After 1 week of use: Neutrogena Spot Proofing range

After using these products for one week, my skin feels much cleaner than before. During the first few days of using this product, my skin did break out a bit, as a process of removing the dirt from beneath my skin. 

I have been using the daily wash and smoothing scrub together every day. When I apply them one after the other, my skin feels smoother as well as more refreshed. The Daily wash is used to remove impurities whereas the smoothing scrub is used an exfoliator that helps to enhance the spot fighting process. So far, I’m pleased with these two products. 


 

 I use the moisturizer and purifying toner together every day as well. I normally apply the purifying toner onto a piece of cotton wool/ balls and dab it onto my face after a hot shower. This product is alcohol-free which I love and leaves my skin refreshed without overdrying it. Thereafter I use the moisturizer to hydrate my skin. As I have dry skin, this also makes my skin feel soft without clogging my pores. 


The wash mask is used at most 2 times a week. It can be used as a daily cleanser but I feel that if I use it too often, my skin becomes overdry. I apply it to my steamed face and remove it on after 20 minutes. 

I have seen a slight difference in my skin during the week- my pimples have reduced in size and redness and the marks as are slowly disappearing. 

The end result: Justine Tissue Oil

Hey guys…

https://youtu.be/i79OEB8RFes – do check out my YouTube video for the final review of this product.

After using this Oil for 2-3 weeks, I’ve noticed a slight change in my skin. My skin is looking lighter and less scarred than what it was. I had quite a few dark spots on my face, and this oil helped to clear it all up. 

My skin does feel a lot more firmer, and hydrated. The texture of this oil is thick, therefore I usually apply 3 drops to my skin, so I don’t have an excess of oil sitting on my face that does not absorb. 

One beauty hack that worked with this product was that: it allowed my foundation and BB cream to settle on my face with a lighter and smoother texture. It gave a glowy finish to the makeup look. 

I would normally use coconut oil and argon oil on my skin for nourishment and to help my ance scars to fade, but I found that this Justine Oil is for effective than those products. 

I definitely would repurchase this as it appealed to my skin type: dry skin. 

First impressions of Neutrogena Visibly Clear, Spot Proofing range


Beauty Bulletin has sent me five Neutrogena products to help with clearing up pimples, which also acts as a defender against new breakouts. For the next 4 weeks, I am going to be sharing my journey and experiences using these products and what the pros and cons are. All of these products can be purchased at any drug store for R109,95 per product. 

I normally get about 1-3 pimples once a month, which sometimes take a while to disappear. I have tried different masks and medication for my acne but I’m not always satisfied with the end result. So by using these Neutrogena products, I’m hoping to get a more clear and spot-free look. 

The five products are:

  • Daily wash
  • Smoothing scrub 
  • Purifying toner 
  • Oil-free moisturizer 
  • 2 in 1 wash mask 

These cleansers work from outside in. It is also meant to leave most of the skins essential nutrients intact by building up a natural shield to block new spots. Most face washes and scrubs normally drain out all of your skins nutrients and makes your skin over dry. As a person with rather dry skin, I prefer using products that will hydrate the skin and make it look more nourished and healthy. 

Being a fan of fruit scented products, I find these products to be tropical based as it seems to have a slight fragrance of pineapple, which I love. 

My first impression after using all these products is that they all have left my skin feeling softer and more radiant. The purifying toner and oil free moisturizer soaks into my skin easily after a massaged rotation. The smoothing scrub is not harsh and rough towards the skin. After using the daily wash for the first time, my skin feels refreshed and light. 

I definitely can not wait to see the difference to my skin over the next month as use these products for the first time. 



After 2 weeks: Justine Tissue Oil 

Justine Tissue Oil is filled with natural oils and Vitamins E & A, which works exceptionally well for damaged skin. 

During my first week of using this product, I was disappointed as it caused a major break out of acne. I was advised by everyone to stop using this product as the ance was rather horrendous. But I insisted to carry on and after using it for 2 weeks in a row, my skins reaction has been changing drastically. My pimples are reducing faster than usual and the marks and scars that I have previously had, are beginning to disappear. 

My skin feels extremely smooth when I apply this Tissue Oil compared to before. I use about 2 drops per use about 3 times a day and it’s sufficient for my skin. In this way, my skin is prevented from being over-clogged with oil. I apply this Oil straight after a hot shower or facial and my open pores are inviting to this Oil. 

As my skin is easily damaged and burnt, this product has reduced the amount of redness and the dark spots I receive on a regular bases. My skin definitely feels lighter, cleaner, firmer and the overall appearance of my skin is improving. 

 After Week 1: Justine Tissue Oil

Hey guys!

As you guys know from my last post, I’ve been sent Justine Tissue Oil from Beauty Bulletin and Justine. I’m currently testing out this product to see if it’s as good as everyone is raving about. 


