Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask (CAD $34) is a new mask from Clinique which aims to smooth complexion with the power of bubbles. This mask is a transformative cleansing gel mask which deeply cleanses, purifies and preps the skin, either for the makeup, night treatment or moisturizer. The unique formula of this mask transforms from a pink gel into a blanket of small white debris- lifting bubbles. The energizing bubbling sensation along with exfoliating ingredients work to lift away surface oil and dirt to reveal softer, smoother and makeup ready skin. It is suitable for all skin types. The packaging of this mask is in a green tube with a pump to dispense the product.
The main ingredients of this mask include:
Decyl Glucoside + Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate + Cocamidopropyl Betaine – These are the foaming agents that help wash away the surface dirt and impurities that can lead to clogged pores and a dull, lackluster complexion.
Glycerin – A moisturizing agent that helps to prevent drying and stripping skins.
N-Actyl D-Glucosamine – An amino sugar that increases moisture, decreases flakiness and helps to normalize exfoliation on the outer layer of skin.
It is suggested to shake the tube of this mask before using. I spread an even layer of this mask on my face and neck avoiding the eye area. The pink color of the gel starts to change and bubbles start to form which grow a little in size, making it a very bubbly layer over the face. After two minutes, I massage the mask with warm water while rinsing away. Then I pat dry and follow with my skin care products, followed by makeup if I use it in the morning. I have used it thrice per week and have used it for two weeks. It is a great pick me up for a Monday morning and it just takes 2 minutes and the skin looks refreshed. For other days, I use it in the evening followed by my night serum and moisturizer.
It is also great after a workout or yoga sweat session, and perfect for an evening out because it really helps prime skin for makeup application. I am really liking that my skin looks more clear and less clogged pores, thank you to this mask. I try to stay consistent with my skin care, it is not a one day or one week but it is part of my daily routine and this is what I suggest everyone. With care and consistency, anyone can improve and maintain the quality of the skin. This is a great mask and I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quick boost for the dullness and uneven texture or for that maintenance and improvement of the skin by deep cleansing and purifying the skin. This mask is exclusively available at Sephora.
Which is your favorite deep cleansing and purifying mask? What is your favorite product from Clinique?
Lip products make a lot of difference on how your lips look and how comfortable you feel about them. Finding the right formula, that does not dry but hydrates and plumps your lips may be sometimes not easy. I have been testing these three products GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper, Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss since last month and been impressed with the formula and the results of all. When I received these products for review purposes, I was not very much aware of these brands and after reading and using the products, I am amazed at the results and clueless why I didn’t try anything from them before.
Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss set
VMV was the first – and is still the only – brand to rate its hypo-allergenicity. With over 75 published (even awarded!) studies in medical journals and conventions — including the first and only hypoallergenic “grading” system — VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® offers the safest, most proven effective care on the planet.
Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss set (USD $35, value of $54)) contains the best selling duo of Lip Gloss (shade Smack, USD $27) and Glitz Lipstick (shade Big Red, USD $27) from the brand. Glitz Lipstick has a rich glistening color. Lip Gloss gives the results of dewy lips. Both the products are 100% dye-free, free of irritating waxes, phthalates, Parabens, Preservatives, fragrances. They have titanium dioxide and iron oxide pigments which provide sun protection. The green tea in it provides antioxidant benefits and virgin coconut oil provides moisturization to the lips. The benefits described also include preventing chapping, irritation, prevention of darkening of lips, and acne around the lip area.
Apart from all above, the Lip Gloss has monolaurin for lip safe disinfection. My lips have been enjoying these two products and have no irritation or sensitivity but my lips appear healthy and they do not dry. The lipstick adds fun shiny sheen to the lips, which is not glittery. The color stays on well for over 3 to 4 hours. The Lip gloss gives a very nice dewy look and feel to the lips, it looks perfect for day as well as night wear. I do add a bit extra during the night to give a little oomph factor. The lip gloss is not sticky and has a staying power for over 4 hours. I apply it alone and over the lipstick, work well both ways.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper
Grande Cosmetics is a results-driven line of innovative cosmetics, serums, and conditioners. Grande Cosmetics uses clinically proven formulas and natural ingredients to create peptide-infused, care-free application cosmetics with instantly beautiful results and long term benefits for a glamorous look every day.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper is a lip enhancing treatment used to increase the volume of lips while reducing fine lines. Whether you have any size of lips, a little plumping is always welcome. There are many products for lips in the market that plump the lips, from that we can get an idea how much this we all like to have plump lips that look youthful. The active ingredient used in this lip plumper is Volulip which is a collagen boosting lip plumper, lips are instantly fuller and plumper. The product has a very subtle vanilla fragrance and the product does taste a bit sweet.
It can be applied alone, under or over the lipstick. After 2 or 3 minutes, the lips do look fuller and voluminous. The main ingredients include Volulip (And active substance that instantly improves lip volume, texture, and shape), Portulaca Pilosa Extract (Keep lips soft and hydrated), Caffeine (reduce the number of fine lines and wrinkles on lips) and Niacin (provides anti-aging benefits). It is available to be purchased at www.grandelashmd.com and Sephora for USD $26.95.
