Hello World!

Hello everyone!

I am gonna start this journey now & I am so excited as well as nervous. Well I always wanted to do this but you know I was like Oh my God how i will be able to manage time and all, actually right now too I am like, what am I doing?Haha. And guess what, I made this account like 9 months ago but didn’t post anything,not even a single word. Oh God. I Know I am so lazy but I have to do this. Lol

I have tried to come out of my comfort zone. Awkward feelings aside, I thought that this might be quite a nice way for me to write whatever is in my mind you know.I will write a detailed post on this but for now I am looking forward to a great experience😊

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A letter to my 21 years old self!

Dear 21 year old self,

Congrats! You’ve made it to twenty one like where did all the time go?
Anyways I hope by now you have realized that everything is always going to be alright. You are being thrown into some of the greatest years of your life. There is so much that happens during your twenties, so hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride!
To be honest your teenage years were cool but you spent a lot of them unsure of yourself. You didn’t know what to do. Growing up always scare you because you wanted time to slow down & I know you must be thinking right now where did all the time go but trust me there’s nothing to be scared about. You are scared that your dreams will be shattered or you won’t be able to do what you want to do but the thing is you have to trust & love yourself first. Don’t care about what other people think about you, keep doing what you love. You will change your mind alot but things will fall into place. These early years are meant for discovering your passions and isolate your dislikes. Trust your instincts but continue to work hard. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but you have so much more privilege than you have any clue about. Practice gratitude every single day.

Life is complicated and full of opportunities but no one is going to tell you how to get to where you want to be. We all have different paths to take and figure things out in our own ways. You’re 21 and have the rest of your life ahead of you. Think about it……..in your twenties you will graduate and you will be thrown into the real world. Okay let’s be real, that sounds absolutely crazy but it’s true. I want you to get excited because this day symbolizes the door to your future, your life and your life is what you make of it.

Right now, right this second, you are your youngest self. With this being said, I want you to to understand few things, and realize that you have the power to achieve what you want. You have to hold on to your dreams and never let them go. You have to be selfish during these years because focusing on yourself and figuring out what you want is so important. Find people who who appreciate you for your originality and never let them go. Never forget the importance of your family…….always keep them close to your heart. Stay humble by constantly reminding yourself of your roots.

There is one last thing that you need to promise yourself, something that is so important for your mental and emotional well being. Always stay strong and independent, as cliché as it sounds. You are incredibly smart and capable of supporting yourself and there’s so much pride that is attached to that. I want you to be the best possible version of yourself.
Just never lose sight of your strength and how amazing you are because it will be so rewarding to you in the end.

Get excited……. there’s so much to look forward to.

With love,

Me/You

Love and light.x.

5 Ways To Prepare For Ramadan!

Ramadan is almost here like it’s just 10, 11 days away and I still have to do alot of things. Unlike last year I am trying to do all the extra things before Ramadan because I really want to focus more on myself in a spiritual way so by doing the things I am going to mention below, I feel like it will be very helpful and fasting will turn out to be really productive just like the way I want Insha Allah. So yesterday I wrote the “To-Do-List” and I thought I should share it with you all here as well because it might be helpful for you in preparing for the most BLESSED month, RAMADAN.

1) CLEAN UP & PLAN YOUR MEALS

First things first. We(me, mother, sister) still have to do some cleaning like organizing fridge, kitchen, bedroom, carpets, cupboards and even entire apartment. It really gets tough in Ramadan if the house is not cleaned or things are not in their right place.
Next step is planning of meals. We are done with the grocery shopping but really need to organize you know by sorting out things and putting them in the right places. Make tomato, garlic, ginger pastes because these are used in almost every meal and it’ll be really helpful and most importantly time saving.

2) DO EID SHOPPING

Most important thing is to shop your Eid outfit before Ramadan starts and this is what is on my to do list. I have planned to buy all the things before Ramadan because it’ll be less stressful. This way you will be able to save time for more important things like reading Quran.

3) SET GOALS

Set yourself some goals for the blessed month and write it down. Mine include zero or less use of mobile/social media and to read more Quran and Islamic books related to Ramadan to make it more productive. Gonna add a list of all the easy ways I can earn some rewards you know.

