Amway Dynamite Hair Cream Review

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I feel like I should not delay anymore to post my review on Amway Dynamite Hair Cream. After applying three times, I learnt the perfect way of using the Amway Dynamite Hair Cream for a perfect hairdo. I do not know why they have mentioned in their website that it helps men for styling their hair. There is no such thing mentioned in the actual product. There is no indication that it is only for men. Actually, I bought this product from a ladies beauty parlour. Hence I am going to continue using this product anyway at least for its ingredients and effectiveness.

Amway Dynamite Hair Cream

Amway Dynamite Hair Cream

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Sweet Mango Thokku/Manga Thokku/Mango pickle Recipe

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I got a supplement bookwhich is full of 'Recipes with Mango' with 'Aval Vikadan' May edition. Mango thokku/Manga pickle is the first recipe I tried from the book. Mango thokku/Mango Pickle came out very well. It was very tasty with Sambar rice and curd rice. I tried with only one mango. You can add more mangoes and increase the quantity of ingredients accordingly. I am sharing the recipe here. 

Sweet Mango Thokku/Manga Thokku/Mango pickle Recipe

Mango Thokku
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Tamarind Curry Recipe - Sundakkai Vatha Kulambu/Vatha Kuzhambu Recipe

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I prepared Vatha kulambu for the lunch last weekend. It came out very well as usual. I just wanted to share the Vatha kulambu recipe. This is a very popular recipe in Tamil Nadu. Vatha Kulambu takes place in the lunch menu in most of the marriages. I love it very much for its sweet and spicy taste. If you have Puli kulambu podi ready at home, making vatha kulambu or puli kulmabu is not at all a big deal. You can add Sundakkai Vathal(Turkey Berry) or Manathakkali(Black NightShade)to prepare Manathakkali kulambu.

Sundakkai Vatha Kulambu/Vatha Kuzhambu

Vatha Kulambu

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Home made Quick Snacks - Oma Podi Recipe

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Oma podi is one of the snacks loved by almost all kids even adults. I just finished making Omapodi for my kid. He loves it very much. It can be given even to 1 year babies. I prefer preparing snacks at home for my kid than buying from outside. It will be more healthy than the bakery items. My mom never misses to prepare Omapodi for my kid when we go to my native. Also, Omapodi will be there in the list of  Diwali snacks.

Home made Quick Snacks - Oma Podi Recipe


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Chana Masala Recipe/Chole Masala Recipe

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Today, I am going to share you a wonderful recipe shared by my friend. She introduced me to this recipe when we stayed together. All of my friends are great fans for this recipe. Now, my whole family  loves this Chana Masala recipe/Chole Masala Recipe. My sister's friends and relatives are also in the fans list. If I prepare any other side dish for Poori, my hubby limits the count to 4. If I prepare this Chana Masala/Chole Masala, he loves not to put limit because of this delicious Chana Masala :-) My 1.75 years old kid will have Poori with just the gravy. I do not give Chana to him since it is not easily digestible for him. He likes it to have Poori/Chapathi. Happy with the recipe since no one is exempted from the fan list of Chana Masala Recipe/Chole Masala Recipe.

Chana Masala/Chole Masala Recipe:

Chana Masala

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Shikakai Powder - How to make Shikakai powder for hair wash at home

Shikakai Powder | Acacia Concinna Powder - A mild cleanser with less pH naturally. Unlike chemical shampoos, shikakai powder does not remove natural oils from your hair. Shikakai is a natural detangler too. That is the reason we do not need conditioner to condition our hair after treating it with this natural cleanser. It has been used for generations to maintain the hair especially by people in Tamil Nadu and some South Indian people.

Shikakai powder for hair

Shikakai is called as fruit for hair. Shikakai is also called as Sikakai, Sikaikai, Sigaikaay and in many other different ways. Sikai means tresses/hair. Fruit is the early stage of Kaay. It is believed that this is how Shikakai got its name.

