Welcome to Corallista! My name is Ankita and I’m the Author and Editor of this blog. You will find product reviews on makeup, skincare and occasional hair/body care products on this blog apart from Makeup Tutorials, Looks, Celebrity Makeup breakdowns and a little bit about my life outside of makeup.
Hi everyone! It’s the wedding season and we’re all looking for new looks to try this season. I’ve partnered with BBLUNT to create really easy, beginner-friendly looks for lighter functions like mehendi. Whether you’re the bride yourself or a bridesmaid (or even just a guest!), I’m sure you’ll be able to pull off these looks with great ease. Being a novice when it comes to hair myself, BBLUNT products help make hair styling simpler and are very to use!
Look 1 : Braided Bun
For the first look, I created a braided bun. I started by using the BBLUNT Intense Moisture Hair Serum which is a clear serum that adds nourishment to the hair and makes it more manageable. It also contains oils of Jojoba, Avocado and Argan which make the hair softer and smoother. You can buy this hair serum online and also use it as a heat protectant before styling.
Next, I created a centre parting for my hair and proceeded to add some dimension to my hair using the BBLUNT One Night Stand Temporary Hair Colour in Bronze to a few strands of hair. This gives a dramatic splash of temporary colour that you can easily wash off the next day. You can buy these temporary hair colours online and I would highly recommend the
shades Bronze and Copper for the festive season.
Next, create a simple three-strand braid in your hair and twist it around to create a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun.
For the finishing touch, use a few spritzes of BBLUNT Spotlight Hair Polish for instant shine. I’ve also noticed that it works like a low-hold hairspray that keeps styles in place without the crunchy feel. It’s a must-have finishing product! Your braided bun in now ready!
Look 2 : Messy Side Braid
For look 2, I’ve created a messy side braid which looks gorgeous for mehendi functions. It’s similar to a regular braid, just a little more bohemian. I started by adding some beautiful colour to my hair using the BBLUNT One Night Stand Temporary Hair Colour in Copper. This colour adds a beautiful metallic highlight to the hair and is easy to wash off the next day. It looks particularly beautiful in a braid once you interlace the hair and gives you wonderful highlights without spending hours at the salon colouring your hair.
In the next step. I pulled the hair over one shoulder and proceeded to create a simple three- strand braid. Make sure you’re not braiding too tightly, leave it a little loose. Once the end has been secured, use your fingers to pull the braid a little looser, giving it a thicker look.
Finish off with a few spritzes of the BBLUNT Spotlight Hair Polish for instant shine and a soft hold, keeping your braid in place. Your beautiful bohemian braid is ready!
Happy wedding season!
Disclaimer : This is a paid partnership in collaboration with BBLUNT.
Hi everyone! If you guys are following me on Instagram, you’d know I am in New York for the holidays. I was quite looking forward to my vacation, since this past year has been very difficult on the personal front. I was ready to explore the city the moment I landed 7 days ago but jet lag hit me like a train and I have no idea where and how the week just slipped away! I was running on 1-2 hours of sleep though I would spend all night tossing and turning. I don’t know how frequent fliers do it! My brother has joined me from Dallas couple of days so now we’re enjoying the city together. There’s so much to see! Its been very cold (it was – 2 deg.C yesterday!) and supposed to get colder this week (not looking forward to that bit at all!).
Because of the stark contrast in the weather, my skin threw a fit the day I landed. I’ve never experienced dryness like this, not just on my face but on the body as well! One of the first things I had to do was hit the drugstore and stock up – lots of oil, lots of moisturizer and bodylotion. I’ve figured out a good skin care routine by now though and my skin has *touchwood* been feeling amazing! Just like you need layers of clothing to beat the cold, you need layering in the winter to keep your skin moist, fresh and radiant looking! I was carrying some Innisfree minis with me from the pomegranate range (with worked very well actually – essence, lotion, cream and eye serum) but they lasted me just 3-4 days about. Which was my plan anyway because I planned to shop for beauty products here.
Step 1 : I start with a combination of gentle cleansers. Because I wear makeup everyday, cleansing is very important so most days I do a 2-step regime. I picked up the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil from Rite-Aid. Its a medium-weight oil i.e its not as light as dry oils but its not super viscous either. It doesn’t emulsify a ton to be honest but cleanses nicely enough while giving such more needed slip to my skin. I’m following this up with the L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Cleanser which has bit of scrubby particles, glycolic acid and produces mild lather – it gets the oil/makeup residue right off without drying the skin.
Step 2 : I know the cleansers are working right because my skin doesn’t feel dry/stretchy after cleansing. For step 2, I’ll add a few spritzes of a face mist, carried the Innisfee Aloe Soothing Mist from India which seems to function alright as a basic hydrating mist.
