We Follow A Muslimah As She Preps For Hari Raya | Clozette


It’s time to rejoice and celebrate as the auspicious Ramadan month of fasting has come to an end. Hari Raya is the time to be thankful for blessings, seek forgiveness and start anew. For non-Muslims, we often see the happenings from afar, but now we get to see it up close and personal through the lens and life of beauty influencer Faa Firds. Watch the video above as she takes us through her Raya preparations. Then read on to find out what keeps her fresh through the festivities.

Wearing a hijab


Here’s one misconception of wearing the hijab Faa thinks non-muslims should know about: “We wear it by choice! That’s the first thing non-Muslims should know about. Also, we do NOT shower with our hijabs on.”



While not all Muslims opt to wear hijabs, Faa decided to do so. “When I was 19, I remember vividly that it was during Ramadan month,” she says of the first time she wore the hijab. “I don’t know what inspired me to wear [it] but I did.” She tried it only on the weekdays at first. “The reason is that I wanted to be 100% sure that this is what I wanted to do before breaking the news to my family,” she shares. “On the first day of Eid [Al Fitr], I came down from my room with a hijab on and my family was surprised yet supportive of my decision. The next day, I woke up to every hijab colour you can imagine laid out in front of me; it was a surprise from my mum.”



Taking care of what’s underneath


Now, she wears the hijab and does so as she prepares for Hari Raya — from getting a new baju kurung to meeting a loved one in between the preparations. But she admits that with all the hustle and bustle of work and errands, there are certain struggles that come with wearing a hijab. “I did suffer from hair loss, itchy scalp and brittle hair,” she shares.



So one thing that Faa made a point in doing is finding a product that works for her, and she found it in Rejoice’s 3-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

The shampoo gives “the power of three hair treatments” packed in one bottle. It contains ZPT that helps treat and prevent dandruff. It also has hot oil to make sure your hair is frizz-free and protected from friction caused by a hijab so it doesn’t break easily. Plus, it has a refreshing cool menthol that makes the wash experience rejuvenating.

“After using the shampoo for almost a month, I especially love how my hair looks,” Faa shares. “I also enjoy the cooling feeling from the menthol in the shampoo. This sensation lasts me at least two hours and sometimes more.”


Get your bottle of Rejoice 3-in-1 Anti-Dandruff shampoo in Malaysia here.


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No matter how busy you are, you never want to look like you didn't take a second to take care of yourself. There are ways on how you can manage to look polished despite your hectic schedule. When strapped for time, we turn to double-duty beauty products and smart fashion finds to save some time in the morning. Take a look at our latest fashion and beauty picks for busy days.


Kersie

Creative Director



SGD95/~USD71.11


"The Melissa Cute Bag is one cute pouch for all kinds of weather. I particularly have my eyes on the classy midnight blue and glitter gold variants. Perfect for busy days, my occasional evening walks or during weekend mall visits with my family where I can keep hands free to take care of my three active kids."


Becks

Editor



SGD43/~USD32.19 (sephora.sg)


"I recently had my hair cut to shoulder length because I was bored with my long hair and in need of a change in outlook. I was under the impression that this new look was going to be low maintenance, but I didn't realise that my pin-straight strands gave me a flat, limp look rather than the textured volume style I was going for. The IGK Beach Club Texture Spray looks like a badass in a can. It is salt-free, volumises and promises to give me that natural textured look."


Jordianne

Sub-Editor


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"There's no denying that dressing up is fun. But sometimes, we just don't have the energy or luxury of time to do so. For days when I need to get out of the door ASAP, I just throw on a dress and I'm good to go. So this printed one from Old Navy summer collection is a nice addition to my wardrobe. Plus, this requires little to no accessorising because of the print. It's a busy (or lazy) girl's dream come true!"


