Q&A with Hair Guru ZZIWA!

His salon, HAIR BY ZZIWA, is one of the cutest,most chic salons i have ever seen. White walls, black leather chairs, with shimmery mirrors and an aquarium. Yessss!! (hand claps) His friendly, down to earth personality is seen in his smile and i was so happy to have him feature on my Q&A hair stylist segment.

APW: Tell us about yourself and your business

Zziwa: My name is Zziwa, 29, and I’m a barber/ hairstylist for all hair textures. I’ve got a new hairline of human hair on the market, and a hair growth stimulant product.

APW: What’s your motto/advice you live by?

Zziwa: There’s nothing impossible as long as you’re honest

APW: How did you learn hair styling?

Zziwa: I went for some basic training at a beauty school, but the rest are self taught from you tube and other stylists from different countries.

APW: What is your no.1 hair care tip?

Zziwa: Avoid any unnecessary heat on your mane. Wear some protective styles once in a while.

APW: When did you get your big break?

Zziwa: My big break was in 2014, when I started working with my Arab colleagues.

APW: How can anyone who is aspiring to join the beauty industry begin their journey?

Zziwa: Just start, all that matters is the spirit.

APW: One word to describe your hair styling

Zziwa: As natural looking as possible.

APW: What is the hottest trend at the moment?

Zziwa: At the moment, the nana grays are trending.

APW: What is the hair product every girl should have?

Zziwa: Every girl should have a Zziwa hair-gro product, it works for all hair textures even naturals.

APW: Ten years from now, you will be?

Zziwa: 10 years from now, I will be one of Africa’s leading hair brand:)

 

THANK YOU ZZIWA for doing this segment.

 

Find Zziwa at Hair By Zziwa, Room No.48, 3rd Floor Krishna Mart opp Acacia Mall.

facebook & instagram:  hairbyzziwa

Web: http://www.zziwa.com

xoxo

APW

Q&A with model Esther

So many people post pictures on social media but what made me notice Esther most was her confidence, beauty and her owning of her amazing curves.With 10k plus followers, her Instagram page is graced with so many amazing shots, it was hard to pick just a few for this post. I was happy to hear from her about my Q&A segment and i could not wait to share. She is an inspiration,not only to me but so many girls out there with body confidence issues and this is my way of applauding her and thanking her.

APW: Tell me about yourself and where you grew up?

Esther: My name is Esther Nagawa (Nakitende is my handle on social media).  I am a 35 year old proud mother of 3 children. I was born & raised in Mukono, Uganda & I am the last born of 5 children. I moved to Toronto, Canada in 2006 & have made a life for myself & my children here.

APW: When were you first discovered?

Esther: I have always loved fashion & all that it entails. When I moved to Toronto I had access to beautiful clothes, shoes, accessories etc & I began to post pictures of myself on Facebook. As time went on, I caught the eyes of various different plus size store owners who realised that when I wore their clothes it reached a large audience of plus size women. I began to get calls to do photo shoots & runway shows for various plus size designers. Although the plus size industry is fairly new I have faith that eventually the fashion world will realize we are here to stay and we may be plus size but we also love to look beautiful and sexy.

APW: As a girl, we are usually stressed about looking like this and that. Have you ever felt pressured into looking a certain way?

Esther: I would be lying if I said no. Every woman is pressured to look a certain way.  Depending on where you are professionally & socially a woman has to look a certain way or else risk judgment by society. I get judged everyday because of my weight. I have learned that if one tries to please everyone all the time you end up very miserable.  Magazines & the media especially in the developed world celebrate skinny Caucasian women. I have developed a thick skin because it is a fact that I am in an industry that judges you because of your physical attributes – you may be attractive to one designer & another designer prefers a different look. It’s part of life. In addition as a woman from Africa I have faced a lot of judgment because of my weight. Dressing up in sexy fitted clothes is frowned upon. Wearing a swim suit is an abomination of major proportions. If a slimmer woman of the same age wore the same outfit or swim suit it’s accepted. Why are we so ashamed of our bodies just because we are plus size??

APW: How has modelling changed you as a person?

Esther: Modelling has given me so much confidence. I am confident in my fashion choices & have learned about what makes me look good. I am contacted by many plus size women especially from Africa who want advice on being confident because they are made to feel unattractive due to their size. Most important is that modelling has made me realize that beauty is subjective. What may be attractive to one may be unattractive to another. That’s okay because beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, & colors.

