Thursday, 22 January 2015


"As I get older, I'm more comfortable in my own skin"

          -  Jessica Lucas

 This made me chuckle!

Like every other blogger I love beauty and skincare . 

Skincare is my favourite pastime, perhaps even a little bit of an obsession! Over the years I have made some terrible mistakes and felt like sharing them here with you for your amusement...

1 - Try everything and try it all at once!!!

Yes that feeling when you're in Boots (or any other drug store), you've just been paid and you are feeling spendy. Or after watching a YouTube video. Or reading several blog posts... You simply cannot wait to try it all!! Great idea - it seems, but really do you need to try everything at once? How will you ever know which product was effective, which one broke you out? If you are feeling like switching things up a bit (which I do recommend) I suggest just changing one product and see how your skin reacts to that.

2 - Why hasn't it worked yet??

Yes - expecting everything to be effective from the first second you use it! I remember this... Two weeks in and giving up because my skin wasn't clear, blemish free or evenly toned. I have since learnt the art of persistence and routine when it comes to skin care and waiting (just) a little bit longer for the effects to become noticeable...

3 - I'm black, I don't need SPF!

I think I bought my first sunscreen in my early twenties!! Eeek! I cringe even thinking about it. I was a firm believer that the sun did not harm black skin, after all I am Nigerian, right? Well, whilst having black or darker skin will confer some protection form skin cancers like melanoma, it does not mean you are completely immune. Also sitting out in the sun without SPF did nothing for my problematic blemishes and uneven skin. Lessons learnt.

3 - I'm too old to have spots!

I was convinced that turning 21 would mean the end of spots, having struggled quite badly with acne in my teens and early university years. Unfortunately, it was not. Whilst the majority of younger onset acne is due to hormonal factors, adult acne still can occur. Factors that may contribute include the environment (oily products, smoking), diet (especially refined sugars), stress and premenstrual flares. Try to tackle some of these and your acne may improve.

4 - It worked for her, it'll work for me too!

Well of course! I have oily, acne-prone, dark skin and so of course the products that worked so well for my friend with dry, sensitive, pale white skin will work for me too! We all (now) know that that this isn't the case. Thank goodness for the internet and being able to research our skin types and how to tackle skin issues. 

5 - I want to have perfect skin

Ah! Forever on the search for 'perfect skin'. What is the definition of perfect skin and is it ever achievable? The answer is no. I have now learnt that I will never have perfect skin, but will have days when my skin looks good, days when my skin feels good and then days when it all goes tits up! And to be honest - I am perfectly fine with that. My skin is a reflection of of me as a person which, by the way, is far from perfect!

All in all - I love skincare. I enjoy skin products and trying out new and wonderful things, but have learnt these few things about skincare which has helped me be more realistic about what I buy, how I use it and the results that can be expected.

Any future skin product reviews that will appear on my blog will be honest and a reflection of the lessons I have learnt thus far. Stay tuned for a few skin care posts coming up!!

Big loves!!!


P.S. - What were your skincare mistakes??

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Come Walk With Me... Trelissick Estate, Cornwall

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend"

        - Albert Camus

I am a novice when it comes to walks, or most other outdoor activities in fact. But when a City Girl met a Country Boy in 2006, something had to shift. And, if truth be told I could not be happier that it did.

Over the years we have been on several walks and few have been documented until recently. Now, I'm going to try to keep an on line memoir of the walks that we go on wherever they be in the world - country, urban, beach... whatever!

First up - The Trelissick Estate, Cornwall

Trelissick is a National Trust woolands walk and park, not too far from Truro in Cornwall. It's close to where my in-laws-to-be now live and a part of the country that I love. 

I like this walk. I won't lie, I like it because it is easy! Great for fellow novice walkers. You have the option of two walks - each about  2 miles (around an hour at a reasonable pace) or you could combine the two for a longer jaunt. The surfaced paths makes it a very buggy friendly walk for those with young children!

You will meander through wonderful Cornish woodland and catch glimpses of the Fal estuary as you go...

Walk down the steps to the famous King Harry Ferry...

At several points you will encounter breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Fal estuary too...

Oh! And a cheesy photo to finish...

That's all for now!

Big loves! 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

About Me

¿Quien es esa niña?

                   - Madonna

15 quick facts about me for 2015...

  1. Thirty something...
  2. Getting married in 2015!
  3. Born and bred in London, living in Oxfordshire currently
  4. A doctor, GP to be precise
  5. Nigerian - Igbo Kwenu!
  6. Girly Tomboy
  7. Huge Liverpool FC fan... YNWA
  8. Skincare obsessed
  9. Creative writing enthusiast
  10. Photography novice
  11. Sports fan... you name it, I probbably love it.
  12. Lover of music
  13. Learning to speak French
  14. Tea drinker
  15. One of six children

Thursday, 1 January 2015

An Introduction

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right"

                  - Oprah Winfrey

Firstly let me say Happy New Year! Secondly... I have decided to start a blog.

Well, if the truth be known this is not my first attempt, but I am more determined than ever to try this thing out properly. Why start a blog? Well, why not I say! Hence the name...

Why now? I remember my childhood years and recall a confident and creative performer. As I grew older, I decided to focus more on my education and towards the career (that dreaded word) that I now have. Don't get me wrong, and I am delighted with the path I chose and the job I do now...

But, I can't help but miss the creative soul I once had and regret ever losing this aspect of my character. Last year I had a bit of a 'third-life crisis' and decided to start blogging, but it wasn't right. I couldn't say that I was proud of any of the content that I had created and felt that it was all a little samey and sterile. Not very personal. Not very me.

So this time round I have decided to really be true to this blog thing. To stay dedicated, to be true to myself, to be proud of what I produce.

And what better time than the New Year to start. 2015 will be a HUGE year for me personally and professionally and I want to create a place where I can document all of the exciting things to come.

So come join me for WEEKLY posts about my life, and the things and people that I love... Why not!

Big Loves


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