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We are pleased to inform you that Tara Fela- Durotoye of House of Tara, has been selected as the only Nigerian for this year’s FORTUNE/State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership program. She will be mentored at this year’s programme alongside Margaret Mattix- Vice President Exxonmobil global marketing , Suzanne M. McCarron-G.M public and government affairs , and Terri Fariello –Government relations Manager. The one month programme, would kick off in the month of March. Tara Fela - Durotoye of House of Tara, pioneered the make- up Beauty business in Nigeria in 1998. She has currently trained over 400 make -up artists, empowered hundreds of youth through the beauty reps business opportunity , launched her very own fragrance line- “Be Inspired” as well as an entire range of make -up line from powder to foundations, lip glosses, mascaras and shadows with the latest being the H.I.P range as well as make up accessories. Her deep pride of being a Nigerian has seen her name her


There is a new make up range making the rounds out there now, and it is no other than the Tara H.I.P range - High Intensity Pigments About H.I.P The new range of cosmetic product from the House of Tara, called H.I.P.- High Intensity Pigments, is a beauty line for the new look Nigerian woman, who enjoys being in the limelight. No need to wait for a Red Carpet moment before you can really have one, as the H.I.P range brings with it the glitz and glam every time, where ever. The H.I.P range includes: Tube lip glosses Single pot shadows 12-in-1 shadows You are therefore welcome to a new experience in make-up with the new H.I.P Range from the House of Tara 12-in-1 shadows This comes in 2 shades: Queen Amina Queen Idia  The High intensity pigmentation of these 2 very inspiring colours enables for long lasting wear. They are high in shine. Their properties stand them out: -No fuss -Silky smooth -Long lasting glimmer H.I.P Pigment Lip Gloss This comes in 6 exciting s

HEALTH TIP FOR THE WEEK-Is pizza good for you?

IS PIZZA GOOD FOR YOU? Maybe it is, as there has been new developed baking techniques, using higher temperatures and longer baking times, which raises the level of antioxidants- those molecules that protect us from cancer and disease –causing free radicals-in whole wheat pizza dough. It maybe a while before the technique reaches South Africa but in the meanwhile there ways to enjoy your favourite Italian import without feeling too guilty,says nutritionists. ‘Pizza is generally healthier than other fast food because it isn’t fried. ‘But the extra kilojoules sneak in when you add meat toppings such as ham and salami- these are generally of the processed variety, so the fat tends to be saturated, and they’re high in salt’. A Plain margaritas is best if you’re watching your waist but you can always add interest – and antioxidants- with vegetable toppings such as mushrooms, green pepper and garlic. ‘Portion size also makes a big difference, says Flint, ‘so share your pizza with your man o

BEAUTY TIPS & TRICKS -Want the best beauty tips this week

EYES WAKE-UP: If you’ve woken up feeling tired (or hungover) wear gold eye make- up to make your eyes look whiter, more sparkly and awake. Line eyes with a gold pencil for maximum impact. STAY HOT AND BEAUTIFUL: This year try and cut out skin products that contain alcohol when you are in the sun. It makes your skin more photosensitive, meaning it’s much more vulnerable to sunburn. SHAVING AID: Run out of shaving gel? Use a hair conditioner. It doesn’t nick and the silicon ingredients help prevent red bumps. KEEP SKIN MOISTURE RICH: If you have rough bumps on your arms this could be due to a lack of omega-3 fatty acids. Adding more oily fish or nuts to your hair diet will help to moisturize your skin from within. MOP UP OILY PATCHES : If you want to tackle oily skin, rub a slice of apple over the area twice a day and then splash will cold water. You’ll notice a real difference after a couple of days when the enzymes in the apple juice really start to work. ENHANCE YOUR LIPS : Get fulle


BY IFY Can you spot her in the crowd? Well she is the naive looking girl in a yellow dress, sitting with her legs crossed. Starting off from a humble background , all TRACY had going for her at the time were fairy tale dreams of what she wanted to be- a model and schooling overseas. With a background like hers , this was just impossibe. So big were these dreams that ‘fear’[as she puts it] would not allow her ever voice out such. But she was strong willed and determined, she knew she would achieve it someway, somehow. After wining the crown of Elite model look organised by Beth Modelling Agency- here in Nigeria, things started to happen for this "Chic" Today, TRACY ONYEKACHUKWU’S dreams are being fulfilled as she is the first Nigerian to be a part of the ELITE MODEL LOOK, a world class model management and a totally unidentical twin, is on her way to the United Kingdom where she would be executing her three year contract with ELITE MODELLING AGENCY. TRACY started by

