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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Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation – Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

I have finally found a true nude for my lips, the perfect “My Lips But Better Shade”. It is the shade Mauve-1 from the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation range. While it is clear that this lip shade is my go-to these days for when I have no other makeup on or when I have gone heavy on the eye makeup, here is how this product fares in other aspects.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Lip Gradation Lipsticks are twist up crayons with a sponge on the other end to create the “gradient lips” effect. Because the shade Mauve-1 is a perfect nude for my lips, I cannot really create a gradient effect with this shade, but I basically bought this product for its colour and formula anyway. The shade is a taupish-mauve, which has stronger brown undertones than pink or mauve undertones. The formula is pretty opaque and has a very unique velvety matte texture that glides easily on the lips. Since it has a velvety texture, it is somewhere between a creamy matte and a flat matte and does transfer a little when you eat or drink.

It is pretty opaque on the lips in one or two swipes and the thin crayon tip allows precise application. I personally find the formula pretty comfortable but it does exaggerate any lines or dryness, so if you have really dry lips then you would need to hydrate and scrub them prior to using this product. It stays on the lips for a good 4-5 hours, and fades evenly with time. It does stain the lips a little but since this particular shade is so light, it is pretty easy to remove.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

Priced at INR 550, the product is slightly pricey considering it is a Maybelline lipstick, but I don’t mind paying the amount for the formula. If you want a lip colour that you can put on without giving much thought to and simply heading out the door, then you must pick up this lipstick.

Click here to buy the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation. 

My Top 5 Ethnic Picks from Ajio.com

As some of you might already know, I am a huge fan of Ajio.com, and I have been recently picking up a number of kurtas from the website. Here are some of my top ethnic picks from Ajio at the moment, so go check them out quickly before they run out of stock!

1.  Printed Green Rayon Kurti

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A beautiful flowy green kurti that can be styled both as an Indian or a western piece.

2. A-Line Kurta with Printed Panel

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The print of this A-line kurta is definitely giving me the Poojo vibes, which are appropriate for the festive season ahead!

3. Printed White Kurta

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Another white kurta with a unique traditional print. It is available in a powder blue shade too!

4. Green Angrakha Kurta

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This beautiful angrakha kurta in a very unique colour is droolworthy!

5. Checked Tunic Kurta

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If you like off-beat styles then this checked tunic style kurta will definitely float your boat!

Will you be picking up any of these kurtas to sport some unique ethnic looks this season? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion SPF 40+ | Review

Sunscreen is perhaps one of the most important skincare products that I cannot recommend enough! At any point of time, I have at least 2-3 sunscreens from different brands lying around the house and trust me, ever since I started taking my sunscreen game seriously, the texture of my skin has improved drastically! One of the sunscreens I am using at the moment is the Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion with SPF 40+, and here are my thoughts on the product.

Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion SPF 40+ | ReviewThe Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion comes in a convenient tube packaging with a flip lid. It contains SPF 40+ and claims to provide protection against UVA and UVB. It contains the extracts of carrot seed, which is rich in Vitamin A, a well-known skincare ingredient, along with some interesting natural ingredients such as Parijat Patra and Lodhra Bark, which are ingredients inspired by the wisdom of Ayurveda.

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The consistency of this product is in the form of a cream that looks quite rich but sinks into the skin beautifully. It makes the skin look well-hydrated without leaving behind a greasy finish, although I do feel that the formula may be a bit too heavy for those with really oily skin. The formula is extremely mild and gentle with a pleasant scent that is quite soothing. Basically, this can be a replacement for a day cream because it provides moisturization while offering protection from the sun.

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If you are someone who prefers natural ingredients and gentle formulas then the Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion will be a good choice for you. The price point of INR 115 for a 50ml tube is excellent and Biotique products never make me break out, making it a win-win situation. Do grab your own today and let me know how it works for you!

Click here to buy the Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion.

Trendy Kurtis From Oomph In My Closet | Review

I am usually wary of buying clothes from new online brands because of my worries regarding the sizing and the quality of the clothes. However, when the lovely folks from Oomph In My Closet approached me, I couldn’t resist saying yes to their trendy kurtis that are definitely fashion forward and unique at the same time. I have realised over the years that the pieces of clothing that I really love and re-use the most are the ones that are not the standard styles that are “in” at the moment but a different take on them, and the kurtis from Oomph fit this description perfectly!

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I loved the fabric of these kurtis because it is light weight and smooth – aka perfect for the summers. I am a size XS in the brand and this is a comfortable fit for me, which I prefer as opposed to body hugging kurtis, especially in the sultry weather. I love the fact that the brand combines unique colours, patterns, and prints with latest trends such as tassels and ties, to create offbeat designs that are not cheap replicas of designer wear.

