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Subtle make-up to make you glow

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by Zanita Careem

Ramani Fernando, beautician and hairstylist has many experience in the beauty industry ,. juggling homelife while climbing up the corporate ladder. She is a lover of minimalism! on par with international beauticians: She creates signature styles that are one of a kind.You must be a marketeer of yourself in order to establish trust, respect and support amongst your clientele says Ra,ami .

A self possessed ‘beauty icon’ Ramani knows how to sell herself, with her charming demeanor, she offers the total package of beauty and brain.

What is beauty?

To me beauty is an energy, we all possess that comes from the soul and radiates through the skin and face. Beauty is personal but it is also universal. Beauty is everywhere and it inspires us all the time.

Make up is indefinite, it has many possibilities of making someone confident For me it took me sometime to step out of my comfort zone and use different colours on different people, but when I started there was no stopping, it was admired by many clients,Most importantly, when clients pay me compliments I am so happy. Beauty industry is challenging and this challenges honed my artistic skills.

Beauty comes from within and everyone has a way of portraying thier looks by colours. Makeup simply enhance s ‘ an individual’s existing features.

How would you describe your makeup style and what sets you apart from others What are your signature styles as an artist?

I am an individual and as an individual I have own creative styles to suit one’s facial looks and features. Nothing can beat the feeling of making someone feel and look beautiful.

What is your beauty philosophy?

I strongly believes in natural beauty. I believe that behind every face there is individuality, which becomes evident from client to client my style differs widely from others. I apply makeup to suit one facial feature and to fit their personality. My signature style is creating a flawless finish complemented with neutral colours on the eyes. It is simple, clean, sophisticated and elegant.

How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles?

Where do you find your inspiration for your makeup looks?

I always keep in mind to watch on TV international fashion shows and trends In my travels.I am inspired by all things around me

In your opinion. What are common mistakes you see women make on their makeup

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The most common mistakes are bold dark lines on brows.The lipliner should not be too harsh.

What do make up artists do?

Makeup Artists are professionals with artistic skills and they are experts in the use of colours to enhance the beauty and physical attributes.

How do you get your start in the industry?

After travelling to UK, I saw an opportunity to develop my skills, I started working as a junior stylist in a very popular salons in Harrow.

It was at this point that I discovered the potential in me. I came back to Sri Lanka with many innovative ideas. I soon became a trail blazer in the industry, new techniques and new innovative ideas used in my salon that were not available at the time. became the talk of the town.

What do you love most about makeup?

It’s a passion that I loved . I wanted to make people feel more confident with new styles and colours,

Does everyone look better with make up?

Personally, all women are beautiful with or without makeup. It really depends on the individual and their purpose of why they choose to wear makeup. I agree, makeup can completely change the appearance of a women. However, some people who have more blemishes on their faces, acne or any other skin issues usually benefit more from wearing extra pigmented creams and powders in order to lesson the effects of skin imperfections. A strict beauty regime is a must. A good foundation talks volumes about your beaty and looks

What do brides ask for in the post-covid era?

This entire pandemic has made everyone so cautious. It doesn’t change much for brides. When the bride/family decides to go through with the wedding, nothing changes for the bride. She still wants to look the best, she wants her makeup to last through all her functions, She wants to be free of stress and strains So, when it comes to what they’re asking, they aren’t asking for much or anything different

What are your safety measures?

At the end of the day, it’s about who you book as your artiste and how much about the safety in mind.

Do you offer trial makeup?

YES – I not only offer trial makeup, but I also emphasize it. Irrespective of whether they are busy or travelling or whatever may the reason be, it is important. For the simplest reason that if anything needs to be changed or needs to be figured out, it can be done in due time and not the day of the wedding. The best part about having a trial is you can experiment not only with one but with as many styles as you like and finalize what you like best so you know exactly what is happening and you are stress-free on the day of your wedding. It also gives you the opportunity to bond with your bride so she can trust you to deliver your best work on one of her most important day.

How have things changed for you in these times?

2020 has actually been quite a game-changer because it’s something that nobody had imagined could happen; for the whole world to come to a standstill. Like everyone was living through a fast-paced life and someone just hit the pause button. It has affected a lot of businesses because nobody wants to step out and take a chance or risk their health or that of their loved ones – which is the right thing to do right now as well. I think that is the major change this year.

What advice would you give brides that are planning to get married in 2020-21?

They should match their face mask with their bridal trousseau… ha-ha just kidding but on a serious note, the advice for brides planning to get married this year or in the coming year is that NOT let the pandemic dampen their spirits. It is still their day; they still deserve to look the best and feel the best on their wedding day. So, engage an artist they like but also someone who is high on safety standards.

What are the trends in bridal makeup/hairstyles are in right now?

