MAKE UP ONE-OH-ONE (1)

Happy Saturday pretty ladies. Hope you are all doing great today? We are back with another topic on makeup.
Last time we talked about the fundamental things you need to have flawless make up by yourself. Have we bought them? Great!

We’ll be talking about makeup brushes and their uses today 😀 yayy! Some of us might think we do not need the brushes but I want you all to know that the secret to a clean makeup look is a good brush. So back to the matter!!!;)
I’ll be giving us the basic makeup brushes and their basic uses. We have:

1. The foundation brush: just as the name implies it is used to apply foundation on the face.

2. Concealer/angle brush: use to apply concealer beneath and above the brows after drawing them. You can also use it to apply gel or liquid eye liner.

3. Powder brush: we use this to apply powder to the face after applying the foundation.

4. Blush brush: to apply blush or bronzer. Blush on the cheeks and bronzer for highlighting (will explain this later).

5. Spoolie brush/mascara wand: we use this to set the eyebrows in the desired direction.

6. Eye shadow brush: to apply eye shadow on the eyelids.

7. Blending brush: this is use to blend out edges and visible demarcations or lines when applying eye shadow to give it a clean and smooth finish.

8. Lip brush: to apply lipstick or lip color to the lips. You can use this to apply eye shadow primer on the eyelids before applying eye shadow.

9. Brow comb: to comb the brows when grooming.

10. Fan brush: to remove hair on the face after grooming the eyebrows and to clean excess eye shadow on the face after applying eye shadow.

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And that’s it for today. More are yet to come just hang on and enjoy your weekend ladies.
Remember! Looking good is a good thing that should be taken seriously and flawless makeup is a good step. 🙂

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CHRONICLES OF MY NHJ: THE JOURNEY SO FAR

Intro music please!! *donjazzy’s adoabi* *catwalks into blog* lol!
Goodafternoon girlies!! How beautiful are you right now? 😉 i know right? Hehehe just messing around, hope we are all good though. Awesome.
Soooooo, I have been natural for one month now and I already have gist piled up. Believe me when I say that I have seen enough these past few weeks (good and bad) and they have all made me a more confident person. It also made me understand that it is only real friends that stay through change especially when it is a major change. Cutting my hair and going natural not only made me feel liberated and more grateful for life, it also opened my eyes to alot of things about myself.

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I’m going to share with you what i have experienced these past few weeks though sooo, let’s gist..(p.s i’m being really distracted right now because i’m trying to watch glee and type on my tablet at the same time 😦 )
The first and most annoying one was thr negative comments..omggg…
“Ewwww..what kind of hair colour is that? Go and dye it please” (i actually have brown hair that somehow manages to have red highlights under the sun)
“Why did you cut your hair? You look like a small girl”
“if i was your boyfriend i will dash you out on olx” (yes ooo someone actually said that..and i was this close to slapping the beards off his face)
“so , you really did it? You don’t have sense o”
*sigh*
You know one thing? A queen knows what she wants and her happiness is actually hers! I amazed myself because honestly i usually don’t do good with negative comments but all through all that i was strong and happy! 🙂
So, right about now, i’m immune to negative talk and all it does is just make me laugh and happy.
Honestly, all i needed was support from my family, Chuka, Chioma, Chinenye, Chinonso and Hope (my closest friends!! Boo is first ;)) but mostly, support from myself and God and i had it all! 🙂 So! *incase you can’t see, i’m flipping off the negative people* lol!
The second experience was keeping my hair moist all the time. I just realised that all my hair needs is constant moisture and i just give it to her. That’s how i have been able to manage keep my hair comfortably. I even styled it one time with Hope’s help and i rocked it for two weeks. Then a negative human came again and told me it made me look “boyish”..lmao. These past few weeks have given me hope that my hair and I are going to have so much fun till we part.

