What should you do with a day to spend in Sharm El Sheikh?

What should you do with a day to spend in Sharm El Sheikh?

A day in Egypt…..

My first time staying in Egypt more than a few hours has finally arrived. I landed at 2am on Monday 10th December and the airport was deserted. Fabulous. 🙂 No queue for the passport check, no queue for nothing.

My car was booked and waiting for me outside. A lovely man had my name on a board to take me where I stayed, the Cleopatra luxury resort and it was so beautiful!!!! Much better than the google pictures I saw when trying to do my research. The hotel was only 15 minutes away so a very easy ride.

So a picture is sometime better than a thousand words so here’s my travel diary.

Cleopatra Luxury Hotel

The sea and the God

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Cleopatra Luxury resort in Sharm El Sheikh is a beach front resort located in the Sinai peninsula in the amazing Nabq Bay. The bay is on a promontory overlooking the straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Poolside

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The beach

 

South Sinai desert

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4 steps to great looking skin under your makeup 

4 steps to great looking skin under your makeup 

How to prepare your skin for makeup

Applying makeup to enhance your features should be an easy, safe and fun experience. However, if the skin underneath is not in good health the makeup will look dull, patchy and unattractive. You need to prepare the face for makeup to obtain a radiant, flawless and immaculate look for yourself.

Before starting talking about makeup application you should first know the skin very well, so doing a skin analysis is important. One thing you need to know is that your skin changes over time and that it will mature and change over time.

Doing a skin analysis every 6 months to a year and updating your skincare routine for optimum skin health is important. This is an essential rule as makeup means enhancing your best features, a skin analysis will therefore help you know what products to use to achieve this. Follow these cardinal rules before applying makeup onto your face to achieve a perfect complexion.

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1. Cleansing

This helps to remove all traces of dirt from the skin’s surface. This should be your first step in preparing your face before applying make-up. All you need to do is gently massage the cleanser over your face and neck using fingertips and be sure to rinse it off well with warm water or cold water (in the summer for cooling effect, and also tightens your pores).

  • If you have an oily skin, choose gentle and oil-free cleansers, while for a dry skin, cleansers that moisturise the skin are the best choice, and cleansers that soothe and heal the skin for sensitive skin.

2. Toning

This is great for removing excess oils, dirt and grim of your face. It is good if you have oily skin to do this extra step to prepare your face for a full day of wearing makeup. Because the face deals with every external factor from cold to rain, the dead cells need to be removed before applying makeup.

  • Face toners are also known as skin conditioners i.e. removes any traces left by cleansing as well as tighten pores. Toners with high alcohol content are great for oily skin, whilst mild toner are for sensitive skin, while if you have dry skin it is not necessary to use face toners.

 

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3. Moisturising

The daily routine will keep the skin prepped up all the time, not just for makeup. Use a moisturising that is suitable for your skin type and hydrates the skin all day. This will give your skin a smooth even surface to apply makeup on.

  • Makeup is best applied on moisturised skin. Apply face cream on wet skin as the skin will absorb more cream. Try to use a face cream with sun protection factor if you do not have a sunscreen that you use daily. Moisturisers with SPF 50 are usually recommended.

4. Priming

This helps the skin fill in any pores, minimise them as well as provide an extra barrier between the foundation and the skin leaving it extra smooth to apply makeup on. For best results, use a primer that contains silicone as this will act as a protective barrier that prevents your moisturiser and skin’s oils from combining with your makeup.

  • Not everyone likes primer, so using moisturiser alone can also work, however if you would still like to have an extra layer of protection a skin prepping spray is also good.

Now that you have properly prepared your face before applying make-up, you can begin to use foundation and the rest of your favourite products on your newly clean, even skin.

By properly preparing your skin for make-up, you are sure to achieve a radiant, even finish for your make-up. Your face is a canvas and just like any piece of art, the products won’t sit well unless you do a bit of ground work.

 

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Is the Congolese community ready for the Art industry to prosper?

Is the Congolese community ready for the Art industry to prosper?

The answer is YES!

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On November 9th, I attended the exhibition AKAA ( Also Known As Africa ) in Paris. This is the first contemporary art and design fair for African art.

It took place at the usual Carreau du Temple and had over 49 exhibitors and 130 artists who came from all around the world.

