Muslimah Beauty Eid 2011 Competition

The Muslimah Beauty Eid 2011 Competition is now closed. Any entries after the closing date will not be considered.

Hello my Muslimah Beauties! I hope you’re all enjoying Eid with your families and eating plenty of food! I’m just about adjusting to eating breakfast which I missed very much but I miss Ramadan even more! Inshallah we’ll get to see it next year.

As a way of wishing everyone Eid Mubarak, I have a lovely little present to give to one lucky reader and a bonus gift to one Facebook and Twitter follower of Muslimah Beauty each.

The Main Prize:

Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence collection is a number of little treats including:

  • Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Body Glow
  • Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Body Cream
  • Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Shower Cream
  • Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven
When I want to treat myself, Champneys never fails. Just run a bath, pour in some Bubble Heaven and soak for a long time! You’ll definitely love this prize ladies!

To win:

  1. Enter your email address into the box on the right hand corner of this page to subscribe to Muslimah Beauty and get regular updates.
  2. When you’ve subscribed, write below in this comment box what you enjoy the most about Eid. It could be spending time with your family, the food (mmmm…), the prayers or anything else.
  3. You must do both steps to be entered into the competition, and the email you use to subscribe to Muslimah Beauty and the email used in the comment must match.

If you don’t win the main prize, fret not as for two lucky Twitter and Facebook followers, you’ll be getting Clinique’s new Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. The balm is packed with Shea and Mango butters (you know how much I love my Shea!) and will keep your lips smooth and hydrated as well as giving you a hint of colour. You have these lovely shades to pick from:

L-R: Chunky Cherry, Graped-Up, Woppin’ Watermelon, Whole Lotta Honey, Richer Raisin, Mega Melon and Super Strawberry.

Facebook:

  1. Like Muslimah Beauty.
  2. Leave a comment telling me your favourite beauty secret and the shade of Clinique’s Chubby Stick that you want.

Twitter:

  1. Follow me: @MuslimahB.
  2. Copy and paste this Tweet @MuslimahB – Just entered the Muslimah Beauty Eid 2011 Competition [insert the shade you want here]

You’ve got until the 24th September 2011 to take part as I’ll be back in London to send off your prizes. People from all countries are able to enter the competition and I wish you all the best ladies! 

Leaving the Summer | Winter TLC

Both the summer and winter bring about their own unique problems for your hair but, what the seasons can agree on is that they both can leave your hair brittle, dry and deprived of moisture. Winter though, brings a new set of problems as the cold climate is often a lot harsher to hair than the summer. Therefore, it’s vital to give your hair the TLC it needs to cope with the new season.

You’ll need to tweak your hair routine up a bit to accommodate for winter. With a winter routine, the key is to give your hair moisture. The thing that’ll do so is a regular deep conditioning treatment. Be it professional or at home, deep conditioning will literally change the condition of your hair. Depending on your needs, choose a treatment that’s best; if you’re looking for moisture and hydration, use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask. The coconut will work to keep your hair in tip top condition. For even deeper conditioning, mix the treatment with Olive Oil. Sit under a hot cap or a steamer for at least 30 minutes as the heat will allow the treatment to penetrate into your scalp and hair better. It’s worth investing in a hair steamer because the way they leave your hair is unbelievable! They can be a bit pricey so like most of us, the recession has hit so go to your local steam room and slather the treatment into your hair.

As well as a deep treatment, hot oil treatments are great for preventing damage aswell as repairing it. Warm up some oil in the microwave, but be careful to make sure it doesn’t get hot and then pour it onto your hair. Massage the oil into your scalp for a couple of minutes then cover your head with a shower cap. The shower cap will trap the heat in order to penetrate into the hair. The oil that I’ve found to do the trick is Jojoba; it coats the strands and works really hard at keeping your hair super moisturised. I love Queen Helene’s Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment as it gets your hair so soft that I would only need it every other month or so!

With the conditioning down, what you do after washing your hair is incredibly important. You’ve deep conditioned or done a hot oil treatment that’s given you the much needed moisture so how do we keep it? There are certain products that seal in moisture and keep your hair hydrated for longer. Products containing ingredients such as argan oil, shea butter and coconut will do just the trick but I’ve found that using the real thing works the best. Working a modest amount of coconut oil which is quite cheap into damp hair will do a lot more than using an expensive serum that’ll contain only a certain amount. Before sealing in the moisture, use a leave-in conditioner. I can’t stress enough how much I love the person that invented leave-in conditioner!

I’ve told you all what you should do but, now I’m going to say what you shouldn’t. A big request from you is to keep heat and colouring and other chemical treatments such as relaxing at a minimum during the winter. Blowdrying, straightening, curling, relaxing and dying your hair may make your hair look nice but, regularly, it’ll only make your hair look worse. The damage it causes your hair is just too much and with the harsh whether on top of that, it could take many months to repair the damage. It’s not pretty having dull, limp and dry hair and if your hair gets to a certain level of damage, the only way to salvage your hair is to simply chop it off!

