Merlot is the word of the day! I have found a new beauty salon that didn’t rip me off to get these hot box braids which were done in about 4 + 1/2 hours yesterday at a salon in Kijitonyama in Dar-es-Salaam.
Being on a budget is no fun and this is coming from someone who was already frugal to begin with. Being a young adult I’ve been trying to be responsible and stay on the right path to make sure my finances stay straight. Although I have student loans, rent, car note, and credit cards I‘ve been able to keep it all straight.
In January when I turned 26 I got kicked off my parent’s health insurance and had to get my own insurance through my employer. A couple of months after that I had to sign up for a 401k which is mandatory through my employer. After seeing these cost affect my check I decided it was time to get on a budget and keep track of my expenses.
The beauty industry in Tanzania is split into a variety of different products and segments. This report will focus on observations about the Dar-es-Salaam market which is the largest in the country as the city is key for economic development in Tanzania.
Cosmetics and general beauty products can be purchased around the city but key locations to purchase beauty products include:
There are many retailers from kiosk retailers who sell vipodozi (cosmetics) in street shops to larger box retailers that have glossy stores and marketing materials. Here are some of the key retailers of beauty products in Tanzania – if I have forgotten some, please let me know:
Shear Illusions – this company sells many beauty products definitely priced for the middle-class Tanzanian female consumers who might be married or in a relationship, working a fulltime job. Their products include false eyelashes, lipsticks and hair care products. This company sells on the more expensive end of the market.
Atsoko – this company seems to me to be trying to compete with Shear Illusions as it also sells more expensive beauty products for the market. Continue reading →
I popped into my local shop near the office in Mikocheni and when I went to pay for my goods at the till, I noticed the reams and reams of hair extensions by Darling and other brands that were on sale so I took this picture quickly:
Wearing a MAC lipstick I got from the vault with the name that has faded out but I do those the rose-tones of this lipstick. May always reminds me of being sunny, glossy and sleek which is what I think these red lips do. How do you feel about red lips?
Intoxicake NYC is one of those businesses that you wish you had thought of yourself. Ashleigh Fitzwilliam has beat many people to the punch to create a unique baked goods business. Intoxicake NYC is cupcake business that Black Enterprise said has liquor infused cupcakes. As some of you know, I subscribe to the magazine and I knew I had to get in touch with Ashleigh Fitzwilliam to learn more about this unique take on the cupcake business. Ashleigh Fitzwilliam is a 23 year old publicist (her company is called Industry Monster) and she is the owner of Intoxicake NYC. Of West Indian heritage, Ashleigh is just the type of black entrepreneur that we love to hear about especially with all the success she is having. Here she talks to Charcoal Ink about her brand and how Intoxicake NYC came to be about:
Why do you think Intoxicake has got so much attention and traction so quickly in the tough cupcake market?
I think from the very first time I launched Intoxicake on Facebook in September of last year, my network of 5000 + friends were just totally in love with the name, the look and feel of my marketing graphics, and most importantly, the product I was offering. They did most of the word of mouth promo for me , which was totally organic. Continue reading →