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Contouring is fun. The Holy trinity of Highlight, Blush and Contour. If you remember, I have a very detailed post, on Contouring,which I had done with Anastasia Beverly Hills, a few years back. If you want to read about it, and learn about the Basics of Contouring, then Click Here

It was really exciting to receiving a brand new contouring kit to try out. Make Up For Ever is a brand which I use almost every day . I love their Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation . Make Up Forever and Influenster sent me their brand new MUFE Artist Face Color . You can see all three colors on my Face, in the photographs below. 

 I have a warm undertone, and am terribly tanned at the moment. For instance, the foundation that I am using , is my Summer shade- two shades darker than my usual shade. Blame the sea beaches and the triple digit heat index for it. 

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color is a customizable contour palette. They are pretty similar to MAC Pro Eyeshadow Palettes which you can fill with the colors of your choice. The MUFE Palettes, come in three sizes - Mono , Duo and Trio. I was sent the Tro Palette.

Secondly, you pick out your choice of Highlight, Sculpting Powder(Contour), and Blush refills, to fill and complete your palette. It claims to be an unique pressed powder formula , providing intense color pay off. The colors are available in three Finishes - Matte, Shimmer and Pearl.

There are 34 shades to choose from. The Colors I had received were : Highlighter - H102(Shimmery Pink Alabaster), Blush - B204(Cold Pink) and Sculpting Powder - S310(Praline).

We all have our Make Up preferences, and we sually tend to stick to them. Personally, since I have warm undertone to my complexion I prefer peachy blushes, to pinks, or warm golden tones in my highlighter and cooler tones in my sculpting or contouring powder. This particular Make Up Forever Palette, surely had me stepping out of my comfort zone, when it came to tones. The Blush and Highlight were cool and the Sculpting Powder was warm.

In terms of Packaging, I loved the sturdy black metal box, with the large mirror. Its quite sturdy and compact. Surely great for travel.

When it comes to color pay off and pigmentation, I feel the Blush and Highlight were not as pigmented as the Sculpting Powder. I always use a light hand when it comes to contouring, so I had to try a few times, for the Blush to pick up color on my cheeks. Or maybe for my tan, the Blush wasn't the right shade . I want to try it again, once I have lost my tan.

Speaking of Blendability, the colors blend very well. I didn't have to try hard at all. The colors layer well too and can be built up, to your choice . I opted for a very subtle contouring, as that's more my style.

I had worn the colors for a few events, over a full coverage Foundation, and they stayed put for quite a few hours, without being set by a Make Up Setting Spray. I like products which are long staying, and I don't have to touch every frequently.

DISCLAIMER : I received these products complimentary for testing purposes, but the opinions are those of my own.


Summer is winding down and I am starting to write about my Summer Sephora Play boxes. Better late than never. I am just back from a beach holiday , so it just seemed the perfect time to pen down my thoughts. I always like using the products for some time, before I start writing about them.

The theme of June'17 was " YOUR SUMMER STARTERS ." Very apt and very beautifully illustrated on the customary monthly drawstring back. I hoard these bags as they are too cute pieces of art, to just throw away.  The best part of the Box was that it had too many favorite products of mine. I almost felt like a kid in a candy store, when I had first gone through the stash.

Let me start with my favorite product of the stash - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick. I love lip products. I love it more, when Sephora sends me a color, I actually love. Thats not always the case, I warn you. Everyone loves Kat Von D ELL . I do too, and have a few colors. I love how creamy it is and glides on, without being patcy. It dries to a matte finish, but doesnt dry out your lips. If you are going for lunch an dinner, when you are wearing this lip color, then it fades away, leaving a tint, rather than looking weird and patchy after a meal.  The color is a dusty rose, and one of my personal favorites. A lighter version of MAC MEHR. Its just a Summer perfect color, and would also transition beautifully to Fall.

My second favorite product is also something I reviewed in a Post on my Blog recently. The wonder product of current times - SuperGoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist  with SPF 50. If you haven't yet tried the product, run and get it. You wont regret it. If you want a deatailed review , then Click HERE.
I have curly, frizzy ,dry and also chemically treated hair. While I do go through the pains of straightening my bangs, I dont usually straighten the length of my hair. I try using products, which enhance my curls and are great for air drying. I have been using Deva Curl products for a few years now, so it was nice to receive a sample size. The trick of working with Deva Curl products is working in sections of the hair. This was a tip given to me by my hair stylist, who had introduced me to Deva Curl . Devacurl Coconut Supercream Coconut Curl Styler is a coconut infused styling cream, that claims to deliver moisture and shine for smooth, polished and defined curls. I love it !

The fourth product is an iconic product - Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. As I have noted in several other Spehora Play Posts of mine, that I don't usually use primers in my beauty routine. But courtesy this subscription service, I have a stash of primers, which I usllay use when I am travelling, or when I am covering events. Its a silicone based primer and has a cult fan following.

