Eid:OOTD and other stuff

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My first ever OOTD (of yesterday) and random ramblings about Eid. 

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So, on Eid I wore a jilbab that I had previously worn to a neighbour's wedding at the beginning of July. The jilbab was made in India and is a turquoise/green colour with embroidery, beading and crystal embellishment. I wore bangles (from The Inayah Collection, with additional diamante bangles) and managed to do henna on one hand only (unfortunately). My hijab style was inspired by this tutorial from Amenakin, and I somehow achieved this look using plenty of stick pins, two mirrors and a bit of trial and error. I used the scarf that came with the jilbab and a teal lace scarf from Pearl Daisy.

Also, prior to Eid day, we had done some baking (it's kind of a tradition to do baking before Eid) and here is a picture to show you some of the goodies we made. These included Cake Pops, Lamingtons, Toffee Tarts, Aero biscuits and Hungarian Tarts among other tasty things =)

Yummy Treats!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Eid as much as I did! (Although the Eid celebrations are still continuing for another day or two) =)

and InshaAllah I'll be announcing the winner of the Ramadhan Giveaway tomorrow =)


Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all of my readers and followers! I hope you enjoy yourselves =)
I'll be visiting family today and will enjoy lots of food (although probably only eat a small amount!)
Eid Mubarak
Tell me, how do you celebrate Eid?


The Inayah Collection: Custom Bangle Set

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The Inayah Collection is a soon-to-be online store specialising in bangle sets, hijab pins and other gorgeous accessories. Their collection and custom orders can be viewed via their facebook page, although they are not taking any new orders until the website has been launched. I love the look of all their pieces, but limited myself to a small order, as this would be my first time ordering from them (and there is the case of being a student with a limited budget). 
Here are links to some of my favourite bangle sets : set 1, set 2, set 3, set 4  =)

My order arrived this morning. I was at uni (finalising details for my final year project) but hearing that  there was a box waiting for me definitely brightened my day (in contrast to the horrible weather in London). It was sent via 2nd class signed for recorded delivery, and considering that my order was only finalised on Sunday 21st August, it arrived within 5 working days. The package itself is a cardboard box (with an Inayah Collection sticker), and contains the bangles (tied together with ribbon) wrapped in plastic, and then in tissue paper, and then the box is filled with tissue paper so that nothing is moving around. The presentation alone is so cute that I wouldn't mind sending a set of bangles as a gift to someone.

Opening up the bangles, you can see that they have arrived in great condition and are ready to be worn. The teal enamelled bangle is a great match with my Eid outfit, so I'll definitely be wearing the set then (minus the black enamelled bangle). I love enamelled bangles, but they are so hard to find in shops at the moment, especially ones with gold detailing like these.

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(without flash)

Of course, the process for ordering a custom set can take some time (two weeks for me) so it's best to order well in advance of when you actually want to wear them. The great thing about having a custom set is that it can be matched to a particular colour or a specific idea that you have in mind. For me personally, I really wanted the enamelled bangles, and then thought why not order them with additional bangles so that they can be worn individually, or as a set. My next order would include the silk bangles, as they are so bright and colourful, thus making them stand out when worn with neutral coloured abayas.

Will you be taking a look at The Inayah Collection products?


Favourite e.l.f Products

I've been using e.l.f (eyeslipsface) products for just under a year now, and there are always amazing offers on the facebook page which can be taken advantage of. I thought I'd share with you my favourite e.l.f products which I use almost everyday (on the days that I wear makeup anyways!). Also, many of the products are priced at £1.50, with Studio products starting at £3.50, and the Mineral products starting at £3.00. They also have a large range of brushes available in each of their categories (standard/mineral/studio) which are priced accordingly.

e.l.f studio cream liner (black), e.l.f mineral foundation (warm), e.l.f mineral lipstick (rosy raisin)


The mineral foundation is my everyday foundation. It's what I wear when I'm going to uni, when I'm just going out for a while, and even what I sometimes wear on special occasions. It has sheer/light coverage, which is great because it doesn't feel like you've applied paint to your face, and as it is a powder, it also helps reduce shine. I apply this with a face kabuki brush or the studio complexion brush (both from e.l.f).

