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Lancôme · Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Rose Serum Mask

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It’s no secret that I am rather obsessed with skincare, so when this über-luxurious mask from Lancôme arrived, I may have gotten a little giddy with excitement. Maybe even a lot. Once that was out of the way, it was down to business; but first …

… $450.00

Insane, right? I was [almost] afraid to use it, but I’m nothing if not always willing to play guinea pig for you guys. So, the million (or in this case, $450) dollar question: is Lancôme’s Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Rose Serum Mask worth the hype? Short answer is YES. And I apologize in advance for your soon-to-be dwindling bank account.

For previous reviews from this brand, click the Lancôme tab

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Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Rose Serum Mask (CAN $450.00) | Housed in a sturdy gold-coloured box, the cover lifts to reveal a jar of rose pearls, along with a mixing bowl & spoon. The pull-out drawer at the bottom holds 14 tubes of the serum base which gets added to the pearls. In effect, this is a mask that has been specifically created to be prepared just prior to application, thereby maintaining the integrity of all active ingredients in order to deliver maximum skincare benefits.

The membrane of the Pearls is broken down by the Serum Base, which contains a specific salt for this purpose. The Pearls then release precious and fragile rose oil extracts to create the magic of the mask’s final composition

Without getting into too much scientific detail, this mask is based upon the brand’s Rose native cells technology, a biotechnological active ingredient with extraordinary regenerating potential. Each Ultimate Mask Rose Pearl is individually formulated — drop by drop — using microfluid technology, an avant-garde encapsulation technique that has been patented ten times around the world. This method protects the precious active ingredients and prevents them from becoming damaged, thus preserving their potency. As the pearls come in contact with the serum base, they dissolve to release their fragile (but highly effective) rose oil extracts.

The application method couldn’t be simpler; You start by taking one spoonful of the pearls and placing them in the bowl; they should create an even layer in the specifically made depression at the bottom of the bowl. You then twist open the top of one tube of the serum base and pour the contents all over the pearls. Mix/combine the two then let them sit for 3 minutes (this is the time needed for the serum base to dissolve the pearls’ outer membrane). Prior to application, you mix the contents thoroughly and apply to your face & neck. The detailed instruction booklet included also provides diagrams for Lancôme’s renown application/massage method. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes, then remove with a dampened cloth (not a cotton pad, as stated in the booklet).

The first thing you’ll notice, is the incredible fresh floral/rose scent — seriously intoxicating and nowhere near the noxiousness of artificiality. Unlike other thick/paste-type masks, this one is definitely more ‘watery’ and that one spoonful of pearls + serum base makes plenty — almost enough for two people, in fact (but I still use it all just for me). Using a muslin and/or wash cloth for removal not only makes the entire process easier and less messy, but also provides stimulation to the skin along with exfoliation — just go gently with it. When all was said and done, I was literally dumbfounded by the results: after just one use, my skin looked … renewed, is the best way I can describe it. Bright, even-toned, smooth, rosy, and even those dreaded fine lines and enlarged pores visually diminished. Unbelievable.

 

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Obviously because of the cost, a part of me actually wanted this to be one big whopper of a fail, but the truth is that this may very well be the best mask I’ve ever tried — and I’ve tried plenty. The good news is that this isn’t one of those products you need to use monthly (unless your budget allows for that — then by all means, indulge) but rather something you can incorporate seasonally into your skincare regimen, or even for those times when you feel your skin is looking totally lacklustre and can use a boost. Final word: start saving up or add the Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Rose Serum Mask to your Christmas list (hint, hint).

Available at select retailers including The Bay & online

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Press sample/As always, all opinions are my own

Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel

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As I write this, the sad news broke of Sonia Rykiel’s passing today at the age of 86. A true visionary and a woman who made knitwear über-cool, she left her mark in the world of fashion and her work continue to resonate today. Au revoir, madame Rykiel.

The 2016 Fall season has been churning out some really lovely beauty pieces, and one collection I was particularly excited about was the Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel collaboration. A joint creative effort between Lisa Eldridge, the brand’s Global Creative Director, and the fashion house’s head Julie de Libran, the collection draws inspiration from the St-Germain-des-Prés district of the 6th arrondissement in Paris, a quadrant that’s famous for its cultural heritage. The packaging giving a nod to the free-loving Parisian style and iconic boldly striped knitwear that the house of Rykiel is known for. Continuing this theme, the shades of both palettes also provide plenty of mix & match options — much like Rykiel clothing does, in fact.

