Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boost My Iman

Entry #1 10/24/2014

قٌالَتِ الأَعْرٌابُ آمَنٌّا قُلْ لَّمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلٌكِنْ قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنٌا وَلَمٌّا يَدْخُلِ الإِيـمٌانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَإِنْ تُطِيعُوا اللٌّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لاٌ يَلِتْكُم مِّنْ أَعْمٌالِكُمْ شَيْئاً إِنَّ اللٌّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“The Desert `Arabs (come to you O’ Muhammad) and say ‘We have true belief!’ Say to them (O’ Muhammad, blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny) that, ’You are not true believers, rather you have only submitted (to Allah), since true faith has not yet entered into your hearts. However if you were to obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad, blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny) then nothing would be reduced from your good deeds. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, All-Merciful.’ ”
"Having iman means committing to a program of action. A Muslim who has iman does not merely believe in Allah, he or she commits to follow the commands of Allah in every aspect of life. Iman is key to success in the religious realm, but also in other areas."- Asad Jaleel (What is Iman?)

 As most of you know, I have been struggling with my iman recently. To give you all a little background and catch up, let's start from the beginning. 

When I converted, I didn't understand the importance of prayer. I had come to believe in something I never had before, so I was taking it one step at a time. The concept of God (Allah swt) still amazed me. As the months went on, I knew I had to learn how to pray. I didn't want to merely say I was a Muslim. I truly wanted to be one. 

In Islam we are taught our five pillars of faith....
1. Shahada (deceleration of faith)
2. Prayer (a solemn request for help or expression of thanks and worship to God, Allah swt)
3. Fasting (abstaining from food and/ or sexual relations, cursing ect.)
4. Zakat (obligatory charity)
5. Hajj (holy pilgrimage to Mecca)

My shahada was done, now I needed to fulfill pillar number two. 

Right before my first Ramadan (An Islamic holiday lasting roughly 30 days, in which Muslim's fast from sun up to sun down. Ramadan is followed by one of two Eid celebrations which happen a year.)
I wanted to learn to pray. I knew that this was a holy month that I may benefit from greatly since fasting and prayer go hand in hand. After learning to pray How I Taught Myself To Pray (YouTube Video) I found myself praying all but Duhr prayer (afternoon prayer, 4 Rakat) I worked during this prayer, and did not feel comfortable praying at my place of work either. I felt so great. I continued studying about my new found faith, and couldn't get enough knowledge. 

A few months later I noticed some of my prayers slowly slipping away from me. My husband kindly asked me about it, I didn't know how to respond. I felt a bit ashamed, and had no good excuse. I thank him for that because it was the boost I needed to start praying again. I soon changed stores that I was working in, and discussed with my boss about closing the store so I could pray while at work. He said that prayer comes first. AlhumdulAllah for a Muslim boss. 

Once I got pregnant the prayer struggle began again. I found myself so consumed with my pregnancy, prayer got pushed to the side. I continued to pray, but it wasn't the same. I've been struggling the most since than. In one of my recent "Mommy Monday's" I expressed my sadness for my lack of iman. Iman can be simply translated as "belief", but as stated by Asad Jaleel in the article above, iman is not simply "belief", it is so much more than that. It is not that my belief in Allah swt altered or weakened, it is that my obedience and submission to him weakened in my struggle to pray. Prayer is a very important aspect of Islam. Prayer is a part of my faith that I love and respect. No matter how good of a person I feel I may be, no matter how many aspects of Islam I do feel I follow, prayer is the connection to Allah swt, or creator, the almighty. After spending my entire life without Allah swt, losing my connection with him hurts my heart. 

So I decided to make this mission for myself, to improve my iman. Much too often we as Muslim's struggle in our deen on a daily bases. Without expressing too much sin, which may be sinful in itself. I wanted to share my journey with you in hopes that other woman may find inspiration to improve their own iman. I started out with compiling a list of goals. 

1. Establish regular prayer
2. Memorize the exact English translation to prayer to feel more connected
3. Learn Sunnah prayer 
4. Read Quran more regularly
5. Study more hadiths
6. Watch weekly religious lectures
7. Read Yasmin Mogahed's "Reclaim Your Heart" (had the book for over a year and only read one chapter...)

