I have been using the Kama Ayurveda- Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid – Ayurvedic Night Serum since a month and will be sharing my thoughts on this product with all of you today. Kumkumadi taila is extensively mentioned in Ayurveda for providing glowing and lustrous skin, which is why I was searching for authentic kumkumadi taila. I have tried kumkumadi taila from a few other brands before but was not satisfied. Then one of my friends recommended Kama Ayurveda products to me.
This beauty fluid is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper. The packaging is grand and will take you back to the vintage era. The price of a 12ml bottle is INR 2295 but I purchased it for an offer price of 1800 bucks. Once you open the bottle, the mild fragrance of the fluid enchants the room. The fluid is light orange in color and mildly greasy in texture. In the dry climate during the winters, it gets completely absorbed into the skin. However, if you have oily skin or live in a humid area then it’s better to avoid this product as it may make way for acne.
The skin tends to get dry in winter and we need to keep moisturizing it. We all know that oil is the best moisturizer but when it comes to the face we tend to worry about applying oil, due to the fear of acne. However, as I mentioned above, this serum is quite light-weight and does not clog the pores, making it perfect for those with dry skin. The base of this beauty fluid is sesame oil and the unique Ayurvedic formulation is prescribed for glowing and radiant skin. The ingredients of the fluid are also known to prevent mild bacterial infections. The ideal age for trying this product would be the late twenties and early thirties because the serum helps to preserve the youthfulness of the skin.
Overall, I’m satisfied with the Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid and think that it lives up to its claims of nourishing dull and damaged skin. This fluid is perfect for the winter months as a moisturizer, as it gives a glow and hydration to the face. However, I would be happy if they dropped the price a little.
It’s back, it’s bigger AND it’s better! The Mauvelush November Mellow Edition is here to sweep all the bag lovers off their feet 🙂 I received mine last week and here are all the items that this month’s box brought to my doorstep.
1.Chioma Cupcake Sling (INR 1399/-) – The star of the box that impressed everyone on Instagram is this Chioma Cupcake Sling that looks super cute and is super roomy too. The price of this bag is INR 1399 and it does look worth the price tag. The quality of the material is top-notch and this bag is a great choice for a casual day out.
2. Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve (INR 465/-) – This giant tub of chocolatey-nutty goodness is not meant for eating even though it smells delicious. This is a gourmet lip balm by Hedonista that has amazing ingredients such as cocoa butter and peanut butter and is very nourishing on the lips. The price tag of INR 465/- does seem hefty but the jar will last you a while and this lip balm is by far the most decadent lip product I have ever used.
3. White Ceramic Mug (INR 350/-) – This white mug has a very classy and elegant design and will definitely be my best friend this winter. It is larger than your average coffee mug and heavier too, which means that the material is of higher quality, therefore justifying the price tag of INR 350.
4. Boho Tassel Neckpiece (INR 399/-) – I am a fan of delicate jewellery and this long necklace with a bright blue tassel definitely fits the bill for me. This piece is unique while being extremely wearable and can add some oomph to a plain tee.
5. Statement Gold Bracelet (INR 249/-) – Another piece of delicate jewellery that can be worn on its own or can be layered with other bracelets or a watch to create a nice little stack on your wrist.
6. The Black Rosette Hot Chocolate Mix (INR 350/-) – Making hot chocolate is even easier with The Black Rosette Hot Chocolate Mix. Just add a few spoonfuls to steaming hot milk and you are all set for a chilly morning. The price is a little high but the taste and the packaging did impress me.
Overall, the Mauvelush November Mellow Edition has items worth approximately INR 3200 while the box is priced at INR 1999 for a one-month subscription. This is definitely not one of the most affordable subscription boxes out there but it is certainly a luxury box that lives up to its name with the quality of the products. I do wish that there was one more item in this box to make it more affordable but if you like the cupcake bag then this box is still a really good deal. You can book yours on www.mauvelush.com and can use the coupon code MRINALI10 for an extra 10% off. So do grab yours now to be winter-ready this season 🙂
I hope that this review was helpful. Check out @Mauvelush on Instagram to find out more about a contest they are running where you can get the December box for free!
