Envy Review

10 WEDDING LOOKS TO STEAL FROM INDIA COUTURE WEEK 2016

Last week witnessed the country’s most celebrated event with A-list fashion designers coming together and enchanting us with their brilliant craftsmanship. The India Couture Week 2016 gave us major wedding outfit goals!

 

Manish Malhotra

Ace fashion designer showcased his collection ‘The Persian Story’ with a beautiful display of intricate motif embroidery on aged velvet creating an old world charm.

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Anita Dongre

A bride with the cornrows! Anita Dongre’s ‘Epic Love’ inspired by Mughal Gardens totally got us hooked with the entire boho princess look.

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Tarun Tahiliani

Taking us back to the roots, the designer displayed his collection ‘The Last Dance of the Courtesans’ paying ode to the royal courtesans. Keeping his collection super glamorous yet contemporary, the designer nailed the theme.

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Reynu Taandon

Inspired by the Rajasthani Heritage with a touch of traditional craftsmanship, Reynu Taandon awed us with her collection ‘Kamangari’. The collection was dominated by Rajasthani art motifs and traditional colors worn by the Rajastani brides.

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Rimple & Hapreet Narula

Who said Indian bride can’t wear white?! Drawing the inspiration from late Khalil Gibran, the duo-designer rolled out their collection ‘Hiraeth’. The collection highlighted with work ranging from thread embroidery to sequences in sizes big and small is ideal for the brides who aren’t afraid of experimenting.

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Varun Bahl

Master couturier Varun Bahl’s ‘Vintage Garden’ collection was high on structure and petals. Inspired by the range of colourful flowers, the collection talks about exactly what 21st century brides would like to don on their D-Day.

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Manav Gangwani

Titled Begum-e-Jannat, the designer turned heads with his collection inspired by Mughal Era. A stunner, as what we like to call, the collection embraced the true essence of royal age with intricate details and bold colours.

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Rohit Bal

Bringing the curtain down at India Couture Week 2016, Rohit Bal slayed the runway with his magical collection ‘Kehkashaan’ inspired from the  grandeur of the Czars Russia. Heavily embroidered and bejewelled silhouettes featuring floor-sweeping anarkalis, majestic lehengas, ravishing gowns were nothing less than a masterpiece.

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Don’t tell us these didn’t have you dreaming about your wedding outfit!

For your wedding beauty ensemble, head over to My Envy Box.

Have You Ordered The Designer Jewelry Box Yet?

My Envy Box in collaboration with Nimai give you a chance to perk up your accessory wardrobe. Enter, the Designer Jewelry Box. The box is a one-way ticket to owning stunning style statements for prices that’ll have your wallet swooning as well! edited-box-jewelry-3-1200x800

 

What’s In It?

The box brings you 2-3 three handpicked pieces of gorgeous designer jewelry every month. Usually these pieces would burn a hole in your pocket but My Envy Box gets them to you for a mere Rs.2400.

In this month’s box you get 3 absolutely gorgeous gold-plated members from the Dhora, Malleka and Zariin families. Have a look!

 

  1. Modern Minimal – Neckpiece by Dhora

dhora-bigDesigners Avriti and Siddharth blend in minimalism with the ethos of Rajasthan to create stunning pieces. This beaten brass pendant and chain have been buffed and finished in gold to make your everyday look a testimony to élan.IMG_5348 copy

 

  1. Party Essential – Earring by Malleka.

malleka-bigBrought in from the Malleka Studio, these shoulder duster statement earrings are an ode to elegance. The stunning ornament is a mélange of rustic brass findings and chains, and is just what you need to heads at your next party.IMG_5338 copy copy

 

  1. Daily Chic – Ring by Zariin

zarin-bigVidhi and Mamta Gupta step up the jewelry game with the Zariin collection, which boasts of pieces set in 22kt Gold or Sterling Silver plating and adorned with bold semi-precious stones. This striking finger ring crafted with Black Onyx and Howlite stones turns up your style quotient by several notches.IMG_5321 copy copy

 

How To Get It?

