5 Must have kitchen Ingredients

5 Must Have Kitchen Ingredients

If you don’t have a well-stocked kitchen, making something new or interesting that you just saw on TV can seem like a challenge. Not only that, there are some magic ingredients that you must always store with you because they are super healthy and do you a lot of good.

5 must have kitchen ingredients

5 must have kitchen ingredients

Typically if you notice, there are some things that you would need in most of your recipes… Whether you’re cooking a vegetarian meal or meat, grilled fish, some essentials help you stir up a dish of your choice… but the magic ingredients we were referring to here also are a must-have because of the benefits they offer. Let’s go through some of these…

  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil

Here’s the detailed description about these ingredients.

  1. Virgin Olive Oil

If you are planning to stir fry some greens, sauté some veggies or make a salad dressing, olive oil is the basic thing you would need at first. Some of you would be using some other vegetable oils for cooking, but research proves that olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and helps prevent many diseases. Regular consumption of virgin olive oil helps reduce chances of cancer and protects against many coronary diseases and health problems. 

  1. Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper are most commonly used in almost all cuisines and dishes. Recipes usually always require the usage of both, as salt and pepper help to enhance and add flavour. Salt also gives us the needed iodine in our body and pepper adds to the flavour and taste. Pepper is no doubt a very versatile seasoning that can be used in pasta, an Indian dish, a simple salad, or anything else you are trying from other international cuisines.

  1. Garlic

Can you think of many recipes that can be made without this wonder ingredient? Not only does it add a punch to a dish you are cooking, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories. This wonder herb is very high in Allicin (a sulfur compound) and high in many nutrients like Manganese, Vitamin B6 and C, Selenium, Calcium, Copper etc. It acts as a magical medicine in flu and common cold. Not only this, it helps improve Cholesterol levels and lowers risk of heart ailments.

  1. Tomatoes

Be it a gravy dish, a pizza, salads, pasta, or anything, tomatoes are a must-have. Did you know that this humble vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C and K, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), biotin, dietary fiber, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, phosphorus and much more? This storehouse of goodness is not only good for your skin but also prevents many types of cancer and is good for your heart and kidneys. Add a lot of raw tomatoes in your salads as eating them raw gives you the benefit of the antioxidants present in them. 

  1. Basil

You would agree that sprinkling some herbs to your pasta, pizza, breads or oriental veggies adds that zingy flavour to your cooking? But if you have fresh Basil leaves in your kitchen, it’s a double whammy! These simple looking green leaves are actually an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin C, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and folate. Loaded with so many qualities, this herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and also helps your heart to stay healthy.

So this is my choice of 5 must-have magical ingredients that you must store at all times not only because they make your dish more yummilicious but because they are health-packed too!

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Top 10 Organic and Natural Beauty Products on Nykaa.com

Top 10 Organic Beauty Products on Nykaa.com

So everyone seems to be going back to their roots or basics. Organic and natural cosmetics are the latest trend these days as people have realized the health hazards of various chemicals present in regular cosmetics. Organic and natural cosmetics and personal care products not only benefit you more but you are also saved of the harmful effects of artificial colors, fragrances and chemicals in usual products available in the market. I have collated a list of 10 best organic and natural beauty products available on www.nykaa.com, which are trending these days.

1. Inveda BB Cream

 Inveda BB Cream Matt

Inveda BB Cream Matt

This product has ‘Pure’ written all over it. Yes, it’s natural and is loaded with the benefits of Almond Oil, Magnolia, and much more. It helps to hide your blemishes and fine wrinkles. What’s more; this herbal BB cream contains SPF 20 and you could use it as a foundation, which also heals your skin.

Pic From:  Inveda

2. Lotus Herbals Ecostay Lip Color

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Lip Color

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Lip Color

This lip color comes in 43 shades and boasts to be vegan, free of preservatives, and made completely using organic ingredients. It gives you luscious and hydrated lips and the best is that the color and shine are not lost all-day.

Pic From:  Lotus Herbals

3. Shahnaz Husain Shaeyes – Herbal Kajal

Shahnaz Husain Shaeyes Herbal Kajal

Shahnaz Husain Shaeyes Herbal Kajal

This Ayurveda product is a blend of some great herbs, Almond Oil, flower extracts, and much more. This kajal soothes your eyes and also promotes the growth of your eyelashes. So give it a try and leave all those kohl sticks that irritate your eyes.

