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Simple Contentment

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” –Henry David Thoreau

Getting back to nature and simplicity is, for some, the key to happiness. Transcend the mundane. Henry David Thoreau thought the key to a contented life was to live in nature, simply, and that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Try turning off your screen and observing the world around you.

The pleasures that can be found in self-reliance and in completing small, everyday tasks are endless. Some even say they’ve found spiritual enlightenment in doing so. Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity upon watching an apple fall from a tree. Some say that a way of living simply, off the grid, away from the Internet is outmoded and just not practical. Well, one can live in a modern world and enjoy sensory activities that quiet the mind. 

Here are some activities to try by yourself or with your family. Sometimes solitude is best but sharing special moments with loved ones is wonderful, too. 

  • Go for a walk or hike. Slow down for a while and don’t take any pictures with your smartphone. If you enjoy sketching, take a notebook and draw the landscape or simply write down whatever comes to mind that seems noteworthy. Pick up a stone or leaf and keep it as a memento.
  • Go to the woods. Look up through the canopy of the trees at the sky. If you get really quiet and listen to your surroundings, you’ll hear all sorts of things: crickets chirping, birds singing and even a deer rustling the leaves.
  • Help someone. Sometimes kindness is forgotten in such a fast-paced world. Be the person who carries heavy bags for a senior, opens the door for someone, and helps those in need. A small gesture can change everything.
  • Engage with your natural surroundings. Lie in the grass, pick flowers, cup your hands and collect water from a stream or river. Observe nature. Go barefoot. Plant flowers and sow seeds.
  • There’s nothing more basic and enjoyable than sharing food. Have a meal together—start at the beginning by buying fresh ingredients; go to the farmer’s market and put the weight of the basket on your hip or head (do not use plastic bags). Cook a healthy meal with your loved ones, break bread together, and then help wash the dishes and clean the kitchen. No dishwasher allowed!
  • Visit an orchard; pick the apples off the tree and eat them. Picking fruits and berries and eating them straight from the vine is a wonderful feeling. Gather nuts, crack them and then enjoy the delicious meaty morsel inside.
  • Plant a garden patch. Dig in the dirt without gardening gloves and get soil underneath your fingernails.  You’ll feel a sense of satisfaction as you tend your plants and watch them grow.
  • Read a book. No E-readers! Reading is a quiet, solitary activity but is completely absorbing and keeps the mind sharp.
  • Use watercolors to create a painting. Paul Cezanne said that in painting lies salvation. You’d be surprised at how easy and sort of error-proof watercolor paints actually are. 
  • Write a poem. Even if you don’t feel particularly inspired, try writing down what you feel, see, hear, smell, etc. People who journal and write every day tend to be happier and more focused.
  • Sew on a button. Don’t rely on a tailor to do your mending; take the time for a simple yet meditative activity.

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Inspiration For Creative Fashion Choices

How Do You Get Inspired?

Do you want ideas for amazing wardrobe choices that truly reflect who you are? All you have to do is look around. I find inspiration everywhere. Pinterest, magazines, and fashion sites are great places to start, but I’m also observant of things I encounter in my daily routine.

Study What Other People Are Wearing

Pay attention to what the people around you are wearing. When I do this, I make certain not just to see the apparel choices made by others but also to note my reactions to what I’m seeing. 

When I see an outfit I love, I try to analyze it. What makes it special? Is it something about the colors or the fabrics? Is there an unexpected combination of fashion elements? Has the person worn these clothes that have caught my eye adapted a trend in a unique way, or is this an entirely original creation?

Let Nature Inspire You

Artists have been inspired by nature since people lived in caves. You can be an artist of your own wardrobe. Even in a hectic and entirely manmade city, I can always find bits and pieces of nature. I can look up and see clouds or weather. Looking down, I can see blades of grass emerging from cracks in the sidewalk. Or, at the very least, I can look in a shop window and admire the colors in a florist’s bouquets.

The key to being inspired by nature is not just to pay attention to what you are seeing but also to note your reactions to it. How does it make you feel? Look at the colors in a houseplant. Can you see subtle differences in the green shades in the leaves? Does the shade of brown you see in the soil appeal to you? Does the graceful curve of a stem strike you as beautiful? Look at a cloud. How many different shades of white, of gray, of black, of blue, of pink, or orange, can you see in the cloud itself or reflect from it?

