Welcome to Corallista!


My name is Ankita and I’m the Author and Editor of this blog.


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Author and Editor of Corallista


I am a beauty enthusiast from India, newly relocated to Mumbai after 1.5 years in Japan. I started this blog in January 2011 while pursuing my Bachelors in Technology at IIT Bombay to share my love for makeup and beauty with the online community. You will find product reviews on makeup, skincare and occasional hair/body care products on this blog apart from Makeup Tutorials, Looks, Celebrity Makeup breakdowns and a little bit about my life outside of makeup.

I coined the term ‘Corallista‘ inspired by the Coral rage that had taken the beauty world by storm when I founded this blog (it happens to be one of my favorite shades when it comes to makeup)! What started as a hobby soon grew into a passion and upon completing my engineering degree in 2012, I have devoted myself full time to building Corallista as a one-stop destination for beauty lovers looking for comprehensive reviews, looks and tutorials online.

I have naturally dark brown eyes (but I wear colored contacts most of the time), black-brown hair and fair-to-medium neutral skin tone. I love playing with color and you will find me reviewing products and creating looks from all colors of the spectrum! I love red lips, metallic neutrals, smokey eyes, corals and hot pinks.



You can contact me at ankita@corallista.com for any makeup queries or PR related requests. I will answer all queries and requests as soon as I can. If you would like to request a makeup tutorial or a product review, you can email me your requests.



The information provided on this Blog is for general purposes only. I make my best effort to provide accurate information and sound advice but please take note that I am not a licensed professional or a medical expert. All products/services reviewed on this blog have been purchased by me unless stated otherwise.




All opinions expressed here are my own and I am not compensated by any brand, advertiser, PR representative or affiliate for the same. All information provided is to the best of my knowledge and reflects my personal experience with the product. I do not push products on anyone but I do recommend products when asked to or when I am sufficiently impressed by the performance of the product. My priority is to provide the best possible information to you. My reviews are unaffected by the fact that the product was purchased by myself or sent by the brand as a free sample.





  1. Hey Ankita, I must say thats really inspiring.. I too discovered Make and Beauty Blog while i was hunting for help regarding my acne(acne marks rather) problem. Can u please tell me how did u get rid of acne and its marks? It’ll be of great help. Im 20yrs old and have Combination to Oily SKin.

    1. Hey Sruthi! I tried a lot of things to clear out my skin form acne. I still have slight marks though and I’m still looking for a solution to that. Here are some of the things that helped me-
      1. CTM routine- Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing.
      Products I used- Cleanser : Cetaphil cleanser, Lotus herbals tea tree face wash.
      Toner : Lotus Herbals Basiltone, Fab India tea tree toner, Biotique Cucumber toner also has great reviews.
      Moisturizer : Lotus herbals Alpha moist oil free moisturizer, Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer(did not suit me that much- was not hydrating enough)
      I also used The Body Shop tea tree oil day cream and blemish fade night lotion and it helped in reducing breakouts and clearing marks to some extent.
      Lotus herbals tea tree acne clearing gel also helped a little in reducing the pimples though it did not live up to its claim of completely clearing my skin in 2 weeks.

      2. Lactocalamine lotion on top of moisturizer for its healing action + it acts as sunscreen

      3. Home remedies : Massage with olive oil for a few minutes. Follow up with face pack of multani mitti+neem powder+turmeric+rose water/toner. Do this 2-3 times a week. I found it very effective.

      4. Food habits and exercise : Have a diet rich is fibre..eat lots of vegetables and fruits..at least 3 servings everyday and drink 3-4 litres of water. Exercise for some time every day or every alternate day.

      5. I also took a homeopathy medicine by the name ‘Berberis Aquifolium’ and along with all the above points, it helped it clearing my skin.

      Hope this helps 🙂 If you find any other remedies for clearing out marks, please do share with me.

  2. Heyy thank u so much.. that was quite informative.. 🙂 here’s what i have been doing as of now..
    Face-wash: Himalaya Neem Herbal face wash
    Toner: Biotique Cucumber toner
    I do not use a moisturizer.. since i have Oily skin im too scared to use it. Though I use Body Shop Aloe vera Gel instead of moisturizer.
    When im off to work, I use Lotus White glow creame gel.
    And finally Olay Night cream.

