Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Same Tools, New Looks Challenge

I'm so excited to share this post. I had been thinking about doing a challenge sort of post but everything I came across was either too mainstream or too hard to handle. Ugh! So I started brainstorming and made my own. Same Tools, New Looks Challenge.
Basically, I'll use same makeup tools to make two different looks. Each will be different (yay!) so here's the first look I created.
The make up I am using :

1. Staring with the eyes, I did a slight cat eye with thick black strokes. Once it's done. Move on to next step.

2. Using white eye shadow as a highlighter. 
3. Just above the eye liner, add two thick strokes of golden & brown eye shadow, for a glittery cat eye.
4. Time to use the lip crayon. I love this shade because it was quite moisturizing and mildly pigmented, a fab choice for my lunch party look.
I was going for a casual family lunch so this look was my ideal pick. For the next look, I am thinking to do something formal, I haven't decided yet. But shimmery shades are my favorite so I will surely do something that require a lot of sparkle.

If you want to create the same look, just go to Born Pretty store* & get all the stuff mentioned above. Use code "NOOR10K31" for a 10% off. (I love discounts!!!)
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Can you describe your favorite casual look?

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

My Favorite Things

It's safe to say I am back to carry on the iGraphy link up. I certainly have missed a lot of things. Including planning beautiful photo. Whew!
Today I am sharing few of my favorite things (since the original list is a tad bit long) that can be photographed. The real happiness is never reflected in material. I got the idea in past few days when it rained after ages and the smell of soil made me realize how serene it was. Or the vibes of adventure travelling gave me, when I sat for hours to move towards countryside at my grands, it was beautiful just to be alone in motion with my thoughts. Happiness isn't materialistic but material can bring a lot of happiness too, if not entirely.

1. R A I N :
I love rain. I have always wished to live in/near a rain forest. Though I am aware how abundance of anything can be overwhelming and not exciting at all. But a girl can dream. The serenity it bring, the sound, the smell and everything related to it, is beautiful. I don't even mind the after-rain puddles. They're gross, I know. I might stop liking them once I slip in one. Which I definitely don't want to help.

2 . S U N G L A S S E S
I have a pretty big collection of sunglasses. Not that I need many, it's just because I love them to a great extent. From floral prints to celeb style, I have achieved the level of sunglasses craze. I don't regret it, errrr!!!!

3. H A N G I N G  O U T 
So teenager-ish. I have been a lot more focused on my social life than ever before. Life after school is like, completely manual. You have to move out and find your way in real world. With real people and real plans.

4. B E A C H
Beach is love. LAAHHVVEE! I could spend days at beach without any trouble (oh maybe I'd like some wi-fi over there). People of Karachi are so proud of their beach, since it's the only metropolitan with fancy beaches. Why wouldn't we be proud? Wink.

5. W I L D  F L O W E R S
They happen to be everywhere at countryside. They don't really smell at all so they aren't considered fancy. But I love the sight of them. A pop of color between the wild bushes. I pluck them to make flower crown or decorations. 

6. P I Z Z A
 So many high fives! for pizza. I would be disappointed if somebody doesn't like pizza. Well, what's not to like? It's cheesy (pun intended). The one in the photo above is a homemade pizza, straight from the kitchen of Hibo (my favorite aunt). It was super delicious.

What are some of your favorite things?

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Eid 2015

Eid days just passed by and here I am, clenching my whole eidi money so tightly and daydreaming about spending them all at my favorite stores. Oh yas!
My whole Eid revolved round dawats (traditional parties, to be exact) and dressing up, of-course. The first day was too busy that I only took few selfies, spent time with family and slept the whole day away, never wanting to wake up again. It's like, eid is celebrated for three days officially.
In between going out, celebrating & everything, I absolutely loved the third day. That's where everyone got together in a little casual style and actually got to talk how Ramadan went and stuff.
My third day outfit was almost from Zaful*. I am saying almost because I got top & the bracelet from them. This floral print was absolutely perfect for the casual summer gathering.The other simple reason is that I love floral print anyways and if given the opportunity, I would probably wear them all along the year. The stone-studded bracelet was an elegant match, or should I say, match made in heaven but it would be partially humanistic.
Sort-Of-Mug-Shot-Style smile, as a necessity. 