I am going to share you all how to prepare perfect Shikakai powder at home to clean your hair effectively. My mom used to prepare the shikakai(in Tamil) at home and she packs and gives me every time she comes here. Thanks to her. I used to have Shikakai powder from a famous brand in my stock. I use the branded Shikakai powder when I want to go outside or if I want a smooth hair wash or whenever I feel lazy :-)

The shikakai powder made at home will not be a super fine powder and will not lather so much like the branded Shikakai powder or shampoos available in the market. My beautician friend asked me one day which one I use frequently for hair wash. I told her the brand. She asked me why don't you prepare the Shikakai powder at home and use it. It is really better for your hair in long term rather than the other brands available in the market. Then, I realised and started using the homemade Shikakai powder more frequently. What I noted down the line was, the hair growth was faster and totally free from any kind of damage. Nowadays, I prefer going for layer cut for my hair. By this quick hair growth, it is hard to find out the layers in few days :-) So, I am using homemade one for regular usage and shampoo or Shikakai powder from other brands(Meera Shikakai powder or Karthika Shikakai Powder) when I have to go outside immediately after I take bath. When you use homemade shikakai powder you need sometime to clean the hair with towel to remove the shikakai powder completely from the hair. I used Amway Persona Amla Hair oil for oiling my hair in the past. Now, I am using Kottakkal Neelibringadhi thailam.

Sharing you how to prepare the Shikakai powder at home. All you need to do is, buy out the ingredients whenever you see and find out a grinding mill in your neighborhood.

Ingredients to make shikakai powder:

Shikakai - 1/2 kg
Reetha - 100 g
Fenugreek seeds - 100 g


Tulsi leaves - Handful
Hibiscus flower petals - Handful
Curry leaves - Few

Preparation of Shikakai Powder for hair:

1. Dry the ingredients including optional items well under the sun for at least 2 days.
2. Grind it to a fine powder. My mom goes to a grinding mill to make a fine powder.

Different ways to use Shikakai Powder:

Shikakai Powder: You can make it on your own as instructed above. You can also buy it from shops or online shopping sites too. It can be used in many ways to get the full benefits from it. You can use it in different ways like hair pack, pimple mask, hair wash powder.

Shikakai Shampoo:

Shikakai can be used to make homemade shikakai shampoo also. You can make shikakai shampoo easily at home. Soak shikakai and deseeded reetha(soap nut) in water overnight. Boil them with the same water in the next day morning. Foam will be formed. Strain the liquid and use it as your regular shampoo. Unlike sulphate based commercial shampoos, it will not lather much but it can clean the hair effectively. You can wash your hair with shikakai shampoo twice a week. You can use amla, hibiscus, neem leaves, curry leaves, rose petals, tulsi leaves also while boiling. They will add more medicinal properties to the shikakai shampoo.

Shikakai tends to give a dry feeling for the hair. So, use it with sufficient amount of reetha(soap nut) to lather easily. You can do oil massage before you use shikakai on your hair to reduce the drying effect. You can also use shikakai powder with yogurt/curd to reduce the dryness. People also mix it with arappu powder.

Though shikakai has a lot of benefits for hair and skin, you must use good quality shikakai powder to reap the benefits and to avoid the side effects. Homemade Shikakai powder is the best in this case.

Benefits of Shikakai Powder for Hair:

  • Although you cannot expect a good amount of lather like the other shampoos available in the market with Sulphate, it cleanses the hair effectively. Reetha added in Shikakai will give you the required lathering to clean the hair
  • Applying the water used for boiling the neem leaves followed by Shikakai hair wash will remove the lice and keep your hair lice free. 
  • It prevents and treats dandruff problems effectively. Use it with the neem leaves as mentioned in the above point. It is more effective.
  • Homemade shikakai powder is free from all harmful chemicals.
  • Shikakai powder promotes hair growth and reduces hair problems like hair fall, hair loss.
  • Cools down the whole body and the scalp will get sufficient moisture. 
  • Maintains the overall good health for your hair.
  • Using the homemade shikakai for hair wash once or twice a week will keep your hair damage free. 

Benefits of Shikakai Powder for Skin:

Shikakai powder is very good for skin disorders, infections, itching, pimples and psoriasis. It has anti fungal properties too. Take a tablespoon of shikakai powder with required amount of water to make a waste. Apply the paste on the affected area and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry the skin. This is the simplest way to use shikakai powder on your skin.

In my grandmother's place, they mix the shikakai powder with rice kanji(the water in which rice is cooked). They keep it aside for sometime after mixing both. You can close it with a lid and leave it for 15 minutes. Apply it on the affected area and allow it work on your skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with clean water. Pat dry your skin. 

