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.
Body butters can be tricky in the warmer months, while your skin needs to be moisturized, you do not want something heavy to clog your pores or feel greasy in the humid weather. I personally prefer body butters that are nourishing but not too thick, which get absorbed by the skin quickly yet leave it hydrated for a long time. A recent discovery that fits this description is the Biobloom Water Lily Body Butter which I received in a subscription box. Read on to find out my thoughts about the product.
The Biobloom Body Butter comes in a jar with a screw on lid that allows easy scooping out of the product. The texture of the body butter is only slightly thicker than that of a body lotion and it has a very faint aqua-floral scent which is quite gender neutral. The product glides easily on the skin and does not crumble up or leave a white cast like some thick body butters. It gets absorbed by the skin within a minute or two and leaves behind only a nourishing layer of oil which won’t seem heavy unless you live in a very humid area.
The product contains a ton of nourishing ingredients, such as Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Extract and Vitamin E, and makes the skin feel healthy and supple from the first use. I use this product at night and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels soft and smooth but not greasy. The formula is also free of parabens, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrance, which makes it suitable for even sensitive skin.
The only possible con of this body butter is its price (INR 799 for 200gms), but body butters in general seem to be more expensive these days. If you are looking for something that is slightly more nourishing than a body lotion but not too thick or cakey then the Biobloom Water Lily Body Butter is definitely worth a try if you are willing to invest in it!
While I love my aluminium-free, natural deodorants during the colder months, they just don’t work well enough for me in the hot summer months. I literally turn into a sweat ball by the end of the day, and so I need to resort to something stronger, at the cost of giving up on clean ingredients. I have used the Dove Go Fresh anti-perspirants in all their fragrance variants since I was a schoolgirl, and while they worked really well for me, I had become tired of their scents. Now that they introduced a new scent – the Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena variant – I was drawn by the brand again. Read on to find out my thoughts about the Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Antiperspirant Spray.
I feel that the world is divided into two groups when it comes to Dove products. People either hate the brand or love it to bits. I personally have been satisfied with most of the products from Dove that I have tried to date and feel that they are fairly gentle on the skin while being effective. While their Go Fresh anti-perspirant does contain aluminium, it feels very gentle on my underarms as compared to other deodorants and anti-perspirants that I have used that contain similar chemicals. Dove claims that the product contains 1/4th moisturising cream, and my underarm area does feel hydrated when I use this anti-perspirant.
Since this product is an anti-perspirant, as opposed to a deodorant, it prevents excessive sweating, keeping the under-arm area dry and smelling good throughout the day. It does work for a good 6-8 hours in fairly high temperatures, making it my go-to product for when I have a long day ahead. I also love the fruity citrusy scent which is not too sweet or overpowering, more like a clean scent but fruity. Also, the pink of the packaging somehow draws me to this product even more
The product is priced at an affordable INR 225 for a 150ml can but you can get it for even cheaper at online stores. I feel that if you prefer using anti-perspirants then you should give the Dove Go Fresh range a try. I will definitely be restocking this throughout this summer!
The under eye area is one of the most delicate parts of the skin, and it also starts showing the signs of aging the soonest. Add to it the fact that my eyes are extremely sensitive, and finding a suitable eye cream to tackle all my issues becomes an ordeal. The only reason that I tried the Biobloom Under Eye Gel was that it came in a subscription box, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this product actually lives up to its claims! Read on to find out my thoughts about this eye gel.
The Biobloom Under Eye Gel comes in a simple plastic jar with a screw on lid with an additional plastic lid to prevent leakage. The ingredient list is also as simplistic as the packaging, but boy it works! This gel contains aloe vera, mint, rose water and cucumber extracts and claims to provide the benefits of Vitamin A, E and C to prevent sagging, dark circles, and puffiness. The product comes in the form of an extremely hydrating gel that melts into the skin and provides a cooling sensation that provides instant relief to tired eyes. The brand is definitely not kidding about preventing sagginess because this gel literally sucks the eye bags in and eliminates puffiness in a jiffy. However, you have to be careful about applying only a tiny bit of the gel to your under eye area, otherwise, it can make the skin feel stretchy.
What is great about this under eye gel is that a little goes a long way and it does not sting my sensitive eyes at all! It is also quite affordable at INR 350 for 15gms of product, considering that it works so well.
Overall, the Biobloom Under Eye Gel is a great buy for those who have puffy and saggy eye bags. While I haven’t used it enough and have slept too little to find out whether it works on dark circles too, I will highly recommend it as a cooling and depuffing eye cream for everybody, especially in the hot summer months.
