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Lancôme | #LoveYourAge with Advanced Génifique

 

Lancôme Génifique opener

 

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)

Lancôme Advanced Génifique

Lancôme | Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancôme Advanced Génifique 2

Lancôme | Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancôme Advanced Génifique macro

 

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.

 

Lancôme Advanced Génifique dropper

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

 

Lancôme #loveyourage behind the scenes

Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

Lancôme #loveyourage 2

Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

Lancôme #loveyourage 3

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

Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign/final video

Lancôme #loveyourage 4

Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

Lancôme #loveyourage 6

Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign/mandatory group shot!

Lancôme #loveyourage 5

Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

Lancôme #loveyourage 7

… 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!

 

Lancôme #loveyourage closer

 

 

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

 

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

 

Lancome Miracle Cushion opener

You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that lately most beauty breakthroughs have been hailing from Korea; the latest innovation to find its way to the North American market, is Miracle Cushion (CAN $48.00, refill $38.00) compact liquid foundation from the venerable house of Lancôme. I confess that the name initially confused me, did “cushion” refer to the application method or the look upon the skin? As it turns out, it’s a little of both and cutesy moniker aside, I’m now completely and unabashedly OBSESSED with this little piece of beauty/skincare heaven.

Basically, Miracle Cushion is a hybrid-like product comprised of a foundation-saturated sponge in a compact case, with said sponge also performing double-duty as an effective barrier to any contents spilling out, while also offering up excellent control over product usage. The accompanying velvety soft pad applicator is then pressed upon the sponge’s surface to pick up the foundation: the harder you press, the more liquid/product emerges. The foundation is lightly scented: a fresh & pleasant floral-ish fragrance (which I like, but worth noting for those with sensitivities) and there is an instant cooling sensation felt at first contact upon the skin (although that quickly dissipates). Bonus: the compacts are refillable; you can even switch the colour up or down depending on the season.

There are three ways that Miracle Cushion can be used; as a primer (using light pressure upon the cushion for a scant yield), as a BB/CC crème (slightly more pressure on the cushion for more product), or as a foundation with a higher level of coverage (applying an even stronger pressure on the cushion). This foundation is buildable and offers completely weightless coverage along with a natural-looking flawless & softly luminous finish; my pores are minimized, my fine lines seem to disappear into the ether, and my skin tone looks smooth and even. A miracle, indeed.

Enriched with pine needle extract (known for its ‘depigmentation’ properties) to provide a radiant-looking complexion, Miracle Cushion also has ester oil and glycerine for a ultra-hydrated skin feel, Adenosine for its known anti-wrinkle benefits, and a unique polymer gel texture that provides skin with an instant ‘blurring effect’ for a poreless and even-looking complexion. In a Thermographic test, skin’s surface temperature was shown to drop by -2.3ºC upon application of the product, for a instant refreshing feel. As to staying power, I find that my skin continues to look good throughout the wearing without any noticeable creasing, fading, oxidation or even pooling in key areas (around the nose, between the brows, and all other pesky areas), and while Miracle Cushion doesn’t offer up any mattifying properties, neither does it make my combination/oily skin grease up by day’s end either.

Note that Miracle Cushion is available in 6 shades (without SPF) in Canada, compared to 11 shades (that presumable also have an SPF 23 rating) elsewhere.

Lancome Miracle Cushion compacts

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

Lancome Miracle Cushion trio 1

 

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

 

Lancome Miracle Cushion trio 2

 

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

 

Lancome Miracle Cushion trio macro

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

 

Lancome Miracle Cushion macro

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion

 

Lancome Miracle Cushion trio swatches

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion swatches: 01 Pure Porcelaine, 03 Beige Pêche, 04 Beige Miel

Lancome Miracle Cushion trio swatches 2

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion swatches: 01 Pure Porcelaine, 03 Beige Pêche, 04 Beige Miel (blended out)

Ingredients:Water, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lecithin, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adenosine, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disodium Edta, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Fragrance, [+/- May Contain Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica

Lancome 01 Pure Porcelaine Miracle Cushion

 

01 Pure Porcelaine | The lightest of the 3 shades I was kindly sent to try, this is a peachy based hue that is more suitable for lighter complexions. It should be noted that initial viewing of each Miracle Cushion is deceptive and the colour you see on the cushion, is not exactly indicative of what you get – a good thing, in this case as my first reaction to 01 Pure Porcelaine was to completely rule it out for my skin tone. Upon swatching this shade, however, I believe that it should be a good match for me, once cooler weather hits and my light tan has faded into memory.

