22.9.17

My current skincare necessities for dry skin

22.9.17

My current skincare necessities for dry skin

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Anyone who knows me know that half of my yearly purchase are primarily skincare products.. then food, lol. In this post, I share with you guys my current skincare favourites for my dry skin as we go into the drier months. First of all I'm going to share with you guys my wonderful skin type. 

*Face: Oily around the t-zone and normal around the perimeters. Acne-prone with a constant battle with blackheads.

*Lips: normal in warmer months but chap-prone in the colder months

*Body: Dry.. very dry

*Feet & Hands: super duper dry!

Whew! Now that that's out of the way, it's time to share why I've opted for this particular products. I think I need to declare as well that I'm sort of  a product junkie. I like trying new products always and may not commit to one for very long. However, if I find something that works unbeatably, then I'll keep purchasing. 

Body Shop Body Butters: I mean.. if you could wear the wonderful scents and flavours of fruits on your skin, why wouldn't you? I love Body Shop. This brand is truly wonderful: naturally sourced ingredients, cruelty free, impressive corporate social responsibility schemes (getting carried away now because I wrote a term paper about them which I aced lol). I just love them for what they embody. More so, the body butters are just so nice for my skin type. They moisturise me perfectly and there's a whole range to chose from however mango and almond are my favourites.

Laura Mercier Foam Bath: I discovered this brand last year when all the Youtube beauty gurus raved about the loose setting powder and thought to take a look at their skincare. I used the souffle body creme first which I fell in love with then and now the bath cream makes me excited about a bath. It smells divine and doesn't dry out my skin. The scent lingers for so long. This is just a great product.

Victoria's Secret Body Lotion: By now, you should have caught on that I love scented products on my body (..but not my face!).  I love this body lotion  for the simple fact that it moisturises and smells very nice with a wide range of scents to chose from. Sometimes I have to layer on some coconut oil for optimum moisture and glow. 

Royal Jelly Hand & Nail Cream: Guys, I'll let you in on something.. don't be so quick to write off Marks & Spencer's beauty products. This hand and nail cream is the best thing that happened to my dry hands and palms. It deeply moisturises with no need for frequent top ups. It has a light scent and instantly makes my hand plump. I really recommend this.

Body Shop's Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser with SPF 30: I must admit I have a love/hate feeling towards this moisturiser. I love how it moisturises my face and leaves it matte and protected from UV rays but I find the scent overpowering for me. The vitamin c is beneficial for your skin and I noticed my face getting brighter while some blemishes were fading away. I uses SPF as much as I can and not only when the sun is out and bright. This works well, gets the job done I'm just not into the heavy scent. 

Nature's Ingredients Shea Lip Butter: This lip butter was given to me by my sister. I ran out of the Vaseline I would normally use and I'm even happier with this product. It contains shea butter which is a very good moisturising agent. This lip butter keeps my lips soft and moisturised all day long. I really can't believe how long it lasts on! Another great find from M&S.



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17.9.17

Autumn official!

17.9.17

Autumn official!

best tea for autumn season

What are you autumnal rituals? I don't have much but that's usually when I get 'tea crazy'. I've never been a coffee drinker so I don't get excited about pumpkin spice lattes making their seasonal appearance once more.. haha. 

I love teas, all of them. Bitter, sweet, tangy, flavourful. You should read my post on turmeric tea: extremely beneficial in a lot of ways and for cramps too!

This is just a post to wish you all a great season. There's lots to look forward to: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas to name a few. I wish everyone a great time.

-Ray.


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7.9.17

Bag of the season for less | Chloé Nile Bag

7.9.17

Bag of the season for less | Chloé Nile Bag

Chloé Nile Crossbody Bag Burgundy Dupes

Chloé was one of the brands that  made spring and summer to fun this year. The Chloé Women's Nile Crossbody Bag especially was so eye-catching. It was all over Instagram, YouTube.. I mean all the fashion bloggers have this bag and the more I see it the more I want but but not ready to pay close to $2,000 for it. 

One of my favourite fashion bloggers, The Fashion Mumbler, recently did an unboxing video of this Chloé bag in this beautiful fall shade called Sienna red. It was too beautiful I decided to scour the internet for dupes and more affordable alternatives.