I have been a huge fan of MamaEarth products ever since the inception of the brand. Their eye cream is one of the best in the market in that price range and their C3 Face Mask is one of the few that reduce my blemishes within days. This is why when I saw that they had launched a day cream and a night cream, I was super excited to try them out. Here is my verdict on both these products after using them for several weeks.
Both the day cream and the night cream come in white plastic bottles with a pump dispenser. The packaging is sturdy, leakproof and travel-friendly. A couple of pumps of both creams are sufficient for the entire face and neck region.
The day cream claims to protect the skin against sun and pollution and contains SPF 20. This cream provides a powdery matte finish on the face and does not feel cakey or greasy. It also provides an instant glow to the skin, and with repeated usage, it helps in reducing blemishes too. It hydrates the skin without feeling heavy, thanks to the presence of nourishing ingredients such as pomegranate oil. The cream also contains Moringa Oil and Rice Bran oil which reverse the effects of pollution, such as dullness and pigmentation. I personally feel that this cream is perfect for those with normal to oily skin because it will keep the skin nourished and oil-free throughout the hot summer days.
Coming to the night cream, this one is slightly more hydrating than the day cream and does not have a matte finish, however, it does not look greasy on the skin either. It claims to restore the skin’s elasticity and to diminish any pigmentation. It is definitely a very hydrating cream with ingredients such as shea butter, almond oil, and olive oil. It also contains saffron and daisy extracts that help with brightening the skin, and collagen to boost the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
I have seen a significant improvement in my blemishes ever since I started using this day and night cream combo, and my skin feels nourished without my pores feeling clogged. These products have evened out my skin tone and my face seems more radiant than usual. Priced at INR 599 each, these creams are extremely affordable for the results that they provide and they are free of parabens, SLS, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances and preservatives. Overall, if you have sensitive skin and are looking for affordable products to help with dullness and pigmentation then the MamaEarth Day and Night Cream will definitely deliver results. It goes without saying that these creams have become summer skincare staples for me!
Blue Heaven is probably one Indian brand that every Indian mom has used at some point or the other. However, this brand has moved with the times and now has an impressive range of makeup and skincare! I have already reviewed the Blue Heaven Artisto Matte Lip Crayon on the blog, and might I add that I absolutely adore that product. Today I will be talking about the Blue Heaven Aloe Vera & Tea Tree Face Wash, something that I have incorporated into my summer skincare routine over the past few weeks. Read on to find out my thoughts on this product!
The Blue Heaven Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Face Wash is a no-frills face wash which simply claims to remove dirt and oil from the skin. It comes in a squeezy tube with a flip lid and the actual product is a clear gel-like liquid with soft blue beads. Mind you, apart from the aloe vera extract and the tea tree oil, the ingredient list is largely comprised of chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, and perfume, so if you are someone on the hunt for all-natural skincare then this product is definitely not for you. That being said, it is a fairly functional face wash with an extremely affordable price tag of INR 60. It lathers easily and removes oil and dirt without leaving the skin overly dry or stretchy. It feels gentle on the skin and should be suitable for all skin types other than extremely dry skin.
Overall, this face wash is a good option if you are on an extremely tight budget, but if you are looking for natural ingredients and formulas that will provide a long term benefit to the skin then I will recommend giving this one a pass. In my opinion, using this face wash won’t provide much benefits to the skin in the long run, so opt for a more expensive option with a better formula if you can. However, if you are stuck in a jam with no other option then it will definitely cleanse your face to a satisfactory level!
This summer, I am gravitating towards all skincare products that are cooling, hydrating and refreshing. Luckily, I received a sample pack of the Ilana Organics Reviving Moisture Mask in a subscription box and it checked all the right boxes for me. Read on to find out more about Ilana Organics and their super hydrating moisture mask.
Ilana Organics is a skincare brand that uses all natural and sustainably sourced ingredients in their products. Their skincare range is paraben-free and sulphate-free and is devoid of any toxins. Their Reviving Moisture Mask is no exception, and here is what the brand has to say about it –
“Open yourself to intense hydration in a jar. Ilana Organics high performance fruit based face masque unveils smooth, glowing, dewy skin within just five minutes of application. With the goodness of pomegranate and camellia, this face mask has skin calming properties that soothes, hydrates and keeps the skin fresh.”
