Sisley Paris products have been a staple in my skincare routine for almost a decade, I am currently obsessed with newest launches from the brand – Sisley-Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid (reviewed here) and Sisley-Paris Phyto-Blanc Pure Bright Activating Serum (reviewed here). It is fair to say that these launches are game-changers, I am so so impressed with them. The fastest results I have ever seen in terms of brightening my skin and helping with my dark spots and pigmentation – it is with the new Phyto-Blanc Pure Bright Activating Serum. I have already finished one bottle and started a second one – it is that good! This serum alone started my new love for the Phyto-blanc range. I have two products from the Phyto-blanc range into my skincare routine plus the Gentle Facial Buffing Cream.
I have been religiously following my routine, starting with the Phyto-Blanc Lightening Foaming Cleanser, then following with the Phyto-Blanc Lightening Toning Lotion, Phyto-Blanc Pure Bright Activating Serum, Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid, and finishing off with moisturizer if it is night or moisturizer with SPF if it is a day. I use Gentle Facial Buffing Cream once or twice a week after cleansing and drying my face and neck.
Phyto-Blanc Lightening Foaming Cleanser is a very lightweight, foaming, creamy gel cleanser that gently cleans the skin while maintaining the equilibrium without making the skin uncomfortable or stripping the skin. With regular use, my skin looks clear, clean, even, and bright. I have noticed no breakouts or irritation. I am reaching out for this cleanser every single day.
Phyto-Blanc Lightening Toning Lotion is a very lightly astringent toner that makes sure the makeup is removed and cleanses off any impurities while toning the skin, tightening the look of pores, and leaving the skin comfortable and ready for the next step. I was not expecting this little step would make much difference in how my skin looks and behaves, my skin definitely looks and feels clean, pure, toned, even, fresh, and most of all bright. I apply it before my serum and after cleansing my face.
Gentle Facial Buffing Cream is a gentle exfoliating cream to remove dead skin cells and impurities. It is gentle enough to be suitable for all skin types. I have used many physical and chemical exfoliators but this one is a little different from all. This is something you apply and keep on for 2 minutes until it becomes a little dry to feel, then you gently start massaging with fingertips of one hand while supporting the skin with the other hand. After rinsing, the skin looks refined and the texture of the skin is improved. The skin is soft and smooth, the dead skin cells – flakiness, roughness is all gone. It has become my go-to product before masking, it just prepares the skin to absorb in the next product much better and in return, the results are better. I am hooked to this Gentle Facial Buffing Cream.
Overall, there is not a single product from these 3 new additions to my skincare cream that I would say I do not like or did not see any results – all the 3 have made my skin look and feel much better in terms of radiance, texture, and clarity. I am so glad to try these products from the Phyto-Blanc range as well as the Facial Buffing Cream – highly recommend all – not to forget the new Phyto-Blanc Pure Bright Activating Serum, Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid. Sisley Paris products are available at luxury retailers including Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. It is also available at Sisley- Paris.ca.*Press samples
Knesko is a skincare brand that combines the holistic blend of science and spirituality. Kensko, for me, is a brand that not only helps with the concerns of the skin but overall of the mind and wellness – reflecting the inner beauty and energy onto the skin. I have used Knesko Masks in the past but this time was a little different. I had the opportunity to attend a live session with the founder of the brand and Reiki Master, Lejla Cas. She explained about the brand, the holistic approach combined with the latest in science and technology, and journey of self-care with Knesko’s gemstone-infused products, which are immersed with positive and loving energy – both physically and spiritually.
For me, it was my first time experiencing something from that far on live video call and feeling the effects in how relaxed and calm my mind was. I had to get more into the brand and the healing energy that was discussed, and so I did. I do want to mention that Knesko’s principle belief is that beautiful skin is a reflection of balanced energy within the body, which is why the Knesko collagen mask collections combine revolutionary skincare technology with powerful Reiki energy. Reiki is not new but is here for centuries. Reiki is a healing therapy that is based on the concept that disease, stress, and illness is a direct result of energy imbalances within the body. By correcting these imbalances, the body is able to return to its harmonic state and heal itself from within. Reiki works on Chakras throughout the body by improving the vital energy flow as it promotes healing. Chakras are the energy centers within the body that help regulate its processes, from organ function to the immune system and emotions. There are 7 chakras positioned throughout the body – connected to the various organs and glands within the body, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, namely, Root Chakra (base of the spine, in tailbone area), Sacral Chakra (Lower abdomen), Solar Plexus Chakra (upper abdomen), Heart Chakra (center of chest), throat chakra (throat), third-eye chakra (forehead between the eyes), crown chakra (very top of the head). This is very brief information, there is more detail here and also you can search more on any search engine.
Now, what is special in Knesko Masks and what is the relation of the chakras, healing energy to the gemstones and Knesko products. Gemstones have long been known to possess great healing powers, balance specific chakras (aka energy centers), and enhance skin’s natural healing powers. The technology used by Knesko blends in the special properties in terms of the tiny particles of precious minerals and gemstones deep within the skin for maximum absorption so that skin is healthy and can replenish itself through the natural process of skin rejuvenation.
The natural and clean ingredients in the Nano Gold and Diamond Powder not only rejuvenate the skin but the combination of these ingredients with other active elements such as marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide (vitamin B3) becomes a powerful dose to help stimulate body’s natural regenerative processes to combat signs of ageing and give a youthful lit-from-within radiant skin.
