There is always the dry skin, the oily, the in-between and of course let's not forget the flawless, or so we think.
Ladies and gentlemen, a lot of us suffer from severe acne, oily skin which leads to more acne and dry skin leaving which leaves us looking dehydrated and need I say that's not the greatest look for anyone.
I have watched, read and surfed the web for countless facial products for my skin type and as much as the packaging looks 'oh so very glamorous' and affirms the results you desire, they just never do!!!
I am a bit of a simple person, when it comes to my face I can swear by two or should I say three products that are great for all skin types.
FACTS: I am African and of course that means I am loaded up with 100% melanin, my skin is more on the dry side (extremely dry) just leaving my nose a tad bit oily.
I have tried every BodyShop product on my face, zero result (don't get me wrong, it might work for others, but to be honest the amount of feedback I have received...there really isn't much going on there).
RESULT: I have found this very local but very dependable bar soap and it is called African Black soap; I specifically use the 'Shea Moisture' brand which produces many natural made soaps for your skin, leaving it soft, clean and revived. Naturally Shea is one of the best moisturisers anyone could get and the most comforting, so why not?
Secondly, I use this facial (also body) scrub called 'Eden Apricot Scrub' and this leaves your skin looking fabulous, honestly. I swear by these two products.
Usage: Daily; wash face with Shea moisture soap then exfoliate with scrub with the help of an exfoliating brush (bristles of brush must not be hard!!!) and wash of with warm water and dab with a towel.
EXTRA: I use coconut oil mainly because my skin is really dry and this leaves my skin hydrated and dewy.
TIP: Try your best to avoid contact with your face, unless necessary... too much contact with your skin produces dirt and of course irritation.
Where do I get these? Any Black or African shop or if you want, Amazon is the answer!!!
And now, a few frequently asked questions that I answered to the best of my ability:
Q: Isn't it too hard, the brush I mean?
A: Some people get the hard ones but that ruins my skin, the bristles are soft.
Q: Why just my face? What if I want to exfoliate my whole body?
A: Don't use the same brush for your face on your body. NEVER.
Q: How do I know my dead skin is being exfoliated?
A: That I do not know, but when you're done it should feel softer and that's how you start seeing the results. It's a daily routine.
Q: Apart from softer skin, what are the other visible results?
A: Clearer skin, in terms of reduced spots. If anyone usually has dry skin, you will be less scaly, also when you moisturise, the moisture will penetrate through your skin a lot easier than when dead skin was just sitting there.
Q: So when I want to exfoliate, are there any special kinds of soaps or scrubs I should use or does it work with just any type of skin?
A: Anything with Shea butter is the best for any skin type, especially dry skin... i.e, me. Exfoliation usually dries out the skin which is why when doing it, you should use soaps that have natural oils or after the exfoliation use coconut oil to keep your skin from drying out. Finito!
Tigui is not just some fashion blogger, she is the fashion blogger that inspires others.
Belgian born and Senegalese by heart, Tigui builds up a reputable Instagram feed which shows off very affordable fashion ensembles at it's best.
With the burst of colours inspired by her African heritage and classic silhouettes brought about by the contemporary times we live in, she creates her own aesthetic and believes this makes her different from some fashion blogger.
Tigui answers a few questions, giving her general views on the fashion blogger lifestyle, her vision as well as inspirations and of course her go-to brand.
1. With over 20k Instagram followers and a flare for fashion industry, how would you describe your style in three words?
Modern, classic and young
2. Senegalese by origin and based in Belgium, would you say your style identity is a mix of the culture from both locations or there is more to it?
Absolutely, I like the bright colours and the prints that we have in African wax and the sophisticated and classic European style.
I love wearing a classic outfit and brighten it with a piece of colour this is my way to go.
3. Your Instagram feed is flooded with quite a lot of fashion and travel images, yet you study economics and business. How did you start on the fashion blogger escapade?
Fashion is my ultimate passion, I started as a model and now I am a full time student and I always wanted to build something from my own ideas. So I just started to put some looks on my Instagram to see what people think and now I love giving advice and share with my followers.
4. If you had $1,000 to spend, what would you get? What stores will you swear by?
With $1,000 I will surely go to my favourite store Zara. They always have a stunning new collection.
5. Lastly, What do you think makes you different from other fashion bloggers and creatives? What is your vision?
I think I am more classic and I love to focus more on my outfit with a neutral background.
My vision is to choose outfits that everyone can wear and afford.
Dusty Browns, Caramel chunks and toffee twists- those are words that pop into my head when thinking of the colour brown. It gives off this earthy yet sophisticated aesthetic.
Designer Anita Atuobi created a very surreal collection, enchanted with a tad bit of sassy and classy.
My favourite piece was the fur coat hoarded with flowers, very reminiscent of the current weather situation and very preppy but suitable for the winter.