Givenchy is celebrating the Lunar New Year 2019 by the reworked casing of two of its star makeup products. Givenchy Prisme Libre and Givenchy Le Rouge are beautifully encased in the cover with spring flower motif in colors that symbolize Asia’s spring festival: red for joy, gold for prosperity, and flowers for luck. 

Givenchy Lunar New Year 2019 Collection

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Buxom – The After Dark Collection has beautiful holiday value sets giving some nice options for all the beauty lovers. The Party Girl Pout – 4 piece mini lip balm kit plus eye veil is a  limited-edition set of hydrating and plumping lip balms that react to your skin’s pH to create custom shades unique to you.

The four shades of Power-full Plump Lip balm deliver a surge of moisture through a rich oil complex for luscious, supple lips. Upon application, these self-adjusting shades respond to your individual pH to create a flawless flush of nude, pink, berry or red. They work well to wear them alone or pair with another lip product to instantly up the intensity. There is a mysterious eye veil included in the set which is I think fun to have.

The shades included in the set are :

  • Big O (universal pink)
  • Glowing (nude tint)
  • Flushed (berry bitten)
  • Fiery (pinch of cherry)

The formula is soft and creamy, easily glides on the lips. It is comfortable to wear and does moisturize and plump the lips. The nude tint is like a gloss on my lips and other three shades do give a slight tint to my lips and as the formula will react with lips to give a different shade on different person’s lips.

How to use: Apply directly to your pout for plumped, pampered lips. Wear alone or under your favorite lipstick shade to give it a little something extra.

Buxom Cosmetics are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca

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Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder is a multi-purpose pressed powder suitable for all skin types. The velvet-to-the-touch formula sets makeup, evens skin tone, absorbs excess oil, and reduces the appearance of imperfections with a soft-matte finish. The powder has Hyaluronic Acid which imparts a velvety feel to the skin and the effect if non-drying. Apart from the feel and effect, it helps retain moisture while blurring the fine lines and problem areas.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

The powder is finely milled and feels very comfortable on the skin, does not looks or feels heavy or cakey. The finish is very natural and healthy kind of matte.  There are eight shades available in this powder which are surely multi-purpose. The three shades I swatched in this post, I am using them as a setting powder and as a contour powder.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

The powder blends in easily into the skin and as far as the darker shade is concerned, to be used as a contour, it is easily buildable. The staying power is nice and keeps the makeup in place for a whole day as I tested in for over 8 hours. For my combination skin, the soft matte transforms into the dewy finish as it mixes with my skin’s natural oils by the end of the day which is very much acceptable to me.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

I usually like and use many Nars products, the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which I reviewed here, is still one of my favorite everyday foundations. And I recently started using the Laguna bronzer and absolutely in love with it. These powders are a nice addition to my daily makeup routine as a setting powder and bronzer, also great for on the go use.

Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder is available at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com, and Nordstrom.

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Darphin Paris has decades of expertise of capturing the pure plant essences into complex formulations making the active ingredients paired with a carrier to ensure the activity is preserved until the moment of contact. The results are amazing products with rare botanicals and essential oils which are pure and effective. To use and benefit the most from the products and formulations, there are specific techniques and steps of applying and massaging them on the skin. ‘Darphin’s profound understanding of muscular skeletal structures and their relationship to circulation created facial massage techniques that rejuvenate muscles and deepen the benefits the skin. Darphin remains the source for advanced Kinesio massage treatments and pure plant essence formulations to unleash a force for beauty.’ The new launches from Darphin – Rose Hydra-Nourishing Collection including Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream.

Darphin - Rose Hydra-Nourishing Collection including Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream

The new launches – Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream are formulated to be hydrating and nourishing with an aroma that smells like a beautiful bouquet of roses. Darphin uses the most precious and potent extracts from Rose to create a unique Triple Rose Concentrate with Rose Wax (moisturizing), Rose Absolute (moisturizing and retaining the moisture), and Rose Essential Oil (refreshing and hydrating properties with fresh, strong rose scent).

Darphin Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir is a nourishing triple rose blend of rose wax, rose absolute and rose essential oil as explained above. It helps protect the skin from the drying effect of extremely cold temperatures and nourishing Omegas 3 and 6. This hydrating oil elixir is perfect to use overnight for a soft, glowing, and supple healthy-looking skin. It absorbs easily into the skin without being greasy.

Darphin - Rose Hydra-Nourishing Collection including Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream

Darphin Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream aims to cover the ‘first-concerns; needs of hydration and nutrition, before age prevention or anti-aging concerns. This cream helps protect from the drying effects of the cold temperatures. This cream works nicely over the Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir or just on its own. It is a hydra-nourishing formula resulting in soft, healthy-looking, and supple skin. It is great for anyone feeling dryness and tightness in their skin due to the weather. Not just the external factors, it is a nice overall product which helps with hydration, anti-aging, and healthy skin benefits.

There are specific Detoxifying Kinesio Massage and Muscle Relaxing Kinesio Massage steps specifically for the benefits and end result they provide, which you can refer here. Using these products can be a nice relaxing ritual every night which you can look forward to after a busy day.

Darphin - Rose Hydra-Nourishing Collection including Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream

There is one more product which I have been using and loving since the winter started. I have shared it a few times on my Instagram stories and got so much interest from you guys. It is the Darphin Petal Infusion Lip Oil. It is a real Rose petal infused in an opulent oil for nourished, soft, and glossy lips. The nutrient-rich Apricot and Grapeseed oils create a high-shine gloss and define the look of lips, a barrier protecting Vitamin E comforts and prevents dryness, and the conditioning Omega 6 and 9 plump lips.

