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Dior Holiday 2017 collection is all about fun and sophisticated, cool and opulent, graphic and glitter mood that teams up with the refinement of precious gems with the rock attitude of the modern Dior woman. Dior Precious Rocks Holiday 2017 collection is described to have deep colors prismatic brilliance and crystalline freshness electrify this season’s creations by Peter Philips who is creative Image Director for Dior Makeup.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

Diorific Rouge Khol

Diorific Khol (CAD $46) is the first Dior Khol for the lips. It promises ultra-precise application and intense, powdery matte, long-wearing color. The formula is creamy wax with high pigmentation and the finish is velvety.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

The formula gives softening the effect of a plant-based butter. I have used this few times and loved the formula, did not dry out my lips and the pigmentation is intense. It is available in five shades, I have swatched 991 Bold Amethyst in this post.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

Diorific Matte Fluid Lip & Cheek

Diorific Matte Fluid (CAD $47) is a Dior essential for lips and cheeks. It has a matte texture which looks very natural on the cheeks and lips. It is creamy and dry fast so you have to be quick when you apply it.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

A little amount is all that is required for cheeks. For the lips, you have to do it twice to achieve the color that shows for the Shade 005 Charm which I have swatched in this post. It does feel moisturizing when applied and then dries but does not dry the lips which is what I want in a lip product. There are total 4 shades available in this Matte fluid.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

 

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

Diorific Vernis

Diorific Vernis (CAD $34) in this Holiday collection has both vibrancy and color of gemstones. This seasons statement shade is Emerald which is a luminous green.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

Grenat is a beautiful dark red.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

The packaging is so pretty as are the shades. Both the shades have saturated color and are long wearing. With the proper base coat and top coat,  they are chip resistant. There are total 4 shades for this season which are all worth checking out.

Dior Precious Rocks - Holiday 2017

I am really impressed with the Precious Rocks collection, the shades and packaging are so beautiful. Dior Precious Rocks – Holiday 2017 Collection is available on Dior Counters nationwide, BeautyBoutique by Shopper Drug Mart, The bay, and retailer respective .com sites.

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


BareMinerals are known to create innovative products that are powered by nourishing, skin-loving minerals. The products are described to be formulated with purity in mind so the consumer can feel good about everything they make. With a number of cult favorite products from this brand which are loved and appreciated by people around the world, there are new launches which include bareMinerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer, Combo Control Milky Face Primer and barePro Contour Face-Shaping Trio which I have been testing for few weeks and finally writing about them in this post now. I am still testing the bareMinerals SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion which I will be reviewing once I have tested it.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

bareMinerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20

bareMinerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20 (CAD $42) is the newest foundation from this brand. The Mineral Lock formula provides 24 hours of coverage and the long wear technology mimics the natural lipids in the skin. The finish is natural matte. The formula is creamy and very comfortable to apply and wear.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

It is oil, paraben, and fragrance-free, non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic. There are a number of good ingredients in this foundation which provide a good skin care in makeup. Papaya enzymes in this formula help to exfoliate and improve skin’s texture. Bamboo stem extract gives a blurring and soft-focus effect. This foundation is available in 30 shades means quite a good range of all skin shades.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

There is a Luxe Performance Brush (CAD $37) which is specifically designed to blend around difficult spots like nose and eyes. The fibers are tightly bound and are hypoallergenic. I have been using the foundation and the brush since last few days regularly and I am quite satisfied with the results. The coverage is great and is buildable based on the requirement. The formula is very creamy and easy to apply, the finish is semi-matte means it does not looks full matte but natural matte.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

I am impressed by the staying power, it has stayed well for over 12 hours during the period I tested. I did not experience any irritation or breakouts while using this foundation. I have used it in every way, with the beauty blender, with the luxe performance brush and also with my regular brushes that I use for other foundations and it has not disappointed me. It looks very natural in every way I tried.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

I was sent four shades 13 Golden Nude, 16 Sandstone, 15 Sandalwood, 18 Pecan. 15 Sandalwood is the closest match to my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones. The four shades can be referred as below:

