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Hey you, I am Jasmine and I'm a Coke Addict.. *winks* Actually not anymore. Also I'm a Physiotherapist (B.PT College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria). This for me, isn't a getaway of some sort but an expression of thoughts of lots of minds: a platform to share events that you'll find both relatable and interesting. Subscribe for more information.

DIY: Tumeric Exfoliating Face Scrub

Hullo everyone. How are you doing? *wide smile* Let’s just dig in already, shall we? Not every time long pleasantries and dramatic entrances *covers face*. If by now, you don’t know how important exfoliating your skin is then I just have to ask, “What planet have you been on? Definitely not the planet of skin enthusiasts”. Just saying…

I don’t wanna go on about how important exfoliating is for fear of resounding what most of you already know. But for the minority that don’t, a little introduction wouldn’t hurt.

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the epidermal layer. It can be achieved through mechanical and chemical means.

Mechanical exfoliation is a process of physically scrubbing the skin’s surface using mechanical exfoliants like micro fibers, micro bead facial scrubs, pumice, loofahs, adhesive exfoliation sheets, and microdermabrasion is another form of mechanical exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliation involves use of scrubs containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid. It also includes use of products that contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acid (BHAs) which is recommended for people treating acne. Enough about all that. Let’s get to it already.

Why Tumeric?

Tumeric has the following beauty benefits:

• Wound healing and scar diminishing.

• Helps fight acne.

• Moisturizes your skin.

• An excellent exfoliant.

• Softens skin.

What do I need?

1. Tumeric powder.

If you can get the raw Tumeric powder in a packet, that would be great, but you can also get the one in the spices section in any food store or supermarket, that would work just fine. (If you reside in Nigeria, the tumeric powder shown in the picture can also be gotten at any Shoprite supermarket near you).

2. Granulated sugar.

3. Lemon juice (I mean juice squeezed out of a real lemon *lol*).

How do I make the scrub?

Mix the Tumeric: Sugar: Lemon Juice in a 40:40:20 ratio.

Basically, what you want is a thick paste, so add the lemon juice a little at a time and stir till you get the desired thickness. Ensure there is no undissolved Tumeric powder.

How do I use it?

1. Apply the scrub on a clean and dry face.

2. Apply it in a clock-wise rotation and gently scrub all over the face for a few minutes.

3. I usually leave it to dry on my face for about 10 minutes but this is optional.

4. Wash off and dry.

Tip: When drying your face, you can choose to air-dry (that is, letting it dry on it’s own/letting air-dry it *ha ha*) or towel-dry. If you opt for the latter, ensure you avoid using the same towel you use for your body to prevent the spreading bacteria from your body to your face. It’s also best to use a SOFT towel and PAT dry.

Click here to read: REVIEW OF ARAMI ESSENTIALS ONYX POLISH AND GLOW SCRUB + TIPS FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

How often can I exfoliate with this?

I’d say 3 times in a week. But if you’re super busy, try to exfoliate at least once a week. If you pay attention to your skin, sometimes you’d be able to tell when you need to exfoliate.

Tip: I mix the ingredients in a container, cover it and keep in the fridge so I don’t have to mix during the week as I usually have a busy week. I also ensure I buy enough ingredients to avoid running to the supermarket whenever I need to exfoliate. You could try this too if you end up sticking with this scrub.

Congrats! You made it to the end of this post *kisses* I hope you learnt something. If you’re huge on DIYs and haven’t tried this, then you should totally give it a try. If you’re not a big fan of DIYs because of the “stress” involved, you might find this pretty easy because the ingredients are few and relatively easy to get.

How do you exfoliate? And how often do you exfoliate? Share your exfoliating routine with me in the comment below. I’d love to read about it and will reply as soon as possible.

If you eventually try out this DIY scrub, I’d really love to know how it goes. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll attend to them as soon as I can.

Catch ya soon Guys.

Love always,

Jasmine 🌸

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Her Adopted Baby’s Daddy: Chapter 10

Ceaser’s POV

I didn’t know what to do after my mum mistakenly blurted out that I was married.

Jules tried her best to mask her emotions but I could see it as clear as crystals. She seemed betrayed and broken. This confused me.

Why would she feel broken?

Betrayed, I could relate to that a little bit.

I watched as she chatted with my mum but as much as I wanted to know what they were saying; dad wanted to chat with me too.

“So son, there’s a reason behind why you bought that company. I want to know” my dad said

I scoffed.

Typical of my dad wanting to know everything that goes on in my life.

“Dad, all you need to know is that I can handle it” I told him.

“I know you can. But for once, why can’t you tell your old man” he said.

“If you had asked this question when I bought other companies, I’d have told you. But this is personal dad, I’ll tell you when the time comes” I told him.

He sighed.

“Fine. Have it your way. But tell me if you need anything, okay?” He said.

“Of course dad”.

“So how’s the other comp…?” My dad was about asking when he was interrupted.

“I’m sorry to interrupt” Jules said to my dad giving him a little smile “I need to use the ladies” she said to me.

“Of course” I said getting up when she did and sat back down after she left.

“Quite a lady, isn’t she” my dad said.

“How would you know?” I asked him with a smile.

He shrugged.

Ten minutes later, Jules hadn’t returned. I was getting worried.

“Son?” My mum called.

“Yes mum” I turned to her.

“You should go check on your lady. She didn’t seem fine when she left” my mum suggested.

I noticed it. But I didn’t know what was wrong.

Or maybe I did.

I gave my mum a brief nod and went in search of the ladies room.

I climbed the stairs and walked down a corridor leading to the ladies. I passed what seemed like a balcony before I caught her scent.

Vanilla.

I’d know that scent anywhere.

I retraced my steps back to the balcony which was open. I quietly walked out into it.

There she was, with that killer gown I knew would look breathtaking on her. I swallowed hard when I saw how low the back was. Her skin was flawless and the arch of her back was calling to me.

Her shoulders lifted as she breathed in. Her arms went around her and rubbed. She was getting cold.

How long has she been here?

I walked up to her as I took off my jacket.