Pic From: Flipkart

4. Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid Ayurvedic Night Serum

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid Ayurvedic Night Serum

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid Ayurvedic Night Serum

This herbal and ayurvedic night serum is made using some rare Ayurveda ingredients such as saffron, sandalwood and extracts of the Banyan tree.  It is a natural hydrating serum and has very good anti-ageing properties. I must say that the word ‘Miraculous’ in its name is so true.

Pic From: Kamaayurveda

5. VLCC Clear Tan Fruits Face Pack

VLCC Clear Tan Fruits Face Pack

VLCC Clear Tan Fruits Face Pack

This face pack is packed with a lot of fruity goodness like cucumber, mulberry and pineapple. It helps to remove the tan in a natural way. You can scrub it off when it dries and see its result, that is, a much clean and clear complexion.

6. Vaadi Herbals Skin Whitening Saffron Face Wash with Sandal Extract

This herbal product is good if you are looking for skin whitening. This face wash helps to reverse any UV skin damage and also gives a cool and fresh feeling. The ingredients such as saffron help to cure sunburns and sandalwood removes tan and skin pigmentation.

7. Richfeel Sulphate Free Shampoo

Richfeel Sulphate Free Shampoo

Richfeel Sulphate Free Shampoo

Did you know that sulphate is used in dish-washing soaps? Yes, it’s a very hard ingredient that is mostly found in all popular shampoos which aren’t natural or organic. This sulphate-free shampoo promises to give you healthy and frizz-free hair. So what don’t use any shampoos with sulphate and try this amazing product.

8. Nyassa Body Oil for Night

This herbal oil contains Shea Butter, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E. It is great to use it before you tuck into your bed. Rather than using any night cream, try this nutritious body oil, which can help your skin repair itself while you enjoy your slumber. The fragrance of sandalwood is an added benefit.

9. Soulflower Tea Tree Pure Glycerin 100% Veg Soap

If you are looking for organic and vegan soap, try Soulflower Tea Tree Pure Glycerin soap. It has Tea Tree Essential Oil, which keeps bacteria, viruses and fungi away. It’s basically a medicinal soap, but because of its minty aroma, it’s a pampering choice for your skin.

10. Fab India Lemon and Mint shampoo for hair

Try this natural mint and lemon shampoo, which boasts of controlling oiliness and cures dandruff too. Lemon is supposed to be known as a good cleanser and having no harsh chemicals, make this shampoo a good choice.

 

 

Pack Up !! Its Travel Time !!

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Travelling can make many people nervous because of the packing hassles. It could be your first important trip or maybe you have been a globetrotter; who wouldn’t welcome a comprehensive travel checklist? Especially if you keep forgetting something or the other, then a checklist of travel essentials will come very handy.
First select your main bag or luggage.
The main thing is to pick a luggage, which is lightweight and not very huge to carry. Depending upon your requirements, decide out of a rolling luggage, a wheeled backpack, a duffel bag, a backpack or a shoulder bag or carry-on luggage. This depends upon the number of days and type of travel. A backpack would suit if it’s an informal short vacation; but you might need a rolling luggage if you are going for a conference and need to pack up formal shirts and blazers.  If you are travelling with kids, that’s another story. I will write about that in another article.

Secondly, follow a packing list.
The basic stuff
• Select lightweight clothes as per the weather
• While deciding the T-shirts, tops, jeans, pants etc, research about the culture of the country or city you are visiting and carry clothes accordingly
• Accessories like belts, socks, jacket
• Comfortable shoes
• Sleepwear
• Undergarments
• Sunglasses and if you wear other glasses or contact lenses
• Jewelry and watches
• If you are visiting a warm place or a beach, do carry scarf, stole or bandana
• Swimsuit or swimming trunks
• Cell phone with its earplugs and charger
• Travel pillow and eye mask
• Electric adapters and converter

