Skinceuticals Takes My Aging, Acne-Prone Skin To It’s Happy Place

Skinceuticals Takes My Aging, Acne-Prone Skin To It’s Happy Place

I’ve been a long time lover of Skinceuticals. I took these three products on a test drive for August and fell in love all over again.

Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense serum

Skinceuticals Blemish+Age Defense Serum is a miracle liquid that targets sebum production, unclog congested pores and reduces the appearance of spots and blemishes. I wrote about my love for this product here. It also helps on to minimize aging symptoms on the surface – uneven tone and fine lines. Here’s how:

Key Ingredient 1
Dioic acid: The naturally derived vegetable acid proposed to reduce sebum production.
Key Ingredient 2
LHA: A lipo-hydroxy acid, LHA exfoliates the skin, decongests clogged pores and refines the skin’s surface.
Key Ingredient 3
Salicylic acid: This beta-hydroxy acid refines the pores and helps reduce acne.

Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+

Skinceuticals Serum 10 Aox+ is new to me, and is frankly already blowing my mind. One of the many amazing things about this product is that it is immediately absorbed and cannot be rubbed off. It also boosts the effectiveness of sunscreens. It contains Vitamin C, which is a hero at reducing uneven skin tone and blotchiness. This particular formulation of vitamin C is designed to work on even the most sensitive of skins, which I have, and it feels soothing and lovely upon application. It helps with acne marks, and doesn’t clog pores.

Key Ingredient 1
10% L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C): Neutralizes damaging free radicals and protects against oxidative stress.
Key Ingredient 2
0.2% Ferulic acid: This plant-based antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.

Combined with the Blemish+Age, the Serum 10 Aox+ makes my skin feel soft and dewy, and unless the environment is very dry, they are all I need on my face. It feels lovely going on, and has an almost immediate effect on skin tone. My face felt glowy after a few days of use.

Skinceuticals Reversatrol B E NIght time antioxidant

And now, for the pièce de résistance of my Skinceuticals journey, the Reversatrol B E, Nighttime Antioxidant Concentrate. Everyone knows that our skin goes into repair and rejuvenate mode while we sleep at night. Skinceuticals Reversatrol B E. From the Skinceuticals website:

Resveratrol is a potent polyphenol antioxidant found in grapes, various berries, nuts, and other plant sources.

Over the past 10 years the resveratrol molecule has garnered a reputation as the “longevity molecule.” New studies show that resveratrol has potential in the biology of anti-aging skincare working through a new antioxidant pathway of action.

Due to the natural instability of the resveratrol molecule, it is extremely difficult to formulate in meaningful, stable concentrations.

SkinCeuticals breakthrough formulation features a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol to neutralize free radical damage and repair the visible effects of age-accelerated skin.

As we age, the main issue we have, everywhere, is loss of density. Bones, muscles, fat and skin. So lifestyle, diet and hydration can go a long way to helping keep time at bay, but we need some external help as well. Our facial skin is thin and needs special care to maintain radiance, firmness, elasticity, and density. Skinceuticals B E helps with all of these issues and is proven to increase skin density by 18.9%.

Key Ingredient 1
1% Resveratrol: Derived from knotweed plant.
Key Ingredient 2
0.5% Baicalin: A flavonoid antioxidant derived from roots of Baikal Skullcap.
Key Ingredient 3
1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E): The most abundant, pure form of vitamin E.

Reversatrol  B E is a night time game changer. It is so lovely on the skin and actually imparts an immediate radiance. But the best part happened to me after a couple weeks when I started waking up with glowy skin. Like, “use less makeup and concealer” glowy. It has aided in normalizing my sebum production, which means less shine and more radiance, less pimples and smoother skin.

I am loving this routine, and know that Skinceuticals will always have a place in my skincare regimen.

 

DalyBeauty jane daly skinceuticals review Blemish Age Serum 10 reversatrol

 

 

US residents can find Skinceuticals here and Canadian residents can find retailers here.

