Sunday, 15 January 2017

KateSpade Giveaway! KateSpade Giveaway!




Hello!


Excitement is certainly the order of the day! We are absolutely thrilled to announce the KATESPADE GIVEAWAY (woot woot) ! 2016 was a cracking year and we are ever so thankful for all the love and support! We’ve had much fun in this space- the big finds, the outfit drama, the grand voyages and even making the world a better place (to some degree :D ha!) one recipe at a time ;)

As for the giveaway, we’ve got hold of the CAMERON STREET STACY from Kate Spade. The gorgeous wallet in pink confetti will give you much motivation to get the bucks-in-order ;) and a journal seemed a natural choice, it only seemed fair to giveaway a pretty journal to pen away the many great memories and expeditions to far away dreamy-exotic lands that awaits you.



To participate in the giveaway, all you need to do is:

·      Join us using Google Friend Connect(Click away the button on the right-hand tab)
·      Leave a comment below the blog post and tell us why you want to win the giveaway :) 
·      Like TheMakeupSOS fb page  and share this post  on  your wall.





The giveaway is open also on Instagram, head over to our profiles for all the details!


One lucky reader will be announced as winner on the 31st of Jan 2017!

So hurry, hurry and Good luck!







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Friday, 13 January 2017

Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review




Hello,

Wish you all a very Happy New Year from D-Town. Hope you guys had an amazing Christmas and New Year’s. 

Well,you can always count me in for a good round of online shopping and Look Fantastic, has been a recent revelation, a much delightful one, I may add! Spoiled for choice would be an understatement, they offer over 14,000 products to pick from covering hair care,makeup & beauty and skin care range. And Ladies( drum roll) I am super excited to present their ‘EPIC’ Beauty Boxes( shipped internationally, WOOT WOOT).

Each monthly box, is literally Christmas all over again and it’s packed with amazing products. The December box was truly spectacular, with seasonal packaging and (really) good product selection, it was only fair , to give you guys a sneak peek into the #LFXMAS box.

They provide a good offering,when in comes to subscription choices. You can either pick the one month option priced at 15 GBP, Or a 3 months subscription with a 14.50 GBP per month. The 6 month subscription is a 13.75GBP per month and the 1 year subscription is only 13GBP per month.

And best part about the beauty box is the timeliness! Very often with other beauty boxes in the market, the delivery times are ever so slow and even unpredictable to a certain degree. The Look fantastic ones have been consistently dispatched on the 2nd or the 3rd of the month, reaching Qatar by mid-month.


Now the contents! The brand offerings in the monthly Subscription is certainly tasteful, with the likes of Murad,Boscia,Ren, Philip Kingsley and Illamasqua(Phew!).



As for the December Box ,with Bath Fizzers and dreamy potions, it was much needed winter TLC.

Hibiscus and Acai Berry Tea Bath Fizzer from Bubble T, Bath and body

Yup, this month had a bath bomb from Bubble t bath and bodyrange.

This one smells divine and leaves as fresh as you can possibly imagine. I have safely tucked it away from ma boys, they literally go wild with excitement even on a mild sniff of a bath bomb :D



Illamasqua Hydra Viel,Rehydating gel 

**sample quantity 6ml  was included in the box,  30 ml is priced at  32 pounds

I love Illamasqua products and have been using them for some time. This one is a perfect base for your makeup. It’s very light and sinks into your skin leaving it silky smooth. It helps in smoother application of your foundation giving a flawless finish. It works with both dry and combination skin and the formula works amazing well on sensitive skin as well!




Balance Me Pure Skin Face wash

I rather got bored with my current face wash and I have been looking out for a new one to try. Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash came right on time and I am excited to try this one out. I have heard good reviews about the same. The quantity provided is 50ml which in not bad. The 125 ml product is priced  16 GBP.





Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

This one has to be my favourite pick from the December box. I have been wanting  to try hair products from the much hyped about -Philip Kingsley range. 



They are deemed as ‘THE best’ for dry damaged hair, and like me, if your hair has been  badly abused,then this one would be perfect. It was a 40ml sample was included in the box and it for sure, will be going back for more! The 150 ml Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is priced at 30 GBP.



Mellow Ultra Matte Lipstick 

Mellow is a new Zealand based Company. With  vegan,paraben and cruelty free based product their  passion for creating guilty free products is certainly amazing. The ultra matte lipstick in the shade  madness ( priced at $13USD)  was part of the #LFXMAS box. Such a promising product  and a detailed review, I promise.




Skin Republic Caviar and COQ10  Nourish and hydrate face mask sheet 

I love sheet masks, I tend to reach out for them on those lazy, tiring days, and I want to look fresh. If you’re looking for that youthful skin then this one is perfect as it provided deep level repair, moisturising and revitalising your skin. It also helps to fight free radical damage and slows down signs of ageing. You can buy your caviar sheets from superdrug , Its priced 4.99 GBP for Price 25ml .





So guys if you still haven't subscribed to this one I think you should now. This definitely worth the money and as for all the non-UK residents, you don't have to worry, Shipping to Qatar is free and no duty too. It will be delivered to your local PO.

Hope you guys enjoyed this.

Until Next Time,
Merin







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Sunday, 8 January 2017

2016, You were truly Brilliant 2016, You were truly Brilliant



I am slowly warming up to 2017 and the last few weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster memory ride for sure.


