BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!! CHOOSE TO BE YOU!!

HOLA READERS!

 

Its been a really long time that i blogged about  heart renderings and mind ramblings. So, in order to cleanse my mind and pour my heart, here’s a post that will be a much needed catharsis for myself and hopefully, a good read for you.

There are days when you wake up to a smiling, happy, busy day ahead and there are days when there is a coldness in the air, like a foreboding silence lurking; yet there will be days you wake up with time in your hand to sit back and stare at the sun, some good music playing and lot of time to introspect.

No two days are similar; SAME GOES WITH OUR LIFE , we go through phases in our life, different all, of those different from each other. And what do we do, we always try to beat ourselves in trying to bring all phases of our lives to the best one we had.

I often sit back and think about how  people and relations around me think and work. I always find most of my girl pals especially, giving their own selves a very hard time constantly muling over how they looked in past and how they are not their best self now.

Reminiscising the past and the whole nostalgia vibe does give you a proud,mushy ,warm feeling ,and we often like to seek comfort and revel in how we looked in the past . While some of us draw inspiration from our own looks,fitness levels,youthful, glowing skin in the past  and try to maintain ourselves,some of us beat ourselves and make it a reason of our unhappiness,stress,lack of confidence and depression.

Many a times we compete with people and trends around and put ourselves under much strain.And if any space in self bashing is  left, much chagrin is added by our so called friends,acquaintances and relations.

YES, isn’t it true? Don’t we all know someone or the other who  sometimes very gently ,sometimes sarcastically and yet another times to generate much humour  slide in remarks  about our age, height, weight, boniness,shape, bachelorhood, motherhood,nerdy looks and what not etc  that often render us speechless or tongue -tied ;and sometimes with a twitch in our heart and ;sometimes deeply  wounded BUT AT  ALL TIMES SELF-CONSCIOUS!

 

I have often seen people around me,  many a times,completely ignoring to  acknowledge  the commendable work done or achievements but would make it a point to specially take time out  to reach out and point out any signs of weakness, faltering or failures if any. .This often raises a question.WOULD WE EVER BE ENOUGH!! Someone amongst  us would always be too skinny or weak and plastic; someone too fair or made -up , someone too dark ;too short- heighted or tall; too fat hence,a glutton or a slag ;slut shamed to be single or flirty or  even a gold- digger and so on.

WOULD I BE EVER ENOUGH!!!!!

I am suddenly reminded of one such instance when once grocery shopping in the market i happened to come across a long lost friend,upon looking at her i literally ran towards her with sheer joy to give her a bear hug but was rather welcomed by quite a judgey remark about how i looked and was admonished at not fulfilling my duty of planning motherhood and still enjoying life like a newly wed!!! ……. For few seconds i was dumbstruck and caught in a tight corner. A very small incident and a casual matter if you see,but had this occured some time before it would have probably caused me much pain,anger and the feel to retaliate,   ending up wounded ,sulking or withdrawn.BUT NOT ANYMORE .

I laughed it out and turned the conversation to a whole new side as it didn’t really matter .IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU,YOUR LOOKS ,YOUR LIFE CHOICES ,YOUR DECISIONS!! AS ITS YOUR JOURNEY AND NOT ANY ONE ELSE’S.

We must  remember that we evolve each passing moment of our life sometimes for the good,and  ahead a few steps than before and yet some days we see ourselves  relegating backwards, not progressing rather , regressing.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK or, in your best frame always,Its OK to be pushed back a few steps.ITS LIFE  NOT A RACE.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK SOMETIMES…..

There are gazillion of us mere mortals in this world ,each one has descended on this Earth with one life,one purpose, a greater reason to be on this place.Each one of us born with our own perspective and ideologies in this society .Can we make each one happy??Can we fit into every mold or frame  construed by this society?? Do we need to??

NO! WE DON’T . WE CAN’T! There comes a point in life where each one needs to ask ourselves these  questions. We are not born to a lifetime of trying to fit into definitions conceived by others for us. We need to break the definitions. Anything and everything that starts burdening our existence and our soul doesn’t want to bend to,needs to be stood against.ALL TABOOS AND STEREOTYPES made by others need to be  vanquished.

