REVIEW TIME | Malis Cosmetics | TRYING OUT A NEW SKIN CARE LINE

Malis Cosmetics is a new Pakistani brand that has launched it’s skin care line that contains a German formula in its products. Surely I am the first one trying this out & reviewing it. I was contacted, offered the products & sent in mail by the company. I was sent their daily use cleanser & the weekly use instant glow set.

Product Name(s): Malis Facial Cleansers (For Daily use) & Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly use)

Ingredients: Vitamin-C, Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Vitamin-E & Fruit Acid.

Price: PKR. 1800 (For daily facial cleanser & weekly instant glow set)

CLAIMS

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Hypo-comodegenic
  • Brightens
  • Instant Shine/Glow
  • Remedy for clogged pores
  • Remedy for uneven skin tone
  • Remedy for excessive sebum
  • Remedy for dull complexion

MY TAKE ON THESE PRODUCTS

The product packaging is pretty descent. I love it’s aesthetic.  The packaging has all the directions of use & ingredients printed on it. The best thing about the product is that it has a pump which makes the use hygienic. Since, I don’t really like the idea of a product in which you are supposed to dip your fingers into the package to get the product out. Well, this depends on everyone’s personal preferences. Besides, the product packaging says “for the glowing skin you deserve” which indicates that the product is suppose to brighten & glow. Basically, I am crazy for anything that says “brighten” “glow” “shine.” I am all about such products. Plus looking at the ingredients mentioned, makes it a to die for product.

1. Malis Facial Cleanser (For Daily Use)

You get about 50ml of product inside the facial cleanser container. The product has a liquid  consistency & comes out in a  foamy liquid form. It is a hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic product which means neither this product would cause any allergic reactions nor it would clog facial pores. It is a must have for people who have a dull complexion, clogged pores, uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmented skin, excessive sebum (oily T-Zone). As mentioned earlier, the product is supposed to open & clean the clogged pores & brighten the skin making it look fresh, bright & youthful. I gave this cleaner a fair try of about 7 days straight away. I noticed a visible difference in my skin tone & its texture. Every time I used it my skin looked extra clean & my hyper-pigmented areas looked less visible than they normally.

Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly Use)

You get 2 bottles of product inside an instant glow set. The packaging on each bottle directs “Step-1” & “Step-2” for ease. Each bottle contains 30ml of product.

  • Step-1: The product is creamy & white, which smells sweet & resembles the scent of Vitamin-E. A thick layer of product is suppose to be applied on to the face for 2 minutes, massaging it gently into the skin, until it is absorbed. Let it sit for 2 minutes & work it’s magic then finish by washing off with normal tap water, patting dry. After 2 minutes of patting dry the face, step-2 needs to be applied.
  •     Step-2: It contains a transparent gel that is the double action cleansing gel which smells like fresh fruits. It is suppose to be applied in the same way as Step-1. It contains Vitamin-c & Fruit Acid.

I gave the weekly instant glow set a good try of 2 weeks. Since it is for weekly use, I used it once each week. I used 2 pumps of each. Immediately post usage my skin felt baby soft, cleaner & tighter which means it deep cleanses the skin making it feel softer & look pinker, giving it a healthy glow & plumping effect. It provides skin the hydration, it loses in the daily pollution. The thing I loved about this set is that it can be used when you have some where important to go, where you need to look fresh & glowing in no time. My family complimented the skin as soon as I used it which is the sign of a visible glow on my skin. Literally, it takes less than 10 minutes to apply the entire set. I loved the results. It really is what it claims to be & really does what it claims to do. I love its fresh & sweet scent. Anyone who is all about brightening skin care range with a plus of natural & fresh scents, will definitely love Malis Cosmetic. I 100% recommend Malis Cosmetics & I will surely buy this product once I am stocked out. This is my new favorites & in the list of must haves.

My Rating & Recommendations: A 100% Pass (10/10) Loving it!!!!

P.S. Thanks to Malis Cosmetics for sending their line for reviewing. I loved the entire collection.
#ShoutOutToOurPakistaniProducts #ShoutOutToMalisCosmetics

 

BREAST CANCER & ITS PREVENTION

The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast.

WHAT IS A MALIGNANT TUMOR?

A tumor that invades surrounding tissues, is usually capable of producing metastases, may recur after attempted removal & is likely to cause death unless adequately treated.

INTRODUCTION TO BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations or abnormal changes in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells & keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes & “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.

Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty & fibrous connective tissues of the breast.

INCIDENCE RATE

Approximately 1 in every 9 Pakistani women is likely to suffer from breast cancer. This is one of the highest incidence rates in Asia. Pakistani women show an incidence rate of 50/100,000. The pattern of rapid premenopause increases in breast cancer is also seen in Pakistan, but breast cancer risk plateaus after the age of 45 years.



SIGN & SYMPTOMS


The changes appears in the breasts:

  1. Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
  2. Dimpling anywhere on the breast
  3. Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  4. Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  5. Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked)
  6. Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  7. Skin of the breast, areola or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange
  8. An existing lump that gets bigger
  9. Vaginal pain
  10. Unintentional weight loss
  11. Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  12. Too many visible veins on the breast

Any Nipple Discharge—Particularly Clear Discharge Or Bloody Discharge

It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.




RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER

These risk factors are divided into 2 forms:

  1. Modifiable Factors (which can be changed)
  2. Non-Modifiable Factors (which cannot be changed)

NON-MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS:

  1. GENDER: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but it’s about 100 times more common among women than men.
  2. AGING: Your risk of developing breast cancer goes up as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
  3. INHERITING CERTAIN GENES: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they are caused by gene defects (called mutations) passed on from a parent.
  4. BRCA1 & BRCA2 GENE CHANGES: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer.
  5. FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER: It is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease. Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer about doubles a woman’s risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives increases her risk about 3-fold. Although the exact risk is not known, women with a family history of breast cancer in a father or brother also have an increased risk of breast cancer. Overall, less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
  6. PERSONAL HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER: A woman with cancer in one breast has an increased risk of developing a new cancer. This risk is even higher if breast cancer was diagnosed at a younger age.
  7. RACE & ETHNICITY: Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African. In women under 45 years of age, however, breast cancer is more common in African-American women. Asian & Native American women have a lower risk of developing & dying from breast cancer.
  8. DENSE BREAST TISSUES: Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, fibrous tissue & glandular tissue. A woman is said to have dense breasts on a mammogram (radiological test to scan density of breast tissue) when she has more glandular & fibrous tissue & less fatty tissue. Women with dense breasts on a mammogram have a risk of breast cancer that is 1.2 to 2 times that of women with average breast density. A number of factors can affect breast density, such as age, menopausal status, the use of certain drugs (including menopausal hormone therapy), pregnancy & genetics.
  9. STARTING MENSTRUATING BEFORE AGE 12: Women who have had more menstrual cycles (periods) because they started menstruating early (before age 12) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk may be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen & progesterone.
  10. GOING THROUGH MENOPAUSE AFTER THE AGE OF 55: Women who have had more menstrual cycles because they went through menopause later (after age 55) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk may be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen & progesterone.

MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS

  1. DRINKING ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  2. BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE: Being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk.
  3. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Evidence is growing that physical activity in the form of exercise reduces breast cancer risk.
  4. HAVING CHILDREN: Women who have not had children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk overall.
  5. BIRTH CONTROL: The use of oral contraceptives. Studies have found that women using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them.
  6. DEPOT-MEDROXPROGESTERON ACETATE (DMPA; DEPO-PROVERA): This is an injectable form of progesterone that is given once every 3 months as birth control. A few studies have looked at the effect of DMPA on breast cancer risk.
  7. HORMONE THERAPY AFTER MENOPAUSE: Hormone therapy with estrogen (often combined with progesterone) has been used for many years to help relieve symptoms of menopause & to help prevent osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). This treatment goes by many names, such as post-menopausal hormone therapy (PHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) & menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).
  8. COMBINED HORMONE THERAPY (HT): Use of combined hormone therapy increases the risk of getting breast cancer. It may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer.
  9. TOBACCO SMOKE: In recent years, some studies have found that long-term heavy smoking might be linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
  10. NIGHT WORK: Some researchers think the effect may be due to changes in levels of melatonin, a hormone whose production is affected by the body’s exposure to light.

SCREENING TEST

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms.

The average guidelines for a women to screen herself are as under:

  1. Women ages 40 to 44: should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.
  2. Women age 45 to 54: should get mammograms every year.
  3. Women age 55 & older: should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.

Physical examination

This is one of the most easy & rapid test a women can perform by herself. The method is to gently rub one hand against the breast in search of any abnormal hardness, lump, tenderness(pain on touch), abnormal nipple dislocation, abnormal shape & size of nipple & breast, any discharge if seen.

Imaging procedures

Procedures that make pictures of areas inside the body.

  • Mammograms
  • MRI
  • CT-Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • PET-Scan.
  • Biopsy
  • Blood Cell Counts
  • Blood Chemistries
  • Blood Marker Tests
  • Bone Scans
  • Breast Cancer Index Test
  • Digital Tomosynthesis
  • Ductal Lavage
  • EndoPredict Test
  • FISH Test (Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization)
  • IHC Tests (ImmunoHistoChemistry)
  • Inform HER2 Dual ISH Test
  • MammoPrint Test
  • Mammostrat Test
  • MarginProbe
  • Molecular Breast Imaging
  • Oncotype DX Test
  • Prosignia Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay
  • SPoT-Light HER2 CISH Test
  • Thermography
  • Tumor Genomic Tests
  • Urokinase Plasminogen Activator Protein Inhibitor Test

PREVENTION

  1. The most important point to prevent the breast cancer is to decrease the risk factors are already mentioned above.
  2. Self physical examination by the females herself.
  3. Early detection & prompt diagnosis of disease.
  4. Use of Antioxidant containing food such as juicy fruits & green vegetables.
  5. Maintaining personal hygiene.
  6. Breastfeed if possible.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT BREAST CANCER OCCURRENCE

  1. Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.
  2. Exposing a tumor to air during surgery causes cancer to spread.
  3. Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.
  4. All women have a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer.
  5. Wearing antiperspirant increases your risk of getting breast cancer.
  6. Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.
  7. You can’t get breast cancer after a mastectomy.
  8. Caffeine can causes breast cancer.
  9. Wearing an under-wire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

TREATMENT PLANS

Your breast cancer treatment plan is based on both medical and personal choices. It is tailored to:

  • The specific kind of breast cancer (the biology of the tumor)
  • The stage of the breast cancer
  • Other medical issues
  • Personal preferences

Because of the differences between tumors the your treatment plan may differ from person to person. Each treatment option has risks & benefits to consider along with your own values & lifestyle.

Whereas, breast cancer treatment can be divided into two parts; Local & Systemic.

1. LOCAL THERAPY: Local therapy removes the cancer from a limited (local) area, such as the breast, chest wall and lymph nodes in the underarm area (axillary nodes). It also helps to ensure the cancer does not come back (recur) to that area. Local therapy includes surgery & radiation therapy to the breast area.

