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)

Obsessing Over Penetration: Deciem Hylamide Gets Under Your Skin In The Best Way

Obsessing Over Penetration: Deciem Hylamide Gets Under Your Skin In The Best Way

If you haven’t tried the DECIEM Hylamide, and you have skin, dude. Get on it! The eye and facial serums in the DECIEM line are blowing my mind. And I’m not the only beauty blogger who is loving this stuff. We get pretty jaded, what with the LATEST! NEWEST! BECAUSE SCIENCE! stuff that arrives for review on a regular basis. Yes of course there are many great lines out there, and I’ve fallen hard for a few products that are now staples in my skincare. DECIEM Hylamide is all about every layer of your skin. Penetration, man. It’s what our skin needs. DECIEM is a really cool Canadian company that is all about science. They have a sense of humour, which a quick peruse of their site quickly shows. The founder, Brandon Truaxe, was one of the brains behind one of my favourite simple skincare saviours, Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum.

“Your skin has more layers than you know. You’re probably ignoring most of them”

Deciem Hylamide

We’ve heard a lot of skincare buzz words in the past several years, ingredients, ingredients and more ingredients! A lot of us seek out and want certain ingredients because of buzz. Some are deserving of the hype and praise, and some not so much. Things like hyaluronic acid are good things. Things like collagen, stem cells and plasma (what. even.) sound great, and I suppose some work, but for the most part these things don’t perform the miracles we are led to expect. Most of these ingredients are in suspended in molecules that are way too large to penetrate the dermis, or too small to treat the areas they are targeting. We kind of know this, right? But we are forever hopeful, if not in vain.

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum SubQ Eyes

So while most skincare brands focus on simply “penetration”, DECIEM Hylamide is focused on controlled depth of penetration, aimed at targeting multiple skin/dermis depths and functions in single treatment regimens. Talk about keeping it simple. Hylamide encapsulates it’s active ingredients in varying sizes, ensuring that the right molecule makes it to the right place. The Hylamide SubQ serums come in little glass bottles with glass droppers – a very lab and science packaging. MY ONLY GRIPE: I am not a fan of this type of packging, having accidentally knocked over several bottles and spread hundreds of dollars of serums on my bathroom counter over the years.  I’m not sure how it could be improved on, but I do wish a more stable and secure package was possible.

Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum ($38 CAD for 30ml – yeah, that’s right, THIRTY EIGHT DOLLARS) is at the top of my skincare regiment, and I NEVER EVER EVER want to be without this. Oh, mama! My sensitive skin breaks out if I look at it wrong. It’s got oil! Pores! Fine lines! You name it. Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age serum and it’s lovely molecules offer surface hydration, below-surface hydration, treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic lines, sagginess and textural irregularities. My beautiful friend Tracy over at Beauty Reflections said it best on Twitter a few weeks ago “Hylamide has made my skin as smooth as glass”. Friends – this is a true statement. When I first tried it, I thought it seemed like any other hyaluronic serum I’ve tried. Lovely, light, simple, and moisturizing. Oh no, no, no. This is no simple serum. My pores are tighter, my skin is smoother. When I have a breakout (damn you, Laura Mercier powder foundation) Hylamide soothes my face and helps it heal. It has a ton of awesome ingredients you can read about here.

The Hylamide SubQ Eyes ($35 for 15ml) serum is just as amazing. One teeny tiny drop covers my orbital area. The skin around the eyes is four times thinner than that of the rest of the body. SubQ Eyes is a concentrated strength, clinical serum that uses Deciem advanced technology and ingredients to target multiple aspects of under-eye ageing at once. SubQ Eyes also helps correct puffiness and dark circles. I was amazed the first time I used it. It is light – a serum – and feels silky and smooth on the skin. Yet, my eye area stays dewy and hydrated all day. Trust me on this, I’m a crazy lady about hydrated skin.

Is my Deciem Hylamide glow blinding you with science?

Is my Deciem Hylamide glow blinding you with science?

To sum up, I love Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and SubQ Eyes so much, I want to marry them. These serums have earned a permanent place in my skincare and beauty routine. The products deliver, and the price is beyond reasonable. This is is accessible skincare science for everyone. Boys and girls, obvies. Verdict? LOVE.

Deciem products are available on their website

Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Music: I have really been loving my smooth seventies rock playlists – “Yacht Rock” on Songza is a favourite, but yes I have my own as well. Now, if I can only figure out the latest iTunes iteration and My Music, hopefully I can find them. I’m not sure why, but this music just feels like lazy, sunny summer days to me. The days when endless days summer seemed to lie ahead, and time went by so slowly. Ahhh, *saudade….

