Sunday, 26 May 2013

Nail Art: Mambo Melon + Vintage Floral Nail Wrap

For this look I used Avon's Speed Dry in Mambo Melon which is a pinky coral shade teamed with a black/floral nail wrap from Primark.

Avon Mambo Melon with floral nail wrap
The nail wrap was a bit of a nightmare to apply as I you need tiny scissors to cut around it. However, one I applied a clear nail varnish on top, the wrap lasted until I peeled it off (around 6 days).

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Avon Haul + Mini Argan Shampoo review

Here's my Avon Spring Haul (which I was supposed to put up a few weeks ago but the pic wouldn't upload).

Clockwise from left: Glazewear lip shine in Pink Watermelon;
Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo;
Speed Dry Nail Polish in Mambo Melon;
Hydrate and Grow Nail Conditioner;
Nail Art Tool (brush and pin double ended - as seen on top of the catalogue);
Blemish Mark Treatment (in roller ball form, containing glycolic and salicylic acid).

I have used the shampoo and it feels really silky lathering up and your hair feels soft once dry too. Would purchase again. I got it for £1.40 for 400ml.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Muslim Personality Test Challenge

I took the Muslim Personality Test which can be taken here. It also shows you your ideal partners personality. Anyone reading this MUST take the test and post it on their blog (but leave a link/let me know in the comments section below) or if you don't have a blog, post the results in the comment box!  Here are my results:

You in a nutshell

You are compassionate and loyal to your family and friends and place a higher value on those relationships than on work. You are sensitive and kind so you become deeply affected when people are in pain or unhappy around you and feel compelled to help them. You are a very private person and it takes a long time for others to get to know you. You like to have your own space and to work within your own time frame so you are not very organized and find it difficult to make long term plans. You enjoy the present moment and what is currently going on around you, leading you take pleasure in simple everyday things. You dislike disagreements and conflicts so you are extremely tolerant of people’s beliefs and opinions.

Your Personality

The BLUE Personality
Primary blue
Avoids Conflict
High Standards


 Take the test for yourself and see what it will say.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon

Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.
Surat An- Nahl (16:69)

It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour beforebreakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

The Prophet (PBUH) said : 'Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur'an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you remedies, the Qur'an and honey.' (Bukhari)

The Prophet (PBUH) himself used to drink a glass of honey and water each morning on an empty stomach

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Henna - Best Ready Made Cone & Tips

(For the wedding season)

Usually ready made henna cones get a bad rep, but I used "Mehak Dulhan Henna" and the quality was very good - not bad for £1.

Tip 1: The henna came out a dark cherry/mahogany colour when left overnight with a lemon/sugar mixture.

Tip 2: Another tip to get a dark colour is to wrap the hand in a plastic bag - this will not only protect your bedding (and face!) from getting henna onto it, but the heat generated will activate the henna to darken further. You could also use a large disposable plastic glove.

Tip 3: Apply oils to moisturise and protect the henna from fading once you have washed or scraped the design off.

The henna colour was much darker in real life!

Mehak Dulhan Henna Cone

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Magazine Freebies (4): June 2013 Issues

Marie Claire Magazine  - Choice of Avon Smitten Red Lipstick, Brow Definer or Gel Eyeliner, plus a sample of BB Cream with each magazine. (I got the Gel Liner)

Elle Magazine   - Mini Benefit They're Real Mascara worth £9.50 (Yup got this too! It's 4ml and the Magazine is £4, the full sized product is 8.5ml and is £19.50)
 InStyle Mag (£3.80 on sale 2nd May) - Choice of 3 full size Nail Inc Nail Polishes

You're a Peach; It's Red, Babez; Totes Pink

Harpers Bazaar - REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream 50ml