Must-Have Makeup & Skincare Products for UK Festivals

Must-Have Makeup & Skincare Products for UK Festivals

Either you’re obsessed with beauty and makeup products or you’re in favour of on-the-go, party makeup or alluring looks, Cosmetify is there to solve all your concerns. With more than 160,000 makeup products from different brands, all available at your fingertips, the website has a wide range of products including products for makeup and hair, skincare, electrical items and toiletries, making it a dream makeup website for all the beauty lovers! 

As the festival season is just around the corner, you’d want to look for something that’s a hub of all your beauty picks to ensure you’re covered for creating all the incredible beauty looks you’ve always desired!

I used to use minimal makeup previously, but for a few months I’ve been researching about different makeup and beauty products to look for the best products for my skin type. Depending on the occasion, I love to create makeup looks but there are definitely some of my favourite makeup essentials that are ‘must-haves’ for me! 

To name a few of these, I’d say applying a hydrating moisturizer on the face is always the first step for me. However, washing the face with Dove cream bar or Nivea gentle cleansing cream wash automatically moisturizes the face, and one does not feel the need to apply a face cream after that. However, if the weather is causing dryness in a few problem areas on the face, I apply any body milk or a light lotion available in my beauty box such as the Johnson's baby lotion.

Must-Have Makeup & Skincare Products for UK Festivals

Since I’ve got combination skin and my T-zone is oily, I opt for oil free makeup and beauty products such as the primer and a foundation. The primer I'm currently using is Miracle Prep by Max Factor which is both hydrating and illuminating, so it works well in keeping the skin hydrated. After the primer, I apply the foundation and my most preferred brand is Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening foundation. This product gives full coverage, and I do not need any concealer or any other product to hide acne marks or blemishes, if any. My shade is B10 Porcelain, and it comes in a 30 ml bottle. I've also been recommended to use Fit Me! by Maybelline New York and the one I'm using is matte and poreless for normal to oily skin in shade 128, but although the product is very light on the pocket, I feel it doesn't give a very good coverage. However, it can work well with a concealer. 

Also, I make sure not to buy a foundation that oxidises, as that can make the shade of the foundation darker. Moreover, as I've mentioned I’ve got two different foundation brands, but for a festive makeup look, I always choose the high-end product as it lasts longer and works perfectly without me having to use a concealer. Similarly, I also love a highlighter and it’s quite difficult for me to operate without Garnier Micellar cleansing water for removing makeup, as well as the cotton makeup pads that work perfectly in removing everything by the end of the day, after a festive event.

Must-Have Makeup & Skincare Products for UK Festivals

Another essential for my go to festival makeup look include a pigmented eye makeup palate, as it helps in beautifying the eyes. I'm currently using the N7 glamorous nudes eye palette that contains 8 nude eye shadow shades to highlight, enhance and define the eyes. Lastly, adding a highlighter in the end definitely adds some shine and sheen and my Lancome volumizing mascara and a hydrating lipstick  completes the whole makeup look.

These are some of my festival fix makeup and skincare products for popular festivals in the UK including Glastonbury or any other music festivals in the country.


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Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

The UK based JD Williams is an online store from where  you can order things like clothing for men, women or children, toys, electrical items, footwear, home, garden and gift items to name a few. You name it, they have it all to meet your lifestyle needs.

Particularly talking about my footwear shopping experience from JD Williams, the process of choosing the right stuff was like a footwear although I did get overwhelmed by the variety the website has to offer. From summer sandals to formal shoes and footwear to go with your favourite party outfits, and also available in various sizes, it was an important decision making process of which ones to choose.

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Since summer is fast approaching and I drop BabyN’ to his nursery on foot, I always need a comfortable pair of footwear. I do love my current sneakers that I’ve just bought recently, but the body heats up if everything is covered and I wanted to have something smart and airy. I came across many brands on their website and settled for a memory foam Skechers sandal.

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Talking about ordering footwear online, one can be unsure about the size and fitting so I went to my local stores to check my Skechers size before finalising it. However, you don’t necessarily have to do that as they do have a size guide on the website and the company also offers free returns. Please just make sure to check the policy before placing the order.

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

The second pair as you can see in the pictures, is a summary design with pastel colours and a flowery design. This would love perfect with a pair or blue jeans and a white top or even with a plain formal dress.

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Everyone must own at least one pair of black formal or semi formal heels as they’re not just suitable to wear at work, but they can also be worn at parties or even on night out with friends. This black pair of heels, would go well with a black or silver dress or with black trousers and a pastel coloured jumper. 

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

Footwear Shopping from JD Williams

All of these arrived in the specific brand’s own boxes and had been carefully wrapped to ensures they reach their destination in the perfect shape. I did browse for other items on JD Williams website and came across a clearance tab where I also found some of the products at reduced prices.


