Since my last posts, here and here, with some amazing products from Leonor Greyl Paris, I have kept them in rotation in my haircare routine, repurchasing few, especially the Leonor Greyl Paris Huile Apaisante has been a staple for my problem scalp. With my medium wavy hair that is in need of volume and something to set the frizz and style in place, I am so excited to share a few of my current staples I am loving from the brand.
Shampooing au Miel is a gentle everyday volumizing shampoo works nicely for my thinning lifeless hair that needs a little extra help to make me feel confident and especially make me feel ‘me’. It is gentle for my scalp as well as my hair, does not dry them out or irritate my scalp. I do see a difference in volume, my hair looks fuller, are manageable and shiny. It is one of my favourite shampoos when it comes to volumizing and still gentle category. I follow up with a conditioner after rinsing off the shampoo.
I have one conditioner and one treatment in rotation depending on what my mood is and what my hair needs. Soin Repigmentant Dark Brown is a nourishing conditioner with colouring pigments that enhance the colour of hair. The dark brown shade I am using is for light brown to dark brown hair – I have black hair and this one works for me. It leaves my hair nourished, shiny, and bouncy. It did not irritate my hair or scalp. This colour-enhancing conditioner is best to be used between colouring – every 2-3 washes to prolong colour hold after every wash to intensify the tones. it has to be used from scalp to hair ends and replaces the normal everyday conditioner.
Crème de Soin à l’Amarante is on the other hand conditioning treatment that detangles as well as nourishes the hair. It is that everyday conditioner that makes the hair look healthy while keeping them nourished without weighing them down – even my thin wavy hair. There is also a UV-protectant in it to make sure hair is protected and stays healthy, shiny, and silky. An amazing conditioner!
For styling, I have been using two products from the brand – both are mists – Voluforme and Laque Souple. Voluforme is a styling spray for volume and hold. It is weightless and just makes the whole process and finish look so natural, hair is soft, flexible without any stickiness or crunchy feeling. It sets the hair and adds volume at the root instantly while looking natural at the same time. It is one of the best hair sprays for volume and holds that I have tried. It can be applied on damp or dry hair and even to set the hair at the end of styling – no rules – on the roots or on the hair.
Laque Souple is a lightweight styling spray with light to medium hold – it also does not leaves any residue or crunchiness to the hair – hair is soft and looks natural. The glossy finish makes the hair look healthy. It does provide a medium hold without stiffness – and it works on frizzy hair. I use either one of these sprays depending on what I am trying to achieve or use both.
I am really happy with the results of the products, a staple brand in my hair care routine. If you want to try the products, they are available in deluxe sizes which are also perfect if you are travelling. Leonor Greyl Paris products are available on Leonor Greyl Paris Website, Net-A-Porter, Cult Beauty, Nordstrom, and SpaceNK.*Press samples
Since I shared about some of the products from By Terry Summer 2020 Collection in my post here, I know it was not just me but you also – waiting for more. There is not a single product in my post linked above which I am not using – I really like the brand for launching very practical and everyday use products for the busy day to day life. There are two new additions to the above collection which I have been testing for the last few days. Tea to Tan Face & Body Hydra-Bronzer, Face and body makeup brush, and Baume de Rose Lip Balm Summer Edition.
Tea to Tan Face & Body Hydra-Bronzer is a tea-infused liquid bronzer that gives a perfect tan glow to face and body. Depending on whether the bottle is shaken before using or not, it creates a warm, tan finish, with sheen or matte finish. The shade available is the universal ice-tea shade that suits all skin tones. I really like the packaging of it, the spray is very fine and applies well on the skin – blends nicely without transferring, and the longevity is very nice too.
There is a very fine shimmer in it which sits at the bottom and until it is shaken, it stays there. The non-shaken formula creates a sheer warm matte finish while shaking the water formula creates a deeper tan with a subtle shimmer. The formula isn’t drying at all but very lightweight, comfortable, and hydrating. The formula is easily buildable to get the desired level of tan – it is a must-have for head to toe matte or shimmer glow.
Face and body makeup brush is the newest addition to the brand’s makeup tools. The large silky-soft brush has an easy-grip handle. The brush is perfect to apply liquid or powder textures, the surface area of the brush and density of the bristles make sure the formula goes on smoothly and evenly with minimal mess – across the face, decollete, arms, or legs. I have used this brush to apply Tea to Tan Face and Body Bronzer and also to apply foundation – it works very well for both. It also applies the powder very well – can be a finishing powder, powder foundation, or even a blush.
Baume de Rose Lip Balm Summer Edition is the same cult-favourite product in a limited edition packaging. I have said it before and repeated it several times that Baume de Rose is my favourite Lip Balm of all time – it just works like a charm for my very dry peeling lips – providing them with all the nourishment to keep them soft and supple. The concentrated rose blend formula has a very velvety rich texture with a non-stick finish. This lip balm is my go-to for all year long.