“What are you doing here alone?” I asked as I placed my jacket on her.

Jules’ POV

I wanted to escape everything and get my thoughts together. Sitting beside Ceaser wasn’t helping the situation.

I mean, c’mon, the guy was married and I just found out, from his parents, which was by accident by the way.

Somehow, I felt a little bit hurt.

I found a balcony on my way to the ladies. It seemed like a more sensible place to get my thoughts together than the ladies room.

I was caught up in my thoughts that I totally forgot that I had a charity function to get back to. But I didn’t want to go back just yet.

I was getting cold. I rubbed my hands on my arms. That’s when I felt someone behind me.

“What are you doing here alone?” I heard him whisper close to my ear which made me shiver as he placed his jacket around me.

“Thanks” I said trying to avoid the question as he came beside me.

“You’ve been gone for long” he said looking at the view in front of us.

I just sighed cause I didn’t know what to say.

“What’s wrong Jules?” He asked.

I felt his gaze on me.

“Nothing, I just needed some fresh air” I smiled a little looking at him.

He sighed, and for a few seconds we didn’t say anything.

“I’m sorry you had to find out like that. I wanted you to hear it from me. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was gonna tell you”

I swallowed when I heard the truth.

They say the truth hurts, but I’m sorry to say this doesn’t hurt…it is fu*king painful.

I can’t believe I was allowing myself to believe whatever was going on between Ceaser and I was something, anything.

I guess I missed having someone to depend on. Someone who would be there for me through my happy moments and sad ones.

“Don’t worry…” I said.

I couldn’t say it was okay cause I’d be lying.

“…it’s your life and your decision. You can’t let other people’s reasons be the reason you tell them something. It has to be because you want to.” I sighed “I guess this is all my fault in a way” I looked down at my fingers.

“Why would you say that?” He asked.

“I forgot what it was like to be taken care of, to have someone else be there for me” I said. “When you started coming over, I guess I thought you could be that person. Well, I hoped. Then when you didn’t show up for a while, I was so sure you’d given up. It hurt a little cause I was already depending on you even though I didn’t like it. And it hurt even more to see Ivy call for ‘Dada’ every time”.

“I’m sorry about that. I just had to clear some things” he said

“See” I said frowning “That’s why it’s my fault. I shouldn’t make you feel like you’re responsible for Ivy, or me, or anything for that matter. You shouldn’t feel obligated to us, or to tell me your past, about your marriage, or to feel sorry when you’re away from us. You have a life. I have to learn to accept that…”

“What the heck are you saying Jules?” he grabbed my arms and turned me to him “I’m apologizing because I need to, not because I think that’s what you need to hear. I stayed away because I needed to figure out the way I felt for you”.

I stared at him in shock and I swallowed hard.

“Yes Jules. You’re not the only one that feels the tension when one of us is near. This may have started out wrongly but…”

Wrongly?

What was he talking about?

“…I like where it’s going”

I don’t know how I got so close to him and into his arms.

“Ceaser, if you’re saying this because you pity me, you don’t even…” I was silenced with his lips on mine.

I gasped from shock of the contact of our lips. His lips were soft but possessive and rough. At the same time, it was slow and passionate. He bit my lower lip and I moaned at the shiver it sent all over me. He pulled me closer and plunged his tongue inside my mouth and played with my tongue. I moaned from the contact of our tongues. His hands roamed beneath his jacket, over my naked back sending waves of desire through me, my hands were behind his neck pulling him closer, if it were even possible. My fingers tugged at his back hair and it earned me a groan from him.

When we couldn’t hold it any longer, we pulled apart gasping for air.

“Ceaser…” it was all I could get out of my mouth with my mind messed up.

I felt his lips on mine again, but this time it was slow and not rushed like the first one. He pulled away slowly and placed his forehead on mine. I closed my eyes and sighed contended.

“We should get back” he finally said “My mum would be wondering where I went in search of you” he smiled.

I smiled and withdrew from him pulling his jacket off me and handing it back to him.

We made our way back inside with my hand in his.

*to be continued*

I apologize for putting this up later than usual. If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, you’re most welcome *smiling*. This post is a sequel to a Novel I’ve been putting up on a weekly basis. You can check out previous sequels to understand how it all began.

Check out other posts as well and don’t forget to HIT the SUBSCRIBE option to get notifications sent to your email as soon as a new post is up. While you’re at it, like, comment and share this post *thank you*.

Chapter 11 will go up next Wednesday by 8pm (Nigerian time). See ya right? *winks*

Love,

Jasmine 🌸

Her Adopted Baby’s Daddy: Chapter 9

Jules’ POV

I made my way to the door and opened it. Ceaser stood there staring at me looking so gorgeous. He looked shocked.

Figures.

“Hi” I said it rudely cause of two things.

One: Even though he apologized for not talking to me for long. It still didn’t cut it for me.

Two: “Hi Jules. Nice to see you again” would have been good enough. Not standing there and staring at me like I just confessed that I was Athena – the god.

“Jules” Finally he said something “You look…incredible”.

Oh.

Well, that was unexpected.

“Thanks” I said “You don’t look so bad”.

He smiled.

“Are you set?” He asked.

“Yea. Let’s go” I said stepping out and shutting the door.

We walked down the stairs. I noticed a limo.

“Good evening ma’am” a man held the door open for me.

“Oh hello” I smiled at him.

“Thank you Patrick, I’ll take it from here” I heard Ceaser say as I got in.

“Yes sir” I heard Patrick say then he left.

I sat at the left end of the limo when Ceaser entered and closed the door.

“Are we set sir?” I heard Patrick ask.

“Yes please” he said “Let’s be on our way” he looked at me.

I felt the limo moving.

I sighed.

“Soo…?” I started “Do you want to fill me in on where we’re headed?” I looked at him.

“Impatient, aren’t we” He said smirking.

“I’m not impatient. I just want to know where you’re taking me” I said.

“You’ll find out soon” that’s all he said.

A few seconds passed.

“You got my note” he stated more than asked.

“I did” I said not looking at him.

Well?

