Welcome to LipstickForLunch! I am Mrinalini, an engineer by degree and a storyteller and makeup lover by passion. I write fictional pieces here and here but this blog is dedicated to sharing my thoughts about beauty, fashion, and skin care products that I have tried and tested over the years.
I have spoken about Miniso products here in the past, but in that blog post, I had not mentioned any skincare products, because I was a little wary of trying out skincare from the brand. However, my husband accidentally purchased the Miniso Cucumber Refreshing Moisture Mist during the peak of summers, and since it seemed cooling and soothing, I decided to try it out. Read on to find out what I think about this product!
The Miniso Cucumber Refreshing Moisture Mist claims to be a hydrating and soothing mist that can be used on the face, body and hair. It comes in a gigantic 410ml bottle with a spray nozzle that dispenses an even mist. I do not remember the exact price of the product but I think that it came for approximately INR 400, which is quite affordable for the huge bottle.
The product is essentially a water-based mist with cucumber extracts in it, as well as certain other hydrating ingredients such as castor oil, aloe vera, and glycerin. It does contain fragrance and smells like freshly cut cucumbers, which is actually quite the perfect scent for summers. As I mentioned before, I got my hands on this product during the sweltering heat, so I primarily used it on my body to keep myself cool throughout the day. The mist lives up to its claims of being cooling and refreshing and it did moisturise my skin quite well too. I have personally not used it on my face or hair, so I will not be able to comment on its efficacy for the same.
Overall, if you are looking for a cooling body mist that is affordable then I will recommend the Miniso Cucumber Refreshing Moisture Mist. It delivers what it claims to deliver and will last you for up to a year. Have you tried anything from Miniso yet? Let me know in the comments below!
You can buy the Miniso Cucumber Refreshing Moisture Mist at any Miniso Store near you.
Nykaa recently extended their range of sheet masks and had a fab offer of buy 7 get 7 free on the website. Could I resist this amazing deal? Of course not! I have tried a few variants of these sheet masks now and am ready with my thoughts on the product. Read on for my review of these sheet masks!
The Nykaa Skin Secrets Sheet Masks come in 21 variants, each of which claims to provide unique benefits to the skin, such as hydration, nourishment, radiance etc. The top ingredients of each of these sheet masks seem to be the same, with different oils, fruit and flower extracts added to different variants. The top ingredients include water, glycerin, alcohol (not sure which alcohol this is and whether this is good for the skin or not), and Sodium Hyaluronate. The distinct ingredients of each variant are highlighted on the front packaging of the masks.
All of the masks come in colourful packaging which is quite attractive. The mask inside comes drenched in a substantial amount of serum such that you will definitely have excess serum in the packet after removing the mask. I love that the mask fits my tiny face really well and is not too big and clumsy to use like some of the sheet masks from Korean brands. It seems that the brand has specially designed these masks to fit the Indian face shapes, which is a relief for a petite gal like me.
I have tried a couple of clarifying and soothing sheet masks from the range, such as the Tea Tree and Aloe Vera variant and the Charcoal and Bamboo variant. These were very cooling and hydrating on the skin and helped to calm down angry breakouts. I also tried some of the variants that claim to provide radiant skin, such as the Turmeric and Coconut variant. These add visible brightness to the skin but not as much as some of the sheet masks from DearPacker do. Also, I must say that most of these masks do not have a very pleasant scent and smell like alcohol with faint undertones of the natural ingredients.
Each of these sheet masks is priced at INR 100, but you can usually grab them on a Buy 7 Get 7 free scheme which makes them quite affordable. Overall, I will say that these sheet masks do a good job at instantly hydrating, soothing and firming up the skin. While the DearPacker sheet masks still remain my favourite, these sheet masks from Nykaa definitely come a close second for me!
Good Vibes is an Indian skincare and haircare brand that is available on Purplle.com. This affordable brand seems to have mixed reviews on the internet, and the sponsored YouTube collaborations have left many consumers confused regarding the actual efficacy of the products. I recently picked up one of their newer launches, the Good Vibes Keratin Strengthening Hair Cream, and here are my unbiased thoughts on the product.
