Saturday, 28 June 2014

Preparing for Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem to everyone out there! It is always such an exciting part of the year and I always enjoy the the unity of Muslims especially in this month. It is such a beautiful thing to see all the families go grocery shopping for their favourite treats that they will hide until iftar. To see all the people attend the mosque at the end of the night to pray Taraweeh together. I just love this month in general and I know a lot of people dread the fast because it is during a hot month this year and days are longer but Subhanallah, God will help us throughout the day and Inshallah you will feel no hunger! Make sure to take advantage of all the extra good deeds this month whether it be from reading Qur'an or giving a small donation. Make it all count! Also all of the shayateen will be locked away so we have no excuse for bad behaviour. This month is all about patience and cleansing your soul. Do your best to hold your tounge from saying bad words or talking about people behind their backs. Also try to forgive those who have wronged you and make amends with those you have wronged. Do your best to take advantage of all this month has to offer and enjoy the special family time at iftar with those you love. Also make sure to set the alarms to wake up for Suhur and to pray fajr. At iftar eat slowly and pace yourself so you don't get bloated before praying taraweeh. Most importantly drink tons of water during the night so you stay hydrated during the day! The last thing you want is a big headache caused by dehydration.

I hope this helps everyone who is looking to fast or celebrating the month of Ramadan. I give you all my best wishes! 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A Few of My Favourite Things: May Edition!

It's a little late to be doing a May favourites but I've had a few things that I've had for a while but have been loving especially in the month of May. These are great products for the summer!

These Milani baked blushes have been raved about all over youtube and for good reason! They are so great and the pigmentation is beautiful! I have the shades Bellissimo Bronze, Berry Amore and Dolce Pink. They are so gorgeous and the gold lines that weave through the powder creates a stunning glow on the cheek which makes it perfect the summer!

This foundation is amazing! I used it for my wedding and I bought the bottle instantly. It comes with a pump which is convenient and its great for people with oily skin because it keeps you matte for most of the day. It has a really smooth finish and its coverage is medium coverage but can be buildable to a full coverage. It can be applied nicely with a flat top kabuki brush or a beauty blender. My shade is the colour 123 Desert.

This is the Urban Decay's super-saturated ultra intense waterproof cream eyeliner. I have tried a few different gel liners but this one is my favourite! It applies so smoothly and doesn't tug at your eyelid like other gel liners do. It sets to a matte finish and stays put the entire day.

This is the best makeup creation ever! Especially for a big-brow'd girl like me! I have really thick, bushy eyebrows and I refuse to trim, tweeze, wax, or thread them, litterally nothing! And I have my personal reasons for why I don't do them but either way they get unruly at times so this clear brow gel is a lifesaver. It keeps them put all day and I don't have to touch up at all during the day!

Tiki is an affordable high-lighter from the drug store. It was from the brand Hard Candy and I love it. Drug store bronzers and high-lighters are tricky because the colour is never spot on and they can be really powdery. But this high-light is gorgeous for the summer! I used this product in my post called Summer dewy glow! Check it out!

I'm not a big clinique girl but everyone and their mama has been raving about this so I thought I would try it and so far I do believe its worth the hype! I love this gel moisturizer because its a gel. It sinks into my skin right away and doesn't leave a greasy residue and its a great "moisture surge" for your skin. I use it on my face and especially on my little dry patches and I can see a difference already!

Hope this gives you some ideas for things to pick up this summer. These are some items I've been loving especially in May! These products are all great for the summer and I would highly recommend them to everyone!!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Blog Tag: 99 Questions That No One Asks!

I probably have a million things I should be doing right now but I am so bored and I'm in the mood to write and blurb on the internet! So I found this cool blog tag, its long but I like the questions, so enjoy!