Soft, Satiny Lips & The Smoothest Matte Lip Ever: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur™

Soft, Satiny Lips & The Smoothest Matte Lip Ever: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur™

I’ve never liked the way matte lip colour feels on the lips. Even the ones that purport to be non-drying are drying to a certain extent. The ones that aren’t are more like a balm, and don’t last long on the lips. Which is fine with me, but if one wants the colour to last even a little bit, a balm doesn’t cut it.

Maybelline’s latest lip sensation is their Lip Studio Color Blur™ lip pencil line. It’s been getting rave reviews and really stands out from the crowd of the already excellent current drugstore lip offerings, which isn’t easy. The whole concept of the Color Blur™ is the “ombre lip”. Ombré – which means “fade” – hit the beauty world when it started in the hair. It’s now worked it’s way down to lips and nails, and was all over the runways in it’s various fashion permutations.

Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencil

Lip Studio Color Blur™ is a unique pencil-style lipstick with a handy twist-up style that means no sharpeners. The unique part is the silicone blurring tool at the other end of the lip pencil. You are to use this to blur the lip product along the edge of your lips, but I use it to blend the colour all over my lips, almost like a blotter. I love it.

dalybeauty maybelline color blur lip pencil

I haven’t rocked the ombré lip yet but I do love this lip pencil just as regular old-school lipstick. It feels a lot like a balm, but it’s a lighter texture. If your lips are dry or chapped, this product won’t smooth them, so be sure to have exfoliated and moisturized before applying Color Blur™.

dalybeauty maybelline color blur swatch2

It glides on like silk and as it fades it leaves a soft stain effect, so it lasts well. The matte is more of a satin matte, which is gorgeous as it doesn’t look dry or dusty. I also like to layer mine with the new and amazing Baby Lips Lip Glosses (Pink Pizzaz is a favourite) for a slightly more dewy look.  The vivid shades are gorgeous, but of course I love the soft mauve-rose shade of I Love To Mauve It. For $11.99 CAD this is a great value. Color Blur™ feels and looks luxe. If you love matte lips, this is a must-have!

Essie Fall 2015 Collection: Rock ‘n Roll, Nailed

Essie Fall 2015 Collection: Rock ‘n Roll, Nailed

Rebecca Minkoff for Essie means another gorgeous collection, and their Fall 2015 collection is just that. It’s inspired by vintage 70s rock and roll – think Almost Famous, or Bebe Buell. Those beautiful women and their carefree rocker style are eternally chic. It’s kind of everywhere right now with the resurgence of flared jeans and fringe and I am totally loving it. There are six shades – three creams and three metallic shimmers and they’re all gorgeous.

Essie Fall 2015 bottle shot

clockwise from top: With The Band, In The Lobby, Frock ‘n Roll, Bell Bottom Blues, Leggy Legend & Color Binge

I think the metallics are my favourite! Photos below are using two coats of Essie on Grow Stronger with one coat of Good To Go quick-dry topcoat. Photos hardly do these stunners justice. Leggy Legend practically glows, and Bell Bottom Blues is one of the richest deep metallic blues I own. Frock N Roll is one of those “purple so deep it’s almost black” shades with an incredible silvery rose shimmer. All three metallics were non-staining.

Essie Bell Bottom Blues

Essie Bell Bottom Blues

 

Essie Leggy Legend

Essie Leggy Legend

 

Essie Frock N Roll

Essie Frock N Roll

 

 

Essie nail polish is available on their website. Canadians can find retailers here

Ex Idolo’s Ryder: An Eighties Perfume That Grew Up To Be Sublime

Ex Idolo’s Ryder: An Eighties Perfume That Grew Up To Be Sublime

Ex Idolo is a London based perfumery, headed up by Matthew Zhuk, a Canadian of Eastern European descent who lives in the UK. Matthew launched his first scent, Thirty Three, in 2013. It is an exceptional perfume, and has a fascinating and beautiful provenance, and is created around a rare batch of vintage Chinese oud and rose oil. It’s exceptional for me, as it is the only oud perfume I like. Oud is a funny note, and a strong oud has a medicinal band-aid scent that is just too much for my nose. There is, even in the standard oud scents out there, an addictive quality that makes one want to keep sniffing. I get that from ambregris, but oud has it too, and has become hugely popular and ubiquitous thanks to that quality.