Knesko Nano Gold Collagen Mask Repair Collection helps address common areas of concern such as fine lines, loss of elasticity, and dryness. The masks are designed to treat not only the face but also the eyes, neck, lips, decollete areas. The masks are infused with nano gold and polypeptides which helps to improve the look of skin at any age. The skin healing properties of colloidal gold and marine collagen combine to deliver age-defying benefits including the appearance of minimized redness, reduced inflammation, and improved elasticity. The full face mask is perfect for a firm, lifted, and hydrated skin. The gold eye mask helps with the puffiness as well as crow’s feet. The neck and decollete are the frequently overlooked area on the body and with the Nano Gold Repair neck and decollete masks combo, the neck and chest area looks and feels firm, hydrated, and smooth.
Knesko Diamond Radiance Mask Collection promotes brightening and hydration to help energize the skin and combat signs of ageing and fatigue. Diamond powder in these masks helps achieve even skin tone, brightening, hydration and luminosity. Diamond facial masking is especially ideal for addressing areas of concern including discoloration, dullness, large pores, and fine lines. Diamond Radiance Eye Mask helps with dark circles, fines lines, and dryness – the result is a smooth, radiant youthful eye area. Diamond Radiance Collagen Lip Mask gently exfoliates, helps with dry, rough lips to make them soft, supple, soothed, and hydrated. The diamond microspheres in the lip mask penetrate the areas around the lips – including the upper lip beneath the nose and a portion of the chin – where age spots and pigmentation can be a problem. Knesko diamond neck and decollete treatment mask deliver benefits to the neck and chest area making it smooth, youthful, and radiant.
I do use the leftover serum from the masks in the packaging and massage it into the skin later once I remove the mask. I have been using these masks every week or biweekly depending on how my skin looks and feels.
To enhance the healing benefits of the face and eye masks, the Reiki-charged rose quartz gemstone roller is a great tool. It is a time-honoured beauty tool since the 7th century to encourage lymphatic drainage, circulation, collagen production and soothing. Every dual-edge, antioxidant gemstone roller is handcrafted from fair trade rose quartz and dipped in rose gold. It can be stored in the refrigerator for a refreshing cooling sensation during use. When applying either style of mask, gently roll the gemstone roller over the mask for maximum delivery of nutrients to the deepest layers of the skin.
Overall, I feel positive and see my skin is more radiant and healthy than it was. The results from the masks are instant and they do stay for quite a while. The Rose Quartz Roller has been a very calming, relaxing, and soothing to my skin, especially while using the masks. This is the skincare ritual I look forward to doing in this challenging situation we are in these days. I would highly recommend you to check Knesko Nano Gold Repair and Diamond Radiance Masks along with the roller here.*Press samples
Royal Fern is a skincare range founded by Dr. Timm Golueke, a renowned dermatologist, based on his interest sparked by the study where fern extracts were used in the treatment of melanoma patients with encouraging results. With the research and approach Dr. Golueke followed after the initial interest, it led to a very successful range of products with cutting edge cosmetic science, called Royal Fern. The formulas are luxurious and effective at the same time, composed of the best in class ingredients. I have been using a few products, in deluxe sizes from the brand, few of which are already empty. The kit is perfect for someone who is new to the brand or is travelling and want to carry the favourites while on the go.
The Royal Fern Facial Travel Kit comprises of 5 products, suitable for all skin types:
Phytoactive Cleansing Balm (50ml) – a gentle cleansing balm, very lightweight in texture and feel, apply and massages well into the skin. The skin is clean as well as nourished at the same time.
Phytoactive Anti-Aging Eye Cream (5ml) – It is very refreshing, not very thick, but lightweight and creamy – makes the eye area hydrating and reduces puffiness around the eye area.
Phytoactive Anti-Aging Cream (15ml) – It is a very nice, lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer, does not feels oily on the skin, absorbs well without any residue. works well under makeup or even during the night.
Phytoactive Hydra-Firm Intense Mask (15ml) – a beautiful luxurious texture of this mask makes the masking ritual very relaxing. Skin feels nourished, supple and radiant after using the mask. It can also be used as an overnight mask.
1 Phytoactive Anti-Oxidative Ampoule and 1 Phytoactive Illuminating Ampoule work well to regenerate and illuminate the skin respectively. Phytoactive Anti-Oxidative Ampoule is for the evenings when your skin has been subjected to stress, for example after excessive sun or in cities with high levels of pollution. Phytoactive Illuminating Ampoule helps the skin before important appointments or occasions.
“What with changes of climate, intensive sun exposure, dry air in airplanes, chlorinated water, and heightened environmental stressors, travel can be hard on the skin – making it drier or more sensitive. If this happens, supplement your care as needed with thin additional layers of cream, ideally containing plenty of antioxidants – these boost the skin during such high-impact phases. A Phytoactive Anti-Oxidative Ampoule, for example, offers the perfect supplementary care.” Dr. Timm Golueke, dermatologist & founder Royal Fern Skincare.
A lovely brand and beautiful products with solid science backing them up, Royal Fern Travel Facial Kit is the perfect way to try the brand or to keep your favourites with you while on the go. Royal Fern Products, including this kit, is available at royalfern.com, and Holt Renfrew.*Press samples