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5 Easy Ways To De-stress

Hello lovelies,

If you’re anything like me and stress over the most unimportant and easily to overlook issues then this post is sure to help you out. These are all tried and tested tips and they’ve definitely worked for me and helped me to not sweat the small stuff. Let’s get straight to the point then , here are 4 tips to help you de-stress easily;

  1. Breathing exercises;


I can’t quite remember how i was first introduced to this particular technique but I’m sure as heck glad that i was because it has worked wonders for me. It’s particularly helped me relax during  ‘shark week’ as I tend to get pretty awful cramps and as a result start to stress out quite a bit.So here’s what i do (hopefully i can explain it clearly enough);

Step1: Take a deep breathe through your nose then let it out through your mouth .

Step2: Take 2  breathes through your nose and then exhale twice through your mouth.

Step3: Repeat as many times as you possibly can (don’t try to squeeze too many breaths in ,that is definitely not a good idea ) and just make sure your breathing out as many times as breathing in.

In easier words, inhale exhale then inhale inhale exhale exhale then inhale inhale inhale exhale exhale exhale. (Looks funny written down but trust me it works.)

*Also, you  should try to consult someone with better knowledge regarding breathing and meditation before trying this technique because certain breathing exercises if not done correctly can result in strains , hyperventilation etc. So do your research and stay safe , I’m just sharing what works for me*.

2. Colouring;


Lately there has been a lot of talk regarding how colouring books can help adults de-stress so I thought i’d try it out for myself , lo and behold it really does work! I guess it is because these colouring books contain really intricate designs and trying to stay within the lines requires focus and keeps your mind from wandering back to whatever was stressing you out.Plus colours have been proven to positively affect ones mood and also stimulate the brain.

3.Plan ahead/Schedule;


I am unable to sit down and complete and any task unless I make a thorough plan first.I need to get everything that is in my mind , down on paper for me to be able to organise my thoughts and hence function properly.There have been times when I thought that doing this was causing more harm than good but I soon realised that eventhough I was utilizing some of my very precious time in planning rather than just getting on with the task,it wasn’t doing that much damage.This is because, when I did get started I was able to better utilize my time because I already knew exactly what I had to do with the time that I did have.So whenever I get stressed out about , say getting my revision completed in a small amount of time , I’ll just grab a pen and paper and make a schedule and just being able to see on paper that a task is doable works wonders to reduce stress and anxiety related to meeting deadlines.

4.Paint strokes;


All you’ll need is;  a paper,a paint brush and some acrylic paints in whatever colours you like.I chose pink, blue and white and mixed them in different ratios to make a vast variety of shades and then on a plain white sheet of paper I proceeded to make vertical strokes in all the different colours.I made this when I was super bored and wanted to be creative but still didn’t to start a really difficult project that would take ages to complete.Despite it being super easy to do it was actually really fun and I was even impressed with the outcome.It’s no sophisticated work of art but I still think it looks cute and could be a possible DIY room decor project.

5.Tidy up;


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying,’tidy room, tidy  mind’ and I truly believe that the state of your room DOES affect your productivity and also your mood to a huge extent, that’s why whenever I feel like I’m in a really poopy (lol) mood , the first thing I decide to do is to de-clutter and remove and remove any extra bits and bobs that might be lying around in my room which don’t actually belong there.The mess actually does affect you indirect and you’ll only realise the effect it had on you once you get rid of it.So give it a try and let me know how it works out!

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles , it takes away today’s peace.” unknown

Love Always,M




Everyday Makeup (Foundation,Concealers and Powders)

Hey guys!

Sorry for being MIA lately. I really don’t have an excuse , except for the fact that I’ve been terribly lazy and lacking any sort of motivation.I also didn’t want to write just for the sake of getting something up on the blog , so I took some time off.Anywho, I’m back and this time I thought I’d take you through my makeup bag .

