Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth-Book Review

My mother says no one can fight it-the returning to God,but the way she fell,face first,in the dirt,mouth full of earth,air,teeth,blood,wearing a white cotton baati,hair untied and smoked with ounsi,I wonder if Kadija believed she was going to float-Warsan Shire in teaching my mother how to give birth.

Warsan Shire is my favourite poet.I have loved her for a really long time.So much so that I have a board called Warsan on Pintrest where my favourite quotes by her are pinned.This book has been on my to read list for quite a while now,so you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Kindle version on sale and at 0.99 USDs.I have never bought anything online that quick

Warsan is sort of a big deal so to read this book it had to be with a cup of tea,snacks,incense burning on a good and happy day.All this to ensure that the experience could be as memorable as possible because I have been waiting and planning for this moment for the the last three years. 

Its easy to read and complete it within an hour but the poems require one to think through them and maybe even discuss them as part of a book club.I felt the poetry wasn't as straight forward as those in Upile's Soft Magic.

Although small this collection covers a wide range of subjects,those that particularly stood out for me are;

The war in Somalia.

One of the things Warsan is really famous for is how her poetry capture the war in Somalia.She writes from many different point of views.I feel this collection is heavy on this particular topic.A lot of the poems are about the war in Somalia,immigrants and the effects of war on the people who have to live through it.

Women in the Somali culture

In the poems Birds and What we lost in the Summer she covers how the Somali culture favours the male in a tone that questions this.

Female insecurities 

Warsan from what I have read online suffered form Bulimia.This is to say at some point in time hard as it may to believe this great poet thought she wasn't enough.In the poem Bone she talks of how women especially young girls are forced to resort to negative habits.This so as to ensure the measure up to the societal beauty standards.

If I am being truly honest this has been the hardest book review to write.This tiny book has been my most challenging read this year.There is a lot of hidden meaning in everything including the title of the book.One must read it atleast two times to understand it's nuances and the meanings that aren't direct.I highly recommend it and suggest one reads it with a friend or as part of a book club.Get it here

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jumia Black Friday-The Beauty Edition

Jumia Black Friday,Maybelline
This for sure is the beauty gurus on YT.Simple black smoky eye and they use five different eyeshadow palletes  πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“.

Make up is one of those things that makes me so very happy.If it was up-to me and time wasn't an issue I would wear a full face of make-up every morning.

Good make-up doesn't have to break the bank especially if you are a beginner.Why waste money on high end foundation or eyeshadow palettes when you aren't too sure how to even use them.The thing with make up I have learnt is practise makes perfect.Practice can waste a lot of make up,now imagine if one was to practise using high end products!!

If you are looking to grow you stash of make up the sales this Black Friday ' season' might just be your answer. Below are very good make up products that have served me well and are all affordable.

Face Products

My absolute favourite face product is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless pressed powder.It makes you look like you put in a lot of work on your face yet the only thing you did after moisturizing is apply the powder.It normally goes for KES 1400 and will last you a long time,I have only used 1 and half of them this whole year. Keep an eye out for them during this sale season and maybe grab two.


We all know the eyes are the windows to the soul.They therefore must be taken care of particularly well.Here are some of my favourite eye products that I would highly recommend.


Maybelline has some of the best mascaras.These two I love the most.The Makeup Lash Sensational Washable Mascara and the Push Up Angel Mascara. These two mascaras are,they make your lashes so pretty and full.Sometimes I get asked if I am wearing lashes πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. If you are looking for something that will make you lashes stand out definetly check out these. However if you only want to get one,try the Makeup Lash Sensational Mascara and you will not be disappointed.It comes with the most excellent wand,it's so very easy to use and the results are the best.


The first make-up product I ever used were kajals.My mum had given the impression that when you dress up to go somewhere,you had to wear perfume and a kajal.I have owned many different kajals and have over the years learnt which ones work best for me.Some of my favourite include;

Hashmi Kajal Eye Pencil

This kajal work really well.Only thing though is, I think I have been getting the mwitu ones.I normally purchase mine from Isli and there is absolutely no consistency. One tube works great and then you get another and it's disappointing.If you are looking for an inexpensive one this is your best bet as it goes for KES 150 just pray that you get a good quality one 😊 or order online then you will be sure what you get is the original.

Maybelline's  Colossal Kajal Extra Black and Crayon Khol Colossal Kajal Black

These kajals are decent and do a good job in tight lining your eyes.I love the Crayon Khol more because it glides on smoothly when compared to the Colossal Kajal Extra Black.They both last really long,stay put the whole day,do not smudge and have good colour pay off.

Eyeshadow Palettes

I am going through this phase where I am OBSESSED with eyeshadow pallettes.I haven't gotten any from Jumia but I got this 120 colors popfeel eye shadow palette from Kilimall and I cannot wait to try all the colorful eye looks it has to offer.


When it comes to lips I believe the more affordable the better.Jumia has loads of lip products,here are some that I got from Jumia and have been loving.

