Month: June 2015

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY: THE TOP 5 PRODUCTS WE’RE CRUSHING ON

We all have our lists, right? Those golden products we can’t wait to get our hands on. The only problems are geography and expense. Basically, finding those products, figuring out whether they ship to India and more importantly, putting aside the dough to buy them in the first place. But, a girl can dream. And we’re dreaming every Wednesday from now on and sharing our wishlists with you and inviting you to feel free to share your wishlists with us.

Five products that span either haircare, make-up, fragrance, skin-care … the works. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share your lists with us, and the next #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY could be dedicated to you and your selection!

1. CREME DE LA MER THE EYE CONCENTRATE

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We dream about this one. Well, day dream, because the lack of actual sleep is what’s responsible for these damn dark circles. Which Creme De La Mer’s Eye Concentrate promises to diminish. And we trust them implicitly. One day ladies, one day.

2. HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE

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This genius of a palette makes you look like someone is focusing the best lighting on your face all the time. No Instagram filters ever again. To translate, this means that each of the three finishing powders recreates an incredibly flattering light source that you can use to your advantage. MUST. HAVE. IT.

3. ILIA TINTED LIP CONDITIONERS

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The most gorgeous lipstick-lip balm-lip conditioner hybrid there is out there. Look at the packaging, too. So elegant! We want every single colour, especially ‘Shell Shock.’ One application gives this lovely sheer wash of colour, but apply more and you get more opacity of colour.

4. KEVYN AUCOIN SENSUAL SKIN ENHANCER

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Tomes have been written about Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer which is a little pot of heaven. Basically, the best and most cult foundation (or concealer, should you ever spot apply) ever created. There are tons of reviews and Youtube tutorials about the many ways you can use it because everyone’s obsessed — and for very good reason. Also, you seriously just need to use a tiny, tiny amount which is why the pot lasts forever.

5. SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE

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This Sk-II product is basically a miracle in a bottle. Read all about their master ingredient, Pitera, to know more. It’s worth its weight in gold. We tried a sample once and just that one application made a massive difference. Skin went into soft focus and the moisture was phenomenal. Its the skincare to aspire to, like Creme de la Mer.

… AND NOW, YOUR TURN! 

MY ENVY BOX TOP 8: WATERPROOF MAKE-UP FOR RAINY (OR BEACHY) DAYS

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Bombay ladies … or any ladies stuck in the rain anywhere on the globe — let’s turn that frown upside down. There are times that you’re going to need your make-up to hold up under torrents of water and humidity. Conversely, the same goes for happier climes, for instance, if you’re jumping into the sea on a beach day. These products should keep you in good shape because “waterproof” is the name of the game.

We haven’t explicitly mentioned any lipsticks here, because in these weather conditions, you should most likely stick to lip stains or liquid lipstick. Both of which have been discussed at length, by us, here and here.

URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL

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Available in a dazzling array of hues, and not just your usual black, there are highly saturated colour kohl (or eyeliner, should you choose to) pencils that won’t budge.

LANCOME EFFACERNES LONGUE TENUE CONCEALER

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Skip the foundation and use an awesome long-wear concealer instead. This particular one works beautifully under the eyes and on blemishes too, and won’t streak under water.

CHANEL INIMITABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA

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Goodbye, racoon eyes. Our biggest fear is that our mascara’s going to run — not just in the rain but say, when you’re out going nuts on a dance floor. Not a chance with this mascara that tops all mascaras. Great length and volume and truly waterproof.

CARGO SWIMMABLES WATER-RESISTANT BLUSH

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Sweat-proof and weatherproof, this silky powder formula glides on and stays on for a few hours, without moving. We love the soft wash of colour which really doesn’t fade until scrubbed off.

STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LIQUID EYE LINER

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Gotta have the right eyeliner, right? We have major dance floor issues, normally, with eyeliner. This particular brand puts us at ease, because no matter how, erm, robust your moves are … it won’t bleed. The same goes when you’re caught unawares in a thunderstorm (again, ladies of Bombay, we’re feeling you).

BOBBI BROWN PERFECTLY DEFINED LONG-WEAR BROW PENCIL

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You absolutely cannot forget about your brows in any situation, ever. This automatic brow pencil comes in an amazing array of colours, is sweat humidity-resistant and waterproof and has a spoolie on one end to tame and distribute product evenly. It’s like the OG of all brow products.

MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA MATIC GLIDE-ON EYE SHADOW

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SUPER long-lasting, beautiful colours: say no more, right? A particular favourite is the shade ‘Golden Taupe’ that has the right hit of metallic. We love the fact that these eye shadows come in a handy pen form.

HOURGLASS SUPERFICIAL BRONZER

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Hourglass is fast becoming our new favourite brand. We’ll buy anything from the range! This bronzer in particular blends beautifully and therefore works well on paler skins too. The product diffuses in a soft cloud of colour as opposed to an obvious splodge which fair-skinned girls have to, usually, watch out with, with bronzers.  The compact has a 360 degree swivel mirror too, which is pretty baller!

