PRODUCT REVIEW || BEAUTY FORMULAS APRICOT FACIAL SCRUB

Don't we all love to have softer, brighter, glowing, dead skin cells free, smoother and radiant skin?
That's what the beauty formulas apricot facial scrub promises! And they didn't lie!

Disclaimer || This isn't a paid review, I bought the product and I'd be sharing with you my honest opinion on this product.

I bought the apricot facial scrub late last year for an affordable price of 2,500 Naira (you can get it on Jumia for 2,200 Naira) from a supermarket.
I have a smooth skin already and I have a dry skin too! So one will wonder why I need to exfoliate my skin right? I exfoliate using this product because the added bonus of this facial scrub is it also revitalises the skin and it can be used for all skin types!
It has a creamy texture with medium sized granules with this amazing apricot scent. It exfoliate your skin gently and leaves it unbelievably soft and amazingly smooth. It comes in a 150ml tube. I mostly use mine at night, at least twice a week and I can honestly say my skin has gotten way better! 

Directions ||
Moisten face and massage gently into the skin, avoiding the eye region. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

The beauty formulas facial scrub also has the charcoal clay mask which I'd be trying out soon! 

What product do you exfoliate with? And how do you keep you skin softer and more radiant?  I'd love to know!

PS || Stay glowing ❤


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Ucheyy.

NYSC CAMP CHRONICLES : My view on NYSC || Finding my way to Lagos || camp registration || settling down

You know how excited almost every Nigerian graduate feels about the NYSC (National Youth Service Corp) scheme? Yep, not me! I was actually hoping NYSC will be scrapped off by the time I was done with school. Like can't we use the one year to intern in companies related to our fields of study? Cause half of the Corp members if not more than half get posted to schools or places not related to their field of study in school. While some of us are lucky to go to developed cities, some others aren't so lucky they get posted to still developing cities with little to no health facilities. Some get terribly sick cause of the environment while some not so lucky ones end up dead! Can you count how many death has been recorded on camp since the NYSC scheme started? I think I've lost count! While we still wait for health facilities to get improved in all NYSC orientation camps, let's talk about the monthly allowance popularly called "alawee". I still don't understand why we get to receive 19,800 naira when we have transportation to pay for, health bills to pay for,  feeding, accommodation and some other necessities. If we'd be sent to any part of the country to serve our father's land, why can't most of our bills be properly taken care of? Why do we have to spend 21 days in camp standing under the sun and in the rain? (I truly hope to get the answers to these many questions some day).

Finding my way to Lagos
This wasn't as difficult as I thought, cause I had never been to Lagos. I traveled to Lagos using the ABC transport sprinter bus and I was lucky to have a friend who lives in Lagos travel with me! I left owerri by 7am and by 3pm I was in Lagos State. Stopped at Berger and my friend put me in a straight cab to Iyana-Ipaja Agege (location for NYSC orientation camp Lagos), there was little to no traffic so in less than 45 minutes I was in camp.

Camp Registration and Settling down
So from the camp gate, I got searched to make sure I had no contraband goods and also to make sure I had everything required for the 21 days. Everyone was friendly at the gate and I got a little suspicious! Like have you ever seen a friendly soldier man? Cause I haven't! When I was done at the gate, I was directed to the hostel (to get a bed space and all). By the time I got to the hostel I found myself in room 39 on the 4th floor! Like OMG! The 4th floor! And no elevators? Really? NYSC for reals?! I began to calculate how many pounds I was going to loose at the end of day 21.
So I got my bed space, top bunk directly under the fan; at first I felt sad, but by the time I realized we were 30 people in the room, staying top bunk under the fan felt great! I didn't have to battle with feeling hot and if I feel cold I'd cover up! Everyone in the room kept acting friendly (I was totally uncomfortable with it cause I felt they were all pretending (trust issues)), I met a girl I felt comfortable with and for some reason we clicked immediately (Omon is her name).  After getting the bed space, the next step was to go for the online registration, get our camp ID cards, get medical/kitchen pass (I didn't bother getting both medical /kitchen pass cause I had no intentions of using the clinic or eating camp food, so this process made my registration somewhat short), get the NYSC kit. We were given 2 white shorts, 2 white vest, 1 white tennis shoe, 1 NYSC jungle boot, 1 NYSC crested white and the complete khaki set with the cap(we filled a form were all our sizes were given to NYSC, but for some reason they did random selections and a lot of people got smaller or bigger sizes of their kits and had to resort to exchanging with fellow prospective Corp members). After getting the complete kit, we had to put all required documents in a file and submit it, this was the last process of the registration! By the time I looked at my phone, it was 10pm! Like I spent 7 hours for registration? Unbelievable! 
Day 1 with Omon. 

