Where To Buy Witch Hazel Toner In Kenya For Cheap

This little plant found its way into the skincare industry and became everyone’s favourite. I first came across Witch Hazel through Zendaya, who swears by it. She has clear, healthy skin, so who am I to doubt its effectiveness. Honestly, I can’t think of any other reason to get this toner.

What is witch hazel? Good question. Witch hazel as a plant is used in natural remedies. Its barks and leaves are commonly used in medicines. Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, Witch hazel is used to treat certain skin conditions. It soothes sensitive skin and acts as an effective toner. Thereby making witch hazel perfect for people with acne. Want healthy, flawless skin? Grab a bottle of witch hazel. It’s affordable and worth every coin.

Learning about witch hazel and dying to try it I went surfing through the web for one. I’m always online and thought it would be time saving than to go looking in beauty shops. Luckily, I found good results for both online and physical shops.

So where can I get witch hazel toner in Kenya?

Jumia

As always, this online mall practically has everything you could think of. Jumia never disappoints. I found two different bottles from the same brand. Jumia describes the first T.N Dickinson’s Witch Hazel as a gentle relief for oily, irritated, red, damaged, blemished, or inflamed skin. They had me at ‘gentle relief.’ It costs about 1800sh for a 473ml bottle.

The second bottle is a pore perfecting, 100% natural toner. It cleanses and gently removes dirt. It’s also tightens, conditions and refines pores. For 1700sh for a 473ml bottle, I say that’s a good deal.

http://www.jumia.co.ke

Sugar Punch Beauty

Another online store dedicated to making Kenyan women beautiful. Sugar Punch is Kenya’s leading make up and skincare online store. Make up, lotions and creams, serums you name it, they got it. Sugar Punch shelters Thayer’s alcohol free witch hazel at 1900sh for 12oz bottle. It has a soft rose fragrance and organic Aloe Vera.

http://www.sugarpunchbeauty.co.ke

Healthy Yu

Good thing about Healthy Yu is the fact that they have stores across Kenya. You can hardly miss a store in major cities and urban areas. They’re more centered on health and wellbeing so be sure to look around. You never know. Witch hazel in Healthy Yu comes in a pack of two. Aqua Oleum Witch Hazel and Tea tree oil because as expected, these two go together like githeri and avocado. You have the option of one or both, it’s up to you.

Western Cosmetics

This online store has to be one of my favourites. They give great advice on products before you buy and answer any questions you have. They also have a vibrant blog section where I found a lot more info. This gave me a clear direction of what I required. Interesting read.
The witch Hazel in Western Cosmetics is different from the others. In this case, witch hazel is an ingredient in the product and not the main lead. Worry not however because, Clean and Clear Advantage Acne spot Treatments contains salicylic Acid and witch hazel for rapid acne treatment. It promises to not over dry your skin and show results after one use. Clean and Clear 22ml goes for 900sh.

http://www.westerncosmetics.com

That’s it, happy shopping!

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Black Girl Green Hair Inspiration

Green hair is the new black. Better make your appointment soon. Slay in neon, mint and lime green.

Who says black women can’t wear bright colored hair? Who? These women rocking green hair did not come to play. From braids to weaves to locs, here’s some green hair inspo for your next salon appointment.

Loving these green braids

Essence

Green curls popping!

Pinterest/ Afro Punk

Add some personality to a buzz cut by going green.

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Loryn Barbosa/ Instagram

Loc’d women were not left behind either.

What’s a bob without some lime?

These green weaves are to die for.

Ombre…

Neon…

Something minty…

Lia Monet/ Instagram

Which look are you going for?

Idris Elba Marries Sabrina Dhowre in Morocco

He liked it, so he put a ring on it.

Idris Elba and his long time girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre are officially married!

The lovely couple exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakech, according to Vogue.They first met in 2017. Elba was filming his movie ‘The Mountain Between Us’ in Canada. They later got engaged in February 10, 2018, at a screening of Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, at the Rio Cinema in London.

Elba got on one knee and proposed. The same guy who at some point said he’s never getting married. So its nice to see him marry the love of his life.We all thought we would marry him.

Elba wore a custom Ozwald Boateng suit while Dhowre wore a custom off shoulder, A-line gown by Vera Wang.

“The celebrations have been spread out over three days. Friends and family attended a “colours of the Souk” themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. On April 27, they will attend an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which will emulate the atmosphere of a festival,” Vogue reports.

The happy couple, at their wedding.

Photo Credit: @britishvogue |
@seanthomas_photo

We wish them many more fruitful and happy years together.

Nickelodeon’s Colorism Towards Black Girls

The erasure of black girls in Nickelodeon is disturbing to say the least.

In the wake of diversity, I once read an article on how Hollywood is erasing black women. How big film executives would go for mixed black women then calling it diversity. The kind of women that look black, but not ‘too black.’ Think, light skin and loose blonde curls. Like many people, I thought this was crazy because Black Panther was about to get released. Black Panther was one of those films with an all-black cast. Beautiful, strong and smart black women came in plenty.

Over the next few weeks after Black Panther, I started to see less and less of black women. Brown skin, dark skin black women were almost nowhere on TV.

Nickelodeon, a network my little niece enjoys was also guilty of this. At first, it didn’t disturb me. After three or four shows with no black girls around, I thought, who approved this to an African audience? Our children, well, majority of our children are not light skin, curly haired. They have beautiful shades of brown skin and hair in curls, kinks and coils.

