For Marc Jacobs, getting it right requires a little bit of wrong. “I see beauty in many things and I am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation. It’s unexpected and surprises you.” Inspiration stems from the spirit of “the girl” and her makeup ritual. “I think the idea of transforming into this person you want to be, is a lot of fun…it’s the idea of a young woman enjoying creating her look, getting ready for her night out, or her night after her night out.”

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate - Shades discussed are 33 Beige and 36 Beige Golden, Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 - 110 The Shoe Gazer, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Highliner - Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 312 Sugar Sugar, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme  in 254 True

Since the time I got the sample of Le Marc lip creme with purchase from Sephora, a few years back, this brand has been in my good list, then I purchased the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, the formula and the staying power impressed me. Then came the Mega Bronzer which was just as good and so my love affair with this brand started. I am not going to write about these in this editorial but the products I have been using for last few months and loving. The products include Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate – Shades discussed are 33 Beige and 36 Beige Golden, Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 – 110 The Shoe Gazer, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 312 Sugar Sugar, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme  in 254 True.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate (CAD $64) is described as an innovative foundation that delivers instant full coverage in a single dot. This revolutionary formula is described to offer twice as much pigment as a leading full-coverage foundation, but in an oil-free base that blends instantly across the complexion to completely cover pores, blemishes, and other imperfections with the thinnest possible layer that lasts up to 24 hours. All foundations are composed of two parts: pigment and ingredients to carry the pigment to the skin. Re(marc)able innovates by filling its formula with as much pigment as possible, leaving little room for non-essential ingredients, including water. Not only does it contain twice as much pigment as standard, full-coverage foundations, but these pigments are made of patented golden mica to give the complexion a more radiant, natural-looking glow. The pigments are wrapped in lecithin – an ingredient with a texture that feels similar to the skin—to blend effortlessly and meld with the complexion for a smooth, soft-matte finish.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate

I heard great reviews about this foundation before I started using this and I must say I am impressed, the foundation is medium to full coverage, I take a dot and apply on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose, then start blending it. It gives a beautiful natural medium coverage which can be build to full with an extra drop of it. The packaging as you see in the pictures is in a beautiful heavy glass bottle and the product is dispensed with the dropper kind of wand. The consistency is not runny and not thick, good enough to blend and glide easily. It does not cake or emphasize my problem areas. It feels very lightweight on the skin and the staying power is amazing, I have tested it for over 14 hours and it stays on quite well. As the formula is very pigmented, a small amount is what is required for full coverage. I am totally in love with this foundation and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for full coverage with lightweight and smooth natural finish. This is suitable for most of the skin types, especially normal, combination, and oily. As in the swatches, for my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones, I am 33 Beige in winters and 36 Beige Golden in Summers, mixing both the shades also give me that healthy glow kind of look.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 – Plush shadow (CAD $49) is a petite set of three plush eye shadows that harmoniously provide a creamy, sumptuous finish. It is a mini palette of shimmery metallics, buttery mattes, and lustrous sheens which are made with advanced pigments that allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.

 Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 - 110 The Shoe Gazer

This eyeshadow palette in The Shoe Gazer 110 has peachy-bronze sheen/ matte taupe brown/ light turquoise blue sheen shades. The formula is very smooth, finely milled and glides on easily on the lids. The staying power is very good, without primer it did not crease or fade for over 7 hours and with primer, it was good enough for a whole day for around 12 hours. The formula is highly pigmented, and the packaging is so beautiful. This would be great everyday shadow palette or can be used for a dramatic look when the last turquoise blue shade is used. I have been using the peachy bronze and matte taupe on regular days and it looks beautiful, not overly shiny. To make it more dramatic and intense, a little spray of the makeup setting spray on the eyeshadow brush does the trick.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (CAD $33) is described as an ultra-volumizing mascara that delivers instant dimension for epic lashes. The lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles lash for major drama. The super-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less. Velvet Noir gives you the thickest lashes in one sweep. Apply Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara on its own, or layer with O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara (sold separately). Pair it with Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovering Mascara and Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara (sold separately) to style your lashes for every occasion.

 Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Highliner - Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer

I have naturally long lashes and always look for products that do not make the finish gunky or smudge. I have been using this regularly along with my favorite Givenchy Mascara. This mascara lengthens, adds volume, and separates my lashes. It gives an intense finish and my lashes look fuller without any smudging throughout the day. One more thing I noticed is my lashes are soft with volume and not brittle like with few other mascaras. I go for one stroke for the day and two to three strokes for the night, it makes a great difference.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon (CAD $31) is described as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. This is extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver an instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers the versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smoky eye. It’s formulated with innovative gel ingredients, as well as conditioning vitamin E and rosehip seed oil. Its intense color payoff is available in an array of richly pigmented shades with two finishes: original shimmer or high-impact matte.

 Marc Jacobs Highliner - Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer

This has been in my makeup stash since ages, I just love this eyeliner so much, it is not new to me but I am reviewing it here with my favorite black shade which I have been wearing since a long time along with the shade 82 Violet which is new to me. This eyeliner never irritates my sensitive eyes and the staying power is really good. It does not fades or smudges. I swipe it on one time for a light definition of my eyes and for the intense definition to the eyes, I swipe it few times on the waterline to get the desired intensity. The formula is very smooth and glides without effort, it is one of my favorite eyeliner no doubt. The Violet Femme 82 – Orchid Shimmer is a shimmery violet and Blacquer 42 is a dark black.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer (CAD $35) is a high-shine lip gloss in covetable shades with lasting brilliance. It delivers maximum color and brilliance with its unique Triple Shine Complex, a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like “30 coats of lacquer.” The brilliant shine contributes to an optical plumping look. And, Enamored feels cushiony on the lips, never sticky. This mint-scented lip gloss collection features a profusion of creamy pinks, shimmering lavenders, and iridescent brights that give lips a lush look with lasting color and unbelievable shine.

 Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 312 Sugar Sugar, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme  in 254 True

This lip gloss in 312 Sugar Sugar is a champagne gold shimmer. The formula is non-sticky and very comfortable to wear. It can be wear alone or as a top coat over a lipstick. The formula is not overly shimmery and can be used for daily routine. For me, it looks like a nude shimmery lip gloss, it did not dry my lips and is moisturizing. The texture is thick creamy but not sticky, the staying power of other products I talked about in this post is amazing. It is available in more shades which are beautiful.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (CAD $38) is described as a rich, creamy lipstick that redefines luxury with instant indulgent color while providing 10 hours of wear. In just one sensual swipe, Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick delivers indulgent color that lasts all day long. The unprecedented color payoff comes from concentrated color-boosting pigments that are triple-milled and enriched with hydrating ingredients—imparting ultimate long-lasting color and moisture. Your lips will feel instantly plumped and nourished from powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Its subtle vanilla taste and scent mimic a decadent dessert. Just snap the case shut and hear a satisfying click, which Marc Jacobs describes as “the sound of luxury.”

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate - Shades discussed are 33 Beige and 36 Beige Golden, Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 - 110 The Shoe Gazer, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Highliner - Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 312 Sugar Sugar, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme  in 254 True

This lipstick in 254 True is a beautiful nude and the formula is very comfortable to wear. The texture is very creamy and does not dry out my lips. The staying power is good, for me, it is around 5 hours. My lips stayed soft and smooth all day, even after the lipstick was worn off. I have few other shades in this lipstick and this formula is amazing. There are more shades from this line worth checking out when you are in store.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is a brand worth checking out and everything I have tried from them yet has never disappointed me, be it the formulas, shades, or packaging. These products are available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

*Press samples


Givenchy Beauty new launches for 2018, there is new formula and renewal of a product from Givenchy. Gloss Interdit Vinyl is a renewed product with a new formula, upgraded packaging, and a newly branded g-shape foram applicator which can be applied alone or as a top coat. Le Rouge Mat is a new ultra matte lipstick for intense and pure color with a velvety finish in a single stroke.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Matte lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Matte lipstick (CAD $44) is a velvety formula that delivers vibrant, intense color in an ultra-matte finish. This product is packaged in a genuine black leather case, the exclusive signature of Maison Givenchy. The formula is very comfortable to wear, despite being matte, it does not accentuate even the dry lips. The formula is rich in pigment and a velvety semi-matte finish, it is combined with nourishing ingredients to keep the lips moisturized. One swipe of the color is enough to give a nice amount of color to the lips.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

I have used the three shades that are reviewed and swatched in this post for a few times already and they all suit my medium tan skin tone. The shades would make a perfect addition to spring and all season round. The staying power is nice, for around 5 hours without touch up which is quite good.

