I am still swooning over the Guerlain Summer by Terracotta 2018 Collection which I reviewed here and I have two more reasons to be excited with the two limited editions for the famous Guerlain Terracotta line. I am talking about Guerlain Terracotta Sahara Jewel and Guerlain Terracotta Sous les Palmiers which are both limited edition powders this summer. You may find many references of the Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powders for the quality, performance, their amazing fragrance, and the packaging many times on my blog and on my social handles.
Guerlain Terracotta Sahara Jewel
Guerlain Terracotta Sahara Jewel is all about the natural golden glow which this powder gives to the skin with the warmth and color of it, envisioning the journey to the heart of the desert. ‘Irresistible for use on the face and décolleté, the Terracotta bronzing and blush powder is set to be the collector’s item of the summer: the combination of the best-selling, subtly iridescent Terracotta 03 shade, which warms all complexions, and a rosy shade to highlight your sun-kissed glow. The colorss can be used separately or blended in a flash to even out a tan and warm the complexion. It creates a natural result on skin that stays true all day long.
This collector’s jewel compact in a soft shade and decorated with the legendary Terracotta sun can be reused once the powder is finished.’
Guerlain Terracotta Sous les Palmiers
Guerlain Terracotta Sous les Palmiers is an oversized limited edition powder, envisioning a sunlit break in the shade of the palm trees, it blends into the skin to give warmth and colour to beautifully enhance a natural golden glow. ‘Irresistible for use on the face and décolleté, the Terracotta bronzing and blush powder is set to be the collector’s item of the summer: the combination of the best-selling, subtly iridescent Terracotta 03 shade, which warms all complexions, and a coral shade to highlight your sun-kissed glow. The colours can be used separately or blended in a flash to even out a tan and warm the complexion. It creates a natural result on skin that stays true all day long. This collector’s jewel compact decorated with precious palm leaves can be reused once the powder is finished.’
Both the powders are limited edition and everything from the packaging and the formula is worth checking out and worth falling in love, no doubt Guerlain bronzers are my all-time favorite.
‘The Terracotta powder’s fragrance sweeps you away to the heart of the desert. Ylang-ylang and orange blossom notes create the feeling of a cocoon. They blend with sunny-faceted notes of tonka bean and vanilla, which embody the essence of Terracotta. A touch of white musk adds a softness to this irresistible fragrance. Your senses are awakened and instantly transported elsewhere.’
As mentioned, I am a fan of the Guerlain formulas and their effectiveness. The powder has a very fine texture and shade. It is soft and blends in beautifully into the skin. The formula is buildable and gives the most beautiful glow to the skin like so supreme yet natural. The staying power is another great thing about the formula, it stays on all day without any touch-ups. The ingredients include a fine blend of pigments that help with the dullness while creating a healthy natural glow.
The two shades can be used as a bronzer and blush respectively. They both can be used together to give a subtle natural glow by applying it in the ‘figure of 3’, starting from the forehead to the cheekbones and down to the chin to recreate a freshly sun-kissed glow. The shade works pretty well for my medium tan skin tone as a setting powder, as a highlighter, and also buildable to give me that beautiful natural bronze. The powders blend in so nicely into my skin tone giving the natural radiance and healthy glow to the skin. Follow me on my Instagram to see my everyday natural makeup looks and tips for these beautiful products.
I would highly recommend you to check these powders out if you are looking for a new bronzing powder, or you want to restock your favorite bronzer in a bigger size, or even if you are a collector and lover of Guerlain products like me. Guerlain Terracotta Sahara Jewel and Guerlain Terracotta Sous les Palmiers are available at Guerlain Counters and Boutiques, The Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sephora.
Scents are so personal, they have the tendency to change you and your mood. It is a way of communicating your feelings, your mind, and your heart. Gucci Bloom is a floral fragrance capturing the spirit of the contemporary, diverse, and authentic women envisioned as a thriving garden of flowers. This is the first Gucci fragrance envisioned under Alessandro Michele’s creative vision, Blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, the fragrance is created to unfold like its name.
“I wanted a green fragrance, a courageous scent that transports you to a vast garden filled with many flowers and plants, a bouquet of abundance. The garden is as beautiful as women are; colorful, wild, diverse, where there is everything. Gucci Bloom smells of this garden in order to travel to a place that is not there,” Alessandro Michele.