Face Washing Tip: Use a Washcloth

A great way to gently exfoliate skin is simple: use a washcloth. The fabric naturally rids face of excess oils, dirt and build-up. -Also, don't want to re-use a washcloth too many times. - Do treat yourself with a warm washcloth every once in awhile (the warmer the washcloth, the more spa-like the cleansing). -You can even get fancy with special peppermint oils. A quick nuke in the microwave and that scented washcloth will make you feel like you're in Veni Vici spa on Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria island , getting pampered for 5,000 naira.

Zain Boosts SMEs with ‘OgaLine’

Zain, the leading mobile telecommunications provider in Africa and the Middle East, has announced the introduction of ‘OgaLine’ from Zain My Business, a unique package that is specially designed to assist and improve the efficiency of mobile usage for business owners and their workforce. ‘OgaLine’ from Zain My Business is a result of extensive research conducted across several Zain markets to uncover what entrepreneurs require from their mobile service provider to support their day to day commercial activities, so they have the peace of mind and more time to grow their businesses. ‘OgaLine’ from Zain My Business comes with several ground-breaking features that will, for the first time in Africa, allow business owners to manage mobile communication costs throughout their commercial enterprise by controlling both budget and airtime usage, as well as being able to transfer airtime to those who are part of their ‘OgaLine’ mobile network. Business owners may have up to 50 people on th

HOW TO CARE FOR… Ur’ Handbag

BY OBY INTERIORS Many bags are lined with canvas, nylon or pig suede. To clean, gently pull the interior inside out and use a standard lint roller to pick up debris. Zippers Keep these fasteners working smoothly by running a piece of natural beeswax (found in hardware stores) over a zipper’s open teeth. HANDLES AND STRAPS: Residue from lotions can discolor and age material-another good reason to keep hands clean. Also, don’t overstuff a bag; too much weight can weaken stitching or damage straps. HARDWARE: Deep scratches or cracks on metal are virtually impossible to repair. But bag and shoe repair shops can replate hardware to hide finer flaws. EXTERIORS: Leather, of course, is a skin, so keep it happy and moisturized with a leather conditioning cream. There’s no reason to treat it with a protectant or a silicone spray, caught in the rain? Run for cover, then dab-don’t wipe –moisture away. BOTTOMS: Structured bags with stiff bottoms often have “feet” (metal rivets incorporated into th


THE COLLECTION The collection, themed Patterns and Prints is a fresh fusion of western and ethnic fabrics to create shirts that are not only accessible but also stylish. Past collections were focused more on western fabrics, but with the new collection, there is a flirtatious edge mingling with African and western fabrics simplicity with an ethnic fringe. Pattern&prints aptly describes this marriage between the two worlds and this would surely take our Recreation lady a notch higher in CLAS . Recreation shirts is geared at Re-create"ing" the norms of how women wear and enjoy their number one wardrobe staple: Shirts. The vision is to provide alternative stylish shirts for the discerning woman of style. The Recreation woman is pure CLAS ! She is C onfident, L ovely, A ccessible& S tylish. TALE’S FASHION PROFILE Tale’s fashion foray started when she went to fashion school at 16 and learnt the ‘traditional rudiments of cut and sew’. She simply put this flair at the back b


Niyi Tabiti News Editor As parts of efforts to promote consumer satisfaction, Zain Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s leading telecom companies recently unveiled a state of the art consumer contact point in Lagos. Gistmaster gathered that Zain is committed to serving its numerous consumers and provide them with unique mobile services experience. Photo Caption : 1. Babatunde Williams, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Corporate Matters; Khaled Khorshid, Chief Operating Officer, Zain Nigeria; Shamel Hanafi, Chief Commercial Officer, Zain Nigeria; and Tamer Halbouny, Director of Sales, Zain Nigeria, during the commissioning of Zain’s new state-of-the-art Consumer Contact Point in Lagos at the weekend 2. Susan Onuigbo, Sales Support Team Member showing the guest of Honour, Babatunde Williams, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Corporate Matters and Khaled Khorshid, Chief Operating Officer, Zain Nigeria how to operate one of the gadgets a visual di


Learn the basics of makeup in 1 day: gele tying, everyday look, engagement look and more. (certificates will be awarded). Date: 27th February, 2010 (Ikeja) Venue: 22a, Omotayo Ojo street, Ikeja, Lagos and Date:6th March, 2010 (Victoria Island) Venue: 9a, Oko Awo street, Victoria Island, Lagos Time: 11am-3pm.


