Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Clean Luxury For Your Nails

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture: Clean Luxury For Your Nails

I recently had the opportunity to try the nail polish line from Lauren B Beauty, the California beauty line created by Lauren B (niece of hair guru to the stars, Philip B). A lifelong lover of fashion and beautiful things, especially colour, Lauren decided to pursue a life in the beauty business.

“Philip encouraged her to follow her dream. “She’s another me – as passionate about nails as I am about hair!” he says. This along with the support from her entrepreneurial minded father Paul and wisdom from her mother Cheryl, along with close family and loved ones who all inspired Lauren to make her dream a reality. Lauren then carted her demanding wish list to the world’s top chemists and set about creating the perfect brand. The result, she says, is “the perfect, two-week, do-it-yourself manicure for busy women. The polishes swipe on expertly, easily. They dry fast, stay delightfully glossy and chip-free for at least 14 days, and don’t cost a fortune. Every color is one that I’d wear; every treatment is one that I swear by. I even created a perfect nude for every skin tone – though actually, I wear them all.” They’re all a joy to use, even on the go and they are all inspired by the beauty of L.A. the place Lauren now calls her home turf. Our products are proudly made in the U.S.A. and never tested on animals. Everything we create is vegan-friendly and free of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor.”

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Lauren B Cuticle Oil & Nail Polish Remover Pads

Lauren B’s botanical nail care is gorgeous, luxurious and effective. The Cuticle Oil ($20 usd) has been a favourite since the I first used it. It smells beautiful (key for me!) and makes my cuticles and nails happy. A combination of 12 nut and plant oils, I apply this before my manicure and at night when I’m chilling out. I wish I had a giant bottle because I’d love to use it head to toe. Lauren B Nail Polish Remover Pads  ($15 usd) are something else altogether, and kind of blew my mind when I first used them. They’re acetone-free, infused with floral essences, they leave your skin silky and moisturized.

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from left: Lauren B Nail Perfecter, Espesso on 3rd, Gel-Like Top Coat

I was able to try one of the shades from the Fall 2015 collection, a five-free brown polish with a hint of shimmer called Espresso On 3rd ($18 usd). If you had told me I would wear a frosty brown polish, like, ever, I would have said NO. Then I put this beauty on and it was love at first sight. The Lauren B Nail Perfecter  ($20 usd) is a ridge filler/tinted base coat hybrid that creates a perfect canvas for smooth application. We like to call these polishes “nail undies”.  The Lauren B Gel-Like Top Coat ($28 usd)ensures a glossy, cushiony surface that lasts for days. Feast your eyes:

Lauren B Beauty Espresso on 3rd nail polish

How gorgeous is this shade? Lauren B Espresso On 3rd in nautral sunlight

I’m always happy to discover a new beauty line, and finding one full of heart and passion that is also gentle makes me happy. Verdict? Love.


Lauren B products can be purchased on their website  or find a retailer here.


Spicy Flowers With A Hint of Danger: Bond No9 Chinatown Perfume

Spicy Flowers With A Hint of Danger: Bond No9 Chinatown Perfume

I love floral perfumes, and I love fruity perfumes. I especially love gardenia and peach notes in perfume, which is what is at the heart of Bond No9 Chinatown, a cult favourite from the line, loved by women and men for it’s audacious combination of notes. I say audacious because unlike most perfumes I’m drawn to, this one is a powerhouse, and not only for the Def Con levels of peachy flowers. The base of patchouli and cardamon takes the flowers on a spicy ride, and one would normally imagine they might over power the normally delicate notes of peach and gardenia, but one would be dead wrong. Bond No9’s site does not mention tuberose, but I know it’s there, and if any flower could stand next to patchouli as an equal, it would be the hypnotic tuberose. The notes I read most online are:

Top notes: peach blossoms and bergamot

Middle/heart notes: gardenia, honey, tuberose, peony and orange blossom

Base notes: patchouli, cedar, vanilla, sandalwood, cardamom, and Guiac wood

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My Chinatown nestled into one of my Russian scarves, for a perfect cool weather multicultural perfume experience