Green Tea is my go-to drink whenever I have had a little too much to eat or just need a cozy cup to cuddle with. The Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea is the latest member of my green tea family, and I must confess that I am completely partial to this baby. Seer Secrets has managed to impress me yet again with this product and here is why.
This green tea has a unique texture and comes in the form of “pearls” of tea leaves. You are supposed to drop 2-3 pearls in a cup, add boiling water and let it simmer, within a few minutes you will have a cup of delicious and soothing green tea that resembles the green tea at fancy tea places and hotels in terms of flavor.
Unlike the standard bitter green teas, this one is pretty mild and has a refreshing zesty taste and smell. This is due to the lemongrass extracts added to the tea leaves which make the tea tastier and healthier too. Also, this tea arrived at my doorstep in the signature Seer Secrets tin with a beautiful glass jar inside that held the actual product. The glass jar adds a luxurious element to the tea brewing and drinking experience and is a wonderful touch in my opinion.
This tea contains anti-oxidants, regulates blood pressure, boosts metabolism and aids digestion. I enjoy drinking it post a heavy meal and it instantly makes me feel lighter and energized. Overall, it lives up to its claims and the non-bitter taste makes it a winner for me. The price of INR 423 for a 50gm jar is a little steep but if you are a connoisseur of the beverage who is willing to spend the money for a great cup of tea then you must try out this product!
Editor’s Note – Hi guys, as some of you may know, I am starting a guest blog series here and the first post in this series is something that might be very useful for all my female readers. So over to Becca who will be sharing her experience with fertility issues and offering some advice on how to cope with the same.
Thank you so much for having me here, I blog over at Post IVF world and as the name suggests, I talk about my life now that IVF is over, I also speak a lot about hormone health, mental health, and pregnancy loss. (but honestly, it isn’t all doom and gloom like it may seem)
Seeing as I have the opportunity to write this guest post, I really want to talk to you guys about fertility.
Have you thought about your own? If you haven’t you are not alone!
Education around fertility and hormone health is severely lacking in our society, mostly because it’s not fully understood or recognized as something that is a general issue, but the facts are, fertility starts declining at just age 27 for women. I bet most of you didn’t realize that?
Most people think fertility issues are largely from the women’s side but recent studies have shown fertility issues are one- third female issues, one-third male and one-third unidentified reasons.
What that really means though, is that it could happen to any of us, often to people who, on the surface appear to be perfectly healthy people!
I was lucky, in that I found out I was infertile at 15, I was young and although it has been very hard at least I knew where I stood early on. I could make a plan to have donor egg IVF, I had information to make choices.
There are so many people who don’t feel able to talk about their hormone health, hormonal issues or concerns with their reproductive system until its so late that there isn’t much that can be done.
I am campaigning as hard as I can to raise awareness and get people talking about fertility, it is something that I want people to understand is okay to talk about, and there are some amazing communities out there that can offer advice and support!
So let’s get talking!!
I have always found it relatively easy to talk about hormones and the reproductive system, in turn, this has helped my friends be more aware and knowledgeable on this subject, and has helped them feel confident to go to their GP when they feel like something isn’t right.
So why not, next time you are talking to your friends, ask them about their periods and hormones, get the conversation going, it is amazing how many people I talk to about this and they say they haven’t had a period for ages but are presuming everything is okay, I know it can be scary, but as someone who can’t have children, get checked out, before it is too late.
(Pass this article around as much as you like, it might really help someone!!)
You might find that people close to you are struggling more with this kind of thing than you ever knew, and just felt ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it (fertility issues can do this to you!)
For now, I wanted to write a set of guidelines, something to help people out who are supporting someone going through fertility issues or concerns, I get contacted quite often from people who just don’t know what to say, even if they are lifelong friends, it can feel like a bit of a minefield!
So, here is my checklist of Do’s and Don’ts:
1. Just sit with them and listen, you probably don’t have the questions, especially if this is an unknown world to you, so the kindest thing you can do is to be quiet, they will probably need to just talk it out! (for me, the more I talked about it the more it made sense in my head)
2. Let them know you are here, no matter what, you love them for who they are! Fertility can be so harsh and can make you question what’s good about yourself. If you can’t do the one thing nature intended (at least this is how I felt) I couldn’t be fixed, and I needed to know it hadn’t changed how people saw me!
