Review: Abana, The Food Cabana

Hey guys!

Today I’m sharing a review with you, and the “thing” in focus is a newly-opened food joint in Delhi NCR (Faridabad, to be precise).

Welcome to Abana, The Food Cabana  😀

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So, this takeaway joint opened just a month ago, and is making waves! Started by a couple of youngsters like you and me (one of them being my best friend ❤ ), Abana has been warmly welcomed by Faridabad!

Abana is a food takeout joint, but you can also eat right there – they have set up a couple of tables and chairs – or simply, in your car like I witnessed.

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With a diverse menu that offers comfort food like Mac-n-Cheese and Belgian Fries, the foodies of Faridabad need not rush to Delhi to satisfy their waffle cravings either 😀

Apart from these treats, Abana is also serving mouthwatering pizza cones and – wait for it – DEEP FRIED OREOS, served with ICE CREAM topped with CHOCOLATE CHIPS *tears up with emotion*

If this doesn’t scream DELICIOUSNESS to you, God bless you!

You can check out the full menu here on Zomato.

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The Chicken Pizza Cone

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The pizza cone was really cheesy (without being gross) and bursting with juicy, flavourful chicken.

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With one of the owners (and my best friend). OF COURSE, we posed with the pizza cone!

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Wondering what to have next

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The Belgian Fries were an excellent choice

It’s safe to say that I loved the fries! The fries were thick (not the crispy kind), but that went well with the cheesy topping. Served with two sauces, it was yum. I loved the garlic mayo way too much and found that Abana makes their own garlic mayo 😀

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The Belgian Fries and the Chicken Tortilla Wrap

Next, I tried the Chicken Tortilla Wrap, but quickly realised that I wasn’t a fan. I found the wrap a little too greasy and a little lacking in flavour. Maybe garlic mayo can fix that? 😉

Also, it was served with salsa and sour cream. The salsa was pretty fresh and zingy, whereas the sour cream was cottony instead of creamy. Hopefully, this will be taken care of, as the admin appreciated the feedback 🙂

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The stuff of legends – the Deep Fried Oreos!

For dessert, I had the Deep Fried Oreos, served with molten (slightly) Vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate chips. To be honest, it was a very rich dessert. But when combined with the ice cream, it simply blew my mind. I really wanted to have more although I was full to bursting extent. :/

To sum it up, Abana is a place I would love to go back to. The food is delectable. The prices range from reasonable to a little steep, but not expensive. AND the quality of food and portion sizes are generous.

And a lovely thing I found – Abana bakes their own pizza cones and nachos. Every thing is made in-house!

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I’ve been to Abana twice now and continue to like the food. I tried the Nutella crepes and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich also, and enjoyed them both!

Visit them at: Number 163, Opposite Community Centre, Sector 14, Faridabad.

Last I heard, they’ve introduced Iced Teas and Pastas. Excited to try them! I’m waiting for more of their Summer Specials 😀

They’re also rolling out the Home Delivery option slowly. For more details, check out Zomato. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

So, have you guys been to Abana, yet?? How was your experience? Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Love from Shruti xx

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Picture by Madhura Bhrushundi | Edited by Me

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Product Review: Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos (Pink Blush)

Hello dear readers! ❤

Today I am back with a product review, and it’s from Lakme again 😉

I wanted to try this product since long, so I thought I should review it for you guys too! It is the Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos in the Pink Blush shade.

I ordered it from Jabong where it is priced at INR 600/- against the market price of INR 750/- !!

You can order it here 😀

The packaging is nothing fancy, and looks quite compact as seen below. It comes with a small applicator brush which can be travel-friendly only if you carry the whole box 😐

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The brush has really fine hair and is smooth to the touch. But quite honestly, I found it too tiny to be held correctly 😦IMG_20151128_130934906

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Here comes the blush compact:

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Aren’t the colours simply beautiful? 🙂

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So here goes the swatch:

Please note that I prepped my hand before applying the blush, so that the color pops. But I realised that the blush is quite pale and requires a number of strokes for the colour to build up.

Also, the texture of the blush product seems silky, almost like talc. But upon application, it feels chalky 😦

First swatch taken inside the house:

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Second swatch taken in natural light:

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Here’s how it looked on me!

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I know what you’re thinking – where’s the blush?! 😛

But yes, I am wearing it in this picture. It doesn’t play up well despite a number of applications. And I was afraid to add more strokes as I was beginning to look like a flamingo off-camera 😛

My Verdict:

This isn’t a great purchase. I might use it times of need, but I’d advise you to check out some other options too. Also, it wasn’t very visible on my complexion but it might suit fair ladies 🙂

Until next time,

Shruti xx

Product Review: Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee Nexus Lipstick

Hey ladies!

Today after a long break, I am back with a product review 🙂

It’s the Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick in the shade of Toffee Nexus (YUMMY NAME!)

I ordered it from Jabong where it is priced at INR 360/- against the market price of INR 450/- !!