13 Golden Nude – Medium Skin with Warm undertones

15 Sandalwood – Medium/tan skin with warm undertones

16 Sandstone – Medium/tan skin with neutral to warm undertones

18 Pecan – Tan skin with cool to neutral undertones

bareMinerals Primers

A primers main purpose is to work with the skin to improve its tone and texture while equalizing its specific needs which can be controlling oil, balancing or hydrating dry skin. Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer (CAD $35) is described to help minimize pores and fine lines. It utilizes the hydrating benefits of hyaluronic acid and a natural sugar in plants that protect against dehydration called Trehalose. There are Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Silica which provide their mineral properties for luminizing soft focus.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

I have used this primer few times and it works well to keep the makeup in place, I had no issues using this and been a nice addition to my primers. The makeup glides on easily with this primer as a base. My skin gets dehydrated time to time and this helped keep it hydrated and not much oily, just the right natural finish.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

Combo Control Milky Face Primer (CAD $35) is described to start off as a milky serum and the transforms into an oil-absorbing powder. It is created with a dual purpose in mind for the combination skin type to balance oil and maintain moisture balance. Silica and African Tree Bark extract help to diminish the appearance of pores, soak up excess oil and blur skin imperfections.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

The finish is very natural and makes a good base for makeup application. I have combination skin prone to congestion that is sometimes dehydrated too. This primer did not break me out or caused any irritation. The makeup stayed on well with this primer as a base and my skin looked natural and not shiny or oily.

barePro Contour Face-Shaping Trio

barePro Contour Face-Shaping Trio (CAD $42) is described as a trio of blendable, specially calibrated shades that help to flatter the features by three steps – Shade, Blend, and Pop. There are two palettes, Fair to Medium and Tan to Dark available to suit a range of skin tones. Based on the shape of the face, the shades can be used to contour and flatter the features.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

The darker shade can be used under the cheekbones to define them and the ‘Blend’ shade can be used to smooth the dark edges. The ‘Pop’ can be used to highlight, under the brow and on the cheekbone. ‘Shade’ can also be used on the jawline to give it a shape and on the sides of your forehead.

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

 

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

 

barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20, New Launches

All the products are available at Sephora and Sephora Canada.  If you ask me which one out of these is my must have and would recommend the most to you to check out is the barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation with SPF 20.

Have you used anything from bareMinerals? What is your favorite and which one out of the new launches you would want to try?

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


As the year is drawing close to the end, Christmas and holiday season is approaching, which brings with it high spirits and the time to celebrate. Givenchy’s Les Nocturnes – Striking Night Light Collection 2017 draws its inspiration from this symbolic period and its association with Venus. The Goddess planet mediates between sunlight and moonshine to bring out the colors on the cusp of day and night. This guiding star borders the darkness that licenses uncertainty, mystery, and doubt. It’s reassuring light guides our impulses towards a waking dream.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

Givenchy Striking Nights Eye Palette

Striking Nights Eye Palette (CAD $76) is a must-have from this collection. The palette has highly concentrated pigments and an infusion of pearlescent glitter for a bold and shiny result, just perfect for the season. The silicones and lightweight oil blend in a comfortable, creamy texture that makes application easy and ensures long hold. The palette’s black star unveils the natural effect of its two-toned iridescence, perpetually shifting between reflections of pink and blue – the two colors Venus, the planet, brings out when she appears at dusk and dawn, as solar and lunar light are filtered in the atmosphere.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

The gold star is an illuminator of glittering transparency. It adds depth to the eyes when applied over black or just on the upper eyelid. Nicolas Degennes, the mind behind the collection, advises trying it on the top of the cheekbone and also as a finishing touch to lipstick on the Cupid’s bow. The copper star exalts the color black, which Nicolas uses to heighten the intensity of the eyes. The luminous glimmer of Venus imbues this collection’s packaging, with its multicolored sparkles against a black background recalling the star-filled firmament.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

Note – The above shot is taken after the swatches

I have used this palette few times and I am so ready to start the holiday season already. The texture of the eyeshadows is beautiful, blends very easily and I did not notice any fallout. The shades are so unique and can be used in multiple ways. The luminosity is so beautiful, makes the shade even prettier. The gold star and copper can be used as a highlighter as well as eyeshadow. The black star gives a reflection of pink and blue, which is unique and looks great once applied. I never thought I would like this kind of cool shade but once applied, I am quite liking it. The packaging of the palette as you see is so beautiful, like the stars.