Fashion, Styles, and Trends are indispensable. They don’t go away. What has been trending is the concept of natural beauty and people understand the meaning of natural beauty and they want to see themselves as more than just makeup and that is also the beauty of it. When you do Airbrush makeup or HD makeup, it’s about accentuating your natural beauty. That is what today’s trends are about. It is basically only playing with natural beauty and highlights and contours. Makeup has never been something that you just go in and do. It is about seeing the face and understanding the structure and then creating a look. You have to understand where exactly a contour stops and how much depth you need to give a face and what parts of the face need highlighting. That, I think is something artists know and a professional will understand and is what is trending right now.

What are brides asking for in the post-covid era?

This entire pandemic has made everyone so cautious. It doesn’t change much for brides. When the bride/family decides to go through with the wedding, nothing changes for the bride. She still wants to look the best, she wants her makeup to last through all her functions, she still wants to be treated like the bride and not have any stress.

At the end of the day, it’s about who you book as your artiste and how much you trust them to know they have your safety in mind.

Do you offer trial makeup?

YES – I not only offer trial makeup, but I also emphasize it. Irrespective of whether they are busy or travelling or whatever may the reason be, it is important. For the simplest reason that if anything needs to be changed or needs to be figured out, it can be done in due time and not the day of the wedding. The best part about having a trial is you can experiment not only with one but with as many styles as you like and finalize what you like best so you know exactly what is happening and you are stress-free on the day of your wedding. It also gives you the opportunity to bond with your bride so she can trust you to deliver your best work on one of her most important day.

How have things changed for you in these times?

2020 has actually been quite a game-changer because it’s something that nobody had imagined could happen; for the whole world to come to a standstill. Like everyone was living through a fast-paced life and someone just hit the pause button. It has affected a lot of businesses because nobody wants to step out and take a chance or risk their health or that of their loved ones – which is the right thing to do right now as well. I think that is the major change this year.

What advice would you give brides that are planning to get married in 2020-21?

They should match their face mask with their bridal trousseau… that is if possible. The advice for brides planning to get married this year or in the coming year is NOT let the pandemic dampen their spirits. It is still your day; they still deserve to look the best and feel the best on their wedding day. So, engage an artiste they like but also someone who is high on safety standards.



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Khalida, young entrepreneur plays colours and textures

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Chief guests Faleela Be Jurampathy and Kadeeja Razzak

By Zanita Careem

Walk into “Arwa Studio” at One Galle Face Mall and you cannot help but notice the exclusive collection of abayas, shawls, bags and other silhouettes – a beautiful blend between the modern and tradition clothing, Born out of passion, her abaya collection infuses colour, elegance and style. Khalida Jameel, a young entrepreneur, started her eponymous luxury clothing label recently. Her signature label has become renowned for its exquisite abayas and shawls. Hailing from a conservative Muslim family, she had her first Abaya studio at home, but with the growing demand for her creations, she decided to move out. Subsequently the Arwa Studio was born. ” My journey was one of inspiration and aspiration and we decided to give “Arwa Studio” a permanent home on the 9th floor at One Galle Face .

The elegant and sophisticated designs at Arwa Studio make them a wardrobe staple for those seeking a touch of glamour and modesty.

The intricate embroidery, beadwork, and sequin embellishments further enhance their beauty, adding a touch of opulence to all of her ensembles, Whether you opt for a classic black abaya or explore vibrant colours and patterns, the result is her creations exude grace and elegance.

.Her Abaya Studio was born out of labour of love between Khalida and husband, Adlan Nazeemudeen who worked together hand in hand putting it all together. Words of encouragement from her family and friends were incredible.

What made you to take this venture seriously and make a career out of it?

The success I found after creating my first opening and the positive vibes I received made me to take fashion seriously and wanted to make a career without engaging in mundane household chores.

How has your work evolved since you began your own label?

In regard to the style I make sure to introduce new designs and ideas every season and to still maintain my signature style. I have a team of specialist and experienced seamdresses to maintain higher standards of professionalism.

Young entrepreneur Khalida Jameel

Khalida with Reema Azeez and Hafsa Huzair and mother Nazik

Tell about your design philosophy?

Arwa Studio is all about the woman who loves style, appreciates quality and has an eye for beauty, we love to play with soft and bold colours by mixing textiles and creating contrasts. My styles are unique and one of a kind.An Abaya is a super hero’s cape and women are the modern day superheroes. I have an eye for colours. and always add a touch of glitter. My abaya collection creates a perfect blend with the veil of ‘hijab’ adding to the serene beauty of women. I carefully choose embellishments to spice up the splendour of the Abaya designs, accessories and embellishments. These embellishments can either dampen the designs or add life to it.

How do you describe your sense of style?

