Blogger Recognition Award

Nominated for another award long back, finally got the time to transcribe a post about it. This post is all about the Blogger Recognition Award, for which I have been nominated by Shaz of Sure Scribbles . Shaz is such a creative blogger — She writes so very artistically  and also does click extremely beautiful pictures of nature. Getting to the point, let me first point out the rules of the award.

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The Rules

•Writing a  post related to the award.
•Thanking the person who nominated you for this award and providing a link to their blog.
•Providing a brief description as to how you blog came into being.
•Giving a couple of advice to new bloggers.
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SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub

There are lots of skincare stuff hidden on our kitchen shelves that we seldom use. One among those is my favorite ‘Coffee’. The revitalizing smell of coffee calms the senses. When used in excess caffeine maybe bad for health, but when applied to the skin coffee has a number of benefits. SkinYoga was kind enough to send me a sample of their “Coffee Body Scrub”. In this post I am going to review the “SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub”.

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Skin Yoga Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask

I am always eager to try out anything new I come across. As Skin Yoga sent me samples of their products, I am now on a self-pampering spree, trying a sample a day. I have really started to love their products. Looks like the good old days are back when I took such good care of my skin. The smell of sandalwood, turmeric, orange-peels and everything natural is so nostalgic sometimes. Well in this post I am going to review Skin Yoga’s Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask. This one seems to impress me a bit more than the orange body scrub.

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A brief description of the product:
The goodness of sandalwood will reverse the signs of aging and gradually remove wrinkles and dark spots. Saffron will improve skin texture and also naturally make skin brighter and more radiant. The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity. The product also moisturizes the skin as it is infused with 100% natural coconut oil. Continue reading

Skin Yoga Product Review

It has been a long time since I have posted. I almost abandoned the blog for a month or so. But finally I am back with an interesting post for halal and vegan beauty product lovers. The halal beauty scene is growing day by day. Good to know that, as I am myself a lover of halal beauty products. A few days ago, a brand contacted me to review a few of their skincare products. I was really happy to know the company’s claim of being cruelty free, halal and vegan friendly. What more does a Muslimah want when choosing skincare products.

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Now let me introduce you to this new awesome brand — Skin Yoga.  This is a brand started and owned by three sisters Radhika, Jargriti and Deepika. They beleive in the essence of natural remedies, and this belief is what led to the beginnings of the brand Skin Yoga.

For today I am firstly going to review the product “Fresh Orange Body Scrub”. Continue reading

A Cat And Mouse Pact – A Review

Book: A Cat And Mouse Pact

Author: Nayera Salam

Illustrator: Teresa Abboud

Publishers: Prolance

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Author Nayera Salam is back with yet another wonderful and interesting short story for the little ones — ‘A Cat And Mouse Pact’. A fable with a simple yet much needed moral for the society that we exist in today. The plot deals with a pact made between ‘Matt’ the orange tabby cat and ‘Millie’ the little grey mouse.

‘Matt’ the orange tabby lives in Mrs. Krouse’s old brick house, and when he sees ‘Millie’ the little grey mouse slinking through the kitchen with a piece of leftover cheese, ‘Matt’ seems unsure of whether to attack ‘Millie’ or let her go. He patiently listens to what Millie has to say and finally they make a pact. 🙂 Continue reading

Coffee – The Muslim Drink

 

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The aroma of freshly brewed coffee has a revitalizing effect on the mind and body. Everybody likes to enjoy their little cup of this magical beverage, based on mood and timing — some like their “morning cup of coffee” while others enjoy it on random occasions, complemented by a piece of walnut cake or a favorite cookie. A cup of hot coffee and an amazing piece of literature, are the best companions for a rainy day.

Be it in any part of the world, coffeehouses seem to be ubiquitous structures fitted between the array of shops lined in a high-street. The banners of “Starbucks” and “Costa” have become synonymous with the picture of global coffeehouses to be found all the way from city centers to International airports. And mind you! the chains of these coffeehouses make a turnover in billions per year. Thanks to the loyal coffee drinkers!

Well! Have you ever thought of it, as to who discovered these amazing little beans, of a beverage adored by the contemporary world?. If you think it was the Europeans who introduced this invigorating drink to the world, then you are for sure mistaken.

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The Rainbow Hijab- A Review

Book: The Raibow Hijab

Author: Amran Abdi

Illustrator: Nicola Davies

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Hijab is an essential part of a Muslimah’s wardrobe. In today’s world it has definitely become a controversial piece of cloth :lol:. Well! In this blog post I am going to review the book “The Rainbow Hijab”, by Amran Abdi.

“The Rainbow Hijab” is a intelligibly written children’s book. The book is about young Ameera who loves her rainbow colored hijab. She loses it and feels sad.After a thourough search she finds it in the most unexpected place, with someone who equally loves the rainbow hijab. Continue reading

Reading the right texts!

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Reading books is a favorite hobby of many people both young and old. Reading provides relaxation, especially reading novels and other such literary genres that are particularly meant for the purpose of leisure. But not all reading is good for the mind, body and soul. Reading books filled with obscene language has a bad effect on the mind and also strains our relationship with Allah(SWT), as indulging in anything indecent is not permissible in Islam.

The extent of obscenity in literary works can be seen in the way in which every random book targeted towards the youth is as a matter of fact filled with filthy language. Have being a student of English Literature, I have come across and read many fictional literary texts of the old school authors that are really decent and modest in nature. Continue reading

7th Heaven Face Mask Review

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This is my first review of a skincare product.I have chosen to review a coconut face mask. On a random visit to the Boots store, I came across face masks from the 7th Heaven brand, formerly known as Montagne Jeunesse. As I had previously listed the brand in my blog post about halal skincare brands, I felt obliged to try them myself. I picked up the Creamy Coconut Face mask. I am now completely in love with their products.

What instantly attracted me to this mask was it’s claim of being suitable for dry and dull skin. I suffer from extreme dry skin especially during the harsh winters. The biggest benefit of the Seventh Heaven brand is that they are free from animal byproducts. You can see in the above picture the product is “Leaping bunny certified” and “Vegetarian society approved”.  Continue reading

For Grandpa…

Walking down the packed lanes of the market, amidst the hubbub of the Christmas air I look around the happy faces in the hustling surroundings. Not everything plush and exuberant makes me happy these days. It has been a week or so since grandpa left us— loss, tears and an obvious realization that people once gone never come back.

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There was only one place I yearned to spend my vacation at — Granny’s home, is what we called it and what we knew it for. It was a place where granny resided permanently, with grandpa being just a visitor most of the times rather than a resident. Finally as old-age took over him, he returned back to his family, to his roots, putting to rest the passion of his life ‘law’. It was during the final decade of his life that I came in with close proximity with him— knowing him better and getting astonished at his weird habits.

Spending a major portion of his life among piles of papers scribbled with articles and principles from the Indian constitution, grandpa was the only man I knew who lived and cherished his job (unlike others who whine). An upright and honest legal practitioner by profession, his shabby clothes and well worn slippers reflected it, contrary to the other white-collared workers of his reputation. Continue reading