Bond No9 Chinatown is characterized as an Oriental Floral. I smell honeyed flowers, and I smell spicy woods, but the reality is that it’s quite hard to pick out individual notes in this beauty. I have to share the review from Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez’s definitive perfume encyclopedia, Perfumes: The Guide, because it’s so wonderful. If you don’t have this book and you are into perfume, get it! Even though I have read it cover to cover, I still love to use it for reference. *Perfume nerd alert* I even have it in e-version on my phone so I can reference it whenever, wherever. The quote:

“Composed by the young Aurelien Guichard (son of the great Jean of Roure, now Givaudan), it is one of those fragrances that smells so immediately, compellingly, irresistibly great that the only sane response is love at first sniff. Chinatown is at once oddly familiar and very surprising, as if the lyrics in a favorite love song had been rearranged to make a new poem, just as affecting but unplanned by the original author. On the one hand, Chinatown harks back to classic, haughty green chypres like Cabochard, Givenchy III, and the first Scherrer. On the other hand, it has an odd, almost medicinal note reminiscent of the mouthwatering dried-fruit smell of Prunol, a base original composed by Edmond Roudnitska for the defunct firm of De Laire. The combination strikes a precarious but totally convincing balance between remoteness and affability that suggests a personality at once full of charm and dangerous to know. Some people find it too sweet. To my nose it smells liked a corner of a small French grocery in summer, in the exact spot where the smell of floor wax meets that of ripe peaches. A treasure in a beautiful bottle.”

I agree with the “oddly familiar and very surprising” assessment. I keep thinking it reminds me of something (Opium? Kenzo L’Elephant?) but I think that’s the cardamon or the patchouli. Because then I sniff my wrist again and think noooo it’s so floral is that Fracas I smell? Well no, because to my nose Fracas is cool and almost metallic and Chinatown is warm and peachy. And peppery. Is there incense in there? Maybe…maybe that is the woodsy notes one might smell in a Buddhist temple. On one hand it’s warm, peppery and spicy, and on the other, it’s calming and almost meditative, like I’m standing under a peach blossom tree, or on a cedar deck after the rain, with peach blossoms falling around me while I have a cup of chai tea.

Bond Skyfall's Severine is probably wearing Bond No9 Chinatown - devastatingly sexy

Bond Skyfall’s Severine is probably wearing Bond No9 Chinatown – devastatingly sexy

My nose picks up stuff that is not mentioned anywhere but is likely a amalgam of notes: gingerbread, smoke, bubblegum, with a creamy coconut note that almost reminds me of the ghost of the 80s monster Giorgio Beverly Hills. But in a good way. This perfume works all year round, but I particularly love it in cool weather. The base notes sing, and make the flowers wrap themselves around me like a warm scarf. It’s unabashedly sexy and the spicy notes make this floral perfectly suitable for boys and girls.

Bond No9 New York perfumes are sold at perfume counters in luxury boutiques and department stores, as well as on their website. Chinatown is $220 USD for a 50ml bottle, and  $310 USD for a 100ml.

Nourish Your Skin & Your Well Being With Decleor Aroma Nutrition

Nourish Your Skin & Your Well Being With Decleor Aroma Nutrition

I’m obsessed with skincare – I admit it. The more oils, lotions, creams and potions I can put on my skin, the happier I am. Combine my love of skincare with my love of perfume and I’m one happy camper. Ok wait, make that one happy hotel guest, because I love not camping.

frankincense incense smoke

Decleor knows skincare AND fragrance and combine the two for luxurious skin treatments that also have aromatherapeutic benefits. What a perfect double whammy. Their newest body line, Aroma Nutrition, reveals new glowing skin while nourishing and softening the skin. The after-shower products are infused with frankincense, which has been used for thousands of years in skincare and aromatherapy. It’s renown for it’s magical regenerating, soothing and repairing properties. Fundamentally, it promotes calmness, serenity and relaxation. These indications will always be present, no matter how frankincense is used, and for what. Frankincense essential oil is great for skin care and nearly everything related to skin; burns, rashes, cuts, scrapes and wounds. It’s also fabulous for mature, prematurely ageing, and environmentally challenged skin. Ahhhh and it smells like heaven. I think I need a silk kaftan.

