Chantecaille is a brand that has set a luxurious standard in the world of modern, botanical skincare and cosmetics. Be it the flowers and their amazing natural abilities to heal and work in harmony with the body or the ground-breaking scientific advancement, meticulous formulation and personal commitment. Not just beauty but Chantecaille has also created a philanthropy platform that shines a spotlight on global environmental issues and supports conservation efforts around the globe. With superior textures, brilliant colours and revolutionary formulas, Chantecaille is a true luxury – both inside out. I have been using a few new launches from the brand for the last few days which I am so excited to share with you here.
Luminescent Eye Shades are a part of Africa’s Vanishing Species Collection. The collection of rich, pearlescent eye shadows is inspired by six beautiful creatures—cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lion, pangolin and rhinoceros—that are among Africa’s most endangered. All of these wild animals face common threats from shrinking habitats, conflict with local communities, and the illegal wildlife trade. Chantecaille is supporting six charities across the continent, from Namibia to Kenya, to help secure a future for these vulnerable species and the people who live near them. Out of the total 6 shades, I have 3 shades that I have swatched and detailed below.
Luminescent Eye Shades are pearlescent, light-catching eyeshadow washes the eye with multi-dimensional shimmer. The eyeshades apply well with the flat side of Shade and Sweep Eye Brush to create a shimmering wash of colour on the eyelid. The tapered side works well to blend and highlight the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone. They also work well both dry and wet depending upon how much intensity you want and what finish you are looking for. The formula applies well, did not fall off during the time after applied and set. The longevity is nice – a single dry swipe is good enough to give a little hint of shimmer and colour while it is easily buildable to a more intense finish. The embossing and packaging of the eyeshades is definitely gorgeous and feels related to the cause.
Pangolin – Dusky Lilac shade. ‘The pangolin is a shy, unique creature and is the most trafficked mammal on the planet, coveted for its keratin scales, which are falsely believed to have medicinal properties. The Tikki Hywood Foundation in Zimbabwe focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of the pangolin and other illegally traded animals across Africa.’
Cheetah – Warm Champagne. ‘90% of the world’s cheetah population has vanished in the last century. Based in Namibia, Cheetah Conservation Fund is helping the planet’s fastest mammal win its race for survival by developing conservancies and teaching farmers how to manage goats and sheep with livestock guarding dogs, so humans and animals can thrive together.‘
Lion – Golden copper. ‘Kenya-based Lion Guardians transform Maasai warriors who once killed lions into lion protectors, using their traditional knowledge and new technologies like GPS to monitor lions and protect communities. This empowers local people with both a sense of kinship with lions and the means to participate in their conservation.‘
Shade and Sweep Eye Brush is a new launch from Chantecaille which works pretty well with the Luminescent Eye Shades. It is a unique, tapered brush designed for applying the new eye shades. The exceptional quality and cutting-edge fibres are beyond-soft vegan bristles are engineered to hug the eyelids comfortably, pick up precise amounts of product and give exceptional payoff. It does not irritate the delicate eye area and is so soft.
Lip Veil is a very lightweight lipstick that glides on the lips while providing nourishment along with a coat of pure, bold luminous colour. It is infused with FairWild and organic Baobab oil and leaves lips feeling incredibly smooth and soft. The formula is so beautiful, so smooth, creamy, and never dries out my lips. The pigment is medium-sheer and buildable to full with 2-3 swipes. The shades are beautiful as is the packaging. It has definitely become one of my go-to lip formula as it keeps my lips comfortable and smooth while giving a luminous colour to them.
‘Lip Veil was created to support Space For Giants, a remarkably innovative conservation team working to preserve the safety of elephants in Africa. With only 4% of the African elephant population still alive, protecting them is essential. Lip Veil supports Space for Giants and their work to protect elephants from human conflict and preserve their migration paths across the continent to keep them thriving for future generations.‘
I have swatched below shades which I have been using on rotation – it is hard to choose a favourite – surprisingly they all suit very well with my skin tone.
Protea – A warm, wearable red
Azalea – A muted berry rhubarb
Rock Rose – A subdued, burnt berry
Tamboti – A warm, wearable nude
Baobab – A tawny, mocha peach
Cheek Gelée is a hydrating liquid gel-cream blush that combines the freshness of an emulsion with the lasting power of a stain. It is sheer yet has vibrant pigments that add instant colour and luminosity for a radiant, youthful glow. The shade ‘vibrant’ is a flirty raspberry shade. The formula is very creamy and blends like a dream. It gives a beautiful hint of colour to the cheeks along with luminosity. I apply a small amount onto the face using fingertips and blend out.
