Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TRESemme Smooth Salon Silk Conditioner review

Hey blogger bees :)

I am back with a review of this conditioner which took me forever, almost all of this year, to get through. Finally, I am in a great position to be able to review this product. First off, to be all fair to this review, I would like to let you know about my hair type. It is luscious, very thick hair which is prone to frizz when exposed to humidity. I have very long hair and recently got a cut. I will review the salon that I visited lately and would like everyone to check the place out as I believe it's one of the best salons in Mangalore. Great stylist, you guys!
TRESemme Smooth Salon Silk Conditioner
I require a heavy duty product to condition my tresses as they weigh in really strong and I need something to give it some lift and airiness.

This is a white coloured cream conditioner, it is satiny texture wise and has a nice floral smell.
Not too strong and the smell does not last after the wash, leaving your hair quite netural.
It is not too thick, the consistency is slightly runny.
You leave the conditioner in and you can feel that it gets absorbed into your hair.
It leaves your hair quite sleek after rinsing it off.
It says that it has an advanced smoothing system with vitamin H and silk proteins.
Vitamin H is Biotin. I have heard that it can cause acne for most folks, I've had a slight bout of acne all through this year. Won't say that it could have been caused by this product but since I have stopped using it now, will update if it clears up.
My frizz does not get properly managed by using this particular product. Sorry to say, that claim does not hold good here.
Maybe it would work better for lighter, thinner and hair that is not as heavy as mine.
If you live in a humid climate zone, you will need something that is stronger in duty than this baby.
It doesn't help with my tangles all that much, but I am not complaining. It does what an average conditioner would do. No great shakes about it.

How do you use this product?

1.Apply an adequate amount of product from mid-shaft to ends first (like you are making a ponytail) on wet, shampooed hair. Depending on your thickness and length, you want an amount that coats all your hair.

2. Work anything that's left through roots and crown.

3. Run a wide-tooth comb from roots to ends to detangle hair. This is the safest method for detangling without causing breakage as the conditioner adds a protective barrier.

4. Leave on for 3-4 minutes. 

5. Rinse thoroughly.

All in all, it's quite ok but I have already moved on to another product for conditioning purposes.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coping with an impatient world

I am an adult and there are times I am treated like a child. Well, most of the time. I don't look my age and people think I am in college and there are times when people think I am still in school. Probably on the days that I eat less. Even my parents treat me like an insecure being most of the time. I assure you that I am totally not.
If I go to charge my phone in a power socket, my dad starts panicking like I was a 2 year old who was blissfully going to stick their finger in there and get electrocuted. He seems to have ignored the gain in structure and size over the years, not to mention the rapid development of my grey matter. *sigh*

There are the good sides to it too, they pamper you with affection, sweet treats and the best food but they won't let you out of the house when they come on vacation to stay with you and they impose rules on you that you had to adhere to when you were in your teens. Eghads!!!

Though I thoroughly enjoy all the undue attention, there have been times that people have driven me over the edge. For instance, there are uncles who still chide me for things I don't think are wrong. Everyone has their own personal opinions on certain subject matters. If I tend to opine what I feel, I instantly get struck by some personal insults. I usually do not say anything back, I just sit and listen. Because I was raised to be an obedient child. I have never used harsh words against elders even if I knew they were lying or trying to take advantage of me many a times. So I felt I have to write about some coping mechanisms.

Perhaps, you have gone through similar situations because I know that I am not the only one here. It is common in India to be treated like a child even if you are 50 years old with 4 kids. I am not 50. I don't have kids. But I am just recollecting what I have seen. lol
The Gaslight Effect ~ That would be most of my childhood & older childhood. Countered by the love showered on me by my mom & grandma.

So how do you cope with it?

If an elderly member of your family is trying to make you feel small and passes a random insult at you or screams their lungs out for apparently no fault of yours, then instead of taking it all in, just look at them like they are the crazy ones. You do not have to say much but by just looking at them like you can't comprehend their behavior itself is enough to shift the emphasis on to them and not the person being tortured. It should be a look of startle and apprehension giving them the message that, 'How much more crazier can you get?' or like, 'You are the most ridiculous person I have ever met'. Don't say it but try to look it. It's quite easy when you are put in the position. It's saves you than making you feel terrible about yourself and that is where they draw out your power from you. In this way you are not carrying the insult on your person. This will make them feel unsettled and make them realize their folly, if they have some common sense. Do not let them feel that they have bothered you, how much ever bothered you really feel. Be calm. Do not stoop their level though you are allowed to crack a joke if you find it befitting the situation.

If you feel like the situation is building up on anger, walk away if you do not want to be absorbed by a lot of negativity. Avoid them as much as possible even if they are trying to irk you.

If you can stand up for yourself, do so but do not stoop to their level and use bad words like they do.

Try to let it go from one ear to the other. They know no better.

If you feel you have a close friend around you who can support you, then speak to them and get around to understanding how to deal with it.

