Friday, 8 June 2018

Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration! My Way

Eid-ul- Fitr is one of the most important religious events for Muslims. It translates as " the event of breaking fast". After fasting for whole month of Ramadan, we celebrate this day on 1st of Shawwal. This day is not just an Islamic occasion rather a day gifted by Allah to all Muslims throughout the world.
Like every year i celebrate this day with my family and friends. I still remember the time as a child, when we used to celebrate Eid with so much excitement. We used to be excited for every little thing related to Eid. Chaand Raat was like a wish come true. The night full of lights, luminosity and dazzle. Back in Pakistan, we still have those memories alive but being a Perdesi is sometimes very tough. We still have gorgeous night markets full of Eid stuff, stalls of bangles, shoes, henna with henna prints, eid cards and what not...
We had childhood full of good memories but how often do we revive those moments.? I think our children should have to see the same fun time which will make their Eid memories more joyful? This is a question which knocks almost everyone's head when it comes to such occasions. As parent i try my best to revive this day for my children as much as i can.

Before the Ramadan ends, i try my best to pay all the obligatory Zakat. This makes my Eid even more cheerful when i know i am on right track Alhumdulilla!

My Eid preparation starts with selection of clothing for me and my family. As always it has been a toughest task of all. Every year trend changes and i work so hard to get the stuff i want (big laugh).
Last year there was a craze of thread work trousers and kundan khussas. Alhumdulliah i managed to find one for myself.
Eid is all about how you feel about it. Yes! for me Eid is the best day of the year. This day i'm ready to forget the stress of other 364 days. I feel problems and hardships are part of life and will only end with us but atleast one day we should come out of that zone and LIVE!
My happiness is incomplete if my Eid preparation is incomplete. And that is why i make it a big deal :)

As the last few day approaches, the schedule is even more tight as these last Ramadan nights are the sacred nights. We try to spend most of the time in Ibadat. On the other hand i gather some craft material for my kids to make some Eid decoration and cards.

From the very beginning of Ramadan, there are several Ramadan Night Markets being held. These markets are good to get everything in one place. Last year i was hunting for few fancy clutch bags and found quite a lot actually.

There they had some yummy food stalls with all our street food delicacies.

My kiddo got some bangles, shoes and jewelry from there.

Then we have a henna session and apply henna on each others hands. Kids are the most excited people at home and they literally reminds you of putting henna after every hour that day.

We put henna on each others hand which is a fun filled time with loads of  laughter.

Before apply henna on my hands, i make my dessert ready for the morning. Every year i try to make something different. Here are few of my Eid desserts.

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Cream Rolls
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Pasta Custard
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Rainbow Dessert
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Mukhaddi Halwa
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Gulab Jamun
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As Eid is all about meeting friends and having guests at home , so food preparation is another task on chand Raat. Most of the chores are done at night so the Eid day can be availed maximum.
I make some traditional dishes like Biryani, Kofte, Korma with other delicacies.
Here are some of my Eid Lunch recipes.

Katche gosht ki Biryani
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Qabuli Pulao
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For my detailed Eid Menu click here

These are the few of my recipes i shared

My Snack table
Eid morning starts with Eid prayer at Masjid with my family.

After that we wish Eid to each other and then comes Eidi time. Every year i make sure to gift something to my children as Eid gift. As for now they have no interest in taking money as Eidi. So we buy some presents for them as Eidi.
Every year we spend first day at home and for second day we plan some exciting outdoor activities.
Last year we went for Desert Safari, which was a thrilling experience. Dune bashing and camel riding was my favorite part. Kids enjoyed the day to the fullest.

Eid comes every year and leaves many wonderful memories behind. I wish everyone a wonderful day of Eid filled with loads of blessings and happiness. AMEEN

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Review

Tea Tree Oil also known as melaleuca, is well known essential oil for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. This oil is basically extracted from tea tree, which isn't a regular tree for the tea we normally make (green or black). Its name come from 18th century when sailors used this tree to make there tea in South East Australian coast. It has Camphoraceous odor and color ranges from pale yellow to almost colorless.

image from google

Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this oil has gain popularity in skin care industry. Its known best for its acne treating properties and treating eczema and psoriasis.

My Verdict 

My skin is super acne prone and sensitive from past few months now. I'm getting pimples on and off on a regular bases.So far i have used 2 bottles of this oil and it has helped me in clearing not all but maximum acne off of my face. When i feel a new pimple is coming out, i just apply it with my finger tip. Most of the time it stops it becoming cystic. And if i get any cystic acne which is very rare, it dries it out. We just need to dab it on cleansed face. Rest job it will do for you.


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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Lipstuck by WOW Wojooh in Oud Rose (Review)

Wojooh? Yes its one of the leading retailers in beauty industry all across UAE and 9 other countries. Like Sephora, this retailer also holds its own brand products under its name. This is the first product I've tried from Wojooh and it did not disappoint me.
I'm just in lovvvve with their lip lacquers. I find these lipsticks equally good as compared to high end brands.


Its very creamy and moisturizing to lip. It gets completely dry on lip and gives a perfect matte look. The good thing about this lipstick is that it wont feel patchy or flaky on your lips. With nicely scrubbed lips it will give a perfect matte look. Its transfer proof and stays for many hours on the lips, intact.


