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Many of you asked me recipe of semolina muffins I made yesterday. I made them on the go without any measurements and they came out nicely, although today I tried with measurements so that I could write this post. I made sweet muffins which were more of a twisted version of @alisha_o408 Alisha's Rasoi Recipe Of Vanilla Choco Chip cake. Moreover I made them in cooker so I don't know how they will fair in microwave or oven but they won't take much time to cook hardly 5 minutes ūüôą, also when using a microwave use the microwave safe moulds.¬†



Ingredients for four small muffins

  • 1/4 cup condensed milk (if you don't have condensed milk take 1/3 cup water and add 3 teaspoon powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water (just enough to make the milk runny)¬†
  • 3 teaspoon cooking oil/ or melted butter
  • 1/2 cup semolina, preferably chiroti suji
  • 2 - 3 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tbsp each baking soda and baking powder

Procedure
1) Mix condensed milk, and water together. Don't add much water else batter will be runny.
2) Pour in the semolina and mix well, without forming lumps
3) Add the oil and mix well. Mix in all purpose flour if you feel the batter is runny. 2 teaspoon is enough for this recipe.
4) Keep aside for 5-7 minutes.
5) Preheat a small cooker for 5-7 minutes on medium flame by removing the ring and whistle.
6) Line the muffin moulds with oil first and then drizzle the flour onto it.
7) Seive in baking soda and baking powder and mix well.
8) Pour batter in each mould, fill around 2/3 of each mould
9) Open tell cooker and keep a stand inside and arrange moulds inside. Take due care not to burn your ‚úč
10) Heat on medium flame for 10-15 minutes. Check the muffins by inserting a tooth pick.
11) Remove and garnish

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Hi Skincare buddies,

How often do we buy a product by checking it's name? Most often right? Sometimes products do fail to deliver the purpose they are meant to be served. Also not all products suit everyone so before posting this review I would like to let you know am sharing my experience here to just let you know that I don't like all products the products I receive as a PR sample or the ones I buy. Today's review is about a product which not only failed to deliver the purpose but also made my skin dry and stretchy.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
I like the simple packaging of the product which is not only travel friendly but also easy to use. The product has a twist up detachable cap with an inner lid to prevent spillage of powder. The transparent body of the product also makes it easy to see through the quantity. Am happy with the packaging and labelling part of the product.

Coming to the texture of the powder it is soft, fine multani mitti with some small granules which are tiny enough to provide a good scrub on face. The face mask gets easily mixed with water and application is a bit tricky still. 

Now coming to the efficiency part of the product, the product fails to deliver a glow to the face. Secondly it causes excessive dryness to the skin and gives a stretchy feeling to the skin. I used the face mask with normal water, rose water, milk and still it performed the same way. I also tried applying a thin layer to see if it doesn't give dryness, but it failed. I tried applying a thick layer to test it's glow claims, but as the face mask started to dry it gave me very itchy feeling in the skin and I ended up scratching my skin before a wash off. The only thing I like about this face mask is the cooling effect it gives due to the presence of camphor in it. Also sometimes the effect is so cooling that my skin ends up feeling numb for few minutes. 





Vedantika Instant Glow Mask just does a job of cleaning the skin and removing the skin sebum, which leaves the skin dry. All I could notice was clean skin which a normal diy face pack also gives. The face pack is majorly made up of multani mitti and doesn't serve the purpose of being a glowing face mask at all. Overall speaking a very disappointing product for me.

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 250 INR for 70 gms with a shelf life of 18 months. Available on major shopping portals.

Recommendation
Vedantika Instant Glow Mask fails to give a glow to the skin, instead it ends up drying the skin and gives an itchy feeling while it dries up in application. Also since I have oily skin, I think it might be useful in summers. I would suggest other skin types to stay away from this face mask. Also I received this as a PR sample, so am going to use this as a body cleanser or powder cleanser on face once in a while. Imagine the dismay had I purchased it ūüė•.

*PR sample
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Hiya,

Today's review is about a new brand Life and Pursuits. The brand offers certified organic and natural child and family care products. Their products are duly certified by USDA and NATRUE, the most stringent and reputed organic certification programs globally (some products are USDA certified and some are NATRUE certified and some products have both the certifications). So coming back to the product review, I was sent Soak In Goodness body lotion for review and after using it sufficiently here am reviewing it for you all.