The Toiletry Bag Basics
• Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
• Hair brush/comb
• Deodorant or perfume
• Shampoo and conditioner/ other hair care if any
• Sunscreen with SPF
• Face/body lotion
• Makeup kit (for all ladies ;))
• Face wash, cleanser and cotton swabs
• Personal hygiene items
• Feminine hygiene items
• Personal mini mirror
• Shaving kit and razors
• Facial tissues
• Scissors and nail clippers

Health Kit

• First aid kit
• Personal prescriptions (in case you are under any medication)
• Pain and fever medicines
• Thermometer
• Cold medicines
• Diarrhea medicines
• Allergy medicines
• Any basic antiseptic ointment
• Multivitamins
• Motion sickness pills

Don’t forget your personal items kit
Some things to keep in your carry-on kit or bag are:
• Mobile charger
• Laptop, iPad, and charger(s)
• Headphones
• Camera, memory card, and its chargers
• Books and magazines
• Water bottle
• Travel guides, maps, etc.

Important Travel Documents, Credit Cards and Cash

Now let’s see the International travel checklist:
• Valid Passport and visa(s)
• Personal ID like PAN card, Aadhar card etc or according to the country you are from.
• Credit cards – Make sure your credit card is up to date for use in foreign country. You should call your credit card company and make sure its safe to use in foreign country. I would recommend not to keep much cash while travelling.
• Health insurance document(s)
• Travel insurance document(s)
• Reservations or itineraries print outs or copies on your phone/email
• Hotel contact information
• Transportation tickets
• Any emergency contacts or important addresses you might need

Besides this list of things, pack up some excitement to travel and be positive that you are going to create some wonderful memories.

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Above Image: STIL

Always choose to be Happy !!!

Choose to be happy
Choose to be Happy

Choose to be Happy

Happiness!!! What is happiness? I’m listening, reading since many years that Happiness is a state of mind. But I have never ever understood that. What does that means? I have learned that state of mind now after many years. Doesn’t matter how you are feeling, doesn’t matter how many motivational quotes or books you are reading, they won’t work until you implement them in your life. So, I experienced this one quote “Happiness is state of mind” in my own life.
Yes, that’s true. It happens when you stop thinking about others. It happens when you stop expecting anything from anyone. It happens when you start giving love and happiness to others. It happens when you start sending good, positive vibes to others. Always talk good and positive about yourself as well as about others. Give without any expectation. Donate without any expectation. Stop criticising others. It’s none of your business what others are doing. Focus on yourself, your family, your loved ones. No human being is perfect in this world, not even me. Accept others who they are. Spread happiness all around you. Then you feel that happy state of mind inside. I feel that and always feeling that state inside my soul.
If you want to feel that, first start feeling good, happy and positive about yourself. When you feel happy, good and positive for yourself, you will feel the same for others.
If you see someone behaving bad, abusing with someone, send them blessings. Don’t start criticising them for their behaviour, never ever do that. Instead send them blessings. You will feel good inside.
That feeling when you feel Happy inside is amazing. Once you truly experience that feeling inside you, you will not be the same after that. You will be a changed person. Your world will be changed. Remove all the grudges from your heart. Our heart is the most beautiful and sacred part of our body, heart is made to keep love only. Love for everyone. We all are souls of one God only. We all are connected. So, spread Love and Happiness around you.

Stay blessed and happy everyone!!!

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Celebration at Novotel Hotel Pune !!!

Early morning view from the hotel room

Harry planned a surprise for me. On my birthday we stayed in Novotel Pune for celebrations, also on the same day i was participating in an event in the hotel. So i had double celebrations on that day.

Novotel is a luxury business hotel. I entered the hotel and headed to reception. I asked about my room booking, i must say the staff was very good at their service because it took hardly few minutes to complete all the formalities and they handed over me my key card for my room.

Our room was located at the 8th floor. Room interiors were modern and luxurious and the theme was all in off-white and beige colour combination.

Novotel Hotel Pune Room

Novotel Hotel Pune Room

I loved their interiors, coz its so sober and stylish.

Novotel Hotel Pune Room with stylish interiors

Novotel Hotel Pune Room with stylish interiors

In room facilities were Free Wi-Fi,  A mini bar, Tea and Coffee Maker, big flat screen TV,  a service desk for the business travellers who love to work while their stay. Sofa in the room.

novotel pune hotel room with huge window and service table

Modern Interiors

A safe for valuables. I really liked their bathroom style that is glass enclosed. In their amenities they have 3 restaurants and one pool side bar also. A fitness centre is also included.

