Event: Launch of The Hayaa Box | Photoshoot

If you’ve been active on Instagram lately, you are bound to have come across The Hayaa Box – if not, let me fill you in!

The Hayaa Box is South Africa’s first subscription box for Muslim women. Each month, you can expect a beautifully wrapped box containing one of THB’s signature maxi scarves (in a gorgeous colour, of course!), at least one sample-sized (international or local) makeup, skincare or lifestyle product and to top it all of, matching hijab accessories to complement the scarf of the month.

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Hijab Tutorial: 5 Effortless Ways to wear an Infinity Scarf 

Hey guys!

I recently received an awesome package from Damasq (find them here) containing a few pieces from their stunning range of Instant Scarves, which are available in an array of colours and patterns and are so easy to wear! All of the instant scarves are sewn together at the point which sits under your chin, so you don’t require a pin!
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Review on goodies from Damasq and Hijabi

You know what’s more exciting than an online store? An online store that stocks all of your hijab accessories, modest wardrobe needs and some Islamic goodies too. And where can you shop for all of these, you ask? Well, at no other than Damasq and Hijabi! And even more excitingly, I was recently sent a neat package from Yasina, the mastermind behind Damasq and Hijabi, filled with wonderful products that are currently available for purchasing online. So, I thought why not share my views and reviews on all of the loveliness that I have received?!

 

The Volumizing Scrunchie
I think it was YaztheSpaz that made this not-so-little accessory famous, though I could be wrong. Anyway, this scrunchie was made to rival the ever so famous flowerclip/camel-hump clip, that most know and love. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a fan of the camel-hump hijab style, it’s just not who I am or what I’d wear. The most volume that I’ve ever had at the back of my head, was produced by the nifty little donut ring (which you can find here), so I wasn’t too keen on this scrunchie. However, I was quite pleased with the results!jan 1203

I found that the scrunchie gave me the perfect amount of volume and my head looked quite normal too – no alien-like resemblances, I swear. I also loved that even after wearing it for over 8hours, I experienced no headaches and my hair stayed intact – there was no need for tying and retying my hair. I used the scrunchie as a bun reinforcer, so I basically styled my hair into a bun and secured the bun with a hair-tie and then reinforced the bun with the scrunchie which I tied twice over my bun.

The scrunchie does feel sort of weird as its texture is quite velvety, which makes me squirm when I touch it but I guess the velvet fabric is what makes it stay on your hair. To be honest, it’s definitely a product you should look in to if you’re in need of some volume for your hijab or if you have issues with having your hair coming loose or your bun getting undone. You can find it here for just R70!

 

The Peach Ring Hijab by Shejab
This snood/infinity/loop scarf is from the famous hijab/modest wear design house, Shejab. It’s made from a high quality cerutti chiffon that isn’t scratchy or annoying and has a super cute mint velcro ring that covers the join in the scarf (coral+mint are my fav colour combos!). jan 1209

Now you’re meant to wear this scarf as a ‘hood’ with an underscarf for more coverage, like how the model is wearing it in the image below. But if you’re a turban fan, you can always double loop the scarf around your neck and pair it with a bold and funky turban. It’s also great for the colder months, when your neck is craving some extra warmth. jan 1240I recently wore mine with a hijab cap underneath and simply pinned it, from the inside, below my chin in order to cover my neck- so you can see it’s quite versatile when it comes to styling it. I love that it is easy throw on and effortless too. When I wear it, I honestly feel like I’m not wearing a scarf due to how light and airy it is. It’s perfect for our hot Summer months. If you’re interested in purchasing this gorg coral+mint ring hijab, you can find it here and here.

 

Summer Swirls Maxi Hijab
I love maxi hijabs! They’re easy to drape, style and they enable you to create the folds that you desire. They also offer plenty of coverage for both your hair and neck area, so it’s easy to see why they’re becoming more and more popular as the days go by. This particular one, is almost double the width of regular hijabs which makes the desirable folds totally possible. It’s also very soft and is 100% viscose which makes draping and styling that much simpler. jan 1207jan 1245

The colours on this one is really pretty too, there’s a ton of coral with strips of lemon and sky-blue thrown into the mix. I’m always a fan of scarves that have a few colours incorporated into the design as it makes creating an outfit along with accessories so much easier because your mind will draw inspiration from the colours used to create the scarf. If you love this scarf and simply must have it, you can find it here.

 

The Chinese Collar Stretch Abaya
Let me start off by saying, I don’t wear abayas. I don’t find them appealing at all and always feel so restrained whenever I do wear one. I haven’t worn an abaya for the past 2 years and I’m quite okay with that.