Despite being obsessed with beauty gurus and the makeup products they rave about, I don’t really have that much makeup.I guess I’m just cheap when it comes to makeup and only really buy stuff  when I feel the need .Also, most of  my makeup is from the drugstore , so if you’re looking for some recommendations then you’re in the right place. Today, I’ll take you through my foundations, concealer and powders.

  1. Foundation/Tinted moisturiser
  • Tinted Moisturiser:

I opt for a bb/cc cream on a day to day basis because I think that for an everyday no makeup makeup look it is the best choice .You can barely tell that it’s there but it also get the job done( if you have relatively good skin).I’ve tried the Maybelline bb cream in the past and thought it didn’t have any coverage at all.Though I know that tinted moisturisers/such creams are meant to have only very little coverage, I prefer ones that are a little more buildable.The one I’ve been loving lately is one that was recommended by Pixiwoos ( on youtube ), it has light – medium coverage and you can build it up as well.

  •  Bourjois 123 CC cream :
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  • Good coverage
  • Lasts long
  • Not too cakey


  • Still not perfectly suited for my terribly dry skin
  • Limited shades
  • It’s RS.2200 (i think) not as cheap as I would except a drugstore cc cream to be

How I use it:

To prevent the cc cream from clinging to my dry patches  I apply coconut oil prior to applying the  cream.

It comes in four shades (ivory, light beige, rose beige ,bronze) and I went for light beige(second lightest) and I’m pretty sure it’s a little light for my skin tone but I just work with it and since the shade above it was much too orange. I normally mix it with a moisturizer or bronze my face a little so  the difference isn’t too apparent.

Would I recommend it ?

Sure, I think if you’re skin is not too dry then definitely give it a go , it’s a good’un .

  • Foundation:

I only very recently tried a foundation for the first time, I’ve always been too afraid of looking like a cakeface (lol) , but the one I ended up trying is the Inglot YSM cream foundation which is supposed to be their light weight , long lasting, matte finish , natural looking foundation (man,that was a mouthful!)

  • Inglot YSM cream foundation:
ysm cream
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Pros :

  • Nice shade range (mine seems pretty well suited for me)
  • Good coverage( I’d say medium)
  • Lasted as long as I wore it (so can’t say long lasting for sure, but it does seem promising)


  • Drying (obviously because of the mattifying formula)
  • Can’t apply under eyes ( I don’t wear concealer all the time so the fact that you have to with this foundation kind of puts me off)

How i use it ?

Well , the first time i tried it , i found that i clung to the dry patches on my face and made them even more obvious. So the next time i applied it , i moisturised my face with coconut oil beforehand and that certainly made a huge difference. I don’t know, however, if it effects the longevity of the foundation because oil breaks down makeup :/ I think it would be best to let it sit for a while and then apply the foundation.

Would I recommend?

It’s available in 26 different shades, which I think is great and there are quite a few for brown skin so yay!I do think that if you have dry skin, definitely stay away from this one because I find it really unflattering on my skin without the coconut oil, but if you feel that you can work around it and you want a good coverage but light weight foundation , I think this might be a great option for too and it won’t break the bank either(It’s around RS 2000).


I was never really into concealers , till I noticed that my awful eye bags really good do with some covering up. I would really like to get rid of them completely but I don’t think I’m ready to give up watching youtube videos past bed time, just as yet.The only concealer I’ve ever tried is the Inglot under eye concealer and I’m not too crazy about it , it isn’ too bad either , it’s just kind of meh ! Nothing special.

  • Inglot under eye concealer :


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  • Doesn’t crease
  • Not drying
  • Easily blendable


  • Not long lasting
  • Coverage isn’t great

How I use it ?

Well, first of all , the shade i picked up isn’t at all suited for me. And if I do wear it I have to really make an effort to prevent it from giving me the dreaded half moons.I usually apply face powder on top , in order to set it in place but still it is the first to go when my makeup starts melting away.

Would I recommend it?