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Pricewise, these kurtis are quite affordable, with most designs being priced at INR 700-800 on Flipkart. This is a great price because the popular brands provide kurtis of similar quality at around INR 1200. So this brand definitely gets a big thumbs up from me and I am already eyeing more pieces from their range.

Head over to their Instagram page now to add some Oomph to your closets too!

Disclaimer: PR samples sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil | Review

I am a huge fan of citrus scents, especially in the summer months, and like to drench my home, clothes, and skin in lemony fragrances when the mercury rises. The Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil has recently become my favourite oil for the diffuser because it adds a fresh summery scent to my home that has a calming effect on my mind. I trust the quality of Ryaal’s essential oils and their 100% pure grapefruit essential oil is no exception. Here are some of the ways in which I use this product.

Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil | Review

You can use this delightful grapefruit oil in your diffuser for some relaxing aroma therapy and can also apply a few drops to your clothes or pillow for its refreshing scent to uplift your mood all day long. An added bonus of this is that the scent keeps the mosquitoes away, which is a MAJOR plus if you live in India. Grapefruit oil is also great at brightening dull and tired skin, so you can mix in a drop with your face mask or serum to get that natural glow on your face. Honestly, there are a bunch of other ways in which this product can be used but these are my favourite ways to use this oil.

Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil | Review

Everything about this product is perfect, from the sturdy bottle with a dropper, to the super affordable price of INR 199 for 15ml of product, to the quality of the oil. Ryaal also has a bunch of other essential oils in their collection which you can try in case you are not grapefruit-crazy like me. So do check out their fascinating range and let me know if you try out any of their products 🙂

Click here to buy the Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil.

How I Style My Black Outfits In Summer

Black is hands-down the most flattering colour for all body types and skin tones, however, styling black outfits in the summer months can be tricky, especially during the day. Nevertheless, this does not make me ditch my black ensembles on warm days because I know that they are some of the best pieces in my wardrobe. Here is how I recently styled a black dress for a summer brunch, to make sure that I don’t look completely out of place and inappropriately dressed for the weather.

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To keep things easy and breezy, I went for a black dress with a looser silhouette and floral cutouts from Shein.com. This loose-fitting style is definitely more weather appropriate than say a bodycon dress in a dark colour. I also didn’t want to sport an all black, wintery look, so I added a splash of colour with a beautiful tassel necklace from Ajio.com and a pair of matching blue earrings. I also sported a bright fuchsia lip that definitely shouts spring.

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I would have loved to pair some colourful pom-pom sandals with the outfit but since I don’t own any, I went with the golden flats from Ajio.com which are also quite summer-appropriate. Flats add a casual vibe to the dress, which would look quite formal with heels, and the gold definitely adds a fun element to the outfit.

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Overall, I was super happy with the final look and would definitely sport it again on a sunny day. Are you someone who loves their black dresses all year round? Leave me a high five in the comments if you are!

Outfit details:

Black dress – http://www.shein.in/Scallop-Laser-Cut-Keyhole-Back-Dress-p-376810-cat-1727.html

Tassel Necklace – https://www.ajio.com/indie-picks-tassel-metal-necklace/p/460131945001

Earrings (currently out of stock) – https://www.ajio.com/project-eve-set-of-3-metal-stud-earrings/p/491305815

Sandals (currently out of stock) – https://www.ajio.com/ajio-ankle-strap-sandals-with-laser-cutouts/p/460093688001

 

 

 

My Summer Shoe Wishlist Featuring FSJ Shoes

Does it ever happen to you that you spot an amazing pair of shoes on the runway or in a movie but are unable to find a similar design in any of the stores or online shopping portals that you frequent? This has definitely happened to me on more than one occasion when the shoes of my dreams remain just that and I never get to sport them in reality. However, I recently came across FSJ Shoes (fsjshoes.com), an international shoe brand that has a fascinating collection of well-made shoes catering to all the latest and timeless trends. They have a huge collection of beautifully designed shoes that range from sexy high heels to comfortable flats in all the colours one can imagine. Here are some of my favourite shoes from their website that are currently topping my summer shoe wishlist and are making me drool!

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Gladiator sandals ruled the roost of shoe fashion in 2017 and they are definitely here to stay in 2018 as well. With bolder designs such as thigh-high gladiators adding an oomph factor to this footwear trend, my eyes are currently set on all gladiators, heeled or flat, calf-high or barely brushing the ankles – I want them all. Following are my favourite picks from FSJ Shoes.

1. Black Stiletto Heels Strappy Knee High Gladiator Sandals

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Unlike most gladiator shoes that have thin straps, these black gladiator sandals have thicker straps running up to the mid-calves which make them unique. This pair would certainly be a head turner when paired with a floaty dress.

