Serums are an important part of my daily skincare regime. Be it a single serum or multiple serums that I layer based on my skin’s need, I never miss out on a serum, not a single day. Weather change and environmental factors have always affected my skin, not much in a good way, so in turn, I have to take extra care of my skin. I have been using Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum since last six month, on and off, either as a single serum or layering it over my other treatment serum. It has never disappointed me, like other products that I have used from the brand.
Vichy Mineral 89 (CAD $39.95) is described as a pure and powerful formula concentrated with 89% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, born in the French volcanoes, and associated with natural hyaluronic acid. It hydrates to strengthen skin and protect it against aggressors like weather changes, stress, fatigue and pollution, factors that lead to dull skin, skin damage, and weak skin barrier. It is suitable for all skin types, even the sensitive ones. It is paraben free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, non-greasy, and silicone free.
I have been reaching out for this serum when my skin needs an extra boost of hydration or if my skin is feeling dehydrated. The texture of the serum is a light gel which absorbs very fast into the skin without leaving any oiliness or greasy feeling. I use it after cleansing and before my moisturizer or another serum. It even works great the next day after using the detox or clay mask, I have noticed it balances the skin without making it dry or oily. My skin feels hydrated and plump when I use this serum, it does feel very lightweight.
The makeup sits on well on the skin with this serum, no issues of rolling off or caking. I have used it day and night with no irritation or breakouts, that is a plus for acne prone skin types as it hydrates already irritated skin without causing more congestion. I still have a half bottle left, and it will be over by the end of winter. The packaging is in a heavy glass bottle with a pump which dispenses the right amount of serum, I need one and a half pump to cover my face and a part of the neck.
Overall, it is a nice serum to add to your skincare routine in any season when your skin needs an extra boost of hydration and plumpness, without breakouts or congestion, for all skin types. Vichy Mineral 89 is available at Vichy.ca, beauty boutique online.
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With Mending and Extending the hair, I mean mending the hair already in need of help and extend the hairstyle in the way to delay the hair wash. I have Morocconoil Mending Infusion and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo which I have been using and thought to share with you guys. For me, I do use heat on my hair twice a week which makes me more concerned about the health of my hair, particularly dry and brittle ends. And to delay using heat on my hair, I like to use a dry shampoo.
Morocconoil Mending Infusion
Morocconoil Mending Infusion (CAD $37) is described as an advanced argan-oil infused lotion-serum that not only mends hair to provide a frictionless finish but also nourishes, conditions and helps to strengthen hair. Additionally, the ultra-lightweight formula provides long-lasting benefits that help prevent future damage over time, resulting in healthier-looking, touchably-soft and silky hair with each use.
The key ingredients include Argan Oil(help restore elasticity, smoothness, and manageability to hair while imparting brilliant shine), Galactoarabinan(it provides vital moisture and helps restore a healthy look to the hair), Baobab Extract(to improve elasticity and increase hair strength), Panthenol/Provitamin B5 (hair conditioning agent and moisturizer to enhance hair shine), Coconut Alkanes(provides a smooth feel and shine, while aiding in spreadability of the hair), and Hydrolyzed Quinoa(help restore hair’s strength).
I use it at the ends of my dry hair after washing or during the week. After using this, the hair feels moisturized and the split and brittle ends do not appear to be much noticeable. The consistency of the product is light cream like and it smells almost same like the Morrocconoil treatment which I reviewed here. It is not oily or does not makes the ends oily, just smooth and better version of the hair ends. I do feel my hair silky and soft after using this on the ends. Morocconoil Mending Infusion is available at Morocconoil official website and Sephora Canada.
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo(CAD $39) is described to revives hair with naturally derived powders that absorb excess oil and impurities. It is suitable for all hair types. It calms the senses with an aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang-ylang.
My scalp gets oily after a day or two after washing and I tend to use a dry shampoo to extend my hairstyle and delay the hair wash. I like the smell of this dry shampoo and it does what it is supposed to do, soaks up oil from scalp. It makes the hair silky and fresh. The only issue I have with this is the packaging of the product, there is no control over how much product you want out, and for me, it is always too much, so either I try to shake a bit over the scalp or just have it on the palm of my hand and then apply to the scalp. It is very fine powder and dissipates quickly without leaving the white cast. Other than that, the formula is good, smells really good and does not leave the white powder or white stuff in the hair. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo is available at Aveda official website.
Overall, both these products have been a nice addition to my hair care routine. I would recommend both of these if you are looking to mend and extend your hair and hairstyle.
*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.
‘True Luxury is meant to last‘ – Kilian Hennessy. To mark the occasion of ten years in the perfume industry, Kilian Hennessy created the ‘From Dusk till Dawn Collection’ in homage to one of his favorite artists, Gustav Klimt. The collection comprises of two new fragrances, ‘Woman in Gold’ and ‘Gold Knight’. Both the scents play with dualities: darkness and light, feminity and masculinity, modernity and proud tradition. As with all Kilian Collections, From Dusk till Dawn is about seeking luxury in every aspect of one’s life, finding elegance in every day. ‘I wanted to mark this milestone with something unexpected. Something out of the norm, where I would be able to take inspiration from fine art and translate it into the world of perfume.’ – says Kilian Hennessy.
The fragrance is housed in a magnificent coffret, beautifully embellished in homage to Klimt’s masterful signature style. The black bottle is adorned with Kilian’s signature finishes including the engraved plaque, galvanized cap, both rendered in gold tone – comes inside its own sculptured enameled box. Once opened, the mirror metal lid inside reflects the luminosity, mysterious glamour, and jewel-like quality of each bottle.
The faceted flacon is inspired by the timeless cognac carafe and is created by a traditional glass-making technique requiring 12 craftspeople. The bottle is finely engraved in a light reflecting pattern that replicates the brand’s iconic ‘K’ and also bears the golden plaque, finished with a heavyweight stopper, fashioned from metal and glass.
‘Woman in Gold’ is inspired by 1907 portrait of leading Viennese art patron and taste-maker Adele Bloch-Bauer who was the only woman Klimt painted twice. The perfumer for ‘Woman in Gold’ is Calice Becker. The paintings fascinating contrasts and complexities, bewitching glamour, and intrigue inspired Calice to create this ‘texturized and brilliant, rich and voluptuous scent’. The top notes are Bergamot, middle notes are Rose and Vanilla Absolute, and base notes are Patchouli and Akigalawood.
To me, the notes that stood up on my skin are the rose, vanilla, and patchouli, in a delicate, expensive, and feminine manner. The Akigalawood, which is an exclusive patchouli molecule, give the sophisticated and expensiveness feel to the scent. It is delicately powdery at the same time as well as clean and light-weight, not very overpowering but warm. The dry down of vanilla is absolutely delicious. The scent does not change much on my skin and the staying power is good, lingers around for the whole day. I would not wear it every day but it is a special occasion scent, when you feel the best, when luxury is your agenda.
It is indeed ‘A Perfume as complex and dazzling as the woman who wears it’. Kilian is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter, Harrods.