APW: What does beauty mean to you?

Esther: To me beauty is what makes me feel good about myself……beauty is happiness…..my children are beauty personified, beauty is when I achieve something I thought I could not……beauty is encouraging another woman to feel better about herself. Physical beauty is easy to achieve for anyone. We live in a society of makeup, fantastic clothing, shoes, accessories & hair extentions & of course plastic surgery. It’s how or what you use your beauty for that matters. After all we all know as we age so does our physical appearance.

APW: What advice would you give to young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps?

Esther: The advice I would give to young girls is to first and foremost love themselves as they are. If your body type is plus size you need to embrace that. People will always have opinions about you – most will be negative & vicious – ignore those opinions surround yourself with people who build you up not knock you down, people who give you constructive criticism. Never take the negative comments personal. Get ready for endless rejections after model calls. Get ready to be judged for your size. People think plus size people are lazy & unhealthy.  We work out, we eat healthy & according to our physicians we are healthy but we are still judged. Young girls in this generation will have it harder because social media has made us all connected. We see endless photos of celebrities who were once proudly plus size loosing weight to comform to Hollywood standards. We need to try and be happy with ourselves rather than trying to attain the unattainable.

APW: Aside from modelling what else are you into?

Esther: Aside from modelling I am a part-time student of Community Development. I also do small scale business selling clothes to plus size women as well as styling some clients.

APW: What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

Esther: My hopes and dreams for the future is to empower plus size women into believing in themselves. I also would like fashion shows to reflect the real woman.  It’s proven that the average woman is curvy…..why do fashion houses only advertise clothes for skinny young girls? ??  My hope for the future is acceptance from main stream media that we are here to stay.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ESTHER!!!! I hope everyone can be blessed from this like i have.

xoxo

APW

MET GALA 2016

This year’s theme of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology was met with alot of metallic fabrics and gowns. With many new comers,the new couple that stole the night was Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik. Also, there was alot of twinning on the carpet such as Kim and Kanye’s metallic outfit ensemble, Willow and Jaden Smith’s HtoT twin ensemble but the cutest was from the Girls‘ co creators – Jenni Konner, Jenna Lyons and Lena Dunhams’s Men’s Suit inspired look.

From silvery metal to golden goddess, here are some of this year’s red carpet outfits.

 

Q&A with Vanessa Ikwang

Her designs are simple, sophisticated and chic. Her personality is down to earth, outgoing and really friendly but most of all, am glad to call her my friend plus she  gave me my first photo shoot model op’ This is none other than Vanessa whose fashion line is called iKWANG that ranges from dresses, skirts to head pieces. Her use of the Kitenge material brings an outfit from boring to red carpet ready.

 

APW: Where and what inspired you to start your own fashion line?

Vanessa: An old Congolese friend of mine inspired me to use kitenge and start my own designs.

APW: What is the best part of owning your business?

Vanessa: It has to be bringing ideas, whether my own or a customer’s to life successfully and also being my own boss so i have all creative freedom.

APW: Describe your design style.

Vanessa: I love very simple and realistic designs. I’m definitely not into the ‘gaga’ or crazy type of designs. I make designs which the customer can be comfortable wearing on any occasion or on the street.

APW: What is your advice on keeping up with trends?

Vanessa: I don’t think people should be pressured to follow what’s trending. Some trends are crazy! Everyone has their own sense of style and i think they should wear what makes them feel good, not what everyone else is wearing.

APW: As a designer you get so many customers who might not know what design suits them. What style would you think is perfect for my body?

Vanessa: A super duper bright colored Ankara skater dress would be definitely perfect for your body type.

APW: What is your favorite jewellery?

Vanessa: I love pearls. i think they are so classy and so versatile. They go on almost any outfit.

APW: What should people get rid of in their closet?

Vanessa: I just can’t stand handbags with worn out skins. They downgrade any outfit as they look so old regardless on how cute the actual bag is.

APW: That makes two of us on that one! If you were stranded on island, what items from your closet would you go with?

Vanessa: Haha but the question should be how would I access my closet if I’m stranded on an island? I don’t think i could get on that island!

APW: What is your favorite piece in your closet?

Vanessa: That’s a hard one. My fave piece ever owned is actually not kitenge. It was my black and blue chiffon and lace maxi dress with a thigh high slit. I’m sure you know the dress I’m talking about.