Shikakai in different languages:

Scientific Name - Acacia Concinna
In Hindi - Hikakai, Shika, Shikaikai, Shikakai
Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi - Shikakai or Sikakai or Sikaikai
English: Shikakai(In India), Soap pod
Malayalam - Chikaka
Telugu - Chikaya, Seekaya

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GM Weight Loss Diet Plan for Vegetarian - Did it really help me to lose weight fast?

GM Weight Loss Diet Plan for Vegetarian - Did it really help me to lose weight fast?

This post is to share about my experience with GM diet vegetarian version.Few days ago, I started my day with Apple. Know why? I thought of being in 7 Days GM Diet Plan second time to reduce my weight. I recollected what I did during the first time of GM diet plan and noted down. But, I stopped it and had lunch on the same day. My hubby forced me not to be in GM diet atleast till my kid turns 2 years old. I agreed with him and continued with my regular meals. I really need more energy to entertain and engage my kid. He wants my full attention all the time. Hence, I felt that this is not the right time. But, still I thought of trying to post my experience with GM diet plan since it is very good diet program which will give you visible results.

There are lot of weight loss tips available online. This GM diet plan for vegetarian can help you to lose your weight faster without following lot of weight loss tips for long time.

Update on 12-Nov-2013 - One of our readers has shared his experience that he has lost 3.5 kgs after GM diet and happily going for second round. Thanks for him for sharing his results with us. You can check his comment on Nov-10-2013 in the comment section.

Update on 21-Apr-2014: Another reader has shared her results with us. She has lost 3 kgs after taking GM diet. She aims to reduce 15kgs in 3 months. Thanks to the reader for sharing the result. You can check her comment about the result on 20-Apr-2014 in the comment section.

GM Diet Indian Veg 7 Days Diet chart

GM Weight Loss Diet Plan - My success story:

Why did it I start?

That was the time when I did not check my weight for 8 months after I leave my home to stay in a hostel and joined my first job. I had all kind of junk foods and lot of ice creams in and out of office which gave me an extreme shock when I checked my weight on a fine day. I had put on 8 kgs. Fortunately, I had moved to a home with my friends where I had a great homely food prepared by us. I gradually lost 3 kgs. Thanks to my friend who introduce GM diet plan at that time which helped me to reduce 3 kgs just in one week. I did not follow any other weight loss tips.

What is the net reduction in my weight by following GM diet plan?

I was in GM diet vegetarian variant plan 4 years ago. I got visible results which were really impressive. Yes, I lost 4 kgs on the third day and put on 1 kg in the end. So, I lost 3 kgs totally. Losing 3 kgs is a very big deal, atleast for me.

Was I able to maintain it?

I was able to maintain it afterwards by doing very simple exercises/aerobics at home till I shifted to another location in which I was not able to do any kind exercises and the work was also really hectic at that time. I had to spend day and night in my office. I put on 1 kg in 2 months. Then added 1 kg after my marriage followed by 4 kgs post delivery :-) This is the reason why I wanted to try GM diet plan again. I am sure it will work when I try next time if I follow it correctly. 

Quick Check whether you are you ready for GM Diet:

1. Do you desperately need to reduce weight? Are you searching for weight loss tips?
2. Are you ready to control yourself without eating any other items which are not listed in the GM diet plan?
3. Don't you need any extraordinary energy on those 7 days?

If your answers for the above questions are strictly 'yes', then GM diet plan will definitely work for you.

Menu of the 7 days GM diet:

Click the link below to know the diet menu for day 1 to 7 and weight loss tips.

My overall experience with GM diet:

I was happy since I lost 3 kgs totally without any side effects. I could have lost more weight if I have followed it perfectly. But I added little salt and was not able to involve in any kind of physical activity since I had to manage my work also. I felt that I did not have good energy during the diet to accommodate exercises. My friends have told me that I had turned thin all of a sudden and started asking me about weight loss tips. Few of them jumped to the GM diet immediately by my success story since they also found it easy instead of confusing with lot of weight loss tips. 

The most important weight loss tips to get amazing results from GM diet vegetarian plan are drinking a lot of water and following the diet chart without cheating.

Hope this post on GM diet would be helpful for you. Please leave your valuable comments.

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Masala Chapathi/Masala Roti Recipe

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I used to roti/phulka atleast once a week. I thought of trying out to something different from the normal roti without any additional work and tried this Masala roti recipe. I was very happy with the outcome. The taste was different and spicy. I am sure you will also like this Masala Chapathi. An additional effort of one minute can turn your chapathi/roti a spicy one. 