The goal list may continue to grow... 

I also recently watched a video from The Organic Muslimah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCFtAJXaiCw
She discuses the difficulties of being a mother and balancing our religious duties in everyday life. She mention all of the below information on her channel to help improve our iman.
1. Read Surah al mulk before going to bed :)
It is related in the Sunans of Imam al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud on the authority of Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him)I heard the Messenger of Allah (upon him be peace) saying, "There is a Surah in the Qur'an which contains thirty Ayat which will keep interceding for a man until his sins are forgiven. This Surah is `Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion.' (Surat Al-Mulk 67).''In a lengthy hadith transmitted by Imam Tirmidhi on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) it states that the Messenger (upon him be peace) said,"It rescues people from the punishment of the grave." (See Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

2. Call your mother and father everyother day.
3. Teach yourself a new surah every month until Ramadan (5 Surahs)
4. Teach yourself two new du'as every month.Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said,"Are you still in the same position as I left you." I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: 
Subhan-Allah wa bihamdihi, 'adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah 'arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi 
{Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)." [Muslim]
5. Pray all your prayers within a minute of their start time
6. Pray one sunnah prayer like Fajar this month, and then next month add another. 
7. Go to your favorite store and pickout clothes you would by for youself and see what the total would be and instead by childrens clothes and donate them to a local sheleter.
8. Pray fajr on time and then read Quran till Shuraq and then pray to rakah ( Hajj) 
"Whoever prays fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays 2 rakats of salat has a complete reward of (Nafil) Hajj and Umrah. (The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) repeated the word 'complete' 3 times for emphasis) [Tirmidhi]
9. When you are praying make sure you understand every word you are saying the the salat within one month. 
10.Fast on Mondays and Thursdays or every 13,14,15. 

1 -- It was narrated from Abu Qataadah al-Ansaari that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said: "On that day I was born, and on it the Revelation came to me." Narrated by Muslim, 1162. 
2 -- It was narrated that 'Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 745; al-Nasaa'i, 2361; Ibn Maajah, 1739; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1044. 
3 -- It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Deeds are shown (to Allaah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting." Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041.

1 -- It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: "My close friend [the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)] advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duha, and sleeping after Witr. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1124; Muslim, 721.
2 -- It was narrated from Mu'aadhah al-'Adawiyyah that she asked 'Aa'ishah, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), "Did the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fast three days of every month?" She said, "Yes." She said to her: "Which days of the month did he fast?" She said, "He did not mind which days of the month he would fast." Narrated by Muslim, 1160. 
3 -- It was narrated from Jareer ibn 'Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth." Narrated by al-Nasaa'i, 2420; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1040. 
4 -- It was narrated that Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: "If you fast any part of the month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth." Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 761; al-Nasaa'i, 2424; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1038.

So here we go... (update) I did start improving my prayer already alhumdulAllah



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Floral Maxi Dress

What a beautiful day in sunny Florida. With the fall here, the weather is starting to cool down. This is a perfect maxi dress for the season. Just in love with the floral lace.


Photo coloring may vary due to "fun with Photoshop" hehe



Makeup Details:

Foundation | Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Warm Ivory
Eye's | Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
L'Oreal Black Gel Pencil Eyeliner
L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Wiz
Cheek's | Milani Luminoso
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Incandescent Light)
Lip's | MAC Whirl Lip liner
Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick


Outfit Details:

Floral Maxi Dress | Modest Fashion
Belt | Modest Fashion
Hijab | Sewn By Me, Chelsey
Shoe's | If I were wearing some I'd tell you 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mommy Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Giveaway #1

Scentsy


Directions for this giveaway

1. Comment this blog with "Scentsy"
2. Follow RASHISHA on Instagram
3. Re post my "Scentsy Giveaway" photo on Instagram, #chelseyhijablovegiveaway and tag @ Rashisha and @ ChelseyHijabLove
Looks like this:

You may comment and re post as much as you like until October 26, 2014

Giveaway #2

Thirty-One



Directions for this giveaway

1. Comment this blog with "Thirty-One"
2. Follow Stella Totes on Instagram
3. Re post my "Thirt-One" Giveaway" photo on Instagram, #chelseyhijablovegiveaway and tag @ StellaTotes and @ ChelseyHijabLove
Looks like this:

