1st Impression of Justine Tissue Oil

Beauty Bulletin and Justine have been so kind and sent me their new and improved formula of Justine Tissue Oil. I have never used the brand Justine before, so I simply can not wait to see the difference it makes to my skin in the next month. 

As a teenager, I suffer with ance that definitely leaves horrible scars and stretch marks always finds its way to appear on my skin. For a person who has dry skin, this product is a MUST! It’s smooth and nourishes the skin which is perfect for this winter.

What I love most about this product is that it contains natural oils and many vitamins which assist in rejuvenating damaged skin, especially scars and stretch marks. Whenever I’m looking for skincare products, I always look for products that are natural, as they are much safer and healthier to use. 

The packaging of the product is simple and yet so elegant. It comes in a white and orange box that contains a bottle of 100ml of tissue oil.

As soon as I applied this oil to my bare skin, I fell in love with the smell of this product- it is a mixture of sweet almonds and coconut. 

Before applying any product, I always steam my face. The steam opens up my pores and I feel like the product will be more effective. After steaming my face for 10 minutes, I massage this oil onto my face. During the process of massaging my cheeks, I felt that the product absorbed into my skin easily as it was light textured and did not leave my face greasy like how other products do. 

It moisturizers the skin up to 24 hours after applying it on the first go, so my skin feels rejuvenated and fresh. I am really pleased with this product so far and I can not wait to see the difference during the next 4 weeks. 

For the final review, I will be doing a YouTube video, including each time period I used this product. So make sure to stay tuned to my blog and Instagram, to know when that will be up. Also a thanks to Justine and Beauty Bulletin for giving me a chance to try out this product. 


Nutmeg acne face mask? 

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Many of you guys have been requesting me to do acne face masks for different skin types. After reading all the dm’s and messages you guys have sent, I decided to finally do it. But I can only present a post if I’ve tested it myself. 

Today, I had decided to try out the famous Nutmeg acne mask. Nutmeg consists of essential oils that are beneficial for the skin. It has antiseptic properties which help to fight pimples and acne. 

Milk is a skin moisturizer and softener. The combination of these two ingredients, works wonders. It makes the skin brighter and fairer up to two shades. 


  • Nutmeg

  • Milk
  • Honey (optional) 

N.B.- if you have dry skin, add more honey to the mixture. 


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of nutmeg to a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of milk.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey.

Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face. 
Leave it on to dry. Minimum time is at least 30 minutes to get a good effect. You can also leave it overnight to get best results- but that would be a sticky mess. 


Oily skin? Make this mask in water or honey and skip the milk completely.

Turmeric Homemade Mask

Over the past four months that I have been away, a lot has changed. For starters, I’m healthy conscience (to an extent) and secondly I’ve adopted the simple act of wearing hijab (hopefully it’s stays like this).
If you don’t know, I’m not your regular health freak but I’m very particular about what I consume so my skin can look as flawless as all these beauty gurus we see (but the struggle is real). Depending on what we eat, our body will react to it. 

For instance, here are 5 Foods that are the cause of bad skin:

  • Sugar- by cutting out sugar from your diet, redness and inflammation on your skin will reduce. 
  • Dairy- causes hard, painful, underground blemishes that linger for weeks on the chin, jaw line, and the neck area, aka cystic breakouts. This means that your body is getting more dairy than it can tolerate. Your skin tries to get rid of toxins that your body does not agree with, so when you take in too much dairy, it comes out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.
  • Caffeine- Caffeine drinks dehydrate you, and that can make your skin more prone to sagging and wrinkles. If you can’t go without it, make sure to drink the recommended eight glasses of water daily to keep your body and skin hydrated.
  • Processed foods- these are made with additives and preservatives. This causes your hormones to stimulate excessive oil production, thus clogging  the pores and aging the skin.
  • Shellfish- Shrimp, crab, and lobster are high in iodine, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. A better option is fish, which contains omega fatty acids that help improve your skin

My weekly homemade facial: 

Recently, I was skipping through snap stories when I came across a skin care blogger, who featured the tumeric face mask on her account. And like always, I had to try it! 

