July Favourites


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This month has been amazing in so many ways: Ramadhan, weather and most importantly.. WEATHER! :) I can’t help but say that the heat doesn’t affect me in the slightest! And so when the sunshine comes around, I’m all over it! I’ve found some wonderful products this month.. So without further ado, here are my July Favourites:

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Moschino Cheap and Chic ‘Hippy Fizz’ perfume- £21.98
I got this perfume this time last year whilst on a shopping trip with my mum! I had been transferred to a new location for work and they had a Beauty Bay there! My mum noticed this perfume because of the name and when she picked it up to smell it we both just stared at it in awe! It’s perfect.. I can’t even describe anything like it before! It’s a fresh, fruity, citrus scent and it smells good on so many skins! It lingers for ages.. I mean: spray it on your coat and smell it for weeks! It’s affordable too so a bonus!

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Benefit ‘Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer’- £24.50
I heard so many good things about this primer that I had to get it when I saw it! When it comes to base makeup, my skin is useless! I can wipe my face after a few hours of wearing makeup and there’ll be nothing on the wipe! I don’t know whether my skin absorbs it or whether it just doesn’t hold it well! However, this primer is revolutionary for me! I wouldn’t quite say a 15 hour hold for my foundation but it’s a lot more than a few hours! It feels a bit greasy when going on your skin but doesn’t look it at all! And because its a stick, no faffing with brushes and stuff.. Just slide it on and blend in your foundation on top! One downside: it clings to dry spots on the face so if you have patches of dryness, it will cling on to and enhance them!

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Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara- £7.99
I love me some mascara! My lashes are ok-ish. I have length but no curl and volume so I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara! I’m prone to a few layers of mascara too because I like the clumpy look on myself! When Tanya from Pixi2woo raved about this mascara, I knew I wanted it! I can relate to a lot of the skincare and makeup advice she gives because we have really similar skin types! This mascara really does look like false lashes! It has a bristle hair type brush which I don’t mind at all and the shape and liquid is just perfect to start using straight away (usually I have to wait a few months for my mascara to dry out). I love this.. Miss. A.. This one is coming your way!

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Benefit ‘Boi-ing’ concealer in shade 3- £17.50
When I got this concealer, it was a bit too dark for me because I had matched myself up for the summer months but now it matches, I’m crazy about it! It has such a great texture and the coverage is excellent. Although it creases on me if I don’t set it, it lasts ages and looks flawless! It’s creamy and is best applied with fingers so again.. No faffing with brushes! For the winter months, I’ll definitely get a lighter shade and use it then too!

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Premae Harmony Moisturising Creme Balm- £27.50
I received this in a glossy box a few months ago and never tried it until this month! It’s a balm, so you would think it has a heavy texture and creamy finish but you’d be wrong! Although it’s a balm, it’s really lightweight and blends into the skin leaving a seamless finish. It looks great underneath foundation because it makes the skin matte yet still smooth! You only need a tiny bit of it so this will last me ages!

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Topshop lipstick in ‘Crystal’- £9
I got this lipstick a few months ago and I really wanted to try a Topshop lipstick because everyone raves about them! I have to say.. I can understand why! The texture is really creamy and they’re long lasting. They have a fantastic colour range too but I chose the sheer pink with crazy glitter in it. This is a pH adjusting lipstick so will look different on everyone but I’m so pleased about the way it looks on me! It’s affordable and good quality!

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Soap & Glory Cheekmate- £8
When it comes to the summertime, you just want to throw on a blush and hope it stays cause it’s too hot to look colourless and I’m too lazy to reapply.. That’s where stains come in. I’m a big fan of stains and in summer, I love them even more. This S&G one is a gel like consistency and is uber pigmented! You only need a small dot of this stuff and it does the job. It looks natural and leaves your face looking fresh! You can see in the picture how naturally it blends in.

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Bourjois ‘Delice De Soleil’ bronzer in 14- £8.99
This shade bronzer is for olive tanned skin and I love how they say which bronzer is best for which skin. So this bronzer is mostly matte apart from a few shimmers but I can’t see them when I swatch it. It looks great because its not too orange, red or muddy. It’s just a perfect bronze colour which looks natural and lovely! Smells really good too!