4) READ QURAN

I really want to focus more on reading Quran this Ramadan and to make it possible, I’ve made a routine and fixed some time for specially for it and by doing it, I feel like I will be able to give more time to it in Ramadan as well. We prepare for Ramadan by doing all the daily routine things but I guess what is more important is to prepare for it in a spiritual way you know and this is what I want to achieve. May Allah help me Insha Allah.

5) SLEEPING HABBITS

I really need to fix my sleeping schedule because as much as I love sleeping, I’ve to make a routine in order to manage time and make it more useful you know otherwise I really struggle alot in Ramadan as well which I don’t want to this time and I really hope I will be able to do this Insha Allah.

These are some things that are on my to do list before Ramadan and I have to do them in just a week. Not just physically but I have to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and spiritually for this great month. The Prophet(S.A.W) used to do alot of extra good deeds in Ramadan. He would pray more than usual, give more charity, pray the late night (Tarawih) prayers and seek the night of power.

Let’s work and make this Ramadan a more productive one which will be a source of inner peace for us all Insha Allah. Do remember me in your prayers!

Love & light✨

A Day In My Life!

Second year of blogging and I decided to write a little different post from usual. Actually I love getting to know people more you know so I thought to share a little bit of my personal life with you all and what I do in a day, mostly it’s the same boring routine and on weekends I sleep so yeah nothing interesting but let’s just pretend that it’s fun. Everyday I learn new things and it’s just a great feeling that you are evolving and growing into a better person each day or at least I am trying to be. Everyday is an opportunity to spread kindness all around so we should make sure to practice this.
So okay, starting with my morning routine.

My Morning Routine:

First let me tell you all that I am not a morning person at all, although I want to be but don’t know why I am still struggling to wake up early in the morning. I start my morning waking up to the extremely irritating sound of alarm despite the fact that I always set alarm 15 minutes earlier from the actual time because I take that much time to get out of bed but still I hate it. I am glad this semester is in evening so I wake up at 9:45 and get out of bed at 10:00 and go straight to bathroom. After that I eat breakfast that mostly consist of a cup of tea, a piece of bread and boiled egg. After that I get ready for university and just apply ponds mosturizing lotion because it suits my skin alot and a lipstick is necessary just to look less sleepy you know, currently I am obsessing over Huda beauty mini pink edition. That’s it but sometimes I wear Maybelline’s Lash sensational mascara and seven cool highlighter. And then at 10:30 I run to the bus stop because I go to uni in the bus. I get ready in just 30 minutes, wow proud of myself. Haha. In the bus I check emails and social media quickly.

My Day Routine:

From 10:30 to 6:00 I spend all the time in university, basically I spend my day at uni and at the end of the day I get really tired. If you have good friends then trust me your time at the uni will be amazing and you will enjoy it otherwise uni is boring. Most people hate uni and that makes their lives more difficult because obviously you have to go and make assignments, attend lectures and prepare quizzes but if you will hate it, it will like a burden and you will always be angry and stressed. How I handle all this is just by making sure that whatever I am doing, I am enjoying it otherwise it’s useless. Even though I make assignments and prepare for all other stuff at the last moment but the thing is if you’ll start worrying about things from the start you’ll end up crazy, that’s how I see it.
Ok so finally at 6:30 I reach home happily.

My Night Routine:

After changing clothes, I eat something or just drink tea. Then I watch television(mostly news) or just scroll social media. Then I talk about how my day was with my mother and she tells me how her day was and then we decide what to eat for dinner and she cooks it. After eating dinner with my family, I wash the dishes. After that I do some uni work including assignments and preparing quizzes that sucks to be honest. Then if I have time, I continue reading the book that I was reading the day before. That’s it and oh also I apply almond oil, apricot oil from Nawab Organics on my face before going to bed because they are really good for the skin and specially for dark circles and acne. I am trying to sleep early but have not been succeeded so far.

And that’s it, a day in my life. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

Share yours in the comments section below.

Loveandlight.x.

