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.

Look Wide Awake Without Trying: The Only Concealer You Will Ever Need, And A Perfect Eyelid Primer

Look Wide Awake Without Trying: The Only Concealer You Will Ever Need, And A Perfect Eyelid Primer

It is not often that I use a beauty product that blows my mind. Yes, I fall in love with many beauty items, and they often fall into the pile of All The Beauty Products Like This That I Love And Already Own. I also have holy grail items that become the favourite, the one thing I fall back on, even if I have other similar items that I love. If you read this blog you know that Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof UnderEye Concealer has been my go-to for doing exactly what it says it does for around twenty years. I’m not sure what made me try something different. I read a review somewhere for a Tarte concealer. I bought it, and while I like it well enough, it is very thick, and despite the fact it’s called “creaseless”, it is not. Thick as in “concentrated” is one thing, but thick as in “goopy and hard to blend” is another. The review I’d read mentioned a “glow”, and I did not get that.

So, hours days a month or so later, I’d read everything I could find on concealers. I read blog reviews of expert opinions I trust (vs editorial content that is the same on every blog because they are all being paid/given product to write a good review), I read Make Up Alley, I read Sephora customer reviews.

At Armani Beauty Counter - thank you Jolanta!

At Armani Beauty Counter – thank you Jolanta!

After much comparing and analysis, I narrowed it down to one- Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer ($39 USD). Anyone who uses this is probably gently nodding their head right now, saying “Yes, this is The One you were looking for, Grasshopper”. I popped over to the Neiman Marcus Armani Beauty Counter where I met Jolanta, the Armani MUA.  A love woman, Jolanta is Polish (her lovely accent was easy to spot!), smart, funny and gorgeous. She was so lovely! She sat me down and said “Let me treat you!”*. First, she busted out the Crema Nera Reviving Eye Cream, which she said adds radiance. It sure felt good, and it did look pretty amazing on it’s own, but for $170 USD, I was not immediately sold.

Anyways, she went on to test out different shades of the Armani High Precision concealer until she found the one she thought best. One was actually a perfect match for my skin, so it looked invisible, and one was a tad lighter, which always freaks me out because I remember the 80s. I would have gone for the exact match, if left to my own devices. But, she insisted it would be better to go with the lighter one. I looked in her mirror right away and was like WUT.

Natural makeup look,  using Armani concealer + Dior primer, with Blinc mascara

Natural makeup look, using Armani concealer + Dior primer, with Blinc mascara. Look how it glows under my eyes! Outside in shade.

From the Armani Beauty website:

A high precision concealer which blurs imperfections, treats dark circles, and highlights the complexion. Contains light reflecting pearls, which diffuse light for radiant skin. Vitamin E and moisturizers pamper the delicate eye area. High definition applicator. All skin types.
- conceals imperfections and blurs dark circles
- adds radiance
- rich, moisturizing formula
- high-definition applicator

Those “light reflecting pearls” are so subtle they are not really visible to the naked eye. This swatch on my hand looks matte. It is only when I stand back and look in the mirror that see a visible glow! I could not stop staring at myself.

Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer swatched in indirect natural light, applied on left, blended on right

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer Dior Backstage Eye Prime

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer Dior Backstage Eye Prime

 

 

Inside, with natural light

Inside, with natural light

Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer is amazing. The tiny brush allows you to put a tiny drop anywhere you want. I use a tiny amount under my eyes, and on the inside of my eyes, around my nose, on lines, and on blemishes. It blends seamlessly, and wears on and on. I did yoga (regular, not hot) while wearing it, watched a few animal videos on Facebook that made me cry, and STILL it looked incredible. I used the Dior Backstage Eye Prime on my lids – it is my new obsession for a no-makeup-makeup look, and stays put all day. Protip: a paler shade on the eyelids adds a youthful look. A light dusting of Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base and touch of Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow blush, which is a lovely petal pink blush.

*side note: sometimes, when you feel down, tired or just bleh, there is something about having someone touch you gently and just pamper you. I remember when my father was very sick, near the end of his life, and I felt like I was living in the palliative care unit. I went to see my girlfriend who was with La Mer. She had an aesthetician at the counter that day and she said, “You look tired. Let me give you a hand treatement”. She went on to wash, scrub and massage my hands, while I turned to jelly in her chair. So much tension left me, I may even have had a little cry. But there was something so wonderful about trusting someone else and letting them take care of me. I feel like this when an awesome MUA is working on my face. Heaven.