I actually heard another beauty guru raving about it but personaly I wouldn’t recommend it.The shade range isn’t too bad but I feel like the product itself isn’t worth it because if it doesn’t keep the under eyes covered all day , why make all the effort?

         3.Face powder:

Okay, here’s a product that’s been in my makeup bag for wayyyyy toooo long. Seriously! I’m sure it would give someone who believes in makeup expiration dates a heart attack because i’ve probably had it gor a couple of years now. Ewww , i know.I think I’m going to swap it out for the Maybelline master fix or the much raved about rimmel stay matte.

The one I’m currently using is the L’Oreal Infallible creamy powder foundation.

  • L’Oreal Infallible creamy powder foundation:
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  • Good coverage
  • Doesn’t cling too much to dry areas
  • Goes on smooth and fine


  • Can’t be used on its own on dry skin (that’s the case for most powder foundations really , so not too big a deal )
  • When applied under the eyes , can emphasise creases and wrinkles .

How i use it:

I apply it very lightly all over my face, after I’m done with my foundation, just to prevent oiliness , especially with the coconut oil base. I add a little extra under my eyes and on my eye lids because that’s the oiliest part of my face.

Would I recommend it ?

Well, given the fact that I’ve been using it for years, of course I’ll recommend it.I think it’s a great powder for setting your makeup or applying on it’s own since it’s very fine and doesn’t get too cakey but if i were you i’d be careful with how much i apply if your skin is dry.


If you  enjoyed this post then look out for the next one, in which I’ll talk about my eye shadows , blushers and highlights. J

Love Always,M



Fear Of The Unknown

I don’t know why I’m having such trouble writing these days. I suppose, after reading other people’s work, I just really begin to doubt my abilities. I especially wonder whether anyone could ever possibly enjoy my writing or find my writing style even half okay. I’ve been told many times that I’m good at writing but for some reason I’m just not convinced. This has also been holding me back from starting my own blog.So,if you’re not me and reading this then hooray ! I’ve finally done it. Go me! 🙂

Alrightie then, let’s move on to today’s topic.

A certain fear has been popping into mind, now more so than ever, to the extent that sometimes I feel like I’ll have a mental breakdown.What is it that I fear, you ask? Living a boring and completely predictable life.

This is how I see it; married in a few years, baby after a year, another after a couple more years and then dedicating my life to serving my family, forgetting all about any dreams or passions I ever had because family comes first right? Ughh I don’t know ,really. I guess I’ll have to put my interests aside so I can care for the kids because who will if don’t? Only travelling when the husband has enough money, and in today’s economy is that ever going to even happen? What about Bora Bora ?(lol) Will I ever be able to go there? Will I also end up with a typical Pakistani mard(man) whose only wish is for me to serve his family and keep their whinny selves happy ?Stuck amongst  rishtaydaar (relatives) whose only job is to bicker and backbite ?

One thought after the other,I end up in a downwards spiral.

Will I not be aware of what’s going on in the actual world? Will someone ever want to discuss an intellectual topic with me or will I not even be speak if such a chance arises as I will no longer know of anything more than what is inside my home? Will I forget everything I learned at university because I spent 20 years just looking after my kids and then when they leave the house, I won’t know what to do with my life?

Gosh! This is exhausting.

I find it so hard to not lose myself in such thoughts because really some things are inevitable. I’m not saying that all these things are bound to happen, all I’m saying is that if they are to happen they will and all I can really do is ; form goals, work towards them and not let such thoughts get to me because really, I’m not in control of my life anyway.Allah is! And I’m sure whatever he has planned for me is far better than anything I could ever plan for myself.So,the best thing to do now, I suppose, is to place all my trust in him and see what life has in store for me.

10 Tips To Make Studying More Fun

Hi Guys! I’m finally back *yayyyy*

For a while I didn’t think I’d be able to continue writing for this blog .I’d taken such a long break due to my finals and when I got back I just felt like I had lost all inspiration to write, but sure enough I’m back and hopefully will be writing many more posts Inshallah.