 

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Sonia Rykiel (May 25, 1930 – August 25, 2016)

 

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Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel Collection launch party, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (image: Lancôme)

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Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel | Saint-Germain & Parisian Spirit Palettes

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Both Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel palettes have 9 shades to play with; on the left-hand side are 6 complementary and graduating hues (berry for Parisian Spirit, blue-green for Saint-Germain), while on the right-hand side and under the metallic flap, you’ll find 1 matte base shade and 2 bold shimmers. All can be applied either dry or with a dampened brush, with the exception of the mattes that could potentially become damaged if dampened. Each palette also comes with a dual-ended brush (synthetic fibres) and is well-sized as well as quite useful for creating a variety of looks.

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Lancome Sonia Rykiel Parisian Spirit palette

Parisian Spirit, limited edition (CAN $75.00) | A mix of both cool and warm tones in mauve-berry hues, suitable for a broad range of skin tones.

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Lancome Sonia Rykiel Saint-Germain palette

Saint-Germain, limited edition (CAN $75.00) | The more cooler-leaning of the two palettes with 3 matte shades in total, and while not as colour saturated as Parisian Spirit, is probably made more wearable due to the subtle impact of the shades.

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There are pros and cons to the Lancôme x Sonia Rykiel palettes; I really love the slim cases and how easy they are to travel with (no need to lug around a ton of eyeshadows) and the shade selection for both manages to be cohesive yet still varied enough to provide several makeup options to help take your look from day/casual to night. The fact that the brush is basically full-sized and not the dinky-small variety, is another plus. On the con side and by looking at the two, I was sure that Saint-Germain would be my fave but unfortunately the shades turned out to be a little too cool for my skin tone and definitely need more work for the colour payoff I was looking to get. Parisian Nights, on the other hand, is spectacular and really easy to work with. Plus it makes my green eyes pop … but in a good way.

Available September in store & online

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Provided for review consideration/All opinions are my own

Lancôme | Cushion Blush Subtil

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With the launch of Miracle Cushion Foundation (previously reviewed here), Lancôme was the first North American brand out of the gate to use Korean cushion technology and now they’re taking things up a notch with Cushion Blush Subtil (4 shades available in Canada, 6 in the US). With a light-as-air texture and buildable coverage, there’s just so much to love about these little pots of blush heaven.

Housed in a black lacquered compact, the colour of each blush shade is indicated with a matching hue of the brand’s rose printed on the lid – a handy guide if you happen to own more than one of these lovelies and want to know which to reach for quickly. Opened up, you’ll find a mirror on the inner lid and a secondary cover that keeps the contents safe from accidental spills, as well as prevents the sponge from drying out. As with the foundations, these cushion blushes also come with a flat velvety sponge but fingers, a dense synthetic-haired brush, or a beauty sponge all work equally well for application. You should note that a little really does go a long way; take a scant amount of blush to start with as these are quite pigmented — you can always layer on more if needed. BONUS: as the initial texture of these blushes is fairly wet, you can also mix shades together to create a unique new colour combination before blending out along the skin. As to how well they blend? I can sum it up in one word: flawlessly. Staying power will depend on how much you apply and whether it’s over a base or not, lasting easily 8+ hours without any streaking whatsoever.

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Lancome Cerise Givrée

023 Cerise Givrée (CAN $45.00) | A lush rose hue that has a good mix of both cool and warm undertones, making it quite universally flattering on all skin tones.

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Lancome Sorbet Grenadine

025 Sorbet Grenadine (CAN $45.00) | A coral pink hue that definitely leans warm, although it can be made to work on fair complexions by applying a sheer layer and blending it out.

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Lancome Splash Orange

031 Splash Orange (CAN $45.00) | The warmest leaning of the four, this is a rich tangerine hue that really compliments a light tan, as well as adding a nice touch of sunny warmth to the skin.

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Lancome Splash Corail

032 Splash Corail (CAN $45.00) | A soft pink hue, the coolest-leaning of the group and more suited to those with fair-light complexions (I suspect it really won’t show up at all on darker skin tones). Gives a light flush of colour when fully blended out, but can be layered for a slightly deeper impact.

