Hi guys, happy Friday! I am happy to announce to you that I have been nominated for the Indian Blogger Awards in the Beauty and Personal Care category. If you feel that my blog deserves to win, offers you an enjoyable read, or has helped you in making product choices then please click on this link and leave a comment and like to vote for me.
I owe all the success of this blog to my lovely readers and it would mean the world to me if you help my blog in getting some more recognition. Thanks a lot in advance for all your love and support and please do not forget to vote!
Hey everyone, today I have a different kind of a post for you. It is not a review but a ramble pertaining to some thoughts that cross my mind from time to time. To summarize the gist of the post, I will be sharing my opinion on the negative stereotypes that exist around makeup. I am sure most of you must have heard pedantic suggestions to “embrace your natural beauty” and to stop using makeup on a daily basis. The trouble is that these naysayers seldom realize that a majority of women use makeup to simply enhance their natural looks and not to create an entirely different face.
The misconception that makeup is synonymous with being fake is one that has persisted over the years and hence many are quick to pass a judgement regarding the character of a woman based on whether or not she is wearing lipstick. The sad part is that these very people put actresses and models on a pedestal for their beauty, turning a blind eye towards the fact that that not only do the magazines show images of women heavily decked up in makeup, most publications also favour photographs that are airbrushed to make these women look slimmer and flawless. It is highly ironic that women like you and me are expected to be comfortable with our blemishes and wrinkles when we are being told that these images are what define beauty.
If you Google the definition of vanity, the first one that pops up is “Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.”. Clearly, the meaning has a negative connotation. I wonder what the word is for wanting to be the best version of oneself with the help of grooming? It probably does not exist because people still find it hard to believe that the most common use of makeup is to make women feel more confident in their own skin. I was born with perfect skin but it got battered and bruised over time due to hormonal breakouts. No matter what I try, I cannot eliminate my acne completely. If a tiny dab of concealer can make me feel more comfortable walking out of my house then is it really such a crime to use it? If it is socially acceptable for women with good morals to match their shoes to the color of their dress then why is wearing a red lipstick frowned upon by many?
The bottom line is that the people who conform to the beauty standards established by media should not feel entitled to discourage the women around them from wearing makeup. I do not have a solution to this particular problem but there is a general solution to most problems in the world, to live and let live. Whether I chose to wear or skip makeup on a particular day should be my decision, I know that I am beautiful with or without it, and so are you!
This is a long overdue post. Many of my lovely readers nominate me for blog awards from time to time and I am ever so grateful to each one of you. Although I may not be able to respond to them immediately, they always make me so happy and thankful! I was recently nominated by the amazing Toribeth2016 from https://batgirlwordpress.wordpress.com/ for the Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t heard about this one, here are the rules:
Mention and leave a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Share seven interesting facts about yourself.
Nominate others for the award.
Share the good news with your nominees.
So here are 7 facts about me that might interest you:
I am a die-hard foodie who is willing to taste almost everything edible.
I am quite an introvert and have a very small social circle.
I HATE Mondays!
I love reading historical fiction.
I would much rather spend a day at the beach than at a hill station.
I have recently discovered adult coloring books and find them to be a great stress buster.
I sometimes buy stuff online when I am half asleep and totally regret it the next morning 🙁
Those were 7 facts about me, I nominate the following people for the Lovely Blog Award:
This community of bloggers is the most supportive and friendly one that I have ever come across! Let us extend this love to our social media platforms as well 🙂 You can check out my Instagram profile @mrinalinism and if you wish to follow it then do leave a comment with the hashtag #LipstickForLunch, I will definitely follow you back 🙂
In fact, why not make use of this blog post to gain even more Insta followers? Just leave your Instagram handle in the comments section below and let us all follow all those profiles. I already follow many of you but would love to follow all of you!
The amazing folks at Qtrove kindly sent me some of their lovely products to try out, and boy, I am thoroughly impressed! In case you do not know already, Qtrove is a curated online marketplace that primarily focusses on handmade and organic goods produced on a small scale. There are tons of options to choose from, be it skin care or food items, fashion or home decor. I think it is a wonderful initiative to promote the home based sellers and budding entrepreneurs of India! With so many delightful choices at hand, it was hard for me to shortlist what I wanted to try. Here is what I finally chose, and the Qtrove team sent it my way within a few days!
