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A local make-up consultant trading with the Facebook name ‘Beautybylei’ visited our offices to give us a quick demonstration on how to transform the look from morning to evening; using simple make-up tricks.

For the ‘daytime look’ stick to the more natural shades and for the ‘night time look’ pop up the colours and use more highlighters. The model in this case, was our colleague Neo Pilane, who works in the commercial department as the CBET Group, Online Sales Executive.

Here are some of the secret tips from Beautybylei. Kindly note that all products she is referring to are available in local stores.

Create an illusion of fuller brows
Fill in the eyebrows with a brown pencil, not a black pencil, that’s a no, no, no. Then use a concealer below the eyebrow line to highlight the arch of the brow. The concealer should be two shades lighter than your skin colour so it stands out.

Blend, blend and blend
The secret to a flawless face is to blend the concealer with a beauty blender to avoid having the ‘halo’ look. Always use an eye-shadow base to avoid the eye shadow creasing.

Use of colour corrector
If someone has dark circles under the eyes or any dark patches on the face they can use a colour corrector. For dark skins or people of colour, use ‘orange based’ corrector. And for white skins the advice is to use a ‘green based’ corrector.

Face primer
Use a face primer as a base before applying any foundation so that your make-up can last longer.

Contouring
This make-up secret was made super popular by the Kardashian sisters. This is where a darker shade is used, to darken parts of the face in an attempt to scalp it to what you want it to look like. Used well the trick can add extra definition to the cheeks, nose and forehead. Always highlight with a concealer the parts of the face that are more exposed to the sun.

Baking the face
Once the make-up has been applied, you should bake the face so that the make-up does not crease.

Strip lashes
If you are going to add or use any strip lashes to enhance your natural lashes you should add them above the natural eyelash line.  Strip lashes are simple and easy to use and remove. Use the lash curler to define the shape of the lashes.

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Three vie for Miss Botswana 2018 crown

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A press release from the organisers states that general public public voting through sms line from 10am Tuesday 18 September – 10 am Friday 21 September 2018 (25%). Apparently creative Industry and Past Miss Botswana Queens Representatives at the boot camp (25%), Panel of judges at the event (25%) and attendants at the event through an app (25%).

The organisers stated through a press release that Miss Botswana rebranding, relaunching, crowning night will strictly by invitation and corporate hosting, adding that very limited tickets at P1500 will still be available from countrywide webticket offices.

The pageant will apparently be broadcast on television. Development Advance Institute (DAI), represented by Benjamin Raletsatsi, was subcontracted the license to Miss Botswana 2018 by Botswana Council of Women (BCW), the License Holders for Miss Botswana. DAI presented to BCW a five year plan to restructure BCW and Miss Botswana brands. In terms of Miss Botswana this was necessary to salvage our National Beauty Pageant, which has produced Mpule Kwelagobe (1998 Miss Universe winner) and Emma Warius (1st runner up to 2010 Miss World).

The organisers acknowledged that the pageant has been marred in controversy and noted that their mission is to rebrand and regain trust with all stakeholders and the general public.

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Excitement mounts ahead of inaugural Gabs Book Festival

Keletso Thobega

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It is all systems go for the inaugural Gaborone Book Festival (GBF), which will be held from the 21-22 September 2018 at Maitisong. The two-day book festival will feature panels, talks, readings, conversations, book chats, book launches and book sales all headlined by the featured local and guest authors.

The opening night on Friday evening will feature authors Michael Dingake, Margaret Daymond, Brigitta Zwani and Nsungululi Mbo. Dingake will focus on his biography and there will be readings of selected Bessie Head letters and interpretation by author Daymond. There will also be an authors meet and greet as well as book sales.

The organisers, GBF Trust states that confirmed featured authors are Lauri Kubuitsile, Michael Dingake, Andrew Sesinyi, Ednah Rosen, Modirwa Kekwaletswe, Donald Molosi, Brigitta Zwani, Tomeletso Sereetsi, Thalefang Charles, Monirul Bhuiyan, Nelson Letshwene,  Kgomotso Jongman and Bongani Malunga. From across the continent, the confirmed authors are Lola Shoneyin, Margaret Daymond, Zukiswa Wanner,Victor Kgomoeswana, Esinako Ndabeni, Sihle Mthembu, Niq Mhlongo as well as publisher, Thabiso Mahlape. The organisers say that they wanted to feature authors whose books cover a wide range of themes and topics. The 22 September, which is the main festival day, will kickstart with a writers’ seminar involving all those in the book ecosystem. The seminar will cover issues of marketing and publishing.

According to one of the organisers, Kenanao Phele, an exciting programme will follow this for all, filled with panel discussions, conversations, inspirational book chats, readings and book sales amongst others.

“With the diversity and experience of the authors, the festival touch on varied, in depth topics highlighted by featured authors including culture, music, fiction, travelogues, memoirs, politics, mental health, culinary and cuisine. Furthermore, the festival will also have a fun and exciting space for 100 students from government primary schools, a section made possible by the Orange Foundation,” she says.

She further says that since the beginning of this year, the GBF Trust has been involved in a number of book related activities to get readers in the city and beyond ready for the festival. On the criteria for selecting the authors, she says that the Trust was looking for authors who have been part of GBF platforms in 2018, who have written on important topics/themes that are conversation sparkers, books that have made a mark in Botswana, across the continent, beyond and are some award winning. “Some of our guest authors are celebrated or award winning.

We would also like to feature similar local authors on our platforms to introduce them to more and new readers as well as show them the possibilities that exist for them in the continent and beyond as they interact with the guest authors and publishers.”

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