I am a big fan of cream and gel liners, so I purchased this studio cream liner in black for a mere £3.50. The cream liner also comes with a miniature angled brush, but I use a very thin artist brush to apply cream/gel eyeliners. My cream liner seems to have dried out a tiny bit, but I can still use it to line my top lash line without it irritating my eyes.

The e.l.f mineral lipstick in Rosy Raisin is the perfect 'my lips but better' shade. I love lip colours which aren't too bright and bold (kinda boring, I know) but I prefer bright/bold eye makeup to bright lips. This is actually my first ever lipstick (I'm a complete newbie with lipsticks) seeing as I own more lipbalms, lip tints and lipglosses.

I actually bought these products quite some time ago, and the mineral foundation is nearing its final uses. I'm waiting for the next discount/free shipping code on the facebook page before I order again.

Let me know if you've tried any e.l.f products and what you think of them =)


Dua for the last 10 nights of Ramadhan

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I received this dua in a text message, but did not have any sources to cite. Alhamdulillah, sister Sanaa Nubiansis posted the very same dua on her blog a few days ago, complete with sources which I am now sharing with you. Therefore I credit this blog post to sister Sanaa Nubiansis and recommend you check out her blog (dropsofnubia).

A'ishah (radhia Allahu anha) reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?" And he instructed her to say:
"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee" - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.

[Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani]
'We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand:
Peace!...This until the rise of morn!'
—Sura 97 (Al-Qadr), āyāt 1-5

May these last 10 nights of Ramadhan be the most blessed and inshaAllah may us gain the rewards of performing dhikr during the last 10 days of Ramadhan. Ameen.


Sale Find: Monsoon

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Now, I love Monsoon clothing. Especially the maxi dresses as they come in gorgeous colours and are embellished with varying amounts of detail. But their prices are simply way too much for a uni student like me. At this current moment though, the Cleo Embellished Maxi Dress is on sale at the amazing price of £25.50 (reduced from £85.00), which I think is an amazing bargain. Also, the back of this dress is completely covered! No random cutouts or a low back neckline! I think this would be a great dress to wear for eid (if maxi dresses are more your style). Simply add a shrug, to cover the arms and a cream hijab. Accessorise with a cream clutch bag and gold bangles.

Cleo Embellished Maxi Dress

Unfortuantely the only size available online is a UK8, so if there is Monsoon store near you, then you may want to have a look there to see if it's in stock.

Hope this helps someone =)


Style Hijabified: Olivia Palermo

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This is what Olivia Palermo wore to a MANGO event back in 2010. Of course that doesn't mean that we can't adapt her style to suit the needs of a hijabi. This outfit looks classy and effortless, which I think is great for a formal environment.
Style Hijabified: Olivia Palermo
Style Hijabified: Olivia Palermo by chocoholic-hijabi
(click link for product details)

To hijabify this look, I paired a cream chiffon tunic with wide leg beige trousers. The bow detailing on the tunic adds a cute feminine touch to the outfit and by adding a simple cardigan, there is a solution to covering the arms. Olivia seems to be wearing black heels in the image, so I've added this pair in the set, but brown shoes would also look equally as good. Accessorise with a simple gold cuff and a mini satchel bag, and to complete the look, am embellished square scarf also from a similar colour range.

What do you think of this look?


Pearl Daisy - August Order

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So, I was going to do a post on hijab storage, but then this morning the postman arrived with a much anticipated pink parcel. As Pearl Daisy is having a 15% off sale (using the code PDLOVE, until Saturday 20th August) I took advantage of it and decided to place an order. My sister and I ordered four hijabs each, and you can see which ones I received in the picture below.

