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How Far Would You Go To Look Beautiful?

What would you endure in order to look beautiful and what do you think its "taking it too far" so to speak? What has been the most extreme thing you have done for beauty?

Personally, i can psyche myself to do arm, leg, underarm and Hollywood waxing and eyebrow threading, all in one afternoon. I can spend up to 50 quid on one cosmetic product and like most Nigerian women I can spend the whole day doing my hair! I use 25-50% chemical peels on my face every once in a while. Once and only once I dared to blow 130 pounds on a facial (I am ashamed of that tho). I am presently contemplating belly button piercing and laser eye surgery but the reason for the surgery is more medical than superficial.

I would say the most extreme was using 50% TCA peel all over my face to fade scars a while back.

However, i think plastic surgery of any kind is out of the question. What say ye?

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Nigerian ladies are mostly willing to go an extra mile to look beautiful. There are many things they do and some of them are extreme. For instance, they bleach the skin to attain a fairer shade. Most Nigerian men prefer fair skin ladies. So, they use various bleaching products to attain the desired result. At this, they never mind that those products can be very harmful. They can lead to ulcers and skin damage and promote skin cancer. So, you should never really trust any ad that says this bleaching product is 100 percent safe. Some ladies use tons of makeup. This method is safer, but it is costly and time consuming. As they say: beauty has its price!

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Plsss o. Professionals in the house, this is my own case

I have an oily skin, spots on my face(especially on my cheeks A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ forhead), I am not a fair person neither am I a very dark person. I need a creaM to stick to or oil or lotion that won't darken me or lighten me but will at the̶̲̥̅̊ same time clear my spots, stop pimples A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ make me look radiant. Thanks. But presently am using elizabeth Arden lotion/visible difference

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I'm already beautiful, I don't need to go extra-mile.

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I kno I'm late comin to this thread,

But what is the place in Peckham for buying the Secret Oil?? I have been on their website and there is no mention of Secret Oil!! Does this place sell all the Patricia Milton products, cos i wanna buy some of their whitening creams too.

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@ ALL

I need to buy Amos White cream and I have no clue where to get this product.

Please help!

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hey girls,

i must say this is been an interesting read.i want to ve a glossy,fair skin.currently am using amos white cream and so white serum.it still is not working the way i want.also i ve stretch mark on my bum and bosoms.wat can i use to cure it.

funmi

Hi Funmi, please can you recommend where to buy the Amos White cream. I am currently in UK. Thanks

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Was in Miami for a few months and i find that i have a TAN of the bad kind. I am mixed race so naturally light skinned but i discoverd I have unsightly dark patches and sunburns

SOMEBODY HELP?!

Hr, whats with the silence babes, ring a sista up girl, i miss u

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I am a random shopper. . . i basically wonder into shops to see what they've got and pick up anything i might need. .  i have enough products to last me 3 months, thats due to my fear that i wldnt find what i need when i need it. so i don't really hav a particular place i shop. one of my fav areas to wonder around in is kilburn high street, ther r a few interesting afro caribean shops there wher i buy lotions and stuff. . . also some shops at harrow, i buy mac and perfumes at debanhams, body washes and bath tools at superdrug, oils and ointments at body shop. . . 

perhaps if u let me knw what exactly u r lookin for and i can suggest places where i think u can find them. also what part of london r u at?

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@HRH

Where do u buy ur beauty products in

London except Peckham?

@All

Where is d best and reasonably priced place 2 shop for beauty products in Abuja?

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i went to the uk and bought one drug from dr china.i lost like 5kg in 1 week and then stopped cuz it had its negative effects,so i reduced my food intake and exercise and i look so fabulous

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Not far. I'm working with God has given me.

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Someone was asking  about  where  you  can get  Clinque products  in Lagos. I  think a  shop  called Yinkas it No.43 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi. She also  sells MAC,Imani etc

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i dont do flowery either. . . but i do hear its pretty good. aloe gels mixed in my lotion sorts out my skin texture issues tho

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cant stand d smell tho. . .

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@Ajebota & HRH

Thanks! I am going to take ur advice & start today!

Wow!

