Artist of the year 2016

Artist of the year 2016 is nobody else but Ali Kiba, the king himself. Kiba’s popular song “Aje” won 10+ awards this year. Kiba is known for his humbleness en beautiful voice. Kiba also won the MTV EMA 2016 as Best International Act: Africa and on the 20th May 2016, Sony Music Entertainment announced signing Ali Kiba.

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Model Of The Year 2016

Model of the year 2016 is nobody else but Herieth Paul. Herieth is a 21 years old Tanzanian fashion model who was one of the Victoria’s secret models of 2016.

Paul was one of three models in the Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2013 campaign, photographed by Tom Ford.This campaign was named one of the top ten campaigns of Fall 2013 by The Business of Fashion and by has appeared in beauty campaigns for cKone and Tom Ford.

And she is the new face of Maybelline.


8 Makeup Facts Nobody Tells You About

You can’t be blamed for loving yourself in makeup because it does conceal a lot of skin imperfections, but there are eight things you need to be aware of right now concerning makeup.

Putting on makeup these days is almost as natural and automatic as dressing in clothes. A lot of women can’t even leave their homes without their go-to products. Women who have embraced makeup so much probably are not even used to seeing their faces completely bare in the mirror—so much so that going makeup free, even the idea of it, can feel uncustomary and even irreverent for many—as if they’d melt if another person saw them without even the slightest makeup on.

Hardly any sensible article comes up when you try to google this title. When you start tweaking your keywords a little, your search results will start returning basic makeup tutorials, makeup ideas, things professional makeup artists know that you should and that kind of stuff. What these returns don’t actually say are listed below just so somebody finally lays down the facts and dispels some preposterous things you’ve heard (or believed!) about makeup.

1. You don’t need makeup if all you want is to be more confident about yourself

smiling young woman without make-up

Many women are horrified just considering the idea or picturing themselves mingling with strangers and meeting their friends without makeup on. If you’re one of them, do yourself a favor and don’t live like this!

There are many things that makeup can give you—yes, even self-confidence—but that’s not the primary way to develop confidence in yourself. It’s knowing yourself and what you want better, what you know and what you stand for that really makes you gain confidence in yourself.

2. Young skin looks better bare and makeup free

Young skin is beautiful. Period. Don’t let makeup advertisements tell you otherwise. If you’re young, give yourself time to love how gorgeous you look without makeup. Even when you see freckles and zits, you don’t need to cover those up. You’re allowed to have imperfections—everybody does!

3. Older skin looks better naked

If you’re old, your skin is best left alone. The more products you layer, the older you get. That’s because more products will be seeping into your deep-seated wrinkles. When your products cake on you, you’ll get more wrinkle problems because those unwanted lines become so much more obvious. You may be better off wearing just moisturizer instead.

4. Makeup can harm your skin

Dermatologists with female patient

Dermatologists have been warning against the potential of products to irritate the skin even when these products are non-comedogenic. Try this simple experiment. Take out all of the products in your makeup stash and go through the ingredients one by one. What do you see?

You’ll probably find a thick list of chemicals and synthetics you can’t even figure out how to pronounce. These, along with the fragrances, colorants and preservatives, can cause more serious skin and even health problems if you don’t start paying attention to what you’re putting on your skin.

5. Makeup can cause your skin to age faster

Most especially when your makeup leaves you with an irritated skin, that’s a sign that you have an inflammation, which is a direct cause of skin damage and aging. In fact, makeup increases your exposure to free radicals, which can damage your skin and further down to your DNA.

6. Makeup is not bad, but you don’t have to wear it every day

Wear makeup sparingly, and put on only the ones that you might absolutely require—nothing more. When you do apply makeup, make sure to wipe it off and cleanse it off of your face completely. Any residue will always have the potential to start a blemish, which, in turn, can start an acne breakout.

7. Makeup is a wonderful tool, but it isn’t a magic wand

Funny woman with curlers and bad makeup applied lip pencil

Many women perceive makeup as a tool that makes them confident and beautiful. It’s a tool that is supposed to enhance your assets and make up for your less flattering features. If you don’t think you are beautiful in the first place, no amount of makeup can make you feel that you are.

8. Focus on keeping your skin clean, clear and smooth rather than compensating for it with makeup

Makeup is fine, but rather focus on taking better care of your skin. Do not irritate your skin unnecessarily by using too many makeup products, wearing products made with harsh ingredients or forgetting to cleanse and clear your skin from makeup residue.

