Saturday, September 5, 2015

My Favorite Beauty Tools/Gadgets

I wanted to share 5 of my favorite beauty tools with you all. Let me know in the comments below what tools/gadgets you like and recommend!

You can click the images to enlarge them. For more info. on any of these products or to purchase, please go here.

Disclaimer: I was not sent any of these products for free. Everything mentioned was purchased by me. I am not being paid for my opinions. These are all of my honest opinions. Post does contain affiliate links.


This is the only lash curler that I found I like from the drugstore so far. They fit the curve of my eye comfortably, they don't tug on my lashes, and they actually curl my naturally stick straight lashes. A trick I have learned (from YouTube) to get an even better longer lasting curl whether you use mascara afterwards or not is to clamp your lashes as normal with the curler for a few seconds to a minute. After releasing your lashes, clamp them again and tilt the curler up a bit and hold on for a few seconds to a minute. Raise the curler up as much as you can, but DO NOT let it get painful. You will have a much more noticeable curl. I would suggest not (re)curling your lashes with mascara on. I know some people like the idea of curl, mascara, curl, but not only will you tug and lose some lashes this way, but you will get product on the curler which means more cleaning for you!

For more info. on this product or to purchase, please go here.


I like to use this product when I give myself a mani/pedi. Using the 4 steps in order actually makes a difference in the appearance of your nails, especially the shine! If you do this before applying nail polish, it will help the polish last a little longer since it can better adhere to your nails. Add some base and top coat and your polish can last for more than a week with no major chips (depending on how rough you are with your hands).

For more info. on this product or to purchase, please go here.


I got this in a Sephora set a few years ago, but these are sold separately. I love how this "pimple popper" makes it easy and quick to get the disgusting white stuff out of a pimple and it even works on blackheads! I use the smaller head and it does hurt a bit and leaves the area red, but just for a few seconds. Is it just me or do others also find it satisfying to remove disgusting unwanted stuff like this off the skin?!

For more info. on this product or to purchase, please go here.


I have been wanting a stand up lighted mirror and this is perfect! It is small enough and folds to store away if you don't want it out on your vanity/dresser. This has a double sided mirror, a normal view and a close up, and the close up shows every little imperfection on your skin, which is helpful when trying to remove unwanted facial hair. The light is really bright so this is good to use if you have different colored lighting or walls that can make your makeup look one way when applying and different when under natural/white light.

For more info. on this product or to purchase, please go here.

Personal Microderm

I have talked about how much I LOVE this product in my Current Skincare Routine post.

For more info. on this product or to purchase, please go here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For Palestine

I'm ashamed to admit this, but my knowledge and awareness of the situation in Palestine isn't that great. I've never been into the news mostly for the fact that it is full of depressing stories and images. I know this doesn't excuse me, but what news channel should I trust? If you know sources to get accurate information on the history and current situation of Palestine vs. Israel, please let me know.

The point of this post is to compile a list to refer back to of things you and I can do to learn more about what is going on in Palestine and to help in whatever way we can.

Something to think about written by a Palestinian...

Look into my eyes
Tell me what you see
You don't see a damn thing
'cause you can't relate to me
You're blinded by our differences
My life makes no sense to you
I'm the persecuted one
You're the red, white and blue.
Each day you wake in tranquility
No fears to cross your eyes
Each day I wake in gratitude
Thanking God He let me rise
You worry about your education
And the bills you have to pay
I worry about my vulnerable life
And if I'll survive another day
Your biggest fear is getting a ticket
As you cruise your Cadillac
My fear is that the tank that has just left
Will turn around and come back
Do you know the truth of where your money goes?
Do you let your media deceive your mind?...

Terror breathes the air I breathe
It's the checkpoint on my way to school
Terror is the robbery of my land
And the torture of my mother
The imprisonment of my innocent father
The bullet in my baby brother
The bulldozers and the tanks
The gases and the guns
The bombs that fall outside my door
All due to your funds
You blame me for defending myself
Against the ways of my enemies
I'm terrorized in my own land
But am I the Terrorist?...

America, do you realize that the taxes that you pay
Feed the forces that traumatize my every living day...