MY FIRST BLOGIVERSARY + A RECAP OF ALL THE POSTS

I can’t believe exactly one year ago I published my first blog post. 31 posts later and here I am today writing 32nd post with a happy heart and clear mind. I have come a long way and I am extremely grateful about the fact that I am doing something that is making me happy you know, just the feeling itself is surreal. When I started this blog, I didn’t even expect to cross 50 followers and now we are a family of 150+ but yes I knew that whatever I am going to publish, there will be someone out there who will read it and might get inspiration or motivation. I have achieved so much but the best part was coming out of my comfort zone, trying new things out. This blog is my happy place and never could have imagined that it would grow and evolve into what is today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you reading this post. Your support truly means the world to me!
Collaborations are a part of blogging and I feel so honored to be able to work with such amazing brands which obviously I am gonna link down below, I will continue writing about the brands that I personally use and never give any false opinion just for the sake of free products which I guess is very common nowadays. I don’t like just reviewing, my first priority always is to write on important issues and one such example is mental health because it’s really important to spread awareness and I consider it as my duty and I really hope you guys love it too.
Most importantly blogging has been a learning experience for me and I have learned so many new things. I started with literally just an idea and didn’t know anything else but I know alot of things that I never knew I would be able to. I am grateful to Allah for blessing me with so much. As I said before, this blog is nothing without you all and your support so thank you and you can give me suggestions as well and leave me a feedback through email , would love to read it. Okay guys let me share my posts, tell me which one stands on top of the list? Like ranking maybe?

RECAP:

I am going to link all my previous blog posts that I guess will be a recap and it will sum up my whole year of blogging so please bear with me. Haha
My first post will always be special for me for so many reasons. I first posted the necessary Hello post just to introduce myself and what I am gonna do and then I published THE TIME IS NOW , It is all about why I started this journey and when is the right time to start doing what we love to do. Next I published PERFECTION IS A LIE because I really think it is. What do you think? Read to know what actually I meant. Next I published a review on GRATITUDE JOURNAL FOR MUSLIMS (ALHAMDULILLAH FOR SERIES) by Ayeina and I love it so much. I loved publishing a post about MOTHER’S DAY because my mother is the biggest inspiration in my life. I and my sister made a bunting for Ramadan so I published a post on that which is RAMADAN DECORATIONS and then a post which is dedicated to all of you LIVE EVERY MOMENT. I still struggle alot with organizing my routine and all but things I apply in my life to get organized are in this post ➡ 3 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET ORGANIZED

I reviewed pretty hijabs by Hidden Pearl ➡ HIDDEN PEARLS-HIJAB REVIEW and then I took a break from blog for one month and after that I published I AM BACK AFTER NOT SO LONG EID BREAK . Next is a post that is my favorite because it’s powerful and that is PAIN, NOT JUST A STRONG WORD and SUFFERING. A fun and light post ➡LET’S TALK ABOUT SUNDAYS. An important post on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY and another review of HALAL GOODIES BOX. Published a post related to Autumn Season ➡ WHY I LOVE AUTUMN. Exciting part is I Got nominated for LIEBSTER AWARD as well. Feeling low? Read YOU’RE WORTH IT. Next I published posts at the end of year 2017 ➡ THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS and BEST OF 2017 which includes all the highlights of my year. My first post of year 2018 ➡ DECEMBER FAVORITES (I can’t wait to do this again). I behave nonchalantly sometimes but you know what ➡ BEING NONCHALANT IS COMPLETELY OKAY. Another review on all products that are chemical free and I am still using them on daily basis ➡ NAWAB-ALL THINGS ORGANIC

A light and fun post ➡ MY IDEAL WAY TO SPEND A CHILLY DAY. A review of my favorite beauty product ➡ GARNIER BB CREAM REVIEW and a post which is close to my heart ➡ 5 WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME. Another review ➡ ALI HUDA-NETFLIX FOR MUSLIM KIDS. I still have to complete this list though ➡ MY SPRING BUCKET LIST. First interview ➡ INTERVIEW WITH WRITER AND BLOGGER PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

And last but not the least,

GRATITUDE: THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and thankyou once again for being a part of my journey!