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HR Hotness

Do you know wher i can get clinique products from in Lagos? Many thanks

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ds una peeling, bleaching and toning 2 much o. we dont hv 2 use a product cos its good 4 somone it might not be 4 u remember we hv different skin type, i used 2 be a very bad case acne and did everytn pple tells me,,,,,,,the only thn wey remain na 2 rub poo 4 face,,,,,,but i thank GOD i stopped listening 2 pple,,i decided 2 use dudu osun soap,since then ive neva had pimple even those small ones during monthly period i no see again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,4 d past 6yrs i use dudu osun soap and pears baby lotion and take a lot of water,,,,,no cleanser,no nothn,,,yet i hav one of the most beautiful skin ever made,,,,,,,,,,,,,most product contain harsh chemical so avoid them,,,,,,,,always remember,,,,,,BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN

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Ladies your contributions have been so useful. i actually went for a colonic irrigation in Kilburn after reading it here and it was wonderful. i am in Nigeria now and i was wondering if anyone has any really good makeup tips for a very oily skin. its no so bad in uk were the weather is somewhat drier and colder. here though it is so humid and hot that i can feel the makeup melting and slidding off my face. i do have a few black spots so concealer and or foundation is a god sent. HELP!!!

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Thx dear for your responses and wd not hesitate to ask more question. I av bout the secret oil, tell u the result. thx

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Thanks, it something i have considered but i never seem to hav the time. Everything i know is from years of experimentation. . . i have very sensitive skin so it was hell finding products that work for me.

Clearessence maxitone has hydroquinone which doesnt work well with sun exposure. it is also not advisable for prolonged use.  Jergens altho a great moisturiser, has no sun protection which is necessary for lighter skin. I have never used the Neutrogena product u mentioned but i have seen it and was uunderthe impression it was an anti-wrinke cream. the fair and white soap is probably ok unless u feel the need to change soaps.

First of all i would advise that u start exfoliating, since you're a fan of neutrogena, they have a pure glow scrub that is quite good. if u have burns, i advise u use secret oil straight until your burns clear-up and then u start using it mixed in your lotion. as for your lotion, that wldnt be my best choice, being light skinned i would advise u use a lotion with either Beta hydroxy acid (if u hav oily skin) or Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), i personally advise the latter as this works against sun damage which is a major problem for the lighter skin.  I think i must listed a few examples somewher on the thread but i will be happy to compile a list of the ones i have tried and are happy with.

you need to dedicate more time when shopping for cosmetics so that u can read through the ingredients. . . avoid anything hydroquinone. avoid harsh cleansers with alcohol in them, they cause burns and dry out your skin. i prefer gentle facial washes or wipes to cleansers. the truth is that u will have to be patient and experiment with quite a few products before u'll find one that works well with your skin. 

let me know if u have anymore questions

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ladies, i really enjoy this thread. I spend my whole evening reading you guys.

now, has anybody tried laser hair removal? or do you know anybody who did ? especially in the bikini.

what are the pros and cons? I've done some research online, but I want real testimonies if possible.

thanks a lot in advance

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HRhotness, are u a beautician? U know much about beauty routine, in case u are not please try to think of having a beauty parlour. I av asked this particular question many times but not yet received satisfactory answer. Every lady in respective of age likes looking beautiful and radiant. I was using clear essence maxitone before, was very nice on me until it started open up stretch mark, i av to change to Jergen firmer but not giving me the kind of result i wanted and now changed to Neutrogene Visibly firm with Active Copper and use Fair and white soap (Blue pack), im now looking more dark than before which makes pple asking why my complexion is now black becos im a fair person. Can i mix my cream with secret oil and change my soap to one that brightens skin. Thx

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Thanks Hotness,

In the absence of those you listed, what other good soap can you prescribe?

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Since u r fair skinned, I'd advise using their skin brightening range. I use the serum and sometimes the brightening lotion and I'm satisfied with that

I dont use their soaps so i wld be advising u blindly.

the smoothening body scrub that is pretty good, they also have a toning body polisher. havent used it but i hear its pretty good.

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For me, I will go as far as having plastic surgery, and I will have it soon,

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I would rip apart my scalp to reshape my skull!

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HRH,

Which of the clarins soap is good for toning. they have various range that got me confused.

I'm naturally fair, don't mind a brighter skin.

Thanks.

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@elsie2

Have this people sent your stuff? I will be in the U.K for just 2 more weeks, do you think I should buy from them?

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i found the serect oil HR, nice and cheapp 99p, my kind of price, lol

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Thank you. Will check for that one then. Cheers.

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@ elsie,

The one i bought is the Patricia milton one, I did not see anything like Made in Emene on it.

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Hi, HR.Hotness

Thanks for your prompt reply but the secret oil i bought from Peckam and the one i just received from Nigeria were both made in Emene IN Eastern Nigeria.! They both mention Patricia Molton but it cleary states "MADE IN EMENE".

