Dior reinvented volume with Dior Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara this year and this is the Mascara you need for that extra volume you desire. This Mascara has a squeezable wand means a fully loaded brush for an instant extreme volume for the lashes.  The technique here is to pump the soft tube, which will coat the brush and soften the creamy, rich formula inside for a perfect fresh application every time. Doesn’t that sound amazing and interesting too? This is the advancement and innovation we have in today’s world, I am so impressed with this one. I was born and raised in India and I remember my mother and grand mother used to have home made eye kohl which had some really good benefits for eyes and she made it fresh after an interval of time.

This Mascara has a special bounce effect brush which is sturdy and the bristles are supple enough to bounce and load the lashes in a single sweep, no clumps just volume.  The creamy, dense, volumizing formula of this Mascara is due to the main ingredient which is exclusive to Dior and is called elastic Bouncy Powders which does last for a good amount of time whether you just opened a new tube or just finishing one.

“The idea was to make the impossible, possible—to create very thick lashes without clumping, as I can do backstage. By pumping, you soften the formula and get a creamy volumizing effect that creates really rich lashes.” as described by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup.

For me, I have a nice length of eye lashes and most of the time, I do not apply Mascara and if I do, I need a very gentle single stroke so that my eyes do not look very different from my face. Being a woman doing my full-time job in a conservative office area, I do prefer a natural look with my formal clothing. Whether it is my makeup or any other thing, I try to keep things simple. First of all, I loved the concept of squeezable Mascara and looking at the brush, I could see how little and dense the bristles are and they are going to give some nice volume. I have been applying it for a few days now in very light single stroke and it gives me such a natural volume, like my lashes are that thick or I would say ‘My lashes but better’. It enhances the beauty of my lashes and not makes them look different.

This Mascara retails for CAD $37 excluding taxes and is available at all Dior Retailers and related .com sites.

What is your favorite Mascara?

Media sample kindly provided, all opinions are my own

The Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder which was a limited edition highlighter is one of my favorite highlighter’s which I love and use a lot. For 2017 spring Dior released luminizers in four shades which are permanent and I could not be more thrilled. The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is described as “light as a breeze” and contains a high concentration of illuminating pigments in a shade that can be adapted to any skin tone. Isn’t that cool? It melts into the skin perfectly and gives a glow that is very luminous natural glow. There are four shades and each shade will look different on you depending on skin tone, I was sent shade 004 – Bronzed Glow for review. Also, just to mention here that each shade looks different in the pan depending on how the light falls and reflects on the compact. It adds a nice kind of glow to the skin without being overly shimmery.

The shade 004 is also really gorgeous and I am so excited to have this shade. Highlighters are an important part of my life and when they are this beautiful and look so stunning, it makes the day better! This highlighter is really beautiful, whether it is the packaging or the product inside, it is so perfect. It has an embossed surface which I was afraid to touch first ( the feeling you used to get in the childhood when you yourself does not want to play with your favorite toy fearing it may get dirty or it will stop working  🙂 ).

I tried taking the photos and swatches of this highlighter both in direct sunlight and in the shade so that you can see how much difference the light makes.

The packaging of this highlighter is fairly sturdy, the same silver compact as the Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder  and it comes with a protective soft pouch and mini kabuki style brush for application. The brushes are well made and usable and are perfect for on the go.

Overall, I am in love with this highlighter and I am so much looking forward to going to beach or an outing to wear this highlighter. The shimmer and finish of this highlighter are very beautiful and they can also be used on the cheeks, eyes or even eyes wherever you want that beautiful focus and light. I did not experience any irritation or making my skin look dry or the emphasize the pore size. It looked very natural and truly melted into the skin perfectly. 004 is a unique color and looks like such a soft dewy bronzy glow on my medium tan skin tone. Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer retails for CAD $68 excluding taxes and is available at all Dior retailers and websites.

If you have medium to tan skin tone, I would say 004 is must for you.


What is your favorite highlighter?


