Hey lovelies,

Today I thought of sharing some of my favourite skin care products. A bit of background information before diving right into the subject; I am dark-skin, with sufficient melanocytes in my genes. I would say I have a normal skin type except that I am quite oily around my t-zone and I have a quite sensitive skin (react to any little scrub, shavers, razor blades which I do not use and even the sun gets my skin irritated). I had acne like every other girl around puberty age but now rarely have blemishes or skin irritations. I’m not sure about this but I would say a bit hyper pigmented on my cheeks but that’s okay.

The products I will be reviewing are those that work for me and hopefully would work for someone who has a bit of the skin type I described above. I have used them for the longest time now and they really work.

  1. Shea Butter (100% natural, raw, unbleached and unrefined).

It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection with an SPF of approximately 6 and provides the skin with essentially fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Not only do I use it for my skin, and face but also for my hair (see previous posts). It moisturizes, reduces inflammation and smooths the skin. I remember having a bump once (actually on several occasions) and applied Shea butter. Guess what, it disappeared without leaving a dark spot. I apply it to my face every night before bed and use it daily as my skin moisturizer and massage it gently into my skin.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel by Dr. Organic (99.9% Aloe Vera)

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Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel (buy)

I get my Aloe Vera Gel from Holland & Barrett, a pretty popular shop in the UK renowned for natural medicines and products. The gel is made from Aloe Vera as you may have guessed which is a specific plant that grows in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for medicinal, agricultural and decorative purposes.

It contains Auxin and Gibberellins hormones that have anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. I use on my face after applying my CLINIQUE moisturizer (during the day ), on my blemishes or irritated areas of my skin, on my stretch marks (although Shea butter works perfectly for that). I also apply it sometimes on my feet (especially if they get too dry).

  1. CLINIQUE Skin care Product Range

Guys keep calm! I have found the perfect brand aka products for my skin. Early in September 2016, I decided to invest on my skin and hair care products. I was not breaking out but I was just tired of trying so many products (side note: tea tree products from body shop were so aggressive, didn’t work for me) that ended up causing irritations or just didn’t work. So from there, I literally bought a range of products from CLINIQUE (got the essentials from the start, benefited from offers and gifts that came with purchases and around mid May, got myself sun cream) .

Firstly, the moisturizing lotion, liquid facial soap and clarifying lotion.

3-Step Face Care for Combination Skin Type (buy)

I use the liquid facial soap twice everyday. I massage it on my wet face and throat and pat in gently. after rinsing and during my face up with a towel, I apply the clarifying lotion. which in turn smooths my face before the moisturizer.  The moisturiser helps to balance out the skin’s moisture levels providing long-lasting hydration. It gives some glow to the skin and what I like most is the fact that it is not greasy. I apply it once a day after washing and toning my face.

From time to time, I apply their anti-blemish solution.

This helps reduces spots and even stops bums from appearing right from the moment the skin feels irritated. I just apply it on the spots in question.

Finally the sun cream.

This is fantastic to use very lightly on the skin. Contains an SPF of 50; very high but worth it. I use it often during summer or every other day when I will be exposed to sunlight. Very comfortable and  works perfectly for sensitive skins. The coverage is quite invisible (blends nicely) as compared to sun creams I have used in the past which left my face quite purplish. I have heard it’s not that great with oily skin as it leaves quite visible pores. But I will definitely recommend for sensitive and normal skin types.

Apart from those essentials, I got some gifts from CLINIQUE house when I purchased the sun cream back in May and renewed my moisturizer. I gave some of them away but I want to mention some of these gifts which I kept that really work and are also useful. I kept the makeup remover, eye gel, the mascara (I also have sensitive eyes and any product that I use such as eye shadow or mascara easily irritate my eyes. This is the only mascara that I have tried which feels very light and do not itch or smear as others), and more face soap.

