Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Lemon Juice: A Natural Toner

Lemon juice is a great, inexpensive alternative to expensive facial toners.  Use this lemon juice toner before you apply your moisturizer or makeup.  The lemon juice acts as an astringent which motivates your pores to close and your face to tighten resulting in smoother skin.

All you need freshly squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoonful of water.

Mix the two and apply o your face with a cotton ball.

Allow your face to dry before proceeding with your usual beauty routine.

Good luck!

~ Neni ~

Apple + Honey = Clear Skin!

If you're suffering from fatigued and stressed out skin, then this simple but effective mask is for you!
The apple contains vitamins A, B, and C and which your skin will absorb, contains antioxidant properties, and helps relieve damage from the sun.
Apples also contain glycolic acid which helps exfoliate and clear your pores.
Honey is antibacterial and has antioxidant properties.  That means is that honey will help get rid of topical bacteria.  And, antioxidants are substances that help protect your skin from free radicals in the environment

Sounds good to me!


1 apple 
2 tablespoons of honey
What to do: 

  • Peel, core, and chop the apple into pieces and put into a blender
  • Add the 2 tablespoons of honey and mix well.  
  • Apply to your face and neck with your fingers and make sure you avoid your eyes.  
  • Leave on for about 10-15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. 
 Remember to tone and moisturize your skin.

Now, how easy was that?


~ Neni ~


Friday, 24 May 2013

A Heavenly Chocolate Body Treatment

Chocolate is one of the powerful antioxidants that is used as a beauty product. Cocoa is a little expensive however, when it comes to getting flawless skin, we all want to try something that makes us look good.I know I do! ;)
Here is a simple chocolate body treatment that will leave feeling like a pampered royal!
  • Melt a few pieces of dark chocolate in a double boiler method (one pan inside a pot of water). 
  • Now add shea butter and milk. Mix well. 
  • Once the chocolate melts, put the pan off the flame. Let it cool. 
  • Apply the chocolate facial at home. Leave for 20 minutes. 
  • Rinse off with warm water
Now, touch your skin. 
How smooth does it feel?


~ Neni ~

Pineapple Peel Body Scrub

Yes, you read that right. Pineapple Peel. I'll explain.
Pineapples are rich in bromelain, which is often used to tenderise meat. Do you see where I'm coming from?

Try this:

After peeling a pineapple, gather the peeled skin, put into a blender and blend to form a paste. The paste should coarse to the touch.

Using circular motions, rub all over your body from head to toe.

Leave for 20 minutes before washing off.

Do this for one week and see for yourself.

Thank me later... ;)

~ Neni ~

Mango + Camwood = Glowing Skin!

Mango...*sigh*  I remember the good old days of trying to clamber mango trees. Such good memories!! Anyway, did you know that you could pimple-proof your face using mango? Oh yes, you can do so using camwood  also known as African sandalwood

Here's how:

  • Take the pulp of a well ripened mango and blend it properly to become smooth.
  • Take 4 tablespoon of this smooth pulp into a  bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder in it.
  • Mix well
  • Apply on a clean face and neck
  • Leave on for 20 minutes
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.

  • Do this 4 days in a week. It will dry up any existing pimples and make your skin glow.

    Like it?

    Love it!

    ~ Neni ~ 


    Wednesday, 15 May 2013

    Good For Your Blood: Ugu and Tomato Salad

    This salad has helped me tremendously on my journey to a healthier and fitter life. Ugu, otherwise kwown as fluted pumpkin leaves, has been touted as a natural blood tonic sooooo, I guess it's all good!

    To make this, you need just three ingredients:

    1. Ugu (Fluted pumpkin leaves)
    2. Tomatoes
    3. Juice of half a lemon or lime
    •  Wash the ugu leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt and sand particles
    • Chop the ugu leaves
    • Steam the leaves for 3 mins or microwave for 1 minutes
    •  Wash the tomatoes as well.
    • Slice the tomatoes
    • Mix with the ugu leaves
    • Squeeze the lemon/lime juice over the vegetables 
    Let's eat!

    Eat this as often as you can and you'll be all the better for doing so.

    ~ Neni ~


    Tuesday, 14 May 2013

    A Surprisingly Effective Strawberry Mask

    I'm not crazy about strawberries. I don't get the hype about the fruit,honestly. Unless...unless they're occuring in a flute of sparkling.... ahem! Moving on, give me an orange or agbalumo/udara anyday, and I'll be your girl! lol

    My darling big sister, we'll call her Ceecee, on the other hand has a penchant for all them oyibo fruits like black berries, blueberries, plums, cherries,and of course strawberries. don't get me wrong, I eat all these fruits as well, it just that I don't lose sleep over them.

    Anyway,I decided to put the strawberries in my fridge (put there by Ceecee) into even better use (sic). I decided to make a mask out of them. I remembered that I was told that strawberries contain salicylic acid. So, I mashed two strawberries and added a spoonful of honey and stirred the mixture. I got something like this:

    I spread all over my face and left it on for about 20 mins. After I rinsed my face it was so squeaky clean. I used the mask thrice a week over the next 1 month or so.
    My aunt asked me this morning, "Neni,what are you doing to your face? You seem to be glowing!"

    Her words not mine.

    Well, it works...

    Good Luck!!!

     ~ Neni ~

    Thursday, 9 May 2013

    Lighten Your Skin With Potatoes

    You'll need:
    • As many Irish potatoes as desired
    1. Peel potatoes and wash with water
    2. Slice them up and blend to a smooth paste
    3. Rub all over your body or on areas of concern
    4. Leave on for 20 minutes.
    5. Wash off with only water
    Do this daily for 8 weeks and you should see a difference. Trust me!

    Good Luck!

    ~ Neni ~

    Wednesday, 8 May 2013

    Apologies, Arabian Nights and Tamarind...

    Hello, Everyone!
    I don't even know how to begin. Do I apologize? I'm, sorry. Do I explain? It's a long story. Okay, to cut a very, very long story short, I've been away for the past one week to the north, Yola to be precise. I was working with a very,very sweet client who needed a bespoke pre-wedding body treatment/makeover for she and her friends. So, I gave her the Arabian Nights Treatment.The internet connection there was so shoddy...goodness gracious! So you see, there was not much I could do.

    I had a very wonderful time, my client made sure of that! I tasted so many delicacies one of which was tamarind drink. Tamarind is a fruit which is native to the Northern part of Nigeria. It is known as Tsamiya in Hausa. I came back to Lagos with as much as my bags could carry!

    Here's how you make it:

    • In a teakettle bring water to a boil. 
    • Place the tamarind pulp in a heatproof mixing bowl or baking dish.
    • Add lime juice if using it. 
    • Pour boiling water over the tamarind.
    • Stir in sugar and/or honey.
    •  Cover and allow to stand several hours or overnight.
    •  Strain the tamarind water through a strainer or clean cloth. 
    • Dilute with more water and add more sugar or honey to taste. 
    • Refrigerate and serve over ice cubes.

    I was told that it helps promote weight loss. I don't know about that but I'm having it!


    ~ Neni ~

    Wednesday, 1 May 2013

    A Home Remedy For Oily Skin

    • The juice from one lemon (Grapefruit works too)
    • Uncooked oatmeal                  
    1. Mix them together until it starts turning into a paste.
    2.  Apply to those oily areas on your body and let it sit until it is completely dry on your skin. 
    3. Rinse off.
    This works wonderfully on oily skin.I use it on my face before I apply really heavy makeup.

    Hope this works for you too!

    ~ Neni ~

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