Budget Buy : Minimal makeup for any occasion

You don’t need ton of stuff to look good and you need to give a breathing time for your skin by avoiding constant makeup harmful chemicals. Also your inner beauty should take up priority rather than outer appearance.Stay happy and eat healthy to achieve a glowing skin and beautiful hair. Here are my favourite budget products that you can use to give a nice and polished appearance 🙂

This can be used for any occasion and its very much suitable as office wear 🙂

  • Kohl /Kajal

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These are the girl’s best friends and it can make your eye to awaken and get a neat look . You can hide your tired and dull us by applying kajal . If you don’t want to show kajal application and want a very natural look, go for highlighting your eyes. My hands down winner is maybelline colossal Kajal 

  • Eyeliner

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You will never go wrong with an eyeliner to enhance your eyes. Use brown liner for the polished look and its very much apt as an office wear. It looks beautiful on Indian skin too . My vote is Lakme eyeconic eyeliner pencil in Brown.

  • Lipbalm

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Who wants chapped lips 😦 Always moisturize your lips with lip balm to get soft kissable lips <3. This will serve as a base for easier lipstick application and don’t accentuate your fine lip lines

  • Sunscreen

This is must for any skin type and it’s really needed to protect your face from harsh sun rays.  I usually use SPF 15 sunscreen for face. Try to get a product which acts as moisturizer + sunscreen. You will save a lot of time rather than layering stuff .

  • Moisturizing lotion

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Everyone knows the importance of moisturization. It’s must for all skin types and don’t forget to moisturize them to get soft , supple and glowing skin . My current favorite is Olay Age protect anti ageing cream. It has SPF 15 too 🙂

  • Compact

download (3) download (4)Set your makeup with loose powder or compact. Normal or oily skin people can use mattifying compact. Dry skin folks can skip this step. I don’t use compact often rather than special occasions. My HG powder is Ponds . It’s for my daily use and I’m using this from my childhood days 🙂

  • BB cream

images (2)If you have clear skin or with slight blemishes, you can apply this as thin layer  or skip this. For special occasion, I use a thin coat of this. If you have pigmented skin, you can build this up for better coverage. Also use your BB cream as under eye concealer. Current favorite – Ponds BB cream 

  • Mascara


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Indian girls are blessed with gorgeous long and thick eyelashes and eyebrows. Use single coat of mascara for daily use for natural look or skip it like me because i;m too lazy to put something on my eyes 😉 Use double coats and coat your lower lashes for special occasion.

Hands down winner is Maybelline express volume colossal mascara.

How to apply/layer your makeup :

Wash and pat dry your face. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen. Leave it for 10 minutes to get absorbed.Apply lip balm. Now apply your kajal. Use BB cream if needed. Now apply your eyeliner. If you are using brown eyeliner, use the same to groom your eyebrows too .Set your makeup with loose powder or compact.

Apply a neutral lipstick and mascara if needed. One of my favourite natural finish looks by Anushka sharma  🙂

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Your are ready to rock 🙂

Good luck !

Quick and easy Prawn masala

When you have minimal ingredients at home and you want  to have a quick and tasty side dish or curry on a lazy day, then this dish is for you. It’s very simple to make and you can alter it for vegetarian dish too.

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Ingredients needed:

  1. Onion
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Ginger
  4. Garlic
  5. Lemon Juice
  6. Coriander leaves – 1 sprig
  7. Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
  8. Chilli powder
  9. Coriander powder
  10. Garam masala
  11. Oil
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  13. Turmeric powder

Star ingredients

  • Pre washed and cleaned Prawns

For vegetarian dish – you can use cooked garbanzo beans or steamed veggies, corn and the list goes on 🙂 You can customize this .

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How to prepare:

In a grinder have onions,tomatoes, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and coriander leaves  and grind until smooth. Add water if needed .In a kadai, add oil and cook this mixture for 5 minutes, then add chilli, turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and pepper. Add water and let this mixture cook for 10 minutes or until the raw smell is gone. Now add prawns and cook for 3 minutes or until this cooked.

Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.

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It’s ready to serve 🙂 It goes well with rice,chappatis, dosa

 

 

Healthy Indian Burrito

Burrito or warp is one of my favorite meals and it can be served for breakfast,lunch, dinner as well as evening snack bite. Also its very easy to put to together and ready to serve within a minute or so. The added advantage is you can be creative and the options are huge.

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Ingredients needed:

  • Wheat tortilla or chapathi
  • Your favorite veggie mixture   ( recipe coming soon )
  • Olives
  • Boiled egg
  • Left over cooked rice
  • Fresh herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Your favorite sauce
  • Yogurt or curd

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Preparation:

Warm the chapathi for 30 seconds. Add a layer of rice, then your vegetable mixture. Slice up the boiled egg. Add a dollop of curd. Garnish with salt and pepper, herbs and your favorite sauce .

Wrap or roll it up. It’s ready to serve 🙂

Good luck !

 

Himani Navratna oil – Review

I have started using Himani Navratna oil for the past 3 weeks to keep myself cool in the summer. But its been the HG oil for Mr.H 🙂 and he has been using for more than 2 years.  This review is based on my experience as well as his experience . Lets see how well it fared

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Himani Navratna Hair Oil is multifunctional hair oil which is made with only herbal ingredients which help with hair loss, rapidly increases hair growth, helps dandruff and soothes your mind, also helps with insomnia. This is also a great massage oil and works for muscle aches and sprains! Himani has a medicinal menthol smell and you can feel those menthol-minty ingredients working as you use it(it tingles!)
The Ingredients present in the product are all extracts from natural herbs. It does not have any chemical or biochemical substance that is harmful to human body.

  • Keeps the head cool.
  • Relieves headache.
  • Helpful in sound sleep.
  • An effective memory aid.
  • Tones up body muscles.
  • Removes tiredness.
  • Useful in minor burns and cuts.
  • A cool invigorating body massage oil.
  • Prevents premature hair fall.

Navratna gives relief from – Sleeplessness, Headache, Body ache, Tension, Hair related problems. It also has medicinal benefits.

Ingredients:

Each 100ml contains extracts of:

Lata Kasturi, Kakoli, Brahmi 0.1g each, Sailaja, Kapoor Kachari, Gandhamatra, Gatella 0.2g each, Kunch, Muramansi 0.25g each, Gulab Phool, Benamul, Mustha, Kesut 0.05g each, Amla 1.0g, Karpur 0.5g, Pudina Ka Phool 1.84g, Pudina Ka Tel 0.46g, Surasar 0.5ml.
The Ingredients present in the product are all extracts from natural herbs. It does not have any chemical or biochemical substance that is harmful to human body. It also has medicinal benefits.

Price :

Rs.108 for 200 ml

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I love this oil and its true to its claim of reducing stress and relieves tension providing instant coolness to your head. I also noticed that it helps me to reduce my body heat as well . Its bit sticky , but i don’t mind.I usually apply it on my hair and wash off after an hour. Once I tried to keep it overnight and notices extra hair fall 😦  Post that experience I try to wash it of soon. I’m not sure of its claim in promoting hair growth and preventing dandruff, since I have been using for 3 weeks alone and I don’t have dandruff.

Overall I’m happy with this purchase and I’ll continue buying this since its holy grail oil for the boy 🙂

Pros

  1. True to its claims – It gives an instant cooling sensation
  2. Relieves stress and you can feel the instant relaxation
  3. Affordable and decently priced
  4. Makes hair smooth after hair wash
  5. Easily gets out of your head with normal shampooing
  6. It’s not thick and not super sticky

Cons:

  1. Although the bottle seems sturdy and leak proof, able to see oil seepage.
  2. Not a travel friendly bottle
  3. Will cause hair loss, if kept in the hair for more than an hour. I suppose it’s because of menthol
  4. Strong camphor smell

Rating: 4.5 /5

Will I recommend to others:

Yes  ! Yes !