I hope everyone had a great Ramadan & Eid. It's my most favorite time of the year. First, fasting and then moving towards the celebrations with the people I adore the most aka family (can I just insert some emotional sort of emoji that Apple hasn't even created yet? Gotta work on that tbh)

What did you wear on Eid? (if you didn't celebrate, what's your favorite sort of dressing style?)

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Poetry: July Edition

Today's Eid. Ramadan flew by in a whiz. I couldn't blog all week because: 95% of crappy internet service and 5% of my sleepiness developed during fasting. Yawn.
But I have been working on my poetry skills even more (yay!) , it was one of my new year resolutions to write a lot, as much as I can. I'll be publishing new poems every month. Let's see how far my collections can go.

"If I could tell you how our souls see,
You might like how beautiful our world could be,
There are imperfections and raw beauty,
That revolves around people like us and their glee,
Maybe we've stopped loving the things that set us free,
Or there's just an invisible boundary,
So just close your eyes and let the pain flee,
I hope it sets off your heart from the cage of worry."

"Diminish the pain of being all alone,
And say these words, as our voices combine,
"I'm still good after you're gone,
'cause the sky you look up to, is same as mine."

"You're what you choose to be, 
No matter if it's good or bad,
'cause in the end it's only you,
To lead a life happy or sad."

The poem "You" is actually an old one but I hadn't posted it on blog. To be honest, poetry is pretty self-explanatory. It only gives vibes out of your current mood. Either extremely amusing or extremely sad. Or nothing at all. It really depends.

Eid Mubarak people!  

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Book review: The Girl On The Train

It's been a while since I did a book review. Mainly because there wasn't any exciting read that intrigued me to drop everything and write a review straight away. I got to read Diary of Anne Frank & Adultery in June but after my first read of July, I knew I couldn't resist.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a psychological thriller , also regarded as the new "Gone Girl". It revolves around few characters who are connected to the protagonist in one way or another. It involves crime, mystery and relationships gone wrong. I won't include any mega spoilers since it's sort of a new book & approximately in everyone's to-read list but I am going to write down all the fab stuff about it.

Prologue of the book:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 
One word for this book : UNPREDICTABLE. From the start till the end, the protagonist Rachel & her miserable drinking habits depressed me, I wanted to get inside of the book and shout at her face " Stop it right away, you're killing your social life along with everyone else's. A drink won't make you feel better. Stay sober" but of course, she wasn't supposed to understand.
The story revolves around disappearance & murder, domestic abuse and alcoholism. Rachel Watson who's alcoholic due to her tragic life events that led to fail her marriage with Tom Watson. His ex-husband's jealous wife Anna (yeah I really felt she was an overprotective nutcase) is always worried about her new born daughter's security, as Rachel tries to get back to Tom time after time and keep breaking in their house. When their next door neighbor Megan Hipwell goes missing, Rachel finds herself indulged in the case without any direct link. With a lot going on, each chapter reveals story of heart break, abuse, distrust and relationships.

I wasn't able to put it down, though I am usually sleeping in Ramadan days. I managed to squeeze it in my long boring  schedule. I hardly put it down because the story kept going on a fast pace. It wasn't really exciting at the start but it got better. At some points, you'd want to smash it to the wall because Rachel keeps doing things she shouldn't, like, unnecessary lying and I-should-help-it even when she doesn't need to. Also, some scenes seem stretched, too long without actually relating to story. Which bore me.

If I could break down the book in few words:
// Psycho characters //
// Strong story line //
// Too much drinking //
// Bit of swearing //
// Abnormality overloaded //
// Domestic abuse //
// Too many emotions //
// Fragile relations //
// Captivating writing style //
// Unpredictable //

I absolutely loved reading it. It's that kind of book I would spend my late afternoons on. I have quite a few more books on my reading list and I am hoping they would be fun to read.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5. A Must read. (It would have been a 5 if it's wasn't long-stretched, TBH)

What are you reading these days?

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