I waited thinking he was gonna say something else. But apparently he wasn’t planning on saying more than that.

So much for communication.

A few minutes later I felt the car stop.

The door opened and Ceaser got down and waited for me. I got out and placed my hand in his arm.

“Thank you Patrick” I said.

“No problem ma’am” he said.

“Please call me Jules” I said.

“Yes…” Patrick was about saying.

“Enough of the pleasantries” Ceaser snapped.

I looked at him and frowned at him.

Rude much?

“Leave with the limo. I’ll call you when we’re ready to leave” Ceaser said to Patrick.

“Yes sir” he said and left with the limo.

“Let’s go in” Ceaser said and pulled me along.

I followed him.

In front of us was a huge building with few stairs that went round the building, at least from what I could see.

We climbed the stairs and arrived in front of a double door which was wide open. We walked in, the inside was bright from the diamond chandelier hanging all the way from the ceiling.

Few flower vases on either side on the room and paintings too. Few people here and there.

Finally we reached another double door where two door men stood.

“Welcome sir, ma’am” one of them said as they opened the door.

We walked further inside and I was shocked beyond words. I’ve never seen so many people since New year.

I was so caught up with the number of people that were here that I didn’t notice all their eyes turned in our direction.

When I did, I clutched Ceaser’s arm tighter and I swallowed. I felt his gaze on me so I turned and looked up at him.

“You alright?” He asked.

I nodded still trying to get over the attention.

“Can we go somewhere less open?” I asked.

He just smiled.

“Sure” he said and pulled me along with him, I followed willingly.

“So are you gonna tell me what the event is?” I asked when we had mixed with the crowd.

Ceaser picked up two glasses of champagne from the waiter that passed. He handed one to me.

“Thanks” I said and took a sip “So?”

“It’s a charity event. The invitation asked to bring a plus one. Didn’t have anyone at first…then I remembered you” he looked at me.

“Nice to know I’m being thought of once in a while. I was beginning to think you totally forgot Ivy and I existed” I said truthfully.

“Speaking of Ivy” he said “How’s she?” He asked.

“She’s fine” it brought a smile to my face just thinking about her “She’s been missing you” I looked at him.

“Oh?” He said.

“There hasn’t been a day that went by that she never said ‘dada'” I told him “She gets a little bit sad when she doesn’t see you”

“I’m sorry about that” he said “I was…”

“Ceaser?” Another voice interrupted him.

We looked at the person who called his name.

It was a good looking woman, around her forties. She had blonde hair and she was really pretty. She was accompanied by a middle-aged man.

“Mum” I heard Ceaser say.

Holy sh*t!

She hugged him.

“My boy. I thought you weren’t gonna come. I was almost losing hope” she said.

“I told you I was gonna come, mum” he told her. He looked at the middle-aged man “Dad” he hugged the man.

“How are you son?” The man asked.

“I’m good, dad” he answered and turned to me and smiled “This is Jules Jenna, my date” he said “Jules, these are my parents”.

“Good evening ma’am” I offered my hand to his mother.

“Oh please call me Selene” she said smiling at me.

I nodded and offered my hand to his dad.

“Thomas” he said.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you” I said smiling at him.

“The pleasure is all mine” he said and let go of my hand “Never met any of this boy’s woman” he said referring to Ceaser.

“Dad please” Ceaser said.

“It’s true” his mum said “Always avoiding women like a plague. Don’t know how he made it this far. He has still kept me wondering how he even got married”.

Married.

Married?!

I looked at Ceaser who was looking at me “Married?” I asked looking at all of them.

“He hasn’t told you has he?” His mum asked me looking guilty.

“No” I shook my head.

“Well I’m sorry for being the one whom you heard it from” she said and looked at Ceaser “He’ll tell you when he’s ready”.

I swallowed and nodded at her. Forcing a smile on my face even though I felt hurt.

I don’t know why, but the idea of Ceaser being married and not telling me that he was/is married hit me like a wave and made me want to curl up in a corner and cry till my heart was better.

“Well we should probably go back to our seats. The auction will soon begin” I heard Thomas say.

“Oh yes” Selene said “Let’s go”.

I felt Ceaser’s hand on the small of my back which was naked. I felt his gaze on me as we followed his parents to the seats. I didn’t want to look at him. I couldn’t. I didn’t want him to see the emotions that played in me.

He pulled out a chair for me when we arrived at the seats that I think were reserved for us and a few other people.

“Thanks” I said to him still not looking at him.

“You’re welcome” he bent and whispered into my ear which sent shivers through my body.

He sat on my right with his mum on my left followed by others around the table and Thomas sat on the other side, next to Ceaser.

A few minutes later everyone was seated and the auction began.

My mind was still processing the marriage thing but I made sure I wasn’t rude about it.

“So what do you do?” Selene asked me.

“Hmm, I’m in the contracts department in Freddie and Co.” I said.

“Oh. What does that entail?” She asked

“I go through contracts made with other companies or individuals who want to publish books, magazines or newspapers. I make sure the contract doesn’t have errors that can affect the company badly or things that can implicate us in anyway. So if I find things like that, I send it over to the company’s lawyer with a reference to the part of the contract I think will affect us”.

“That sounds fun” she said.

“It is. But sometimes, some contracts are either too long, or its boring and isn’t straightforward. Some gets tricky” I told her.

“But from the way you talk about it. I’m sure you love it” she said.

“I do” I smiled.

“What about your family?” She asked.

The smile immediately left my face.

“I have a daughter – Ivy” I said smiling again.

“Oh. How old is she?”

“She’s one.” I said “She’s adorable. She never troubles me. She’s the only kid I know that doesn’t cry for little things except she needs a change or she’s hungry. Anything else, she tells you in her own way without crying. I just…I love her”

“I’d love to meet her. You talking about her reminds me of Ceaser when he was little. He never cried for little things. He was the happiest baby I’d ever come across.” She said happily “What about Ivy’s father?” She asked.

“Ivy’s adopted, so I don’t know anything about her biological parents”.

“What about your parents?”

“Uh, my parents died in a plane crash” I said.