Here are a few images from my favourite artists, but you can see more on their website www.akaafair.com

ARTIST JP MIKA

 

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DIDIER CLAES

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FREDDY TSIMBA

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PATRICK BONGOY

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MON LOOK PARISIENNE

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Did you know all the fun activities you could do at the N’Sele national park in Congo?

Did you know all the fun activities you could do at the N’Sele national park in Congo?

 

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That Saturday came in at the perfect time in my life. I was so excited to finally be a tourist in my own country. The park reopened in June 2018 and has a variety of activities and a safari to compete with Kenya or South Africa.

I was very surprised to see how organised the whole place was. With a budget of a thousand dollars for a group of 10 people, my friend organised for car to pick us up from my hotel in Gombe. The park is situated around 50km from the center. We drove for about 45 minutes with the models, photographers, and my team. It was a pleasant ride full of music and funny stories from our experiences.

Our safari started at 10am to last 2 hours. We were expected to see giraffes, lions and other wild animals and it was a lot fun. after that we had a lunch organised and our photoshoot session.  I wanted to share with you bit of that day. This park is truly unique and has a huge potential. It is a shame that so little people know about it and the activities that they offer such as cycling, kayaking, hiking and my favourite pedal with the boats :). The park is about 10000 hectares and in situated in the commune of Maluku.

The safari

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The view

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The lion family

 

Baby baby

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The river

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The swimming pool

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The restaurant

Fresh African food

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Let’s chase the waterfalls in Zongo, Condo RDC.

Let’s chase the waterfalls in Zongo, Condo RDC.

When I first heard there were waterfalls in Congo, I couldn’t believe it. Then a feeling of shame came because again, I realised that there was still a lot of things I didn’t know about my own country.

It made me sad so I decided that for my next trip, I will surely become a tourist in my country. This October, I visited Congo for a modelling competition we were working on so I finally planned this dream escapade with a friend.

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We left around 10am for a four hours drive. It was so exciting but really I had no idea what to expect. We were lucky as there wasn’t much traffic, and traffic jams in Congo lasts for hours… We went through rural villages, small towns, markets and mountains.

Although I was born in Kinshasa, This was the first time I was in a real village with its school. No roof, but the basics, benches and a board. It was a strange feeling. We are so spoilt in the world I live in. We complain about the water being too hot, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the places we are at. I may never know what it is like to carry water on my head for kilometres, waking up at 4am to make that route, building a house with one room to live with my whole family. Saying that it humbled me feels cliche and wrong because I left the 5 stars hotel I was staying in to go to a private villa in the middle of the jungle. And this is a blessing. A thousand thoughts were running through my head. Presidential elections are coming soon in Congo, I didn’t see a single thing about it through that drive. How do these people hear the news? How do they get electricity?

So many questions gave my friend a headache so I decided to stop so I could at least enjoy the trip I was dreaming about for so long.

We arrived at the property and were surrounded by beautiful plants, flowers and the whispers of the river.

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Faune and Flore in Zongo, Congo

Our private villa had 2 ensuite bedrooms and a big living room. Also 2 additional outside showers (literally) and a balcony with a view on the river. It felt amazing. No phone reception at all. We changed to meet the guide who would take us to the waterfalls. Prior to that we ordered our dinner for the evening. I took all my favourite local food and fell like I was in heaven for real.

Our breakfast veranda 

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There was a swimming pool as well and of course I had to put my feet in there. We arrived around 3pm as we stopped a few times and our guide was waiting for us at 4pm.

The swimming pool

 

The forest and the waterfalls

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I highly recommend this peaceful retreat for yourself or with your family. Congo is not only a magic place, but it is a town that Congo should cherish within its cultural heritage.

If You have been, please share your experience with me with your comments. Happy Sunday 🙂

What if we had more power than they made us think?

What if we had more power than they made us think?

When looking at charity tv adverts’ or those posters in the tube, the metro depending on the city, we have all heard someone ( or ourselves ) say something like, ” I wish I had more money to help these people or this community. ”

Well, what if we could. Really. What if we took a step back to realise that it was never about the money? That if we really really wanted to help someone, it only depends on us.

Today, I wanted to write about the project my social initiative is fundraising for.

ESIMBI ( meaning “It works” in Lingala ) tells stories, stories about children who dream of becoming astronauts, doctors, nurses and teachers. As they wake up every day with the hope that this could be possible, they realise that they live in Congo, Kinshasa.

My homeland. For them, school is hardly affordable, and their dreams are too expensive for their reality. Any little helps as Tesco has taught us.

