The Girl’s Guide|| Beauty Care Corner.

Hey Ladies,

Welcome back to the Girl’s Guide.

In this post I’ll be reviewing and rating some of the beauty products (and toiletries) I currently use and also recommending a few of them.

I’d love your feedbacks and recommendations. 

PS: This is NOT a sponsored post by the way.

Enjoy! 

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1. Kotex panty liners* 




Price: N330 – N350

Rating: 4/5

I’ve tried other brands but I always come back to this. It’s feather-light and fits into my underwear easily plus the fragrance is so mild that you’d hardly notice it. 

2. Always ultra sanitary pads* 




Price
: N650 – N700

Rating: 4.5/5

This is one of the oldest products I’ve used (over 15 years), it’s a bit pricey compared to others but the quality is super.

I especially like how the brand comes in different packages (wingless, heavy flow etc) designed for individual comfort. 

I should become an Always Ambassador someday…lol. 

#TeamAlways


3. Joy body lotion*


Price: N/A

Rating: 4/5

Decided to try this product last year after randomly picking it off the shelf of a store and I’ve had no regrets. 

I enjoy how soft and soothing it feels on my skin, and it works well for my complexion too.


4. Vaseline blue seal 

Price: N180 – N250

Rating: 4/5

This is another product I’ve used for many years. 

As someone who has a dry skin that whitens out easily, it’s not enough to use a lotion to moisturize my skin, I also have to use an oil based ointment to coat it.

5. Izzi body mist* 

Price: N830 – N850

Rating: 4.5/5

I started using this product about 2 months ago and I absolutely love it. 

It comes in different fragrances and leaves you sweet and fresh all day.


6. Nivea deodorant*

Price: N/A

Rating: 4/5

I’m quite particular about the brand of deodorant I wear because a person’s smell is often the first thing I notice about them (I assume it’s the same for most people too).

For me “you smell nice” is a compliment not an insult.

I like this particular deodorant spray because it’s mild on the nostrils, yet the fragrance lasts almost an entire day. 


7. Sure antiperspirant

Price: N/A

Rating: 3.5/5

I used to be a sworn lover of antiperspirant roll-ons until late last year when I began to react (?contact dermatitis) to a particular brand, so these days I use them sparingly. 

This product has a sweet feminine fragrance that helps you feel refreshed. 


8. Oriflame foot cream


Price: N3500

Rating: 2.5/5

Earlier this year I noticed I was having calluses on my heels because I wasn’t paying so much attention to foot care.

Not long after someone marketed this product to me and it found it really effective though I wish it wasn’t so expensive.

I love the balmy sensation the lotion gives my feet but I don’t care much for the grainy feel it has. 


9. Beauty formula detox cleanser*

Price: N1000 – N1200

Rating: 4/5

This is one of the top beauty products I’ve used this year. 

I picked it off the shelf a few months ago, because I was repeatedly having annoying breakouts on my face which I attributed to work-related stress. 

And this face cleanser worked wonders. I love everything from its fragrance to the gentle, soft, feel on my skin. 

The major downside to this product for me is that it makes my face dry out before the next morning. 


10. Active Woman body spray 

Price: N900 – N1000

Rating: 4/5

I started using this product over a year ago and I enjoy its soft feminine fragrance which is so unlike many other brands that are not as gentle on the nostrils. 


11. Efactory foot soak 



Price: N830 – N850

Rating: 3/5

This is another product that has really helped in my foot care journey.  

It soothes and softens my soles until they feel as new as a baby’s. 


12. Motflix baby wipes 

Price: N440 – N470

Rating: 3/5

Baby wipes have been my thing for a while now, I chiefly use them to wipe off the makeup on my face after a long day.

I am still trying out different brands to see which one suits my skin best. 

I tried this product for the first time because it was pocket friendly compared to the ones I’ve used in the past. 

