Monday, 1 June 2015

Subtle Day and Sultry Night Makeup Look

Hello Friends,
Today I am back with a post different from what I usually write. It is a makeup look created in collaboration with my lovely blogger friend Arpita from Thatsdway. You must check out her blog guys, I personally loved many of her makeup looks which are versatile and quite easy to create. In this makeup collaboration, she decided to go with everyday makeup look and I have created a dramatic night look. So let us check out the looks guys!

Day Look:

In this look, Arpita has paired up a purplish eye shadow with a pale gold shadow for creating her eye makeup. It is quite wearable and yet has an oomph factor in it. She has used a gold shadow at the inner corners which has completely enhanced the entire look.

I am loving the combination of shadows she has used here. With this fantastic eye makeup she is sporting a pretty mauve pink shade that has further enhanced her features and looks wearable for day time. I am personally impressed with the way she has filled her brows, I really need tips from her regarding it. Adding to this makeup look is her contagious, genuine and lovely smile that can touch all hearts. 
Guys surely check out her wonderful blog here and her facebook page here.

Night Look:
Guys for recreating this look, I have used Mac studio fix fluid foundation in NC 42, Revlon colorburst lipstick soft rose, Diana of London emerald stone eye shadow and Inglot DS 459 and Loreal Million Lashes mascara.I have also used Mac Improper copper for highlighting. I usually love khaki shadows a lot, so for a night look I chose a khaki shade and blended it with a matte deep brown shade. I chose a wearable rosy shade for my lips.

I hope you enjoyed both the looks guys. Kindly let me know regarding your views in the comment section.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Cocoa Bean Review

What The Company Says?
The latest trend from asia: gel eyeliner in a pen-shape. Instead of in a tub, the soft, waterproof and long-lasting texture of the gel eye pencil waterproof comes in a retractable pen. velvety and highly-pigmented, these pens offer intensive eyeliner styles.

Price: Rs 259

My Experience:

Essence gel eye pencil comes in retractable pen form. Usually such eye pencils from other brands need to be sharpened regularly which is really cumbersome. However Essence is one step ahead of those brands. This gel pencil does not need to be sharpened and can be twisted and used. I loved its packaging and recommend all other brands like Faces and Colorbar to follow Essence in this regard.

Pigmentation: Essence gel eye pencil in cocoa bin is richly pigmented and one swipe was enough for intense pigmentation. I did not need to swipe it twice. I was surprised with this eye liner. It is way better than other liners available in the market.

Shade: Cocoa bin is a beautiful intense matte brown shade. It is perfect for college and office wear. People who are interested in trying some other shade than black for a change, surely do check this out. This shade is absolutely wearable and would suit all. Shade as such is not unique but I am really happy with its quality and price. If you are looking for a matte brown eye liner, do not miss this one.

Texture & Finish: Eye pencil has smooth texture it does not tug my eye lids even a bit. It is not so soft that it will be prone to breakage but it is smooth enough to glide on my eyes effortlessly. Its finish is completely matte.

Staying Power: Okies now coming to staying power, I do not know if you guys would believe me or not. This eye liner stayed on my eyes till I did not remove it with a makeup remover. I have never seen any eye liner as stubborn as this. This liner once sets, does not fade or smudge even a bit. Even in humid weather it stays put until I remove it. No amount of water or rubbing could fade the liner even a bit. It stayed fresh for the whole day. I cannot tell you guys how excited I am, I have never seen any liner from any brand to have such incredible staying power.

My Overall Recommendation: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ( 100%). This is the best pencil liner available in market. It is quite affordable, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It comes in retractable pen form, glides smoothly on eyes without tugging and with incredible staying power. I am a big fan of eye pencils from Faces and Colorbar. But to my utter surprise this liner has beaten them in all aspects.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Pigmentation: 5 out of 5
Shade: 5 out of 5
Texture & Finish: 5 out of 5
Staying Power: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

After rubbing 10 times

PR Sample.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My Kellogg's Healthy Breakfast