Overall, as I mentioned earlier in this post, it is hard for me to choose a favourite, the new launches from Chantecaille have definitely become a part of my everyday makeup. Beautiful formulas and amazing cause – highly recommend you to check these out. Chantecaille Beauty is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples
La Prairie is the leader in luxury skincare, the name alone evokes innovation, performance, high-touch service and Swissness – the purity, precision and excellence are inherent to the extraordinary land that saw the brand’s inception in 1978. La Prairie endeavours to fulfil a quest for timeless beauty through the highest standards of advanced technology combined with exquisite formulations and elegant packaging – elevating science to art. Eyes in Focus – as I mentioned in the title of this editorial – it is all about the eyes – Revive, Raise, Redefine – The Gaze is Reawakened. There is one new addition to the Skin Caviar collection and one reformulation of the existing Skin Caviar Collection – both for eyes.
‘Known as the mirror of the soul, the eyes also tell a story of time past. The eye area includes some 22 muscles which are in perpetual motion. Indeed, we blink on average 10,000 times a day. Consequently, the delicate skin around the eye is the area of the face that displays the most concentrated signs of ageing, including gravity’s noticeable effects on both the upper and lower lids and brows, loss of elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.’
Caviar Premier, the latest caviar incarnation developed by La Prairie scientists, the eye becomes the focus of La Prairie’s Swiss science. Caviar’s full lifting potential is aimed to be harnessed for the first time to revive, raise and redefine the gaze.
La Prairie has introduced Skin Caviar Eye Lift, the first eye-opening serum for the whole eye area, including brows – the gentle yet effective answer to eye lifting and firming concerns. Skin Caviar Eye Lift is a potent combination of two formulas enriched with Caviar Premier and La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex, which uses cutting-edge biotechnological research to give new life and energy back to the very cells where beauty is born.
Using innovative algorithms specifically developed for the study of Skin Caviar Eye Lift’s data, the scientists at La Prairie found that with regular use, over time the eyes are opened while the eye contours and eyebrows appear redefined. The upper lids look tightened while crow’s feet appear visibly reduced. Lower lids appear smoothed and under-eye bags and puffiness look diminished. With daily use, the complete eye area appears lifted and firmed. The gaze is raised, revived, redefined – reawakened with a new appearance, with a new perspective.
Inspired by the vial design of Skin Caviar Liquid Lift and its visible caviar beads, this latest eye area treatment is a homage to the potency and indulgence of the La Prairie’s iconic gold caviar beads. With a press of the activating pump, the two formulas – one encapsulated in caviar beads, the other in an innovative tourmaline-pink gel-cream emulsion, each housed in separate chambers to maintain their purity – are drawn up to a patent-pending mechanism that freshly blends them with each use. The result is a delightfully textured serum that melts into skin with a refreshing touch and an immediate tensing sensation.
The ritual: The Skin Caviar eye area ritual begins with perfectly clean skin. A few drops of Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex helps soothe and prepare the eye area for the treatments to follow. Gently pressing on the pump of Skin Caviar Eye Lift activates the blending mechanism and releases a single dose. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, the silky formula is dotted along the eyelid crease to the outer corner. As the dabbing gesture continues along the eye’s contours, a pleasant lifting sensation takes place, adding a delightful moment of indulgence to the morning or evening skincare ritual. Follow with Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream to complete the Skin Caviar eye area ritual for an indulgent experience that puts the eyes in focus.
Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream is remastered with Caviar Premier, the remarkable lifting and firming benefits of Caviar Premier are infused into this potent formula to target signs of ageing in the most delicate area of the face: loss of firmness and elasticity, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dryness and under-eye circles. This luxurious cream penetrates quickly, leaving the delicate skin around the eye looking smooth, firm and feeling exceptionally soft.