Banish Oil & Pores With Shu Uemura Under-Base Pore Eraser Mousse SPF 35

Banish Oil & Pores With Shu Uemura Under-Base Pore Eraser Mousse SPF 35

Shu Uemura Pore Eraser Under Base is a mousse formula skin primer that is the sheerest beige ever- almost invisible on skin but it does give enough of a glow to make it better than bare skin. It also works as a primer which means it makes a nice surface for other make up like powder, blush and bronzer. Plus, it has SPF35, which is perfect. Unlike many primers on the market, it does not contain silicone. This is not an issue for everyone, but if your skin is silicone sensitive, this is key, as breakouts are not an issue for me with this beauty.

I imagine you could layer foundation over it if you were so inclined but I find adding a bit of powder and concealer is all the coverage I need. Under Base has witch hazel for minimizing pores and some kind of magic potion that makes skin glow without shining. Sort of what I wanted MAC Strobe cream to be without making me look like I was going to a rave or had at least been sweating at one all night. Yikes.

Same Under Base in Beige (what I use) now called Pore Eraser

Same Under Base in Beige (what I use) Pore Eraser

I like to keep as few layers of stuff on my face as possible. As I say ad nauseum, my skin is oily, sensitive and prone to breakouts, and certain sunscreens can be problematic. When one first applies Under Base there is a bit of a white cast on the skin, which initially terrified me – but, of course that is the sunscreen. Not to worry, it blends and dissipates leaving only a dewy yet matte surface. As far as colour or tint goes, Under Base has a pretty perfect and light “presence” on the skin and stays matte for hours. It has a neat semi- sticky consistency when first applied, which I swear just grabs the make up you apply and holds onto it for dear life, making it last even longer. Love it. I apply only this to my face before heading out to spend a day in the sunshine and have yet to get a sunburn.

This is around 4 hours after applying some powder/concealer & blush over Under Base. It is 30C with 60% humidity. No. Shine.

This is around 4 hours after applying some powder/concealer & blush over Under Base. It is 30C with 60% humidity. No. Shine #nofilter

Shu Uemura has gone into very limited distribution in North America but we are lucky that Holt Renfrew in Canada carries the line and indeed this product – I paid around $45 CAN. I don’t know if Shu Uemura is even sold in the USA anymore….It sells out quickly in Canada and I usually buy 2 cans at a time. But they do last me 6 mos+, keeping in mind I am an “under applier” and go easy on my make up application, and I also don’t wear it in cold, dry weather. There is a reason this stuff is a cult fave. Have you tried it? Thoughts?

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Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

We’ve all tried night creams, amirite? They are usually heavier than a day cream, as they are intended to address our skincare needs when our skin is optimally ready for help, and this time happens to be while we sleep. We slather them on and hope for a miracle. I recently spent some quality time with Garnier and they spoiled me with their skincare miracles and goodness!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Let us first address the issue of nighttime skincare. Does our skin do different things at night?  The skin does go through some changes as you sleep. It’s metabolic rate increases and cell production increases as well, and blood flow seems to be higher at night. When blood flow is increased to the skin, the area of absorption of whatever you put on at night likely increases as well. Night creams/serums absorb easier and more deeply into skin at night since it isn’t conflicting with any other products, like say makeup . The warmth of our skin will also accept the products better than, say, running around all day in cold weather etc. If your skin is dry, using a deeply moisturizing night cream can do the “hard work” for you overnight so it won’t disturb your makeup during the day. Also, some night time products contain retinols which should not used when your skin is exposed to UV light.

That's a bedtime miracle right there.

That’s a bedtime miracle right there.

Now. Let’s discuss “sleeping creams”. They are different from night creams as they are designed to do a little more heavy lifting, pardon the pun. I’d say they are more like a mask, but with a gorgeous melting texture – “self smoothing”- and the technology behind them was inspired by the hugely popular sleeping packs from Asia. Sleeping creams feel utterly different from a heavy night cream and simply feel lovely and soothing on the skin. This is what Garnier has created with their Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream. From Garnier:

Garnier introduces Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping CreamTM Night Cream, a new product that combines the hydrating and recharging power of a mask with the light and refreshing feel of a cream. This anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull and dry tired looking skin. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil*, Rare Plant Extracts, Adenosine, Hyaluronic & Beta Hydroxy acids, the care helps exfoliation of the skin surface layer, repairs skin’s moisture barrier and reduces the look of wrinkles. Night after night, skin looks energized, younger, feels lifted and firm.