 

Lancome 01 Pure Porcelaine Miracle Cushion macro

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 01 Pure Porcelaine

 

Lancome 01 Pure Porcelaine Miracle Cushion swatches

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 01 Pure Porcelaine swatches

Lancome 03 Beige Peche Miracle Cushion

03 Beige Pêche | Based on the names of all three, I was sure that 03 Beige Pêche was my best match, but it turns out to be slightly too peach-based for my skin tone, most notably if I try wearing it as a foundation. My preference for this shade, is to use it as a light all-over base (which provides an effect such as a BB/CC cream would give) and then buffed into the skin with a dense brush to diffuse it further — a light dusting of bronzer effectively pulls the entire look together. Ideal for light-medium skin tones with pink undertones.

 

Lancome 03 Beige Peche Miracle Cushion macro

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 03 Beige Pêche

 

Lancome 03 Beige Peche Miracle Cushion swatches

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 03 Beige Pêche swatches

Lancome 04 Beige Miel Miracle Cushion

04 Beige Miel | To quote Golidlocks, “this is one is just right!”, although my initial thinking was that 04 Beige Miel would be much too dark on my skin, even with the light Summer tan I presently have going on. Turns out that I was totally wrong; this neutral beige hue is EVERYTHING and I absolutely love how it blurs out any unevenness on my skin without any of the traditional heavy masking required to do so. Absolutely ideal for light-medium complexions with more yellowish undertones.

 

Lancome 04 Beige Miel Miracle Cushion macro

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 04 Beige Miel

 

Lancome 04 Beige Miel Miracle Cushion swatches

Lancôme | Miracle Cushion 04 Beige Miel swatches

Lancome vs Laneige Miracle Cushion

Lancôme Miracle Cushion 04 Beige Miel vs Laneige BB Cushion Medium Dark

 

Lancome vs Laneige Miracle Cushion macro

When I was recently Stateside, I picked up the Laneige BB Cushion in Medium Dark that I had heard so much about, and of the 3 Lancôme Miracle Cushion shades I was sent, 04 Beige Miel appeared the closest. How they compare:

  • Lancôme 04 Beige Miel: beige hued, adjustable coverage
  • Laneige Medium Dark: tan hued, sheer coverage, stronger fragrance

The compacts are very similar in both shape and function, each with an inner lid and a flat applicator pad (the Laneige pad is a dark blue compared to the white Lancôme version) with each refillable as well. The price points are quite another story, with the Lancôme weighing in at CAN $48.00 for 14g/0.51 oz compared to the Laneige that retails for US $34.00 for 30g/1.05 oz and which also includes a refill. Even though the Laneige is the better value, it does not offer the same coverage options as does Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion, and the colour options are more limiting (I believe there are 3 shades available, but don’t quote me on that), with the biggest drawback being that this product is only available in the US, now that Target has pulled out of Canada.

 

Lancome vs Laneige Miracle Cushion swatches

Lancôme Miracle Cushion 04 Beige Miel & Laneige BB Cushion Medium Dark swatches

 

Rarely does the hype for a product live up to its name, but this is once case where every rave is so well deserved. Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion is incredibly lightweight feeling, yet still manages to provide coverage where you want it to, leaving skin radiant-looking and almost magically poreless. I’m a little ambivalent about the applicator; on the one hand, it does provide the most velvety, flawless-looking finish to the skin, but it also absorbs product (which can be wasteful) and will never clean up to its original pristine condition. Still, a small price to pay for a face product that’s THIS good. Bottom line: you need to check these out.

Lancôme Miracle Cushion is available now through The Bay & thebay.com, as well as Sephora & sephora.com. Find more information via www.lancome.ca

Lancome Miracle Cushion closer

 

Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration/Post may contain affiliate links

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50

 

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration 

 

Lancome City Miracle

The latest addition to Lancôme’s Miracle range, is City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50 (CAN $46.00, available in 3 shades) offering lightweight makeup coverage, protection from external agressors, as well as skin-clarifying properties with continued use. Tested in several cities with high pollution levels, City Miracle might just be what all …but not limited to … Urban Warriors have been looking for. You’re welcome.

