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MAPLE HOLISTICS ARGAN OIL SHAMPOO - REVIEW

I rarely switch up my hair care routine, but I decided to give some new products a try recently. One of them was Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo. I have been using Sulfate Free Products for my hair for years now, so am often sceptical to try out new things. Maple Holistics got in touch with me, asking me, if I wanted to try some of their products.

My Hair is dry, curly, frizzy, colored and also long. Its almost a lethal combination for me, to manage. But being sulfate free, for all these years, has made such a significant difference to the quality of my hair. Maple Holistics, as the name suggests is a natural and holistic beauty brand, with a range of products for both skin care and hair care. Their products are available on their Website and on Amazon. All their products are :
                                    Cruelty Free
                                    Sulfate Free
                                    All Natural
                                   Made in the USA
                                   Safe for Color 
I was confused as to which Shampoo would work for me, so I sought the help of Maple Holistics,  for their suggestions. They suggested their Argan Oil Shampoo.   
                                                                                           
The packaging was sleek and very travel friendly. Argan Oil Shampoo is a blend of 6 different kinds of oils and other natural ingredients. The star of the show is surely Argan Oil, as the name suggests, which is also known as Moroccan Oil. Its has been a cult ingredient where hair care is concerned for the last few years, so it was good to jump into the fad.

Argan Oil Shampoo claims to :
Build Thick, Srong, Lustrous Locks 
Nourish Hair and Scalp
Rejuvenate hair for softer tresses
Moisturizes for hydrated softened hair
Has the potential to repair damaged, dry, brittle hair 
Can aid in stopping hair loss 
Helps make hair more manageable. 
How much of these claims does it live up to ?

Its literally 1/4th the price of the Salon Profession Sulfate Free Shampoo I use for my color treated hair. So it was nice to come across a quality hair care product at such a price point. Its lightly scented which is quite pleasant. I have pretty long hair, and I was surprised that a little of this shampoo goes a long way. It lathers up pretty well, and left my hair clean, without over drying it. My hair was soft and moisturized and did not feel weighed down. Argan Oil Shampoo is great for all types of hair. My husband tried it out too, and his hair is very different from mine. His hair is thick, and not colored. He stated that his hair felt soft and clean after he had used it, a few times. I like a product which both of us can use. Makes the shower caddy less cluttered.Finally, my hair color hadnt faded or become brassy. It wa sgentle on my dry , frizzy and colored hair, yet kept it clean.

Maple Holistics is an example of Beauty with a Cause. For every Argan Oil Shampoo bottle sold, Maple Holistics will donate $1 to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  

LEOPARD BOOTIES UNDER $40




I had been on the look out for a pair of Leopard booties for the longest time. But my choices, were coming with a price tag of $200 or upwards. But currently. I wanted something more affordable. Don't get me wrong, I love me some leopard, in my outfit, any day of the year. But I wanted to try out Leopard as a Bootie, as a style, before I splurged on it. 

Leopard is a neutral and there are innumerable ways on how you can pair them. For me, Leopard Booties are just the perfect touch of oomph for Fall-Winter. An instant pick me up to any old outfit pulled out from your closet. And that's exactly what I did. I have an older post, from last year,featuring this Wine Chunky Knit Sweater and Denims , with a Fur Vest,which was the statement piece of the outfit. I switched up the Fur Vest with a pair of my Leopard Booties. 

 
Did I mention how affordable these booties are ? Well, as the title suggests, they are under $40. Mine are from Target , where they are currently sold out. Shows how popular they are. So I have linked a few affordable options, if you wanted to try out the style for yourself. trust me, you wont regret it. 

My Leopard Booties are true to size and are made of velvet. They have a slight heel, which is comfortable to walk in and doesn't pinch or bite you, when you walk with a toddler and dog in tow. I am in love with these Leopard Bootes of mine, and might be guilty of wearing them out, before the end of the season. 











So are you on board with Leopard Booties ! Dont forget to show me your pair, by tagging me in your picture.


LUCHI : FOOD HACK EDITION

I love me some Luchi any day of the week. When we were growing up, I remember the Luchi which was a quintessential part of the weekend breakfast/. Luchi which was served with Shada Alu r Torkari. Luchi which I loved to dig into. Luchi which was pillowy soft and white. Luchi from my Mom's kitchen. Food nostalgia is surely something on which editions and editions of books can be written and still there will be loads to tell.