Givenchy Prisme Libre No 09 Éclats de Rose

Givenchy’s iconic Loose powder Prisme Libre (CAD $69) is also part of the Venusian harmony of this collection. This skin perfector in four rosy shades helps even out the skin for a smooth matte finish. The results are natural radiance and a fresh vivacity.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

I have been using this as a setting powder and do like how it sets the makeup while giving natural radiance minus full matte effect. The packaging as all other products in this collection is so glittery and star-like. The inside packaging is same as all other Prisme Libre powders with a plush applicator with Givenchy written over it.

Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter No. 306 Brun Nocturne

Le Rouge-À-Porter Brun Nocturne (CAD $45) has a ultra-sensorial formula that gives the mouth luminous color and a naturally shiny finish. The packaging is so beautiful and is going to be perfect for the season to either keep it in a bag or on the vanity to add that shine and brightness to the season.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

The formula is very comfortable to wear and the shade is beautiful for the fall and winter. It did not dry my lips and is very hydrating.

Givenchy Striking Night Lights Collection 2017

Top – Le Rouge-À-Porter Brun Nocturne, Bottom three are the Black, Copper, and Gold from Striking Nights Light Palette

I would recommend you to try these limited edition new launches. The collection is available at Sephora and Sephora Canada.

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


New launches from Bobbi Brown have always had high expectations and hopes as the brand has been a favorite of masses, of all ethnicities and colors. I remember, even when I was in India, Bobbi Brown was always adored for all the shades available in products and it used to be a favorite amongst my circle. I love Bobbi Brown products and have a quite few in my collection I bought in last decade or so. The new launch from Bobbi Brown which I am going to review in this post is Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer which I have tested for over a week, wearing it almost every day last week to my work and during the weekend too.

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer (CAD $38) is described to cover dark circles in one step—this concentrated, highly-pigmented concealer visibly brightens stubborn under eye darkness and softens hollows and tired lines in an instant (no sleep required). The wear time is 12-hours. I have the shades Beige and Warm Beige which I have swatched below. Warm Beige has been my go-to for last week, concealing my spots and to brighten mine under eyes. The applicator works well and makes the application easy.

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

I have used this concealer for my acne spots and pigmentation. I do not have dark circles but do like to brighten my under eye area when I did not get enough sleep due to work or kids and this has been tested for this purpose also. First, I make sure I have my skin moisturized properly, paying attention to my eye area. I apply this concealer with the doe foot applicator over the spots and under the eyes too.

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

The formula is very pigmented and the texture is very thick. Being thick in texture, it does blend well. I blend it either with my fingertip or with the same brush or beauty blender that I used for my base makeup and foundation. It has stayed on well for full day and even was good when I came back home till before bed when I wash my face. I did not notice cakey area or dryness on my acne spots or problem areas while using this concealer, it looked natural.

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

Top – Beige, Bottom – Warm Beige

I would like to mention one thing again here, if you have a nice base, means you care for your skin and keep it well moisturized and exfoliate it on regular basis, it does make a difference on the products you use. The coverage is full and staying is great. I would totally recommend this concealer to anyone looking for full coverage plus good staying power to conceal and cover problem areas, spots, pigmentation and dark circles.

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer is available at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Canada, Sephora Canada, Hudsons Bay and is available in vast range of 15 shades.

 

*DISCLAIMER – The Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealers were sent to me for trial and review purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience. Other Bobbi Brown products in the pictures above were purchased by me.


The eyebrow is the important part of the face that has the power to transform your whole look and appearance. Good eyebrow shape can enhance your natural beauty, make a good appearance of your face and even make you look more youthful. On the other hand, when the eyebrow has flaws, it will do the opposite. So what is in our hands to do to make the eyebrows look fleek? Actually, let me describe what ‘Fleek’ means first, Fleek is a variation of “flick,” a word well known to makeup-lovers — is when eyebrows are perfectly groomed, filled, and shaped. In essence, “brows on point” and “eyebrows on fleek” are the same thing. And grooming, filling and shaping the eyebrows is in our hands, yes Ladies. The eyebrow products I am going to talk about Sisley Paris New products for eyebrows in this post have totally changed what I thought was not important and how much a good eyebrow product can make a difference.