3. Let them know that whatever they are feeling is completely natural, and it is okay to feel this way, for as long as they need, it’s hard enough without beating yourself up because you feel guilty for feeling the way you do.
1. Tell them everything will be okay, because it might not be, and it can make them feel like you truly don’t understand how they are feeling.
2. Rush them, when you find out you have infertility problems, it can be a period of mourning or grief, and this is something that can’t be fixed overnight.
3. Tell them that your friend had fertility issues then got pregnant naturally after 2 months, although it sounds positive, this is an unlikely scenario and really isn’t helpful to people who are going through it.
4. Force them to discuss it, they might not be ready, you can still be there for them by doing things you usually do and not treating them any different!
I know this is short, but hopefully, it goes some way to help you support others, and if any of you guys have more questions or just want to chat fire me an email, I would love to connect!
Is it just me or does every girl feel a little more bad ass with a dark and vampy nail color on her talons? My favorite dark shade is oxblood and since fall is here, I can finally flaunt it without people thinking I am a little crazy. On my nails today is the shade Plumtastic from the Colorbar Quick Finish Nail Lacquer Range. This nail paint is richly pigmented and dries very quickly too but unfortunately, the brand seems to have discontinued the range because it is out of stock on almost all websites. However, if you do find it somewhere then do grab it because it is super opaque and longlasting while being pretty affordable too!
What is your favorite nail color for fall? Let me know in the comments below!
For almost a year, Lipstick For Lunch has been my voice and my voice only, but now is the time to add the voices of my lovely readers to this blog. I am at the point in my career where it is becoming increasingly harder to provide you a different post every day and I also want this blog to represent the thoughts of a larger set of people. So now I will be accepting guest blog posts for this blog which will be mixed in with my usual blog posts. So in case you are interested to write for us, here are a few terms and conditions-
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The topic should be related to the spheres of fashion, beauty, or lifestyle.
Any content submitted to Lipstick For Lunch may not be published on any other platform by the author.
Unfortunately, as of now, we cannot provide any compensation for the articles but we will be linking back to your blog/social media which will definitely help in attracting more traffic to your platform.
So anybody who is interested to write for us, kindly drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Guest Blog For LipstickForLunch”. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you 🙂
Sometimes, I buy skincare products on a whim and the Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream was such an impulsive buy. Even though this day cream is best suited for dry skin, I bought it regardless of the fact that my skin is oily to combination, thinking that it will be a nice treat for the winter days ahead. Luckily, this cream suited my skin like a dream, so much so that I immediately placed an order for the Nurturance Night Cream from the same range as well. Usually, I’m not too matchy-matchy about my day and night skincare routine but using these two products in conjunction has worked quite well for my skin and here is how.
The day cream has a thick consistency, as opposed to the lotions from Plum, and is also pretty creamy. It spreads fairly easily on the skin though and you only need a few dots of the product to cover the entire face. It has a slight oiliness to it, but not in a bad way – more like the lightweight oiliness of serums. Also, this does not create a thick film on the face and gets absorbed fairly quickly, leaving the skin hydrated and glowing but not greasy. I love the fact that this cream has SPF 30, which I need at the moment because I am starting to incorporate Vitamin C in my skincare regimen. Overall, this cream is the perfect product for the cold season ahead when you need to give a little extra nourishment to your parched skin. It seems like the product replenishes the natural oils of the face without causing excessive oiliness and the cream should suit all skin types except extremely oily skin.
The night cream from the range is also extremely nourishing without being heavy on the skin and sinks into the face beautifully. Along with many natural oils, the product also contains sea buckthorn extracts which are supposed to be an excellent source of Omega 7 fatty acids which repair the skin, while the grape seed oil acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. The only thing I don’t like about this night cream is the bulky glass jar which is not travel-friendly at all. I wish that this product had a more compact packaging like the convenient tube of the day cream. The day cream and the night cream can be purchased as a combo pack for INR 1000 (current discounted price is INR 815), which seems pretty affordable to me for the quality of the products.
All the Plum products are paraben-free, phthalate-free and SLS-free and are also extremely gentle on the skin. I love these mild yet effective skincare products that have a faint fragrance that uplifts my mood in the morning and at night. So if you are someone who is planning to pamper your skin a little bit extra during the winter months then do give this range a shot.