Follow me on my Instagram too because it might be possible that I will do a live this weekend. Lotsa love🌟

Loveandlight.x.

Gratitude: The Secret To Happiness!

Life sometimes can feel like a burden. Waking up early in the morning, doing same boring tasks each day, having bad days, not able to do what you want to do, all these things contribute towards feeling tired & bored. We need motivation, inspiration to feel good but we neglect the things around us. We ignore little things which are actually making us feel good everyday & they push us to do same boring tasks with hope that future is bright you know. We begin the day thinking about good times & we go to sleep thinking about the same thing but we never do any kind of effort actually to make our thinking better. We chase things that are not meant for us or the things we can’t have in our lives no matter how much we want them to be a part of ourselves, we can’t because that’s how it is- that’s how it’s written. Deep down we know that those things are not for us but still we don’t stop chasing them, you know why? The real reason behind all this is lack of gratitude. We don’t appreciate tiny things & then we end up chasing things that are not made for us. Sometimes we want to be happy but things don’t go as we like them to be and we feel like giving up but you know what we lack at that particular time? Gratitude. Yes gratitude is associated with happiness in a huge manner. If you will look at everything with that perspective, trust me you will be more happy everyday and it will be the real happiness. Try to live your life by filling gratitude in every way and that will lead to a positive lifestyle. Sadness will be replaced by happiness and confusion with clarity.

“Being grateful makes you happier.”

There’s so much to focus upon in our surroundings that can help us to be more thankful and less complaining. There are so many people with any home, job and even family and they don’t even have access to things that you have access to. They want to live a life like you do and YOU run after things that are not meant for you, that will destroy you but all you do is ignore that and keep on running. Sit down mate and think about what you are doing for yourself. Think about good times and if you can’t focus on positive things, pray to Allah and be thankful. This will make you a better person. Chase your dreams but don’t run after things that are not made for you but in order to live a luxurious life you run after them. Try to live in the moment and spread kindness like confetti!🌻

There’s a reason why I am writing specifically about gratitude because I feel really thankful to Allah and the reason is this is the month I decided to do what i wanted to do for a long time but couldn’t decide you know but now that it’s been a year, it really feels surreal. I am so happy that I am doing what I love doing other than studies and that is blogging. I made an account on wordpress 2 years ago and didn’t publish a single post because I wasn’t sure about it and then in April, 2017 I finally published my first blog post & now this one’s 31st post that I am going to publish…….phew I have come a long way. Hahaha. I just wanted to thank all of you, thank you for being with me on this journey and thankyou for always interacting on my posts and showing love, you know who you are. Thankyou so much, your support means alot. This couldn’t have been possible without you all. It’s been an amazing journey so far with fantastic experiences, collaborations and opportunities and also this whole journey has been a learning experience in a better way. The best part about all of this is that I feel happy and that I guess is the real achievement. Let’s end this post on a positive note and also my blogiversary will be on 13th and I will come back with a new post on that day so stay tuned!💗✨

“Do not wait. The time will never be ‘Just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found AS YOU GO ALONG.”

Follow me on my Instagram to know more about this journey.

What are you grateful for? Also I am thinking of doing a Q/A so if you have any question, comment it down⬇

Love and light.x.

Interview With Writer And Blogger Papatia Feauxzar!

I wanted to interview an author who’s not just famous but is also an inspiration. She’s a true symbol of hardwork and determination. She’s none other than Papatia Feauxzar. Papatia is an accountant working from home but also a writer and blogger. I am so happy that my first interview for this blog is with her. Her book “The Ducktrinors” will be out tomorrow so let’s see what she has to say about that and also she’s Amazon’s best selling author.

1) For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us about you and your books?

I’m a tiny African and American Muslim woman originally from Ivory Coast with big dreams (. Papatia Feauxzar is my pen name as I have mixed feelings about being known. I believe it comes with problems I rather opt out of. That said, every now then, I don’t mind showing my face before going back into hiding. So simply said, I like staying a mystery and let my works speak for themselves because there is a subtle underlying issue I try to get across for those who pick up on those tidbits. Finally, my name embodies my African, French, and American heritage. A lot of thoughts went into picking the name. Thus, it’s not exotic as people might think.
I write in many genres; children, YA, Contemporary Women Fiction, Romance—my expertise, and non-fiction.
You can read more here

2) What inspires you to write?