However, during December, I visited both Souks in search for a plain black abaya – why? Because every single black maxi dress that I did find was too tight or too short or just not what I wanted. Unfortunately, my search was fruitless, so all of that walking and keeping my eyes peeled was for nothing.

After a few days of sulking and major emoness, I hopped on over to Damasq’s FB page and saw this beauty of an abaya and the lovely Yasina was kind enough to send it over to me! Now as I said just now, it’s been like 2 years since I’ve worn an abaya so I was expecting myself to have mixed feelings on how the abaya looked on me – but I’m quite happy to admit that I was, well, happy with the result. jan 1242

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I honestly feel it’s more like a dress than an abaya as it fits much better than an abaya usually would. The cut is quite a slim one, so there isn’t any bulkiness but neither is there any hugging of curves (not that I have any, but #justsaying). So, it’s still as modest as an abaya would be but a tad more flattering.

The fabric is also very cool and lightweight and doesn’t stick to your body which is much appreciated. It’s wonderful for days that are hot and sticky and even for those functions that are hosted in venues without AC’s, you know those ones in which you feel like you are about to collapse if a cool breeze doesn’t present itself? Yeah, it’s perfect for those.

The abaya is also easy to style, you can choose to wear it plain, or slap on a studded waistbelt for a glam look or you can pair it with a structured blazer and a skinny waistbelt for a more put together look. Black is just an easy colour to style and play with, so just have fun with it! I honestly wish I wore turbans, that way I’d get to show off the cute Chinese collar but I guess as long as I know it’s there, that should suffice! If you’re keen on this abaya or have been looking for a plain black abaya/maxi dress, this one is perfect for you. And at only R299, it’s a steal. You can find it here.

 

Oh yes, Damasq is having a sale on a few of their items, so you may want to check that out. And also, I’ll be featuring all of the above items in upcoming OOTD posts that way you can see why I love every item! But, in the mean time, happy shopping 😊.

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Tips on shopping safely & smartly on Gumtree {Sponsored}

I bet you’ve never bought/sold anything on Gumtree right? Mostly likely because you are too afraid to make a purchase/sell an item and risk getting scammed. Sure, that is a valid cause of concern but you’ve got to jump on the bandwagon some time or the other – so why not now? So, in this post I’ll be telling a little bit about Gumtree and the benefits of using it as well as focusing on my top tips for using Gumtree safely.

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What is Gumtree?
So if you don’t already know, Gumtree is a local classifieds website in which you can both post an ad as a seller and purchase an item from another seller. You can find all kinds of items on Gumtree – airline tickets, cellphones, laptops, toys, homes for rent, cars for sale and even job ads – if you can name it, then you can find it on Gumtree. But if you don’t believe me, then you can check it out here and read more about it here.

Why should I use Gumtree?
• It’s free and easy to use.
• Posting an ad is also free.
• You have the ability to purchase special and unique items.
• Items listed for sale on Gumtree are usually cheap and affordable.
• Second-hand goods in mint condition can easily be found on Gumtree, especially textbooks which are much more affordable second-hand.
• Online shopping is just cool.

So I found an item/service that I want, is there anything I should consider?
So after browsing through the site and finding an item that you are interested in and would like to purchase, that’s when everything gets real. You ask yourself if you should make the purchase and if you are willing to handover your hard-earned money to a complete stranger who may or may not be genuine and truthful about who they are and what they are selling.
And you have every right to ask these questions. You should be skeptical and wary, this is what makes you a smart shopper. And remember, if something sounds too good to be true – it probably is!

So the ad sounds, looks and feels real, now what?
Once you are on high-alert for any kinds of scammers/fraudsters out there and you are pretty sure that this ad is legit, this is when you can focus on making your purchase.

You then alert the relevant seller that you are interested in their product/service and once this is done, there are certain safety protocols that you should follow.

Safety Protocols:
• When purchasing an item, always ask to meet the seller in person. This way you’ll know if he/she is genuine and you’ll get to inspect the item for yourself.
• Meet the seller in a public place such as a busy coffee shop or cafe. And take someone with you too – this is South Africa, after all.
• Ask the seller to bring along his/her proof of ID to verify who they are.
• Never give out your credit card details or personal info to the seller or anyone on Gumtree – it’s personal for a reason.
• Handover the cash at the same time in which you receive your item.
• If you are responding to an ad for a house/holiday home to rent, always verify that it exists and check out the place first before going any further.
• If you intend on purchasing brand new big ticket items, such as cellphones, TV’s and laptops, ensure that they aren’t generic or stolen goods – because no commoner can just have a couple of brand new IPhones just hanging about.

