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Jouviance Glyco|Laser Soft Peel

Jouviance event opener


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):

  • DYES

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


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

Press samples provided by Jouviance for my unbiased consideration

Lierac | Liftissime 3D Lifting

Lierac Liftissime opener


French skincare brand Lierac has just launched Liftissime 3D, a range of products that merges the best of science along with nature, in a patented and groundbreaking anti-ageing solution: Cell-Junction complex. Together with active fractions of the crocus plant, sphingoceramide BT and a plant peptide, this ‘unique complex increases the effectiveness and reinforces the power of these three ingredients in oder to target PERLECAN, the face’s true centre of gravity‘.

In short, the lineup of 7 products that make up the Liftissime range (not shown/tested: Rich Reshaping Cream, Re-Plumping Balm Lips & Contours) have been created to offer a non-invasive 3D lifting effect to the skin by encouraging cellular cohesion. As I’m not a scientist, the following information puts it into perspective:

The more cells bind together, the more they interact, providing the different layers of skin with shape and substance so that they remain structured and closely joined. PERLECAN, a proteoglycan consisting of a protein and glycosaminoglycan (GAG), is an essential component of the Dermo-Epidermal Junction (DEJ), playing a crucial dual balancing role in the skin, this ensures cohesion between the different layers of skin

In a nutshell, you can think of PERLECAN  as velcro, working to bind the dermis and epidermis to the Dermo-Epidermal Junction, so that the layers of skin are kept anchored together and thus stay supported in a ‘state of tension’ – the “lifting” effect, in other words.

Hybridizing nature with cutting-edge technology is something that many brands have been turning to more & more, and as skincare is something I’m quite passionate about, the research behind this range had me quite curious to give it a try.

Key Ingredients:

  • ACTIVE FRACTIONS OF CROCUS – native to the mountainous regions of Southern Europe, the crocus blossoms in the Spring and symbolizes new beginnings and rediscovered youth. Active fractions of crocus chrysanthus are widely recognized for their action on cellular communication
  • PLANT PEPTIDE – a plant peptide derived from the pea (pisum sativum) has antioxidant properties and is obtained through fully controlled extraction and purification methods. It protects and repairs the skin and helps to give it increased firmness and elasticity
  • SPHINGOCERAMIDE-BT (BIO-TECH) – Lierac Laboratories have selected a biomimetic sphingoceramide identical to cutaneous ceramides that play a structural role in biological membranes and promotes cellular stimulation
  • HYALURONIC ACID – pharmaceutical grade, able to absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in water which helps restore density to the skin. It forms an emollient, smoothing and protective film that has a surface-filling effect

Another point to mention, is that with the exception of the eye serum, all the other products in this range are scented; according to the brand:

‘top notes with a delicate hint of wild berries leads into a blossoming of the fresh and feminine notes of a generous bouquet of white Jasminum Sambac and freesia flowers, which finally gives way to a warm and enveloping sandalwood base. It is at once subtle and feminine’

In general I’m not hyper-sensitive to scent so fragrance in products is not something I notice all that much (although I do make it a point to smell EVERYTHING), but I must say that there is nothing ‘subtle’ about the scent here. As someone who’s not into florals, I actually find the fragrance combination quite unique and pleasant; that being said, I must confess that on the days where I was suffering from a migraine headache, I was unable to wear anything of the Liftissime range other than the eye serum – and that’s never happened to me before. Those with sensitivities, take note.

Note: the following products were all tested on my skin (morning & night) over a period of 4 weeks.

Crocus botanical portrait

Crocus Chrysanthus (credit)

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Lierac | Liftissime 3D Lifting chart

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Lierac | Liftissime 3D Lifting

Lierac Liftissime

Lierac | Liftissime 3D Lifting

Lierac Liftissime Serum

Liftissime Sérum Intensive Re-Lifter (CAN $105.00) | A scented white/pink coloured serum fluid that is instantly absorbed into the skin, leaving zero residue behind. Meant to be used first (after cleansing and before applying moisturizer) to boost the efficacy of subsequent products. Ingredients specific to the Sérum include:

  • Biotechnological Restructuring Agent (comprised of an energy source Methyl-Gluside-6-Phsophate, 2 essential amino acids to help promote collagen and elastin, and copper)