“Oh, I’m so sorry” she said.

“It’s alright. It’s been more than a year now, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. But not with Ivy around. She keeps me happy” I smiled again.

“I can tell” Selene smiled at me “I like you, you’re good for my son” she said.

“I don’t know what to say” I told her.

“Say ‘You’ll take care of him’. He’s been through a lot since his wife died, at least that’s how it looks from my end. I don’t really know what he feels. He shuts himself out from everyone. He doesn’t like to share except it’s work stuff.”

I looked at Ceaser who was in conversation with his dad.

“I’ll try” I told Selene.

I’ll try.

It wasn’t a problem for me. I’ll try to make Ceaser happy. But if he doesn’t want to be, I can’t force him. It’s his choice.

So yes, I’ll try. But that doesn’t mean it’ll work.

Review of Arami Essentials Onyx Polish and Glow Scrub + Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

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What’s popping guys? I hope you’re doing great. In this post, I’ll be reviewing some products I got from Arami Essentials. Before I get into it, I’ll give you an insight into what led me to do this review. The search for skin care products (especially a body cream and soap that will naturally fade out sunburn and get my caramel complexion glowing) has not been an easy one for me. Some people pretty much didn’t have to do a “search” (luckily for them), before discovering their ‘Skin’s Soulmate’ as I’d like to call it. Unfortunately, I don’t fall in that category, plus having a sensitive skin makes it more frustrating.

I’ve experimented with tons of skin care products and they either didn’t work for my skin or my skin rejected them. The last set of skin care products I used kissed my skin nicely (they also helped even-tone my skin although they didn’t really help with acne and blemishes) but they aren’t readily available so I had to move on. Lucky for me, I tried an organic cream by a Nigerian brand that came highly recommended which seems to be compatible with my skin although I reacted to their black soap (sensitive skin struggles *sigh*). So I was back to hunting for a skin-popping non-allergic soap. That’s when I came across Arami Essentials and decided to give it a try. After carefully scrutinizing their products on their website and making enquiries, I settled for the Onyx Polish Black Soap and the Glow Scrub.

The ultimate skin goal for me is healthy, acne-free, even-toned skin with a GLOW.

– Jasmine

REVIEW OF ARAMI ESSENTIALS ONYX POLISH  & BODY SCRUB

INTRODUCTION

Arami Essentials is a Nigerian Skin/Hair care brand that makes use of Nigerian sourced ingredients to provide your skin the best care it deserves with zero side effects.

FEATURES

USES

Onyx Polish

It can be used as a daily cleanser for skin and hair.

Glow Scrub

It is a deep exfoliating body scrub that is also suitable for the face.

CLAIMS

Onyx Polish

Softens and hydrates the skin and hair.

Fights wrinkles.

Fights acne.

Brightens skin.

Glow Scrub

Removes dead skin cells.

Continuous skin renewal.

Softens and hydrates skin.

Brightens skin.

Fights wrinkles and  scars.

PACKAGING

Both products come in a 250ml container. I love the minimalist look of their labels. I think their choice of container is really cute. I especially love the silver cover, it just tops up the entire look.

P.S: I’m currently undergoing my internship programme in Owo, Ondo State so it was delivered from Lagos thus I had additional layers to my package. I like how they wrapped their products in break-proof nylons before placing it in the carton. I also noticed the covers were clasped real tight because I struggled with it for a bit (I suspect it was because of the long distance delivery. If so, that is very meticulous of them).

SMELL

Onyx Polish

The first thing I noticed when I opened it was the smell. It has this subtle refreshing lemony smell. Most black soaps I’ve used usually have this peculiar black soap smell, you know that smell right? With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised with the smell.

Glow Scrub

The sugar scrub has an obvious lemony smell that I like. There’s also a subtle smell of pure honey and shea oil (I’m sensitive to smell and familiar with these stuff).

TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY

Onyx Polish

The Onyx polish is really soft (compared to other black soaps I’ve used) and easy to use. I like that it comes in a semi-solid/molten form instead of a bar.

Glow Scrub

It has a gentle, coarse feel to it which is a requirement for a scrub. The best part for me, is that it melts into your skin while scrubbing instead of gliding over it…

INGREDIENTS

Onyx Polish

Glow Scrub

AFTERMATH FEEL

Onyx Polish

The Onyx polish has this creamy texture during application which may be responsible for its moisturizing effect after use unlike other black soaps I have used that dry up my skin.

Glow Scrub

The Glow Scrub leaves your skin feeling so pampered. It’s a feeling I can’t perfectly explain but I’ll try. It has this richly moisturizing feel and gives your skin a glow. I’m not even exaggerating, the first time I used it, I was in awe. I looked into the mirror and was like “Girllllll, is that really you?!! Just look at that glow…”

PRICE

Onyx Polish: 2,800 NgN

Glow Scrub: 4,200 NgN

ACCESSIBILITY

You can purchase it from the Arami Essentials website.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE WITH OILY, ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Prior to using Arami Essentials, I tried loads of other products to help treat my acne and care for my oily skin but I haven’t been quite impressed with the results. This is one of the reasons I decided to give Arami Essentials a try and within a week of using the Onyx Polish, there was significant improvement. Not only did it dry my acne, I could tell it was preventing new ones from appearing (because I didn’t have the usual breakout during my period).

In addition, I also use the Onyx Polish as a face mask before bath. I dampen my face a bit and apply the soap all over and leave it on for about 5minutes (I’d recommend that you pay attention to how long your skin can tolerate it for sensitive skin). I wash off while taking my bath and I’ve come to notice using it this way works better for my acne.

PROS

1. Both products can be used for all skin types including oily, acne-prone skin.

2. It has no side effects.

3. The fact that it’s made of natural ingredients is a plus for me.

4. It can be used for both face and body.

CONS

1. There aren’t distributors across the country.

2. The Onyx Polish isn’t suitable for hypersensitive skin.

3. It doesn’t do much to even-tone your skin if that’s what you’re looking for.

CONCLUSION

I’ve been consistently using these products for over two months and I’m very pleased with the results so far especially in the acne department (for which I’ll give credit to the Onyx Polish). It’s also been clearing the blemishes I’ve had on my face from acne (credit goes to both the Onyx Polish and Glow Scrub). It does all of the things it claims except for the “fights wrinkles” part which I’m not in the best position to ascertain *lol*. I look forward to trying other products by Arami Essentials.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. I’d recommend both products to anyone who wants a flawless, healthy-looking and glowing skin.