So let’s get things started with some tips on how to make studying more fun!

When I was in school , during my teen years, I felt like I just couldn’t concentrate long enough to actually be able to learn something. So, I was always trying to come up with new and interesting ways to study, in hopes that I would be able to make the horrendous task of studying somewhat enjoyable. I’ve actually learnt over the years that (believe it or not) studying CAN indeed be made enjoyable.

Here goes nothing !



Now, I know that this is not some super inventive way of studying but I wanted to mention this first because if you really DO want studying to be more enjoyable you’ll start early . This will help avoid stress which can make even the smallest of tasks seem too big to complete.



This is actually my favourite way to study.It just works for me! Basically you’ll read whatever topic you are meant to learn for your test and then start recording and try to explain it in an interesting and maybe even comical way.I always feel like this calms my nerves and prevents me from getting too stressed out .




This one’s for the auditory learners.Ofcourse you won’t know whether or not you are one unless you try out this method.Record yourself reading or preferably explaining the chapter and then listen to it throughout the day.This will help you recall the chapter again and again whereas learning it once might not be enough to help it really stick.



This method is great for visual learners and is another one of my favourites.It can be hard to read pages and pages of text and try to extract and learn certain points , so instead, you can highlight the important points and make your own diagrams which will help you keep these points in your mind.You don’t have to be great at art for this one, just draw shapes and figures that, to you , are a depiction of the text . Eg if you have to remember a list of animals with certain characteristics e.g fish , horse, monkey and instead of learning the names you made small doodles, then ,when the question is asked, the doodles will pop up in your head and you’ll be able to recall the list.Here’s one that shows a step in cell division.



When you get bored of studying from your textbooks or if there is something you don’t understand just search the topic on youtube .There are lots of great channels like khan academy and the amoeba sisters , that explain even the toughest topics in the most interesting way.Check them out!



This is a great way of testing yourself and also for recalling information. Also you can colour code different types of information.Bonus: colour stimulates the brain .



This is definitely a tip for the super creative story makers out there.Take whatever information is given in your book and learn it in the form of a story. This will especially help you memorize large amounts of information without stressing you out too much.Here’s a fun example- say you want to learn the process of photosynthesis, you can think of a plant as a chef , the dish he is to make as sugar and the ingredients as carbondioxide ,sunlight and water and using this to make up a story, adding the steps of photosynthesis as different details along the way.



It’s very important to take regular short breaks if you want to keep studying without getting too tired or fed up of it.It can get difficult at times to cut the break short so I tend to set timers to make sure I only take a break when I’m meant to and finish it on time.I use the 50/10 rule, according to which , you should study for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. It’s best to rest during this break ,maybe go outside and catch some fresh air.Try not to go on your phone or your laptop as this drains your energy.Then once you’ve studied for 3-4 hours you can reward yourself with an hour long break .



To be quite honest , this is the one I’ve struggled with the most because I literally have no self control and  find it very hard to hold myself accountable.For that reason, I think it’s best to get a member of your family to be responsible for holding you accountable and rewarding you accordingly.E.g you could treat yourself with a sweet every time you complete a chapter.



Become the teacher! After all, If you can explain the topic clearly to someone else then that must mean that you know it very well. Also, you could consider making a study group, but make sure you all study the topic prior to meeting up and once you’re together discuss the difficult points and recall the chapter.This will help you  avoid wasting your time.


That’s all for now guys! Hope the tips were of help 🙂

Types of Men You Shouldn’t Say “I do” to.

4 Types Of Men You Should Never Marry

Hello lovelies,

I hope this isn’t a very cliché , magazine article-esque post ,but I was just thinking about what kind of men I absolutely despise, hehe , so I decided to write down a list. Hope you don’t mind, promise there is a lot of diverse content coming up for you lovelies. Give it a read though, you might just like it.

What types of men should you avoid at all costs?

Yes, it’s true, everyone has their own preference when it comes to the type of person they see fit as a life partner. However, some people are nothing but trouble, so do yourselves a favour ladies and steer clear of the following types of men.

