June 29, 2014

Welcome Ramadan ♥ ▪ What is Ramadan? Tips & Tricks ♥

Salam & Hello Beautylish People!
Oh you guys I'm so excited for this post

It is finally Ramadan! woot woot
(It's the most beautiful time of the year, well..for Muslims at least hah!)
So without talking more in this intro here it is the whole thing.

What is Ramadan?? ~
Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calender and it is the holiest month for Muslims. During Ramadan Muslims fast every single day from sunrise till sunset. Some people are exempt from fasting, like old people who are on medication, pregnant women, women on that time of the month ,and also those who are on the road traveling (let's say they're on the road for one day, they can later fast an extra day to makeup)
Fasting is different from religion to another, but in Islam we do not eat or drink anything from sunrise till sunset which is the most basic part of fasting besides other acts we take to make our fast more pure and more acceptable.

Ramadan is also the month where we feel the closest to our religion and to our souls. It is the month where we forgive,let go, and prepare ourselves emotionally and physically for establishing our relationship with God and ourselves. it is like cleansing ourselves from all the mistakes, guilt, or any negative thing we've been going through and focusing on letting it go, cause it will go and it will be forgiven by God
It is also the month where we put extra effort in how we act, how we think and how we behave. Its is the month of breaking, making and changing habits, let's say you have some bad habits like cursing alot through the day, in this month when you're fasting  you will force your self to change that, cause we're not only fasting from food, no we're fasting from any negative thoughts or acts as well. So when you start fasting, you wont be able to curse anymore, cause you know that will break your fast, that's when you start slowly to stop your self from cursing, and when you practice your self on that for the whole month, there's a huge chance that this will be your new habit that you will carry on with you even after Ramadan.
 "In this month all of the gates of Hell are closed and the gates of Heaven are open and  the devils are chained"- Saheeh al Bukahri  -How perfect is that? El Hamdellah


Let me say something, Ramadan is literally the favorite month for all Muslims. Here's why think of it as Christmas, everyone loves Christmas for the celebration, family gathering, gifts, food! lol, Ramadan is the same thing for Muslims but we do more stuff about our religion in it, but it is the perfect time for detoxing ourselves, breaking bad habits, helping poor people, praying, family gatherings, decorations, food and all the fun stuff.

I Remember when I used to live in the Middle East, in Ramadan all the streets are full of lights and decoration and wherever you go you see the small local tents they sell all kind of lighting decoration for Ramadan in lots of shapes like stars, moon, lights and especially lanterns! lanterns (Fanos) are the most favorite thing in Ramadan decoration, people will make art with it , you will see lanterns in all shapes and forms with different patterns/themes. Its is just a must is Ramadan decoration
Here are some example pictures of Ramadan decoration  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5/ 6

One of the best thing Ramadan, that is it the month of giving and helping poor people
When we're fasting we're feeling a strong connection to the in need who have no food or water
so there's a meaning behind this, God want us to put ourselves in their shoes, in another word he's reminding us to not get busy with this life that we forget those who are in need.
If you get the chance here's few links that your donate to and help. May God rewards you with everything you wished for
Links ~ 
P.S These are real links that I've donated to several times before.

Help solve the water crisis

Help Africa

Help Syria

One of the great ways to give in Ramadan other than donating to charities is feeding the homeless poor people in the streets who doesn't really have a source of income and in need.
For example in Ramadan all Mosques serve a free Iftaar and free Suhoor
Also not only Mosques ,in some countries they make a tent in the streets and they also serve free food like soup, fruits, and other meals. (I've seen that in person in my visit to Egypt and also in Iraq)

Other Pictures  : 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/

One random memory I wanted to share, when I used to live in the Middle East there was a guy who walks in the  streets with a drum and he wakes up people for Suhoor.
It is one of the things that I truly miss it was  awesome. And of course it is not only one guy, but one guy for several streets.

Here are some tips for the Iftaar time (breaking our fast) and Suhoor time (Last meal before we start fasting again) :

Let's start when you're about to break your fast at Maghrib time,
I know you're hungry and you didn't eat for the whole day but please, do your self and your body a favor and take it easy. So what I did last Ramadan really helped me a lot, which is first I start off with few dates which you should cause it is "Sunnah" (It is advised to start with dates and here's why ) and I will drink a little bit of water then I go do my sunset prayer which will give my body and mind time to be ready for my meal in more easy way and not just going there and stuffing my face with food lol.
Then I will go and have my soup, which is usually a must for Iftar in my family it has to be Lentil soup (oh dear I don't know why everything taste better in Ramadan even the soup has a different taste in Ramadan)
Then usually I'm full with some soup and salad but if I'm still hungry I will have a very small portion of the actual meal we have. And that because I prefer to eat small meals till Suhoor than one large one that will make me feel bloated and sick at once.
1.Start with Dates.
  2. Eat slowly and please do not drink lots of water at once
3. Stay away from processed food and deep fried food, or at least maintain it cause if not you will only feel bloated and worst, thirsty the next day.
4. Avoid sugary and spicy food
5. maintain or avoid caffeine cause it make you lose water
 6 . For a better Iftar it is important to include Carbs /Protein /Vegetables/ Healthy Fats.
7. Try to dink more water from Iftar till Suhoor also since it is summer time eat watermelon it is amazing to keep you hydrated.
As I mentioned Ramadan is the month where we detox our body, so eat more vegetables and fruits so it can fill your body with real nutrition and keeps you full and hydrated for longer time.

