Teezing your tangles

Teezing your tangles

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Having long, course, frizz-prone and wavy hair, I always dread brushing my hair after I wash it. Brushing out the waves, especially in the winter, leaves me with nothing but unhealthy looking, frizzy hair. Detangling my hair is my worst nightmare! With a regular hair brush,frizz every time i brushed out my hair, I would find broken hair on the floor because the brush bristles were too harsh and would take a very long time to remove all the knots.

I was extremely pleased to have discovered the Original Tangle Teezer in Plum Delicious. I found that it does not break my hair, and less hair falls out too. The best part: it is gentle and soft on the hair strands, and prevents my hair from becoming frizzy!

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Benefits

The Tangle Teezer might look strange at first, for those of you who have not come across it before, it may look like a brush for pets. But I promise you, it is by far the best tool that has been designed for curly and frizzy hair. It works wonders on super curly hair too and somehow makes the hair soft and silky. The bristles are extremely soft in comparison to most regular brushes. It is light weight and also comes in a smaller size (Compact Styler), perfect for handbags and small travel cases.

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Most hairdressers advice against brushing your hair when it is freshly washed, as the hair strands are prone to damage as they are at the weakest when wet. It is also designed to be used on wet hair but as my hair is thick I let it  air dry slightly before using the Tangle Teezer to remove all knots. The Tangle Teezer glides through the hair, preventing hair breakage and fall out, and it is also painless. Yes those of you with curly or course hair know the struggle using a regular brush to remove knots in the hair, not only does it take forever, but also is very painful. With the Tangle Teezer, it takes less than half the time to brush your hair and is totally pain-free! There are currently 6 different types of brushes, each with a unique purpose, such as the Aqua Splash, designed for after swimming.

Drawbacks

It was difficult for me to actually find any drawback for this product. I have to section my hair to brush it out as the bristles are shorter than regular brushes, but it worth the effort (I just section my hair). The Tangle Teezer does not have a handle like most regular brushes so it may take time getting used to. I personally would not really class these as drawbacks, as i did find ways to work around them.

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For £10.60 I would definitely recommend this tool as it saves a lot of time and pain when it comes to brushing those knots out of your hair!

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What are your thoughts on The Tangle Teezer? Have you tried any of the other types of brushes? Share your experiences below…

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Keeping your handbags in top shape!👜

Keeping your handbags in top shape!👜

A fashion accessory loved by almost all women. Many of aren’t aware that handbags should be stored properly in order to preserve them, and prevent them from loosing shape. You wouldn’t want your expensive designer bag (or any special bag you may own!), which you probably spent hundreds or thousands of pounds on to loose its shape over time. Bags have been very dear to me, some have been passed down from my grandmothers and I love collecting all types; sizes, shapes and colours.  How I store and keep my larger bags in shape:  🙂

Things you will need:

Handbags

Newspaper/bubblewrap/old t-shirts

Plastic shopping carrier bags


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I like to remove all my bags from my wardrobe and put them into one HUGE pile!

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Take each sheet of newspaper and lightly scrunch it up. Do this to the whole newspaper depending on how many bags you have.

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Stuff the appropriate amount of scrunched up new paper into a plastic carrier bag. (estimate the amount of paper you will need in each bag, you can always add or remove if necessary).

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Place the carrier bag containing scrunched up newspaper into a handbag. Don’t directly stuff the bag without using a plastic bag; newspaper ink will rub off onto your bag and damage it.

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Shape up the bag with your hands, especially push the corners out as they normally tend to turn inwards over time.

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They may take up more space in your wardrobe/shelf, but they will never loose shape if you stuff them.

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Comment below if you would  like to see how I store my smaller bags, and clutch purses!

Its always nice to learn new ways to store bags. How do you store your bags?😊👜

Love Akruti x

The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

Don’t we all just love pancakes? They can be quite unhealthy, especially when made with plain flour. I have recreated the pancake recipe- scrumptious yet healthier version. I like to call it the ‘3 F Pancake’ – It is fluffy, fibrous and filling! So, I thought of sharing this recipe with those of you who are avoiding piling on the pounds this winter, with a guilt free pancake! Its perfect for a healthy, filling and nutritional breakfast.


Here are the ingredients (makes around 3 pancakes):

100% Organic Oat Flakes:

1 tablespoon whole wheat flour/spelt (optional)

A Pinch of Sea Salt

3/4 cup Milk

1 Egg


Take the oat flakes, grind them into a powder in a grinder, I use the Braun Multiquick MR 430 HC Hand Blender Chopper. Now use 4 tablespoons of the ground oats in the mixture. This hand blender has been reviewed on the following BLOG Photo 03-11-2014 09 45 53

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Mix 4 tablespoons of ground oats, 1 tablespoon of whole wheat/spelt flour (optional) and the pinch of salt.