1)The Mama’s Boy:

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being attached to your mother. In fact, the relationship between a mother and son is really quite a special one, that is , unless it gets to the point where the son is completely under the influence of his mother’s words and cannot do so much as think or make decisions on his own. Now, you certainly don’t need your monster .. *ahem ahem* i mean mother in law being the one deciding how many children you’ll have or how you’ll manage your  finances. I’ve actually seen men who won’t let their wives decide what to name the baby they’ve carried for nine months, because they want their “mumsie love” to have the honour. For God’s sake mate! Give it a rest. So if you don’t want to have to worship your man’s mother for the rest of your life , definitely stay away from any mama’s boys.

"Do I, mom?"


2)The One Who Lacks Ambition:

Ah! Here’s a good one. A man who lacks ambition. Yes siree, ambition is most certainly a quality required for making a good husband. You need the man you marry to be someone who is determined and focused to achieve something in life, to get somewhere. No one wants a lazy bum who would lie in bed all day if he could and is satisfied with a low wage job just because he doesn’t want to put any extra effort in. I’ve known women who had to end up filing for a divorce because their husbands just refused to work, out of sheer laziness and lack of ambition, they wanted their wife’s family to send them money instead. How utterly shameful!


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3)The Bad Boy:

Ladies ladies ladies ! I know y’all love bad boys.Why? I’ll never know, I’ve personally never been attracted to one myself. I like the nice guys , who apparently come last. Meh, I don’t care if it’s not “cool” to like the nice guys, I most certainly do and I know for sure that they make better husbands then the oh so popular bad boys.Now let me br br break it down for you. Never ever ever never are you going to be able to change a “bad boy”.If he is to change, he will do so himself , but please stop fooling yourself into thinking that you’ll be the one to change his ways. It’s not going to happen, capiche? .Even if he’s being nice and polite to you, please don’t be flattered. The way he treats others speaks volumes about the kind of man he is and if cusses or mocks people for fun then that’s just not cool, okay?!


4)The One Who’s Afraid Of Commitment:

Please, oh please, don’t be delusional and attach false hopes of marrying someone who has never uttered a word regarding marriage. If the man hasn’t shown any signs of wanting to make it official, it is most likely that he doesn’t intend to. The best route to take under such a circumstance is to walk away as soon as possible. If you’ve got marriage on your mind and the other person is just not that keen on the idea, it’s best to let them be and go your separate ways. Also, make sure you understand the man’s intentions before you get too involved, because the deeper you go the harder it’ll be for you to get out the relationship without getting your heart shattered. Don’t try to push such a man for marriage, because if he’s scared of marriage now , then he probably can’t take the pressure of being married and no marriage is most definitely not a piece of cake and it’ll be harder still when you’re married to someone who never completely committed to the idea. Also, if there are commitment issues it’s easier to leave a relationship then get married and have that not work out.

Bob still had a few commitment issues.
Bob still had a few commitment issues.

And that’s all for now guys! Hope you enjoyed reading .

Love Always,


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Women,Work and Financial Independence

Hello lovelies,

I don’t know if this will the first post that I publish but it is the first to be written. I’ll try not to wander off topic too much but I really am very excited to finally be sitting down and writing my first blog post.

Let’s get straight onto the topic then! Women, work and financial independence. The argument of whether women in Pakistan should or shouldn’t work is one that we hear of quite a lot. The fact of the matter is that it isn’t up to anyone but the woman herself to decide whether or not pursuing a career is for her. I recently read a post on facebook which really made my blood boil,  the writer suggested that the rising divorce rates in Pakistan are due to more women entering the workplace and as a consequence neglecting their homes. Did you ever hear something so ridiculous?! I don’t know of a single woman who would prioritize her work over her family.


