100+ Reading Challenge April Update

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As of today (30/04/2011) I have read 19 books for the 100+ reading challenge. It's still going slowly, simply because of the never ending coursework and revision (or the lack of it) for exams that will take place in May. Also, I'm currently a temporary employee for the Census 2011 (google it!), which is taking up a lot of my free time. I'm still hoping to read way more books after the exams and during the summer! Check out what I've read by clicking here =)

Only 81 more books to go! Still a long way before I reach 100!



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Spring-Summer Style

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The sun is shining in UK at this moment in time and it's likely to stay this way over the rest of the week. It's not quite summer yet, so for a little spring-summer style inspiration, check out the set below =)


Long Sleeve Chiffon Dress, 28 GBP, Dorothy Perkins
Linen Palazzo Trousers, 26 GBP, Dorothy Perkins
Bertie Leather Sandals, 27 GBP, House of Fraser
Bangles, 6.25 GBP, Dorothy Perkins
Cream Crinkle Scarf, 10 GBP, Debenhams
Sunglasses, $26, Warehouse

I love the loose and flowy style of this tunic dress, as it won't cling to the body and the long sleeves ensures that no layering is required. Also, the pale colour means that the sun light will be reflected, so you won't feel too warm. I find loose linen trousers a staple in a hijabi's summer wardrobe. This pair from Dorothy Perkins has a wide leg style (for comfort), and the camel colour is a great neutral that can be paired with pretty much anything. Flat sandals are great for when you know that you'll be out and about during the sunny days (who stays indoors when the sun is shining anyway?). A cream crinkle scarf adds texture and volume to your hijab style without being heavy and bulky. It's also lightweight, which means it'll be great to wear in the sunshine. And lastly, chunky bangles and oversized sunglasses make this outfit complete, so you'll be looking cool and collected in the sunshine.

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Sleek Makeup: Luminous Pressed Powder

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I'm not much of a liquid foundation person. Mostly because my skin type is combination/sensitive and the areas which are oily (the nose, chin and forehead) tend to be super oily as opposed to just slightly. I use a tinted pressed powder to give me sheer coverage (which can always be built up) and take away shine. Unfortunately it had come to the time when the pressed powder I was using was practically empty, and it was just my luck that this particular pressed powder was no longer available at Superdrug (for reasons unknown to me). And so began my search for a new pressed powder. The result of this search (as you could guess from the title) is the Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in the shade 02.


(comparison of the two products)

If you're wondering about the luminous aspect of the powder, there is a very fine golden shimmer present, which doesn't really show up on the skin  (EDIT: In direct sunlight, the golden shimmer is definitely visible but not from afar. Probably best used when you want a 'glowy' look in the summer).
As it comes in a compact form, it's great for carrying around and makes a clip/snap(?) noise when you shut the compact. I probably wouldn't end up using the mini powder puff that comes with it and would instead use the E.L.F Studio complexion brush, simply because it's a great size and doesn't pick up too much excess product. This powder is definately the better match for my skintone compared to the NYC one. Maybe it's because of the lovely sunshine that's currently in London (and the rest of the UK). Overall, the Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder is definately a good choice for me and it was under £7, which is great!


What have you bought recently?




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Henna design on canvas

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This is the result of my boredom today. Free hand henna design in acrylic paint on canvas (a bargain from Poundland!). I couldn't find a squeezy bottle with a nozzle, so I improvised and made a henna cone which was then filled with white acrylic paint (you can see the "henna cone" on the side). Let me know what you think =)




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April's Boots Clearance Mini Haul

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Managed to get to Boots Clearance today and I thought I'd show you what I picked up =)





Rose & Co Apothecary Rose Petal Salve and Cherry Kiss lip balm at £2.25 each
fcuk pure showerscrub at £1.00
Ted Baker Heavenly Fragranced Body Spray (50ml) at 75p
Natrel Plus Deodorant Jasmine Touch at £1.00


The rose petal salve smells like real roses, which is amazing! A great product, however it has an odd taste to it (a bit like spraying perfume into your mouth by accident) so that means no using it as a lip balm. It's not greasy so I'll probably use it for that little extra moisturising on my hands =)

The Ted Baker fragranced body spray is a nice alternative to the body sprays that are packaged in aerosol cans. The smell isn't strong or overpowering and the small size makes it great to have around while on the go. Perfect for that 'spritz' of scent during the day!






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Spring is here!

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Finally!

The weather is warming up, and there seems to be more sunshine than rain. Let's hope there won't be too many April showers! Hope everyone's enjoying the weather and hopefully it'll get warmer soon!

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