If the person who is insulting you is someone that you really look up to and if he has stated a fact, consider the truth in it. If there is a grain of truth in it and you require the correction, take it. That makes the insult not an insult anymore. It's just a statement of fact. It may prove to be of help to us.

What if they are constantly reminding you that you are worthless and non-existent and such and such?
How can you believe such a statement, in the first place? Do not ever EVER consider even a single grain of truth in that. No one is useless. It is a negative statement and an even more negative belief. Even if someone else has said it, it does not make it true. You can only make that statement true, if you believe in it. So just do not believe it. It's as simple as that. You are NOT worthless. You have to start believing that. There is no other way around it. No one has the right to tell you who you are. You are your own true definition. I keep telling that to everyone and myself. It is a statement I have made for myself from the time I was a child. I have been through years of childhood abuse but whenever I was told that I was as good as dead or why was I ever born, I would tell myself, even at that very young age, 'You are your own true definition'. Perhaps, the higher self must have fed that into me before I was even born but I have always believed in it. I believe in myself. I know no truer human being than me. I am not saying this out of pride. I know who I am so I can say it without a single iota of doubt.

We live in a world full of opinions, the minute you enter a room people are judging you or trying to squeeze out the best from you. No one appreciates a person who is still. Do not get lost in a swirl of negativity, shift your focus and save your self. Keep your heart well guarded and learn to protect oneself from harsh realities. Face it, learn to go with the flow and learn to let things be.

Most importantly, save yourself to be able to save and help others.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sulfa Allergy

If you are one of those who have always had an adverse drug reaction to sulfonamide group of antibiotics, then this post is for you, my friend.

We are basically going to talk about foods that you may have to avoid if you have been classified as someone who has sulfa allergies. You very well know that when you go to your doctor for a checkup or have to get admitted for some illness, you have to HAVE to disclose and tell them to mark you as a patient with SULFA ALLERGY on your case file in bold red letters.

Time and again, despite doing that when I was younger, my doctors had given me some drugs that would lead up to sudden allergies after a procedure was performed. And I had always wondered why they forgot. It has serious consequences if not taken care of.

There was also this one time that I had a procedure done for my recurring sinusitis. This was when I was quite young. Maybe in eighth grade or so. Right after the procedure, I was given coffee. Or something that tasted like it. I can't tell. As soon as I had the drink, I broke out and my tongue got so swollen that I swore off coffee completely. He had to ask me to lie down and I spent a few days home.I still do not know what it might have been. But I can take coffee now but not so much. It does give me some gastro intestinal disturbances.

So I decided to investigate what foods need to be avoided if you are allergic to Sulfa.

This is not a consolidated list, this just happens to be a list that I compiled keeping some common allergens in mind. You  may or may not be allergic to the items on this list but you can keep them in mind.

Certain kinds of fish eggs, caviar
Packaged green leafy vegetables
Grape Juice
Pickled food
Peanut Butter

I am not allergic to most things on this list but I know that I cannot tolerate some of these foods if taken over a certain limit. You may not be allergic to them too but you can keep a watch out if you have any trouble eating them.

Exciting giveaway at Heart Bows and Makeup's First Blog Anniversary!

Hi, Everyone!

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday. I would like to extend my congratulations to Lisha who has really worked her way to making Heart, Bows and Makeup a huge success in blogosphere. It is the first anniversary of her lovely blog, on account of which she is hosting an amazing giveaway.
 Be sure to check out heartbowsandmakeup for more details and also for great reviews and style tips. She rocks her fashion. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

And then there was a Pause

Copyright: Pic by Coral Crue

Have you ever felt like you cannot wake up from bed, that you just can't do one more day and you find it ever so hard to pull yourself up and go about your daily routine. Well, I feel like I have reached that pause. And so when I got up from bed and realized I had missed out on several deadlines, I did not freak out. I did not freak out school-style,"Oh my God! Look at the time, what am I going to do, how am I going to......" Yada.Yada.Yada!
I thought, "STOP!!". I had always promised myself, if I hit this kind of a road-block, I will just STOP.
So here I am. I did not shower on waking up, I did not look for my phone, who cares where it is. I really do not want to talk to anyone, I do not want to cook, I will just get by with what I have on me. So I called my stand-by person. We all have that one person, don't we? If you don't, I suggest you get one. They take care of your meals and groceries for that pause of yours. Yes, it's a pause. I am on pause. Life is on pause. 
Then comes the squealing voices from the outside, "What about your work?", "What about the classes, weren't you supposed to have gone for the interview today?', "You can still make it to the gym and get that tiny bit of a workout so that your day doesn't go waste"......
So it dawns on you that nobody's really listening to you nor do they care about the pause. All they want is to get something done out of you, squeeze you till what's all worth of you comes out of your soul.
But no can do. I said I've hit a Pause and it's a Pause so wait it out. I won't reply till am done here.
What have I been up to then? I quietly ironed a week's store of clothes, I washed some things I had kept for weeks and weeks. Quietly, therapeutically, there was no hurry. I enjoyed it. I hate ironing but today I was felt like I was in an ironing mood, not because I needed to do it.
I tried out whatever was brought by stand-by person. In terms of food. There was sweet potato fries, there was coffee from the local restaurant nearby. There was some stir fried veggies. And there was some bread. Bread generally clogs up my system. I think I am gluten intolerant and sure well, I did start feeling even more lethargic and dull after eating all of this. I popped in some cod liver oil and B complex, just in case. So I just got out two litres of water and boiled some of my herbs in them and I've decided that I am just going to sip it up, and watch 'Spanglish' on Romedy now. I've always wanted to see that movie. Also, I will try to finish up reading Tuesdays with Morrie. I have just the tiniest bit of it left and am done with it to start a new book.
I think that's quite a lot for a pause day but it will keep me occupied. My energy's been on an all time low and I wish my neighbour friend would come on and spend some time with me. She's the kind that doesn't talk much and I love having around but she never comes out of her house. A very quiet and beautiful soul. I would have liked to have spend some time with her today. Oh well!!
Stand-by person has also got me some sardines since I've gathered the ingredients from around the kitchen to make myself a very simple dinner. I can't do with any more take-out for today.

