Review: Kylie Matte Lip gloss

Hi, everybody! after a long time… hope you all are doin’ well.
My reason for being away was; actually, days are passing so quickly as I’m helping my sister in her exams preparation, and being a bit studious I’m more worried about her exams and good results so…

I’ll be writing a review about my matte lip glosses that’s been liked by so many friends of mine… and they’ve always been asking for the brand, price, and other info… So girls here you go! 🙂



Maybe I like them because I love dark colors (not that much dark but…) and I really love Matte lipsticks and glosses (:p haha! you people cannot understand the struggle I’ll be going through while writing this post). Because I don’t really like to talk about makeup OR dresses. In short, those typical Girls’ talks.. 😀 Sorry! Ok!

From where did I buy them?

A few months ago we had a festival in our school where so many stalls were arranged, but I saw a fairytale kind of sparkling and winking stall in the corner, that attracted me. And literally, I couldn’t resist buying a few nail paints and these lip glosses.

Review:

By KYLIE

They actually look so beautiful and gives a fine finishing because as we apply the coat, it instantly dries out and doesn’t give that unfinished or messy look. Neither these glosses need any touch-up, time to time OR after eating or drinking something at parties.

How much do they cost?

They are so cheap and costs not at all much, that after buying you can never feel that you wasted your money on something useless.
They are worth 45 SAR which makes 1200 PKR.
A great thing to spend money on! 🙂

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Vacations; with a Saudi touch

Today, I was thinking about what type of blog post shall I write. And for a difference with the previous posts, I got a topic “Lifestyle of People living in Saudi Arabia”.
Maybe this thought came to my mind because I’m always very much excited to know ’bout the lifestyles of people, who are special to me, 🙂 and thought that you people may also like to know something different this time. 😀

Nowadays, we are enjoying or maybe some of us are getting bored of summer vacations. But here, these are the days, when we leave our daily routines which have made our life dull and boring.

The lifestyle of people living in Saudi Arabia:

Days during vacations VS working days are completely different here. Let’s talk about vacations today!

Waking up without any alarm is a Divine. But when you wake up in a hurry and suddenly look at your phone, because your alarm just didn’t ring. And finding that it’s almost 12 o’ clock right here. 😮 Ooops!. But then we realize that Yayyy it’s our holiday ( which means DO WHATEVER you wanna do!) 😀

The sun winks through the windows after zuhr at almost 12, and then brunch continues. After that, we have to get ready for enjoyment! Yes, because I’ve joined Summer camps, this year.

Summer Camps!

The bus reaches at the gate directly after Asar, and on almost 4 we are at the school.
Reaching there and meeting the friends makes the day so refreshing. And then we move on to greet the teachers and principal.

The question is…
What do we do there from 4- 8? 

The camps are all about functions, programs & competitions. Each day is specified for different activities and tasks.

♣    The first day which means Sunday’s been spent on Qur’an and a few competitions till the sky turns black.

♣    Monday goes for knowledge gaining programs. Like, last time we had a journalist who taught us the basic and the mains of journalism {e.g. how to write a news etc?}

♣    Tuesday is specified for arts and crafts, and in the evening the Principal مديره organizes a presentation and we act as audience or sometimes she ask us to organize 1 and becomes the judge herself.


♣    Wednesday goes for سوق. Different stalls are arranged in the main hall so the students and teachers can shop from there.

And that’s all! we have to go there for just 4 days.

Dinner time!

It’s a trend here that people like to sit in a park and spend the vacations by waking up all night in the park OR at home. You’ll find the markets open, and there are certain festivals arranged near the parks where you can enjoy Shopping, Circus & the traditional Saudi Food.

 

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Typical Saudi serving. /Khaleeji/

This thing matters a lot in Saudi culture, it is believed that a person who doesn’t serve قهوه to the guests has no etiquettes, and is a miser. [Strange but True]

Finally it’s time for Fajr prayer & This is how a common holiday of a Saudi comes to an end!

I hope you enjoyed! see you…

 

Tiramisu

Origin

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert enriched with the touch of coffee.


So it’s about today that I thought; I must try some nice dessert, and Tiramisu just came to my mind.

The recipe I’m sharing here is not how Original Italian tiramisu is made. Instead, this recipe is a result of a few variations. And it’s very common here in Saudi Arabia 

Recipe

Ingredients:

Heavy Cream/ regular Cream
Nutella
Tea biscuits
Instant Coffee
Cocoa Powder
Sugar
Vanilla Essence

Formula:


Beat the cream for almost 20 min non-stop  with a few breaks. OR until it turns slightly thicker than before. Add sugar & vanilla essence in it and beat to combine them up.