Step 3 : I then take some Innisfree Pomegranate Eye Serum and apply it generously around the eyes. Its lightweight enough that it doesn’t leave any greasy after-feel. It won’t last more than 2-3 days I think so I need to go pick something from the drugstore or Sephora soon.
Step 4 : For the face, I’m using the CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum, a rich emollient serum that leaves a nice silky moist feel on my skin. I think it is one of the products responsible for how well my skin has been feeling. It contains a hint of retinol and ceramide complex. Retinol can easily dry the skin but I’m using plenty of oil on the skin so thankfully no flaking. I think this is a really nice anti-ageing serum from the drugstore that’s not too bad on the pocket. On alternate days, I’ve started using Sunday Riley Good Genes which is a lactic acid exfoliating overnight treatment. Already loving it so much! Sunday Riley was one of the brands I really wanted to try out. Will definitely look for more of their products at Sephora and do more detailed reviews.
Step 5 : I’m still making moisturizer cocktails since I have a little bit of Innisfree Pomegranate lotion and I received a sample of the Själ Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Renewal Crème, which to be honest, blew me away! SO.MUCH.MOISTURE! Själ was a brand I had never heard to before but I was looking at Sunday Riley LUNA at SpaceNK and they didn’t have Luna. The lady suggested the Saphir Concentrate by Själ and the ingredient looked promising so I ended up buying it. The cellular renewal creme was a free sample. I want to go pick up the full size of it, but the brand is so crazy expensive :'(
Step 6 : By this step, my skin is feeling quite nice and hydrated but nothing like a light veil of oil to finish it off. I use a few drops of the Själ Saphir Concentrate Anti-Ageing Facial Oil, and press it onto my skin gently instead of massaging it. It smells really nice and leaves my skin very nourished and radiant. I’m all set for either bed time or makeup at this point. The only thing missing in my routine is SPF, I’m only relying on makeup for that which isn’t the best thing to be honest. I need to go pick a sunscreen but since its dead winter here right now, it doesn’t feel urgent!
So that is my current skin care routine here in New York! Let me know if you would like me to do a similar blog post for makeup and body care!
We all love radiant skin; more so this time of the year when there are loads of weddings and parties to attend and we want our skin to look its best! I like to maintain a regular skin care routine so that my skin is always at its healthiest, but due to stress, daily exposure to sun and dust/pollution and festive season indulgences, the skin can get dull and develop dark spots. One of the reasons for skin to look fatigued is the lack of oxygen. Poor oxygen results in skin that looks lifeless and dull. A boost of oxygen is one of the quickest ways to get instantly radiant and healthy looking skin.
I recently tried out Oxylife after seeing it used in professional salons and I’m pleased to report how well it has worked for my skin. When you need an instant fix, there’s nothing quite as effective as Oxylife to give life to fatigued, oxygen-deprived skin!
Oxylife Natural Radiance 5 Crème Bleach targets the five major issues that result in poor skin – dark spots, dead cells, uneven tone, sun tan and dullness. Choosing the right bleach is very important and I always go with Oxylife. It is one of the most trusted and widely used bleach brands. It doesn’t feel harsh on the skin and the post-bleach serum gives a wonderfully soft and smooth feeling. Even though it feels fairly mild, I’d still recommend doing patch test before using it on your face.
The usage is very simple – mix the activator with the cream in a ratio of 1:7 and apply it on cleansed skin. For deep skin tones, you need to keep it on for about 10 minutes. If you have medium to fair skin, keep it on for about 15 minutes. After removing the bleach, follow up with the post-bleach radiance serum for smooth, soft, glowing skin! Refer to the leaflet inside the pack for detailed application instruction.
The formula has patented German Technology – Oxysphere, which enables pure Oxygen molecule to be penetrated inside the skin, giving it pure boost of Oxygen, leaving it naturally radiant. It is also enriched with Vitamin E to condition skin and Glycerin which helps brighten and nourish skin so your skin doesn’t feel dry after use. So if you’re looking for an effective bleach that you can include in your regular skin care regime, check out the Oxylife range. For the wedding and party season, it is a must-have in your beauty kit!
Please note: I do not promote skin ‘whitening’ or ‘fairness’. All skin tones and colors are beautiful; the purpose of using Oxylife bleach is to add radiance to uneven, dull and fatigued skin.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Oxylife.
Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a few of my current winter skin care favorites. My skin gets very dehydrated in the winters so I’ve introduced some new products in my routine to keep it nourished and moisturized. Hope some of my recommendations are helpful to you.
