I am still swooning the spring makeup launches from Dior which I reviewed here and here we have the summer launches to keep us glowing and fresh. From the official description of the Dior Cool Wave Summer Collection 2018, ‘The heat of the sun sun and an indigo pool, the clash between hot and cold, sensuality fusing with the skin. Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, sets the stage for a summer at its zenith with an effervescent collection that explores the contrast between aquatic blues and euphoric shades.
From these splashes of color and intense transparency springs forth a vibration all its own, both romantic and pop-art. “It’s like the splash of an incandescent body diving into cool water,” describes Peter Philips. “Formulas with a cooling effect in energetic colors melt into the sun-kissed skin.” For me, the collection has taken the basic essence of the summer and the collection is so practical which can be used and enjoyed during the summer for its vibrancy of shades, freshness in formulas, and the ease of use. Whether it is for work, for shopping, for pool time, and for vacation, the pieces in the collection can all be used as well as they are very travel-friendly.
Cool Wave – 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up
After the long winter, while dreaming of summer, the first scene that comes into the mind is color of the tanned skin, the bright blue of a lagoon or the bronze hues of the later summer. Inspired by that dream, there are two 5 Couleurs palettes that feature a pattern like a ripple of a drop hitting the surface of the water, the effect is captured by the palette so perfectly. The 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up (CAD $73) is about all the hues from the sun, the palette has luminous brown, coral, and nude shades. The formula is very creamy, an ideal combination to create multiple looks on eyes this summer.
From the picture, the top two shades would be perfect for a daytime look while the lower two can add the intensity to the look for either day or night wear. For my medium tan skin tone, the shades are more than perfect to even have a little hint of summer or for having that smudged-kohl, mysterious look. The formula blends easily and builds up quite well. The formula is nicely pigmented, so make sure to get the hold of it before working on a full look. Just want to mention that the top right shade from the palette is quite opaque on me, it does give a highlighting effect and also good as a very subtle shade, which I am really liking. I did notice the formula of the top right shade is a bit hard to work with compared to the other four, which are very creamy. I have already used this palette few times and love the versatility of it, the shades are perfect to create some amazing looks.
Splash On The Eyes – Diorshow Cooling Stick
Diorshow Cooling Stick (CAD $41) is a sleek, very sophisticated looking eyeshadow stick. The pencil glides along, leaving a feeling of freshness and solid color with a wet-effect finish bright with sunlight. It features a formula brimming with water for a gorgeous, fresh feel, Diorshow Cooling Stick unfurls its seductive bronze, precious gold and ingenue pink along the lash line or as a highlight in the inner corner of the eye. Diorshow Cooling Stick is a waterproof beauty booster is perfect for relaxing tired eyes and toning the eyelids.
Diorshow Cooling Stick in 001 Bronze Wave and 002 in Gold Splash is in the swatches below. For my medium tan skin tone, they have been a really great addition to spring, summer, and for even fall. They are easily buildable and the formula glides on pretty easily. The shades are very practical and can be used in the regular routine. Once applied, it does give a fresh light sensation and then it fades away, that cooling fresh sensation relaxes the eyes. Other than that, the staying power is good, the ease of application and the travel-friendly packaging is all a plus.
Taking Summer Vertical – Dior Addict Lip Tattoo
Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (CAD $37) has been here for quite some time and when the product like this is much loved, more shades are always welcome. The staying power, formula and the packaging has impressed many, including me, I reviewed few shades here last year and today, I have one shade to share with you called ‘Watermelon’. If you have not yet tried this product, Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is a tattoo-finish lip ink with a no-transfer finish and an extreme 10-hour hold. The new shades are bright and vibrant, the formula is ultra-pigmented with water finish and nude feel fuses with the skin of the skin of the lips in a matter of seconds like a temporary tinted tattoo. Watermelon is a bright, mouth-watering pink shade and the tint it leaves is beautiful bright pinks which looks very natural after the product wear off the lips after few hours.
Cool Summer – Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Addict Lipstick (CAD $44) is a concentrate of Dior and a palette in summer shades. It has a hydra-gel core which makes it stand out for the hydration and that shine it imparts to lips. There are beautiful shades launched which embrace an epicurean season with essential colors, the shades include an effervescent orange, a bronze nude, a sensual coral, a graceful pink, a dizzying fuschia and a blue-toned shimmery shade. The swatches I have below are for Dior Addict Lipstick 090 White Splash and 411 Nude Chill.
The formula glides on very easily, very comfortable to wear, hydrating to the lips as well provide a beautiful shine. There is no dryness or any feeling like that even after it wears off. The bullet is designed beautifully with the logo in the middle, such classic packaging, heavy and shiny.