Record Your Observations

I always carry a notebook to record my moments of inspiration. You can use a notebook or whatever feels best for you – a Pinterest board, a sketchbook, a scrapbook, or a pencil and a piece of paper.  Make a list of inspirations. Review your list often. Do you see any trends or patterns in the things that inspire you most? Are there certain kinds of colors, such as jewel tones, that appear often on your list? Do you see different elements of your various inspirations that you could combine into one?

Put Your Own Spin on Trends

I find that the more I observe and record, the more often I am inspired. Working this way, you are becoming a fashion artist from the inside out, learning about the colors, shapes, fabrics, and styles you truly love. You are gaining all you need to create a beautiful look that expresses your most authentic self.

The final step is to apply this knowledge and put your own spin on trends. If, for example, you see tie-dyed pieces all over in stores and magazines, and that’s a trend that appeals to you – how can you best incorporate tie-dyed pieces into your own wardrobe? Consult your boards or notebooks for color combinations you observed in nature. Look for those colors as you shop for a tie-dyed T-shirt or dress – or even make your own.

Using inspiration to enhance your wardrobe can be an easy way to make life more creative and joyful.

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Marvelous Makeup: Styling Tips and Inspiring

The only reason a woman should ever look down is to show off her eyeshadow.

What’s Your Makeup Personality? 

(Try the Party Girl eyeshadow palette with Plum Berry lipstick to achieve a ‘70s disco look.)

Nabila K’s brand-new eyeshadows are something to behold (and it’s not just in the eye of the beholder). So, what palette is right for you? Are you into clean, minimalist beauty, a look that can take you from day to night, an easy, no-frills face, or something exotic? You may want to correspond shadows with your eye color, but there really are no rules. That’s the wonderful thing about makeup! Also, Nabila K only creates clean beauty products; that means no chemicals and no parabens ever. It’s actually good for your skin, can be worn all day, will not irritate even the most sensitive eyes and skin and can be applied to dry or damp eyelids! With luscious, pigmented colors that last, these shadows will wear all day, and, if you feel like mixing it up, go ahead: apply as much as you like. It’s makeup you can feel good about using! And, trust us: you’ll feel absolutely beautiful.  

Below are our new eyeshadow palettes: are you a party girl, someone who always sees the silver lining, or the head-strong type? 

  • Cult Fave: With frosted pearl, sheer copper, and smoky berry shades of shadow, you can take your look from demure to sexy…all in one painter’s palette! Treat your face like a masterpiece.
  • Effortless: Be simply sexy with these three eyeshadow pads that include an array of warm neutrals and pearlescent shades. They’ll take you from light to dark so you can create a smoky eye using burnt umber, as opposed to the classic charcoal. Be uniquely effortless! Pair a dark eye with our “Plateaux” lipstick for a show-stopping look!
  • Head Strong: With taupe, plum, and peach, you can hold your head high!
  • Marzipan is sticky sweet and too good to resist! Ivory, umber, and eggplant have you covered to be the belle of the ball. 
  • Moroccan Sand: not three but five palettes! This dreamy combination of white and dark shades, complete with metallics and umbers, can create a million looks with just one eyeshadow kit.

 

(Be the life of the party with Party-Girl eyeshadows and Vixen lipstick.)

  • Party Girl: Pale pink, violet, and burgundy all combine to make you feel like dancing all night.
  • Silver Linings: For the ultimate shimmery or smoky eye! Try the white, silver, and charcoal and go from mod to punk and back again! 

Shadow and Gloss

(Cocoa Puff lip gloss can be paired with the Moroccan Sand eyeshadow palette to achieve a golden glow.)

 

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” –Mindy Kaling

Mix and match! There are so many choices; you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store! Go ahead and go wild; try a glossy lip with your eyeshadow.

  • Try the gold and copper tones of eyeshadow from the “Moroccan Sand” and “Effortless” palettes with “Cocoa Puff” or “Go Bare” glosses for a golden goddess look (inspiration courtesy of Veruschka). 

