My Best Friend’s Indian Bridal Trousseau

By Shruthi

Hi all,

First of all let me tell you a few things about Malayali Weddings. Kerala has 14 districts and marriage rituals differ from district to district and caste to caste. Malayali Hindu weddings are just a matter of five minutes…yes!!! you read right… HE HE… The groom is welcomed by the girls family to the hall/auditorium (mandap) and he is made to sit in front of diyas (nila vilakku) facing the guests. Then the bride (the gold mine with kilos of gold jewellery hanging on her body) is brought to the mandap. The mangalsutra or thali (Malayalam) is handed over to the groom by his father. The groom ties it to the girl. They exchange garlands and take 3 pheras. Then they take their elder’s blessings by touching their feet. THATS IT!! The rituals are over. Now the guests can move for a vegetarian feast given on plantain leaf (sadhya).

Coming to the topic, my best friend (we did our BTech together) recently got married. (Whhoopppss! a month back actually!!) She hails from a northern district in Kerala whereas I belong to the central part of Kerala and since my caste is different, I was wonder struck and carefully observing all their customs and rituals. On their wedding eve, the groom’s sister hands over a big suit case full of clothes (suits, sarees, lingerie and night dress) and toiletries. That includes all the basic needs for a girl’s day to day life. The suit case also included a makeup box which caught my attention. I thought I would share it on IMBB.

My friend has got a lovely sis-in-law who is settled in Dubai. She bought this makeup box from Dubai. It’s called The Color Workshop (TCW). I did a deep research on this brand on Google and found out that they don’t have a website of their own but their products are easily available on eBay and other online stores. I personally liked the box but can’t really comment on the quality of the products. Neither have I seen these products at any of the shopping malls in Muscat. I would like to explore more on this brand and since I’m flying back to Muscat very very soon, I’ll definitely search and try to grab their stuff.

The Makeup Box

indian bridal vanity box

Doesn’t that look like the one which the air hostesses carry??

Inside the Box

indian bridal makeup kit

It contains three racks. The topmost is exclusively for eye shadows, middle one for lipsticks, nail paints, Lip gloss, Lip pencil, Eye pencil and Mascara. The last rack contains the tools, he he…ie a few brushes, sharpener and 2 blushes. Lemme show u the closer pics.

indian bridal makeup brushes

Top Rack

indian bridal eyeshadow

Don’t those colors look lovely? All those cute jars can be separately taken out. Easy to keep them in the hand bag for touch ups.

It contains 2 flat brushes (i-don’t-know-for-what), 4 sponge tip applicators, 1 eyebrow brush n’ eye lash comb, a sharpener and 2 Blushes. Don’t those blushes look great shades??


What do you guys think about the whole trousseau box?

Last but not the least; I got my first Colorbar courier :happy dance: :happy Dance: I bought Velvet Matte Lipstick Temptation and I-Glide Eye Pencil Prunella through online shopping. I love them to the core. I got introduced to this brand through IMBB, Thanks to Rati di. I’m surely buying more from them.

colorbar lipstick, i glide pencil

I recently got Lakme Satin Lipsticks 134 and 135 from their Fantasy Collection. 134 is an anytime wearable shade. 135 is too bright for me. I lighten it by just dabbing the colour on to the lips and layering it with a nude lip gloss.

Lakme Enrich Satin Lipstick, Fantasy Collection

Thanks for your time ladies.

Love n hugs,

Sruthi Nair.

Have you ever come across The Color Workshop (TCW) cosmetics?? If yes, Let me know your experience.

Also Read:
Bridal Makeup Artists in Delhi – Ask IMBB
Indian Bridal and Wedding Wear
Top 8 Indian Bridal Wear from Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2010
Bridal Makeup Suggestion : Ask IMBB
Pre Bridal Skin Care Routine : Ask IMBB
Indian Bridal Face Makeup : Ask IMBB
Wedding Make-up Essentials: Make-up Kit For Brides


64 thoughts on “My Best Friend’s Indian Bridal Trousseau

  1. This is an awesome makeup box. perfect for brides. The colours do look pretty vibrant.

    Congos to your friend. :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom:

    1. Yep rati di..I loved the shadows n blushes. n the new smileys look super cute. :shying: :shying: :preen: :shocked: :teeth :teddy: 😉 :yikes: :whistle: :pigtail: :lol2: :lol2: :love: :manicure: :nono: :nonono: :pan: :dumb:

  2. I love the eyeshadow shades!!! and they look like they have a lot of product too. I’m from kerala too but we don’t have any giving the bride such pretty pretty gifts ritual. :weep: :weep:

  3. this is such an amazing box. full of all the treasures. 😛 love the colorbar lipstick shade. 😉 :whistle: :teddy: :preen:

    err…cannot help putting the new smileys. :tongue: :shying: :love: :pompom: :lol2: :stars: :chewnails

  4. Heyy Shruthi.. Itz wonderful..!! Me too frm north kerala.. Am a muslim nd v do hav such customs.. 🙂 ma sis in dubai nd now i vl ask her to bring dis kit.. 🙂 itz far possible 4 me to get it frm a sis-in-law soon.. 🙁 as am not gonna get married soon.. 😉