The only downside was the flap on the lid that wore off quickly so the wipes dried out after some time..arrrgh. 


13. Above oil sheen hair spray

Price: N900 – N1100

Rating: 3/5

I’ve been using this oil based hair spray for a while now.

It helps to keep my hair shining and prevents my scalp from drying out too quickly especially when I’m wearing braids.

My only challenge with the product is that it stings my nose so I end up coughing practically every time I use it.


14. Enchanteur romantic deo spray 


It turned out I’ve changed my mind about this product 🙈😂


Price: N/A

Rating: 2.5/5

Something made me buy this product, I can’t tell what it was. 

As it turns out I’m not a fan of the fragrance cos it’s neither here nor there.

The other day I wore it at work, and a colleague entered my office and teased me about the “powerful scent” so I’ve used it sparingly since then. 


15. Soulmate hair cream

Price: N/A

Rating: 1.5/5

This hair cream is said to have anti-dandruff properties, but I found it disappointing after using the product for a while then took out my hair to discover lots and lots of dandruff. Sighs.

I also didn’t enjoy the greasiness and yellowish spots the cream left in my hair. 

I’ve officially switched to using natural Shea butter as my hair cream, and hopefully I’ll review that some other time. 


16. Extra hold styling gel spray

Price: N/A

Rating: 2.5/5

This product both styles and conditions the hair. 

I especially use it when I twist out my natural hair cos it keeps it moisturized.

17. Premier body soap*

Price: N/A


Rating
: 4/5

Dis soap ehn, na the best Naija brand, take am or leave am. 

On a serious note, of all the toilet soaps I’ve tried, Premier soap has topped the chart and it’s not just about the lasting fragrance, I’ve also noticed that it is sensitive for my skin type.

18. Closeup herbal toothpaste 

Price: N300-350

Rating: 3/5

My mum started to promote this brand back home and I simply followed suit. I like it because it doesn’t leave an aftertaste and it removes at least 70% of the plaque on my teeth.

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PS: All * products are highly recommended and quoted prices are subject to change. 

Have you used any of these products? 

What beauty products do you currently use and recommend? Please let me know in the comments box.

Thank you for reading!

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The Girl’s Guide|| My Mernache Story + 5 Truths I Wish Someone Told Me.

Hello Ladies,

Welcome to this edition of The Girl’s Guide. 

In this post I want to talk about a common topic which is often shyed away from- Menstruation: My personal story and challenges, and a few useful tips.

I hope you find it enlightening.

Enjoy!

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One Saturday evening in the year I turned 14, I was at home with my mum, younger sister and a relative who was visiting, when I started to experience some cramps in my lower abdomen.

I probably thought it had to do with hunger, because I felt better after we had dinner.

Early the next day while returning from an errand, as I got down from the taxi, a co-passenger told me there was a stain at the back of my skirt- which was so obvious since I was wearing a white skirt (with blue and red stripes).

I wasn’t even embarrassed because I didn’t know how the stain came about. 

However, by the time I got home, I proud feel something warm and sticky in my underwear, so I went to the bathroom to check…

And that’s how my menstrual journey began. 

Thankfully, a few months before while in school (I was in a boarding house), there was a team that gave us a menstrual hygiene lecture and handed out free packs of ALWAYS sanitary towels.

 So that day after having my bath, I used one of the sanitary towels, got dressed and went to church.

My mum got to know later on (maybe I was a little too self conscious all day), and she gave me a lecture on menstruation and related matters. 

No one however prepared me for the physical or psychological stress associated with the package. 

I remember one day, I was at my mum’s shop by myself while having my period, I got so stained and had nothing to change with, so I had to make do with some old newspapers. I’m still traumatized by that memory. 

Anyway, I resumed to school with some trepidation. How do I cope with my menses every month without embarrassing myself in front of my classmates or teachers?

It took a while to get accustomed to properly discarding used sanitary towels without making a big mess and not getting my house wear or school uniform stained. Still happened more times than I care to remember.

