Beauty & Cosmetics

  • Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

    PARIS – France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP on Thursday (April 19).

    The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with a local politician.

    The government said her behaviour showed she was “not assimiliated into the French community” – one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.

    The woman, who has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an “abuse of power”.

    But the Council of State, the court of last appeal in such matters, ruled the government “had not improperly applied” the law.

  • Fashion in Saudi Arabia

    As the Kingdom opens its gates to Arab Fashion Week next week, it is in the throes of a fashion revolution, experts and local Saudi women say.

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    In the last year women have gone from wearing black robe-like dresses, or abayas, with full-face coverings, to more colourful versions of the cloak, with many women even starting to ditch the veil, Hanadi al Hindi, Saudi Arabia’s first ever female pilot told Verdict.

    Wearing the hijab has become optional, nobody does. In the last year you can see a lot of women outside in the restaurants, for example, they are not covering their face or their hair.

    Since Mohammed bin Salman’s ascent to next in line to the Saudi throne, in June 2017, he has passed a fleet of new laws, to empower women, and open up society to entertainment.

    “Every day we hear something new. We are waiting every day for new changes,” Hanadi said.

    But the big shift for fashion came in October 2017, when the crown prince curbed the power of the feared religious police who patrolled streets and malls, enforcing strict Shariah-compliant dress-codes.

    “Now the Crown Prince Mohammed [pictured below] , God bless him, he put limitations on them [the religious police] that they don’t have the authority they used to have. It’s become much different,” she told Verdict.

    They cannot chase people, they cannot ask you to cover. Nothing!

    We don’t see them any more at all, at all. We can’t believe it,” she said, speaking from Mecca city in western Saudi Arabia, home of the most sacred mosque in Islam, the Kaaba.

    I have been living in this country for the whole of my life. I have never seen Saudi Arabia the same as it is now. We walk in the streets, we go everywhere, we feel like we have rights, it’s different.

    The whole idea is before Saudi women were wearing black robes, this was our image around the world, now our robes are changing.
    According to Hanadi, fashion trends in the Kingdom started to shift around four years ago, when the full black dress and full-face covering (niqab) that Saudi women “wore everywhere” started becoming less common.

    “Now we have our make-up on, we have our lashes, everything! I am describing myself right now,” said Hanadi – who flew jets in billionaire prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s private fleet for ten years.

    In a recent interview with CBS news network the Saudi Crown Prince said that women wearing full black head covering and abaya was not enshrined in law.

    “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men.

    “This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or black head cover. The decision is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire she chooses to wear.”

    Arab Fashion week
    Hanadi al Hindi, Saudi Arabia’s first ever female pilot

    “A great platform for local and regional designers”
    ‘Halal fashion’ that is compliant with Islamic law, hits the catwalk for the opening of Saudi Arabia’s first ever fashion week on 26 March in the capital Riyadh.

    Usually held in Dubai, Arab Fashion Week is poised to be a platform for local and regional designers to showcase their latest fashions, senior analyst at Euromonitor International, Amna Abbas said.

    It will also draw designers from the west, whose wildly marketable Halal fashion ranges, have been flying off the shelves at Nike stores and Marks and Spencer since as early as 2016, Abbas said.

    “In the western world modest wear is already increasing its presence with brands such as Debenhams selling hijabs and Marks and Spencer selling Burkinis. Marks and Spencer also has a modest section in its store in the United Arab Emirates too now,” she told Verdict from Dubai.

    Abbas marvelled at a new dawn where east and west fashion worlds have converged, with models donning modest, Islamic-inspired collections strutting down western runways from London to New York.

    “Even, luxury brands, such as Dolce and Gabbana debuted its first Abaya and Sheila collection in 2016 and followed another of its range in spring of 2017. Therefore, this shows key areas of opportunities for local and western designers,.

    “The event is a great platform for local and regional designers to display their fashion taste and latest designs at the same time provide western designers the opportunity to cater to the region.”

    Dubai’s consumer cathedrals
    When it comes to fashion and malls, the Kingdom can’t hold a candle to fashion capital of region, Dubai, where sprawling mirror-walled consumer cathedrals dominate the desert skyline, and tourists flock from around the world to shop in Dubai’s ‘world’s biggest mall’.