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Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Masala Raan or Lamb Roast never fails to impress guests especially on special occasions or during the festive season, both in the Western and Eastern cultures. Having quite a lot of cultural influence, it can definitely be said that it's quite a popular dish that is prepared by people from different cultures using different recipes. As the South Asians love their spices, 'Masala Raan' as the name also suggests is cooked with lots of different spices and condiments making it an extremely flavourful dish and is something your guests are ought to remember. 

In my family, this dish is a favourite and is a must on the Muslim occasion of Eid. As we are in the last 10 days of Ramadan, and nearing Eid, I feel delighted to share my family recipe with you, so you can try this and enjoy with your loved ones. 

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Lamb is one of the most exciting ingredients that can be used to create so many different recipes. Due to the change in lifestyle, it has been observed that individuals under 35 residing in the North Western European countries such as England hardly seem to purchase or cook lamb nowadays. 

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The protein packed premium lamb produced by European farmers ensuring the use of sustainable practices, is a praiseworthy contribution to the local economies. 

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

Lamb is a versitile ingredient that can be used in various dishes and is popular in lots of different cuisines. It isn't always essential to use the expensive cuts, but even the economical cuts of lamb can produce incredible lamb dishes that can be used to prepare everyday quick and easy meals. 

Health Benefits of Lamb

High quality lamb is not just packed with proteins, but also contains essential nutrients, more importantly the 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on the campaign and for interesting new recipes, check out lamb try it, love it

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR MASALA RAAN:
For marinade:
2 kg Leg of lamb (washed and cleaned)
4 tbsp raw papaya paste
2 medium onions (slice roughly & fry until golden brown, then blend to make a paste)
2 large onions (slice roughly & blend to make a paste)
1 tsp salt or as required 
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp cumin powder (roasted in a pan)
4 tbsp gram flour (roasted in a pan)
1 tsp ginger & garlic paste
4 tbsp yogurt 
2 tbsp oil 

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

For garnish:
Few fresh mint leaves
1-2 green chilli (diced or whole)
Onion rings
Lemon slices 

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place the leg of lamb on a roasting dish, and rub raw papaya paste on the meat.Slice 2 medium onions roughly, fry until golden brown, then blend to make a paste.
Also slice 2 large onions roughly, then blend to make a paste.
Add the onion paste to the meat.
Now add salt, chilli powder and garam masala powder.
In a hot pan, roast cumin powder for 30 seconds and add to the lamb.
Stir fry gram flour in a pan on low heat for 2 minutes, until the gram flour slightly changes colour and turns brown, before adding it to the lamb. 
Also add ginger and garlic paste, yogurt, oil and mix together.
Cover the dish with a cling film and refrigerate it for at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.
If you want to roast the leg of lamb in the oven, preheat the oven for 15 minutes on 220 degrees. 
Place the dish in the oven, reduce the heat to 180 degrees and slow cook it for 3 hours.
The leg of lamb can also be cooked in a pot on the cooker.
For that, place the marinated lamb in a pot on a low heat, and cook for 1.5 - 2 hours until the meat is tender. 
It's up to you to keep as much masala gravy as required. 
Once cooked, garnish Masala Raan with some mint leaves, green chilli, onion rings and lemon slices.

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Masala Raan | Lamb Roast Recipe

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 2-3 hours
Serves: 6 adults

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Wedding outfits in different cultures

Wedding outfits in different cultures

The first thing to do when you receive a wedding invitation is to get excited! The second thing is, of course, the plan your outfit. This can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture to your own. Never fear — we’ve teamed up with Oxford shirt retailer Charles Tyrwhitt to ensure your outfit is comfortable, smart, and appropriate.

Know what the bride may wear 

British culture sees brides wearing white, donning a veil and with a long train. But how do our own bridal traditions compare to India, Japan, and China? 

Brides from India 

Dresses for Indian brides vary depending on the region they are from. In some regions, the bride wears a saree which is a garment that looks like a long drape, in others she wears a lehenga which is a long skirt. Often the bride is dressed in red or another vibrant colour, her garments will be carefully embroidered with an impressive design. The bride and her bridal party often have henna on their palms, hands, forearms and legs. 

Indian bride

Brides from Japan 

Wedding days in Japan are an intricate affair and can see spending of £75,000 or more for families. It is often the parents of the couple who organise the wedding, and they are willing to spend excessive amounts to save face. Because of the large scale of the weddings, the bride can have as many as five costume changes! At a traditional (Shinto) wedding, the bride wears a white kimono, but more recently Japanese brides wear a dress that has a traditional print. 

