We’re in the middle of a good week back here at the Nykaa office as the Summer Super Saver Days Sale continues to go strong. And while the biggest summer beauty sale of the year is live, just like you, everyone at work is stocking up on everything from heavy-duty sunblocks and berry-infused lip masks to cult moisturisers and creme blushes to refresh their beauty cabinets for summer. So, we turned to the Nykaa Army to spill the beans on their top summer holiday products they’re planning on adding to their cart from the sale that are also perfect if you’re planning to travel in the next few months. Oh, and did we mention that they’re all priced under ₹1000. Keep reading if you’re curious.
“There’s no place I would rather be this summer than my beautiful hometown, Kerala. And if you’re wondering how I tackle the famous (or infamous) ‘mallu hair’ problems, I turn to the Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serumright after my shower that I apply a few dollops on semi-damp hair to tackle frizz. It’s honestly my do-or-die, without which I legit look like a poodle that survived an intense cyclone (zero exaggeration, friends). Also, my hair just responds better to styling tools after I apply it. I also never travel without my theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer and the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Berry. The popular bronzer to add shadow for a little dimension and the balm to make sure my lips stay hydrated and healthy while I indulge in dosas and mimosas!”
“Ever since I was a child, I’ve associated tea gardens and coffee estates with summer as we’d end up in Munnar, Coonoor or Wayanad every second year. Thus, the cool, shaded, heavily forested hills of Western Ghats have always called out to me with the perfect weather that suits my oily, sensitive skin during the hotter months. The one product that I always keep handy whenever I visit Coonoor is my trusty sunblock. The Earth Rhythm Ultra Defence Mineral Sun Fluid is currently my favourite. It’s an all-natural mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection for my skin, without leaving any residue or white cast. I apply it every three or four hours, especially before I catch my flight. Also, I always carry a couple of Nykaa Naturals Skin Secrets Sheet Masks regardless of the weather and my itinerary. I always make time to unwind and relax so that my skin gets super hydrated.”
“Ask me to choose between beaches and mountains, and without a doubt, I'd choose the former. In fact, if you're going on a beach vacation, just bring me back a bottle of seawater and sand, and I'll treasure it forever. It's not obligatory though, because I'm pretty much covered with the Mediterranean Sea Salt Shower Gel from the Nykaa Wanderlust range. With its dreamy scent and skin-softening properties, it really is just perfect if you fancy a quick 15 minute vacation vibe in your shower.”
“I love love love the beach, even the pool for that matter, I am a total water baby. But prolonged exposure to salt water (or chlorinated water from the pool) can be so damaging for my hair. I always end up with dry, frizzy lengths after a beach vacay. A deep conditioning mask like the INVIGO Nutri Enrich Deep Nourishing Mask by Wella is just what I need to rescue my hair. It delivers an intense (and instant!) dose of moisture and leaves my locks feeling silky, soft and smooth. After a long day of swimming, I like to wash my hair to get all the salt, sand and chlorine out, and follow it up with this mask (yes, I use it like a conditioner on days when my hair need some extra TLC) and voila, not a hair out of place, especially during dinner selfies.”
“The Kay Beauty Creme Blush is a dream for spring locales. I love the sunkissed blush look, which ICYMI, is the IT look for the season. This blush technique involves adding blush to the cheekbones and to the tip of the nose, which you must blend to perfection and trust me when I say this blendable, lightweight formula does just that. And for a diffused look, a creme blush is the only way to go. Also, while travelling, I like sturdy products that won’t break in transit, don’t take up too much space and are light on the luggage. The Kay creme blush ticks all my travel boxes. BONUS: It’s so versatile, you can just pop it in your bag for a quick touch up before your night out.
Pro tip: Blend in a few drops of your favourite liquid highlighter with the creme blush for a *chef’s kiss* fresh cheeky glow.”
“I’m all about loving animals and sipping wine while I take long naps on the beach and South Africa lets you do just that. South Africa is full of safaris, national parks and breezy beaches. With that being said, there’s nooo way you can overlook how humid it is and how it can suck all the hydration out of your skin. For such destinations I swear by my Clinique Moisture Surge 100h Auto-replenishing Hydrator. The hyaluronic acid in this helps create a moisture reservoir for dry and dehydrated skin. I just massage this deep into my skin till it makes my skin feel soft and supple. I top it up with my saviour, Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++. This one is specially formulated for Indian skin and it protects my skin from the harsh sun.
Pro tip: Just apply 2 to 3 dollops of sunscreen for maximum protection from sun damage.”
“TBH, I can't rave enough about The Face Shop Water Fit Lip Tint. It has a watery-gel texture that glides on like a dream to leave behind a gorgeous tint that stays put for hours on end. On days when I feel like it's too hot to wear makeup, I dab this on my lips and cheeks for a cherry-kissed look and I'm good to go! I truly can't wait to wear this at the beach. This versatile tint is what summer dreams are made of.”