28 March, 2015

Nivea Natural Fairness Roll on Review


In the hot humid weather of Karachi, roll ons/body sprays/ body mists are a must! I have been using this roll on for quite some time and now its time to share my thoughts...

To start with, the packaging is standard glass bottle with plastic cap, quite sturdy and travel-friendly; but not to be used with clumsy hands to avoid the chances of dropping the bottle :D The quantity of the product is 50 ml, which if used once a day, will easily last up to 3 months.


The texture is thick whitish fluid, which after you glide on the roller on your skin, transforms to powdery finish and there is no slippery/sticky wet feeling (which I dislike, mainly the reason why I switched from roll ons to mists/sprays). The fragrance is mild flowery and very clean....nothing over-empowering.

Now coming to its claims of "fairer and smoother underarms" and "48-hour anti-perspirant" :

I did not experience any "fairness" factor, but that's fine by me because all I was looking in this roll on (or any other for that matter) is to keep my underarms odor free for at least 12 hours...and that's what it does perfectly! I can't attest to the 48-hour claim (sorry in this sweaty weather I cant postpone to take shower for that long haha) but like I said, it will keep the applied area odor free for 12 hours straight...on a less humid day (and if you don't perspire excessively) it might stretch for 24 hours but not more than that...and in my opinion this is pretty decent work-time for any anti-perspirant product. 

For the price of approx PKR 200 and easy availability, it is quite a decent product. I might be buying this again, or I might go back to my all time favorite Nivea Invisible anti-perspirant spray :)

What's your favorite anti-perspirant product? Let me know in the comments below :)


24 March, 2015

Youth Arts & Literary Exhibition 2015

"Incorporating various media of art and culture, Youth Arts & Literary Exhibition 2015 aims to propagate the talents of Pakistani youth, stand up for intellectual rights and encourage originality with renewed spirits. This time, the exhibition will carry and inspire a theme that highlights Pakistan in all of its conventional and contemporary ethos."

As we entered the premises of Alliance Fran├žaise, we had option to go straight into the patio or turn left and explore the stalls area. We chose the former.

I was interested to join the panel discussion about pirated designer wear and lawn prints, so I moved towards the patio, but just as I reached there it was announced that the discussion is now being held at the library. It was quite a productive discussion highlighting the importance of linkage between creativity and intellectual property rights.

Maliha Rehman, Naveen Qazi and Umair Tabani

After the panel discussion, I hurried upstairs to catch up with speaker session by Jibran Nasir. Thankfully, the session was stretched for another hour and we all were filled with renewed spirits of patriotism and optimism.

the not-so-stationary Jibran Nasir :-P

Now it was time for lunch so we made our way to the food and drinks stalls. We had options from Del Frio, Gon Pacci, TGIF, etc. After lunch and dessert and some more dessert, we lazily settled ourselves on the grass under the shade to enjoy people gazing (favorite Pakistani hobby lol).

DJ in the house

After relaxing for a while, we made our way to the patio again to check on the musical performances.

Now it was time for theater performance. It took us a while to find the exact location, as it was changed at the last moment. The play was midway when we joined the audience. Nonetheless, the actors performed well although the story was not so novel.

Audience enjoying the play

Later on, there was qawwali night which was scheduled for 6 pm on wards. By this time we were kinda exhausted so decided to leave for home. Overall, it was a fun event. The management was quite good except for the last moment change of the location of certain events.

YALE 2015 was a two-day event held on 22nd and 23rd March with free entry (except for qawwali night which was ticketed). I think exhibitions like these are a great source for of fun and education for our youth and should happen more often as our city is in dire need of such events!

Until next time...xoxo :-)

16 March, 2015

Naan khatai or short bread cookies recipe

So today's post is about the short bread cookies which i tried for the first time yesterday, and they were an instant hit! So i thought to share the recipe with my readers. I love trying out new dessert recipes especially which require easily available ingredients and do not take much time for preparation! Lol talk about being a lazy person :-D

Okay so the actual recipe was taken from this blog ( https://inspiringsamar.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/shortbread-biscuits/ ) [thank you dear lady! :-) ] with a few changes made by me. So lets start with the ingredients:

2 cups maida (all purpose flour)
1 Cup castor sugar
1 cup ghee or melted butter (i had ghee)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder (or more...depends on your taste)
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg yolk (for brushing)

So i started with grinding the sugar to get the *castor sugar*. I added cardmom seeds (not the covers, ofcourse :-D ) in the blender along with sugar so as to get a fine blended powder. Next i took a bowl, added the flour and baking soda after sifting, then added the castor sugar with cardamom powder. Mixed them. Then added ghee along with the vanilla essence and kneaded till it formed a dough. The dough was not something like our usual *roti wala dough*, it was very soft and a bit oily to touch. By this time i turned on my electric oven to let it preheat at about 180 degrees and started making small balls with hands, flattened them and placed on a baking tray covered with aluminum foil. A slight brush of egg yolk was done using a spoon and the cookies were baked for 7-8 minutes at 180 °C.

They came out like this.

This recipe made about 27 cookies…and they were soft and crunchy and just the way i expected them to be! Haha.

I hope you enjoyed reading the recipe and will enjoy trying it too :-D

Until next time....xoxo

09 March, 2015

Ittehad Textiles and HSY S/S Lawn 2015 Collection Launch

After Faisalabad and Lahore, the king of Couture HSY in collaboration with Ittehad Textiles, launched his Spring/Summer Lawn Collection 2015 in Karachi on 7th March 2015 at Sanaullah Store Tariq Road. The event was managed by Lotus PR and Take II. It was a fun filled event where we got to meet glitterati of the fashion industry including the models, the journalists/bloggers and the maestro himself - HSY.

Models showcasing HSY S/S Lawn 2015

I personally quite liked the quality of the fabric, it was very smooth and gave a luxurious feel. The collection is being introduced in 15 distinct designs in 2 color variants each. Based in a diversity of fabrics  including lawn, chiffon and jacquard, the collection features an energetic colour palette with hues of warm indigos, blues, fresh pinks, greens and ochres which are ideal for the summer season. 

My favorite picks from the collection are

image: Lotus PR

image: Lotus PR

image: Lotus PR

It was pretty refreshing to see the designer himself being part of the advertising campaign and no doubt, he does so with sheer elegance and poise!

image: Lotus PR

The three-piece fabric is priced at PKR 6250. For more information, you could log on to: https://www.facebook.com/hsystudio or 

So have you started your lawn shopping yet? which brands are you guys digging this year? do let me know in the comments below. :) xx