2. SYSTEMIC THERAPY (ADJUVANT THERAPY): Systemic therapy aims to get rid of cancer cells that may have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. This usually means drug therapy, which travels throughout the body to get rid of cancer cells that may have spread. Systemic therapy includes chemotherapy, hormone therapy & targeted therapy. Because systemic therapy is in addition to (an adjunct to) breast surgery, these treatments are often called adjuvant therapy.

Young women WITH BREAST CANCER

Young women with breast cancer have special concerns about early menopause & loss of fertility due to treatment.

SURGICAL THERAPY

Mastectomy (removal of breast) is the effective procedure done to get rid of breast cancer. This depends on the stage of cancer present, it might include the excision of lymph nodes of armpit or a complete armpit removal.



 

P.S. There is no shame in self-examination. It is good to know your body. Prevention is always better than cure! 
#ByeByeOctober #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #TheWordsCraft

THE BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE

The mysterious death game “Blue Whale” also called as “Blue Whale Challenge” has become a sensation these days. The game based on alternate reality (mixture of reality & virtual reality). Some people believe these are just fake rumors whereas some believe it to be true. This game isn’t new, it dates back to 2013. It was released in Russia with “F57” a leading social media registered death group of the VKontkate social network. VK is a popular Russian social networking site. There used to be an online pressure group with the name of F57 on VK social network which had depressive, self-harm & suicidal content. Many teenagers joined that group & it kept gaining popularity within such. The 1st case of suicide was reported in 2015 in Russia. Mother of Rina Palenkova – the 17 years old deceased girl wanted to know the reason of her suicide. She started investigating her social media accounts & contacted some professional social media investigation agencies who found out that the girl was an active member of F57 & she shared depressive content on her VK profile via the F57 online community. Rina got to know about the game “Blue Whale” from the same group. She has posted a status saying “goodbye” & her photo on her VK profile before jumping in front of a train.


Rina Palenkova’s last photo before jumping in front of a train.

It was later discovered that more than 130 Russian teenagers committed suicide due to this group & game. This group has been put down now.

Philipp Budeikin, a 22 years old Russian formerly a psychology student is said to be the inventor of this game who had been a victim of child abuse in his childhood. In an interview he said, “There are people & there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people. It started in 2013 when I created F57 [online] community. I’d been thinking through this idea for 5 years. It was necessary to distinguish normal people from biological rubbish.” He calls the players of this games as biological waste who is happy to die.


Philipp Budeikin the master mind of the sucidal game “Blue Whale Challenge” in the court.

The game has killed so many teenagers so far. Moreover, this game is not publicly available. The administrators strictly control who can gain access to it. Recent reports suggest that the admins identify their victims & send them the link via social media, which once opened on their phones or computers copies every single data from their devices to the administrator’s & also tracks the victim’s location & activities.

What makes youngsters self-harm & even kill themselves?

The game consists of 50 tasks, .i.e. 50 tasks for 50 days. The tasks in the beginning of the game are easy & interesting. As the levels proceed, the tasks start to become more tough. The administrators of the game provides a new task everyday at 4:20 a.m when the mind is at it’s weakest. The tasks are to be performed on daily basis. A photo or video recording is necessary while doing the given task, since the curators see the photo or video, also they have the access to the player’s phone where they get to see the way those tasks are performed. Once the game is registered, it has to be played & completed. In case, someone denies to perform the given tasks they are sent threat messages by curator. Even the players are told that they’ll kill their parents & family. Therefore the players are forced to play the game even if they want to leave & they end up killing themselves. According to the statistics teenage girls have been effected the most.


The kin dof tasks performed by Blue Whale Challenge players.

According to an international newspaper, Budeikin the ringleader of the Blue Whale game had been jailed in July 2017 in  Kresty Jail in Saint Petersburg Russia where he is being held for 3 years for inciting young people to kill themselves.




The dilemma is constant whether imprisonment of the master mind of this suicidal game will actually bring this death game to an end? Or will this continue to spread like wild fire & take lives of more teenagers?

IMPORTANT POINTS FOR ALL:

  • Similar games like Blue Whale have been created named as, “A Silent House, A Sea of Whales, Wake Me Up at 4:20, Popcorn Carnival.”
  • Do not click any link(s) sent to you on whatsapp, facebook, twitter or any other social media. Even if the link is sent by a friend.
  • Parents should keep an eye on their children & their social media accounts & their gadgets & the games they are playing.
  • If you find anyone playing this game, immediately seek attention to it & report the case.
  • There is no shame in asking for help. If you feel that you are being attracted to this game or you feel like playing this game, talk to someone about it. You need counselling.
  • Sucide Prevention Helpline Number for Pakistan created by Sukh Chan Club: 042-35761999
  • Suicide Prevention Hotlines for other countries can be found here.

May Allah (S.W.T) save us all!

 

JOURNEY AS A CEO – BEHIND THE SCENES

One year back, this day, The Words Craft was launched & was made functional. This is why 1st September is so important to me. Today when I look back & try to remember how it started, it seems so dramatic & I feel sentimental. The idea of having my own blogging website popped up during a phone conversation with a friend come brother. We often have long conversations about life & ideas & other creative stuff. I told him that I wanted to write. He was well-known of my writing skills as I wrote some content back in 2013-14 for his online magazine. So he gave me the idea to start my own blogging website. I was like “Yes! I can do this.” Immediately after the phone call I started jotting down the important points that he told me. I still have that notebook & that is very special to me. I made a list of things & ideas that were needed to materialize. I made a budget plan. Next I thought of a friend who has the similar interests. I called her & told her about the idea. As expected, she was by my side. Next, I started thinking of names for my blog.