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from left: Satin Softening Dry Oil, Nourishing Rich Body Cream, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator

1000 Grain Body Exfoliator (200ml – $49) Ahhhhh this is amazing! This body scrub contains argan shell, pearl sugar and orange peel for gentle exfoliation, sweet almond and sunflowers oils to help strengthen the hydrolipid barrier that keeps moisture in our skin, and fragranced gently with graperfruit for a fresh fruity and sparkling fragrance. This delightful honey-coloured gel turns into an oil when massaged into the skin, then into a luxurious milk that rinses away beautifully.

Aroma Nutrition Nourishing Rich Body Cream (200ml – $59) This delicious and rich body cream combines the amazing essential oil of Frankincense, plum kernel oil which is rich in essential fatty acids, and shea butter for a luxe and soft texture. This enveloping and luxuriant cream nourishes and repais the skin while it strengthens it’s barrier function. This cream comforts and softens the driest skin, making it velvety smooth and deliciously divine smelling.

Satin Softening Dry Oil (100ml – $59) Essential oil of Frankincense is blended with the divine camellia, rose and sweet almond oils for nourished, soft and supple skin. The gentle fragrance is sensuous and sublime, and the rich resiny base creates a soft and delicate perfumed veil that calms and soothes the senses. I use it head to toe after the shower, on my body, and then spritz a tiny bit on my hands and brush my fingers through my hair.

I have been using Decleor Aroma Nutrition scrub in every shower and bath, and the cream and oil after every shower and bath. Now all I need is a perfume that smells like this little slice of heaven. Verdict is love, of course.

Lovely Lips: Clarins Joli Rouge Moisturizing Long-Wearing Lipstick

Lovely Lips: Clarins Joli Rouge Moisturizing Long-Wearing Lipstick

Clarins Fall 2015 launches includes the relaunching of the Joli Rouge Moisturizing Long-Wearing Lipsticks in shades perfect for fall. They are even more moisturizing than before, with up to six hours of wear, intense colour and a super rich, creamy texture.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lip Pencils Fall 2015 Dalybeauty

top: Clarins Lip Pencils in Nude Beige & Nude Rose
bottom: Clarins Joli Rouge in Rosewood, Rosy Nude & Soft Plum

I tried three, from a nice soft nude to a rich berry shade, and just love the way they feel on my lips. They last for ages without ever feeling dry or cakey. The new Clarins Lipliner Pencils are amazing as well, as they just glide on the lips perfectly. They are in shades of “nude” that are supposed to work with a variety of skin tones and worth checking out if you are like me and always looking for the “perfect nude”! I love to wear them with the divine Clarins Rose Wax Lip Balm.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks and Lipliner Pencils dalybeauty swatches

from top: Lipliner Pencils in Nude Rose 03, Nude Beige 02, Joli Rouge Rosy Nude 747, Soft Plum 744, Rosewood 752

I loved the Nude Rose and Nude Beige shades, as they are a perfect YLBB* shade. Even used alone with some lip balm they are lovely.


Clarins Joli Rouge Rose Nude 747 Fall 2015 Dalybeauty

Clarins Joli Rouge Rose Nude 747

Clarins Joli Rouge Soft Plum 744 Fall 2015 Dalybeauty

Clarins Joli Rouge Soft Plum 744


Clarins Joli Rouge Rosewood 752 Fall 2015 Dalybeauty

Clarins Joli Rouge Rosewood 752


Clarins Joli Rouge ($27 CAD) and Lip Pencils  are available at Clarins counters and online.

*Your Lips But Better

RMS Beauty & Putting Good Stuff On My Face

RMS Beauty & Putting Good Stuff On My Face

I love makeup – all makeup! Natural, not natural, fancy and expensive, simple and expensive, cheap and cheerful etc etc. As much as I may love all of the things, my skin does not always love all of the things. Certain silicones and oils can be a real issue for my skin, triggering acne and causing milia. As long as I avoid those things and exfoliate regularly, I can usually keep these problems at bay. However, even if I am completely judicious, my hormones get the best of me and boom. A zit.

I had started taking RMS Beauty for a test drive. RMS is an all natural and organic beauty line created by celebrity and fashion world makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift. Her years in the business had shown her a side of most beauty products that she didn’t love, and she wanted to make a change. Read more about that here.