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Just like mascara is indispensable for giving your eyes definition and a bright wide-awake appearance, so is blush absolutely mandatory for providing your skin with a healthy-looking flush of colour. What makes these cushion blushes stand out for me, is how seamlessly they blend into the skin as opposed to some powder blushes that almost ‘sit’ on the the surface of your face, thus looking totally opposite to the effect you’re trying to achieve. And if that face alone isn’t enough to sway you, there’s the innovative cushion technology to play with – gotta love fun makeup, no?!

Available at The Bay, Sephora, select counters and www.lancome.ca

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Cushions of love kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

Lancôme | Juicy Shaker

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Lancôme has just taken the lip gloss game to a whole new level with the launch of Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil (CAN $28.00/available in 9 shades). A unique way of dressing your lips with splashes of colour, these are made with five nourishing oils (Peach Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Cranberry Oil and Muscat Rose Oil) to provide maximum hydration and comfort, needing to be shaken prior to application (think of them as mini cocktail shakers) to thoroughly combine the oils with the pigment. Another novelty is the delivery system which is via a pillow-soft tapered cushion; instead of the traditional brush and/or doe-foot applicator, this is a chubby inverted triangle that you dab along your lips. Sounds like fun, am I right? They totally are. Another bonus? They’re non-sticky.

Last week I was invited to the Lancôme Juicy Shaker media launch held at the l’Oréal Canadian headquarters based here in my hometown of Montréal. The intimate gathering was a colourful venue filled with [virgin] cocktails to match the shades (side note: the name of each Juicy Shaker gives you an idea of its fruity scent), yummy cake (which I totally forgot to get a photo of before it was sliced into…sigh), pulsating beats, and confetti galore. We also got a preview of Lancôme’s new Cushion Blushes (review coming soon) that I’m absolutely dying to try #cushionobsessed Oh yeah, included in the gift bag was the adorable mini cocktail shaker shown in my photos – I can’t even.

 

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Lancome Freedom of Peach Juicy Shaker

142 Freedom of Peach (CAN $28.00) | A soft peach shade with incredibly subtle shimmer (the type that’s not readily visible, but which still adds a touch of depth and hints of sparkle) in an accompanying peachy-fruity fragrance. For those with sensitivities, it’s worth noting that this scent seems to dissipate fairly quickly (or perhaps I just don’t pick it up within a couple of minutes of application). The lighter of the two shown, Freedom of Peach will deposit a sheer veil of colour with the first dab/swipe and can be built up slightly to provide a touch more colour, but don’t expect a deep opacity. You can also create an ombré lip with these glosses by applying one layer all over, then dabbing more along the centre of the lips and increasing that as desired. Longevity with this shade is about 2 hours (without factoring in eating/drinking) and it leaves behind a very light stain to go with the moisturized feel.

 

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Lancôme | 142 Freedom of Peach Juicy Shaker (cushion applicator)

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Lancôme | 142 Freedom of Peach Juicy Shaker swatch

 

Lancome Meli Melon Juicy Shaker

301 Meli Melon (CAN $28.00) | A sweet rose coral hue that has ultra fine silver shimmer complete with an accompanying fragrance that brings me right back to high school and the watermelon candies that were all the rage at the time (which I still love to this day). The darker of the two, Meli Melon is easier to create a more visibly defined ombré lip effect. You can also layer several Juicy Shaker shades together (think of this as the beauty version of a fruit smoothie) or apply them over a lip liner for more depth of colour and staying power. Longevity here is a little longer, going easily 3+ hours and leaves a soft rose stain behind.

 

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Lancôme | 301 Meli Melon Juicy Shaker (cushion applicator)

Lancome Meli Melon Juicy Shaker swatch

Lancôme | 301 Meli Melon Juicy Shaker swatch

INGREDIENTS: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Mica, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Persica Kernel Oil / Peach Kernel Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Isododecane, Sodium Saccharin, Alumina, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propyl Gallate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance

 

There’s something addictive about cushion technology and just when I thought this format would be relegated only to face products, along come the Juicy Shakers to stir things up. The feel of this applicator needs to be tried in person to understand the full effect; so velvety and incredibly soft, that you’ll find yourself reaching to reapply even when you don’t need to. The scent is fresh and lighthearted and absolutely perfect for the warmer weather upon us. Even the shaking-to-combine-everything-together part is fun, not to mention a little loud — but that’s all part of the experience. As Mr. Bond famously said, “shaken, not stirred”…that’s all you need to know about these little lovelies.