At first I decided to name it same as my previous blog which I had on eblogger which was “Pen With Me.” Due to some technical issues I had to come up with another name. “The Words Craft” was the name I finalized & bought the hosting & domain on 19th July 2016. According to the list I made the next task was to design a logo. I sketched a few logos on my notebook but I wasn’t really satisfied. After several tries, the task was given to a professional designer who designed the logo for us. People ask me why I selected such a rare theme colour. The answer is, I wanted the theme colour to be purple as it represents youth, sophistication, royalty & spirituality. By the grace of Allah everything was happening the way I wanted it. Issues began arising when web-designing started. The launching of website was scheduled for the 2nd week of August, which got delayed for some reason. Everything seemed nearly impossible at that time. My morale got totally down & I stopped working, thinking that I won’t be able to do it. Meanwhile, a motivating conversation with my father gave me the courage to keep going. There was a change in plans, web designers, etc & the website got redesigned within 15 days. The test article was uploaded on 26th August & on 1st September 2016 The Words Craft was launched officially. Thanks to ZeeshSoft for being a lifesaver & making the impossible totally possible. Thanks to my besties Humal & Faraz, for being there since the beginning to this day. This one year has been incredible. We have a long way to go. I wish my entire team good luck & best wishes!

14th AUGUST & THE GENERATION OF 90’s

“Pakistan was created the day when the first Muslim entered the subcontinent.” – Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah

This has been one of the historical quotes of Quaid-e-Azam. Haah! Pakistan! My heart aches! It comes to my mouth when I flash back to the making of Pakistan. A journey of 70 years have been a greater drama then the actual day of independence. Pakistan, The Islamic Republic state, is a country where we love each other today as much as we used to. Back in the days everything was difficult & unapproachable but today everything exists at an arm’s length or maybe less.

Pakistan is a nation of 185 million people registered currently by NADRA but I bet there are more Pakistanis yet to be registered. Most Of them live under poverty line & we think we are independent. Independence, is for only those who can buy the flag, wear expensive dresses & brands & join the sale drama played every quarterly. Life is a drama in Pakistan but 14th August is the best day to showcase & stage it. All of the country becomes a theater where everyone’s playing a role of pleasure giving character. The character could be any but we are doomed with it. Somedays it appears, we have got independence only for buying flags, wearing new clothes & for partying. What do we actually do on the rest of days which can prove us to be independent.

We are so far from where we started but where we have reached is unknown to us. Can we ask ourselves certain questions to know where we stand today? Is Pakistan a place of best biologists? Is Pakistan a place of Best mathematician? Is Pakistan a place of Best linguists? But we are independent since 1947. This year make a vow to prove in the next 70 years that we are independent. Let the industry of education be that industry where Pakistan is unbeatable. Yes I know…you will say I haven’t read about that exceptional 66A holder of Pakistan! I am not talking about exceptionals, I want it to be regularity, the casual & the routine. May we all have a wonderful 14th August & 70th year as an independent nation & may we have many more.

Long Live Pakistan!

REVIEW TIME | Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks Vault of 12 | TRYING OUT DUPES

We all are familiar of a famous makeup brand known as “Huda Beauty” created by a famous makeup artist “Huda Kattan.” The brand is quiet expensive. For those who love playing with makeup & colours & those who crave brands can not afford it. Currently, “The Dupe Trend” has changed the game.

Why buy expensive brands when high quality dupes are available?!

I was offered & sent Huda Beauty Dupes in my mail by a facebook page “She Means Beauty & Business.” Tbh I was surprised to see the vault & the product’s quality. I swatched the liquid lipsticks on my arm. Moreover, I wore the liquid lipsticks turn by turn to test for the claims of 24 hour wear time to check how much water proof & kiss proof they are. Surprisingly, my take on dupes totally changed as I tried this.

Product Name: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks Vault of 12

CLAIMS

  1. Matte finish
  2. Maintains lips’ hydration
  3. Light weight
  4. Transfer-free finish
  5. Long-wearing
  6. Transfer-proof

MY TAKE ON THIS PRODUCT

The vault is extremely attractive & eye catching. As shown in the photos on internet, it is black in colour with product branding on the top.

She Means Beauty & Business” placed a note inside the vault which said “Dear Ayesha, We hope you like the product. Looking forward to a healthy
relation & a positive review. Keep shopping with us! Team, She Means Business! XO” The best thing about opening the vault was seeing this note waiting to be read, which was placed over the colourful liquid lipsticks.

The liquid lipstick container is made of frosted arcylic container with a doe foot applicator which was neither too stiff nor too soft. The doe foot applicator picks up moderate amount of product from the lipstick container.

When it comes to the liquid lipstick claims most of them are true, surprisingly even with these dupes. They have a matte finish. They are long lasting, water proof, transfer proof, light weight. There was something more that I noticed. These liquid lipsticks are scented. They have a sweet & pleasant scent. Whereas, I did not find these liquid lipsticks to be very hydrating as I already have dry lips which makes matte lipstick application alone, without any top coat or clear gloss uncomfortable for me. Since I face this issue with every other matte lipstick I use from whatever brand, therefore I am not counting on this issue much. Other than this I love the versatility of the shades. Ranging from nudes, pinks, purples, reds & browns.