Amanda

Features Writer and Campaign Executive



Light Blue Italian Zest, Price unavailable


"As someone who is in love with scents, this D&G Light Blue Italian Zest perfume immediately piqued my interest with its combination of citrusy top notes and musky base notes. I think it's great for busy days when I need a little pick-me-up. And the right amount of spunk and zing in this scent is just perfect!"




Therese

Features Writer and Community Specialist



SGD45/~USD33.68 each


"Using sunscreen is always a must for me since I use AHA products in my skincare routine, which is known to increase photosensitivity. While I'm diligent in applying sunscreen every morning, I often forget to re-apply because of my busy schedule. That's why this Mineral Invincible Setting Powder with SPF 45 from Supergoop! caught my eye. With this, it's definitely gonna be easier to do touch-ups for both my setting powder and sun protection."


Sabrina

Community Executive



SGD169/~USD126.54 per set of three


"Having oily scalp can be a challenge when you're leading a busy working life. At the end of the day, I always end up with greasy hair.  To combat this, I use dry shampoos to freshen up my locks. Iwas instantly intrigued when I heard of BYREDO Triplé Gagnant's limited edition collection of miniature hair perfumes. It smells amazing, so convenient and leaves hair looking soft and silky. Now, I don't have to worry about bad hair day!"


Next, check out these dual-purpose beauty products that are travel kit-friendly.


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Over the years, Urban Decay has blessed us with unique, quality products that eventually became staples and holy grails in the beauty world. The obvious example would be their iconic Naked Palettes, but there are other beloved products that gained spotlight thanks to recommendations from beauty gurus. Two of those products are Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Original (SGD35/~USD26.18) and All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (SGD48/~USD35.90). Both are designed to make your makeup last longer than its usual wear-off time.




Are they worth the hype? To find out, we put them to the test for a day. Keep reading to see the results!



Above: Applying the Primer Potion; Below: Taken after a day of wearing Primer Potion on the left eye, the right eye has no eyeshadow primer. (As you can see, eyeshadow on the right had already faded while the one on the left remain intact)



"The primer was a bit tricky to work with at first since it gets tacky fast but after a bit of blending, I made it work somehow. I can say that it definitely worked! Just look at how vibrant the eyeshadow on my right eye is compared to one without Primer Potion."



Left: Without All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray; Right: With All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. (Taken a day after wearing the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray on one side of the face. There is little difference in appearance but the right side feels smoother.)


"As a constant 'full face of makeup' wearer, I've never really understood the need for a setting spray and an eyeshadow base. Even if I use mostly drugstore products, I find my makeup performing well through the day without using either of the two. But trying out these cult favourites from Urban Decay somehow changed my mind. It's true that the non-primed or set areas still look okay through a day of wear but it's clear that some areas have faded significantly. Whereas for half of my face where I have set and primed, the colours remained intact and smoother, as if they were just freshly applied."



Above: Applying the Primer Potion; Below: Taken after wearing Primer Potion on the left eye for the day, the right eye has no eyeshadow primer. (Glitter on the side with Primer Potion is more evident and vibrant than the one without)



"I love using glitter eyeshadow but the problem is that it fades easily because my eyelids tend to be oily, especially during the summer. Urban Decay's Primer Potion was very helpful in keeping my eyeshadow look intact. This eyeshadow primer comes with a doe foot applicator, which is very handy, but the tacky consistency makes it a bit hard to spread the product evenly. Eventually, you'll need to use your fingertips to make sure that the primer is blended well."



Left: Without All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray; Right: With All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. (Taken after a day of wearing All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. The right side with the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is less oilier than the other side.)


"Anyone with oily to combination skin will appreciate this setting spray. It keeps my BB cream and powder blush intact. The side with the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray also feels smoother and fresher.  Although the effect of the setting spray doesn't translate much into the photos, in person there's a noticeable difference in the way the skin feels and how the makeup looks. With that said, the price is a bit steep for my budget so while I love this product I'm inclined to find dupes as an alternative."


Next, read our review of the cult-favourite Pixi Glow Tonic


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