Today, I will be talking about my hair story which I posted earlier about. Its a sad one. Sigh. Sad because I am very much fussy when it comes to my hair and when I see a decline in them, my heart skips a beat. Back a few months ago when I was observing Ramadan, I fell ill in the last Ashrah (Last 10 days of Ramadan) and was confined to the bed; unable to even carry off a normal paced conversation let alone the idea of walking.
I don’t usually fall ill, but when I do I make sure I shake up my whole Khandaan (clan) and gets laid for about a month or so. *wicked grin*
Yes, I have this weird thing with me. Back in 2012, I severally fell ill and literally shaken up my entire family because of zero signs of recovery. I remember how my sisters left off their homes and came in to look after me. I remember my mother and sister parading my school for some kind of assistance because my illness led me to miss my O’level final examinations. And trust me when I say, I did not like what was happening. Being a family person, all that hustle and emotional trauma my family were going through distressed me the most. Perhaps, that’s what took a toll over me and I took a heck a lot of time to recover. All thanks to the Almighty, I did recover but after almost a month. However, missed my examinations and lost my confidence for quite a time.
In both of these periods of illness, one thing which came as common was excessive loss of hair. I, by the God’s grace, pretty much own long and healthy hair but if I fall ill, hell breaks loose on my hair first. They get reduced to a few strands and I literally struggle with my wits post hair loss. To me, my hair is a source of confidence and seeing them falling short saddened me like crazy. I just don’t feel good and feel rather cranky if something goes wrong with my hair.
So, what came at my rescue?
Well, 2 simple concoctions changed the game. The tables turned and I pretty much started recovering my hair. ^_^
One out of the two is already on my blog. I shall link it up for you guys HERE. It is a very simple DIY which hands down would prove to be extremely beneficial for your hair. Give it a go and thank me later in the comments section or at Instagram 😉
The second is a blend of few oils that I am using to overcome the hair loss post my Ramadan illness. It consists of Almond oil, Castor oil and Black seed oil. Below are the three brands I use.
Almond oil has nutrients that help control the hair loss. It is rich in magnesium, zinc and strengthening vitamins that contributes to a healthy hair growth and guards your hair from falling.
Black seed oil (Kalonji), is derived from Black Cumin or Latin name “Nigella Sativa” which is known as “seed of blessing” in Arabic culture. Moreover, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) is reported to have said ,”There is healing in Black Cumin for all diseases except death.” (Sahih Bukhari 7:71:592). Rubbing hair with this strengthens the hair follicles, hence resulting in healthier, shinier and strong hair.
Nearly everyone must be aware of the benefiting properties of Castor oil. It is a widely used oil in this universe, especially as an eyelash serum. This is an all rounder guys! It helps you have richer and darker hair, also prevents split ends as well as hair fall.
Imagine when you mix these three oils. Guys, a wonder is bound to take place!!! It did happen in my case and I am sure, it would in your case too.
Just mix equal proportions of all the three oils. Heat them up for 30 seconds and massage into your scalp. Leave it overnight and rinse as usual. For optimum results, I suggest doing it at least twice a week.
17th of July was a day when the creative streak of Pakistan was at its best. This event, The Indie Arts and Crafts had it all; you name it, it had it!
It was organized by The Crafter’s Guild and Firefly at The Royal Rodale Club in Karachi and had crafters from the city and other parts of Pakistan.
This event was a splash of freshness amidst the chaotic happenings and it was a lovely sight to see people gathered for nothing but to radiate good vibes and share the common love or I must say a passion for art and artists. Whilst some stations gave an insight to the attachment with their heritage, some reflected the inner sweet-tooth in their products. From home decor with a cultural touch to mouth-watering desserts, it was all under one roof.
One such sugar craft was Terry’s Treats and I kid you not, it indeed had some heaven variety of pastries and cakes. Me and my sister, not being able to resist the temptation, treated ourselves with their best-seller rainbow themed pastries. *Nom Nom*
In addition to this, Isholicious with their Kheer, Delicacies with their Cupcakes and Fiori Cafe’s chocolates added further sweetness at the event.
