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 Racked.com.Herieth has appeared in beauty campaigns for cKone and Tom Ford.

And she is the new face of Maybelline.

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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

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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

2.

  • 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

FRESH

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

FROZEN

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

DRIED

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

6. Grains, Beans and Legumes

100% WHOLE WHEAT

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

WHOLE GRAINS & STARCHES

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

BEANS & LEGUMES

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

7. SOY PRODUCTS

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

HEALTHY FATS

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

MILK

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

YOGURT

  • Soy yogurt
  • Almond yogurt
  • Coconut yogurt

10. SWEETENERS

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

11. FLAVOURS, HERBS, & SPICES

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

12. CONDIMENTS

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

13. COOKING & BAKING

  • 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

HEALTHY CHOICES

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

DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

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

MEAT SUBSTITUTES

  • 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.

xoxo

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