The top note is Tuberose, middle note is Jasmine, and the base note is Orris root. ‘Natural Tuberose absolute harvested from India is interlaced with natural Jasmine absolute. Jasmine bud extract, obtained through an exclusive method of co-extraction that blends a natural quality of jasmine and captive molecules to impart a fresh green and petal scent on the skin. Gucci Bloom also features notes of another plant used in perfume-making for the first time, the Rangoon Creeper. Discovered in South India, the Rangoon Creeper embodies the new scent’s concept and name, as it changes color from white, gradually darkens to pink then finally to red when it blooms. The vine’s flowers are redolent with a slightly powdery feminine floral perfume.’
‘A vintage powder pink shades the lacquered porcelain square-shaped bottle, appliquéd with the Gucci label ribbed and framed in black. The outer carton is covered inside and outside in Herbarium, a red-and-white toile de Jouy House print of leaves, cherry branches and flowers framed in black.’
Gucci Bloom is a soft, calm, happy, and pleasant floral fragrance. A simple white floral dominated with tuberose, jasmine, and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle along with green notes also add freshness to the scent. The sandalwood adds a nice woody undertone, there is vanilla which is not much detectable. that starts strong but gets a little subtle after some time, means it is the quiet office-friendly scent. The scent lingers around for almost a whole day on my skin.
Been a fan of IT Cosmetics CC cream and other base makeup products from the brand, and not to forget the makeup brushes, which I have collected almost over 20 in the last few years, the brand and range of products has always amazed me. The products I am going to discuss in this post are my first indulgence into the skincare from the brand. The products are developed with plastic surgeons and are clinically tested, innovative, problem-solving using the latest technologies and high-performance formulas. I have more details on the IT Cosmetics Confidence range which includes Confidence in a Cleanser, Confidence in an Eye Cream, and Confidence in a Cream below which is part of the series of skincare products which I have been using and are on rotation since the last few months.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser
Confidence in a Cleanser is described as a skin-transforming hydrating cleansing serum in one-step skincare solution that gently cleanses and moisturizes while leaving the skin feeling soft, refreshed, and perfectly balanced. It is ideal for all skin types and is even ophthalmologist-tested for the sensitive eye area. The cleanser is sulfate-free and soap-free, removes makeup, even the waterproof eye makeup. The cleanser features proprietary Anti-aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate, plus other high-performance ingredients to help with cleansing as well as skin care benefits.
I have combination skin and this cleanser has worked really well for it although it is suitable for all skin types even the oilier ones. It cleans the skin and at the same time provides a soothing and relaxing feel to the skin. It is hydrating to the extent that it does not breaks me out, my skin feels clean, comfortable, and fresh. I use it as my first cleanse in the morning or second cleanse in the evening. A little is enough for one time use, the texture is creamy and it washes off pretty well without giving any feeling of residue on the skin.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream
Confidence in an Eye Cream is a best-selling eye cream from the brand as is described to provide the skin-loving benefits as well as perfect to transform the entire eye area to its better self. It is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones. The moisturizing eye cream features an exclusive apricot tint that color-corrects and brightens the look instantly for more wide-awake eyes. It is created with proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate, Drops of Light Technology, a super ceramide complex, chrysin, licorice root, avocado, squalane, and other high-performance ingredients, and works to hydrate, smooth, and refresh – improving the look of firmness and reducing the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, lines, and wrinkles. It is a really nice addition to my eye creams. I am really liking how moisturizing and brightening it is. I do agree with the claims mentioned above, my eye area feels fresh, smooth, and is well hydrated with this eye cream. It does not cause any issues with my sensitive eyes. My eye area is brighter and during the day, I have no issues with applying makeup over it.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
Confidence in a Cream is described as a super moisturizing, quick-absorbing formula that transforms the skin with each application by boosting the skin’s natural regenerative cycle for a supple, healthier, younger-looking appearance. The proprietary Anti-Agin Armour Regenerative Concentrate is activated upon contact to immerse the skin in moisture and reduce the look of pores, discoloration, lines, and wrinkles. It also includes an exclusive concentrate that combines collagen and hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines and wrinkles, while niacin, peptides, a super ceramide complex and other active ingredients smooth texture, intensely hydrate and enhance firmness. It is a nice moisturizer which is moisturizing as well as provides some nice skincare benefits, the ingredients are the ones I am very impressed with. It works well with my combination skin type, but I would say I prefer is both times during all seasons except summer and in summer, I like it in my nightly skincare routine. It makes my skin smooth, even, and healthier looking. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any residue and also is a great base for makeup.