Now pour 1/4 part of your cream in another bowl. Add Nutella in that cream It’s up to you, to your desired taste. Mix it well and leave it aside.
Its time to make a cup of coffee with warm water, and just dip the biscuits for 1-2 seconds only and set them in any baking tray as a base. {I took double biscuit each time and it formed a nice thick base}
the second layer would be the Nutella-cream mi
xture.
And now again its the turn for the coffee dipped biscuits. For the final layer or for the topping you need to spread the cream all over.
In the end just dust the cocoa powder over the cream and cover the tray with cling film and let it refrigerate for almost 2-3 hours. 

Tips & Tricks!

  • Don’t dip the biscuits longer than 3 seconds. As it would make your base so wobbly.
  • Try not to use the whipping cream. Because it has a kind of foamy texture and that doesn’t taste well.
  • If you’ll add less sugar in the vanilla cream mixture it would be better because Nutella is way too sweeter so, you have to balance the amount of sugar by yourself. IT’S ALL UPTO YOU.
Do let me know what was your first experience with this. And for any queries you can comment below. 🙂

Qatayef ; Sweet dumplings

Origin

Qatayef is a very famous Egyptian dessert mostly & very commonly eaten during Ramadhan by the Arabs. It is a sweet dumpling  almost same as the pancakes but differs by the fact that qatayef are cooked only from one side.

My reviews:

I made this delicious dessert for the first time and it’s so easy to make them. You’ll literally enjoy for how the whole cooking method reaches to success!

Qatayef Recipe

Ingredients:

The dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs corn starch
½ cup semolina
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs orange blossom water (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cup warm water

Cheese filling:

200g unsalted cream cheese
6 tbs thick cream
2-4 tbs icing sugar

Walnuts filling:

1 cup crushed walnuts
1 tbs icing sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients in a blender. And give it a speedy stir until combined
  • Look at the consistency; you need a runny paste.
  • Now heat the non-stick pan and pour the smallest of your measuring cup in the pan. spread the batter with the back of the measuring cup making round movements.
  • Cook individual qatayef until you find the upper side  is being died or if the bubbles have formed.
  • When you were cooking all those qatayefs you need to make the fillings along. Just mix the cream filling ingredients with a fork. So that you can make a fine paste of Cream Cheese. You can use Kiri or cream cheese range of Almarai.
  • For making the walnuts filling it’s same! Just mix the ingredients of this filling and put them aside.
  • Now As we were done with making the qatayef. Its time to fill them with the fillings which suits you the best. I LIKE THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING so I’m going with it.
  • Put a small part of the filling in the qatayef, on the uncooked side. Seal them with the help of your fingers; by pressing the sides of the qatayef.​
  • Now heat the oil. And deep fry your qatayefs on medium heat so that you would get a golden brown colour with a crispy crust.
  • Pour the sugar syrup you had on room temperature. Or use condensed milk instead.

Enjoy the sweet blend of cream cheese with coffee or tea.
Try making Qatayefs this Eid! ♦

“Withering Petals Of the Flowers “

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A poem written by my Late friend Sumbal jan on Peshawar Massacre 16 dec 2014 😦

Withering Petals Of the Flowers “

Life was full of elation with boundless happiness;
Life was full of hopes with the brightest smiles and shinning eyes
Life was full of everlasting dreams with vast ambitions

 

Than most evil of the luck happened one day
Those Brightest smiles converted into helpless cries
Those shinning eyes were pulled out viciously

 

The feet which walked to school were pierced through bullets
The hearts full of ambitions were devastated into pieces
The bodies were dragged through every inch of the way

 

Showers were taken with the blood of the blooming flowers
While the hair brushed with immense love of the mothers were pulled out
The talented heads kissed by the dreaming mothers were cut off pitilessly

 

Every single petal of the blooming flower was torn apart
Were torn apart by the piercing nails in the bombs
The sparkling garden has been washed by the bloody rain

 

Mothers ran through every inch of the way
Ran through every inch of the way with naked heads and barefooted
Running around with flooded eyes and a begging cry

 

Even the un blossomed flowers were slaughtered to death
Hopeful flowers reacting in defense were shot in both the eyes to death
Every inch of the way was flooded with the nectar of blooming flowers

 

The hope of the mothers have been taken away
They will setup the lunch boxes but for whom?
They will brush the lovely hair but whose?

 

They will wash clothes but for whom?
They will cook tasty dishes but for whom?
They will wait in evening but for whom?

 

They will panic but for whom?
Whose little bundle of wishes will they fulfill now?
Whose little innocent questions will they answer now?

 

Whose talented head will they pat and kiss on now?
Whose jokes and little conversations will they laugh upon now?
Oceans have been flooded with every single drop of this blood

 

These drops will flow forever and EVER now
These petals will stay in our books forever
This blood will flow within us forever

This brutality has to end !
The revenge will be taken
SOON ………REAL SOON..