Hello Guys !
Today I am going to write something that’s apart from  my usual posts. Recently, I joined a gym and since then, I have been lot careful with my meals. Earlier I used to neglect my breakfast and sometimes used to postpone it. It used to drain me out quite easily and also led to severe weight gain. Now that I have changed my routine and taking care of my meals more often, I can see the difference. You must have heard guys: "Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Dine like a Pauper." My philosophy was completely opposite few months back and I suffered a lot for that. Now I always make it a point to have a healthy breakfast. Most of the time my intake includes Kellogg’s oat poha and muesli or corn flakes served with either chilled or hot milk. Most of the days I run out of new ideas and seriously guys same breakfast recipes do feel boring for me each day. I am a good cook and a big foodie but since 3 months, I am monitoring my diet. I no more indulge in paranthas laced with extra desi ghee or maggi which were my favorites and used to give me immense gastronomic pleasure. While I was running out of fresh ideas on breakfast recipes, I stumbled upon Kellogg's facebook page. To my utter surprise, I found nearly 100+ recipes all prepared with Kellogg’s corn flakes. I am so happy to have found this page, it has some yummy and super easy recipes. You can whip a recipe within 5-10 minutes. I never knew, corn flakes could be used in such fun ways which will appeal both children and adults equally.


So do you want to visit Kellogg’s wale Gupta ji’s home with me? Each day they have some or other yummy, mouth watering dishes made with simple ingredients like corn flakes. Have you ever heard of walnut cornflakes choco balls?The very sight of those choco balls made me drool. We all want to indulge in super tasty recipes each day but the thought calories keep us back. The word choco balls itself sound unhealthy. But no more guys, Lets head to Gupta Ji’s home and try their ‘Subah ka naashta’ which is super healthy, looks amazing and tastes much better. I would love to try Chapatti cornflakes Chivda first as I do not much prefer sweet breakfast recipes. I love eating poha and upma, so this one would be my first choice, when I would visit Gupta ji’s home. I would also love to have corn flakes salad, it is a yummy healthy dish made with lots of veggies like cucumber, carrot, tomatoes and fruits like grapes mixed with crunchy cornflakes. Oh god, so much talk on breakfast recipes has made me super duper hungry. So am leaving guys, heading towards Gupta ji’s home for a perfect naashta. I would love to learn more and more recipes from them and would try out those recipes at home. So till then, good bye. Have a yummylicious day.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

What Happiness means to you?

Hello Friends!
How are you all doing? Recently I had posted on one of the happiest day of my life.This time I want to ponder deeper into the topic happiness.Is there anyone out there, who does not want to be happy? I do not think, I will find even a single soul who would answer me with a 'Yes'.
Happiness has different meanings for different people in their lives.Can something really give us happiness in true sense? We all rejoice and experience momentary happiness each day due to some or other events.Even smallest of small things can give us immense joy.Happiness is a transient state where we experience the joy and ecstasy of seventh heaven.Our reason for happiness could be anything, it could be materialistic or even a moment spent with our loved ones can give us peace and joy.I feel happiness is a state of mind, we get influenced by our situations and that affects our happy state of mind.The reason for my happiness may not be same as others.For me, happiness is in everything that I do.Whatever I do, I get happiness out of that.Even while I am writing this post and discussing about it ,I am getting happiness.It is my choice whether I want to stay happy or not. Happiness is not achieved only through accomplishing higher goals or milestones.It can be derived even from smallest of things. It is very difficult to cite particular things that make me happy.There is absolutely no restrictions to that.Each day, I am experiencing something or other that strengthens me and makes me happy and content.

There are several things that make my life fulfilling.But my foremost passion is cooking.I feel it is a culinary therapy for my soul.However stressed out I would be, cooking rejuvenate me and makes me content. Cooking for myself  and for others has been my passion since childhood.I remember as a 11 year child, I would save newspaper cuttings and several recipes published in magazines.I would stare at those pictures and try to prepare several dishes during my leisure time.I continuously check recipe videos and try to prepare something or other. Even during my heaviest turmoil, when I shift my focus towards cooking, I feel relaxed and get my answers to my deepest problems.