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Makeup Geek eyeshadow/ Z palette
I’ve saved the best until last here. Welcome to my Z palette! This is basically a magnetic palette which you can put pans into. Be that blush, eyeshadow or whatever, if its got a magnet on it, it’ll go in here! Not only do I love the palette, I love these eyeshadows! These are all Make Up Geek eyeshadows which I got a few months ago! I have a tonne more eyeshadows than this but this is a little neutrals palette I organised! I love all of these colours for summer because they look bronze, shimmery and perfect for creating any look! The eyeshadows are pigmented and so soft and creamy! I feel as though they’re better than MAC and they aren’t half as expensive! The colours:
(Left to right going down)
Corrupt (blackest black in the world)
Peaches and Cream
Cocoa Bear (my favourite)
Glamorous
Latte
Creme Brule
Shimma Shimma
Prom Night
Mocha

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How to make a healthy Iftaar snack!


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If you’re a Muslim.. RAMADHAN MUBARAK! Living in London means that our fast is 20 hours long giving us just 4 hours to eat food that keeps us nourished for the day! So my family and I have developed a new meal system which means that we’re eating healthy but still feeling full enough!

Bare in mind.. This recipe is just a snack and not a good replacement for a whole meal!

Serves: 3-5

Ingredients:
• Handful of rocket or mixed leaves (spinach, watercress, lettuce, lambs lettuce, mixed leaves, basil are all good alternatives and I love mixing loads of these together too)
• 6-10 Mixed olives (If you live in London, go the Delicatessen of your local supermarket and you can choose some of your favourite flavoured olives and if not, just buy the jarred type)
• 2-3 inches of Cucumber
• Half a red onion (medium sized)
• 6 Picollo red cherry tomatoes (quartered)
• 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds (you can of course swap for pumpkin, sesame seeds etc. but I love the subtle taste and soft crunch of these)
• 1/4 red/orange or yellow bell pepper
• 1 inch cube of feta cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra Virginia olive oil
• Optional to add lemon
• Can add grilled chicken, leftover steak etc
• Can also add pepper but the kick for mine comes from jalapeño olives!

Method:
Here’s the beauty.. It’s up to you! You can cut these however you like, but I like to keep mine relatively small just for the ease of eating it. Mix it all together and serve however you like. As a side salad (although I find it very filling) or you can eat it alone!

A lot of Asians have the habit of opening their fast with fried food and all sorts of unhealthy foods. Remember, you may not have eaten for some hours so that doesn’t mean to stuff yourself to he brim of fatty food. Instead, try making this salad (which takes less than 10 mins) and feel good about yourself!!

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How I style glasses!


The.. Absolutely massive but I don’t care cause I’m a bosse glasses

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The.. I’m a fashionable French little layday

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The.. Teacher and OMG.. How did that other picture get in there?

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The.. Business tycoon/ can’t think without my glasses on

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The.. Geek/ the kind who use pi to work out approximately how many hairs they have on their head

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And sometimes when you don’t know which ones to wear..
The.. I’m a fearless person and no one can say anything!

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My hair care tips/ routine


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When it comes to hair, I take extra special care of mine because I keep it trapped under a scarf most of the time and it hardly ever feels any fresh air. Because of this, I think it’s best that I do what I can to ensure it stays healthy and my main tip: let it breath! Whether you wear a hijab or not, I think applying product after product to ‘protect’ it is essentially just damaging it more.. Like make up usually has layers and layers and we always ensure we remove our make up, we don’t wash our hair every night before bed (most people), so we shouldn’t bury it under hair products!

I think we should keep our hair maintenance to a minimum and rock the natural look! All types if hair and hairstyles are in at the moment!

Whether you have a tight perm

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Frizzy hair

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Boy cut

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Long hair

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If you don’t believe me, name a celebrity who has hair similar to yours? If you thought of one.. You have no excuse! The best type of compliment is when someone says you look good and you realise you made minimum effort! Now, we all have ‘bad hair days’ and that’s when a topknot is your best friend! Grab an old sock, cut off the toe, roll it up and make yourself a donut! We’ll be partying like its 1999! Oh yeah!