What is Luchi, if you ask me? Luchi is a dream. Jokes apart, its a deep fried flat bread made from all purpose flour, and can be served with a bevy of things. From Kosha Mangsho(Goat Curry) to Shada Alur Torakari (plain and runny potato curry,) to even some sugar, Luchi will always be the star of the show.

Just as much I love Luchi, my husband loves it a bit more. I always say, that its our love for Food which binds us together so well.
But as luck would have it, my attempts at making Luchi haven't been that great. Yes, I do have a few Blog Posts in this very Blog, but let's say Luchi and my Kitchen are not the best of friends. (Insert sad face Emoji)
A foodie can never be satisfied with failure, especially when it concerns one of their favorite food. So in keeping with the trend of hacks, there came a hack for Luchi. I dont take any credit for it. I had attended a picnic, organised by some friends from the Kansas City Bengali Association. And they served a mean Luchi for breakfast. They are known to serve Luchi at many other dos, so I thought that it must be the regular one they were talking about . I was pleasantly mistaken. Out came this bag of Tortilla Land Uncooked Tortillas. Each uncooked Tortilla was cut in 4 pieces and deep fried in hot oil. The Tortilla triangles puffed up like regular luchis, and taste wise, here wasn't much difference. I loved it.

Off we went to Costco, and picked up our bag and we have been having Luchi whenever we can.

Is there naything in the kitchen which is your nemesis ? Would love to hear about it.

MY FAVORITE DRUG STORE MAKE UP REMOVERS

Make Up is something which is one of my favorite topics. I am a constant learner, and try to keep myself updated as times roll on. yes, even I have gone through my crazy make up stages and come up to my current make up days. There were to be times, I used to be known for my elaborate eye make up. Now I am super minimalistic. I cant even remember the last time I had used eye shadow in 2017.

Make up trends might come and go, but what remains steady, is my stash of make up removers.

Over the years, I have tried endless make up removers, but very rarely, have I  found products which actually deliver. Dont get me wrong. I am not saying, they dont work at all. All that I am saying is that they didnt work for me, or my make up and lifestyle routine.
Which brings me to the point, what kind of make up do I use? And what kind of skin do I have ?I had mentioned minimalistic in a previous line somewhere , didnt I . I have extremely Dry and Sensitive skin. My make up consists of a Foundation, and not a BB/CC cream, high coverage Concealer , Eye Make Up Primer , Black Gel Eye Liner, Black Waterproof Mascara, Blush, Lipstick. Occasionally Contour and Highlight join the mix along with a bevy of Eye Shadow.

The Make Up Removers which can remove this mix are just three. My favorites include Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Make Up Remover, Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water : All in One Waterproof Make Up Remover and Cleanser and Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.  
Lets start with my favorite, Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Make Up Remover is a wonder product in my terms. If you look at the bottle, then you will see two layers of solution inside. Before you use, make sure you shake the bottle well, to create the emulsion. Dab it in a cotton wool, and the toughest of your eye and face make up will be off in a jiffy.

It takes off Gel Eye Liner and Waterproof Mascara without rubbing and tugging. It doesnt sting my eyes at all, which is such a winning point . It give any high end make up remover a run for its money with its quality and affordability.
My second favorite product is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I was a bit late in jumping the micellar water bandwagon, but I had been hearing of Bio Derma for years, from my friends in Europe. So when Garnier finally launched its range of micellar waters, I thought of trying out. As my eye make up is waterproof, I went for this version, rather than the original. Its the same case with this make up remover too. If you let the bottle stand for long, then you will see two layers of liquid. Shake it well, till you see an emulsion. This is great for removing face make up ,and might need a few applications if you are removing eye make up. It doesnt sting your eyes. Its also a great cleanser for times, when I havent used make up. You can just dab it on some cotton wool, and remove the dirt of the day, and be ready for the day. The best part is that it doesnt need to be washed off, if you are in a rush. Another drug store product worth its weight in gold.

Last but not the least, is the Neutrogena Make Up Removing Towelettes. Make Up wipes have their critics, but are a savior on nights when I am too tired, or when I am travelling. They don't dry my skin at all, and actually remove all my high coverage make up. I stock up on these from Costco, as I always have to have them in hand.
So what are your favorite eye make up removers? I have listed my favorites down , if you wanted to shop.

