Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hr Full Coverage Foundation | Review and Swatches

I am a die-hard fan of the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, which is why I grabbed the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hr Full Coverage Foundation as well as soon as it launched on Nykaa.com. The Maybelline Super Stay Foundation claims to be a matte, full coverage foundation that does not budge for 24 hours. Read on to find out if this product lived up to its claims on my face!

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Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Conditioner | Review

With Nykaa bringing new international brands to India every week, it gets a little hard to keep up with all the new products that are up for grabs. One of the recent brands that have jumped on Nykaa’s bandwagon is Aveda, and their Invati Advanced Thickening Hair Conditioner caught my attention instantly. Read on to find out if this product worked wonders on my hair or not!

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick – Midnight Date | Review and Swatches

Guest Post by Ankita from mintblushlove.com/

Hello Girls πŸ™‚ I know we all love our nude lipsticks but at times you want to go bold. Fall and winter are the seasons to wear a gorgeous deep shade like this one. The Maybelline loaded bold lipsticks were launched sometime back but it is never too late to indulge in a unique and flattering shade of lipstick.
While summers are all about bright pinks, oranges and all sorts of popsicle hues, winters are about rich plums, cherry reds, berry pinks, and burgundy. What I am saying is that you must have at least one such shade in your collection. So let’s get down to the review of this fabulous lipstick, shall we?Read More »

Suta Sarees – Fuss-free Drapes for the Contemporary Woman

I have always been an avid fan of sarees and am always looking for an excuse or occasion to wear one of the sarees from my wedding trousseau. The problem is that since all the sarees that I bought during my wedding are on the heavier side, they are not suitable for daily wear. For me to able to slip into a saree on a regular day, it has to be extremely light-weight and easy to drape. The Made in Heaven Mul Cotton Sarees from Suta Bombay fit the bill perfectly – here is why!

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Stay Quirky Wipe Out Makeup Remover | Review

Guest Post by Sohini

Hey guys,

I’m Sohini, a budding blogger, youtuber as well as an influencer. I’m into this thing since last year and Mrinalini is one of the first few bloggers whom I followed on WordPress as well as on Instagram and writing for LipstickforLunch is a great opportunity for me.

So for my first guest post for this blog, I would like to share my experience with a new and innovative product I recently used- the generic version of the original makeup eraser. I got this from the brand Stay Quirky. It’s called their Wipe Out Makeup Remover.

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My Current Winter Skincare Routine

I have switched up my skincare quite a bit recently to adapt to the cold weather. An updated skincare routine post was therefore overdue! So here is how I am pampering my skin on winter mornings and nights to keep it soft and glowy until the summer sun shines again!

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

AM Skincare Routine –
My AM routine starts with washing my face with The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur’s Daily Repair Foam Cleanser. This face wash gently cleanses the skin without stripping it dry and is perfect for the cold and dry weather. I am usually in a massive rush in the mornings, so I skip toner (guilty!) and directly go in with my Magic Dust Vitamin E Face Serum which makes the skin super soft and hydrated without feeling heavy at all. I then go in with a generous layer of the Tvakh Triple Protection Sunscreen, a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen that is a staple for me throughout the year because it doubles up as a moisturizer too. For my under eye area, I use the Mama Earth Eye Cream because it is super hydrating and affordable. I slap on my Organic Harvest Happy Lips Lip Balm and I am done with my skincare! While applying my makeup, I am currently enjoying mixing some rosehip oil with my foundation because it prevents my makeup from clinging to the dry patches and provides a beautiful sheen to the face. Rosehip oil is a great facial oil for me because it somehow reduces my acne and hydrates the skin without making it greasy, therefore being a perfect final touch to my AM skincare.

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

PM Skincare Routine –
Evenings are when I tend to pamper my skin a little bit more because I have a little more time and because skincare helps get rid of the fatigue of the day. I remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Bi-Phase Water and then cleanse my face with the Dr. Belmeur Face Wash. I then use the Tvakh Vitamin C toner and apply my Magic Dust Serum. I then apply a very generous layer of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and my Mama Earth Eye Cream and Organic Harvest lip balm and am ready for some much-needed sleep! On alternate days, I use the Vya Naturals Rose Water as toner and add the Dr. Sheths Daily Peel to my PM skincare regimen. On the days when my skin is suffering from breakouts, I add the Skin Salad Charcoal Mask to my PM regimen, and if my skin is feeling dehydrated then I use a Dear Packer Home Remedy Sheet Mask after my serum.