RMS Beauty "un" cover-up, living luminizer, buriti bronzer

top row from left: buriti bronzer & “un” cover-up, bottom row: living luminizer

Everything RMS makes sounds so lovely, and it was hard to decide what lovely item to try! After reading some reviews, I decided to try some of their “best sellers” which are best sellers for a reason, people. I got the “un” cover-up #22 ($36), buriti bronzer ($28) and living luminizer ($38). What did I do first? Cover that zit, of course! I started with the “un” cover-up. I knew that the products had coconut oil in the base and that they worked well when warmed on the fingers. This is where it got really great – over the next few days as I dotted the “un” cover-up here and there, something started to happen. My acne spots started to heal, and they were healing quickly. Not only that, the dark spots were disappearing much quicker than they usually would.

That is just one of the lovely things about RMS Beauty products. Here is what they say on their website:

RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. In their purest form, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and their healing properties remain fully intact, encouraging amazing potential for anti-aging effects. RMS Beauty has also taken extreme care in the use of minimal heat in the manufacturing process of this product in order to keep all nutrients and healing properties alive. All RMS Beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically altered ingredients (GMO) etc. RMS Beauty is full of healing nutrients – nutrients that work synergistically with the skin, and are in harmony with nature and our environment. Each ingredient in RMS Beauty is carefully chosen to create a dialogue with the skin. Your touch activates the life force of the product, and nutrients interact with skin to promote hydration, softness, and luminosity.

Doesn’t that all sound lovely? Even lovelier, given that it’s true, and that the company isn’t making outrageous claims. Let me address the coconut oil thing. I’ve heard some people bemoan this ingredient, as it is not conducive to long lasting makeup. Super long lasting makeup is either important to you, or not. If it is, well, natural makeup is likely not going to work for you. However I look at this issue the way I look at some of my favourite perfumes. And sunsets. And my daughter’s childhoods. Babies. Kittens. Often, the most beautiful things are fleeting, and as with my favourite light and airy perfumes, I have to carry some with me and reapply. Who’s kidding who – my purse has a ton of different beauty items at any given time so tossing my concealer in there is no big deal. I don’t mind reapplying something that is good for my skin.

dalybeauty RMS Beauty "un" cover-up, living luminizer, buriti bronzer

The living luminizer is probably one of my favourite products right now. Talk about just the right amount of glow! Not shiny, not greasy, but just perfect. I dab it where the light hits  for a perfect glowy look. I also have been using the living luminizer on my eye lids. Remember eye glosses? I also use the buriti bronzer – all over my face and on my eyes as well. I use it on my brow bones, applying with my fingers. I also use it with a stippling brush and give my face an all over glow.

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top: indoor natural light
bottom: direct sun light

Just a little bit of shimmer, but the best part about the living luminizer is what I love about all the RMS products – the coconut oil! On my aging skin, the “un” cover-up, living luminizer and buriti bronzer make my skin dewy and moisturized. All I need is a little mascara, powder & blush, and I’m ready to go.

I like the idea of using “clean” beauty on my face. I’m not giving up all my beauty stuff just yet, but I have to admit that I’m reaching for my natural and organic options more and more these days. And my skin is loving me for it.

RMS Beauty products are available on their website, and you can find retailers close to you or online via the wheretofind page on their site.

Get Your Glow On While You Powder Your Nose: Vita Liberata

Get Your Glow On While You Powder Your Nose: Vita Liberata

Yes, that’s right. In the time it takes you to powder your face, you can have a lasting tan. Actually, just powder your face, and you’re done! I’m not sure how it took me this long to jump on the Vita Liberata* bandwagon but I’m sure glad I did. It’s been getting raves and winning over beauty editors everywhere!

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Bronzing Powder dalybeauty review

I love self tanning, as it’s a safe way to add a glow year round. A little “natural” glow means a little less make up, which I also love because I love to see actual skin vs a mask. And, I’m a bit lazy. Self tanning is even better when it’s super easy and looks gorgeous. Vita Liberata created what I think is a revolutionary way to self tan with a Self Tanning Bronzing Mineral Powder. From the website:

Trystal3™ Technology combines an instant pure mineral bronze colour with long lasting self tan results for a beautiful, natural – looking medium tan that lasts for days. The innovative formula is a world – first self tanning bronzer. Oil – free with micronised crystals for sheer, lightweight bronzing coverage and added DHA for a lasting tan result, this unique bronzing powder will leave you with soft, smooth, healthy looking skin.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Bronzing Powder dalybeauty review