Lancome City Miracle opener

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50

An all-in-one product to help provide a radiant complexion, City Miracle has the high-reaching goal of combining the ‘instant perfection of a makeup effect with lasting skincare benefits‘ that is said to:

  • even out like a foundation
  • perfect like a beautifier (I’m guessing that means primer)
  • hydrate like a moisturizer
  • protect against UV like a sunscreen
  • fight shine like a powder

Available in 3 shades, the texture has a hybrid cream/lotion feel to it; more body than a usual BB or CC product, but not as full-coverage as foundation. The fruity/floral fragrance is quite fresh and pleasant, if not a little on the strong side – something to note for those with sensitivities. City Miracle can be applied and spread using your fingers or your favourite foundation brush, if preferred, and bears surprisingly good opacity for a CC cream. Some of the key ingredients include:

  • Glycerine – acts on skin’s elasticity, leaving it soft & hydrated
  • Detoxyl – a potent anti-pollution active ingredient which prevents metallic pollutants for adhering to the skin while helping to detoxify cells
  • SPF 50 – usually high UVB & UVA protection for a CC cream (to prevent spot formation and photo-ageing)
  • Adenosine + Vitamin CG – a potent anti fatigue combo that work synergistically to help reduce wrinkle depth & the appearance of age spots
  • Kombucha & Musk Rose Oil – an anti-dullness duo to help improve skin quality while refreshing & illuminating the complexion

What I really like about this product, is that it provides excellent coverage without any of that caked-on look or feel that you sometimes get with foundation – and it can literally be applied on the go with no special tools other than one’s fingers. Longevity is good as well – especially when you consider that City Miracle is a lighter-weight cream, easily providing 8 hours of wear without oxidation or product buildup in key areas (such as around the nose or any facial lines). The scent is on the strong side and doesn’t dissipate immediately upon application like other fragranced makeup products, but does minimize over time. With regards to skin improvement, I can’t vouch for that as I tend to rotate my makeup products with alarming speed (#beautybloggerwoes), but I like the way my skin feels with City Miracle applied – illuminated/radiant but not dewy/shiny – and I find it does a pretty good job of keeping my skin (which is combination/oily in the T-zone area) from become overly greasy and needing to be mattified by using other products.

What surprises me the most, is that A) City Miracle is only offered in 3 shades and B) the lightest colour available (and which I was sent to try) will still be much too dark for pale/fair complexions. On my light/medium skin tone, 01 Beige Dragée (worn here – the other shades are 02 Peau de Peche and 03 Beige Aurore) appears rather orange-leaning when first applied, but seems to almost reverse-develop with the wearing; as the product warms up and thus merges with my skin’s natural oils, it somehow morphs into an almost custom shade – a very unique effect. The tube has a slim profile and is of a small enough size to make it conveniently portable, although that smaller size can work against it as well since it means it’ll finish up that much faster BUT this drawback can also be turned into a positive, if it means you will then have to purchase a fresh tube to use, as opposed to reaching for some other product that may have been lurking in your vanity for ages (and probably well past its prime, at that).

With regards to the SPF included, it’s unusually high for a cosmetic product but not enough that it feels like it weighs the skin down either, neither does it add any weird white cast to the skin as a result – a huge plus.

 

Lancome City Miracle cap

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50

Lancome City Miracle open

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50

Lancome City Miracle upright

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50

Lancome City Miracle ingredients

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50 (ingredients list)

 

Lancome City Miracle swatch 1

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50, applied

Lancome City Miracle swatch 2

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50, lightly blended

Lancome City Miracle swatch 3

Lancôme | City Miracle CC Cream SPF 50, sheered out

 

With the warmer weather that’s looming just around the corner, our makeup routine will undergo its usual seasonal shift: colours (eyes, lips, cheeks) will start to go a few degrees brighter and you’ll want base makeup that feels lighter & sheerer along your skin. How fortunate then, that with Lancôme’s new City Miracle CC CREAM SPF 50, you won’t have to sacrifice on either coverage or skincare benefits. Personally, I love the feel and effect of using this cream – but I do wish the colour range was a bit more extensive, as I believe it’s a product all complexions should have in their beauty arsenal. Listen up, Lancôme, cause you’ve got a winner here.

Available now through all Lancôme counters across Canada. Find more information via www.lancome.ca

 

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