Trind Nail Balsam Should Totally Be A Cult Item

Trind Nail Balsam Should Totally Be A Cult Item

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

Nail-Balsam

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

Trind Nail Balsam dalybeauty

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

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

Trind Luscious Lavender polish dalybeauty

Trind Mighty Macaron polish dalybeuaty

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.

Show Some Skin: Bioderma, Hampton Sun, Charlotte Tilbury & Nuxe

Show Some Skin: Bioderma, Hampton Sun, Charlotte Tilbury & Nuxe

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I love having soft touchable skin that looks as good as it feels. When it comes to peel off those jeans and don sundresses and shorts, I like to feel glam despite being in a dark nightmarish winter cave with no sunshine for months. No need to worry because tanned and toned skin is a bottle (or two) away.

Bioderma Photoderm Self Tanner

 I will always love St Tropez self tanning mousse, but I have a new self tanner that I adore. Bioderma Photoderm Self Tanner is easy to use and gradual, which means it is almost foolproof. It has built in moisturizers that condition and protect the skin, while giving it the perfect glow, with no orange and no bad smells. It actually smells soft and nice. I make sure to exfoliate, head to toe, in the shower. Then, I moisturize with one of my favourite moisturizers, and let my skin absorb it, making sure to add extra lotion on my knees, elbows, hands and feet. Then, I mist myself, head to toe, and ask my daughter to do my back and the backs of my legs. I do a little bit of blending, then let it dry while I do my hair and makeup. I will do this two or three times to get a nice glow on, then maintain with a once weekly misting.

Now that you have your tan on, lets add some glow! I have a couple products that never fail to make my skin glow.

Hampton Sun Bronze Shimmer Cooling Spray

Hampton Sun Bronze Shimmer Cooling Spray ($32 US) may be my favourite body product to date. It mists on like a dream, in a soft even mist, leaving only the softest shimmer behind. It’s full of skin-nourishing goodness as well, with aloe, chamomile, grape seed extract and vitamins A through E. And, with that heavenly Hampton Sun Privet Bloom fragrance, I feel like I’m on a east coast beach holiday with sunkissed skin, ready to break out some crisp white linen, or my favourite sundress. Seriously, this product is a must – have for all you sun goddesses (and gods!) out there.

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body

Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of glowing skin! Seriously, this beauty line has everyone you need to get your glow on. The Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body ($78) is utter genius. It is gorgeous bronze shimmery “precious metal” cream that is basically a golden highlighter for your body. How does that work? Well, you highlight what you want to emphasize. A popular beauty trick is to add a soft line of highlighter down the bridge of the nose – this draws the eye and gives the appearance of a smaller, slimmer nose. Using shimmery body makeup the same way has been a trick photographers have used for years, and now we can do the same! Trust me – it is more subtle than it sounds, and just adds a sexy contour to your legs and/or arms. Supermodel Body has a metal applicator that rolls and cools the skin while applying a perfect amount of product on the legs. A little goes a long way, and this tube will last me ages. I blend it out a little bit and boom – I’m ready for the cat walk.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

You don’t think I’d make this list and leave out Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, did you? Come on! I like the big bottle, with the spray. I think all body oil products should have sprays. It just makes application that much easier. I have been raving about the delicately scented and beautifully moisturizing Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for years. You can read about it here.

How do you like to glow?

 

 

Bioderma and Nuxe are sold at drugstores in Canada, Charlotte Tilbury is sold online and at select stores in the USA and at Holt Renfrew Toronto & Vancouver in Canada as of July 2015. Hampton Sun is available at select stores and online.

Body Lotion Lovin’ … Vichy, Say Yes To Coconut, Nip+Fab & DermaE

Body Lotion Lovin’ … Vichy, Say Yes To Coconut, Nip+Fab & DermaE

I suppose if I had one skincare mantra it would be “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”. Well, that and “always wash your face before bedtime”. And “exfoliate”. But seriously, moisturize. My bedside table and bathroom counter are practically collapsing under the weight of my prodz. People there is always something to try! And, unless it’s awful stuff or gives me a rash, I use up every drop. And the drugstore is my favourite place for body products. These days, one can get super discount to luxury products at the drugstore. I could linger in the skincare section for days. I’ve used soooo many it’s hard to keep track. Keri Lotion, Lubriderm and Nivea of course. I adore Nivea Soft and Nivea Q10, they are favourites but I’m always trying new stuff.