Nabila K’s new lip gloss line includes several shades that can be layered or worn on their own for a sexy shine: 

 

  • Fringe
  • Go Bare
  • Madrid
  • Nearly Naked
  • Pinky
  • Sanskrit
  • Swinger
  • Vespa 

Luscious Lips and Exquisite Eyes 

 

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 

–Yves Saint Laurent

(Play up your eyes with silver eye shadow and 

keep a muted lip with Go Bare lip gloss.)

(Photography by Guy Bourdin and Bert Stern)
  • Try the Brazilian lipstick (golden nude) with a silver or white shadow for something clean and fresh.
  • Red lips are classic and go with every eye makeup trend. 
  • Try Bella (pink) with Party-Girl eyes for an all-out fun ’80s look. 
  • Vixen, Plateaux, Plum Berry, or Ohh-La-La lipsticks with dark eyeshadow are great for an intense, mysterious, and fully glam look. 
  • Shrimp, Velvet Crush, or French Kiss lipsticks are ideal for a lighter, fleshier tone that will pop but are appropriate for daytime. Mix and match with either a dark shadow or be day-ready with a warm, neutral eye. If you want to do a warm, subtle eye all day but spice things up in the evening, change your lipstick to something more vibrant and red (Vixen) or something a bit darker (Plateaux). 
  • Dark, smoky eyes are always a showstopper with a pale lip. This is a good idea if you want to focus on one area. You can really play up your eyes or lips or…you can do both! 

Play around and find out what you like. Mix colors (Marilyn Monroe used about three different shades of lipstick to achieve the perfect color). (Try Nabila K’s Swinger lip gloss with Ohh-La-La lipstick for a spin on a classic red lip.)

For information on all products by Nabila K Cosmetics mentioned in this blog, visit the website and product description pages below: 

www.nabilak.com/product-category-/makeup/lipsticks/ 

www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/lip-glosses/

www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/eyeshadow/

 

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Distractions And Focusing On Your Work

How to Avoid Distractions and Focus on Your Work

I have considerable concentration issues. The Internet is bursting with games, social media, and continually updated news – all deliberately and expertly designed to capture our attention. Like the rest of us, my physical environments are often so full of people, objects, and electronic stimuli that they make it very hard to focus, whether working at home, in an office, or anywhere other than in an isolation chamber.

Here are some techniques with the ability “to center” and help you avoid getting tangled up in time-wasting distractions. Maybe some of them will work for you too. 

Put your phone in airplane mode

Eliminate almost all your phone’s distractions by turning on airplane mode. You will temporarily stop receiving calls, texts, notifications, beeps, buzzes, banners, and other intrusions. You can still use wi-fi to check your email, pull up a photo, or check a site if you need to – but your phone will otherwise be blissfully silent, without any of the nearly constant demands on your immediate attention.

Use the Pomodoro timing method

The Pomodoro method, named after an Italian kitchen timer that looks like a tomato, has many devoted fans who love the way it boosts their productivity. The method is simple but effective. Set a timer for 25 minutes. During that time, focus entirely on your work. Then for the next five minutes, take a break. That 25-minutes work time plus five-minute break time is called one “Pomodoro cycle.” Do four cycles, then take a longer break of half an hour.

It works because it’s easier to focus when you know you only must do so for a limited amount of time. The short breaks function as rewards in addition to helping refresh your mind.

Your timer can be low or high tech – a mechanical kitchen timer, a watch, or a Pomodoro app on your phone or computer. Everything about the Pomodoro technique can be easily customized.

Block noise

I find that if I’m working in an airport or a cubicle or any other noisy environment, white noise, or soothing nature sounds – piped directly into my head with earbuds or headphones — block distractions and relieve stress. White noise, which sounds like radio static, contains many frequencies, so it masks conversations and helps neutralize other distracting sounds. Two variations available today are pink noise, which is more energizing, and brown noise, which is often more relaxing. Earth sounds, such as ocean waves, rain, and forest streams, also have a similar masking and calming effect.

