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10 fiercely fab orange lipsticks


This spring/ summer there is one colour that needs attention orange. No not the citrus fruit, where talking about this season’s hottest shade scarlet orange pouts that was featured in Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi and House of Holland SS14 runway shows.

The colour screams scandalous attention as minimal is more why not let strip your eye shadow and let the colour cause a stir?

How to wear the fearlessly fab look:

1. If you want to wear bold colour but don’t feel brave enough to wear it full powered, dab the lipstick on to your fingers and apply with your fingertips. Apply evenly and all over for a bold, yet understated look.

2. For a glossier look, apply a little Lip Conditioner over the top or underneath whilst applying the lipstick to give a sheer shiny look.

3. If you want to wear it full powered, apply the lipstick with a brush, it will stay on longer and look smoother.

10 of the best!


The Art of Islamic Calligraphy

In the Islamic world calligraphy has been taken far beyond pen and paper it has been explored into all art forms and materials. Nowadays calligraphy may be counted as a uniquely original feature of Islamic art. The genius of Islamic calligraphy lies not only in the endless creativity and versatility, but also in the balance struck by calligraphers between transmitting a text and expressing its meaning through a formal aesthetic code.

The Arabic language, and subsequently the art of calligraphy, is held in great esteem by Muslims because Arabic was the language in which the Qu’ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. The Arabic text of the Qu’ran is sacred to Muslims, and its high status gave rise to an associated respect for books in general.

However, it is important to remember that while the Qu’ran’s holy status provides an explanation for calligraphy’s importance, by no means all Arabic calligraphy is religious in content. In general, calligraphic inscriptions on works of art comprise one or more of the following types of text such as: Qu’ranic quotations, other religious texts, poems, praise for rulers and aphorisms. These types of texts can be explored and seen through all types of art forms ranging from historical Islamic calligraphy to the present interpretation of calligraphy.

Ink on parchment-Before the invention of paper, vellum or parchment was the highest quality writing material available. It was made from prepared animal hide. A reed pen, with the tip cut at an angle and filled with ink, would have been used. Writing on vellum can be erased or altered.

Ink on paper-calligraphy would often be created using a reed pen and ink directly onto starched and polished paper, which provides an excellent smooth surface for writing.

Ceramics-The calligraphy tile pictured above was deeply carved with the inscriptions (and plant designs) and covered with coloured glazes, before the final firing. This technique was used in Central Asia only for a brief period, from around 1350 to the early 1600s.

Wood- letters are often carved with sharp metal tool and later painted.

Textiles- often written with ink on finer materials such as fine silks and satin the picture above with Arabic in scripted calligraphy states ‘Glory to our lord the sultan’.

Enamelled glass-The above image of the lamp was made by blowing hot glass into shape and then leaving it to cool. The enamel colours and gilding were then painted on – the enamel was a solution of colours and ground glass that melted and fused on to the lamp when it was reheated in a kiln. The blown glass would have been decorated with enamel and gilt, possibly using fine brushes.

Metalwork-the casket pictured above was chiselled out taking out areas of brass surface then filled with pieces of silver and gold. They added details by chasing the surfaces of the softer inlaid metals with a hammer and tools and adding a black filler to create contrast.

Breathable nail polish the new revolution by Inglot that answers your prayers!


Manicures have long posed a problem for Muslim women with prayers five times a day, and a pre-prayer ritual that requires washing the hands and arms, traditional fingernail polish has been mostly off limits because it prevents water from making contact with the nails.

A new ‘breathable’ nail polish by Polish company, Inglot, is transforming this view the polish allows air and moisture to pass freely through the nail.  Kashfa Afzal, age 22, a medical student from Birmingham, tested out the nail polish to find that it complies with Muslim law. She states “I can’t remember the last time I had polished my nails plus it’s a nice lightweight polish which doesn’t chip very easily, dried very fast and is very easy to remove

Inglot had faced initial scepticism upon release of the product as many reported it would be inaccurate if you apply more than one coat of polish. They have alternatively responded with a video (link below) that signifies an experimentation were the  polish actually allows oxygen to penetrate the silicone so that your nail can breathe as its  made from similar acrylic and silicon resin which is found in some contact lenses. The results should clear up most misconceptions that people may have had.

Find out more at: http://inglotcosmetics.com/o2m.nail.enamel/products/141/565


Hijabi Hair Care

hijabhairWearing a hijab shouldn’t be an escape route to hide badly maintained hair, in fact your hair would require a lot more care and attention as it experiences different conditions under the hijab. Salaam style has created quick and easy tips to make your hair feel fuller and more revived than ever.

Tip 1

After shampoo and conditioning, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly. Left-over product dulls hair.

Tip 2

Distributing conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb will leave your hair shiny and tangle-free. Make sure you apply the conditioner from mid-lengths to ends. Conditioning your roots will weigh your hair down.

Tip 3

If your hair is really dry, deep-condition at home. Apply conditioner to clean, damp hair; slip on a plastic cap and let your hair absorb for minutes.

Tip 4

Rubbing your hair with a towel when it’s wet can ruffle the cuticle and cause tangles, so gently squeeze out excess water.

Tip 5

When blow drying, protect your hair with a styling product such as a conditioning milk, cream, or serum. Move you blow dryer from roots to ends to avoid frizz and shredding your hair cuticles. For smooth results, brush as you blow dry in the same direction. It will prevent your cuticle from roughing up.

Tip 6

Do not braid your hair or tie your ponytail too tightly. Your hair needs to breathe freely, so take off your hijab and untie your ponytail whenever you are able to.

Tip 7

Use inners and under scarves made from natural fibres such as cotton. Keep them loose in order to maintain air circulation for your scalp.

Tip 8

Trim your hair regularly. The best way to get rid of split ends is to…do it yourself! Take some hair shears and attack the split ends about 1/4 inch above the splitting. Many women with perfect hair never have split ends because they make it a priority to get their hair trimmed, or trim it themselves, every 6-8 weeks.

Tip 9

Simple and loose hijab styles are the best for the health of your hair as they allow air circulation.

Tip 10

Lastly eat healthy and give your hair the right amount of vitamins. Since hair is made of proteins, make sure that you eat a balanced diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet will ensure better-looking, better-feeling hair.