Fiori, a special thank you for making my nephew’s day with your chocolates 😀
Moving on, the event had some real organic galore! Yes, my lovelies, it had a variety of organic beauty products with Food For Your Face, Seen Meem Enterprise and HeaLiv at the lead. If you didn’t attend this, you missed a great deal of organic dose! 😛
The event had a wide array of crafts, including an exquisite glass painting collection by Sakina’s and breathtaking portraits from Kamaash. Bollywood had never looked this catchy and lively. Bisera Jewels, where each piece is designed ‘Once’ especially for you, showcased aesthetic jewelry pieces whilst Zed Mars rocked it with their uniquely carved clutches.
The Tuttie Cuttie Boutique, catering the needs of your little ones, exhibited a twinkly and cutie patootie range of clothing for baby girls. It is the first ever tutu store of Pakistan and everyone out there, including me, was genuinely awestricken. How I wish to get back to my younger days, only to wear these oh-so-pretty dresses :D.
Chic Footwear by Walk About and Bee Flair with their home-made beeswax scented candles variety literally got the crowd crazy.
Not only this, there were demonstrations by crafters held in collaboration with the Craft Circus (visit the link for videos) where onlookers were exposed to the basics of card making and what goes behind the art of ink. It was surely a treat for the novice crafters as it gave them an insight to the world of arts and crafts and a cue to begin with their passions for it.
There is a tonnes of stuff I am missing but just for record, the show had embroidered bed coverings,paintings,ralli art (clutches),ajraks calligraphy,various fashion accessories, magnets, keepsakes and ceramic works as well as quirky truck art. Sara’s Henna, based in Hong Kong, was the talk of the event who brought the White Henna Formula with herself for the very first time in Pakistan.
Well guys, this piece of mine might not be able to do the justice to this event as it deserves but surely Happiness is indeed HANDMADE.
The Indie Arts and Crafts Show was multifaceted in it truest sense as it brought forth and provided a platform to many crafters. It nurtured talent, celebrated passion and united hearts; all at once.
P.s: All pictures are mine. Those not are labelled. 🙂
I am missing interacting with y’all so damn much. If only these CIEs hadn’t arrived! *sigh*
Anyhoo, it’s been ages since I have been aching to do a GIVEAWAY, and alongside my exams, I am constantly in battle with the options I have as a giveaway treat.
Know what? If I host it, this is going to be my first ever giveaway 😀 *woot woot*.
Trust me folks, I have never been this exciteddddddddddd!! *_*
Insha Allah, will bring up something that hopefully would appeal to y’all. Till then, please do remember me in your prayers; I desperately need them. Pray that each and every of my CIE goes well and I clear my A’level with flying colors.
FUN-FACT: The giveaway might not only interest the girls out there, but the boys too 🙂 Stay tuned!
Andddd, peekaboo! This is how exams has taken a toll over me:
Awarding each other with tags has been a trend for long. And I absolutely enjoy such interactions where we get to see different people with different personalities, but one common goal and that’s to generate”Good Vibes Only.”
So, let’s just unite once more to bring up the spirits of those ladies whose convictions about their blog has been down for a while and are on some real motivation-hunt.
I am sure, amidst your blogging journey, there must have been a second in your life where the thought of giving up on your blog just because it’s not going the way you expected it to be crossed your minds. And I insist you all to please share with us as to why and what led to such a thought. In spite of this thought, why did you still decide to hold up on your blog and kept going with it? What kept you going and how did you kill those nasty demotivating demons inside of you?
I look forward to a fruitful and a thoughtful interaction lovelies!
I was taking my time to let the “Liebster Award” tag sink in when the “Beauty Blogger Award” came in as yet another surprise. And boy, I was literally S U R P R I S E D!