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Open, it pretty much stays open all the time.
2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Yes, guilty as charged. I never use them, I just keep them as souvenirs!
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Out, I hate feeling restricted.
4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
No, I'm not that adventurous.
5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
Not really
6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yes, I always forget to bring coupons with me to restaurants especially.
7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
I absolutely hate bugs, bees being no exception so I'd rather be attacked by a big bear.
8. Do you have freckles?
9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes, I can't help it.
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have so many: hate when people correct you rudely or like they know everything, hate when people complain about food you made for them, umm I could go on but we would be here all day.
11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No, but I look down at the floor somtime when I walk to see how awkward my feet are when I walk. lol
12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
Yes, and it was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I have this thing with bathrooms and if they don't meet my standards I can't use them. Like my bladder will rupture and I won't be able to use a bathroom I don't like. But yah we were camping and the bathroom at the camp was horrid so I had to pee outside. I will never forget it.
13. What about pooped in the woods?
Hell no. 
14. Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?
Yes, I'm pretty much dancing all the time.
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
16. How many people have you slept with this week?
1 (My hubby. Ps: I dont like this question)
17. What size is your bed?
18. What is your Song of the week?
Ariana Grande ft Iggy Azalea - Problem
19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Hell yah!
20. Do you still watch cartoons?
Not really, partly because I don't have cable and I watch all my tv on my computer!
21. Whats your least favorite movie?
This is the end. I hated it and regretted paying money to go see it in the movies. They basically took the only funny parts in the movie and put them in the trailer to hype it up. Not my kind of humour.
22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I wouldn't bury it. Life's too short to bury things for later, use them while you have them!
23. What do you drink with dinner?
Water or pop, but I have to drink something while eating.
24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ketchup. (lol I'm boring)
25. What is your favorite food?
Fetticini Alfredo and fries! Fries are my life.
26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
All the Harry Potter movies. They are everything!
27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My husband.
28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
No, nudity makes me extremely uncomfortable. 
30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
A year ago, to my husband back when he was living in Lebanon and our relationship was long distance.
31. Can you change the oil on a car?
Nope. I can't even get the little flap door to open when I need to fill the car with gas.
32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Surprisingly no, but its bound to happen soon because I drive like a maniac.
33. Ever ran out of gas?
Never thank God. But my husband did the other day which was hilarious!
34. Favorite kind of sandwich?
Shawarma!! Im Lebanese so its basically in my blood.
35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Yogurt, or pancakes, or french toast! I love them all!
36. What is your usual bedtime?
11:30ish, sometimes earlier, sometimes later.
37. Are you lazy?
Pretty much the laziest human being alive. And I hate myself for it.
38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
A clown once, never went out again.
39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
No clue, and Im too lazy to google it.
40. How many languages can you speak?
3 fluently: English, Arabic and French
41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
No, I used to enjoy reading random magazines but now I like listening to books or youtube videos so I go online.
42. Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
Legos all the way.
43:Are you stubborn?
44. Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
I actually find them both quite annoying. I'm more of a Jimmy Kimmel fan.
45. Ever watch soap operas?
Yes, mostly middle eastern ones!
46. Are you afraid of heights?
No, but I hate being above water.
47. Do you sing in the car?
All the time, I feel pretty bad for the people who have to see my face while I'm driving and passionately singing to radio songs. 
48. Do you sing in the shower?
Yah, who doesn't?
49. Do you dance in the car?
I dance everywhere, but yah mainly in the car. You will catch me shimmying while switching lanes!
50. Ever used a gun?
Yes, but I liked using a bow way better.
51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
My passport picture, does that count?
52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Kinda, unless they are Disney.
53. Is Christmas stressful?
I don't celebrate Christmas, but I work in retail so its super stressful! Just the thought of going to work and having to deal finding a parking space and dealing with people for a few hours brings me so much anxiety!
54. Ever eat a pierogi?
Yes, delicious!
55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Typical: Lawyer, doctor, Prime Minister, lool I had quite a big personality growing up and my teachers always told my mom I would do something big one day.
57. Do you believe in ghosts?
58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yes all the time, I just had one this morning! I was like "OMG I have totally seen this before!", like a complete freak.
59. Take a vitamin daily?
I take iron because I basically have none in my body, but not much other than that.
60. Wear slippers?
Flipflops. Can't take the heat of slippers!
61. Wear a bath robe?
I live in my bath robe.
62. What do you wear to bed? 
The least amount of clothing possible, I get overheated pretty quick.
63. First concert?
Never been to one :(
64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
None, don't like any of them but Wal-Mart is closest to me so I go there if I need anything that can only be found there.
65. Nike or Adidas?
66.Cheetos Or Fritos?
67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
69. Ever take dance lessons?
No, but that never stopped me dancing like a freak everywhere I go.
70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
I didn't even have time to think about what profession my future spouse would be doing because I got engaged pretty young and I wasn't planning or expecting it. It was all so fast and random but it was my choice nonetheless!
71. Can you curl your tongue?
72. Ever won a spelling bee?
Yah, in third grade they called me the walking dictionary!
73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes, best feeling ever. It is a million times better to be overwhelmed to the point of tears with happiness than with sadness.
74. Own any record albums?
75. Own a record player?
76. Regularly burn incense?
And no. I like candles better.
77. Ever been in love?
Yep. Twice actually.
78. Who would you like to see in concert?
Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Conor Maynard, and Adele
79. What was the last concert you saw?
Never been to one.
80. Hot tea or cold tea?
Neither, tea is gross.
81. Tea or coffee?
Once again neither, I dont drink coffee or tea or any hot drinks because they overheat me! I already have boiling blood so its best I keep cool! 
82. Sugar or snickerdoodles?
83. Can you swim well?
Yes I took lessons until they teach you CPR. Pretty sure it was level 12.
84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
85. Are you patient?
Not at all.
86. DJ or band, at a wedding?
87. Ever won a contest?
Yes, a few actually! I always used to win in cake walks at school!
88. Ever have plastic surgery?
89. Which are better black or green olives?
Ewwww, both are digusting! To me at least!
90. Can you knit or crochet?
Yes! I can knit!
91. Best room for a fireplace?
Living room
92. Do you want to get married?
93. If married, how long have you been married?
About 9 months.
94. Who was your HS crush?
Who wasn't! lol it was not a time I was proud of!
95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No, in fact I've always been quite mature and hate when people treat me like a child.
96. Do you have kids?
97. Do you want kids?
More than anything in the world. Just not right now.
98. Whats your favorite color?
Take one look at my blog and that shouldn't be too hard to figure out!
99. Do you miss anyone right now?
My parents. They're in Lebanon and come back soon! (Inshallah)

