10 Life Saving Beauty Hacks Every Girl Must Follow

Life is all about hacks. I’m that person who always googles to find some or the other hack. I love to find good tips and share with others. Health and beauty is ruling this generation. It has evolved so much that you always tend to learn something new. Here are my beauty hacks that I have tried –

To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, stick your finger wrapped with a tissue in your mouth and pull it out. Your finger will get the excess product, not your teeth.

Cover up dark circles by applying concealer in a triangle shape. Never put dots under the eye and blend it as it’ll make your dark circles more prominent.

Colour your entire lid with white eyeliner to make eyeshadow colours POP. This tip is so helpful and so handy for eyeshadow. You don’t even need a primer.

Get rid of split ends by twisting locks of hair and snipping the ones you see sticking out.

Use a business card to pull your lid up so you can get the mascara right to the base of your lashes. You’ll love me for this tip. It saves you so much clean up on the lid.

Got bags? Use an orange concealer under your foundation to cancel out the blue. Make sure not to put too much orange. Just a little bit goes a long way.

Use a white base coat, not a clear one, to get more vibrant nails. This tip works great for eyeshadows too as mentioned above.

To get a much more professional eyeshadow look, use Mac paint pot in Soft Ochre underneath. It is a bit pricey but every bit is worth it.

Know where to apply your perfume so it lasts all day. Behind the ear, base of the throat, inside the wrist, inside elbow and behind the knee.

Apply foundation over your lips and apply two coats of lipstick with a 2 minutes gap between each coat for your lipstick to last all day.

If you have any other hacks or tips to share, please do comment below.

The Secret Behind All The Glitter On My Eyes

I had always wondered how people manage to make their eyeshadows pop and last for so long. I have hooded eyes, and I love eye makeup. I have always been so fascinated by eye liners, shadows, glitter, smokey eyes. And I tried so many techniques to make my eyeshadow look bright and long lasting. But within an hour, it would be all creased and there would be absolutely nothing on my eye. I had heard a lot about the Urban Decay Prime Potion and MAC Paint Pots. And I’m no makeup artist who uses makeup on a daily basis. So I didn’t want to invest in something bit pricey. So what do I do? Find a dupe!! Eventually, what I found was this small tube from the brand ‘Milani’ as a primer and NYX Eyeshadow base in shade ‘White’ And I read many positive reviews about it, so I thought to give it a try.

So here’s my review about these products – the Milani Eye Primer is absolutely stunning. It is so long lasting, I cannot believe that I didn’t know about it and I struggled so much. It makes my eyeliner, eye shadow and even my concealer lasts for up to 8-10 hours. My eyeshadow goes on really smooth, it doesn’t crease at all. What you need to do is, blend it well and let it sit for at least 2 minutes before applying your base. It should be completely dry. I would never ever switch to another product. This is so amazing.

Now the NYX Eyeshadow base in white – it made my eyeshadow pop like I had some high end product on my eyes. Even a bit of eyeshadow was so bright. The tricky part is it’s a bit difficult to blend. You need to be real quick and then set it with any powder or eyeshadow that matches your skin.

So these are my two favorite products for my eyes. You beauties should definitely try it out and let me know how you find it.

MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER

You can buy it here 

 

 

NYX EYESHADOW BASE IN WHITE

You can buy it here 

Lose Double Chin in 10 days

I have always wanted exercises that work fast. In a period of 10-15 days gives you the motivation to try it as the result would be seen in a short time. I never feel like trying those 2 or 3 month course. More than that is out of question. So I was just going through some posts and this post by slickweightloss.com caught my eye for some reason. Upon reading, the remedies and exercises seemed interesting and possible. I’m definitely going to try this for 10 days. And really hope I lose my double chin !!

HOME REMEDIES

1) Chew Gum

Exercise your facial muscles and keep them toned by chewing a gum, preferably a sugar-free gum, several times a day over the next 10 days. Chewing Gums also help keep your teeth and gums, so win-win.

2) Massage your chin with Cocoa Butter

Applied daily, cocoa butter will help improve the elasticity of your skin that will reduce double chin considerably.

Direction: Just heat a tablespoon of cocoa butter and gently massage it on your chin and nearby neck area for about 15 minutes. Try this daily either before taking a bath or going to bed for the next 10 days.

3) Massage with Wheat Germ Oil

Another effective way to fight double chin is by massaging the chin and neck with wheat germ oil, which is rich in Vitamin E that helps in nourishing and tightening the skin.

Direction: Apply the oil in an upwards motion from bottom of the neck to the chin for 15 to 20 minutes over the next 10 days before going to bed.