Results:
1st Morning:
• 93% said skin felt smoother & hydrated
• 77% said skin looked rested.

In 1 week:
• Wrinkles look reduced.

In 4 Weeks:
• 91% said skin texture looked improved
• 77% said skin felt firmer and looked revitalized.

My morning elevator selfie plus bonus coffee

My morning elevator selfie plus bonus coffee. It’s a bit blurry but trust me. My skin is feeling fab!

 

I’ve been using the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream along with the Ultra Lift Sleeping Eye Cream for a few weeks and so far I loveth them, I do. I love the soothing feeling of the cream, and who doesn’t want to wake up with a glow? Every time I use it I am AMAZED that they are drugstore products. It feels like a sponge of moisture feeding my skin, if that makes sense. I am wearing less makeup – basically some concealer around my eyes (I haz old), a dusting of powder and blush. That’s it!

If you have dry, tired and/or fatigued skin that needs some TLC, I highly recommend you run out to the drugstore and treat yoself. I would also say this is not limited to “aging” skin. Anyone who wants to pamper and moisturize and wake up like they slept a spa should use the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping cream line. Verdict? Love. You will not spend a better $24.99 CAN. You can get Garnier products

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

 

 

* regarding the lavender – lots of people say omg lavender is not good for the skin on your face! Is it? I don’t know. I found arguments for and against on the internet. I use Osmia Organics Spot Treatment for acne and I love it. In the Garnier Sleeping Cream line, the lavender is minimal, and simply for aromatherapeutic reasons, ie to help you sleep. 

Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Oh, great. Another hormonal break out. UGH!

Just when I think all I need to do is manage my ageing skin, another zit pops up. Ugh. Hormonal acne is difficult to control, as it rarely influenced by what you put ON the skin. I have found it is exacerbated by certain skincare products, like silicones and certain oils (not mineral oil, oddly). Yet it not often improved by skincare products, so what I hope for is control, and then damage control. A nasty cyst can sometimes leave a mark, and sometimes even a small pimple can leave a mark. So even though the pimples themselves have moved on, the damage done can linger for weeks, even months.

Another way to get radiance in bed...

Another way to get radiance in bed…

This is where tone correctors come in. I have been loving Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Gel Cleanser, but decided I would try the PTH Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, as it gets rave reviews by my age group (it is key to adjust the search criteria to a relevant peer group) on MakeUpAlley.

From Peter Thomas Roth:

Oil-free, anti-wrinkle technology helps to clarify and brighten with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, extracts of peach, white oak bark, lemon, lime, linden, grapefruit, and arginine. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action supports natural cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It helps to effectively detoxify the pores, dissolve makeup, emulsify oil, and improve skin texture as it gently sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities that can make the complexion appear dull.

I do love it, and feel it is somehow gentler on my skin, while still exfoliating and adding radiance.

I am a giant fan of Vichy ProEven. Because I am always trying new things (so you don’t have to!), it is easy to shift my routine and not really notice what is missing, vs what is new. So I realized I had not been using ProEven, and that indeed I was out. I remembered I had Vichy ProEven Night, and hadn’t given it a full test drive. Well, I’m glad I did!

From Vichy:

Unique resurfacing technology with the highest concentration of LHA (3x more than the day formula), Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It infuses into all layers of the skin at night to act during the cells’ natural skin regeneration process for a resurfacing action all night long.

I swear it is not psychosomatic when I see results in TWO DAYS. That’s right. I went from feeling crappy and like hiding, using concealer like spackle, to feeling glowy and on the road to improvement. Now, ten days later, my skin tone is dramatically improved, and I don’t feel the insecurity that plagues one when we have spots on our faces.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

As an aside, I am going to be trying Spironolactone to treat the underlying cause of my acne. It seems to be quite popular as a treatement for hormonal acne in women in my ahem, age group. Have you tried it? Do you know anyone who has used it? Any advice? Thanks!

