8 Summer Essentials Your Travel Kit Must Have

Ok, I give up. The city is an oven and it is only April! The mere thought that June-July is going to be worse makes me want to sign up for an igloo on the poles. But alas, I refuse to give up the city-life perks for 6 months of dusk and 6 of dawn. Let’s just say it’s safer to indulge in a summer resort retreat. And for that one must gear up. Hear are 8 wellness products to tackle the heat when you’re ‘retreating’.

  1. Shisheido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce For Face/Body

Do you also at times feel that sunscreen lotions should come with a warning label that says: lasts until you take a dip? Well this Shisheido product sure slams all those hydrophobic lotions. The sun protection formula is fortified with SPF50+ that becomes more effective when it comes in contact with water. Swim away!shisheido sun protect


  1. Avéne High Protection SPF30 Lip Balm

Your pout too needs a shield against the Sun. This light and non-oily Avéne lip balm protects your lips with am SPF30 armour against short and long UVB-UVA radiations, leaving it plump and hydrated.avene lip balm


  1. Bottega Di LungaVita Sol Leon Suntan Spray SPF20

Save yourself the lotion smearing and rubbing regime with this suntan spray. The water-based spray provides long-lasting water resistant protection and prevents cell ageing.bottega de lungavita suntan spray


  1. ULTA Bronze Glow Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion With Shimmer SPF 20

Flaunt some beach swag with this uber chic SPF20 sunscreen enhanced with shimmer and a bronze tint. The cream keeps sunburns at bay, giving your skin a sultry bronze sheen.bronze glow


  1. Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion

Give your hair a beach makeover with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion. The spray looks, feels and smells like a bottle of seawater, only fortified with a bunch of natural oils and ingredients. The spray gives your hair a nice tussled summer look complete with a fragrant trail.bumble and bumble


  1. Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30

When not at the beach, or by the poolside or whatever water body that gets you going, resort to a fresh look using this spray by Coola. The setting spray comes enriched with SPF30 and keeps your makeup from running despite the sweat and natural skin oils.make up setting spray coola

  1. Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating

So chances are you either forgot the sunscreen home in all the excitement or maybe missed a few spots. Because, hey we’re not elastigirl! This after sun moisturizer by Clarins shall come to your rescue. The formula undoes any and all harm the harsh rays may have caused by instantly hydrating and replenishing the skin.clarins after sun

  1. Phyto Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Hair & Body Oil

Soothe your skin and hair after a long day out in the sun with this after sun oil. Infused with a nourishing mix of erilla, buriti, annatto, and camellia oils that nourish and repair precious oils, it rehydrates, regenerates, and revives the radiance of hair and skin, the health cocktail bring back parched cells to life.phto after sun


When is the next flight out of this oven?

10 Make Up Bag Essentials Your Kit Is Missing

Base check, rouge check, kohl check. Check, check and check! But is that all you need to look flawless? A make up bag is not just about the make up (surprise surprise!), but also about everything that goes into creating a flawless look. Yes, we are looking at you curlers and tweezers. It is important to have your basics sorted before the many tints and shades come in to create havoc. Here are 10 basics that your make up kit should contain at all times – apart from your face paints, that is.Intermediates

  1. Lash Curler

Your mascara cannot hold up the fortress on it’s own. Everybody needs a friend.54bbbc5012edd_-_hbz-makeup-essentials-2-shu-uerma-eyelash-curler-xln

  1. Moisturizer

Never start layering on your make up unless your face is flawlessly clean and moisturized. Flaky skin is an instant giveaway regardless of how expensive or spot on your make up is.c700x420

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  1. Cleanser

It’s not just the make up removing regime, but a quick cleanse can refresh your skin and unclog the suffocating pores as well.avene-gel-cleanser

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  1. Foundation Sponge

A few extra sponges are always a good idea for a quick touch or in case of unruly make up.Shiseido_The_Makeup_Sponge_Puff__Stick_Foundation__1374672792

  1. Tinted Lip Balm

Rehydrating your lips regularly is a big player in the pout game. A gentle swish and you have a juicy tinted coat.Hedonista_Choco-nut_Lip_Salve_large

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  1. Primer

Simply layering on make up might not work at times so a light layer of this magical potion can be a lifesaver.Best-primers-8-Vogue-11Oct13-pr_b_592x888

  1. Concealer

Being a lady comes it with share of acne issues and unannounced zits. Having a concealer – liquid or powder – handy at all times is your weapon to break away from such unwanted guests.Benefit-Fake-Up-Hydrating-Concealer1

