The Best Gift To Give This Eid

Please note this is not a sponsored post.

While Eidi envelopes will never go out of fashion, gift baskets have become a trend over the years as well. Gift baskets are a blessing for a person like me who can take hours and hours to think of a gift and still not be happy with it.

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The best thing about gift baskets is that you can tailor your basket to the theme, person or type of event.

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This Eid you can give a customised Eid basket to your loved ones and there are so many reasons for it:

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  1. They are quick, easy and low cost.
  2. They can contain the kind of quality of products that fits your budget.
  3. They are fun to open.
  4. Can be personalised for the recipient so you always know that your gift will not go in waste.
  5. Usually include products that can be consumed easily and can have both edible and non edible items.

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The pictures have been graciously provided to us by Zara Hayat. She specialises in customised gift baskets for all occasions. I have personally used her services. She listens to the client, is quick with her response and her finished product is of high quality. She can be contacted via her Facebook page.

 

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Getting up close and personal with Zainab Taha

Zainab Taha is a beautiful self taught make up artist who has been lighting up a lot of our posts with her beautiful pictures. We  thought it is high time we introduced her to our readers formally.

1. So Zainab tell us a little about yoursely. How did you get interested in make up? How did you learn? What made you take this as a profession?

Well by profession I am a lawyer but I am more into Arts that’s why I have a degree in Jewelry designing and Fine arts. I am a self taught Makeup artist. I love beautifying people or things. This is the main reason I have taken this as a Profession.

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2. Tell me a little about a time when you had a very stressful day at work and how did you handle it?

Recently i was on work in Gujrat and Lahore it was freezing cold out there. I had 12 Makeups which was pretty tough for me to do it in 2C. Even my products were freezing but somehow I managed and I did my level best & I got my confidence that I can work in any circumstances. It was quite a big challenge.

3. Imagine a customer asked you for a makeup style unsuitable for them. How do you handle them.

First of all I’ll try to convince them if they don’t understand I make sure to do the look according to their will.

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4. Tell me about two seasonal make up trends that you find interesting

Two seasonal makeup trends which is my favorite is glittery eyes and Ombre Lips.

Zainab is a home based make up artist  in Karachi. She can be contacted via her Facebook group.

 

Best Beauty Trends in 2017

As 2017 has just ended, beauty geeks around the world are reflecting on all the trends that rocked our world this year. 2017 wasn’t the trendiest year when it comes to makeup and fashion that’s for sure. But there were a couple of them that deserve some recognition.

For desi people like you and I, we couldn’t really get into all of the fashion trends like buzz cuts and bleach blonds. But there were others that were seriously popular here probably more than anywhere else.

1. Adidas Superstar Sneakers
The plain white pair of sneakers were literally everywhere this year! At first I was surprised how everyone could afford high-end brand sneakers so easily. Well, not all the superstar sneakers you see people wearing around you are original Adidas. Tons of online shops and Facebook pages started offering these white sneakers at less than half the price!

2. Face Masks
I can’t be the only one who saw a friend on Snapchat wearing a charcoal mask at least once a week. These face masks were super popular this year especially the charcoal one. With all the hype around it, I don’t see the trend ending next year either!

3. Glitter Lipstick
Honestly, the glitter lipstick trend wasn’t that crazily followed by Pakistanis. It did, however, set new lip makeup standards across the globe. But with the glitter health controversy that sparked this year, this trend might see its demise as fast as choker necklaces did.

4. Poppin’ Highlighter
Highlighters were always a part of a complete makeup routine for many people but the obsession over aggressive highlighters has only just begun. With the Fenty Beauty line and Huda Beauty highlighters getting better and better, the shine on our cheekbones might get blinder and blinder.

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5. K-Beauty
Korean Beauty, just like Korean Pop, was undeniably a showstopper this year. K-beauty completely revolutionized skincare and it keeps growing. I’m not complaining though – these products actually work like a miracle!

 

* The beautiful picture used in this post has been provided by the lovely Zainab Taha. She is a self taught, home based Makeup artist in Karachi. You can contact her via her Facebook group.

Win a box of yummilicious cupcakes

And that too delivered right at your doorstep!

We are very excited to announce our first competition 🎉🎉 that will let you win a box of 6 chocolate cupcakes!!

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So here’s your chance to win a box of 6 chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting from a home based bakery, Mummy’s Delight, owned by the very talented Lubna Imran.

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Lubna has a diploma in Food and Beverage Management and has worked at the very prestigious Marriot. She has been running her business since 2014.