For those of you who wear the hijab, ensure that the material is kind enough to your hair. You’d be surprised at just how many hijabs rub against the hair causing friction, which can lead to breakage. If you are wearing a hijab that might not be so hair friendly, try wearing a satin cap underneath. The satin will smooth down your hair and will eliminate all friction. The same applies to your pillow during the night. The reason why there’s such a thing as ‘bed hair’ is that you’ve been rubbing your head against a pillow for 8 hours! A satin cap will keep your hair the way it was the night before and will really look after your hair. You can also use a satin pillow if you don’t want to wear a scarf to bed too.

So that is my advice ladies! Make sure you’re good to your locks this winter and they’ll be good to you. Do you have any tips for keeping your hair soft and smooth during the winter? Let me know by writing in the comments box below. 

What Type of Scents Do You Prefer?

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As I wrote in my previous post, I tend to go for deep scents. They’re so complex and have the coolest notes to them. Gucci by Gucci is a scent that I love right now. It’s top notes are Guava and Pear, the middle note is Tiare and the base notes are Patchouli, Musk and Honey. The base notes are what matter the most as they last longer so the three of them together blend well to create this sweet yet musky scent.

I do like girlier scents though. I struggled hard between
CK One Summer, Kenzo Summer and DKNY Be Delicious when we entered summer. In the end, I picked Be Delicious, the girliest of the three.

What type of scents do you go for when buying a perfume? Sweet, fruity, musky, floral or masculine? Tell me!

Leaving the Summer | Winter Lips


Despite the bitter weather, something to like about winter coming in is the make-up! I’m all for wearing whatever make-up you want during any season but I love  a bronzed face against the backdrop of the gloomy weather! But, I love going along with the season and the deep make-up shades and colours during winter are so much better than the hues sported during the summer. Give me plums, purples, reds and browns any day!

There’s no doubt that the lips are the star of the show during winter. A matte face, simple eyes with a sweep of black liner on the top lid, loads of mascara and a bold lip is all you need. What I do love though is smudged eyeliner and a deep purple lip colour. That’s something I’ll definitely be doing when it gets colder! I wouldn’t recommend making the eyes all busy with bold lip colours as you may end up looking like a monster! There are some people that can get away with it but, most of us mortals barely do so we best leave it to them!

Before you even start to apply your lipstick, make sure your lips are in tip-top condition by making sure your lips are moisturized and free from flaky bits. If they’re flaky, just mix your lip balm with some baking soda then scrub the flakes off your lips. After, use a lip primer like MAC Prep + Prime or a hydrating lip balm. The lipstick will apply better and last longer.

Purple

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When you see the word purple, don’t assume I’m talking about your typical purple. Think deep, dark purples. It’s only for the faint hearted but it’ll make you look sooo good! Both MAC’s Cyber and Smoked Purple are great shades that’ll bring out your skin. Cyber is darker and more intense than Smoked Purple so if you want something a little gentler, go with Smoked Purple. If you want to go intense, plums are the best to go with as it’ll give you a vampy look without making you look too drained out try Urban Decay Apocalypse. If you are faint hearted, lip glosses are like little baby steps but, they still work. NARS Revolt and Nana are great lip glosses that’ll give you shine and the purple intensity at the same time.

Red

Red lips are no doubt a classic. It’s a hard look to carry off, so do this shade justice by making sure you’ve got the right shade. If you’ve got pale, fair skin, you can get away with coral shades (lucky you!). Revlon Super Lustrous in Fire and Ice is a pretty red that’ll have just a hint of colour. For medium skin, Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Red is a colour that’ll work with golden tones and for darker skin, try Fire Down Below by NARS. Dark lipsticks are just amazing on practically any skintone and it’ll give you a really sexy, vampy look so you definitely should try Fire Down Below too. Three universal shades regardless of skin colour are DivaRuby Woo and Russian Red all by MAC. All three being mattes but Ruby Woo has a coral hint to it whereas Russian Red and Diva are bluish. Classic MAC shades but if you want a darker, intense colour, go for Russian Red.

Brown


You were expecting reds and purples but browns? Not quite so much. I’ve loved brown lip colour from as long as I can remember. It sounds very daunting but it turns out to be extremely elegant and ladylike. That’s depending on the shade you wear of course. Pick the wrong shade and you might just end up looking like you’ve been digging into a box of chocolates.The best brands to start with brown lipstick are Bobbi Brown (of course!), Revlon and Estee Lauder. Revlon Superlustrous in Choco-Licious and Chocolate Velvet is a great place to start; slightly sheer and velvety, these lip colours are gorgeous and Chocolate Velvet the only shade that I can say it can be paired with very smokey eyes. Rich Cocoa by Bobbi Brown is a universally flattering shade with a slight plum to it. Then, for olive to dark skin tones, Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour in Autumn is a subtle yet ‘there’ shade of brown. For a really dramatic brown, Film Noir from MAC is the one; described by MAC as an intense brown, it’s a brown that can be worn by all skin colours and will definitely add some pazzaz to an outfit.

What’s your favourite lip colour to wear during the winter?

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