Blogmas IV: Mom’s Special – Christmas Recipes

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Hello everyone!

Welcome back to #blogmas. December – the harbinger of winters – is here and December by default means Christmas season. It’s the time to party, for family to sit together and celebrate, and good food is an inevitable part of all celebrations.

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Follow these easy Christmas recipes and have a feast!
Source – Betty Crocker

Here are 4 amazing and easy Christmas Recipes from my kitchen.

1.Truffle Pudding

A favorite among kids and adults alike! It’ll be a super hit for parties and is super easy to make.

easy christmas recipes
Sweet Delight – Truffle pudding!
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Ingredients –

  • Vanilla sponge cake
  • 2 cups Assorted fresh fruits
  • 4 tbsp Dry fruits (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups custard sauce

Method –

Make thin custard sauce (preferably vanilla flavor) and let it cool. Cut assorted fresh fruits into small cubes – apples, pear, peach, grapes, banana, pomegranate etc. Mix them in the custard when cool. Cut the sponge cake into rectangular cubes and line them in a shallow dish. Pour the fresh fruit custard over it. Garnish with dry fruit and serve chilled!

2.Mutton Chops

Take your festive feast a notch higher with these delicious mutton chops. Follow this easy recipe and you’ll know its no rocket science to cook mutton chops.

Christmas recipes for parties
Always a yaaayyy for mutton chops!

Ingredients –

  • 500gm mutton chops (ribs) (flattened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp cornflour/ maida
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2- 3 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 lemon

1 onion (cut into rings)

Method –

Wash the mutton chops and drain them (be sure that the flesh on the chops has been beaten well to flatten them).

Beat the eggs, add salt, chillies, garam masala, coriander powder, ginger garlic paste, and cornflour to make a thick paste. Marinate the chops and keep overnight. Cook them in a non-stick pan with 2 drops of olive oil on medium heat.

You can also bake/ grill them as per your taste. Serve hot with lemon juice squeezed over them and onion rings.

3. Spiced Vanilla Coffee

Whether its conversations, cuddling up in the blanket to watch sappy Christmas movies, or to just enjoy it with a book, coffee is a constant companion. It’s the season of being merry and this spiced vanilla coffee will be perfect for cozy evenings and lazy afternoons!

easy Christmas recipes
Try this yummy coffee!
Source – copy me that

Ingredients –

  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • Sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vanilla essence
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh cream (optional)
  • Powdered mix spices

Method –

In a thick pan, boil milk with a pinch of mix spices (star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves). Put coffee powder, sugar, 2-3 drops of vanilla essence in a mug. Pour hot milk and mix well. Add fresh cream if desired (and if you don’t mind those extra calories). Your yummy coffee is ready to be relished with some delish cookies!

4. Puplet Cake

It’s Christmas time for our furry friends also. So treat them with a special doggie cake which they’ll love and the wagging tail will be proof enough!

dog cake recipe
The cake was Romeo’s faav! Look at that happy face 🙂

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Assorted fresh fruit (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp tutti-fruti

Method –

In a bowl take eggs and beat them well. Add fruits and tutti-fruti. Mix baking powder with wheat flour and slowly add the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Grease a mould with some oil and pour the batter. Bake it for 10 minutes on 180 degree C.

Once cool, de-mould and feed it to your beloved! See the glee on their face and the twinkle in their eyes as the aroma of this yummy Christmas treat fills the kitchen!

I hope these Christmas recipes make your festive season all the more special. Do let me know which of these are you going to try! See you soon for #blogmas!

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Blogtober Day 26: 5 Useful Diwali Gifting Ideas

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Hii! Warm welcome to day 26 of #blogtober.

Diwali is just round the corner, and while we all love the dressing up, meeting friends and family, eating delish sweets, and festivities, the one thing that most of us dread is deciding upon Diwali gifts.

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This Diwali give a thoughtful and useful gift.
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Gone are the times when you could recycle gifts and give boring mithai boxes as Diwali gifts. This Diwali get creative and gift something useful and practical. Something that’ll make the other person genuinely happy and they can use it in their day to day life.