Try Meditation

For a long-term solution, try practicing meditation. Slowly but surely, train your brain to be better able to focus. By doing this repeatedly, you develop the ability to be more aware of all the times and ways you are getting distracted during your day. This awareness is a positive step toward helping you return your attention to your work instead of getting lost down an Internet rabbit hole or chasing some other distraction. 

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Get Grounded With Your Natural Surrounding

Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that man could understand reality through the study of nature. In his famous 1836 essay Nature, Emerson wrote of naturalism as a highly spiritual discipline. 

“Nature is not fixed but fluid. Spirit alters, moulds, it. … Know then that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect.” –Emerson 

We all know that nature is extremely important but, with busy lifestyles and staying cooped up indoors, we may have forgotten that nature has not been canceled. So, how do we reconnect with our natural surroundings? 

Reconnect to your Natural Surroundings 

  • Walt Whitman was, inarguably, one of the greatest naturalist poets (1819-1892) so, if you’re looking for some nature-inspired wisdom, pick up a copy of Leaves of Grass ASAP.
  • Wherever you live (even in a metropolitan area), try to get outside for a walk in the fresh air. Go to a park, garden, forest, or field (wherever there is open space and greenery). Some people believe that just being in nature is a kind of prayer, a sort of meditative act, so breathe deeply and get some Vitamin D!
  • With spring here, the flowers are starting to bloom, and what could be more glorious? Even the tiniest crocus is a mighty creation. 

(“Close up of leaves” at Glacier National Park by Ansel Adams, 1942)

  • Get quiet. Turn off your phone and try to be alone with your thoughts (no texting!). Even if you do this for 30 minutes a day, you’ll feel more centered and less anxious. 
  • Take some time, by yourself, to go for a brisk walk but make stops along the way (to sit, amble, think and reflect). You may even want to take along a journal or notebook to write down your thoughts. 
  • Bring a little piece of nature inside with you: pick a blossom and put it in a vase by your bed as a beautiful reminder. 
  • Go to the beach. Whether you swim or not, simply sit on the sand and watch the hypnotic waves. This has a surprisingly calming effect. Don’t forget to gather shells or sea glass as a memento. 

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

― Lord Byron

  • We all need a little alone time to unwind and decompress (and, of course, some need it more than others). Not only is this sort of rest physically good for us, but it’s also essential for emotional and psychological wellbeing.  Sometimes we just need a nice break—with a cup of coffee and a nice scenic view. 

(“The Tetons and the Snake River” by Ansel Adams, 1942)

  • Nature helps us to slow down and examine the wonders around us. It helps us appreciate the little things and the smallest details (a patch of soft, green moss or the veins in a leaf). It’s with the appreciation of these perfect, untouched natural objects that we are able to approach life with greater ease, for Mother Nature knows what she’s doing and, at the right time, gives us what we need. Emerson wrote to “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

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Let’s Break Bread

“There is not a thing that is more positive than bread.”

 – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Baking is more than just a pastime, it’s an art. The great culinary artists of the world will tell you so! Patisseries and Boulangeries are taken very seriously in France for the French simply will not tolerate bad bread! Of course, bakeries are beloved all over. A croissant and cappuccino are the bright spots in the days of many, and there’s nothing more comforting than warm, freshly baked bread straight from the oven. 

Baking has become increasingly popular as a form of meditative, therapeutic activity. For baking with children, it turns something of the everyday into something magical and fun. Not only are fresh-baked snacks better than processed foods, but they’re also good learning experiences for little ones. 

It teaches children real-life skills. Baking from scratch is ideal because you know exactly what goes into your food, and measuring out ingredients, following a recipe closely, and being patient provides kids with very important lessons such as to cause and effect, patience is a virtue, and organization is always helpful in everyday life. 

Pat-A-Cake

Baking with children is not only fun, but it gives them responsibility and, therefore, confidence. Have them crack the eggs, measure each ingredient and stir the batter. They love to get their little hands in the dough, place the novelty cookie cutter in just the right place and, believe me, when there’s flour nearby, it’ll end up clouding your kitchen! So, roll up your sleeves, get an apron and, most importantly, have fun. 