Ex Idolo Thirty Three

I find it rather masculine and can’t carry most oud perfume’s off, nor would I want to. But, Ex Idolo’s Thirty Three is what I recommend to anyone who asks me about oud scents. It’s divine and delicate, but not shy, and not lacking in soul and strength. Seriously, if any of this intrigues you, find Thirty Three and smell it. Every perfume lover should. Sergey Bourisov wrote an intriguing review of Ex Idolo Thirty-Three over at Fragrantica.

So, you can imagine I was excited to hear about, and, get a chance to review the newest release from Ex Idolo, Ryder. This is what Ex Idolo says about Ryder:

A fragrance inspired by the history of Mayfair & St James:

True to the traditions of the grand houses of the golden age of perfume, Ex Idolo has created an exceptional blend inspired by the history of the members clubs of Mayfair and St. James in London. The fragrance is a juxtaposition of sweet tobacco and boozy notes against a warm woody-amber accord. The fragrance is anchored by a sparkling and ultra rare Omani (Hougari) frankincense. Although inspired by the past, Ryder is a modern fragrance; it is worth mentioning that although many of the members clubs started as male-only – a large number of them now invite women as well. To represent this, Ryder’s distinctive character has been enhanced with a heady, indolic Royal jasmine. Ryder is a unisex fragrance.

Ex Idolo window display at Fenwick Bond Street

Ex Idolo window display at Fenwick Bond Street

That is terrific imagery and when I close my eyes and smell the fragrance I can almost feel the leather chair I’ve settled into with a cognac and cigar, after attending the premier of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado earlier in the evening. Ok, I’d have to be a man, but anyways. Ryder wears like an extrait on my skin, needing only a drop on each wrist and the back of my neck to experience it’s beauty. It comes and goes in different incarnations as the scent progresses. One moment I smell the stunning classic sandalwood – this is the sandalwood of my dreams, with aspects that remind of my vintage Chanel Bois des Iles, which I am hoarding. Then I’m smelling the sweet and soft tobacco as it wafts around me. The amber and resins in the base are beyond beautiful, as Ryder features the ultra-rare Omani (Hougari) frankincense. Ahhh you can almost taste it – maybe that is the Tahitian vanilla with it’s sneaky heliotropic properties. Honestly, Ryder has A Presence. A lovely purring jasmine peeks out from time to time, for a perfect floral flourish that is never cloying or indolic.

Only Madonna could do Marlene as good as Marlene does. If you know what I mean.

Only Madonna could do Marlene as good as Marlene does.

I had an intense scent memory while wearing Ryder. It was to 1986, and I wore the divine Must de Cartier Parfum*. I had the signature bottle in the heavy gold bottle, and I adored it. It had that thick, resinous amber with vanilla that was almost chocolate. I was walking behind a gorgeous and stylish woman, maybe a little older than me, in Toronto last year and her sillage was so incredible I had to ask her what perfume she was wearing. She said Must de Cartier, the parfum, and that she had a few bottle left that she had been hoarding since the 80s. My people.

Must de Cartier parfum vintage ad

Must de Cartier managed to envelope you in a velvet fog of fragrance without ever being cloyingly sweet. Ryder is decidedly unisex, and I mean that. There is no way this would smell girly on a man, or manly on a woman, if you know what I mean. Ryder has a classic perfume feeling to it, and if I’d sniffed it blind I would have said it smelled like a perfume I loved in the eighties that had been aged, like a fine cognac, to perfection.