Random Tips :
1. Last thing is don't forget to pray your Taraweh (Which is the extra prayers we add to the end of our regular prayer)
2. To be able to finish the whole Qur'an in one month, read 4 pages after each prayer.
3. Make lots of Dua'a and ask for forgiveness consistently.
(some cupcakes for you since you stayed for the whole post haha)

Let me tell you I'm super duper excited <3 I just wish if Ramadan was all year round , I don't mind fasting all year round for it, but on the other hand it won't feel the same if it was all year round, not like when your wait a whole year for it

I hope this was helpful and now you know what Ramadan is even if you're not Muslim, it is always nice to learn new things right??~

P.S I'm fasting at this moment while I was writing this
I wish you an easy fasting and lots of forgiveness and joy
And may God bless you and your family and accept your Dua'a , prayers and fasting.
Always remember God won't give you something you can't handle. You can do it :)

Best Wishes ❤

June 26, 2014

Links I'm Loving • 6/26/2014 ❥

Salam & Hello Beautylish people all over the world!

Today I thought I would share some of my favorite links that I'm loving right now , so here we go ~

God, I love this girl ! she always does the best makeup tutorials and this one is one of my favorite I'm in love with how
 beautiful and simple this makeup look is, and the good part it is really easy to do! I will try to do it myself but I need 
to get a white eyeliner hehe. P.S super random thing but, I love hearing this girl talk,I just love her accent. 
kind of creepy lol.

I came across this post few days ago and I'm in love with it , it is just amazing to see an old couples to share their tips on how they stayed strong with each other after all this time, to me it was like reading something very precious, cause in my personal life my parents didn't end up together. After seeing this post it just lightened up my day and heart, I took as a sign of hope! check it out it is really sweet.
Also check out her blog, I found it few days ago when I found this post, and let me tell ya I'm in love with it!

This is really great! it left me speechless, I'm not going to talk about it cause the pictures speaks for themselves,enjoy.

How perfect is that?!I'm a huge coffee fan, I love coffee and I don't think I will ever stop
and huh! I also love coconut, so when I found this recipe combined of both..let me tell ya its just perfection lol. Enjoy it babes its healthy and yummy.

I love this and a huge thank you for creating this post it is super duper helpful!
and I'm still not done with all the tips in that post but I thought I would share cause I'm sure alot of you will find this helpful for blogging.

I love this! it is so helpful and perfect, cause for this day I still see ladies do their makeup that way, I mean if that is your cup of tea then great. But keep in mind it just hides your true beauty more than showing it. So check it out cause to me, this is really helpful and important.

Let me know what is your current favorite link?!
I would love to hear from you ad discover new links :)

Best Wishes

June 23, 2014

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream Review!~ ♥

Hello Sweethearts ~
Hope you're having a lovely Monday so far!

Now that I'm 20 years old I figured out that I should start taking care of my "Aging" thing
I know I'm not that old, but the sooner the better.
I didn't start using eye cream just because I was afraid of fine lines or aging, I started using it cause I've noticed that my eyes really do need an eye cream. So a while ago I wasn't sleeping that much or that good!
And then it all started, dark circles, a little bit of fine lines, and super duper dry under eye (that scared me the most lol)
Then I decided to start using an eye cream, and because most of them are on the expensive side, I went with The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream ($18.00)
Yes it wasn't the most inexpensive one but, I trust The Body Shop brand and I've been testing this eye cream since 3 months ago.

What this eye cream claim to do ~A moisturizing eye cream that helps protect the delicate skin around the eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Contains moisturizing shea butter and rose hip oil.
My experience does not agree with that much.

The packaging is nice, it is light weight and really easy to carry around especially for those who travel  it will be quit comfortable to travel with cause it is tiny and wont really break.What I love most about the packaging Is that it comes in a tube which makes it squeezable (What a word but oh well..) which means I can perfectly control how much product I want to use, also tubes are great cause you can get the product  without getting bacteria all over the it like when its in a jar.

To use this product you really just need a small amount, like just a tiny dot for each eye and that little will go along way, trust me. So I just take a dot and dab it under my eyes with my ring finger, gently.
It feels so moisturized and nice on the skin, and it does absorb really well, and it wont feel thick under your eyes.
instead, it is really light weight and it will make the skin really smooth and hydrated.
And God, I've been using the same one for 3 months and this product is still going strong and I don't think I will run out anytime soon.

