Pigment Tutorial Part 1

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NeverTooMuchGlitter Nail Wonderland

Here it is, finally! The Pigment Tutorial!

For our purposes, pigment is a dry coloring material that can change the color or texture or a nail polish. Some pigment is loose, and some is pressed (think loose eyeshadow vs. the kind in the compact.) Pigment can make a drastic change in the color of a nail polish.

First, some pigments:

TKB Trading Yellow 5, MAC, Fyrinnae. Pigments come in jars, tubes, and plastic bags. I really recommend putting them in screw-top jars or shakers like spices come in. Mineral makeup is not the same as pigment but sometimes produces good results but generally doesn’t pack enough color opacity to be really fantastic. More on that later.

Pressed eyeshadows can also be a good source of pigment. Creams are out- only powder will work, and the drier the texture, the better. They don’t have to be expensive, but do watch out…

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Friday Finds (20 Feb, 2015)

Tea Time For The Firefly



Layla Roy has defied the fates.
Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb—a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women’s lives were predetermined—if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.

Layla’s life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world’s finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.

But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla’s remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.

Did you find anything interesting this week?

Baking Experiment : Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cookies

I originally intended to make some peanut butter cookies, the reason, it had only three ingredients! So off I went gather the stuff and made the cookies but they turned out to be very dry.

Off I went (again) googling and found some recipes that could transform the cookies to a chocolatey delight, this time I needed loads of stuff. Thankfully I had everything at home.

I used two recipes :

3 ingredient Peanut Butter cookies

Chocolate and Peanut Butter cookies

My ingredient list looked something like this :

I feel like giving an advisory warning ..don’t try this unless you have made some cookies before rather refer to some professional recipe.

8 tbsp (1/2 cup) All purpose flour
16 tbsp (1 cup) Sugar
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) Unsalted butter
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) Cocoa powder
16 tbsp (1 cup) Creamy peanut butter ( I used the one by the brand, FunFoods)
1 Egg
1 tsp Baking powder
Some Chocolate shavings
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2 tbsp Milk

Beat the egg, mixed all the ingredients to make a dough.The dough was solid like a play doh, only more oily. I rolled the dough into small balls and flattened it with a fork on the cookies tray (on the parchment paper).

Preheated the oven for 10 mins at 170 C.

The recipe suggests that we bake it for 170 C for 28 minutes but I had to go for 25 mins in my oven. Let it cool down on a wire rack for 15 – 20 minutes. Cookies are ready to be devoured 🙂


Why I adore Kalki Koechlin!

Make sure you watch the second video.

Regular Indian Girl!

Ok before I write about the above, I’d want to spell out why I write under the tag of feminism: That is to find people like me and help others find me because “humanism” is not something people would look for. But to me, feminism is humanism, just a concept that women are people. And people have hearts and dreams and hopes and aspirations and choices.

Now, Kalki. Why I love her? Because she is everything that I can relate to. Because mostly, I have seen her dressed up casually, like normal women do. And because she carries herself like normal people and not like a perfect flawless celebrity. And because sometimes she stutters while answering an interviewers questions. And because she sits cross-legged. And because she is frank is accepting her shortcomings. And because she herself relates to women in general. And oh boy, she writes so fluently and…

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Cupcakes with Pink Frosting

So pretty, I can stop looking! I almost did not want to eat it!

I have always looked at the beautiful frosted cupcakes in Pinterest and wondered if I could ever come close to making something like that. Soft pastels in pink, blue, yellow and mint greens.

I am so happy that I managed to make these.  I cheated a bit and got the icing from a local bakery. So next step would be to make my the frosting all by myself.

The recipe I used was this. One small change would be to reduce the sugar content.

I cannot wait to try all the other fillings and toppings ideas with this simple recipe!

Book Review : The Shadow Of The Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Book Summary from Goodreads:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

I have mixed feelings about this book.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Yay! I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by two bloggers –



A very big Thank You to both of you, I am flattered!


Here are seven facts about myself:

  1. I love music and spend hours looking for music. You will find me on YouTube most of the time.
  2. I am a loner. I can have a party alone.
  3. I hate mathematics, it’s a mental block. My brain shuts down in event of dealing with big numbers.
  4. I love books with a bit of magic. This fascination started in my childhood with the book “Puss in boots”. I wish Hogwarts was real.
  5. I am a non-adventurous person any activity involving sports or adrenalin driven stuff scares me.
  6. I may be smiling in this picture but the next minute I was screaming in my mother tongue. All was well until the the operator decided to give the rope a little wave. He stopped when I screamed and then did it again!
  7. My favorite foods are tandoori chicken and chocolate cake. That is what I feasted on during my pregnancy.
  8. I am horribly allergic to dust.

My nominations for the award are:

  1. https://trablogger.wordpress.com
  2. http://rohitrohan09.wordpress.com
  3. https://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com
  4. http://sanceau.com
  5. https://notintandem.wordpress.com
  6. http://fitisafeministissue.com
  7. https://justinmywritemind.wordpress.com
  8. https://cookingupthepantry.wordpress.com
  9. https://untitledunfinished.wordpress.com
  10. https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com
  11. http://wordsaremylife.wordpress.com
  12. http://harveymillican.wordpress.com
  13. http://garfieldhug.wordpress.com
  14. http://inkingthethinking.wordpress.com
  15. https://anardentlife.wordpress.com

The Rules: 

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees blogs, and let them know.

My first cake : Butter Cake

Finally got an oven (OTG) and baked my first cake!

It was a simple Butter cake. I wanted to bake something I have tried before just to understand how the oven worked temperature time etc.

This is the recipe and this is how it turned out. The cake needed lot of improvement but it was still tasty.

Did I bake without an oven before? Yes, in a pressure cooker!  See here how it is done.

Butter Cake :