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Guerlain has launched a new Primer or in other words, there is a new addition to the Guerlain L’Essentiel range. Here is the link to my detailed article from last year about the L’Essentiel Foundation. Guerlain L’Essentiel Pore Minimizer & Shine-Control Primer is a fresh, lightweight, and mattifying primer. Co-ordinating with the range, L’Essentiel puts 97% naturally-derived ingredients to work without compromising with the performance.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Pore Minimizer & Shine-Control Primer review

The primer is very lightweight, looks and feels very fresh on the skin. 1-2 drops are enough for my face and it blends in nicely into the skin without any residue. For my combination skin, this primer has worked pretty well to control the appearance of excess shine to balance skin and minimize the appearance of pores. It does not totally erase the pores or hides – which is not something real and natural but it makes the look of pores minimal. As I prefer a natural radiant makeup look, so this primer works pretty well with L’Essentiel Foundation as well as other foundations with a glowy finish. I apply this primer on my oily areas of the face – usually my t-zone, it makes the overall look very natural matte with minimized look of pores and shine is controlled.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Pore Minimizer & Shine-Control Primer review

Also, another important thing I have noticed is that this primer does increase the longevity of the makeup especially the base. I can not comment on how it will work on dry skin types for controlling the excess sebum but it definitely works to minimize the look of pores. For normal, combination, and oily skin types, this primer is an easy choice. And especially if you love L’Essentiel foundation, this primer makes a great pair.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Pore Minimizer & Shine-Control Primer review

The key ingredients that deliver the major specialties of this primer include Avocado Extract to help absorb excess sebum to keep skin appearing matte all day long and promote shine-free skin day after day and White Cocoa Bean Extract to help refine the look of pores and supports skin’s natural balance and barrier. Yacon Juice improves skin defence and balances the skin’s ecosystem. There is a subtle nice fresh scent to the primer when applied and dissipates very fast.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Pore Minimizer & Shine-Control Primer review

With skincare and makeup ingredients included in this newest launch from Guerlain, this is an easy pick-me-up to increase the wear time of makeup, to minimize the look of pores, and to control excess sebum and shine. L’Essentiel Primer is available at Sephora and will be available at other retailers mentioned below from the end of February 2020. Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.

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Buxom has introduced two launches for lips – both for treatment, care of lips, and also to prepare a smooth and sexy base before applying the lipstick. Buxom has launched its first conditioning scrub stick which gently exfoliates lips for a smooth, supple, and sexy lip look with a tropical twist.

 review of Buxom Power-Full Lip Scrub and tinted lip balm with swatches

Power-Full Lip scrub is dragon-fruit-inspired, sugar-infused scrub stick that gently buffs away dry skin patches while nurturing papaya seed oil and conditioning mango seed butter pamper lips. This works as a perfect mess-free first step in routine to make the lips ready for colour. It can also be used in circular motions to ensure that the entire lip is exfoliated. Then the leftover can be wiped away with a dry or wet issue. The Lip Scrub is a white-coloured stick with the multi-colour dotted appearance and is named ‘Dragon fruit’.

 review of Buxom Power-Full Lip Scrub and tinted lip balm with swatches

Buxom has also launched a plumping and moisturizing tinted lip balm that blooms to a unique custom shade by reacting to the pH level of the lips it is applied to means the shade will be different for different people. This big, bold, plumping lip treatment is available in two new shades inspired by the best-selling glosses. It applies very smoothly like silk and lips look supple and comfortable at the same time. It can be worn alone or with any other lip product. These tinted lip balms also work nicely as blush – a little colour on the cheeks gives a balmy flush of colour and create colour harmony on the face. The three shades in this tinted lip balm are Big O (sheer pink), Inner Glow (Nude), and Dolly Fever (Mauve).

 review of Buxom Power-Full Lip Scrub and tinted lip balm with swatches

Both the launches came at the perfect time when the weather is cold and inside air is dry – making the skin as well as lips dry and peeling. I am enjoying both the launches for everyday use and they are keeping my lips moisturized, supple, and comfortable. Buxom Cosmetics are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca

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Decorte’s AQ Meliority range is inspired by regenerative medicine’s approach to cell renewal with which it achieves remarkable levels of performance—able to awaken the skin’s abilities to self-regenerate and recapture youth.

