2 Year Bloggersary – 2 Giveaway announcements!

Hello lovely people,

We recently crossed our two-year mark blogging, it’s been an amazing time for us, personally and professionally we learned and grew in many ways…and it’s many thanks to our blog and you lovely people who support us.

Chai & Lipstick is a blog run by 4 sisters, it’s not always been easy to coordinate and manage the blog as we all live in different cities – Goa, Chennai (India), Paris, London. (Read more about ushere and here.) We have found ways to communicate and bond and to work together without letting the distance come in our way! We moved slowly but steadily and that’s how we crossed the two-year mark. To celebrate our anniversary and soon to reach -10k on Instagram, we are having not one but 2 worldwide giveaways!

Giveaway 1

MARC JACOBS

We are giving away our favorite perfumes to celebrate our blogging journey!

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What you will win?

4 Marc Jacobs Travel size perfumes – to represent the blogging journey of us, four sisters, we are giving away four amazing perfumes.

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Three simple rules to enter

  • Follow us on INSTAGRAM.
  • Tag 3 friends on this post.
  • Repost this photo on yr Instagram and put the hashtag #chaiandlipstick2yeargiveaway

Winners to be announced on the 28th of June.

Giveaway 2

                                                                        HERBOWSKI 🌿

We are super excited – Herbowski is doing an amazing giveaway to celebrate this moment with us!

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Herbowski is a London based company that develops an elaborate range of infused oils. Infused, or macerated oils are carrier oils that have been used as a solvent to extract medicinal, therapeutic and aromatic properties, impart rich colors and beautiful fragrances of herbs, plants, and flowers. A process of double or triple maceration is applied by Herbowski to extract more beneficial properties into the base oil, a process extraction by molecular diffusion that can take months.

Herbowski oils are handcrafted in-house using only certified organic & wildcrafted ingredients.

  • Herb Infused Oils are valued to support healthy skin and hair and are very efficient in curing acne, bruises, eczema, growing pains, muscle pain, nerve pain, neck tension, scaly and cracked skin, scars, sciatica, scrapes, shingles, sprains, stretch marks, tension headaches, wound healings, dandruff and yes there’s more!
  • These are gentle enough for everyday use, free from safety concerns found with essential oils.
  • You can use herbal oils in pure form, as a powerful aromatherapy base, in massage & body oil blends, add to shampoos and conditioners, and in your DIP beauty recipes.
  • Herbowski is an eco-friendly brand that uses aluminum bottles for packaging as it is the most recycled material in the world. They use mailers made from kraft paper with recycled paper padding.

You can find 9 oils in their current collection Organic Calendula, Organic Lavender, Organic Horsetail, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Arnica, Organic St John’s Wort, Organic Cayenne Pepper, Organic Marshmallow Root and Wildcrafted Linden Blossom Oils.

Click HERE to visit their website.

What you will win?

One lucky winner will 3 amazing Herb-infused oils from HERBOWSKI!

  1. Organic Calendula Oil – 60ml

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Organic Calendula Oil is an extremely soothing and nourishing product with a vibrant tangerine colour and a subtle aroma. Your skin will receive a good bulk of the benefits, thanks to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and related properties:
+ Skin dryness or chapping – Calendula Oil is a great moisturiser for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin, it helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.
+ Inflammation – It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula Oil also helps treat varicose veins, leg ulcers and chilblains.
+ Baby care – Calendula Oil helps to relieve diaper rashes, which can extremely irritate an infant.
+ Minor cuts and wounds – The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of this herbal oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also help relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores.
+ Skin issues – Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems can be soothed using Calendula Oil. 

2. Organic Lavender Oil – 60ml

Organic Lavender Oil aroma is one of a kind and cannot be mistaken for anything else. The most versatile oil of all has a beautiful rich green color. Health benefits for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic, anti-fungal, calming and relaxing properties.
+ Skin Care – Lavender Oil treats acne, wrinkles, soothes psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns as it improves the formation of scar tissues.
+ Boosts blood circulation.
+ Bug Repellent; effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits.
+ Calming and relaxing aroma can help to get a good night sleep.