General rules for shopping on Gumtree:
• Verify everything the seller tells you.
• Always be skeptical.
• Be on high-alert for scammers/fraudsters.
• Confirm that the price you are paying for an item on Gumtree, is in line with the normal price/fair value of the item.
• Keep your personal info to yourself.
• Your first Gumtree purchase should be small and menial, that way there is less risk and you earn the experience of shopping with them too.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to use a Gumtree safely and how to report scammers, you can read this comprehensive article.

I know of quite a few people who have purchased from sellers on Gumtree and thankfully, they have all had good experiences. So just be smart, skeptical and safe and I’m sure you will be just fine!

Raeesa

Pin Cushions, Phone Pouches and all things Clari

A while ago, I compiled a post on Clari Designs (read it here), as part of my Local is Lekker blog series. And a few weeks ago, I received a beautiful little package from the Clari Design team! Such sweethearts, I know!

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Before we even get to the actual items, I just want you guys to take a look at the manner in which it was gifted to me. I always love when packages are beautifully wrapped, it let’s me know that the gift-giver put a lot of thought, effort and time into it – which makes me feel really special! And the handwritten notes are always the cherry on top, it’s so much more personal.

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So included in my gorgeous package was a tee, a crocheted phone pouch and a stunning pin cushion – all handmade of course!
The pin cushion and pouch were both customized just for me in my favorite color ever – Purple 😄!! And yup, it is actually purple even though the name of my blog might make you think otherwise!

Let’s focus on this cute pin cushion, shall we? I actually enquired about the possibility of making pin cushions, from Clari. I think I was kind of desperate for one, mostly because I always end up losing my straight scarf pins, which was really frustrating! I’m just so lazy to put them back into the little trinket box that they came out from and poking them into a cushion would be so much easier – yeah, I’m that lazy. So anyway, I needed one that was cute, usable and that matched my room color – and it was like my prayers were answered when this cute little pin cushion made it’s way home!

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Even though this was originally a one-off product from Clari Designs, the super sweet Chantel agreed on taking orders for these pin cushions from you guys!!
I think it will make for such a great Eid gift for someone in your fam or even for yourself. You can fully customize it by choosing the shape, colour and size of the pin cushion too. If you want one like mine, with the little embellishment on it, that will cost you R55 or if you just want a plain one, it’s R30! It really is worth it, considering the fact that it will keep your pins safe for a long time to come!

Next, we move on to the gorgeous crocheted phone pouch (R45). What I love about the phone pouch, besides that it was handmade especially for me and that it’s simply exquisite, is the fact that it doesn’t have to be used as just a phone pouch. You could use it for whatever you like – be it storing makeup, cards & money or even hairbands & hairpins! It really is more than just a phone pouch 😉.

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The African Heart tee (R180) is one of Clari’s newest designs but unfortunately isn’t available to purchase just yet! The green stitch-ons (I’m not sure if that’s a word?) on the black fabric, really does make the t-shirt pop! I love T-Shirts because they are easy to wear and can easily be dressed up by throwing a blazer or a long-sleeved cardi over. I’ll be featuring the t-shirt in an upcoming OOTD post on an uber special day, so look out for that!

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If you like what you saw and read above, then perhaps check out Clari Design out on Mzansi Store, Hello Pretty and they will soon be making their way onto ShopaGift. And if you are one of the lucky ones that live in the Western Cape then be sure to pay their shop a visit, located in the small town of Piketberg. You can also find Clari Designs on Facebook and Twitter too, so remember to like and follow!
And if you are interested in get a custom-made pin cushion, then just message the Clari team on Facebook, or tweet them, and they will gladly help out!

2 Hijab Accessories that I can’t live without

During the past few weeks, I received a sweet little package from Yasina, over at Glitter Dust and Damasq, and in it contained 2 items that have changed my scarf-wearing life forever – seriously!

So before these 2 accessories made their way into my life, I really was content. I was quite happy and figured that the only things that I require for my scarf to look great was a few straight pins, a scarf pin, a hairband and a headband – and boy was I wrong!

When I first ripped open the package, the first thing I noticed – besides the little note from Yasina – was this black balaclava-type of underscarf. After trying it on, and of course after managing to calm myself down from laughing hysterically due to how weird and criminal-like I looked, I realised how amazing this product really is!

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As you can see from the image above, the Complete Coverup or the Ninja Underscarf provides full coverage for your neck, ears and forehead! You obvi can determine how much of your forehead you want to be covered, by pulling the underscarf back or bringing it forward.

