Great everyday foundation: ZA True White Liquid Foundation

Hello(I can’t decide on greetings to start with, it is like current weather in Bangalore; winter in morning and summer in noon and evening, so HELLO!)

When it comes to foundation, everyone’s skin has specific needs. I must tell(again) my skin is extremely dry, color is pretty much like most Indian’s; medium-tan, and there are a lot of unwanted moles. For my base makeup on weekdays, I need something which is easy to apply and has natural finish(BB cream+compact powder are easy pick for lazy/running late days). Applying foundation everyday must be hassle free, quick and should give natural finish, thats where ‘ZA True White Liquid Foundation’ comes to rescue.

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Za comes from family of many brands under Shiseido. Za was launched in India last year. They started with skin-care range, recently Za launched two products for makeup; Za True White Two-Way Foundation(compact powder) and ZA True White Liquid Foundation.

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ZA True White Liquid Foundation comes in six shades, and I match with OC30, darkest shade with yellow tone(which means darker beauties in India will not find shade match, Za should really consider and add darker shades as it is such a beautiful foundation).

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The foundation texture is quite thin, has very fine luminous particles, and light sweet smell(I am very bad at identifying fragrances 😦 ).  Za liquid foundation gives light coverage, which can be build up to medium. There is no specific wear time provided, on me it stayed for good five to six hours, I figure it is not waterproof as well(wore it to swimming pool to check 😉 ). It also contains SPF 25, still Za recommends to pair it with SPF 15 or higher for UV protection.

What makes ZA True White Liquid Foundation best for my everyday use? Let’s count:

  1. Ease of application, due to light texture it spreads and blends smoothly
  2. Natural finish, it is not too heavy or not too light, but just the perfect natural finish
  3. Moisturizing(or dewy finish), heaven for my dry skin

Za products are available in makeup sections of most of the shopping malls, and are also available online.  ZA True White Liquid Foundation 30 ml costs Rs. 950.

What are the qualities that you look for in everyday foundation?

I have been using ZA True White Cleansing Foam for two months, so far it is being good, I shall write about it in coming posts.

Zaina

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Bake soft, moist and dense ‘Carrot Cake’

carrot-cake-3Look how beautiful! Those white clouds on surface are from powdered sugar sprinkle

Following the red/orange trail of carrots, I also made a carrot cake. Carrot cake Universally approved needs no introduction. As an amateur baker I always look for distinguishing properties of any cake, what make a carrot cake the best in lot; soft, moist, dense and natural sweetness of carrots. Let’s bake a easy and filling carrot cake(before winter is gone). This recipe of from Nita Mehta’s book Cakes & Cookies, there are slight variations from the original recipe.

carrot-cake-4Those tiny black things are cinnamon, lack of fine powder(Need a new grinder!!!)

Ingredients

  1. Finely grated carrot – 1 and 1/2 cup
  2. Egg – 2
  3. All purpose flour – 1 cup
  4. Baking powder – 1 tsp
  5. Baking soda – 1 tsp
  6. Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup
  7. Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
  8. Powdered cinnamon – 1/2 tsp

Method

  1. Preheat oven at 160°C, grease(flour and butter) 9 inch round baking pan
  2. In one bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder
  3. In another medium size bowl beat eggs and powdered sugar until pale yellow and frothy
  4. Gradually add oil in egg and sugar mixture, while beating continuously, keep the mixture aside
  5. Add carrot to flour mix from step 1, like coating carrots with flour
  6. Finally add carrot-flour mixture to egg-sugar-oil mixture, mix with wooden spoon or whisk
  7. Pour cake mixture into baking pan and bake for 50-55 minutes in preheated oven. Check by inserting a toothpick in center of cake, if cake is done it should come out clean

carrot-cake-1After toothpick test, right out of oven

Wouldn’t you agree Carrot Cake is best tea-time cake?

Zaina

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Oh and I finished Dexter! Finale season was worst of all, and the last episode was worst episode in the worst season, sigh!

Winter Essentials: Dad’s ‘Gajar ka Halwa’ Recipe

I’m home!

It’s been so long, believe me, I tried to be back soon but something* came up.

Now that I’m here I am going to note down the yummiest sweet one could make with carrots; Gajar Ka Halwa by Dad. Why Dad? Talk about that after recipe…

gajar-ka-halwa-1Gajar ka Halwa in all its glory

Makes enough for 2-3 days for a couple.

Ingredients

  1. Red Carrots – 1 kgs
  2. Milk – 1 liter
  3. Sugar – 250 grams
  4. Cardamom – 2-3 pods (seeds)
  5. Ghee/Butter – 2 tbsp
  6. Assorted Dry fruits – 1/4 cup (raisins, almonds, cashews)

Note: You can change the quantity of this recipe by using the proportion; Quantity of carrot in kilograms equals the quantity of milk in liters, and sugar is usually 1/4 of carrot weight(also depends on how sweet one likes the sweet 😛 )

Method

  1. Grate carrots
  2. In a heavy bottom pan/sauce pan, add milk and grated carrots. Boil carrot and milk together till there is no milk left. Continuously stirring if on high flame or you can leave it on medium flame and stir now and then, just to make sure it doesn’t burn and stick to bottom
  3. After the mixture is thick(when all milk in gone in air) add sugar. Sugar will release water and the mixture will again become thin, which should be cooked until there is no liquid left(stirring is important)
  4. Temper carrot mixture with ghee and cardamom. In a separate small pan, fry cardamom seeds in ghee and pour on carrot mixture
  5. Garnish with sliced/cut assorted dry fruits and indulge!
  6. Can be stored in refrigerator up-to a week

gajar-ka-halwa-0Boiling carrot and milk

gajar-ka-halwa-2A humble look

gajar-ka-halwa-3Are you watching closely?

Winter always called for Gajar Ka Halwa, it is mandatory to make this at least once every winter. Dad always made this for us; one cause he loves cooking(now and then) and two grating carrots is too much of work for Mom. There were days when we woke up in morning and were presented with Gajar Ka Halwa in breakfast, Dad always cooked this in night, like overnight magic.

This is the basic version of recipe, most people like adding Khoa to enhance richness of flavor. If you wish you can add khoa after Halwa is cooked and off flame, but still hot and give it mix, just before garnishing.

Zaina

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That something is Dexter. I watched two seasons before marriage, since that I had time between two jobs(leaving old and joining new) I wanted to make a lot of posts and schedule them for every week, but thanks to starting with Dexter season three I couldn’t stop. And now that I’m on final season (SE08 E09) I’m sad that it is going to end and dreading the finale which has been criticized widely.