And to do  that my fellow friends we need to embrace,caress,love and protect our own real self first.We must see the good in us at all times; We must count on and trust  our instincts at all times; if we only won’t ,then who else will?!

Admire our  own  idiosyncracies,  our oddness ,our little crazy selves ; our own flaws ( if at all we want to call them that),WELL, THAT’s what makes us our own special selves.

We need to understand what makes us truly happy,what kindles our soul and ignites our mind.And that my dearies would be our true calling.We can’t force ourselves to do what our peers are doing ,if that doesn’t interest` us; we can’t dress up or behave like our siblings because that put-up act or facade won’t last for long and would be a sham.Its sometimes really scary to be different or not fit in, but definitely worth your life and your comfort.YOU CAN’T BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT,FOR LONG.

 

We can’t  allow anyone and everyone to affect us in any way that shakes our faith and love in our own real self. Not fitting into the stereotypes of how one should be, or how one’s suppose to lead one’s life be it, in terms of BEAUTY,FASHION,BODY TYPE,LOOKS, STATUS,CAREER,MARRIAGE OR MOTHERHOOD. We can’t allow judgements to affect us to a point that hamper or alter our course of chosen life.

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF; WIPE YOUR OWN TEARS;LAUGH AT YOUR OWN SILLINESS;  BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!

The above mentioned line,once upon a time struck a cord within me and has stuck with  my soul ever since.I HOPE IT REACHES OUT TO YOU THE SAME WAY AND HEALS WOUNDS IF ANY,UNTIES KNOTS IF ANY ,RENDERS YOU FREE OF SHACKLES IF ANY….AND INSPIRES YOU ANYHOW.

BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE !!

We must feel free to dream; free to fly.Also,learn to let go of our dreams.Be anything and nothing at all!!

Wear what you please, travel;dress up; be raunchy or geeky; foodie or a fitness freak; speak up ,be brash or quiet or moody; fall in love with the same person again and again or fall in love with different;read or not; gaze at stars or be   a hopeless romantic Flaunt your curves and take pride in your bony structureBe raw, be polished; BE YOU. Choose to be you.You are a work of art in itself. You live,therefore,you Exist.

JUST LIBERATE ,liberate yourself from the vulnerability of getting hurt and conscious of the judgements and harsh criticisms.The  day you will realize it no more matters what they think of or,expect out of you.The day you don’t feel the need to be defined anymore.

FLAUNT YOUR CURVES OR BONINESS; BE NERDY OR A SENSUAL LASS…REVEL IN YOUR GLORY

On a personal front i feel that i have as a person finally come of age now..I have come to love and respect who i am and who i have come to be.I am more accepting of myself than ever before; more comfortable in my own skin.No more do i feel the need to validate  my actions ,no more do i care of opinions about me .In the ever changing  myriad of Life;LOVE STRUCK, A DEVOTIONAL ,ENLIGHTENING,LIBERATING  KIND OF LOVE  ,I FOUND MY CONSTANT IN MY SELF.  I   consciously  choose to eliminate toxicity  in any form or manner from my life.As we progress in age,life and maturity ,we no more feel the need to be surrounded by a huge group of peers or be a part of happening   crowds as comfort,reality and loyalty preceeds  validation and you find yourself with less but valuable companionships that know you inside out and are all accepting of you and love you just the incredible special way you are.SUCH RELATIONS ARE FOR KEEPS.

BE RAW,BE POLISHED,CHOOSE TO BE YOU !!

While i talk about how if we embrace ourselves the way we are  and shower some SELF-LOVE on to our special being, none of this matters,YET A WORD OR TWO TO OUR VERY CONCERNED ,CARING WELL WISHERS… with my hands folded,thank you  so much for your love and concern  but there is always a better and more polite way of trespassing  someone’s personal space. And if at all you may, or are genuinely concerned.PLEASE keep in mind your one question,judgement,taunt or tease can cost someone dearly their life,their confidence or self -esteem,as you can’t even begin to imagine or fathom how they have reached to the point where they are.A moment of your casual remarks can stay in someone’s psyche and scar them for life.