I applied all the 12 shades on my arm for swatching purpose. Here are the swatches along with the shade name mentioned accordingly:



The swatch marks lasted for straight 48 hours. I used soap, cleansers, loofah & everything except makeup removers to check how long they stay. The colours definitely became dull as I used loofah but they were bright enough.

Something I heard about dupes was that they are not same as the original. They are sticky & smell like chemical. They taste bitter. They cause sores & infections. I had the same things in my mind & I was reluctant to try out dupes. But this experience has totally changed my mind & views about dupes. I would love to buy & review dupes. I totally agree with the statement She Means Beauty & Business mention regarding their product saying they are “Highest Quality Dupes at Reasonable Prices.” I totally agree with this statement. Moreover,  I would recommend people to buy dupes from She Means Beauty & Business.

You can also get upto 10% discount on your purchases by using the discount code “THEGLAMLIFEBYAISHAIQBAL” on your purchases from She Means Beauty & Business.

P.S. The video is sponsored by SHE MEANS BEAUTY & BUSINESS.

 

THE BEST REVENGE IS NOT TAKING ANY REVENGE

In life, the best revenge is actually not taking any revenge at all. It is not even holding on to any anger at all. It is moving on with your life. It is showing them that life is so much better after they are gone. It is easy to blame those that have wronged us, for just about everything that is wrong with our life. If it was not for them, I would be happy. If they did not do this, I would be where I want to be.

Most people get so caught up in blaming that they continue to blame & sabotage their own life, long after the person is gone from their life. Most people hold on to the blame because it is easier than moving on. Having an excuse or story of why they are not where they want to be gets them sympathy from others. The victim role gives them comfort & it is much easier than taking responsibility & moving on with their life. However it is not & will never be a happy place to stay happy.

Those who take responsibility for their life & are wanting to move one & put their past behind them are much more likely to gain freedom, success & happiness. There are horrible people in this world that have done wrong by others. It is not condoning other’s behaviour. It is taking back the power they have from you, when you are the one suffering long after they are gone. Who wins if you keep blaming them? Who wins if you move on, forget about them & create the best life & success you could ever imagine?Who wins if you move on? Who wins if you forget about them? Who wins if you create your best ever life, full of success & abundance? YOU WIN!!

Take back your power. Blame them for, what they have done, but do not blame them for what you have not done. Blame them for what they have done, but bless them for making you even stronger, for making you better. Blame them for what they have done, but thank them for showing you exactly what you do not want. You can blame the world for bringing them into your life, but then grateful for all the lessons it taught you, all the strengths it gave you, all the perspectives it gave you. Know in your heart that if they knew better they would do better. Know in your heart you do not need to take on any of your negative energy. How good does it feel to take that baggage off your shoulders? To focus on building your future. What a blessing! LET GO! MOVE FORWARD. NEVER LOOK BACK.

The best revenge is not taking any revenge.
It is simply moving on with your life, creating the best version of yourself.

CANCER & ITS PREVENTION

Definition

A malignant growth or tumor resulting an uncontrolled division of cells.

Introduction

  1. PHYSIOLOGICAL (NORMAL MECHANISM): The human body is made up of trillions of multiple types of cell which is known as basic structural unit. As every structure have its own life period up to which it lives. The cell has also the same. Therefore the nature has provided cell, the ability to divide & make its offsprings, expect of few type of cells. The cells continuously keeps on dividing & the other cells keeps on dying apoptosis (programmed cell death). This process of division & killing is regulated by certain genes & regulators. There is strict monitoring of these regulators so that the excessive cells are not formed & the excessive cells and not killed. Once there is an abnormality in the regulator the cells starts excessive division here the word cancer begins.
  2. GENETIC CHANGES: In normal cells, genes regulate growth, maturity and death of the cells. Genetic changes can occur at many levels. There could be a gain or loss of entire chromosomes or a single point mutation affecting a single DNA nucleotide.


 

There are 2 broad categories of genes which are affected by these change:

  • ONCOGENES: These are cancer causing genes. They may be normal genes which are expressed at inappropriately high levels in patients with cancers or they may be altered or changed normal genes due to mutation. In both cases these genes lead to cancerous changes in the tissues.
  • TUMOR SUPPRESSORGENES: These genes normally inhibit cell division & prevent survival of cells that have damaged DNA. In patients with cancer these tumor suppressor genes are often disabled. This is caused by cancer-promoting genetic changes. Typically, changes in many genes are required to transform a normal cell into a cancer cell.


 

There are usually two broad terms used in case of cancer:

  1. Benign
  2. Malignant

The term Benign is used in case of tumor which does not have the potential to spread or replicate so fast and does not have the ability to metastasize to the other organs. They are usually not worrisome.

The tern Malignant is used in those tumors which are relatively aggressive then benign & have the potential to replicate faster then benign & have the ability to metastasize to the other organs.

Types of cancers according to the Morbidity & Mortality




 

There is a big question in everyone’s mind is what causes the cancer but the answer is still unknown to the science yet certain mediators certain may be responsible which are as follows:

CHEMICAL CARCINOGENS

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Aflatoxins
  • Asbestos
  • Poly-cyclic hydrocarbons
  • Cancer chemotherapeutic drugs
  • Benzene
  • Chromium

RADIATIONS

  • Ultra-Violet rays
  • X-rays

VIRUSES

  • RNA Virus (HIV, Human T-cell virus)
  • DNA Virus (HPV, Hepatitis B, C, HSV type II).

DIETARY FIBERS

  • Low fiber diet
  • High fat Diet
  • Alcohol consumption

It is said that certain chronic diseases may lead to Cancer which includes:

  • Chronic varicose ulcer
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Old burn scars
  • Tropical burns scars
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Gall stones
  • Crohn’s & Ulcerative colitis

What if I have a tumor? How can I know that is it benign or malignant? Do I have to wait for a Doctor to tell me?