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Thirdly, i realised that Honey is awesome for my hair. Every morning after a bath, I spray with my water and olive oil spritz, then apply coconut oil and then seal in the moisture with shea butter. So, on one morning after i applied shea butter, i was looking for my comb on the dinning table and saw a bottle of honey grandpa bought for us and i just put a little on my palms and applied it to my hair. I found my comb, combed my hair and put on my head scarf. I couldn’t believe how soft and moisturised my hair was the next morning. I didn’t really do much, i just applied coconut oil and i was on my way. Alot of people might not be comfortable with the honey scent but its good for the hair apparently.
Finally, i love head wraps! But i don’t know where to get good ones for small money 😀 Natural hair is fun! Lol
Keep yourself beautiful ladies, no one will do it for you. You are your own woman! 🙂
-thefemaleigboarchitect

Seed up!

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Hey lovers, today’s read is totally going to blow your minds 💨💨
As you all know, I had been cracking my head about my purpose until I had the “little spark” epiphany. (“epiphany”is not a big english word oo 😓….ok wait, You know that moment, when the light bulb comes up in your head and everything suddenly makes sense :idea:. eh heh.. i know u know it na. hehehe). Check it out, its called 

little sparks

Anyway, back to today’s agenda. First question, please who likes chilling? Why are you looking at me like that? Don’t you like getting up in the morning to do absolutely nothing and watching tv till your eyes pop out (for me its korean series..don’t hate😌). Please I do oo. In fact, my full name is Ijeoma Ashley “Chilling” Unachukwu. (Ashley ke?…na who give me English name?… Mum says I have been blessed with two Igbo names…*sighs* ..thanks mum 😤).

However, innate in each and everyone of us is a command given at conception: “Be fruitful“. I heard those words today and it made more sense than when I was a kid in Sunday school thinking of how to use my 20 naira offering to buy ice cream (I am not ashamed, I was a child and i refused to be judged 🚶🏽)

Let me amplify the meaning of those words for you:

Be useful, be productive, be relevant, now…today…not tomorrow…Don’t fight it …don’t wait for it…just be it…its already in you…”

Now the interesting part, the word, “fruit“, implies the existence of a seed right? Thus, to yield fruit, you must nurture and care for the seed right? (answer me na…hehehe). Isn’t it funny how everybody wants to be fruitful without tending to the seed💅🏾 (smh..magicians*). You see, if you listen carefully, inherent in the command is a subtle hint to nurture the seed buried within. This is a process, you can’t skip. The problem is, we don’t even pay adequate attention to ourselves to know what the seed is. It is a proven fact that 70% of the earths’population do not know who they are (ok, so I just made that up…who cares? it could be true :roll:).

To be honest, sometimes, I think we are just too restless. We will rather spend time with the whole world than spend time with ourselves. (Ouch! but its true. Think about it, wouldn’t you rather whatsapp, face book, “instagram” or even send sloppy messages to “bae” all day?…*sips lipton*☕️..you know yourself…heheh)

Guys, getting to discover who you are is good business. Notice I said,”discover”? Well, its because all that you will ever be, you already are in another form. You just need to nurture it and enjoy the process.

For example, the beautiful young lady I am today was once a hideous looking child🙊 ( yes i admit i was not the finest. lets move on 🚶🏽). My point is, the lady was already in the child. She just needed care and attention.

I know we’ve learnt to adapt in such a noisy world, but if you would take sometime to “retract into yourself“, to look within and not without, you’ll marvel at your creator’s prowess. If you’d be still for just a moment, you would realize you have a voice, your own voice…and its beautiful, do you know why? cos its yours…

Do you know what happens when you don’t know who you are? People begin to think they know you more than you do.