Darphin - Rose Hydra-Nourishing Collection including Rose Hydra-Nourishing Essential Oil Elixir and Rose Hydra-Nourishing Oil Cream

The most immediate benefit I see is comfortable lips and prevent dryness. I usually apply this before bed and works great to keep my lips comfortable, soft, and hydrated.

Darphin products are available at Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by ShoppersDrugMart, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Darphin.com, Neiman Marcus.

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First of all, wishing you all a very Happy New  Year. This is my first blog post of this year 2019 and I am so excited to share with you all what I have been loving since the last few weeks. I know I am late in sharing these products with you, I wanted to spend the holidays with my kids and if you follow me on Instagram, I mentioned there are some housework and renovations we have been doing at our home. As things are getting settled at home, it may take another month to complete though, but I was missing sharing some amazing products you need to check.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

Super excited to share my first post and review of products from one of my favorite brands when it comes to skincare and makeup – Cle de Peau Beaute. Radiance and Glow are the keywords for my preference and liking when it comes to my makeup and skincare. In makeup, I like a product that is multi-tasking, does not feel and looks heavy but natural, has skincare benefits, ingredients – and when it is a bundle of all my preferences, it tops my favorite’s and most-used products list.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation is a lightweight, hydrating foundation makeup with sheer to medium coverage and a natural dewy finish. The foundation has sheer to medium coverage. The staying power is really nice, I have tested it for over 9 hours, starts fading around the end of the day. The foundation has a beautiful finish – natural radiance, works well even on my dry areas of combination skin, does not emphasize the problem areas, staying power is good, is hydrating only to the extent of dewy glow minus oiliness, comfortable to wear. The packaging is perfect for on the go use and even on the vanity. The cushion is nice, a very soft impact is required for the product to dispense out. I have shade B20 which matches my medium skin tone with golden undertones.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

To use:

  • ‘Apply foundation following skincare or the application of a pre-makeup base or primer.
  • Lightly press the puff onto the foundation surface two or three times to allow sufficient foundation to adhere.
  • Gently pat the puff onto the skin, beginning at the center of one cheek and moving to other areas until the application is completed on one half of the face. Apply in the same manner to the other side of the face.
  • Fold the puff in half or use fingers to blend foundation over the eye area, nose, and other areas requiring a precise application.
  • For optimal application, keep the puff clean by massaging it gently with mild detergent and warm water. Rinse the puff thoroughly and blot gently to remove excess water. Allow the puff to dry completely prior to use.’

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

Cle de Peau Radiant Corrector for Eyes is a concealer with buildable, radiant coverage and potent skincare benefits. This new liquid formula illuminates the face by addressing visible eye area concerns instantly and over time. This hybrid product with skincare and makeup benefits is not only for the fine lines, dark circles or to conceal just the under-eyes, it works great for a brightened look, to diminish the dullness, for not just under the eyes but also any part of the face that needs natural radiance like high points of the face. The creamy lightweight texture blends in so seamlessly into the skin and is very comfortable to wear. It has sheer to medium coverage and the finish is natural luminous. I use my fingers to blend in the products, works so beautifully. It does not give any orange or yellow cast. It is one of my most used concealers on the nights I did not get much sleep whether I was working or if the kids kept me awake, absolutely a must-have. I use shade Ochre and is perfect for my medium skin tone with golden undertones.

To Use:

  • ‘Concealer liquid is not specific to the eye area and can be applied to any trouble areas, as well as around the nose.
  • On first use, click button at the end of the tube slowly about 20 times until concealer dispenses from the brush.
  • Apply concealer directly to the skin and blend, lightly smoothing with your fingertip if necessary.
  • Apply following skincare or the application of a pre-makeup base or primer.
  • For best concealer results, apply before powder foundation, or after fluid or cream foundation.
  • If touching up on the go, avoid covering blush, if worn.
  • After use, wipe any excess concealer from the brush tip and close the cap tightly.’
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

Cle de Peau Beaute Lip Glorifier is a moisture-rich lip balm that adds a hint of color in response to the moisture level of lips and shields lips from dryness with a dewy, rosy tint. It can be used alone or as a lip primer. This has been an amazing addition to my lip care products and as it is multi-tasking, works great as a lip balm as well as a lip primer/base for lipstick. It is comfortable to wear and keeps the lips moisturized and helps my very dry lips. The packaging as you see in the picture is so pretty in pink. There is a weight to the packaging, and the brand logo looks beautiful in a golden shade.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick Cashmere is a lightweight, matte finish lipstick with a cashmere texture that glides on smoothly to deliver bold color with a soft, elegant radiance. The formula is said to give long-lasting moisture and helps improve the condition of lips over time.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick CashmereThe Petal-shaped tip perfectly adheres to lips’ contours for easy application. The lipstick is comfortable to wear, despite the fact that the finish is matte, it does keep the lips moisturized without making the lips feel dry and powdery.

Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation, Radiant Corrector for Eyes, Lip Glorifier, Lipstick Cashmere

The shades available are beautiful and the pigmentation is another plus, one swipe is enough to give a nice payoff.

Overall, an amazing collection of new launches worth checking out. I would highly recommend you to check these out as they all are from a different category and would result in a complete look for the face which is luminous, natural, and beautiful. Cle de Peau Beaute products are available at Holt RenfrewSaks Fifth AvenueNordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

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