To enter, you must
1. Be a resident of Karachi
2. Like and share Mummy’s Delight
3. Share this post with your friends
4. Comment ‘done’ on this post

Terms and conditions
1. Competition closes on January 6th, 2018
2. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on January 8th, 2018
3. The winner’s cupcake box will be delivered on January 13th, 2018
4. The winner will need to pay for delivery charges
5. The prize is non transferable and has no cash alternative
6. Only one entry is permitted per person

How to: Choosing the Perfect Photographer for your Wedding

A wedding day is the most memorable but challenging day in one’s life where couples want everything to be perfect. You will surely want to capture the soothing bond of togetherness on your wedding day to make your memories last till eternity. Therefore, finding the right photographer for your wedding is of crucial importance who must be capable of giving striking aesthetics to your wedding album.

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Here we have compiled some key areas of consideration while choosing a photographer for your wedding.

1. A GLANCE AT PORTFOLIO OF DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHERS:
As you search for the finest photographers in the marketplace, do cast an eye on their portfolios as it will greatly help you to determine what type of photography you are really looking for your big day.

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Look for the following key features while demonstrating a portfolio:

STYLE: Determine the various styles of photographers they typically work in. The styles range from fine art photography to illustrative or photojournalistic photography. I personally recommend going for a professional Fine Art photography as it best suits our traditional weddings.

QUALITY OF THE PRINTS: Next, demonstrate the quality of the prints with an open eye as most probably they are going to use the same print quality for you.

LIGHTING & COMPOSITON: Pay special attention to the quality of lighting & composition in the pictures. It can either be dark, moody, bright or an infusion of natural light. Also, make sure 1the subjects are captured with their genuine emotions & not like those caught in headlights.

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2. MEETING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN PERSON
After shortlisting your photographers’ list, now it’s the time to interview them in person & get to know about their personalities. For instance, if your chosen photographer turns out to be a short-tempered or rude, he/she can ruin your mood to a great extent for your special day. I strongly recommend you to listen to your gut feelings while judging a photographer, if he/she seems polite, cooperative & listen to you more than he speaks then surely it would be the best compatibility for both.

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3. LOOK FOR PROFESSIONALISM & PRICING:
Lastly, look for more professionalism at an affordable price. An ideal photographer will shadow your every move & will capture the relaxed smile of your guests. Don’t forget to ask them about their standard rates & the discounts they offer.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOU DECISON!

* Because we love detailing just as much as the lovely photographer whose work is featured here. Sahrish Zakia has been very kind and has allowed is to use her pictures. If you like her work just as much as we do, please contact her via her Facebook page.

You may also like to read our post Why you need a female professional photographer for your wedding?

 

 

 

 

Birthdays made easier :)

Please note this is NOT a paid/sponsored post.

So what do you do when you have two young kids, no culinary skills, no helper, laundry still screaming for attention and your little one has her birthday coming up! You start panicking?

Well, especially yes if you are living in singapore and are on a budget.

This year I decided to celebrate Duaa’s birthday on a budget beside the pool with a few friends of both kids and perhaps 2-3 of my close friends. I wanted something very casual but the cake has to be the most important thing in a birthday party no matter how extravagant or casual the party is. The lady who I have been turning to for the past two years for all our ‘cake’ needs was travelling and that’s when I found out that a friend, Ruqaiya has recently launched her business too. The best thing about her is that she can do all sorts of desserts and you are not limited to cakes only. The next problem was I had only seen pics of her cakes, who did look pretty but I had no idea how they tasted. So, I just trusted her blindly. Or let’s say not exactly blindly because I had already tasted some stuff she had made and it was absolutely amazing to say the least.

Finally I ordered cake pops, cake and cookies from her on snow white theme.

I gave her a few pictures and a few instructions so that she would be free to use her own creativity too. The cake, cake pops and cookies all looked better than the pictures I had given her and the taste was absolutely mouth watering. To top it off her rates are just as good. She didn’t over charge and packed everything with finesse.

It’s hard to believe that she has recently started her business and is just so exceptionally talented . She has been doing various baking and decorating courses to enhance her skills.

This is what she has to say herself, “I am a mother of two daughters (4 and 2) who are crazy about sweets. I am from Pakistan and moved to Singapore couple of years back. I loved baking since I was a student. I actually made my first cake in a pressure cooker:p Looking the shine in my daughters eye as they see the cake gives me push to be more creative and try something different! Over the period, I have experimented with variety of different cakes. I love making decorating cakes with gumpaste, fondant and buttercream. I like the freedom to play with my innovative skills to put the customer’s idea into reality. I am happy to have received very encouraging feedback from my clients so far! My favourite cake so far is the Frozen Castle, which I made for my daughter’s birthday.”

Please visit her Facebook page for more pictures and support her little business to help her nurture her talent.

Sweet indulgence https://www.facebook.com/groups/1692313401087469/