Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another year has passed by....

Wishing all of you out there a Happy New year.  2016 for me was a mix of joy as well as sadness. Praying that the new year would be better,brighter and cheerful and hoping to be a good one.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Korean Sheet masks

I have heard about sheet masks but never really got to try one until I got a couple as gifts. The sheets masks are from a company called Nature Republic and one was the green tea mask and the other was Lavender mask.The packaging is very cute.

The other side of the mask has a lot of writings in Korean :) but the instructions on how to use the mask is given in English too.

'1. After washing the face, apply toner to clear up the skin.
2. Open the pouch, pull out the mask and place it on the face using the eye area to align correctly.
3. Remove after 20 minutes and gently pat for better absorption.'

There is a cut given and one has to tear it through to open the pouch. That is how the sheet mask looks like once removed from the pouch. The sheet masks is in two pieces - one piece covers the forehead till the nose and upper part of the cheeks; the second piece to cover the lower part of the cheeks and chin. And of course the eye area and mouth area is open.The sheets are actually placed in between two plastic sheets. So a bit of peeling and viola you have the soggy masks out.

The sheets are soaked in the serum. Aligning the mask correctly on the face can be quite tricky for a first timer. Ah that cooling sensation - it is so relaxing. I have read that some people leave the masks on overnight and I am perplexed as to how. The mask can easily fall off when you toss and turn na. 20 minutes is more than enough for the goodness of the serum in the mask to penetrate the skin. Do not wash it off then. Leave it overnight and wash it off the next day. My skin was definitely hydrated and plumper the next day. There will be a bit more of the serum left in the pouch and you can use it the next night too. :)

Love the whole idea of sheet masks. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rimmel haul

 Products: Rimmel the only one matte lipstick 'The matte factor'
                 Rimmel Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl kajal (001 black)
                 Rimmel soft kohl (011 sable brown)

The lipstick in encased in an attractive red tube. There is a band around the tube to indicate the color of the lipstick inside. The slanted lipstick bullet makes it easier to apply. The lipstick has a fruity smell of water melon but it just goes away once you have applied the lipstick. This is one lippie which although being matte, does not dry the lips. It is also highly pigmented and I didn't have to reapply for a good 5 hours. The lipstick can settle into the fine lines of the lips at the end of the day but it isn't so bad either [just rub the lips together and you are ok]. The lipstick costs 4 KD. So this is one lipstick which is affordable,pigmented, nondrying and long lasting.

I am equally happy with the eye pencils as well. 
The black kohl pencil is jet black and glides on the eye like a dream. The brown eye pencil is also good. They didn't smudge and make me look like a racoon at the end of the day. The kohl pencil is waterproof and not oil proof which means that if you have oily eyelids, they can smudge. A solution to this is to apply a good generous coat of compact powder on the eyelids before using the eyeliners. I, for one, do not line my waterline so I do not know how it will perform if you do so. 

The black liner is a pencil and has a transparent cap. The brown liner is also a pencil but the cap is a normal brown colored cap. The price of the black eye pencil is 2KD while the brown one costs 2.6KD. Both were really good and held throughout the day. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Paneer masala

Ease of preparation: very easy
Taste: Delicious

I didn't have heavy cream at hand so I just used an equal amount of cow milk :)

An ideal dish during christmas lent and the winter season.

Recipe adapted from

Athapookalams 2017

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