Tuesday, July 31, 2012

MARRIED: Happily :)



Here are some funny quotes about marriage to make you laugh:

1. Marriage is not a word. It's a sentence (a life sentence).
2. Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore marriage is an institution for the blind.

3. Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor's Degree and the woman gets her masters.
4. Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

5. Married life is full of excitement and frustration: In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.In the third year, they both speak and the NEIGHBOUR listens.
6. Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends.You order what you want, and when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that instead.

7. There was this man who muttered a few words in the church and found himself married. A year later he muttered something in his sleep and found himself divorced.
8. A happy marriage is a matter of giving and taking; the husband gives and the wife takes.
9. Son: How much does it cost to get married, Dad? Father: I don't know son, I'm still paying for it.


10. Son: Is it true Dad? I heard that in ancient China, a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her. Father: That happens everywhere, son, EVERYWHERE!
11. Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.
12. They say that when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, it is love; after marriage it is self-defense.
13. When a newly married man looks happy, we know why. But when a 10-year married man looks happy, we wonder why.

14. There was this lover who said that he would go through hell for her. They got married, and now he is going through HELL.
15. When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
16. Eighty percent of married men cheat in America, the rest cheat in Europe.
17. After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin. They just can't face each other, but they still stay together.

18. Marriage is man and a woman become one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
19. Man is incomplete until he gets married, then he is finished.
20. When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing - either the car is new or the wife is.

DIY Facial Mist

DIY Facial Mist

You can find the information about facial mists in my blog: what they are, why they are used etc. They are simply great to refresh and hydrate your face. Many organic or drugstore brand facial mist sprays can be expensive. A cost-effective solution is to make your own home made facial mist with simple ingredients you can obtain easily. 

Here you will find the recipe to make your own facial mist at home.

All you need is:

1) Spray bottle

2) Purified/distilled water

3) Glycerin

4) Essential oil of your choice (rose/ lavender / eucalyptus / chamomile)


Where to obtain the ingredients:

You can obtain spray bottle from any drugstore, bottled distilled water from grocery store or gas station or pharmacies, glycerin from drugstores and essential oils from anywhere selling natural organic products. 

Why distilled water?
When you are making a facial mist, it is better to use distilled water. The harder the water, the higher the mineral count and the more chance of a dry and irritated skin. You can also use drinking water after you boil it.

After obtaining the necessary ingredients, follow these easy steps to make it:

Step 1. Fill your 3/4 of your spray bottle with pure water
Step 2. Add 1 tsp of glycerin in the spray bottle
Step 3. Add 5 drops of rose oil and 5 drops of other essential oil of your choice
Step 4. Replace the spay nozzle, close the spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix the oils and water.

Your facial spray is ready!!!!!

Now you can liberally spray it on your face!

Monday, July 30, 2012

COFFEE: History, Types, Tastes and Flavors

Coffee is a brewed beverage with a strong flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffea plant. The beans are found in coffee "cherries", which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa.

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Roasted coffee beans


Coffee tree

There are two predominant species of coffee plant: Coffea arabica, known as Arabica coffee, accounts for 75-80% of the world's production. Coffea canephora, known as Robusta coffee, accounts for about 20% and differs from the Arabica coffees in terms of taste.

Coffee beans of the Arabica type are widely considered to have the best flavor profiles, while the Robusta type is predominantly grown for its hardiness and ability to thrive where Arabica cannot. Within Arabica, however, there are many different varietals, each of which produce coffee beans with distinct flavors and characteristics.


Today, with over 400 billion cups of coffee served around the globe, coffee is the world’s most popular beverage and is ranked the second most valuable commodity after oil. As popular as coffee is today, this unanimous approval and acceptance was not always the case. Coffee faced many obstacles and barriers throughout its long and eventful history. It has been banned under acts of prohibition, smuggled across oceans, and even condemned as Satan’s brew. All told, a fascinating story behind this humble beverage!

Coffee was first discovered in the mountains of Ethiopia (Abyssinia). One of the most popular legends dates back to the 9th century A.D in Abyssinia, the story of a goatherd named Kaldi who lived in the Kaffa region. Kaldi noticed that his goats would become more lively and animated after eating the red berries from a nearby plant. Kaldi tried the berries himself and soon found that he too was full of energy.

From Ethiopia, coffee was said to have spread to Egypt and Yemen.The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey, and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to Balkans, Italy, and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas.

Flavor Characteristics by Growing Region

Africa and Arabia

These coffees have sweet flavors with sometimes-fruity aroma, with some tart acidity. They often combine the sparkling acidity of the best Central American varieties with interesting floral and winy components. A wide range of flavors from mellow, winy, to zesty and citrus
  • Angola
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America)

These coffees are generally light to medium bodied, with a clean mouth feel and slightly sweet, lively acidity. These are some of the most popular varieties that Starbucks sells, and their balance and consistency make them the foundation for coffee blending as well.
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Venezuela

Asia, Indonesia and Pacific

These coffees are generally at the opposite end of the spectrum from Latin American coffees. Usually full-bodied, smooth and lower in acidity. Often comprised of exotic and earthy taste elements.
  • Bali
  • Hawaii
  • India
  • Java
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sulawesi
  • Sumatra
  • Timor


1) Espresso
Espresso is a strong black coffee made by forcing steam through dark-roast aromatic coffee beans at high pressure in an espresso machine. A perfectly brewed espresso will have a thick, golden-brown crema (foam) on the surface.

2) Cappuccino
A cappuccino is a combination of equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth.

3) Americano
An Americano is a single shot of espresso added to a cup of hot water.

4)Caffe Latte
A caffe latte is a single shot of espresso to three parts of steamed milk.