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All facilities

Comfy bathroom with a modern touch. Everything was available in the bathroom including a hair dryer. The only thing that missing was a bath tub. But though i really like their room.

novotel hotel pune bathroom

Bathroom

Another picture of shower also.

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Another picture of bathroom

For good city view ask for the higher floor at overlooking the road side.

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Early morning city view from my window

It was very quiet, no disturbance of road traffic at all in our room. More over my 3yrs old daughter enjoyed there.

We had our special dinner on that day in their The Square Restaurant. We opt for the buffet. In buffet they had north Indian, south Indian as well as continental dishes available. Harry and I, we both are Indian food lovers. So we tried their north and south Indian food dishes. The north Indian dishes were cooked with a twist and taste was different. I liked that twist in their north Indian food. They had all varieties available in their vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Food was really good. Whenever we plan to eat out, we are more concerned about our daughter’s food. My daughter enjoyed her food too, that was big relief for us.

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The Square Restaurant Novotel Hotel Pune

It’s a business hotel as well as suits for a family stay too. If you want to experience a good luxury on very nominal prize then stay at Novotel. Overall, a delightful stay at Novotel Pune.

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My accessories. A Zara necklace, VanHeusan Bag, Dorthy Perkins Shoes, DKNY watch !!!

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The Lounge

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My sleeping beauty

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Another view from my window

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The Lobby

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Father and daughter playing and enjoying

Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel

Hello beautiful girls,

Today i’m gonna review Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel. I found this gel here in Pune in Amanora Mall at Fabindia store. I bought few creams from their skin care regime i.e. Alove Vera Under Eye Gel and Almond & Walnut face scrub. I will review their face scrub very soon.

Fabindia-Aloe-Vera-Under-Eye-Gel

Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel

Anyways coming to my under eye gel review, from last few months due to my fashion design classes I’m sleeping too late at night. Sometime its 4 o’clock in the morning when i go to bed. So when i wake up in morning i see puffiness under my eyes as well as really bad dark circles. This is all because of less sleep i’m getting these days. I am crazy for my skin and whenever i see something irritating on my face i’m like grrrrrr !!! why i’m having this on my face??? Seriously !!!

So i tried Fabinida Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel. I am using this form last two months and i can see results on that. Before going to say anything about this product, let’s see what the company claim about their product.

Fabindia-Aloe-Vera-Under-Eye-Gel

Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel

The Fabindia claims that ‘this unique formula contains aloe vera gel that reduces puffiness and revives tired looking eyes. Regular use helps reduce dark circles and prevents wrinkles.’

Here’s my experience on this eye gel. This product comes in a small tub. Once you open the lid there is another small lid inside to protect the product or make it spill proof (as you can see in the pictures). This is a crystal clear gel. This gel has no fragrance at all. I always use this gel before going to bed at night. I apply this under my eyes and on eyelids; it gives very cooling effect after applying. In very few minutes it dries out. As this gel has no smell that i really like because i don’t like strong fragrances.

Fabindia-Aloe-Vera-Under-Eye-Gel

Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel

As per my experience i would say i noticed fading out dark circles after 2 to 3 weeks of using this gel.  This gel is giving me results but i don’t want to compare this with any other product because i have never used a under eye cream before. Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel is OK for me.

One more thing i want to mention over here that fabindia is against animal testing and i love to use such products. Here i want to mention that i will try something else for my dark circles, as i don’t find very strong result for that. I will definitely try another under eye cream.

Fabindia-Aloe-Vera-Under-Eye-Gel

Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel

Overall experience with this Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel is really positive and but not very effective. I would like to recommend Fabindia Aloe Vera Under Eye Gel people who love using herbal creams.

Price: 165 INR (25ml)

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxident

Hey Everyone,

Today i am reviewing VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea. But before talking about the specific product, let me explain about the Green Tea and its benefits.

vlcc’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

Green Tea: 

Green tea prevents heart problems, high cholesterol levels, infections, treatment of cancer, arthritis and many others.