How effective is this product so far in reducing scars? 

During the fifth to seventh day of using this product, my skin broke out with many pimples. I’m not quite sure if it was due to the fact that I applied too much of oil or if it was cleaning my skin from the inside. I have noticed that my ance scars are reducing and fading a little as compared to before. 

Does my skin feel firmer? 

Yes, definitely! Whenever I apply any oil onto my skin, I always make sure that it’s massaged in a circular rotation, as this stimulates the blood flow in that particular area, and thus the product will be absorbed.


Have I noticed any improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and smoothness of skin? 

I don’t have any wrinkles, but my skin is feeling more smooth and soft after I use the Tissue Oil. My skin feels hydrated throughout the day and night when I do have the Tissue Oil applied but once I remove it, my skin becomes extremely dry. 

1st Impression of Justine Tissue Oil


Beauty Bulletin and Justine have been so kind and sent me their new and improved formula of Justine Tissue Oil. I have never used the brand Justine before, so I simply can not wait to see the difference it makes to my skin in the next month. 

As a teenager, I suffer with ance that definitely leaves horrible scars and stretch marks always finds its way to appear on my skin. For a person who has dry skin, this product is a MUST! It’s smooth and nourishes the skin which is perfect for this winter.

What I love most about this product is that it contains natural oils and many vitamins which assist in rejuvenating damaged skin, especially scars and stretch marks. Whenever I’m looking for skincare products, I always look for products that are natural, as they are much safer and healthier to use. 

The packaging of the product is simple and yet so elegant. It comes in a white and orange box that contains a bottle of 100ml of tissue oil.


As soon as I applied this oil to my bare skin, I fell in love with the smell of this product- it is a mixture of sweet almonds and coconut. 

Before applying any product, I always steam my face. The steam opens up my pores and I feel like the product will be more effective. After steaming my face for 10 minutes, I massage this oil onto my face. During the process of massaging my cheeks, I felt that the product absorbed into my skin easily as it was light textured and did not leave my face greasy like how other products do. 

It moisturizers the skin up to 24 hours after applying it on the first go, so my skin feels rejuvenated and fresh. I am really pleased with this product so far and I can not wait to see the difference during the next 4 weeks. 

For the final review, I will be doing a YouTube video, including each time period I used this product. So make sure to stay tuned to my blog and Instagram, to know when that will be up. Also a thanks to Justine and Beauty Bulletin for giving me a chance to try out this product. 

Nutmeg acne face mask? 

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Many of you guys have been requesting me to do acne face masks for different skin types. After reading all the dm’s and messages you guys have sent, I decided to finally do it. But I can only present a post if I’ve tested it myself. 

Today, I had decided to try out the famous Nutmeg acne mask. Nutmeg consists of essential oils that are beneficial for the skin. It has antiseptic properties which help to fight pimples and acne. 

Milk is a skin moisturizer and softener. The combination of these two ingredients, works wonders. It makes the skin brighter and fairer up to two shades. 

Ingredients: 

  • Nutmeg

  • Milk
  • Honey (optional) 

N.B.- if you have dry skin, add more honey to the mixture. 

Method:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of nutmeg to a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of milk.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey.

Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face. 
Leave it on to dry. Minimum time is at least 30 minutes to get a good effect. You can also leave it overnight to get best results- but that would be a sticky mess. 

Tip:

Oily skin? Make this mask in water or honey and skip the milk completely.

Turmeric Homemade Mask

Over the past four months that I have been away, a lot has changed. For starters, I’m healthy conscience (to an extent) and secondly I’ve adopted the simple act of wearing hijab (hopefully it’s stays like this).
If you don’t know, I’m not your regular health freak but I’m very particular about what I consume so my skin can look as flawless as all these beauty gurus we see (but the struggle is real). Depending on what we eat, our body will react to it. 

For instance, here are 5 Foods that are the cause of bad skin:

  • Sugar- by cutting out sugar from your diet, redness and inflammation on your skin will reduce. 
  • Dairy- causes hard, painful, underground blemishes that linger for weeks on the chin, jaw line, and the neck area, aka cystic breakouts. This means that your body is getting more dairy than it can tolerate. Your skin tries to get rid of toxins that your body does not agree with, so when you take in too much dairy, it comes out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.
  • Caffeine- Caffeine drinks dehydrate you, and that can make your skin more prone to sagging and wrinkles. If you can’t go without it, make sure to drink the recommended eight glasses of water daily to keep your body and skin hydrated.
  • Processed foods- these are made with additives and preservatives. This causes your hormones to stimulate excessive oil production, thus clogging  the pores and aging the skin.
  • Shellfish- Shrimp, crab, and lobster are high in iodine, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. A better option is fish, which contains omega fatty acids that help improve your skin

My weekly homemade facial: 

Recently, I was skipping through snap stories when I came across a skin care blogger, who featured the tumeric face mask on her account. And like always, I had to try it! 

