For 2000 years, the Dragon Boat festival has been a time for the Chinese to get together and drink rice wine, eat sticky rice, race dragon boats on water and indulge in festivities with friends and family. Yauatcha is celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival with a limited edition menu dedicated to zongzi, alongside a dessert and an exclusive cocktail.
You know how sometimes the first impression of a product is really great but then you use it a couple of times and realise that it really ain’t that good? That’s what happened with me and the new Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain in the shade Rustic. Liquid lipsticks are the rage right now but Indian brands have not really caught on to this madness except Colorbar and now Faces. Colorbar has had liquid lipsticks for quite some time now and the Kiss Proof Lip Stains are their newest launch. I was checking out their counter one day and liked the shades particularly Rustic, a beautiful brick red color. The SA told me that they have a great formula, not drying and stays on for a really long time. I was sold, paid Rs 900 and came home with it.
Whenever I buy a new lipstick, I have to try it immediately and I tried Rustic as well. I found the packaging tacky but loved the pointed leaf-shaped applicator that made it so easy to get into all the corners, the color, the intense pigmentation and the weightless feel. I did not really wear it for too long that day so I did not get to test its staying power or whether it made my lips dry. Based on my initial impression, I also recommended the Lip Stains to quite a few people who were looking for Indian options for liquid lipsticks. After that day, I did not wear Rustic for a while but when I did wear for the purpose of testing, I was very disappointed. And these are my reasons :
- The liquid takes a lot of time to dry so anything that gets in contact with your lips after you put it on will have an imprint of your pretty pout
- Once dry, it stays put but after a while, it starts to get flaky and crumbly and finally, peels off. I’ve tested this both with and without using a lip balm first and the result was the same
- Does dry out lips but then all matte liquid lipsticks do so I’m ok with that. Not ok with the peeling off bit!
- It does not survive a meal. Even a light one. What’s worse is that the color disappears from the center leaving you with horrible uneven colored lips.
- It does not justify the Rs 900 price tag
Colorbar has some lovely lipstick formulas but the Kiss Proof Lip Stains definitely need improvement. The colors in the range are beautiful but the formula is a complete let down. I’m not buying anymore.
Have you tried any of the Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stains? What has been your experience?
Designer Jyoti Sachdev Iyer recently relaunched her brand and her one-stop style store is now located at Hazra in Kolkata. I recently visited the sprawling 1000 ft sq store, designed with shades of grey tinted with gold sprays and had a chat with Jyoti and also took a look at her wonderful creations.
Jyoti started her fashion career after completing a course from NIFT in 1998. Initially, she set up an independent studio in New Delhi and then shifted base to Bangalore. In 2013, Jyoti expanded her base to Kolkata, setting up a design cum manufacturing studio to supplement her Bangalore unit. Jyoti’s garments are available pan India in all high-end multi-designer stores like Evoluzione, Ffolio, Fuel, Amara, Ensemble etc. Abroad, her clothes are available at Onitaa London, Aara Dubai, The Grand Trunk in USA.
As a contemporary designer, heavily embellished garments are not her favorites. She loves pastels and believes more in “styling and draping of garments rather than embellishments“. Keeping the monsoons in mind, she has specially designed a collection in which colors and silhouettes are carefully woven together. Lighter fabrics like georgette, chiffon and lawns have been used to ensure that women feel comfortable yet trendy. Hues of aqua blues and greens, peaches and beige accentuate the collection, thus giving it the name “Shades of Rain“.
Here are a some of Jyoti’s designs.
Many moons ago I was travelling with my grandfather one day and we we were going past The Great Eastern Hotel in Kolkata and I remember how nostalgic he suddenly became. The rest of the journey, I was regaled with stories of that great hotel which had Mark Twain as one of its visitors nearly a hundred years back. That day, the hotel stood desolate and crumbling. A mere shadow of what it once was and I remember my grandfather saying “If only someone would take notice of this grand building and restore it to its former glory”. In 2014, when The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel opened its doors, I’m sure up in the heavens, he was a very happy man.
The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata is a heritage landmark that has witnessed the evolving history of India, particularly of Bengal. From its early days as a thriving confectionary shop and meeting place for the East India Company’s officers in the late 1830’s, this five-star hotel is a celebration of the iconic legacy of the Raj. Referred to as the “Jewel of the East” and the “Best Hotel East of the Suez” by esteemed guest Mark Twain, it has been one of the top hotels in Kolkata for nearly 165 years.
After a meticulous seven-year refurbishment, the hotel showcases a distinctive blend of Victorian, Edwardian and Contemporary architecture and décor. The original Heritage Block radiates the charm of the British Colonial Era, while the Modern Block incorporates a contemporary look and feel, enhanced with authentic Bengali artworks, crafts and design elements.
Every time friends who stay in other cities come to Kolkata, I know I’ll have to accompany them to various places in the city to let them savor Kolkata’s brilliant street food. North Kolkata’s ‘Tele Bhaja‘ , Park Street’s famous rolls, Vivekananda Park’s ‘Phuchka‘, Maidan’s ‘Jhalmuri‘ etc etc. We cover them all. I so wish my friends were here now because I would have taken them to K19, the all day dining restaurant at Park Plaza, Ballygunge where the Kolkata Street Food Festival is currently on. Would have saved me so much travel 😀