APW: It is such a beautiful dress! Any advise to those who want to join this industry?

Vanessa: They have to be as creative and aggressive as they can be. Work hard too.

 

THANK YOU Van! Check out her designs on instagram @vanessaikwang facebook @vanessaikwang

xoxo

APW

Q&A with MUA Mona

Flawless, pretty,simple, classy, chic, sophisticated, intelligent, inspiring and such a beautiful personality are just some of the words that came in to my mind when i met with this lady right here. Her love for makeup has made her the Ugandan Makeup Whisperer,in my opinion and the opinion of her 19k and so social media followers. She is so welcoming and down to earth, it is no wonder, her client base keeps growing bigger and stronger by day.

Her name is Monalisa Umutoni, best known as Mona and she is just 23 years old. Talk about inspiration to so many girls out there including myself!! Her make up business is Mona Makeup Studio which was started in September 2014 making it almost two years this year.

APW: How did you start in the makeup industry?

Mona: I actually never thought i would become a Makeup professional. I never thought i would get paid to do makeup for people. I have always loved it though, i used to look at magazines and celebrities from childhood and i would do it for free for friends who in the end, would bring their friends as well. It was more of a hobby and now it’s a career.

APW: Did you have an artistic background growing up?

Mona: Yes I did fine art from childhood. i just loved to draw. It is so funny but makeup,to me, is a form of art so am happy i ended up doing the art i so love.

APW: If we took a peek in your makeup kit and your main bag, what would we see?

Mona: I normally have lip gloss, eyebrow kit n studio fix foundation in my makeup bag. In my general bag, phone wallet, and my diary for keeping tabs with appointments

APW: What sets you apart from other makeup artists? Why would I want you to give me a facebeat?

Mona: I would say it is because I strive to do my best and deliver exactly what the client wants.

APW: Please give MEMOIRSOFAPRINCESS readers your best beauty tips.

Mona: For those who wear makeup, never sleep with it on and always use genuine products especially foundation. Always get makeup from a good brand and look for your natural shades for it to blend well. For those who don’t know much about makeup, less is always more. If u can’t perfect what you know, you would rather just stick to the basics like a mineralized powder and a good lipstick. Makeup is meant to enhance your beauty so you have to b careful to do it right.

APW: What do you love MOST about make up? 

Mona: I love art so I see makeup As the creation of beauty. I look at every face as an art canvas because each face is different and unique so makeup can never b a routine for me.  I also love seeing people’s happy faces when I do their makeup which is always priceless.

APW: What is your favorite cosmetic right now?

Mona: It definitely has to be OKAY Natural tropical Coconut oil for skin. It feels so good on the skin and keeps it healthy, moisturized and glowing.

 

APW: How has social media influenced?

Mona: It is everything these days. It has helped me a lot in this business. We follow so many trends and people and that’s how most of my clients get in contact with me and see my work. So it is a very good marketing tool.

APW: What is the hottest makeup trend right now?

Mona: It has to be contouring. Everywhere on social media has tutorials or pictures of contouring and almost everyone is trying it more now.

APW: What is the most memorable moment in your career

Mona: Yes there was a wedding I worked on and I was so happy because the whole bridal party was so excited and genuinely happy for the work i had done.It was so exciting for me to see the impact i had made on their special day.

APW: Any future plans for tutorials because we are all waiting to learn something from you?

Mona: Yes most definitely am planning on that in the near future but it is still a working progress because I want to deliver the best for my clients.

APW: Lastly, any advice to aspiring makeup artists?

Mona: 1. Be extremely passionate about it, not the income. Money comes last because there is a lot of work and sacrifice that goes with this career. 2. Practice a lot. 3. Work hard, push through any barrier to achieve and above all, lots of prayer. God has helped me through it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MONA for your time doing this for my blog ♥ ♥ ♥

Find Mona Makeup Studio in Kisementi, Crane plaza. Instagram @monafaces Email: monalisaumutoni@gmail.com

Retro Bikinis

It is almost summer time and my fave place to be is the beach, so what are you going to wear? Retro bikinis or best known as high waist-ed bikinis go way back to the 1950s. Celebrities like Grace Kelly and Taylor Swift are such big fans of this. These are a stylish way to get sexy on the beach plus gave an hour glass silhouette and this trend isn’t about to go away soon.These can be worn in all sorts of prints and shapes.