Let me give you small gist as my fellow amebos and konkonsahs 😈.  Some years ago, I reconnected with a High school class mate (To be honest, I was so happy. I felt like God had finally sent my bae..hehehe.. ladies you know the feeling na..) However, after chatting with this guy for somedays, he presumptuously felt he knew me. While we were chatting one day, he said, “Ij, I know you through and through…you are so soft …like bread” 😂😂 (I almost died of laughter that night…Nigerian guys have killed me … soft like bread really? brother please, do not be fooled eee, you do not know me…)🍞

Lovers, I know you think you are ordinary, I know you’ve stopped dreaming, you’ve thrown in the towel in readiness to live a boring stereotypical life. Let me tell you something, when you go the supermarket, there are often two kinds of fruits displayed: seedless fruits and fruits with seed, but guess what? you can’t tell the difference until you look inside

Give yourself a chance for Christ’s sake! You may be weird, some may even go as far as calling you crazy…It just means you ain’t ordinary! So go ahead, plant yourself like seeds. It’s your season Babyyyy…

LINDA’S EXPENSIVE FRUIT HOUSE

My people! Welcome to this wonderful place on this wonderful Sunday ☺..hope sey una go church o! Because without God we are nothing and apparently our ladies would be able to find that God fearing brother that will marry them💍before they turn 35 and buy an expensive fruit mansion👱🏾…lmao..Naija we too much!! We carry first class for “pucknosing” aka “drinking procold for another person cattarh” hehehe
So, I am sure everybody has heard about our Lady Linda and her expensive mansion on a fruit (banana) island in Lagos. Have we seen the house? Omg!! 😱That na house!! The bathroom alone made my mouth water. Although i have concerns about the amount of glazing used for the house and i really hope they are not those types that get transparent at night if not lady Linda will not have privacy o! All the same the house is awesome.

Can i say that Nigerians will never cease to amaze me? Hehe infact Nigerians clap for yourselves!! 👐🏽Una too much. Have we heard of the hashtag #GoandMarry that trended on twitter not too long ago? 😀 and yes you guessed right, it was for our Linda bebe o. Apparently, Nigerians who are the good people that care so much about their own are advising Linda bebe to go and marry o! Before it gets too late because she is getting too successful. See inspirational tweets nau, i will share some of them for you to see. The theory says that
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“the richer a woman gets, the slimer her chances of catching the boo”..lwkmd :D”

They also say that she obviously is sad and unhappy because she is not complete without a man and that very soon she would start begging God to send any kind of man her way. Hehehe..
Dariz not all o! While these set of people are advising her to get a man, there is another set of humans o! You know their own story? These people are of the opinion that Linda is a confam “Runz girl” 😀 . They are more concerned with the “how” and not the “why”. Their own theory says that

“only amebo 24/7 cannot buy a woman a 500 million house, Linda na runz girl!”

Diariz God ooooo

Well, you want to know what I think? Lol of course you do…Heres what i think😎:
First of all, Linda is 35 years old so, obviously she is a fully grown adult with her own principles that were born out of experiences. I believe she is old enough to know what is right for her and what isn’t . Don’t you think so? 🙂

I also believe that its her life and due to fact that we don’t know her personally, we have no right what so ever to judge her or be all up in her business. So, the fact that Linda is not married by now could be by choice or by circumstance, but we don’t know. One thing i have learnt is never to argue or make statements when i don’t have fact. All the people saying rude things about her do not know her personally except through the media and you know what they say about the media. It shows us what it wants to show us. I feel Nigerians should just chill and be happy for her because getting a house is a good thing.

Secondly, unlike most people I don’t believe that the time a woman gets married is upto how much she has or how much she spends or the level education she has. I believe it is upto her personality as a person. There is an igbo saying: “Ezigbo agwa bu nma nwanyi” in english it says “good behaviour is a woman’s beauty”. There are poor women in the villages that are 45 and unmarried too so i believe it all boils down to the kind of woman she is.

My mum is a counsellor so she deals with alot of young women and men and 75% of the unmarried women that come to her for counsel are always faced with personality issues especially when it comes to your relationship with God and the people around you.
My people! Please calm down before you judge our Linda and let us mind our business abeg. She is old enough to know what she wants and she probably had already thought about it before she took the decision. Ndi Nigeria please be happy for her and stop running your mouths about something we know nothing about because I am sure that if Linda didn’t buy the house and got married to a very rich politician, that you will all call her a gold digger just like you did Lara Fortes, Oshiomole’s dashing wife.