I always start off with steaming my face as this opens up my pores. This allows my masks to be more effective and I’m guaranteed a pleasing result.

  • Green tea steamer

This green tea steamer makes your skin feel more rejuvenated than the normal boiled water steamer. And it’s as simple as mixing boiling water with a green tea teabag. Due to the fact that I am a bipolar green tea addict, I have managed to get my hands on pure green tea leaves that emanate a stronger smell. About half a teaspoon of green tea leaves would be perfect. 

  • Turmeric mask

This homemade diy has been past down for generations until it got to the stage, where we were embarrassed to use it and much rather buy the ‘inexpensive’ face masks that range from 3 to 5 times the price of the homemade ingredients. Over the past year, homemade remedies have become largely popular and therefore placing brands in a toughie. 


    • 1 tsp flour
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1tbsp milk
    • Turmeric 

    Mix all the above ingredients together and apply to the face. Remove once the mask is completely dry. 

    • The mask should be applied at least once a week. 

    “After trying this face mask on the first day, my skin felt so good. It was helpful in the sense that my acne calmed down and my skin felt rather smooth. It also served as an excellent exfoliator and within 2 days my acne was nearly cured.”

    It’s definitely worth it! 

    Collab with The Teenage Effect Blog

    In collaboration with The Teenage Effect blog, I welcome Sumayya Essack into the world of blogging. Sumayya is a 15 year old South African blogger whose love for writing and fashion led to the birth of The Teenage Effect. However, TTE does not limit itself to the glamorous world of fashion, but explores the avenues of beauty, travel and lifestyle as well. She uses TTE as a platform to express herself, and hopes to inspire many others to delve into their passion and chase their dreams as well…

    Make sure to follow her on Instagram @theteenageeffectblog and @sumzxoxo and check out her blog http://theteenageeffect.blogspot.co.za/?m=1

    “Hello there readers!
    Many of us turn to Instagram, Twitter and most importantly, Pinterest when it comes to trying to find easier methods of getting that perfect look! Yet every so often we are disappointed by the terrible turnout and feel despondent about how foolproof these hacks really are. So, for the convenience of the readers, I’ve put together a foolproof list of three, simple hacks, or better phrased, hack ITEMS, that will leave your skin glowing, your make up on fleek and a longer lasting look.
    1. The Spoon

    After looking up this hack on Pinterest, I now have a spoon stored in my make up back as just another one of my make up essentials. The magic that this one, simple item from your kitchen drawer contains is amazing. For all of us who struggle with the following three things: a lack of being able to wing your eyeliner properly, a badly shaped brow and messy mascara, you’ll find “The Spoon” to be a make up weapon. To get a perfect wing, all you have to do is hold the spoon facing downwards on your eyelid, just below where you want to draw your wing, and draw the eyeliner line using the curve of the spoon. The end result? A neat and pretty wing! If you’re attempting to fill your brows and make them look somewhat stylish, every girl knows that it has to be the right shape. No one wants two thick brown lines on the forehead, do they? I found it extremely handy to use a spoon in this case because the curve of the spoon gives the perfect brow arch. Again, just hold the spoon downwards below your eyebrow, and fill in the area above it.
    2. Baby Powder

    Talcum powder is said to be the ideal make up product, but for many lazy and broke people, the bottle of Johnsons Baby Powder will have to do. I used this simple product to give my make up a vamp up and to keep it ‘secure.’ One of the hacks was to use baby powder between each layer of your mascara to make it thicker and fuller, and it does work. However it is extremely difficult to actually apply it bevause it doesnt work if your mascara isn’t wet, and if it is, it creates a huge, sticky mess. Instead, I let it dry and then take a tissue and dust the powder over my lashes using it, and after that apply another layer to keep it wet. Another hack that I found particularly useful is usinf the powder to keep your make up on. With lipstick especially, your lips tend to lose it’s colour during an event or meal, and this can be especially annoying when you are trying to showcase your beloved lippie. This can, however, be easily solved with baby powder. Apply your coat of lipstick and then press a tissue between your lips. Once that’s done, take a powder brush, dip it in baby powder and brush your lips. It will help keep your make up secure for as long as possible. This can also be used for the rest of your face, but be careful, as a lot of the time, the powder shows and can create a mess.
    3. Aloe