TV Marathon: Thank the TV gods for Netflix! My favourite marathon recently is the Danish TV show Rita, about a Danish school teacher. From IMDB: “Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life”. I LOVE Rita, and all of the characters are just so great. There is something about the whole Danish vibe that reminds me of Canada (the weather? Socialism? LOL) and I just can’t get enough of it. Season 3 was just released and I binge watched that sucker like a boss.

Rita Netflix Danish TV

Food: Bowls, bowls and more bowls. Seriously, what could be better than all the yummy ingredients you love stirred up in a bowl? Better yet, make them healthy and flavourful? It’s like a salad/soup/main course sandwich. All the good stuff. In a bowl. I’m sure this is actually not even close to being new, but it’s become A Thing at the healthier restaurants and assorted eateries and I am addicted. GIMME A BOWL OF ALL THE GOOD STUFF PLEASE.

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Noodle Fantastic Bowl

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Fantastic Bowl: maple tamari tofu steaks / broccoli / red pepper / napa / bok choy / scallions / cilantro / roasted peanuts / spicy peanut sauce / rice noodles

Wellness: Internal skincare. Yeah, that’s right. Supplemental beauty that you eat. Not a million miles away from taking biotin for nails and hair, right? Canada’s coolest cutting edge skincare company, DECIEM, has this line called Fountain. I am pretty sure the creator has a time machine and has travelled to the future to bring us miracles. So far I am loving the Hyaluronic Molecule, “a concentrated beauty supplement with Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin looking plump and happy from within”.

DECIEM Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule

Skincare: DECIEM Hylamide and Eminence Eight Greens. My aging, hormonal acne-prone skin has never been happier. Never. Detailed reviews to come, but in the meantime, if you suffer from any of the same skin care woes as I do, go get these things. Now.

Eminence Eight Greens Hylamide

Makeup: The most delicious bronzer in my collection, Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’ Été Tan Enhancing Bronzer. This gorgeous limited edition bronzer is dusted in gold, and smells like heavenly tiare. It is one of the loveliest sheer bronzers I have ever used, and is super easy to build up. It comes in a giant pancake sized compact, so I feel free to dust that baby from head to toe. Looks gorgeous and summery on moisturized arms and legs. LOVE. Get it while you still can!

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d'Été

Perfume: If you know me, you know I adore green perfumes. I love the fresh, earthy fragrances of green things – grass, leaves, stems, mosses….They take me to happy summer place, with daydreams of freshly cut lawns on hot summer weekends, walking through dark, cool green forests and pathways to beaches, mossy stones in mountain streams, hiding in hedgerows and picnics in meadows. The delicious greens in Hampton Sun Privet Bloom has been like a summer memory in a bottle for me lately. “Named after the beautiful privet privacy hedges synonymous with the Hamptons lifestyle, Hampton Sun’s Privet Bloom Fragrance is a delicate scent that captivates the senses and captures the Hamptons’ pure, natural elegance. This destination fragrance is reminiscent of a blooming privet blossom tousled into a stunning bouquet of delicate aromas. Privet Bloom encompasses the essence of nature’s beauty and transcends the seasons – making it the perfect fragrance all year round.” Truth in adverstising, I must say. LOVE.

Hampton Sun Privet Bloom

*saudade:  A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.

My Current Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

My Current Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

Lately, I’ve been going back to some skincare basics. My oily, aging and acne prone skin likes it when I keep my skincare simple. So a simple, gentle yet thorough cleansing routine, followed by simple yet effective-ingredient based skincare products can help restore my skin from ravages that occur when I try various new skincare routines. Ah, the things we bloggers do so you don’t have to, dear reader.

I know my skin well enough to know that it needs exfoliation on a regular basis. That is when it is happiest, and it becomes very unhappy when I don’t. So I have some old favourites, and some new additions that are making it into the rotation.

From left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Balm, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, Neostrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream 10%, Jouviance Restructiv, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream, Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater

From left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Balm, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, Neostrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream 10%, Jouviance Restructiv, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream, Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater

Morning:

I use tepid to warm water and gently wash my face. Right now I am using CeraVe Foaming Cleanser – a tiny bit in my hands mixed with water foams up just enough to freshen my skin. I gently pat my face dry using a clean washcloth (I buy them in bulk!) and then spritz rosewater  into my hands. Then I press it into the skin on my face and neck, as I find it moistens my skin and leaves it feeling dewy. Then, I apply my moisturizing serum (more on that in a future post). I let my serum dry, then apply NeoStrata Glycolic Renewal™ Smoothing Lotion 10%. This one is an oldie but a goodie – repackaged from when it was Neostrata Level 3 – the glycolic acid in this lotion is perfect for my skin. It exfoliates my thick skin, keeping my pores in order and reducing the look of fine lines. Getting rid of dead papery skin is the best way to improve the appearance of ageing skin. Glycolic acid use helps reduce the build up of dead skin cells in our pores as well, so skin looks smoother and glowier. However, the 10% is relatively strong, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to try the 5% Lotion. The Neostrata Glycolic Acid Lotion formulations are best for combination to oily skin, but fear not, they have 5% and 10% Glycolic Acid in Cream formulations for normal to dry skin.

