Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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I have recently gotten more acquainted with Framesi Hair Care products. Initially I was a bit skeptical about this brand but after using Framesi Morphosis Sublimis Shampoo and Conditioner I have become a believer!

I color my hair a LOT so it's no surprise that there is inevitable wear and tear. This leads to intense hair care for damage but so far I was not 100% satisfied with most products I tried. When I was given the duo the first thought that came to my mind was "oh its got argan oil, might turn my hair oily". Now let me explain why I thought so, I have extremely oily scalp so if I use any shampoo with nourishing oils it make it greasier. I still went ahead and gave this shampoo and conditioner and test and it was love at first try.

The packaging is very nice, sleek with gold design details. Feels good to use them.

The shampoo and conditioner are both very nourishing. I also use the reverse wash formula which works really well for me. I basically use the conditioner before the shampoo and apply shampoo over it after leaving it on my hair for a bit and then wash them off. This is a great technique for people with greasy hair.

The shampoo gently cleanses the scalp while maintaining moisture balance and softening the hair. Rich with the wonderful properties of argon oil, dry hair immediately regains flexibility and hydration yet does not make scalp oily which is such a plus for me! The only reservation is that I love lather and this doesn't produce enough and you do need a little more product than you would normally use.

The conditioner gives just the right amount of softness and moisture without making hair feel heavy or limp. Hair feel nourished.

Framesi Morphosis Sublimis range's key ingredient is Argan Oil which is famous for having tons of benefits for hair. The Morphosis Sublimis range:
  • Restores hair’s natural beauty• Prevents damage caused by dehydration
  • Nourishes with vitamins and nutrients
  • Powerful anti-aging ally
  • Excellent for mature hair
  • Color safe, will not build up
  • For all hair types
You can Buy BOTH the products easily in Pakistan (or otherwise) online from HERE.
Shampoo: Pkr. 1300
Conditioner: pkr. 1190
Framesi Products are also available all over Pakistan in all Makeup City outlets.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mehar J Mirza | Rejuve by Aliya Farooq Salon Review

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I have heard a lot about Rejuve by Aliya Farooq and one of the salons. Mehar J Mirza procured their franchise on Khayaban e Bukhari, Defence, Karachi and I was invited to try out their services. I never say no to a good Spa opportunity, specially when I am in dire need of some.

Its been two months since the salon has opened up. The space is quite comfortable and spacious. The only thing that is slightly bothersome in the beginning is the new wood lacquer fumes but your eyes get adjusted to them in a bit. I like how it is designed, utilizing different service area within one space, yet not making it stuffy.

The salon provides multiple services, from hair treatments, cut, colors to facials, from manicures, massages, spa treatments to makeup. Since the dust storm that swept Karachi away a few weeks ago my skin have been misbehaving so I decided to go for a Deep cleansing Facial and the facialist recommended Guinot Oxygen Facial because my skin was also very dehydrated and texture. My hands and feet needed some TLC too so that would follow after the much needed facial.

The Guinot Oxygen facial was approx 6k (or less, you can check with them) but totally worth it. Guinot is a reliable spa skincare brand and I trust it completely as I have gotten lots of Guinot treatments done in the past. The Oxygen Facial was very thorough. The facialist was so comforting, communicated in a soft voice only when necessary, explained the process so I knew what was happening and her hands were so warm which is always a plus point for masseur. The facial massage along with the products used was satisfying as well. I always love a bonus foot massage during facials which is also included in these facials. It relaxes you further. What does this Facial do exactly? Your cells need oxygen to stay healthy and nourished. Guinot oxygen facial delivers oxygen to the deepest layers of your skin and makes it glow. This facial removes all impurities from the epidermis boosting the oxygen content. It also removes the dead cells from the top layer, opens up clogged pores, and brings out that natural blush on your cheeks.

I could see and feel the difference and was definitely happy with the results. My skin, which felt really dry and textured before, was smooth and glowing. I actually felt lighter too. 

Followed up with OPI manicure and Pedicure. The girls were very gentle and thorough. I had gotten OPI manicure/Pedicure done a lot and this was done well. My only suggestion would be to go for disposable equipment rather than reusable ones though they were very clean and sterilized. End result was happy hands and feet of course.

Overall experience was good. The staff is polite and welcoming, Mehar herself was a good host. I would suggest that if you are In Defence Karachi you should try them out and do remember to share your experience with me!

You can check out their FACEBOOK.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Nongshim Mr Bibim Noodles Stir Fried Kimchi Flavour Review

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Nongshim have been kind with the delicious noodle variants they have for us. I have tried various flavours from them and recently my friend got me the Nongshim Mr. Bibim Stir Fried Kimchi Flavour from Bangkok (even though it's a Korean Brand). Most of my friends get me ramen noodles when they travel, they know me too well!

Cant deny that when you hear Kimchi you think Korea. If you were not aware, Kimchi is spicy fermented vegetables and the traditional one is mainly Korean or Napa cabbage but other vegetables are also used. A Korean word "Bibim" means "Stir" in English. So Mr. Bibim Stir Fried Kimchi Noodles are supposed to be stir fried but its not 100% same yet a little similar to pad thai or other spaghetti dishes. You will understand when I explain the cooking process which is really easy and quick.