Lierac Liftissime Serum ingredients

Lierac | Liftissime Sérum Intensive Re-Lifter (ingredients)

Lierac Liftissime Yeux

Liftissime Yeux Re-Lifting Serum (CAN $80.00) | An unscented pinky-white gel-serum that feels cold to the touch upon initial application (a sensation that quickly dissipates), and can be applied equally above and below the eye using the soft-touch applicator. Ingredients specific to the Yeux Re-Lifting Serum include:

  • Albizia and Holy Grass – used synergistically to treat the sensitive eye contour and eyelid area
  • Ruscus Extract – anti-inflammatory and vasoconstricting properties to help activate microcirculation in order to drain tissue

Lierac Liftissime Yeux ingredients

Lierac | Liftissime Yeux Re-Lifting Serum (ingredients)

Lierac Liftissime Day

Liftissime Silky Reshaping Cream (CAN $110.00) | A scented pale apricot-tinted cream in a lightweight texture and that is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving a velvety feel behind. Available in 2 versions – Silky (for normal to dry skin) and Rich (for dry to very dry skin), this cream is meant to provide deep nourishment and hydration upon application, creating a ‘lifting’ effect (when used synergistically with the other products in this range) with continued use.

Lierac Liftissime Day 2

Lierac | Liftissime Silky Reshaping Cream

Lierac Liftissime Day ingredients

Lierac | Liftissime Silky Reshaping Cream (ingredients)

Lierac Liftissime Night

Liftissime Comforting Resculpting Cream (CAN $110.00) | A scented pale pink night cream with a dense buttery texture that is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving a silky feel to the touch that also has a prolonged soft-skin effect felt even upon waking. Ingredients specific to the Comforting Resculpting Cream include:

  • Encapsulated Volumizing Botanical Resin – Commipheroline (extracted from Commiphora Mukul, a shrub native to India and used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine) controls the activity of two enzymes involved in lipolysis and lipogenesis, to help slow down the wasting of the hypodermis and promote its reconstruction by plumping it up

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Lierac | Liftissime Comforting Resculpting Cream

Lierac Liftissime Night ingredients

Lierac | Liftissime Comforting Resculpting Cream (ingredients)

Lierac Liftissime Neck

Liftissime Cou Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté (CAN $90.00) | A pale pink gel-cream with a silky/slippery texture, mean to be used on the neck and décolleté areas. Ingredients specific to Liftissime Cou include:

  • Biomimetic Restructuring Lipids – Using a concentrated and purified wheat extract (mature wheat has a lipidic profile similar to that of skin) for its wheat soromides, to help rebuild the lipidic barrier and to provide an immediate and lasting effect upon skin hydration

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Lierac | Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté

Lierac Liftissime Neck ingredients

Lierac | Liftissime Redensifying Gel-Cream Neck & Décolleté (ingredients)


After a little over 4 weeks of religious application (and I’m stressing religious, because in order for any true results to be seen & felt with any skincare, it must be applied continuously and as directed), I have several things to report. After the first week, I didn’t notice any visible changes to my face & neck, although by the end of the first week I did find that the texture of my skin felt smoother and much softer to the touch. By the third week, I started to see a slight firmness along the jawline and the little crows feet around my eyes definitely appeared less pronounced; even the lines on my neck were less noticeable. By the end of the testing period, my skin looked even, refreshed, a touch more plump, while feeling totally nourished and velvety soft to the touch. The only criticism I have of the Liftissime range has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the products, but with the scent; in my opinion, skincare should stay away from including fragrances in their products, especially when considering the large number of people with sensitivities (during the worst of my migraines, I couldn’t tolerate this scent at all). Lierac, take note please. Another thing to factor in is the cost, which runs a little steep for a brand sold in drugstores, but I found that a little goes a long way (you can probably get between 2-3 months use out of each product) so you might want to factor that in when making your decision. Overall, the results are quite good and what impressed me the most, was that my skin felt not just smoother, but a little denser too. Not bad for non-invasive, am I right?