Overall, the whole Spring/Summer collection and launches are beautiful – perfect for spring-summer. I highly recommend checking out the products. By Terry products are available at byterry.com, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Barney NY, Beautylish, Spacenk, Cult Beauty, Netaporter.*Press samples
Mother’s Day is around the corner and I know with the current unusual situation and circumstances revolving around social distancing and staying home, you still want to make the day special for the mom in your life. Or being a mom myself, I want to treat myself to something special and at the same time want something for my mom and my fellow mom friends to let them know I care and appreciate the endless love and hard work they are putting in to keep the family and kids happy and safe. Here I am sharing my last minute luxury gift recommendations for Mother’s Day this year, and all of them are available online. Please note the recommendations, especially for skincare are approved by me as well as my mom.
Fragrances can be a great gift idea when it comes to someone close to you, you know their likes and what sort of scents they prefer and suits their personality and taste. I have been really liking the Aerin Wild Geranium fragrance, available at esteelauder.ca, a beautiful, not-overpowering, fresh floral fragrance with key notes of Geranium, Orange flower, and rose centifolia. For someone who prefers Oriental spicy scents, Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land perfume is a beautiful choice. It is a light, fresh, clean scent of rose. Rose of No Man’s Land is the nickname given by soldiers to the nurses who saved thousands of lives during WWI. The scent is a tribute to selflessness and compassion. And during this unusual time, this scent could only reflect humanity with all its care and compassion. Another Rose Scent is Mon Guerlain Bloom of Rose which is a light sweet fruity floral uplifting scent, perfect for spring and summer. The composition of Lavender, rose, pear note and vanilla make a beautiful tribute to the queen of flowers. Another floral musky scent is the newest Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Dew which is a powdery floral with notes of Bergamot, Pear Accord, and Aabrette. It is a nice everyday scent with good longevity.
I know after fragrances for yourself, Candles take you the closest you can go to make your home smell like how you feel and how your mood is. Candles are my weakness and so is my few fellow moms, and of course my mom too. A good candle and a good ambiance can help you do whatever you want to. Byredo Burning Rose is a floral-scented candle with a soothing, smoky blend of deep woods and fresh rose petals, peppered with warm notes of Violet, Leather and Birch Tree. Cire Trudon Mademoiselle de la Valliere is a beautiful mix of vibrant “green” galbanum and bouquet of tuberoses, jasmine and orange blossoms (other notes include bergamot, ylang-ylang, musk, citrus and benzoin). This can be linked to a more romantic candle but I personally like this floral musky smell.
My skincare recommendations cover Serums, Eye creams/serum, and moisturizers and all three of them I consider the most important parts of skincare routine which make so much difference not just acting as a treatment but also for the long term care for the skin. I keep in rotation a few serums at a time, depending on what my skin needs, I use a different one from my shelf or I just layer a few one on each other. For brightening, I love Shiseido Future Solution LX Ultimate Luminance Serum with Legendary Enmei and La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion. For hydration and firming, I reach out to Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum + and Decorte AQ Serum Absolute. For eyes, I am really in love with the new Sisley Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid, it is such a beautiful product along with the ceramic tip applicator, it just makes the morning a relaxing ritual – very hydrating and brightens the area. La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift is perfect for firming, uplifting, and hydrating the eye area, I prefer it during the night. Cle de Peau Beaute Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Supreme is one of my favourite eye creams, it hydrates, firms, and illuminates the eye area.
Moisturizers are tricky, the ones that work for me might not work for my mom, so combining them all in here. My mom has recently finished the Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Cream with Saffron Flowers which she really liked. It worked for me too but during the winters. Omorovicza Instant Plumping Cream, 111Skin Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream NAC Y2, and ReVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream with SPF 30 is my most used moisturizers nowadays. While my mom is in love with the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream, no doubt why it is their best-seller, and Fresh Youth Preserve Moisturizer with Multi-Action Super Lotus. The moisturizers are hydrating, not drying, nor leave any residue on the skin despite being nourishing.
My weakness, after serums, is the masks. I have few masks on rotation at a time, for deep cleansing, illuminating, brightening, firming, and hydration. Few I am reaching out a lot these days for brightening and loving the results are By Terry Baume de Rose Glowing Rose Mask and Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask. For deep Cleansing, I go for Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask and Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque. For firming and hydration, Chantecaille Bio Lifting Mask is superb. Along with Masks, I do prefer to keep a face mist with me most of the times, one is always on my desk side as well as on my nightstand and near my treadmill as I am working out at home these days. I have on rotation my staple Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, Grown Alchemist Detox Toner, and ReVive Vitalite Energizing Hydration Mist on the desk and for working out while Biologique Recherche L’Eauxygenante Multi-actives treatment mist for face in my skincare cabinet while Sisley Paris Floral Spray Mist in my skincare as well as to set makeup. The mists are available in deluxe sizes to keep in the bag while on the go.