    In Saudi Arabia the apparel and footwear market hit $17 billion in 2017, according to Euromonitor International, a figure dwarfed by the UK whose fashion, apparel and footwear market reached around $79 billion in 2017.

  • Mac Cosmetics – List of Halal and Haram options!

    Mac Cosmetics, whether you’re a makeup artist, a makeup enthusiast, or someone who wears makeup occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of Mac Cosmetics.

    But, to buy or not to buy? Does it contain a nice little piglet or two? Maybe piglet’s friend cow is in with him?

    Well if you’re a Mac lover you can heave a great sigh of relief because Mac ensures its customers that most of their products are plant based. The only ingredients that are animal based in their products are Beeswax, Lanolin, and Carmine.

    Beeswax and Lanolin are both permissible for Muslim consumers, but Vegans may want to avoid these ingredients for personal reasons.

    Carmine on the other hand is a debatable ingredient. In lip products this ingredient is definitely Haram due to the fact that you will end up consuming the product. On other areas of the face this product is debatable and up to your own discretion.

    Unfortunately in every shade of lipstick, the ingredient list only states carmine as being a “May Contain” ingredient (depending on the shade of lipstick). Fortunately, the company will kindly tell you which lipsticks have and do not have carmine in them. I have emailed a number of companies, and I will tell you that Mac is one of the few companies that will tell you if a particular shade of lipstick has carmine. This makes Mac a great company for Muslim consumers. The only downside is that you have to wait for Mac to respond to your inquiry before you can go out and purchase your lipstick, and if you’re impatient like me, you’re really going to hate having to wait before you buy your desired product.

    Just to help some of you sisters out, I have compiled a list of some of the Mac lipsticks/lip liners that DO NOT have carmine. Keep in mind that Mac has a huge assortment of lipstick shades, so if your lip product isn’t on the list, make sure to give them a call:

    Pro Longwear Lipcreme
    Lip Pencils
    Lip Glass
    Till Tomorrow
    Ruby Woo
    Sweet Ever After
    Stone (discontinued)
    Just Superb
    Girl About Town


    What Comes Naturally
    Loud and Lovely
    Kinda Sexy

    Entertain Me
    Fashion Scoop

    Night Moth
    Double Dare

    Boy Bait
    Profusion (discontinued)

    Floral Abundance
    Kraft (discontinued)


    Please Me

    Mac Red

    Russian Red



    Velvet Teddy


    Spice is Nice





    Del Rio



  • Tom’s Shoes Haram?

    Its come to my attention that the shoe make toms use pig suede in their sole lining. You will be surprised how many people wear these to the masjid. Its not just toms its also other brands and the way you know its pigs skin is that its has spots on the surface where cow leather is ripply. It also states on toms website that they use pig suede.

  • For those Sisters that use L’Oreal Products – Please be vary of the following products as they contain Carmine E120 which is Haram!

    L’Oreal Endless Kissable Lipcolour – Be Blushed 100
    L’Oreal Endless Kissable Lipcolour – Fawn Fatale…

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  • Do Primark sell Pig Suede footwear?

    Below is the response from Primark i n regards to Pig Suede query

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  • Question: Is it permissible for a women to remove hair from the arms and legs?




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  • Question: Assalamu alikum,

    I would like to know if E45 CREAM Halal.




    Please see below the listed ingredients as verified by official website
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  • Is It Permissible for a Woman to Grow Long Nails and Shape Them?

    It is permissible, per se, for a man or even a woman to grow nails. However, the Messenger of Allah, peace and prayers be upon him is reported to have maintained short nails. Hence, growing out nails would be considered going against his blessed practice, peace and prayers upon him.

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  • Tight or Revealing Clothing on Men and Women

    It is better for a man to wear loose slacks and something (whether a longer shirt, a coat or a jacket) that covers his rear.

    Somewhat tight jeans would be at least somewhat disliked and blameworthy. Form-fitting jeans that fully define the shape and form of a part of the body that must be covered with clothing (awra) during normal wear would be sinful to wear and prohibitively disliked.
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