Belif is a herbal cosmetic brand which combines the traditional approach of treating the body and mind to maintain the skin’s ideal condition using natural herbs with the brand’s safe and innovative extracting method. This is a brand which combines the nature with science, getting the benefits of the herbs through innovative extracting methods which does retain and enhance the original benefits of the herbs used. It leverages the knowledge of traditional herbal processing method which was discovered by British Herbalist since 1860 to create a cosmetic line to create products that are near to nature and are efficient.

I was sent these products for review purposes and I have used them on and off since last month.

I will start first with the Belif Transforming peel off mask which is a gentle exfoliating peel mask. This peel off mask works very gently to exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells from skin, making the other treatments or products work better. The main ingredients of this mask are a lemon balm and white willow bark. White willow bark is a natural salicylic acid which helps soothe and clarify skin. It is advised to be suitable for all skin type and for my combination skin with hormonal breakouts, I do find it really soothing when I have breakouts. I apply a thin layer of this mask on my cleansed face in the evening and leave it for almost 15 minutes or until the mask becomes dry. Then I rinse off with lukewarm water and it is very easy to remove, no stickiness or difficult to remove. Then I use my treatment serum followed by night cream or moisturizer. This mask is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Overall this is a nice mask and I feel my skin to be clear and my pores are minimized. This mask retails for CAD $39 for 50 ml, which last a very good time.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence is a very lightweight hydrating serum that may be called essence too due to the lightweight formulation. The main ingredients include a blend of apothecary herbs rosemary and lavender which have hydrating and detoxifying properties. The texture of this serum is very lightweight, almost like water. I have used it on my face after cleansing and toning and do not see much difference. As it is summer here, and it is very lightweight, it may be doing something that I do not feel. Due to the ingredients, I feel it may have long term benefits but I do not see much on the skin as of now. This serum is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Overall, it is a very lightweight hydrating serum – an essence which may be really good for oily skin types. It retails for CAD $51 for 75ml excluding taxes.

Belif Cleansing herb water is a hypo-allergenic, moisture rich cleansing water. The main ingredient in it is Tri-herb Tea Complex which helps to keep skin fresh and clear without leaving any oily residue. It is suitable for sensitive skin types. If you are following me for sometime, you will know how much I like cleansing balms/ cleansing oils and how much I am a fan of double cleansing. I do not use cleansing waters generally but to review this, I did use this quite a lot. I use this cleansing water as a first step of my makeup removal and I take it as my first cleansing. I moisten a cotton pad with this cleansing water and sweep across the face. It does remove my makeup including the eye makeup, I usually do not use any waterproof eye makeup so can not comment on that. It did not cause any irritation and was gentle. Then I followed with my second cleansing.  This water is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. This is a nice cleansing water and does the work it is designed to do. Belif Cleansing herb water retails for CAD $29 excluding taxes.

Belif Bergamot herbal extract toner is a toner to be used after cleansing the skin. The main ingredients of this toner are bergamot and sage which help clarify and balance the skin. It is advised to be suitable for normal to combination skin types. The texture of this toner is very light gel and does feel very light when applied. I use it after cleansing my face and then use this with a cotton pad and sweep it over my face avoiding the eye area. I do feel my skin is hydrated and feels soft after using this. This toner is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Belif Bergamot herbal extract toner retails for CAD $34 excluding taxes.

Last but not the least is my favorite, Belif The true cream – aqua bomb which I have reviewed in a separate post linked here. This is my second jar of this cream and I must say it is not the last. I use it morning and night and gives me a nice glow with or without any makeup. It does keep my skin very soft and supple without any oiliness. The gel-cream is very refreshing and is suitable for all skin types and best suited for normal to combination skin types. I do get breakouts time to time and this has been a staple. I use this cream after my serum and before my sunscreen or makeup during the day and as the last step during the night skin care routine. This cream is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. This cream retails for CAD $47 excluding taxes.

All the Belif products are available at Sephora, and on the Belif Canada website.

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