Getting the jewelry box is super easy. Follow these 4 unbelievably simple steps to find out how:

  1. Go to myenvybox.com and select the jewelry box.
  2. Pick the subscription of your choice (1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year).
  3. Punch in the magical numbers (your card details, genius).
  4. Sit tight while the elves here at My Envy Box put together your box of designer goodies!

Yep, that’s all. Awesome, right?

 

Referral Offer

If you thought the box came just with awesome goodies, we’ve got a surprise for you.

Just refer a friend to buy our jewelry box and ask them to mention your (jewelry box) order number in the special comments box. This simple gesture entitles you to a whopping 15% discount on your next purchase!

Now, if you’re still wondering why to get it, you need to wake up and smell the gold polish!edited-box-jewelry-featured

Envy Box Product Review: January 2016

What better way than a boxful of goodies to wish a Happy New Year! Add an extra scoop of ‘happy’ to the New Year with this month’s collection of skin care and beauty collection. Here’s what the January Envy Box has in hold for all you lovely people.

 

  1. L’Oréal Paris Glamshine Lip Crayon

Price: INR 475

Flaunt that pouty selfie with L’Oréal first every crayon gloss. The crayon lets you paint your lips in a spectrum of playful tones with one swift ‘mirror-free’ move. Enriched with flower extracts, this ultra light and non-sticky formula is an innovative blend of balm, gloss and color.loreal balmy gloss

 

  1. Skin Yoga Oats & Roses Facewash

Price: INR 1450 for 50g

Rose – a natural cleanser and sunblock – and oats – an excellent cleanser – come together in a Vitamin C enriched blend to bathe, tone and protect your skin sans any irritation. Simply take a teaspoon of the powder with a few water drops to make a paste, gently massage into your skin and rinse off for soft and supple skin.rosevertical

 

  1. CK Eternity Now for Women

Price: INR 3800 for 50ml

Almost three decades after Calvin Klein’s much-loved fragrance, Eternity, the brand has come up with an exquisite new sequel – Eternity Now. With a sultry cashmere, ambrox and musk base, the perfume leaves a floral trail, which is an amalgam of quince sorbet, litchi, peach blossoms and neroli petals, with the heart of peony.44012600_000_main

 

  1. O3+ White Day Cream SPF15

Price: INR 775 for 50g

Enriched with UVA, UVB and SPF15, the cream protects your skin against brutal sunrays and suntans. The O3+ day cream enhances skin tone and fights off pigmentation as well. Just pat on some on your face and neck before going out on a battle with the Sun.white-day-cream-spf

 

  1. SURPRISE PRODUCT

The 5th product is a surprise and may differ in every box. There are two options that the customer may receive one of the following two products.

 

Soultree Aloe & Rose Water Cleansing Milk

Price: INR 295 for 120ml

With calming floral notes, the Soultree cleansing milk and make up remover soothes and protects your skin. The relaxing blend of aromatic fresh rose water and soothing aloe along with extracts of organic licorice visibly reduces blemishes and plumps up your skin, leaving it clean and nourished.Turmeric-Indian-Rose-FW-120ml-450x4501

 

‘OR’

Mantra Kokkum & Pistachio Winter Care Lotion

Price: INR 493 for 100ml

Pistachio and Kokkum Butter come together with a healthy dose of almond oil in this moisturizer by Mantra to battle away dead winter skin. Pistachio and kokum butter nourish whilst the almond oil keeps away any greasiness. The cream rejuvenates your skin, leaving behind a moisturized and enviably glowing skin.kokkum butter and pistachho

 

Lets not even get started on how economically sound and generous the January Envy Box is. So save yourself some savage expenses and order your box today!

 

Product Review: L’Occitane Limited Edition Box

You read that right; we’re giving you a limited eition box loaded with L’Occitane goodies this month. It is our birthday month after all and putting up two boxes on offer is the least we could do in return for all the love and support we’ve got in the past 2 years! Find out what’s in store for you.

