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Shoppers Drug Mart is my go-to spot when I am looking for any hair, makeup, skincare, accessories, fragrances for all drugstore, medium to high-end brands. Here I have a roundup of the beauty products and accessories that are new at Shoppers Drug Mart – November 2017.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

I will have the products in different parts based on what category they belong to. First comes the skin care.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Life Brand Micellar Water (CAD $9.99) is a gentle cleansing formula that lifts away the dirt, oil, and makeup without over drying the skin. It is suitable for all skin types and is Dermatologist as well as ophthalmologist tested.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (CAD $3.29) are little black wipes that contain charcoal to detoxify and deep clean the skin. Tha pack consists of 10 wipes, perfect for travel, gym, and on the go.

Pixi Glow Tonic (CAD $20 – 100ml) is the famous glow tonic or in other words a toner from the brand Pixi. I have used it in the past and is a nice option if you have dull or uneven skin. This is the bestselling cult favorite toner which gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal brighter, glowing complexion. Skin tone is clearer, texture is smoother, and more even skin. It also balances, heals, and soothes to give radiant, healthier looking skin.

Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask (CAD $9.99) is a sheet mask which helps minimize the appearance of dark spots and various pigmentation irregularities for a more even complexion. It contains orange extract, licorice root, and Vitamin C. The skin is more radiant and luminous.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Joe Fresh Hydra Lash Nourishing Mascara (CAD $12)  is a soft, creamy formulation which is enriched with argan oil for nourished, softer-looking lashes. The silicone brush coats lashes from root to tip.

Pixi Liplift Max in Sheer Rose (CAD $20) is a volume maximizing lip treatment that leaves a cooling sensation and glossy finish. Jojoba oil in it nourishes and deeply hydrates the lips. It gives a long-term plumping effect with a fresh mint flavor.

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz (CAD $16) is a collection of six must-have eyeshadow shades curated to dazzle and define eyes. The mineral formula is very smooth and glides easily onto the skin, does not smudges. The palette has a variety of unique texture ranging from matte to satin to glow, giving maximum versatility.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Cocoa (CAD $16) is a waterproof long-wear eye pencil that glides on to the eyelids in a no smudge gel formula and has a good staying power. It has rich pigment to give an intense color of a liquid in an easy to use pencil.

Quo lip and cheek tint in Bloom (CAD $14) is a multi-tasking lip and cheek tint in a beautiful bright pink shade.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Pump in Nude in Town (CAD $24) is an ultra-shiny, smooth, and hydrating lip plumping gloss that features LipSwell which is a natural oil infusion and glassy shine technology. The extreme volume moisture gloss formula has 3XL peptide plump complex which leaves lips looking lustrous, moisturized, and perfectly plumped.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Cake Beauty The WaveMaker Beach Spray (CAD $19) helps renew and tousle the hair with this natural product. The packaging of this spray is very sleek and luxe.

The Stylize Elastics (CAD $12.99) has been a part of daily hair routine for either me or my daughter. These new stylish elastics have a collection of black, gold, and jeweled styles.

Secret Collection Silky Knee Highs 2 pairs (CAD $7.99) are sleek and sophisticated knee highs perfect for pairing with cold weather outfits. They provide sheer coverage with stretch, comfort, and durability.

I have tried all of these products for more than few times and really enjoy using them. It is always exciting to know what newness has come in stores and online and these products are all perfect and suitable for fall and winter months.

You can these out in stores at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart. Do you see anything you need or would like to try?

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Leonor Greyl is a pioneer in natural hair care since 1968 and creates high performance and effective quality products based on an innovative concept that combines treatment with beauty, using only the highest quality naturally active ingredients. Leonor Greyl has 40 concentrated, unique high-quality natural products, with deliciously aromatic fragrances of fruits and flowers. The products are silicone, coal-tar, paraben, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate free and environment-friendly. No animal testing is done on the products. This editorial is about my experience with Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris products.

Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris

My hair has been through different phases, they are different now from what they were before my pregnancy and delivery. Hormonal, environmental, and lifestyle are the main factors that contribute to not just your health, mood, skin, but also hair. My scalp is sometimes itchy, flaky, and I did experience my share of hair fall now and then.  At the end, the things that work for me are hair care with a healthy lifestyle. There is no permanent solution but it is an ongoing process of caring. And here I am caring and sharing what I have been using since last month and is becoming a favorite ritual of my hair care routine.

The Purifying and Calming Treatment comprise of three products Regenerescence Naturelle, Creme aux Fleurs, and Bain Traitant a la Propolis. This treatment compensates the scalp’s deficiencies, removes dandruff and soothes itchy sensations. It works to purify the scalp and restore an instant and long-lasting sense of well being.

Regenerescence Naturelle

Regenerescence Naturelle is described as a cocktail of botanical oils which help increase blood circulation, purify the scalp, stimulate hair growth and fortifies hair. The Borage and Mimosa Tenuiflora oils have the regenerating properties which when combined with purifying benefits of essential oils restore life to dull, lifeless hair. That also gently removes dead skin cells and product buildup.

Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris

 

Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris

Creme aux Fleurs

Creme aux Fleurs is described as a washing and calming treatment cream for irritated scalps. The natural ingredients in this washing cream moisturize and provide an instant sensation of well-being to the irritated scalp. It is a sulfate-free formula which neutralizes scalp’s sensitivity while restoring softness to dry, damaged, and frizzy hair.

Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris

Bain Traitant a la Propolis

Bain Traitant a la Propolis is described as a gentle dandruff treatment shampoo. The formula is a mixture of propolis with a cocktail of botanical active ingredients to prevent the development of microbial flora and itching sensations, which is one of the conditions for dandruff. This shampoo gently removes dandruff conditions and ensures proper hygiene of scalp.

Hair Purifying and Calming Treatment with Leonor Greyl Paris

Now the question is how I do the Purifying and Calming Treatment? I apply Regenerescence Naturelle on my dry scalp, gently massage for few seconds. Then I mix a little amount of Creme aux Fleurs and Bain Traitant a la Propolis together. I apply the mixture to the scalp where I applied Regenerescence Naturelle. I Massage gently to ensure even distribution and application. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, O start emulsifying it by adding small amounts of water. Then I rinse thoroughly. The result is calm, soothed scalp with soft and shiny hair. I would also like to mention again, the products smell so beautiful, it does uplift the mood and feels like you are indulging in the ritual. The main question you might have in mind is how long does the scalp stay calm, the answer is until the conditions for dandruff and irritation are again feasible, means the scalp is hygienic and clean will keep it calm and soothed. The flakiness on my scalp is also no more present. A healthy scalp means a good place for hair growth. I have been very impressed with these products and this line. I am definitely going to try more from this line, especially the hair masks and styling products as the products have suited my scalp and hair very well.

If you want to try the products, they are available in deluxe sizes which are also perfect if you are traveling. Leonor Greyl Paris products are available on Leonor Greyl Paris Website, Net-A-Porter, Cult Beauty, Nordstrom, and SpaceNK.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


With Mending and Extending the hair,  I mean mending the hair already in need of help and extend the hairstyle in the way to delay the hair wash. I have Morocconoil Mending Infusion and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo which I have been using and thought to share with you guys. For me, I do use heat on my hair twice a week which makes me more concerned about the health of my hair, particularly dry and brittle ends. And to delay using heat on my hair, I like to use a dry shampoo.

Morocconoil Mending Infusion and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Morocconoil Mending Infusion

Morocconoil Mending Infusion (CAD $37) is described as an advanced argan-oil infused lotion-serum that not only mends hair to provide a frictionless finish but also nourishes, conditions and helps to strengthen hair. Additionally, the ultra-lightweight formula provides long-lasting benefits that help prevent future damage over time, resulting in healthier-looking, touchably-soft and silky hair with each use.