I could go on and on, but really, you should just smell it yourself.

Ex Idolo Ryder, 30ml, avail (as of Aug 2015, subject to change) in USA/Canada: Luckyscent, Twisted Lily, Indigo, Etiket, and Indiescents. And more retailers to come. $185 USD. Not sure yet what the CAN price is.

*Must de Cartier is still sold on the Cartier website and in Cartier boutiques.

Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

So, you want a new perfume. First of all, you should get a new perfume. Wearing the same perfume every day can lead to “olfactory exhaustion”, meaning your nose starts to get accustomed to smelling the same thing every day, meaning you have to wear more and more in order to smell it. I used to have customers actually bring their perfume back to the counter, saying it had lost it’s smell. This happened more than anyone would believe. And trust me, it is not the case. You just can’t smell it anymore, but everyone else still can. This is a bad thing for everyone around you, so for their sake, it’s time to go shopping.

First thing to do is figure out your favourite scent family. Michael Edwards has very kindly put our perfumes into categories and also some handy PDFs you can download to read more. But basically it says this- Floral (the perfume is dominated by notes of flowers), Fresh ( tends to have fruity, citrus and/or green stemmy notes vs flowers), Oriental (notes of spice, resins and vanillas) and Woods (just as they sound with notes of sandalwood, cedar, and even burnt woods). Many perfumes fall in between, and are Floral Fresh, or Fresh Woods, etc etc. You can find out what category your perfume(s) is on Fragrantica by quickly searching the name.

Now that you know the family you enjoy, you can head off to the perfume counter armed with some helpful knowledge, and check out perfumes in the same family that you may never have even tried before. Also, a terrific sales associate can be a great help and direct you to certain scents based on knowing some that you have loved and worn in the past. When I sold perfume, this was one of my favourite things to do, either with shoppers looking for a new scent for themselves, or someone looking to buy a gift. And I always had happy customers!

dalybeauty how to shop for a new perfume vintage perfume ad

I always suggest a maximum of six perfumes to sniff at any time when shopping. It is easy to overload our nose and either not be able to smell anything anymore, or worse, feel queasy. You may have noticed some perfume counters have little dishes of coffee beans to sniff when shopping. Do this – it really helps “cleanse the scent palate”, so to speak. It’s like eating sorbet between course. I actually like to bring a coffee with me while shopping, as just taking a sip between sniffs helps me. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, try sniffing a bit of unscented skin or fabric, or the best thing – step outside and take some deep cleansing breaths of fresh hair

If you are getting serious about exploring perfumes, the fragrance boards, forums and reviews on Fragrantica, Make Up Alley and Basenotes are amazing places to search and look for guidance. And, if you need a jumping off point, tell me in the comments some of your favourite perfumes that you’ve worn and loved in the past, and I can recommend something new for you!

The Beach, by Calvin Klein

The Beach, by Calvin Klein

 

 

 

I Put Super Charged Greens On My Face: Eminence Organics Eight Greens And The End Of Hormonal Acne

I Put Super Charged Greens On My Face: Eminence Organics Eight Greens And The End Of Hormonal Acne

One of my best friends has been singing the praises of Eminence Organics skincare for years. I’ll admit to pooh-poohing organic and natural skincare in the past, but boy have things in that niche changed. I finally went to the famous Ottawa boutique spa, Oresta Organic Skincare, for one of the best facials I have ever had. My skin was in good hands, as Oresta herself has struggled with hormonal skin issues. She massaged, scrubbed, serumed and essenced my face into submission. My favourite part of the facial involved the Eminence products. They smell divinely spa-like and gentle, so that the whole user experience of the line is luxurious. That’s the best part of Eminence for me – there is a luxurious quality to the whole line. The luxury natural lines are becoming more common in the beauty world, as some people just won’t sacrifice luxury in the name of [allegedly] safer ingredients. I’m not saying that is good or bad, but just a fact. Part of the beauty ritual is feeling lovely, so if a product delivers on performance AND the ritual experience, consider me sold.

