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My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Kavi Ahuja Moltz — half of the husband-and-wife team behind cult fragrance line D.S. & Durga — is one of the coolest people we know. No one can rock a red lip or a bold eye quite like her. Here, she shares her favorite products, including the best dark lipstick, and one thing she and her husband never agree on…

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What’s your daily skincare routine?
My whole skincare routine is based on the acne I had when I was a teenager, then took Accutane for, and am now paying for with dry skin. (Though I would definitely still take the Accutane if I had to do it again.) Now, I’m all about exfoliating and moisturizing. I’ll scrub my face with the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant a few times a week, which feels like a million tiny knives. It really does the job, and makes skin very soft afterward. When it comes to regular cleansers, I don’t like to spend a lot of money because it’s literally going down the drain. So I use CeraVe cleanser from the drugstore, with my Clarisonic brush.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What about when it comes to moisture?
I rotate between several creams and oils, but Rodin Olio Lusso is my favorite. Linda Rodin is a friend; we make her perfume, and she keeps us in supply of her amazing oil. But really — really — her oil is the best. She was one of the first to do this fancy face oil thing that is everywhere now. The scent is just divine; I’m a sucker for white flowers and it smells like jasmine and neroli. I also like Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, which is so hydrating and smells like roses. Not all of the things I use are natural, but I do appreciate a good natural product.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Do you wear makeup every day?
Oh yes. I love makeup and glamour, and have since I was a teen. When you have bad skin, makeup is like wall paint: You use matte paint for questionable walls, because it will hide an uneven surface. Glossy paint will show every little thing. But now that I’m in my mid-thirties, I’m more comfortable with my imperfections and have started embracing a dewy look. I use Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, recommended by makeup artist Quinn Murphy, who is a good friend. I have olive skin with grey undertones, so I need blush to make my face look bright, but I’m a big believer that blush should be subtle. I use MAC Prism, which is a very neutral color with no shimmer. I’m a huge MAC fan. Years ago, they were the only ones who made any colors for Indian skin — with the right amount of yellow and grey — and sometimes when I want a more polished look, I’ll go back to using their Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. I also like NARS because both their colors and names are amazing. I use their cream compact in Stromboli.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

At Halloween, as a zombie in a cape, a train conductor and a mummy. (“I was a lazy mom who forgot to plan a costume.”)

What about when you’re feeling dramatic?
I’ve been wearing this very dark brown lipstick lately, Deborah by NARS. I like it with an otherwise bare face, with just RMS Living Luminizer and a severe middle part. The look is somewhere between the late 70’s and a little bit goth. I’m also really good at a cat eye, and I love the matte-ness of Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. A lot of liquid liners look plastic and this one doesn’t.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Maltz

How did your Indian heritage influence your aesthetic?
I’ve always been proud of being Indian, and in terms of everything — religion, culture, food and beauty — it influences me a lot. I always fall back on this classic Indian sense of beauty. For example, right now, many people I know are chopping their hair shorter, and I always think about doing it, but I hold onto this idea of having long, black hair and threaded eyebrows (more on that later). Silver jewelry is everywhere, and I think it looks so nice, but I always stick with gold. Even though I like to experiment, I think I’ll always be classically Indian, in a way.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What’s the secret to your amazing eyebrows?
I go to an Indian threading place every two weeks or so. I’ll go to any salon — when it looks like my people in there, I know they’ll know what they’re doing. When I was a kid in New Jersey, I would go with my mom to get her eyebrows threaded in her friend’s makeshift beauty salon in her basement. Threading is cheap and easy, and gives you a nice sharp line that plucking can’t. I always tell them I want a touch-up, not to re-shape them. In between visits, I’ll pluck any stray hairs myself using a Tweezerman tweezer, which is the best.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What’s the most drastic thing you’ve ever done with your overall look?
There have been a lot of things — piercings, head shavings, even a platinum blonde phase that was nearly the end of my hair! In high school, I was a goth. I wore serious makeup and heavily smudged black eyes. My parents came here from India, so they didn’t understand anything about counterculture or trying to express yourself. They thought I was in a cult. There was a lot of changing clothes and putting on my makeup after I’d already left the house. I also have tattoos, which my parents really, really don’t like. They’re horrified that their grandchildren are being raised by a parent with tattoos. They’re like, “They might want to GET tattoos!” and I’ll say, “Great! I’ll take them!” It has taken a long time for me to feel like my life is fully mine and get comfortable making decisions that other people won’t be happy with.