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Some basic info. @ http://yvonneridley.org/analysis-and-opinion/everything-you-need-to-know-about-gaza/

1. Make dua for the people of Palestine and all the Muslims suffering around the world.
2. Boycott companies that support Israel and tell others to do the same. Check out a list @ http://www.islamnewsroom.com/news-we-need/2013-real-no-deal-boycott-israel-list
3. Sign petitions and get others to sign as well such as this https://secure.avaaz.org/en/israel_palestine_this_is_how_it_ends_loc/?slideshow
4. Donate money. Some ideas are below and also @ https://www.hhrd.org/DetailDonate.aspxand and http://www.irusa.org/donations/ Encourage others to do the same.
5. Read this article by Yvonne Ridley about 10 ways to support Gaza
6. Read The Zion Deception by Dr. Laurence B. Brown to learn about Palestine, Israel, and Zionism. Check out my book review for this @ http://sfraww.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-zion-deception-by-dr-laurence-b.html

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http://www.pennyappeal.org/appeal/gaza-emergency-appeal


https://www.justgiving.com/1pound4gaza/


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Would You Rather: Marriage Edition :P


I came up with a few (fun) questions related to marriage that I wanted to ask friends at my sisters wedding a while back, but never got the chance. I didn't want this to go to waste, so I decided to put them on this blog and answer them all myself! You too can answer them if you want because I would love to read your replies in the comments below ;)

* / means or
You can explain your answer if you'd like ;)
Only 1 neither

The questions!

1. Marry a practicing convert or a not so practicing born Muslim?
If I could, I would rather marry a practicing convert because I noticed 9/10 they are more practicing and serious about Islam then born Muslims.

2. Marry someone more religious than you/ at the same level?
I would rather marry someone at the same level of religion as me because then I won't feel like I am being taken advantage of or being brainwashed. Plus, I would rather work together to improve then be the only one and I don't want to feel that I am not worthy of someone more religious then me.

3. Marry someone your age/ a few years older?
A few years older because I think many guys my age are immature.

4. Marry someone from back home/ where you are living/ raised ?
Definitely marry someone from where I am living/ raised to reduce cultural/ language barriers and "back home" mentality, and so I won't be taken advantage of by selfish people...

5. Marry someone with the same ethnicity as you/ a different one?
If I could, I would rather marry someone with a different ethnicity then me because I'm tired of the problems/ mentality in "my" Asian culture. I also think interracial marriages/ families are interesting and cool :)

6. Marry a cousin you liked/ non-relative you liked?
Non-relative I liked. No offense to anyone, but I think marrying your own cousin is weird and gross...

7. Marry some with good character and okay looks/ okay character and good looks?
Good character and okay looks because it doesn't matter how good looking a person is if they don't treat you kindly and with respect. Good looks also fades over time...

8. Marry a guy with a beard/ one without? (don’t care??)
I don't mind if he doesn't have a "full" (long) beard, as long as there is some facial hair around the chin and sideburns :P I also think that just because a guy might have a beard, that doesn't mean he doesn't have other problems (same goes for hijabis)!

9. Marry a guy your height/ taller?
A little taller than me.

10. Find your own spouse/ accept help finding one?
Finding my own spouse sounds nice, but I think everyone needs even a little bit of help with networking. I would rather get help from people who don't have selfish motives and are open and honest with me.

May Allah make it easy for single Muslims to find spouses they are pleased with. Ameen. May Allah grant us with spouses who will love and respect us, and help us become better Muslims. Ameen. May Allah increase the love and mercy in the hearts of those already married. Ameen.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Donation Ideas

ETA New links have been added 7-1-15

Please watch this first http://www.quranweekly.com/giving-for-allahs-sake/

I have wanted to do this for a while to make it easier for myself to refer back to, but also to give ideas to others, especially during Ramadan! Of course one can donate other things too if not money, like clothes and food to the homeless and needy. For now, below is what I have. If you know of any programs I should add or if any of the links are broken, please let me know :)

UK based (keep money conversion in mind)
1. Solace: for revert sisters in difficulty
http://solaceuk.org/index.php/donate/donate-to-solace
2. Helping Households Under Great Stress (HHUGS)
https://www.justgiving.com/hhugs/
3. The Merciful Servant (on YouTube)
http://www.gofundme.com/themercifulservant

A lot of programs all in 1 place
1. Helping Hands for Relief and Development
https://www.hhrd.org/DetailDonate.aspx
2. Islamic Relief USA (feed a fasting person and fund Ramadan food packages)
http://www.irusa.org/donations/
3. ICNA Relief USA
http://icnarelief.org/site2/index.php/blog-post/hunger-prevention/585-donate-now

