Thursday 29th of September 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

A Slay Queen’s Guide To Surviving The Lockdown

A slay queen thrives under lockdown because there’s no alternative.

I mean, who’ll wear all those awesome clothes in your wardrobe. You’ve been saving those red bottom heels, for a special occasion. All the looks that you’ve put together for all the fun, social, fashionable events, that were indefinitely postponed till things are better.

I mean there’s only one version of you, and you need to put all your haters to shame. Of course, it’ll be hard for you to get the usual essentials in this lockdown.

This lockdown might stretch for a while into the unforeseeable future. So what’s the best way to stay ahead of the curve.

First, don’t let your skin suffer under any circumstances. You might need a dermatologist on speed dial. Of course, you can’t get stressed out and break out in hives like in high school while you were fighting against hormones.

A true slayer knows that a smooth face is the best foundation for makeup. You need to order for all your skincare items to be brought to your doorstep.

Secondly, don’t forget to look after your hair. You might have to smuggle your stylist to do an emergency touch-up or to remove your weave. However, if you’re in the middle of nowhere with strange saloons then you’ll have to invest in low-maintenance styles and perhaps a wig, or two.

After all, you can change your hairstyle whenever you’re bored. Remember to wash and oil your hair as you wait for your favourite spa to reopen.

Indeed, you have to put aside delicate clothes. You know, that you can’t visit the dry cleaners, so why risk staining your cashmere sweater with take-out food from ArtCafe. I mean, this isn’t the time to take fashion risks. You should only wear cotton or other garments that are machine-wash friendly.

The gym is no longer a haven. You can’t wear tight yoga pants and lacy sports bras and snap pictures of yourself looking toned. You know that your clothes are a certain size. Hence, outgrowing your clothes isn’t an option. A slay queen needs to flourish during difficult times. You only have one option: figure out how to work out from home.

Stock up on luxury essentials. I’m talking about those pricey perfumes, that come in pretty shapes, and sizes. Also, foreign chocolates, that can’t be sourced locally. Let’s not forget all your top make-up brands’ products. Nobody knows when the lockdown will end. What if that day is tomorrow? You need to prepared to look your best.

Don’t entertain any house guests at any costs. I mean, isn’t everyone preaching about social distancing.

Don’t waste your time obsessing and flaunting yourself online. You can’t announce all your boss moves and wonder why haters are one step ahead of you. It helps to keep your enemies confused as to your plot your way ahead.

You have to study fashion and make-up trends from around the globe. Indeed, you can dedicate time to piecing together new looks, practising poses and snapping away pictures. Besides, you need to look like a fashionable badass whenever you post anything online.

You need to consider learning the basics of a new foreign language. Besides, you’ll always be travelling, I mean hello Emirates Business Class, I’m coming back to you.

You didn’t bake in the hot sun, wearing stilettos at Huduma Centre, waiting for a new passport to chill at home.

More Info About Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

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More info about Irritating Ingredients

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

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Makeup Tips for Older Women 50 Years and Over 

Makeup is not just art that helps you express yourself. It is also incredibly empowering because it helps you look and feel like the best version of yourself at any age. When it comes to doing your makeup, your technique is a total game-changer in how the look will eventually turn out. If you’re over 50 and have concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, don’t you worry.

In fact, embrace the aging process because you can always rely on a bit of makeup to help you put your best face forward.

Prepping your face is a must if you want your makeup to look flawless and last all day long. Use a hydrating moisturizer and a primer to go with it. A primer will even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

What is Recommend: NARS Smooth & Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Ladies, no matter what your age is, everyone needs sun protection. This primer is a must-try because it doubles as a sunscreen. Its lightweight formula creates the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup, while your skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It also makes your makeup last longer and brightens up your complexion in an instant.

Use A Foundation That’s Lightweight

Using the right foundation or BB cream makes a world of a difference. A lightweight formula will help your base look more natural and radiant (and nobody wants to end up with a cakey finish). Apply your foundation with a damp Beauty Blender or brush, and blend it in really well to achieve the right amount of coverage.

What is Recommend: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

This long-wearing formula is ideal for all skin types (and is available in 50 different shades!). It is extremely easy to apply and blend and leaves you with a natural “second skin” finish. When it comes to aging skin, it is best to opt for products that won’t leave you with a powdery finish – and this is perfect! You’ll be left with a subtle, satin finish that stays on all day long. Apply this using a dense brush for gorgeous coverage.

Befriend A Concealer

If you have problem areas like dark circles, age spots, and redness, all you need is a bit of concealer to get them sorted. Remember, always use your concealer after you’ve applied your foundation. That way, you won’t need much coverage. Find a shade that exactly matches your foundation for best results.

What is Recommend: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer

This concealer pen from Yves Saint Laurent is a must-try if you want to fake a good eight hours of sleep with just a click. Its formula is amazing, especially when it comes to brightening up your complexion, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and covering up minor imperfections. You’ll be left with your skin, but only better. Also, you won’t have to be worried about it creasing or looking cakey. Give this a shot for a natural and luminous finish.