You can order it here 😀

The product comes packaged in a peachy pink card box, with silver lettering. Looks simple and elegant; I like it! 🙂

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The lipstick has a rose gold metallic body which looks rich and sophisticated. It is slightly rounded at the middle, giving it a cute chubby look 😀IMG_20151128_125739801

Here is the Toffee Nexus lipstick:IMG_20151128_130028195

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Let’s take a look at the shade 🙂IMG_20151128_130402071

This is how it looks on my inner arm. I find it to be a very beautiful shade 🙂
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The texture of this Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick is quite creamy, and it is well tinted. I have pigmented lips and I could see that the colour had built up well with the first swipe itself. The second coat helped to play up the colour better!

Now for the drawbacks – The lipstick has a medicine-like smell. But I’m not sure if that’s the case with the entire range, or just my lipstick :/ The smell diffuses after a minute of wearing the lipstick.

Secondly, I feel that this lipstick  doesn’t have much staying power. Its creaminess makes it come off at the slightest contact with anything, be it a mug, straw, tissue etc. I liked the shade better, after blotting with a tissue 😛

This is how it looks on me (blotted):
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My Verdict:

Sooo, I did say that toffee Nexus is a beautiful shade of lip colour. BUT, I’m afraid that it doesn’t flatter my dusky complexion. The swatch looked pretty on my arm, but my face is darker in comparison. I’m sure it will look great on fairer complexions 🙂

Nevertheless, Toffee Nexus will definitely be my go-to lipstick for a nude look 😀

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Premium Laundry Services Are Here!

Hello, my dear readers!

How many of you are fussy about your laundry like me? 😛

I always prefer washing my clothes by hand, with a gentle liquid detergent. I don’t even trust washing machines to do the job well! But with a hectic job, it’s tough to always find time for the chore; my clothes end up piling up 😦

Recently, I learnt about a new laundry service called Mink.

I received the offer to get any three items laundered by Mink in exchange for an honest review. I am excited to share my experience with you guys 😀

So, I sent across an AND dress, a prized sari (raw silk with zari work) of mine and a precious rug which had gotten stained. I forgot to take pictures of the dress and sari before I sent it to the Mink team but I remembered to click the carpet 😛
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Look at that patch on top, off-centre. I wanted this cleaned so I could store it properly, but I couldn’t figure out where or when to get it cleaned. Mink’s timing couldn’t have been better! 😀

So, the process began. The pickup was quite smooth and efficient. An executive from Mink collected my items and gave me a receipt.IMG_20151016_212057943

After 3 days – which I felt was a long wait – I received a call informing me that my stuff was ready to be delivered. The coordination was very efficient! I got held up at work and the Mink executive was gracious enough to delay his visit for my convenience 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised when I received my laundered stuff neatly folded and presented in Mink’s branded packaging ❤

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IMG_20151010_155900697Inside the spacious bag, my item were separately packed with much care and thought. My rug had been wrapped carefully, too 🙂

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I was amazed to see my clothes in top condition 🙂IMG_20151010_155714902IMG_20151010_155310156
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I’ll just sum up by saying that these premium laundry services seem like a boon. There are many other like me, who are very particular about their clothes but are not able to give it time. With Mink’s efficient pickup-and-drop facility and smooth communication, we can goodbye to our laundry hassles! 😎

You can check out the prices and more details on their website.

For all my lovely readers, here’s an amazing offer! You get INR 200 off on a minimum order of INR 500, valid till 15th November. Use promo code BLOG1400

Until next time, Shruti xxIMG_20151010_155220302

Shopping Online with Coupons!

Hello dear readers ❤

Today I want to share something exciting with you. I’m sure many of you share the same guilty pleasure with me, that is shopping online 😛

And what better than discount coupons to shed our guilt of shopaholism? O:)

So today, I’ll share my no-guilt pass with you – CouponzGuru.com! This website is not only an aggregator of discount coupons but also gives you exclusive offers for brands like Jabong, Stalkbuylove, Amazon, Koovs, LenskartYepme and Askmebazaar!

So, here goes my experience on Couponzguru:

A pop-welcomed me to the site, encouraging me to sign up for free coupons. I’m all for it – count me right in! 😉

The home page is filled with a myriad of coupons – Ebay, Askmebazaar, American Swan, Lenskart, Shopclues, Yepme, Paytm etc etc.

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There’s something for everyone on Couponzguru. Travel, banking, food :burrito:, electronics, fashion, domestics and even mobile recharge!

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As a fashion blogger, and simply as someone who want a new top, I decided to go for clothing coupons! 😀

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They have it all – Flipkart, Jabong, Amazon, Stalkbuylove, Trendin, Shoppers Stop and Faballey, just to name a few.

After exploring for a while, I decided to go with Jabong’s Flat 20% Off (on new arrivals) coupon! It led me to a new tab with this popup:

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In the previous tab, I had been directed to the Jabong merchant site where I could shop. SO convenient! After some tedious browsing, I fell for this beautiful yellow top (worth INR 1299) which is perfect for both work and play.

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Using the flat 20% off offer from Couponzguru, I was able to get the top for INR 1091 😀

Next, I realised that I needed to get some skincare products. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found a flat 30% off coupon for Lotus products from Askmebazaar!

I ended up ordering this skincare combo which has all my favourite products – and at an unbeatable price.

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To sum it up, I had a smooth sail on Couponzguru. I had only a few “hiccups” – when I came across some expired coupons. But the sheer availability of many more coupons made up for it I guess 😉

Happy Shopping! xx