A long year has come to an end, with festive vibes everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything due to being caught up with starting university and life in general, and so hopefully will come back to 2018 with fresh and new ideas. Meanwhile, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year! Let 2018 be a year of hope, happiness and all things positive. I pray society comes forward in unity, love and most importantly, peace. Life’s too short to be anything but the best version of yourself, and a positive influence wherever you go. Enjoy the rest of 2017, and go into 2018 with positive vibes only!
Some say petitions are not worth it, though one thing they’re great for is showing solidarity and support for issues and campaigns worldwide. Here are some of my faves currently on change.org:
A full and transparent investigation into the Grenfell tower collapse:
This was a tragic incident in which so many people lost their lives needlessly as a result of pure co-oporate greed and neglect, in one of the wealthiest nations on the planet. Profit was put before people’s lives. It is only fair that the victims are given justice through a transparent investigation which brings those responsible into disrepute:
A petition that follows on from this calls for sprinklers to be fit on all high rise buildings, as this was one of the many neglected steps on Grenfell tower that could’ve prevented such a tragic death toll: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-sprinklers-to-be-fitted-in-to-all-high-rise-buildings
Prohibit the purchase of acid to those without a licence: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-prohibit-the-purchase-of-acid-to-those-without-a-licence This is one that I am especially vocal on, and have written to my local MP about. Check my full post on this issue: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/acid-attacks-in-britain-change-the-law/
Show governments that you stand with refugees: https://www.change.org/p/show-governments-you-stand-withrefugees
Many people stigmatise the intentions of refugees without looking at the inhabitable conditions in which they are leaving. ‘No-one truly wants to put their child on boat unless the water is safer than land’. Their status as a refugee should not be used to degrade them, and in actual fact it is not necessarily about taking as many as you can or even donating as much as you can, but about presenting a human face and demonstrating compassion. They are our fellow humans on one planet, not another species.
Make the cervical screening test (currently offered from the age of 25) available from the age of 18 to high risk groups: https://www.change.org/p/the-government-lower-the-age-of-cervical-cancer-screening-to-18-for-high-risk-groups
So last week I went on a baking craze and thought I’d share the recipe of this pink iced heart shaped cake with multi coloured sprinkles as it came out pretty well:
For the cake, you need:
250g self raising flour
120-175g caster sugar depending on your preference (I put around 150g)
A little bit of milk (1-3 tablespoons)
A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Put the oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4 and grease your baking tin with butter (you will need a heart shaped one to fit this recipe, but it will work well with any other baking tin)
- Using an electric or ordinary hand mixer, mix the sugar and butter together, and then crack the eggs in individually while continuously mixing.
- Sift the flour about 50-100g at a time, and mix thoroughly into the mixture each time. Add the vanilla extract, and a few tablespoons of milk if needed to make the mixture fall off a spoon, but make sure it isn’t too runny.
- Put the mixture into your baking tin, and bake for 30-45 minutes until the cake looks slightly golden, and a knife can come out clean when inserted.
While you leave the cake to cool on a wiring rack, you can make the light pink icing; you’ll simply need:
100g of butter
200g of icing sugar (I personally prefer to use slightly less)
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
One or two drops of red food colouring (the more you use, the stronger the pink will be)
Method: Simply melt the butter and add in all other ingredients, mixing until you form a smooth mixture.
Once the cake is fully cool (allow at least 15 minutes), spread the icing onto the cake, and add on multi coloured sprinkles (you could also use fully chocolate ones, according to your preferences), and voila!
Nothing calls summer relaxation like face masks. I bought quite a few from Boots, Superdrug and Lush but thought I’d share my thoughts on Superdrug’s own brand of face masks (Orange and black lava & sugar and spice) and Love Lettuce by Lush:
Superdrug’s own masks: I tried two of their masks – the orange and black lava mask and the sugar and spice self heating masks. Both left my skin feeling extremely soft even without moisturiser. The first one (orange and black lava) gave me an uncomfortable burning sensation for a few minutes and then stopped, and so I wouldn’t personally use that one again but it did have a great smell and I liked how it hardened into a clay consistency after a few minutes as when washing it off it felt very refreshing and my skin felt exfoliated. I definitely preferred and really loved the sugar and spice self heating mask. It was more of a sticky, jelly like texture with an amazing smell of caramel and Mediterranean clay as well as being of a mild caramel colour. I absolutely love the self heating element; it was one of those masks you could easily fall asleep in. I kept it on comfortably for 15 minutes and to be honest did not want to take it off! It left my skin extremely soft and smooth!
