Hair product review: Aussie moist 3 minute miracle deep conditioner

On this post, I’ll be reviewing the Aussie moist 3-minute miracle deep conditioner. I’ve heard a lot about it and decided to try it out.

The products I used before lacked a lot of slip and that led to single strand knots and breakage, because, well — I was wrestling with the hair during wash days.

Those products I used weren’t the best of both worlds ’cause one will give my hair the softness but no strength, the other will give it strength but make it stiff like some dried hay. I did a review on them here. I’ve heard of this product for a while now and decided to try it and I’m quite impressed!

Let’s talk about the packaging now

It’s in a tube like a bottle, so it’s just meant to be squeezed out. I like the sides of it where there are these impressions, possibly for good grip.

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Impressions on the side to hold

That is thoughtful, ’cause in the shower, I don’t want something slipping. At the end of the tube-like package, there’s a hole where it comes out from. However, dust can easily get in since there is no cover for the opening. To prevent that it’s better upright with the opening facing down on whatever platform.

The feel

It is white, soft and creamy, similar to Cantu’s deep conditioning masque. It has some slip probably due to the sea kelp — one of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

If you are big on natural products, then this might not be the product for you.
It contains ingredients such as;
Water, Stearyl alcohol, … It’s not silicone free.

How Aussie moist felt on my hair:

I have to say, Aussie moist 3-minute miracle deep conditioner gave me the best slip. The knots went out like in no time I was like ‘wow!’ It was crazy, I haven’t got any slip like that using previous conditioners. So yes, it did a good job.

Soft?
Is my hair softer? Yes. My hair was quite manageable after use.
It’s still soft and flexible, it doesn’t have that stiffness that comes with recent washing.

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Is the price of Aussie moist 3-minute miracle deep conditioner worth it?

Aussie moist is on the cheap side and for what it does, it’s worth it.

Would I use it again?

Look, it’s in my cupboard ready for the next wash day. If you are reading this, have you tried the product before, what were your thoughts? Leave a comment.
If you would like to recommend any product, let me know down below.

Are you looking for colourful, modern nature art, animals and flowers, this is the right place. Our prints are high quality, a mix of the minimal and vivid!

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My Top Apps for design

Design can be used for corporate reasons in branding and logo, for editorials like magazines, advertisements and a lot of other uses.

In summary, the design is what you see every day. As a blogger, I find myself designing posters, blog banners, Instagram posts, Pinterest pins and so on.

As someone who is into graphic design, a bit of digital marketing and blogging. I have used a few programs to see if one is better that is in user experience and if it actually does what it’s meant to do, according to its description on the app store.

I’m not so tech savvy but I know design makes those works pop and be noticeable. It is what makes your work stand out and get your fans ‘oh it’s you’. With that, I have a few apps that help in getting the job done. They are easy to use and you don’t have to be much of a graphic designer.

These are my top Apps for design

1. Canva

Before getting on Canva, I was always like ‘what’s with all the hype?’ Well, it is worth the hype. Canva has a variety of canvas sizes to work on so you don’t need to check the measurement of a blog banner and manually change the size of a canvas (board the design is going on), it’s all there!

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A variety of sizes to pick from, such as the Pinterest pin size.

Starting is free and you get access to a lot of free stock photos however, the more beautiful ones for sale. You can pretty much get a design done with a free account but a paid account gets you access to a lot more.

2. Inshot

‘Isn’t that for pictures?’ Well, yes it’s used for editing pictures and design but it’s also good for basic designs. There are few writing types (good for design and branding) and you can purchase more. It also allows you to add some animations.

3. Autodesk Sketchbook

This is my sketching a digital art app which also works as a design app for me (drawing is design right?). It is not as good as Canva because it isn’t made for such however, it got the work done when I hadn’t signed up for Canva. With such, design is on you, you don’t get to see any ideas like you would on Canva. It’s one for the basics and for artists as the design is more on the art the artist makes. It is also free.

4 Adobe

Adobe is pretty good especially photoshop (that’s possibly the most used app from Adobe, alongside illustrator). However, you don’t get most of it in the mobile version. I think to fully experience and utilise the app, it’s in its desktop version. Otherwise its really good. Adobe spark post is quite similar to canva, there are a lot of tools and templates there for visual marketing and making your social media posts.

Something I’ve noticed is there are Adobe apps that actually do the same thing for instance illustrator and sketch. Why is there a need for similar apps when they could just improve one?
Just wondering.

More things to do this holiday | Don’t waste it!

The holiday is approaching and it already looks sunny and bright. Then the problem arises “how do I make most of it?”