Inspiration from Children’s Rhymes 

Nursery rhymes like “Pat A Cake,” “The Muffin Man,” and the African American folksong dating all the way back to the late 19th century, “Mama’s Little Baby Loves Short’nin’ Bread” have been quintessential for small children. These little songs were really an enormous part of the culture and a simpler way of life, long before the age of technology where we all have smartphones in our pockets. 

The Rise of Sour Dough

“Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.” – Pablo Neruda

Even Obama bakes! With the pandemic, people were at home more, they weren’t going out to restaurants, and they decided to pick up new hobbies with all their spare time, especially while out of work or working from home. Sourdough bread became a whole new trend! Have you tried it yet? 

Breaking Bread 

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” – Robert Browning

 

  • Bread: fresh bread (sourdough, challah, marble rye, a baguette, soda, banana, and focaccia) is always essential. Since baking bread reached an all-time high during the pandemic, we have to wonder: why? The “existential comforts of coaxing yeast out of air, kneading, baking and sharing” have been examined a lot lately. An age-old tradition of baking together and feeding each other (literally breaking bread together) actually nourishes our bodies in real and figurative ways. We need food to live, but we also need community; we have to sit down with one another and connect in the most basic ways in order to remain grounded and sane. It really is a spiritual practice if you think about it. Connection, now more than ever, is so important. 

Other Favorites

  • Of course, baking cookies is a favorite pastime of most and, through the years, has never lost its charm. 
  • Don’t forget about pies, cakes, cupcakes, gingerbread, scones, muffins, quiches, and tarts…! Oh, and macaroons. If you’re really into premier desserts, Ladurée is one of the best patisseries in the entire world! 

 

 https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2020/5/19/21221008/how-to-bake-bread-pandemic-yeast-flour-baking-ken-forkish-claire-saffitz

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Fun Facts About Teatime And Coffee

“Picture you upon my knee, just tea for two and two for tea, just me for you and you for me alone.” –“Tea for Two” by Irving Caesar and Vincent Youmans

There are two types of people: coffee lovers and tea lovers. Sure, many probably like both but usually prefer just one. What’s your favorite? Teatime is a huge deal in the United Kingdom; what is known as High Tea is an elegant habit that many make time for every single day. The meal consists of tea, of course, and a light snack around three or four o’clock in the afternoon, to tide one over before dinner in the evening. This tradition originated in the mid 1700s and had proper rules set in place. 

Etiquette at High Tea 

 “Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors”
– Alice Walker

  • The proper way to stir: the spoon should be held at the six o’clock position and turned towards twelve o’clock, clockwise. 
  • The teaspoon should not touch the teacup while stirring. 
  • Do not fold or smash the tea bag with your spoon! This is gauche, indeed!

  • Small bites are served, such as finger sandwiches (with cucumber and watercress, sans crusts), little cakes and biscuits, petit fours, macaroons, and scones (with butter and jam).  
  • The English usually serve their tea with milk and sugar unless it’s something like Earl Grey, and then it’s perfectly acceptable to drink it straight!

More Tea Tidbits

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  C.S. Lewis

  • And then, of course, there’s iced tea, which is a favorite of the American South and, well, most Americans (flavored with lemon and sugar, of course). 
  • Of course, tea has been a staple in Asian communities, most specifically China, for thousands of years.  
  • And then there are the Hipsters with their Matcha tea! 

Let’s Have a Tea Party!

When we think of tea parties, we inevitably think of a beloved children’s pastime. Tea sets with mismatched saucers and cups, a table surrounded by stuffed animals all drinking “tea” (there’s usually just water in the cups and pot or nothing at all), and images conjured from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” There’s nothing more playful or fun than imagining tea with the Mad Hatter. Of course, as adults, tea parties should still be had! This time, you can have the real stuff and an elegant, matching tea set. 

Coffee: Lifestyle Musings

“I have measured my life in coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot 

Coffee is so much more than a drink; it’s almost like a hobby. It’s been enjoyed since 800 A.D.! Of course, most all of us need caffeine to run our busy lives and to spring out of bed in the morning. Did you know that coffee was once banned and was actually punishable by death if one was caught drinking it! In the 17th Century in the Ottoman Empire, it was believed that coffee had mind-altering effects! How do you prefer your coffee is probably the most probing question today. Cream is actually supposed to keep coffee warmer for slightly longer (as opposed to black coffee). What sort of pot/espresso maker do you use? A drip pot like Mr. Coffee, an old-fashioned percolator, a French press, or—God forbid—Instant coffee?! Do you go out for your daily cup at Dunkin’ or into a fancy café with designs in the foam? If you’re lucky, you probably own a highly coveted space age object from Williams Sonoma! 