So here are 5 practical Diwali gifting ideas

1.Health Hamper

Let go of the unhealthy mithai and snack packs this Diwali. Instead you can curate a special health hamper for your loved ones. Homemade cookies, nuts and seed mix, quinoa crackers, kale chips, herbal tea, makhanas, protein bars, etc. there is plenty to choose from. Pack an assortment of items in a beautiful basket, or pick a hamper online.

diwali gift ideas for friends
Say no to those boring gift packs. Choose health hampers instead.
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You can also gift tea hampers or coffee gift baskets. Customize a hamper with different kinds of roasts and teas, and trust me it’ll be a cherished Diwali gift. So this season gift the goodness of health and wellness.

budget diwali gift ideas
You take the coffee and see how conversations begin!
Image Source – Blue Tokai Coffeee

2. Fragrance 

A luxury fragrance is something is a foolproof way to impress anyone! You can pick one as per your budget and it’ll make for a perfect Diwali gift. And if you know the person is a huge fan of a particular fragrance, you can also gift a fragrance set!

Diwali gifts for family
Heartwarming gifts like these!
Image Source – D for Delhi
diwali gifting ideas
Fragrance gift set is always a good idea!
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3. Organization Kits

Space is always a constraint in our modern homes. And what better way than to gift someone a chic organization kit to make their vanity look super classy. Brush holders, organization trays, jewelry boxes…the list is endless.

Amara Accessories is a Noida based brand that has a huge variety of amazing organization kits. From brush holders to bath sets, marble finish trays to stunning jewelry boxes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Great quality and amazing service, do check them out and get your Diwali gifts sorted. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

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Keep your perfumes tidily stacked courtesy Amara Accessories.
Diwali gifts for friends
How stunning will this look on your vanity!

4. Memberships

Gifting memberships, be it Netflix subscription for your beloved bestie, gym membership for your fitness freak cousin, or bookstore/library membership for your nerdy sibling, is such a great and useful idea.

Diwali gift ideas
For all your coffee lover friends, this can be a great gift!
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You can also gift your family and friends subscription boxes, there are so many options to choose from – beauty, health, tea, snacks, books etc.  Gifting membership cards is also a great option, something like Body Shop, Forest Essentials, Lifestyle, or PVR membership.

Diwali gifts online
A gift card gives the freedom of choice and makes such a useful gift!
Image Source – beautynewsindia

5. Beauty/ Skincare Gift Boxes

The festive season means lots of parties to attend, and sometimes amidst all the fun and celebrations, you might not get the time to visit the salon. Gifting your loved ones a beauty or skincare hamper will be an ideal Diwali gift.

best Diwali gifts 2018
All the goodness, packed with love 🙂
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You can customize one as per the person’s choices and skincare needs, or pick a readymade gift box. There are many available online from brands like The Body Shop, Kama Ayurveda, Forest Essentials, Bath and Body Works, Biotique, Clinique etc.

Diwali gift ideas
You’re spoilt for choices when it comes to gift hampers.
Image Source – amazon

Hope these Diwali gift ideas help you choose better this year! And wishing you a happy festive season ahead.

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Blogtober Day 16: Move on in life with these 6 ways

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Hello! Welcome back to #blogtober and my second post.

The journey on the road of life is a mixed bag – smooth at times, satisfying at others, and sometimes a rather bumpy ride. The art of happy living lies in taking the rough with a smooth! All of us come across rough patches in life – emotional, physical, mental, or social. You have to be really strong to pull yourself out of these phases, whether all by yourself or with the help of others.

how to be positive and change your life
Moving on in life, one step at a time.

6 ways that work towards bringing positivity and moving on in life.

1.Maintain your calm

However tough or disturbing the situation may be, maintaining your calm is the first step to pull yourself together. As cliché as it may sound, try to follow your routine – personal and professional. Trust me, it goes a long way in bringing mental stability during the troubled times. Try being as normal as you possibly can with everyone around.

how to move on in life
Take a deep breath, sleep it over, this too shall pass.

2. Mediate and talk to yourself

Meditation, even if it’s for five minutes a day, will garner strength. Introspection or even loud talking to yourself will help you analyze the situation and list your priorities, thus, bringing a semblance of peace to you.

3. Interact with people

Talking your heart out with someone you trust is a great way to take the load off your heart. Even if its idle gossip or just a routine discussion about something as casual as shopping or Big Boss, works to make you feel happy. Something as simple as an evening out or coffee evening with friends is a great idea.

how to move on in life
Coffee and Scarbble kinda day!

