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Friday, 18 May 2018

Spiritual | A Test of Patience


Through our lives our imaan rises and drops, that's absolutely normal, its human. When our imaan is at a low it's natural to feel hopeless and helpless, to sometimes feel like everyone else's lives are great, they seem to have it all figured out, they don't have the struggles you have and look like they're living the life you prayed for.

During these times you may feel like you are constantly making du'a and being patient but your du'as are not being answered, you're not seeing the results you hoped you would. You question your faith and wonder why Allah has deserted you.

I want you to remember you are not alone, there are plenty of people who feel this way at some point in their lives. But there are things you can do to help you understand the situation you are in and help to bring you out of this feeling of despair.

So why does it seem like your du'as are not getting answered and what are some practical steps you can take to increase your imaan and become more patient with Allah's will?


He is saving you from harm

Your du'a might not be answered because the thing you are making du'a for may be actually bad for you. Allah knows what we do not know. For example you might be making du'a to marry a person you like but Allah may know that this person will not be good for you in the future. He is saving you from something that may cause you harm in the long run.

You might be looking to get into something that is prohibited in Islam, like dealing with interest, or gaining haraam income. If He isn't saving you from something practical in this life then He is saving you from sin and the consequences in the afterlife.

Timing 

If Allah is not answering your du'a straight away, keep making the du'a and don't give up, if it is good for you He will grant you it at the right time in life.

Last year I nearly bought a house with my husband, it was an hour away from both of our work places and we would have poured our life savings into it. Things came up and the sale didn't go through. I was actually pleased because I had found out I was pregnant during this time. We would have no money left for a baby and we would have been so far away from family.

The timing just was not right and Allah saved me from something that may have caused me harm in the future.

He is replacing what you've lost with something better

When you're in the situation you might feel really hopeless. You may question why Allah is putting you through this situation. For example you may have just lost your job, or not got the job you prayed so hard for after the interview.

Keep your head high and say Alhamdulillah, Allah may be planning to give you something better than what you just lost.

How to increase your patience

Always remember that everything happens for a reason and Allah will never burden a soul with more than it can bear. You are strong enough to get through the situation you're in which is why you have been given this struggle in your life.

Remember that we plan and Allah plans, Allah is the best of planners. There have been many times in my life where I've been disappointed in something, many months or years down the line I look at it in hindsight and can see exactly why something happened the way it did.

Try to increase your imaan by reciting more Quran and trying to have more concentration in your prayers, make your du'as sincere and heartfelt, don't ever think that your du'a is too big or too small. If you truly believe Allah is the most powerful and everything is in His hands He can answer anything you make du'a for.

Give more in charity. Charity is something that is selfless and never negatively impacts you. Try to increase in the amount you give to charity and carry out more charitable deeds. I've always found that I get more when I give more. This is a good way of also reminding you of everything you have been blessed with. When we look at those less fortunate than us, it puts life into perspective.

Make a list of all the things that have gone well in your life, all the positive things, all the things you're grateful for and make a du'a of gratitude to thank Allah for all the good in your life.

How to ensure your du'as are accepted

Try to stop all the haram and disliked things in Islam. Repent and sincerely make the intention to not commit that sin.

Make your du'as heartfelt and sincere. Ask Allah with all your heart fully believing that He will answer your du'a.

Increase in good deeds.

Ask Allah with all His glorious names and attributes.

Make good du'as for other people and the angels will make du'a for the same thing for you.

Make du'a in times of ease and plenty. Make du'a when things are going well, think of Allah when everything is easy and He will remember you in times of hardship.

In this holy month of Ramadan I pray that all our du'as are accepted and Allah gives us the strength to get through any trials that come our way.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Spiritual | Welcome Ramadan

 
 
It’s been confirmed that Ramadan will start tomorrow night (first fast on Thursday). Im excited for Ramadan this year as with every year because Allah knows how much I need the spiritual uplift to kickstart me into good habits again. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t quite apprehensive as well this year. 