216 Rose Graphique – rich, bright-pink

329 Rouge Stiletto – a classic red, flattering on all skin tones.

331 Pourpre Defile – electric purple

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

The formula glides on easily on the lips and contours without tugging. There are 6 shades available in Le Rouge Mat which are all wearable and would suit most of the skin tones.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl ( CAD $37) is described as a gloss with medium coverage for high-shine, naturally-voluminous-looking lips. The formula contains black rose oil which helps lips remain soft and supple with an absolute feeling of comfort. The foam end of this innovative applicator is stamped with a G to take up more product for a pleasant, even spread of color over the lips. G for Givenchy, G for Glossy, G for Glamour—Gloss Interdit Vinyl signs a new way of applying lip gloss. At once simple and precise, it sheathes the lips in dazzling color with a single stroke, making it a must-have for beauty addicts everywhere.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

Shades 01 and 16 which I have swatched in this editorial are made-to-measure color boosters that react to skin’s pH for a result that is totally different from one woman to another. These can be applied as a top coat over any lipstick to intensify its color. 01 Rose Révélateur enhances the natural lip color. 16 Noir Révélateur is an audacious shade that enhances the natural tone of lips with an enigmatic depth. The formula is nice, does not gives the sticky feeling although it is thick, does not irritate my lips, the staying power is good.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl, Le Rouge Mat review swatches

I am a fan of Givenchy products and their formula, I reviewed 18 shades of the Le Rouge here if you are interested to read and see the swatches. Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl and Givenchy Le Rouge Matte lipstick is available to be purchased at Sephora.

*Press samples


Diorskin Forever Undercover 24 hour wear full coverage fresh weightless foundation (CAD $64) is a new launch from the house of Dior. In this era of serial selfies, this high pigment water-based foundation combines maximum complexion control with a natural, true to life aspect for a no-filter, life proof finish that lasts 24 hours.

“Incorporated in a very fluid texture, the high concentration of pigments ensures perfect blemish correction. What is very new for such high coverage products is that you don’t feel or see it. The finish is fresh and matte enough so that you don’t need powder.” says Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up describing his perception of this neo-camouflage.

Diorskin Forever Undercover review swatches

In the entire range of foundations, Diorskin Forever Undercover contains the highest level of pigments, almost twice that of the original fluid foundation. To avoid a mask effect, the mineral pigments are given a very specific coating that merges with skin providing an imperceptible finish.

Diorskin Forever Undercover review swatches

I have tested and used this foundation for a few days already and impressed by the coverage, shade match, longevity, and texture. The packaging of the foundation as you see is in a sturdy plastic bottle with a dropper and the desired quantity comes out easily. Just shake and open the bottle, pour it on the back of your hand or put drops directly onto the face and start blending.  I risked and used this for the first time for a traditional Indian Wedding hoping to get the full coverage that looks natural and luminous, something that stays on all day. And yes it did a great job. After that, I have used it few times to work.

Diorskin Forever Undercover review swatches

The formula is water-based and thus fluid consistency which glides and blends easily into the skin. It blends in well with hands but I do prefer a brush for even coverage. Even the beauty blender will give a nice coverage. It feels very light on the face, like no makeup but still, you see that the coverage is amazing. It did not emphasize my pores or problem areas. The finish is semi-matte which is luminous yet natural. Another great thing about this is the staying time, it stayed on really well for over 12 hours for which I have tested. I did not notice any creasing or did not touch up during the day.

