31 Jan 2016

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Quick and Easy Cornballs Recipe

I love eating corns and am sure many of you also love eating them. Th steamed butter corn with chat masala, uumm the simple thought makes me feel hungry. Today we will see a simple recipe of corn which is perfect for monsoons and winter season. Let's get started.



Ingredients
  • Finely chopped carrot
  • Finely chopped cabbage
  • Coarsely ground American corn
  • Roasted gram flour
  • Rice flour
  • Green chillies finely ground
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Tamarind sauce or tomato ketchup


Procedure
1) Mix all the ingredients except the oil and sauce :D. You can take any proportion of the carrot and cabbage but make sure corn is a little more ;)
2) Make a hard dough out of it.
3) Keep oil in a pan for heating
4) Make small balls out of the dough and keep aside.
5) After the oil is sufficiently heated drop the balls in oil and fry them on low to medium heat.
6) After they turn sufficiently brown take out from oil and keep on tissue paper for soaking excess oil.
7) Serve hot with sauce of your choice.

NB- Veggies can be your choice. Can also be made into tikkis and shallow fried.
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28 Jan 2016

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Four Season Syn-ake Anti Wrinkle Time Reset Mask Review

Let's see the review of yet another Korean mask that is Four Season Syn-ake Anti Wrinkle Time Reset Mask

Brand claims
The mask helps improve fine wrinkles and return elasticity by giving tension to facial muscle.

Ingredients

Directions for use
Put on the mask for 15 -20 minutes after thorough cleansing. Discard after single use.

My experience
I have used the four Season Series and they all are hydrating and moisturizing. This mask is very hydrating and gives a little stretchy feeling and plumps up the skin a little bit. I don't have any wrinkles but I guess it will hide fine lines if any temporarily. Overall this mask is very handy when we are in a hurry or travelling. Plus they are travel friendly and budget friendly too. The fragrance is as usual subtle and soothing, whiteout being much bothering.


The In
  • Travel friendly packaging 
  • Compact packaging
  • Budget friendly 
  • Intensely mositurizes the skin
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Gives a subtle temporary glow to the face
  • Cures the dry patches 
  • More suitable for use in winters
  • Plumps up the skin
  • Hides fine lines if any temporarily

The Out
  • I didn't find any

Price and Shelf life - $0.85 on Skin18.com and shelf life not mentioned.

Overall thoughts
The mask intensely mositurizes and hydrates the skin. It is a travel friendly as well as budget friendly. These masks are hydrating and very easy to use also. Whenever we are in a hurry they come in handy. Plumps up the skin giving a temporary glow.

Repurchase - I like the Mirum Fresh Fruit series more than the Four Season Series.
Recommendation - Yes totally recommended!!!!
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26 Jan 2016

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Four Season Multi Vita Brightening Active Mask Review, Price

Let see the review of yet another Korean mask. The mask I used is a mask of the Four Season Series and it is Four Season Multi Vita Brightening Active Mask



Brand claims
The mask contains concentrated multi vitamin essence that brightens and vitalizes the skin.

Ingredients


Directions for use
Put on the mask for 15 -20 minutes after thorough cleansing. Discard after single use.

My experience
The mask is similar to earlier masks I have reviewed, lightly scented, opaque essence and runny consistency. This time I squeezed out the essence from mask and applied thick layer to face. After this layer dried up I applied another layer.
The skin is instantly hydrated and mositurized. And since this mask is a whitening mask it gives a temporary instant glow to the face. The essence is runny so you need to be careful about the essence dripping from chin. Overall a relaxing and conventional skincare regime this is. After completely drying I rinsed with cool water and all I was left behind was smooth skin.

The In
  • Travel friendly and budget packaging
  • Compact packaging which takes less space 
  • Hydrates and mosirturizes the skin
  • Gives a subtle temporary instant glow to the face
  • Heals dry and flaky skin patches 
  • More suitable for use in winters.

The Out
  • Need to try again and again to see actual lasting effects

Price and Shelf life - $0.85 on Skin18.com and shelf life not mentioned.

Overall thoughts
The mask mositurizes and hydrates the skin sufficiently. It is a great way to treat your skin when you are travelling or don't have time to pamper your skin. The masks show effect when used back to back and I guess you need atleast 2 batches of mask sets. Overall they are worth trying atleast once.

Repurchase - Would love trying another series.

Recommendation - Totally atleast once. Yes for instant glow and mositurization as well as ease of use.

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21 Jan 2016

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DIY walnut facewash + Review

How exciting is the idea of making your own facewash? Damn exciting right!!!! Being a DIY freak I always wondered whether one day would I make my own body butter, facewash,  body lotion etc? Today's post is about DIY walnut facewash. 






Things you will need.
- Facewash base.
- Walnut powder
- A clean vessel/bowl and a spoon or spatula
- Container for storing

Procedure
1) Take a clean vessel or glass bowl. Make sure no water content is there or the bowl is not moist.

2) Pour the facwash base into the bowl. I poured 50 ml.