The Liftissime range from Lierac is available now at select drugstores across Canada. Find more info via

Lierac Liftissime closer



Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration


SPACE.NK | Autumn Beauty Edit: The Essentials Collection

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SPACE.NK – the repository of some of the most amazing (and exclusive) products in the beauty world, is having their ‘Autumn Beauty Edit’ event take place tomorrow, September 12th. As part of this amazing one-day-only shopping event (both in-store throughout their 23 US locations, as well as online), customers who spend $250 or more, will receive a limited edition SPACE.NK cosmetics bag filled with a selection of must-have products (valued at well over US $400.00). This gift with purchase comprises 33 deluxe, travel & full-sized items from featured brands and let me warn you right now: it sells out lighting fast.

As part of the ‘Timeless Beauty FW15’ campaign, SPACE.NK will also be presenting the latest in Fall trends and looks, and guests can meet with experts from some of their finest brands for makeovers, beauty advice, or tips. Note that event times, featured experts, and services vary by location, so it’s suggested to call ahead in order to reserve an appointment (and avoid disappointment). It bears repeating though, this exclusive GWP sells out quickly in-store, but is also available to online shoppers for this one day (US only & while supplies last naturally).

SPACE.NK kindly send over this exclusive [beauty swag] bag, and I cannot wait to test drive so many brands that I’ve only heard/read about – what a great way to try out such a broad range of products … and the oversized transparent makeup bag (which measures: 12″ x 8.5″) makes the perfect travel companion as well.

I’m so happy to share this fabulous beauty news with you – let me know if you indulge!

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SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015

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SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (zipper pull detail)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit skincare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Skincare)

  • Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (0.07 oz X 2)
  • Miriam Quevedo Extreme Caviar Restructuring Luxe Serum (50 ml)
  • Kat Burki Rose Hip Intense Recovery Eye Serum (7 ml)
  • Darphin Stimulskin Plus Reshaping Divine Serum (3 ml)
  • Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum (5 ml)
  • Radical Skincare Eye Revive Crème (5 ml)
  • Lancer Intensive Night Treatment (7.5 ml)
  • Mila Moursi Cryo Serum Ice Cube Infusion (5 ml)
  • Natura Bissé Tensolift Neck Cream (5 ml)
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer (30 ml)
  • Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial (10 ml)
  • Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel (5 ml)
  • Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (15 ml)
  • *Eve Lom Cleanser (20 ml + muslin cloth)

*Not shown: Eve Lom Cleanser (20 ml) – cloth shown only, as product was received after this shipment came in.

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit hand & bodycare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Bodycare)

  • Leif Kakadu Plum and Macadamia Nut Hand Balm (75 ml)
  • Juara Candlenut Body Crème (44 ml)
  • Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil (30 ml)
  • James Read Tan Accelerator (25 ml)
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe (30 ml)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit haircare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Haircare)

  • Original Mineral Atonic Thickening Spritz (50 ml)
  • R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (2.25 oz)
  • Philip B. Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo (15 ml)
  • Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry (15 ml)
  • Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (15 ml)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit cosmetics & fragrance

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Cosmetics & Fragrance)

  • Diptyque Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum (assorted, 12 ml)
  • *Sunday Riley Good Genes (10 ml)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses (0.68 g)
  • Lipstick Queen Chase Glossy Pencil (assorted, 3.1 g)
  • Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara in Black (4 g)
  • By Terry Mascara Terribly in Black Parti-Pris (4 g)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Icon (0.85 g)

*Note that the Sunday Riley Good Genes sample was accidentally added here but should really be with the skincare grouping #bloggerblooper


Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit closer


Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration


Laboratoires Filorga Paris


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Recently I was invited to preview the upcoming North American launch of a skincare brand that while unfamiliar to me, has a strong European following; introducing Laboratories Filorga Paris, founded in 1978 by Dr. Michel Tordjman – the man who ‘developed hyaluronic acid-based injectible products for the medical profession before Botox took off‘, as well as the creator of NCTC, an anti-aging mesotherapy product that subsequently went on to become the brand’s best-selling NCTF® product.

For over 40 years now, Filorga has been a leading provider of skincare products, both for the medical profession and consumer markets, creating cutting-edge non-surgical anti-ageing solutions that include line fillers, polyrevitalizing injections (NCTF®), peeling and photo-stimulation (LED). As skincare has become something of an obsession with me, I was excited to put this brand through its paces; after a brief consultation, PR sent me a curated selection of products to try based on my skin type and needs.