Instead of bashing a woman who is successful in her own way, let us use the time to raise our female children to be confident in themselves and try to build a positive and awesome personality so that there will be no “had-i-known”..una don hear? 😀
Oya o una bye bye!! 🏃🏽Make I go chop the remaining chicken wey dey pot before my sisters finish it 😀
God bless you!! 😉
IFEOMA NDUKA

MAKE UP ONE-OH-ONE

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Hello ladies!!! Hope you all had a lovely day? I know as ladies we love making up to look good for that special occasion, at work, school or on a date with friends, that special someone *winks* and most of all for ourselves. Well for those of us that do not know anything about makeup but love making up and those that have a little idea about makeup but do not know how to go about it, I am here to help you.
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First, we’ll start with the basic tools of makeup. These tools are a must have if you want your makeup to look flawless and good. They are:
1. Brush set
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2. Cotton buds/Q-Tips
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3. Makeup remover wipes/baby wipes
4. Manicure set (don’t worry I’ll tell you the use).
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5. Mirror (hand,dressing, etc)
6. Tissues
7. Foundation
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8. Powder
9. Blushes (optional)
10. Concealers ( a shade lighter than your skin tone and a shade darker or exactly the same with your skin tone)
11. Eye shadow
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12. Face primer(optional)
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13. Eye shadow primer
14. Bronzer
15. Lipsticks and lip liners
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16. Eye liners
17. Mascaras
18. Blotting papers(for oily faces)
19. Eyebrow pencil
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You might think the makeup tools are too much but to tell you the truth ladies, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH MAKEUP!!!…

STAY TUNED for more makeup tips and tricks… 

MERCY

BECAUSE I WANT TO

“pat, pat, pat” she smoothened her face

With a colour so bright, her colour had no space

“We are going to be late!” mum yelled

With an impatience that her voice always held

Standing beside her with my obviously simple appearance

Though I did try to apply a little fragrance

“How do I look?” She asked me

With an expression that already told me what to say

“You look amazing big sis” I replied

Almost choking on my own words

Frankly she looked like a clown

Getting ready to perform at a circus down the street

“Great! I’m going to be sitting close to him today” she exclaimed.

I knew who she was talking about

Although I pretended not to

I also knew that all this was for him.

As I looked back in the mirror

I questioned my simple reflection

“Why do you look so simple?”

Over the years I came to hate the idea of looking good

It always appeared to be for the wrong reasons

At least big sis always tried to look good for the boys

So did more than half of the girls in my class

And me? I just did not care.

Quite frankly the idea to me was childish and stupid.

I mean, I look good in the mirror.

So what?

That’s all that mattered to me

I felt that that’s all that should matter

I knew I was going to be a sissy one day

With all the glitz, glam and girliness

I also knew that If I became all that

I would do it because I wanted to

Not because I wanted attention from a man *puke*

But because I believe there is more beauty in originality

I don’t know about my big sis

But I like looking good

Because it makes me feel good and confident

Not because it would probably make Harry think im hot

This is what tires me the most

In all this clowning, there is still uncertainty!

Why forfeit the trust I have In myself

For the trust i would have in the opinion of another

Which by the way is unpredictable and uncertain

Why wait for another to react to how I look

Before I am allowed to have a good day

Although as a kid I sometimes felt out place

I am glad that I did not nothing to my face

At least until I wanted to

Why? Because I wanted to

The strength in my originality

Is what boosts my confidence

Do you look good because you want to?

Is there originality in your beauty?

Is your beauty original?

Do you look the way you look because you want to?

Or because you want them to?

