Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Review | Pearl Hijabs

Salaam sisters!!

What do you think of this hijab? Not to everyones taste I know but I was kinda getting bored of the crinkle floral scarves we've had all summer sooo when I came across this new hijab company I was overjoyed to see some pretty unique hijabs. I've had some positive feedback about this hijab and I absolutely LOVE it =D

It's so cute, fun and quirky! The hijab is a printed pashmina, so uber comfy to wear and PERFECT for the colder season. It arrived within a week of being posted and was wrapped in tissue paper (in another plastic postage envelope), I'm a sucker for cute packaging and this hijab company has so much attention to detail which shows how much love and effort goes into running it. The customer service is very good with e-mails being replied to very promptly. All in all a successful hijab company in the making, setting trends and not just following others!

I suppose wearing a hijab like this on your head when you go out could attract too much attention and even though I like it, subtlety is more my style so I wore it as a neck scarf instea.

I may wear it on my head (depending on what I'm wearing) when I go to my cousins house or some sort of girly get together as to me it's most suitable for those kinds of occasions.

Soooo if you want a hijab like this or want to check out some other hijabs by the lovely Pearl hijabs click HERE to be re-directed to their FB page, you wont e disappointed =D


Twins of Faith

Yaaaay it was an AMAZING event mashaAllah and everyone who went will probably tell you the same. Ok re-wind...if you don't know what I'm talking about then where have you beeeen? lol basically there was an amazing event held by Mercy Mission last Saturday with speakers and performers talking about the Love of God and what it means. It was held at the Excel in London (where GPU was held in the past), however, unlike GPU which to me felt too 'concerty' than an islamic conference this was much much better in terms of organisation and execution. The lectures were very well organised, separate men and women's areas (strictly segregated unlike GPU) there was no 'islamic singing' by cowboys with guitars and all sorts, it was all very inspirational and educational. Now don't get me wrong I'm sure GPU was all well intention-ed but personally I felt it was more for entertainment than enlightenment.

My favourite speakers like Ustaad Nouman Ali Khan & Navaid Aziz gave truly super talks (the ones that make you re evaluate yourself and your life. There was Br Boona Mohammad with his amazing thought provoking  poems and a souk area with loooads of fun stuff for kids in the little explorers land and shopping stuff for me.

I loved the day out with my bro, sisters and cousins, we had a brilliant day full of Islamic fun which was also very rewarding as we came away with some valuable knowledge (=

Here are some pictures of the day I had (mostly of my little brother)

Yeah I just had to buy something (allthough I was being good and wasn't going to) but it was a good investment, I bought this abaya from Imaan Jilbabs for only £25 and it's suuuuper comfy, flowey and easy to walk in. I thought it'd be fitted to begin with because it's made from a sort of slippery jersey fabric, but because of it's umbrella cut it actually does not cling to you and does not reveal your figure, and after my cousins bought one in different colours and much deliberation I bought it....my fav jilbab now =D

So did you guys go to Twins of Faith? What did you think of the event? A mahooosive well done mashaAllah to mercy mission and all the volunteers you guys did an awesome job, may Allah swt reward you abundantly!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Review | First impressions of Pure Halal Beauty

Assalaamu alaikum sisters!

So what's this new company all about? Well they sell looooads of Makeup & skin care products everything from moisturisers and cleansers to foundations and eyeliners. The unique thing about this company is that everything they sell is 100% natural! It's all 100% Alcohol free, 100% Animal free and best of all 100% Ethical. I'm always wary of using too many products on my face so when I hear about a brand which is everything natural I'm excited to try them out usually without a worry.

The company is based in Birmingham (Pavillion) so you lucky Brummy sisters have this amazing (sort of halaal body shop) at your doorstep =D

I received some products to review just for you (yes, you lucky bumblebees) so here is part one of that review.

I was given a set from their Soothe & balance range which was specially designed for oily skin as my skin does get quite oily, I was actually on the look out for something to keep the shinyness at bay through the day and this could just be it. I haven't used any of the products on my face yet so this review is just what my first impressions are.

So they all came wrapped separately in bubble wrap and then wrapped again together in bubble wrap, perfect condition, no leaks or dents etc. I absolutely LOVE the packaging (which btw are RECYLABLE!!!) it's so sleek and 'expensive looking' I love them, these are the kind of things you could give as presents to people even if they're not going to use them they'd still look pretty amazing on their shelf. Speaking of gifts, you can get gift sets of products like these (there are different ranges for different types of skin).

Delivery was very fast as they were posted out earlier this week and came in a couple of days. The customer service is also impeccable, all of my e-mails were replied to promptly and in detail.

Now on to the products....

First of all the cleanser (the tall bottle with a pump)

It contains Chammomile & Seabuckthorn & Lavender which help to soothe, repair and calm skin whilst cleansing skin of impurities. Lavender Balances oil levels and rids the skin of bacteria.

Chammomile contains Azulene which reduces inflammation and strengthens the skin to help reduce redness.

Combined with healing effects of seabuckthorn these ingredients promote tissue regeneration to reduce scarring.

You use it by wetting face & hands with warm water and then using the cleanser to clean the pores and then washing it off with warm water and finish by rinsing your face with cool water to close the pores.

Second product is the face mask which you should use twice a week for best results. It contains Kaolin clay and Tea tree. The clay draws out dirt , impurities and toxins from the skin . Tea tree kills bacteria and reduces inflammation whilst stimulating skins natural repair process to reduce scarring.

To use this you should apply a small amount of face mask to clean dry skin after cleansing & toning. Spread all over your face and leave for 15 mins, then gently wash it away.