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  1. Tweezers

Whether it’s for plucking out stray brow hairs, applying false lashes or putting on acrylic nails, you make up kit is incomplete without a pair of good tweezers.54bbbc4f77b3a_-_hbz-makeup-essentials-1-mehnaz-tweezers-xln

  1. Q-Tips

It’s soft, easy to maneuver and the cotton tip absorb and applies everything flawlessly, making Q-tips your man Friday when it comes to correcting spilt makeup, frayed lip color or blending in make up in delicate or difficult areas of your face, especially the eyes.q-tip-eye-400

  1. Make Up Remover Wipes

An absolute must have, the make up removing wipes gently rid you of the glamorous paint and is a way better option than soap water or even moisturizer.10562395-1320836559-667978

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Supernatural skin and shimmering eyes: that’s the best way we can describe our favourite looks from Paris Couture Week, which just wrapped up. Let’s get straight into what we loved from who we loved!


Alberta Feretti

The beautiful, soft romanticism of this collection — limited-edition spring 2016 evening — was echoed in the beauty of the models. Laurent Philippon, global artistic director for Bumble and Bumble devised the look. For the make-up, we find gorgeous dewey skin being the key factor here, highlighted by a hint of soft, gold shimmer on the eyelids. To try and achieve the look at home, we’d suggest mixing your foundation with your moisturiser. One part of each, so you get coverage that isn’t thick and skin that looks hydrated.

Use Natio Flawless Foundation with SPF 15, optimised with Natio Pure Mineral Redness Corrector to even out the skin. Mix the foundation with Eminence Organics Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30 for best results. A tiny bit of YSL Full Metal Eye Shadow in Dewy Gold will pull it all together.



Models at Dior were also given feminine, pretty treatment by Peter Philips. Soft colours were keys here, with the skin being the focus. While this looks natural, there seems to be more matte product on, in terms of foundation, than at Alberta Ferretti’s show (above.) Flawless blending is a must for both looks! Natural looking waves, done by Guido Palau, were completely in sync — best achieved by a salt spray! Mascara hasn’t been used here, but the lips have a natural rose-tinted gloss patted on.

Use Natio Invisible Blend Foundation to provide an even finish to your skin. Pat Eminence Organics Organic Kiss Lip Gloss Strawberry on to your lips. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray is the best for natural, beachy hair.



Soft pops of colour that just work together — that was the beauty message at Schiaparelli. At the same time, the concealing and foundation use is perfect so that the colours settle on easily. Pop on some peachy-coral shades on your lips and cheeks and wash some pale blue cream eye shadow on to the eyes for easy blending.

Pat on Natio Lip Colour in Paradise onto your lips, with your finger, like a stain and use whatever is left on your fingertip to blend on to your cheeks. Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color in Ice will be a great complement.



Our favourite make-up artist, Pat McGrath did the make-up for Atelier Versace, the focus of which was green metallic eye make-up, diffused with gold shadow, all around the eyes. For an easier version, just use lashings of cream eyeshadow. Apply the product just under your lash line, like a kajal, as well, with a flat brush and smoke it up with a smudger. (P.S Guido Palau was responsible for the sexy, loose, tonged waves.)

Blend Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Sunlight Gold, with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle in Midnight Forest.


elie saab

Make-up artist Tom Pecheux used honey and gold to bring out the eyes, at Elie Saab. He also stated, “We created a little wing that’s going to give a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll, cool feeling. It will give some edge to the makeup.” To replicate the look at home, bring out your trusty gold cream eye shadows. Different shades work too — blend them to create your own custom colour! A brown eye pencil to create the winged, smoky cat eye is essential.

Use lots of Dior to re-create this look. Diorshow Fusion Mono — Summer 2015 Limited Edition in Zenith is a great soft gold, as is the regular Fusion Mono in Mirror. Blend it with Diorshow Fusion Mono in Meteore (it’s a darker honey.) Diorshow Khol in Smoky Brown should give you the necessary winged out smoke.



So, we know we’re supposed to put on SPF whenever we go out into the sun. There are also a whole bunch of terms — UVA, UVB — which we all know about, again, because we hear about them all the time. But do we, really? Let’s just, for clarity’s sake, break down these words, once and for all, so we fully understand what we’re using and what we’re protecting ourselves from.

SPF: Yes, it means “sun protection factor” but most SPF products don’t protect us from UVA rays. A lot of them only help form a barrier against UVB rays. Basically, SPF stands for and represents the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection. It’s a simple equation. Say, you start feeling sunburnt in 20 minutes, without applying any form of sun block or sun protection. If you apply a product with an SPF of 15, it will multiply the time you can stay out in the sun by a factor of 15. Doing the math means, 300 minutes of sun time for you. At the same time, remember that environmental factors do affect the wear of the product, so don’t push it and start re-applying before your noted time, just to be safe.