Little Sparks

Years ago, I remember sitting on my father’s thighs and asking him in such a “raz” manner “ Daddy, so what will I be na?”. He laughed so hard. Actually, now that I think of it, that must have been a really stupid and naive question.😅

 As the years passed by, my career choices continued to flicker like the current power situation in Nigeria 😂. If I remember correctly, as an ardent foodie, I wanted to be a teacher mostly because of the palatable meals I saw packaged for my teachers after class. Occasionally, my selfish teachers would give out their meals to their favorite students who were always the smartest in the class. Seeing that I was neither of the two, I swore to myself, “Choi, if I don’t have this kind of food, na die I dey. I go do person eeehh”

 ( Silly me. I guess we now know why I never got their food. Let’s not explore more of my past career choices just incase my future husband is reading this)😘 

As I began to mature, I think the concept of being a lawyer appealed more to me .I don’t know whether it’s because I thought that was the closest I could come to becoming a criminal mastermind. (Please oo…the profession is nothing like that! It’s a noble one..hehehe 🚶🏽🚶🏽). Suffice to say that I didn’t choose the profession for the most conventional reasons, like fighting for justice and fairness. (In my opinion, superman or the arrow should do that 💪🏾)..

Ok, what am I saying exactly?

 My point is this: 15 years after, and I am still asking the same question only in a purportedly matured manner “What is my purpose?”. Everyone wants to be great Abi? (me too ooo 🙇🏾) Permit me to spew the thoughts of a perplexed mind below: 

 “Will I be great?, Does greatness have to be some ground breaking event? Do I have to save the world or “my city” like Clark kent or Oliver Queen? (Ok..ignore the last question 😆) Let me be more practical. Do I have to be a pastor or a doctor? Do the little things count for greatness? The little words of encouragements, the smiles you put on people’s faces( like the one I am putting on yours right now;))( yes, go on, smile ☺️), the tears u wipe from someones face just by being there?”

I don’t know about you but I want to believe that we live in a world where they count .You see, they may be nothing in your eyes, but they are exactly what the worlds needs. The little sparks; rays of hope that glow in our hearts and make us warm at night 🔥. These little sparks come together from their minuscule corners and light the world….

In life, it is not really about the “great” people who wait till they do the “big” things, but the little people in their little corners who make it possible for the great people to do the big things. I believe they are the flavor of a tasteless world. 

So instead of killing myself over what the future holds and setting lofty goals for myself, I have resolved to take respite in the glow of my mum’s face when she violently laughs at my exceedingly dry jokes ( 😤), the smile on a friend’s face when I give an unexpected birthday gift or a much needed advice…because it means that in the midst of my seemingly purposeless life, I have purpose, I am relevant to them. 

I guess that’s what purpose really is. 

Instead of waiting for a mind blowing event to occur, i’ll be the best me I can be today. 👌🏽

 Appreciate the little sparks in your life today! be one too! ✨✨

P.S. Be a little spark by sharing and commenting!❤️
IJEOMA UNACHUKWU 

DON’T SIT AND GET HIT

Hello everyone, Happy Sunday to us all and I hope we went to church J. So, on this very good day, I was on my own o :/ busy surfing the net like I always do and I came across this amusing picture on nairaland.com. When I saw the picture,  I first laughed my head off because I never knew that people could be so funny and dumb at the same time in this life. It was obvious that the content in the picture was clearly posted by a lady who thought so little of herself and it was funny and sad at the same time. After the laughter, it then got me thinking about how many female lives have been ruined by that silly theory on how to handle wife battery.

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It first of all shows the post the lady put up on the internet and it was followed by a picture.

The post says:

“Part of keeping the black family together is learning to resolve issues internally. Not everyone needs to know your problems. I made another post about this issue and black women have said things like “A real man wouldn’t..” or “if he did it to me I would call (insert big brother, police, back up simp nigga)..” But what black women don’t realize is, not all men who’ve done this are bad men. Yes, that’s right, GOOD BLACK MEN are human too. They make mistakes just like everyone else. There isn’t many men who stand there and take constant physical and verbal abuse. If he’s a good man; take the beating, call your best friend who can keep secrets, go to her house, put an ice pack on it and call off from work until the wounds have healed. If he’s a GOOD BLACK MAN, trust me he feels horrible and wants you back. If he’s a good black man.. TAKE HIM BACK WE’RE GROWING ON TREES”