Last but not least is the face cream contains English Lavender which will soothe and repai skin whilst Egyptian Geranium will help balance oil levels and condition your skin.

All of this is written on the back of each jar/bottle, which is super because I like to know what's going on my face and what the benefits of it are.

I think all of the products in this range will be especially good for people with acne and other skin problems due to it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, they also contain ingredients which balance the level of oils in your skin so that should prevent your skin becoming oily and producing spots.

I'm in love with the concept of this whole brand and if these products work for me I will inshaAllah be buying more.

Part 2 of this review will be up soon inshaAllah and I will also be interviewing the sister who started this brand (she is only 20!!) so if you guys have any questions for her leave them below and I will try get em answered for you

Till next time Ma'salaama!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Confessions | Send me your bio-dahtah

So you get to that dreaded 'age' when you family start 'looking' for someone for you and your asked to write your CV/Bio-data so they can give it out to potential spouses what the hell do you write? This was my cousin's first draft of her CV she's wondering where she's going wrong...maybe you can help lol.

ALL about me, myself and I!!!

  • Brown eyes
  • Rounded longish face
  • Bushy eyebrows
  • Between 4’11’’ and  5’00 – some say I look taller???
  • Teeth -  have full set of adult teeth, with slight gap in between top 2 front teeth.
  • 4 fingers and 1 thumb on each hand, oh yeh n 2 hands. 10 toes, 5 on each foot and also 2 feet, but not 2 left feet or 2 right feet but one of each. Oh, and not to forget no nails missing.
  • Over all Alhamduluillah full set of limbs, more or less symmetrical body.
  • Dark brown/black hair a bit like most Bangladeshi girls. Relatively straight, still need to count how many strands though.  (may be in the thousands, yep yep, balding slowly) no gray hairs yet.
  • Skin colour – not so laal or shundor and not that moyla either. Hmm.. some where in the middle.
Okay... well , that’s EVERYTHING about me!!

Criteria for a bhai in islam is as follows :- 

  • Shundor saab (good looking mister)
  • Lots of paisa and houses. (lots of money & houses)
  • But most importantly amar lakhan (like me) Eeeeslamic. 

Yes girls you may use this template when your parents ask for yours xD

[Note this was a joke please do not use this template if you're serious about getting married]

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Update: Smoky not smudgy, Eid & OOTD

Assalaamu alaikum sisters!

I haven't posted anything for a while, mainly because uni work is just piling up )= I feel like I have too much to do and too little time and then I realise I spend most of my time thinking this instead of actually doing work! What do you guys suggest I do to get myself to do some work? I mean I come home from placement which is pretty much a 9-5 job, eat, watch telly, then feel too tired to do anything. I've also been feeling really drained lately, I think it could be because of the change of weather, always making me feel real gloomy and run-down and  I don't know how to snap out of it. I feel tired like all I want to do is sleep, I'm getting grey hairs too...at 20? Seriously think there may be something wrong with me, maybe I need to go see the doc's.

So I write this post with my eyes half open (-_-)

Anyhow....! I went to the smoky not smudgy event last Saturday (the Saturday before Eid) and for those of you who don't know what the events all about it's basically a women's only pamper day held by Imperial College Uni for Charity week, every year they have stalls held by business women who sell all things a woman could want (make-up, clothes, jewellery, hijabs, accessories, CAKE!) as well as make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, henna artists, masseuse who all provide their services on the day all in the name of charity mA (=

This year I teamed up with my friend Hana from 'Ornate' and we held a stall doing henna and selling some hijabs & accessories, which looking back on it was actually not a very good idea because it took a lot of effort to make the hijabs and then turned out probably 80% of the stalls there were hijab & accessory stalls -__- It was a good event though and I met some really lovely sisters!

Big shout out to one of my readers who I met on the day (= (you know who you are!)....It was quite weird meeting you because when I write my posts I never think anyone actually reads them (except for the haters who read my posts only to leave negative comments and tell me what I'm writing is 'wrong'). I write (or type rather) as if I'm writing to an imaginary friend or in a diary lol so it was weird when people came up to me and said that they follow my blog, like really lovely down to earth and very inspiring sisters MashaAllah (they weren't even weirdo's off the net, which is a good thing lol)

On the day I wore a black jilbab, with a khaki/brownish belt, a beige colour jersey hijab (which you've seen before) and a black ruched sleeve blazer. Kept my make-up pretty simple with just some black eyeliner, mascara and nude/pinky lips. Here are some pics of my outfit of the day =)

 And that is my lil bro Is'haq, do keep him in your du'as he keeps faling ill (as you can see from his runny nose and sleepish eyes in the pic).

Hmmm so what else did I want to tell you guys....??????

Oh yeah EID MUBARAK! I know it's very late lol, I was really busy, we had my whole family come round for lunch (and dinner) it was really fun actually (stressful and hectic at times, but still fun) I love seeing all my aunts, cousins and grandma I feel like a little kid again when we used to all live together or meet up every weekend, now everyones grown up and 'busy' with life, Eid is the only time we get to see everyone together <3 my family they're best  =D

This is a pic of me n my cousin (I'm in the pink) we went for quite simple outfits this Eid ( which I personally think looked nicer, and was waaay more comfortable then looking like walking xmas decorations lol) I didn't choose my dress my mum actually bought it for me and told me that it was for Eid, very 60's retro no?

Anyway  I think that's all for now, hope you guys had an AWESOME Eid iA! Remember me n my family & the entire Ummah in your du'as....Love you all for the sake of Allah (=

Ma'salaama xxx