Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

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If you have a sweet tooth like I do then you know that it’s nearly impossible to give up on desserts. Eating healthy isn’t about depriving yourself, it’s about making smarter choice on what you eat. These dark chocolate banana bites are delicious, nutritious and healthy.

Ingredients:                                                                                        *Serving: 3 pieces

  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup of almond butter
  • 1 large bar of 70% organic dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup of crushed almonds

Direction:

  1. Cut the bananas to ½ inch slices.
  2. Place a little bit of almond butter on a slice of banana then place another slice on top to make a sandwich.
  3. Place them in the freezer for an hour.
  4. Heats the dark chocolate in the microwave until it completely melts then dip the frozen bananas until it is completely covered with chocolate.
  5. Top it with crushed almonds then place it in the freezer for a few hours until its completely frozen.

Get creative with this recipe; you can use peanut butter instead of almond butter. You can use crushed hazelnuts or shredded coconut instead of almonds. This is one of my favorite desserts to eat when I’m craving something sweet. I hope you enjoy it as much as do!

Bon apatite! xoxo

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Minimal

Hey there girls!
I am so excited to be back to blogging! I had midterms for over 2 weeks so I was basically studying studying studying.  Finishing midterms has marked the end of half of this semester (Yayy!) 😀 On a side note, I have officially received the document to register for the graduation project! Two words that I thought I would never see lool!

For today’s look, I wanted to keep it very minimal. As they say, less is more. I am wearing white straight pants with a white blouse and a grey vest on top for added coverage. I am also wearing grey heels and grey handbag. I finished the look with a soft pink scarf and a large necklace for a touch of color. You can play it down by wearing converse, a long strap handbag and changing the necklace.

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What I’m wearing:

Pants: Zara

Blouse: Van Huessen

Shoes: Zara

Handbag: Furla

Watch: Swatch

Its good to be back! xoxo

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Tips to Treat Acne

I have gotten multiple requests to write about tips for treating acne so here it is just as promised. I know it’s a little late but better late than never 🙂

Mild to moderate acne:

  1. Contrary to what people think, gentle washing is essential for those with acne. Using a milder cleanser such as Cetaphil which is my personal favorite or an acne cleanser such as Sébium Gel moussant twice a day with cool or warm water helps reduce acne. Use your hands, a cleansing brush or a baby washcloth. After you’re done, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry.
  2. Exfoliating is also important for healthy skin because it removes the dead skin cells and debris which can clog pores causing more acne. After washing your face with a mild cleanser, exfoliate with a face facial scrub once a week.
  3. All sunscreens, lotions and cosmetics should be oil-free to avoid further clogging of pores! Look for product labels that say noncomedogenic, this means that it will not cause clogging of the pores.
  4. Avoid picking and squeezing the spots resulting in further inflammation and scarring.
  5. The most common topical product used is benzoyl peroxide such as Benzac AC® . Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores as well as help stop bacteria from growing preventing acne pimples and cystic lesions to form. Strengths range from 2.5% to 10%, the most common strength used is 5%. It is used twice a day. It is important to know that Benzac causes dry skin so you must constantly moisture your skin.
  6. Using a purifying pore-tightening lotion such as Vinchy Normaderm lotion assainissante astringente reduces blemishes, breakouts and the production of sebum leaving facial pores unblocked and visibly tighter.

Severe acne:

It is best to make an appointment with a dermatologist when dealing with severe acne. The doctor may prescribe:

  • Spironolactone
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Birth control pills
  • An isotretinoin
  • A prescription-strength retinoid
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

I didn’t go into details because it requires a doctor’s prescription. What will be will prescribed to you will depend on patient preference, clinical evidence and the experience of the medical skincare provider. Keep in mind that these treatments have many side effects. I advise that you educate yourself on the mechanism of action of treatment that was prescribed, how to take it, what are the expected side effects, what to do to reduce these side effects and make sure to visit the doctor regularly.

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Note: These are the products that I have mentioned.

I hope that these tips help you! xoxo

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Face Masks

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Why spend lots of money on skin products and spas when the answer to having beautiful skin is in the kitchen. I will be sharing with you 3 different types of homemade facial masks that are simple and natural. I personally apply a mask once a week and have noticed major differences with my skin after some time.