The key ingredients include Argan Oil(help restore elasticity, smoothness, and manageability to hair while imparting brilliant shine), Galactoarabinan(it provides vital moisture and helps restore a healthy look to the hair), Baobab Extract(to improve elasticity and increase hair strength), Panthenol/Provitamin B5 (hair conditioning agent and moisturizer to enhance hair shine), Coconut Alkanes(provides a smooth feel and shine, while aiding in spreadability of the hair), and Hydrolyzed Quinoa(help restore hair’s strength).

Morocconoil Mending Infusion

I use it at the ends of my dry hair after washing or during the week. After using this, the hair feels moisturized and the split and brittle ends do not appear to be much noticeable. The consistency of the product is light cream like and it smells almost same like the Morrocconoil treatment which I reviewed here. It is not oily or does not makes the ends oily, just smooth and better version of the hair ends. I do feel my hair silky and soft after using this on the ends. Morocconoil Mending Infusion is available at Morocconoil official website and Sephora Canada.

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo(CAD $39) is described to revives hair with naturally derived powders that absorb excess oil and impurities. It is suitable for all hair types. It calms the senses with an aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang-ylang.

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

My scalp gets oily after a day or two after washing and I tend to use a dry shampoo to extend my hairstyle and delay the hair wash. I like the smell of this dry shampoo and it does what it is supposed to do, soaks up oil from scalp. It makes the hair silky and fresh. The only issue I have with this is the packaging of the product, there is no control over how much product you want out, and for me, it is always too much, so either I try to shake a bit over the scalp or just have it on the palm of my hand and then apply to the scalp. It is very fine powder and dissipates quickly without leaving the white cast. Other than that, the formula is good, smells really good and does not leave the white powder or white stuff in the hair. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo is available at Aveda official website.

Overall, both these products have been a nice addition to my hair care routine. I would recommend both of these if you are looking to mend and extend your hair and hairstyle.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


To celebrate the approaching year-end festivities, the new launches from Mugler are described to offer an original, charming, captivating array of products bringing up the iconic designer dash to all its newness and ensuring heavenly moment discovering them. The newness consists of the Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017 and Alien Beauty Rituals, of which, I will be writing about the Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017, Alien Beautifying Hair Mist from the Alien Beauty Rituals line.

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017, Alien Beautifying Hair Mist

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017 ( CAD $98 – 25ml) is limited edition bottle which has a funky and psychedelic image with its modern lines, graphic design, pop colors and textured effects and is a perfect accessory to highlight the famous star bottle. This is the second year Angel is offering the brand-new look to Angel. The unique cover for the angel bottle is designed to magnify as well as protect it. This second limited edition bottle has a pop of colors with a contemporary design. Bright shades on the cover collide to bring out the beauty of the Angel bottle.

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017, Alien Beautifying Hair Mist

The fragrance in this limited edition collector’s edition is the favorite Angel Eau de Parfum. Angel, Mugler’s star fragrance, was created in 1992. This is a gourmand fragrance which has a bewitching, carnal and glamorous femininity. The top notes of the fragrance are Bergamot and Mandarine, middle notes are Passion Fruit, Peach, and Apricot, the base notes are Patchouli, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Caramel. This is more of feminine fragrance than masculine for me, but it does, for sure, something you will either love or hate, I do like it by the way.

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017, Alien Beautifying Hair Mist

Since this fragrance was first launched, it one of its kind and there are many other fragrances that are inspired by it and are versions of it. The star shape of the bottle is very easy to cradle in the palm of the hand. It is a perfect travel companion and looks great in the handbag. The scent works both for the day and night. And last but not the least, it looks great and in addition to one’s art collection or on the vanity.

I also reviewed Angel Night Eau de Parfum here which has top notes of Bergamot, middle notes are Praline and Hedione, base notes are Patchouli, Vanilla, and Musk.

Mugler Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017 is available at Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and Murale.