The Good Vibes Hair Creams are essentially thick hair masks that you are supposed to apply to shampooed, wet hair for 10-15 minutes and then wash off. There are a number of variants available in this range but I went for the Keratin version because it claims to work on dry and damaged hair to make them smoother and stronger. My hair has become quite frizzy and lifeless this Monsoon season and I thought that this variant could bring it back to life.
The formula is essentially a thick white cream, which to be honest does not have a very pleasant smell and reminds me of a car in a petrol pump (people with motion sickness might relate). The smell is essentially quite “chemically” in the jar but it is not as strong on the hair and you will only smell it faintly after washing the product off. The ingredient list contains nourishing ingredients such as Keratin Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil and Glycerin but this cream also contains dimethicone. The formula is however Paraben and Sulfate free.
I use it as a hair mask on my wet, shampooed hair without conditioning my hair first. The product spreads easily on the hair but does not feel slippery like a conditioner. It feels like a styling cream on the hair more than a hair mask. One jar contains 100gm of product which lasts 5-6 uses on my waist-length hair (I apply this from the mid-lengths of my hair to the tips).
Once I wash off the product, it does leave my hair detangled and smoother than it is after using a conditioner. It is effective at reducing frizziness even though it is unable to completely remove it. My hair looks shinier and healthier since I started using this product and is easier to manage in the humid weather.
Overall, I feel that this product does not provide spectacular results like some of the other hair masks I have used but it does work well for the price of INR 315 per tub. It can work as a better alternative to conditioner if your hair is dull or damaged or is becoming too frizzy in the rainy season. The strong chemical scent is a con though, so I will warn you to sniff this at your own risk. In conclusion, this is a decent product for the price and I am satisfied, if not overjoyed with the difference it made to my fine, frizzy and lifeless hair.
Face shaving and eyebrow shaving is all the rage these days, and when I recently uploaded an IGTV video of my eyebrow shaving routine, a bunch of you asked me some questions, such as – Does shaving cause the hair to grow back thicker? Does it hurt? Does it damage the skin? I decided to write a blog post about my experience with eyebrow shaving. Kindly keep in mind that I am talking about my own experience and that I am not a dermatologist. So kindly get in touch with a dermat if you are confused whether shaving will damage your facial skin or not. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on eyebrow shaving.
I purchased the Tinkle Eyebrow Razors from Nykaa for my first attempt at eyebrow shaving. These razors are super affordable (INR 200 for 3 razors). Their blade is at an incline that helps with easier shaping of eyebrows and I feel that they are not as easy to use on the chin area but can easily be used for the rest of the face. The razors are not super sharp but you still have to be careful not to cut yourself. They do come with a plastic casing to cover the blade while storage.
I will recommend going in with gentle careful strokes the first few times you use the razor to make sure that you do not cut your skin. It is pretty easy to use though and I am sure you will get the hang of it after just one use. The only downside is that it is more suitable to shape the upper part of the eyebrow than the lower part, so you may need a tweezer to pluck out the hair closer to your lids. Other than that I cannot think of any other con of this razor and it has made my eyebrow routine super easy and convenient.
Coming to some of the questions that you had –
Do the hair grow back thicker or faster? Not at all! The razor goes nowhere near your hair follicle (which is embedded inside the skin) so it cannot affect hair regrowth in any manner.
Is face shaving hygienic? I sterilize my razor using Isopropyl Alcohol before and after every use to ensure that it does not cause any microbial infections or breakouts on my skin. You must do the same!
Nude nails can never go out of fashion. They look extremely elegant and classy and can be flaunted at work or even with glam party outfits. When going out for an official event, I always opt for nude nails because not only do they not look flashy, you can also get away with a few chips as they are not as visible with nude colours. The Nykaa Nail Enamel in the shade Caramel Machhiato (53) has been my go-to nude nailpaint this year. Here is why!
