One Sided Dutch Braid




Thank you for requesting this video Kabira.

This is a very easy one sided dutch braid hairstyle that will take you less than 5 minutes to plait. I love wearing this during greasy hair days.

I filmed this at a tiger reserve by a serene river, and sorry if the video is a little shaky. My dad tried to stand as still as possible and I am so thankful to him for helping me film this video.

If you try this hairstyle, please share it with me on my twitter and instagram. 
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The Bhutanese OOTD








I had an incredible opportunity to road trip all the way to Bhutan this month. Yay! I finally crossed India's Border. I have never travelled broad and sitting in my own car while crossing the Indo-Bhutan Border was so exciting for me.

I could already tell there was a difference between the two countries as soon as we entered Phuentsholing. The town was so well maintained, clean, and green. The border divides two very different cultures. My brother was stopped by the cops and fined for talking on the phone while driving. This is why I felt the difference ;) :D

When we entered the border town, I saw a lot of pretty ladies donning this beautiful wrap around skirt in various colours and strutted along the pavements. I almost immediately started looking for shops that sold this traditional attire as a souvenir for my trip. 

I found it at a tiny shop on the lane parallel to the border gate for BTN 350 only. They had a lot of traditional prints, colours, and materials. The one I initially liked was for BTN 1400 and I wasn't ready to spend that much on something I wouldn't wear so often. It was thick and made out of a silky woollen material and is usually worn during the winters only.  This is where I learned that the skirt was actually called Kira. What a beautiful name. I chose an ink blue Kira with traditional bhutanese designs on it. They had it in red, purple, green and blue. I recognised a fish and a dragon on the print, can you see anything else?

I was wearing a leggings underneath the Kira just because I was too paranoid about the lace on my waist untying itself and the skirt falling off of my legs. However, the lace is pretty long and it helped me tie the Kira around my waist securely.

The right way to wear the Kira is in first picture, where the end is in the front, unlike the second picture. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Have you ever travelled to Bhutan? I am so glad that I could and I wish I had bought more Kiras since I love this one so much. 
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The Side Braid



The #happyhairchallenge has left my hair feeling really soft but frizzy and braids were my only resort to escape the frizziness. I had a wonderful time travelling to Bhutan (more on that coming soon) and this was my go to hairstyle when I was travelling.

I love braids, and I love trying out new ways to braid my hair and the side braid is my newest obsession all thanks to Fleur from Fleurdeforce. This adds a really nice detail when your hair looks really flat or frizzy,  and it takes less than 5 minutes to braid.  It's great for those days you don't have time to look put together.

If you wish to recreate this side braid, you can watch Fleur's Video down below. She shared 3 of her most worn braids and I loved them all, especially this one since it's the easiest. She wore it as a ponytail and I think it looked really cute. Like she said, this would be really cute with a jeans and a tee shirt or you could even dress it up and wear it with a dress for a night out.




Since a lot of you requested a tutorial on my Instagram, I decided to share this with you guys. I hope you like this video and found a new beauty youtuber to watch if you didn't know her already. She is one of my favourites, been watching her since the very beginning.

Do you like wearing your hair in braids?
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Results: Happy Hair Challenge With Garnier Fructis

Garnier Fructis Triple Strength Shampoo review
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30 days ago I accepted the #happyhairchallenge by Garnier Fructis and embarked on this hair journey. Read this post first before you continue reading this one.

I have been travelling a lot this month; while the bed, food, water, temperature has changed, my hair routine hasn't. I have been ardently using the new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Shampoo and conditioner every single time I have washed my hair (mostly every 3-4 days).

The shampoo lathers incredibly well if your hair is clean. If your hair has a lot of product build up, dirt and/or oil it takes two washes for the shampoo to lather well and clean your hair thoroughly. The shampoo really cleans the hair well without the squeaky dry after feeling. You can almost feel the oils in your hair because the hair feels very smooth and separated after rinsing the shampoo out. It feels like there is a layer of oil clinging on your strands but without making it feel oily, dense or heavy.

If you've read the post from a month ago, you might already know what was the condition of my hair then, and here's how my hair feels now:

I always used a generous amount of the triple strength conditioner on my clean, damp hair starting from the ear, till the ends. I used more of the conditioner than the shampoo and it's almost done halfway. The conditioner is not very thick out of the bottle and it spreads through the hair really nicely. It will weigh your hair down if you go over board with it though. The conditioner makes your hair feel very soft and it detangled my hair well. I haven't used any leave in conditioner on my hair while I was using these two and I still didn't need any product to detangle my hair.