Testing period: 4 complete weeks (both day & night)



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Laboratoires Filorga Paris


Filorga Foam Cleanser 1

Foam Cleanser (CAN $35.00) | A clear liquid facial cleanser that transforms into a foam as it emerges from the pump nozzle dispenser. Made with no artifical scents, there is a still a distinct fragrance from the white lily in the formula, a clean fresh floral that while initially obvious, seems to dissipate rather quickly.

Key ingredients include:

  • high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid
  • caprylyl capryl glucoside
  • white lily


  • hydrating
  • soft surfactant
  • soothing

This 4-in-one product (cleanses, removes makeup, moisturizes, tones) is the first cleanser to include Hyaluronic Acid, which has the benefit of leaving skin feeling both clean as well as moisturized. Totally non-greasy, 2 pumps are all that are needed to cleanse the entire face and neck (in the mornings I use only 1 pump of foam – no need for overkill) with the product rinsing off easily, and no tight-skin feeling left behind – just a fresh, soft & clean sensation. This product has now become one of my favourite cleansers in my skincare rotation, as I am not only happy with how well it removes the day’s makeup, but for how my skin feels after … definitely something I intend to continue using. Suitable for sensitive skin as well.

Filorga Foam Cleanser nozzle

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Foam Cleanser


Filorga Skin Structure serum

Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum (CAN $95.00) | A milky-white facial serum of light/medium density with a quick penetrating texture that melts into the skin with a water-like consistency (leaving no sticky or greasy residue behind), coming with a dropper applicator. The scent seems to be a slightly mellower version than that of the cleanser – a fresh & pleasant white floral that while noticeable, dissipates once the product is absorbed into the skin.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chronospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Voluform
  • Collaxyl
  • Dynalift


  • anti-aging
  • cellular stimulation
  • restores face volume
  • boosts skin density
  • skin-lifting

The next important step after thoroughly cleansing, is application of a serum; I absolute love serums for the way they feel as well as how effective they are in augmenting the beneficial properties of other skincare subsequently applied on top. With Skin Structure, I used 2 drops only (both morning and night) that I rubbed between my palms then pressed onto my face (ears and neck included) and lightly massaged that all in – working quickly, as this texture literally disappears into the skin lightning fast. As I don’t have access to complicated scientific equipment to accurately measure results, I let my eyes & mirror be the judge, and after just 2 weeks of using this serum on a consistent basis, my skin felt softer to the touch and also appeared noticeably more even toned.


Filorga Skin Structure serum applicator

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum

Filorga Nutri-Filler


Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream (CAN $95.00) | A dense white facial cream moisturizer with a soft & buttery-like texture, bearing the strongest scent level of the same fresh white floral fragrance as the rest of this range (even though naturally derived, it’s still worth noting for those with sensitivities). Extremely hydrating and suitable for all skin types – even the driest – this cream is meant to not only soothe and add suppleness, but help firm and tone facial contours as well (think of it as Botox, without the painful injections).

Key ingredients include:

  • Chromospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Shea Butter
  • Argan Oil
  • plant extracts
  • red seaweed


  • deeply nourishes and replenishes skin
  • redefines facial contours

When I began testing this cream, I initially felt that it would be much too rich for my skin type (which runs normal to combination, with oil issues along the t-zone area) as I’m used to less emollient moisturizers. Interestingly though, I began seeing how the serious hydration found with Nutri-Filler began benefitting my skin — which for some reason seemed to need more moisture than ever before (I’m guessing the previous harsh Winter coupled with the present hardcore hot Summer, might have something to do with my skin’s current situation). Fine lines and pores appeared diminished, and this after only 1 week of use; that being said, I did find that it took longer than I’m used to for the product to become absorbed into my skin (and never fully, for that matter), although it did make applying foundation on top that much easier , as long as I waited a good 1o-15 minutes before adding any makeup.