My inspirations come from reading the stories of the early righteous, my personal experiences, and the deen pretty much.

3) When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

Writing has always been a passion that I decided to explore deeper after my son came in the picture. It allows me to be home with him. I have been writing since my early teen years but a lot of my works are lost, burnt, or with friends continents away with whom I have lost contact years ago. So in all, I have been writing over 15 years and listening to my djeli (storyteller) elders for over thirty years. They are oral storytellers and I’m one with a pen alhamdullilah.

4) What kind of books have fortified you as a writer?

Many books have; Islamic books, African books, secular books, romance books, sci-fi books, school books, thriller books pretty much. I don’t discrimate to be honest. I read all types of books and blend all the types to come up with a unique story. A diversified story usually strikes a cord with adventure-seeking readers alhamdullilah.

5) Do you feel there is more of a sense of community with self publishing then there is with traditional publishing? How important do you think interacting with your fans has been?

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing is a traditional publisher. Our business model is keen on supporting the authors within our publishing house and the oustanding ones we spot outside who are often self-published. They also, in turn, help us when they can. The experience has been genuine and supportive so far alhamdullilah.

6) When do you find time to write? Does this differ from when you first started writing your first novel?

Anytime I spot an opportunity of free time, I jump on it. I disregard my excuses and get to penning the stories in my head masha’Allah. The truth is we will always be tired, busy, etc. Make time. Don’t find time. Make time.
Yea, definitely. In the early years of my professional writing career, I used to have a desk job and a nanny. During down time, I will hone my craft and write the stories that came to me. Now, I have to find time time at the edges of the day when the baby is asleep or playing for a quick minute. I really have to shedule my writing around him and still be there for him at all times alhamdullilah.

7) The main character in The Ducktrinors series revolves around strength. What is that thing which inspired you to write a strong character like Hanifa?

I actually had a vivid dream in which I was Hanifa and Sylas was a bully trying to make people follow him and bow to him. I stood up for myself and many people lauded my boldness. Upon waking up, I decided to write the short story. Later, I expanded it alhamdullilah and now we have two books in the series subhannallah.

8) What’s the best book you have read recently? And who is your favorite author?

The best book I’ve read recently is by The Lei Crime Series: Violence in Vegas by Julie C. Gilbert . I don’t have a favorite author. I’m weird that way. But if I had to name one at the expense of coming off corny, it would be Allah subhanallahu wa ta ala because He’s the Greatest Author and Storyteller there is!

9) Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects?

I’m working on two children’s books and the third book in The Ducktrinors series alhamdullilah. Duas requested (.

10) Finally, any advice for new writers?

Take help given to you by strangers at face value. Opportunities don’t knock twice. They disappear fast. Please check my blog Between Sisters, SVP! for additional and compelling writing and publishing tips. Thank you for the interview.

Thankyou for your time Papatia, really looking forward to tomorrow. Wish you good luck.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this interview.

Love & light.x.

My Spring Bucket List!

Spring is right around the corner – no really, it’s here. Signs of spring’s arrival have been popping up for a couple of weeks – warmer weather, flowers blossoming. I love spring season because it gives positive vibes and really want to enjoy it this time and for that particular reason I made a to-do-list in order to keep this whole thing interesting (I don’t usually make lists but this time I made it) and I really hope I will be able to enjoy this season as much as I can.
Without any further delay let me share with you all my bucket list for spring season…..

“Spring a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.”

1) Plant Flowers

I would really like to plant some flowers because I love them like who doesn’t?
I love seeing things grow and what better time to start planting than spring so yeah I have a plan for that. Let’s see how it turns out to be.

2) Go Hiking with My Squad

Me and my friends are planning to go on a hiking trip and I cannot wait to go and enjoy with my squad. Spring season is the best because weather is moderate and also you feel fresh by just seeing some flowers around you. If you live in Islamabad then you would most probably know about Hiking trails that are famous for hiking. Not a big fan of hiking but I guess with friends you enjoy alot so yes looking forward to some fun.

