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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.

 

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

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Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

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

Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign/final video

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Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

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

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Behind the scenes: Lancôme #LoveYourAge campaign

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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

 

Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

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In early June, I was invited to attend the Elizabeth Arden Global Symposium in New York City (travel blogpost coming soon), where I not only had the opportunity to sit down and pick the brains of some of the beauty industry’s finest, but learned that there’s much more to the Stratum Corneum – our skin’s surface layer – than previously imagined.

During the symposium, we were introduced to Arden’s new skincare philosophy called Arden Active Skincare, whose aim (with the benefit of the brand’s extensive portfolio of skincare products) is to assist us in optimizing and actively improving our skin’s overall healthy appearance. Our skin is, after all, our body’s largest organ and while the focus of late has been on products designed to work from the inside out, Elizabeth Arden has gone back to the drawing board to look at things from another perspective: start at the beginning. Here’s where Superstart comes in, a product created to be used first in your skincare regimen (after cleansing) to set the defence perimeter up, so to speak.

This breakthrough product is marking the beginning of a whole new beauty category, one which addresses the health of the skin’s surface layer; when used before your serum or moisturizer, the ultra-light and fast-absorbing formula of Superstart Skin Renewal Booster will help provide ‘daily support to the surface layer of the skin, boost its natural defences & ability to renew itself, while ultimately optimizing the results of your entire skincare regimen‘.

Some of the key ingredients include:

  • Probiotic Complex – a complex that provides the skin with complimentary pre-probiotic action that not only triggers an improvement in the appearance of the skin with a nourishing and smoothing effect, but also optimizes skin’s microflora and natural defenses
  • Sea Fennel – this rare Mediterranean coastal plant with its unique ability to survive on rocks despite regular exposure to intense waves, enhances skin cell renewal and epidermal differentiation to help increase luminosity, skin smoothness, and the complexion. It also contains antioxidant properties that help to scavenge and fight off free radicals that lead to skin damage and signs of aging
  • Flaxseed Extract – this plant see extract helps to reinforce skin’s barrier and encourages skin to sustain optimal lipid levels
  • Glasswort Extract – derived from a coastal succulent, it helps boost skin’s natural moisturization by optimizing Aquaporins, skin’s hydrating channels, and reducing water loss within the skin

Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that the last thing you need to add to your already overloaded skincare regimen, is yet ANOTHER step (ye GODS), and while I confess to that being my initial thought, after testing Superstart since my return from that media trip, consider me a believer. A devoted believer, in fact. Possibly even a Superstart fanatic.

And for crying out loud, it’s just one small pearl size drop I’ve added to my skincare routine, not an entire vat … doesn’t get easier than that.

I have to also add here, that upon arrival back to my hotel room after the Symposium, I was greeted with an amazing press package: the new Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, housed in a box that when opened up, began playing the latest video campaign from Elizabeth Arden featuring the new face of the brand, supermodel Karlina Caune (who’s just the nicest and most down-to-earth young woman … plus kick-ass gorgeous). How cool is that? (Yeah, I’m like a child and can be amused for hours with pretty pictures, lol)

 

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

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With Karlina Caune, the new face of Elizabeth Arden

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

 

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

 

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Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (CAN $88.00) | Housed in a futuristic-looking slim silver bottle with gold banding & lettering that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, the product is dispensed from a nozzle in front, and locks securely closed via a toggle switch on the back. The milky fluid is of a medium consistency that feels initially cool to the touch (a sensation that quickly dissipates), spreads effortlessly and becomes fully absorbed into the skin within seconds, leaving absolutely no filmy feeling behind. Superstart does contain fragrance – a fresh, green-floral scent that I personally find very pleasing – but worth noting for those with sensitivities. Application is very easy: I dispense one pearl-size drop (1 pump) onto my fingertips and then place my other hand on top to spread the product out; using a ‘press/pat’ motion, I apply it to my entire face, with any leftover going to the neck and earlobes, then lightly smoothening it all into my skin.

As much as I adore colour cosmetics, the past few years have seen my obsession with skincare on a meteoric rise – most likely induced by the fact that I myself am getting older (duh) and understand that the better care I take of my skin, the bigger the rewards (i.e.: smoother skin, which translates into more youthful-looking skin, which means I’ll need less makeup to look good, which means my makeup will look better, in general. Win-Win). When I was at the Symposium learning about Superstart, I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first; apart from the fact that using this meant adding an extra product to my daily/nightly skincare routine, why would I need it anyway? Wasn’t my regular regimen enough?