Vita Liberata powder is very concentrated, so you need only the smallest amount. It’s a mineral powder, so it’s all about the buffing and swirling vs applying lots of product. It comes with a beautiful Kabuki brush for perfect application. I did not get that when I first applied it and had a real oompa loompa moment. When I took only the smallest amount on the brush and shook it off really well before applying it was perfection. I stopped and stared at myself and could not believe it. It doesn’t coat the skin as much as a powder foundation so your skin is still visible and doesn’t feel “made up” or cakey at all. It’s weightless and leaves behind a glow – that’s it. I forget what shade I have – it’s not on the bottom of the jar and I got rid of the box. There are two shades, light and medium, and I’m pretty sure I have the medium which is why I only need to use a tiny bit.

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In natural daylight, indoors

It lasted a couple days, maximum, and thankfully never gets orange or oxidizes. It may have lasted longer if I had applied more, but I liked the shade I achieved. If you wash and exfoliate regularly it obviously won’t last as long, but that will make any self tanner including Vita Liberata apply evenly.

Verdict – LOVE! A new staple in my beauty stash of miracles.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Bronzing Powder is $68 CAN

, including the Kabuki brush (valued at $68 on it’s own) and it’s worth every penny.


Menopause, Hormones & Our Changing Skin: Vichy NeoVadiol Compensating Complex

Menopause, Hormones & Our Changing Skin: Vichy NeoVadiol Compensating Complex

Vichy has been committed to to making our skin look it’s best for over eighty years. In 2001, Vichy introduced the NeoVadiol line, the first skincare line to address the effects of menopause on the skin. September was Menopause Awareness Month, and Vichy celebrated that month with the introduction of NeoVadiol Compensating Complex. Coming up on October 18th 2015, it will be National Menopause Day. Considering we live almost one third of our lives in menopause, I’m doing my part to keep the conversation going, with the help of Vichy and their advanced and amazing skincare science.

If you read Daly Beauty regularly, you’ll know I’ve been a giant Vichy fan forever. Vichy ProEven and ProEven Night are staples in my skincare regimen for keeping my skintone even. Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 is my favourite all purpose serum, and the LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes is magical. So I’ve been keen to try their newest NeoVadiol line as, like it or not, my skin is changing. I’m proud to be a Vichy Ambassador!

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Vichy NeoVadiol Compensating Complex is the product of fourteen years of research and has an impressive thirteen patents. While it won’t make any of us into The Bionic Woman, NeoVadiol Compensating Complex is the first of it’s kind to compensate for the loss of hormone production by reproducing the effect of the youth hormone on the skin. The big one is DHEA, which peaks at around twenty five. By the time we are around seventy, we have around ten percent of what we had in our youth. DHEA levels effect our cell turnover, the synthesis of collagen, the lack of which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. So we aren’t talking about harsh exfoliation, we are talking about infusing the skin and rejuvenating it.

You can't hide your skin from the effects of menopause

You can’t hide your skin from the effects of menopause

I had the chance to speak with Anik Kerry-Denis, Vichy’s Scientific Relations Leader, and she is very excited about the science behind this line. When Vichy introduced the most recent NeoVadiol line at the World Congress of Dermatology at a symposium on menopause, it caused a sensation. Vichy’s research showed that DHEA positively acts on the epidermis, dermis and sebum production, which declines with age. The Vichy NeoVadiol formula counterbalances the three fundamental markersof menopause on skin. After just 28 days, women noticed a transformation. Skin feels denser and deeply hydrated with improved elasticity.

So lets talk about first impressions. As with all of my Vichy loves, the NeoVadiol feels beautiful going on my skin. Thanks also to decreasing levels of DHEA, my skin has been very sensitive that last few years, and I find I have to be careful when applying a new antiaging product. I use the serum on my face and cream on my neck during the day, and the cream all over at night. I’ll say right now that I have noticed a marked difference in the firmness of the skin on my neck already. This is one of the first places the loss of firmness starts to show so I’m fighting it now! I would say the key words with these products for me is radiance and freshness. Almost like faking a good night’s sleep and being super hydrated, except it isn’t faking! I look forward to sharing my experiences with Vichy NeoVadiol and how it is helping my changing skin, and how Vichy is changing the way we approach antiaging skincare.

