Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick Spanish Red Review, Swatches, LOTD

Hello lovely ladies,

Today I am here with a classic red lipstick from Estee Lauder. Red lips are quintessentially sexy. I have hundreds of red lipsticks and still feel like buying a hundred more. There is nothing like red lipstick. So without further ado, let us see how this cult favorite lipstick from Estee Lauder fared on me.

Estee Lauder says:-
An extraordinary lipstick. Creamy & seductive in color. Gives smooth, lustrous & shine finish. Rich & conditioning effect, yet soft & light. Long wearing with hours of moisture.

Packaging:-
A gorgeous golden case. It is sturdy and you’ll feel like “Yes, I am holding a lipstick of 48$”




Shade and Texture:-
A beautiful warm red with a glossy finish. Very wearable and will suit our Indian skin tone perfectly. Texture is very soft and creamy. It is smooth and fuss free to apply. The rich, hydrating formula feels light and comfortable.

Pigmentation and Staying Power:-
It is incredibly pigmented; just 1 swipe for those luscious lips. But being a glossy lipstick, it doesn't stay more than 2 hours on me. Moreover, it is pretty hard to keep the pigment off my teeth. No matter how much I try, I have lipstick on my teeth.



What I liked about :-
  • A stunning color of red that would suit everyone.
  • Soft, buttery texture.
  • Glides easily.
  • Moisturizing.
  • Feels light on lips.
  • Well pigmented.
  • Minimal bleeding.
  • Stunning packaging.

What I don’t like about about:-
  • Pricey.
  • Not easily available.
  • Too glossy for my comfort zone.
  • Needs constant reapplying.
  • The bullet is so soft, it melts in summers.
  • Accentuates fine lines and dry patches.


Final Thoughts:-
This is a fantastic, moisturizing red lipstick. It glides easily, has minimal bleeding and is insanely pigmented. But I personally prefer something with a matte, semi-matte finish; especially when it is a red lipstick. The shine this lipstick provides is way beyond my comfort zone. Moreover, it starts fading within 2 hours accentuating fine lines and dry flakes (if any). When we are spending such a bomb on a lipstick, we would at least expect it to have a decent staying power. I feel this range isn’t for me.

Final Rating:-
2.5/5


Have you tried any from this range? Do you also feel the same? Let us know J

Monday, 21 November 2016

Tel Koi/ Climbing Perch Curry: Recipe with Step by Step pictures

Hello everyone,
It has been a really long time since I have posted a recipe on the blog. Food covers a major part of my life and a major part of that part is occupied by FISH. Bengalis (most of them) and fish are intertwined inextricably. So today I am here with one of my favorite fish recipes- Tel Koi.


Koi fish or the climbing perch is an utterly tasty fish mainly found in South-east Asia. Tel Koi is one of the best known Bengali delicacies, a rich curry of koi cooked in mustard oil. 
Here is the recipe..

Ingredients:-
  • Koi fish 4 pieces
  • 2-3 tsp curd 
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½-1 tsp turmeric powder 
  • ½ tsp chili powder (more if you like it hotter)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1bay leaf
  • 2-3 Dry red chili
  • 1 tsp ginger paste 
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 5-6 tbsp of mustard oil

Procedure:-
Marinate the cleaned and washed fish with turmeric and salt. Keep aside for at least 15 minutes. 


Now heat mustard oil in a pan and start frying the fishes. Once they are done, remove the fried fishes from heat and keep aside.


To the oil add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds stop splattering, add dry red chilies and bay leaf. Add the ginger paste, salt, sugar, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric and chopped tomatoes


Pour a little water and stir in the masala. Continue stirring until the oil separates.
Beat the curd with a pinch of besan. Adding besan to curd will prevent it from breaking up. Add it to the masala.
Stir and add a quarter cup of water.
Add the fried fish.
Once the gravy thickens, add sliced green chilies and coriander leaves. 


You may add some extra mustard oil at this point as well. Turn off the flame and cover for a minute or two.
This completes Tel Koi. Serve with hot steamed rice.