You can get Vichy ProEven Night at Shoppers Drug Mart, $49, and Peter Thomas Roth AntiAging Cleansing Gel is at Sephora $49.

Even Grown Ups Get Break Outs – Vichy Is Here For Your Skintervention

Even Grown Ups Get Break Outs – Vichy Is Here For Your Skintervention

There is something completely unfair about having to battle ageing skin AND acne at the same time. Yes we know, the plus side to having acne prone skin is that oily skin does not wrinkle as early and as much as dry skin. So there’s that. But that is cold comfort when yet another breakout happens, or when a sore cystic pimple, buried deep in the dermis, never to emerge, begins to pulsate and redden. Ugh. While most acne is hormone related, there are things to do to lessen and prevent the super nasty ones. I do have prescription creams, that sometimes work, but not always. I have found a preventative skincare regime helps the most, along with clean(ish) eating. Yes I know – food isn’t supposed to cause acne, but when I fall of the healthy food wagon, and consume buckets of chips, chocolate and sugar sugar sugar, I am bound to have a breakout.

Vichy is one of my favourite skincare lines, for good reason. I use my Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 every day, twice a day, but when my skin is freaking out, Vichy has some great oily skin options. I really love them in the summer, when my skin is more likely to get sweaty and be exposed to the grit and grime of city air. So this is the perfect time for my Skinternvention, with the Vichy Normaderm line:

About Normaderm:

Skin care products for all types of imperfections: irregular texture, clogged pores and shine. Normaderm targets skin’s signs of sensitivity by thoroughly cleansing, hydrating and purifying it. To recreate beautiful and healthy skin, Normaderm targets more than just imperfections, without weakening the skin.

vichy normaderm deep purifying cleansing gel

Cleanse: The Normaderm Deep Purifying Cleanser is terrific for washing off the day – make up and oil are no match for this gentle yet effective cleanser.

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For a more thorough treatment, try the Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask. A triple action mask that cleanses, exfoliates and mattifies, with clay, ”peeling” ingredients and a soothing agent.You can use it as a leave-on treatment mask, or lather it up as a cleanser. I love it for both.

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Tone: I always use rosewater to tone my skin, but after a long day out and about, and a good coating of sunscreen on my skin, I want to soothe and treat it. Vichy Normaderm Purifying Astringent Toner has active ingredients with a purifying, antibacterial and gentle exfoliating effect. It feels soothing on the skin, too.

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My favourite product in the Normaderm line is the Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care treatment. This is for when that nasty zit rears it’s ugly head.  Hyalupspot’s  “advanced formula with hyaluronic acid creates an invisible “bandage effect” on the surface to protect against external agents. Salicylic acid and LHA, recognised dermatological ingredients, act at the source of the imperfections.”. In plain language, it helps soothe and treat the pimple so it clears up faster.Imperfections disappear faster without leaving a mark nor a scar. Who doesn’t want that?

If your skin is being challenged by oiliness and breakouts, I recommend giving the Vichy Normaderm line a try. Gentle AND effective.

 

 

In Canada, Vichy is available at drugstores. US shoppers can get it online.

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

 

Goodness knows, my skincare routine changes from time to time. I am a shameless product junkie, and I am always looking for the latest greatest skincare item. Right now, however, this is the facial skincare routine I am loving right now.

Face toner
fresh.com

My favourite toner right now. I like the light plastic bottle (no breakage) and the spritz option. I spray it all over my face

Lip treatment
shiseido.com

The Benefiance WrinkleResist Intensive Eye Contour Cream (replaced the original Benefiance, I see little or no difference in formula) is simply the best eye cream for dry skin.

My newest eye serum fave – it’s light and absorbs instantly, and I notice a lovely smoothness to the eye area.

Chanel makeup primer
nordstrom.com

If you don’t have this, what are you waiting for? Expensive, yes, but you use drops of this. It will last ages. And it makes you gorgeous.

Peter thomas roth face wash
peterthomasroth.com

Still my favourite glycolic cleanser. My skin feels clean and clear, yet never dry. LOVE.

Well. Everyone needs Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Delivers much-needed moisture to the skin.