BEAUTY NEWS: M.A.C COLLABORATES WITH GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

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We are super excited about M.A.C’s newest collaborator … the incredible fashion designer, Giambattista Valli! Inspired by creations from past collections, Valli’s new capsule line comprises five lipsticks: Bianca B, Charlotte, Eugenie, Margherita and Tats. Each lipstick is completely saturated colour; punchy and pigmented, yet matte. And if matte’s not your thing, then rejoice because he’s also created a crystal glaze gloss for the same collection.

As you can see, the packaging matches the lipstick. Click through the gallery to find out what each shade is like. We can’t wait to swatch this collection for you!

MAC x Giambattista Valli will be available in stores from July 9 through August 6, 2015.

INSPIRATION BENETINT: MY ENVY BOX TOP 10 LIP AND CHEEK STAINS

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I think all of us can agree on the fact that Benefit’s Benetint is the OG of all lip and cheek stains. Most of us have gone through a bottle, or two, shared it with our friends, family or harassed returning overseas loved ones to bring back a few boxes. And then moved on to the following tints: Cha Cha, Posie and Lolli. So, in the spirit of this abiding love for this cult tint, we’re putting together the top 10 lip and cheek stains we can’t do without, other than Benefit.

Click through for the list.

As an aside, I will state that lip and cheek stains are my most beloved product. I own NARS Multiples Siam and Portofino, as well as YSL Kiss and Blush in Orange Fougueux and am in the process of procuring Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato (which one is still being decided on). I also own Stila’s Convertible Color in the shade Gladiola, and while it works really well on my cheeks, it has zero wear on my lips and ends up pooling in places it shouldn’t pool in. So, that one works particularly well as a cream blush, solely, which is why it didn’t make it here. Let us know what you think! Did you discover any new products you’re excited about?

SMOKEY EYES FOR SUMMER? YES, PLEASE!

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I love a red lip, a coral lip, a fuchsia lip, a pretty much every colour lip. So, summer must be my season, right? Most posts we read right around spring, all through the hot months are about how you can go crazy with lipstick. But the same can go for your eyes too. For real … EMBRACE COLOUR. And the best way to do that is with the summery smokey eye, which is probably my favourite thing to do right now. You mostly associate a smokey eye with, well, black. But it’s time to lift the veil and experiment with different hues (which complement your iris.)

TIP: You don’t even need eye shadow; all you need is an eye pencil with a smudger. Take the eye pencil and draw lines of varying intensity over your eyelid (one or two on the side closer to the inner eye, a few more on the outer corner). All you have to do then, is use the smudger to blend, blend, blend! It’s really that simple. You can play with this as much as you want. Perhaps make two graphic lines on the outer corner, like eyeliner, and then smudge, to make it look like a diffusion of smoke. Use the colour wheel to your benefit. For instance, if you have brown eyes, use blues, green, purples fanned with bronze or gold. Gold works universally. If your eyes are green or hazel, purple will look like a dream on you. The point is, eschew the black eye pencil and have a ball.

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To make the hunt for the perfect eye pencil, complete with smudger, easier for you, we’re putting our favourite Catrice Smokey Eyes Pencil in the My Envy Box June edition for you. And it’s not sample size. You’re going to get the full size product. The quality of the pencil is silky smooth and really stays put. Whether you want to leave the line defined, or use the smudger to softly smoke the kohl, it allows you to have full control of the intensity, drama and the hold. Use it day or night. It’s genius!

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Make sure to go over to My Envy Box to get yourself the June edition here. There’s lots of other goodies in the box as well. Have fun!

JOHNNY DEPP, DIOR AND OUR TOP 5 HOT DUDE FRAGRANCE ENDORSEMENTS

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So, the House of Dior just released a statement (via their Instagram page) stating that Johnny Depp’s going to be the face of a new men’s fragrance, as of September. Basically, you know it’s going to be smokin’. Since it’s Monday, and you’re probably drowning in coffee trying to assuage the blues, we thought— let’s make you feel a bit better. In a manner that honours this news about his Royal Depp-ness as well. Put down that cappuccino because this is going to perk you up a hell of a lot more.

We, citizens of My Envy Box, present to you, our official “Happy Monday, The Top 5 Hottest Male Fragrance Campaigns.” AKA — gorgeous actors in even more gorgeous fragrance advertisements. Just so you know, this is no particular order of bodaciousness, and there’s no David Beckham, because he isn’t an actor, like our Johnny is.

Carry on, ladies and gentlemen.

GASPARD ULLIEL FOR BLEU DE CHANEL

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Gaspard is French, an actor and looks like that all the time. Good morning.

KIT HARRINGTON FOR JIMMY CHOO MAN

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WINTER IS COMING. (Let’s just forget about his movie Pompeii, shall we?)