Diorskin Forever Undercover review swatches

Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation is available in 26 shades from the lightest to the darkest which is a great thing. For my medium tan with golden undertones, I am shade 040 or 041 depending on the weather. Mixing both also does a good job for my skin tone. I have swatched both 040 and 041 in this post if you are interested to check my review about the Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Everlasting Wear Pore Refining Effect with SPF 35, I have linked it here. Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation is available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart and all Dior retailers.

 

*Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation is Press sample, Dior Foundation Brush was purchased by me


Spring and Summer collections for makeup are already giving me bright and fresh vibes. Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 – The Face Atelier is inspired by Givenchy’s couture atelier design process and features a palette, glowy complexion products, kohl liner and new matte lipstick shades. “My starting point was the mannequin common to all fabrics, the Stockman. An anonymous, discreet muse that flexes gently but does not give way under the designer’s will, forcing a unique compromise: to fashion art to fit reality”, says Nicolas de Gennes, Creative Director of Givenchy Le Make Up. In this editorial, I am featuring Givenchy Atelier Couture Eye Palette, Givenchy Matte and Blur Primer Stick, Givenchy Mister Light Glow Highlighter, and Givenchy Khôl Couture Waterproof Eye Pencil.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

Givenchy Atelier Couture Eye Palette

Givenchy Atelier Couture Eye Palette (CAD $82) is a limited-edition palette features four vibrant, matte shadows to enhance the eyes and brows. It has an innovative semi-rigid foam applicator for precision, these highly-pigmented shades can be used to create a versatile range of looks, from soft and timeless to bold and daring. The rich, deep brown symbolizes the wood of the stockman and acts as the perfect shade for structuring both the eye and brow. The orangey-red and navy blue recalls the designer tape used in the studios, while the white is an ode to the cotton canvas that covers the bust.  The square applicator is like the chalk used by designers to sketch designs onto patterns.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

The formula of the eyeshadow palette is very smooth and blends easily. The texture is matte. The pigmentation of the shades is good, right enough that you do not overdo even with a heavy hand, the swatches below for reference.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

Givenchy Matte and Blur Primer Stick

Givenchy Matte and Blur Primer Stick (CAD $45) is described as a mattifying primer that’s also perfect for an instant touch-up. This stick mattifies complexion, blurs imperfections, and refines the appearance of skin texture. With passing time, the formula eliminates shine while keeping a luminous complexion with a transparent, soft, and velvety finish.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

This universal pink shade can be applied to every skin tone. The stick format is easy to use and is also easy to carry everywhere. The finish is velvety matte effect to the skin all day long, great for daily routine or for touch-ups anytime.

Givenchy Mister Light Glow Highlighter

Givenchy Mister Light Glow Highlighter (CAD $44) is described as a golden glow highlighting pen that brightens and highlights the face. A single swipe of the brush gives a subtle, golden glow, and it’s easy to build up from there.  This can be used to add a dash of refinement to the look with the chic, golden hints at the inner corners of the eyes, the tops of cheekbones, above the brows, and on the Cupid’s bow.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

I used it today and still wearing it in the evening, the glow is so natural and luminous. I swiped the highlighter on the highpoints of the face after my foundation, you can use it on the no-foundation days to give that glow to your skin. The formula is very smooth and light and the same time blends in easily.

Givenchy Khôl Couture Waterproof Eye Pencil – Champagne

Givenchy Khôl Couture Waterproof Eye Pencil (CAD $31) is described as a retractable waterproof pencil designed to define and highlight the eyes with precision. Featuring a smooth, creamy texture and vibrant color, this long-wearing formula resists heat and humidity for all-day wear.  This beautiful pale gold shade looks absolutely gorgeous in the waterline as a shimmering alternative to nude to get that awake and open eye kind of look.

Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection 2018 - The Face Atelier review swatches

The staying power is good, still going strong in the evening as I applied it in the morning. It would look great even for daily routine as it looks subtle yet makes a difference to the look. I reviewed eye essentials from Givenchy which I am using in rotation with this here if you are interested to give a read.