I had used Madam C J Walker's Coconut Scent and Shine in my October'16 Play Box. It seemed repetitive that the same box would have two similar products. I know I have curly hair, but if you had to send two similar products, I would have preferred two lip colors. Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Curl Whip Styling Souffle is a curl styling cream, which has to be used on damp hair. The idea is to use it on your damp hair and scrunch up your hair, in sections, and either let it air dry or use the diffuser attachment in your blow drier.
Last but not the least, is the fragrance sample of the month - Versace Bright Crystal. Its a fresh , floral fragrance , featuring a sparkling blend of yuzu, magnolia , and lotus plus a hint of amber and musk .




Culottes have been around for a couple of years now. Initially I had no intention of jumping the bandwagon. But finally I gave in. Comfort won me over. I am a Skinny jeans kinda gal, so straying away from my comfort zone, was quite a thing. While I experiment a lot with my dresses and skirt and tops, I was not that keen to give my skinny denim a break. I am petite, with a bit of pear shape. Mom Bod and proud of it. For my height, I wanted to pick up a pair of culottes which were not too log or too short. Ideally, I could have also taken a few inches off the current pair, that I am wearing, but I liked the length.

It had a great structure and it lay on my body well. It was boxy, yet had its feminine touch, with its tie up details. Did I mention, how comfortable it is ? You wear it, and you feel like, you are walking on the clouds. Especially on the typical Midwestern hot Summer days. I loved it so much, that I got it in a Khaki too.

Leopard is a Neutral. We all know that. When you find a purse , which also shouts out the same idea, you pick it up.

I had been looking for an opportunity to pair my new Leopard Quote Clutch and it all came together, with the linen culottes. Leopard Pumps and a bright colored racer back crop top. My Summer Outfit, for my Farm to Table Brunch at the Flying W Ranch. 



Television has its own way of invoking memories. A few months back, I chanced upon a new Food Show from India - Raja, Rasoi aur Anya Kahaniya(Kings, Kitchen and other stories) on Netflix. The first episode focused on Rajasthan. And what food show about Rajasthan is complete without Laal Maas. It invoked memories of my trip to Jaipur(Rajasthan) years back and all its culinary memories. As I always say, my Husband is a good listener, while I am more of the talker in our family. He hasnt been to Rajasthan, and we got talking on how we should try to include it , in one of our India trips.

He surprised me the next weekend, by cooking up a batch of the best tasting Laal Maas I have eaten.

Laal Maas is a traditional Rajasthani Mutton Recipe, which is known for its fiery red curry. Its cooked with a special kind of dried Red Chillies(Mathaniya Chilies), and some very unique spices . I had tasted Laal maas before, for instance, but I had never heard of the spice called Khachri , which is a major ingredient in this curry. Its not only a meat tenderizer, but adds a slight tang to the gravy. So dont over do on it.  The gravy is rich yet silky. Its looks bright red, but the chilies add more to the flavor profile and aroma, rather than just being single tonal hot and spicy. Its slow cooked which infuse the flavors better into the meat. If you rush with your goat curry, you will only land up with tough meat. My Husband braises his Goat Curries, in a large stock pot, at 350F in a pre-heated oven. We have no access to the traditional Mathaniya Chilies, which makes the dish famous. He substituted them with Kashmiri Red Chilies, which are not as hot. Another important feature is that this Goat cUrry is cooked without Tomatoes. Most Indian Goat Curry recipes use tomatoes, while this doesn't.

I am a Bengali Foodie and gourmand, so for me or my Husband, we will always add Potatoes, to any Goat or Chicken Curry. We love our carbs with our meat.

Laal Maas has a broad recipe framework, which has been adapted by many different ways, by the many famous kitchens of Rajasthan. The balance of spices, and the final proportions shall always vary according to the individual Chef. This is my Husband's interpretations of Laal Maas We love it, and I really hope that you love it too.


Ingredients : 
Red Onion : 1 large : finely chopped
Dried Kashmiri Chilies : 5 to 7
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds : 1 tsp
Whole Garam Masala : Mace, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon Stick, Clove , Black Pepper
Goat Meat / Lamb : 1 lb . Skinless and cubed
Khachri Powder : 1 cup
Clinatro Leaves : 1/2 handful : finely chopped.


Dry Grind the Khachri to a fine powder.

Finely Chop Onions, ginger, garlic.

Dry Roast the Kashmiri Chilies, Coriander and cumin seeds. Cool and dry grind to a fine powder.

In a stock pot, saute the chopped ginger and garlic.

Add in the goat pieces and stir well. Season with salt.

Mix in the Khachri Powder.

Add in the chopped onions.

Mix in the dry roasted spice mix.

Add in hot water to cook the goat. Cover and Cook

In a cheese cloth, add in whole garam masala - green cardamom, mace, whole black pepper, cinnamon and clove. Add it to the gravy. Cover and cook, till meat is tender.

Before serving, remove the cheese cloth spice package and mix in finely chopped cilantro(coriander leaves) .Serve, with warm Naan .

Bon Appetit !