Review of Nykaa Paintstix – Chic lip colours that you cannot give a miss!

Nykaa is growing by leaps and bounds! One of the amazing offers in the makeup category, amongst many others is the launch of new Paintstix. They had a special preview for the bloggers and media at the Farzi Café, CP. It was a fabulous evening over high-tea, mocktails and hors d’evorus where they unveiled the first look of Nykaa Paintstix!

These fabulous Paintstix are formulated with deep pigments that deliver extreme, long-lasting colours. What I loved the most of these vibrant Paintstix is that they are enriched with vitamin E and oodles of nutrient infused butter. This helps in hiding the fine lines on the lips which further make them soft and supple. There are 12 colours, so there is something as per everyone’s liking. From bold hues to soft shades, there is definitely a shade for every girl.

The colour last long for at least 4 hours, and are pigmented enough. However, the swatches were done in two strokes as I wanted the actual colour to stand out for you. Priced at INR 425, I personally think they are not expensive, and packaging is sleek and chic. Also, every Paintstix tube is wrapped in its coordinating colour. I am really impressed with the texture and colours of these lipscticks! Way to go, Nykaa!!

Review of every shade as per the swatches (in the picture)

08 (Purple Monster) Love experiments and want to stand out? Go ahead, and give it a shot! You will love it!

05 (Tender Rose) The name suggests it all. It’s very chic and very pink! Who doesn’t like that, right?

09 (Bombshell Berry) Yes, it’s very berry-licious, and for all the bombs! I loved it because it has depth to it!

01 (Nude Spice) A big thumbs up to this one, and my personal favourite! I loved it so much I even used this shade for my look at the fashion week! See the image below!

07 (Rock and Roll Pink) It is hot, bold and very rock and roll. It can be easily called queen of all the pinks!

02 (Cool Girl Nude) We all know how nudes are such a big thing these days! I am a big fan of neutral shades and this one didn’t disappoint me either! A bit darker than their other nude shade in the kitty yet subtle.

12 (Grunge brown) People who are fond of earthy, dark browns will really love this one!

10 (Rebellious Red) This is a very nice red which is a perfect shade for all your classy evenings! I loved this red because it cannot go wrong for any skin tone!

11 (Hearts n Kisses) Slightly pinkish-red, this colour is for those who want the best of both the hues- pink and red!

03 (No Chill Orange) I have a thing for orange hues in lip colours. This one is for those who like to make a statement, and it will do the needful! A fun and a very vibrant shade!

06 (Chick Flick Pink) It’s a pink with red tone but slightly understated

04 (Peches and Cream) I love , love and love this peach-ish, orange-ish shade. Perfect for summers- day or night look!

Hope you have enjoyed the review! Do drop in your comments below for me to know! Until, next time, lots and pots of love!


The Faceshop India- The K-beauty Revolution For Your Skin!

I have always been an ardent user of nature enriched beauty products. There is no dearth of chemically-laden products that are part of our everyday lives. And, amongst this if there is a beauty brand that has offered a respite from the humdrum of bizarre products; it is no less than a blessing! We all know how Koreans are always on the quest for healthy skin, and when it comes to make up they have always revolutionised the industry by introducing some innovative products! Yes, I can totally vouch for Korean beauty and make-up products. Give this post a read, and you will know it all!

Recently, I was invited to attend a workshop by The Faceshop India with a renowned make-up artist Bobby Chopra to try the newly launched ‘The Faceshop’ beauty and make-up products in India. The coveted brand has body, bath, and skin care and make up products using over 1000 natural ingredients such as flowers, grains, plants, fruits, and oriental medicine to nourish the skin.

So, to continue with the post, I used few of their products for 4-5 days before penning it down for my review.

Rice Water Bright- Cleansing Foam

Why Rice water as an ingredient?

It is an excellent ingredient for skin and hair. The fermented rice water has all the benefits for you to have a radiant and youthful skin. It helps in reducing pores and fine lines and voila! Your skin gets better day by day!

