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

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

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

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

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?
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Daly Beauty Heroes

These are my bathroom shelf heroes right now.
Weak nails? You need to try the Trind Keratin Nail Treatment. Read more about my thoughts here. You need this.
I finally “get” the excitement around Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate. It’s silky and rich, and moisturizes without adding grease. Used as a makeup base or as a boost to whatever moistuzier I am using, it is perfect. I also love putting in on my hands, nails and cuticles at bedtime. No wonder this cult item is a favourite of make up artists for using as a base to add radiance. Love!
Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Illuminating Base. Wow! I read about this recently on The Beauty Look Book. As often happens, what Sabrina loves, I love too. This is no exception. It is a gorgeous brightening primer, without silicones, and miraculously without shimmer or sparkle. When I use it, I don’t need as much powder, concealer etc, and what I do use, stays put. With a glow. LOVE. To be fair, Sabrina reviewed Chanel Base Lumiere, and I’m not sure if they are the same product. Anyone?
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee is all that and a bag of chips. For dry or oily skin, this might be the perfect cheek stain/cream blush hybrid. It has a bouncy jelly texture, and feels like cool water going on the skin. It stays put, and it buildable, that even the uber bright neon Poppy Paradise shows as a lovely pink on the skin. LOVE.
Vasanti Monoi Magic! It is magic! I am not a fan of the scent of coconut, ever since I went through this coconut oil consuming thing last year. Now it makes me queasy, but not this beauty of a product. It has a soft sandalwood scent that tempers the sweetness of coconut. And it literally melts into the skin. I adore it and am putting it everywhere! In cooler weather, coconut oil is solid, but when you squirt in onto the skin, you can watch it melt before your eyes. For knees, elbows, any dry spots and hair, you cannot do better than this.
Marvis Jasmine Mint toothpaste is like brushing your teeth with minty jasmine petals. None of the nuclear minty mouth numbing power that one gets in traditional drugstore toothpastes. Just clean and pretty. A favourite. Often sold at chi-chi boutiques, but a friend gets hers at a traditional old school Italian barbershop in town. So there you go!
St Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer is officially my favourite new lotion. It smells sweet and soft, and leaves your skin silky smooth. It doesn’t have any self-tanning properties, just basic moisturizing. A friend uses it, and I always wanted to try it, as St Tropez is one of my favourite self tanners. This moisturizer lives up to my expectations! It’s a little pricey at around $18 US for a large tube
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude is quite simply, genius. How does it work? How does it impart a glow so perfect it is part natural blush, part sunkissed tan, and part magical glow? The glow is magical, as it appears to have shimmer in the pan, but not on the fave.  I see *some* shimmer when I use my ten times magnifying mirror, but other than that it just adds magic. I am already planning to buy a back-up of this gorgeous product in case Bobbi Brown discontinues it. Yes, expensive at $60 CAN, but Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder is The Best illuminating powder I have ever used. I love the Nude shade (for medium skin tones) but the Porcelain Pearl for fair skin looks equally wonderful.


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Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Rubis Could Be The Ultimate Red Nailpolish

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Rubis Could Be The Ultimate Red Nailpolish

Oh, Chanel. And oh, Ommorphia (she’s a horrible/woderful enabler). I blame the two of them for making me get Chanel’s latest and most beautiful red nail polish, Rouge Rubis, from the Collection Nuit Infini de Chanel 2103. I have several red nail polishes, and while they might be similar, they are not the same. Really.  I think Rouge Rubis is the glowiest of them all. It radiates and glows and compliments my skin tone perfectly. The SA at the Chanel counter is a brunette with olive skin and she was wearing it – it looked just as gorgeous on her. The formula was brilliant, and if I’d been in a hurry, I could almost have got away with 1 coat! I used the Revlon Colorstay Base Coat, two coats of Rouge Rubis, and one coat of China Glaze Quick Dry Top Coat.

Let’s let the photos speak for themselves, shall we?

Chanel Rouge Rubis

Chanel Rouge Rubis swatch


Chanel Rouge Rubis is available online and at Chanel counters and boutiques.

Driven To Distraction by Thrills and Tentation – Oh, Chanel.

Driven To Distraction by Thrills and Tentation – Oh, Chanel.