I quickly rushed to my room on the 4th floor, changed into my white on white (I came with 3pairs so I didn't bother wearing the ones NYSC gave) then rushed down to buy something to eat (with the girl I clicked with 😊). By the time we got down, took a picture or two, walked into the mami market we heard the sound of the biggle and whistles! I was confused for a moment till someone said "it's lights out go to your rooms". I quickly bought a bottle of water and a pack of biscuit and hurried back up with Omon. Quickly changed to my night wear, had my biscuit and water and lay in bed wondering how I was going to wake up by 3am the next morning and how the remaining 20 days was going to be like! I set my alarm, started my count down then I dozed off asking God to make it an awesome /favor filled experience for me. 

Have you served your "father's land" yet? What was your experience like? And I'd love to know your take on the NYSC scheme in Nigeria!


PS || half way into this post, I realized I didn't take much photos in the first week. But be rest assured every other NYSC Camp Chronicles will come with lovely photos ☺


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Ucheyy.

RELATIONSHIP :WHY HE IS TAKING YOU FOR GRANTED

There's been a post trending on social media and I'm sure almost everyone has seen it, but if you're among the few people that haven't seen it then here it is...

"I've seen men leave 5-10 year relationships,  turn around and get married to a woman he's known for 6 months. And does all the things he's ex begged him to do. Word of advice, stop preaching to these men, they hear you. He's not going to ever be the man you want him to be because you're not the woman he wants to be with. People change for who they want!! Period."

A lot of ladies think it's their fault when the relationship doesn't work out. They constantly ask themselves what they did wrong, if they should have lost that extra 10 pounds, if they should have been more submissive, quit their careers, become his sex doll etc. But most of the time it has nothing to do with you! Nigga just got bored of you!

Now, picture this with me....
You meet this new guy, he's sweet and nice, unbelievably caring and all, charming, cute, listens to you, rubs your foot at the end of a stressful day blah blah....  So you fall for him (you know us gals, we fall for silly things don't blame us ☺). It's 6 months in and everything is still perfect, you can't believe how blessed and lucky you are! Let's fast forward to 3 years into the relationship. Over familiarity has set in, you now feel so comfortable, you let things slide. You don't have a life of your own without him. Boys night out you go with him. You drink with him. You cancel your schedule to fit with his. You literally cut almost everyone you know out. You cook. Do the whole wifey duties and all.....  You see where we are going here? Good.

YOU CAN'T KEEP TREATING A MAN LIKE A BABY AND EXPECT HIM TO ACT LIKE A MAN!

DON'T CANCEL OUT ON LIFE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SPEND EVERY MOMENT WITH HIM!

DON'T BECOME SOMEONE YOU'RE NOT CAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS!

We all make these mistakes at one point in our relationship lives then we wonder why he's now treating us like his drinking buddy!
He's taking you for granted because you let him. Remember how you were at the beginning? Had a voice of yours? had friends of yours? had a career or school? You had a life before him! So you can still have a life after him!

Don't stay in a relationship because of the idea of being in a relationship. Stay in a relationship because you're happy, loved and in love, and because of every right reason!

Don't let a guy treat you like crap. The minute you start a life of your own, make friends, travel, just take a break from that guy who's taking you for granted and watch him go back to that sweet man he was at the beginning. But if he doesn't, then he never was yours. Your man is out there, but don't put your life on hold waiting for him!

And honey, treat yourself with respect!


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Ucheyy.

HOW TO BOOST YOUR LOW SELF ESTEEM

"If only we looked at ourselves with the same eyes we use to look at the "perfect" celebrities then we'd have no worries in life. "  -Ufashions Blog


At a point in our lives, everyone has gone through a point of low self-esteem which is healthy. But we have some people who know nothing else but hate or disgust for themselves which isn't healthy.
There was a point in my life I weighed 110kg, I was at my worst point in life! You see, I had not always been overweight but one thing led to the other and I just let my self loose control. I was bitter, always compared myself to everyone and I thought I deserved less for being overweight. I'm sure a lot of people loved me then, but I didn't let myself see me as beautiful not to talk of loving me. My self esteem was a big zero! So I decided to loose some weight to feel better and I tried a lot of things till I finally got down to 70kg but I still didn't feel worthy! Took me a while to realize that the weight wasn't the problem because I could be anorexic and still not feel worthy so I tried out a few things which I'd share with you below and gradually, I began to love myself! Fast forward to now and people tell me I'm obsessed with myself! If only they knew how I got to this point in life.

