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Thankful for the Perfect Healthy Bite!!

It is that time again with lots of beauty boxes to lust after during the holiday season. Every time I would pass by some of the bite beauty lipsticks, I would get all heart-eyed. Well there is more to these bite beauty lipsticks besides their beautiful and opaque pigmentation. They are absolutely healthy and as the name suggests can be bitten into –  hence their clever logo with the “B” partially eaten off! I am so thankful for the Perfect Bite red mint box I just purchased!

The box has four deluxe sized amuse bouche lipsticks in fig, pepper, honeycomb and nori shades. I have a picture of each swatch from the box below. They are beautifully rich and opaque when applied over the lips. They are creamy and provide much needed moisture and hydration. Each lip shade belongs to the Bite lipstick permanent range as well. Have I mentioned these lipsticks consist of 12 edible oils? Next time you are eating with your lipstick on, there is no health hazard to be worried of.

This is a great set for exploring Bite lipstick products as there are 4 beautiful shades for the price of just one of their lipsticks! My favorite from this box is the pepper shade – really a lush nude!

 

 

Meenu

This is a story based on the life of one of my aunts whom I will refer to as “Meenu”. She embodies the elegance of an inspirational lady both inside and out. I wanted to dedicate this short story about her life. Throughout my life I have been much inspired by her and her actions and I wanted to break them into separate sections.

1. Eloquance of speech – Meenu speaks gracefully and holds herself to the high standards of phonetics and grammar in her spoken native language. Never ever sounding forced and colloquial, she communicates very eloquently regardless of professional, friendly or family gatherings.

2. Elegant deportment – Almost 77 years old, there has never yet been a time that she has held a slouchy posture. Walking and sitting with grace and elegance is a part of her.

3. A well-maintained figure – As with all aspects of her life, needless to say this lady has always maintained a well balanced healthy figure. Paying attention to healthy and moderate eating, she ages with much grace.

4. Beauty without any snobbery – It is true that having a beautiful set of genes is no accomplishment of our own, yet we sometimes become arrogant when we let it get to our heads. Meenu, a much pursued elegant beauty from the era of the 60s has never allowed any of that to make her snobbish . Her beauty shines through from within her soul and makes her outwardly even more so. Quoting famous actress Sophia Loren “Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It is not anything physical.”

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5. Elegant without material obsessions – We strive to possess many fancy clothes and items as we believe that adds to our beauty and coolness. There is one thing admirable about Meenu – it is very difficult to imagine any particular item adding to her elegance because she already embodies it without requiring external validation. Therefore in everything she wears (be it simple or not) she adds her own special touch – they do become special when they are worn by her and not the other way around!

6. Choosing life partner – Meenu was pursued by many suitors as a young elegant beauty! She chose the most honorable of them all, possessing a pure heart of gold. She married her one and only soulmate, a courageous and noble patriot, who had protested against the oppressors of our countrymen during war torn times.

7. Higher education and learning – Meenu is characterized with love for learning and knowledge. Dedicating her life as a college professor, even today she prepares exams for her students.Her dedication to her students and profession is commendable!

8. Community Service – Meenu has dedicated her life to much community work. Always there in sickness and need, she is one of the first persons to run to the side of the needy to genuinely help with all her heart!

9. Life-long friendships – Meenu has treasured her friendships and maintained them throughout her life. Never selfish, she is one of those blessings to her girlfriends!

 

 

 

 

Healthy Lipstick with Beet Powder

Being very health conscious, I have researched a  lot into healthy lipsticks – many lipstick products contain harmful chemicals and as such pose health hazards. I am the type of person who likes being completely natural with the exception of a little lip stain – that is the only makeup I actually use but for me it needs to be organic and healthy. However many of the healthy lipsticks can also be quite expensive – hence I have tried to make my own lipstick at home with beet root powder!

How to make beet powder:

Buy fresh organic beets, wash and peel off skin
Slice the beets very thin
Sprinkle over some salt
Place in 1 layer in a foil in baking tray and set oven to 300F. After 12 mins flip over to the other side for another 12 minutes or so.
Turn off oven and then just let this dehydrate for 8 hours or so. It is beatbox to do this on workdays – just let it dehydrate. They should be dry when you come back home.
Put the dehydrated beet chips in coffee grinder, adjust the cup setting to “max cups” and to “fine grind”. Then turn it on and grind. There should be very fine powder collected against the top and walls. First collect all of these! If anything is left to grind, rerun the grinder. Again collect the finest powder only. Secondly collect rest of the powder by using a very thin sieve in the kitchen. This powder should still be very fine.

 

Lipstick recipe – with beet powder

0.5 tsp of shea butter
1 little measuring spoon of castor oil or 0.5 tsp
Some drops of grape seed oil
Roughly 1/3  tsp of wax pellets
Add 1/4 tsp of organic mica
Melt in small container over double boiler stirring well for 1-2 minutes
When this is melted, also add 1 tsp of beet powder and mix very very well
Pour smooth mixture into empty lipstick mould
Let cool in a cool dry place for 1 hour to set it