My Abayas are modern, contemporary, and I try to give a modern twist beyond its traditional image and look. If you’re a fashion enthusiast, The beauty of my collection lies not only in thier outward apperance but also in the comfort they provide. These loose fitting nature of my abayas allows for ease of movement ,making them suitable for various occasions and our climate.

To me abayas give confidence. It’s more than a design, fabric or even the brand. Its all about wearing it with confidence.

Describe your brand?

Experimental, elegance and chic.

Black Abayas vs coloured Abaya what would you choose and why?

Definitely black. Black Abayas are elegant, timeless and easy to wear.

Beautiful decor for the Arwa Studio was created by Hafsa Huzair

Pix by Nishan S Priyantha

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Limited knowledge of sexual and reproductiive health, major issues among adolescents

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Dr. YasuniManikkage Senior Medical Officer in Urology, specializing in Sexual Medicine Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital

Dr. Yasuni Manikkage is a strong advocate for sexual health education, actively promoting awareness and understanding of sexual health issues to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary for maintaining healthy relationships and well-being.

What is the current state of sexual and reproductive health knowledge among adolescents and youth in Sri Lanka, and how does it impact their health outcomes?

The current state of sexual and reproductive health knowledge among adolescents and youth in Sri Lanka is a significant concern. Limited knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, particularly among youth, is a major issue. Many do not understand basic physiological processes, such as nocturnal emission being normal in young men, and few have heard of condoms or emergency contraception. This lack of knowledge makes them vulnerable to sexual health risks, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Additionally, poor parent-child communication further exacerbates the problem, as many adolescents do not discuss sexual issues with their parents. This knowledge gap leaves them without adequate information to make informed decisions about their sexual health, increasing their risk of negative health outcomes.

What sexual health services are currently available in Sri Lanka, and how accessible are they to the general population?

In Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health is pivotal in providing sexual health services through various healthcare providers. The Medical Officer of Health (MOH) and Public Health Midwives (PHM) midwives play a crucial role in promoting sexual and reproductive health. Midwives, in particular, offer advice to eligible couples on contraception and family planning. Additionally, they conduct home visits for pregnant mothers, ensuring that they receive proper care and support throughout their pregnancy. The MOH also provides comprehensive sexual health services, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These services are designed to promote the overall well-being of individuals and families, addressing issues such as unintended pregnancies and STIs. The National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) provides comprehensive sexual health services, including STD screening, counselling, and education. The Family Planning Association (FPA) Sri Lanka offers a range of services, including contraceptive consultations, fertility awareness, and sexual dysfunction treatments.

What are the most prevalent sexual health issues faced by men in Sri Lanka?

In Sri Lanka, men face a range of sexual health issues that can significantly impact their overall well-being and quality of life. Among these, erectile dysfunction is the most common and worrying sexual problem, affecting more than half of men with diabetes. This condition can occur earlier in life compared to men without diabetes, making it a pressing concern for many. Other common conditions seen in men are premature ejaculation, low libido, or age-related prostate issues, which can further complicate their sexual health. Other problems include anatomical abnormalities such as Peyronie’s disease, which can cause pain and discomfort during sexual activity. Male infertility is another significant issue, that affects many men and their partners. Gender dysphoria, where an individual’s gender identity does not align with their biological sex, is also a growing concern in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health issue, particularly among key populations such as sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM). These diseases can have severe consequences if left untreated, including infertility, chronic pain, and even death. Men in Sri Lanka need to be aware of these issues and seek medical attention if they experience any sexual health problems. Regular check-ups and open communication with healthcare providers can help address these concerns and promote overall sexual health and well-being.

What are the most common sexual health concerns faced by women in Sri Lanka? 

Women in Sri Lanka face a range of significant sexual health concerns. Menstrual health and management issues are prevalent, with many women lacking access to proper education and resources. Poor menopausal and post-menopausal care also contribute to women’s sexual health challenges, as they may experience low desire, arousal, and orgasm difficulties. Recurrent pelvic pain, incontinence, and pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) are other common problems that can significantly impact women’s quality of life. Cervical cancer is a major concern, highlighting the need for improved screening and prevention efforts. Additionally, many women have poor knowledge about sexual aids and lubricants, which can help alleviate sexual discomfort and enhance pleasure. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive approach that includes education, access to healthcare services, and destigmatizing conversations around women’s sexual health.

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), the recommended first step is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will take a detailed medical and sexual history to determine the causes of your ED, including assessing your sexual function, screening for symptoms of hypogonadism (low testosterone), and discussing any chronic health conditions, medications, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to ED.

A physical examination will also focus on the genitourinary, endocrine, vascular, and neurological systems to look for signs of underlying conditions. Depending on your medical history and physical exam, your doctor may order additional tests to identify the cause of your ED, such as tests to check for heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone, and other conditions, and ultrasound to evaluate blood flow to the penis. Once the cause of your ED is determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you, which may include lifestyle changes, medication adjustments if ED is caused by certain drugs, oral medications, vacuum devices or penile injections, and penile implant surgery in some cases.