I went for the Organa Refreshing Apple Juice and the Ardhana Coffee Organic Lip Scrub, both the products being great for the summer months. I literally gulped down the entire bottle of the Organa Apple Juice in one go! It is made with 100% organic apple pulp and does not have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, just the goodness of crunchy apples. I could almost feel the crisp texture of the apples, a sign that the product is made from high-quality fruit. What better way to stay hydrated and energized in the sweltering heat?
As soon as I unscrewed the lid of the Ardhana Coffee Lip Scrub, I was greeted by the heavenly aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The texture of the product is gritty enough to remove dead skin from flaky lips while the oily base, made with shea butter, beeswax and olive oil, moisturizes the lips really well. The scrub has the richness of a homemade concoction that our grandmothers would prepare to rescue our hair or skin. It leaves my lips looking plumper too! The love with which it is made definitely shines through.
I would highly recommend checking out Qtrove’s online store to pamper yourself with pure ingredients and products that are specially made for you. The Qtrove team has also provided a coupon code for you guys to get a 15% discount on your first purchase (for orders of more than INR 500, paid online). Just use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout and you should get 15% off! Isn’t that amazing? Here are all the places that you can stalk Qtrove to be the first ones to know about their awesome goodies:
As I have mentioned several times before, I have fairly sensitive eyes. Therefore, I shy away from waterproof mascara because it tends to irritate my eyes during removal. Unless it is a special occasion, I prefer a lighter non-waterproof mascara that provides some volume and length without being too clumpy. The Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara is my favorite for daily wear because it delivers on all these fronts.
The formula provides reasonable volume and length but has less hold as compared to the waterproof variant from this range. It is not very curling but that can be rectified by using an eyelash curler before application. I love this mascara primarily for the volume that it provides without being too clumpy. A single coat will give a very natural look that is easily buildable to a dramatic flutter with 2-3 coats. I also like the thick wand with the bristles because these seem to apply the product quite evenly on the lashes.
The longevity of this mascara is great and it lasts on my lashes for more than 8 hours. Despite this, it is super easy to remove and easily comes off with just water. It is a great drugstore mascara that is priced at INR 400 but is usually available online at around INR 350. I would also recommend the waterproof version for a butterfly like flutter and a stronger curling action.
It has been less than a month since I created this blog and yesterday I hit 100 subscribers, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I love the wonderful community of fellow bloggers that have stopped by to appreciate and encourage me in the first leg of my journey. The best part is that I had not known any of you before I started this blog, so basically, I made 100 new friends. I want to thank each one of you with all my heart.
The spirit of love is in the air, thanks to the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Even though some of you may not believe in the concept of this day, but I take it as a reminder to spare some time to think about all those who play a crucial role in my life. This is a wonderful opportunity and excuse to put your thoughts into words and express your love for those who matter. They may already know that you care but a little reaffirmation does go a long way!
Extending the same to this blog, I would like to express my love by arranging a giveaway. I am not sure about the details yet, perhaps I will keep it open till I reach 500 (or 300) subscribers or maybe I will announce the winner on my birthday next month. I am not even sure about the prize yet, but it will either be some lip products or eye products or both. Since it is my first giveaway there will be only one winner and only those living in India or having an Indian address will be eligible (I am really sorry that this one is not international but I promise that the second one will be international for sure!).
To enter the giveaway you have to do the following –
Hey everyone, are you all set for the weekend? I definitely am, and to make my weekend sweeter, the beautiful Kels from ASmilingHeart and the lovely Jamie from DontGiveAJam nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! These stunning ladies create excellent content about beauty and lifestyle, so do stop by their blogs and show them some love.
Moving on to the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award-
Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links in the spirit of sisterhood 🙂
Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.
So, here are 7 honest facts about me-
I am an Electronics engineer and can be found coding software or building circuits when I am not busy adding makeup to my shopping cart!
I also write short stories and poetry which I share on my other blog, ScribblesInGrey.
I am an avid foodie and love to cook as well as sample different cuisines.
I am married to a fabulous guy who is a great engineer as well as an amazing photographer.
I am a Piscean and was born on the date that some of you celebrate as St. Patrick’s Day.
I volunteer and contribute to causes related to child rights and women’s welfare and feel that everybody should play a role in the betterment of the society.
When I am home alone, I roam around like a zombie, sans any makeup!
These are the people that I nominate for this award-