 

I CHOOSE TO BASK IN GLORY OF MYSELF,EACH DAY , EACH MINUTE.

I CHOOSE TO BE MY OWN ,BEFORE I AM OF THIS WORLD OR ANYONE ELSE’S.

 

BE YOUR OWN GUIDING LIGHT!!!

On this note ,i intend to rest my pen and my thoughts.This piece is a heart pour as much cathartic for self as it is written for my darling readers to connect  and send positive vibes to.I hope anyone and everyone if at all ,going through any lows in life.LETS BE EACH OTHER’S GUIDING LIGHT. AND HEY, REMEMBER TO BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE COZ ,THEY DON’T MATTER.

UNTIL NEXT TIME CHAO !! STAY POSITIVE! REVEL IN SELF LOVE!

BUT MOST OF ALL BE THANKFUL  FOR A HUMAN LIFE AND BE HUMANE TO OTHERS!!

ITS VASHI / THAT Pashmina Girl signing off!!!

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The Magical Oils from Satthwa

Hola Readers!!

I’m finally back on the block after a long haitus!

This Blog post is a long pending one and deserves a high mention because the products at hand have really won me over and i have reaped some real benefits. That clearly means that if I have benefitted from something, I have to in most likelihood, share it with you my darling friends.

So, my dearies I’m right here to talk about  two magical oils from the renowned, indigenous  brand named SATTHWA, a natural hair and care product range and a wide variety of organic, all natural essential oils.

The two oils I have religiously used for almost two months and am going to review are:-

1. SATTHWA PREMIUM HAIR OIL

2. SATTHWA JOJOBA CARRIER OIL

Satthwa magical oils

Before I begin the review I must share my curiosity and reason to try this product. I have been blessed with thick luscious curly locks, infact, I used to get irritated having  to maintain such heavy hair. Gradually, however I noticed considerable hairfall and I owed it to low maintenance, styling, colouring and sweaty workout routines.

Off-late, I saw a massive increase in hairfall not only from roots rather a lot of hair breakage as well, that clearly signified that my healthy hair were slowly loosing their strength and nutrition as well and were getting dry and damaged. I got into a panic mode and tried and tested several influential so called organic, chemical free products that promised relief from this grave issue and save my crowning glory. Alas, none came to my rescue and my search continued.

Also, its pertinent to mention that the problem of hair-fall, hair damage is so rampant that my inboxes are flooded with requests for reviewing products that could stop hairfall and improve hair health. I receive such requests on a day-to-day basis. Hence, my search for the perfect remedial product became all the more crucial.

Apart from this issue another query that I’m  often bombarded with is the effect of face serums and oil, a trend that is ruling the roost these days and if they are really effective, on what skin types will it suit and in what ways and how to pick the right product from an array of so many. So, this was another reason I was looking for a trusted aide and tried a number of products.

Finally, I came across the instagram handle of this brand SATTHWA and then checked out their site. I had a word with the founder and told him that I would like to review their products for the above mentioned issues and they were gracious enough to send these two oils to me for reviewal.

Before reviewing, let me write something about the brand first. It is a 100% natural and organic certified Hair and Skincare brand. It was started by the visionary founder Mr.Prashant Parikh in 2016 and ever since, its hair oil and many new products like essential oils have benefitted many and there has been no looking back. They, at SATTHWA, go by the motto of “PURE TO THE CORE”, hence, the brand name Satthwa means “PURE” in Sanskrit.

So, here is my review for the two…….

(A)  SATTHWA PREMIUM HAIR OIL

PREMIUM HAIR OIL

This is the most sought after product from the brand and has been creating ripples. Its a premium Hair Oil, 100% chemical free, made with goodness of 9 oils namely, Olive oil, Castor oil, VitaminE, Almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Amla oil, Emu oil. The power of these 9 oils makes this oil a powerhouse, regulates blood flow to scalp, darkens hair, making them thick, stops split ends, promotes new hair growth, prevents greying, unclogs pores, provides anti fungal  support, restores ph balance, provides antioxidants and keratin strength reducing frizz and  dryness.

