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Guerlain | My Super Tips (Beauty Survival Kit)

Guerlain My Super Tips opener

 

Just in time for travel season, Guerlain has released a travel size collection of skincare heros that you really won’t want to be without. As a brand that is the very epitome of understated luxury, don’t expect fireworks and/or trumpeting; instead what you’ll get is four must-have products for your face & lips that produce results — quickly and effectively.

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Guerlain | My Super Tips (Beauty Survival Kit)

Guerlain My Super Tips

Guerlain | My Super Tips (Beauty Survival Kit)

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Guerlain | My Super Tips (Beauty Survival Kit)

Guerlain My Super Tips swatches

Guerlain | My Super Tips (Beauty Survival Kit) swatches

Guerlain SOS Cream

SOS Cream (CAN $35.00) | A rose scented ultra-nourishing dense cream that becomes instantly absorbed into the skin, leaving a buttery soft feel behind. Created to give your skin a shot of TLC after being exposed to external irritants and influences, it can be used morning or evening — or whenever you feel the need for a little bit of extra pampering.

Guerlain Midnight Secret

Midnight Secret (CAN $35.00) | A lightweight cream in a semi-fluid texture with a soft lavender fragrance, and that is meant to be applied in the evening before bed. Aimed at giving your skin a more refreshed and revitalized appearance, along with helping to reducing puffiness and a tired/dull complexion, this is the perfect product to have on hand to beat the late-night blahs. Seriously.

Guerlain Radiance in a Flash

Radiance In A Flash (CAN $35.00) | A peachy pearlescent cream-lotion with a cooling feel upon the skin, bearing a light & fresh floral fragrance, this adds a jolt of luminosity to the skin with an instant tightening effect you can feel immediately upon application. Worn alone, it provides a light evenness of tone (not meant to camouflage like a foundation, however) and also works beautifully under foundation as a radiant-type primer. It can also be applied over foundation on strategic key areas to give your skin some enhancement.

Guerlain Super Lips

Lip Hero (CAN $35.00) | Brimming with nourishing oils and butters, this lip balm aims to not only provide lips with an instant plumping effect (albeit, slight as it is), but will keep them thoroughly nourished with beneficial long-term effects. The convenient slanted tip makes application on the go a breeze, and the warm almost vanilla/butterscotch-like scent (my absolute fave) is positively delicious. I have two last words: Holy Grail.

Guerlain Super Lips swatch

Guerlain | Lip Hero swatch

 

A quick show of hands: Planning a quick weekend getaway? Need some conveniently-sized skincare helpers in your daily makeup bag? A fan of Guerlain’s amazing products? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then you need to check these little treasures out. As someone who is somewhat obsessed with lip balms (and believe me, I’ve tried TONS), I now refuse to be without Lip Hero and love the difference it’s made to my frequently parched lips. I’m now a complete fan of how quickly Radiance In A Flash becomes absorbed into the skin, yet still manages to leave a nice base behind and as to Midnight Secret? Let’s just say that I had occasion to put it through vigorous testing this past weekend and was so pleased at the results. For anyone who’s a fan of rose-scented skincare, you’ll adore SOS Cream, but what will wow you even more is the way your skin will feel after application … impressive enough that I think I’ll petition Guerlain to create a full-body version.

Available at Guerlain Boutiques & Institute as well as www.guerlain.ca

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Thank you to Guerlain for providing this amazing beauty survival kit/As always, all opinions are my own

Lierac Premium Absolute Anti-Aging| A Special Giveaway

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A few short weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in the launch of Premium Absolute Anti-Aging from Lierac (reviewed here) and after having personally indulged in this exceptional line from the brand, I’m now giving the opportunity to one (1) lucky reader to win the entire collection (valued at CAN $390).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest will run from today March 21st (2016) until noon March 28th (2016). One winner will be selected and notified via email who will then have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck to all! 