Try this few methods of mine to boost your low self esteem and watch how you'd notice so many things you never thought yourself capable of!

* Stop criticizing yourself : as difficult as it might be for someone who always finds fault in all they do, the moment you stop criticizing yourself that's the first step to boosting your self esteem. Take a minute or two everyday to appreciate your body, your life accomplishments, and your career.

* Handle mistakes in a positive way : you made a mistake yes but you don't have to dwell on it for the rest of your life. Accept your mistakes, fix it if you can and if you can't take it as one of lifes many lessons. Move on from it to something better.

* Don't compare yourself to anyone : You're free to admire someone and wish for things you don't have. But if you have to feel bad about yourself cause someone is doing better than you are then you need to take a break from social media and life in general! No one is better than you are unless you give them such power.

* Take 2 minutes to appreciate yourself daily : Everyday, you have 2 minutes to appreciate yourself. And be grateful for all you are and all you have. At the end of the day, write down the things you appreciate about yourself. Do this till it becomes a habit.

* Spend more time with people who encourage you to be better without putting you down.

* And always know you are enough. You might not know it, but someone out there sees you as an inspiration. And always love yourself all the time.

This few methods above helped me boost my self esteem. Not immediately but gradually and I can proudly say fat or skinny, I love me more ☺ and I truly hope this post helps someone out there.

PS. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

XX.
Ucheyy.

HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING USING THE 2 MINUTES RULE

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”– Napoleon Hill
When the queen of procrastination tells you there's a way to get over it then you listen and put it to action too!

I've always been one who procrastinates so much that even when I get things done, I don't feel fulfilled cause I didn't achieve it in due time. In college I always procrastinated reading (good thing I graduated with good grades though it affected some of my results) . I procrastinate going out with friends, doing my laundry, doing that work out I've planned for ages, making that phone call etc.. I procrastinated this post too!

I'm still a work in progress, so I'd share a little trick that keeps me going.
It's called the 2 minutes rule : whatever you want to get done and you find yourself putting it off till the next hour or the next day, just try it for the first 2 minutes and see if you want to continue.

Want to read a book?
Want to go on a run?
Want to call that friend?
Want to start a diet?
Want to start a new project?

What ever it is you plan on doing try it out for the first 2 minutes and see how it goes from there. Don't forget that procrastination is the killer of time, and even if we want to indulge in a minute or two of laziness, we shouldn't let it affect our entire life.

There is no guarantee the two minutes rule will work for you until you decide you want to change your lifestyle for the best.
While I'm still working on not procrastinating, you should too. So get up and get things done!!

“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind–jump in.”– Charles R. Swindoll


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Ucheyy.

INSECURITY || HOW TO HANDLE YOUR INSECURITIES

The steps of insecurity: Comparison, Compensation, Competition, Compulsion, Condemnation, control."     - unknown


 “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel."  - Steve Furtick


We live in a world where almost everything is faked and almost everyone is fake. The competition is so high, and most times it feels like the world is closing in on you.

We worry what other people think about us, we worry if we’re good-looking enough, we worry that we’re not doing all that we should be, we worry that we’ll fail, we worry that people will find out we’re a fraud. We worry that we’re too fat, worry if she’ll like us, worry if he likes that other girl, worry that we’re not good enough.

There are so many things that trigger insecurity; it could be a part of your body, a scar, the way you see yourself, the kind of people you associate with. Being insecure has absolutely nothing to do with being rich or poor, because there are a lot of poor people with high confidence and wealthy insecure people.


Before you can handle your insecurities, you need to know what triggers it, what makes you feel less of yourself. 

Let's do a little exercise before we proceed with how to handle your insecurities....


* Take out a notepad and write out all the bad things you feel about yourself, your scars, past mistakes, everything that makes you feel lesser than anyone else.

* Write down all the great things you feel about yourself, what you've accomplished, who you've helped along the way, things you want to accomplish, write down everything great going on in your life.

* Now compare the both write ups. How do you feel?

* Burn the notepad with the negative things on it. And keep the notepad with the positive things where you'd see it daily or when ever you feel low.





Some of the things that cause insecurities :

1) Negative self image : when you've been criticized by people over the years, you start to criticize yourself. And you never get to see how amazing you are and the great things you can accomplish because you're stuck with "what will people think?"

2) Self hate : Until you learn to love and appreciate everything about yourself, you'd be stuck comparing yourself with everyone and everything that crosses your path.

