What my first Afro Punk event was like.

What my first Afro Punk event was like.

Saturday 13th of June, I had the pleasure of attending the festival Afro Punk at La Seine Musicale, in Paris for the first time. Headlining the concert was Solange Knowles and Janelle Monae.

I must say that it was surreal to see so much creativity in one place. It was like being on a movie set where new characters coming out of nowhere every 2 seconds. It was amazing.

I made an effort to add some African touch to my outfit as I really didn’t know what to expect there. I was definitely NOT overdressed and felt like I could have been a little bit more extra. It was impressive to be in the middle of so much art.

They had massive flags which I obviously used  to take a picture 🙂 . It was not easy with the wind but we managed to take something nice.

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Here are a few pictures I took at the event. It would be great to hear your comments if you experienced this event in Paris or elsewhere. There is another festival in the desert that I was looking into but I am not sure I will be handle to handle all the nakedness that google search has showed me.. ( ah aha ah)

 

 

 

GOLD CHOKER, Tribal jewellery from NACHO JEWELS , a label from Argentina.

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My friend came from Brazzaville, Congo to display and sell her clothing line, LIPUTA SWAGGA. If you have a minute, please have a look at her amazing work!

 

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11 advice to consider before you kiss 2018 Goodbye?

11 advice to consider before you kiss 2018 Goodbye?

The general mood at the end of 2018 was quite funny to me…

People all seem to struggle with the same things, bad relationships, whom to cut lose or keep in 2019, society’s opinion, finances, drama, anxiety, doubts and fear. We probably would all relate on a quote saying ” May your social media life be as good as your real one for this coming year. ”

For the first time, someone really close to me tried to commit suicide and this simply affected me in ways I didn’t comprehend. But it also showed me how miserable I was feeling by forcing myself to do things that no longer made me happy. It is hard to be honest with ourselves more than it ever was. Hard to keep the noise out with all the social media frenzy. We kinda all are living the painful life of celebrities, trying to keep up with apparences. We are buying into fake friends and fake lives even if we dont realise it straight away, unless you live in the village I grew up in :), they really don’t care about none of these and I almost envy them sometimes…

KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT REAL

 

What is the truth? Is social media bad for our health and mental wellness, or is it actually helping us to cope by dreaming and portraying the life we really want?

Tricky isn’t? Unless you believe in the “Fake it until you make it” motto of course.

This year has been challenging for me and all I wanted was to find my peace. I make to do list all year long, so new year resolutions are nothing special.

Here are the things I would like to work on to achieve that:

1/  Give up overthinking, procrastinating and holding grudges ( yeah… )

2/  Don’t raise your voice, improve your arguments

3/  Quit holding on to the past or even pleasing everyone 

4/  Do what works for you at your own pace

5/  Don’t be afraid to fail, fall or love again. This is the only way to learn more and do better

6/  Focus on progress not speed

7/  Keep your private life private

8/  Spend time with your family 

9/  Do what you are passionate about as much as possible

10/  Unfollow anything that doesn’t go with your vision

11/  Travel, Travel, Travel. The world is such a beautiful place and there is no excuse to not explore it nowadays.

All these because six months of hardcore focus and alignement can put you 5 years ahead in life. Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire. In life, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. That’s the truest  clichĂ© you will read today.

 

FAMILY SELFIES ON MY BDAY

FAMILY PORTRAIT

 

 

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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What is the best make-up look for black skins this summer?

What is the best make-up look for black skins this summer?

I was having an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who is a make-up artist. I really wanted to have her opinion on what the latest make-up trends are and here are the 4 options she gave me.

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ROSE-GOLD EYESHADOW AND ROSE LIPS

  • Apply an eyeshadow base with a neutral or soft pink tone
  • Use a soft burnt orange colour as a transition colour through the crease
  • Apply rose gold shimmer throughout the lid
  • Apply dark brown to the outer corner of the eyes to smoke it out
  • Apply black liquid or gel liner
  • Apply mascara to lashes and add strip lashes if you desire for this look
  • A bold pink lipstick or lipgloss

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  • Apply a soft shade of pink or gold all over the lid
  • Create a sharp winged eyeliner with a blackest black liquid or gel liner.
  • Apply mascara to lashes and add strip lashes if you desire for this look
  • A bold red lipstick like MAC Lady Danger, Red Rock or Ruby Woo (discontinued)

 

COPPER SMOKY EYES AND MATTE berry LIPS

  • Layer bronze and copper shadows on top of a burnt orange wash all over the lid, and lower lash line.
  • Smoke the eyes with a black or brown pencil in the water line.
  • Add lashes and mascara for dramatic effect.
  • A berry lipstick like MAC media will work well with for this look.