2. I’d recommend both products for all skin types and for both genders.

3. I’d highly recommend these products to anyone who’s battling with acne or has an acne-prone skin.

Side Note: If you have “sensitive” skin like mine and feel slight tingling sensation on the first few days of using the Onyx Polish, give your skin a few days to get used to it before giving up.

RATING

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️| 4/5

P.S: The pictures indicate that I’ve used the products halfway because I lost the pictures I took when I first got the products. The label also got stained during the delivery.

I’d like to add that how healthy-looking your skin is also depends on what you eat and drink.

Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post or paid collaboration. I paid for the products in full and I chose to share my opinion and experience with the products to help other consumers in making informed purchasing decisions. All opinions expressed are honest and unbiased.

Her Adopted Baby’s Daddy: Chapter 8

Well, it’s been days since the dinner and it’s starting to look like Ceaser has upped and run. I mean, who could blame him.

It definitely took a long time before he came to his senses and decided that, so far so good, Ivy and I aren’t what he wants.

I’m just a little sad cause Ivy keeps missing ‘Dada’.

I sighed as I tried to get my head into getting my work done.

Knock! Knock!

“Come in” I said, still focused on the papers on my desk.

“You never take a break” I looked up to see Andy.

I smiled at her.

“Hey”

“C’mon get your ass up. We’re going for lunch” she said.

“It’s lunch already?” I asked checking my wristwatch.

“Yep” she said.

“Darn, I lost track of time” I said rearranging the papers on my desk.

“Or yourself” I heard her mumble.

“I heard that” I said.

She smirked at me.

“What about Sofi?” I asked taking my purse.

“Ordering for us and she’s got Ivy with her” she said.

“Right. Let’s go” I said then we walked out of my office and went to join Sofia in the restaurant opposite the company.

“What did we miss?” Andy asked Sofi as we joined her.

We always sit by the glass wall cause it just feels nice.

“Hey beautiful” I picked Ivy out of her carrier and kissed her everywhere as she giggled.

“Momma” she said.

I smiled at her.

“Soo, I heard Mr. Thompson hasn’t been to work since Monday. Which is very unusual” Sofi said.

“Maybe he’s just taking care of his other companies” Andy said.

“Or he had some family matters to tend to” I suggested “Why am I even adding to this. It’s none of our business”.

“Not fair” Sofi said “You take away the fun from everything” She sighed.

“That’s just typical Jules. Party pooper-Buzz kill-Fun ruiner Jules” Andy said.

“You need a man in your life” Sofi said.

At that, Ceaser came to mind and I couldn’t help but smile.

“Huhu, somebody’s glowing” Andy said.

“I’m not” I said still playing with Ivy in my arms.

“That’s what the guilty ones always say” Sofi said.

I looked at her, shocked.

She was always on my side. What happened?

I kept glancing at both of them, back and forth.

“Okay. Maybe” I finally said after the stare-down contest.

“Hee” Sofi squeal as she clapped her hands.

“Spill it” Andy said.

I sighed.

“I met him the night we had the sleepover at your place”.

“Wait” Sofi said “Is it the same hottie that dropped you off. The stranger?” She asked.

“The one and only” I said.

“You two have been seeing each other?” Andy asked.

“Well…kinda. Not really” I said.

“Which is it?” Andy asked.

“Just a couple of times” I said.

“And you didn’t bother to mention it to us?” Sofi asked.

“I didn’t think it was gonna go beyond him coming over to the apartment” I said.

“Whoaaa!” Andy said “Stop and rewind. He’s been over to your place?” Andy asked.

“Well seems like he’s done more than go to her place” Sofi added.

Well, Sofi seems to be paying more attention.

“Okay. He came over the next day after dropping us over at your place. Then he came a few other times and we went out to dinner on Friday” I said.

“And?” Andy and Sofi asked.

“And nothing. I haven’t spoken to or seen him since then. Looks like he can’t handle it.” I said with a little frown “But he was soo good with Ivy. That’s the one thing that made me like him…apart from the sexual tension” I stopped.

“Wow! He really got to you” Andy said.

“Just a little” I said not wanting to meet their gaze.

“Uh-hun” Sofi said.

“Okay, maybe a lot” I said truthfully.

Andy and Sofi chuckled. I sighed heavily.

“So what are you gonna do now?” Sofi asked.

I shook my head.

“I don’t know.”

*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*

Later in the day. Few hours before closing for the day Alice walked in.

“Jules” she called when I didn’t look at her.

“Yes?” I looked up at her and saw her with a box “Who is that for?”

“You” she said.

“Me?” I was confused.

“Yes” she placed it on my desk “It just came in.”

“Okay. Thanks” I said.

“Just doing my job” she said and left.

I picked the box and placed it in front of me. I took the lid off and there was a piece of neatly folded paper lying there. I picked it and unfolded it.

Jules,

It read.

I’m sorry for taking so long to reach out to you since the dinner. I don’t have an excuse but please, forgive me?

I’d love to take you out tomorrow evening. I’ll pick you up by 8:30 pm.

-Ceaser

P.S: Wear this.

I peeled out a red dress from the box. It was breath taking.

What do I do?

I made my way to the children’s section after I was done for the day, for the week.

“Momma’s here” Sofi said when she saw me. Ivy smiled when she saw me

“Momma” she squealed.

“That’s one big box you got there” Andy said

“It’s from him” I smiled.

Andy’s eyes widened as she snatched the box from me. I took Ivy from Sofi while she joined Andy in raiding the box.

After reading the note, they pulled the dress out. As I expected, it rendered them speechless.

“I am so jealous right now” Sofi said.