It’s at this point; I looked back at all the Nickelodeon shows my niece has watched. It was clear, Nickelodeon has a colorism problem. Sick. The Nickelodeon of 2019 is way more different from the Nickelodeon of the 90s. The 90s had all kinds of black girl leads. They were funny and beautiful, something I easily related with. Nickelodeon today, is not my cup of tea. What happened Nick?

Now, before I begin, I’ll let you know that I have no problem with the actors mentioned below. Here are some of the shows with a clear colorism problem.

‘Knight Squad’ was named the first live action black princess on Nickelodeon. Great! There’s only one problem. Their ‘black’ princess looks something like this.

Even their animated series, ‘Princess Nela the Princess Knight’, has a black dad and a white mum. It’s funny how it was celebrated as a great step towards diversity in animations. What diversity?

Nela’s mum is white, why couldn’t she be black? Nickelodeon doesn’t think we deserve to be queens either.

‘Instant Mum’ is a story about a black family navigating life with their step mum. Played by Tia Mowry Hardrict, she’s biracial and so is her step daughter.

‘Cousins for life’ has an all-black cast, the dads are black, the boys are black. As expected, the girl is biracial. This show is a lot more disappointing because you know black people created it.

I also noticed supporting characters were racially ambiguous too.

Mae Valentine, Dawn’s best friend from ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn’ is Latin and African American. I like Mae’s character. I don’t understand why they had to keep straightening her hair.

In ‘Game Shakers’ Triple G’s mum, is played by Amanda Payton. If you guessed she’s biracial, you guessed correct. Although we’ve only seen her a few times, it doesn’t hide the fact that they couldn’t hire a black woman.

In ‘See Dad Run’ Emily Hobbs, the oldest Hobbs siblings has a best friend played by Jaylen Barron. She’s only been on the show a few times but we can see why. Big curly hair, light skin, how could you miss it.

Here’s something else that disturbs me about Nickelodeon’s casting. When you look at all the black boys and men, they’re all blackity black. Dark skin black men and boys are all over the place. When did Nickelodeon executives sit down in their round table and decide, hey, let’s have dark skin black boys/men but make the girls lighter. It’s almost like they’re telling little black girls everywhere, you can’t be a princess, a knight, a supporting character, unless you’re mixed with something.

I wonder how they conduct their auditions. Do they ever sit there and pretend to be interested when a dark skin girl auditions? Do they give them false hope? Like hey, you did great when in fact they’re just waiting for the light skin girls. Give them the roles and be on their way.

Even after all this mess, they did get one thing right. Charlotte in ‘henry Danger’ played by Riele Downs. Her character is smart, beautiful and has natural kinky hair. Love her. There was an episode where Ray, Captain Man, went back in time. However, an older Ray somehow managed to get into the portal. When he meets Charlotte he excitedly says, “President Charlotte” I swear that gave me all kinds of feels.

Riele Downs is black, the kind of black that’s so hard to find on Nickelodeon these days. Whew! chile!

Look, there’s nothing wrong with mixed/biracial kids but you have to admit, Nickelodeon has a colorism problem. This colorism only seems to affect black girls.

Am hopeful for Nickelodeon’s casting will change, eventually. Meanwhile, I explored other channels and my niece seems to love them. I have no plans in supporting a network that doesn’t value its viewers.

What’s your take on Nickelodeon’s colorism?

3 Kenyan Skin Care Products To Help Clear Acne Scars

Have you seen those before and after make-up pics on Instagram? It’s hard not to miss them. Why? Usually the model has discoloration of some sort. Hyperpigmentation and dark spots are also quite normal.

Truth is, most of us are so self-conscious about our looks and make up is our best defense. I’m sure a ton of make-up is used to blend out and even skin tone. That’s not something we want to do every day.

Drop your concealer, lay off the filters. Here are some of Kenya’s own skin care products to help clear acne scars. They’re super affordable too and won’t have you breaking the bank. Say good bye to hyperpigmentation!

Bu.Ke activated charcoal soap bar

Bu.Ke activated charcoal soap
Bu.Ke activated charcoal soap

Activated charcoal is so popular right now. This humble ingredient is being used in almost every skin care product you can think of and Bu.Ke wasn’t left behind.

The activated charcoal soap bar is great at fading stubborn acne scars and clogged pores. Bu.Ke’s activated charcoal soap is about 450sh for 100gm. The all natural activated charcoal soap is gentle. It works by pulling out toxins, dirt and bacteria from the skin leaving it fresh.

Sheth Naturals Rosehip Oil

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Sheth Natural Rose hip oil

I bet you never thought of Rose hip oil. If you’re into clean beauty and organic products then am sure you have a few bottles of carrier and essential oils.

Sheth Naturals rosehip oil from their Mizizi range is about 1500sh for 125ml. Rose hip oil is loaded with skin nourishing vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and moisturize skin. Its best for all skin types and skin that’s hard to recover from scars.

A bonus, rosehip oil is anti-aging.

Femme Organics Green tea and Salicylic Acid Shea acne Cream

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Femme organics acne cream

I accidentally bumped into this little known skin care product. The salicylic acid present in Femme organics is a great option for acne prone skin. It fades dark spot and scars while improving the complexion.

Green tea on the other hand is packed with anti-oxidants to help hydrate your skin. Helps reduce blemishes and oil production. Femme organics green tea and Salicylic acid is about 450sh for 60gm. The cream has Shea butter as its main ingredient. It’s light and won’t clog you pores. It’s also good with sensitive skin.

Know more Kenyan made products that clear acne scars; mention them in the comment section.