I also suffered from moderate to severe menstrual cramps that often rendered me unproductive for a day or two. 

This became the pattern even during my university days. 

I can remember instances of staying back in the hostel while my roommates went for lectures because I couldn’t leave my bed. On my worst days, I would have a bloated stomach, diarrhea, and nausea. I would often go without food all day.

Dysmenorrhea was a horrible nightmare. 

There was a particular day I asked God to take me home, I was done with this world…lol. 

Back then I didn’t use analgesics, but I’m a lot wiser now.  

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Here are a few things I wish I knew earlier:


1. Menstruation is NOT a taboo.

Although some cultures and religions place restrictions on a menstruating woman, menstruation is not a taboo.

It is simple physiology. As natural as urinating and defecating. 

It’s not something to be ashamed about whether in school, at home or at work.


2. Dysmenorrhea is NOT a myth.

If you’ve never ever had menstrual pain in your life, Glory to Jesus!

If you’ve ever had it, even if it was mild, come in here for an e-hug🤗

I’ve come across a few people (fellow women inclusive) who have this ignorant notion that only lazy people experience menstrual pain and that the symptoms are often exaggerated.

If you’re on that particular table, receive sense in Jesus’ name!

Menstrual cramps can be so debilitating that it renders you physically and emotionally unable to go about your daily activities.

Related: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Post-Menstrual Syndrome. 


3. Increased stress levels can alter your menstrual cycle. 

Whether mental or physical, too much stress can delay your period or even make you skip an entire month, which is not a bad thing (unless you’re sexually active and trying NOT to get pregnant hehe…) 

4. Sexual activity does NOT cure menstrual cramps. 

Unless it’s been scientifically proven, it is simply a myth. 

5. Being a Woman is a blessing. 

It’s hard not to hate being a woman because of the physical and psychological stress associated with menstruation. 

Not many societies make it a priority for menstruating women to stay comfortable by providing the necessary resources for proper menstrual hygiene in office buildings and other public areas. 

With a few healthy adjustments to my attitude and lifestyle, my menstrual experience over the years has significantly improved.

||When to see a doctor:

Menorrhagia: When your menstrual flow is too heavy or the duration is prolonged.  

Amenorrhea: When you unexplainably miss your period for more than 3 months. 

Metrorrhagia: When you bleed inbetween your normal menstrual cycle. 

Oligomenorrhea: When you have infrequent or irregular menstruation.

||On Menstrual Hygiene and Tips To Reduce Menstrual Cramps.

1. Dispose used sanitary towels carefully.

Please do NOT flush down a water closet. Instead wrap it in a plastic bag or an old newspaper and drop it in a thrash can.

2. Wash your underwear (stained or not), preferably with lukewarm water and detergent after every use. 

3. Dress smart and walk with confidence.

4. Always go out with extra gear.

Whenever you are menstruating or about to begin your period, don’t forget to take with you a small pouch that contains the necessary items (underwear, sanitary towels etc)

5. Use a hot water bottle to massage your tummy.

6. Keep painkillers handy if you experience menstrual discomfort.

Unless you’re predisposed to peptic ulcer disease or Gastrirtis, NSAIDs are your best bet.

7. Avoid oily diet, soda and caffeine. 

8. Have a Menstrual/Ovulation Cycle Tracker.

I use the Flo App and it’s perhaps the best thing that happened since sliced bread. 

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Would you like to share your Menarche Story?

Please send me an email at lolade1512@gmail.com

Thank you for reading!

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The Girl’s Guide: DIY- Foot Soak and Scrub.

Hey ladies,

Welcome back to the Girl’s Guide. 

Like I shared in the maiden edition of this segment, there are lots of interesting posts to look forward to here. 

For this post, I’ll be sharing tips on caring for cracked feet.

