Friday, 23 January 2015

Reading List

Hello Blogosphere (is this still a 'thing')!

So, I've got a few posts lined up, on topics such as adult acne, ombre haircare and  a natural facemask I've been using. However, today I wanted to do a little reading list. I've recently got back into reading, I say recently; its been a few months! Its such a great way of escaping when you can't be bothered with the world. I used to always have my head in a book when I was younger, then as I grew up I left books for fashion/make up/boys (the usual nonsense!) Well, I'm back to my love and now and wanted to share.

I wanted to let you know of books that I've read and am currently reading.

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseni
Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.

A beautifully written book, I seriously couldn't put it down. The relationship between Mariam and Laila is actually lovely; they're brought together for a horrible reason but the support they give each other shows that there are blessings in even the worst of situations. I don't want to give away too much, as I'll end up telling you the twist and turns of the story. But a great story on the way women are treated in Afganistan, from history to the modern day. 

Princess - Jean Sasson
In a land where Kings still rule, I am a Princess. You must know me only as Sultana, for I cannot reveal my true name for fear that harm will come to me and my family for what I am about to tell you.
A true account of a Saudi Princess. This is a trilogy of books, starting with the Princess as a young girl through to being a mother. This was such a great insight into the world of the Saudi Royal Family, we see them or members of the family maybe in Harrods buying the Chanel handbag we've been dying for like its the same price as a high street bag; but are they really happy inside? Once you've read Princess, you'll want to buy the trilogy.

Mayada Daughter of Iraq - Jean Sasson
Mayada was born into a powerful Iraqi family. One grandfather fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia. The other is acclaimed as the first true Arab nationalist. Her uncle was Prime Minister for nearly forty years, her mother an important politician. When Saddam Hussein and his Ba'ath party seized power, and instituted his reign of terror, Mayada found herself alone in Baghdad, a divorced parent of two children, earning a meagre living printing brochures. Until one morning in August 1999 she was summarily arrested and dragged to the notorious Baladiyat Prison, falsely accused of printing anti-government propaganda. There she was thrown into a cell with 17 'shadow women'. 

Another true story written by Jean Sasson book with the same theme of women in the Middle East. If I'm honest, I still haven't finished reading this book, it got a bit too much for me when the story goes into the way the inmates are treated in the jail. However, I do want to finish this, maybe its just not for night time reading! 

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
Does this even need a blurb?! The first book; loved! The second is okay and by the third, I got bored as it began feeling too 'obvious'. Can't wait for the film though!

Pride and Predjudice - Jane Austen 
Does this need any introduction!? I wanted to read a classic, broaden my horizons a bit! I'm currently reading this, so far so good! Its a classic, but still so true for some people in this day and age!

That's it for now! What are you guys reading? Anything you recommend?

Love Shameera xxx

Monday, 19 January 2015

I'm back!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a long, long time...Years in fact!

I totally lost my blogging bug; hitting blanks every time I wanted to write something.

So, whilst I'm not into this whole 'New Year, New Me' nonsense; you shouldn't need a new year to make a change, right?! I thought I'd take the plunge (albeit a post of waffling), and start this year blogging because, I don't want to look back at the end of 2015 thinking "Nothing's really changed for the better". I want to document it so I know what did happen! 

I'll continue to document the usual beauty products/treatments, but also personal challenges and experiences to make the blog more varied than it was before.

Okay, so first post over! I'm excited to re-start and not lose traction!

Love Shameera xxx

Monday, 7 March 2011

£££$$$£££ TAG: How Much Is Your Face Worth £££$$$£££


Ok, I haven't been tagged, but I'm intrigued to know how much it is worth!

Skincare Routine

Face wash - Decleor Hydra Radiance Smoothing Cleansing Mousse - £25
Day Serum - Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Refiner £37
Day Cream - Decleor Hydra Floral £38.50
Night serum - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - £51
Night treatment - Decleor Prolagene Gel - £36 and Retin A (Prescription - £6 or so)

£193.50 for my skin care...Not too bad, I was expecting it to be a lot more!

Liquid Foundation Giorgio Armarni Luminous Silk - £30
Powder Foundation - Mac Studio Fix - £19.50
Eyeliner - Sabaya around £11

Only £60.50!!

Extra's (On days I feel like wearing more makeup!)

Highlighter - Mac MSF By CandleLight £18.50 or Sabaya Skin Glow (not online, but around £10)
Mascara - Giorgio Armarni Eyes to Kill £30
Primer - Urban Decay Primer Potion £12
Eyeshadow - MAC £11.50 each


And the grand total is £325.70...!! I don't think it's too bad! (I'm joking, its far too much!!)

I tag everyone to do this, and let me know once you have so I can feel better about my total!! Lol!

Love ShameeraXxX

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Arabian Nights

Hi Everyone!

We're getting one of our lounges done up, and I wanted to go for the Middle Easter/Moroccan look. I love how its so rich and opulent, and still comfortable. Its so beautiful. I'm bored of all these all white/ all cream...lifeless rooms, I love colour and brightness. I hate clutter though, so I like to still keep it minimal.
We chose a colour called Eastern Spice (3) by Dulux, as on the tester page it looked like a mix of that sunset orange/brown. Unfortunately, it's actually more orange! However, it's a really beautiful colour...
Now our lounge has floor to ceiling windows, so it can get very bright so the orange can look a bit much, but I'm thinking once the carpet and curtains etc are all in it'll look much better.

So, the look I wanted to go for was:
 Ok, so this is a bedroom lol...

 I just love this below room...So bright, but gorgeous! Obviously not to everyones taste though...

So far it the paints been done and looks likes:
I didnt want to show the whole room as it's a mess with the old carpet and painters bits and bobs!
That's the colour, with the door, I want to put some material draping over it.
Old carpets....and everything else!!

