Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One of My Favorite Lecturers

Salaam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,

I love lectures by brother Nouman Ali Khan, and this one is no different. Take time to check out some of his other lectures as well.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Makeup and I...Why I Don't Wear It

Salaam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh everyone,

Insh'Allah this post finds you in the best of health and the highest of iman! So, yay, I finally have something semi-interesting to blog about :P

So...makeup...my personal thoughts. Honestly, I've never been a fan of it. I used to be a ballet dancer (I took lessons for 10 years!), and was on stage quite a bit, so I used to have to wear heavy stage makeup on a semi-regular basis. Perhaps this is why I don't like makeup so much...because let's face it, stage makeup feels icky on your face, and is actually REALLY scary when you're not on stage because it's so heavy. However, even when my friends would give me "makeovers" at sleepovers with much more normal makeup, I'd always end up washing my face off after 15 minutes.

Makeup is just not ME. It doesn't make me feel more beautiful or confident. In fact, it makes me feel like I'm hiding behind something. When I look at myself in the mirror when I have makeup on, the face staring back at me isn't my own. I've gotten a lot of remarks over the years about, "oh, if you actually had someone do your makeup correctly for you, or if you just put on a little foundation and lip gloss with some light eyeliner you'd LOVE it" or "you just don't like it because no one's done it for you correctly." I've tried that. I've had my makeup done for me countless times, even a couple times by professionals, and I STILL never like it. I just don't like makeup. Quite frankly, I think I look better without it on (my dad and my husband both agree on this, actually...alhamdolillah I'm very blessed to have men in my life who appreciate the face that Allah gave me).

So yeah, that is why I don't wear makeup...even at home around my husband. It also has to do with modesty, but I think that'll be another post for another day...

What are your personal views on makeup? Why do you like to wear it/not wear it?