3) Read More Books

I love reading books as you all know and I just made a list of some new books that I will be reading in coming days because I still have to buy them. Any book suggestions?

4) Exercise Everyday

This is the thing that I am really struggling with lately because I am not a morning person and waking up early in the morning is very difficult for me and that’s the major reason I am unable to do it on daily basis but I am trying guys and will get there slowly.

5) Try a New Recipe Every Month

I also like trying new things so I cannot wait to try new recipes. Cooking is not a passion for me but I really enjoy it when it comes to cooking good food so yeah and oh I still have to search new recipes.

6) Wear Spring Colors

Spring is all about bright and vibrant colors and I cannot wait to buy new clothes and shoes and be extra this season. Lol
Which is your favorite color?

7) Smile, Laugh & Relax

And this is actually very important just to complete everything on time and to feel happy about what I do you know. It’s all about taking out time for yourself. Whether it’s a haircut, 8 hours sleep a day, cooking just for yourself, reading books or like anything which makes you relax. So yes i have to focus on this and will have to take time out for myself.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Donot forget to follow me on Instagram because I will be sharing stuff about spring 🌻

What is on your bucket list this season? Tell me in the comments below.

Love & Light. xoxo.

Ali Huda – Netflix For Muslim Kids + a special offer for you all

Ali Huda is a popular streaming app for Muslim kids similar to Netflix. It is a subscription based website designed specially for Children and it got thumbs up from many users. Plus point is that there are no ads and it is available for both iPhone and Android users. It can be watched from anywhere in the world and appropriate for children age 2-12.

No need to worry now:

Another thing is that content on Ali Huda is safe, you don’t have to worry about what your kids are watching because learning about concepts of Islam are presented in great ways.
You can also save the video to watch later when you don’t have wifi.

Helpful in Learning:

This app is really helpful in learning like:

– Moral and ethical values
– Stories of Prophets
– Duas and good habits
– To read Quran
– Basic Arabic

Channel continues to add new content, and for every age group so it is something really good about this app. They have several programs such as stories of the Prophets, cooking competition for kids and “Science made cool”

Also they donate 10% of the profits they earn through subscriptions to the UK based charity Orphans in need which is I think the BEST part about them.

SUBSCRIPTION + SPECIAL OFFER

Ali Huda TV is $7.95/month and $79.50/Year. It offers you a free trial for a week and you can cancel anytime.
Wait…..I have a special offer for all my lovely readers. You can get 50% off the first month of subscription by using my code. It’s huge and trust me you will love it.

Here’s the link to sign up➡Click Here

Do let me know if you use my code.

Love & light.x.

5 Women Who Inspire Me!

On International Women’s Day last year, I wasn’t able to share anything because I didn’t start blogging at that time. Now that i’ve an opportunity, I wanted to write about women who inspire me everyday.
Today we celebrate women. Their power, their resilience, their feminine beauty and so much more. Everyday I come across women who drive me forward towards achieving my dreams and to believe in myself. A woman doesn’t have to be ‘well known’ to be making a difference. Near and far, there are female heroes who have touched my life and changed me with their stories.
Today I am going to share with you 5 women that show me life is all about following your passion. Women that show me each day you are a step closer to your dreams. Women that define strength. Women that show me you don’t get lucky in life without the hard work.

1) My mother

My first inspirational lady has to be my mother. In her roles as a wife, mother of five and a friend, she redefines happiness, love, courage and patience. I am inspired by her in every aspect like her ability to forgive those who have hurt her, make herself better and love the life she’s been given. She’s the true symbol of strength. She taught me to follow my dreams, never give up and always smile. I am truly truly blessed to have her in my life. She understands me like no one and she is the one whom I look up to each and every day.

“People will always complain. Do something for your happiness first & everything else will be alright.”