There are two serums that I’m switching between these days. The Clarins Double Serum is excellent for the winters because of its oil-water hybrid texture. It is literally two serums, housed side-by-side, dispensing out from a single pump. It is an anti-ageing product, with high concentration of turmeric that helps with uneven tone as well as lines and wrinkles. My skin feels instantly softer and smoother when I use this. I alternate this with the Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum which is a little oilier than the Clarins one. It smells absolutely beautiful and supposedly contains actually gold bhasma for age control benefits. I would recommend this one for dry and mature skin. I only use it when my skin is feeling very dry.
A skin care brand that I’ve discovered very recently is Dr. Sheth’s, an Indian dermatologist brand that has been specifically designed for Indian skin and conditions. I have 4 of their products in my routine currently – the Basic Brightening Daily Cleanser (Rs 375 | buy here) which is a gel-based, gentle cleanser containing rosehip seed extracts, almond oil, coconut oil-based cleansing agent and Vitamin E. Their Basic Brightening Extra Gentle Daily Peel(Rs 850 | buy here) is excellent to include some gentle exfoliation in your daily routine. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid (for immediate exfoliation), 5% Lactic Acid (for long term exfoliation), glycerin, pomegranate extracts, lecithin, oat sugars, grapefruit extracts and calendula. I didn’t experience any tingling or unpleasant sensation when I used this. The lotion-like consistency feels nice and calming on the skin.
The Basic Brightening Daily Sunscreen(Rs 1899 | buy here) has become a staple in my routine. Its non-greasy, leaves no white cast, spreads and blends well, feels mildly moisturizing yet lightweight on the skin. There’s nothing not to love! Its a mineral sunscreen containing titanium and zinc oxide for sun protection. Also contains lecithin for hydration and sunflower + licorice extracts for brightening.
Coming to moisturizers, I love the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief gel-creme. Its the most lightweight of moisturizers in terms of consistency but it feels very very hydrating! Delivers pure moisture into the skin, ideal for dehydrated winter skin!
Dr. Sheth’s Ultimate Brightening Youth Enhancer(Rs 2250 | buy here) is the only cream in the market with over 15 actives! Its a powerful cocktail of ingredients like kojic acid, vitamins A + C + E, niacinamide, wheat sugars, hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, glow milliglowbules that help in brightening uneven skin, firming and tightening prematurely ageing skin, while addressing dryness of course. This is a night cream, and I noticed a difference in my skin from the first use itself! If there’s only one product I can recommend from Dr. Sheth’s, it would be this!
Apart from these, I’ve also been loving Bio Oil for the body and the Neutrogena Hand Cream for the hands. The latter is excellent for very dry/chapped hands and gives instant relief from extreme dryness.
So those are my current winter care favorites! Have you tried any of these products?
Hi everyone! Today I’m swatching all 22 shades of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks for you. These liquid lipsticks are well pigmented, dry down quickly and are completely transfer-proof. These do feel very drying though so a lip primer is recommended to make the formula more forgiving on the lips.
Hope you find the swatches helpful!
Swatches (left – right) : Divine-Divine, Lady-be-good, Back in Vogue, Mademoiselle, So Me, Cafe Au Chic, Burnt Spice, Topped with Brandy, Simply Smoked
Swatches (left – right) : Rich & Restless, Personal Statement, To Matte With Love, Recollection, Tailored to Tease, Fashion Legacy, Feels so Grand
Swatches (left – right) : High Drama, Carnivorous, Oh Lady, Dance with me, Young Attitude, Ess-presso
All 22 shades swatches (left – right) : High Drama, Carnivorous, Oh Lady, Dance with me, Young Attitude, Ess-presso, Rich & Restless, Personal Statement, To Matte With Love, Recollection, Tailored to Tease, Fashion Legacy, Feels so Grand, Divine-Divine, Lady-be-good, Back in Vogue, Mademoiselle, So Me, Cafe Au Chic, Burnt Spice, Topped with Brandy, Simply Smoked.
Some of my favorites are Topped with Brandy, To Matte with Love, Feels so Grand, Oh Lady and High Drama. Let me know which shades you like below.
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Diwali! Today I’m sharing the makeup I wore today, its a fresh everyday look which is super quick to create. I evened out my skin using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh foundation (my shade is 4N1 Shell Beige). This is a new launch and its a sheer foundation with a really nice, healthy, radiant finish. It is super long stay as well! Since this is quite sheer, I used the KIKO Highlighting Pen (medium coverage highlighting concealer) in shade 03 to brighten up the under eyes, centre of the face and the mouth region. I loved how well this blended into the skin. I’m really enjoying trying out new KIKO products at the moment.