3) Take a little quantity of walnut powder and add it to the base. I added 1/4 of a spoon as I didn't want more scrubbing effect. If you want more of a scrubbing effect add a little extra powder according to your wish.

4) Mix well to make sure no bubbles are formed. The more foam or bubbles are formed during stirring the longer it takes the facewash to set. If you take a large quantity for mixing mix slowly and steadily. Small quantity gets easily mixed.

5) Plus instead of using walnut powder you can experiment using other powder provided it is not moist.




The facewash base is from soapytwist. Soapytwist.com has a wide range of facewash bases, bodywash bases, body butters, essential oils, powders etc. Do check them out once at soapytwist.com

Following are the pros and cons of this facewash I made

The In
  • A very easy way to make facewash 
  • Budget friendly 
  • Diy at the comfort of your home
  • Packaging of the base is excellent 
  • Cleanses face easily 
  • Foams well in hard water too. 
  • Gets washed off easily without leaving a residue.
  • Doesn't dry out the skin

The Out
  • Ingredients list of base is missing
  • Fragrance of base is a little synthetic sort 
  • If at all water enters the facewash, it will ruin it

Overall thoughts -
Overall am really happy with my first diy facewash. But the quantity soapytwist offers is in case of bases is kgs. I hope for individuals they make small packages based on requests, so everyone can try making their own facewash. I really want to try out different permutations and combinations of the other ingredients to make facewashes. Let's see how things workout and I will post another blog post with the experiments

Recommendation - Yes definitely recommended if you love DIY.

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18 Jan 2016

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Skincare Empties #2

Hola friends,

I am back with another empties post. This time I managed to empty products which I eventually forgot to use. I was very busy in the past days with my daily routine and hence didn't get time to eventually sort out my drawers.

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14 Jan 2016

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Burst of Happyness What a girl wants cleanser Review, Price, Availability

What a girl wants? This question is a little (read a lot more) difficult to answer but one answer can never go wrong, what a girl wants is clear, blemish free, glowing skin. Today's review is about Burst of Happyness What a girl wants Clay Cleanser. This is first time am using a clay cleanser. Clays are said to absorb excess oil and clarify your skin. We all know the humble Fuller's earth clay but this cleanser contains Rhassoul clay. Let's see how the cleanser Burst of Happyness What a Girl Wants clay cleanser fairs.

Brand claims
What a Girl Wants is a soap-free cleanser for oily or acne-prone skin, made lovingly with Rhassoul Clay and rose petals to gently cleanse skin. It leaves your face so moist and soft that you’ll think twice putting on a moisturizer!

Ingredients
Rhassoul clay, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, rose petals, and essential oils (tea tree and lavender).

Directions for use
Spoon out half a teaspoon of the product, mix with water to make a paste, and rub in small circles. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

My experience
I have oily skin and have battled acne for years. At this stage I can say my skin is almost acne free without any future breakouts. When I first used this cleanser I was a little sceptical about its results.

But after using it, am in awe of it due to its instant results. I am using this cleanser for past 1 week and this cleanser has made my skin glow and look clearer. The cleanser comes in a tub packaging without a wooden spatula or spoon. The cleanser is clay based and granular in consistency. But that doesn't make it difficult to use. As soon as you mix it with water it readily evens out.

After using it at night for around 1 week it has made my skin soft and glowing. It helps in getting a clearer look removing dirt, grime. The cleanser is easy to rinse off and a very small quantity is enough for the face. The only thing may be tricky is what amount of water to add, just add sufficient water to even out the cleanser, neither less nor more water is the trick.

The fragrance of the cleanser is very earthly and sometimes I feel like eating it ;).




The In
  • Contains Rhassoul clay, rose petals
  • Contains tea tree and lavender essential oils which have antibacterial properties 
  • Contains jojoba oil which has anti inflammatory properties 
  • Tub packaging makes scooping out easy
  • Perfect travel friendly cleanser
  • Gives instant glow and clean look to the face
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Makes the skin soft and supple
  • Gives a clearer look and even toned skin
  • Plumps up the skin a little bit hiding fine lines if any
  • Product will last longer as a small quantity also does the trick
  • Pleasant, non bothering fragrance

The Out
  • Only Online availability may be a problem for some people

Price and Shelf life
380 INR for 100 gms with 6 months shelf life from manufacturing date or 3 months of opening.

Overall thoughts
Overall it is a good clay based cleanser which makes the soft and supple and removes dirt and grime without drying the skin. You don't need a mositurizer after using this cleanser unlike other gel cleansers. Moreover it helps in getting clearer look and definitely worth trying atleast once.

Repurchase - Yes, as I have oily and acne prone skin, as soon as I finish this tub.

Recommendation
Yes it is totally recommended as it fairs on the claims it makes with no false pretences.