You may comment and re post as much as you like until October 26, 2014


Giveaway #3

The Petite Nunu



Directions for this giveaway

1. Comment this blog with "Petite Nunu"
2. Follow The Petite Nunu on Instagram
3. Re post my "Petite Nunu" Giveaway" photo on Instagram, #chelseyhijablovegiveaway and tag @ The.Petite.Nunu.Boutik and @ ChelseyHijabLove
Looks like this:

You may comment and re post as much as you like until October 26, 2014


Sizing: 4 inch long (bottom of shoe is measured) and approximately 2 inch wide at ankle

Sizing: 4.5 inch long (bottom of shoe measured) and approximately 2 inch wide at ankle

BONUS!!!

If you would like an English translation of the Quran by http://quranproject.org/ with your giveaway gift, simply write... 
Example: "Scentsy + Quran" ect. 
IMPORTANT- For now, only the giveaway winners will be eligible for this. Since I will be paying shipping and handling for the giveaway winner anyways, adding a Quran is no problem for me.

Don't forget to visit these website to purchase their products if you do not win, or simply can't get enough of this great gifts....

Rashisha's (Scentsy) Website: https://rashisha.scentsy.us/

Koko Stella's (Thirty-One) Website: https://www.mythirtyone.com/542947/

Khadijah's (Petite Nunu) Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-petite-nunu/1469014133363988

Giveaway is only for those residing in the United States

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Boot Collection


Fake Leather Ankle Boots
From: Buffalo Exchange Consignment
San Diego, CA
Bc Boots with Floral Lining
Leather and Fabric
From: Nordstroms
Black Leather Colin Stuart Calf High Boots
Side Zipper
From: Macy's

From:Victoria's Secret
Could not find the name on the boot...?
Leather and Suade

Black Leather Thigh High Skecher's
Side Zipper
From: Victoria's Secret



Steve Madden
Brown Leather Cowgirl Boots
From: Macy's

Black Leather Thigh High Boots
From: Victoria's Secret
Shoe lace tie in back with side zipper

Check above

Naughty Monkey Fringe Boot
Side zipper
From: Victoria's Secret

Check above

Don't forget to check out my YouTube video for this post...Shoes in motion :) Enjoy! My Boot Collection

Monday, October 6, 2014

Is it worth the hype? | Philosophy's Purity Face Wash Review


Photo taken from Sephora Website
Like many beauty bloggers, and YouTube guru's I saw the hype that was spread around Philosophy's Purity, One Step Facial Cleanser. I'd watch HSN (Home Shopping Network) as they would market the gigantic tub of this cleanser. They described Purity as their number one selling cleanser. Sephora as well, has this cleanser as one of their favorites, and directly on the bottle Purity presents a sticker to inform you that it was voted a readers choice award by Allure Magazine. Read article here...

After watching one of my favorite YouTuber's explain how her skin is dry to normal, and also runs a bit sensitive to some products, she too was convinced of Purity's wonder. She states how Purity has been her "go to" face wash for a long time now.

So, after the planets and stars come together for this face wash I finally decided to purchase it. I was so excited to try this amazing face wash, but didn't want to invest in the somewhat pricier 8oz bottle, that retails at Sephora for $23.00 I decided to try out the smaller 3oz bottle for $10.00 first. These are usually found closer to the register. Those little "try me" sizes get me every time.

Arriving home that night, I was so excited to try out my future favorite face wash. I told myself that I was willing to spend the extra cash for a high quality product, as long as it lived up to the hype. Washing my face for the first time, I was iffy about the smell. It was clean smelling, but also a bit strange...old school wrinkle cream was the first thing that came to mind. It didn't bother me, but I was hoping for something more pleasant. Besides the smell, I was thoroughly enjoying it. Purity Facial Cleanser was smooth, and washed away all of my makeup. Waterproof mascara was a bit more difficult to wash away completely, but in comparison to other facial cleansers, it was great. I was so happy I found something that may replace my beloved Neutrogena Makeup Wipes. I even made my mother wash her face right after me. I was a sheep to the beauty industry, and I was okay with it.

