Saturday, 29 June 2013

Get to know me TAG

Since I'm in the midst of writing up a big collective review before I head off to Lebanon, I thought I'd keep you anticipating with this fun post and maybe you can learn a thing or two about me that you never knew? Enjoy! And if you have any other tags in mind that you'd like me to do then feel free to drop me a comment below or email me using the 'contact me' form on your right.

1. Are you named after anyone? Yes, my grandmother (from my mother's side) was called Habiba, she passed away in the midst of her youth and since then many of my aunts and uncles as well as my mother have named their daughters Habiba. I am one of 6 in my mother's family, they always call me by my surname in Leb. 

2. When was the last time you cried? erm... a month or two ago maybe? can't recall

3. Do you have kids? Nope

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Yes I suppose so ;)

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? a lot lot

6. Will you ever bungee-jump?  no... I'm afraid of heights :(

7. What’s your favorite cereal? this is a hard one since all the way through my childhood I was a massive Cereal eater, I'd say frosties, Lion and branflakes maybe? it really depends on my mood.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Facial features, hands and their smell.

9. What is your eye colour? dark brown

10. Scary movie or happy endings? Scary movie 

11. Favorite smells? roast chicken! musky/fruity perfumes, some Sudanese perfumes, bakhoor.

12. Summer or winter? summer, definitely. I cannot stand the cold :( (Brazilian blood)

13. Computer or television?  Computer, I barely have time to sit down and watch TV

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? Brazil, even though that is somewhat home. 

15. Do you have any special talents?  erm... I'm an artist and poet.. is that special enough? 

16. Where were you born?  Good old Brumtown

17. What are your hobbies?  Pencil drawing faces and beauty, Makeup, trying new things, eating P:

18. Do you have any pets?  Five kitties <3

19. Favorite movie?  WHITE CHICKS .... 'making my way down town..' :'D

20. Do you have any siblings? Yup, one sister and three brothers

21. What do you want to be when you grow up? a mother, a well known author, maybe have my own makeup brand? ... who knows...

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 24 June 2013

My daily skincare routine (night)

Hey guys! I know this has been one of the most requested post, so I'm finally doing it! woo :D

Ok so the reason I've cut it up to daily night routine is because I think it's simpler to dissect it bit by bit as my routine changes depending on time of day but recently I haven't been taking my make-up off until before going to bed when I do my night skincare routine. Also my night routine is the most important and major routine throughout the day.

So here is a step by step of my routine, what method I use, what I do;

  1. Remove eye makeup. For daily use I tend to go for the Olay cream eye makeup remover, simply because its one of the little eye makeup removers that actually does not irritate my eyes (my eyes are quite sensitive). I apply a tiny blob onto a cotton pad and rub it onto my closed eyes, applying pressure on my lashes to remove mascara. (If I had a lot of eye makeup I use the Clinique eye makeup remover).
  2. First cleansing. I cleanse using the Sanctuary Spa fresh faced cleanser which is the best cleanser I've ever used that removes any kind of foundation. I dampen my face then apply a drop on my hand and rub it all over my face before washing it all off.
  3. Second cleansing. To insure that all impurities are no longer on my face I use the Neutrogena Power Cleanser and go over my face to make sure every morsel of makeup is removed, I also love it because it makes my skin feel super soft afterwards.
  4. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is very important for me and I feel that it makes a massive difference in my skin, I usually use one of the St. Ives scrubs which some might seem as harsh but reacts really well on mys skin.
  5. Tone. My all-time favourite toner is the Boot's Glycerine and Rosewater cleanser which not only removes impurities left over and tones but also moisturises which I love.
  6. Moisturise. I usually use a thick moisturiser at night such as either Steamcream, Elizabeth Arden Visable Difference moisturiser (Refining moisture cream complex) or Nivea Soft to insure my skin drinks up all the moisture it can get throughout the night.

I hope this post has helped you in any way or form and feel free to contact me via the contact form on your right if you have any questions you wish to ask :)

Habiba xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Favourite Five - Habiba's May Favourites

Hey guys! I decided to start doing a different monthly post called 'The Favourite Five' where I will have to pick a monthly favourite in five different categories. I hope you enjoy these posts and they can turn to be somewhat insightful and interesting! The five categories are; beauty product, skincare product, item of clothing, accessory/fragrance and song/book/poem. These posts will be light and not a hassle to get through. So here is the preface of The Favourite Five and although it is now June I will be introducing my May favourites instead. Enjoy!