  1. L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime CC Cream

Net Content: 30ml

Price: INR 2,390

Enriched with peony extracts and CC pigments, this cream perfects your complexion and gives you even-toned skin. The hydrating blend is enhanced with SPF 20 to give you a luminous sheen and protect your skin against harmful rays.cc cream loccitane

 

  1. L’Occitane Imortelle Precious Cleansing Foam

Net Content: 50ml

Price: INR 770

Containing Immortelle floral water, the cleanser lathers up gently to rid your skin of any impurities and dust particles to leave it soft and smooth with an enchanting floral trail.P (1)

 

  1. L’Occitane Acacia Eau De Toilette

Net Content: 7.5 ml

Price: INR 550

Prepared with a mesmerizing mélange of mimosa absolute from Grasse and Mediterranean, the fragrance is refreshing and invigorating. With strong scintillating floral notes, the potion spells out sensuous.eau de toilette loccitane

  1. L’Occitane Perfecting Cream

Net Content: 8ml

Price: INR 490

A 24-hour moisturizing balm prepared with peony extracts and miner-based corrector, the cream rehydrates and enhances your skin’s natural radiance. Bid adieu to visible pores, unwanted fine lines and blemishes with the Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream.

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Get in line to grab this limited edition L’Occitane Box. Buy now!

Behold The September Issue!

There’s a reason Bobby Darin was so excited about ‘Come September’ with it’s happy tune! It’s a month synonymous with various fall and pre fall runway extravaganzas. And when the world fashion world has put on their glam ball on, can beauty be far behind?

Enter the Envy September Issue. Scoring high on the glam and indulgence quotient, this month’s box brings you the best your body can have. Here’s what you should expect out of the gleaming Pandora this month.

 

  1. Catrice Ultimate Colour Lip Colour

Price: INR 610

Plump up your lips with Catrice’s enviable selection of hues. Put your best smile on with this vibrant and nourishing lipstick. Available in shimmery metallic and solid glossy hues, Catrice has bottled up your lips’ best friend in a single pack. I had the luxury of putting on a beautiful shade of pink named the ‘Kiss Kiss Hibiscus’. And take this from someone who has never invested in anything but lip balms, but this lip stick is worth every penny! DSC_0253

 

  1. Davidoff Cool Water Shower Breeze

Price: INR 1800 for 150ml

Bring the beaches home with this fragrant shower gel. Loose your senses in the enchanting aroma of sugar, spice and all things nice that go into this magical tube. I opened the tube never to close it again. Not only did the gel bring summer to out bath tubs but also left our body smelling like a bouquet of fresh buds. DSC_0273

 

  1. Za Total Hydration Fresh Foamy Cleanser

Price: INR 299 for 100g

Purify your skin with this hydrating cleanser. Enriched with micro bubbles to banish all impurities, the wash lets your pores breathe. We can totally vouch for this wash. At least my skin – which by the way has never felt so plump and lively since birth – definitely does! Winner of the Vogue Beauty Awards 2015, need I say more?DSC_0263

4. SURPRISE PRODUCT

The 4th product is a surprise and may differ in every box. There are many Better & Exciting options that the customer may receive.  In this box, we got –

Sebastian Penetraitt Shampoo

Price: INR 1400 for 250ml

Let your hair down and turn heads with voluminous and damage free hair. Sebastian Penetraitt strengthens your locks to give you the most desirable tresses in town. Pardon me while I toy around with my hair that has magically transformed from a mop to a majestic mane. This nourishing bottle of goodness leaves your hair feeling full of life and rejuvenated. One word, salon ready.

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Products that cost you a bomb otherwise, are in the September Issue for a price that can put salons out of business. So what’s holding you back? Get your box already!

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY: THE WEEK’S TOP 5 CRUSH-WORTHY PRODUCTS

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As you know, we’re dedicating the Wednesday of every other week to the products we covet, are plotting to get, or can’t stop thinking of. #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY is all about beauty — fragrance, hair, skin or make-up — that we really can’t wait to get our hands on. And since it’s a wish-list, geography, delivery charges, availability or expense don’t matter!

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. THALGO HYALURONIC EYE PATCH MASK
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Basically, if Diddy can do under-eye masks, so can you. These ones by Thalgo are really hydrating and cooling without any stickiness or greasy residue. Put them in the fridge before you use them. The product is tailor-made for refreshing and smoothening your eye contour area, that too in 10 minutes. Slap them on before you have a big night out because you know that the first signs of fatigue are the eyes. With these eye patches on, tiredness doesn’t stand a chance. Sounds good? Get yours at My Envy Box, here!