By Niyi Tabiti News Editor/ The Chief Executive officer of Zain Telecom,Nabal Bin Salama has said there is no need for the public to be worried over the current ownership dispute that is facing its Nigeria operations.Salama made the statement in India last week. Salama said he is confident the dispute involving two major 'minority' shareholders in its Nigerian operations would be resolved soon. It should be recalled that Nigerian Billionaire and investor, Mr.Obafoluke Otudeko, whose company owned 14 per cent of Zain (through his company, Broad communications) and South Africa’s Econet wireless had publicly questioned the acquisition of the 65 per cent controlling shares of Zain by Bharti Airtel. The aggrieved parties thereby went to court to terminate the potential acquisition because it did not follow due process.Otudeko and co also said the company should have given them the benefit of refusal of the stakes before inviting Bharti Salam said the


Sheila Okoji Photo 2-Kaffy . .. photo 3-Stella Damasus Nzeribe For lovers of Disney’s record-breaking 2006 movie High School Musical, here’s some piece of good news!The American televised musical movie is coming to Nigeria for the first time ever, and already the licensees at Kidztrust (headed by international Entertainment tycoon Sheila Okonji Ashinze) are setting plans in motion to make this a reality.  ‘We are doing all we can to make this work” Ashinze told journalists last week. She continues, “We are in the process of activation, right now, we have a team going round universities to enlighten the students about high school musical and you need to see the excitement on their faces’.  Sheila has over time led KiDZ TRUST into


Africa’s most decorated football player, Kanu Nwankwo has joined the ranks of global figures whose compelling stories have been immortalized on the silver screen (i.e. Pele, Muhammed Ali, Maradona and Mike Tyson). But Kanu takes it a notch further as his feature is to be released simultaneously with his biography, after the World Cup in South Africa. Kanu considers this movie and book to be his heartfelt gift to Nigeria on her fiftieth anniversary, to Africa and indeed the world. This was contained in statement made available to gistmaster   today by James Amuta, the project publicist. Titled Lion Heart: The Kanu Story, the movie is a documentary feature, directed by BBC London-trained Nigerian director Bayo Awolaja, and produced by Neil Oyenekan (Dragons Den Nigeria, Taking Sides, 2002, UK). The Executive Producers include Kanu Nwankwo, Lighthouse, IBST Media, Worldwide Management Ltd. and Connect Marketing. The movie is currently being filmed in Nigeria, London, Amsterdam, the


ONE DAY SALES @ LEILA FOWLER Leila Fowler biggest One Day inventory clearance event Everything, YES EVERYTHING is on sale up to 60% discount off. Date- One day only 21 February 2010 from 12am – 7pm Address- 215B Etim Inyang Crescent, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria TRUE LOVE VALENTINE SPECIAL The True Love Team invites you to a fun filled and romantic evening to celebrate valentine with lots of music, flowers and wine to go around. Entertainment would be provided by Teju Babyface and fashion by Ituen Bassey. There would be attracive prizes be won. Date: Saturday, February 20th Venue: Eko Hotel Banquet Hall, Adetokunbo Ademola Street. Victoria Island, Lagos Time : 4pm – 9pm Ticket: N15,000 For registration call Jennifer on 08087184121 Limited seats available


Here are a few trends that inspire me this season. So stay tuned, as I plan to write about them over a series of weekly posts. The first is the Structured Shoulder . This season accentuated shoulders are back. Once a staple look during the 80's, today's version is just as dramatic but a lil bit softer.Their use is particularly associated with clothing of the early 1940s and the 1980s.In the beginning(1930 to be precise), they were shaped as a semicircle or small triangle, and were stuffed with wool, cotton or sawdust. They were positioned at the top of the sleeve, to extend the shoulder line. Come 1940, After World War II began in 1939, women's fashions became increasingly militarised. Jackets and coats in particular, were influenced by masculine styles and shoulder pads became bulkier and were positioned at the top of the shoulder to create a solid look. Dresses, too, were made with shoulder pads—soon the style was universal, found in all garments excepting lingerie but ta