The Nykaa Nail Enamel in the shade Caramel Macchiato is a beautiful milky brown nude, which is essentially the colour of very milky coffee. It is the perfect nude shade for those with light to medium Indian skin tones and will look beautiful as a light shade on deeper skin tones too. On me, it is just a few shades lighter than the skin tone of my fingers and it complements my complexion beautifully while looking extremely chic and sophisticated, especially on longer nails.
The formula is similar to the rest of the shades from the Nykaa Nail Enamel range. It is quite runny and liquidy but tends to thicken up in the bottle, which is the only con of this range in my opinion (I use some nail paint remover to thin out the formula when this happens but you can try storing these nail paints in the fridge too). One coat provides a semi-opaque wash of colour which does look extremely pretty and natural but two coats will provide you full opacity and longer wear. Each coat does take around 8-10 minutes to dry up completely but once set it does not chip on the nails for a good 5-6 days. The colour will however stain if you eat food containing turmeric with your hands (brown girl problems!). I usually rub a hand sanitizer on my nails if they are freshly stained with turmeric and it removes most of the stains without damaging the nail paint.
Priced at INR 179, Caramel Macchiato is a beautiful nail paint for those who are looking for a subtle shade for everyday wear, particularly for women working in a formal environment. I will highly recommend it to all of you who are in the need for a nude nailpaint!
I had reviewed the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal on the blog more than a year back and that single kajal pencil lasted me for more than 12 months (there is still some product left but the tip has come off loose from the pencil). I cannot recommend that Kajal enough to those who like a bold black colour in their waterline that lasts all day. However, I decided that I wanted to try something different from the brand just for the sake of variety and went with the Nykaa EyemBlack Kajal Pencil this time. Read on to find out my thoughts on this product and to see comparison swatches with the EyemBold variant.
The Nykaa EyemBlack Kajal is a kohl pencil that needs to be sharpened and is quite similar to the Plum Goodness kajal pencil in terms of size and formulation. This one is, however, more gel-like than both the Plum kajal and the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal and has a very smooth finish. The formula glides on the waterline and provides a bold and black pigmentation in just one swipe without any tugging or dragging. I have extremely sensitive eyes and most kohl pencils tend to make my eyes water but this one does not irritate my eyes at all.
The product lasts on my eyes for a good 8-10 hours without fading or smudging. I do have watery eyes and so the pigment tends to fade a little near my tear ducts by the end of 5-6 hours, which is something I did not face with the EyemBold Kajal. Other than that, the pigmentation is pretty much similar in both the products but the EyemBold Kajal is more similar in texture to the traditional kajals and is slightly grainier, whereas the EyemBlack Kajal is more of a gel liner in pencil form. The EyemBold Kajal is more suitable for those who like a thicker line of kajal because the tip does tend to get blunter when sharpened. The EyemBlack Kajal, on the other hand, is better for those who like a thinner line of kajal, but this one too can be thickened up with multiple swipes so serves a dual purpose.
The Nykaa EyemBlack Kajal is priced at INR 375, and comes with a free sharpener. I feel that this price is fair for the longevity of the product and the smooth, pigmented formula. If you are someone who is looking for the blackest black kajal in the market which will work well as a liner too then I highly recommend the Nykaa EyemBlack Kajal to you!
Suganda is a homegrown Indian skincare brand whose products have quickly become holy grail items for all those who have tried them. I have personally raved about their White Lotus Moisturizer in the past, which is an excellent product for those with combination to oily skin. The brand recently sent me another one of their star products, the Suganda Anti-Oxidant Face Serum, to test out and review for all of you. Here are my thoughts after using this product daily for several weeks.
Let’s talk about the packaging first, just like the rest of the products from the brand, the Suganda Anti-Oxidant Serum comes in a dark glass bottle with a plastic lid and the familiar green and white label. Since this is a serum, this product has a glass dropper which works very well at dispensing precise quantities of product. The packaging is very sturdy and leakproof, and hence quite travel-friendly despite being made of glass, which is fabulous for the environment.