Masala Chapathi/Masala Roti

Masala Roti

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Thuvaramparuppu Sadam - Tamil Nadu Variety Rice recipe

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This is my one my favorite foods from my mother's preparation. During my college days, whenever my mom asks me what to do for lunch, my response will be Rice with Dal/ Thuvaramparuppu Satham. Rice with Toor Dal recipe is a very simple and healthy recipe. It helped me lot of times since the ingredients are readily available in my kitchen and does not need to run for shopping. Thanks to my mom who gave this wonderful Rice with Toor Dal recipe. This is a very famous Tirunelveli Recipe.

Rice with Toor Dal recipe(Thuvaramparuppu Satham):

Toor dal rice

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Homemade Amla Hair Oil for hair growth - How to Prepare/Make Amla Hair Oil for hair at home

Homemade Amla Hair Oil for hair growth is a very good ayurvedic hair oil for grey hair and to promote hair growth. Curry leaves and amla have been used since ages to treat hair fall problems and to maintain the overall health of the hair. 

Hope you are already aware of the rich benefits of Amla oil which your hair can get. Amla can be taken either internally or applied externally. It is also good if you can eat 1 tsp of amla powder daily with honey. It boosts immunity and good for preventing grey hair. It is very beneficial in both the ways. 

Let us see how to make Amla Hair Oil for hair at home which is also called Indian Gooseberry oil. It will surely help you to prevent premature greying if you apply it regularly. Try to make amla hair oil at your home following the below steps and enjoy the benefits of amla. It also prevents hair fall and promotes hair growth. Since we are making it at home, we can make sure that we protect our hair from lot of chemicals. 

Amla hair oil

Homemade Amla Hair Oil - How to Make Amla Hair Oil for hair at home:


1. Take fresh amla pieces. Clean them in cold water. Cut them into small pieces. Spread the cut pieces on a wide plate. Allow it to dry in sunlight to ensure there is no moisture left. It might take 2-3 or more days based on the climate.

2. Grind the dried amla pieces in a mixer and make a fine powder out of it.

3. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the powdered amla in the pan. Make sure that you heat in low flame.

4. Allow it to boil till fumes start appearing.

5. The oil will start turning brown. Switch off immediately. Otherwise, the oil will get burnt. Keep it aside to cool it down.

6. Filter the oil and keep it in an air tight container or bottle.

Now your homemade Amla Hair Oil for hair for grey hair is ready to use. 

Another Safest Method for making Amla Hair Oil:

Take a clean glass bottle. Fill it with the coconut oil. Once you dry the amla pieces, you can put the amla pieces inside the coconut oil and keep it under sun for at least 5 days daily. Slowly, the goodness of amla will be infused to the coconut oil naturally by the heat. It is a very safe method which is followed by ancestors.

Benefits of Amla for Hair:

1. It helps to promote Hair growth.
2. It prevents premature greying if you apply the oil regularly.
3. It helps to prevent split ends.
4. It controls hair fall hair fall and stop it gradually with regular application.
5. Maintains overall health of your hair.

Make your own homemade amla hair oil at home and put an end to premature greying and other hair problems. 


1. To get the full benefits of amla oil, you need to use it regularly.

2. Do not make oil in large quantity. You can prepare it for 15 days and for a month maximum. It will be good if you can make it every fortnight. 

Your comment means a lot to me. Please leave in your comments.

Learn how to preserve Amla in Honey.

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Super Soft Chapathi/Roti/Phulka recipe without oil

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I choose roti made from wheat flour if I want my breakfast or dinner to be very healthy recipe. After I saw a recent advertisement from an Atta brand about phulka/roti recipe, I thought of trying it. My friend also suggested this way of preparation long ago. The following Chapathi/Roti/Phulka recipe will not only help you to make super soft Chapathi/Roti/Phulkas but without any oil. Sounds good, right? Let us directly go to the recipe now.

 Super Soft Chapathi/Roti/Phulka recipe without oil


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Ponds White Beauty Daily Spot-less Lightening Cream Review

It is time to review Ponds White Beauty cream. I started using Ponds White Beauty cream SPF 20++ almost 4 years ago.  When I went to my friend's house where she stayed with friends, I met her friend. I had seen some of her photos. She looked awesome in some photos but dull in some photos. I could guess it was because of the make up she had done. I accidentally saw Ponds White Beauty in her open shelf. Hmmm.. I guessed that could be the reason behind her glowing skin in some photos. So, I thought of trying it. Till now, I am having it in my shelf even though I use it occasionally unlike Fair & Lovely(Read the review here) which I use almost daily.