The answer to your question is NO. You can yourself evaluate between the benign & malignant but always remember always meet a doctor for the confirm diagnosis.

Here come the difference between the clinical benign & malignant tumors:

The benign tumors are always:

  • Slow growing
  • They are mobile (can move not fixed)
  • Do not have Ulceration
  • They are soft to touch
  • Does not bleed

Where as the malignant tumors are always:

  • Rapidly growing in nature
  • They are fixed adhered to the wall
  • Shows ulceration
  • Firm to hard while touching
  • Usually bleeds on touch or otherwise

These signs can give you an idea about the severity of you disease.

What can be the symptoms?

Yes!! The symptoms can also give the hint.

The benign tumors usually are symptom less they are found on the examination usually which may include:

  • Pain at any site
  • Pressure effects
  • Compression to any nerve or vessel
  • Vague pain or complains
  • Can produce the signs of obstruction or any hormone production

A malignant tumor produces the symptoms which includes:

  • Pain at any site
  • Bleeding from any site
  • Edema formation (Swelling sign)
  • Fever
  • Infections
  • Anemia
  • Malignant Cachexia (Weakness, Loss of weight, Insomnia, Loss of Apatite & Fatigue)

How to investigate a Cancer?

There are two types of investigations done for the purpose of cancer:

  1. For the purpose of diagnosis
  2. For the purpose of spread & Mets.

Cancer investigations includes a complete history with a complete physical examination, lab reports & radiology reports.

CYTOLOGICAL EXAMINATION: The cellular study is performed where the cells are seen live under microscope their nature activity & biology gives the evidence of being cancerous or non-cancerous. The methods to take the cells are:

  • FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology)
  • Trucut biopsy
  • Core cut biopsy
  • Frozen section

SEROLOGICAL EXAMINATION: The serological study is designed to perform via blood examination where certain specific & non-specific tumor marker are detected to know about the presence of type of cancer such as:

  • CEA
  • AFP
  • HCG
  • PSA
  • Monoclonal immunoglobulins.

RADIOGRAPHIC STUDY: This is performed in a dual beneficial aspect to know the morphology of the tumor & also to know about the spread of disease beneficial in treatment & staging which includes:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT-Scan
  • MRI
  • DEXA-Scan
  • Sestamibi-Scan
  • Isotope-Scan
  • PET-Scan
  • Mammography
  • HIDA-Scan

How can I prevent from being attacked from Cancer?

Cancer prevention is an important topic to be discussed the preventive measures. Certain cancers can be prevented by early detection soon when the changes are about to begin.

  • Such as PEP smear for cervical cancer
  • Mammography & breast examination
  • Testicular cancer by testis examination

Early sign or symptom of any condition discussed above if seen in any patient can prevent the person from malignancy.

Dietary factors can also prevent this condition which are:

  • Use of antioxidant fruits & vegetables
  • Sour fruits
  • Juicy fruits
  • One of the best fruit yet found is know as SOUR SOP and its leave the other name of this fruit is GAYA BANO.


How can I get treated form cancer?

There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment that you have will depends upon the type of cancer you have & how advanced it is. Some people with cancer will have only 1 treatment, but most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. You may also have immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy.

THE Side effects of Cancer therapy

The effects varies from person to person but few of them are:

  • Anemia
  • Appetite Loss
  • Bleeding & Bruising (Thrombocytopenia)
  • Constipation
  • Delirium
  • Diarrhea
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia)
  • Infection & Neutropenia
  • Lymphedema
  • Memory or Concentration Problems
  • Mouth & Throat Problems
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Nerve Problems (Peripheral Neuropathy)
  • Pain
  • Sexual & Fertility Problems (In Both Men & Women)
  • Skin and Nail Changes
  • Sleep Problems
  • Urinary and Bladder Problems

 