What started as in pure lark has now become an integral part of my life. I was oblivious to this world and the fact that there are so many people out there who shares the same passion as mine; my heart swells with pride and happiness when fellow bloggers empower a novice like me and acknowledge me in their blogs.
My gratitude to Glamorous Etoiles for giving me yet another opportunity to connect better with y’all. I feel incredibly privileged! 🙂 Don’t forget to check her blog and show some support. You are going to love it!
So, let’s get started! 🙂
Tag the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions you were given.
Nominate 10 beauty/lifestyle/fashion bloggers.
List 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them.
Let’s get on with my answers! 😀
Favorite high end makeup brand and drugstore makeup brand?
I only have used MAC in the high-end makeup range, and it does have my like button. As in drugstore, it has to be Maybelline.
Liquid, Gel or Pencil eyeliner?
I battle between gel and pencil. 😀
What is your favourite beauty secret or hack?
None I could think of as of yet. *blank face*
First makeup product you purchased?
Kohl and lip-gloss.
If you could only use 3 beauty products for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Concealer, Setting powder and Lipstick.
Neutral eyes or bold pop up colour?
Bold pop up color for life! *_*
What is your biggest makeup struggle?
Getting my eye-liner right. I suck at it. 😦
Do you always take your makeup off every single night?
I don’t put on makeup that often. But when I do, I make it sure that I put it off before going to bed. And girls, I recommend the same; dare not skip it!
Favourite liquid foundation?
Right now, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation.
Have you ever thought about giving up your blog at any point? If yes, why
Let’s generate positive vibes together :). I look forward to the answers of each one of you, pals <3. Please do share your links to the post in the comment section below so that I can reach it. Can’t wait!!!! 😀
Isn’t it an utmost delight to get to know people across the globe? Tell you what, at some point I was quite skeptical of how my blog would go, but Alhumdulillah it’s been a tremendous ride.
… .And the cherry on top is this nomination by the ever-so stunning fellow blogger “Jhalli Diva“. Thank you and a big virtual hug for nominating me pal <3. Guys, do visit her blog for it’s loaded with real amazing posts. 🙂
Here come the rules:
1.Acknowledge the Blogger who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer 11 questions that the Blogger gives you.
3.Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5-11 Blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
5. Let the Bloggers know that you have nominated them.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.
Now, let’s get to the fun part. Here are the answers to the questions I was asked 😀
What’s the weather like right now?
Summer!! Karachi is all about Summer!!!
Do you drive? Have you crashed?
No, I do not drive. And the day I will drive would be the last day of every other human being on this Earth, haha!
What was the last movie you saw?
Life As We Know It.
Have you ever been to a different country?
No 😦 Dying for an opportunity though!!
Do you like sushi?
I haven’t tried it yet but would love to.
How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Cosmetic Lenses; depends on my mood and on the occasion :D.
Do you color your hair?
No, but I am planning too.
What is your eye color?
Which are your 3 favorite brands?
As in cosmetic, Maybelline, Rimmel and Elf
Who are your Favorite YouTubers?
Amenakin, Kaushal Beauty, Farah Dukhai, Mimi Ikonn
Following are the questions I’d love to see you guys answer 🙂
1) What 3 essential tips will you give to a newbie blogger?
2)Top 3 book suggestions?
3)All time favourite leisure activity?
4)Favourite cosmetic brand?
5)Favourite clothing brand?
6) Reveal 5 facts about yourself not discussed on your respective blogs ever.
7)Your pick: Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?
8) Have you met any other bloggers in real life?
9)How did your family and friends react upon knowing about your blog?
10) Who do you look up to as your role model?
11)Your favourite holiday spot?
I can’t wait to read your answers fellow bloggers 🙂 Please do leave the link to the post in the comment section below; I most earnestly am looking forward to it.
I hope this post finds you all hale and hearty and each of you is having an amazing day.