The Product

It comes in a sturdy, glossy tube and I was quite happy with the packaging. I took a little more than a pea sized quantity to wash my face, and it has a soft, creamy and pearly texture. While I was gently massaging my skin with this facewash, it did lather up nicely. The best part- it has a mild, soothing fragrance and I absolutely loved it [I can actually eat it up ;-)]. I am usually not a fan of a any face wash which leaves my skin dry after using it. This one just did not! It is mild and yet cleansed my skin properly, giving me a fresh feeling!

CC Cooling Cushion- V 203

Why cushion compact foundation?

A wonderful innovative product introduced by the Koreans to the western world, this one surely comes as a blessing to many! It’s a foundation absorbed in the sponge and by pressing the applicator against the sponge, it uniformly spreads on the applicator for you to use. It’s a very innovative way of using foundation which gives you a uniform texture.

The Product

The product definitely gets brownie points for the packaging. It comes in a very cute case like a face of a Pooh and Mickey! When the foundation touches the skin, it actually cools your skin down which you will feel while using it. It gives a natural dewy coverage without making it look over the top with makeup. It blurs imperfections and pores giving a very natural coverage and dewy polish. People who are looking for a thick- heavy coverage, may be, they won’t like it. I totally loved it because I like natural coverage making it an everyday use product for me!

The solution- Brightening face mask, formulated with pearl

Why pearl as an ingredient?

Pearl is another ingredient which is extensively used by the beauty brands all over the worl. It actually helps in achieving a radiant skin, which again helps in defying signs of aging and give you an instant glow.

The Product

It is a one-time use mask which again comes in an excellent packaging. The pouch is easy to carry while you are travelling. Once you tear open the pouch, you will find a thin glossy sheet which has to be removed from the foil like kind of a sheet. They are super hygienic and light as an air sheet. Once I had put it on my face, it gave me a cooling sensation. I kept it for 20 minutes on my face and took a power nap. After, I woke up, believe me my skin was glowing and was so soft and supple. The effect doesn’t last for more than 2 days or so but then again it’s a quick fix which gives you instant results.

About the Faceshop India Workshop with Bobby Chopra

Martini On Heels is always on a scout for new products so that you have a hands on review on the new launches. Bobby Chopra’s workshop was quite informative where she gave a demo on how to do a summery, fresh, natural make-up! I totally loved it!

Will I recommend The Faceshop India?

Totally, I am recommending you guys to give it a shot! My love for Korean beauty products is evident for my post. After I gave it a try, I certainly didn’t regret it!

Hope you guys had enjoyed reading my post, as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Until, next time, Much love!


Regional food at its best – The Masala Trail by Osama Jalali

Growing up in India, we cannot deny our love for the street food! We are fortunate that every state has its own cuisine and food varies from region to region, leaving us with endless options. An integral part of Indian culture, ‘street food’ constitutes to approx. 45% of the Indian food market share (ref. SMART advisors). It is highly popular amongst majority of the population from all walks of life due to its ‘authentic’ vibe. Let’s be honest if we want the real taste of food from any particular region, street food is the first thing that comes to our mind. It’s the vegetarian street food which scores over non-vegetarian street food in our country. At least 31% of Indian population eats only vegetarian food whereas almost 99% of the population relish the vegetarian delicacies provided by the street food vendors of a particular state.

What if I tell you that you can find everything I mentioned above under one roof which is not only superior quality but is also hygienic! I am talking about the Masala Trail by Osama Jalal! It is a pure vegetarian restaurant which offers hygienic, traditional food served at its best with dishes from every nook and corner of the country. The menu is impeccably chosen by the man – Osama Jalali himself who is one of the renowned epicureans of India. At his restaurant, you will find a very unique collection of handpicked dishes on the menu which we all have had while growing up. The traditional food has almost faded away in the limelight of the modern Indian and International cuisine, especially amongst the younger generation. TMT by Osama Lalali, is not only a sincere effort to keep the tradition going but also to bring these traditional gems to the mass population.