2. Gold Metallic Heels Open Toe Stiletto Heel Gladiator Sandals

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Nothing spells sophistication like a pair of delicate gold stilettoes and these gorgeous gold gladiator sandals check all the right boxes for me. I can already envision myself pairing these with a royal blue dress for an evening out with friends.

3. Royal Blue Heels Suede Stilettos Gladiator Sandals

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This striking blue gladiator shoe can add a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit and is also perfect for colour blocking with a bright yellow dress. An excellent choice for when you want to stand out in a crowd.

4. Brown Gladiator Sandals Knee-high Platform High Heels

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Brown is a classic shoe colour and brown gladiator sandals look amazing with an all-white ensemble. This pair will look extremely flattering on anyone and can easily transition from day to night.

5. Grey Strappy Gladiator Sandals Suede Knee-high Lace-up Flats

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On the days when you simply can’t bother with heels, this unique pair of grey gladiator flats will allow you to feel super stylish and comfy at the same time. A pair of denim shorts and a loose white shirt with these sandals is a practical yet chic look for the summer.

Not only are these wonderful designs from FSJ Shoes completely lust-worthy, the website also ships internationally, so you can easily get the best of global trends at your doorstep when you order a pair. I will definitely be investing in a number of shoes from this wishlist because FSJ Shoes provide runway designs at a fraction of the price. Which is your favourite pair from my list? Let me know in the comments below!

Visit www.fsjshoes.com to check out their entire collection.

 

* All images are taken from http://www.fsjshoes.com. This post is in collaboration with FSJ Shoes.

 

 

My Favourite Online Shopping Websites

Despite the world becoming more and more tech-savvy with every passing minute, so much so that even toddlers have their own iPads these days, many of us are still wary of online shopping. Being suspicious of these websites is justified too, many of them are in fact fraudulent, and deliver products of poor quality or often do not deliver anything at all in return for your hard-earned money. For a person like me, however, online shopping is a blessing, because running from store to store is too time-consuming and tiring for me. Here are some of the websites that I fall back on every time I have the urge to spend some money, and they usually do not disappoint.

1. Ajio.com – My go-to online destination for all my fashion needs – from jeans to footwear and amazing ethnic wear too. Ajio’s own designs are some of the most unique I have seen on the internet and their curation of clothes from other brands is also top-notch. If you are tired of seeing the same designs on every online shopping portal then ajio.com is the breath of fresh air that you need. They deliver to my location within 2 days and have a very easy breezy return policy too.

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2. Amazon Prime – If it is basic stuff that you need, be it household supplies or shampoo, Amazon is my pick for you. Go for an Amazon Prime membership if you are a frequent online shopper, the free shipping and the next day delivery is totally worth it. Stick to sellers with a high rating and try to opt only for the items from the prime category and you will be sorted.

3. Nykaa.com – While I have heard many people complain that Nykaa delivers expired or fake products and has horrible customer service, I have personally never faced any such issues with them. I love Nykaa because they have the hugest collection of makeup and skincare items on one website in India and exclusively sell many international brands. If you have been away from Nykaa due to all the negative reviews you have heard about them, give them one shot and then decide for yourself because my experience has been pretty good.

So these were my go-to websites for when I am feeling spendy. Do let me know what your favourite websites are for online shopping and also let me know what your experience has been with my favourites. Keeping it short because I am sure that you want to indulge in some retail therapy now 😛 Toodles!

P.S. – Special mention to Shein.in, which is my recent favourite for affordable western wear and cutesie night clothes.

The One With The Pink Dress

So Valentine’s Day came and went by and I did not post a Valentine’s Day look. This was because I was busy adulting on the actual day, however, the hubby and I did manage to sneak in a V-day date the weekend after, and here is what I wore to our better-late-than-never-Valentine’s date.

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Since the weather is still fluctuating between chilly and warm, I chose to wear this pink knitted swing dress from Shein.in (purchase link). I chose the size XS, which was a little loose for me, I belted it in the picture for a better fitting, but it can be worn without a belt for a casual day out when you prefer a comfier outfit.

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I kept the makeup simple because I was heading out during the day. Keeping with the Valentine’s theme, I went for a soft pink look. On my lips I wore the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Zurich, and on my eyes I used the frosty pink Browbone shade from the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Palette. I deepened the crease with the bronzer shade from the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade Medium and added a thin wing and mascara, and voila, I was done. I did not use a foundation and just dabbed some Maybelline Fit Me Concealer on my spots and under eye area because I wanted my skin to breathe. I was quite happy with the finished look for the daytime, and would definitely wear the look again for a Sunday brunch.

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I hope that you liked this simple look for an easy breezy day out. This is perfect for when you do not want to wear a full face of makeup but don’t want to head out sans makeup either. What is your go-to look for an afternoon outing? What did you do for V-day? Let me know in the comments below!

My Diwali OOTD – A Sari With A Story

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!