Do you like the plumped lips, what is your favorite lip plumping product? Do you prefer Hypoallergenic products for your lips?
A fragrance is something that you sniff and it makes you feel something, remember a memory or create a new memory. It should be a pleasure that surrounds you and brings out that part hidden part of you. Dior J’adore In Joy (CAD $165/100ml and CAD $119/50ml) is described as a perfume that smells of joy, like a new call for life. Who would not want that joy and to give a sniff to that joy which is beautiful and powerful like a life force. I was sent this fragrance as part of the press package and here I go with some details about the notes and the creativity put into this.
The Dior Perfumer-Creator, Francois Demachy, dives into the floral nature of J’adore, adorning it with the audacious charm of a new floral-fruity-salty accord. This new creation is a salty gourmandize that is both original and surprising. He says about this fragrance ‘With J’adore In Joy, I created an original fruity-salty accord to make white flowers shine. This “Fleur de Sel” is modern in style and literally “smells” of joy.’
The top note of Dior J’adore In Joy is the finest gourmet sea salt. The middle notes are Jasmine Sambac, Neroli, Tuberose, and Ylang-Ylang (Ylang-Ylang is from Madagascar, custom crafted in Grasse, in a transformation that enables the salty facet of this surprising flower to shine forth). The base note is Peach. From the notes, this fragrance has a touch of salt to the warm floral composition. It is a nice summer fragrance. For me, it smells more like a clean fresh floral fragrance with vibes of saltiness. The freshness comes from the nice mixture of jasmine and ylang-ylang, nothing like citrusy. The fresh and floral salt note runs down into the honeyed fullness of the juicy, fruity peach. It lasted on my skin for around 5-6 hours. The packaging is in a beautiful peachy gold glass bottle that has a convex bottom which diffuses light.
This fragrance is available at Sephora, The Hudsons Bay, HOlt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart and respective retailer .com site and is available in 50ml and 100ml.
Being a fan of Goldfaden MD products since I discovered this brand last year, I have been thoroughly enjoying some newness and two cult favorite products from this brand since I received them last month. As a brand developed by a Dermatologist, this is based on plant-based, the problem-solving range is packed with potent antioxidants to give the needed strength and protection to the skin. So, when it comes to this range, I do expect a lot from it and here I am sharing my reviews for ‘Skin Detox with Goldfaden MD’ after using this trio for over a month during my night skincare routine, yes because I want to feel and enjoy these products in the evening when I have some quiet time to myself. I got Detox Clarifying Facial Wash which is the newest addition to the great line, the cult favorite Doctor’s Scrub and Facial Detox Mask for testing and reviewing. The packaging of the products is in the standard Goldfaden MD style, beautiful green, and golden writing on sturdy white plastic jars.
Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash (CAD $45) is the newest product from this brand which is an AHA Nutrient Rich Treatment. This foaming facial wash is aimed to address problem skin by reaching deep into pores and kicking out stubborn dirt and oils. The formulation comprises a combination of two Alpha Hydroxy Acids, namely, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid, which work together to dissolve excess oil and dead skin cells. The Detox ComplexTM in this facial wash is comprised of potent fruit extracts and active plant cells to provide anti-pollution benefits and to revitalize and detoxify the skin. All of the ingredients work together to give a fresher, cleaner, smoother and rejuvenated complexion.
I have been reaching out to this foaming facial wash as I do see a difference in how my skin feels when I am using this trio. I do not remove makeup or sunscreen with this facial wash but I use it as my second cleanser to get the benefits of the nice formulation created by this line.I take two pumps of this product and massage it with circular motions on my damp skin for few seconds and then wash it off with lukewarm water. It does not make my skin feel dry or irritated but I feel a nice clean fresh face. I see Glycerin is high on the ingredient list, actually, it is the second ingredient, that means I get a clean fresh hydrated skin. All the ingredients are listed on the Goldfaden MD official website if you are interested to know the details. This is a keeper for me and is another hit for me from this brand.
Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub (CAD $95) is a cult favorite product, loved and praised by many. It is a daily exfoliator, yes daily, that adds hydration and removes dead skin cells giving a brighter, radiant and healthier looking skin. The key ingredients of this product include Ruby Crystals, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Jojoba Oil. The perfectly round Ruby Crystals provide an effective exfoliating to give that brighter, clearer, younger-looking skin. The line-filling Hyaluronic Acid delivers long-lasting hydration. Seaweed extract helps improve moisture level of the skin while providing natural glow, tone, and texture to the skin. It also plumps and nourishes the skin while providing high levels of antioxidant benefits. Jojoba Oil is a moisturizing agent that helps prevent water loss and improves skin’s flexibility and suppleness. It is suitable for all skin types.
First of all, the scrubs I have used all my life are advised to be used twice or thrice in a week, so it seemed really exciting and interesting that I can use this daily. And when I started using this daily, I could see why it is advised that way. It is very gentle and it does works to give the claimed benefits and that is why it is the cult favorite product. I take a small amount of this product and massage gently on my damp skin for 25-30 seconds in circular motions and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. After seeing the results from this, yes the glow is real after I use this, I did use this scrub on my neck, decollete and body which did impress me. My skin felt comfortable, hydrated and glowy with no irritation or sensitivity after using this daily.
Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask ( CAD $85) is a purifying mask that draws out dirt and pore-clogging debris from the skin. This is a gentle mask with ingredients that improve the appearance of skin and avoid breakouts apart from treating the existing problem areas. This is a skin corrective and purifying mask which has some nice ingredients like Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, and Camphor. Zinc Oxide soothes skin and reduces the appearance of marks by working to form a protective layer on the skin reducing the appearance of redness. Sulfur has been known to work as a natural protector and it regulates extra-oily problem areas and prompts shedding and exfoliation of pore-clogging dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Camphor works to wash skin as a natural astringent sourced from the bark and wood of the camphor tree. It works to clean skin by helping draw out oils and impurities and tampers appearance of redness and discomfort.
I have used this mask both as a full face treatment as well as a spot treatment with good results. I apply a thin layer to the entire cleansed face twice a week and 3-4 times as a spot treatment. Once it is dry or after 15 minutes, I wash this off with lukewarm water following up with my treatment serum or moisturizer. I have noticed a difference in the frequency of any flare-ups of acne as well as the size of my pores and intensity of my acne spots and redness. I love a good mask and have a big collection of those, this is a great addition to my treatment masks to be used regularly twice a week or as a go-to mask when my skin behaves.
Overall, these are some great products that are suitable for all skin types and will be a great addition to your skin care regime whether you have few products that work for you or to you detox collection if you are skin care obsessed like I am. These products are available online through Goldfaden MD Official website, GeeBeauty Canada, and Cult Beauty websites respectively.
What is your favorite product which you reach out to when your skin behaves?
Rouge Dior was first created in 1953 and after that, it has been through many evolutions, coming out as a better version than the best. Rouge Dior has reinvented again with two new lipsticks demonstrating the expertise of Dior as a color creator. Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup revealed two Rouge Dior innovations for this year called Dior Rouge Liquid and Double Rouge.
Dior Rouge Liquid is the first liquid formula from Dior with multiple effects and surprising color impact. It is strong new innovations with vibrant matte, satin, and metallic finishes. They have intense color, lightness, coverage, and long wear. It is very comfortable to wear. The formulation of the Dior Rouge Liquid comprises the combination of three innovations into one. The first one is the Liquid Intensity which combines powerful color and long wear. The formula contains Eosin which extends the wear time to almost 12 hours.
The second innovation is Liquid effects which give the pure and vibrant finishes in matte, metal, and satin which all have a balance of pigments and iridescence. The matte effect has 2 to 7% of pigments, the satin effect has 1 to 3% of pigments with 4 to 7 % iridescence. The metallic effect has 17 to 20 % iridescence. Aren’t these facts and numbers interesting? The third innovation is Liquid care which never lets stint on comfort during application due to the powder coated with silicon resin for perfect glide on the lips, the combination of a synthetic mineral wax and a gelling agent provides a creamy texture, a combination of 4 oils that contribute to lip care while providing a weightless sensation.
The four type of liquid effects of Dior Rouge Liquid available in 29 shades are Liquid Rock Matte ( absence of shine, with high colour impact), Liquid Electric Metal ( metallic effect which is intense similar to the finish of nail varnish), Liquid Pop Satin ( like a delicate satin ) and Liquid Velvet Nude ( light and creamy beige to neutralize the natural lip colour or can create the sixties style look). The packaging is very luxurious in the black case with a see-through on one side, the fine applicator is perfect and follows the lip line and the reservoir that delivers the right dose of the product.
The shades I am swatching are 424 Hypnotic Matte, 515 Scandalous Metal and 895 Fab Satin. I have used all these shades and found them all very creamy and comfortable to wear. The intensity of the shades is immense and the wear time longer than the normal liquid lipstick, around 6-7 hours which is really good. They never made my lips look dry or irritated them. These are one of the most comfortable liquid formula I have used.
Double Rouge has created a new trend which fuses the matte and the metallic in one lipstick tube, so interesting right? The Dual-textured Dior Double ROuge delivers an ombre effect due to the highly pigmented matte outer ring combined with a metallic core that catches the light. The two shades are chosen as such that they harmonise, creating a sophisticated finish and an optical illusion of volume. The Shades swatched for Double Rouge are 510 Jungle Beige and 239 Vibrant Nude. I have used this lipstick and as usual with the Dior formulas, I do like this a lot, it is very creamy and the fusion of two shades together when applied on the lips create a very nice shiny nude lips with an extra volume, and the lipsticks that plump the lips is a big yes for me.
Shades same as the previous picture – sunlight falling from a different side
Dior Rouge Liquid Lip Stain – Couture Colour Intense Extreme Long-Wear ( CAD $43 ) and Rouge Double Dior (CAD $43) will be available at Dior Counters nationwide and retailer respective .com site from September 2017.
What is your favorite formula for a lip product? Which of the above shade and formula looks the best to you?
Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own.