The dishes like Bihari Lithi Chokha, Rajasthani Dal Baati Choorma, Gujrati Panki & Dabeli, Amratsari chola kulcha , Karnataka Akki Roti  etc. delivers flavors of their respective regions, only to take you back to your childhood. I was also impressed by the interiors of the place which are well thought as per the theme. The huge hand painted wall which depicts the diverse culture of our rich Indian heritage is also a noteworthy aspect about the place.

A perfect family restaurant, where one can enjoy different regional cuisines in its authentic form, TMT by Osama Jalali has all my check boxes ticked when I visited for the food review for Martini On Heels.

Martini on Heels’ recommendations: Bihari Lithi Choka, Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi, Banarasi Tamatar Chaat, Dal Ka Halwa


Love for Jewellery- Zariin!

When it comes to jewellery, I like sophisticated and finely crafted, statement pieces. The entire Zariin collection is so thoughtful and screams class, elegance, and craftsmanship through it’s every unique piece. No wonder, Zariin was my choice as a jewellery partner for my ‘evening gowns post’ on Martini On Heels!

The quintessential factor while styling your evening gowns or evening look is- ‘ how do you pair your jewellery?’ There are few tips that I always keep in mind.

  1. Going overboard is a strict no-no I chose a statement ring and earrings from Zariin’s latest collection ‘Sultana’. I skipped a neck piece, and kept it minimal and classy. Read more about ‘Sultana collection’ below
  2. Little experiment did harm nobody, but skip going too experimental with your classy evening wear
    With this particular look, since there was no scope to support anything on the neck, I chose a pendent from the Zariin’s ‘Pearl Kissed Redux collection’ and wore it the other way around. Have a look below.

  3. You can always use jewellery to uplift your outfit and take it to another level
    I teamed this beautiful corals, lapiz lazuli, malachite and black onyx studded ‘glory of constantinople’ head piece with ‘cyra’ choker necklace to elevate the look. If your outfit is simple and classy, then use a statement piece to define it!
  4. A little hint of jewellery just to complete the look
    This is exactly what I love about Zariin’s collection. It can help you balance your look without going jazzy. The entire collection is so versatile that I can conveniently pair it with my Indian or Western outfits.

  5. Handcuff your look
    One of my favourite pieces is from ‘day and night collection’ of Zariin. I find handcuffs really elegant and versatile as it immediately adds oomph to your outfit! I paired this beautiful handcuff with earrings from the same collection.

About Zariin’s latest collection ‘Sultana’
With direct inspiration from the artefacts and ancient influences of the Byzantine era and Art Nouveau elements, Zariin introduces beautifully crafted range of jewellery with intricate details, extravagant colours and rich statement pieces. The social significance of jewellery in the Byzantine era was greater than ever as suggested by the abundance of coin and jewellery relics. Our muse from that time, empress Theodora is seen adorned with elaborate jewels in all its splendour. Theodora, broke out from the barriers of a patriarch society to rise from ashes to become one of the most effective empress of the time. A feminist in her approach, her story is synonymous with self-determination – a quality we value want the Zariin woman to thrive on.

Strong and stylish chokers, big glamorous earrings, cascading necklaces and powerful rings set with Coral, Malachite, Black Onyx and Lapis Lazuli imparting colours that spell royalty. With this collection, Zariin defines luxury with its attention to detail. Each piece has intricate jaali work on the back inspired by the Byzantine pieces. The jewellery is a stylish reminder to rule your own life. You are your own queen. You are the “Sultana”.

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Until, next time!

Much Love ☺

Jewellery- Zariin | Outfits- Sattvika by Nidhi Gupta
Concept, Styling and Content- Karishma Kambo
Photography- Niharika Bokaria
Graphics- Jawwad

Location Courtesy- ITC Welcome Hotel, Dwarka