 
Last year was my first Ramadan with a newborn, this year it’s with a teething, fussy eating, tantrum throwing 1 year old (whoever said newborns are hard work lied, it gets harder as they start to understand more, test their boundaries more and start to move around more). I spent the whole day cleaning and doing laundry so it’s one less thing to do as we go into Ramadan. 

 
My goals this year are pretty basic, to pray on time every time, recite as much Quran as possible, to only expose my daughter to Islamically beneficial entertainment (songs, books, toys & cartoons) and to practice patience (any parents of babies/toddlers will tell you how patience wears thin). I kept it simple but realistic and achievable, anything more I got out of this month will be a bonus and I won’t be disappointed if I find I can’t do as much as I have been able to do in the past.

I won’t be able to go to the mosque for taraweeh because I have a baby, but I’m hoping I don’t miss out on the spiritual benefits of this month, I pray it doesn’t just pass me by and I can make the most of it.

To all my readers...Ramadan Kareem x

Monday, 14 May 2018

Beauty Review | Eyebrow Tint - Maybelline vs Revolution


I'm one of those lazy people that would rather have a few more minutes of sleep than wake up and do my makeup before work, so now that I'm a mum I'm even less likely to be found wearing makeup. Sometimes I want to make an effort to look more human and less zombie and so I was on the look out for something that will make my makeup routine a little bit quicker and easier, I was super excited to try out the eyebrow tints that have recently come on the market.


As you can see my eyebrows are sort of grey, very light and sparse, I don't pluck/thread my eyebrows so I tend to fill them in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in dark brown if I just want a light filling in and a nice shape. If I want proper fleeky brows for full makeup days I'd use the DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate as well and then conceal around to cover the hairs around the shape I created.

First the Maybelline Tattoo Brow came out, the hefty £12.99 price tag didn't even put me off, I was determined to try this thing out. You apply it to your brows in the shape that you want, leave on for 20 mins to 2 hours and then peel off. It comes in 3 colours, light brown, medium brown and dark brown. There's no way to really trial these things out in terms of which colour to go for so I went for dark brown as I used dark brown brow wiz, that's the logical thing to do right?

Well turns I out I probably should have gone for a slightly lighter colour because I looked pretty ridiculous after I peeled it off...apologies for the poor lighting in the pictures below.



So they came out a bit too dark and the colour was much warmer and orange/brown than I had expected, maybe because I got the wrong colour, I looked really funny for the next few days with no makeup on my face a dark eyebrows. But that wasn't the worst thing, the worst thing was that as it faded it looked ginger. To say I was disappointed in this product would be an understatement, what a waste! I'm not sure if getting a lighter colour would have helped but I wasn't planning on spending another £12.99 to try it out.

A few weeks later I was watching Saffiyah Tasneem do a live masking session on Instagram and she mentioned Makeup Revolution had brought out an eyebrow tint too. I went to Superdrug with my sister and we picked one up. This also comes in 3 colours Taupe, Medum Brown and Dark Brown. I was torn between the colour Taupe (lightest colour) and the Medium Brown because I had learnt my lesson from my previous brow tinting and made sure we didn't pick a colour too dark for our brows. We couldn't find any useful swatches online so we went for the Medium Brown.

To my surprise this brow tint only cost £5! Even if this experience was going to be terrible like my last at least it wouldn't hurt my purse as much.

I tried it on and I loved it! I kept it on for about 45mins to an hour and it was the shade that I had wanted. It's a cool toned brown, looks much more natural and fades more naturally too.

Because I don't pluck or thread my brows the way I applied it was to first draw desired shape that I wanted with an eyebrow pencil to make sure they looked the same on both sides.






I then coloured between the lines with the brow tint with the applicator provided. The product (both maybelline and revolution) are a glupey gel like texture and come with the same type of applicator, you may find it easier to apply with an angled brow brush to get a more precise application.