Makeup is just a product. You can choose to use it, but you do not have to need to get it all the time. Makeup has several uses, but it’s not something you should turn to to feel beautiful and more confident about who you really are.


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Vegan For A Month

There are peoples who don’t know what vegan means and then there are peoples being vegan to them means, no meat = boring lifestyle.

To be a vegan doesnt mean being boring, and by boring I mean terrible food. If you can browse through my posts, you’ll find vegan recipes and they are delicious ones. And it’s cheap. We all know the price of meat.

#72 on my bucketlist is “Going vegan for a month”. For someone who loves meat/fish/milk, its going to be a huge challenge for me, but am willing to give it a try. I did some research before i decided to go vegan. And my question is DO VEGAN EAT FISH? Some bloggers wrote that vegans are allowed to eat fish and some said fish is a NO for vegan. So, any vegan in here who would like to share with us what is right or wrong. I’m definitely not gonna eat fish, but I’d like to know what is correct.

Shopping list

Fresh – Raw & cooking

    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Cauliflower
    • Cucumbers
    • Sugar snap peas
    • Tomatoes
    • Bell peppers
    • Avocado

Fresh – Cooking


  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Squashes
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Onions (red, white, green)

3. Leafy greens

  • Baby spinach
  • Romaine
  • Butter lettuce
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Salad mixes
  • Baby Kale

4. Frozen

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Edamame
  • Stir-fry mixes

5. Fruit


  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Kiwis
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries


  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mixed berry blends
  • Sweet cherries
  • Mango
  • Mixed fruit blends


  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Cranberries
  • Apricots
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Apple slices
  • Banana chips

6. Grains, Beans and Legumes


  • Bread
  • Tortillas
  • English muffins
  • Bagels
  • Pitas
  • Pasta


  • Oatmeal (quick, rolled, or steel-cut)
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Seitan (wheat gluten)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Russet potatoes


  • Chickpeas (canned/dry)
  • Black beans (canned/dry)
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils (dry)
  • Hummus
  • Veggie burgers (lentil, bean, or vegetable based)


  • Firm or Extra-firm Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Soy milk
  • Edamame (frozen)


Healthy fats are a very important part of a healthy vegan diet! Include a wide selection of items from this list to ensure a good balance of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Keep a couple of different whole foods like avocado, dark chocolate, nuts/seeds, or olives on hand for snacking, at least 1 nut/seed butter for dipping fruit, spreading on toast, or adding to oatmeal, and a couple of different oils for cooking, making salad dressings, or supplementation. Larger quantities of nuts and seeds should be kept in the freezer to prevent spoilage.

  • Avocado
  • Edamame
  • Coconut milk
  • Dark chocolate
  • Olives
  • Hummus
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond/Nut butters
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Tahini (sesame butter)
  • Coconut oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Earth Balance butter

9. Non-diary products


  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Rice milk
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Flax milk


  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond yogurt
  • Coconut yogurt


  • Organic cane sugar
  • Agave syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Coconut sugar
  • Fruit preserves
  • Dates
  • Dried fruits
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Stevia


  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Salsa
  • Hummus
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Mustard
  • Vegan mayo
  • Vegetable bouillon
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Vinegar (white, balsamic)


  • Whole grain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut oil
  • Earth Balance Butter
  • Ground flax seed
  • Yeast
  • Cocoa

14. Vegan alternatives and convenience foods


  • Nutritional yeast
  • Bean or lentil burgers
  • Marinated tempeh bacon
  • Marinated tofu
  • Seitan
  • Unsweetened plant milk
  • Plain non-dairy yogurts


  • Plant-based milks
  • Plant-based yogurts
  • Soy cheese
  • Daiya cream cheese
  • Daiya cheese
  • Soy coffee creamers
  • Earth Balance butter


  • Veggie or soy burgers
  • Veggie or soy hotdogs
  • Veggie sausages
  • Tofurky deli slices
  • Tofurky holiday roast
  • Tempeh bacon
  • Textured vegetable protein

Please do share with us, if you other things.

credit: ilovevegan – for the shopping list


Happy Holidays

I want take this moment and thank everyone for being with me throughout the year. I know I havent been posting  lately, its just I have been soo occupied. But I promise next year am gonna do my best and try to post 3-4x a week.

2016 has been a great year to me. Achieved some things that I’ll forever be grateful for, learned alot of lesson, made mistakes, travelled, inshort its been a great year.