4. Exercise

Feeling lethargic and fatigued is natural during tough times. Don’t fall in that trap, get your body moving and indulge in some exercise. You don’t need to do rigorous training, little exercise and stretching at home, climbing a flight of stairs a couple of times will do wonders.

If you’re an early riser, enjoy the morning breeze while walking and some yoga, for a healthy body and mind. I, at least found solace in this.

tips to move on in life
A walk in the hills, our version of vacay exercise.

5. Eat well

Nothing is as comforting as food. Cook it up or order in, serve it to yourself in fancy plates, and enjoy it. During times of despair we tend to not eat, but force yourself to eat. It’ll give you the strength to be brave and battle it all out.

how to stay positive
Believe in the superpower of food!

My comfort food is a bowl of soup, while Kritika’s is upma. Enjoying comfort food at home, or going to a fancy restaurant, it uplifts the soul and is a great way to feel good.

how to stay positive
Pajama Life!

6. Follow your passion

Yet another way to soothe yourself when the mind is restless! Follow your passion, and if you don’t have one, look for things that you always wanted to do –cooking, gardening, singing, mountaineering, music etc.

tips to move on life
Painting the world my way!

For me painting has been therapeutic, you choose your option. It’s such a stress buster and diverts your mind. Try it once, and you’ll surely enjoy it.

how to move on
Dreams do come true!

Hope these tips help you cope with loss and come out of grief in a positive and strong way. Let me know what you thought about it, and keep coming back for more in #blogtober journey. See you soon!

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Blogtober Day 12 : 5 easy instant dessert recipes

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Hi everyone! Finally my first post in #blogtober.

Come October and the festive season begins, and what’s a festive celebration sans delicious food. So here I am bringing you a few quick, easy to make, and delish dessert and mithai recipes to greet your guests and enjoy with your family.

easy mithai recipes
Try these easy mithai recipes at home

5 instant dessert recipes for festive season

1.Coconut Ladoos

Coconut makes an auspicious beginning for joyous occasions, and it is the main ingredient of the first recipe.

easy coconut ladoos recipe
Yummy coconut ladoos, so easy to make.
Image Source * sonisfood

Ingredients –

  • Powdered coconut – 250g
  • Condensed milk/ fresh cream – Half tin/ 1 small tetra pack
  • Powdered sugar – as per taste
  • Sherbets of different flavors – few drops
  • Silver wark (for decoration)

Method –

Take powdered coconut in a big bowl. Add condensed milk or fresh cream/ malai and powdered sugar. Mix well to turn into kneading consistency.

Add rose, khus, pineapple, mango sherbets for flavor (it also gives beautiful colors to the ladoos). Make into small balls. Decorate them with silver wark or coat them with desiccated coconut and serve these sweet delights!

2. Caramel Makhanas

Sweet indulgences during the festive season are more than welcome. And when you know its homemade and healthy, you don’t mind binging a tad bit extra.

caramel makhana recipe
Sweet yummnes…

Ingredients –

  • Foxnuts (makhanas) – 100g
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Method –

Heat 1tbsp ghee in a deep kadhai. Add sugar and cardamom powder. Let the sugar melt over medium heat. Keep stirring till the sugar turns golden brown. Add roasted foxnuts and stir well. Serve when cool and crispy coated with caramelized sugar.

You can also caramelize popcorn in the same way.

3. Instant Kheer

Guests dropping in suddenly and you want to serve kheer? Gone are the days when grandmom took hours and hours to prepare delicious kheer. Try this instant kheer recipe and you’ll surely get lots of compliments for your amazing cooking.

best mithai recipes
Instant kheer for instant happiness!

Ingredients –

  • Milk – 1.5l
  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Khoya – 250g
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cup
  • Saffron – few strands
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Dry fruits of your choice

Method –

Boil rice in a cooker till its soft (you want thick khichdi like consistency). Add milk and let it come to a boil, add grated khoya. When khoya dissolves add sugar and keep stirring. Add saffron and cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from heat when you get required consistency. Garnish with dry fruits and serve hot or cold.

Serve kheer with a fruity twist – layer it with mango puree, cut strawberries, or sweetened pineapple! This is a great way to serve the same old dessert in a new style.