    1. He need to get married soon..Being Single is perfect. :yahoo: Ask ur sissy to get TCW for u.. :))

    1. Dont know the price Manali. This was a gift my friend got from her sis in law. This was included in her trousseau box. :)) :))

  5. its a luvly gift…i tooo got a trousseau box as a wedding gift frm my cousin in US :love: … just luv it too :pompom: :pompom: …n nice shopping shruti.. :whistle: :whistle:

  6. Shruthi!.. This sounds pretty much like my story.. I am Menon from Central Kerala and for my best friend’s wedding who is from North Kerela.. she too had this same custom of getting such goodies… so lot of coincidences between us eh! 🙂 :balle:

    1. Hi FTLOL, I was actually wonder stuck n kept on telling my frnd that she is so lucky she dint have to wander around for make up, wedding saree n all other stuff, everything was given to her by her sis-in-law. For us nairs n menons, once the marriage is fixed, we have to hunt down for wedding sarees, gold, matching footwears and at the d-day we will be tired. :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. Thats not mine friend owns this n she has taken it to dufaaii with her. Now I need to hunt for one of the same kind. 😉

  7. Ask me about it. I experienced it on my wedding. I had enough of shopping by the d-day 🙂
    Where do you stay Shruthi? Incidentally my niece’s name is also Shruti Nair 🙂 :balle:

  8. :yikes: 😉 :whistle: :waaa: :tongue: :teddy: :stars: :shying: :shocked: :scream: :preen: :pompom: :pigtail: :phoolan: :pan: :nonono: :nono: :mirror: :manicure: :love: :lol2: :jog: :huh: :hihi: :high5: :haanji: :dumb: :drool: :clap: :chewnails :balle: :angel: 😀
    me loving them …. its what we all need on an all girls blog…. 😉 :preen:

  9. and now :phoolan: :nonono: :nono: :headbang: :yikes: :yikes: :waaa: :waaa: 😉 :scream: :tongue: :tongue: :pan: :pan: :pigtail: :mirror: :preen: :preen: :manicure: :love: :jog: :drool: :angel: :balle: :daayan: :clap:

    1. Shivaniiiiiiiiiiiiiii return gipht :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :pan: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth :teeth

    1. Thank u..btw Neha, thanks to ur post on Colorbar whr u reviewed 10 of ur fav lippies. I chose my lipstick shade seeing those pics for buying online. :thanks:

  10. Shruthiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…for a long time I wanted to thank you for my wedding anniversary wala post…..thanks a lot Shruthi….it means a lot to me :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :high5: :high5: :high5: :high5:.

    About the makeup box, I think it has all necessary makeup ka samaan that bride needs. BTW, I didn’t know that malayalis had this ritual of giving the bride makeup and other samaan from the groom’s side….I tho didn’t get any :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana:

    I loved your colorbar shade, you bought it through online na….I tho never get through their payment gateway :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana: :nababana:

    1. U r melcow(mallu way) jomol chechi.. Colorbar website payment gateway was pretty safe, secure n easy for me. :waytogo:
      And we also dont have the tradition of getting giphtttss from the grooms side. only thing we get is the Kerala sari n the kanjeevaram silk sari on the wedding day which most of us dont wear…n definitely the thali n gold chain. :toothygrin: but after that we can loot husband nah..he tho well prepared.

  11. hi Sruthi thats a very lovely n useful trousseau box :stars: :stars: :stars:
    Can anyone suggest a similar box in Indian brands… :makeup: :makeup: :makeup:

  12. maybe……………….. :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: .u do not deserving any nice giphhtsssssssss….you deserve friends like moi only… :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:

  13. Hey Shruthi,
    Congrats to your best friend :clap:
    I am from dubai so I can say you will easily find it in lifestyle outlets of centerpoint or in malls. and if you are going to muscat, you can check it out in the lifestyle branch of city center 🙂

    1. Wow..Thanks a lot Insiya. I was wondering whr to search for this. I thought I would go around LULU or KM Mart..but u showed me the perfect direction.. :thanks: :thanks:

  14. Lovely makeup set, Sruthi. You said that you shopped online for your colorbar products? Could you tell me from which site? How was your experience?

    1. I cant share the link to the site in the comment box swati. is the site. The site itself helps u to choose ur shade n payment options. Its quite safe n the seller contacts u thru email. I got my products within a week of ordering. Try it Swati, u wont regret buying their products..have fun :)) :))

  15. hey pretty compact box..pretty colors too but totally useless for someone like me who’ll buy it no doubt becos I am crazy about cosmetics but never take it anywhere. :sidefrown: .cos when it comes to packing i will take most of my stuff and go just incase i need it..there will be 4 eye pencils, 1 mascara, 3 blushes, 1 foundation, 1 mousse, eyeshadow pack, etc etc..all seperate pieces though I know the more sensible thing wud be to take this 1 compact box 😉

  16. Hey shruti – i had one of those 5 minute weddings too 🙂 Though these days they are trying to stretch it out to half an hour, with prolonged thalam processions etc… :). The box looks gorgeous.. love the eyeshadow shades.

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