2. PUREOLOGY HYDRATE HYDRA WHIP MASQUE

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Avocado, shea, jojoba and mango butters, peppermint, sage and rosemary — sound delicious? They’re all in this hair masque along with antioxidants that prevent colour-fading free radicals. Add to that, UVA and UVB sunscreens which is sunspeak we know all about thanks to this post here. If you’ve been looking for the right mask for colour treated hair, like I always am, the search ends here. Your parched hair will thank you.

3. SERGE LUTENS SA MAJESTE LA ROSE

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At some point, we start craving a “grown-up” perfume, right? You know what I’m talking about? The cult of Byredo, Serge Lutens, Jo Malone and the like. These perfumes aren’t for girls — they’re for women. And the bottles, with their minimal type-face, and beautifully simple glass containers, say just that. Serge Lutens leads the charge, as far as I’m concerned. This particular parfum is all about the intensely floral bouquet of the evergreen rose. We have GOT to own it. The search continues.

4. DIOR ONE ESSENTIAL INTENSE SKIN DETOXIFYING BOOSTER SERUM

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Dragons have their Khaleesi, and us mere mortals have the Mother of all Serums, aka Dior’s One Essential serum. Each word of that excessively long name has been put for a reason and because Dior has the goodies to back their nomenclature up. Breaking it down, this serum detoxifies (removes toxins), energises the skin and amps up its luminosity, and re-charges skin cells. While you’ll start to see results in a week, one month is is when the jackpot really hits. This serum is for the long-haul so it requires a routine. Every day, people. We’re so ready for it!

5. EMINENCE ORGANICS ARCTIC BERRY PEEL & PEPTIDE ILLUMINATING SYSTEM

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We’re suckers for a skincare system, and this one gives like there’s no tomorrow. Start by exfoliating with the Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant Experience on a cleansed face. Take your time and enjoy it — you’re giving your skin a massage! Leave the exfoliant on your face and apply the second product —Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 (that means containing 10% of multi-acids.) This peel activates your skin, making it clearer and far more smooth.  After about five minutes, wash it all off and apply the third product, the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream which is a powerful, yet soothing moisturiser. Sounds deliciously decadent? Get on board, and check it out on My Envy Box, here!

MY ENVY BOX REVIEW: SALAD DAYS COLD PRESSED JUICES

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Welcome to my happy place, aka, in a vat of Salad Days “Egyptian Orange” cold pressed, raw and unpasteurised juice. We stumbled upon this company — Salad Days — while looking for healthy lunch options in Gurgaon. Within a week, we were on a subscription plan with them, which is the best decision we have ever made. But, while their healthy salads are a great option, what we’d like to focus on here, is, in our option, the real gem of the company — the juices.

Each glass bottle — great packaging, with tabs that say “treat yourself — is 330 millilitres. There’s carrot, Egyptian orange, pineapple, ginger, called Red: R01. Red: R02 has watermelon, chia seeds, mint and Thai basil which is crunchy, chunky and feels ridiculously healthy. Yellow: Y01 is a simple, yet delicious blend of pineapple and kafir lime. Crimson: C01 is a blend of Washington apple, carrot, beetroot and ginger, which personally, was difficult to get down but that’s also because of the beetroot — which isn’t a particular favourite of mine in its raw form. And then, there’s our favourite Orange: O01 — Egyptian Orange — which we’ve tried to drink slowly, to make it last more. 330 ml is just not enough with this one. It’s really that good. Each of these juices has a host of health benefits that range from better teeth, hair, skin, a boosted immune system etc. I personally tested them a month ago. You know that feeling when you’re just about the get a cold? I took one tablet of Vitamin C and ordered two bottles of the orange. It’s basically a strong hit of Vitamin C since the juice is raw and cold pressed. I can vouch for the fact that my system felt a hundred times better and I did keep the cold at bay (for a day or two, but that’s my fault. I should’ve kept up the Vitamin C.)

They also grow most of their vegetables which controls the quality you can really taste (you’ll find all the sweet basil, celery, parsley, rocket leaves, baby spinach, red radish, cilantro, mint, shallots and leeks all coming from their gardens.) The “they” we’re talking about are the two co-founders: Varun Madan and Kunal Gangwani. Fun fact: they were from two adjacent batches from XLRI Jamshedpur and became good friends while playing for the XLRI music band, Bodhi Tree.