Brand claims and Ingredien


My experience
The product is housed in a tube with a flip cap top and this makes it very easy to carry for travelling and plus no fear of contamination. The flip top cap and everything else works just fine with the product.

Coming to the consistency and texture if the lotion, the consistency is very runny, watery and texture is smooth and soft. The colour of the lotion is light yellow with a hue of orange, which resembles like chandan or almond paste in milk, yes it's that authentic. The fragrance is more like sunflower oil, which upon application is more prominent and fades immediately after a couple of minutes. Of course if you apply in large quantity, this being a body lotion, it make take some time to fade away. I don't have any problem with the consistency of the product, even if it's runny, for that please read ahead.

The product is a body lotion, which can even be used on face too. Now, I like such products which serve dual purpose job, literally I mean you save on money, you save on time, you save on your luggage space while travelling ūü§∑. I have used the product both ways like a lotion as well as a face moisturizer. The lotion takes time to sink in the body and leaves a watery residue for a couple of minutes. Whereas when using it as a face moisturizer, it instantly gets absorbed in the skin without any watery, oily, greasy residue on face. It gets absorbed in seconds and after an hour or so you won't even feel like you had applied anything on your face.


Coming to the effect of lotion, it is more of hydrating than moisturizing lotion for both face as well as body. I especially like this fact when I use it as a face moisturizer. Just a pea sized amount is enough for moisturizing my face. To be honest most of the times I reach out to this to apply on face. After applying on the face, it gives a nicely toned, soft and smooth skin. It can even be used in layering of skincare (if at all you like it) since it is barely there when you apply it. I haven't had any breakouts while using this.

Coming to the consistency discussed earlier, the consistency is what makes the product so light and eases it's absroption in the skin. Although yes when we open the cap the lotion immediately oozes out, but this is what makes the lotion light weight and there is no point in expecting it be thick in tube and light on skin at the same time. But yes product wastage does break heart, I know, but extra product can be easily lathered on face or body when applying vice versa. Overall a good body lotion which is certified organic and best suited for oily, acne prone skin. This product is NATRUE certified.



Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 600 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of one year. Available on Amazon and brand website.

Recommendation
If you are into organic or certified skincare then you should try this one. Life and Pursuits Soak in Goodness is a good lotion for oily, acne prone skin which is a multi tasker too. It is more of hydrating lotion and can be easily fit into your layering skincare routine. The light weight consistency makes the product ooze out from the tube but since it a multi utility one excess can definitely be slathered on body or face ‚ô•ÔłŹ. Grab this if you have oily acne prone skin and are looking for a basic moisturizer as well as a hydrating lotion.

*PR sample
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Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel smells amazingly well so much so that you might feel like eating it. This utge only product I am excited about from the brand's range. I had received a sample size in one of the VanityCask Boxes and after using it for a couple of weeks later month here is my review.



Brand Claims - Hello Hydration! MCaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow - a gel so good, it hydrates your skin and protects it from further damage. Dullness and blemishes can be a result of dehydrated skin. Without the oiliness, the gel provides essential moisturization and nourishment. Neem works like magic in treating acne, scars and hyperpigmentation. Hydrating Aloe Vera soothes and cools the skin, repairing the sun damage. Caffeine works to evenly tone the skin, revive and re-energize it. Vitamin C & E nourish the skin, improving the overall health and texture. Lightweight and easily absorbed, this gel is your new found secret to a happy skin.

Ingredients - 


My experience
The product is housed in a cute, frosted glass jar with a double plastic lid to prevent leakage. I like this compct packaging and this is a sample sized product. The full size product is also housed in a glass jar. 

Now coming to the consistency of the product, it is exactly like an Aloe Vera gel but with an amazing fragrance. It has a very slight green hue which can be seen in the jar where in the product quanis more, but once you take the gel on your hand for application there is hardly any hue or hint of green. I really like how this gel smells.

Now coming to the efficiency of the product, the product actually imparts a glowing skin upon immediate application. I really wonder how can a gel make the skin glow instantly, but it's just the hydration part which it performs well. The skin immediately looks hydrated and healthy. The Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel is exactly like an Aloe Vera gel, gets absorbed instantly into the skin without leaving any sticky or greasy feeling. Some time ago in May I had carried it during my travelling and it sweated a lot after applying the gel. This only proved that the gel intensely hydrated and moisturized my skin. I have, however, not found any significant effects on my acne or pigmentation even with regular usage of 3 weeks. So I cannot say whether it satisfies all claims. I however am happy with hte healthy gkow it imparts upon application which lasts for an hour or so.



