travel beauty

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.

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.


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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.


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!


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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.)


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.


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 …



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.


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.

Beauty Essentials from our Beauty Experts

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Illuminating : These contain micro particles that lift dull skin and add a subtle glow.

Tone correcting: Whether it’s post-allergy redness that you need to cover or a sallow tinge after the flu, these tinted primers will help you. Use a purple/ mauve base to counter sallow skin, green to cancel redness, yellow to hide blue-green bruises and pink to brighten your complexion.

For a radiant complexion, shop the best Tinted Creams & Foundations on My Envy Box

BlackberryPoreRefiningSerum_HRPore-refining : Usually silicone-based, these fill up pores and leave a smooth matte finish.

Check out Blackberry Pore Refining Serum from Eminence Organics

Mattifying : They soak up excess grease and prevent your make-up from becoming an oil spill on humid days.

Eye Shadow : The eyelid is naturally greasy, making it difficult for shadows and liners to stay put all day. 355579_250x0Eye primers create a matte base for the other layers to hang on to.

A new favorite.. Cream Eyeshadow Marshmallow from Natio 

Lash : A transparent base coat, it gives your regular mascara a boost by adding length and volume.

Lip : They condition, plump and smoothen lips for even lipstick application


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Envy Review: Thalgo – Intense Regulating Serum


The Intense Regulating Serum is designed to help regulate the skin’s sebum levels.
This Serum is a concentrated treatment for imbalanced skin. Rich in Controlamine and Cytobiol Bardane, it controls sebaceous gland activity and minimize irritations that cause blemishes. Your pores gradually appear tighter and your complexion more even.


  • Regulates sebum production.
  • Slows thickening of the skin that leads to comedones and microcysts.
  • Helps reduce redness and irritations.
  • Anti-comedone, anti-seborrheic and astringent properties.
  • Contains an antiseptic plant and vitamin complex.

Our feedback
This Thalgo Intense Regulating serum smells fresh and feels cool on the skin. It will stabilize the production of oil making the skin texture refined. Perfect treatment for combination or oily skin who wants an instant and long-lasting matte finish.

How to use
Apply morning and evening on a perfectly cleansed face before the Ultra Matte Fluid. For Oily skin, apply all over the face. For Combination skin, apply only over the concerned area or T-Zone.

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Envy Review: Clarins – Double Serum Complete Age Control

Clarins award-winning bestseller combines two age-defying formulas in one groundbreaking serum
The only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that revitalizes the skin’s 5 vital functions. A unique formula the promises a visibly youthful look: firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, more even complexion and less visible pores.

Our feedback
This newest version of Clarins Double Serum is more fragranced, has a lighter texture and is absorbed faster into the skin. This fabulous natural product makes your skin radiant, smooth, firm and really enhances your complexion. You can notice great results after a month and you will not be able to do without it!

How to use
Mix and warm a few drops between palms. Gently press onto clean face and neck, morning and/or evening, before applying your regular treatment cream.

Buy Clarins Double Serum here

Envy Tutorial: contouring makeup in 5 steps


Want sculpted cheekbones, fuller lips and a slimmer face? It’s easier than you think – no needles required

After you’ve applied your regular foundation, take your angled brush and load it up with bronzer. Make-up artist Elton Fernandez recommends using a shade that has minimal red pigment, like ‘Casino’ by Nars or ‘Matte Bronze’ by M.A.C. When it comes to picking the right bronzer, make sure that you always keep the shade matte, never glittery.

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For first- time users, Fernandez recommends feeling your face for your cheekbones, then applying the shade just under it. As a general rule, he says, “Stop right before the apples of your cheeks, as that’s where the blush is applied and blended into the contour.” Sarah Lucero, Stila’s celebrity make-up artist, recommends dusting bronzer on both sides of your nose, under your chin and along your jawline and temples (or hairline).

Using your blush brush, add a bit of colour to the apples of your cheeks and to the tip of your nose for a sun-kissed glow.

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Highlighter is the ace up every make-up artist’s sleeve. To take things a step further, brush or dot a powder or cream illuminator above the blush on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your chin. This will enhance your bone structure and provide the perfect contrast to the contour.


“Blending is key,” says Lucero. “The idea behind contouring is to enhance and define, so all traces of your contour should be seamless.” Using a foundation or blush brush, go over all the areas of your face that you’ve contoured. The effect should be natural – visible lines give the look away – so remember to blend well, and then blend again for good measure.

check out MY ENVY BOX’s pick: Brightening Day Serum from Rémy Laure

Eminence Organics, Hollywood loves their products!


Eminence Organics skin care offers a complete line of the highest quality products in natural skin care, using only natural compost and natural plant preservation.

Madonna: “They contain all-natural ingredients. Everything they make smells like food, so facial cleansers smell like blueberries [Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser], the toning serum smells like strawberry [Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum], and the body scrub smells like coconut [Coconut Sugar Scrub].”

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