رمضان اور سگریٹ کا روذہ

آج سے چند روز بعد سارا نظام بدل جائے گا۔دوکانوں پر چپس ‘ بسکٹ ‘ ڈبل روٹی‘ انڈے اور بوتلیں سامنے رکھی ہوں گی لیکن سگریٹ چھپا دیے جائیں گے گویا روزہ صرف سگریٹ سے ہی ٹوٹتا ہے۔سارا دن ٹی وی پر مشروبات کے فرحت بخش اشتہارات چلیں گے اورروزہ داروں کا صبر آزمائیں گے۔بڑے بڑے برینڈ اچانک اپنے اشتہارات میں عقیدت کا رنگ بھر لیں گے اور ہر چیز رمضان کا نام لے کر بیچی جائے گی۔افطاری کے قریب ٹی وی پر باتھ روم کلینر کے اشتہارات بمعہ تصویر دکھائے جائیں گے اور بار بار دکھائے جائیں گے۔رمضان کے احترام میں جگہ جگہ ’ڈیزل‘ میں پکے پکوڑوں سموسوں کی دوکانیں کھل جائیں گی ‘ مسجدیں یکدم آباد ہوجائیں گی اورگداگروں کی ٹولیاں ہر طرف گشت کریں گی۔شیطان بند اور انسان آزاد ہوجائیں گے۔دفاتر میں کام ٹھپ ہوجائے گا کیونکہ کچھ لوگوں کو یقین ہے کہ روزہ دار کا حق ہے اگر وہ روزہ رکھے توبے شک کوئی کام نہ کرے لیکن تنخواہ پوری لے۔
کچھ روز بعد ٹریفک بے ہنگم سی ہوجائے گی‘ افطار کے اوقات میں لوگ ہوا کے دوش پر اڑتے نظر آئیں گے‘ چوراہوں پر ٹریفک جام ہوجائے گی‘ سب کو صر ف ایک ہی جلدی ہوگی کہ کسی طرح گھر پہنچ کر افطاری میں شریک ہوجائیں۔پہلے یہ ہوتا تھا کہ جب کوئی کہتا تھا کہ ’میں روزے سے ہوں‘ تو بے اختیار اس کے لیے احترام کے جذبات امڈ پڑتے تھے۔ آج کل جب کوئی یہ جملہ کہتا ہے تو پتا نہیں کیوں یکدم خوف طاری ہوجاتاہے کہ موصو ف کہیں یکدم بھڑک ہی نہ جائیں۔ہمارے محلے میں ایک حاجی صاحب رہتے ہیں جو روزہ رکھ لیں تو پورے محلے کو اندازہ ہوجاتاہے کہ حاجی صاحب روزے سے ہیں ۔ حاجی صاحب کا تقاضہ ہوتا ہے کہ انہیں دوکان پر سب سے پہلے سامان دیا جائے کیونکہ ان کا روزہ ہے‘ سائیکل پر جارہے ہوں تو بیچ سڑک میں چلتے ہیں ‘ گاڑی والا ہارن دے تو گھور کر ایک ہی جواب دیتے ہیں’اوئے۔۔۔میرا روزہ ہے‘۔ لوڈشیڈنگ کی صورت میں بنیان پہن کر گھر کے صحن میں لیٹ جاتے ہیں اور سب بچوں کو حکم دیتے ہیں کہ مجھے زور زور سے پنکھا جھلو‘ میر اروزہ ہے۔مالک مکان کرایہ بھی مانگنے آئے تو یہی جواب دے کر بھگا دیتے ہیں۔
گرمی بہت ہے‘ روزے یقیناًانتہائی سخت ہوں گے‘ ایسے میں حاجی صاحب جیسے کئی لوگوں نے پہلے سے ہی کچھ ضروری انتظامات کرلیے ہیں مثلاً میرے ایک بٹ دوست نے پکا ارادہ کر لیا ہے کہ وہ سحری میں چار بڑے گلاس دہی کی لسی کے پئیں گے تاکہ سارا دن پیاس نہ لگے۔ پچھلی دفعہ بھی انہوں نے ایسا ہی کیا تھا اورایسی خماری چڑھی تھی کہ افطاری کے وقت جب انہیں نیند سے اٹھایا جاتا تو آنکھیں ملتے ہوئے اٹھتے کہ ’ایڈی جلدی دن گذر گیا؟‘‘۔بٹ صاحب افطاری میں دال چاول کا پتیلا لے کر ایک طرف بیٹھ جاتے ہیں اور اکثر تب اٹھتے ہیں جب پتیلے میں سے خود آواز آتی ہے کہ ’بٹ صاحب ہن تے مینوں چھڈ دیو‘۔ایک اور صاحب ہیں جنہیں ہر وقت یہی شبہ رہتا ہے کہ ان کا روزہ ٹوٹ گیا ہے۔روزے کی حالت میں فون کر کرکے دوستوں سے پوچھتے ہیں کہ بیگم پیاز کاٹ رہی تھی‘ آنکھ میں آنسو آگئے‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟ ۔۔۔ٹی وی لگایا تو اچانک ایک گانے والے چینل پر نظر پڑ گئی‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔گھرمیں بریانی پک رہی ہے‘ دیکھ کر منہ میں پانی آگیا‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔مجھے حسرت ہی رہی کہ کاش کبھی ان کے منہ سے یہ بھی سننے کو ملے کہ آج میں نے بچے سے کہہ دیا کہ باہر جاکر محلے دار سے کہہ دو میں گھر پر نہیں ہوں‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔میں نے تین سو روپے میٹر والا کپڑا بارہ سو روپے میٹر میں فروخت کیا‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔میں نے کل کے باسی سموسے پکوڑے اپنی ماسی کو دے دیے‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا۔۔۔میں نے ساری رات کنڈا لگا کر اے سی چلایا‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔میں نے صبح کی نماز میں ایک بچے کو دھکا دے کر پچھلی صف کی طرف دھکیل دیا‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا؟۔۔۔میں نے اپنے غیر مسلم ملازم کو سارا دن بھوکا پیاسارکھا‘ روزہ تو نہیں ٹوٹا۔۔۔ہوسکتا ہے ان چیزوں سے روزہ نہ ٹوٹتا ہو‘ بہرحال کسی کا دل ضرور ٹوٹ جاتاہے۔
بچپن میں مولوی صاحب ہمیں پڑھایا کرتے تھے کہ روزے کی حالت میں بھوکا پیاسا رہ کر انسا ن کو غریب کی حالت کا احساس ہوتاہے۔ لیکن ہمیں تو اپنی بھوک پیاس مار دیتی ہے کسی کی طرف خاک دھیان جانا ہے۔اصولی طور پر ماہ رمضان میں ہر گھر میں راشن کی مقدار کم ہوجانی چاہیے لیکن اس کے الٹ ہوتاہے۔آپ کبھی حساب لگا کر دیکھئے گا‘ بھوک پیاس کے اِس مہینے میں سب سے زیادہ کھایا جاتاہے۔لوگ بھوک پیاس کو برداشت کرنے کی بجائے اس کے حل ڈھونڈنے میں لگے رہتے ہیں۔پچھلے دنوں فیس بک پر ایک اشتہار دیکھا جس میں دعویٰ کیا گیاتھا کہ ایک گولی کھانے سے آپ کو سارا دن بھوک پیاس نہیں لگے گی لہذا رمضان میں یہ گولی مسلمانوں کے لیے تحفے سے کم نہیں۔ بندہ پوچھے اگر بھوک پیاس ہی نہ لگی تو روزہ کیسا؟ ؟؟ بھائی جی! روزہ رکھنا ہے‘ روزے کو شکست نہیں دینی۔۔۔
وہ لوگ جن کا حقیقی روزہ ہوگا ان کی پہچان بڑی آسان ہے۔۔۔یہ کبھی کسی سے نہیں پوچھیں گے کہ تمہارا روزہ ہے؟۔۔۔یہ تھکے ہوئے بھی نظر نہیں آئیں گے۔۔۔کسی بے روزہ دار کو کھاتے پیتے دیکھ کر اِن پر لرزہ طاری نہیں ہوگا۔۔۔نماز کی صورت میں یہ کسی کو بتائے بغیر خاموشی سے دفتر کے دوسرے کمرے میں جائیں گے اور نماز ادا کرکے واپس اپنی نشست پر آجائیں گے۔یہ گاڑی بھی بڑے سکون سے چلائیں گے ۔دورانِ ڈرائیونگ افطاری کی صورت میں گاڑی ایک طرف روکیں گے ‘ ڈیش بورڈ پر پڑی کھجور کھا کرپانی پئیں گے اور اطمینان سے دوبارہ گھر کی طرف چل پڑیں گے۔۔۔یہ سحری بھی اُتنی ہی کرتے ہیں جتنا عام دنوں میں ناشتہ کرتے ہیں۔۔۔افطاری کے وقت بھی پکوڑوں سموسوں کا انبار کھانے کی بجائے پیاس بجھائیں گے اور کچھ دیر بعد معمول کے مطابق رات کا کھانا کھائیں گے۔۔۔ان کے چہرے پر آپ کو بیزاریت کی بجائے بشاشت نظر آئے گی۔۔۔یہی وہ لوگ ہیں جو روزے رکھتے ہیں‘ بھگتاتے نہیں۔۔۔یہ سحری کھاتے نہیں کرتے ہیں۔۔۔دفتر کا کام مزید بہتر طریقے سے کرنے کی کوشش کرتے ہیں۔۔۔یہ تعداد کم ہے لیکن اتنی بھی کم نہیں۔ ان کے برعکس وہ لوگ توآپ نے دیکھے ہی ہوں گے جو سحری کے وقت پوری طرح چوکنے رہتے ہیں کہ اذان کے قریب فٹا فٹ دو تین گلاس پانی کے پی لیں اور افطاری کے وقت آستینیں چڑھا لیں۔۔۔
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BEING A FASHION DESIGNER – BUT ONLY FOR A MOMENT