UVA: This means long-wave ultraviolet A, in terms of sunlight. These rays really penetrate the skin all the way down to the dermis. UVA ages us, and causes those nasty signs of aging like wrinkles and sun spots. UVA rays are also dangerous because they can penetrate through windows. So, you need to find products that provide protection against these rays.

UVB: UVB means short-wave ultraviolet B rays and they are what burn us because they reach the upper layers of the skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, but generally, 10AM to 4PM are considered high intensity UVB time. Most SPF products help protect us against this type of ray.

UVC: This means Ultraviolet C which are the strongest and deadliest of solar rays. Luckily, the ozone layer stops these from reaching the Earth.

Broad Spectrum: This means a product that provides proportional protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Here are our top 8 products that offer a combination of all these necessary sun protection factors so you can frolic outdoors without getting skin damage!

1. Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32

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2. Natio Ageless Daily Moisturiser UV Protection SPF 30+

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3. H2O Plus Sea Results Line Resolution Cream SPF 30

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4. Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF50+

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5. Clarins UV HP11 SPF 40 Teinte 30

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6. Thalgo Oxygen 3-Defence Fluid

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7. Bottega di LungaVita Sol Leon Suntan Cream Body SPF 20

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And as a bonus, the eight product on this list is the fabulous Avène Suncare Kit, which you can buy here!



The one aspect that unites all skin types — whether combination, oily or dry — is the need for hydration. And for people who have oily T-zones, hydration doesn’t automatically translate into more oil. It just means plumper skin that’s healthier, more resilient and less prone to wrinkles. Skin that’s not hydrated means it loses its elasticity, which makes it less supple. We definitely don’t want that. So, why not start a regime today, at the start of the week, to focus on this very important facet of skincare? Make a commitment to putting on a hydrating face mask every week so your skin stays on top form. Whatever age you are, this will extremely super beneficial for you. Let’s break down the top 5 face masks we have in store for you, to get you started. We have already!

Eminence Organics: Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque eminence

A particularly delicious sounding mask, this product is bursting forth with deeply nourishing and hydrating cocoa (it’s also a super antioxidant). Add macadamia, almond and jojoba oils to the mix and you’ve got yourself an all-star. Emulsify a small amount of the mask with lukewarm water and leave it on for 10 minutes and you’re set. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Thalgo: Moisture Quenching Mask


The name says it all, doesn’t it? This is called a “skin bath” because it not only nourishes and hydrates (it’s got a lot of barley milk in it, as well as their patent Seve Marine ingredient), but also visibly brightens the face. You simply have to apply it, as an even layer, to your thoroughly cleansed face and neck, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then blot away excess with a tissue, as opposed to washing it off. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Natio: Ageless Hydrating Mask


Rosehip and sesame oil, papaya and aloe are what truly pack a punch in this goodie from Natio. It’s a deep conditioning face mask that can be employed as a quick skin pick-me-up, just by applying it for 10 minutes weekly, or bi-weekly, whatever your needs may be. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

H2O Plus: Hydrating Marine Moisture Mask H20

This intense moisture mask is infused with marine botanicals, including red marine algae, oxygen-rich sea plankton, and wakame, sea fennel and sea lettuce which together combine to saturate the skin with nutrients. Apply a generous amount, weekly, to your face and neck for 10 minutes at a go, and watch yourself glow. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

Maskeraide: Detox Hydrating Tissue Face Mask MaskerAide

We thought we’d also give you a sheet mask option — we LOVE sheet masks. This one from Maskeraide packs quite a punch. It’s formulated with natural geranium oil, seaweed, green tea leaf, Chinese plum, strawberry and lemon extracts … as well as Argan oil and honey. Sounds good? It is! Leave it on for 20 minutes and since it’s so full of natural ingredients, you can use it daily. You can get this mask on MY ENVY BOX here.

The April Envy Box is revealed!

Happy Envy customers

Spring Time is here! It’s time to protect your skin with Avène. Create the perfect pout by dressing up your lips with Catrice Long Lasting Lip Pencil. Mesmerise with an effusion of the irresistible fragrance from Marc Jacobs. The creamy texture of Za face scrub will exfoliate away the days of travails while you wrap up your routine with Kama Ayurveda night treatment.

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Envy Selection of the week


Eminence Organics – Citrus Lip Balm
A petroleum free citrus treat for the lips with shea butter and sunflower seed oil to give lips maximum hydration and a sexy sheen. With continued use, over a 4-week period, the natural peptides make lips look voluptuous and youthful.

