trick I do is to ‘conceal and set’ the lash-line and ends of the eyes with some (normal) powder or neutral eyeshadow before applying the eyeliner, so that it holds better.
Those are some of the best tips that I’ve used for years and I hope they might be of some help to someone.

What is your favorite eyeliner type? And what are the tips you use in wearing it? Please share in the comments!

5/29/2018

Beauty: Graphic Smokey Cat-eye + 6 Tips For Intense, Longlasting Eyeliner.

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