Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Favourites! collab with Ghuraba

(Ayesha in the cream scarf and I'm wearing the burnt orange scarf (from Hk scarves..review here.)

Meet my friend Ayesha from (from her blog Ghuraba). First off besides being one of my closest friends, she's now my new blogging buddy. Who would have thought that blogging could get anymore fun. Yay. You all seriously have to check out her blog, its filled with loads of advice and personal stories that are definitely a light read and really relateable (or maybe because I'm hoping to be in some of her posts...hint hint Ayesha). I know I don't usually do these kinds of posts but I know that both me and Ayesha  love reading other bloggers and youtubers videos and blog posts about what thier favourite items are. I thought we would show you what we're really loving this summer. Lets start off with my own shall we:


1) Neil's Yard Hand Cream. I'm actually really loving this hand cream, it is a little big to carry and the smell is rather unique , but I like it.
2) Lush New Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion. Much like the Neil's Yard cream, i'm also loving this because it's animal testing free and the best part...them money all goes to charity. It has this beautiful creamy smell and It smells even better combined with the Neil's yard cream. 
3)Palmers coco butter lip balm. This lip balm is great, its super refreshing and has this pretty subdue coco smell. whats even better is that it has spf which is always a must in summer. I think the thing I like the most is the fact that they don't test on animals, so as an animal lover I can use this product with no worries at all. 
4) Lush Brazened Honey Mask. This has been my favourite product in Lush since forever, it works so nicely on my skin and is my pick me up, I would definitely recommend it. However I have read reviews on it and for some reason alot of people don't like it, but for me it works. But I think lush masks overall I find work so nicely and their vegan which is a major plus.

Well those are all my favourites so lets check out Ayesha's. Over to her post: here.

If you really liked this post then just leave a comment below letting us know if you would like us to do this collab again for the winter time InshaAllah. I hope to see you all in my next post!

Oh yeah before I forget, JazakaAllah for Sadia our amazing photographer for this post, we really appreciate you putting up with us! Sadia is also a beautiful Henna artist so you can check out her work here!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

HK Scarves Review: Cotton/Wool Mix Hijabs

I'm the kind of person who constantly buys cheap hijabs from places like whitechapel and markets around London and although it is good value for money you can't really expect it to last very long. So I decided to embark on a quest to find the perfect hijab, a hijab that will last very long and is very good quality. First stop HK Scarves.  




I bought the cotton/wool hijab in both pink and in grey, and thanks to their Ramadan offer I also got a free black hijab viscose/cotton (I won't however be reviewing in this post). When I did decide to purchase it I did find their prices a little pricey but then again i'm a poor student (I'll just justify my purchase by saying it's an eid present to myself...ahh I feel better about it already). Although I'm going to say as compared to other online shops her prices are quite reasonable. I just want to mention that they do have a no refund policy which I always get a little nervous about when clicking the pay button.

I love how super soft the hijab is, it is alot softer than the typical viscose/cotton hijabs probably because its a 85% cotton mix as compared the the viscose 50% cotton mix. I did intially buy the hijabs with the intention of wearing it during the winter time but I can't help but feel that they are more suitable for summer. The only reason I say this is because I was expecting a much thicker hijab due to the wool mix, but unfortunately it is just as thin (if not thinner) than the typical viscose market hijabs. But Alhamdulillah my current hijab style involves me folding the hijab into a square, so that I can get a point at the top, this means that the hijab becomes thick enough for it to have maximum coverage. The hijab does snag quite alot, so I would recommend using no snag hijab pins.

So I summary I think I would probably buy this hijab again, in fact I'm really contemplating getting their mushroom brown colour because that seems to be the colour I don't have in my collection yet. If I had to rate the hijab out of 10 for quality & value for money I would probably give it an 8/10, its not a full score only because of the snagging and the thinness, otherwise I probably would have given it full marks. So check out HK Scarves' cotton/wool mix hijabs for some great quality hijabs.

See you all in the next post inshaAllah :)