Brides from China 

Chinese brides are often dressed in a stunning red shade, as the colour is deemed a symbol of good luck and protection from evil spirits. In some regions, typically in northern China, the traditional attire for a bride is a one-piece dress that is embroidered with gold and silver designs. In southern China, the typical wear is a two-piece frock. For photography and for show, brides may also wear a bridal crown, similar to how UK brides wear a veil. For footwear, a special pair of shoes are often worn that are embroidered with a symbol — for example, a turtle or a deer which symbolises happiness and longevity. 

Chinese bride

Know what the groom may wear

There are traditional dress codes for grooms all over the world too. However, many of them are opting for a smart suit similar to how a groom in the UK would dress.

Grooms from India 

Like the brides, a groom’s attire is based on the region he is from. Some husbands-to-be wear traditional dress, such as a dhoti which is a rectangular cloth ties around the waist. In other regions, they wear a sherwani (a long coat), a kurta (loose falling shirt that hangs below the knee), or a Western suit. The men also have henna on their bodies, but it is less elaborate and often hidden.

Grooms from Japan 

A Japanese groom will usually wear a wedding kimono during the ceremony, then switch to a tuxedo later. The formal kimono that he wears is called a montsuki, and often displays the family crest. More recently, younger grooms start the ceremony in a tuxedo too.

Wedding outfits in different cultures

Grooms from China 

Grooms at a Chinese wedding often wear black silk coats over intricately embroidered robes. Often, in the modern day, the overcoat is not worn. The groom has to wear certain headwear too – this is usually a black hat with a red tassel. Some younger generations are not following the traditional dress code and simply wear a tuxedo or a Western-style business suit.

Wedding decor

Guests’ Outfits 

Let’s take a look now at what you should wear as a guest to any of these weddings.

Indian Weddings 

The bolder, the better! Wearing vibrant colours will mean you fit in with the Indian guests. Guests should avoid white or black as these are colours worn for funerals and mourning in India. It is also advised that red is not worn either as the bride will probably be dressed in this colour.

Female guests should be aware that baring shoulders or wearing low-cut tops and short skirts will be deemed inappropriate and disrespectful. A jewel-tone dress with a shawl is one appropriate outfit. The Indian female guests will most likely be dressed in colourful sarees or anarkali suits. Jewellery is important for women too, choose a statement piece for around your neck with matching earrings and bangles. 

Now, let’s take a look at menswear options. Men often wear a tailored kurta with a pyjama and a dupatta (shawl) can be added over the kurta. For their feet, sandals, jootis or chappals are often worn as these are comfortable and prevent overheating. If the wedding is in a temple, you may be required to cover your head. For this, women can wear a long scarf or pashmina over their heads and men are usually provided with a head cover such as a large handkerchief. Keep in mind that an Indian wedding is often a long drawn out event (it could be three days long!) so make sure you are wearing something loose and comfortable. 

Japanese Weddings 

Men have traditionally been expected to wear a very formal black suit and white tie. Now however, the dress code is more flexible, and it is accepted for men to come dressed in suits other than black with various coloured ties. However, it is advised to avoid white clothes with black ties. Women often wear dresses that are knee length or a coloured kimono to take on a traditional look. It is best to avoid showing any shoulder as this can be deemed a disrespectful. 

Chinese Weddings

For a Chinese wedding, avoid wearing red; this is deemed disrespectful to the bride, as wearing white is at a British wedding. It’s best to wear pink, peach or purple as these are all symbols of new life and happiness. A formal dress is suitable for a Chinese wedding. Colours to avoid include black and white, as these symbolise mourning and black is considered to be the colour of bad luck. 

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Holiday reading is a thing… but why are books a must for our suitcases?

Why keep books for reading during holiday!

Is your summer holiday booked and got you feeling excited for some reading in the sun? Whether you’re taking off for a week-long holiday or a long weekend away in the sun, books will usually take up a healthy portion of our suitcases. Without fail, we’ll pack swimming essentials, sun cream and maybe even an inflatable beach ball, but some of us will probably plan our list of holiday novels well in advance. At the risk of sounding bizarre, the reality is that many of us turn into bookworms whilst lounging in the hot weather? We’ve got a light-hearted guide for you, looking at why this might be…

Turning pages on holiday can be deeply relaxing

There are some usual suspects when it comes to holiday reads, with bookstores dedicating entire displays to showcase some of the best sunny reads. Perhaps you’ll want to liven up the tranquillity of your lounger overlooking the pool with a thrilling crime fiction novel, or maybe you want to boost your relaxation by getting clued up on all things relating to mindfulness. Our imagination can run wild when our minds are invested in a good book, and it can feel like an escape of sorts. Many 9-5 jobs now involve hefty shifts spent set upon the glare of a computer screen, thinking only about what dinner that evening will be. In fact, a holiday spent reading can refocus our minds, so we return to work refreshed. Further to this, there are ongoing studies into whether brain-stimulating activities like reading or puzzle solving could help prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s. While we savour our annual dose of warmer climes, we are also guilty of returning to our hotel rooms to enjoy our poolside reads in peace and quiet, escaping the intense heat. 

