How To Make Carrot Rice Pudding (Gajjar Kheer)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Carrot Rice Pudding means Gajjar (Carrot) Kheer (Rice Pudding) it is an asian sweet dish that is widely eaten. This is the same as rice pudding but with grated carrots added in. Personally, I find this rice dessert the best because it's tasty and it's healthy (that's without sugar added), it can also be a good dish given to babies with or without sugar, as it is soft to eat.

Ingredients include;
Rice 1/4 of a cup
Milk 1.5 litre
Carrots 3 Large or 5 medium sized
Sugar 1/4 of a cup
Cardamom 3 seeds (Optional)

Method

Soak the rice for about an hour and then peel and grate the carrots using a grater (it would be best to grate in the saucepan you are going to cook the kheer in) cook the carrots for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat and you will notice some of them will go a lighter colour.

After that add in all of the milk into the saucepan you can also add in cardamom seeds this will just enhance the flavour with cardamom and is optional and cook for about 20 minutes and stir frequently in between when carrots are cooked and can break easily you can add the rice, but before that you need to rinse the water out of the rice and crush the rice with your hand or fingers this is done because the rice can cook quickly plus the rice will puff up. It is not important to crush every single grain just do what you can, and then add in the rice and let it cook making sure it does not stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Let the kheer cook but make sure you are mixing constantly the kheer will make bubbles.

Finally, add in the sugar and mix well making sure the rice is cooked and the milk has gone to the right consistency for kheer. Then turn the gas off when the kheer has thickened and the milk has lessened significantly to make it look like kheer.

Then there you have it, your gajjar ki kheer is ready you can eat it warm or you can eat it cold with some yoghurt.

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MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer Lipstick Review

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lip lacquers and matte liquid lipsticks are very popular nowadays. I have been trying lip lacquers from the brand MUA I bought three shades from Superdrug these retail for £3 each which I think is a very good and affordable price. I have seen online MUA have a lot of colours from nudes, reds, pinks, browns, and even black blue and purple they have some very unique colours but I stuck with getting everyday wear colours and dark ones.

They apply easily and once they are dry which is within a minutes they feel matte and velvety on the lips it feels as though I have got nothing on my lips and it is very lightweight. Also, they do not smudge at all.
I drank and ate and found that the lip colour did start to remove from the inner section of my lips making them look like they need a reapplication. When drinking tea it removes a lot because of the heat of the tea. Even when I did not eat and drink I did notice it would still remove from the inner section of my lips so it was not very long lasting.
They are easy to remove if you use micellar water, it will get all over your face with wipes (with me this happens). The product has a very sweet berry mixed with honey type of smell to it.
First shade Hustle
The colour is absolutely stunning a dark brown perfect for autumn but can be worn all throughout the year. This is a favourite colour of mine I love dark brown lipsticks, so I definitely loved this it was the first colour I had my eye one. It applies on really well by adding a lot of the product it will make it into a darker brown and by adding less with a lip brush it will give slightly less brown colour so the brown shade in it is controllable which is very useful and I love this colour, it will look good on everyone.

Second shade Elegance
This colour is a pink berry colour it's a pretty pink berry colour not bright at all. I thought the colour elegance would probably be a browner colour because from the packaging as it shows a brown tone and on the wand the colour is brown but when applied it was more like a pink berry but I really liked it, it was a colour I have never worn before and I think it looked great and I will keep on wearing it. I like pink colours that are not bright and sort of a berry colour but bright pinks I don't prefer I think they don't suit me because I tend to think they look better on ladies with pale skin colours rather than tanned, medium or dark. But, I was really impressed with this shade.

Third Shade Flair
For me, this shade is deep red colour which has a sort of a plum and brown hint to it. I wasn't sure how this colour would look on me but after trying it I loved it, it is a very dark colour so some areas can look patchy if the colour does not apply on properly all over the lips but that can be easily avoided. This is also a perfect colour for autumn if you are going for a dark shade. I would wear this with less makeup or no makeup at all because this colour just provides all the prettiness on the face.
You can see swatches of the lip lacquers on MUA's website which includes these three shades.
Overall I really like these lip lacquers from MUA they are affordable really pigmented and velvety when applied on the lips perfect for special occasions, for everyday wear a reapplication is probably going to be needed once or twice. I will definitely purchase more colours in the future as well.