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Lierac | Event Launch: Premium Absolute Anti-Aging

 

Lierac Premium opener

 

Always at the forefront of skincare innovation, French brand Lierac has just launched Premium Anti-Aging Absolute – a range of products that unite the latest breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology with genetics technology. At the heart of this range, are three exceptional floral extracts: black rose, black orchid, and black poppy – all known for their amazing regenerative properties. Another first for Lierac is the endorsement of this new range by none other than famed British actress Dame Kristen Scott Thomas, who happens to not only be a long time fan of the brand but is perfectly fluent in French as well, thanks to her years of working as an Au Pair in Paris when she was younger (she is now 55, and looking drop dead gorgeous).

This past week Lierac held a launch event for Premium Anti-Age Absolute here in Montréal that I attended. The venue was the stunning Suite 701 at the stately Place D’Armes Hôtel & Suites in the heart of historic Old Montréal, where the wine was flowing and with delicious nibbles in abundance (the desserts were to die for). After a brief introduction by Raphaël Desrues, General Manager of Alès Group Canada Inc. (the parent company of Lierac), we were able to test drive the new range as well as indulge in complimentary (and theme-matching) flash tattoos. Apparently the placement of my tattoo was a big hit, as it seemed to spawn countless copies throughout the evening!

 

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Actress Dame Kristen Scott Thomas, spokesperson for Lierac Premium

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Wearing black & gold, in keeping with the theme

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With girl boss extraordinaire Caroline Dubé, founder of Luxine PR (representing Lierac)

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With Rima McMahon (centre), Marketing & Communications Manager for The Alès Group Canada Inc., a woman whose knowledge of the brand is outstanding!

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With Raphaël Desrues, General Manager of Alès Group Canada Inc.

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Still holding on to the theme of the night with my gold & black chevron flash tattoo

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behind the scenes beauty blogger action

 

Lierac Premium Black Rose, Orchid & Poppy triptych

Floral inspirations: black rose, black orchid & black poppy

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Lierac | Premium Anti-Aging Absolute

Lierac Premium swatches

Lierac | Premium Anti-Aging Absolute swatches

 

Lierac Premium Crème Voluptueuse

The Voluptuous Cream (CAN $145.00) | Housed in a luxe black & gold box (that comes with an applicator spatula) and available in two versions, the Voluptuous Cream is the denser of the two and therefore more suitable for drier complexions. For use both day & night (which makes it so convenient, wouldn’t you agree?), this cream is rich in Shea butter, botanical glycerine and botanical oils, perfect for adding suppleness and moisture to the skin.

Inspired by advanced science based on stem cell research, this range focuses on Foxo Protein, the ‘immortality protein which acts at the source of all stem cells’, and is therefore responsible for keeping our skin healthy. As we age, our skin slows down production of collagen and elastin which results in slack skin, deep wrinkles and pigmentation issues; by reproducing the action of Foxo Protein in the Premium range, these signs of aging are effectively countered – thus giving skin a newfound strength and clarity.

While too rich for my combination/oily skin, this is nevertheless the cream I turned to for nightly use. A little really does go a long way — although that didn’t stop me from slathering it all over my face, neck and décolletage. This cream bears a fresh and lovely floral fragrance which adds to the entire sensorial experience, although those with sensitivities should still take note. The best part? Waking up to velvety smooth skin.

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Lierac | The Voluptuous Cream (inner seal)

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Lierac | The Voluptuous Cream

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Lierac | The Voluptuous Cream, ingredients list

 

Lierac Premium Crème Soyeuse

The Silky Cream (CAN $145.00) | The lighter version of the two creams, the texture here is almost ‘whipped’, which helps it glide effortlessly along the skin to become quickly and thoroughly absorbed. Made with botanical glycerine for complete hydration, light emulsifiers, and a micro-powder derived from bamboo leaves, this cream will impart an invisible veil upon your skin, making it absolutely perfect for daytime use – especially if you have combination/oily skin like I do. Also fragranced with the same scent as in the rest of the range.

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Lierac | The Silky Cream

Lierac Premium Crème Soyeuse ingredients

Lierac | The Silky Cream, ingredients list

Lierac Premium Masque Suprême

The Supreme Mask (CAN $100.00) | I am a huge fan of masks – slightly obsessed, even, so I couldn’t wait to try this one out. Created along the same principles as the rest of the range, there is a 4.5% concentration of the Premium Cellular Complex (or the ‘magical elixir’ as I like to call it), along with a 10% concentration of Hyaluronic Acid Solution (the highest of the entire range) for adding deep and intensive moisture back to your skin. Made to be used once to twice per week, this mask is best used in the evening (after cleansing and before applying the Voluptuous Cream) to further enhance all its beneficial properties.