While I am not an ingredient expert, I trust Bindu, the founder of the brand, with whatever she has to say about the formulation, and for this product, she says that the formula contains a stable form of Vitamin C called Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which has a pH value of 6. This form of vitamin C has a higher pH than traditional vitamin C serums that contain Ascorbic Acid (pH 4), and is supposed to be gentler on the skin, which is something that I can vouch for. This gel-like serum which is a translucent pale yellow in colour does not tingle my skin like other Vitamin C products that I have used in the past. The formula also contains natural anti-oxidants such as Curcumin (turmeric) and Gotu Kola, which are known to prevent sun damage as well.
Since this product helps in preventing sun damage, the brand recommends using this in the morning and applying a layer of moisturizer on top of it. I apply this serum on my face and neck in the morning and after around five minutes, I add a layer of sunscreen which doubles up as my moisturizer. On alternate nights, I use this serum at night and follow it up with a night cream or facial oil and on the other nights, I use an AHA/BHA serum followed by a night cream.
Like I mentioned before, this product does not tingle or irritate my skin. It feels a little sticky for a couple of minutes post application and feels like its stretching out the skin a bit, but after a few minutes I cannot feel anything on my face at all. It is mildly hydrating and needs a layer of moisturiser on top for adequate hydration of the skin. While this serum does not provide instant results, after using it for a couple of weeks, I could notice that my skin was glowing more than usual and my scars and texture seemed to have visibly faded. This serum has helped with getting rid of the bumps (whiteheads) on my nose and chin area and has smoothened the texture of my skin.
The product is priced at INR 1000 for a 20ml bottle, but it will last you for a couple of months at least and is, therefore, a small price to play for smooth and glowing skin. The brand also has regular deals which I post on my Instagram stories, so make sure to follow me there! This serum is the kind of product which the more diligently you use, the better the results will be with time. All of the products from Suganda are specially formulated keeping the issues of Indian skin in mind and this one works beautifully for textured and dull skin. If you are someone with slightly sensitive skin who wants to incorporate Vitamin C in their skincare regimen then this serum could be the perfect choice for you!
Have you ever scoured the internet for a gift that seems custom made for a book lover? T-shirts that speak of their favourite books or accessories that make the experience of reading or writing even more enjoyable? If so then literarybookgifts.com is a blessing for you because they provide gifts that will speak to every writer and avid reader out there. The brand kindly sent me their Cashmere Writing Gloves to review, and here are my thoughts on these beauties that arrived at the perfect time – right when the cool monsoon winds engulfed my town.
The Literary Book Gifts Writing Gloves are snug gloves that give the fingers ample room to wiggle about, type, write, or hold on to a mug of steaming hot chocolate. These gloves are made of 35% Cashmere wool blended in with cotton, polyester and microfibers. The material looks high-quality to me and seems pretty durable. It expands to accomodate the shape of my hand and fits around it perfectly. These gloves do not squeeze the blood out of my hands and feel like a gentle warm hug. The thumb and finger slots are perfectly sized to be comfortable yet not so loose as to let the cold air seep through.
I am someone whose hands and feet get cold very easily as soon as there is a nip in the air, and this makes me fall sick quite often too. These fingerless gloves are an excellent product for me because I can wear them without compromising on my productivity throughout the day. My days consist of long hours of typing and these gloves allow my hands to be warm while keeping my fingers as active as ever!
If you are someone who works in an air-conditioned office, or in a cold area in general, you would feel my pain of wanting to sit on my hands every few minutes to keep them warm Luckily, now I won’t have to look like a buffoon to keep my body temperature optimal!
These beautiful gloves are priced at $52, and the website provides flat rate shipping of $5 in the USA and $10 for international orders. This makes the product slightly pricey, but I am sure that these gloves will last me a lifetime, and investing in such classic and practical pieces for my wardrobe is something that I never think twice about. They are also available in a bunch of different colours ranging from white and black to violet and electric blue. I went for the shade dark green and this colour complements so many outfits really well!