4. Day and Night

Giving your leftover mithai a novel touch with this super recipe! All you need are some ladoos, gulab jamun, and creativity.

Ingredients –

  • Boondi ladoos –500g
  • Gulab Jamun –500g
  • Almonds and pistachios – for garnishing

Method –

Break the ladoos and layer a bowl with this boondi. Put a few gulab jamuns on top of boondi. Repeat the layers once again. Top layer should be boondi. Sprinkle shredded almonds and pistachios. Heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and your yummy unusual dessert is ready!

5. Roasted Makhanas

And after all this sweetness, just a hint of savory delight! Foxnuts are such a healthy snack option. You can munch on them without the guilt of extra calories.

makhana recipes
Guilt free snacking!

Ingredients –

  • Makhana – 100g
  • Ghee – 2tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mixed herbs and spices

Method –

Take makhanas in a bowl and sprinkle salt, chilli powder, black pepper, mixed herbs. Pour 1tbsp ghee over them and toss well. Try different flavors – Maggi masala, oregano, peri  peri, gunpowder, etc.

Heat a non-stick pan or a wok with 1 tbsp ghee. Roast the makhanas over medium heat until crunchy golden.

Do try these easy festive recipes at home and tell me which one did you like the most. Also let me know if you’d like easy snack recipes! See you soon.

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Top 5 Face Packs for glowing skin in India

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Welcome November.

There is this slight nip in the air and not to forget the festivities all around. It is time to pamper your skin and look your best. Nothing beats the happy feeling of flaunting a beautiful skin.

Homemade face packs are great, but on days when you’re too lazy to do a DIY mask, the readymade ones are a great option.

Top 5 face packs in India
Flaunt naturally radiant skin with these face packs.

Here are top 5 face packs for glowing skin in India.

1. Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Pack

Goodness of neem needs no emphasis, so does this value for money product. It is gentle, yet deep cleanses and unclogs your pores. It is a purifying mud pack so if you have dry or very dry skin, stay away from this one. You could also use this for multi-masking in just your T-zone.

If you have acne prone skin, give this one a shot. You can use it in combination with Himalaya Neem Face Wash and Scrub for better results.

Price – 130/- for 100g 

Himalaya neem face pack review
Use the trio for a clear and healthy looking skin.

2. The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask

If you’re someone who has blemishes and acne prone skin, then this face mask can be that miracle product you’ve been looking for. Tea tree oil is known to be antibacterial and works great for blemish prone skin. It has a strong tea tree oil fragrance and a creamy texture. The micro-beads are tiny but they exfoliate well.

Can be used as a mask, scrub, or simply as face wash. It gently exfoliates leaving your skin squeaky clean. Use it for a natural glow when your skin looks dull or is feeling clogged.

Price – 1295/- for 125ml 

The Body Shop Tea Tree mask and scrub
I love to use it as a mask. Easy and fuss-free…

3. Forest Essentials Ubtan  – Roop Nikhar Gulab

My list of 5 best face packs in India would not be complete without a mention of Forest Essentials. Forest Essentials has different variants of ubtans. This particular variant is suitable for normal skin type.

Forest Essentials ubtan
Skincare posts are incomplete without Forest Essentials.

It comes in powder form. You can add aloe vera gel, rosewater, or milk and apply for a super soft and naturally radiant skin. It is mild, 100% natural, and free from synthetic colors or fragrance.

You might think that the price is too steep for an ubtan, but trust me it is worth every penny. Your skin will feel great, and it is also great to invest in good skincare.

Price – 1025/- for 70g 

Forest Essentials Gulab Ubtan Review
You can use it as a scrub or as a mask. (This is the old packaging)

4. Patanjali Multani Mitti Face Pack 

The age old multani mitti has been popular among the royals and commoners alike. In its new avatar – Patanjali Multani Mitti Face Pack, it’s a fuss free, easy to use pack. Though effective for normal to oily skin, it can leave your skin feeling stretchy and dry, so make sure to use a moisturizer right after. Also if you are someone with sensitive skin, this can be harsh for your skin.

Price –60/- for 60g 

Patanjali Multani mitti face pack
This one is a great affordable option.