Even though my hair felt extremely smooth I felt that my hair felt a little dehydrated and the ends looks very dry. The conditioner also leaves an oily layer clinging onto your strands, which ultimately leaves your hair feeling and looking soft and shiny. This is why I think my hair feels soft but looks dry since the product doesn't actually penetrate into your strands. I have also seen an increase in dandruff in my hair ever since I've started using this. This usually happens when I use highly moisturising shampoos or conditioners. My hair also dries very frizzy and braids were the only escape I had. I don't know if you've noticed it in my Instagram (@debasreee) but I've been wearing my hair in braids a lot this month.

I also had mild hair fall because of breakage and it has reduced from what it was before because the conditioner detangled my hair really well and my hair feels really really soft & looks shiny even though it's frizzy. I wouldn't call it the most moisturising of all the conditioners out there, but for Rs 135, I think you get pretty good result.

I'll be very happy to continue using the shampoo and conditioner and finish the bottle and recommend it if you're looking for a good nourishing shampoo in the affordable range. The size and packaging of the shampoo and conditioner is also great for travelling as it's light weight and leak proof. Saved me a lot of trouble at the airport.

Have you tried the new Garnier Fructis triple nutrition strengthening shampoo and conditioner? If not, would you want to?

I am wearing the Loreal Pure Red Lipstick in Pure Amaranthe by Gongli on my lips. 
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Lakme Mint Julep



There was a time when I was searching high and low for mint nail polishes and couldn't find the shade I wanted any where until I found Mint Julep by Lakme Absolute gel stylist. This is a gel nail polish, which supposedly is glossier and lasts longer than regular polishes. The only thing that attracted me towards this is the colour and everything else was a turn down.

The nail polish is very pigmented so you get a opaque finish in one sweep, but the polish is very thick and you get a very streaky application. When you pay Rs 400 for a nail polish, you expect it to have really good bristles and proper application. Since the nail polish goes on really thick on your nails, it chips off the edges really soon.

I thought only this shade could have been like this so I went ahead and got another shade from this shade called Scarlet Red, and it's the same with this shade as well.

I am highly disappointed with this range but in love with the shade. If you are looking for a cool mint nail polish in the Indian market, I think Mint Julep would be the perfect shade, but don't keep your expectations too high formula wise.

What are your thoughts on gel nail polishes? Have you tried the Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist range? 
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Favourite Spring Nail Polishes



As the weather starts to get a little warmer, I start neglecting the plums and berries and bring out the soft pastels. These are a few of my favourite nail polishes for this time of the year. Let me know what are your favourite nail polishes for spring.

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Being Comfortable with your OOTDs






Jeans and tees, the perfect outfit for when you are in a rush. For me style is being comfortable, and a casual jeans and tee is the most easy and comfortable thing you can throw on if you just have a few errands to run or have a chill day at home.

In this outfit, I paired a graphic mustard tee from Cult Fiction with one of my favourite pair of jeans from Zara. This buttery off white jeans is honestly the most comfortable item in my wardrobe, but my favourite part of this outfit is the shoes.

I've searched for a pair of slip on sneakers high and low and finally found it at Forever 21. I almost ordered the New Look ones from ASOS but they went out of stock and I had heard some bad reviews on ASOS delivery/customer service to India, so dropped that idea. These shoes are insanely comfortable, they look so chic, and I could walk miles wearing them.

Sometimes I get very disheartened when I look at people with perfect wardrobes and OOTDs every single day, I wish I had such good styling skills. But, I think the key is to be comfortable with what you already have and make the best out of it. I might not have the world's best collection of shoes, tees and dresses, but I am really comfortable with what I wear and own and you should be too. It's easy to get influenced into buying that one pair of shoes or bag that everyone is carrying, even though it's way out of your budget, but I think it's okay to not follow the trend and make the most with what you own already. Don't compare yourself, you are stylish in your own way. So, rock that simple jeans and tee shirt and wear it with a big smile on your face.

Wish you all a very happy women's day!