Overall, this is a beautiful collection and all the products are worth checking out based on what you need, whether for daily routine, occasional or as a collector’s item. Just to mention again, this is a limited edition collection. All the products in this collection will be available at Sephora.ca from February 16, 2018.

*Press samples


Valentine’s Day 2018 is almost here and I am sure you might have a thing or two already in your mind to give or to receive. If you have not still got a chance, here I am with some recommendations for the last minute gift’s for Valentine’s day for him and her that will surely be worth to check out. I’ve put together a little gift guide whether you’re looking for a little inspiration, hint ideas or something to treat yourself. I have divided the recommendations into separate sections, skincare, fragrance, and haircare which I hope will be helpful.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

I will start with the skincare first. I have few products which I have repurchased, emptied, and few which I am testing and quite liking them. For the first step after cleansing, there are toners and essences.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence (CAD $78 ) is one of the first essences I purchased and I still love it. It is the oldest product from Shiseido and is prized for over a century in Japan. This softening lotion delivers immediate moisture and responds to changes in the climate to keep skin’s moisture level constant regardless of location or time of year. Subtly perfumed with an accent of rain-washed peonies that seems to relax your entire being. Skin radiates, its softness evoking that of a flower petal. The bottle is of heavy glass and looks very beautiful anywhere it is kept.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-lotion (CAD $320) It prepares your skin to reap the benefits of serums and treatments to follow. This light yet potent, hydrating and conditioning formula contains caviar water, a highly-concentrated infusion with active caviar-rich components to lift and firm. It also helps to refine and minimize the appearance of pores. I use it regularly and a few drops are all I need, worth the price.

Cle de Peau Hydro Softening Lotion (CAD $140 ) is a multi-benefit softening lotion that protects skin against dryness and provides a luxurious hydrating treatment that inspires a radiant complexion. Delivers immediate softening benefits to enable intensified hydration. Promotes clarity and a look of brightness from within. Helps skin resist the effect of environmental stress and maintain a stunning appearance. Please note that in the picture is not a full-size product but a trial size.

Next comes the serums, I am very picky on the serums, they are the most important step in the skincare routine, they target the needs of the skin. For me, I am all for brightening, anti-congestion or purifying, plumping my skin.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (CAD $730) is a next-generation gravity-defying serum that lifts, firms and provides long-lasting effects. With a look that pays homage to our iconic skin caviar pearls, this formula contains scientific advancements that create exceptional results. Past skin damage recedes as existing cells are rejuvenated as new ones are super-charged, nourished and protected appearing lifted and taut. This serum epitomizes science and luxury, the heart and soul of La Prairie’s skin caviar collection. I have been using this for almost more than half a year and every time I use it, my skin kind of thanks me.

Omorovicza Acid Fix (CAD $115) is a multi-purpose treatment, Acid Fix exfoliates, peels, resurfaces, brightens and plumps the skin. Combining a potent blend of AHA and BHA acids, it helps to reverse the damage caused by sunlight, pollution, and acne for a glowing and more youthful complexion. I have used it few times and like the results on my skin. I will review it in detail in coming weeks.

Clarins Double Serum ( CAD $120) is a dual-phase hydric and lipidic anti-aging treatment* rich in [20+1] plant extracts. It stimulates the five vital functions of the skin, and, for the first time, has decoded the language of youthfulness. Its unique universal and bio-inspired dual formula combine 20 of the most powerful anti-aging plant extracts with turmeric extract, which is concentrated in turmerone to effectively and visibly treat the signs of aging. This is something I have started testing few days back and using it in the mornings, I feel my skin is glowing and more refined, thanks to the turmeric in this serum. I will have a detailed post on this serum soon.

Good Genes by Sunday Riley ( CAD $140) is an all-in-one Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency a purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance. I am on my third bottle and love what it does to my skin.

Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum (CAD $120) is a glow booster to help restore radiance. Murunga Plum, known to be 100 times more concentrated in Vitamin C than oranges, combined with alpha hydroxy acid helps to brighten the complexion and smooth skin texture. It is all about the glow and smooth healthy skin.