5. Nature’s Essence Lacto Tan Clear

Getting rid of that pesky tan can be such a pain. This sun tan remover from Nature’s Essence has been quite effective for me. It is enriched with the goodness of milk and honey, bit highly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. With its light creamy texture, it isn’t harsh on the skin at all.

It is gentle and suitable for all skin types. You can use it twice a week and the best part is it works wonders to remove tan not just from your face, but also legs, arms, neck, and back. Out of the 5 best packs for glowing skin, this is my personal favorite.

Price – 85/- for 40g 

top 5 face packs in India
Let the tan fade and the memories stay!

Note – Don’t forget to do a patch test of whichever you choose.

Let me know which one you’re most excited to try. And also if you have a favorite mask that has changed your skincare game, do share it in the comments section below!

Byee…

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11 Kitchen tips for easy cooking – Festive Edition

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Festival season – time to meet, greet, and eat (not that we don’t do it otherwise, but more so during this time of the year). Who doesn’t like delicious food being served? Tempting food definitely makes everyone feel welcome and adds that festive touch. Sharing with you a few easy kitchen tips that have helped me over the years to impress my guests.

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Impress your guests and have great parties with these easy kitchen tips. Source – hyundai.it

11 kitchen tips for easy cooking. 

  1. Keep your refrigerator well stocked (boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, chutneys and dips, heat and serve snacks, and ready to fry snacks).

2. Sabjiyon ka raja – potato, if boiled and stocked, will give you a number of options for quick snacks and main course.

Make cutlets, hash potatoes, add them to chat, bhel puri, use them in canapés, deep fry and sprinkle mixed herbs….. there are so many ways to use them. Use them readily for stuffed poori, poori bhaji, or simple jeera alloo.

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Served with love…
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3. Dahi vadas are a staple party recipe. Keep them ready and use them as snacks or with main course.

Want to make instant Dahi Bhalle? Cut bread in halves, dip in a thin paste of besan and deep fry. Soak in water, drain out excess water, and your vadas are ready to go in curd.

Dahi Bhalla
Nothing like melt in the mouth Dahi Bhallas.
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4. Unannounced visitors? Don’t worry! Make instant Rava Idlis with Eno. Serve them with coconut chutney or with gunpowder. You can even deep fry them and serve masala idlis. Trust me your guests will gobble them all up.

5. Keep marinated chicken in your fridge. You can bake it, shallow fry it, or even grill it and serve with your favorite dip.

6. How can a party be complete, if there is no Dal Makhani? Sudden need to make Dal Makhani and Urad dal not soaked? Use a mix of whole moong and masoor dals.

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Dal Makhani – All Time Favorite!! Source – FoodNDTV

7. Make ice cubes with edible food colors added to water. It’s a visual treat to see these cubes melting in a drink. The kids will love you even more for this!

8. For instant Gajar ka Halwa, grate carrots and steam them in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes. Add khoya or condensed milk, some nuts and delicious halwa is ready to serve.

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Gajar ka Halwa is indeed a royal treat.
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9. Don’t we all enjoy traditional rasgullas and gulab jamuns? Use the leftover syrup to make Shahi Tukda. Fry some pieces of bread and dip in sugar syrup. Top it with condensed milk, garnish with nuts and serve to win hearts.

10. Simple boiled eggs become an attractive snack if served with chicken salami. Place halved boiled eggs in the middle and border the platter with salami for a different presentation.

11. Dessert with a difference – spread a layer of boondi in a bowl. Place small gulab jamuns on it and then add a layer of fresh cream. Repeat the layers. Garnish with some dry fruits and rose petals. This dessert will surely be the showstopper of your party.

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This is what happiness looks like….
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Hope these tips work well for you. Do let me know if you try any of these. I’ll see you soon.

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5 Best Affordable Face Washes

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Hello friends!

Finally back to blogging after a long gap. Today I’ll be talking about affordable face washes. A face wash is an integral part of our daily skincare routine, and when you get some great picks that work well and are budget friendly, it becomes a major plus.

5 Best Affordable Face Washes
Browse through these top 5 affordable face washes

Top 5 affordable face washes for all skin types 

1. Biotique Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Cleanser

Biotique is a brand that offers a wide range of Ayurvedic skin care and hair care products. I tried the Biotique Honey Cleanser. It is a mild facial cleanser, suitable for all skin types. Honey is a great ingredient for your skin and this face wash is enriched with the goodness of honey and Himalayan Waters.