Price, Shelf life and Availability - 449 INR for 50ml with shelf life of 2 years. Available on the brand website, Amazon and other major shopping portals

Recommendation
Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel imparts a healthy glow to the skin with intense hydration and moisturization. I live how it makes it skin even toned, plump as well as hydrated. The glow lasts for an hour or so and the gel is more like aloe vera gel wherein a couple of months usage will gauge the efficiency of the product in areas like acne and pigmentation. The fragrance of the product is amazing but it does irritate the sensitive nose area of my skin. Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel will suit normal, oily, combination and acne prone skin. Dry skinned beauties will require an extra layer of moisturizer. Garb this if you need a glow, else otherwise I would not say it's a must have product.
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I had received a sample size of Votre Multi Vitamin Face Masque in one of the VanityCask Boxes. I have used it quite a few times and have loved it's effects. Let's head to the review to see how it fares.


Brand Claims - Enriched with rich properties of botanical extracts and essential oils, this extra-ordinary face masque rejuvenates the skin and improves skin elasticity. It also removes pigmentation marks and blemishes and reduces skin ageing. The multi Vitamin masque make your skin healthy and glowing. This MultiVitamin infused Masque contains vitamins like K,C,E, B5. This masque is proven to lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skin tone, and significantly brighten the complexion. The highly concentrated treatment formula is also proven to replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promote suppleness and smooth skin texture so you get youthful-looking, luminous skin. An exclusive brightening complex derived from vitamin C is proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone, while natural botanical extracts help to visibly firm and smooth wrinkles. The formula is further enriched with papaya extract, notable for its hydrating and calming properties.

Ingredients - Actinidia deliciosa (source of Vitamin C ,Vitamin K) , Persea americana (source of Avocado) , Carica papaya (source of Papaya), Fragaria ananassa (source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B ), Olea europaea (source of Vitamin E, Vitamin K) , Punica granatum (source of Vitamin A, B5, C and E.), Citrus sinensis (source of Vitamin C, vitamin B1),Base q.s



My experience
The sample size product is housed in black plastic tub, although a full size product has a transparent plastic packaging with a silver lid. I usually apply this face pack in the evening or at night, since I tend to be lazy for dry powder face packs. The product looks like a clay mask with a brownish, yellow hue. The face pack is ready to use and is a little bit tacky to take out from tub.

Once we start applying to the face it spreads easily but not evenly. We need to constantly try applying the face pack evenly. Recently when I opened the tub u could see the face pack has hardened a bit and lost a little bit of moisture. Nonetheless it still gets applied on face due to the fine texture. I would say consistency needs to be a bit runny so that application is easier, but if it's a clay based product, it would be difficult to use after many months.

The face pack once applied gives a little tingling sensation in first 2-3 usages. Once the skin gets adjusted to the pack it doesn't tingle. Although any sensitive area might get a slight burning sensation which calms down after some time.  After 10-15 minutes of washing off, the face feels hydrated, deep cleansed, brightened and smooth. With regular usage I did notice fading of my acne marks but no significant effect on pigmentation.


The In
  • Multi vitamin face pack, one of its kind
  • Contains fruit extracts of papaya, strawberry, pomegranate, Olive, Avocado, orange
  • Gives brightened, deep cleansed skin
  • Gives smooth and even toned skin
  • Gets applied nicely although not evenly
  • Gets washed off easily
  • Downside out the skin
  • Fades out fresh and old acne marks

The Out

  • Might not suit sensitive skin and/or those who have active acne
  • Tends to harden over a period of time
  • No full ingredients list mentioned

Price, shelf life and Availability - 1260 INR for 100 gms (sample size available on Votre website) with a shelf life of one year. Available on major shopping portals.

Recommendation
The face pack is one of it's kind with different vitamins (fruit extracts of papaya, strawberry, pomegranate, Olive, Avocado, orange) added to the formulation. I quite liked the concept and the after effects of the face pack. Good to go if you want to try it and want the above mentioned effects. I might grab a sample size like this if I ever feel like buying it. But with many face pack options we have nowadays, I rarely repurchase same face pack, unless of course it's quite exceptional!
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By now you might be aware of the luxurious subscription box named VanityCask wherein we get to try some luxurious brands which otherwise are a bit costly. I really like the black box which in which all the  products are housed, plus not to mention the silky pink potli which carries the products. Today ee will be checking out the Summer Romance Edition which is curated keeping in mind the summer season. Read on to know the curation story and the contents of the box.