    This is a simple, straightforward and obvious hack that Indian women have been using for ages. Little did we realise the actual beauty benefits until now, though, when Pinterest posted these easy hacks. Break a piece of aloe vera from the plant, slice it into two and squeeze out the jelly. Make sure not to touch the jelly as it has a terrible taste and smell that lingers for hours! Apply the jelly to your face to soothe your acne, treat your blackheads and make your dark circles invisible. Although this hack requires long term use to actually take effect, it really does rejuvenate and benefit the skin to the maximum. It’s a simple home remedy that none of us lack the means to do, and that makes it a perfect fix for those of us too stingy with our money to invest in a Body Shop product that is a processed version of aloe anyway!
    Scrolling through Pinterest, it surprised me to see that so many products that lie unused in our homes are actually rather beneficial when it comes to beauty and make up. If you have any hacks that you’d like to try out, drop a comment below.”
    Au Revoir 


    Makeup hacks gone wrong

    We are suppose to be moving into the ice age but global warming is winning which is causing temperatures to reach a higher degree and those who will not be able to adapt to the heat will eventually die. Fresh water will be scarce because the poles will melt and become undrinkable water which will increase the sea levels causing the coastal areas to be flooded.  

    But excuse me, the world has bigger issues than just the normal ‘The world’s coming to the end’ scenario. Double excuse me, but makeup is our first humanitarian crisis. Forget Trump, forget the silicones Kardashians and just take the rest of your life to ponder about how you will never be able to take pictures without makeup anymore. Plus what else is there to think about, I mean South Africa already has a SpongeBob for a president, water shortages and no electricity for 20 hours of the day, so what do we have to lose?
    Why waste thousands of rands on luxurious branded makeup and tools when you can just make life much easier by being a cheap skate? It’s ridiculous how expensive makeup is and to all South Africans dismay- we have to be selling the fake products for quarter of the original price just to make some pocket money. And if that little amount does not allow you to purchase one Huda Beauty eyeliner at a local trade fair then you just wait and hope that this valentines you get a bouquet of original makeup (as cliché as it seems) *hint hint*
    But I have to ask… What’s the new craze with women using blades on their faces? Just because one famous artist said she uses it, does not give you the incentive to as well.  I know the world is falling apart and women want to be equal to men, but does it really come down to shaving your face ? Come on, you don’t want your face to become prickly, turn green and have razor scars! Eww!

    But nonetheless, I can’t believe that majority of makeup hacks still do not work. And after spending endless amount of time researching and looking at hacks which I thought would be easy enough to at least get me through a ‘5 makeup hacks tried and tested’ post, the realization hit me- well more like fell on my head- but anyways… I would much rather prefer calling it ‘The fails of 2016!’ Now don’t be disheartened and stop reading because maybe you’d learn something and perhaps not pull your teeth out- if it turns out to be the new style in the future.
    Are these makeup hacks fails?

    • Use your lash curler to get the perfect eyeliner sitch- FAIL

      Ok, the reason this was an epic fail beats me. This was actually more messier than a teenage boys room. Unless you have a fetish for drag pandafide queens, I would not suggest using this. But when you do get set up on a blind date with someone out of your league and you want to look as if you just came back from a haunted house on Halloween- then go for it.

      • To make your lipstick last all day, hold a tissue over your lips and dust them with translucent powder- PASS

      Surprisingly this worked so I can’t complain but since I went to school with really red lips the following day after testing this out- I would suggest that you order yourself some really powerful makeup wipes. Though, you might just taste powder if your tissue some how gets torn between your lips. (NB. I WAS NOT CHEWING ON THE TISSUE, JUST SAYING)

      • Place the eye stencil on your eyelid and colour on the empty spaces with mascara- FAIL

      Really now! How on Mars are both wings suppose to be the same size with the same pointiness at the same angle. If I can not perfect my eyeliner with a stencil, how on Jupiter does everyone else manage to wing that butcher knife eyeliner. I find it so astonishing and hell of creepy at the same time that makeup hacks have come down to this. 