The answer, surprisingly, was no. The concept is interesting: think of the stratum corneum as a brick wall; cells filled with proteins (the ‘bricks’) are embedded in essential lips (the ‘mortar’). The extracts found in Superstart act as a support system to help bolster and reinforce the integrity of this all-important surface layer, or ‘brick wall’, and when skin has a healthy stratum corneum, it can better protect itself from the environment, toxins and irritants. In other words, you’re basically letting your skin do the work for you. How’s that for a lazy girl’s guide to better skin? Of course, Superstart is designed to be the first line of defense – you shouldn’t skip the rest of your regimen.

Within just a few days of consistent application of Superstart, I noticed a difference; my skin did in fact feel smoother, which resulted in a more even-toned overall appearance, with the other benefit being that I in turn then needed less of my skincare products to do the same job as before, all of which then translates to getting more for my money’s worth in general … along with the supreme perk of gorgeous skin. Not bad for 1 pearl sized drop, huh? Another bonus? Superstart works with all other skincare brands/regimens, making it a simple and welcome addition to whatever it is you’re currently using.

Verdict: after 2 entire months of twice-daily use (and the bottle is still not showing signs of being empty), I love the effect Superstart has had on my skin and will definitely continue to use it. Just try and take it away from me.

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (dispenser nozzle)

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (safety toggle closure)

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Elizabeth Arden | Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (ingredients list)

 

Elizabeth Arden continues to be a pioneer in the area of skincare innovation, and first out of the gate with this latest breakthrough, is Superstart. Seems almost too simple to be true, right? Or, better still, why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? I mean, doesn’t it stand to reason that if we help our surface layer of skin to protect itself, it will enable us to better manage the rest? Imagine that … the poor stratum corneum – so obvious, and yet so overlooked. But never fear, Superstart‘s got your back. And front.

Available beginning of September in department stores nationwide (Canada) and on ElizabethArden.com

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Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Creams

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There has been a noticeable shift in the world of beauty towards paying more attention to skincare, as by now we all understand that our makeup will look only as good as the canvas (i.e.: the face) that it’s applied to. Asia has long been a leader in this regard, as Asian women can be somewhat obsessive when it comes to caring for their skin (something I can relate to & am totally on board with, so good on them!) and the latest trend to rise from this need, is a new generation of sleeping packs – products meant to transform your skin overnight. First out of the starting gate is Garnier with the Miracle Sleeping Cream™ (Night & Eye versions) newly added to their Ultra-Lift range, that claims to ‘combat the signs of aging and fatigue’ while helping to regenerate your skin.

Since first being introduced to these creams at the Garnier media preview a few weeks ago (you can read about the event here), I have been [religiously] using both products and am ready to share my thoughts, but first, a little background:

According to researchers at Garnier, fatigue is now considered the #1 concern related to aging, and you can blame our lifestyles for that; sleeping less due to busier schedules, which contributes to wrinkles, as well as loss of firmness/tone in the skin. Oh joy.

The period of time where our body does its most effective regenerative work, is while we sleep, which has to do with chronobiology; that’s when our skin activates its natural reparative mechanisms, and Garnier is tapping into this source with the help of their new Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Creams™. According to the company:

“Formulated with a brand new polymer, this compound takes a toning, elastic form that can hold droplets of oils and active ingredients within the cream’s texture, enabling their properties to be preserved as much as possible. Upon contact with fingers, the polymer is irresistibly attracted to the skin, leaving an ultra-flexible film on the face. Once it is left, the polymer returns to its dynamic form, providing great coverage and allowing the texture to act like a ‘conveyor belt’ that helps the active ingredients to penetrate the skin”.

Spotlight on the 7 Active Ingredients:

  • LHA – a highly effective active ingredient that has been developed to boost radiance
  • ADENOSINE – helps to combat the signs of aging caused by fatigue
  • EXTRACT OF ALBIZIA – a powerful antioxidant that combats fatigue, helping to control dull skin tone and unevenness and reduces wrinkles
  • HYALURONIC ACID – intensely hydrating
  • EXTRACT OF RUSCUS – used to boost skin’s microcirculation
  • JOJOBA OIL – helps to strengthen the skin’s natural barriers
  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL – helps improve the quality of sleep and combat the signs of aging

 

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Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream

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Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream (CAN $24.99) | Housed in a palm-sized cobalt blue glass jar (to help preserve the integrity of the ingredients against exposure to light), this pale pink-tinted cream has a noticeable fragrance: fruity, soapy, & slightly floral – not unpleasant, but definitely something to note for those with sensitivities. The texture, is where things get fun; kind of bouncy (think: Jell-O) with a cream/gel feel when you rub it between your fingers, and one which reverts relatively quickly back to a smooth surface in the jar. Meant to be highly nourishing/hydrating, but with a lightweight feel upon the skin.