3. Organic Horsetail Oil – 60ml

Organic Horsetail Oil has been extracted from a Horsetail Plant – a unique and rare plant that absorbs from earth silica, other valuable minerals, and nutrients. This Horsetail Oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are powerful agents for skin care.
+ Skin Care – Horsetail Oil helps to heal cuts and wounds, treats rashes and hemorrhoids. Using Horsetail Oil can reduce the redness of boils and acne, soothe eczema and psoriasis, treat burns and prevent premature aging.
+ Hair Care – Horsetail Oil helps to reduce hair loss, strengthens hair follicles, treats frizzy or dry hair, helps to make the hair silky and soft, fights dandruff and prevents split ends, promotes new hair growth, treats itchy scalp.
+ This herbal oil strengthens and promotes nail growth.

Four simple rules to enter

  • Follow us on INSTAGRAM
  • Follow Herbowski on INSTAGRAM
  • Tag 3 friends on this post.
  • Repost this photo on your Instagram with hashtag #chaiandlipstickxherbowski

Winners to be announced on the 1st of June!

I wish you all a very good luck friends, thank you again for all your love and support! Have a great week ahead!

Team Chai & Lipstick

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Glitzy Face Palette – Yay or Nay?

Contouring and Highlighting are surely the trends you have heard about, today we are going to discover something new “GLITZ” a new step Make Upadded to the face routine, which you can find in their latest – Glitzy Face Palette! Ready to discover this palette with me? Scroll down…

Everything you need to know about the « Eyelash Lift Treatment »

I had already heard about eyelash extensions, but Eyelash lift was completely new to me, and I absolutely wanted to put it to the test. Thanks to Prital, Brow and Lash artist, I got a chance to test this treatment and I am super excited to share it with you guys.🙃

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What is an Eyelash Lift?

An eyelash lift is a treatment that gives the natural lashes a thicker and curled effect. Elle Magazine calls it a perm for the lashes – “lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution”. Some even call it a push-up bra effect for lashes! The final result is your own lashes but better 😬

Things to know

  •  If you have never done a hair, brow or lash dye before, then you will need a patch test.
  • After consultation, the therapist will choose the correct silicon shield size for your lashes. The thicker the lashes, the bigger the silicon shield.
  • There are 3 stages to this treatment. Timings can vary depending on the thickness of lashes.

Lifting lotion- 12-15 mins / Perming lotion- 12-15 mins / Lash tint- 5-8 minsEyelash Lift treatment - Chai & Lipstick

Eyelash Lift treatment - Chai & Lipstick

Eyelash Lift treatment - Chai & Lipstick

How long does it last?

8 – 10 weeks. You should be rebooking again in the 6-7 week mark.

Aftercare

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  • No water for 24 hours around the lash area.
  • No gym, sauna or staying in sun for too long for 24 hours.
  • No makeup for 24 hours around the area.Thereafter it’s fine but just use non-oil based makeup remover. The makeup remover recommended by our lash artist Prital is the Simple Makeup Remover available in Boots or any drugstore in London.
  • Brush your lashes in the morning with a disposable mascara wand for up to 1 week.

Price

90£ without eyelash tint
100£ with eyelash tint ( the one I got done)

My Experience

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I didn’t have any preparations for the consultation. I never tried eyelash extensions, I had no idea what I was in for…I am happy to say I am very pleasantly surprised with the result. The pic below was taken after the treatment. I love waking up to my beautiful lashes.

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My trip to Malta was a great time to put my new lashes to the test, my lashes withstood the heat and are still curled up in place and intact! Check out the pic below, my lashes 15 days after the treatment (no mascara).

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I would recommend this treatment for anyone who is looking for a boost to their natural lashes, unlike lash extensions which result in thinning of your natural lashes this is definitely a better option to put your own lashes in the limelight.

The most important is to get the treatment done by a lash artist who you can trust. If you are in London I highly recommend Prital Brow and Lash Artist, she is a true professional in her field, passionate about her work and offers great customer service.

For a booking, call Prital at 07850 495 564 follow her work on Facebook and on Instagram.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, if you have already tried an eyelash lift please let me know your thoughts about it in comments.

Catch you guys soon with more beauty talk! Have a great weekend!

Article by: Rachel Fernandes | Lawyer, Cosmetics Formulator, Beauty Addict | 🇬🇧

What’s in the Birchbox – February/March

I recently subscribed to Birchbox, which is a beauty box that contains 5 beauty products from different brands. As I love trying out different products regularly, I subscribed to Birchbox. It’s like a gift to yourself (trust me, this is a great way of pampering yourself). The box you receive is personalized to your beauty profile, so the products you receive are chosen for you!

