Hair


When it comes to hair, I do have to work hard on them. I was blessed with beautiful thick wavy hair until the time I took care of my hair myself, then came the time I had chemical treatments, straightening, and what not which left my hair and scalp in dire need of help. Since then I am very particular in choosing the products and treatments for my scalp and hair. I do moisturize my scalp and hair before and after the wash, something which not only moisturizes but also nourishes and repairs them. I have been using Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender is an ultra-nourishing and protecting lavender oil treatment suitable for all hair types. The treatment contains a combination of oils which include lavender and palm oil which work to restore the hair’s elasticity leaving it feeling reinvigorated. Damaged hair will be restored to reveal hair that is more manageable, shiny and soft. Contains vitamin E to treat the scalp. Plant oils protect the density and shine of the hair color. Christophe Robin Lavender Oil treatment will protect your hair from the damage caused by the sea, sun and wind and other environmental elements that can damage hair.

I prefer to use this oil as a pre-shampoo treatment to nourish my hair and scalp. The lavender scent also makes it a relaxing ritual. When leaving it overnight, it is very soothing. It is very nourishing, increases softness and shine of the hair, helps prevent breakage, protects against damage caused by environment, restores hair. When using it after washing and drying hair, a little is all I need and gives moisture and shine to the hair plus provides UV rays protection. While using this for over four months almost, I still have almost half of the product left. My hair is soft, shiny, and healthy. The oil is solid at normal tempurature, I keep it under warm water for few moments and it liquifies.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream prevents hair from drying out, repairs split ends on hair damaged by color treatments, heat, over-processing, and restores the hair’s body and shine. This treatment, composed of 97.6% natural oils, helps to restore elasticity in hair fibers and prevents breakage. It also nourishes, moisturizes, and repairs the hair while protecting from sun, salt water, and chlorine. The non-greasy, non-sticky formula is enriched with moisturizing apricot kernel oil and extracts of sandalwood pulp to instantly penetrate into your hair — deeply hydrating it without weighing it down or altering the color. Complete with SPF 6 sun protection, it delivers beautiful shine and a subtle scent. It is formulated without parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, silicones, alcohol, ammonia, oxidants, colorants.

This is one of my favorite hair cream which I have been totally in love. I use it after every wash, either on my towel-dried hair and even after styling my hair, on the mid-lengths and ends. I take a pea-size of the product both on towel-dried and styled hair. It does not weigh down my dry medium fine wavy hair but my hair feels healthy, strong, and not dry. I do feel some shine and texture when using this. This is something I would always like to keep in my haircare routine. The cream does not feel greasy or oily but feels like it coats the hair without weighing it down.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream are available at Sephora Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, Space NK, Nordstrom, and Netaporter.

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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 Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask,  Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream,  Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50 Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil

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. ‘

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

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.

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

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.

Darphin Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask

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.’

Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream

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.

Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream

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.’

Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF50

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.

Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil

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.

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Okay guys, as asked by many of you about what I bought from the spring Sephora sale and promotions, I have the roundup of my haul below. I have purchased some new products and some products are repurchases. I usually stock up on my favorite body care products and then I have my skincare favorites. For most of the other things, I have been avoiding to buy keeping in mind the number of products I have been testing and do not want to have their shelf life over before I get to use them. Few products I ordered last week during the Sephora VIB Rouge exclusive days and they reached me last Monday. Other things I went to the store to pick up. I have divided the post into four sections and due to the nature of the last minute post request, I have tried to click the pictures as clear as I could.

My Sephora Haul - April 2018

Skincare

For skincare, I am very choosy in my cleansers and have been wanting to try something specifically for my congestion and hormonal acne that flares up few times in a month and leaves those marks for many more months to come. I have used Kate Somerville Exfolikate cleanser and now bought the Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser along with the Kate Somerville Eradikate Solution. I opened these both products last week the same day I got it, I have been using them every day and like them both. I will review them in detail in my upcoming posts. Another cleanser I was eyeing since last few months was from La Mer, I bought the La Mer Cleansing Foam for the summers and I have high hopes for it. Perricone Md Nutritive cleanser is a repurchase, I really like it, never dries me out but makes my skin clean and fresh. Another product from Perricone Md I bought is the Perricone Md Chloro Plasma, it is everything you need for detoxifying, cleansing, anti-aging, and what not. I will keep you guys posted on how I like it. Tatcha Lip balm was also on the wishlist for a long time, finally splurged.

