Summer Favourites! collab with Ghuraba

(Ayesha in the cream scarf and I'm wearing the burnt orange scarf (from Hk here.)

Meet my friend Ayesha from (from her blog Ghuraba). First off besides being one of my closest friends, she's now my new blogging buddy. Who would have thought that blogging could get anymore fun. Yay. You all seriously have to check out her blog, its filled with loads of advice and personal stories that are definitely a light read and really relateable (or maybe because I'm hoping to be in some of her posts...hint hint Ayesha). I know I don't usually do these kinds of posts but I know that both me and Ayesha  love reading other bloggers and youtubers videos and blog posts about what thier favourite items are. I thought we would show you what we're really loving this summer. Lets start off with my own shall we:

1) Neil's Yard Hand Cream. I'm actually really loving this hand cream, it is a little big to carry and the smell is rather unique , but I like it.
2) Lush New Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion. Much like the Neil's Yard cream, i'm also loving this because it's animal testing free and the best part...them money all goes to charity. It has this beautiful creamy smell and It smells even better combined with the Neil's yard cream. 
3)Palmers coco butter lip balm. This lip balm is great, its super refreshing and has this pretty subdue coco smell. whats even better is that it has spf which is always a must in summer. I think the thing I like the most is the fact that they don't test on animals, so as an animal lover I can use this product with no worries at all. 
4) Lush Brazened Honey Mask. This has been my favourite product in Lush since forever, it works so nicely on my skin and is my pick me up, I would definitely recommend it. However I have read reviews on it and for some reason alot of people don't like it, but for me it works. But I think lush masks overall I find work so nicely and their vegan which is a major plus.

Well those are all my favourites so lets check out Ayesha's. Over to her post: here.

If you really liked this post then just leave a comment below letting us know if you would like us to do this collab again for the winter time InshaAllah. I hope to see you all in my next post!

Oh yeah before I forget, JazakaAllah for Sadia our amazing photographer for this post, we really appreciate you putting up with us! Sadia is also a beautiful Henna artist so you can check out her work here!

HK Scarves Review: Cotton/Wool Mix Hijabs

I'm the kind of person who constantly buys cheap hijabs from places like whitechapel and markets around London and although it is good value for money you can't really expect it to last very long. So I decided to embark on a quest to find the perfect hijab, a hijab that will last very long and is very good quality. First stop HK Scarves.

I bought the cotton/wool hijab in both pink and in grey, and thanks to their Ramadan offer I also got a free black hijab viscose/cotton (I won't however be reviewing in this post). When I did decide to purchase it I did find their prices a little pricey but then again i'm a poor student (I'll just justify my purchase by saying it's an eid present to myself...ahh I feel better about it already). Although I'm going to say as compared to other online shops her prices are quite reasonable. I just want to mention that they do have a no refund policy which I always get a little nervous about when clicking the pay button.

I love how super soft the hijab is, it is alot softer than the typical viscose/cotton hijabs probably because its a 85% cotton mix as compared the the viscose 50% cotton mix. I did intially buy the hijabs with the intention of wearing it during the winter time but I can't help but feel that they are more suitable for summer. The only reason I say this is because I was expecting a much thicker hijab due to the wool mix, but unfortunately it is just as thin (if not thinner) than the typical viscose market hijabs. But Alhamdulillah my current hijab style involves me folding the hijab into a square, so that I can get a point at the top, this means that the hijab becomes thick enough for it to have maximum coverage. The hijab does snag quite alot, so I would recommend using no snag hijab pins.

So I summary I think I would probably buy this hijab again, in fact I'm really contemplating getting their mushroom brown colour because that seems to be the colour I don't have in my collection yet. If I had to rate the hijab out of 10 for quality & value for money I would probably give it an 8/10, its not a full score only because of the snagging and the thinness, otherwise I probably would have given it full marks. So check out HK Scarves' cotton/wool mix hijabs for some great quality hijabs.