I loves me some soft, supple and glowing skin, and I also love the ritual of applying lotions and potions to my body as much as I do my face. You should see the contortions I’ve developed over the years to get that lotion everywhere. The only spot I can’t get is a small area in the middle of my back, but I haven’t given up…

 

derma e vitamin e intensive therapy body lotion

derma e Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion (fragrance free)

The perfect basic moisturizing lotion for those who don’t like sticky, greasy or scents. It does what it says it does, which is moisturizes my skin beautifully. The fragrance-free option is perfect for perfume lovers who don’t want their body products to interfere even one bit with their perfume. I find it works best right after the shower when your skin is slightly damp. Full of naturally-sourced Vitamin E, this lotion delivers antioxidants, along with moisturizing and nourishing benefits. This derma e lotion helps your skin lock in moisture and defend itself against elemental stress and dryness. It’s also 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, phthalate-free, petrolatum-free, lanolin-free. Under $20. Love!

Yes To Coconuts Ultra Light Body Lotion Spray

Yes To Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

I love this! Yes it’s light but it moisturizes beautifully. The application sprayer is a great design feature. I LOVE spraying on my moisturizer. Can more lotions do this please? The lovely and light formula contains virgin coconut and super-light jojoba oils which penetrate the skin beautifully. It’s perfect for those with dry skin that require intense moisturize. Go on and spray on softness! Petroleum, SLS and paraben free, it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin super soft. Yes, it smells a lot like coconuts, so I usually wear this to bed, unless the scent of coconuts goes with my perfume. I wish they would make this in a fragrance free version, but I like the way this makes my skin feel enough to use the coconutty one. Under $20.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Body

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Body Cream

Ok – first let me say I am new to the Nip+Fab line. I saw it in my daughter’s bathroom (she heard about the line from Kylie Jenner) and after falling in love with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Pads and the matching serum, I knew I would like the body cream. I was right. I like an exfoliating body product, but the only one I have used recently that actually works, Lac Hydrin, does not smell good. I use it on my feet at bedtime but could not bear it head to toe. Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Body Cream smells like yummy grapefuits and feels soft and luxurious on the skin. It feels gentle, which makes me think the glycolic acid levels are not overly high. My skin does look smoother and less dry and papery since I’ve been using it. This cream has the odd property of almost mattifying the skin. It is pretty much the opposite of a shiny greasy cream. I love it. Also under $20.

Vichy Ideal Body Serum

Vichy Ideal Body Lait-Sérum

Ahhhh I love love love this! Pure luxury that feels, smells and makes me look terrific. I love this so much and use it on the parts of my body that are most likely to show signs of aging – décolleté, upper arms, bust, legs and knees especially. I am very pleased with the results, which are soft smooth skin that glows. I use it right after the bath or shower on damp skin. From the Vichy site:

For the 1st time, active ingredients traditionally used in face care: Hyaluronic Acid and LHA were combined with 10 fundamental oils to help women obtain ideal skin quality on the body: firmer, smoother and more radiant skin. Vichy Research discovered that lipids are essential agents for ideal skin quality. Anti-dryness, improved skin radiance and luminosity, smoothing, softness and firming action are the many benefits that the new Ideal Body range offers.

To me, it works like a facial serum in that the improvements that I see continue as long as I use the product. Is it a miracle product which will give me the skin of an eighteen year old? No. But does it help my aging, too-much-sun-had-as-a-teenager skin look smoother, softer and more even toned? Absolutely. It’s not sticky, and did I mention how lovely it smells? Between $20-30, depending on the size.

What are your favourite drugstore body lotions?

 

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.

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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.

W3LL PEOPLE Beauty dalybeauty review

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.