Will I buy again :

Yes! Definitely

 

Biotique Walnut bark body lifting shampoo – Review

After having good experience with Biotique watercress conditioner, I bought Biotique walnut bark shampoo from my local supermarket. Actually the body lifting claim caught my eye 🙂 and I have ended up buying this .I have been using this for a month , now in my 2nd bottle. Let’s see whether it holds  the claim

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Product Description :

This rich, body-building formula is a blend of pure walnut bark, musk root, amla, soap nut and black malya flowers, to thoroughly cleanse, and revive hair for a fuller, thicker, lifted look.

Price :

Rs. 159 for 210 ml

Ingredients:

Akhrot chal (Jugens regia), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Ritha(Sapindus mukorossi), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), Himalayan water Q.S.

Walnut Bark is derived from a black furrowed tree that exudes a dark brown honey with smoothing and strengthening properties. Ideal as a scrubbing agent to purify, smooth and brighten skin texture and tone.

How to use :

Apply liberally to wet hair and work lather through strands, from scalp to ends. Rinse well with water.

Shelf life:

3 years

My hair type:

Dry hair with dry scalp

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My experience:

The shampoo comes in usual Biotique type sturdy bottle and its safe for travelling as well, if you don’t mind it for being bulky. The shampoo claims to be herbal , but I dint get any herbal smell . It effectively removed oil from hair and don’t need to use much shampoo to clean my hair.It lather well and can be washed off with ease. It does not leave any residue behind and cleans the scalp of oil and dirt. Scalp feels fresh and squeaky clean. Hair definitely gets a slightly lifted look. It doesn’t necessarily add much shine, but hair feels slightly soft and smooth.

You can’t skip conditioner especially if you have dry hair like me. Overall its value for money and a decent buy. I don’t feel bad or great with this buy. It’s a usual shampoo on its segment

Pros:

  1. Its herbal product( as it claims)
  2. From a trusted brand
  3. Easily available online as well in market
  4. lathers well and gives squeaky clean
  5. Not tested on animals
  6. Sturdy packaging
  7. Decently priced

Cons:

  1. Contains SLS
  2. Doesn’t add visible bounce and volume
  3. People with dry hair should use deep conditioner

Rating: 3.5 /5

Will I recommend to others:

Yes , Why not, it’s a decent buy

Will I purchase again:

May be ! there are other products available in market.

Body Shop exfoliating hand gloves – Review

While searching something in online shopping portal, I just came across the body shop exfoliating gloves. It’s different from the usual loofah we use with body wash. Also I got this as gift  in vibrant orange 🙂 You can get it online from amazon.

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Product Description :

These bath gloves increase the lather of your body wash and whisk away dead skin cells.

  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Increase the lather of your body wash
  • Leave skin feeling softer and smoother

My skin Type:

Dry skin and it behaves good in summers 😉

How to use :

Pour a small amount of body wash  in the glove and rub over the body in circular movements. Use two to three times a week.

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My experience :

Well this product is awesome and it helped me in saving time and money . I can get proper exfoliation and cleansing in a single go rather than using 2 products. It comes very handy. The gloves texture is neither smooth nor hard.To use the gloves all you have to do is put the gloves on , wet it and pour some of your favourite body wash and rub your body in a circular motion to exfoliate. Be extra careful around areas of your body that are especially sensitive or delicate.Once you have finished using the bath gloves all you have to do is rinse them with water and hang it to dry.

Exfoliating regularly is really good for your skin and it improves your skin tone, appearance and circulation. I exfoliate using the Body Shop bath gloves at least once in a week  and my skin looks and feels healthier . It helps to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin revealing healthier more vibrant skin.Avoid using this with same pressure on face.I use the fingertips of the gloves to gently rub my nose , cheeks and forehead

A loop on each glove is very useful to hang them in your bathroom.I would suggest to hand wash this once a while with your body wash itself .Changing your gloves once in 6 to 8 months is good, if you are using it regularly.

