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Shoes are very important. Let’s get one thing out of the way, I love shoes, it’s safe to say I am a shoe fanatic or as Backyard Shoez would put it ‘I am a shoe-holic and I don’t care’. Reasons, why I am so passionate about my shoes, is simple. A great pair of shoes will tell people more about what you are, than your words will. Shoes speak to your personality. You know the saying that goes ‘You can judge a man by his shoes’ and the song ‘Uliza kiatu’ (ask my shoe)? Well, we couldn’t agree more with these statements. So we’re going to tell you a few things about a woman’s personality by the shoe she wears! Flashy stiletto  – these are hard-working divas with excellent taste. They are open to possibilities/ opportunities and conscious about fashion. Running shoes  – these women tend to be goal-oriented, organised and are the…

Let’s get shade-y for a minute! Most folks would rather buy a cheap pair of sunnies from the street vendor rather than spend time and money picking up a pair of from the store. But eye wear is essential in protecting the eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Though they may be pricey, there are lots of benefits from a decent pair of sunglasses, and here’s what to look out for, to get the best value for your money! Excellent UV Protection Look for the label that says that they offer 100% UV protection. With exceptional UV protection, you could avoid eye problems such as cataracts which can be caused by too much exposure to UV. Size  Consider the size of your sunglasses, because the bigger they are, the better coverage you get. Oversized or wraparound glasses are a great way to ensure that minimal UV…

Fashion is to style what Madonna is to costume couture – to each their own. However, when it comes to 0n-screen media, rules and modesty do apply. Strict guidelines are laid out by the respective media houses in order to align with the objective of relaying information which is meant to be disseminated by the public. To an extent, these guidelines influence the choice of wear- fashion and behaviour-etiquette of the presenters/anchors. Fashion on air is a sensitive topic, once you switched on your TV set or any other on-screen media, you are literally inviting the presenter/anchor to your private space. Therefore, it is only fair for them to respect your privacy just as any guest walking into your house would be expected to. The guiding principles laid out by the media houses are based on the technical guidelines which involves how the light reflects on you and your clothing…

Red on black gives off a fiery classy and sexy look on dark skin women. It is a must-have staple in your makeup bag. Much like new a new hair-do, a red lip has the magic to transform your entire ensemble with one stick. Undertone is the colour that shows beneath your skin; to find your undertone clench your fist and check your wrist. Dark skin women have a range of undertones that determine the right hue for your lipstick. They range from warm to cool tones. Warm undertones include green, peach, yellow and gold, while cool undertones are bluish, purplish and pink. Neutral undertones appear to have the same colour or nude undertone under the skin surface. Good news is that red looks good on dark complexions! Lipsticks range from shimmery, glossy, ashy to matte. Nude hues of reds are subtle and go well with summery colours on the…

There are lots of counterfeits when it comes to beauty products. They are cheap and easily available, making them popular amongst most Kenyan consumers. In many cases, fake products end up damaging skin, and one may have to spend a pretty penny treating the damage done – cheap is expensive indeed!  So where can you find genuine REAL DEAL products at the best price? Here’s a list of some of our favs! Suzie Beauty- launched in 2009 by makeup artist Suzie Wokabi, this line consists of facial cosmetics, including foundation, concealer, eye-shadow and liner, mascara, lip-gloss, blush, lipstick, powder and a full line of applicator brushes. Though the firm was sold to Flame Tree, the products are genuine, affordable and available in most shopping malls. Sugar Punch Beauty Kenya – It’s an online makeup & skincare store where original brands like Milani, Garnier, Avon and the cruelty free, natural skin…

Lip -Service: An Easy Lipstick Guide Finding the right lipstick color can sometimes feel as tough as finding the Right One! You’ve got options, and as if that’s not enough, more options! Suddenly, looking through the multicolored maze of shades and settling for one is overwhelming. But here are a few guidelines, to help you find the right one! Understand your skin tone. All types of complexions, light, medium and dark/deep have undertones. These undertones are cool, neutral or warm. To find out your skin tone, look at the veins on the inner side of your wrists. Cool skin tones tend to have veins that appear blue or purple. Warm skin tones tend to have green veins. Neutral skin tones tend to have a hard time deciding if their veins look blue or green. For light complexion with cool undertones, try soft brown colors and nudes. Neutral undertones work well…

By Nairesiae Masikonte Eyes are the window to the soul- so it stands to reason that our eyes draw others in and reflect our very essence to the world. Paying attention to these hallowed portals is fashion forward and need not be difficult with some quick tips! Colour Use black eyeliner and see how your eyes become the center of attention. Line the top and bottom lids for dramatic effect, and use lighter shades of coffee and hazel for quiet statements. To really make eyes pop, shades of blue, orange and yellow eye make-up are a solid go-to. If bright solid color blocks are too risqué for you, then try the cat-eye look, or line the lower lash with a colored liner and see the magic it creates. Make a statement by applying glitter. Adding some color in your inner corners of the eyes (preferably with a shimmery color) and…

We’re all guilty of keeping makeup and all kinds of lotions and potions far longer than we ought to! Yes! Contrary to popular belief, there IS an expiry date for makeup and products that we slather on to our bodies daily. You only enjoy the benefits of these products when you use them within their shelf-life, and using them after they have expired, is simply asking for trouble. When you buy products to use in your skin – and hair care regimes, always look out for this sign: M. It is often found on the product, should you fail to find it labelled on the packaging. It is often accompanied numbers such as 6, 12, 18 or even 24. These numbers refer to the number of months that the product is actually good for. Avoid buying products with no details of their shelf-life, because these numbers give us a guide…

Lip -Service: An Easy Lipstick Guide Finding the right lipstick color can sometimes feel as tough as finding the Right One! You’ve got options, and as if that’s not enough, more options! Suddenly, looking through the multicolored maze of shades and settling for one is overwhelming. But here are a few guidelines, to help you find the right one! Understand your skin tone. All types of complexions, light, medium and dark/deep have undertones. These undertones are cool, neutral or warm. To find out your skin tone, look at the veins on the inner side of your wrists. Cool skin tones tend to have veins that appear blue or purple. Warm skin tones tend to have green veins. Neutral skin tones tend to have a hard time deciding if their veins look blue or green. For light complexion with cool undertones, try soft brown colors and nudes. Neutral undertones work well…

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