The Borage Jersey Scarf was on the list because I wanted to try wearing a jersey hijab and I preferred this pattern, compared to the other one on the site. This (I'm hoping) will be the perfect 'put on and go' hijab, for all those times when you barely have a minute to wrap your hijab.
I'm currently loving crinkle scarves because they don't require any ironing before you wear them. I ordered the Black Pot Pourri because I actually don't own a black crinke scarf.
The Bella Maxi Hoojab was a spur of the moment decision. Originally, I was planning on buying one of the handloomed hoojabs, but I wanted to know what made the Bella Hoojab so popular (so much so that it would previously be out of stock soon after it had been restocked).
I love the pattern on the Princess Rafi Scarf (previously mentioned here) and I do wear a lot of brown, so I thought the perfect hijab to finalise (my part) of the order, would be to get the Agra Wood Patterned Scarf, which has the same pattern but with a different background colour. I'm definately looking forward to wearing this one out and about.

What scarves have you purchased recently?


Mid Ramdhan Update

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I can't believe half of Ramadhan has passed already. It seems like only yesterday was the first of Ramadhan. InshaAllah, the remaining fasts will be even more blessed than those that have passed.

Also, an irrelevant note, but today is my birthday! Not really doing anything in terms of celebrating but I hope all you readers enjoy today (and the rest of the Summer)!

And to all of those who will receive their AS/A-Level results tomorrow (18th August), I wish you all the best and inshaAllah you get the grades that you want =)

Is there anything you would like to see in particular on the blog?


The Pin Box

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Check out the tab above which says The Pin Box. Unique handmade hijab pins by me using silver plated jewellery findings and Swarovski Elements Bicones. If you see something you like, don't hesistate to contact me, because it might not be there long =)

Sleek Pout Paints [review]

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Well, I have to say that my spending ban on all things makeup did not last very long! (a total of 10 days!) The Sleek Pout Paints were released on August 3rd and come in 11 shades, including white (for lightening colours) and blue (for making colours deeper/darker). The idea behind pout paints is that you custom mix the paints to create your own shades. This is great for whether you want your own personal shade that you can't seem to find anywhere else, or just to bring out a more artisitic side of your personality. They are currently on offer in Superdrug on 3for2, and are individually priced at £4.99. Personally, I can see these lasting me a very long time, as I'm not a big fan of bold lip coloours, so I'll be using minimal amounts (even less than you would need normally) to apply a tint to the lips, as opposed to full on colour. All of the pout paints are super pigmented which makes them opaque, however they do stain, so you'll need an oil-based makeup remover to get rid of all the colour. I really wish that Sleek come out with some sort of mixing palette, because you really don't want to mix these on the back of your hand!

Here are the three shades I bought:

Milkshake, Minx, Port

(with flash)

(without flash)

So far, I'm loving all three shades, although Port is way too pink for my skin tone, and Minx and Milkshake are a bit light to be considered a true 'nude' colour (for me personally), although for a sheer wash of colour, they all work pretty well =)
Hopefully will get some swatches of what they look like when they're mixed with each other.
What do you think of the pout paints?


Ramadhan Giveaway (Closed)

(a bit late, but better late than never)

The giveaway is open from August 3rd and will end on August 30th. The winner will be announced soon after. This giveaway is open internationally, and followers under 18 need parental permission (so that they can send me there contact details if necessary). Winners will be chosen using Random.org.

The giveaway is open to everyone, providing you follow the rules below (there's not that many) =)

To take part in the giveaway you must be:
* A public follower of my blog via GFC
* Leave a comment below this post (only one comment please!)
* Include your email address in the comment (so I can contact you)

Prizes include:
Two handmade hijab pins (by me), and a crystallised shayla from Dubai.

Pins are made using silver plated jewellery findings and Swarovski Elements 4mm bicones
(sorry about blurry picture quality)

Leave your entry comments below =)