Even Kitty can't believe how amazing Eight Greens are!

Even Kitty can’t believe how amazing Eight Greens are!

I tried the Eight Greens line with an Eminence starter kit, which is a terrific way to try any skincare. I got the Eight Greens Starter kit, which is the suggested kit for anyone struggling with hormonal acne flare ups and ageing skin. Everything about this line works to reduce inflammation and irritation. You feel it immediately. A must try is the Eight Greens Phyto Masque Hot – it warms on the skin. It stimulates circulation and adds a glow that has to be seen to be believed. Perfect for doing in the afternoon when you’re going out in the evening and you want to look like a lovestruck teenager. Amazing.

Eminence Eight Greens serum

The big winner from the kit for me was the Eight Greens Serum and it has had such a positive effect on my skin I can’t imagine being without it. A reader contacted me after she got her starter kit and told me she noticed a difference right away as well. I use it twice a day, as the first step after cleansing and toning my skin, and before any other skincare I might use. From their site:

Treat the visible signs of aging with this powerful combination of organic phytoestrogens. Concentrated 
whole plant yucca extract, Vitex Angus Castus and flax seed are all active ingredients in helping with the appearance of tight and bright skin.

Key Ingredients

Yucca Extract: antioxidant; source of phytoestrogens
Flaxseed/Linseed Extract: Omega 3s, antioxidant
Hop Extract: antioxidant
Paprika: invigorates and rejuvenates the look of skin
Vitex Agnus Castus: source of antioxidant bioflavanoids
Biocomplex™: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

I love the Eight Greens Whipped Moisturizer so that may be next on my list as well. I ended up getting the Probiotic Cleanser, just to fight off any zits that get any funny ideas about popping up on my face. I wholeheartedly recommend this line to anyone suffering from hormonal skin nightmares. It will change your life.

 

(makeup on me done by the amazing Natalie Peachy)

Organic Acne Fighters: Odacité & Osmia Organics Skin Oils Kill Zits

Organic Acne Fighters: Odacité & Osmia Organics Skin Oils Kill Zits

Damn you, acne! One would think that by the time we are long past puberty, long past childbearing and on our way to *cough* menopause *cough* that acne would cease to be an issue. It doesn’t have to be menopausal either – PMS zits, stress hormone zits…. I’ve battled them for so many years that it feels like a lifelong vendetta. It is definitely hormonal, but is also effected by my diet. Yes. My diet. I know that sugar, lots of it, is the worst thing for my skin. Chocolate, too. Not the super dark variety, eaten in small doses, but the milky creamy evil stuff. I can guarantee a break out after sweets binge. I try to resist, people, I really do, but who is really that noble? Not me. At any rate, even when I cut out all the evil foods, a cystic zit will grow in spite of my good behaviour. Stress, hormonal swings – who knows why? But when it happens, I try to kill it immediately. I have used everything to fight it – benzoyl peroxide (oy my skin), salicylic acid (not bad in small doses), prescription creams (retin A hurts my face, prescription benzoyl peroxide works for a very short time), sulphur (works but not always). Sigh. So I decided to try the natural skincare route. And I found some natural warriors that fight acne to the death.

osmia organics spot treatment

I started using the beautiful products from Osmia Organics a few years ago. Her products helped my daughter through a wicked perioral dermatitis (exzema, meet acne) during her stressful master’s degree program. The Osmia Organics Facial Calibration serum has brought my skin back from the brink after abusing it with the above medical treatments on more than one occasion. I had seen posts on social media about her Spot Treatment Oil and every single one hailed it as their Holy Grail Acne Killer. I say the same. When a nasty cyst starts growing under the skin – you know the kind – they hurt and you know its ONLY GOING TO GET BIGGER. You know you shouldn’t touch it, but you do. Honestly – a few days of applying her spot treatment oil to the area several times a day shrinks that bitch and shows it who’s the boss. You may have to do it again if it flares up but it works. I can feel the results sometimes minutes after I apply the oil. It’s astounding. At $22 US acne sufferers cannot afford to not have this in their arsenal.