I wish you a blessed holiday season. May this Christmas bring you comfort, joy, peace and happiness to last throughout the coming year. Christmas is a time for cherishing those who bring so many blessings to our lives. There are so many gifts I want to give to you this Christmas. Peace, love, joy, happiness are all presents I am sending your way.

May your home be filled with the joy of the Christmas season. Here’s wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.


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How to Give Yourself a Brazilian Wax

Like having a hair-free bikini area, but don’t want to spend 50+ dollars? A little uncomfortable with the idea of letting a stranger near your bikini area, yet you still want the hair removed? No problem! $10 and a mirror is all you need.

DIY Brazilian Wax

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    Gather your materials.
    Making your own sugar wax is simple but yet a true art. Get your things together and become self-reliant.

    • 2 cup (400 g) white sugar
    • 1/4 cup (30 mL) lemon juice, orange juice (squeezed), or vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (180 mL) water
    • Waxing strips (from the store or a piece of cotton fabric/t-shirt)
    • Use a large stainless steel pan. If you use an old, decaying pan, some of it may end up swimming in your wax.
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    Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over high heat. Get them to a boil and reduce to medium. Stir occasionally.

    • Watch the pot! Undercooking is reparable; overcooking is not.
    • If it starts boiling again, lower the heat.
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    Pour into a clean container when brown.
    The wax should slowly turn from translucent to a honey brown. When you reach this point, take it off the heat immediately.

    • This part is a true science; it can take anywhere from 6-20 minutes. Take a butter knife and see how thick it is (don’t touch it!). If it seems to thickly move and stick as it goes, it’s ready.
    • Try dropping it in a glass of water. If it immediately forms a bead and doesn’t trail, you’re good.
    • If it’s runny and not at all wax-like, pitch it in the trash (not the sink) and start over.
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    Let it cool. …But not too much. Let it cool to the point where it’s hot but doesn’t burn you. You may have to learn this the hard way.

    • If it cools too much, it will lose its stick. However, it can be reheated. If you’ve poured it into a microwaveable container, nuke it till it’s malleable again.
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    Prime your skin.
    You should start with a clean base. Apply baby/talcum powder to the area. Make sure every last bit is dry!

    • As you go, you may need to reheat your wax or apply more powder. Apply more powder if you experience more pain or start to sweat.
      • The level of pain depends on you. For some women, it’s not a problem. Don’t let this deter you.
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    Apply the wax.
    This can be done with a butter knife. If it’s too hot, wait a bit. If it’s too cold, it won’t tear off the hair 100% and will need to be reheated.

    • Apply in the direction of the hair. Try to have about 1/4 – 1/2 an inch (.63 – 1.2 cm) before you go about waxing; the concoction needs something to adhere to; however, too long and it makes things difficult.
    • Place a mirror between your legs to get a good look at your undersides.
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    Place a strip on the covered area and let dry.
    Start nearest your navel. Rub the strips into the wax a bit to ensure a clean removal.

    • You can use waxing strips from the store or cut up an old cotton t-shirt. Sugar wax is water soluble and your strips can be used more than once, if cleaned immediately and thoroughly.
    • Cut your strips in 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) strips. The smaller ones can be used for clean-up or hard to reach places.
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    Remove quickly.
    Do one or two at a time to keep it manageable. The last thing you want is a bunch of cotton strips stuck down there.

    • Leave the strip on the area for around 30 seconds, depending on its size. Rip it off (quickly!) in the opposite direction of hair growth.
      • The quicker the better; you’ll experience less pain if you go faster.
    • Repeat this until all the hair is gone.
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    Clean the area when completed.
    If you have sensitive skin, you may want to apply an oil or lotion to calm the area. Use tweezers to grab any strays.

    • Of course, clean up any mess you’ve made, too! Wax can get a bit difficult to deal with when hardened and the sugar may attract ants if left out for an extended period of time.


Method 2

Using Store-Bought Products

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    Buy a good sugaring wax.
    These are generally available at most large retail stores, but you may find more options at beauty supply stores.

    • A waxing product such as Nair Roll-On Wax is a good choice because it has a roll-on applicator that dispenses an even amount of wax over the surface.
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    Cut the waxing strips into small strips.
    These can be bought (sometimes coming with the wax) or homemade. It’s a good idea to make strips of varying sizes (from 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm)).