My Sephora Haul - April 2018

Bodycare

For Bodycare, there are mostly the repurchases. Loccitane has been my go-to brand for the body products for many years. I purchased my backups for Loccitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil, Loccitane Lavender Shower Gel, Verbena Body Lotion, Loccitane foot cream for dry skin, Loccitane hand cream for dry feet. Kopari coconut melt is a favorite of mine, for myself and also for my kids, it is so gentle and so hydrating. Fresh Brown Sugar Body polish is a repurchase for the coming season, I need all the exfoliation and glowing skin for the spring and summer dresses.

My Sephora Haul - April 2018

Haircare

For haircare, I have loved the Drybar The Chaser Shine Cream I purchased last year during the Sephora sale. I wanted to try more from the brand, so got this Drybar Hot Toddy heat and UV protectant for hair. Olaplex has been on all social media and magazines, I had to buy this one, as my hair needs some extra care as they are dull, damaged, falling and I am getting aged obviously. Bumble and Bumble tonic lotion have been in my stash since some time, wanted to buy the invisible oil but I suspect it would be heavy for my medium hair, so got this Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible OilHeatt/UV protecting primer.

My Sephora Haul - April 2018

Makeup

For makeup, I really controlled myself into not overspending as there are many products which I am testing and some which I purchased during the last sale and didn’t get a chance to use. I got my backup of the Tatcha Luminous dewy mist, Tatcha blotting papers, Beauty Blender. Bobbi Brown foundation stick is a cult favorite, so I wanted to try it since last year. Marc Jacobs Omega Bronzer I bought last year but I gifted it to a friend, so got one for myself now. I have not tried anything from Agave yet, so got the lip kit which has deluxe sizes of lip balm, lip scrub to try out the brand.

My Sephora Haul - April 2018

Two more things I bought are from Surratt Beauty which I am most excited for, the brushes. I did not click the picture as I opened them last week and they were in my brush case. I will click the pictures and post on my Instagram in this week. I will keep you guys posted on the products which I have not reviewed on the blog before, whether they are repurchases or first time buys.

I tried to give you a quick round-up of the products I purchased from Sephora this month. Did you buy something from the Sephora sale or are you planning to? Which products from my Sephora sale would you like to hear about first or want me to review first?

 


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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Darphin Revitalizing Oil for face, hair, and body is a best seller and described as effective and highly sensorial with 98% ingredients from natural origin to offer visible results and perfect pleasure. It is nourishing for the hair, face, and body and results in revitalized, glowing skin. This oil is crafted with 4 essential oils and 9 precious plant oils to perfectly adapt to the needs of your face, body, and hair at any time of year. Voluptuous notes of ylang-ylang relax the senses, which is enhanced by calming and silky effects of rosewood. Fresh notes of jasmine are delicately combined with the energy of lavender. It is also enriched with essential fatty acids and omega 3 from raspberry seed oil plus omega 6 from evening primrose tamanu and rose hip oils. Omega 9 from sunflower seed, apricot kernel, sweet almond, and argan oils, sterols from jojoba seed oil are also included. All of these oils together act to help restore balance and strengthen the skin’s natural balance.

Darphin Revitalizing Oil review

For Face

I warm it in the palms of the hands and inhale the aroma, and then apply onto the face. It is not greasy and absorbs into the skin quickly. The skin is nourished, radiant, and silky smooth.

For Hair

I apply few drops of revitalizing oil to damp hair, the texture is non-oily and does not feels greasy or weighs hair down. Just keep in mind few drops are enough, few extra drops may give different results. The hair looks and feel healthy, and shiny.

For Body

I use this after bath, warm few drops between the palms of my hands and apply it onto the skin after inhaling the delicious aroma. The skin is nourished and soft, even in the winters.

Darphin Revitalizing Oil review

Overall, I am really liking this oil, the fragrance is very delicious and the oil is worth checking out if you have dry skin or skin that needs some extra care and nourishment or glow. It will be a great top up for the weather as winters usually tend to make the skin look dry and dehydrated.  If you checked my recent post about Ideal resource line and Lumiere Essentielle from Darphin, my skin has really enjoyed the products. Darphin Revitalizing Oil for face, hair, and body is available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Darphin Official Website.

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