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Nykaa’s Senior Beauty Editor Spills The Beans On Her Top Picks For The Month

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Gianella Mascarenhas

Being a beauty editor is exciting, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a serious business — demanding us to be on our toes throughout the workweek. And a touch beyond the designated hours, as well. You know, analysing industry trends to stay ahead of the curve, burning the midnight oil, writing, going through an assortment of products to bring you the best recommendations (you are welcome!) and so on.

Yes, (to put all the qualms to rest) we are swamped with a multitude of formulations and concoctions, even before they make their grand debut in the market — leaving us with the responsibility to vet them and review them for the benefit of our readers. While some offerings baffle us, others get lost in the sea of products, and quite a few emerge as the editor’s favourites and find a coveted spot in the vanity!

So, if you are looking to switch up your vanity (for this season, for any other reason), nothing like some inspiration from a beauty editor. After all, an editor's picks ought to be reliable and result-oriented. This month, we have Nykaa’s Senior Beauty Editor Gianella Mascarenhas dishing out the deets on her faves for the month. The editorial team’s skincare OG, who has over ten years of experience writing for beauty, comes with incomparable subject-matter expertise and has a keen eye for discerning trends. Scroll ahead, to read all about her top picks for January—a melody of some new loves and ol’ faves from her vanity.

Gianella Mascarenhas

Senior Beauty Editor, Gianella Mascarenhas

“Given that the weather is chilly, I have been turning to the L’occitane Shower Oil. The potent formulation- infused with the goodness of almonds, helps me steer clear of any dryness and keeps my skin incredibly soft and supple. The shower oil lathers supremely well and is the perfect way to prep your skin before a shave. I love the scent of vanilla which lingers throughout the day and teleports me to my happy place! A product that I replenish every few months— is the Bobbi Brown enriched face base. A formidable hybrid offering that works as a primer to blur out any blemishes or scars whilst also moisturising the skin — a combination that’s hard to beat. As far as my base is concerned, I have been making the best out of the Nykaa skingenius foundation since the beginning of the season. Imbued with Hyaluronic acid (a humectant that draws water molecules to the skin), it's a Godsend for anyone grappling with parched skin during the cold months. For the perfect pucker, I have been using the Maybelline Super Stay Vinyl Liquid Lipstick. As the name suggests, the formula is long-lasting, water-proof and doesn’t feather. The colour is buildable and has a shiny finish to it that keeps my lips looking plush all day long. The latest addition to my vanity is the Anomaly leave in -conditioner. No short of a wonder, it has been keeping my hair hydrated, nourished and healthy!”

best shower gel

L’occitane Shower Oil

best primer

Bobbi Brown enriched face base

best foundation

Nykaa skingenius foundation

best liquid lipstick

Maybelline Super Stay Vinyl Liquid Lipstick

best leave in conditioner

Anomaly leave in -conditioner

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