Curation Story 
Come summer time and most of India is taken over by hot weather, and the first to feel the heat is our skin. Team VanityCask and our in-house specialists have spent the last few months researching the best way to fight the heat, while giving you a taste of a premium luxury vacation. We worked towards creating a box that would cater to every problem that your skin and hair face during the summer. The idea was to fulfill your needs while giving you the exotic experience you deserve. Th result is our VanityCask Summer Romance Edition, the ultimate guide to summer luxury!

Contents
Votre Day Moisturising Gel SPF-25
Summer calls in for some light weight gel based moisturisers for oily skin types. Sinceany of use sweat a lot during the summer season, a gel based formula is quite apt. I like using Votre Day Moisturising Gel while heading out during day and I like how it hydrates and moisturises my skin while not being sticky at all.
Brand Claims: This product is a blend of gel moisturizer with sun-protection that protects your skin from harmful UV rays. This moisturising gel gets easily absorbed into the skin, controls oil and gives a non-greasy glow. It keeps you hydrated all throughout the day. It protects your sensitive skin from the harmful UV rays with SPF 25. It revitalises your skin, adds a natural glow and is dermatologist tested.
Ingredients: Licorice, Blackberry, OMC, Tea Tree, Neem, Base q.s


Sova Shea Butter & Kumari Body Lotion
Summer season doesn't mean we have to skip body lotions, and to make the skin feel moisturized without any stickiness this lotion comes to the rescue.
Brand Claims: Woven with the wisdom of the traditional Kumari plant to replenish your skin and rich Shea Butter to make it divinely silky, this lust-worthy lotion with soya extract, macadamia nut, and jojoba oil leaves your skin illuminated and youthful for all the years to come.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Macadamia Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Soya Extract, Beetroot Extract


MCaffeine Liquid Funk Caffeine Shower Gel
Who loves bathing with cool water and a shower gel. I really liked the idea of a shower gel in the summer edition of the VanityCask Box as we tend to sweat a lot and for a quick shower, shower gel is very handy.
Brand Claims: Get acquainted with the whirlwind of energy with this Caffeine infused shower gel. MCaffeine Shower gel keeps you refreshed, energized and charged. Caffeine infused in the gel, removes the dead cells and gives your skin a healthy glow. It cleanses the skin while its bubbles and intoxicating minty scent will leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
Key Ingredients: Caffeine, Taurine and Vitamin E



Mom’s Therapy Herbal Hair Pack
Hair, from my point of view needs extra care during summers as we sweat a lot and dust pollution tends to accumulate and wreak havoc of the hair texture. Hair packs go a long way in maintaining the texture of the hair just like a face pack for face. I am really happy to receive the product in the box.
Brand Claims: Mom’s Therapy hair pack with the power of 9 herbs, nourishes the hair and enhances hair growth. It is an effective remedy for common hair problems like dandruff, hair fall and premature graying. It revitalizes the hair, making it healthy and lustrous.
Ingredients: Amla, Neem, Reetha, Fenugreek seeds and Rose petals


Mond'sub Sheet Masks
Cherry Brightening Facial Mask and Anti-Wrinkle and Moisturizing Facial Mask
Facial masks are a good way to prep up your skin when you are on the go. Since during summers most of us plan for vacations and outings, using sheet masks is a good way of pampering the skin while travelling. This way you carry less and still pamper your skin without disturbing your skincare routine.
Brand Claims of Cherry Brightening Facial Mask : Cherry containing abundant vitamin C which is 50 times tomato’s, this product can soften and beautify skin. Together with several essences and moisturizing ingredients, this formulation can penetrate into the skin, moisturize, smoothen and brighten skin.
Brand Claims of Anti-Wrinkle and Moisturizing Facial Mask : It balances skin nutrients and replenishes skin, nourishing & hydrating skin and increasing skin’s vigor. Formulated with several plant extracted essences, this formula is specially designed for dry skin, mature or prematurely aging skin.

Overall Thoughts
Speaking of the theme, the products chosen are good, right from body care to hair care and face care. Each and every product is useful for the ongoing summer season. I especially like the addition of the hair pack in the box. I would still look on for a full size product from any Indian brand in the box. The black box isvery useful for storing your essential be it skincare or makeup. I am so loving this box at the moment, but I would also look forward to one full size product of any Indian brand at a price point of 999 INR

*PR sample




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