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Monday, 21 May 2018

How To Stay Motivated During Ramadan?

As simple as reminding oneself that this month is the most blessed month out of all months! Each good deed, every time one practices their patience, bites their tongue and halts performing any prohibited action is rewarded abundantly!

Practise makes perfect and write down what you want to achieve this Ramadan. Is it completing the Quran? Learning more about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s life? Joining a Charity? Or practising maintaining a sound heart and focusing on trusting Allah swt's plan?

Reminding yourself constantly, morning, afternoon and night that this month is purely for believers to actually do what we were sent here to do should give you that wake up call. To perhaps, not sleep all day and wake up for Iftar or possibly spend longer performing Salah and focus on actually praying and submitting yourself to Allah.

What's more, reminding yourself of all the bounties Allah has blessed us with! Food, a roof over our heads, access to schools and even being able to walk out of your house and not be blown to smithereens such as the occurences in Gaza and other countries.

Even more, is realising Allah chose us to be able to be part of this Ramadan 2018. Allah has given us all the chance to rectify our mistakes and be the best Muslims we can be or atleast try to be. These are all the points I try to remind myself whenever I feel myself unmotivated during this blessed month and inshallah for all the months thereafter.

Do you have any tips you'd like to share?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Are You A Ramadan Muslim?

Every year Ramadan graces us with a warm embrace, a compassionate smile and the ability to turn a non practising Muslim into a patient, humble and charitable man whom practises his religion undoubtedly.

The term, "Ramadan Muslim", is thrown around so casually each year and hinders ones progress and path towards Islam. As a Muslim myself, and one who observes hijab, I'm sure I speak for many when I say that I am not the best practising Muslim myself, but as I wear a hijab and "look" more Muslim than a non wearing hijab sister or a brother who doesn't have a beard, he or she is slated for perhaps dressing more modestly during Ramadan?

Ramadan is not just for abstaining from food. It's so much more than that. It's for all Muslims to be able to strengthen our faith during this holy month, suppress our desires and egos, control our limbs, withstand from backbiting or gossiping and instead focusing our attention towards performing charitable deeds, helping those less fortunate than us and trying to maintain it after Ramadan.

Ramadan isn't just for those who the most devout Muslims or for those who haven't prayed a single prayer this year. It's for all of us, we should actually be encouraging the sister if she wishes to adorn an abaya etc. If anything, it's true belief when somebody picks that Quran up off that dusty shelf to read during Ramadan as they're aware that this month is a month better than a thousand months! And if they choose to follow this after Ramadan then it's a job well done and if not, then pray for your brother or sister in Islam.

I am actually very excited for Ramadan and in much need of a spiritual cleanse! Would you like to see a #RamadanDiaries2018? 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Makeup is such a heavy topic to discuss. For me, It transgresses the mere thought of wearing it to 'hide spots or imperfections'. It simultaneously boosts my confidence and also lowers my self esteem. Self esteem is a subject only know I can speak on as growing up I undermined my self worth and capabilities. It's only through 'growing up', I am confident and now don't allow my exterior to define me as a person.

Paradoxically, I wear makeup based on what mood I am in. As somebody who works in retail, wearing makeup is part of my job. I sometimes hate it and I sometimes love it. Admittedly, I don't work at a makeup brand so a small amount of concealer and a lipstick suffices but I choose to wear more makeup when I want to and brighter, more daring tones when I want to.

For this look, I decided to wear brighter hues and play with different techniques. I rarely wear such colours paired together but as a young adult, when am I going to wear such an array of colours on my face later on in life. I played with the new 'Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration' Palette Azure which I ordered off Superdrug (pics in due course). It contains an array of bright colours and they are all pigmented and blend well.

What does makeup mean to you?


April Favourites¦ NEW DISCOVERIES

April was a month that literally flew by. I know so many others are saying the same about last month and even this year so far, but guys, where did it go? Admittedly, it was a month that I don't think I got much done, in terms of career building, gym 'ing', blogging but it was the month I went to Paris, so I guess I did do something last month!

What I did discover last month though, were a few new items that I happened to be repeatedly using on the regular.  The Origins, Madeleine Shaw, 'Glow Co Nuts, Hydrating Moisture Mask', was a skincare staple the whole of April and to date for my thirsty, dehydrated skin. I managed to try out a sample of this mask and the following day received so many compliments on my skin. It didn't just 'give the appearance of hydrated skin' but actually quenched my thirsty skins needs over the following few days. I much prefer it over the Glamglow 'hydrating' skin mask.

What's more, I am loving my Zara red bag with a stunning gold chain accent which mimics a lot of high end bags, it is of a suede material so be careful with which items of clothing you decide to pair it with as it does transfer the red colour. But I love how it gives a more 'luxe' (lol) look to an outfit.

Speaking of red, I don't think a lot of us are over how much of an impact Red as a shade makes whether it be an accessory, one piece suit or even a lipstick makes to oneself. The Fenty $tunna Lip Paint is a lipstick that speaks for itself. Whenever I'm going out, my entire look is based on my red lipstick as not only does it have the best finish and look, it's so comfortable and does all the talking in itself.

I have also fallen back in love with my LiLash serum which I went without for a few months and noticed how shitty my lashes were looking. I decided to go for the plunge as it is £57 and purchased it as it genuinely does work! Talking of lashes, the Nars Lash curler has been very good to me last month and to date as it pushes my lash high up to Jesus and the curl lasts all day!

Last but by no means least, the Dior Lip Maximiser not only plumps my lips but hydrates my dry lips for up to 3 hours! I wear it under lip liners, lipsticks, everything and even before I start my make up process! It's  dream!