While so many people say they look like diapers, i tend to disagree. They are FABULOUS and always look classy regardless. The high-waisted silhouette emphasizes each and every curve on your body, making it the most feminine suit on the market plus the bottom won’t fall off or keep sliding off with every bend making it so comfortable.They also look amazing underneath the sheer garments in case you want to take it from day look to night on the town.

My fave is the fringe top retro bikini. It is so fun and yet less revealing for us who are not so confident with our tummies plus it doesn’t hurt that they look fab on ALL shapes and sizes. So if you feel confident, you will definitely look confident. Get your beauty on, girl.

xoxo

APW

 

Q&A with UK based MUA Nellie

This beautiful lady is Nellie and her Instagram page VintyNellie, has over 11.8k followers,myself included. Her make up and hair care is so pretty while embracing the client’s inner and natural beauty so when she responded to my Q&A inquiry, i was beyond excited and her personality is as beautiful as her talent. Here it is:)

 

APW: Tell us about yourself – name and some details of the business.
Nellie:  Hiya! My name is Nellie and my brand is called VintyNellie. I specialize in hair and makeup and believed to have empowered women through beauty. I believe that women feel their best, once they look their best.

 APW: Why do you think you decided to become a makeup artist?
Nellie: My passion for beauty led me to the path that I am in today. As a former model, I remember how I felt once my makeup was done and the best word to describe that feeling is “unstoppable”. I felt as though I could conquer anything that I wanted to because I looked and felt Fabulous! The feeling of empowerment that comes with looking great is indescribable (in a good way!) which is why I decided that I wanted to also share this experience with women.

APW: How did you get your start in the industry?
Nellie:
My determination was how I got my start in the industry. I knew what I wanted and knew this from a very young age. My drive to become successful in my field allowed me to remain focus and to make decisions that would advance my skills and knowledge.
For example, I have always worked on beauty counters because I know that this would be the only job that i would appreciate and allow me to focus on makeup artistry the way that I needed to.
APW: What and who inspires you?
Nellie:
The power and beauty that women possess inspire me.
APW: What is your favorite go- to hairstyle and why?
Nellie: My favourite, favouriteeee hairstyle in the whole wide world is a *drumrolls*…. Ponytail lol. Boring but just so quick and convenient! I also feel that with a sleek ponytail it can enhance your features, so yeah! That’s my favourite go to quick hairstyle.


 APW: What are your daily must-have items in your bag?
Nellie:
My daily must have items in my bag is a never ending list lol but we can start with my PHONE CHARGER. If I don’t have my charger for a split second I feel as though the world ended. It would then be:
Money, Earphones, Keys, whatever lipstick that I’m wearing, straws, tissue, face powder and brush, and I think that’s it!
APW:  How do you stay on trend?
Nellie:
Instagram. Instagram is basically a vogue magazine that automatically refreshes its content and keeps me on trend lol. And it tells me what’s on trend with everything! From hairstyles to what nail polish colours are in season, it’s truly amazing.


APW: Any advice for the young girls and boys who want to join this industry?
Nellie:
Be TRUE TO who YOU are! Identify what you want to accomplish and then   accomplish it. With faith as small as a mustard seed, you can make it.

APW: Many people have picked up the eye lash extension trend including myself. You also provide this service. What do you feel is the benefit to these extensions?
Nellie:
Eyelashes can turn your eye makeup from a basic mediocre 4 to an award winning solid 10! The way eyelashes can transform and enhance your entire look is quite soothing lol. Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t find the word to describe what you’re trying to say and your best friend says it for you? That’s what eyelashes can do for your makeup.. It completes things.


APW: What is your best beauty tip?
Nellie:
My number 1 beauty tip is to always take off your makeup at night, I know it’s so obvious but honestly your makeup will not look refreshing and flawless if you have irritated skin from clogged up pores.
 APW:I love your beauty Vlogs, what was the inspiration behind them?
Nellie:
Thank you! My inspiration behind my vlogs was to help women that could not have a makeup artist to do their makeup learn how to look just as beautiful by following step by step tutorials.

THANK YOU SO MUCH NELLIE!! It was so fun hearing from you. Please find Nellie on instagram: @vintynellie ; website: http://www.vintynellie.co.uk ; email: enquiries@vintynellie.co.uk

xoxo

APW