So have you ever felt like your system's on a total low, like you are going to come down with a flu and your system feels all clogged up. You are not really ill, but you really feel like you could be? What do you do?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

God is a Gamer: Book Review

                                          Where would you hide your deepest secret?

Here comes a fantastic and fast-paced cyber crime thriller from Ravi Subramanian which will keep you on your toes.
God is a Gamer is his latest offering and an absolutely great piece of work if you are into crime-based plots and banking.
I got lured into reading it simply because of his wonderful past work and it's publicity as 'the first ever Bitcoin thriller'.
The focus here is on virtual money, how it is used, encashed and becomes the larger part of the plot.
If you have no inkling about bitcoins, you will get an idea while reading this book as the author has taken the pains to describe it.
It is a tight plot and takes you across several countries making you turn several pages at the beginning quite quickly. The story is interesting and gripping as with all of his earlier works.
Aditya, Swami and Sundeep are buddies who start their career at NYIB's (New York International Bank) Indian operations.
Swami aspires to reach the top of his game but gets jerked around by his boss, Malvika, who reports him to the Bank Headquarters. Crores of rupees get swindled through fake ATM withdrawals resulting in a scandal of gargantuan proportions.
An ATM heist in New York, characters like Varun and Tanya Sehgal, Gloria and Gillian Tan, Adrian, Rudra are just to name a few of the main characters. A terrorist plots to kill a US Senator. Stories within stories and plots within plots. I happened to be able to draw a few parallels from real life organizations and characters too. Just saying, how real some of this felt.

Also, there were so many characters from different cities to catch up with at times, that I did have to turn back a few pages to remember where they came from. For me, that was the only difficulty but that does not take anything away from this book. Had it been a movie, it would have been easier to visualize and remember all of them. I believe this could definitely be a movie.
A genius drug dealer, a struggling gaming company owner, terrorists, a handsome senator, a fugitive and some top level banking professionals run you through the plot.
With 4 billion dollars and more at stake, banker suicide, Mastercard, Visa, Wikileaks and so many big names used as they are in the book, the story opens with an assassination in the US, moves through a drug racket, Nigerian phishing scam, plenty of great quotes like Man's right to remain anonymous and decide what's good for him- it all struck a very big chord in me.
Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, USA, Rio de Janerio and several other places are covered.
The hard-core gamer in me was elated at the mention of the roots of the gaming industry starting with the likes of Pac-man, having been an avid pac-man addict in my earlier days, definitely touched a deep spot in me.
Ravi Subramanian's writing is lucid, the plot has been well woven out.
Each character is well introduced to keep you abreast of each situation, the chapters are kept nice and short.
Overall he delivers a great rush of adrenaline. Have a day off? Read this book.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ripple Dust Tea Review

To stave away cravings, I like to have cutting chai. In my serious life quest to find the perfect tea brand, I recently launched into buy chutki packs of all kinds of tea available anywhere and everywhere.

Hence I came across this brand too.

The picture of the lady on the packet was quite key in me picking the packet up in the first place. Advertisers please take note!

What I really, really, really wish was they would have instructions on how to brew the perfect cup of tea with each packet. Why, oh why is it presumed that every Indian woman...or man...knows how to make tea the right way? My family has been doing it for years and no one knows how to make a good cup. Not even silly ol' me.

So, I don't know what to call it all down to. This tea that I brewed came out alright but not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted the perfect brew like the kind you get in the roadside chayya kada where the un-mistakeable flavour of tea beckons your nose into the stall and you plonk yourself on a stool or wooden bench waiting to get that first sip that helps charge your innards.

This tea when brewed with milk, does not quite hit the mark for me, I have tried it in every which way possible but the only way I got it right was when I used it without milk.

The hunt is still on for good tea.