    • If you opted for the homemade route, search your closet for an old t-shirt or piece of cotton fabric. Cut it up into strips like you would any other material.
      • Bonus — if you take good care of them, you can use them again after a thorough washing (if your wax is water soluble).
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    Clean the bikini area to remove any residue that may be on the hair.
    This is super important–the wax needs to stick.

    • Trim the hair to 1/4 – 1/2 inch (.63 – 1.2 cm) for easiest removal.
    • Apply baby/talcum powder to the parts you´re going to wax. This makes the wax stick to the hair and NOT your skin, and significantly reduces the amount of pain.
    • If you pain starts increasing, apply more powder. Especially if the environment you’re doing it in is rather warm.
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    Wipe up any wax that may get on your hands.
    Have a paper towel or cloth nearby. For waxes that dissolve in water, a damp cloth is fine.

    • Otherwise, you may moisten a cotton ball with simple baby oil. That removes excess wax very well and leaves skin smooth.
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    Begin nearest your navel and work your way down.
    Apply the wax in the same direction the hair grows, in thin strips.

    • With one hand, stretch that skin taut. Use paper towels to grip the skin so that it does not slip.
    • Rip off the wax with the other hand in the opposite direction to hair growth. Doing this gives you better results and hurts much less.
    • Do not apply too much wax as the waxing strips may not adhere to the hair.
    • Place a mirror between your legs so that you can wax the areas you cannot see. A compact mirror is sufficient.
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    Keep working until most of the hair is removed, or until you are satisfied with the results.
    Because the bikini area is very sensitive, it may take more than one session to remove all the hair.

    • Hair in some areas may be easier to remove than others. This is contingent upon how thick the hair is. You may have to stop if the area becomes too red and continue after the redness subsides.
    • Use tweezers to pluck out remaining hair rather than waxing repeatedly.
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    Wash the area.
    You may have bits of wax that are playing hard to get.

    • Use warm water and apply a soothing oil or lotion.
    • Redness is normal and will fade.



    • Apply pressure immediately after ripping the strip off. This will help with the pain.
    • If it is your first time giving yourself a Brazilian wax, do not expect all the hair to come off. You are, after all, not getting it professionally done and therefore you will not end up with professional results right away. With more treatments, the hairs will become thinner and more sparse, thus making it easier to get cleaner results.
    • Because the hairs are thicker, removing them may cause some bleeding. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol to avoid infection.
    • Rather than pulling the wax strip in a “straight up” motion, stay as close to the skin as possible when you are tearing the strip off. The saying is “tear across, not off”.
    • You could also use Tucks pads to clean the area rather than rubbing alcohol. They contain Witch Hazel, which is an antiseptic (plus how convenient is it to have it already on a sanitary pad?). Remember to pull the skin to make it tight.
    • You can put aloe Vera gel onto the area to reduce any burning sensations.
    • To reduce pain after application, apply pressure to area. Then apply an ice pack or ice bag.
    • Take ibuprofen 10-15 min before waxing to reduce pain!


    • Do not shave if you missed a spot when waxing, you will SURELY get painful bikini bumps!
    • Do not wax your hairs if they are longer than a quarter of an inch in length. That will cause unnecessary pain, and will most likely prevent hair removal. Trim them shorter prior to applying any wax. Professionals cut the hairs to about half an inch for coarse hairs and a quarter inch for fine hairs.
    • Test the temperature of the wax before you apply it to your bikini area!
    • If you don’t finish and re-wax later, it’s best to wait a day or two to let the area calm down.
    • Pre-epilation oil makes a big difference in terms of pain. It’s highly recommended for sensitive skin.
    • It’s not suggested that you do this yourself the first time you are getting waxed down there. Since professionals can do it quickly without much pain, get it done a few times professionally so that your body gets a little use to it. It will save a lot of pain.
    • It is recommended that you do not do this yourself unless you have been trained in beauty school. In some cases, inexperienced waxers have pulled off skin and popped blood vessels.

    Things You’ll Need

    With Store-bought Products

    • Wax
    • Waxing strips
    • Paper towel or cloth
    • Powder
    • Mirror (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Lotion or oil (optional)

    Make Your Own Wax

    • 2 cups (400 g) white sugar
    • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice, orange juice (squeezed), or vinegar
    • 3/4 c (180 mL) water
    • Stainless steel pan
    • Bowl
    • Knife
    • Waxing strips
    • Scissors
    • Powder
    • Mirror (optional)
    • Lotion or oil (optional)
    • Tweezers


    Credit: wikihow