Hand on the left has been treated with NeoVadiol Serum, hand on right with nothing. Note the instant glow!

Hand on the left has been treated with NeoVadiol Serum, hand on right with nothing. Note the instant glow! More on this next post….


It’s Easy To Defy Your Age With Lise Watier Sublimessence

It’s Easy To Defy Your Age With Lise Watier Sublimessence

A month of using Lise Watier Sublimessence twice a day has made positive changes in the condition of my skin. It feels smooth, has a gentle glow and feels fresh. I’ve been using less concealer and powdered foundation than usual. I love how my skin feels immediately after applying it. It imparts an instant dewy glow that makes me feel like I had the best night’s sleep ever.

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The luxe and gentle Lise Watier Sublimessence makes anti-aging skincare easy

As we approach fifty, our skin changes. Our skin becomes rougher, less elastic, more transparent and generally more fragile. Skincare has to change, and this is where using antioxidants becomes even more crucial. Our skin is more vulnerable to the elements, and skincare alone isn’t all we should be aware of. So we stay out of the sun when possible, and use sunscreen when it isn’t, as discoloration and “age spots” are a sure way to look older when we don’t want to.

A good diet is important for a few reasons, as studies have shown that high blood sugar speeds up the formation of wrinkles. Your body metabolizes carbs and sugar by converting them to glucose. Once they’ve been converted, glucose sticks to wrinkle-fighting proteins like collagen and damages them – this is glycation. As New York–based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD, puts it: “Number one, the glucose makes the cells abnormal; and number two, it creates free radicals. So you get a double whammy when it comes to aging.”

So, to recap, antioxidants on the inside and on the outside can help our skin. We know that green tea is a superstar multitasker that interferes with the glycation process, and Lise Watier Sublimessence’s Labrador Tea ups the ante with it’s highly concentrated antioxidants, and using it topically is a terrific way to protect our skin. Cleansing the skin is important as well, and I like to use a glycolic toner weekly to exfoliate dead skin cells. This helps prepare the surface of the skin, like a canvas, which helps any serums, lotions etc penetrate and perform better. I like to use fabric masks to help plump up the skin with moisture as well. All of these steps contribute to younger looking skin.

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When your skin is in good shape, everything you put on it looks better

My verdict regarding Lise Watier Sublimessence is LOVE. It’s effective, feels wonderful and does what it promises. Thank you for sharing my Lise Wati

How To Wear Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

How To Wear Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer


How to you put on perfume? Do you spray your wrists and pulse points? Do you rub your wrists together to activate the perfume? Or, have you been told not to do that because you will damage the scent molecules, thereby “changing” the fragrance? Do you dab demurely behind each ear, and maybe in your décolletage? Or, do you spray a cloud into the air and walk though it?

Spraying or dabbing on wrists and pulse points used to be recommended, as the thought was that the “heat” radiating from these areas on our bodies will help us emanate our scent more effectively. The reality is, the heat has nothing to do with it. We also tend to wear watches and jewelry on our wrists, and the metal and leather can alter the fragrances. Leather holds fragrance as well, and eau de watchband tends to be many perfumes mixed together. We can transfer it to our laptops, to our computer mouse etc. Better to spray the tops of our forearms, above the wrists. There is body hair on our arms that gives the scent another place to cling to, making the scent last longer. The worst thing that will happen if you rub your wrists together after applying will be that you might rush through the top notes – maybe. It’s not a bad thing, and won’t “change” your perfume.

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 Dabbing behind the ears? There are conflicting views on whether or not there may be glands behind our ears that can make perfume smell “funky”. I’m not sure, but I feel like perfume behind my ears is wasted and prefer to spritz or dab on the nape of my neck. Again, the hair there holds on to scent and makes it last longer. But, I like it when I get a bit warm and can reawaken the scent later on in the day. If you have long hair, when you lift your hair up, you can seductively waft your scent and sillage wherever you wish. If you want your perfume to play softer and quieter, dab or spray lower on the body. Behind your knees or on your ankles means your fragrance slowly rises and will be diffused by the time it reaches nose-level.