So yesterday was Diwali and I was all dolled up like thousands of women around India. This Diwali was extra special because I chose to wear a sari that has a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, my mom had a stunning peacock blue silk sari with shiny silver embroidery which I loved so much that I coaxed her to wear it on every special occasion. When I was shopping for my wedding trousseau, I spotted the exact color combination in this marvelous georgette number, and as soon as I set my eyes on it, I knew that I had to buy it to have my very own version of my mom’s sari.
Luckily, even though I purchased this sari without trying it on, it drapes like a dream because of the light georgette material and the fabric is so easy to wear throughout the day. This is definitely the most comfortable sari that I own and the most beautiful too. I first wore this sari at a puja at my in-law’s place that was one of the rituals once I had entered their house as a new bride, which made this sari even more special for me and something that I will always cherish no matter how worn out it becomes.
This Diwali, I paired it with some huge silver chandbalis (which I love) and kept the rest of my jewelry fairly simple because I did not want to look too overdressed even though it was a festive occasion. Since I had to sport this look from the day till the night, I went with a silver-blue eyeshadow on the lids which matches the sari without being too over the top and kept the rest of my face matte and neutral. I also tied up my hair in a low bun to make the earrings more prominent.
So this was my look for Diwali and I was super pleased with this whole look, if I may say so myself, and can’t wait to wear this beloved sari yet again because I can’t seem to get enough of it!
What did you wear this Diwali? Also, do you have a piece of clothing that you have a sentimental bond with? Let me know in the comments below!
I have recently been obsessed with foot soaks because nothing beats soaking your feet in warm, fragrant water when you wish to unwind after a long day. One of the foot soaks that I have been using lately is the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak, which is a combination of marigold extracts, sea salt, and coconut oil.
This foot soak is more of a moisturizing foot soak than a detanning or exfoliating one. It comes in the form of a vibrant yellow crumbly powder which contains bits of marigold petals and solid coconut oil. Upon mixing with warm water, the oil turns into a liquid and the petals remain floating in the water, creating a hydrating and luxurious looking soak.
My feet feel completely relaxed and moisturized after dipping them in this foot soak for around 10-15 minutes. Like I said, this product is not very exfoliating but the salt and the warm water do help to get rid of some of the dead skin, revealing softer feet. Overall, this is a nice product for pampering your feet but the price of INR 1550 for 200gms of product seems a little steep to me. However, one sachet shown in the picture is of 22gms and gives me 2-3 uses when used judiciously, so it is not too expensive if you do the math. If you like hydrating foot soaks and love colorful bath products then you must give this one a shot!
Mitti Se is an Indian brand that has recently received a lot of love from beauty bloggers, particularly on Instagram. The brand creates all natural products from ingredients that have been used in traditional Indian skincare for centuries. Somehow, I never got around to trying out the brand because I had way too much skincare to test out already but when I saw a sample size of the Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash on Smytten, I grabbed it. Ever since I started using this product, I have literally been kicking myself for not trying it out earlier because it is so good! So let us look at what this product claims to do in greater detail.
This product is an all-natural powder based facewash which you need to mix with water to apply to the face and it can be used as a face pack as well. What got me really excited about this face wash is the fact that it contains orange peel, lemon peel, and the essential oil of orange. I have recently been hearing such great things about the anti-pigmentation and anti-oxidizing benefits of Vitamin C that I have been trying to gradually incorporate it into my regimen and this product seemed like a great way to do the same. It also contains almond powder which acts as a mild scrub and a source of Vitamin E. Other ingredients included black and red gram flour and fuller’s earth (Multani mitti), which form an essential part of any homemade Indian facemask and have anti-tanning properties. This is combined with extracts of rose, neem, and turmeric that prevent acne and have anti-bacterial properties. Due to its mild exfoliating properties and the presence of anti-bacterial ingredients, this product does live up to its claims of being an anti-acne and anti-suntan face wash.