I have been using this in combination with the Liquid Lift and I am so glad about what it has done to my eye area. I never felt the need that my eyes need extra care – I thought they look okay for (a little over) mid-30s until I started using this duo. The skin around my eyes appears lifted and firmed, resulting in a total transformation. The eyes area looks smooth, firm, well-supported, tightened and toned, while the look of puffiness is diminished. The delicate skin of the lower and upper lids is deeply moisturized, leaving it with a feeling of unparalleled comfort. The eyebrow area looks redefined, upper lids look lifted, firmed, and tightened. The iconic sensorial experience features a modern interpretation of Skin Caviar’s signature fragrance and a silky texture that glides on effortlessly before vanishing into the skin.
This duo is a powerful combination of eye area lift in two little jars. I am so impressed with how science and technology has made innovations based on their research that without going the path of invasive procedures, skin can recover and be maintained with these products – I highly recommend you to check these La Prairie Skin Caviar additions. I little product is all you need and you may notice differences in just a few days as I did – there is a different kind of smoothness, radiance, freshness around the eye area that I have not experienced in a long time.
111SKIN is a brand founded by globally renowned Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, the original formula was developed to help his patients’ skin heal after trauma and given complimentary after treatments for more effective results and improved healing time. Collaborating with space scientists who researched the acceleration of ageing in astronauts, Dr. Yannis wanted to produce a product that could induce skin’s own reparative processes to alleviate scarring and inflammation and protect against environmental pollutants. The formula included NAC Y2, a trio of actives with superior antioxidant capabilities, one of which stimulates the production of Glutathione – the body’s most powerful intracellular antioxidant. After noticing their skin looking younger and feeling smoother, patients started requesting more of the serum and soon demand outstripped supply.
Believing in prevention, rather than intervention, as means of maintaining skin health and vitality, he realized that many people could benefit from this formula, and worked together with his wife Eva to create the 111SKIN brand, evolving from one single product to five ranges. Taking inspiration from his 111 Harley St. clinic, each product is carefully researched and formulated to address specific skincare concerns that he sees on a daily basis such a premature ageing, oily or spot-prone skin, lacklustre complexions, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration. There are also targeted products that are focused on damage-prone areas such as the neck and décolletage, under eyes, and lips.
Sharing the Master-Masking Edit which has launched this month for all the skincare lovers who aim to have the perfect skin just in time for the holidays – for themselves and for their loved ones. 111Skin Master-Masking Edit is a collection of restorative masks to nourish, brighten and soothe your complexion. This master-masking edit will fulfill all the niche skincare needs. Whether you are firming, hydrating, clarifying or brightening, our pick of face masks ensures a bespoke, immersive treatment that is as efficacious as it is enjoyable.
The collection includes:
2 x Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask – With ingredients which are effective in de-puffing, reducing the volume of under-eye bags to restore contours, improves the appearance of dark circles around the eyes by decreasing the intensity of discolouration. With its effects intensified if kept in the fridge; the appearance of dark circles is reduced, resulting in an uplifted, enlivened eye area.
2x Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask – It helps diminish discolouration, reviving a healthy tone. It also helps to reduce the appearance of lines. This mask is ideal for frequent flyers, night-owls, and those prone to fine lines and darkness around the eye area.
1x Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask– It is ideal for those suffering from lax and ageing skin, this triple-formula hydrogel mask tones and defines the complexion through a series of expertly-designed formulas. The Upper Mask contains glycopeptides which work to reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. The Lower Mask is enhanced with collagen-stimulating actives for improved volume and youthful plumpness.
1x Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask – It is a celebrity and supermodel favourite mask. It balances the skin tone, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, provides moisture to the skin, contains antioxidants, brightens skin tone.
1x Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask – It utilizes the most advanced mask technology on the market to deliver beneficial nutrients into the dermis. It brightens, helps even out, stimulates collagen production, helps restore moisture from long flights or nights, potent antioxidants in the mask condition and moisturize the skin.
1x Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Facial Mask – It is a two-part mask – The upper mask treats diet, product, and perspiration related spots, successfully minimizing bacteria-thriving sebum for a shine-free, flawless complexion. The lower layer fights aggressive hormonal acne by reducing inflammation and redness. Overall the formula soothes, purifies, and rebalances the skin’s microbiome – crucial for its health. Each mask can be used together or separately depending on the user’s concern.
The masks are not just a must-have for before holiday but also great as a post-holiday treatment or before a big event to brighten, plump and moisturize your skin. 111Skin Master Masking Edit is available at 111Skin.com You can also use code VELVETLIFE20 to get 20% off on the Master-Masking Edit.*Press samples