  • Green tea is a great antioxidant which helps removing oxidants from your body.
  • Regular consumption of green tea can delay the signs of aging.
  • Green tea strengthens the human immune system.
  • And of course if your immune system is boosts then it will automatically increase the stamina of your body.
  • Green tea has also effective in reducing cholesterol levels.
  • Most importantly, green tea helps to lose weight. I know every girl wants to hear about weight loss. You will not believe that green tea helps to lose weight by enhancing the rate of metabolism.

    vlcc slimmers green tea with herbs anti Oxidant

    VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

Now come to VLCC’s Slimmer Green Tea, this product claims that it has beneficial ingredients like cinnamon, dry ginger and Indian gooseberry, which enhance the intrinsic benefits of green tea, thus making it a drink of choice.

Already its name is slimmer green tea, so want to tell you girls that it’s really true. VLCC’s Slimmer Green Tea really helps to reduce weight. Slimmer’s green tea enhances the ability of the body to burn fat and increase the metabolic rate. In this way you will burn more calories. This product claims that it contains naturally low caffeine.  I want to tell you that i have recently started consuming this tea and i can see results.  I am not saying that just drink this tea and you will lose weight. Actually it will benefit along with your exercise and diet that you took for weight loss. This is the additional step and including this you will lose weight faster.

vlcc slimmer green tea with herbs anti Oxidant

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

I am a lover of green tea. A cup of green tea is must in my daily routine and i love to drink that. Make sure that when you consume this tea, do not include sugar, otherwise it will not give the exact benefits.

vlcc slimmer green tea with herbs anti Oxidant

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

In today’s world, when we talk about green tea, most of the people think about weight loss benefits of this. According to my point of view, this is not right. Drinking a green tea only for weight loss is not right. We should aware about the benefits of the green tea. Everyone should make a habit of sipping a grean tea once in a day. It’s really a good and healthy habit.

vlcc slimmer green tea with herbs anti Oxidant

VLCC’s Slimmer’s Green Tea with Herbs Anti Oxidant

Price: Rs.65  (for 10 tea bags its almost 1.75g)

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Hey Girls,

How are you doing all? I am very busy now days with lots of things together. My exam days are going, i am busy doing all my submissions on time, we are hunting for a new house, looking for a interior designer too… bla ! bla ! bla!!!

soap & and glory hand food cream

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Fhewwww !!! Lots of things actually. Any ways, here today i’m talking about Soap & Glory’s Hand Food. Basically its a hand cream. I have bought 50ml tube from sephora. It was very first visit to  sephora Pune also my first purchase from the store. I have bought many goodies from this store as i was waiting from a long time for the opening of Sephora in pune.

The main ingredients of soap & glory hand food are shea butter, macadamia oil. These two ingredients are best for skin. Shea butter makes skin smoother and softer and macadamia oil is also a good food for our skin as well as for hair too. As i’m already using macadamia oil hair mask.

soap and & glory hand food cream ingredients

Soap & Glory Hand Food Ingredients

Soap & Glory hand food’s packaging says everything. It says ‘The most astonishing hand cream ever’, ‘Original Pink and the fabulous fragrance’. This is a non greasy, non sticky cream. It easily absorbs in to the skin. Or i should say that, your hands will love drinking this very quickly. I love the fragrance of this cream. My daughter always likes to smell my hands again and again. She loves this fragrance. After using this hand food i feel my hands softer and smoother. I always carry this in my handbag because of the small packaging.

soap and & glory hand food cream

Soap & Glory Hand food

I love using it always on the go. I love hand creams and i always prefer a cream which is non sticky and absorbs quickly. Girls like me will obviously love this one. I always use this hand cream before going to bed daily. In the morning after washing my hands, still i feel my hands soft and smooth, no dryness at all. But here i want to mention that i don’t have dry hands at all. Sometimes i feel my hands dry in winters.

As far as packaging concern soap & glory hand food comes in a sleek tube in very cute pink colour. It has a flip cover and squeeze tube is very easy to control the volume of the cream you want.

soap and & glory hand food cream

Soap & Glory Hand Food

I would definitely recommend this hand food to every girl. It’s a worth buy product.

soap & and glory hand food cream

Soap & Glory Hand Food Price

Price: Rs.390/- for 50ml