Add A Flush Of Color To Your Cheeks

A dab of cream blush that will leave you with a subtle hint of color is perfect for older skin. You need to take into account the shape of your face and apply the color at the height of the apples of your cheeks. Blend this upwards along your cheekbones to define and instantly lift your features. You’ll be surprised by how well this trick works to not only add radiance to your face but also to make it look livelier and youthful.

What is Recommend: M.A.C Cremeblend Blush

This cream blush from M.A.C has a beautiful texture. It is super easy to apply and blend and stays put all day long. You can also choose a color of your choice from its wide shade range. The intensity of the color is buildable, so you can start out sheer, building up as you go. You need to try this if you want to achieve a natural flush of color that really lasts.

Define Your Pout

One of the most notable areas where you develop fine lines is around the mouth. If you want to prevent your lip color from feathering and bleeding into these lines, all you need is to dab a small amount of concealer around your lips and use a pencil lip liner to define them. This simple trick will add fullness to your mouth. Choose a color that matches your natural lip color for best results.

What is Recommend: Jane Iredale Lip Pencil

You need to try this lip liner from Jane Iredale if you want a mineral pigment-based formula that’s soft and won’t tug at your delicate lips. It is available in 11 shades, and we recommend trying colors like peach, pink, rose, and spice. It blends beautifully and makes for the perfect base for your lip gloss or lipstick.

Choose Lighter Lipstick Colors

It is a good idea to stick to moisturizing lipsticks or glosses that won’t bleed or feather into the lines around your lips. Choose lighter colors because they tend to make your lips look fuller and poutier than darker shades. If you have thin lips, you don’t want to make them look thinner with dark lip color. If you like a pop of vibrant color, don’t be afraid to experiment.

What is Recommend: Clinique Long Last Lipstick

This lipstick from Clinique is perfect for mature lips. Its long-wearing formula moisturizes your lips and won’t stain, feather or dry them out. It will also leave you with a “just-applied” look for hours. The formula is allergy tested and 100% fragrance- and paraben-free, so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive lips. With 21 shades to choose from, this is one lipstick you definitely need to try.

Ditch Sparkly Eyeshadows

When it comes to aging skin, the skin on the eyelids can become loose and also descend over them. There are many ways you can combat this concern. Your eyeshadow can play a crucial role in the appearance of your eyes. Steer clear of very dark shades and overly glittery eyeshadows as these tend to recede things. Instead, use lighter colors without a lot of shimmers to bring your eyes forward.

What is Recommend: Bite Beauty Multistick

This blendable multi-stick applies like a cream and can be used for your eyes, lips, and cheeks. The range features universal shades that complement all skin tones, and they are formulated in a way that they can be used anywhere on your face. If you want a long-lasting, weightless color, try a few shades from this range. You will not be disappointed.

Fix Your Brows

As you age, your eyebrows tend to become thin and sparse and also lose their shape. Grooming your brows will help you bring your whole look together. You only need to add some color and brush them up to add definition, texture, and depth to your brows. It’s easier than it sounds!

What is Recommend: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

This retractable brow pencil is perfect to fill in any sparse areas on your brows. It will help you create precise, hair-like strokes and comes with a custom spoolie to help blend the product out for a flawless finish. It is also long-wearing and smudge-proof and available in 10 shades. You can also add a transparent brow gel over this to keep them in place.

Always Curl Your Lashes

Love your eyelash curler, ladies! Curling your lashes makes you look a lot younger. It’s important to always curl your eyelashes before you apply mascara or else you risk breaking off your lash hairs and ruining your curler with mascara gunk.

What is Recommend: Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler

This eyelash curler from Brilliant Beauty will help create the most voluminous curls. It does not cause any tugging, pulling, or broken lashes, so don’t be afraid to try!

Wear Black Mascara

Wearing black mascara that’s designed to create thicker, darker lashes will help define your eyes and leave you looking bright-eyed and youthful. Choose a product that’s designed for your needs – be it curling, volumizing, or lengthening – and apply it once you finish curling your lashes.

What is Recommend: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Dior’s Iconic Overcurl mascara is a must-try for thinning, sparse lashes. Two coats of this will instantly amp up your lashes, leaving you with a whole lot of volume and length. It is a high-end product, so it’s a tad bit pricey but worth every penny!

Yes To Eye Pencils (No To Liquid Liners)

Instead of a liquid eyeliner that may look too heavy on you, opt for a pencil eyeliner in a soft brown or taupe shade. Use it to subtly define your upper lash line and tight line your lashes. It’s a good idea to leave your lower lash and waterline alone because defining them can make your eyes look smaller and tired.

What  is Recommend: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

This creamy eyeliner pencil is all that you need. It glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling at your skin. It is easy to use and will last all day long without smudging. Also, we can’t get over its creamy texture. It is available in around 40 shades.

Highlight Your Cheekbones

Pronounced cheekbones will lift your face and draw attention to your eyes. Make sure you are light-handed while highlighting this area as you don’t want to look overdone during the day. Just a subtle glow looks truly flattering and can be done on a daily basis within a few seconds.