Biotique honey facial cleanser
Gentle on the skin, and on the pocket as well 😉

It can get rid of light make-up and excess oiliness without stripping off the moisture from your skin.

Price – 149/- for 120ml

2. Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash

For those who have acne prone and oily skin, this will make a great choice. Neem is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Himalaya Neem Face Wash deeply cleanses your skin without drying it. Use it regularly for clear and glowing skin. It’ll not magically get rid of your acne, but will prevent it.

Himalaya Neem face wash
Love this one!

You can use it in combination with the Neem face scrub and face pack for added benefits. The scrub is gentle on the skin. The mud face pack deeply cleanses your skin and gently exfoliates it.

Best face washes in India
Use the trio for a clear and healthy looking skin.

Price – 120/- for 100ml

3. Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash

If you’re looking for a face wash that deeply cleanses your skin, Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is a good option. It works well for normal to oily skin. For those days when you feel your pores are clogged and there is excessive oil on your skin, this one works best.

best patanjali face wash
One of my favs from the range of Patanjali face washes

The only thing I don’t like is that it takes away the moisture from your skin. You need to apply moisturizer soon after using this, otherwise your skin can feel dry and parched. So if you’re from the dry skin family, stay away from this one.

Price – 60/- for 60g

4. Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

Clean and Clear is a brand which is a favorite of many. They have a range of face washes, but my pick is the Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash. This one is suitable for all skin types, but works best for oily and acne prone skin. It lathers well and takes off all the excess oil from your skin making it feel clean and refreshed. It deeply cleanses, yet is gentle enough to not leave your skin dry or clog pores.

Clean & Clear face wash
Can totally call this – evergreen face wash.

Price – 110/- for 100ml

5. Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash

If you’re someone like me who forgets to use a scrub, then investing in an exfoliating face wash is a good idea. The Lotus Herbals face wash is enriched with the goodness of strawberry and aloe vera. It cleanses your skin without making it dry.

The good thing is that the microbeads are very gentle, so you can even use it every day. It lathers well and has a rich creamy texture.

Lotus strawberry face wash
Strawberry and Aloee Vera are such amazing ingredients for your skin.

Price – 190/- for 120g

Don’t forget to do a patch test before using any of these!

Read my previous post about easy DIY honey face packs. Also let me know what you want to read next – skincare, kitchen tips, or something else! Bye….

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5 Easy DIY Hair Packs for Thick Long Hair

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With this heat and humidity our hair tends to become frizzy and unmanageable. Using hair packs regularly will deeply condition your hair, repair damage, and replenish the lost moisture.  But making hair packs at home can be quite cumbersome. So this time we got you hassle free hair packs with minimum ingredients and maximum benefit.

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Fuss free and easy to make hair masks for beautiful tresses.
Source – Beauty and The Dirt

Read on and find 5 easy and effective hair packs.

  1. Egg Hair Pack

The proteins in egg are highly beneficial for your hair. Egg will moisturize and deeply nourish your hair. Use a hair pack enriched with the goodness of egg regularly to see a visible change in the quality of your hair.

egg hair mask
The smell will be totally worth the result -beautiful nourished hair.
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Beat one egg. Add to it 1 mashed banana + 3 tbsp milk + 3 tbsp honey + 5 tbsp olive oil. Mix well to form a smooth paste. Apply all over your hair and let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash off with a very mild shampoo.

This hair pack is suitable for all hair types. You can use it twice a week. It’ll leave your hair soft and smooth

2. Fenugreek Hair Pack

Fenugreek seeds (Methi Seeds) work wonders for your hair and skin. They are a great natural remedy for hair loss. It prevents premature graying of hair, promotes hair growth, and strengthens your hair.

fenugreek hair pack
The humble methi dana can be a magical ingredient for beautiful hair.
Source – Stylecraze

Soak fenugreek seeks overnight and make a fine paste in the morning. Take 2 tbsp fenugreek paste and add 2-3 tbsp coconut milk. Mix well and apply all over your hair from roots to tips. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes and then rinse off.

This hair pack is great to promote hair growth and can be used twice a week.