CHRIS EVANS FOR GUCCI GUILTY POUR HOMME

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CAPTAIN AMERICA … we do declare … *fans self*

COLIN FARRELL FOR DOLCE & GABBANA INTENSO

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Colin’s an old favourite (even though he isn’t a bad boy anymore). As per this campaign, you can see just why.

OLIVIER MARTINEZ FOR YSL L’HOMME YVES SAINT LAURENT

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Olivier’s quite the homme, oui? OUI.

HAPPY MONDAY, Y’ALL! 

THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD CARRY ON A FLIGHT

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We’re not talking, in your suitcase while packing for a vacation. We’re talking about, in your bag, on the flight. Which means, multitasking beauty heavyweights that tick all the security rules. Nothing more than a 100 ml. We are going to focus on the bare minimum in terms of make-up and one particular hair saviour and not going to include combs and such, because, people … that’s a given.

ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM eight hour cream
Should we even have to type why? Very high on the list of all-time cult products, Eight Hour Cream is the ultimate balm — the classic citronella version we so love — and can be used for SO. MANY. THINGS. Use it sparingly on you cheekbones as a luminiser, on your lips, your cuticles, on sunburns, as a frizz tamer, or to shape your eyebrows like a makeshift brow gel. I personally dab it onto my eyelids for the perfect dewy look, which you should as well, when getting off your plane! And it’s just 50 ml so, carry it everywhere.

CLE DE PEAU CONCEALER

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THIS IS THE BEST CONCEALER IN THE WORLD. It’s really the Holy Grail. It’s particularly hard to find a concealer that covers spots and dark circles perfectly, in equal measure, and blends beautifully. This does both. So when you’re getting off that long-haul flight, you’ll be kissing it in gratitude. Great concealer is a life saver.

YES TO CARROTS FRAGRANCE FREE TRAVEL WIPES yes to carrots

They’re 96% natural and paraben free, and they mean it. These award-winning wipes will keep grime off. You can also take your make-up off with these when you’ve settled into your flight. Your skin needs to breathe. Always, always carry wipes!

BLOWPRO FAUX DRY DRY SHAMPOO

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Long flight, longer layover, and by the time you reach your destination, your hair looks a bit … funky. This dry shampoo is the answer to your woes. Don’t be fooled by its 50 ml dinky size. It restores volume, soaks up excess oil and makes your hair look heaps shinier and a lot less weary. Just pouf some onto your scalp and massage it in. The massage will do you good too (blood circulation, obvs.)

BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE FOR LIPS & CHEEKS bobbi brown

Mirrored flip-top compact, creamy colour, multitasking for lips and cheeks… what more could you want. A quick dab here and there at the airport, or when you arrive and voila! Instant flush. We particular love the shade “Rose” because it looks glowingly natural on both the cheeks and lips.

E.L.F ESSENTIAL CLEAR BROW & LASH MASCARA elf

So, I’m a bit wary of mascara on a long journey. I don’t want to wake up with flakes on my face or rub my eyes accidentally and smear. More importantly, I don’t really want to bring out the big make-up guns while travelling, but I still want to look good. And looking good for me has a lot to do with my lashes. So, Catch 22, much? Not really. E.L.F has been popping up on my radar hugely, and this product’s one reason why. It’s dual ended — one clear side for your lashes, and one side for your brows. So basically, your lashes get a mega boost without being coloured in. And your brows are on on-point too, also because of the next product which is …

PIXI LID & LINE (IN SMOKY BROWN)

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SO MUCH EXCITEMENT WITH THIS. Firstly, the colour. Soft and matte enough to be a nice little wash of brown. Smokey enough to add some drama when needed. Secondly, the product. One side has an awesome pencil liner, so use it as an eyeliner or as kohl. One side is a smudger. And the middle screws open to a heaver eyeshadow pen. Sure, you can use it on your lid. But I like to use it on my eyebrows. And because it’s shaped like an applicator, you don’t need a brush. Just brush some of the powder on and use the smudger to instantly define your brows. GENIUS.

ELIZABETH ARDEN CERAMIDE CAPSULES DAILY YOUTH RESTORING SERUMelizabeth arden

I started with Elizabeth Arden, so ending with her felt like a nice little flourish. Of course, one of the most integral elements of your on-flight makeup haul is moisturiser. But, that could be bulky. You’ve already got one tube in the Eight Hour Cream, so why carry another? The solution lies in these nifty little capsules. Don’t carry the whole case, just take a couple and put them in an empty Altoids tin, or a little ziplock bag. This serum is pure gold. It just restores everything — moisture, brightness, the works. Simply clean your face with the wipes mentioned above, pop a capsule open and massage the contents all over your face and under your eyes. It’s thick and super moisturising and takes its time emulsifying into your skin. But you’re on a flight … you aren’t going anywhere. And considering cabins are super dehydrating for your skin, this is exactly what it needs.