“A surprisingly powerful blend of essential oils combats bacteria and diminishes blemishes, while evening primrose oil prevents overdrying and heals the skin. Unlike most acne solutions, this serum does not strip the skin of its oil, and does not leave blemishes flaky and crusted while healing. Used early and often, our natural acne treatment is very effective on blemishes even before they come to the surface fully, often preventing them from surfacing at all. The Spot Treatment has a very pleasant, lemony scent (and no tea tree oil), making it a pleasure to use.”

– organic evening primrose oil and essential oils of lavender*, cajeput*, lemon*, parsley, thyme, cypress*, and rosemary CO2*
– 96.5% certified organic ingredients

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As with any skincare, even miracles have exceptions. So, in the case when my Osmia Organics Spot Treatment isn’t enough, I break out the BIG GUNS. Odacité Black Cumin & Cajeput Serum Concentrate  ($32 USD) is the bomb dot com and I have yet to meet a zit that is a match for this miracle in a bottle. It is part of the Odacité collection of concentrates that are designed to be incorporated into your existing skincare routine. They are highly refined, tested and full of natural science and goodness and they work. The Black Cumin Concentrate (what I call it for the sake of brevity) kills inflammation almost upon contact. I find for me it works best as a spot treatment, but it is also perfect for adding a drop or two to your current skincare routine.

– Formulated to absorb deep into pores, this active serum helps to achieve blemish-free skin and smooth the complexion
– The purifying properties of Black Cumin oil control the spread of breakout-causing bacteria.
– Therapeutic Cajeput acts at the source of the problem with potent antiseptic properties, helping to prevent further pimple eruption.
– In aromatherapy, Cajeput is known to promote clear thoughts and liveliness.

Verdict? Love. THEY WORK and I cannot imagine being without them.

Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

I love citrus scents. They’re uplifting and boost our mood, as well as simply smelling good. Citrus fragrances are decidedly unisex, which make them perfect for sharing. Citrus fragrances are particularly lovely in hot weather – like drinking a tall ice cold glass of refreshing juice. My recent favourites are soft and wonderful. Never too strong, and perfect when you just want to smell, well, good.

Cake Beauty’s Inca Oil is my most recent body oil obsession. It is made for body, face and hair, and believe me, once you sniff it, you will want to slather yourself head to toe in this deliciousness. I love to apply it after the bath, when my skin is still dewy and damp. It absorbs beautifully, leaving behind a soft and delicious citrus scent, as well as glowing skin.

A luxurious 3-in-1 oil for body, face & hair, blended with inca inchi oil, the richest plant based source of omega 3, 6 & 9 in the world.
-Improves skin’s texture
-Provides immediate & long-term hydration and suppleness
-Gives a radiant glow to skin & hair
-Reduces the appearance of imperfections
-Smooths & conditions split-ends

I Profumi di Firenze Limone di Sicilia – freshly picked lemons from the seaside cliffs of Sicily with a hint of lemon peel and bergamot. This is a sparkling, crisp, fresh scent that captures the true essence of lemon. Honestly, it makes my mouth water with it’s tart yummy deliciousness. Lovers of lemon scents MUST have this beauty.

Roca Nuvol de Llimona is also known as “Lemon Cloud”. How delicious and lovely does that sound? Gentle lemony-orange with bergamot and gentle sugared notes smell like happiness. It is both freshly effervescent and gourmand,  with soft and light touches of creamy milk. It was created by a Spanish chef and is based on a lemon dessert. The dry down is lovely, with a whisper of lily of the valley and musk. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love this. You can buy it in North America at Luckyscent.

