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Skin woes

Pimpelia- a name I would give to my elder sibling when her skin was acting up- a fitting description for me this past month- a mixture of hormones and heavy makeup in the Dubai heat had me really battling with my skin recently.

My godsends: the Blossom Blend range of products! L’oreal Pure clay glow mask , Phytocare Lumiluxe and The Ordinary Peeling Solution.

My regimen has gone something like this : use the L’oreal Pure clay glow mask ( available at Clicks, Dischem, Pick n Pay) in the shower. Cleanse my face with face wipes (Nivea or Neutrogena) . Next I use the Exfoliating Toner from Blossomblend followed by the Skinquench gel. Twice a week I use the Oil as well before applying my makeup.

I mentioned previously how much I love the Blossomblend Youthful Tonic Exfoliating toner and when I got back I started using this as well as the other two products from the range- SkinQuench ( with Rosemary and Aloe) and the Blossom Oil Blend.

My only gripe is that the nozzle on my Skinquench was not working properly and I’ve gotten squirts of gel in my eye a few times as it goes EVERYWHERE- I probably just landed a faulty nozzle, nothing major. The Oil you are told to use as a spritz but it’s more of a blob of oil (again my poor eye was victim🤣) that comes out so it’s better to dispense some into your hand and then massage into your skin- but not too much!

night before bed I've been cleansing my face and applying the Lumiluxe from Phytocare- I absolutely adore the smell of this product! Divine. The results from using this are clearly visible in the mirror on awaking- supple, radiant skin ( the ingredients stimulate collagen production ). This product works great as a primer before makeup application as well.

stly I've been using The Ordinary Peeling Solution from Muse Beauty to remove marks that the pimples have left behind faster, to give me healthier looking skin and improve my skin tone- this I do once a week (weekend pamper sesh). I've previously done a full review on this product which is a very delicate chemical peel that doesn't hurt at all.

And as Murphy's Law would have it, the moment I stopped using these products diligently I once again am left with 2 annoying little buggers- one on my forehead and one on my chin 😒. I can be so lazy with beauty regimens at times, and I also thought that my skin looked great again so I decided to stop using them so regularly- bad move.

All product suppliers will be tagged in my instagram post. Have you tried any of these products? Please share your thoughts and tips below. Thanks for reading ❤️.


Glow essentials

Recently I've had several requests from people to please share my beauty regimen with you guys as they've noticed that my skin was looking quite glowy and healthy.

In all honesty, I have had what for me is quite bad skin this past month, as a result of my hormones being all over the place! I've had a pimple crop up every 10-14 days which is not normal for my skin. I've thus taken a bit of extra care of my skin and even with those concerns, managed to maintain healthy, glowing skin.

So my latest beauty regimen consists of Gardenia and Argan eye and face cream from the Argan Co-op in Essaouira , Morocco. Unfortunately this is not available in SA.

I have been using the infinity Crystal Blanc from Nadia Motala Hair and beauty for the last 2 months- I don't use them every day, instead every second day and sometimes if I forget to use them then 2 at a time! I'm convinced that this together with the drip that I had at Reviv in Umhlanga, is why I did not get sick this winter even though EVERYONE around me had the worst bout of flu that stuck around for 2 full weeks! These patches are great for achieving even toned skin and I've even noticed my slight pigmentation get a bit lighter now. They're hailed as a lightening patch to lighten the skin and if you're following me for a while you know I'm totally against promoting skin lightening however, I feel that what this does is give you a bright, glowy look – for instance how your skin looks after a steam facial – even toned, bright and healthy.

My other new fave product right now is from Muse Beauty. The Farsali 24 k Rose Gold Elixir. This is the key to faking the glow even if you don't have it. Use it before you apply your foundation to help you stay hydrated and achieve that sun-kissed glow

My skin just soaks this up without leaving an oily layer or any discomfort. It's suitable for all skin types and is packed with Rosehip oil, vitamin E oil, 24 K gold etc to fight off aging, help with pigmentation and stretch marks. You can even add a few drops to your foundation. So lightweight and deeply nourishing and hydrating.