4) Egg White-Face Mask

If you find it difficult to purchase cocoa butter or wheat germ oil at your local grocery store, you may use a more easily accessible item for massaging your double chin. Egg white-masks, made from egg whites, milk, lemon, and honey, can be used a great way to tighten you skin muscles.

Direction: Carefully separate the egg white from 2 to 3 eggs and mix it with a tablespoon of milk, honey, and lemon juice. Now massage your chin and neck area slowly with the mixture for about a few minutes until the mask starts to dry.

Leave the dry mask for an hour and then wash it with lukewarm water. Do this once every day for the next 10 days for long-lasting results.

5) Increase the intake of Vitamin E

In addition to these simple home-made recipes, you should definitely increase your intake of Vitamin E, which is vital in maintaining the health of your skin and preventing it from sagging.

Vitamin E can be found in green leafy vegetables, dairy products, legumes, nuts and seeds, beans, and liver. An abundance of Vitamin E can also be found in Green Tea.

You may consider taking a daily vitamin E supplement as well, but consult with your doctor about proper dosage.

CHIN FIRMING EXERCISES

Besides the home-remedies and intake of Vitamin-E, another important aspect of your 10-day routine to reduce double chin is going to be facial exercises.

The exercises help in stretching and toning the skin and muscles around the chin and thus remove any signs of double chin.

1) Kiss the Sky

Tilt your head upwards and keep your eyes towards the sky or the ceiling if you’re inside. Now hold your lips as tight as possible as if you are trying to kiss the sky.

Hold yourself in the kissing position for about 15 seconds and repeat 20 times. This exercise stretches most of the facial muscles including your jaw, throat, and neck. Make sure you only use your lips during this exercise.

2) Chin Up

Chin up is a popular yoga asana. Pull your lower lip as high as possible by pushing out your lower jaw. You’ll feel a slight strain on your jaw and chin muscles as you push out your jaw.

Hold the lip and jaw in the position for 15 seconds and repeat 20 times. This exercise will not only help you lose your double chin but also give you a more prominent jaw line and high cheekbone structure to your face.

3) Hum and breathe

There are two parts to this exercise. First close your lips and make chewing motion using your lower jaw. Now hum and count your breath.

After 10 breaths stop to relax. In the second part, open your mouth and stick your tongue to the lower front teeth from front. Again hum and count for 10 breaths.

Repeat both parts 20 times. This exercise will give you an amazing jawline and reduce your double chin considerably.

4) Guppy

You can do this simple exercise during any time of the day.

Just suck in your cheeks and lips like a guppy or fish and try to smile.

Hold the position for 10 seconds or until you feel the burn in your cheeks and jaws. Repeat 20 times. This is one of the best and fastest ways to burn excess fat on the chin and face.

5) Neck Rotation

While standing, drop your chin forward to your chest and slowly rotate your head to the right.

Hold the position for five seconds. Now, gently rotate your head back so that your chin is to your chest.

Do the same to the left. Hold again for five seconds. Repeat this 15 times daily.

6) Chin Slap

This is one of the easiest face workouts. With the back of your hand, gently slap underneath your chin and gradually increase your speed until it starts hurting.

If it starts hurting, slow down but continue to slap your double chin for 30 seconds.

Repeat this exercise 10 times.

7) Smile

The best exercise however is to simply smile.

Smiling helps in stretching the muscles of your cheek and chin and loosens the fat surrounding it.

French Toast Roll-ups

Recipe inspired from – thebakermama.com

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

• 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 2 tablespoons brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 2 large eggs

• ¼ cup milk

• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

• 8 slices soft white bread, crusts cut off

• 3 tablespoons butter, for saute pan

• maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

1 In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 3 tablespoons butter until just melted. With a fork, stir in 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon until a smooth spreadable mixture forms. Set aside.

2 In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.

3 In another small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.

4 After trimming the crusts from each slice of bread, roll one slice out to about ⅛-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with a thin layer of the butter mixture and roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining bread slices and butter mixture.

5 Place 3 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick saute pan and let melt over medium heat. (If using a small saute pan, use just 2 tablespoons butter and saute the roll-ups in two batches) Dip one roll at a time in the egg mixture and place in the saute pan. Allow roll ups to saute for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Remove to a work surface and sprinkle each roll up generously with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

6 Serve immediately with maple syrup ( I had served with homemade chocolate sauce).

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

• 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 2 tablespoons brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 2 large eggs

• ¼ cup milk

• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

• 8 slices soft white bread, crusts cut off

• 3 tablespoons butter, for saute pan

• maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

1 In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 3 tablespoons butter until just melted. With a fork, stir in 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon until a smooth spreadable mixture forms. Set aside.

