Life

My faith is between me and my Lord

So I just got a comment on YouTube where someone told me that I don’t dress appropriately for being a muslim and that it is not the way that Prophet Muhammad (saw – peace be upon him) said women should dress. I immediately felt attacked and after thinking twice about it I ended up deleting the comment. But here I am 5 minutes later thinking about it. That’s the thing though – it may be gone from my platform it’s still in my life.

I understand the need to comment and let people know what is right and what is wrong, but on the other hand it’s not always your place. You might think it’s your responsibility, but you have no idea how hard it is for me to not only put on the hijab but to dress modestly all together. It wasn’t before a couple of months ago that I started slowly to cover my hair. And there was no other reason than for Allah (God).
You may be raised in a muslim community or family and it might be second nature to cover all together and only where the jilbab or abaya & hijab. But for me, someone who is raised in a non-muslim family in the west, who just recently converted, it’s not easy. I have struggled so much with it to the point where I didn’t want to come near it. And you telling me that my effort is not enough is not your place.
Please think twice before you think to comment on a subject that is essentially between me and my God. At the end of the day He knows my effort and what is in my heart, and that’s all that counts.

Astaghfirullah for my past
Alhamdulillah for today
Insha’Allah for my future

Elizabeth
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Little things

A woman in hijab

You may think I’m oppressed by the way you stare at me. That I’m not free to make my own decision. Maybe you think I’m forced to cover up my beauty.
I guess it bothers you that I choose what to show and withhold from the world. But the truth is that a veil like the hijab represents so much more then what you see.
We don’t lie or steal, drink or smoke. We think before we talk and watch our tongue.
We choose to wear it, to be among the best of people.
I hope one day you can see past my veil and see who I truly am. Because my freedom is not determined whether I show my hair or flaunt my body. And remember that the hijab represents so much more than a cover to your hair.

Elizabeth
Life

The hijab

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A cloth you put around your hair, draped down your chest. A garment worn by women. A religious sign – a sign that shows the world that you are muslim. A sign of oppression for some. But for me it’s a sign of freedom.

A conscious choice I make every day because I refuse to be seen as a sexual object for people to look at. I choose who I want to show my beauty to. And through my modesty you are forced to only see my heart and mind. Because that’s what I choose to share.

Some days I find myself wrapping my veil over and over again, never being satisfied. Feeling a resistance and thinking it would be easier to tuck away my scarfs in the back of the closet, but then I would be like everyone else. What I strive for is not in this world but beyond what I can see. And I finally choose to show the world I’m muslim.

Elizabeth
Fashion & beauty

INGLOT: 1st impression

I got a little bit less sleep than I’d hoped today but the sun is shining behind the clouds and it’s a new week. I’ve already been grocery shopping for the entire week and the only other thing I want to do today is maybe start a new sewing project. But for now I wanted to share my thoughts on the make-up brand INGLOT. I had never heard of the brand before a year ago when a shop opened at the shopping center I work at. Impressed by the great customer service and the professional make-up artist that work there to give you the best consultation with a wide range of inexpensive make-up.

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AMC cream foundation
This was the first foundation I bought from Ingot and I was eager to try it out. I got good service from a make-up artist there and she tested out several foundations before we chose this one. Unfortunately after applying it myself I found it too creamy and very watery. I’ve always had trouble finding the right shade and I often go too dark. This time though it was too light for my face, even though I’m very pale to begin with. It did give me a nice coverage and I only needed 1-2 pumps for my whole face. Downside is was that it only lasted 3 months and I usually have my foundations up to six months.

Cream foundation
After the first foundation was a miss I wanted to give the brand a second chance. So I did, and again got great service from one of the make-up artist working there. I told her what I thought of the first foundation and she agreed that I was too light for my skin. After a consultation she recommended a cream foundation. She told me it was light weight but I felt it covered up nicely when she applied it. When I came home and tried it for myself I realized how much product I had to use to get a nice complexion. And personally I think it’s too expensive for the amount of product I have to use to get the result I want. The shade on the other hand was spot on and perfect for my skin tone.

Sparkeling dust
This is the first highlight that I’m impressed with and has stayed on my face the whole day. I’ve tried a cream one before and it has not worked with my skin type. You get a lot of product and a little goes a long way. It could be even more pigmented for my liking and it is a little bit messy when you apply it since it is in a powder form. But the prize is just right for the amount of product you get.

Setting spray
This has a nice fresh sent to it and it does the job. You have a lot of product for a very nice prize as well. I could definitely see myself buying this again.

Lash enhancer mascara
Mascara is always hard to buy because you can’t test it in the store and you just have to trust that the sale’s person. I was recommend this because I wanted length and it does give you that. But for me it clumps too much, the brush doesn’t define your lashes and you get too much product on your eyelashes.

Elizabeth