Trending Coffee 

There are three intolerable things in life – cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women…” 
― Orson Welles

In recent years, there’s been the rise of iced coffee, cold-brewed, the Frappuccino, and, of course, Starbucks. Suddenly, a cup of coffee became a sort of statement in a to-go cup with a mermaid logo. Fun coffee facts are always trending, however. Beethoven apparently loved coffee, while Mecca banned it during the 16th century because it was believed to encourage “radical thinking.”  

The Coffee House Motif

“Three hundred years ago, during the Age of Enlightenment, the coffee house became the center of innovation.”   Peter Diamonde

  • Did you know that coffee houses practically saved England from ruination and Gin-drunks during the 18th century? Pubs have always been open all day but, because alcoholism was running amok, coffee houses were especially sought after as gathering spots to sober people up! 
  • Coffee houses have always been thought of as a place to meet with friends and discuss ideas, politics, books, films, etc. Since coffee is a stimulant, it’s great for conversation!

 

For more fun information on coffee, visit the link below: 

www.deathbycoffee.net 

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Want Glowing Skin? Apply Honey And Other Natural Ingredients Daily

Creating a Natural Glow for Your Skin with Nabila Khashoggi

Does your current facial cleanser leave your face looking red and irritated? Are you frustrated and searching for something that makes your skin glow without leaving residue behind? Nabila K has the perfect solution for you with our Manuka Honey Face Balm. Our product contains a powerhouse of ingredients that gives your face a natural glow without the harshness found in most other facial cleansers.

The Special Ingredients of Manuka Honey Face Balm

When it comes to the products you put on your face, natural ingredients are always better than artificial ones. At Nabila K, the process started with sourcing pure Manuka honey for our skincare products. Other natural ingredients in Manuka Honey Face Balm include:

  • Argan oil
  • Cupuacu seed
  • Olive squalene
  • Organic jojoba seed oil
  • Panthenol
  • Potassium sorbate, which acts as a natural preservative
  • Rice bran wax
  • Shea butter
  • Turmeric root extract
  • Vitamin A acetate
  • Vitamin C Ester
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E acetate

Combined, these ingredients promote skin elasticity and help to hide fine lines and wrinkles that age your face prematurely. Your face feels soft and supple every day, and it will not be long before others start asking if you are aging in reverse.

Women in New Zealand have relied on honey-based facial cleansers for centuries to receive the same benefits you are getting now. Cleaning your face with Manuka Honey Face Balm is especially important during the colder winter months because it replenishes the moisture you lose to cold, dry air.

How to Use Our Honey-Based Face Palm to Moisturize Your Skin or Remove Makeup

You can safely use the Manuka product on your face, neck, and upper chest every day. Just place the fingers of your dominant hand into the jar to scoop out a teaspoon-sized portion of the balm. You should then apply it immediately to your face and the decolletage area after cleaning your body. Continue rubbing the balm until you no longer see any traces of it when looking in the mirror.

To use Manuka Honey Face Balm to remove makeup at the end of the day, massage the balm onto your wet skin and pat it dry with a towel. Be sure to rinse your face when finished.

Thanks to the honey and other natural ingredients, our face balm will not strip your skin of its natural oils. Your skin needs these oils to retain moisture and avoid becoming dry and flaky, especially during the winter months. You will also be happy to know that this honey-based facial cleanser does not clog pores and will not contribute to any breakouts of acne.

The face balm feels warm and sticky when you first put it on, which is perfectly normal. These sensations will quickly fade as you rub the balm onto your face, neck, and upper chest. We recommend doing a patch test before using the product for the first time to make sure you do not have sensitive skin and can tolerate all ingredients. All but those with the most sensitive skin do perfectly fine with the product.