My Skin: combination/oily, crows feet around my eyes (or as I like to call them, ‘laugh lines’), slight unevenness due to some hyper pigmentation on my cheeks, chin, & forehead (SPF and safe sun practices were unheard of, back in the day), loss of elasticity in the jawline area, a bit of seasonal skin roughness (noticeable during the Winter for the most part).

Thoughts: There’s a cooling sensation felt upon first applying this cream to the skin (although it doesn’t last long), and as this formula is quite rich in actual feel, a little definitely goes a long way. My usual routine before bed, is to start by removing all traces of makeup (I never, ever skip this step – even when I’m bone tired and it’s the absolute LAST thing I want to do) then I cleanse and/or exfoliate (I alternate with using a mild exfoliant type cleanser and my Clarisonic Aria). After towel-drying my skin, I take a pea-sized amount of the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream first and apply that on the skin under both eyes, patting it in (I also dab some on my upper eyelids), followed by dotting my cheeks, forehead, and chin with the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream then massage it gently in, making sure to not skip my nose and ear lobes (TIP: don’t neglect this last area, ladies: ear lobes tend to show a significant amount of aging, as do elbows and knees). I then further follow up with a light application of the Night Cream along my neck, jawline, and just above the décolletage area (North American women usually apply their moisturizer by staying well within the boundaries of the face; European women, on the other hand, also include the neck and upper chest).

Result: From the very first application, I can’t say that the years melted off my face (I wish), but I did notice several things: I woke up to a more even-looking complexion, but more importantly, my skin actually felt totally hydrated, velvety-smooth, and with absolutely no evidence of roughness at all (electric heating + harsh Canadian Winter weather = all kinds of nasty to my skin). After 4 consecutive weeks of using both products consistently, my skin continues to look more even, slightly plumper in certain areas (such as: under the eyes, along the cheeks and middle of forehead), and even my pores seem less noticeable. Without the equipment needed to proper analyze if the depth of any wrinkles has actually decreased, I can say that overall, some fines lines appear to be somewhat smoothed out, although not erased completely – but much less visible. As I said above, the texture and feel of this cream upon my skin, may fall on the rich side but when I wake up, it  always feels completely absorbed.

One other thing worth mentioning, is that this cream is meant to worn at night ONLY, so don’t try doubling up by applying it as a day cream as well.

 

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream ingredients

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream (ingredients listing)

 Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream swatch

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Cream swatch

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream

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Miracle Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream (CAN $24.99) | Based on the same principles and formulation as the Night Cream, the Night Eye Cream has a similar auto-smoothing texture, albeit the formula appears more gel-like to me and is transparent (with just the slightest pink tinge). Also included among the ingredients to help fight dark circles under the eyes as well as the look of puffiness and fatigue, are ‘rare plant ingredients’, along with caffeine. Not as strongly scented as the Night Cream, and feels like it absorbs quicker into the skin, with no greasy after-feel.

 

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream ingredients

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream (ingredients listing)

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Eye Cream swatch

Garnier | Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™, Night Eye Cream swatch

 

Bottom line: I enjoyed the feel of both products on my skin, as well as the results I attained. From the brand that was one of the first to introduce BB Creams to North America, this skincare first is poised to be equally successful, especially when you consider the price point. Did it perform miracles? Not yet, but neither was I let down with either cream; in fact, I continue to have soft, smooth skin which feels so well nourished, I can almost skip applying a daytime moisturizer (which I won’t). The only downside I can name, is that it is a little strongly scented, as I find most Garnier products to be – that’s something I wish this brand would seriously look in to, as skincare should be more felt, than smelled. Other than that, if you’re in the market to try out a product that thus far has delivered on its claims, then I suggest you give the new Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Night and Eye Creams a look. Sweet dreams.

Available now at all mass-market retailers. Find more information on the brand by visiting www.garnier.ca

 

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Press samples provided for my unbiased consideration