Oval brushes- by wiseshe | Anamika Sureka Malik

With a good makeup brush, every woman can be an artist” – Anonymous

I, love my tools & it is imperative that they are, perfect. We have all fallen head over heels with the new makeup trend, that hit the first half of 2016.

“Yes, I’m talking about the oval brushes”

Oval brushes have changed the way, you perceive makeup applications. What used to take a good 10 minutes, now takes only 3 minutes.

What are Oval Brushes?

Oval brushes are the latest & the most sought after trend, in the beauty community. These oval brushes are synthetic, densely packed & extremely soft on your skin. They look like little hairbrushes or toothbrushes, but do wonders the minute they touch your face. They give you a very even application & save up on the product, that you use.

Who is Anamika Sureka Malik?

This lady, is a powerhouse of inspiration for all those beauty enthusiasts, who want to explore their options. She runs a hugely successful blog “WiseShe” and manages her YouTube Channel “WiseShe”, where she uploads videos on beauty related queries. She has been an active member of the beauty community and has decided to launch a set of oval brushes.

You can check this beauty and her work out on her website :

http://www.wiseshe.com

WiseShe Oval Brushes by Anamika Sureka:

I, received these beauties in the mail for an exchange of an honest review.

The 3 brushes that I received were :

  • Concealer Brush
  • Eyebrow Filling & Shaping Brush
  • Crease & Tear Duct Brush

I, honestly believe that, these oval brushes are subjective to what you feel suits you. I, have used these brushes for the above reasons and named them accordingly. What I mean by that is, what is to me a concealer brush might do you well as a Nose Contour Brush.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Concealer Brush : I loved the fact, that the concealer brush, concealed my under eyes and filled the fine lines up, in just 2 swipes. I didn’t need to do much. It also, doubles up as a cheek contour brush, for some light contouring. Hands down, my favourite one. Just look at how densely it’s packed and it left no streaks, just full coverage in 2 swipes. Bye bye mini beauty blender.

  • Eyebrow Filling & Shaping Brush : This thin and finely tapered brush, is your best bet if you like filling your brows with a brow powder. If you’re more of a pomade girl, then this brush helps you shape up & clean your brow work by neatly drawing on sharp lines with a concealer. I just wish, it was a little more dense, as the product kept getting dispersed while using the brow powder.

  • Crease & Tear Duct Brush : This brush is a wonder, if you’re in a hurry but would like to put on a little makeup. The round tip of the brush, helps give you a neat crease filling situation. It also doubles up as a highlighter brush for the tear ducts.

This was my makeup look, which I created using these oval brushes, by multi tasking them. The look, which was achieved using these brushes was subtle, even and great for daily wear.

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Verdict : The brushes are quite good and do a fair enough job at their uses, but i would suggest that they are a little more densely packed especially the “Eyebrow Filling Brush” and have a much sturdy material for the body. They look aesthetically pleasing, but the feel when I’m holding them physically isn’t very pleasing.

My best wishes for the venture to this beautiful lady, who herself is an inspiration to many.

Rating : 3.5/5

P.S. : The picture of Anamika Sureka Malik, has been procured from google photos.

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Skola Toys| Bloggers Meet | Vivanta by Taj | Bangalore |

“Play is the highest form of research”- Albert Einstein

Standing by that very protocol, “Skola Toys” has integrated learning through playing in their toys. I was, privileged to be a part of the bloggers meet, that was held in “Vivanta by Taj” for all of us to understand the depth of thinking that was incorporated in the toys.

About Skola Toys :

Skola Toys is India’s first range of toys designed with learning at its core. Made for children between 2 years & 7 years, Skola Toys’ design principles have been scientifically backed by child psychologists, child experts & educationists including Montessori teachers. Founded by Mridula Shridhar, VK Manikandan & Nitish Agrawal, Skola Toys was set up to fill the void that existed in the Early Learning & Learning Toy category for intelligently designed toys. Skola Toys help children pick up crucial skills in areas like Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Social Science, Science, Cognition & Creativity.

What Material are the Skola Toys Made Up Of?

Skola Toys, are pure wooden toys which encourage children to play more. Children very easily differentiate between low quality & high quality material. They are also very attuned to accepting natural materials, like Jute, Wood, Stone, Clay,etc. Therefore, Skola Toys are natural and much appreciated by kids.

About Skola Toys Bloggers Meet :

We were seated in our respective places, with anticipation of what innovative strategies would be unfolding for us as parents to experience. The Meet had Parent Bloggers, Toy shop owners & School teachers congregate for the interactive session.

The topic of discussion was ” Touch vs. Touch & Feel” As we all know, technology has us in the deep throes of its clutches. We are in one way or the other reliant on it, for our lives to function. In this reliance, we also expose our young ones to it, thereby creating a generation of “techno geeks” and take for granted the cognitive functions of seeing, feeling & deciding for granted.