This face mask contains Camellia to protect the skin, pomegranate oil to prevent wrinkles and sagging, grapeseed oil for treating acne and tightening the skin and aloe to hydrate and soothe the skin. It comes in the form of a green cream that spreads easily on the skin, it does not dry up on the skin like a clay mask and remains liquidy throughout the wear time. Therefore, this mask is perfect for those with dry, sensitive, or irritated skin. It smells a bit funky, like seaweed, but this means that the brand has not added any artificial fragrance to mask the natural scent, which is another plus for sensitive skin. The mask provides an instant drink of moisture to the skin and feels very gentle and cooling on the face. You need to rinse off the product after 5 minutes and will be greeted by healthier looking skin which looks well-nourished. This mask will not make a striking difference to the external appearance of your skin but it will feel healthier from within, especially after repeated usage.
The only possible downside of this mask could be the price, which is INR 950 for a 50gm jar, but to be fair, a little product does go a long way. I feel that the best way to describe this mask is that it is something similar to a deep conditioner but for the skin. If you are someone with extremely dry or sensitive skin then this product can work wonders for you by repairing the skin and making it smooth and hydrated. Do try it out if you are all about natural, organic skincare that doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients!
Summer has arrived earlier than usual this year and my skin has been craving some cooling hydration. Random bumps have also appeared on my face due to the changing weather and the products that worked for me in winter are not helping as much as they did in the colder weather. I have basically switched up my entire skincare regimen to cater to the warm weather and one product that I have been reaching out for a lot is the Mcaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel with Aloe Vera. Read on to find out what I love about this product!
The Macaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel is a green gel that comes in a jar with a screw on lid and a tiny wooden spoon to scoop out the product without using your fingers. This gel has a sweet fragrance and contains the goodness of skin-loving ingredients such as caffeine, neem, aloe vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Upon application, the gel provides a cooling sensation to the skin which is perfect for summer, especially if you have irritated skin with active acne. The gel sinks into the skin pretty quickly and provides instant hydration and suppleness. You can use a tiny bit of the gel as a moisturiser or can apply a thick layer as a cooling face mask which you can wash off after 10-15 minutes. You can also apply this gel to just your acne as a spot treatment.
This gel provides hydration without feeling oily or looking shiny on the skin. It is suitable for those with normal to oily skin and can be a tiny bit too mattifying for those with dry skin. I usually use it at nighttime when my skin looks angry or irritated. The gel soothes my skin and reduces the size of my acne overnight, leaving my skin looking brighter and healthier in my morning.
Overall, this product takes the humble aloe gel to the next level with healing ingredients like neem and brightening ingredients like coffee. If plain old aloe gel is just not cutting it for you then you can try out the Mcaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel to hydrate, soothe and brighten your skin at the same time. The price point of INR 449 for a 50ml jar is justified in my opinion and I highly recommend this product to those with normal to oily skin!
Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that Miniso now has multiple stores in India! For those who are unfamiliar with the brand, Miniso is a Japan-based designer brand that sells a range of affordable goods, from stationery and kitchenware to skincare and travel accessories. Its USP is cute looking products at affordable prices, which is what sucks the customers in! However, some of its products can be hit or miss. Read on to find out my thoughts on the Miniso Fresh Fragrance Body Mist, and my list of things to buy and not to buy from Miniso India!
I must confess, it was the cute packaging of this product that first caught my eye, however, when I tried out the tester, I was even more determined to add this body mist to my cart. This Fresh Fragrance Body Mist has a refreshing floral scent that lingers on the skin for a couple of hours. The longevity is not too much, but while it lasts on the skin it emanates a beautiful sweet scent which I love. Also, it is priced at an affordable INR 190 for this cute and travel-friendly plastic bottle that contains 100ml of product. Overall, I feel that it is a good buy if you are someone who likes collecting body mists (guilty!).
Coming to what to buy and what not to buy at Miniso India, I will recommend buying only those things for which the quality can be gauged by visual inspection or the things that have testers available. They have a good collection of affordable travel pillows, storage boxes, cushions etc that are quite sturdy and of good quality. Their stationery is super cute too, but I will recommend not getting sucked into this rabbit hole unless you actually use stationery on a daily basis or work on DIY projects. Coming to the skincare, makeup, fragrance section, almost everything has testers, so do try out the product on your skin before deciding whether to purchase it or not. Also, take a look at the ingredient list to ensure that it does not contain any ingredient that doesn’t suit you. I personally was not impressed with their makeup range and the lack of shade range in face products but their skincare does look intriguing. You can also stock up on the cotton pads and swabs because they are fairly affordable here.
