Mini Eid Giveaway winner!

Ooops! Almost forgot to publish this post! (better late than never though!). Alhamdullilah I loved reading all the comments and wish that I could give you all a prize! The main giveaway prize, which is a copy of Fortress of the Muslim, is also available to download as a free ebook here (which is great for those of you who have e-readers/iPads/iPhone's etc. as it's a PDF file) =)

And the winner for the mini Eid giveaway is ...

Sarah Nimrah N.

Congratulations and inshaAllah I'll be emailing you soon!

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Superdrug Face Masks

I popped into Superdrug a while ago wanting to pick up the Montagne Jeunesse face masks, so I could use them before Eid. Unfortunately I didn't manage to find them (not sure if Superdrug have stopped selling them, or my local store was out of stock). In the end I bought 4 face masks from Superdrug's own range, as they were on offer 4 for 3. They are priced at 99p, which is the same as the Montagne Jeunesse ones and they have a large variety available, so you're likely to find one that suits your skin type.

So far, I've only tried the Tropical Cocktail Peel-Off mask (I would have tried the self-heating one if it wasn't so hot outside already!). This face mask smells mostly of coconut, although there is a fruitiness that I think comes from the mango. The instructions state to apply to a clean, dry face and leave on for 10-20 minutes, or until dry. It's quite sticky, so try to avoid making a mess when applying! Also, make sure to apply the mask in a even layer (I ended up with some dry areas ready to be peeled and other areas still sticky!). After removing the mask and washing off any bits that I had missed, my face felt refreshed, and ready to be moisturised. =)

Have you tried any of the Superdrug face masks? What did you think of them?




This is the outfit I wore for Eid! A gorgeous blue farasha with some (very heavy) diamante work on the neckline. I love the loose fit (it comes with ties on the inside to give the outfit some shape) and the flowiness of the material (it comes fully lined which is a major plus!). I wore minimal accessories, with only a few stackable rings and a silver clutch. Started off the day in nude heels, but for the evening I wore flat sandals as we were having a barbeque =)

[I also wore this outfit for my Graduation in July =) ]

How did you celebrate Eid, and what did you wear?


Eid Mubarak! [giveaway closed]

Eid Mubarak to all my blog readers! I hope you all have a wonderful day and may it be filled with lots of love and blessings (and chocolate of course!) =)

Eid Mubarak!

Just a small giveaway to celebrate Eid! Even though my last giveaway only ended at the beginning of the month, I thought that Eid is a time for giving presents, so why not give a gift to blog reader!

The main prize is actually something that has come in very useful to me. It's a small book called Fortress of the Muslim, which is basically full of Invocations from the Quran and Sunnah. I find this a great book as it's pocketsized, which means you're able to learn something new on the go. The rest of the prize will contain surprise goodies (because we all love surprises!).

All you have to do is answer the question - What did you learn/gain from Ramadhan this year?

My own answer to this question would be that I gained an appreciation for everyone who was working during the month of Ramadhan. This is the first time that I've actually worked during Ramadhan, and combining 9-10 hour shifts with 16 hour fasts really did mean that I had to focus more on how to conserve my energy during the day, as most of the days I left for work at 5:30 am and returned at 6pm. Alhamdullilah, I found myself drinking a lot more water at suhoor and iftaar, and not drinking coffee in the morning, which I am hoping to continue after Ramadhan. InshaAllah next Ramadhan, I'll plan so that I am not working!

- You must follow the blog via GFC
- You must answer the question in the comments box below.
- Please leave your email address in the comment so that I can contact you!
- Giveaway ends on Saturday 25th August 2012 at 10pm BST

Good Luck and Eid Mubarak!


Chocoholic Hijabi bakes: Monkey Puzzles

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Every Eid without fail, my mum, sister and I do a lot of baking. Most of which is distributed to friends and family on Eid morning. Some of the recipes come from cookbooks (the most used one is Busy Biscuits by Hafsa Kasak) and other recipes are ones that my mum has collected over the years in a number of notebooks. The Monkey Puzzles recipe is one of these, and I'm not too sure where the name comes from. Anyway, this recipe is short and simple (and you may want to double or triple the mixture, as I did!).

As you can see, this recipe is very popular judging by how stained the page is!

Monkey Puzzles
(click on the pictures to make them bigger)

2 and 1/2 oz Plain Flour
1 and 1/2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
3 oz Margarine
3 oz Golden Syrup
1 oz Cornflakes  (crushed coursely)

To decorate:
Plain/Milk cake covering chocolate



Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder twice.

In a separate bowl, cream the margarine and golden syrup together.

Add the flour, cocoa powder and cornflakes to the mixture and stir until well blended.

Place spoonfuls of the mixture (walnut size, although mine were bigger) onto a greased tray and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Once baked, place on a wire tray to cool (note: the monkey puzzles will still be soft, but they will harden slightly once cooled).

Melt chocolate according to instructions on the packet
(I do mine on the stove as I somehow always burn the chocolate in the microwave).

Dip the tops of the monkey puzzles into the chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.


Let me know if you decide to make these and how they turned out!


Hijabi Tip: Hijab Storage Solution

A few months ago, I changed the way I store my hijabs. They used to be folded up in a drawer inside my wardrobe, which was okay, but everytime I wanted to look for a particular hijab, the entire drawer would be messed up. I'm pretty useless at keeping things organised, so colour co-ordinating them while they were stored in the drawer was not really an option. I ended up purchasing the Komplement Multi-use hanger from Ikea and so far I've managed to fit the majority of my hijabs onto the hanger. The more delicate hijabs are still kept folded up inside a drawer to prevent them from being damaged (beads tend to fall off). The hanger is hung from the back of my bedroom door, so I can easily pick which hijab I want to wear during the day.

Here's a picture of how the hanger looks. As you can see, I've managed to fit hijabs into pretty much all the available space!

It's not really organised in any specific way.
Just the more bulkier/heavier hijabs at the bottom, with the more lightweight hijabs at the top =)

How do you store your hijabs?
Also, can you believe Ramadhan is nearly over?! The month has literally flown by!


Project 10 Pan: Take II #9

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Yay! Only one more product needs to be used up before P10P:II is over (not that I haven't bought anything at all). The next product to have been used up is the FCUK Pure Body Spray. I purchased this from Boots Clearance (and have quite a few back-ups too!). I prefer body sprays/body mists over perfumes as they aren't as strong and I can spray them quite a few times without it being overpowering. I especially love using these to freshen up during the day, and the small size and plastic packaging makes it easy to carry around, without the fear of it breaking or leaking into my bag.

What sort of fragrances do you like to use?


100 GFC Follower Giveaway Winner!

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A quick post just to announce the winner of my giveaway! The lucky winner is


Yay! I'll be sending you an email shortly!
Thank you to everyone who entered, and I'll be hosting (another) small giveaway at the end of Ramadhan to celebrate Eid. Now back to work for the next week and then regular blog posts will commence after 11th August i'A =)