3. Yogurt Hair Pack 

Curd works as a great tonic to improve your hair texture. It is rich in Vitamin B5 and proteins essential for hair health. The antibacterial properties make curd a beneficial ingredient to apply to your hair, especially in summers.

cur hair mask
Cooling effect and beautiful hair with the same hair pack.
Source – evodero.de

Mix 3 tbsp cud + 2 tsp lemon juice + 2 tbsp honey to form a smooth mix. Apply all over your hair covering the roots, scalp, and tips. Let it dry for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

If you are someone who is hassled by managing dry frizzy hair, then this hair pack will be perfect for you.

4. Aloe Vera Hair Pack  

Aloe vera is great for your hair. It promotes hair growth, deeply conditions and moisturizes it, and gives your hair a natural shine. Using aloe vera gel for your hair will also reduce dandruff and flakiness of scalp.

Cannot stress enough on the goodness of aloe vera for hair and skin.
Source – youqueen.com

Mix 4-5 tbsp aloe vera gel + 3 tbsp coconut oil + 2 tbsp honey to form a smooth paste. Apply all over your hair from roots to tips. Keep the pack for 20- 25 minute and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

This is a hydrating mask and works best for dry hair.

5. Amla Hair Pack 

Amla is such a great ingredient to be used in hair packs. Rich in Vitamin C, amla prevents premature graying of hair, hair fall, dandruff, and nourishes your scalp. The combination of amla and shikakai is a beneficial remedy for split ends.

amla hair mask
Adding amla to your hair care routine is a good idea.
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Mix 1 tbsp shikakai powder + 1 tbsp amla juice + 2 tbsp honey to form a smooth paste. Apply this to your scalp and let it dry for 40 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and a mid shampoo.

* Don’t forget to do a patch test of all these before applying them.

Do try these and let me know which one works best for you. And if you have any magical hair pack, do share it with us in the comments section below.

Bye. See you soon.

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5 easy DIY honey face packs for glowing skin

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Off late I and Kritika have been experimenting with a lot of home remedies and DIY face packs. Most of them have worked pretty well. So, thought of sharing with you our 5 favorite DIY honey face packs.

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Honey – the juice of nature will make your skin soft and supple. Source – lifehack

Super easy to make, no elaborate list of ingredients, and effective results – these face packs meet all these requirements. So let’s dive straight into it.

  1. Mango and Honey Face Pack

Mash a few pieces of mango, add 1 tbsp honey to it and make a squishy paste. Apply all over your face and neck. Let it stay for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.

Mango is highly hydrating and helps to make your skin smooth and soft. It is suitable for all skin types.

2. Oats and Honey Face Pack

Mix 2 tbsp oatmeal + 2 tbsp honey to form a smooth paste. Apply all over your face and neck and let it dry. Before washing it off, damp the skin and exfoliate gently. While oats will scrub away the dead skin cells, honey will provide moisturization to your skin.

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The goodness of natural ingredients for glowing radiant skin.
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Although it is suitable for all skin types, but it works best for acne prone skin.

3. Fuller’s Earth and Honey Face Pack

If you have oily skin, then clay masks would work best for you. They’ll suck all the excess oil leaving your skin naturally healthy and squeaky clean.

Mix 2 tbsp honey + 2 tbsp fuller’s earth (multani mitti) + a few drops of rose water to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and neck. Let it dry for 15 minutes before washing off with cool water.

4. Besan and Honey Face Pack

Mix 2 tbsp besan (chickpea flour) + 2 tbsp honey + a pinch of turmeric to form a smooth paste. Apply evenly on your face and neck. Let it dry for 15 minutes before washing it with cool water.

The face pack is suitable for all skin types. It’ll help you get rid of blemishes and give glowing radiant skin. You can also use this face pack as a body scrub.

5. Milk and Honey Face Pack

This one is the easiest of them all. Mix 1 tbsp raw milk + 1 tbsp honey to form a smooth paste. Massage in circular directions all over your face and neck. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.

honey face packs for glowing skin
All things yummy, all things honey.
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It is best suited for people with dry skin. Both milk and honey will provide your skin the hydration to make it naturally soft and supple.

Just a word of caution before you leave – make sure you do a patch test of all of these before applying them to your face.

Do let me know which one worked best for you.  See you soon!!

 

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