Do you have plans to get any more tattoos in the future?
Yes! I may or may not be going through an early midlife crisis and will finally realize my fantasy of knuckle tattoos later this year. I don’t know what I’m getting yet. There will definitely be a four-letter word, but not THE four-letter word. I will keep you posted!

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What product do you always have with you?
I use mists all day. They’re so refreshing. If your skin is looking and feeling dry, especially in the winter, if you put on a mist it kind of plumps you up with moisture. I like Aesop Facial Hydrosol, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and plain pure rosewater. I can’t get enough. Your skin sucks it up like a dry plant. I especially like that you can spray it over makeup.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Outside of work, do you and David ever weigh in on each other’s aesthetic choices?
Yes. We actually disagree a lot! He’ll ask for my opinion on an ensemble, and it will inevitably end with him saying, “You don’t understand men’s fashion!” It goes that way for both of us. Even David, who is a modern fashionable man, doesn’t understand certain things — like any women’s jean that isn’t tight. I’ll say, “I don’t dress for men, I dress for me!”

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Do you have any favorite beauty splurges?
A good facial. I love the whole experience of it. I started getting facials very young, because they’re a part of my mother’s routine. Many Indian women get them. A good steam and extraction session always helps me feel clean, and I particularly love when you go to a place (like D’Mai Urban Spa) and they don’t leave the room during the mask-drying bit, but instead massage your hands and feet. Such a bonus. But my splurge is going to Christine Chin and sadly, they are room-leavers.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Are there any foods or drinks that make you feel your best?
I was vegan for about 15 years and would love to go back to it. I’m a vegetarian, but now if I had to cut butter and cheese out of my life, I might be too sad to go on. I read this blog by Kimberly Snyder. She has a lot of beyond-healthy recipes, including her Glowing Green Smoothie, which she recommends drinking daily. I don’t make it every day, but I love the idea of eating right and having your beauty issues addressed at the same time.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What’s your desert island product that you cannot live without?
RMS Living Luminizer. It’s a genius product. I put it on my upper cheek bones, the bone that runs along the lower edge of your eye socket. This is the only luminizer that I like. It’s not glittery, it’s not even shimmery, it just makes my skin look moisturized and plump, with a little sheen. I love it.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

The million-dollar question: Do you have a signature scent?
I strongly do not believe in signature scents, and am more of the “fragrance wardrobe” school of thought. As the wife of a perfumer, I’m always having to test new stuff, but there are a few scents I gravitate towards again and again. We are about to take one of our candles, Spirit Lamp, and make the scent into a perfume oil, and I imagine I will be wearing that a lot this summer. I love smelling lots of perfumes from different lines, but I only wear ours. The scent I’m wearing right now is Coriander. It’s delicate, green and peppery, with no fruit or sweetness.

We LOVE D.S. & Durga candles. So I’m curious, what are some of your favorite home scents?
As the perfumer between us, David’s nose gets pretty overworked at the studio. So home scents are pretty much restricted to fresh flowers, with tuberose being my favorite. Tuberose is hard to find, but it’s just intoxicating to me on another level. My dear uncle who passed away last year used to always leave a fresh bouquet of them on my night table when I visited Delhi, and the scent of that mixed with the bracing air conditioning is one of my fondest scent memories. One of our new launches coming up this year is called “Durga” and commemorates him and that memory.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Who are your beauty inspirations?
I have so many. I love Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, Tilda Swinton and Beth Ditto, for being badass. They do their own thing, and I love that. Another favorite is Rekha, the ultimate glamorous golden age Bollywood star. I really admire Dita Von Teese, whose makeup skills are unparalleled. I love that she’s a production, and every time she goes out in public she’s always “on.” Diane Kruger is the one person where every time I see a photo of her, I’m like, “I want what she’s wearing!” And I love Patti Smith, because she’s a bridge between that rock and roll mindset and also a beautiful, restrained palette and applying things in a practical, subtle, minimal way.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

What are your thoughts on nail polish?
I wear nail polish pretty much all the time, except for a weeklong break maybe twice a year. Red lips and nails I never tire of, they’re part of me. I believe in glamour in a really old school way. I like a lot of different reds: Essie Really Red, Geranium, Russian Roulette. OPI Big Apple… You get the idea. I pretty much always pay the $10 for the 10-minute chair massage while my nails are drying. Multitasking!