Hence, it becomes the super food for our hair and scalp, replete with all the essential vitamins Vitamin K, E , Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega-6 & 9, Ricinoleic acid, Lauric acid. It not only controls hair fall but also promotes hair growth and fights premature greying and absolutely clears dandruff.

Thousands of people suffering from these issues have benefitted and some special cases of bald patches, hair thinning have also seen hair growth success and positive results.


Now lets come to the nutshell reviews and final verdict.

1.   PACKAGING.  This oil comes in simple packaging of a convenient plastic bottle with a rotate lid of 100 ml capacity.It has a white paper cover on the outside that carries a detailed information about the product and its ingredients and its essential goodness along with the brand logo and the  Made in India and paraben free tag  highlighted.It also has directions of use written for best results.

2.   M.R.P.      100 ml  of the product comes at a M.R.P OF Rs 599/ which i feel is quite a catch  for the invaluable service of the product.This aspect is definitely a thumbs up from my side.A genuinely,  affordably priced product.

3.   Fragrance.   it doesnot have any particular or strong odour,smell or fragrance.

4.   MFG.    It comes with a shelf life of one year.

5.   HAIR TYPE.   Best for all hair types, especially, dry frizzy hair.


PROS  – It is completely natural, 100% chemical free and a no-side effects product. It is highly travel friendly and easy to use. Starts delivering results within few uses. It Delivers what it claims.

CONS – No cons as such but maybe the packaging could be made more attractive for such an amazing product. Also, a packaging with a bigger bottle and more product as the usage is high and refills are frantically needed.

FINAL VERDICT – I have been personally using this oil for more than two months now and I have seen a tremendous change in my hair. My hair fall has considerably reduced, my hair are so soft, gentle and minus the frizz in spite of styling and coloring  I have also used thids oil in many DIY hair masks, I will soon be sharing them on my YouTube Channel. My curls are soft, balanced, nourished, healthy, shiny and strong. I highly recommend this product for all your hair woes and hair care routines. I am going to consistently and religiously use this product to keep on reaping benefits.



(B)   SATTHWA JOJOBA CARRIER OIL

JOJOBA OIL

This is the  second product sent to me for reviewing by the brand upon my query and search for some good facial oils, the founder sent me the sample of Satthwa 100% JOJOBA (pronounced ho-ho-ba ), oil. Its an unrefined, cold pressed moisturizing carrier oil derived from a wild plant shrub. It has some tremendous giving and magical properties. It is highly hydrating and moisturizing  for the body as well as hair. Its  been known to be used for healing hair,skin and sunburn conditions. Its also known for its anti-ageing properties and its regular application provides soft, supple, nourished and a glowing skin  that is forever, youthful and happy. It is rich in Vitamin E and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It fights even the most stubborn Dandruff  when mixed with few drops of lemon grass essential oil for best results.

Not only this, it also acts as a fabulous makeup remover, specially helpful in removing heavy makeup such as highly pigmented lip colours and eyeshadow, mascara etc.

Even while removing makeup it continues to protect our exposed skin naturally, keeping it soft and safe from harsh rubbing, removing, cleansing process and makes the entire process quicker and easier and keeping the skin nourished.

Its an excellent nourisher for NAILS, for moisturising cuticles,it boosts healthy nail growth and reduces nail breakage.

It acts as an excellent hydrating,moisturising massage oil for the body, rendering it no-residual oil on skin and giving it a healthy glow.

Jojoba Oil is extremely beneficial for Hair and prevents and stops hairfall as it acts as an antifungal and unclogging agent of hair follicles and scalp pores.