Ponds White Beauty Daily  Spot-less Lightening Cream SPF 20 PA++ Review

Ponds White Beauty Daily Spot-less Lightening cream

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Idli Sambar Recipe - Quick and Easy Recipe of Sambar for idli

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Bored of preparing chutney all the time for Idli, Dosa and Pongal? But do you feel that you don't have much time to prepare other side dishes.. Here is the easy recipe of Sambar for Idli. It is very simple and    will be ready in few minutes. Your intervention will be very less. Try this easy but healthy Idli Sambar recipe. This is a basic version and I will post the restaurant style Sambar recipe soon.

Idli Sambar Recipe - Quick and Easy Recipe of Sambar for idli

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Easy Tomato Recipes - Tomato Side dish recipe

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I was bored yesterday with the routine side dishes and also did not have time to make yummy recipes. When I was talking with my friend, she gave me the recipe of this tomato side dish. It tastes very well with Chapathi, roti. My hubby does not like to have normal onion-tomato side dish for Chapathi. But he liked this simple Tomato side dish which is nothing but a slight variation. This tomato side dish recipe is very simple and quick to prepare.

Easy Tomato Recipes - Tomato Side dish recipe

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Easy Coconut Chutney Recipe(Thengai Chutney Recipe)

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I am here to share the easy to make Coconut chutney. Do not worry if you are a beginner in cooking. This is one of the recipe you can start with. It goes well with Idli, Dosa, Pongal and also with curd rice.

Coconut chutney recipe:

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Fair & Lovely Review

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Today the review is all about my all time favorite cream Fair  & Lovely. I buy and try so many creams for my face. But the one which I always have in stock is Fair & Lovely. How can I skip the Fair & Lovely review on my blog. 

Fair & Lovely Review:

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Himalaya Herbals - Gentle Hydrating Facewash review

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It is time to review the gentle hydrating facewash from Himalaya Herbals. I am using this Himalaya face wash for almost 7 years :-) Wondering ?? Yes. I asked my friend of the secret of having glowing skin even though she has oily skin. That is when she introduced me about the range of face washes from Himalaya Herbals. She was using Himalaya Neem Face wash and she asked me to use the one which is for dry skin. Even though I have tried lot of face washes sometimes, my all time favorite is nothing other than Himalaya Herbals face wash.

Himalaya Herbals - Gentle Hydrating Facewash review

Himalayas Hydrating Face Wash

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Orange Peel Powder Face Pack for glowing skin

Do you know how to use Orange peel powder for glowing skin? The orange peel powder can make wonders to your face really. Have you ever tried using the Orange peels on your face after eating the flesh. If your answer is no, it is time to do your own face mask at home using the orange peels on face. This homemade facial mask for glowing skin is sure to give you results in few applications. I did not know about this till I became a bride and started getting so many tips from friends:)

Orange Peel Powder for skin and Face Pack:

Orange Peel Face Pack

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Easy Recipes with Rice - Sambar Sadham/Sambar Rice Recipe

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Sambar rice is one of the easy recipes you can make with rice. Prepare this and pack for lunch. You will never get disappointed for not preparing rice, sambar and vegetable side dish. It has yummy taste with the goodness of vegetables.

Easy Recipes with Rice - Sambar Sadham/Sambar Rice Recipe

Sambar rice

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Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Review

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Last month I bought this Lakme Eyeconic Kajal and happily using it. I have used it many times and feel eligible to write a review on that:-)

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

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Potato Curry Recipe(Urulaikilangu poriyal)

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Shall we find out how to make simple and quick to prepare dish Potato cury?? Don't worry if you have very less time to cook and pack for your hubby and kids. Potato curry(Urulaikilangu poriyal) recipe is there to help you out.

Potato Poriyal(Urulaikilangu poriyal)

Potato Curry

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Amway Persona Soap Review

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I am completing three months of using Amway Persona soap. I am happy to write the review of the soap. I never planned to try this soap. I always heard good reviews only about Amway Persona Amla Hair oil. Click here to read the review of Amway Persona Amla Hair oil. I have never heard about this soap from anyone. Thanks to the owner of the beauty parlour who introduced this soap and Amway Dynamite Hair cream. I just went for layer cut and came back with these items:-)

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