You can try with whatever fish you like. 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

5 Unusual and Different Ways to Wear a Saree

Six yards of sheer elegance and sensuality, saree is absolute love. We all know how to wear the saree in usual, formal style. Yeah..!! I mean "we know" doesn't mean "we can" :P 


But it’s always  great to spice up looks. Isn't? Adding some interesting twists to your saree-draping style can amp up your look while still being comfy; and you can achieve these looks without spending too much time, effort and money.
With onset of wedding season, we bring you 5 different ways by which you can drape your sari; timeless classic Indian sarees in contemporary styles. So all the ladies, it is time to dress up and come up in style.
Also introducing the very pretty Koeli Moulik on our blog today. Can't thank her enough for being my model :)

Saree with Jeans:-
Saree with Jeans? You must be thinking that I have gone mad. But trust me, it looks uber cool and chic. This is a combination I absolutely love. It is an eclectic mixture of traditional and contemporary style. Just wear your favorite pair of blouse and jeans. Now take the inner end of the saree and make around 7-8 pleats. Now tuck the pleated part in the center. Tuck the part of the flowing saree on your left. Pick the other end of the saree and make pallu pleats. Now from behind, take it all the way to your right, then to your front and place it over the left shoulder, just the way you would normally do. Pin the pallu. Note that the number of pleats you have tucked in depends on the length of the pallu you want to flaunt. The shorter the pallu, the more are the number of pleats and vice versa.


Dhoti style Saree:-
A style made famous by Sonam Kapoor, this looks beautiful when worn the right way. Wear blouse and stockings. Now drape the sari around your waist leaving about 1.5 meters to the non pallu end. Pin the two sections on the middle keeping the right section over the left. Take the pallu from your left, going around your back to your right and then to front tossing it over your left shoulder. Pin the pleats. Do the pallu pleats on the back portion as well. Secure with pins if necessary. The pleats should be visible on the hips. Pin the part on the centre with the saree. Now take the inner 1.5m part and pleat the end (just the way you do on pallu). Secure with pin. Now take it in between your legs and tuck into the back. Keep all the pleats neat and crisp. It sounds a bit complicated, but is actually pretty easy to do.


Saree with Kurti:-
This is one of my current favorites. Pair your saree with a complementing kurti, wear some junk jewelry and you are ready for the party. Go for printed kurtis if your saree is plain and simple and vice versa. Just make sure the kurti is decently fitted.


Saree with Belt:-
Belts
add dimension and shape to your dresses. Do you know you can wear belts with sarees too? By wearing a saree and then a belt wrapped around your waist, you will look fabulous, different and garner oodles of compliments.


The pagari way:-
The pagari or the traditional Indian turban goes pretty well with our 9yards. First tie the pagri on your end. I have used a dupatta here. Hold one end of the dupatta in your mouth and start twisting it. Now wrap it around your head so that it covers your head and upper part of the ear. Now tuck both the ends. You can pull out 1-2 strands of hair if you want. As for the saree I wear it the formal way, but instead of taking the pallu back, I keep it flowing it the front like dupatta.


So that’s it. These are my favorite ways of draping saree. I am experimenting with a few more and will come up with those soon.
Let me know which one you liked the most. Is there any other way of saree draping which you want to share? Shoot at madhu.9615@gmail.com 



Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Restaurant Review: The Oriental Hub

Hello readers/ friends,

When you are surrounded by delicious food, you can hardly walk away from the temptation of trying it. Me…well I don’t try to walk away. Why waste the effort?!! I know I won’t succeed, especially when I am in company of total foodies. One such evening we decided to have an oriental dinner, and trust me, we had good food.


Monday, 14 November 2016

LUX Golden Rose Awards 2016: Who Wore What


The award season has already started, reminding us that the end of the year is near. The first award show of the season, the LUX Golden Rose Awards took place on the night of 12th November at the Reliance Studios. The event celebrated Bollywood’s beautiful women and their unparalleled contribution to India Cinema. For this event, our Bollywood divas, like always, tried to put their best fashion foot forward. So lets see who actually could wow us and who couldn't.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

New Dove Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion Review

Hello everyone,

Today I am here with a review of the newly launched Dove Baby Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion. Dove launched their baby range sometime last month. My bhaiya got two bottles, one for my 2 year old niece and one obviously for me. He knows how much I love Dove products. :D


 So let’s get into the details…

Friday, 11 November 2016

NYX Rouge Cream Blush Red Cheeks Review, Swatches & FOTD

Hello everyone,
So autumn is here and if autumn comes can winter be far behind?! Absolutely not!! Winter means fuzzy socks, over-sized sweater, bold lips and cream blushes for dolly cheeks. Yes, winter is a time when you can take out your favorite cream blushes and can also experiment with colors. 
So today I am here with a review on a blush that is my winter favorite; it is NYX Cream Blush in Red Cheeks.


I have always wanted to try NYX cream blushers, because they have carved a niche of their own in the world of cream blushers. As to why I chose this shade, it is still a mystery.
So without blabbering any further, lets jump into the review…