29 Dec 2019

Fatima Writes Turns 4 And A Round Up Of 2019

I can't believe this month marks a whole 4 years of blogging on Fatima Writes!

It's been a crazy journey so far! I've had the most amazing opportunities like working with Jack Wills, Panasonic, Hammersons and so much more. The whole blogging experience so far has been great for opportunities like these but also for my confidence, writing skills, photography and even friendships. It's also a great space to call my own - I love spending time tapping away at my laptop, thinking of new blog post ideas, taking pictures and putting together posts.

To anyone who is thinking about starting a blog, I highly recommend it. Even if it is just for yourself. My blog started as a hobby and it is now such a huge part of my life, I can't see myself without it!

As well as blogging bringing me great opportunities this year and the past few years, 2019 has been full of a lot of blessings and great things. From celebrating our first wedding anniversary, turning 23 and getting a kitten, this year has been filled with so much love, joy and happiness. This time of the year always makes me feel nostalgic and is also a time where I think about what I'm thankful for. I feel incredibly lucky to be around a loving and supportive circle of family and friends. I'm especially grateful for my husband - he's been through every up and down with me and continues to love me no matter what.

I've been lucky enough to find my dream job this year too! I've been through 3 different positions (I know, it's a lot) and have finally settled into a position where I am happy and doing what I love. I feel really luck to be there and super excited to see where my career takes me.

Skincare and beauty has been a huge part of my life this year! I've been battling with eczema for a few years now and I've finally learnt to accept it. Embracing my 'bad skin' has made me a much more confident person and it's made me who I am today. I've been learning a lot about me and my skin this year and it's been a wonderful journey. It's made me realise how passionate I am about skincare and how I can help others through my findings and learnings through my blog.

This year has also bought me the chance to set up my own small home business. Fatima Makes is a modern calligraphy and wedding post box business servicing Leicester. I'm just getting started but I'm hoping to work on more products and services for 2020 so please do get in touch if you are interested in post boxes, prints or even workshops.

So we've talked about the past and the present, but what about the future? I'm hoping to put more into my blog, as per usual, as well as my career, side business and anything else life throws at me. I've got a few plans for 2020 but only a couple of them are set in stone so far. You can keep up to date with me and what I'm up to over on Instagram (@fatimawrites_) and my blog.


Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! 

15 Dec 2019

My Quick & Fuss-Free Makeup Routine | Dry and Eczema Prone Skin

As you know, most days I don't bother with make up. I feel like it is not a necessity for me anymore but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a day where I do decide to glam up a bit! My no make up days started to become a regular thing when my eczema flared up really badly on my face but I've found tips and certain products that help my skin look healthy and glowy again despite it feeling the opposite.

So here are the products I use if I am going for that look and it normally takes me all of 5 minutes in the morning - bonus!

First things first is skincare. Applying a super hydrating base is super important as make up can dry your skin out.

Next up for me is concealer. I ditch the foundation on most occasions as it feels far too cakey for me on a daily basis. My current choice of concealer is the Revlon Colourstay Concealer in light medium and I just apply a little bit under my eyes, on my nose, around my mouth and a little dot on my forehead. Using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I quickly buff that into my skin.

I then add a quick dusting of powder, just to mattify my skin a little as it can look a bit too dewy and borderline greasy at times! I use different powders on different days but on this occasion I picked up the NYX HD Powder in Translucent.

After that I move onto adding some colour into my skin. Having eczema means that my skin often looks dull and lifeless so I think adding a touch of bronzer and blusher just makes the skin look fresh and alive again. My go-to bronzers and blushers are always from the Makeup Revolution palettes. These are so handy to have around!

I then take a fluffy eyeshadow brush (my brushes are from Spectrum) and pop a wash of bronzer on the lids. It's the quickest and easiest way of adding some definition to your look without doing anything fancy.

Mascara has always been once of my favourite parts of makeup so I go ahead and add lashings of mascara to my lashes. The L'oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara is a-ma-zing at lengthening and holding a curl.

To finish off the look, I pop a neutral lip colour on. One of my all time favourites is the GOSH lipstick in Cinnamon. The brand is super underrated and this shade is a beautiful creamy, pinky nude shade that always looks good.

And that's my quick, easy and eczema-friendly routine that makes me look glowy and fresh! What are the highlights of your make up routine? 

8 Dec 2019

Currently Loving: The Ordinary

I've noticed recently that I've been having a love affair with quite a few products from The Ordinary lately and figured it had been a while since I've shared my latest portfolio of potions by them on my blog.

The Ordinary is known for their key ingredients and targeted products but especially loved for their affordable and inexpensive price range. There seems to be a misconception that the more you invest in skincare, the more it will benefit you but that isn't the case with this brand and many others available on the market now. I'm aware that Revolution also offer similar skincare products to that of The Ordinary as well as The Inkey List (which I can see becoming a huge competitor brand to The Ordinary), which has more recently become available via Boots

Anyway, I'd share some of my current favourites from The Ordinary 

Multi-Peptide Serum | £15.75

This is one of the newer products in my stash and it is aimed at improving hair density. All you need to do is apply a few drops to your roots and lengths, message it in thoroughly and it promises thicker, fuller and healthier hair.

The serum is concentrated with caffeine, natural extracts and peptides, making it a great product for those trying to grow their hair or improve it's condition. I naturally have thick hair but recently I feel like my hair isn't as strong as I'd like it to be as it is breaking, so I've been using this to revive my locks and make them strong and healthy again.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This is one of the most popular products in the range and the one I feel like most people know of or have tried. It is a serum or pre-moisturiser step that absorbs seamlessly into the skin to provide intense moisture and hydration, leaving it plumper.

'Acid' can sound scary but this formula is gentle enough for daily use and it encourages people to use it once in the morning and once in the evening for maximum results. It's oil-free, so those with oily skin can use it to keep their skin nourished, but that also means it isn't greasy or heavy on the skin at all.

100% Plant Derived Squalane | £5.50

I have used this oil for a few years now and swear by it. It helped my skin come back from a really irritated time just before my wedding and ever since then, I have always had a bottle and a back up in my collection. I feel like it is a dark horse and a hidden gem within The Ordinary range as no one else seems to talk about it!

Squalane is naturally found in the skin and is known for its hydration properties. It prevents the loss of hydration that can cause dull skin so by using plant derived squalane on the skin, it can help add moisture back in and keep it that way. I always describe this as a non-greasy oil, meaning it is suitable for the all skin types and can be used day or night.

I use this after I've applied the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 as it helps absorb the product into the skin - they are like a dream team! The Squalane can also be used in the hair as a hydration booster, but I've not tried that yet!

Argireline Solution 10% | £5.50

This is also a new addition to my skincare collection and it is probably one of my favourites already. I've used it for a couple of months now and it is a product that lessens appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions and prevents them - which is great.

I think this is a great alternative to retinol as it has similar benefits without the ingredient, which can be quite strong. I've previously used the 0.2% Retinol in Squalane and the Argireline is much more gentler on younger skin. I would recommend the retinol for mature skin and this product for younger skin but for those concerned about expression lines (like me and my forehead wrinkles).

What are your favourite The Ordinary products? I'd love to try more!

1 Dec 2019

Five Money-Saving Tips For The New Homeowner

Congratulations if you’ve just moved into your new home or are about to – you’ve reached one of the most exciting milestones in your life! Honestly the moment we got the keys for our first home was up there with the day of our wedding and when the Mr proposed to me. It’s a time in your life when you are in your own little happy bubble of joy.

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