Pancakes with Cherry Compote


As a part of the #FoodieFebruary campaign on my Instagram I decided to make Pancakes with warm Cherry Compote from scratch for breakfast. It was my first attempt at making a compote and it turned out really well.

I found fresh cherries in the supermarket and I used those for the recipe. You can use frozen too.

For the pancakes-

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking soda

A pinch of salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup Buttermilk/ Milk

Butter, for frying

Method:

Beat the egg until fluffy and then stir in all the other ingredients. The consistency must be a little loose but not too runny.

Heat butter. Pour the batter into the pan and cook on both sides until golden brown.

For the compote-

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted fresh/frozen cherries

2 tablespoons sugar

Method:

Heat the cherries and sugar in a pan until the juices and sugar have combined well. Once the cherries start softening turn the flame off.

Serve the compote with pancakes and whipped cream. You are going to love every bit of it. Bon Appetit!

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

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Beauty Find: MAC MARIAH CAREY COLLECTION

MAC launched its most beautiful collaboration ever with Mariah Carey in December 2016. I was eagerly waiting for the collection launch in Saudi Arabia and I finally got my hands on the lipstick that looks no less than a dream. It is FIT for a princess. Here’s how it looks…


Yes. Take a moment. You will need it.


The glitter packaging is royal. The beautiful embossed butterfly is the USP of this lipstick. I don’t ever wanna use this lipstick and ruin it.


Coming to the formula of the lipstick, it is Creme Sheen. It is semi opaque so you need to wear multiple layers to achieve a peachy tint to your lips. This particular shade is called Mcizzle and there are a few more shades available. I was looking for a nude shade so I got this one. If you are wearing multiple layers then it is sure to last for a long time but not as long lasting as an Anastasia or Huda Beauty. 

There are other products in the Mariah Carey collection available but I wasn’t quite very impressed with them. This lipstick was ALLLLL I wanted. I got it and I don’t regret buying it.

Isn’t it GORGEOUS?

Xoxo

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Wanna Look Like A Victoria’s Secret Angel?

One of my really close friends Khansa recently shared her Pilates routine on Snapchat and that made me a little curious to find out more about this interesting workout concept. On reading up I discovered some really amazing benefits of Pilates and wanted a Pilates Pro to speak to you all about it. Khansa like always, has been really sweet to me and agreed to be my guest blogger and share her tips with you.

Khansa has been a Pilates Girl at The Designed Body- Plano, Texas for almost 6 months now. She has been trained by the talented Nimisha Calien Kalyan and has been doing Stott Pilates regularly. She also attended Pilates classes in NYC at the New York Pilates and plans to continue doing it because her aim is not to lose weight but to maintain a healthy body and that is exactly what Pilates does.

Khansa says, ” I absolutely love Pilates! It’s my happy hour.”

Enter Khansa.

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A Brief Introduction To Pilates

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body” – Joseph Pilates

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BEAUTY FIND: Garnier BB Cream 


BB cream is nothing but an all in one product that acts as a serum, moisturiser, foundation and sunblock. It is definitely a better option than foundation but it does not guarantee high coverage. For daily use BB creams are the best. Wearing foundation everyday can kill your skin.

So how do you know which one is best suited for your skin?

The Garnier BB cream range comes in Oil Free, Classic and Eye Contour. I was excited to try these products that Garnier sent me and share my review with you. 

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The Garnier BB cream in Classic is for all skin types. It evens your tone, moisturises your skin and hides all imperfections. It contains SPF 15 also. 

It’s application is really simple. After you clean your face just apply the BB cream the same way you wear foundation. If you want more coverage then you can wear one more coat

Garnier BB cream- Oil Free


The Garnier BB cream in Oil Free is specially designed for oily skin. It works exactly like any other BB cream but with the advantage of mattifying skin because of its ultra absorbing pigments. I have an extremely oily skin and this one works well for me. Who wouldn’t love matte skin?

Garnier BB cream- Eye Contour


This is my favourite creation from the BB cream range. The Eye Contour which is nothing but a concealer comes in a roll on form that is extremely easy to apply. Although it does not completely hide the dark circles but for daily use it a better option. Sometimes I wear it alone. Sometimes I wear it over my BB Cream – Oil Free. It is a life saviour. Hail Garnier BB cream!

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Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Beauty Find: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

    

What is Micellar Cleansing Water? How is it different from other cleansers?

The technology used in Micellar water works in a cool way to cleanse the skin when certain ingredients in the water and the oil produced from the skin come in contact with each other.


The product is suitable for all skin types and gently cleans makeup and removes oil and dirt. It is fragrance free and effectively removes the toughest makeup. I was super happy to see how easily it removed my Colourpop and Huda Beauty lipsticks. The best part is that it is one of the best makeup removers available which is totally inexpensive and will last for a long time. The bottle is 400ml (200 uses)and the packaging is pretty user friendly.