 

Author: Sumbal Jan
20/12/2014

Rice balls; Ramadhan Mubarik

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Don’t waste the left overs, instead make yummy nummy (My youngest cousin use to say nummy he is only 2 years old :p ) dishes of them.

Today I’ve got a really handy and delicious recipe for you guys!
So, are you ready?
فلنبدأ /lets go!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rice
1/2 egg
1/2 cup grated mozzarella (any type of cheese)
1 tsp salt
A few green chillies
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 chicken stock
1/2 tsp red chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Method:

Add all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix them well with hands. Try wearing gloves to prevent the eggs to leave that bad smell in your hands.

Make ball type shape by pressing the rice with your hands.

Bread Crumbs:

Take 3 slices of bread. Grind them in your daily use blender. And here you go for the perfect bread crumbs.

Now pre heat the oil in your pan and roll you rice balls into whisked egg and then coat them with crumbs. And dry on medium heat till golden brown

Family Feast; Vanilla Cupcakes

Today I tried this super awesome cupcake recipe. It’s so easy to make as well as to eat :p
     

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This is literally made for beginners like me and those of you who have never tried baking for fun. So, here you go for the simplest and perfect recipe of vanilla cupcakes. Yummm!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 medium eggs, at room temp
2/3 cup OR 155 gm sugar
6 ounces OR 12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Method:

Before you start to do anything. Lets start the oven on 200°C or ( 400°F )

You need to take two medium bowls. In the first one add the dry ingredients; flour, salt and baking powder. Now wisk it to combine them up. As I find it way more easier than going for a dusting method.

In the other bowl, add the eggs. If you’re available with the refrigerated eggs due to which they are cold enough, no problem at all. Just take a small bowl and add the hot water from your geezer (make it sure that it’s not too hot or boiling: else it will cook the eggs). Beat them for 30 seconds and add sugar, again beat them gradually from lowest of your beater’s speed to the highest. While beating them for 2 minutes add the butter and vanilla essence along. Still beat and beat for another 2 minutes.

Hope you’re done with beating 🙂

now! It’s time to add the dry ingredients which you put aside before.Add them little by little.Pour milk if the consistency reduces to a dough type texture. The real consistency you need is a creamy one. Don’t forget to beat it well for a minute.

When you were doing this just call you younger siblings to do the tray set up. Grease the paper cases, and put them in the cupcake tray and add the batter to the half. Because it will need enough space to rise.

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This is how they looked like; while baking in the oven for 5 minutes.

You’ll get it completely done by almost 15 to 20 minutes!

Happy Baking this Eid!

Traditional Saudi breakfast.

You know it’s really nice to attend lunch, tea-time, & dinner time (parties). But, I feel so happy for being invited on a Saudi breakfast by my neighbour.
As, I’m a Pakistani, I’ve never had such delicious, healthy, and much fatty food before. 😀

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Areeqa (عريقة), A Saudi traditional food specially or mostly served at breakfast time, with Gahwa قهوة and black tea شاي أحمر along with yummy honey & sesame coated dates.
         Gahwa is very healthy, as it contains ingredients which strengthen our body. It’s best to be consumed while you’ve eaten nothing I mean, on an empty stomach. It is considered as the most important part of their(Saudi’s) lives.
Always after sipping gahwa, we are supposed to start eating. Although Gahwa is without sweet(sugar) but the aromatic taste makes me to love this Arabian coffee… ❤

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She said: ” عريقة is been eaten since centuries, and when our children are at growing age and become bony. They just need to eat this for forty days, and will become as healthy and powerful as lions”

Be there! To get the perfect recipe for this perfect breakfast..

Easy Bread Pizza!

This quick tea time recipe is so easy to make; as well as easy to eat 😛

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Ingredients:

Bread                          3 slices (cut in halves, so it will make 6 pieces)
Chicken                      as desired
Capsicum                   a few

Tomato                       2-3 small sized
Mozzarella                1 small block.
Green chilli               chopped up

Butter                         
Salt                              to sprinkle
Thyme                        to sprinkle
Oil                               1 tsp

Vinegar                     1/2 tsp

 

Method:

Firstly, you need to cut the chicken into small cubes, then fry it in oil with vinegar and a pinch of salt. You can also replace chick with Nuggets or Chunks. Until then, chop the other veges into desired shapes. I prefer julienne cutting.
Now grab your baking tray and grease it with butter, before putting the slices in the tray; spread a very thin layer of some butter on the bread slices. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the butter bread slices, add your veges & chicki on. And in the end put the sliced OR grated cheese. As a final touch sprinkle some more salt & a bit of thyme.
Bake it in a pre-heated oven of about 180 degrees. Until the cheese melts.

Serve hot with ketchup or mayo garlic sauce.

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