Do you have any advice for de-stressing?
Meditation and a few drops of lavender or ylang ylang on your pillow. My husband David is really hardcore into meditation — twice a day he’ll go into our daughter’s room when she’s playing elsewhere (it’s the quietest room in the house), turn off the lights, and sit on a meditation cushion. Meditation is very good for him. He’s definitely not calm — he’s very talkative and energetic — but he’s a really grounded person and a good human being. I sometimes join him, and I’d like to start doing it more.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

How do you care for your hair?
I use Oribe Gold Lust shampoo; I think all of their products are amazing. I wash my hair every day, and it’s long, so I need something that keeps it in good shape. I’ll also use L’Oreal conditioner. Every few weeks, I’ll put warm almond oil in my hair at night and wash it out in the morning, a very Indian thing to do. When I’m staying with my parents, my mom massages it in while I watch TV and zone out, which is total heaven.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

When’s one time in your life when you felt really beautiful?
I always, always feel beautiful when we are vacationing in Jamaica, my spirit home. I want to move D.S. & Durga headquarters to Jamaica and run it from a house on the sea. The ocean air, the tan skin, the fresh fruit, the absence of shoes, the kids playing in the sand, splashing in the water, the sun! There, I feel happy and beautiful.

My Beauty Uniform: Kavi Ahuja Moltz

Thank you so much, Kavi!

P.S. More lovely women share their beauty uniforms, plus three tricks for parting your hair

(Photos courtesy of Kavi Ahuja Moltz. Additional portraits via Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and Marie Claire. Interview by Caroline Donofrio.)

  1. Emma says...

    She is so beautiful!! I love this series- thank you Joanna! It would be cool if you could do a beauty uniform for Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves- she seems so natural and is very insightful!

  2. Vidya says...

    Can anyone (or Kavi herself) tell me or name the brand and shade of that gorgeous red lipstick shade on her? I am the same skin colour as her and have never found a red shade that looked good on me. Would be of great help :-)

  3. She’s so gorgeous! I love how well she can pull off red lips. They should totally move to Jamaica!! I feel my best at the beach too. :)

  4. Liz says...

    Where is that bathing suit from?! Ah I die!!

    • +1! I love it!!

  5. nps says...

    So great to see an Indian covered. As a Delhi girl- I love how oil massages and threading go with us where ever we in the world we may be! And yay for tattoos too.

  6. Melissa says...

    Love this beauty uniform – favourite post of the series. Kavi, if you’re reading this: you have impeccable style. Where did you get that gold vest/ harem pants from? I’m surprised nobody has asked yet — I read this post a few days back and have been waiting for someone to mention them!

  7. Hannah says...

    What a lovely, gorgeous, and edgy gal. This was so much fun to read. WoWzA!

  8. Melissa says...

    I love your ‘my beauty uniform’ series! Thank you Joanna!

  9. She is gorgeous, her husband is gorgeous, her kids are gorgeous! I want to visit her shop now. Lovely post!

  10. BDubs says...

    Man, the interview was fantastic by itself but the PHOTOS! Walking art, that family.

  11. Tiia says...

    That has to be the best looking couple ever.

    • Saman says...

      I was thinking the exact same thing on every picture!

  12. Andrea says...

    kavi’s style is impeccable! as always, enjoy this series.

  13. I love Kavi’s style SO MUCH. What a beauty.
    P.S. We carry the most amazing DS & Durga goods at Seven Sisters in Portland and online.

  14. Lovely, as always!

    A side note: I purchased the Bowmakers cologne for my husband for Christmas and love, love, love it. It was a bold move to get it without smelling it first (!) but totally worked out and I’m dying to try another scent now.

    • Kari says...

      If you get any of the Hylnds series you won’t regret it, their descriptions on the website are spot on. I’ve purchased 4 of their scents online “smell unsmelled” ;) Hylnds Isle Ryder is my favorite, in LOVE.