Hand creams are another must I have realized and so has my mom, we are never without one. Our favourites include Goldfaden MD Hands to Heart Anti-aging + Brightening Hand Treatment, it has retinol and Niacinamide in it and I love both ingredients. Sisley Paris Restorative hand cream is the most beautiful formula with a subtle gorgeous smell – very uplifting and moisturizing. More staples include Darphin All-Day hydrating Hand and Nail Cream, Loccitane 20% Shea Butter Hand cream, and Laura Mercier Hand & Body Cream. All these picks work for my very dry hands, keeping in mind all the work my hands do – washing. cooking, cleaning, and of course some days I have my hands in clay doing craft.
For body care, I know the time is all about calm, relaxing, and unwinding vibes. A good body care product, be a shower gel, body lotion, bath salts, or body oil – they all count as one step closer to the ultimate relaxation. This could be a perfect gift for the mom who loves to give herself some pamper time at the end of the day. Loccitane Almond Oil Shower Gel has been a staple for me while the Loccitane Ultra Rich Body Cream and Nuxe Melting Honey Body Oil Balm have been giving me nourished and irritation-free skin which looks healthy and makes me feel comfortable about it. By Terry Baume de Rose All-Over Oil and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Multi-purpose dry oil are both non-sticky and beautifully scented body oils I like. Another favourite I have really enjoyed is MoroccanOil Night Body Serum, it firms and smooths the skin like no other I have tried, I see a difference in my stretch marks too, highly recommend.
Two tools we have in the rotation are the reFa roller which is a platinum facial roller designed to help tighten and rejuvenate skin that tends to slacken around the eyes and mouth for a firmer, more contoured appearance. An extra-large solar panel embedded in the handle generates a powerful, soothing microcurrent. And another favourite of my mother and me also is NuFace Trinity Device, available at Skinstore.com, which is microcurrent treatment for anti-ageing, firming, and wrinkles. This definitely needs an effort every time you use it but is worth the investment.
Sheet Masks are always a good idea, before an event or outing, and so I keep stocked up of them, you never know when you might need one. I always find it a great idea to gift the Sheet masks, they are perfect for travel as well as a quick fix before something important comes up. There are many available for face and eyes to address multiple concerns. They are a good companion while reading, watching tv or Netflix or even sitting in front of the laptop while working from home. For eyes, I am hooked to the new 111Skin Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, they literally illuminate and brighten the eye area. Knesko Eye Masks are another favourite, Rose Quartz Antioxidant Eye Mask to calm, protect and soothe while Black Pearl Charcoal Eye Mask purify and balance. The most supple and plump eye area I have experienced with Givenchy Le Soin Noir, they just brighten up the eye area and instantly helps with tired dull eye area.
111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask and
Bio-Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask has been a staple for me, I reviewed them in detail here. Bioeffect Imprinting Hydrogel Mask hydrates and replenishes the skin with moisture. Nannette de Gaspe Youth Revealed Face Mask is a reusable mask (reused 3-5 times), with its unique blend helps to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, hydrate, and brighten the skin. Knesko Nanogold Repair Face Mask with its hydrating and calming 24k Gold firms, lifts, and hydrates like no other. The matching roller from Knesko, available in four versions – Rose Quartz, Obsidian, Green Jade, and White Jade, is a step you can do to complete the ritual.
For all the moms who love to take care of their hair and like to treat with the best and finest, I have few recommendations. Sisley Paris Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask is my favourite pre-shampoo treatment. Few minutes or a few hours before the shower, this mask calms, soothes, and purifies the scalp and hair. For the itchy flaky scalp, Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is a staple, the new matching conditioner is a great addition to the range. Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster is a go-to for the damaged, dry, and breaking hair. It nourished the hair strand while repairing the damage. 2-3 drops of this booster into any hair styling or leave-on product or directly on the hair does the work. Moroccan Oil Treatment has been a best-seller for years, no doubt why it is so loved by one and all, a half pump is enough to give the silky shiny hair that is soft to touch. Leonor Greyl Laque Souple Light Styling Spray for thin hair comes into life as a saviour for those fly-aways and frizz and you literally get addicted to it. Kerastase Discipline Oleo-Relax is for my fellow moms with wavy or curly hair, a pump or two of this lightweight hair oil relaxes the strands and makes them more manageable without being greasy. For all the lovers of heat-styling their hair, MoroccanOil Perfect Defense is a lightweight spray that protects hair from the heat damage.
I have tried to cover most of the products which are currently loved by us and I hope you will find it easy to select the gift for your mother or fellow moms. All the recommendations either come as a single product or you can look for gift packages depending on which retailer you are checking them on. Let me know how you find my gift guide and if you would like to see more like these in the future. Also, I have a Mother’s Day giveaway live on my Instagram if you are interested, check my IG stories for the same. Wishing you a safe and Happy Mother’s Day!