Ethically Sourced and Appropriate for All Skin Types

At Nabila K, we care just as much about sourcing our ingredients ethically as we do about offering our customers unique, high-quality beauty products to meet their everyday needs. You have our word that we collect honey for our face balm in a responsible, environmentally friendly way.

Our newest skin cleanser product is hypoallergenic and free of parabens, sulfate, and phthalates. Whether you have dark, light, oily, or normal skin, you can expect glowing skin every day with the natural ingredients in our honey-based face balm. We use no artificial colors when preparing the balm mixture, so you can expect your jar of facial cleanser to be close to the color of honey. You will feel the product working at your deepest skin layers to moisturize, hydrate, and refresh within seconds of applying it. Please note that this product is for adult and external use only.

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4 Ways To Use Honey For Beauty

Ways Honey Can Up Your Beauty Game  

Wanting to look your best is only natural but wanting to look your best without harsh chemicals or harmful ingredients is straight-up smart. That’s where honey comes in. Did you know it’s one of the oldest beauty treatments known to humankind? And that it is still used today in many parts of the world to soften skin, increase elasticity, reduce blemishes and fine lines, and create an effortless healthy glow?

True story. Honey is absolutely loaded with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, stripping impurities away from your body while leaving your natural oils in place. It’s a win-win … win. If you want in on the honey secret, here are just a few ways it can up your beauty game.

  1. Make Makeup Go Bye-Bye

While there’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup during the day, especially non-comedogenic products that use minerals and other natural ingredients, you should take it off as soon as possible using a gentle remover.

Luckily, honey can do that. Mix it with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut), wipe it across the eyes, and smooth it around the face. Rub gently, then rinse with warm water. Voilà!

2. Care for Your Complexion

Your skin is precious. Not only is it your body’s largest organ, protecting you from tip to toes, but it also must work hard to block the many carcinogens and toxins pumped out all around you each and every day. It deserves your backing, and honey does the trick.

Here are a few ways you can care for your complexion with simple honey:

  • Hydrate like a boss: Honey brings its moisturization game to every match, and nowhere is this truer than in our Manuka Honey Whip Face Cream. Using the magic of Manuka honey, made only in New Zealand and Australia by bees that pollinate the manuka tree, you can care for your skin in style. The whip is light, fast-absorbing, and free of harsh chemicals. The additions of aloe vera and shea butter make it even more hydrating, giving your skin a smooth, dewy glow.
  • Balance pH and fight acne: Feel imbalanced? If you experience regular acne, blemishes, or irritation, your skin is crying out for ingredients it’s not getting from your regular skincare routine. Manuka Honey Renewal will take care of that. A deep hydration face oil, it balances pH and delivers a dose of vitamin F, firming and hydrating, clearing your complexion and balancing pH for long-term clear skin.
  • Exfoliate and shine: No matter how healthy your skin is, it won’t look its best with a buildup of dead skin cells sitting on top of it. Gentle weekly exfoliation will take care of that problem in a hurry, but you have to find the right products. Some exfoliants are too rough, stripping and washing away your skin’s oils. This can leave your face even more prone to acne and irritation. Manuka Honey Face Polish takes care of that, with muscovado sugar and milk thistle in addition to pure New Zealand Manuka honey. Now you can scrub and rehydrate at the same time.
  • Increase skin elasticity: Feeling a little saggy lately? That’s normal with age, but it doesn’t mean you have to let it go unchecked. Honey naturally firms skin, and research shows it also increases your body’s own collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Add in some hyaluronic acid peptide, and our Manuka honey serum is a shoo-in for daily de-wrinkler status.
  • Restore skin’s natural oils: Your body produces its own oil, called sebum, that keeps skin fairly well-protected and balanced. However, that balance gets disrupted when you use cleansers, wear makeup, and simply walk outdoors, getting exposed to soot, smog, and other chemicals. Manuka honey face balm helps to fight that. With shea and cupuacu butters, it restores natural oil levels without clogging pores.

 

For the ultimate beauty results, combine the above five products into a daily routine. Before you know it, you’ll have the skin of your dreams. If you need an extra boost in between, simply mix a tablespoon of honey with a little bit of water, spread it on your face, and leave until it dries, then wash away for an extra daily glow.

