KRÈME CHATS WITH MARGIE MUGA . NATURAL HAIR BLOGGER AND VLOGGER, LAWYER AND PIANO TEACHER
July 17, 2016
Margie Muga is a lawyer, a part time piano teacher and a natural hair/beauty blogger and vlogger based in Kenya. This renaissance woman graced me with her time and we spoke about her skincare journey. She is not only beautiful on the outside, she is very humble and intelligent. I am so glad she agreed to participate in this series because I also learnt a thing or two about blogging from her. Thanks for your tips, I appreciate it.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
My name is Margie Muga. I started beauty blogging, focusing on hair and skin, two months ago. Previously I had a fashion blog, but I didn’t enjoy it and I felt like I wasn’t connecting with people so I decided to use one of my best attributes, which is my natural hair, to connect with people. Other than blogging, I am a lawyer and part time I teach music theory and piano. I teach kids ranging from ages 5 – 13 years of age.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Every time I walked into town, school or work people always asked me questions about my hair. They would ask me about styling tips for natural hair so I soon realized that this is what my blog should be about, not fashion. I knew this is how I would connect with people.
How important is skincare to you?
I think skincare it is very important. Personally when my skin is healthy I feel confident, and my skin reminds me when I need to take care of myself. For example, when I am stressed my skin reacts, so I know it’s time for me to take it slow. It’s a constant reminder of when I need to take care of myself.
Tell us about your skincare journey
As a kid my siblings and I had eczema. It continued through high school, and as I grew older it got better. It is mostly around my neck and it usually flares up when I wear fabric that irritates my skin. As a high schooler I was a tomboy, so I only really started taking care of my skin when I was about the 21 years old. My skin was really clear besides the eczema which I had medicine for to keep it under control. I started drinking more water consciously, and adding a scrub once in a while. The older I got, my interest in makeup also increased so I needed to know how to take care of my skin.
What do you use to control your eczema when it flares up?
I only have one type of medicine I use and my sisters use it too. It is called Diprosalic. That’s what we have been using on and off for years.
How long does it take to clear it up?
For me, in a day or two.
What is your skin type?
Take me through your AM and PM routine
I have a very basic routine; after my shower if I am not using make up I use Vaseline and if I am wearing makeup I use my skincare products. In the evening, I first wipe off my make up with wipes, and then cleanse with water. I have a new scrub I have been using this year; it’s called cool moist cucumber. It’s a very mild scrub so It can be used regularly, but I use it four times a week. Once a week when I use a lot of makeup then I do a deep treatment. I make my homemade mask which has lemon, brown sugar and honey; which I use to scrub as well.
Do you use sunscreen?
Yes, I do sometimes. The moisturizer I use has SPF.
What is your “can’t live without” skincare product?
Since you blog about natural hair I have to ask what is your “can’t live without” hair product?
Who are your favorite bloggers and why are they your favorites?
Sharon Mundia; her blog is called “This is Ess”. She is a fashion blogger here in Kenya, and I started following her when she started her blog. I admire her because she stayed true to herself and what she liked, she does not work with brands without thinking and even as she has grown she stayed true to herself and is very humble. I am also inspired by the fact that she is hard working and quit her job to take up blogging full time, and has done great for herself.
Angela Lauren is a natural hair vlogger. Her channel is called Love is Bellaa. She was also an inspiration before I started my own blog. I love her hair. She is very likable and her tutorials are very clear.
One advice to anyone reading that may want to start a blog
Go for it and do it well.
What is beauty to you?
I was just having a conversation about this the other day and I think someone’s heart makes them beautiful. There instances when you meet someone really beautiful on the outside and suddenly they act so rude and you’re like WHAT?! All the beauty is gone. But when someone has a kind heart, you stop seeing any flaws and start seeing their beauty.
Whose beauty inspires you
Michelle Obama’s beauty inspires me. She is beautiful on the outside (from her love for keeping fit and looking great), but she also inspires me on an even deeper level. She inspires me to work harder, and her beauty is natural without trying too much.
One skincare tip for Krème readers
Drinking water. When I don’t drink water my skin doesn’t glow as it would normally; so more and more water.