2) Muniba Mazari

Next up on this list is my favorite and one and the only, Muniba Mazari known as Pakistan’s IRON LADY. She went through spinal injury and is now wheel chair bound but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams and now she’s a role model to every women out there.
Her words touch me very deeply. Her honesty is what makes you listen to her story. She’s been through so much and still she is able to smile big. All the things she’s been through made her what she is today. If you ever feel like giving up, just listen to any of her talks and trust me you would feel so blessed. I feel so inspired by what she is doing to make people smile. I really look up to her. I want to be as kind as her because this world just needs kindness, nothing else.

“While we women are busy playing our predefined roles in daily lives as mothers, sisters, daughters and wives, we somehow forget to love ourselves, we forget our worth and we don’t realize that there’s so much more we can do for ourselves and for people around us.” – Muniba Mazari

3) Yasmin Mogahed

A gifted and powerful speaker. She is raising young Muslims to self awareness in an amazing way. She is a great Author. Her writings always inspire me so much. She is a source of learning to me actually and I really look up to her.

“I tell you to keep going, not because it’s easy. Not because it doesn’t hurt. I tell you to keep going because there’s no other way. To stop is to die. Life is in motion. In growth. In change. Life is in seeking and in finding. Life is in redemption. Each moment is a new birth. A new chance to come back, to get it right.” – Yasmin Mogahed

4) Colleen Hoover

I love what she writes but most importantly I love the message her books spread. She writes about strong women in a very unique manner. Her stories are related to real life issues and that is what I think makes them so powerful. She is a strong woman and an inspiration to many including me.

5) Deepika Padukone

I love her not because she’s an actress but because she is a fighter and survivor. She was diagnosed with depression but what inspires me about all this is that she didn’t give up. She fought not only for herself but for every person dealing with mental illness. She made her own foundation ” The Live, Love, Laugh Foundation” to help people overcome depression. She gave a message that mental illness needs to be focused more. Her ability to fight back and never give up is what makes her a STRONG woman. It’s not that she was diagnosed with depression, it’s about the awareness she is spreading everyday through her foundation, social media and interviews.

“Never lose focus of what you want for yourself. People will try and pull you down. There might be things in your life which will deter your confidence. There might be days when you want to breakdown, there could be days when you feel like giving up. It’s extremely important to be emotionally strong and be focused. Do it your own way. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes.” – Deepika Padukone

Each and every one of them has been a spark, the inspiration and the motivation I needed to get through a tough time. In a world full of competition, I feel like we should do the opposite; to lift up others, celebrate their greatness and to be happy to just stand amongst them…….rather than aiming to be above. Acceptance is what we all need to focus more on.
Thank you to all the amazing women who read and support this blog, to the women who are part of my life in any way, I really hope I am not missing someone. Shine bright today and know that you are my heroes!

Love and Light.x.

Garnier BB Cream Review!

Product: Garnier BB cream
Rating: 4/5
Price: Rs. 699

I got so many messages on instagram to review a BB cream so I posted a poll between Fair & lovely one & Garnier one and I got 60% votes for Garnier BB cream. As I was already using it so I thought I should share what I feel about it and is it worth spending money or not.

I don’t use foundation so when the BB cream was launched I was bit confused that should I give it a try or not because I didn’t want anything to make my skin worse and that is the reason I don’t experiment with different products. Finally I bought it because my friends were using it and they actually asked me to buy it and to be honest, it didn’t disappoint. Now I am a fan of it. Lol
I don’t use it regularly but if there is an event in university or a day out with friends then Garnier BB cream is what I go for. Also I have a dry skin like really really dry and I guess that’s the reason Fair & Lovely BB cream didn’t work for me. Garnier one suits my skin alot.

I have listed all the benefits of it below but please keep in mind that always use a good mosturizer before using BB cream. It’s not like very expensive considering the size of it because literally one little drop is enough for your whole face. It’s not cakey & that is why I love it because it gives you a complete natural look without looking like dead. Put on some mascara, blush on and maybe some highlighter and hey, you are ready to shine.
– It offers UV SPF 15 protection & that’s a plus point for me.
– It is available in light, extra light & medium
– Important thing is that it evens complextion, corrects blemishes.
– Easy to blend with natural finish.

I would really recommend this to you all. I hope this review will be helpful for you all. Do let me know what should I review next.

Love.x.