Once it's all fully done, I will do an updated post with the full look, just wanted to get your ideas on what you think is a Middle Eastern style room??
 Lanterns, candles, cushions and drapes are all obvious, so now to go find them. Where would you recommend?

Love ShameeraXxX

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Past posts you may be interested in (Edited with a few more!)

Hello Everyone!

As I've recently gained a few more followers...Which always makes me so happy as it means people are actually reading my blog! I thought I would just do a post of older posts I've done that might be of interest to you...

Love ShameeraXxX

Friday, 11 February 2011

Guest Blogger - A Diary of a Detox

Hi Everyone,

TGIF right?! This week has gone by so slowly! 

Today, I have a treat for you, my friend Verity did a detox last week, and I had asked her to keep a diary to post for you guys and here it is. Its really tempted me to detox, but I dont want to do it alone...! 

Verity's Detox Diary

Me and my partner, Rob, decided that we needed to do a detox - his reasons were that he is trying to lose weight and couldn't seem to shift any so wanted to get the ball rolling and my reasons were that I've felt so lethargic and under the weather over the last few months that I needed to try something to give myself more energy.

We decided to follow the detox guide give in Tony Robbins 'Life Balance' Plan. This detox plan is aimed to cleanse, detoxify and renew your digestive system through following a relatively strict detox regime which involved not eating anything other than a vegetable broth in the evening and the occasional green leaf juice and by taking several supplements which aid the digestive and immune systems. 

Day 1: 

It's really important in a detox to ensure that you drink alot of water.... so throughout day one I drank like a fish and pee'd like a race horse!! This detox required that we take our supplements first thing in the morning, midday and in the evening. It wasn't too bad taking these (enormous) pills at first but eventually I felt so hungry that taking the pills just made me feel sick. We both felt hungry by the end of the day and were actually looking forward to our 'vegetable broth' which is just water with vegetable stock in! All in all, day one wasn't too bad - we felt really hungry and were a little more tired than usual but apart from that it was a piece of cake! (mmmmmmm cake!)

Oh and all day I had a crazy craving for apples and pears... I don't like apples and pears! 

Day 2: 

I wake up at 3am with an overwhelming urge to vomit... which I did! I felt so poorly! I felt sick and could barely move without making the nausea feel worse so at about 8am I gave up trying to sleep and just sat on the sofa and watched Grey's Anatomy and felt quite sorry for myself, my poorly belly and my increasingly sore head. A few hours later Rob finally emerged from bed (so lazy!) and announced that he too had a really bad headache. We decided that we couldn't keep this up for another few days and that we'd make a small adjustment in our detox plan; we were going to have some juice! Rob went and bought us some fresh berries, apples, pears and oranges and we made a mixed berry juice for lunch... at the time I thought it was the nicest thing I'd ever had plus it took the edge off both our headaches. My nausea eventually subsided and we just spent the rest of the day watching films and being quite lazy as we were both too tired to do anything else. That evening I started to get pains up and down my legs... it felt like I'd run a marathon as all my muscles hurt. I had a terrible nights sleep as my legs hurt so much that I couldn't get comfortable and the pain kept waking me up. 

My craving on day 2 was potatoes! 

Day 3: 

I got up quite early again as my legs were still hurting... thankfully they weren't as bad as they were however my back and neck had joined in the party so I was pretty much aching all over. I did a bit of research and discovered that this is quite a common issue with detoxes as whilst toxins are stored all over your body, they particularly like to hang out in the leg region, so when you stop eating, these toxins are released into your blood stream and that's where the pain comes from. Day 3 was probably the worst day for me, it felt like I had the flu... I was aching, I had a headache and I was really snotty.... Rob on the other hand turned into the energiser bunny! He complained that he had a 'fuzzy head' (oh dear!) but apart from that he was jumping around everywhere, and frankly doing my head in! We had another mixed berry juice for lunch and our usual vegetable broth for dinner (I really hated that broth by this point). As the day progressed I did start to feel a little better but I had no where near the Olympic levels of energy that Rob had. 

My crazy craving for the day was lamb and spare ribs - I don't eat meat so this was very very strange!! 

Day 4: 

Today we eat!!! When you do a detox they advice you to ease your way back into eating so as not to shock your body. Rob still felt absolutely fine and whilst I was still a little tired I felt so much better than I had over the weekend! We continued with our supplements and detox throughout the day and that evening we had our first meal in four days - we decided on having a small amount of bruschetta.... yummy!

Throughout the detox we both lost 6lbs - Rob put a pound back on and then lost it again a few days later whilst I've put back on 1.5 pounds and haven't shifted it yet - however we didn't do it to lose weight, we did it to restart our systems and to become healthier. I think the best thing about doing this detox for us is that it's kick started us eating more healthily. We only completed the detox four days ago so I'm sure we'll eat the odd takeaway or chocolate bar in the future but it has made us re-evaluate our lifestyle, both in terms of what we're eating and portion sizes. From an energy perspective, it's definitely increased my energy levels... I'm much more active right now and I'm definitely more aware of what is going on with my body. I found it interesting that I didn't realise how bloated I was every day and by reintroducing food slowly I've been able to identify different foods that my body reacts badly to. 

If anyone else is thinking of doing a detox, I can't stress enough the importance of doing your research, preparing in advance and making sure you have support whilst you're doing it. I wouldn't have gotten through 4 days if Rob wasn't doing it as well. Be aware as well that hydration is the most important part in any detox as well as listening to your body and being conscious of where your limits are! 

Thanks Verity, that was really informative, and very funny!! 

Has anyone else tried a detox? If you have any questions, let me know and I'm sure Verity will be happy to answer them for you!

Love ShameeraXxX