    I’m too lazy, but still i make attempts to use Multani mitti+Honey pack at times 😛

    1. You must use a moisturizer! When my skin started giving me trouble, the first thing I did was stopped using moisturizer and instead putting more powder to blot the oil but it made it worse. No matte what your skin type, you MUST use a moisturizer. You can use Lotus Alpha moist oil free moisturizer or something from Oriflame. They have a lot of options for oil skin and their skincare range is really good. I’ve just started using Mulberry and Vit E lotion for oily skin from Oriflame and its quite good. I would suggest you don’t use any thick creams as it might be clogging your pores. Use light moisturizers. I’ve never tried Olay products..is it good? I was also advised to use Vit E capsule on my face for the night for the scarring but I stopped using after some time because it was too messy.

      1. I’ve just started using Olay night cream like a few days back..as of now it seems good.. I’ll give u the review in a few days..About the moisturizer, I’ll definately try the Lotus Oil free one.. Oh and yeah, I had also tried Vit E capsule.. but I just couldn’t take the smell.. Its too stinky. I was wondering, how about using Vitamin E cream as moisturizer??

        1. The Vit E capsule is quite messy but its quite concentrated so I don’t know if the Vit E cream would be equally effective. I tried Fab India Vit E day moisturizing cream but it was a little heavy for my skin. It gave my skin a very noticeable glow but in 2 days it broke me out. It might suit your skin though I don’t think it’ll suit oily skin esp in summers.

  3. Hey ankita,..like u i also got acquainted with this fabulous work of Make up and style through iMBB.whn it cums to make up / fashion before joining IMBB was total blank..:P…and thru u guys and ur reviews, got to know about various products and style..i got to knw abt ur blog thru IMBB only and would like to follow it for more reviews and suggestions tht i post..:)..but i m not fyniding FOLLOW button in ur blog…so how can i join ur blog site..?? do let me knw..take care 🙂

    1. Welcome Preeti ! I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog and finding useful info abt makeup here. You could subscribe to my blog via email. Just enter your email address in the space provided on the home page, hit the sign me up button and confirm the subscription by clicking on the link you will receive in your inbox in a few min. Everytime I post something new, you’ll get a mail of my post in your inbox.

  4. Hello Ankita,
    Please add me on to your subscribe list.
    I have a query. Can you please suggest me a good cleanser, toner (should not be too expensive for my pocket) and a moisturisor? Am normal skin and sometimes prone to ache, but not too much.
    My daily skin routine…i wash my face with the soap and thats all…nothing else. In case i do make up…i just massage with almond oil and then wash my face with soap.

    1. Hi Dhanlaxmi,
      I’ve added your mail on my subscribers list. You’ll receive a wordpress mail , just follow the instructions given, click on the link provided to activate your subscription. The first thing I’d like to say is please do not use soap on your face. Soaps contain a lot of harsh chemicals which are not suitable for the delicate facial skin.
      My recommendations for your skin type would be-
      1. Cleanser : Cetaphil cleanser (Rs 130). It is a medicated cleanser that I’ve been using for a long time now. You’ll find it at any medical shop. Just massage your face with a little bit of the lotion and then wipe it off with a cotton ball or wash with water. It is very gentle on the skin and cleans effectively. I use it to remove my makeup as well.
      2. Toner : Since your skin type is normal, you can use simple Dabur Gulabari rose water (not the facial mist one, the regular rose water). If you don’t want to go for plain rose water, you can try Lotus Herbals Basiltone (Rs 185). I’ve used this one for a few months and found it gentle and refreshing on the skin, especially if you skin tends to get a little oilier in the summer.
      3. Moisturizer : Since you’re blessed with normal skin, you have a lot of options. I’d suggest a light moisturizer cos its summers and the skin doesn’t require too much moisturization in the day. You can try Lotus Alphamoist moisturizer (Rs 180-200). It is oil free and hence won’t clog your pores. I’ve used this one also and found it quite good.
      These are the products that I’ve tried myself and liked. Some other ones that I’ve not tried but read good reviews about are face washes from Lakme fruit blast range and Cetaphil moisturizer (Around Rs 230-240). Also, I’d suggest including a sunscreen(very imp!) for the day and a night cream in your skin care routine. You can try the night cream from Lakme fruit blast range and Lotus 3-in-1 matte sunscreen.
      Almond oil is really good for skin and you can massage your face with it few times a week but after massaging remove the remaining oil by using Cetaphil cleanser or by applying multani mitti on your face.
      Hope this helps 🙂 Let me know what you purchase and how the products work out for your skin.

