Bookmark these new websites for your next beauty haul
Caution: You might need a whole new beauty cabinet
As much as we love swatching, swiping, dabbing, blending and sampling beauty products before buying them, we’ve recently switched to shopping online. And after hours of virtual window shopping, we’ve discovered some under-the-radar websites that offer a unique curation of products. Whether you’re leaning towards K-beauty or have recently started dabbling in green skincare, here’s a round-up of the cool new shopping destinations for your next beauty haul…
If you’re looking for ways to make your daily routine more sustainable, Verth’s subscription box is a good place to start. With a zero plastic policy, the well-curated (we see you, Switch Fix Shampoo Bar) and reasonably priced boxes give you a chance to try out new indie beauty brands. You also get major bang for your buck because each box has five to six full size eco-friendly, beauty and lifestyle products.
Try: Verth’s subscription boxes begin at INR 799 per month
Scrolling through this e-store is the closest we’re going to get to an actual trip to Seoul’s famous beauty district, Myeongdong. Here you’ll find bestselling South Korean skincare brands like Banila Co. and Troiareuke, along with detailed, honest product reviews.
Try: Banila Co. Sherbet Cleansing Balm Clean It Zero, INR 1,650
From skin to hair to fragrances, Style Dotty has it all, including *drumroll* cult-favourite Canadian skincare brand The Ordinary. Yes, this site ships products from warehouses in the UK and USA so get ready to be overwhelmed by the number of tough choices you’re going to have to make. The best part? You pay the total amount in Indian rupees, including taxes, which ensures there will be no unpleasant last-minute import duties. And, if your parcel is stuck in customs or transit, you get a full refund. Score!
Try: Pat Mcgrath Labs Mini Mattetrance Lipstick Trio, INR 4,000
For any and all clean beauty formulations, head to Vanity Wagon. It has a well-curated collection of toxin-free skin, hair and body care and make-up. Everything on the site is thoroughly vetted to make sure only the purest, natural ingredients are used in said products. Plus, the VW team test drives formulas on themselves for a few weeks to make sure they live up to their claims.
Try: Ruby’s Organics Crème Blush in Deep Rose, INR 1,100
Limese Connect basically scours through thousands of Korean skincare products and handpicks the ones that work for Indian skin. They house top of the line skincare brands like A. by Bom as well as Klairs and of course, Limese itself.
Try: A. by Bom Ultra Time Return Eye Serum, INR 2,150
Korikart is a gold mine for everything Korean, including budget beauty products. It’s ideal, especially if you’re looking for new products or formulations or just great deals on skincare.
Sublime Life is another great site for all clean, toxin-free skin, hair and bodycare products. From the popular Australian skincare brand Sukin to indie Indians brands like RAS Luxury Oils, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, the amazing offers on products make it super affordable to switch to green beauty without breaking the bank.
Try: Neemli Naturals Turmeric Root & Olive Squalene Elixir, INR 1,950
Photograph: Instagram (Jacquemus)