Skin exfoliation and peeling is something I do once or twice a week to remove the dead skin and the rough skin. I do use both physical as well as chemical exfoliation. The three I am liking these days are below.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Vichy Idealia Night Peeling is a radiance activating peeling with glycolic acid to reveal a radiant, more even complexion by morning. It is gentle and effective, even suitable for daily use.

Yonka Gommage 305 is a gel formula for exfoliation and clarifying the skin.  It is so gentle it can even be used on the eyelids. It is 4-in-1: exfoliates, hydrates, purifies and illuminates the complexion. It helps to eliminate flaws and dead skin cells, evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of redness, reveals radiant skin that feels smooth and supple. I purchased it a few years back for the first time and have repurchased it few times, it is a staple.

Face oil is something that I hear not many people use on the face. I suggest you check out the face oil that is suitable to your skin type and when you find the suitable one, you will never look back.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil ( CAD $125-30ml, CAD $185-50ml)) is described as a revolutionary formula that combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. The skin appears instantly smoother, plumper and revitalized. I use it regularly under my moisturizer in the mornings and then layer on the makeup or sunscreen depending upon my schedule for the day, either staying home or going out. This is such a nice addition to my face oils and I am in love.

Goldfaden Fleuressence Botanical Oil (CAD $190 – 30ml) provides essential fatty acids to support the skin, necessary protective antioxidants as well as elasticising and revitalizing extracts to the skin. The oil is dry, non-sticky and readily absorbs into the skin, restoring its plumpness.

Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is described to have the ultra-nourishing oils from the Baobab, or Tree of Life. This multi-functional Vitality Tincture™ saturates skin with moisturizing oils, essential in times of dehydration, extreme cold and life changes that can destabilize its balance. It is plumped with vital moisture to improve skin function, skin stays calm and soothed, looks healthy, lifted and glowing.

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Night Dual Treatment is a two-step night-time regime combines two products: Diamond Extreme Oil and Diamond Extreme Mask that use the skin’s natural time of rest to accelerate anti-aging results. Skin wakes nourished, revitalized, brighter and more beautiful, lifted from the inside out. This is a brand I want to try more from. I had customized facials from Natura Bisse during my last vacation and I was amazed at the results.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Now come the moisturizes, I use moisturizer after my serum or face oil to seal in all the good things I applied on the face.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Dior Capture Youth – Age-delay advanced creme (CAD $120) is a new addition to my moisturizers and is so luxurious to feel and apply. The cream boosts the antioxidant power of the skin to defy visible signs of aging. A natural-origin plant mesh instantly helps to smooth, retexturize and strengthen the skin’s surface.

Vichy Idealia Day Care ( CAD $45) is an antioxidant-rich formula specifically formulated for normal to combination skin to correct first signs of aging, smoothes fine lines, boosts glow, refines pores. The texture of this cream is texture is soft, fresh and silky.

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid (CAD $105) is described to be specially created for the needs of combination skin. Ideal Resource Fluid contains micro-refining technology that smoothes the look of the fine lines and wrinkles and unifies the skin’s surface. The light fluid is delicately scented with white flowers. This fluid refreshes and clarifies skin, tightens pores and prevent new imperfections, illuminates and enhance skin radiance, moisturizes skin, and refines texture. I am really enjoying using this fluid, perfect for the morning and stays on well under makeup.

Resultime 5 Expertise Eye Cream – I am on my second tub and as you know eye cream is not something that anyone is able to finish fast as less than pea size amount is all you need for both eyes. I received a sample of this eye cream with the purchase and I was hooked. This is one of my favorite eye creams, keeps the eye area healthy, plump, and smooth. It uses a unique formula to fight the five signs of aging in the eye contour area: dark circles, puffiness, fat pockets, wrinkles and sagging. It provides a rejuvenating boost for eyes.

Now for the face primers, they can be used on the face whether followed by makeup or not. Primers are available for most of the skin concerns like oil control, redness control, radiance-boosting, pore-blurring and many more. I have my picks which I am loving these days.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold is a complexion-perfecting primer infused with pure gold flakes. I have been using this regularly and is one of my favorites. The consistency is gel like and it makes the skin look naturally radiant and healthy.

Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is a radiance-boosting balm which is formulated with skin-energizing Lychee Extract and light-reflective pearls for the perfect, natural glow. I use it on the days when my skin needs some extra moisture and glow or on days I am using a matte foundation. It keeps my skin radiant all day.

Laneige Mini Pore Blur Perfector (CAD $42 – 40ml) is described as a primer with an oil-controlling formula that let’s achieve smoother skin and long-lasting makeup. This glides on nicely and thenabsorbs fairly quickly into the skin. The makeup is easy to apply and stays on well when I use this primer. It is not that it gives a perfectly matte finish but it gives the natural kind of finish which gives the skin natural healthy glow.

Coming to the lips, my lips are very dry and I have to constantly use a balm on the lips to keep them normal and avoid the flakiness.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Kopari Coconut Lip Love is a coconut gloss will lock in moisture and love on lips for a long time. It gives a glossy shine on the lips and also tastes a bit like coconut and smells the same, I really like it. It is a blend of coconut oil, vitamin E and shea butter nourish lips. The Coconut Kiss Kit (CAD $33) is a great way to try these tinted lip glosses.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (CAD $24) is a leave-on lip mask that soothes and moisturizes for smoother, more supple lips overnight.I have used it few times and really like the results. My lips are smooth, moisturized, and stay very comfortable throughout the day.

Hand creams, as most of you might know how it feels when you are going somewhere or doing something, during a busy day, you notice your hands and see how dry and rough they look, when it comes to your mind to start caring and be regular with the hand cream. Same happens with me, now after few years, I still forget but I do try and keep deluxe size or full-size hand cream tubes in my bag, car, and on the vanity.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Maison Francis Kurkdjian A’ la rose scented hand cream leaves a delicately scented and moisturizing veil on the skin with nuances of Damascena and Centifolia roses. It smells heavenly and has become a favorite in short time as it was launched recently. It leaves my hands silky soft with no residue. The packaging and the formula all speaks of luxury. I will write more about it on the blog soon.

Roger and Gallet Rose Hand & Nail Cream is formulated with 96 percent natural ingredients and enriched with shea butter and rose petal extracts to hydrate and sooth. This smells amazing and is a perfect partner for on the go due to its very compact size.

For pampering the body, I have few favorites and few products I have tested recently. The products are Sisley Restorative Body Cream, Kopari coconut Melt, Fresh Brown Sugar Polish, Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Body Oil, Roger and Gallet Rose soap.

 

 

For men, I have few fragrances that I like on my husband. Dior Sauvage and Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme were both gifted by me to him in the last year and I love it on him, ofcourse he likes them too.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Dior Sauvage is fresh, raw, and noble at the same time. The notes are Reggio Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, and Ambroxan.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme is Explosive. Addictive. and Seductive. The notes are Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf, Black Pepper, Lavander, Chilli, Saffron, Oud Accord, Tobacco Accord, Pimento, Cinnamon Leaf, Cumin.

Givenchy Gentleman is a warm and spicy fragrance. The notes of the fragrance are Lavander, Leather, Patchouli. The bottle, heavy glass and highly graphic, takes on a modern allure in timeless codes. It is belted in black, the name stands out in white.

Guerlain L’homme Idéal is a sensual and fresh fragrance. The notes are Orange Blossom, Mandarin, Lemon, Bergamot, Rosemary, Vanilla, Amaretto Accord, Leather, Patchouli, Vetiver from India, Cedar Wood. The bottle is masculine, luxurious, and distinguished. Square, faceted, and streamlined.

For women, there are different features of the fragrance that attracts her, it might be a particular note in the fragrance or the pretty packaging of the fragrance.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Guerlain Mon Guerlain is warm and spicy fragrance. The notes of the fragrance are Jasmine, Lavender, Vanilla. The quadrilobe bottle, created in 1908, established itself as one of Guerlain’s iconic bottles. Simple and graphics, it echoes an alchemist’s bottle and owes its name to its stopper, which is formed from one piece to obtain a shape resembling four lobes.

