Living ‘Alamy Lipstick

Entering the 2nd month of the production of Living ‘Alamy. I am not as eager as last month. I concentrated too much on lipsticks and lip balm making, and I started to feel uncomfortable. Lipstick is not my thing. I stop using it after marriage. I force myself to wear it in front of some people, who happened to know me wearing it before marriage.

Well, I produced lipsticks anyway. Anyway, this lipstick I’m making is hoped to be substitutes of the commercial lipsticks that contains petroleum jelly and other chemicals. I made it using natural clays, EVOO, shea butter, beeswax and tea tree oil. I tried to use beetroot but for many many times, it didn’t turn out to be like what I hope it would be. That’s how my frustration begins this week. However, I still proceed with the beetroot halfly done.

This is another story.

Beetroot is water soluble. You need to use glycerine to get the colour before you add it to your oil. I’ve tried this many times and today, after leaving it for hours, I finally get the mix that I want. Since it is still glossy, I decided to put some clay in the mixture. I used pastel pink clay and french pink clay. The difference between this two clays is, pastel pink clay acts as added colourant and thickener while French pink clay is to fade the brownish colour pastel pink clay give. However both of them are still brownish when mixed in in my beetroot mixture.

I made 2 lipsticks and a lip balm today. I will share the recipe later, insyaAllah


One of my favorite past time is sewing. I’m not a sewing pro. My interest is making small projects and some of them I sell for charity, like these. The weather in Malaysia is not always healthy. At some point of the year, we will face haze resulted from open burning from the neighbor country and also in this country. Living in the city out of the haze season are also exposing people to unhealthy carbon monoxide from cars and other land transportation. So, face masks are essential during these days. Since I’m an Eco person, I offer a better solution instead of using a disposable face masks. 🙂 Come try my handmade face masks; it’s reusable, made from good quality-3-layers-fabrics (cotton-flannel-minky) and sold at a very reasonable price. Last year, I made a lot for friends. Alhamdulillah (praise be to the Creator) this year I managed to sew before the bad season. However you can still have it for emergency. 🙂

Some of the ready-made. I’ll upload more from time to time, In Sya Allah (God willing).

Busy Bag: Sorting Games

While my elder kids go to school, the youngest plays with the busy bag I made for them. It consists of 7 shapes with different colour. It can actually be a lacing game since I punched a whole in the middle of each shapes. It can also be turned to a pattern sequencing game. My youngest favorite shape is hexagon. 🙂

The summary of Surah Al-Kahfi.

1) The People Of The Cave
Its the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. -Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun – They woke up and found the entire village believers.

2) The Owner Of Two Gardens
A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife.So His garden was destroyed – He regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not benefit him .

3) Musa(AS) and Khidr(AS)
When Musa(AS) was asked-“Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?”” Musa(AS) said:Me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who Knows more than him.Musa(AS) traveled to the man and learnt how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.

4) Dhul-Qarnayn
Its a story of the great King that was given knowledge and power and was going around the world,helping people and spreading all that’s good.He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.

In the middle Allah mentions Iblees as the one who stirs these trials:
Behold! We said to the angels “Bow down to Adam”: they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!

 Now let us see what’s the relationship between Surat Al-Kahf and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ)? 

 Dajjal will appear before Day of Judgement with the 4 trials:

***He’ll ask people to worship him and not Allah:
Trial of Faith .

***He’ll be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth:
Trial of with his wealth. .

***He’ll trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them:
Trial of Knowledge .

He’ll control huge parts of the Earth.

Trial of Power .

 How to survive these trials? The answers are in Surat Al-Kahf

 # Survival Kit 1: Good companionship.
“And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking the pomp and glitter of this Life; no obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 28)

# Survival Kit 2: Knowing the Truth of this World .
“Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah who prevails over all things” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 45)

# Survival Kit 3: Humbleness.
“Moses said: “Thou wilt find me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught.””(Surat Al-Kahf, verse 69)

# Survival Kit 4: Sincerity.
“Say: “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah. whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.” (Surat Al- Kahf, verse 110)

# Survival Kit 5: Calling to Allah .
“And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 27)

# Survival Kit 6: Remembering the HereAfter .
“ One Day We shall remove the mountains, and thou wilt see the earth as a level stretch, and We shall gather them, all together, nor shall We leave out any one of them. And they will be marshalled before thy Lord in ranks, (with the announcement), “Now have ye come to Us (bare) as We created you first: aye, ye thought We shall not fulfil the appointment made to you to meet (Us)!”: And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and thou wilt see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say, “Ah! woe to us! what a Book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great,but takes account thereof !” They will find all that they did, placed before them: And not one will thy Lord treat with injustice.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verses 47-49)