Lush: Love Lettuce – I can never decide which mask to buy from Lush so tried this one after a sales assistant recommended it. It has quite a rough texture with a very earthy smell which I really liked as a change from the more fruity/artificial smelling facial masks out there! I kept it on for 15 minutes without any discomfort and the whole way through it felt highly refreshing and I had that feeling of it really working on my face. After removing it the effects were amazing – it was a strong replacement for an exfoliator and left me with very radiant and healthy looking skin. Can’t go wrong with Lush!
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I thought I’d experiment around with different berries/fruits and ingredients as you do in hot summer weather and ended up making this purple berry smoothie – it’s very refreshing, healthy and easy to make! All you need is:
A handful of blueberries
A handful of blackberries
2 large spoons of Greek yoghurt, or plain if you prefer
Half a cup of milk (use less if you want a thicker consistency)
(Optional) A tablespoon of mixed fruit/seeds – I just used a sachet of mixed dry banana, dates and seeds from Tesco: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=290596363
Simply wash and then mix everything in a blender thoroughly (cut the banana into smaller pieces), serve and enjoy!
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In the past few years acid attacks in Britain, particularly in London, have shockingly increased into the thousands. This is an unprecedented development in modern society where repulsive criminals are resorting to acid throwing on their victim, as an easily accessible way of potentially killing their victim. The acid can completely disfigure the victim’s face, destroying skin tissue and dissolving bones, leading to a life time of psychological/mental, physical and social problems. Recently, in East London, cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar were attacked by a man when they were simply at a traffic stop, completely destroying the lives of two ordinary people going about their lives. Mukhtar, while in tears stated that his life will ‘never be the same again’. The victim believes he was attacked for his ‘race or religion’, and gives a heartbreaking statement on Channel 4 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_X6WlSthsY&t=47s
This goes to show what potential religious, racial or personal tensions within someone can amount to, and is a heartbreaking cost to pay for considering that the regulation of acid sales can and MUST be monitored. Sulphuric acid can easily be bought online for a few pounds, and is readily available in some stores. And the chilling fact is that it can be bought without a license nor questioning. This is being taken advantage of by those with ill intentions to potentially kill someone. It’s crazy that something so lethal can be bought without any form of license indicating why they would need such a chemical because let’s face it – it’s not on the shopping list of the everyday customer.
This is unheard of in a developed nation. But what people need to also understand is that while it is a widespread problem in South Asia, as a gender based/revenge crime particularly towards woman who reject marriage/sexual advances, there are many cases across the world and in the UK, many males have been victims, with perpetrators and victims of all races. The point is that where acid is readily available without a license, the free pass is given for sick minded individuals of any kind to commit this crime as a more easily accessible means of satisfying their agenda as opposed to a knife or gun. These attacks are inhumane and require decisive action to prevent them. One person damaged physically, mentally and socially is one too many. The law must be changed.
Sign this petition to help make this a reality: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-prohibit-the-purchase-of-acid-to-those-without-a-licence
Eid Mubarak to all Muslims across the globe, I hope your day is immersed in peace and happiness. This Ramadan definitely flew by as usual, but more so due to my exams all being during this month. It’s also been a difficult month for many around the world, and including at home in the UK where a number of tragic incidents and acts of terrorism took place, such as the attack on London Bridge, the burning down of Glenfall tower and the attack on peaceful worshippers leaving Finsbury mosque in London recently. It’s also been tough for the thousands who have died in the hands of warfare and terror all around the world, with many continuously perishing in poverty and famine. May we think of them and keep them in our thoughts and prayers and the focus of our humanity and compassion. Always. ❤