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The February box

The theme of the February box is celebrating timeless beauty trends of the past. And these are the 5 products that I received in the February Birchbox.

  • The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow:

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This eyeshadow trio is nourished with avocado to help hydrate the skin while allowing you to highlight, shadow, line, and contour. You can create a perfect day to night look with this coffee-inspired palette.You can use this dry for a natural finish or wet for a more dramatic look. I received this eyeshadow in full size. Check out the brand HERE.

 

  • Pixi Lip Balm

This lip balm by Pixi is packed with nourishing shea butter and vitamin E, so you’re assured that your lips are taken care of. This lip balm instantly moisturizers your lips and bonus it is infused with a hint of pink hue. I think this was a perfect pick for the winter weather. I received this lip balm in full size.

  • Percy & Reed finishing polish

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This gentle styler contains horse chestnut extract giving you a soft and flexible hold while the sunflower wax gently moisturizes. This is a lightweight nongreasy finisher which can be used for any style or hair type. I received this product in a travel size 30 ml.

  • Luseta Coconut Milk Hair Mask

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This hair mask is free from sulfates, paraben, and gluten. This nourishing mask is designed to repair damaged hair. The mix of fatty acids and vitamins will leave your strands soft, silky and protected. And this can be used also on colored hair. I received this product in a travel size 30 ml.

  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

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This wonder eye cream is packed with chamomile lemon and cucumber oils to brighten, while rosehip and carrot oils help soften and smoothen this delicate area. It is rich but not heavy and gets easily absorbed in the skin. I received this product in a 7ml sample size.

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Verdict

This was my first Birchbox and I think it didn’t impress me much except for the coconut milk hair mask.

The March box

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The march box is all about you and giving that extra time to yourself. So it’s time to relax and look after yourself. And these are the products are received in the March box.

  • BLAQ Hydrogel eyemask :

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BLAQ comes to the rescue to those tired eyes with this Hydrogel eyemask. Remove the thin film layer and apply the eyemask under your eyes and leave them on for about 15 minutes, letting the activated charcoal detox and de-puff tired eyes.

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  • Benefit BADgirl BANG Mascara

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This Mascara by benefit contains aero-particles, commonly found in astronauts spacesuits, to deliver volume with lightweight lift in every swipe. The brush is moulds to catch every single lash from corner to corner and the impactful look will last u upto 36 hours.

  • Manna Kadar Brozer -highlighter Duo

birchbox march 2018 - cHai & Lipstick

birchbox march 2018 - cHai & Lipstick

This product was full size and a handy duo of bronzer and highlighter. You can either buff the bronzer all over the face for a subtle glow to skin or just dust beneath your cheekbones for a natural sculpt. To complete the look sweep the highlighter on the cheeks.

  • Oribe Apres beach wave & shine spray

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This two in one formula work both on wet or dry hair to create a natural unfussy appearance of beach waves without the crispy effects of salt water. Just give the can a good shake and spray it on your hair and work your fingers through for a tousled finish. I received this product in a travel size.

  • Baija Royal Body scrub

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This body scrub is perfect for sad and dull skin. It’s packed with honey and soothing Shea and is a great exfoliator for brightening and sloughing away dry patches. Massage it onto damp skin in circular motions and wash away with warm water, bonus point it smells yummy.

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Verdict

I absolutely loved the March BIRCHBOX, I loved all the products and can’t wait to try them all.

Article by: Rachel Fernandes | Lawyer, Cosmetics Formulator, Beauty Addict | 🇬🇧

 

Face Cleanser/Massage Brush-Do you need it?

Hello friends,

Today I am going to introduce you to a very useful beauty tool, for face cleansing and massaging. This is a two-sided Face Brush, with soft bristles for face cleansing on one side and a silicon massage pad on the other.

Super Easy DIY Belly (Anti Stretch Marks) Butter.

Hi friends,

For those of you who missed our recent Insta Story announcement , I am super excited to announce to you guys that I am pregnant .. yaaayyyyy! I am sorry to have been missing in action for these three months, I had a really hard first trimester, I will talk about it in another post. I am back, and this time with a DIY Stretch marks cream – which is great for women during their pregnancy, and for anyone who is looking for a super rich cream for dry skin. As always its a super simple and super easy to make DIY!