Cult beauty items don’t always deliver exactly what we hope they do. I suppose this has a lot to do with skin/hair type and expectations. So I always approach a cult favourite with caution. Such caution was not necessary with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.
I’ve loved Clarins Beauty Flash Balm forever. It’s one of those things I get, love, use up, then forget about because, ALL OF THE OTHER BEAUTY THINGS. I recently revisited Beauty Flash Balm. I’ve been tired and this never ending season has my skin feeling dull. From Clarins website:
The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance maker helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturizes, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed. Olive and Witch Hazel extracts help smooth the skin’s surface, diffusing the look of lines and wrinkles. Soothing Bisabolol helps restore skin’s youthful glow. Preps skin for perfect make-up application and hours of luminous wear.
That pretty much says it all. It does what it promises, it feels wonderful, and smells wonderful. It feels like simple yet luxurious skincare, and using it is like a mini spa treatment at home. The texture is rich, creamy and almost whipped. I have a sample size that I keep in my purse so I can dab a small amount all over my face at any time of day. It is an instant brightener. Love it. At around $50 CAN for a 50ml tube, it isn’t cheap. But a little goes a long way, and I recommend using only a small amount for best results.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè is another beauty potion that promises to add radiance to the skin while helping our make up look better. It has this rich melty texture and feels like a potent moisturizer. It is almost “oily” but don’t be afraid of the oil. Again, it sort of defies definition. While it may appear oily, it manages to impart just a glow to the skin while locking in healing moisture. Even on my oily and sensitive skin. I’ve been testing it for weeks with no reactions other than a healthy glow. It has a soft almost imperceptible scent that dissipates quickly. But it’s magic lies in the perfect canvas it leaves on the skin for make up. From the website:
24-Hour Miracle Cream The must have product for makeup artists, models and celebrities. A cult favorite that has found its way onto countless photo shoots, television and film sets internationally. This creamy lotion is three products in one: primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè has the added cachet of being one of those “impossible to find unless you shop in France” products. You know, the kind Gwynnie would flog on the “French Pharmacy” page of GOOP. Happily, Embryolisse is now available to the great unwashed. I’ve even seen it at Urban Outfitters! I bought mine at a fab sale on Hautelook, but the cost of $28 for around 76ml is actually pretty reasonable. It is highly concentrated, as the name suggests, and a tube will last ages.
What are you favourite cult beauty items?
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is available at Clarins counters and Sephora. Embryolisse shopping information can be found on their website.
Ah, our skin. We finally get our zits/dry patches/insert your issue here under control then BAM. The seasons change and it all goes to hell. I’m certain that somehow our hormones get involved but I’m no doctor so that’s just guesswork. But I always feel like when our skin goes haywire, hormones are somehow involved. But I’ve been able to clock major breakouts with the change of seasons for years now, and I am SO OVER IT.
My most recent skin mania episode had me digging through my mountains of skincare supplies. I’d tried the usual suspects – benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulphur – you name it. Nothing was helping. My Consonant DHE Mask has been helping, but I needed more. Something important to remember when you have acne or break out prone skin is that it’s not just too much oil and hormones that cause this condition. It’s also sensitivity. It took me years to figure out that beating my skin into submission with tough love wasn’t going to help. I realized this – finally – after my millionth facial. Because every single facial (with extractions – ouch!) I’ve had has resulted in breakouts. Wax my brows? Cystic acne. Scrub, steam and massage for an hour? Acne. My skin needs a gentle touch.
Well, dear readers, there was hope lurking in my stash.
Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash: I decided that I would start with using a super gentle cleanser on my skin. Everything I’ve used from Consonant to date just feels wonderful and soothing on my skin, and their Organic Foaming Face Wash also feels great. It has an air infused pump to make it foamy, vs sulphates, so it’s perfect for those with sensitivities. But even better than that, it cleanses my face beautifully and gently. My face looks and feels clean, and never tight or dry. No wonder this is an award winner! From their site:
Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash is a gentle yet effective cleanser, packed with nourishing botanicals like teatree oil and grapeseed oil to help hydrate skin, eliminate uneven skin tones and fight blemishes. pH balanced, you don’t need a toner. This Face Wash is 99.5% natural.
Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum: I’ve talked before about using oils on oily facial skin – seems counterintuitive, yet there is a wisdom there. I love the feel of a beautiful high quality oil preparation on my face. You can almost feel your skin thank you as it drinks up the nutrients and moisture. The description of the Facial Calibration Serum on the Osmia Organics website says:
A select combination of plant oils, chosen for their balancing qualities, helps skin become more even and smooth, and assists in regulating sebum production. Olive squalane, kukui oil, and macadamia oil nourish the skin, and calming schisandra fruit extract soothes irritation. Super powered acai delivers an antioxidant boost, and organic black seed oil brings a vitamin and mineral infusion. Absorbs quickly, and does not leave the skin oily. In fact, used regularly, this face serum can help oily skin behave itself, and combination skin become less confused. The scent is mildly herbaceous, with the subtle spicy undertones of black cumin seed oil.
Well, my skin was confused AND misbehaving, so I started using the Facial Calibration Serum at night, and I’m glad I did. It recommends applying it to damp skin, and seriously, you only need a few drops to cover your whole face. I wake up with soft glowy skin that you’d never guess has been to hell and back. This serum has been added to my emergency skin care arsenal and I can’t imagine being without it.