  5. Hello Ankita,

    Its very nice to see your reply and and i very much appreciate your suggestions.
    a) Cleanser, i think i will go by your words for Cetaphil
    b) Toner – I have rosewater from Dabur i think. I have not dared to use it so far, but will use it. (My regime all these days was, wash the face by soap, which i use for the body and that is it) But i see paraben in this gulabgel..so i was bit hesistant. I tried using gulabgel on the cotton pad and then putting them on my eyes….i felt refreshing but i had a bit of burning feeling on the eyelashes. so i discontinued.
    c) Moisturisor…as of now i am not using any except Fab India’s Vitamin E depigmentation cream and topping up by Fab India’s Vitamin E Sunscreen SPF 30. now that Depigmentation cream is getting exhausted…i want to look for a Moisturisor which has spf also in it….do you have any suggestion or should i go for Lotus one!!!

    Ankita, please do suggest me a good night cream as well!!!

    thankyou so much…..i got the invite for subscription and i am on it.

    with best regards,

    1. I prefer using sunscreen separately. You can definitely go for the Lotus 3-in-1 matte sunscreen. I can’t do without it everyday! You could continue using the Fab India cream if it suits your skin well. But if you’re really keen on moisturizer with SPF,the moisturizers from the Lakme Fruit blast range contain sunscreen, you can check them out. I’ve heard good reviews about plum one. Also night cream from Lakme fruit blast range is very good.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Dear Madam ,
    I am 52 year old man and with lots of wrinkles and baldness .If you have any suggestions or any experienced remedy or cure pls send the same to me
    Good luck for your new venture
    Take care

    1. Wrinkles and Baldness are part of the ageing process and here are a few things you could do to control the deterioration of skin and hair-


      Massaging with a oil is the simplest remedy for not just wrinkles but also pigmentation and dryness. You could use-

      1. Mixture of almond oil + castor oil + olive oil and Vit E oil.
      Vit E oil will help in restoring the elasticity of the skin. You can simply crush some Vit E capsules meant for oral intake(they come under the name ‘Evion’) and mix them with either one or all the oils mentioned above and massage your skin with it for a few minutes, leave it overnight and wash off in the morning.

      2. Mustard oil (Sarson oil)
      Massage you face with this for a few minutes before bath and then wash it off.

      You can use the same combination of oils mentioned in point 1 for hair also. Massage, leave overnight and wash it off in the morning. You can also ‘Arnica’ hair oil or ‘Bringaraja’ oil for massaging hair.

      The most important part is not the product but the regularity and consistency with which you use the remedy.
      Hope this was helpful 🙂
      Thanks for commenting!


  7. hey stumbled on to ur blog and am mighty impressed. I have aquery and hope u can give me an answer. Im 33 yrs old and very careless about my skin. No moisturizers, sunscreen etc and so not surprisingly my skin looks dull and lifeless. I want to change things and was wonderig if microdermabration is a good way to start. do u think it works? pl let me know.

    1. Hi Sheba,
      Microdermabrasion does work but since you’ve not been taking care of your skin. I suggest you start with some basic skincare routine first. As soon as possible, start with a CTM routine. CTM is cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Identify your skin type- Is it dry, oily, normal or combination. Based on your skin type buy some basic skincare products- cleanser/face wash, toner , moisturizer and a sunscreen. Since I don’t know your skin type I cannot suggest you products right away except for cleanser and sunscreen. For cleanser you can use Cetaphil cleanser (will find it at any medical shop) and Lotus 3-in-1 matte sunscreen. I use both these products and like them very much. You can pick up Lotus or Aroma magic toner/moisturizer for your skin type. Once you are in a regular skin care routine for a few weeks, then consider treatments like micro-dermabrasion. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Hey Ankita ,
    Just ran into you blog and found it incredibly handy. Wish u could help me out .i am a 21 year old girl having a mixed skin type ( that gets oily during summers and dry during winters). Neither am I much aware about do’s and don’ts associated with skin care , nor do I specifically have any routine besides putting up a sunscreen before going out .My prime problem are the blemishes on my face and dull skin texture. There is assortment of products that I tried off-and-on but it didn’t quite seem to compliment my skin tone. Pls suggest an optimal schedule/solution…