But what I like most about the underscarf, is that fact that it doesn’t squash my ears or give me that ‘tight’ feeling around my head. The fabric that the underscarf is made from is rather soft, allowing your head and ears to ‘breathe’ whilst wearing it. What’s also great is that there is enough fabric at the back of the underscarf which ensures that the back of your head and neck is always covered, whether your hair is in high pony, low or high bun or in a donut-bun!
These underscarves are particularly great if you a wearing a snood/infinity scarf. Usually with those scarves, the neck area is always left uncovered, but with this little amazing invention you can now ensure that it’s always covered! Plus, they are available in over 20 colours which means you can buy one to match every one of your scarves!

Okay, so like enough about the Complete Coverup, let me tell you about the Hair Donut!

The Hair Donut has been on the market for about a year or so now, but I never ever thought to wear it under my scarf! My hair is really long so it’s always in a bun and I never thought that the Donut will even fit my hair due to it’s length. But after playing around with the Donut for a while, and totally ignoring the instructions that it came with, I found a way to use it, that didn’t take much time but still secured my hair for the whole day.
Here’s what I did:
1) tied my hair into a pony;
2) slid the Donut through my pony;
3) next I folded my hair over the Donut;
4) secured it with a hairband and then; 5) wrapped the remainder hair around the base of the Donut and secured with a bobby pin!

That’s it! Uber simple 🙂

What I love about the Hair Donut, is the adequate volume and smooth look it gives my scarf. I will never wear those camel-hump flower clips under my scarf, as they are just too big and make me look as if I’ve got a growth at the back of my head, so the Hair Donut is a great substitute as it does look more natural and normal :).

I’ve been using the Complete Coverup (which has to be washed after 2 uses, you don’t want a build-up of bacteria, now do you?) and the Hair Donut everyday to campus and ever since, I’ve never had to to endure the awkwardness and frustration of removing my scarf to retie my hair or my scarf! My average day on campus is about 6 hours, so that’s how long it holds for. I’ve never tried using it for more than 6 hours though, so perhaps it might even hold longer! I simply love these 2 accessories and when used together they create some kind of magic – seriously!

If you’d like to purchase these amazing little dinge, you can find the Complete Coverup (R60) here and here and the Large Donut (R20) here.

Here’s to fully covered necks and naturally-smooth hairbuns!
Raeesa

All About: Legwear Safari

A few weeks ago, I received a little package containing 3 pairs of tights, from the guys over at Legwear Safari. After trying them on and falling head over heels in love with them, I decided to find out a little more about this amazing online store.

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Legwear Safari is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Marius and Tracy Kruger.
This online store specializing in superior quality legwear, that are available in a vast array of designs and colours, kicked off in 2012 when Tracy spotted a gap in the market for such legwear.

So how is it that this husband-wife team started their own online store?

Well, that’s easy! Legwear Safari isn’t their first online store – I know, like whaat? These two defo seem like the dream team.
Tracy and Marius are also the masterminds behind the online store, Jar of Mielies – so their experience and research in South Africa’s online market coupled with Marius’ procurement and logistics background, makes these two perfect for the job!

Providing legwear that is of a good quality, that fits well and which is available in every style, colour and design that you could possibly imagine, isn’t the only objective of the creators of Legwear Safari. Tracy and Marius want to ensure that every customer feels likes that they are the only customer at Legwear Safari. They strive to provide old school, personal service and attention to detail, so you can have the best online shopping experience yet. Online shopping is about the customer service and delivery options available, after all!

Okay, so even though their brilliant customer service and efficient delivery service is great, that doesn’t really tell you much about the products – so allow me to fill you in.

So when I received the legwear, my first instinct was to try them on (duh!) and I really was pleasantly surprised! I have very skinny legs so leggings/tights never, and I mean never, fit me properly – it’s always loose at the ankles which makes my legs look out of proportion. But somehow these tights look and feel as if they were made especially for me – like seriously! All three pairs fit perfectly, are opaque from the knee down and it really felt like my second skin.

So the 3 pairs that I received were all from the Pamela Mann range available on Legwear Safari and are the black footless tights, the forest glades footless tights and the twilight footless tights. The black pair is currently in the wash, in preparation for the OOTD I’ll be doing this weekend, hence why it isn’t featured in the first image below:

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And here’s what the tights look like when worn..

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I wear tights under dresses, skirts and abayas, so it’s essential that the tights are breathable, smooth, comfortable and not bulky – these 3 pairs of tights tick all of thee above boxes!

I’ll be featuring the legwear in upcoming OOTD posts, the first of which will go live this Sunday so look out for that 🙂

Please Note:
When it comes to dressing modestly (or just dressing appropriately on the whole, whether you are muslim or not) it’s so important to remember that leggings/tights/legwear are not, and never will be pants!
So always make sure that your Gluteus Maximus is indeed covered. And if you choose to wear a scarf, make sure your dress/skirt stops much below your knee – it’s just more appropriate!