Since past few days, I am planning to give my blog a major revamp. I just feel there’s something amiss and my sister (the amazing mua,blogger and multimedia artist) further stamped it by pointing out the issues. And they literally caught me off guard. *YIKES*
So yeah, my blog really needs a finishing touch and hey, I’m already on it! Wish me luck…
This happens to every novice blogger… .but hey, people it’s better to be late than never and of course you learn as you grow. And I happen to be in that phase of learning, doing and growing 🙂
Before I change my mind and start writing an entire book over this “Learning With Time Phase”, let’s take you to the Product Review Bandwagon.
“Revlon Photoready BB Cream” is what you are going to read about just now.
1…2…3… .Ready Steady……………………………….. .GoOo!!! 😉
It comes in a metallic grey and black tube packaging. With SPF-30, it sure is a jackpot. This for me has a big YES for ladies who have normal to dry skin and as for the ladies with oily skin, if you are eyeing on this or in case it’s on your wish list, my dear, just abort, I REPEAT, abort the mission of going to a make-up booth only to purchase it.
Consistency is just to the point, not at all runny nor too thick. Being a Karachi-ite, where Summers rule, it did not sit well on my skin as I have such an oily skin that you can fry up an egg or some fries if it’s your evening snack time, Duh!. Upon its application, it felt greasy and quite heavy. And, and, and it oxidized badly; did not even last for a mere 4 hours.
I used it in winters, which hardly lasted for a month here in Karachi, *sigh*. It worked perfectly fine then as I get flaky dry in winters. I did not budge for a good 6 hours; yes, it did slide off my T-zone after that. Having said that, did not feel greasy at all as that in summers. Above all, it has this amazing hydrating formula which went really well with my skin.
Ladies, it is super light-weight and evens out your skin-tone. Dewy finish, for which majority of the beauties craves for, is what this gives you.
.If you are up for a soft, natural or no-makeup make-up look, then this is your vehicle for it ;). However, you might have to run for your concealer to hide those nasty blemishes for this does not cover them well enough
Okay, I am short of vocabulary as to how must I define its fragrance. But I can tell you that I kind of dislike it. It gives me wee bit tacky eek. To many, the fragrance doesn’t bother much, but it does bother me a bit. So it’s entirely on an individual’s preference
-Ideal for Asian skin-tones
-Easy to blend
-Does not manage to cover blemish/spots
-Not meant for oily skin
-Should last for 8 hours at least
Have you tried the Revlon Photoready BB Cream? Thoughts?
Imagine! You wake up to a pouch full of surprises.
Eeekk! I had one such morning and my jaw dropped over the sight of some really gorgeous goodies.
Okay, okay.. . Let’s just stop with the riddles and head straight to the point 😀
Dresslink, about which I happened to discuss in my previous post , was kind enough to send me a gift hamper which had 2 amazing chic dresses and a make-up sponge.
Okay I apologize for such a haphazard picture of the parcel, hehe. I actually was so excited to unwrap it that I forgot to click it beforehand. After unwrapping, it clicked me to capture a snap of the parcel and so the result is a tad bit distorted.
Now,now, nowww! The dresses!!!
The sizes sent did justice, and the quality is absolutely wow. Trust me when I say this; I am not at all exaggerating. My mom’s really very fussy about fabric and its quality and when this managed to impress her, I literally felt accomplished, haha :D. She loved the goodies sent more than me actually. Woot woot!
This black and white maxi dress has an exquisite net bodice which adds that oomph element to this dress. The flare is cherry on top, crafted beautifully, it gracefully accentuates the body and brings that correct flow a maxi must. Perfect for parties, friends get-together or even a farewell party 😉
This rusty brown top is perfect for a lunch with a friend, or even as go-to college/university wear. Modest length and the cute mini-flare makes it a perfect dress. The buttons on the bodice further adds a contemporary drama and makes it look smart.
The makeup-sponge works really well too, be it, damp or dry. It blends out the foundation evenly, is travel-friendly and is a good dupe to the beauty blender. What more can I ask? 😉
Some statement necklaces can be worn to bring that bling-game to these dresses. What say, ladies? 😉