A luxurious smoothing  moisturizer that acts as a primer. It has all these melt-y ingredients that seem to magically bond with your skin ( #protip I also put it on my cuticles)

This Kosmea serum is fantastic, and the tone beautifying rosehip oil in this line is what makes it so fantastic. I use this on my neck and décolletage to combat time and sun…

I alternate this with my Skinceuticals B5 Gel. It’s rich and a rejuvenating treat for your skin. Instantly adds radiance, and has long term benefits.
All products are subject to change, of course. The links are below! Do you use any of these products? What is part of your routine?
Cult Favourites: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Cult Favourites: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

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.

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

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.

"Yardley Face Slicker Frosty Blusher. It shimmers. It softens. It glows up your face"

“It shimmers. It softens. It glows up your face” Sign me up!

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.

Dove Soap For Hands And Body

Dove Soap For Hands And Body

If you read DalyBeauty regularly you know I am huge fan of Dove soap. I love the feel, the smell and how it makes my skin feel after using it. I use it on my face, it removes make up perfectly and doesn’t irritate my sensitive acne-prone skin. But I basically use it for my entire self as well.

Dove Soap lather

Dove as hand soap is perfect, as it is a thorough yet gentle cleanser that removes all the yuck from your hands, while leaving your skin soft. It removes the dirt of the day, as well as any food odours. My sensitive nose cannot deal with food odours on my hands. Even if I love the food, I don’t want to smell onions/garlic/cumin etc on my hands. Dove soap with a soft nail brush and ta-da! my hands are perfectly clean. One can use Dove beauty bar multiple times a day as well without drying out the skin. I loathe hand sanitizers and don’t believe that germ-killing is the way to nirvana. I just want to have clean hands. Dove is perfect for it. It’s a super creamy and emollient soap, so a soap dish is a MUST, or it will make a mess of your sink. I like finding cool and pretty small bowls or saucers to put next to my sink to hold my Dove Beauty Bar. The kind of bowls/saucers that I buy ,then toss in a cupboard, never to be seen or used again. Unless of course, the Queen comes for tea and I need a tiny plate for biscuits. Until then, they hold my Dove Beauty Bar.

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Who needs body/shower gel? Ok, just kidding, as I have hundreds of them, but one of my favourite shower cleansers is good old Dove soap. Add a shower puff, some warm water, and you have hands full of soft, white yummy and clean smelling lather. I use to shave my legs and underarms as well, as it is always soft and never drying. I notice my skin is softer and smells wonderful after a head to toe lather with Dove soap, and it is one of the only scented products I do not tire of. Perhaps because it is so gentle and fleeting on the skin. I even use Dove Beauty Bar to clean my make up brushes. It leaves them soft, clean and with a gentle fresh scent.

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My girlfriend takes her Dove Beauty Bar with her when she travels. It’s amazing, because it instantly makes your hotel shower smell like home. I’ve started doing the same! I wish there was a body lotion/hand cream/perfume that had the exact scent of Dove – do you know of any, dear reader? It’s such a clean comforting scent.

Makeup You Need: MAKE UP FOR EVER High Definition Pressed Powder

Makeup You Need: MAKE UP FOR EVER High Definition Pressed Powder

I’ve thought that MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder for years. A friend with skin like mine (tends to be oily) recommended it and I’ve pretty much used it every day since then. I bought a couple of the mini sized ones from Sephora, but even though they were small, I was never comfortable carrying loose powder in my purse. I used to say, ” I wish MAKE UP FOR EVER made their HD powder in a compact”. Well, the makeup gods were listening, granted my wish, and now the makeup industry’s must-have finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone now for touch ups.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder ($41 CAN) is dreamy, amazing and everything I wanted it to be. It blurs imperfections in the skin like blemishes and wrinkles (HELLO), sets makeup, and is excellent at absorbing oil in the t-zone. If you have issues with shine, or melting make up halfway through the day, you have to try the HD Pressed Powder.

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I only need a small amount on the brush, and as with the Microfinish Powder, a little goes a long way. It has lasted me “forever” (see what I did there)! I apply it using their luxe kabuki brush (#124 $60), and easily toss it into my American Apparel leather make up bag, which goes in my purse. Boom.

 

Verdict? Love. You need this.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder Compact is available online, at Sephora (they have two sizes!), and at MAKE UP FOR EVER counters.