“So? Are you gonna go?” Andy asked.

“Of course she’s gonna go” Sofi answered for me “She has to go.”

“Right” Andy said.

“Guys I’m right here” I notified them “And I’m still thinking about it” I continued.

“What’s there to think about?” Andy asked.

“From what the note says, I can tell it’s a couple’s thing and I can’t leave Ivy at home” I said.

“Jules, you need to live for once. We get that Ivy is in your life now, but you can’t just cut back on everything you want. For once just take what you get and enjoy it” Sofi said.

Andy and Sofi looked at each other then back at me.

“We’d love to babysit Ivy” Andy said.

“You’re welcome” Sofi said.

I smiled.

“Have I told you guys I love you?”

“Only like a million and one time” Sofi said.

“We’ll be at your place by seven” Andy said.

“Thanks guys” I said.

“Thank us tomorrow” Sofi said “Now get out.”

I smiled at them and left the office with Ivy and the box.

*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*

“I’m coming” I yelled for the fifth time making my way to the door “Hold your horses” I said as I opened the door.

“We heard that” Sofi said as she and Andy made their way inside my apartment.

“Hello Ivy” “Hey sweetie” Andy and Sofi said to Ivy in my arms. Andy took her from me as they walked inside to the living room.

“I thought you guys were gonna bail on me” I said as I shut the door and followed behind them

“Way to go” Sofi said “So much for confidence in your friends”

I pursed my lips.

“Now go get ready” Andy said

“Yes ma’am” I said and made my way to my room, to the bathroom to freshen up before I got dressed.

Today had been soo…, I don’t know. I just always found myself thinking of the outing with Ceaser tonight and now it’s finally here. Ivy and I went to the park as usual; I guess that was the only time I didn’t think about him.

I dried my body with the towel and put on my lace lavender underwear. I opened the box which was on my bed, removed the red gown and slipped it on. After I zipped up, I noticed the zip stopped at the bottom of my spine. The back was that low and my back was naked. The front was simple but elegant. The neck was high it covered my chest but only left my collar bone in sight. It was fitted to my waist then it fell in place on my body.

I combed my hair and rolled it stylishly up on my head and I left some tendrils in place.

I put some eye liner, mascara and red lipstick. I put on my favourite nude killer heels. I took a simple nude clutch to compliment the look and I looked at myself in the mirror.

I haven’t looked this nice in like forever.

“Jules it’s almost tim…” Andy was cut mid sentence when she saw me “Wow!”

Sofi entered with Ivy and she paused at the door when she saw me.

“Whoa!”

“You look…amazing” Andy said.

“Thanks” I said.

“Let’s see if Ceaser will be able to hold back now” Sofi said.

Andy and I laughed.

There was a knock. I picked up my wrist watch. It was 8:24 pm. Of course, trust Ceaser to be on time. I placed the wrist watch on my wrist.

“Should I check who it is?” Andy asked

“No” I said “I’m ready. You guys should take care” I kissed Ivy “Goodnight pumpkin.”

“Have fun” Sofi called as I left the room.

“See you guys later” I said.

“Or tomorrow” I heard Andy say.

“I heard that” I called out and I heard them laugh.

I picked my phone and the key the apartment. I left one for Sofi and Andy.

To be continued

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Her Adopted Baby’s Daddy: Chapter 7

We were half way through the food. Ivy was back on my lap. I fed her the mashed potatoes and minced meat while I cut through my steak.

“You said it was also scary?” He said “How?”

I looked at him. Clearly shaken up with the way he brought it up.

“Hmm, well…” I swallowed “…It’s safe to predict people’s actions, cause you know what’s coming and what to expect from them. But unpredictable people are scary to be around.”

I looked at him “You never know what to expect from them. They do things you never think they’d do. They surprise you in many ways, both good and bad. So for me, even though it’s fun to be around unpredictable people for a while, but not knowing what to expect from them scares me.”

He sat there just looking at me. Then he smiled.

“So you like being around me even though it scares you” he said.

I nodded slowly.

“I’ve not known you for long but the way you are when Ivy is around, the way you treat her, it makes me happy”. I smiled at him.

“I’ve avoided dating since my last relationship ended – tragically” I added. “And after I adopted Ivy, the what-I-call-suitors just…fled” I said. “No man wants to date a single mom.”

Silence.

“Ivy’s adopted?” That’s all he asked.

I looked at him.

Did I just say that?

Oh well, Jules keep running your mouth to a stranger.

Good job.

Well done.

“Hmm, yes” That’s all I could say.

“When?” He asked.

“It’s almost a year” I said trying to hold back.

“She’s a year old right?” He asked again.

“Yes” I said “She just clocked one a few weeks ago” I added.

He nodded.

“Well, from what you said, I don’t actually like children, they make me irritated. But Ivy? Ivy’s special. She’s not like other kids. She’s just…right” he sighed. I smiled looking at Ivy playing with a toy I brought along.

“She is” I sighed. “She’s the only family I have left. I never want to lose her. My prayer everyday is for God to let her be mine forever.”

I looked at him. Something flicked in his eyes but it went quickly.

“I know it’s selfish. I know her biological parents might want her back someday…but I can’t give her up. Not now, not ever. I love her…and she is mine, no matter what our DNA says”.

He was silent.

We finished dinner then he drove us home.

“Thanks for dinner tonight” I said when we arrived at my house “I enjoyed it…and the company.”

He smiled looking at me.

“I did too.”

Silence.

“I should…” I said.

“Yea” he opened the back seat and carried the carrier where Ivy was sleeping peacefully. We walked to my door and I unlocked it.

“Well…” I turned to him taking the carrier “…goodnight.”

“Goodnight” he said.

I smiled at him, entered the house and shut the door behind me.

I locked the door and went upstairs to Ivy’s room. I carried her out of the carrier gently and placed her in her crib. I didn’t want to disturb her, so I left her clothes on. I removed the headband and her shoes, kissed her cheek and left the room.

I went to mine which was beside hers. I took my clothes off and got into my nightie. I washed my make up off then I got into bed with a smile on my face.