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Asian Makeup & Beauty

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

I have been wanting to try some Asian beauty and makeup products lately for the first reason it is really affordable but also they do have some products which are really good. I have tried some from ebay and aliexpress and looking at the price the products have been great in every way. I wanted to share a new place to shop from which is Tosave.
These are some of the items I got from the online website. Some items I got were items I needed, like the accessory bag to put makeup items in, the brush cleaner to clean brushes with. The rest were something new for me and I wanted to try out.

The lip palette has a special ingredient in which helps your lips look fuller when you apply the lip colours on so for anyone wanting to achieve that look this will be something they can try, it was affordable and includes lip liner and lip brush, the lip brush which I really like it is perfect for precision and it is not too thin so a lot can apply on.
There were different designs for brush cleaners some are in an egg style, some as mats and some a heart shape in different colours these are really helpful to clean your brushes and only cost about £1.

The makeup and accessory bag is super handy when you are travelling you can put your makeup or toiletries in this bag and it also looks cute this item is only £2.99. They also have it available in different colours and designs.
The next item which caught my eye was this eyeshadow palette it looks beautiful the packaging and the eyeshadow colours, the eyeshadows are really pigmented they apply on so well with the eyeshadow brush and blend out nicely. This eyeshadow palette is from an asian beauty brand cocosh she it has good hard packaging with a mirror which is useful. The colours are nice for everyday looks with a mix of light, medium and dark shades which are good combinations it is my favourite palette because the colours are pigmented and apply well.
I also got another palette from cocosh she because I really liked the first one this has 9 colours in and the eyeshadows again are pigmented easy to work with, there are no shimmer shades in this palette they are all matte so perfect when only wanting to work with matte colours.
I also liked the double ended eyeshadow brush with a blending brush because instead of having to carry an eyeshadow brush and blending brush separately I can have it as one brush it saves space, and I have to say this is an excellent brush it is soft but also works really well, it is a copy of the naked eyeshadow brushes but it is a lot more cheaper, this costs only £0.81 on their website currently for the price it is well worth it. I was surprised to how well the blending brush worked and the eyeshadow brush works moderately too, I think this is a brush that is very useful considering the price too.
You can really save a lot of money with Tosave they have items like makeup, jewellery and even gadgets that are good quality as well, for hair extensions there is a separate website.You can have a look around on their website for items and offers you may like plus they have free shipping too.

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Pantene Repair and Protect Shampoo Review

Saturday, 3 June 2017

I previously reviewed the Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo & conditioner and for me, I felt as though I was losing hair with it so I stopped using that and started using a Superdrug brand one, then from family recommendations, I was told that I should try this shampoo as it is one of Pantene's best so far, so I did decide to try it out.
I have also tried Pantene classic clean but that did not help at all it caused dandruff for me so so far I think this shampoo is better than the other two.

I have kind of thick, long, dry hair, so what I was looking for was for this shampoo to control the dryness and add the shininess and make sure my hair is soft and not tangly, but also repair the split ends.

This repair and protect shampoo does make my hair feel soft it does everything the Pantene smooth and sleek did, but I have noticed it hasn't affected my hair loss in any way I do have some fallout but using the shampoo has not made it increase. I have noticed my split end have also significantly decreased. But I have not noticed any shine to my hair. It does say on the Pantene website using the Pantene shampoo on its own as well should make your hair shine, restore smoothness, treat damaged hair and make it manageable. It does make my hair manageable, improve the damaged hair and restore smoothness but the shine part does not happen for me and the dryness is still the same.

I decided not to use the conditioner because for me I feel as though the shampoo was enough and I don't normally use conditioner. The results using the shampoo for 4 weeks has been the same for me every time I use it my hair feels fresh but when my hair starts to dry it goes dry and tangly the sleekness doesn't stay in even after the next day. It has a nice smell and a soft after smell too though.