Overall its a great buy and it ‘s true to its claims  🙂

 Pros:

  1. It’s very convenient to use
  2. Effective in exfoliation
  3. Cost effective
  4. Texture is proper for good exfoliation
  5. True to its claims

Cons:

  1. Might cause scratches in sensitive skin
  2. Need to dry it proper to avoid bacterial accumulation

Rating : 4.5 /5

Will I buy again:

Yes. Love it 🙂

Will I recommend to others :

Yes Yes Yes

Good Luck !

 

Quick and Easy summer drink

Summer has already started and SUN has started sucking up water content on our body. This age-old recipe is super easy to make. Its healthy , refreshing and you can have it any time in a day. Plus you can store it in your fridge for 3 days and you can take it anywhere you go . The summer drink is Indianized version of buttermilk with a little kick 🙂
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Ingredients:
Yogurt or curd – 1 cup
Mint leaves – 1 spring
Coriander leaves – 4 sprigs
Green chilli – 1 small
Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon grated
Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 tea-spoon
Water – as required
Salt – to taste
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Asafoetida / hing – a pinch
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How to prepare
In a blender, put all ingredients except curd, water and make a fine paste. You can strain the liquid and mix with curd . Or as last step add water and curd and blend it for 30 seconds .

That’s it you refreshing drink is ready to serve. Add ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves for lovely presentation.

You can also add cucumber , lemon juice as per your taste.
Good Luck !

DIY: Effective Sunburn treatment @ home

Summer has already started in Chennai and you will start feeling dehydrated within sometime of sun exposure. You have to soak yourself in a tub of sunscreen and stay hydrated to escape from sun 😦 However you can’t escape from sunburn irrespective of any caution you take. Obviously you can’t lock yourself at home /office.This DIY will be helpful and handy . Its über effective and you can do it at home. Its natural and it doesn’t put a hole in your budget

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Ingredients :

  1. Cucumber Juice
  2. Honey

Preparation:
Grate cucumber or grind cucumber pieces. Strain them to take our cucumber juice.Mix cucumber juice and honey in ratio of 2:1

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How to apply:
Wash your face and pat dry. Now apply this mixture and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash off and apply moisturizer if needed
You can apply this for your whole body as well

I don’t want to waste the cucumber. I’ll grind them in fine paste and mix with honey. I’ll apply them after bath. You will delighted with instant cooling effect you get for summer and it works 🙂 Always use them as fresh batch .

What are you waiting for? Go try it 🙂

Bhurji – Quick and easy side dish

Well today’s post is based on my recent obsession for healthy side dish for roti or rice and I have ended up making this delicious Bhurji. The best part of this is you can make a vegetarian side dish using Paneer/Tofu or make a non vegetarian dish using couple of eggs.It’s so simple to make and i wont take more than 10 minutes. Its so delicious and you will end up making this quite often 🙂
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Ingredients needed:

  1. Onions – finely chopped
  2. Tomato – Finely chopped
  3. Ginger garlic paste
  4. Garam masala
  5. Green chillies – finely diced
  6. Coriander leaves
  7. Curry leaves
  8. Turmeric powder
  9. Coriander powder or Thaniya powder
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Oil – 1 tea spoon
  12. Fennel seeds

Star ingredient :

  1. Paneer or Tofu
  2. Egg

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How to prepare
In a kadai- add oil and fennel seeds. Wait till it pops up. Add onions, ginger garlic paste and salt. Saute them. Now add tomato , turmeric, green chillies,and rest of the ingredients. Saute them under everything is cooked fine. Now add paneer cubes or break 3 to 4 eggs. Separate egg yolks and add egg whites along if you are too conscious in your weight. Cook for 5 minutes or until eggs are done.
That’s it . Add Curry leaves and coriander leaves and its ready to serve 🙂

You can add any vegetables like peas, carrot, cabbage, potato along with this and it tastes awesome 🙂

Good luck !