Create a well in the middle of the flours, adding the egg whites (or can add the whole egg, I prefer to use the Egg whites, as the yolk is high in fat and cholesterol).

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To this, add the 3/4 cup of milk.

Whisk the above into a batter, add more milk if you prefer the pancakes more runny.Photo 03-11-2014 11 47 27

Add 2 spoonfuls of this batter onto a hot/preheated pan to get the perfect size. Don’t forget to flip the pancake over to cook the other side. I like to have mine with honey, or home made strawberry jam (sometimes even mushed up strawberries)!

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Tempted to try this recipe out? 😀

Why not, and leave your comments below…

Bon Appétit 🍴!

Greeeench juice

Greeeench juice

My go-to healthy smoothie, a great detox drink that keeps me filled up. Rich in antioxidants, its a good smoothie to kick start the day. The best bit is that it does not taste bitter, infact it tastes like regular juice out of a carton, just that its freshly made and the healthier option.

These are the key ingredients I choose to use, the base of greens is parsley(can also use spinach or kale), followed by cucumber, apple, grapes, freshly squeezed orange and/or lemon juice, and a small slice of ginger gives a nice kick to the drink. Add 1-2 cups of water, or enough water to help blend the ingredients. I tend to add ice at the top, or even use frozen grapes instead. It tastes best when its consumed immediately after blending. I use the Moulinex Optiblend 2000 (AAW945) blender to make this refreshing smoothie.

Available at: http://www.moulinex.co.uk/pages/food_AAW945.htm?OnpageA=1

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Handful of grapes
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Organic apples. If is difficult to source organic apples, peel off the waxy skin.
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Lime, apple, ginger, grapes, cucumber and parsley
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Add the leafy greens first, followed by the remaining ingredients in which ever order. Don’t forget to add around 1-2 cups of water, depending on how thick you want it.
The final product
Happy Juicing!

Try it out and leave a comment below 🙂

x

Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

 Tabbouleh is a quick and easy lunchtime meal I usually have, especially when I’m on the go. Tabbouleh is a staple food  in a number of Middle Eastern and Northern African countries. It consists of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, bulgur (cracked wheat), spring onions and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. The strong flavours of parsley are complemented by the lemony citrus tang. It is normally served with pitta bread and hummus, or wrapped in a romaine lettuce (the healthier option!). Tabbouleh has become a popular dish.

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Not only is it healthy, but it is very filling and tasty too, in addition is considered as a good detox because of the parsley. As introduced to me by a friend; Mariana, this is how I make Tabbouleh salad, as a side with pitta and hummus, the perfect lunchtime meal.

  • Wash and finely chop one bunch of parsley.
  • Finely chop one tomato.
  • Soak 2 tablespoon bulgur in half a cup of boiling water, for 15 minutes, or until the bulgur is softened.
  • Finely chop spring onion (optional)

Mix the parsley, tomatoes, bulgur and spring onion (optional).

Now add:

  • The juice of half an lemon/lime.
  • One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Enjoy your home made tabbouleh 🙂

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Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Having recently started up a new collection of make up, I decided to invest in MAC, after getting rid of my old make up palettes. When I was looking to buy the starter eye shadows, I tried to search whether anyone had made up a good collection that can be used especially for Indian skin. I love MAC eye shadows, they have minimal fall out, their pigment is true to the colour, easy to use and blend. Indian make up normally has a very bold eye, which can be paired with either a bright lip, or a nude lip; my personal favourite. The gold’s, antiques and browns are perfect for a natural look that can be worn either everyday or even special occasions.

MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns
MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns

I normally use a lighter shade on the inner corner of the eye, such as Ricepaper or Retrospeck. For the centre of the eye I would generally use one or two shades darker, such as Amber Lights. If using frosty, shimmery colours on the inner corner, use a matte colour for the outer corner such as Embark or Blackberry, which gives a good balance. Using an applicator brush, pick up a tiny amount of any brown shade eyeshadow, gradually building until you achieve the look or intensity wanted. If using matte shades on the inner and middle of the eyelid, then you can use a shimmery shade for the outer corner. Blending is key to achieving a natural flawless look.

L-R: Retrospeck,  Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold,  Goldmine, Amberlights
L-R: Retrospeck, Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold, Goldmine, Amber lights
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch

These are just a few of my tips and tricks using these basic neutral colours for eyeshadow. Different intensities and depths of the eyeshadows can be achieved by building up the eyeshadow, for a bolder look. The products mentioned above have been listed below.

Golds

MAC Goldmine Frost

MAC Gorgeous Gold

MAC Retrospeck

MAC Ricepaper

MAC Amberlights

Antiques

MAC Antiqued velvex pearl

MAC Woodwinked

MAC Bronze Frost

Browns

MAC Embark

MAC Blackberry Matte

MAC Sketch