I then apply my eye serum (stay tuned!) followed by my new favourite eye cream, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye cream, which I gush about here. Then I apply my body lotion, and by the time I’m done that, my face is ready for the day. Be it just a little sunscreen, or some powder and blush.

Evening:

Time for bed/pjs/sweats means it’s time to wash mah face. Seriously, I really enjoy this ritual. Must be the beauty junkie in me. Lately, I adore my Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Balm ($70) for washing the day off. This stuff is like the champagne of cold creams, and it’s balm-oil texture melts away the most stubborn of sunscreens or long wearing makeup. I like to finish that off with a hot wet wash cloth. Then, my latest obsesh, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads ($16). Seriously – love. I’ve used a few glycolic toners I enjoy, but the ease of use with pre moistened pads is a terrific feature. They have a gentle amount of glycolic acid at 2.8%, but I find they make a difference in how my skin looks and feels. I give my face, neck and chest a good swipe with the pads, then gently apply my rosewater, patting it into the skin. I apply my moisturizing serum, and, when that dries, I use my Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost ($55). This is one of the only retinol products I have been able to use without irritation! Seriously, miraculous.

From the Jouviance site:

Exclusive Technology

Formulated with Pro-Collagen Activator (PCA), an exclusive Jouviance amino acid copper complex that boosts cell (fibroblast) energy.
Uses patented RovisomeTM encapsulation technology to deliver retinol into your skin’s lower layers. This smart bypass allows retinol’s active ingredients to be released deeper down without irritation. No more redness. No more flaking. The result? Fewer wrinkles and dark spots, and a smoother, even complexion.
Reactivates production of collagen 3 (youth collagen). Rebalances the collagen 1/collagen 3 ratio.
Promotes growth of new collagen and elastin, and prevents against future breakdown.

Developed for sensitive skin

Does not contain any parabens, sulfates, colourants, phthalates, dyes, DMAE, TEA, artificial fragrances, or occlusive agents such as silicones, paraffin, lanolin, petrolatum or mineral oil.
Developed by a dermatologist and tested under clinical control
Not tested on animals
A light texture which penetrates the skin rapidly and leaves it soft, supple, and moisturized.

After around five weeks of use, I noticed my skin was clearer, and glowing, and had a lovely texture. I feel like this is due to the combination of the daytime glycolic use and the retinol at night. So far, this routine is working for me and my skin is happy about it.

Don't be ashamed of your complexion ;)

All of these products, except for Charlotte Tilbury, are sold at drugstores in Canada. Check the websites store locators for retailers outside of Canada. Charlotte Tilbury will be available at select Holt Renfrew stores in Canada July 2015.

 

Eye Opening Skincare Magic Is Easy With Odacité + Clarisonic Opal

Eye Opening Skincare Magic Is Easy With Odacité + Clarisonic Opal

I have recently been exploring the world of luxurious green beauty. I add “luxurious” to the description because the green beauty I’ve been trying is so far away from ye olde health-food-store-backyardy natural green products of the past that they deserve a special label. The luxe products are green beauty products that I would compare to what is sold at the counters at our favourite department stores. The kind we love and that we count on for real results, and that we willingly pay for.

Odacite Ultra Protective Eye Cream

I’m working my way through some natural and/or organic skincare to find what works for me. So far I have fallen in love with the Odacité line. As readers of my blog know, I am a serious eye cream lover and user. Well, dear readers, I have finally found a product that has dethroned my beloved Shiseido Benefiance Eye Contour Cream. I started using Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream almost 2 months ago, and I adore it. The texture is more of a lotion than a cream, however it is rich lotion. Almost a lotion-serum-oil hybrid. It is never too greasy or oily, as my makeup stays put perfectly when I wear it. It is soothing, and keeps my eye area perfectly moisturized and keeps fine lines at bay. I use it morning and night after cleansing. If you saw the number of products I try, you’d understand how much of an endorsement “this is the best eye cream I’ve used” is. I have an office full, and no anti ageing eye cream so far has been good enough to replace my former holy grail. The added benefit is knowing that each ingredient is effective, and is not just a silicone coating with shimmer particles fooling me into believing that my eye area looks better. Here is the entire list of ingredients from the Odacité site:

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic)
Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic)
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic)
Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic)
Emulsifying Vegetable Wax
Palm Stearic Acid
Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) extract (Organic)
Evening Primerose (Oenothers biennis) oil
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Pomegranate extract (Organic)
Hyaluronic Acid
Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic)
Blue Green Algae – Organic
Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)

Looks good, right? No wonder I love it so much.

