Editor’s note: The Splainer team recommends things we’ve personally bought and enjoyed using. We publish these recommendations once a month, so you always have new stuff to add to your shopping list!
Smashbox Halo Tinted Moisturizer: Like many Indian women, Rachel struggles with finding base products for her “deeper complexion”—and swears this Smashbox tinted moisturiser is the holy grail:
This is absolutely perfect for everyday no-makeup looks or even to wear to work. It smooths out the complexion without looking cakey and gives you the right amount of brightness as well.
The full size is pricey at Rs 3,000 but it has a mini version which retails for Rs 1,500 if you don't want to commit. The best part: you need the teeniest amount so it will also last you a fairly long time.
Birds of Paradyes: This excellent hair colour brand recently appeared on ‘Shark Tank’. More importantly, Aarthi has been using this brand for two years and loves it. And here’s why:
Their semi permanent colour range has all primary colours and gives good colour pay off. I especially like their colours Carola Pink, Rudolphi Blue and Amethyst Plum. I like how easy they are to apply at home, without having to spend a bomb at the salon or spending more than an hour on the hair makeover.
She also saves the pretty glass jars which make excellent recyclable storage options. The semi-permanent dyes retail between Rs 695-745.
Daily Objects COMO Insulated Travel Flask: Sooraj’s efforts to be sustainable (and stylish) while on the go have been helped along by this neat little flask. He appreciates the sleek and minimalist design–and its 355 ml capacity. Its other upsides include:
It fits easily into almost every cup holder, and has a rubberized ring that keeps it from sliding around easily. The flask does a decent job at keeping beverages at their intended temperature, but I love the thoughtful addition of a strainer to the lid, so you can even carry a pulpy juice or smoothie without worrying about clogging the opening.
The flask is also priced somewhat reasonably at Rs 1,999.