I always start off with steaming my face as this opens up my pores. This allows my masks to be more effective and I’m guaranteed a pleasing result.

  • Green tea steamer

This green tea steamer makes your skin feel more rejuvenated than the normal boiled water steamer. And it’s as simple as mixing boiling water with a green tea teabag. Due to the fact that I am a bipolar green tea addict, I have managed to get my hands on pure green tea leaves that emanate a stronger smell. About half a teaspoon of green tea leaves would be perfect. 

  • Turmeric mask

This homemade diy has been past down for generations until it got to the stage, where we were embarrassed to use it and much rather buy the ‘inexpensive’ face masks that range from 3 to 5 times the price of the homemade ingredients. Over the past year, homemade remedies have become largely popular and therefore placing brands in a toughie. 


    Ingredients: 

    • 1 tsp flour
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1tbsp milk
    • Turmeric 

    Mix all the above ingredients together and apply to the face. Remove once the mask is completely dry. 

    • The mask should be applied at least once a week. 

    “After trying this face mask on the first day, my skin felt so good. It was helpful in the sense that my acne calmed down and my skin felt rather smooth. It also served as an excellent exfoliator and within 2 days my acne was nearly cured.”

    It’s definitely worth it! 

    Collab with The Teenage Effect Blog

    In collaboration with The Teenage Effect blog, I welcome Sumayya Essack into the world of blogging. Sumayya is a 15 year old South African blogger whose love for writing and fashion led to the birth of The Teenage Effect. However, TTE does not limit itself to the glamorous world of fashion, but explores the avenues of beauty, travel and lifestyle as well. She uses TTE as a platform to express herself, and hopes to inspire many others to delve into their passion and chase their dreams as well…

    Make sure to follow her on Instagram @theteenageeffectblog and @sumzxoxo and check out her blog http://theteenageeffect.blogspot.co.za/?m=1

    “Hello there readers!
    Many of us turn to Instagram, Twitter and most importantly, Pinterest when it comes to trying to find easier methods of getting that perfect look! Yet every so often we are disappointed by the terrible turnout and feel despondent about how foolproof these hacks really are. So, for the convenience of the readers, I’ve put together a foolproof list of three, simple hacks, or better phrased, hack ITEMS, that will leave your skin glowing, your make up on fleek and a longer lasting look.
    1. The Spoon

    After looking up this hack on Pinterest, I now have a spoon stored in my make up back as just another one of my make up essentials. The magic that this one, simple item from your kitchen drawer contains is amazing. For all of us who struggle with the following three things: a lack of being able to wing your eyeliner properly, a badly shaped brow and messy mascara, you’ll find “The Spoon” to be a make up weapon. To get a perfect wing, all you have to do is hold the spoon facing downwards on your eyelid, just below where you want to draw your wing, and draw the eyeliner line using the curve of the spoon. The end result? A neat and pretty wing! If you’re attempting to fill your brows and make them look somewhat stylish, every girl knows that it has to be the right shape. No one wants two thick brown lines on the forehead, do they? I found it extremely handy to use a spoon in this case because the curve of the spoon gives the perfect brow arch. Again, just hold the spoon downwards below your eyebrow, and fill in the area above it.
    2. Baby Powder

    Talcum powder is said to be the ideal make up product, but for many lazy and broke people, the bottle of Johnsons Baby Powder will have to do. I used this simple product to give my make up a vamp up and to keep it ‘secure.’ One of the hacks was to use baby powder between each layer of your mascara to make it thicker and fuller, and it does work. However it is extremely difficult to actually apply it bevause it doesnt work if your mascara isn’t wet, and if it is, it creates a huge, sticky mess. Instead, I let it dry and then take a tissue and dust the powder over my lashes using it, and after that apply another layer to keep it wet. Another hack that I found particularly useful is usinf the powder to keep your make up on. With lipstick especially, your lips tend to lose it’s colour during an event or meal, and this can be especially annoying when you are trying to showcase your beloved lippie. This can, however, be easily solved with baby powder. Apply your coat of lipstick and then press a tissue between your lips. Once that’s done, take a powder brush, dip it in baby powder and brush your lips. It will help keep your make up secure for as long as possible. This can also be used for the rest of your face, but be careful, as a lot of the time, the powder shows and can create a mess.
    3. Aloe