I recently had a heavenly facial from Oresta at her amazing spa, Oresta Organic Skincare, using Odacité oils (more on this in a future post) and looked at myself in the mirror for days, admiring my plump and glowing skin. When a skilled aesthetician has her way with your face and with their magical massaging ways, they can make your skin glowy and plump. Our plump and dewy looking skin is coaxed under the caring hands of a facialist. They know that relax muscles, improve blood circulation, give your skin a toned appearance and chase away any signs of fatigue or fine lines. That plump look is visible right after a facial, and is something I aim for every time I apply my eye products.

Here is where it gets even better – if you thought that was even possible. Well, good people in search of good skin, this is where I say EUREKA! I started using Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream with my Clarisonic Opal [insert chorus of angels here] and now it’s like I’ve had a facial every time I apply my eye cream. Seriously.

Clarisonic Opal dalybeauty review

From the Clarisonic website:

The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infuser is a palm-sized sonic infusion device, specially designed to help build skin’s resilience over time. By gently tapping a soft silicone tip to the skin around your eye at 200+ sonic movements per second, the Opal Sonic Infuser helps reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles while maximizing the absorption of eye serums and wrinkle-reducing creams in a way that’s not possible with your finger alone.

I’ve always loved my Opal but admittedly it has sat unused in a drawer for white awhile. This is the first time I have used it with such an awesome product, because I had a eureka moment and made the connection to how my skin looks post-facial. Using the Opal feels amazing, like a very gentle tickle. I don’t use it on my eyelid but I do gently go over the orbital bone above my eye just because I like the way it feels. The Opal has an internal timer so you know exactly how long to spend on each eye. The ritual of using this around my eyes is as soothing as it is effective. And Odacité Ultraprotective Eye Cream is incredible and is effective with or without the Opal. The Opal just takes the beauty ritual of applying eye cream, that I do anyways, to another level of pampering. Verdict? LOVE!

Odacité skincare can be purchased on their website, at The Detox Market  (US customers go here) and in Ottawa at Oresta.

The Clarisonic Opal is sold where Clarisonics are sold. There seems to be some kind of relaunch going on with the Opal in Canada, I will pass on more information when I have it. 

Glam Gorgeous Skincare: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Multi-Miracle Glow Balm & Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Glam Gorgeous Skincare: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Multi-Miracle Glow Balm & Goddess Skin Clay Mask

The Charlotte Tilbury beauty line has been causing a sensation since it was launched. First, because everyone who used it looked beautiful and raved about it, and second, because it was not available in North America. Then, as with most brands, it was launched in the USA first, and Canadian beauty junkies lost their minds because we couldn’t get it here! Well, it has finally arrived* and we can all share in the glowing gorgeousness that Charlotte Tilbury brings us.

ABeautifulMind-CharlotteTilburyA

Today I’m obsessing over her skincare. Of course, I’d been reading about Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream in European beauty mags for awhile. As a much sought after makeup artist at couture shows around the world, one of Charlotte Tilbury’s secrets has been her Magic Cream “treat and transform” moisturizer, allegedly able to revitalize and brighten the most tired and sallow complexions. And, her Multi-Miracle Glow Balm sounded beyond fantastic – a rich, creamy and gentle cleansing balm as well, a deeply moisturizing overnight facial mask, as well as a multi-purpose SOS skincare balm that can be used anywhere, anytime. I’d read about her Goddess Skin Clay Mask (how enticing is that?) in several editor’s “best of” lists.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Multi Use Balm Goddess Clay Mask

All product ingredients are listed on their product pages linked above, which is a good thing. Read through if you think any might be problematic for your skin. The only issues for my skin would be some silicones, but as long as I avoid my t-zone, there is no problem. Here is what the site says about the products:

Magic Cream: The BioNymph Peptide Complex is a unique, patented anti-age ingredient that multi-tasks in the skin, fighting the ageing process on all fronts. It increases collagen & fibre levels, prevents fibre break-down, fights free radicals and stimulates cell energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity & generally smooth things over.
Sodium Hyaluronate forms a film of hyaluronic acid over the skin to seal in moisture, whilst extracts of Wild Pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin surface to retain moisture. Skin is plumped-up and youthfully dewy.
A mix of rose hip oil, camellia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E transforms a gray complexion into hydrated, mirror-shine skin, nourishing Vitamin A helps improves skin firmness and smoothness and energetic Vitamin C is able to promote collagen activity for more youthful skin. Damask rose water and organic aloe vera stimulate skin regeneration, fighting the signs of ageing, naturally and gracefully. Extracts of Frangipani, the symbol of eternity, form a soothing, purifying and hydrating comfort-blanket on the skin. Paraben-free. Plus a little bit of top secret magic!