A few things that I will not recommend buying are razors – they are cheap but blunt, kitchenware – some of it is overpriced so do compare prices with other stores before buying, massagers – not worth the price, and hooks to hang things – they do not stick well on walls.
Like I said, stick to the things whose functionality and quality you can test in the store and you will be good. Also, keep a check on your shopping basket because too many tiny things can also leave a dent in your bank balance. What are your favourite items from Miniso? Let me know in the comments below!
I have already reviewed the Nykaa Salon Gel Nail Lacquers on this blog, but I had only purchased dark and bright shades from the range till now. This time, I went for a nude peach shade called San Fran Mood (209) and since the formula of lighter shades can be different from those of the brighter shades, I decided to review it for all of you. Read on to check out my thoughts about this nail paint!
This nail paint is a beautiful nude peachy colour that will suit fair to medium skin tones. The formula is similar to that of the other nail paints from this range, however, since it is a light shade, it doesn’t become opaque in one coat. If you have healthy nails that do not have any yellowing then one coat will provide a sheer wash of peachy colour that will add shine to the nails and will make them look healthy. Two coats make the colour semi-opaque and I personally like this effect for daily wear. Three coats make the colour completely opaque and then it looks like a pretty pastel peach.
If you apply 3 coats on your nails then the polish won’t chip for a good 6-7 days, but with 2 coats you will notice some chipping by the 4th day. Another issue with this shade is that if you eat with your hands and use turmeric in your food then the colour will stain unless you wash it off immediately.
Overall this shade is a beautiful peachy nude for the spring which will also bring out a sunkissed tan during the summers. I haven’t seen such a shade from any other Indian brand till now so I am definitely gonna keep this one handy. Also, the price point of INR 325 may seem steep but these nail paints are usually available on a discount on the website and also, the formula doesn’t dry up in the bottle for years, so you can get a lot of wear out of them. If you are looking for a nice nude nail paint for the warm weather then I highly recommend San Fran Mood!
We are all very conscious about what we put on your face but we should be equally conscious about what we use in our homes. Our skin comes in contact with a number of cleaning products throughout the day, and if we do not pay heed, these could contain a number of harsh chemicals. Also, with so many pests and insects appearing around the house and the rise in the number of diseases they carry around, it is great to have herbal solutions to keep them at bay instead of chemical fumes that we end up inhaling too. Herbal Strategi is a brand that addresses these very concerns with their wide range of household products ranging from insect sprays to dish washing soap and everything in between. I recently got an opportunity to try out a number of their products and here is what I think about them.
The brand kindly sent me a gift hamper, which was a beautiful blue box containing the following products –
1 x Floor Cleaner – 500 ml
1 x Herbal Liquid Dish Wash – 250 ml
1 x Lemon Herbal Room Freshener – 250 ml
1 x Herbal Foam Hand Wash – 70 ml
1 x Herbal Hand Sanitizer – 50 ml
1 x Toilet Seat Sanitizer – 50 ml
1 x Herbal Mosquito Vaporizer – 40 ml
1 x Herbal Mosquito Repellent Agarbatti – 40 incense sticks
1 x Herbal Mosquito Repellent Room Spray – 30 ml
1 x Herbal Mosquito Repellent Body Spray – 30 ml
1 x Herbal Ant Repellent – 30 ml
All of the cleaning agents have a refreshing lemony smell and are very gentle on the hands despite their excellent cleansing properties. The insect repellants too have a nice herbal scent and are effective at keeping the mosquitoes and ants at bay. What is commendable is that all of these products are made using natural, herbal ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals, making them perfect for households, especially if you have children. Also, all the products are available at extremely affordable prices and are therefore excellent alternatives to our standard cleaning products.
Here is a snippet from the brand’s mission statement, which speaks for itself –
“At Herbal Strategi, we guarantee that all our products are 100% natural. Each batch of raw materials undergoes rigorous tests and is certified at CSIR-IIIM Jammu. We are an ISO 9001 Certified Company and licensed by the Ministry of AYUSH and encourage healthy living practices by bringing holistic solutions for everyday issues. PETA certified, our products are 100 % Vegan, free of artificial ingredients, and not tested on animals.
We believe that it is possible to ensure good health, a clean home, and a healthy pet without the use of harmful chemicals. Dedicated to the cause of delivering quality herbal solutions, Herbal Strategi strives to provide high quality herbal products to allow you to get away from the chemicals you use in your daily life.”
Overall, I do not have anything negative to say about the brand and will highly encourage all of you to incorporate these herbal household products in your daily lifestyle!