See you all in the next post inshaAllah :)

To the Brave,

I want you to know that you've endured, survived and that you're strong. I would hate to see you give up. We're not given a good or bad life but we're given a life. A life that it becomes up to us whether we allow the good or the bad in. Pain is temporary. you shouldn't give up the fight for yourself and who you are. You've got through the worst times in life to be able to appreciate the good. I may have judged you because I didn't understand (Maybe I never will). The truth is that Labels are meant for containers and not people. Everybody needs somebody sometimes. we've all got demons that may haunt us but we should never have to fight them alone. Remember, don't lean on walls that won't protect you, that resent you, because to them your to much to hold. You're special , your important...never forget that.

Thank you and JazakAllah for reading this short letter, send it to a friend by sharing on facebook or twitter (just click the little facebook/ twitter icon at the bottom) or you can send the URL link to the post to a friend, or you can even share this on Google+. Make somebody's day by letting as many of your friends know they are special and brave because no matter how good someones life may seem, everybody has been tested. 

Dead Dreams, Lost heart

Everyday starts as an adventure. You don't know what Allah will bless you with and who he will allow you to cross paths with. Just remember that no matter what has happened in the past, what mistakes you have made, there is always a brighter future ahead of you. Because after hardship comes ease. Today's post is actually dedicated to one of my friends and it also serves as a reminder to myself to never lose hope. 

I've always felt like rejection was the worst thing that happened to me. To be rejected by the ones I love, from the dreams that I wanted so badly, from the goals I hoped to achieve. But in all honesty, without this rejection, I would not be the same person that I am today. 

Lets just say that I've never been a straight A student, whether that's due to my academic strength or my own laziness, this has stopped me from being able to achieve what I want to achieve. Therefore at this current moment in my life I have no dreams, well no dreams for a constructive job anyway, but as much as I'm trying not to develop into a hot mess, I'd rather let the tides of life sweep me in the correct direction.  

I remember one day  I went to see one of my teachers at college, and this teacher could see that I was having a very hard time in college. Although my teacher didn't know what exactly was bothering me, they knew that I was lost, so they showed me this: “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:216) Although I had seen this many times before, at that moment in time I released that this was the reminder that I needed. Sometimes were so lost in trying to achieve something that may not be good for us, but because we want it so much we turn into the terminator and end up destroying things around us to achieve this.

Even though life is so short, I've always felt like the journey of achieving your dreams is more important than achieving it. Because once you do achieve it, it will be special, besides who wants everything handed to you on a plate.

Well that's all I've got to say really, Jazakallah for reading this and as usual, this is a reminder for myself and foremost. 

Were all little boats sailing across the sea

I like to think of life like sailing. The tides are rough and the journey is never smooth but once you reach your destination you realise that it was all worth it. I guess at the ripe old age of 18 I'm still learning a lot of life lessons, whether they are big or small. Here are some of the things I've learn't I still need to implement

This first one is probably the most important one...Never (I repeat) never break a promise! I know it seem obvious right? But sometimes as humans we just can't help ourselves. So for example if your friend tells you a juicy secret seriously don't tell anyone...even your cat! I seriously promise you, I've done it before and even if the person forgives you there is still a kind of stain there! (So don't do it) 

This one particularly affects me the most! Don't strive for perfection! Yep! I know its one of those things that people always tell you to do especially if your at school or studying. I guess that we can get so hung up on perfection that we almost forget that its not attainable. The problem is that when you want perfection so badly you can end up crushing those around you and what's so ironic is that it causes you to be miserable! -so you won't be perfect after all.  

I guess this third one may apply to many people, as I know for a fact that so many people have gone through this... Caring about friends who use you! For me I value all my friends like the rarest jewel, so when a friends seems to distance from you  and only come to you when they need help/something it really hurts me. -I know helping people as a Muslim is very important but I really believe that friendship shouldn't be treated like a business, where it's just “you do this for me and I'll do this for you”. But for me what makes it worse is that I continue to try and keep that friend close even though it is clear that once they have no use for me. So what I've really learnt, in fact I'm still learning that I really need to concentrate on my “true" friends rather than getting caught up with people who don't want me or care about me! 