So, we were given little tasks, which had us engaged for sometime. Something as simple as “feeling the alphabets blindfolded and deciding which one it was”, “putting up a puzzle”, etc and boy! was it fun. The exercises that we did were a way, for us to realise how much more fun a physical activity is as compared to a “tap tap tap” activity.

Verdict : All in all, a very informative meet, by which it’s clear to me that, children don’t only need technology to help them grow and bloom their innate skills, but also the need of smart toys which help their skill set.

Cafe Mangii | Restaurant Review | Orion Mall| Bangalore |

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”-Leonardo Da Vinci

This is what we experienced during the “Pizza & Sangria Festival”, hosted by Cafe Mangii at Orion Mall. The sight of piping hot pizzas is bound to get anyone salivating and hungry for one. It’s nothing less than a wonder to see a flatbread with toppings and something that had a humble beginning in Naples, conquer the shores of every country. Pizza is what defines comfort food & there was no way, I wouldn’t be a part of it.

About Cafe Mangii :

Cafe Mangii is one of the those places, which redefines the Italian dining experience. With, just about everything on the menu infused with simplicity, it truly is a pleasure to imbibe yourself here. So let’s “mangiamo”

Decor & Ambiance :

It’s a beautiful rooftop restaurant, which overlooks a serene artificial lake. The whole ambiance is very cheery, yet sophisticated and relaxing. The trattoria kind of a feeling is prevalent here. The chairs and tables are just the perfect backdrop for an Instagram worthy picture.

Hospitality:

Again, doesn’t fail to impress me with their courteous and well groomed staff. The service is unhurried and works well for me, because I love lounging around the place.

The Grub Story :

I, had the opportunity to experience the ongoing “Pizza & Sangria Festival”, which is going to wow you up till the 15th December 2017. Here’s what I savoured.

  • Quattro Stagnioni Pizza (₹595/-) : A medley of the 4 Italian season veggies, artichokes, Mushroom, courgettes, pimentos, bocconcini & Parmesan Aioli. This hands down, was one of my favourites. The buttery smoothness of those toppings, just melt in your mouth.

  • Moroccan Pesto Pizza (₹635/-) : Extremely evident in this pizza was the flavour of quinoa chickpea tabouleh with tomato koftas with the labneh. Delectable! The complexity of the flavours, lay in its simplicity. Sprinklings of zaatar & sumac made this even more irresistible!

  • The Local (₹525/-) : Pizza baad topped with Makhani sauce, tempered paneer, Amul Cheese Tandoori Mayo & kanda kachumbar. A very desi twist to it, has the flavours of pickled onions, cut through very subtly, against the masaledaar Paneer. I’m not someone who loves Masala Paneer in her pizza, so this one was a so-so one.

  • Que Pasa (₹515/-): Crisp tortilla, refried beans, queso cream cheese, pico de gallo, smoky BBQ squirt & corn kernels. This pizza is really heavy on you, one of the most satisfying & filling pizzas, if you have a thing for tacos & mole sauces.

  • French Connection (₹515/-): What an ambrosial treat, with the artfully clever use of harmonious ingredients. Everything about this pizza made me go “Mamma Mia”. The lyonnaise potatoes, thyme cream porcini ragout, baby spinach, caramelised onions, mozzarella and truffle mayo, yes! They were just a match made in.. well kitchen.

  • Dark Gems (₹515/-): A delight for all those sweet tooths out there. Pizza with all the gooey goodness. Hear this out.. Peanut butter Glaze, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie, Nutella fritters & Gems! I know, it’s just jaw dropping and yup, it’s delish for sure!

  • Virgin Mojito : If, you’ve noticed my trend of drinking, I’m a huge virgin Mojito fan. So, it wasn’t surprising that I’d ask for one. The flavours are spot on.

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Verdict : The Pizza Festival, was a total success. There are quite a lot of vegetarian options, trust me a vegetarian wouldn’t feel left out. It’s on till 15 December, so don’t forget to go and savour some and you will thank me later.

Well deserved 4 star

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Location : 3rd Floor, Orion Mall, Brigade Gateway.26,1, Dr. Rajkumar Road Ph No : 080-22682213

Bombay Buddha Bowl Demo | Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal | Soda Bottle Opener Wala |

“People want honest,flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.” – Chef Ted Allen

If, you believe in that then you must also believe in the ease of one bowl meals that pamper your heart & soul. We all have seen a surge of Buddha bowl meals on our feeds, the trend caught fire early this year & has been unstoppable.