Cool summer – Dior Lip Maximizer
Dior Lip Maximizer (CAD $42) is inspired by the Dior backstage, it has the mint extract that gives off instant freshness, irresistibly plumps the lips and creates an incomparably shiny smile with icy blue accents. The shade available in Dior Lip Maximizer is 011 Pool Blue. The formula is easy to wear, gives a cooling sensation and is comfortable to wear. It does give an oomph to the lips by plumping them a bit and the shine is so gorgeous. The effect stays on for a while and the shine adds on to the effect to give a beautiful finish.
Comic Strip – Dior Vernis
Peter Philips explains, ‘For a summer synonymous with playfulness and freedom, I wanted to come out with a collection of bright nail colors that women can use to express their creativity and personality’. The bright nails, this summer, are called Wizz, Splash, Blop, respectively in coral, denim, swimming pool blue shades. The Dior Vernis (CAD $34) is enriched with a pearly shimmer that catches the sunlight, sexy like a bikini and fun like a pop song. The shade I have on my nails is 404 Splash and I am really liking it. It is fun summer shade and I am planning to sport it with many outfits, the bright swimming pool blue shades do enhances the mood already as is Ice storm outside here in mid of April.
Overall, a beautiful and very practical collection that can be used for all occasions, during spring, and summer. The collection is worth checking out, the shade range and products will suit most of the skin tones, and don’t forget when you wear the seasonal makeup and shades, there is the mood factor too which makes you feel more beautiful. Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection is available from mid of April on all Dior counters nationwide, Sephora, Hudsons Bay, Holt Renfrew, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is my first fragrance from the house. Van Cleef & Arpels, the world-renowned Paris jeweler, pays tribute to nature with a range of magnificent fragrant compositions inspired by its LesJardins (“The Gardens”) jewelry range. The extraordinary collection has seven rare and luxurious fragrances from the house. The bottles are a mix of simplicity and classicism, with the high-end refinement of the details in relation to the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry codes. Each perfume is given a formulation number by the master perfumer and presented in a hallmarked and embossed presentation gift box. One of the seven fragrances from the extraordinary collection is the Orchidée Vanille which I will be writing about in this post. The nose behind Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is Randa Hammami.
The key words to describe this fragrance are Gourmand, Warm, Sensual, Comforting, and Spellbinding. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is described as a floral, gourmand vanilla with a subtle blend of fruity (Mandarin, litchi), tasty(Bitter almond, Chocolate), and sensual floral (Bulgarian rose, Violet) notes. With an intensely addictive vanilla pod, the raw nature of Vanilla Absolute is faceted with woody (cedar), balsamic (Tonka bean), and musky notes.
From Randa Hammami, the perfumer for Orchidée Vanille, ‘This fragrance unveils a fresh, sensual interpretation evoking a heady, unique oriental voyage. A mysterious flower of legendary beauty, I wanted to translate all the facets of the Orchid. Following the fresh and fruity opening provided by Mandarin and Litchi, I wanted to surround the middle note with floral and sensual accords (Violet, Bulgarian Rose). The bottom note of Virginia Cedar Wood is enveloped in Vanilla Absolute and adorned with balsamic and musky flourishes.’
Orchidée Vanille is very comforting and relaxing scent to me, not very sweet or sugary gourmand, more like a ladylike sweetness. On my skin, it opens fresh and after few minutes, the vanilla turns on. The chocolate and the bitter notes are subtle on my skin but still noticeable. It is very soft, creamy, and sensual, more of a light airy romantic fragrance. It is amazing to wear work and is not very loud, it is elegant, effortless, and classic. All the notes blend in very delicately and in balance to make it a really divine vanilla scent. All I get from is the natural notes and not any synthetic or chemically smell, which is really a nice thing for a vanilla based fragrance. The lasting power on my skin is around 8 hours on the day when the weather was sunny after which it starts fading which is okay for me. During the cold day, it lasted for around 5-6 hours on me. So the skin chemistry and the external factors, for me, do play a big role in how the fragrance projects on you and how much the longevity of it is.
I am happy to say that this is one of my favorite vanilla fragrances I have ever smelled, more of a vanilla cocoa gourmand. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – Orchidée Vanille is available at Hudson’s Bay, and Neiman Marcus.