3) Fear of failure : a lot of people base their happiness on how they succeed in life. I used to fall in this category until I realized that I'm the source of my happiness and I didn't fail, I just didn't succeed at the moment and I can try again.

How can you handle your insecurities? 

1) Self acceptance : you have to love and accept yourself no matter what. No one will appreciate you if you don't appreciate yourself.


2) Practice non comparison : stop comparing yourself with everyone. We're all going through different life difficulties, but how we handle it determines how strong or weak we are. Don't compare your life with someone else's social media life.

3) Be true to yourself.

"In life, there is always someone out there, who won't like you, for whatever reason, don't let the insecurities in their lives affect yours. " 

                                              - Rashida Rowe 


" No one is perfect. Even the most confident people have insecurities. At some point in our lives, we may feel we lack something. That is reality. We must try to live as per our capability.  "
                           -Anil Sinha
We need to understand that no one is perfect and every day we wake up is a new opportunity to do all we ever want to do in life. 

XX.
UCHEYY. 

30 BEFORE 30

Hey guys!  How are y'all doing?
Has anyone gotten to a stage in their lives where they feel they're just existing but not living? For over 2 months now I've had that feeling and it doesn't seem to be going away so I decided to document 30 things I'd do before I turn 30! By the way, I still have a long time to get to 30 since I just turned 22 this year...  But in all, I plan on living life to its fullest and to stop only existing!
  

My 30 before 30  list in no particular order... 

1. Travel to 5 African countries ( South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Benin Republic and Togo).  

2. Move to my own apartment (I won't be able to do most of the things on my list if I'm still living with my parents, curfew is by 7pm in my house no matter your age! Nigerian parents Huh?!) 

3. Get another piercing on my ear : I've been meaning to do this for a while now, can't wait to check it off this list! 

4. Learn a new language : I don't have any language in mind, I just feel I'd be better speaking at least 3 to 4 different languages. 

5. Go hiking! I can't believe I spent half of 2016 in Abuja and I never went hiking. I should go back soon and get this off the list too. 

6. Get a car : I can't  afford one at the moment but well I still have some time to save up for it! Plus I hate public transport and I can't spend all my money on uber. 

7. Go on a trip to Germany /Paris : I've been obsessing over this two countries, and I can't wait to be able to afford a trip to one or both of them ❤

8. Get my masters degree : since I'm done with my bachelor's degree, the next in line is bagging my masters degree. I planned on doing that immediately after college, but I decided to take a while off going to school and learning other life lessons. 

9. Take my footwear brand to the next level : I own a denim footwear brand (@ufashionsfootwears on IG (please check it out) and I can't wait to take it to a higher level). 

10. Go on a cleanse (I always attempt this then fail, I need to get it over with already)! 

11. Get a puppy or two! Or maybe 10!

12. Go to New York! (I really hope to do this one soon) 

13. Start working out at least 5 times a week ( I hate sweating).

14. Stay away from negative vibes.. 

15. Stop procrastinating! (for reals girl get your shit together!) 

16. Attend at least one bloggers brunch (I always plan to attend but for some reason I never do ) 

17. Go to Lagos (I've spent my life in Nigeria, I've travelled to at least 15 states but I've never been to Lagos! Unbelievable!) 

18. Go on road trips! 

19. Learn to bake (well I can make pancakes, chin chin, buns, and that's all lol). 

20. Attend a fashion show (must do ASAP) 

21. Build a stronger religious life!  (I go to church and all, but I need my spiritual life to be on a higher level ASAP). 

22. Eat Amala (now I really need to go to Lagos for this or any Yoruba state!) 

23. Go on a shopping spree (girl is on a budget can't try this at the moment ). 

24. Grow my blog (have loyal readers, make this blog feel like home (can you guys help me accomplish that? Yes?) 

25. Do something spontaneous for once!

26. Become a celebrity (oh yes you read right! I didn't come here just to exist ).

27. Get my COREN certificate (that is become a registered engineer (your girl is a civil engineer yo!) and work with bigger firms or have my own company). 

28. Go on a girls only trip (don't I need girlfriends for this? My best friend has so many personalities though and I have a lot of sisters too!) 

29. Be happy  and give to charity at least once a year.

30. Get married to the love of my life / have 2 or 3 kids (haha before my village people starting hosting meetings on my behalf ). 

Wow! Making this list really made me realize I should start living more, because we only get one chance at life and how we spend it really matters. 

How exciting is your life and what do you do for fun? I'd love to know! Let's communicate in the comments section .


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Ucheyy
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