Having well groomed feet is something that boosts my self-confidence because I struggled with feet calluses while in boarding school and it was so embarrassing.

Taking care of your feet is easier and cheaper than you can imagine. 

Before…


Here are the materials you’ll need:

i. A Pumice stone or Foot file. 

Image: Pumice stone.

ii. Some lotion (Here I used my hand lotion actually) 

iii. Warm water 

iv. A small towel 

v. A medium sized lemon

vi. Olive oil (coconut oil or baby oil can also be used).

Method:



Step 1: Put some warm water into a bowl or bucket, add a tablespoon of the oil of your choice. 

Step 2: Cut the lemon into two halves, then squeeze one half of the lemon into the warm water and oil mix.  

Step 3: Soak both feet for at least 10 minutes, while listening to music or reading a good book. 

Step 4: Take the remaining half of the lemon and rub on the heel of each foot, then discard. 

Step 5: Scrub underneath each foot with your stone or file, for about 3 minutes each, starting from the heel. 


Step 6: Re-soak both feet for another 5 minutes, then wipe dry with a clean towel. 

Step 7: Put a generous portion of lotion in your palm, then rub and massage each foot for at least 2 minutes.

Step 8: Your feet are as good as new. You may decide to trim your toe nails and paint them.

After…

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Taking care of your feet is as important as taking care of your face, because when all is said and done, happy feet contribute to a healthy body. 

Here are other footcare tips:

  • Wash and dry your feet well. After thoroughly washing your feet with soapy water, ensure you dry them well to prevent infections like athlete’s foot. 
  • Cut your toenails carefully. Cutting your toenails at an angle can increase the risk of ingrown nails. 
  • Wear the right shoes always. There’s an appropriate shoe for every outing. 

How healthy are your feet and how do you care for them? Please share.
Cheers,

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The Girl’s Guide||Hey, What’s in your handbag?

Hello again, 

This year, I’m introducing a new segment on the blog with the caption: 

The Girl’s Guide. 

The segment will be all about the girl (boss-lady, wife, mom…whatever role/title she chooses): her styles, her tastes and her preferences

It will cut across her wardrobe, her work-desk, her kitchen and her home in general. 

In a nutshell, I will be reviewing beauty care products, wardrobe essentials, toiletries and a few household products, that I’m familiar with. 

I will also tell you why I think a particular brand is great or not so great and maybe feature a couple of DIY tips too.

Lastly, the segment will serve as an open forum for suggestions and discussion threads that will range from beauty care products to house cleaning agents.   

Sounds pretty interesting, huh?

Please stay tuned. 

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For today’s post, I want us to explore the regular contents of a lady’s handbag (featuring yours truly) and why I think each item is important.

Enjoy!
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a. Handkerchief: 

I think every lady’s handbag should have a handkerchief at all times. 

It’s useful for wiping a sweaty face, stuffy nose, or wet hands. 

I use the white 100% pure cotton handkerchief cos it’s my mum’s preference, it’s easy to use, shows when dirty, can easily be washed, and dries quickly. 

You can purchase a piece for N100 from roadside vendors. But it’s more cost effective to buy in bulk (a dozen pack) from retail stores. 

The only downside to the white 100% pure handkerchief, is that the color fades easily, and the fabric wears out quickly, so you need to change it every couple of months. 

I hardly use colored handkerchiefs although I have nothing against them. 

b. Wipes:

I love to have baby wipes in my bag, especially while going on an outing on a sunny day. 

They have a nice, soft and baby friendly scent, that I find quite appealing to my maternal senses😂…

Their moist texture is a plus when trying to remove stains and smudges whether from your face or an object. I love this particular brand, Pampersbecause of its plastic seal, which keeps in the moisture. 

Other brands I’ve tried are fairly cheaper but have no plastic seal, so the moisture dries up easily.

c. Tissue

A pack of tissue is also a must have in every lady’s handbag or carry on purse, for its multipurpose use.