Wipe around the edges with a wet cotton bud (or baby wipes in my case) and leave it on for 20 mins to an hour (you can leave it on longer but I didn't want them to be super dark).

After peeling I used a spooly to brush the front part of my brows as I didn't want that part to be as dark and filled in as the rest so it looked more natural. If I was going out and wanted to cover the stray hairs I would just use a bit of concealer to do that.

After reading some reviews of the products I see that people with very light or blond eyebrows went for these products to tint their brows, unfortunately I don't think this tints the brow hairs but sort of stains the skin underneath, hence they look like they've been filled in. My eyebrow hairs are obviously dark to begin with, so I can't tell if they make the hairs darker.


Both the Maybelline and Revolution brow tints don't last super long (possibly 2 days maybe 3), so it's obviously not a long term thing, but is useful if you want to go a few days of having filled in brows.

I would definitely recommend you get the Revolution one (unless you like the ginger brow look). If you want to keep topping it up every week or every couple of days the Revolution is much more affordable too.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Beauty Review | FW Beauty Skincare


I finally got around to writing up this much requested post on the products I bought from FWBeauty, the reason I haven't written something sooner is because I believe it's important to be using a skincare product for a while before reviewing it, as most skincare products don't give significant results after just one or two uses.

I've been following the founders of FW Beauty Fatiha and Yasmine's journey online for a while now and I love seeing how successful they are becoming. They talk about their products with so much passion and confidence that I had to meet them in person and try out their skincare products.

If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know that I attended the Muslim Lifestyle Show a few weeks ago and picked up the FW Beauty skincare products that I've been dying to try ever since I saw the glowing reviews. They had everything at a reduced price and I picked up the clear complexion bar, the gold elixir brightening facial oil and the black gold elixir nourishing facial oil.

Here are a few details about each product from their website fwbeauty.com

Gold Elixir - Brightening Facial oil


Price: £28.99
Suitable for oily, combination and even sensitive skin (Always do a patch test before use)
 
Benefits:
  • Gold Elixir is a light oil with the key ingredients Golden Jojoba Oil and 24K Gold. It seals in moisture to create an effective barrier against harmful external elements but allowing your skin to breath and repair itself at the same time. Gold Elixir is also an excellent makeup primer!
  • It can help control the oil production in your skin, tricking your skin to stop producing excess oil.
  • Gold Elixir counteracts acne formation, penetrating deep into your pores and dissolving deposits, thus clearing your skin and leaving your skin looking healthier and brighter.
  • It can help relieve itching and dryness on eczema or problematic skin. The skin inflammation is reduced by the anti-inflammatory properties contained within of the oil.
  • It helps reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration.
  • Helps improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, thanks to the benefiticial oils and 24 Carat Gold contained within the Gold Elixir.
  • The essential fatty acids contained within Gold Elixir are emollients, which improve skin flexibility and permeability.
  • Suitable for daily use.

Ingredients:

Simmondsia Chinesis, Rosa Mosqueta, Vitis Vinifera, Tocopherol, 24 Carat Gold, Matricaria Chamomilla

Black Gold Elixir - Nourishing Facial Oil


Price: £28.99
Suitable for Dry to normal skin type. ALWAYS DO A PATCH TEST.
Benefits:
  • Black Gold is the ultimate nourishment for healthy skin!
  • 24K Gold Infused In Black Seed Oil 
  • Rich in Omega 3, 6, Vitamin B, C, E, and Antioxidants.
  •  
  • Use as an oil cleanser, moisturiser, or as a makeup base/primer.
  • Helps to restore the look of vibrancy to your skin
  • Nourishes your skin, thanks to the vitamins and minerals contained in our oil.
  • The Black Seed helps to repair your skin while the other beneficial oils help to fade away marks or scars from old acne/pimples. 
  • A great moisturiser, thanks to its fatty acids which help to encourage a youthful look.
  • 24K Gold flakes, which is great for collagen boost for the skin and fights wrinkles thus delays ageing.
Ingredients:

Rosa Mosqueta, Nigella Sativa Oil, Vitis Vinifera Oil, 24 Carat Gold, Tocopherol Oil, Citrus Aurantium Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Oil

Clear Complexion Bar:


Price: £14.99
Suitable for normal skin types.
  • Natural cleansing bar made from skin superfood Shea Butter, and crucial cold pressed oils to give your skin a healthy glow.
  • The light exfoliating properties contained in this bar is from the high-quality nourishing Rhassoul Clay, sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
  • With regular use the bar will repair and heal the skin- resulting in an even complexion and radiant glow.





 Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Vitellaria paradoxa, Cocos nucifera, Ricinus communis, Simmondsia chinensis, A. barbadensis Mill, tocopherol, Vanilla planifolia, Hectorite

My Review:


Now you know a bit about the products I want to share my thoughts after trying them out for a few weeks.

Price:

The price for all the products are in my opinion reasonable for what you're getting. All the products will last a long time even with daily use because a little does go a long way. Compared to some other well known facial oils it's super affordable.

Packaging:

If you know me you know I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. The packaging for the oils looked and felt very luxury and would make the perfect gift for any occasion.

The packaging for the cleansing bar is pretty basic, just wrapped in plastic film and then in a plastic cover. Would be nice if it was packaged in a way that you could store it in the bathroom to dry. I personally cut the bar off and use it bit by bit.



Customer service:

I bought the products from the stall and even though they were super busy and exhausted they took the time to speak to my husband and I about all of their products. The team are also super prompt in their replies on social media and I've had good experiences with the company.

Products:

I want to remind everyone that everyone's skin is not the same and what works for one person might not work as well for someone else.

Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar

I bought the clear cleansing bar after reading the rave reviews from people with skin conditions. I don't have any major skin problems Alhamdulillah but do have breakouts every now and then and acne scars, my skin is normal/oily. I've only ever used a soap on my face once and that was when I was desperate to remove my makeup and didn't have anything to take it off with. It dried my face like crazy and my skin felt so tight afterwards I had to rush to moisturise it.

This bar was not like any other soap, it has small exfoliating particles that are gentle on your skin but effective at removing dead skin on the surface, it is also quite moisturising and after washing it off my skin felt soft and supple.

The first time I used it I tried to wash it off my face with water to my surprise it left a waxy residue which wasn't easy to remove. I found the best way to use it is to wash it off with a damp/wet muslin cloth and then just wash your face with cold water at the end. (see my instagram beauty highlight to see a step by step on how I use it).

Gold Elixir- Brightening Facial Oil

Because I have oily/normal/combination skin I would never put an oil on my face because I always felt it made my face greasy and that's not a look I want. This oil is good because it's oily when you put it on but sinks into your skin and about 10-15mins later your skin feels soft and moisturised but not oily.

Black Gold Elixir - Nourishing Facial Oil

This is the only product I haven't tried, my husband actually bought this oil for himself as he has dry and sometimes problematic skin so he needed something that was really moisturising. Unfortunately he hasn't used it so I can't really tell you much about it other than it smells different from the gold elixir, is more oily and is similar to black seed oil.

Final verdict:

So I've been using the products everyday for the past few weeks and I believe my skin loves the products as it feels soft and supple after every use. Unfortunately it hasn't cleared up my acne scars as much as I'd have liked, I still get breakouts but they are better managed with this skincare routine. My spots don't get as nasty because the soap makes sure all the dirt and bacteria is cleaned off my face so it doesn't make the breakout worse. I will continue to use the products because it is helping to fade my acne scars and I believe with continued use it will inshaAllah clear up completely.

The products are not miracle products and if you have problems with your skin due to hormonal issues, side effects of medication you're taking or because you're eating unhealthy foods, no skincare product will fix it. These products however, do make sure your skin gets all the nourishment it needs to repair itself and keep it healthy. If you use them everyday you will at least be making sure your skin is thoroughly cleaned and looked after so that it's in the best possible condition it can be.