Alien Beauty Rituals

Alien Beautifying Hair Mist ($50 – 30ML) is part of Alien’s Perfume collection which has a new addition of 4 essential products for the body called Alien Beauty Rituals. All the products in the ritual can be used alone layered together to prolong the pleasure of wearing Alien. Mugler Alien Beauty Rituals include Moisturizing Shower Milk, Beautifying Body Lotion, Beautifying Body Cream and Beautifying Hair Mist. The Alien Beautifying Hair Mist delicately scents the hair with the sun-drenched, mysterious notes of Alien. The bottle is perfect travel size and the dispenser works nicely to delicately dispense the product to the hair.

Angel Arty Cover Edition 2017, Alien Beautifying Hair Mist

Alien Beautifying Hair Mist is a perfuming ritual for hair. The dispenser has a light, intangible mist that settles on the hair, perfuming it. The rich notes of this women’s perfume parallel women’s strengths: powerful jasmine sambac and cashmeran wood, rich and mellow white amber create a fragrance to unleash every woman’s celestial being. The scent is pure, soft and innocent. I have used it on my hair a few times already, the scent stays on for the whole day and also the smell is lighter and soft from the original Alien fragrance.

Alien Beautifying Hair Mist is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora.ca, Shopper’s Drug Mart, thebay.com, beautyboutique.ca, Murale, and Jean Coutu.

 

*DISCLAIMER – These products were sent to ‘The Velvet Life’ as press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Hair care is a part of self-care and keeping the scalp and hair healthy plays an important role when it comes to how you feel about yourself. There are days when my scalp is itchy, irritated, and flaky, which makes me look out for products that will relieve me from the stress and the action of my hand going to my scalp every time I feel the itch. Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment has been with me since few years and I have repurchased it a few times already. The only issue is the bottle is really cute but very small, like each bottle serves me four to five uses for my medium wavy hair. But it has worked really well for me, that is the biggest plus point. Anyways let me go to some details from the Phyto Paris and how it worked for me in detail.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment (CAD $53 – 25ml) is described as a potent blend of essential oils that balances the scalp and deters dandruff. It instantly purifies and stimulates the scalp with the natural extracts of rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus, and lemon. It is defined to be an ideal scalp treatment to energize and fortify sensitive, weak and anemic hair. It is recommended for those suffering from an unbalanced scalp whether is dry, oily, itchy, or irritated.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

For itchy, irritated, flaky or dandruff, the reason can be anyone amongst environmental, seasonal, hormonal or other health problem but the outcomes are almost same when you experience it. For me, my scalp tends to get itchy and irritated during the time when the season changes and also when I am using some styling products and not using a deep cleanser for my scalp which I should do every other week or so. There can be multiple factors which I may be missing, like the stress of day to day life can have a different kind of impact on different people or I might have a deficiency of something, most of the times, my family physician recommends me Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D which I am consistently low on. Anyways, I will come to the main point, how this scalp treatment worked for me.

Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment

I have used this scalp treatment as a pre-shampoo treatment and also as an overnight treatment. I do prefer to keep it overnight but works well in 20 minutes when I am in hurry. I section my hair, apply the oil through dropper nozzle and then massage my scalp. And that’s it. I feel my scalp is calm and soothed after the message with this scalp treatment. My hand does not go towards my scalp and does make me feel good about my scalp. Don’t forget to shampoo twice as I feel there is still oil in my hair after the first wash. After washing my hair, I feel the flakiness and itchiness are reduced after first used and with consistent use, I do feel the improvement. Moreover applying this and massaging it, inhaling the aroma of the essential oils does make a difference towards a healthier scalp. And healthier scalp means no itchiness, flakiness and a step towards good environment for hair growth.

This is a keeper for me, and I have repurchased it multiple times. Phyto Paris Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment is available at Phyto Canada, Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

Do you experience itchy, flaky or irritated scalp? What is your go-to product for itchy, flaky or irritated scalp?



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