Nutshell, Review and Final Verdict

1. PACKAGING. This oil too comes in a small, convenient,plastic bottle with a rotate lock white lid.Its a 50 ml bottle.It is easy to carry ,leak-proof ,travel friendly bottle.It has a transparent  sticker wrapped around it upon which all the details of the product  is written.

2. M.R.P.     A 50ml product comes for the price of Rs 499/- .Now, it comes on a special introductory price of Rs.380/-.Its worth its price quoted.

3. FRAGRANCE. No specific,pungent or strong fragrance.SO,Safe for people who have odour allergies.

4. M.F.G    It comes with a shelf life of one year.

5. SKIN TYPE.      BEST FOR DRY SKIN OR NORMAL BUT GOOD FOR ALL SKIN TYPES.

6. PROS and CONS.    This oil is one of a kind, very light and gets easily absorbed in the skin, gives an amazing healthy glow and nourishment to skin and hair.It acts as an amazing part of the base makeup ,apart from other benefits mentioned above, it renders the makeup dewy,fresh and glossy.it is equivalent to any elixir glow face oils in the market. Its again a chemical free 100% pure,natural oil with no side-effects

CONS.    No cons in particular, again if only, a bigger packaging would be recommended for this amazing product as the usage is more and on regular basis.


FINAL VERDICT – I have been using this oil for quite awhile now and it has become a necessity and a bare essential in my day today skincare routine. I use this oil in many of my routines.

Firstly, I use this oil in my makeup removing routine whenever i apply makeup.

Secondly, i use it as an important part of double- cleanse process,inspired by korean cleansing routines,  twice a week.

Thirdly , I use it as a part of my base makeup application,thatis,i mix 2-3 drops of Jojoba oil with my Foundation,BB Cream or even a Tinted -Moisturiser, to achieve that sheen,glossy,dewy a natural,flawless  makeup .

Lastly, I use this oil as a massage oil for my body and even in place of night-cream.I also,use it in making many face and hair DIY  home remedies and packs to derive maximum benefits.

Thus, its a thumbs up and highly recommended product from my side ,worth its price and you must give it a try,even if you have an oil-skin type.



P.S.      Do check out my Youtube videos @

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZQx3-JjBJw

To See how I have used this oil in makeup base.

KEEP WATCHING MY CHANNEL FOR MORE VIDEOS ON THE USE OF THESE TWO OILS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PURCHASE, YOU CAN CHECK THEIR WEBSITES AND MAIL THEM FOR ANY QUERIES, ALL THE LINKS AND DETAILS AND LINKS ARE PROVIDED DOWN BELOW.

SATTHWA WEBSITE:

http://www.satthwa.com

PRODUCT PAGE:

https://satthwa.com/hair-oil/premium-hair-oil.html

FLIPKART:

https://www.flipkart.com/item/HOLEHC9RFWKQYYKH

AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/B01CUHZ44W

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/satthwa/

So, Readers, I am sure you will benefit from my review and find it useful. Do purchase these products, give them a try, get rid of your hair and skin care woes and reap multiple benefits.

SIGNING OFF!! for now with a promise of something, new, trustworthy, tried and tested, CHAO!!

YOURS TRULY, Vashi/ That Pashmina Girl. !!XOXO!!

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Lippie love : LAKME ENRICH LIP CRAYONS

HOLA!!Dear Readers💋💋

Today I bring to you from my colourful world of 💄lipsticks, a few chosen ones to be reviewed.

👉Lakme India had launched its lip crayon some time back. However, initially I was not very inclined and when there was some buzz around it, I somehow never got a chance to grab those in my kitty until recently. I purchased them on a combo offer online which seemed like a good deal at the time.

LAKME ENRICH LIP CRAYONS

Well, the lust for lippies is a never ending saga for most women like me! I hope you agree with me, if not then what cosmetic art you lust after the most? Do let me know for sure.

SO, I got down to usage of my 💋lip crayon collection and now I feel ready with my honest reviews and of course the much needed swatches, which while shopping online can be quite a dissuading thing as,same happened with me.

WELL, for review I have four shades in all out of 10 shades of pinks, peaches, reds and browns launched of LAKME ENRICHED LIP CRAYONS.