I will suggest any reader who recognises her/his skin type from my description to try out these products. They work. They really do! You just have to remain consistent with them because for all I know, the results are quickly apparent. And if you are still stingy to invest on skin products, remember it’s a good investment and it’s your own skin we are talking about. I’ll leave the prices or links to purchase each of these items.

Disclaimer: The pictures belong to the official providers of these products.

Till next time beauties xx

19’s Observation.





Why is you hair so thick, how did you achieve this length, how do you maintain your hair’s colour, your hair is so big, why is it so soft, how come you scalp is always moisturized. Well, enough with the questions. As of this moment, my hair secrets become public.

My hair journey only started in 2014 when I started growing my hair. I had always worn them natural (haha, all shaved it was; since I attended an English school in Cameroon that required everyone boys and girls to shave – it’s very common) for seven good years worth of secondary and high school. So i had never really known what it was like to have hair braided from the scalp, never had to use relaxers or simply just style it. Fast forward, after writing my A level at around May 2014, I started growing out my hair.

Yes, I am 100% natural with 4’C hair type. What i mean by natural is that, I carry and wear my hair the way it grows from my scalp. Sometimes, it decides to act coiled and other times kinky. It just behaves however it feels like every other day and it’s okay. Unlike most Africans, african-americans, Caribbean (and any other who experience shrinkage), my hair doesn’t shrink that much (although it does a little when it’ s wet). It is pretty soft and easy to comb (I thank God for that everyday because you all know the struggle).
Up until few years ago, I honestly did not think that natural hair will ever trend as people seemed more accustomed with straightened, relaxed, perm, blow-dried, flat ironed or any other unnatural method resulting in having straight hair. Society pressured individuals to own identities that weren’t theirs making people manipulate their hair to look in a certain way for the sake of ‘fitting in’ or ‘blending in’. I even remember back in primary school where having relaxed hair was considered as beautiful. I felt sad at times as my mother will not allow my sisters and I have our hair relaxed (Thank you mother). Her explanation for that at the time didn’t have much to do with heritage, self-acceptance or natural beauty if i remember rightly. It was more a case of avoiding chemicals on our bodies (fair enough as these relaxers and all that contain massive chemicals).

I’m glad I keep my hair natural for the right reasons. Most people today just have their hair natural not because they love it but because it’s trendy. Unfortunately, that’s the reality and such people tend to go back to perms as soon as the slightest difficulty arises. They fail to realise that caring for their hair is just like having a new-born baby. Sometime you understand him, other times you do not but you exercise patience, you still care for it, you learn to understand him with time and continuously give him love. That is how I treat my hair.

Growth doesn’t happen all in a day. It takes  a while if you remain consistent. I am not a professional and it definitely took me a long time to get to know my hair. To know what products work for me, to care for it, to style it and more. It was all trial and error but now I am happy that I finally found what works for me. I just hope for more growth and hope I learn more about my hair so I can have the healthiest journey possible.

In relation to hair products, I often hear ‘having natural hair is costly’. To be honest it depends on what you go for and how much products you think your hair needs. At the early stages of my journey, I found myself spending on so many products (not knowing whether or not it worked for me) and I ended up not using them. Presently, I realise my hair doesn’t need that much products. Better still, I go for handmade goodies (the cheaper option – recipes which I get online or simply experiment) like mixing my Shea butter with freshly squeezed lemon, water and extra virgin oil as a treatment and more things like that using bananas, avocado, argan oil, water (at no cost) … Not all the time ( because I’m a student – busy life) but once in a while.

For my hair regiment, I have opted for Shea Moisture Products. I use the both the Jamaican Black Castor Oil formula and the Raw Shea Butter formula. The later is infused with sea kelp and argan oil and it is ideal for dry, transitioning and damaged hair. It helps heal the scalp, promotes hair growth and strengthens the hair. It keeps my hair moisturized (extra-moisturized) and I’ve seen my hair grow so rapidly in a short span of time. The earlier is infused with peppermint and apple cider vinegar. I would highly recommend this formula if you struggle with dandruff. It moisturizes the scalp, gives shine to my hair, maintains its colour, and repairs damages sometimes caused by braids, protective styles or heat exposure.