PS: Mother’s Day is this Sunday — perfect time to ‘shake’ up mom’s beauty wardrobe with one of these little cuties!

The Juicy Shaker range has already begun arriving at Lancôme counters nationwide (The Bay, Sephora, select Shopper’s/Pharmaprix stores), find more information via www.lancome.ca

 

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Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

Lancôme | #LoveYourAge with Advanced Génifique

 

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Lancôme, a brand that has been pioneering beauty & skincare breakthroughs for the past 80 years, is on a mission to erase the boundaries of age. Building on the incredible results achieved with their Advanced Génifique serum, the brand has created the #LoveYourAge campaign and along with the help of ambassadresses Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Winslet and Lily Collins, women the world over are being encouraged to embrace their age and revel in it. Time to let the world know that age is really just a made up number, wouldn’t you agree?

When I was recently invited to participate in a Lancôme #LoveYourAge video/photo shoot, I was both super excited and immediately dreadful of the prospect; after all, I’d be following in the footsteps of celebrities … not to mention being grouped with several much younger colleagues. I was asked to bring along a selection of outfits in shades of black or white – which works perfectly for me, as that’s basically all I wear anyway, and to arrive on set with a clean face and hair. The night before the shoot, I experienced some anxiety; did I bring the right stuff? will my voice sound odd? how will I look on film? what was I supposed to say? To say sleep eluded me, would be an understatement and the result of my sleepless night was evidenced by the visible bags under my eyes (the horror!) … but as they say in the biz, the show must go on.

As the first participant to arrive on set, I was immediately put at ease by the warmth of the crew present, and began being prepped by the makeup and hair teams. The look I was given took mere minutes: a more polished – but still very natural looking – version of me. No exaggerated makeup, or stiff hairstyles – thank you very much, because that’s NOT what this was all about.

Slipping into a black sheer tunic and black leather leggings (both Helmut Lang), my look capped with a pair of black Louboutin slingbacks, I was ready to rock n’ roll. My shoot began with a series of test shots from various angles, and then it was go time. As the focus was to be candid answers, I had only a rough idea of what types of questions I would be asked, apart from one: declaring my age (yikes). To my utter surprise, I didn’t feel nervous and as the questions were put to me, I found myself tuning out everyone else present in the room, and allowed myself to simply enjoy the experience. In the end, all my answers came from the heart, and while you only see/hear a small part of it in the included video clip, I like to think that that honesty still managed to come through. Best part? Saying my age out loud and owning it!

The other unexpected bonus of this experience was in meeting fellow bloggers and connecting with them; as the day wrapped up, new friendships were formed and all ‘age lines’ were figuratively blurred away.

BEAUTY IS NOT ABOUT HIDING YOUR AGE. IT’S ABOUT LOVING IT AND MAKING THE MOST OF IT – Lancôme

Enjoy the included behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot, as well as the final video result – let me know what you think in the comments section below (be gentle, lol!)

I encourage you to join the #LoveYourAge movement by visiting www.lancome-genifique.ca For every age declaration, Lancôme will donate $3 to Look Good Feel Better (Helping women with Cancer)

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Lancôme | Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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Lancôme | Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (CAN $98.00/30 ml) | Originally created in 2009, Génifique is a serum that was inspired by the field of gene science and which uses ‘transciptomics‘ (the study of gene expression) along with ‘proteomics‘ (molecular biology) to identify the signature proteins of young skin. Fast forward to 2013 when Advanced Génifique was launched with an optimized formula and a new self-loading dropper, and a legend was born: The Little Black Bottle, as it has become known, is by definition the “radiance treatment that reveals a woman’s aura“.

Advanced Génifique has been created to reactivate the skin’s luminosity by improving the structure of the skin’s surface, and designed to be used as a first step in your skincare regimen, after cleansing.

 

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Lancôme | Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (dropper detail)

Ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Fragrance

 

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Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

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Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign (forever a rebel)

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… and that’s a wrap! #LoveYourAge

 

I’m so happy to have participated in such a unique experience and a huge THANK YOU goes out to all involved. Until the next time!

 

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Press sample kindly provided for my unbiased consideration/sponsored post – all opinions are my own