The picture below it illustrates a black woman all beaten up with the text saying “A REAL BLACK WOMAN would put an ice pack on it, wear glasses, and call off sick instead of alerting 50”

Before we comment on the silliness of this “theory”, I would like to share with us a story I heard on the Opera Winfrey show. It was about a man who started beating his wife two weeks after their wedding. He confessed to doing it out of jealousy because they went to a party together and he saw her dancing with another guy. He dragged her outside, and held his hand to her throat against the car after which he dragged her to a nearby bush and put her on the ground while trying to choke her to death. He said that he was so angry and the only outlet he had for his anger was violence. He apologized to his wife and promised that it wasn’t going to happen again until it just kept happening and he said he was out of control. They was even a time when she was heavily pregnant and he was asking for sex and she refused because of the pregnancy, this time he got so angry with her and he SAT ON HER STOMACH. This time around his wife couldn’t handle it and she threatened to leave. To cut the long story short, he gave his life to Christ and learnt how to control himself with the help of God and at that time he said that he hadn’t laid a hand on his wife in two years and he was happy. When he was asked why he beat his wife, he said that during his childhood, his father used to beat his mother and so that was the only way he knew how to express his emotions.

One night, while sleeping in my room, a woman’s cries woke me up at about 9:30pm and it went on for about an hour more. Suddenly I heard other neighbours banging on the door of the apartment “begging” the man to stop beating his wife. He replied them by saying that he was handling his business and that they should not bother disturbing him while he does that. The next morning the other neighbours gathered and started discussing the previous night’s incidence outside my flat. I listened to their conversation and discovered that they were all in support of that cowardly man who beat his wife till she bled. They kept saying that women were so stupid but that their stupidity needed to be tamed sometimes with a good beating. They even called the coward “a man in control of his house”. I shook my head at the level of illiteracy and ignorance amongst Nigerians today and all I could do was pray for them.

On other day while on a bus, an elderly man and a woman who sat at the front seat beside the driver were having an argument about women and how they should be treated at home. The woman was of the opinion that it is possible to have a happy home in Nigeria but the man doubted her and said she did not know what she was saying. According to the man, a home where the woman is always happy  is not a real home. In his own words, “Umu nwanyi di nma I di n’ebe akwa oge obuna” in English: “women are supposed to cry all the time”. He went ahead to give an example with his home where his wife is never happy and that it was a good thing because it showed that he owned his house and that there was discipline. He in fact said that when his wife is happy in the house, he makes a conscious effort to make her miserable.

Hmph!

Wait o! Who knows what causes wife battery? Could it be the woman’s fault? Could it be the man’s fault? What really drives a MAN to lay a hand on the mother of his children? What crime would his wife commit that would be so terrible to push him to harm his wife?

I know we are very eager to hear what I have to say 😀 you’re all on your devices like “make I see wetin she go talk”. I will not talk o *sips lipton and crosses legs*..hehe just kidding.

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I know that some of us will have reservations about the fact that an unmarried woman should not be speaking on this topic but you want to know what I think? I think that I don’t have to be married to know that wife battery or even husband battery (yes o! that one sef dey happen) cannot be justified. I sincerely believe that with the help of God, any situation in a home can be solved. I watched a movie  sometime ago that the famous Cookie of Empire featured in. In the movie, she and her hubby had issues and the pastor said that “marriage was like a three strand rope, the man is the first strand, the woman is the second and God is the third and that if the third strand is not present, the marriage surrenders to pressure because it will no longer be strong enough.” I believe that if Jesus was there from the initiation of the idea of marriage between two people, that there will be no mountain that you both would not be able to overcome because God himself will be there to give you strength.

In a case where God was not there from the onset nko? *sips more lipton* 😀 I believe that there is no case that cannot be solved when the two are willing to solve it with the help of God. There is no mountain too big.

Biko our ladies, don’t sit and get hit. Take charge of your relationship or marriage by bringing God into the matter. You are very special in your own way and you have the right to be appreciated by a good special man. Don’t compromise yourself because you want to help a human who is resisting your help or because of the material things you are benefiting from the relationship. You are your own woman; please do not let the society get into your head and make you feel otherwise.