As much as I am a fan of the makeup products from the brand, these three products have raised my bar high for the next product I will try from them. I would recommend you to check these out if you are looking for something that starts working instantly and gives you benefits for the long run. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser, Confidence in an Eye Cream, and Confidence in a Cream are available at ITCosmetics.ca and Sephora Canada.
As a professional woman in this modern world, I am always drawn towards multi-purpose and skin-kind formulas that perform. I always reach for products that are simple to use, work well for my skin, and enhance my look with fewer steps and fewer products. lilah b. has a minimalistic collection of color with high performance and are multi-purpose that offer classic colors with sophisticated twists and luxurious textures. lilah b. products are formulated without gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. They are vegan and cruelty-free.
lilah b. believes in ‘We believe with less, you are more.’ and allows women to achieve a finished look with fewer products, encouraging movement to declutter, minimize, and simplify. The brand’s thoughtfully-designed, stone-shaped sleek and modern compacts, inspired by the beaches of Southern Italy, reiterate the company’s grab-and-go minimalist approach.
Lilah pays homage to a mentor in the life of the founder of the brand and the b. stands for beauty, which is cleverly worked into product shade names like b. fearless, b. lovely, and b. original. I have been using and loving the Glisten & Glow, Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, and Palette Perfection Eye Quad from the brand.
lilah b. Glisten & Glow
Glisten & Glow (CAD $80) is described as a multipurpose, all-over skin illuminator with skincare benefits. ‘Awaken and revitalize a dull complexion with this luxurious whipped formula. As part of an overall beauty routine, healthy, radiant skin becomes instantly attainable when worn alone or as an all-over base for our Flawless Finish foundation. Impart an uplifting glow as a brow highlighter, illuminate and sculpt cheekbones, contour a nose or define a cupid’s bow with a natural-looking candlelit luminosity.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・Black Currant Seed Oil Extract and Sunflower Oil Concentrate: effectively reduces inflammation and stimulate repair to replenish natural skin radiance
・Carotenoids, Plant Sterols and Essential Fatty Acids: helps strengthen skin’s complexion and visibly improve brightness and vitality
・Brown Sea Algae: contains skin firming properties to help improve texture and tone
This is a very subtle highlighter and glides on effortlessly on the skin. The shade is light champagne and is sheer but buildable. It gives the most natural glow, makes the skin look fresh, dewy, and luminous. The texture of the product is creamy and soft. It is the perfect all-over highlighter, I use it on my brow bone, highpoints of my cheeks, a little on the centre of my brows going towards the forehead, the bridge of my nose, my collar bones, and even the top of the arms if I am wearing the sleeveless top. The added skincare benefits into the products are a plus.
lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek
Divine Duo Lip & Cheek (CAD $56) is defined as a multipurpose, long-wearing, creamy lip and cheek duo with a luxurious matte finish. ‘Long-wearing yet creamy and moisturizing, our innovative formulation provides blendable and buildable color – perfect for day and night. Apply as a cream eyeshadow for the ultimate multitasker.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・ Coconut Oil: smooths and moisturizes
・Aloe: contains soothing and moisturizing properties
・Agar: leaves skin hydrated and glowing
I really like the multi-purpose use of the products from this brand. The creamy texture of this lip & cheek duo blends so well into the skin on the cheeks and looks great on the lips, without making my lip drier or emphasizing the dryness. The pigmentation is as to give a nice color and buildable as required. It does works great as an eyeshadow too. I really like the shade b.true which is mauve and pink kind of shade. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and nice natural pinky lips on my skin tone. This shade would be great for most of the skin tones for the natural flush and color.
lilah b. Palette Perfection Eye Quad
Palette Perfection Eye Quad (CAD $78) is described as an all-in-one eyeshadow quad with long-wearing, versatile formulations to take your look from subtle to bold, day to night. ‘An all-in-one eyeshadow quad with long-wearing, versatile formulations to take your look from subtle to bold, day to night. Each palette is created with shade combinations for unlimited eye looks. Apply dry to achieve a simple dusting of color, or apply wet to bring out the highly pigmented nature of the shadows, creating exquisite, intense hues. The darkest shade in your favorite palette easily becomes your liner, or apply to define brows, and dust the lightest shade to highlight and accent.’