What makes you feel comfortable?
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Vanilla Cake


How to make vanilla cake


I might have inherited some baking genes from my mother for sure because I recently got a real knack for baking cakes. My mother is an excellent baker and I have seen her bake some amazing concoctions. I don't particularly have a sweet tooth, and it might be a little hard for you to digest that I don't like eating cakes. I love baking them though, the process of baking a perfect cake is really satisfying for me. One of my favourite cakes to bake is the plain old vanilla cake and here's how I bake it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Refined Oil
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups refined/all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Process:

  • In a large bowl, mix the oil, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. 
  • Beat the mixture using a whisk or hand blender until the sugar dissolves with the oil.
  • Add the eggs one by one into the oil & sugar mixture and whisk it till it quadruples in volume. 
  • Add the milk into the eggs and whisk it further. 
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder together at least thrice. 
  • Add in the flour 1 tablespoon at a time into the egg mixture and fold it in the shape of '8'.
  • Once all of the flour is folded into the wet mixture, pour it into a greased cake tin or silicon mould. 
  • Bake the cake for 40 minutes in 175 degree Celsius (347F), in a pre-heated oven. 
  • Check if the cake is baked by inserting a fork or thin wooden chopstick on the centre of the cake. If the fork/chopstick comes out clean, then the cake is ready. If not, bake it for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the cake is baked, set it aside to cool down and then slowly remove it from the tin or mould. 


Note:

  • If you don't have a hand blender or whisk, whisk the eggs with a fork. 
  • You can whisk the eggs on top of hot water to make the process faster. Don't let the hot water touch the bowl you are whisking in or else the eggs will scramble. 
  • Don't whisk the flour, fold it with the eggs so that it doesn't loose it's fluffiness. 
  • Never set the cake to cool under a fan or A.C. 
  • Wait till the cake has completely cooled down before removing it from the tin or mould. 

Do you enjoy baking like do? What are your favourite things to bake? 
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The New ALL SHE NEEDS



I am so happy to finally share the brand new All She Needs with you guys!

I have been wanting to revamp my blog for a long time now and it was just a thought in my head until I found Chaitra from Pinkpot Designs. She transformed my thoughts into reality, and that too in such a short amount of time. We have been working together for less than a month now, and she has been so patient and understanding, and I think she delivered exactly what I wanted, inspite of the 13 hours gap between us. She was so involved the entire creative process, from figuring out what I exactly wanted, to making sure we do every trial and error before we came into any conclusions.

We both wanted something fresh, airy, light, and crisp for the redesign, and we both instantly thought of mint. The theme is very minimalistic & user friendly; you can access all of my content from the navigation bar on top of the screen, words in mint are clickable links, and you subscribe to my blog via bloglovin or email.

I hope you like the new design and have fun browsing through my new blog. Let me know what you think of it. You can check out more of Chaitra's work on Etsy. She has some beautiful pre-made templates, or get in touch with her here, if you wish to design your own blog with her.

I can't thank Chaitra enough so let me say this one more time, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I absolutely love your work, you gave me a design even better than I imagined.
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The Best way to Shave your Legs

The best way to shave your legs without dealing with itchiness or rashes.


I think I've finally found the best way to shave my legs and I wanted to share it with you.

Here are the steps that I like to take to ensure the perfect shave:

Before Shaving: The best time for me to shave my legs is during a hot shower. Hot water softens the hair and lifts it up. I also like scrubbing my body before I start shaving to lift all of my hair up. You can use The Forest Essentials Rupam Body Cleansing Paste, this is one of my favourite scrubs, or you can make your own by blending 2-3 spoon full of dry red lentils in a blender and use that to scrub your body. This is what I have been using ever since I've finished my forest essentials scrub. You can also use oats if you have sensitive skin.

While Shaving: Slather olive or coconut oil (or any other oil you are comfortable with) all over your damp legs and massage it really well. Use a fresh/sharp razor every time you shave, and shave it on the same direction as your hair so that they don't grow back prickly. If you have really thick hair, especially near the ankles, you can shave against the direction just so you get a closer shave. Wash the razor under a running tap after every sweep to make sure you get a close shave.
You can also use your hair conditioner for this step, but I prefer oils because they are much more slippery than conditioners and they linger on my legs longer. The razor pictured here is the Gillette Venus Razor.