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NB - Product sent by brand for review. Honest review
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9 Jan 2016

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Burst of Happyness clay-o-patra Detoxifying Clay Mask Review, Price

Activated charcoal, when I hear this word I feel something magical. Today's post is about a face mask containing 6 natural clays and activated charcoal. The Burst of Happyness Clay-o-patra Detoxifying face mask contains Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay, Rhassoul clay, Fuller's earth and Bentonite Clay. 




Brand claims
Delicate, highly potent face mask with a blend of six clays to detoxify your skin and scalp. Also contains activated charcoal.

Ingredients
Rhassoul Clay, Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay, French Red Clay, Fuller’s Earth, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal



Directions for use
Mix the desired amount with warm water/fresh aloe gel and apply. Leave on for 15-30 minutes and rinse off with plain water. 

My experience
Firstly the fragrance of the mask is very earthly and clay sort and when you mix water in it the mask smells like fresh drops of rain on hot sand. Secondly the texture, the texture is very fine and smooth in nature which makes it easy to apply even with fingers.

Now coming to the packaging, the packaging is metallic tin with a screw top. I usually don't prefer metallic packaging, but as long as they are easy to use it is ok sort. 



I used the mask regularly for 7 days and believe me the mask has given a glow to my skin, made it look clearer, evened out the skintone and has given a sort of purified look (can't think of another word :)). The mask contains activated charcoal and we all are aware of it's benefits.

I used the mask with plain water and applied it for 15 minutes. While the mask is drying, you feel a strong stretchy feeling. After the mask had dried up, I patted the skin with cold  water and rinsed it off. The mask comes off easily because of the smooth texture and makes the skin smooth initially. After some time the skin feels dry. After this the skin needs moisturization.

The mask contains 6 other natural clays which are very beneficial to the skin. But the only miss in this mask is it dries out the skin and immediately you need to reach out for a mositurizer.

The In
  • Contains activated charcoal
  • Impressive ingredients list with a blend of 6 natural clays.
  • Fine and smooth texture which makes application easy
  • Dries out real fast so no need to wait for long time for the mask to dry
  • Tin packaging makes it easy to scoop out
  • Even a thin layer does the trick so product lasts longer
  • Shows effects with just one use
The Out
  • Dries out the skin post application.
  • Only Online availability maybe a problem for some people.
Price and Shelf life - 495 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 1 year.

Overall thoughts
Overall this mask does the trick and is very very useful in helping the skin get its clearer, even skintone back. The effects are fast and real and we don't need any special skin treatments to get the results. Just apply the mask and stay assured to get the results. It makes the skin glow and gives a purified look.

Repurchase - Yes in case I get another acne camping (touchwood) I would surely buy this.

Recommendation - Yes totally recommended for the real fast and detoxifying effects of the mask.

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6 Jan 2016

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Four Season Red Ginseng White Clean Active Mask Review

Red Ginseng prevents aging, provides anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immunity improving effects.  Also, cells are invigorated through blood circulation for healthy and smooth skin. Today's review is about another Korean mask which is Four Season Red Ginseng White Clean Active Mask

Brand claims
The whitening functional mask sheet contains concentrated Red Ginseng which replenishes the skin with nutrients, moisture and leaves skin shiny.



Ingredients


Directions for use
Put on the mask for 15 -20 minutes after thorough cleansing. Discard after single use.

My experience
As soon as you open the mask package you are greeted with a strong Ginseng fragrance. The fragrance fades as soon as we put on the mask and is not bothering. As always the mask doesn't fit properly. The essence is opaque in colour with a little runny consistency.

The essence is very sufficient for face as well as hands. The essence as always mositurizes and hydrates the skin intensely. The mask after dabbing the essence I removed it and let the essence dry up. After some time I rinsed the essence and it got washed off easily.

The skin feels soft, smooth and clean. The mask contains Ginseng which has anti aging properties so using this mask over and over will have more effects than just using one mask. The mask gives a subtle glow to the face, temporary though, which makes the skin look a little bit of fair. The mask cures the dry patches on the skin.

The In
  • Travel friendly and compact packaging.
  • Budget friendly 
  • Intensely mositurizes the skin
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Gives a subtle temporary glow to the face
  • Contains Ginseng which has anti aging properties 
  • Cures the dry patches 
  • More suitable for use in winters.

The Out
I didn't find any

Price and Shelf life - $0.85 on Skin18.com and shelf life not mentioned.

Overall thoughts
The mask intensely mositurizes and hydrates the skin. The mask gives a subtle temporary glow to the skin. The Ginseng contents of the mask have anti aging properties so using the mask over and over will have more effects.

Repurchase - Yes would love using it again.

Recommendation - Yes totally recommended to use at least once.

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3 Jan 2016

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Skincare and Haircare Empties #1

Today am writing my first skincare and haircare empties post. I have seen a lot of bloggers writing this post so I thought of giving it a try. I had a tough time emptying these all products since I keep them in the cupboard and eventually forget to use them. So this time I stocked them up in my bathroom storage to I use them. Basically these types of posts give an idea to you as well as people who read this post, whether particular products are worth trying or not.

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