SWATCHES
1. PINK BURST
2.RED STOP
3.BERRY RED
4.CANDID CORAL

1. Shade-01 Berry Red

SHADE 01 BERRY RED

A FIERY SIREN DEEP RED PERFECT FOR THAT NIGHT PARTY OR THAT BLACK DRESS, OR EVEN FOR A CORPORATE FORMAL DINNER, A TYPICAL CLASSY BADASS COLOUR. WILL SUIT ALL SKIN TONES.


2. Shade-02 Red Stop

SHADE02 RED STOP

THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF RED. A LIGHT RED SHADE.CAN BE GOOD FOR A DAY OR NIGHT WEAR. WILL SUIT FAIR SKIN TONES BETTER.


3. Shade-03 Candid Coral

SHADE O3 CANDID CORAL

THIS SHADE IS A PEACHY ONE THAT ALMOST DOUBLES UPTO BE A VERY PRETTY SOBER ORANGE, PERFECT FOR THE DAY WEAR OR IF YOU WANNA HIGHLIGHT THE NEON TREND, CAN BE A GOOD ONE TO MIX SHADES AS WELL. ITS VERY CLOSE TO THE SHADE 02 RED STOPWILL SUIT WHEATISH SKIN TONES BEST


4. Shade-06 Pink Burst

SHADE 06 PINK BURST

THIS IS A SHOW STEALER AMONGST THE LOT. MY MOST FAVOURITE. I BOUGHT IT SEPARATELY FROM A DRUGSTORE BUT I’M THE HAPPIEST WITH THIS ONE. YOU CAN ASK WHAT’S SPECIAL ITS ANOTHER PINK. BUT I’LL ANSWER ITS THE PERFECT PINK WITH SHIMMER AND SHINE IN IT, IT GIVES A METALLIC EDGE TOO AND HAS THE MAUVE AND MAJENTA COMBO TONES. IT AT ONCE LIGHTENS UP THE LOOK AND BRIGHTENS UP ANY ATTIRE. YOU ARE SURE TO GET COMPLIMENTS.WILL SUIT ALL SKIN TONES.


Well to begin with

PACKING: These come in cute, playful sketching crayon packing that reminds us of drawing books and crayon coloured childhood.Very comfortable crayon pencils with black caps that come with a sharpener each.

TEXTURE: These crayons have a creamy, smooth gliding texture however, they do tend to crease up and show fine lines on the lips.

PAYOFF: It takes about 1-2 application to get the complete colour.

PIGMENTATION: The crayons are richly pigmented.

FRAGRANCE: They have a very mild gummy fragrance to them, a pleasant one.

PERFORMANCE: These crayon lippies stay at max upto 3 hours our so and then start bleeding and also, these colours do smudge and transfer easily.

BUDGET: Each crayon(with a sharpener) is of the MRP. Rs185/-. A Very budget friendly product and the quantity too worth its price.

REMOVAL: It comes off very easily, though can get messy while removing.Its highly recommended to remove it with a makeup remover or a face oil or oil cleanser.


FINAL VERDICT:

LIP SWATCHES

I would recommend this product considering its value for money. Its not a great product but not a bad one either.
Its a must buy for people like me who do not use the product too much and end up getting bored or wasting the product to its expiry. These little crayons are a good deal. Also, I would highly recommend these to all the students and people who like to invest in affordable but trusted makeup. These one’s are sure deals for you.

🌻HOWEVER, a bit of caution choose wisely, as when buying online the swatches can get quite confusing, specially in the case of these crayons as the peaches to reds have a very similar colour tone and shade and are almost nearby in the shade range. The combo offer that I received had a trio of relatable colour shades as you can see above.

TIP: However,a little blogger advice.Donot forget to apply hydrating lip balms before applying these or any other lip colours.Also,do exfoliate your lips off and on with sugar granules at home OR a good lip scrub.