Take your time and make your choices especially those choices that are long-term.

Nothing on this earth justifies wife battery because even good and faithful wives get beaten for being good and faithful :/. Don’t sit and let it slide, find out what the issue is and solve it with God’s help because not only are you risking your life, you are risking the lives of your children.

Once a man hits you, it might most likely happen again. Don’t say you love him and he loves you too but he’s going through a tough time and then you take the beating and do nothing. Sister, if your husband is going through a tough time and he is a good man, help him get on his knees and pray to God and not get on his feet and slap your face.

Know your man before you tie the knot because it is a lifetime decision. Don’t be blown away by wealth or looks or even the fact that he goes to church (we will talk about this one later :/)

Don’t put an icepack on it and call in sick because you think he’s a GOOD MAN. Put a stop to it and call on God because you know you are a GOOD WOMAN who deserves better.

YOU ARE YOUR OWN WOMAN.

GARLIC FOR ACNE PROBLEMS

Hello everyone, I trust we had a very good start this week (I didn’t :|, don’t ask why)

So while I was having my not-so-good Monday, my younger sister strolled into the room and starts talking about some Korean actor and how he looks gay but is not gay..bla bla bla.. I zoned out at some point until I noticed what was on her face. At first, it looked like a white leach (lol I’m serious) but I looked a little closer while she was talking about her Korean actor crush and then I saw what it really was: a slice of Garlic! That’s what was on her face and I burst out in laughter leaving her in confusion. It was when she realized what I was laughing at then she gave me the lecture of life as punishment for not listening to her while she talked as usual (simply put, I bought market).

Apparently Garlic is a magic worker when it comes to cleaning up acne! It was like magic! Here’s what my sister did (it’s a little unorthodox and I admit, a bit weird but It really works):

What you would need:

  1. A clove of garlic
  2. A sharp knife
  3. A face towel
  4. A bowl of warm water

Procedure:

  1. Peel a clove of garlic
  2. Slice it into thin flat bits
  3. Wipe the affected area with a warm towel
  4. Place a thin layer over the affected area
  5. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  6. Wash face with warm water.

Then you will see the magical results of this technique!

Although it might sting a bit, this little problem can be reduced by placing some ice on the affected area. This also prevents swelling and irritation.

Why is it that garlic cures acne/pimples? It’s because:

  • Garlic has anti – bacterial, anti-fungal, anti – viral and anti – septic properties that help to prevent clogged pores and thus reduce the acne. But remember that not to use this garlic without diluting it to prevent the stinging or burning sensation on the applied skin.
  • It has strongest anti – oxidant property which helps to fight against the free radicals which in turn cause damages to the body or skin cells that is not even easily repairable. Usage of garlic will avoid this damage and thus it prevents the formation of acne and other skin problems like aging, wrinkles, pimples, etc.
  • Allicin is a compound in garlic which gives pungent taste and smell. It will decompose into ultimate antioxidant called sulfenic acid in which both radicals and sulfenic acid will react very quickly other than any other antioxidants as it get, limited only by the time in which the two molecules will take time to come into contact with each other. Also there is no person to see the compounds either natural or synthetic to react this much quickly as anti-oxidants.
  • Regular intake of garlic will help to strengthen the immune system and thus improves the overall health other than treating acne.
  • It has anti – inflammatory properties which help to reduce the pain, irritation and the discomfort caused by acne. It soothes the irritated skin but make sure that not to leave this garlic for a longer time on the skin why because it causes burning sensation on the skin.
  • It acts as a drying agent and dries out the acne and also removes the acne scars on the skin.
  • It helps to improve the blood circulation that allows the skin tissues to properly receive all the vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy skin. So always use chopped or diced garlic cloves to activate the allicin in it to clear the acne and other skin problems.
  • It has sulfur compounds called thiacremonon, in which the sulfur is generally used as skin drying agent for preventing excessive oiliness that causes acne.
  • Using garlic regularly or eating raw garlic will not only clears the acne but also prevents the new acne formations on the skin. This also prevents the formations of pimples, spots, zits or anything which are enemies of beauty.
  • It has an excellent source of various acne combating nutrients like vitamins (C and B6), minerals, selenium, copper, allicin, zinc (used to control sebum) and other phyto-nutrients which help to prevent the acne.
  • It also helps to reduce the acne breakouts by fighting the insulin resistance which in turn linked to acne. Generally insulin resistant body’s cells has trouble in responding to actions of hormone insulin which further leads to diabetes but the usage of two garlic compounds like garlic oil and diallyl trisulfide helps to improve the insulin sensitivity which again refers to the body’s ability to respond properly to the actions of insulin. In this way, garlic is very effective in fighting against the acne.