The Garnier Micellar Water also comes in another variety. It is the Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil. It is designed for those with dry skin as the oils nourish the skin while gently removing the makeup. There isn’t much difference between the two but this one is slightly better because of its nourishing and moisturising properties. It promises to be non greasy and definitely stands true to it claims. 

Both are equally good and now they are a staple in my daily routine. Thank you Garnier for sending me these. I love them!

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: NYX Cheek Contour Duo Palette

I am not heavily into contouring but I always wanted that defined look to my cheeks and nose so one fine day I went contour palette hunting. I was told Anastasia Beverly Hills makes the best contour kits but after I saw it I didn’t really wanna go for it because I am just a beginner and their kit is too professional for me. I didnt wanna invest in something so elaborate coz I am still struggling with the tricks. I walked into the NYX counter and found this tiny little Cheek Contour Duo Palette. It is available in many shades. I chose the shade Wine and Dine and have been practicing with it ever since I bought it. I can’t say I am perfect already but I am still trying to get a hang of it. It is very important to get contouring right or else your whole face looks distorted.

What I love about the Nyx Cheek Contour Duo Palette is that it comes in two complementing shades and is easy to carry anywhere because of its compact packaging.

I agree the options are limited and not as vast as other contour kits but for someone who is a beginner this is the best option. Also these are really easy to blend and quite pigmented also. If you want to go for something cheaper then Nyx Cheek Contour Duo is the answer. I bought this at a sale for 30 SAR. Cool,right?

I can’t believe 2016 is going to end in a few hours. So grateful for all the amazing moments I’ve had this year. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to my blog. It means alot! 

Wish you all a Happy 2017. 365 new days 365 new chances. Make the most of it 😊

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: Colour Pop Liquid Lipsticks

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When ColourPop flashed the most exciting news on their Instagram that they are offering free international shipping for a day (which meant you only had to pay for your shopping total)I got super excited and gazed at every single shade of lipsticks and eye shadows on their website because I simply couldn’t decide what to add in my cart. ColourPop sure has got a variety of shades but I decided to go for Calypso which is a nude shade and More Better which is maroon. Call it the gut feeling or what but I didn’t want to go crazy with the shopping and I am so happy I stuck to my decision.

When I tried these lipsticks I wasn’t completely satisfied with the formula. It tends to dry on your lips. The colour stays for a while but it turns flaky. The formula is watery and sometimes it bleeds from the lower lips. It costed me only $6 each but the packaging seems high end. There is no doubt that they are absolutely weightless but lots of lip prep is a must before application. I mostly use the Nuxe Dry Oil or any lip balm 5 minutes before application.

The wear time is amazing but does not look attractive at all because the formula is so dry.

Finally at the end of the day when it is time to remove your makeup, Colour Pop lipstick sitting on your lips will make you realise that it was your biggest mistake ever to buy it because it takes intense rubbing to remove it and you wouldn’t wanna spend so much time cleaning your makeup when you are tired.

Rating: 4/10

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Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lipstick- Calypso

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lipstick- More Better

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Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Bag Makeover

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Gorgeous, chunky and bold inter-changeable bag straps are taking the fashion world by storm. Designers are doing a great job with the unique eye catching designs that can give a new life to any old bag.

That is a wonderful idea, absolutely! When you invest in a designer luxe bag and get over it after a few months you really do feel bad to ignore it after the hefty amount you’ve paid to own it. These inter changeable bag straps will change the whole look of your bag and make it seem like you have just returned from Saks with a new Fendi baby. How awesome is that?

You should be able to find them in any ladies fashion brand outlet at a mall or nordstrom.com has a huge variety of stylish bag straps.

If your over used handbag is lying in some odd corner then you know what to do-

It’s Makeover Time!

 

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Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

HUDA BEAUTY LIQUID LIPSTICKEver since Huda Kattan launched her line of liquid matte lipsticks I have been waiting eagerly to get my hands on one of these. Finally it arrived in Saudi Arabia and I bought it in the shade – Material Girl for 100 SAR.

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Sinful Hot Chocolate

After I had the Hot Chocolate at the celebrated Angelina cafè I have been dying to have it again but I don’t see it happening anytime soon so I tried to recreate the recipe which more or less tastes exactly like the signature hot chocolate at Angelina. I love it! I can never forget my first sip. It is decadent,utterly dark and rich. Since winter is round the corner you can try this and have a cozy evening.

Ingredients:

1 and a half cups Whole Milk

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

2 teaspoons powdered sugar

8 ounces chopped Dark Chocolate

1/2 tsp Espresso Powder

Method:

In a saucepan whisk milk,heavy cream, sugar and espresso powder over medium heat until you see little bubbles forming.

Remove the saucepan from heat and add the chopped chocolate to it and whisk well until the chocolate melts completely. You can return the pan to low heat if the chocolate is not melting easily.

Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream.

It is my personal favourite and I would really recommend it to all my fellow chocolate lovers. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it.

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed