Hair care and hair health need the most care in the winter months and Christophe Robin is a brand which has been in my favorite’s list when my hair is in need of some extra care and love. I have reviewed Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil here which I have already repurchased and on the second jar. Another pair is the newly launched hydrating shampoo and leave-in condition with aloe vera reviewed here. They have been keeping my hair and scalp healthy. With hair fall and medium fine here, there is always that lack of volume which I am trying to create with various products, sometimes which are a hit or a miss. I am using the products from the collection of natural volume treatments with rose extracts to create that Voluminous hair with Christophe Robin.

I will first start with why this line is different from other products aiming at providing volume as well as suitable for colored hair. Volume-enhancing styling products, shampoos, and conditioners are often boosted with alcohol or volumizing ingredients that produce instant results but prevent hair color from lasting. They can even cause the color to fade and pigments to turn very quickly. The expectations for volume-enhancing results are incredibly high, and choices must be made between treating the hair and protecting the color to strike the right balance. The volume and treatment products with the rose extract from Christophe Robin were developed to address the needs of women who want to maintain their fine, colored hair while still enjoying long-lasting color. These products are formulated around 3 rose extracts which help soothe scalp that is sensitized by hair coloring, they repair hair while preserving the look of fresh color, and they provide long-lasting natural volume without drying hair or leaving them dull.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

The 3 natural rose extracts include Rosehip seed oil which is extremely rich in essential fatty acids, rosa centifolia water which has slightly astringent, moisturizing, and soothing properties, and Rosa Gallica Glycerin extract which provide repairing and nourishing properties.

Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts

Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts is described as the daily cleansing and protecting care for fine and colored, sensitive hair. The shampoo has a gel formula which glides over the hair and produces a very light lather upon application. It is enriched with rose water, and fortifying baobab leaf extract which helps preserve color, repairs, and smoothes the hair while adding volume. The antioxidant ingredients, rose oil and glycerin extract, combine with an acidic pH of 4.9 to close the hair scales, preventing pigments from leaching out and keeping the color vivid and glossy.

The shampoo has been very gently on my itchy problem scalp and medium wavy dry hair. The hair appears fuller and more toned since I am using this shampoo. The volume does stay on and the styling is easy. The packaging is in sturdy plastic bottles which looks very elegant. The shampoo has a subtle rose fragrance which is very beautiful and stays on for some time.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts

Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts is described to give instant detangling and protecting care for fine and colored, sensitive hair. The conditioner works with Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts to aid in detangling and boost the sculpting, restructuring effect. The formula is enriched with rose water and fortifying baobab leaf extract which helps fine, colored hair feeling light and volumized, with natural hold. Antioxidants in the form of rose oil and glycerin extract, combined with vitamins A and E, help to nourish hair and maintain the color without weighing the hair down.

I have been using this conditioner mainly on the ends and lengths of my hair avoiding roots. My hair is smooth and moisturized after rinsing it off and drying. The hair looks healthy with some extra volume that stays.

 Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo Conditioner with Rose Extracts, Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water

Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water is described as a densifying care for roots and lengths for fine and colored, sensitive hair. It is alcohol-free, non-sticky, and leave in. This hair mist is composed of 96% rose water, offering softening and soothing benefits for the scalp, which is often irritated by color or by other external factors. I apply it first on the scalp by rubbing it gently into it and then spraying over the entire head of hair to provide natural hold right from the roots, for volume and long-lasting style. The natural rose extract in this hair mist prevents color from oxidizing. The hair mist has a subtle fragrance which amazingly uplifts the mood and feels very gentle on the hair and scalp. It can be used with damp or dry hair, roots, and lengths before styling. I have not experienced any weighing down or sticky-ness with this hair mist, I have used this to freshen up my hair between the washes.

Overall, a beautiful line with nice products to give volume to fine hair and also if you are looking for something that is natural, maintains the vivid color of your hair, does not irritates your scalp or fades your color, I would highly recommend you to check these out. Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extract, Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts, and Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water are available at Sephora Canada, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, SpaceNK UK, SpaceNK USA, and Sephora.

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


I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year, this is my first post for 2018 and what could be more better than writing about one of my favorite and most go-to brand and formula for Lipstick. I am talking about Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick. It all started with my first lipstick purchase from the brand and I never looked back, the lipsticks were always treasured and loved by me and my mother. And now, I have got the chance to share my review and swatches of 18 shades of Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick. If you have heard about them before, I am sure this would be on your wish list or you must have already bought it. And if you have not heard about them before, I assure you, you will fall in love.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick (CAD $42) is a semi-matte lipstick and is one of the most comfortable semi-matte formula I have tried. The lipstick is encased in an elegant silver and leather tube. The texture of the lipstick is creamy and comfortable. The formula is highly pigmented and one stroke on the lips gives a perfect amount pigment with radiant, lasting color. The lips do not dry out but the formula is very moisturizing and the staying power is amazing, almost 4-5 hours on me without eating much, but I don’t mind to apply and reapply. The formula glides on very easily on the lips, it is very lightweight and ultra-smooth.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

To apply it, it can either be applied straight from the bullet, after defining the lips with a lip liner or it can be used with the finger for longer staying power. I apply the lipstick with my finger to the lips and press them a bit. Then I apply the lipstick straight from the bullet to increase the intensity based on my need, this method does help the lipstick stay longer. This is a lipstick-as-accessory which looks great as well as works great.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

There is a wide range of shades available in Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks which are suitable for different skin tones as well as moods. There are 14 shades which are already existing and 7 additional shades which became available in August 2017.  I have the swatches and description of the shades below:

102 – Beige Plume – Peachy Beige

109 – Brun Createur- (new) mauve brown

201 – Rose Taffetas – light pink coral

202 – Rose Dressing – bright pink coral

205 – Fuchsia Irresistible – vibrant fuchsia

209 – Rose Perfecto – electric bright pink

210 – Rose Dahlia – bubblegum pink

214 – Rose Broderie – (new) rosy deep pink

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

301 – Magnolia Organza  – bright reddish pink

303 – Corail Decollete – pink toned coral

305 – Rouge Egerie – coral red

307 – Grenat Initie – deep red

315 – Framboise Velours – deep raspberry pink

323 – Framboise Couture – (new) berry fuchsia

324 – Coral Backstage – (new) bright coral

325 – Rouge Fetiche – (new) cool red

326 – Pourpre Edgy – (new) dark maroon red

327 – Prune Trendy – (new) purplish berry

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and SwatchesGivenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - Review and Swatches

Overall, I highly recommend you to check this lipstick if you have not tried this and if you have already tried this, I hope the shades and swatches are helpful. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick is available in Sephora Canada, Sephora, and Net-A-Porter.

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

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Givenchy is celebrating Chinese New Year with limited edition Givenchy Chinese New Year 2018 Collection. There are two products best selling in the limited edition packaging, Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder, and Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder, and Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick review

Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder, and Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick

Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder

Givenchy Beauty’s Prisme Libre Chinese New Year celebrates the holiday with a limited-edition version of its loose powder in Mousseline Pastel. Jan 28 marks the end of the year of the monkey and the beginning of the year of the rooster. To celebrate this year’s sign, Givenchy has finished the outer packaging of Prisme Libre with a graphically styled feather-filled design in red and gold hues. The vermillion red lid is highlighted with the Givenchy name in gold.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder, and Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick 2018

The formula is same as the product in the permanent collection, very light, and the texture is ultra fine. It has four complementary powder shades which, when fused together on the application, enhance the complexion with a natural finish. It helps blur the imperfections and skin tone is evened out. The powder leaves a transparent, matte and radiant finish. Based on how much you use, it could be semi-matte which I prefer and get when I dust it lightly. The result is luminous, radiant skin.

Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick

Givenchy Beauty’s Le Rouge Chinese New Year lipstick celebrates the holiday with a limited-edition version of its Le Rouge lipstick in the best-selling 305 Rouge Égérie shade which is a fierce red and perfect for that bold confident look anytime. This semi-matte lip color comes packaged in a tube featuring three strong symbols in Asian culture: red for China’s Spring Festival, gold representing prosperity, and cherry blossoms symbolizing beauty, strength, and renewal.

Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick review

The packaging compliments the Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder packaging which is graphically styled feather-filled design in red and gold hues. The formula is very comfortable to wear, as all the Givenchy Le Rouge lipsticks. It did not dry out my lips. The staying power of the lipstick is good and no feathering.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Chinese New Year Loose Powder, and Givenchy Le Rouge Chinese New Year Lipstick review

Both the products look beautiful on the vanity as well as your bag. I have been loving them both along with Givenchy Photo’Perfexion fluid foundation which has become a favorite, check my review here.

I would recommend you to check both the products if you are looking for a beautiful packaging as well as a beautiful product before they sell out as both are limited edition. Givenchy Chinese New Year 2018 Collection will be available from January 2018 at Sephora and Sephora Canada.

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


Givenchy is one of my favorite beauty brands, and I have mentioned it so many times in my blog posts and Yes, I am not going to stop saying that, ever. There is not a single product which I have used from Givenchy has ever disappointed me, this not only makes me happy but also raises the expectations bar from the products which are either new launches or which I have yet to try from the house. Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation is not new but it is new to Canada. Givenchy Le Make-Up is bringing its three most popular foundations to Canada: Matissime Velvet, Photo’Perfexion, and Teint Couture Balm. In this post, I am reviewing the Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation along with the swatches of 7 of the total 12 shades available.

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation is inspired by digital imaging. It recreates the perfect skin quality obtained with digital touch-ups while remaining completely natural. Givenchy’s exclusive, SkinPerfector Complex, acts like a digital eraser and Lighting Complex, adjusts the luminosity to the contours of the face to erase irregularities, imperfections, and fine lines. This foundation is available in 12 shades for all skin types.

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation is a beautiful foundation with a creamy and smooth texture. The texture is not very runny and not very thick, just the perfect consistency to make the blending like a dream. The formula is great with some great technological as well as scientific advances to provide coverage with skincare benefits. This foundation is one of those which just makes you forget that you are wearing any foundation on your skin, it is very lightweight and just disappears into the skin. The coverage is very natural, light to medium. You may or may not need a concealer based on your needs. With age, I prefer more of a natural finish and I am not afraid of showing few of my spots or imperfections when I have them. This foundation did blur my problem areas, and the finish was very natural. The coverage is quite good, it made my skin look very healthy and radiant, making it even and smooth.

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

The foundation is buildable from light to medium coverage. The longevity of the foundation is great, it stays on the whole day for about 8-10 hours on my skin with a primer and about 7-8 hours without primer without fading or creasing on my combination skin. It does not emphasize my dry areas and does not make my oily areas of the face oilier, the whole face looks radiant. As mentioned earlier, it is very light that it gives an impression to myself that I am not wearing any foundation, the other good thing is it does not breaks me out and does not emphasize my pores. The areas near the nose and jawline stay the way like it was just applied, and does not crease. My skin looks more even, natural, radiant, like a better version of my skin, who would not want that, right? It works well with or without powder over it for my combination skin type, the skin has that natural healthy glow without looking oily and with light to medium coverage.

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

The packaging of the foundation is in a heavy glass bottle with pump dispenser. The packaging looks beautiful with the rose gold Givenchy logo on the cap. The shades I have swatched below are described here:

1 Perfect Ivory – Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones

2 Perfect Petal – light with red undertones

4 Perfect Vanilla – medium with neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones

5 Perfect Praline – medium with warm caramel undertones

5.5 Perfect Cashew – medium-dark with caramel undertones

6 Perfect Honey – medium-dark neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones

7 Perfect Gold – medium-dark with red undertones

Givenchy Photo'Perfexion Fluid Foundation review swatch

Overall, an amazing addition to my foundations and indeed a favorite. I highly recommend you to check this one out for the formula, texture, coverage, longevity, for that natural healthy glowy skin.

Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation is available at Sephora and Sephora.ca

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


Guerlain is a brand that has held high esteem for decades it was founded in 1828. The brand has a large loyal following, count me in, which is only possible when the creations from the brand are as good that they leave a positive impression on your personality and create that mark where you can feel the difference when you indulge in them. Guerlain is a brand with which my love started from a bronzer I purchased a few years back and I have not looked back. I was lucky to be able to try the new Guerlain Lingerie de Peau SPF20 Foundation and have been using it since last few weeks on and off that I am ready to write about it.Guerlain Lingerie de Peau review swatch

Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau, as described on the Guerlain official website, turns the dream of a perfect foundation into reality – so skin-fusing and natural that it can’t be felt, can’t be seen. Its fresh, light texture glides onto the contours of the face like a second skin to enhance beauty naturally, without artifice, all day long.
Guerlain Technology, Bio-Fusion micro-mesh, an unprecedented combination of contouring and smoothing stretch fibers with natural silk and linen fibers that are in total affinity with the skin. Hydrating agents bring softness and comfort throughout the day.  The foundation is available in 18 shades with undertones pink, neutral, and warm.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

The packaging of the foundation is in a heavy glass pump bottle. The product has fragrance in it which is light floral which is very freshening while I apply it in the morning. The fragrance dissipates after some time. One pump is enough for me to give light coverage and with half or one extra pump, I am able to build up to a little less than full coverage, which is my preference these days. I use a brush normally to apply my foundation, and it works great with a dense foundation brush. I have also used my fingers to apply it to my face and it applied very nicely. It works well when mixed with Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil or if applied over it.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

The texture of the foundation is light and very smooth. It glides easily on the skin and blends nicely giving a very natural matte kind of finish. I would not say it is full matte but a very natural semi-matte. The skin looks more evened out, naturally radiant, and healthy. The formulation stays put for the whole day, I have used it during the day for over 10 hours and my skin still looked fresh. I did not felt the need of touchup, my skin looked naturally radiant as the day passed, from semi-matte to a little less than semi-matte, not oily in any way. For your reference, I have combination skin type with oily areas on the nose, forehead, and center of the cheeks.  I had no issues with the formula oxidized after some time of wearing it. It did not settle in my pores or emphasize my problem areas.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Now, coming to the shade range, there are 18 shades available with three undertones pink, neutral, and warm. I first tried 4W for my medium tan skin tone with warm undertones, the shade turned out to be orange on me which was a surprise as I thought I have very yellow undertones and this one looked perfect. Then I tried 4N, which is the perfect match for my skin tone. I mentioned this just for your reference that in case you are planning to purchase this online, I would suggest you try the shades in store before purchasing. I have swatched shade 4 with undertones Warm and Neutral so that you can see the difference.

I am really very satisfied with the formula and finish of this foundation. I have experienced no breakouts, no irritations with this foundation. The foundation has performed well with and without primer. The added SPF20 is a plus point as sometimes I just follow with this foundation after my moisturizer and skip the sunscreen. The other makeup sits nicely onto the foundation base. Overall, it is a really nice foundation if you are looking for a naturally radiant complexion which looks like second skin.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation is available at Beautyboutique.ca, The Hudson’s Bay, Sephora Canada, and Guerlain boutiques.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.



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