  1. Lemons

Lemons are excellent for the skin because they contain vitamin C which increases skin elasticity and collagen production. It also contains citric acid which brightens up dull skin, helps treat pimple, reduces dark spots and lightens the skin tone. In addition, potassium helps moisturize and hydrate the skin.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Mix the honey and the lemon together in the bowl.
  • Apply the mixture on your face. Allow it to dry for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Wash your face with warm water then with cold water and dry it with a towel.
  1. Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is an excellent source of vitamins. It contains Vitamin B2 which hydrates the skin, It contain has Vitamin B12 which heals rough skin. It also has Vitamin B5 which is used to lighten dark spots. More so, it has lactic acid that keeps the skin youthful and zinc which slows down the ageing process of the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of oats
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Apply the mixture on the face and allow it to settle for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with warm water fallowed with cold water. Then dry it with a towel.
  1. Avocado

Avocado contains lots of minerals including calicium, copper, iorn, magnesium and so much more. It also contains vitamins B, E, A and K. These vitamins and minerals help reach the deeper layers of skin thus increasing skins elasticity and keeps the skin hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • ½ a soft avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. Mash the avocado using a fork then add the rest of the ingredients together and mix.
  2. Apply it on the face using your fingertips or a brush. Keep it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash with warm water followed with cold water then dry with a towel.

Tips:

  1. Washing with cold water helps close the pores.
  2. After drying with a towel, make sure to moisturize your skin with your favorite lotion. My absolute favorite is cetephil.

Happy Wednesday! xoxo

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Maroon Abaya

Hey there girls!

This was my first week back to pharmacy school and I’m already counting the weeks for the semester to be over lool! 😀 This semester will involve a great deal of hard work, but I’m looking forward for the challenge. As my dad always says “Nothing great comes easy.”

 For those who don’t know what an abaya is, it is a loose dress like over-garment that is worn in parts of the Muslim countries. It is traditionally black but the recent trend of colored abaya’s is really beautiful! ❤ So for today’s post, I am wearing a maroon abaya with floral detailing along the front, back and on the sleeves. The shoulders are lifted giving it a royal feel and it has pockets (yayy!). I finished the look with an off-white blouse, pants and hijab.

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What I’m Wearing:

Abaya: Regional Designer

Pants: American Eagle

Blouse: Khol’s

Hijab: Local Store

Love you guys! xoxo

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Pop of Color

Hola Chicas!

With Ramadan coming to an end, I have been busy celebrating Eid with my family and friends. My family and I spent the first day of Eid on a cruise ship enjoying a fancy dinner. The music was great and the staff was super nice, it was a day to remember alhamdulillah ❤

I got a request asking me to post a hijab friendly look that is comfortable yet fashionable when traveling on a plane so here it is 🙂  I am wearing black boot cut jeans with an oversize white and black blouse. I finished the look with purple sandals, a purple handbag that is large enough to put all my things and a purple jersey hijab. Jersey is the perfect fabric to wear when traveling, working out or spending long hours wearing the hijab because it stays in place so you never have to worry about how you look.

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I just had to share a picture of the dinner while we were on the cruise ship 🙂

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What Im Wearing:

Jeans: GAP

Blouse: H&M

Sandals: Michel Kores

Hijab: Local store

Ring: Forever 21

Until next time! xoxo

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Red, White and Blue

Hi there girls!

I am so sad that my internship has ended. I had a wonderful supervisor that trained me, answered all my never ending questions and gave me the opportunity to take on cases. I learned so much so to show my appreciation to the staff, I decided to bring them chocolate cupcakes with a small thank you card. Hopefully they love it.

Bootcut jeans are back and they are a major trend this season! I love this style of jeans because it isn’t tight making it more modest. I decided to pair my bootcut jeans with a white blouse and a long red cardigan for extra coverage. I matched it with a floral print hijab and white sandals. I finished the look with a belt and a large gold bracelet. This outfit is super chic, fashionable yet modest. Hope you like this look!

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I had to share a photo of the cupcakes 😀

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What I’m Wearing:

Pants: Gap

Blouse: Khols

Cardigan: Forever 21

Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger

Hijab: Splash

Belt: New Look

Ramadan is almost over y’all! xoxo

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