Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask (CAD $34) is a new mask from Clinique which aims to smooth complexion with the power of bubbles. This mask is a transformative cleansing gel mask which deeply cleanses, purifies and preps the skin, either for the makeup, night treatment or moisturizer. The unique formula of this mask transforms from a pink gel into a blanket of small white debris- lifting bubbles. The energizing bubbling sensation along with exfoliating ingredients work to lift away surface oil and dirt to reveal softer, smoother and makeup ready skin. It is suitable for all skin types. The packaging of this mask is in a green tube with a pump to dispense the product.
The main ingredients of this mask include:
Decyl Glucoside + Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate + Cocamidopropyl Betaine – These are the foaming agents that help wash away the surface dirt and impurities that can lead to clogged pores and a dull, lackluster complexion.
Glycerin – A moisturizing agent that helps to prevent drying and stripping skins.
N-Actyl D-Glucosamine – An amino sugar that increases moisture, decreases flakiness and helps to normalize exfoliation on the outer layer of skin.
It is suggested to shake the tube of this mask before using. I spread an even layer of this mask on my face and neck avoiding the eye area. The pink color of the gel starts to change and bubbles start to form which grow a little in size, making it a very bubbly layer over the face. After two minutes, I massage the mask with warm water while rinsing away. Then I pat dry and follow with my skin care products, followed by makeup if I use it in the morning. I have used it thrice per week and have used it for two weeks. It is a great pick me up for a Monday morning and it just takes 2 minutes and the skin looks refreshed. For other days, I use it in the evening followed by my night serum and moisturizer.
It is also great after a workout or yoga sweat session, and perfect for an evening out because it really helps prime skin for makeup application. I am really liking that my skin looks more clear and less clogged pores, thank you to this mask. I try to stay consistent with my skin care, it is not a one day or one week but it is part of my daily routine and this is what I suggest everyone. With care and consistency, anyone can improve and maintain the quality of the skin. This is a great mask and I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quick boost for the dullness and uneven texture or for that maintenance and improvement of the skin by deep cleansing and purifying the skin. This mask is exclusively available at Sephora.
Which is your favorite deep cleansing and purifying mask? What is your favorite product from Clinique?
Lip products make a lot of difference on how your lips look and how comfortable you feel about them. Finding the right formula, that does not dry but hydrates and plumps your lips may be sometimes not easy. I have been testing these three products GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper, Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss since last month and been impressed with the formula and the results of all. When I received these products for review purposes, I was not very much aware of these brands and after reading and using the products, I am amazed at the results and clueless why I didn’t try anything from them before.
Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss set
VMV was the first – and is still the only – brand to rate its hypo-allergenicity. With over 75 published (even awarded!) studies in medical journals and conventions — including the first and only hypoallergenic “grading” system — VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® offers the safest, most proven effective care on the planet.
Vanity Pair Lipstick and Lip Gloss set (USD $35, value of $54)) contains the best selling duo of Lip Gloss (shade Smack, USD $27) and Glitz Lipstick (shade Big Red, USD $27) from the brand. Glitz Lipstick has a rich glistening color. Lip Gloss gives the results of dewy lips. Both the products are 100% dye-free, free of irritating waxes, phthalates, Parabens, Preservatives, fragrances. They have titanium dioxide and iron oxide pigments which provide sun protection. The green tea in it provides antioxidant benefits and virgin coconut oil provides moisturization to the lips. The benefits described also include preventing chapping, irritation, prevention of darkening of lips, and acne around the lip area.
Apart from all above, the Lip Gloss has monolaurin for lip safe disinfection. My lips have been enjoying these two products and have no irritation or sensitivity but my lips appear healthy and they do not dry. The lipstick adds fun shiny sheen to the lips, which is not glittery. The color stays on well for over 3 to 4 hours. The Lip gloss gives a very nice dewy look and feel to the lips, it looks perfect for day as well as night wear. I do add a bit extra during the night to give a little oomph factor. The lip gloss is not sticky and has a staying power for over 4 hours. I apply it alone and over the lipstick, work well both ways.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper
Grande Cosmetics is a results-driven line of innovative cosmetics, serums, and conditioners. Grande Cosmetics uses clinically proven formulas and natural ingredients to create peptide-infused, care-free application cosmetics with instantly beautiful results and long term benefits for a glamorous look every day.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper is a lip enhancing treatment used to increase the volume of lips while reducing fine lines. Whether you have any size of lips, a little plumping is always welcome. There are many products for lips in the market that plump the lips, from that we can get an idea how much this we all like to have plump lips that look youthful. The active ingredient used in this lip plumper is Volulip which is a collagen boosting lip plumper, lips are instantly fuller and plumper. The product has a very subtle vanilla fragrance and the product does taste a bit sweet.
It can be applied alone, under or over the lipstick. After 2 or 3 minutes, the lips do look fuller and voluminous. The main ingredients include Volulip (And active substance that instantly improves lip volume, texture, and shape), Portulaca Pilosa Extract (Keep lips soft and hydrated), Caffeine (reduce the number of fine lines and wrinkles on lips) and Niacin (provides anti-aging benefits). It is available to be purchased at www.grandelashmd.com and Sephora for USD $26.95.
Do you like the plumped lips, what is your favorite lip plumping product? Do you prefer Hypoallergenic products for your lips?
A fragrance is something that you sniff and it makes you feel something, remember a memory or create a new memory. It should be a pleasure that surrounds you and brings out that part hidden part of you. Dior J’adore In Joy (CAD $165/100ml and CAD $119/50ml) is described as a perfume that smells of joy, like a new call for life. Who would not want that joy and to give a sniff to that joy which is beautiful and powerful like a life force. I was sent this fragrance as part of the press package and here I go with some details about the notes and the creativity put into this.
The Dior Perfumer-Creator, Francois Demachy, dives into the floral nature of J’adore, adorning it with the audacious charm of a new floral-fruity-salty accord. This new creation is a salty gourmandize that is both original and surprising. He says about this fragrance ‘With J’adore In Joy, I created an original fruity-salty accord to make white flowers shine. This “Fleur de Sel” is modern in style and literally “smells” of joy.’
The top note of Dior J’adore In Joy is the finest gourmet sea salt. The middle notes are Jasmine Sambac, Neroli, Tuberose, and Ylang-Ylang (Ylang-Ylang is from Madagascar, custom crafted in Grasse, in a transformation that enables the salty facet of this surprising flower to shine forth). The base note is Peach. From the notes, this fragrance has a touch of salt to the warm floral composition. It is a nice summer fragrance. For me, it smells more like a clean fresh floral fragrance with vibes of saltiness. The freshness comes from the nice mixture of jasmine and ylang-ylang, nothing like citrusy. The fresh and floral salt note runs down into the honeyed fullness of the juicy, fruity peach. It lasted on my skin for around 5-6 hours. The packaging is in a beautiful peachy gold glass bottle that has a convex bottom which diffuses light.
This fragrance is available at Sephora, The Hudsons Bay, HOlt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart and respective retailer .com site and is available in 50ml and 100ml.