Monday, 30 May 2016

Cold Coffee!

So summer is here, and though I am battling the heat, I am loving the fact that now I can have Cold Coffee without any inhibitions! Coffee Love all the way! <3

So, when cold coffee = life, and you have to have it almost every day, you need to come up with a way to make it a bit healthy (sans cream/dollops of ice cream), without compromising on the way it taste. Here's my way of making it : 

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Now, I know traditionally a good cold coffee has ice cream and cream and all things fattening in it, but there is a way to get that thick creamy consistency without sipping on all those extra calories.

What you need it to make 1 glass:
  • Milk (half the glass/cup)
  • Ice cubes (2-3 medium/large ones)
  • Sugar 
  • Instant Coffee Powder/Coffee decoction 
  • Mixer
Take your jar/cup and measure half a cup of milk in it. Transfer it in the mixer jar (Blenders won't be as effective. A traditional mixer works so much better). Throw in 2-3 cubes of ice.
I take 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and about 2 spoons of coffee powder (this depends on your personal preference, it can alter this quantity if you prefer it sweeter or stronger).
Now blend! Blend for a while, until the ice cubes are completely dissolved. Blend away!

If you have done it properly, you will find a while lot of beautiful thick froth on top and a nice thick consistency. Once done, transfer it in a cute jar and sip away!

Optional : Decorate the sides of the jar with chocolate sauce to oomph it up.
                 You can use instant coffee powder if you do not have access to brewed coffee decoction.

Go ahead and try it out. If you make it and like it, do let us know :)

P.S. I love the Bru instant coffee powder for my cold coffee somehow! Don't ask me why, but I find that it gives the best taste ever!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge : Review

We all know that if you achieve a good makeup base, more than half the battle is won. You can have the best of foundations, but without a good tool, it would never perform to its best abilities. Of course, there are some formulations that work best with fingers...but most formulations need a good tool. 

It has taken me a while to build my stash one thing at a time. You might have read my review of the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and the Expert Face Brush. While those two are fabulous on their own, they work differently and offer different finishes. While I was quite content with the brushes, the curious side of me always wondered about makeup sponges. Most people love and recommend them....okay okay...they recommend the Beauty Blender, but as a sponge newbie, I was lookout for cheaper alternatives. Which is where the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge comes in. I got it from amazon a few weeks back and here's what I think : 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge review

Monday, 23 May 2016

Lotus Herbals Color Kick Kajal : Review

Like most Indian women, I too have an eternal love for kajal. Sure, there are days when I do skip it but have to agree with me on this, a little bit of kajal smuged on the eyes looks gorgeous and well, mostly stops us from getting questions like "Are you sick today?" :D 
Over the years I have tried quite a few....Maybelline, L'Oreal, Amway, Lakme...tried them all. Not that I didn't find the perfect ones, but the beauty blogger ( addict) in me has to go and test a new one everytime and let you girls know about it. Kind of works out, doesn't it? :)

So when I ran out of the my Lakme Eyeconic, the Lotus Color Kick Kajal caught my attention, and now that this one is almost over, it's about time for the post to go up! :D

Lotus Herbals Color Kick Kajal review

Friday, 20 May 2016

Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Hand & Nail Cream : Review

My profession needs me to work with plaster and 10 different kinds of materials everyday, which wreck my hands in every possible way. Which is why my bag always carries a hand cream and I generally try and use it as often as I can. The last one I tried was by Neutrogena (reviewed here) which I loved immensely and was all set to repurchase it, but then I came across the Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Hand & Nail Cream thanks to random internet browsing and I couldn't help but give this one a shot :)

Organic Surge Gentle Meadow Hand & Nail Cream review

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Shaving Part 4

To begin with I had given up waxing a long time back and was only using the epilator (more on that some other day), with on and off shaving (mainly for times when I was in a hurry)

Gillette Venus review

Thursday, 12 May 2016

#StaySummerFresh wih Maybelline's Summer Essentials Kit

Summer is finally here, and with it we must change our makeup look too. One thing I like about summer is that all you need to do is keep your look light, fresha nd minimal. I being a big fan of that (light and minimal is my go to look most days) truly embrace the whole summer look concept. So, when Maybelline put together a sweet looking Summer Essentials Kit, naturally the makeup/beauty buff in me was super happy.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Forest Essentails Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel : Review

The weather here in Bangalore has been so maddening for the last couple of months. I have never experienced so much heat in the city. The amazing Bangalore Rains aren't happening anymore and I feel like I am being roasted all the time! 

So naturally, I gravitated towards products that were cooling and soothing and general, summery. (Psst...Nycil has been bought recently too for the "thanda thanda, cool cool" effect :DYeah, such is the heat!). Over the past few months I had been using the TBS Moisture White Shiso 2 in 1 eye cream, but it had started to feel a bit heavy now. In comes Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel! 

Forest Essentails Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel review

Monday, 9 May 2016

Find your "Perfect Cup of Coffee" with Beanstalk and Leaves!

Being an adult is a great responsibility...but it comes with its own perks. One of them being Coffee! (let's not get into the others :P) Not that I couldn't have it as a kid, but there was always someone telling me not to. Not anymore. Most adults manage to get out of the bed in the morning everyday just for that cup of tea/coffee. And then there are some who love their cuppa in the afternoons, evenings or even before bed. Basically, just having some caffiene in the system that lets you go out there while you try & conquer the world! 

Me? I am coffee lover and it just doesn't end with a cup. It expands to coffee cupcakes, coffee ice cream. Anything Coffee.(Blaming my grandpa and dad for this crazy love!). And while instant coffee used to do its job decently in the growing up years, there is always something so heavenly, so sinfully good about that one cup of perfect freshly brewed coffee. It has the power to take you places. Seriously. 

For years, having a good cup of fresh brewed coffee meant going out to fancy coffee shops, and that required a bit of an effort. Now, what if I told you that you could have your perfect cuppa everyday, anytime you want, in the comfort of your own house?! Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? 

That's exactly what Beanstalk and Leaves is about. Getting their love for coffee straight to YOU!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rosewater : Review

I am a huge rosewater fan! It was and always will be one of my holy grail products and just works wonders. Don't you think so too? And I am a fan of all things natural. Rose water without a doubt is the best natural toner ever. Not to forget its various other uses...carry it around and spray it on a hot day to frehsen up. It helps hydrates the skin. You can use it to mix your homemade facemasks....wonderful thing Rose Water I tell you!

For the longest time I was a fan of the Fab India Rose Facial Water, which still is one of the best, 100% natural, budget ones out there. I have gone through many bottles of that one. And then the beautyblogger in me wanted to try out the Kama Ayurveda Pure Rosewater (I am a Kama Ayurveda fan too you see..) and I have never looked back! 

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rosewater, Kama Ayurveda Rosewater,Kama Ayurveda Rosewater review

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision, Brown : Review

You know when you go to a brand counter and buy stuff worth so and so, and there is an offer where you end up getting something free...yeah those offers are quite nice aren't they? So, the L'Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision in Brown got added to my stash a long time back that way. I came back happily...stacked it in my stash happily....and well, happily forgot about it too. *tch*

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