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Lierac | The Supreme Mask

Lierac Premium Masque Suprême ingredients

Lierac | The Supreme Masque, ingredients list

 

As much as I love makeup and colour cosmetics in general, the older I’ve gotten the more excited I get over skincare – in particular, skincare that’s effective. After having tested the Premium Anti-Aging Absolute range for the past month now, I can tell you that my skin has absolutely loved it – and I’ve loved the way it’s made my skin feel: buttery smooth, slightly more dense (I literally do a cheek pinch test) and looking visibly more even toned. And while price-wise it may seem a little steep, I believe that the effect I’ve seen speaks for itself, thus making this range well worth the splurge for those looking to get actual results.

Lierac skincare is available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada. Find more information via www.lierac.ca

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Post kindly sponsored by Lierac, all opinions are strictly my own

Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Water & Primer Oil

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Back in 2000, when Smashbox founders & photographers Davis Factor and his brother Dean (who also happen to be the great-grandsons of beauty legend Max Factor) created their Photo Finish Foundation Primer, it became a massive hit for the brand and went on to spawn countless imitations. In 2015, the brand launched Photo Finish Primer Water, a lightweight version of the successful original – a product that can be used prior to makeup application and reapplied throughout the wearing as well. The newest addition to the line,  Photo Finish Primer Oil, is meant to help you prepare your face before any makeup ever touches your skin – but it’s so much more than that.

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Water & Primer Oil

Smashbox Primer Water

Photo Finish Primer Water (CAN $37.00) | Housed in a clear plastic bottle with a spray-pump dispenser, this is a silicone, oil, and alcohol-free transparent spray liquid for use before and/or during makeup application:

  • as primer before foundation (but after moisturizer) to even out the skin
  • as a setting spray after all makeup has been applied
  • as a skin/makeup refresher throughout the day

I’ve been a huge fan of MAC’s Prep & Prime Fix+ spray for years now, but after hearing all the rave reviews for this Primer Water, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Apart from what this spray does, it also happens to be loaded with revitalizing electrolytes (passed through positive energy fields during the production process), which helps it not only become absorbed into the skin easily, but works behind the scenes for a long-lasting hydrated feel.

By far, my absolute favourite way to use this product is to spray it on my beauty sponge before foundation application; this method adds just enough moisture to the sponge to keep the product from sinking in, and goes a long way in helping foundation glide effortlessly along the skin for flawless-looking coverage. Once all makeup has been applied, I also like to go in and lightly mist my face to ‘set’ everything (as well as to tamp down any powdery-ness), alternating the Primer Water with a more mattifying setting spray the occasion when a shine-free finish is preferred.

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Water

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Water

INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU , BUTYLENE GLYCOL , CAFFEINE , MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE , CALCIUM CHLORIDE , SODIUM SULFATE , POTASSIUM NITRATE , POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE , POLYSORBATE 80 , DIAMOND POWDER , FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) , LIMONENE , LINALOOL , CITRAL , PHENOXYETHANOL , SODIUM BENZOATE 

Smashbox Primer Oil

Photo Finish Primer Oil (CAN $49.00) | With the rise in popularity of face oils in skincare routines, it seems only natural that a primer version would follow. Housed in a glass bottle with a dropper dispensing system and created with 15 botanical oils handpicked for their skin benefits, this Primer Oil is primarily meant to be applied on clean skin and allowed to become fully absorbed before makeup, providing skin with a fully moisturized feel as well as a subtle glow. That being said, this product can also be used strategically as a light touch up over makeup as well, which will help give a softly luminous boost to tired-looking skin. But the benefits of this simple-looking oil can also extend even further than that: applied along split ends to help seal them in and add strength, into cuticles and elbows more a shot of moisture, and even along the clavicle (collar-bones) to create a soft dewy sheen.