http://homeremediesforlife.com/garlic-for-acne/

I like my sister’s technique because it is cheap, easy to execute and works really fast. Go and get your garlic now and stop looking like a cactus! (In my sister’s words)

Have a lovely week ahead dearies. Don’t forget to check out our other posts, like, comment and share with your friends. Bye!

FIRST JOHN THREE

Bible

This morning I woke up feeling so tired and I had a slight headache thanks to sharing a bed with a hyperactive five year old who is my brother. Anyways, we had our morning devotion at 8:00 am and our text for the day was

1John 3:1-10

Although I wasn’t prepared, I heard my mum say “Ifeoma give us an exhortation on this bible passage” yikes!! lol I froze for about thirty seconds until I decided to teach my family and also learn by myself. Since it had ten verses, I took each verse one at a time and tried to understand it while I read it to them. When I was done, I felt I explained it well enough so I want to share with all of us as well (I hope it fits into one post).

So! Lets begin! Get your bible and open to the text.

The first verse says(RSV):

“See what love the Father has given us that we should be called the children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him”

When I read this verse out, what I understood from it was that God loves us first. One thing is for him to love us and another is for us to love him back. When we do love him back eventually and show this love for him in our lifestyle, the world does not recognise it because they do not know God who is love.

This is the part that made me understand that this passage could be a sort of guide to the newly converted. To me, it is laying down the fundamentals in terms of what to expect or know when you are converted and have accepted our Lord Jesus into your life. When I made sure it was understood, I went to the next verse.

The second verse says(RSV):

“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is”

When I read the second verse out, what I understood from it was that verse one has asked us to love back and that in loving him, the world might not understand us but that in this love, we should have FAITH. There are things that have happened to us in the past that we may not understand even as we are born again but this verse is encouraging us to simply have faith that God knows what he is doing and that on the last day, we will fully understand what is going on.

The third verse says(RSV):

“And everyone who thus hopes in him, purifies himself as he is pure”

This third verse made me understand that when we are in Christ, and we have decided to love and have faith in him. Our hope in him purifies us in the sense that we unknowingly cast our burdens to the Lord and we stop being desperate for the things we want in this life. Desperation probably has driven us to do somethings in the past that we are not proud of but when we are in Christ, desperation goes and faith steps in and does the trick!

The fourth to tenth verses say(RSV):

“Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he came to take away sins and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you, He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.

By this, it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil; whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother”

I took all these verses together because they are all pointing in the same direction the next always complementing the latter. This group of verses first of all described exactly what sin is, then explained that this sin is the reason why the Lord Jesus came on earth to die. They then went further to say that many people would try to twist sin and make it seem like doing the wrong thing is right. Such people are everywhere in schools, homes, play areas, offices and even in the church of God.

These verses then began to tell us that we should not be bothered that whoever is in Jesus will not continue in sin because in him there is no sin.

The tenth verse then finally summarized it all saying that in all this, we can now see who is God’s child and who is not. The next question you should ask yourself is this:

“Am I a Child of God?”

If the answer to that question is NO, then you have some repenting and accepting to do. I hope I have spoken to someone as I also spoke to myself this morning. Remain blessed and have a wonderful week ahead!

Remember: Don’t strive to earn a living and then forget to have a life in the first place.