For the young 💁girlies out there, advice from personal learning. DO Stay away from cosmetics as long as you can as you are naturally endowed with everything beautiful at this growing stage of your life and if at all you do wanna go ahead… do so by all means but then make sure you do follow it up with a skincare routine either with mama’s home remedies or with only natural, organic and chemical free products so that you, your skin, beauty, heart and mind remain ever so happy and healthy till ages to come.

SO, LADIES I sure hope my reviews would be of some help for you or atleast a good read.

Would see you soon with more such stuff from the archives of my mental box.

TilL then Stay safe, stay 💪healthy and beautiful inside out💅.

MUCH ❤️LOVE CHAO XOXO! VASHI / THAT PASHMINA GIRL.💁

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SNACK-IT-UP ft.. Snackexperts!!

A CRUNCHY, CRISPY, CHATPATA 💁HOLA !! TO ALL MY READERS❗️

Well, you must have guessed by now why I’m sounding so desperately 👅hungry, that too for little tit-bit munching on the side.
Well, That’s because I have discovered my munching friend recently!!!
and that’s none other than SNACKEXPERTS!!

Are you one of those people who loves munching, has a taste for the chatpata, crunchy small eats; who loves to eat yummy snacks; one who cannot have evening tea without any snacks or feel the need of munchies while reading, watching movies, travelling or gossiping with friends????/??

BUT BUT BUT❗️ You have given up on snacking; you are starving your tastebuds; or you are ridden with constant guilt everytime you tend to snack on that pack of mixture; that pack of wafers; those maida cookies; that sugar rush candy box or that chocolate cake❗️

WELL❗️ Lets accept it guys nothing comes before health and anything and everything that we buy from the market in packets and boxes these days is full of adulterated, unhealthy health hazardous, refined goodies that tempts us all but brings lot of health issues and addictive eating habits as well.


Nostalgia writs large❗️

There was a time when every household in our country would smell of some freshly made home goodies at tea time in the evening; as tea time is almost a sacred every day ritual in our country and inviting guests at tea time especially is a culture in itself. Mothers and ladies of the house would extensively prepare homemade healthy and fresh goodies; sometimes to be stored in jars for few days and sometimes freshly made and served. Only a little portion would be served everyday and some kept safely for guests as well! Those were the days!! We could polish off an entire platter and never worry even a little for any ailment, fitness issues or ill-health.

Tea time ritual

TODAY, as we reach around mids of 2017, a look back makes us realise the paradigm shift of the shape shifting world. We are always running; running to meet the deadlines; reach offices; schools and what not. TIME today has become the most hard to get commodity. It really gets tough for such elaborate rituals and a quick ready to eat bite or packaged snacks; on the go kind of thing seems most befitting. I’m not saying that today our households don’t indulge in home-cooked fresh and health goodies; we do and kudos to all the men-women and families for that! Its only, that the frequency has lessened and so has the preference.

Not to talk of the alluring, well-marketed unhealthy, yet tempting and easy options that our flooding the market today. Not only these are addictive and fast becoming our lifestyle, its trending as well! Almost like a fashion fad, status quo! Especially the children are falling prey to this trend. Also, as most of us are always conscious these days of what to eat and what not to; often when sudden guest plans catches us in tight corner with no time to stir up some fresh goodies and we have to get something packed or from the market; often our guests decline the served goodies and we become the reason of our own embarrassment.

Well❗️ there’s another side to our story as well. We are aware of the health hazards and most of us are trying our best to look for healthier options.BUT again, the same issue of market being flooded with so many options. While there are products whose label read healthy, organic, natural and so on; often found misleading, adulterated, greasy, refined, unhealthy and finally when we actually find trustworthy organic products; their whopping prices touch the roof.


Well❗️ enough of my rants and ravings! AND back to being the crunchy munch HOLA GIRL!

For now the time has come to introduce the newfound guilt-free joy my tastebuds have fallen for!Its a great snacking option and good on the pockets too.

The brand named SNACK EXPERTS, is the candy to my tongue these days.I got a chance to review their snack pack and was apprehensive at first but was amazed and highly impressed when I tried them.


SO, HERE BEGINS MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE SAME:

SnackExperts is an award winning online snack store that delivers nationwide; their base store is in Chennai. I received their products in a cute and sturdy recyclable cardboard package, that had their logo and tagline printed on top,…. saying……

“HEALHTY SNACKING UNLEASHED”

And on the back side of the package instruction the ways this pack can be reused are written. This I found quite cute and useful. For me, how much a brand makes efforts in packing their products speaks volumes about their sincerity towards their venture.

Upon unboxing I found five zip-locked, neatly packed assorted varieties of healthy munchies inside.

Each of the snack pouches looked tempting,fresh and mouth watering but best of all — they were healthy, less oily and wholesome.You can munch on these goodies without having to worry about any ill-health produce. They remained fresh for as long as their expiry date in their pouches.

Zip locked hygienic pouches

Each snack packet has a name synonymous to the ingredients inside;

The five packs out of their 50+ snack varieties that I received were:

1. DRY FRUIT MIX

Dry Fruits Mix

This snack pouch was a sweet tangy fruity delight. It tasted freshness even though they were dried fruits. A mix of golden raisins, green raisins, pineapple and cranberries. Not only it looked so colourful. It was a treat to the palate. We all know about the goodness of raisins and berries but how often we remember to use them? Only occasionally. Nutritionists and dieticians are often heard suggesting these as healthy options, so when they come in a snack pack,their usage is ensured by family and guests. These can also be used as add-ons in yoghurt, oatmeals, porridge, kheer and salads.


2. HONEY ROASTED CASHEW

Honey roasted cashews

These were an absolute tintillating treat for my tastebuds and were polished off sooner than all. Everyone who was served, loved the taste and it was addictive, nutritious and wholesome and even a little satiated that munch hunger pang.

The pack consisted of roasted cashews with yellow mustard seeds, chilly flakes, salt and honey glaze. They were mouthwatering and super yum and perfect to serve at party or at home. The fact that they are roasted makes them more healthy and they can be a good accompaniment with beverages.


3.KODO MILLET CRISPIES

Kodo Millets Crispies

This goodie pack was my most favourite of all. As it reminded me of a South Indian household and the elaborate preparations they make to cook up each savoury. It was a beautiful, typical homemade, authentic preparation. Just like the ones i have tasted many times at my South Indian friends’ home. You can’t get enough of this one and this will be a sure shot hit with everyone. Made of kodo millets, moong dal, rice flour, urad dal etc; they are fresh, tasty and crispiest to the core. You don’t worry about the calorie counts and other stuff while savouring these. They just make you happy, nostalgic and full.


4. OLD FASHIONED NUT MIX

Old Fashioned Nut Mix

This is a perfect mix pack of goodness and health and rich nutrition, often recommended by experts, to be snacked upon a handful a day. It is what its name suggests, an old fashioned nut mix, the healthiest to munch on. Its a mix of Roasted Peanuts, Pepper Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts. It would be a good snacking option on a regular basis for us and our families. Though I feel this lacks something in the taste department, I mean only the cashews are slightly salted, rest all nuts are blandly mixed. Well, We do try to include nuts in our daily routines, walnuts and almonds at least. Also, peanuts and cashews occasionally as well, but when we like to have it as a snack and that too from a brand like snack expert, we would like it to impress our tastebuds a little more.


5. CHOCOLATE FLAPJACK

Chocolate Flapjack

This snack was a first timer for me. I had never tasted a flapjack before. Its a chewy bar or granola baked usually with rolled oats, jaggery, butter, choco chips whole orange and honey. Its almost like a modern twist to a traditional chikki. It did not appeal to me at first bite, but definitely grew onto me. I simply loved the goodness of ingredient infused with taste for the palate. I think kids and youngsters and health freaks would definitely grow onto this as its a trendy mildly sweet savoury with an attractive list of ingredients as well. It will serve as a perfect dessert to a meal and can keep a watch on the exceeding pressure, all the festivities and parties put on our poor waistline. All in all a big thumbs up to this innovation.

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