Makeup ~

This will have to be my hardest category as I have so many beauty must-haves this month! But I think I will have to go with a lipstick as I've been buying lipsticks this month like never before. As some of you may know, I am obsessed with Illamasqua and I can solely and honestly say with no hesitation that it is my favourite makeup brand. Even though it's causing a very apparent dent in my bank account I still will always bat for the Illamasqua team. Some of you will know that I've never chosen one brand above all and always said that no certain brand has the perfect foundations/eyeshadows/blushers etc, there are faults in every brand; for example if I was to buy a good drugstore lipstick I would often look to Revlon, but their foundations are not to my taste and neither are their eyeshadows. But Illamasqua, oh Illamasqua, everything is simply PERFECTION. From the foundations to the eyeshadows to the pigments to the blushers and concealers. Utter perfection I'm telling you. Half of my makeup collection is Illamasqua. So be warned, I will brag about their products a lot. (DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Illamasqua nor have I been paid to say this). *breathe* so this month's makeup favourite is the Illamasqua lipstick in 'over', it is the perfect neon coral/pink that instantly brightens the face, perfect spring/summer bright lip. The texture and formula of this lipstick is incredible; it's completely matte and lasts for ages so you don't need to reapply every now and then. It looks lovely with both a clean or smokey/defined eye. The only negative I can say about the formula is that after wearing it for a couple of hours the pigmentation tends to gather around the inside of your lip but with all honesty that occurs with many other (if not all) lipsticks so it is not a big issue. The price of this lipstick is £16.50 which is an average price for high end lippies.

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Skincare ~

My skin is bipolar and currently it's deciding to be more dry than oily so I've been insuring that it gets all the moisture it can get. The look of flaky skin accentuated by foundation is not pretty. Oilatum is one of the best moisturizers I've found that fixes any dry and inflamed skin without the irritation you get from mainstream branded moisturizers (*cough* L'Oreal *cough* full of perfume *cough*) and without the greasy residue. I've been completely loving this and it's definitely a staple in my skin care routine (will be doing a post on my routine very soon!) to read a review I did on Oilatum click here. I've been using it right before I apply my primer as well so that the moisture is locked into my skin even when I have foundation on. 

Clothing ~

One clothing item I have been wearing time and time again is the stunning speckled/gem/sequin nude hijab from HK Scarves, it is the PERFECT shade of nude that matches my skintone and I just love how the little specks reflect light and just create a luminosity to the face. Check out HK Scarves on facebook. (I will be reviewing them soon too!)

Accessory/Fragrance ~

Ok, hands down, this is a no-brainer. My D&G L'imperatrice perfume is my SIGNATURE/PERFECT summer scent, it's so light and fruity and just makes me visualize the sun and happiness and a glowing tan. I'm completely in love. Previously I was really into the Lancome La Vie Est Belle and I was in love with the heavy fruity/muskiness of it, but smelling it now it just smells too heavy and slightly overbearing for the summer heat, whereas L'imperatrice has the perfectly light amount of fruit and musky undertone. RRP is £39 for 100ml which is pretty decent for the size.

Song/Book/Poem ~

Ok, call me mainstream but I've been listening to Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors' all day/err'day. The entire 8 minutes of it is simply perfection; the lyrics, the beat, the mood, everything. Love it. 

Thank you for reading!

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Habiba xxx

Hijabi Treasure REVIEW

Salaam, greetings lovely readers, here is a light review on a lovely and generous hijab company called Hijabi Treasure that sent me a few stunning hijabs. Enjoy!

I was sent four pretty hijabs along with sweets (woo!) which I believe is an addition to all of their orders so there's a bonus for all of you sweet lovers! Here are photos and information on each hijab. 

Very thoughtful & cute packaging

Sweets! :P

The four hijabs; White Lace Boarder hijab, Peachy Pink Leopard, Maroon Mustache and Black tassle

Detail of Peachy Pink Leopard hijab

Detail of White Lace Boarder
I really like these hijabs, they're perfect material and colours/designs for the summer and can even be worn in other seasons. I love the mustache scarf and the white lace boarder scarf and really love the light maxi material. The company itself are very generous too and easy to work with which I was very pleased by and I never felt uncomfortable, thank you Zubaira!

To see photos of the hijabs worn by me follow me on instagram @lifelongpercussion

To contact/buy from Hijabi Treasure visit them on;

Facebook: Hijabi Treasure
Instagram: @hijabitreasure
Or you can email them at:


I hope this post was beneficial and thank you for reading :)

Any questions or enquiries email or comment below.

Habiba xxx