What I also do is make sure to use a mask atleast every 10-15 days . Right now I'm using The Ordinary , peeling solution (from Muse Beauty) once a month alternating with a sheet mask , Tony Moly (from Muse Beauty) or any of those available from Shades of Mink.

Before bed I apply Superskin Elixir from Phytocare and allow that to work it's magic while I dream! So you see , great skin takes work and is totally possible even when your skin is bent on being a pain in the butt! I forgot to mention that I absolutely make sure to remove all my makeup before bed and use a mildly exfoliating face scrub daily whilst showering (Rooibos or Nivea). And don't forget the sunscreen!

Hope you enjoyed this , let me know what else you'd like to read in the comments below.

Blogger series- Shinysequins Blog, zallibhai and madame dija

Our last post in the blogger series rounds up with the beautiful Nadia from @shinysequins_blog as the first feature:
1. Where are you from?I am from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.


2. When did you start blogging/ start your instagram account?

I started my blog and my Instagram account just over 2 years ago and it’s been a great journey, though very difficult at times to fit in blogging when you don’t do it fulltime but that’s where instagram helps to do daily posts.


3. Describe your style.

My style changes all the time, depends on my mood and where I’m going. From sophisticated looks to boho and casual. I became more casual dresser when my daughter came into this world because it’s easier to be dressed comfy when you have to play and run after a little one.


4. Who do you draw inspiration from?

I embraced Islam years ago and that’s how my love for modest fashion started. The first bloggers I started following and getting inspo from was international bloggers like Dina Tokio and Ascia but at the moment I get my daily inspo fashion fix from local to international bloggers and designers. 


5. Who is your favourite online fashion store/designer?

I don’t have one favourite but many and I always wish I could buy something from all the amazing fashion designers but that’s not possible. All I can say is keep up the good work and continue making Modest fashion evolve.


6. A motto/saying that resonates with you?

Never give up on your dreams no matter how long it takes you to achieve it.


Never let anyone dull your sparkle.

7. How do you deal with negativity/bullies on social media?
I either ignore negativity or kill them with kindness J
8. Advise for those wishing to start a blog?
If you wish to start a blog, just start but remember it’s not always as easy as it looks, it takes time and effort which some don’t always have (speaking from experience if you a wife, mother, fulltime worker etc.) Tip: never compare yourself to other bloggers and the amount of followers they have for example because that’s going to leave you feeling down and wanting to give up. Remember everyone is not the same some might grow faster than others, get invited to many events and collaborations.

To be honest I felt like just ending it all and stop blogging many times but remembered why I started, for the fun of it and to inspire if even if just a little, In Sha Allah.


Through my blogging and instagram account some doors opened to things I would never have imaged and the most awesome part of it all I met the most amazing, inspirational people though my blogging journey. Alhamdulilaah

Our next feature is Zehra from @zallibhai , a certified trainer and fitness instructor who inspires covered girls to get moving!
1.Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

2.When did you start blogging/start your instagram account?

I stated my Instagram in 2013. At first it was just a way for me to share pics of the kids, healthy recipes and workout ideas with my family and past clients.

I started my blog in 2015, it was a platform for me to share more fitness and nutrition information and have a space where you could easily access recipes and workouts. I am really hoping to grow it into a space where we can build a positive community for women looking to be healthy and active for themselves and their families;)

3.Describe your style.

Ha! In terms of fashion, classic + comfy is what I’d call it. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up for a night out, but to be honest – just because of what I do during the day – I’m often wearing fitness wear. I try to look for workout clothes that not only look great but are also super functional. When I’m not in my sweats or yoga pants, you’ll usually find me in jeans, with a comfy sweater and runners or flats. I also believe that “less is more”. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that it’s less important to have a closet overflowing with outfits than it is to own fewer pieces that you really love.  


4.Who do you draw inspiration from?

My parents were always my biggest supporters and cheerleaders from day one, and they were my first source of inspiration. They showed us what hard work and dedication can get you.  

Naturally I’ve also looked up to other athletes for inspiration. I’ve always been inspired by the dedication, the discipline and the mindset that it takes to constantly strive to be better than you were yesterday. This past summer we all had the honour and privilege of watching Ibtihaj Muhammad compete and medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I was honestly so proud and moved to see her not only compete but excel amongst the top athletes in the world. It was always my childhood dream to be an Olympic athlete….I dunno maybe i still have time 😉

In Terms of business and blogging, I’m inspired by all the amazing ladies out there, really working hard and putting themselves out there, trying new things, really taking risks and breaking barriers.

