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I reviewed Lumiere Essentielle Illuminating Oil Serum and Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream from Darphin a few months back here and emptied both of them last month. I am really impressed with both of the products and hence it is natural to be excited to try more from the brand. Winter had been really brutal this year and my combination skin has been a little on the drier side this year, so something moisturizing which does not breaks me out is my preference. I have been using Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream since last month. Ideal Resource line from Darphin is for someone who has concerns about radiance and anti-aging. It is ideal for skin displaying first signs of wrinkles and loss of radiance. Ideal Resource helps visibly erasing wrinkles and imperfections while helping to revive skin’s radiance.

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid 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.

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream

The active ingredients include Line Polish Complex: Centella Asiatica, White hibiscus, and Knotwood, N-Acetyl- Glucosamine, Mattifying powder. The fluid is housed in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I use this fluid in the mornings, although it can be used in the evening also, after applying my serum. I take a pea-sized amount and massage gently in upward strokes. This fluid is very light and soaks right into the skin. I like the fragrance of it, makes it a ritual to inhale the smell and apply. I do use this on the days I am using my serum along with face oils. My skin stays hydrated and does not look shiny or oily or with any residue. It stays on well under the makeup also. It does not emphasize my problem areas or dry areas but I have noticed fewer breakouts in general. It does not cause any irritation. Overall, the skin looks healthy, smooth, and radiant.

Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream

Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream is described as a deliciously rich cream with a unique trio of flowers acting in synergy to help rebuild the vital resources of younger-looking skin. The combined properties have the power to improve skin texture, revive complexion luminosity, and smooths away any lines and wrinkles. The active ingredients of the cream are Line Polish Complex: Centella Asiatica, White hibiscus, and Knotwood.

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream

I apply a small amount of this cream after my serum and oil during the evening. It can be used in the morning, perfect for the winter when my skin is feeling overly dry and needs some extra moisture before makeup, otherwise, I do prefer the rich texture in the evenings. The cream is housed in a sturdy glass jar, like other Darphin moisturizers and creams. The cream is very gentle and does not irritate my combination acne prone skin. The cream does not leave any residue and is not greasy. If used in the morning, the makeup sits on pretty well over it, no issues with that. I like the smell of this cream, very delicate and soothing. The skin looks smooth, evened out, and radiant after few uses, I have used it for over a month and do see a good difference in how my skin feels and looks.

Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid and Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream are available to be purchased at Sephora Canada, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, and Holt Renfrew.

*Press samples


Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold is a complexion-perfecting primer infused with pure gold flakes. As described on the official website, Guerlain l’Or is an embellishing make-up base sprinkled with pure 24-carat gold flakes. Like the most luxurious jewelry pieces, the precious flakes were crafted into ultra-sparkling and ultra-reflective particles, then dispersed in a hydrating smoothing gel. The complexion is beautified. It glows with divine and unfailing radiance. Skin is smooth, supple and satiny, ready for perfect, enhanced and long-lasting make-up.

L’Or has a distinctive and delicate floral scent. The first peach note blended with an accord of vegetal notes is fresh and sparkling. The rose, raspberry and jasmine heart is enriched with a powdery base of balsamic, benzoin and white musk.

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold review

So here are my thoughts about Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold. Starting with the packaging, it is housed in a heavy glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle and the cap both have the name Guerlain over them. If you look at the pictures and in person, you see the gold flakes in the bottle floating in the liquid product. The texture of the product is gel-like and feels very light when dispensed. I take one pump of the product on the fingers and then apply it straight to my face. The gold flakes dissolve while I apply it onto the skin. The product does not take much time to dry the skin due to its lightweight and the result is hydrated radiant skin. I apply this primer to my foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold review

It has been a savior for my skin in this weather, the skin looks plump, no signs of my dehydrated skin and no breakouts or irritations for my acne prone combination skin. The foundation stays on well over this primer and never experienced the makeup rolling off. I have used it on the days when I am not wearing makeup, it gives a beautiful glow to the skin and makes the skin look hydrated, youthful, and radiant.  It does not emphasize my pores or imperfections. I use it with my Guerlain Lingerie de Peau SPF20 Foundation which I reviewed here. I have used it with other foundations I have and it works very well with all of them.

Overall, I am really satisfied with this primer and has been loving this in my daily routine. Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold is available at Sephora Canada, Hudson’s Bay.

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


La Mer has been known for their luxurious formulas, healing power, miracle broth, effectiveness, luminosity, and crafted with natural ingredients. La Mer’s journey began when Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment gone awry and set out to create his own destiny. He hoped to unlock the healing power of the sea he held so dear. Inspired by the oceanic world, Huber fermented nutrient-rich sea kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, Crème de la Mer was born – and Huber’s skin visibly restored. I have been using The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer since last few weeks and have been impressed by the products.

la mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 is described as a weightless foundation with luxurious long-wear texture. The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 seamlessly blends soft color, healing hydration, and Miracle Broth. Pores look refined. Imperfections virtually disappear. SPF and antioxidants help protect a newly flawless complexion. New color capsule technology helps color stay true – even in humidity.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

The foundation has a beautiful texture, creamy and very easy to blend. It seamlessly blends into the skin like a second skin. The pigmentation is good enough to give medium to full coverage. It smoothens out the pores and evens out the skin. After using it regularly, I do feel it benefits my skin like my skin is radiant, hydrated, and healthy. It does not accentuate my dry area on the combination skin. The staying power is really good, it stays flawless for over 8 to 10 hours as experienced by me. I do want to mention that the foundation does have fragrance, it does smell like the formulation or the SPF, definitely not like the separate fragrance added to products. The good thing is it does not linger around for long, fades away pretty quickly. The SPF is an added plus as I do tend to skip my sunscreen in winters when I am using this foundation. The foundation does not oxidize and stays true to the color all day. The packaging of the foundation is in the luxurious frosted heavyweight glass bottle with a pump. One and a half pump is enough to cover my face and to build upon the problem areas and evening out on the neck. The finish is satiny and looks very natural on the skin. It does not look cakey or rolls off during the day., It works great with or without primer and can be applied using fingers, brush, or beauty blender. This foundation is available in 15 shades.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

La Mer The Concealer

The Concealer is described as an ultra-creamy concealer, with the potent miracle broth, that melts into the skin with a veil of weightless coverage, youth-boosting benefits, and antioxidants. Imperfections appear blended away as the skin is treated and looks transformed. This treatment-powered concealer hugs contours, for long-wearing, buildable coverage.

The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer from Skincolor de la mer

Upper – The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 in Tan, Lower –  The Concealer in Medium

The concealer is packaged in a stick shape and is very easy to apply, either straight from the bullet or with brush or finger. The texture is thick and creamy, blending does take effort. Being thick, the concealer does not feel heavy on the skin but it dries pretty quickly, so it needs to be blended fast. I have used it on my imperfections to cover up the spots and pigmentation. The concealer is available in 4 shades. It has very good coverage. It does not settle into the lines or problem areas. The finish is satin like and looks natural on the skin. It does not looks cakey or fades during the day, stays well all the day for over 8 hours.

Overall, I am really impressed by the foundation and concealer. I would highly recommend the foundation if you are looking for a naturally flawless luminous look that looks like a second skin, it is a must-have. La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 and The Concealer are available at Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Net-A-Porter.

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



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