      • Brush your teeth with turmeric powder for whitening- PASS

      Mind the taste and the yellow stains left on your toothbrush because this actually works. It’s definitely different from those masks that leave your face looking yellow as if you enjoyed a holi fight or went to a colour run with staining features. This is probably my favourite hack from all because who would not want to have flawless white mealies?

      • Mix corn flour and coco powder together and apply to your oily hair as dry shampoo- PASS BUT NO

       A few weeks ago, a hairdresser advised me to use this as a healthy option instead of dry shampoo. And since my hair becomes oily over night, it would also be a cheaper way out, though it did cover up my baldness. But it made me look as if I had poured a bucket of sand on my head- yes, that rusty shabby hairdo was not working. So I guess I’m stuck to washing my hair everyday to avoid being Ms Over Indian Oily Head. 
      Well that’s all I have for you today… Like and comment down below and make sure to follow me on Instagram @safiyabhamjee and @safiyabhamjee_blog for weekly blog posts. 



        First radio interview 

        My body refused to run out of the studio while my voice disappeared leaving me stuck at the middle of the sentence, not remembering the three questions that jumbled up in my mind and saying nothing further than AND  at the end of the answer that was not fully answered due to the adrenaline that freaked me out. 

        Ohhhkaayyy… You must be thinking that what you just read was super wacko but I was petrified and all those emotions I was feeling as I was on air. I still can not get over the whole experience. 

        I was interviewed by Seraj Bassa on the ‘Drive Home Experience’. The Alansaar crew were welcoming and kept telling me to relax and just be myself, but being the anxiety freak that I am, I froze. I was prepared for months before hand but as soon as I was put on air, everything I planned to speak about came out in *Gibberish*. 

        Maybe I’m just over-exaggerating but the emotions were there for sure. The 10 minutes interview felt like it was going on forever and I was so nervous that I repeated the word ‘personally’ so many times without acknowledging that I was even doing that. 

        Everyone had told me in advance that they were tuning in to that station specifically to hear me, which did not help when Seraj told me to imagine that no one is listening to you. But maybe I’m critising this whole chapter way too much. 

        Overall- the audience said that they enjoyed listening to me speak about my BLOGGING LIFE. And I was congratulated by many. When I had replayed the recording, I was scared that I would have hurt the audience ears with my voice but…. I was revealed that it was not that bad for my first time. 

        And as for Seraj, it seem like second nature. He spoke from the top of his head and remained totally relaxed. I guess he is used to it since he has been presenting for years on radio. I would like to thank him for taking some time of his show to interview me. It was a scary experience but I can not imagine not doing and learning from that for the future.

        What is Imaan?

        Hey guys… so one of my close friends has started a blog to inspire the youth. It will definitely benefit and inspire you to become the ‘better you’, which I spoke about in my last post. Let’s see whether our 2017 ‘BETTER YOURSELF CHALLENGE’ is going to pass with flying colors. And what could be a better way in becoming the best you can be by learning from someone else? Make sure to check out his page and follow.

        Life of a believer

        Imaan is the most beautiful gift a person can receive. There are approximately 7 billion people on this earth and yet Allah has chosen and blessed us with this great gift of imaan. Imaan isn’t just saying that you believe in Allah and his Rasool but it’s saying it with total conviction and sincerity. Every Muslim has imaan but does every Muslim practice on this imaan and make it stronger? Everyone of us is guilty of this. We need to remember that Allah  does not need us , we are merely slaves trapped in this world. Every person on this earth exists solely to worship Allah . Allah can easily snatch away this gift of imaan. We have to learn to live our lives in such a manner that Allah becomes pleased with us. The sahaaba were such people by which Allah was pleased with them and they were pleased…

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        Not exactly a new me! 