5.Who is your favourite online fashion store/designer/brand?

I really shop all over. I usually get my workout clothes from nike, adidas, gap and a canadian company here called Joe. I just look for things that are long and fit well.

I also love to shop at Zara and H&M, I can always find long and modest clothing and they have lots of casual options.

6.A motto/ saying that resonates with you?

Work hard, Play Hard

Also my main Motto is,

Focus on the positive of each situation!

7.How do you deal with negativity/bullies on social media?

You just have to know and remember what your intentions are. If you have confidence in what you’re doing, it’s easy to ignore any negative comments. Don’t take it to heart.

8.Advice for those wishing to start a blog?

Be Authentic in your voice. Offer value to the people you are reaching out to. Connect with the people that take the time to support you. Be consistent and stay true to why you started.

Our last and final feature is Khadija from @madame_dija , A South African living abroad:


1.Where are you from?


Born in the cultural heartland of South Africa, currently living in London the home of Inaya collection, Islamic Design House, Aab Collection and many more great names in the modest world of fashion.


2.When did you start blogging/start your instagram account?


I have always loved to use social media to express myself, I was thus attracted to facebook ,Instagram and more so blogging from the very beginning of my career, roughly 10 years ago. Initially when i started my facebook page it was to promote my brand Madame Dija and from there due to many requests I started sharing modest fashion inspiration and styling tips, and recently started sharing Islamic crafts and DIY’s.


I started by facebook page back in 2010, and my instagram in 2013.


3.Describe your style?


My style changes constantly.I love combining trends and creating my own looks.


4.Who do you draw inspiration from?


I draw inspiration from social media, fashion and craft blogs as well as the following bloggers:


● Dina Tokio

● Nabila B

● Aana Nourin


5.Who is your favourite online fashion store/designer/brand?

My favourite brands are :


● There are lots of international and local designers as well as online fashion stores that i adore , to name a few :


● Modanisa

● Selfridges

● Zara

● H&M





6.A motto/ saying that resonates with you?

Live how you love,love how you live.


7.How do you deal with negativity/bullies on social media?

I usually ignore negative comments or just block…


8.Advice for those wishing to start a blog?

What seems like the most trivial topic to talk about, could be what many ponder about or need answers to..Remember be original ,be unique and don’t be afraid to speak your heart and your mind, that’s called being you..


A heartfelt thank you to each and every blogger who responded to my email and decided to be part of this initiative- it has really thought me so much and I’ve enjoyed learning about everyone’s style and experiences! All the best in your blogging careers ❤️ may we all grow together 

Blogger Series – Hijab princessa and simply modesty style

Day two of the bloggers series features the beautiful Rabia from @hijab_princessa_ . She has one of the prettiest pink and pastel feeds that I’ve ever seen-I’m sure this takes alot of patience and planning!

1.Where are you from?

 Im from Germany Hamburg. My parents are Polish.


2.When did you start blogging/start your instagram account?

 I have my Instagram Blog since 3 Years.


3.Describe your style.

 My style is girly and pink/Rosé. 

 I love ruffles & lace. I love pastel colours.. and i hate dark colours.. so in my Blog you will find just some dark photos..
4.Who do you draw inspiration from?

 My inspiration is my mom.

5.Who is your favourite online fashion store/designer/brand?

 I love poplook, modanisa, sefamerve, Lia-fashion.


6.A motto/ saying that resonates with you?

 Every Hijab Princessa needs a Muslim Prince.


7.How do you deal with negativity/bullies on social media?

 I remove and block them. Those people shouldn’t be jealous and so I don’t want that they will be a part of my life.


8.Advice for those wishing to start a blog?


 You need a trademark.. something what it’s very interesting to see from you.. 

Our second feature is our first South African blogger, Tasneem from @simply_modesty_style . 

1.Where are you from?


I’m from Durban.



2.When did you start blogging/start your instagram account?


I started my Instagram account in July last year (2016) and my blog 3 months later, in October.