What started as a paean to the vegan way of living, has caught the fancy of the other side of the pasture as well. Ergo, we are spoiled for choice with versions of all kinds. I, had the privilege to be a part of the demo held by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, where she presented to us versions of the “Bombay Buddha Bowl” at a very apt location “Soda Bottle Opener Wala”

About Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal :

She is Food writer & consultant turned entrepreneur of the “ABP Cook Studio” fame. The cook studio, curates cooking experiences for one and all, with their state of the art kitchen & a pantry full of ingredients. It wasn’t a surprise to see, her whip up the Bombay Buddha Bowl for us with Chef Danesh Vakshoor with utmost ease.

About Soda Bottle Opener Wala:

Do we need any insight about this famous Parsi Cafe, situated in Lavelle Road? Done in a tasteful style and with the quirk quotient, SBOW has always been known, for their unique and flavourful dishes & always in the loop for being creative. They had us burst in tears of happiness, when we got to know that the “Bombay Buddha Bowls”, would be available to public till 17th December 2017.

About Bombay Buddha Bowls Demo :

We were ushered into “Soda Bottle Opener Wala”, for the demo. As it hit dusk, the clink and clanks of the preparations started to be heard. The table was set and we saw “Rushina”, take over with the introductions. The tables were set with the ingredients and all we had to do was witness the magic.

The Gujarati Bowl was the lucky bowl that got to be demonstrated by Chef Danesh Vakshoor & Rushina. The ease with which they made the “Dal Dhokli Ravioli” and candied peanuts was a pleasure to watch.

The interactive session continued on till we all couldn’t go any further with the aromas of “The Gujarati Bowl” titillating us and Rushina’s expressions of joy, which made us dig into our bowls asap!

We were presented, 4 beautiful bowls of happiness. 2 vegetarian & 2 non-vegetarian.

  • The Gujarati Bowl (₹435/-) :Fenugreek & potato ravioli stuffed dhoklis accompanied with wilted onion salad, boria drizzle with spicy sweet Dal with papad cheese drizzle and candied peanuts.
  • The Sindhi Bowl ( ₹415/-) : The Sindhi favourite meal of Sai baji ,Sindhi kadhi, teewan samosa, Aloo tuk and finished with guwar, Bhindi & bee crunchies, in a bowl. Oh so yum!
  • The Maharashtrian Bowl (₹475/-): Red rice,prawn modak, Coconut Salad, jawla chutney. Tossed in fish sauce and peanut thencha.
  • The East Indian Bowl (₹550/-) : Wedding Rice with pork vindaloo meets crunchy bombil fry & golden fried chicken chop. Topped with kanji vegetable curry.

So go ahead, pick what catches your fancy and indulge in a mishmash of flavours & taste.

Price : ₹415/- onwards

Address: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Plot Number 24/4, Lavelle Road, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560001

P. S. : Some of the pictures and logo are for representational purposes only.

Baba Da Dhaba |Restaurant Review | Koramangala | Bangalore|

I have a great love for cuisine, so I’m always interested in local food, and there are so many interesting dishes, spices and ingredients in India. Romain Grosjean

Baba Da Dhaba, is all about mastering those spices & churning out an ambrosial dish, worth licking your fingers in joy. The concept of Dhaba or a local roadside noshery, has been incorporated into the restaurant’s aesthetics and that forms it’s USP as well. Dishes are kept simple, but are power packed with the yum quotient.

About Baba Da Dhaba :

BDD, as stated above is the amalgamation of a Dhaba and a restaurant in the middle of the hub of activity, in Koramangala. This is their newest and the 4th branch in Bangalore. Needless to say, that says a lot about their food being loved by the people. They believe in giving you an authentic experience which would make you relive your Dhaba experience. The cuisine is in true Punjabi nature, so expect a heavy hand of desi ghee & cream in your bowls of goodness.

Ambiance :

The place is cozy & also has an outdoor area for seating. The whole ambiance is fast food diner like, with bright colours & a chatty atmosphere. The outdoor area, is more of a “let’s talk some more” kinds.

Hospitality:

Very likeable and courteous staff, who are nimble on their feet. They don’t make you wait a lot and usually the wait time is the normal 15 minutes.

The Grub Story :

  • Masala Chaas (₹40/-) : A smooth coolant to prep your appetite or be the perfect accompaniment with your meal. Spiced just right.

  • Assorted Veg tikkis (₹195/-) : A starter well worth the wait, made with the choicest ingredients. It had beet root tikki , corn tikki and green pea tikki. The colours were as titillating as the flavour. My favourite was the beetroot tikki & the corn tikki with a dollop of beetroot chutney on the side.

  • Paneer Tikka (₹210/-) : The five pieces of creamily coated squares of cottage cheese and grilled to perfection, were just what I needed on a Sunday evening. Another one of my favourites from the menu.