What are the key considerations for maintaining a healthy sexual life after menopause, and how can women address any concerns or issues that may arise during this phase?

Maintaining a healthy sexual life after menopause requires a multifaceted approach. Key considerations include addressing vaginal dryness and discomfort through the use of lubricants and moisturizers, as well as maintaining open communication with partners about sexual needs and desires. Women should also prioritize their overall health by engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress, and practicing pelvic floor exercises to improve blood flow and sexual function. Additionally, addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression, can help alleviate sexual dysfunction. If concerns or issues arise, women should not hesitate to seek medical attention from their doctor, who can offer guidance on hormone therapy, sexual dysfunction treatments, and other options tailored to their specific needs.

What are the common mistakes or misconceptions that individuals should avoid when addressing sexual health issues?

When addressing sexual health issues, individuals should avoid common mistakes and misconceptions. Douching, for instance, can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina, leading to infections and complications. Incorrect condom use, such as putting it on partway through intercourse or taking it off before intercourse is over, can also increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. Poor vaginal hygiene, self-treatment, and ignoring signs of abnormality or irregularity in the vagina can also lead to further complications. Additionally, wearing synthetic clothes, not changing period products regularly, and not getting tested regularly can also contribute to sexual health issues. Using scented products, incorrect storage and reuse of condoms, and ignoring signs of infection or disorder can also have negative consequences. By avoiding these common mistakes and misconceptions, individuals can maintain good sexual health and reduce their risk of contracting STIs and unintended pregnancy.

what are some of the social stigmas among men and women on sexual health?

In Sri Lanka, social stigmas surrounding sexual health are prevalent and deeply ingrained. Men face stigmas around discussing sexual issues, with many believing that it is not masculine to speak about such topics, leading to a lack of open communication and support. Additionally, stigmas related to sexual orientation and sex work are significant, with homosexuality and sex work being prohibited and stigmatized. This leads to a lack of support and healthcare access for these communities. Women, on the other hand, face stigmas related to menstruation, pregnancy, and motherhood, often leading to feelings of shame and guilt. These stigmas can lead to feelings of shame and guilt, particularly around topics like sexual activity during pregnancy or menstruation. Additionally, women who are victims of sexual abuse or have experienced sexual violence may face stigmatization and marginalization. The lack of comprehensive sexuality education and open conversations about sexual health further exacerbates these stigmas, leading to misconceptions and poor understanding among youth.

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Minor Hotels Introduces NH Collection and NH Brands in Sri Lanka

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Global hotel owner and operator Minor Hotels has added two properties in Sri Lanka, marking the introduction of its upper-upscale NH Collection Hotels & Resorts and upscale NH Hotels & Resorts brands in the country said a press release.

Minor Hotels will manage the two properties, one in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and the other in the beachside town of Bentota, following an agreement with Softlogic Holdings, the properties’ owner.

NH Collection Colombo Hotel opened its doors recently in the heart of the city, steps away from Liberty Arcade and the Indian Ocean, and within a 10-minute drive of the National Museum, Independence Square and Pettah Market. Sri Lanka’s main airport, Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), is a 45-minute drive from the property. This five-star hotel boasts 219 rooms and suites, ranging from 33 to 254 sqm, and includes the city’s largest Presidential Suite. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing expansive views of the Indian Ocean or the city.

NH Collection Colombo has six food and beverage outlets offering authentic global flavours, including international all-day dining, specialty Indian, and specialty Thai and Japanese restaurants; a rooftop bar with panoramic sunset ocean views; and a café and a lounge off the hotel’s lobby. For business and event needs, the hotel offers modern meeting and event spaces that accommodate up to 200 attendees in two banquet facilities, five meeting rooms and a boardroom. NH Collection Colombo’s wellness amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, rooftop infinity pool and spa.

Ninety minutes south of Colombo along the island’s west coast, NH Bentota Ceysands Resort sits between the Bentota River and the Indian Ocean. The 166-key property, scheduled to open July 1st, includes rooms and suites from 37sqm to 139sqm. NH Bentota’s amenities include an expansive swimming pool with stunning ocean views, a water sports centre, a spa and a kid’s club. Guests can dine at one of the property’s five restaurants and bars, including an international all-day dining restaurant, Thai and seafood specialty restaurants, a light bites café and the pool bar. We are excited to be part oftourism recovery and look forward to capitalising on the pent-up demand with our partner Softlogic Holdings through these new NH Collection and NH properties. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International

We at Softlogic Holdings are excited to be a part of NH Collection and NH’s debut in Sri Lanka and look forward to an outstanding partnership with Minor Hotels in the future said Chairman of Softlogic Holdings. Ashok Pathirage

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