Vegan, Halal, cruelty-free?! Words synonymous to what we’re having for lunch lol but how often do we think about them when it comes to makeup?! Personally, I’d never heard of ‘halal-certified’ makeup; I’m a Sephora kind of girl as I’m sure many of you are, and more concerned about whether I like the particular shade/product than if it’s halal or haram Cue Shade M Beauty. A brand which reached out a few months ago asking if I would be interested in trying their liquid lipsticks which were Halal Certified, PETA Approved, Vegan Friendly, and Cruelty Free. Not going to lie I was a tad skeptical right off the bat because of the ‘halal-ness’ of the product; as if to allude that what I was currently using was oh so wrong and not permissible and honestly just the words ‘halal’ and ‘makeup’ together kinda sorta made me feel like something would have to be compromised I order for that dynamic to work. This might be a terrible example lol but I can’t imagine regular bacon tastes anything like ‘halal’ turkey bacon (please tell me this makes sense lol) Like myself, you’re probably wondering what on earth makes a product ‘halal’ (permissible according… View Post

Wasn’t planning to do this at all lol but given Sephora’s annual Spring Savings Event won’t be here forever and I’ve been getting messages about makeup/skincare, thought I’d share some of my faves that are available on the site in case you were interested in trying out some new products! If you’ve got no idea what I’m on about, use ‘SPRINGSAVE’ at checkout on the Sephora site for some monies off your order based on your membership account! I’ve already made my order a couple days ago (just a couple skincare bits), but the items below are ones I’ve purchased, would repurchase, and have been using for ages, so hand on heart they work [for me!] x Skincare Caudalie Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser  -love anything from the Vinoperfect range; the Radiance Serum and Instant Detox Mask are 10/10 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum -fab for anti-aging (fine lines, wrinkles) Lancome Youth Activating Concentrate  -also an anti-aging serum; I tend to use this during the day. Claims you’ll see radiant skin in seven days and have to say it’s true; granted if you use it regularly Concealer Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer -I go between this and Tarte’s… View Post

Ramadan Kareem friends! Ramadan is one of my favorite times of the year and I’ve honestly loved practicing it in a Muslim country, in my own space where I can decorate and practice in peace and quiet lol alhamdulillah I’ve been able to jet home just in time for Eid, but this’ll be the first in ages from start to finish with the entire famalam! definitely a lot more people, noise, and meal requests lol but looking forward to it nonetheless! If you’re unfamiliar with Ramadan, here’s a quick run-down – also my 5 goals from a couple years ago in the event you’re interested in having a read! With only a few days before the holy month, which is bound to be different for the entire ummah this year, thought we’d suggest a few ideas on how to make the most of this time at home. Easy suggestions that I’ll personally be trying to implement, but just because the world is cancelled atm, doesn’t meant Ramadan has to be! I’m a big believer that Ramadan (and Eid) is all about the atmosphere you create in your space and within yourself. Create a space in your bedroom which is free from… View Post

Last month I had the privilege of writing a piece for Villa 88 Magazine (@villa88magazine) on some of my greatest travels and potential winter destinations I’d recommend and never got around to sharing! A 6 page spread which had me geeking out and in awe of how good it looked haha A little about Villa 88, “conceived by leading businesswoman Asma Al Fahim, Villa 88 answers the demands of Emirati ladies for the highest quality inside information on the finest luxury fashion, jewellery, beauty and spa, home and travel in the Middle East and beyond. One of the region’s most exclusive lifestyle magazine, beautifully produced and hand-delivered to an elite target group, consisting of the Emirates’ most discerning and prominent women.”  Super proud and honoured and can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy so mama can see and feel proud too lolol you know how this story goes x magazine images below followed by the actual piece so you can have a read! Enjoy! xx   Vienna, Austria Vienna during the holidays is just as magical and enchanting as it feels during the rest of the year. Truly a quintessential European feel to the city with beautiful architecture… View Post

#noregrets all you need is Mama and God. buy the plane ticket my girl. pray. smile, its worth the wrinkles. money isn’t the be-all-end-all. It’s a blessing which comes and goes. Be grateful for it but don’t let it ever define who you are as a person. instagram is not always real life. eat the cake. don’t take life too seriously. exfoliate before masking. Mask once a week. don’t ever treat someone more than or less than because of who they are or what they have. [Smiles are the same, laughter is the same, pain and tears are the same. Whoever you are, wherever you are, wherever you will be. *from one of my fave children’s books ‘Whoever you are’ by Mem Fox.] we plan and he plans. cry. It’s all about balance. look for the blessings. Always be on the hunt for god points. listen to other people. everyone knows something you don’t. ask people if they’re okay. How their day was. Genuinely care about people other than yourself. stay in touch with your friends. Its okay if they suck at it, you be the one who checks in every so often. everyone has a story. Be kind. spend… View Post