Spraying a cloud and walking through it? No. Do not do this unless you want to waste your perfume. More settles in the air than on you, and even then where it lands is random. If you want just a little bit of scent, consider lightly misting your clothes (maybe not silk). This is also a good option if you have sensitive skin and would prefer not apply any perfume but still want to smell good. A scented scarf, or the collar of your jacket or sweater, can help extend the life of your scent without being bombastic.

Spray a little, or spray a lot. If you spray a lot, wait a little while before leaving the house….


Slough Off The Dead Skin That Is Dulling Your Glow

Slough Off The Dead Skin That Is Dulling Your Glow

If you don’t have a glycolic toner in your skincare regime, now is the time to get one! The number one way to be sure you do not look radiant with baby smooth skin is to have dead skin building up on your face and in your pores. Ew. That’s right, EW. All skin types can benefit from sloughing off that dead skin through exfoliation. Eliminating our built-up skin cells helps clear clogged pores, reduce breakouts, reduce and smooth wrinkles, and keep dry skin at bay.

There are many ways to exfoliate your skin, with two common methods – physical and chemical. Physical involves actually scrubbing the skin, either with a cloth or something gritty. Rough things like nut shells, sugar and salt have jagged sharp edges and can damage you skin vs just exfoliate. They also only attack the top most layer of skin, and most problematic skin build up and issues are below that. If you must exfoliate physically, use a wash cloth when you cleanse.

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I keep my exfoliation gentle, and chemical exfoliation is my usual go-to. This involves a liquid toner formulation, and I saturate a clean cotton pad My oily acne prone skin functions better when the pores are clear. My humungous arsenal of skincare goodies work best on a smooth clean canvas. Getting rid of nasty dry dead skin allows moisture to penetrate and let skincare ingredients get at your skin. I like glycolic acids, and if my skin is feeling sensitive, lactic acid is slightly milder. They are both alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) with glycolic acid coming from sugar cane, and lactic acid coming from sour milk. Cleopatra knew what she was doing in those milk baths.

There are three exfoliants that I am loving right now. I rotate them depending on time of day and how my skin feels.

Pixi Glow Tonic dalybeauty review

I’ve been hearing raves about the infamous Pixi Glow Tonic and it’s magical glycolic formula for years, and finally got my hot little hands on a bottle of this miracle liquid. I noticed a difference within a week of using it, and my skin is clearer, smoother, less oily yet also less dry. I love using it in the morning after a gentle cleansing, then I let my skin dry completely before applying my serums, lotions and potions. I cannot imagine ever being without this beauty. It has fully lived up to it’s stellar reputation. At around $30 USD for 250ml, it’s a truly excellent value. This product has always been sold online, never sold in-store at Target. Pixi always has amazing shipping deals, and the UK ships to Canada. Their newest Skin Treats are available to Canadians before it hits the US so get on it!

Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel

Another favourite is from the luxe organice skincare brand Éminence. Their Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel  which is aimed at aging skin directly. It is full of antioxidants as well as glycolic and the more gentle lactic acid. It not only smooths, but the antioxidants help firm aging skin, even out skin tone, and regular use leaves you with glowing, younger-looking skin. This is one I use at bedtime, after cleansing and before applying my products. It’s gentle yet effective, as well as being full of organic skincare goodness. Remember that Éminence is a luxury organic line – this is not your health food store crunchy granola organic. This is pure luxury, and even better, it works. At around $75 for 50ml it isn’t cheap, but quality organic ingredients aren’t either. The packaging is astounding and airtight as well, so the formula remains stable. You can Éminence Organics at spas and online.

Bliss that's incredi-'peel' dalybeauty

I have also become a big fan of Bliss Skincare lately, and that’s incredi-‘peel’ glycolic resurfacing pads are one of the reasons why. Wowza do I love these. They are super convenient, with each treatment individually packaged in handy dandy foil envelopes, so they are perfect for travel. Seriously, what better way to wake up after a day of traveling with a glowing complexion? It’s like a secret weapon. They are designed for use at night, as they have a time released formula that gradually releases glycolic all night for a gentle exfoliation. There is also soothing witch hazel and glycerin to keep skin calm. I love that’s incredi-‘peel’ and will always have some in my bag! Perfect for an overnight facial, no matter where you are! At around $59 for 30 pads, it’s not cheap or exorbitant. I get my Bliss on at Sephora.