  15. Nina says...

    my oh my she is gorgeous. such shiny, lovely hair! and her nails, they stood out in almost every picture! do you get gel nails? so…I love the bold red look but in the pictures where you don’t have that, you look more youthful. Can you give a few tips about 1. threading – what to ask for (besides just don’t shape?) I am so intrigued but also too nervous to just walk in but I’ve always wanted to try it. and 2. facials. I have dry skin too and lately I’ve been hating my skin so think I need something more but…I don’t even know what, and I hate the idea of wasting money and not being happy with it.

    • Anna says...

      Okay I’m not Kavi but I do both so here’s my advice! 1. Threading – don’t be scared, just do it! Start slow. Grow your brows out a little so the threader has a blank canvas, and so the resulting line is more natural. Then get them to just clean the natural shape up. Eventually it will get to a point where you barely do any plucking in between appointments! I go every 3-4 weeks. 2. I love facials. Basically there are two types of places: one is the more relax-y kind (they usually offer massages and the like) and the other is the more hardcore type place that does peels, medical-sounding procedures, etc. I say find one of the latter if your skin is feeling dry/has a specific issue, but if you’re just feeling like a pick-me-up/mini-holiday go the first kind!

  16. I love this series, and I especially love this post Kavi is such a beautiful, relatable woman.

  17. What a beauty! I too would love to know where her bathing suit is from/who makes it. <3

    • alyssa says...

      I’m not 100% sure but it looks very similar to Esther Williams bathing suits, which are available at modcloth.com

    • S says...

      Norma Kamali I think.

  18. this one was my favorite beauty uniform series, by far! she seems to be so many things i aspire to be. just got my eyebrows threaded for the first time yesterday and i am totally converted.

    hammyta.wordpress.com

  19. Kate says...

    This is so sweet and brought back a happy memory for me – my dad used to meditate in my bedroom when I was little, too! If he came home from the office for lunch my room was the quietest and was so still and peaceful. I remember peeking in at him, knowing I had to be quiet until he was done. I love that her husband does the same!

    • R says...

      Kavi, would you mind sharing more about what kind of laser treatment you got done and the name of your dermatologist? I’m from India and have a similar skin tone and acne scars. I’m always hesitant to try lasers because of my skin colour.

  20. Di says...

    thanks for this profile- really appreciate it as a South Asian myself to see someone who looks like me on CoJ.

    I also suffered from acne as a teenager and used Accutane. Kavi is lucky she has beautiful skin now. I unfortunately am still living with the scarring, although I too have clear skin now. Did Kavi find anything useful for scarring?

    • Hey Di – sorry to hijack your comment! But I really suffered from scarring after a bad bout of acne in my teens and early 20s. I now have pretty much very clear skin and what I found helped most with my scarring was rosehip oil (Trilogy is the brand that I use and is my favorite). It’s moisturising, plumps skin, and made my scars disappear after a few weeks, then months of use. I still use it on my super dry and dehydrated days and it really works wonders.

    • Di says...

      very interesting Jaime! My skin tone is even and clear but I still have ice pick type scarring. Would rose hip work for that or was it more for blemishes?

    • Hello! Acne scarring is the worst. I just took my first drastic step and got a laser treatment from a trusted south asian dermatologist. It would take a few treatments to see results, but let’s see! Thanks for your comment though my skin is far from beautiful and clear, though clearly my makeup skills are top notch!

  21. Jami says...

    She is absolutely charming–and gorgeous!!!

  22. Wow, what a gorgeous couple! Loved all her answers. This series is THE BEST.

  23. m says...

    Kavi is so beautiful (does she model on the side??) and I adore her style!

    • HAHAHAHA you ladies are too much! come on. love it though.

  24. murrye says...

    Adore her answers. She’d be my spirit friend (you know, friend in another world)

  25. S says...

    Finally someone South Asian on your blog! Love her style and attitude. I have threaded my eyebrows since a teenager (also going to my mom’s friend at home salon to actual salon in later years). My piece of advice though – not all threaders are alike. If you find someone good stick with her! I am not into manual exfoliaters or Clarisonic (don’t use mine anymore) but believe in double cleansing, liquid acids for exfoliating (pixi glow, Biologique Rechere p50, Dr. Dennis Gross pads – you get the point) and face oils. Look up Caroline Hirons for a good routine.

    Thank you for embracing more diversity and inclusivity on your blog.