If you are interested in finding out more about Legwear Safari or if you’d like to take a look at more of their products (which includes handbags and makeup bags in addition to legwear), please head on over to their website. You can also follow/stalk them on twitter and FB!

Raeesa

All About: Ajmaan Scarves

Jersey-type scarves were never my thing. I always felt uncomfortable, claustrophobic and slightly hearing-impaired whenever I attempted to wear one – it just felt unnatural. However, over the past few months I’ve somehow grown accustom to these scarves and just can’t seem to get enough.
So when I received an awesome package from Hafiza, one of the Ajmaan distributors in SA, it really did make my day!

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So if you don’t know ‘who’ Ajmaan is or ‘what’ an Ajmaan scarf is and somehow you seem to have missed the stall at the Al-Ansaar Souk, then let me explain. Ajmaan is the first pin-free scarf that was created in 2011, and is the brainchild of Canadian entrepreneur, Salma Navlakhi. She created it after noticing that women always had to pin their scarves to keep it from falling off and yet even though it was pinned, they still spent so much of time fixing their scarves.

Ajmaan basically aims to provide women with a scarf that is modest, chic and trendy all at once – allowing you to stay fashionable without comprising on your beliefs as a Muslim woman!

The 2 scarves that I received were the three-toned black, beige and leopard print scarf and the ruched scarf in burgundy.
Here’s what the scarves look like when worn, modeled by thee ever so stunning face of Ajmaan, Tasneem:

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The three-toned ones are always a great choice as it goes well with almost everything, and leopard print is pretty much a neutral these days so it totally works. The ruched one though, is definitely my fav. It’s in a solid color which is always great and it’s something different due to the ruching. Many of the scarf shops are flooded with thee ‘normal’ scarves, so it’s wonderful to have one that’s so different!

You’ll be seeing both the scarves being featured on my blog as part of an OOTD post, hopefully sooner rather than later! I love doing OOTD posts and it seems to do well with you guys too, it’s just that OOTD posts do take a lot of time – as I can only get them done on weekends and I’ve got to make sure the outfit, accessories, lighting, weather and location is perfect (which doesn’t always work out!). But nevertheless, they will defo be featured! So please do look out for that :).

In the mean time, if you would like to purchase an Ajmaan scarf or if you are curious on how to wear yours then please do check out Hafiza’s blog!
You can also find Hafiza on FB here or follow her on Twitter here!

Stila’s One Step Correct Review

I bought the One Step Correct from Stila a month or 2 ago and I am convinced that it is made with a little bit of magic!20140307-191841.jpg

So what is it and how does it work?
Well, it’s basically a primer, skin brightener and a color corrector but with an amazing triple-swirled helix formula that makes all the difference.
The formula contains a Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex which is said to hydrate and balance the skin, diminish the look of fine lines, minimize pores and control oil. Ooooh, fancy!

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20140307-183904.jpgCan you see the 3 colors in the images above? Yup? Okay, so that’s the triple-swirled helix that I mentioned above. Each color in the swirl serves a different purpose:
Green: minimizes redness;
Lavender: counteracts sallow undertones and
Peach: brightens, illuminates and diminishes the appearance of sunspots.
Pretty smart, hey?

That’s all cool, but does it really work??
Well, on the packaging it promises to ‘immediately improve skin tone, even out your complexion and helps to smooth fine lines.’ and honestly, it delivers just that, well except for the fine lines thing because I didn’t have any to start off with so I wouldn’t know, but it definitely improves skin tone and the complexion.

The first time I used it, I could immediately see the difference in my skin. It looked much more even and brighter than before, which was great considering my skin was very dull due to acne scars 😔.

I’ve even noticed a difference in the size of my pores – I had very large pores around my cheek area and these have decreased in size after I started using Stila’s One Step Correct.

So yup, it really does work but don’t expect it to cover up acne scars or other marks, it’s just a corrector not a foundation or concealer.

And is it suitable for acne-prone or sensitive skin?
OH MY GOD, yes! I have both acne-prone and sensitive skin and it works so well with my skin. I have experienced absolutely no breakouts from using it, whatsoever. I promise! And I’ve been using it for a while now, I use it every morning, without fail, on a cleansed face before applying my sunblock and it’s amaze!

So it’s worth it then?
Definitely! It retails for about R375-R385 which is fairly priced for a product that actually delivers what it promises. It’s certainly a product that you won’t regret buying! You should try it out ☺️!

Here’s to bright and even-toned skin, lovelies!

Raeesa