3.Describe your style.


I would describe my style as eclectic as I do not conform to one particular style but rather enjoy fusing styles. My style changes from day to day, depending on my mood. Those who follow me on Instagram know by now that my style is also more of an everyday practical style as I lead a busy lifestyle, so comfort is a major factor for me. I love dressing casually with a touch of street or ‘swag’, as it offers great comfort, practicality and makes me feel powerful.



4.Who do you draw inspiration from?


Initially, when I first started dressing modestly, I was greatly inspired by Dina Tokio. Now, I not only draw inspiration from her, but also from everyday street style across the globe.


5.Who is your favourite online fashion store/designer/brand?


I live an average lifestyle, that of a teacher. I have never believed in spending extravagantly, therefore I am not a ‘brand’ kind of person and have never been into ‘labels’. For me, style is independent of these things. However, I do have a favourite store, which is Mr Price. I love it because it offers everyday affordable fashion, which allows me to play with different styles and clothing items, without breaking the bank.



6. A motto/ saying that resonates with you?


“Style is personality. It’s the ability to look at things beyond fashion and the self-confidence to transform even the simplest thing into something special.” – Dolce and Gabbana



7. How do you deal with negativity/bullies on social media?


I firstly delete their negative comment and then privately message them. In that message I tell them that I appreciate that they may be trying to correct my shortcomings as a muslim, but doing it publicly is not the manner in which a fellow Muslim should correct another. I never allow myself to stoop to a level of disrespect, but rather treat them with much more respect than they have treated me. I inform them that I am aware of my shortcomings and am continuously trying to better myself as a Muslimah. I also ask them to make dua for me. I find that by the end of the private conversation, they soften and actually feel ashamed of their actions. I do not believe in publicly embarrassing someone, even if they do so to me.



8. Advice for those wishing to start a blog?


If your intentions are to make money, then you will be highly disappointed because it is very difficult for bloggers to make any form of income in South Africa. I suggest that you only start a blog if you enjoy writing and are passionate about the things you blog about. It is also very difficult to get a following regarding your blog, so I suggest that you first use your social media platforms to generate a substantial following. Once you have an increasing following on your social media, you can generate a following for your blog by using your social media platforms to advertise it.

Starting a blog is easy. You can start your blog for free by using WordPress. However, you need to initially write two blog posts per week in order to help build interest in your blog. Do not be disheartened if you find that very few people read your blog. Be persistent. Write because you love it – not because you want others to love it.




Revive me

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to try out the newly opened Reviv Flagship store in Umhlanga situated at the Royal Palm Hotel. 

The venue is tranquil and serene and I love what they’ve done with the space. From the warm welcome to the special attention, I loved every minute of my visit. The staff are very professional and I was lucky to meet the very friendly owner too! 

On to the treatments! Reviv offers IV vitamin infusions and booster shots. There’s an IV for everyone, whether you have skin concerns, require weight loss , detox or an energy surge- they’ve pretty much got you covered 

I had the Megaboost with an extra bit of glutathione added to my bag. The rush of energy I had for the next 3 days was certainly very visible and amazing! Not only was I so full of energy that I decided to gym at 10:15 pm but the drip put me on a natural high, markedly improving my mood. 

The skin benefit of the glutathione was evident moments after the drip. When my bestie saw me later that night , her first comment was ‘OMG you’re glowing, it really works!’ My skin was bright, glowing , softer and I also noticed that my dark circles seemed almost gone especially for someone who was sleep deprived at the time- I credit this to the added fluids and electrolytes too/rehydration.

As far as side effects go, all you can expect is going to the ladies room one or two times more than usual because of the detox effect and the extra fluids added into your system- that’s about it, the rest is pure goodness. 

Will I have it again? You bet! Reviv Umhlanga definitely gets a thumbs up from me because the effects felt after the drip were very real and worth the little prick of the much detested needle. I realise this may not be in everyone’s budget, but it isn’t something you would have weekly.. save up for a monthly splurge on your yourself or the much needed boost for a stressful work week or for gorgeous glowing skin before a huge event. 

Eager to try out the rest of the treatments in the future but the megaboost with the added glutathione has my vote for sure!