22 May 2011

What is real beauty to you?

This question has been simmering in my head the past few days probably because I don't think I've ever seriously given it a thought. I knew it's different from person to person, as Emily Bronte wrote: "It is in the eye of the beholder". So I know that it is not what is there that matters, but how someone else perceives it to be and attaches desire to it.

More often than not, what is desired is what is hard to find or hard to be. Kind of like looking for the man/woman who has it all, which leads to more dead ends than any real deal breakers. It could be fair skin, a fit figure, flawless skin, long smooth tresses. Most of these are desired because they're not easy to have.

Fair skin darkens in the sun, many hours of work in the gym leads to a fit figure, flawless skin and smooth hair requires healthy eating habits and good maintenance. It is difficult to have for many, and for some it can be impossible to have.

What if I am born brown, I know I can never be fair. What if I'm born with big hips, that cannot be reduced? What if I had acne, because no matter what I did or what I used, my skin would break out? And what if I have thinning hair, because genetically I'm disadvantaged that way.

Then the cliche hit me to be true. Real beauty is the ability to perceive and desire what you have. It's the ability to have the power to become a change advocate. To not reduce oneself to a sum of body parts, but to showcase the strength that can be found in all these so called flaws. And recognizing what you have for what it is, knowing what can be altered and what is you. And desiring that truth.

The first man to say the earth was round and not flat, would've been ridiculed and laughed at. Had he not believed his thoughts, we may still be afraid of falling off the face of the world by swimming too far. That was him then, this is you now.

For more thoughts on the topic: Yahoo! Real Beauty Page

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15 May 2011

Wella Kolestint- 5/37 Medium Golden Brown

Yet another hair colour product to review.. this time it's the Wella Kolestint Colour Creme. I can't say I've used any Wella products before, so I thought I'd check with the lady from the local parlour to ask her what she thought of the product. Who else better than a hair dresser to answer a question on a hair product. She didn't say anything, instead she pointed at the cabinet which I'd never noticed before, and va va voom.. there she had it.. a whole range of Wella products, ranging from mousse, gels to conditioners. I guess she's a huge fan of the product. Encouraged by such faith, I finally got down to trying this product out.

How I
bought it: I didn't buy it, it got sent to me via mail, although the product is available in Health & Glow and some medical stores

$$$: Rs 519

Having tried Revlon hair colour and L'oreal, I do believe Wella is the first hair colour product that I've used that has a pre-colouration treatment pack. It felt good to apply it, I felt a little less guilty and a little more assured about the potential damage it could cause my hair. The next step was to mix the hair colour, and this was easy easy easy. I had had so much trouble with Revlon before wit the tip that doesn't just open off the developer! Get the cream all over your hair, I waited 40 mins as instructed and washed it off with warm water and cold water towards the end. Then comes the best thing about this product, the beautifully smelling after colour conditioner. And they do not scrouge on the stuff either, providing you with 30 ml of conditioner to be used once after colouring your hair then every 2 weeks post colour. Did I say I love the smell of the conditioner?

What I liked: Apart from the obvious (conditioner!!!) was the overall effect the product had on my hair. My hair felt healthy, bouncy, super shiny and happy. I'm sure that this is not cosmetic, so I'd reckon, if you're the sort that's nervous about getting a hair colour experience, you may want to go for this one. I'm pretty sure, it'll treat your hair better than other products.

What I did not like: Was the colour. I expected there to be more of a golden touch to the colour, meaning a lighter shade of brown with a sparkle. What I got was a darker shade of brown, that was shiny as hell, unfortunately without the sparkle. That's not to say that the product wouldn't suit someone who wants to cover grays, or have a change that's not in your face... And a lot of hair colour fades with a few washes (I'm guessing this wont, given the conditioner), so maybe I'll be a happy chappy after all.

10 May 2011

It's broken..`

If life was like a scene from a movie, I'd have it paused to the day I met you,

Forward it to the day you said 'I love you'.

Skip the arguments, play it slow through the kisses,

Play it all back over and over and over and over,

Till it comes to this part right here,

The part where this movie ends.

And the remote is no longer there,

Neither is the movie or the cd,

Its an empty room and a quiet house.

04 May 2011

Mung Bean Sprouts @ home!

The past few weeks I've been running into bean sprouts, something that you get everywhere in countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and China.. that strangely enough doesn't make much of an appearance in India, at least not in the form of a root and shoot vegetable.

So there was a eureka moment, where it struck me that I should try and make them myself... that is if it was possible.

And it was... it's soooo simple, that essentially a six year old could do it. Suggestion: this would be a great summer project for children, essentially they'd be growing food for the family :) So through some research on the internet, i figured out what to do. I cheated! I got sprouted mung beans (green beans) from the shops and then did the following:

1. Place the beans into a tall plastic tupperware. It is recommended that a glass jar is used instead of a plastic tupperware.

2. After this it gets fairly simple. Every 8 hours or so, rinse the beans in water and then drain the water out. Cover the tupperware with some cheese cloth, I used one layer of tissue and leave it in the dark.

3. Keep doing this till the sprouts grow like this.

4. De-husk (the husks float on top of the water when the sprouts get submerged in water) and de-root the sprouts (By physically pinching off the roots with your finger), and once done give them a quick rinse in water and you're done. Yes, it is that easy.

The internet is filled with mung sprout recipes.. the simplest one being, just adding some chopped garlic & ginger, letting them fry away in the oil, then adding the sprouts for about 30 seconds on the stove. Then switch off the gas, add sesame oil and cut dried chilli.. this will give you a crunchy vegetable dish that you can eat however you deem fit~