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Review | Luxe Skin and Hair Co

Let’s talk hair care... I was kindly sent this hair oil to test out and tell you guys about. I’ve been using it consistently for the last month, 2-3 times a week. I use it the night before and wash out the next day or put it on in the morning and wash out before bed. I literally drench my hair with the oil from root to tip.  From the first use my hair felt really soft. Over the last 4 weeks I’ve noticed my hair has grown quicker than it has been since I cut it.  I use it on my daughter after washing her hair because she has really dry hair that gets tangled easily. The oil makes her hair much more manageable, but a little goes a very long way if you’re going to use it after washing your hair as it can look greasy.  When you wear hijab you tend to forget about your hair. Post- partum, I went days without even brushing my hair so I did the mum chop, looking forward to growing my hair out again InshaAllah. My hair feels so soft, healthy and nourished after using this. I would highly recom
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What nobody tells you about having a baby | Fertility

I've discussed some of these issues in my blog post 'When are you having a baby?'  as well as the post 'PCOS Nobody wants to talk about it'  so you may want to read those posts as well if you are going through these issues yourself. I want this post to give you a heads up if you're going to get married soon, to let you know that getting pregnant in the first place isn't plain sailing for a lot of women and if you find yourself in that situation then it's ok and it will be ok inshaAllah. For women trying to conceive, a little hope by letting you know that  there are success stories for people who have gone through fertility issues and that you are definitely not alone. I'm currently reading Michelle Obama's biography titled 'Becoming', half way through reading about such a driven and ambitious woman I read the part about her and her husband trying for a baby. "Fertility is not something you conquer. Rather maddeningly, theres

Mama & Baby | Baba

Growing up, my dad was strict. He never showed a vulnerable side and as with most South Asian dad's, found it difficult to show affection. In fact, when I think back on it I don't remember him showering us with hugs and kisses or telling us he loves us or is proud of us. When I wanted to go somewhere or do something my mum would say 'go ask your dad' and I never would because I was too scared. Then in 2010 he was diagnosed with cancer and our world came crashing down. I was at uni at the time and it was the first time I saw my dad broken and vulnerable. I remember the ride home from the hospital after they gave us the news and my dad telling me I needed to be the 'man of the house' and he thinks of me as a son because I'm the eldest (my brothers were just 8 and 1 at the time). It's the first time I felt his words as his love for us, the first time I felt like my dad wasn't just interested in what grades  got at school but also deeply loved us and

What nobody tells you about having a baby | Relationships

When I look at this photo I remember how exhausted we both were that day. It was taken at my brother in laws Walima and the little bubba was being super fussy and clingy (she was coming down with a cold). The look on our faces shows the lack of sleep and no time to relax for probably a month before because of my cousins wedding, sisters wedding and brother in laws wedding (if you know asian weddings you'll know there are so many events leading up to it and after it). This was the last of them and we were just glad the family weddings were over for the year. One thing no one really talks about when planning a family is how having a child effects you as a couple. Like all couples we had our ups and downs before having a baby but it was pretty easy going and carefree looking back at it now. Having a baby changes things significantly. You're overwhelmed with love for your little one but with that comes the lack of sleep, the exhaustion of caring for a human being that is

Beauty Review | Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

I've trialled and reviewed a lot of liquid lipsticks in my search for the perfect colours, a formula that is comfortable on the lips and not too drying, one that doesn't bleed when not worn with lipliners, that is long-lasting and one that is transfer-proof. For me the Fenty beauty lip paints tick all the boxes bar one they're not transfer-proof but I can live with that. I absolutely love the packaging of these lipsticks, they look and feel very luxe, which in my opinion just adds to the whole experience of buying and using makeup. Taking a place of pride on my dressing table they look like they're worth every penny. U N C E N S O R E D I bought this red lip paint when it first released even though I'm not a huge fan of red lipsticks on myself because I don't feel like red suits me. But I was excited to get my hands on it as it was marketed as a 'universal red' one that suits every skin tone. The colour is slightly darker than