I was so tired.

Ceaser’s POV

I didn’t know what to think or what next to do. My next move was jumbled up in my head due to some facts I learnt about Jules tonight or maybe it was because of the weird feelings I have for her.

I was beyond confused about the whole situation. This wasn’t part of my plan. I didn’t want to get emotionally involved and I was.

No need denying that.

I called John immediately. I was on my way back home after dropping off Jules and Ivy.

“Sir?” He said after he answered the phone.

“You didn’t give me the full information about my daughter’s guardian” I told him.

“I was gonna tell you everything but you…”

“I want that file tomorrow. Make sure it’s up to date. I want everything you can get on her. Who she’s with every second of the day, I also want the police records on her. Parking tickets, jail time and the rest.”

“You want to start piling her information to make a case?” He asked.

“No” I answered.

“Cause it doesn’t look like she’s had a second of jail time” he said.

Of course I knew that.

“I just want everything you have on her!” I snapped at him and ended the call.

I sighed.

I needed to get my head straight. I have to stop thinking about her. She always had a way of sneaking into my head, into my thoughts and it wasn’t helping the situation, ‘my’ situation.

What was going on with me? It hasn’t even been a month and I’m feeling this way about her. How will I feel once the month is over?

To be honest, I have no idea what I feel for her. I just know when’s she around I get all messed up. My insides feel mushy and gooey.

WTF am I saying? Where the heck are these words coming from?

I pulled into my drive way and switched the engine off. I sighed and tried to clear my thoughts before I entered my house but then I picked up her scent.

Vanilla.

She always smelled of vanilla. And now my goddamn car was smelling of vanilla.

Well, how the heck am I suppose to clear my thoughts off her if my goddamn car smells of her.

Well good for me.

I got out of the car, slammed the door shut – angrily – and went into the house.

Wish me luck in getting some sleep.

I really really need it.

*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*_*

John brought the file in the morning and I had just finished reading it.

She’s an only child. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was the top of her class in the University. Moved here when she got her job. Broke up with her boyfriend for sleeping with her roommate – sonofabitch. Her parents visited her often especially during holidays. She also went home once in a while. Her parents died in a plane crash on their way back home after visiting her. Since then, her social life which wasn’t that social became zero. She worked harder than before which earned her a lot of promotions. She lost herself in her work.

Then 5-6 months after her parents’ death. She decided to adopt a child; she finalized everything and got full custody of an orphan.

I clenched my jaw at that.

Ivy would never be an orphan. She had me – in a way.

I didn’t know what to do with the information I had. Oh and well, she was clean, as expected.

I wonder how she handled her parents’ death.

Oh stop this bullsh*t Ceaser!

I mentally scolded myself.

Is there a word for how confusing this confusion has become more confusing than I’ve ever been confused in my life?

Believe me…it’s more confusing than that.

I snapped out of my thoughts when my phone rang.

“Mum?” I said into the phone.

“You keep forgetting you have a mother don’t you?” She asked.

“How would I ever forget” I said.

“Ceaser we’re worried about you” I could sense that sadness again “There’s a charity ball at the McGraw’s next weekend. I want you to be there.”

“Mum…”

“I’m not asking Ceaser” she said “And I invited Brittany Murphy.”

“Mum, if you want me to come, you’ll have to let me bring someone” I told her.

“Cause I know you have no one, so I invited her.”

“Mum, I’ll bring someone.”

“Really?” She sounded shocked.

“Yes mum.”

“Okay. And your father wants to talk to you about the company you just bought.”

“How the heck does he know about that?”

“Your father has had his ears stuck to the ground since Bea” she said.

Well, it wasn’t also my dad. Mum has also been trying to hook me up with every girl she thought suitable for me since Bea died.

My family’s gone mental all because of me.

“Okay. I’ll see you next weekend” I told her.

“Okay honey. Say hi to your lady friend” she said before she hung up.

Now how the heck am I suppose to tell this to Jules. I needed to avoid her for a couple of days to get my head straight.

This was gonna be a long week.

Jules’ POV

On Saturday, I took Ivy to the park as usual. She was on the verge of learning how to walk. Which wouldn’t be easy cause once she learns how to walk; she wouldn’t want to do anything but walk.

I thought as I watched her share her toys with another toddler.

Today while I got her ready for the park she asked for ‘Dada’. In the morning too.

What has Ceaser done to her? I thought.

Her Adopted Baby’s Daddy: Chapter 6

Jules’ POV

Well today was totally different from my other days at work. I’m totally happy and at rest that I finished attending to those files. It would have been a nightmare. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep without thinking about it, if I hadn’t finished it.

I sighed.

Well, it’s done.

I was planning on cooking while Ivy was in the living room where I could monitor her, playing with her dolls when I heard a knock.

Who could it be?

Andy or Sofi didn’t say anything about coming over.

I dropped everything I held in my hands and went to the door to check out who it was.

I heard the knock again as I picked Ivy and placed her on my hip and went to the door.

“I’m coming” I called and reached the door.

I opened it and his eyes captured mine.

“Dada” Ivy said when she saw who it was. She immediately untangled her arms around me and stretched them towards ‘Dada’.

“Hey” he stepped in and took her from me. “How are you munchkin?” He asked her.

Ivy grinned and made a cute giggle sound.

I watched as he took her into the living room without even giving me another glance.

“Well, come on in” I said as I slammed the door.

I made my way into the living room and I stopped at the sight before me. Ivy was lying on the couch as Ceaser tickled her. Her laugh was so loud and cute, I thought she’d choke. I felt myself smile.

Ceaser acknowledged my presence then. He looked at me as he picked Ivy.

“Hey” he said smiling at me.

My smile grew wider.

“For a moment there…” I said pointing at the door with my right thumb”… I thought you didn’t see me”.

“Sorry, I just got caught up with this cutie right here” he said, smiling at Ivy.

How in the world would the idea of a guy giving my daughter more attention than me make my heart overflow with joy and happiness.

It made me more satisfied than the idea of giving me more attention and neglecting Ivy.

Somehow I found it…sexy.