I personally prefer using this product as a face mask because then it gives even better results. I am usually not a fan of “high-maintenance” products that need to be made into a paste, as opposed to those that can be used directly out of the jar, but in fact, I quite enjoyed making this paste because the powder dissolves really well in the water and forms a smooth paste quite easily. Since I had purchased only a sample pack, I made the paste in bulk and stored it in the fridge. Less than 10gms of the product gave me more than 5 uses which is very impressive. I massage this paste onto my skin to gently exfoliate my face and then let it dry for a good 10 minutes before washing it off. This mask sucks out all the oil from my face and brings a natural glow to my skin. What I love a lot about the product is the zesty scent of oranges that truly wakes me up in the mornings and makes me feel like I am using something pure on my face.
If you are someone with oily and acne prone skin then you must use this product as a face pack and if you have normal to dry skin then sticking to it as a face wash would be better. With regular use, it does eliminate dead cells to get rid of a tan and also dries up any pimples to reveal clearer skin. Overall, I do not see any cons to the product and the price of INR 220 for 40gms is pretty reasonable considering the quality and the small quantity of product required per use. You can buy this product on Amazon and can also order a sample from Smytten if you are a member. If you are looking for some last minute skin detox before Diwali for that festive glow then this product will definitely be your knight in shining armour!
My hair care is such a mish-mash of products that it often tends to confuse people. The reason for this is that I have combination hair that is oily at the roots and can be extremely dry at the ends. This is why I usually use a volumizing shampoo combined with a nourishing conditioner so that both the problems get addressed. I have currently been using the OGX Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner and will be reviewing it for you guys today.
OGX hair products usually never disappoint me and this conditioner is no exception. It contains the goodness of Argan oil that penetrates the hair and leaves them incredibly soft and smooth. However, the best thing about the conditioner is that unlike most argan oil based hair masks and conditioners, this product does not weigh my hair down at all. My hair feels glossy, but not greasy, and healthier whenever I use this conditioner. One thing I always make sure is that I only apply it to the lower halves of my hair so that the scalp remains oil free.
If you are someone with extremely dry hair then using this conditioner in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range will work very well for you. But if you have combination hair like mine then pair it with a shampoo meant for oily hair for optimal results.
Priced at INR 725 for a massive 385ml bottle, this beautifully packaged conditioner is a mid-range product that is a good alternative if you do not want to spend a fortune on higher-end products. Also, OGX has a vast range of alternatives for different hair types, so even if you do not have dry hair, you can still find something from the brand that you love. So do check out their collection and let me know how it works for you.
I have always felt that Kama Ayurveda products are a bit too expensive, but the product I will talk about today is one of the more reasonably priced products from the range. The Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub is priced at INR 550 for a 50gm tube, which quite surprised me because I had expected that it would cost around INR 1000. Still, I did not want to buy the full-sized product on a whim and therefore purchased a sample from Smytten instead. This 8 gm sample provided me a good 4-5 uses, which means that the 50gm tube will last you really long. Here is how the product performed on my sunburnt feet after my recent vacation.
True to the reputation of the brand, this foot scrub contains a great set of ingredients. It has apricot shell particles to scrub the dead skin off the feet, chamomile for soothing dry and damaged skin and tea tree extracts to cool the skin and to calm down any irritation or redness. It also contains Basil extracts that are supposed to alleviate any aches or pains and the extracts of musk and sandalwood to provide a pleasant scent to the feet. All these ingredients are combined to form a deep orange gel in which you can see the ground apricot shell scrub particles.
Upon massaging on the skin, the gel soon turns into a white cream that further gets absorbed into the skin within a few more minutes. The brand recommends to massage the product on the feet for around 5 minutes, and on doing so, the cream gets almost completely absorbed by the skin and only the scrub particles remain on the surface. Therefore this foot scrub not only helps in removing dead skin with the gritty exfoliating action of the apricot shell but also hydrates the feet at the same time. I also feel a slight cooling sensation while rubbing in the product and it has a mild musky scent that most people would enjoy.
Overall, this product performs really well at making the feet smooth and moisturized and at removing any dullness from the feet. Personally, I would have preferred if it had more of a cooling action like The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub but nevertheless it is still a great foot scrub. The scrubbing action is neither too mild nor too rough, making it perfect for using once or twice a week for the maintenance of your feet. However, if you have severely tanned feet then you may need to use this more often and in conjunction with a brightening foot cream for quicker results. Overall, I will recommend this scrub to everyone because taking care of the feet is something that we all should spare some time for.