  26. Sara says...

    Was wondering if Kavi could share where (in Brooklyn) she goes for eyebrow threading? Would love to know!

  27. Monica says...

    Great post – I especially relate
    Kavi’s mention of Accutane, which I took over five months for a bad acne outbreak at age 22… I know the drug got a bad rap several years ago for various reasons. I don’t have super dry skin now, but the results were fast and amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. I am also thankful because without my acne experience I would not have started using a sunscreen moisturizer EVERY DAY since age 22, which has now paid off when I’m in my early 40s! Thanks again. You are beautiful, Kavi!!

  28. Alina says...

    Wow she is so gorgeous and that red swimsuit is AMAZING!

  29. Cynthia says...

    My Beauty Uniform is one of my favorite features. I love Kavi’s vintage style swimsuit and red lipstick looks fabulous on her!

  30. I’m so excited to see an Indian lady in this series. I too love the classic Indian beauty aesthetic and have waist-length black hair and a penchant for heavy kajal.

  31. zoe says...

    living for those little gold slippers. Love this interview!

  32. I’ve always loved the “My Beauty Uniform” series and I especially love this post. I’m half-Indian and love hearing beauty tips from Indian women.

  33. Lizzie says...

    Those bangs! Adore that hairstyle for Kavi’s beautiful eyes…

    • Stacey says...

      I thought the same thing! She rocked those bangs- I gasped!

  34. Megan says...

    “Jamaica, my spirit home.” Absolutely love this.

  35. Mo says...

    Once again, love the latest in this series! And you guys have been doing an awesome job of featuring a diverse range of women lately (ethnicity, body types, the whole gamut). Really means a lot to this woman of color who has read and adored your blog for years!

  36. Wonder if Kavi would share who the designer of the sheer/nude dress is…? LOVE that dress and this post!

    • Autumn says...

      Yes – I would like to know where that dress (with green embroideries/beads) is from as well. Absolutely stunning!

    • Hi! The nude and silver dress is Balmain, the green embroidered Indian dress is an anarkali by Tarun Tahiliani, my favorite Indian designer! thanks ladies!!

  37. Nicky says...

    Is Kavi on instagram because she seems like a cool chick I want to follow. Also, her kids are gorgeous.

  38. Amelia says...

    HER OUTFITS ARE EVERYTHING

  39. So gorgeous. What a delightful read.

  40. Joan says...

    I love this series more and more with each post!

    Since you are a fellow grammar nerd I have to suggest an edit…
    “Kavi Ahuja Moltz … is one of the coolest people we know. No one can rock a red lip or a bold eye quite like she does” (instead of “her”)

  41. Kavi is gorgeous. Love that she is proud of her Indian heritage and even like to incorporate some of the routines in her daily life. It was refreshing to read this interview and I hope we will get some more diverse ones in the future!

  42. Natalie says...

    Wow, she seems like a really cool and beautiful person. I love her style– mix of traditional Indian and modern, minimal rock. And that swimsuit! Gah. Kavi, you look amazing in red.

  43. merri says...

    Love You Kavi!!! You are gorgeous, thank you for sharing. I have also explained on various occasions to my husband that I dress for myself, and sometimes when I want to, for other women. I think we are getting there as a culture :)

  44. Court says...

    Favorite beauty uniform, hands down. I really appreciate her artsy uniqueness paired with a great respect for her heritage. I’ve been eyeing D.S. & Durga scents for a long time, and they are definitely on my wishlist now. Love to support homegrown business and creative couples like them!

  45. Caroline Donofrio says...

    Thank you for your questions! Here are some answers from Kavi:

    — Her red bathing suit is from Norma Kamali.
    — A few favorite red lipsticks: MAC Ruby Woo, NARS Velvet Matte Pencils in Red Square and Dragon Girl, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400

  46. Amy says...

    Gorgeous. I admire her style! I’m not a natural with make-up and skincare, so when I see women like Kavi I’m inspired to experiment more. I love the bold, gothic influence. Unexpected and beautiful.

  47. Erin says...

    Wow, she is absolutely stunning! Loved the shoutouts to Accutane and threading, both of which I’ve benefitted from.

  48. Nina says...

    As an Indian woman myself, absolutely love this. I second that request for ID’ing her red swimsuit!