I love the way the Magic Cream feels on my skin, and it adds a gorgeous glow and makes my skin look dewy. There is a soft gardenia fragrance to all Charlotte Tilbury skincare, and I adore it. It’s soft, but if you are averse to fragrance, best to test it first. It is very rich and perfectly suited to normal or dry and dehydrated skin, but could be an issue for oily skinned types like me. I have been using it sparingly, and only for day. I use it under a bit of powder and it helps me fake a good night’s sleep. I think the ideal user for this product is someone with drier skin than mine. I love it but its a bit rich for day to day.

Multi-Miracle Glow Balm: MULTI-MIRACLE GLOW is a cream-to-oil balm, enriched with vitamins and floral extracts for a fresh, dewy, baby-soft finish. Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil are highly effective anti-oxidant pure oils that moisturize the skin & stimulate micro-circulation; extracts of frangipani flower soothe and help purify dirt and makeup; rose hip and camellia oil regenerate the skin to delay the signs of ageing; whilst vitamins A, C and E smooth wrinkles and bring the skin’s complexion back to life. It’s one of my 7 wonders for your skin!

Ok – this stuff is amazing! If you are a fan of oil cleansing, you NEED to try this stuff. A tiny amount is all you need, and using Charlotte’s method, which is lots of massaging before rinsing, you will be left with clean baby soft skin. I use a little around my eyes, neck and anywhere else needing a special moisture infusion at bedtime. It feels luxurious and beautiful and is my favourite cleanser right now. I use it at the end of the day to get rid of the day’s makeup and sunscreen, and the gentle gardenia fragrance takes me away.

The stunning packaging of the Balm and Miracle Cream need to be mentioned. They are heavy and gorgeous, and just having them on my bathroom counter makes me feel super fancy. The rose gold and the cut crystal look of the lucite jars make me think of old school glamour make up tables. Love.

Goddess Skin Clay Mask:
• Spanish clay absorbs oil and draws out impurities without drying.

• Sweet Almond and Rosehip Oil nourish and delay signs of skin ageing.

• BioNymph Peptide Complex boosts collagen production and improves elasticity.

• Essential oils create a smooth, hydrating formula that never feels chalky or dry.

• Frangipani Flower Extract boasts soothing antiseptic properties and leaves skin cashmere-soft.

Officially my new favourite mask. It gives me an instant pick-up whenever I need it. I use it weekly and love my baby soft skin. It manages to make my skin feel clean without being dry and tight, and it feels like a spa day when I use it. If you are a lover of masks, you need to try this. I think it would work on all skin types, as it doesn’t irritate my oily acneic skin by being too rich, and it does not dry my skin out at all.

All in all I am in love with this line! I am hoping that Charlotte Tilbury puts out a Miracle Lotion or something lighter and silicone free. Have you tried these products? What do you think?

Gotta love that "clean makeup" glow!

Gotta love that “clean makeup” glow!

Charlotte Tilbury products are sold in select retailers and online in the US. In Canada, they will be available at select Holt Renfrew stores as of July, 2015

Glow From Within Obsessions: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, YSL Volupté Tint in Oil

Glow From Within Obsessions: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, YSL Volupté Tint in Oil

I am just LOVING some beauty items lately. I am loving many, and am waiting for full test drives before reviewing (hello, Charlotte Tilbury Skincare – from heaven…Jouviance….) but right now these beauties are captivating me!

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, YSL Volupte Tint In Oil

If you read the Internet you know about Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, as it’s been causing a sensation! I’ve been taking the line for a test drive and have fallen deeply in love with the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher. Charlotte Tilbury is famous for the “glow” she imparts on those who sit in her makeup chair. She wanted to recreate the gorgeous flush we get when we’re in love, the “love glow” she calls it, with her “Swish and Pop” method. I have Sex On Fire, which is a bronzed mauve-y rose and gives a perfect glowy blush. The finish of the blush has such lovely finish, using finely milled powder with a pearly luminosity. She advocates using the two shades in the blush separately but I am perfectly happy swirling them together.

Amore Pacific is a niche Korean beauty line with the cult-favourite, the Color Control Cushion Compact. It uses breakthrough game-changer technology, which is a unique air cushion format. The product is weightless and amazingly sheer, with buildable coverage. I was interested in how those with oily skin seem to love and rave over this product, and, it offers SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It fills rather than “settles” into lines, and is always – miraculously – even coverage. It’s full of water and feels cool on the skin. Oddly, it has silicones, yet my skin seems to love it, so if silicones and acne are problematic for you, don’t be afraid to try this! If my skin hasn’t flipped out, yours may not either. Seriously, this is the most weightless and perfectly sheer product I have used on my skin, that improves the appearance of the skin while protecting it. I get almost no breakthrough shine, and unless I’m really sweating, I barely need to touch up. The only complaints I have read online is regarding the lack of shades, and the fragrance. I can smell the Amore Pacific “scent” in their skincare and it is fairly noticeable. I notice it for a moment or two with the Cushion Compact, and then it’s gone, so it obviously does not bother me. If you are sensitive to fragrance, you should definitely try before you buy. I swatched it quite heavily on the inside of my arm below so you could see it – notice it has zero grease or “thickness” to it. It just makes you skin glow, as it improves the texture of the skin vs covers it up. It’s like a treatment. I’m not sure how it would be on dry skin – again, best to try first if in doubt.