After going through the 2oz bottle with my husband, I bought the larger 8oz bottle at Ulta. I was excited to get it in a gift pack with a small version of Philosophy's Miracle Facial Moisturizer. Turning 28 years old this December, makes me wonder if I need to start investing in some wrinkle products. So, for $23.00, this was a pretty good deal. I ended up really enjoying the once funky smell. I started to appreciate the indescribable clean smell haha.

It is now two months later, and I have gone through half of my 8oz bottle (with my husbands help) Unfortunately, I will not be repurchasing the facial cleanser. You might say "What happened Chelsey? You seemed to like it, maybe love it..." And yes, you'd be 100% correct! I DID like it...almost love it. So ,let me tell you why my mind has changed about this holy grail facial wash.

About a month or so ago my skin started acting up. Quick background on my skin...I've always had pretty good skin alhumdulAllah (thank Allah swt). I suffered from your normal teenage breakouts, but it mainly revolved around hormones, menstrual and diet. Once I got into my 20's it was all about menstrual and diet. I very rarely have breakouts now being 27 years old. My skin tends to be normal/dry. I've always tried to take care of my skin. I started moisturizing my face when I was 11 years old. I've never had a reaction to any skin care product that I can remember, and my skin doesn't seem to be sensitive to products in general whether makeup or other. So once my skin started breaking out randomly and forming these smaller red patches and dryness, I was confused and frustrated. I summed it up to postpartum hormones, but my diet has been good, and besides my makeup tutorials, I very rarely wear makeup. My moisturizer has been the same for over a year now. I use Josie Maran Argan Oil  from Sephora. So I knew it wasn't that.

Besides postpartum hormones, I thought it could be the "Miracle" moisturizer I started using that came with my Purity purchase. I started using it as a pre-makeup moisturizer. I thought maybe a wrinkle moisturizer was too heavy mixed with foundation. I really wasn't sure, but I immediately stopped using it. I was noticing that my skin wasn't improving...something was off. I know my skin and something was wrong. I woke up one morning and had a pimple on my cheek, a few dry patches, itchiness around my jawline and red patchiness around my chin. Now although this may sound bad haha, it was mild, but for me it was enough to finally hop onto Google and type in "Philosophy Purity face wash breakout?" Sure enough multiple reviews popped up, along with comments on beauty websites and popular stores like Sephora. I couldn't help but start to think that it may be my new face wash I wanted to love so much. I decided to stop using Purity that day, which was Friday, October 3rd. I did a facial mask with Lush's Magnaminty Face and Body Mask (clickable link). Earlier that day I purchased my old best friend Aveeno's Positivley Radiant Daily Face Scrub I washed my face and moisturized it like normal. The next morning, I already saw improvement.

Today is Monday, October 6th and my skin is completely cleared up, and starting to feel back to normal. I also recently used Philosophy's Miracle Moisturizer again as a pre-makeup moisturizer, and overnight moisturizer. I did not see any negative change in my skin, thankfully. I am afraid to say this experience has made me question whether I will try a Philosophy product again though. I was so excited about Philosophies Purity One Step Facial Cleanser, like I was going to be in some special club after using it, but all it brought me was break outs, irritated skin and frustration. This product may work great for some, but with so many people speaking negatively about this face wash, I am surprised it is so hyped up. Hey, if I look at the bright side, now I can go back to spending $6.00 on my Aveeno face wash that smells delicious, acts as a scrub and wash and leaves my skin feeling beautiful.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

POP Of Color Makeup

                                                       Click here to visit the video tutorial


Products Used:

Eyes
Lorac Pro 2 Palette
-Nectar
-Cool Gray
-Charcoal
-Black

Wet and Wild Palette "Comfort Zone"
-Top Right Light Gray brow bone highlight color

bh Cosmetics "Take Me To Brazil Palette"
-Light neon orange, second orange from the bottom

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
"White" Prestige Pencil Eyeliner
L'Oreal Black Gel Pencil Eyeliner
Katy Perry Lashes in "Punk Princess"
Maybelline Black Gel Eyeliner



Face
Bobbi Brown "Skin" Foundation
MAC Pro Concealer in NW20
hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette "Dim Light"
Makeup Geek Blusher in "Infatuation" and "Summer Fling"
Becca Highlighter in "Moonstone"

Lips
Maybelline "Stormy Sahara"
Revlon Matte Crayon "Shameless"


Hijab from: Imaan & Beauty