SHOP MY STASH :

BROWN SUEDE JACKET FOR FALL




Its Sunday, which means its time for a brand new Outfit Post. My posts are usually scheduled and go up on time, as I hate missing schedules. But the last few days, have been very adventurous for us. From a family of 3, we became a family of 4. "Blaze," my furry son is home.

It was our first weekend with him, and we enjoyed every bit of it. Now to try and get back to the routine, or should we say create a new routine, for this family of 4. Sundays mean a New Blog Post and since its still Sunday, I thought of sharing about my latest Jacket Crush.

The Brown Suede Jacket is clearly one of my most worn items this Fall. I love how it can make any outfit look so chic. You can pair it with those Summer dresses, and tights and booties, and be ready for Fall. I am more of a denim girl, so I had to style it with denims.


 Its always tricky when you are trying to pair black and brown . For many its a No-No. But I love doing it. I paired my Brown Suede Jacket with a black sleeveless blouse from Express. Its all about the details, in any outfit. The leather paneling on this top, gives it that edge. I carried forward the brown-tan tones in the outfit, with my 90's style Brown Lips , my Jord Wood Watch and my leopard Pumps. Leopard and Black are both neutrals. The black of the top, ties in with the black notes of the leopard . The blue ripped denim adds a much needed pop of cooler tones in the outfit, to balance the warmer tones.

Its effortless and chic and I love it. So are you adding a Brown Suede Jacket to your Black Friday Shopping list? I think you should.









COFFEE CRUSTED STEAK & BROWN BUTTERED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FOR FRIENDSGIVING


Thanksgiving is just a week away ! How fast did this year fly by. What are your plans for the long weekend? A big Turkey Dinner with the family, or something more intimate. As far as our plans go, Thursday is for the extended family and Friday is for Friends-giving. Isn't that fun !

Friends-giving is celebrated through the month of November, but we do it over the same weekend, with some special friends of ours. Friends who have stood the test of time. Friends whom we are Thankful for. Last year, our Friends-giving party even had Hubby sharing a local TV slot. he was picking our stash of spirits, and made it to evening news, speaking of Friends giving. Yes, that clip is archived for sure. Its not every day that a former TV journalists family members are on air, right.

Coming back to Friends-giving, something special is on the menu for us. Its not Turkey, its Steak. Friends-giving is usually a potluck, with hostess tackling the main protein, and the guests pitching in with the sides. As the hostess, I shall be tackling the protein and one side.

I love Coffee and I love Steak . And my husband brought the two together, to create the most perfect Friendsgiving dinner menu. Its packs such a flavorful punch along with satisfying the soul.

Coffee crusted Steak and Buttered Butternut Squash , make for one luxurious plate.

Trust me, its not your average meat and potatoes kind of dinner. If you are looking for healthier options, when you are hosting your friends, then you are in the wrong page. If dry aged steak was not enough, then there's loads and loads of butter adding to the mix. My Husband is the fancier of the home chefs, between us both. While I cook the mundane, he cooks up the exotic and even the special occasion meals, with panache. And coffee crusted steak is his specialty .

Without much further ado, lets get cooking, shall we.

COFFEE CRUSTED STEAK AND BUTTERED BUTTERNUT SQUASH : 

STEAK: 
Ingredients :  
Strip Steak : 2
Paprika : 1 tsp
Cumin Powder : 1 tsp
Salt
Coffee Powder : 4 tbsp
Brown Sugar : 1 tbsp
Canola Oil
Butter

Procedure :


Make a dry rub of the seasonings


Pat your thawed steak dry with a paper towel to soak up any moisture and generously coat it with the dry rub. Let it marinate for an hour at least.



In a cast iron pan, or a non stick pan, melt your 1 stick of butter . Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Or you can grill it too.



Let the meat rest for at least 5 mins. Then cut the steaks on the bias. Serve with the uttered butternut squash .


SQUASH: 
Ingredients :
Butternut Squash : 1 : Cubed
Butter : 1 to 2 stick
Salt
Pepper
Brown Sugar : 2 tbsp
Scallions/Green Onion : 1/2 bunch : finely chopped

Procedure: 

Add canola oil and butter to a non stick pan .



Add in 1 tbsp of brown sugar. Stir it around.



Add in your cubed butternut squash, season with salt and pepper and add in some more butter. You can alss add in your second spoon of brown sugar at this point.




Once your butter nut squash is cooked, add in your scallions.

Wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving !

Bon Appetit !