2 In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.

3 In another small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.

4 After trimming the crusts from each slice of bread, roll one slice out to about ⅛-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with a thin layer of the butter mixture and roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining bread slices and butter mixture.

5 Place 3 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick saute pan and let melt over medium heat. (If using a small saute pan, use just 2 tablespoons butter and saute the roll-ups in two batches) Dip one roll at a time in the egg mixture and place in the saute pan. Allow roll ups to saute for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Remove to a work surface and sprinkle each roll up generously with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

6 Serve immediately with maple syrup.

Noodles You Must Make

Is there anyone who doesn’t like noodles? It’s the best snack for evening and it’s super easy to make. To be honest, I didn’t like noodles myself. I wasn’t a fan of Chinese cuisine, apparently because I used to find the food sweet which was because of some restaurants we had dined in, that changed after having authentic Chinese, I started loving it. The soups, chicken gravy, chopsuey, noodles and what not. I would prefer noodles with some gravy. When I tried this recipe first, I knew it was perfect with noodles. So the next time I made it, I added noodles lastly with the gravy and mixed it all. The recipe credit goes to – www.yummytummyaarthi.com

Note : I had left over chicken so I used that and added noodles at the end.

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Marinating Time : 15 mins

Cooking Time : 30 mins

Serves : 3 to 4

Ingredients:

Boneless Chicken Breast – 500 grams(cut into thin strips)

Coriander leaves or Spring Onion for garnishing (finely chopped)

Oil for Deep frying

For Marination:

Dark Soya Sauce – 2 tsp

Red Chilli Paste – 1 tblspn (ground up dry red chilli)

Egg – 1

All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1/2 cup

Corn Flour / Corn Starch – 1/4 cup

Ginger Garlic Paste  – 1 tblspn

Salt to taste

Pepper – 1 tsp

Ajinomoto / Msg – 1 tsp (optional)

For Sauce:

Oil – 2 tblspn

Dry Red Chilli – 3

Cashews – 4 tblspn broken into small pieces

Onion – 1 large sliced thinly

Capsicum / Bell Peppers – 1 sliced thinly

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tblspn

Red Chilli Paste – 1 tblspn (ground up dry red chilli)

Dark Soya sauce – 1 tblspn or to taste

Tomato Ketchup – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Ajinomoto /Msg – 1 tsp (optional)

Sugar – 2 tsp

Method:

Take chicken in a bowl and add all the marination ingredients. Mix well and let it marinate for 15  mins. Now heat some oil for deepfrying. When the oil is hot drop the chicken in oil and fry till golden. Drain and set aside.

Now heat oil in a frying pan. Add in dry red chilli and cashews and fry till the cashew turn golden brown.

Now add in onions and bell peppers and toss well in the oil.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Now add in red chilli paste, soy sauce, tomato ketchup, salt, ajinomoto, sugar and mix well.

Cook this for a couple of mins till the water evaporates and sauce thickens.

Now add in the fried chicken and toss well in the sauce. Add in chopped coriander or springonion and mix well.

Serve hot.

Ultimate Chole Bhature (Indian)

Chole bhature is a very famous punjabi dish. I still remember the time when making bhatura (the bread) seemed impossible. My mom used to get bread from the bakery but it never gave that satisfying crispy, oily bhaturas feeling. In Kuwait, we have this restaurant called Amman Bhelpuri that has all kinds of indian chaats and street food. And they make these amazing, round and crispy bhaturas which always made me wonder if we will ever be able to make it like them. With a little inspiration and family craving for chole bhature, I started searching for the recipe. I read too many but finally found this one worth trying as it had ingredients which were easily available at hand. Believe me folks, you are going to love this recipe. It turns out amazing for me every time, hope it does for too. Thanks.

Ingredients:-

Ingredients

For chole:

2 cup chickpeas (channas)

2 tsp oil

1 bay leaf (tej patta)

1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)

3-4 cloves (laung)

1 tsp whole pepper corns (sabut kali mirch)

3 green cardamom (choti elaichi)

2 black cardamom (badi elaichi)

1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tsp chili powder (lal mirch powder)

1 tsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)

1 tsp cumin powder (zeera powder)

1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)

1/2 tsp asafoetida (heeng)

Salt to taste

1 cup onions (chopped)

1 cup tomatoes (chopped)

1 tsp ginger (chopped)

1 tsp garlic (chopped)

1 tsp ajwain

1 tsp lime juice

1 green chili (chopped)

1 tea bag

1 Tbsp butter

For the bhaturas:

More maida and less wheat flour

2 cups maida (refined flour)

1/2 tsp yeast, dissolved for 10 minutes in luke warm water

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

A pinch of salt

Water to knead

Oil for frying

Directions:-

Method

For chole:

In a pan add oil, bay leaf, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, whole pepper corns, green and black cardamom.