I also have my traditional granny style head scarf which I tie at night before bed (This is the best of all).

That said, these are the products that work for me and have helped me achieve my hair length in the space of two years as you may have seen in the pictures attached to this post. These were taken about two months ago from an Iphone 6 ( – really hope I start making use of my camera).

Comment below what products you use and what works for you. Feel free to share your own natural hair experiences.

I would love to know.

19’s Observation.




Hi makeup lovers,

I hope you are having an amazing time wherever you are reading me from. I’m back this time with a review of my top five makeup essentials. These are the products I currently use and I love them.

I am dark-skin, with a normal skin type although quite sensitive. I get negligibly oily around my t-zone and have hyper pigmentation on my chicks (not that hyper -because I’m that dramatic). I’ll be reviewing my top five makeup essentials and will give some of my makeup hacks.

Makeup Brushes Set – Real Techniques.

Most people tend to neglect this aspect on the grounds that, as long as they’re able to apply their makeup, it doesn’t matter. Well, I do not think so. It actually makes a whole lot of a difference. For the sake of your skin, you do not want to use brushes that will compromise your skin’s health. Today, there are a lot of controversies in the makeup industry that one needs to be very careful with regards to what products (*chemicals) were used in manufacturing beauty items (brushes, blenders, sponges) as you might be really surprised as to the amount of chemicals involved. If you are still wondering why you get breakouts despite using reputable makeup brands (foundation, primer, concealer and so on), the brushes might be a problem. Currently I use the brand Real Techniques.  The quality does not fail.

The first set I possess is the flawless base set which I purchased on black Friday sales (you’ve got to be a strategist). It contains a contour brush, detailer brush, buffing brush and a square foundation brush. It all came along with a little cute white brush cup which is very helpful to keep and organise my brushes.

Next is the enhanced eye set which consists of a medium size shadow brush, essential crease brush, fine liner brush, shading brush and a lash separator. I’m not really an eye makeup girl but the brushes help me blend flawlessly whenever I do.

Finally I’ve got the brow set which contained a brow scissors, an angled tweezer, brow brush brow highlighting brush and brow spool. It’s really the perfect set to clean up my brows and create a perfect look.

Primer by Lancome. 

I’m sure you know that a primer is one of the basis for makeup. I’ll just say it again just to reiterate the point. It is that one product that qualifies as ‘must have’. The velvety feel of this primer is amazing. It goes easily into the skin and preps it wonderfully before my foundation. I tried other brands but this is by far the best of all.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation by Lancome.

I have spent quite a lot for a student on Lancome products but I do not regret it as every single penny is worth it. I use the shade 14 (for brownies) and it matches well my skin  tone. In the past, I have tried other popular brands such as l’Oreal, MAC, Bobbi Brown but they either never really matched my skin tone or the texture was not just convenient for my skin type. Now I can rest in peace. Lancome’s ultra wear foundation stays throughout the day, and it’s the most effective (the only one to be honest) oil-absorbing foundation I’ve ever used. It doesn’t feel heavy on the face and you do not need that much pumps (about two is enough for me)  for a full coverage.

Bronze Highlighter for Glow by Laura Mercier. 

Lovely product with a super subtle sheen that will leave you glowing! I use it to highlight my cheekbones and sometimes create a contoured look. The first time I used it, people kept asking me where I had gotten it from.

Makeup Fixing Spray by Urban Decay.

This makes a whole difference on my makeup. At first I would apply my makeup without any fixing spray and I realised I got oily or my makeup didn’t stay longer (especially when i was in motion). However, with the spray, makeup lasts longer, it controls oil even when i’m in movements and cools the surface of my makeup. I will definitely recommend.

To my makeup lovers,

19’s Obeservation.