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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream

Filorga Nutri-Filler macro

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream

Filorga Time-Filler eyes

Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream (CAN $75.00) | A milky white eye cream in a silky texture that melts rapidly into skin, and which bears a more subtle version of the same signature scent. Upon application, there is a light initial cooling sensation and once fully absorbed, skin also feels slightly more taut.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chronospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Synake
  • sea funnel
  • Hyaluspheres
  • sea extract + plant complex rich in Albizia Julibrissin
  • Matricide with Provitamin B5 (panthenol)


  • anti-aging
  • cellular stimulation
  • helps smooth contraction wrinkles
  • micro-filling of dehydration wrinkles
  • treats dark circles
  • promotes and strengthens eyelash growth

The skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than that of the rest of the face, so it makes sense to use a separate eye cream designed specifically for that delicate area. Applying Time-Filler Eyes twice daily to both the under-eye area (which includes crow’s feet & laugh lines — all the way to the temples, in fact) as well as my upper lid, I really liked how easily this product spread and how quickly it was subsequently absorbed into my skin. It wasn’t until the second week of use that I actually noticed changes: fine lines appeared somewhat plumper and there was even a new – albeit slight – firmness I could both feel and see around the orbital area. As I’ve never suffered from dark circles, I can’t state how well this cream works in the capacity of eliminating them and while the hollows under my eyes (thank you, diminishing collagen) haven’t filled up, I can still see some improvement in that area as well. Bonus: no irritation or stinging sensation, even when applied twice daily.

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes sealed

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes macro

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream


Filorga Skin-Absolute 1


Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care (CAN $195.00) | The ‘star’ ingredient (figuratively AND literally) of this premium night cream is meteorite extract (yes, you read that right) and aims to help your skin regenerate while you sleep. Bearing a sharper but still quite pleasant version of the same signature scent, the first thing you notice is the colour: charcoal, followed by the unique texture which is almost jelly-like in consistency and bears suspended shimmery particles. Slower to fully absorb than the day cream, and may leave behind a slight tackiness.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chromospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • meteorite extract
  • brown seaweed
  • collagen peptide
  • bran extract
  • Vitamin C


  • potent anti-aging treatment to target visible signs of aging while you sleep
  • helps fade dark spots
  • boosts skin’s radiance
  • wrinkles appear smoother
  • improves evenness of complexion

I confess to being the most excited about this product, because, well….METEORITE (need I say more?). The charcoal/black colour (which looks light grey at some angles, deep black at others – as seen in the photos below) was another surprise and while it does apply with a grey translucency, no traces of the colour are left behind once the product becomes fully massaged into the skin. The texture is almost like whipped jelly and a little goes a long way; after cleansing then applying the serum and eye cream, I didn’t need much to cover my entire face & neck (thankfully, as this product is on the steeper end of the price spectrum) but I did have to wait a good 15 minutes before I could say it felt more or less absorbed into the skin. After about only a week of consistent use, I woke up to softer, more even toned skin, with a healthy radiance to my face that even my family remarked upon. I did notice an odd slippery feel to my face upon my morning wash, but nothing that lingered.

NOTE: Skin-Absolute is exclusive to Holt Renfrew at both the Bloor St. and Yorkdale locations.


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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care

Filorga Skin-Absolute

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care


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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care (detail)


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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care


I’m so happy to see that skincare is becoming more and more mainstream, and not just something associated with an older demographic – a concept I wish had been popular when I was younger … but I digress. Skin care itself has come a long way, with what seems like daily innovations and newly discovered ingredients, all at a wide range of price points; what makes Filorga extremely interesting, is the decades of science behind the products as well as the good results I personally obtained after 4 weeks of consistent testing – and I stress consistent, because for any benefits to be both seen and felt, you need to apply your chosen skin care regimen religiously. Admittedly, this range veers on the higher end of the price scale, but after 4 weeks of testing, I’ve only managed to finish half of the contents – which means you can break down the cost per item over approximately 8 weeks of use each. After going over the products available through the brand’s website, there are several I have my eye on and I definitely intend to give them a try in the near future.

Filorga products are available in Canada at Murale, select Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix store, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom. Find more information on the brand via


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Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Benefit Air Patrol opener


There’s a new player on the primer playing field, and it’s a whopper; introducing Air Patrol from Benefit, the beauty world’s first BB Cream Eyelid Primer that is meant to ‘lock on eyeshadow, protect, hydrate, and colour-correct‘ the delicate skin of your peepers. Created with an exclusive EnviroDefend Complex which includes SPF 20 in the formula, Air Patrol is your first layer of protection to guard against environmental stressors while keeping your eye makeup locked down. As an added bonus, the Cushion Calm™ tip, inspired by gel foam mattresses & pillows, makes messy finger-applications a thing of the past and is said to be even ‘softer than your pinkie‘ (it is). All that, and in a slim portable tube … gives new meaning to the Mile High Club.