Avène – D-Pigment
This treatment for normal to combination skin which corrects localised or widespread brown spots, prevents the appearance of new brown spots and evens out the skin’s complexion. Enriched with shine-reducing powders to leave skin soft and shine free.

Givenchy – Ange ou Demon le secret EDP
Fresh and luminous, the secret of this caressing, fruity floral is its “jasmine tea” theme. The fragrance faithfully reflects its inspiration’s transparency and delicacy. The result is an unmistakable signature, very Givenchy.

SkinYoga – Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask
The goodness of sandalwood will reverse the signs of aging and gradually remove wrinkles and dark spots. Saffron will improve skin texture and also naturally make skin lighter and more radiant. The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity. Walnuts also include chemicals that help boost circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells quickly.

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Envy Selection of the week

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H2O+ – Waterwhite Advanced Brightening Essence
This concentrated serum helps dramatically diffuse visible dark spots to reveal radiant, even-looking skin.

Avène – Thermal Spring Water -150 ML
A spray of Avène Thermal Spring Water which is captured directly at its source, ensuring that all its soothing and softening properties are preserved.

Chloé – Signature Eau de Parfum
A  beautiful and feminine perfume, distinctive and bold which makes it ideal signature scent for any woman. The composition is seductive, with a light and refreshing element that makes it a fantastic perfume.

Thalgo – Silicium Eye Cream
An eye cream to fill wrinkles and give a lifting effect to the eye area. It redefines the eye contours. It also reduces puffiness and dark circles.

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Envy Selection of the week

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L’Occitane – Almond Shower Oil
Rich in almond oil and nourishing lipids, this shower gel cleanses gently to impart a delectable perfume and leaves a satin-like softness all over the body.

Avène – Cleanance Mask
Erases, eliminates impurities and tightens pores, 3 moves in 1 for perfect skin! When used as a scrub, Cleanance Mask gently eliminates skin imperfections with its AHA and BHA complex combined with exfoliating particles. Your skin tone becomes clearer and smoother.

OPI – Hearts & Tarts
Part of the OPI Soft Shades Collection, Hearts & Tarts is a pinkish milky translucent color with very fine purplish shimmers. So beautiful, girly and clean. It works wonders on either natural fingernails or acrylic nails.

Thalgo – Indoceane Silky Smooth Cream
A silky cream made of brown algae, shea butter, sacred lotus & rice germ oil to soften and nourish the skin. The mind is soothed with its bewitching and powdery iris and jasmine fragrance, offering nourishment, hydration and relaxation.

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What makes AVÈNE Thermal Spring Water stellar?

What makes AVÈNE Thermal Spring Water stellar?
We travel to Station Thermale, Avène and come back with some answers

Statistics state that nearly one in every two women suffers from sensitive skin. So if half the female population faces a predicament similar to mine, it’s a tough job finding products that don’t irritate your skin further. Enter Eau Thermale Avène, a skincare line based entirely on its resources of Avène Thermal spring water, valued for its soothing, antiirritating and anti-inflammatory properties. Over the course of four days, I’m provided with everything from SPF and anti-ageing cream to an extra-moisturising cream for trial. Maybe it’s the cold, dry weather or the constant talk of skin disease, because my skin positively cracks from dryness. But it’s nothing the Trixéra+ emollient can’t fix. What surprises me most however, and very pleasantly, is as I gingerly and separately try each product, not a single one makes me break out into spots or a rash, as most new products usually do. For the first time in my adult life, their products allow me to incorporate layering into my skincare regime with an unprecedented four whole products – serum, moisturiser, SPF and concealer.


551177_586269314765965_80643407_nWe journey by bus from Toulouse to Avène, a sleepy village, where the only shopkeeper is also keeper of the neighborhood church’s key. Set upon a hill, the hydrotherapy centre offers not just curative waters, but also the recuperative environment of its surrounding nature reserves. That afternoon, I’m led into a 20-minute soak in a whirlpool bath, which looks out upon Avène’s lush greens. One is encouraged to sleep, but even if you don’t, you’ll experience a relaxing, almost meditative lull. This is followed with a shower, and then a full body spray, lasting 10 minutes each. Afterwards, I’m so relaxed that I sleep until dinnertime but I’m assured patients have been known to sleep for the better part of their stay here. And relaxation and rest, are after all, essential to any cure.


Not just the brands defining product, Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray is also its bestsellers. Bottled directly from a capped source in sterile conditions, you’re dealing with pure Avène water, which actually doesn’t see the light of day till you use it.

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Usage: soothe sunburn, acne, post-hair-removal irritations, rashes. Set make-up, cleanse skin, or even hydrate or refresh skin when travelling. No wonder, the 50ml aerosol is a handbag essential.

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