After almost 3 months of use I can really say that I love this product and it's on my hit list but , the thing is as I mentioned before this product did not do everything that it claimed to do
After a couple of weeks of using it I saw a huge difference under my eyes, it looked more hydrated and soft.
For the "puffiness" and "fine lines" parts , I can't really give you my opinion on both cause I don't have them, but when I smile I do have a couple of fine lines under my eyes that usually my concealer sets in , but did this eye cream remove that? not really, but it does look better. Maybe I didn't find a huge difference because I'm still young, but other than that , it didn't do much.
For my dark circles, I do have less dark circles now because I've been sleeping a little bit better, so I don't really think that product did much for my dark circles but it looks slightly better now.

Now you probably wonder why on earth do I still like this eye cream??
I know it is confusing, but this really did a great job for my under eyes skin. My under eye skin used to be super dry and I even have a little tiny small pumps over there because it used to be so dry. Then when I started to use this eye cream it did a great job to give back moisture and hydration to my under eye, now my under eye is smooth ,looks healthier and better.

Overall, I really love this eye cream and I would recommend it for teenage and early 20's ladies, but if you're looking for anti-aging , or to help dark circles, this won't be for you.
Other than that, I love and enjoy it , it worked great to make my under eyes looks healthy and smooth.Part of me wish if this would help with dark circles more, cause if so then this would be a perfect eye cream that I will use for ever.
Last thing to mention that this product did not give me any breakouts and I haven't noticed any bad reaction from my skin, so its all good.

Would I repurchase it?? 
Yes, I know I will always have this as an option

Will I recommend it?? 
Definitely, but as I mentioned, only for teenage and early 20's ladies.

I would rate this 3.5/5
I wish it helped more with dark circles

Have you ever tried this product before??
Are you going to give it a try??
Also please let me know what is your favorite eye cream??!
Cause I would love to give it a try.

Best Wishes~
C.ya!~^_^ ♥

June 17, 2014

NYX HD Studio Translucent Finishing Powder Review!!~ ♥

Salam & Hello Cutiee Faces
I hope you all having a lovely day so far.

Lately I've been searching for a new face powder to try and I came across the NYX HD Studio Translucent Finishing Powder ($9.99 at Target) and I've also been testing it for a while and now it is all ready for a review.

Let me start first with the packaging, it looks normal nothing fancy over all i like it.Also this container is just 0.28 oz so its really light weight,I believe it would be great for travel as well.
This powder is colorless it is just white then when you apply it will match your skin color whatever skin color you have so don'y worry that it looks white in the container, pretty normal.

Also it is designed to give you a matte finish  which is perfect cause I have a  combo skin and now its summer so it is extra oily  ,also it contains "100% pure silica minerals" aka it is the reason behind that  finish you get in photograph.
Now I need to understand something, why on earth did they mention the SPF01, does it really help?? its just 01?Does it even need to be mentioned?? lol ( I know its not important but its bothering me for some reason hehe)

(Thnx God I got a little bit of tan so you can see the swatch)

When I first apply it, it feels so light on the skin and it doesn't have that powder feeling that I usually get from other powders, its not heavy or powdery it is just so natural and when I touch my skin doesn't feel like powder instead, it is super soft.
One thing I have to mention here,  you cant touch up with concealer after you applied the powder, just NOPE. Cause if you did that it will really look cakey and like you have dry patches, not really flattering , so be careful with that ladies!

Another good thing about this powder is that a little goes along way. I just use a little bit of whatever is left on the lid cause usually there's some product on the lid and that is usually it, no need for more.Also some people think it is really "messy" me personally don't think so it is fine, just when you open the lid be careful you don't need to open it all over the place if you know what I mean, just careful and it would be.

Today I tried this powder for the last time just to give you the "exclusive" final thought on it. I wore it for almost 9 hours and I applied it over a BB cream with a dewy finish and only on my left side so I can really compare them well and see the difference.
The 1st update was after almost 4 hours, the powder side was still matte and looks pretty good ,while the right side started to get a little bit shiny.
The 2nd update was after 8 hours, the powder side started to get a little bit shiny but the overall finish still looks good, while the other side was super shiny.

 Overall, I think I have a new favorite powder! I simply really like it, I love how lightweight it is, how it makes my skin feels so soft, and how natural it looks with a beautiful finish, and the most important part is how it keeps me matte for a longer time even when the weather is hot. And it just looks perfect in pictures.
I have to admit something, I'm loving this powder more than my all time favorite Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ..there we go, I said it, no regret.

Have you ever tried this powder?? if yes ,what do you think of it??
If not, do you think you will give it a try soon?!
Let me know in the comments

Best Wishes!
C.ya!~^_^ ❤

June 3, 2014

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion Review ♥

Salam & Hello Beautylish People ♥
Hope you all doing well, and Happy JUNE!
Today review is about the drying lotion that almost everyone's raving about it by Mario Badescu 

This product retails for ($17.00) at Ulta
It claims to be  a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment.

First of all ,don't you dare to shake the bottle(lol) cause that will just damage the product cause it is designed to have the liquid on the top and the powder thingy on the bottom.