I keep my hair care fairly simple but here are ALL the hair products I have.. Limited I know but to be honest I think I use 2 regularly and the rest on Eid (twice a year)!

My hair is straight and fairly silky and doesn’t get greasy a lot. I wash it 1-3 times a week, depending on the occasion. It frizzes slightly after washing it and I never use heat on my hair. Despite the fact I get awkward kinks, I just work with them for my benefit.

Herbal essences uplifting volume shampoo
For shampoo, I’m a big believer to buy the cheapest one I can find! If I’m out and spot a shampoo that costs a pound, I’ll buy it because you only end up washing it out anyway! More than anything, really use your fingertips to massage your scalp and get rid of that grease on your scalp. No matter how many times I wash my hair, I’ll always use Head and Shoulders Anti- Dandruff at least once a week to ensure I don’t get flaky (especially when it’s cold- 80% of the time in London). At the moment I’m using this Herbal Essences uplifting volume shampoo.. It smells yummy!

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TIGI S Factor smoothing conditioner
I like to condition my hair at least 3-4 times a month. The only reason I don’t condition every time I wash is because I think my hair would get greasy quickly! I’ve been using the S Factor range for 5 years now and I’m in love! I’m really loyal to their conditioner and if you have curly or damaged hair, this is your saviour! I use it because its so nourishing, creamy and makes your hair feel like a million dollars! When I use this conditioner, my hair knows just how to style better, look healthy and lustrous! I love it!

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Tresemme heat defence styling spray
When I’m using heat like a blow dryer, straighteners or curling wand, I like to apply heat spray but not a tonne! I find heat sprays always make your hair feel sticky and stiff after using the heat so I use as little as needed. Because I hardly ever use heat, it doesn’t damage my hair.. WOOPEEE

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TIGI S Factor smoothing lusterizer
When I want a little pizazz in my hair and want it to look AMAZEBALLS, I always go to my S Factor lusterizer! This stuff makes your hair smooth, tames frizz and adds shine and gloss to your hair! You only need a 3-4 pea sized amounts and fun it through your hair and it’ll change your hair completely! It smells amazing and has glitter in it! I mean.. Glitter.. Really?! I’m in!

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Milk shake leave in conditioner
When it’s winter and my hair is uber dry, or when I notice I’m getting dandruff, I run to my leave in conditioner. I got this Milk Shake one inside a GlossyBox but I love it and so did everyone I tried it on! It smells like vanilla-toffee-caramel heaven and is a mousse so, is really easy to work with! Apply a palmful of this into 80% dry hair and let it do its magic!

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Elnett diamond hold hair spray
Who doesn’t need a hairspray? And for me Elnett is the best! I love the Diamond hold because I think it’s the strongest. The hairspray hold really well but doesn’t get crispy or dry and should you need it to, combs straight out! It’s a godsend for those of us that love a bit of back combing and style holding!

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What to/ How to/ Haul..


With the winter months here, I know it’s hard for us Hijabi’s to figure out what we want to wear whilst still being modest!

I’ve always been a boots kind of girl and dug out an old pair or two of knee high boots that I got a few summers ago during the sales which I was so glad to find! They were £30 from the ASOS sale so a complete bargain and something like a long jacket and knee high boots is perfect for a hijabi to wear when it’s wet outside and you don’t want to get your skirt or abaya wet but still want to look modest :)

I love the fact that the calf bit of these boots isn’t too big for my skinny legs and that they’re flat so are comfortable to wear all day!

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I love the gold embellishment and soft black leather of these shoes as I’m not a fan of patent shiny leather. I could wear these with any outfit! If you’re wondering, I’m a size 5 :)
Unfortunately ASOS don’t sell these exact shoes anymore but here are a similar pair.

If its not that wet and cold where you live then ankle boots are the way forward! If you cover your feet and don’t wear pumps unless they’re with socks, try some ankle booties like these! They have a wedge but it is only 2 inches high with an inch platform so it’s perfect for giving height without being over the top! I wear ankle boots with my abayas and skirts all the time and they always look fab. I’ve never worn them with jeans etc as I don’t wear jeans and they don’t provide me with enough coverage :)

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These tan boots are from River Island for £35. They have a lovely colour which like black, suits most outfits and gives a lovely option other than black. I like the laces too as they add a little something extra when most of the show is covered by your skirt. They also come in black!