Says Varun, “… It was felt learning from food endeavours in Europe and US that freshly sourced raw ingredients have a great taste of their own and qualify as awesome meal options. But here in India, we couldn’t identify that one name which comes to everyone’s mind when one thinks of eating healthy food. Lack of both demand and supply have been the most basic reasons for this void. While we embraced these challenges as opportunities, Salad Days was born to address the big white space of serving healthy, filling and tasty food in a quick format and at reasonable prices.”

We have a short interview with Varun right below talking about the juices, and their combinations. The next time you’re in Gurgaon, give them a shout and see what all the fuss is about!

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My Envy Box: Juice cleanses are all the range, so was there a conscious reason to bring raw, unpasteurised juices into peoples lives for regular health purposes as opposed to one monthly cleanse?

Varun Madan: Juice cleanses are the rage across the globe — Agreed. But we don’t want to make healthy eating a complex decision. As a fact, our juice blends are similar and better in quality than the ones featuring in various popular cleanse programs. But, clearly, we don’t want to position our juices as cleanse packages. We believe that instead of going for a week/month long, one-off juice cleanse, it’s better to include a juice or two in your daily diet. It’s a more sustainable lifestyle change and hence, in line with our mission at Salad Days. No promises of detoxification or weight loss, no selling of hope in a bottle … just pure goodness.

My Envy Box: What are the processes behind the fruit and vegetable pairings. For instance, the pineapple and kaffir lime or the Egyptian orange with carrot, pineapple and ginger.

Varun Madan: Our core offering is food and that’s where our primary focus resides. Everything else is secondary. At Salad Days, our mission is to contribute in making Indian mainstream diet healthier, which essentially means that we must provide with food that speaks for its goodness. Only then will it make its place in regular diet! Thus, for all our products, the underlying philosophy is to bring out the best in terms of health, quality, taste and filling factor. The philosophy is no different for our recent addition of fresh, raw and unpasteurized cold pressed juices with no sugar, no preservatives and no colours, etc. Basically, the juices are pure to the core. From the pairing perspective, the best juices are the ones which have a balanced concoction of both fruits and veggies, because only then do they ensure rewards with regards to nutrition, taste and energy needs. The so called juice cleanses are more inclined towards greens and vegetables to limit the sugar intake, but ideally, one needs good carbohydrates too. The fruits not only provide you with energy needs, but also make the juices more palatable and enjoyable. We believe that health, taste and fullness all can exist in tandem and we try to replicate this belief through everything in our menu.

My Envy Box: Talk us through the juices and give us some insights on their benefits?

Varun Madan: Cold pressed Juices are, in general, far more healthier than other fresh juices made using the omnipresent centrifugal food processors and blenders. In the latter process, fast spinning blades generate heat and oxidise the juice, thus degrading the vitamins and phytochemicals (which are the “healthy things” intended to be consumed in the juice) resulting in nutrient loss, and a less palatable end product. On the other hand, the pressed juice process, as the name suggests, “presses” the fruits and vegetables. This minimises oxidation of nutrients and live enzymes, resulting in the highest concentration of nutrients possible. We have introduced five cold pressed juices with an extremely simple and meaningful nomenclature. We believe that when there is a mix bag of ingredients, the easiest recall is by the colour of the juice. Also, scientifically, different colours are a direct cue of different nutrients. Backed with this reasoning, we have named our juices based on their colours. So we have G 01 (Green), R 01 (Red), Y 01 (Yellow), C 01 (Crimson) and O 01 (Orange). Collectively, these juices behold the benefits of detoxification, digestive aid, anti oxidation, immune support, weight loss, skin cell growth, circulation improvement, kidney cleansing, metabolism boosting, anti acne, strengthening of teeth and gums, anti inflammation, reduction of fat absorption and hydration. In the near future, we plan to introduce our 02 series for all the colours.

Visit Salad Days at http://www.saladdays.co or give them a call at +91 9643 800 901/02/03 to try out the juices (and salads!)

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!

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!