After Shaving: Follow it up with a very moisturising body butter like the Body Shop Hemp Body Butter after you are done shaving your legs. This will make sure that you don't get itchy once your hair starts growing back. Scrub your legs frequently, and apply moisturisers generously on the area that you've shaved. It tends to get really dry, so you need to moisturise it more than once a day. Try once after you shower and once before you go to sleep.

I used to hate shaving my legs, and my legs are full of scars left behind because of me scratching my legs ferociously after waxing or shaving. Even if you wax, you can follow the same before and after steps for your legs.

Do you prefer waxing or shaving your legs? 
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How to take care of your skin this holi



The chemicals and colours we use to play holi these days are really harmful, and the worst part about playing holi is actually removing the colour off of your skin. The thought of washing, and cleaning up the colours after playing is actually what I dread the most about playing. Nonetheless, I absolutely love playing with colours and once I am all coloured up, I am unstoppable. It's the first step that I dread the most.

I know it gets pretty exhausting by the end of the day, and chances are you are only going to take a shower and get rid of the first layer only and take care of the rest later but here are a few tips that could help you protect and take care of your eyes, nails, hair and skin before and after you play holi.

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The Pore-fessional

pro balm to minimise the appearance of pores on your skin.
Benefit the Pore fessional, Minimises the appearance of pores on your skin.


Benefit Cosmetic's the Pore-fessional really works. It is a tinted primer, which helps in minimising the appearance of pores on your skin, increases the longevity of foundations, and ensures a matte finish throughout the day. A little goes a long way with this primer, and it fills in the large open pores, resulting in a very velvety smooth finish on the skin. The texture of the primer is dry, creamy and balmy. It feels very silicony, it's like the feeling you get once you've scrubbed your skin after many days.

The primer is essentially a crack filler, it improves uneven texture on your skin and makes a perfect canvas for your foundation. This product only minimises the "appearance" of pores and pores don't actually go away.

The pore-fessional is very long lasting, it lasts really long on my oily skin and I love wearing this whenever I have a long day or a special occasion where I don't want my makeup to slip off my face. It also really helps in keeping my face shine free. Since it is tinted, you can also wear it on it's own, perfect for "no makeup, makeup" looks. The primer turns translucent when you apply so it looks like your skin but better.

It is priced at £24.50 at feelunique.com and you can buy it online here. You can also buy Benefit cosmetics from Sephora at Delhi and Pune.

What are your thoughts on primers?


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Product Empties #2


A few of the products that I have completely used up and you can hear me review them in depth, and find out if they are worth repurchasing or not. Oh! I also showed my hairy underarms in this video :D You can watch my previous product empties here.

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The Middle Part



Can you believe today is the first day of March already? Where did February go? I am sad that the months are flying by so quickly but also really looking forward to March. I have a lot of things planned for March, and today is a very exciting day for me. I am siting here, eating strawberries for breakfast and deciding what to wear for the Ed Sheeran Concert today. YES, you read that right. He is coming down to Mumbai today I am going to watch him live.  I cannot fathom out the intensity of my excitement today. But, that's not what we are here to talk about today.

This week I shared a picture with my hair parted in the middle on my Instagram and absolutely loved the response from you guys, so I decided I should elaborate the details of the look here.

I have no idea what inspired me to part my hair in the centre, it was probably Kendal Jenner's locks or Sonam Kapoor. Parting my hair differently made me look like my evil twin!! I don't know, but that day I was feeling experimental, as you can tell from the intensity of Kohl in my eyes. So for my hair, I blow dried it straight after washing it with the new Garnier Fructis Triple Strength Shampoo and Conditioner, since I am taking part in the #HappyHairChallenge. I blow dried my hair from the top, directed the air flow from the top of my hair to the bottom, and used the coldest setting with my paddle brush to blow dry it straight. I pulled the ends of my layers inwards using my paddle brush. You can see my blow dry routine in this video.

I used the Loreal Magic Nude Powder foundation as a base, and the Miss Claire High Coverage Foundation as a concealer on my blemishes and underneath my eyes. On my eyes, I have the Colorbar Just Smokey Kajal in Just Black, and Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. I just scribbled the kajal on the rims of my eye and smudged it with the smudger that comes behind the kajal. On my lips I have Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream in No. 08. I love this shade of pink.

Google "Magica DeSpell" and tell me if we don't look similar!! hahaha :D


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