Having combination skin with an oily T-zone, I’m really loving the effect of this Primer Oil as a pre-curser in my makeup routine. After cleansing and moisturizing, I rub 2 drops into my skin and wait about 10 minutes for it become fully absorbed before applying my makeup. My skin is left feeling supple and thoroughly nourished, without any greasy residue, looking  glowingly smooth and even. It almost seems to add a slight luminosity to my foundation as well, an effect I noticed after a few hours of wear time – giving my skin a healthy looking sheen.

Beauty tip: to effectively minimize and camouflage fine lines around the eyes, mix a tiny (as in supremely teeny) bit of Primer Oil into your concealer and then observe how easily and beautifully everything glides along the skin (and kiss any crepey-ness goodbye).

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Oil

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Oil (applicator detail)

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Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Oil

Smashbox Primer Oil ingredients

Smashbox | Photo Finish Primer Oil, ingredients list

 

This should be your beauty mantra: prepare your ‘canvas’ (face) and your makeup will thank you. Primer has become an indispensable step in my beauty routine, effectively laying the base for whatever is applied on top – while also performing double duty in protecting my skin from any environmental factors. With so many choices to pick from that are available in this field today (hydrating, mattifying, colour-correcting), both the Photo Finish Primer Water and Photo Finish Primer Oil are quick, convenient, simple and best of all, effective. And both are now staples in my beauty routine (Primer Water is quickly approaching Holy Grail status); I expected nothing less from the heirs to this beauty dynasty; Max Factor would be so proud.

Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Murale, and Sephora across Canada. Find more information via www.smashbox.com

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Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

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Jouviance Glyco|Laser Soft Peel

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Several weeks ago, I was invited to visit the beautiful new offices of skincare & beauty brand Jouviance (founded in 2003, here in my home town of Montréal – all products are tested and manufactured in Canada). Along with other members of the media, I was treated to a preview of the brand’s latest: the Glyco|Laser Soft Peel range of products.

Located in a fast-booming part of the city, I entered what appeared to be a rather nondescript building, only to be surprised by an interior boasting an interesting mix of modern industrial coupled with organic touches, as well as soaring ceilings that added to the inviting atmosphere. The decor of the Jouviance offices continued this theme, and after tearing myself away from a table set up with the most delicious nibbles, we were then seated in a spacious conference room for a detailed presentation of the new range. I was privileged to be seated next to one of the founders of the company, renown biochemist Roger Southin, where we talked in depth of the new Glyco|Laser range and I was given insight on how the company began, along with his personal approach to the products they create.

The newly launched Glyco|Laser range is a collection of four face products:

  • Glyco|Laser 10 Soft Peel Lotion 10% AHA + BHA (for daytime) CAN $40.00/60 ml
  • Glyco|Laser 5 Soft Peel Night Cream 5% Glycolic Acid CAN $40.00/50 ml
  • Glyco|Laser 10 Soft Peel Night Cream 10% Glycolic Acid CAN $40.00/50 ml
  • Glyco|Laser 5 Soft Peel Mask 5% Glycolic Acid $40.00/100 ml

Inspired by the latest laser resurfacing techniques, this range has been created to help boost the natural exfoliation process resulting in skin that is firmer, more toned, radiant, and resurfaced in as little as 4 weeks – all without any irritation, redness, or adverse after-effects – unlike other chemical peels that can often be harsher than some people can tolerate. By incorporating a patented QV3 soothing complex in the formula (Calmosensine™, allantoin, and bisabolol) the risk of irritation is significantly minimized, which in turn makes these products easy and effective for daily use. The mask includes two earth clays to help with diminishing pore size and to counter hyperpigmentation & sun damage, and is excellent in targeting breakouts, along with increasing the efficacy of both the lotion and night cream (NOTE: always follow any directives listed).

Upon leaving, I was gifted with the entire range and being something of a skincare fanatic enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to begin my testing. I must add here that my skin is quite tolerant and rarely do I experience sensitivity or breakouts; knowing this, I felt confident in diving right into the Glyco|Laser 10 Night Cream, although it’s recommended to start with the lighter formulation (5%) first, especially if you’re unsure of your skin’s reaction or have experienced sensitivity with other skincare products.

