Vichy has been around since I remember and every time I used to ask friends and other fellow beauty lovers about it, they all had positive views about it. And then I tried this brand which made me realize why everyone loves it, whether you have dry, oily, acne-prone, combination, mature skin, they have something for you. I have reviewed their products in details in my previous posts which I will link in this post if you are interested. As Black Friday is approaching, I have some recommendations as well as the offer code for you which is definitely a steal.
I will start first with the face masks, you may have known by now how much I love masks. I have three of their masks which I do make sure to include in my routine along with my other masks. They are amazing at keeping my pores clean, skin healthy, and giving me that glow. Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask keeps my pores clean and I feel I have few breakouts when I use it regularly. I feel this to be very soothing and never had any dryness after using this mask. Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask is a soothing mask and it does provide a cooling effect to the skin. It is my go to when I have been under the sun, or after I had an acid peel or something harsh or strong on the skin. Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask help with resurfacing of the skin and makes your skin cells work better to make the skin look glowy, plump and healthy. I have reviewed all these masks in detail here and they retail for CAD $34 each.
The Ideal Teint Makeup from Vichy is a beautiful combination of benefits of skincare in makeup. Teint Ideal Fluid Foundation (CAD $38) is a medium coverage foundation and is buildable. This foundation is suitable for normal to combination skin types and was perfect for me as it is both liquid and is suitable for my combination skin. Teint Ideal Bronzer (CAD $36) is a bronzer for natural sunkissed glow. It is suitable for normal skin types and for my combination skin type, it does not gives any irritation but just that natural glow. Teint Ideal Highlighter (CAD $27) is a multi-purpose highlighter suitable for all skin types. The product is packaged in a plastic tube with a roll-on applicator. It is best to say that it enhances the radiance and freshens up the complexion. I have reviewed all these in detail here.
For my skincare routine, I have few staples that I use in my routine when I have some congestion or feel like my skin is behaving. The products are from Vichy Normaderm range. Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment (CAD $19.95) is formulated for oily-acne prone skin. It sinks into the skin fairly quickly and is the perfect base to start moisturizing and then on to the makeup. Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Moisturizing Treatment (CAD $29.95) is formulated with Salicylic Acid and LHA to help minimize large pores, eliminate shine and reduce acne scars while fighting pimples & blackheads. Phe Resorcinol in this formulation combined with exfoliating LHA, reduces acne scars thanks to its de-pigmentating properties. I use this after the Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment and they both do work well with each other. I have reviewed the Vichy Normaderm range in detail here.
Last but not the least, another favorite and a must have is the Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum (CAD $39.95) which I reviewed a few weeks back. I am linking the full review of it here.
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Being a regular user of essences and oils in my skincare routine since last few years, I can feel from within and can see it that my skin is healthier inside out. I always have a soft corner for oils, whether they are for face, hair, or body. I feel they are closer to nature and thus my body and the skin understands them better. In my skincare routine, I wash my face, use essence, a serum, eye cream, and then comes the face oil followed by the moisturizer. This routine includes few steps but I must say they are worth it. I take few drops of the oil and rub them between my hands and pat them on my face. Then I lock that moisture and oil benefits with a layer of moisturizer over it. And my skin has been glowing and healthy since I started this routine few years back. I hope you do not think that oils are not for the face but if you still think that then you are missing something very important, let me know and I will plan a separate post on that topic. Now, coming to the main topic here. Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is a new addition to my skincare routine and I am so glad that it has been doing wonders for my skin.
Decorte is a Japanese brand which is based on the philosophy understand nature and help to bring meaning and holistic viewpoint to life. Based on the ancient practice of Eastern Medicine and complemented with techno-innovation science, Decorte works with nature and the body’s natural rhythms to help skin perform better. The star and heart of the Decorte skincare products is Vi-Fusion which is a proprietary complex that strengthens, regenerates, and empowers the skin on multiple levels. The core ingredient in the Vi-Fusion line is the Onsen Water. Onsen Water comes from the geothermal volcanic waters that infuse skin with magnesium, potassium, sodium, and other vital elements in micro-sizes that won’t stress the skin or cause inflammation.
Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is described to have the ultra-nourishing oils from the Baobab, or Tree of Life. This multi-functional Vitality Tincture™ saturates skin with moisturizing oils, essential in times of dehydration, extreme cold and life changes that can destabilize its balance. It is plumped with vital moisture to improve skin function, skin stays calm and soothed, looks healthy, lifted and glowing.