Sisley Paris eyebrow

Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Design 3-in-1 Architect Pencil

Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Design 3-in-1 Architect Pencil (CAD $80) is described as a multi-tasking eyebrow pencil with 3 specific functions including a taming brush, a triangular tipped eyebrow pencil to precisely redefine, reshape and fill in eyebrows and a highlighter to apply under the arch of the eyebrow for perfecting eyebrow makeup and highlighting the eyes. The texture of the triangular-tipped pencil is very smooth and glides easily for an easy, expert application. The product is very easily buildable from natural to more intense. The foam-tip is coated with a universal shade highlighter powder which enables the correct amount to be applied under the eyebrow. Phyto-Sourcils Design pencil is rub-proof, allowing the shape of the brows remains perfect all day long.

Sisley Paris eyebrows

This pencil is enriched with key skincare ingredients including Acacia wax and Camellia oil. Acacia wax softens and protects the eyebrows. Camelia oil nourishes and softens, enrobes and tames the brows. The natural powder provides a tailor-made coverage leaving a soft, matte dry film.

Sisley Paris eyebrow

I did not experience any sensitivity while using this pencil. Once I am done with my face makeup except for my eyebrows, I brush my eyebrows to remove any traces of makeup and then brush them upwards to correct the irregularities and any sparse areas. Then I use the triangular shaped tip to redefine, reshape and fill in the brows. Then I brush the brows in the direction of hair growth. Next point is optional but I do like doing it, I apply a little of highlighter under the brow arch to illuminate the eye area. The highlighter looks very natural after all Sisley Paris is all about looking beautiful naturally.

Sisley Paris eyebrow

Phyto-Sourcils Design is available in three shades, Cappuccino, Chestnut and Dark Brown. Dark Brown is perfect for you if you have dark brown or black hair, like me.

Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Fix Thickening Gel

Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Fix Thickening Gel (CAD $68) is described as a thickening and setting gel for eyebrows. The formula enriched with nylon fibers that help add body to eyebrows, resulting in the look of fullness. Shade 0 called transparent is completely invisible to tame eyebrows discreetly, which I am currently using. Shades 1, light-medium and 2, dark medium are described to subtly color eyebrows for an intensified look. The micro-sculpting brush enables a precise application for a precise shape with a very natural result. One single stroke for slightly highlighted eyebrows, or several for a more intense, yet still natural shape and effect. Phyto-Sourcils Fix is long-lasting and rub-proof and enriched with key skin care ingredients Pro-vitamin B5 which fortify and Passionflower extract that softens.

Sisley Paris eyebrow

I brush the eyebrows upwards to redefine the shape. Then I brush in the direction of hair growth concentrating on certain areas, if necessary, to set and thicken. It can be applied on its own or over an eyebrow pencil. The three steps are:

1- Highlight the brows: Apply Phyto-Sourcils Fix on its own for a very natural result. Brows are tamed and thickened. The shape is more precise.

2- Perfect the brows: Fill in the eyebrows hair by hair, using Phyto-Sourcils Perfect. Complete the look with a few strokes of Phyto-Sourcils Fix for a perfect shape.

3- Redefine the brows: Redefine the shape of the eyebrows with Phyto-Sourcils Design. Follow with a few strokes of Phyto-Sourcils Fix for an even more defined & intensified look and long-lasting hold.

Sisley Paris eyebrow

The eyebrows stay in place all day without stiffness as many other eyebrow products that keep the brows in shape and make them stiff.

These both products have totally changed my thinking about what a good brow product can do, and that too while looking perfectly natural. I would totally recommend these two products for those eyebrows on point. These are available at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.

Do you use eyebrow products? What is your main concern when it comes to eyebrows?

 

*DISCLAIMER – These products were sent to me for trial and review purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.



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