How many lipsticks are enough? The thought appears, unbidden, as I walk out of the prayer room… Oh my shattered nerves…when did I become the type of person who thinks about lipstick?
Well, “the type of person who thinks about lipstick”, what is that anyways? I don’t usually think about girly past-times. But obviously I do have these thoughts, so maybe they’re worth thinking. (Let me not be a snob!)
Back to the original question I suppose… since it’s crept up on me I might as well try to answer it. I have 3 lipsticks. All from the Body Shop because those are the only ones I think may be Halaal (i.e. have no animal products in them).
3 may be excessive…3 may be too little?
Well, I think 3 is okay for now…on my quest to have less stuff, I will desist from thinking about more lipstick. And hopefully one day choose the perfect one, so that one is just enough.
But then the other issue: Halaal make-up.
I didn’t even think of this as a “thing” until a few years ago, one Ramadaan, when my lips were very very dry and I reached for a lip-ice thingy. And then I wondered: what if this gets in my mouth? Is my fast broken? And then I wondered some more: what if this gets in my mouth, ever? Is it Halaal?
And then I remembered that the Body Shop went vegetarian (or vegan?) and they apparently don’t use animal products. So I dug out a lip butter and proceeded to plaster my parched lips (after Iftaar though).
And where else do I go other than the Body Shop? This will require more investigation. Also, apart from animal products, what do we do about the alcohol that seems to be in everything?
And then I heard about Halaal nail polish because my nieces (always on top of trends) put me on the scent. But soon after, their mom explained that basically it’s just peel-off nail polish. Which reminds me of the kind of stuff I used to play with when I was 5 years old. Which also means that you’d have to peel it all off each time you need to make wudhu? And this sounds like a big schlep. So no, I guess I won’t be trying that.
And waterproof mascara? How to make wudhu without make-up remover? Scratch mascara from the list.
How about eyeliner or Kaajal? I guess if they wash off, they should be okay. But I look like a lost panda bear, scrubbing my kohl-rimmed eyes each time I need to make wudhu, trying to make sure that the water permeates to my skin.
Hmmmm, a beauty blogger may know more…I’m off to find out.