It gives a smooth coverage without drying out your lips. Unlike other liquid lipsticks, this lipstick wont give a heavy feel to your lip. It dries out nicely and completely to give a bare lip feeling. When i apply it, i never felt suffocated.


  • Transfer proof
  • Light weight
  • Perfect and ideal matte
  • Paraben free

It finishes quickly :)


90 dhs
Available across all Wojooh stores

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

ST. Ives Green Tea Scrub Review (Blackhead clearing)

ST Ives is one of those brands which i have been known for many years now.  My sister and college friends used to have different products from this brand, so its kind of old gold for me. Previously i had used apricot scrub and when i saw this new tube i immediately grabbed it.
Besides the brand what actually grabbed my attention was Salicylic Acid and Green Tea.
These 2 ingredients have many proven skin care properties. I usually look for salicylic acid and retinol in my skin care products. This scrub has one of my most preferred ingredients (Salicylic acid). What this acid actually do? Let's have a look!

Salicylic Acid

It's been known for long  that Salicylic Acid is good for acne prone skin. It has gained a lot popularity in skin care industry due to its amazing properties.
Its also called BetaHydroxy Acid. This is an oil solving acid which dissolves your skin sebum (skin oil) and penetrates deep in the skin layers to fight acne. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in opening clogged pores and also reduces redness and swelling.  It softens dry, thick layer of the skin which is then replaced by the new skin. That is why "Its a great Exfoliater with skin healing and calming properties".

  • 2% is the ideal amount we should look for in our product 
  • Excessive use of this will make your skin dry and flaky
  •  Once a day will be ideal
  • Do not double the usage for example you must not use 2 or 3 products with salicylic acid in a single day like using face wash and then cream with salicylic acid isn't a good idea
Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with anti aging and anti inflammatory properties. It has potent antioxidants  and skin soothing properties which  heals sun damaged skin. It also works as an astringent to shrink pores. It also reduces the production of pores.


Its creamy with microfiber. This exfoliant is so light on skin that its microfibers wont feel harsh on skin nor damage it. It also smells so so good. It gives so refreshing feeling while massaging and after drying out face.


  • Non- Comedogenic (wont clog pores)
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Aging
  • Calms redness
  • Meditate acne
  • Paraben free (cancer causing chemical)


  • Makes skin dry in winter
  • Need thorough wash, as microbeads take time to wash off completely


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (2.0%) Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glycol Stearate SE, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Review

So, for a while this liner remained the talk of the town for so many reasons. When it comes to big brand like benefit' we presume great outcomes. As we pay more for such brands we always look forward to get what we've payed for. Benefit is one of those brands which rarely disappoints us.
But this push-up liner has been a thumb down as compared to mascara from the same range. They're real mascara have got so many good reviews and had been one of my favorite mascaras of all time. But sadly this liner could not make a permanent place on my vanity table. Why???? Let's get a look

What Benefit has to say

This matte black gel formula is waterproof and won’t smudge, budge or dry out for 24 hours*. The innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner...the closer the line, the bigger the eye!


Its a gel liner click pen which needs few clicks before use. The tip of the pen is AccuFlex which feels rubbery on skin (in layman language). Its a little flexible and comes with its protector. As its a gel formula so it is meant to dry out very quickly. This orange protector will prevent the gel from drying out but its nearly impossible to keep it till the every last bit of the product. Its so tiny that it gets lost on vanity in a moments (i actually lost one after the first use).


sorry for the blur image

I tried to show how the actual product comes out when you click (twist) the pen few times. It comes out in a fine, thin strip, which if come out more will be wasted for nothing. I learnt its proper application after so many tries. Though its a pen liner but its AccuFlex tip makes it a Pro-job product. You need a lot of practice to get the idea of how many clicks will work for you. The amount shown in the picture will never be useful for application. It will break once you press it on you eye lid.
The tip is flexible and we need to press it on eye lid. Its soft so it wont hurt your eye lid. Application will be smooth until the tip has product then you need re-clicking. If you are used to of putting gel liners then it can work for you but can be a bit tricky for newcomers.
Advice: Since i have finished 2 pens so i found out the best way to apply.
Click the pen for just 2 times. You might not be able to see the gel coming out of the tip but believe me its there. Now when you press the tip on your eyelid it will creat a smooth line, free of flakes. When we have accurate amount of gel in the tip , we do not need reapplication as we do with other gel liners. We reaplly the gel with brush for few times to get a cleaned, smooth look. But with this pen you don't need to. It saves your time and energy if you have mastered the skill to perfectly use this tip.
See my picture below. Its a single application which is sharp, clean and without any clumps or over layered product.

closer look 


Formula is dry and flaky. You need to work quickly as its gel and will dry out quickly (don't do mistake otherwise your makeup is ruined). As i told earlier, you need to be a pro to get maximum out of this product. If not then this can be a pain in a**. It dries out so quickly that if you want a reapplication then it will make it flaky. With a lot of practice you actually dnt need a reapplication but at start there will be. As you actually cant see how much product is there in the tip so you might end up layering a lot.  As they say it hugs your lashline, it actually is true because it creates a line as near to lashline as possible.


  • Jet black effect
  • Closest application to lashline
  • Long wearing and smudge proof
  • Difficult application
  • Dries out quickly
  • Wastes product while application
  • Not buildable

Isododecane, Dextrin Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica. [+/: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)]. N⁰ 08395/A

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