Then there’s the retro-kitchy packaging that Benefit has become synonymous for – how can anyone resist that? By the way, I have to say that this brand sends along some of the most unique and innovative press packages; just take a look at the military-inspired flap bag (and ridiculously cute button-pins) that Air Patrol came with!


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Amelia Earhart, first female aviator (and total bad-ass) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (credit)

Benefit Air Patrol

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Benifit Air Patrol applicator


Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (CAN $38.00) | The slim tube with its ‘winged’ cap (seriously, though – nice touch, Benefit) has a clicking mechanism at the bottom to force the contents up & out, bearing a transparent squishy pink Cushion Calm™ tip at the top for effortless application. Unscented, this comes in one shade only – a light apricot tint – which seems to be universally flattering, although I would be curious to know if darker complexions would be able to wear this as easily.

Breakdown: To get things started you’ll need to give the tube several clicks (I estimate about 8) before the appearance of any product, but after that, anywhere between 1-2 clicks will bring up more than enough to cover both eyelids. The formula leans on the thin, but not runny, side and spreads out effortlessly along the skin.

At first glance, I was a little thrown by the colour of Air Patrol, assuming it to be much too yellow/peach tinted for my skin tone, but the formula is thin enough to melt into the skin without leaving any visible traces behind — AND provides a smooth and even-toned look to eyelids. It’s sorcery, I tell you. Now for the learning curve part; once I had brought up a bead of product (to be honest, it may have been more than that after my slightly over-vigorous clicking), I went ahead and applied Air Patrol to both eyelids and attempted to spread it out using the applicator — which resulted in a bit of a hot mess, so I then went in and smoothed things out with my finger. I assumed that the tip was just a gimmick and left it at that; after all, it’s about the results of the product, right? Still, I needed to try the tip again and see if I could make it work. Perseverance pays, because the tip is NOT a gimmick and yes, it does feel softer than my pinkie. Even better? It works. The trick is to bring up one bead and work one eyelid at a time; I begin by spreading the product all over, then using light patting motions I dab/rub everything in until it has disappeared into my skin and the tip feels almost dry (free of visible product). Of course, this take a little longer than using a finger would, but it’s fun and the slanted tip makes getting into inner eye corners – or the arch of one’s brow — easy and more effective than fingers can.

There’s an initial slight cooling sensation felt along the skin upon first application, but that quickly dissipates. With regards to the claims of Air Patrol feeling ‘calming & soothing while relieving dryness‘, I couldn’t say as I don’t have dry eyelids to begin with. Just the opposite, in fact; my eyelids are oily and absolutely need primer for any eye makeup to last. I also tested Air Patrol out using both cream and powder eye shadow formulas, and I’m so happy to report that not only does it work beautifully in the long-lasting primer category, but it does so without causing any creasing, flaking, or fading of eye makeup applied on top. Another bonus is how easily it colour-corrects eyelid tone (such as any fine but visible veins) and when worn alone, gives a refreshed look to eyes, needing nothing more than a swipe of mascara for an effortless daytime (or anytime) look. Just to sweeten the deal even further, Benefit has added SPF 20 to the formula and let’s face it, we never apply sunscreen to our eyelids, even though that area probably needs it more than anywhere else, being so thin & delicate. Never fear, Benefit has us covered.

NOTE: make sure that the applicator is clean and free of product after use, as it may dry and curst upon the tip’s surface.


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Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (primer detail)

Benefit Air Patrol ingredients

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (ingredients list)


Benefit Air Patrol swatches

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer swatches


The verdict? This is one AMAZING primer. The pros are many: disappears into the skin, but still manages to colour-correct and even out your tone, can work alone, act as a base to build colour on, or ensure eye makeup stays put, offers skincare benefits as well as SPF protection. The only con, is the slightly steep price tag (why are Benefit products marked up so high here in Canada, anyway?) but after looking at all that Air Patrol provides, I say it’s still worth investing in – anything that works this well to keep my makeup in place? Must have.

Available September 2015 at Sephora locations and Find more information via

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Press simply kindly provided for my unbiased consideration