 

 

 

When you’re this hot, lemony perfumes are super cool

 

 

Chanel Fortissimo Is My New Favourite Blue Nail Polish

Chanel Fortissimo Is My New Favourite Blue Nail Polish

I recently had a hankering for a dark navy blue polish with shimmer – yes, my hankerings are *that* specific. An,d while I love Chanel Blue Satin, it somehow felt too dark for summer. It’s a rather awesome “too blue to be black, too black to be blue” shade and I love it, but I wanted something bluer. I was obsessed with Tom Ford Indigo Night for awhile, but I couldn’t track down a bottle and sort of let it go.

Chanel Fortissimo nail polish bottle

Oh mah gah, Chanel, you did it again!

Then, I saw the Chanel Blue Notes de Chanel Summer 2015 collection. Fortissimo just sitting there, being the perfect blue and calling to me with it’s Chanel Nail Polish Siren Song. The lyrics are something like “open your wallet, yeah yeah, no, open it a bit wider, now take it all out” or along those lines. So, Fortissimo came home with me and it scratched my itch perfectly. I took a photo of the bottle with a sun beam on it above – the colour is so gorgeous and that shimmer! Oh my! There is no mistaking this for a black polish. That blue is simply perfect.

Chanel Fortissimo nail polish

 

 

 

 

Chanel Fortissimo is a limited edition shade, and is available at Chanel counters while it’s still in stock. If you want it, go get it – now.

Trind Nail Balsam Should Totally Be A Cult Item

Trind Nail Balsam Should Totally Be A Cult Item

 Trind Nails is offering my readers 35% off their entire site with the code “dalybeauty” valid on the US and Canadian sites until September 5, 2015.

I first read about Trind Nail Balsam ($20 CAD) a few years ago. I was reading one of my favourite nail blogs, Loodie Loodie Loodie. She is wealth of information about the physiology of nails, and what is good for them. In addition to proper filing techniques,  Trind Nail Balsam is one of her favourite items for nail health, and for good reason. I remember at the time wanting Trind Nail Balsam really badly but could not find any salons locally that carried it, which made me want it more, of course. Scarcity value has that effect on me, and most often with beauty products.

Nail-Balsam

Trind is a Dutch nail product company that has been around for over twenty five years. They have been sold mostly in Europe and in select salons, so it hasn’t been readily available to North Americans until recently. And even then, Trind one of those niche brands that seems to excel simply by word of mouth and it’s reputation, which has clearly been great. Trind Nail Balsam is formulated to be an exact copy of natural nail moisture, which I’ve learned is very important to maintaining healthy nails. Dry nails peel, crack and can never seem to grow. Trind Nail Balsam contains d-Panthenol, Phytantriol, and Biotin to mimic the moisture in our nails and which provides continuous hydration. It’s also oil-free so after you apply it, and rub it in, it absorbs instantly, and you can apply polish right on top. This goes against everything we’ve been taught – strip that nail dry before putting on polish. Acetone, alcohol, whatever it takes to dry out that nail so the polish sticks! Yikes!

Trind Nail Balsam dalybeauty

Since I’ve been using Trind Nail Balsam my nails are strong, flexible and healthy. They don’t split or peel anymore, and my manicures last forever! If you saw my stash of nail products you would understand it when I say I’ve tried everything. It is The Best Nail Health Product I have ever used. If it isn’t a cult “must-have” nail product now, it will be soon. Try it!

I also LOVE Trind polishes ($13 CAD). They are permanent loves in my collection. The gorgeous colours are also full of strengthening ingredients. The purple Luscious Lavender is one of the prettiest frosty shades and applied like a dream. The coral Mighty Macaron is simply one of the prettiest summer shades ever.

Trind Luscious Lavender polish dalybeauty

Trind Mighty Macaron polish dalybeuaty