Friday, 15 May 2020

Ramadan Vlog 2020


Happy Friday! I've been wanting to post this Ramadan prep vlog since the beginning but I got so busy during Ramadan and finally finished editing it today! I'm still shocked that there are less than 10 days left! It passed by so fast! 

If you're still looking to donate, I would recommend checking out Penny Appeal! They donate 100% of your zakat to those in need.


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Recipes

  • Chapli Kababs - Click here for the website where I got the recipe from but here are the ingredients I ended up using:
      • 1 kg ground beef
      • 2 large tomatoes, 1 onion, 7 green chillies and 2 handful of coriander leaves
      • 6 tbsp gram flour
      • 4 tbsp crushed coriander
      • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
      • 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp garam masala
      • 1 tbsp pink himalayan salt
      • 2 tbsp desi ghee
      • 1 egg 
      • 1 tbsp garlic paste

  • Chocolate covered Energy balls - Click here for the website where I got the recipe from but made few changes. I covered them with dark chocolate and cocunut. Here are the ingredients used for the energy balls:
      • 1 cup dates
      • ⅓ cup almond sliced 
      • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
      • ⅔ cups oats 
      • 1 Tbs coconut oil
      • 1 Tbs water

  • Date and Almond Butter Energy Balls - Click here for the website where I got the recipe from but slightly changed it a bit. I ended up covering them with some shredded coconut. Here are the ingredients I used:
      • 1 cup dates
      • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
      • 3 Tbsp all-natural almond-hazelnut butter 
      • 2/3 cup oats
      • 2 tsp cocoa

  • Stuffed Dates - I washed the dates, took out the seeds, stuffed them with nuts and sprinkled some coconut. I absolutely love these!!
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Gift Bags
We sent out some gift bags to some of our family and friends featuring the following items:
    • Energy Balls and Stuffed Dates featured in this post
And for those who had kids, I added the following items:
    • Kids' activity books: I designed these and they're still available on sale on my Etsy store.
    • Eid Money Envelopes: I designed these and used Cricut Maker to cut them out.
 I also used the Cricut Maker to cut out this design and gifted this onesie to my nephew!

Friday, 17 April 2020

Sephora Spring Sale 2020

Sephora Spring Sale starts today for VIB Rouge! Click here to shop using code SPRINGSAVE
  • VIB Rouge: 20% off  from April 17th to May 1st 2020 
  • VIB: 15% off from April 21st to April 29th 2020
  • Beauty Insiders: 10% off from April 23rd to April 27th 2020

Looking for ideas on what to get for the sale? Check out my video for my recommendations for the Holiday 2019 sale.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial ft Huda Beauty Nude Palette

Here's a a makeup look for valentine's day that I created using Huda Beauty Nude Palette. The makeup tutorial is in urdu but I listed all the products in the video. I'm featured 2 nude lip options. Which lip option do you prefer?

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Products Mentioned

Friday, 24 January 2020

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation retails for $64 CAD ($49 USD) and it's claimed to be a buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear. It's available in 34 shades and I got the shade Barcelona.

Here's my review of the foundation. I did a demo, 8-hour wear test and comparison with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.



NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation comes in a glass bottle and contains 1 oz (30 mL) of product. I'm glad it comes with a pump unlike NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Coverage: Full
Finish: Natural
Shades: Available in 34 Shades
Application: NARS recommends to apply on clean, moisturized skin without primer. I would recommend using less product because if you use a lot, it can easily end up looking cakey.
I did a 8-hour wear test and I love how the foundation held up during the day. I have combination skin and I get oily on T-zone area and I love the fact that my skin barely looked oily by the end of the day. I definitely think this is a longwearing foundation!  
Overall, I do think it's a good foundation! I like the fact that it's longwearing and provides a full coverage without using too much product. I would recommend using less product as you can because otherwise, it can easily end up looking cakey and the shade might look a little off. 
Left: Photo taken after one hour of application
Right: Photo taken after 8 hours of application
Photos taken with flash
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation retails for $63 CAD ($47 USD), which is slightly less than NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation for the same amount of product but you get a pump with this new foundation.
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (Left)NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (right)


I have the shade Barcelona in both and I haven't really noticed a difference in the shades. The only thing is NARS Natural Radiant Foundation isn't as natural looking as NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and I noticed that if you do end up using a lot of product, the shade of the new foundation might end up looking a little off. 
While NARS Natural Radiant Foundation does provide a better coverage and is more longwearing, I still prefer NARS Natural Radiant Foundation because it's more natural looking, lightweight and photographs better in my opinion. 

For shade reference, I'm in NC40 in MAC.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Birthday/Black Friday Haul 2019

Here are few highlights and gifts from my birthday and I also did a quick black Friday haul. I also did a quick unboxing of the Saint Laurent Velvet Lou Camera Bag. I also have a tutorial on this makeup look coming up next week.
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Products Mentioned
Click here for my blog post of Saint Laurent Lou Velvet MatelassĂ© Camera Bag.