As a charity and advocate of change in Congo, ESIMBI is always pushing boundaries for the children in our program. Inspired by their resilience and together with them, we at ESIMBI have been learning as well, how to provide them with what they truly need to grow and achieve. It is the least we can do.

The children in Congo are at a great disadvantage educationally. ESIMBI is determined to solve this issue. We are raising funds to bring ESIMBI DIGITAL to Congo. The funds will help us send the knowledge that will help them develop their young hungry minds – neatly packaged as tablets that that can be used offline, due the electricity issue in the country.

Our current program encourages the development of 1,000 children in Congo, and we are growing to aid 1,000 more, to give them the hope that someday what they are learning today will benefit them tomorrow.

We are asking for a small donation to help us reach our goal and make ESIMBI DIGITAL a reality for congolese kids with big dreams!

In partnership with the company Smartspin, we need to raise ÂŁ8500 to make this project possible and successful.

You can view all the details of the project here. I would be pleased to hear your feedback too.

Do you support any organisations? If so, how did you choose the right one for you?

Link to our website:

https://www.esimbi.org/donate

 

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The fashion industry: how this industry can revive the Congolese economy.

The fashion industry: how this industry can revive the Congolese economy.

How many jobs do you think are in the fashion industry? I am sure the first ones that come to your mind are fashion designer, seamstress and fashion model. In the Congolese community, those are the most mainstream roles in the fashion industry. However, in fashion there are 100 of them, which include and are not limited to Marketing, Finance, Beauty and Operations. So if the question is can the fashion industry revive the Congolese economy? The Answer is yes, it can be one of the driving forces.

In 2015 Fashion was a $1.2 trillion global industry, which included luxury fashion, fast fashion and accessories (bags, jewellery, watches and shoes). Fashion and apparel industries employ 1.9 million people in the United States and the UK fashion industry is estimated to support 850,000 jobs. The number of people that work in this industry in Congo is unknown to me.

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So why and how are Congolese people so limited in their understanding of an industry they swear to love? If you do not understand what I am speaking of, I am speaking of Sapologie. A term engrained in the brain of every Congolese person regardless of whether they were born inside or outside of both countries respectively.

La Sape, an abbreviation based on the phrase SociĂ©tĂ© des Ambianceurs et des Personnes ÉlĂ©gantes (French; literally “Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People”) and hinting to the French slang word sape which means “attire”, is a subculture centered on the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of Congo respectively. An adherent of La Sape is known as a sapeur.[1] The movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies.

As Congolese people, we have created a subculture that has been features and respected by not only other African countries, but globally by the likes of African American singers Solange and Jidenna but also, the Chinese community who were heavily involved in Congolese music through Papa Wemba. So if our industry already has a name, already has an impact and is influencing people all across the globe, how are we not or rather how have we not developed a sustainable industry that can create thousands of jobs across both nations and fuel the passion of many artists in that industry?

The main reason is that fashion is not taken seriously, and like any other art, is dismissed over the likes of studies in business, medicine, education and engineering. However, there comes a time when thinking must change and new entrepreneurial ways must be accepted in order to see change.

Why develop Congo’s fashion industry?

The industry is set to double in value in the next 10 years to generate up to $5trillion annually. This presents a huge opportunity for business in Africa, as the combined value of apparel and footwear in sub-Saharan Africa was estimated at $31 billion in 2016.

The fashion industry holds amazing potential to motivate and bring change to some of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, while advancing the structural transformation needed in the industry and in the country.

The role of creative industries in Congo Kinshasa and Brazzaville.

With 13 million young African joining the labour force on a yearly basis, the development of skill based industry, where people can learn on the job and gain qualifications in a labour intensive sector is imperative to for the stability of our nations. Fashion uses our culture and creativity as a selling point, which can be leveraged both within and outside of the continent.

What can we do to change this?

Investment, training and the industrialization of the industry. There are many more roles outside of being a seamstress in fashion, from textile designer to fashion forecaster, the roles are endless. Let’s broaden the minds of the people in the industry.

Africa currently accounts for just 1.9% of global manufacturing. That figure does not just relate to fashion. With having raw materials available, Congo should focus on moving to the top of the value chain and produce garments targeted at the home and international audience.

Strategic support and investment in local manufacturers should allow the Congolese fashion industry to steadily grow and become an entity of its own