    This is a simple, straightforward and obvious hack that Indian women have been using for ages. Little did we realise the actual beauty benefits until now, though, when Pinterest posted these easy hacks. Break a piece of aloe vera from the plant, slice it into two and squeeze out the jelly. Make sure not to touch the jelly as it has a terrible taste and smell that lingers for hours! Apply the jelly to your face to soothe your acne, treat your blackheads and make your dark circles invisible. Although this hack requires long term use to actually take effect, it really does rejuvenate and benefit the skin to the maximum. It’s a simple home remedy that none of us lack the means to do, and that makes it a perfect fix for those of us too stingy with our money to invest in a Body Shop product that is a processed version of aloe anyway!
    Scrolling through Pinterest, it surprised me to see that so many products that lie unused in our homes are actually rather beneficial when it comes to beauty and make up. If you have any hacks that you’d like to try out, drop a comment below.”
    Au Revoir 

    Sumayya 

    Makeup hacks gone wrong

    We are suppose to be moving into the ice age but global warming is winning which is causing temperatures to reach a higher degree and those who will not be able to adapt to the heat will eventually die. Fresh water will be scarce because the poles will melt and become undrinkable water which will increase the sea levels causing the coastal areas to be flooded.  

    But excuse me, the world has bigger issues than just the normal ‘The world’s coming to the end’ scenario. Double excuse me, but makeup is our first humanitarian crisis. Forget Trump, forget the silicones Kardashians and just take the rest of your life to ponder about how you will never be able to take pictures without makeup anymore. Plus what else is there to think about, I mean South Africa already has a SpongeBob for a president, water shortages and no electricity for 20 hours of the day, so what do we have to lose?
    Why waste thousands of rands on luxurious branded makeup and tools when you can just make life much easier by being a cheap skate? It’s ridiculous how expensive makeup is and to all South Africans dismay- we have to be selling the fake products for quarter of the original price just to make some pocket money. And if that little amount does not allow you to purchase one Huda Beauty eyeliner at a local trade fair then you just wait and hope that this valentines you get a bouquet of original makeup (as cliché as it seems) *hint hint*
    But I have to ask… What’s the new craze with women using blades on their faces? Just because one famous artist said she uses it, does not give you the incentive to as well.  I know the world is falling apart and women want to be equal to men, but does it really come down to shaving your face ? Come on, you don’t want your face to become prickly, turn green and have razor scars! Eww!

    But nonetheless, I can’t believe that majority of makeup hacks still do not work. And after spending endless amount of time researching and looking at hacks which I thought would be easy enough to at least get me through a ‘5 makeup hacks tried and tested’ post, the realization hit me- well more like fell on my head- but anyways… I would much rather prefer calling it ‘The fails of 2016!’ Now don’t be disheartened and stop reading because maybe you’d learn something and perhaps not pull your teeth out- if it turns out to be the new style in the future.
    Are these makeup hacks fails?

    • Use your lash curler to get the perfect eyeliner sitch- FAIL

      Ok, the reason this was an epic fail beats me. This was actually more messier than a teenage boys room. Unless you have a fetish for drag pandafide queens, I would not suggest using this. But when you do get set up on a blind date with someone out of your league and you want to look as if you just came back from a haunted house on Halloween- then go for it.

      • To make your lipstick last all day, hold a tissue over your lips and dust them with translucent powder- PASS

      Surprisingly this worked so I can’t complain but since I went to school with really red lips the following day after testing this out- I would suggest that you order yourself some really powerful makeup wipes. Though, you might just taste powder if your tissue some how gets torn between your lips. (NB. I WAS NOT CHEWING ON THE TISSUE, JUST SAYING)

      • Place the eye stencil on your eyelid and colour on the empty spaces with mascara- FAIL

      Really now! How on Mars are both wings suppose to be the same size with the same pointiness at the same angle. If I can not perfect my eyeliner with a stencil, how on Jupiter does everyone else manage to wing that butcher knife eyeliner. I find it so astonishing and hell of creepy at the same time that makeup hacks have come down to this. 

      • Brush your teeth with turmeric powder for whitening- PASS

      Mind the taste and the yellow stains left on your toothbrush because this actually works. It’s definitely different from those masks that leave your face looking yellow as if you enjoyed a holi fight or went to a colour run with staining features. This is probably my favourite hack from all because who would not want to have flawless white mealies?

      • Mix corn flour and coco powder together and apply to your oily hair as dry shampoo- PASS BUT NO

       A few weeks ago, a hairdresser advised me to use this as a healthy option instead of dry shampoo. And since my hair becomes oily over night, it would also be a cheaper way out, though it did cover up my baldness. But it made me look as if I had poured a bucket of sand on my head- yes, that rusty shabby hairdo was not working. So I guess I’m stuck to washing my hair everyday to avoid being Ms Over Indian Oily Head. 
      Well that’s all I have for you today… Like and comment down below and make sure to follow me on Instagram @safiyabhamjee and @safiyabhamjee_blog for weekly blog posts. 

      Toodles

      Xoxo.