Friday, April 15, 2016

How to: No-Makeup Makeup

What is no-makeup makeup?

 The definition varies for different people. For some it might be just that - wearing no makeup while adding a bit of moisturizer and lip balm, for others it might be a bit more. The upcoming warmer weather is the perfect time to try our this fresh faced look. The no-makeup makeup look for me is all about giving myself the look of subtle enhancement as I am a makeup girl and would rather wear a bit than go without it completely. Today I am going to share with you an extremely easy way to get this timeless look that anyone can do. This is perfect for beginners who don't know where you start.  Plus you can achieve this look with just 3 products!

1) Concealer - 

My lifesaver product that I can't live without. Weather I'm going for a glamorous look or not, no one needs to know that my dark circles have dark circles. If you have any discolouration or an uneven skin tone concealer will help in covering it so your complexion looks even. If you have a lot more of it than just one area a light foundation or tinted moisturizer will help you out even more. The number one part of this look is the base makeup. Once your skin looks even and radiant you can go on to the next step. 

Some of my go to everyday concealers that would work well with this quick look are: Maybelline fit me, Revlon photo ready, and Nyx HD concealer.

2) Bronzer - 

We naturally do not have flat and dull looking skin that is all one even colour. To add balance and a hint of natural colour adding bronzer across your cheeks will add the perfect amount of shade. The sun kissed glow will add to the fresh faced look you are trying to achieve. 

The bronzer I use for this look is Benefit's Hoola bronzer.

3) Mascara - 

Emphasis to the eyes is the final step. Adding mascara will give you an awake, wide eyed look as it frames your eyes and brings out your natural features. The definition to the lashes is the final step of this no makeup makeup look!

My favourite mascaras for this look are Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black and Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Thank you for reading! :) 

Monday, April 11, 2016

#MondayMotivation with Maryam - Week 6

Hey everyone! :) 

Quote of the week :

I thought this was the perfect quote for my #MondayMotivation this week as a lot of students (like myself) are trying to get through school right now. I did miss writing this post last week (sorry) but I will try to keep up with the series! Good luck to everyone that has exams right now! 

This quote is important as we all need to have dreams and aim high. Setting goals for life is just the first step before working hard everyday in order to make them happen. We need to have the desire to accomplish what we want from life and not let our minds stop us from doing so. We tend to be our own worst critics when we should also be our own greatest motivators. We need to believe in ourselves and our capabilities to do accomplish our dreams.  

When we start to doubt ourselves it stops us from even trying. The fear of not getting our desired results is what hinders ourself from trying. It is actually worse than the failure itself! This is because when we get into our heads and worry about the possible future we build fear and anxiety. That gets in the way of wanting to accomplish our dreams as we stop believing that we can or fear the possibility of it going wrong. If trying leads to failure it can actually be healthy for you as the experience teaches lessons that nothing else can.

 You learn from the failure and move on to do better for yourself. Life is all about trying new things and you will probably not succeed in all of them. Trying hard and getting ourselves back up when it doesn't work out is what often leads one to where they are supposed to be. No one that gets up everyday and works hard towards their dreams will remain unaccomplished. Success is never easily accomplished but when it comes after failure it always feels so much better! 

Thank you guys for reading! :)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

My Hijab Story

School needs to end so I can focus more on my blog! I didn't want to let a week go by without posting anything so here is something I wrote for another website. Hope you enjoy it! 

As a young girl I was blinded by the world of beauty. To be honest I don’t know where it came from, I just remember being as young as 4 years old praying to God that I would grow up to be beautiful. I would look at older girls who would do their hair and wear lipgloss and couldn’t wait for the day I could be like them. My mom was always super strict about our appearances, she didn’t want us to look or act older than we were. She tried her best to keep my sister and I away from fashion and makeup. The more I wasn’t allowed to express that side of me the more I wanted it.

The summer I was going into middle school my mom said that I was growing up and that I needed to wear the hijab. I ignored her and hoped she forgot about it when the first day of school came around. I was already extremely shy, quiet and insecure and throwing on the hijab on top of that did not seem like anything I ever wanted to do. It was the first day of the 6th grade and I wanted to impress my new classmates. I had gotten a new pink and white stripped off the shoulder top as a gift from an older girl I looked up to and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I woke up that morning excited and nervous about the new school, I was in middle school! Pretty much about to become one of those older girls I had always wanted to be. Sure enough before I left the door my mom asked where my hijab was. I almost got away with it, I thought. I was always an obedient girl and my mom was always firm on her decisions. As upset as I was I never questioned her.

I felt a weight on my heart as I wrapped the hijab around my head. “I look so ugly” was all I thought that day. I remember walking in to my new classroom and I sat beside a girl I knew from my old school. She pretended as though she did not know who I was. Later in the day she asked if she knew me. No one else really said anything about my new look but I didn’t feel good about it. When I was questioned about why I wore it I didn’t have an answer. “I  don’t want to be wearing it” I would think to myself.I stuck to myself and my small group of friends the next year and a half and continued the battle with my confidence. It was around the end of my 7th grade year when I befriended a very popular girl. I had always admired her confidence and beauty and saw how all the boys drooled over her. Being insecure and young that is all I wanted. My hijab slowly started going away. By the 8th grade it was gone. I had a new group of friends and was always trying to fit in with the popular crowd. All I cared about was my appearance and male attention. It took a while for me to realize how insignificant that really was.

That part of my life was filled with peer pressure and being constantly let down in my friendships. I felt as though I was lonely and never at peace. I was constantly hurt by the people around me why was I trying to hard to please them? The summer before high school I decided that I didn’t want to go to the same school as my former classmates. I wasn’t happy and I wanted a new start. I started going to an Islamic school that taught the Quran in depth. It was then when I developed my relationship with Allah. This was done on my own terms. I studied the Quran with translation, context and meaning. I learned about all the sacrifices that were made in the life of the Prophet (SAW) for the Muslims to be able to exist in peace. I learned the true meaning of life and why we were placed on this earth.
This life is fleeting and temporary and the life of the hereafter was the everlasting one. A place where there would be no end, no hurt, no loss or heartbreak. Allah was there for me when no one else was and He will always be there for me. Why should I let myself be validated by any other human being when the only validation I needed to feel content was from God? I was 15 when I started wearing the hijab again, and it will never come off inshaAllah. I have continued to struggle with my confidence and make mistakes - I am nowhere near perfect. That is okay because I can always come back to Allah and He will never let me down.

Thank you for reading! :)