Finally, my skin seems to be recovering. My breakouts and eruptions are stopping, and my face is healing. Hallelujah!
As you know, dear readers, I am always looking out for you and looking for ways to keep your skin soft and moisturized. Lips, too, need special care, what with all the mistletoe action at this time of year (note: keep Tic Tacs in purse). Eucerin, long known and loved for its cult moisturiser, Aquaphor, the petrolatum based miracle worker. If you have severely chapped or dry skin, you need Aquaphor. But back to our everyday needs and Eucerin.
Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm is amazing when you need a little more than just a moisturizing product. This repairs and nourishes beautifully with glycerin, shea butter, evening primrose oil, panthenol and lactic acid in a petrolatum base. Before you freak out about petrolatum, remember that it is the main ingredient in Kiehls Lip Balm, (and Carmex, Blistex etc etc) one of the best lip balms on the market. Why? Because nothing holds moisture in better. Ok back to Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm – I love the addition of lactic acid. It is terrific for dry flaky lips for two reasons: the lactic acid molecule works to pull moisture into the cells of our skin, and exfoliates surface cells which helps to perfect the skin’s surface and restore a natural glow, as well as improve absorption of topical treatments. The Eucerin Lip Balm is pretty much fragrance and taste free as well, which is a plus for me. I can smell Carmex lip balm from across the room, let alone on my own lips. Verdict? Love. For around $5 you can’t do better than this.
Eucerin Repair Hand Creme with 5% Urea is meant for intense help with dry, cracked hands, and even for eczema. It feels like silk going on, soaks in beautifully while leaving your hands amazingly soft and smooth. It feels so good and rich you feel like your hands would be greasy and sticky after applying it, but that’s not the case at all. I like to rub it in around my cuticles and fingernails as they seem to suffer the most at this time of year. It is fragrance free which is important in my hand creams. I like my perfume in my perfume and a strong hand cream can take away from that. Eucerin Repair Hand Creme promises improved skin condition over time, so I will watch to see how that pans out. So far I have been using it at bedtime and after having my hands in hot water and am very happy with the way it works. No dry cracked skin on the backs of my hands means it’s working. Verdict? Love. A 75 ml tube is around $10, and a little goes a long way.
Eucerin products are available at drugstores and Walmart.
Or, in which I am not surprised that I am blown away by another Vichy product. I am a Vichy ProEVEN fan, and use it every day, as do both of my daughters. Since I’ve been using Vichy ProEVEN, I’ve never used less concealer in my life. I hear this from readers as well. So we know the stuff works (you can read my review of Vichy ProEVEN here). So how amazing is it that Vichy has jumped on the BB band wagon with a ProEVEN BB Cream. Wow! Now, what is a BB Cream, you ask? BB Cream – BB is short for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm” is an multi-tasking cosmetic designed to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It’s usually worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on how much coverage you want.
I often find BB creams heavy on the silicone content and actually ended up with blemishes from blocked pores. And I don’t really use a foundation product. But my daughter was asking me about them (benefits of having a mom who is a beauty blogger!) as she wanted something that would last a little longer during the day than her mattefying powder/concealer combo. Knowing that we love Vichy ProEVEN, and more importantly, knowing that it does not irritate our sensitive acne-prone skin, I was keen to try their new ProEVEN BB Cream, or should I say, use my daughter as a
guinea pig test subject. The big attraction to the Vichy BB Cream is that it contains medicated and effective ingredients that improve skin tone, moisturize and reduce pore size, just as the ProEVEN cream does. It contains SPF 20, and the same magical ingredients to even tone that is in their fabulous Vichy ProEVEN Cream.
She loves it, and it blends so seamlessly into the skin I can’t even tell she has make up on. It doesn’t get shiny and does not appear to be blocking any pores, as her skin has been calm and lovely since she has been using it. The silicone content isn’t proving to be problematic, and if used properly, silicone can actually have healing properties. I have actually been using a teensy bit on my t-zone for coverage and mattifying and am really impressed. It is a fine texture that seems to melt into the skin leaving a softly blurred finish. It comes in two “universal” colours Light-Medium and Medium-Dark. I like Medium-Dark used sparingly, as it gives a slightly tan appearance. It really is so sheer but I do recommend testing on your skin if you can.
So- here is the best part! Daly Beauty is having a draw for some Vichy Pro-EVEN BB Cream! We have a few Mediums and Lights to give away, so there will be more than 1 winner. To enter, leave a comment here, be sure to like and comment on the Daly Beauty Facebook page , if you are on Twitter, follow @Daly_Beauty on Twitter, and tweet me that you have entered using the #TeamVichyProEVEN hashtag! Draw will be 6pm October 24, 2012.
Contest is closed, thank you to all who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways on Daly Beauty, next week we will be giving away some beautiful perfumes!
Winners: Heather Desserud, Melissa Flynn, Lisa Carbone & Gigi Sweeps- congratulations! Please email your mailing infomration to email@example.com
Vichy ProEVEN BB Cream is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Murale in Canada, and online in the US for around $33.
|Go ahead- dig in. Your skin will thank you.|
I’ve been meaning to review this for awhile, but, like my favourite perfumes, I tend to be at a loss for words when it comes to reviewing things I love. What should be an objective description and assessment comes off as gushing. Well, I guess that’s ok, and gird your loins for some gushing.