    And on a side note, would love to see more women of color featured on your site, especially for the Beauty Uniforms :)

    • I second everything Nina said !

    • Sarah says...

      Looks like a JCrew swim suit

  49. Sara says...

    What a great post. I can identify with her so much. I’ve struggled with acne for over 15 years. It can be a very defining flaw and has impacted my self esteem greatly at times. Unrelated, I love what she says about realizing her life is fully hers. I’m 28 with 3 children which is not very common these days. It has taken me a long time to realize I don’t have to apologize for or explain my choices to anyone. Thank you for this post.

  50. Ruth says...

    Just saw your sister on Channel 4 news. She was eloquent as always…. All the best. :)

  51. Talia says...

    What a fantastic series – my favorite! What a stylish couple! Kavi is stunningly beautiful! And her clothes!!

  52. I love this series so much. What a strikingly beautiful and interesting person! I love how she incorporates her Indian heritage into a more modern look. Wonderful style and wonderful interview – thanks for sharing Joanna!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  53. Maria says...

    What a true beauty… I love her comment on how you have to make the decissions that make you happy , even if other people that matter to you do not agree…

  54. Kristin says...

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beauty uniform. Love these posts.

  55. Quinn says...

    I love her outfits! Quite dramatic, fun, and stylish. She has the perfect hair and skin tone for dramatic lip colours — I don’t think I could pull them off!
    (Side note: I do want to quickly mention that Accutane is no longer manufactured due to dangerous side effects, though it is still sold in its generic form. A family member developed one of the more severe side effects associated with Accutane and was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.)

  56. Jen says...

    wanted to second the vote for Kat Von D’s tattoo liner. I have tried multiple eyeliners and that is the best liquid liner that 1) doesn’t smudge and 2) is easy to get a smooth line.

    what an inspiring woman :)

  57. I’m always fascinated by women with arresting beauty that seems more than skin-deep. She’s totally striking! But in the way that makes your eyes linger a bit trying to figure out what it is exactly…

    I think it’s the style, I’m obsessed with every one of these looks. That beaded green & tan dress! Perfection. You had to be the knockout of that forest ;)

    anywho, gushing, but loved this beauty uniform ♥ …& those babies!! lol

    http://oprahismyreligion.wordpress.com

  58. Ashley says...

    Just wanted to show some appreciation for these posts – they are super well done, and you always find amazing women to profile. Great work Cup of Jo team!

  59. Aya says...

    I love all of these beauty uniforms, but especially this one. And that photo of her in the gold vest/pink outfit–WOW. Goddess (but so interesting!!).

  60. Dee says...

    Hi,

    What a wonderful woman! Love, love, love the red swimsuit. May I know where it’s from? Also, all of her red lipsticks, which ones are they? Thanks!

  61. Beth says...

    What a beauty! I always love posts in this series, thank you so much.

    Also, it was my husband’s birthday last night and I coincidentally purchased for him some D S & Durga cologne: Bowmaker. I actually read about that scent somewhere on this blog- maybe during the winter holidays? I love their website, read some reviews, and took a chance purchasing before smelling. I am so glad I did. Completely intoxicating!

  62. Amy says...

    Love this series!! Is that second the last picture of Kavi in a red bathing suit taken in Jamaica? Would love to know where in particular it looks like an amazing place.

    • Rach says...

      Jamaica is my spirit home too. Negril in particular. I would love to know where in Jamaica Kavi goes to…always looking for new places there…

  63. Kris says...

    Okay, I don’t usually comment, but could she and her husband be any cooler or more beautiful? Love this series so much and all of the inspiring women you’ve interviewed so far!

  64. Thanks for this great interview! Kavi you are such an interestIng person! The kind of person I’d want to be friends with.

  65. Gabrielle says...

    Uh, holy cow. What a stunner. One of my favorite beauty uniforms to date.

    I wonder where in Jamaica she loves…feeling inspired to go visit!

  66. Fatima says...

    Those blunt bangs are perfect!!

  67. valerie says...

    She s so cool and classy. I love the bangs on her ! Keep going with the beauty uniform :) It is always inspiring.

  68. Boy, this RMS Luminizer is getting a lot of great feedback. This must be at least the third beauty uniform where it is mentioned. I’ve resisted it for a good while, but I may be coming around. The women of Beauty Uniform are always so smart, cool, and beautiful – I trust their judgment.