Were you able to get one that was made by SIMMONDS GERBERDING? If so please can you let me know where you got it?. Thanks.

Aysotemin, i think my question still stands. Which of these different types of secret oil did u buy and found so usefull?. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Its such a good thing to desire to take care yourself consistently.My lady was stuned when I suggested some beauty products for her.What I simply do believe also is wholeness spirit, soul and body,inward peace,tranquil and a good sence of self pride,most times we neglect the other two(spirit and soul) and focus soley on the body.Beauty radiates from inwards then outward.

As for me,I do pay great details to my skin,I av tried out so may product range(Moisturizers) from Jergens to Johnsons PH balance,to Nivea skin care,skin sucess etc,I simply would explore as long as it does no damage(bleach) to my dark tanned skin.

I look forward to cutting my nails at least once a week,cut my hair once a week too.

I would not go to bed if I have not taken a clean bath,except on cold nights.

Generally,I think its great beauty to follow your heart to where it leads and do the best to get the best,safely and naturally.

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Hi Aysometin,

Could u please tell me which of the Secret Oil u used and found helpful?. Was it the omagba-onitsha, emene-enugu or the

simmonds gerberding?. The one i bought from Peckham in London was made in Patricia Milton but made in Emene. i am yet to start using it and i want to confirm if this is the one you are having so much luck with or if i have to search for another. Thanks. Elsie.

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I use deep moisturizing body cream from bath and body works. They have different flavor eg sweet pea. They are very very good especially during winter season for people who live in USA it is also good for summer since I discovered that cream I have never ever changed my body cream and I feel the effect of the cream. Also have introduced it to most of my friends and they have no regret. If you are interested you can get it from web www.bathandbodyworks or find there store and buy it. It cost $14 per each and when you buy three you can get the fourt one free. Try it and let me know it is very good they say a trial will convince you. good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gurl i don't do all that. I used to use chemical for my skin but right now i stopped.

In the morning i wash my face with regular soap and at night i do the same thing. It's doing wonders for my skin.

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How far will I go? From Lagos to Abuja

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@ Ajebota,

Hello, just wanted to run this past you to see if you have any pointers.

I paid for the 50% and 30% TCA Peel on the Perfect skin website at the end of May but i am yet to receive the items. Was there a delay when you shopped with them in the past?. Thanks.

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Hello Ladies,

what is this serect oil? what does it do?

Clinique stuff is also good. I would recommend tenderskin use it like cleanser especially if you have ingrown hair on your arm pits, face,legs. However, the product can only be bought in USA or online.

HR how did you lose the three stone girlfriend?

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Looked everywhere in ajao estate, airport road for secret oil but couldn't get one. Pls does any one know where i can get it around ajao estate?

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Forgot to mention N80 made in Omagba,Onitsha, N150 made in Emene, Enugu. Amazing though what our local products can do.

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Please i saw two types of secret oil, one was for N150, d other for N80. Bought d two though and used d N80 one last night. The two of them are red in colour, same 5ml bottle. Now the N150 one says it has sunscreen in it. D N80 one is Global Sunscreen while the N150 one is P, Milotti not quite sure though but would confirm from the house.

Please where can i get Neutrogena Visibly Firm Moisturiser. I live in Abuja. Please let me know.

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H.R Hotness

I started using secret oil last week and the difference is serious.

Everyone knows something is up o, my skin has changed and is brighter

The good thing is that its cheap, I got mine for N100 in my area and mixed 2 bottles with my half bottle of jergens cream.

I am very sure I dont need facials or spa before my wedding.

I reccomend to everyone out there

Thanks dear

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hi hotness would like a chat

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could you tell me more about that topic

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@ elsie2

You are welcome. Am really glad it went well. Maybe now you will spread the good word about colonic irrigation!

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Clarins have a concession stand at Debenhams or you could check out their website

Dont live in manchester but theres a perfume shop called the Fragrance shop, they usually have sales and special prices and thats where i get all my perfumes. i expect they shd have outlets in major shopping malls. you could also shop online, there are ususally special online prices for most things, save u a few quid

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Hi Ladies,

I shall be in Manchester soon, please can the ladies who live there kindly give me names of shops I can visit to get many of the products mentioned here, i.e Clarins, AHa products etc. The only store I visit for Cosmetics is Boots!

A neighboor of mine in Nigeria refused to tell me where she gets cheaper perfumes in Manchester, she told me I would 'spoil her market'. please let me know if you have an idea of where she may be getting them from

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