While you might be done packing gifts for your loved ones, one of the hardest Eid decisions to make is probably choosing items for your home or personal use. No, you’re not selfish to buy gifts for yourself on such a wonderful occasion. Keeping away from bad deeds and fasting for a whole month makes you deserving of some Eid goodies! Plus the event only comes twice a year – why not treat yourself?
Make it Easy, Make it Meaningful
For a Pakistani independent woman, it is not easy to grab the perfect self-use items at first glance. There is so much to look for in your budget-restricted wallet, with the products sometimes not living up to the standards, and leaving you discontented. Still, you have to manage your shopping ordeals to complete #MeriEidKiLook, isn’t it so?
Now is not the time for you to become hopeless! Mentioned below are the 5 kinds of easy-on-the-pocket, meaningful self-gifts, which will definitely revitalise your Eid-game this season.
1. The Outfit
Gone are the days when you only had to shop at huge brands to satisfy the perfect Eid outfit needs. You can always count on the small shops at Tariq Road to provide you with the best sequined chamkeela kapra for that gorgeous peplum to get stitched. This affordable, local option will not only make you feel satisfied money and spirit-wise but will surely turn heads all around town!
2. A Make-up Gift Set
Don’t forget to gift yourself some makeup for the occasion. Is there anything more exciting than fresh, new makeup? Using good makeup will enhance your Eid look game. For foundation, we recommend Fair&Lovely’s BB cream. Easily available in sale sets at supermarkets, and great for concealing those pesky spots!
3. Glowy, glowy!
You wouldn’t want the natural highlighter – oily pores – play a nasty game with your skin on Eid, or would you? Do not rely on the weather getting better. While it’s true that large intakes of water will keep away the dryness, Lux Body Wash or soap can help you maintain shine and natural glow. Give yourself a break and let the flowery scent define your confident persona this festive season.
4. Accessorize Yo-Self
Be it body or hair accessories, make sure to buy only those that match the colour theme of your dress. After all, perfectly contrasting pants with pearl anklets would make anyone feel genuinely happy.
5. The Pamper-Massage
Being a woman, you are free to live according to your own desires. This Eid, gift yourself a tempering massage at any local wellness spa and allow your body to relax throughout an intense ritual, easing all symptoms of stress and tension. There is no contentment without internal harmony.
So there you have it. A rather small yet detailed list of self-content gifts that are definitely going to make you happy this Eid. If you think you have some add-ins, feel free to share them with us!
Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier
When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.
Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.
Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.
Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?
Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.
Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.
If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.
Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).
Rich in Antioxidants
Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.
If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.
Strengthens the Immune System
In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.
Fancy a cuppa?