Holiday reading can help us spend less time on our phones

However, in recent years, reading on holiday has become more like a competition. Holidaymakers are eager to share pictures of their pile of beach reads, almost as if they are trying to out-do each other. While we all intend to limit time spent on social media, enjoying a phone-detox in the sun isn’t as simple as it used to be. People are picking the phone up purely to let others back at home know what pages they are turning, and in some cases a book placed carefully on the end of a sun lounger is purely for decoration! There was even a sentiment felt by holidaymakers that clutching the cover of a certain title was impressive, and popularity compilations never neglect to include a Sophie Kinsella novel, or a classic such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. 

Reading and following a story is a habitual act

Most of us are taught to read from a relatively young age, so we are no strangers to getting glued to the pages as a story unfolds. Up to 75% of parents wish that their children would read more for fun, and so books are an encouraged item when it comes to packing for adults as well as children. Our lives are busier than ever, so making time for reading may seem difficult; yet despite this, surveys found that 51% of UK adults read at least one book in 2018, and on average shoppers bought 9 physical books in this time. Therefore, reading is still high on many people’s agendas, despite the modern culture of work-life domination. 

A kindle can allow us to bring an even bigger selection of books on holiday

While nothing really compares to the feeling of crisp, printed pages, many people have cottoned on to the popularity of reading technologies. The emergence of e-books and hand-held electronic devices has revolutionised our traditional perception of reading, as a less bulky, convenient way to read. With the ability to download and store books, the kindle became a library, and often the titles are cheaper to purchase in their digital format. They are a genuine holiday essential with a whole host of travel savvy options available, but the print industry has not wavered in spite of this. 

Whether we choose to pack a couple of our favourite paperbacks, or we slip a sleek electronic book into our hand luggage along with our favourite teabags, we do love a good read beneath a warmer sun. 

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Quran Challenge Game by Hidden Pearls (Eid Gift Idea for Kids)

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

I’m really glad to come across material developed by Muslim companies for children that helps parents in inculcating Islamic values in them. Living in a non-Muslim country without help and support from family or friends can get inundated at times, as parents especially mums have to look after lots of different things.

BabyN’ already has a stash of Islamic books for kids, that really helps me in explaining him more about our religion and it’s doctrines. Every Muslim knows about the Holy book of Allah revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and about the basics written in the book. However, there is still lots of information that we’re not aware of, or maybe it isn’t easy to remember, so interactive games and brainstorming sessions with friends and family really help in increasing our knowledge about the Quran.

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

For the purpose of making it easier for kids to remember, the Quran Challenge Game by Hidden Pearls has been developed focusing the young children, and its a very interactive game developed for 2-4 players. The game is priced at £18.99 and is suitable for children aged 9+. However, it's always a great idea to start early with the little ones, as it might be easier for them to retain information in the brains.

Brilliant for budding Muslim boys, the Quran Challenge Game Box includes a cap, a packet of delicious assorted Halal jelly sweets,  the Quran Challenge Game and a Muslim boy's guide to life's big changes. This unique game based on the Holy Quran aims to provide fun and education to the children and all the questions have been creatively developed from the Holy Quran.

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

Since the Quran Challenge Game is a board game, it comes with a board, 4 colourful tokens and 100 cards with questions and answers written on them. After placing the board, the players have to answer the questions written on the cards, and for every correct answer, they have move their token. To check if the answers to the questions are correct, the cards have been designed in such a way that they have questions on one side and answers on the back side. 

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

The Quran Challenge Game is a very interesting and interactive activity to keep the kids entertained and is perfect for the whole family to play together. It's definitely a great way of increasing the Quranic knowledge and makes a perfect present for Muslim boys. 

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

The package was beautifully wrapped and sent by Hidden Pearls and the Muslim brand also sells lots of other gift items for both genders and different ages. They've got brilliant Ramadan and Eid gifts, and besides that, they also sell Hijabs, it's accessories, underscores and trinket boxes as well as other Islamic gifts. Hidden Pearls has an amazing variety of hijabs, from wedding and party hijabs to winter, chiffon, embroidered, crinkle and even hijabs for children. Make sure to check out their website, they've got fabulous Eid gift boxes available to suit all budgets. 

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

Hidden Pearls delivers products within the UK and internationally (deliver charges apply) and they also offer free returns to customers. Either a full refund or exchange within 14 days of delivery of collection is possible. 

Quran Game Challenge Eid Gift Idea for boys

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