What were your April favourites or new discoveries? Have you tried any of these items?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

PARIS¦ Why Are Parisians So Rude?

The Parisian lifestyle has been 'instaglammed' to the high heavens as THE place to be, quite like London, a fun city which is constantly buzzing with new and cool eateries or social places around every corner costing a small fortune just to relax or socialise with family or friends. Needless to say, I succumbed and visited Paris a few weekends ago and my experience was definitely different from the last time I visited.

My trip to Paris was in celebration of my sisters 28th birthday and was a small city break. We didn't anticipate a 28 degrees heatwave and needless to say, like true Brits, we were not ready for the weather! I hadn't packed as appropriately as I anticipated and that played a part in being uncomfortable during our visits to the touristy stops as well as the general rude demeanour of some Parisians.

We stayed at an Ibis Hotel on Rue Lafayette which was cheap and cheerful only to discover that the air con was broken for the two nights we were staying with them. Sleep was a myth but being in a different city with beautiful weather was the silver lining and I wasn't going to allow that to ruin my break.

On the first night we simply explored our surroundings, visited Sephora on Champs Elysee's and the French pharmacies. Sephora was a bit of a let down as they didn't carry my favourite rose face masks anymore but instead had a lot of rose lip masks which I wouldn't use. I bought a concealer and some Sephora liquid lipstick which I will be showcasing in my next post.

The French Pharmacy we visited was called, 'CityPharma', which is a favourite of many celebrity makeup artists like Pat McGrath and it has two stories with so many products to choose from. Even in this pharmacy I was being pushed and walked into by staff and customers, the word, "excuse me", didn't exist this weekend, literally.

The second day we queued at this popular breakfast stop called, 'Holybelly', and it was divine! I ordered maple syrup pancakes with ice cream, cream, strawberries, bananas and hazelnuts to garnish and I. Was. In. Heaven!

We also visited some yummy halal restaurants such as 'Le Jumayrah' and 'Le Butcher', I have some more pictures on my Instagram if you'd like to visit on 'Sakinahsays'.

All in all, I would definitely love to visit Paris again, I didn't get enough time to visit the Islamic quarter where there is a beautiful mosque I wanted to visit but ran out of time!

What are your thoughts on Paris?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Feeling BLUE...

Ever since I came across a few older images (circa 2015) I was inspired to create this look which Kim Kardashian and other beauty influencers have been sporting all over Instagram.

Originally, the image I came across of my self was also inspired by Kimmy and this is just a re make of the look. I don't really tend to create bold eye looks on myself these days as I love to focus on creating a flawless, glowy base. However, I've thoroughly enjoyed creating this look after work and snapping away, it reminded me of my vain days haha!

What's more I literally applied the 'azure' shade in the Anastasia Beverley Hills 'Shadow Couture' Palette all over and blended it out as well as smudging it underneath my eye for that smokey bottom lash.

I paired it with my ultimate darling, the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in 'Intensity one' to bronze and highlight and Mac 'Stripdown' lip liner, Tom Ford 'Sable Smoke' lipstick and 'Rose Crush' lip gloss for that nude lip.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Skincare for ROACCUTANE| Dry, Flaky, Rough Skin.

Since I have began my journey with Roaccutane, it has been very difficult to decipher which products actually help my skin and which simply do nothing. As I have two elder siblings with Eczema they were able to recommend products which genuinely soothe drier, tight skin and that which does not block pores.

Below I have listed products which will aid your journey and keep your skin as comfortable as it can be on Roaccutane without it feeling more sensitive than it probably is currently feeling:

  1. Aquaphor Balm: This is an all purpose super hydrating balm which soothes instantly and is fragrance free. It leaves a matte finish which is great if your a guy on this medication and perhaps don't want uber glossy lips.
  2. La Roche Posay Cleanser: (recommend from 'emmahbeautyuk' on Instagram), a comforting and hydrating cream cleanser which gently cleanses the skin without leaving a tight and dry feeling afterwards. This cleanser is mildly fragranced but nothing excessive, another option is the 'Fresh, Soy Cleanser', which does not irritate the skin.
  3. Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliant- this is such a god send. As you'll know, once your dry skin has collated, you need to get rid of it as your creams won't soak into the skin properly and exfoliating is the only way to get rid of this problem. All of my exfoliators were too gritty and rough for my sensitive skin. But this Clarins exfoliator is SO gentle and it does the job effectively.
  4. Eucerin 10% Urea Treatment Cream- this is my night cream and it is super hydrating. Just recently the doseage prescribed to me was too much and my skin was so sore and inflammed and this cream did irritate my skin. So, only use this when it is a normal dry skin texture and not sore, inflammed and red skin. Otherwise try Epaderm which is amazing for the latter skin types.
  5. Clinique Moisture Surge-this was not a product I thought I'd ever use despite it being a cult classic. But that is what it is a classically, beautiful and lightweight moisturiser which is what I wear during the day. It soaks in quickly and leaves a healthy glow.
  6. SkinCeuticals SPF- the best SPF! It does not leave any residue, soaks into the skin and provides SPF50 protection. I'm on my 3rd bottle! This is the most important step and any skincare routine will not be effective if your not protecting your skin from the sun. 
These are my 'must haves' as they leave my skin feeling 'normal', well as normal as skin on Roaccutane can feel. I hope this helps and eye drops are so important! I almost forgot, I carry eye drops with me everywhere as your eyes will be so dry now and become red if your not lubricating them with eye drops. You can buy any from Boots or Superdrug. 

Hope this helps!
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