After it gets brown add chopped onions and saute it.

After sauteing add chopped ginger and garlic.

Then add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida, salt and fry well.

For de glazing the pan add little water.

Before adding the chole, make sure to mash at least 1/4th of the chick peas.

Now add the chole (soaked overnight and pressure cooked) to the masala.

After stirring well add tomatoes, little sugar and salt to the chole (chickpeas)

Now add ajwain, chopped green chilies and water for the base.

To get the color in the chole, add a tea bag to the masala.

Simmer the chole gently for an hour and cover it.

Add lime juice and a dollop of butter to it.

Garnish the chole with coriander and butter.

Serve the chole hot with bhaturas.

For the bhaturas:

Knead the whole wheat flour, maida and salt together with adequate amount of water.

Sprinkle the yeast on top. Leave it for 2-3 hours for the yeast to work.

Divide it into equal portions. Roll out in an oval or round shape.

Deep fry till golden brown, like a puri.

Serve.

Budget friendly primer for dry skin

So by now, most of you should be knowing that I am a victim of dry skin. I have suffered from dry skin for a very long time. In fact I have eczema and my son also inherited it. Sadly. But thankfully, I keep it at bay for both of us by taking lot of care. It is not easy trust me. Now I was not aware that keeping your skin moisturised 24×7 was the key to curing dry skin. And I used to have a hard time especially before applying makeup. Dry, flaky, cakey foundation is a big NO NO. So after I started moisturising my skin, I had to find a good primer. I didn’t want to invest in any high end brand, as it was more about trial and error. I did my research and found this drugstore primer and ordered it.

It is the E.L.F. Hydrating Face Primer. Well, all I can say about this primer is, it is fantastic. It is so good, blends your makeup amazingly. Goes on really smooth, without any creasing. A drugstore brand, easily available and pocket friendly too. The only thing is its a bit small in quantity but I guess for the price you’re paying, its worth it. It is priced at $6. Isn’t that amazing? Do grab it soon and let me know how you find it.

 

 

E.L.F. Hydrating Face Primer

SCRUB THEM OFF

Remember those days when the best moisturiser for our lips was VASELINE? I don’t know about you all but I have only lived in that era. And I still live in it where for me, vaseline works the best. With the growing types of lip exfoliators and lip balms, its just so difficult to know what works best for our dry, chapped lips. And hell yeah I am one of them. Unfortunately I suffer from extremely dry lips. To be honest, I suck at moisturising my lips. It is right before applying my lipstick that I realise to put some lip balm which obviously doesn’t work. Then I struggle with the dry flaky skin. Upon thinking a lot, I thought of something rough and granular to remove that dead skin. And then I thought of the place where I will find it. Apparently, it was the kitchen. I have always used olive oil, sugar, honey and a dash of lemon as a face mask. It helps me get rid of my big pores and gives me a clear skin. It has been my quickest facial. So one day, I just thought that why can’t I let my lips benefit from it too? And it did wonders. Believe me, it will give you the softest lips ever. Here’s the way to do it –

 

 

Take one tea spoon of sugar (tablespoon if using for the face) and add olive oil, honey accordingly to make a paste. It shouldn’t be runny. Just add a dash of lemon as too much lemon will make your skin itchy. Do not wet your lips and lightly start massaging this mixture onto your lips. Go in circular motions and use a toothbrush if you want to. Keep the scrub on for 5-10 minutes and wash it off. And apply a lip balm or vaseline immediately to lock in the moisture.

Hope that helps guys! Have a rosy lippie day 😉

World of Fusionz

hi guys! i want to give a brief intro regarding my blog. blogging is more about discussing and writing about a single topic. obviously something that you love. but for me, i have many things that i love. i’m passionate about many things. makeup, diy, food, photography, travel, food again 😛 arts, designing and i can’t stop here. so that is why i thought of naming this blog ‘fusion’ with a Z. what would you have named your blog if you were in my place? so let me alert you all – this is going to be a mixture of many topics. never the same. i’m hoping you will like my blog and keep yourself tuned in !
and do answer my question – what would you have named your blog if you were in my place?
see you all !