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil has been around for awhile now, but man, I cannot get enough. It is the perfect “your lips but better” product, and actually delivers a colour payoff. No, it is not lipstick, and it is not opaque. It is not really a gloss, as it isn’t sticky. It makes my lips noticeably softer, and even when the shine is gone, there is a soft colour deposit on the lips. I use one of the lighter shades, Rose You, but find it gives my lips the perfect pink-kiss glow.

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, YSL Volupte Tint In Oil dalybeauty swatches

Starting at the top: YSL Volupte Tint in Oil “Rose You”, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher ” Sex On Fire”, Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact 104 Tan Blush in daylight, direct sun

 

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury is available at Holt Renfrew as of the end June in Canada, and at select retailers in the US – more info here. Amore Pacific is sold at Holts and Nordstrom in Canada, there is a store locator on their website. YSL is sold at major department stores and at Sephora.

W3LL PEOPLE Beauty Makes Me Feel Like The Natural Woman I Am

W3LL PEOPLE Beauty Makes Me Feel Like The Natural Woman I Am

I will admit to having some reservations regarding natural beauty products. I am luxury lover, and until recently, at least in Canada, natural beauty was more backyard than luxurious. That, my friends, is old fashioned thinking. The past decade has ushered in an awareness about what we use on our skin, and while I haven’t abandoned all of the conventional beauty brands, I have opened my mind to alternatives. I give thanks to beauties like Jessica aka BeautyGuruNYC.com for enabling my beauty obsession and showing me how luxe and green are not mutually exclusive. And, I give credit to retailers like The Detox Market and ECODIVA for elevating natural and healthy beauty sales to a more suitable luxurious “space” vs the health food store cliché we have come to expect. No thank you, I do not want to see your hairy toes, sir, while I search for a healthy beauty alternative. Jeesh.

So you can imagine my delight when I tried the awesome W3LL PEOPLE. I’d heard of them, but had not really heard a lot about their products, other than knowing beauty lovers loved them. They have a neat story as well, from their site:

W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and treehugging entrepreneur. We’re passionate about making positive choices in life, particularly when it comes to self care. Skin, our largest organ, absorbs about 80% of what we put on it. This crucial fact drives our mission to create super premium quality cosmetics without using the potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup. Our modern approach to beauty is built on simplicity, authenticity and performance. We get that you want minimalist makeup, but need instant gratification. You’ll find our delightfully stylish products unmatched in delivering a natural “no-makeup” look. State-of-the-art, all-natural formulas effortlessly deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection that’s unbelievably light. With W3LL PEOPLE you don’t just look good, you feel good. Join us in our crazy beautiful dream and look naturally fabulous every step along the way.

I think the “3” in their name refers to two things, the three founders, and their commitment to three things:

  1. advanced performance
  2. natural ingredients
  3. social responsiblity

Sadly, with many natural brands, number one, the “advanced performance” thing,  has been lacking. Not so with W3LL PEOPLE. I have been using their Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous in Creamy Pink and their Realist Invisible Setting Powder  in translucent. And, dear readers, I am IN LOVE. This is saying a lot. I have many fleeting, fair-weather love affairs with my beauty prodz, new and old. But this love has me reaching for these products every single day that they have been in my hands. I was dubious, even skeptical that these would sway me away from similar items in my beauty arsenal.

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Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous aka my glow-stick ($34.50 US): For the woman who wants it all, say hello to The Universalist. This magic color stick for eyes, cheeks and lips will take your entire look from drab to fab in seconds. The creamy formula has a satiny smooth, weightless texture – free from all harsh, artificial chemicals and petroleum. So, there’s no heavy, greasy film and no creasing. 

Realist Invisible Setting Powder aka a Magic Eraser for imperfections. Really. ($24 US): Keep it real with a polished, soft-focus look using this clear, weightless, all-natural mineral powder. Realist Invisible Setting Powder can be used by itself to minimize pores and control shine, or to set foundation for ultra-long wear.

  • Creates polished, soft-focus, matte look
  • Minimizes pores and imperfections
  • Soothes and calms with organic aloe
  • Controls shine with organic arrowroot and cornstarch

Swatches:

Universalist Multi-Stick in Creamy Pink swatched in natural light. Unblended on left, blended on right.