Overall, I have mixed opinions about this product some good some not so good but I think it's an ok product for me to use on my hair but would have preferred it even more if it did leave my hair shiny and not dry, so I will still be searching for the right product for my hair as I think this is not the one yet. Over the next weeks now I will be trying more of Pantene's hair products from their different ranges to see how they work out and will review them as well.

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How To Make A Simple Rice Dish - Khichdi

Monday, 22 May 2017

A simple rice dish with rice and lentils is normally called khichdi in Asia, because that is where it comes from. It is typed as khichdi but called khichri. It doesn't really have a name in english it is just known as rice and lentils.
Khichdi is a soft rice and lentil dish it can be eaten any time of the day and can be given to babies as it is soft to eat. It is easy to eat and make, it isn't heavy on the spices either. It is mainly known to be given if someone is ill to make them feel better, but you can eat it whenever you want because it is part of a healthy diet.
The ratio of the rice and lentils is totally up to you I used 60% rice and 40% lentils but you can have 50% of each, it's whatever your prefer. You can use Masoor daal which comes in the colour brown and orange or moong daal which is the green lentils and even chick pea lentils, alternatively, you can even use mixed lentils. 
But do bear in mind some lentils like the moong daal may need more water and may take more time to cook than other lentils. If you would like the dish to be more dryer with less water then add less water if you would like it more softer then add more water. 

This recipe is khichdi using red lentils. Makes for 4 people in about 25 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients
Rice 3/4 of a cup (150g)
Red split lentils (Masra daal) 1/2 cup (85g)
Butter 2 tablespoon
Half Onion
Salt 2 teaspoon or to taste
Green Chillies 2 or 3 (optional)

Method
I used a saucepan with a lid to make khichdi but can be made in a pressure cooker or a pan making sure it has a lid though because you will need to steam the rice and lentils.

First of all, wash the lentils and the rice separately and soak in warm water for about 10 minutes and make sure they are drained out of the water before your cook them. 

Next, add two fully heaped tablespoons of butter and add half an onion diced into the butter. Cook the onion until it is soft and translucent and lightly brown, we don't want the onion to be brown too much. 

Once the onion is soft add one cup of water (water added to butter will make it steam up so be careful) and add the lentils in. After that, add 2 teaspoons of salt and the green chillies with the stem cut off and let it steam for about 5 minutes.  

Pinch the lentils to see if they are about cooked if yes, then add 2 more cups of water and add the rice in. 

Then cook for about 15 minutes on low heat with the lid on. You can check after 10 minutes making sure it does not stick to the bottom if you feel there is less water you can add more in and let it steam until cooked, and let it steam until the rice is cooked with the lentils.

Finally, your khichdi should be ready to eat 😊

This is optional but to add more flavour you can add black pepper, grated ginger, bay leaves or cloves. If wanting to serve to babies then you can just use rice and lentils, salt will be optional. You can accompany the khichdi with salad and yoghurt as well.

I hope you enjoy your khichdi!

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Travel Essentials Checklist

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Travelling can be a hassle (the getting ready part) sometimes but can be made easy, with a handy checklist. Everyone would love to enjoy packing rather than rushing and figuring out what do I need. I always think a checklist is helpful even if that's for shopping, work or travelling. If not 100% it will definitely help you at least 50% and is just a way of checking if you have everything, because if you leave something at home it would be mean whilst you are on holiday you would have to buy that item if you really need it, so it's actually a money saver as well.

Bear in mind some things you might not have to take because it depends on the weather as well, a warm sunny place will not require jumpers, you will probably need insect repellent, mini fan and sunglasses. Going to a cold place you will need dry skin cream, warm clothing and gloves.
There can be items added to the list because you may have something you need to take but others do not so you can always make your own separate list too. You can get two copies and tick for the first time round for when you have the items and second time when you have packed the items, and cross out any which you don't need to take or you don't have space for.

Here is my version of a holiday checklist, these are items which can be placed into hand luggage and booked luggage, feel free to print it and use it for your travel, checking everything and you're ready to travel. ✈

Here is a link to the document and also an image.

https://goo.gl/faj2qN


Have a safe and stress-free travel :) 

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit Review

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

I have the lip kit in the colour Runway Berry and a single matte liquid lipstick in the colour paparazzi. I haven't tried a lot of Barry M lip products and as this was a new product I was definitely impressed with the outcome. Currently, they are selling 3 limited edition lip kits which include a lip liner and liquid lip paint and they have come out with 5 new single liquid lip paints that's without a lip liner. I purchased one lip kit and one single lip paint. The single liquid lipstick retails for £4.99 and the lip kit for £6.99 which I think is a pretty good price for the quality and the product.

