Ankita’s Top Ten Picks From #NFBA2016
Like us—celebrated beauty blogger Ankita Chaturvedi of Corralista—is super excited about the second edition of the Nykaa Femina Beauty Awards 2016, scheduled for February 5. We asked her to compile a list of her top ten favorites from the nominated beauty products, and if you haven’t tried them yet, it’s time you did right away!
The thermal spring water from Avene is excellent for soothing and hydrating skin that is stressed in any way. It contains a high concentration of ingredients such as Selenium that calm irritated skin and provides an instant dose of moisture. It’s like a refreshing drink for your skin, reviving it any time through the day. If skin feels particularly parched, spritz on before applying makeup for smoother, more natural finish.
Gone are the days of sticky sunscreens that left your face ghostly white. The UV Perfect Aqua Essence is a watery sunscreen that gives ample protection with a great texture and consistency. The lightweight formula absorbs easily into skin, doesn’t leave a white cast or make skin oily.
Acne! What’s That? The stunning Avene TriAcneal helps eliminate severe imperfections while smoothing the skin. Purifies through the peeling effect of Glycolic acid and smoothes the formation of skin flaws and prevents residual marks. To sum it up, this beautiful formula provides the skin with a feeling of instant comfort.
The Lakme CC cream is the perfect in-between when it comes to face makeup. It is lighter than a traditional foundation but gives more coverage than a standard tinted moisturizer, making it an excellent day-to-day base for those who like medium but natural looking coverage. The CC cream has a satin finish and stays quite well throughout the day.
A long lasting kohl is an essential in every Indian woman’s makeup bag and the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate is simply the best! The smooth, rich kohl applies jet black in a single stroke and sets to a smudge proof, waterproof finish after application. It also comes with a smudger at the other end to create instant smokey eye looks.
It’s been the year of the matte lips and one my personal favorites is the Moist Mat lipstick from LÓreal Paris. Just as the name suggests, it has a matte finish in a moist formula that doesn’t dry out the skin. The formula is smooth, creamy, rich in pigmentation and the soft powder finish ensures that it stays on for a long time. It comes in a wide range of shades and I would highly recommend the reds from this range.
The Electro Pop Baby Lips lip balm brings together beautiful sheer pops of color with a hydrating, balm formula. The tinted lip balm adds a soft wash of color to the lips that is perfect for day wear when you don’t want a heavy layer of lipstick. The formula is softening and moisturizing on the lips while the fruity flavors and playful packaging make it quite fun to use.
A compact is a staple in every woman’s bag, and I use one several times every day. The best new launch in this category in 2015 was the pocket-friendly Mat Magique by LÓreal Paris. The compact is attractively packaged, comes with a sponge and mirror housed in a separate compartment, and provides a soft matte finish to the skin without caking.
BBLUNT is one of the most exciting new brands in the Indian market. Being formulated especially for Indian weather and hair, the products work like a dream. The Climate Control Anti-Frizz Leave-in Cream is my personal favorite because it leaves the hair smooth and frizz-free, and protects it from heat damage. If you iron your hair on a regular basis, this is a must-have in your routine because it cuts down ironing time significantly and helps the hair stay sleek longer.
Facial Oils are all the rage at the moment and a solid front-runner in this category is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This facial oil is enriched with Squalane which is an antioxidant that prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots. The oil works from Day One on the skin giving it a smoother, plumper, more hydrated look and feel. It has a mild soothing scent that instantly calms and soothes the senses, making it the ideal bedtime product.