Cleansing is an essential part of my skincare routine, for me whether I am wearing makeup or not, a proper cleansing of the skin is a must. With years of trying and experimenting with my skin and the products I use, I have come to the terms with my skin to cleanse my skin thoroughly and properly to keep it happy. That does not mean I have to squeeze out that single last piece of oil or dirt off my skin, the aim is to cleanse everything that is either applied on the skin or everything that has come on the skin as a result of the natural process which skin goes through all the time which may be oil, dirt, grime due to environmental, aging, hormonal reasons. I have done the single cleansing, double cleansing, and even the triple cleansing sometimes. The results differ in all cases. Single cleansing is all I do in the mornings, keep in mind that I do it only when I have cleansed my face the night before, which is what I do without forgetting any single day. Double cleansing most of the evenings when I am wearing makeup or sunscreen. And triple cleansing when I am wearing heavy makeup or when I do feel like my face is clean after double cleansing. I have been lazy in the past and stop at double cleansing thinking it is enough but next day or two, new acne will show up, means I am not cleaning my face properly. You know yourself and your skin the best and when you feel something about yourself, you should be serious about it. So coming back to my cleansing routine, in the evening, either I go for double cleansing or triple cleansing. I am going to refer to the Cle de Peau Beaute Cleansing products which I have been using since last few months and have become favorites for their effectiveness and the results.
To make out the most of your first cleanse means the makeup remover, I prefer something that does the work well and removes my makeup completely, specifically the eye makeup first, instead of me rubbing my eyes and then going for another cleanser to clean the sensitive eye area. Then I go for the full face makeup removing, proceeding to the second cleanse. I have been using the Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (CAD $65) since last few months and really enjoying it. Yes, enjoying it because it is so gentle yet so effective, never irritates my sensitive eyes and eye area. Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover is defined as the luxurious makeup remover for the delicate eye and lip areas that feels divinely silky and leaves skin dewy soft while effortlessly removes even heavy, long-wear and waterproof makeup. This bi-phase formula gives skin around the eyes and lips a beautiful supple look while also protecting eyelashes with Argan Oil and Camellia Oil.
I am really impressed with this makeup remover and would not be hesitant to say that this is one of the best out there. It removes eye makeup like no other, feels very comfortable to use, never stings the eyes, my sensitive eyes never water when I use this. To use it, I do shake it well and then dab few drops on the cotton pad and then straight to my eyes and lips. I hold it onto the makeup and then wipe off gently. The product has a very subtle yet luxurious fragrance of natural roses and rare orchids. That makes it a really pleasant experience to remove makeup and make this my first thing to do when I reach home. There is very less oil content in this product which does not leave that oily residue which seeps into the eyes after removing the eye makeup as many other eye makeups I have used do. The key ingredients include Golden Silk Essence to combat loss of clarity, translucence, and suppleness, Japanese Pearl to leave skin satin smooth, Theanine to even skin tone, and Scutella Baicalensis Extract to support skin’s beauty.
After removing my makeup, I go for either my regular cleanser or twice in a week, I go for exfoliating my skin. I prefer exfoliation during my evening or night skincare routine after removing the makeup. Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub (CAD $82) is something that can be used as the second cleanser after removing makeup, in place of the regular cleanser for two-three times in a week. Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub is described as a gentle mineral-rich cleansing clay scrub that delicately exfoliates while removing impurities, especially from pores. Skin looks visibly renewed, soft and radiant with captivating translucency.
The key ingredients are same as mentioned in the Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and include Golden Silk Essence to combat loss of clarity, translucence, and suppleness, Japanese Pearl to leave skin satin smooth, Theanine to even skin tone, and Scutella Baicalensis Extract to support skin’s beauty. I have used it for few weeks and loving the results. The texture is very creamy clay and there are some grains which are very few in quantity, the most you feel is the creamy texture. I take the clay on my moist hands and apply it onto the face, avoiding the eye area and then massage it gently with circular motions over the forehead, cheeks and chin area, including my neck. Then I make sure to rinse it thoroughly, like really thoroughly. The result is radiant, soft skin with no residue.
Another important thing which I use every single day of my life is the cotton. Good quality cotton is really important to me, I did feel the difference when I first moved from the supermarket cotton pads to Shiseido ones and now adding these Cle de Peau Cotton to my routine. Cle de Peau Cotton (CAD $30 – 120 sheets) is described as the pillow-like cotton pads wrapped in soft silk that feel ultra-indulgent on skin designed especially for skincare. It is made with precious natural silk that helps improve the application of effective ingredients contained in skin care lotions and emulsions. This cotton does bring the feeling of exceptional luxury to skin with a smooth delicate texture. It uses a fine-textured silk and cotton surface to provide an exceptionally smooth and comfortable massaging sensation on the skin. It is developed using production methods that create a superior cushiony lint-resistant weave.
Clea de Peau is a brand I have recommended much in the brand, their makeup, and skincare is exceptional. I am happy to have these added to my skincare routine. Cle de Peau Beaute products, including Cle de Peau Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, Cle de Peau Cleansing Clay Scrub, and Cle de Peau Cotton is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and on the official website of Cle de Peau if you are in the US.