    1. Hi Piyu,
      my skin type is similar to yours- mixed skin type with problem of blemishes. I’ll be doing a post on basic skin care for beginners in 1-2 days which you’ll find useful. For starters, since you do not have a set skincare routine yet, its best to start with the basic Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing(CTM) routine. Apart from this, always always ALWAYS use a sunscreen on your face even when you are in the house. Apart from skin care, you need to take care of your diet also. Ensure that you drink at least 3 litres of water daily and at least 2 fruits and some salad everyday- you will notice a change in your skin tone within 3-4 days. Since it is summer-monsoon transition season, your skin wud be a little oily right now and maybe a little tanned also from the sun exposure. My recommendations for products for you to start with wud be-
      1. Cetaphil Cleanser (for sensitive skin)
      2. Lotus Herbals tea tree oil face wash
      3. Lotus Herbals basil tone toner
      4. Lotus Herbals alpha moist oil free moisturizer
      5. Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte sunscreen SPF 40

      For your blemishes and dullness of skin- you can use a few home remedies. What I personally do is- I’ve made a mixture of neem powder, multani mitti, turmeric, orange peel powder and rose petal powder and stored it in a small container. I just mix some rose water in it and apply it on my face every day. You can also add curd to this mixture and apply daily or 3-4 times a week. This helps take care of blemishes (due to presence of neem powder) and controls oil (multani mitti). The orange ,rose petal powder and sandalwood add radiance and lighten blemish marks.

      If you’re willing you spend a little more you can try The Body Shop tea tree oil blemish fade night lotion.

      A few dos and dont’s for skin care-
      1. Use CTM routine at least twice a day- in the morning, before bed time and another time when you come back from somewhere outside/dusty.
      2. Do not use cheap, bad quality makeup especially on the skin.
      3. Always remove all makeup before sleeping.
      4. Do not pinch or burst pimples on your face- this’ll just spread the bacteria to the entire face.
      5. Do not use scrubs or exfoliation in your face if you have pimples.
      6. Keep your skin clean and hydrated- use light moisturizer even if u have oily skin. Use products meant for your skin type and use them REGULARLY.

      Hope this helps 🙂 If you have any queries, feel free to ask me.

      1. I have started a regular CTM routine with the above suggested lotus products…. Plus I have added Lotus’ ‘micro emulsion’ and ‘Nutranite night crème’ in my daily regime. Its too soon to see results though but its been around 2 weeks now but its definitely managing the problem of dullness…. 😀 !!

        1. Thats great Piyu!! 😀 I’m also using the micro emulsion these days and like it. Keep me updated on how your skin feels in the coming days with regular use of the products.

  9. absolutely..! infact its d whole of Lotus ‘WHITEGLOW’ product line that i’ve switched to..(as i luv every single lotus artifact ) including yogurt-oatmeal f’wash n intensive serum ( just been couple of days)…. il let’ya know how it works out fo’ me.

  10. Hi Ankita ,
    once I was looking for a good, easy make up tutorial I was saw your channel and from thn I became a regular follower of ur blog.so thanks a ton.
    I am 28 now. I regularly maintain the ctm regime. but as i am on my way to 30s can u suggest me a good moisturizer .normally i use rose toner nd alovera gel.sometime a scrub too.
    my biggest problem is freakles on my face. i am having a normal skin type.can u suggest me a good foundation which can give a coverage but not look cakey.
    I went to doc he suggested me a laser treatment. can u suggest me over this …
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Sayoni, you do not need laser treatment for freckles. Its natural and normal to have freckles so don’t worry about them. These days there are makeup tutorials on how to fake freckles as well! You could include a serum and night cream in your routine. I quite like the Olay moisturizers and their Total Effects night cream would be a good starting point. What is your budget for foundation? If you would like something easily accessible and affordable, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is good.

  11. Hey ankita..
    I hv seen ur tutorials on YouTube.. they are awesome.. so as uh..
    Beautiful lady..
    Keep posting such videos..☺😊😊😊

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