  • Dal Makhani (₹160/-) : This is something you shouldn’t miss when you’re at BDD. The Dal Makhani is a beautiful consistency which coats the spoon, it’s smooth, buttery and lightly spiced. The Dal Makhani is made to simmer overnight for that perfect flavour. I’m reminiscing already.

  • Paneer Lababdar(₹240/-) : You need to be ambidextrous to enjoy this, just like how I was. The gravy is a thick & silky one garnished with cream. The paneer chunks are generous and the portion is very filling as well.
  • Punjabi Aloo Paratha (₹60/-) : A delectable filling of spicy Aloo Masala in the Paratha makes this just the perfect thing to eat, during the early evenings.

  • Phirni (₹90/-) : An Indian dessert, that every Indian loves indulging in. Made with ground rice & flavoured with saffron & nuts, the Phirni here was just delicious.

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Verdict : The place is very high on the VFM meter and the dishes have a lot of authenticity in them. The usage of desi ghee is prevalent to impart a very rustic yet fulfilling feel to your meal. They have a lot of vegetarian options as well.

A well deserved 4 star for them.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

L’inouï | Chocolaterie Review | Cunningham Road| Bangalore| 

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is that little extra”- Jimmy Johnson

“Blurred phantasmagoria of images reel across, revealing Arham’s smile, the steam dispersing, the clink of the glass, the incessant chatter of birds & the sound of heels on the gravel crunching it ever so lightly.”

“What was that?”, you ask.

Well that was just a snippet of my time at “L’inouï”.

Quite true to its name “L’inouï”, does stand out from the bunch of chocolateries, in the city, by adding that extra to the ordinary, making it extraordinary in every sense.

L’inouï is no stranger to me, I’ve been a patron for quite a few years now. I’ve always connected to the brand, because it bought back the memories of my childhood. It’s something that had & does excite the olfactory senses, making me salivate at the thought of their menu. 

About L’inouï:

L’inouï, is a chocolaterie, like no other. Trust me, i wouldn’t exaggerate. They believe in the emphasis of quality ingredients and importance of imparting par excellence experience, whilst devouring their chocolates. 

Anusha Chowdaiah, the CEO & Founder of “L’inouï embarked on a journey to let bangalore taste, the real spirit of class apart chocolates. The products at L’inouï are preservative & additive free, hence they come with a limited shelf life. The ingredients are sourced from all parts of the world, like the Californian almond, the Belgium chocolate & henceforth. Even the gelatine used is “100% Halal” which means extra rupees, but uncompromising on quality. Each piece of chocolate is specially handcrafted with passion & therefore is a masterpiece in its own right. So, whatever you eat over here, is 100% the best of all.

Ambiance: 

L’inouï, my favourite chocolaterie has a new destination. They are located at Cunningham Road in the midst of a beautiful set up which feels like a getaway in its own right. A sense of heritage seeps in & you are transported to the past. 

Hospitality: 

L’inouï has always been a place which feels like your own. The staff are ever so caring and they hands on make sure to let you, enjoy your time here. 

The Grub Story : 

Well, it’s more of a dessert story. Get ready for some pleasing vignettes. 

  • Almond Dragees (₹240/- for 100gms): The almonds are toasted to perfection, caramelised, covered with chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder. The deep flavour of toasted almonds seeps through the chocolate. A family favourite. 
  • Handcrafted truffles (₹75/-): Truffles are meant to be bitten in with delight. They have quite a few variants, each pleasing to your palate. My favourites are Dark Truffle, Coconut Truffle, Nut Truffle & White Truffle.
  • Chocolate Slabs (₹240/- per 100 gms) : These slabs are made out of the perfect ingredients as they leave no stone unturned by being supreme in their genre. Milk chocolate and Nuts & Chocolate Slabs are my favourite.
  • Chocolate Mud Pie : If, there’s anything you should try, then it is this. This is from the “special of the day” . Words do no justice to how, magnificent this was. A medley of chocolate mousse, tempered chocolate and hazelnuts.
  • Japanese Green Tea (₹75/-): Their teas are of the ultimate blends, but that’s not the novelty here. The novelty lies, in their presentation. Just for the sake, of that gorgeous presentation, we used to drink it. Comes with a sandglass timer to let you know, exactly how long to seep your tea leaves.

  • Hot Chocolate (₹150/-): You must have had quite a few hot chocolates till now, but have you had the pleasure to melt a cube full of smoothness to reveal happiness? Comes along with delicious butter cookie as well.
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Verdict :The aesthetics of this chocolaterie is what, I stand by. The desserts here are ultimate in each in every aspect. The taste is like no other and it is an experience that you must savour. It’s the perfect choice for gifting and as well as for indulging in some sinful palate pleasures.

Nothing less than a 4.5 star rating for this place!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
P.S. : The logo is used for representationonly and belongs to L’inouï