Some of my fav. YouTube channels
1. The Daily Reminder
http://www.gofundme.com/The-Daily-Reminder
2. Nouman Ali Khan (NAKollection)
http://www.gofundme.com/3du5cc
3. Quran Weekly
http://www.quranweekly.com/help-us/

Dawah/ Islamic Literature
1. Why Islam
https://icnanj.org/donation/default.asp
2. Project by Yusuf Estes
https://www.donateforislam.com/
3. Institute of Islamic Information and Education
http://www.iiie.net/index.php?q=node/10
4. Pamphlet Project of Australia (money conversion)
http://islamicpamphlets.com/donate/

Random
1. Free Abu Taubah
http://myfiks.org/free-abu-taubah
2. Prison Outreach Program
https://shuracouncil.org/pages/PRISON-OUTREACH-PROGRAM.html
3. Save an Orphan
http://www.saveanorphan.org/donate/index.htm (money conversion)
4. Refugee Link
http://www.refugeelink.com/

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

LotD: 5 Wisdoms

Another set of short wisdoms from my favorite Lessons of the Day blog. I love these!

1. If we are right, then there is no need to get angry.
And if we are wrong then we don't have any right to get angry.

2. Patience with family is love.
Patience with others is respect.
Patience with self is confidence.

3. Never think hard about the past, it brings tears.
Don't think more about the future, it brings fears.
Live this moment with a smile, it brings cheers.

4. Every test in our life makes us bitter or better.
Every problem comes to make us or break us.
Choice is ours, whether we become victim or victorious.

5. Search a beautiful heart, not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.

Source: http://www.lessonsoftheday.com/2014/01/five-wisdoms.html

Friday, January 10, 2014

I'm Back! with Gratitude

I have neglected this blog for a few months and have even considered deleting it. I am glad I didn't Alhamdulillah. Sometimes it's a good idea to give something a break and go back to it later. For anyone wondering the purpose behind this blog, I mentioned why in my first post, but I will say it again here. I post on this blog more for myself, like what I am learning, want to share, favorites, etc. This is like an online journal for me. Going back through my informal posts here is like going through memory lane through an album, scrapbook, journal, etc. Enough said.

I have been low in my iman and am trying to bring myself back up. I want this blog to help me take responsibility for at least learning/ reminding myself a little about Islam as much as possible. This may sound silly, but sometimes I feel like besides, praying and reciting Quran, I don't do anything else to improve/ raise my iman. So, what I plan to do inshAllah is to post helpful articles that I have been procrastinating on reading, typing up my lecture notes from years ago, (re)listening to some reminders/ videos, share some more lists :). Book reviews can be found on my other blog here

To the Point
For a while now, I have been feeling that I am not as grateful to Allah as I should be. Even more because I have not been seriously tested in my life so far Alhamdulillah compared to many others. I don't know if this ease is a good or bad sign, but I want to appreciate it before it is too late. Which lead me to finally read Alhamdulillah – One Word; Countless Blessings! on Productive Muslim. You too can read it here http://productivemuslim.com/alhamdulillah-one-word-countless-blessings/ So basically, I wanted to know how I can be more grateful to Allah and in the article, it is suggested:

1. Make a habit of saying “Alhamdulillah” (all praise be to Allah) at every ease and hardship
2. Prayers and making dua
3. Helping oneself through helping others
4. Being good to others the same way you want them to be good to you even if you were wronged
5. Think good things and say good things or stay silent
I want to keep these in mind so I have listed them here so I can easily come back to it. InshAllah this helps :) Please let me know in the comments below of any books on gratitude.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lessons from Surah ar Rahman by Nouman Ali Khan

I've really been into Nouman Ali Khan's videos lately thanks to his The Final Miracle lecture. I loved it! If you want to better understand the Quran, listen to videos by Nouman Ali Khan on YouTube.

I just finished watching the video titled above and highly, highly recommend everyone listen as well, especially if you have memorized this surah. Even if you didn't memorize it, you will start to gain a better perspective of the Quran in general and your relationship and responsibility towards the Quran and Allah. May Allah greatly reward Nouman Ali Khan with Jannatul Firdous for his mission in teaching English speakers the Quran. Ameen.

For notes on Surah ar Rahman, please go to http://www.linguisticmiracle.com/rahmaan

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