Universalist Multi-Stick in Creamy Pink swatched in natural light. Unblended on left, blended on right.

 

Universalist Multi Stick with Realist Invisible Setting Powder brushed & blended lightly on top.

Universalist Multi Stick with Realist Invisible Setting Powder brushed & blended lightly on top.

The Universalist Multi-Stick is just what it says it is, but is better than you can imagine. I am one of the people who breaks out with the Nars Multiple, as much as I tried it multiple times. The matte, the shimmer – it didn’t matter. I got cheek zits, and I normally never get those. I love the idea of a highlighter, but too much shimmer can be tricky when you have oily skin or, ahem, fine lines (I like that better than wrinkles…). The Universalist Luminous is the Goldilocks of beauty sticks. Not too dark, not too pale, not too sparkly, not too dry. It applies like a dream, and Creamy Pink is a very soft and natural shade for my fair-medium skin.

The Realist Setting Powder is a natural version of the blurring HD powders we all love *cue angel chorus*. It’s a setting powder that helps blend makeup, and blur imperfections. I like natural makeup that doesn’t feel like makeup. I had a friend that used to tease me asking me why I had makeup at all because it never looks like I am wearing any. Why, thank you, I said. That is exactly what I am going for.

I was going to send a Snapchat, when I noticed how ON POINT my highlighted cheekbones were. I had to capture it. LOVE.

About to get goofy on Snapchat, when I noticed how ON POINT my highlighted cheek bones were. LOVE LOVE LOVE

 

 

 

You can buy W3LL PEOPLE beauty on their site, and you can check here for retailers.

Nudestix And My Half Empty Make Up Bag

Nudestix And My Half Empty Make Up Bag

Have you heard of the latest thing that is changing the landscape of how we think about makeup? Nudestix has streamlined the beauty process and the products that make it up. Not only that, but the founder, Jenny, is brilliant (chemical engineer) woman who has been inspired by and works with her amazing daughters, Taylor and Ally. How awesome is that? A brilliant woman with amazing daughters – coincidence? Who knows? One of the things I love about this makeup line, is that it allows for the wearer to let their own individuality shine through. I loved the 70s, when sheer makeup that showed a few lines, freckles and actual skin, was considered ok. Nowadays, with HD cameras and photo shopping taken to the max, even by individuals vs just magazines, it’s nice to see some skin.

From the Nudstix lookbook, this is my favourite look!

From the Nudestix website – my favourite look!

From their site:

We believe a natural look is a perfect fit for any face. We’re all born with our  own unique look, so why cover it up with tons of makeup? When it comes to beauty, a little color goes a long way. A touch of color here and there is enough to bring out our finest features, so out with the crazy big collection and in with four simple solutions for face, eyes, lips and even nails. We think doing our makeup should be easy, enjoyable and–above all–fun…

So we created NUDESTIX. A simple collection of easy-to-use makeup crayons that cover all the bases and give you a fresh-faced, nude look. Enriched with skin-saving vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers, each multipurpose NUDESTIX is loaded with just enough color to get the job done and leave you glowing.

And, that’s it. Just what Nudestix says it is. Who doesn’t want this? The collection has all the essentials – all you need to add is a powder, or a foundation of some kind if you like that kind of thing.  If you are the type who only wears makeup on special occasions, or just not very much at all, this is a perfect line for you. The shades are natural, the application is a breeze, and you won’t feel covered in spackle, or overly done up. If you are a lover of lots of makeup, this collection is for your “off days”, or for a sublte “no makeup makeup” look, while easily allowing a more dramatic look without adding tons of products to your routine.

They come in fabulous reusable tins, which each house a mirror in the lid, so you can put a few pencils in a tin and take your mini routine on the road. I can fit three pencils in one tin. Great for storage as well. The formulas are not too drying nor too oily, and work well on all skin types.

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I’ve been taking several Nudestix varieties out for a test drive, but today I will share my experiences with the colour collection. Pardon my arm hairs in the photo below. Photo taken in direct sunlight.

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Wearing the Nudestix shades & products reviewed, in indirect outdoor light. All I added was a light dusting of translucent powder.

Sculpting Pencil in Medium/Light: dual-ended, matte cream sculpting pencil that is long-wearing, in easily blendable shades, perfect for sublte highlighting and contouring. Subtle, vs the crazy weird contouring thing going on now – you know what I mean. Just, no. There are several skin tones and shades offered. I’m a medium fair, and I found this helpful review on The Style And Beauty Doctor and she compares the deepest shade available as close to NC50.