That same evening, I immediately applied the Glyco|Laser 10 Night Cream after cleansing; the first thing I noticed was the texture, which feels more like a gel-cream and even cool to the touch, but still rich enough that is sits comfortably upon the skin without sliding around – although it does take some time to become fully absorbed (and even then, I still felt a slight tacky sensation but which was definitely fully absorbed by morning). The scent has a naturally derived citrus element which is not unpleasant, but I still find it to be somewhat clinical and takes a little getting used to, becoming undetectable quickly enough once applied. The second thing I noticed was a slight prickling sensation – but again, it wasn’t anything excessive and I must state that I haven’t really felt any tingling since (like I said: my skin in extremely tolerant). In the morning and after cleansing, I followed up with the similarly-scented Lotion: bearing a milkier formula, this becomes absorbed much faster into the skin than the Night Cream, and any tingling I felt with this product was negligible but again, this will vary from person to person. That evening, I decided to dial things up a notch; if 10% glycolic acid worked well, wouldn’t 20% be even more effective? So, being the maverick that I am, I decided to add 2 layers of the Night Cream (I waited about 15 minutes between application). The result? Not only did my skin tolerate the addition, but I swear I woke up to THE softest skin I’ve ever felt. By the way, I typically apply my moisturizers the ‘European’ way: the entire face, earlobes, neck, and décolleté.

As to the Glyco|Laser 5 Mask, I have been using it 3 times a week to not only boost the effectiveness of both the Lotion and the Cream, but to help with an even more thorough cleansing of my pores. The two clays in the formula make this an amazing product for anyone who has combination and/or oily skin, although it’s gentle enough to be used by those with normal complexions as well (as with the other products, make sure to follow all directives beforehand). Bearing a similar but much lighter version of the same fragrance, a light film of this parchment-coloured cream is applied all over the face (and neck, if desired but avoid the eye area) then allowed to dry for about 15 minutes. I prefer using a washcloth dampened with warm water to remove all traces, which also aids in increasing circulation. The outcome: a fresh & toned complexion with reduced pore size.

For the past few weeks, I have been diligently using both the Glyco|Laser 10 Night Cream and the Glyco|Laser 10 Lotion daily, interspersed with the Glyco|Laser 5 Mask three times a week (I didn’t bother with the Glyco|Laser 5 Night Cream at all) and I am beyond thrilled with the results I’ve seen thus far: my skin not only feels incredibly soft and smooth to the touch, but there’s an overall brightness and evenness of tone, while fine lines seem to be more ‘relaxed’. Regarding pore size, I’m not sure if they’ve physically been diminished or it’s more that regular cleansing has kept debris from collecting there, but I have noticed that my foundation seems to sit better along my skin, so I’ll go on record and say that something is definitely working.

I hope you enjoy the following photo recap of the event, and that my experience has at least made you curious enough to give this amazing brand a look.

 

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Lobby entrance – totally loving the concrete/steel elements against the wood beams

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Caught in blogger mode (or is that picture-in-picture?)

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The lovely conference room setup

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With founder Roger Southin

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Wine always makes a presentation go down so easy

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A display of Jouviance’s colour cosmetics

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I may or may not have eaten everything in the above photo

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Went home with these as well…what a lovely touch!

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Happy blogger….

 

Apart from the fact that the Glyco|Laser range of products has proven its effectiveness to me, I love how it does so without breaking the bank, making it one of the easiest investments one can make for a healthy complexion. Lastly, Jouviance skincare products are created to meet the needs of even the most sensitive skin types and have none of the following (PS: free shipping on orders over CAN $70.00 via the website):

  • PARABENS
  • SULFATES
  • DYES
  • DIMEMETHYLAMINOETHANOL (DMAE)
  • TRETHANOLAMINE (TEA)
  • NO ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES
  • NO MINERAL OILS
  • NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS

Jouviance cosmetics are sold exclusively through Jean Coutu locations (Canada). Jouviance skincare can be found at Brunet, Familiprix, Jean Coutu, Pharma Plus, Proxim, Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, and Uniprix stores across Canada. For more information on the brand and other retailers (US and Korea), visit www.jouviance.com

 

A huge thank you to Jouviance and all involved for hosting this amazing event

Press samples provided by Jouviance for my unbiased consideration