When looking for dupes, you want to check out Asian websites that carry affordable pieces and you may want to take a look at Amazon as well.  I've gotten some few designer dupes over the years on Amazon for  less than $50!

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Chloé Nile Bage Dupe Option 3 


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31.8.17

Most picturesque spots in my hometown

31.8.17

Most picturesque spots in my hometown



One of my favourite things to do is sight-seeing via a moving transport or a simple plain old hiking. I am lucky to have walked the Kagoro Hills of the Southern Kaduna region and look at the amazing photos we took. A look should be given to these range of  4k CSC Camera if you're keen on achieving amazing quality on your pictures.

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If you have read my post about how I practice mindfulness then you will know exactly why I visit these types of places. I also talked about ways to find like-minded people by actively doing what you love and if you give me just a penny for every person I've met while hiking I'll probably be 20 quid richer lol.

Growing up in Africa has been a true blessing in itself. The food, the culture, the hospitality, humour and of course beautiful sights and locations to take pictures like these. There's a lot more to Africa than Safaris. There are so many places here you need to see.

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The Kagoro region is very rich in vegetation with hilltops giving you an opportunity to see even further and beyond the plains stretching as far as Jos, a neighbouring town. The settlers here are so kind and hospitable just like most people you find in the rural settlements of Nigeria.

Tourists usually seek consent from the Kagoro Chief before ascending the hills because there's lots of folklore and stories about heroes and supernatural beings who once reigned the settlement. The Chief therefore offers prayers for a safe passage to tourists to welcome them and open their settlement to them.


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This waterfall above is called the Matsirga Waterfalls. It takes its source of spring water from the Kagoro Hills cascading from four other sources. The waterfall is said to be full of mystery and wonders especially how the cave beneath the waterfall puffs off smoke occasionally.

The locals around here talk about how rainbows mysteriously appears at the waterfall usually on Sundays but I'm pretty sure science has a good explanation about rainbows appearing near water bodies. Whatever the case may be, this place is beautiful and I'll be back.

I have so much more to share from my visit to Africa so be sure to check back for more posts like these to watch me explore.



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28.8.17

Late summer vacay outfits Vol. 2 | zaful

28.8.17

Late summer vacay outfits Vol. 2 | zaful




So I was reached out to reached out to by Zaful.com to comment about their varied black & white summer dresses.  Right of the bat, I was drawn to these pieces seeing how feminine and versatile they are. I recently started wearing dresses and these four looks like they'll make a great wardrobe addition. Some of these pieces are timeless enough to wear this summer and next summer as well.

Checked Plunging Neck Sleeveless Mini DressLace Spliced Slash Neck DressCasual Long Sleeve Shirt DressSheer Flare Sleeve Dress With Golden Thread

I love black and white dresses. I find them so easy to wear and accessorize. A little pop of color and it will make a phenomenal outfit.

I love this dress. The cut, fit and flare and of course it's Gingham! Truth be told, one of the few times I like Gingham is when it is black and white. 

Love this dress because of the lace detailing at the bottom, I find it dinner appropriate and will look great on a girls night out.

A white cotton shirt dress is a timeless piece. There are a hundred and one ways I can style still through and season. Pretty on its own and great with tall boots for autumn time.

This dress just looked so feminine and gorgeous. It caught my eye straight away. Love the ruffle details and how soft and sheer it appears. It a perfect romantic dress for a summer holiday.


If you fancy anything on my list and would like to get you some bargain finds, then click the image below to scoop yourself up some affordable pieces with extra 10% off. Use this code ZFEN to get extra 10% off.

Late summer vacay outfits No.2 | zaful wishlist

Stick around for a more detailed review when I finally lay my hands on the items I picked out. 
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24.8.17

Why we outgrow people & why it is okay to move on

24.8.17

Why we outgrow people & why it is okay to move on


There's a great pleasure in having some company and a greater pleasure in keeping genuine company. I have thought about writing this post for the longest and I finally got around to writing it. It took me a while because it's coming from personal experiences I'd rather have kept personal but it doesn't even matter anymore. 