This just moves on to my last point which is about getting people to like you! I seriously suffer from this so bad... I really just want everyone to like me! Which in fact is totally unrealistic because the truth is that not everyone will like you. Where ever you go there will always be someone who doesn't like you for some reason, sometimes for no reason at all. I'm not one to judge because I have to admit even I sometime dislike others for no apparent reason. What I really want to learn from this is that If I judge how can I expect people not to judge me too. This kinda goes with the previous point about chasing after people who don't care, likewise you shouldn't chase after people who don't like you because you can't change someone's mind! 
Alhamdulliah, I'm so grateful for all the experiences that I have had, because I think no matter how bad a situation is, it shapes us as a person. I really hope this helps you all and I would like to use this as a reminder for myself and foremost. 

Pearl Daisy: Maxi Ombre Hoojab Review

Asalamulakum, today's post is a Pearl Daisy review. I've always wanted to buy an ombre hijab because I don't own any and I really like the way they look. So, when I saw Amina from Pearl Daisy style her ombre hijabs I knew had to buy them. Plus I really wanted to try the hoojab. I am an awfully lazy shopper and I always look for an easy way out of things. Therefore shopping online is a must for me, with eBay being my best friend,  i'm used to delivery taking forever. Pearl Daisy surprised me with how quick their delivery took. I bought it on Sunday and it arrived on Tuesday, it literally took about 2 days and I never even payed for express shipping. 

When I opened the hijab I was thoroughly impressed, It has a really nice quality of pashmina, even my brother (who honestly doesn't normally care about hijabs) commented on how good the quality was. But however when it comes to wearing the hijab, it is kinda complicated to wear, I literally watched her tutorial hundreds of times and trying to maneuver the hijab, until I got it a bit looking like a wearable hijab. The hijab does snag quite a lot however, I know that she always says to use a no-snag hijab pin but I find no snag pins too big to put under my chin. But I guess the snagging might be my fault since I didn't use the correct pin. 

To be perfectly honest, I haven't worn it since I got it, because of how difficult it is to put on. But I would probably buy pashminas from Pearl Daisy because I guess for me personally its just easier to use. However if your a hijab expert and really good at styling hijabs, then I world definitely give a hoojab a try.

Jazakallah for reading and I hope to see you all in the next post inshaAllah.

Never give up!

Life is hard, things happen that seem punch you in face, maybe both physically and emotionally. People have hurt you, things have happened. Whether that be your friend backstabbing you, losing your job, getting a bad grade, whatever it maybe. Your not alone, because I've been there and I probably will be there again. I'm here to tell you never to give up. Never give up!

So where should you start. Be proud of who you are.For me this is probably the most important one, and it’s something I’m still trying to tell myself today. I've always felt a little different. And maybe I don’t fit into this category of the “norm”.  I’m visually dyslexic which means I have to wear these funky blue glasses when I’m reading and to be completely honest I’m so embarrassed when I have to wear them, I feel like everyone is looking at me. But the truth is I can’t run away from my dyslexia and instead I have to embrace it wholeheartedly. Because in this world there will always be people who will judge you and stereotype you but as long as you accept the way you were made and learn to love yourself, you'll have nothing to worry about.

Its funny how everyone says that your drive for success should be to prove people wrong, but is that really the truth? Your success should not be driven by the need to prove other people wrong, you should do it for yourself. The truth is when you succeed it wouldn't make any difference to the people who said you couldn't do it in the first place. You need to be driven by proving yourself wrong rather than others. Remember how they made you feel, use that as your motivation instead. 

Even if you feel that no one loves you right now and what your going through is really hard, just remember this. Allah never burdens anyone with anything they cannot handle. This must mean that we are strong enough to deal with this situation and this is why Allah has given this to us. Allah loves us, he loves us more than our parents… and we all know that our parents would even sacrifice their lives for us. Remember after hardship comes ease. 

The truth is i'm not writing this post only for all you out there but for myself also. So I know to take my own advice when I feel like giving up. See you all in the next post inshaAllah!