  69. Elizabeth R says...

    Wow! What a beautiful, stylish, inspirational, talented, goal-oriented woman and family. I honestly think that Indian women are some of the most beautiful women in the whole world.

  70. Love this series — and this post was so interesting! Thanks for sharing – I love hearing about different people’s skin-care routines. Never know what you’re going to learn and how it could help your own skincare routine improve!

    Lindsey I http://www.treasuredinspiration.com

  71. Angie says...

    This whole post was perfection, but this one quote stood out to me….

    “It has taken a long time for me to feel like my life is fully mine and get comfortable making decisions that other people won’t be happy with.”

    So empowering! A mindset I strive to achieve one day.

  72. Sue says...

    Love, love, love this!!!

  73. MK says...

    I use that tattoo liner, along with a dab of eyelid primer, and that stuff STAYS. PUT. Seriously. You have to let it set before blinking (just close your eyes for a few moments), but then- it won’t budge. I am forever plagued by creasing, and this is the best solution I’ve found.
    Great post!

  74. Liz says...

    Love this! All of it! Thank you for sharing!

    Also that bathing suit is amazing. Do you mind me asking where it’s from?

  75. Janna says...

    I love this one! Also, where is that beautiful nude dress with the glittery slip over it??? So gorgeous

  76. Annie says...

    Um, yeah, I want to be her friend. They seem like such a cool, yet real, couple. Love all the tips! I get my brows threaded ($4!!!!!!!) at a place, and have always been curious about their hair oil treatment. Hmmm.

  77. Amy says...

    That bathing suit?!? Where did she get it?! ❤️❤️❤️

  78. Lauren E. says...

    Favorite beauty uniform by far. Talk about wanting someone’s entire wardrobe! I also love that she’s about to get knuckle tattoos. Please do keep us posted!

  79. Mona says...

    So striking! Those eyebrows! As an Indian woman, I always have trouble finding makeup that doesn’t make me look orange. What color Armani foundation do you use??

  80. Rose says...

    So, she’s obviously the coolest ever, right?

  81. Ellen W says...

    My favorite Daily Uniform this far! Kavi is gorgeous and I her unique combination of edgy cool and classical Indian beauty aesthetics. A plea for Kavi and DS&Durga -please, please bring back Pomelo Blossom. It is my favorite perfume of all time and I’m bummed I didn’t stock up!

  82. Laura says...

    That red bathing suit!!!!!!!! Beautiful.

    • april says...

      I adore this suit as well (and I don’t even like red!)!!! So old school glam-perfection!

    • Natalie says...

      Yes, please update and tell us where it’s from! So gorgeous.

  83. eleanor says...

    Looking forward to trying Durga… Coriander is my favorite right now.

  84. I adore this series! Great tips for de-stressing. I’ve been getting more and more into the benefits of essential oils and am definitely feeling a difference in my sleep and ability to handle more things on my plate.

    Great post!

  85. Hannah says...

    I love this line:

    “It has taken a long time for me to feel like my life is fully mine and get comfortable making decisions that other people won’t be happy with.”

    xo,
    Hannah

    • Annie says...

      YES! Really spoke to me as well.

  86. Jessica says...

    I find something to love in every single beauty uniform post, but I really, really love it when someone who is properly into makeup and glamour is featured. My only request: to know what red lipsticks Kavi wears!

  87. Ramya says...

    yessss- an Indian woman!

    • NS says...

      YESSS
      And a Windian Family! (Like mine)

  88. vinitha says...

    ^ yes to the comment above – the perfect red for indian skin is hard and none of her red lipsticks were mentioned in the post :( what are her favorites and which is she wearing in these pictures!!

  89. After reading about Kavi, this blonde, California native wants to dye her hair black and get a whole buncha tattoos! She’s so cool!

  90. I’m going to need all of her red lipsticks. Finding the right red for Indians is a challenge I’m going through right now…

  91. Deborah says...

    Damn what a stylish couple! Her look and approach is refreshing – I think this is my fav beauty uniform so far.

  92. Sarah says...

    Oh, I love this series! What a beautiful woman and gorgeous family.

    Very off-topic, I’m listening to Lucy’s interview on Woman’s Hour on BBC R4. What an articulate, warm and intelligent woman she seems.