3. Beautify Your Behind

As we age, the delicate derrière dermis starts to lose its smoothness and glow, darkening and becoming rough. If you’ve got that chicken-skin feel, you can combat it with honey!

Take a tablespoon between your fingers, wet with a little water, and gently massage it between and on the undersides of your cheeks. You’ll notice greater elasticity, firmer skin, and overall lightening, getting closer to the color and tone of the rest of your body. Perform this ritual for 15 minutes once a week and watch the results blossom.

4. Hype Your Hair

Lovely locks can also benefit from honey. It is a natural humectant and emollient, meaning it both moisturizes and smooths in one heady swoop. All on its own, honey makes a fantastic hair mask. Simply mix it with enough water to make it pliable, then smooth it through your strands, massaging gently into the scalp and pulling it all the way to the end. Leave in while you do some chores or stand under the shower’s steam for 20 minutes, then wash it away. You can follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioning routine.

Whatever you do, make sure to use Earth-friendly and skin-loving ingredients like our Manuka honey products. If you go the plain honey route, look for “raw” on the label since pasteurized and processed honey doesn’t bring the same benefits.

Now that you know the secret to natural beauty, what’s stopping you?

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MAKE TIME TO INDULGE IN A GOOD BOOK

“I want to be a paperback writer.” –The Beatles

There’s nothing better than a paperback book: you can take it on the train, bus, beach, or anywhere. Fold it and then carry it in your pocket. It’s a pocketful of adventure and information!

(Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader)

  • July 30th is a day celebrating Paperback Book Day, so, in proper fashion, let’s all use our extra time to read (rather than scrolling through Instagram).
  • It’s amazing how inexpensive books are: sometimes while walking through New York City, I see perfectly good books just lying on a stoop. What could be better than free books? Libraries are another favorite destination of mine for finding inexpensive books.  Many libraries sell the books that patrons donate to them, often for a dollar or less!

Making Time to Read

(Cher reads Peyton Place in the tub, Mermaids)

 “I want you to take a red-hot bath as hot as you can bear it, and just relax your nerves. You can read in the tub if you wish.”

 –F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

  • Think of reading as a chance to relax!
  •  Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures so, when combined with a hot soak, it’s like chocolate and peanut butter: improvement upon something that doesn’t even need betterment. 
  • When we think of people reclined in a bathtub reading, we usually imagine women with hair piled high on their head, indulging themselves in fluff: tawdry paperbacks, Harlequin romances, fashion magazines, and tabloid gossip. Go ahead and be that woman!  Unwind and take this time to read something frivolous or amusing! 
  • Do not, by any means, read your phone or tablet in the tub (or on a pool floatie)! Read an actual paperback book. That way, if you drop it, you end up with wet pages and smudged ink instead of a ruined electronic device. 
  • Give books as presents. When you’re finished with a book, gift it to a friend. Not only will this lighten your load, but it will also encourage reading.
  • Get a library card (if you don’t already have one).
  • Start a book club with a group of close friends.
  • Keep a small stack of books on your bedside table so, if you can’t sleep, you’ll have something to handy to read.
  • Carry a book in your purse or tote bag so, when you’re out and about and have a few spare minutes, you’ll have something to occupy your time. You’d be surprised just how much reading you can get done in a day.

Tips to Get Kids Reading

(Penguin Books USA)

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” –Maya Angelou 

  • We all want the children in our lives to become voracious readers who are constantly curious about the world around them. 
  • Let your children know all the benefits of reading! Not only does it make you smarter and well-educated, but it also allows you to travel all over the world (even to outer space)!
  • Find subject matter that interests them; let your kids read about their hobbies. Remember that reading should be fun!

Spartan and the Green Egg’s Book Series

(From Spartan and the Green Egg’s Book 3, Adventure at Wadi Allaqi)

Use Spartan and the Green Egg’s original title paperbacks—all written by Nabila Khashoggi and illustrated by Manuel Cadag—to get started:

  • A Trip to the Rainforest
  • The Reefs of Mindoro Island
  • Adventure at Wadi Allaqi

 

To learn more about the books that Spartan and the Green Egg has to offer, visit the website!

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