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Pauline Cosmetics was founded by Kenyan Nelly Tuikong, a former Critical Care Nurse in the U.S. Nelly realized how hard it was to get makeup suitable for her rich African complexion and decided to take matters into her own hands to fill that gap. She thus birthed Pauline Cosmetics from that passion to give people of colour products designed and developed specifically for them, by one of them. The undeniable moves Pauline Cosmetics has made in creating quality, affordable and now very popular makeup for the modern African have come to pay off. One of the largest international beauty trade fairs – BeautyWorld Middle East – has handpicked Pauline Cosmetics as the first African owned makeup brand to participate at the exhibition. Pauline Cosmetics will be showcasing their complexion and colour products at the inaugural Ready To Beauty feature at BeautyWorld ME that seeks to spotlight inclusive brands that cater…

Everything’s coming up florals… Sunflowers, tulips, roses …water lilies you name it, flowers fill the world and fashion, with gorgeous color. Florals have never stepped out of season and this year is no different. Every wardrobe should have a floral piece, for that bright burst of bliss. Trust me when I tell you florals can be sophisticated too! Here are our tried and tested, ultimate summer floral styling hacks to guide you as you flourish in your floral prints: Summer floral styling hacks. Bright dresses with floral patterns are best worn with nude or neutral shoes. Also keep jackets neutral and well-structured for a chic look! Always try and coordinate your accessories with your floral outfit. Little bursts of colour that compliment the colours on your dress lift up the look! For more official engagements, tone down your floral pattern by pairing your favourite floral dress with classic pieces- be…

Suad and Rula Hussein are makeup artists, designers and entrepreneurs who have been in the industry with years of experience and renowned for their artistic interpretation of celebrity looks that women locally die for and they shared their two cents with Rembesha as women in the beauty industry series. How did the journey begin for you? It began when we realized that we both had a passion for beauty and business that was the end of 2016. It was in that year that we started up the business with our savings. Where do you draw your inspiration from for this make-up looks? We follow closely on international red carpets like The Met Gala and the Oscars and keeping up with the beauty industry’s trends. What is the future of BambiFace BX? We always had big visions from day one; we do what we do to make that vision come true,…

Ythera Beauty Launches New Body Creams Ythera Beauty was created by Kenyan entrepreneur, Anna Njoroge in October 2016. The brand is inspired by the African woman: phenomenally resilient, passionate in the pursuit of her dreams and inspirational in her drive to succeed. Following the successful launch of Ythera Beauty fine fragrance body mists – Vanilla Orchid, Frangipani, Goddess and Tuber Rose, Ythera Beauty recently extended the range and has added four matching BODY CREAMS to complement the body mists. Retailing at KShs. 450, the new range is available in 26 trading stores across Kenya. ‘We are extremely excited here at Ythera Beauty for yet another milestone. After months of hard work, we have finally launched complementary products to our Ythera Beauty body mists, which allows for layering helping the scents last longer. The creams can also be used on their own, to hydrate and moisturize the skin and they smell…

99 Problems, But My Nails Ain’t One Nails are an essential part in overall grooming. Whether long, short, lacquered or not, real or fake, your nails are the easiest reference point to your kind of personal grooming. Great looking nails are not just a preserve of the beauty salon, it’s possible to sport an immaculate set of nails without weekly nail sessions. No matter which way you choose to wear your nails, establish a routine that will ensure you nail it every time! Let’s begin with the easiest routine to maintain. Keeping nails clean. The nailbed should always be clean. A quick scrub using a nailbrush usually does the trick. If nails are stained a little baking soda can be used while cleaning your nails, to leave them looking clearer and cleaner. Remember to also brush under each nail! Brittle nails break easily and if…

Thick lashes, long lashes, bold lashes, gimme dem lashes! We want them all! But how to get them without using fake lashes is the question. Apparently an insider beauty trick to lush lashes is waterproof mascara, which not only lasts for all eternity, it also gives your lashes that extra burst of life! It, however, may be challenging when one wants to take it off and nothing seems to work. Unless you use the following: Oils They come in handy whenever you want to do away with the waterproof mascara. It’s a perfect solution because they are able to smooth down the constituents of the mascara, hence no need to keep scrubbing the eyelashes, which yanks them out. Common oils such as coconut oil, almond oil or castor oil can be used as they are readily available in most supermarkets and beauty shops. Secret tip: Castor oil is recommended for…

How does a foodie say I love you? Through a happy meal, of course! Valentine’s Day is a great time to introduce your loved ones to healthy foods and snacks that they just might end up asking for all year-round. And let’s face it: there is no better way to say ‘I Love You’ than to encourage healthy eating. Here are a few great and quick recipes to try: STARTER: THE LOVE SALAD Ingredients 1 large cucumber, sliced 2 red peppers, seeded 4 grated carrots 1 skim mozzarella cheese 10 – 15 small plum tomatoes 1/4 tbsp. olive oil ¼ cup salad dressing Method In a bowl: Slice the tomatoes into halves. Using a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter (about 2cm) cut out heart shapes from the cucumber, red peppers, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the cheese over the veggie salad. Sprinkle with a generous amount of the salad dressing. Just before serving, drizzle…

Summertime and the living is hot! But can your skin take the heat? The sun has definitely not come to play! It is the hottest season in Kenya with the most sunshine hours recorded throughout the year. The days and evenings are crazy hot, leaving  skin entirely exposed to the heat. You probably may have noticed your skin getting drier faster than before or even developing heatrash or sunburns. Therefore, it’s necessary to take precaution this hot season and take extra care of your skin. Preventing the skin from sun damage can be inexpensive, considering the wide range of natural solutions out here to help beat this heat. How to protect your skin from the hot weather with organic/natural solutions Sunscreen is a must-have as a way of protecting and moisturizing the skin from the heat and preventing sun damage from ultraviolet rays. In as far as sun-damage organic solutions…

And we’re well into 2019!  I’ll be honest and confess, that January was tough trying to get back to regular work, fitness and life routines. After what I happily dubbed ‘the champagne days of Christmas’, January was a month of penitence and atonement. The roughest time was going back to the gym and simply not being able to do what I easily handled at the start of December! But the physical discomfort of settling into a routine, is nothing compared to the emotional and psychological adjustment to new habits and new patterns. Our internal wiring is really something special. Creating new pathways in the brain, is the best way to override existing ones, because as science would have us believe, letting go of what was and embracing what’s new is much harder than it seems. This could explain why, despite every good intention, resolutions are stored on dark shelves sooner…

Grammys has never been these strange! This has been the weirdest Grammys of all times in my journaling career. I guess that’s what happens when the usual suspects decided to make a switch from their sexy character gowns to sophisticated gowns. Huh? Grammy performances by Camilla Cabello, Dolly Parton and the host Alicia Keys were nothing short of amazing, but the no-shows from Beyonce and Ariana Grande were telling, and set us up for one of the not so stylish Grammys yet! Still, there were a few outfits that got us going! SUSPECTS: LADY GAGA We all know this soft-spoken fierce-performing artist has gone wild with her carpet looks once even spotting a gown made from raw meat but who knew she can be normal? She stunned-opting for a silver feminine Celine floor-length gown, with side ruffles down to the thigh-length slit, topped off with diamonds from Tiffany & Co.…