Not only are these gloves comfortable and practical, they are also fashionable and look extremely chic. I will highly recommend you to pick up a pair in your favourite colour (click here to buy) before the cold weather sets in. And of course, they will make an excellent gift for someone in your life who leafs through books by the dozen or is working towards writing their own! Thanks Literary Book Gifts for adding warmth to my writing sessions this monsoon season!
Vilvah is an Indian skincare and haircare brand that I have heard rave reviews about from every blogger that has tried them. However, somehow I never got around to trying anything from the brand because I always have something in my stash that needs to be finished up first. When they came out with their Honey Fix Face Cleanser recently though, I finally decided to pick it up because face wash is one skincare item that I get through like nobody’s business. Here are my thoughts on this cruelty-free face cleanser after using it for a couple of weeks.
Speaking about the packaging first, the Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser comes in a unique metallic bottle with a plastic pump and a transparent lid. The packaging stands out from that of any other face wash and has the pictures of some of the ingredients, such as honey, papaya and blackberry on the front. You get 100ml of product for INR 440, which is a pretty decent price for the quality of ingredients that the formula contains.
Coming to the formula, this face wash has a liquidy gel consistency and looks like pale honey. It also has a sweet herbal scent that resembles honey quite a bit. The formula contains 8% raw forest honey, which is a powerhouse of antioxidants and works really well for acne-prone skin. It also contains witch hazel and aloe extracts that help to soothe irritated skin and natural sources of vitamin C and A such as blackberry and orange extracts as well as papaya extracts respectively. The formula does not contain any synthetic fragrance, parabens, silicones, sulfates or mineral oil and should be suitable for sensitive skin in my opinion.
The face wash provides a decent amount of lather and I need 2-3 pumps to cleanse my face and neck thoroughly. It leaves the skin looking non-greasy and bright from the very first use. It also helps in calming down any active breakouts and it seems to have played a role in lightening some spots on my face in conjunction with the rest of the products in my skincare routine. This face wash is more suitable for those with normal to oily skin, because it does leave the skin a tad bit dry. It feels quite gentle on my face otherwise and does not cause any redness or irritation on my skin.
Overall, I feel that the regular use of this face wash can really help with keeping those breakouts at bay and clearing up acne-prone skin while adding a glow to the face. It is leaning towards the expensive side but I feel that this product is worth the investment if you have been suffering from frequent breakouts. Have you tried any products from Vilvah yet? Let me know in the comments below!
The trend of glowy makeup is not going anywhere soon and I am not complaining! A girl cannot have enough highlighters in 2019, and here is my review of a beautiful one from Ciate London. Read on to find out my thoughts on the Ciate London Glow-To Highlighter in the shade Moonlight!
I received a sample of this highlighter in a giveaway, hence it came in a plastic casing inside a cute cardboard box. The full size version of this product comes in a beautiful metallic casing with a mirror, but since it is very hard to go through a highlighter, I am glad that I received a sample size. This highlighter looks like a beautiful rose gold in the pan, but on my brown skin it shows up as more of a champagne colour with golden shimmer running through it. The product blends easily on the skin and provides a beautiful glow which looks quite natural under diffused light but becomes more blinding when direct light hits it. The tiny shimmer does not irritate my skin but it does tend to go everywhere if you run a hand over your cheek.
I will not recommend layering this highlighter too much because it may exaggerate any texture or pores on your skin. However, one layer is sufficient to provide a beautiful glow to the high points of the face. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free, which is a huge plus.
The only downside of this product is its price ($29 on the brand’s website and INR 2600 on Nykaa). You can get way more affordable highlighters, such as the Wet n Wild Precious Petals highlighter, at a much more reasonable price in India. Also, the shade Moondust is not available on Nykaa, but you can find the shade Starburst, which I feel will look quite similar to Moondust on Indian skin, only slightly more golden. Overall, if you are a sucker for cute packaging and are willing to spend on a highlighter then the Ciate London Glow-To Highlighter is an able contender for your shopping cart. Check out the purchase links below to buy the product!