Well 2016 was nothing short of EPIC-ness of the highest proportions and I can sense this joyful twitch in my heart thinking of all the great memories made!  It could have been a year of self-discovery to some degree, when I truly let go of myself and I must say it’s been absolutely liberating. I am not sure whether I am proverbially any wiser than my usual self(Ha!), but I think I have found a happy place!

New places explored, plentiful exhilarating exciting adventures to count back on and many memories etched for eternity!
It certainly was a year of abundant love and  grateful for time spent with near and dear ones, 2016 you were truly brilliant!

It was a spectacular year blog-wise too! TheMakeupSOS has grown in folds and we can’t thank you enough for the constant love and support! It has been a year of fantastic makeup discoveries, gaga –moments over glorious palettes and fantastic cherry plum breakthroughs!! We’ve hacked our way through weekly meals and treated ourselves with some indulgent classy numbers too ;)
  And oh yes, let 2016 be earmarked as the year of come-backs, from patches to sassy velvet it certainly was a year of  timeless fashionable moments. It was a year of  great collaborations and  we were truly lucky to have worked with some great creators and influencers.

And We are ever so grateful to all our lovely readers out there! Every like, comment ,share has been the much appreciated :)

 !  The encouragement and kind words, truly keeps us going and we are humbled by all the love we’ve received!
And as we slowly roll into yet another innings,we would like to wish you all a very happy new year, may there be much peace, joy and love !Wishing you all the health and company of amazing friends.



And as for 2017,  It will be a smashing one,I can feel it in my bones!

PS: Do stay tuned for the upcoming post, we have something exciting planned for you ;) ! 
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Ultimate Devilled Eggs The Ultimate Devilled Eggs


Devilled Eggs
 

Call it Deviled ,devilled, or Angel, once a raging success that adorned mighty banquet tables is so-totally making a comeback this Christmas season! These canapes are so incredibly easy to whip up and it’s just the perfect choice to get the party going on an epic note! Read on for our pimped-up version of  Devilled Eggs!









The Ultimate Devilled Eggs
serves 6

Ingredients:
1/2 dozen eggs
½ tsp of Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
100gms of Bacon
100gms of Capsicum(Kept it festive with Red ones)
1 tsp of paprika ( or you can use slightly lesser quantity ,if you want to keep it less spicy)
Salt  and pepper to taste
100gms of Cheese for the tuiles, Cheddar/Parmesan should work and this is optional
Fresh springs of Dill for garnish



Method:
Boil the eggs in a large sauce pan, Once done cover it with some cold water and let it rest for a bit before you remove the shell. 






 Peel the shell once its cooled down and scoop the egg yolks into a bowl.
In a pan you can fry up the bacon till its crispy and golden. I kept the capsicum raw to add some freshness to the dish and to cut through the richness of the creamy eggs.







Blend the egg yolks,mayo,paprika in a mixing bowl,tip in the capsicum and the prepped bacon into this. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if need be. Once done you can transfer the creamy mix to a piping bag.






It’s Christmas and it’s only fair to adorn the delicious eggs with some ornate tuiles! Grate some chees into a large baking tray lined with baking parchment. 



I went for bangle sized circles you can absolutely go for smaller proportions. About 8 mins of oven time and they will turn into a beautiful-golden-mesh. 


I would recommend keeping an eye on these, as even an extra min can cause it to burn! Once its out of the oven, leave it to cool for a few mins before garnishing.


Now, pipe the creamy mix ,gently into the white egg shells.

  


Place the golden tuiles and some fresh springs of dill to garnish it –and hey Presto, that’s job done!

Devilled Eggs


We would love to hear about your go-to Christmas recipes!

Until Next time!
Meera



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Monday, 19 December 2016

The Divinely Delicious No Bake Fruit Flan! The Divinely Delicious No Bake Fruit Flan!


 




No Bake Fruit Flan


With joyous Christmas just around the corner, we bring you the lazy Chef’s Ultimate Dream come true-The Divinely Delicious No Bake Fruit Flan!


 With little or no effort( wink wink)  and some very-berry razzle dazzle you are done and dusted and out of the KITCH!!This is such a crowd pleasing number,that will leave the gang wanting for more!  Read on for the supremely easy recipe!




No Bake Fruit Flan
All that you need  is  some biscuits and some jolly good Christmas tunes.

The Divinely Delicious No Bake Fruit Flan!
Serves 6



Ingredients
150 gm Raspberry
50 gms cranberry
250 Ml Whipping Cream /Extra Thick Brandy Cream
100gms Milk Biscuits
150 gms digestive biscuits
50 gms of Unsalted butter
Tart tins or even a large bowl should work

No Bake Fruit Flan

No Bake Fruit Flan


Method:

·        In a large food processor ,finely grind the milk biscuits and the digestive biscuits. 


     Move the biscuity powder to a large mixing bowl and slowly mix in the butter till you have a pliable –almost sand like mix. The consistency you are looking for is a slightly wet powder that will  hold its shape when you hold the mix in the palm of your hand.

·        Now line the utensil of your choice, with the  mix, you need to pack it nicely so that it will hold its form when you cut into it.

·        Once done, place it in the fridge for about 15-20 mins to help the casing to cool down and set.


·        Now you can whip up some cream or use some delicious brandy cream , it’s the season of indulgence after all;)  to line the tart cases.

·        Top it with the fresh berries and Ta-dah  your dessert is done!


Fruit Flan



Until next time,
Merin



PS: As I went for Brandy cream it was already sweetened, you can add some granulated sugar if  you choose to use whipping Cream instead. Another easily available option is  the good old Custard,It works really well with the biscuity crust.



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