Nongshim Mr Bibim has too flavours, Spicy Chicken and Kimchi. I am trying the Kimchi one. The pack comes with Kimchi flakes and Kimchi flavoured sauce. I find the overall packaging and the red attractive. They have, however changed their packing recently and you can see it on their website HERE. So to prepare the noodles you have to follow these simple steps:

1) In a saucepan or small pot add 500ml of water and  bring it to boil.

2) Cook the noodles and flakes in the boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes (also depends on how firm for soft you want your noodles which you can check with tasting it in between).

3) Strain the hot water.

4) In the pot  or bowl, place the strained noodles with the hydrated Kimchi flakes and add the sauce.

5) Stir well and enjoy! (Now you see its not ACTUAL stir fry but gives that effect/result, if that makes any sense)

P.s: Sometimes I drizzle a bit of sesame seed oil and sprinkle it with sesame seeds too, yum.

Now let's Talk about the flavour. Nonghshim noodles themselves are one of my favourite. They taste good even uncooked, yes, you read that right. They have a very balanced noodle flavour and taste almost like freshly made noodles, very comforting. The texture is firm too and doesnt have a weird, fake after taste which I have found in many others, specially maggi. The dehydrated Kimnchi tastes better if you cook it with noodles because you can taste the tanginess more. When I used it dry it was not as flavorsome. The sauce is well balance and not very spicy. It was tangy and definitely held a bit if that umami magic but I would have like that nice sourness of kimchi a bit more.

Over all it was a tasty treat and yes I would have it again. 

These noodles are not easily available in Pakistan but there are many places online you can order from like AMAZING THAI.  If you can get it delivered from Amazon then buy HERE.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NEW Digital Dreams Collection April 2019 - IDEAS PRET

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Its HERE! I am excited as I always wait for the new collection from Ideas Pret. They always bring fun, refreshing designs and this time its no different! One of the only few brand which make me love prints and lawn!

The collection is vibrant and has bolder designs this time. I also get tropical feels from the patterns and the choice of earthy yet fresh palette. The juxtaposition of bold florals over abstract patterns is also done in a way its delightful rather than overwhelming.

The loose cuts are comfortable yet chic and would suit most body types. I am a big woman and I wear their tops a lot because they dont make me look like a pumpkin! I would definitely suggest you go get a few items, I have already placed order. They go out of stock really soon! You can buy from their website HERE of visit any IDEAS PRET store. For more info you can visit their FACEBOOK Page as well.

The material is lawn, easy breezy for hot weather ahead. The price ranges from Pkr 2750 to 3490 which is very affordable.

Check out the collection here:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

California Dreamin Menu Tasting at La Mamma Movenpick Hotel

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Food tasting anyone? Why yes please, anytime!

I was invited by a dear friend to try out the the new California Dreamin menu introduced as part of the Global food promotions by Movenpick Hotels & Resort Group in Karachi. The main concept is inspired by the evolving food culture of 70s era in California when a lot of Latin American and Asian cuisine was rising due to their simple yet delicious flavors. Latin American and Asian Food is actually one of my favorite food types other than of course desi Pakistani. I love their use of fresh produce and using basic ingredients to create masterpieces which taste wholesome and exciting.

The menu consists of a selection of dishes and I tried three, two mains and a dessert.

We were served complimentary cheese bread with some pesto, garlic in olives and garlic chilli butter. The bread was, well, like it should be. Fresh, basic and a great starter. Tip: Never fill your self with starters if you really want to relish your main course(s).

First dish from the Californian Dreamin Menu that I tasted were Crab Cakes - Freshly caught Stone Crabs with Asian Remoulade sauce. Now I was wondering about the "freshly caught" part but I do know we get fresh seafood easily considering we are a coastal city. The herbed crabs were really moist and I was glad they didn't over cook it because it would have turned into a chewy, dry mess. The batter can be slightly thinner but it was non greasy and I didnt mind it. Remoulade sauce is a great condiment for most seafood dishes, specially fried items. It has a tangy kick mixed with the creamy smoothness of the mayo. The crab cakes were seasoned well so I didn't even use a lot of sauce and enjoyed it as is.
This dish costs Pkr.2,335 + Tax

Followed up with Rack of Lamb - Best quality meat coated with Panko breadcrumbs and fresh herbs, served on a bed of bush beans. This dish actually grew on me. When I took the first bite I had mixed feelings. The meat was so tender yet the seasoning was not quite there and felt flat. The herbalicious crumb coating , however, was crunchy and earthy so made up for the slightly bland meat. The meat was cooked so well I just have to give that a plus. It was juicy, chew-able and really fresh. I do suggest a little bit improvement on the seasoning but overall I did end up finishing it all! Costs Pkr.1,975 + tax.

The Lemon & Avocado Cheesecake that was served was almost a miss, maybe. Vegan cheese cake slice served with avocado and lemon puree and a crust of coconut biscuits. Let me break this dessert down first. The Avocado and lemon puree caught me by surprise. I was not expecting it to be good, and it was. The blend of flavors; tangy, creamy, sweet, was well balanced and delightful. It was not too sweet, just right. The crust made from coconut biscuits brought the entire dessert together, completing it with its crunchy, rough texture. The vegan cheese cake center? Its not for everyone. The sweet cheese flavors are intense, rich, sharp and are very familiar to bree. For me just a few bites were more than enough so if you do plan to order this cheesecake its an acquired taste and can easily be shared with another. Costs Pkr.855 + Tax.

The overall food experience was pleasant and I would definitely go back for the crab cakes. You can find more about their food and other updates from their website HERE.