Key Ingredients + Benefits:
・Marigold Extract: improves the appearance of skin hydration and elasticity
・Coconut Oil: leaves skin supple and moisturized
・Aloe: provides moisturizing properties for smooth, creaseless application
・Agar: leaves skin hydrated and glowing
The palette b. stunning is a perfect combination of four brown brown/neutral shades that I wear every day. I use the light champagne shade as a highlighter in between my eyes, the Browns are great for a simple everyday eye look. For a nighttime look, I just wet my brush and apply to the palette and get even more intense hues. The darkest brown shade can be applied wet as an eyeliner. The look is simple but chic which I always prefer. It is a multi-use palette, perfect for both day and night, natural and chic, night and intense kind of look.
From top to bottom – Glisten & Glow, Divine Duo Lip & Cheek – b.true, Palette Perfection Eye Quad – b.stunning
Overall, a really nice, as-claimed multi-purpose products that work and perform. Everything about the products, their packaging is classic and elegant. lilah b. products are available at Sephora.ca, Holt Renfrew, Net-A-Porter, lilahbeauty.com (in the USA).
Darphin Paris has some amazing products which work so well for what they are formulated for, which is why there is always at least one product from Darphin in the rotation in my skincare routine every day, there are days when I use more. Darphin products have most precious botanicals and natural ingredients, Darphin’s beautifully aromatic formulas offer the perfect blend of pleasure and performance. I have reviewed few in the past which I still love and few I have already emptied. Darphin Illuminating Oil Serum and Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream reviewed here are already empty and they were loved by my skin, so are Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream of which the fluid is empty and the cream is a little left. One more favorite which I have recommended to most of my friends, colleagues, and even most of you who asked me by messaging me is the Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Eye Cream which is hands down one of my favorite eye cream, I still have a little less than half of it and can’t stop having it in rotation. So what I meant to say is I have loved everything I have tried and used from the brand. In this post, I am compiling a few products new to me which I have been testing since February this year and wanted to share with you guys.
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood is described as a cleansing balm that transforms with water into a silky milk texture to leave skin pristinely clean, smooth, supple, and luminously radiant. ‘ Indulge in a blissful, purifying spa experience. Exquisite aromatic pleasure engulfs the senses as this opulent balm entraps impurities, nourishes the skin, and relieves tightness. The balm transforms with water into a silky, non-oily, noncomedogenic milk to leave skin pristinely clean, smooth, supple, and luminously radiant. The formula features marula oil, sage, ylang-ylang, and rosewood essential oils to hydrate and nourish skin while imparting a relaxing scent. ‘
I have used different cleansing balms and cleansing oils due to my love and passion for skincare and always have a few on rotation. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm is a beautiful product with some really nice ingredients, which not only work to cleanse but also to impart a beautiful glow and relaxing ritual in the routine. The balm melts into the skin to remove the makeup if you are using as first cleanse and to remove impurities if used as a second cleanse in the evening or first cleanse in the morning. The balm has a clean aromatic smell and a little is enough to melt away the makeup, even the mascara in an effective manner. I apply a small amount on my dry face, including eyes and then massage it.
If I use it as a second cleanse or as first cleanse in the morning, I do massage it into the skin and then wipe off with a hot cloth. If not using the hot cloth, the oily texture becomes creamy like milk when combined with water and is rinsed well with it. My face feels clean and soft, radiant and no residue. I have used it as a mask too and works so well for deep cleansing and purifying. A little goes a long way, I highly recommend you to check this out for its effectiveness, gentle formula, and results as a cleanser whether you use makeup or not.
Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask
Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask is a 2-in-1 mask which has two products in one serving different purposes and works perfectly as a routine. The packaging has step 1 and 2 embossed on it so that it is easy to get started.
Step 1: It is the white creamy side of the packaging called Instant Purifying Mask which helps refine skin texture and unclogs pores with Kaolin Clay.
Step 2: It is the peachy golden color creamy texture formula called Instant Illuminating Mask which weightlessly hydrates and enhances radiance with Hyaluronic Acid and essential oils of citrus, florals, ginger, and cedarwood. Instantly, skin looks healthy, freshly plumped and blossoms with radiance.
I have used it twice and sometimes thrice in a week. It works great on the lazy evenings as well as when skin needs some help with purifying and radiance. I apply the step 1 Instant Purifying Mask on the cleansed skin and then keep it on for 5-10 minutes. I rinse the wash and pat it dry. Then I follow with Step 2 Instant Illuminating Mask and keep it on for 10-15 minutes. Then I massage the rest of the product onto the skin and no rinsing, like an overnight treatment. The masks are not to be applied around the delicate eye area. I notice my skin is calm, fresh, and radiant in the morning. The pores look clean and skin feels soft. I have noticed regular masking keeps my skin soft, bright and helps with congestion.
Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream
Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream is described as a sensuous, cocooning cream that visibly enhances elasticity and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles for a firmer look and feel. ‘Exquisâge infuses life to your skin to complement your attitude and reveal your radiant inner beauty. Thanks to the breakthrough “CelluVie™ Complex” and skin strengthening Probiotics, this sensuous cocooning cream rapidly replenishes skin with comforting moisture and protection. Elasticity is visibly enhanced for a firmer look and feel. Lines and wrinkles are softened. Luminosity is boosted to reveal a radiant glow that enlivens the beauty of your complexion.’
I have used this alternatively with the Ideal Resource until spring but now I have been using the Exquisâge which I think is perfect for all year round. The formula is rich yet light-weight, absorbs fast into the skin, not greasy and does not leaves residue or clog pores. It provides hydration and the skin is soft, calm, and comforting.
The aroma is pleasant and uplifts the mood when applying. With some really nice anti-oxidants, it is perfect if you are just starting to take care of your skin or looking for something antiaging or looking for a change from your current moisturizer or cream. This is one of those creams which works for my congestion prone skin. My skin looks radiant, smoother, and more refined with this cream. It works as a nice moisturizer for both day and night.
Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50
Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50 is described as a weightless, sheer fluid to protect skin with SPF 50, leaving it brighter and healthier-looking. ‘The strength of environmental protection in its most delicate form. Helps protect sensitive skin from pollution, including the eye area. With a gentle blend of 100% mineral UVA/UVB filters, this sheer, nude-toned fluid disappears on the skin leaving it smooth, luminous and comfortably protected.’
It is lightweight, and absorbs into the skin fast, does not makes the skin oily after a few hours. There is no residue from the product. I notice it leaves the skin glowing, not any white cast. It did not clog my pores or caused any irritation or breakouts. It works great both as a makeup base and as a sunscreen. The important thing is not to forget it to shake well before applying.
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil is described as a non-sticky oil for face, body, and hair, that leaves you with a sunkissed, youthful-looking glow. ‘Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil leaves a veil of shimmer for a sunkissed glow. Featuring the elegant Soleil Plaisir’s white floral fragrance, the non-greasy formula enhances and prolongs the look of a tan, softens skin, and improves suppleness. ‘
The oil absorbs quickly and gives the gentlest beautiful glow to the face, hair, and body. In the sunlight, there is subtle sparkle which looks beautiful. It is hydrating and nourishing at the same time. On the hair, it looks beautiful too, slightest shimmer in the sunlight, perfect for the beach or for outings. There is a nice scent which is not overpowering and dissipates shortly after application.
Overall, some nice products from Darphin most of which are cult favorite or best sellers, I would highly recommend you to check this line for your skin concerns or if you have any questions about any of the product I reviewed above or before on my blog, you can always send me a message on my Instagram or in the comments section below. Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood, Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask, Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream, Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50, and Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil are available at Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by ShoppersDrugMart, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Darphin.com, Neiman Marcus.