Mama & Baby | Salam Sisters Review

Growing up in the era of barbie and bratz dolls I hardly saw any representation of people that looked like me or my family, forget hijabi dolls there were hardly any dolls or toys that represented people of colour, with different eye colours, types of hair and facial features. All the toys were very euro-centric. Obviously as a child I didn't pick this up, but it did cause an underlying effect, that now when I reflect on it, is down to what we were exposed to as children. What I mean by that is, by only being exposed to very 'white' European dolls as well as the colourism that exists in our culture I grew up thinking or feeling like those dolls represented the ideal beauty standard. I never felt comfortable giving my daughter a barbie not even for the reason I mentioned above, but because of how sexualised the dolls are. Why does a young child need a doll with accentuated womanly features and makeup?  I could talk about these issues but that calls for another post e

Mama & Baby | "Don't cuddle her too much, you'll spoil her"

Don't hold her too much, you'll spoil her Don't look at her too much you'll give her nazr/ayn Don't pick her up or go to her when she cries she needs to learn to be independent. These are some of the things I've been hearing since my daughter was born. Yes as a newborn she spent most of the time in my arms, yes she cries sometimes when she can't see me, yes she still sleeps in our bed even though her cot-bed is right next to us, yes sometimes I cuddle her till she falls asleep. If that's what you call spoilt then yes, she is spoilt. But you know what I really don't care and I wouldn't have it any other way. My daughter was born 7 weeks early and spent a whole month in hospital, I didn't get to hold her as soon as she was born and for a whole month I had to leave her on her own in the hospital every night. This may be the reason why my husband and I dote on her so much, why we don't like to let her 'cry it out', it

Beauty | Skincare for acne prone/problem skin

For a while now I've been dealing with crazy breakouts across my cheek and jawline, not sure if it's due to the heat or a change in my lifestyle but I've been on the hunt for something that will clear up my skin and prevent further breakouts. I did a bit of research and reading on all those skincare words and abbreviations that I keep seeing on social media AHA, BHA, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Hyluronic Acid etc. I found that for blemish/acne prone skin I needed to use BHA and an example of this is salicylic acid, BHA works buy getting deep into the pores and clearing them out, this is great for clearing bumpy, acne prone, oily skin. AHA on the other hand like Gycolic Acid is great for normal to dry skin, it helps with sun damage as well as hydrating the skin and making it feel moisturised and plump. I headed down to my local Boots and Superdrug to see what products I could find for my skin type and issues. A combination of these three products have helped my s

Holidaying with a BABY | Tips & Advice

Home sweet home...currently sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself because I have a cold! Hubby goes back to work tomorrow so what better time than now to write up my holiday post with tips and advice on traveling with a baby. As an Eid gift for myself and my little bub, hubby booked us a 5 day trip to Istanbul literally 2 days after Eid. Safe to say we left packing to the last minute and I was panicking that we would forget something. Thanks to some of my Instagram followers I got some great tips on packing and traveling with a baby. My daughter is now 14 months old so all the tips are more geared toward this age group. It's definitely totally different traveling with a baby compared to traveling alone or as a couple. My best advice would be to just take it easy. I wanted to do so many things each day but we mostly managed to just do one thing each day before we all got super tired. Don't overstretch yourself, plan things but keep in mind you probably won't be

Eid Gift Guide 2018 - Promo codes & special offers

Salaam Salaam! SubhanAllah a third of the way through Ramadan already, time really flies when you're having a good time. Before we know it all the festivities for Eid will begin. To avoid a rush in the last 10 days leading up to Eid, the stress and racking your brain trying to find gifts for everyone in this post I'll be giving you ideas for some super cool gifts. Some of the companies I mention in this post have been really kind and given me discount codes and special Eid offers to pass on to you all so that you can save some bucks (every little helps right?), some I have found by scouring the internet and others are companies I have used in the past and have loved their products/services too. All promo codes are correct and valid at time of publishing. Some promo's are expiring soon, please check the website/social media of the company to check the expiry. Categories: For the Whole Family The gifts that come in this category are universal, you can buy the