There is so much fun stuff to do (’cause the holiday won’t be boring) and things to learn.

So these are some ideas for the holiday:

1. Embrace the outdoors

Get your ass up and go get some sun! There are many things to do outdoors. Do that thing you’ve been wanting to do. Go for a picnic at your local park,

• Walk somewhere

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• Visit the farmer’s market

• Volunteer

• Start that garden

• If you like reading (’cause it’s nice and fun), visit your local library.

2. Make a summer reading list

Compile a list of books you think you might love and start reading from that order. Share your list with your friends if they can join too (sort of a mini book club) or you can review the books and share them with your friends. (I made a post on how to review a book here).

I’m currently compiling my list of summer fiction reads, so stay tuned if you want in.

3. Learn an online course

Whether it’s digital marketing, design, IT & software, photography, e.t.c Udemy has you covered.

There are other alternatives to get free online education such as Coursera, codecademy, edX, TED–Ed, Khan Academy, and lots more.

For good educative courses, some of the prices are really cheap!

You can also learn Excel on these sites:

Improve your Excel, Excel easy, Excel jet, Mr Excel, Excel central and so on.

Learn that online course.

4. Organize and do some housework

Organize that email inbox and go over those emails. A holiday is a time to put your closet together plus there’s no better time to give your house some TLC.

After all the work, give yourself a high five and a lovely fruit drink.

5. Save

“Save wha–” Yes, save. You don’t want to blow all your money because it’s well “summer”.

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There are a lot of unnecessary things people end up spending on. If you don’t want to be in that kind of situation, try saving. There are numerous platforms for that such as cowrywise, Piggyback Ng.

See more tips on saving here

Read:

How to review a book

Tips to help you start saving

Would you like to be notified when the reading list is out, please let me know in the comments ⬇

If you have any more ideas for holiday activities, I will like to know in the comments 🙂

List of my recent art + the inspiration & message behind.

I figured that it will be fun to share some of my art – as a digital artist and what was the inspiration.

I get inspired by almost everything nice (LOL), my surrounding, the people I meet or see, Pinterest… Yes, Pinterest.

So let’s cut in— just for saying, most if not all of my artworks contain a major theme of hope, one way or another.

1. Save the trees – Art.

Forest park visit art by hopeasfro

This one is called ‘save the trees’ ’cause yes, save the trees!

This was inspired by one of Yaoyao ma van as’s art I found on Pinterest. I love the lively scenery, the trees and I thought, why don’t I depict this in my own way.

I also love this idea of taking a trip to the park and allowing kids to be familiar with nature, so all these were incorporated in this art. What do you say kids and the park…

2.The Neighbours – Art

The neighbours. Funny illustration by hopeasfro

I think I will call this my major playful contemporary illustration. I wanted to make something quite comical, like interesting housemates, with their funny personalities and day to day lives. For example, a girl falling flat on the floor after battling with her dog in ‘Survival of the brush’.

Have fun picking out the rest of the characters.

3. Serene beauty – Art illustration

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This one was inspired by beautiful and colourful houses in the suburban parts of lovely cities. Basically ‘beautiful places’ I love to pin on my Pinterest.

Imagine walking down a narrow passage in between to tall houses and arriving at a market…well, this is just part of it.

And yes, I’ve realised there’s a lot of the word ‘beautiful’ in my description, 😜.

4.Tom & Jerry mansion – Artwork

Tom and jerry mansions art by hopeasfro

I was going for ‘abstract’ in this one. I wanted it to look like paper cuts put together (see the short trees close to the walk).

In one of Tom & Jerry episodes, they had mansions. So yeah, I decided to draw them. I probably love it when characters are in the scene — a bit of human interaction, that’s why those tiny humans are on the field at the back (behind the houses LOL).

5. HE is risen – Art

HE is risen. easter art by hopeasfro

My Easter special!

Easter is more than just chocolate eggs and chocolate. As a Christian, I take part in the joy of knowing the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the importance of HIS resurrection.

6.Gorilla chase – Art illustration

Gorilla chase art by hopeasfro

This is an illustration for a poem I shared here Gorilla chase. I found this beautiful work on Pinterest with a pink sky (don’t be afraid to use colours!) It was so beautiful, so I decided to change the sky colour – which pretty much changed the colour scheme.

Want to know what it portrays? Read it Here.

I printed out my design and it looks lovely!

I decided to print out one of my designs on a mug, and not just leave it there in my gallery, looking digital (😕).

Well, it turned out great!

It made me appreciate it more seeing it there pasted on this mug. I’m still yet to use it, the mug sits there like it’s actually a canvas LOL.