A question I hear men ask all the time is that, “If I’m working, why would my wife feel the need?” Ummm… excusez moi si’l vous plait … Is she not human? Does she not have goals/dreams of her own? or was she just made to serve your needs?! Geez, for God’s sake get over yourself! We have minds , dreams, aspirations , just as you do.

And please don’t call me a man hater because I’m really not, I know very well that not all men are alike just as not all women are but I just cannot fathom how someone could be so ignorant as to say things like this.

Let me give you some statistics:

According to the world development report published in 2012, female participation in the workplace for the year 2012 was 28% .Even though this percentage is rather low, especially when compared to countries like Vietnam which had a percentage of 77% in the same year, it’s still something to be proud of. We’ve definitely come a long long way. In fact, from 2000-2011 there has been an 8.1% increase in female participation, that means that 7 million females have been added to the workplace over this 11 year period.

This shows that despite the adversities and struggles faced by women in the workplace, including harassment, unequal pay, judgmental remarks etc , women are moving on up and they are determined to not let anything or anyone stop them. Getting a job leads to achievement of financial independence and  I believe that there’s nothing better you could do for yourself .In my opinion, financial independence comes with:

  • Security: How many times have you heard of divorcees and widows living in a miserable state after parting from their husbands, having to ask ignorant relatives for support or loans? Needless to say, in both cases (i.e of a divorce or death) whether you are working or not, you will suffer emotionally and be deeply hurt, but if you are financially independent, it will be much easier to get back up on you feet and though it make time to reach emotional stability you will for sure find it easy to deal with financial situation. Also, you will not feel the need, as many Pakistani women do, to stick around in a toxic relationship just because your family’s only source of income comes from the man.


  • Freedom to spend on yourself: What I’ve observed in a lot of households is that women have to constantly ask/plead their husbands for money which they can spend on themselves , whether it’s for shopping or to get a mani/pedi.This usually requires having to sacrifice your self-respect as the man usually replies by blaming you for wasting his money and what not, when in actuality the money earned by him belongs to both of you. However,the husbands aren’t always wrong, sometimes they’re just not making enough money to accommodate such expenses.In such cases, you should obviously be understanding.But if you’re earning your own money you won’t have such worries and will be able to spend freely on yourself without feeling guilty or killing your self-respect.


  • Lifestyle:In today’s economy, where affording even the bare necessities proves difficult, maintaining an above average lifestyle definitely doesn’t come with ease. In such circumstances,if the wife decides to work, she is also able to contribute towards the expenses and this will indeed help better the family’s lifestyle.This change could lead , for example,to you being able to afford a better school for your children or a house in a nicer neighbourhood.


  • Less interaction with the in-laws: If you live with your in-laws you definitely know what I’m talking about.If you’re part of the 1% of Pakistani women who have nice in-laws , then congratulations! how very lucky of you, but also don’t read this because you won’t be able to relate.Now to the remaining 99% , you hear me right ? If you have oh so unfortunately ended up living with your saasu ma (mother in law) here’s the easiest way to spend as little time with her as possible…WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK ( did you sing that like Rihanna? You better have!) Ok, jokes apart, working really CAN help avoid so many problems at home. Firstly, you won’t be home most of the day, so there won’t be any opportunity for bickering, secondly if you’re at work ,you can’t mess up at home , right?! Thirdly, even if your mother in law does find some time to complain to you, you will be too exhausted to pay any heed to it.This may just be the biggest motivation for women to work.



So that’s a wrap guys! This was honestly so much fun.I felt like I was talking to a friend, writing is definitely a very therapeutic activity.I’m sorry if my writing isn’t up to the mark but I’ve been out of practice and really I’m not that great anyway but i know that i love to write and so i shall write.

Also , I wanted to end by saying that I by no means am trying to imply that all women should work no matter what or that it’s for everyone. There are many women who choose to take on the job of a house maker and I think that it’s beautiful that they put everyone else before themselves and by no means are working women better in any way than housewives. More power to women! No matter what role you choose to take on, know that you are loved and appreciated.

Love Always,


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