Overall, this skincare routine has been working fairly well for my skin at this point of time and these products are the ones that I can recommend without batting an eyelid. If you have acne-prone, combination but dehydrated skin like mine then you can try out this skincare routine and let me know how it works for you! I would love to hear your take on these products and your go-to skincare routine at the moment πŸ™‚

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

A change in weather can drastically impact the needs of your skin and it is crucial to adapt your skincare to these needs. As the mercury has dropped in this part of the world and the wind has become chilling and dry, my skin has been craving for gentle hydration. This is why I have started using the Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser from The Face Shop to cleanse my face without stripping it dry. Read on to find out why this face wash is perfect for the nippy weather.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

The Dr. Belmeur Range by The Face Shop is especially curated for sensitive skin, and contains mild plant-based ingredients. The Daily Repair Foam Cleanser is a translucent gel with a pH of 6, which is slightly acidic and helps with maintaining the acid barrier of the skin. It produces a decent amount of foam to cleanse the skin but not too much. It has a mild medicinal-herbal scent which does not linger and is free of any irritants such as perfume. The formula also does not contain some of the notorious nasty additives, such as parabens, synthetic pigments, mineral oil, benzophenone-3, animal-derived ingredients, propylene glycol and talc. The product claims to cleanse while hydrating and soothing dry and sensitive skin.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

My skin is usually combination to oily, but it feels quite dehydrated during winters. This face wash is perfect for my skin at the moment because it gets rid of the oil and dirt without making my skin feel dry. I usually get a few red patches on my skin right after washing my face with any cleanser, but this does not happen with this face wash. The formula is super gentle and leaves the skin feeling baby soft and smooth, and the results last all day long. It also provides a subtle glow to the face right from the first wash.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

Although this face wash is a bit pricey (INR 900 for a 150ml tube), it will last you a long time and is worth the investment for those with extremely sensitive skin. In my opinion, it will work for both dry and oily skin because it hydrates without making the skin greasy or shiny. This face wash is definitely going to be a winter staple for me and I cannot recommend it enough to all those who are experiencing cold and dry winters at the moment!

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Makeup and Skincare Empties – Nov 2018!

For the first time on this blog, today I will be talking about a bunch of makeup and skincare empties. I have used up these products over the course of months and am in the position to pass my final verdict on them. Read on to find out whether I will be repurchasing these empties or not!

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1. Nykaa So Matte Lipstick – Taupe Thrill: Using up an entire lipstick is no easy task for me, considering the huge number of lipsticks I have in my stash. The Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe Thrill has been a staple for me. It is a beautiful warm taupish nude for light to medium Indian skin tones. I will definitely be repurchasing it at some point of time in the future.

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2. Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist:Β One of the best rose waters I have used so far, the Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist is hydrating, refreshing, and extremely pure! Unfortunately, this is not in stock on the brand’s website at the moment, but if they bring it out again, I will definitely be stocking up on this product.

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3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Medium: It took me some time to get used to the thin consistency of this concealer, but then I fell head over heels in love with it for my under eye area. It brightens my dark circles and does not crease or emphasise my fine lines. Will definitely be repurchasing this asap!

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4. Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care: I love this lip balm from Organic Harvest because it is extremely nourishing without being waxy on the lips, however, what I love the most is its dome-shaped applicator. This lip balm is extremely convenient to apply and I will surely be purchasing more variants from this range for the winters.

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5. Makeup Revolution Protection Palette – Medium: You can see how well loved the bronzer from this palette is! It is a nice warm to neutral brown with zero shimmer, which makes it perfect for contouring, especially for my medium skin tone. I hope that I can find this bronzer as a single because I need it in my life!

Basically, this month’s empties are a bunch of winners! Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite products that you repurchase all the time? Let me know everything in the comments below πŸ™‚

Easy Wedding Guest Makeup Looks

The wedding season is here and most of us have multiple invites for the month of December! In case you are short on time and are wondering how to quickly do your makeup for all of these weddings then here are a few looks as well as tips and tricks that you can try!

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Pink lips with subtle shimmery eyes are perfect for the daytime. Instead of using a darker shade in the crease, you can even go for a simple shimmery eyeshadow all over the lids with a lengthening mascara to add a wispy feel to your lashes. A green shimmery eyeshadow like the one in the picture will look great for the Mehendi function and you can switch it up with a gold/yellow eyeshadow for the Haldi function. You can skip on heavy contouring and can simply add a subtle blush and highlighter for that healthy glow!

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For the night, slightly darker eyeshadows and dark red or fuchsia lips work the best with most Indian outfits. Just make sure that your lipstick and outfit do not clash with the colours that the bride is wearing, after all, all eyes should be on her! You can go for a winged liner if you are comfortable with that or can create a smokey eyeshadow look (these are easier with a deep brown shade instead of a black eyeshadow and look more guest-appropriate too!). You can go slightly heavier on the highlighter and can add a touch of bronzer for a more glam look, but remember, if your eye makeup is very heavy you can go for a subtler shade on the lips or vice-versa. Balance is key!