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I got it printed abroad (quite a wrong idea) when I was trying out print-on-demand setting up my shop.

I hope to find good printing shops in Nigeria though because I’m yet to try out one after relocating here.

If anyone is living in Nigeria and know of print shops or any print-on-demand online sites based in Africa, please I’m open to suggestions.

These designs look so good, what’s the point keeping them in soft copy😜.

7 things digital art beginners need to know

These are 7 things I want budding digital artists to know. It’s basically what I wished I knew before, starting out as a digital artist and new to the game.

So here goes the seven things I want any new digital artist or even just artist to know.

1. Just start

Trying to take that first leap can be a daunting experience — would it be seen? Would people like it? Am I good enough? Oh dear, I’m so shy! These are things you tell yourself that might stop you from getting out there. Are you good enough? Yes, you are. Even if you are still learning the ins and outs of art, it’s ok to let people see your progress.

I began uploading my art on my Instagram feed with ‘self-teaching artist’ in my bio when I just started out as a digital artist. Sometimes I scroll down and see ones from my early stage and I’m like how did anyone like this? However, I was learning and it was a process and I let my friends and followers know this. Now I’m slowly building a community and I have allowed them in my process and journey.

2. Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t get hard on yourself because your painting doesn’t resemble that of your favourite artist’s or you don’t seem like you’re developing into a Picasso.

Everyone is constantly learning and believe me, time will tell. I remember, in the beginning, I hated drawing trees because they just never came out right! I will draw and paint, undo and start again and look at it like ugh! Then I would look at the art I’m trying to remake and wonder what I’m doing wrong. Well, I want to tell you, it’s ok.

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These pictures show my tree painting process. From the first, you can see how the trees in the park came out (let’s say, not what I had in mind) and that’s nowhere even near my first attempts in drawing trees. However, with the second and third, the trees look more realistic and well put together.

Bonus tip for budding digital artists:

If you are trying to make a replica of another digital art and it’s not coming out right, scrap it, get inspired and make another work. You will soon see from your separate artwork, that you learned some techniques from the art you tried to remake. It can be a choice of colours or the texture added by your favourite artist.

3. Texture texture

One of the things that will get your art closer to that of your favourite artist’s is texture.

Texture adds depth to your work so it isn’t looking flat and makes it more realistic. If you are looking to make dreamy art, texture. Trying to paint something surreal? Texture. Thankfully, digital art apps like Autodesk sketchbook have texture brushes that vary.

One thing that will get your art closer to that of your favourite artist’s is texture.

4. Don’t be afraid to use your tools traditional artists do that anyway.

In a traditional artist’s studio, you might find a sponge, a piece of cloth, some leaves even, coated with paint. What are you doing with those? Uhm… painting.

If you feel a felt tip pen will do the work of adding texture, use it. Learn to use your tools and don’t just stick to one brush.

I remember starting out and using mainly brushes. Even when I wanted to add some form of texture to artwork, I do that using a brush. Was it easy? Not really.

Don’t be afraid to use your tools, Traditional artists do that anyway.

5. Don’t be afraid to use colours

You don’t have to stick with the blue sky with white clouds, or the plain green leaves. Use those colours! Yup, I said that.

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A sky art showing the use of few colours.

6. Take your time honey

“Art takes time”. I saw this quote somewhere and I can’t agree less.

Few times, artists rush their artwork because, well fans are waiting and oh I don’t want them to get disappointed. But, you have to realise in order to make something beautiful, and that will last long in the ‘amazement of your fans’, you need to take your time.

Don’t rush it.

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These are two artworks done by the same artist. One was done sitting on a bed, within an hour or two with breaks by the side and a ‘let me just do one for the gram’ attitude. Yes, that one came out ‘argh!’

7. Do you boo!

There’s a reason why you have this drive to be an artist, there’s a reason you are you. Stick to your style and people for your art will love it. Would anyone like it? Listen, there are 7 billion people on this earth.

So go out there!

How April went — lessons learned

April has come and gone and I can definitely say April came with love, peace and growth. All thanks to the Almighty God.

My birthday

On the 5th of April came my birthday whoop whoop! I turned a year older and that day was I would say, lovely.

As for being loud on social media, I celebrated it more on my Instagram where I made a countdown:

– To the things I love

– To the things I’ve learnt

– To all that inspires me

And so on. It’s still on my Instagram highlights if you would like to check it out.

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April board.

Found awesome people April was the month I’ll say I got to engage more with the people that inspire me even if it’s just a little.

So I’ll say I learnt something, to get yourself out there!