Whew! That was long! I tag all of you guys to try this tag out, its long but fun and oddly relaxing!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

MAC Haul: Alluring Aquatic, Pedro Lourenço Collections and more!

I have definitely broken the bank this month on makeup but sometimes I can't help myself! The things MAC has come up with this month are simply beautiful. The first collection is called Alluring Aquatics and it was instantly famous for its aqua coloured packaging and raised water drop look. It was really cool and the colours of the products were really nice for the summer! I also bought one item from the Pedro Lourenço collection which was the powder blush duo. Lastly, I picked up a few items that I've been meaning to try for a while now which is Mac's Girl About Town  and the infamous Fix+ spray. Also Lorde's new lipstick came out today and I bought the lipstick called Pure Heroin which I am so excited to wear in the fall! Pictures are below!

Pedro Lourenço Powder Blush Duo in Coral
Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Bronzer in Delphic
Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Sea Worship
Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Blush in Sea Me, Hear Me
Alluring Aquatic Lipstick in Enchanted One, and Goddess of the Sea
Duo Powder Blush that is so beautiful mixed or seperately applied. The lighter pink is matte and the darker mauve colour has a light sheen to it. Would look great in the fall!
Mac's Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Sea Worship is such a gorgeous shade that is beautiful on the lid with some mascara and a soft brown in the crease to add some dimension!
Mac's Extra Dimension blush in Sea Me, Hear Me which is a beautiful mauve-pink blush with a peach undertone (hard to explain) and it simply beautiful because it gives a sheen to the cheek!
Lipsticks in Enchanted One which is a Matte nude colour that works for medium/tan skin. It's really nice because while it is a matte it isn't drying and it doesn't tug at your lips when applying. And Goddess of the Sea which is a really pretty plummy purple shade that would look stunning with a tan!
A great setting spray to refresh your face while holding your makeup in place this summer!
Mac's Mini Pigment in Melon is such a pretty shade to pop on all over the lid this summer with a soft brown in the crease and some liner! And the price is fitting because the pigment is mini but will last so long as most pigments do!
 Lorde's Pure Heroine Lipstick from her collection. This lipstick is a cross over of Mac's Cyber and Heroine. It's a striking lipstick for those who like a vampy look!
Girl About Town is a beautiful pink with blue undertones. It is such a nice colour to pair with a simple cat eye this summer!

So obviously the trend with most my purchases is that they're meant to be suitable for summer. I am loving the idea of just simple one eyeshadow looks and bright lips! I know I went a little crazy but these items were purchased over the span of a month and I was mainly compelled to buy them because of Mac's free express shipping with the launch of every collection. Just make sure to choose carefully and not purchase anything just for the hype.