Be it day or night, a setting spray is a must to keep your makeup intact throughout the ceremonies. It is also wise to carry your lipstick with you so that you can gorge on the food without worrying about messing it up. Don’t experiment if you do not have enough time to get ready and stick to what you feel comfortable in πŸ™‚

Hopefully, these tips will help you with your wedding guest looks for this season. If you have some interesting makeup hacks that work for you then do let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

A few days back I reviewed the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks and I couldn’t stop raving about them. Today, I will be reviewing another variant from the brand, the DearPacker Lab Collection Masks. Read on to find out whether these sheet masks managed to impress me or not!

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

The DearPacker Lab Collection Masks are available in 3 different formulations on Nykaa.com – Anti-Pollution & Clearing, Anti-Aging & Firming, and Anti-Dry & Hydrating. I picked up the Anti-Pollution & Clearing and the Anti-Dry & Hydrating variants. Unlike the home remedy masks from the brand, the Lab Collection masks have a more “professional-looking” packaging. The sheets themselves are more opaque and are made of cotton as opposed to the home remedy sheet masks that look more translucent and feel more jelly-like. The lab collection sheet masks are also bigger in size, and so I had to fiddle around a bit with them to make them fit my tiny face.

As for the formulations, these masks did not feel as hydrating on my skin as the home remedy masks and they tend to dry up faster as well and lose their squishy feel within 10 minutes. They do make the skin look brighter and hydrated but they do not have that wow-factor which the home remedy masks have, at least not on my skin. In fact, I noticed a few bumps on my skin the day after using the Anti-Pollution & Clearing Mask, although I cannot be hundred percent sure that the mask caused this or whether it was a good thing (toxins coming to the surface) or a bad thing.

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

Overall, I would say that if you are looking for good sheet masks then it might be a better idea to go for the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks instead of the Lab Collection Masks. The Home Remedy masks are available at the same price (INR 100 per mask) and they come in a number of variants, so you will be able to pick up something that will be perfect for your skin type. I am definitely going to stock up on the Home Remedy Masks but won’t be repurchasing the Lab Collection Masks.

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Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair | Review

In today’s world of hair dryers, styling tools, and pollution, a majority of us suffer from dry and damaged hair. The Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair is yet another product that I tried to salvage my severely damaged and too-frequently-heat-styled hair. Read on to find out if this product worked for me or not.

Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair | Review

This hair mask comes in an orange plastic packaging that contains 150ml of product. The product inside is a semi-thick white cream with a pleasant scent. You are supposed to apply this mask on your wet shampooed hair and rinse it off after 5 minutes. What I like about this product is that a little product is all you need to cover your hair and that the product needs to be left on only for 5 minutes (yes, I am impatient like that).

Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair | Review

This product helps in detangling any stubborn knots in the hair, and leaves the hair smoother, softer and frizz-free. It also hydrates the hair really well, but you have to be careful not to apply it to the roots because it may make them slightly greasy. The formula does contain silicones, so please check the ingredients if you are particular about your haircare formulas.

Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair | Review

Priced at INR 600, this hair treatment is fairly priced and works well at providing some much-needed nourishment to dry and damaged hair. While I might not purchase another tub, I will definitely be finishing up this one and with pleasure!

Click here to buy the Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

For the first time in my life, I have found a sheet mask that fits my face perfectly, one that I do not have to fiddle around with while application and that stays put on my face even if I walk or prance around. I am talking about the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks which are exclusively available on Nykaa.com. I recently picked up a bunch of sheet masks from the DearPacker Home Remedy and Lab Collection ranges, and here is what I think about their home remedy masks.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

The DearPacker Home Remedy Masks are sheet masks enriched with ingredients that are commonly used in home skincare remedies, such as yogurt, chickpea, turmeric, cucumber, and honey. Each of these sheet masks is formulated specifically for different skincare needs such as soothing, brightening and clarifying the skin. They come in cute and colourful packaging that I love, and the mask comes soaked in a thick serum that does not spill everywhere when you open the pack, and is less messy compared to other sheet masks.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

At the time of writing this blog post, I have only tried the Fenugreek and Cucumber Sheet Mask, and this product truly wowed me. This sheet mask provides a cooling sensation to the face and calms down the skin and any angry breakouts. It feels extremely hydrating on the skin when the mask is on the face, and when I remove the mask after 15 minutes, I am greeted by extremely bright skin, which is at least visibly thrice as bright than before using the mask. The serum that is left behind on the skin can be patted in easily and leaves the skin feeling extremely hydrated without feeling clogged.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

Overall, I am super impressed with these sheet masks and will be posting mini-reviews of each of these variants here or on my Instagram profile. They are priced at INR 100 each and if you buy them in bulk then you can avail great offers on Nykaa.com. If you are wanting to add a boost of radiance to your skin right before a special occasion, then picking up a couple of these sheet masks is an absolute must for you!

Click here to buy the DearPacker Masks from Nykaa.com