5) Caf au Lait
This traditional French drink is similar to a caffe latte except that it is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso, in a 1:1 ratio with steamed milk. It is considered a weaker form of caffe latte.

6) Cafe Mocha (Mochachino)
This is a cappuccino or a caffe latte with chocolate syrup or powder added.

7) Caramel Macchiato
The most common method is combining espresso, caramel and foamed milk, though some use steamed milk. Often, vanilla is added to provide extra flavor.

8) Instant Coffee
 Soluble coffee dissolves instantly in hot water. You can add milk if you like.

9) Turkish Coffee
Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a pot or (cezve) and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle. Sugar is added to taste. This method of serving coffee is found in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.
10) Irish Coffee 
An alcoholic coffee drink. To make and Irish Coffee, pour a shot of Irish whiskey into a warmed whiskey glass and add three sugar cubes (3 tsp). Fill with strong black coffee to within one inch of top. Stir gently and top to the brim with slightly aerated heavy cream.


Coffee Makers
Tools to Make Coffee

1) Drip Method/ Filter MethodThe drip method is by far the most popular method of making coffee.

2) French Press
The French Press extracts the most flavor from the coffee grounds and is currently the second most popular way to make coffee at home.

3)Turkish Coffee/ the Arab Method It is probably the original way coffee was made (with a pot called cezve) and produces a dark and very strong tasting coffee.

4) Espresso Machine
Same machine is used to make cappuccinos and lattes

5) Instant Coffee
It is the easiest type of coffee to make, just add water, but the taste is often lost in the process.

6) Neapolitan Flip/ the reversible drip pot
It looks like two coffee pots on top of each other.

7) Single Serve Coffee Machines
A coffee maker that will make a cup of coffee.


What coffee means to me, personally

What Coffee Means To Me:  

A cup of heavenly smelling, freshly brewed, deliciously flavored coffee makes us have casual, sincere, informal conversations with family and friends. If you are "talking over a cup of coffee", it is a relaxed and informal chat. 

Making someone a cup of coffee, is a friendly invitation to such a chat.

However, when you invite someone home for a cup of coffee after a date, it usually means intimacy.


Saturday, July 28, 2012



Highlighting your face makes your skin glow, helps to minimize or maximize facial features and gives you that finished sheen you see in magazines.

It makes you look healthier, glowy and gorgeous when you illuminate the right places of your face.

All you need is a product at least 2 shades lighter than your skin and it should contain slight shimmer to make you glow.

You should be careful where to highlight, as highlighting makes pop the area. If applied on wrong places, it will make you look older, shiny or greasy.

There are plenty of highlight products, in cream, liquid or powder form.

NARS Illuminator

MAC Color Base-Pearl  (My favorite for cheekbones and browbones)

MAC Paint Pot-Painterly

If you haven't bought any yet, you can use a nude/vanilla color eye shadow for highlighting. 

MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Places to highlight:

1)Top of your cheekbones
2)Under your eyes (after concealing dark circles)and corner of your eyes
3)On your browbone
4)Center of your forehead
5)Straight down the middle of your nose
6)middle of the top of your lip
7)Your chin

Highlighting your face

- If your product is in powder form, you will need a highlight brush.

Highlight brush

- If it is creamy, you can use your hand as well as using highlight brush depending on its consistency.

- You can use smaller highlight brushes if you like.

Small Highlight brush

Highlighted faces

You can obtain that "Magazine Look" you've been looking to with illuminating the right places of your face correctly.


Looking to achieve this look?

Not all women are blessed with flawless skin. In one of my previous blogs, I mentioned the ways to achieve a flawless look naturally. Here you will find the makeup tips for flawless skin.

There are many makeup products to help us attain a dewy look. Dewy complexion gives a healthy glow to your face, making you look gorgeous.However, you should be careful while applying these products because if applied wrongly, they can make you look too shiny or overdone.

The aim is: naturally glowing skin, not the effect of overdone makeup!!!!

Here are the tips for flawless makeup:

1) Choose the right foundation: Cosmetics promising "natural glow", "satin finish" or "naturally luminous" look are usually meant to achieve dewy look. Creamy sheer foundations are good to achieve this. Be careful while choosing your shade. It should match your skin color. Apply your foundation with a wet sponge, which will help you create that glowy dewy look. It is also easier to blend cream based foundation with wet sponge.

NARS- Sheer Glow Foundation

MAC-Studio Finish Satin Foundation

Maybelline- Dream Satin Liquid Foundation

2) Choose concealer with a good coverage: You will need to cover your blemishes, spots, under eyes with a concealer which has a high coverage. You can pick a concealer one shade lighter for your eye area to give a highlight effect.

Hard Candy heavy duty concealer and Hard Candy concealer pencil


MAC-Studio Finish Concealer

3) Settle your make up with a "little" translucent powder: Use powder in small amount to settle your makeup or if you like more glow preferably don't use powder at all. 

4) Use cream-based blush: Apply small amount of blush to your cheekbones in soft pink or rosy shades.

MAX FACTOR- Miracle Touch Creamy Blush

5) Highlight your cheekbones: Use highlighter which will give your skin a glow.

MAC-Cream Color Base (Pearl)

6) Create a natural eye makeup: Choose light or neutral colors for your shadows. Keep it minimal but use eyeliner and/or eye pencil to define your eyes. Apply two coats of mascara.

Urban Decay- Naked 2 Eye shadow palette

7) Lips-better be neutral: light rosy colors, light browns, light peachy pinks are great. But don't forget to apply lip gloss over your lipstick. Aim is glowing, keep that in mind. 


I hope these tips give you some idea about how you can achieve a flawless dewy skin look with makeup!!!

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