“I don’t mean to sound rude or anything but what are you doing here?” I asked, trying not to sound rude.

“I told you I was gonna come pick you up for dinner” he said.

“What?!” I was surprised.

“Dinner.” He said.

“B-But I thought it was for another time, another day” I said clearly confused.

“No darling” he said flashing that smile that makes my knees buckle. And the endearment made my heart flutter.

“I’m sorry. I can’t.” I said sadly.

“Why not?” His brows creased.

I looked at him with a raised eyebrow. Wondering if he was seriously asking me that.

“Just to be sure, you do know I have a daughter, right?” I asked.

“Hm, yeah” he said looking confused. He waited for me to go further but obviously I was also doing the same.

“So how does that affect dinner?” he asked.

“Are you kidding?” I asked seriously.

Was he for real?

“No I’m not” he said “Look, it would be great to go to dinner with you…but it’ll also be much more fun if Ivy came along.”

I was dumb struck. Who is this guy?

“You should probably get ready” he said.

“Oh. Right” I said getting up from the chair I didn’t know I sat on, it was probably when I was confused. I went to take Ivy from him.

“Where are you taking her?” he asked.

“She might be a child, but she’s also a lady. You don’t expect her to go to dinner with her play cloth, do you?”

“Right”

“This will probably take long, so make yourself comfortable” I said as I left.

“Take your time” I heard him call out.

It’s a good thing Ivy and I showered after we got back from the office which wasn’t that long ago.

I went into Ivy’s room which was beside mine. I took her cute pale pink dress that was plain bit had a tiny band at the waist. I took off her play cloth and replaced it with the dress. I tidied her hair and placed a headband. I packed extra diapers in a bag with baby powder, lotion and sanitizer among other things.

I picked her and the bag and went to the living room.

Ceaser got up when I entered the living room.

“My princess is looking adorable” he said to Ivy.

“Could you please keep her company while I get changed”.

“Of course” he took Ivy from me. I placed the bag on the couch and went into my room to get ready.

I took out a straight dress from my closet which was just like Ivy’s gown only it was dark blue. I combed my hair and let it cascade past my shoulders. I applied mascara and some lipstick. I wore my nude pumps and picked up my black clutch.

I looked at my reflection in the mirror.

I sighed and then went down to join them. I got to the kitchen.

“I’m done” I called out to Ceaser who was laughing at probably something Ivy was doing.

“Okay” I saw him get up as I picked my phone and my car keys from the kitchen counter and joined them.

“Wow” I heard Ceaser say.

I looked up at him to find him checking me out from toe to head. I felt my body tingle under his gaze.

“You look…a-amazing” he said.

I smiled “Thanks” I picked Ivy’s bag and looked at him.

“Ready?” He asked.

“Yea” I said “Let’s go” I went ahead and l opened the door. I shut and locked it behind me. Ceaser waited at the bottom stairs for me. “Oh. Do you have space for her carrier?” I asked him.

“Yeah” he said

“Okay. Hold on a second.” I said and went to my car to remove Ivy’s carrier from the back seat. I locked the car and went to Ceaser’s car. I placed the carrier in the back seat and shut the door. I took Ivy from Ceaser as he opened the door for me. I got in.

“Thanks”.

I watched him round the car to the driver’s seat. He got in and started the engine.

He looked at me with a smile on his lips. I smiled back and faced Ivy who was playing with the hem of her dress.

Ceaser drove off.

“So where are we going?” I asked a minute later.

“We’re going to eat” he said sarcastically.

“I know that” I snorted “But where?”

He glanced at me.

“It’s for me to know, and for you to find out”.

“Fine” I said and left it at that.

Ceaser finally pulled up in front of a restaurant. He got out and came round to open the door for me.

“Thanks” I got out of the car with Ivy clutching my shoulder “I’m gonna need her carrier”.

“I’ll get it” he said and took the carrier from the back seat. “Let’s go”

I felt his hand on the small of my back. It sent a shiver down my spine.

“Good evening Mr…” a lady said.

“Thank you” Ceaser said before she could end her greeting, “A table for three”.

“Right this way, sir” The lady said and showed us inside the restaurant. She led us to a secluded corner of the restaurant. “Your waiter will be with you shortly”.

“Thank you” I said when I realised Ceaser wasn’t gonna say anything. Ceaser placed the carrier on a seat while he pulled out another one for me to seat on.

“Thank you” I said.

“Why do you always thank everyone for every tiny gesture?” He asked after he sat down.

“Cause it’s polite” I said.

“Good evening.” I heard someone say beside us “I’ll be your waiter” he said as he handed us the menu.

I smiled at him as he handed me mine.

“What would you like to order?” He said.

I scanned the menu for what Ivy could eat.

“Jules what would you like?” Ceaser asked.

“Uh” I finally decided “I’ll have a steak with mashed potatoes and minced meat by the side” I said and looked up to see Ceaser smiling and staring at me.

“And you sir?” The waiter said.

“I’ll have a steak” he said.

We handed the menu back to him.

“It’ll take a while” he said and left.

“Dada” Ivy who had been making baby sounds since finally spoke. She was looking and stretching her hands towards Ceaser.

“Hey darling” he said as he scooped her away from me.

“You really have a lot of endearments for her” I said.

“Why wouldn’t I?” He asked “She deserves all of them. Although, I’m trying to fine the perfect one”.

I smiled.

“Who are you?” I asked suddenly.

He looked away from Ivy at me.

“What do you mean?”

“I’ve been waiting for the moment you’d take off, but you still haven’t” I said “You just intrigue me”.

“Is that a good thing?” He asked.

I smiled and nodded.

“But it’s also scary” I said.

The waiter came with our food then.

To be continued

Look out for Chapter 7 next week Wednesday by 8.00 pm (Nigerian time). If you’re running into this sequel for the first time, not to worry, you’re only 5 chapters behind. You can easily catch up.

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Jasmine.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Jane Catherine Lanett is a first year engineering student in SHUATS, Allahabad. She dreams and makes up stories of hot American/British/Greek/Italian guys.

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