Shiseido Ever Bloom is a musky white floral fragrance that diffuses a delicate scent that delights the senses. The top notes of the fragrance are Lotus, Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose, Violet. The middle notes are Orange blossom and gardenia. The base notes are Hinoki wood and musk.

Givenchy Dahlia Divin is earthy and woody fragrance. It is the most used one since it was launched last year. The notes of this fragrance are Patchouli, Plum, Sandalwood.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Aura Mugler is a woody aromatic fragrance for women and features the notes of rhubarb leaf, tiger liana, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla, and Wolfwood.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Carolina Herrera Good Girl is a sexy oriental fragrance. The top notes are sambac jasmine and tuberose crystal. The middle notes are velvet almond. The base notes are Tonka bean, cocoa, and coffee. If you look at the packaging of the fragrance above in the form of an elegant black stiletto shaped bottle.

For the hair, I am fan of hair oils, whether as a pre-wash or after hair wash. I massage the rich and moisturizing one’s with benefits for my itchy scalp as a pre-wash. For using after hair wash, I go for the one’s which help with the frizz, shine and control or the hair.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Moroccanoil Treatment (CAD $49) is described as Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use. I have this oil since years and love the results I get from it. This is one of my most trusted hair product. My detailed review here.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime (CAD $57) is described as a versatile Beautifying Oil enriched with Oléo-Complexe for all hair types; made with four precious oils: Maize, Argan, Camellia and Pracaxi. With just a few drops hair is transformed, adding silky, weightless shine. I purchased this last year and have been using it on and off for both before and after hair wash, a nice addition to my hair oils.

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle is described as a cocktail of botanical oils which help increase blood circulation, purify the scalp, stimulate hair growth and fortifies hair. I like how calm it makes my scalp.

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil  (CAD $62) is described as uxuriously light oil absorbs instantly to restore hair to its prime. Infused with a rich blend of jasmine, edelweiss flower, lychee, sandalwood, cassis, bergamot and argan extracts, each protective drop penetrates the hair to deeply condition, strengthen and smooth—imparting intense nourishment and incredible shine. Works wonders on dry, damaged and color-treated hair…Liquid gold. I purchased it for the first time two years back and repurchased this second bottle last year.

Another recommendation I have is the Universalist makeup bag from Sephora with the exclusive bleeding heart design by graffiti artist James Goldcrown. The makeup bag is called Bleeding Hearts – The Universalist (CAD $53). The bag is a nice size and the will be perfect to carry the makeup for a weekend or long trip. There is a seperate compartment for brushes on the top and the lower one is very spacious for all the makeup. The quality of the bag is good and it will last for a long time if you are looking for something like this whic looks cute and sturdy enough.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

There are two new brushes from Sephora collection which I have been using regularly since last few days, they are dense and very soft. The collection is called Sephora Collection Pro Slanted Buffing Collection (Pro Slanted Buffing Detail #89 – CAD $38 and Pro Slanted Buffing #88 – CAD $45). They are perfect for applying the foundation and each brush features innovative slanted ferrule technology that hugs the contours of the face. The combination of the circular brush head and smooth dense synthetic bristles makes blending and buffing very easy.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

 

The last recommendation is the Diptyque Set of Mini Candles (Baies, Figuier, Roses) – CAD $135. This is perfect for someone who loves home fragrances or wants to try these for the first time, what could be better to have the mini candles before splurging in the bigger size. I purchased this set last month as I have few large candles from Diptyque but these looked so cute and perfect for even taking it with me when traveling.

Valentine's Day Luxury Gift Guide for Him and Her

I have tried and covered many of products that I have used for either too long or for few days and which I think will be a great gift for someone or for yourself, for that glow, presence, and vibe that you would feel on the occasion with your love.

I have few more ideas in mind, I think this editorial is getting a bit too long. Let me know if you want recommendations and roundup on the face masks, more fragrances, hair care, home fragrances or makeup. For most of the products which I have already reviewed on the blog, I have linked them with their names to the original post, if you are interested.

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