What is Recommend: RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

If you want a natural, lit-from-within kind of glow, this luminizer from RMS Beauty is perfect. This is one of the best cream highlighters and adds a healthy sheen to your face. Although its packaging is simple, and it comes without a mirror, its formula is what makes it a cult favorite.

Coconut Oil For ‘Makeup Remover’

How you finally take off your makeup at the end of the day is essential to your skin’s overall health. Coconut oil works as a wonderful makeup remover as it melts even the most stubborn makeup away. Also, it is good for your skin and acts as a natural moisturizer. Apply it directly on your face as an oil cleanser, let it sit for a bit, or gently wipe it off with a wet wipe. Then, wash your face with water and your regular cleanser. Thank us later for your glowing, beautiful skin!

Remember, Less Is More

Ladies, less is indeed more because nobody likes a plastered face. Use your makeup to highlight your best features and not to hide underneath its layers. As your skin matures, you need to be careful with your application technique because one wrong step can make you look older than you actually are (because makeup sometimes tends to accentuate wrinkles and fine lines). So, keep it simple!

 Confidence Is Key

A dose of confidence is all we really need to let ourselves genuinely shine! Even if you’ve only just started out wearing makeup, wear it boldly and with confidence. Remember, you’re gorgeous either way, so why not flaunt it?

David Bowie once said, “Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” We couldn’t agree more! Don’t forget to embrace the process.

Content courtesy of Style Craze & Nairobi fashion hub

Benefits of Biw Biw

The unique benefits of Biw Biw products 

  1. This is  the most effective 4 in 1 beauty cream on the market.
  2. Lovely light texture with great coverage and glow enhancing properties. It also has an SPF 50 and is waterproof.
  3. Mineral pigments conceal small imperfection and diminish the appearance of pores. Oil infused moisturizing qualities for beautiful skin glow. Its radiance boosting components leave skin looking effortlessly healthy.
  4. Buildable coverage from light to medium.
  5. Biw Biw defines, delays, defends, delights and delivers.

How to Apply

Dispense a small drop on the back of your clean hand and rub gently on your face with your finger, sponge applicator or face brush. Apply a smooth, even layer to your face and neck for Pure Radiance!

  • Can be used as a moisturizer, BB cream, primer, and sunscreen based on your coverage needs.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • External use only. In case of contact with eyes wash with water.
  • Shake well before use.

Other benefits of Biw Biw

  • Self-adjusting coverage
  • Anti-ageing properties
  • Even skin tone
  • The appearance of skin pore reduction
  • Bountiful nourishment
  • Sun protection
  • Blemish reduction
  • Brighter, healthier looking skin
  • Mattyfying properties to make your face less oily and shiny
  • And is an ideal face primer

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Biw Biw

The Biw Biw range of beauty products are manufactured to international standards, that are created to protect and enhance your skin, improve self-confidence, and empower users to become the best version of themselves. Every formulation is produced and tested under the strictest health and safety standards in a modern pharma cosmetics facility that meets international best practices.

RBGT are the marketers  and  distributors of  Biw Biw in Kenya, the 4 in 1 Biw Biw pure radiance face cream . Coming soon is a range of specialized Biw Biw products offering a solution to a variety of your skincare concerns; all designed to enhance beauty within and without. With Biw Biw you don’t just look good, you feel good!

Which Biw Biw products are available in Kenya 

Face Cream
You hold in your hand the secret to a visibly younger, more glowingly radiant you. The unique formula contains the important vitamins necessary for skin health, including vitamin F to nourish and even your skin tone.

Essential oils gently heal and liven the skin. The SPF 50++ protects it from the sun’s harmful rays. Added glycerine provides for a silky and smooth application, laced with a fresh, delicate scent and a touch of shimmer. You will feel the difference immediately.

Body​ Cream
You hold in your hand the secret to beautifully brighter looking skin, glowing with health. Essential vitamins to nourish and moisturize. SPF 50++ to shield you from the sun.

Added glycerine, aloe vera and mineral oils for silky smooth skin all over. And a fresh, delicate scent that will make heads turn. Get ready to dazzle your world.

Read more on the next page….

Benefits Of Using Multani Mitti Face Packs

Multani mitti is not a popular face pack base for nothing. It carries some distinguished properties, which cannot be found in other market products. These properties help it cure a lot of skin troubles. And it is super cheap too, so you don’t have to worry about your budget. Let’s look at the benefits of using multani mitti:

  • The application of this ingredient opens up clogged pores and cleanses your skin.
  • Multani mitti removes the dead cells and makes your skin glow.
  • The regular usage of multani mitti has been found to improve the skin’s texture by several folds.
  • Evenly massaging the face pack onto your face is known to promote blood circulation, which nourishes your skin and makes it glow.
  • Multani mitti comes as a blessing to people with oily skin due to its natural tendency to be a great absorber. The regular usage of multani mitti draws excess oil from the skin and makes it smooth.
  • It is found to effective in reducing pimples too.

While reading about these amazing face packs, you might be having some doubts regarding their usage and other stuff. No worries, here are some answers to a few of your queries.

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