strength

strength

a few months ago when i created my blog the vision i had for myself was so much different than it is today. the reason that i created this page was for me to have a platform that i can unfold my thoughts, feeling, and creativity with the outside world. i felt like i had found myself and i was ready to give myself to the world. these past couple weeks i have been so unmotivated. no particular reason, just detached and uninterested. i think that i was so wrapped up in the idea of that I had “found myself” that i started to change myself to become this person in my head. honestly, i don’t even know if any of this makes sense – but i am writing this tonight because i am energized. tonight i feel soft and golden and beautiful and good and so i am embracing this moment and writing these little reminders that i hope will inspire you because they inspire me

  1. you become less, so you can become more
  2. be humble and de-emphasize yourself
  3. stop explaining you who are
  4. invent the present
  5. fondness will be reciprocated
  6. celebrate the moments you have with people, even if friendships with these people break off
  7. you’re multidimensional
  8. don’t apologize for how you feel
  9. someones prettiness doesn’t make your prettiness any less pretty
  10. “verily with hardship comes ease”

Ugly Sweater Party

This weekend my friend Amarra hosted an ugly sweater potluck party and it was amazing!! It was such a fun way for everyone to get together and have a good time. As muslims it is sometimes hard trying to find a balance between deen and the holidays, and this was the perfect way to celebrate our love for this season!! Everyone brought delicious dishes and the mood was so homey and perfect. We played games and of course had an ugly sweater competition. I am proud to say i had the UGLIEST sweater of them all. We also wanted to try the mannequin challenge before it became too out of date!! Watch it above!

 

Holy Grail Products

Everyone has their top pick of favorite makeup products. It is always a challenge finding products that work right for you, and your needs. The products that I am sharing with you are products that I find go above and beyond and perform exactly how I want them too.

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  1. Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer – I personally use this bronzer as an eyeshadow. I use it in my crease, on my lid, and as a blending color. It is such a beautiful brown, not too light, and not too dark, and looks amazing on my skin tone. It is so pigmented, lasts all day, and smells like hot chocolate.

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2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop – I have tried the Anastasia glow kit, Makeup Forever HD highlighter, Benefit stick highlight, and the MAC highlighter, and nothing compares to this! I only have to use couple swipes with my brush, and I start to glow. The other thing that I love about this highlighter is that it actually stays on. I find that a lot of other highlighters look really good when you first put them on, but an hour later it looks like you never even highlighted. I 100% recommend this highlighter.

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3. Urban Decay Perversion Water Proof Fine-Point Eye Pen – If you are like me and struggle with eyeliner, then you know that liquid is the worst. It is so hard to wing you eyeliner using a liquid pen, because it makes it so much easier to mess up. This felt-tip eyeliner pen is absolutely one of the best I have tried, and it makes winging you eyeliner 1000 times easier. It is a true jet black, and stays on forever. I fell asleep wearing this eyeliner and when I woke up it still looked as good as when I first put it on!

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4. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani 24 Hour Lip Liner in the color Ex-Girlfriend – This stuff is seriously amazing. It lasts for so long, and is the perfect color. It isn’t too red, too pink, or too brown, but the perfect shade. It isn’t too dark or too light either. I wear this all over my lips, with my Nivea lip-balm, and my lips look and feel amazing! You can eat and drink with this lip-liner and nothing about it will change. I have very chapped lips, especially in the fall and winter time, and it does not dry out my lips at all. img_0832

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – This will forever be my favorite product. It has so many uses, and does such a good job in every single way that it can be used. You can use this as a setting spray, and it will make your makeup last all day without looking cakey. If your skin is irritated, you can spray this on and it will calm it down instantly. If you need to quickly freshen up, just a few squirts of this and you will look and feel amazing. It smells so good, and it only sells for $7. It is my holy grail item that I can’t live without!

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Fantastic Four Face Mask

When it comes to our skin, I think it is safe to say that we all want what is best. No one likes irritated skin, or break outs. It is tough dealing with our skin when we experience these things. Everyone has different skin types, from oily to dry, and some methods might not work for others. This mask uses four key ingredients that work well with every skin type, all in one! These ingredients are all antibacterial, and help to get rid of any unwanted and gross bacteria on the skin. The ingredients are

  1. Turmeric – Turmeric is a powder spice that has many different healing properties. Turmeric is known for helping with inflammation, acne, bacterial and is an antiseptic. In this mask, the turmeric is used  is used to reduce redness and help fight acne.
  2. Coconut Oil – The job of coconut oil in this mask is to moisturize the face, and to kill any bacteria that is on the skin. Coconut oil is known as an antimicrobial and will help stop further grown of any bacteria on the face.
  3. Lemon – Lemons are used in this mask to help  brighten the skin, and kill any bacteria on the skin.
  4. Honey – Honey has tons of antioxidants that will help the skin. In this mask, honeys job is the give the skin a glow and clean out pores.

Take the desired amount of each ingredient and mix into a bowl. I used half a spoon full of turmeric, half a spoon of coconut oil, two squirts of honey, and two squirts on lemon. Wash your face, and then apply the mask. Leave the mask on for no less than 15 minutes!!

Enjoy!