The Cheapest Most Amazing Must Have All-in-One Product

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hi Guys,

I’d been complaining to Unoma of Vieve Butterfly about my recent unfortunate visitors, a smattering of breakouts on my face…most especially on my forehead and she mentioned trying milk thistles, green tea, amongst other natural products. A few days after, I heard someone talk about a kitchen staple that works amazingly in clearing her breakouts and at that point, I really had nothing to lose. 

Guys, I’m talking about APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV). So after hearing about it, I thought I’d google see. Sidebar: If you don’t know anything about me (well, apart from my insane love for Amala and Ewedu, Beans and Bitter Lemon), know that I google EVERYTHING!!! Ok, what was I saying. Ehen, so after I googled, I realised that ACV is like THE biznizz. It can be used in so many ways. I’ve tried some and they worked, so I wanna share with you guys and hopefully save you some Naira too.

1. Facial Cleanser: The ACV to buy is the pure one with its major ingredient as “mother” vinegar. It has exfoliating qualities and, with continued use, helps strip away dead skin cells on the face and reveal a clearer and brighter complexion. It also leaves my skin baby soft and allows moisturiser glide on. Did I mention it’s clearing out my breakouts and scars? Mix equal parts of ACV with equal parts of water, soak up some of this mixture with a cotton pad and use to clean your face as you would use a toner. I do this every night because of my breakouts, but as soon as they completely let up, I’ll stick to once every other day.

2. Hair Conditioner/Rinse: ACV can be used in place of your conditioner once in 2 weeks. It helps get rid of the gunk and greasiness that comes from accumulated product on your hair that your regular shampoo and conditioner couldn’t get to. It does this without stripping your hair of its essential oils, at the same time giving it a healthy shine with continued use. 

3. Odor Neutraliser: I use it to kill smells too…mix equal parts water and ACV and use to wash your smelly socks, put some drops in the toilet to get rid of stubborn smells or wherever needs a little freshening up…it’s Apple Cider Vinegar after all, the apple smell helps some.

4. Washing Greens/Produce: Sometimes, rather than use salt, I use ACV to wash my greens before I cut them up and eat or cook with them. In a bowl of water, I mix in 2-3 tablespoons and use as necessary.

5. Brush Cleaner: Ehen, I’m pretty sure you’re like, no way! Lol. So, I washed my makeup brushes last weekend and I was having a hard time getting rid of the brown foundation color on my foundation brush. I’d washed with shampoo a couple of times, yet it just would not whiten. I use the real techniques buffing brush to apply my foundation so you know the white I’m referring to. Anyways, like someone switched on a bulb in my brain, I decided to put 2 tablespoons of undiluted ACV in a bowl and dunk my brush in for a minute. Took it out, cleaned in on my palm in a circular motion, dunked in back in ACV and repeated. I rinsed it under the tap and guys, my white came back (hallelujah…lol). 

So there you have it. The cheapest and most important purchase you need to make this month. The singular most versatile and most amazing product I’ve used in a while. Apple Cider Vinegar. Go forth and purchase.

Hope this post was helpful to you. If you know other ways I can use ACV, please let me know. My bottle’s almost empty and I need to repurchase asap so I can try out new ways to use it.

You can buy ACV at most supermarkets near you. If those fail, I’ve seen a couple in Shoprite, Goodies, Spar and Ebeano. They come in different sizes, but they’re all pretty affordable. I got a big bottle from Goodies for under N700 :)



The Weekend

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hey Hey,

I had a really fun weekend and I thought I'd do like a weekend roundup type post. Started off with a movie on Friday night with a friend, we saw Mission Impossible and I LOVED it! That's one movie that leaves me wanting more and not every year new release (a la Fast and Furious). I hadn't been to see a movie in a while so I guess that made this extra fun for me.

Saturday morning, I had a breakfast date with my girls at Crust and Cream. I've been there a couple of times and even have a review HERE. We pretty much just caught up on stuff and ate so much. I had the American breakfast...waffles, hash browns, bacon, sausage, eggs, french toast, coffee and juice...and everything was N3,300.  Like, talk about value for money. Plus it tasted so good too...and the hash browns *drooling* my fave thing on the plate.

Later in the day, I got dressed and attended my classmate's wedding in Ikeja. The sun was giving me all sorts of life so I took advantage of it and took pictures with my phone.

Top (which is actually a playsuit :p) : Zara // Skirt: Fashpa // Shoes: ASOS // Purse: ALDO // Belt: Bershka

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I've been natural for some time now. If you don't follow me (why ever not? Please do now now :) @d.o.f.e ), then let me formally mention that I've been natural for almost 10 months now. Most of the time, I wear wigs or protective styles...either braids or twists, but they've been wreaking havoc on my hairline so I'm sticking with wigs. Since my hair grew out a bit, I started wearing it out on the weekends...not sure the people at work are ready for its awesomeness yet :p

Anyways, on IG I also promised to share my natural journey on the blog and I plan to keep to that promise. I recently got some new hair products that I hope to review as soon as I've used them for long enough.

Have an amazing week.


On Churchiness and things

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hi Guys!

Something happened at work last week that got me writing this post.

I was working jejely on my own oh, minding my business and things, when my colleague asked after "my guy". I replied calmly that I don't have a guy (I should have probably lied and save myself the sermon I knew was coming but as a christian trying to live right I thought, nah don't need no lies right now. Besides, I was curious to see how he would react). He asked if I was joking and when I reiterated my relationship status, he asked why. Before I could even explain that these things aren't exactly planned and all, he began analysing for me. He literally started talking to himself and it went like this:

Colleague: You're tall, pretty enough, curvy in all the right what's the problem?
Me: Well, maybe...
Colleague: (cutting in before I could speak) have a good job and can take care of yourself.
Me: I think...
Colleague: (cutting in again)...You are not arrogant, you will submit to your husband like a well brought up woman should.
Me: I quite agree with you but...
Colleague: Or maybe you're too churchy.

I was just about to say I wasn't too churchy, but then...Gheun! I repeated the question in my head and immediately my brain froze and melted and all I could see was white hot steam. We then proceeded to have a very heated discussion which I can't say here.

Oh, if you for one moment thought this post was relationship inclined, you thought wrong.

What does being too churchy mean exactly? Is it saying "it is well" at the end of every sentence? Or "bless you" every time someone sneezes or coughs? Is it in the little phrases like "God will provide" or "God forbid" in our every day parlance?

Is it praying before I leave my house each day? Or praying before I start my car, asking God to lead me out and bring me back safely? Is it talking to him in my head while I'm working, attending mid-week services, Sunday services and even vigils?

I really don't know what being churchy is and why it's labeled it's a bad thing. All I know is I'm pretty much totally dependent on God and if people can't see it, then there's a problem with me. Then I'm not living a godly-enough life because every thing I do must show Jesus in me. if that's being too churchy, then make me the President of the Churchy Club.

So if guys don't like me because I'm churchy, well then. We move!

image: google