Decorte Limited Edition AQ Meliority Luxurious Coffret review new limited edition

AQ Meliority’s has a unique beauty complex, comprising six key ingredients which I have explained below:

Benifuki (green tea) extract to combat the oxidative stress in the skin. The extract helps to maintain an environment that accelerates the skin’s ability to self-regenerate.

Murasaki-cha (tea leaf) extract to prevent cell damage and fight free radicals. This unique leaf also helps deliver strong antioxidants into the skin.

White Birch Water and White Mucuna Extract – the former, dubbed the Water of Life, is rich in amino acids and minerals that are essential for cell growth while the latter increases the amount of creatine delivered to the cells, which is key to optimizing the skin’s response to healing signals and thus improves circulation and fairness.

Black Soy Nectar contains an abundance of estrogen-like properties that stimulate collagen production and prevent thinning of the skin.

Lastly, the AQ Meliority uses two peptides – PPP-4 (palmitoyl pentapeptide-4) and CTP (collagen tripeptide) – to further repair skin damage by stimulating fibroblasts to accelerate collagen production.

Decorte Limited Edition AQ Meliority Luxurious Coffret review new limited edition

To make these ingredients effective and to allow the skin to absorb its benefits – Decorte has its patented capsule technology known as ‘high oleic delaysomes’, which contain oleic acid oil. This loosens the skin’s phospholipids and helps to soften the skin in order for the AQ Meliority’s exclusive ingredients to penetrate deeply and overlap the skin like a membrane.

The AQ Meliority range is specially formulated with the top notes of Wintersweet, followed by a green, woody base that offers a relaxing effect.

Decorte Limited Edition AQ Meliority Luxurious Coffret is a limited-edition collection with full-size bottles of the top-selling Emulsion and Lotion, accompanied by introductory sizes of the new AQ Meliority skincare treatments. Decorté AQ Meliority achieves remarkable levels of performance—able to awaken the skin’s abilities to self-regenerate and recapture youth. This limited-edition collection with full-size bottles of the top-selling Emulsion and Lotion, accompanied by introductory sizes of the new AQ Meliority skincare treatments. The range is made in Japan.

Decorte Limited Edition AQ Meliority Luxurious Coffret review new limited edition

The limited nine-piece set includes:

  • Full-Size AQ Meliority Emulsion, 7 oz. – It is a luxe, serum-like emulsion utilizes two delivery capsule technologies to flood skin with moisture and highly concentrated plant actives. In an instant, even dry, depleted skins feel soft and smooth.
  • Full-Size AQ Meliority Lotion, 6.7 oz. – It is a silky essence-lotion utilizes two delivery capsule technologies to help lock hydration deep within the skin’s surface
  • AQ Meliority Cleansing Cream, 1 oz. – It is a souffle-like cleansing cream that melts onto the skin, then subtly changes texture to indicate makeup and impurities have been thoroughly dissolved.
  • AQ Meliority Foaming Wash, 1.3 oz. – It is a silky, serum-like cleansing liquid that is instantly transformed by water, building into a cushion of velvety foam that gently lifts debris.
  • AQ Meliority Face Cream, 0.085 oz. – This cream melts to a serum-like texture that absorbs so completely it seems to merge with skin’s surface — then transforms into a protective veil that noticeably firms and lifts.
  • AQ Meliority Eye Cream, 0.067 oz. – This velvety cream firms eye area, smooths lines and helps seal in plumping moisture.
  • AQ Meliority Day Serum, 0.17 oz. – This serum helps protect against skin-ageing environmental assaults with powerful antioxidants and barrier-building emollients.
  • AQ Meliority Night Serum, 0.17 oz. – This serum works to repair cumulative damage while the body is at rest and helps focus skin’s energies on renewal.

I am so excited to use this range more and share more with you as I use it more but my first impressions are very positive, very high performing luxurious skincare range that not only works to deliver but is also relaxing at the same time. Decorte skincare and makeup products including this Decorte Limited Edition AQ Meliority Luxurious Coffret are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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