Lip/Cheek in Ripe: The perfect rose-y nude shade for your lips but better lips, and a lovely glow in the cheeks. No shimmer that I can see – just lovely glowy pink. From the site: “We love when the same color is used on the lip and cheek for perfect harmony…”. Ok to me this makes perfect sense. I love sameness and symmetry in all things beauty related. The Lip/Cheek pencil isn’t exactly sheer, but is also not thick or fully opaque, so your own lip colour glows through. Not matchy-matchy, just matched enough. Now I want to try Whisper, a gorgeous pale nude, and Love, a pretty more blue toned pink that Ripe. Just when we think we can streamline the collection….

Magnetic Eye Color in Angel: I love this long wearing eye shadow pencil, it’s smooth as silk and just glides on to the lids. It highlights, provides intense color, precise lining and primes lids for all day wear. The soft gold shade of Angel makes my hazel eyes sparkle. Love.

Eye Pencil in Burnish: This pencil is an eye liner, eye shadow and highlighter ‘all-in-one’ that allows for precise application or a smoky eye look using the foam smudger on the end of the pencil, or all over for a creamy shadow.  Burnish is a gorgeous deep bronze, which would be flattering on any number of skin tones.

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I have a few more products from Nudestix to share with you guys. Overall I just adore this line. Using only the products mentioned above, adding in a sheer powder, bronzer, liquid liner and mascara, I have the perfectly practical makeup set for travel and for leaving more space on my vanity. Nudestix are available at several retailers, including Sephora online and in some stores, check this link to find a location near you. Each pencil is $24 US, or $28 CAN (a better deal in Canada for sure), which is a total deal. These will last ages, as the product is rich and concentrated. All in all, fabulous and I love!

Simplify Your Skincare Routine: Rodan + Fields Redefine

Simplify Your Skincare Routine: Rodan + Fields Redefine

I have no shortage of skincare stuffs in my stash. I try lots and lots of products (so you don’t have to) and some I love, some I learn to love, some give me zits, some give me a rash, some make my skin peel. When a new Rodan+Fields regimen came across my beauty desk, I thought it might worth a try. The first Rodan+Fields product I ever used is Proactiv. I still use Proactiv from time to time, as do my daughters. My oily acne prone skin benefits from their cleanser and lotion when it’s feeling particularly oily or zitty. So Proactiv is always in my skincare cupboard. It’s simple no-nonsense skincare, and it’s easy to use. I like that. I like it even more now that I can buy it from a retail shop as well.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Regime

Rodan + Fields Redefine Regime

The Rodan+Fields Refine regime is simple and easy, and makes some pretty reasonable claims. The Refine Kit I have includes a clay cleanser/exfoliant, a refining/exfoliant toner, a daytime moisturizer with full spectrum SPF 30 protection, and a night cream that restores. From the Rodan+Fields website:

Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask:

Creamy, kaolin clay-based cleansing mask dries in two minutes, drawing impurities from pores without robbing skin of essential moisture. Fine dimethicone microbeads gently exfoliate to smoothe the skin without disrupting skin’s delicate moisture barrier.

Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner:

Exclusive combination of pore-clarifying ingredients minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores in this fast-acting, alcohol-free liquid vehicle. Gentle polyhydroxy acids exfoliate pore clogging dead skin cells while natural oligosaccharides help reduce the appearance of pores and prepares skin for the treatments that follow.

Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream:

An ultra-hydrating cream which replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) while you sleep for visibly firmer, less-lined skin in the morning. Moisture recycling complex of hyaluronic acid and glycerin prevent moisture loss while 12-hour, time-released antioxidants A, C and E replenish vital skin nutrients.

Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF30:

A moisturizing treatment with photostable broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. It contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin. SHIELDrf provides effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and visibly decelerates the signs of photoaging that appear over time.

I love the Cleanser – it is a gentle exfoliating cleanser that my oily and sensitive skin loves. My skin feels fresh when I use it – not scrubbed. It says you can use it daily, however I use it a couple times a week which is perfect for me. I use the toner in the evening, and it makes my skin feels fresh as a daisy for the Overnight Restorative Cream. It feels terrific on the skin, and I do wake up with a glow. I will sometimes use it under my Garnier Miracle Sleep Cream, for extra moisture and radiance.

I use Dove Soap in the morning, then the Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF30. It feels moisturizing and my skin drinks it up. It works beautifully under makeup as well. If I need a little more moisture, or if I’m tired and dehydrated, I use my latest Vichy love – LiftActif Supreme (review to come).

I’ve been using Rodan+Fields Refine for a little over a month, and each product does what it promises. My skin is smooth and radiant, with no signs of irritation or breakouts, which is saying a lot! My skin feels smooth and fresh, and fine lines are less visible, which is probably a combination of the exfoliating and moisturizing properties of the products. There is a slight scent to all the products, but it’s soft and clean smelling and doesn’t last on the skin. I love all the products and would recommend them to anyone looking for a smoother glowing complexion!

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All four products can be purchased on the Rodan +Fields website for $193 USD.