With the lip kit I applied the lip liner first and it applied nicely it's pigmented and a nice light berry colour, then I applied the liquid lip paint on my lips and let it dry, it dries within 1 minute. I really liked the colour not too light and not too dark and the feel of it was soft on my lips.
It does not dry your lips at all it has a nice velvet feel to your lips and are not sticky feeling, it is long wearing it can last all day but if you eat and drink it will start to fade from the inner middle and in the outer corners of the lips. I drank tea and notice from the steam of the tea it faded more.

The packaging is also nice it is a tube and you can see the lip colour from the clear packaging and you can see the colour from the end of the lip liner as well. The consistency of the liquid lipstick is thin, but not too thin that it runs and neither is it thick, it is the perfect consistency. They have a sweet scent to it but isn't overpowering, it smells sweet as candy.

The red is a beautiful bold red matte colour definitely a red colour every girl needs, it makes your teeth look extra white, but your lips look fabulous.
If you rub whilst removing the liquid lipstick then it will smudge I had the red one especially all over my mouth while trying to take it off, so I would be careful whilst removing it, but normally now I just leave it to come off itself but if I need it off I will use a wipe making sure the colour doesn't go around my mouth. You can see the swatches here, this is the colour and liquid lipstick when they have dried and it is a matte finish.

Overall, I will keep on using the lip kit and the lip paint it would be something great if you want it to last all day because it really does. The red lip paint is the only red lipstick I apply when I want the bold and long lasting colour because it's the perfect colour. The runway kit I also love wearing and would definitely recommend to everyone because there are no cons with this product you will love it.
You can purchase these from Superdrug and Boots.

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Affordable Eyeliner Pencil Avon Color Trend

Thursday, 11 May 2017

These are my all time favourite pencil eyeliners from Color Trend a part of Avon Cosmetics, I have been using these pencil eyeliners for years now and I have not considered using any other brand unless I want a colour that Color Trend does not have, the main reason is because the brand is really affordable and they are very pigmented and soft which makes them apply on smoothly, on sale you can get these eyeliners 99p each otherwise prices can be £1.50 or £2 depending on the price, Avon changes the price for every brochure.

At the moment they only sell the colours black, blue, brown and turquoise and in the kajal stick they have purple, black, green and brown. There are some eyeliners which they don't sell anymore like the green and white eyeliner and double ended kajal sticks. The packaging of the eyeliners has also changed from black to the colours of the eyeliners now, which is actually better because you can tell now which eyeliner is what colour, before I had to check the colour because all of the eyeliners were the same colour. Whatever the occasion is I always have this eyeliner on.
Old Packaging of Color Trend Eyeliners
Most of the pencil eyeliners I have are pencil eyeliners from Color Trend and a few are kajal sticks compared to other affordable brands like Mua, Revolution and Elf these eyeliners are a lot more better in quality, others I have found that they are too soft so when I apply they smudge easily and the colour is hard to remove but Color Trend eyeliners are not soft the tip doesn't break off easily and they are not too hard so they can still be applied very easily without putting a lot of pressure.

I have never experienced any smudging with this eyeliner, it does not smudge for me if I touch my eyes or if they are watery then the colour will fade a bit otherwise it can last. The quality is amazing even though they are not waterproof they can last for a good 4 to 5 hours, after that I only need to touch up once at the inner and outer corner of my waterline. It is easy to apply on the waterline it glides on smoothly, to apply as an eyeliner it can be applied as well.

This is an eyeliner I would definilty buy again if it runs out however this lasts me a long time I have had these for about 4 years and they still work great they have not dried out all, it is a must buy if you are on a small budget for purchasing makeup. All of Color Trend makeup is good quality and affordable.
You can purchase these eyeliners online or from you avon rep from an avon brochure.

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