To use Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence, I shake the bottle which has a bi-layered formula to activate its vital benefits. I use it after my serum or sometimes straight after cleansing and toning. I do follow with my moisturizer after using this essence oil. The texture is not very thick, more like an oil but it does absorb very fast into the skin. So it does look like an oil but does not leaves any residue or oily feeling after using it. It has a subtle uplifting scent which I like. It has been good under my makeup too when I am using it in my daily routine. Now comes the results and my experience, I have been using it since last month under my moisturizer, 3-4 drops are enough for my face. As the weather was changing last month, more of the fall and now it is winter, this has kept my skin glowing and healthy. As I have combination skin, I do experience flakiness and dehydrated skin during these months but not this year. My skin looks moisturized, glowy, but not oily. I experienced no breakouts or irritation while using it. Been using face oils and essences for years and after trying so many brands and skincare lines, this is a keeper for me. I would totally recommend you to check this out if you have dry, combination, normal, or oily skin.
And yes if you are thinking of Kate Moss in the pictures above, She is the global brand ambassador of Decorte and Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is her favorite product from the line. Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence is available to be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, Decorte Cosmetics, and Selfridges.
*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.
Winter is finally here and Toronto got its first snowfall, not much but I was able to show it to my kids. The elder one knew how it looked but the younger one who is 2 years old, he was so excited to see the snowflakes today. It feels nice and I am always excited to change my beauty routine and products which includes skincare and fragrance for winter. It is a season when I start waiting for the Christmas, thinking of the beautiful time with family and kids, staying together and staying cozy. In regard to the fragrance, I like rich and a bit dark fragrances for winter, although it depends I can go with deep florals or even earthy notes too. Being from India, born and raised there, settled in Canada now, it is normal for me to have a love inside for everything related or dedicated to something in India and Guerlain Shalimar fragrance is one of those masterpieces. I am wearing Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense Eau de Parfum since last few days and it feels lovely, apart from the emotional connection because of India. My husband is wearing or I would I am making him wear Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code in order for me to feel and experience how it works with his body chemistry.
Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense
Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense (CAD $122 – 50ml) is a new Eau de Parfum by Guerlain. A sensual and enchanting creation to be worn like a precious jewel. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind it and he has breathed new life into this legendary perfume, taking it to the heights of sensuality. From the Guerlain official website, if you do not know the legend or the history behind the Taj Mahal, located in India, here are some excerpts, ‘Once upon a time, four centuries ago, in India, there was a love that knew no bounds. For his beloved wife, the princess Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor Shah Jahan ordered the creation of the most luxurious gardens of Shalimar as a setting for their love. Later, he erected the Taj Mahal, a marvel admired by the entire world. This fabulous story inspired Jacques Guerlain to create an exquisitely seductive scent, the world’s very first oriental fragrance: Shalimar.’ There may be different views of different people on Taj Mahal but in the end, it is and will always be seen as a symbol of Love which is also one of the point that Shalimar may be related to.
Top notes are Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, and Lemon. Middle notes are Indian Jasmin Sambac and Orange Blossom. Base notes are White Musk, Madagascar Vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla, and Benzoin. The packaging is deep blue lacquered bottle in a new sapphire-like design, conveying the intense and vivacious spirit of Shalimar, its legend, and Indian roots.
Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense is a beautiful contrast between vivacity and warmth, freshness and cocooning. In other words, it is warm, cozy, and delicious. The longevity is quite good on my skin, I can still smell it at the end of the day when I whiff close on my wrists. I can wear it during the day and night, as mentioned it is rich, warm, delightful, sensuous, and cozy but at the same time, very subtle and not overpowering.
Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code
Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code (CAD $130 – 100ml) is a new and contemporary twist on the signature Habit Rouge. It is sophisticated and audacious, the bottle adorns itself with a sober black suit twisted with a stylish tartan pattern while the fragrance has an addictive juice with a luscious oriental aroma. Habit Rouge was created in 1965 and is the first oriental fragrance for men in perfumery. As a homage to the equestrian art, it created an element of surprise with its scents of sensual and bold vanilla. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind this fragrance.
Tope notes are neroli, rose, and bergamot. Middle notes are spices, patchouli, and cedar. Base notes are tonka bean, vanilla, praline, and vetiver. Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code is housed in an elegant lacquered glass bottle with a trendy mix of red herringbones and silver stripes styles. The fragrance has rich woody notes which are softened by the leather facets. The longevity is nice and to me, it smells like creamy sweetish (later spicy) leathery scent which not usual in men’s fragrance’s but it is welcome now as I am loving this on my man.
Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense and Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code are available at Guerlain Boutique and Institute, and the Hudson’s Bay.
*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.