        “New year, new me”- why does every year start off with this saying? Yes, you want to become a better you. Yes, you want to go to the gym. Yes, you want to do well in school. But are these goals that you set for yourself worth it? I would prefer saying – “Another day, another bipolar me”. Let’s face it, no one has the same mood everyday and there is not always a day that something new falls from the coconut tree. And I’m definitely sure that “2017” is not going to change you within seconds during that New Year’s Eve party. But there’s no harm in putting in the extra effort to change for the better throughout the year. *ponders about why I run a blog when I’m useless at giving advice*
        Oh my gosh! I didn’t realize it was such a big deal until the needle touched 00:00 on New Years. What exactly? MATRIC! The final year of school and I should be excited that I’m leaving that prison, but the anxiety of thinking that I need to get into university has been pushing down on my shoulders from that night. 

        So I’m not entirely sure how my blog is going to work for this year as I have to work twice as hard to score all A’s- is that counted as a New Years resolution? I won’t promise you guys that I will have a blog post every week, because there’s a high possibility that I will not have any access to gadgets during the year. But if I do find the time and I manage to sneak my phone out of my parents wardrobe (just because I’m such an uncool rebel) then you know what to expect. Perhaps it would be a good detox from social media. 

        Goals for 2017? 

        Well mine is just as cliché as every year, with the normal “become a better me” but as the year goes on I will see where I am suppose to be. Everyone has their own views on 2016 and whether it was a good or bad year for them, but I think that 2016 taught me more than I should have known for a 17 year old. Friend drama, fights, bad grades…. You can name it. But there were a few sparks that will always steal the spotlight when I think back to 2016. But that is so last year so I’m not going to talk about it any further. 

        So here’s to a great year ahead! Here’s to leaving aside the people that blue ticked you, the people who talked behind your back, and the people who don’t treasure and love the real YOU! Here’s to forgetting the past and just doing your best. Because why would you want to waste another year of your life for no reason? 

        Skin Republic 

        I was abit worried when I had received the ANTI-AGE face masks from Skin Republic. Do they really think I look that old? So many of you guys messaged me asking why I’m using such a product while I’m still a teen, and I had to keep making excuses. 

        To be honest, many people think I’m twenty something; that’s WITH and WITHOUT makeup. So what choice did I have?  When my sister had given birth earlier on this year, some old cranky aunties came to visit her. It was just my luck that they had to see me and enquire about my life *sigh* (such typical Indians). They honestly thought I was getting married, 25 and older than my sister who had just gave birth. Yes! They were unbelievable!! 
        I was definitely going to try these face masks after all my embarrassing old face experiences. I’m not sure whether it helped me to look younger but it sure did make my skin feel smooth and reguvenated.

        Better skin in just 4 weeks!

        Who is Skin Republic?
        Skin Republic is an innovative range of sheet masks (yes, those scary Hannibal Lecter sheet masks you’ve seen all over celebrities Instagram accounts) targeting skin care concerns from top-to-toe.

        The range is made in Korea- the skin care capital of the world– dermatologist tested and suitable for all skin types. 

        Did you know your skin regenerates every 27 days? 

        It takes just under a month for you to see the effects of a new skin care regime. 

        The Collagen Infusion Face Mask will help: 

        • Promote firmer, younger looking skin
        • Revitalize and rejuvenate
        • Unlock your inner glow

        So maybe it didn’t help me to look 12 again but it sure did rejuvenate my skin and unlock my inner sparkle. 

        Himalaya Toner 

        The Himalaya Refreshing & Clarifying Toner is my new best friend, as few alcohol free drops cleanses all your pores with just a cotton pad. 
        It refreshes your skin without over drying it as well as tightens the skin. It helps to control excess oil secretion to leave your skin clear, soft and radiant. 

        The lentil and citrus lemon is a natural astringent and cleanser, but besides the obvious, it smells really good. My first impression of this product wasn’t a ‘WOW’ing one but after I’ve seen the results, I can’t stop using it.