I've met a lot of people throughout my life. Mostly from high-school through college and then grad school and others just from random occasions. While most relationships I've had, had it's good and bad, some were just not worth maintaining. 

One thing about me that still needs a lot of working on is the high expectations I have on others. I try to remind myself that the way I treat others isn't necessarily the way I'd be treated in return and that's okay. Understanding the intentions behind an action is what counts most. 

So, I've kept my circle of close friends very small because that's what works best for me. People I can trust and have a good time with and comfortably share a sad story with. That's the bare minimum genuine relationships should offer.

My circle of friends got even smaller after a massive evaluation of all the relationships I kept and I realised some were just not serving me anymore and neither was I them. Some conversations were seeming too forced for my liking and I found myself agreeing to what I internally disagreed with just to keep the peace and the friendship going.

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Why I started to outgrow some relationships

  1. Differing values and principles- I am not one to make friends just to have a large circle of people around me. When I meet people and decide to become friends with them, it's because we share some values in common rather than a pair of stilettos. When you don't share some core values and principles then there will be a higher tendency of clashes which may lead to an unhealthy relationship.
  2. Polarising life choices- a little similar to the first point however certain life choices will sever a friendship in a flash. As individuals, we all have deal breakers for a number of scenarios.  A deal breaker is something that you can't figure you way around and nothing can work or be salvaged from that. 
  3. Maturity- unfortunately, not everyone's  thinking process will be on the same plane with yours and that's okay. Facing somes challenges and certain experiences frame our thinking and cause our thinking and perspective to change. We start to see things differently from another point of view which may be incomprehensible for others around us. In our search to find people who will understand us, we outgrow the others.  
  4. Toxicity- there is no compromising here. Sadly, it seems most toxic people that you'd come across are most likely someone you've known for a long time or deeply trust. It took me a while to realise what I sometimes called tough love was just plain old toxicity. Having toxic people around you may be very damaging to your self esteem and confidence.

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Why it is okay to move on 

The biggest favor I ever did myself was to let dead and dying relationships go. Now, I have a clearer picture of the people I want to surround myself with. People whom I have deep connections with and can share important moments with.

Certain  elements in a person's character won't likely change no matter how much we want them to and to hold on to something or someone that isn't fulfilling you is nothing short of a burden. Holding on to such relationships and people is a sure-fire way to keep yourself from going forward.

For me, taking something away from an experience is more than enough. I learn, then I move on.





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22.8.17

Last minute summer dresses | Rosegal

22.8.17

Last minute summer dresses | Rosegal



Summer may be a never ending season for people who live in the tropics  but it's quickly wrapping up for others. I've seen lovely inexpensive sundresses for women from Rosegal for last minute travellers like myself. I'll be going away very soon and these items will make their way into my suitcase.

What I love about these items is how they come in amazing price points and that's great since the bulk of summer is gone. I've selected items that I see myself wearing a lot next summer as well.  




I chose this dress because of how pretty it is in that watermelon dress. Swing dresses such as these look really lovely on a petite frame and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. The ruffles on the shoulders provide this dress with the femininity and chicness every holiday goer desires.




This is another gorgeous piece. W'eve seen how blue was the color of summer this year and how the off the shoulder trend was huge. I love the cut at the back of this dress. It gives it something extra and that's a subtle way to show off your back.



Online 3/4 Sleeve Cut Out Short A Line Dress WHITE XL

I love how simple this white dress is and with the applique detail across the chest. It extends to the sleeve revealing an elegant looking cut-out. White dresses are a summer staple and are so easy to style for a day at the beach or touring the city. 



Love how flowy this dress is with muted pinks and sage green. The best thing about long dresses such as these ones are they're a great transitional piece into the fall. They can easily be styles in the summer with mules and strappy shoes and styled with tall boots for fall.

Take advantage of getting new and affordable clothes. There's a huge summer sale on Rosegal right now from 33% off and you can get an extra 10% off by shopping with my code RGEN. Enter the code at checkout for a great bargain. Click the banner below to head straight to the sales. 

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Happy shopping 🖤🖤🖤

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