Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dua for eternal PEACE in life

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلَامُ، تَبَارَكْتَ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ

''O Allah, You are Peace and from You comes peace. Blessed are You, O Owner of majesty and honor''

May Allah bless us with everlasting peace in our hearts and lives,

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Beauty Studio....Make-up

Contact THE BEAUTY STUDIO on 031-3033726

Mendhi 4 U

We cater for individuals, companies, and for all occasions like bridal henna, individuals, corporate events, company fun days, marriages, birthday parties, hen / single nights, movie premieres, festivals, promotions, craft days and ceremonies. Our designs are free-hand and original and may be traditional, Arabic, ornamental or trendy depending on the clients specific requirements.

We also wholesale R&S Hand Mendhi, R&S Nail Mendhi, & Rizwana Nail Mendhi throughout Durban

For more info, visit our blog:  http://www.mendhi4u.blogspot.com/
Or mail us on mendhi4u@gmail.com

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Essence Collection

Essence Collection showcased their gorgeous garments at Le Concierge at Gateway recently.
Here's a sneak peak to their gorgeous new range that was launched.

Catch all this and much more at ESSENCE COLLECTION, 122 Crescent Street, Overport

Monday, 21 November 2011

Single, Divorced Women's Support Group

Single, Divorced Women's Support Group
Safeeyah Moosa
Who will share her expereinces and guide you through a process of healing,
enabling you to discover and co-create the life you were meant to have
Saturday November 26 - 2pm
Balmoral Hotel, North Beach
Cost R50
booking essential for catering purposes
limited seating
contact -

North Beach Events
Razia 073 717 2111 or email your confirmation

invites you to a

Friday, 18 November 2011

Enchanted Health & Beauty ... Year end destress special

Destress with a full body abyanga ayurvedic massage on special until 30 nov for R220.

For bookings call Igesh, on 082-788-0940

Essence Collection....new arrivals

The Essence collection was created by Maccia Moosa after being inspired by a mix of eastern fashion and western couture.

The collection is made up from ranges of the fast east, India, Dubai and most recently..London

A collection that is modestly elegant,appealing to any woman of discerning taste. Your senses will be overwhelmed at the stunning collection of haute couture garments, fashioned out of sumptuous fabrics, embellished with beautiful embroidery, featuring semi precious stones and swarovski crystals.

Visit us at 122 Crescent Street, Overport.

Importance of Pap Smears

Every woman who is sexually active should have a pap smear or pap test at least once per year. 
A pap smear should be done:
- If you are over 21 years old
- If you are a teenager but have been having sex for at least three years.
In general a woman can stop having pap years when she is 70-years old. This only advised if she has had no abnormal pap smears in the last 10 years.

What is a Pap Smear?

This is a relatively quick procedure which involves a doctor taking a small sample of cells from the cervix or neck of the womb. The procedure is named after the doctor who first discovered that cervical cells changed before cancer of the cervix develops. Dr. George Papanicolaou made his observation in 1928.
The procedure is done by the doctor using an instrument called a speculum to widen the vaginal walls so as to see the cervix. A special stick is then used to remove a small sample of tissue which is then smeared onto a glass slide. This sample is then sent to a lab where it is examined for any abnormalities. If any unusual cells are detected, further tests are done to determine if treatment is needed. This is the best way to find out if cancerous or precancerous cells are present.

Pap Smear

Ideally the test should be done anywhere from 10 to 20 days after the first day of a menstrual cycle. Before having a pap smear a woman should ideally avoid some activities for at least two days before the procedure:
- Having sexual intercourse
- Using any type of vaginal sprays, deodorants or douches
- Using any type of medications that are inserted vaginally
- Using a tampon
Doing any of these things can alter the real state of cervical cells. This could lead to an incorrect result when the cells are sent for testing. The procedure is generally painless but many women find it uncomfortable.

Why Have a Pap Smear

A pap smear is useful in identifying precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, not for identifying cancer. Despite the plight of reality TV star Jade Goody and thousands of women worldwide, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. Treatment and a positive outcome are however dependent on it being caught in its early stages. This is why this procedure is considered a fundamental aspect of women’s overall health.
In addition to identifying possible precancerous cells, a pap test can also identify infections. The importance of a pap smear in saving lives cannot be overemphasized.

Monday, 14 November 2011


Mendhi application is a tradition inherited from the Indian subcontinent, encouraged by Islam as a Sunnah, and a big part of pre Eid, Diwali and wedding festivities in many Indian homes!  Gone are the days when nani ma use to grind freshly broken henna leaves in her stone kundi, seep it in tea and mix it into a paste. To the pungent green 'chutney' looking concoction she would add colour enhancing oils and keep it over night.  It is from fond memories that I recall the fun that soon followed! The young girls would gather around the aunts to get a share of the thick paste slapped and smeared onto their hands. The offending hands where the sorce of much teasing from the boy cousins who usualy wrinkled their noses in disgust! Undoubtedly put of by the strong rich scent!

Once all the little hands where carefully wrapped into brown paper bags, the excited girls trooped of to bed, each praying that the colour will 'catch' and dreaming that their hands would be the darkest, tomorrow.  After cleaning up the mess the ladies would then use fingers, match sticks and toothpicks to cover their finger and toe nails with the remaining mendhi, once tightly 'celotaped', they too, will retire for the night.

The older ones amongst them, inevitably, complaining about the 'cold' and 'pulling' pains the mendhi will cause!  That would have just left the last brave kala, who would scrap the rest of the mendhi from the bowl to streak her hair while giggling to herself about how shocked everybody would be when they see her flaming red hair the next day!(These where the days before salon highlights, after all) 

The next morning would be a rush of activity and excitment, as the young girls peeled of their protective bags and washed of the hardened mendhi! Crinkled and cramped hands were compared and those with the 'blackest spots' proudly claimed victory! Vicks and oils would then be massaged in by nani ma as she admired each hand and overheard the ladies complain about the cold pulling pain their mendhi had caused, knowing full well that many would want a second coat for their nails that night again! Then kala would make her grand appearance to show of her 'redder' hair to the chuckles and teasings of everyone!   

Today, mendhi  has come a long way from the full smeared palms of the past. Mendhi application has since evolved into an art, and mendi designs have gained popularity in recent years!  Fast becoming a global trend, traditional fresh mendi has given way to the ready mixed, store bought, cone variety which guarantees  even colour. While each mendhi artist is reputed to apply designs with his or her own flair, many carry a distinct signiture,true to time and place.   From the floral patterns of arabia to the glove like intricacy of indian designs. From the quick and thick variety of pakistan to the morden trends of splash, twirls and tattoos.

Mendhi has also become a South African familiarity crossing ethnic lines!   While many countries and nations fight for the claim to the orgin of mendhi, South Africans can proudly claim to have taken this ancient tradition to new heights. Mendhi is part of our cultural melting pot! The emerging South African  variety is trendy, morden and pleasing to the eye.   From the street markets to Eid fairs, eastern conventions and bridal mendhi specialist... mendhi is admired and appreciated across South Africa and carries a beautiful sense of heritage and tradition in the palm of the hand

by   Rehana Rawat
© RY Rawat (2010)  
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