It serves as serviette when I’m dining outside the home (eg at work), serves as toilet paper when I have to use a public restroom and as a napkin to wipe off a dusty chair before sitting.

The Rose Carla tissue is my go to brand. I love it because it’s small, well packaged and has no scent. Some hand tissues are scented and for some reason, that puts me off.

These tissues are quite cheap, a pack of 8 is less than N500.

d. Wallet or Purse.

This is where I keep money and other important little things like my identity card, and my mom’s business card (incase I go missing…lol).

I love my current brown pseudo leather  purse because of its several compartments. I can’t even recall where I bought it from or whether it was a gift. 

The downside though, is that I sometimes forget where exactly I put something important and I have to take some precious moments to empty the entire purse. 

e. Mobile Phone (with/without an earpiece).

Ofcourse there’s hardly any outing, whether casual or official that doesn’t require that I use my phone. 

Apart from hosting my social media handles, my phone also serves as an accurate time-keeper, calendar, calculator, personal accountant (bank mobile app), fitfam instructor (Samsung Health app), menstrual period tracker (Flo app), and an e-library, among other things. 

The android phone is a lifesaver for the 21st century lady!

The only downside to my current phone, a Samsung S5, is that the front camera (especially) doesn’t do much justice to my fine face, hence my “selfie” game is so NOT on point!

I occasionally carry an earpiece with me, especially if I’m on a long distance journey. 

Ditto power-bank and cord.

f. Chewing gum

Having a pack of gum in my handbag is also something I see as a necessity. 

#ChewingGumGang
 
Among other things, chewing gum minimizes mouth odor, helps me to stay awake and reduces indigestion after a heavy or spicy meal. I’m quite addicted to buying them especially while traveling or working an overnight shift.  

My favorite brand is ORBIT which comes in different flavors and has a half-life of about 12 hours (I kid you not!). Although I think it’s a little too pricey, a pack costs about N350. 

The Clorets brand has a non sweetened minty after-taste which I’m not really a fan of, but is relatively cheaper. 

g. Pen/Notepad



I like to carry a pen/notepad, so that I can jot down new ideas since I don’t always like to use my phone. I take a book with me as well, especially when I’m going on a long trip.

h. Body spray 

If you live in this part of the world, where the average temperature around this time of the year is about 35-38c, then having a carry on body spray is a must.

And I love this particular product Enchanteur because it gives off such a gentle, sweet and girly scent. And it’s not too expensive either (costs less than N1000). 

i. Lotion 

This is a necessity if your skin type loses moisture and cracks easily. My hands and feet, can be embarrassingly dry even after doing a decent job on them at home. 

Hand lotion to the rescue!

My mum got this product Hendel’s Garden Goji cream for me last year.  

It is a pretty good moisturizer  but I don’t care much for its “herbal mixture” smell. 

I’d rather use a product with a milder and girly scent.

j. Sanitizer

It’s also important to have an alcohol based hand sanitizer in your bag as a lady, since you don’t know whose hands you’ll be shaking and all the places those hands have been to..(No, you don’t want to picture that!😱)

This brand Radox isn’t exactly my type though, because if it’s strong chemical smell. Again, I’d have preferred a more feminine scent. 

k. Diclofenac 

So I have this in my bag on days when I have menstrual cramps and I kid you not, it’s my lifeline.

Of course, NSAIDs are not recommended if you have peptic ulcer or other related conditions, which thankfully, I don’t have. 


l. Water bottle

Everyone needs a water bottle. 

Male or Female. Old or Young. White or Black. 

Thanks to my water bottle, I stay vibrant, all day, every day.

There is no excuse not to drink water.

Using a water bottle to store your own water, is not only cost effective, it’s also hygienic and super healthy.

More water means less soda.

Less soda means less sugar. 

Remember, a hydrated body is a happy body!

Stay happy, Drink water.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Please tell, What’s in your bag?

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