For the cheeks, I ended up using the Colorbar Feel the Rain blush duo which I’ve mentioned several times in my videos, I love LOVE this blush duo! The dusty rose matte shade gives the most natural looking pink flush to the cheeks while the peachy highlighter adds a really pretty soft highlight. The formula is really good as well, soft blendable powders without any fallout and the packaging with the droplet detailing is another major plus point. Can’t recommend this enough!
I kept the eyes very simple with just mascara; I used the KIKO Volume Sculpt mascara which was a little underwhelming to be honest. It did give decent length but I was hoping for more volume. I filled in my brows with the ColourPop Precision Brow Pencil in shade Bangin’ Brunette. This is a fabulous product! Just as good as the Benefit brow pencil, but at a fraction of the price! And lastly, for the lips, I tried out the new IsaDora Liquid Matte lipstick in shade Berry Babe. Gorgeous berry rose shade with a very comfortable, long stay matte formula, loved this from the first application itself!
And that is the final look!
I realised I didn’t powder my face (which to be honest, happens often since I love dewy looking skin!). But I was still pleased with how the look turned out. I was having a pretty bad start to the day but once I did my makeup, I felt so much better! Have you tried any of these new products? Share your comments below!
Hi everyone! Rihanna launched her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, a few weeks back and the beauty world can’t stop talking about it! The first batch of products were mostly complexion/face products along with a universal shade of lip gloss. I picked up a few of the products to try out (couldn’t resist all the buzz!). I placed my order directly on the Fenty Beauty website and used a mail forwarding service (ShipOutFromUSA.com) to get the products delivered from US to India.
I picked up the foundation in shade 270. Since its a fairly new brand, swatches of all the foundation shades together weren’t easy to come by so I had to make an educated guess to choose my shade. I also picked up the primer, the lip gloss and a highlighter duo. I haven’t tested the products properly yet but I wanted to share my first impressions of the products with you.
This comes in a universal rose-y beige shade with ultra fine shimmer and incredible shine. I do love a glossy lip and this nude shade gives a lovely juicy shine to the lips. Its not too opaque so I like using a mauve pink or deep rose lip stain underneath this to add some color. The texture is very comfortable; non-sticky and super hydrating. I was on the fence about how unique this would be (it’s a nude lip gloss after all), but there is something about it that makes me reach for it over and over. I think its the feel of the formula – it doesn’t sit in a thick, gloopy layer on the lips and instantly hydrates and softens the lips. I can see myself using this for a long time. I like the look of the packaging as well!
I’m really pleased with this highlighter duo (though I’ve used it only once so far!). The packaging has a very unique look and even though its plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap. The textures are really nice; creamy and soft but not powdery or loose. Both the colors are fairly warm, Mean Money being a softer highlighter for a subtle glow while Hu$tla Baby being packed with high-shine shimmer. I like my highlight to be on the softer side so I prefer Mean Money for most days but I like having the option of a stronger highlight should I feel like doing a full-bodied highlight! These double up nicely as eye shadows too and I love how seamlessly they blend into the skin.
I love primers and lately I’ve been very religious with prepping and priming my skin before foundation application. The primer has good reviews overall and since its supposed to give a soft matte finish, I thought it should work well with my skin. The beige-blush colored packaging is gorgeous. It looks so unique and elegant! The texture of the primer is like a soft gel-cream, it actually feeling quite moisturizing but as you gently massage it onto the skin, it seems to sink into the skin leaving a soft, smooth canvas for the foundation to glide. It doesn’t feel very matte but its not dewy either, so “soft-matte” or satin-y would be a good way to describe it. It has a very mild, barely-there scent.
This was the most underwhelming product for me among the products I picked. 270 is not the perfect shade for me unfortunately, its little more orange and slightly darker but I think I may be able to work with it, perhaps by mixing a lighter, more golden/yellow foundation with it. The consistency is a bit on the thicker side, and it sets down very quickly into a matte finish (which is not something I generally like in foundations). The coverage seems medium-high. I may warm up to this in the future, but I didn’t love it as much as the other products. If you have dry skin, you definitely rich a moisturizer underneath this.
Hope you found this post helpful! Let me know if any of you have tried any products from the Fenty Beauty line. I’ll be using these in a YouTube tutorial very soon!
Hi everyone! My first look for Navratri 2017 is a purple smokey eye with a hint of blue. Since many of you requested purple and blue makeup on Instagram, I decided to use these to create the following look! I’ve paired this dramatic eye makeup with a peachy pink lipstick and super glowy skin! Hoe you like this look!