One incident I want to recall that truly made me happy and content was two years back.At that time,I was a part of an NGO. I along with my friends had collected funds from our institute and also contributed from our personal accounts. We bought several books, notebooks and accessories for school children from college street.On children's day we went to a deaf and blind school. We distributed those books and stationary among all students.Their excited faces and smiles gave us so much of indescribable joy, I am really not finding words to express how I had felt that day.It was one of those happiest moments that made me feel responsible and worthy.Those small wonderful children also had made several handicraft jewelry using rice, straws and other eco-friendly stuff.We bought as many jewelery pieces as possible from them.They were not only unique and designed with par excellence but also reflected the hard work and dedication of those children. It actually touched my heart and gave me immense joy and hope.Thus guys, happiness is not something associated with far distant land or goals.We all have it within us to experience it.We all can feel it through smallest of small things and make our lives more meaningful.My happiness is not just restricted to some future goals, or some chosen people or materialistic benefits.My happiness has a broader meaning in my life, it is not restricted to limited issues.Whatever might happen in my life, I won't ever forget to smile back.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Happiest day of my Life

Hello Friends,
How are you doing? I hope you all are in high spirits and the best of health. Recently I met my close friend after a long gap of four years. That day was one of my most cherishable days of my life. We were best of friends at college, no one ever used to spot one without the other. I have rarely shared such great rapport with anyone in my life. We both used to be roommates. In a period of 4 years, we had no issues or arguments regarding anything. I know it is hard to believe it, but it is absolutely true. After 2010, I shifted to a new place for my career and she left for her home. With time, I got busy with my life and career. I was going through one of the most challenging period then.This phase had kind of changed me and I started keeping less contact with my friends including my best friend. But thanks to Facebook, I checked her message one day in December 2014.She was planning to come to our city alongwith her family. By chance, even I happened to be there at my home during that time. I instantly agreed and called them to our home. She was coming with her parents. The very thought of her parents made me recall some of our sweet memories. When we both used to stay in a room, her parents used to come and visit us many times a year. They used to bring us several delectable home made dishes and food items from their native village. I was so very much thankful to them for their lovely gesture. Her parents were one of the best people I had ever known. They used to treat me just like their daughter. So I was really happy that my friend was coming over to my place to spend some quality time.

So finally, the day arrived. I was all dressed up and had prepared several dishes for them. I love cooking, so this was another excuse for me to indulge in preparations of several recipes.I was all so giggly and enthusiastic for the whole day. So at 12 p.m, they arrived at our place. It was so good to be in their company once more. I made them feel at home.

Just one thing caught my attention. The otherwise jolly, healthy looking aunt looked quite pale, and she was almost reduced to bones with severe hair loss.Something seemed wrong to me. I did not ask immediately but after our lunch, we had a hearty conversation. This conversation made me recall all my beautiful memories with my friend and also taught me many things. We recalled every funny incident and special days of our lives during college. I had lost most of the pictures I had of us. She gifted me an album with all our pictures of college and also of the place we used to live in. It was a beautiful collage of some invaluable memories. This made me realize, I had changed so much. Earlier laughing, smiling was a part of my life. Now I had to think before I smiled, I had become really mechanical and robotic. Their presence made me open up and express myself like a child with no reservations. Then I came to know, my aunt was actually suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer of lymphoid tissues. She was taking chemotherapy sessions for it since a long time. This came as a shock to me, they were the last people who should ever go through such life and death situations. This was the reason for her sudden weight loss and alarming loss of hair. But she looked so happy and at peace. My friend used to take her every now and then to better hospitals for chemotherapy sessions. She used to manage everything at home singlehandedly along with her studies. She was coping to everything with such indomitable fighting spirit. Her life was not perfect but she never failed to smile back. I realized happiness is a choice. I was the one who used to consider myself to be the most unlucky person in life. I used to have my own insecurities and complaints against all negative situations of my life. But this made me realize, I am so lucky. I do not have to constantly worry about my parent’s health, I am leading a healthy life. But why on earth am I so pessimistic and unhappy? Their problems made my complaints look so small. I was crying over all petty issues. We all have something or other to worry about but that should never snatch away our happiness. Believe me guys, meeting my friend and her family changed me and my attitude to a great extent. I thought it would be me who would make them happy and feel at home, but they gave me lessons and memories for a life time. I have same situation, same people around me, but my attitude took a complete 360 degree change. It is my choice whether I want to be happy or remain a cry baby who begrudges every situation in life. So guys this was the most memorable day in my life and I would never forget it .Please do let me know about your views. I would love to read your comments on my blog.