1.16.2017

On Saying Bye To Makeup: The Followup #1

Hi guys! This is coming so late but happy new year to you all! I'm so excited about the new year and all that I want to achieve. I actually put together a post talking about goals and aspirations for the year but I decided not to post it as I wasn't feeling it and didn't want to bore you all . Basically, this year I just want to improve in every area of my life. Be a better me, learn new skills and more importantly impact the lives of people around me positively. Blog wise, I want to be more consistent and grow my audience.  Those are my goals for the year in a nutshell. Anyways, back to the purpose of today's post.




So back in November, I put up this post ; On Saying Bye To Makeup . I spoke about my hyperpigmentation and how I've decided not to buy anymore foundation/concealer till I'm satisfied with my skin. I've sort of kept to my promise. (I did get a new tube of concealer but that was a gift).  I also invested in some skincare products. They're not too expensive and I'm going to review them. xx

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional in any way , my skincare finds are through trial and error. Also, please be mindful of the fact that what works for me might not necessarily work for you. Everyone's skin is different. Thank you.



  • The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2%
So I read about The Ordinary brand in a magazine and I was impressed when I read about how they offer skincare products that are usually expensive (e.g. serums, acids and so on) for less. I was looking for a Vitamin C serum as Vitamin C helps improve the appearance of scars, increases cell turnover and reduces hyperpigmentation. I had been considering getting the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum but at £40 it's quite expensive. When I saw that this one was only £4.90 and was getting good reviews , I decided to try it. It's a water free stable suspension and I apply in the mornings after washing my face. For the first few days, it made my face really tingly for about 5 minutes then I got used to it. It was okay, for the price. I wouldn't call it a spectacular product though.

Rating: 3/5
Would I Repurchase? No. I think I'll just invest in a better vitamin C serum


  • Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel with Glycolic Acid
In all the products I purchased, this is my favorite. It is a chemical exfoliant which is much more effective than a physical one e.g facial scrub. I didn't even get a full sized version, I got a trial one. The trial size is 30 ml and it costs £8 . I have been using this for two months now and it hasn't run out. I apply it at night after washing my face. I use it at night because AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids make your skin more prone to sun damage). Initially, I used it every two days because it was my first time using a chemical exfoliant and I wanted to be on the safe side. Eventually I started using it every night and guys, it actually works. When I wake up in the morning my skin is so smooth, my pores are clear and my complexion is even and beautiful. It has been fading my hyperpigmentation scars . I know this because I got a new scar recently and it disappeared within days, I kid you not. Obviously, my older scars will take more time so I'm being patient. I really love this product. On the Paula's Choice website, you can get helpful skincare tips and they even advice you about what product to get depending on your skin type.

Rating: 5/5
Would I Repurchase? Yes Yes Yes

  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar H
I bought this on Feel Unique for £9.50. Boots and Superdrug also have it but they sell it for £15 and it's the same 40 ml. La Roche Posay is a French brand that is very popular. I decided to buy this after reading a lot of positive reviews about how good a moisturizer it is. I've actually run out of it now  but I loved using it. I applied it in the mornings after my Vitamin C suspension and in the evenings after my AHA Gel. My face was always smooth in the morning, not dry and flaky in some areas like it used to be before.

Rating: 4/5
Would I Repurchase ?  Yes, definitely. I want to try the other Effaclar creams though. I hear Effaclar Duo is wonderful for oily skin. I'll keep you guys posted.


 

  • The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I got this for £9 . I had heard about rose hip oil and how good it is for the skin but never paid any attention to it until my friend Nida testified about its awesomeness. Now Nida has gorgeous skin so I took her word for it. She even borrowed me a bottle of hers so that I could test it. I liked it a lot, when I saw that The Ordinary makes it, I bought a bottle. I put this on at night after my AHA Gel and moisturizer. You know how when you're moisturizing your hair, you apply your water based products first  then lock it with an oil? Same thing I do with my face. I always put the oil last and it helps to lock in all the other products. Rose hip oil helps fade scars and fight lines and wrinkles. It's not greasy at all and my skin absorbs it pretty quickly. The only con for me is the scent, I don't like it at all. The price is wonderful because I know my bottle will last me for months, if not all year. All you need is one or two drops and you're good to go.

Rating: 5/5
Would I Repurchase?  Yes



Verdict
These are the products I've been using on my skin and I can see a difference. My face is always smooth and my complexion is even. I still have my spots on my cheeks but that will obviously take time to clear up. I know I'm supposed to have like before and after pictures but I honestly forgot about that lol.

Anyways, thank you for reading and if you have any product recommendations or tips , please leave them in the comment section. xx

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22 comments

  1. I love La Roche Posay products work wonders! I've recently been trying african black soap as a cleanser in the evening and its magic!!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

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    1. They really do. I've heard so much about African black soap and how good it is. I've been hesistant about trying it as I heard it can be quite drying. I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for reading. xx

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  2. Now i really need to take my skincare serious, and make an effort. Never hard of these brands, but will be on the look out!

    www.KacheeTee.com

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  3. Hey Demilade. I have acne scars too and I decided to stop wearing makeup everyday. Don't know if I can stop it altogether though, at least not for now. I'm currently using Vitamin E supplements and so far I think it's working slowly. My left cheek is getting visibly smoother and clearer, but right cheek is still scarsville, lol. Maybe you should take pictures (if you still haven't yet) to monitor your progress. Then when your skin is finally clear you can tell us everything you did.

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    1. Hey Yoruba Chic :) I'll look into Vitamin E, thank you for the recommendation! Haha I'll start taking pictures now so I can show my progress.Thanks for reading. xx

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  4. I have really never had to pay attention to my skin...I am team rub and shine.

    www.molarabrown.com

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    1. Ah you're very lucky, wish I could be like you. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  5. Great post girl! Loved your selection, because I'm always on the loop to find new good products to enhance women's natural beauty. Those are a very good recommendation, thanks for sharing!

    Have a nice day!

    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

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  6. Aww, I wanted to see pictures. Sometimes I get bored with always having to wash my face and stuff even though I know how dangerous it is. I don't joke with exfoliating tho. Sometimes I use a store bought exfoilant and other times honey and sugar. Works wonders. Happy New Year dear.
    Www.laitanbee.com

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    1. Don't worry I'll have pictures next time. Thanks for stopping by Laitan! xx

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  7. Lovely post. I definitely find i can't enjoy wearing makeup when my skin is acting up. This is relate-able. I hope your quest for good healthy skin is achieved.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  8. I love le roche products! ♥

    www.heresometimes.com

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    1. they're really good aren't they? thanks for stopping by! xx

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  9. Yes chemical exfoliation is the truth! I wish Paula's Choice products were available in Nigeria. I'm so glad you're seeing improvements with your new routine. Keep us posted please xx

    www.adabeautyng.com.ng

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    1. Aww thank you Ada, I'll definitely keep you posted! xx

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  10. I love my skin my face especially. I hate break outs which leads to scars. thanks for sharing and I hear vitamin E oil is also good.
    www.pagesbybukky.com

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    1. Will check it out, thanks for the recommendation Bukky and for reading! xx

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  11. I started wearing less makeup too when I went through a bad breakout a few years ago.
    I love La Roche Posay and quite a few products from The Ordinary. I might try the rose hip oil.
    BeautyFrenzyBlog

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    1. The Rose Hip Oil is great, you should definitely try it! xx

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I read and appreciate every single comment. I'll definitely check out your blog. ❤

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