The next items are for the wedding season that is approaching! I’m so excited for my cousins wedding that is coming up in less than a month and decided to pick out some abayas for options that I could wear. Being on the hunt for a bargain, I looked on eBay and found a seller with the best abayas there are online at the moment! I think there was a sale on at the time or perhaps they were just really cheap but I was so happy when I got them! Also, they gave me a discount because I bought more than one which I was SO happy about!

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I love all the detail that has gone into the embroidery of this wonderful brown abaya. The detailing is orange, brown and silver and it is all hand made! I like the intricate touches of the scarf detail and little embellishment on the back too. I’ve also shown you how I’d wear the scarf. Please excuse the bulkiness in the neckline image as I tried to cover my modesty. Find the buyer here! They have new stock regularly! Although this particular abaya is now gone, this next one is still available!

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This grey abaya with silver embroidery is my fave!! I love the colour and style of it and it looks beautiful on! They also sell these in other colours and its a bargain at £21.99! They dispatched the item really quick, gave me a really good discount for postage and packaging and had excellent customer service! I’ve got my eye on this glittery one next! They also have an array of sizes.. So get measuring!!

This next abaya is from another seller and is more casual! The price and material is lovely and it’s perfect for those cold spring nights! I like the simple detailing! Although this one is slightly larger on me, I will be cutting the bottom and will be sure to post a picture of me wearing this on my Facebook and Instagram @inherbubble!

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The detailing is simple and easy to wear and because it has no beading, nothing will fall off! I love the colour and the way it drops. The scooped neck insures optimum coverage and the waist can be tailored by the in-built belt in the abaya! Find the seller here!They have bargains and this abaya was only £19.99

My next favourite is BLACK! I’m loving black scarves at the moment and this scarf from Tie Rack is AMAZING! I love the thickness and tassels. Although the material does itch a little bit, I think it’s because I have quite sensitive skin! I’ve been loving wearing my scarf like this too! One pin jobby! LAZY DAISY FAIZY!

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This scarf is huge and you don’t need to wear any other scarf or snood with this! It’s at Tie Rack for £24.99.

I hope you guys likes this different blog post! I had lots of fun taking the pictures with my lovely mum as the photographer! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @inherbubble to keep up to date with my daily :)

EID IS MY FAVOURITE DAY EVER!!!!!!


FOOOOOOD!

So this year for food, we done things a little differently!

The menu:
PIZZA!
Pop corn chicken
Potato wedges
2 types of salad
Garlic bread

Dessert is BIRTHDAY CAKE!! Get ready for pics!

EID IS MY FAVOURITE DAY EVER!!!


My hair routine!

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So for Eid this year, I’ll be curling my hair and putting on a hair and! I really want lustrous curls and want my hair to look shiny so I am using my trusted TIGI S factor conditioner and lusterizer!

These not only smell divine but they leave your hair look like AMAZINGNESS! I don’t really use the shampoo just because I feel like shampoo can be compensated with the conditioner and after- care products so I tend to use Boots Botanics Shampoo because its cheap and does the job! **

Plus.. Look at the lusterizer.. Thats not wet, its.. SPARKLES!!!

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I’ll be using my good old Babylis curling wand for the curling! I don’t think they sell this.. But for someone who covers their hair, I don’t really think an expensive wand is necessary so I think this cost £15-£20 about 7 years ago! Grab yourself a mid sized brush and some small clips so help with the curling process and BANG.. Instant glamorous curls!

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TIP: ** These two products are really good for helping get rid of knots!

EID IS MY FAVOURITE DAY EVER!


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So as you guys know, I love a party!! Within reason of course and I love how as Muslims.. We get 2 Eid’s!!

Today, I’m going to do a get ready with me style blog post to show you what I wear and how I wear it! I’m also going to take you round with me on my journey and.. OF COURSE, show you our food (which is a little different this year)!

So come join me on this very special day!

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