If I have makeup on I still use my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser to remove my makeup before double cleansing with the bar and finishing it off with the facial oil. The thing I love about all the products in my skincare routine is that they're all natural and don't contain any harsh chemicals.

What does your skincare routine look like? I'd love to hear what products you're using and why you love them, leave a comment below.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Beauty Review | Part 2 - Concealers



Second part of my makeup review of my current foundations and concealers, in this post I'll be talking about some of my current concealers...Enjoy!

FYI:
Skin tone- Warm/Medium/Tan
Skin Type- Oily/Normal (oily T-Zone, normal everywhere else)





1- NARS Creamy Concealer - Ginger

Price: £24
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full buildable

I heard this NARS concealer was a good dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape seeing as we don't have Tarte cosmetics in the UK I decided to buy this concealer. It comes with a doe-foot applicator and is good for the under-eye area to conceal dark circles. The colour matches me pretty well as I tend to use concealers that are a shade lighter than my foundation.

Pro's: 
-Good coverage
-Nice texture
-Good shade range

Con's:
-Creases under the eye if you use too much


2&3- Maybelline Eye erase - Honey & Nude

Price: £8.99 in drugstores
Type: Liquid with built in applicator
Coverage: light/medium

This is another one that beauty bloggers raved about so I thought I would give it a go. I initially bought nude but it looked a bit too light when I used it under my eyes, so I went and bought honey which is good under foundation, sometimes I do wear it on its own, depending on how tanned I am I use either nude or honey or both. It comes at a pretty decent price compared to others but the coverage isn't great. I'm not a big fan of the built in applicator as I feel the concealer doesn't come out properly, I can't apply it how I want to and you cant clean it.

Pro's:
-Cheap
-Good for light coverage
-Includes Goji Berry & Haloxyl which are supposed to be anti-aging and fade dark circles over time

Con's:
-Annoying built in applicator
-Not good for covering dark circles

4- MAC Select Cover-up - NC42

Price: £16.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium buildable

I was matched this a while a go in MAC because I wanted a concealer to cover spots and acne marks, and I'm not sure why I was matched to this colour as it's a shade darker than my foundation (maybe it was during the summer?) Anyway, its a pretty good lightweight concealer, very runny compared to the others. Good for covering specific areas like blemishes but not very good to use under the eyes.

Pro's:
-Covers small spots and acne scars
-Lightweight texture

Con's:
-Not great coverage
-Cakey under the eyes under foundation

5- MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer- NC35

Price: £16.50
Type: Cream
Coverage: Medium-Full buildable

This is my go to concealer to conceal around my eyebrows. It's a cream concealer so pretty rubbish under the eyes as it creases a lot, but it's perfect to conceal around your brows to give you fleeky, sharp and precise brows. I don't pluck or thread my brows so to get a nice brow I just fill it in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and conceal with this concealer and a small, flat brush, once I'm done I just blend out with a fluffy brush.

It can become a little bit dry so you may need to warm it up with your fingers first.

Pro's:
-Very good creamy coverage
-Perfect for precise concealing (eyebrows)

Con's:
-Creases like crazy if used under the eyes
-Not transfer proof so you must set it with a powder
-Can dry out a bit

6- MAC Conceal & Correct Duo- Rich Yellow

Price: £20.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Light & Bright

Not sure if this should even be in this post, but it makes a huge difference to my concealing under-eye game. It's a duo colour corrector, you are supposed to use the burnt coral as a colour corrector and the rich yellow to highlight and brighten. This product is amazing for under-circles and hyperpigmentation. I was matched the shades in a MAC store and when I want full coverage, bright under eye's where you can't see the dark circles at all this is what I use.

I use the yellow on top of my corrector, concealer, foundation and it just brightens up my whole under eye area, it's also great for highlighting down the bridge of my nose.

I may do a whole separate review on this product, but add it to your concealer regime and you might just thank me!