Blogmas VII: December Favorites

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Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a great day.

So it’s the last month and last monthly favorites of 2018. I love reading monthly favorites, have got some amazing recommendations. You guys also seem to love them, so here’s presenting December Favorites as part of #blogmas.

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Find some amazing beauty recommendations in this monthly favorites edition.

1.Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

My first Huda liquid lipstick, and I now know what the hype is all about. The formula is beautiful. Matte but doesn’t dry your lips at all. Supremely pigmented, great color pay off, and soft velvety texture – all that you need in a lipstick!

Huda liquid lipstick
Hello new favorite! You have my heart.

I have the shade Video Star, a beautiful bright raspberry pink color. Its intense pigmentation gives opaque color in one stroke! Trust me, you need to have one to know what an amazing lipstick this is.

Price – 1650/- for 5ml

2. Forest Essentials Soundarya Ultra Rich Body Lotion

If you’re someone who likes to invest in skincare, then this amazing body lotion is a must have. Enriched with the goodness of 24 karat gold and SPF 25, this one’s a great for all skin types. It comes in a handy pump packaging which is a big pro!

Forest Essentials Soundarya lotion
Smells yummy! (Just like all Forest Essentials products do)

True to its name, the consistency is ultra rich but gets absorbed quickly leaving your skin moisturized for hours. It smells of saffron and almonds, and an undertone of sweet turmeric – a lot like kesar kulfi!

Price – 2075/- for 200ml

3. The Body Shop Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub

To smell as delicious as mangoes all through the year, you need this sweet sugary scrub in your life. I have to be honest, it smells a lot like peaches!

The consistency is the star – thick and granular, but not harsh. You can see the oil that deeply nourishes your skin. It’s a must have shower essential especially for winters when hot water makes your skin dry and flaky. Use it once or twice a week for super smooth skin. It comes in a huge tub that’ll go a long way, so total value for money.

The Body Shop mango scrub
TBS Mango Scrub is like Summer in a jar!

Price – 1195/- for 250ml  

4. Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mist

If you’re a fan of sweet fruity fragrances, then ‘A Thousand Wishes’ is perfect for you. Even though it’s a mist, it stays for a pretty long time. The fragrance lingers on but isn’t overpowering.

Will make for a perfect gift! That’s how I got it and am lovin’ it ever since! The size is perfect to fit in your bag and be the perfect travel companion.

Bath and Body Works mist
Kinda obsessed with this fragrance 🙂

Price – 595/- for 88ml

5. Nykaa wedding Collection Nail Enamel

I have two shades from the collection – Lovie Dovey and Pink Bloom. While the first is a bright poppy pink, the latter is like a dusty rose. Both are supremely pigmented and the staying power is great. Perfect for the wedding and party season. They’re affordable, good quality, and don’t chip easily – just what you need in a nail polish.

Nykaa nail polish
Bright and poppy colors – perfect for the wedding season.

Price – 199/- 

Let me know what you’ve been loving through December. And don’t forget to come back for more #blogmas updates. I’ve got my chai and am not lagging behind for sure!

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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.

easy recipes for Christmas
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!
Source – food to love

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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Blogmas Day 1: Rapid Fire Book Tag

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Hi everyone! Hope y’all are having a fantastic weekend..

After such a fulfilling experience of #blogtober, I took a break and now back with the holiday spirit. Time to get going with some more blogs and this time its #Blogmas.

#Blogmas is a series of blog posts till Christmas, although I’m extending it all through December. So for day 1, I thought of doing a fun bookish tag. Usually these posts have to be Christmas theme, but I’m tweaking them somewhat.

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Welcome to day 1 of #blogmas!

Rapid Fire Book Tag is a set of 21 bookish questions that you need to answer rapidly and keep them super fiery! So let’s go.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

E-books or Physical Books?

Both! Kindle and Chill is a thing for booknerds

Paperback or Hardback ?

As much as I want to say hardbacks, my wallet and bookshelf will curse me no end, so Paperbacks.

Online book shopping or In-store shopping?

Online book shopping – because sasti books and sales! Okay, sometimes in-store shopping, coz posin’ with books for the gram!

blogmas book blogs
Finding love in the aisles of a bookstore 🙂

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies – lesser commitment.

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes obvio!

A book you want everyone to read

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

It’s so relevant and is based on #blacklivesmatter movement. Talks about race, identity, police brutality, and community in such a beautiful way.

best hyped YA books
If there’s just one book you want to read in 2018, this should be it.
Image Source – black and bookish

Recommend an underrated author

Benjamin Alire Saenz. He’s the author of two of my most favorite books – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe; The Inexplicable Logic of Life. I think a lot more people should read what he does with words and how he weaves magic! Surreal and blissful are the best to describe his writing.

blogmas ideas
This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

The last book you finished

All the Light You Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark

Spectacles, Romeo’s tail (munchkin I miss you), my phone…. The list is endless

book blog India
Insta love at its best – both for the book and Romeoooo!

Used books – Yay or Nay?

Yay! when they’re in good condition. Remembering all the book fairs I’ve visited.

Top 3 favorite genres

YA Fiction

Contemporary

Historical Fiction

Borrow or Buy?

Buy because Imma rich gurl! Hahaha! No buy book buying is like a therapy and makes me so happy.

Character or Plot?

Both please!

Long books or Short books?

Short ones,  but not too rushed.

rapid fire book tag
For all you Japanese literature fans, this is a must read.

Name the first three books you think of right now

Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)

A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

Starfish (Akemi Dawn Bowman)

These are the next three on my latest TBR

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Books that make me cry – sob with all the feels, happy tears thanks to cute romance, or weeping when the dog dies! I’ve done it all.

Our world or fictional

Fictional forever

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Always! Cheers to impulse cover buys and regretting later.

book blogger india
Thankfully didn’t have to regret this buy! One of most favorite reads of 2018.
Source – expan

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Hell Yeah!

I’ve discovered the joy of audiobooks recently and they’ve become an absolute favorite. It is so calming and you can get a lot more reading done.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones, because that commitment for a series isn’t happening!

Book to movie adaptation that you loved

I haven’t seen many this year, but from last year I totally adore Me Before You and Room!

books made into movies
Cuddle up with bae and have the perfect romantic movie night with Me Before You. 
best book to movie adaptations
Falling short of words to describe how good this is!

Rapid Fire Book Tag was originally created by thebibliophilegirl.uk. If you’e a booknerd like me do this tag and tag me! Also come back all through December for some amazing blogs! See you soon.

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