The mini makeover of the blog If you navigate through the blog, you’ll see a few changes. If you’re new here, welcome! I made a few changes to the blog like incorporating my brand colours, making sure it has an authentic voice.

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Also, I updated the work with me/services.

Talk about putting yourself out there?!

I have decided to start making book cover arts but obviously in line with the brand’s goal and aesthetics. I want to do anything that is cheerful, calm and colourful.

Learnt more about myself and my art I inquired about my art from a friend and I will say I loved the response. The thing is, I try to get constructive criticisms on my artwork, and at that moment I wasn’t sure if what I was doing was portraying what I hoped for, so I asked.

I asked, “what do you think is the reoccurring theme in them?”

It was nature, freedom, a way of lifestyle and peace of mind. I was like ‘wow!’

This made me happy, to think this is what someone sees when they look at my art, and this is why I do them anyways.

Read and reviewed the book for the month

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Oil on water by Helon Habila

Oil on water by Helon Habila is one book I’ve read but decided to read it again, this time with fresh eyes. Talk about oil rigs, nonchalant government, and so-called “freedom fighters”! I made a review on it here.

Oil on water | book review

Oil on water is a fiction novel by Helon Habila. I’ve read this book before but decided to read it again, this time with new insight, fresh eyes, a new take on its themes and now here is a review of it.

Synopsis

Oil on water is a narration of Rufus, an amateur reporter who tags along with Zaq, an older disgraced reporter who once and still an exemplar to Rufus.

Their job; to find and interview the wife of a British petroleum engineer, who has been kidnapped by a notorious militant gang from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

For this mission, Rufus has to leave his disabled self-conscious sister. And when Zaq falls sick in the swamps of the Delta, Rufus must take matters in his hands and find the truth.

Review

The novel gives a vivid picture of the “brutal conflicts” in the Niger Delta, over oil production and its resources, the government soldiers, the oil companies, the oil-streaked waters that have pursued the villagers from their homes, and the so-called “freedom fighters”.

The novel has a series of flashbacks which the writer expertly pitches together.

I think the author did well in this book although, I would have loved the plot was longer because I didn’t want it to end (LOL)

Oil on water is a book I recommend for anyone, especially those who want to get the picture of Nigeria’s oil pollution and the effects of it.

I rate this book 8/10

Tips to help you start saving

Saving is one thing people find hard to do, ‘like there’s just a lot to buy’, plus, the ones you really don’t need.

Having problems being a spendthrift or having no idea how to start saving?

On the post, I’ll be giving some tips to help you save effectively. To help you keep away some of that money before spending the rest, and not vice versa.

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1. Take it out of your sight

The moment you’re in the grocery shop with a bundle of cash, and you buy almost everything on the shelf including the cereal you told yourself never to try again.

That happens because, well, what do I do with this money? Keeping some of it away and saving it in a bank account you don’t really use will help you figure out later on, what you really need it for.

There are various financial platform and apps to help you save. For example Piggy bank Ng

2. Opt for cheaper products These are normally home made. Not necessarily home-made but, made by home industries and not imported (some imported products are expensive). Some times, price doesn’t measure the quality of a product.

However, if you need to spend that money on quality, spend that money.

3. Set a goal

By setting a goal, you are able to save. This is because you tell yourself ‘I’m going to keep this away ’cause I want to do this or that’.

You are able to challenge yourself to save a certain amount one month.

Because honey, you don’t want a situation where you and some friends try planning a fake engagement in a café, so a lovesick manager might fall for it and give free lunch.

So do you have other ways you are able to save?

let us know in the comments.

Gorilla chase

‘Spirits’ I heard someone say.

I had always heard of forest spirits.

Ones that hunted hunters and fled farmers away

But, those were folktales, not considered real

A mere work of superstitious minds or a creation

by parents who didn’t want their kids wandering.

At this moment, however, no one’s eyes were

playing tricks.

The normal human instinct was “Run!”

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Pwajok’s limbs seemed to loosen from the place

they were once glued.

He was the last to move but, he ran

He ran crutching his small important bag.

Everyone went in different directions.

This later turned out to be a wrong move.

.

Thick crooked finger-like branches

tore on his cheeks and face exposing flesh.

The monster at his heel,

This frightened man was slowly giving up.

A halt. He was stuck. His heart sank.

.

The bag flung across his frame was hooked to a branch.

He began to pull but it seemed the pulling only made things worse.

Pwajok only stopped however, when it dawned on him where he was. On an edge.

One look to what was breathing down on him,

He fainted.

..

“Did you see that, did you see that! ” Pwajok got up asking. He was looking around frantically.

“Yes, I did” said Jamilah. “I didn’t know gorillas still lived around here”.