Being a fashion designer is not an easy task. Every profession needs hard work & dedication. Apart from that, a quality time at work is very important to achieve success. These days I am very busy & frustrated due to work. I literally shout on my employees as I am very stressed to meet the deadlines. This week is full of  very hustle bustle due to the new collection launch. What makes me even more frustrated is the lack of discipline that I currently observe at my boutique. I am very disappointed at my workers. I had no meal since morning. I do not even have a second to sit & relax. Currently nothing can please me more than a satisfying customer & a good word of mouth. I aim to work all day & night because success tastes so good. A client needs a dress which is out of the stock. I informed my staff about the demand, but still the staff has not arranged the dress. The client is coming to collect the dress in a while. I have no idea what will happen next. My staff can suspect too many emotions inside me. I am angry, I am worried, I am stressed, I am tired & a lot more. I have never been so worried in my life before. I was thinking about my boutique… It was my dream once & now it is my life. I can not let it’s image ruin. I was lost in my own thoughts when suddenly I heard the alarm ring. Getting back to my senses I realized it was just a dream & I was sleeping in my bed without any worries. I realized I am not a fashion designer. I have orders to fulfill & no requirements to meet.

I started wondering, “Does success or failure really matters when everything has to end anyway? Why is there a need to worry, even if that is for a few minutes? The role that we play in a particular situation or time, is that really our actual role?”

I do not work in reality. My reality is very different from my dream. We all play different roles in different situations. We see hundreds of dreams. We call some dreams good, some bad & sometimes we do not even remember the dreams after waking up. The weirdest thing is that we can feel in the dreams. Sometimes we wake up feeling weird about someone or something after we see a dream. But do we care about the feelings or what happened in the dream? No. Because it was just a dream & we do not have control over it. Now take a moment & think about your life. Life is also like a dream. All that has passed feels like a dream. We run behind so many things. We want fame, success, money, recognition, luxuries & many more. The cost of achieving all these things are sleepless nights, skipping family functions, lack of bonding with friends & less time spent with the loved ones. Stress & anxiety are a companions on the way. Life is exactly like the dream which is going to end anyway, no matter what we do. We get stressed over little things. Everyday is a race for something different in which we play a different role every other day, every other moment. Now if you look back at moments in the past you will feel weird for feeling so worried back in the past. You would have never worried if you knew every thing will be perfectly alright. Life is a dream where every day every moment we play a different role. We need to understand that all problems, all stress, all worries are just for a limited time. Therefore, do not occupy your mind with worries as this moment will be a dream tomorrow.

         All life is temporary. Why worry about anything that is only temporary!
-Buddha