Warning: pedicure/toes photo ahead! I’ve recently heard from people who are freaked out by foot photos, so I thought I would offer a warning. Although if you’re here it’s likely too late. Ooops.

I recently became obsessed with some Chanel Le Vernis shades from their summer 2012 collection. That would be the hot pink Tentation, the coral Distraction and shimmery pink Frisson. There was a white pearl, but since I have the gorgeous Dior Lady, I did not feel like I needed the white one.

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Chanel Le Vernis Tentation, two coats, daylight

Chanel Tentation is a stunning fuschia/red with an bluish- purple shimmer. It is not as “secret” as Chanel’s shimmers usually are, instead, the nature of this colour combination makes both the base and shimmer glow. I feel like a demented magpie when I wear Tentation on my fingers because I cannot stop staring at it. The formula is flawless and I get full coverage in two coats.

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Chanel Le Vernis Distraction, two coats, daylight

Chanel Distraction is hand’s down my new favourite coral nail polish. It is simply beyond gorgeous, and the shimmer in Distraction is a fuschia-purple. It’s more subtle than the shimmer in Tentation, but it still glows with a magic only Chanel could create. It is my pedi colour of the summer so far. I find that pretty much every other colour in my collection matches the coral tone of Distraction, so it’s versatile as well as beautiful. Also a perfect formula, not too thick or thin, and two coats is opaque enough for me.

Chanel Le Vernis Frisson, two coats, in direct sunlight

Chanel Le Vernis Frisson, two coats, in direct sunlight

Channel Frisson (“thrill” in French!) is a soft semi sheer pink with gold iridescent shimmer that shows up *just* enough to make this more interesting than a simple sheer. It’s the perfect pretty in pink shade, and even though 2 coats isn’t completely opaque, I prefer it to three, which is opaque. It is soft and elegant but the gold shimmer adds a sparkle to your fingertips. Another gorgeous smooth formula in Frisson. Chanel’s Mica Rose is a bit pinker with a silvery white shimmer. Chanel Jade Rose is more of a peachy nude pink with a pinkish shimmer. So Frisson is obviously different enough that I needed it for my pink Chanel collection.

If you want to have your mind blown by incredible photos of this collection, sashay on over to this post on Ommorphia Beauty Bar and get your wallet out.

This Chanel collection appears to be available (separately) online and at select Chanel counters and boutiqes.

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo Is Making Me Dizzy

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo Is Making Me Dizzy

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo

Whoa. Just, whoa. Vertigo is a gorgeous Chanel nail polish in every possible way. Colour – the perfect not quite black but not grey so lets call it “light black”, with the famous Chanel hidden shimmer. And the shimmer is a soft purple! Again, the shimmer is hidden, is doesn’t really show on the nails but by being there adds a subtle tone that adds a dimension to the colour. Yes, it’s a cream, but it’s rich and not remotely “flat”. The formula- perfection! I got full coverage in, wait for it, one coat!

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When I first saw Vertigo I thought it was similar to Paradoxal and that I didn’t need it. Silly me. Of course, Paradoxal is much more grey with the purple tone being a little more obvious. Vertigo is perfect if you want a dark nail, but don’t want a vampy red and aren’t ready to commit to black. Verdict? Love.

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Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Vertigo is available at Chanel counters and boutiques, as well as online 

Daly Beauty Fall 2012 Beauty Faves…so far

Daly Beauty Fall 2012 Beauty Faves…so far

Daly Beauty Fall Favourites


Just wanted to post a quick post on my recent Fall 2012 faves. I finally took the plunge and got Clé de Peau Concealer- what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t? It is all I dreamt of and more. Applies like a dream, gives impeccable coverage and lasts all day without caking or wearing. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? When I look at my pile of concealers that have not lived up to their promises, I’d say yes. Plus a little goes a long way so the CPU (Cost Per Use) numbers make sense as well. I got a chance to try the Becca Beach Tint cheek colour while perusing the lovely beauty offerings at Portofino Tanning in Beverly Hills while my girlfriend got a spray tan. FYI- best and most natural spray tan I have ever seen, by the way. Wow. Anyways, the gorgeous girls at the salon recommended this blush gel, and I LOVE it. Grapefruit is the perfect pinky coral tone for medium skin tone blondes, and it looks GORGEOUS on the lips too. I layer the Sara Happ Lip Slip on top. Ok- how did I not know about this product? Soft, cushy kissable lips that look full and gorgeous, with no plumping ingredients or actions? Wow. It’s the perfect pink lip balm/gloss. Not too sticky and with the perfect amount of sheen. I grabbed the California Tan bronzing powder as well. It is the *perfect* tan shade for my face without adding shimmer or a too baked look. A new staple in my make up collection. I’ve waxed poetically about Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy and Suspicious here…