L.A Colors-Copper Glaze

Its a beautiful nude that is pinkish brown.It's a shade that can be worn everyday or even for a night out/special occasions especially if one is wearing a dramatic eye look.It now is on sale and goes for only KES 180 which is such a bargain.

Maybelline-Vivid Matte Liquid in the shade Coffee Buzz

I got this thinking that it was a brown liquid lipstick and will be my 'going to work' lip colour.Turns out it's oxblood red.It becomes a true red as the day progresses because of all the food and water one drinks πŸ˜€πŸ˜€. However it is very subtle and still is an excellent everyday lip colour.I got it at 50% off and was so so so happy.


You might have all the make up in the world but without the right application tools you might not be able to get the best out of them.It's good to invest in good quality brushes as they will last long and will have you looking flawless at all times.I have quite a number of brushes from Jumia but my absolute favourite are these two;  the eleven pieces set and these eyeshadow brushes.

Are you enjoying the sales so far? I honestly feel that last year's were better.It's still to early to tell,things might get better.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jumia's Black Friday-The Naturalista Edition

One of the best ways to save money is to bulk shop during sales.In preparation for Black Friday, I have researched on product categories that are of interest to me,so as to find out which ones have the best reviews and are therefore worth getting.I have quite a list of items, lets hope they all have huge discounts so that I am able to get most of them without denting my wallet.

Through out November I will be sharing products that are great and are likely to be on sale.This way  we all make the most of the sales this year.To get the best deals on Jumia download the Jumia APP to your phone.The APP gives you alerts when the mega sales for each of the products or item categories will be going live.This way you do not miss any of the flash sales.It is the best way to make the most of the offers on Jumia.

First up; natural hair products that are great value,work really well for me and a lot of other naturalistas based on the many  reviews I have read for each of them.


The best shampoos are those that clean you hair and don't strip it of it's oils below are some of my favourite;

This shampoo works well in cleaning hair without stripping it of it's natural oils.It contains mango oil and bamboo milk.It's petroleum and paraben free and so very affordable.An additional bonus to this is that it smells like mango juice and will in addition to all it's benefits leave your hair and bathroom smelling great.I got the 250 ml bottle during last year’s sale and it lasted a really long time.It's definetly worth getting especially if it's on sale.

Natural hair care can get very expensive if one isn't careful. Therefore brands that have good quality products without a hefty price tag are always welcome.Mikalla is one such brand.This shampoo has vitamin B5 that strengthens hair while maintaining it's moisture.It's paraben-free and consists of low salt and sulphate.The 500 ml bottle normally goes for 350 KES and this is before the sale.Jumia last year had upto 50% off on some hair products!! keep an eye out for this product you might get it at 175 KES.

TRESemme has some of the best hair products I have used in the years I have been natural.If one is able to splurge on hair products and especially shampoos,it's best to get a TRESemme shampoo.It will last you very very long,they are of excellent quality and will therefore be good to your hair.I once got one of their shampoos and it lasted me two years!! This Black Friday Insha aa Allah lets pray they get to 80% off so that we stock up with no guilt.


Conditioners play different roles for different people.I love conditioners that infuse moisture and that help with detangling hair.The ones that have worked best for me so far are;

This product was making an entry into the market during last year's sale and it was 50% off.Sheila Ndinda's review convinced me to get it and boy am I glad I did.This conditioner does an excellent job in detangling hair,has great slip and leaves your hair soft.Because of it's ability to detangle hair it minimizes hair breakage and the best part helps in length retention.

TRESemmΓ© climate protection conditioner

This conditioner is my favourite conditioner of all time.It has vitamin B12 and gelatin therefore it moisturizes, nourishes and adds shine to hair.It detangles hair and has been formulated to nourish and protect split ends and reduce breakage.This is the one product that I plan on getting during the sale this year and if the prices are good I will for sure get enough bottles to last me through the whole of next year Insha aa Allah.

This conditioner I first got because of it's great price point and it hasn't disappointed.It's thick,contains honey and shea butter.It delivers on it's promise to detangle hair and helps in infusing moisture into one's hair.


Oils are used to seal in moisture and play a very crucial role in ensuring one's hair is moisturised and retains moisture for long.Its therefore important that one uses good quality oils.Personally I am a huge fan of coconut oil,shea butter,jamaican black castor oil and castor oils.

Coconut oil is that multi purpose oil that can do it all.Oil cleanse your face,make your pancakes gourmet pancakes,used as body and face oil and famously it's known to seal in moisture into your hair.The best coconut oil to use on your hair are  the most organic ones.Those that you are also safe for cooking.Kentaste is one such coconut oil,great value for your money,works great on your hair and skin.They come packaged in beautiful glass containers that you can use to store different things once you are done with the coconut oil.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil 

If you are looking to grow your hair or your edges are struggling this oil is the answer to all your problems.Since my major hair goal is length I began using JBO because of how every praised it as the miracle worker when it comes to helping hair grow and retain length.This oil has worked so very well for me,my hair is longer and fuller since I started using it. If you are chasing length like me this oil will make you very happy.

What hair products are you planning on getting during this year's sale? why those specific products,I would love to know.