SULTRY SMOKY EYES

  • pencilling around the eye with a black Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey to create a base
  • Blend out black base and set with black eyeshadow
  • adding depth by applying Kohl pencil along the waterline/rim.
  • Apply Mascara and lashes to add to dramatic effect
  • Keep skin and lips neutral, creating the perfect base for an edgy smoky eye. Skin can still be contoured but in a natural way.
  • A soft nude with a brown or peach hue to finish the look like MAC Strip Me Down or Velvet Teddy

What you need to know about your skin and the skincare staples.

What you need to know about your skin and the skincare staples.

Assessing your skin type is necessary for creating an effective skin care routine. It’s important to know where you fall in the spectrum of possibilities because skincare products are specifically designed to work for certain skin types.

How to find out what kind of skin you have?

1 / OILY

Shiny, slick, often thick skin.

Absorbs powder readily and begs for more.

Large pores on the T-zone (forehead, nose and cheeks).

Oil-based moisturizers are not absorbed by the skin.

 

 2 / DRY

Dull, thin and flaky skin.

Quickly becomes chapped and parched.

Soaks up moisture and thirsts for more.

Pores may appear virtually invisible.

Fine lines and wrinkles are more apparent.

 

3 / COMBINATION

Combination is skin is characterized as either combination-oily or combination-dry.

Having otherwise normal skin with an oily t-zone is characteristic of combo-oily skin.

Normal skin that sometimes experiences dryness is indicative of combo-dry skin.

 

4 / NORMAL

Skin is naturally moisturized without looking too dry or oily.

Does not require additional oil control or hydration throughout the day.

Pores do not appear to be overly large or extremely small.

 

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Each of the basic types of skin is both a blessing and a curse. If you have oily skin, you have your own natural moisturizer and less tendency toward wrinkles. But you’ll have more of a tendency toward acne and larger pores.

If you have dry skin, you’ll have a greater tendency toward wrinkles but much less tendency toward acne and large pores. There’s something positive about each skin type.

Black skin tends to be more often have combination and oily skin. The Key to taking care of your skin correctly is making sure that you are aware of your skin type and treat it accordingly. Therefore, having the right products that work with your skin type will have you looking great every day.

This does not mean that you fully need to change your skin care routine. If you have staples that work keep them. But what all the skin types have in common is that they need skin care essentials. Here are skin care products that have proven useful over the years with good science to be beneficial for your skin.

CLEANSERS

Using a cleanser for 30 seconds a day not only has a therapeutic effect on your skin but is also good enough to wash away the dirt and harshness of every day weather. Contrary to popular beliefs, your skin does not have to feel squeaky clean in order to be clean.

MOISTURISERS

Moisturisers are worth using especially if you have dry skin, they will help you prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time. Here are my tips on how to get the most out of your moisturizer:

  • If you have oily skin, use a moisturizer like a gel that will hydrate (add water to) your skin but won’t add more oil.
  • If you have normal skin, use a lotion or light cream.
  • If you are very dry, use a heavy cream that takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin. Apply it more frequently than once or twice a day.
  • Everyone should use a moisturizer around their eye area and on their necks, because we all have very few oil glands in those areas.
  • If you’re oily through the T-zone area, just use your moisturizer on your eye area, your cheeks, and your neck.

 

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SUNSCREENS

Although the melanin in black skin does give some protection, the environment has changed and it is affecting the efficiency of the natural sun block.

Although people with dark skin may not sunburn as easily as those with fair skin, they are still at risk of skin damage from excessive sun exposure.

People with light skin types have a much higher incidence of skin cancer than people with dark skin types. But having dark skin is not a guarantee against skin cancer.

Sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day. It should be at the top of your list of skin care essentials.

The more damage to your skin cells from sunlight that you can prevent, the better your skin will be for years to come. If you have pre-teen or teenage children, particularly if you live in a sunny climate, encourage them to start using sunscreen on their faces everyday.

Sunscreens and sun protection are the single best way to prevent prematurely aged skin, age spots, brown spots, leathery-looking skin, and the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, melanoma is the biggest cause of cancer deaths among kids in their twenties. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type, your climate, and the intensity of your sun exposure.

  • For oily skin, choose a powder or very light lotion for your sunscreen.
  • For normal skin, choose a lotion or a light cream, and for dry skin, a rich cream.
  • For mature and drier skin, look for a sunscreen that adds some repair to it.

That is a lot of information but remember that skin is not only the biggest organ in the human body it is as vulnerable, on your face especially, as the rest of your organs. So, whilst you make sure that you have healthy heart, liver and kidney, do not forget to take care of your skin also.

Article by Gaelle Mokoy for ESIMBI magazine