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.
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!
The Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Conditioner is a part of the 3-step Invati Regimen for thicker, fuller hair that consists of an exfoliating shampoo and a scalp revitalizer, along with this conditioner. I got minis of the shampoo and revitalizer free with my purchase, so for the first couple of uses, I used the three products together as recommended by the brand. Even though I used the shampoo only a couple of times, it felt light-weight yet cleansed my scalp really well, leaving a good amount of volume at the roots. As for the scalp revitalizer, it has a consistency somewhere between that of an oil-based serum and an alcohol-based spray. It does feel extremely nourishing on the scalp and does not leave the roots looking greasy, but if you have super fine hair like mine, it will weigh them down.
Coming to the full-sized product that I actually intended to review, the Advanced Thickening Conditioner has a strong herbal scent that lingers and is made up of essential plant oils that are supposed to make the hair thick and voluminous. It does not feel heavy on the hair and does a great job at making them smooth and soft without weighing them down. My hair looks healthier and more full of life ever since I started using this product. The conditioner adds shine to each strand of the hair and does make them slightly thicker too. However, you need to be careful about how much product you use, if you use more than a small dollop then it will weigh down your hair to a slight extent.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the conditioner because it truly makes my hair look thicker and bouncier at the same time. The shampoo and scalp revitalizer are good too but I won’t be picking up the full sizes of those two because I think I can find similar products at a lesser price. The conditioner is quite expensive too, at the price of INR 950 for a 40ml tube, so I may save this one for the days when my hair needs extra help. If however, you are willing to splurge on haircare and want some help with fine and limp hair then the Aveda Invati Advanced Hair Thickening Conditioner could be the product you are looking for!
Hello Girls 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?
Packaging: Talking about the packaging, this lipstick also comes in a shiny silver bullet as most of the Maybelline lipsticks do. The colour of the cap is transparent and blue-hued.
Price: Rs. 450
Shade: The colour seems a deep burgundy in the tube, looks a deep red with plum undertones in the swatch and develops into the perfect deep wine red on the lips.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation of this lipstick is superb right from the first swipe. It gives full-colour payoff. If you want to tone down the colour, I would suggest you get some product on your finger and dab it on the lips. This way it gives the perfect just-bitten natural look.
Texture and Finish: The lipstick has a velvety texture and a beautiful formula. You can easily wear it in cold climates without worrying about your lips drying. On application, it is creamy in texture while it settles down into a matte finish a few minutes later. I really do not like extremely matte lipsticks as they look really flat hence I prefer a creamy matte formula like this one.
Staying Power: It easily stays for 5 to 6 hours on the lips if you do not eat anything oily, any lipstick would break up in that case. However, it does leave a deep stain on your lips so you are not left with bare lips.
My thoughts on the product: What I think is that this would make for the perfect lipstick for the holiday season right now. I actually got it randomly while shopping for some makeup at Lifestyle and later I got one for my mom too. We both love it in our own ways. While she uses it all the time, I like wearing it as a stain with smudged kohl eyes. It is a very budget friendly lipstick too, so you must give it a try and it would also make the perfect gift for your mom.
Final Verdict (Why you should buy it!)
– Unique shade
– Easily available
– Suits all Indian skin tones
– Very lightweight and comfortable formula
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!
Suta is a brand that showcases the work of artisans and weavers from the rural parts of the country, reviving the splendour of sarees for urban women. They have a collection of cotton silk sarees, handloom sarees, linen sarees etc, but what steals the show for me are the Made in Heaven Mul Cotton Sarees. These deliciously soft cotton sarees are made from what is commonly referred to as mul mul in some parts of India. Mul cotton is extremely fuss-free and forgiving. It does not exaggerate the flaws of your pleating skills and rathers molds itself to fit you like a glove. It can be draped effortlessly within minutes even by amateurs in saree draping like me. They come in a myriad of colours ranging from work-appropriate greys and blues to brighter yellows and reds.
What I also love about these sarees is the fact that they are so versatile and can be paired with a number of different blouses, tops, and shirts to create different styles suitable for different occasions and settings. As an example, in these pictures, I have styled the “Ode to Greens” saree with a basic black blouse, but it would work great with a black halter top or even a loose white shirt too. If you can style a saree in multiple ways then it is great for your wallet too. Coming to the price of these beauties, most of the sarees from the brand are priced between INR 1400 to INR 3500, which is excellent value for money and is a very reasonable price for the quality of these sarees.
Ode To Greens Mul Cotton Saree
I have already purchased two more sarees from the brand and I am confident that I will be falling back to Suta for most of my saree needs in the future. What is also brilliant is that they offer fall and pico of the saree at nominal prices too. Also worth a mention is their collection of blouses, petticoats, and skirts. Basically, you can create an entire capsule wardrobe of sarees from this website alone.
Roasted Peach Sorbet Mul Khesh Saree (top)
Mudapples Mul Cotton Saree
To summarize, I cannot recommend Suta sarees enough to all of you and highly encourage you to pick up at least one saree from their Made in Heaven Mul collection! Trust me, you will not regret it!
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.
I think most of you know what a makeup eraser is and if not then let me give you all a brief about it:
Makeup Eraser is basically a small towel made of microfibres which claims to remove the toughest makeup from our skin without using any chemical, cleanser etc and by using only water. The original makeup eraser is a USA-based brand and is quite costly. Right now it’s available in India as well.
Being a makeup junkie, it’s a pain for me almost every evening to remove all the traces of makeup from my face to protect it from any breakouts or infections, so when I saw the much affordable generic version of the makeup eraser by Stay Quirky on purplle.com at just a price tag of Rs. 319 (discounted price, originally Rs. 399), I quickly bought it without thinking twice as I anyway wanted to try the makeup eraser but hadn’t bought it because of the price point.
I have tried this product with light everyday makeup as well as with heavy makeup with liquid lipstick, heavily kohled eyes, primer, foundation, highlighter, setting spray etc. So let me share my experience with you all about this product. To be very honest, initially I had almost zero expectations from this and so I tried it with normal everyday makeup at first and thought if it will work then I’ll use it to see if it can remove the heaviest makeup I wear. To my surprise, it removed the light makeup as well the heavy makeup with ease and left me very impressed.
This is the amount of makeup it removed when I was wearing light makeup:
And this is when I used it to remove heavy makeup:
It leaves the face so clean that after removing makeup with this towel and water you’ll actually feel as if you have used a foaming face wash, but I’ll always advise you to use your normal cleanser after using this eraser to make sure that all the traces of makeup are gone and you don’t end up having any breakouts or clogged pores the next morning.
Basically, you can replace your oil cleansing part with this wipe out makeup remover.
My final verdict about this product is that it doesn’t matter if you’re someone who’s a makeup junkie like me or someone who wears makeup occasionally, keeping this product in your cupboard is a good idea considering that it actually works, is very affordable, and can be used as a replacement for oil cleansers.
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I hope this review was helpful for all the people out there and that’s all for the first guest post for one of my favourite blogs!
See you guys some other time
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.