Skincare for fall is important. Our skin is adjusting to changing temperatures and moisture/humidity levels, and is recovering from sun and wind. Even a judicious applier of sunscreen (like me!) needs to treat our skin kindly after summer. My skin is soaking up every drop of  Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, creating a perfect base for my standard Vichy PROeven during the day, and my NeoStrata Level 3 Lotion is exfoliating all the dry dead skin cells left over from summer while keeping my pores squeaky clean at night. A simple glycolic acid exfoliator, the NeoStrata also reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. Ok- Rodin Olio Lusso- can we talk? This stuff is divine and more importantly, it works, despite my concerns that it was all hype. I am using the face oil at night on my neck and wake up with moist dewy skin. It is a thick rich oil that leaves only the most lovely skin behind. I bought a perfect little Rodin travel set at Gee Beauty in Toronto and have a large sized bottle of the Rodin Olio Lusso in my future.

I grabbed a little bottle of Malin & Goetz Synthesized Musk and am seriously in love with this subtle and soft skin scent. It is similar to Kiehl’s Musk, but softer and a bit soapier or cleaner. It stays very close to the skin, and adds a sexy delicious sweetness to any perfume you might want to layer with it. The 30 ml bottle is perfect for the purse, and I love the clean white design of the Malin & Goetz line.

What are your fall faves…so far?

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Chanel Jersey Makes Lavender Perfume Sexy

Chanel Jersey Makes Lavender Perfume Sexy


Chanel’s lastest offering in their Exclusive line is the lavender based Jersey. It was released to mixed reviews, but, luckily I know I have to judge things for myself so I still really wanted to check it out, given my mad love for Chanel perfumes. Chanel Jersey is named after the ubiquitous fabric Chanel took from menswear and make accessible for women, and the perfume Jersey takes the scent lavender, almost always used in men’s colognes, and adds a feminine touch. Chanel’s website says Jersey is meant to be evocative of a meadow lush with lavender. Well, doesn’t that sound beautiful! The notes are given as lavender, vanilla and musk. I think I detect a powdery iris in there somewhere, and perhaps a warm wood in the base, but that could be tonka. By “think I detect” I mean that this scent is so soft & delicate, no one note jumps out at you.

Lavender fields in Provence, France

On first sniff I thought “pretty!”. Then, as it dried down I thought “too sweet!” then “too powdery”! I thought why would I buy Chanel for a simple powdery lavender scent? But, as is often my wont, I had a turnaround. I have been know to hate a perfume on first sniff, only to later love it more than anything. So I never really say never with regards to perfume. Hours after applying the Jersey, the scent left behind was a delicate, warm, cuddly and cozy skin scent. It had a little something of the Guerlain warmth that I love so much in it, that warm skin smell that is very hard to describe without actually smelling it. So I thought, well, I will re-test and see what I think on subsequent wearings.

Lavender honey ice cream

Well, turns out I like it. It is pretty, soft and clean smelling. There is a snuggly aspect that works even in warmer weather, likely due to the cooling & calming lavender notes. The musk/tonka combination adds a sweetness to the dry down that is sweet & enticing on the skin. It has a lovely spa effect, which I suppose one might expect from lavender. If you like soft elegant perfumes and you like lavender, I recommend you add Chanel Jersey to your sniff list. Verdict? Love.

EDITED March 9, 2013: bought it. After wearing my samples down to the last drops, I knew I had to have it. The sweet vanilla musk in the base of Chanel Jersey is actually the sexiest skin scent evah. Sigh.

Chanel Jersey is an Exclusive perfume, available at Chanel Boutiques and their website.